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Daily News | 20th June 2018

  • Woodside Park & Written Tycoon Top Inglis GSS Weanling Sale

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    The weanling catalogue of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale concluded yesterday with a total of 444 weanlings being sold. Leading Victorian stallion Written Tycoon topped the sire’s list, with all 10 Lots selling for an aggregate of $931,500 at an average of $93,150. Woodside Park’s unreserved reduction of 18 weanlings made them the leading vendor by aggregate, grossing $948,500 at an average of $52,694. Woodside Park’s General Manager Commercial James Price reflected on what has been a fantastic sale for the stud. "It’s great to be the leading commercial stud in Victoria. It’s equally satisfying to see the progeny of Written Tycoon in high demand not only Australia wide but also internationally," said Price. "Offering 18 weanlings unreserved certainly created a lot of interest around our product. We wish the purchasers well with their plans."
  • Yulong Xingsheng Brings $380K at Broodmare Session

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Meanwhile, as the broodmare section of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale got underway, Aquis Farm paid $380,000 for stakes winning filly Yulong Xingsheng. Consigned by Woodside Park Stud, the daughter of I Am Invincible out of Carlie Rose (Keltrice) won the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies at Sandown last spring. "She is a beautiful quality mare who is by one of the best sires in the country. We loved her and she was our pick of the sale," said Aquis CEO Shane McGrath. "I thought $380,000 was a very fair price for her when you value her in comparison to previous sales. When you buy these A-Grade physicals with the proper race form, that is what you have to expect to pay." McGrath added: "She has done her job on the track and we will have fun with her going forward." Day four of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale begins at 10am with 225 mares catalogued to go through the ring.

    Yulong Xingsheng

    Yulong Xingsheng (image: Inglis)
  • Redzel Building Up to Everest

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Top-class sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) has been back in work with Team Snowden for one week as he builds towards a defence of his Everest title later in the year, reports racingnsw.com.au. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said the rising 6YO, who had a month off after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane, is likely to have two preparatory runs before the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Snowden said Redzel will open his spring campaign on 15 September, before running in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks later. "Two weeks apart off a long break will be fine for him," said Snowden.


    Redzel winning the inaugural The Everest in 2017 (image: Steve Hart)
  • Coolmore Aim for Pure Elation

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Team Snowden has confirmed that the primary spring target of smart filly Pure Elation will be the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November, reports racingnsw.com.au. Raced by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) showed plenty of promise in her juvenile season finishing runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes, before rounding out her campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. "She really put her hand up and had a good crack and showed she's a mentally tough filly," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "She might measure up for a Coolmore as a three-year-old. It's hard for a filly to win it but she has good ability."

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    Pure Elation (image: Steve Hart)
  • Pedrena Seeking Maiden Gr1 Success

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Trainer Mick Price is confident that talented mare Pedrena can claim the final Group 1 race of the Australian racing season on Saturday. The 4YO will contest the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Doomben for which she is currently a $15 chance with TAB. Pedrena (Mossman-Hansom Cab, by Awesome Again) claimed the second stakes win of her career when posting a strong win in the Group 3  Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben, before a heavy track brought about her undoing in the Group 2 Dane Ripper (1350m) last start. "It is a Group 1 and she's against mares and she's going really well so this is a bit of a cross-fingers job for her," said Price. "We'll say a few prayers and just see what happens. I think the key for her is just that she gets ground that is okay for her and she doesn't lose her confidence on it, in which case she'll be pretty competitive." The Bjorn baker-trained Champagne Cuddles is the current $6 Tiara favourite in what is shaping as a very open race.
  • Mare Looking to Cash In With Gr1

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Meanwhile, Victorian mare Super Cash is another who will be attempting to claim a maiden Group 1 win in Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Doomben. "That was the aim of coming up here," trainer Andrew Noblet told Sky Racing. Super Cash (Written Tycoon-Super Bucks, by Dash for Cash), a three-time Group 2 winning sprinter, boosted her value significantly when finishing runner-up to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap last start. "Last start was the first time she has placed in a Group One, so we got that out of the way which was good for her record. If she can win one, it would just cap everything off nicely," added Noblet.

