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Daily News | 22nd June 2018
Strong Day-5 Trade Concludes Inglis Great SouthernFriday, 22nd June 2018A mare and a filly selling for $240,000 and $210,000, respectively, highlighted the final day of the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale. Jon Freyer purchased Lot 935, mare Villa Rosa (Exceed and Excel x Truly Wicked, pictured) for $240,000 from Blue Gum Farm. Randwick Bloodstock purchased Lot 900, stakes-winning filly Blue Morpho (Hussonet x High Butterfly) for $210,000 from the draft of Angas River Contractors Pty Ltd. In total, 798 horses were sold in the five day auction at a clearance rate of 82% and an average of $19,897. Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was thrilled with the sales results of the 2018 Great Southern Sale. “I think it was a very fair market, well balanced between vendors and purchasers,” Vivian said. “The competition on many of the prized lots of the sale was outstanding. We had a record number of entries for the sale this year and to see the strong buying across all sessions of the sale has been very pleasing… Woodside Park Stud was the leading vendor throughout the sale, selling all 40 of their offerings for a gross of $1,892,400. Starting today, the sales arena and restaurant of Inglis’ Oaklands complex will undergo extensive renovations ahead of the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Villa Rosa was purchased by Jon Freyer (pic: Inglis)
O'Brien Delighted With Merchant NavyFriday, 22nd June 2018Aidan O'Brien says he couldn't be happier with former Australian sprinter Merchant Navy ahead of Saturday's Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot. A winner of last year's stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington, Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) was transferred to Coolmore's famous Ballydoyle stable to be prepared for the Diamond Jubilee in the hope of increasing his appeal as a dual hemisphere stallion. Merchant Navy got his European career off to a flying start when landing the Gr2 Greenlands Stakes (6 furlongs) at The Curragh in Ireland last month. "He has settled in really well since arriving and he seems to do everything very easily," O'Brien told Sky Sports Radio. "We were delighted with his run [in the Greenlands Stakes] and we've been very happy with his work since. He hadn't done much work in the lead-up so we couldn't be happier with him." O'Brien added: "It was good to get a run into him and also for Ryan [Moore] to get a sit on him before Royal Ascot. The ground at Ascot looks like its going to be good, proper fast ground so it should really suit him." Merchant Navy will return to Australia later this year to stand his first season at Coolmore at a fee of $55,000 (inc. GST).
Merchant Navy (image: Mark Gatt)
Lloyd Chasing Gr1 GemFriday, 22nd June 2018Veteran jockey Jeff Lloyd will get one more chance to ride another Group 1 winner in Brisbane when Invincible Gem lines up in the $500,000 weight-for-age Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday, reports Sky Racing. The 57 year-old South African-born hoop has indicated he will retire from the saddle at the end of this year, and the Tiara is the final Group 1 race for the Australian season. Lloyd last rode a winner of a Group 1 race when Pear Tart won the 2012 edition of the Tatt's Tiara. The Kris Lees-trained Invincible Gem is rated an $11 chance with TAB and is coming off a 9th place finish in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) two weeks ago. "She seems to be well and Kris is pleased with her. Her run in the Stradbroke was solid," Lloyd said. After Saturday, Lloyd will return to his homeland to try and win South Africa's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Durban July. "It's a race I have been trying to win it for more than 40 years," he said.
Shillelagh Top Tiara Tip for WallerFriday, 22nd June 2018Chris Waller has opted for classy mare Shillelagh as his stable's best chance in Saturday's $500,000 weight-for-age Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. Waller has four mares engaged in the race, with Shillelagh joined by stable-mates Invincibella, French Emotion and Noire, who is the third emergency. Shillelagh (Savabeel), who hasn't won a race since landing the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne and the spring, is coming off a creditable effort when sixth (beaten 3.2 lengths) in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) two weeks ago. "Shillelagh is probably a miler and she needs a pretty good track," Waller told racenet. "She is already a Group I winner and from a trainer's perspective I am trying to build her value, hence the reason she ran in the Stradbroke. If the race is run at a solid tempo and Shillelagh is travelling at the 400 metres then she would be my pick." Waller added: "But if there is less pace then Invincibella has a better turn of foot and is probably best suited."
Shillelagh (image: Mark Gatt)
Cox Plate Possible for Poet's WordFriday, 22nd June 2018Sir Michael Stoute says all options are on the table for surprise Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Poet's Word, including the Cox Plate. Stoute, who became the most successful trainer in Royal Ascot history when Poet's Word upset hot favourite Cracksman to give him his 76th winner at the Royal meeting, said the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October was among the future targets the horse's connections would consider. "It could be the Eclipse, it could be the King George," Stoute said. "There are options for him as I think that he is equally effective at ten or twelve furlongs and there are not many that are at that level." He added: "I have yet to talk to the owner about the Cox Plate but I thank them for their invitation, but it is too early to tell, it is only June. Obviously it would be considered."
