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Daily News | 26th May 2017
MM National Weanling Sale: $525k Fastnet Rock FillyFriday, 26th May 2017A filly by Coolmore's former Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock topped Day-1 of the 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast yesterday. The filly, a three quarter sister to AJC Oaks winner Gust of Wind, was purchased by Segenhoe Stud Australia for $525,000 - the highest price for a weanling in Australasia in 2017. Segenhoe's Peter O'Brien said, "She was my pick of the sale on type, she's a three quarter sister to an Oaks winner and I think she was best foal I'd seen in a couple of years. We didn't want to leave without taking her home with us. She's a beautiful mover - a lovely loose action with plenty of scope." O’Brien acknowledged, “She's not really going to be a 2YO - that's the way she is bred - we'll be hoping she's an Oaks filly down the track." The top price filly is from the black type performer Starrystarrynight, a mare who will go under the hammer at the upcoming National Broodmare Sale. A daughter of Sadler's Wells, Starrystarrynight earned black type at the Curragh before being exported to New Zealand where she was a winner before retiring to stud. Her daughter Gust of Wind is the last horse to beat Winx when successful in the Gr1 AJC Australian Oaks at Randwick. She was also fourth in a Caulfield Cup.
Yesterday's $525,000 Day-1 sale topper (pic: Magic Millions)
MM National Weanling Sale: $460k Snitzel ColtFriday, 26th May 2017The second top priced lot of Day-1 of the Magic Millions Ntional Weanling Sale was Arawata Bloodstock's Snitzel colt from Cariad who was knocked down for $460,000 to the bid of Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland. The colt, catalogued as Lot 233, is the fourth foal of Cariad, a winner of five races including a pair of stakes events, the Bright Shadow Handicap and Nudgee Handicap. “It was a little bit over what I thought we'd have to go to," Blaxland said. "I thought he was the colt of the sale. He's by Snitzel who is the incumbent Champion Sire this season and he's broken the two-year-old winners record. He's a lovely horse out of a stakes winning mare. We actually purchased the mother Cariad about three weeks ago."
MM National Weanling Sale: Freshman Weanlings PopularFriday, 26th May 2017On Day-1 of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, first season sires proved popular. A a colt by multiple Gr1 winner Dissident led the way when selling to David Lucas on behalf of Dubai's Phoenix Investments for $300,000. The colt, from the two-year-old winning Fastnet Rock mare Celtic Sea, was presented at the auction by Newgate Farm. Meanwhile, a colt by Darley’s Brazen Beau sold for $270,000, and youngsters by other first season sires Deep Field, Rubick, Shooting to Win and Toronado also sold for six figure amounts.
First season sire Rubick had a six figure weanling
MM National Weanling Sale: Over $10.5 Million TurnoverFriday, 26th May 2017During yesterday’s opening day's action over $10.5 million was traded on 194 lots sold at an average price of $54,307 and clearance rate of 79 per cent. "It's been a very good start to the sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "It was a very even, balanced market." Cox noted, "You wouldn't say it's been an over heated market and it hasn't been a disappointing market on the other side as well. It's a good market where people can operate and trade. Those (lots) that stuck out sold extremely well - it was a very strong market." With Day-2 of the 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to commence at 10am AET today, key stats for Day-1, with 2016 in parenthesis, were:
- Lots Catalogued: 290 (200)
- Lots Sold: 194 (152)
- Lots Passed In: 51 (29)
- Lots Withdrawn: 45 (19)
- Sale Gross: $10,535,500 ($8,303,000)
- Top Price: $525,000 ($400,000)
- Average Price: $54,307 ($54,625)
- Median Price: $30,000 ($30,000)
- Sold %: 79 (84)
Under The Louvre to Stand at Grandview StudFriday, 26th May 20172016 Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre will stand at Ipswich-based Grandview Stud from this spring at an introductory fee of just $7,700 (inc. GST). "Under the Louvre had incredible acceleration," trainer Robert Smerdon said. "He mixed it with the best and in the Stradbroke he faced nine Group One winners including Black Heart Bart." Smerdon added: "If he can throw that explosive turn of foot, athleticism and temperament into his progeny I believe he's a very good stallion prospect." Under The Louvre retires to stud with nine wins and 14 placings and over $1.8 million in prize money. Incredibly, from 22 starts in black type company, Under The Louvre either won or placed in 15. Grandview Stud's Michael Grieve is thrilled to have secured Under The Louvre who will stand alongside proven sire Jet Spur and the promising Tale of the Cat stallion, Whittington. "Under The Louvre is arguably the most exciting racehorse to enter stud in Queensland for many years," Grieve said. "Under The Louvre is the best performer by Group One winner Excellent Art who only stood a few seasons in Australia, but he is, in turn, a son of the outstanding speed influence, Pivotal." He added: "Another interesting aspect to Pivotal is that matched up with Danehill, he is running at a massive 18% stakes performers to runners. So, being totally free of Danehill, Under The Louvre offers a rare outcross for breeders."
