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Daily News | 28th April 2017
Inglis 2018 Sale Dates RevealedFriday, 28th April 2017Inglis yesterday confirmed its 2018 Sale dates, which feature an expanded Classic Yearling Sale, a revamped Easter Yearling Sale, the retention of the highly successful Chairman’s Sale (Sessions I and II) and more monthly online auctions. The select sales season begins with a four-day Classic Sale from Saturday February 10 – one day longer than 2017 - which kicks off proceedings at the new $140m Riverside Stables facility at Warwick Farm. The Premier Yearling Sale follows from March 4-7 at Oaklands in Melbourne, a week later than previous years, to allow buyers and vendors more time to prepare. It’s then back to Sydney for a blockbuster fortnight of action; Chairman’s Sale – Racing Prospects, Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Chairman’s Sale – Breeding Prospects and Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale. The 2018 Easter Yearling Sale will run from Sunday-Tuesday, April 8-10 immediately after The Championships Day 1. The Sunday to Tuesday format for Easter also ensures there is no clash with mid-week racing in Sydney during the Easter Sale, and allows the Wednesday to serve as an inspection day for the Chairman’s Sale Session II (Breeding Propsects) which will commence on the Thursday of that week, April 12. Click here to view Inglis’ 2018 sales schedule.
Turn Me Loose To Windsor ParkFriday, 28th April 2017New Zealand's Cambridge Stud-based Windsor Park Stud has secured the rights to stand high quality mile Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill). Retired after suffering an injury in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes in late February, the triple Gr1 winner earned Classic honours at three before enjoying a stellar season as a 4YO following which he was crowned Champion Sprinter-Middle Distance performer. A NZ$52,500 graduate of the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Sale, trained my Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman,Turn Me Loose's career netted 7 wins (including the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Emirates Stakes & Gr1 Futurity Stakes) and 5 placings from 20 starts for earnings of $1,594,884. From the immediate family of European Gr1-winning 2YO filly Fairy Heights, he will stand his debut season for NZ$15,000 + GST, with a live foal guarantee.
Dam of Chautauqua to Visit Air Force BlueFriday, 28th April 2017Lovely Jubly, the dam of six-time Gr1-winning world champion sprinter Chautauqua, will be amongst the mares awaiting triple Group-1 winning champion European 2YO Air Force Blue when he arrives in Australia for the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season. Edwina Throsby, whose family’s Woodbury Pty Ltd. owns Lovely Jubly said: “The mating was recommended to us by our advisors and having done our research into Air Force Blue, we were more than happy to go with him. He was clearly an exceptionally fast, precocious horse and the more I read about him, the more I liked him.” Air Force Blue earned a Timeform rating of 128p as a juvenile to see him ranked the highest-rated champion two year-old in Europe for the last 20 years, with the exception of Frankel. The best two-year-old by world-class sire War Front, Air Force Blue will stand the 2017 southern hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $16,500 (incl. GST).
Chautauqua (image: Steve Hart)
Oaks on Savvan's RadarFriday, 28th April 2017Progressive Sydney filly Savvan (Savabeel-Ruud Van Slaats, by Van Nistelrooy) is being aimed at the $400,000 Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Eagle Farm on 3 June, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand-bred filly will continue on a classic course following her defeat of her older opposition at Canterbury on Wednesday. A winner of 2 of her 7 starts, Savvan was also Gr3-placed last spring in the Ethereal Stakes (2000m0 in Melbourne. “She's built like a colt,” trainer James Cummings said. “She's got plenty of substance about her.” Savvan is likely to kick off her winter campaign in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet on 6 May. From the dual Gr2-winning New Zealand mare Ruud Van Slaats, Savvan is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Smashing (Pins) and hails from the family of Gr1 Fillies’ Mile winner Leap Lively and her daughter, Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Forest Flower.
Arlington Breaks Into Double FiguresFriday, 28th April 2017With 3 months of the current racing season still to run, emerging second crop sire Arlington (Red Ransom-Savannah Success, by Success Express) has sired his 10th individual winner for 2016-17. Joining the other 9 winners from Arlington’s first crop, Arlington Heights went one better than his previous start’s 2nd placing when scoring convincingly over 1700m at Grafton earlier this week. Much like his Cox Plate-winning and NZ Champion Sire half-brother Savabeel did with his early crops, Arlington’s progeny are coming into their own as they mature and tackle longer distances. A 2YO-winning, Gr1 placed 3YO, & $1.55 million Magic Millions yearling, now starting to attract better class mares following his first crop’s success and the continuing feats of close relation Black Heart Bart, Arlington will stand for $6,600 inc GST at Tamalee Farm in 2017.
Arlington has let down into a striking stallion
Kiwi Filly Set for Gr1 DoubleFriday, 28th April 2017Leading New Zealand two-year-old Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) will be chasing a trans-Tasman Group One double in Brisbane during the winter, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner has been set for the JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 10. The JJ Atkins was won by fellow Kiwi galloper Sacred Elixir last year. “She’ll have a trial and then run in the QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes two weeks before the Atkins,” said Jamie Richards, who trains the Commands filly with Stephen Autridge. Melody Belle also won the Karaka Million at Ellerslie during her summer campaign.
Marsh Happy With Travis DuoFriday, 28th April 2017Stephen Marsh can't split stable-mates Sofia Rosa and Thee Auld Floozie leading into tomorrow’s Gr2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr1 winners will be chasing the stable’s tenth black-type win of the season. "The Travis looks a lovely race for my mares and I like them both," Marsh said. "They will both be suited by the step up in distance." Sofia Rosa (Makfi) has had two runs at 2000m this season, both at Gr1 level in Australia, and she has made good progress since her fifth placing in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at Te Rapa. "She has gone ahead since the Breeders' Stakes and is right where we want her now," Marsh said. Thee Auld Floozie (Mastercraftsman) is coming off a second in the Gr1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. Earlier this season, she broke through at the top level with victory in Gr1 Thorndon Mile. "She's had a big campaign and we have had to peak her a few times," Marsh said. "She has done an incredible job and kept fronting up."
