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Daily News | 21st June 2018
Broodmare Session Ends as Inglis GSS Enters Day 5Thursday, 21st June 2018Day Four of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale rounded out the broodmare section of the catalogue, which saw eight mares reach $100,000 or more yesterday. The top lot was Darook Park (Darci Brahma x Silk Ending), in foal to Written Tycoon, who purchased by Boom Racing Thoroughbreds for $135,000. She was offered by Woodside Park Stud. Boom Racing Thoroughbreds’ Andrew Dunemann said Darook Park would likely be served by Spirit of Boom. "Being in foal to Written Tycoon (was a big attraction) and she has a nice page and has black type throughout her family," Dunemann said. "The quality of mares he (Spirit of Boom) has got this year is unbelievable compared to what he has served in the first four years." Other six-figure mares sold included the Rosemont Stud offering Little Bita Love, purchased for $110,000 by Rothwell Park and More Bubbles, who was purchased by Steve Brem and Burnewang North, from the Waltrin Pty Ltd draft for $100,000. The Broodmare section of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale concluded with a total of 220 mares sold at a clearance rate of 75% and an average of $20,170. Action on the final day of the Inglis Great Southern Sale begins today at 10am. Catalogued to go through the ring are also 20 yearlings and a number of unbroken stock.
Redkirk Warrior Royal Ascot UpdateThursday, 21st June 2018Lindsay Park's Ben Hayes has provided an update on Australian sprinter Redkirk Warrior who will contest the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on the fifth and final day of the Royal Ascot carnival on Saturday. "We are really thrilled with him. He travelled over really well, he's eating well, he's doing everything that you want to see a horse do that has travelled a long way," Hayes told Sky Racing. "We were particularly happy with his gallop on Saturday. We hadn't worked him for a while so it was nice to see him stretch his legs and really put in a sharp piece of work. We are looking forward to Saturday." Hayes added: "He's always had a very good fresh record so hopefully he can continue that over here. He has won at Ascot before, so he's been on the track which is a plus." Redkirk Warrior is in career best form having won the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) and successfully defended his Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) title at his past two outings.
Redkirk Warrior (image: Mark Gatt)
New Trainer for Single GazeThursday, 21st June 2018Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze has been brought out of retirement and will race on in the spring under new trainer Chris Waller, reports racing.com. Formerly trained by Nick Olive, Single Gaze (Not a Single Doubt-Redaluca's Gaze, by Intergaze) won the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) as a 3YO before making excellent progress as an older mare to be placed in a Group 1 Caulfield Cup, Group 1 CF Orr Stakes, and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes. Olive and Single Gaze's group of owners decided to retire her at the end of the autumn and she was subsequently sold privately to celebrated Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm. Olive is reportedly devastated at the news given the 5YO was sold on the condition that she be retired to stud. "Mr Yoshida contacted me and asked if I could train the horse for the spring," said Waller. "Northern Farm purchased her as a potential broodmare but with the Japanese breeding season not beginning until next year, he asked whether we could give her a spring preparation and see whether she is still up to racing or whether she will just go to stud in Japan or Australia or wherever." Waller added: "I understand the sensitivity of the situation but if I don't train her, someone else will."
Waller Beats Own RecordThursday, 21st June 2018Champion trainer Chris Waller broke his own Sydney training record when UK-bred stayer Mutarakem won over 1900 metres at Canterbury Park yesterday. Mutarakem brought up Waller's 170th metropolitan winner for the season, surpassing his previous record of 169 winners set in 2015/16. "I've just got to say straight off, thanks to all of my staff and all they do for these horses week in and week out," said Waller. "Mutarakem is a good example. He raced on Saturday and gets plenty of looking after at home. I turn up at the races and get presented with these beautiful horses from owners." Waller added: "It is a privilege for me to be at the helm and whether it's a mid-weeker at Canterbury or a big Group One race we still get the same kick out it, even this far into the season."
Everest on Blue Point RadarThursday, 21st June 2018Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has confirmed that a trip to Australia for The Everest will be considered for rejuvenated sprinter Blue Point after his impressive win in Tuesday's Group 1 King's Stands Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot. Blue Point's (Shamardal) victory saw him return to the high class form he displayed as a 2YO, which included placings in the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes & Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes. "A lot (of horses) have been mooted for The Everest which was obviously run for the first time last year and is a fantastic race, so it's definitely on our radar," Appleby told Sky Racing. "We've got a few more months to cover yet but it's there on our radar. We'll enjoy today and then look to the future." Appleby added: "I'll let the dust settle and over the course of the next week or two will be in conversation with His Royal Highness (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum). We'll map out what we feel is right for the horse."
Tatt's Tiara Field & BarriersThursday, 21st June 2018The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the final Group 1 race of the Australian racing season - the $500,000 weight-for-age Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) for fillies and mares to be run at Doomben on Saturday. First run in 1992, the Tiara has quickly established itself as a good horse's race with past winners including Mamzelle Pedrille (1995), Dane Ripper (1997), Bonanova (1999 & 2000), Miss Potential (2004), Absolut Glam (2008), Melito (2010), and Red Tracer (2013). This year the TAB favourite for the race is the Bjorn Baker trained 3YO filly Champagne Cuddles at $5.50, ahead of Prompt response at $7, Savanna Amour at $9, and Moss Trip and Super Cash at $9.50.
