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Daily News | 21st May 2018
New Layout And Key Additions for Sires 2018Monday, 21st May 2018The new Sires 2018 platform is the first upgrade ahead of significant enhancements to Breeding&Racing's website in coming months. The move back to a more traditional web layout versus pop-up modules is a forerunner to development already underway to launch a responsive media interface that is better suited to mobile devices. Aesthetic improvements aside, two significant additions to this year's Sires package include a linked animated gif that will appear directly beneath any stakes-race sired by a participating stallion, plus a dedicated Daily News home page section that identifies stallions that have sired a new winner within the past 72 hours. There are up to 11 individual links comprising Overview, Tabulated Pedigree, Progeny, Acceptances, News, Sire's web page, and, where available, facebook, twitter, instagram and YouTube. Pricing for Sires 2018 – click on the image below for a live example – includes 3 options (call Christian Whitehead on 0413 112 020 for more info):
- Sires 2018 only: $990 inc GST
- Sires 2018 + Freshman Sires OR $10k and under Stallions: $1,190 inc GST
- Sires 2018 + Freshman Sires + $10k and under Stallions: $1,390 inc GST
Comin' Through Wins Gr1 Doomben CupMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Comin' Through (11)J: M J WalkerT: C J WallerW: 59 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Mica's Pride 0.2L11. Egg Tart (6)J: L G InnesT: C J WallerW: 57 kgsS: SebringD: Mrs Windsor 1.5L3. Ambitious (7)J: Craig WilliamsT: Anthony FreedmanW: 59 kgsS: Deep ImpactD: Carnival Song 1.8L13. Abbey Marie (5)J: M Mc GillivrayT: M C KentW: 57 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Catshaan
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) finally delivered on the promise he has always shown when scoring a strong win in the $650,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Egg Tart & Japanese import Ambitious. The well-related Comin' Through improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap & Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Doncaster Mile & Gr1 Randwick Guineas) from 17 starts for $1,675,171 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said Comin' Through had been threatening to break through at the top level for quite some time. "He's had a few Group 2 and Group 3 wins and ran second in the Group 1 Doncaster behind Happy Clapper so he's deserved to win a Group 1," Waller told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He was a bit unlucky in the Hollindale when he was pushed three deep and still did a great job to run sixth. I think he's only going to get better..." Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the ninth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently.
Santa Ana Lane Wins Gr1 Darley GoodwoodMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Santa Ana Lane (9)J: B MelhamT: Anthony FreedmanW: 58.5 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Fast Fleet 1.3L18. Missrock (6)J: Ben ThompsonT: R E LaingW: 52.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Miss Judgement 1.5L17. I'll Have A Bit (3)J: Chris ParnhamT: John McArdleW: 53.5 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Take All Of Me 2.0L8. Super Cash (7)J: Jamie KahT: Andrew NobletW: 55.5 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Super Bucks
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock) burst through a gap at the 100m to sprint clear for an eye-catching win in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Missrock & I'll Have A Bit. The talented Santa Ana Lane had put the writing on the wall when flashing home for third in the RN Irwin Stakes at his previous outing. "It was a super run the other day and he's always shown us he's got Group One ability," trainer Anthony Freedman's racing manager Brad Taylor said. "We came here today super confident. He was always going to get back and need that luck which luckily he got." Connections are now hoping to book a flight to Brisbane for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on 9 June. Purchased for $80,000 by Flemington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Santa Ana Lane improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Gr3 Zeditave Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Heath Stakes) from 26 starts for $1,280,820 in earnings.
Thronum Retired to StudMonday, 21st May 2018Group winning sprinter Thronum has been retired and will stand at Sun Stud in Victoria in the spring. The 4YO son of Snitzel suffered a career ending injury when finishing last (20th of 20) in last weekend's Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide. Originally trained by Gai Waterhouse before being transferred to Lindsay Park, Thronum won 5 of his 14 starts for over $440,000 in prize money. His biggest win came in the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley earlier this year. He also has a Gr1 placing to his credit courtesy of his runner-up performance behind Hellbent in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in March. Thronum is a direct descendant of Gr1 Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, best known as the dam of Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian). A fee is yet to be announced.
