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Daily News | 18th October 2018

  • NEW Tattersalls Oct Yearlings Book-2: Record Turnover

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Following a record-breaking renewal of Book-1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in the UK, Book-2 has followed suite. Book-2 culminated with record turnover, whilst the average and median were both on a par with last year’s wide-margin record-breaking sale. The clearance rate came in at an impressive 86 percent and a record breaking forty-five lots sold for 200,000 guineas or more. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented, “In 2011 the combined turnover of Books 1 and 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was a little under 77 million guineas. Seven years later the combined turnover at Books 1 and 2 has risen to a new record well in excess of 150 million guineas. These are pretty staggering numbers, especially following on from the extraordinarily strong 2017 October Yearling Sales which we felt would be so hard to match.” Mahony noted, “The top of the market has been particularly robust with over 40 yearlings selling for 200,000 guineas or more and the 750,000 guineas top price for Hazelwood Bloodstock’s outstanding Kingman colt bettered only once at this fixture. Buyers from throughout the Gulf region have been prolific this week and their consistent support and patronage is hugely appreciated. British and Irish trainers continue to regard Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale as the key date in the European sales calendar and buyers, some of them new to Europe, from South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand have all made notable contributions…

    450,000 guineas No Nay Never colt

    Book-2's 450,000 guineas No Nay Never colt (pic: Tattersalls)
  • Written By Wins Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    J: Jordan Childs
    T: G M Begg
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Written Tycoon
    D: Yau Chin
    J: Craig Williams
    T: James Cummings
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Lonhro
    D: Guelph
    J: L Nolen
    T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Nicconi
    D: Wickham
    J: K Mc Evoy
    T: C J Waller
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Exceed And Excel
    D: Gavroche

    At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) showed his class when scoring a comfortable 1.25 length win in the $350,000 Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Encryption & Tony Nicconi. Written By, whose female line traces to No Finer, the dam of multiple stakes winners including Gr1 Australian Guineas winner and outstanding Waikato Stud sire Pins, advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings & Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes) from 7 starts for $1,706,500 in earnings. Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Neville Begg, Written By was retained to race after he was passed in shy of his reserve at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He races in the familiar Begg family colours of black, white and red that were carried to Gr1 glory by former stable stars Bonanova and Monopolize. Trainer Grahame Begg said he would now head to the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "He will have a jump-out up the straight at Flemington on Friday week and he will be spot-on for the Coolmore," Begg told racing.com.

  • I Am A Star Wins Gr3 Ladies' Day Vase

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    J: B Melham
    T: S P Nichols
    W: 58 kgs
    S: I Am Invincible
    D: Star Band
    J: Damian Lane
    T: D K Weir
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Not A Single Doubt
    D: Miss Dodwell
    J: D Oliver
    T: M G Price
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Domesday
    D: Oregon Seal
    J: L Currie
    T: Tony McEvoy
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Bel Esprit
    D: Sadiya

    At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) was allowed to dictate the tempo of the race to suit herself before kicking strongly to claim the $150,000 Gr3 Ladies' Day Vase (1600m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Kenedna & Oregon's Day. I Am A Star advanced her record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Myer Classic, Gr2 Stocks Stakes, Gr2 Stocks Stakes, Gr2 Sunline Stakes, Gr2 Kewney Stakes, Gr3 Quezette Stakes & Gr3 SAJC National Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Thousand Guineas, Gr2 Moonee Valley Fillies' Classic & Gr2 Rubiton Stakes) from 26 starts for $1,542,700 in earnings. Originally purchased for NZ$12,000 at the 2014 NZB Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, nicely pedigreed I Am A Star was subsequently sold for $40,000 to James Harron Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds (now Bhima).

  • Brave Song Wins Listed Village Stakes

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    J: J B Mc Donald
    T: P & P Snowden
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Your Song
    D: Brave Choice
    J: Damian Lane
    T: D K Weir
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Savabeel
    D: Generous Nature
    J: Regan Bayliss
    T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: So You Think
    D: Black Minx
    J: John Allen
    T: D K Weir
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Snitzel
    D: Power O'Raylee

    At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Your Song (Fastnet Rock-Zembu, by Fuji Kiseki) added a Listed race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Brave Song (Your Song-Brave Choice, by Dr Fong) opened his stakes account when scoring a narrow win in a driving finish in the $120,000 Listed Village Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Addictive Nature & So Si Bon. Purchased by Triple Crown Syndications & Snowden Racing for $67,500 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Brave Song improved his record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes & Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap) from 13 starts for $340,720 in earnings.

