With an unforgettable name, striking colt Bondi was purchased for $400,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by a collective of some of the leading judges of conformation from around the world. Underpinning his obvious quality, John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud retained a share in the son of multiple Champion Australian Stallion Snitzel.
Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden knew early on that they had an exciting, precocious juvenile on their hands, sending Bondi to the races seven times during his 2YO season. One of those was the early Spring stallion-making Breeders Plate where he finished a close runner-up in a high class field. Previous winners of the race include Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro, Smart Missile, Snitzel, Charge Forward and Choisir, all seriously commercial sires.
Brought back in the Autumn, Bondi placed in the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes behind future Gr1 Oakleigh Plate runner-up Encryption in a luckless run that denied him a start in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. When subsequently given his chance at the elite level, he ran a slashing second to exceptional filly Seabrook in Royal Randwick’s Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) – another race acknowledged as a source of good future stallions.
Times don’t lie, and Bondi’s slick 56:95 over 1000m and equally fast 1:34:55 in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes are the signs of a highly talented young colt. Despite his precocity, Bondi continued to step up as a 3YO, running a sensational race in a sizzling renewal of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast, splitting Boomsara and Outback Barbie where noses separated the first three home (see image). He stopped the clock for the 1400m at 1:21:15.
At his final start in the G2 Hobartville Stakes, he finished 2.2-lengths 3rd to five-time Gr1 winner The Autumn Sun. He sustained a tendon injury in running and was subsequently retired. In only 12 starts, Bondi had proved he was a colt of the highest quality.
His pedigree is without fault. He is by the all conquering sire Snitzel and will retire to stud the same year as Trapeze Artist, and one year after another high class colt, Russian Revolution. Snitzel is only beginning his journey as a sire of sires. His success in this sphere is virtually guaranteed, with more high class colts undoubtedly to follow.
Bondi’s dam, Bondi Blonde, a half-sister to two Gr1 performers, is by the immensely successful sire Red Ransom who has proven to be a very reliable broodmare sire, with his daughters having already produced 125 stakes-winners worldwide.
Red Ransom and his sons have worked well with Snitzel. Red Ransom is the sire of Charge Forward, damsire of Golden Slipper-winning filly Estijaab and also Domesday, damsire of Trapeze Artist, Snitzel’s highest-rated colt.
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Bondi BR News
Litt Could Stay Home With CastelvecchioTue, 18 Jun 2019
Armed with a myriad options for star 3YO Dundeel colt Castelvechio, Sydney trainer Richard Litt could elect to stay home and cherry pick the multiple local choices on offer in the Spring. According to racingnsw.com.au, Litt has plenty of time to consider his options (including travelling to Melbourne) however his first major target is the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens. Winner of the inaugural Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm (1200m) before taking out the Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, Castelvecchio has only recently returned to work. “There are races every week, all sorts of 3YO races he can run in; I only discovered the other day he’s eligible for the Bondi Stakes and he loves Randwick. It’s incredible, if you have a half-decent horse, there’s such good prizemoney here you don’t really need to travel.” Although the prospect of the colt running in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate is enticing, Litt is of the view that he wouldn’t venture to Melbourne for the race unless he thought Castelvecchio could win. Litt is delighted with the condition his stable star has returned in, saying, “He’s matured in the right places and we couldn’t have asked for him to come back better. The world is his oyster, he can do whatever we want.’’
Castelvecchio is back in work (pic: Steve Hart)
Key Changes To NSW's The Everest CarnivalTue, 4 Jun 2019
An extended Everest Carnival will now be held over six weeks in NSW with a number of new races being introduced and significant increases in prizemoney for other races. The carnival will, for the first time, have a feature race carrying at least $1 million in prizemoney each week. The $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens on 2 November 2019 will now be supported by the advent of the $1 million Winners Stakes to be run over 1300m under set weight and penalty conditions. This race will be renamed each year in honour of the previous year’s winner of The Everest and accordingly will be known as The Redzel Stakes in 2019. The Golden Eagle meeting will also see the running of the inaugural Rosehill Gold Cup over 2000m for prizemoney of $500,000, also attached to a bonus from races on 5 October and 19 October 2019. The path to the Golden Eagle will include the running of a new race being the $500,000 Silver Eagle over 1300m at Royal Randwick on Saturday 12 October 2019, three weeks prior. The Silver Eagle will be restricted to four-year olds and run at set weight and penalty conditions. Other major changes are:
- Spring Champion Stakes on 12 October - prizemoney will increase from $500,000 to $1 million
- $1 million Bondi Stakes for three-year olds on Saturday 26 October
- $1 million Golden Gift for two-year olds on 9 November
- $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes for fillies and mares on 9 November
- Over the period from Saturday, 7 September to Saturday, 9 November the ATC Saturday race meetings will feature prizemoney of $45 million.
