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Weekend News | 19th October 2018

  • Black Heart Bart Calls It A Day

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Five-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart has been retired from racing, and will spend the rest of his days at Darren Weir’s Trevenson Park property where Weir’s Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance is enjoying his own retirement. According to justhorseracing.com, the decision to retire Black Heart Bart was made after he finished down the field in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap.  For a long period during his career the former WA galloper was amongst the most reliable top-flight runners going around., finishing first or second in 11 of 12 consecutive Gr1 events he contested. Closely related to Gr1-performed siblings and stallions, Savabeel and Arlington, Black Heart Bart finishes his career with 16 wins (including the Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes, Gr1 Underwood Stakes, Gr1 Memsie Stakes & Gr1 Goodwood Handicap) and 18 placings (including the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Railway Cup, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 All Aged Stakes) from 53 starts for earnings just short of $4 million.

  • Weir Works His Magic At Moe

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Meanwhile, at Thursday's Moe meeting in Victoria, high-flying trainer Darren Weir saddled the two favourites for the Moe Cup (2050m), with European import Sixties Groove replacing his more fancied stablemate Snitzepeg ($3.30) to start $2.60 favourite. The winner of two of his last three starts, over 2000m at Femington, where he defeated Second Bullet and Trap For Fools, Sixties Groove was given a patient ride by Craig Williams who had to rely on luck to get through a packed field. Once the opening appeared the result never looked in doubt until Snitzepeg descended from the rear with a surging run to just miss out. While Weir, who was winning his first Moe Cup, would have been delighted with the quinella, Snitzepeg's charge to the line suggests he could well be equally as effective over an even longer journey.
  • Off Radar 3YO Looming Large For Coolmore

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Approaching this year's Gr1 Golden Slipper, there were plenty of pundits convinced Written By was the best horse going into the race. While he mightn't have handled the soft conditions at Rosehill, the record still reflects that the Grahame Begg-trained colt finished a more than credible fourth, beaten less than 2-lengths. Begg immediately sent his Gr1 Blue Diamond hero to the spelling paddock where, during a period of a myriad emerging boom 3YOs, he seemingly slipped a little off the radar. Two runs back for the chestnut colt and nobody is taking him for granted anymore. Wednesday's powerful win in Caulfield's Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m), following a narrow victory on return over 1000m, was the hallmark of a colt who has unfinished business in the Spring. For Begg, that opportunity will come in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on 3 November. The big 3YO sprint on Victoria Derby Day will feature a stellar cast, but they will have their work cut out to topple Written By who bookmakers have quickly elevated to the top of the market, ahead of Zousain, Sunlight and Encryption. Now 6 from 7, and not fully wound up, the son of Written Tycoon will tighten up considerably with another fortnight between runs.

    Written By

    Blue Diamond winner Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Recent Melbourne Cup Winners Bypass Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    There is oft-stated rhetoric that the Caulfield Cup provides one of the strongest guides to the Melbourne Cup winner, so on the eve of Melbourne Racing Club's major 2400m event, it's worth assessing if that's actually the case by looking at the past 15 years' winners of the VRC flagship in the context of their Caulfield Cup result (assuming they actually competed). Whille the vast majority of recent Melbourne Cup winners never stood their ground for the Caulfield Cup of their year(s) of victory, the below results verify that no Caulfield Cup winner in the past 15 years has won the Melbourne Cup in the same year, with even hat-trick Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva finishing 2nd and 4th at Caulfield in the two years she attempted the effort. With nine of the past Melbourne Cup winners not competing in the Caulfield Cup, there's a stong chance 2018 might make it 10 on the trot.
    • 2017: Rekindling (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2016: Almandin (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2015: Prince of Penzance (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2014: Protectionist (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2013: Fiorente (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2012: Green Moon (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2011: Dunaden (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2010: Americain (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2009: Shocking (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2008: Viewed (placed 10th in Caulfield Cup)
    • 2007: Efficient (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2006: Delta Blues (3rd in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2005: Makybe Diva (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2004: Makybe Diva (2nd in the Caulfield Cup)
    • 2003: Makybe Diva (4th in the Caulfield Cup)
  • New Synthetic Training Track For Randwick

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Racing NSW has announced that the Australian Turf Club (ATC) has begun work on a new Polytrack training circuit at Royal Randwick as part of a further upgrade of training infrastructure for Sydney racing. Work on the new Polytrack surface started this week, immediately after the $13 million TAB Everest meeting and, weather permitting, is scheduled for completion before the end of 2018. The new Polytrack will be built in place of the existing dirt track and will be 13.5m wide and almost 2000m in circumference. Once the Polytrack is complete and operational, the ATC will start work in early 2019 on a separate sand track upgrade. Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Racing, James Heddo, said the Royal Randwick upgrades were another stage of a long-term strategy to improve Sydney’s training infrastructure across all venues. Heddo explained, “An all-weather Polytrack at Royal Randwick and further work on the sand track will be of great benefit to trainers all year round and especially during wetter periods.” He added, “Once complete at Royal Randwick, all four of Sydney’s racecourses including Warwick Farm, Rosehill Gardens and Canterbury Park will have an all-weather synthetic surface for training and gallops.”
  • Packing Eagle Primed For Swaynesse Defense

