PRESS STATEMENT (AUS)(Hinchinbrook-Kaaptive Empress, by Kaaptive Edition)
Vinery Stud, NSW. Fee: $16,500

Press Statement Overview

Vinery Stud's Champion NSW 3yo Colt, Press Statement was the only colt of his generation to win at Group 1 level as a 2yo and 3yo. Famed for his talent over a mile, he is only the 4th horse in history to win the Gr.1 mile double of the J.J Atkins S. and the Caulfield Guineas, putting him in company with the greats Mahogany and Luskin Star.

Press Statement remained undefeated throughout his two-year-old season starting with wins at Canterbury and Rosehill before travelling north for the Brisbane winter carnival.

Trainer Chris Waller threw him in at the deep end for the Gr.1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) and the colt confirmed his class when an easy winner at Doomben. “He’s very talented,” Waller said. “I trained Zoustar and Brazen Beau who both ran second in this race.

“I believe Press Statement is a better horse than Zoustar and Brazen Beau were at the same stage. He fits the mould as a super-star colt.”

Press Statement returned after a short spell to toy with his rivals in the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas as a spring three-year-old. "This horse is a star," jockey Hugh Bowman said. "I had to ride him a bit out of his comfort zone but his class came to fruition."

Apart from his race record, where he retired sound with 6 wins from 1000-1600m, Vinery general manager Peter Orton said Press Statement is an outstanding individual. “He’s the first son of Hinchinbrook, who is a half-brother to Snitzel, to go to stud and that is an important element from a new stallion prospect.

"Press Statement was unbeaten at two and the dominant winner of the Caulfield Guineas in the spring, which is acknowledged as a stallion-making race. With his Group 1 record and physique we believe he has all the necessary attributes to succeed at stud. He is right up there as one of the most desirable young stallions in the Hunter Valley.”

Breeders flocked to Press Statement in his first two years and he was well supported with high quality mares. The response to his first weanlings in 2018 was also positive and encouraging.

His first weanling to sell in NZ, at the Karaka May sale was a colt from Bearish who made $85,000. Next his first crop were seen at the Magic Millions National Sale, where Press Statement had two sell for $110,000, a filly from Meridian and a colt from Purcentage. With the good judges; Slade Bloodstock, Aquis Farm, JR Thoroughbreds, Bluegrass Bloodstock, Simon Miller Racing, Mulcaster Bloostock etc. buying weanlings, excitement mounts ahead of his first yearlings selling in 2019.

Press Statement Pedigree

HINCHINBROOK (AUS)
b. 2007
FASTNET ROCK (AUS)
b. 2001
DANEHILL
b. 1986
DANZIG
RAZYANA
PICCADILLY CIRCUS
b. 1995
ROYAL ACADEMY
GATANA
SNIPPETS' LASS (AUS)
b. 1993
SNIPPETS
b. 1984
LUNCHTIME
EASY DATE
SNOW FINCH
b. 1984
STORM BIRD
A REALGIRL
KAAPTIVE EMPRESS (AUS)
b. 1995
KAAPTIVE EDITION (NZ)
gr. 1989
KAAPSTAD
br. 1984
SIR TRISTRAM
EIGHT CARAT
BEVCARLYN
gr. 1980
SOVEREIGN EDITION
CHAMPAGNE GIRL
NILE EMPRESS (USA)
b. 1981
UPPER NILE
b. 1974
NIJINSKY
ROSETTA STONE
I ASSUME
b. 1972
YOUNG EMPEROR
IAROUND
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Press Statement News

  • Star Fillies Could Tackle Males In Caulfield Guineas

    Wed, 8 Aug 2018

    Two of last season’s most precocious and talented juvenile fillies are a chance to contest this year’s Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, predominantly the enclave of the 3YO colts. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight (Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner & Gr1 Golden Slipper-placed) and Mick Price-trained Seabrook (Gr1 Champagne Stakes) are among 267 entries received for one of Melbourne’s major Spring 3YO events. Early favourite for the event has been Redoute’s Choice colt The Autumn Sun who monstered his rivals in lst season’s Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes, however following nomination stage the market has been suspended. Previous recent entire winners of the Caulfield Guineas, generally considered a stallion-making event, include Mighty Boss, Divine Prophet, Press Statement, Shooting To Win, All Too Hard, Helmet, Anacheeva and Starspangledbanner.