Bondi Heads To WA's Lynward StudTue, 21 May 2019
Talented Gr1 performer Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) has been purchased by leading breeders Ted and Troy van Heemst, where he will stand at their Lynward Park Stud in Bullsbrook, WA. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, the precocious son of Snitzel was impressive as a juvenile when a half length second to Seabrook in the Gr1 Moet and Chandon Stakes (1600m), and was endlessly consistent at Group level, ending his career with a gallant third to boom horse The Autumn Sun in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, where he unfortunately sustained a career-ending tendon injury. The colt was purchased for $400,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, and he is bred on the same cross as sensational gallopers Trapeze Artist and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab (Snitzel-Red Ransom line). He will stand for a service fee of $6,600 inc GST.
New Lynward Park Stud recruit Bondi
Major Sire Prospect Quartet At MM National SaleMon, 13 May 2019
In addition to Gr2-winning stallion prospect The Taj Mahal being entered for the Magic Millions National Sale (see above item), the other Group-performed stallion prospects set to go under the hammer later this month are Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde), Good Project (Not a Single Doubt-Euchre) and Merovee (Frankel-More Strawberries). "Never before have we been able to catalogue such a quality line up of stallion prospects at the National Sale," Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch said. "All four stallions are impeccably bred and showed great ability on the racetrack," he added. "They look top prospects for any farm." Bondi (Lot 1009) won at two and has raced against the best gallopers during his short career to date. He was second in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes at two and beaten a nose in January's $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. A son of Snitzel, Bondi, like The Taj Mahal, has been entered as part of a star studded Newgate Consignment. Chris Waller Racing will present two outstanding prospects - Good Project (Lot 1010) and Merovee (Lot 1011). Good Project (see below), a half brother to two international stakes performers, is a Gr1-winning son of Not a Single Doubt who earned over $1.3 million on the track. Frankel's son Merovee is a multiple winner from a short career and was second at group level as a three-year-old. He is from the Group winner More Strawberries, a half-sister to Gr1 winner and successful sire All American.
The Autumn Sun Wins Gr2 Hobartville StakesMon, 25 Feb 2019
At Rosehill in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated a Group race success when outstanding 3YO colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) came from a sticky near last position to round up his rivals by 0.4-lengths in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YOs. In a race where the slow sectionals were totally against him, the boom colt showed enormous heart to keep charging to the line. Previously undefeated Anthony Cummings-trained 3YO gelding Vedagaze stuck on defiantly on speed for second with 3YO colt Bondi in third. A relieved-looking Waller said, “It was a good win, that’s all he needed to do in my eyes, and it’ll just top him off nicely for the Randwick Guineas in 2 weeks time.” A $700,000 purchase by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, and now owned 50 percent by Arrowfield Stud who manage his career, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). His Hobartville success took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 7 starts for $2,551,121 in earnings.
Redoute's Choice Dynasty On Show At Gold CoastTue, 15 Jan 2019
Arrowfield’s great Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice made headlines at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale with three of his colts fetching $1.6 million, $1.4 million and $1.075 million, respectively, and ending with a Book-1 average of almost $550,000. On the track, it was the turn of Redoute’s Choice’s first-magnitude sire sons to shine. Godolphin’s outstanding filly Exhilarates (by Snitzel) stormed to victory in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) RL, with Not A Single Doubt’s resolute son Dubious finishing runner-up. Snitzel also came very close to achieving an historic Magic Millions treble. His son Bondi was nosed out of victory by Boomsara in the $2 million 3YO Guineas 1400m RL, and 4YO colt Goodfella went down by less than a half-length in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy over 2200 metres. It was still a huge day for Australia’s incubent Champion Sire, with last Saturday’s earnings for Snitzel hitting $2.1 million, assisted by doubles at Flemington & Randwick. This raised his seasonal progeny earnings to $16,033,986, also pushing him to the top of the 2YO Sires’ Premiership. Redoute’s Choice, meanwhile, joined the party when his excellent son Redouble took out the last race on the card, the $1 million Magic Millions Cup 1400m RL, becoming stakes-winner number 162 for his three-time Champion Sire. Not A Single Doubt supplied the dynasty’s final flourish of the day during the festive evening session that traditionally concludes Book-1 of the Magic Millions Sale. Arrowfield’s Lot 853, the full-sister to Gr1 winner Secret Agenda, was knocked down for $875,000 to US-based Stonestreet Stables. Not A Single Doubt ended Book-1 with 27 lots sold at an average price of almost $290,000, while Snitzel’s 33 lots averaged $366,970, buttressed by a top price of $800,000 paid by Phoenix Thoroughbreds & Aquis Farm for Edinburgh Park’s colt out of Fortune Of War.
