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Daily News | 17th September 2019

  • NEW NSWROA Changes Awards Judging Format

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    The NSW Racehorse Owners’ Association, which conducts the prestigious NSW Racing’s Night of Champions each year, has announced that the current points-based calculations system used to determine the winners of its highly prized awards, will be changed for the 2019/2020 season. “While we have adapted the points system over the past few years,” explained NSWROA President Ray McDowell, “it is apparent that the rapidly changing face of racing in this state has meant that a points-only system has its limitations.” McDowell explained that factors such as the increase in multiple-state based trainers, the frequency of transferral of horses between state stables and wide prizemoney variations on races of the same Group level, made it increasingly difficult to assess the best horses in each category under the present system. The awards concerned are NSW Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO, the four distance Champion categories and NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The Country & Provincial Champions will continue to be determined by the Racing NSW Handicapping Panel and the Queen of the Autumn to be judged by the Australian Turf Club. “The Board has discussed these issues in detail and we have decided to utilise a combination of a points-based system to arrive at a shortlist of eligible horses, which will then go to a voting panel,” said McDowell. “The panel will be made up of selected members of our Board and an equal number of respected, impartial industry representatives, who will be invited to participate a few months out from the end of the 2019-2020 season.” He concluded, “We believe this two-pronged approach will ensure that our awards keep pace with industry changes, and the best horse in each category receives the accolades it deserves.”
  • NZB Insurance Announces 3 Triple Crown Bonuses

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance, in association with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, has announced three new Triple Crown Series, carrying $300,000 in bonuses, for the 2019-20 New Zealand racing season. Each Series comprises three prestigious Group races, and each Series will carry a bonus of $100,000 for any horse that can win all three races. The Weight-For-Age Triple Crown begins with the $200,000 Gr1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on December 26, followed by the $400,000 Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8, and the $200,000 Gr1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on March 7. The races in the Sprint Triple Crown are the $200,000 Gr1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1 (see below), the $250,000 Gr1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on January 18, and the $200,000 Gr1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 8.The third Series is the Fillies and Mares Triple Crown, made up of the $70,000 Gr3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on March 14, the $200,000 Gr1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4, and the $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 25.

  • New Kiwi Series A Boost For NZ Industry

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    The managing director of NZB, Andrew Seabrook, believes the new summer Triple Crowns (see above) will provide a vital and timely boost to the New Zealand industry. “In a time of stagnant prizemoney, I’m sure this announcement will be welcome news for stakeholders. I would like to particularly thank NZTR for its support, along with the Auckland Racing Club, Waikato Racing Club, and Wellington Racing Club, who have all contributed financially. The Cambridge Jockey Club is also likely to confirm their support early this week.” He added, “NZB Insurance has been a significant sponsor of New Zealand racing, so thanks go to our hard-working insurance team and our very supportive underwriters in the UK.” New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s chief executive Bernard Saundry has also enthusiastically welcomed the concept. “We are delighted to partner with New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance on the Triple Crown Series,” said Saundry. “The series will be a fantastic addition to the 19/20 racing calendar. We appreciate the support New Zealand Bloodstock provide to thoroughbred racing in New Zealand and their innovative thinking with concepts such as this will continue to make a significant difference to our industry.”
  • MM 2YO Dissident Colt Quickest Breeze At Farm

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    A colt by former Australian Horse of the Year Dissident impressed at the first breeze-up session leading into next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale. The colt, catalogued as Lot 235, stopped the clock in 10.12 seconds at yesterday morning's Warwick Farm session in an impressive performance. The first living foal of the lightly raced Commands mare Demanding Queen, the black or brown colt is a member of the O'Gorman Racing Stables draft from Tamworth. The Dissident colt hails from the family of Gr1 winners including Bonneval, St Reims, Champagne, Charmont, Octagonal and Diamond Lover. Second fastest of the day, also from the O'Gorman Racing Stables draft, was Lot 64 - a Wandjina colt from Mina. A half-brother to Group winner Puritan and three other metropolitan winners, he stopped the clock in 10.24 seconds. The fastest filly on Monday was the Starspangledbanner youngster from the multiple Melbourne winning Aqlaam mare Zakayla in 10.39 seconds. To be presented at the Gold Coast by Alexia Fraser Bloodstock, the bay filly hails from a black type filled international family with her third dam being a group winner by Darshaan. The breeze-up action will head south to the Seymour Racing Club on Friday with a select group of 2YOs set to step out from 9am (AET) that will be streamed live on the Magic Millions website. Videos from Monday’s session will be online today. To view the online catalogue with breeze-up times CLICK HERE.

    Lot 35

    Lot 35 is by Dissident (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
  • Vinery Black-Type Success Continues

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019

    The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Bonvincini (Myboycharlie-Orvieto, by Testa Rossa) added to Vinery Stud's recent spate of black-type success on Saturday when she drew 2-lengths clear to decisively claim last Saturday's Listed Morphettville Guineas in Adelaide. Retained (fortuitously) by Vinery Stud partner Greg Perry despite being drafted for the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the filly impressed jockey Jake Toeroek in what was just her third start; "She hit the front at the furlong and then pricked her ears," Toeroek told Vinery Stud representatives. "There was a lot left in the tank. She was really strong late and it was an impressive effort over 1600m. They said she was a nice horse and she proved that right!" Bonvicini was broken in at Vinery Stud in the same crop as boom colt Exceedance (Exceed and Excel-Bonnie Mac, by Thorn Park) who recorded a same-length victory in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill a fortnight ago – making it the Vinery breaker's second Stakes winner in as many weeks from that group.

