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Daily News | 23rd July 2019

  • NEW Leading Mare Sea of Class Euthanased

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Outstanding European racemare Sea of Class (Sea The Stars-Holy Moon, by Hernando) has been humanely put to sleep. The Gr1 Irish Oaks and Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks winner (see below), who pushed Enable to the limit in the 2018 Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, had been showing positive signs of recovery after undergoing colic surgery to remove a mass that was intertwined with her gut. According to Racing Post, Sea of Class’s devastated trainer William Haggas advised that the mass was discovered to be a lymphoma, likely to be an aggressive form of cancer. "Having made sure and steady progress under the excellent veterinary team at Rossdale's she took a turn for the worse at 4.30am this morning and a subsequent scan revealed another tumour the size of an orange.” Given her subsequent weakness and discomfort, Haggas revealed that he and the team of medical specialists made the regrettable decision to euthanase Sea of Class, owned by the Tsui family who raced her sire Sea The Stars, a champion half-brother to Galileo.

  • Probable Bletchingly Start For Mystic Journey

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Tasmanian trainer Adam Trinder is likely to be guided by the state of the Caulfield track to determine a Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) start for rising 4YO mare Mystic Journey, one of 20 horses nominated for Saturday’s sprint. With only limited shower activity forecast for Melbourne from Wednesday through Saturday, the signs are positive for the daughter of Needs Further who is coming off the back of a cruise-control Devonport trial win. Trinder has several options for Mystic Journey’s race return as she builds a pathway towards late October’s Gr1 Cox Plate for which she is favourite, however his preferred early sequence, according to racenet.com.au, is the Bletchingly and then the Memsie Stakes a month later. “Our loose schedule heading towards a Cox Plate is Bletchingly, Memsie, Makybe Diva over a mile and then we’ll assess whether we run in the Underwood over nine furlongs or the Turnbull and then head into the Cox Plate.”

    Mystic Journey

    Mystic Journey (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Boom Sprinter Possibly Injured In Shock Defeat

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    William Pike's mount Battle Storm (Statue of Liberty-Saratoga Miss, by Snaadee) finished last in the Perth Racing Tabtouch-Better You Bet Handicap on Saturday after being sent out as $1.40 favourite. Battle Storm was previously unbeaten in his five prior starts. The gelding underwent further tests yesterday, reported thewest.com.au, after an initial vet exam revealed nothing. Owner Bob Peters is worried the boom sprinter has reinjured himself, as he'd previously sustained hind leg and muscle injuries when slipping as he came out of the barriers last September. "I'm guessing he's done something to his back end or hind leg, but we'll just wait and see," Peters commented. "He dipped a bit over the back around the turn. He slipped at the start last campaign and was a mess after that. It took all that time to get him back. He'll also be scoped. It would be nice to find something wrong because it's more of a problem when you don't find anything. I'd say he'll go for a spell." Battle Storm was bred by Barrine Thoroughbreds in South Australia.
  • Pike Australian Satellite Plans Inconclusive

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Despite constant speculation over the past few months, Cambridge-based kiwi trainer Tony Pike is adamant he is no closer to confirming whether he will establish a satellite stable in Australia next season or not, reports NZ Racing Desk. Pike admits the buzz around the venture has ramped up in recent weeks but while he is considering his options, nothing has been put in place as yet. “I’ve been questioned about the situation a fair bit in the last three months but at this stage there is nothing to report,” Pike said. “It is an option we have been thinking about for a wee while but, to be honest, I haven’t even looked at any potential properties yet. To make the move you need the right set-up and until we find a property that is suitable it is all just wishful thinking.” Pike reasoned, “I guess if we were going to go anywhere it would ideally be in New South Wales somewhere but Queensland could also be a possibility. “At this stage I’m just concentrating on getting our spring team ready for the new season.” Pike has enjoyed spectacular recent results across the Tasman, headed by dual Gr1 winner The Bostonian and Gr1-placed Endles Drama.