Redouble won the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (pic: Steve Hart)
Boomsara Wins RL Magic Millions 3YO GuineasMon, 14 Jan 2019
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On Saturday at the Gold Coast, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a major race success when courageous 3YO gelding Boomsara (Spirit of Boom-Passara, by Tsuimai) defied all challengers to score by a nose for trainer Chris Munce in the $2 million RL Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m), from the colt Bondi and favoured filly Outback Barbie. Forced to charge across from an oustide draw and use up a lot of energy, Boomsara’s victory, which was in one of the tightest three-way goes in Magic Millions history, was against the pattern of the day where horses running on late seemed the way to go. With an ownership that includes Eureka Stud, home of Boomsara’s sire, there were jubilant scenes after the result was posted. The gutsy gelding now has 4 wins (including last start’s Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes & Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic) from 10 starts for $1,566,400 in earnings.
Boomsara (yellow cap) just held on to win the 3YO Guineas (pic: Steve Hart)
Outback Barbie and Boomsara Dominate Guineas MarketTue, 8 Jan 2019
With the final field also decided for Saturday's $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, Outback Barbie maintains her grip on favouritism despite finishing out of the frame in her last start. The $2.80 chalk struggled to get in from the wide draw and is expected to bounce back. With lashings of early speed, second elect Boomsara will likely be prominent throughout the 1400m affair, no matter the marble. The odds-makers have the Queensland-trained duo panels in front of their opposition. The latest market with bookmaker.com.au is:
- $2.80 Outback Barbie
- $3.50 Boomsara
- $11.00 Light Up The Room, Bondi and Star Fall
- $16.00 The Fire Trap
- $26 and better the rest
Problem Solver Wins Wyong Magic Millions StakesThu, 13 Dec 2018
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At Wyong, North of Sydney, Yarraman Park's ill-fated Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a feature race success when 4YO mare Problem Solver (Hinchinbrook-Sweet Revenge, by Justic Prevails) scored an upset 1.3-lengths win for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions Stakes (1200m), over 3YO entire Bondi and favoured 4YO mare Invincible Star. So often the bridesmaid in her short career to date, Problem Solver sat mid-field in the small line-up where long odds-on runner Invincible Star did as was expected and went to the lead. Soon after entering the home stretch Invincible Star looked under threat, and Problem Solver quickly took over for an effortless victory over Bondi who showed good improvement. Named Problem Solver as she wasn’t the easiest of horses to fill, the daughter of Hinchinbrook was a $160,000 yearling consigned by Yarraman Park at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The win, improving Problem Solver’s record to 2 wins and 7 placings from 11 starts for $291,410 in earnings, virtually booked her trip to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Carnival next month.
Invincible Look About Key Interstate DoubleWed, 12 Dec 2018
This afternoon's $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions Stakes (1200m) might not carry Listed status, yet it will prove equally as exciting for racegoers with last start Rosehill winner Invincible Star all the rage to go back-to-back. The daughter of I Am Invincible is expected to come across from her wide barrier from where she should be able to control the tempo and stack them up before powering home. Adding some interest to a race where she looks in a different class is Bondi. Runner-up in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes before going amiss in the McNeil Stakes at Caulfield for his seasonal return, he could bounce back hard fresh-up. The second I Am Invincible runner that looks home and hosed is in Launceston's feature event. I'm Wesley is deep odds-on. Returning from Melbourne where he performed admirably against high class opposition over seven months, he was an easy winner of Mowbray's Newmarket Handicap (1200m) last month, and tonight's extra 200m shouldn't pose any problems.
