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Daily News | 20th February 2018
Records Smashed At MM Perth SaleTuesday, 20th February 2018Records tumbled across the board yesterday as Book One of the 2018 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale produced the best day's trade in the history of the event. Three yearlings sold for $200,000 or more and 28 sold for six figures during a record trading day. Unprecedented interest in the new format of the sale led to a new record price for a day’s selling in Perth as well as a record median and what is understood to be an Australian record clearance for a major yearling sale. Over 94% of all lots offered on the day were sold returning a gross of over $8.35 million and average price of $64,258. The median price was $50,000. The top seller on the day was Lot 19, the Not a Single Doubt x All Friared Up colt from Dawson Stud who was purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock from Queensland for $210,000. "It was an amazing day," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "The positivity around the grounds before the sale was phenomenal and I’d say we’ve had one of the greatest day’s selling in Perth Yearling Sale history. The confidence in the local racing industry was shown here today. There’s great prize money, great incentives and they’ve come here to buy horses." Book Two of the 2018 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale commences at 11am (WA time) today.
MM Perth Book 1: Top SellersTuesday, 20th February 2018
- $210,000 – Not a Single Doubt x All Friared Up colt (Victoria Peak Bloodstock)
- $200,000 – Nicconi x Fully Chargeable filly (Simon Miller Racing)
- $200,000 – Zoustar x Magnus Missile colt (Parnham’s Racing Stable)
- $180,000 – Hinchinbrook x Morinda colt (Pearce Racing)
- $175,000 – Written Tycoon x Just Envy Her colt (Gary Moore Racing)
- $170,000 – Redoute’s Choice x Hifalutin colt (Gangemi Racing)
Payne Delighted With Ace ColtTuesday, 20th February 2018Trainer David Payne is not ruling out taking on Winx in the autumn with Ace High providing the colt performs up to expectations beginning with Saturday's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. "I'm happy with him, we're just building him up to his target. If he finishes a length or two off them I'd be happy," Payne told racingnsw.com.au. "His real targets are the Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby. By chance if he wins one over a mile [the Randwick Guineas] he's worth a fortune." Payne added: "We'll see how Winx is going and we will look at the Queen Elizabeth as well." A dual Group 1 winner of the Victoria Derby and Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) resumed with an excellent fifth in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago recording the second-fastest final 600m split of the race in 34.42 seconds. "He's definitely a better horse and stronger," Payne said. "Often a Derby flattens them and over the years you see them not come back but he's come back well."
Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)
Music Magnate Flys in TrialTuesday, 20th February 2018Music Magnate showed he was well and truly on track for a planned international campaign when posting a highly impressive barrier trial win over 900m at Rosehill yesterday. The Group 1 winner has been entered for the US$1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) to be run at Meydan racecourse in Dubai on World Cup night, Saturday 31 March. "He's going really, really well. We couldn't be happier with him and I think today's trial is the best he's ever trialled so he's definitely on target," trainer Bjorn Baker told racing.com. "We are probably going to give him another trial at Randwick in a couple of weeks as we try to get him on the plane in the best possible order for what's in front of him." Baker added: "We are mindful that we want him to be fit but we also want him to carry a bit extra for the plane trip over. It's a fine line." Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) is scheduled to fly to Dubai on 20 March. Click here to watch Music Magnate's trial.
Chautauqua Heads Oakleigh Plate NomsTuesday, 20th February 2018Star sprinter Chautauqua headlines the 23 sprinters nominated for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is the highest rated horse in the race and Team Hawkes will be hoping the six-time Group 1 winner can once again reclaim his best after a disappointing spring campaign. The mighty grey was winless in four starts and has not tasted success since his breathtaking and unprecedented third successive victory in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in June last year. Tab have installed Chautauqua on the fourth line of betting for the Oakleigh Plate at $9. Russian Revolution heads the market at $5 ahead of She Will Reign ($6.50) and Booker ($7.50). Click here to view all the nominations for Blue Diamond Day at Caulfield this Saturday.
Chautauqua (image: Steve Hart)
Seabrook On Slipper Path?Tuesday, 20th February 2018Smart Melbourne filly Seabrook is likely to be rerouted to the Golden Slipper with a start in Saturday's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes looking increasingly unlikely for the Mick Price trainee. Seabrook, who arguably should have won the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies (1100m) last start after being denied a clear passage in the straight and placing third, is currently 34th in the order of entry for the $1.5 million juvenile feature. The final field is limited to 16 starters with 4 emergencies. Trainer Mick Price told racing.com yesterday that if the daughter of Hinchinbrook failed to gain a start she would be aimed at next month's Gr1 Golden Slipper in Sydney. Final acceptances for the Blue Diamond Stakes close today.
