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Daily News | 19th April 2018
30% Early Booking Discount For 2018 Agistment & Spelling FeatureThursday, 19th April 2018Discounted early bookings are open for Breeding&Racing's 2018 Agistment & Spelling Feature which will be published on Thursday 10 May. Normally priced at $990 inc GST, all bookings made by COB on Friday 27 April will be discounted by $300 to $690. This includes a full feature editorial profile, main image, an animated gif banner, live links to all social media, and a geographic icon that opens to each property's google maps location. Following the successful completion of the 2018 Inglis Easter Weanling and Broodmare Sale, and with NZB's May Sale and Magic Millions National Sale still to come, this one-off annual feature is the perfect vehicle for walk-on, walk-off properties, dedicated broodmare farms, as well as stud farms that spell and agist, to be top of mind with broodmare owners and weanling buyers. For early bird bookings call Christian Whitehead on 0413 112 020. Click on the below image to see last year's popular edition of the feature.
ATC Honours Mighty WinxThursday, 19th April 2018The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has honoured Winx by renaming the Warwick Stakes, a race she has made her own in recent years, the Winx Stakes. The champion mare has won the last two editions of the $500,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) which hitherto has been run as a Group 2 event. Fittingly, this year's renewal of the Winx Stakes coincides with the race being elevated to Group 1 Status. It will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 18 August, 2018. "The ATC believes it is fitting for this race to be run as a Group One for the first time to be named in honour of Winx," said Australian Turf Club Chairman, Laurie Macri. "She has captivated the world with her career, earning recognition as Longines World's Best Racehorse and the ATC is proud to have her stabled at our great racecourse Rosehill Gardens." Winx, who currently shares the world's best racehorse ranking with recently retired US champion Gun Runner (both horses rated 129), equalled the great Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive wins when strolling to an easy win in last weekend's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney. She also claimed a world record 18th Group 1 victory and boosted her all-time record Australian earnings to $18,998,425.
Winx (image: Steve Hart)
All Aged No Afterthought: RyanThursday, 19th April 2018Trainer Gerald Ryan says Trapeze Artist's last-start victory in the TJ Smith Stakes was merely a bonus win en route to Saturday's Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, reports racing.com. The son of Snitzel defeated a high class field that included placegetters Redzel and In Her Time when scoring an impressive win in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on day one of The Championships. But contrary to what many people think, Ryan insists the TJ was not the star colt's primary autumn target, but rather Saturday's $600,000 weight-age-feature. "I always thought coming into the autumn that the All Aged Stakes was his right race," Ryan told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "But I said to Bert [owner Bert Vieira], 'we can't go six weeks without a run into a 1400'. He was already entered in the TJ Smith, so that's why we decided to go there, not thinking that we were going to blow Redzel and them away...it was a bonus win." A win on the weekend would triple Trapeze Artist's Group 1 tally after his wins in the TJ Smith and Golden Rose. It would also mean the numerous studs chasing his services when he retires from racing will likely have to outlay more than his current reported asking price of $40 million.
Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)
Hartnell Aiming to Live Up to Fresh RecordThursday, 19th April 2018James Cummings is hoping that Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) can maintain his good fresh record when he resumes in Saturday's Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. The star Godolphin galloper lived up to his strong first-up record when resuming with a slashing win in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) in the autumn, and Cummings is quietly confident he can repeat the dose on Saturday. "We gave him a six week break and he looks nice and fresh coming into this race, which is how we wanted him to be," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "His work has been very good and his first-up record isn't bad. He had a nice blowout in a barrier trial and he seems to have come on again...we feel he can run quite a cheeky race." Cummings added: "He's in good shape and it would be satisfying to see him get back into the form that he was in when he beat Brave Smash first-up in the Orr Stakes." Hartnell is on the fourth line of betting for the All Aged at $9 behind dominant favourite Trapeze Artist at $2.20.
Hartnell (image: Mark Gatt)
Guerrier Up To Gr1 ChallengeThursday, 19th April 2018Goulburn trainer Jean Dubois is confident that 2YO colt Guerrier (Epaulette-Flying Jet, by Jet Spur) can belie his vast inexperience when he contests Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The son of young Darley stallion Epaulette will go into the final leg of Sydney's 2YO Triple Crown as the least experienced runner in the field having won his only start over 1300 metres at Hawkesbury two weeks ago. However, while Dubois acknowledges the quantum leap Guerrier must make from a maiden to a Group 1, he is adamant he possesses the requisite talent to be competitive at the elite level. Guerrier is a stable-mate of the highly promising Aylmerton (Siyouni), recent winner of the Gr2 Todman Stakes, and Dubois believes both possess similar ability. "Guerrier has worked with Aylmerton and was not too far from him. I feel they are the same quality but obviously Aylmerton is more of a sprinter – but he's a good horse Guerrier," the French-born Dubois told Racing NSW. "He is missing a bit of experience for this kind of race but he won easy at Hawkesbury and that's why we are trying for the Group One." Dubois added: "He had a good gallop on Tuesday morning and I feel he will be a strong miler. It is hard to know if a horse is good enough to step up from a maiden to a Group One. It is a bit of a crazy idea but the horse is in such good condition and there are not many mile races around so it's a good time to try."
