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Daily News | 15th August 2018
NEW Miss Fabulass Sees Off Two Rivals To Break MaidenWednesday, 15th August 2018Starting deep in the red after much of the field for today's opening race at Canterbury was decimated by scratchings, Samantha Miss’ daughter Miss Fabulass powered home along the rail for an impressive win over just two competitors to put a huge smile on owner John Singleton’s face, albeit he admitted he’d paid far too much for the filly’s champion dam. Trainer Kris Lees suggested that Miss Fabulass would be seen again in just over two weeks (possibly on a path to late September’s Gr1 Flight Stakes) however while obviously delighted with her win he acknowledged she has a very long way to go to emulate her famous mum and her world champion father Frankel. It is believed that Samantha Miss is currently back in the Northern Hemisphere to again be served in their off-season by the unbeaten son of Galileo.
Miss Fabulass wins her Maiden (pic: Steve Hart)
NEW Kementari Accepts For Winx Knuckle FightWednesday, 15th August 2018In what could be one of the most exciting spectacles seen on a Sydney racetrack in many a moon, Godolphin’s last minute nomination for Kementari in the Gr1 Winx Stakes on Saturday is now an official acceptance. What makes the clash potentially so mouth-watering, aside from Winx being on the brink of history if she makes it win 26 in-a-row, is that the darling of Australian racing is building towards the Cox Plate distance of 2040m in October, while Kementari is still a realistic prospect of getting a slot for The Everest (1200m). Taking nothing away from Pierata’s gallant first up win in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m), luckless Kementari was gobbling up ground off the winner over the concluding stages and should be cherry-ripe second-up for Saturday’s 1400m journey. Adding to the allure of the clash where Winx is first-up is that both candidates like to wind up from off the pace. Kementari has drawn 7, two outside Winx in stall 5, while D’Argento (9) is also likely to get back and come with his customary late dash. Winx is a $1.14 chance ahead of Kementari at $7.50 and D'Argento at $15. Biggest roughie in the field is Oriental Runner at $401. Early on Wednesday afternoon, TAB reported a $140,000 bet on Winx for Saturday was accepted at $1.12, eclipsing the $124,500 placed on her at $1.18 in this year's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
NEW Winx Cox Rival Prepping Well For JuddmonteWednesday, 15th August 2018While trainer Chris Waller has his focus firmly on Saturday’s Gr1 Winx Stakes on Saturday, particularly with the late Godolphin nomination of exciting galloper Kementari, at the back of his mind will be the looming Gr1 Cox Plate in October. There the mighty mare might meet her toughest rival yet in the form of Poet’s Word, rated second to only Winx among the world’s best turf horses. According to racinguk.com, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 5YO galloped a treat last Sunday in his build up to next Wednesday’s Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, won last year by the stable’s Ulysses. At York Poet’s Word is likely to clash with Joseph O’Brien’s Gr1 Irish Derby victor Latrobe who also remains in Melbourne Cup contention.
NEW Oh Susanna South African Horse Of The YearWednesday, 15th August 2018In South Africa overnight, Australian-bred 4YO mare Oh Susanna was crowned Equus Horse of the Year, a feat not achieved since the mighty Igugu during the 2010/2011 racing season. The Drakenstein Stud-bred and raced Oh Susanna looked to have the title at her mercy, after her recent crowning as Cape Horse of the Year at the Cape Breeding Awards. The Justin Snaith Racing-trained mare won three Gr1 races during her 3YO season including the Paddock Stakes and Sun Met during the Cape Summer season and the Woolavington 2000 during the Durban season, clearly highlighting herself as the best of her generation. Foaled at Coolmore Stud in Australia, the daughter of Darley’s Champion Sire Street Cry (IRE) was also nominated in the categories of Champion Middle Distance and Champion 3YO Filly, both of which she also won. Oh Susanna was not the only Australian-bred category winner at the glittering black tie function at the Emperor’s Palace on Tuesday evening, with the Shadwell Stud-bred and raced Soqrat crowned Champion 2YO Colt/Gelding. Beaten only once from four starts, Mick de Kock’s last start Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes (1600m) winner is the first elite level winner for Darley’s Gr1 Golden Rose winner Epaulette (Commands).
