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Daily News | 19th September 2018

  • NEW In Her Time Ticking Along Nicely

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Trainer Kris Lees expects top sprinting mare In Her Time to be highly competitive when she kicks off her Everest campaign in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday week. In Her Time, who was transferred to Lees' Newcastle stable last week following the suspension of fellow Novocastrian horseman Ben Smith, showed she is building up nicely to her first-up assignment when finishing second to El Dorado Dreaming in a 1000m trial at Newcastle on Wednesday. The stable-mates put a four-length gap on the rest of the field and ran quick time in the process. "She [In Her Time] was a little bit keen in the early stages but Corey [Brown] indicated he had plenty of horse under him," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "After her trial here [at Newcastle] on Friday I thought she was pretty forward, so she didn't need to be extended in her trial today. She trialled strongly and appears to have come through it quite well." Lees added: "She has a very good fresh record so I expect her to be competitive in the Premiere and she will improve off the run going into the Everest." The Premiere will be In Her Time's only lead-up run to the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October.
  • NEW Brown Praises In Her Time

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Jockey Corey Brown has no doubt In Her Time is building strongly towards her primary spring target, the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Brown was aboard In Her Time when she finished second to El Dorado Dreaming in a 1000m trial at Newcastle on Wednesday, and said she feels like a more mature racehorse compared to previous preparations. "Even though El Dorado Dreaming was coming at me late I was trying to shut her down because she had done enough," Brown told Sky Racing. "They ran home in good time. She is right on track. Having ridden her in previous preparations, she feels a lot better, she is a lot more balanced this time in." He added: "She feels really good. She is strong and is right up to the mark. She's going very well ahead of the Everest." In Her Time will resume in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Listen below to what Brown told Lees Racing about the trial.
  • NEW El Dorado Dreaming Wins Trial

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Gr1 winning filly El Dorado Dreaming has impressed her new trainer Kris Lees by winning a barrier trial at Newcastle on Wednesday morning. El Dorado Dreaming, who was a surprise 100-1 winner of the Group 1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes in the autumn, was transferred to Lees' stable following the suspension of fellow Newcastle horseman Ben Smith last week. El Dorado Dreaming was up against Everest contender In Her Time in the opening 1000m trial of the morning and finished strongly to claim her high profile stable-mate right on the line in a time of 58.30 with a slick final 600 in 33.01. "She was very sharp that last furlong," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "I will sit down with the owner over the next few days and decide on a program going forward, but she was impressive. I thought she was pretty sharp. I'd expect her to show up in whatever race we run her in." Lees is yet to decide where El Dorado will launch her spring campaign, but said the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday week (30 September) was the most logical starting point. "I'd say she is a strong chance of going to the Thousand Guineas Prelude on Sunday week," he said. "The Roman Consul Stakes over 1200 metres in Sydney the week after is another option, but we'll make a final decision by the end of the week."
  • NEW Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Barriers

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018

    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. The race has attracted a capacity field of 15 plus four emergencies. The top weight for the race is the Godolphin-owned Jungle Cat who will be making his Australian debut. The Irish-bred speedster was last seen claiming his maiden Gr1 title in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai on World Cup night (31 March). Jungle Cat is likely to vie for favouritism with fellow Godolphin runners Home Of The Brave and Osborne Bulls, with the former a chance of securing the final Everest slot if he can replicate his impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Theo Mark Stakes in Sydney. Other leading chances include Holy Snow & Oregon's Day from the Mick Price yard, Land Of Plenty for Darren Weir, and Showtime and Peaceful State, who will both be carrying the colours of world renowned Japanese breeder & owner Katsumi Yoshida.

  • Chautauqua To Trial Friday

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Racing Victoria and Racing NSW have agreed to permit Chautauqua to trial at the Flemington jump-outs this Friday, reports racing.com. After failing, yet again, to jump satisfactorily from the barriers at Rosehill last month, Racing NSW Stewards made a preliminary decision to ban the former star sprinter from all forms of racing. Friday is therefore shaping as the final chance for Chautauqua to resurrect his career and make a last minute attempt to secure a slot for the Everest on 13 October. "We've had dialogue with Sydney and both parties are happy for that (trial) to take place a day early," Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Robert Cram said. "If he nominates and goes around, we'll be there to watch him." However, even he passes Friday's test, Chautauqua must trial satisfactorily a second time in order for the ban to be lifted. "He has to pass two trials but there are no official trials scheduled on the calendar so there would have to be an official trial put on somewhere," Cram added.