MM National Weanling Sale Catalogue OnlineThursday, 19th April 2018The catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale is now available online. The major sale, comprising 542 lots by a record 107 individual sires, will be held at the Gold Coast on May 24 and 25. Weanlings by no fewer than 22 individual first season sires will feature - an unprecedented line up of domestic and international Group One winners. All of Australia's leading active sires are well represented. "We are delighted to release the first catalogue of the National Sale Series," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "The sale has produced countless pin-hook success stories who have gone on to star at the Yearling Sales and ultimately the track." Bowditch added: "Pierro, Zoustar, Peggy Jean, Redzel, Volpe Veloce and Seasons Bloom are examples of the quality racehorses who have emerged first at the National Weanling Sale." Click here to view catalogue.
VOBIS Gold Inspections Underway at OaklandsThursday, 19th April 2018On-site inspections are underway ahead of the sixth annual Inglis VOBIS Yearling Gold Sale to be held at 10am at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne on Sunday. The sale has again attracted a strong catalogue, where every yearling offered is Super VOBIS qualified - making them eligible for millions of dollars of bonuses through the VOBIS incentive scheme during their 2YO and 3YO racing seasons - and also eligible to be nominated for the VOBIS Gold bonuses. Additionally, the progeny of VOBIS Sires’-nominated stallions will be eligible to contest the inaugural $1 million landmark two-year-old event, “The Showdown”, at Caulfield in 2019. The main catalogue of 247 yearlings, combined with a Supplementary catalogue of 29 Lots, includes progeny by leading sires such as Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Spirit Of Boom, Zoustar, Smart Missile, All Too Hard, Reward For Effort, Magnus and More Than Ready and First Season Sires such as Brazen Beau, Dissident, Rubick, Toronado and Wandjina. The VOBIS Gold Sale has produced some outstanding results in recent years, none better than the likes of Group 1 winner Malaguerra who cost $32,000 yet has pocketed $1.7 million in prize money. Click here to view catalogue.
Four Fillies In Line for Southern Filly TitleThursday, 19th April 2018An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series draws to a close in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, with four fillies lining up to take their shot at the title. The fourth and final leg of the Series is worth 7 points to the winner. Courte Zarindi (Any Suggestion) tops the table with 9 points and will try to put the issue beyond doubt with victory in the Warstep Stakes, while race rivals Respin (Power) and Kiwi Ida (Squamosa) are both within striking distance with 7 points apiece. Beneficial (Highly Recommended), who sits in equal fourth place with 4 points, could also take the title if she wins, provided Courte Zarindi finishes no better than third. Saturday’s race also carries a significant North Island flavour as Caricature (Power), a commendable last-start fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m), makes her Southern Filly Series debut. The Warstep Stakes will be run as Race 7 on Saturday’s nine-race programme, with a scheduled start time of 3.19pm. Click here for commentary on each runner.
Tappy Calls It Straight To HartThursday, 19th April 2018Attempting to pick a First XI of Australia's greatest racecallers is a thankless task, but few would begrudge former Sydney race-calling icon John Tapp coming in high up the batting order. As anyone who's tried their hand at calling knows all too well, you're only as good as your last call, and learning the colours is the easy bit. Tapp's ability to instantly, and effortlessly, transport one to the track wherever you were listening was a genuine gift. Leading Sydney race photographer Steve Hart recorded the below interview with the eagle eyed commentator.
Smart Missile To Stand at Twin HillsThursday, 19th April 2018Smart Missile, Australia's leading third crop sire by winners, will stand at Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra for the 2018 breeding season. Smart Missile was Australia's Champion First Season Sire, the leading second season sire by winners and again leads his generation in the number of winners achieved this season. With 77 winners already in 2017/18, Smart Missile ranks in the top 20 of all stallions in Australia with less than three full crops to race. His best progeny include Gr3 WA Sires' Produce Stakes winner Debellatio, Gr3 SAJC National Stakes winner I'll Have A Bit, Listed winners Sassy 'N' Smart, Exocet and Irish Bet, and New Zealand 2000 Guineas fourth Cha Siu Bao. "We're thrilled that Gooree Park Stud has chosen to stand Smart Missile at Twin Hills Stud. Smart Missile is a young stallion who sits at the top end of the sires' lists. His progeny are attractive, precocious and fast. He gets a terrific number of winners and he has huge crops of yearlings and foals in the pipeline. Smart Missile is an accomplished young stallion and is great value," said Ollie Tait, owner of Twin Hills Stud. The beautifully bred Smart Missile is by Fastnet Rock out of a half-sister to Northern Meteor and is a direct descendant of influential broodmare Rough Shod, ancestress of legendary sires Sadler's Wells, Nureyev & Fairy King. Smart Missile will stand at a fee of $13,200 (inc.GST).
