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Daily News | 18th December 2017
MM Graduates Dominate With 7 Stakes WinsMonday, 18th December 2017The build up to next month's $10 million Magic Millions race day gathered momentum on Saturday with seven Magic Millions graduates claiming stakes wins. Led by an exciting win in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes by Brisbane-based miler Crack Me Up, the performances of all stakes winners were timely with the majority being aimed at Queensland's richest raceday on 13 January. The $60,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Crack Me Up will now head to the $1 Million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), while the Gr1 Doncaster Mile is an option in the autumn. Just over half an hour later at Randwick, quality Redoute's Choice mare Zestful scored a valuable stakes win when she edged out fellow Magic Millions graduate I Thought So in the listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m). The 6YO pushed her earnings past $400,000 when victorious for trainer Kris Lees. Earlier in the afternoon it was all about the 2YOs and the impressive performances of stable-mates Ef Troop and Outback Barbie. Ef Troop shot to outright favouritism for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) when he trounced the field in the listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m), while Outback Barbie made an auspicious start to her career with a debut win in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m). Both juveniles are by Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom. Other Doomben winners on the day were millionaire galloper Most Important who returned to his brilliant best in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m), exciting 3YO Whypeeo who claimed his maiden stakes win in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m), and the speedy Robert Heathcote-trained Pinch River who continued his brilliant first-up form by winning the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m).
Crack Me Up Wins Gr2 Villiers StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -7. Crack Me Up (2)J: J R CollettT: L F BirchleyW: 54.5 kgsS: MossmanD: Chuckle 0.4L5. Cabeza De Vaca (11)J: J ParrT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Dirty 0.6L8. Interlocuter (4)J: T AnglandT: James CummingsW: 54.5 kgsS: Medaglia D'OroD: Satin Kiss 0.7L6. Mighty Lucky (7)J: C G O'BrienT: F T CowellW: 55 kgsS: Casino PrinceD: Buxom Babe
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) landed the biggest prize of his career when unwinding his trademark late sprint to win the $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cabeza De Vaca & Interlocuter. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Listed Recognition Stakes, Listed Tattersall's Mile & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 5 placings (Listed BRC Wayne Wilson Plate) from 20 starts for $511,250 in earnings. "I got beaten in this race by a short margin some years ago with Rags To Riches so this helps make up for that," trainer Liam Birchley told Sky Racing. "The Doncaster is definitely something to look at now he is guaranteed a start. But we'll get to the Magic Millions first." The $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) will be run at the Gold Coast on 13 January. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous.
Crack Me Up (image: Steve Hart)
Lizzie L'Amour Wins Gr2 Cal Isuzu StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Lizzie L'amour (3)J: M CameronT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 57 kgsS: ZabeelD: Sabia 0.5L7. Love Affair (7)J: Patrick MoloneyT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 57 kgsS: SavabeelD: Romancing 0.8L2. Stolen Dance (1)J: D S JohnsonT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 57 kgsS: AlamosaD: Songbird 1.1L5. Devise (5)J: M T ColemanT: S F RitchieW: 57 kgsS: Darci BrahmaD: Doneze Girl
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple Champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Lizzie L'Amour (Zabeel-Sabia, by Sadler's Wells) made a welcome return to the winner's circle when landing the $100,000 Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares, defeating Love Affair & Stolen Dance.Lizzie L'Amour improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes & Gr3 Waikato Cup) and 2 placings from 16 starts for $272,851 in earnings. The beautifully bred Lizzie L'Amour is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show. Close family members include Gr1 winning sires Denon and Good Journey, and multiple Gr1 winner and producer Chimes Of Freedom. This is arguably the most sought after bloodline in the world, with other esteemed members including multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Xaar, Al Maher, Sex Appeal (dam of stallion heavyweights Try My Best & El Gran Senor), Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, and her daughter Better Than Honour, who fetched a world-record price of US$14 million for a broodmare in 2008 and is the dam of US classic winners Rags To Riches & Jazil.
