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Daily News | 21st August 2017
Winx Wins Gr2 Warwick StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -7. Winx (2)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Street CryD: Vegas Showgirl 0.2L8. Foxplay (3)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 56.5 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Butters 0.6L1. Ecuador (6)J: A HyeronimusT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 59 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Bak Da Princess 1.7L2. Red Excitement (4)J: J ParrT: G A RyanW: 59 kgsS: ExcitesD: Red Obsession
In circumstances that had every bookmaker thinking Christmas had come early until the shadows of the post, Australia's racing darling Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) had to dig really deep to lift Saturday's $243,250 Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney for trainer Chris Waller. The 6YO daughter of Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) drew audible gasps from the on-course crowd when hopelessly missing the break in her first start since winning the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in early April. Regular pilot Hugh Bowman kept a cool head, methodically working the champion to overcome her 5-lengths deficit to a point where she could tack on and have an opportunity to rattle home. Relatively untouched until the last 100m where Bowman briefly went for the persuader, Winx delighted racegoers to deny game runner-up Foxplay by 0.2-lengths, just ahead of Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak de Princess, by Danski). Trainer Chris Waller intimated post-race that she will back up in a fortnight as she builds towards the defence of her Cox Plate in a quest to equal Kingston Town's record of three consecutive wins in the significant weight-for-age Moonee Valley feature. Now undefeated in her past 18 starts against all-comers, Winx improved her dazzling record to 22 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes - twice, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr1 Warwick Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 28 starts for $13,039,175 earnings. Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
Winx powers home (pic: Steve Hart)
Triple Treat For SnitzelMonday, 21st August 2017Australia's newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel has made an electrifying start to 2017/18, with the Arrowfield Stud boom sire adding a Group race treble on Saturday and almost cracking the million-dollar mark - a mere 19 days into the new season. First up was Dracary’s win in the $150,000 Gr3 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m at Royal Randwick, followed by Jukebox in the $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m at Caulfield, and then Sweet Redemption in the Gr3 $150,000 ATC Toy Show Quality 1300m, also at Royal Randwick (see full race reports below). Dracarys, Jukebox & Sweet Redemption completed Snitzel's second stakes treble (after the Diddums-Invader-Heavenly Blue treble on 1 April 2017) and with Menari, have matched the four August stakes wins that opened Snitzel's 2016/17 Australian Premiership-winning season.
Dracarys was one of three Group winners for Snitzel (pic: Steve Hart)
Arrowfield Shuttlers Join Locals Ahead Of ParadesMonday, 21st August 2017Meanwhile, all of Arrowfield's 2017 shuttle stallions have now arrived at the Hunter Valley farm, ready to parade for guests and visitors at next week's Open House. Champion European 2YO colt Shalaa arrived first from Haras de Bouqeutot in France, while last week’s arrivals are Animal Kingdom, soon to serve his fourth Australian book; Real Impact, making his second trip south; and newcomers Maurice & Mikki Isle. Fittingly, dual Gr1 winner Real Impact arrived only a few days after his first Arrowfield foal was born – out of the Flying Spur mare Laissez Faire from the family of Colorado Claire (dam of Gunnison), Lunaspur (dam of Moonovermanhattan) and Bubble Below (dam of Lucky Bubbles). Japan's 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice and 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle complete Arrowfield's triumvirate of Japanese superstars and will serve their first Australian mares this Spring. Real Impact & Mikki Isle are the only sons of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact standing in Australia. Arrowfield Stud’s stallion parades feature its 12-stallion roster headed by Champion Sires Redoute's Choice & Snitzel during morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:
FRIDAY 25 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SUNDAY 27 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.
