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Daily News | 22nd August 2018

  • NEW Menari Retired to Newgate Farm

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Newgate Farm has announced that prodigiously talented colt Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) will join its stallion roster for the 2018 breeding season. The injury plagued Menari was a leading contender for The Everest later in the spring but his career was prematurely cut short due to a damaged tendon. A homebred for Corumbene Stud’s George Altomonte, breeder of Golden Slipper winner and top stallion Sebring, Menari was prepared by Snitzel’s trainer Gerald Ryan. He retires with 3 wins from 8 starts and over $600,000 in prize money. His biggest win came in last year's Gr2 Run To The Rose before he was placed behind stable-mate Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 Golden Rose. "We are committed to standing the very best and fastest sons of champion sires and Menari, an incredibly brilliant son of Snitzel, certainly fits this mould. He is the horse that we have consistently rated as the most talented colt of his year and the most desirable stallion prospect of his generation," Newgate Farm General Manager, Bruce Slade said. Newgate is in the process of finalising Menari’s syndication, with a small number of shares available to outside breeders. Menari will stand at a fee of $27,500 inc GST.


    Menari (image: Steve Hart)
  • Pierata Melbourne Bound?

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Trainer Greg Hickman has indicated that he is leaning towards campaigning Pierata in Melbourne rather than waiting around for a phone call from a slot-holder to secure his stable star. Hickman thought Pierata had done enough to secure a slot in The Everest after he lowered the colours of Kementari when resuming with a win in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago, but the son of Pierro remains a free agent. "I would need to train him differently to run in The Everest," Hickman told Sky Sports Radio. "From what I can gather at the moment, Max [Whitby] is keeping his options open and the ATC aren't going to make a decision until after the Tramway." Hickman added: "The plan was to run in the Tramway and then freshen him up for The Everest, but Melbourne looks like the best option now. I'd like to step him up to 1400 metres and run him in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes." The $200,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) will be run at Randwick on 1 September.


    Pierata (image: Steve Hart)
  • Snowden Elated With Filly

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Co-trainer Paul Snowden says he was delighted with the trial of 3YO filly Pure Elation despite her ninth place finish (beaten 6.6 lengths) behind stable-mate Redzel in a 1000m trial at Rosehill on Monday. Raced by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) showed plenty of raw ability in the autumn finishing runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes, before rounding out her campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. "She trialled really nicely. She has turned into a lovely filly," Paul Snowden told Sky Sports Radio. "She will kick off in the Furious Stakes on Saturday week and we are really looking forward to her getting back to the races." Snowden added: "To do what she did as a two-year-old speaks volumes for her ability. Hopefully we can take that next step with her this preparation." Pure Elation, who will resume in the Gr2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 September, holds big race entries in races such as the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr1 Flight Stakes and Gr1 Thousand Guineas.


    Pure Elation (image: Steve Hart)
  • Seabrook Pleases in Trial

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    High class Victorian filly Seabrook furthered her spring preparation when running second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne yesterday. Seabrook (Hinchinbrook-Midnight Revels, by Don Eduardo) marked herself as one of the best 2YO fillies in training when landing the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 21 April. "Seabrook was good this morning. She'll now go to the Gr3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes Day to run against the boys, then she'll go to the Exford Plate at Flemington on 15 September," trainer Mick Price told racing.com. "Third-up will be either the Thousand Guineas Prelude on 30 September but I am giving consideration to the Golden Rose at Rosehill on 22 September." Price added: "The Thousand Guineas (Group 1) will be her main target race." The $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies will be run at Caulfield on 13 October.


    Seabrook (image: Steve Hart)
  • Jameka Retired

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Star mare Jameka (Myboycharlie-Mine Game, by General Nediym) has been retired after failing to impress connections in a trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning. The three-time Group 1 winner and Caulfield Cup heroine was the top seller at this year's Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale when purchased outright by her original part owners Colin and Janice McKenna for $2.6 million. But before embarking on the next chapter of her career as a prized broodmare, connections thought they would attempt one final hurrah in the spring. Alas it was not to be. "I just thought she was not at her best. When you race at such a high level like she does, you can't afford to be racing below your best," trainer Ciaron Maher told racing.com after Jameka's trial. "She's been a tremendous horse for the stable and for me personally. The owners have had a great time racing her and will do so into the future as a broodmare." When asked what he rated as Jameka's best performance, Maher answered: "The Caulfield Cup was probably her biggest win. She was a close to unbeatable that spring," he said. Jameka retires with a record of 6 wins from 24 starts for over $4.8 million in earnings.
  • Tramway Next for Le Romain

