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Daily News | 23rd May 2018
Impending Getting Better: CummingsWednesday, 23rd May 2018Godolphin trainer James Cummings believes that top sprinter Impending is close to peak physical fitness for Saturday's $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben. The 4YO entire is in terrific form having kicked off his winter carnival campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m), before his fast-finishing second (beaten just 0.2 length) to English in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) eleven days ago. Cummings was on hand to watch Impending work at Doomben yesterday morning and said the horse continues to thrive. "He really enjoyed letting down in his gallop on the course proper at Doomben this morning. He was sharp...and really bright and alert this morning," Cummings told Sky Sports Radio. "He is having a really good preparation. One of the advantages of this horse is that he does improve as his preparation unfolds." Cummings added: "He's in a rich vein of form at the moment. He's getting much closer to that peak fitness and being able to perform at his best. This race on Saturday is one of his best chances this prep...the 6.5 furlongs on the weekend will really suit him." A beautifully bred son of Lonhro and Gr1 Thousand Guineas & Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Mnemosyne, Impending is set to retire to Darley's Woodside Park Stud at the end of his current campaign but not before he bids for back-to-back Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap victories next month.
Impending (image: Steve Hart)
Osborne Bulls Stradbroke BoundWednesday, 23rd May 2018Godolphin have confirmed that highly progressive 4YO Osborne Bulls will be given the chance at Group 1 level in next month's $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in Brisbane. Osborne Bulls (Street Cry-Jerezana, by Lonhro) advanced his record to 7 wins from 10 starts when claiming his maiden stakes win in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone on 12 May. It was the gelding's fourth win from his last six appearances. Trainer James Cummings said Osborne Bull's excellent recent form virtually demanded that he be given his chance in a race like the Stradbroke. "I think the attraction of the Stradbroke this year for a horse that is cherry ripe like him is hard to ignore," Cummings told Sky Sports Radio. "We have booked Kerrin McEvoy to partner the horse in the race. If he continues to do well he will be lining up."
English Enjoying QLD SunWednesday, 23rd May 2018Jockey Tim Clark says top sprinting mare English (Encosta De Lago-Court, by Anabaa) is capable of making it successive Group 1 victories in Saturday's $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare posted her first win in more than a year when unleashing her trademark late sprint to land the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben on 12 May. Clark, who was aboard the 5YO that day, said she has thrived in the warm Queensland sun and put in a strong piece of work at the Gold Coast yesterday. "She worked well. It was a nice piece of work on the course proper this morning," Clark told Sky Sports Radio. "She's had a pretty long preparation so she wasn't out there to break any records but she cruised around nicely and seems to really be enjoying her time up at the Gold Coast." Clark added: "The stable said she took a couple of days to come through the run [Doomen 10,000] but she has bounced back 100% now and she seems to be really thriving. As long as she turns up in similar order as she was for the 10,000, I'm sure she will run a hell of a race again."
English (image: Steve Hart)
Le Romain Primed for More Gr1 GloryWednesday, 23rd May 2018Trainer Kris Lees believes top-class galloper Le Romain is ready to add another Group 1 title to his record in Saturday's $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben. The three-time Group 1 winner has been a model of consistency this time with his four starts yielding two placings at Group 1 level, the most recent being a close-up third to English in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 two weeks ago. On that occasion, the son of Hard Spun did it tough when trapped wide for the majority of the race but Lees says he has come through the run in great style. "It was a huge run and he has bounced out of it quite well," Lees told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He had a gallop this morning and he pleased with that." Lees added: "As much as he was out wide and working, the jockey had control of him. It was not the ideal set up, but that style of run doesn’t seem to bother him too much. He did drag the winner into the race." Le Romain, who will jump from barrier five on the weekend, is currently the second favourite for the race behind the Godolphin-trained Impending.
Le Romain (image: Mark Gatt)
Options for Champagne CuddlesWednesday, 23rd May 2018Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker was reportedly very happy with classy filly Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) who worked strongly on the Gold Coast course proper yesterday morning. Sky Sports Radio reports that, at this stage, the stable is leaning towards running Champagne Cuddles against her own age group in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben but that she also holds an entry in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup under weight-for-age conditions. Champagne Cuddles returned from a break of more than 7 months to post a record-breaking win in the Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) three weeks ago. The dual Group 1 placegetter showed she was in for big winter carnival when setting a new track record of 1:07.65 seconds which beat the previous mark set by El Campio 10 years ago.
Our Century Chasing Brisbane Cup BerthWednesday, 23rd May 2018Wyong trainer Kim Waugh is hoping that talented import Our Century can book himself a trip to Queensland by winning Saturday's Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) at Randwick. The 7YO Irish-bred gelding will be chasing successive black-type victories after opening his stakes account with a strong win in the Listed Lord Mayor's Cup (2000m) at Randwick last start. Waugh told Sky Sports Radio that the son of Montjeu galloped strongly on the Wyong course proper yesterday morning and that she was expecting another bold performance on Saturday. "He is very good. He worked beautifully on the course proper here this morning [Tuesday]. He pulled up and would not have blown a candle out. He's nice and bright - so everything you like to see after a gallop," said Waugh. "I don't think the 2400 metres will be a problem. He ran the 2000 metres out strongly last time so I think the mile-and-a-half will suit him. He has been racing competitively against some nice horses so I think he will cope well." Waugh added: "We are hoping to get him to the Brisbane Cup." The $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) will be run at Doomben racecourse on 9 June.
