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Daily News | 20th August 2018
NEW Redzel Wins TrialMonday, 20th August 2018Defending Everest champion Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) has continued his preparation for the world’s richest turf race with an easy barrier trial win at Rosehill this morning. With Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, the Peter & Paul Snowden trained 6YO looked sharp in the opening 1000m heat of the morning when leading throughout to score by 2.3 lengths over Champagne Cuddles and I Am Excited in a time of 59.70 seconds. Triple Gr1 winner and current Everest favourite Trapeze Artist ($4.50) was given an easy time by jockey Tye Angland coasting to the line for fourth. Redzel, who is second favourite for the Everest at $6 with TAB, will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October.
NEW Concorde First-Up for RedzelMonday, 20th August 2018Co-trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that Redzel will launch his Everest campaign in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Snowden, who was speaking after Redzel’s barrier trial win at Rosehill this morning, said the 6YO was ready to return to the races. “We asked him for a bit today and he quickened nicely so he’s on track,’’ Snowden told racingnsw.com.au. “He switches right on when he’s got the blinkers on him and his whole demeanour this time in has been very good.” Snowden added: “He’s a hard horse to get a read on because he’s such a laid back horse but when we’ve worked him his work has always been brilliant.’’
Redzel (image: Steve Hart)
NEW Trapeze Artist Pleases RyanMonday, 20th August 2018Trainer Gerald Ryan said he is more than pleased with the progress of Trapeze Artist after watching the triple Gr1 winner finish fourth behind Redzel in the opening 1000m barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. “He had a good hit out last week and has come on from it and I thought he trialled lovely,’’ Ryan told racingnsw.com.au. “He’s in a good head space and we’ll just keep ticking him over at home.’’ Trapeze Artist, the current $4.50 favourite for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October, will kick off his spring campaign in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on 8 September.
Trapze Artist (image: Steve Hart)
NEW Pierata All Class in TrialMonday, 20th August 2018Emerging star sprinter Pierata has tuned up for his next raceday appearance with an emphatic barrier trial win at Rosehill this morning. Pierata, who lowered the colours of Kementari when resuming with a decisive victory in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago, oozed class when scoring by 2.3 lengths untouched in his 895m heat in a time of 54.75 seconds. Trainer Greg Hickman is yet to lock in Pierata’s next target but has expressed a desire to run the impressive son of Pierro in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. Pierata, who is yet to be picked up by one of the remaining two Everest slot-holders, is currently available at $11 with TAB for the world’s richest turf race. Click here to watch Pierata’s trial.
Pierata (image: Steve Hart)
NEW Still No Love for Nature StripMonday, 20th August 2018Part-owner Rod Lyons has revealed that a deal for boom sprinter Nature Strip to represent one of the remaining three slot-holders in the $13 million The Everest has fallen through, reports racing.com. Lyons felt that Nature Strip was a strong chance of securing an Everest slot after Sunlight came out and won Saturday’s Gr3 Quezette Stakes; Nature Strip had given the filly windburn when scoring a blistering win in the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) in Adelaide three weeks ago. "We are still in the picture. He (the slot-holder) hasn't picked another horse, and the other two slot-holders are saying that you are in the top two of our picks but we want to see him race one more time," said Lyons. "I thought we might get a bit of renewed interest after Saturday with Sunlight, but no one's phoned and said 'Yep, we want your horse'.” Lyons added: “But if he doesn't get a slot, no one is losing a great deal of sleep over it. There are lots of races out there for a horse of his ability.” Nature Strip is expected to make his next appearance in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 8 September.
NEW Doc Burns Up ValleyMonday, 20th August 2018Tony McEvoy was one very happy trainer after watching top-class sprinter Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) scorch around Moonee Valley in an impressive track gallop yesterday morning. The dual Group 1 winner, who has fully recovered from torn pectoral muscles that forced him to miss the autumn, will open his spring campaign in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on Saturday. “Hey Doc cruised around really strongly and I was much happier with his work today. He pulled up clean and is ready to go,” McEvoy told racing.com. “It's nice to have him back. He's probably my pin-up horse for the stable having won two Group 1s for us. This spring his aim is the Manikato Stakes again.” Hey Doc is being prepared for a defence of his title in the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 26 October.
