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Daily News | 24th April 2017
Daily News Responds To Reader PreferenceMonday, 24th April 2017Following response to a survey done a month ago, where over 90 percent of respondents expressed preference for the expanded view as the default format, the Daily News home page has switched as of today. The Headline view will still be available from the top of the Daily News immediately below the date. Subscribers can also click straight through to the Headline View from individual items in their morning Newsletter. With over 20 percent growth in unique Daily News readers in the first quarter of 2017, and a 30 percent increase likely for April, the decision was made in the best interests of Breeding&Racing’s readers and advertisers, both unambiguous about their preferred format.
Revamped Sales Format For Karaka 2018Monday, 24th April 2017A major review of NZ Bloodstock's annual yearling showcase has resulted in a brand new sales format for Karaka 2018. The first session of the 2018 National Yearling Sales Series will now take place on the evening of Sunday 28 January, instead of Monday morning. With around 100 yearlings to be offered, this night session will also kick off the new-look catalogue structure, being the first of 700 horses catalogued together in the new 'Karaka Book I'. NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook says these changes will serve two positive purposes in particular. “I'm absolutely certain this new structure will be a success. Selling 100 horses on Sunday night gets more horses in front of buyers early in the week, and aids the troublesome transition vendors have always faced mid-week,” Seabrook said. “We have done a lot of homework over the past several weeks and the feedback received from vendors and buyers has been pretty consistent. They want to see more horses sold in the first book and they want their second session horses, particularly those being sold on the Friday, to be on the property at Karaka in a more timely fashion.” NZB also plans to extend the number of horses sold in Book I to approximately 700, from Sunday evening to Wednesday afternoon, rather than finishing on Tuesday afternoon as the Premier Sale has done for the past several years. “The aim is to give the international buyers a reason to stay longer by giving them even more horses to look at on the sale ground at one time. In theory there will be at least 200 more horses being offered in front of a full overseas buying bench. It's an exciting change that we think will provide a positive boost to sales week for buyers and sellers alike,” commented Seabrook. The Premier, Select and Festival Sale names will be dropped in favour of Book I, Book II and Book III. Book II will be reduced to approximately four hundred horses, set to be sold on the Thursday and Friday of sales week, whilst Book III will remain on the Sunday. The Karaka Million Twilight Meeting will be included in the revamp, moving to the Saturday night and adding four Group races to the card.
Five Year Sale Topper for South Island SaleMonday, 24th April 2017The 2017 edition of the National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale drew to a close at the RDA Building in Christchurch on Friday with a total of sixty-one horses selling for $1,070,000 to a strong domestic and international buying bench. Internationally renowned bloodstock agent John Foote led the buying, purchasing a total of four yearlings for $116,500, including Lot 1 a colt by Jakkalberry out of Ultra Explosive purchased in partnership with Darren Weir. The highlight of the day came when Beltana Stud principal Richard Rutherford secured the filly by Rock 'n' Pop out of The Glitter (Lot 100) for $87,000, the highest price paid at the Sale since 2012."It was a rare opportunity to secure a quality bloodline. She will be nominated for the Karaka Million Series and ultimately will join our broodmare band," said Rutherford. White Robe Lodge was once again crowned leading vendor, selling twelve yearlings at an average of $19,500. Leading sire by average (three or more sold) was White Robe's Raise the Flag, achieving an average of $19,833 for six horses sold. The final result of the Sale saw an aggregate increase of 61% on the 2015 edition, but behind last year's record-breaking result. "The quality of the Southern product is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to have achieved the results we did for our vendors," said NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
Records Tumble at VOBIS Gold SaleMonday, 24th April 2017A new record top price, coupled with record-achieving key financial indicators across the board, has resulted in yesterday’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale being hailed as the best ever. Held in front of an enthusiastic buying bench at Oaklands Junction, the top seller was the Harvey Park-consigned Fighting Sun x Sinuous colt (Lot 103) which set a new VOBIS Gold record when knocked down to Anton Koolman for $110,000. At the sale’s conclusion, the average was up from last year’s overall figure of $16,957 to a record $22,593, median increased 44% to $18,000 while gross was up from $3,968,750 in 2016 to $4,518,500. The clearance rate finished at an extremely healthy 88%. Blue Gum Farm enjoyed leading vendor honours selling 14 of its 15 offerings for an aggregate of $453,000, while Harvey Park was leader by average, selling all three of their Lots at an average of $67,000. The leading stallion by aggregate was first season Sire Kuroshio ($289,000) and by average for three or more sold was Fighting Sun at $48,000. Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was overjoyed with the results. “There’s really no doubting this is the best ever edition of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, the results are there for all to see,’’ Vivian said. Inglis’ next auction is the annual HTBA Scone Yearling Sale, this year held over two days of May 14 and 15 at White Park and complemented by an additional Weanling and Mixed Thoroughbred Sale.