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Kiwi galloper Packing Eagle will attempt to defend his Gr3 Swaynesse Stakes crown at Rotorua on Saturday, a task that won't be easy. Last year's winner, trained by Cambridge's Martin Da Cruze, is up against a bevy of quality sprinters, including Gr1 trio Close Up, Volpe Veloce and Volks Lightning, and emerging stars Julius and Love Affair. TAB bookmakers opened Julius a $3.20 favourite ahead of Gr1 Railway Stakes (1200m) winner Volpe Veloce at $3.60, with Love Affair ($5.50) and Packing Eagle ($7.50) the next most favoured in the market. The latter won 2017's Sweynesse Stakes before he was freshened for a tilt at the Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, where he closed strongly for second, splitting Saturday's rivals Volpe Veloce and Volks Lightning. Unplaced in the Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham before a gallant second to Start Wondering in the Gr1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa, Packing Eagle was found to have suffered a tendon injury. He has slowly been building back up from that injury, and Cruz told NZ Racing Desk, "I'll just be assessing him race by race… it was a small hole and he's strong now. He's coming up well. This is his first run back so we'll just see how he goes." The winner of 5 in a row in Hong Kong, where he placed in the Gr1 Champions Stakes, Packing Eagle is one of New Zealand's highest rated horses, and is raced by the trainer's mother.
  • New Executive Officer For TBV

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    There has been a switch in personnel at Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria with Executive Officer Patrick Clancy finishing up after almost three and a half years in charge. Charmein Bukovec, previously of Racing Victoria, has taken over the position and aims to extend the growth of TBV and the industry it represents across the state. The change comes at a time when the Victorian industry is experiencing enormous international investment, huge popularity of new sires and great success of Victorian bred horses on the racetrack. TBV President James O'Brien said Clancy would be a loss for the organisation, but the committee was thrilled to appoint Bukovec who already has a good understanding of the racing and breeding industry, including experience working with VOBIS at Racing Victoria. O'Brien commented, "Patrick [Clancy] has completely changed the organisation since his appointment in 2015 giving it a national profile and massively increasing its engagement with breeders, sales companies, racing regulators, governments and sponsors." During Clancy's tenure, sponsorship revenue almost tripled, and TBV's membership has grown significantly.
  • Tattersalls Oct Yearlings Book-2: Record Turnover

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    Following a record-breaking renewal of Book-1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in the UK, Book-2 has followed suite. Book-2 culminated with record turnover, whilst the average and median were both on a par with last year’s wide-margin record-breaking sale. The clearance rate came in at an impressive 86 percent and a record breaking forty-five lots sold for 200,000 guineas or more. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented, “In 2011 the combined turnover of Books 1 and 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was a little under 77 million guineas. Seven years later the combined turnover at Books 1 and 2 has risen to a new record well in excess of 150 million guineas. These are pretty staggering numbers, especially following on from the extraordinarily strong 2017 October Yearling Sales which we felt would be so hard to match.” Mahony noted, “The top of the market has been particularly robust with over 40 yearlings selling for 200,000 guineas or more and the 750,000 guineas top price for Hazelwood Bloodstock’s outstanding Kingman colt bettered only once at this fixture. Buyers from throughout the Gulf region have been prolific this week and their consistent support and patronage is hugely appreciated. British and Irish trainers continue to regard Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale as the key date in the European sales calendar and buyers, some of them new to Europe, from South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand have all made notable contributions…

    450,000 guineas No Nay Never colt

    Book-2's 450,000 guineas No Nay Never colt (pic: Tattersalls)
  • Weekend Black Type Feature Schedule

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
    In total, there are 22 stakes and feature races scheduled across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong & Singapore this weekend. Head and shoulders above the rest, in terms of stature, is the time-honoured Gr1 Caulfield Cup where Youngstar, who nearly brought stablemate Winx undone in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, will attempt to hold off the international brigade, headed by Kings Will Dream, Homesman and The Cliffsofmoher. Brought to you by Tamalee Farm's Arlington, below in AEST order, are Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s scheduled stakes and feature races, incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news. Whilst every effort is made to ensure these race times are accurate, please consult official race cards if certainty is required.
    • FRI: 5.20pm: Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup (1600m) Murray Bridge
    • SAT: 12.05pm: Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 1.15pm: Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m) Arawa Park
    • 1.25pm: Gr3 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) Caulfield
    • 2.00pm: Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) Caulfield
    • 2.15pm: Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) Royal Randwick
    • 2.25pm: Gr3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) Arawa Park
    • 2.35pm: Gr3 NZB Ethereal Stakes (2000m) Caulfield
    • 3.10pm: Gr3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) Caulfield
    • 3.30pm: Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) Royal Randwick
    • 3.50pm: Gr3 Coongy Cup (2000m) Caulfield
    • 4.10pm: Gr3 Nivison Stakes (1200m) Royal Randwick
    • 4.40pm: Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) Caulfield
    • 5.15pm: Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 5.34pm: Gr3 Barnsewood Farm Stakes (1400m) Ashburton
    • 5.50pm: Gr3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 7.05pm: Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) Ascot
    • 7.40pm: Gr3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) Ascot
    • SUN: 4.50pm: Listed Casey Cup (1600m) Cranbourne
    • TBA: Gr2 Premier Bowl (1200m) Sha Tin
    • TBA: Gr2 Sha Tin Trophy (1600m) Sha Tin
    • 8.30pm: Listed QEII Cup (1800m) Kranji


  • FRI: 5.20pm: Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup (1600m) Murray Bridge

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • SAT: 12.05pm: Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 1.15pm: Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m) Arawa Park

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 1.25pm: Gr3 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 2.00pm: Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 2.15pm: Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) Royal Randwick

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 2.25pm: Gr3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) Arawa Park

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 2.35pm: Gr3 NZB Ethereal Stakes (2000m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 3.10pm: Gr3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 3.30pm: Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) Royal Randwick

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 3.50pm: Gr3 Coongy Cup (2000m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 4.10pm: Gr3 Nivison Stakes (1200m) Royal Randwick

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 4.40pm: Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 5.15pm: Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 5.50pm: Gr3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 7.05pm: Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) Ascot

    Weekend, 19th October 2018
  • 7.40pm: Gr3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) Ascot

    Weekend, 19th October 2018

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