A precocious and champion 2-year-old, winning the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (Ellerslie) at his third start and then saluting two runs later in the 2012 Group 1 Diamond Stakes (also at Ellerslie), both over 1200m. He finished his 2-year-old year with 2 wins, a second and 2 thirds from 6 starts, 5 of which were at Group level. Warhorse (NZ) was voted Champion 2-year-old of the 2011/12 season by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.
The colt trained on at three to win the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes (Ellerslie) over 1400m before finishing a game third behind dual Doncaster Handicap winner Sacred Falls in the 2012 Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton where he challenged three wide on the turn and was beaten only a head and a neck.
Warhorse (NZ) was an outstanding 2-year-old, a Classic performed 3-year-old and then went on to be a proven Group Class weight-for-age performer. He performed at Group level from 2 to 5 years and was an outstanding sprinter.
Warhorse (NZ) is the best performed son of the outstanding sprinting sire General Nediym. The General has a 73% winners to runners ratio and 45 stakes winners to his name and is now making his name as a broodmare sire. Warhorse’s dam, Rathlin Island was unraced however her family is highly respected with a very hot commercial pedigree. Examples are with Warhorse’s half brother selling for $335,000 at the 2015 Yearling sales, and his half sister selling for $410,000 at the 2015 Broodmare sales.
The first crop foals of Warhorse (NZ) have developed into some very nice looking types. He has had success at the 2018 yearling sales, the two highest lots being a colt for $97,500 and another for $60,000. Feedback from trainers indicate that the progeny have ability and trials have seen some very good runs. Not rushed as 2yos, there are some big expectations for next season.
Warhorse (NZ) not only offers breeders an outcross pedigree that is a perfect match with Danehill line mares, but he is an ideal fit for Victoria’s Super VOBIS and VOBIS Sires bonus schemes. Warhorse (NZ) is near black, is correct, retired sound and is a commercial proposition.
|GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS)|
|SHAREEF DANCER |
|MILITARY BELLE (AUS)|
|WITHOUT FEAR |
|NEVER TOO LATE|
|IN THE PURPLE|
|RATHLIN ISLAND (AUS)|
|GIANTS CAUSEWAY (USA)|
|STORM CAT |
|MARIAH'S STORM |
|SEATTLE SLEW |
|WINTER SPARKLE |
|TURN TO TALENT|
Warhorse BR News
Melody Belle Wins Gr1 Tarzino TrophyMon, 2 Sep 2019
- Track: Hastings
- Race: $200,000 Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m)
- Winner: 5YO mare Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj)
- Placings: 6YO horse Wyndspelle & 5YO gelding Helena Baby
- Winning Sire: Commands (Danehill-Cotohele House, by My Swanee)
- Stud Farm: Darley
- Trainer: Jamie Richards
- Jockey: Michael McNab
- Race record: 12 wins and 3 placings from 22 starts for $1,749,156 in earnings
- Sales Info: $57,500 yearling at the 2016 NZB NYSS
- Vendor: Haunui Farm
At Hastings in New Zealand, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) celebrated a Gr1 success when the superb 5YO mare Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) bolted from the rear of the field to claim her seventh Gr1, and a repeat victory, in the $200,000 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) for trainer Jamie Richards, defeating 6YO horse Wyndspelle and 5YO gelding Helena Baby. Beaten in her last start at Te Rapa over 1200m, the champion daughter of Commands proved her doubters wrong today as she revealed her recognisable turn of foot, looming wide on the turn under jockey Michael McNab and unleashing down the straight. “All credit to the horse,” McNab gushed in his post race interview. “I had to choose plan B and go back [when she jumped slowly], but she’s just unreal with a great attitude. A no frills type of horse, a warhorse.” Richards admitted that the mare was underdone for her last start at Te Rapa, but that he was confident she was right for the 1400m today - and indeed she was. Melody Belle improved her record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m), Gr1 Haunui Farm Group One WFA, Gr1 Waikato Sprint, Gr1 Windsor Park Plate, Gr1 Tarzino Trophy, Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes, Gr2 Foxbridge Plate, Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 Mongolian Khan Trophy & Listed Karaka Million) and 3 placings from 22 starts for $1,749,156 in earnings. Melody Belle was purchased for $57,500 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB NYSS from the draft of Haunui Farm.
