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Daily News | 13th December 2017
BHA Adopt Australian ReformsWednesday, 13th December 2017The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will follow Australia's lead by introducing thoroughbred welfare measures next year, reports racing.com. From 1st January, 2018, the BHA will adopt the foal ownership and traceability reforms that were first introduced by Australia's governing body Racing Australia in August 2016. The new rules require Foal Ownership Declarations to be lodged within 30 days of foaling and owners must advise the Australian Stud Book of any subsequent change in the location of the foal and ownership interest. At the time, Racing Australia said it was necessary for integrity and animal welfare purposes that unnamed horses and their owners be identified and subject to the Australian Rules of Racing. Racing Australia Chair, Frances Nelson QC, welcomed the BHAs decision. "The British Horseracing Authority's decision to adopt our foal ownership and traceability reforms are further recognition of the international standing held by the Australian Thoroughbred racing industry," Ms Nelson said.
Fine Cotton Trainer DiesWednesday, 13th December 2017Hayden Haitana, the trainer behind the infamous "Fine Cotton" scandal, has died at the age of 72, reports the Australian. Haitana spent time in prison for his role in the scandal which saw Fine Cotton substituted by the better performed horse, Bold Personality, to win a race at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on 18 August, 1984. A huge betting plunge would have seen the masterminds of the scam win millions. However, it all fell apart when stewards noticed white paint dripping from Bold Personality's legs after the race. Haitana also received a life ban from racing but it was eventually lifted in 2013. The infamous "ring-in", which allegedly involved bookmakers Robbie and Bill Waterhouse, remains one of the biggest scandals in Australian racing history.
Jameka Recovering WellWednesday, 13th December 2017Jameka is back in work after recovering from a life threatening bout of travel sickness. The champion stayer was diagnosed with the condition, otherwise known as pleuropnemonia where fluid builds up in the lungs, after returning home from her brilliant 6.5 length win in the Gr1 The BMW in Sydney in March this year. However, owner Col McKenna said she was slowly returning to her old self. "She spent five months in intensive care where she had to have constant supervision," McKenna told racing.com. "She came through that and once she came off medication, she spent another seven to eight weeks in the paddock. We thought it was time to put her back in work again, but she's only at the early stages. She is just doing light work at this stage." McKenna added: "She won't race this autumn but we'll see how she goes, if she doesn't get up she will head to the breeding barn next season."
Jameka winning the Caulfield Cup (image: Mark Gatt)
Former Top 3YO Steps Out in HKWednesday, 13th December 2017Queensland Derby winner Ruthven (Domesday-Ruddigore, by Octagonal) has made his first public appearance in Hong Kong since being transferred to the powerful John Moore stable, reports racing.com. The Australian-bred 4YO finished fifth just behind the leaders in a 1000m barrier trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning. Moore said Ruthven would have one more trial next Friday before running on New Year's Day. His long-term aim is next year's Hong Kong Derby. Formerly trained in Australia by Ciaron Maher, Ruthven was sold to Albert Hung Chao Hong who owned this year's ill-fated Hong Kong Derby winner Rapper Dragon. "It was a good first trial, just what we were hoping to see," Moore said. "I was surprised by how precocious he was. He jumped out and was right near the speed over 1000m. He's a big bull of a thing so it takes time to get him fit. He's right where I want him going towards the four-year-old races." Moore added: "Looking at the program at this stage, I will likely go to a Class 2 over 1400m on January 1 although there is a mile Class 2 a week later too. Then we'll go to the Classic Mile second-up, through the Classic Cup and then the Derby. He's an exciting horse." Click here to watch Ruthven's (in the blue colours) trial.
Ruthven (image: Steve Hart)
Laing Horse Banned for SteroidsWednesday, 13th December 2017The Robbie Laing-trained Little Indian has been banned from racing for 12 months after testing positive to a banned substance, reports AAP. A blood sample taken at Mornington on 30 September detected the presence of trenbolone, an anabolic androgenic steroid. Anabolic steroids have been banned since May, 2014. The ban means Little Indian cannot race or trial from the date the sample was taken. Racing Victoria stewards are investigating the matter.
Flying Adelaide Filly Ready for Wyong ClassicWednesday, 13th December 2017Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell says talented filly La Pomme De Pin is in top shape ahead of next Thursday's $200,000 Magic Millions Classic (1100m) at Wyong. The 2YO I Am Invincible filly will use the Wyong race as her final preparatory run for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January. La Pomme De Pin is currently rated a $15 chance with TAB for the Gold Coast sales restricted feature after her brilliant 5.5 length win in the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat. "She's really well and has done well since her win at Ballarat," Kennewell told racingnsw.com.au. "She had a few days at the farm and she's having a gallop on Wednesday at Warnambool." Kennewell added: "She will head off on Sunday for the trip to Wyong. I think the extra distance at Wyong will suit her and if she runs well then she'll head on to the Gold Coast." An $85,000 Magic Millions purchase, La Pomme De Pin is the fourth winner for her dam, the winning and Sydney placed Danehill mare Crimson Lane, a daughter of stakes winner Crimson Road and a half-sister to the almost $1 million earner Crimson Reign.
