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Daily News | 27th April 2017
No QLD for Le RomainThursday, 27th April 2017Classy galloper Le Romain (Hard Spun-Mignard, by Strategic) has been spelled and will not be heading north for the winter carnival in Queensland, reports AAP. Trainer Kris Lees said the three-time Gr1 winner was having a well-deserved break ahead of a spring carnival campaign in Melbourne. "Brisbane is definitely not in our plans. Le Romain has gone for a spell," Lees said. "He did a terrific job during the Sydney autumn and deserves a break. He will have a month off, and we will get him up and going a bit earlier and most likely head to Melbourne." Le Romain enjoyed an excellent autumn campaign, winning the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes, and finishing runner-up in both the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (behind Winx) and Gr1 All Aged Stakes (behind Tivaci) in Sydney.
Le Romain (image: Steve Hart)
MM National Broodmare Catalogue OnlineThursday, 27th April 2017Magic Millions has released its online catalogue for the 2017 Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. Comprising 1,055 lots, the auction will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects, from race fillies and broodmares to stallions and stallion shares. The race fillies and broodmares include over 220 black type performed lots and over 500 lots of the Book One catalogue are at second cover or less. "We are overwhelmed by the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year, the catalogue is filled with quality from start to finish," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "This sale has produced so many incredible results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of this season's stars Winx, Foxplay, Montoya's Secret, Rapper Dragon, Heavens Above and Lasqueti Spirit were all purchased here providing buyers with impressive returns on investment." Click here to view the catalogue.
Inglis Digital Launches New Online AuctionsThursday, 27th April 2017Inglis Digital has launched its new monthly online auction platform, with the first sale to take place in May 2017. The inaugural online auction will open for bidding at 3pm on Friday May 26 and close at 5pm the following Wednesday, May 31. Each sale thereafter will close on the last Wednesday of the month with the catalogue opening for bidding the Friday before. Entries will be accepted for each sale up until two days prior to its opening. The monthly online auctions will be replacing all Inglis Sydney mixed sales. "They offer vendors and buyers a simple and convenient service for trading all facets of bloodstock through a trusted name with a wealth of experience,'' said Inglis Digital Business Manager Nick Melmeth. "Both vendors and buyers alike can take comfort out of the fact that the new online selling format is backed by the tried and true services of a regular Inglis sale, the only difference being the sale ring is now at your fingertips.'' Entries for the first sale are now open and as a grand opening offer to vendors, the regular entry fee of $199 per listing has been waived.
2017 Inglis Digital Online Auctions
(Opens 3pm Friday, closes 5pm Wednesday)
May: Friday 26th – Wednesday 31st
June: Friday 23rd – Wednesday 28th
July: Friday 21st – Wednesday 26th
August: Friday 25th – Wednesday 30th
September: Friday 22nd – Wednesday 27th
October: Friday 20th – Wednesday 25th
November: Friday 24th – Wednesday 29th
December: Friday 15th – Wednesday 20th (dates brought forward for Christmas period)
Mott Dreaming with Boom JuvenileThursday, 27th April 2017Jamie Mott says he is excited about jumping back on board boom colt Doubt I’m Dreaming in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The son of Arrowfield stallion Not a Single Doubt made one of the most impressive debuts by a juvenile all season when winning the Listed Valley Pearl (1200m) in class record time at Moonee Valley last month. The China Horse Club and Newgate Farm subsequently acquired a quarter share in Doubt I’m Dreaming from trainer John McArdle and his business partner which valued the colt at $3 million. "This two-year-old of John's could potentially be a really, really good horse,” Mott told racing.com. "He could definitely be a top-liner and if I could stick with him and get to the top level, it would be unbelievable." Connections have nominated the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) as Doubt I'm Dreaming's primary target in the spring.
