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Daily News | 17th January 2018

  • Record Magic Millions Sale Comes To A Close

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Yesterday at the Gold Coast, over $1.2 million was traded across Book-3 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and the successful Summer Racehorse Sale. Led by stakes-performed sprinter Nikitas, the Summer Racehorse Sale boasted a gross of $927,000 with an average price of almost $30,000 and clearance of 97 per cent. Nikitas sold for $195,000 to Neville Morgan and was joined by Godolphin offerings Caffeine ($115,000) and Mogador ($110,000) to make six figures. Across all days of selling almost $169 million was traded on the outstanding selection of stock on offer from breeders from Australia and abroad. The clearance rate from all horses from Day One to Six was an astounding 90 per cent.
  • Mixed Feelings For Cox At Conclusion Of Record Sale

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox expressed mixed feelings about the record-breaking sale and carnival with this being his last at the helm of the hugely successful sales company. "This has been the most incredible sale and carnival," Cox said. "A truly spectacular success… There are so many moving parts that make this sale and carnival the success that it's been. Everyone came to the Gold Coast and played their part well beyond our most optimistic expectations [and] we therefore thank them across the board." Reflecting on his time at the helm, Cox said, "On a personal note I want to thank the Magic Millions team, who worked extremely hard to deliver Magic Millions 2018, and also their unwavering support during my time at Magic Millions." Vin Cox's tenure as Managing Director will conclude on Friday. The company's current bloodstock manager Barry Bowditch will start next week in the role as Managing Director, while Clint Donovan becomes Bloodstock Manager.

    Cox and Bowditch

    Vin Cox and Barry Bowditch (pic: Magic Millions)
  • Government Visa Announcement Boosts Breeding Sector

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    The Federal Government's announcement regarding enhanced access to 'Horse Breeder' visas was warmly welcomed by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA). The decision follows a lobbying campaign led by TBA to put the 'Horse Breeder' occupation category on the medium and long term strategic skills list (MTSSL) for the purposes of 457 visas. By putting 'Horse Breeder' on the medium and long-term list, visa holders can work in Australia for up to four years and also have a path to permanent residency – rather than being required to leave the country after just two years under existing arrangements." Access to skilled staff is one of the biggest issues in the Australian Thoroughbred breeding industry and that is why TBA has been closely engaged with the government and Members of Parliament to bring about this key decision," TBA CEO Tom Reilly said. "TBA would like to thank Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, their advisers and other Members of Parliament who greatly assisted our industry on this issue." Reilly said TBA undertook significant work, including with other industry stakeholders, to see this decision come to fruition.
  • New Horse Breeding Certificate Gets Sign Off

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Meanwhile, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia has explained it is also mindful of opening up opportunities for local staff. At the end of last year Skills Impact Australia signed off on a new Certificate III in horse breeding, following input from TBA. This new course will enable TAFEs to offer apprenticeship level programs in breeding which have not been available in some years. "It is vital industry and training institutions now work closely together to ensure the new Certificiate III course is a success with strong enrolments," explained TBA CEO Tom Reilly.
  • Karaka Distaff Lines Boast Rare Residual Value

