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Daily News | 23rd June 2017
Miss Cover Girl Bidding for Back-To-Back TiarasFriday, 23rd June 2017Smart Queensland mare Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain-Tolart, by Show a Heart) will have to overcome a wide draw if she is to become just the second horse to win two editions of the Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben tomorrow, reports Racing Queensland. The brilliant Grahame Begg-trained Bonanova is the only mare to hitherto win the Tiara twice when saluting in 1999 and 2000. Schweida said Miss Cover Girl is going just as well this year but he is worried by barrier 15. The 5YO, who is coming off an unlucky last-start ninth to Miss Gunpowder in the Listed Bert Hinkler Stakes at Doomben on 10 June, will jump from 12 if the emergencies drawn inside her fail to gain a start. "She had an awkward barrier last year but it was at Eagle Farm then," Schweida said. "She's got another bad draw this time and it's at Doomben so I'm just hoping for a bit of luck." Schweida added: "It was a ripper of a run [in the Hinkler] and she had no luck at all down the straight. I'm happy the way she's going and she's trained on well." The Tiara could be Miss Cover Girl's final race start after she was purchased for $500,000 at the recent Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. "I have to speak to her new owners about what happens after the Tatt's Tiara," Schweida said.
Barrier Concern for BabeFriday, 23rd June 2017Trainer Robert Heathcote has his fingers crossed for tomorrow's Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben after Bidii Babe drew barrier 13 in the $500,000 fillies & mares feature, reports theinformant.co.nz. "Barriers are everything at Doomben on a dry track," said Heathcote. "Bidii Babe was very good winning the Bright Shadow [Listed] two runs back and then in the Dane Ripper [Gr2] last time she was never on the track." He added: "She has drawn barrier 13 on Saturday and will come in three if the emergencies don't get a run. It makes it tricky. But her race jockey Jim Byrne rode her on Tuesday and said she felt very strong, so she is ready to run a race." Bidii Babe (Not a Single Doubt-Arthur's Lass, by Unduplicated) is currently rated a $41 chance with Tab for tomorrow's final Group One race of the season.
Godolphin Two-Handed in TiaraFriday, 23rd June 2017Darren Beadman says he is happy with Godolphin's two prospects leading into tomorrow's final Group One race of the season, reports Godolphin.com. Maternal (Street Cry) just got the better of Kinshachi (Commands) when the stable-mates ran the quinella in last weekend's Listed Gai Waterhouse Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich, but the latter is likely to be the only representative for the blue army in the Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben with Maternal listed as first emergency. "Before last week's race I was having trouble splitting them, and they both ran fantastic races with Maternal just getting up on the line," Beadman said. "Kinshachi has pulled through well from last week's run. If there was any doubt at all, she wouldn't be running. I'm confident she can back up well, she's drawn a good gate and this is clearly her toughest test to date. But she deserves her chance at this level." The former champion jockey added: "With Maternal we just have to wait for a scratching and hope she gets a run." Kinschachi and Maternal are listed at $21 and $31 respectively with Tab.
Gear Change for MogadorFriday, 23rd June 2017Meanwhile, talented sprinter Mogador will carry the royal blue of Godolphin in tomorrow's Gr3 W.J. Healey Stakes (1200m) at Doomben. Mogador, an Exceed And Excel half-brother to Golden Rose winner Astern, will have a gear change in a bid to spark a return to form after a respectable last-start eighth (beaten 2.6 lengths) behind Miss Gunpowder in the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) two weeks ago. "He's drawn wide, but we've taken the blinkers off and I'd expect him to settle back a bit, so it shouldn't be critical," trainer Darren Beadman said. "His work has been first class this week and if he runs up to it he'll be looking like the winner at some point."
Everest Target for SpiethFriday, 23rd June 2017Prodigiously talented sprinter Spieth is on target to trial in mid-August after recently returning to the Warwick Farm stable of trainer Bryce Heys, reports racing.com. Spieth, who is being prepared for a shot at the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October, will then resume in either the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on 3 September or the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at the same track on 17 September. "He can either have one trial and resume in the Concorde or have two trials and be ready to go for The Shorts," Heys said. "His first-up run will be hugely important as it will gives us an indication as to where we are at." Heys added: "The Everest is there but there is a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then." Heys will be hoping that Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) can finally deliver on his undoubted potential after recording Gr1 placings in the Lightning Stakes (1000m) in the autumn and the Darley Classic (1200m) last spring. The $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) on 11 November is once again high on the agenda. "Coming back to Melbourne and targeting the Darley is a big focus of his campaign," Heys said.