    The Bostonian

    The Bostonian won two Australian Gr1s (pic: Grant Peters)
  • No Doubt Westport is Icing on the Cake

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    The bush telegraph was beating strongly last Saturday morning when substantial five figure wagers were placed on the Tony McEvoy-trained 2YO filly Westport ahead of the Listed Oaklands Plate at Morphettville. Sent off at $1.65, Barend Vorster ensured the relative of 2YO Triple Crown hero Dance Hero locked the opposition out on the rail before drawing off to bring up a hat-trick and her maiden stakes win. It augurs well for what lies ahead for the soon-to-be 3YO whose first key target is the Gr1 Golden Rose (1200m) in Sydney after McEvoy labelled her “a star of the future”. Westport is the icing on the cake of what has been another exceptional season for her sire Not a Single Doubt. The Arrowfield Stud-based son of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice has clocked up $11.7 million in 2018-19 seasonal progeny earnings, buttressed by 14 local stakes-winners that include fellow juveniles Dubious & Stronger (now in Hong Kong). They are members of his largest crop since the 2012 cohort that produced Gr1 winners Secret Agenda, Single Gaze & Scales Of Justice and nine other stakes-winners.
  • Sixty Six Not A Single Doubt Stakes-Winners

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Saturday’s 1400m Listed Oaklands Plate winner Westport at Morphettville (see above) became Not a Single Doubt’s sixty sixth lifetime stakes-winner and the twenty third to earn that status at two, but the record shows that his progeny’s juvenile performance is often a prelude to the main act as they mature. Having earned a Top 5 spot on the General Sires’ premiership for three of the past four years, as well as a Top 10 ranking on the 2YO Sires’ list every season since 2011, Not a Single Doubt’s 2018/19 record reflects his ability to throw class in every category. His 15 seasonal stakes-winners (14 in Australia, plus 6YO Kranji Mile LR winner Southern Legend) come from six crops, and their 23 stakes wins extend from 1000 to 2500 metres. His two Gr1 winners both proved effective beyond sprint distances: outstanding 5YO mare Kenedna (Queen of the Turf & Doomben Cup) and Qafila, who capped her busy 3YO season with a dominant victory in the 2500-metre South Australian Derby. The 2019 yearling sales season cemented Not a Single Doubt’s place among Australia’s most in-demand stallions. Sixty of his 62 lots sold for a career-high aggregate of $18.3 million and averaged just over $305,000 – more than 3.5 times his 2015 average – and Arrowfield sold two of his colts at Inglis Easter for more than $1 million. Few stallions have traversed the commercial landscape more broadly than Not a Single Doubt who began his career with six seasons at $12,500 and now commands $110,000 – the fifth-highest advertised fee in the country. His fully booked status at that level is the industry’s clearest verdict on his immense influence on the Australian breeding and racing landscape.

    Not a Single Doubt

    Highly consistent premium stallion Not a Single Doubt (pic: Bronwen Healy)
  • SA Trainer Minervini To Relocate To NSW

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    South Australian trainer Mark Minervini wrote to his owners to announce his relocation from South Australian to Newcastle in NSW, reports racing.com. "Sadly, it is well documented that the racing industry in South Australia continues to decline and is in real turmoil - poor management decisions, ageing facilities, lack of government support and low prizemoney levels are all major factors in us deciding that we need to relocate," Minervini corresponded. "Conversely racing in New South Wales is currently booming - it has innovative and strong leadership, huge infrastructure investment, record political support and prizemoney levels. After considering moves to Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and even Tasmania, New South Wales and in particular Newcastle stood out as the best option for us, you our clients and our horses." During the 2000s, Minervini managed a two state operation, with an additional base at Flemington, training stakes winners Vormista (Testa Rossa-Truly, by Bellotto) and Umaquest (Umatilla-Carmenesque, by Scenic). Minervini joins Tony McEvoy, Phillip Stokes, Lloyd Kennewell, and Nick Smart who have all announced shifts away from South Australia recently.
  • Trent Edwards To Join Father Toby In Partnership

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Gold Coast-based trainer Tony Edwards and his son Trent will train in partnership in the new season, announced punters.com.au. Edwards has trained 105 winners this season and is second to Tony Gollan on the metropolitan Queensland premiership with 47 winners. This season, Trent has often represented the stable in his role as foreman and took stable star 2017 Magic Millions winner Houtzen (I Am Invincible-Set to Unleash, by Reset) to England for three months earlier this year, where she unfortunately slipped coming out of the barriers in the Gr1 Royal Ascot King's Stand Stakes. Toby Edwards said, "He is 28 and been around for a while so it is time for him to take more responsibility. Trent is very big on social media and hopefully he can start to bring younger owners into the stable. The partnership will give him a chance to get a higher profile."
  • Homesick Weatherley Resuming NZ Career