Showcasing's Shuttling Days OverThursday, 19th April 2018Haunui Farm in conjunction with Whitsbury Manor Stud have announced that Showcasing will no longer shuttle to the southern hemisphere, reports NZ Racing Desk. Showcasing's stallion career has continued to flourish at Whitsbury Manor Stud in the UK where he now commands a fully booked service fee of £35,000 having started his stud career in 2011 at a service fee of £5,000. The son of Oasis Dream now has 25 stakes winners after his 3YO son Dice Roll (FR) staked a claim for the French 2000 Guineas with a brilliant 5 length in the Gr3 Prix Djebel at Deauville on Tuesday. Given his European success and popularity, Whitsbury Manor Stud's offer to purchase the 50 per cent shareholding owned by the New Zealand-based shareholders of Showcasing was accepted on the condition that he no longer shuttle to the southern hemisphere. Showcasing has been represented by six stakes winners in the southern hemisphere this racing season including exciting 3YOs Be Bee and So Far Sokool and 2YO Group winners Xpression and Bit Lippy. Showcasing stood at Haunui Farm last season at $12,000 + GST and will be represented by three further racing crops in the southern hemisphere.
Craven Sale Day-1: 800K Guineas for Scat Daddy ColtThursday, 19th April 2018A colt from the final crop of Coolmore's ill-fated sire sensation Scat Daddy topped Monday's opening session of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale when selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 800,000 guineas - the third highest price ever achieved at this sale. A total of 38 lots sold for 5,222,500 guineas, with an average of 137,434 guineas and a median of 75,000 guineas. Consigned by Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables, the sale-topping colt is out of the winning Cape Cross mare Alegendinmyownmind and a brother to three winners. The sale represented a pin-hooking windfall for his owners who had purchased him for $270,000 as a yearling. "The horse has been bought for Dr Johnny Hon and his global brand," said Gordon-Watson. "This is a beautiful horse and a very fast horse. The mare has done well and the pedigree stretches back strongly - second dam Midnight Line was a very good racemare and the family traces to the Coolmore line of Together and Jan Vermeer." Gordon-Watson added: "He is also by a fabulous stallion and he really does tick all the boxes - let's hope he is a headline horse." The second highest price of the night was for a daughter of WinStar Farm sire and Vinery Australia shuttler More Than Ready who fetched 500,000 guineas to the bid of Anthony Stroud on behalf of Godolphin. The filly is a daughter of Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner Sis City. Meanwhile, Darley America-based sire and Arrowfield Stud shuttler Animal Kingdom was responsible for the third highest priced lot of the evening. The colt out of US stakes winner Sirmione was purchased for 420,000 guineas by Alex Elliott, who was standing with California based trainer Simon Callaghan, on behalf of American owner Kaleem Shah. Day two of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale continues on Wednesday 18th April at 6.15pm (local time).
Scat Daddy colt (image: Tattersalls)
Cracksman Thriving Ahead of Ganay ReturnThursday, 19th April 2018Star UK galloper Cracksman tuned up for his seasonal reappearance with a brilliant track gallop on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Tuesday, reports Racing Post. With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the 4YO delighted owner Anthony Oppenheimer and trainer John Gosden ahead of his expected return in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on Sunday week (29 April). "Cracksman is like a different horse this year and worked beautifully," Oppenheimer said. "I've seen him only once before this spring and that was in the mist so this was a great sight. The plan is to go to the Ganay now. All options are open after that but I'd like him to go for the King George." Gosden commented: "He's like a 24 year-old this year rather than the 14-year-old of last," he said. "I was delighted with that. It will help him mentally as well as physically. He's had a healthy blow and I couldn't be more pleased." The prodigiously talented Cracksman became the first European Group 1 winner for his sire Frankel when posting a stunning 7 length win in the Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) on British Champions Day at Ascot in October. Moreover, the performance helped earn him the title of Champion European Racehorse for 2017. Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal) races in the same colours as Oppenheimer's former champion European racehorse and now Darley stallion Golden Horn.
Dansili Retired from Stud DutyThursday, 19th April 2018Juddmonte Farms has announced that outstanding European stallion Dansili has been retired from stud duties due to declining fertility. The son of Danehill out of the legendary broodmare Hasili made a rapid rise through the stallion ranks, starting at a fee of £8,000 and rising to a peak of £100,000 thanks to some outstanding progeny such as Harbinger, Flintshire, The Fugue, Dank and Rail Link. "With the support of loyal breeders, Dansili rose from modest beginnings to become one of Europe’s leading sires,” said Juddmonte's UK stud director Simon Mockridge. "He has established himself as an incredibly consistent sire of high class performers. His influence will be felt at Juddmonte for many years to come through his daughters in the broodmare band and via his exciting son Bated Breath, whose career has closely echoed that of his sire to date. Dansili will now enjoy a well-deserved retirement at Banstead Manor Stud." Dansili also enjoyed success in Australia with his imported son Foreteller who won three Group 1 races, namely the Ranvet Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes and Underwood Stakes.