Mare Ready to Respond in TiaraThursday, 21st June 2018Co-trainer Adrian Bott believes smart mare Prompt Response is ready to peak for Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. Bott says the triple Gr2 winner has taken plenty of improvement out of her last start second in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) on 9 June, and can avenge her defeat to Tycoon Tara in last year's Tiara. "I was delighted with her Dane Ripper run and she was open to a bit of improvement after that race," Bott told Racing Queensland Webnews. "She's coming off her one of her best preparations this time and she's been ultra-consistent and she's proven she thrives in the Queensland conditions." Bott added: "From what I saw in her work yesterday she's a bit sharper and has tightened up after her run in the Dane Ripper."
Prompt Response (image: Mark Gatt)
Miss Wilson Primed for TiaraThursday, 21st June 2018Trainer John Bary says classy Kiwi mare Miss Wilson is raring to go for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Tattersalls's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. Miss Wilson (Stratum-Cierzo, by Centaine), a half-sister to 5-time Group 1 winner and sire Jimmy Choux, will be chasing her second top-flight success after winning the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April. The 5YO looked in superb order for her latest assignment when cruising to an easy 5 length win in a 1000m barrier trial at Eagle Farm last week. "She's done really well. She's settled in really well, enjoying the warmth and eating up super," Bary told Melbourne's Radio Sports National. "She's going really well. Her movement, and that's the biggest thing, is fantastic. She had a lovely gallop Tuesday so we're here and ready to rock 'n' roll." Miss Wilson is listed as a $15 chance with TAB for Saturday's fillies and mares weight-for-age feature.
Brother to Derby Winner Wins DebutThursday, 21st June 2018Well-bred 2YO Botti will attempt to emulate his older sibling by targeting the Group 1 Victoria Derby after scoring a highly impressive debut win over 1200m at Pukekohe yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained gelding is by Jakkalberry out of the Generous mare Lioness, making him a three-quarter brother to 2010 Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer. "It gave the horse a bit of confidence and when he asked him for an effort he let down nicely. He's a lovely horse and the more he does, the better he is going to get. I am really excited about what's ahead," said Forsman. "He'll probably have a couple of weeks off now, have a bit of a freshen-up and he might have to have a look at something like the Wanganui Guineas to try and get a bit of money in the bank. If he can measure up in that sort of race, you can think about perhaps heading to Melbourne." Botti's sire Jakkalberry stood at Novara Park for four seasons until his sudden death from a bout of colic earlier this year.
Megablast Recovers from SetbackThursday, 21st June 2018Kiwi stayer Megablast is set to continue his winter campaign after a setback which forced his withdrawal from the Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), reports NZ Racing Desk. "He knocked a sesamoid, which is why I had to scratch him out of the Brisbane Cup and I think the track at Doomben on Saturday is going to be pretty firm, so he won't run in the Tattersalls Cup either," explained trainer Nigel Tiley. "The weather forecast is for sunshine all week and I think I'd rather just get him ready for the Caloundra Cup." Tiley will use the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on 30 June as a lead-up to the Gr3 Queen's Cup Trophy (3200m) a fortnight later for the son of Shinko King, who relishes soft ground. Megablast has been competitive in his two Queensland starts to date, finishing sixth in the Gr3 Chairman's Handicap (2000m) and third behind Egg Tart in the Gr2 P.J. O'Shea Stakes (2200m). "I thought it was a huge run in the O'Shea Stakes," said Tiley. "We haven't lost a lot of ground with him. He's probably only missed a couple of gallops since he hurt his leg. We scanned and x-rayed him again on Tuesday morning and got the all-clear so we are good to go."
Injury Prone Kiwi Galloper RetiredThursday, 21st June 2018The connections of talented but injury prone galloper Lewis Caroll have decided to retire the 5YO after he finally succumbed to lingering knee issues, reports NZ Racing Desk. "It's common knowledge his entire career that he failed the vet for Hong Kong," breeder, part-owner and trainer Ngaire Fraser said. "My daughter Wendy has done an amazing job looking after him, but after Whangarei we x-rayed him and pulled the pin. His knees have got too bad to go on so we retired him." Fraser added: "He was a very talented horse. We won five races with him. The vet said he had to be very brave to do what he did when you look at the x-rays." Lewis Caroll (Darci Brahma-Yellow Brick Road, by Soviet Star) retires with 5 wins from 18 starts and nearly $100,000 in prize money.
Poet's Word Wins Group 1 Prince Of Wales's StakesThursday, 21st June 2018On day two of the Royal Ascot carnival in England, Darley's deceased Gr1-winning shuttler Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) celebrated his first top-flight success when 5YO Irish-bred entire Poet's Word (Poet's Voice-Whirly Bird, by Nashwan) scored a surprise 2.25 length win in the £750,000 Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs), defeating odds-on favourite Cracksman & Hawkbill. The victory saw trainer Sir Michael Stoute notch his 76th winner at the Royal meeting making him the most successful trainer in Royal Ascot history. "It's a relief because we were stuck on 75 winners last year. Royal Ascot is special to every trainer," Stoute told Sky Sports. "Maybe Cracksman isn't at his best now, but we beat the others comprehensively. He's a very consistent, brave horse." Poet's Word advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Glorious Stakes & Gr3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Sheema Classic & Gr1 Champion Stakes) from 15 starts for £1,983,742 in earnings.
Shamardal Adds UK Gr2Thursday, 21st June 2018On day two of the Royal Ascot carnival in England, champion 2YO colt & 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) added a Group race success when when 5YO UK-bred mare Aljazzi (Shamardal-Nouriya, by Danehill Dancer) finished powerfully after being held up in the rear to score a comprehensive win in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (8 furlongs), defeating Tribute Act & Wilamina. Aljazzi improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Atalanta Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Sandown Mile Stakes) from 14 starts for 259,152 in earnings. The disappointment of the race was favourite Hydrangea, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly never looking likely when weakening to finish eighth.