  • Best Solution Aiming to Give Godolphin 2nd Cup

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Saeed bin Suroor has declared Best Solution is "ready to go" for Saturday's $5 million Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Best Solution (Kodiac-Al Andalyya, by Kingmambo) will bid to give Bin Suroor and Godolphin their second win in the Caulfield Cup after All The Good's victory in 2008. Best Solution comes into Saturday's race in peak form having won his last three outings, namely the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Berlin (2400m) & Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden (2400m) in Germany, and the Gr2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket. All three wins were over the Caulfield Cup distance of 2400 metres. Bin Suroor has already tasted success in Australia this spring having prepared Benbatl to win last weekend's Gr1 Caulfield Stakes in Melbourne. "I'm happy with Best Solution and how he has settled in to his new surroundings," Bin Suroor told Godolphin.com. "The 2,400 metres of the Caulfield Cup is a big positive for him. He is a multiple G1 winner in Germany who also won the G2 Princess Of Wales's Stakes on the July Course at Newmarket." He added: "He has improved this year, and I am very pleased with the way he has been finishing off his races. He's ready to go."
  • Dream Preparation for Cup Favourite

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Kings Will Dream is the new favourite for Saturday's $5 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) after drawing perfectly in barrier six and managing part-owner Brad Spicer couldn't be happier. Trained by Darren Weir, the Irish-bred Kings Will Dream (Casamento-Road Harbour, by Rodrigo de Triano) has developed into one of Australia's best gallopers since kicking off his Antipodean career in January this year. Since landing the Listed Mornington Cup in March, Kings Will Dream has proven competitive at the elite level finishing in the placings in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at his past three outings. "We were hoping for something between barriers four and eight so six is ideal," Spicer told racing.com. "It continues the faultless preparation this horse has had and let's hope it can keep going for a few more days." Spicer added: "He's come a long way in a short time. We had him earmarked for a Geelong Cup this spring but he's just put himself into the picture and we go into the race with a great barrier and some confidence." See his build up a month ago below.

  • Withhold On Track for Melbourne Cup

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    UK stayer and Melbourne Cup contender Withhold (Shirocco-Storming Sioux, by Storming Home) has pleased connections with a strong piece of work at Werribee on Tuesday morning. The Roger Charlton-trained 6YO was ridden by top Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy who has been booked to ride Withhold when he has his sole Melbourne Cup lead-up in the Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m) next Wednesday (24 October). Tom Charlton, speaking on behalf of his father, said: "He worked seven furlongs and it was just maintenance work. He's where we want him so it's a question of ticking him over and keeping on top of him as he can get quite fresh, which is a good thing." He added: "He went nice even fractions and just quickened up from the two. I was very pleased with him and Kerrin was very complimentary, he said he's where you'd want him and was really pleased." The form surrounding Withhold was given a significant boost last Saturday when A Prince Of Arran, whom Withhold comfortable defeated in the Northumberland Plate (3200m) in June, finished third to Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield.
  • Daughter of Oaks Winner Wins Debut

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Brazilica, a daughter of Gr1 VRC Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse, got her career off to the perfect start when scoring a stylish debut win in the Vancouver@Coolmore Australia (1100m) at Randwick on Wednesday. Trained by Chris Waller, Brazilica (Redoute's Choice) was sent to post as the dominant $1.50 favourite and she didn't disappoint drawing clear over the final 150 metres to post a comfortable 2 length win over fellow debutants Hostwin Supreme & Secret Legend. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Brazilica is the third foal to race from Brazilian Pulse (Captain Rio–Sharazad, by Tenby) who has also produced winners Zrinski and Tonsor (also by Redoute's Choice). Waller said Brazilica would only continue to improve. "She's certainly going places," he told Sky Racing. "I think her class and natural ability is going to take her a long way." Jockey Hugh Bowman was also tipping a bright future. "She did that in style," he said. "The thing that impressed me the most was her action. She's got an extraordinary action so hopefully she can continue to develop."

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  • Improving Aloisia Poses Danger in Tristarc

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Trainer Ciaron Maher is confident that former top-class filly Aloisia can recapture her best form in Saturday's Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, reports NZ Racing Desk. The OTI Racing-owned Aloisia (Azamour-Queen Boudicca, by Perfectly Ready) won the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) as a 3YO last year, but hasn't recorded a win since. She kicked off her spring campaign with an eighth placing in the Gr2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on 6 October, and Maher says she has improved with the run. "It was very nice," he said. "I think she has really come on and she has really brightened up in the coat and her work was nice today. If she sits a bit closer she should finish in the money." Maher added: "We have kept her really fresh this time around. Her aim is the Myer (Gr1 over 1600m). She ran really well first-up and I think she has improved. So she is on the right track."

    Aloisia (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Top Filly Ready to Make Impression

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Smart Kiwi filly Xpression (Showcasing-Xpress, by Don Eduardo) will have her final preparatory run for next month's New Zealand 1,000 Guineas when she runs in the Gr3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton on Saturday. The Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained 3YO comes into the race after a narrow loss to last season's champion juvenile Avantage in the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. "She has come through her last start well and we are just hoping for a bit of luck," Lowry told NZ Racing Desk. "Her sectionals suggested her run was okay. She has got a good turn of foot which probably gets her out of a bit of trouble." Xpression will step up to 1400m for the first time on Saturday and that holds the only concern for Lowry heading into the race. "You always like to hope they will get over a bit of a trip, but she might not, who knows," he said. "She's going the right way at the moment and we're looking forward to having her run on Saturday." Xpression has hitherto won 2 of her 4 starts including last December's Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham.
  • Enable Given BC Green Light