Bombora Dedication Pays Off For PremierThu, 14 Feb 2019
Mornington Peninsula vendor Bombora Downs is presenting their most significant draft of yearlings from their Bitten property at the Inglis Premier Sale with a selection of 17 horses, showcasing four yearlings in Book 1, and thirteen in Book 2. As stud owner Christoph Bruechert told Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, the increased size of the draft is a reflection of the consistent quality and presentation of their stock, which he is particularly pleased with this year: "We prepare every yearling to their individual best, so they can reach their prime in the ring and on the track." Bruechert identified a couple of strengths in the draft, Jungle Ruler-sired Lot 561 out of Bombora Bias and Lot 647 out of Jivochka. "It's very pleasing to see that Inglis has supported Jungle Ruler with two in the sale. They are both excellent examples of the Victorian stallion, and Inglis has given them a chance to get into a decent sale; just as they did last year with Warhorse." Bruechert is also enthusiastic about his Toronados, (Lot 723 out of Rivington Pike, Lot 661 out of Little Nic, and Lot 188 out of Flying Hostess) commenting, "They are correct types that will present very well, with outstanding temperaments." Rounding out the team, his Warhorse (NZ)-Tiger Belle colt (Lot 777) is undoubtedly one of Bruechert's favourites. "I really like this horse [he] is a typical Warhorse type – very athletic… Everything I am hearing about the Warhorse progeny is positive.' The handful that went through the ring last year sold well, with a Premier Warhorse yearling making $97,500, while another of his colts destined for the Ready to Run sale later this year is a half-brother to the Gr1 winner Sopressa.
Last Drinks Called For ThebarmanMon, 3 Dec 2018
In a decision that has not been entirely unexpected, evergreen ten-year-old gelding Who Shot Thebarman has been officially retired, reports NZ Racing Desk. The son of Yamanin Vital experienced a stellar career on the track, recording two Gr1 victories (in the Sydney and Auckland Cups), both over 3200m, and he competed in four Gr1 Melbourne Cups (3200m). Trained initially by Mark Oulaghan in New Zealand and then by expat kiwi Chris Waller in Sydney, Who Shot Thebarman will likely spend time at Living Legends in Melbourne before returning to his owner’s property in New Zealand. Announcing his retirement, owners the O’Leary brothers said, “It is yet to be finalised but he might spend a year at Living Legends in Melbourne before coming back to New Zealand where he will enjoy his retirement in a five star grass paddock in the Rangitikei. The family would like to thank all his followers for their support for the horse during his years of racing.” Retiring wth earnings of almost $4.7 million, the old warhorse was combative to the end, finishing his career in the Gr2 Zipping Classic at Sandown. Bottoms up, old fella. You’ve earned a free keg or two.
Key Inglis Ready2Race LotsMon, 20 Aug 2018
Among the key juveniles catalogued for October’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale (see above item) in October are:
- Per Incanto x Explosive Dancer - Half brother to this year’s G1 New Zealand Derby winner, Vin De Dance (see below).
- Fastnet Rock x Heavenly Glow - This filly is out of the G1 Australian Oaks winner and Champion 3YO Filly of her generation, Heavenly Glow.
- Warhorse x Hidden Strings - Half brother to five winners including this year’s impressive G1 Schweppes Oaks winner, Sopressa.
- Savabeel x I Do - Three-quarter brother-in-blood to Stakes winner Iggi Pop. From G1 Hawkes Bay Makfi Challenge Stakes winner I Do.
- Stratum x In The Past - Half brother to the G2 Silver Slipper winner and Aquis stallion, Domesday.
- Sepoy x Quiet Life - Half brother to six winners including Better Life, the Champion Miler of her generation in Singapore.
- All Too Hard x Quintessential - Out of the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential.
- Dundeel x Shoot Fer Love - Three-quarter sister-in-blood to the four-time G1 winner Shoot Out.
