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Daily News | 23rd November 2017

  • NZB Ready To Run Sale Day 1 Sets Record Pace

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    A diverse international buying bench featured strongly on Day 1 of the NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka yesterday. The sale recorded the highest ever average at a two-year-old sale in Australasia, breaking the record set at the end of the 2016 Ready To Run Sale. Hong Kong buyers were active early in the day and the momentum continued with the top price coming mid-day when Regal Farm’s Lot 106 met competitive bidding. The son of Hinchinbrook was knocked down to David Lui and Karl Chan of Hong Kong-based Sweetbriar Equine for $460,000. The bay colt is out of the Fasliyev mare El Ashb (IRE) and hails from the family of Hong Kong Horse of the Year Military Attack, Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup winner Big Orange, and Gr1 Hong Kong Vase winner and multiple Melbourne Cup placegetter Red Cadeaux. Lui indicated the colt would remain in New Zealand to be pre-trained. “I think he will be an early runner. He breezed well and we like the pedigree,” Lui said. “Hinchinbrook is going very well in Hong Kong and we think his popularity will continue to grow.” With increases to the aggregate, average and clearance rate, the first day of selling surpassed results of last year’s Day 1. With 60 fewer horses catalogued compared with the first day of last year’s sale, the aggregate for Day 1 finished at $15,690,500 increasing by over $1 million for 145 lots sold. The average increased by 7% reaching $108,210 and the clearance rate settled at 75%. Day 2 of the Ready to Run Sale will commence today from 11am at Karaka.
  • Strong Buying Bench on Day 1 of Ready To Run Sale

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    NZB’s Bloodstock Sales Manager Danny Rolston said he was pleased with the results on Day 1 and is looking forward to today’s offerings. “The buying bench at Karaka has reinforced how important the Sale is on the international sale calendar,” commented Rolston. “A reduction in the number of horses catalogued contributed to a healthy clearance rate on par with 2015. With key indicators better than last year, the vendors have been well rewarded for their hard work.” The Australian buying bench continued to strengthen throughout the day with their purchases accounting for 34% ($5,302,500 for 50 horses) - marginally ahead of Hong Kong at 32% ($5,063,000 for 24 horses). The presence of domestic buyers’ was similar to last year purchasing 47 horses for a total spend of $3,884,500 and accounting for 25% of the aggregate. The leading buyer of the day was Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis who purchased nine horses for $1,510,000, with a top price of $350,000 paid for Lyndhurst Farm’s Lot 192. For the second consecutive year Lyndhurst Farm were the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) with five horses sold for an average of $286,000. The leading sire by average (three or more sold) was Fastnet Rock with three lots sold for an average of $203,333.
  • NZB Ready To Run Sale Day-1: Top Sellers

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    • $460,000 - Hinchinbrook x El Ashb colt (Sweetbriar Equine, Hong Kong)
    • $400,000 - Fastnet Rock x Jolie's Shinju colt (Mark Pilkington/Lindsay Park Racing)
    • $375,000 - Tavistock x Indian Song colt (Mr Me Tsui, Hong Kong)
    • $350,000 - Smart Missile x Cyclone Stacey gelding (George Moore Bloodstock)
    • $350,000 - Pins x Genius gelding (Mr EHT Hung, Hong Kong)
    • $350,000 - Savabeel x La Belle Epoque gelding (Mr DC Ellis)
    • $310,000 - Reliable Man x La Grande Dame colt (Gai Waterhouse/Bluesky)
    • $310,000 - Savabeel x La Praline colt (Mr Eric HP Wong, Hong Kong)
    • $300,000 - Tavistock x Alleyrun colt (Busuttin Racing & Tim Scales)
    • $300,000 - Hinchinbrook x Downstream colt (Mr KP Fung, Hong Kong)
    • $300,000 - Medaglia d'Oro x Gaudeamus colt (Mr F Lui, Hong Kong)
  • Strong HK Influence at Karaka

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    The strong Hong Kong buying bench made its presence felt in the early stages of yesterday's opening session of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, reports NZ Racing Desk. Hong Kong trainer Dennis Yip went to $250,000 to secure Lot 53, a Snitzel gelding from the stakes placed mare Cape Princess from the draft of Jeremy Whale's Diamond Lodge. "He is by a sire who is doing well in Hong Kong and we liked what we saw when he breezed up," Yip said. "As soon as I got to Karaka I went and inspected him and I've been back a few times as well. He looks a very athletic type with good muscle although he is a little on the small side. That doesn't worry me as he is a November foal, so he has plenty of time to grow before we get serious with him." Yip said the horse would remain in New Zealand before heading to his new home in June next year. Leading international buyer Ricky Yiu was also involved in the early action when purchasing a Declaration Of War colt from Matamata's JK Farm for $280,000.The chestnut colt is a half-brother to Listed Newmarket Handicap winner Speech Craft and hails from the family of multiple Group 1 winner Wall Street.