Thronum (image: Mark Gatt)
Winx Brother Retires to StudMonday, 21st May 2018Boulder City, an unraced 3YO brother to the world's best racehorse Winx, has been retired to stand at Russell and Caroline Osborne's Riverbank Farm in Victoria. The of Snitzel and Vegas Showgirl was in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott but recurring issues precipitated his early retirement to stud. Boulder City was not surprisingly a highly valuable colt with Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland going to $2.3 million to purchase him at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud (as agent). "The decision to retire Boulder City to stud before commencing his racing career was a very difficult one," said Russell Osborne. "He has had a number of minor issues that were becoming harder to manage and after the devastating loss of his full brother the owners decided to meet the market demand and offer him at stud." Osborne added: "Everyone involved would dearly loved to have seen him get to the race track and have the opportunity to emulate his big sister - however we believe offering his superior bloodlines to the breeding industry is a great thing for breeders." Boulder City will stand at a fee of $5,500 this spring.
Marcel From Madrid Wins Gr3 National StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Marcel From Madrid (4)J: Damian LaneT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 57.5 kgsS: SepoyD: Lipari 1.8L9. Aristia (6)J: Damien ThorntonT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 55.5 kgsS: LonhroD: Nakaaya 2.3L1. Tequila Time (9)J: Ms C LindopT: L Macdonald & A GluyasW: 57.5 kgsS: StratumD: El Milagro 3.6L2. Secret Blaze (10)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 57.5 kgsS: SizzlingD: Abscond
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality-Watchful, by Danehill) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred gelding Marcel from Madrid (Sepoy-Lipari, by Redoute's Choice) maintained his perfect record when powering to a stylish win in the Gr3 National Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Aristia & Tequila Time. Purchased for $58,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Marcel From Madrid extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $140,540 in earnings. Co-trainer Simon Zahra said Marcel From Madrid would now be spelled and aimed at the major Group 1 3YO features in the spring. "We've always had a pretty big opinion of him and he's been touted as our best two-year-old," Zahra told racing.com. "He doesn't know a lot so we brought him over for a good trip away to hopefully grow him up for the spring." Zahra added: "He's probably a Caulfield Guineas kind of horse but it will depend on whether he can relax." Marcel Madrid is out of the stakes-placed Redoute's Choice mare Lipari, making him a half-brother to Gr1 Australian Derby winner Levendi.
Pleasuring Wins Gr3 SA Fillies ClassicMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Pleasuring (4)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 56 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Sleeplessinseattle 0.8L3. Earth Angel (2)J: Jamie KahT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 56 kgsS: Animal KingdomD: Miss Finland 1.6L5. Teodora (1)J: Regan BaylissT: D K WeirW: 56 kgsS: TeofiloD: So Divine 1.7L4. So You Leica (11)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 56 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Leica Ding
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Pleasuring (Hard Spun-Sleeplessinseattle, by End Sweep) boosted her value significantly when scoring a narrow win in the $175,000 Gr3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Earth Angel & Theodora. A home-bred for Contract Racing, Pleasuring improved her record to 4 wins (including the Listed Tasmanian Oaks) and 5 placings from 12 starts for $364,500 in earnings.
Land of Plenty Wins Gr3 RA Lee StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -9. Land Of Plenty (12)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: StratumD: Dancing 0.1L14. Over Exposure (10)J: Chris ParnhamT: Tony McEvoyW: 53 kgsS: RothesayD: Show A Princess 1.4L1. Lite'n In My Veins (3)J: Jamie KahT: C MaherW: 56.5 kgsS: HenrythenavigatorD: Beauty World 1.5L5. Raw Impulse (1)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 55.5 kgsS: MakfiD: Marika
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum) opened his stakes account when storming home for an impressive win in the $250,000 Gr3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Over Exposure & Lite'n In My Veins. An $80,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud, Land Of Plenty improved his record to 4 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes & Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) from 20 starts for $435,230 in earnings.
