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Daily News | 22nd January 2019
NEW Massive 139 Sires Represented At MM AdelaideTuesday, 22nd January 2019The race to find the next Gr1 star from South Australia is underway with the release today of the online catalogue for the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. With recent graduates including Melbourne Spring Carnival Gr1 winners Viddora (see below) and Amphitrite, the Adelaide Yearling Sale continues its proud tradition as a first class source of life-changing racehorses. Adding an exciting current taste typical of what buyers can unearth in Adelaide, last Saturday at Flemington unbeaten 2YO Free of Debt thrashed his rivals, with the $30,000 purchase further highlighting the quality on offer in Adelaide. 523 lots from the leading breeders across the country will go under the hammer at the Morphettville-based auction over two action-packed days on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March. A feature of the auction each and every year is the great variety of quality stock on offer and its appeal to a broad market, highlighted this March by a catalogue comprising 225 BOBS-eligible, 157 Super VOBIS-nominated and 164-SABOIS Breeder Paid yearlings. This year a record 139 individual sires are represented, including the first Australian crops of 24 freshman stallions. To view the online catalogue for the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale CLICK HERE or download it now via the Equineline iPad app.
NEW Written By Gunning For Oakleigh PlateTuesday, 22nd January 2019The old horses for courses chestnut invariably holds some thruth to it, with Gr1 Blue Diamond hero Written By (Written Tycoon) one of the best current examples. From 5 starts at Caulfield, Written By has 5 wins, including the Blue Diamond, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude and Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes. According to AAP, the classy colt has impressed trainer Grahame Begg with his performance in a jump-out at Caulfield ahead of his return to racing. Jordan Childs, who has ridden him in each of his 8 starts to date, was on board in Tuesday’s 800m heat. Closing in on $2 million in earnings, the $180,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier buy from Basinghall Farm, is expected to take his first step towards the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate with his initial 2019 run on 2 February in the Listed W J Adams Stakes (1100m). Even though the distance might be little sharp, Written By’s a jump and run commodity who should be able to dictate affairs if drawing reasonably. "He was very sharp out of the gates and he strode along,” enthused Begg. “He (Childs) just let him stride a little bit the last 300 metres because he's got to come back and run in ten days time.” Begg also revealed, "Jordan said he felt he was excellent in his action and was much stronger than last preparation."
Written By will resume in early February (pic: Mark Gatt)
NEW NZB Diamonds Glitter Ahead Of Karaka MillionTuesday, 22nd January 2019While the fields are shaping up for the two million dollar Karaka Million races at Ellerslie this Saturday, the performances of the runners that have placed them high in the order of entry are making an impact on their relations catalogued at Karaka 2019. Eight Carat descendant Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) is currently eleventh on the Karaka Million 3YO Classic order of entry with a victory in the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes and third placing in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic – both part of the NZB Filly of the Year series. Her form has provided pedigree updates to a number of Lots catalogued in Book 1, the majority consigned by Cambridge Stud from Sir Patrick Hogan’s successful Eight Carat family. Queen of Diamond’s half-brother, out of Love Diamonds, will go through the ring at Lot 177 while a filly out of a sibling to Queen of Diamonds is catalogued at Lot 180. Further Lots from the iconic farm, and from the same family as Queen of Diamonds, include Lot 622 who is a half-brother to Group Two winner and current Listed Levin Stakes winner Gift of Power (NZ) (Power), and Lots 283, 432, 677 and 680. Pencarrow Stud will present Lot 628, a colt by Pins, who is from the same family as Queen of Diamonds and current Gr3 Waikato Cup winner Mongolian Marshal (NZ) (High Chaparral).
Queen of Diamonds (pic: Race Images NZ)
NEW Top Four Rated NZ 3YOs Have Karaka RelationsTuesday, 22nd January 2019Meanwhie, the highest rated three-year-old colt and filly in New Zealand are leading the order of entry in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic with Madison County (NZ) (Pins) first and Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) second. With back-to-back victories in the Gr1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and Levin Classic, his feats were timely updates for several Waikato Stud-consigned yearlings. Lot 625, a half-brother to Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes winner Pinzu (Pins), and Lot 149 are from the same family as Madison County (see below). Media Sensation scored in the Gr1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas following a triumph in the Gr3 Soliloquy Stakes, providing two yearlings with significant pedigree updates; they include Pencarrow Stud’s Lot 97, a colt by Makfi, and Lot 501, a filly by Choisir. Third and fourth on the table are Gr1 Levin Classic runner-up Hypnos (NZ) (Reliable Man) and Gr1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas runner-up Dawn Patrol (NZ) (Dawn Approach). Both 3YOs have siblings entered at the Sale. Westbury Stud will offer Lot 872 who is a brother to Hypnos and Monovale Farm will present Lot 1064 who is an Ocean Park half-brother to Dawn Patrol.
