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Weekend News | 16th November 2018
NEW Media Sensation Wins Gr1 New Zealand 1000 GuineasWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Media Sensation (6)J: M T ColemanT: P & D WilliamsW: 56.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Different To 0.5L8. Valalie (7)J: M CameronT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Vaayala 1.8L2. Xpression (2)J: S T CollettT: G Lowry & G CullenW: 56.5 kgsS: ShowcasingD: Xpress 2.1L5. Secret Allure (13)J: R J MyersT: Ms L LattaW: 56.5 kgsS: ZacintoD: Secret Scent
At Christchurch’s Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) celebrated a Gr1 triump when Australian-bred 3YO filly Media Sensation (I Am Invincible-Different To, by High Chaparral) scored by a half-length for trainers Peter and Dawn Williams in the $300,000 Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Valalie and Xpression. With a well judged ride by Michael Coleman, the exciting daughter by one of Australia’s leading stallions was clearly getting tired over the mile trip but dug deep to hold a number of strong-finishing competitors at bay. Both the winner and the runner-up nearly missed the race, for different reasons. Valalie came close to being scratched after being taken out of the barriers, while Media Sensation was lucky to get to the track after Christchurch’s airport became fog-bound. Media Sensation’s brave win took her record to 5 wins from 6 starts for $248,875 in earnings, also providing her with a hat-trick in the process. Williams paid tribute to owners Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer of Barneswood Farm, who had outlaid $425,000 for Media Sensation from the Lime Country Thoroughbreds draft at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sales. “They are great owners,” he said. “They spend the money so they deserve to get some money.” It was the second win in the race for connections after outstanding filly Planet Rock carried the same colours to victory in the 2011 edition of the contest.
NEW Ringerdingding Wins Gr2 Sandown GuineasWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Ringerdingding (6)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 57 kgsS: SebringD: Maybe I 0.8L12. Seabrook (10)J: D OliverT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Midnight Revels 1.0L1. Long Leaf (4)J: M ZahraT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Frustrating 2.5L7. Zoutori (1)J: Damian LaneT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 57 kgsS: ZoustarD: Atotori
At Ladbrokes Sandown in Melbourne, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when genuinely exciting 3YO colt Ringerdingding (Sebring-Maybe I, by Red Ransom) made it two stakes-wins in a week when closing strongly from near the rear of the field on the turn to win the $250,000 Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs. Given every hope by jockey John Allen who kept him quiet on the rail for the first half of the race before easing him across heels to be well placed for an unimpeded late charge, Ringadingding finished over the top of Gr1-winning 3YO filly Seabrook and consistent colt Long Leaf. Purchased by B2B Bloodstock for $170,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft, Ringerdingding took his record record to 4 wins (including the Listed Springtime Stakes at Flemington on VRC Sprint Day) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes) from 12 starts for $340,29 in earnings. Weir was suitably impressed enough by the storming victory to suggest that Ringerdingding could be targeted at the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in the Autumn.
NEW The Taj Mahal Wins Gr2 Zipping ClassicWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. The Taj Mahal (7)J: B MelhamT: Liam HowleyW: 59 kgsS: GalileoD: You'resothrilling 0.1L7. Dal Harraild (4)J: K Mc EvoyT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 59 kgsS: Champs ElyseesD: Dalvina 1.9L8. Our Libretto (1)J: Damian LaneT: G M BeggW: 57 kgsS: O'ReillyD: Etoile Du Nord 2.1L6. Lord Fandango (3)J: John AllenT: Archie AlexanderW: 59 kgsS: Lord Of EnglandD: Fitness
At Melbourne’s Ladbrokes Sandown circuit, Coolmore Stud’s world champion stallion Galileo (Sadler’s Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a group success when 5YO horse The Taj Mahal (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Liam Howley in the $300,000 Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) after a ding-dong battle with runner-up imported 6YO gelding Dal Harraild that started soon after the start. Going back-to-back in the event, well supported The Taj Mahal never gave the second-placed runner a moment’s peace, sitting just outside his rump for most of the trip. Our Libretto charged late to snare the minor end of the prize. The well-bred winner improved his record to 4 wins (including Moonee Valley’s Gr3 JRA Stakes in October) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes) from 23 starts for $1,109,478 earnings. It was the eighth time Lloyd Willaims and his son Nick have won the Zipping Classic, named after their former star galloper’s four wins in the race. “It’s the best racetrack in Victoria given its geography and it gives every horse its chance,” observed Nick Williams.
