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Daily News | 22nd January 2018
Stunning Inglis Easter Catalogue Available OnlineMonday, 22nd January 2018An elite catalogue of 534 top-level yearlings will be the focus of the world's thoroughbred industry at the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables from April 9-11. The catalogue, which is now available online, features 38 siblings to Group 1 winners such as Catchy, Starspangledbanner, Mighty Boss, Shoals, Buffering, Mossfun, Lankan Rupee, Flying Artie, Press Statement, Sebring, English, Shooting To Win, The Quarterback and Lucia Valentina. There are also progeny of 31 Group 1-winning mares including Peggy Jean, Secret Admirer, Amanpour, Go Indy Go, Plucky Belle, Norzita, Sacred Choice, Snitzerland, Bonaria and Steps In Time. Arrowfield's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel is the leading sire with 64 progeny, while I Am Invincible (41), Fastnet Rock (39), Sebring (34), Redoute's Choice (23), Pierro (21), Dissident (20), Not A Single Doubt (19), Exceed And Excel (17) and Deep Field (16) round out the top 10. There are also progeny by outstanding international sires Deep Impact (3), Tapit (3), and Frankel (2). Arrowfield Stud is leading vendor with 51 entries ahead of Coolmore Stud (39), Widden Stud (30) and Kitchwin Hills and Segenhoe Stud (24). The 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be the first held at the new Riverside Stables from Monday April 9 until Wednesday April 11. Click here to view the catalogue.
Easter Sales Schedule:
- Thursday 5 April Chairman's Sale – Racing Prospects Sydney (TBC)
- Saturday 7 April The Championships – Day 1 Royal Randwick
- Monday 9 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 1 Riverside Stables
- Tuesday 10 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 2 Riverside Stables
- Wednesday 11 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 3 Riverside Stables
- Thursday 12 April Chairman's Sale – Breeding Prospects Riverside Stables
- Saturday 14 April The Championships – Day 2 Royal Randwick
- Sunday 15 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
- Monday 16 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
- Tuesday 17 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
Easy Does it for WinxMonday, 22nd January 2018Chris Waller says champion mare Winx will be given a quiet trial when she steps out in the opening 900m heat at Rosehill this morning (8:15am). "I expect her to finish midfield in the trial," Waller told ANZ Bloodstock News. "She has come back well. She is fit and sound but we are all aware she is in the twilight of her career." Waller added: "I actually feel the most relaxed I have felt for a long time training her. Maybe it is because the third Cox Plate is out of the way." Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) created history in the spring when she joined the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates and surpassed three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva to become the greatest prize money earner in Australian racing history. The 15-time Gr1 winner is expected to open her autumn campaign in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on 17 February.
Winx winning her third Cox Plate (image: Mark Gatt)
Ace High to TrialMonday, 22nd January 2018Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."
Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)
Stolen Dance Wins Gr1 Thorndon MileMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Stolen Dance (11)J: S C SprattT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 53 kgsS: AlamosaD: Songbird 2.0L7. Watch This Space (8)J: S R WeatherleyT: W P HillisW: 55 kgsS: Elusive CityD: Multi Tasker 2.1L1. Hiflyer (3)J: J ParkesT: P W LockW: 57 kgsS: TavistockD: Lady Firebird 3.9L12. Savvy Dreams (9)J: S T CollettT: G Lowry & G CullenW: 53 kgsS: SavabeelD: Elusive Dreams
At Trentham in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO New Zealand-bred mare Stolen Dance (Alamosa-Songbird, by Black Minnaloushe) left her rivals languishing in her wake with a dominant front-running victory in the $200,000 Gr1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Watch This Space & Hiflyer. Connections revealed that Stolen Dance, who is in foal to Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock, may now be retired after securing a valuable Group 1 success. "She could run in the Herbie Dyke Stakes [Gr1], but maybe this is her last run," co-trainer Andrew Forsman told NZ Racing Desk. Stolen Dance, who hails from the prolific stakes producing family of Gr2 Blamey Stakes & Gr3 Geelong Cup winner The Fuzz, and Gr2 Wellington Guineas & Gr2 Eight Carat Classic winner Kainui Belle, improved her record to 10 wins (including the Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes & Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes) and 7 placings from 28 starts for NZ$497,825 in earnings.
Enzo's Lad Wins Gr1 TelegraphMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -7. Enzo's Lad (1)J: S R WeatherleyT: M & M PitmanW: 55.5 kgsS: Testa RossaD: Sheerama 0.2L1. Kawi (6)J: J L WaddellT: S A SharrockW: 59 kgsS: SavabeelD: Magic Time 0.4L8. Ferrando (5)J: M CameronT: Team RogersonW: 55.5 kgsS: Fast 'n' FamousD: Rio Nugget 1.4L11. Passing Shot (12)J: S C SprattT: S J McKeeW: 55 kgsS: Swiss AceD: Derrydane
At Trentham in New Zealand, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Enzo's Lad (Testa Rossa-Sheerama, by Catbird) landed the biggest prize of his career when causing a huge upset at odds of 73-1 in one of New Zealand's premier sprints, the $250,000 Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Kawi & Ferrando. A $15,000 purchase at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Enzo's Lad improved his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Pegasus Stakes Handicap) and 7 placings from 20 starts for NZ$231,200 in earnings. Co-trainer Matthew Pitman was ecstatic with the win. "There's just no better feeling than this," he told NZ Racing Desk. "He's got a great bunch of owners, all from Wellington, and it was their choice as much as ours to bring him up. This means the world to me."
