Star Turn Overview
A Powerhouse Sprinter and the ONLY 3yo colt of his generation who measured up to weight-for-age (WFA) Gr.1 racing in the Autumn.
But he wasn’t just a phenomenal 3YO! In a stellar crop of colts, Star Turn drew first blood as a Spring 2YO in the Pierro Plate at Randwick before a 2nd to Flying Artie in the Blue Diamond Prelude in the Autumn. His only unplaced runs in a 12 start career were 5th and 6th in Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper respectively.
It’s not surprising that he was a pre-Christmas juvenile winner given his precocious pedigree. He is by Gr.1 Blue Diamond-winning Star Witness, who won 3 of his 4 2YO starts and is from 5-time Stakes winning sprinter Golden Delicious.
As a 3YO Star Turn returned for a Spring campaign with a dominant victory over Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes Gr.3 and was then sent to Melbourne, where he produced another brilliant burst of acceleration to win the WFA Gr.2 Schillaci Stakes against older horses (Malaguerra, Fell Swoop). He signed off with a credible third in the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Trainer John Hawkes put the result into perspective. “Give us the winner’s run and we win. Simple as that.”
Star Turn retired in 2017 following a three start Autumn campaign highlighted by Group 1 WFA placings in some of Australia’s premier sprints; the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Hcp and William Reid Stakes.
He is passing this strength and precocity onto his progeny and Vinery repeatedly got reports from stud masters branding a Star Turn as their best foal of 2018. Only a small number of his first crop weanlings hit the sale rings in 2019, selling to $90,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. Look out for those that were retained for the yearling sales, which will be on offer in 2020.
Star Turn is an excellent outcross option and has received phenomenal support from breeders, with full books in his first two seasons at stud.
Star Turn Pedigree
|STAR WITNESS (AUS)|
|SOVIET STAR |
|FLYING FLOOZIE |
|LEONE CHIARA (AUS)|
|LION HUNTER |
|PURE OF HEART|
|GOLDEN DELICIOUS (AUS)|
|MADE OF GOLD (USA)|
|GREEN FOREST |
|TELL MENO LIES|
|BAROSSA GOURMET (AUS)|
|PRE EMPTIVE STRIKE |
|MARRY ME MARIA |
Star Turn BR News
Fanreluche Double-Cross For Rising Star FillyTue, 2 Jul 2019
Meanwhile, exciting 3YO filly Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince-Meerlust by Johannesburg), a homebred for Peter Harris and Matthew Irwin, could boost her value more than normal should she win a Gr1 event for connections. The recent Gr3 winner is direct descendant of North American champion Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer) who is also third dam of Casino Prince’s sire Flying Spur, and a premium victory and a double-cross to a blue-hen mare would put Baccarat Baby in the blue-chip department when she eventually retires to stud. Her performance confirms Casino Prince as an unequivocal go-to sire for broodmare owners looking for established value in the Hunter Valley. He stands for a $6,600 service fee at Vinery Stud with More Than Ready ($55,000), All Too Hard ($27,500), Star Turn ($22,000), Headwater ($16,500), Press Statement ($16,500) & Pluck ($6,600).
Star Weanlings Turning Heads At Gold CoastWed, 22 May 2019
The 2019 Magic Millions National Sale kicks off this morning with the first of three consecutive days of weanling sales. Potential pin-hooking rewards have buyers in search of athletic, robust types, with the attraction of being ahead of the market on first crop sires' progeny particularly alluring. Among those Freshman Weanling Sires with representation, talent-laden Gr1 sprinter Star Turn is reported to have excellent types on the ground. Vinery's new Sales and Nominations man Harry Roach has been busy inspecting Star Turn's 16 first-crop weanlings at the Gold Coast sales complex this week. "We were full of anticipation to see the first Star Turn weanlings at the sales, and it is safe to say our expectations have been exceeded. They all look to be high quality, strong, sprinting types, just like dad," Roach enthused.
Star Turn on parade at Vinery
Vinery Hosting Scone Carnival Stallion ParadesThu, 9 May 2019
During the Scone Cup Carnival later this week, Vinery Stud will open its gates and invite breeders to the stud to inspect their line-up of six high class stallions standing in 2019. The parades will coincide with the richest country racing carnival in Australia, held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May, to allow Scone’s guests to fill in their mornings and get a great feel for the Thoroughbred industry in the Horse Capital of Australia. It’s a great opportunity to view the stallions and get up nice and close to them for your inspections before the upcoming breeding season. Vinery’s bloodstock expert Adam White will talk you through the sire line-up and explain which types of mares work best with each of them. The main entrance opens at 9am for a light morning tea. The parades will kick off after that. The stallions comprise:
- All Too Hard – Australian Champion 3YO, winner of over $ 2million on the track and sire of 22 stakes performers from just 4 crops of racing age.
