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Daily News | 26th July 2017
Lankan Rupee Pleases Ahead of ComebackWednesday, 26th July 2017Trainer Mick Price is confident Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice-Estelle Collection, by Stravinsky) will prove highly competitive in Saturday's Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) after the one-time world's best sprinter worked strongly with stable-mate Duke Of Brunswick at Caulfield yesterday morning. The former Australian Horse of the Year missed the entire autumn carnival after sustaining a tendon injury in the spring. He was last seen in action running a creditable fourth behind Malaguerra in the Gr1 Darley Classic in November. "The main thing about Lankan Rupee is that his action is right and we've had no concern with his action," Price told racing.com. "I'm not saying he can win, but I think he is probably going to balance up fifth or sixth and find the line, I think he will run really well." He added: "His trials have been fair, haven't been brilliant like the old Lankan Rupee but I think if we ran well here, there are two 1400m races and the Memsie is worth $1 million." Meanwhile, Price said Duke Of Brunswick would have to put in a career-best performance to win on Saturday. "Look, he will run well, but I don't know if he is good enough to win one of these," he said. "I couldn't have him going any better. He is a lovely horse, but I can't see where he is all of a sudden going to pull a career best out."
Toorak Aim for Scales Of JusticeWednesday, 26th July 2017Trainer Lindsey Smith has confirmed that West Australia’s best racehorse Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) is being aimed at the Melbourne spring carnival, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Last year’s Gr1 WATC Railway Stakes winner is expected to make his Victorian debut in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 1 October as a lead-up to his primary target, the Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at the same venue on 14 October.
Chocolate Holic Over Foot ProblemWednesday, 26th July 2017Owner and former trainer Alana Williams says exciting Perth galloper Chocolate Holic is ready to make his Victorian debut in the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday, reports the West Australian. The 4YO was scheduled to make his first appearance for new trainer Darren Weir in the Gr3 Sir Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield two weeks ago, but was scratched on the morning of the race. "A foot abscess caused his scratching from a scheduled first-up race at Caulfield last Saturday week," Williams said. "But the problem cleared quickly and his work since has been good. His race program will be decided after each start." Chocolate Holic (Blackfriars-World Famous, by Geiger Counter), who was also bred by Williams, has won 7 of his 11 starts to date, including the Listed Northam Cup and the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes. He was last seen finishing second to subsequent Gr1 Goodwood winner Vega Magic in the Gr3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) on 10 December.
No Spring for Gr1 WinnerWednesday, 26th July 2017Melbourne spring carnival plans have been abandoned for top Queensland juvenile Capital Gain (Ad Valorem-Zuzao, by Delzao), reports AAP. A brilliant winner of the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter, Capital Gains will instead be given more time in the paddock to prepare for a summer campaign in Brisbane. His long term aim remains the Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney in the autumn.
Perth Cup & WA Oaks Distances UnchangedWednesday, 26th July 2017The distances of two of Western Australia’s oldest thoroughbred races, the Perth Cup and the WA Oaks, will remain at 2400 metres following yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the Western Australian Pattern Committee (WAPC) at Perth Racing’s Lee-Steere House premises. “Perth Racing’s position throughout the consultation process was that there had to be widespread industry support for the Perth Cup to revert to 3,200m. That level of support wasn’t there and that’s why the WAPC, on which Perth Racing sits, resolved to keep the race at 2,400m,” said Professor John Yovich, Managing Director of Perth Racing. “Similarly, the WAPC felt there was insufficient support to warrant any amendments to the fillies program for the coming season, although the distances of the WA Oaks and its supporting races in the autumn months are something it will review on an ongoing basis.” However, the $500,000 Gr2 Perth Cup will revert to its traditional home of New Year’s Day. The 2018 edition will be the 132nd running of the Perth Cup.