Irish Bet Wins Inglis NurseryMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -5. Irish Bet (8)J: B AvdullaT: J A O'SheaW: 56 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Dublin Me Bet 1.3L1. Ragged Rascal (9)J: B MelhamT: P M PerryW: 56 kgsS: DenmanD: M'lady Pedrille 1.5L8. Canyonero (5)J: T AnglandT: Mark NewnhamW: 56 kgsS: PierroD: Rosnaree 2.0L11. Let Me Sleep On It (1)J: Rachel KingT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 54 kgsS: Manhattan RainD: Cheyenne Sue
Irish Bet will follow a proven path to the Golden Slipper following his debut win in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Royal Randwick on Saturday. A $55,000 buy for Mick Flanagan of the China Horse Club from this year's Australian Easter Yearling Sale out of the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft, Irish Bet powered away for a dominant win in the race that has been used as a launching pad to Golden Slipper glory by top fillies She Will Reign and Mossfun. "He showed us a lot of ability from day one but two-year-old's off one trial you never know until you see them in action," said China Horse Club's International Racing and Breeding Manager Michael Wallace. "He was a lovely horse, was always going to be a good 2YO type, he just had everything we look for in a 2YO." Irish Bet (Smart Missile x Dublin Me Bet) will now be given a short break before being aimed at the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March.
Irish Bet (image: Steve Hart)
Silverstream Wins Gr3 AJ Scahill StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -9. Silverstream (5)J: C Johnston-PorterT: A G DurrantW: 57 kgsS: Al MaherD: Speedy Bell 0.3L3. Properantes (3)J: T TurnerT: C H WebsterW: 59 kgsS: Danehill ExpressD: Scala's Quest 0.8L8. Django (4)J: P CarberyT: A D MathewsW: 59 kgsS: Trade FairD: Fair Truth 1.0L4. Mr Utopia (2)J: S Mc GruddyT: S J WolfeW: 59 kgsS: Elusive QualityD: Base Paradise
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Emirates Park Stud's & Aquis Farm's Gr1 Australian Guineas winning stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred mare Silverstream (Al Maher-Speedy Bell, by Brocco) let down with a powerful late run to overhaul her rival in the $250,000 Gr3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Properantes & Django. Silverstream, who is a full-sister to Gr3 winner Speedy Natalie, improved her record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Northerly Stakes & Listed Jungle Dawn Classic) and 5 placings from 26 starts for $703,400 in earnings. Raced by prominent WA breeder Bob Peters, Silverstream was a $320,000 purchase at the 2103 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud.
Five To Midnight Wins Gr3 Waikato CupMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Five To Midnight (5)J: L G InnesT: Ms L LattaW: 56 kgsS: DomesdayD: Fastnet Lady 0.4L9. Promise To Reign (2)J: C E LammasT: M & K MurdochW: 53 kgsS: Manhattan RainD: Certain Promise 1.4L8. Zambezi Warrior (1)J: D S JohnsonT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 53 kgsS: PentireD: Zambezi 1.9L6. Rock On (3)J: S T CollettT: G R VileW: 53 kgsS: Road To RockD: St Jessie
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, former Darley and now Aquis Farm Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Five to Midnight (Domesday-Fastnet Lady, by Fastnet Rock) registered the second stakes win of his career when scoring a narrow victory in the $100,000 Gr3 Waikato Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Promise To Reign & Zambezi Warrior. Five to Midnight, who was purchased for $165,000 by his trainer Lisa Latta at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft The Oaks Stud, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Hawke's Bay Gold Cup) and 9 placings (including the Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup & Gr3 ARC City of Auckland Cup) from 27 starts for $273,710 in earnings. From the Fastnet Rock mare Fastnet Lady, Five to Midnight descends from the female family of Champion European 3YO Habibti and her half-sister, legendary blue hen Eight Carat.
