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Daily News | 21st September 2017
Turnbull Next for WinxThursday, 21st September 2017Chris Waller has confirmed that Winx is likely to have her final Cox Plate lead-up in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 7 October. It will be the first time the champion mare has ever raced on Flemington's hallowed turf. Winx recorded her 20th consecutive win and her 13th at Group One level when claiming the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick last Saturday. The daughter of Street Cry is aiming to create history this spring by joining the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. "I am extremely pleased with the way Winx has pulled up following her win in the George Main Stakes on Saturday," Waller said in a media release. "I could not be happier with her recovery since the run and she continues to maintain her weight approximately 10kg heavier than what she was when winning the 2016 Cox Plate." Waller added: "After giving careful consideration to her current racing campaign it is likely her next run will be at Flemington on October 7 in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes."
Winx (image: Steve Hart)
New Everest Rider Needed for Star FillyThursday, 21st September 2017Ben Melham has advised trainer Gary Portelli and owner Scott Darby that he will be unable to make the weight to ride She Will Reign in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October, reports racenet. Speaking to Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday, Melham, who has partnered the star filly in three of her four wins including the Golden Slipper, conceded the task of getting down to She Will Reign's Everest weight of 51kg will be too difficult. "I'd been thinking quite hard about it and been training for six or seven weeks and dieting and stuff like that and I just felt 51kg was just beyond me," Melham said. "52kg wouldn't have been a problem but I just decided it was better to let them know now while they have got plenty of time." She Will Reign will open her spring campaign in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at the Moonee Valley night meeting on Friday, 29 September giving her a two week rest until The Everest.
She Will Reign (image: Steve Hart)
Angland Booked for Fell SwoopThursday, 21st September 2017Meanwhile, Tye Angland has been booked to ride brilliant Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. Angland was aboard the Matthew Dale-trained 6YO when he resumed with a pleasing sixth (beaten 2.1 lengths) behind Redzel in last weekend's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick. "It's very exciting," Angland told racenet. "His run was good first-up and he'll have taken plenty of benefit from it." Angland added: "It's the world's richest race on turf and to have an opportunity to ride in the inaugural running is definitely a thrill." Fell Swoop, who has placed five times at Gr1 level, will represent slot holder Inglis in The Everest.
Smart Debut Win for More Than Ready ColtThursday, 21st September 2017Well-bred 3YO colt Star Of Africa signalled a bright future awaits when making a winning debut in the All Too Hard@Vinery Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm yesterday. Prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden, Star Of Africa races in the distinctive red and yellow starred silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him in partnership with the US-based WinStar Farm for $300,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud. Other syndicate members include Newgate Farm and Aquis Farm, and Kia Ora which retained an interest. By Vinery shuttler More Than Ready, Star Of Africa is out of the stakes placed mare Rock Of Fortune (Fastnet Rock), a half-sister to stakes winner Chic Choice (Redoute's Choice). Star Of Africa's third dam is the stakes-placed Bletchingly mare Extradite who has produced Gr3 winning sprinter Facile and Gr2 winner Twiglet, dam of Gr1-winning sire Easy Rocking, champion Hong Kong sprinter Fairy King Prawn, and multiple Listed winner Crevette (herself the dam of dual Gr1 winning mare Cosmic Endeavour). Paul Snowden said Star Of Africa would be aimed at the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January. "We thought a fair bit of this horse. He was a little bit unlucky not to get to the races last preparation," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He's a Magic Millions horse and that's definitely a target for him if he's good enough.”
Tabcorp & Tatts Group Merger in JeopardyThursday, 21st September 2017The proposed $11 billion merger between Tabcorp and Tatts Group has hit a legal hurdle with the Federal Court in Sydney upholding an appeal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The merger was granted regulatory approval by the Australian Competition Tribunal in June, but the ACCC applied for a judicial review of the decision. Yesterday Justice Nye Perram said: "The court orders that the decision of the tribunal be set aside and the matter be referred back to the Australian Competition Tribunal for consideration." The reasons for the judgment will be released in five days.
Gr1s Beckon ParetThursday, 21st September 2017Impressive debut winner Paret will be on trial for major 3YO races in the spring when he contests a benchmark 74 handicap at Rosehill on Saturday. The son of Harbour Watch made an eye catching debut when scoring a brilliant last-to-first win at Canterbury on 13 September. “I don’t normally like to race a maiden winner 10 days later but it’s that time of the year,” Waller told racingnsw.com.au. “There is still a 20 percent chance of getting to a Caulfield Guineas or a Coolmore up the straight so we’ll see how he goes on Saturday. He’d have to win well.” Waller added: “He might be going to the paddock after Saturday, so who knows, but he is a really good horse.”
Disposition Wins Listed Hannans HandicapThursday, 21st September 2017At Kalgoorlie in West Australia, Darley's unbeaten multiple Gr1-winning stallion Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass, by Zeditave) added a black-type success when 6YO bay gelding Disposition (Reset-Test Case, by Testa Rossa) proved a class above his rivals when posting his first win in nearly two years in the $120,000 Listed Hannans Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Roger The Roman & Casino Belle. A homebred for prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Disposition improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Guvera Stakes, Listed The Sofitel, WATC Listed Fairetha Stakes & WATC Belgravia Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic) from 22 starts for $944,650 in earnings.