Mikki Isle has arrived from Japan
Formality Wins Gr2 Silver Shadow StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Formality (1)J: K Mc EvoyT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Jolie's Shinju 0.2L5. Alizee (5)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 55 kgsS: SepoyD: Essaouira 0.4L3. Champagne Cuddles (2)J: T AnglandT: Bjorn BakerW: 55 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Sky Cuddle 2.8L1. One More Honey (3)J: B ShinnT: John ThompsonW: 57 kgsS: OnemorenomoreD: One Funny Honey
At Royal Randwick, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated a group success when high class 3YO filly Formality (Fastnet Rock-Jolie's Shinju, by Jolie's Halo) edged out a 0.2-length win for trainers David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $187,500 Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies. Just denied in a close-up finish were fellow fillies Elizee & Champagne Cuddles. Formality, who was a $120,000 yearling buy at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, took her record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Chairman's Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes) from 6 starts for $469,400 earnings.
Formality A Smokey For The EverestMonday, 21st August 2017Meanwhile, following what appears likely to be have been one of the serious future form pointers for Sydney's 3YO fillies in the Silver Shadow Stakes (see above), theage.com.au reports that winner Formailty could become the third 3YO runner to garner a spot in the lucrative $10 million The Everest (1200m) in mid October. The time for the Silver Shadow was a new race record, one of several on the day due to a significant tail wind. Formality looked top class beating a small, but talented, field, and she is owned by Coolmore who could have a vacancy to fill with the speculated no-show of their star European sprinter Caravaggio.
Formality (dark blue) could appear in The Everest (image: Steve Hart)
Hartnell Wins Gr2 P.B. Lawrence StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Hartnell (8)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 59 kgsS: AuthorizedD: Debonnaire 2.3L9. Charmed Harmony (10)J: Katelyn MallyonT: J D SadlerW: 59 kgsS: HussonetD: Magic Harmony 3.3L3. Black Heart Bart (4)J: B RawillerT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: BlackfriarsD: Sister Theresa 3.4L8. He's Our Rokkii (3)J: D DunnT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 59 kgsS: Roc De CambesD: Clerihew
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & successful Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Gr2 success when 7YO gelding Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) strode clear to score a dominant 2.3-length victory for trainer James Cummings in the $201,000 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) over the geldings Charmed Harmony & Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq). The Godolphin-owned Hartnell improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 The BMW, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr2 Hill Stakes, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr3 Sky High Stakes & Gr3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Melbourne Cup, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud) from 33 starts for $4,194,610 earnings.
Hartnell was all class on Saturday (image: Mark Gatt)
Underthemoonlight Wins Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge PlateMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -10. Underthemoonlight (13)J: C E LammasT: Ms K McQuadeW: 56.5 kgsS: El HermanoD: Midnight Dip 0.8L4. Close Up (7)J: G L CooksleyT: Ms S HaleW: 58.5 kgsS: Shinko KingD: Regelle 3.3L1. Kawi (12)J: J L WaddellT: S A SharrockW: 58.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Magic Time 3.5L6. Southern Icon (1)J: M D HillsT: A L TaitW: 58.5 kgsS: Big BrownD: Cataclopse
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, 6YO mare Underthemoonlight (El Herman-Midnight Dip, by O'Reilly) clocked up her third career stakes victory when winning with almost a length to spare in driving rain from Close Up and Kawi in the $100,000 Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) for fillies and mares. Underthemoonlight's victory took her record to 5 wins (including last start's Listed Tauranga Classic & Gr3 Taranaki Breeders Stakes) and 11 placings (including the Gr3 Rotorua Stakes) from 22 starts for NZ$250,050 in earnings. Trained by Karyn McQuade for owners that include her husband and breeder Hamish, Underthemoonlight looks a genuine Gr1 prospect in the Spring, with NZTM reporting that prior to Saturday the owner-breeder snapped up $26 on offer about Underthemoonlight's prospects in the forthcoming Gr1 Tarzino Stakes.
Underthemoonlight (blinkers) gets home at Te Rapa (pic: NZTM)
Dracarys Wins Gr3 Up And Coming StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -7. Dracarys (5)J: A AdkinsT: P & P SnowdenW: 53.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Nocturnelle 0.2L8. Gold Standard (1)J: Tommy BerryT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 53 kgsS: SebringD: Coniston Gem 2.5L9. Sanctioned (7)J: J FordT: James CummingsW: 53 kgsS: TeofiloD: Aforethought 2.6L2. Eshtiraak (3)J: B AvdullaT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: Street CryD: Succeeding
On a blustery day at Royal Randwick, Arrowfield Stud's high-flying Champion stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added to his impressive seasonal start when well regarded 3YO entire Dracarys (Snitzel-Nocturnelle, by Elusive Quality) scored a narrow victory over fellow colts Gold Standard & Sanctioned for trainers Paul & Peter Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) for 3YO males. A $1 million purchase by James Harron at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, the potential-laden son of Snitzel and dual stakes winner Nocturnelle now has 2 wins & a placing from 4 starts for $141,950 earnings.
