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Daily News | 21st March 2018
Records Smashed As Boom Fever Hits Gold CoastWednesday, 21st March 2018The insatiable demand for the latest crop of youngsters by Eureka Stud's first season sire sensation Spirit of Boom continued yesterday with the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale smashing records across the board. With unprecedented prices, the stock of Spirit of Boom picked up from Day One and went to another level with six of his youngsters selling for $300,000 or more. Late in the afternoon a new benchmark for the auction was set when Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock teamed up with leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan to buy the filly from Hidden Flair for $430,000. Consigned by the Kruger family's Lyndhurst Stud Farm, the filly is a half sister to stakes winner Flamenco. She smashed the record for the highest price achieved at the sale and for the vendor. "Tony Gollan and I were obviously targeting the Spirit of Booms," Rounsefell said. "She's a filly from a young mare who's already produced a stakes winner." Lyndhurst's Jeff Kruger said the filly came from a family in which three generations had been bred on the farm. "It's a great winning family and we should also remember the Spirit of Boom story started at Lyndhurst – he's by Sequalo and the McAlpines' sent his dam to the farm to be covered. It's a great story." Earlier in the afternoon Duncan Grimley, bidding for John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, purchased two Spirit of Boom fillies for $400,000 (ex Country Class) and $360,000 (ex Thank You Darling) respectively. Speaking about the Spirit Of Boom x Country Class filly, Grimley said: "I thought she was the best bred Spirit of Boom filly in the sale. I thought she was a beautiful type...I knew she was going to be expensive but you don't see a stallion like this come along too often."
Spirit Of Boom x Hidden Flair filly (image: Magic Millions)
McAlpine Over The Moon With BoomWednesday, 21st March 2018Eureka Stud's Scott McAlpine said he was overwhelmed with how the market had reacted to his immensely popular first season sire Spirit Of Boom during the two day Magic Millions March Sale on the Gold Coast. The dual Gr1 winner's progeny averaged an unprecedented $167,500. "This QTIS sale in Queensland has been quite remarkable, unbelievable. It was quite unexpected to be honest," McAlpine said. "It's been fantastic to see so many of our long time friends and clients across Queensland celebrating record results at this sale – it is a great reward for supporting Spirit of Boom." McAlpine added: "The amount of runners and winners and stakes horses for this horse – he's doing something that's quite unbelievable. The Slipper is on Saturday and Ef Troop has drawn two and if he can be lucky enough to finish in the first three we would be over the moon."
MM March Sale: ReviewWednesday, 21st March 2018With over $13.7 million traded on 301 lots sold over the past two days, this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast March Sale sale has been declared an outstanding success. The gross (up 61%) and average price (up 59%) both soared while the clearance rate also climbed from last year and rounded out at 84 per cent for the auction. "It's hard to describe today's sale. Just amazing results," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "Obviously Spirit of Boom – he's the kingmaker. We were all overwhelmed with how he went – his are just incredible results. Spirit of Boom has helped take this sale to a new level and it's great to see so many Queensland breeders enjoying this success." Bowditch added: "It's been life changing here today. Some smaller breeders have been supporting this sale for a long time and to see them get the results they did was phenomenal. The gross is up over $5 million on last year – over 60 per cent and the average price is up 59 per cent on last year."