I'm A Rippa Wins Gr3 BRC SprintMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -12. I'm A Rippa (6)J: J LloydT: T J GollanW: 54 kgsS: Love Conquers AllD: Derippa 0.2L9. Privlaka (5)J: Craig WilliamsT: R L HeathcoteW: 54 kgsS: MossmanD: Endearment 0.4L3. Mr Sneaky (7)J: M ZahraT: Anthony FreedmanW: 57 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Danesty 1.1L1. Ulmann (11)J: John AllenT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: SebringD: Darsini
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Sun Stud's multiple Group-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Love Conquers All (Mossman-She's a Meanie, by Prince Salieri) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding I'm A Rippa (Love Conquers All-Derippa, by Seidnazar) was able to hold off the late challengers to post a brave front-running victory in the $125,000 Gr3 BRC Sprint (1350m) for 3YO+, defeating Privlaka & Mr Sneaky. I'm A Rippa, who was purchased by his trainer Tony Gollan for $55,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions March Yearling Sale, improved his record to 6 wins and 10 placings (including the Listed BRC Queensland Day Stakes) from 24 starts for $910,757 in earnings.
Rock Magic Wins Gr3 Roma CupMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Rock Magic (3)J: W PikeT: Chris GangemiW: 58.5 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Rockabubble 3.3L3. Battle Hero (5)J: P KnuckeyT: Chris GangemiW: 58.5 kgsS: StratumD: Fromm 5.1L4. Durendal (8)J: S O'DonnellT: Chris GangemiW: 58.5 kgsS: Medaglia D'OroD: Razor Blade 5.5L5. Gatting (7)J: Mitchell PatemanT: D T McAuliffeW: 58.5 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Stubborn
At Ascot in Perth, WA, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 8YO Australian-bred gelding Rock Magic (Redoute's Choice-Rockabubble, by Bubble Gum Fellow) showed why he is considered the pre-eminent sprinter in West Australia when outclassing his rivals in the $150,000 Gr3 Roma Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mates Battle Hero & Durendal. The victory saw Rock Magic become the first horse in 25 years to win back-to-back Roma Cups and improved his record to 15 wins (including the Gr3 Belmont Stakes, Gr3 Prince of Wales Stakes, Gr3 Colonel Reeves & Gr3 Roma Cup) and 12 placings (including the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes) from 48 starts for $1,309,316 in earnings. Bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with John Leaver, Rock Magic began his career with Paul Messara who prepared him to win four races before his sale as a late 4YO to the Gangemi stable. Now rising nine, he has rewarded his large group of Perth owners with 10 wins, eight of them Group or Listed Races.
Eawase Wins Listed Bill Carter StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Eawase (11)J: M ZahraT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: SebringD: Karuta Queen 1.5L4. Granny Red Shoes (13)J: J LloydT: A J EdmondsW: 56.5 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Shoboard 1.7L1. Sizzling Belle (2)J: M J WalkerT: N J OliveW: 56.5 kgsS: SizzlingD: Greenmount Belle 2.4L5. Clockwise (5)J: M CahillT: Mark F WebbW: 56.5 kgsS: Smart MissileD: In The Moment
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 2YO Australian-bred filly Eawase (Sebring-Karuta Queen, by Not A Single Doubt) unleashed a brilliant sprint from last on the turn to score a visually stunning win in the $100,000 Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Sizzling Belle. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he had always held Eawase in high regard. "Eawase has always shown she would appreciate running on from a fast early pace. She is different from her mum [Karuta Queen] who was a real flyer," Snowden told Sky Racing. Snowden said Eawase could progress to Queensland's premier juvenile event, the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on 9 June. "It [JJ Atkins] is definitely a thought. It sounds good but she's got to get there," Snowden said. "I've got a good opinion of the filly [Galina] she beat last start so she's got a future." The China Horse Club purchased Eawase for $500,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Strawberry Hill Stud. From the Gr3-winner Karuta Queen, who was also placed behind Black Caviar in the 2013 Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Eawase improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $109,006 in earnings.
