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Daily News | 19th September 2017
Gr1 Epsom Handicap Weights ReleasedTuesday, 19th September 2017A total of 89 nominations have been weighed for the 152nd running of the $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 30 September. This year's Epsom will be run with a 50kg minimum weight and a 48kg minimum weight for 3YOs. Top weight for the race will be shared by multiple Group One winners Black Heart Bart, Humidor, and Le Romain who have each been allotted 58kg. The next highest weighted horse is former West Australian sprinter Vega Magic, winner of the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Gr1 Goodwood (1200m). Current favourite for the race is last weekend's Gr1 George Main Stakes runner-up Happy Clapper (56.5kg) at $4.50 ahead of dual Oaks winner Egg Tart (50.5kg) at $6. All other runners are at double figure odds, headed by stable-mates Foxplay, Comin' Through and Tom Melbourne at $11. Click here to view the full list of Epsom Handicap weights.
Menari Primed for RoseTuesday, 19th September 2017Trainer Gerald Ryan says star colt Menari is in top order for Saturday’s Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill. Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) stamped himself as the best 3YO sprinter in the country when scoring a brilliant win in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) last start. A homebred for George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, Menari is the clear $2 favourite for Saturday’s $1 million 3YO feature. "Josh Parr came out and rode him in trackwork this morning [Monday],” Ryan told ANZ Bloodstock News. “The horse is terrific and Josh thinks the same. He has done everything right since his last win." Ryan is hoping a win in the Golden Rose can secure Menari a slot in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
Menari (image: Steve Hart)
Kementari To Miss RoseTuesday, 19th September 2017Highly regarded Godolphin colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) will bypass the Golden Rose in favour of the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on Saturday, 14 October. Godolphin tweeted yesterday: "#Kementari has arrived in Melbourne in good order. @KPMcEvoy booked to ride him in G3 @Caulfield Guineas Prelude for #TeamGodolphin". Kementari, who resumed with a creditable fourth behind boom colt Menari in the Gr2 Run To the Rose last start, will make his next appearance in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday, 1 October.
Kementari (image: Godolphin Twitter)
Everest On Agenda for MalaguerraTuesday, 19th September 2017The Gelagotis stable have reminded slot holders that dual Gr1-winning sprinter Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) is available for the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. Stable representative Manny Gelagotis said the 6YO, who hasn’t raced since finishing 16th in the Gr1 Goodwood behind Vega Magic in May, is likely to open his spring campaign in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley on 29 September. "He's a chance to run in the Moir first-up. We'll see how he pulls up from the trial," Gelagotis said. "After that, could be into the Manikato. And we're still open for The Everest, it just depends on how people want to perceive the horse.” He added: “I'm really surprised we haven't received many calls, but we had indicated that might not have been on the cards.” There are four remaining slots for The Everest with Coolmore Stud, Chris Waller, Damion Flower and Max Whitby yet to yet to confirm a runner.
Summer Passage Booked for PreludeTuesday, 19th September 2017Top Kiwi colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) will make his next Australian appearance in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday, 1 October (Underwood Stakes Day), reports NZ Racing Desk. "After that we will make the decision as to whether he goes to the Caulfield Guineas or the Coolmore," said Lance O'Sullivan, who trains the 3YO in partnership with Andrew Scott. A winner of the Gr1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie in March, Summer Passage rounded out his juvenile season with a second placing behind Invader in the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. He showed he had returned in good order when resuming with an encouraging 8th (beaten 2.5 lengths) behind top filly Catchy in Saturday's Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m0 at Flemington. "The run was a lot better than it looked," O'Sullivan said. "He was a bit lost down the straight and Mark Zahra had to take a hold of him when that other horse fell." He added: "He's come through the race very well and he will improve with it."