- Written Tycoon x Suffer In Silence - From a half sister to the multiple G1 winner Response, who in turn is the dam of this year’s G1 Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab.
Bombora Downs Excited About Season of FirstsMon, 25 Jun 2018
Bombora Downs has had a few firsts since last season, including the arrival of the first foals of Gr2 winner and Gr1 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino. The son of Dansili's progeny are correct, strong looking foals who have inherited their father's striking good looks and great attitude. Former Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse also saw the first of his yearlings offered for sale, with a top price of $97,500, another at $75,000 and the list goes on. Warhorse will have a few headed to the Ready to Run sales, so confidence is high that they will be early 2YO runners. Jungle Ruler also sired his first winner and Lago Delight keeps producing good, honest winners nearly every week. Bombora Downs is also excited about its new stallion recruit, De Gaulle. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel from the dual Group 1 winning mare Response (Charge Forward), the beautifully bred De Gaulle is a half-brother to this year's brilliant Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. It's easy to see why the team at Bombora Downs are looking forward to the future. Bombora Downs' full roster for 2018 is:
- Warhorse - $7,700
- De Gaulle - $5,500
- Dandino - $5,500
- Jungle Ruler - $2,750
- Lago Delight - $2,750
Bombora Downs Announce 2018 FeesTue, 5 Jun 2018
Bombora Downs has announced its fees for its 2018 stallion roster. New to the roster is the beautifully bred De Gaulle, a half-brother to this year's brilliant Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel from the dual Group 1 winning mare Response (Charge Forward), De Gaulle was injured before he could launch his racetrack career. De Gaulle joins a quality stallion line-up that also includes Group 1 winner and Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse, the internationally performed Group 2 winner Dandino, crowd favourite and iron horse sprinter Jungle Ruler, and the versatile Lago Delight. The full roster is:
- Warhorse - $7,700
- De Gaulle - $5,500
- Dandino - $5,500
- Jungle Ruler - $2,750
- Lago Delight - $2,750
Warhorse (image: Bombora Downs)
Black-Type Double Header At GosfordThu, 18 Jan 2018
At Gosford, north of Sydney, the Central Coast-based race club hosts two feature races this afternoon – the Listed Audi Alto Central Coast Gosford Guineas (1200m) and Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m). On paper, Victorian filly Bella Martini (owned by Dorrington Farm and racing in the same silks as last year's Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Catchy) appears the likely winner of the Guineas off the back of two dominant wins at Moonee Valley and Caulfield. Both Island Missile and Epidemic are expected to provide stiff competition. One race later, the Gosford Cup looks like a mine field for punters. While there are no less than 6 runners quoted between $3.50 to $7.50 for the event, 9YO warhorse Destiny's Kiss (at $12) finished third in this race last year and is racing in good form. He is unlikely to find this much harder than Randwick's recent Tatts Cup where he ran into the placings with the same 61kg weight. With red hot Corey Brown as his pilot Destiny's Kiss should be running on at the business end.
Railway Target for Star Kiwi FillyTue, 18 Jul 2017
Top-class Kiwi filly Melody Belle is currently enjoying a spell ahead of a summer campaign aimed at further Group One honours, reports NZ Racing Desk. Melody Belle, one of three juveniles in the running for the champion 2YO award in New Zealand, stamped herself as one of the best fillies in Australasia with wins in the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr2 BRC Sire's Produce Stakes and Listed Karaka Million last season. Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, who purchased the daughter of Commands at Karaka for $57,500 on behalf of Fortuna Syndications, said she will be aimed at the Gr1 Railway at Ellerslie on New Year's Day. "We feel she is the right sort of filly to then step up to the $1 million Karaka 3YO Mile at the end of January," Ellis said. "Following that she could look to major races like the Coolmore Classic at Randwick in Sydney if she was happy getting over a bit more ground." Ellis said Melody Belle's performances to date placed her in elite company. "It's not easy to compare horses and we've had champion two-year-olds Darci Brahma, Maroofity, Warhorse and War Affair, but the way Melody Belle won those three big races said to me that in thirty years of buying, syndicating, and training horses that she's as a good a two-year-old as we've ever had," he said.