Hey Doc (image: Mark Gatt)
NEW El Dorado Dreaming Wins TrialMonday, 20th August 2018Classy filly El Dorado Dreaming has furthered her spring preparation with a 1000m barrier trial win on her home track at Newcastle this morning. The 3YO, who was a surprise 100-1 winner of the Group 1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) in the autumn, is being prepared for an ambitious spring campaign commencing with the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes and Group 1 Flight Stakes in Sydney, before the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, Group 1 Cox Plate, and the Group 1 VRC Oaks in Melbourne. Trainer Ben Smith has previously confirmed that El Dorado Dreaming will make her seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 16 September.
Our G1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stks winner El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity) looked fantastic working home well to win her trial this morning @newcastleraces_ with @LeverChad on board, defeating the unbeaten Smart Melody #ExcitingTimesAhead @AndrewBensley @SkyRacingAU @vicbreeders pic.twitter.com/hS3GhbzOlh — Ben Smith Racing (@BenSmithRacing1) August 19, 2018
NEW More Sundays Living Up To Rich PedigreeMonday, 20th August 2018Co-trainer David Hayes has confirmed that boom colt More Sundays will be aimed next month’s Gr1 Golden Rose in Sydney after the blue blood posted a sparkling barrier trial win at Rosehill this morning. With Kerrin McEvoy aboard, the 3YO son of multiple Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock and 8-time Gr1 winning mare More Joyous looked every inch a potential top-flight racehorse when bounding to an effortless 1.8 length win in his 895m heat in 54.02 seconds. Following an eye-catching debut win at Geelong on 6 August, Hayes has mapped out an ambitious plan for the Strawberry Hill Stud (John Singleton) bred and owned More Sundays which he hopes will culminate with starts in the Gr1 Golden Rose and Gr1 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne. “He goes to a 1300 metre race on the first of September and hopefully his rating will be at a level where he can go to the Golden Rose for his next run,” Hayes told racing.com. “I don't want to race him too much because I want to try and train him for a nice race in Melbourne. If everything is going the right way, we'll go to the Guineas.” More Sundays is just the second foal from More Joyous who has also produced unbeaten Frankel mare Woman. Click here to watch More Sundays’ trial.
Winx Wins Gr1 Winx StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Winx (5)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Street CryD: Vegas Showgirl 2.0L5. Invictus Prince (4)J: J R CollettT: Matthew SmithW: 59 kgsS: DansiliD: Golden Stream 3.0L9. D'Argento (9)J: J B Mc DonaldT: C J WallerW: 58.5 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Fullazz 3.2L7. Kementari (7)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 58.5 kgsS: LonhroD: Yavanna
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his champion 7YO daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) opened her spring campaign in auspicious fashion with a sublime victory in the eponymous $500,000 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating long-shot Invictus Prince & stable-mate D'Argento. Winx also broke Black Caviar's record to become the first Australian horse in history to win 26 races in succession. The world's best racehorse advanced her astonishing record to 30 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – three times, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - three times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - twice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – three times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 36 starts for record Australian earnings of $19,290,425. Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
Winx cruises home in the Gr1 Winx Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)
Waller Praises World’s BestMonday, 20th August 2018Chris Waller was in awe of Winx after the champion mare returned from a break with yet another emphatic, and hollow, victory in the eponymous Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Waller said Winx, officially recognised as the world’s best racehorse, is the quintessential champion. “The last 25 starts she has overcome hard tracks, wet tracks, windy days, short distances , long distances, pressure, big weight. She just ticks every box like you expect champions to do,” Waller told racingnsw.com.au. “What she is doing for sport in Australia - we should all take a bow and say well done.” Waller’s assessment of Winx is that he believes she has actually improved this preparation, a daunting thought for her future rivals. “Just looking for signs of her losing that dominance, I haven’t seen one ounce of it,” he said. “If anything I’ve seen improvement. It’s quite staggering. What she does to horses is simply break their hearts.” Winx, who is being aimed at an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory in the spring, will make her next appearance in the $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 15 September.
