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Daily News | 13th July 2018
US Sprinter Bound for EverestFriday, 13th July 2018US trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed that he is planning to target The Everest with classy sprinter Bound For Nowhere. Bound For Nowhere (The Factor-Fancy Deed, by Alydeed) showed he would be a force to be reckoned with in The Everest when an excellent third to Australian-bred colt Merchant Navy in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot last month. "The Everest is the plan now. It works right in line with what I'd like to do," Ward told racing.com. "We've been in negotiations with slot holders. We've spoken to Coolmore, but that will likely depend on Saturday's July Cup and how the Aiden O'Brien trained horses run there."Ward added: "He ran a very credible race against best in world in the Diamond Jubilee. I wouldn't go unless he was going to have a big chance and I think he does." Ward said Bound For Nowhere was been booked to fly to Australia on 19 July, the same flight as Coolmore's Triple Crown winning stallion American Pharoah. "He flies over with the stallions and once he's there and gets out, he'll stay with a great friend of mine in Gai Waterhouse," said Ward. "He came home and had a little bit of a break and is now in quarantine at Ashford in Lexington."
First Crush Wins Listed Grafton CupFriday, 13th July 2018At Grafton on the NSW North Coast, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding First Crush (Husson-Loving New, by Choctaw Ridge) opened his stakes account with a strong win in the $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) for 3YO+, defeating Winkler & Reneged. Owned by well-known racing identity Max Whitby and purchased for $100,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal, First Crush improved his record to 7 wins and 14 placings (including the Listed Ipswich Cup & Listed Caloundra Cup) from 34 starts for $354,050 in earnings. "I told Max that I would win the Grafton Cup for him. I had little plan for the horse and I'm glad it's come off today," trainer Chris Munce told Sky Racing. Munce, who won the Grafton Cup aboard Count Scenario in 1999 and Storm Hill in 2005, joined Maurice McCarten as just the second person to win a Grafton Cup as a jockey and a trainer. "It's a lot of hard work but its not just about me," Munce said, "its also about my staff who work tirelessly."
Mrgn. Runners -4. First Crush (7)J: M R Du PlessisT: Chris MunceW: 55.5 kgsS: HussonD: Loving New 1.0L19. Winkler (13)J: J L TaylorT: J E EversonW: 55 kgsS: Rip Van WinkleD: Anne Carina 1.2L11. Reneged (6)J: C NewittT: John ThompsonW: 55 kgsS: MossmanD: Hussyanna 1.3L10. Miss Dubois (9)J: J ByrneT: M J DunnW: 55 kgsS: High ChaparralD: My Funny Face
Weekend Black Type Feature ScheduleFriday, 13th July 2018With just three weekends remaining of the 2017/18 racing season, there are four stakes races across Australia and Singapore this weekend. Below in AEST order are Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:
- 3:10pm: Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) Rosehill Gardens
- 3:30pm: Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) Caulfield
- 2:42pm: Gr3 The Queen's Cup (3200m) Sunshine Coast
- 6:20pm: Gr1 Singapore Derby (1800m) Kranji
Saturday 2:42pm: Gr3 The Queen's Cup (3200m) Sunshine CoastFriday, 13th July 2018
3:10pm: Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) Rosehill GardensFriday, 13th July 2018
3:30pm: Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) CaulfieldFriday, 13th July 2018
Sunday 6:20pm: Gr1 Singapore Derby (1800m) KranjiFriday, 13th July 2018
Japanese Stayers Entered for CupsFriday, 13th July 2018Japanese stayers Chestnut Coat and Sole Impact have been confirmed as entrants for this year's $5 million Caulfield Cup and $7.3 million Melbourne Cup, reports racing.com. The connections of both horses will be hoping they can emulate the success of fellow Japanese stayers Delta Blues and Pop Rock who ran 1-2 in the Melbourne Cup in 2006. "Chestnut Coat and Sole Impact are both quality horses and we identified them as potential Cups horses some time ago, so it's very pleasing that their connections have already announced that they will be sending them to Melbourne for the Spring Racing Carnival," said RV's general manager of international and racing operations, Paul Bloodworth.
Jukebox Primed for ReturnFriday, 13th July 2018Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher says he is looking forward to seeing smart colt Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestajune, by Rory's Jester) resume on his home track tomorrow, reports racenet. Not sighted since finishing well beaten by former stable-mate Merchant Navy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in November, Jukebox will open his spring campaign in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. Maher says Jukebox has lost none of his ability and that he even had s light edge of Merchant Navy as a young horse. "Jukebox and Merchant Navy were my standout young colts. Jukebox was actually more natural and sharper whereas Merchant Navy was one of those sort of horses that just knew how to get it done," Maher said. "I still do have a very high opinion of Jukebox. He has prepped up really well for his return to racing with a couple of impressive jump-outs. I expect him to run a really bold race." After Saturday, Maher said Jukebox was likely to head to the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 28.
Jukebox (image: Mark Gatt)
Fresh Start for TheanswermyfriendFriday, 13th July 2018Talented Melbourne galloper Theanswermyfriend will have his first start for new trainer Darren Weir when he steps out in the Ladbrokes Cashout Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Previously trained by Robert Smerdon and Henry Dwyer, Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) has hitherto won 4 of his 18 starts, highlighted by his victory in the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington last spring. "He is a very good galloper, don't worry about that," Weir told racenet. "But I'm sure he has got a lot more to come after Saturday. I've got no real expectations, he is an on speed horse and he will just roll along. He's been down at my beach stable, just poking around, he has had two jump-outs and is ready to go." Weir added: "I've got no real set plans for him for the next couple of months, I just want to see how he goes on Saturday."