Gracida Wins Listed Chief De BeersMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -8. Gracida (3)J: J LloydT: David VandykeW: 54 kgsS: ConatusD: Cindy Kate 0.2L11. Spurcraft (6)J: Leslie TilleyT: C J WhiteW: 54 kgsS: Jet SpurD: Carnivale Queen 1.5L10. Tiyatrolani (5)J: J ByrneT: T J GollanW: 54 kgsS: Captain SonadorD: Tiyatro 2.2L5. Irish Constabulary (8)J: M HellyerT: J G Symons & S LaxonW: 55.5 kgsS: Flying SpurD: Irish Truce
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, beautifully bred Danehill stallion Conatus (Danehill-Light Up The World, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred entire Gracida (Conatus-Cindy Kate, by Mossman) was rewarded for his consistent form with a deserved maiden stakes win in the $100,000 Listed Chief De Beers (1050m) for 3YO+, defeating Spurcraft & Tiyatrolani. Gracida provided a special win for his owners David and Heather Pascoe who operate the Oakey vet clinic on Queensland's Darling Downs, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Gracida gave the Pascoes their first metropolitan winner in 16 years when he saluted at Doomben in March. "He's not an easy horse to train and his barrier manners are questionable," trainer David Vandyke said. "To see him chase down the leader Spurcraft was an amazing effort." Gracida improved his record to 9 wins and 8 placings from 25 starts for $231,186 in earnings.
Secret Trail Wins Listed Bright Shadow QualityMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -9. Secret Trail (8)J: Ron StewartT: P & P SnowdenW: 55.5 kgsS: DenmanD: Trail Of Secrets 0.2L10. Crystal Fountain (3)J: J ByrneT: Anthony FreedmanW: 55 kgsS: StravinskyD: Pride Of Tralee 1.5L12. O'Rachael (13)J: G SchofieldT: C J WallerW: 54 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Guessed 2.2L1. Denmagic (12)J: C W BrownT: David PfiefferW: 59 kgsS: DenmanD: Magic Zefta
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Darley's Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes-winning stallion Denman (Lonhro-Peach, by Vain) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Secret Trail (Denman-Trail Of Secrets, by Secret Savings) opened her stakes account when finishing too strongly for her rivals in the $100,000 Listed Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) for fillies & mares, defeating Crystal Fountain & O'Rachael. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said the stable had achieved its goal of boosting Secret Trail's value with a stakes win. "It was a super effort. We came here with her to get black-type and she's done that now," he told Racing Queensland Webnews. Raced by Triple Crown Syndications, Secret Trail was purchased for $150,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 5 wins and 6 placings from 24 starts for $503,871 in earnings.
She's So High Wins Listed Proud Miss StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -15. She's So High (6)J: D OliverT: M G PriceW: 54.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: High Achiever 1.0L16. Split Lip (2)J: Todd PannellT: Will ClarkenW: 54.5 kgsS: Your SongD: Little Less Lip 1.1L8. Mamzelle Tess (5)J: S BasterT: L & T CorstensW: 55.5 kgsS: O'LonhroD: Phoenix Crown 1.9L17. Leather'n'lace (10)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: Street CryD: Hard Rider
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible(Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred filly She's So High (I Am Invincible-High Achiever, by Exceed and Excel) claimed the second stakes win of her career when charging home for a narrow but decisive win in the Listed Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Split Lip & Mamzelle Tess. She's So High improved her record to 3 wins (including the Listed Incognitos Stakes) and 2 placing (the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes) from 9 starts for $343,910 in earnings. A $65,000 pin-hook from the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, from the draft of Pambula Stud, She's So High sold as a yearling for $120,000 the following year at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm. She is a half-sister to Gr3 placed filly Bangs and her family traces to both Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win and his Gr2 winning brother and hot freshman yearling crop sire Deep Field.