Australia Post To Release Commemorative Winx StampMonday, 20th August 2018Australia Post will release a commemorative stamp to celebrate Winx's record-breaking 26th consecutive win in Saturday's Gr1 Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick. Her win is a new Australian record, surpassing the 25 wins by Black Caviar, and is second worldwide only to the Hungarian mare Kincsem who won all of her 54 races in the 1870s. Commenting on the stamp release Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said: "It is a fitting tribute to such a significant sporting achievement and amazing racehorse. The beautiful artwork on the stamp, and what it represents, will no doubt appeal to horse racing enthusiasts and collectors alike." The $1 base rate stamp features Winx being ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman who rode Winx in today's recordbreaking win. Bowman commented: "She's really become an Australian icon who'll be remembered for generations. For her to be commemorated in this manner is a great honour and a very worthy distinction."
D’Argento Thrills in ReturnMonday, 20th August 2018While all eyes were understandably on Winx in Saturday’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, lightly raced 4YO D’Argento (So You Think–Fullazz, by Redoute's Choice) signalled a big spring awaits when running a slashing third behind his champion stable-mate. “He ran super,” jockey James McDonald told racingnsw.com.au. “He gave me a beautiful ride throughout the race. He was exposed with no cover half way through the race and then slotted in nicely. He just peaked late.” Trainer Chris Waller said D’Argento, a winner of last season’s Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, would chase more Gr1 glory in the spring with races such as the Memsie Stakes & Makybe Diva Stakes in Melbourne, and the Epsom Handicap in Sydney on his agenda.
Fiesta Wins Gr2 Darley Silver Shadow StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Fiesta (1)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 56 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Now Now 0.3L4. Outback Barbie (2)J: J B Mc DonaldT: T J GollanW: 55 kgsS: Spirit Of BoomD: Pure Purrfection 0.7L6. Futooh (4)J: J R CollettT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: SebringD: Golden Millennium 1.4L9. Ready To Prophet (6)J: Tommy BerryT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Ready To Live
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Fiesta (I Am Invincible-Now Now, by Danehill Dancer) kicked off her spring campaign with a decisive win in the opening leg of the Princess Series, the $200,000 Gr2 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Outback Barbie & Futooh. Purchased by Star Thoroughbreds in partnership with Chris Waller Racing for $150,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Fiesta improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 Widden Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes, Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes & Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes) from 7 starts for $434,550 in earnings.
Fiesta (image: Steve Hart)
Showtime Wins Gr2 PB Lawrence StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -14. Showtime (8)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 58.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Flidais 0.4L1. Hartnell (13)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 59 kgsS: AuthorizedD: Debonnaire 0.6L9. Widgee Turf (9)J: W EganT: Patrick PayneW: 59 kgsS: TurffonteinD: Greyhound 0.7L11. Kings Will Dream (14)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: CasamentoD: Road Harbour
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais, by Timber Country) showed the benefit of race fitness when scoring a narrow front-running win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Hartnell & Widgee Turf. The well-bred Showtime improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Stutt Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Sliver Slipper Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr1 Futurity Stakes) from 17 starts for $624,230 in earnings. A $1.1 million yearling from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Showtime is a full-brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Sweet Idea from Gr1 Metropolitan & Gr1 Ranvet Stakes winner Electronic.
