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Daily News | 21st November 2017

  • NZB Ready To Run Sale Begins Tomorrow

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    NZ Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds commences tomorrow (Wednesday 22 November) with horses available for inspection now at the Karaka Sales Centre. With 437 well-trained two-year-olds catalogued, the Sale promises to be an action-packed two days with selling starting at 11am each day. X-rays and veterinary certificates have been lodged with the Repository and are available to view on site at Karaka or via remote access for online viewing by registered vets. The Sale boasts an impressive record of 110 stakes wins over the past five seasons, including 12 individual Group 1 winners who collectively won 19 Group 1 features over the past five seasons alone. Three of those Group 1 victories came during the 2016-17 season with star representative and dual Group 1 winner Gingernuts triumphing on both sides of the Tasman and stable-mate Hall of Fame scoring a Group 1 feature. Further afield, Singapore winners last season were headed by 3YO Sprint and 3YO Classic winner Countofmontecristo, along with Patron’s Bowl and Stewards’ Cup winner Alibi. The statistics have been bolstered further this season with Gingernuts’ victory in the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate, the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes by Luvaluva, and the Garden City Trophy and Jumbo Jet Trophy by Faaltless and Countofmontecristo. A live webcast of the Sale will be available to view on the NZB website from 11am on each day of selling. Click here to view the catalogue and breeze-up videos online.
  • Final Gr1 Railway Stakes Field

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    The final field has been declared for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. The barrier draw will be conducted today commencing at 4:30pm (7:30pm AEDT) and will be telecast live on Sky Racing. The final field is:
    1. BLACK HEART BART – 59kg
    2. SCALES OF JUSTICE - 57.5 kg
    3. TOM MELBOURNE – 55kg
    4. SUPPLY AND DEMAND - 54.5kg
    5. ULMANN - 54.5kg
    6. GREAT SHOT – 53.5kg
    7. SILVERSTREAM - 53.5kg
    8. ALL OUR ROADS – 53kg
    9. COSMIC STORM – 53kg
    10. DISPOSITION – 53kg
    11. GATTING – 53kg
    12. MATERIAL MAN – 53kg
    13. OBSERVATIONAL – 53kg
    14. POUNAMU – 53kg
    15. SOVEREIGN NATION – 53kg
    16. VARIATION – 53kg
    17. TRADESMAN – 53kg (1st emergency)
    18. ROYAL STAR – 53kg (2nd emergency)
    19. BOLLYWOOD BLITZ – 53kg (3rd emergency)
    20. TONKATUFF – 53kg (4th emergency)
  • Smith Cautious about Defending Champ

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Trainer Lindsey Smith is anything but confident about Scales Of Justice mounting a successful defence of his title in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot. West Australia’s best racehorse embarked on a Melbourne campaign in the spring that began well enough with an excellent first-up second behind Redkirk Warrior in the Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Quality, but things quickly went awry. Smith had no choice but to pull the pin on the 5YOs campaign after he pulled up lame in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at his next start. But he has been playing catch-up ever since with Scales Of Justice resuming with an encouraging third in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on 11 November. “They were a couple of decent horses who beat him and while I’m not a bookmaker I thought $1.50 was a bit short considering the preparation he had going into the race,” Smith told ANZ Bloodstock News. “The horse raced well, but he was a bit fresh and he has come through the race all right and I have given him a bit more work in between. A lot will hinge on the barrier draw today.” Smith added: “I was quite confident that he was going to be very hard to beat last year, but this year I am hoping.”
  • Perth On Radar for Payroll

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Trainer Richard Laming is hopeful of securing a flight to Perth so that talented mare Payroll can run in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on 9 December. Payroll (Not A Single Doubt-Workhard, Red Ransom) claimed her maiden stakes victory in last weekend’s Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown. “There isn't any scheduled flights just for horses between now and when we would need to travel so we are waiting to hear if we can get a pallet,” Laming told rqcing.com. “If we can find a spot that would have us in Perth on the Monday or Tuesday before she is due to race, that would be great but it is really out of our hands.” Laming said that regardless of whether she makes it to Perth, Payroll’s primary target is January’s $1 million Magic Millions Stayers Cup (2200m) at the Gold Coast. “There is no Stratum Star around this year and the race is worth very good money so we are planning to head back for sure,” he said.
  • Impending Out of Winterbottom

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Top Godolphin sprinter Impending has been withdrawn from the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on 2 December, reports the West Australian. Impending (Lonhro-Mnemosyne, by Encosta de Lago) was ruled out after filling was discovered in a leg last weekend. A winner of the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap and placed in the Gr1 Golden Rose and Gr1 Darley Classic, Impending was set be one of the drawcards for the $1 million sprint feature. “We left the decision as late as we could, but we couldn’t risk putting him on a plane,” Godolphin Australia’s racing and bloodstock manager Jason Walsh said. “It’s a terrible shame because he was primed to run a big race.”
  • Aussie Sprinters to Compete at Dubai

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    The Lindsay Park team will be represented by two runners at this year’s UAE racing season in Dubai. Ben Hayes said the dual Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed sprinter Faatinah (Nicconi) and stakes-placed Shaf (Wanted) will compete during the early part of the season at the behest of their owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and owner of Shadwell Stud. “The sheikh suggested it and we decided to take a couple over,” Hayes told racenet. “It will just be great to show off some Australian talent in Dubai. They are going over to target the 1000m and 1200m races before the big carnival in March.” Hayes added: “I reckon the way Faatinah is going, he’ll definitely measure up and Shaf is a good travel companion.”
  • Hayes Chasing Maiden Family Win in NZ

