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Daily News | 24th November 2017
NZB National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues OnlineFriday, 24th November 2017The high quality catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 92nd National Yearling Sales Series are available online now and will be in letterboxes from early December. The week-long showcase is set to present 1,247 of the best thoroughbreds (by 133 individual sires) from around the country at NZB’s iconic Karaka Sales Centre. In as little as six seasons alumni of the Sale have reached 100 Gr1 wins. In the last four seasons they have claimed 72 Gr1 titles. The annual yearling showcase for 2018 will see a brand new sales format with the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting, New Zealand’s richest race meeting on the calendar, now on Saturday 27 January leading into the Sales Series which will commence on Sunday, 28 January and run through until the following Sunday. These exciting changes to the Sale format will enable buyers to inspect more horses for longer and experience kiwi racing at its best. Click here for in-depth information, including an overview of recent Gr1 alumni, direct access to the digital catalogues, and detailed information on the lucrative Karaka Million series.
NZB Ready to Run Sale Reaches New HeightsFriday, 24th November 2017Meanwhie, Day 2 of New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale continued to impress after setting the highest ever recorded average at an Australasian two-year-old sale of $108,210 on Wednesday (Day 1). Yesterday, the sale set a new benchmark surpassing the $30 million mark for the first time in the history of any Australasian two-year-old sale. At the close of trade, the aggregate had reached $31,215,000 for 290 horses sold increasing by 10% from last year’s $28,393,000, while the average climbed to $107,638 from last year’s record $96,575. The clearance rate at the end of the sale was a healthy 77%. NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook was extremely pleased with the quality of buyers across the two days of selling. “The buying bench was more like what we see at K1 and all the figures confirm that this has been the best two-year-old sale in Australasia, ever,” he said. “It’s been great to see purchasers from all our main markets here in force and competition has been strong.” Mr Seabrook added: “The results achieved over the last two days truly reflects the quality of the product, and hard work by our vendors – it’s wonderful to see them so handsomely rewarded”.
NZB Ready To Run Sale: Day-2 & ReviewFriday, 24th November 2017The top price on day two of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale was the grey colt by Westbury Stud’s Reliable Man (Lot 379). Breezing up in a time of 11.27 seconds, he was offered through Phoenix Park and purchased for $430,000 by Hong Kong-based Upper Bloodstock. Regal Farm’s Hinchinbrook colt (Lot 106) from Day 1 retained the highest price of the sale at $460,000. The strength of the bench was evident in the number of horses that sold for $300,000 or more, with 19 horses reaching that figure - an increase from the 13 in 2016 which in itself was a record. In total there were a record 46 horses that sold for $200,000 or more over the course of the sale. For the second consecutive year the leading buyer of the sale was Te Akau principal David Ellis purchasing 10 horses for $1,585,000, while Yulong Investment was another to figure prominently purchasing a total of 16 horses for $1,242,000. Australia was the leading buying bench with 97 horses purchased for $10,239,500, while the second leading country by spend was Hong Kong, purchasing 51 horses for a total of $9,935,000 – over $2.7 million more than last year. Riversley Park was the leading vendor by aggregate title selling 22 horses for a total of $3,425,000, while the leading sire by aggregate saw a trifecta by top kiwi sires with Tavistock sitting at the top (16 lots sold for $2,473,000), followed by Reliable Man (12 lots sold for $2,135,000) and Savabeel (four lots sold for $1,190,000). The leading sire by average (three or more sold) was Hinchinbrook with three lots sold for an average of $303,333.
NZB Ready To Run Sale: Top LotsFriday, 24th November 2017
- $460,000 – Hinchinbrook x El Ashb colt (Sweetbriar Equine)
- $430,000 - Reliable Man x Stella Doro colt (Upper Bloodstock)
- $400,000 - Fastnet Rock x Jolie's Shinju colt (Mark Pilkington/Lindsay Park Racing)
- $375,000 - Tavistock x Indian Song colt (Mr Me Tsui)
- $370,000 - I Am Invincible x Masonette colt (ABC Bloodstock)
- $370,000 - Tavistock x Tristraad colt (Mr P Ho)
- $350,000 - Smart Missile x Cyclone Stacey gelding (George Moore Bloodstock)
- $350,000 - Pins x Genius gelding (Mr EHT Hung)
- $350,000 - Savabeel x La Belle Epoque gelding (Mr DC Ellis)
- $350,000 - O'Reilly x Metropolitan colt (Yulong Investment NZ)
- $350,000 - Smart Missile x Queen of Troy colt (Mrs VD Gates/Richardson Racing)
Ellis Buys Up at KarakaFriday, 24th November 2017Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis secured a number of impressive youngsters on Day 2 of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs at Karaka yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We bought a stunning line up of future racehorses," Ellis said. "There was a terrific international buying bench that New Zealand Bloodstock assembled and the competition was very fierce." Ellis added: "We have bought horses for our New Zealand stable and for the Singapore stable." Ellis' top-priced purchase was the Savabeel gelding out of the winning Montjeu mare La Belle Epoque, secured from Lyndhurst Farm's draft for $350,000. "When the Te Akau team of Jamie Richards, Mark Walker and myself first looked at him we absolutely fell in love with him," Ellis said. "He's a stunning staying horse in the making and we can see him running in a New Zealand Derby." The highest-priced filly was a daughter of Reliable Man and the Keeninsky mare Keenly out of the Diamond Lodge draft for $180,000. "She's the first white horse I've ever bought," Ellis said. "We've had great success with chestnuts, bays and browns and now it will be a challenge for Jamie and Stephen to train this one."
