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Daily News | 16th January 2018
Book 3 Final Piece Of Magic JigsawTuesday, 16th January 2018The final piece of the puzzle will fit into place today for Magic Millions today when Book 3 of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale will be held from midday Australian Eastern Summer Time (11am Queensland). Following a week of packed facilities that resulted in new benchmarks for the sale, owners and trainers will get a chance to roll the dice one more time when the final 46 catalogued lots are led into the ring. The opening salvo of the 2018 yearling sales season augurs well for the plethora of sales that lie ahead, with the next two majors the NZB National Yearling Sales Series which starts on 28 January at Karaka (see below), and the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale which starts on 10 February at Inglis’ magnificent new Riverside sales complex in Sydney.
May Sale to Include Karaka Million IncentiveTuesday, 16th January 20182018 will usher in a renewed structure to the NZB National Yearling Sales Series with the fresh format to flow over with changes to the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale. The sale will now be known as the 'Karaka May Sale', reflecting the diversity of bloodstock on offer at Karaka during this three-day auction. Furthermore, a major enhancement to the Yearling section is set to give the sale an additional boost. Yearlings offered will now be eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series. This will offer buyers another opportunity to contest the enhanced Karaka Million Series which now offers two $1 million races – the Karaka Million 2YO and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, as well as the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the remainder of their careers. Entries are now open for the Karaka May Sale which will be held across three days of selling from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 May at Karaka. Entries are open to the following categories: Weanlings, Yearlings, Two-Year-Olds, Unraced Stock, Racehorses, Stallion Shares and Broodmares. Star graduates of the sale include three-time Group 1 winner Gingernuts, six-time Group winner I Am a Star, and recently crowned Singapore Horse of the Year Infantry. NZB's Bloodstock Sales Manager Danny Rolston perceives the changes as a win-win. "Vendors will have the option to hang on to some of their yearlings later in the year giving them more time to mature," he said. "And now that they will be eligible for the Karaka Million it gives buyers added incentive to source their yearlings from this Sale." Important Dates:
- Entries close Wednesday 21 February 2018
- Karaka May Sale 7, 8 & 9 May 2018
Star Filly Well After Millions WinTuesday, 16th January 2018Tony McEvoy says Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) has pulled up remarkably well from her brilliant win in last Saturday's Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast. Sunlight, who marked herself as the best juvenile in Australia with her victory in the $2 million feature, will now be aimed at the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March. "She's in great form, come through the race in great shape," McEvoy told racenet. "She ate up Saturday night and was squealing and jumping around when she was taken out for a walk and a pick on Sunday." McEvoy continued: "I'm happy for her to chill out in Brisbane and go to the beach at Nudgee for the next few days but after that I'm undecided," he said, before adding that Sunlight may be spelled and prepared for the Golden Slipper at his farm in South Australia.
Lightning First-Up for RedzelTuesday, 16th January 2018Top-class sprinter Redzel is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, reports racing.com. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He'll have one trial, maybe next Monday at Rosehill, and then another one at Flemington," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "It should set him up for the 17th for the Lightning. 1000 metres down the straight suits him perfect. He loves Flemington. He's just a brilliant horse, it'll take a handy one to beat him." Snowden added: "Nothing's locked in beyond that. The Newmarket's probably not ideal being a handicap, he'll just get too much weight."
Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)
Winx Pleases WallerTuesday, 16th January 2018Chris Waller has provided an update on the progress of Winx after watching the champion mare gallop at Rosehill on Saturday. "I was happy with what she did," Waller told racenet. "She'll have another two gallops before trialling on Monday week. She's absolutely spot on. There's no change in her from this year to this time last year." Waller said the only real difference with Winx was that she was now more mature. "We're training a mature horse now and it's somewhat easier," he said. "In her early days she used to put 15 kilograms on each preparation and it was confusing but now I know what we've got and I'm really happy with her." Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) created history in the spring when she joined the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates and surpassed three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva to become the greatest prize money earner in Australian racing history. The 15-time Gr1 winner is expected to open her autumn campaign in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on 17 February.
Winx winning her third Cox Plate (image: Mark Gatt)
She Will Reign Hard Held In Impressive TrialTuesday, 16th January 2018Star 3YO filly She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain-Courgette, by Charge Forward) stepped out for her first public appearance since a spell when finishing second in a barrier trial at Warwick Farm yesterday. The Gr1 Golden Slipper & Gr1 Moir Stakes winner was given an easy time in the 800m heat finishing 1.3 lengths behind Super Too in a time of 46.40 seconds. Trainer Gary Portelli has previously stated that She Will Reign is likely to resume in the $250,000 Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm on 10 February as a lead-up to the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield a fortnight later. Click here to watch She Will reign's trial which clearly impressed experienced race caller Darren Flindell.