    Chautauqua (image: Steve Hart)
  • Lees Holding Out for Everest Slot

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Kris Lees is optimistic he can secure the final Everest slot with high-class sprinter Le Romain, reports racingnsw.com.au. So confident is Lees, that he has abandoned plans of running Le Romain in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Le Romain put his hand up for the final spot in the world's richest turf race when fighting on bravely for second behind champion Winx in last weekend's Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. "Le Romain took a day to get over Saturday's race because he tried so hard, but he is nice and bright today," Lees said on Tuesday. "I'm leaning toward not running him in the Epsom. He is a proven weight-for-age performer, and it would be a tough assignment going back to a mile handicap with 58kg." Lees added: "We're still hoping he can get a start in The Everest. He is a fantastic Randwick horse and deserves a slot. I know he would be very competitive."

    Le Romain (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Melbourne No Certainty for Miss Fabulass

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Meanwhile, trainer Kris Lees says last weekend's impressive Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes winner Miss Fabulass is no certainty to travel south for the spring carnival in Melbourne. The blue blooded Miss Fabulass, by Frankel out of former champion Australian filly Samantha Miss, is set to have her next start in the Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in a fortnight, but Lees has no plans beyond that race. "We'll get through Saturday week first," Lees told racingnsw.com.au. "She could go on to the Thousand Guineas, but otherwise will be off to the spelling paddock."
  • Weir on Night's Watch

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Darren Weir is confident Night's Watch will be highly competitive if he gains a start in the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Currently 20th in the order of entry, Weir is keen for the OTI Racing-owned 5YO to make the 16-horse capacity field in order to gain ballot exempt status for next month's Caulfield Cup. Weir said Night's Watch (Redwood-Glory Run, by Exceed and Excel) was sure to improve off his encouraging weight-for-age debut eleven days ago when third to Magic Consol in the Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley. "He was sort of mucking around in the barrier and then he just didn't begin as cleanly as hoped but Johnny Allen had to use him to be in a spot and then he loomed like he was going to win but then he evened out the last 100 metres," Weir told racing.com. "Stepping out slow and having to use him a bit just took off that bit of brilliance late, but first go at weight-for-age I thought it was a terrific run." Weir added: "He's making the right steps for sure. I guess he has to take another step to 2000 metres but he's ticking along pretty well. Whether it's this year or not we'll see."
  • Makybe Diva Foal

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Former champion Australian mare Makybe Diva gave birth to her ninth foal last Friday, reports racenet. The filly foal is by Woodside Park Stud's champion Victorian stallion Written Tycoon and was born at Vinery Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley. Makybe Diva (Desert King-Tugela, by Riverman), who claims a special place in the pantheon of Australian racing as the only horse to win three Melbourne Cups, is yet to produce a stakes winner but has two talented progeny in the form of 4YO mare Divination (All Too Hard) and 6YO gelding Surrey (High Chaparral). The Tony McEvoy-trained Divination will not be seen again until the autumn, but Surrey may be close to making his seasonal reappearance after trialling at Cambridge in New Zealand last Thursday. Trainer Graeme Rogerson has previously stated Surrey could be a Melbourne Cup horse.
  • Price Buoyant About Seabrook

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Trainer Mick Price believes classy filly Seabrook (Hinchinbrook-Midnight Revels, by Don Eduardo) can add another top-flight win to her record in Saturday's Gr1 Golden Rose after she turned in a brilliant piece of work at Caulfield on Tuesday. A winner of the Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney in the autumn, Seabrook resumed with a satisfactory third behind Native Soldier in the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) three weeks ago. "I think she's improved out of sight," Price told racing.com. "On the inside grass the reverse way here Saturday morning, she was super. Ollie [Damien Oliver] rode her here this morning [Tuesday] and he just got off and said she's spot on...he's a very good judge." Seabrook is quoted as an $11 chance with TAB for Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill.
  • Big Offers for Merchant Of Venice