  • Vinery 2018 Stallion Parade

    Mon, 23 Jul 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)
  • Record Weanling Entries for Great Southern Sale

    Thu, 24 May 2018

    The Southern Hemisphere's largest weanling offering highlights a record Inglis Great Southern Sale, for which the catalogue is now available online. In total, 991 entries have been received for the sale at Oaklands Junction, which will now run for an extended five days (June 17-21) as a result of the larger catalogue. Included are a record 571 weanlings and nearly 300 broodmares. The weanling draft includes progeny by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Sebring, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, Zoustar, Pierro, Fastnet Rock, Choisir, Tavistock, So You Think and Hinchinbrook and rookie sires including Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, Dissident, Brazen Beau, Toronado, Kermadec, Trust In A Gust, Press Statement, Nostradamus, Rubick and Night of Thunder. The Great Southern Sale is a proven hunting ground for pinhookers. An example is the Zoustar x Snow Blitz filly which was purchased for $130,000 at last year's Great Southern Sale before being on sold for $650,000 as a yearling at Karaka. Leading Victorian stud Woodside Park will offer a quality unreserved draft of 41 Lots at the sale, including weanlings by the likes of Written Tycoon, Zoustar, Tavistock, Rich Enuff and Super One. "Breeders from around Victoria and from interstate have supported Great Southern with quality drafts," said Inglis' Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian. "It is exciting to know that such a substantial offering or quality weanlings will be on offer and I am confident there will be many pinhooking and racetrack success stories graduating from the 2018 sale." Click here to view catalogue.

  • VRC Helps Launch World Horse Racing

    Wed, 23 May 2018

    The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has formed an alliance with a group of international racing brands to launch World Horse Racing, a new ground-breaking global media company created to tell the story of international thoroughbred horse racing, reports racing.com. The VRC has partnered with Ascot and Goodwood racecourses in the UK, along with the Breeders' Cup in the US to generate the new digital platform which will focus heavily on social media. "World Horse Racing will give fans exclusive access to the thrills, glamour and culture of one of the world's most enthralling sports," World Horse Racing said in a press statement. "World Horse Racing will focus on racing's astonishing athletes and engaging personalities - human and equine - along with the festivals that stage the greatest of sporting spectacles." VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott commented: "We look forward to this alliance not only showcasing the glorious sport of horseracing, but further enhancing the reach, the engagement, and importantly the global brand of our sport," she said.

  • Autridge Resigns from Te Akau

    Mon, 14 May 2018

    Te Akau Racing's Stephen Autridge has announced he is stepping down from his role as head trainer with the leading New Zealand operation. Together with Jamie Richards, Autridge has won a Premiership and recorded 42 Group and Listed race successes, including 13 at Group 1 level. In a press statement, Te Akau principal David Ellis said: "Stephen Autridge has decided to take a step back from running a major stable. Stephen and his wife Lynley are two of the finest people you will ever meet in racing.  They are both champion individuals and we have been so fortunate to know them as professional colleagues and more importantly as friends for such a long period of time." Ellis added: "Stephen is as good a horseman as you will ever meet, and it’s been a very successful and happy association.  We will miss him and Lynley greatly but naturally we respect their desire to take life a little easier."