She Will Reign winning the Gr1 Moir Stakes (image: Mark Gatt)
Melham Happy With Champion FillyTuesday, 16th January 2018Meanwhile, jockey Ben Melham said he couldn't be happier with She Will Reign's first public trial at Warwick Farm yesterday. "It was an easy trial for a first trial but I was really happy with the way she pulled up, she pulled up like an athlete and recovered fast," Melham told racingnsw.com.au. "For a solidly run trial I was expecting her to have a bit more of a blow. She's quite forward but obviously has improvement in her and I couldn't have asked for her to trial any better." Melham added: "She's matured and strengthened up, she's not a little girl any more." She Will Reign is expected to open her autumn campaign in the $250,000 Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm on 10 February where she is likely to meet boom Melbourne sprinter Nature Strip. "Nature Strip is obviously going there and he looks promising back in Melbourne," Melham said. "He's got to come up to her level but he was very impressive the other day in good time. I also know how good this filly is so it'll be a good race."
Classic Colt in Top OrderTuesday, 16th January 2018Group 1-winning colt Embellish (Savabeel-Bling, by O'Reilly) is reportedly thriving ahead of the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday week (27 January), reports NZ Racing Desk. Last season's New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner is favourite for the Karaka Million Classic despite being beaten (4th) on his reappearance behind stable-mate and subsequent Gr1 Levin Classic winner Age Of Fire on Boxing Day. "He went and worked on the course proper at Ellerslie this morning [Monday] and Opie [Bosson] rode him and he was thrilled," Te Akau Racing principal and owner David Ellis said. Among Embellish's primary autumn targets is the $1 million Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March. "He's a very classy colt and after the Karaka Million he'll race in Melbourne and then we'll take him to Sydney. It's exciting times for us," Ellis added.
Kiwi Colt To Run In Gr1Tuesday, 16th January 2018Co-trainer Michael Pitman has confirmed that talented 3YO colt Sensei will take on the older horses in the Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham this Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Sensei was caught wide and over-raced when eighth in last weekend's Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) behind Age Of Fire (see below). "He's bounced through his run the other day very well and we wouldn't be backing him up unless we thought he was a serious winning chance," said Pitman, who trains in partnership with his son Matthew. "The plan was to have been four or five back on the fence and get smothered up, but never mind. I think he's a 1200 or 1400m horse." Sensei, who is a Dream Ahead half-brother to Queensland Guineas winner and Lyndhurst Stud Farm sire Rothesay, has hitherto won 4 of his 12 starts and was also placed in the Gr3 John Riggs Stakes (1400m) last spring.
Final Pegasus Work for Gun RunnerTuesday, 16th January 2018Gun Runner (Candy Ride-Quiet Giant, by Giant's Causeway) had his final serious gallop in preparation for the US$16 million Gr1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots on Sunday, reports Blood Horse. The Breeders' Cup Classic winner, who will retire to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky after the Pegasus at Gulfstream Park on 27 January, breezed six furlongs in 1:11 flat before galloping out to seven furlongs in 1:23, and one mile in 1:37. "He's an amazing horse and I thought that he went beautiful today," trainer Steve Asmussen said. Gun Runner stamped himself as the new king of North American racing with his fourth successive Group 1 triumph and his fifth overall in the BC Classic. His record currently reads 11 wins from 17 starts for US$9,037,138 in earnings.
Gun Runner Dam to Visit CurlinTuesday, 16th January 2018Meanwhile, Three Chimneys' chief operating officer Chris Baker has confirmed that Quiet Giant, the dam of Gun Runner, will be bred to Curlin this season, reports Racing Post. Quiet Giant, a Gr2 winner by Giant's Causeway, was rested last year after delivering a full-brother (by Candy Ride) to Gun Runner on 17 May. "Obviously, he's a very good stallion," Baker said of Curlin. "He suits her in pedigree, physical attributes and all the things we look for, such as stamina. It just made sense." Baker also confirmed that Three Chimneys will be supporting Gun Runner by reserving many of its top broodmares for the Breeders' Cup Classic winner when he retries to the farm after the Gr1 Pegasus World Cup on 27 January. Among those mares set to visit the 4-time Gr1 winner are:
- Gr1 winner Love And Pride - By A.P. Indy out of a half-sister to A.P. Indy's champion son Bernardini;
- Wapi - Gr1-winning Chilean champion by Scat Daddy; and
- With Flying Colors - By A.P. Indy out of Grade 1 winner My Flag and a half-sister to champion Storm Flag Flying.