QRIC Welcomes Charge Against Match FixerWednesday, 13th December 2017The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has welcomed the decision to charge a harness racing code participant with perjury. "The Racing Crime Squad has charged Mathew Neilson with perjury following evidence he gave at a Crime and Corruption Commission hearing," Commissioner Ross Barnett said. "The Racing Integrity Commission is working hard to restore integrity to harness racing and where we can enlist the help of other law enforcement agencies we will." The Commissioner has previously suspended 35-year-old Mr Neilson's harness driver and training licences after he was charged with match fixing last month. Ten people in the Queensland harness racing industry have now been charged with match fixing and other offences as a result of the work of investigators involved in Operation Oscar Swallowtail.
Weir Picks Up Another WA GalloperWednesday, 13th December 2017Perth Cup placegetter Tradesman is the latest WA galloper to join the stable of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir, reports the West Australian. A winner of 7 of his 21 starts, Tradesman's (Trade Fair-Virelay, by Laranto) biggest win to date came in the Listed Belmont Guineas as a 3YO. The consistent performer has also been placed three times at Group level, namely in the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr2 Lee Steere Classic and Gr3 Northerly Stakes. Todd Harvey, who is also a part-owner of Tradesman, hopes a change of environment can help the 7YO realise his potential. "He's got a high rating here, but he doesn't have to race in top company over there," Harvey said. "There are plenty more options there. I feel he's a genuine stayer and we haven't really had a crack at getting him over ground. We all thought it was best for the horse to send him to Weir." Harvey added: "He'll fly over when Black Heart Bart and Ulmann go home in a couple of weeks and he'll probably have a month or so off when he gets there." It was announced last week that former champion West Australian 2YO Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook-Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian) would also be joining Weir in the New Year.
International Result for Per IncantoWednesday, 13th December 2017Exposure on the international stage has provided Little Avondale Stud with another timely boost ahead of next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale series at Karaka, reports NZ Racing Desk. The win of Time To Celebrate in the Maurice Handicap (1600m) at Hong Kong's international meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday has shone a light on his exciting young sire Per Incanto. "To do it at Sunday's international meeting in front of pretty much all of the big owners around the world is just so important and great for us and New Zealand," Little Avondale's studmaster Sam Williams said. "Per Incanto has got two very good horses in Hong Kong, apart from Time To Celebrate there's also Morethanlucky, who's won three of his last four starts." He added: "Per Incanto has got a fantastic ability to upgrade mares, he's done it from second tier mares off a $4000 and $5000 fee and now he's got a new crop coming through off a $15,000 service fee." Per Incanto's numbers at Karaka in 2018 reflect the stallion's ongoing success. "Next year he's got 17 in the Book 1 Sale...the two stand-outs are Lot 670, a colt out of Tsukioka and he's a ripping type and a half-brother to Regency Bo Bo, who ran second in Hong Kong on international night," Williams said. "The other one I really like is Lot 193 out of the More Than Ready mare Exposed." Williams added: "He had 18 individual winners in November and this month he's had seven already." Crowned Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter in 2007, Per Incanto's (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) best performer to date is Gr1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Dal Cielo.
NZ 3YO Sold to HKWednesday, 13th December 2017Talented New Zealand-bred 3YO Matchbreaker (Makfi-Pineau, by Carnegie) will continue his racing career overseas after being sold to Hong Kong interests, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Bloodstock graduate has hitherto won 2 of his 3 starts, highlighted by a last-start win in the Gr3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki. "It was like a feeding frenzy, they all came calling," trainer Fraser Auret said of the interest shown in the gelding after his maiden stakes win. "We were inundated with interest and he's off to Hong Kong for a very substantial amount of money." Auret added: "He's a beautiful horse and he did a fantastic job for the stable and I'm sure he'll continue to go on with it."
Stable Chasing Karaka Million RepeatWednesday, 13th December 2017Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have two well-credentialed youngsters to lead the stable's defence of a prized title at Ellerslie next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. Impressive last-start winner Al Hasa Al Hasa (Exceed And Excel-Oasis Rose, by Oasis Dream) and the unbeaten Avantage (Fastnet Rock-Asavant, by Zabeel) are on target for the Karaka Million (1200m), a race the Te Akau operation won last season with champion 2YO Melody Belle. "Al Hasa will go to the Eclipse Stakes on New Year's Day and he's just got to keep improving, and we believe he will, and then it will be three and a-half weeks into the Million," Richards said of the well-bred colt who was a brilliant 6 length winner of the Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton at his most recent outing. Meanwhile, stable-mate Avantage has shown plenty of promise winning both her starts at Riccarton by wide margins. "She'll have one more run before the Karaka Million, but we've yet to decide when that will be," Richards said.
Momentum Continues at ArqanaWednesday, 13th December 2017The strong trade exhibited on the opening two days of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale continued on day three with 201 horses selling for €1,914,500, a 10% increase on last year's corresponding session. The clearance rate of 74% was also up, while the average price rose 7% to €9,525. The day's top seller was the 7YO mare Zaidiyna (Lot 694) which sold to leading breeder Benoît Gabeur for €82,000. Offered by the Aga Khan Studs, Zaidiyna is by Azamour out of Gr1 Prix de Diane & Gr1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine Zainta (Kahyasi). The Irish-bred Zainta has proven to be an excellent producer with Zaidpour and Zaynar both winning at the elite level over hurdles.