  • Vinery Announces 2018 Stallion Fees

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018

    The Hunter Valley’s Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2018 with its trio of young guns Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement consolidating their stud careers alongside legendary sire More Than Ready. "We strongly believe the Vinery Stallions represent great value to breeders; headed up by one of the leading stallions worldwide in More Than Ready and prolific sires of winners at all levels in All Too Hard, Casino Prince and Pluck,” said general manager Peter Orton. “The future for the farm is very exciting with the depth of talent of our three young stallions Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement, all who have enjoyed great support from our loyal client to launch their careers." With Testa Rossa remaining at Vinery where he will cover a limited book, the GST-inclusive roster with comments is below:

    • $66,000 More Than Ready (USA): A top 5 Stakes-producing stallion with 183 stakes-winners. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Magic Millions winners, Group 1 classic colts and fillies and champions like More Joyous. Leading broodmare sire, whose progeny averaged $282,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. 
    • $33,000 All Too Hard: Champion Australian 3YO Colt who has sired more individual winners in Australia (50) than any other second-season stallion this season. With 6 new stakes-horses in the last month and a Gr1 colt in his second crop (Outrageous), his 3rd crop yearlings sold to $500,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
    • $22,000 Star Turn: Timeform-rated 124 , and covered a full book of mares on debut. Bred for speed, October Randwick 2YO winner Star Turn defeated Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a 3YO in Gr3 San Domenico S, before beating older horses in the Gr2 WFA Schillaci Stakes. Placed against older sprinters in the Gr1 Lightning S., Gr1 William Reid S. and Gr1 Newmarket Hcp.
    • $16,500 Headwater: Extremely well supported at Vinery in 2016 & 2017, Headwater's first foals are creating a buzz with breeders.  A stakes-winning 2YO and 3YO by Exceed and Excel, he topped all the first-crop stallions at the Inglis Easter Weanling Sale with a colt knocked down to agent Andrew Williams for $75,000.
    • $16,500 Press Statement: Hinchinbrook's best and the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Trainer Chris Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than either Zoustar & Brazen Beau. A magnificent looking stallion, Press Statement showcases 19 of his first-crop foals at the Magic Millions National Sale starting on May 24.
    • $9,900 Casino Prince: Prolific winner-getter and primed for another century of individual winners in 2017-18. He’s currently a Top 10 sire with 91 winners in Australia this season and his record of 104 is well within sight. Bearing down on another milestone with the winners of 997 races to date, Casino Prince maintains an extraordinary 68% winning strike-rate (>6% black type). 
    • $6,600 Pluck (USA): More Than Ready’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner with stakes-performers Life On The Wire, Mongolian Wolf, Aspect, Gasoline and Lucky Louie in his first two crops. Backing that black-type up with numerous city-winning, sprinter-milers plus overseas winners Winwin Ruby, Jade Theatre (Hong Kong) and Knysna Rose, Aussie Austin, Moon Shadow (South Africa).
  • Karaka Weanlings Split Across Two Days

    Fri, 13 Apr 2018

    There are 294 weanlings entered at the 2018 Karaka May Sale on 7 and 8 May. Day 1 will commence at 10am with the Yearling category, followed by the first half of the Weanling category with 185 weanlings going through the ring. Day 2 will start at 10am by offering the remaining 109 weanlings (294 in total), followed by Two-Year-Olds, Unraced Stock, Racehorses and Broodmares. The Weanling category is set to include the eagerly anticipated first crops by the likes of Complacent, Contributer, Kermadec, Mongolian Khan, Nostradamus, Press Statement, Pride of Dubai, Sweynesse, The Bold One and Vespa. Proven and emerging sires will also be represented such as Burgundy, Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Makfi, Ocean Park, Per Incanto, Pins, Reliable Man, Shocking, Showcasing, So You Think, Star Witness, Tavistock, Written Tycoon, Zacinto and many more. Click here to view the catalogue.

  • Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue Released

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018

    The catalogue for the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale is now available online. A total of 649 Lots - comprising 483 broodmares and 166 weanlings - have been catalogued for the sale, which will bring to an end a huge fortnight of Inglis sales. The weanlings include those by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Choisir, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, So You Think and Star Witness as well as the first offerings for the likes of Criterion, Bull Point, Headwater, Kermadec, Press Statement, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Vancouver. There are also mares in foal to the likes of Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Vancouver, Choisir and Hinchinbrook and First Season Sires like Winning Rupert, Star Turn, Sooboog, Odyssey Moon, Maurice and Extreme Choice. The Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale will be held at Riverside Stables from Sunday 15 April until Tuesday 17 April. Click here to view catalogue.

  • Chairman Sale Entries Building

    Wed, 7 Feb 2018

    Entries continue to build for the hugely successful Inglis Chairman’s Sale in April, following on from a stellar first edition of the sale a year ago. Some of the southern hemisphere’s best mares, weanlings and stallion shares will be offered to the strongest buying bench Australasia has to offer on Thursday April 12, a day after the conclusion of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The inaugural Chairman’s Sale in 2017 was a phenomenal success, grossing more than $23 million at an average of $330,000 and a clearance rate of 87%. The 2018 Chairman’s Sale catalogue is already taking shape, with the likes of Arrowfield, Coolmore, Yarraman Park, Milburn Creek, Newgate Farm, Willow Park, Bhima Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm and Newhaven Park already confirming their support of the sale with high quality entries, while Waratah Thoroughbreds has also entered a world-class consignment of 11 horses as part of its broodmare dispersal. Entries already received include weanlings by Snitzel, Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, Dissident, Shooting to Win, Fastnet Rock and Press Statement while mares in foal to the likes of Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, American Pharoah, Capitalist, Sebring, Pierro and Exceed and Excel and I am Invincible will be offered. Included in the race fillies section is a full-sister to the recent Gr3 winning 2YO Ennis Hill and Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva. Entries for the sale close Friday 23rd February.

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  • Stunning Inglis Easter Catalogue Available Online

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018

    An elite catalogue of 534 top-level yearlings will be the focus of the world's thoroughbred industry at the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables from April 9-11. The catalogue, which is now available online, features 38 siblings to Group 1 winners such as Catchy, Starspangledbanner, Mighty Boss, Shoals, Buffering, Mossfun, Lankan Rupee, Flying Artie, Press Statement, Sebring, English, Shooting To Win, The Quarterback and Lucia Valentina. There are also progeny of 31 Group 1-winning mares including Peggy Jean, Secret Admirer, Amanpour, Go Indy Go, Plucky Belle, Norzita, Sacred Choice, Snitzerland, Bonaria and Steps In Time. Arrowfield's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel is the leading sire with 64 progeny, while I Am Invincible (41), Fastnet Rock (39), Sebring (34), Redoute's Choice (23), Pierro (21), Dissident (20), Not A Single Doubt (19), Exceed And Excel (17) and Deep Field (16) round out the top 10. There are also progeny by outstanding international sires Deep Impact (3), Tapit (3), and Frankel (2). Arrowfield Stud is leading vendor with 51 entries ahead of Coolmore Stud (39), Widden Stud (30) and Kitchwin Hills and Segenhoe Stud (24). The 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be the first held at the new Riverside Stables from Monday April 9 until Wednesday April 11. Click here to view the catalogue.

    Easter Sales Schedule:

    • Thursday 5 April Chairman's Sale – Racing Prospects Sydney (TBC)
    • Saturday 7 April The Championships – Day 1 Royal Randwick
    • Monday 9 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 1 Riverside Stables
    • Tuesday 10 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 2 Riverside Stables
    • Wednesday 11 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 3 Riverside Stables
    • Thursday 12 April Chairman's Sale – Breeding Prospects Riverside Stables
    • Saturday 14 April The Championships – Day 2 Royal Randwick
    • Sunday 15 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
    • Monday 16 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
    • Tuesday 17 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables

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  • Lady Eli Retired From Racing