Dijon Bleu Wins Gr3 Desert Gold StakesMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Dijon Bleu (3)J: L G InnesT: Ms L LattaW: 56.5 kgsS: BurgundyD: Pristino 3.0L6. Blanco Belle (14)J: R J MyersT: Ms S RainfordW: 56.5 kgsS: Cape BlancoD: Mondue 3.1L11. Milseain (7)J: O P BossonT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: TavistockD: Bagalollies 3.5L4. Swiss Precision (10)J: S R WeatherleyT: J G BaryW: 56.5 kgsS: Swiss AceD: With Ice
At Trentham in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a Group race success when classy 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) raced clear over the concluding stages to post a hollow win in the $70,000 Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Blanco Belle & Milseain. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, Listed Soliloquy Stakes & Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas) from 10 starts for NZ$245,200 in earnings. Trainer Lisa Latta said Dijon Bleu was unlikely run in Saturday's Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) despite being eligible. "Looking at the weather forecast I don't want to run her on a hard track," Latta told NZ Racing Desk. "We'll more than likely look at the Sir Tristram Classic [Gr2] next."
Magic Chai Wins Gr3 Wellington CupMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -9. Magic Chai (9)J: M J Mc NabT: A W PikeW: 53 kgsS: Magic AlbertD: Chai 0.4L4. Sampson (12)J: T D ThorntonT: H W MathewsW: 53 kgsS: Dubai DestinationD: Magic Star 0.6L6. Alinko Prince (6)J: D S JohnsonT: F J AuretW: 53 kgsS: AlamosaD: Shinko Princess 2.1L1. Patrick Erin (8)J: C W JohnsonT: B & S AndertonW: 59 kgsS: Gallant GuruD: Mega Babe
At Trentham in New Zealand, former Yarraman Park and now Kooringal Stud-based Gr2-winning sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Magic Chai (Magic Albert-Chai, by Viscount) opened his stakes account when charging home to score a narrow but decisive win in the $250,000 Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Sampson & Alinko Prince. Trainer Tony Pike said Magic Chai would now be set for a feature two-mile double, including the Gr1 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on 10 March. "We'll get him home and see how he is and if his form holds up then the Auckland Cup is an obvious target," Pike told NZ Racing Desk. "He's only had 18 starts so he's still pretty much untapped. He's a good, genuine stayer." Magic Chai, who was sold for $90,000 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Milburn Creek, improved his record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 18 starts for NZ$212,255 in earnings. Magic Chai hails from the family of multiple Gr1 winner and outstanding Kiwi mare Riverina Charm and Gr1 ATC Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Neroli.
Rock 'N' Gold Wins Listed Kensington StakesMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -7. Rock 'n' Gold (1)J: Chris SymonsT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 54 kgsS: Rock Of GibraltarD: Goldberg 0.2L6. Husson Eagle (5)J: Ben AllenT: Patrick PayneW: 54 kgsS: HussonD: Tie Me Up 0.4L8. Itz Invincible (2)J: P GattT: M J SeyersW: 54 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Grand Canal 0.6L1. Flamberge (4)J: Damian LaneT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 61.5 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Razor Blade
At Flemington in Melbourne, 7-time Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Rock of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Rock 'N' Gold (Rock of Gibraltar-Goldberg, by Geiger Counter) finally opened his stakes account when scoring a surprise win at odds of $17 in the $120,000 Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Husson Eagle & Itz Invincible. Rock 'N' Gold, who was a $12,000 purchase at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale before being subsequently sold to his trainers Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra for $55,000 at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale, improved his record to 7 wins and 17 placings (including the Listed MRC Doveton Stakes) from 40 starts for $404,900 in earnings. Rock 'N' Gold, whose second dam is 1983 Gr1 VRC Oaks winner Taj Eclipse, is a half-brother to Queensland stakes winner Antidotes.
Excelleration Wins Listed Gore GuineasMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -9. Excelleration (9)J: Ms K WilliamsT: N W TileyW: 54.5 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Abeautifulred 2.0L4. Kiwi Ida (3)J: G A JogooT: J & K ParsonsW: 54.5 kgsS: SquamosaD: Empress Ida 4.3L8. Pipiana (1)J: S L WynneT: M & M PitmanW: 54.5 kgsS: Highly RecommendedD: Enthusabelle 5.1L5. The Sparkle (7)J: S MuniandyT: Dennis Bros & R DennisW: 54.5 kgsS: Darci BrahmaD: The Dazzler
At Gore in New Zealand, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Excelleration (Exceed And Excel-Abeautifulred, by Handsome Ransom) stormed home from the rear of the field to post her maiden stakes win in the $50,000 Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) for 3YOs, defeating Kiwi Ida & Pipiana. Retained to race by her breeder Wellfield Lodge when passed in short of her reserve at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Excelleration improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for NZ$44,535 in earnings.