MM March Sale Day-2: Top SellersWednesday, 21st March 2018
- $430,000 – Spirit of Boom x Hidden Flair filly (Boomer Bloodstock/Gollan Racing)
- $400,000 – Spirit of Boom x Country Class filly (Strawberry Hill Stud)
- $360,000 – Spirit of Boom x Thank You Darling filly (Strawberry Hill Stud)
- $320,000 – Spirit of Boom x Goodlookin Gambler filly (Lipp Racing)
- $300,000 – Spirit of Boom x Zabeeler filly (Spicer T'breds/Darren Weir/Brae Sokolski)
- $300,000 – Spirit of Boom x Eureka Moment filly (Boomer Bloodstock/Gollan Racing)
- $225,000 – Spirit of Boom x County Commands colt (James Harron Bloodstock)
- $210,000 – Spirit of Boom x Figure colt (La Sabbia Bloodstock)
Gr1 Golden Slipper Final Field & Barrier DrawWednesday, 21st March 2018The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest 2YO race, the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 24 March. Golden Slipper favourites Sunlight (barrier 5) and Written By (barrier 4) drew side by side to confirm their positions at the top of the market. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight remains favourite at $4.20 with TAB but Grahame Begg's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner is breathing down her neck firming slightly into $4.60. Of the other runners under double figure odds, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott trainee Santos saw his price shorten into $8 after drawing perfectly in gate 3, while talented but enigmatic colt Performer is also $8 but must overcome the outside gate (16). Bookmakers are taking no risks with Melbourne filly Seabrook who is available at $9 despite drawing barrier 12. The Golden Slipper will be run as race 7 at 4:10pm AEDT on Saturday.
Will Slipper Faves Handle Wet?Wednesday, 21st March 2018While Golden Slipper favourites Sunlight and Written By drew ideally in adjacent gates (barriers 5 and 4 respectively) for Saturday's $3.5 million Group 1 juvenile feature, discussion post-barrier draw centred on whether the pair would handle the forecast wet conditions, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a high chance of showers for Sydney all week. "It's an unknown but good horses handle most things," Sunlight's trainer Tony McEvoy said. "She trialled on a heavy 9 at Cranbourne, it was very heavy, and she handled herself well there but it was a trial." McEvoy is delighted with Sunlight and expects her to be tough to beat no matter what the weather brings. "She's eaten everything and is bright as a button and for the first time since the Magic Millions I can see a rib," he said. "I don't know how happy I look, but I'm bloody happy." Meanwhile, Written By won on heavy ground at his debut but the boom colt's trainer Grahame Begg said he'd definitely prefer a dry surface. "I feel he is better suited on top of the ground but he has that experience on a rain affected track," Begg said.
First Winner for Melbourne Cup WinnerWednesday, 21st March 2018Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente has sired his first winner with 2YO colt Hawkshot making a winning debut at Ballarat yesterday. Sent out as the clear $3 favourite, Hawkshot (Fiorente-Rosa Perlato, by Encosta de Lago) secured a lovely position just in behind the leaders before switching off heels at the top of the straight and running home solidly to post a narrow 0.2 length win in the Magnum Equine 2YO Maiden Plate over 1200m. Trained by Darren Weir, Hawkshot is raced by his breeder Sun Bloodstock and is out of the stakes-placed Danehill mare Fiammarosa from the family of Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Shindig and Gr1 CF Orr Stakes winner Shinzig. Fiorente (Monsun-Desert Bloom, by Pilsudski), who provided Gai Waterhouse with her first Melbourne Cup winner in 2013, retired with 6 wins from 20 starts and over $6.2 million in prize money. The Irish-bred son of Monsun, who hails from the successful Ballymacoll Stud family of Gr1 winners Hellenic, Islington, Mountain High and Greek Dance, stood at Sun Stud last spring at a fee of $17,600.
Fiorente winning the Melbourne Cup
Hey Doc Out of AutumnWednesday, 21st March 2018Dual Group 1 winner Hey Doc has been sent for spell after a lacklustre track gallop at Flemington yesterday. A winner of the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) as a 3YO, Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) showed sprinting was his true calling when landing the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in October. He was scheduled to run in Friday night's Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. "Luke [Currie, jockey] wasn't happy with him this morning," trainer Tony McEvoy told racing.com. "He said he just didn't quicken when we know how he can quicken. He said he feels like he's locked into one speed and not going through his gears." McEvoy added: "He's a good horse who's galloping like he's not a good horse so I've made up my mind to send him to the paddock...we can look forward to bringing him back in the spring."