Crown Witness Wins Gr3 Quezette StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -8. Crown Witness (9)J: B MelhamT: S J WebbW: 56.5 kgsS: Star WitnessD: Noble Heir 0.2L1. Catchy (4)J: Craig WilliamsT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 58.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Cats Whisker 2.5L7. Ploverset (3)J: Regan BaylissT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56.5 kgsS: Street BossD: Edwina Georgie 3.3L11. She's So High (5)J: M J DeeT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: High Achiever
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Crown Witness (Star Witness-Noble Heir, by Kahal) held on determinedly to defy all challengers by 0.2-length for trainer Stuart Webb in the $150,750 Gr3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, over last season's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy and Ploverset. This was the first stakes victory for the undefeated Crown Witness and took her record to 3 wins for $221,500 earnings. Crown Witness was a $50,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Golden Grove and is a son of a South African Gr1 sprint-winning mare.
Crown Witness (inside) remains undefeated (pic: Mark Gatt)
Jukebox Wins Gr3 Vain StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -4. Jukebox (5)J: Craig WilliamsT: C MaherW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Jestatune 0.2L11. Plutocracy (11)J: Regan BaylissT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: SebringD: Demetria 1.5L13. Poseidon's Pool (7)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: PierroD: Kulgrinda 1.7L6. Ducimus (4)J: N CallowT: M, W & J HawkesW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Beauty World
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning Australian Champion Stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) powered into the new season with another Gr3 winner when unbeaten 3YO colt Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestajune, by Rory's Jester) was strong late to capture the $150,000 Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for 3YO colts for trainer Ciaron Maher. Jukebox defied Plutocracy and Prompt Response and took his record to 3 wins on the bounce for $240,900 earnings. Jukebox was a $200,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling purchase from the draft of Blue Gum Farm and hinted that further distances would not be an issue in winning the Vain Stakes. He descends from a diverse family that includes multiple Group-winning gelding Catapulted and Gr1 Kingston Town Stakes-winning Itsahymn.
No 4 Jukebox scores in the shadows of the post (pic: Mark Gatt)
Mio Dio Wins Gr3 Spring StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -9. Mio Dio (9)J: Todd PannellT: Will ClarkenW: 58.5 kgsS: God's OwnD: Hageabi 1.5L4. Lord Aspen (11)J: M NeilsonT: R W HuxtableW: 58.5 kgsS: Good JourneyD: Lady Aspen 2.3L2. Casino Wizard (8)J: J HolderT: L A CreekW: 58.5 kgsS: Any Given SaturdayD: Casino Nights 4.8L8. Riziz (5)J: S PriceT: K M SweeneyW: 58.5 kgsS: ZarizD: Priya
At Morphettville in South Australia, Greta West Stud's Gr1 Caulfield Guineas-winning stallion God's Own (Redoute's Choice-Angel In Disguise, by Sky Chase) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding Mio Dio (God's Own-Hageabi , by Scenic) scored a gritty 0.4-length victory for trainer Todd Pannell in the $120,000 Gr3 Spring Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Lord Aspen and 5YO gelding Casino Wizard. This was the first stakes victory for Mio Dio and took his record to 11 wins & 12 placings from 55 starts for $378,265 earnings. Mio Dio was a bargain $5,000 yearling purchase from the 2011 August Thoroughbred Sale from the draft of Basinghall Farm. He is from a three-quarter sister to Gr1 Manikato Stakes winning filly Piavonic (dam of Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up and sire Von Costa De Hero).