Rich VOBIS Rewards at CaulfieldMonday, 24th April 2017The annual Victoria Owners & Breeders Raceday at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday was hailed as a success with Victorian racing industry participants sharing in over $1.6 million in VOBIS prize money and bonuses. The ultra-consistent Burning Front kicked off the first of the VOBIS races for the day by dominating his rivals in the $250,000 IRT VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) to become the highest VOBIS prize money earner of all time with $1.08 million. The Darren Weir-trained gelding surpassed former stable-mate Trust In A Gust's VOBIS earning record of $1.03 million and claimed his sixth win from his last seven outings. The inaugural $300,000 Swear At Spendthrift VOBIS Gold Sires (1200m) went to the powerful Lindsay Park team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Pure Scot's fighting win secured the family training partnership an astonishing 29th 2YO winner this season. Next was Malibu Style who lived up to his name in the $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m), cruising to an easy 2.25 length win. The gelding's victory proved one of the biggest upsets of the day with Steven Parnham riding the galloper to victory for his father Neville. Earlier, racing fans were shown a glimpse of the future, with two young Victorian stallions paraded in the mounting yard prior to race one. Both Nostradamus (of Rosemont Stud Farm) and Swear (of Spendthrift Australia) were in attendance at Caulfield, with both set to stand this season for $8,800 and $5,500 respectively.
Magic Millions National Weanling Sale Catalogue OnlineMonday, 24th April 2017The 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale is the first of the much anticipated National Sale catalogues to go online for the late May and June event. The sale, featuring 554 lots by a record 95 individual sires, will be held at the Gold Coast on May 25 and 26. Weanlings by no fewer than 19 individual first season sires will feature - a stunning line up of domestic and international Group One winners. All of Australia's leading active sires are well represented. "We are excited to release the first sale of the National Sale Series," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "The sale has produced countless success stories - from outstanding Group One winners to the Yearling Sale stars of the future." Cox added: "Pierro, Zoustar, Peggy Jean and Driefontein are examples of the quality racehorses who have emerged first at the National Weanling Sale." The world class catalogue for the National Broodmare Sale will be released soon along with the National Yearling Sale. Entries are still open for the National Racehorse Sale. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Emirates & Aquis Farm Announce Joint VentureMonday, 24th April 2017Emirates Park and Queensland's Aquis Farm have announced a new joint venture that will see Aquis Farm take over management of Emirates Park's Murrurundi (NSW) property, facilities and stallion roster. Hussain Lootah, son of His Excellency Nasser Lootah, Founder and Chairman of Emirates Park, said the joint venture between the Lootah and Fung families would create a new force in the Australian thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. "For some time now we have been looking for a like-minded partner to share our vision for taking Emirates Park to the next stage of its growth and development and in Aquis Farm and the Fung family we believe we have found the perfect partner," he said. Aquis Farm CEO Justin Fung said that he and his father, Tony, were excited to be entrusted with the management of the Emirates Park property, facilities and stallions but more excited to have found great friends and business partners in the Lootah family. "We see the sky as the limit in our vision to grow the respective Aquis and Emirates businesses in Queensland and New South Wales," Mr Fung said. Following the agreement Emirates Park and Aquis Farm clients will have access to an incredible roster of high quality stallions for the 2017 season.
