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Daily News | 19th July 2018
NSW Announce World's Richest Country Race - The KosciuszkoThursday, 19th July 2018Racing NSW yesterday announced an exciting new race on the NSW racing calendar - the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko - to be run on Everest day at Royal Randwick on 13 October. The Kosciuszko will be restricted to NSW country trained horses which will make it the richest country race in the world. The initiative was announced by the Honourable Paul Toole MP, Minister for Lands and Forestry, and Minister for Racing. "The race is a great way to showcase NSW country-trained horses, giving them the chance to compete at one of Australia's biggest days of racing," he said. "I congratulate Racing NSW on this exciting new initiative to support regional NSW racing, which plays such a vital role in cities and towns across the state." Through a joint venture promotion with the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), Tabcorp and Racing NSW, members of the public will be able to buy a $5 ticket for a chance to own a part share in a horse for The Kosciuszko race. There will be 250,000 tickets sold and 12 winning tickets drawn. Each winning ticket holder will then have an entry in The Kosciuszko and can select a NSW country trained horse to race in their entry. Racing NSW can assist the winning ticket holders in identifying horses for selection. Tickets in the Kosciuszko promotion will go on sale on Thursday 19 July 2018 and the draw will be held on 14 September 2018. The Kosciuszko will be run over 1200 metres and will be run at set weights and penalties, with eligibility restricted to horses trained in Country NSW as at 18 July 2018.
NSW Announce $24M Prize Money BoostThursday, 19th July 2018Racing NSW also announced yesterday a broad range of prize money increases totalling $24 million annually that will take effect from 1 September 2018. "We are delighted to be able to deliver these significant increases in prize money across all three sectors coinciding with the start of the spring," said Racing NSW Chairman Mr Russell Balding. From September minimum prize money for Saturday metropolitan races will increase by $25,000 to $125,000 per race, which headlines increases across metropolitan, provincial and country meetings. Minimum prize money for provincial races will increase from $30,000 to $35,000, while country races will see a rise from $20,000 to $22,000. Two feature races of The Championships, namely the Percy Sykes Stakes and the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, have had their prize money levels boosted by $400,000 taking them to $1 million per race. The majority of the increase in prize money will be for horses finishing fourth to tenth in races, boosting returns to connections of horses not finishing in the top three. In order to improve the cash flow for trainers, in a first for NSW racing, part of the increased prize money paid for horses finishing in these positions will be paid by Racing NSW directly to the trainer. This will provide a $13.1 million improvement to trainers' cash flows. Click here to view full media release.
Prize Money Increase To Benefit Whole Industry: V'landysThursday, 19th July 2018Racing NSW Chief Executive Mr Peter V'landys says the prize money increases announced yesterday are designed to benefit the entire NSW racing industry. The $24 million in increases, which will take effect from 1st September 2018, will boost total prize money in NSW to $260 million annually - the highest of any racing jurisdiction in Australia. "NSW not only stages the world's richest race on turf in The Everest - races for $13 million this October, but is underpinned by outstanding levels of minimum prize money across all sectors," said V'landys. "Prize money in NSW has increased by more than $130 million annually across a seven-year period. The success of thoroughbred racing in NSW over this time is due in no small part due to the thousands of hard-working industry participants and the many thousands of owners that continue to subsidise the industry. These prize money increases importantly focus on benefitting a wider spread of participant groups."
Missile First-Up for KementariThursday, 19th July 2018Godolphin trainer James Cummings has confirmed that star colt Kementari will make his seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 4 August. The 3YO Lonhro colt proved himself to be one of the best milers in Australia when winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas(1600m) and finishing third behind Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in the autumn. "Kementari has looked impressive in preparation for his first-up run in the Group 2 Missile Stakes over 1200 metres," Cummings told ANZ Bloodstock News. "His first Group 1 aim is the Memsie Stakes [Gr1] at Caulfield." Cummings added: "There are a number of options for him this spring and we will see how he progresses through to the Memsie." The $500,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 2 September.
Kementari (image: Steve Hart)
Aurie's Star Target for Irish ImportThursday, 19th July 2018Meanwhile, Godolphin's Irish import Home Of the Brave is likely to have his first Australian start in the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 11 August. The son of Starspangledbanner is a two-time Group 3 winner in the UK and tuned up for his Australian debut with a brilliant 4.8 length barrier trial win at Rosehill on 9 July. "Home Of The Brave made quite an impression at his first Australian trial, but it will be interesting to see if he is ready to adapt quickly enough to show that sort of form in good races in spring," trainer James Cummings told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He may resume first-up in the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap on August 11." Click here to watch Home Of The Brave's barrier trial win.
US Navy Flag Enjoying Rest Before EverestThursday, 19th July 2018Coolmore's Tom Magnier has provided an update on US Navy Flag who will represent the powerful Irish operation in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. US Navy Flag (War Front-Misty For Me, by Galileo) confirmed plans to run in The Everest after scoring a comfortable front-running victory in the Gr1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket last weekend. "He will obviously take Coolmore's slot in The Everest and we are very excited to have a horse in the race," Magnier told Sky Sports Radio. "He will stay at Ballydoyle and have a break. We will take it easy for a while because by the time The Everest comes around it would have been a long season for him." Magnier added: "He will then do some light work before Aidan [O'Brien] progressively steps up his work and then he will do his quarantine at Ballydoyle. There is a section that they use for quarantine there, and they will get him ready with the other horses we having coming down to Australia for the spring carnival." Magnier said US Navy Flag could also run in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on 10 November. "Yes, 100 per cent," he said. "There wouldn't be much on for him at home [in Ireland] so that race would certainly be a possibility."