- Casino Prince – Champion 1st & 2nd Season Sire, winner of over $1 million on the track, prolific sire with a 70% winners to runners strike rate.
- Headwater – Exciting young stallion with an incredible sprinting pedigree and performance record. First yearlings averaged almost 6 times covering fee at the 2019 Magic Millions.
- Pluck – By the legendary More Than Ready, he’s the perfect outcross and his average progeny earnings are 6.7 times his current service fee.
- Press Statement – The NSW Champion 3YO, with 2 Gr1 wins and over $1.8 million in earnings. His first crop sold to $380k and averaged over 6 times covering fee at the Magic Millions.
- Star Turn – The powerhouse sprinter who was never unplaced as a 3YO including 4 Gr1 runs. His first crop weanlings sell in 2019.
Press Statement (pic: vinery.com.au)
Vinery Young Guns Set Breeding Season ToneWed, 24 Apr 2019
Vinery has announced its 2019 stallion service fees ahead of a breakthrough season for exciting young sires Press Statement and Headwater. The duo’s first yearlings were very popular at the sales, and they will step out in the spring for Australia’s leading stables. A Press Statement filly made $340,000 on the Gold Coast and a colt $270,000 at Sydney Classic that will be trained by Chris Waller. “Press Statement was a genuine Gr1 horse and the feedback from the breakers has been very positive,” Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said this week. “They’re tough and they’re athletes.” Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) was the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than Zoustar & Brazen Beau! Headwater began his stud career with a ‘speed on speed’ label and his first crop are in the fast-lane for precocity and good looks. He topped first-crop turnover at the Inglis Classic and among that draft was a $140,000 colt purchased by Mick Price. Headwater has a potent pedigree combining Champion sire Exceed And Excel and Oakleigh Plate Gr1 winner River Dove. He won the Silver Slipper Stakes Gr2 before returning at three to defeat older horses in the Kensington Stakes LR down the straight at Flemington. A season behind is ultra consistent Gr1 sprinter Star Turn (Star Witness) whose first foals are catalogued for the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale and Magic Millions National Sale in May and the Vinery team have been fielding rave reports from around the country. “Breeders are coming back after seeing his foals,” Orton said. “He’s stamping them, alright. They’re beasts. He’s a great outcross with just one strain of Danehill back four generations. He’s been booked out in his first two years here and his fee remains the same in 2019.” The Vinery roster and fees are:
- All Too Hard - $27,500
- Star Turn - $22,000
- Headwater - $16,500
- Press Statement - $16,500
- Casino Prince - $6,600
- Pluck - $6,600
Baker Bullish About Snitzel Colt At The FarmWed, 27 Mar 2019
Two weeks ago, debutant Green Aeon caused somewhat of an upset when blitzing hot favourite Full Recognition at Warwick Farm with a very quick last 200m sectional. The powerfully built 3YO gelded son of Champion Sire Snitzel romped away for trainer Bjorn Baker, and gets a chance to follow-up at the same track today when taking on fellow winners for the first time over an extra 200m. Supporting the formline for the $300,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast graduate is that Full Recognition came out next start and won with a leg in the air. According to smh.com.au, Baker will push on to the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Royal Randwick if Green Aeon is able to win with authority in the Star Turn @ Vinery (1400m). “Regardles of what happens,” said Baker, “he’s going to be a nice horse next season.”
619 Mares & Foals In Inglis' Australian CatalogueTue, 26 Mar 2019
Beyond the 2019 Inglis Chairman’s Sale, the 2019 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale contains a catalogue of 619 mares and foals; 257 of those are weanlings, and 361 are broodmares. The sale begins at Sydney’s Riverside Stables with the weanling session on 2 May. Sires represented include I Am Invincible, Zoustar, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Medaglia d’Oro, Lonhro, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, Pierro, Sebring, Dundeel, Nicconi, Brazen Beau, Deep Field and Better Than Ready as well as first crop offerings for the likes of Capitalist, American Pharoah, Astern, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Shalaa, Maurice, Star Turn, Divine Prophet, Winning Rupert, Xtravagant, Territories, Mikki Isle, Sooboog, Stratum Star and Odyssey Moon. As part of the broodmare section of the catalogue there are mares in foal to the likes of I Am Invincible, Sebring, Lonhro, So You Think, Dundeel, Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Nicconi, Capitalist, Better Than Ready and Rubick as well as first season sires like Russian Revolution, Merchant Navy, Hellbent, Invader, Caravaggio, Churchill, Ribchester, Pariah, Impending, Highland Reel, Jukebox, Menari, Spieth, Tosen Stardom etc. Fillies and Broodmares (excluding those in the Chairman’s Sale) will be offered on Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6. To view the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale catalogue, CLICK HERE. Hard copy catalogues for both the Chairman’s Sale and the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will be available within a fortnight.
