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Daily News | 12th December 2017
NZB's Karaka Graduates On Top Ahead Of 2018 NYSSTuesday, 12th December 2017Hot on the heels of an exceptional weekend for New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) graduates, the kiwi sales company is gearing up for its 2018 National Yearling Sales Series. Last Sunday, where 2014 sales alumni Mr Stunning and Beauty Generation delivered a Gr1 double at Sha Tin's Longines Hong Kong International Race Meeting, provided the icing on the cake of what has been another highly successful year for the organisation based at picturesque Karaka, south of Auckland. The 2018 sale catalogue comprises 1,247 yearlings across 3 Books, starting with an evening session (100 Lots) on Sunday, 28 January, which is preceded on Saturday, 27th January, with the Karaka Million twilight meeting at Ellerslie in the city of sails. Click on the image below for a complete overview of what to expect in 2018.
Guineas Aim for Trapeze ArtistTuesday, 12th December 2017Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is being aimed at the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the autumn, reports Sky Racing. "Trapeze Artist is back in the stable and looks terrific," trainer Gerald Ryan said. "He put on 30 kilos in three weeks. His aim will be the Randwick Guineas and maybe the All Aged Stakes but how he gets there is still to be decided." Ryan added: "The Randwick Guineas is the main aim." Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) was spelled after finishing a well beaten 15th of 20 in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in the spring.
Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)
Menari Close to ReturnTuesday, 12th December 2017Meanwhile, richly talented colt Menari will return to work next week and be targeted at some feature Group 1 sprints in the autumn, reports Sky Racing. A brilliant winner of the Listed Rosebud (1100m) and Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney in the spring, Menari was subsequently diagnosed with a wind problem after finishing third as favourite in the Group 1 Golden Rose on 23 September. The George Altomonte bred and owned son of Snitzel underwent tie-back surgery and was spelled. "We are looking at the Galaxy [Gr1] and the Arrowfield Sprint [Gr1]," trainer Gerald Ryan said. "And if he is going well then the TJ Smith Stakes [Gr1] comes into play." Ryan added: "After that he would have a spell and we hope to get him to the Everest."
Menari (image: Steve Hart)
Music Magnate Back for SummerTuesday, 12th December 2017Group 1-winning sprinter Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) is being aimed at the Listed Christmas Classic (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 30 December, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. A winner of the 2016 Gr1 Doomben 10,000, the 6YO hasn't raced since finishing last behind Clearly Innocent in the Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane in May. "He's fit and well and back to a hundred per cent," trainer Bjorn Baker said. "The main thing is he's back in action. We're looking at the Christmas Classic and then a couple of very early autumn targets."
Music Magnate (image: Steve Hart)
Time Called for Extra ZeroTuesday, 12th December 2017Veteran Melbourne galloper Extra Zero has been retired from racing. Like any contemporary announcement, Lindsay Park Racing announced the news via Twitter yesterday: "Our much loved stable favourite Extra Zero has run his last race. The 11yo has retired healthy and completely sound after 109 starts, 7 wins, 33 placings and $1.75m earnings. Thanks for the memories Extra!" Trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, the 11-year-old Extra Zero (Danzero-Extra Bubbly, by Bellotto) retires with 7 wins and 33 placings from 109 starts and over $1.75 million in prize money. His biggest victory came in the 2010 Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) in Melbourne as a 3YO, but he was also twice placed at Group 1 level in the 2009 Victoria Derby (second behind Monaco Consul) and the 2015 Australian Cup (second to stable-mate Spillway).
Top Filly to Miss MM GuineasTuesday, 12th December 2017Group 1 performed Sydney filly Champagne Cuddles has been ruled out of next month's Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast, reports racenet. The Bjorn Baker trained 3YO will miss the $2 million sales restricted feature on 13 January after having bone chips removed from a fetlock joint. A winner of 2 of her 7 starts, Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) is yet to win a black-type race but has nonetheless performed at a high level with five Group placings including Group 1 placings in the Golden Rose (second behind Trapeze Artist) and Flight Stakes (second behind Alizee). "We'll just take it one step at a time with the filly and see if we can target a race in the autumn," Baker said.