Gr1 winner Under The Louvre
Eagle Farm Challenge for Derby FavouriteFriday, 26th May 2017The versatility of current Gr1 Queensland Derby co-favourite Shocking Luck (Shocking-Shamardal Luck, by Shamardal) will be put to the test in his final lead-up to the classic this weekend, reports NZ racing Desk. The 3YO soared to the top of the market following his hollow win in the Gr3 Rough Habit Plate in soft going at Doomben two weeks ago, but tomorrow's Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm represents a sterner challenge. "He's a much better horse on top of the ground and we didn't think he would handle it last time out," said Jamie Richards, who trains Shocking Luck in partnership with Stephen Autridge. "It's going to be worse at Eagle Farm and while we don't think the two-week turnaround is a problem – he's thriving and we're happy - the track isn't going to come back and it will certainly be cutting out." TAB has listed Shocking Luck and Prized Icon as $5 equal favourites for the Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) to be run at Eagle Farm on 10 June.
Revenge on the Cards for Order AgainFriday, 26th May 2017Eagle Farm trainer Brian Smith is confident that promising 3YO Order Again (Iffraaj) can turn the tables on his last-start conqueror Shocking Luck in tomorrow’s Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm, reports racing.com. New Zealand gelding Shocking Luck got the better of Order Again when the pair last met in the Gr3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) two weeks ago, but this time Smith is adamant Order Again won’t be giving away such a big head start. "I was happy when the draw came and he has drawn reasonably in seven, he is going to get a nicer trip and race a lot handier than he did last start," said Smith. "His last run was enormous. It is always hard for a three-year-old to go around two bends for the first time, at only his third run up this season, I thought it was incredible." He added: “He has come a long way in a short space of time and what I like about him is that he has got a turn of foot…he is going to have a lovely run and be hard to beat this Saturday." Both Shocking Luck and Order Again are using the Grand Prix as their final lead-up to the Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June.
Australia & New Zealand Weekend Stakes ScheduleFriday, 26th May 2017Headlined by the Gr1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane, there are 9 stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. The Kingsford-Smith Cup, which is registered as the BTC Cup, was first run in 1964 and has been won by some outstanding gallopers including Strawberry Road (1983), St Jude (1991), Buck's Pride (1993 & 1994), Chief De Beers (1996), General Nediym (1998), Falvelon (2000), Thorn Park (2004), Apache Cat (2008), and Black Caviar (2011). This year the favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart. The 6YO, who will be attempting to win his sixth Gr1, is listed as a $3.30 chance with TAB. Next best is Clearly Innocent at $5.50, Derryn at $6, and Counterattack at $7. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AET order are Saturday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form and runner news.
- 12:28pm: Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) Ellerslie
- 12:37pm: Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup (1600m) Eagle Farm
- 1:17pm: Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) Eagle Farm
- 1:57pm: Gr3 Premier's Cup (2200m) Eagle Farm
- 2:35pm: Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) Eagle Farm
- 3:00pm: Listed McKell Cup (2400m) Royal Randwick
- 3:15pm: Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1300m) Eagle Farm
- 3:55pm: Gr1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) Eagle Farm
- 4:32pm: Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) Eagle Farm
Saturday 12:28pm: Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) EllerslieFriday, 26th May 2017
12:37pm: Gr3 Lord Mayors Cup (1600m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
1:17pm: Gr2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
1:57pm: Gr3 Premiers Cup (2200m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
2:35pm: Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
3:00pm: Listed McKell Cup (2400m) Royal RandwickFriday, 26th May 2017
3:15pm: Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1300m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
3:55pm: Gr1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
4:32pm: Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) Eagle FarmFriday, 26th May 2017
Pride on Line for Zielke RunnersFriday, 26th May 2017Trainer John Zielke is hopeful of restoring some Queensland pride against the interstate and overseas invaders in two key Eagle Farm features tomorrow, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Zielke, last season's leading trainer of 2YOs in Queensland, has high hopes with his two runners, Ruby Red Heart in the Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) and Dreams Aplenty in the Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1400m). "I couldn't be any happier with both of mine," Zielke said. Zielke was delighted with Ruby Red Heart's (Show a Heart-Red Spot Special, by Red Ransom) last-start fifth in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, but says he can't wait to step her up in distance to 1600 metres in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm on 10 June. "Her run in the Ken Russell was a bottler and she got home like a train," he said. "Going to 1400 metres in the Sires' will suit her even better but I can't wait for the JJ Atkins." Meanwhile, Dreams Aplenty (Dream Ahead-Tipsy Moment, by Redoute's Choice) has hit a purple patch of form winning his past four starts including last month's Gr3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm. "Dreams Aplenty's blood profile keeps improving and is the best it's been this preparation," Zielke said. Dreams Aplenty's other winter targets are the Gr2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June and the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on 1 July. "He'll go on to both those races unless he shows me he's getting a little tired then we'll take him to Melbourne for the spring," Zielke said.