10,000 Goal for Fell SwoopThursday, 27th April 2017Top Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will miss Saturday's Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm to prepare for a first-up tilt at the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, reports AAP. He will prepare for the $700,000 May 13 feature with a barrier trial hit-out at Goulburn on Friday. Fell Swoop, who won last year's edition of the Gr2 Victory Stakes, was last seen finishing third to Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney. Dale is hoping that Fell Swoop, who is yet to be successful at Gr1 level but has been placed on five occasions - namely in the Darley Classic (3rd behind Malaguerra), Manikato Stakes (2nd to Rebel Dane), TJ Smith Stakes (2nd & 3rd to Chautauqua), and the Oakleigh Plate (2nd to Flamberge) - can finally break through this preparation. "He is being aimed at the Doomben 10,000 in a bit over two weeks which is now being run at 1200 metres," Dale said. "The idea is to keep him on the fresh side after his last-start third in the TJ Smith Stakes." He added: "He deserves a Group One win and this will give him his best chance."
Music Magnate No Certainty for Victory StakesThursday, 27th April 2017Trainer Bjorn Baker will study the field before deciding whether or not top sprinter Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) will run in Saturday's $200,000 Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm. A winner of last year's Gr1 Doomben 10,000, the 5YO hasn't raced since finishing a disappointing 12th behind Russian Revolution in the Gr1 Galaxy at Rosehill on 18 March. "At this stage I'm undecided and I'm probably leaning to staying at home," Baker told Racing Queensland Webnews. "But if I change my mind we can still leave by tomorrow night [Thursday] in plenty of time for the race. He's going well and won a trial at Warwick Farm last week." Baker added: "I think he's going as good now as when he won the Doomben 10,000 last year but the only thing is he doesn't like a shifty track." Baker said if Music Magnate does miss Saturday's race he will "go straight into the Doomben 10,000 without another run."
Takedown to Bounce Back to BestThursday, 27th April 2017Trainer Gary Moore is expecting a bold showing from smart sprinter Takedown in Saturday’s Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm, reports AAP. A winner of the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes in November, Takedown was far from disgraced when 6th (beaten 1.9 lengths) in the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint in December, before resuming with a disappointing 8th behind Redzel in the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick two weeks ago. "He worked well on Monday with Tim Clark in the saddle. He will head up to Queensland on Wednesday night and I expect him to race well," Moore said. Takedown is being aimed at the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 on 13 May.
ATC & NSWROA Announce PartnershipThursday, 27th April 2017The Australian Turf Club has formed a strategic partnership with the peak thoroughbred owners’ body in New South Wales, the NSW Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA), to help further grow thoroughbred owner participation in Sydney racing. The partnership aims to increase the number of people owning and racing horses in NSW and to raise general awareness of thoroughbred racing and racehorse owners’ rights through co-promotional channels and databases. ATC will also partner with NSWROA in facilitating activities such as ownership forums, syndication days, Inglis Easter Sales tours, stallion parades and special owners days at metropolitan race meetings. Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing Services and Membership James Heddo said the partnership would strengthen and enhance the ownership experience at race meetings. “Owners are an integral part of the ongoing success of racing and we need to not only retain but attract new customers to our sport,’’ Mr Heddo said. “We will now be better able to communicate with all owners in NSW and offer them further benefits and offers on racedays including dining and hospitality, even if their horse is not racing on the day.’’
Tivaci Fee AnnouncedThursday, 27th April 2017Gr1-winning sprinter Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) will stand his debut season at Waikato Stud at a fee of $20,000 + GST (live foal guarantee). The Matamata farm bought into the son of High Chaparral as a stallion prospect and the decision was made to retire the 4YO following his maiden Gr1 success in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. "His fee represents a fantastic opportunity to breed to one of Australasia's very best sprinters," said Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick. "Beyond having an incredible turn of foot, one of his finest attributes is what an impressive physical specimen he is. I was extremely taken by his masculinity and fantastic good looks when I first inspected him." Chittick added: "Standing stallions that possess an exceptional turn of foot is a recipe that has worked so well for Waikato Stud and for Australasian breeders in general." Tivaci, who hails from the family of Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and is a direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winning mare Rainbird (7th dam), retired with 6 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes & Listed VRC Kensington Stakes) & 5 placings (including the Gr1 Cantala Stakes & Gr1 Toorak Handicap) from 21 starts for $992,250 in earnings.