NEW Ocean Emperor Wins Gr2 Tauranga StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Ocean Emperor (1)J: L H SatherleyT: G T HennessyW: 59 kgsS: ZabeelD: Tootsie 1.3L5. Nicoletta (5)J: J L WaddellT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 57 kgsS: SavabeelD: Celtic Crown 1.6L7. Darscape Princess (2)J: J ParkesT: F J AuretW: 57 kgsS: Darci BrahmaD: Cape Princess 2.4L2. All Roads (3)J: C DellT: T W ColeW: 59 kgsS: Road To RockD: Dancing Daze
At Tauranga, south-east of Auckland, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Group race success when high-class 7YO New Zealand-bred entire Ocean Emperor (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) won by an authoritative 1.3-lengths for trainer Gary Hennessy in the $100,000 Gr2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m). The second elect in the market defeated 5YO mares Nicoletta and Darscape Princess to win the race for the second time, and is one of the best milers in the country. “He looks amazing and is doing things right,” Hennessy said. “The horse has a huge turn of foot so we don’t want him leading. You can see when he does get in the trail, he has something to offer and he explodes in to it and doesn’t give in.” Closely related to Gr1 heroine Savvy Coup, Ocean Emperor improved his record to 9 wins (also including the Gr2 Japan-New Zealand Internatinal Trophy) & 5 placings from 27 starts for $269,125. He is now likely to be targeted at the Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham early next month, according to NZ Racing Desk.
NEW Tally Wins Gr3 Eclipse StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Tally (6)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 58 kgsS: Street CryD: Itemise 0.1L10. He Ekscels (2)J: D DunnT: Richard LamingW: 54 kgsS: EkraarD: Serendipity 0.3L7. Muraaqeb (5)J: Damian LaneT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: SnitzelD: Tafseel 0.7L4. Mask Of Time (3)J: M ZahraT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 56.5 kgsS: Holy Roman EmperorD: Mission Secrete
At Ladbrokes Park Hillside in Melbourne, Darley's deceased shuttler and Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Tally (Street Cry-Itemise, by Kris S.) was strongest late in taking the $150,000 Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) by0.1 length for Godolphin over He Ekscels and Muraaqeb. Tally took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes, Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic & Listed Mornington Cup) and 8 placings from 34 starts and in doing so crossed the million dollar earning barrier with $1,068,335 in career earnings to date.
NEW Fifty Stars Wins Gr3 Sandown StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -8. Fifty Stars (2)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: Sea The StarsD: Swizzle Stick 1.3L4. Holy Snow (8)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Only Words 1.8L2. Fastnet Tempest (5)J: M ZahraT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 58 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Dame Blanche 2.3L5. Liapari (1)J: B ParkT: Ms L EnrightW: 54.5 kgsS: Nom Du JeuD: Tradewind
At Ladbrokes Park Hillside in Melbourne, Gilltown Stud-standing sire colossus and 6-time Gr1 winner Sea The Stars (Cape Cross-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a stakes success when highly promising 4YO entire Fifty Stars (Sea The Stars-Swizzle Stick, by Sadler's Wells) powered clear after waving through a narrow gap in the straight to win the $150,000 Gr3 Sundown Stakes (1500m) by a comprehensive 1.25 lengths over stablemate Holy Snow and Fastnet Tempest. This was the debut stakes success in what appears to be the first of many for Fifty Stars and took his record to 6 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $302,700 in earnings. A £110,000 2016 yearling purchase at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 2) from Airlie Stud by John Foote Bloodstock, Fifty Stars is from an unraced half-sister to Joint Champion Irish 2YO Filly Viztoria and Champion UK 3YO Miler Zilzal. Trainer Darren Weir intimated post race that the colt is now likely to head to Perth for next Saturday's Gr1 Railway Stakes where he currently sits second in the market at 5-1.