Kiwi Iron Horse Back in BusinessTue, 4 Jul 2017
Awapuni warhorse Authentic Paddy (Howbaddouwantit-Authentic Cross, by Cape Cross) has returned to Lisa Latta's Awapuni yard to commence his quest for top-flight honours, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's had a nice break and he's back in now and looking really good," she said. Authentic Paddy has hitherto won 10 of his 68 starts, highlighted by the Gr3 Canterbury Gold Cup, and also has Group One placings in the Herbie Dyke Stakes, Zabeel Classic (twice) and the Captain Cook Stakes (twice). He has been a regular competitor at Hawke's Bay spring carnivals and will again head toward the Hastings festival.
Dundeel Leads First Season Sires At MM Weanling SaleTue, 31 May 2016
Arrowfield's six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) can now add Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to the string of titles he earned as a racehorse. In a buoyant, but highly selective marketplace, all six of his weanlings have sold for an average price of $143,333 - more than five times his service fee, which remains at $27,500 inc. GST this year. Top price of $240,000 was paid for a colt described by buyer Tim Stewart, acting on behalf of Musk Creek Farm as "a must-have." Offered by the Hodges family's Riversdale Farm, he's the third foal of Group-placed city winner Cerberus Gal (General Nediym), from the family of Golden Slipper winner and former Arrowfield resident Danzero. Agent Sheamus Mills was the successful bidder at $180,000 for Bell View Park's three-quarter brother to current season Gr3 winner Tivaci, out of Breccia (Fastnet Rock). Breccia is a three-quarter sister to Gr1 winner Allez Wonder (Redoute's Choice). Marc & Sarah Devcich cared for Dundeel at their lovely Henley Park property in New Zealand when he spelled between Australian campaigns, so it's not too surprising they would want their own "baby Dundeel" to prepare for re-sale next year. They joined fellow Kiwis, the van Dyk family of Prima Park, to purchase the $150,000 colt out of the Fasliyev mare Sunset Boulevard, already dam of Gr2 winner Meliora. The colt was offered by Robyn Wise on behalf of Mary Lee & Richard Trivett's Banchory Thoroughbreds. Another New Zealand buyer, agent Paul Willetts, paid $140,000 for Lyndhurst Stud's Dundeel colt from Joyful Moments (Viking Ruler), a grand-daughter of the celebrated matron Denise's Joy. Dundeel's consignment was completed by Newgate Farm's Johan's Toy colt ($110,000 to Ocean Warhorse, NZ) and the Arrowfield-offered filly out of smart Melbourne mare Sussuro ($40,000 to Queensland buyer Andrew McDonald). Dundeel's only entry in the Inglis Weanling Sale earlier this month, the filly out of Valda Merceda (Hennessy), was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to Inglis as agent.
Dundeel x Ceberus Gal colt sold for $240,000 (image: Magic Millions)
First Warhorse Mares Test PositiveFri, 25 Sep 2015
Victorian-based Bombora Downs principal Christoph Bruechert has been delighted with the response to his new stallion Warhorse, a former cracking 2YO by General Nediym from a half-sister to speed machine California Dane. "It's hardly surprising, a multiple Group-winning Champion 2YO from a great family is bound to generate good interest." To top it off with a great start for Warhorse, his first two mares to be tested both provided positive pregnancy tests. "I was pretty confident but it's always a relief to see those first few positive tests" Bruechert said. "The horse is working like a champ as well!" Bombora Downs has very high expectations for the son of General Nediym and it seems many broodmare owners share this belief. Warhorse has attracted mares from as far away as Queensland, no real surprise given the popularity of his sire in the Sunshine State. The multiple Gr1-performed galloper is standing his debut season for $7,700.