Spieth (image: Steve Hart)
Osborne to Become Godolphin Chief ExecutiveFriday, 23rd June 2017Joe Osborne, named interim chief executive of Godolphin following the resignation of John Ferguson earlier this month, will take up the position permanently, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Osborne, most recently the managing director of Godolphin in Ireland, said: “It is an honour to be entrusted with this role and I look forward to working with our global team to achieve racing and breeding success for Sheikh Mohammed and his family.”
Variation Bidding for Unique WA DoubleFriday, 23rd June 2017Talented 3YO Variation (War Chant-Fleeting Angel, by Don't Say Halo) has drawn barrier 13 in his bid to claim a unique double in Saturday's Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) in Perth, reports the West Australian. A dual stakes winner of the Gr2 WA Guineas and Listed Raconteur Stakes, Variation put up an excellent Guineas trial when a fast-finishing fifth behind Rock Magic and Scales Of Justice in the Gr3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) three weeks ago. If successful in tomorrow's $100,000 feature, Variation will become the first horse to win the Gr2 WA Guineas & Belmont Guineas double in its 37-year history. Jockey Brad Parnham said the Stephen Miller-trained gelding deserved to be favourite for the race. "He'll appreciate the step back up to 1600m," Parnham said. "He's won at his only two starts over the distance and should be hard to beat again." He added: "I expect him to be favourite on Saturday after an outstanding run in the Belmont Sprint."
Australia & New Zealand Weekend Stakes ScheduleFriday, 23rd June 2017Headlined by the final Group One race of the 2016/17 racing season – the Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara for fillies & mares in Brisbane – there are seven stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. First run in 1989 when aptly named the Winter Stakes, the Tatts Tiara has been won by some grand fillies and mares including Mamzelle Pedrille (1995), Dane Ripper (1997), Bonanova (1999 & 2000), Porto Roca (2001), Melito (2010), Red Tracer (2013), and Srikandi (2015). This year, the firming $3.10 Tab favourite is the Benjamin Smith-trained In Her Time, who is coming off an excellent second in the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap two weeks ago. Next in the market is the last-start Gr2 Dane Ripper winner Prompt Response at $6.50, then Eckstein ($9), followed by stable-mates Bonny O'Reilly and Egyptian Symbol which have drifted slightly to $9 (from $8) and $12 (from $10) respectively. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AET order are Saturday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form and runner news:
- 12:42pm: Listed Winning Edge Stakes (1350m) Doomben
- 1:48pm: Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) Tauranga
- 2:37pm: Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) Doomben
- 3:17pm: Listed G.H. Mumm Open Quality (1615m) Doomben
- 3:57pm: Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) Doomben
- 4:32pm: Gr3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) Doomben
- 5:45pm: Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) Belmont
Saturday 12:42pm: Listed Winning Edge Stakes (1350m) DoombenFriday, 23rd June 2017
1:48pm: Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) TaurangaFriday, 23rd June 2017
2:37pm: Gr3 Tattersalls Cup (2200m) DoombenFriday, 23rd June 2017
3:17pm: Listed G.H. Mumm Open Quality (1615m) DoombenFriday, 23rd June 2017
3:57pm: Gr1 Tattersalls Tiara (1350m) DoombenFriday, 23rd June 2017
4:32pm: Gr3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) DoombenFriday, 23rd June 2017
5:45pm: Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) BelmontFriday, 23rd June 2017
BOBS Nominations Now OpenFriday, 23rd June 2017Racing NSW advises that BOBS racehorse nominations for 2017 will close on Friday, 1st September 2017 for horses foaled in 2015 that turn two-year-olds on 1 August 2017. Click here for more information.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateFriday, 23rd June 2017After nearly forty-seven weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel maintains a comfortable advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings of $14.7 million. Occupying a clear second is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13.85 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.2 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 22 June) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,719,492
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,857,331
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,236,104
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,172,025
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,165,041
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,557,392
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,336,614
- Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $6,977,775
- Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $6,918,977
- Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,886,426
Elusive Quality PensionedFriday, 23rd June 2017Darley has announced that Elusive Quality has been pensioned from stud duties at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at the age of 24. "Elusive Quality has had two great careers but it's the right time for him just to relax and take it easy here at Jonabell," said Dan Pride, COO of Godolphin in America. "But given the success of his current sons at stud, along with the production from his daughters, his will certainly be a legacy that will last for quite some time." Despite not winning at Group One level, Elusive Quality was a highly talented individual and dual Gr3 winner who broke the world record for a mile in the Gr3 Poker Handicap at Belmont when scorching the turf in a time of 1:31.63 seconds. His very first crop produced 11 black-type winners, including French Gr1 winner and champion Elusive City. Foals from his second crop included Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner, Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner and Eclipse Award winner Smarty Jones, as well as Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse Champion Maryfield. Multiple Gr1 winning sires Quality Road and Raven's Pass were other top-class performers, while his best southern hemisphere performer was undoubtedly Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire, Sepoy. Hitherto, Elusive Quality has sired a total of 241 worldwide stakes horses, 127 black-type winners and 51 Graded or Group winners, 14 of those at Gr1 level.