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018

    Champion US mare Lady Eli has officially been retired from racing and will visit War Front in her first year at stud, reports Blood Horse. "We have been wrestling with the very difficult decision of whether to race or retire Lady Eli since we scratched her from the Keeneland November sale days after she was injured in the Filly & Mare Turf," her owners Sol Kumin and Jay Hanley said in a joint press statement. "As her stewards we - with Chad's guidance at every turn - have tried to shepherd Lady Eli through her racing career with the utmost respect, compassion, and love for her as a living being first, and secondarily as a racehorse. It is in this spirit that we have ultimately chosen to retire Lady Eli from racing and allow her to gracefully - and safely - begin her career as a broodmare." Bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm and Catesby Clay and trained by Chad Brown, Lady Eli (Divine Park-Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado) retires with the outstanding record of 10 wins from 14 starts for US$2.95 million in prize money. Her record - which includes 5 Group 1 victories in the Diana Stakes, Gamely Stakes, Flower Bowl Stakes, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf & Belmont Oaks - is all the more remarkable given she suffered a potentially career-ending bout of laminitis in July, 2015. Lady Eli is an Eclipse Award finalist for 2017 champion turf female.

  • Inglis Launch 2018 Easter Preview Magazine

    Wed, 6 Dec 2017

    The catalogue for the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale is taking shape, with an elite line up set to grace Riverside Stables on April 9-11. The annual Inglis Easter Preview Magazine is now available online and contains the pedigrees of hundreds of world-class yearlings that will be offered to a local and international buying bench next year. Among the 535-strong early catalogue are 39 siblings to Group 1 winners including VRC Oaks heroine Pinot, Catchy, Mighty Boss, Shoals, Flying Artie, Press Statement, Sebring, English, Shooting To Win, The Quarterback and Lucia Valentina. There are also progeny of 36 Group 1-winning mares such as Alinghi, Commanding Jewel, Peggy Jean, Secret Admirer, Red Tracer, Cosmic Endeavour, Daffodil, Bonaria, Steps In Time and Absolut Glam. Arrowfield Stud's Snitzel is the leading sire with 64 entrants ahead of Coolmore's Fastnet Rock (44), Yarraman Park's I Am Invincible (39) and Widden Stud's Sebring (31). There will also be four fillies by champion Japanese stallion Deep Impact, and two Frankel colts. The 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be the first held at Riverside Stables from Monday April 9 until Wednesday April 11. The Chairman's Sale (Racing Prospects, Thursday April 5) and The Chairman's Sale (Breeding Prospects, Thursday April 12) will bookend the Easter Sale, while the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will follow for three days from Sunday April 15. Click here to view the Easter Preview Magazine.

    Inglis Easter Schedule

    • Thursday 5 April Chairman's Sale – Racing Prospects Sydney, TBC
    • Saturday 7 April The Championships – Day 1 Royal Randwick
    • Monday 9 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 1 Riverside Stables
    • Tuesday 10 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 2 Riverside Stables
    • Wednesday 11 April Easter Yearling Sale – Day 3 Riverside Stables
    • Thursday 12 April Chairman's Sale – Breeding Prospects Riverside Stables
    • Saturday 14 April The Championships – Day 2 Royal Randwick
    • Sunday 15 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
    • Monday 16 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
    • Tuesday 17 April Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale Riverside Stables
  • Vinery Announce 2017 Service Fees

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017

    Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:

    • ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
    • CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
    • HEADWATER - $16,500
    • MORE THAN READY - $66,000
    • PLUCK - $9,900
    • PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
    • STAR TURN - $22,000
    • TESTA ROSSA - $16,500

    *All service fees (inc. GST)

