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Daily News | 24th May 2018
Outstanding Late Entries for National Broodmare SaleThursday, 24th May 2018The world class catalogue for next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale has been boosted with two outstanding late entries for the sale. Courgette, the dam of Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign, and recent stakes winning filly Torvill, are additions to a star-studded supplementary catalogue. Consigned by Yarraman Park Stud, Courgette will head to the sale in foal to superstar sire I Am Invincible in just her fifth season at stud. Courgette (Charge Forward) has had her past two yearlings by Shamus Award and Time for War sell for $425,000 and $325,000 respectively. She Will Reign, her first foal, won the Golden Slipper at two before training on to capture the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in a thrilling finish. As it stands, She Will Reign boasts a record of six wins from 11 starts and earnings of over $3.2 million. Courgette will go under the hammer as the last lot on Thursday May 31, following the originally catalogued lots and the supplementary of broodmares. Recent Doomben stakes winning 3YO Torvill will go under the hammer next Tuesday after joining the Blue Sky Premium Consignment draft this week. By Not a Single Doubt, Torvill won the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet at Doomben on April 28. She had earlier won the listed Reginald Allen Handicap at Randwick. Torvill will go under the hammer as the last lot on Tuesday May 29, following the originally catalogued lots and the supplementary of race fillies and maiden mares including Jameka. The 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Sale commences today (Thursday) with the first of two days of the National Weanling Sale. The auction kicks off at 10am (AEST).
Record Weanling Entries for Great Southern SaleThursday, 24th May 2018The 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.
Black Caviar Daughter RetiredThursday, 24th May 2018Oscietra, the first offspring of world champion sprinter Black Caviar, has been retired. The 3YO Exceed And Excel filly, who is named after one of the world's most prized and expensive types of caviar, was trained at Lindsay Park by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. She retires with 2 wins from 5 starts. Both victories were over 1000 metres. "Neil Werrett [co-owner] spoke to us yesterday [Tuesday] and the connections have decided to retire her," Ben Hayes told racing.com. "She's obviously extremely valuable as a broodmare and she's retired structurally sound, but she was still feeling her knees and the ownership group believe she's more valuable at stud now, as a two-time winner from five starts." The news of Oscietra's retirement comes on the eve of the racetrack debut of her 2YO brother Prince Of Caviar at Sandown on Saturday. By Sebring, Prince Of Caviar is the second foal of Black Caviar.
Group 1 QLD Oaks Field & BarriersThursday, 24th May 2018The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Doomben on Saturday. First run in 1951, the 3YO fillies Classic has been won by some champion fillies and broodmares including celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy (1976), Surround (1977), Lowan Star (1980), November Rain (1981), Bravery (1988), Triscay (1991), Slight Chance (1993), Giovana (2000), Ethereal (2001), and of course the world's best racehorse, Winx (2015). The favourite for the 2018 edition of the race is the Chris Waller-trained Youngstar. The daughter of High Chaparral has shown a high degree of potential to date, culminating in her impressive last-start victory in the traditional Oaks lead-up, the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) on 12 May. TAB currently have Youngstar (barrier 4) listed as the $2.70 favourite, ahead of stable-mate Another Dollar (barrier 2) at $5.50, and last season's Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia (barrier 7) at $7. All other runners are at double figure odds.
Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup Field & BarriersThursday, 24th May 2018The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. The weight-for-age sprint has attracted a field of 11 runners. Interestingly, Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker has decided to run impressive Gold Coast Guineas winner Champagne Cuddles in the race, after originally planning on running her against her fellow 3YOs in the Gr3 Fred Best Classic as a final lead-up to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in a fortnight. First run in 1964, the Kingsford-Smith Cup (until last year known as the BTC Cup) has been won by some outstanding sprinters including Tontonan (1974), Strawberry Road (1983), St Jude (1991), Buck's Pride (1993 & 94), Chief De Beers (1996), General Nediym (1998), Falvelon (2000), Thorn Park (2004), Apache Cat (2008), and the legendary Black Caviar (2011). The favourite for the 2018 edition of the race is the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain, who has drawn favourably in barrier five. Le Romain is at the top of the TAB market at $3.80, ahead of Godolphin galloper Impending (barrier 9) at $4.20, Doomben 10,000 heroine English (barrier 1) at $5.50, Champagne Cuddles (barrier 10) at $6.50, and local hope Care To Think (barrier 11) at $7.50.
Bonneval Progressing WellThursday, 24th May 2018Reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval is close to returning to the Cambridge yard of trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, reports NZ Racing Desk. The multiple Group 1 winner's planned autumn campaign in Australia was aborted in February after connections discovered she was suffering from a suspensory ligament issue. "She's looking good and she'll be back in the stable next week, along with Jon Snow and we are hopefully looking toward the Melbourne spring with them again," said Baker. A winner of the New Zealand & Australian Oaks double as a 3YO, Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel) returned at four to win the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne last spring. Her most recent performance was a 14th placing in the Caulfield Cup on 21 October.
