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Daily News | 24th October 2017

  • Winx To Gallop At Valley

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Champion Winx will gallop at this morning’s Breakfast With the Best track work session at Moonee Valley ahead of Saturday’s $3 million Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m). The Chris Waller-trained mare will be attempting to create history by joining the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Victory will also provide Winx with her 22nd consecutive win and her 15th at Group One level, and see her surpass Makybe Diva as the greatest prize money earner in Australian racing history.


    Winx (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Arrowfield Announce Alinghi Death

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Arrowfield Stud has announced that former champion filly Alinghi has died while foaling. Unfortunately, her Not A Single Doubt foal also died. "It's a sad day for all of us, losing Alinghi and her foal, she was a magnificent racehorse and after more than eleven years with us at Arrowfield, very much part of all our lives," said Arrowfield Chairman John Messara. "We're immensely grateful for the joy she gave us, co-owners John Leaver & Alan Jones, her breeders, trainers, original owners and many others, and for her contribution as a broodmare." Mr Messara added: "She has also left us five daughters, four of them already breeding for us, and a gorgeous yearling filly by Deep Impact we'll now keep." Part owned by Messara, Alinghi (Encosta de Lago - Oceanfast, by Monde Bleu) was an outstanding filly who won 11 of her 18 starts for over $3.5 million in prize money. Crowned Champion Australian 3YO Filly of 2004-2005, her career highlights included four Group One victories, namely the Blue Diamond Stakes, Thousand Guineas, Swettenham Stud Stakes (now the Robert Sangster Stakes) and Newmarket Handicap, where she defeated none other than Fastnet Rock down the famous Flemington straight. Alinghi also campaigned in the US where she claimed the Gr3 Ballston Spa Handicap at Saratoga at her penultimate start, before bowing out unplaced behind Host in the Gr1 Keeneland Turf Mile.

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    Deep Impact x Alinghi foal (image: Arrowfield)
  • Melbourne Cup Penalty for Boom Time

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Boom Time has received a 1kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup following his surprise win in last Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), reports racing.com. The David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained 6YO will now carry 53kg in the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday, 7 November. "Boom Time finished 1.25 lengths ahead of Single Gaze, with the fast-finishing Johannes Vermeer a further head away in third. The 1kg penalty represents two lengths over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m," said Racing Victoria's chief handicapper, Greg Carpenter.
  • Malaguerra Set to Strike in Manikato

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    The connections of Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) have warned punters not to overlook the classy sprinter in Friday night's star-studded Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The $1 million feature is likely to attract a top quality field of speedsters with the likes of Everest winner Redzel, the world's highest rated sprinter Chautauqua, Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior all nominated for the race. But Manny Gelagotis, stable representative for his trainer brother Peter, says Malaguerra should be included among the winning prospects. Gelagotis says the dual Gr1 winner has been set for the race and his first up 7th (beaten just 2.2 lengths) behind She Will Reign in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) on 29 September has his primed to run a big race. "This has been the target race for the horse all along and the Moir was always going to be the stepping stone," Gelagotis told racing.com. "He galloped well this morning so we are really pleased with the way he's going to present on Friday." He added: "It's an open race but there are going to be some really quality horses running, of which he is one of them." Damien Oliver is the new rider for Malaguerra replacing the suspended Ben Melham.
  • Sumstreetsumwhere Wins Gr2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    At Te Rapa in New Zealand, NZ-based Berkley Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) added a Group race success when 3YO gelding Sumstreetsumwhere (Highly Recommended-Street Siren, by Street Cry) claimed his maiden stakes win in the $100,000 Gr2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating As You Will & Hard Merchandize. Hailing from the family of Gr2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Exclusive Halo and Gr3 Mannerism Stakes winner Miss Jugah, Sumstreetsumwhere improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for NZ$79,125 in earnings. Sumstreetsumwhere will now head to next month's Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. "He's a horse on the way up and he's still got a lot to learn," said trainer Stephen Marsh, who won last year's classic with Ugo Foscolo. "As long as he comes through the race well, we'll head to Riccarton."
  • First Winner for Lucas Cranach

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne has ridden and trained the first winner for Bullarook Stud stallion Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold). The New Zealand-bred 3YO Jukila became the first winner for his Melbourne Cup-placed sire when saluting in the Melbourne Parkview Hotel Maiden Plate (1600m) at Stawell yesterday. Bullarook Park Stud manager Malcolm Boyd was understandably delighted with the milestone. “It was a real thrill to see the win. It had to happen as Lucas just produces a stunning type of horse,” Boyd said. “The foals on the ground right now are some of the best I have seen while Lucas will serve a crop of 30 or 40 mares this season.” Jukila is out of the Woodman mare Armure Royale (USA), who in turn is out of Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe winner and champion US mare All Along (FR). Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, Lucas Cranach retired with 6 wins (including the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes, Hamburg's Gr2 Grosser Hansa Preis & France's Listed Grand Prix du Nord) & 2 placings (including runner-up in France's Listed Prix Rene et Jacques Bedel) from 12 starts for $809,689 earnings. He was also third at his penultimate start in the 2011 Melbourne Cup behind Dunaden and Red Cadeaux.
  • Connolly Disqualified Until 2020

