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Daily News | 23rd February 2018

  • Derby Home Coming For NZ-Bred Disobedience

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    New Zealand’s racing public will finally get to see a Darren Weir-trained runner in the flesh. According to racing.com, the in-form conditioner, who has never before had a runner in the country, will saddle Civil Disobedience in tomorrow-week’s Gr1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie. The son of beautifully bred stallion Raise The Flag (Sadler's Wells-Hasili, Kahyasi) was sent across to Hobart for his last start where he thumped his rivals in the Tasmanian Derby. John Allen was in the irons that day, and the jockey will make the trip to Auckland to again partner the promising stayer who currently has 4 wins & 4 placings from 10 starts for $212,390 earnings. Civil Disobedience was purchased by Weir and renowned bloodstock expert John Foote for $32,500 at the 2016 NZB South Island Yearling Sale. He is expected to fly out tomorrow ahead of a gallop at Ellerslie on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Weir's successful Tasmanian raids could again bare fruit when Pleasuring will jump a pronounced favourite in Sunday's Tasmanian Oaks.
  • Qafila Is Diamond Dark Horse

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Co-trainer David Hayes concedes that exciting filly Qafila is going to have to produce something special to win tomorrow's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Qafila has been given an unorthodox preparation for the $1.5 million juvenile feature and goes into the race as the only horse not to have had a lead-up run. This makes her somewhat of an unknown quantity and the dark horse of the race. The daughter of Not A Single Doubt, who is raced by long-time Lindsay Park client Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Shadwell Stud, hasn't raced since scoring a most impressive win in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield in October. Hayes is confident that Qafila has the ability to win the race, but says she will have to have luck on her side after drawing poorly in barrier 16. "Qafila will be at good odds because she hasn't run recently," Hayes told racenet. "Until the barrier draw, I was sure she was going to be right in the race because if I ran her in a lead-up, she would have won." Hayes added: "She is going well but is going to need a D Dunn [Dwayne Dunn] classic ride." Shadwell Stud has had nine runners in the Blue Diamond Stakes for three winners, namely Mahaasin (1990), Nadeem (2006) and Reaan (2008).

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  • Hayes Bullish About Ennis Hill

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Meanwhile, co-trainer David Hayes has indicated that Ennis Hill is Lindsay Park's best winning chance in tomorrow's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Lindsay Park will saddle up four runners in the $1.5 million juvenile feature with unbeaten 2YOs Long Leaf & Enbihaar, as well as Qafila joining the Coolmore-owned Ennis Hill in the race. "We're very excited about Ennis Hill," a bullish Hayes told racenet. "Her trackwork has been terrific and her lead-up race form is outstanding. She'll make her own luck and look the winner at some stage." Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky), who won her Blue Diamond lead-up when posting a dominant front-running win in the Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield three weeks ago, is currently on the third line of betting at $8.50 with TAB.
  • Gr1 Performers Confirmed For Inglis Chairman’s Sale

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    In another boost for the Inglis Chairman’s Sale Breeding Prospects session, Gypsy Diamond and Heatherly - in foal to I Am Invincible and Written Tycoon respectively - headline early entries received for the sale’s second renewal, which will be held at the new Riverside complex on April 12, following the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Gypsy Diamond is part of an 11-strong group of mares being offered in an unreserved reduction sale by Finemore Thoroughbreds and Planette Thoroughbred. The Finemore/Planette draft also includes mares in foal to outstanding stallions, including the likes of sires Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Savabeel.

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    Exciting Gr1 performer Heatherly (pic: Inglis)
  • Hickman Has Faith in Pierata

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."
  • Seannie Seeking First VIC Stakes Win

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Former WA filly Seannie will be chasing her first black-type victory on the east coast when she contests tonight's Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Ascot last year, Seannie made a stunning Victorian debut when storming home from last to win the Ranvet Summer Sprint Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley two weeks ago. New trainer Trent Busuttin says the talented 3YO has thrived since her fetching first-up performance. "She has come through her first-up run too well so we have decided to run her at The Valley and try and chase some black-type," he said. "They don't run sectionals like she did last start without being a serious horse." Busuttin added: "You could argue she should have been unbeaten as a two-year-old in Perth. It is a hot field. Tulip is going to be hard to beat, along with John Hawkes' filly Bella Martini." By Sebring out of the Choisir mare Uncanny Choice, Seannie hails from the family of Australian, VRC, and Queensland Derby winner November Rain, and multiple stakes-winning sprinter Dubleanny.