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Owner Juddmonte Farms has announced that superstar mare Enable will be given the chance to create more history by running at next month's Breeders' Cup World Championships in the US, reports Racing Post. Enable, who became just the eighth horse in history to win two Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe's in France two weeks ago, will attempt to become the first Arc winner to win a Breeders' Cup race when she contests the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on 3 November. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Juddmonte Farms owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "The way Enable's season has panned out, this race is a logical progression. She's come out of the Arc fine, she seems to have recovered and taken it well. From that point of view we have to be very pleased with her." he added: "No Arc winner has won the Turf, but we're looking for positives. Most of them to try had a hard, tough season by the time they got to the Breeders' Cup. Dancing Brave had a Guineas preparation and he was going there having run not just a lifetime best, but a world best in the Arc, so it was just a bridge too far for him." Trained by John Gosden, the exceptional Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadler's Wells) has hitherto won 9 of her 10 starts for £6,445,447 in earnings.
  • Tattersalls December Foal Sale Catalogue Online

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    The catalogue for the Tattersalls December Foal Sale is now available online. Comprising 1,175 lots, the December Foal Sale will take place from Wednesday 28th November to Saturday 1st December. Europe's premier foal sale boasts an outstanding catalogue, with no less than 133 foals by the current top 10 active British and Irish sires and well over 200 by the current top 20, including Camelot, Acclamation, Dark Angel, Frankel, Dubawi, Galileo, Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Pivotal & Sea The Stars. Champion European racehorse Golden Horn will also be represented by his first foals. The catalogue also features own and half brothers and sisters to almost 170 Group and Listed winners including the Dubawi own/half brother to top class 2018 three year old Ghaiyyath and 2017 Grade 1 winner Zhukova out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime, and the Galileo own sister to three time Group 1 winner Decorated Knight. Commenting on the 2018 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: "The Tattersalls December Foal Sale is a prolific source of both Group 1 winners and spectacular pinhooking triumphs and we have some truly outstanding foals catalogued for this year's sale. The Tattersalls December Foal Sale consistently attracts the cream of the British and Irish foal crop and this year's catalogue has the quality and diversity to appeal to buyers from throughout the world at all levels of the market."
  • Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

    Thursday, 18th October 2018

    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 141st running of the $5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne on Saturday. The world's richest mile-and-a-half handicap has attracted a capacity field of 18 plus two emergencies. There is a new favourite for the Caulfield Cup following Wednesday morning's barrier draw with the Darren Weir-trained Kings Will Dream firming into $5 after drawing perfectly in barrier six. Kings Will Dream has displaced the Chris Waller-trained Youngstar as the market elect. Last season's Queensland Oaks winner, who was last seen storming home for second behind her superstar stable-mate Winx in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, drifted slightly to $5.50 after coming up with barrier ten. The Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher also saw his price firm from $7 into $6.50 after drawing favourably in barrier three. All other runners are available at double-figure odds, headed by Victoria Derby winner Ace High (barrier 8) at $11 and Homesman (barrier 4) at $12.

  • Rewarding All Too Hard Pinhook

    Thursday, 18th October 2018
    Victorian vendor Ryan Arnel struck gold on Monday with an All Too Hard colt that made $260,000 at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale. The colt had been pinhooked for $100,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and Arnel was confident he would be popular at the Riverside Stables.  “He was on the radar with lots of agents ringing me after he breezed at Cranbourne in 10.77s.  He’s well put together with a beautiful action and there’s plenty of black-type on the page.” Catalogued as Lot 95, the All Too Hard – Kamarla Rose (Nadeem) colt was equal second on the leader-board after being purchased by Hong Kong trainer Chris So. Arnel operates Stonehouse Thoroughbreds on 300-acres south-west of Bendigo in Victoria's Goldfields.  “Melbourne Premier was a soft sale in many respects this year,” Arnel said. “But I thought he was worth every penny of $100,000.” Boost Juice founder Jeff Allis bred the colt by using Vinery sire All Too Hard over a sister to Golden Pendant Gr3 winner Sharnee Rose. “The Ready2Race was a good Sale.  We entered four and sold them all,” Arnel said shortly before flying back home on Monday night.  “Our other All Too Hard colt from Quintessential (Queensland Oaks Gr.1) was knocked down to Gerald Ryan for $115,000. I like All Too Hard and my mare Highleigh is due to be covered by him this week.  She’s a winning half-sister to Danleigh and foaled a Starspangledbanner colt last month.” A third All Too Hard to change hands on Monday was the half-brother to Gr3 winner Ana Royale targeted by Scone Bloodstock for $150,000.  He will be trained by Gary Moore who prepares All Too Hard’s Flemington stakes winner All Too Huiying. Four-times Gr1-winning Champion 3YO All Too Hard is already the sire of 17 individual stakes-performed horses with progeny earnings of over $7 million, and stands the 2018 season at Vinery for $33,000.

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