Showtime (image: Mark Gatt)
Melody Belle Wins Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge PlateMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -13. Melody Belle (4)J: R S RusofT: J W RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: CommandsD: Meleka Belle 0.1L6. Julius (7)J: J L WaddellT: J W BellW: 58.5 kgsS: Swiss AceD: Oh So Royal 1.9L5. Authentic Paddy (6)J: T D ThorntonT: Ms L LattaW: 58.5 kgsS: HowbaddouwantitD: Authentic Cross 2.3L11. Francaletta (13)J: M T ColemanT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Snow Peak
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a Group race success when classy 4YO New Zealand-bred filly Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) timed her run to perfection when diving late to score a nose win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating favourite Julius & Authentic Paddy. Crowned New Zealand's champion 2YO in 2016, Melody Belle was purchased for just $57,500 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm. She improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 Mongolian Khan Trophy & Listed Karaka Million) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 WRC Wakefield Challenge Stakes) from 13 starts for NZ$935,890 in earnings. Jamie Richards, who is training for the powerful Te Akau team on his own this season, was relieved Melody Belle had produced her best after she providing him with some concerns in the lead-up to the race, reports NZ Racing Desk. “I was just a little bit worried during the week as her work wasn’t that flash on Tuesday,” said Richards. “I didn’t want to pump her up too much but she’s a real. This will take a bit out of her as she has had a tough run first-up. We will get her home and assess things but at this stage she will be going to Hastings next.” The race Richards was referring to is the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings in a fortnight.
Le Romain Wins Gr3 Show County QualityMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Le Romain (1)J: J B Mc DonaldT: K A LeesW: 61 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Mignard 1.3L7. Siege Of Quebec (9)J: Tim ClarkT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 53 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Rose Of Cimmaron 4.8L3. Boss Lane (2)J: A AdkinsT: R J QuintonW: 54.5 kgsS: DubawiD: Lyricalworks 5.2L2. Takedown (4)J: Tommy BerryT: G W MooreW: 55.5 kgsS: StratumD: Apamea
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Le Romain (Hard Spun-Mignard, by Strategic) showed his class when lumping 61.kg - 5.5kg more than his nearest rival - to post an impressive first-up win in the $150,000 Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) for 3YOs+, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Boss Lane. This was an eye-catching return by triple Gr1 winner Le Romain who improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Canterbury BMW Stakes, Gr1 Cantala Stakes, Gr1 Randwick Guineas & last start's Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr1 Kingsford Smith-Cup, Gr2 Tramway Stakes & Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes) from 27 starts for $2,792,075 in earnings.
Le Romain (image: Steve Hart)
Master Ash Wins Gr3 Up And Coming StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Master Ash (7)J: Tim ClarkT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 53 kgsS: SebringD: Hanky Panky 1.0L9. Danawi (9)J: J Innes JnrT: T R MartinW: 53 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Secret Admirer 1.5L7. Smart Elissim (3)J: J R CollettT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 53 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Nobody But You 1.7L2. Irukandji (4)J: Tommy BerryT: M, W & J HawkesW: 58.5 kgsS: DundeelD: Cerberus Gal
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Master Ash (Sebring-Hanky Panky, by Anabaa) opened his stakes account when landing the $150,000 Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) for 3YOs, defeating Danawi & Smart Elissim. Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Master Ash improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 4 starts for $131,560 in earnings. Owned by Mr Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets, Master Ash was purchased by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing for $170,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Master Ash is out of the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes placed mare Hanky Panky, an Encosta de Lago half sister to Arrowfield's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt. This makes Master Ash a half-sibling to stakes winners Come Hither and Fun In Flight and a direct descendant of influential broodmare Easy Date, ancestress also of Gr1-winning sire Snippets and Golden Slipper winner Forensics. Master Ash is being aimed at next month's Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m). "He’s held in high regard," Bott told Sky Racing. "In the last six weeks he has developed physically and mentally. Sitting one-one adds another string to his bow. Now that he is a more mature horse, he’s able to do those sort of things."
Master Ash (image: Steve Hart)
Egyptian Symbol Wins Gr3 Toy Show QualityMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Egyptian Symbol (2)J: Tim ClarkT: Bjorn BakerW: 58 kgsS: StratumD: Our Egyptian Raine 0.1L3. Zestful (3)J: J R CollettT: K A LeesW: 57.5 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Zest 0.9L6. Nettoyer (8)J: Rachel KingT: Ms W RocheW: 53 kgsS: SebringD: Cleanup 1.2L5. Luvaluva (5)J: K Mc EvoyT: J G SargentW: 54 kgsS: MastercraftsmanD: Wansesingyee
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Widden Stud's deceased Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian mare Egyptian Symbol (Stratum-Our Egyptian Raine, by Desert Sun) returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in eight months when scoring a rails-hugging win in the $150,000 Gr3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Zestful & Nettoyer. Egyptian Symbol, who was retained to race by her breeder Cressfield Farm after she was passed in for $90,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, improved her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Nivison Stakes, Gr3 ATC PJ Bell Stakes, Listed Starlight Stakes, Listed ATC Darby Munro Stakes & Listed ATC Fireball Stakes) and 10 placings from 25 starts for $879,855 in earnings. She is the seventh foal to race for 8-time stakes winner and Gr1 Railway Stakes (NZ) winner Our Egyptian Raine who has also produced Gr1 HKJC Chairman's Sprint Prize placegetter Strathmore.