Emirates Park (managed by Aquis) NSW Stallions and Fees (all including GST):
- Artie Schiller - $33,000
- Dream Ahead - $19,800
- Kiss and Make Up - $16,500 - NEW
- Al Maher - $13,200
Aquis Farm Queensland Stallions and Fees (all including GST):
Polarisation Wins Gr1 Sydney CupMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -14. Polarisation (6)J: C W BrownT: Charlie ApplebyW: 51.5 kgsS: Echo Of LightD: Concordia 0.2L1. Who Shot Thebarman (13)J: B ShinnT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: Yamanin VitalD: Ears Carol 0.7L6. Big Duke (2)J: G BossT: D K WeirW: 52 kgsS: Raven's PassD: Hazarayna 6.1L8. Annus Mirabilis (4)J: Dean HollandT: S J WebbW: 52 kgsS: MontjeuD: Love Me True
Godolphin's UK-based trainer Charlie Appleby celebrated his first Gr1 success in Australia when 5YO UK-bred gelding Polarisation (Echo of Light-Concordia, by Pivotal) outstayed his rivals to claim the $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. First past the post when the time-honoured staying feature was declared a no-race two weeks ago, Polarisation benefitted from the frantic pace set by 3YO filly Lasqueti Spirit to score by 0.2 length over 8YO NZ-bred gelding Who Shot Thebarman & 5YO Irish-bred gelding and race favourite Big Duke. This was the first stakes victory for Polarisation who advanced his record to 6 wins and 9 placings from 24 starts for $1,598,995 earnings. "It's been a fantastic team effort to achieve the results we have in Australia," assistant trainer James Ferguson told Godolphin.com. "We've been well looked after. It's just made it all worthwhile and I'm absolutely delighted and so pleased for Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai and Godolphin." Ferguson added: "Fortunately, things have finally gone right for Polarisation who showed he is a very good, courageous stayer to come out and win a couple of two mile races only two weeks apart." Ferguson said Polarisation would be aimed at the Melbourne Cup later in the year.
Polarisation (image: Steve Hart)
Tavidream Wins Gr2 Championship StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Tavidream (9)J: A B CollettT: D Logan & C GibbsW: 56.5 kgsS: TavistockD: Cinnadream 0.2L1. Charles Road (3)J: C J GryllsT: L O'Sullivan & A ScottW: 56.5 kgsS: MyboycharlieD: Giant Mystique 3.2L4. Camino Rocoso (10)J: O P BossonT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: ShockingD: Our Centasea 3.3L11. Jake The Muss (7)J: D S JohnsonT: D Logan & C GibbsW: 56.5 kgsS: PostponedD: Kate Cross
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) added a Group success when 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Tavidream (Tavistock-Cinnadream, by King of Kings) opened his stakes account with a determined finish in the $100,000 Gr2 Championship Stakes (2100m) for 3YOs, defeating Charles Road & Camino Rocoso. Tavidream, who is being aimed at the Gr1 Queensland Derby, improved his record to 5 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for NZ$133,125 earnings. "He's definitely Queensland Derby bound," co-trainer Chris Gibbs told NZ Racing Desk. "The Derby here just came up too soon for him so we backed off and he's rewarded us today so it's onwards and upwards."
Seventh Up Wins Gr2 Easter StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -15. Seventh Up (12)J: G L CooksleyT: Ms S HaleW: 55 kgsS: Shinko KingD: Regelle 0.4L14. Hiflyer (2)J: J ParkesT: P W LockW: 55 kgsS: TavistockD: Lady Firebird 0.5L18. Let Me Roar (5)J: M CameronT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 53 kgsS: Rip Van WinkleD: Lioness 0.6L6. Scapolo (8)J: L G InnesT: K T MyersW: 56 kgsS: Bachelor DukeD: Kadesa
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Shinko King (Fairy King-Rose Of Jericho, by Alleged) added a Group success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Seventh Up (Shinko King-Regelle, by Exploding Prospect) powered home to claim his maiden stakes victory in the $200,000 Gr2 Easter Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Hiflyer & Let Me Roar. "Wow, I just wish it was still a Group One as I think he is a Group One horse," trainer, part-owner and co-breeder Shelley Hale told NZ Racing Desk. "I'm thrilled to bits and quite overcome by it all. He's a neat horse and it's just lovely to see him get such a good win." Seventh Up improved his record to 7 wins and 4 placings from 16 starts for NZ$239,260 earnings.
