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Daily News | 17th October 2017
NZB Ready To Run Breeze Ups Day-1Tuesday, 17th October 2017A steady start set the tone of Day 1 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Up’s with 199 two-year-olds breezing at Te Rapa Racecourse. The youngsters breezed up on a Dead 6 track with gusty south-westerlies throughout the day. Last year’s leading vendor by average, Lyndhurst Farm, presented six horses including a Fastnet Rock colt (Lot 49) who breezed in a time of 11.02 seconds. He was partnered by a Smart Missile gelding (Lot 80) who performed in a time of 10.78. Earlier in the day a duo of Shocking’s offspring, prepared by Landsdowne Park, breezed up smartly with a dead-heat time of 10.94 seconds for the colts (Lot 300 and Lot 421). Lot 300 is a half-brother to recent Gr3 Hawkes Bay Gold Trail Stakes winner Dijon Bleu. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Karaka Million nominated Lot 17, a Poet’s Voice colt prepared by Riversley Park in the respectable time of 10.53 seconds. Diamond Lodge presented the first of the Snitzels with a filly (Lot 87) clocking a time of 11.33 seconds. She was partnered with the white Reliable Man filly (Lot 182) who recorded 11.31 seconds. Champion NZ sire Savabeel was also represented today with Kilmore Farm’s Lot 200 breezing in at a time of 11.21 seconds. The colt breezed up with a son of Sizzling (Lot 310) who recorded a time of 11.35 seconds. Day 2 of the Breeze Up action will take place today at Te Rapa Racecourse from 10am. Click here to view Breeze Up times.
Spring Over for Top ColtTuesday, 17th October 2017Trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed that Menari's (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) spring carnival campaign is over with the prodigiously talented colt set to undergo throat surgery, reports racing.com. It means the George Altomonte owned colt will miss his next scheduled assignment in the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November. The spring began with such promise for Menari when he resumed with a brilliant win in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) followed by an equally stylish victory in the Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney. He then went around as an even money favourite in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose on 23 September, but could only manage fourth behind stable-mate Trapeze Artist when failing to run out a strong seven furlongs.
Menari (image: Steve Hart)
Irish Stayer to Back Up in CupTuesday, 17th October 2017Coolmore have confirmed that Irish stayer Johannes Vermeer (Galileo-Inca Princess, by Holy Roman Emperor) will back up in Saturday's $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), reports racing.com. The Aidan O'Brien trained 4YO put in an eye-catching Cup trial when flashing home for second on his Australian debut in last weekend's Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne. "He ran very well; we thought as much, he was absolutely flying since he got here, I think since he got here his work has come on again," O'Brien's travelling foreman, TJ Comerford said. "Johannes Vermeer is going to run again this weekend because he is very well and, in fairness, the jockey never knocked him about. He came out of the race so well, it was actually like a piece of work for him." Comerford added: "He had a lovely race. He came back, ate up at night and that is where we are now - I'm 100 per cent happy with him." There is no doubt Johannes Vermeer has the class to win a Caulfield Cup having won the Gr1 Criterium International in France as a juvenile. Johannes Vermeer has been allocated 54.5kg for the Caulfield Cup.
Cup Start Doubtful for Kiwi MareTuesday, 17th October 2017Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will decide in the next few days whether Lizzie L'Amour will join stable-mates Bonneval and Jon Snow in the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 5YO daughter of Zabeel, who hails from the outstanding Best in Show family of champion sire Redoute's Choice, turned in a sub-par performance when unplaced behind Folkswood in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) on Sunday. "She got a long way back and never got into the race," Baker said. "She hasn't had a lot of luck in her three runs over here." Baker added: "She pulled up well so I'll speak to the owners about whether we pay up for the Cup. There are a lot of other options to discuss for her." A winner of the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes in March, Lizzie L'Amour was a first-up seventh in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) when pulling up with atrial fibrillation, before a most unlucky sixth in the Gr2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Stable-Mates Ready for Caulfield CupTuesday, 17th October 2017While Kiwi mare Lizzie L'Amour may be under a cloud for Saturday's $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), her stable-mates Bonneval and Jon Snow have been declared in top order for the world's richest mile-and-a-half handicap. Bonneval and Jon Snow have both been in excellent form this campaign with the former winning both the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m), before running sixth in Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m). "I'm very happy with her. She was last at the 800m and got baulked a couple of times in the straight," co-trainer Murray Baker told NZ Racing Desk. Jon Snow followed up his Gr3 JRA Cup (2040m) win with a solid third placing in the Caulfield Stakes behind the winner Gailo Chop. "He had to run a fast first 600m to get a position and he did very well," Baker said. "Both horses are right on target."