NEW Foxwedge To Join Woodside Park Stud RosterTuesday, 22nd January 2019Woodside Park Stud announced on Tuesday that Australia’s Champion Second Season sire Foxwedge will join the stud’s stallion roster in 2019 from Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley. Prominent Victorian businessman Eddie Hirsch, who purchased Foxwedge, explained, “Mark Dodemaide and I have been on this horse since August with Inglis negotiating the sale. We thought he would be a perfect fit for Victoria and the VOBIS Scheme with his ability to get running 2 and 3YOs.” Foxwedge is already sire of 35 stakes-horses with his oldest only being 5YOs. This includes Gr1 winners Foxplay, Volpe Veloce and Curragh Pretty Polly Stakes winner Urban Fox. Hirsch revealed, “Part of our attraction to get him was we believe the best is yet to come with big crops of foals and yearlings (300 mares covered in those two seasons). James Price, General Manager Commercial at Woodside Park Stud said: “Foxwedge is a G1 winner who produces impressive stock that captures buyers’ attention. Coupled with this, his ability to get stakes horses (8.5%) will ensure his stock commands not only local but international appeal”. Foxwedge will join Champion sire Written Tycoon, Tosen Stardom, a dual Gr1-winning son of globally dominant sire Deep Impact, plus Invincible Spirit’s highest rated 2YO, Cable Bay, and Written Tycoon’s fastest son at stud, Rich Enuff. Foxwedge’s 2019 fee will be announced with the roster around Easter but it will be competitive for his launch in Victoria.
Foxwedge's Gr1-winning daughter Foxplay (pic: Steve Hart)
Norzita Adds Considerable Kudos To Chairman’s SaleTuesday, 22nd January 2019Two-time Gr1 winner Norzita is the latest high-profile entrant confirmed for this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale – in foal to dual Champion Australian sire Snitzel. Trained by the late Bart Cummings and raced by the partnership of Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, Norzita (Thorn Park-Visique) won the Gr1 Flight Stakes as a spring 3YO before returning the following autumn to win the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She was also twice Gr1-placed against the older horses, and was crowned Champion Australian 3YO Filly of 2012/13 as a result. The now 9YO Norzita has a 3YO colt by So You Think, Carif, in training with Peter and Paul Snowden, while her 2YO son by Fastnet Rock, Confidant, realised $660,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Duncan Ramage, Bloodstock & Racing Manager to the Estate of the Late Dato Tan Chin Nam, expects Norzita to appeal to a huge cross section of major breeders, both domestic and international. “This is purely a commercial decision on our behalf due to the change in nature of the business since the passing of Dato,” Ramage said. “She is in foal to Snitzel, due in August, and it’s very rare for us to send a mare to such a high-priced stallion, but it looks an ideal mating for her,” noted Ramage of the Danehill-free mare. Norzita joins Group 1 performer Snitty Kitty amongst the early confirmations for the Chairman’s Sale, which will be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of Friday May 3.
Norzita returns to scale (pic: Steve Hart)
VRC Delivers Donation Boost For National Jockeys TrustTuesday, 22nd January 2019The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has proudly donated almost $60,000 to the National Jockeys Trust (NJT) in support of injured jockeys and their families. VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott presented the cheque to Mitch and Maddy Goring – children of jockey Mark Goring who died in a race fall in 2003 – at the annual NJT20 Cricket Match, where VRC-sponsored player Craig Robertson joined his fellow jockeys in taking on the Racing All Stars. Williamstown Cricket Ground hosted the seventh annual edition of the popular charity match, which saw more than $150,000 raised for a cause close to many hearts. Mrs Elliott commended the NJT and said the VRC is proud to support such an important organisation. "Very few sports possess the level of risk that horse racing does, and the skill and talent of our jockeys is something we do not take for granted. In situations where an accident occurs, it is great to know that the National Jockeys Trust is there to offer financial assistance to injured jockeys and their families."The VRC contribution included funds from the following initiatives:
- $1000 per jockey who took part in the Lexus Melbourne Cup Parade – a total of $17,000
- The Lexus Melbourne Cup saddlecloth auction – a total of $33,778
- The proceeds of Winx merchandise sold at TAB Turnbull Stakes Day – a total of $3,502
- Sponsorship of Craig Robertson in the 2019 NJT20 cricket match – a total of $1000.