Viddora Wins Gr3 RN Irwin StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -6. Viddora (1)J: Chris ParnhamT: Lloyd KennewellW: 56.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Snow Flight 1.0L1. Illustrious Lad (9)J: A DarmaninT: Peter GelagotisW: 58.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Industrious 1.8L8. I Am Gypsy (8)J: R J HurdleT: G V RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Gypsy Violin 2.0L2. Casino Wizard (6)J: J HolderT: L A CreekW: 58.5 kgsS: Any Given SaturdayD: Casino Nights
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group trifecta when 4YO mare Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) doubled his stakes tally when landing the $120,000 Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Illustrious Lad & I Am Gypsy. Viddora improved her record to 6 wins (including the Listed Lightning Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Listed SAJC Manihi Classic & Listed BRC Falvelon Handicap) from 19 starts for $553,480 earnings. Purchased by her trainer Lloyd Kennewell for $40,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Riva Ridge Stud, Viddora is a direct descendant of the influential broodmare Derna (FR), meaning she hails from the same female family as multiple champion sire Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie.
Kenedna Wins Gr3 Auraria StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Kenedna (14)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 56 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Miss Dodwell 1.8L9. With A Bit Of Dash (1)J: Jamie KahT: Chris BiegW: 54 kgsS: Dash For CashD: Storm Esprit 2.8L6. Sebring Dream (10)J: J HolderT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 54 kgsS: SebringD: Dream 'n' Believe 2.9L7. Sedanzer (2)J: D M GandertonT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 54 kgsS: SebringD: Voltdanze
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group success when 3YO bay filly Kenedna (Not a Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell, by Falbrav) made it three stakes victories from her last four outings when scoring a dominant win in the $120,000 Gr3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) for 3YO fillies, defeating With a Bit of Dash & Sebring Dream. The progressive Kenedna advanced her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Vanity Stakes & Listed Laelia Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 VRC Kewney Stakes) from 12 starts for $304,095 earnings. Purchased for $80,000 by her trainer Darren Weir at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, Kenedna is a three-quarter sister to Gr2 QTC Cup winner and now Aquis Farm stallion Spill The Beans (Snitzel) and hails from the family of champion filly Bounding Away - winner of six Gr1 races including the Golden Slipper and Australian Oaks - and Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Glastonbury.
Tommy Tucker Wins Gr3 Canterbury Gold CupMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Tommy Tucker (3)J: J R LowryT: B & S AndertonW: 59 kgsS: Gallant GuruD: Lady Vital 0.5L7. Bloodstream (5)J: C W JohnsonT: Ms T RaeW: 59 kgsS: DuelledD: Lucia 4.8L1. Benzini (2)J: S T CollettT: A & H BullW: 59 kgsS: Tale Of The CatD: Paris Perfume 5.0L6. Saint Kitt (9)J: L CallawayT: Ms P RobsonW: 59 kgsS: KeeperD: Southern Cry
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, White Robe Lodge's multiple group-winning Australian-bred stallion Gallant Guru (Montjeu-Proud Halo, by Don't Say Halo) added a Group success when 8YO gelding Tommy Tucker (Gallant Guru-Lady Vital, by Yamanin Vital) posted the fifth stakes win of his career when saluting in the $100,000 Gr3 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Bloodstream & Benzini. Rising nine-years-old, Tommy Tucker improved his record to 15 wins (including the Listed CJC Easter Cup – twice) and 10 placings from 46 starts for NZ$348,046 in earnings.