Expensive Filly Also Set To DebutWed, 8 Aug 2018
Meanwhile, the following race at Canterbury Park today, the TAB Rewards Handicap (1250m), will see a beautifully pedigreed filly launch her racing career. Symi will also represent Team Hawkes (see previous item) and will also be ridden by Tommy Berry who will don the famous Schillaci, Deep Field and Star Turn silks of owner Alan Bell. Symi was a $700,000 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the draft of Coolmore Stud and is a full-sister to Rob Crabtree's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, by Fastnet Rock from the Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes winning mare Cats Whisker. Symi has built steadily across three trials, with her latest on July 23 resulting a close second to dual winner Nasaayim at Rosehill.
Vinery 2018 Stallion ParadeMon, 23 Jul 2018
Meanwhile, Vinery Stud has announced that it will showcase its roster of high class stallions when it hosts its annual Stallion Parades on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am with the parade to commence at 9:00am each day. All seven of Vinery's stallions will be paraded headlined by Black Caviar's 4-time Gr1 winning half-brother All Too Hard and champion shuttler More Than Ready, as well as Pluck and exciting young sires Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement. Click here to RSVP.
Vinery stallion parade (image: Vinery)
Terravista RetiredMon, 14 May 2018
The connections of grand old sprinter Terravista have decided to retire the 8YO following his disappointing ninth place finish in last Saturday's Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone. Trained by Joe Pride, Terravista retires 11 wins and 7 placings from 32 starts and $2.66 million in prize money. The Australian-bred son of Captain Rio was a two-time winner at the elite level, claiming the 2014 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington defeating subsequent world's best sprinters Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee, and last year's Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington where he beat Spieth and Star Turn. Underscoring his quality was the fact he was also Gr1-placed on 5 occasions. Terravista is out of the deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose), dam also of Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy.
Terravista (image: Steve Hart)
Vinery Announces 2018 Stallion FeesTue, 24 Apr 2018
The Hunter Valley’s Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2018 with its trio of young guns Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement consolidating their stud careers alongside legendary sire More Than Ready. "We strongly believe the Vinery Stallions represent great value to breeders; headed up by one of the leading stallions worldwide in More Than Ready and prolific sires of winners at all levels in All Too Hard, Casino Prince and Pluck,” said general manager Peter Orton. “The future for the farm is very exciting with the depth of talent of our three young stallions Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement, all who have enjoyed great support from our loyal client to launch their careers." With Testa Rossa remaining at Vinery where he will cover a limited book, the GST-inclusive roster with comments is below:
- $66,000 More Than Ready (USA): A top 5 Stakes-producing stallion with 183 stakes-winners. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Magic Millions winners, Group 1 classic colts and fillies and champions like More Joyous. Leading broodmare sire, whose progeny averaged $282,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
- $33,000 All Too Hard: Champion Australian 3YO Colt who has sired more individual winners in Australia (50) than any other second-season stallion this season. With 6 new stakes-horses in the last month and a Gr1 colt in his second crop (Outrageous), his 3rd crop yearlings sold to $500,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
- $22,000 Star Turn: Timeform-rated 124 , and covered a full book of mares on debut. Bred for speed, October Randwick 2YO winner Star Turn defeated Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a 3YO in Gr3 San Domenico S, before beating older horses in the Gr2 WFA Schillaci Stakes. Placed against older sprinters in the Gr1 Lightning S., Gr1 William Reid S. and Gr1 Newmarket Hcp.
- $16,500 Headwater: Extremely well supported at Vinery in 2016 & 2017, Headwater's first foals are creating a buzz with breeders. A stakes-winning 2YO and 3YO by Exceed and Excel, he topped all the first-crop stallions at the Inglis Easter Weanling Sale with a colt knocked down to agent Andrew Williams for $75,000.
