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Daily News | 20th July 2017
Dedicated August Equine Health FeatureThursday, 20th July 2017The professionalism of the thoroughbred industry in Australia and New Zealand is considered to be amongst the best in the world. Butressing the individuals whose skills keep the bar as high as it is, is a raft of specialist operators and equine health companies. To acknowledge their respective inputs, and to gain insight into new and improved equine products and practises, Breeding&Racing will publish a dedicated 2017 Equine Health Feature in mid August. Included categories, featuring allocated editorial space, images, embedded video, live links to products and anminated gif banners, are:
- Fitness Equipment
- Starting Gates
For further information for participation call Christian Whitehead (0413 112 020) or Gary Knowles (0406 599 773).
Winx To Trial MondayThursday, 20th July 2017Champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she steps out in a trial at Randwick on Monday, reports racingnsw.com.au. "She's good and we're getting close now to her first-up run. It'll probably be four weeks' Saturday so she has her first trial on Monday at Randwick. It'll just be a soft trial. I don't expect her to win or do anything special, she'll just follow them around," trainer Chris Waller told Sky Thoroughbred Central. "Two weeks later she'll have a second trial where she'll do a little bit more and then be ready for the Warwick Stakes (August 19)." Waller added: "I couldn't be happier. It's just a matter of maintaining her, making sure she stays safe and holds her form." Winx, a recent inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates.
Winx (image: Steve Hart)
Catchy Back Bigger & BetterThursday, 20th July 2017Group One Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy has continued to please the Lindsay Park stable ahead of the spring, reports AAP. "She's come back a bigger stronger girl, I was thrilled with her piece of work [on Monday]," co-trainer Ben Hayes told Sky Sports Radio. "It looked effortless and she ran one of the quickest times of the morning, so we are really happy with Catchy." Raced by Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, Catchy (Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is a winner of 4 of her 5 starts, with her only defeat coming in the Gr1 Golden Slipper when she pulled up with cardiac arrhythmia. Her primary spring target is the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in October.
Wanted To Stand In QueenslandThursday, 20th July 2017Group One winning sprinter and son of champion sire Fastnet Rock, Wanted will commence stud duties at Clear Mountain Fairview in 2017 after being sold and relocated from Victoria. A Group One winner and three-time Group One placed as a 3YO, Wanted has already sired seven stakes performers in his short career at stud, including Dead Or Alive, Rough Justice, Sort After, Wazzenme, Shaf, War Point, and Sun Seeker. Wanted's top-flight victory in one of Australia's premier sprints, the Newmarket Handicap (1200m), saw him lead from barrier to post to defeat high-class rivals including Starspangledbanner, Eagle Falls, Headway, All Silent, Nicconi and El Segundo. "We believe Wanted is one of the best credentialed stallions to hit the state of Queensland," said Clear Mountain Fairview principal, Bob Frappell. "In addition to being a son of Fastnet Rock, who has emerged as one of the most brilliant stallion sons of Danehill, Wanted is out of Fragmentation, a stakes winning daughter of Snippets." Frappell continued: "There are ample reasons for breeders to send their broodmares to Wanted this season - and let's not forget about the lucrative opportunities with his future QTIS eligible foals." Wanted will stand at a fee of $5,500 with payment on a live foal available for breeders. He joins associate sires Hvasstan ($2,970), Tycoon Ruler ($5,500), Worthy Cause ($5,500) and Zaha ($2,200).
Wanted (image: courtesy Clear Mountain Fairview)
History On Jon Snow's SideThursday, 20th July 2017Meanwhile, history suggests that Australian Derby victor Jon Snow (Iffraaj-Orinda, by O'Reilly) has the right credentials to be a major player during the Melbourne spring. The classic winning colt is being prepared for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup and, if his form warrants it, the Cox Plate. "Australian Derby form usually works out well in Melbourne," trainer Murray Baker told NZ Racing Desk. "Nom du Jeu won in Sydney and ran second in the Caulfield Cup, Dundeel was the leading four-year-old at weight-for-age, and Mongolian Khan won the Caulfield Cup." Baker added: "Jon Snow's form here [in New Zealand] was also very good. He was third in three big races and he's a big, powerful horse now. He's developed a lot with a spell." Jon Snow, who was also placed in the New Zealand Derby, is one of four horses in the running for the champion NZ 3YO award along with stable-mate Bonneval.