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Trainer and part-owner Jason Warren says there have been significant offers to purchase unbeaten colt Merchant Of Venice following his impressive win at Bendigo last Wednesday, reports racenet. Warren has always held the son of So You Think in high regard and says the sky is the limit for the 3YO. "Where to next will be decided by where the offers stop I guess," Warren said. "He's still a big baby and doing it on raw ability. We hope to have a deal secured that enables him to race through with us and to fulfil what we believe will be a very smart future." Warren added: "It's certainly good to be alive in the spring with a good horse!" A winner of his two starts to date, Merchant Of Venice is out of the Gr3-winning Johar mare Veronica Franco.
  • Smart Kiwi Filly Joins Weir Stable

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Ardmore Lodge-trainer Nick Bishara has confirmed that talented 3YO filly Verry Elleegant has been sold and will do her future racing in Australia, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She has been sold and will be joining Darren Weir. She leaves on Wednesday," Bishara said. "Darren Weir's clients have taken fifty per cent, Jomara Bloodstock have taken 25 per cent and the original ownership group have retained 25 per cent." Verry Elleegant has had just the three starts, catching the eye with a fast-closing second on debut behind subsequent stakes winner Cyber Attack, before effortless victories at Ruakaka and Matamata. "She's the best I've had by a long way," Bishara said. "The fact that she is still so raw and does a lot wrong and still wins her races easily, the upside to her is enormous.  She is three and all of the three-year-old Classics are in front of her." Verry Elleegant is by Zed out of the Danroad mare Opulence and is a direct descendant of legendary broodmare Eight Carat.
  • Gr1 Golden Rose Field & Barrier Draw

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018

    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the running of the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. A field of 11 has been assembled for the 3YO set weight feature, with the Kris Lees-trained & Alan Bell-owned colt Graff the current TAB favourite at $3.50. Next in the market are the three Chris Waller stable-mates The Autumn Sun at $4.50, Lean Mean Machine at $6, and Zousain at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds. Zousain has passed a vet examination after recovering from an elevated temperature and will take his place in the race.

  • Redzel Fitness Update

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Team Snowden has provided an update on the progress of defending Everest champion Redzel following his withdrawal from Saturday's Gr2 Shorts at Randwick due to muscle soreness. Co-trainer Peter Snowden advised Racing NSW Stewards on Tuesday morning that Redzel has received chiropractic treatment and is responding well. Redzel was examined by Racing NSW Veterinarian, Dr James Mizzi, on Monday afternoon with no abnormalities detected. Connections remain confident that Redzel will be fit in time to defend his Everest title at Randwick on 13 October.


    Redzel (image: Steve Hart)
  • English Cleared by Vets

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Meanwhile, a vet inspection conducted by Racing NSW on Monday afternoon has detected no abnormalities with top sprinting mare English. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare kicked off her Everest campaign with a lacklustre performance (6th of 7) in last Saturday's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick. Despite the disappointing display, connections intend to press on towards the $13 million Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October with Bott advising stewards that the stable was satisfied with English's post-race condition.

    English (image: Steve Hart)
  • Bart Cummings Next for Avilius

    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    Trainer James Cummings confirmed on Tuesday that exciting UK-bred import Avilius (Pivotal-Alessandria, by Sunday Silence) will make his next appearance in the Gr3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on 6 October. There was speculation Avilius could run in the Gr1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday week, but Cummings says the 5YO will instead head to Melbourne for the race named in his grandfather's honour. "We feel that giving Avilius a look at Flemington with the hope of gaining a start in the Melbourne Cup is the right way to go with the horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "We discussed this as a team and are confident this is the best lead up to the Cup and we are all extremely excited to be going down this path." Avilius, who is unbeaten in three starts in Australia after yet another impressive win in last weekend's Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, is being aimed at next month's Caulfield Cup.

    Avilius (image: Steve Hart)

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