Vela Pair Chasing Travis SuccessFriday, 28th April 2017Meanwhile, Sir Peter Vela will look forward to tomorrow’s Gr2 Travis Stakes with two chances of adding to his previous three wins in the weight-for-age fillies and mares’ feature, reports NZ Racing Desk. Sir Peter and his late brother Philip first won the race (then known as the Dulcie Stakes) with Christiania Belle in 1993, then Dolmabache in 2012 and Rasa Lila last year. Rasa Lila is back to defend her title for Maungatautari trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie on Saturday and will be joined by the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Echezeaux. Darci Brahma mare Rasa Lila goes into the race as the higher-rated of the pair and looks an improver on her first-up sixth in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa three weeks ago. "She [Rasa Lila] needs to find a couple of lengths but she should have that improvement in her. Steven and Julia have said she has come on nicely since that run," Sir Peter's racing manager Garry Cossey said. "They are really happy with her. She's in a pretty good space but we hold no false illusions - it's a very strong edition of the Travis Stakes this year.” Echezeaux (Encosta de Lago) is the lowest-rated entry in the Travis Stakes but she resumed with a meritorious second placing at Hastings earlier this month and earlier this season won second-up at Trentham, defeating subsequent Gr2 performer Beefeater. "She has come back really well. Her sectionals at Hastings were very good compared to all other runners on the day," Cossey said.
Waterhouse & Bott FinedFriday, 28th April 2017Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have been fined $5,000 after being found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image or interests of racing, reports AAP. Waterhouse & Bott pleaded not guilty after they were charged under Australian Racing rule 175A. The charge related to an incident at the Breakfast with the Stars trackwork session at Randwick on 4 April, whereby horses nominated by their Tulloch Lodge stable were substituted for horses that were not authorised to participate in the session. The trainers have been advised of their right to appeal.
Australia & New Zealand Weekend Stakes ScheduleFriday, 28th April 2017Headlined by the Gr2 Victory Stakes in Brisbane, and the Gr2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa, there are 14 stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below are Saturday’s scheduled races in AET order, followed by their respective integrated fields, form and runner news, also in AET order:
- 12:24pm: Gr2 Travis Stakes (2000m) Te Rapa
- 12:53pm: Gr3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) Morphettville
- 1:34pm: Gr3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) Te Rapa
- 1:47pm: Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) Eagle Farm
- 2:35pm: Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) Caulfield
- 2:55pm: Gr3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) Hawkesbury
- 3:07pm: Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) Eagle Farm
- 3:35pm: Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) Hawkesbury
- 3:47pm: Gr3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) Eagle Farm
- 4:05pm: Listed City of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) Morphettville
- 4:15pm: Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) Hawkesbury
- 4:30pm: Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes (1440m) Caulfield
- 4:38pm: Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) Morphettville
- 5:14pm: Gr3 Chairman’s Stakes (2030m) Morphettville
Gr2 Travis Stakes (2000m) Te RapaFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) Eagle FarmFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Breeders' Stakes (1200m) MorphettvilleFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) Te RapaFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) HawkesburyFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) HawkesburyFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) Eagle FarmFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) HawkesburyFriday, 28th April 2017
Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (2030m) MorphettvilleFriday, 28th April 2017
Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) Eagle FarmFriday, 28th April 2017
Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) CaulfieldFriday, 28th April 2017
Listed City of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) MorphettvilleFriday, 28th April 2017
Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes (1440m) CaulfieldFriday, 28th April 2017
Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) MorphettvilleFriday, 28th April 2017
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateFriday, 28th April 2017After nearly thirty nine weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry maintains a slender advantage (less than $100,000) at the top of the national sire leader board with progeny earnings of $12.58 million. Nipping at his heels in second position is Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel with $12.48 million in earnings, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $10.2 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 27 April) are:
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,580,670
- Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,482,746
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $10,282,150
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,377,396
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $8,525,644
- High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,103,357
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $6,729,496
- Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,304,817
- Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $5,780,298
- Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $5,672,362
More to Come from Derby-Bound Colt: GosdenFriday, 28th April 2017John Gosden will give the unbeaten Cracksman another trial run before the English Derby after the Frankel colt overcame difficulties in running to win the Derby Trial (2000m) at Epsom on Wednesday. Carrying the same silks as 2015 Derby winner Golden Horn for owner Anthony Oppenheimer, Cracksman was tightened for room at the three-furlong pole before manoeuvring into the clear and surging late to grab runner-up Permian right on the line. "They went no pace and he got well and truly shut in and couldn't get out, and I'm delighted with how he picked up," said Gosden. "With a bit more pace he would have won easier, but I like the fact that he finished strong. They talk about Frankels being over exuberant, but this horse is so laid back." Gosden added: "He'll have another run, at Chester or York, and will come on a bundle for the race." Cracksman will be seeking to become the first horse in 78 years to win the Derby Trial-Derby double at Epsom on 3 June.
Medaglia dOro Colt Tops Day-2 of OBS SaleFriday, 28th April 2017A colt by Medaglia d’Oro topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training on Wednesday when selling for US$850,000. From the Gr2-winning mare Indian Vale, the colt was purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing, Bridlewood Farm and Robert Lapenta. On day two, 158 horses sold for a gross of US$13,917,500 compared with 165 that sold for US$12,323,500 at last year’s second session. The average price was US$88,085, up 18% compared to US$74,688 in 2016 while the median price was US$41,000, compared with US$45,000 a year ago.
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