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Daily News | 26th April 2018
Vassilator Wins Listed Anzac Day StakesThursday, 26th April 2018
Mrgn. Runners -11. Vassilator (10)J: Beau MertensT: C W LittleW: 54.5 kgsS: ZacintoD: Highlights 1.0L4. Wild Planet (11)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 57 kgsS: Animal KingdomD: Salutations 1.1L13. Sizzleme (12)J: Ben AllenT: Ms C AldersonW: 54 kgsS: SizzlingD: Parnissius 1.4L2. Secret Blaze (4)J: A MallyonT: Tony McEvoyW: 58 kgsS: SizzlingD: Abscond
At Flemington in Melbourne, Inglewood Stud's beautifully bred Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed stallion Zacinto (Dansili-Itacha, by Distant View) added a black-type success when 2YO New Zealand-bred colt Vassilator (Zacinto-Highlights, by High Chaparral) registered his first stakes win when charging home from last to claim the $120,000 Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Wild Planet & Sizzleme. Vassilator, who was purchased by his trainer Colin Little for $25,000 at the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, improved his record to 1 win from 3 starts for $74,575 in earnings. "We sent out a voicemail this morning saying we’ve got a lot of time for this horse," said Little, who also shares in the ownership. "He was very unlucky at Ballarat (fifth), where I thought he raced in the slow line. I said it looked disappointing, but don’t be surprised if he shows up today. He was advantaged by the 1400 metres and the big track." Vassilator was bred by the Alchemy Family Trust and Windsor Park Stud Ltd. He became the fourth individual stakes winner for South Island stallion Zacinto (Dansili), joining Ugo Foscolo (NZ), Odeon (NZ) and Zigwig (NZ).
Runaway Wins Listed VRC St LegerThursday, 26th April 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Runaway (2)J: S BasterT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 56 kgsS: Manhattan RainD: Catshaan 1.5L6. Rezealient (13)J: A MallyonT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: SebringD: Pretty Penny 1.7L5. Wolfe Tone (1)J: L NolenT: F G FinneganW: 56 kgsS: Mettre En JeuD: Ain't All Trumps 1.9L11. Creedence (9)J: Ben ThompsonT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: HelmetD: Boracay
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago- Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Runaway (Manhattan Rain-Catshaan, by Catrail) proved he was the superior stayer when scoring a strong win in the $200,000 Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) for 3YOs, defeating Rezealient & Wolf Tone. Runaway races in the red and white colours of Rosemont Stud who retained a share in the promising young stayer when selling him to Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland for $150,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The victory boosted Runaway's record to 3 wins and 4 placings from 12 starts for $213,435 in earnings. Gai Waterhouse, who was celebrating her third St Leger win in the past six years, called on Victorian racing authorities to grant the race the recognition it deserves. "It's a wonderful race but keep it for three-year-olds only and increase the prizemoney and increase the status because I'm telling you, this is the exact stepping stone we need to go to the Melbourne Cup," Waterhouse told racing.com. "The St Leger is a time-honoured race all around the world but particularly in England and Australia. It's a great staying test for young horses but it's slipping under the radar and it really shouldn't." Runaway is a half-brother to Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Abbey Marie and Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Absolutely.
Ruby Armani Wins Listed Anzac HandicapThursday, 26th April 2018
Mrgn. Runners -8. Ruby Armani (10)J: D G BradleyT: M Moroney & P GerardW: 53 kgsS: MakfiD: Trujillo 0.1L1. Shadows Cast (3)J: J ParkesT: M K OulaghanW: 60 kgsS: Per IncantoD: Ages Past 1.9L13. Master Pat (1)J: R J HannamT: E CarsonW: 53 kgsS: PatapanD: Raglan Road 2.7L10. Flamingo (11)J: R J MyersT: D & E HaworthW: 53 kgsS: PinsD: Bird
At Awapuni in New Zealand, former Westbury Stud triple Gr1-winning shuttler Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Ruby Armani (Makfi-Trujillo, by Saint Ballado) finally opened her stakes account with a determined win in the $50,000 Listed Anzac Handicap (1550m) for 3YO+, defeating Shadows Cast & Master Pat. Ruby Armani improved her record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Listed Flying Handicap) from 23 starts for NZ$86,225 in earnings.
Trapeze Artist Decision An Easy One: AquisThursday, 26th April 2018Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath described as "straight forward" the decision to secure star colt Trapeze Artist to be the Queensland-based stud's representative in the 2018 edition of The Everest (1200m). Trapeze Artist is the first horse to secure a slot for the $13 million sprint feature which will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 13 October. "When you get the chance to lock in a horse like Trapeze Artist it was a very straightforward decision for us. It was a quick negotiation and it made sense, with the opportunity to not only enhance the Aquis brand but also Trapeze Artist's record on the track," McGrath told racingnsw.com.au. "In his last two starts he has stamped himself as the key three-year-old prospect in the land. He beat Redzel fair and square and has come out and won the All Aged Stakes since, breaking the track record. He'd already been dominant in winning the Golden Rose so every indicator is there that he is the dominant sprinter." Aquis' deal with Trapeze Artist's owner Bert Vieira is currently restricted to The Everest, but McGrath said Aquis is obviously keen to secure the triple Gr1 winner for stud duties when he retires. "The day Bert retires him the negotiations begin," McGrath said. "We have been chatting for a while with Bert from a stallion point of view...you have a myriad of discussions when it comes to stallion negations and the fact we have an Everest slot was always part of that chat."
Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)
Valuable Youngster Catches Eye on DebutThursday, 26th April 2018Well related colt The Autumn Sun signalled a bright future awaits when scoring a strong win in the Armistice Plate (1200m) at Randwick yesterday. By multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds. Such is the high regard in which Waller holds The Autumn Sun that he went to $1.3 million to secure his three-quarter sister by Snitzel on day one of this year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Gr1 Goal for Classy White MossThursday, 26th April 2018Trainer Jason Coyle has revealed that he is preparing smart racemare White Moss for a winter campaign aimed at the Group 1 Tatts Tiara (1400m) in Brisbane. Coyle intends to use Saturday's Gr3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury and the Gr3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on 12 May as stepping stones to the fillies & mares feature at Doomben on 23 June. White Moss (Mossman-Pay My Bail, by Justice Prevails), who has shown significant potential winning 5 of her 10 starts including the Gr3 Nivison (1200m) in Sydney in the Spring, returned from a break with a pleasing third behind Quilista in the Gr2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick twelve days ago. "She's coming off a really strong performance in the Sapphire first-up and doesn't have to improve much to be pretty competitive in the Crown," Coyle told AAP. "She'll take improvement from that run and then hopefully jag a start in the Dark Jewel. From there we'll probably go straight to Brisbane. We can space her runs a bit to get there and based on her form, she's right up to that class. Her record speaks for itself."
White Moss (image: Steve Hart)
Ocean Emperor On Track for SingaporeThursday, 26th April 2018Dual Gr2 winner Ocean Emperor continues to make good progress ahead of his upcoming international campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gary Hennessy-trained galloper remains on track for the Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) in Singapore on 26 May. "It's no mean feat that we got accepted but he has beaten the best milers in this country – Kawi, Thee Auld Floozie and Miss Wilson and other Group Two winners like Coldplay," Hennessy said. Ocean Emperor (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) furthered his Singapore preparation when given an easy time finishing fourth in a 1000m trial at Te Teko on Tuesday. "It was a pleasing day out and Shaun [McKay] was very happy with him. Everything is on target and he's in pretty solid condition," Hennessy said.
Changes to NZ Staying ProgrammeThursday, 26th April 2018The New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board (NZRB) has endorsed recommendations by the New Zealand Pattern Review Committee (PRC) that will see changes to the lead-up programme to next season's Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m), reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr2 Avondale Cup (2400m) will be moved from 1 January to 16 February, while the Gr3 City of Auckland Cup (2400m) will be transferred from the Karaka Million twilight meeting to New Year's Day. The latter fixture will now feature the Karaka Cup (2200m) on 26 January with supporting events to include the Gr3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and the Gr2 Westbury Classic (1400m). The Gr2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) will be moved to 9 February as part of the Waikato Racing Club's Super Saturday meeting at Te Rapa, even though the 3YO feature and the Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2000m) will now be run a week apart.
Entries Point to Exciting Hawkesbury MeetingThursday, 26th April 2018Hawkesbury Race Club chief executive Greg Rudolph says nominations for the club's $1.2 million TAB stand-alone race meeting this Saturday have increased from last year, reports racingnsw.com.au. A total of 163 nominations were received including 26 in the $175,000 Group 3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) for fillies and mares, and 17 in the $125,000 Listed XXXX Gold Rush (1100m). The Group 3 Godolphin Crown has once again attracted some quality fillies and mares, with stakes winners Spright, Danish Twist, White Moss, Shazee Lee, Lubiton, defending champion Nancy, and Godolphin's own Group 2 winner Ghisoni among the entries. Country Championships winner Victorem heads the 14 entries for the $200,000 Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas. "The overall nominations are strong and have exceeded last year, which was one of our best ever," Rudolph said. "Along with impressive numbers, there is good depth in our Black Type races and I have no doubt all races will be very competitive on Saturday." He added: "This is the testament to the development of this race meeting at the back-end of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival." Click here to view race fields for Hawkesbury's stand-alone meeting.
R4.75 Million for Captain Al ColtThursday, 26th April 2018A colt by ill-fated stallion Captain Al topped day one of Bloodstock South Africa's National Yearling Sale in Johannesburg on Tuesday when knocked down to Form Bloodstock's Jehan Malherbe for R4.75 million. Consigned by Mauritzfontein, the colt is out of champion 3YO filly Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge), winner of 9 of her 19 starts including the Gr1 South African Fillies Classic (1800m). The colt was purchased on behalf of an undisclosed client and has been named Captain Cherry. "The client saw the horse on the farm and fell in love with him, so we were always leaning towards him," Malherbe told Racing Post. "The dam was a champion, of course, and he was a very good-looking horse. They're not making them by the stallion anymore. He was a great sire and he's a big loss for our industry." World renowned bloodstock expert James Bester was also active purchasing a colt by Captain Al out of the winning Elliodor mare Zeigler for R1 million. Named Captain Zee and bought out of the Drakenstein Stud draft, Bester said the beautiful looking colt had the potential to become his sire's heir. "He's the spitting image of his sire, Captain Al, who's now deceased. I've never seen anything more like the stallion," he said. "He's an awesome beast, from his head to his tail he looked like Captain Al. He had an amazing hind quarter, a great forearm and gaskin. I think the next big Captain Al becomes the next big stallion prospect. I had my eye on this colt and thought he'd make a fair bit more than that."
Redoute's Choice Adds France Stakes WinThursday, 26th April 2018At Maisons-Laffitte in France overnight, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Times Arrow (Redoute's Choice-Gilt Edge Girl, by Monsieur Bond) opened his stakes account when scoring a convincing win in the Listed Prix Servanne (6 furlongs), defeating Bokoel Koffie & Chiekeljack. Raced in the famous colours of the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables, Times Arrow improved his record to 5 wins from 14 starts for £84,000 in earnings. Times Arrow became the 155th stakes winner for Redoute's Choice who will stand at Arrowfield this season at a fee of $137,500 (inc. GST).