NEW Cool Passion Wins Gr3 Kevin Heffernan StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Cool Passion (5)J: K Mc EvoyT: Tony McEvoyW: 57 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Hiavanna 0.2L1. First Among Equals (8)J: M ZahraT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Pride Of The Class 2.5L8. Savanna Amour (10)J: B MelhamT: Chris MeagherW: 57 kgsS: Love Conquers AllD: Savanna La Mar 3.3L5. Chamois Road (1)J: M J DeeT: Patrick PayneW: 59 kgsS: ChoisirD: Alpine Club
At Ladbrokes Park Hillside in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group race success when 7YO Australian-bred mare Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna, by Mister C) claimed her second stakes victory in 10 days when scoring yet another determined 0.2 length win in the $150,000 Gr3 Kevein Heffernan Stakes (1300m) WFA. Cool Passion accelerated her record to 11 wins (including the Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes & recent Gr3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes at Flemington) and 8 placings (including the Gr2 MRC Tristarc Stakes) from 26 starts for $630,625 in earnings.
NEW I'm A Princess Wins Gr3 Summoned StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -13. I'm A Princess (9)J: Damian LaneT: Tony McEvoyW: 55 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Pentamerous 0.2L4. Zumbelina (14)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 55 kgsS: StratumD: Ruth's Secret 2.5L12. Aeecee Tong De (11)J: B PrebbleT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55 kgsS: PierroD: Brandish 3.5L8. Seductive Miss (8)J: D DunnT: J P SalanitriW: 55 kgsS: Animal KingdomD: Armed For Action
At Ladbrokes Sandown in Melbourne, Coolmore’s deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Darshaan) added a group success when unwanted 5YO mare I’m A Princess (High Chaparral-Pentamerous, by Pentire) won at ridiculous odds by 0.2-lengths for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $150,000 Gr3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) for mares 4YO+, defeating fellow 5YO mare Zumbelina and 4YO mare Aeecee Tong De. A model of consistency with rare exception, the win provided a deserving I’m A Princess’ with her first at black type level, and improved her race record to 5 wins & 3 placings from 12 starts for $178,550 in earnings.
NEW Bizzwinkle Wins Gr3 New Zealand CupWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Bizzwinkle (13)J: S C SprattT: G J OldW: 56.5 kgsS: Rip Van WinkleD: Bizz 0.2L8. Duplicity (2)J: R J MyersT: A J MeadowsW: 53 kgsS: DuporthD: Bidthemobgooday 2.0L12. Felaar (9)J: D G BradleyT: S B MarshW: 53 kgsS: EkraarD: Felt That 2.1L13. Gorbachev (12)J: T K AllanT: B E NewmanW: 53 kgsS: Gorky ParkD: Gimmeawink
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Windsor Park Stud's triple Gr1-winning shuttler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) added a Group race success when 5YO gelding Bizzwinkle (Rip Van Winkle-Bizz, by Volksraad) won the time-honoured $250,000 Gr3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) for trainer Glenn Old. Jockey Sam Spratt, who was also aboard last year’s race winner, put her rivals to sleep as she set a sedate pace on Bizzwinkle which ensured the race would turn into a sit and sprint. Despite the solid efforts of 6YO gelding Duplicity and fellow 5YO gelding Felaar to reel him in, Bizzwinkle refused to lie down in the 155th running of the staying feature. Old told theinformant.co.nz , “It’s been a pretty nervous wait with the flight delays during the week, especially when I had already come down here on Wednesday and then had to sit it out hoping the horse would make it down.” Initially a $36,000 yearling consigned by Henley Park at the 2015 NZB National Yearling Sales Series before being passed-in for $60,000 at the 2015 NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs, Bizzwinkle’s record now stands at 5 wins & 3 placings (including the Listed New Zealand St Leger at Trentham) from 17 starts for $234,375 in earnings.