Candika Wins Listed Princess StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Candika (1)J: D J BrowneT: Steven O'DeaW: 56.5 kgsS: SebringD: Divya 3.3L8. Prada Miss (6)J: B LookerT: Stirling OslandW: 56.5 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Snippety Eve 3.5L3. Siren's Fury (8)J: Ms K O'HaraT: J C CoyleW: 56.5 kgsS: MyboycharlieD: De Chorus 3.5L5. Benfica Princess (7)J: J LloydT: Ms K DoughtyW: 56.5 kgsS: BenficaD: Made Of Dreams
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Candika (Sebring-Divya, by Danzero) claimed an overdue maiden stakes victory in the $100,000 Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Prada Miss & Benfica Princess. Candika, who was a $100,000 purchase by Proven Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud, improved her record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Listed Mode Plate & Listed (R) Magic Millions 2YO Classic) from 15 starts for $436,900 in earnings. Trainer Steve O'Dea said he would test Candika's Queensland Oaks credentials when she steps up in distance in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on 6 May.
Single Gaze Wins Listed Tails StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Single Gaze (9)J: Ms K O'HaraT: N J OliveW: 58 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Redaluca's Gaze 0.5L6. Col 'n' Lil (3)J: Joshua OliverT: Ben CurrieW: 54.5 kgsS: Bradbury's LuckD: Jyler 0.7L11. Cantbuybetter (12)J: J LloydT: Ben CurrieW: 54 kgsD: Lingerie Girl 1.2L3. Jumbo Prince (2)J: Luke TarrantT: M G NolanW: 57.5 kgsS: Outback PrinceD: Maggie Jain
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when smart 4YO mare Single Gaze (Not a Single Doubt-Redaluca's Gaze, by Intergaze) made a welcome return to the winner's circle when landing the $100,000 Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Col 'n' Lil & Cantbuybetter. Purchased by her trainer Nick Olive for $70,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Redbank North, Single Gaze improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes & Gr3 Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Surround Stakes & Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes) from 18 starts for $1,258,300 earnings. Olive said Single Gaze will progress to the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast en route to the Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on 20 May.
Sweet Serendipity Wins Listed Ascot HandicapMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -10. Sweet Serendipity (4)J: Ms K O'HaraT: J C CoyleW: 54 kgsS: ExcitesD: Sweet Rory 1.0L3. Irish Constabulary (1)J: J LloydT: J G Symons & S LaxonW: 54 kgsS: Flying SpurD: Irish Truce 2.0L5. Mr Favulous (6)J: Luke TarrantT: Donald BakerW: 54 kgsS: FalvelonD: Miss Glamour Puss 2.2L12. Round Mountain Gal (10)J: A SpinksT: Philip KimmetW: 54 kgsS: DelzaoD: Round Robin
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, former Gr1-winning Vinery Stud and now Springfields Stud stallion Excites (Danewin-Staging, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Sweet Serendipity (Excites-Sweet Rory, by Rory's Jester) won the $100,000 Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over Irish Constabulary & Mr Favulous. Part-owned by his trainer Jason Coyle, Sweet Serendipity improved his record to 9 wins and 3 placings from 37 starts for $296,940 in earnings. Sweet Serendipity, who hails from the family of 1965 Golden Slipper winner Reisling, was purchased by Coyle for just $9,000 at the 2012 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.
Tiyatrolani Wins Listed Mick Dittman PlateMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -8. Tiyatrolani (6)J: J ByrneT: T J GollanW: 55 kgsS: Captain SonadorD: Tiyatro 0.1L6. River Racer (10)J: J LloydT: L G RossW: 55 kgsS: Hidden DragonD: Royal Yangtze 0.4L1. Ringo's A Rockstar (2)J: M GrayT: N P StephensW: 57 kgsS: DrumbeatsD: Cradle Rock 2.9L3. Just Orm (4)J: Alannah FancourtT: T J GollanW: 57 kgsS: FalvelonD: Stay In Honour
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Raheen Stud's deceased Gr1 Epsom Handicap winner Captain Sonador (Shamardal-Pushing Daisies, by Kenny's Best Pal) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Tiyatrolani (Captain Sonador-Tiyatro, by Encosta de Lago) opened her stakes account with a narrow victory in the $100,000 Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1050m) for 3YOs, defeating River racer & Ringo's a Rockstar. Tiyatrolani, who was retained to race by Eureka Stud after being passed in at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, improved her record to 4 wins from 9 starts for $264,250 in earnings. This was a valuable black-type win for Tiyatrolani who hails from the family of Gr1 winning sires Duporth and Excites, dual Gr1-placed stallion Tickets, and multiple Group-winning and Gr1-placed mare Staging.
