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Daily News | 23rd July 2018

  • Trapeze Artist Building Nicely for Spring

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Trainer Gerald Ryan has provided an update on the progress of star sprinter Trapeze Artist who will launch his Everest campaign in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on 8 September, reports racenet. Trapeze Artist laid claim to being the best sprinter in Australia, and therefore the world, when landing successive Group 1 features in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following the Theo Marks, the son of champion Arrowfield stallion Snitzel will then run in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September as the final lead-up to his primary spring target - the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "He's coming along really well and will trial early August," said Ryan, referring most likely to the Rosehill trials on Tuesday 7 August. "He will have the two trials and then go first-up in the Theo Marks on September 8. He will then go three weeks into the Premiere and then two weeks into The Everest."

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    Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)
  • Redzel Close to Trialling

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Co-trainer Paul Snowden says star sprinter Redzel is set to trial at Randwick at the end of the month. Redzel is back in work with Snowden Racing ahead of a spring preparation aimed at defending his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "He's going to trial at Randwick on the 30th," Snowden told racenet. "He'll more than likely follow an identical path to The Everest as he did last year. Obviously things might change but I'd say how we approach it is the same way we did last year." Redzel will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments in this year's The Everest.
  • Estijaab Update

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    The Hawkes stable has provided an update on the progress of Golden Slipper winner Estijaab whose primary spring target will be the $1 million Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday 3 November. "She's good, back in work ticking over. She'll could trial in a month or so," Team Hawkes told racenet. "The end of the spring, the Coolmore Stud Stakes is probably her main target... We'll get her up and see where we go - there are no firm plans. Nothing set in concrete with her at all." Raced in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from Arrowfield Stud for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) has hitherto won 3 of her 4 starts for over $2.3 million in prize money.

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    Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)
  • Derby Winner Sold To HK

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream will continue his racing career overseas after being sold to Hong Kong interests at the weekend. Trained by Kerry Parker, Dark Dream (All American-Buchanan Girl, by Lion Hunter) vindicated his trainer's opinion of him when defeating Heavenly Thought and QLD Oaks winner Youngstar in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Doomben on 9 June. Dark Dream follows in the footsteps of fellow Queensland Derby winners Ruthven and Eagle Way to be sold to Hong Kong. Dark Dream has hitherto won 4 of his 10 starts for $596,000 in earnings.
  • Colt Takes Stepping Stone To Rose

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Talented Godolphin colt Plague Stone will continue on a path towards the Group 1 Golden Rose after resuming with a strong win in the Rosebud Prelude (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday. The 2YO son of Lonhro had shown plenty of potential in his short career to date as demonstrated by his second placing behind subsequent Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By in the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in Melbourne earlier this year. Trainer James Cummings lauded the ride of champion hoop Hugh Bowman, inferring that Plague Stone had been the recipient of less than adroit rides in the past. "It was probably the smoothest ride he has received in his short career so far and that gave him the opportunity to show what he has, which is a blistering finish," trainer James Cummings told racingnsw.com.au. "He is going to keep building on this performance but he switched off and got into his rhythm the way we needed him too." Bowman commented: "He has a high profile and was expected to win. Once he gets over further he'll be more dominant but he needs to race the right way." Plague Stone improved his record to 1 win and 2 placings from 5 starts for $126,925 in earnings. He is likely to make his next appearance in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick in three weeks time (11 August).

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    Exciting prospect Plague Stone (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Unfair Dismissal Wins Listed Oaklands Plate

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: John Allen
    T: Tony McEvoy
    W: 56 kgs
    S: All Too Hard
    D: Up And Up
    0.8L
    J: J Noonan
    T: Matthew Brown
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Dream Ahead
    D: Luloah
    2.1L
    J: Raquel Clark
    T: John Hyam
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Street Boss
    D: Tongsai Bay
    2.3L
    J: D Tourneur
    T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Akeed Mofeed
    D: Pandoro De Lago

    At Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Unfair Dismissal (All Too Hard-Up And Up, by Exceed And Excel) opened his stakes account in the $100,000 Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Firstclass Dreamer & Tongsai Boss. The third placed Tongsai Boss is the first runner from the first crop of horses bred and raised at Ironmere Broodmare Farm in Victoria. Trained by John Hyam, the promising Tongsai Boss has the pedigree to go places being out of a half-sister to former star Singapore sprinter Rocket Man. The winner Unfair Dismissal was bred by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud and purchased by Tony Santic's Makybe Racing & Breeding for $120,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. His record now reads 3 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $112,040 in earnings. All Too Hard will stand at Vinery this spring at a fee of $33,000.

  • Arrowfield Stallion Open House

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Arrowfield Stud will be hosting its annual Stallion Open House the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August. The stallion parades will commence at 9:30am each day featuring Arrowfield's 11-strong roster headed by Australia's reigning record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and his father, multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice. The 2018 Arrowfield Stallion Open House schedule is:
    • Friday 24 August: 9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
    • Saturday 25 August: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
    • Sunday 26 August: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am)
  • Vinery 2018 Stallion Parade

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Meanwhile, Vinery Stud has announced that it will showcase its roster of high class stallions when it hosts its annual Stallion Parades on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am with the parade to commence at 9:00am each day. All seven of Vinery's stallions will be paraded headlined by Black Caviar's 4-time Gr1 winning half-brother All Too Hard and champion shuttler More Than Ready, as well as Pluck and exciting young sires Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement. Click here to RSVP.