Bombora Downs freshman sire Warhorse
Diverse Offering At Inglis August Thoroughbred SaleWed, 19 Aug 2015
88 supplementary lots, including two shares in Black Caviar's sire Bel Esprit, have been added to the diverse catalogue of offerings at the Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale in Melbourne this Friday 21 August 2015. Proceedings at the Oaklands sales complex will get underway at 10:00am with several of Victoria's leading stallion farms parading their first season sires Warrior's Reward, Cluster, Rock Hero, Hampton Court, Warhorse, Can The Man, Jimmy Creed and London Bridge. From 10:30am 282 lots covering Broodmares, Stallion Nominations, Stallions, Yearlings, Unbroken and Racing stock have been catalogued to go under the hammer. "All equine enthusiasts are welcomed out at Oaklands on Friday for another bumper August Thoroughbred Sale. The sale has several outstanding lots on offer, including a reduction of racing stock by Darley Australia, which always generates significant competition from buyers looking for the next Sonntag," said Simon Vivian, Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager. Many well performed gallopers are among the Racing Stock to be sold on Friday including Our Voodoo Price, a winner at Caulfield last Saturday, plus other Chris Waller form runners Danchai, Rugged Cross and Eigelstein. Darley sold subsequent Gr1 winner Sonntag at 2013 August Thoroughbred Sale and they will offer 24 lots in 2015, including lightly raced fillies by Street Cry, Lonhro, Hard Spun, Shamardal and Exceed And Excel. The sale's supplementary entries include 19 Broodmares (Lots 195-213), two shares in Black Caviar's sire Bel Esprit (Lots 214 & 215), yearlings, unbroken and racing stock from Lindsay Park Racing, Range Lee Thoroughbreds, Eliza Park International and others. Seven stallion nominations have generously been donated to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) with proceeds to support the Victorian breeding industry. These nominations (Lots 68 to 74) are to Helmet, Written Tycoon, Hampton Court, Toorak Toff, Puissance de Lune, Stryker and Statue Of Liberty. Click here for the online catalogue.
Warhorse To Stand At Bombora DownsTue, 16 Jun 2015
Champion New Zealand 2YO Warhorse will stand at Bombora Downs on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula for the upcoming breeding season. The son of outstanding stallion General Nediym was crowned New Zealand's Champion 2YO in 2011/12 courtesy of his brilliant victories in the Gr1 Diamond Stakes and Gr3 Eclipse Stakes, as well as placings in the Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes and the Listed Karaka Millions. Returning at three, Warhorse continued to highlight the early loss of his sire General Nediym with a strong win in the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) followed by a brave third (beaten less than 0.5-length) behind Sacred Falls in the Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas. Transferred to Australia, Warhorse continued to race with distinction in top company including a second in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes & Listed Hawkesbury Mile, third in the Gr3 Bill Richie Handicap, and a 4th in the Gr2 ATC Expressway Stakes. Commenting on the exciting addition to Bombora's stallion roster, Christoph Bruechert said: "I believe we may have got under the guard of some of the bigger players in the game with this horse. To stand the best performed son of a leading sire is usually the realm of the Hunter Valley farms, it's a big step up for us and a coup for Victoria!" He added: "Further to this I'm fortunate to have the backing of the horse's ownership group in standing Warhorse at a service fee accessible to most breeders, making him attractive value to sale-ring breeders and still within the reach of the breed to race market". Being free of Danehill blood, Warhorse represents the perfect cross for the plethora of Danehill line mares in Australia. He is a superb looking individual with a neat strong build, very much in the mould of his sire, and is very correct. Furthermore, he hails from a proven stallion producing family being out of half-sister to California Dane. Also from this family is the multiple US Gr1 winner Broad Brush, hugely successful sire of 91 stakes winners. Warhorse will stand at a fee of $7,700.