Bookmakers View Avilius Cup Failure As An AberrationTuesday, 22nd January 2019Despite finishing down the field in last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup, bookmakers have chosen to ignore the disappinting effort of Godolphin's exceptional stayer Avilius when framing markets for the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m). Whether it was the 3200m or Avilius just had a bad day, the markets have factored in his hitherto impeccable form and powerful closing setionals in elevating him to $8 favourite for the key Melbourne feature. Before finishing a merit-filled fourth in the Gr1 Cox Plate in his final lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, Avilius put together four wins on the trot inlcuding the Bart Cummings at Flemington. "Considering how well the James Cummings-trained gelding performed between 1600 to 2500 metres in his first Australian preparation, Avilius has opened favourite for the feature Gr1 race over 2000 metres during Melbourne's Festival of Racing which should attract a high quality field," TAB's Trent Langskaill said. Extra Brut, who finished third to Trap For Fools and Latrobe in last year's Mackinnon Stakes at weight-for-age over 2000 metres on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival after taking out the Victoria Derby, is rated an $11 equal second favourite with Gr1 Underwood Stakes winner Homesman who was also runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup.
Super Easy Colt Does It Super Easy At EllerslieTuesday, 22nd January 2019With less than a week before the rich Karaka Million twilight meeting at Ellerslie racecourse, Australian raider Neptune's Spear (Super Easy-Hestolemyroses, by Elusive Quality) got to have his first hit-out over the charming Auckland circuit. According to theinformant.co.nz, the Liam Birchley-trained Neptune's Spear seemed right at home, flying over the final 600m in 34.99sec. A son of brilliant Singapore galloper Super Easy (Darci Brahma), the promising Queensland juvenile is around the $15 mark for the NZB $1 million event where he is meeting a classy field of local 2YO sprinting talent. Birchley purchased the colt for $140,000 from Hallmark Stud's draft at the 2018 NZB National Yearling Sales Series.
Pike Gets In The Spirit For Karaka MillionTuesday, 22nd January 2019Still on the big Ellerslie meeting, trainer Tony Pike is pleased he took advantage of Monday morning's gallops session in Auckland to further educate the unbeaten Whiskey Neat in preparation for Saturday's Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainer took five of his possible six runners for Saturday's Ellerslie meeting to work in company and said he couldn't be happier with their hit-outs, particularly his two $1 million feature candidates Whiskey Neat and Surely Sacred (Karaka Million 3YO Classic), with the latter working a treat. "The track was perfect after they put a bit of water on it overnight and they all went well,'' Pike said. Whiskey Neat, who is currently the $3.60 second favourite on TAB Fixed Odds betting behind Probabeel ($2.60) for the Karaka Million 2YO, was ridden by raceday jockey Leith Innes and worked with Indecision (Michael McNab). The pair were timed to run their final 600m in 36.26. Whiskey Neat cruised home by 10 and a quarter lengths on debut at Otaki on November 30 and he again led throughout when winning the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, though he did run about in the home straight. Though Whiskey Neat has used his speed to lead in each of his races, Pike isn't relying on the same tactic having to be employed in the Karaka Million 2YO. ''It will be our intention to lead if we get a good draw, but if something wants to take him on then Leith can take a sit with him. Leith can work it out.''
Karaka Million fancy Whiskey Neat (pic: Trish Dunell)
South Coast Summer Racing On Display In MoruyaTuesday, 22nd January 2019Just 20-minutes from Batemans Bay, a premium NSW south coast holiday destination, Moruya is famous for having one of the closest landing strips to a beach in Australia, with its racetrack boundary just a road width away from the airport. On Monday, Moruya Jockey Club hosted one of its biggest days of the year, with the running of the Narooma Town Plate (1310m) and Club Narooma Cup (1660m). The former fell to popular favourite Leevee Bank, the Excites mare brought down from Canberra by trainer Gratz Vella. In the day's main feature, favoured Animalia was denied when Canberra's Norm Gardner-trained Le Cavalier defied predictions to win at $13.