NEW Durendal Wins Gr3 Colonel Reeves StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
NEW Arcadia Wins Gr3 WA Champion Fillies StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
NEW Freo Wins Gr3 R.J. Peters StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
NEW Yogi Wins Listed Sandown CupWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Yogi (7)J: Craig WilliamsT: D K WeirW: 57 kgsS: Raise The FlagD: Malozza 0.4L6. Azuro (2)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: MyboycharlieD: Anthropologie 1.7L1. Vengeur Masque (4)J: Patrick MoloneyT: M D MoroneyW: 60 kgsS: MonsunD: Venetian Beauty 2.1L8. Kellstorm (3)J: D YendallT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: GalileoD: Another Storm
NEW Steal My Kisses Wins Listed Merson Cooper StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -13. Steal My Kisses (11)J: D OliverT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: The Fairy's Kiss 0.8L2. Memphis Rock (6)J: Craig WilliamsT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Hips Don't Lie 2.1L10. First Dawn (5)J: Ben ThompsonT: David & Coral FeekW: 55 kgsS: Brazen BeauD: Dawn Almighty 2.9L11. Edinburgh (1)J: L NolenT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: SebringD: Queen's Fashion
NEW Persuader Wins Listed Twilight Glow StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Persuader (2)J: N CallowT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: ZoustarD: Fast Talker 1.0L3. Eawase (6)J: M ZahraT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: SebringD: Karuta Queen 1.1L6. Aristocratic Miss (9)J: D DunnT: Tony McEvoyW: 55 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Golden Pedigree 1.9L7. Into The Abyss (11)J: Damian LaneT: John ThompsonW: 55 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Moonboat
NEW Most Important Wins Listed Keith Noud QualityWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Most Important (8)J: J ByrneT: T J GollanW: 60 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Orange Marmalade 0.1L10. Victorem (3)J: B LookerT: Ms J GrahamW: 54 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Playful Miss 0.3L2. I'm A Rippa (11)J: B N StewartT: T J GollanW: 57.5 kgsS: Love Conquers AllD: Derippa 2.0L3. Tyzone (7)J: Ryan MaloneyT: A J EdmondsW: 55.5 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Rezonet
NEW Miss Federer Wins Listed Welcome StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Miss Federer (4)J: M CameronT: Andrew CarstonW: 54.5 kgsS: Swiss AceD: Halobelle 0.2L1. Challa (6)J: J D LakingT: J W RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: DissidentD: Are There Any 1.7L4. Diva Express (1)J: L CallawayT: K Rae & K Williams-TuhoroW: 54.5 kgsS: ShamexpressD: Perle Noire 1.9L6. Touchabeel (7)J: C W JohnsonT: J & K ParsonsW: 54.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Final Touch
NEW Malibu Wins Listed Doveton StakesWeekend, 16th November 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Malibu Style (10)J: Ben ThompsonT: N D ParnhamW: 58 kgsS: MagnusD: Origami 0.3L3. Bons Away (9)J: M ZahraT: C Maher & D EustaceW: 58 kgsS: Bon HoffaD: Villa Albani 0.4L5. I'll Have A Bit (8)J: J MottT: John McArdleW: 57.5 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Take All Of Me 0.9L9. Soothing (1)J: K Mc EvoyT: James CummingsW: 54 kgsS: LonhroD: Dreamy
NEW Prestigious Breeders’ Cup Award For GodolphinWeekend, 16th November 2018Godolphin’s powerful global reach has played a part in helping it earn the John Deere Breeders' Cup Award. According to bloodhorse.com, wins by Alizee (AUS), Fine Needle (JPN), Royal Marine (IRE) and Wild Illusion (GB) underpinned their crowning as outstanding breeder of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The John Deere award is conducted using a points-based system in which “the winner is determined by the breeder who received the highest number of first-place finishes in Graded/Group Stakes in the international Breeders' Cup Challenge Series of 85 stakes races in 12 countries, and in the 13 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships races, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint”. With Gr1 victories worth 10 points each, Godolphin-bred runners earned 40 points by winning four Gr1 races, among them Breeders’ Cup Challenge races in Australia, Japan and France. Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO, commented, "The prowess of Godolphin-breds winning Gr1 races on three continents makes them very deserving winners of the year's John Deere Award.”
Alizee's 10 points helped Godolphin win the John Deere Award (pic: Steve Hart)
NEW Zoustar Reverse Shuttle To Tweenhills ConfirmedWeekend, 16th November 2018In overnight news from the UK, David Redvers’ Gloucester-based stud farm Tweenhills announced that sensational young Australian stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute’s Choice) is one of three new stallions added to the farm’s line-up for the 2019 Northern Hemisphere breeding season. With his first Australian crop only 3YOs, Widden Stud’s powerfully built Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner recently achieved an astonishing feat when his only three runners in 2018’s Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington filled all the placings (see below). Having alternated between Woodside Park and Widden Stud in his first four seasons, the now permanently Widden-based Zoustar is part-owned by Qatar Bloodstock, whose recently crowned Cartier European Horse of The Year, Roaring Lion, will join Gr1 Sussex Stakes hero Lightning Spear and Zoustar as new Tweenhills recruits. David Redvers, also Qatar Racing’s manager, commented on Zoustar’s pending shuttle: “The much anticipated arrival of Zoustar offers European breeders the chance to breed to a true record breaker. He is recognised as one of the most exciting young stallions in the world and with a limited book and a strong syndicate supporting the horse breeders will need to move very fast if they wish to secure a nomination.” Zoustar’s debut fee at Tweenhills is a very enticing £25,000.
