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Daily News | 22nd May 2018
Group 1 Timing for National Sale UpdatesTuesday, 22nd May 2018Group One victories for Comin' Through and Santa Ana Lane led a raft of major updates to lots heading to the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Sale which starts Thursday. A second Group 1 win for Santa Ana Lane in the Darley Goodwood at Morphettville provided a timely update to his dam Fast Fleet who will go under the hammer as Lot 1057 at the upcoming National Broodmare Sale. Fast Fleet (Fastnet Rock) is being presented on the Gold Coast by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and she is in foal with a September 1 cover to Tapit's triple Group 1 winning son Frosted. Day Three of the Broodmare Sale on 31 May will feature two close relations to Saturday's Group 1 Doomben Cup victor Comin' Through. Newgate Farm will present Our Pride and Joy (Lot 1280) and Mica be the One (Lot 1210) who have tested in foal to Dissident and Flying Artie respectively. Updates for the National Sale came in thick and fast over the weekend and the major updates included:
NATIONAL WEANLING SALE
- Lot 59 - Half brother Last Boy Scout won in Victoria on Saturday
- Lot 93 - Half brother Emissions won in NSW on Saturday
- Lot 397 - Full sister Missile Coda won at Rosehill on Saturday
NATIONAL BROODMARE SALE
- Lot 605 - Half sister Aristia ran second in the SAJC National S. Gr.2 on Saturday
- Lot 613 - Subject horse ran third at Rosehill on Saturday
- Lot 695 - Half sister Eawase won the BRC Bill Carter S. LR on Saturday
- Lot 699 - Half sister Missile Code won at Rosehill on Saturday
- Lot 726 - Subject horse ran second (beaten a head) at Te Rapa on Saturday
- Lot 744 - Subject horse ran third in the BRC Bright Shadow H. LR on Saturday
- Lot 824 - Half sister Forceful won at Ascot on Saturday
- Lot 881 - Three quarter sister Eawase (ex Karuta Queen) won BRC Bill Carter S. LR
- Lot 981 - Son Duvet won in NT on Saturday
- Lot 1018 - Half sister's daughter Divine Quality ran second in VRC Straight Six LR
- Lot 1057 - Son Santa Ana Lane won the SAJC The Goodwood Gr.1 on Saturday
- Lot 1280 - Half brother Comin' Through won the BRC Doomben Cup Gr.1
- Lot 1288 - Daughter Dimanche won in Victoria on Friday
- Lot 1289 - Son Benzini ran third in the SAJC Port Adelaide Cup LR on Saturday
- Lot 1376 - Son Buckhound won in Victoria on Friday
- Lot 1498 - Subject horse won at Toowoomba on Saturday
- Lot 1551 - Daughter Flying Sardine won at Riccarton on Friday
- Lot 1558 - Daughter Magic by Design won at Toowoomba on Saturday
- Lot 1634 - Son Ready for Danger won at Gold Coast on Saturday
NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
- Lot 1728 - Half sister Ripper Reeba won in Queensland on Saturday
- Lot 1728 - Half brother Tobasco won in Queensland on Saturday
- Lot 1751 - Half sister Single Note won at Bendigo on Sunday
- Lot 1751 - Full brother Bluebrook won at Gold Coast on Saturday
- Lot 1815 - Half sister Rebel Cry won at Newcastle on Saturday
- Lot 1984 - Half sister's son Over Exposure ran second in the SAJC RA Lee S. Gr.3
- Lot 2034 - Half sister Teodora ran third in the SAJC SA Fillies Classic Gr.3
- Lot 2036 - Half sister I Am Special won at Quirindi on Friday
- Lot 2106 - Half brother Spot on Spud won at Toowoomba on Saturday
New Look Inglis Ready2Race FormatTuesday, 22nd May 2018Inglis will move its new-look Ready2Race Sale back to Sydney and link it with the $13 million The Everest as part of a host of changes to the 2018 edition of the sale. The revamped Ready2Race Sale will represent the finale of a huge week of action at both Warwick Farm and Randwick when it is held at Riverside Stables on Monday 15 October - two days after The Everest. Entries for the sale are now open. More than 100 entries have already been received including 2YOs by leading stallions including Fastnet Rock, Spirit of Boom, Smart Missile, Written Tycoon, So You Think, Tavistock and Deep Field. Half-price entries are now being taken, with any entries submitted before 5pm on Tuesday 12 June costing just $500 + GST. Breeze ups will take place at Cranbourne (September 14), Taupo (September 17) and Warwick Farm (September 21), with an alternative breeze up session held at Warwick Farm three days prior to the sale. Some of the changes include:
- On-course stabling is available at Riverside in the lead-up to the breeze up session at Warwick Farm.
- Vendors will have the option to leave their drafts at Riverside Stables and prepare them on-site for the three weeks between the breeze ups and sale day.
- Gallops will be filmed using state-of-the-art slow motion cameras, while vision of horses walking will also be taken to assist with the promotion of horses to buyers.
