Prized Icon Overview
Take a glance at Prized Icon and it’s easy to see why Kooringal Stud is so excited to have added the dual Group 1 winner to its stallion roster.
But it’s much more than Prized Icon’s stunning looks that has Kooringal gazing to the future with great confidence. The superbly bred son of More Than Ready arrived at the renowned Wagga-based thoroughbred nursery with a glowing list of achievements to his name.
Prized Icon proved to be a precocious juvenile who went on to win a Classic at three and excel at Group 1 weight-for-age grade as a four and five-year-old. His prizemoney tally of more than $2.1 million earned him a place among the elite performers of his era.
Prized Icon made an instant impact on the racetrack, finishing stakes placed on debut over 1000 metres behind subsequent Golden Slipper winner Capitalist. Racing at stakes level six times from seven appearances as a two-year-old, Prized Icon never missed a place and highlighted the season with a Group 1 win in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick.
In achieving this feat Prized Icon became the first horse in history to complete the Fernhill Handicap-Champagne Stakes double.
He then proved himself a three-year-old of the highest calibre with a barnstorming two-and-a-half length win in the time-honoured Victoria Derby at Flemington.
Prized Icon bears a remarkable resemblance to his champion sire More Than Ready whose amazing stud record features 1,767 winners, including 192 in stakes company and 21 at Group 1 level. And More Than Ready has already stamped himself as a sire of sires through his ill-fated son Sebring and boom Queenslander Better Than Ready.
Danehill figures prominently in Prized Icon’s pedigree through his dam Tropical Affair, who also claimed a stakes win as a two-year-old.
Prized Icon will stand at an introductory fee of $11,000 inc GST and join proven Group 1 sires Duporth and Magic Albert as well as The Brothers War (USA) at Kooringal in 2019.
Prized Icon Pedigree
|MORE THAN READY (USA)|
|SOUTHERN HALO (USA)|
|HAIL TO REASON|
|NORTHERN SEA |
|WOODMANS GIRL (USA)|
|BECKY BE GOOD |
|TROPICAL AFFAIR (AUS)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|JUST AS LOVELY (AUS)|
|STICK TO BEAUTY |
Prized Icon BR News
Sacred Elixir Back in New ZealandFri, 28 Jun 2019
Gr1 winner Sacred Elixir returned to New Zealand from his former Hong Kong base on Wednesday morning and a scan has revealed positive signs that the injured son of Pour Moi will make a raceday return in his homeland. Formerly trained in New Zealand by Cambridge conditioner Tony Pike, Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi-Baltika, by Stravinsky) won three Group races for owners Raffle Racing, including the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m), and finished runner-up to Prized Icon in the Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) before joining Tony Cruz’s Hong Kong barn in 2017. “He injured his right-fore suspensory in his third start and rehabilitation up there was unsuccessful, so they have sent him home,” Raffles Racing Manager Bruce Sherwin said. While his rehabilitation in Hong Kong failed to show any improvement, a scan conducted at Raffles Farm’s Cambridge property on Thursday revealed positive signs for the talented galloper. “The prognosis is better than fifty-fifty (of getting back to the races) on what we are seeing at the moment. There has been improvement in the ligament damage from the reports we saw out of Hong Kong.” If successful in his rehabilitation, Sherwin said they are hopeful of getting Sacred Elixir back to the races next year. Bred by Graham de Gruchy, Sacred Elixir was purchased by Raffles Farm and Mulcaster Bloodstock for $170,000 out of Wentwood Grange’s 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale draft, and Sherwin said he was a standout physical type from day one.
Sacred Elixir won the Gr1 JJ Atkins (pic: Grant Peters Trackside Photography)
Kooringal Stud More Than Ready For New Gr1 SireWed, 13 Feb 2019
Raced successfully throughout his career by Gooree Park, it has been announced that More Than Ready’s dual Gr1-winning five-year-old son Prized Icon will join the Lamont family at their Kooringal Stud property for the 2019 breeding season. Precocious enough to finish third on debut in the Listed Breeders’ Plate behind that season’s eventual Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, followed by four successive placed efforts, Prized Icon broke his maiden in the Listed Fernhill Handicap before victory in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick just a week later. At three, the attractive looking colt finished third behind Yankee Rose in the Gr1 Spring Champions Stakes, going on to claim the Gr1 VRC Derby (2500m) two starts later by two-and-a-half-lengths. Although he didn’t win another race, he was top three placed in a further seven black type races including the Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr1 Ranvet Stakes and the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes behind none other than Winx. Out of the Listed-winning, Gr2 placed Danehill mare Tropical Affair, Prized Icon is a brother to the Gr3 winner Romantic Moon as well as a half-brother to the Gr2-winning Zabeel mare Matras. Prized Icon will stand at an introductory fee of $11,000 (inc GST) and join Duporth, Magic Albert and The Brothers War (USA) at the Wagga Wagga-based property.
