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Daily News | 28th June 2017
Trainer & Owner Reforms Commence 1st AugustWednesday, 28th June 2017As announced in November last year, Racing Australia is introducing new reforms known as the Trainers and Owner Reforms (TOR). The reforms, which have been incorporated into the Australian Rules of Racing, will commence on 1 August, 2017. All trainers and owners are bound by, and subject to, the Rules of Racing and as a consequence are required to comply with the TOR Rules. The key objectives of the reforms remain as originally announced. The reforms are intended to:
- Provide greater certainty and clarity in the relationship between owners and trainers as well as between multiple owners of a horse.
- Encourage on-time payments of training fees and introduce a streamlined process to resolve issues where payments are not made in a timely fashion.
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ATC Deadline for Everest Slot This FridayWednesday, 28th June 2017Trainers and connections have until this Friday (30 June) to submit a formal Expression of Interest for the Australian Turf Club's slot in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "The ATC has received strong interest from across Australia and overseas and we are giving all trainers and owners of high quality horses the chance to put together a proposal,'' ATC Chief Executive Darren Pearce said. "After the deadline closes on June 30, the ATC Board and management will take some time through July to decide upon the best runner to represent the Club.''
Doubt I'm Dreaming in Fatal AccidentWednesday, 28th June 2017Highly regarded colt Doubt I’m Dreaming was fatally injured in a trackwork accident at Mornington yesterday, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. The 2YO made one of the most impressive debuts by a juvenile in the autumn when winning the Listed Valley Pearl (1200m) in class record time at Moonee Valley in March. A syndicate headed by the China Horse Club and Newgate Farm subsequently acquired a quarter share in the son of Not A Single Doubt from trainer John McArdle and his business partner which valued the colt at $3 million. At his only other start he was placed in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield. Connections were planning on aiming Doubt I’m Dreaming at the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in the spring.
Shailer Reunited with WallerWednesday, 28th June 2017A successful New Zealand partnership is joining forces again, this time in Queensland, reports NZ Racing Desk. Paul Shailer spent a decade in Sydney with champion horseman and fellow Kiwi Chris Waller, graduating to assistant trainer, before he returned home to establish his own business at Matamata and more recently at Levin. The 38-year-old Shailer has returned to Australia to oversee Waller's satellite stable in Queensland. "We want to take advantage of the warmer weather and have a large impact on the Magic Millions carnival as well as the winter carnival," Waller said. Shailer commented: "It was just too good an opportunity to turn down," he said. "I missed Australia and I missed working with Chris."
Blue Blood Wins DebutWednesday, 28th June 2017Valuable colt Siege Of Quebec made a winning debut for his high profile owners at Newcastle yesterday. Sent out as the $2.20 favourite, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained 2YO showed good speed to cross from an outside barrier before kicking strongly to hold off the late challenge of Godolphin gelding Intuition (Street Cry) by 0.5 length to claim the 2YO maiden handicap over 1250m. Co-trainer Bott said: "He will learn a lot from today's experience. He looked switched on and was strong through the line," Bott told Sky Racing. "I really liked what I saw from him today. He showed his class." Jockey Brenton Avdulla is adamant that Siege Of Quebec is a stakes horse in the making. "He's well-bred with some good owners behind him and I'm sure he will be winning a stakes race over the next six months or so," he said. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Siege Of Quebec is by Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) making him a full-brother to smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently.
Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to Kingstar Farm's Bull Point (pic: Steve Hart)
Preferment to Stand at Brighthill FarmWednesday, 28th June 2017Zabeel's multiple Gr1-winning son Preferment will stand at Nick and Anne-Marie King's Brighthill Farm in New Zealand. Trained by Chris Waller, Preferment won 5 of his 29 starts for over $3.4 million in earnings. The New Zealand-bred entire boasts top-class credentials having won 4 races at Gr1 level, namely the Victoria Derby, Turnbull Stakes, Australian Cup, and BMW Stakes. "We'd been on the look-out for a stallion since Azamour, but we were determined to sit it out if necessary to find the right one," Nick King said. "Preferment fits all our criteria – he was a spectacular racehorse and it's highly likely that he's the last Derby-winning son of the great Zabeel." King added: "He's a very tidy, athletic type and being a four-time Group One winner says it all. He was a champion Australian stayer and his record, combined with his pedigree, speaks for itself." From the Flying Spur mare Better Alternative, Preferment is a full-brother the Gr3 SA Fillies' Classic winner Rezoned and hails from the family of Gr1 winner Ancient Song and Gr2 winner Dances On Waves. Preferment will stand at an introductory fee of $12,500 + GST.