Malibu Style Wins Listed Bel Esprit StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -8. Malibu Style (7)J: S ParnhamT: N D ParnhamW: 54 kgsS: MagnusD: Origami 2.3L11. Legless Veuve (5)J: Ben ThompsonT: S J WebbW: 54 kgsS: PinsD: Hyades 2.4L6. Crystal Dreamer (12)J: Damian LaneT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 54 kgsS: StratumD: Crystal Wit 4.4L9. O'Malley (8)J: Jye Mc NeilT: E JusufovicW: 54 kgsS: Street BossD: Pink Champagne
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Eliza Park's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 5YO chestnut gelding Malibu Style (Magnus-Origami, by Fusaichi Pegasus) posted the second stakes win of his career when scoring a comfortable win in the $120,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Legless Veuve & Crystal Dreamer. Malibu Style, who was purchased by his trainer Neville Parnham for $40,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Bowness Stud, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Listed RS Crawford Stakes) and 12 placings (including the Listed WATC Placid Ark Stakes) from 29 starts for $399,725 earnings.
Desert Lashes Wins Listed Redelva StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -9. Desert Lashes (11)J: Todd PannellT: Ms L LefoeW: 54 kgsD: Misha's Belle 2.3L10. Balancing Act (5)J: J L TaylorT: Brent StanleyW: 54 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Ozmolly 2.4L6. So You Too (4)J: Ms C LindopT: L Macdonald & A GluyasW: 56 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Modonna 3.0L1. El Divino (9)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 58.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Vegas Showgirl
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, Chatswood Stud's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel-Miss Prospect, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 3YO Alice Springs filly Desert Lashes (Reward for Effort-Misha's Belle, by Baryshnikov) maintained her perfect record when posting an impressive win in the $110,000 Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, defeating Balancing Act & So You Too. Purchased for just $6,000 at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, Desert Lashes extended her unbeaten record to 8 wins from 8 starts for $236,600 earnings.
Qiji Phoenix Wins Listed Champagne StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Qiji Phoenix (5)J: L G InnesT: D Logan & C GibbsW: 56.5 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: No Mistaking 2.0L3. Weather With You (1)J: O P BossonT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: TeofiloD: Tarique 2.5L4. Scott Base (6)J: M R Du PlessisT: J Benner & H WynyardW: 56.5 kgsS: DalgharD: Extra Celestial 7.0L6. Miss Foxy Gal (2)J: C J GryllsT: L O'Sullivan & A ScottW: 54.5 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Zugat
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when boom 2YO colt Qiji Phoenix (Not a Single Doubt -No Mistaking, by Testa Rossa) maintained his perfect record with an impressive win in the $50,000 Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating Weather With You & Scott Base. Purchased for $70,000 at last year's NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Phoenix Park, Qiji Phoenix extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for NZ$48,250 in earnings. Co-trainer Donna Logan confirmed Qiji Phoenix would now embark on a winter carnival campaign targeting the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) in Brisbane. "He's the real deal and we were quietly confident with him today," Logan told NZ Racing Desk. "As long as he comes out of this race okay he'll be going to Brisbane."