New Kooringal Stud recruit Prized Icon (pic: Steve Hart)
Railway Perfect for Prized IconFri, 23 Nov 2018
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is confident that classy Gr1-winning galloper Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill) can break a two-year losing streak in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot, reports the West Australian. Despite numerous Gr1 placings, Prized Icon has not won a race since landing the Gr1 Victoria Derby as a 3YO in October 2016. "He hasn't won for a couple of years, but he's raced at the top level," Lees said. "He's got a second to Winx and his form backs up pretty well for a race like this." Lees added: "For the last six weeks or so it's always been in the back of my mind. I wasn't sure whether to run him in the Mackinnon or not, but he ran well. This looks a nice race for him." Lees said he expected Prized Icon to run well after watching him work on the course proper at Ascot on Wednesday morning. "He had a look at the track this morning and he's in good order. We've kept him fresh for the drop back to the mile," he said. Prized Icon is also likely to run in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on 8 December.
Prized Icon (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Railway Stakes Field & BarriersThu, 22 Nov 2018
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) to be run at Ascot racecourse in Perth on Saturday. The $3.20 TAB favourite for the race, Galaxy Star, has drawn ideally in barrier 2, while second favourite Peaceful State ($4.60) has also drawn favourably in barrier 4. However, Peaceful State's stable-mate from the powerful Darren Weir yard, Iconoclasm ($8.50), was not so lucky coming up with gate 12 in the 15-horse field. Those three horses are the only runners under double figure odds with the next best in the market being locally prepared gallopers Gatting and Action at $11.
- MATERIAL MAN 57kg (5)
- GREAT SHOT 55.5kg (10)
- MAN BOOKER 55kg (11)
- GATTING 54kg (1)
- PRIZED ICON 54kg (9)
- MISTER SEA WOLF 53.5kg (6)
- PEACEFUL STATE 53.5kg (4)
- ACHERNAR STAR 53kg (14)
- ACTION 53kg (15)
- DISPOSITION 53kg (8)
- GALAXY STAR 53kg (2)
- ICONOCLASM 53kg (12)
- PERFECT JEWEL 53kg (7)
- STAR EXHIBIT 53kg (13)
- WRINKLY 53kg (3)
Mackinnon Target for Prized IconThu, 8 Nov 2018
Newcastle horseman Kris Lees says classy middle-distance performer Prized Icon is likely to make his next appearance in Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. The 5YO More Than Ready entire put the writing on the wall when he was narrowly defeated by Cliff's Edge in the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley two weeks' ago. "He's really well," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "At this stage we are going to accept for the Mackinnon Stakes but I'm still not 100% sure if he will take his spot, we will see later in the week." Lees added: "The other option is he may go to Perth, so we still have a few things to weigh up." Despite numerous Gr1 placings, Prized Icon has not won a race since landing the Gr1 Victoria Derby as a 3YO in October 2016.
Cliff's Edge Wins Gr2 Crystal MileMon, 29 Oct 2018
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At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, champion European miler and former shuttler Canford Cliffs (Tagula-Mrs Marsh, by Marju) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Cliff's Edge (Canford Cliffs-Simulation, by Snaadee) showed his class when virtually leading all the way in the $200,000 Gr2 Crystal Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Prized Icon & Duca Valentinois. Cliff's Edge, who hails from the family of 7-time Gr1 winning (including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe) champion French galloper All Along, was purchased by his trainer Darren Weir and renowned bloodstock agent John Foote for $60,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Saturday's win boosted his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes, Gr3 Manfred Stakes and Gr3 Caulfield Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase and Listed UCI Stakes) from 21 starts for $1,033,960 in earnings. Weir said Cliff's Edge will now back up in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Kennedy Mile at Flemington.