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Young jockey Sam Weatherley will head home from Sydney next Sunday, not for a holiday, but to reignite his New Zealand riding career at Riccarton the following Saturday. New Zealand’s Champion Apprentice for the past two seasons, Weatherley has spent the last 15 months indentured to champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller, during which time he has kicked home 45 winners for prizemoney of A$3.25 million. Able to claim 1.5kg in Sydney, he is currently second on the New South Wales Metropolitan Apprentice Jockey Premiership behind clear leader Robbie Dolan, and scored a treble at Rosehill late last month. “I’ve had some success over here and it has been a massive experience, something I never thought I would get to experience when I started off, but I just want to get back home,” Weatherley told NZ Racing Desk. “I love the racing over here in Sydney, it’s the best ever, and I’ve had support.” Although expressing pride at the effort he has put in during his time in Australia, Weatherly revealed how tough, both physically and mentally, it’s been whilst in Australia, and acknowledged that although he’d handled it, he had become homesick. “Going home is something I’ve thought long and hard about and I’ve had advice from a lot of friends. Chris (Waller) has been pushing for me to stay, but my heart is set on going home.” Weatherley was originally apprenticed in New Zealand to Lance O’Sullivan, but when he returns he will be indentured to his father Darryn Weatherley, who trains a small team and pre-trains at Matamata.

    Sam Weatherly

    Sam Weatherly (pic: Trish Dunell)
  • More Wonder Ready To Hit The Big Time

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    New Zealand trainer Graeme Rogerson will set his talented galloper More Wonder (Mossman-Wonderworld, by More Than Ready) for the trio of Gr1 races in the Hastings Spring carnival. Rogerson, who trains in partnership with his wife Debbie and grand-daughter Bailey, told racingnews.co.nz, "He probably should have won a Gr1 but the way he is coming up for his new campaign, I think he will be able to rectify that. I got the feeling something wasn't quite right with him towards the end of the season and when we had him checked out, he needed a minor operation to remove a chip off a fetlock. He has had that cleaned up and looks a million dollars. We've got him nominated for all three of the Gr1 races at Hastings so that is what we are working towards with him. He will most likely trial in August and then we will go from there." More Wonder has won 3 races-one at 2- and was very unlucky not to be Gr1-placed this season as a 3YO, running fourth in the Gr1 Levin Classic, fourth in the Gr1 Otaki Maori WFA Stakes, fifth in the Gr1 NZ Two Thousand Guineas, and fifth in the Gr1 Thorndon Mile.
  • Believe Yourself Full-Sister Fancied On Debut

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    This afternoon at Wyong, a juvenile filly with a lovely pedigree goes to the barriers for her first start in Race 3 over 1000m. By Sebring, out of the Encosta de Lago mare Private, Heart of the Oak is a full-sister to Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Believe Yourself who also finished fourth in the Gr1 Golden Slipper before racing with success in Singapore. Her dam is out of Gr1-winning New Zealand 2YO Good Faith who is also dam of Gr1 Railway Handicap-placed Tully Dane. Good Faith’s sibling Spring is, in turn, dam of Gr1 Australian Oaks heroine Daffodil (see below), also winner of the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas and Gr1 Hawkes Bay Windsor Park Challenge Plate. The winner of her only trial, at Randwick, on a heavy surface, Heart of the Oak is well in the market with first starter Coco Cuber (Rubick-Coco de Mer), just behind well-named Godolphin debutant Pandemic (Sepoy-Cataclysm). Heart of the Oak was a $400,000 yearling at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, where she was purchased by Sun Bloodstock whose Sun Marshal won the $1 million Singapore Derby last Sunday.

  • Positive Small Steps For Injured Purcell

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    Injured horse trainer Bruce Purcell has had his breathing tube removed and continues to make positive improvements. A freak accident at Cranbourne on 12 July resulted in Purcell being airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in a critical condition, and while Purcell remains in intensive care with swelling on the brain and multiple fractures, doctors feel the 76 year old is taking small steps towards recovery. "Bruce has had his breathing tube removed and is trying to talk," a spokesperson from the Purcell family told racing.com. "It's a huge relief. He has a long way to go but he is doing a great job. We'd like to thank everyone for the ongoing love and support."
  • Australian Sires Premiership Update

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
    With just over a week remaining of the 2018-2019 racing season, Arrowfield stallions Snitzel (with seasonal progeny earnings over $24 million) and Not a Single Doubt (see earlier items) appear likely to book-end the Top 5 Australian Sires list. Sandwiched between the two sons of ill-fated Redoute's Choice are Yarraman Park's I Am Invincible, Darley's deceased Street Cry and Coolmore Stud's Fastnet Rock. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 22 July) are:
    1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $24,059,240
    2. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $17,349,463
    3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $15,930,053
    4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,484,750
    5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,704,118
    6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $11,555,530
    7. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $10,162,320
    8. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,674,278
    9. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $9,593,373
    10. Pierro (Lonhro) - $9,403,280

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