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    Super Cash (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Miss Andretti Son Breaks Maiden

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Mr Hamilton, the only foal to race of former champion sprinter Miss Andretti, broke his maiden when scoring a dominant win in the Schweppes Maiden Plate (1000m) at Pakenham yesterday. Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young on behalf of owner-breeder Ultra Racing, Mr Hamilton (Nicconi) is one of just four foals from the 2007 Australian Horse of the Year who retired to stud in 2008. Jockey Ben Melham predicted a bright future for Mr Hamilton once he learns what racing is all about. "He's a lovely type of horse and obviously well bred," Melham told racing.com. "He was probably too good for them today but he's still quite raw in his action. He didn't quite know how to put the race away so hopefully he gained some confidence from today and can go on with it." Trained by Lee Freedman, Miss Andretti won 19 of her 31 starts for over $2.8 million in prize money. The daughter of Ihtiram and Peggie's Bid (by Marooned) won five races at Group 1 level as well as the prestigious Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before it was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status.
  • Ground Key for Spright

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer is expecting an improved showing from talented mare Spright (Hinchinbrook-Dashoff, by Dash for Cash) when she lines up in the Group 3 W.J. Healey Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday. The dual Gr3 winner has been competitive at her past two outings despite striking unsuitable wet tracks. She was sixth to Pedrena in the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), before following that up with another sixth placing in the Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes over the same distance. "I'm very happy with her," Frazer told racenet. "She just needs a dry track and it looks like we're going to get one up there hopefully."
  • Material Man Melbourne Bound

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Consistent WA galloper Material Man is likely to miss the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) on Saturday week and be saved for the spring carnival in Melbourne, reports the West Australian. Trainer Justin Warwick revealed the talented 6YO would be aimed at the Cox Plate after he posted his fourth successive stakes win in the Gr3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont last weekend. Material Man will make his Melbourne debut in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 1 September. "If we go in the Strickland, then all of a sudden it's down to eight weeks and back to 1400 metres," said Warwick. Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) has hitherto won 13 of his 22 starts for $1,223,175 in earnings.
  • First Foal of Star Mare's Trials

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    The first foal of multiple Group 1 winning mare Streama made his first public appearance in a barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast yesterday. Trained by David Vandyke, 2YO colt Extrema (Bernardini) finished fifth in his 850m heat but was never asked for an effort cruising to the line under jockey Jeff Lloyd to finish fifth (beaten 6.1 lengths) behind the winner Show Deck. Vandyke purchased Extrema for $240,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Murulla Stud. Streama, a 4-time Group 1 winner of the Australian Oaks, George Main Stakes, Flight Stakes and Doomben Cup, has also produced a yearling filly by Pierro, named Pensera, who was purchased by Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott & Blue Sky  for $500,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and a weanling colt by I Am invincible. Click here to watch Extrema's trial.
  • Prom Queen Primed for Doomben

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Co-trainer Kenny Rae says multiple stakes-winning filly Prom Queen is raring to go for Saturday's Singapore Airlines QTIS three-year-old Plate (1350m) at Doomben, reports NZ Racing Desk. It will be Prom Queen's final start in Brisbane before she heads home to New Zealand for a spell ahead of potential spring carnival campaign in Melbourne. The 3YOs two Australian performances to date have yielded a second (beaten 2.3 lengths) and a fourth (beaten 1.3 lengths) in the BRC Japan Racing Association Plate (1200m) and SCTC Ubet Handicap (1000m) respectively. "They were both good runs," said Rae. "When she ran second, Craig Williams said to bring her to Melbourne, she's good enough to be in Melbourne. I rang him the other day and he said bring her to Melbourne in the spring and I'll be riding her." Rae added: "All the reports are good...the girls said she has been kicking and bucking and is good as gold. I want to bring her home [after Saturday] and have her ready for Christchurch in November for the Stewards. I told Craig that if she fronts up at Christchurch and wins that I will bring her to Melbourne after November, once the Flemington carnival is done and dusted."
  • Kiwis Seeking Royal Ascot Glory