Wide Draw for Unbeaten Filly in Stakes DebutThursday, 27th April 2017Promising Kiwi filly Flamingo (Pins-Bird, by Danasinga) will have to overcome a wide draw is she is to maintain her perfect record in Saturday's Gr3 Cambridge Breeders' Stakes at Te Rapa, reports theinformant.co.nz. The David and Emma Haworth-trained filly has won her only two starts to date, but has drawn the extreme outside gate in the 18-horse field for the 3YO sprint feature. "It's a horrendous draw," Emma Haworth said. "But we've got Matt Cameron on. He's one of the best jockeys around, and he's ridden her before and knows her well." Despite the barrier concern, Haworth is confident Flamingo has the class to win. "She's won both of her starts pretty impressively," Haworth said. "We already knew from her trackwork and trials that she was pretty talented, but she's won both of her starts much better than we expected." Haworth added: "She's doing very well heading into Saturday. She's jogging off the track and looking great."
Kiwi Colt Has Talent to Match LooksThursday, 27th April 2017Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh says handsome colt Prince Hareem is a chance of making the trip across the Tasman for the winter carnival in Brisbane, reports NZ Racing Desk. If looks are any indication, then Marsh believes Prince Hareem is going to make his mark in serious company. With one win and two placings from 3 outings, Prince Hareem will press his Queensland credentials when he contests The Clubhouse Café & Sports Bar Premier at Te Rapa on Saturday. "He's gorgeous, just a beautiful animal," Marsh said. "He's still a raw type and there's a lot of improvement in him – we're not completely ruling out Brisbane for him." By Iffraaj out of the Last Tycoon mare Riesling, Prince Hareem is a half-brother to Gr3 Manawatu Classic winner Valpolicella (Red Ransom). Valpolicella, in turn, is the dam of Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic winner Vavasour and Gr2 Autumn Classic winner and Gr1 Queensland Derby placegetter Vilanova.
Prebble Talks Up The United States' ProspectsThursday, 27th April 2017Ex-pat Australian jockey Brett Pebble thinks owner Lloyd Williams has chosen a good year to have a tilt at one of Hong Kong's most prestigious races, the Gr1 QEII Cup (2000m), reports racing.com. Prebble, who won the 2012 Melbourne Cup for Team Williams aboard Green Moon, will reunite with the Macedon Lodge stable when he partners The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal) in Sunday's HK$20 million feature at Sha Tin. "If you're going to have a throw at the stumps, this is a good year to have a crack at it," Prebble said. "Werther is obviously a stand-out. With rain about, he definitely excels on that and he takes it to a new level on it but it's not a stellar field I would say." He added: "But on his best The United States would be putting his head out." Prebble has been based in Hong Kong for 13 years but is yet to win a QEII Cup. "I'd like this one on my CV. This is one race that I'd love to win in Hong Kong. I've won the Derby and it's one of the majors on the calendar and so it's good to get a decent ride," he said.
Werther Primed for QEII Cup DefenceThursday, 27th April 2017Meanwhile, trainer John Moore has issued an ominous warning to Werther's (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) rivals ahead of Sunday's HK$20 million Gr1 QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin, reports the South China Morning Post. Moore says the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year is in even better shape than when he claimed last year's QEII Cup, which he won by 4.5-lengths. The 2016 edition of the race was run on rain affected ground which probably assisted the new Zealand-bred gelding. But he is unlikely to get similar conditions this weekend. "We would have loved a bit of juice in the ground for him. We saw how he revelled in those conditions last year. He likes to get his toe in the ground," Moore said. "Still, even if we don't get any more rain, the club always grows the grass a little longer for these big races so there will be some extra cushion. I'm very confident he can run a big race." Moore added: "He is the freshest horse there. He has that on his side this time, missing that early part of the season with an injury. Leading into this he has done everything right."
Orb Colt Tops Day-1 OBS 2YOs in Training SaleThursday, 27th April 2017A colt by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb topped the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training on Tuesday when knocked down to Three Chimneys Bloodstock as agent for $685,000. From the winning Dynaformer mare Vowel, the colt’s third dam is Gr1 winner Preach. “He’s a pretty serious horse,” Jacob West, director of bloodstock services for Three Chimneys told Blood Horse. “He had a nice breeze (an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5) and good gallop out. He looks good and vets good. We’re pretty excited about him." For the session, 169 horses were sold for a gross of US$15,305,700 compared with 165 selling for a total of US$11,687,500 at last year’s opening session. The average price was US$90,566, up 28% compared to US$70,833 in 2016, while the median price rose to US$50,000 compared with US$47,000 a year ago.
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