Ready2Race Sale Shaping As Strongest EverWednesday, 26th July 2017With 10 days remaining before entries close on Friday, 4 August, vendors are again lining up to be involved in the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, which this year will take place at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October. Last year's Inglis Ready2Race Sale averaged $62,371, or 27% higher than its nearest competitor. The on-track results from last year's graduates have been impressive to date, with the likes of Smart Missile colt Debellatio, winner of the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes at Ascot, and Go Daddy Go, who looks a highly progressive type after his win in the $125,000 Clarendon Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting earlier this year. In four short years, the Inglis Ready2Race Sale has now produced 18 individual stakes performers. Of the early entries, leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Sebring, Written Tycoon, More Than Ready, Medaglia d'Oro, Artie Schiller, All Too Hard, Foxwedge, Animal Kingdom, Pierro, Reward For Effort, Smart Missile, So You Think, Your Song, Star Witness and Choisir are represented. First Season Sires that are represented include Zoustar, Epaulette, Sizzling, Shamus Award, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Camelot, Declaration Of War, Eurozone, The Factor, Unencumbered and War.
- Monday September 4 – Main breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Friday September 8 – Breeze-up day at Canterbury racecourse
- Monday October 2 – Alternative breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Wednesday October 4 – 2017 Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne
Gr1 Kiwi Colt in Top OderWednesday, 26th July 2017Group One winning colt Hall of Fame is about to start preparing for his upcoming campaign, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr1 Levin Classic winner will shortly return to the Matamata stable of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards to begin his build-up for 4YO season. "He looks good and strong and he's furnished into a lovely horse. He'll be getting set for Group One races," Autridge said. "He has a ton of ability and has done well for a break. Around Christmas and New Year, we would like to see him getting into the best races with the right weights." Hall Of Fame (Savabeel-Around the Clock, by Galileo) was given a short break after finishing fifth in the Listed Queensland Day Plate in May. From the Galileo mare Around The Clock, Hall Of Fame possesses a lovely pedigree hailing from the famous Leica family of Victoria Derby winners Nothin' Leica Dane and Redding, New Zealand Derby winner Leica Guv, Gr1 Australian Guineas winner Light Fantastic, Australian Derby winner Leica Lover, and Australian Oaks winner Leica Smile.
Cha Siu Bao Back in BusinessWednesday, 26th July 2017Surgery has worked wonders for talented 3YO Cha Siu Bao, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He was gelded after the Derby and we gave him a three-month spell," said Lance O'Sullivan, who trains the well-bred colt in partnership with Andrew Scott. "He's back and done a few weeks' work. He looks great, he's a completely different horse." The winner of two of his 10 starts and fourth in the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Gr2 Great Northern Guineas & Gr2 Waikato Guineas, Cha Siu Bao hasn't raced since the New Zealand Derby when he turned on a rodeo performance when leaving the gates. By Arrowfield Stud's Gr2-winning juvenile Smart Missile, Cha Siu Bao is out of the classy Stravinsky mare Ballet Society. A half-sister to Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2000m) winner Cent Home, Ballet Society was a dual Gr2 winner of the Angus Armanasco Stakes & Kewney Stakes (both run over a mile), as well as Gr1-placed behind champion filly Alinghi in the Thousand Guineas in Melbourne.
Triple Crown Target for ColdplayWednesday, 26th July 2017One of last year's star performers is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Coldplay who is being prepared for a tilt at the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown at Hastings, reports theinformant.co.nz. Coldplay (Savabeel-Forty Two Below, by O'Reilly) won the Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) and Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at the back end of last year, before a foot abscess ruled her out of the Gr1 Zabeel Classic and prompted a lengthy stint on the sidelines. "She's coming up really well," Forsman said. "She looks great and we're very happy with her. All things being equal, the three Group Ones at Hastings are probably where she'll head." Forsman added: "It's possible that she'll kick off at Te Rapa in the Foxbridge Plate (19 August), but we'll hopefully find a trial somewhere and take it from there."