Gingernuts Primed to Add to Gr1 TallyTuesday, 19th September 2017Dual Group One winner Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) is expected to appreciate the step up to a mile in Saturday's Gr1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings, reports theinformant.co.nz. Last season's New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas overcame difficulties in running when resuming with a strong finishing fifth in the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) on 2 September. Co-trainer Jamie Richards says he expects a bold showing from the 4YO who is the equal $4.50 favourite alongside Kawi for the second leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series. "You could say he was a little bit stiff [first-up]," Richards said. "He got into some trouble at the top of the straight and was knocked off balance…his final furlong was very strong." Richards added: "He's come through the race very well and we're happy with his progress…stepping up to 1600 metres on Saturday will be ideal for him." Gingernuts' primary spring target is the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on 21 October for which he has been allocated 55kg.
Gingernuts (image: Steve Hart)
All Options On Table for Volkstok'n'barrellTuesday, 19th September 2017Domestic feature race challenges await multiple Group One winning Kiwi galloper Volkstok'n'barrell, although a return to Australia hasn't been ruled out, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 6YO Tavistock gelding will run in Saturday's Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings, but is not expected to peak until the final leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown – the Gr1 Livamol Classic (2000m) on 7 October. "We certainly want to go back for the Livamol," said Donna Logan, who trains at Ruakaka with Chris Gibbs. "We think that is the best race for him." However, plans beyond the Livamol are yet to be confirmed. "At this point in time we will probably stay in New Zealand, but you never say never. Have horse can travel," Logan said. Volkstok'n'barrell, who galloped between races at Ruakaka on Saturday, carried 64.5kg when resuming earlier this month following a seven month break to finish fifth on his home turf over 1200m. "That was great, just what we wanted," Logan said. "I had been away and Chris had been happy with the horse's work. He's come through the race well and he's looking good."
Spring Return Postponed for Exciting Kiwi FillyTuesday, 19th September 2017The connections of top Kiwi filly Gold Fever (Savabeel-Gold Rocks, by Oratorio) have delayed her spring return, reports theinformant.co.nz. A winner of 3 of her 6 starts, Gold Fever emulated her half-sister Gold Rush (So You Think) when winning the Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) earlier this year. She then rounded out her 2YO campaign when finishing third to highly regarded colt Summer Passage in the Gr1 Sistema Stakes (formerly Diamond Stakes) at Ellerslie. Te Akau trainers Jamie Richards and Stephen Autridge were planning on running the 3YO first-up in Saturday's Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders' Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings, but now believe she needs more time in the paddock. "She just hasn't come to hand as we'd like and is a bit behind in her coat," Richards said. "We've decided to chuck her out for a couple of weeks. A bit more time enjoying the spring grass will be ideal for her and we'll get going with her again after that."
Third Stakes Winner for Animal KingdomTuesday, 19th September 2017Arrowfield shuttler Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux–Dalicia, by Acatenango) sired his second stakes winner when his 2YO son Untamed Domain won the Gr2 Summer Stakes (1600m) at Woodbine on Sunday. Bred by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain is prepared by Animal Kingdom's trainer Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds. The victory earned him an automatic entry in the $US1 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in November. Untamed Domain joins Animal Kingdom's other NH stakes winners, Continental Divide and Sunny Skies. Animal Kingdom also produced a highly impressive debut winner at Woodbine named Grace And Dignity. The 2YO filly, who traces her female lineage to Secret Verdict, the fifth dam of Champion Australian Sire Snitzel, bolted up by 5 lengths in a six furlong maiden on Saturday. Capping a memorable weekend for Animal Kingdom was Darley's home-bred 3YO Animalia posted who posted his second win over 1600 metres at Newcastle on Friday. Animal Kingdom is currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.
First Winner for NiagaraTuesday, 19th September 2017Beautifully related stallion Niagara (Encosta de Lago-River Song, by Fusaichi Pegasus) sired his first winner when 3YO colt Lord Of Cloud won a 1400m maiden at Kranji in Singapore on Friday night. Lord Of Cloud is out of the Masterclass mare Miss Jean Brodie and was bred by Lime Country Thoroughbreds who are shareholders in Niagara and previously stood the stallion before their move to Australia. Niagara was also the sire of an impressive 1000m trial winner at Avondale last Thursday. The unnamed 3YO colt is out of the mare Divine Miss Em and was bred by Trish Dunell. A $620,000 yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Niagara exhibited plenty of talent winning the Gr2 Ajax Stakes in Sydney, in addition to placing in the Gr2 Sandown Guineas, Gr3 Norman Robinson Stakes & Listed Eskimo Prince Handicap. By former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago, Niagara is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show meaning he hails from the same family as multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice. Niagara stands at The Oaks Stud in new Zealand at a fee of $5,000 + GST.