  • Owner Has Faith in Scales Of Justice

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    Defending champion Scales of Justice has retained favouritism for Saturday's Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot despite drawing barrier 13 in the $1 million feature, reports the West Australian. But with three of the four emergencies drawn inside him, Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) is likely to start from barrier ten in his bid for back-to-back Railway victories. Despite the unfavourable draw, he is currently the $5.50 TAB fixed odds favourite for the race ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart ($6) and Gr1 performer Tom Melbourne ($6.50). "I've got great faith in the horse," managing part-owner Chris Wells said. "If he's right he'll go very well." However, trainer Lindsey Smith does not seem to share Wells' optimism. Smith has been playing catch-up with West Australia's best racehorse ever since he pulled up lame in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne. The 5YO was also below his brilliant best when resuming with a third placing in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on 11 November. "I think Lindsey's a bit apprehensive, but as time goes on we get more confident. The weight (57.5kg) is not a problem. It's whether he's 100 per cent," Wells added. Scales Of Justice will run with a pad on his off-fore foot on Saturday, but Wells said the gear change wasn't a cause for concern. "Lindsey's farrier suggested it because his off-fore is two degrees off his near-fore. He doesn't have a foot problem," he said.

  • Bart Out to Defy History

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    Meanwhile, trainer Darren Weir's travelling foreman Jarrod McLean says former WA galloper Black Heart Bart is in perfect order for Saturday's Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot. However, the 5-time Gr1 winner will have to defy history if he is to win the $1 million feature as no horse has carried 59kg to victory since Tudor Mak landed the prize with 61kg in 1967. "I know history is against him, but he's the kind of horse that can defy history," McLean told the West Australian. "Look out on Saturday." The 7YO will also be out to restore his reputation as one of the best horses in Australia having not won a race since the Gr1 Futurity Stakes in February. This is despite some excellent performances in the spring, including placings in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne. Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) is currently the $6 TAB fixed odds second favourite for the Railway behind defending champion Scales Of Justice at $5.50.


    Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Rails Draw to Aid Tom

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    OTI Racing's Terry Henderson says talented but enigmatic galloper Tom Melbourne gets his chance to break through at the elite level after coming up with the rails draw for Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot. Trained by Chris Waller, the Irish-bred import has proved frustrating for connections this preparation finishing runner-up at five of his six outings, including in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in Sydney and the Gr1 Cantala Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. "He can be a puller, but can also come out of the gates well and he might even lead," Henderson told racing.com. "Over the mile, he's so fit he should be able to do that. You wouldn't give up the barrier because he could be two back on the fence and pulling his head off." Tom Melbourne (Dylan Thomas-Roshanak, by Spinning World), who is pushing Scales Of Justice ($5.50) for Railway favouritism at $6.50, will be ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver.
  • Monsieur Gustave Wins Listed Keith Noud Handicap

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    At Ipswich in Queensland, Emirates Park Stud & Aquis Farm stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Monsieur Gustave (Al Maher-Saigon Moonlight, by Stravinsky) resumed with a dominant front-running win in the $100,000 Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Upstart Pride & Brooklyn Storm. In claiming his third successive stakes victory, Monsieur Gustave advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Glasshouse Handicap & Listed Eye Liner Stakes) and 3 placings from 16 starts for $407,900 in earnings. Purchased by McLachlan Place Racing Stables for $34,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Monsieur Gustave is out of a full-sister to the dam of former champion sprinter Lankan Rupee. This is also the female family of Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, Australian Oaks winner Mahaya, and her half-sister Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro.
  • Record Acceptances for 2018 Blue Diamond

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    A record number of horses remain in contention for next year's $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) following the conclusion of the first round of acceptances on Tuesday. 706 horses have been declared as first acceptors for Victoria's richest 2YO race that is scheduled to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday, 24 February 2018. The figure represents a rise from the 686 horses that accepted at the corresponding stage last year and is also the first time that first acceptances have topped 700 in the race's history. The leading stables by number of acceptors are David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with 77, ahead of Tony McEvoy and Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with 46. Caulfield trainers Aaron Purcell (38) and Mick Price (34), along with the Hawkes Racing (34) round out the top stables. The top sires represented are I Am Invincible, who has 48 sons and daughters still in contention, Australian champion sire Snitzel with 42 and Pierro with 29. Interestingly, Hawkes Racing have accepted with Black Caviar's second foal, Prince of Caviar (Sebring), as well as Fastnet Rock' filly Symi, who is out of Cats Whisker making her a full sister to last year's Blue Diamond winner Catchy. Second declarations for the Blue Diamond close at 12pm noon (AEDT) on Tuesday, 9 January 2018. Click here to see the full list of first declarations.