Gr1-Winning Stallion Warhorse For SaleTue, 5 May 2015
With opportunities to secure Gr1-winning stallions thin on the ground, bloodstockauction.com's Anthony Gafa is delighted to be offering the high class Warhorse (Tougher Than Ever) for sale this evening. To be auctioned as Lot 20 in a particularly strong online sale, the five-year-old had already attracted 59 bids by Monday afternoon and Gafa is confident that he will be in strong demand. "We have had feedback from around the country with a number of good judges hoping to secure him." Kicking off his racing career as Warhorse, the son of outstanding stallion General Nediym was one of the best two-year-olds in New Zealand winning the Gr1 Diamond Stakes and Gr3 Eclipse Stakes as well as running eye-catching placings in the Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes and the Listed Karaka Millions. Continuing to race in the best of company at three, Warhorse won the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes and was third in the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas won by Sacred Falls. Also proving competitive in Australia where he has raced as Tougher Than Ever, the bay has been three times placed at stakes level and after a recent trial victory is one of the fancies for tomorrow's Listed Wangoom at Warrnambool. Described by his NZ trainer Jason Bridgman as a horse with "a blistering turn of foot," Warhorse is one of 48 stakes winners sired by the dual Gr1-winning sprinter General Nediym and he hails from a proven stallion family with his dam a half-sister to the sadly missed California Dane. Also from this family is the multiple Gr1 winner Broad Brush, hugely successful sire of 91 stakes winners.
72 Lots On Offer For Online AuctionTue, 5 May 2015
Whilst Warhorse is the highlight of tonight's bloodstockauction.com sale there are plenty of other options for keen buyers with 72 lots to go under the virtual hammer. Among the broodmare division there's Lot 1, Autumn Dawn, a half-sister to this season's stakes winner Tried And Tired - topweight and favourite in the Wangoomon Wednesday. Flying Spur is doing the job as a broodmare sire and his daughter Composure is another sale highlight. In foal to the in-form Turffontein whose service fee has now gone up, she is the dam of the stakes placed Cash For Matt and she is a half-sister to the Singapore star Ninetyfive Emperor and the local Gr2 winner Testa My Patience. Tough race mare Loves Long Journey is another bound to attract attention as the three times winner is being sold with a colt at foot by the Melbourne Cup winner Americain, one of Victoria's most popular young stallions. Rory's Jester mare Ora Smytzer, who has a real look of her sire, is a half-sister to one of the very best Australian bred mares, the wonderful Sun Classique - a four times Gr1 winner in South Africa and Dubai. From the family of the legendary Century, Ora Smyzter boasts a perfect record with her first four foals all winners. The tried racehorse market is particularly strong at the moment and tonight's bloodstockauction.com catalogue boasts some enticing prospects.
Burles Aiming For Bulkier CleanerWed, 3 Dec 2014
Tasmanian warhorse The Cleaner is currently enjoying a well earned spell at his Longford stable and trainer Mick Burles has revealed that he is hoping to take advantage of the quiet period by putting some weight on the popular galloper, reports horseracing.com.au. Burles said that he plans to give The Cleaner six weeks in the paddock before a likely return to racing in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) at Launceston on 25 February. "He is in the paddock now like I am. Both of us are in the paddock," Burles told Tasracing. "I am going to keep him here this time and feed him up a bit, get a bit of decent weight on him. That is where I am heading (to the George Adams Plate)." He added, "Whether he gets there or not I don't know. He will have a couple of months work before he gets there and he will have six weeks off." Burles indicated that The Cleaner's primary autumn target is likely to be the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
Cartier Award For Bullet Train SiblingThu, 13 Nov 2014
Meanwhile, a second member of the illustrious Kind clan has claimed a prestigious Cartier Award, with Noble Mission wining the 2014 Cartier Older Horse category in London on Tuesday night. A full-brother to 2011 & 2012 Cartier Horse Of The Year Frankel and a three-quarter brother to Bowness Stud shuttle stallion Bullet Train, Noble Mission edged out dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve and French warhorse Cirrus Des Aigles for the coveted prize. A triple Gr1 winner during the course of the 2014 European flat season, the 5YO gained most points in a process that incorporates level of performance, the considered views of the local racing press, and public opinion. Bullet Train, Frankel and Noble Mission are the first three foals produced by the remarkable Danehill broodmare Kind. The latest accolade received by the contingent follows swiftly on the heels of Noble Mission's retirement to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The 2014 Cartier Older Horse is to commence stud duties early next year in a newly formed partnership between the iconic North American thoroughbred nursery and Juddmonte Farms. In discussing the arranegment, Lane's End owner Will Farish declared: "Juddmonte Farms has been an extraordinary breeding and racing operation over the years, and we're thrilled to be a part of this horse." Already on the ground in Kentucky is the first northern hemisphere bred crop of Bullet Train. The Bowness Stud stallion has served two quality books of mares in North America and has a filly from them to be offered at the 2014 Tattersalls December Foals Sale (November 26-29) later this month.