Cliff's Edge (image: Mark Gatt)
Victoria Derby Now Worth $2 MillionMon, 4 Jun 2018
Meanwhile, the VRC and Racing Victoria also announced a $500,000 increase for the AAMI Victoria Derby. The AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m), now worth $2 million, is one of Australia's oldest classic races. "Boosting its prizemoney ensures the race will continue to attract the nation's best staying three-year-olds," VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said. "2018 is a milestone year for the VRC. Anticipation builds for the opening of our new world-class Club Stand. We will [also] celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first internationally-trained winner of the Cup in Ireland's Vintage Crop (1993). This year's Lexus Melbourne Cup will have more eyes on it than ever before with the recent launch of the global digital platform, World Horse Racing, as we continue to expand our reach internationally. We simply can't wait." Last year's Gr1 Victoria Derby was won by Ace High, with classy gallopers Prized Icon, Tarzino and Preferment winning the previous three renewals.
Gailo Chop Wins Gr1 Ranvet StakesMon, 26 Mar 2018
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 7YO French-bred gelding Gailo Chop (Deportivo-Grenoble, by Marignan) proved beyond doubt that he is one of the premier middle-distance gallopers in the country when surging clear late for a dominant win in the $700,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Single Gaze & Prized Icon. Owned by OTI Racing, Gailo Chop advanced his record to 13 wins (including the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes, Gr2 Peter Young Stakes, Gr3 TS Carlyon Cup, Gr3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte & Listed Penny Edition Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Cup & Gr1 Prix d'Ispahan) from 27 starts for $3,268,047 in earnings. Gailo Chop, who provided his trainer Darren Weir with his first Group 1 winner in Sydney, is expected to back up in Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill. He will bid to add his name to an honour roll that includes some of greatest names of the Australian turf, including Kingston Town, Bonecrusher, Beau Zam, Octagonal, Might and Power, Tie The Knot and Makybe Diva. "He's very hard to beat over the 2000 metres...he's an incredible horse," stable representative Jarrod McLean told Sky Racing. "I think we've got to have a crack [at the Tancred]. We're up here now, we'll push that way with him and see how he goes. I think he'll run the trip, there's no worries with the back-up."
Gailo Chop (image: Steve Hart)
Winx Breaks Gr1 Record In Chipping Norton StakesMon, 5 Mar 2018
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At Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his 6YO champion daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) sauntered to the line 7-lengths clear for trainer Chris Waller in the $600,000 weight-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), defeating 4YO entire Prized Icon & 5YO gelding Classic Uniform. Having her first start since winning a record equalling Gr1 Cox Plate last October, Australian racing's queen was allowed to lope along near the rear by regular pilot Hugh Bowman. Sooled into the race turning towards the business end of the mile, where she ambled up like a Bentley on a Sunday outing with Bowman relaxed at the wheel, Winx effortlessly raised the bar by establishing a new Australian record of 16 Gr1 victories en-route to winning 23 straight. Having broken Black Caviar's Gr1 win record with her third Chipping Norton Stakes achievement, the mighty mare appears to have the Sydney autumn, and possibly English racing at her mercy. Her next start is expected to be in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, where she is on track for another Gr1 feature race treble. "It's always a concern to see how horses come back. To see her come back like this is pretty special," said Waller, whose emotion was clear to see. "She's getting the imagination of Australia. It's a great way to portray our sport." Now the winner of 27 of her 33 starts, with record southern hemisphere earnings of just under $16 million, Winx's new record of 16 Gr1s, all while undefeated, comprises the:
- 2015 Queensland Oaks
- 2015 Epsom Handicap
- 2015 Cox Plate
- 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes
- 2016 George Ryder Stakes
- 2016 Doncaster Handicap
- 2016 George Main Stakes
- 2016 Caulfield Stakes
- 2016 Cox Plate
- 2017 Chipping Norton Stakes
- 2017 George Ryder Stakes
- 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
- 2017 George Main Stakes
- 2017 Turnbull Stakes
- 2017 Cox Plate
- 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes
Winx makes it a record 16 Gr1s (pic: Steve Hart)
Endless Drama Wins Gr2 Apollo StakesMon, 19 Feb 2018
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Also at Royal Randwick in Sydney, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a group success when Qatar Bloodstock-owned imported Irish 5YO entire Endless Drama (Lope de Vega-Desert Drama, by Green Desert) was stoked up for trainer Chris Waller to catch long-time leader, 4YO mare Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) from the fast finishing 4YO gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) in the $243,000 Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m). The victory was the first at stakes level in Australia for Endless Drama. Raced in Europe until late 2016, he took his record to 3 wins & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, last year's Gr2 Apollo Stakes and last start's Listed Carrington Stakes) for $397,922 earnings. In addition to Comin' Through, fourth-placed dual Gr1 winner Prized Icon was doing his best work late, and another big feature win doesn't seem far away.