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    The last five racing seasons have seen New Zealand mares produce in excess of 270 stakes winners and 39 Gr1 winners in Australia alone. These include an array of Gr1-winning sires the ilk of Dundeel (ex Stareel), Mongolian Kahn (ex Centafit), Sacred Falls (ex Iguazu's Girl), Tarzino (ex Zarzino), Tivaci (ex Breccia) and Turn Me Loose (ex Indomitable). From a racetrack perspective, Champion mare Winx is a daughter of NZ mare Vegas Showgirl, while Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees (both ex Parfore) and triple Gr1 winner Gingernuts (ex Double Elle) exemplify the distaff depth of the New Zealand market. This year's Karaka Sale is represented by a swathe of female Gr1 gold including:
    • Daughters of Gr1 winning mares - Arapaho Miss (Lot 34), Honor Babe (Lot 259), Keepa Cruisin (Lot 305), Lashed (Lot 329), Miss Raggedy Ann (Lot 397), Prize Lady (Lot 499), Seachange (Lot 561), Shez Sinsational (Lot 577) and Soriano (Lot 608)
    • Full-sisters to Group 1 winners - Werther (Lot 48), Recite (Lot 101) and Turn Me Loose (Lot 272)
    • Half-sisters to Group 1 winners - Shamrocker and Rock Diva (Lot 77), Music Magnate (Lot 119), Maco'Reilly (Lot 169), Gingernuts (Lot 170), Sound Proposition (Lot 180), Miss Keepsake (Lot 285), Melody Belle (Lot 371), Nashville (Lot 533), I Am a Star (Lot 619), Veloce Bella (Lot 694), Shootoff (Lot 725) and Miss Mossman (Lot 786)
  • Girl Power On Display At Karaka

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    With NZB's Karaka set to literally light up on Sunday 28 January with the commencement of Book 1's new night session at the 2018 National Yearling Sales Series, buyers will have the opportunity to invest in a catalogue laden with matriarchal strength. A lofty 19% of Gr1 winners in Australia over the past 5 seasons are NZ-bred. The dazzling role call includes dual Oaks and Underwood Stakes winner Bonneval, Champion 2YO Melody Belle, together with fellow Gr1 winning fillies Charmont, Chenille, I Am A Star and Montoya's Secret. 2018 has already commenced spectacularly with Gr1 Guineas winners Aloisia and Hasahalo as well as top drawer sprinter Volpe Veloce taking the Railway. Amidst a buoyant contemporary bloodstock market, prices are again tipped to soar and rival the $800,000 outlaid by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum in 2017 for the High Chaparral filly out of Diamond Like.

    2018 NYSS

  • Spirit off To A Charmed Start

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Meanwhile, in NZ sire news, Windsor Park shuttle stallion Charm Spirit will be represented by his debut yearling crop at this month's Karaka Sale with confidence levels already set to high. Off the back of 4 of his yearlings averaging A$216,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Windsor Park Principal Rodney Shick is justifiably bullish as he prepares to offer 26 Charm Spirit yearlings as part of his Karaka draft. Commenting on the strong result at the recent Magic Millions, he enthused, "It's a great start. To be the second leading first season sire in one of the biggest Australian sales is huge, it's pretty exciting stuff." He added, "He was an exceptional racehorse and has a beautiful pedigree, so it's nice to see that he is sought-after in Australia." Other than being a triple Gr1 winner of six races and the second highest-rated 3YO turf miler of his year, perhaps Charm Spirit's greatest attraction to Australasian buyers will be that he's a son of Invincible Spirit. Schick noted, "The way Invincible Spirit has had his affect in Australia with I Am Invincible we thought they would be sought after in Australia and it looks like they will be."Interestingly, Windsor Park's draft of Charm Spirit's will also include a white yearling from Zabeel mare Opera House, drawing this from Schick, "She is a really attractive filly, as the other white ones have been [from this mare]. But she is probably the strongest of them all. She is strong and well put together, moves beautifully and has got a great temperament. I'd be surprised if she wasn't well sought after at Karaka."
  • Spieth Joins Lindsay Park Team

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Following recent speculation that dual Gr1 placed sprinter Spieth had joined the team at the all-conquering Lindsay Park operation at Euroa, Champion trainer David Hayes has confirmed the news to be true via Twitter, reports racing.com, stating simply, "We are very excited to train this stallion for @AquisFarm and a great team of owners. He is in light work and set for all the big races in the autumn." Connections will certainly be hoping to add an elusive Gr1 victory to his CV before he commences his stud career. To date the talented son of Thorn Park has 5 wins and $605,000 in prizemoney and has been runner-up in both the Gr1 Lightning Stakes and Darley Classic at Flemington.