  • Yarraman Park Announce 2017 Fees

    Tue, 4 Apr 2017

    Yarraman Park has announced the 2017 fees for its resident champion stallions I Am Invincible and Hinchinbrook. I Am Invincible, sire of dual Gr1 winning sprinter and stallion Brazen Beau, has had an outstanding year both on the track and in the sales ring. With 19 stakes winners to his credit, I Am Invincible is the sire of Australia’s best 3YO filly I Am A Star who recently added the Gr2 Kewney Stakes & Gr2 Sunline Stakes to her impressive CV which is highlighted by her Gr1 Myer Classic victory in the spring. I Am Invincible, currently the country’s leading stallion by winners to runners with a consistent percentage of more than 50%, is also the sire of brilliant Queensland filly and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen. He will stand at $110,000 (inc. GST) this spring. Meanwhile, Snitzel’s three-quarter-brother Hinchinbrook has had a brilliant start to 2017 following his remarkable spring where he was one of only four stallions to sire more than one stakes winner at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. He is the sire of Gr1-winning freshman stallion Press Statement, Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Flying Jess, classy juvenile Diamond Tathagata, Gr3 winner Spright and Listed winners Flippant and Derryn. Hinchinbrook’s fee has been set at $44,000 (inc. GST).

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    I Am Invincible's aptly named daughter I Am A Star (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Man Of His Word Seeking Maiden Stakes Win

    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

    Trainer Bruce Hill has resisted the temptation of running Man Of His Word in the Villiers Stakes in Sydney by remaining closer to home for the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben. The Gold Coast-based Hill, who also will start Coffs Harbour Cup winner Bodega Negra, gave serious thought about sending Man Of His Word interstate following his impressive last start win at Eagle Farm on December 3. “He’s going terrific and he’s always shown us he has the ability,” Hill told Racing Queensland Webnews. “He’s slowly getting there. He’s not quite mature enough and he gets a bit lost and wanders." He added: "We’ve decided to stay in Brisbane instead of going for the Villiers [Gr2]. I gave it a lot of thought but I’m taking the easier option to stay home.” The talented Man Of His Word (Lope de Vega-Mandalina, by Fasliyev) has won 5 of his 17 starts to date, but is yet to be successful at black-type level. However, he has always shown stakes ability as evidenced by his fifth placing behind dual Gr1 winner Press Statement in the Gr2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes last year.

  • Gr1 Caulfield Guineas Field & Barriers

    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday. Heading the market is Godolphin's last-start Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes winner Impending at $4.40, ahead of Stan Fox runner-up Divine Prophet at $4.80, Gr1-winning Kiwi gelding Sacred Elixir at $6.50, Good Standing at $8.50, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Evacuation at $9. All other runners are available at double figure odds. The Caulfield Guineas is renowned as one of Australia's pre-eminent sire-making races having produced numerous top-class stallions including Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Show A Heart (2000), and Redoute's Choice (1999), while recent winners Helmet (2011), All Too Hard (2012), Shooting To Win (2014) and Press Statement (2015) are showing all the signs of continuing that proud tradition. The final field is:

    1. SACRED ELIXIR (Tony Pike-Damian Lane) 56.5kg (7)

    2. IMPENDING (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (10)

    3. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (11)