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    Vinery stallion parade (image: Vinery)
  • Fit For Purpose Wins Listed Tattersall's Mile

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: Dale Smith
    T: L F Birchley
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Show A Heart
    D: Gag Order
    1.3L
    J: M Mc Gillivray
    T: R L Heathcote
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Mossman
    D: Hussyanna
    1.4L
    J: Taylor Marshall
    T: R L Heathcote
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Any Given Saturday
    D: Danish Princess
    1.5L
    J: M J Mc Nab
    T: C J Waller
    W: 61 kgs
    S: Choisir
    D: Sacred Witness

    At Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Glenlogan Park's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Show A Heart (Brave Warrior-Miss Sandman, by Regal Advice) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Fit For Purpose (Show A Heart-Gag Order, by Conatus) sprinted strongly along the rails to claim his first stakes win in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating No Annamossity & Lordag. A $14,000 purchase from the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Fit For Purpose improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings from 18 starts for $246,150 in earnings.

  • Come Play With Me Wins Listed Belmont Classic

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: P Knuckey
    T: A G Durrant
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Blackfriars
    D: Russian Playmate
    0.5L
    J: W Pike
    T: G & A Williams
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: More Than Ready
    D: Significant
    3.8L
    J: P Carbery
    T: J T Warwick
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: Hala Bek
    D: Sena
    4.5L
    J: Natasha Faithfull
    T: Ms R L Williams
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: Dane Shadow
    D: Pattie Me Lass

    At Belmont Park Racecourse in Perth, Scenic Lodge's deceased former VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a stakes race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Come Play With Me (Blackfriars-Russian Playmate, by Dr Johnson) saluted at odds of $1.60 when running out a narrow but decisive winner of the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating State Prosecutor & Habesha. Come Play With Me advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Aquanita Stakes) and 1 placing from 16 starts for $371,440 in earnings. Trainer Adam Durrant said Come Play With Me will have a long spell before being aimed at staying features including as the Adelaide Cup. "Now he has three months off and misses the carnival. Pinjarra and Bunbury cups, the Mornington Cup and maybe an Adelaide Cup are all the options we've got," Durrant told the West Australian.

  • New York Minute Wins Listed Opunake Cup

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: L J Allpress
    T: M Baker & A Forsman
    W: 57.5 kgs
    S: Iffraaj
    D: Zenno Queen
    3.0L
    J: M T Coleman
    T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott
    W: 53 kgs
    S: Rip Van Winkle
    D: Kailey Princess
    6.5L
    J: T N Harris
    T: M Baker & A Forsman
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Tavistock
    D: Purnima
    10.5L
    J: J Parkes
    T: S A Sharrock
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Road To Rock
    D: Something Special

    At Pukekura in New Zealand, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare New York Minute (Iffraaj-Zenno Queen, by Zenno Rob Roy) scored a commanding front-running win in the $65,000 Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Sleeping Beauty & stable-mate Tomelilla. This was successive stakes victories for New York Minute who advanced her record to record to 8 wins (including the Listed Tauranga Classic) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 CJC Winter Cup) from 24 starts for NZ$211,535 in earnings. Trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman confirmed that New York Minute is being aimed at the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on 1 September. "We'll probably freshen her and ideally head to the Foxbridge Plate and then the first day at Hastings," said Forsman, referring to the Tarzino. Purchased for $15,000 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale, New York Minute is a direct descendant of the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of the outstanding Australian filly of the 1970's, Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated influential matriarch Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.

  • Kiwi Mare Closing In On Australian Debut

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Talented Kiwi mare Coldplay is coming to hand nicely in her new Sydney environment as she prepares for her final racing campaign before commencing a breeding career, reports NZ Racing Desk. The dual Gr2 winner has been transferred to the powerful Chris Waller operation by owner Gary Wallace, who races the Savabeel mare in conjunction with Waikato Stud's Garry Chittick. Wallace had entered the Coldplay in the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare sale but after failing to reach her reserve, he decided to send her to Waller for one more preparation before visiting champion Arrowfield sire Snitzel. "Gary put her in at the Gold Coast with the plan of selling her if he could get the right price for her. When she didn't meet expectations we had a chat about it and he settled on sending her to Snitzel," explained Chittick. "The thought was to give her a campaign in Sydney before mating her in September and racing her on for the appropriate period if she justifies that." Chittick added: "It all really depends on how she performs but I certainly think she is up to group quality over there if Chris can get her up to her best." By Savabeel out of the O'Reilly mare Forty Two Below, Coldplay hails from the same female line as stakes winners The Big Chill & Icy Calm, as well as outstanding Australian sprinter and successful sire Rancho Ruler.
  • Sea Of Class Wins Gr1 Irish Oaks

    Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Beautifully bred filly Sea Of Class (Sea The Stars-Holy Moon, by Hernando) made the steep progression from a Listed winner to the top grade with aplomb when landing the Gr1 Irish Oaks (12 furlongs) for 3YO fillies at The Curragh in Ireland on Saturday. The William Haggas-trained 3YO took the huge step up in class in her stride courtesy of an exquisitely timed last-to-first ride by jockey James Doyle to score a narrow yet impressive neck win over race favourite Forever Together with Mary Tudor in third. Haggas said he always had faith in Sea Of Class's ability. "It's a big race for us, we don't come here very often," Haggas told Sky Sports. "This is a very good filly and we know she's a good filly, so you want it all to go right and it's come right." Haggas added: "We were never that keen on going to Epsom, but it's an Oaks and Oaks are big things." Doyle commented: "I had full confidence in her. It was a great shout not to go for the Oaks [Epsom], because it probably did come a little bit soon. She's quite a late foal, so she's done very well... she's shown today what she can do and it was just a joy to be part of." Sea Of Class advanced her record to 3 wins (including the Listed Fillies' Trial Stakes) and 1 placing from 4 starts for £271,343 in earnings.

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