    Spieth has joined Team Hayes (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Slipper Sunlight Shines For Millions Filly's Owners

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    If bookmakers odds are any guide, recent Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) is the juvenile to beat in the Gr1 Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on 24 March at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. After the obliteration of her opposition in the Gold Coast feature, Sunlight is now $7 Slipper favourite with most bookies, although some are prepared to offer $8 along with the only other runner below $21, and that's Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets). The Chris Waller-trained colt has had just one start, winning the early season Gr3 Breeders' Plate at Randwick, but has trialled since where he cruised home at Canterbury over 900m. If a week's a long time in politics, two months can be an eternity in racing, and next month's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes might yet cloud the picture ahead of Sydney's own traditional Slipper lead-ups.
  • Revamped Queensland Winter Carnival

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Due to the continuing closure of the Eagle Farm racetrack due to upgrade, Racing Queensland has engineered a modified winter carnival program, reports racenet.com.au, with Doomben the obvious recipient of a heavier racing load. May 26 will see the running of both the Gr1 Queensland Oaks and Gr1 Kingsford Smith Cup, while the Sunshine Coast is set to host a near $1 million meeting on June 2 with seven black-type races helmed by the Gr2 Moreton Cup and Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes. This will follow the traditional Ladies Oaks Day on Friday night, June 1. The carnival will officially open on April 7 at Toowoomba Turf Club, span meetings at Ipswich Turf Club and Gold Coast Turf Club and conclude at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on June 30. All in all, there will be 63 Group and Listed races contested across five venues for prizemoney in excess of $15 million.
  • Price Pondering Gr1 Start For Unbeaten Ardrossan

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Leading Victorian trainer Mick Price is giving serious thought to running the unbeaten colt Ardrossan in next month's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Price aired his thoughts after the son of Redoute's Choice had performed well in a jump-out at Sandown on Tuesday. "I really like the horse. He beat Super Cash (in the jump-out), who has won Gr2s and Gr3s here," Price said. "I think my three-year- old is a 71-rater, so you probably take the soft option with the Manfred on February 3 for 3YOs, but he's supposed to become a Gr1 colt." Price revealed, "I'm not sure if a 71-rated 3YO gets a run in the Oakleigh Plate, but we'll have to work it out." Ardrossan won both of his starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh, including the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa before relocating across the Tasman. His ownership syndicate includes New Zealand farms Waikato Stud and Jamieson Park as well as Lib Petagna and John & Mark Carter and their sister Rachael. Ardrossan was a $150,000 Inglis Easter yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud.


    Ardrossan (pic: Trish Dunell)
  • Australian Premiership Sires Update

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    After twenty four weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has gone through the $15 million mark after as we head towards the halfway mark of the season, maintaining a strong lead on the national sires' leader board. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Yarraman Park's I Am Invicible has moved up to third. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 16 January) are:
    1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,264,526
    2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,337,049
    3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,542,245
    4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $6,763,621
    5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,122,578
    6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,885,115
    7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,734,539
    8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,031,189
    9. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,759,898
    10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,701,103
  • Weather Omens Right For Stable Change Galloper

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    This afternoon's meeting at Caufield in Melbourne is the beginning of another inexorable climb towards an Australian East Coast heat wave, with the themometer rising from 26 yesterday to 31,38 and then 40 on Friday before a plunge to 24 degrees. And with much of the Northern Hemisphere in the grip of a winter so severe that the sea is freezing over on some coastlines, Alaskan Sun is the omen tip in Race 5 over 1100m. The 4YO daughter of Hinchinbrook has always shown above average ability. Having her first start for trainer Henry Dwyer after a stable change, she is likely to jump favourite in her first outing since finishing runner-up at Caulfield on Boxing Day over 1200m. Alaskan Sun should sprint well with the three week break. Drawn four off the fence she has Dwayne Dunn in the irons; expected to stay in touch with the good marble, she is likely to finish strongly as is her racing style.

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