Well Bred Filly Set for DebutTuesday, 19th September 2017Ejin Horo, a full sister to Gr3 Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic winner Dawn Wall, is set to make her debut in a 3YO fillies maiden plate (1170m) at Wangaratta tody. Trained by Ciaron Maher on behalf of the China Horse Club, the blue blooded Ejin Horo was purchased for $500,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. Both Ejin Horo and Dawn Wall are by Fastnet Rock out of the unraced Entrepreneur mare Mennetou (IRE), a half-sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and sire Carnegie from fellow Arc winner Detroit (Riverman-Derna, by Sunny Boy). This is the family of Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Durtal.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 19th September 2017After seven weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel remains on top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $2.2 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock with $1.7 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three with $1.6 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 18 September) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $2,243,043
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $1,732,746
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $1,626,978
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $1,209,198
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $1,188,546
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $1,046,681
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $1,016,786
- Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $1,005,230
- Blackfriars (Danehill) - $905,146
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $899,180
Arc Possible for WinterTuesday, 19th September 2017Aidan O’Brien says Coolmore are giving strong consideration to running dual classic winner Winter (Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, reports Racing Post. A 4-time Gr1 winner of the English & Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and Nassau Stakes, Winter was denied a fifth top-flight success when edged out for second by stable-mate Hydrangea in the Gr1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last start. “The Arc is definitely something we're thinking about for Winter. I'm not saying it's definite she'll run in it but it’s certainly possible and under strong consideration,” said O’Brien. “To be honest, I was delighted with the way she ran at Leopardstown and she'll come on for that.” He added: “The trip is obviously something of an unknown in the Arc and you couldn't be sure she would stay. There's speed on her dam's side but we all know the stamina that Galileo inputs, so it's possible she will."
Order Of St George Decision Still PendingTuesday, 19th September 2017Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien is no closer to making a decision about Order Of St George’s participation in this year’s Melbourne Cup. A devastating 9 length winner of the Gr1 Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at the Curragh nine days ago, O’Brien is also considering running the son of Galileo in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after his admirable third place finish in the race last year. "We'll have to make a decision on Order Of St George soon,” O’Brien told Racing Post. “It's getting near the quarantine time for Melbourne so we'll need to make up our minds. Highland Reel has the option of the Arc too, having run so well in the race last year. He's had a break since the King George and seems in good form.” Order Of St George was allocated top weight of 58kg for the $6.25 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) when weights were released last week.
Keeneland Sept: US$625K for Verrazano ColtTuesday, 19th September 2017A colt from the first crop of Coolmore’s multiple Gr1 winner Verrazano (More Than Ready) topped Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when knocked down to Steven Young as agent for US$625,000. Consigned by James M. Herbener Jr. as agent, the colt is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Allegory and hails from the family of European Gr1 winners Loup Sauvage and Loup Solitaire. On Sunday, Keeneland sold 245 yearlings for US$26,875,500 at an average of US$109,696 and a median of US$80,000. Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,179 yearlings for US$254,913,000, at an average of US$216,211 and a median of US$150,000.
Classic Winner Consigned to KeenelandTuesday, 19th September 2017Meanwhile, Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia will be offered for sale at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale which begins 7 November. A daughter of Street Boss, Cathryn Sophia is carrying her first foal by leading sire Pioneerof the Nile. “We dare to dream what this mating can produce,” Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock said. “Physically Pioneerof the Nile and Cathryn Sophia are made for each other. Cathryn Sophia possessed genuine brilliance. She carried her speed all the way to win the Oaks with authority.” The Keeneland November Sale runs from 7-18 November.