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Daily News | 24th July 2017

  • Turangga Farm Dispersal: $600K for Brilliant Bisc

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Stuart Ramsey said he "couldn't be happier'' with the result of yesterday's Turangga Farm Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares Sale at White Park, Scone. The sale topper was stakes-winning mare Brilliant Bisc (Elvstroem x Stella Cadente), in foal to Exosphere, who was knocked down to Geoff Roan on behalf of Sir Owen Glenn for a new Scone record of $600,000. Brilliant Bisc's son by Written Tycoon was sold for $1 million to James Harron at this year's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. A winner of the Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes, Brilliant Bisc is a direct descendant of influential broodmare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress of outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente. She will be served by Newgate's Capitalist next season. With 87 Lots sold, yesterday's gross was $4,171,500 at an average price of $47,948. Other leading Lots included broodmares Private (Encosta de Lago x Good Faith) in foal to Vancouver selling to James Bester Bloodstock for $360,000, Clover Lane (O'Reilly x Sequential Charm) also in foal to Vancouver reaching $220,000 for Robertson Equine Investments, and Tenant's Tiara (Beautiful Crown x Maintenant) in foal to More Than Ready selling to Hollymount for $205,000. The top-priced weanling was a Your Song x Space Odyssey filly (Lot 23) for James Bester Bloodstock at $125,000. Ramsey was thrilled with the success of the sale. "We achieved what we set out to achieve and I'm really happy with the sale, really happy with it. It's grossed well,'' he said.
  • Winx to Trial This Morning

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she barrier trials at Randwick this morning. Winx will contest heat one over 900m at 8.45am this morning. She will be joined in the trial by Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes winner and stable-mate Foxplay, along with other Chris Waller trainees Antonio Giuseppe, Comin’ Through, Tom Melbourne, Who Shot Thebarman, Gr2 winning colts Diamond Tathagata & Souchez. Winx, a recent inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Click here to view all today’s Randwick barrier trial information.
  • Purchase Of 2,600 Acre Property For Equine Welfare

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Racing NSW has purchased a 2,600 acre property at Capertee to be used for the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of thoroughbreds after their racing careers, reports racingnsw.com.au. Located 40 minutes north of Lithgow, the property includes state of the art equestrian facilities that will provide the ideal environment for thoroughbred horses to be retrained after their racing careers. As part of the Racing NSW Equine Welfare Fund, horses will be retrained to find new homes in equestrian sports, pony club, polo and as pleasure horses or paddocks mates. All horses will be afforded the best of care and opportunity to find a suitable new home. The property will also be used as a location for industry training for future participants and as a home for retired champions of the turf. "This is a major investment, not only for the rehabilitation of racehorses which is a paramount objective of the board, but also as an investment for the future as a land bank that could have a multitude of uses for the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry in the future" said Racing NSW Chairman Russell Balding. Click here for the full article.
  • Rosehill Track Upgrade Commences

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    The Australian Turf Club has begun construction on another significant training track project as it continues to implement an infrastructure program for the long-term future of Sydney racing. Rosehill Gardens racecourse will be further enhanced as one of the premier centres of Australian thoroughbred racing and training, with major upgrades to training track infrastructure underway. As part of the Australian Turf Club’s strategic plan to improve and build the future prosperity of Sydney racing, two new training tracks, enhanced drainage, new irrigation and a service road will be part of a $6.5 million project at Rosehill Gardens. The upgrade matches significant investment in ATC Member and customer facilities at Rosehill Gardens in recent years, and has received the strong support of Rosehill Gardens trainers. It also comes as the ATC continues work at all of its racecourses, including:
    • A full rebuild of the Kensington track
    • A Polytrack at Canterbury Park for international and local horses
    • Ongoing works at Warwick Farm ahead of a full course proper rebuild.

