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Daily News | 18th September 2018

  • NEW Gr1 Golden Rose Field & Barrier Draw

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018

    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the running of the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. A field of 11 has been assembled for the 3YO set weight feature, with the Kris Lees-trained & Alan Bell-owned colt Graff the current TAB favourite at $3.50. Next in the market are the three Chris Waller stable-mates The Autumn Sun at $4.50, Lean Mean Machine at $6, and Zousain at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds. Zousain has passed a vet examination after recovering from an elevated temperature and will take his place in the race.

  • NEW Redzel Fitness Update

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Team Snowden has provided an update on the progress of defending Everest champion Redzel following his withdrawal from Saturday's Gr2 Shorts at Randwick due to muscle soreness. Co-trainer Peter Snowden advised Racing NSW Stewards on Tuesday morning that Redzel has received chiropractic treatment and is responding well. Redzel was examined by Racing NSW Veterinarian, Dr James Mizzi, on Monday afternoon with no abnormalities detected. Connections remain confident that Redzel will be fit in time to defend his Everest title at Randwick on 13 October.

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    Redzel (image: Steve Hart)
  • NEW English Cleared by Vets

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Meanwhile, a vet inspection conducted by Racing NSW on Monday afternoon has detected no abnormalities with top sprinting mare English. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare kicked off her Everest campaign with a lacklustre performance (6th of 7) in last Saturday's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick. Despite the disappointing display, connections intend to press on towards the $13 million Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October with Bott advising stewards that the stable was satisfied with English's post-race condition.

    English (image: Steve Hart)
  • NEW Bart Cummings Next for Avilius

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Trainer James Cummings confirmed on Tuesday that exciting UK-bred import Avilius (Pivotal-Alessandria, by Sunday Silence) will make his next appearance in the Gr3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on 6 October. There was speculation Avilius could run in the Gr1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday week, but Cummings says the 5YO will instead head to Melbourne for the race named in his grandfather's honour. "We feel that giving Avilius a look at Flemington with the hope of gaining a start in the Melbourne Cup is the right way to go with the horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "We discussed this as a team and are confident this is the best lead up to the Cup and we are all extremely excited to be going down this path." Avilius, who is unbeaten in three starts in Australia after yet another impressive win in last weekend's Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, is being aimed at next month's Caulfield Cup.

    Avilius (image: Steve Hart)
  • Viddora on Track For Moir

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    High-class sprinting mare Viddora tuned up for her spring return with a comfortable 800m barrier trial win at Cranbourne yesterday. A winner of the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in December, Viddora is scheduled to launch her spring campaign in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, 28 September. "I'm very happy with her. She just cruised around," trainer Lloyd Kennewell told racing.com. "Everything has gone well so far with the preparation and we're on track for the Moir Stakes on Friday week." Kennewell said he also hasn't given up hope of Viddora securing the final slot in the $13 million Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "Obviously there's one slot left and stranger things have happened," he said. "We'll just stick to our plan and go to the Moir and then the Manikato after that."
  • Shoals Second in Trial

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Shoals has continued her build up to next month's Everest with an impressive barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday. The three-time Gr1 winner travelled strongly in her heat to be beaten a short head by Illustrious Lad over 800m. Shoals, who resumed with a pleasing third behind Nature Strip in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) in track record time (56.95) at Moonee Valley ten days ago, will have her next start in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September.
  • Guineas Prelude Next for Tavisan

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Trainer Mick Price says improving New Zealand-bred colt Tavisan will run next in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on 30 September en route to the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 13 October, reports NZ Racing Desk. Price was more than pleased with the 3YOs third placing in last Saturday's Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington when not everything went to plan. "He drew barrier three and was taken to the outside," Price said. "I think that caused him to be a bit unbalanced. I think that if he had maintained his own line in the race he would have attacked the line a little bit better." Price expects Tavisan's talent to come to the fore when he eventually steps up to a mile in the Guineas. "He's a tough horse; he pulled up fantastic this morning," he said. "He's a good tempered horse like a lot of those Tavistock's and he'll train on no problem. We think 1400m in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and into the Caulfield Guineas would be beautiful."
  • Top Prospects Breeze in Style at Gold Coast

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    The third session of breeze-ups leading into next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale produced many sparkling performances at the Gold Coast Turf Club yesterday. Lot 220, a supplementary lot from the draft of Alexia Fraser Bloodstock, ran the quickest breeze of the day when clocking 10.03 seconds. The 2YO colt is by exciting young freshman sire Whittington, a track record breaking winner of the Magic Millions Sprint before retiring the stud. The Whittington colt was one of 56 two-year-olds of the 76 to run sub-11 second breeze-ups. Others to impress on the day included:
    • Spirit of Boom filly (Lot 11 - 10.85 secs)
    • Zoustar colt (Lot 27 - 10.75 secs)
    • Better Than Ready colts (Lot 41 - 10.5 secs and Lot 213 - 10.23 secs)
    • Deep Field colt (Lot 43 - 10.15 secs)
    • Sebring colt (Lot 60 - 10.7 secs)
    • Sizzling colts (Lot 72 - 10.29 secs and Lot 131 - 10.4 secs),
    • Tavistock colt (Lot 193 - 10.78 secs)
    • Smart Missile colt (Lot 203 - 10.53 secs)
    • Hinchinbrook colt (Lot 211 - 10.18 secs)

    Yesterday's gallops on the Gold Coast was the third of four breeze-up sessions and followed successful sessions at Warwick Farm in Sydney and Seymour in Victoria. A final breeze-up session will be held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on October 8, a day before the Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale is held at the Magic Millions Sales Complex. Click here to view catalogue and breeze up times.