NEW Winx Relations Add To Allure Of NZB 2YO SaleWeekend, 16th November 2018Next week’s 2018 renewal of New Zealand Bloodstock’s highly successful annual Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs will see 445 juveniles face the auctioneer on November 21 and 22. Among a catalogue already brimming with strong black-type familial connections, are two youngsters that boast a certain X factor. Lot 143 (Archer Park) and Lot 176 (Te Runga Stud) are both closely related to Champion Winx, whose recent Gr1 Cox Plate win (her fourth) increased her unbroken winning sequence to 29. By Pure Champion, Lot 143 is a colt whose grandam Operavega is a half-sister to Vegas Showgirl, dam of Winx, while Lot 176 is by exceptional sire Iffraaj out of Operavega herself. Mixed through the many entries to have benefited from strong form updates since catalogues were printed are Lot 307 and Lot 45. The former is an Ocean Park half-brother to recent Gr1 Empire Rose winner Shillelagh (now a dual Gr1 winner) offered by Surrey Farm. The latter, presented by Leanach Lodge, is a Rip Van Winkle colt out of a half-sister to rising kiwi star Te Akau Shark, now a dual Group winner after landing last Wednesday’s Gr2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton Park.
Sprints the Future for PierataWeekend, 16th November 2018Trainer Greg Hickman has provided an update on Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) who finished an excellent third to Santa Ana Lane in last weekend's Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington. The talented sprinter has gone for a spell to prepare for an autumn campaign which is likely to include top sprint targets such as the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m). "There are races like the Newmarket back at Flemington, the Canterbury Stakes, the TJ Smith and the All Aged Stakes here in Sydney, so there are a few options," Hickman told Sky Sports Radio. "We will keep him to 1200 to 1400 metres. Now that we won't be going up in distance with him his work will be shorter and sharper, and hopefully that will see him produce his brilliant best." Hickman added: "I really think he could do anything you wanted him to but I think at this point in time 1200 to 1400 metres is his best distance."
Pierata (image: Steve Hart)
Hometown Gr1 for Trap For FoolsWeekend, 16th November 2018The connections of Trap For Fools have had a change of heart and will send the stayer back home to Perth to contest the final Group 1 race of the year - the $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on 8 December, reports racenet. Trap For Fools (Poet's Voice-Old Money, by Old Spice) upset his more fancied rivals when leading all the way to score a surprise win in last Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, defeating Irish Derby winner Latrobe & VRC Derby winner Extra Brut. Owner Geoff Evans and trainer Jarrod McLean had initially said Trap For Fools would be spelled and aimed at the Australian Cup in the autumn, but he is now the $5 favourite for the Kingston Town.
Comeback On Cards for FoxplayWeekend, 16th November 2018Gr1-winning mare Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) could make a surprise comeback to racing at next year's Magic Millions raceday at the Gold Coast. Formerly trained by Chris Waller, Foxplay established herself as one of the best mares in Australia winning 5 of her 25 starts for over $1.4 million in earnings. Her biggest win came in the 2017 Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes where she defeated Zanbagh and Dixie Blossoms. Raced by Star Thoroughbreds who purchased her originally for $160,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Foxplay was sold for an undisclosed sum to Yuesheng Zhang's emerging breeding and racing powerhouse Yulong Investments earlier this year. Foxplay is currently in the NSW Hunter Valley getting ready to be covered by champion stallion Snitzel. She will then be permitted to race for a period of 120 days after being scanned and confirmed in foal. Yulong have entrusted Foxplay to Scone trainer Brett Cavanough who will be responsible for preparing her should they decide to race her in January. "I got a bit of a surprise when they [Yulong] called and told me they were sending Foxplay to me," Cavanough told Sky Sports Radio. "She is due to be covered by Snitzel in the next few days." Cavanough added: "If Foxplay happened to get in foal and go to the Magic Millions, then she's a chance of winning a $1 million race. It's just makes good business sense. My job is just to train her and take care of her and let the vets take care of the rest. They have the best reproduction vets in the world at Scone."