Tony Nicconi Wins Gr3 Vain StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Tony Nicconi (4)J: L NolenT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: NicconiD: Wickham 0.4L1. Long Leaf (9)J: M ZahraT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 57.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Frustrating 0.9L5. Native Soldier (5)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: SepoyD: Belong To Many 1.9L4. The August (1)J: L CurrieT: Brent StanleyW: 55 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Acouplamas
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a Group race success when highly regarded 3YO Australian-bred colt Tony Nicconi (Nicconi-Wickham, by Elusive Quality) opened his stakes account despite sitting outside the leader and facing the breeze in the $150,000 Gr3 Vain Stakes (1200m) for 3YO colts & geldings, defeating his fast-finishing stable-mate Long Leaf & Native Soldier. Trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Tony Nicconi extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins form 2 starts for $166,750 in earnings. David Hayes said Tony Nicconi’s primary spring target is the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November, while Long Leaf will head to next month’s Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney.
Tony Nicconi (image: Mark Gatt)
Sunlight Wins Gr3 Quezette StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Sunlight (3)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 58.5 kgsS: ZoustarD: Solar Charged 0.1L8. Humma Humma (10)J: J MottT: John McArdleW: 55 kgsS: DenmanD: Humma Mumma 0.9L2. Thrillster (16)J: N CallowT: L & T CorstensW: 57.5 kgsS: StarspangledbannerD: Heart Of Thrills 1.1L6. Qafila (7)J: M ZahraT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56.5 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Zighy Bay
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud stallion and former 3YO champion Australian sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a Group race success when high class 3YO Australian-bred filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) bounced back to her best with a brilliant win in the $150,000 Gr3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Humma Humma & Thrillster. Sunlight, a $300,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Gr3 Magic Night Stakes & Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper & Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 9 starts for $2,273,200 in earnings.
Dollar For Dollar Wins Gr3 Spring StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Dollar For Dollar (9)J: Jamie KahT: Tony McEvoyW: 58.5 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Pretty Penny 0.5L7. Hard Empire (4)J: Justin HuxtableT: R R JollyW: 58.5 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Last Quill 3.0L3. Inn Keeper (2)J: D TourneurT: Symon WildeW: 58.5 kgsS: HostD: Petit Cadeau 3.3L5. Tatoosh (8)J: Ms E FinneganT: Will ClarkenW: 58.5 kgsS: BeneteauD: Miss Columbus
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Dollar For Dollar (High Chaparral-Pretty Penny, by Encosta de Lago) resumed with a brilliant first-up win when scoring by a cosy 0.5 length in the $120,000 Gr3 Spring Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Hard Empire & Inn Keeper. Dollar For Dollar, who is a half-brother to Gr2 Zipping Classic winner Sertorius (Galileo) and Gr3 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner Clifton Red (Sebring), advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Chandler McLeod Recruitment Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed John Dillon Stakes) from 16 starts for $380,695 in earnings.
Osborne Bulls Wins Listed Regal Roller StakesMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Osborne Bulls (9)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 59 kgsS: Street CryD: Jerezana 0.1L4. Land Of Plenty (5)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 58 kgsS: StratumD: Dancing 1.6L7. Brave Song (8)J: Regan BaylissT: P & P SnowdenW: 54 kgsS: Your SongD: Brave Choice 1.7L6. Bella Martini (6)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54 kgsS: StratumD: Silverbeat
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Osborne Bulls (Street Cry-Jerezana, by Lonhro) boosted his already impressive winning strike rate when claiming his second career stakes victory in the $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) for 4YO+, defeating Land Of Plenty & Brave Song. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Osborne Bulls is out of the Listed Ramornie Handicap winner Jerezana. He improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and 3 placings from 11 starts for $377,010 in earnings.