  • Inaugural Taupo Breeze Ups a Success

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Inglis’ inaugural Taupo breeze ups ahead of the 2018 Ready2Race sale have been completed. In what is a boost for the catalogue, 2018 is the first time vendors from New Zealand have participated in the sale. In all, 9 horses went around the track. Lot 98, the Tavistock colt ex La Bella presented by Ohukia Lodge ran the fastest time of 10.70s. The final breeze up takes place at Sydney on Friday (Sept 21) when Warwick Farm hosts 100 juveniles breezing up from 10am. The Inglis Ready2Race Sale is being held at Riverside Stables on Monday October 15. It will be preceded by inspections days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 12-14, as well as a brunch at Riverside Stables for all interested participants on the morning of Friday October 12. Click here to view the Ready2Race catalogue.
  • Asharani Another Potential Top-liner for Vandyke

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Trainer David Vandyke may have another top-class horse on his hands in the form of Queensland filly Asharani. Vandyke was the man responsible for guiding the career of former champion filly Yankee Rose, and is hoping Asharani can scale similar heights by aiming her towards the $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 13 October. The 3YO daughter of I Am Invincible showed why Vandyke holds her in such high regard when finishing second to Gr1 winner Viddora in an open 800m barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday. "We were up against some serious Group 1 horses and we had a change of riding tactics today - we decide to go forward with her," Vandyke told racing.com. "They were all in a line turning for home and she fought on well." After scoring a highly impressive debut win at Ipswich in July, Asharani was placed under ban by Racing NSW stewards when resuming with a disappointing effort (9th of 10) at Doomben ten days ago. However, Vandyke says the filly is over her issues and will enter her in the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on 30 September. "We're here to run in the Thousand Guineas Prelude in two weeks," he said. "This filly was under a ban so she had to trial before she raced so we thought she'd have a spin around here the Melbourne way of going and she passed that test so we're looking forward to the Prelude." From the stakes winning mare Fuji Dancer, Asharani hails from the family of Caulfield & Melbourne Cup winner Gurner's Lane and VRC Derby and Caulfield Guineas winner Sovereign Red.
  • Lock Charge Flying Ahead of Gr1

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Te Aroha trainer Peter Lock is looking forward to watching talented galloper Hiflyer in the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Hiflyer, who hails from the outstanding female family of champion Australian racehorse Might And Power and 4-time Gr1 winning filly Mosheen, finished a close second to Melody Belle in the first leg of the Hawke's Bay triple crown, the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), earlier this month and Lock believes he is better suited at the mile. "We're really happy with him. He has come through his Tarzino run very well," Lock said. "We were very happy with the way he has pulled up and his work has been great. The mile distance is his go. I think if he can get a nice draw...we'd be over the moon." After Saturday, Hiflyer's two remaining spring targets are the Gr1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on 6 October, and the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
  • Australian Sires Premiership Update

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    After approximately seven weeks of the 2018-19 racing season, Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible remains on top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $1.78 million. In second spot is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, just ahead of Arrowfield Stud's incumbent record-breaking two-time Champion Australian Sire Snitzel. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 17 September) are:
    1. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $1,785,435
    2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $1,491,919
    3. Snitzel (Snitzel) - $1,396,785
    4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $1,290,425
    5. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $1,216,406
    6. Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) - $1,034,115
    7. Teofilo (Galileo) - $1,007,350
    8. Lonhro (Octagonal) - $976,387
    9. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $971,320
    10. Exceed and Excel (Danehill) - $944,980
  • Galileo Equals Sadler's Wells' Gr1 Record

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Galileo has equalled the mark of his own sire Sadler's Wells with 73 Gr1 winners worldwide following the victory of Flag Of Honour in Sunday's Irish St Leger at The Curragh, reports Racing Post. Having emulated the feat of his legendary father, Galileo will now attempt to chase down the all-time record of 84 Gr1 wins held by the great Danehill. Galileo's leading Gr1 winning progeny include the incomparable Frankel (10 x Gr1 wins), Highland Reel (6), Minding (7), New Approach (5), Cape Blanco (5), and Australia and Igugu both with 4 top-flight wins.
  • Turnbull Next for Grunt

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Trainer Mick Price says Grunt (O'Reilly-Ruqqaya, by Van Nistelrooy) is likely to make his next appearance in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes en route to the Caulfield Cup. Last season's Australian Guineas winner claimed the second top-flight win of his career when scoring a runaway success in the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on the weekend. "I'll speak to the owners and Damien Oliver and just get a feel from them in regards to what's next," Price told racing.com. "If I had to choose I'd be leaning toward the Turnbull Stakes and then into the Caulfield Cup I'd say." The $500,000 Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) will be run at Flemington on 6 October.