Bonneval (image: Mark Gatt)
Foxplay Ready for TristarcTuesday, 17th October 2017Chris Waller says classy mare Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) is ready to return to the races in Saturday's Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. A winner of the Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (otherwise known as the Gr1 Queen of The Turf Stakes) in the autumn, Foxplay will be lining up for her fourth start this preparation. The 4YO boasts top-class form having placed behind her champion stable-mate Winx in both the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) & Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m), and most recently finishing fourth to Happy Clapper in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap. Waller was at Flemington on Saturday morning to watch Foxplay work over 1000 metres in which she covered the last 400m in 26.09 seconds. "She's come out of her last start fourth in the Epsom in really good order," Waller told racenet. "The race on Saturday looks ideal for her heading towards the Myer Classic [Gr1] here at Flemington on November 4." The Tristarc will be Foxplay's second start in Melbourne having finished fourth in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas as a 3YO.
Foxplay (image: Steve Hart)
Gingernuts on Track for LivamolTuesday, 17th October 2017Co-trainer Jamie Richards says race favourite Gingernuts is progressing well ahead of Sunday's rescheduled Gr1 Livamol Classic (2000m) at Hastings. Richards, who trains the Te Akau Racing-owned 4YO in partnership with Stephen Autridge, said Gingernuts looked in good order when taking part in an exhibition gallop at Matamata on Saturday. A winner of the New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas in the autumn, Gingernuts added to his list of accomplishments when powering home from the rear of the field to win the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) last start. Gingernuts will use the Livamol as his final preparatory run for the $2 million Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival (11 November). "He did a nice bit of work at Matamata on Saturday. He will have another little gallop in the morning [Tuesday] and that will top him off nicely for Sunday," Richards told New Zealand's Trackside Radio yesterday. "It was a good initiative to re-schedule the race [Livamol Classic]. It still gives us an opportunity to get Gingernuts to Australia after he runs on Sunday." He added: "He will head over ten days before the Emirates. That will give him a chance to settle in over there and hopefully he can be the fresh horse on the scene when a few others have had a few runs."
Break for Brave SmashTuesday, 17th October 2017Everest placegetter Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) will be sent for a decent spell in order to fully acclimatise in time for the autumn, reports racenet. The Japanese-bred sprinter bounced back from his disappointing loss in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes in Melbourne to finish within a length of Redzel in last weekend's $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick. "He's probably going to the paddock," said Australian Bloodstock's Luke Murrell. "He looked really good and Darren [trainer Darren Weir] did a great job and turned him out really well on the day but his coat was still a bit wiry and he hasn't quite acclimatised 100 percent like we would have hoped." Murrell added: "We'll just start again and come back for the autumn. It's no secret he's probably a 1400m to a miler and we're over the moon with what he did on Saturday."
Star Mare Under Injury CloudTuesday, 17th October 2017I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) may still be given the opportunity to defend her Gr1 Myer Classic title despite pulling up lame following last Saturday's Toorak Handicap at Caulfield, reports racing.com. Stewards reported the 4YO mare to be lame in her near-fore while trainer Shane Nichols confirmed she had jarred up badly when finishing last (18th of 18) behind Tosen Stardom in the $500,000 mile feature. "We'll trot her up for the vet in the morning [Tuesday]. He'll have a look at her but I don't think it's anything significant," Nichols said. "She'll probably go to the beach for a couple of days and then we'll assess whether she goes to the paddock or goes to the Myer Classic." Nichols added: "If I've got any concerns that she might have trained off or that she's got any soundness issues, I won't hesitate to send her straight to the paddock."