Wait Over For Quintet Of Warrnambool ConnectionsTuesday, 22nd January 2019Notwithstanding that Australian owners and breeders have begun to appreciate the feature riches that await those with a quality stayer, the allure of a potential quick return with a precocious juvenile is still a big drawcard. The age of instant gratification can't make it any easier for owners forced to wait until after Christmas for their unraced 3YO to have its first start. At Warrnambool in Victoria on Wednesday, there are five groups of connections who will be rewarded for their patience after buying a yearling two years earlier, three of them in the same race. In the Bowman Financial Services Maiden Plate, each of Boomstock (Tavistock), Fioretical (Fiorente) and Boss Rock (Americain), all costing over $100,000 each, faces the starter for the first time. In the Whalers Hotel Maiden Plate, Tassie O'Reilly (O'Reilly) and Di's Grey (Reliable Man) will also make their debuts as mid-season 3YOs.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 22nd January 2019After 25 weeks of the 2018-19 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent record-breaking two-time Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is a long way in front of his rivals, maintaining his lead at the top of the national sires leader board with over $16 million in progeny earnings. In second spot is Yarraman Park's top-class stallion I Am Invincible who is edging towards $10 million, ahead of Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry who rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 21 January) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,267,186
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,658,990
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $7,922,849
- Teofilo (Galileo) - $6,335,620
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,587,545
- Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $5,513,676
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $5,468,263
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,135,270
- Pierro (Lonhro) - $5,027,460
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,521,402
Lindsay Park Withdraws Vega Magic From Big MileTuesday, 22nd January 2019Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) winner Vega Magic will not attempt to make the field for the forthcoming $5 million All-Star Mile, reports racing.com. Known primarily as a sprinter, trainers David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have announced that the powerful son of Lope De Vega will instead be targeted at the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1000m) down the straight at Flemington. The dash for cash is on 9 March, a week before the All-Star Mile. One of 25 nominations for the All-Star Mile from the stable, Lope De Vega last ran in The Everest at Royal Randwick where he finished at the rear of the field over the 1200m trip.
Vega Magic is being reserved for the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (pic: Mark Gatt)
Kiwi Graduates Dominant Again In Hong KongTuesday, 22nd January 2019While all eyes were on New Zealand-bred miler Beauty Generation, who convincingly won the Gr1 Stewards’ Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday, New Zealand Bloodstock graduates were equally dominant in the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) on the same card. In a great filip for the forthcoming 2019 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, which gets underway on Sunday 27 January when the first 100 Lots go under the hammer, Karaka graduate Beat The Clock, originally a $70,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale graduate, went one better than last year. The $200,000 Ready To Run purchase defeated Mr Stunning with whom he’d shared runner-up behind fellow NZB graduate D B Pin in 2018. In a familiar case of musical chairs for the battle-hardened sprinters, December’s Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint went the way of Mr Stunning, ahead of D B Pin and Beat The Clock. Last Sunday’s Gr1 win for Beat The Clock (landing his first elite victory) took his earnings to around the $4 million mark, which is 20 times his purchase price.
Accelerate Puts Up Powerful Pegasus Prep GallopTuesday, 22nd January 2019Five-time US Gr1 winner Accelerate lived up to his name with a flashy piece of work over 5 furlongs at Santa Anita Park ahead of next weekend's Gr1 Pegasus World Cup. The $2.50 favourite for the rich 8 furlong event, which has been reduced to US$9 million from $16 million in 2018, is reported to have gone a second faster than any other runners on the morning, according to bloodhorse.com. Shortly due to start his stud career at US$20,000 at Lane's End in Kentucky, the recent Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner has been nominated for the annual Eclipse Horse of the Year award. Meanwhile, Accelerate's chief rival in the Pegasus, Gr1 BC Dirt Mile victor City of Light, was equally impressive on the opposite side of the country when recording a very fast time at Gulfstream Park in Florida. He, too, is headed to Lane's End following the big showdown.
Early Start For Breeders’ Cup Ticket SalesTuesday, 22nd January 2019Meanwhile, in further US news, Breeders’ Cup, one of thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will go on sale to the public on March 4. Followed around the world, particularly due to its large European contingent of competitors, 2019’s event will be held at Santa Anita Park in California on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. The highly popular venue will stage the meeting for a record-breaking tenth time following Breeders’ Cup’s most recent appearance at the track in 2016. On that occasion a record-setting two-day attendance of 118,484 racing fans turned up, and demand for tickets to the 2019 event is at an all-time high, with reserved seating expected to sell out quickly. Significantly, since 2016, Santa Anita Park has invested approximately $35 million towards infrastructure improvements and will also be investing an additional $5 million over the coming months to add premium seating, renovate its dining venues and install new outdoor suites. Following Santa Anita, next year's Breeders' Cup will be held at Keeneland, and then at Del Mar in 2021.