The Cleaner Heading WestTue, 11 Nov 2014
Meanwhile, Tasmanian warhorse The Cleaner (Savoire Vivre-Dash of Scotch, by Blessington) will make one final spring appearance in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on 22 November before heading for a well deserved spell, reports horseracing.com.au. The Cleaner has had a memorable spring thus far, winning three feature races at Moonee Valley, including the Gr3 JRA Cup (2040m), gaining a start in Australasia's weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate, and finishing third behind Hucklebuck in last Saturday's Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington. The Cleaner's owners had originally planned on resting him after the Emirates, but on Sunday morning gave trainer Mick Burles the green light to give the 7YO one more run before giving him a break. "He's pulled up a treat and is heading to Perth," Burles told racing.com. "The owners all changed their mind and they rang me this morning and said 'stay there (in Melbourne) you're going to Perth'." He added, "The main thing is the horse has pulled up a treat. He's licked his bin out, the horse is fine and it was the best he's pulled up in his last four runs I reckon. He hardly blew a candle out when he came back into the saddling paddock, I thought he'd had enough but he's telling me that he hasn't so he can have another run then he can have a spell." The Cleaner will fly out of Melbourne on Friday for the four hour trip to Perth. "It's only a fortnight away and it's only a four-hour trip in the plane so I don't think that will worry him," Burles said. "He's got eight days over there to recover from the trip so he'll be fine."
Will Take Charge RetiredMon, 22 Sep 2014
Last year's champion 3YO male and US Horse of the Year finalist Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song-Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) has been retired to stand at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky in 2015 due to a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus, reports bloodhorse.com. A stud fee has not yet been announced. By Unbridled's Song out of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, Will Take Charge won 7 of 21 starts for earnings of US$3,924,648. During his classic season he made 11 starts in 11 months at eight different tracks, beating subsequent Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow in the Gr2 Rebel Stakes in March before emerging from a disappointing Triple Crown campaign to land the Gr1 Travers Stakes in August and the Gr2 Pennsylvania Derby in September. After going down by a nose to Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders' Cup Classic in November, he then captured the second Gr1 of his career when defeating US warhorse Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. "Will Take Charge is a horse of a lifetime," said owner Willis Horton. "We have had the time of our lives with him and met wonderful people all across America. He's been a real fan favorite, and we think he'll be a Kentucky breeders' favorite, too." He added, "I can't compliment Wayne enough on developing this exceptionally talented horse into a champion," Horton continued, referring to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "It's been one heck of a ride." Three Chimneys chairman Gonçalo Borges Torrealba was full of praise for Will Take Charge and suggested a great stud career awaits. "As we forge a new path forward at Three Chimneys, we feel very fortunate to announce that a champion such as Will Take Charge will help us write the next chapter in the farm's storied history whose foundation as a stallion operation was built on the shoulders of such towering breed changers as Seattle Slew, Dynaformer, Rahy, and the like," he said.
Game On Dude Bids For Third Gold CupFri, 27 Jun 2014
US warhorse Game On Dude (Awesome Again-Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due) heads the seven-horse field for the 75th renewal of the Gr1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, reports bloodhorse.com. Game On Dude, who has earned US$6.4 million, will be seeking his third consecutive victory in the 10-furlong contest, that was previously run as the Hollywood Gold Cup at the recently closed Hollywood Park. The Gold Cup was first run in 1938 and has been won by such legendary horses as Seabiscuit (1938), Noor (1950), Citation (1951), Swaps (1956), Round Table (1957), Native Diver (1965, '66, '67), Affirmed (1979), Ferdinand (1987), Cigar (1995), and Lava Man (2005, '06, '07). Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude will start from the inside gate with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith again riding.