Bonneval (image: Steve Hart)
Another Winner for Bullet TrainThursday, 24th May 2018Lacey Lynx Pack became the latest winner for Bowness Stud's beautifully related shuttle stallion Bullet Train (Sadler's Wells-Kind, by Danehill)when saluting at the Gold Coast yesterday. Having just her second race start, the Matthew Matt Dunn-trained 3YO filly overcame signs of greenness in the straight to eventually draw clear for a strong front-running win in the Pink Ribbon Cup Maiden Plate over 1400 metres. The peculiarly named Lacey Lynx Pack was purchased by Graham and Linda Huddy of Shoot Out fame for $110,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bowness Stud. She is out of the Lonhro mare Lacey Lonhbreak and hails from the female family of prodigiously talented stakes-winning sprinter and sire Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence). The Gr3 winning & Gr1-placed Bullet Train, a three-quarter brother to the world's highest-ever rated racehorse, Frankel, stood at Bowness Stud last spring at a fee of $8,800 (inc. GST).
Coolmore Unveil Well-Bred DebutantThursday, 24th May 2018Beautifully related filly Pedicel made the perfect start to her career when winning the All Too Hard@Vinery Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury yesterday. Trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig on behalf of Coolmore Stud, Pedicel lived up to her impressive trial form when hitting the line strongly for a stylish 0.5 length win over Reginae (All Too Hard) & race favourite Tell Me (Choisir). Stable representative Ryan Roberts said the daughter of Redoute's Choice had a bright future. "Her trials have been really good but we were worried about the 1100 metres because we think she is going to get over ground and be a better three-year-old," Roberts told Sky Racing. "We will leave it up to Dave and the team but the owners have a very nice filly on their hands." Jockey James McDonald commented: "She's a lovely filly. Even after her first trial I thought she is going to be a really nice three-year-old especially over a mile," he said. "My thoughts haven't changed with her, she's got a lot of ability." From the Dehere mare Cleanup, Pedicel is a three-quarter sister to Group 3 Tibbie Stakes winner She's Clean (Redoute's Choice-Feather Duster, by End Sweep). This is a prolific Gr1-producing family that also includes Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Abbey Marie, Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Absolutely, Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, and successful sire Groom Dancer. Pedicel was a $360,000 purchase by Tom Magnier at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Injury Sidelines ChocanteThursday, 24th May 2018Talented Kiwi stayer Chocante has been sent to the paddock due to injury, reports NZ racing Desk. "He bowed a tendon in Brisbane, unfortunately, and he's back here now spelling," said trainer Stephen Marsh. The injury was discovered after Chocante's unplaced effort in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben last month. "It leaves a hole losing two of your top-rated horses – Thee Auld Floozie has retired and now Chocante has gone amiss," added Marsh. Chocante (Shocking) has a Gr3 Counties Cup (2100m) to his credit and last season claimed top honours in the Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2200m). He also embarked on a successful Australian campaign in the spring where he was placed behind champion mare Winx in the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and Foundry in the Gr1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney.
Hennessy Delighted With Ocean EmperorThursday, 24th May 2018Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy will be looking to add further international success to his CV when Ocean Emperor contests the S$1.5 million Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) in Singapore on Sunday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Hennessy campaigned Waikato Stud resident stallion and Cox Plate winner Ocean Park in both Australia and Dubai five years ago and said his experience with dual Group 2 winner Ocean Emperor had been similar. "It is very similar, it is like déjà vu really," said Hennessy. "Both horses are very similar in nature and both being colts of course." Ocean Emperor arrived in Singapore last Thursday with Hennessy and track rider Tui Miles and has impressed all with his progress. "He travelled over well, we are really happy with him," said Hennessy. "He lost a little bit of weight on his trip over but pretty much put it all back on within 48 hours." Hennessy added: "We have just been ticking him over quietly and he had a little bit of a breeze on the polytrack this morning [Wednesday]. He is looking bright and we couldn't be happier." Hennessy is hoping that a win will bolster Ocean Emperor's (Zabeel-Tootsie, by Pins) stallion prospects. "It is a lovely race to have the opportunity to run in and if he was successful it would only help his CV and future stallion prospects. He is a very well-bred horse...and is a magnificent looking horse and he was an expensive yearling."
Ilovethiscity to Stand at Noor Elaine FarmThursday, 24th May 2018Group 1 producing stallion Ilovethiscity has been relocated to Noor Elaine Farm at Euroa. Trained by Grahame Begg, Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert-Kensington Rose, by Kenfair) won 4 of his 11 starts including the Group 1 Randwick Guineas for over $900,000 in prize money. In April, 2YO filly El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity-Solanas, by Zabeel) put her sire on the map when storming home at odds of 80-1 to win the $1 million Group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. The victory placed Ilovethiscity within an elite group of sires that have both won a Group 1 and produced a Group 1 winner. "Noor Elaine Farm and the syndicate owners wish to give Ilovethiscity every chance to serve a strong book of mares and have reduced his fee in order to attract broodmare owners to the stallion," Noor Elaine Farm said in a statement. "All at the farm are pleased that the syndicate which owns Ilovethiscity has entrusted Noor Elaine Farm to continue his stud career." Ilovethiscity will stand at a fee of $4,400 (inc. GST) in 2018.