Jameka Pleases in GallopThursday, 19th July 2018Star mare Jameka has pleased her connections after galloping between races at Sandown yesterday. The three-time Group 1 winner and Caulfield Cup heroine was sold for $2.6 million at this year's Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale to her original part owners Colin and Janice McKenna who are keeping an open mind as to whether she has one final campaign in the spring. "She moved great, she's always had a huge action, that hasn't changed, she pulled up well in the wind - all in all, very happy," said trainer Ciaron Maher's assistant David Eustace. "Ciaron's been delighted with her, but stressing it is week by week. She is going to have a jump-out at Caulfield Tuesday, provided she comes through today fine."
Team Snowden Elated by FillyThursday, 19th July 2018Co-trainer Paul Snowden has identified smart filly Pure Elation as one of Team Snowden's most exciting prospects leading into the spring. Raced by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) showed a stack of promise in the autumn finishing runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes, before rounding out her campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. That win, however, was not without incident, with the rising 3YO suffering a bleeding attack during the race. "We're quite excited about her," Paul Snowden told racenet. "She had her mandatory two-month spell in the paddock, and an eight-week spell for a young horse is gold. She's really turned into a lovely filly." He added: "She's only been in the stables for three weeks and we're going to bring her up nice and steady. You'll probably see her step out at the trials mid-August at the earliest." Pure Elation holds Group 1 entries in races such as the Golden Rose, Flight Stakes and Thousand Guineas, but Snowden said no targets had been locked in as yet. "We're going to be guided by her but she's very exciting," he said. "We'll enter her for whatever she's eligible for but she will decide her targets."
Pure Elation (image: Steve Hart)
Big Stage Awaits Our LibrettoThursday, 19th July 2018Melbourne trainer Grahame Begg is predicting a bright future for former Kiwi mare Our Libretto after she scored a stylish debut win at Sandown yesterday. Owned by Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Our Libretto was having her first run in a year when bounding to a impressive 2.75 length win in a set weights fillies & mares maiden over 1400 metres. By O'Reilly out of the stakes-winning Zabeel mare Etoile Due Nord, Our Libretto is a half-sister to Gr3 Hobart & Launceston Cup winner Epingle and cost $400,000 at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud. "She's been in work for some months. She had quite a few issues in New Zealand and we've just given her plenty of time," Begg told racing.com. "She's bred to get over a lot more ground but that was a very strong win today." Begg added: "I think she is a really exciting prospect going forward and if she can race up to her pedigree we can make some nice plans with her. She has a lot of upside...The spring has come a bit early for her but I think there is a lot to look forward to with her next year."
Frankel Son Has Melbourne Cup AimThursday, 19th July 2018The Melbourne Cup has been revealed as the long-term aim of UK stayer Count Octave. Count Octave, by Frankel, is owned by Qatar Racing's Sheikh Fahad al Thani who has already won a Melbourne Cup courtesy of Dunaden in 2011. Dunaden raced in the yellow colours of Pearl Bloodstock which preceded Qatar Racing and now sits under the umbrella of the main operation. Trainer Andrew Balding said Count Octave will have one more run before embarking on a trip to Australia. "Count Octave's likely route will be either the Lonsdale Cup or the Ebor at York. It depends on where Sheikh Fahad would like to run him, with the former being the more likely. However, long term, the aim is the Melbourne Cup," Balding told the Qatar Racing website. David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing, added: "Sheikh Fahad has been very fortunate to already win the Melbourne Cup but I know he would love to do so again in the colours of Qatar Racing. Count Octave has some good form that ties in with some real Group 1 horses, so hopefully we can get to that stage safe and sound and then the excitement can begin. Qatar Racing has horses with trainers all over the world and we are always looking at international opportunities and the prizes don't come much bigger than the Melbourne Cup."
Well Bred All Too Hard Colt Set for DebutThursday, 19th July 2018New Zealand trainer Fraser Auret is expecting a bold showing when well-bred colt Dratini makes his debut over 1200m at Hastings today. By Vinery's 4-time Group 1 winning stallion All Too Hard, Dratini is out of the former top-class Kiwi mare Dorabella (Postponed), a two-time Group 1 winner of the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas and Captain Cook Stakes. Dratini was purchased by Beamish Bloodstock International for $150,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia Ora Stud. "He's a very forward sort of colt and 1200m will suit him," Fraser told NZ Racing Desk. "He's a beautiful animal who is owned in Hong Kong and we're very fortunate to have him." Dratini is owned by Dynasty Racing, who are managed by New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Paul Beamish and have 10 horses with Auret. "I've got a lot of time for this one and he's been very professional in everything he's done," Auret added. "He's the type of horse that we'd like to head toward the Wanganui Guineas with if all the cards fall the right way."
Melbourne Cup Plan for Kiwi MareThursday, 19th July 2018Trainer Allan Sharrock has announced the Melbourne Cup program for talented Kiwi stayer Ladies First, reports NZ Racing Desk. Sharrock has mapped out five preparatory races for the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner in order to have her at her peak on the first Tuesday in November. "She'll run in an open sprint at Otaki and then the open mile race on the same day as the Makfi," said Sharrock. "Safely through that, it will be the open 2000m at Hastings and then I think she'll be competitive in the Livamol Classic. All going well, it will be the Moonee Valley Cup and straight into the Melbourne Cup." Sharrock said Ladies First (Dylan Thomas-Just Polite, by Dehere) was progressing well and that he didn't expect her to show form until she got out to 2000 metres.