Endless Drama lands the Apollo Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)
Lanciato Wins Listed Carrington StakesMon, 29 Jan 2018
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Lanciato (Per Incanto-Surreptitious, by O'Reilly) continued his impressive recent form when overcoming trouble in running to land the $150,000 Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Prized Icon & Endless Drama. This was the first stakes victory for Lanciato who improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings from 19 starts for $295,468 in earnings.
Lees to Trained Derby WinnerMon, 7 Aug 2017
Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill) will continue his racing career under the care of Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Previously trained by James Cummings, Prized Icon also won the Gr1 Champagne Stakes as a juvenile and has been Gr1 placed in the Australian Guineas and Spring Champion Stakes. He hasn’t raced since finishing 11th in the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes in Brisbane in May. “You won’t be seeing him in the spring,” said Lees. “He is having a good break after a long three-year-old preparation. He will come back in the autumn.”
Prized Icon winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)
Defcon on Show at National Broodmare SaleTue, 30 May 2017
First season sire Defcon (Choisir-Nuclear Force, by Encosta de Lago) will be available for inspection during the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale which begins at the Gold Coast today. Ideally suited to the Queensland breeding industry, the powerful son of multiple Gr1-winner and star Australian sprinter Choisir will commence stud duties at Eureka Stud at Toowoomba this spring at a fee of $8,800. Displaying a powerful physique that matched his race record, Defcon was as an explosively fast two-year-old. Testimony to that was his breathtaking last to first dash to win the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes where he defeated subsequent Gr1 winner Prized Icon. Trained by Peter Snowden, Defcon also finished a close-up second in both the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) and Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m) in Sydney, before returning as a 3YO to win the Gr3 MRC McNeil Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne.
Defcon (image: Mark Gatt)
Telperion to Stand at Westbury StudFri, 19 May 2017
Street Cry's well-performed son Telperion (Street Cry-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) has joined the stallion roster at Westbury Stud, reports NZ Racing Desk. Farm principal Gerry Harvey has purchased a significant interest in the Godolphin-bred colt, who was a high-class juvenile in Sydney. Telperion was a winner of the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) defeating subsequent VRC Derby victory Prized Icon, before finishing a close-up fourth behind champion 2YO Capitalist in the Gr1 Golden Slipper and second to star filly Yankee Rose in the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes. Westbury general manager Russell Warwick said Telperion had come highly recommended by jockey James McDonald. "One of the first people I rang about the horse was James and he said he's a beautiful animal, he was very, very complimentary," Warwick said. "He had a serious turn of foot, a quality we look for in all of our stallions." Telperion is the first foal of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna, herself a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen, and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others. The Street Cry x Redoute's Choice cross has been a notable one and is responsible for eight stakes performers, including Gr1 winner Stay With Me. Telperion will stand at a fee of $5,000 + GST, while a select number of lifetime breeding rights will be available to breeders.
France Wins Inglis 3YO GuineasMon, 15 May 2017
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Beautifully bred colt France will head north to Queensland in search of winter riches after posting a most impressive win in the $400,000 Listed (restricted) Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) at Scone on Saturday. "There's an abundance of options for him up there,'' Newgate Farm principal and part-owner Henry Field said. "He's come from the back and run past a Group 1 Victoria Derby winner today, so there's no doubting he's a very talented colt." Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden and carrying the distinctive colours of the China Horse Club, France settled towards the rear of the field before making a sweeping run down the outside to score a narrow but decisive win over VRC Derby winner Prized Icon with smart filly Spright back in third. Purchased for $475,000 by China Horse Club & Michael Wallace Bloodstock, France improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts for $295,950 earnings. France is a full brother to Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Peeping being by Redoute's Choice out of Gr2 Hill Stakes & Gr3 Craven Plate winner Miss Marielle, herself a three-quarter sister to Newgate Farm's Gr2-winning and G1-placed sire Eurozone (Northern Meteor).