Golden Slipper Order of EntryTuesday, 20th February 2018Racing NSW has released the latest order of entry (as at 19 February 2018) for the 2018 $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 24 March. Occupying the top spot is the Coolmore-owned Long Leaf with $190,500 in official prize money. Click here to view the latest order of entry.
Snitzel on Fire This SeasonTuesday, 20th February 2018A storming last-to-first finish by Sun Bloodstock's colt Prairie Fire has given Snitzel his second consecutive winner of the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) (after Ducimus in 2017) and his 21st Australian stakes winner this season. The win also booked Prairie Fire's spot in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Bred by Ed & Clark McKeon's Palya Bloodstock, Prairie Fire was purchased for $625,000 from the Rosemont Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Prairie Fire is the second foal and first winner out of the unraced mare Consistency (by All Bar One), a half-sister to Monte Rosa, dam of Snitzel stars Snitzerland and Sooboog. Consistency has a yearling colt by Wandjina, a filly foal by So You Thnk and is in foal to Redoute's Choice. Snitzel has notched up 79 lifetime stakes winners, and 31 (39%) of them have earned black-type at two. After breaking his own season earnings record last week, his 2017/18 prize money is now less than $200,000 away from $17 million, a figure never previously seen on the Australian sires' premiership. Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while next month's Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield's draft.
Volpe Veloce QLD BoundTuesday, 20th February 2018Group 1-winning Kiwi mare Volpe Veloce is being aimed at the winter carnival in Brisbane, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of 10 of her 14 starts, Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge-Bardego, by Barathea) marked herself as one of the best mares in the country when winning the Gr1 Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day. "She's in pre-training and Gavin Parker, my training partner, saw her the other day and he said she looks great," Matamata horseman Graeme Richardson said. "She may have one race here before she goes and we'll be looking at the Stradbroke and the Tatts Tiara." The Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) will be run at Eagle Farm on 9 June while the Gr1 Tatts Tiara (1600m) will be run at the Gold Coast a fortnight later.
Colgan Lands Scott Base RideTuesday, 20th February 2018Vinnie Colgan has been confirmed as the rider of leading New Zealand Derby contender Scott Base, reports NZ Racing Desk. Colgan is the most successful Derby jockey of the last 20 years claiming six classics in that time, namely on Roysyn (1995), Zonda (1997), Hades (1999), Redoute's Dancer (2007), Habibi (2013), and Rangipo (2016). "It was a tough decision, but the connections feel Vinnie is the perfect fit," said Johno Benner, who trains the 3YO with Hollie Wynyard. Scott Base (Dalghar-Extra Celestial, by Danehill Dancer) is the $5 co-favourite for the Derby with Danzdanzdance following his encouraging fourth in last weekend's Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie. "So far, so good and he's come home in good order. He's eating well and was out at the beach this morning, he's a happy horse," Brenner said. "Hopefully, he can draw a softer gate in the Derby and can get a bit handier. There's probably five or six winning chances and it will come down to who gets the right draw and best run." The Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) will be run at Ellerslie on 3 March.
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateTuesday, 20th February 2018After twenty nine weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel retains an unassailable lead at the top of the national sires leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $16.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.86 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 February) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,805,790
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,860,747
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,675,029
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,914,863
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,909,516
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,354,596
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,541,101
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,714,465
- Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,346,409
- Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $4,213,572
Nonkone Yumu Wins Gr1 February StakesTuesday, 20th February 2018At Tokyo racecourse in Japan on Sunday, 6YO Japanese-bred gelding Nonkone Yumu (Twining-Nonko, by Agnes Tachyon) registered the second top-flight victory of his career when storming home for a brilliant last-to-first win in the 35th running of the ¥216 million February Stakes (8 furlongs on dirt) for 4YO+, defeating defending champion Gold Dream & Incantation. "The staff tuned him up beautifully and he was in very good form. I kept him wide and in good striking position so that he could unleash his good late charge at any point, which is probably the reason why we were able to win today," jockey Hiroyuki Uchida commented after the race. Nonkune Yume improved his record to 8 wins (including the Japan Cup Dirt in 2015) and 5 placings from 21 starts for ¥425,611,000 in earnings.