Invincible Star (pic: Steve Hart)
Racing NSW Unveils Two New $1M Spring FeaturesThu, 6 Dec 2018
The Golden Eagle will headline changes to the program for spring racing in Sydney which will feature a race that highlights each Saturday meeting through to 9 November 2019. This also includes a new $1 million three-year-old and a $1 million two-year-old race highlighting Saturday race programs in October and November. The new $1 million Bondi Stakes will be run at Royal Randwick for three-year-olds over a distance of 1600m on 26 October 2019. The race provides a new spring target for three-year-olds in Sydney and follows on from races such as the Golden Rose and the Flight Stakes. The Golden Gift, an 1100m race for two-year-olds which was first run by the ATC in 2015, will now be worth $1 million prize money on Saturday, 9 November 2019. This race provides a focal point for two-year old racing in the spring, with the prize money on offer enough to ensure that the first and second placegetters secure a start in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. "This program of exciting feature races will maintain keen interest in Sydney racing following The Everest and throughout the spring," Racing NSW Chairman, Russell Balding said.
Record Gross For September Online SaleFri, 28 Sep 2018
The Inglis Digital September Online Auction reached new heights on Wednesday setting a record gross of more than $1.5 million. The sale's top lot was talented Rip Van Winkle 4YO Elgin (NZ), which sold to Australian Bloodstock for $160,000. Elgin was one of 12 horses offered unreserved by Nick and Lloyd Williams as part of a Hudson Conway Reduction consignment, within the September catalogue. All 12 Macedon Lodge gallopers sold, for a combined total of $587,500. The second top lot of the September sale was another Macedon Lodge galloper Kilimanjaro (IRE), which sold to Ciaron Maher Bloodstock for $140,000. Other highlight results from the Hudson Conway Reduction included:
- Aloft (IRE) – $75,000
- Crocodile Rock (IRE) – $60,000
- Hans Holbein (GB) – $45,000
- Streetcar to Stars (GB) – $32,500
- Bondi Beach (IRE) – $25,000
Entries are now open for the Inglis Digital October Online Auction until midnight, Wednesday, 24 October. The October Sale will run from Friday 26 October until Wednesday 31 October.
Hayes Stable Keeping One Large Eye On CaulfieldFri, 31 Aug 2018
Meanwhile, while the powerful Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig stable is represented by exciting More Sundays (see above), Fundamentalist and Muuraqeb in Sydney (plus three in Adelaide), the bulk of their runners are at Caulfield where 17 alumni will step out, including a quintet in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1400m). Although The Everest-bound Vega Magic is a short-priced favourite to back-to-back in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, exciting 3YO colt Tony Nicconi has another chance to press his claims as one of the best sophomore sprinters in the country. Solidly supported into favouritism for the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes over 1200m, the jump-and-run type has the advantage of an inside draw, however will quickly know he is starting to play in the big leagues as he works towards a possible start in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Stable-mate Alymerton, beaten less than 5-lengths in the Golden Slipper, makes his seasonal return, as does last start Gr1 Champagne Stakes heroine Seabrook. Throw in Champagne runner-up Bondi, Happy Clapper's Gr2-winning half-brother Not A Single Cent, speedy Brisbane raider Granny Red Shoes and Native Soldier, who was closing strongly behind Tony Nicconi last start, and the result is far from a certainty.
Seabrook Wins Gr1 Champagne StakesMon, 23 Apr 2018
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At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when high class 2YO Australian-bred filly Seabrook (Hinchinbrook-Midnight Revels, by Don Eduardo) overcame trouble in running to charge home for an eye-catching last-to-first win in the $500,000 Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating Bondi & El Dorado Dreaming. An $85,000 yearling at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was consigned by Maluka Thoroughbreds, Seabrook improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes) and 1 placing (including the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies) from 6 starts for $556,300 in earnings. Trainer Mick Price said Seabrook would now head for a break to be prepared for the Gr1 Thousand Guineas in Melbourne in the Spring. "It's fantastic. She's done a good job and she's thrived in Sydney," Price told Sky Racing. "She goes straight to the paddock and will be set for the Thousand Guineas." From the Don Eduardo mare Midnight Revels, Seabrook hails from the family of dual Gr1-winning sprinter Malaguerra, Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha, and the stakes-winning 2YOs Tennessee Morn and Tennessee Midnight. Seabrook's victory also gave Damien Oliver his 110th Group 1 win, more than any active rider in Australia and second only to the late George Moore who retired with 119 top-flight wins.