Bonneval Leads Stable's Caulfield Cup AssaultThursday, 20th July 2017Record-setting trainer Murray Baker is assembling his most formidable team for the upcoming spring carnival in Melbourne, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge horseman posted his 20th Group One victory in Australia, more than any other New Zealand trainer, when outstanding filly Bonneval won the Australian Oaks in the autumn. Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel) is one of three contenders that Baker is aiming at the Caulfield Cup, along with Australian Derby hero Jon Snow and Gr1 New Zealand Stakes winner Lizzie l'Amour. The trio are likely to launch their Australian campaigns in either the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 2 September, or the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) a week later at Flemington. "They will all be looking at the Caulfield Cup and Lizzie l'Amour could run in some fillies and mares' races on the way through," Baker said. "She's [Bonneval] very good and she's got to be a big chance to get the Horse of the Year." Baker added: "She won two Oaks and at Randwick she was just outstanding. You wouldn't have given her a chance 500 metres from home and yet she won by four and a half lengths."
Bonneval (image: Steve Hart)
Addictive Nature Shows Class On DebutThursday, 20th July 2017Valuable two-year-old Addictive Nature lived up to his price tag when running out a stylish debut winner at Warwick Farm yesterday. Sent out a clear $2.60 favourite off the back of two impressive trial wins, Addictive Nature's class shone through when posting a comfortable 1.3 length win over fellow colts Gold Standard (Sebring) & Schubert (Lonhro) in the Pluck@Vinery Handicap over 1100m. "He has shown us a lot so it's nice to see him put them away today," said Bjorn Baker's stable foreman Jack Bruce. "He is a real good looker and he has got the manners to match which I think is very important for a colt." Jockey Tim Clark was also taken with the victory. "He's a pretty impressive horse. He's got plenty of class about him," Clark said. "Obviously he's very well bred…hopefully he can keep improving and go to the top level." Purchased for $775,000 by Ultra Thoroughbred Racing at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Addictive Nature is by Savabeel out of the unraced mare Generous Nature (Carnegie), making him a full-brother to former Gr2 winner and Gr1 placegetter Savvy Nature. This is also the family of Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Titanic Jack, Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Sober Suit, and stakes winners La Lagune and Make Me A Miracle. Click here to watch Addictive Nature's win.
Save The Date: Vinery Stallion ParadesThursday, 20th July 2017Vinery Stud’s stallion parades will take place on the last weekend in August, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th of August. All eight of Vinery’s elite stallions will be on show, including exciting freshman sire Star Turn, as well as the first foals of dual Gr1 winner Press Statement and Headwater. Breakfast will be at 8.30am with the stallion parades to commence 9am. The 2017 Vinery roster is:
- All Too Hard
- More Than Ready
- Star Turn
- Casino Prince
- Testa Rossa
- Press Statement
Woodside Park Stallion ParadeThursday, 20th July 2017Woodside Park Stud has announced that its 2017 Stallion Parade will be held for the very first time at Seymour Park (830 Northwood Rd, Seymour) on Sunday, 20th August. Featuring one of the best stallion rosters ever offered in Victoria, breeders will be able to inspect Champion two-year-old sire Written Tycoon, 2017's best-selling first season sire Zoustar, and new recruits Cable Bay and Rich Enuff. Gates open 9am with the stallion parade to commence at 9.30am. RSVP is 8th August for catering purposes.