  • Santa Could Face Heavy Track in The Shorts

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    The Anthony Freedman-trained champion Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock) will resume on Saturday in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick – his first start on home soil since his unplaced run in the Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in April. Last season's star sprinter looks likely to face a heavy track, with Sydney forecast to experience on-going rain right through the weekend. The five-time Gr1 winner, who has trialled quietly twice for a fourth and a third, is expected to head – where he sits as current favourite – to The Everest (representing slot holder TAB), and punters.com reports that Saturday's race is shaping up to be a Gr2 version of the main event. Possible contenders Classique Legend, Enticing Star, In Her Time, Sunlight, Pierata and dual Everest winner Redzel are all among the 14 nominations for The Shorts, and of the confirmed Everest runners it is only last Saturday's Gr2 winner Arcadia Queen who hasn't joined the nominations, which have been extended until Tuesday morning.

  • Hayes Says Lindsay Park Stars Won't be Pilfered

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    David Hayes has reiterated his dedication to Lindsay Park, vowing that he won't 'pinch' horses from them to race in Hong Kong. "This time, I'll try to be buying horses and not weaken [Lindsay Park] because the stakemoney is so good here," Hayes told The Daily Telegraph. "Hopefully I'll have enough horses to have a stable in China (Conghua) as well, which I'm quite excited about." Hayes, who was approved last week for a Hong Kong trainers license (to commence in 2020), will leave the operation in the hands of co-trainers Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, but isn't hanging up his boots here until he departs the country for his new Sha Tin base. "There's not much I can do at the moment, I'll concentrate really on Australia," he said. "[What] I'll do is gradually start fading out (in Australia) from June and July, I'll have a [Hong Kong] stable to move horses into." Hayes, whose former 9-year stint in Hong Kong yielded great success (458 winners and two premierships), is confident that the success of the Lindsay Park 'brand' will continue despite his absence, and hopes that he will find a horse good enough to bring back to compete in his own name. "If I had a good one, I'd definitely want to come back," he said. "It would be one of my real aims is to try and have a top-three horse there (Hong Kong), which is good enough to travel."
  • Overseas Trips Ahead For Scholarship Recipients

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    Three young women working in the thoroughbred industry are heading overseas early next year to enhance their careers thanks to scholarships promoted by the NZTBA Sunline Education Trust. The Sunline International Management Scholarship has been awarded to Kyla Robb, and due to the high calibre of applicants and the generosity of the Keith and Faith Taylor Family both Hannah Airey and Laura Macnab will study at the Irish National Stud. Robb will spend 30 weeks experiencing the operational infrastructure and systems at three of the world’s premier farms - Cheveley Park Stud in England, Coolmore Stud in Ireland and Winstar Farm in Kentucky. Meanwhile, Keith and Faith Taylor equine scholarship recipients Hannah Airey and Laura MacNab will travel to Kildare next January to undertake the five-month Breeding course at the Irish National Stud. The course covers both practical and academic units covering everything from business studies, to animal welfare and pasture management. The NZTBA has been sponsoring students to the Irish National Stud for nearly 30 years.

    Hannah Airey

    Hannah Airey is heading to the Irish National Stud with Laura McNab
  • Trainer Poised for Sentimental Lismore Cup Win

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    Trainer Julie Pratten has I'll Miss You (Teranaba-Sarab Miss, by Dubai Destination) on song for a sentimental victory in this Thursday's Lismore Cup over 2100m reported racingnsw.com.au. I'll Miss You won the Clarence River JC Ride Like a Girl Handicap over 1610m last start to bring her record to ten wins from 61 starts. It would be really special to win the Cup and we have plenty of reasons," Pratten said. "We have a bit of family history there with my grandfather, Arthur James, who died in 1958 being the last ever farrier based at Lismore. Also, my dad grew up and went to school in Lismore so it would mean the world to the family if the mare could win." Pratten will retain the services of Leah Kilner who won on I'll Miss You at her last start, saying, "She's a smart girl and really listens so we're happy to keep her on. It would be nice to break through here as I'll Miss You was unlucky not to win last year's Cup when shuffled back through the field before the home turn. She has pulled up fine from the Grafton win and there's no doubting her stamina as she has won Grafton's 3120m race two years in a row and holds the track record." The meeting is a Racing NSW Country Showcase meeting that boasts a whopping $345,000 in prizemoney. "The Moët & Chandon Marquee is the premier location on Cup day," said Daniel Kedraika, LTC's functions & operations manager. "It is catered by the award-winning team at The Loft Restaurant Lismore and will feature a premium five-hour drinks package including the famous champagne. The marquee will be on the 100m mark of the home straight and features front row seats to the Fashions on the Field event. And the Furphy Garden Party is another new enclosure on Lismore Cup Day, located in the Garden Corners of the course. The Furphy Garden Party has a private bar, outdoor seating and a live band playing throughout the afternoon. Garden Party punters also receive a lunch voucher to the food truck of their choice and a drink on arrival. We're looking at record bookings for corporate sites this year with six food trucks featuring bratwurst, gyoza, paella and much more. And bands and DJs will keep the party going between races with complimentary buses to the track from Lismore CBD."
  • Purton Makes Up For Breaking His HK Streak