Nikita Wins Listed NZB Warstep StakesMonday, 24th April 2017
Mrgn. Runners -4. Nikita (2)J: S T CollettT: S F RitchieW: 56.5 kgsS: Shamoline WarriorD: Springburn 0.3L5. Tuilana (3)J: C W JohnsonT: N W CoulbeckW: 56.5 kgsS: ShowcasingD: Valderama 1.1L1. Showemup (8)J: L KalychurunT: Ms S McKayW: 56.5 kgsS: ShowcasingD: Quizzical 5.1L9. Red River Rock (6)J: T R MoseleyT: Andrew CarstonW: 56.5 kgsS: Red GiantD: Dimondsontheinside
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Bluegables Farm's Gr3-winning stallion Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal-Picholine, by Dehere) sired his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Nikita (Shamoline Warrior-Springburn, by Soviet Lad) scored a narrow win in the $50,000 Listed NZB Warstep Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Tuilana & Showemup. Bred and part-owned by Bluegables Farm principals Monty and Judy Henderson, Nikita improved her record to 2 wins from 11 starts for NZ$39,675 in earnings. From the Soviet Lad mare Springburn, Nikita is a half-sister to dual stakes winner Happy Hippy and hails from the family of Gr1-winning sprinter Notoire. "That was excellent and we've also got a full-sister here," Monty Henderson told NZ Racing Desk. "We sold a half-sister by Mastercraftsman to John Sargent, the mare's got a Niagara yearling and she's in foal to Super Easy." Henderson bought Springburn in Sydney and subsequently the mare's daughter Happy Hippy became a multiple stakes winner and was Group One placed. "The grand-dam Lady Violet holds the Australasian record of having had 17 foals in a row," he said.
Sepoy Adds UK Gr3Monday, 24th April 2017At Newbury in the UK, Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality-Watchful, by Danehill) added a Group success when 3YO Irish-bred filly Dabyah (Sepoy-Samdaniya, by Machiavellian) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer John Gosden in the Gr3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes (7 furlongs) for 3YO fillies, defeating Urban Fox (Foxwedge) & Promising (Invincible Spirit). Owned by Addullah Saeed Al Naboodah, Dabyah improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac) from 4 starts for £80,163 earnings. Trainer John Gosden said both the English & French 1000 Guineas would be considered. "I thought she pricked her ears well, which is a good sign. We will look at either the French or English Guineas for sure and she will go for one of those two races," Gosden told Sky Sports.
Fastnet Rock Adds Ireland Gr3Monday, 24th April 2017At Navan in Ireland overnight, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Torcedor (Fastnet Rock-Magnolia Lane, by Sadler's Wells) scored an upset 1.5 length win in the Gr3 Vintage Crop Stakes (14 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Order of St George (Galileo) & Twilight Payment (Teofilo). Trained by Mrs John Harrington-trained and owned by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, this was the first stakes victory for Torcedor who improved his record to 4 wins and 4 placings from 13 starts for £93,185 earnings.
Cape Cross DiesMonday, 24th April 2017Cape Cross, the sire of champion racehorses Golden Horn, Ouija Board and Sea The Stars, inter alia, has been euthanised at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland at age 23 due to the complications of old age, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Bred by Sheikh Mohammed, Cape Cross was by Green Desert out of the champion 2YO filly Park Appeal. A winner of the 1998 Gr1 Lockinge Stakes, Cape Cross stood at Kildangan Stud every season since his retirement in 2000. The 22YO also shuttled to New Zealand early in his career where he produced several high class performers including 7-time Gr1 winner Seachange, Hong Kong triple Gr1 winner Able One, Gaze, and Kindacross. "He has been an integral part of the Godolphin and Darley stories, and an integral part of Kildangan," said Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin Ireland. "He was our first major success as a stallion. He was champion first-season sire, making an immediate impact, and went on to sire a collection of outstanding racehorses, who left their mark in some of the world's great races. As an individual, he was the boss. You did it his way. He very much ruled the roost."
La Cressonniere RetiredMonday, 24th April 2017Dual Classic winner La Cressonniere (Le Havre-Absolute Lady, by Galileo) has been retired due to a recurring back problem, reports Racing Post. "It's a recurrence of the back problem she suffered last year," said Sylvain Vidal, racing and breeding manager to Gerard Augustin-Normand, who co-owns La Cressonniere with Antonio Caro. "It's only slight but it's impossible for Jean-Claude [Rouget] to train her." Unbeaten in 8 starts, La Cressonniere was crowned champion Frech filly after winning the French 1,000 Guineas & French Oaks during her 3YO season. It is expected La Cressonniere will be covered this breeding season at Haras de la Cauviniere where she was foaled. Her owners are yet to decide on a stallion.
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