New Racing NSW Appeal Panel MembersThursday, 20th July 2017Racing NSW yesterday announced the addition of ten new members to its Appeal Panel, reports racingnsw.com.au. "The Appeal Panel plays a vital role in the integrity process of racing in this State. As arbiters of decisions made by stewards, it is vitally important that appeals are heard by people who have the necessary breadth of racing knowledge" said Racing NSW's Chief Executive Officer, Peter V'landys. "The list of new members contains many impressive candidates from diverse backgrounds. Importantly, they all have a passion for racing and have long term experience in the industry." The new Appeal Panel members are:
- Leeann Olsen - former licensed jockey and President of NSW Jockeys Association
- Sharon Skeggs - former board member of the AJC
- Judy Foley - former board member of STC
- Jo Madsen - solicitor and current General Manager, Commercial Development at Tabcorp
- Jo-anne Avellano - Chartered Accountant who has held positions in high profile firms in Australia, UK and Ireland
- Jim Murphy - former racing administrator and inaugural CEO of NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board - now Racing NSW
- Tony Marney - former jockey
- John Nicholson - former Racing Manager and General Manager, Racing & Wagering STC
- Mark Daniels - former trainer and President of the Trainers Association
- Colin Tuck - former Manager of Racing & Betting at the ATC & AJC
Blue Blooded De Gaulle to Stand at Brooker ParkThursday, 20th July 2017The beautifully bred De Gaulle will stand at John Pratt's Brooker Park in Darnum, part of Gippsland's lush dairy region, reports Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria. By world-class Australian sire Exceed And Excel, De Gaulle is out of the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), winner of the MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and SAJC Sporting Bet Classic (formerly Robert Sangster Stakes). De Gaulle is a half-brother to the stakes placed 3YO filly Alter Call (Fastnet Rock) who sold for $1.05 million, as well as a Snitzel filly who sold earlier this year for $1.7 million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Highly rated as a juvenile and spoken of as the next potential superstar, the Snowden Racing-trained De Gaulle was touted a genuine Golden Slipper contender. A brilliant winner of two of his three trials, which included a defeat of subsequent Gr1 Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah, a tendon injury unfortunately cut short De Gaulle's career without him ever making it to the racetrack. As his owners, including Newgate Farm, China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock and Winstar Farm, had such a high opinion of De Gaulle, they didn't geld him and wanted to give him a chance at stud. "Being by Exceed and Excel he was supposed to run early, but he was just too fast and too young for his own good. I'm sure if he had raced as a late two-year-old or even at three he would have had the chance to win black type races," Pratt said. Brooker Park offers a walk on service to visiting mares for their two stallions, Danesis (Danehill) and now De Gaulle. Both will stand for a service fee of $2,200 inc. GST.
Jumbo Jet Trophy Next for AlibiThursday, 20th July 2017Alibi, the winner of the opening two legs of the Singapore Four-Year-old Challenge, has pulled up well after his fourth placing in the Singapore Derby, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Darci Brahma entire previously won the Stewards' Cup (1400m) and Patron's Bowl (1600m) before running a brave fourth in the Derby to fellow New Zealand-bred Infantry. "I am really happy with the way that Alibi went in the Derby last Sunday," trainer Michael Clements said. "His run was a great effort, but the 2000m is probably a bit too far for him at this stage." Clements added: "He's had a great campaign and is having a short break at the moment. He'll be resuming in the Jumbo Jet Trophy which will be run over 1400m in September." Hailing from the family of Gr1 Easter Stakes winner Honor Bound, Alibi was a $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Inglis Premier yearling Sale before being sold again for $90,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale.
Positive News for Ana O'BrienThursday, 20th July 2017Ana O’Brien is expected to be sidelined until November after sustaining serious injuries in a fall at Killarney in Ireland on Tuesday, reports Racing Post. Her brother, trainer Joseph O’Brien, released a statement on behalf of the family that had some positive news: "Ana is feeling much better today, thank God. She had an MRI this morning that confirmed three vertebral fractures at C1, T5 and T6. Her facial fractures will be assessed in the coming days.” It continued: "Thankfully we don't think she's going to need any surgery and is going to be treated with a neck and back brace instead. She would like to thank everybody for all their kind thoughts and prayers.” Dr Adrian McGoldrick said that a brain scan had cleared the 21 year-old O’Brien of any issues. She is currently being treated in Cork University Hospital.