Royal Success Wins Gr3 J Swap Contractors SprintMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -10. Royal Success (1)J: C E LammasT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 54 kgsS: SavabeelD: Royal Show 0.2L2. Chambord (4)J: C W JohnsonT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 58.5 kgsS: ZabeelD: Miss Montjeu 0.4L3. Ronchi (3)J: G L CooksleyT: B Wallace & A PeardW: 58.5 kgsS: StravinskyD: Rose Of Tralee 0.6L7. Passing Shot (11)J: S T CollettT: S J McKeeW: 57 kgsS: Swiss AceD: Derrydane
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Royal Success (Savabeel-Royal Show, by Deputy Governor) opened his stakes account with a narrow win in the $70,000 Gr3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Chambord & Ronchi. Bred by the late Jim Campin at Chequers Stud, Royal Success was originally sold for $130,000 at the NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale before being purchased for $250,000 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale. He improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 12 starts for $120,685 in earnings. From the multiple Listed winner Royal Show, Royal Success is a half-brother to three-time Australian Group winner Folding Gear (Johar).
Savvy Coup Wins Gr3 Eulogy StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -3. Savvy Coup (11)J: M J Mc NabT: M & M PitmanW: 56.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Eudora 0.5L1. Dijon Bleu (5)J: M TanakaT: Ms L LattaW: 56.5 kgsS: BurgundyD: Pristino 2.3L5. Contessa Vanessa (1)J: R T ElliotT: G & D RogersonW: 56.5 kgsS: BullbarsD: Di Lusso 2.8L7. Larima (7)J: Timothy JohnsonT: Ms J MillerW: 56.5 kgsS: Pour MoiD: Splinter
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Savvy Coup (Savabeel-Eudora, by Pins) secured some valuable black-type with an impressive win in the $70,000 Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Dijon Bleu & Contessa Vanessa. A $65,000 purchase at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud, Savvy Coup improved her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $89,250 in earnings. Savvy Coup will now be aimed at the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on 13 January and the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at the same venue on 17 March. "We've always had confidence in the filly, very happy with the result," co-trainer Matthew Pitman told NZ Racing Desk. Savvy Coup's dam Eudora is a full-sister to the stakes winners Legless Veuve and Tootsie, while the latter is the dam of the talented recent Gr2 Tauranga Stakes winner Ocean Emperor. Waikato Stud will offer a brother (Lot 190) to Savvy Coup at the Book 1 sale at Karaka next month.
Zestful Wins Listed Razor Sharp HandicapMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -10. Zestful (8)J: C ReithT: K A LeesW: 53.5 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Zest 0.1L14. I Thought So (3)J: Rachel KingT: David PfiefferW: 53 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Cat's Pyjamas 2.9L2. Kuro (4)J: B AvdullaT: J A O'SheaW: 59 kgsS: DenmanD: Distinctive Lass 3.0L7. Calanda (7)J: B MelhamT: P & P SnowdenW: 55.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Speedy Bell
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred mare Zestful (Redoute's Choice-Zest, by Marauding) claimed her first win since February with a narrow victory in the $125,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating I Thought So & Kuro. This was the second stakes victory for Zestful who improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Triscay Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 ATC Nivison Stakes & Listed GCTC Silk Stocking Handicap) from 20 starts for $404,450 in earnings. Zestful was a $90,000 purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale from the draft of Bellerive Stud.
Vassal Wins Listed Christmas CupMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -4. Vassal (4)J: K Mc EvoyT: C J WallerW: 53 kgsS: DansiliD: Vituisa 1.8L1. Broadside (7)J: J ParrT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 59 kgsS: Raise The FlagD: Anam Cara 2.0L3. Prince Cheri (3)J: B AvdullaT: J A O'SheaW: 54 kgsS: LandoD: Princess Cheri 5.2L2. Green Sweet (6)J: A AdkinsT: Jean DuboisW: 55.5 kgsS: Smart StrikeD: Only Green
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, 6YO UK-bred gelding Vassal (Dansili-Vituisa, by Bering) finally broke through for his maiden black-type success when winning the $125,000 Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Broadside & Prince Cheri. Vassal, who began his career in France, improved his record to 7 wins and 10 placings from 32 starts for $393,760 in earnings.