Bletchingly Next for Nature StripFriday, 13th July 2018Meanwhile, Melbourne trainer Darren Weir says boom sprinter Nature Strip is likely to have his next run in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 28 July. Weir will be hoping that Nature Strip can persuade one of the remaining five slot-holders that he is the right horse to represent them in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Nature Strip's Bletchingly rivals are likely to include Vega Magic and highly rated stable-mate Danon Liberty.
Emperor To Continue Winning WayFriday, 13th July 2018Peter Snowden expects progressive stayer Emperor's Way (Roman Emperor-Laylia, by Redoute's Choice) to continue on his upward spiral when he runs in the Listed $150,000 Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The lightly raced 4YO is in career-best form having won five of his past six starts, including a maiden stakes win in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) at his most recent outing. "He was winning at a soft time of year but winning well and overcoming difficulties and winning," Snowden told racingnsw.com.au. "He's come back a big stronger and has a pedigree that suggests he will get better as he gets older." Snowden added: "If he keeps getting better he might measure up to something in the spring. At this stage I'm looking at the Wyong Cup, whether we go further time will tell."
Melbourne Cup Arrives in LondonFriday, 13th July 2018The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has officially landed in London ahead of its historic journey across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The European expedition will make up seven of 37 destinations selected to host the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. London is just the beginning of a remarkable maiden journey around the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. The $200,000 trophy will be in Newmarket from 11 July – 14 July as the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) reflects on the rich history of horse racing in the town as well as previous UK runners in the Cup. The final stop in the United Kingdom will be Stringston Farm, the birthplace of Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. The 18-carat gold trophy will then cross the Irish Sea and travel to The Curragh. Here it will pay a sentimental visit to the Irish National Stud, where 1993 Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop lived a long and happy retirement. This year's 158th edition of the Melbourne Cup will mark 25 years since the Irish-trained stayer produced a runaway victory and internationalised Australia's greatest race. The last stop of the tour will be attending Irish Oaks Weekend at The Curragh racecourse, where the VRC will have a reciprocal race on Sunday 22 July.
Model holding Melbourne Cup (image: VRC)
Man Booker Overcomes InjuryFriday, 13th July 2018Talented West Australian galloper Man Booker has recovered from a mystery hoof injury and is thriving as he prepares for the Ascot carnival later in the year, reports the West Australian. Trainer Dan Morton said the multiple stakes winner would be aimed at the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November. "The vets couldn't find out exactly what his problem was last spring, but we just put him aside for six months to get over it," said Morton. "He's tracking along well. He's about two-thirds of the way through this prep. We've just got him on a slow build given he had a fair amount of time off." Morton added: "He's at least a month off being ready to race, but we'll probably put him aside again and then get ready for the carnival."
Ribchester Has Right Credentials for AustraliaFriday, 13th July 2018The arrival of dual Champion European miler Ribchester at Darley's Kelvinside farm in NSW this season not only offers breeders the opportunity to send their mares to a hugely exciting young stallion, but also one that possesses a rare set of Stakes-winning qualities. Ribchester brings to Australia assets that have been shown to be perfectly suited to the local environment: a son of successful shuttle stallion Iffraaj, record-breaking form at a mile, and free of Danehill/Danzig blood. Trained by Richard Fahey, Ribchester (Iffraaj-Mujarah, by Marju) won 6 of his 16 starts for £2.7 million in prize money. His biggest wins were in the Gr1 Prix Jacques le Marois, Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes and Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp which earned him Champion European miler honours in 2017. Ribchester, the highest-rated horse descended from the blue hen Fall Aspen after the great Dubai Millennium, began stud duties at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €30,000 earlier this year. Darley's Head of Sales in Australia, Alastair Pulford, describes Ribchester as, "one of the best shuttle stallions the organisation has ever stood." Pulford continued, "His father Iffraaj is a top Mr Prospector-line sire who has already succeeded in this part of the world. Ribchester represents a great outcross for the many Danehill-line mares in this country – mares by Exceed And Excel, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and many others are really going to suit this magnificent individual." Ribchester will stand his first Australian season at $24,750.
Two Lots Top Day 2 Of July SaleFriday, 13th July 2018The German-trained Degas, a Gr3 winning son of Exceed And Excel, and Olympic Odyssey, a son of Camelot, were the joint top sellers on day two of the Tattersalls July Sale when selling for 100,000 guineas apiece. Degas was knocked down to agent Jamie Railton, while Olympic Odyssey was purchased by Stephen Hillen Bloodstock. The well-related son of Camelot is out of Group 1 Prix de la Foret winning mare Field Of Hope who carries a ‘Timeform’ rating of 78. Hillen commented after the sale: "He is for a new client, and will be going jumping. He is a gorgeous horse, and by Camelot who has such a good stint of things of late. He'll have an easy month now, and then go to his new base and he stays in England." The second day of trade saw a total of 3,483,000 guineas realised for the 171 lots sold at an average of 20,368 guineas and a median of 12,000 guineas. The clearance rate for the day was a remarkable 96%.