    2017 Blue Diamond winner Catchy (image: Mark Gatt)
  • Filly Gets Gong on Debut

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    Godolphin unearthed an exciting prospect when classy 2YO filly Gongs embarrassed her rivals when bounding to an effortless 5.5 length debut win in the Tab.com.au Plate (1100m) at Canterbury yesterday. From the first Australian crop of Darley's 4-time European Group 1 winner Dawn Approach, Gongs is out of the speedy stakes-winning mare Belcentra (Bel Esprit) and hails from the successful Sanderae (NZ) family of Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor, Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder, North American Gr1 winner Black Mamba, Gr2 winner Fleur De Chine and Gr3 winner Sneetch. Trainer James Cummings predicted a bright future for Gongs. "She was very impressive," Cummings told Sky Racing. "She showed brilliant speed after two or three strides to lead comfortably and she was just in a different postcode. She's an exciting filly by an exciting young stallion." He added: "I think we will be able to find some nice stakes races for her next year." Crowned champion 2YO in 2012, Dawn Approach (New Approach-Hymn of the Dawn, by Phone Trick) won 8 of his 12 starts for earnings of £922,494. He established himself as one of the best colts of his generation with Group 1 victories in the English 2000 Guineas, Dewhurst Stakes, National Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes. He stands at Darley's Kelvinside property at a fee of $22,000 (inc. GST).
  • New Vision for Valley Revealed

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) has unveiled its plans for the biggest redevelopment in the Club's history. The Valley precinct redevelopment – the 'Vision for The Valley' - is the result of nearly a decade of planning by MVRC in consultation with the community, the VIC government, Moonee Valley City Council, Racing Victoria, and other racing industry stakeholders. Among the key aspects of the redevelopment will be a new world-class racing facility, featuring a state-of-the-art grandstand, re-oriented racetrack and redeveloped infield activated for community and major event use. The circumference of the track will be reduced from 1805 metres to 1702 metres, with the home straight extended from the current 173 metres to 317 metres. Importantly, all key starting positions, including the W S Cox Plate 2040 metre start at the top of the home straight, will remain unchanged. It is anticipated that the grandstand development and alterations to the dimensions of the track will commence after the running of the 100th Cox Plate in 2020. "The scale and ambition of this project is unparalleled. The Valley of Tomorrow will respect our great heritage while creating a wonderful new environment for all to enjoy," commented MVRC Chairman Don Casboult. "Our vision for The Valley is designed to provide the best facilities of any sporting, lifestyle, residential and community precinct in the nation." Click here for more information about the proposed redevelopment.
  • Tenderers Chosen for Mount Gambier Redevelopment

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) and the Mount Gambier Racing Club have announced the successful tenderers for the $3.3 million redevelopment of the Mount Gambier race track at Glenburnie. The works are scheduled to commence immediately following the Mount Gambier Gold Cup on December 1st. The firms are:
    • Main track reconstruction – Gambier Earthmovers
    • Irrigation System – JB Irrigation
    • Sand and soil supply – Gambier Earthmovers
    • Turf Supply – Blue Lake Turf

    Funding for the Mount Gambier race track redevelopment is being provided through a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) and an industry commitment of $1.8 million by TRSA. “We are pleased that all the successful companies have come from the Mt Gambier region, making this a truly local project that will provide a boost for the region both during construction phase and once the works are completed,” said TRSA CEO Jim Watters.

  • Rudy Firing for Return

    Thursday, 23rd November 2017
    Trainer Helen Page is hoping veteran galloper Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express) can kick off his summer campaign in the same way he finished off the winter with a win at Doomben on Saturday, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. The 7YO joined the millionaires club at his most recent appearance when landing the Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) at Doomben in June and will open his summer campaign in the Listed Recognition Stakes over 1350m. Page said Rudy's primary target is the Magic Millions Trophy (2200m) at the Gold Coast in January. "I'm not ruling out the Villiers in Sydney as it's still an option but the Magic Millions Trophy is his aim at this stage," Page said. "He's not a sales-related horse and normally can't run on Magic Millions day but he can gain a start if he wins the Shoot Out at Doomben next month." The winner of the $100,000 Shoot Out Quality (2200m) at Doomben on 30 December earns a wildcard entry into the Magic Millions Trophy. Rudy has had two barrier trial wins at the Gold Coast in preparation for his return. "Rudy is a pleasure to train and is going enormous," Page continued. "He likes wet tracks so the heavy track won't worry him. He's as fit as I can get him for a first-up run and he'll be very competitive…he's got 60 kilos which is the biggest worry."

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