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  • Weekend Black Type Feature Schedule

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Headlined by Victoria's richest juvenile race, the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, as well as the weight-for-age Gr1 Futurity Stakes and the time-honoured Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield, plus the Gr1 WFA Classic at Hastings, there are 24 stakes races across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong this weekend. First run in 1971, the Blue Diamond has been won by some outstanding juveniles, some of whom went on to forge highly successful stud careers and make their mark on the thoroughbred breed including Manikato (1978), Bounding Away (1986), Zeditave (1988), Courtza (1989), Hurricane Sky (1994), Redoute's Choice (1999), Bel Esprit (2002), Alinghi (2004), and Sepoy (2011). This year's Blue Diamond is regarded as one of the most open of the modern era with the current TAB favourite being Long Leaf at $6.50, ahead of Oohood at $7.50, Plague Stone at $8, Kinky Boom & Ennis Hill at $8.50, and Prairie Fire at $9. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AEDT order are Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:

    Friday

    • 9:30pm: Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) Moonee Valley 

    Saturday

    • 12:01pm: Gr3 Matamata Slipper (1200m) Matamata
    • 12:30pm: Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) Caulfield
    • 1:05pm: Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) Caulfield
    • 1:15pm: Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) Matamata
    • 1:40pm: Gr3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) Caulfield
    • 2:00pm: Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) Rosehill Gardens
    • 2:03pm: Gr1 WFA Classic (1600m) Hastings
    • 2:15pm: Gr2 Armanasco Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 2:25pm: Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) Matamata
    • 2:50pm: Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 3:10pm: Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) Rosehill Gardens
    • 3:25pm: Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 3:45pm: Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) Rosehill Gardens
    • 4:05pm: Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) Caulfield
    • 4:25pm: Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) Rosehill Gardens
    • 4:45pm: Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) Caulfield
    • 5:25pm: Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) Caulfield
    • 7:05pm: Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) Ascot

    Sunday

    • 3:40pm: Listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) Launceston
    • 4:12pm: Gr3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) Launceston
    • Time TBC: Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) Pinjarra
    • 7:05pm: Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) Sha Tin
    • 7:40pm: Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) Sha Tin

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  • FRI 9:30pm: Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) Moonee Valley

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • SAT 12:01pm: Gr3 Matamata Slipper (1200m) Matamata

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 12:30pm: Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 1:05pm: Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 1:15pm: Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) Matamata

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 1:40pm: Gr3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 2:00pm: Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) Rosehill Gardens

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 2:03pm: Gr1 WFA Classic (1600m) Hastings

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 2:15pm: Gr2 Armanasco Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 2:25pm: Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) Matamata

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 2:50pm: Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 3:10pm: Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) Rosehill Gardens

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 3:25pm: Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 3:45pm: Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) Rosehill Gardens

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 4:05pm: Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 4:25pm: Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) Rosehill Gardens

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 4:45pm: Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 5:25pm: Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) Caulfield

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 7:05pm: Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) Ascot

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • SUN 3:40pm: Listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) Launceston

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 4:12pm: Gr3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) Launceston

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 7:05pm: Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) Sha Tin

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 7.25pm: Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) Pinjarra

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • 7:40pm: Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) Sha Tin

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
  • Guineas Start on Line for Age Of Fire

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Top Kiwi colt Age Of Fire will travel to Australia for next month's Randwick Guineas if he perform to expectations at Matamata tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. A last-start winner of the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham, Age Of Fire will contest The Proisir 1400 and a win will see book a trip to Sydney for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March. "We've just been held up by a couple of niggling things with him but Opie [Bosson] rode him this morning [Thursday] at three-quarter pace and was happy with him," co-trainer Jamie Richards said. "We had initially hoped he'd be running in the Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill this weekend, but hopefully he'll be winning at Matamata instead and give us the confidence to head to the Randwick Guineas." Age Of Fire has won three of his six starts and was also second in the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. It was announced last week that Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) will stand at New Zealand's iconic Cambridge Stud when he retires.
  • Endean Rose Sold To Australia

    Friday, 23rd February 2018
    Group One performed Kiwi mare Endean Rose has been sold to Australian interests, reports NZ Racing Desk. Endean Rose, who was placed in last year's Gr1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hawke's Bay, was set to run in tomorrow's Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata but has consequently been withdrawn from the race. "We never thought of her as an out-and-out champion but she's outdone herself," said Rotorua trainer Iain Kennedy, who raced Endean Rose with Andrew Burton and Linda Hunt. "We're happy with what we've achieved with her. It's a bittersweet thing selling her but sometimes it's just one of those things you have to do." Kennedy said the 7YOs new owners had indicated she could race in Australia in the autumn but the primary reason for her purchase was as a broodmare. Endean Rose (Savabeel-Pretoria, by Carnegie) boasts an attractive page that includes Australian & New Zealand Oaks winner Domino, New Zealand 2,000 Guineas winner Hero,  Gr2 Rich Hill Mile winner La Etoile, Gr2 Schillaci Stakes winner Halibery and Listed winner Gimmick, dam of Gr1 TJ Smith Classic (now JJ Atkins Stakes) winner Linky Dink.

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