Inglis' Managing Director Mark Webster considers the format changes central to the success of this format of sale. "We started this five years ago and we believe there is demand for the up-and-going product and we still believe that is right. I don't think we have executed it perfectly yet and we are determined to get it right," said Webster said. Click here for more information.
Calendar of Events – Ready2Race Sale & The Everest
- Friday 14 Sept - Cranbourne breeze ups
- Monday 17 Sept - Taupo breeze ups
- Friday 21 Sept - Warwick Farm breeze ups
- Wednesday 10 Oct/Thursday 11 Oct - Horses arrive at Riverside
- Friday 12 Oct - Champagne brunch and parades at Riverside Stables
- Saturday 13 Oct - The Everest race day at Randwick
- Sunday 14 Oct - Ready2Race Inspection Day
- Monday 15 Oct - Sale Day
Black Caviar Son Entered for SaturdayTuesday, 22nd May 2018Prince Of Caviar, the second foal of legendary mare Black Caviar, is close to making his racetrack debut. The 2YO Sebring colt has been entered in the Taj Rossi Series Heat 2 over 1200 metres at Sandown this Saturday, but he is no certainty to run. "He's good. He's well," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He's doing everything right but...the programming is not that crash hot right at the moment. He's at that stage where he could have a race, or go to the paddock."
Black Caviar (image: Steve Hart)
Aloisia On Track for QLD OaksTuesday, 22nd May 2018Smart filly Aloisia (Azamour-Queen Boudicca, by Perfectly Ready) is expected to take her place in Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Doomben after overcoming a brief illness, reports racing.com. The Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner suffered a minor stomach illness after travelling from Adelaide to Brisbane last week following her sixth place finish in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville. "Just when she got off the plane, she had a little bit of an upset tummy," said Maher. "The team up there took her to the vets and she was fine the next day. It is not the smoothest prep but she seems fine now and she'll gallop tomorrow and if all is good, she'll take her place on Saturday." Maher said recent bad luck had denied Aloisia the chance to show her brilliant best. "She's been really unlucky her past couple," he said. "She ended up being forward last start and then shuffled back but then she had some really good sectionals late. I think she's going great but just had no luck at all so hopefully that will turn around."
Aloisia (image: Mark Gatt)
Mark Currie Banned for 2 YearsTuesday, 22nd May 2018Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie was yesterday disqualified for two years after being found guilty of 16 charges relating to race day treatment despite entering a not guilty plea. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said stewards concluded an Inquiry into the activities of Mr Currie on 24 March and 7 April 2018 at the Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables of licensed trainer Ben Currie. "Mark Currie appeared today at the QRIC Brisbane headquarters to answer to 12 charges under AR 178E relating to the administration of a medication to a horse on race day without the permission of the stewards and four charges under AR 175 (a) relating to improper practice," he said. "Stewards found Mr Currie guilty of administering medication to Gully Command, Publishing Power, Hang, and Giveus A Cuddle on 24 March, the same day they raced at Doomben and causing With A Promise to be administered a medication that same day." Mr Barnett added: "Mr Currie was also found guilty of causing Giveus A Cuddle, Gully Command, Publishing Power, Ruettiger, With A Promise and Boomwa to be administered with a medication on 7 April, the same day they were engaged to run at Toowoomba."
Everest Still Appeals to WardTuesday, 22nd May 2018US trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed his interest in bringing a horse to Australia for The Everest (1200m) in October. Ward has identified champion filly Lady Aurelia and Bound For Nowhere as ideal candidates to contest the $13 million sprint feature. Both horses will run at Royal Ascot before any decision about The Everest is made. Ward said the six furlongs of The Everest should pose no problems for Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) whose best performances have come over 1000 metres, such as her breathtaking 7 length win in the Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes in 2016. "Lady Aurelia has been out to six furlongs in the Prix Morny," said Ward. "As convincing as she was in winning the Queen Mary [1000m], she wasn't as convincing in the Morny at six furlongs but that was as a two-year-old and that was coming off a big performance where she may have bounced a little bit." He added: "From what I gather from Australian racing it isn't like Royal Ascot where it is a really stiff six furlongs." As for Bound For Nowhere (The Factor), he is unbeaten in his two starts this year the latest being a 5.5 length win in the Gr2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland last month.
Filly To Represent Aust Owners at Royal AscotTuesday, 22nd May 2018Trainer Mike Moroney and prominent Australian owner Rupert Legh will be in attendance at Royal Ascot next month to watch their 3YO filly Dancing Brave Bear contest the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes (2400m) on Thursday, 21 June, reports racing.com. Moroney and Legh are part of the Ballymore Sterling Syndicate that own the Kentucky-bred filly who was purchased by Moroney's bloodstock agent brother, Paul, for US$230,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling. By Street Cry, Dancing Brave Bear is out of the Gr3 winning Royal Academy mare Baghdaria and hails from the family of Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner and sire Shackleford. Dancing Brave Bear is prepared in the UK by Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan and hitherto has won 2 of her 3 starts. Her only defeat came last week when she was runner-up in the Gr3 Musidora Stakes (10 furlongs) at York. "The thing that attracted us to Dancing Brave Bear was her physique. She's a terrific sort and she has a pedigree to match," said Moroney. "Now she has the Group form it obviously enhances her value but the pleasing thing is that Ed expects her to improve again." Moroney added: "It's obviously extremely exciting and we are all looking forward to the Royal Ascot meeting and anticipating cheering home a winner." Dancing Brave Bear races in Legh's familiar blue and gold lightning bolt silks made famous by star sprinter Chautauqua.