Ace High's Cups Campaign Kicks Off This SaturdayWednesday, 15th August 2018David Payne's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes and Gr1 VRC Derby winner Ace High (High Chaparral) commences his campaign this Saturdaywith his ultimate goal being the Melbourne Cup during the spring carnival. Last seen on race day with a fighting second behind Levendi (Pierro) in the Gr1 Australian Derby at Royal Randwick, the $130,000 Magic Millions yearling sale graduate has been readied for his first-up assignment in the $500,000 Gr1 Winx Stakes with two sound barrier trial performances. Second behind Godolphin's Alizee (Sepoy) on August 7 in a Rosehill barrier trial, with Winx (Street Cry) in third, trainer David Payne is under no illusion of the enormity of the task in taking on the world's best horse on Saturday in the race named after herself, but is adamant that the Summertime Thoroughbred-owned 4YO will acquit himself well. "I just want him to run well, finish a couple of lengths off them. If he can finish a few lengths off Winx I'd be very happy," stated Payne (Racing NSW). Ace High is to race in Sydney for the first few runs of his campaign which could see the stallion prospect target races like the Gr1 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr2 Hill Stakes and Gr3 Craven Plate before heading to south to target the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Ace High (pic: Mark Gatt)
Aristocratic Miss A Maiden No MoreWednesday, 15th August 2018While Oohood is clearly the pin-up girl insofar as Maiden gallopers go with almost $1 million in earnings and three Gr1 placings to her name, the Tony McEvoy stable did, until Tuesday, have another filly with multiple stakes performances that just couldn’t shake the monkey off her back. Sent off at a prohibitive $1.28 quote in a Geelong Maiden over 1300m, Aristocratic Miss was kept out of trouble, and allowed to join the fray once the field entered the straight to career away for a close to 5-length victory. Looking every inch a filly going places, the daughter of Foxwedge had plenty of form to frank the price. Placed on debut in the Ottawa Stakes at Flemington during the Spring Carnival, the flashy chestnut was in the frame in the Inglis 2YO at Caulfield, sixth in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and a closeup fourth in the VRC Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes before heading to Sydney where she placed in both the Gr3 Schweppervescence and Listed China Horse Club Mile. McEvoy is reportedly considering targeting the Gr1 Thousand Guineas with Aristocratic Miss.
Slipper Winner Out For The SpringWednesday, 15th August 2018Stunning in her narrow victory in last season’s $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, the Emirates Park-owned Estijaab, by last season’s Champion Sire Snitzel, has been ruled out for the spring due to injury. A winner of over $2.3 million via three wins from four race starts, culminating in victory over Oohood (I Am Invincible) and Sunlight (Zoustar) in the Golden Slipper, the Team Hawkes-trained filly was given an easy time in a recent barrier trial when fifth behind the Chris Waller-trained Performer (Exceed And Excel). Co-trainer John Hawkes indicated on Monday that, "Estijaab has got a problem and is out until the autumn. We are taking no risks with her, she's too valuable a filly, so she will go back out for a spell.'' (Daily Telegraph). The third foal of the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Robert Sangster Stakes winner Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab was a $1.7 million purchase from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2017 Inglis Easter yearling sale and, rightfully so, connections are taking no risks with the highly valuable filly.
Estijaab wins the Gr1 Golden Slipper (pic: Steve Hart)
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateWednesday, 15th August 2018Following the first two weeks of the new racing season, Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible, who finished runner-up to Arrowfield Stud’s record-breaking Snitzel last season, has catapulted out of the starting blocks to take an early lead in the 2018/19 Australian Sires Premiership. He is one of 5 individual stallions to have already gone through the $300,000 mark, and joins Snitzel and Pierro as the only three stallions thus far to have sired a stakes-winner, a situation that will change markedly following next weekend’s racing which features a number of black-type events. According to Arion Pedigrees, the Top 10 Ranked Sires in Australia (as of 14 August) are:
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) – $370,045
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) – $314,512
- Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) – $313,440
- Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) – $306,820
- High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) – $305,351
- Star Witness (Starcraft) – $278,107
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) – $261,030
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) – $221,530
- Pierro (Lonhro) – $210,705
- Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) – $209,275
Kementari Late Addition To Challenge WinxWednesday, 15th August 2018With late nominations open until 11am yesterday, the Godolphin operation made the decision to include Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner Kementari (Lonhro) as a late entry for Saturday’s $500,000 Gr1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Making his seasonal return with a late closing second behind the Gregory Hickman-trained Pierata (Pierro) in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m), Godolphin announced their decision via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Godolphin also took to twitter 30 minutes later announce the disappointing news that Gr1 winner Alizee (Sepoy), who was a nomination for the same race, had bled during trackwork on Tuesday morning and would head to the spelling paddock immediately. With four wins and over $1.5 million in earnings from his 12 starts to date, Kementari’s Gr1 Randwick Guineas victory over Pierata and Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) saw the colt line up at his very next start in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1600m) when beaten into third behind Winx (Street Cry) and Happy Clapper (Teofilo).
