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Significant Easter Sale Pedigree UpdatesFriday, 24th March 2017There is a strong list of pedigree updates for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale (Apr 4-6) which will be the last ever at Newmarket before the company’s move to Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm. Among they key updates are:
- Lot 86 (Shamus Award x Courgette filly). Her half-sister She Will Reign won the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, and is Australia’s highest rated juvenile this season.
- Lot 48 (Tavistock x Bagalollies filly). Her brother Werther won the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup last month.
- Lot 84 (Snitzel x Colorado Claire filly). Her three-quarter brother is Gunnison, an undefeated son of Not A Single Doubt whose winning run most recently includes the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
- Lot 228 (Smart Missile x Miss Dodwell filly). Her half-sister Kenedna won the Group 3 Vanity Stakes at Flemington in February.
- Lot 251 (Pierro x Musidora colt). His brother Tulip won the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes and finished third in the Golden Slipper.
- Lot 256 (Snitzel x National Colour filly). Her three-quarter brother Rafeef won the Group 2 Hawaii Stakes at Turffontein earlier this month.
- Lot 267 (Exceed And Excel x Nureyev’s Girl filly). Her half-brother Hardham is a last-start Group 2 winner of the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.
2017 Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (pic: Steve Hart)
Inglis CEO Buoyed By Easter Catalogue DepthFriday, 24th March 2017Meanwhile, Inglis managing director Mark Webster is excited about the depth of the 2017 Easter catalogue. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m hard pressed recalling a stronger Easter catalogue than what we have produced this year,’’ Webster said. “The vendors have done a fantastic job in presenting incredibly strong drafts and we’re looking forward with optimism to a successful Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the last ever at Newmarket. Recent on-track results, including the Golden Slipper quinella and Blue Diamond trifecta all being Inglis graduates, is fantastic for our clients and is reward for all the hard work they put in year-round.” Horses start to arrive on site over the weekend, with schedules to begin from next Tuesday March 28. To view the parade schedule, CLICK HERE and click on the image below for Breeding&Racing's 2017 Inglis Easter feature.
Australia & New Zealand Weekend Stakes ScheduleFriday, 24th March 2017Commencing with the running of the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Mooney Valley tonight, followed by the $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW and the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes in Sydney tomorrow, there are 17 races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below are Friday's and Saturday's scheduled races in AEDT order:
- 7:00pm: Listed Valley Pearl (1200m) Moonee Valley
- 8:30pm: Gr3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) Moonee Valley
- 9:00pm: Gr2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) Moonee Valley
- 9:30pm: Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) Moonee Valley
- 12:20pm: Gr3 The Schweppervesence (1400m) Rosehill
- 1:00pm: Gr3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) Rosehill
- 1:35pm: Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) Rosehill
- 2:15pm: Gr3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) Rosehill
- 2:23pm: Gr3 South Island Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) Riccarton
- 2:41pm: Gr2 Japan NZ International Trophy (1600m) Tauranga
- 2:50pm: Gr2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) Rosehill
- 3:30pm: Gr1 The BMW (2400m) Rosehill
- 3:50pm: Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) Mornington
- 4:10pm: Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) Rosehill
- 4:30pm: Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) Rosehill
- 4:50pm: Gr2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) Rosehill
- 7:25pm: Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) Ascot
Weight Relief Has Star Turn On TopFriday, 24th March 2017As 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)
Gr1 William Read StakesFriday, 24th March 2017
Shinn Has Faith in TavagoFriday, 24th March 2017Jockey Blake Shinn is confident that the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Tavago (Tavistock-Sara Ann, by Stravinsky) is the horse to beat in tomorrow's $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill. Last year's Australian Derby winner put a disappointing spring campaign behind him when recapturing his best form with a dominant win in the Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill two weeks ago. "Third-up he's right at his top now and I expect him to be very hard to beat on Saturday," Shinn said. "I galloped him on Tuesday and I think he's certainly made good improvement from his last run." Shinn added: "Since coming to Sydney he's been thriving and his work has been first class. He's a bit more switched on now as well and ready to run the best race of his preparation on Saturday."
Gr1 The BMWFriday, 24th March 2017
Promise Versus Proven In Vinery Stud StakesFriday, 24th March 2017Tomorrow’s Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies at Rosehill Gardens could come down to a case of untapped potential versus a proven commodity. Overcoming a seemingly hopeless task in the 1500m Phar Lap Stakes two weeks ago, Foxplay dazzled once finding clear galloping room, and only the question mark of tackling the additional 500m is keeping her from starting a shorter favourite than her current $3.40 quote. Harlow Gold, meanwhile, is already proven over a staying journey having finished runner-up in the Gr1 Crown Oaks (2500m), and she displayed her versatility earlier in the month when a close up fourth behind Hey Doc in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m). Like Foxplay, La Bella Diosa is unknown at the journey but the Gr1 winner has the class to bounce back from last weekend’s poor Gr1 Coolmore run. Dawn Wall and Lubiton also come into calculations following top runs in the Kembla Grange Classic.