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    Grunt (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Baker & Forsman Stars Underwood Bound

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Star Kiwi stable-mates Jon Snow and Bonneval are likely to continue their spring carnival campaigns in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on 30 September. Jon Snow showed he was on track for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with an excellent third in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), while Bonneval resumed from a long layoff with a ninth in the Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley ten days ago. "I thought he [Jon Snow] was very good on Saturday as it was only his second run back and he will take a ton of improvement from it," co-trainer Murray Baker told NZ Racing Desk. "It was an outstanding field with nine Group One winners in it, so to see him fight on so strongly was very pleasing. I’m not quite sure where we will go next with Jon Snow but the Underwood at Caulfield is a likely option for him." Baker added: "Bonneval is going there as well and I will be looking for an improved showing from her. I wasn’t disappointed with her race at Moonee Valley as she had only had the one trial leading in to it, so we were behind the eight ball a bit with her."

    Jon Snow (image: Steve Hart)
  • Gr1 Metrop Mile Hero Retires To Spendthrift

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Multiple Gr1-winning millionaire Mor Spirit, who’s best known for his dominant victory in the 2017 Metropolitan Handicap (G1), has been retired to stand 2019 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Mor Spirit is the newest stallion to be offered through Spendthrift’s renowned Share The Upside program. His Share The Upside fee will be US$10,000 stands & nurses on a one-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right in Mor Spirit after producing just one live foal in 2020. He will also be offered for $US10,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract. “The term ‘brilliant’ is tossed around quite a bit, but Mor Spirit was truly a brilliant racehorse,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “He accomplished some extremely desirable things that very few stallion prospects accomplish. The Met Mile is one of the most storied stallion-making races in our sport, and Mor Spirit is the only horse in the last 25 years (since Holy Bull in 1994) to win a Grade 1 at two (Los Alamitos Futurity) and go on to win the Met Mile. That’s pretty remarkable, and it speaks to his quality.” Toffey noted, “Add in the fact he was a US$650,000 2-year-old that Bob Baffert picked out, and it tells you a lot about his physical makeup. We’re very excited to have him.” Mor Spirit retires with earnings of $1,668,400 for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert, finishing first or second in 11 of 14 career starts. The multiple Gr1-winning millionaire retires to Spendthrift as the most accomplished son of the brilliant Eskendereya. He hails from the multiple stakes-winning Dixie Union mare, Im a Dixie Girl.

  • Crack Me Up Named QLD HOTY

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Multiple Group-winner Crack Me Up was named the 2017/18 Queensland Thoroughbred of the Year at the 2018 Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Sunday night, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Other major winners on the night were trainer Tony Gollan, who collected his fifth Queensland Trainer of the Year title, while Jeff Lloyd was honoured as the state’s best jockey. Eureka Stud's Spirit Of Boom also capped a stellar first season taking home the Champion First Season Stallion & Champion 2YO Stallion awards. Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell congratulated the 29 award recipients on the night, which included five new inductees into the Racing Queensland Hall of Fame. "Participants are the beating heart of the Queensland racing industry and they work extremely hard to ensure our sport continues to grow each year," he said. "It is important that we stopped to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements of our participants over the past 12 months. Congratulations to Tony Gollan, Jeff Lloyd and the connections of Crack Me Up for taking out the major awards and to all on another successful racing season in Queensland."

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    Crack Me Up winning the Gr2 Villiers in December (image: Steve Hart)
  • Alpha Centauri Retired

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Star UK filly Alpha Centauri has been retired after suffering a chipped fetlock in her surprise defeat in Saturday's Gr1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. Trained by Jessica Harrington on behalf of her owner-breeders the Niarchos family, Alpha Centauri (Mastercraftsman-Alpha Lupi, by Rahy) retires as the top rated filly in Europe with four consecutive Gr1 races, namely the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Falmouth Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois. Her record reads 6 wins from 10 starts and £1,259,659 in earnings. Alan Cooper, racing manager to the Niarchos family, said: "Unfortunately the decision has been taken to retire Alpha Centauri on veterinary advice and on consultation with Jessie." Cooper added: "She had a chip in her right front fetlock - which you could see her feeling in the closing stages yesterday. It's not a catastrophic injury and hopefully she can enjoy a successful career as a broodmare."

  • Saxon Warrior Retired

    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    Meanwhile, Coolmore has announced that Saxon Warrior has been retired after suffering a tendon injury when runner-up to Roaring Lion in Saturday's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. "He badly damaged his tendon in the race," trainer Aidan O’Brien told the Irish Times. "It’s a big pity. He was an amazing horse." By Deep Impact out of Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Maybe (Galileo), the Japanese-bred Saxon Warrior won 4 of his 9 starts for £1,117,093 in earnings. He retires as a dual Gr1 winner of the Racing Post Trophy and English 2,000 Guineas.

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