Lankan Rupee Future UnclearMonday, 21st August 2017Meanwhile, in the Gr3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville in Adelaide (see above) odds-on favourite Lankan Rupee faded badly to finish well down the track. According to racing.com, trainer Mick Price reported after the event that the former Australian Horse of the Year had pulled up with a "two out of five EIPH", in reference to tests done on Lankan Rupee at the Morphettville Equine Clinic on Saturday evening. EIPH is exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage, and is related to bleeding in the lungs. With Stewards reporting no visible signs of any issues following the disappointing run, Price is at sixes and sevens as to what path to plot for the now 8YO gelding who was heading towards the Gr1 Memsie Stakes.
Deploy Wins Gr3 Show CountyMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -6. Deploy (8)J: B AvdullaT: G A RyanW: 55.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Crimson Reign 0.2L9. The Virginian (4)J: G SchofieldT: B F CavanoughW: 54 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Redwood Dancer 0.7L3. Burning Passion (7)J: Tim ClarkT: Mark NewnhamW: 56 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Dearness 1.6L2. That's A Good Idea (2)J: T AnglandT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: Flying SpurD: Sunday Service
Winner of the Gr2 Moreton Cup at Doomben during the Queensland Winter Carnival, 5YO gelding Deploy (Fastnet Rock-Crimson Reign, by Red Ransom) made a strong seasonal return to capture a narrow win for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $149,500 Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Royal Randwick. Defeating fellow geldings The Virginian and Burning Passion, Deploy continues to be a model of consistency; he now has the overall record of 7 wins & 6 placings from 15 starts for $482,185 earnings. Deploy is a son of leading race-mare Crimson Reign, and was sold to Segenhoe Stud for $450,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale. His other owners include David Raphael's Stallion Racing, Torryburn Stud & McEnnis Racing.
Sweet Redemption Wins Gr3 Toy ShowMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -4. Sweet Redemption (1)J: A HyeronimusT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55 kgsS: SnitzelD: Redeeming Lass 0.2L3. Euro Angel (2)J: B AvdullaT: M, W & J HawkesW: 55 kgsS: Rip Van WinkleD: Polish Princess 0.4L7. Imposing Lass (8)J: Tim ClarkT: Bjorn BakerW: 53 kgsS: MakfiD: Imposingly 0.7L5. Rocket Commander (9)J: Tommy BerryT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 53 kgsS: Court CommandD: Pinot Royale
Providing Arrowfield Stud's high-flying Champion stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) with another group winner for the afternoon, 5YO mare Sweet Redemption (Snitzel-Redeeming Lass, by Red Ranssom) held off a late charge by Euro Angel and Imposing Lass in the $150,000 Gr3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) for mares 4YO & older. Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, this was Sweet Redemption's second stakes win and took her record to 6 wins (also including the Gr3 Festival Stakes last December) and 9 placings (including the Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Alexandra Stakes, Listed Brisbane Handicap & Listed Tasmanian Oaks) from 22 starts for $389,935 earnings. Sweet Redemption is a daughter of Gr1 Flight Stakes winner Danglissa, and was purchased by Round Table Racing/James Harron Bloodstock for $120,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell View Park Stud.
Sweet Redemption now has two stakes victories (pic: Steve Hart)
Vega Magic Wins Listed Regal Roller StakesMonday, 21st August 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Vega Magic (10)J: D OliverT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 60.5 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Admirable 0.4L11. Brave Smash (9)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: Tosen PhantomD: Tosen Smash 4.7L7. Santa Ana Lane (2)J: Regan BaylissT: Lee & Anthony FreedmanW: 54.5 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Fast Fleet 5.7L8. Reldas (13)J: D DunnT: R W SmerdonW: 54 kgsS: Testa RossaD: Classic Status
At Caulfield in Melbourne, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) celebrated a stakes success when 5YO gelding Vega Magic (Lope de Vega-Admirable, by Magic Albert) saluted for trainers David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) by 0.4-length, defeating Japanese bred Brave Smash and Santa Ana Lane. Vega Magic remains unbeaten since leaving his home state of West Australia. Vega Magic, who hails from the family of Golden Slipper winner Century Miss, advanced his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Goodwood Stakes, Gr3 Colonel Reeves Stakes & Gr3 AJ Scahill Stakes) and 3 placings from 16 starts for $1,424,550 earnings. There is speculation that the WA star could be tapped for a spot in The Everest following a crack in the Memsie Stakes in two weeks. According to horseracing.com.au, co-trainer David Hayes commented, "He will be freshened up [after the Memsie] and hopefully somebody wants him for The Everest."
