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Daily News | 17th July 2018
Vale HinchinbrookTuesday, 17th July 2018Yarraman Park has announced the sad and sudden passing of promising young sire Hinchinbrook. At the height of his powers and with a full book of mares to cover this spring, Hinchinbrook died tragically yesterday as the result of a broken hind leg. Foaled and raised at Yarraman Park, Hinchinbrook was turning 11 this year and was at the peak of his career with seasonal earnings of $6.2 million and 100 winners highlighted by five stakes-winners headed by Group 1 winning filly Seabrook. "We are devastated as you can imagine," said Harry Mitchell. "He's been a special horse for us and we believed in him from the start. He wasn't an easy horse to get going as he was not the most fertile, but he kept proving himself and getting that good horse." Mitchell added: "It just breaks your heart, but it's something that happens. It happened to Northern Meteor and it happened to Scat Daddy, as sad as it is, you have to regroup and move on." By Fastnet Rock out of the Snippets mare Snippets' Lass, Hinchinbrook was a three-quarter brother to reigning champion Australian sire Snitzel. He was the Champion First Season Sire of 2014/2015 defeating Beneteau and Star Witness and his first crop included outstanding colt Press Statement, a dual Group 1 winner of over $1 million in prize money.
Mended Hey Doc Looking Good for SpringTuesday, 17th July 2018Dual Group 1 winner Hey Doc has fully recovered from an injury that forced him to miss the autumn, according to his trainer Tony McEvoy. The Australian Guineas (1600m) and Manikato Stakes (1200m) winner hasn't raced since straining his pectoral muscles when unplaced in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington in February. "He's been back at Flemington for a week after doing his first five weeks in Adelaide and he's beautiful," McEvoy told racenet. "I gave him a longer base prep because he tore his pectoral muscles which appear to have healed perfectly thankfully. He's up to doing even time and we'll look at races at Moonee Valley. He loves it there and there's some nice races." McEvoy added: "The Manikato in October looks one race for him but you might see him in the McEwen or the Moir. He's got to race at that level now as a Group One winner."
Hey Doc (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Targets for SunlightTuesday, 17th July 2018Trainer Tony McEvoy says he is not afraid of taking on open class company in the spring with classy filly Sunlight if her form warrants it. Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) established herself as one of the best 2YOs in the country winning 5 of her 7 starts, including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes, before rounding out her juvenile season with a third placing in the Group 1 Golden Slipper in Sydney. "She's done very well during her break. The Lightning at Morphettville at the end of the month might be an option before the Quezette if I think she needs a hit-out," McEvoy told racenet. "It's the very early stages but she's getting a tremendous base on her. I haven't tested if she's got better but the one thing I do know is she hasn't got any worse. The first two races will tell us if we want to go through the sprint races like the McEwen or the Moir." McEvoy added: "I'm always concerned about taking on the older horses but if there's an opportunity for a filly with no weight on her back to run in a Group One, I'll take it."
Sunlight (image: Steve Hart)
McEvoy Hoping For Booming SpringTuesday, 17th July 2018Untapped filly Kinky Boom has the scope to develop into a Group 1 horse in the spring, according to her trainer Tony McEvoy. The 2YO daughter of Eureka Stud's first season sire sensation Spirit Of Boom made an eye-catching debut when winning the Listed (R) Inglis Premier (1200m) at Caulfield in February, before finishing well beaten at her only other start in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. "She's coming along nicely and she'll likely kick off in the Quezette. I'm not quite sure how far she'll get distance wise. I think I'll be looking at races 1200 to 1400 metres for her," McEvoy told racenet. "She'll tell us if she wants to go to the Thousand Guineas [Gr1] or not but a race like the Golden Rose [Gr1] could also be an ideal race for her." The Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies will be run at Caulfield on 19 August.
Ellis Excited for Te Akau in New SeasonTuesday, 17th July 2018Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis says he is looking forward to the 2018-19 racing season, a season that will see young horseman Jamie Richards take over as head trainer at the Matamata based operation, reports NZ Racing Desk. "There will be a change at the Te Akau helm, however it's not actually a time of real change. Jamie Richards will be the sole Te Akau trainer but together with an outstanding team, it will be 'business as usual' with plenty of exciting goals for the new season," said Ellis. "We have a team of world class horse people - skilled and experienced professionals who contribute so much to Te Akau's success. It's now over 30 years since I established Te Akau Racing and we have a very strong framework of fundamentals in place." Ellis added: "We will have about 50 horses to trial at Te Teko in early August. The horses I am picking to lead the early charge are Mongolianconqueror, Melody Belle, Age of Fire, Avantage and Sword of Osman, but there are plenty of others that we are confident will step up to Group level. The quality of bloodstock that we have in the stable to race in the new season has everyone very excited."