Melody Belle to Benefit from Sires RunFriday, 26th May 2017The connections of Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) expect the classy Kiwi filly to derive significant improvement when she makes her Australian debut in the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm tomorrow, reports racing.com. A winner of the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes at Awapuni in April, Melody Belle will use the $250,000 feature as a crucial prep for her primary winter target - the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June. "She didn't settle in [when arriving in Queensland] quite as well as some of the other boys, but she's only a two-year-old filly so we took her along quietly for a couple of days after she trialled at Deagon," Richards said. "But we've got to be happy with where she's at now. She's put on a bit of weight again and her work on Tuesday morning was good. She's not a flash track-worker, hence why she wears the blinkers on raceday." He added: "1400 metres first-up on a heavy track, she might just be a little bit vulnerable the last 100 metres but she's going to be in tip top order for the JJ Atkins in two weeks' time."
First Black-Type Beckons BroadsideFriday, 26th May 2017Talented stayer Broadside is poised to break through for his maiden stakes win in tomorrow's $150,000 Listed McKell Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained gelding is backing up from an easy win in the Bart Cummings Hall Of Fame Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend. "We were delighted with the run and it's given us the confidence to push on with him," Bott said. The McKell Cup wasn't originally on the cards for Broadside but Bott said he had come through last week's race in such good order it was too good an opportunity to pass up. "It was a tough run and he has bounced back without a fuss," Bott said. "He'd done plenty of work leading into Saturday's race and is very fit. I think the quick back up will suit this horse. He's at his peak." The New Zealand-bred Broadside has hitherto won 5 of his 9 starts. He is the current $2.80 TAB favourite ahead of the Godolphin-owned Allergic at $3.40.
Hong Kong Likely For Smart 3YOFriday, 26th May 2017Highly promising 3YO Sweet Leader (O'Reilly-Sweet Lady, by Encosta de Lago) may have run his last race in New Zealand, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of 3 of his 5 starts including the Gr3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa, the son of deceased multiple champion sire O'Reilly is set to continue his racing career in Hong Kong. "He was turned out after Te Rapa, but I understand he's been vetted to go up to Hong Kong," said Lance O'Sullivan, who trains in partnership with Andrew Scott. "You don't get disappointed by these things, it's just all part of the game." Sweet Leader hails from the family of multiple Group winner and Gr1-placed galloper Le Zagaletta, as well as fellow stakes winners Spot The Rock, Swiftsynd, and Candy Rock.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateFriday, 26th May 2017After forty three weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel is still sitting pretty at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings in excess of $14 million. Holding down second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $11.3 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 25 May) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,080,546
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,059,573
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $11,361,658
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,345,379
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $9,840,999
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,179,257
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $8,118,648
- Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $6,707,347
- Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,435,227
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,310,178
Lady Eli Class to Shine Through in GamelyFriday, 26th May 2017Champion US mare Lady Eli will be chasing the fourth Gr1 win of her short but brilliant career in Saturday’s Gr1 Gamely Stakes (9 furlongs) at Santa Anita Park, reports Blood Horse. The 5YO has proven herself one of the best females of the modern era with 7 wins from 10 starts, including three Gr1 victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (see below), Belmont Oaks, and Flower Bowl Stakes. Owner Sol Kumin says Lady Eli will have only a handful starts after the Gamely so that she is at the top of her game for the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year. “Obviously the goal for the year is to try and win the Breeders' Cup and the two other races that are important…the Flower Bowl [Gr1] and the Diana [Gr1],” he said. “So we felt like this was good spacing. She's ready to run, it looks like a pretty good spot with a good distance and if she comes out of it we'll have 6-7 weeks to the next one." Lady Eli will take on just five rivals in Saturday’s US$300,000 fillies & mares feature.