Enigmatic Performer Ready for SlipperWednesday, 21st March 2018Chris Waller is adamant that Performer is a live chance in Saturday's Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill despite having a less than ideal preparation for the race. The Exceed And Excel colt was required to trial to the satisfaction of stewards last Thursday after he dislodged champion jockey Hugh Bowman in the Gr2 Todman Stakes on 10 March. Before veering out sharply causing Bowman to crash into the hallowed Randwick turf, Bowman said Performer was actually working into the race quite strongly. "I thought he was struggling to win last start but Hugh assures me he was just hitting top stride," Waller told racingnsw.com.au. "I'm not putting any emphasis on it apart from the fact I want to make sure he doesn't do it again. With the blinkers on that will sort him out." He added: "There's no concern from Hugh or us in relation to the horse. It was a freak accident. It's been far from perfect but the horse looks very fit." Performer is being kept safe by bookmakers and is currently an $8 chance with TAB for the Golden Slipper.
Performer (image: Steve Hart)
Doncaster Mile Re-HandicapsWednesday, 21st March 2018Racing NSW has announced the following re-handicaps for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile:
- Daysee Doom - 53kg including 1kg penalty for winning Gr1 Coolmore Classic
- Sovereign Nation - 50kg. No penalty for winning Listed March Stakes
- Comin' Through - 51.kg. Exempt from ballot after winning Gr2 Ajax Stakes
- Cliff's Edge - 49kg. Not eligible for penalty after winning Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes
- Humidor - 58kg. Not eligible for penalty after winning Gr2 Blamey Stakes
The following horses are exempt from ballot in the Doncaster Mile:
- Crack Me
- Happy Clapper
- Daysee Doom
- Comin' Through
Seabrook Flying Kiwi Flag in SlipperWednesday, 21st March 2018An inspired purchase has New Zealand interest in the world's richest two-year-old race centred on Seabrook, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Mick Price-trained filly goes into Saturday's $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill with genuine winning prospects following her impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The Kiwi-bred youngster is out of Don Eduardo's unraced daughter Midnight Revels, who was purchased in foal to Hinchinbrook by Tauranga breeder Warwick Jeffries. "I bought the mare through Brett Howard's Randwick Bloodstock Agency three years ago," Jeffries said. "I liked the pedigree and at that stage Hinchinbrook was unproven, but he was a Group winner and a half-brother to Snitzel by Fastnet Rock. I thought he was a good chance at stud. Seabrook always had a gorgeous temperament and she was a big, strong early-maturing filly." Midnight Revels hails from the family of the dual Gr1-winning sprinter Malaguerra and the stakes-winning 2YOs Tennessee Morn and Tennessee Midnight. "The Slipper's a tough 1200m and hopefully she gets a clear run and is challenging hard in the last 100m. It wouldn't be the worst thing if she drew out a bit," Jeffries said. Seabrook is seeking to become the first New Zealand-bred to win the Golden Slipper since Pompeii Court's daughter Courtza was successful in 1989.
Heartbreaking Loss of UnencumberedWednesday, 21st March 2018Three Bridges Thoroughbreds has reported the sudden death of its resident stallion and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered (Testa Rossa-Blizzardly, by More Than Ready). The son of Testa Rossa had been diagnosed with chondritis, a progressive inflammatory condition of the throat. He underwent surgery for the condition, however passed-away on Tuesday night as a result of post-surgical complications. "We are devastated as you would expect," said Peter Liston, Proprietor. "Unencumbered was a special horse with such a great personality, everyone that has ever come into contact with him will miss him terribly." Liston added: "He has been well supported by breeders since retiring to stud here with us, covering over 500 mares in his first 4 seasons at stud, and last spring was his fourth consecutive season of covering over 100 mares. Unencumbered will no doubt leave his mark." Trained by Bjorn Baker, Unencumbered won five of his 10 starts for over $1.9 million in prize money. Unencumbered was laid to rest peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds where he will continue keeping watch over everyone and overlooking the beautiful Loddon river.