- $16,500 Press Statement: Hinchinbrook's best and the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Trainer Chris Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than either Zoustar & Brazen Beau. A magnificent looking stallion, Press Statement showcases 19 of his first-crop foals at the Magic Millions National Sale starting on May 24.
- $9,900 Casino Prince: Prolific winner-getter and primed for another century of individual winners in 2017-18. He’s currently a Top 10 sire with 91 winners in Australia this season and his record of 104 is well within sight. Bearing down on another milestone with the winners of 997 races to date, Casino Prince maintains an extraordinary 68% winning strike-rate (>6% black type).
- $6,600 Pluck (USA): More Than Ready’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner with stakes-performers Life On The Wire, Mongolian Wolf, Aspect, Gasoline and Lucky Louie in his first two crops. Backing that black-type up with numerous city-winning, sprinter-milers plus overseas winners Winwin Ruby, Jade Theatre (Hong Kong) and Knysna Rose, Aussie Austin, Moon Shadow (South Africa).
Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue ReleasedThu, 15 Mar 2018
The catalogue for the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale is now available online. A total of 649 Lots - comprising 483 broodmares and 166 weanlings - have been catalogued for the sale, which will bring to an end a huge fortnight of Inglis sales. The weanlings include those by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Choisir, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, So You Think and Star Witness as well as the first offerings for the likes of Criterion, Bull Point, Headwater, Kermadec, Press Statement, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Vancouver. There are also mares in foal to the likes of Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Vancouver, Choisir and Hinchinbrook and First Season Sires like Winning Rupert, Star Turn, Sooboog, Odyssey Moon, Maurice and Extreme Choice. The Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale will be held at Riverside Stables from Sunday 15 April until Tuesday 17 April. Click here to view catalogue.
Pariah Opens Favourite For Gr2 San DomenicoTue, 22 Aug 2017
Meanwhile, Pariah (see above article) has been opened as a fairly short favourite for Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Won last year by Vinery Stud's exciting 2017 freshman sire Star Turn, the San Domenico is one of the traditional seasonal pipe-openers for 3YOs. Pariah, who finished runner-up in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at his penultimate run, is the TAB's $2.50 favourite, ahead of Condor Heroes (runner-up in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes on April Fools Day) and exciting filly Tulip, scratched last Saturday, who placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper). The duo is at $6, ahead of $8 quotes Jorda and Marsupial.
Star Turn Full-Brother On Debut In South AfricaFri, 9 Jun 2017
Few 3YOs caught the eye in Australia this season as much as Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). That makes Sunday's racetrack debut on the other side of the world of his younger full-brother most intriguing. Named Shufoog by Shadwell Stud Australia, who purchased him for $300,000 from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, the colt has been accepted for a 1160m maiden at Turffontein in Johannesburg. His 14 carded opposition don't appear to be overly strong and connections will be expecting a forward showing by the youngster. Meanwhile, the brilliantly fast Star Turn, who finished his career with four consecutive Gr1 placings (including against open company), is waiting to serve his debut season at Vinery Stud where he is proving very popular off a $22,000 service fee. Vinery's Adam White said, “Star Turn has been very well received by breeders in what will be his first season at stud this year. People are obviously aware of his on pace speed and what imposing looks he possesses." White revealed, "A lot of breeders have come to see him already and are taken with his great strength, balance and athleticism. His pedigree suits a wide range of mares and this will ensure he has a great future at stud."
Star Turn is a head turner (image: Vinery Stud)
Vinery Announce 2017 Service FeesWed, 12 Apr 2017
Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:
- ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
- CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
- HEADWATER - $16,500
- MORE THAN READY - $66,000
- PLUCK - $9,900
- PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
- STAR TURN - $22,000
- TESTA ROSSA - $16,500
*All service fees (inc. GST)
Silent Sedition Wins Gr1 William Reid StakesMon, 27 Mar 2017
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) celebrated an elite success when 4YO mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Andrew Noblet in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Hellbent (I Am Invincible-Volkaspray, by Volksraad) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). This was a thoroughly deserved maiden top-flight victory for Silent Sedition who advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 16 starts for $961,650 earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud. Not only was this Silent Sedition's first Gr1 success, but it was also the first for trainer Andrew Noblet and jockey Katelyn Mallyon. "I can't believe this. I'm just so over the moon, you can't imagine how much I've wanted this," Mallyon told racing.com. "It's just so good to be a Group One winner. It's all I've ever wanted." "It's unbelievable," Noblet said. "To come here and do that after coming back from a mile and coming back from Sydney…she's just an unbelievable talent this mare."