Whispered Secret Wins Listed Fernhill HandicapMon, 10 Apr 2017
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Whispered Secret (High Chaparral-Zutara, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainer James Cummings in the $150,000 Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colts Toga Picta (Lonhro-Purple, by Commands) & All Too Huiying (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry, by Perugino). A homebred for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud, Whispered Secret improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $116,950 earnings. From the dual Group-placed mare Zutara, Whispered Secret hails from the family of Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon, Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Princess Talaria, and Gr3 winners Matras and Romantic Moon.
Whispered Secret (image: Steve Hart)
Our Ivanhowe Heads Gr1 The BMW NominationsTue, 21 Mar 2017
Fourteen horses have been nominated for the $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe is the highest rated horse in the race and is set to back up after an impressive first-up win in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last Saturday. Some of the other notable entries are Caulfield Cup winner Jameka, Australian Cup winner Humidor, Australian Cup third and stable-mate of Our Ivanhowe Exospheric, Who Shot Thebarman, and last start Gr3 Sky High Stakes winner and Australian Derby Tavago. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit and Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon are the only 3YOs entered for the race. Click here to view all the nominations for Rosehill on Saturday.
Unorthodox Classic Lead-Up for 3YOWed, 15 Mar 2017
James Cummings is considering bypassing the traditional lead-up to the Australian Derby and taking on the older horses with classy staying three-year-old Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill), reports racenet. The Gooree Stud homebred is likely to miss the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) against his own age group in preference to the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes over the same distance, in what will be his final start before the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. Last season's Victoria Derby winner showed he is on track to claim the derby double after his eye catching second to Hey Doc in the Australian Guineas (1600m) last start. "I'm going to put a late entry in for the Ranvet Stakes on Saturday. I look at the Rosehill Guineas nominations and there's plenty of depth there," Cummings said. "I know the older horses are far from being slouches but the chances are we'll get a wet track on Saturday so I can run him against the older horses and give him a bit of weight relief (54.5kg)." Cummings said Prized Icon had thrived since his last run. "The horse is brilliant," he said. "I haven't needed to do much with him since he got home." He added: "I've just kept him ticking over…He's tightened up sufficiently and I'm really happy with him."
Prized Icon (image: Mark Gatt)
Hey Doc Wins Gr1 Australian GuineasMon, 6 Mar 2017
At Flemington in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a success at the highest level when 3YO bay gelding Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) powered along the inside rail to win by 0.8 length for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $755,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) for 3YO colts & geldings, over last year's Gr1 VRC Derby winning colt Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill) & Snitzson (Snitzel-Shock Pak, by Blackfriars). Hey Doc added substantially to his record making it 6 wins (including the Gr2 Stutt Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes & Gr3 VRC CS Hayes Stakes) from 12 starts for $969,900 earnings. Trainer Tony McEvoy, who was celebrating his first Gr1 win as a trainer in his own right, earmarked the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile in Sydney as a potential target for Hey Doc. "He was a deserved favourite and I am just so proud of the horse," McEvoy told Racing.com. "He has achieved what we set him to achieve but three-year-olds profile quite well in the Doncaster. We will let the dust settle but he could go to the George Ryder and then the Doncaster."
Hey Doc (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Randwick Guineas FieldThu, 2 Mar 2017
The final field (14 runners) has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday, 4 March. The $4.50 Tab favourite Comin' Through, a half-brother to multiple Gr1 winner Criterion, has drawn perfectly in barrier 4, while equal second favourites Man From Uncle and Inference have been set a difficult task after drawing wide in barriers 13 and 11 respectively. Those under double figure odds to have drawn well include Echo Effect ($9, barrier 2) and Invincible Gem ($9.50, barrier 6), while Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon ($7) has drawn the outside in gate 14. Click here to view all fields for Randwick's Saturday meeting.