Foxplay (image: Steve Hart)
Melt Ready To Take FlightWeekend, 16th November 2018Nigel Tiley expects his star filly Melt to be highly competitive in Saturday's Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. That is, provided she makes it to the race, reports NZ Racing Desk. Melt's plane didn't depart Auckland on Thursday due to fog, leaving her in a precarious position of needing to catch a flight on Friday morning. "The flight has been delayed two days in a row. We've got one more roll of the dice in the morning [Friday]. There was fog at the airport and you can't beat nature," Tiley said. Tiley said Melt boasts the strongest formlines in Saturday's classic. The daughter of Iffraaj defeated subsequent New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner Madison County in the Gr3 Northland Breeders' Stakes (1200m), then finished second to him in the Gr2 Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings last month. "She's the horse to beat on race form. Coming through the Hawke's Bay Guineas, Madison County has proved that to be strong form and she's done well since," he said. "She worked very well on Tuesday morning and she's naturally fit....she hasn't missed a beat. If the plane gets away, she'll be hard to beat. And if it doesn't, we'll just have to look at other options."
Pat Webster InterviewWeekend, 16th November 2018Steve Hart recently interviewed popular racehorse trainer Pat Webster who talked about his life and career in racing, the best horses he has ever trained, and what the future holds for his stable star and multiple Group 1 winner Happy Clapper. Happy Clapper incurred a mandatory 3-month ban from racing after he bled for the first time in his career during the running of the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes in the spring. Webster said, all being well, Happy Clapper will be aimed at races such as the Gr1 George Ryder and Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the autumn.
SA Racing Set for Big Night at Sports AwardsWeekend, 16th November 2018The 2018 South Australian Sport Awards at Adelaide Oval tonight (Friday) is promising to be a big one for racing, with no fewer than four jockeys set to have their names in lights. Both Jamie Kah and Melbourne Cup winner Kerrin McEvoy have been nominated for the prestigious Sports Star of the Year Award. Kayla Crowther has been nominated as the Young Professional Sportsperson of the Year after winning the Caitlin Forrest South Australian Provincial and Country Apprentice of the Year Award earlier this year. Meanwhile, the legendary John Letts AM is to be inducted into the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame. Letts is a two-time Melbourne Cup winner and icon of the sport whose career spanned almost 30 years and 2,300 winners. "It's fantastic to see racing so strongly represented in this year's South Australian Sport Awards," said Thoroughbred Racing SA CEO Jim Watters. "It is just reward for some of the great achievers in our sport, all of whom dedicate themselves to their profession."
Gosden Looks Back on Memorable SeasonWeekend, 16th November 2018Champion British trainer John Gosden has reflected on the outstanding 2018 season enjoyed by two of his stable stars - Roaring Lion and Enable. Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy-Vionnet, by Street Sense) capped a stellar summer season highlighted by four Group 1 victories when he was crowned the European Horse of the Year at the Cartier Awards in London on Tuesday night, while superstar mare Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadler's Wells) overcame a belated start to her campaign to become just the eighth horse in history to win two Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe's and the first Arc winner in history to win a Breeders' Cup race.
Weekend Black Type Feature ScheduleWeekend, 16th November 2018The racing spotlight switches to Sandown in Melbourne this weekend with the running of the Gr2 Zipping Classic & Gr2 Sandown Guineas, while across the Tasman the cream of New Zealand's fillies will vie for classic honours in the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas. In total, there are 21 stakes races across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong this weekend. Brought to you by Tamalee Farm's stallion Arlington, below in AEST order, are Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes and feature races, incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news. Whilst every effort is made to ensure these race times are accurate, please consult official race cards if certainty is required.