Vega Magic is relishing racing in Victoria (pic: mark Gatt)
Galileo Filly Headlines Early Arqana ResultsMonday, 21st August 2017At the annual Arqana August Yearling Sale held in France's seaside port of Deauville, a triumvirate comprising Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators, Peter & Ross Doyle & Coolmore's MV Magnier was stretched to €950,000 to land the first session's sale-topping filly by world champion stallion Galileo. Consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux, who bred her with Skymarc Farm, Lot 51 is the sixth foal of her stakes-winning dam Prudenzia (by Dansili). From the family of Gr1 English Oaks heroine Alexandrova, herself a Gr1 class producer, Prudenzia's 2010 foal (by Montjeu) is Chiquita, winner of the Gr1 Irish Oaks and placed in Chantilly's Gr1 Prix de Diane & Ascot's Gr1 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Prudenzia's 2016 foal is also a filly by Galileo. Meanwhile, on Day-1 of the two day Arqana August Yearling Sale in France, strong demand was evident with 67 of the 82 yearlings catalogued changing hands at 81%, while the average price closed at €258,239, up significantly on 2016.
Ajman Princess Wins Gr1 Darley Prix Jean RomanetMonday, 21st August 2017At Deauville in France yesterday, ahead of the second session of the Arqana August Sale, Darley’s unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Gr1 winner when 4YO mare Ajman Princess (Teofilo-Reem Three, by Mark Of Esteem) caused a 1.25-lengths upset for trainer Roger Valarian in the 250,000 Gr1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet (2000m). Bred by Darley, and raced by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, Ajman Princess defeated Siyoushake and Left Hand, with $2.50 favourite So Mi Dar among the beaten brigade. Ajman Princess’s sire Teofilo, sire of Gr1 winners in each of his first three Australian crops, returns to Darley Australia in 2017 for shuttle duties where he will stand for $44,000.
Teofilo added to his growing tally of Gr1 winners (pic: darley.com.au)
Collected Wins US Gr1 Pacific ClassicMonday, 21st August 2017California's Del Mar racetrack played host to the US$1 million Gr1 Pacific Classic over the weekend, and while the winning trainer was the one punters were cheering for, the horse that saluted left many a betting ticket in tatters. Champion Arrogate (Unbridled's Song), sent of as $1.60 favourite despite shocking his army of fans when failing abysmally in last start's Gr2 San Diego Handicap at the same course, could not reel in lamp-lighting his Bob Baffert stable mate Collected (City Zip-Helena Bay, by Johannesburg) who still had a length to spare at the line. The victory by Collected was not entirely unexpected as he was sent off at $4.00, but that was little comfort for Arrogate who, prior to his penultimate run, looked almost fool proof with earnings equivalent to A$20 million from his first 8 starts.
Dream Dancing Wins US Gr1 Del Mar OaksMonday, 21st August 2017Meanwhile, also at Del Mar on the US West Coast, mega-sire Tapit brought up Gr1 winner number 23 with a rush finish by sophomore daughter Dream Dancing (Tapit-To Dream About, by Monarchos) in the US$300,000 Gr1 Del Mar Oaks (8.5 furlongs). She is a well-bred daughter of a full-sister to Gr1 Breeders Cup Distaff heroine Mecke, who was also owned by Dream Dancing's owner-breeder John Oxley. Given a peach of a ride by Julien Leparoux who allowed the filly to find her feet before punching her out to a nose victory, Dream Dancing edged out fellow 3YO fillies Beau Recall and Madame Dancealot (both by Cornerstone Stud shuttler Sir Prancealot). She now has 4 wins & 3 placings from her 11 starts for US$415,000 earnings.