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    Despite breaking a 26-meeting winning streak on Wednesday in Hong Kong, champion jockey Zac Purton returned to the winners stall no less than four times on Sunday at Sha Tin; a ripper day decorated by a long awaited win for British import Solomon's Bay (Exceed and Excel-Gentle On My Mind, by Sadler's Wells) in the Class 3 Fakei Cup Handicap (1200m). The Hong Kong Jockey Club relayed Purton's apparent relief that he had been able to get this tricky gelding over the line; "He travelled into it around the corner like he was full of a lot of promise but when I let him go he didn't want to go on and get the job done…He promised so much when he first came here but now he's finally won a race and he's still quite lightly-raced here, so hopefully he can go on from this. He's still not the finished product." By guiding Solomon's Bay to victory, Purton provided trainer Frankie Lor with his first win of the season, and extended the favour to both Dennis Yip and John Moore later in the day. He currently leads the premiership with eight wins - 2 ahead of gun rival Joao Moreira.

    Zac Purton Solomon's Bay

    Zac Purton bagged four winners at Sha Tin (pic: hkjc.com)
  • Unbeaten Godolphin 2YO Streets Gr1 Rivals

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    UK trainer Charlie Appleby has produced another startlingly brilliant 2YO in the form of Pinatubo (Shamardal-Lava Flow, by Dalakhani) who, after his devastating 9-length victory in the Gr1 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (7 furlongs) at the Curragh on Sunday, is already even money favourite for the 2020 Qipco 2,000 Guineas. This was the second successive win in the Gr1 for the Godolphin, Charlie Appleby and William Buick team, and maintained the son of Shamardal’s unbeaten record in 5 races. “He's a trainer's dream once you get to know him, because he doesn't excite you in the morning to say the least,” Appleby said of the colt he thinks could be his best 2YO ever. “He just goes through the motions and the jockey gets off and says he's moving well. He goes home and eats, drinks, sleeps and that's the end of it. We only ever see the best of him when he turns up at the track, which is a nice position to be in.” Jockey William Buick was equally enamoured by the Shamardal colt; The performance Pinatubo put in here was special,” he gushed to The Racing Post. “Today was a proper Gr1. It was a hugely exciting performance and it felt as good as it looked.”

  • Stonestreet Introduces Blood-Health Innovation

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    At what is hopefully the dawn of a new age in US racing, innovative stud Stonestreet Farm are forerunners in the race to create a new attitude towards racing, breeding and buying bloodstock. Barbara Banke, who took the helm of the operation following the death of her husband Jess Jackson, has pioneered a revolutionary program which promises complete transparency to prospective buyers of the medical history of their offered youngstock. Developed in response to reports of off-label bisphosphonate use in growing horses, the quality-controlled program offers buyers of a Stonestreet bred and raised yearling the opportunity to review a blood-health window of at least six months prior to their purchase. A regular and prominent presence at Australian yearling sales, Banke is making waves in the industry, and invites others to join her crusade. "We believe nature is the best way to build strong muscle and good bones… breeding and raising the healthiest and strongest racehorses in the world is not only good for our business, it's good for the sport."
  • Into Mischief Fully Booked for 2020

    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    The current No. 1 General Sire in North America, Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday-Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek), will stand in 2020 for a fee of $175,000 S&N and has been booked full. According to Ted Noffey, general manager at Spendthrift where the blue-blood stands, “The rise of Into Mischief has been special to witness, and there’s every indication that the best is yet to come. We genuinely believe he’s the best sire in the world, and is on the verge of becoming an important sire of sires when you look at what Goldencents is doing.” Into Mischief ranks as the leading sire in the land in 2019, with US$12,779,193 in progeny earnings – more than a million ahead of No. 2 Tapit – through Saturday, according to BloodHorse. Into Mischief has sired industry highs in black type horses with 45 and Gr1 horses with 8 to date in 2019, led by his newest Gr1 winners Mia Mischief and Covfefe. In the sales ring, Into Mischief had an industry-high four 2YOs sell for seven figures in 2019, led by a US$1,800,000 filly at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale in May – breaking a record for the highest-priced horse ever sold publicly in Maryland. He also sired the $1,300,000 sale topper at OBS April and $900,000 sale topper at OBS June this year, giving him an industry-high four 2YO sale toppers in the last two years. A US Gr1 winner, Into Mischief is a half-sibling to multiple champion Beholder, young Gr1-winning sire Mendelssohn and Keeneland’s sale-topping US$8.2 million 2019 September Sale yearling.

    Into Mischief

    Leading US sire Into Mischief is fully booked (pic: spendthriftfarm.com)

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