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Trainer Kris Lees has left the door ajar on the prospect of Le Romain running in The Everest but says his focus is on preparing the three-time Gr1 winner for his next assignment in the Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 1 September. Le Romain (Hard Spun-Mignard, by Strategic) showed he had returned from a break in tremendous order when lumping 61.kg to score a first-up win in last weekend's Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick. "There has been no contact from slot-holders. The horse has pulled up well, that's all I'm worried about," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "He's raced at a very high level for some time and he's also come back from colic surgery so it was very pleasing to see him return to the winner's stall." Lees added: "If he was kept fresh for a race like The Everest he would be most competitive. He's a Group 1 winner over 1300 metres at Randwick and if there was any rain around, it would certainly bring him right into the race. But he will be going to the Tramway regardless. The Everest is still a while off if he was to go down that path."
  • Ace Colt Targeting Rose

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Trainer Kris Lees believes that unbeaten colt Graff (Star Witness-Dinkum Diamond, by Keep the Faith) can develop into a genuine Group 1 contender in the spring. A winner of his only two starts as a juvenile, Graff races in the grey and red diagonal stripes silks of owner Alan Bell, who has previously raced the likes of Grand Armee, Deep Field, Primacy and former champion sprinter, Schillaci. Graff will resume in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday as the first step towards running in the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 22 September. "I'm very pleased with him. He only had a short break off his two-year-old season. The horse seems in really good order. He trialled well and I'm looking forward to Saturday. I expect him to race well," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "He has matured a bit and he's a really nice style of horse, like a lot of Alan Bell's horses are." Lees added: "At this stage the Golden Rose is the target but like all these three-year-olds they have to show they are good enough."
  • Sydney Gr1 Target for Kiwi Filly

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Exciting Kiwi filly Santa Catarina could be aimed at Group 1 races in Sydney if she puts up a bold first-up display at Taupo today, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Lib Petagna-bred and raced daughter of Savabeel resumes in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1100m) for 3YO fillies, a race that could see her cross the Tasman for the Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. "She's doing great. She's strengthened up and she looks better than she did last preparation," trainer Stephen Marsh said. "I thought her trial was outstanding and while the nine-day backup from that trial isn't ideal, we were in search of better conditions and this race looks suitable." Marsh added: "It should give us a good line on where she's at. She's still a fair way from being screwed right down and there's a Group Two winner [Xpression] up against us, but I can't fault our girl." Should Santa Catarina impress, she is likely to head straight to Sydney for the Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 15 September as her only lead-up to the Gr1 Flight Stakes two weeks later. Santa Catarina (Savabeel-Discreet Evening, by Discreet Cat) has hitherto won 2 of her 3 starts, including the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa in May.
  • Shadows Cast To Miss Gr1

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    The postponement of yesterday's Foxton trials to next Tuesday has left Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan with little option but to withdraw Shadows Cast from the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday week, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We were hoping to trial him today and that hasn't happened. We've decided not to trial at Taupo [on Wednesday] so we'll give the first day at Hastings a miss," Oulaghan said. "He handles soft going to a point but I don't want to kick him off on a track that doesn't suit. We'll just have to be a bit flexible and do the right thing by the horse." Oulaghan has now switched his attention to the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings on 22 September 22. "He hasn't done a lot of galloping but what he's done, he's done pretty well. We're happy with him," he said. Shadows Cast is a winner of 8 of his 27 starts, including last November's Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m).
  • Chautauqua To Barrier Trial Saturday

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Chautauqua will trial at Rosehill on Saturday after Racing NSW stewards accepted an application from the horse’s connections to permit the gelding to barrier trial in an attempt to be passed to race again. After giving consideration to the submissions, the stewards have permitted Chautauqua to barrier trial in an open raceday barrier trial to be conducted at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 25 August, on the following conditions:
    • Chautauqua be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards in two consecutive official barrier trials prior to being given permission to race again; and
    • Should the gelding refuse to jump from the barriers in any of those official barrier trials, then Racing NSW Stewards would refuse the nominations of the gelding from barrier trials and races under the provisions of AR50.

    The barrier trial will be conducted over 1000m between races 3 and 4 (on Saturday) and nominations will close at 1pm on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. The field will be restricted to eight runners to be determined by Racing NSW. Click here to view the full stewards’ statement.