    ATC Chief Executive Darren Pearce said the scope of works at all of Sydney’s metropolitan racecourses was the biggest long-term infrastructure program in the history of Sydney racing. “The Board and management of the ATC are focused on improving Sydney’s training and racing infrastructure for decades to come,’’ Mr Pearce said.

  • Sound Proposition Given Epsom Goal

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Trainer Kris Lees has earmarked the Gr1 Epsom Handicap as a suitable spring target for former Kiwi galloper Sound Proposition. Formerly trained out of the Matamata stable of Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott, Sound Proposition (Savabeel-Ebony Babe, by Ebony Grosve) has now won two of his three starts since relocating to Australia after shouldering 61.5kg (60kg after jockey Rachel King's allowance) to win the ATC Heritage Volunteers Handicap (1800m) at Randwick on Saturday. Already proven at the top level when landing the 2016 Gr1 Easter Stakes before it was downgraded to Gr2 status, Sound Proposition will now be aimed at the $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on 1st October. "I'll give him a bit of a freshen-up and get him ready for the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle and then the Epsom," Lees told Sky Racing. "I think he could be a lightweight chance in an Epsom."

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    Sound Proposition (image: Steve Hart)
  • Bright Future for Assimilate

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Co-trainer Paul Snowden believes flashy looking colt Assimilate is destined for better races next preparation, reports racingnsw.com.au. The China Horse Club-owned 2YO, who boasts a chestnut hue and striking white blaze, extended his perfect record to two wins from as many starts when showing narrowly defeating stable-mate Dracarys in the ATC Members For A Day Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. "It was a really good effort. We sent him to Kembla on purpose the other week as he is still very new in himself and very raw," Snowden told Sky Racing. "His work before he won at Kembla was very satisfying indicating he was heading the right way as far as his mindset was going and he has won accordingly and backed up with a nice win here today." He added: "He is still six months away and we'll more so be looking at the autumn next year." Snowden said runner-up Dracarys, a $1 million yearling, would improve from the run and also had a bright future. By Sebring out of the stakes-winning Commands mare Jester's Girl, Assimilate was purchased by China Horse Club and the US-based WinStar Farm for $420,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.


    Assimilate (image: Steve Hart)
  • Terry Wins Listed Oaklands Plate

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    J: M Neilson
    T: D R Brideoake
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Trusting
    D: Kendall Lass
    J: H Coffey
    T: Jason Warren
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Redoute's Choice
    D: Show Stealer
    J: J Holder
    T: Tony McEvoy
    W: 54 kgs
    S: High Chaparral
    D: Freckled Face
    J: D Tourneur
    T: P Stokes
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Choisir
    D: Antrim's Legend

    At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Turangga Farm's multiple Gr2-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Trusting (Tale Of The Cat-Legible, by Zabeel) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO black colt Terry (Trusting-Kendall Lass, by Sadler's Wells) secured an inside run to finish powerfully along the rails to win the $100,000 Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Kardashing & Bring Me Roses. Terry, who hails from the family of Gr1 Irish Derby & Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Grey Swallow, extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $76,650 in earnings.

  • Crack Me Up Wins Listed Tattersall's Mile

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    J: M Cahill
    T: L F Birchley
    W: 57.5 kgs
    S: Mossman
    D: Chuckle
    J: B E Grylls
    T: J F Meagher
    W: 57.5 kgs
    S: Savabeel
    D: Vanilla Sky
    J: J Byrne
    T: T J Gollan
    W: 57.5 kgs
    D: Reggie
    J: M Mc Gillivray
    T: B S Baldwin
    W: 57.5 kgs
    S: Show A Heart
    D: Art Gallery

    At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when 3YO bay gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) charged home to post a narrow win in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cruising Speed & Pindan Pearl. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 4 placings from 16 starts for $287,700 in earnings. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. Trainer Liam Birchley said there were better things to come from Crack Me Up. "He's eligible for the Magic Millions but unfortunately there's not a suitable race for him," Birchley told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He'll go for a break now but there's a lot of upside to him and he'll get stronger." He added: "I'm really looking forward to the future. He's got the scope to keep improving which is the exciting thing."