EF Troop Wins Listed Phelan Ready StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Ef Troop (2)J: M Mc GillivrayT: T J GollanW: 56.5 kgsS: Spirit Of BoomD: Limealicious 5.3L2. Crockett (1)J: Jamie KahT: Tony McEvoyW: 56.5 kgsS: All AmericanD: Tuusula 11.6L4. Commissioner (5)J: D J BrowneT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: StratumD: Royal Tower 13.9L5. Doss (3)J: B PengellyT: B J LockwoodW: 56.5 kgsS: SebringD: Tapanappa
At Doomben in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) sired his first stakes winner when exciting 2YO Australian-bred gelding EF Troop (Spirit Of Boom- Limealicious, by Exceed And Excel) scored in the manner of an outstanding juvenile when trouncing his hapless rivals in the $100,000 Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Crockett & Commissioner. EF Troop's stunning victory saw him firm into $5 favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on 13 January. He also extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $128,700 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan said he expects Ef Troop to improve even further after his latest win. "Ef Troop might be favourite now but the market is likely to change a few times yet before the race," Gollan told Racing Queensland. "I was really pleased how he did it today even though it was only a small field." He added: "He's got such a high cruising speed and he'll be even better after this run." EF Troop is out of the winning Exceed And Excel mare Limealicious and hails from the family of Gr2 winning and dual Gr1 placed US mare Topicount (Private Account). He was purchased by Gollan and renowned bloodstock expert John Foote for $70,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud.
Outback Barbie Wins Listed Calaway Gal StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -12. Outback Barbie (5)J: J ByrneT: T J GollanW: 56.5 kgsS: Spirit Of BoomD: Pure Purrfection 0.4L6. Granny Red Shoes (2)J: James OrmanT: Peter RoblW: 56.5 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Shoboard 0.7L9. Witherspoon (4)J: C W BrownT: Brad WiddupW: 56.5 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Girl Hussler 1.5L13. Sizzling Ace (12)J: J LloydT: A J EdmondsW: 56.5 kgsS: SizzlingD: Big Birdie
At Doomben in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom-Pure Purrfection, by General Nediym) unleashed a sharp sprint to score an impressive debut win in the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Witherspoon. A $210,000 purchase for owners Alan & Jennifer Acton at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud, Outback Barbie advanced her record to 1 win from 1 starts for $64,000 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan, who also trained Phelan Ready Stakes winner EF Troop, said the two stable-mates were very different horses. "Outback Barbie is a different type of horse to Ef Troop," Gollan told Racing Queensland. "She was very good today considering she'd only had a couple of jump outs and a trial. She's very professional and made full use of her good alley." He added: "She can settle a lot better in her races than Ef Troop and she'll take a great deal of improvement from this run." Outback Barbie is also expected to head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January.
Pinch River Wins Listed Bribie HandicapMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Pinch River (5)J: Ron StewartT: R L HeathcoteW: 59 kgsS: DenmanD: Avenue Girl 0.4L7. All Over Bosanova (2)J: L P RollsT: M T EgglestonW: 54 kgsS: Court CommandD: Sassy Vixen 0.7L5. Havasay (8)J: M Mc GillivrayT: L F BirchleyW: 56 kgsS: RothesayD: Showhama 0.8L11. Colinelle (3)J: B N StewartT: Steven O'DeaW: 54 kgsS: DenmanD: St. Covet Girl
At Doomben in Brisbane, Darley's Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes-winning stallion Denman (Lonhro-Peach, by Vain) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Pinch River (Denman-Avenue Girl, by Catbird) resumed from a spell with a strong front-running win in the $100,000 Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m) for 3YO+, defeating All Over Bosanova & Havasay. This was an excellent return by Pinch River who improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 2 placings from 20 starts for $363,100 in earnings. Pinch River was purchased for $85,000 by Paul Willetts at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Musk Creek Farm.