NZB Southern Filly of the Year Series Launches SaturdayThursday, 21st September 2017On the same day that the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series gets underway at Hastings, the cream of the South Island's 3YO filly crop will get their time to shine as the $50,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton kicks off the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series. The Southern Filly of the Year Series is designed to assist the long-term growth and success of the New Zealand breeding industry by providing opportunities for good fillies to earn valuable black type while racing in New Zealand. The title of New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year is awarded to the 3YO filly who accumulates the most points during the series. The Canterbury Belle Stakes boasts a star-studded honour roll with Gr1 winners Plume, Tartan Tights, Dorabella and last year's winner La Diosa. The New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes will be run as Race 9 with a start time of 3:34pm. Click here to view this year's field.
Gr1 Kiwi Mare Plays Waiting GameThursday, 21st September 2017The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Lizzie L'Amour (Zabeel-Sabia, by Sadler's Wells) will need luck on her side if she is to join her stable-mates Bonneval and Jon Snow in the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 21 October, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 5YO daughter of Zabeel, who hails from the outstanding Best in Show family of champion sire Redoute's Choice, is currently ranked 41st in the order of entry, but Baker is not overly concerned. "It's early days," he said. "They drop out a lot, so we'll just wait and see what happens." There are 12 internationals ahead of Lizzie L'Amour in the order of entry, but only five of those - Admire Deus, Francis of Assisi, Steel of Madrid, Johannes Vermeer and Marmelo – are expected to line up in the world's richest mile-and-a-half handicap. A winner of the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes in March, Lizzie L'Amour was prima facie disappointing when resuming with a seventh placing in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), however a subsequent diagnosis of atrial fibrillation was revealed as the reason. "She's been good as gold since," Baker said. "She's had a jump out and has passed everything. We just left it to the vet to treat her, she's righted herself and everything is okay." Lizzie L'Amour is set to make her next appearance in the Gr2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday week.
JRA Cup Next for Jon SnowThursday, 21st September 2017Meanwhile, Lizzie L'Amour's stable-mate Jon Snow (Iffraaj-Orinda, by O'Reilly) is scheduled to have his next start in the Gr3 JRA Cup (2040m) at the Moonee Valley night meeting on Friday week (29 September), reports NZ Racing Desk. Last season's Australian Derby winner was having his second run this campaign when finishing eighth (beaten 6 lengths) behind Humidor in last weekend's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. "I was happy with his run," co-trainer Murray Baker said. "He got tightened a bit and it was a funny run race because they went hard for the first 1000m. He's probably looking for 2000m." Like his stable-mates Bonneval and Lizzie L'Amour, Jon Snow is being aimed at the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 21 October.
Star WA Filly Ready for ReturnThursday, 21st September 2017Champion West Australian 2YO Lucy Mae will resume at Belmont Park on Saturday week after scoring an impressive 1000m trial win on Monday, reports the West Australian. The 3YO daughter of Stratum was crowned champion juvenile after posting wins in the Gr2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) and Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic last season. "She hasn't grown or put on an ounce of weight, but the motor's still there," trainer Ted Martinovich said. "She weighed 410kg when we put her out and she was still 410kg when we weighed her last Saturday." He added: "She trialled good and she'll run on Saturday week before we work out where to go." Spring targets for Lucy Mae include the Bunbury 3YO Classic (1000m) on 14 October, the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) on 28 October, and the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) on 7 November.
Belle du Nord on Classic PathThursday, 21st September 2017Talented Kiwi filly Belle du Nord (Reliable Man-Bankside Belle, by Volksraad) remains on course for main spring target the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas despite falling behind in her work schedule, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She's very well, but we haven't been able to get as much work into her as we might have liked," said Emma-Lee Browne, who prepares the 3YO with husband David. "Like everyone else, we're hoping the tracks improve, but at this stage we're happy with her and her main aim is Riccarton." Runner-up behind champion 2YO Melody Belle in the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes in April, Belle Du Nord resumed with an encouraging second over 1100m at Taupo last month. She will continue her classic campaign in Saturday's Gr3 Hawke's Bay Breeders' Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings.
Kodiac Sets New 2YO RecordThursday, 21st September 2017Kodiac broke his own European record for 2YO winners in a season when Seen The Lyte won at Beverley overnight, reports Racing Post. The Tally-Ho Stud resident, who is a Danehill half-brother to previous record holder Invincible Spirit (43 2YO winners in 2014), now sits on 44 juvenile winners for the season. Kodiac, whose fee has increased tenfold to €50,000 since he retired to Tally-Ho in 2007, now has his sights on the world record of 51 juvenile winners set by the legendary Japanese stallion Sunday Silence in 2004.
Exceed And Excel Adds France Black-TypeThursday, 21st September 2017At Maisons-Laffitte in France overnight, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when Godolphin’s 2YO UK-bred colt Sound And Silence (Exceed And Excel-Veil Of Silence, by Elusive Quality) posted a comfortable 3 length win in the Gr3 Prix Eclipse (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Coeur de Beaute & French Pegasus. Trained by Charlie Appleby on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, Sound And Silence improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot) and 1 placing from 7 starts.
Keeneland Day-8: ReviewThursday, 21st September 2017Two yearlings, a filly and a colt, shared top honours on day eight of Keeneland’s 12-day September Yearling Sale when selling for US$325,000. On Tuesday, Keeneland sold 285 yearlings for gross sales of US$15,571,000, at an average of US$54,635 and a median of US$40,000. Cumulatively, 1,740 yearlings have been sold for US$288,869,000 at an average price of US$166,017 and a median of US$100,000. The filly by Warrior’s Reward out of Unbridled mare Unbridled Appeal sold to Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation, while the colt by Stay Thirsty out of Candy Ride mare Candy Trophy, and hailing from the family of Gr1-winning sire Twirling Candy, went to Robert B. Hess Jr. Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said of the day’s trade: “European pinhookers in particular were very active today; it was a good mix of domestic and foreign participation.”