Silent Sedition drives up the inside (image: Mark Gatt)
Weight Relief Has Star Turn On TopFri, 24 Mar 2017
As the only 3YO in tonight’s weight-for-age Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, exciting colt Star Turn heads bookmaker’s boards at $4.20. In a seemingly open sprint event at the tight turning circuit in Melbourne, Vinery Stud’s stallion-in-waiting comes into the race off two Gr1 sprint placings since his seasonal return. From an ideal barrier Star Turn is likely to get onto the rail and defy late challengers, however he might find himself in an upfront battle with speedy mare Sheidel who is at $5.00. That could set the race up for a flying finish from classy sprinter Hellbent and ultra consistent Silent Sedition, albeit the 300m drop back in distance from last week’s Gr1 Coolmore Classic is not ideal for the latter.
Gr1 William Reid favourite Star Turn (pic: Steve Hart)
Star Turn Poised for Maiden Gr1 SuccessThu, 23 Mar 2017
Jockey Dwayne Dunn is confident that talented 3YO sprinter Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) can finally break through at the elite level in tomorrow night’s Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of 4 of his 11 starts, including the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes and Gr3 San Domenico Stakes, Star Turn has been placed three times in top company, namely in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Lightning Stakes, and Newmarket Handicap down the famous Flemington straight. Connections have indicated that the son of Star Witness is likely to be retired to stud if he secures that elusive Gr1 victory. “I think this is what he's looking for - he's looking for a corner and it should be ideal for him," Dunn said. "He's drawn a beautiful barrier (three) and he's going to push up on-speed.” He added: “He's always run into some pretty smart gallopers but hopefully on Friday night we can get the job done.”
William Reid Target for Silent SeditionWed, 22 Mar 2017
Meanwhile, talented mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) will bypass Friday night's Sunline Stakes in favour of the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, reports AAP. The Andrew Noblet-trained 4YO missed out on claiming her first Gr1 triumph when narrowly defeated by Heaven's Above in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill last start. "She got back from Sydney really well and she's in super order," Noblet said. "I didn't want to go to another mile race two weeks before the Queen of The Turf or have another trip to Sydney. So I'll run her in the shorter race and keep the freshness in her legs and then go back to Sydney." Noblet added: "Obviously there's some more seasoned sprinters in there and it's weight-for-age, but she's very consistent and tries very hard so she'll run well." Silent Sedition is on the fourth line of betting for the William Reid at $11 with Tab. Gr1-performed sprinters Spieth and Star Turn share favouritism for the $500,000 feature at $5.
Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Newmarket HandicapMon, 13 Mar 2017
At Flemington in Victoria, 6YO UK-bred gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) posted a top shelf success in scoring by a comfortable 2-lengths for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $1,255,000 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) over fellow 6YO gelding Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O’Fortuna, by Gilded Time) & 4YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). The former Gr1-placed Hong Kong galloper improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 10 starts for $1,392,080 earnings. Redkirk Warrior became the first horse ever to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap first-up from a spell in what was an amazing training performance. The first running of the race was in 1892 when Wild Rose saluted. Redkirk Warrior was a £22,000 yearling from the Tattersalls 2012 Yearling Sale from the draft of Manor House Stud.
Redkirk Warrior created history first-up in the Newmarket (pic: Mark Gatt)
Newmarket Nightmare For Outgoing Race CallerFri, 10 Mar 2017
Melbourne’s soon to retire race caller Greg Miles might find himself wishing he’d hung up the binoculars earlier than June when the final 100 metres of tomorrow’s Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington plays out. Although the major sprint has been robbed of outstanding colt Flying Artie due to a reported low level lung infection, there are chances just about everywhere one looks, and there is a strong likelihood of another blanket finish down the straight six. Despite the publically aired concerns by trainer Bryce Heys about Speith’s inside marble, the exciting 4YO tops betting markets at $3.50, with his Lightning Stakes conqueror and top-weight Terravista at the luxury quote of $12 due to the weight turn around. Sheidel, Extreme Choice, Illustrious Lad and Star Turn are all under double figure odds and are expected to be the testing material for Speith, however Miles can also expect any one of The Quarterback, Voodoo Lad, Super Cash or Redkirk Warrior to come into play. And then there’s Waikato Stud-bound Tivaci (see below item) who will be hitting the line hard, particularly if there’s a ton of pace through the middle stages of the race.
The Lightning Stakes produced a tight finish (pic: Mark Gatt)