Samantha Miss Daughter Poised To StrikeWednesday, 15th August 2018This afternoon at Canterbury in Sydney, Kerrin McEvoy will have his second ride aboard beautifully credentialled Miss Fabulass. By the sensational world champion Frankel, Miss Fabulass is a daughter of Australian Champion 3YO Filly Samantha Miss and, like her dam, is trained by Kris Lees. Miss Fabulass made her racetrack debut in February over 1100m at Rosehill Gardens and from a wide barrier showed plenty to get within a neck of winner Cristobal. Put away after her pipe-opener, the valuable commodity has clearly derived plenty of benefit during the half year that's past with markets pricing her at $1.85 after as much as $2.15 was offered early yesterday. Courtesy of a much better marble this time on the tighter circuit, Miss Fabulass is expected to go close but does face stiff competition from Godolphin's colt Ranier and Team Hawkes' Vendome. The former has not been seen for almost 10 months after finishing runner-up in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes on debut, while the latter was put away after finishing 4.5-lengths off the pace at his first start during April in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes.
High-Priced Colt Launches Prep TodayWednesday, 15th August 2018Meanwhile, the following race at Canterbury today (Bm70 Everest Carnival on Sale) will see the return of promising colt Algaffaal. Another exciting 3YO from the stable of Team Hayes / Dabernig, the pricey colt has some lofty targets pencilled in for later in the Spring. Like boom colt More Sundays, he has been nominated for both the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and Gr1 Golden Rose. Produced in mid April to win his maiden impressively at Wagga, Algaffaal has since trialled twice at Rosehill and Randwick respectively, his latest effort a cruisey 3rd to recent Kembla Grange winner Intense Focus. By Arrowfield Stud's prodigious juvenile sire Not a Single Doubt from Gr2 WA Guineas winning Eternity Range mare Moccasin Bend, Algaffaal was a $725,000 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling purchase from the draft of Attunga Stud.
Wednesday Odd Spot: Punters' Nemesis Strikes AgainWednesday, 15th August 2018Talented 5YO gelding Danzie is quickly becoming both an enigma and headache-inducing conveyance for punters around Australia. Lining up yesterday for start number 8 at Gosford in a Class 2 1200m affair at the shortish odds of $3.40, he went down narrowly by 0.5 length in an on pace display. Cue his previous start at the end of his last prep. 6th at $1.65 at Warwick Farm. Working backwards ... 3rd at Canterbury at $1.35, 3rd at Randwick at $2.20, 1st at Warwick Farm at $1.65, 2nd at Wyong at $1.70, 2nd at Goulburn at $1.50 and a debut win at Goulburn at $3.80. All in all, an average starting price across 8 starts of $2.15 for 2 wins and 5 placings. As always happens now though with the "commentator's curse", you can almost guarantee Danzie will roll through his next handful of starts unbeaten and untroubled.