Preferment (image: Mark Gatt)
Lord Of The Sky Returns to TrackWednesday, 28th June 2017Talented Melbourne sprinter Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) is back in work with trainer Robbie Laing after his owners failed to find him a home at stud, reports the Herald Sun. The 6YO was bound for the Mitchell's Yarraman Park Stud at Scone, but a deal fell through at the last minute. "It was nearly over the line. Harry [Mitchell] loved the horse, but in the finish he didn't think his dam line was deep enough,'' Laing said. "There were a couple of small studs happy to stand him for the owners, but they decided they wanted to race him again." Laing added: "There's horses coming out here from England with Group 2 form going to stud and he's got Group 1 Australian sprint form. I don't get it." Laing said Lord Of The Sky would trial at Cranbourne next week ahead of his early spring targets, the Sir John Monash Stakes on 15 July and the Bletchingly Stakes on 29 July at Caulfield. "He's done a lot of work. His tendon has been scanned and it's strong," Laing said.
Hot Dipped to Head InterstateWednesday, 28th June 2017Star Tasmanian filly Hot Dipped (Written Tycoon-Galvanized, by Rubiton) will head to Melbourne on a hit and run mission to Caulfield with the hope of ending her season on a winning note, reports tasracing.com.au. Hot Dipped is favourite to be crowned champion Tasmanian 3YO after winning 5 of her 6 starts this season, including the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) and Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m). The Brendan McShane-trained filly was a game second to Parthesia in the Tasmanian Oaks before being sent to the spelling paddock. Hot Dipped finished second in a trial at Hobart yesterday which convinced McShane to proceed with plans to head to Caulfield. “That was a terrific trial so it’s all systems go for the Melbourne trip,” McShane said. “There’s a nice race for her at Caulfield on July 15 over 1200 metres. It’s for three-year-olds and I’ll be able to do enough with her at home without having to give her another trial.”
Start Wondering Aiming at More Summer Gr1 GloryWednesday, 28th June 2017Top Kiwi sprinter Start Wondering (Eighth Wonder-Roseanbar, by Al Akbar) is enjoying a winter break ahead of a campaign aimed at New Zealand's feature summer sprints, reports theinformant.co.nz. Start Wondering, who was last seen finishing down the track in the Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane in May, had a stellar 2016 summer campaign when winning the Gr1 Railway Stakes and placing second in the Gr1 Telegraph Handicap. Both races are once again high on the 6YOs agenda. "He's out in the paddock having a bit of a break at the moment," co-trainer JJ Rayner said. "When he comes back into work, we'll probably look at going the same way as we did this season – the Railway, Telegraph, those sorts of races."
Darci Brahma Progeny to ForeWednesday, 28th June 2017Alibi has turned the spotlight on Danehill stallion Darci Brahma after winning the first two legs of the Singapore 4YO challenge, reports NZ Racing Desk. The entire bred by Terry and Vicki Pascoe will attempt to clean sweep the triple crown when he lines up in the S$1.15 million Singapore Derby at Kranji racecourse on 9 July. A win would also help Darci Brahma retain his crown as Singapore's champion sire. The Oaks Stud stallion has reigned supreme in recent years, winning the title in four of the last five seasons. "He's got a fantastic record up there in Singapore," The Oaks Stud general manager Rick Williams said. "He's having a really good run in Hong Kong too. The Darci Brahmas suit the stable environment, but they tend to suit most environments. He's a really good all round sire." The rising 15YO stallion is set to serve about 120 mares this coming season. "He is perceived as an older stallion now. We don't expect to get more than 120, but that's a good number for him. He served that number last year and we are happy with that amount," Williams said. Other progeny flying the flag for Darci Brahma include Darc Bounty, who made it three wins in a row Kranji on Friday night, Lucky Wan Feng (known as Parallel Universe in New Zealand) who scored a comfortable win at Happy Valley in Hong Kong on Wednesday, and former Hong Kong runner Riyadh which saluted at Flemington on Saturday.