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    New Zealand thoroughbred owners will be represented in three Group 1 races at Royal Ascot this week, reports NZ Racing Desk. The blue blooded Eminent will race in Sir Peter Vela's famous Pencarrow Stud colours in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000m) on day two of the Royal meeting. However, the Frankel 4YO faces a huge task up against the John Gosden-trained odds on favourite Cracksman. Vela's colours is also a part-owner of Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) contender Torcedor (Fastnet Rock). The Ascot Gold Cup will be run on day three. Meanwhile, Wairarapa owner-breeder Richard Craddock is a part-owner of the English 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook (Champs Elysees), who tackles the Coronation Stakes (1600m) on day four. Craddock, who moved to New Zealand from England in 2006, became involved n Billesdon Brook through his friendship with the filly's breeder, Bob McCreery.
  • Blue Point Wins Gr1 King's Stand Stakes

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    On the opening day of Royal Ascot, champion 2YO colt & 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Blue Point (Shamardal-Scarlett Rose, by Royal Applause) scored a minor upset when overhauling the leaders in the dying stages to win the prestigious Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs), defeating Battaash & Mabs Cross. Billed as a two-horse race between Battaash and star US filly Lady Aurelia, it was Blue Point who emerged victorious registering a well-deserved top-flight win for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby. "He brings his A game here," Appleby told Racing Post. "The stiff track suits him. I’ve always thought a lot of this horse since his two-year-old career." Appleby added: "Plenty of pace suits him too. William gave him a copybook ride. He got a lovely lead into him and picked up well." Blue Point advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes & Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes) from 13 starts for £740,526 in earnings.

  • Without Parole Wins Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Trainer John Gosden unveiled a future star of the turf when the well-bred Without Parole emulated his famous sire Frankel by winning the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes (8 furlongs) on day one of Royal Ascot overnight. The handsome 3YO bay colt lived up to Gosden's lofty opinion of him to see off his more experienced rivals when unleashing a smart turn of foot in the straight to comfortably defeat the Coolmore-owned Gustav Klimt and Wooton. Gosden said Without Parole, who missed the English 1,000 Guineas after a slight setback, would now be aimed at all the upcoming feature mile contests. "He wouldn't have been worldly enough for the Guineas. You saw a little bit of that today on the bend, where he was green. This was the huge target but he'll be in the Sussex, the Jacques le Marois and he could go to York [Juddmonte International]," Gosden told Racing Post. "He'll improve and get sharper but he's incredibly laid-back, just like Cracksman. Maybe I'm lucky to have two laid-back Frankels." Without Parole extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins from 4 starts for £336,489 in earnings.

  • Accidental Agent Wins Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Top weight Accidental Agent caused a huge upset when storming home at odds of 33-1 to land the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (8 furlongs) on day one of the Royal Ascot carnival in England overnight. Trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, the 4YO UK-bred entire celebrated the biggest win of his career when defeating Lord Glitters & Lightning Spear in the £360,000 feature. Accidental Agent (Delegabtor-Roodle, by Xaar) improved his record to 5 wins and 3 placings from 14 starts.
  • Elusive Quality Track Record Broken

    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    US galloper Oscar Performance showed a lengthy stint on the sidelines had not diminished his prodigious talent when he broke a 20-year-old track record at Belmont Park on Sunday, reports Blood Horse. Having his first run in six months after suffering a bout of colic, the 4YO son of Kitten's Joy ran a sizzling time of 1:31.63 when landing the Group 3 Poker Stakes (8 furlongs) to eclipse the previous track record set by Elusive Quality in 1998. Oscar Performance has now won 7 of his 12 starts, including three Group 1 victories in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and 2017 Belmont Derby and Secretariat Stakes. "He's such a talented horse," trainer Brian Lynch said. "I'm absolutely thrilled with his comeback effort. He did it with authority and came back with a very fast time. That's a long-standing track record to break, so to have him do that off the layoff makes you look forward to the rest of the year."

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