NSW Blocks CrownbetTuesday, 12th December 2017Crownbet's announcement last week that it has signed a deal with Tabcorp to stream vision on its site from Sky 1 & Sky 2 will not include NSW thoroughbred racing, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. This is because Racing NSW already has an exclusive agreement with William Hill for its digital rights and has blocked Tabcorp. "We got a premium for our rights because of the exclusive agreement with William Hill and the TAB so, when Sky is shown on another site, NSW racing will of course be blacked out," V'landys said. "It is to protect the investment of William Hill, from which they get the significant advantage in having our racing."
Wellington Targets for KawiTuesday, 12th December 2017Top-class Kiwi galloper Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) is likely to be aimed at either the Gr1 Thorndon Mile or Gr1 Telegraph in the New Year, reports NZ Racing Desk. Kawi's win in last Saturday's Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham saw him post the seventh top-flight success of his career, equalling the number of Group 1 titles of champion mare Seachange. The 7YO needs just one more to equal the feat of former two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa who holds the record of eight domestic Group 1 wins. "He's won seven Group Ones now and he ain't finished yet," trainer Allan Sharrock said. "He won't be going to Ellerslie though for the Zabeel Classic, if I'm going to run him over 2000m again it will be toward the end of his season." Sharrock added: "They are the options and we can put the blinkers on if it's the Telegraph, if we decide not to it will be the Thorndon."
Smart Colt Back in WorkTuesday, 12th December 2017Talented Kiwi colt Aim Smart (Smart Missile-North Sea, by Hussonet) has returned to Tony Pike's Cambridge stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We'll be taking him along quietly and then get his confidence up with a win or two on the good tracks hopefully," Pike said. An impressive winner of his only juvenile start, Aim Smart finished runner-up in the Gr3 Northland Breeders' Stakes (1200m) in the spring before a succession of rain-affected tracks cut short his preparation for the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m). A $200,000 purchase from the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale for 2YOs, Aim Smart is a direct descendant of South Ocean, dam of champion European racehorse Storm Bird.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 12th December 2017After nineteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still a long way out in front on the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13.3 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. He currently boasts earnings of $8.9 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.4 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 11 December) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,305,462
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,900,545
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,462,076
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,436,457
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,316,217
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,189,232
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,657,823
- Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,534,898
- Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,268,507
- Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,971,839
Lucky Lilac Wins Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile FilliesTuesday, 12th December 2017At Hanshin racecourse in Japan, 2YO Japanese-bred filly Lucky Lilac (Orfevre-Lilacs And Lace, by Flower Alley) became the first Group 1 winner for her sire and former champion racehorse Orfevre when landing the 69th running of the Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1600m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Lily Noble & Mau Lea. Trained by Mikio Matsunaga, Lucky Lilac extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Artemis Stakes) from 3 starts for ¥102,820,000 in earnings.
Starspangledbanner Tops Day Two of Arqana SaleTuesday, 12th December 2017A foal colt by Coolmore's Australian-bred sire Starspangledbanner was the headline act on day two of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville on Sunday when knocked down to Peter Morgan of Carmel Stud for €165,000, reports Racing Post. The well-related foal was purchased as a pin-hooking proposition and will be sold again next year. "We loved him from the moment we saw him. He’s the only foal we’ve bought this year and we think he’s something special. He’ll be prepped and aimed at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale," Morgan said. The colt is the fourth foal out of the stakes placed Oasis Dream mare Torentosa, a half-sister to English Derby winner Wings Of Eagles. The day's turnover of €5,708,500 was 13% higher than in 2016, while the average price climbed 4% to €28,543. The clearance rate was an excellent 82%. The sale continues on Monday and Tuesday.
Moroney Active in FranceTuesday, 12th December 2017New Zealand's Paul Moroney was also active on day two of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville on Sunday going to €82,000 to secure the 5YO mare L’Acclamation (Acclamation-Lunaska, by Ashkalani). "She’s been bought for Trelawney Stud, one of the biggest studs in New Zealand. She will join their broodmare band, and she won’t be covered in Europe," said Moroney. "She’s a three-time winner and is a good model to be a broodmare. It’s a lovely family I’ve tried to buy into before.” From the stakes-placed Lunaska, L’Acclamation is a half-sister to stakes winner Luna Royale and the stakes-placed Lustre.