  • Jackpot Prince Wins Listed Belmont Classic

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    J: C Johnston-Porter
    T: G Durrant & J Miller
    W: 56.5 kgs
    D: Transit Of Venus
    J: P Carbery
    T: A D Mathews
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: Stryker
    D: Vaziri
    J: M Autier
    T: D T McAuliffe
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Hard Spun
    D: Stubborn
    J: Jarrad Noske
    T: Kerryn Parsons
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Blackfriars
    D: Crimson Centre

    At Belmont racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 3YO bay gelding Jackpot Prince (Casino Prince-Transit Of Venus, by Galileo) put up a remarkable performance when storming home from last on the turn to win the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating Persian Princess & Gatting. Jackpot Prince, who counts Gr1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes & VRC Oaks winner Diamond Shower (Zephyr Zip) as his third dam, improved his record to 4 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed WATC Aquanita Stakes) from 11 starts for $108,075 in earnings. Trainer Jason Miller, who prepares Jackpot Prince in partnership with Geoff Durrant, said the 3YO had the potential to develop into a Perth Cup horse. "Credit to the horse and to the ride. You might see him in a year's time a Perth Cup horse," Miller told the West Australian. "He'll be going out now. It's been a long campaign…he probably needed a spell a couple of runs ago." Jackpot Prince is the 15th stakes winner for Casino Prince who stands at Vinery in 2017 at a fee of $11,000.

  • Longchamp Wins Listed Opunake Cup

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    At Pukekura in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) added a black-type success when 5YO bay gelding Longchamp (Tavistock-Shot at the Title, by Danehill) successfully defended his title in the 65,000 Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Nashville & New York Minute. A NZ$40,000 yearling at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, Longchamp improved his record to 7 wins (including the 2016 Listed Opunake Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Hawkes Bay Guineas) from 22 starts for NZ$201,745 in earnings. Longchamp will now progress to the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (formerly the Makfi Challenge Stakes) at Hastings on 2 September, the race in which he finished 4th to Kawi last year.  "He's just so brave and although he's had a hard run all the way he's done the job. He's got a heart the size of a lion," trainer Andrew Campbell told NZ Racing Desk. "He's had a lot of issues on the way through so we're just so proud of him and I'm thrilled for all the people who have helped us along the way." He added: "It's just an amazing result and we can carry on towards the Group One now."
  • Kawi Work Pleases Trainer

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Multiple Group One winner Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) appeared in to be in top shape when galloping between races at New Plymouth yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Allan Sharrock-trained 6YO was never under any pressure as he worked at a steady pace in the hands of Jonathan Riddell through a lap of his home track. "We're hoping to go to the trials at Foxton next, providing they run them, and then into the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa," Sharrock said. Sharrock is quietly confident he has Kawi on schedule to create a piece of New Zealand racing history as he bids to become the first horse to win the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (formerly the Makfi Challenge Stakes) three times. "No horse has done it and it will be a bit of an ask," he admitted. "He's had a good break for a couple of months but we started on him a little earlier this time and at this stage I think I'm ahead of the eight ball." He added: "I wouldn't expect he could win the Foxbridge but if he happened to then I'd know we were going real good!"