Super Maxi Wins Listed Belmont NewmarketMonday, 20th August 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Super Maxi (3)J: P KnuckeyT: Chris GangemiW: 54 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Ocean Challenger 0.5L7. Yeah Dardy (1)J: S O'DonnellT: Ms J ErkelensW: 55 kgsS: DemeritD: Once Upon A Crime 1.8L5. Rebel King (5)J: Mitchell PatemanT: D T McAuliffeW: 57.5 kgsS: Universal RulerD: Rebel Sister 2.0L1. Profit Street (7)J: J WhitingT: P & M GiadrescoW: 59 kgsS: ViscountD: Street Show
At Belmont racecourse in Perth, WA, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Super Maxi (Redoute’s Choice-Ocean Challenger, by Rubiton) proved too slick for his rivals when scoring a decisive front-running win in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Yeah Dardy & Rebel King. A $30,000 purchase at the 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, Super Maxi improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings (including the Listed ATC Fireball Stakes) from 18 starts for $295,075 in earnings.
160th Stakes Winner for Redoute's ChoiceMonday, 20th August 2018Super Maxi became his 160th stakes winner for his multiple champion sire Redoute's Choice when landing the Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) in Perth on Saturday. Originally an Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase, Super Maxi was then sold to trainer Chris Gangemi who has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stable graduates, notably the multiple Group winner and Group 1 performer Rock Magic (also by Redoute’s Choice). Super Maxi was bred by Dr Dennis Bowden, David Goldfinch & Wayne McGuire from their fine racemare Ocean Challenger (Rubiton), whose eight wins included the 2011 Gr3 MVRC Tesio Stakes. The mare has an unraced full brother to Super Maxi, bought for $100,000 by Gangemi and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2017 New Zealand Premier Sale. The 2YO Olympic Glory-Ocean Challenger filly was also a $100,000 purchase, this time by Paul Perry from the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. A few hours after Super Maxi’s stakes win, Ocean Challenger delivered his three-quarter sister by Scissor Kick and she will be served this Spring by Pariah, the latest addition to Arrowfield’s dynamic dynasty. Redoute’s Choice had 14 stakes winners in Australia, France, England and New Zealand last season, and has just clicked over 1000 winners and his 160 stakes winners maintain his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.
Hamada Melbourne Cup BoundMonday, 20th August 2018Godolphin's highly promising stayer Hamada booked himself a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup when running out a stylish winner of the Gr3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (13 furlongs) at Newbury on Saturday. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Hamada's decisive 2.5 length victory was his fifth in a row and boosted his already imposing record to 5 wins from 7 starts and over £100,000 in earnings. Appleby's assistant, Alex Merriam, told Sky Sports: "Definitely Australia is the plan now. We are very pleased with that." He added: "James (Doyle) said he saw it out well and that the ground was just on the soft side for him. He thought that Australia would suit him well."
Vinery Stallion ParadeMonday, 20th August 2018Vinery Stud will showcase its roster of high class stallions when it hosts its annual Stallion Parades this weekend, Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am with the parade to commence at 9:00am each day. All seven of Vinery's stallions will be paraded headlined by Black Caviar's 4-time Gr1 winning half-brother All Too Hard and champion shuttler More Than Ready, as well as Pluck and exciting young sires Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement. Click here to view the Vinery Stud Stallions brochure.