Elusive Quality's champion Australian son and sire Sepoy
Big Orange Wins Gr1 Gold CupFriday, 23rd June 2017On day three of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, former 5-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill-Love Me True, by Kingmambo) – now standing at Drakenstein Stud in South Africa – celebrated an elite races success when 6YO gelding Big Orange (Duke of Marmalade-Miss Brown to You, by Fasliyev) outstayed his rivals when leading all the way to score a narrow short head win for trainer Michael Bell in the £400,000 Gr1 Gold Cup (4000m) for 4YO+, defeating the fast-finishing favourite Order Of St George (Galileo) & Harbour Law (Lawman). Big Orange, who finished fifth and tenth respectively in the 2015 and 2016 Melbourne Cups, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Goodwood Cup – twice) and 4 placings from 24 starts for $2,125,972 in earnings. "He's just an absolute superstar who gives his all and has a heart as big as himself,” trainer Michael Bell told Racing Post. “He wants to race and he's a colossal racehorse. On fast ground in the height of the summer he's a monster.” Bell added: "I can't describe the feeling of pride in the horse. He's a superstar and we're extremely lucky to train him.”
Sioux Nation Wins Gr2 Norfolk StakesFriday, 23rd June 2017On day three of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, 2YO US-bred colt Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy-Dream The Blues, by Oasis Dream) relished fast ground under foot when sprinting to a strong 0.5 length victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the £100,000 Gr2 Norfolk Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Santry (Harbour Watch) & Cardsharp (Lonhro). Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier, Sioux Nation improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for £70,046 in earnings. "He's a massive, powerful horse. To be doing this at this time of his career is incredible really,” Aidan O’Brien told Sky Sports. “Ryan [Moore] looked very comfortable and he was travelling very well. He gave him a marvellous ride and paced it brilliantly.” He added: “He's a horse everyone always loved."
Coronet Wins Gr2 Ribblesdale StakesFriday, 23rd June 2017On day three of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 3YO grey filly Coronet (Dubawi-Approach, by Darshaan) finished powerfully to score by a neck for trainer John Gosden in the £215,000 Gr2 Ribblesdale Stakes (2400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Mori (Frankel) & stable-mate Hertford Dancer (Foxwedge). Coronet improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Gr1 Prix Saint-Alary) from 5 starts for £193,147 in earnings. “She's a lovely filly and deserved this success,” trainer John Gosden told Racing Post. “The longer gap this year between the Oaks and this race was obviously a help. I've never seen a pace like that for a mile-and-a-half race.” He added: “Hertford Dancer is a great street fighter and I thought at one stage that she had the race won. Then I thought Mori, who is a very good filly, was going to beat us but that crafty Frenchman [Frankie Detorri] got Coronet home.”
Benbatl Wins Gr3 Hampton Court StakesFriday, 23rd June 2017On day three of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 3YO colt Benbatl (Dubawi-Nahrain, by Selkirk) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor in the £90,000 Gr3 Hampton Court Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Orderofthegarter (Galileo) & Mirage Dancer (Frankel). The Godolphin-owned Benbatl improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Dante Stakes & Gr3 Craven Stakes) from 5 starts for £144,369 in earnings.