Second Derby Chance for Kiwi GeldingWednesday, 21st March 2018Talented Kiwi 3YO The Mayor will make his Australian debut for new trainer Chris Waller in Saturday's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Mayor was transferred to the Rosehill yard of the champion Sydney trainer following his luckless fourth (beaten 1.7 lengths) in the New Zealand Derby on 3 March. "His last two runs have had a lot of merit," part-owner and bloodstock agent Michael Hughes said. "He was trapped wide in the Avondale Guineas and then Plan A, B, C and D didn't work out in the Derby. By the time they got to the top of the straight I think Rory (Hutchings) was on to Plan E." One positive to come out of The Mayor's NZ Derby run was that he recorded the fastest final 800m of the race. "His effort strongly suggested we push on to the Australian Derby. The horse has come a long way in a short time," Hughes said. The Mayor certainly possesses the right bloodlines to be a Derby contender. By Rock 'n' Pop, he is out of the Lord Ballina mare Soph who won 10 races and was stakes placed. She is a sister to the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Titch.
Kind Gives Birth to Frankel SiblingWednesday, 21st March 2018Kind, the dam of Frankel, has delivered a full sister to the legendary racehorse. The daughter of Danehill gave birth to the filly by Galileo at Juddmonte Farms' Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket last month. Stud director Simon Mockridge commented: "We are delighted with the news of this long-awaited full-sister to Frankel. Kind has produced us a quality Galileo filly with great presence born at 9.30pm on 27th February, weighing in at 118lbs." The filly is the seventh progeny of the grand producer Kind, with her most notable progeny being unbeaten world champion Frankel, three-time Gr1 winner Noble Mission, Listed winning mare Joyeuse, Tally-Ho Stud resident Morpheus, and Gr3 winner and Gr1-placed Bullet Train, who shuttles to Bowness Stud in Australia. Trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) was unbeaten in 14 starts, winning ten Gr1 races and finishing his racing career with a phenomenal Timeform Rating of 147 - the highest in history.
Cracksman Targeting Ganay ReturnWednesday, 21st March 2018Owner Anthony Oppenheimer has revealed that his star galloper Cracksman will open his campaign in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on 29 April, reports Sky Sports. The prodigiously talented Cracksman became the first European Group 1 winner for his sire Frankel when posting a stunning 7 length win in the Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) on British Champions Day at Ascot in October. Oppenheimer said consideration was given to taking Cracksman to Dubai but that it was decided it was not in the best long term interests of the horse. "I think the Dubai race just comes a little bit early in the year, this horse will have a long programme, if he completes it," said Oppenheimer. "It's a long way out to Dubai and to take him out there, have him 100 per cent ready for that, it makes it an awfully long season." He added: "I've seen the horse today and he looks wonderful, but the Prix Ganay seems to be the most sensible race to go for." Trained by John Gosden, Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal) races in the same colours as Oppenheimer's former champion European racehorse and now Darley stallion Golden Horn.
Thunder Gulch Passes AwayWednesday, 21st March 2018Blood Horse reports that dual US Classic winner and former top stallion Thunder Gulch died at his home at Coolmore's Ashford Stud on Monday due to the infirmities of old age. He was 26. Owned by Michael Tabor, Thunder Gulch was crowned Eclipse Champion 3YO Male of 1995 following his wins in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that year. He also won the Gr1 Florida Derby and Gr1 Travers Stakes in a dominant 3YO season. Retiring from stud duties in 2015, Thunder Gulch (Gulch-Line of Thunder, by Storm Bird) stood for 17 seasons and according to Arion Pedigrees is the sire of 84 individual stakes winners worldwide. His best progeny was six-time Gr1 winner Point Given, who was crowned US Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO male in 2001 after winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. In Australia, his best runners were dual Gr1 winner Tempest Morn, Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder, and Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Shot Of Thunder. "It is a very sad day for us here at Ashford as Thunder Gulch has been a pleasure to be around all these years and has left a major legacy at the farm as the first champion sire to reside here," said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan. "He had a remarkable 3-year-old campaign in the hands of Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens...He was an incredibly tough and genuine horse on the track and we are very grateful to the Tabor's for entrusting us with his stud career."