Seabrook (image: Steve Hart)
Encryption Wins Gr3 Black Opal StakesMon, 12 Mar 2018
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At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Encryption (Lonhro-Guelph, by Exceed And Excel) secured a maiden stakes win and an automatic entry into Saturday week's Golden Slipper when saluting in the $300,000 Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Sizzling Belle & Bondi. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Encryption is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Guelph and hails from the brilliant Jesmond Lass family of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and Darley's Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Sepoy. Godolphin trainer James Cummings refused to commit Encryption to a Golden Slipper start, saying he believes the blue blooded colt could follow in his talented mum's footsteps. "His mother won a Sires' Produce Stakes [Gr1] and I think he could potentially be that kind of horse," Cummings told Sky Racing. "He's got heaps of speed but he's got a wonderful nature and a pedigree to get seven furlongs so we'll keep all that in mind."
Jonker Wins Wyong Magic Millions 2YO ClassicFri, 22 Dec 2017
At Wyong on the NSW Central Coast, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a black-type success when exciting 2YO colt Jonker (Spirit Of Boom-Hearts And Arrows, by Kempinsky) scored a dazzling win in the $200,000 Listed (R) Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m), defeating Skyray & Bondi. Jonker, who firmed into $3.50 favouritism for the $2 Million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast, extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $143,260 in earnings. Trainer David Aitkins said the Newcastle colt would not race again until Magic Millions raceday on 13 January. "I've always liked him but after his second trial he went super and he's just got better and better and there is even more improvement to come," Atkins told Sky Racing. "Three weeks now to the Gold Coast will be perfect for him." A $45,000 purchase at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the well-bred Jonker is out the Kempinsky mare Hearts And Arrows, a half-sister to Gr3 VRC The Debonair winner Fair Trade. This makes Jonker a direct descendent of legendary blue hen Eight Carat. Jonker was bred from Wicklow Lodge by Jeff Cullen. It's been a remarkable couple of seasons for Cullen after breeding Gr2 winner and exciting young sire Winning Rupert. Cullen only has a handful of mares at his Queensland property. Jonker's dual Gr1 winning sire Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).
New MM 2YO Classic favourite Yonker (pic: Steve Hart)
More Magic On Horizon For Redoute's SonsTue, 19 Dec 2017
Meanwhile, with strong sales ring representation at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale (see above), Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among their likely protagonists are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt). Meanwhile, the duo also holds 3YO Guineas entries for Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).
MM Classic Favourite Progressing WellThu, 7 Dec 2017
Meanwhile, co-trainer Paul Snowden has confirmed the stable will target the Wyong Magic Millions race on 21 December but was unsure if current Magic Millions Classic favourite Bondi would be among them, reports racingnsw.com.au. Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) ran a close second to Performer in the Listed Breeders' Plate in September and is currently the $8 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "There are a couple of options in Queensland so at this stage I don't know where we will head with Bondi," Snowden said. "Our aim is to qualify as many runners as we can so we are chasing the prize money." He added: "Bondi had a nice trial at Wyong on Monday. He had look at the track and that is an advantage. He's nowhere near screwed down yet with the grand final still six weeks away."
Waller Colt Golden Slipper FavouriteWed, 29 Nov 2017
TAB has installed the Chris Waller-trained Performer as favourite for the 2018 Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 24 March, reports racingnsw.com.au. Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to score on debut in the Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) at Randwick on 30 September. Performer has opened up as the $8 pre-post favourite for the world's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bondi at $11. Bondi, by incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel, ran a close second to Performer in the Breeders' Plate. The Breeders' Plate has been a very strong historical form guide with Capitalist (2015), Vancouver (2014), Pierro (2011) and Sebring (2008) the most recent to complete the Breeder's Plate-Golden Slipper double. Performer, a $450,000 yearling from the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, is currently in pre-training ahead of his return to Waller's Rosehill stable in the coming weeks. Click here to view the full TAB Golden Slipper market.
Impressive debut winner Performer (image: Steve Hart)
Performer Wins Listed Arrowfield Breeders' PlateTue, 3 Oct 2017
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At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO chestnut colt Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to land the $150,000 Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Bondi & Santos. In winning the first Sydney 2YO race of the season, Performer improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $84,000 in earnings. Purchased by Harras Syndicate & Mulcaster Bloodstock for $450,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Performer is a half-brother to multiple Group winner and Gr1 Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit).
Performer (image: Steve Hart)