Foxplay is a filly on the rise (pic: Steve Hart)
Gr1 Vinery Stud StakesFriday, 24th March 2017
TJ Likely For ChautauquaFriday, 24th March 2017Five-time Gr1 winner Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is likely to bid for his third successive TJ Smith Stakes victory at Randwick on Saturday week. The champion grey sprinter has been stepped up in journey at his past two outings with his most recent performance resulting in a distant third placing (beaten 8 lengths) behind champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Stakes last weekend. Team Hawkes were considering a tilt at the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile with the mighty grey, but concede he is much better suited back to the sprinting trips. "He ran really good (sic) back there on the inside but she (Winx) was way too good," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told racing.com. "I'll put my hand up because I was desperate to run him in the George Ryder thinking that he wanted further but he's just not a 1500m horse when it's all said and done." Hawkes added: "He's a sprinter so we'll more than likely keep him fresh and go to the TJ." The $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) will be run at Royal Randwick on 1 April.
Gr1 TJ Smith winner Chautauqua (pic: Steve Hart)
Sofia Rosa Back HomeFriday, 24th March 2017Quality Kiwi mare Sofia Rosa (Makfi-Bislieri, by Encosta de Lago) has had her autumn campaign brought to a premature end, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainer Stephen Marsh decided to cut short her Australian sojourn after she finished a well beaten 5th (9 lengths behind winner Our Ivanhowe) in last weekend's Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in Sydney. "She arrived back home on Wednesday and she's in the paddock," the Cambridge trainer said. The decision means last season's Australian Oaks winner will not take her place in the showpiece event of The Championships – the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on 8 April. Marsh said he would talk to Sofia Rosa's owner Lib Petagna in the coming days regarding her immediate future.
Gun Filly SpelledFriday, 24th March 2017Star Kiwi filly Volpe Veloce won't be seen again this season, reports NZ Racing Desk. The aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", has hitherto won seven of her eight starts, including the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni, and the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) & Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie. Her only defeat came when she was a gallant fourth in last month's Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa. "I am leaving her out until the spring," trainer Graham Richardson aid. "She'll probably come back and trial at Te Teko in early August and then we'll start making spring plans for her." By Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), the aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", is a half-sister to Listed Black Opal Stakes winner Delago Bolt from the Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview winning filly Bardego.
Leading Derby Hope SidelinedFriday, 24th March 2017The prospects of Rising Red (Redwood-Diva in Red, by High Yield) turning the tables on Gingernuts in Saturday week's $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick have suffered a setback after he pulled up lame during trackwork yesterday morning, reports racing.com. "We're still not exactly sure what is wrong with him, but he appears lame in the near-fore and you have to be at 100 per cent to win at that level," trainer Trent Busuttin said. Busuttin estimates the 3YOs chances of lining up for the blue-riband classic on 1 April are only 10 per cent. "I can't see him being able to race in the Derby in just eight days, but we'll wait to make a final call on the weekend, whether or not he will go on this preparation," he said.
Anaheim to Fly Derby Flag for StableFriday, 24th March 2017Despite the setback suffered by leading Australian Derby contender Rising Red, the Busuttin-Young yard still has a genuine chance in the form of Fastnet Rock colt Anaheim. Anaheim is set to make his next appearance in the $2 million classic after his fourth placing in the Rosehill Guineas. However, co-trainer Trent Busuttin warns he doesn't want the conditions to be too soft. "He's one who doesn't want a wet track," Busuttin said. "He tacked on the back of Gingernuts and was travelling super at the 600 metre mark in the Rosehill Guineas and Hugh Bowman thought he was probably on the winner." He added: "He said he went to go and his wheels were spinning and he just couldn't get traction in that ground."
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateFriday, 24th March 2017After nearly thirty four weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, the stellar run of success enjoyed by Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel continues apace with the son of Redoute's Choice becoming the first sire to break through the $10 million barrier in progeny earnings. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry courtesy of his champion daughter Winx's sublime 7 length victory in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes last weekend, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $8.7 million in earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 23 March) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $10,076,210
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $9,001,667
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $8,732,499
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,456,856
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $7,144,196
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $6,162,700
- Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $5,474,160
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,424,320
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,292,236
- More Than Ready (Southern Halo) - $4,807,761
Arrogate Draws Nine For World CupFriday, 24th March 2017Champion US galloper Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) has drawn barrier nine of 14 for Saturday's US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan racecourse, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Drawn one to his outside is fellow American challenger Keen Ice (Curlin), while his stable-mate Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) is in 12. Mubtaahij (Dubawi), winner of the Gr2 UAE Derby two years ago, has drawn the extreme outside gate (14). The Dubai World Cup field is:
- Apollo Kentucky
- Long River
- Gold Dream (Jpn)
- Gun Runner
- Move Up (GB)
- Furia Cruzada (Chi)
- Keen Ice
- Special Fighter (Ire)
- Mubtaahij (Ire)
Highland Reel Underestimated: MooreFriday, 24th March 2017Champion jockey Ryan Moore says bookmakers have Highland Reel's (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) price all wrong for Saturday's Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m) at Meydan. The top-class Irish galloper proved himself one of the best horses in the world last year with victories in the Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Breeders' Cup Turf, as well as placings in the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin and the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. "I saw my horse was available at 5-1 earlier in the week and, at his best, it would take a good one to beat him," Moore said. "When he gets on the lead in these 1m4f (2400m) races he is difficult to stop, stall three is fine, and 9-2 is still probably a hell of a price." Moore also cast doubt on the winning chances of favourite Postponed, who resumed with a second placing in the Gr2 City Of Gold Stakes (2400m) at Dubai on 4 March. "You had to be disappointed with him in the Arc and when beaten by Prize Money here last month, even if he didn't get the best of runs," Moore said. "The horse who we saw here last year would have won that day, even if connections seem very happy with him out here. I wouldn't back him at the current prices myself."
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