Baker Stars Warming For SpringWednesday, 15th August 2018Champion trainer Murray Baker's star trio of Zacada, Jon Snow and Bonneval are all starting their early builds toward likely mainland raids this Spring, reports NZ Racing Desk. NZ Horse of The Year and triple Gr1 winner Bonneval was set to trial at Avondale yesterday before bad weather intervened, and is now heading towards an open trial before the first race at Taupo next week. Co-trainer Andrew Forsman explained, "We've decided to wait and run her in one of those open trials before the first race at Taupo next week. With a heavy 11 track to start with at Avondale and that's without any more rain, we wouldn't have got a real line on her." He added, "She's coming along well and has been working with Jon Snow and he trialled well at Te Teko." Meanwhile, Jon Snow and Zacada both trialled impressively at Te Teko on Monday with Baker noting, "It was [Jon Snow's] first decent hit-out since the Caulfield Cup," Baker said. A winner of the Gr2 Tulloch Stakes (200m) and Gr1 ATC Derby (2400m) as an Autumn 3YO, Jon Snow is likely to commence his campaign at Hastings on September 1 or alternatively head to Melbourne for the Gr1 Memsie Stakes on the same day at Caulfield. While the Gr1 Caulfield Cup is a likely Grand Final for Jon Snow this Spring, Zabeel 6YO Zacada is on a Gr1 Melbourne Cup path. Fourth in the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and beaten a nose in the Gr1 Sydney Cup, the burly galloper trialled strongly on Monday. "That was a top trial," Baker said. "He showed a bit of dash and he can go to Hawke's Bay for the open mile on the first day. We'll then look to get him to Melbourne. We know he can stay and he's tough."
Dual Gr1 winner Jon Snow (pic: Steve Hart)
Second Japanese Black Type Success For Mosheen's DaughterWednesday, 15th August 20183YO filly Primo Scene, the second foal of Fastnet Rock's four-time Group 1 winner Mosheen, achieved her second black type victory from just six starts when capturing the Gr3 Sekiya Kinen at Niigata, Japan over the weekend for trainer Tetsuya Kimura. A daughter of sire sensation Deep Impact, Primo Scene defeated a field of 15 runners by a neck, to record her third career victory. Raced in Australia by Phil Sly, Mosheen was a standout of her generation, capturing the VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas, Randwick Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes – all at Group 1 level during her 3YO season. Sold to Northern Farm's Mr Katsumi Yoshida, Mosheen headed to Japan where she was covered by Deep Impact during her first two seasons at stud and currently has a 2YO filly by Japanese Horse of the Year Lord Kanaloa named Paronella and a yearling colt by Deep Impact.
Mosheen won four Gr1s (pic: Steve Hart)
Justify Half-Brother A Chance For Gr1 Pacific ClassicWednesday, 15th August 2018With nominations set to close for the Gr1 US$1 million Pacific Classic tomorrow, it is anticipated that a list of approximately 10 will be submitted, reportshorseracingnation.com. Sparking immediate interest amongst this dectet is a 5YO son of Street Sense from the stable of Mike McCarthy. The Lieutenant is a half-brother to 2018 Triple Crown Champion Justify. Although only 1 from 6 this campaign, with his last win on May 28 in the Gr3 All America, his most recent effort suggested he is on an upward spiral when finishing runner-up to Diversify in the Gr2 Suburban at Belmont Park on July 7. The Lieutenant is from Ghostzapper mare Stage Magic, multiple stakes-placed to Gr3 level.
US Foal Numbers Predicted To Remain ConsistentWednesday, 15th August 2018The August 2017 US foal numbers rejection appears to be on track with an anticipated thoroughbred foal crop of 21,500 expected in 2019, reports racingpost.com. The projection is based on Reports of Mares Bred to date in the 2018 season to a deadline of August 1. Jockey Club of North America executive vice president and executive director Matt luliano explained the calculation, "We estimate that approximately 85 per cent of Reports of Mares Bred, which the foal crop estimate is based on, have been received."
25 Frankels At Tattersalls October Book-1Wednesday, 15th August 2018UK sales company Tattersalls has released its time-honoured catalogue for the October Yearling Sale Book-1. Among the dazzling line-up of 519 world class yearlings are 25 precious sons and daughters of Galileo’s world champion son Frankel. Now well established as one of the world’s leading sires, Frankel’s yearlings are in demand globally, and with the obvious pedigrees they bring to the table at the Newmarket venue they will be scrutinised from top to bottom. The Frankel complement includes half-sisters to Group 1 and 2 winners Aljazzi, Masked Marvel and Sultanina as well as the half-brother to Champion miler Rip Van Winkle. The sale takes place from Tuesday 9 October to Thursday 11 October inclusive.
Frankel (image: Tattersalls)