Bumper Inglis Ready2Race Catalogue On-LineMonday, 20th August 2018The CATALOGUE for Inglis’ 2018 Ready2Run Sale, which will be held at Riverside Stables on Monday October 15 – two days after The Everest – is now available online. Siblings to Group 1 winners, progeny of Group 1-winning mares and 2YOs by some of Australia’s leading stallions are included in the catalogue. Among the 183 juveniles are horses by leading sires such as Fastnet Rock, Pierro, So You Think, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Zoustar, More Than Ready, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, Spirit Of Boom, Tavistock and Not A Single Doubt, as well as first season sires including Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Sacred Falls, Shooting To Win and Toronado. Of the entries, 51 are nominated for the $8 million Inglis Race Series and 118 are BOBS Eligible. Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Jonathan D’Arcy is thrilled with the strength of the catalogue, noting, “This is the strongest Ready2Race catalogue we have ever presented to buyers. This sale concept [2YOs in work] is extremely popular in many racing jurisdictions around the world but is yet to realise its full potential in Australia, but we firmly believe there is a strong market for it here and we have continued to work closely with our clients to provide the best platform for this sale to further develop and reach its potential in Australia.” D’Arcy added, “By moving the sale to coincide with The Everest, it will cap off one of the biggest weeks in Australian racing.”
Key Inglis Ready2Race LotsMonday, 20th August 2018Among the key juveniles catalogued for October’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale (see above item) in October are:
- Per Incanto x Explosive Dancer - Half brother to this year’s G1 New Zealand Derby winner, Vin De Dance (see below).
- Fastnet Rock x Heavenly Glow - This filly is out of the G1 Australian Oaks winner and Champion 3YO Filly of her generation, Heavenly Glow.
- Warhorse x Hidden Strings - Half brother to five winners including this year’s impressive G1 Schweppes Oaks winner, Sopressa.
- Savabeel x I Do - Three-quarter brother-in-blood to Stakes winner Iggi Pop. From G1 Hawkes Bay Makfi Challenge Stakes winner I Do.
- Stratum x In The Past - Half brother to the G2 Silver Slipper winner and Aquis stallion, Domesday.
- Sepoy x Quiet Life - Half brother to six winners including Better Life, the Champion Miler of her generation in Singapore.
- All Too Hard x Quintessential - Out of the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential.
- Dundeel x Shoot Fer Love - Three-quarter sister-in-blood to the four-time G1 winner Shoot Out.
- Written Tycoon x Suffer In Silence - From a half sister to the multiple G1 winner Response, who in turn is the dam of this year’s G1 Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab.
Sir Prancealot Adds UK Gr2Monday, 20th August 2018At Newbury in the UK, Cornerstone Stud's Gr2-winning shuttler Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz-Mona Em, by Catrail) added a Group race success when 4YO Irish-bred gelding Sir Dancealot (Sir Prancealot-Majesty's Dancer, by Danehill Dancer) continued his rise through the local sprinting ranks when finished powerfully to score by 1.25 lengths in the Gr2 Hungerford Stakes (7 furlongs), defeating Dream Of Dreams & Breton Rock. Sir Dancealot improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Lennox Stakes, Gr3 Criterion Stakes & Listed Rockingham Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes & Gr3 Abernant Stakes) from 24 starts for £455,258 in earnings. Sir Dancealot's sire, Sir Prancealot, was a precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes. He then went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville, before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes at his final race start. Sir Prancealot will stand at Cornerstone Stud this season at a fee of $14,300 (inc. GST).
Pretty Pollyanna Wins Gr1 Prix MornyMonday, 20th August 2018At Deauville in France overnight, 2YO UK-bred filly Pretty Pollyanna (Oasis Dream-Unex Mona Lisa, by Shamardal) claimed the first top-flight race of the season for juveniles in France when landing the Gr1 Prix Morny (6 furlongs), defeating Signora Cabello and True Mason. Having bolted up by 7 lengths in the Gr2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket at her previous start, was favoured to claim the Prix Morny and she didn't disappoint holding off a late challenge from Signora Cabello to prevail by 0.75 length. Trainer Michael Bell said Pretty Pollyanna should have no problem coping with a mile. "She really toughed it out in the last furlong and what pleased me for the future was her last furlong was her best furlong," Bell told Racing Post. "That bodes very well for her getting a mile, the way she kicked in the last 150 yards. I hope she'll get a mile. She's in the Moyglare and Cheveley Park so we'll talk together and decide." Pretty Pollyanna improved her record to 3 wins from 4 starts for £228,588 in earnings.