Ellis purchased Gingernuts at the RTR Sale (pic: Steve Hart)
Australian Documentary Wins International AwardFriday, 24th November 2017Local horse racing series A Racetrack Somewhere has been awarded the US Equus Film Festivals’ Best Equestrian Series International in New York. Produced by well known presenter Jo McKinnon with her brother Lachlan, the five-part documentary series captures the essence of remote and iconic horse racing in Australia. The series took two years to film and involved the production team travelling over 14,000 km the length and breadth of the country. The prestigious Winnie Award is the first won by an Australian entry. Jo McKinnon enthused after accepting the award, “It is such an honour to have the series showcased at such a unique and well regarded equine focussed film festival and it’s so exciting to have it screened alongside some brilliant content from all over the world… The whole reason behind the concept of the show was to promote the authentic side of Australian horse racing and its people, and to now see international audiences and other respected filmmakers embrace it and enjoy it means so much.” For more information, including how to buy the DVD, click here.
Versatility Key to Supply And DemandFriday, 24th November 2017The Tulloch Lodge stable of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott believe they have the right horse in Supply And Demand to win tomorrow's $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot, reports the West Australian. The dual stakes winner is coming off a fast-finishing second behind Hellova Street in the Gr3 TCL TV Stakes (1400m) at Flemington and will carry just 54.5kg in the $1 million feature. However, the son of Sebring has drawn a horror gate in barrier 19 and will have to call upon his versatility if he is to have any chance of success. Bott said the 5YO had travelled to Perth well and was close to peak fitness for his third run back from a spell. "It's a little bit of a tricky draw, but outside of that, he's travelled over well and he's a very fit horse," Bott said. "The best thing in our favour to overcome the draw is the fact that the horse is so versatile. He has tactical speed to be on the pace or lead, but if we decide that's not the best option, he has a lovely turn of foot when coming from off the pace." Bott added: "In recent years we haven't had the right prospects to go over to Perth, but he showed a perfect profile for that carnival. He just lacked a bit of dash and got caught flat-footed last start. A strong mile with a good tempo will suit him." Supply And Demand is out of the good producer Demanding (Octagonal) who has also produced Gr2 winner Washington Heights, dual stakes winner Phenomenons, as well as stakes winner and multiple Group placegetter Spacecraft.
Gaulois The Outsider In GuineasFriday, 24th November 2017Godolphin colt Gaulois will be the lone visitor in a strong field of locals in tomorrow's Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot, reports Godolphin.com. A winner of 2 of his 8 starts to date, Gaulois brings some class to the $500,000 3YO feature after finishing within 2.6 lengths of the highly rated Levendi in the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start. "That was the strongest field he's faced and he did really well from his outside gate to finish only two-and-a-half-lengths from the winner, who looks to be quite a good horse," said trainer James Cummings. "We went into that race knowing we had a colt with some class and he proved that he'll run a strong mile." Cummings added: "He's drawn wide again [barrier 17], but he's settled in nicely in Perth and we're satisfied that he's held his form." Gaulois is rated a $16 chance with TAB for the WA Guineas. The Karnup-trained Money Maher, a last-start impressive winner of the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m), is currently favourite at $4.20.