Whypeeo Wins Listed Gold Edition PlateMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -6. Whypeeo (5)J: J LloydT: A J EdmondsW: 57 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Sunset Boulevard 0.2L3. Pierata (4)J: C W BrownT: G D HickmanW: 57 kgsS: PierroD: November Flight 2.5L4. Shogun Sun (1)J: D J BrowneT: K M SchweidaW: 57 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Lady Somers 3.8L11. Colosimo (2)J: M CahillT: C J WallerW: 55 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Take Charge
At Doomben in Brisbane, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when talented 3YO Australian-bred gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible-Sunset Boulevard, by Fasliyev) held on for a narrow maiden stakes victory in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Shogun Sun. A $200,000 purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Whypeeo improved his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $166,960 in earnings. Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Whypeeo would have his next start in the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in two weeks. A decision will then be made whether he targets the final leg of the Sumer Crown series, the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "His next run will be in the Vo Rogue and that run will tell us whether he can run 1400 metres," Edmonds told Racing Queensland. "If he doesn't go on to the Magic Million Guineas, he'll go for the Magic Millions Sprint." A $400,000 bonus is on offer for any horse that can win three of the five races in the Summer Crown series.
Most Important Wins Listed Lough Neagh StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -3. Most Important (5)J: J ByrneT: T J GollanW: 57.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Orange Marmalade 1.3L8. Torgersen (11)J: M CahillT: C J WallerW: 54 kgsS: PinsD: Oh So Glam 2.6L9. Privlaka (6)J: M Mc GillivrayT: R L HeathcoteW: 54 kgsS: MossmanD: Endearment 2.8L11. Brooklyn Storm (1)J: S GallowayT: Michael CostaW: 54 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Storminwinter
At Doomben in Brisbane, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Most Important (I Am invincible-Orange Marmalade, by Stravinsky) made it back-to-back wins in the $150,000 Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) for 3YO+, defeating Torgersen & Privlaka. A $260,000 purchase at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Yarraman Park, Most Important improved his record to 8 wins and 11 placings from 30 starts for $708,775 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan confirmed that Most Important would make his next appearance in The Buffering at Doomben on 30 December before the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January.
Volkoff Wins Listed RS Crawford StakesMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -5. Volkoff (2)J: J WhitingT: G A CrispinW: 54.5 kgsS: Time ThiefD: Stormarama 1.0L1. Durendal (1)J: S Mc GruddyT: Chris GangemiW: 57.5 kgsS: Medaglia D'OroD: Razor Blade 2.3L4. Tenterden (3)J: Lucy WarwickT: D & B PearceW: 55 kgsS: Danehill ExpressD: Due South 4.7L2. It's It (4)J: Randy TanT: Ms S L MillerW: 57.5 kgsS: KnowledgeD: Tiffany Island
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, former stakes-winning Darley stallion Time Thief (Redoute's Choice-Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred mare Volkoff (Time Thief-Stormarama, by Metal Storm) stormed home for an easy last-to-first win in the $100,000 Listed RS Crawford Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Durendal & Tenterden. This was the second stakes win for the talented Volkoff who improved her record to 10 wins (including the Listed WATC Miss Andretti Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Listed WATC Jungle Mist Classic) from 29 starts for $431,475 in earnings.