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Ben Connolly has been banned from the racing industry until January 2020 for his involvement in the Azkadellia ownership saga, reports racing.com. Connolly is the former racing manager of trainer Ciaron Maher who is currently serving a six month suspension in relation to the scandal himself. Maher pleaded guilty to a charge of conduct prejudicial to the image of racing in relation to the ownership bona fides of five horses in his Caulfield stable, including Gr1 winner Azkadellia. The star mare was allegedly raced by notorious criminal Peter Foster but had been listed as being owned by Connolly. On Monday, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board heard that Foster was the "mastermind" behind the arrangement with Connolly to keep Azkadellia's true ownership a secret. The RAD Board found that Connolly had participated in an "elaborate scheme that had operated for more than a year".
  • Dane Ripper Daughter Wins Maiden

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Stephen Marsh has no doubts that regally-bred Kiwi filly Pierrocity will measure up against the best of her sex after she won her first race in the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs Maiden (1600m) at Te Rapa yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainer's only surprise is that it took her three starts to open her account. "I've always had a massive opinion of her so I'm rapt to see her put her best foot forward," Marsh said. "I thought she'd win first-up and then second-up, but things just didn't go right for her. She's putting it all together now though." A $120,000 purchase by Bruce Perry at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Pierrocity is by former champion Australian colt Pierro out of 4-time Gr1 winner Dane Ripper (Danehill). "She's going to be a top-class racehorse," Marsh said, adding that he has nominated Pierrocity for the Gr1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on 18 November. "I don't know which way we'll go yet, whether we go to Christchurch or wait for the Eight Carat and the Royal Stakes up here," he said.
  • Livamol Success Puts Riccarton in Doubt

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are rethinking future plans for Wait A Sec (Postponed-Security, by Grosvenor) following his surprise win in Sunday's Gr1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Hastings trainers had been keen on a tilt at the Gr3 New Zealand Cup (3200m), but victory in their home town weight-for-age feature has now made the trip to Riccarton unlikely. "He hasn't got much to prove and we'll make a decision in the next few days," Lowry said. "He's pulled up well and he's a happy horse. The Auckland Cup at set weights and penalties looks a better race for him." The Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) is scheduled to be run at Ellerslie in March.
  • Spendthrift Announces 2018 Stud Fees

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has announced the fees for most of its stallion roster that are set to stand at its Lexington-based farm for the 2018 breeding season. Spendthrift's 24-stallion roster, which includes three new stallions, will be headed by leading sire Into Mischief, whose fee has moved to $100,000 S&N and is booked full. The three new stallions include the recently-retired Gormley, Lord Nelson, and Tom's Ready, who remains in training through the end of the year. Gormley, winner of last year's Gr1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita at two and this year's $1 million Gr1 Santa Anita Derby at three, retires as Malibu Moon's only Grade 1-winning 2YO at stud. Lord Nelson, the triple Grade 1-winning son of Pulpit, has recovered from a well-documented battle with laminitis that caused him to miss the 2017 breeding season and is ready to stand his first season in 2018. Spendthrift is hosting an open house this week from 1-3pm daily through Thursday. Spendthrift's full stallion roster is:
    • Into Mischief - $100,000 (Book Full)
    • Malibu Moon - $75,000
    • Lord Nelson (New) - $25,000
    • Jimmy Creed - $15,000
    • Temple City - $15,000
    • Brody's Cause - $12,500
    • Goldencents - $12,500
    • Dominus - $10,000
    • Gormley (New) - $10,000
    • Wicked Strong - $10,000
    • Cross Traffic - $7,500
    • Flat Out - $7,000
    • Hit It a Bomb - $7,000
    • Palace - $6,000
    • Race Day - $6,000
    • Cinco Charlie - $5,000
    • Itsmyluckyday - $5,000
    • Liaison - $5,000
    • Shakin It Up - $5,000
    • Warrior's Reward - $5,000
    • Danza - $4,000
    • Medal Count - $3,500
    • Can the Man - $3,500
    • Tom's Ready (New) – TBD
  • Miller & Aquanita to Part Ways

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Perth-based trainer Simon Miller has announced he will be ending his association with Aquanita Racing effective 1 January next year, reports the West Australian. Miller, who wants to run his own operation, has been with Aquanita since 2008. "It's been great from my point of view starting off training and not having to worry about the financial and business side of it," Miller said. "The landscape has changed here and I want to go full-on. From January 1, I'm on my own and I'm preparing my own colours now. Sometimes you get a bit stale and you need a new challenge…hopefully this is it." Miller has also expressed a desire to one day train in Hong Kong. "I'd love to go to Hong Kong, but you can't just go to Hong Kong. You have to get invited," he said.
  • Chrome Fee Unchanged

    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Taylor Made Farm has announced that California Chrome’s stud fee for the 2018 breeding season will remained unchanged at US$40,000, reports Blood Horse. The two-time US Horse of the Year retired in January this year with a record of 16 wins from 27 starts and US$14.5 million in prize money. At the time he was the richest North American racehorse of all time but has since been surpassed by Arrogate. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase, by Not for Love) won 7 races at Group One level, including wins in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes & Dubai World Cup.

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