Yogi Wins Listed Port Adelaide CupMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Yogi (3)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 57 kgsS: Raise The FlagD: Malozza 1.8L3. Exalted Lightning (2)J: D DunnT: Grant YoungW: 57 kgsS: BlevicD: Exalted Blaze 2.6L2. Benzini (5)J: Ben AllenT: J S BullW: 57.5 kgsS: Tale Of The CatD: Paris Perfume 3.5L5. Silent Warrior (6)J: Jamie KahT: S P GowerW: 57 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Silent Heir
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, White Robe Lodge's regally bred stallion Raise The Flag (Sadler's Wells-Hasili, Kahyasi) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Yogi (Raise The Flag-Malozza, by Grand Lodge) opened his stakes account when posting a comfortable win in the $150,000 Listed Port Adelaide Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating Exalted Lightning & Benzini. Purchased for just $1,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock South Island Yearling & Mixed Sale, Yogi improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings from 21 starts for $307,121 in earnings.
Have Another Glass Wins Listed Centaurea StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Have Another Glass (12)J: D DunnT: Ms S JaenschW: 55.5 kgsS: DomesdayD: Generous Tristana 0.5L13. Temple Of Bel (5)J: Chris ParnhamT: Tony McEvoyW: 53 kgsS: Bel EspritD: Sadiya 1.5L8. Lipstick Lover (3)J: D YendallT: D K WeirW: 55.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Kensington Rose 2.6L5. Bertwhistle (10)J: A K ChanT: D I DodsonW: 55.5 kgsS: Al MaherD: Monte Fantastic
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Aquis Farm's Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Have Another Glass (Domesday-Generous Tristana, by Generous) claimed a well-deserved maiden stakes win in the $125,000 Listed Centaurea Stakes (2019m) for fillies & mares, defeating Temple Of Bel & Lipstick Lover. Have Another Glass improved her record to 7 wins and 5 placings from 19 starts for $243,940 in earnings.
First Among Equals Wins Listed Straight Six HandicapMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. First Among Equals (9)J: M J DeeT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Pride Of The Class 1.0L12. Divine Quality (12)J: Beau MertensT: R D GriffithsW: 54 kgsS: SepoyD: Nun Faster 1.2L13. Knowable (10)J: Dean HollandT: S J RichardsW: 54 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Special Test 2.5L1. Rich Charm (2)J: Patrick MoloneyT: Ms U ClarkeW: 59 kgsS: DanerichD: Charmly
At Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding First Among Equals (Exceed and Excel-Pride of the Class, by Volksraad) posted his first win in more than 12 months when scoring an impressive win in the $120,000 Listed Straight Six Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Divine Quality & Knowable. First Among Equals advanced his record to 12 wins (including the Listed Northam Stakes, Listed Belmont Newmarket, Listed HG Bolton Sprint & Listed Pinjarra Classic) and 8 placings (including the Gr3 WATC AJ Scahill Stakes & Listed Scenic Blast Stakes) from 34 starts for $751,630 in earnings. First Among Equals, who is out of Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes winner Pride Of The Class, was purchased for $85,000 as a weanling at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale.
Sin To Win Wins Listed Andrew Ramsden StakesMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Sin To Win (10)J: A MallyonT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 54 kgsS: Sir PercyD: Ledahead 0.3L2. Swacadelic (9)J: Jordan ChildsT: Aaron PurcellW: 57 kgsS: AdlerflugD: Swish 1.3L3. Chequered Flag (6)J: H CoffeyT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: Raise The FlagD: Star Of Mulwala 1.5L4. Sherlock Holmes (8)J: M J DeeT: Liam HowleyW: 55 kgsS: GalileoD: Golden Ballet
At Flemington in Melbourne, 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Sin To Win (Sir Percy-Ledahead, by Jugalug) registered his maiden stakes win when posting a determined on-speed win in the $200,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Swacadelic & Chequered Flag. Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said the Melbourne Cup could now be a potential target for the progressive Sin To Win. "He's a horse that has been an improving type and he's clean winded and sound so he's got plenty of good attributes and he's relatively lightly raced," Dabernig told racing.com. "It's hard to say [if he could be a Melbourne Cup horse] but it was certainly a good, strong, tough win today and clearly he was a late-maturing horse." Dabernig added: "Now he's a two-mile winner it probably opens up a few doors for him." The former Kiwi-trained Sin To Win improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings from 18 stats for $330,203 in earnings.