    4. DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 56.5kg (1)

    5. HEY DOC (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 56.5kg (13)

    6. SARACINO (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (4)

    7. SEABURGE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Mark Zahra) 56.5kg (9)

    8. REVOLVING DOOR (Clinton McDonald-Corey Brown) 56.5kg (8)

    9. WAZZENME (Stuart Webb-Luke Nolen) 56.5kg (5)

    10. EVACUATION (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg (3)

    11. LAND OF PLENTY (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 56.5kg (14)

    12. KACHING (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 56.5kg (6)

    13. SO SI BON (Robbie Laing-Michael Dee) 56.5kg (12)

    14. BARBIE'S BOY (Louise Bonella-Daniel Stackhouse) 56.5kg (2)

  • Reith Has Faith In Le Romain

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

    Jockey Christian Reith is confident that classy galloper Le Romain will acquit himself well when he lines up against a group of battle hardened older horses in Saturday's Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Royal Randwick, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Randwick Guineas winner in the autumn resumes against the likes of Messene, Generalife, Vashka and Famous Seamous as well as last-start Missile Stakes winner, Tycoon Tara. Reith rode the 4YO in a 1000 metres barrier trial at Gosford on 1 August and declared him ready to fire at his favourite track. "He gave me a good feel at Gosford and he's definitely come back stronger and more mature," Reith said. "I expect a forward showing from him on Saturday. He's working well and doing everything right this preparation so it's exciting. He loves the big, open tracks and he's showed that he can sprint when he's fresh so it's all systems go." Reith conceded it would be hard to overcome a host of stakes-winning horses, but knows his Group 1 winner, who has beaten Press Statement, is a horse on improve. "It will be a test, of course. He's going from the three-year-old ranks and stepping out against the older open-class horses so he's got to take that step. But I think the horse has come back bigger and better and is ready to take that step." Trainer Kris Lees has nominated the Gr1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick and the G1 Toorak Handicap in Melbourne as likely spring targets for the son of Hard Spun.

  • Vinery Will Stream 20 Aug Stallion Parade On Facebook

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016

    The inexorable march of technology embraced by the thoroughbred industry will take another step tomorrow week when the Hunter Valley's Vinery Stud streams one of its stallion parade days. The Saturday session (Aug 20) will be streamed for about 45 minutes from 9.30am, with the stallion parade featuring the full complement of 10 Vinery sires, including the popular new duo Headwater and Press Statement. Clients attending the open days (which also includes Sunday August 21) are being reminded that RSVPs are essential by Tuesday 16 August. The below image is linked to Vinery's facebook page for the August 20 live stream.

    Vinery Live Stream

  • New-Look Roster Launched At Vinery Open Days

    Fri, 5 Aug 2016

    Meanwhile, incoming sires Press Statement and Headwater will launch a new-look roster at Vinery Stud’s annual Stallion Parades on August 20 & 21. They are the first additions to Vinery’s stellar line-up since Champion 3YO colt All Too Hard retired in 2013. Like All Too Hard, Press Statement won the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 and retires to stud as the first colt in several years to retire as a 2YO (J.J Atkins S Gr1) and a 3YO Gr1 winner. Silver Slipper winner Headwater has always had a strong following being a star Easter yearling with a brilliant pedigree and physique to match. Both newcomers have been extremely well received and have settled in well to Stud life ahead of what will be a busy season. More Than Ready returns for a record-breaking 16th consecutive shuttle season (see above item). Prominent proven 2016 sires Mossman, Testa Rossa, Husson, Myboycharlie and Casino Prince round out a 10-horse roster on show at the historic Vinery Stud property. Key open day info:

    • Location: 684 Segenhoe Road, Scone, all visitors are welcome with gates open at 8.30am
    • Dates: August 20 & 21
    • Times: 8.30am light breakfast for 9.30am parades
    • RSVP: essential to Racheal at racheal@vinery.com.au or call the office (02) 6543 8333
  • Marenostro Wins Listed Winter Challenge

    Mon, 1 Aug 2016

    At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Dormello Stud stallion Duelled (Redoute's Choice-Leica Pretender, by Sir Tristram) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Marenostro (Duelled-Maybe Yes, by Last Tycoon) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Oxford Poet (Dylan Thomas-Oxford Princess, by Magic Ring) & 4YO gelding Ruling Dynasty (Medaglia d'Oro-Makarova, by Thunder Gulch). This was the first stakes victory for Marenostro who advanced his record to 10 wins and 6 placings from 29 starts for $455,550 earnings. Marenostro - who was purchased by Phill Cataldo Bloodstock for NZ$20,000 at the 2011 NZB National Weanling Sale - is out of the Last Tycoon mare Maybe Yes, a half-sister to the dam of Gr1 winners Press Statement and Pressday. Maybe Yes, who died in 2014, has also produced Gr1 Avondale Gold Cup winner The Mighty Lions.

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    Marenostro (image: Steve Hart)