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    David Hayes will follow in his late father’s footsteps when he chases a feature 2YO victory on New Zealand soil, reports NZ racing Desk. The Australian Hall Of Fame trainer has all but confirmed his unbeaten young star Long Leaf will cross the Tasman for a tilt at the country’s richest race – the Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie on 27 January. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland at the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) extended his unbeaten record to two when landing the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown last weekend. The colt, who is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose), is raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela.  “He definitely won’t run again before then and as long as he trials well in Sydney in a couple of weeks he’ll be there,” Hayes said. “He’s very good and he’ll be much better at 1200 or 1400m. He’s a beauty this horse and he’s always showed a lot. He’s a lovely type.” Thirty years ago, Hayes’ father Colin went close to a Group 1 victory at Awapuni when the Godswalk filly Glorious Way, who was part-owned by the late Robert Sangster, finished runner-up in the Gr1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes. The Dubai World Cup Carnival commences on 11 January 2018 and culminates with the 23rd running of the Gr1 Dubai World Cup on Saturday, 31 March.
  • Lock in No Hurry with Stable Star

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Peter Lock is playing the waiting game with highly regarded miler Hiflyer (Tavistock-Lady Firebird, by Stravinsky), reports NZ Racing Desk. The Te Aroha trainer had Saturday’s Gr2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on the 5YOs programme, but decided to pull the pin following the Tavistock gelding’s lead-up gallop. “He had a good hit-out and I watched him work closely - I know him pretty well and he didn’t quite finish off as well as he can,” Lock said. “He had a good blow afterwards so I’m just giving him a bit more time.” Lock added: “He looks good and his blood is perfect, but when you go into a Group Two against those older horses you’ve got to be 110 per cent and I think he’s 95 per cent.” Hiflyer has hitherto won 7 of his 17 starts, highlighted by his last-start maiden stakes victory in the Gr3 Thomson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham. Lock said he is now considering running Hiflyer in the open mile at Pukekohe on Saturday. “If we go that way it will give us two weeks before the Captain Cook Stakes [Gr1],” he said. Bred and part-owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, Hiflyer is 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.
  • Zabeel Classic Target for Ocean Emperor

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Saturday’s Gr2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) winner Ocean Emperor is unlikely to race again until the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, reports theinformant.co.nz. The highly talented but injury prone Ocean Emperor (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) finally vindicated the opinion of his trainer Gary Hennessy when opening his stakes account against a quality field in the $100,000 feature. “Now he’s proven himself at weight-for-age that’s pretty much where he’ll be racing from now,” the Matamata horseman said. “I don’t think I’ll run him again before the Zabeel Classic, maybe give him a trial somewhere and I could also look at a gallop between races at the local meeting the week before.” Hennessy purchased Ocean Emperor for NZ$450,000 from Waikato Stud at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale and owns him with Hong Kong partners Andrew Wong and Steve Yang, the same trio that raced Cox Plate winner and Waikato Stud sire Ocean Park. Hennessy has always said that Ocean Emperor reminds him of five-time Group 1 winner Ocean Park, and he is hopeful that a win in the Zabeel Classic can also secure him a future at stud. “We bought him as a replacement for Ocean Park and he’s a carbon copy in type, weight, temperament, everything,” said Hennessy. “Stud plans have always been in the back of my mind, so that’s looking a lot better now.”
  • Karaka Graduate Continues to Stun in Hong Kong

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Karaka graduate Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) continued his rise to the apex of Hong Kong sprinting with victory in Sunday’s HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin. Making just the 15th start of his career, the John Size-trained Mr Stunning brought up his ninth win and thrust himself into contention for next month’s Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint. “He’s an absolute star, he’s so push-button,” jockey Nash Rawiller said of the 5YO Australian-bred gelding. “He was a dream to ride throughout the run. I was able to roll forward into the race and he put it beyond doubt at the 300 metres, he was travelling very comfortably and it was just a matter of letting him go to win the race.” Purchased by Magnus Equine on behalf of his owner Maurice Koo Win Chong at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud for $250,000, Mr Stunning has now earned HK$16,478,600 – more than 12 times his sale price.
  • Australian Sires Premiership Update

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    After sixteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still maintains a sizable advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.5 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.5 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock has reclaimed his top three spot with $5.1 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 November) are:
    1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,539,268
    2. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,534,380
    3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,130,002
    4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,082,850
    5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $4,950,929
    6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $3,794,463
    7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,350,788
    8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,219,669
    9. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,000,144
    10. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,919,439
  • Melbourne Cup Siblings to Highlight Goffs Nov Sale

    Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    A half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling is set to be one of the highlight offerings at this week’s Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale (23–24 November).  Consigned as Lot 1164 by Jockey Hall Stud in County Kildare for owner Mrs Tsui, Bitooh (Diktat-Sitara, by Salse) headlines a number of fascinating lots that should all appeal to the Australian market. Also among the 554 fillies and mares set to go under the hammer is Inca Princess (Lot 970), dam of Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer and carrying his full sibling by Galileo. One of four mares due to be sold as part of the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal is Desert Bloom (Lot 927), dam of yet another Melbourne Cup winner in Fiorente, while Macrame (Lot 920) is a half-sister to 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle and currently in foal to Kingman. Others that are sure to spark antipodean interest include Gr1 winning Redoute’s Choice mare Melito (Lot 973) in foal to Galileo, along with Gr2 Eight Carat Classic & Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic winner Fix (Lot 976), who is also in foal to Galileo. Mark Player, Goffs Australasian agent commented: “Goffs has a lot on offer for a wide-ranging market, but should attract significant interest from the Southern Hemisphere. Off the back of Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup a couple of weeks ago, you only have to look at the catalogue to see that there are plenty of mares with interesting Australian form.” The November Breeding Stock Sale is held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November.


    Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling's half-sister Bitooh (image: Goffs)

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