QLD Derby & JJ Atkins Order of EntryWednesday, 23rd May 2018Racing Queensland has released the latest order of entry for the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) for 3YOs and the $600,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) for 2YOs to be run at Doomben racecourse on Saturday 9 June. Click here to view the latest order of entry.
Trap For Fools Joins Weir YardWednesday, 23rd May 2018Talented West Australian stayer Trap For Fools is set to make his Victorian debut in the next few weeks after joining the Darren Weir stable, reports the West Australian. Trainer Lindsey Smith recommended the move to owner Geoff Evans after a stellar spring & summer campaign in which Trap For Fools won 8 of 10 starts. Among those wins were three stakes victories, namely the Listed Tattersall's Cup (2100m), Listed GA Towton Cup (2200m), and Listed ATA Stakes (2200m). "Lindsey told me it would be the best move to send him to Darren," said Evans. "They've got a great relationship and Darren's a master trainer." Evans added: "He trialled really well [when winning a 1450m trial at Lark Hill] and Jarrod [McLean, Weir's Warrnambool foreman] said he's settled in well. We don't have any firm plans. I'll leave that up to Darren." Trap For Fools is by Poet's Voice out of the Old Spice mare Old Money, winner of the Gr1 West Australian Derby & Gr2 West Australian Oaks.
Late Derby Bid For Kiwi-BredWednesday, 23rd May 2018Well-related 3YO Heir To The Throne remains an outside chance of gaining a start in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Doomben on 9 June, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand-bred Heir To The Throne, a sibling to Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, won a trial over 1270 metres at the Sunshine Coast yesterday morning and will run there on Sunday over 1600 etres in a bid to force his way into the field. "There has never been any real rush with him, but they are only three once," said trainer Henry Dwyer. "You have Prince of Penzance in the family, but it would be good to get some more black type. He's a nice horse who has always shown good staying ability and it's our last-ditch attempt to get him to a Derby." By Pentire out of the Mr Prospector mare Royal Successor, Heir To The Throne was a $200,000 purchase by Henry Dwyer Racing at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of his breeder Rich Hill Stud.
Belmont Sprint Next for RockyWednesday, 23rd May 2018Trainer Chris Gangemi says evergreen sprinter Rock Magic "pulled up a treat' following his dashing win in last Saturday's Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Ascot, reports the West Australian. Gangemi said the 8YO Rock Magic will make his next appearance in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont Park on Saturday week, before embarking on another spring campaign in Melbourne. "All going well, he'll go back to Melbourne for a couple of races he started in last year," said Gangemi. "Instead of four runs he'll have two or three and come back earlier for the Winterbottom [Gr1], so he can have a fair crack at that."
VRC Helps Launch World Horse RacingWednesday, 23rd May 2018The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has formed an alliance with a group of international racing brands to launch World Horse Racing, a new ground-breaking global media company created to tell the story of international thoroughbred horse racing, reports racing.com. The VRC has partnered with Ascot and Goodwood racecourses in the UK, along with the Breeders' Cup in the US to generate the new digital platform which will focus heavily on social media. "World Horse Racing will give fans exclusive access to the thrills, glamour and culture of one of the world's most enthralling sports," World Horse Racing said in a press statement. "World Horse Racing will focus on racing's astonishing athletes and engaging personalities - human and equine - along with the festivals that stage the greatest of sporting spectacles." VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott commented: "We look forward to this alliance not only showcasing the glorious sport of horseracing, but further enhancing the reach, the engagement, and importantly the global brand of our sport," she said.
Staying Filly Relocates Across TasmanWednesday, 23rd May 2018Stakes-placed New Zealand 3YO Wee Gilly has changed stables and will continue her career in Victoria, reports NZ Racing Desk. The lightly raced daughter of Roc de Cambes has been purchased by OTI Racing with former owner-trainer Bill Thurlow retaining an interest. "She's gone to Archie Alexander and she's in work there and ticking along," said the Waverley-based Thurlow. "She might have a run in late June or early July, she's a good staying filly." Wee Gilly has hitherto won 1 of her 4 starts and most recently was third behind Courte Zarindi & Za Za Gabor in the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton. "It's perfect for her in Melbourne. There was no point keeping her here," Thurlow added.
Cracksman Maturing into Super HorseWednesday, 23rd May 2018John Gosden has issued an ominous warning to Cracksman's future rivals by claiming he is twice the horse he was last season, reports Sky Sports. Last year's Champion European Racehorse showed that he was in for another potentially outstanding season when resuming with an effortless 4 length win in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp last month. The imposing son of Frankel is set to make his next appearance in Friday week's Group 1 Coronation Cup (12 furlongs) at Epsom, in which he will bid to give Gosden his first win in the race. "I'm very happy with the horse and he has done everything right for us," said Gosden. "He went to ParisLongchamp about 85-90 per cent (fit). He has come on since then and we are very pleased with him." Gosden added: "He has won over the track and he was third in the Derby, when he was probably lacking the maturity he had later in the year. He is a horse that has had to grow and mature into his frame and his ability." Gosden is adamant that the best is yet to come from Cracksman whom he believes possesses similar traits to his champion father. "He won his only start nicely at Newmarket as a two-year-old, but to me he was the unfinished product when he ran in the Derby, and in the Irish Derby he had to go round the whole field," said Gosden. "We gave him a holiday through the middle of the summer and he came back twice the horse he was. Like his father, he has a great stride on him and we are looking forward to running him a week on Friday."