Weekend Black Type Feature ScheduleFriday, 24th November 2017Headlined by the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth, there are 14 stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. First run in 1887, the Railway Stakes has been won by horses such as Carbine (1894), La Trice (1968), Better Loosen Up (1989), Northerly (2000), Old Comrade (2001), Sniper's Bullet (2009), Luckygray (2011 & 13), and most recently Scales Of Justice (2016). This year, defending champion Scales Of Justice and Irish import Tom Melbourne are the $6 TAB joint favourites for the race, ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart at $6.50 and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Sydney galloper Supply And Demand at $9.50. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AEDT order are Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:
- 11:55am: Listed Ashford Lodge 2YO Stakes (1100m) Pukekohe
- 1:05pm: Gr2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1400m) Pukekohe
- 2:15pm: Gr3 Counties Cup (2100m) Pukekohe
- 2:50pm: Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) Pukekohe
- 4:28pm: Listed UBET Classic Fillies & Mares Plate (1200m) Doomben
- 4:40pm: Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) Ballarat
- 4:44pm: Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) Ascot
- 5:08pm: Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) Doomben
- 5:24pm: Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) Ascot
- 6:00pm: Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) Ascot
- 6:35pm: Listed Tattersall's Cup (2100m) Ascot
- 7:15pm: Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) Ascot
- 8:00pm: Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) Ascot
- 4:30pm: Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) Kilmore
Saturday 11:55am: Listed Ashford Lodge 2YO Stakes (1100m) PukekoheFriday, 24th November 2017
1:05pm: Gr2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1400m) PukekoheFriday, 24th November 2017
2:15pm: Gr3 Counties Cup (2100m) PukekoheFriday, 24th November 2017
2:50pm: Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) PukekoheFriday, 24th November 2017
4:28pm: Listed UBET Classic Fillies & Mares Plate (1200m) DoombenFriday, 24th November 2017
4:40pm: Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) BallaratFriday, 24th November 2017
4:44pm: Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
5:08pm: Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) DoombenFriday, 24th November 2017
5:24pm: Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
6:00pm: Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
6:35pm: Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
7:15pm: Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
8:00pm: Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) AscotFriday, 24th November 2017
Sunday 4:30pm: Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) KilmoreFriday, 24th November 2017
Pinot Out to Cement Karaka Million SpotFriday, 24th November 2017The Te Akau Racing team on Saturday will take another step toward assembling its squad for the Karaka Million (1200m), reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards will be hoping that Pinot Grey, an impressive 5 length debut winner at Otaki earlier this month, can cement her place in the $1 million juvenile feature at Ellerslie on 27 January. Victory in the $50,000 Listed Ashford Lodge 2YO Stakes (1100m) this weekend will be enough to secure Pinot Grey a spot in the Karaka Million. Already the Te Akau team has four of the top earners on the Karaka Million order of entry list with Al Hasa, a brilliant winner of last Saturday's Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton, and Avantage who is unbeaten in two starts. Al Hasa is third on the list (headed by Australian-trained youngster Long Leaf) with $32,475 and Avantage next with $28,120. Pinot Grey occupies eighth spot at present with stable-mate Irish Cream on $6,250. Autride said of Pinot Grey: "She's a very natural two-year-old and knows what to do. She won her first start easily and she's done well since." He added: "If she can win again, or even run second, we can back off her knowing she'll get in the Karaka Million. We'll probably do the same as we did with Melody Belle last year before she won the Karaka Million." Pinot Grey (Burgundy-Streaming, by Stravinsky) descends from the same female line as legendary mare and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. They both share the same fourth dam, the Vaguely Noble mare Noble Fancy (USA).
Club Secretary Suffers Burns from ExplosionFriday, 24th November 2017Lismore Turf Club secretary Scott Jones was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment after suffering burns to approximately 45% of his body following a gas explosion at the racecourse yesterday morning, reports racingnsw.com.au. Jones sustained burns to his torso, arms, and legs and a laceration to his face. Police are investigating the incident. The Lismore race meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Casino.
Johannes Vermeer Sister Fetches $1.1M at GoffsFriday, 24th November 2017The third lot into the ring provided the highlight at the Goffs November Foal Sale on Wednesday when a stunning filly foal by Galileo out of Inca Princess and a full sister to Group 1 winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer (Lot 541) sold for €1.1 million. Purchased by Hugo Lascelles on behalf of American interests, the filly - now named Ghaiyyath - was one of three Galileos on offer on Wednesday and the only foals by the Champion sire to be sold at public auction anywhere in the world this year. Ken Bolger purchased the remaining two Galileos including a colt out of Australian Group 1 winner Melito (Lot 569) for €625,000, along with a filly out of New Zealand Gr2 winner Fix (Lot 732) who was knocked down for €400,000. A total of 50 lots made €100,000 or more compared to 31 in 2016 with 10 foals making €250,000 plus compared to just four in 2016. Trade was consistently high as the third highest and very last lot of the day saw a Sea The Stars colt (Lot 752) knocked down for €460,000 to Peter Vaughan on behalf of Capital Bloodstock. Commenting on the conclusion of Part 1 of the foal sale, Group Chief Executive of Goffs, Henry Beeby said: "It is rare for any foal to realise over 1 million at any sale but there was something very special about the sale topping Galileo filly that headed today's incredibly strong sale at €1.1 million…now named Ghaiyyath he heads into the winter as one of the market leaders for next year's Epsom Derby."
Melbourne Cup runner up Johannes Vermeer – blue cap (pic: Steve Hart)