Formidable Wins Listed 3YO SalverMonday, 18th December 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Formidable (5)J: L G InnesT: S F RitchieW: 57.5 kgsS: ShockingD: Princess Biscotte 0.4L2. The Boy Wonder (1)J: Patrick MoloneyT: M Moroney & P GerardW: 57.5 kgsS: Cape BlancoD: Keep The Passion 0.7L4. Secret Ambition (4)J: M R Du PlessisT: B Wallace & A PeardW: 57.5 kgsS: Jimmy ChouxD: Lionstar 1.2L9. Alternative Fact (3)J: A B CollettT: R D CollettW: 55.5 kgsS: Medaglia D'OroD: Lunar Eclipse
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Rich Hill Stud's Melbourne Cup winning stallion Shocking (Street Cry-Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Formidable (Shocking-Princess Biscotte, by Casino Prince) overcame trouble in running to post his maiden stakes win in the $50,000 Listed 3YO Salver (2100m) for 3YOs, defeating The Boy Wonder & Secret Ambition. Purchased for $39,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, Formidable improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts for NZ$44,600 in earnings. Trainer Shaune Ritchie said Formidable's longer term target was the New Zealand Derby in March, but he refused to rule out a tilt at the Karaka Classic. “That’s what you like to see when you are pressing forward to the big dance in March. He’s now got his ticket I guess on that win," he told NZ Racing Desk. "He will go to the paddock for ten days now then we will find a mile for him before tackling the Avondale Guineas." Ritchie added: "He does hold a nomination for the Karaka Mile, so we could pop the blinkers on him and sharpen him up for that. It might be a little short for him but it’s a million-dollar race, so you have to have a go don’t you.” The $1 million Karaka 3YO Classic (1600m) will be run at Ellerslie on 27 January followed by the Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) on 17 February.
Tap O' Noth Wins Gr1 Cape GuineasMonday, 18th December 2017At Kenilworth in South Africa, 3YO colt Tap O' Noth (Captain Al-Wintersweet, by Western Winter) claimed the first leg of the South African Triple Crown for 3YOs when drawing clear for a comfortable win in the Gr1 Cape Guineas (1600m), defeating White River & Like A Panther. Starting favourite at 4-1, the Vaughn Marshall-trained Tap O' Noth advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Cape Classic) from 5 starts. Tap O' Noth, who became the 15th Group 1 winner for his sire Captain Al, will bid to join Horse Chestnut (1999), Louis The King (2014) and Abashiri (2016) as the only horses to claim the Triple Crown when he lines up in the second leg - the Gr1 South African Classic (1800m) at Turffontein.
Archipenko DiesMonday, 18th December 2017Lanwades Stud in Newmarket has announced the death of Archipenko (Kingmambo-Bound, by Nijinsky) at the age of 13. Trained by Aidan O'Brien and Mike de Kock, the Kentucky-bred Archipenko won six races from 17 starts for over $3 million in prize money. He won races in four different countries, namely England, Ireland, UAE, and Hong Kong, with his biggest win coming in the 2008 Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Hong Kong. The classy son of Kingmambo retired to Lanwades Stud in 2010 and also stood one season (2012) at Haras La Quebrada in Argentina. Hitherto, he has sired over 140 individual winners worldwide with progeny earnings of over £6 million. Archipenko's best performed progeny are Gr1 Fillies & Mares Champion Stakes winner Madame Chiang and recent Gr1 Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp.
Archipenko (image: Lanwades Stud)
Danon Premium Wins Gr1 Asahi Hai Futurity StakesMonday, 18th December 2017At Hanshin racecourse in Japan, 2YO Japanese-bred colt Danon Premium (Deep Impact-Indiana Gal, by Intikhab) maintained his perfect record when scoring a brilliant 3.5 length win in the 69th running of the Gr1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating Stelvio & Tower Of London. Danon Premium, who set a new race record of 1:33.33, extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup) from 3 starts for ¥111,799,000 in earnings. Jockey Yuga Kawada commented: “He’s a smart horse. He stretched and accelerated really well, just as we had expected. We need to extend the distance of his races in order for him to win the classics next year but I think he will continue to develop well toward this goal."