Nature Strip Wins Inglis DashMonday, 22nd January 2018Boom Victorian sprinter Nature Strip (Nicconi-Strikeline, by Desert Sun) announced himself as a Group 1 star in the making with yet another dashing win in Saturday's $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) at Flemington. A graduate of the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, where he was offered by his breeder Golden Grove Stud, Nature Strip made it four wins from just five career starts when scoring by 0.75 lengths over fellow Premier Yearling Sale graduate Prezado (Denman) and Classic Yearling Sale youngster Bravo Tango (Congrats). Trainer Robert Hickmott has some big targets in mind for Nature Strip, including the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on 24 February and the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington a fortnight later. Hickmott said the 3YO was likely to make his next appearance in next month's Gr2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) before stepping up to elite company. "He showed he wasn't a speedy squib today," Hickmott told racing.com. "The horse did a great job, he came down the outside rail on his own and he had to do it tough late but he showed his fighting qualities." He added: "I think he's suited better around a corner and obviously the Oakleigh Plate has been talked about so all things going well, that's where we'll head."
Nature Strip (image: Mark Gatt)
Million Dollar Filly Dazzles on DebutMonday, 22nd January 2018Beautifully bred filly Estijaab announced herself as a genuine contender for the major juvenile races in the autumn when scoring a brilliant debut win at Randwick on Saturday. By Arrowfield Stud's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel out of the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. TAB reacted to Estijaab's slashing win by winding her price in to be $11 equal favourite for the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February, as well as making her $15 equal third favourite for the Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March. Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said: "She's a very nice filly and we're really lucky to have her," he told Sky Racing. "Since she's stepped into our stable she's been very relaxed, has a very good attitude and today she really shone. Her mum was a very good racehorse and of course her dad was too..." Hawkes added: "Hopefully she is Slipper bound and we will have to plot a path but we will just take it one step at a time and get through today."
Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)
First Winner for Fighting SunMonday, 22nd January 2018Sun Stud's exciting young stallion Fighting Sun sired his first winner in Australia when the Brad Widdup-trained colt Sunfighter made a winning debut in the Pierro@Coolmore 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Wyong on Sunday. Fighting Sun sired his first winner when 2YO filly Platinum Mam’selle saluted at Trentham in New Zealand earlier this month. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish) was undefeated as a juvenile and was one of the early favourites for the Golden Slipper before succumbing to a suspensory injury when easily winning the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. By the ill-fated Northern Meteor out of Gr1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Irish Darling, Fighting Sun stands at Sun Stud's Victorian property for a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).
First Foal for Hit It A BombMonday, 22nd January 2018Spendthrift Farm's young Group 1-wining sire Hit it a Bomb sired his first reported foal on 17 January when a filly was born at Chasing The Sun Stables in Wallingford, Kentucky. Bred by Michael Wood, the bay filly is out of the English mare Risky Art, a two-time-winning juvenile in England during her racing career. "We are very happy with her. This baby is absolutely correct with nice size and good bone," said Wood. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Hit It a Bomb (War Front-Liscanna, by Sadler's Wells) was undefeated in three runs in Ireland and America as a 2YO including a brilliant win in the Gr1 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. Out of the stakes-winning Sadler's Wells mare Liscanna (Ire), Hit It a Bomb is a full sister to Group 1 winner Brave Anna, and full brother to current 3YO Threeandfourpence, who ran fourth behind US Navy Flag and Mendelssohn in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes on his seasonal bow. Hit It a Bomb is set to stand his second season at Spendthrift for a fee of US$7,000 S&N.
Nothinglikemore Wins Hong Kong Classic MileMonday, 22nd January 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Nothingilikemore (2)J: J MoreiraT: J J SizeW: 57 kgsS: HussonD: Katisam 1.3L5. Singapore Sling (4)J: C SchofieldT: A T MillardW: 57 kgsS: PhilanthropistD: Sing Dixie Sing 2.6L10. Morethanlucky (6)J: K TeetanT: F C LorW: 57 kgsS: Per IncantoD: Viking Angel 2.8L2. Exultant (8)J: Z PurtonT: A S CruzW: 57 kgsS: TeofiloD: Contrary
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Aquis Farm's triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a stakes race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Nothinglikemore (Husson-Katisam, by Lonhro) confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of Hong Kong racing when scoring an easy 1.25 length win in the HK$10 million (L) Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) for 4YOs, defeating Singapore Sling & Morethanlucky. With the first leg of Hong Kong’s three-race 4YO Classic Series secured, the talented Nothinglikemore will now set his sights on the second leg - the Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1800m. "He’s going to run well in the 1800," trainer John Size said. "The tempo’s going to be a bit different but he seems to be able to adapt to that once he settles and follows horses. I don’t think that will worry him and I’d envisage that he’d go to the Derby as well." Nothinglikemore, a $40,000 purchase by John Foote Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, advanced his record to 6 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for HK$10,944,400 in earnings.