Hickman Filly Secures Oaks StartTuesday, 22nd May 2018Well-bred Kiwi filly Terra Sancta has been given a low-key Classic preparation for Saturday's Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Doomben, reports NZ Racing Desk. The daughter of Pierro and Galileo mare Galshaan was sent to Brisbane in the hope that she could qualify for the $500,000 fillies feature. Terra Sancta struck first-up over a mile at Ipswich and on Sunday she was again successful in the hands of Jim Byrne over 1800m at the Sunshine Coast. "We were on a short run-up, but Valachi Downs were keen to get her in the Oaks," trainer Tony Pike said. "It wasn’t going to be straight forward, but it’s all worked out and she’s in. We know she’ll run the distance." Pike said Byrne was keen to stick with Terra Sancta, bred and part-owned by Valachi principal Kevin Hickman. "He wants to ride her. He was impressed with her first-up and yesterday the second horse was laying in on her and she still got the job done. He was happy with her and she was strong through the line."
Prom Queen Pleases TrainerTuesday, 22nd May 2018Trainer Kenny Rae says he was more than pleased with the performance of top Kiwi filly Prom Queen (Super Easy-Finishing School, by Royal Academy) at Doomben on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The multiple stakes-winning filly acquitted herself well on her Australian debut finishing runner-up (beaten 2.3 lengths) to Winter Bride in the BRC Japan Racing Association Plate over 1200m. "It was a top effort and a bit of a stress reliever," said Rae, who trains with his wife Lisa and their daughter Krystal Williams. "She's come through the race really well." Rae added: "She'll go to the Gold Coast next on June 2. She'll either run in a 1000 metre race for three-year-olds or there's a fillies and mares' race over 1200 metres. I'll nominate her for both and then have a look at the fields and the weights and decide which is the best option."
Racing's $1.6B Boost to NZ EconomyTuesday, 22nd May 2018New Zealand's racing industry was responsible for generating more than $1.6 billion in value-added contribution to the New Zealand economy in the 2016/17 season, according to a Size and Scope report released by IER earlier this year, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Racing Board commissioned a study into the size and scope of the three codes of racing (thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds) in New Zealand in July 2017. The study quantifies the economic, employment and social contribution that the New Zealand Industry generates. The economic output generated by the New Zealand racing industry was directly responsible for sustaining 14,398 full-time equivalent jobs across the nation. In total, there are more than 58,100 individuals who participate in the New Zealand racing industry as employees, participants or volunteers. In 2016/17, breeders in the New Zealand racing industry spent more than $380 million on the production of racing stock. More than 614,600 attendances were recorded at thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings in New Zealand. Racing also plays a strong role in the community. Over 400 community organisations or charities are assisted financially by the 117 racing clubs and more than 300 community organisations share racing club facilities and resources.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 22nd May 2018After forty two weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel remains unchallenged at the top of the national sires leader board with record progeny earnings in excess of $27 million. Occupying second position with a very respectable $14.1 million is Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible, while Coolmore's former Champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 21 May) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $27,281,906
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $14,191,954
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $14,098,679
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $12,885,166
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $11,536,400
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $9,668,214
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $8,781,064
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $8,037,301
- Pierro (Lonhro) - $7,794,256
- Lonhro (Octagonal) - $7,131,241
Almond Eye Wins Gr1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)Tuesday, 22nd May 2018Almond Eye will bid to become just the fifth horse in history to claim the Japanese 3YO fillies Triple Crown after scoring an easy win in the 79th Gr1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at Tokyo racecourse on Sunday. The Sakae Kunieda-trained filly was sent to post as a dominant favourite for the 2400m fillies feature and didn't disappoint, sprinting clear for a comfortable 2 length win over Lily Noble & Lucky Lilac. Almond Eye's winning time was 2:23.8, just 0.2 seconds off the race record held by former star filly and Japanese Horse of the Year Gentildonna. Jockey Christophe Lemaire was impressed with the performance: "I had every confidence in her and race went perfectly for us. She was a little hyped up but we had a good start and in a good position. From there she settled well and her turn of foot in the home straight was terrific. She is one special filly with great potential and fit to face international competition if she has the chance," he said. Almond Eye (Lord Kanaloa-Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence) improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Oka Sho - Japanese 1000 Guineas) and 1 placing from 5 starts for ¥313,419,000 in earnings.