Gr1 Ambitions for Seachange FillyWednesday, 28th June 2017Meanwhile, The Oaks Stud general manager Rick Williams says he has some smart fillies coming on as late two-year-olds, including a daughter of Darci Brahma and 7-time Gr1 winner Seachange (Cape Cross), reports NZ Racing Desk. "I've got four or five Darci Brahma fillies, all rising three, that are some of the best fillies I've had in work," Williams said. "So hopefully it will be a good spring for The Oaks racing team." Williams said the Seachange filly will likely trial at Te Teko next Tuesday with the Gr1 New Zealand 1,000 Guineas in November her primary spring target. "Her dam won it and Darci Brahma won the Gr1 2,000 Guineas [New Zealand] so there is a bit of genetics there that suggest she will be above average," Williams added. Bought by Te Akau Principal David Ellis for $1.1 million at the 2004 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Darci Brahma won ten of his 19 starts for trainer Mark Walker, including five Group One races. He went on to be crowned champion New Zealand two and three-year-old as well as champion New Zealand Sprinter. He will stand his eighth season at stud this upcoming season at an unchanged service fee of $15,000 + GST.
Star Filly Best King's Stand Winner This CenturyWednesday, 28th June 2017The British Horseracing Authority has rated Lady Aurelia’s victory in the Gr1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot as the best performance produced in the race this century, reports Racing Post. Crowned champion European 2YO filly in 2016, the Wesley Ward-trained Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy-D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) confirmed her status as one of the best sprinters in the world when scorching to an easy 3 length win in the King's Stand (1000m) at Royal Ascot last week. BHA handicapper Chris Nash rates Lady Aurelia’s win as 3lb superior to recent King's Stand winners Choisir (2003), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009), who all achieved a mark of 119. "The only debate to be had is whether the 122 figure slightly understates her achievement as she took this for predominantly hands and heels riding," Nash said. "This already rates as the best performance in this race this century.” He added: “The previous best figure was 119 which was achieved by several winners including Choisir, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast, so Lady Aurelia can certainly be viewed as an outstanding winner.” Connections are now eyeing several big race options including the Breeders’ Cup and the inaugural $10 million The Everest in Sydney in October.
Hill 'n' Dale Purchase Share in Arrogate DamWednesday, 28th June 2017Hill 'n' Dale Farm has purchased a 50 per cent share in Bubbler (Distorted Humor), the dam of champion US racehorse Arrogate, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. The 11YO Bubbler, who is co-owned by the Cleary family's Clearsky Farm, is currently in foal to two-time champion sire Tapit. "We are grateful and excited to become co-owner with Clearsky Farm of Bubbler," Hill 'n' Dale principal John Sikura said in a statement. "As the dam of Arrogate, the world's highest-rated racehorse, and in foal to Classic sire Tapit, we feel Bubbler is a remarkable opportunity to enhance our brand. Our goal is to continue to assemble a world-class broodmare band and associate with leading breeders like Clearsky Farm." Ranked the world's best racehorse, the Juddmonte Farms-owned Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) was last seen winning the Gr1 Dubai World Cup in March to advance his incredible record to 7 wins from 8 starts for career earnings of US$17,084,600, surpassing California Chrome to become the richest North American thoroughbred of all time.
Smullen to Ride Gosden Colt in DerbyWednesday, 28th June 2017Pat Smullen will ride Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal) in Saturday’s Gr1 Irish Derby at The Curragh, reports Racing Post. Smullen, who won last year’s renewal of the Irish Classic aboard the Aga Khan-owned Harzand, replaces the injured Frankie Dettori on the John Gosden-trained 3YO who was a last-start beaten favourite when third in the Epsom Derby behind Wings Of Eagles. Smullen is expecting the Irish Derby to be a tactical affair. "You have to have your wits about you. We'll have to see who the final runners are, but in any big race you have to be tactically aware. You have to do your homework and you have to expect the unexpected,” he said. “Cracksman is a great spare ride to get. He's a very smart colt. I don't think there were too many hard luck stories on the day for him at Epsom, but even if he reproduces that run it makes him one of the principal horses and it should leave him very competitive.” He added: "You can't take away from Wings Of Eagles the fact he won the Derby, but this will be a new day on a new track.”