Alassio Chasing Picket FenceFriday, 22nd June 2018Well-bred mare Alassio will attempt to extend her unbeaten record when she steps out in the SCG Trust Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. By Foxwedge out of the stakes-winning Red Ransom mare Cinque, Alassio has looked smart winning all three of her starts but she faces her stiffest challenge to date when she steps up from 5.5 to 7 furlongs for the first time. The increased journey doesn't faze co-trainer Adrian Bott, but Sydney's wet weather does. "I'm not confident with her in the conditions yet, but stepping up to 1400 won't be a worry for her," Bott told AAP. "She's had a couple of runs and a trial in between. I'm not afraid of taking that next step for her. She relaxes well and she's got a lovely turn of foot." Bott added: "It took her time to strengthen up. She wasn't overly big as a filly, but she's really filled out now. We've brought her along slowly and she's ultra-competitive wherever you put her." Bred by Emirates Park Stud, Alassio was purchased by Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland for $50,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Weatherly Set for Australian DebutFriday, 22nd June 2018Top New Zealand apprentice Sam Weatherly will make his Sydney debut with four rides this Saturday. The 19 year-old, who rode his first Group 1 winner in January when Enzo's Lad won the Telegraph Handicap, has accepted an offer from champion trainer Chris Waller to ride in Australia for three months. "I considered going to Melbourne but this offer came up and you can't turn down an offer like this. You wouldn't find a better trainer in Australasia," Weatherly told racingnsw.com.au. "To come over here to a mentor like Chris Waller I think I'm in the right place. I want to really improve on my riding and, if I go back to New Zealand, take something back with me. I want to go back a better rider." He added: "I'm not expecting miracles at this stage but I'm over the moon I have four rides on my first Saturday in Sydney." Weatherly was New Zealand's champion apprentice in 2016-17 and holds a 20-win lead to retain that title this season.
Weekend Black Type Feature ScheduleFriday, 22nd June 2018Headlined by the final Group 1 race of the 2017-18 Australian racing season, the $500,000 weight-for-age Tattersall's Tiara for fillies & mares in Brisbane, there are 11 stakes races across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong this weekend. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AEST order are Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:
- 12:09pm: Listed Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (1350m) Doomben
- 1:47pm: Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) Tauranga
- 2:38pm: Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) Doomben
- 3:18pm: Listed GH Mumm (1615m) Doomben
- 3:58pm: Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) Doomben
- 4:33pm: Gr3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) Doomben
- 5:40pm: Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) Belmont
- 6:15pm: Listed HG Bolton Sprint (1200m) Belmont
- 4:00pm: Gr3 Premier Plate (1800m) Sha Tin
- 6:05pm: Gr3 Premier Cup (1400m) Sha Tin
- 6:50pm: Gr1 Charity Bowl (1600m) Kranji
Saturday 12:09pm: Listed Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (1350m) DoombenFriday, 22nd June 2018
1:47pm: Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) TaurangaFriday, 22nd June 2018
2:38pm: Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) DoombenFriday, 22nd June 2018
3:18pm: Listed GH Mumm (1615m) DoombenFriday, 22nd June 2018
3:58pm: Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) DoombenFriday, 22nd June 2018
4:33pm: Gr3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) DoombenFriday, 22nd June 2018
5:40pm: Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) BelmontFriday, 22nd June 2018
6:15pm: Listed HG Bolton Sprint (1200m) BelmontFriday, 22nd June 2018
Sunday 4:00pm: Gr3 Premier Plate (1800m) Sha TinFriday, 22nd June 2018
6:05pm: Gr3 Premier Cup (1400m) Sha TinFriday, 22nd June 2018
6:50pm: Gr1 Charity Bowl (1600m) KranjiFriday, 22nd June 2018
Ardrossan Close to ReturnFriday, 22nd June 2018Exciting colt Ardrossan (Redoute's Choice-Miss Argyle, by Iglesia) is expected to open his spring campaign in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 28 July, reports NZ Racing Desk. Formerly trained by Stephen Marsh in New Zealand, Ardrossan was undefeated in two starts, including the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa, before transferring to the stable of Mick Price. The 3YO was unplaced in the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) when making his Australian debut in February.
Prince Of Passion To AustraliaFriday, 22nd June 2018Group One performer Prince Of Passion is likely to do his future racing across the Tasman. The Thorndon Mile (1600m) runner-up will shortly return to the Cambridge stable of Jon Miller before joining an as yet unconfirmed Australian trainer. "He's due back in another week, but I won't be taking him over," said Miller. "I'll be concentrating on a number of younger horses." Miller added: "Tim Harrison has got a share in Prince Of Passion and has got the mare so he wants some black type and the very best of luck to him." The winner of five races, Prince Of Passion is by Castledale out of the Desert Prince mare Hidden Passion, also the dam of the Tipical who has won two of his last three starts from Tony Pike's stable.
Stradivarius Wins Gr1 Ascot Gold CupFriday, 22nd June 2018At Royal Ascot in the UK overnight, ultra-consistent 4YO entire Stradivarius (Sea The Stars-Private Life, by Bering) put in another quality staying performance under Frankie Dettorto outpoint his rivals by 0.75-lengths for trainer John Gosden in the Gr1 Gold Cup (2.5 miles). Sent off joint favourite with Order of St George, the latter finished just out of the frame behind 6YO geldings Vazirabad (Manduro) and Torcedor (Fastnet Rock). Torcedor is owned by New Zealand’s Te Akau Racing and raced in the familiar orange and blue silks. Last seen when winning the Gr2 Yorkshire Cup in May, Stravarius added the Gold Cup to his Gr1 Goodwood Cup last July, and is yet to miss a place in 6 consecutive Group race starts. Now the earner of £902,199 with 6 wins & 3 placings from his 11 starts, Stradivarius is a graduate of the 2015 Tattersalls Yearling Sale.