- SAT: 12:00pm: Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) Riccarton Park
- 12:25pm: Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) Sandown
- 1:00pm: Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) Sandown
- 1:10pm: Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) Riccarton Park
- 1:35pm: Listed Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) Sandown
- 2:04pm: Gr2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) Tauranga
- 2:10pm: Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) Sandown
- 2:20pm: Gr3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) Riccarton Park
- 2:45pm: Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) Sandown
- 3:25pm: Gr3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) Sandown
- 4:00pm: Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) Sandown
- 4:40pm: Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) Sandown
- 5:12pm: Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) Doomben
- 5:20pm: Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) Sandown
- 5:55pm: Gr3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) Sandown
- 6:25pm: Gr3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) Ascot
- 7:00pm: Gr3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) Ascot
- 8:12pm: Gr3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) Ascot
- SUN: 6:30pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m) Sha Tin
- 7:05pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m) Sha Tin
- 7:40pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) Sha Tin
SUNDAY 6:30pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m) Sha TinWeekend, 16th November 2018
7:05pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m) Sha TinWeekend, 16th November 2018
7:40pm: Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) Sha TinWeekend, 16th November 2018
Major Award For Inglis Riverside ComplexWeekend, 16th November 2018Inglis’ world-class Riverside Stables complex has been crowned Project of the Year at the inaugural Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Boomtown! awards ceremony. Western Sydney’s newest five-star tourism and events destination, the $140m Inglis Riverside Stables complex defeated a host of impressive finalists for the prestigious top award. Featuring the William Inglis Hotel, an integrated, air-conditioned parade and sales area accommodating up to 1,000 guests and featuring stabling for more than 800 horses, permanent hospitality suites and a ringside dining service, Riverside Stables opened in January of this year. Attracting thousands of national and international visitors to the region, the complex (already a highly successful sales facility) has also become a go-to venue for conferences, weddings, parties and community events. The award was presented to Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster by Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure & Population, Alan Tudge, in front of a sold-out room of 500 leaders in property, infrastructure, business and community. Click here to read a full report on the award.
Inglis' Riverside complex scooped a significant award
Blue Blood Ready To Live Up To HypeWeekend, 16th November 2018Prodigiously talented colt Roheryn will be out to solidify his burgeoning reputation as one of the rising stars of Sydney racing when he contests the 2019 Membership Sprint Benchmark 76 Handicap over 1100 metres at Rosehill on Saturday. The blue blooded Godolphin colt has created a big impression winning his only two starts to date, the latest being a sparkling 4-length romp over 1200m at Rosehill two weeks' ago. That visually impressive display prompted many racing experts and fans alike to label Roheryn a future Group 1 winner, but trainer James Cummings is not getting caught up in the hype just yet. "He’s still improving and it’s a pretty interesting test for him," Cummings told racingnsw.com.au. "First of all he has to keep doing it. I wouldn’t be labelling him as a star of the future just yet. He has some class about him and a lot of speed for a horse that looks like 1100m and 1200m is not going to be the end of the road for him. We’ll learn more about him on Saturday." Roheryn first trialled around this time last year and could easily have been a Golden Slipper prospect for Godolphin. "Twelve months ago we weren’t happy enough with him to run him. He got a little overexcited in the paddock and had an accident and that put us out of play for a fair while," Cummings said. "He’s sensible enough now to handle his racing without it all getting to his head too quickly. We’ve waited for him and he looks like repaying our patience." A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Roheryn is by champion racehorse Lonhro out of the Gr3 winner Mannington (Danehill) and is a half-brother to Victoria Derby winner and sire Benicio and Gr2 winner Romneya. Mannington, herself, is a daughter of brilliant 2YO and Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay and is a sibling to Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (dam of Villermont) and Gr3 winner Sheraton. This is the outstanding Eau D'Etoile family that also includes dual Gr1 winner Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, and Gr1 winning sprinter Stella Cadente.
Our Libretto Primed for Black-Type SuccessWeekend, 16th November 2018Trainer Grahame Begg has confirmed that highly promising mare Our Libretto will back up in Saturday's $300,000 Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown. The well-bred Our Libretto is equal second favourite ($5) for the weight-for-age feature after finishing seventh in an unsuitably run Gr2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last weekend. Owned by Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, the former New Zealand-trained 5YO has won four of her five starts since arriving in Australia having missed her entire 4YO season due to niggling feet issue. "The way the Matriarch was run didn't suit her at all," Begg told racing.com. "It was slowly run, the field was bunched up around the home turn and she just takes a little while to hit her straps. She had a soft run but wasn't tested in the straight with no clear running." Begg added: "She's two from two at Sandown and it's a great opportunity for her to earn valuable black type and qualify for better races next year." By O'Reilly out of the stakes-winning Zabeel mare Etoile Due Nord, Our Libretto is a half-sister to Gr3 Hobart & Launceston Cup winner Epingle and cost $400,000 at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud. Epingle was runner-up in the Zipping Classic in 2013 and 2014.