WA Stars Among Entries for Perth Summer FeaturesTuesday, 17th October 2017Black Heart Bart, Scales Of Justice and Vega Magic are among the 18 Group One winners that feature in the nominations for the three $1 million races of The TABtouch Masters – the Gr1 Railway Stakes, Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes and Gr1 Kingston Town Classic. Black Heart Bart and Scales Of Justice, the WA Horse of the Year recipients of the past two years, are just two of the 10 Group One winners among the Railway Stakes nominations, with the others being Egg Tart, Good Project, Ihtsahymn, It’s Somewhat, Perfect Reflection, Redkirk Warrior, Silent Sedition and Single Gaze. Vega Magic, which has won two Gr1 titles since transferring from the WA stable of Sean Casey to the Victorian yard of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, headlines the Winterbottom Stakes entries that include fellow top-flight winners Hey Doc, Impending, Malaguerra, Redkirk Warrior, Santa Ana Lane, Sheidel, The Quarterback, as well as defending champion Takedown. Mark Worwood, Racing and Wagering Manager of Perth Racing commented: “Perth Racing is delighted with not only the quantity and quality of the nominations but also their geographical spread. One hundred and nine of the 222 nominations for the club’s three Group One races are trained outside Western Australia and that demonstrates the pulling power of an event of which there’s none like it anywhere else.” Worwood added: “It’s the world’s only single-track thoroughbred racing festival featuring a Group One race worth at least $1,000,000 on three consecutive Saturdays.”
Nominations for Gr1 Railway StakesTuesday, 17th October 2017Nominations have been announced for the 2017 Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) to be run at Ascot racecourse in Perth on Saturday, 25 November. Headed by defending champion Scales Of Justice, 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart, Vega Magic, and dual Oaks winner Egg Tart, there are 70 horses nominated for the $1 million feature. Click here to view the full list of nominations.
Gr1 Kingston Town Classic Weights ReleasedTuesday, 17th October 2017Weights have been released for the 2017 Gr1 Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic (1800m) to be run at Ascot racecourse in Perth on Saturday, 9 December. A total of 99 horses have been nominated for the $1 million weight-for-age feature, headed by 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart, Scales Of Justice, Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, Silent Sedition, and dual Oaks winner Egg Tart. Click here for the full list of weights and nominations.
Gr1 Winterbottom Weights ReleasedTuesday, 17th October 2017Weights have been released for the 2017 edition of the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) to be run at Ascot racecourse in Perth on Saturday, 2 December. A total of 53 horses have been nominated for West Australia’s premier sprint, including defending champion Takedown, Gr1 winners Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, Malaguerra, The Quarterback, and Sheidel, as well as local star Rock Magic. Click here for the full list of nominations.
VRC Extends Snapchat PartnershipTuesday, 17th October 2017The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has extended its partnership with Snap Inc. to create Our Stories during the Melbourne Cup carnival, giving users an insight into Australia's two biggest race days. The new multi-year deal builds on the success of last year's partnership that saw the Melbourne Cup Day Our Story rank as one of the top performing Our Stories of 2016 in Australia. Snapchat curates Our Stories from images submitted by fans both at Flemington racecourse and celebrating around Australia, allowing Snapchatters to experience these two premier race days from various perspectives. "As the world's leading youth social media platform, Snapchat has helped connect us to young people across the globe. 70% of Snapchatters who engaged with the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Live Story were aged between 13 and 24," said VRC Executive General Manager Commercial Operations, Nick Addison. "Expanding to three Our Stories across our two biggest racedays will allow us to share even more of the Melbourne Cup Carnival's uniquely Australian celebration of sport, fashion, food and wine, and culture."
Lady Eli Breezes at BelmontTuesday, 17th October 2017Champion US mare Lady Eli worked at Belmont Park on Sunday in preparation for her final race start in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar on 4 November, reports Blood Horse. The Chad Brown-trained 5YO looked in top shape when breezing five furlongs in 1:01.45, the second fastest heat of the morning. The 5-time Gr1 winner is set to be sold as part of the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency draft at next month's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Kentucky. "I thought Lady Eli again worked outstanding. It's very exciting to see her work this way," Brown said. "She gets stronger and stronger each week…so it's all working out for her." A winner of 10 of her 13 starts, Lady Eli's record is all the more remarkable given she suffered a potentially career-ending bout of laminitis in July, 2015.