She's Poppy Wins Listed Rangitikei Gold CupMonday, 21st May 2018
Mrgn. Runners -7. She's Poppy (9)J: S M Mc KayT: R M ConnorsW: 53 kgsS: AlamosaD: Cassandra 0.8L1. Ringo (6)J: J ParkesT: M P BreslinW: 60 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Akris 1.0L3. Ruby Armani (3)J: C E LammasT: M Moroney & P GerardW: 56 kgsS: MakfiD: Trujillo 1.2L8. Third Time Lucky (2)J: L J AllpressT: K T MyersW: 53 kgsS: Lucky UnicornD: Take Three
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) added a black-type success when 6YO New Zealand-bred mare She's Poppy (Alamosa-Cassandra, by Centro) relished the heavy conditions to storm down the grandstand side of the track to win the $50,000 Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m) for 3YO+, defeating Ringo & Ruby Armani. This was a valuable maiden stakes win for She's Poppy who improved her record to 7 wins and 4 placings from 25 starts for NZ$138,720 in earnings. She's Poppy was purchased by Phill Cataldo Bloodstock for $40,000 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale.
Rhododendron Wins Gr1 Lockinge StakesMonday, 21st May 2018At York in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Irish-bred mare Rhododendron (Galileo-Halfway to Heaven, by Pivotal) claimed her third top-flight victory in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating the fast-finishing Lightning Spear & Lancaster Bomber. Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Rhododendron improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Prix de l'Opera & Gr1 Fillies' Mile) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 English 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 English Oaks) from 13 starts for £1,311,036 in earnings. Rhododendron is out of Pivotal mare Halfway To Heaven, winner of the Gr1 Nassau Stakes, Gr1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, and Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes. This is also the family of former West Australian shuttler Verglas (IRE). O'Brien said Rhododendron would make her next appearance in either the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes (8 furlongs) or the Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) at Royal Ascot.
French Oaks Contender for Redoute's ChoiceMonday, 21st May 2018On Friday Redoute’s Choice’s French-bred daughter Lady Athena, a debut 2YO winner last season, showed a lovely turn of foot to score over 2100 metres at Chantilly, inspiring a tweet from her trainer Yan Durepaire: "The French Oaks has always been on our mind, hopefully that will be next run!" The French Oaks (Prix de Diane) will be run at Chantilly on 17 June. Although she was foaled in France by the stakes-winning Monsun mare Monblue, Lady Athena has connections with Australia beyond Redoute’s Choice. She is a home-bred for John Hutchins of the Queensland farm Element Hill, also responsible for 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. Monblue was a €400,000 purchase from the 2013 Arqana Breeding Stock Sale by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock for Element Hill. She delivered a colt by Soldier Hollow in 2014 and then visited Redoute’s Choice during his second and final season at Haras de Bonneval.
Justify Wins Gr1 Preakness StakesMonday, 21st May 2018Justify has kept his Triple Crown dreams alive with his brave win in the Group 1 Preakness Stakes (9.5 furlongs) at Pimlico racecourse in the US on Saturday. In front of a crowd of 134,487 and in heavy fog and on a sloppy track, Justify held off a host of late challenges from his rivals to score by 0.5 length over Bravazo & Tenfold. Good Magic, who had duelled with Justify up on the lead for much of the race, was gallant in finishing a close fourth (beaten 1 length). "That was a nail-biter," trainer Bob Baffert told Blood Horse. "They put it to us. Somebody had to give, and I'm glad it wasn't us. He had to really work for it. Good Magic, I tip my hat to him. He made us really work. He's a really good horse." Baffert added: "You can only get away with it with a superior horse, like he is." Justify extended his perfect record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Santa Anita Derby) from 5 starts for US$2,998,000 in earnings. The final leg of the US Triple Crown, the Group 1 Belmont Stakes in New York, will take place in three weeks time.