Parkes Happy With HiflyerTuesday, 17th July 2018Johnathan Parkes was more than happy with Hiflyer’s Australian debut when fourth in last Saturday’s Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I thought it was a god run under the weight (59.5kg). He’s not an overly big horse and there’s a bit of improvement in him. He was doing his best work late," said Parkes. Parkes added: "I said to Peter [trainer Peter Lock] that he’ll be a lot better-suited over there to a mile when you don’t have to ask him for too much early." Bred and part-owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, Hiflyer is by Tavistock out of the Stravinsky mare Lady Firebird and hails from the outstanding female family of champion Australian racehorse Might And Power and 4-time Gr1 winning filly Mosheen.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 17th July 2018With just two weeks remaining of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is now counting down the clock until he is crowned Champion Australian Sire for a second successive season with all-time record progeny earnings in excess of $28.7 million. Occupying second position with over $15.5 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 16 July) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $28,763,074
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $15,549,145
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $15,281,338
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $14,462,126
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,635,970
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $10,828,034
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,703,032
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $9,733,974
- Lonhro (Octagonal) - $8,371,769
- Pierro (Lonhro) - $8,370,582
Derby Hero Masar Out for SeasonTuesday, 17th July 2018Godolphin have revealed that English Derby hero Masar (New Approach-Kawlah, by Cape Cross) will miss the remainder of the season, but that he will return to action next year, with the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom his first target, reports Godolphin.com.au. "The vet has seen a change in the soft tissue damage to Masar's off-fore, and after speaking to His Highness, we have decided to call a halt to the colt's season immediately," trainer Charlie Appleby said. "Sheikh Mohammed is keen for Masar to run again at four, and if we are to deliver on that, the best option is to give him a long break." Appleby added: "In time, though, we can give him the right preparation for big races such as next year's Coronation Cup, which is over the same course and distance as the Derby. Other targets we will look at are Ascot's Gr1 King George and the Gr1 Arc."
First Stakes Winner for GoldencentsTuesday, 17th July 2018Spendthrift Farm's Goldencents sired his first stakes winner on Saturday when 2YO US-bred colt Pickett romped to a brilliant 9 length win in the US$75,000 D.S. Shine Young Futurity (5.5 furlongs) at Evangeline Downs. The victory saw Goldencents hold onto his spot as the leading First-Crop Sire in the US this year. Goldencents (Into Mischief-Golden Works, by Banker's Gold) retired to Spendthrift in 2014 as the winner of 7 of his 18 starts and over US$3 million in prize money. The outstanding sprinter won three Group 1 races, namely successive Breeders' Cup Dirt Miles (2013 & 2014) and the Santa Anita Derby.
Sibling To Kiwi Champion Wins in IrelandTuesday, 17th July 2018Ballydoyle colt Anthony Van Dyck, a half-brother to former Champion New Zealand sprinter Bounding, looked an exciting prospect in the making when breaking his maiden in style at Killarney in Ireland on Sunday. Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Anthony Van Dyck was having just his second start when powering to an 8 length win, eased down, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over a mile. "Anthony Van Dyck is a lovely horse and did that really nicely. They went a good gallop and I wanted to get him rolling early. He really picked up well when I gave him a slap. I think he's a smart horse," said winning rider Donnacha O'Brien. By the peerless Galileo, Anthony Van Dyck is out of the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Believe'n'Succeed (Exceed And Excel), the dam of Gr1 Railway Stakes winner and Champion NZ Filly Bounding (Lonhro). Coolmore's Tom Magnier purchased Believe'n'Succeed for $1.1 million at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale. Anthony Van Dyck holds an entry in the Gr1 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (1400m) at The Curragh on 16 September.
Urban Fox Set for Glorious AppearanceTuesday, 17th July 2018Urban Fox, a daughter of Australian sire Foxwedge, is set to make her next appearance in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at next month's Glorious Goodwood carnival, reports Sky Sports. The UK-bred 4YO vindicated the opinion of her trainer William Haggas when defeating Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes (10 furlongs) at The Curragh earlier this month. "The plan is to run Urban Fox at Goodwood," said Haggas. "She has done really well. Physically she has done very well." The Group 1 Nassau Stakes (10 furlongs) for fillies and mares will be run at Goodwood on 2 August.