  • Silver Lining For Mighty Grey Chautauqua

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes remains optimistic that former star sprinter Chautauqua can resume racing in the spring after successfully jumping from the gates in an unofficial jump-out at Rosehill on Monday, reports racenet. Racing NSW stewards imposed a barrier embargo on the 6-time Gr1 winner after he failed to leave the stalls once again in a crucial barrier trial test last month. Stewards have determined that he must barrier trial satisfactorily on two consecutive occasions before being allowed to race again. “Dead-set he flew out. He’s flying out of the gates, stewards have seen the videos. We have sent them to Marc Van Gestel, chief steward, he’s actually seen them,” Hawkes said. Team Hawkes are still holding out hope that the mighty grey can make it back to the track in time to compete in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October, as is at least one remaining slot-holder. “Dead-set he flew out. He’s flying out of the gates, stewards have seen the videos. We have sent them to Marc Van Gestel, chief steward, he’s actually seen them,” Hawkes said. “The bottom line is there’s still a glimmer of hope.”


    Chautauqua (image: Steve Hart)
  • Shoals Impresses In trial Win

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Outstanding mare Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) has sent an ominous warning to her Everest rivals with an impressive trial win at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning, reports racing.com. The three-time Gr1 winner, who will resume in the Gr2 McEwan Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 8 September, finished strongly in her 800m heat to defeat stable-mate and fellow Everest contender Santa Ana Lane. “I thought she trialled really well,” said jockey Tim Clark, who made a special trip down from Sydney to partner the blue blood. “She can be a lethargic track worker and trialler, apparently, but that ground she enjoyed. I thought the last 100m of the trial, when I got a little bit more serious, she really savaged the line.” Clark said Shoals had improved from her 3YO season. “She can give you a bit of a false feel at times because she is so small, but she's got a big engine,” he said. “She's a strong mare and she obviously hasn't grown a lot from her three-year-old year to now, but she's probably thickened up slightly. She's definitely a pocket rocket.” Trained by Anthony Freedman, Shoals will represent slot-holder The Star Entertainment Group in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October.
  • Santa Ana Lane Pleases Freedman

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Meanwhile, trainer Anthony Freedman says he is happy with the progress of Everest contender Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock) after the triple Gr1 winner ran second to stable-mate Shoals in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning. Stablemate Santa Ana Lane, who will represent slot-holder Inglis in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October, will launch his spring campaign in the Group 3 The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield on 1 September. “We rode him more aggressively this morning. I wanted him to do a bit more work than he did here a couple of weeks ago," Freedman told racing.com. “It's not the way to ride him, we know that, but he got a good bit of work into him. I was actually very happy with his trial because the ground wouldn't have suited either, but I think he's coming up really well. I think he's held his form from Queensland.” Santa Ana Lane has not raced since winning the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in June.

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    Santa Ana Lane (image: Steve Hart)
  • Throat Surgery Forces Estijaab Spring Decision

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Team Hawkes have confirmed that Golden Slipper winner Estijaab has been ruled out of the spring after undergoing throat surgery, reports racenet. “We hadn’t said anything, but she did go in the throat,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said. “She was perfect in the Golden Slipper and we brought her back in, then we just routinely scoped her and there it was. This could happen to any horse at any time.” Hawkes added: “She had an operation last Thursday and everything is cool bananas, she’s great, she’s well, she’ll miss the spring but you know…as long as we get her back in one piece.” Raced in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from Arrowfield Stud for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) has hitherto won 3 of her 4 starts for over $2.3 million in prize money.


    Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)
  • Moir Target for Viddora

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    High-class sprinting mare Viddora continued her build-up to the spring with an 800m solo gallop at Swan Hill yesterday, reports Sky Racing. Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) established herself among the best sprinters in the country last year when landing the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in December and the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets on the Gold Coast in January. The 6YO, who hasn't raced since a disappointing 13th of 20 in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide in May, is set to resume in the weight-for-age Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 28 September. "She just came out for a nice little stride along," Kennewell said. "She worked over a half-mile in even time and then sprinted up the straight. Zac (jockey Zac Spain) said he never let her go and she was just going through the gears really nicely." Kennewell added: "She'll have a jump-out next week or the week after and then she'll have one more jump-out or a trial and then she's ready to go in the Moir."


    Viddora (image: Magic Millions)
  • Birdsville To Be Televised Nationwide

    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Queensland's iconic Birdsville Cup carnival (August 31-September 1) will be telecast Australia-wide for the first time this year, with half of the wagering proceeds generated going to the Drought Appeal, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said 136 years on from the first Birdsville race meeting, telecasting and betting technology will transform the Outback event. "Racing Queensland has finalised a deal for Sky Racing to telecast the entire race cards from Birdsville's world famous two-day meeting," he said. "Racing Queensland will donate half of its net wagering revenue from Birdsville to the Drought Appeal, delivering much-needed funds for struggling Queensland farmers." Each year up to 7,000 local, interstate and international visitors descend on Birdsville for the tiny town's race meeting and to have a true Outback Queensland experience. Mr Hinchliffe said the broadcast deal had been made possible by the Palaszczuk Government's four-year $70 million Country Racing Support Package.

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