Rasa Lila RetiredWednesday, 26th July 2017Quality Kiwi mare Rasa Lila (Darci Brahma-Dance My Dance, by Sadler's Wells) has been retired without a Group One victory to her credit, but those closest to her have no doubt that only bad luck denied her the perfect breeding CV, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She was such a good horse and it's a real shame she didn't win a Group One – she was definitely good enough to," said Julia Ritchie, who trained the 6YO with Steven Ramsay. "She's a beautiful mare, a really neat horse and retired 100 per cent sound. We hope she leaves some lovely babies." Raced in the Pencarrow Stud colours of her owner-breeder Sir Peter Vela, Rasa Lila won 7 of her 30 starts including the Gr2 Travis Stakes andGr3 Cuddle Stakes. She was also twice placed at the elite level, namely in the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate and Gr1 Easter Stakes.
Cable Bay Arrives at Woodside ParkWednesday, 26th July 2017Woodside Park Stud has reported that its new stallion recruit Cable Bay has arrived from the UK in fine health, handling the 24-hour flight like a true professional. He is currently undertaking his post-entry quarantine period for 14 days at the Mickleham horse compound under the expert care of Woodside Park's stallion handler Barry Faulds. With new regulations in place, all horses arriving to Australia must now come through the Melbourne Airport and complete post-entry quarantine at the Victorian facility. "He has arrived on the ground in good health, very bright and alert after a long trip," said Faulds. "He didn't drop too much condition on the plane, and his appetite is good, so it won't take long before he regains any weight lost and even puts on a bit extra before he starts the breeding season." A precocious 2YO who won the Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1400m) and Gr3 John of Gaunt Stakes (1400m), the Irish-bred Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit-Rose De France, by Diktat) was also placed in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Cable Bay, whose grand dam is the dual Gr1 winner Cherokee Rose (Dancing Brave), will stand at Woodside at the introductory fee of $19,800 (inc. GST). He is expected to complete his mandatory quarantine in time for Woodside's stallion parade at Seymour Park on Sunday, 20th August.
Golden Slipper Form on First of SeptemberWednesday, 26th July 2017Having a team of fit and happy stallions at the start of a busy breeding season is number one priority at Newgate Farm. The Newgate roster now features 12 stallions and their physical and mental preparation for spring is an important process overseen by Breeding Shed Manager Peter Keating that is highlighted in the video below featuring Wandjina. The stallions enjoy daily ridden exercise that has them fit and focused for the task ahead. "We've developed a program to get these horses fit for the breeding season," said Keating. "They trot for about two miles to warm up and then they canter and do some strong pacework for about a mile and a half, to two miles, five days a week and they really enjoy it." He added: "We try and give them every little bit of attention we can. We need them in Golden Slipper form on the first of September!"
Ground Key to Ulysses King George BidWednesday, 26th July 2017The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses will bid to become the first horse in almost twenty five years to win the Eclipse Stakes & King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes double in the same season if he lines up in the latter on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. The last-start Gr1 Eclipse Stakes winner is expected to run in the King George as long as the Ascot surface is not too soft come Saturday. The last time the famous double was achieved was by the Stoute-trained Opera House in 1993, and before him the legendary Nashwan in 1989. "The plan is to run. If there was a lot of rain in the coming days, we might have to review it, but it's a nice, sunny day today and all being well he'll be there to take his chance,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for owner the Niarchos family. "Everyone is very happy with him. I think the line of thought from Sir Michael and his team is that he'll be as effective over a mile and a half as he is over a mile and a quarter.”
High Class Siblings to Run in King GeorgeWednesday, 26th July 2017Meanwhile, Galileo siblings Highland Reel and Idaho are expected to run in the Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. Highland Reel and Idaho were last seen playing starring roles at Royal Ascot, with the former claiming his sixth Gr1 triumph in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the latter landing the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes. "We are very mindful of the weather, I must admit. Talking to Aidan [trainer Aidan O’Brien] this morning it is likely we will have two runners and they will be the full-brothers Idaho and Highland Reel,” said Coolmore's representative Kevin Buckley. "Highland Reel likes Ascot. He does prefer good or better ground and I must point that out. He is tough and durable and gives his all every time.” He added: “Whether we can say Idaho is good as his brother, it is hard to say as he not won a Group One yet, let's not forget, whereas Highland Reel has won six in three different continents. It's a hard act to follow, but he is clipping at his heels." Both Highland Reel and Idaho are out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.