  • Melbourne Off for Top Kiwi Filly

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Melbourne spring carnival plans have been abandoned for high-class Kiwi filly Volpe Veloce, reports NZ racing Desk. The aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", has hitherto won seven of her eight starts, including the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni, Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) & Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie. Her only defeat came when she was a gallant fourth in February's Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa. "She is a very, very good filly and we want to concentrate on winning a Group One here and then we may look at Sydney in the autumn," trainer Graham Richardson said. Volpe Veloce will resume in an open 1200m handicap at Te Rapa on August 5 as her lead in to the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings. "The Foxbridge Plate is too close to Hawke's Bay and this way there is three weeks between runs," Richardson said. "All going well, she will go back for the Windsor Park Plate and then we'll be looking at races like the Captain Cook Stakes and the Telegraph."
  • Racing Stunned By Haydock Death

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    The UK racing industry is mourning the death of a stalls handler who was fatally injured at Haydock on Friday, reports Racing Post. Sixty-year-old Stephen Yarborough sustained the injuries when he was run over by the stalls before the running of the fourth race. The remainder of the meeting was abandoned. John Bozza, CEO at RaceTech, said: "Our thoughts are very much with Stephen's family, close friends and his colleagues at this very sad time." He added: "Stephen was an experienced and popular member of the team; he will be hugely missed by everyone. We are doing all we can to support Stephen's family and the investigation at this stage." Police are investigating the incident.
  • Zebedee Adds UK Gr3

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    At Newbury in the UK, Cornerstone Stud shuttler & 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire Zebedee (Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) added a Group success when talented 5YO Irish-bred gelding Magical Memory (Zebedee-Maresem, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Charlie Hills in the Gr3 Hackwood Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Perfect Angel (Dark Angel) & Lady Macapa (Equiano). Magic Memory improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes & Gr3 Abernant Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup) from 22 starts for £484,637 in earnings. Crowned 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire and 2015 Champion European Second-Season Sire, Zebedee will stand at Cornerstone Stud in 2017 at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
  • 'Flat' Arrogate In Shock Loss

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest upsets in world racing in recent memory, champion US racehorse Arrogate suffered a shock defeat when fellow 4YO Accelerate romped to a crushing 8.5 length win in the US$300,000 Gr2 San Diego Handicap (8.5 furlongs) at Del Mar on Saturday. Set out at odds of 1-20, the horse currently rated the world's best looked a shadow of himself when trailing the five-horse field early before eventually finishing fourth, some 15.25 lengths behind the winner. "I'm at a loss for words," Arrogate's jockey Mike Smith told Blood Horse. "He was just flat - so flat. We were going around there OK, and then I took him outside like I did in the Dubai World Cup, but he just didn't pick it up." Trainer Bob Baffert was equally perplexed by Arrogate's performance. "I think he was just flat," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "I knew coming down here can be tough. Maybe I should have worked him down here. Mike said he was just flat and never in the race did he feel he had any horse…I think he just laid an egg." Winning trainer John Sadler conceded he was surprised by Accelerate's victory. "You want to win. You don't want to concede anything, but I'm surprised we won, because Arrogate is the best horse in the world, he said. "A couple of things went right for us and one of them was Arrogate didn't fire his best. That's what has to happen for these big upsets."

  • Lady Eli Wins Wins Gr1 Diana Stakes

    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Champion US mare Lady Eli claimed the fifth top-flight win of her brilliant career when landing the Gr1 Diana Stakes (9 furlongs) at Saratoga on Saturday. Conceding weight and a big lead to her rivals entering the stretch, Lady Eli called upon all her champion qualities to chase down pacesetter Quidura (Dubawi) to score by a head in the US$500,000 3YO+ fillies & mares feature. Antonoe (First Defence) was back in third. Trainer Chad Brown was effusive in his praise of the 5YO. "Today was one of her greatest races to date. Maybe her best," Brown told Blood Horse. "Giving eight pounds to the horse she ran down late in the stretch after breaking through the gate, going a little wide - she just overcame everything. Today she proved she's one of the all-time greats." Lady Eli (Divine Park-Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado) improved her record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Gamely Stakes, Gr1 Flower Bowl Stakes, Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf & Gr1 Belmont Oaks) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf & Gr1 Jenny Wiley Stakes) from 12 starts for US$2,719,800 in earnings. Lady Eli's record is all the more remarkable given she suffered a potentially career-ending bout of laminitis in July, 2015.

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