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Daily News | 20th July 2018

  • Winx To Trial Monday

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    The world's best racehorse, Winx, will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she trials at Rosehill on Monday. The Chris Waller-trained superstar mare will contest a star-studded open trial over 900 metres that will also feature Gr1 winners Chautauqua, D'Argento, Unforgotten, Kementari, Ace High and She Will Reign. The trial will be the first heat of the morning and is scheduled for 8:15am. Winx, who recorded her 18th Group 1 victory and equalled Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive wins when strolling to a commanding win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April, is being aimed at an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory in the spring. She is likely to kick off her historic campaign in the eponymous Group 1 Winx Stakes (previously Warwick Stakes) at Royal Randwick on 18 August.
  • Menari The Ferrari Secures Everest Slot

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Everest slot-holder Max Whitby has announced that richly talented but injury prone colt Menari will be his representative in the world's richest turf race in October. The Snitzel colt, who had tie-back surgery in the spring and missed the autumn after injuring a joint, is likely to launch his Everest campaign in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on 1 September. The $13 million The Everest (1200m) will be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Whitby said he is confident that Menari can finally realise his enormous potential this spring. "Gerald [trainer Gerald Ryan] has all the confidence in the world that he's come back in terrific shape. He's very bullish about the horse," Whitby told racenet. "He's had a couple of setbacks in the past but Gerald's sure his wind isn't going to be an issue and we're happy to have him. He's got a real X-factor...this is a sprinter that has the makings of something special." Whitby added: "George [owner and breeder George Altomonte] has had his share of good horses and he's got a big rap on him."


    Menari (image: Steve Hart)
  • McEvoy Unfazed by Nature Strip

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Trainer Tony McEvoy says he not afraid of taking on Nature Strip when juvenile filly Sunlight clashes with the boom sprinter in the $100,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday week. McEvoy was discussing the prospect of taking on the Darren Weir-trained Nature Strip after watching Sunlight tune up for her return with an impressive 4.5 length barrier trial win over 900m at Morphettville yesterday. "I can only worry about my filly," McEvoy told racing.com. "Whether Nature Strip or Winx is there, my filly will only run if she's ready." McEvoy added: "Nature Strip...why wouldn't you be running in the Bletchingly? For me, if they're thinking of coming here, maybe he's not quite going as well as they'd like, which is comforting for me." McEvoy confirmed that Sunlight would run second-up in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies at Caulfield on 19 August.


  • Melbourne Cup Visits Dermot Weld

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has continued its journey around the United Kingdom and Ireland with the iconic trophy visiting Dermot Weld's Rosewell House stables at The Curragh. This year the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will celebrate 25 years since Weld broke new ground when Irish galloper Vintage Crop became the first internationally-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup in 1993. "Australia is very special to me, it always has been and it always will be. I've been fortunate to win two Melbourne Cups so it makes it extra special," said Weld. "We were one of the pioneers, winning Group 1 races around the world before it came fashionable. The adventure, the travel – that never daunted me. I had to wait for the right horse to do it and I knew that Vintage Crop was the horse that could possibly do it." Following the stop at Rosewell House, Vintage Crop's winning rider Michael Kinane and the Melbourne Cup ventured to the Irish National Stud where Vintage Crop lived a long and happy retirement. "It was a fantastic memory, a great achievement. It seems like yesterday but time is suddenly telling us it's 25 years. I can still feel it," said Kinane. The last stop of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour's European adventure will be attending Irish Oaks Weekend at The Curragh racecourse, where the VRC will have a reciprocal race on Sunday 22 July.

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    Michael Kinane, Amanda Elliott & Dermot Weld with the Melbourne Cup (image: VRC)
  • Weekend Black Type Feature Schedule

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    With just two weekends remaining of the 2017/18 racing season, there are four stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. Below in AEST order are Saturday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:
    • 12:40pm: Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) Pukekura
    • 1:51pm: Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) Morphettville
    • 4:42pm: Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) Doomben
    • 5:15pm: Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) Belmont
  • Saturday 12:40pm: Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) Pukekura

    Friday, 20th July 2018
  • 1:51pm: Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) Morphettville

    Friday, 20th July 2018
  • 4:42pm: Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) Doomben

    Friday, 20th July 2018
  • 5:15pm: Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) Belmont

    Friday, 20th July 2018
  • More International Gr1 Winners Invited to Cox Plate

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) has sent out second round invitations to recent UK Group 1 winners Accidental Agent and Roaring Lion for this year's Cox Plate. Accidental Agent (Delegator) was a surprise winner of the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot, while exciting US-bred 3YO Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy) claimed his maiden Group 1 success when landing the Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Sandown twelve days ago. Moonee Valley Racing Club CEO Michael Browell commented: "We have also been monitoring the major racing carnivals across Europe recently and feel Accidental Agent and Roaring Lion can make their presence felt in Australasia's Weight-for-Age Championship." The $5 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) will be run at Moonee Valley on 27 October.
  • Photographer’s Hart To Hart Interviews Expanded

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Popular Sydney and Central Coast racing and stud photographer Steve Hart is establishing a new niche for himself via a bespoke collection of one-on-one video interviews with high profile industry identities. Dove-tailing with a modern revamped website which offers a selection of captivating thoroughbred images, Hart's relaxed and knowledgeable interviewing style brings out the best in his interesting subjects. The line-up, so far, includes (in order of most recent first): Billy Dale, Mal Fitzgerald, LeeAnn Olsen, Robert Thompson, John Tapp, John Wade, Matt Hill and Kevin Langby. Click here or on the below image for the dedicated interview page.

    Steve Hart

  • Valachi Unveils Expansion Plans

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Valachi Downs are significantly increasing their holdings in the thoroughbred industry, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Kevin Hickman-owned Matamata operation will be the new home for Group 1 winning trainer Stephen Autridge while the breeding arm of the business will also be further developed. "Valachi is expanding both the racing and stallion side of the business and we have bought the property formerly known as Wexford Stables," said manager Jonathan Scully. "We will take over in mid to late September and Stephen will have the bulk of the Valachi horses and probably four outside clients." Scully added: "He'll probably kick off with about 50 horses and build on that over the next few years. It's still the intention to spread about 20 per cent of our young stock with other trainers." Scully said Valachi Downs would focus on cultivating the very best bloodlines. "It's a great opportunity and Stephen's very excited. He'll have some great bloodlines to work with," he said. "There will be a couple of European fillies and Kevin bought three more by Dubawi, Nathaniel and Choisir at the Tattersalls Sale and they will probably end up down here at some stage." He added: "There's also the Frankel colt out of Silent Achiever. I saw him at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago and he'll come out here to Stephen later this year."
  • York Next For Latrobe

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Australian-owned Irish Derby winner Latrobe is set to make his next appearance in either the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (12 furlongs) or the Gr1 Juddmonte International (10 furlongs) at York next month, reports Sky Sports. Trained by Joseph O'Brien on behalf of leviathan Australian owner Lloyd Williams, Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) showed his class when landing the Curragh classic on 30 June. "We haven't made any definite plans, but I think the most likely scenario is he'll go to York for something there," said O'Brien. "Whether he goes for the Voltigeur or the Juddmonte, we'll see nearer the time. He'd have a penalty in the Voltigeur, which wouldn't be ideal, but we won't make a decision on which race he'll run in until we have to make it. He seems in good form." Williams, who teamed up with the younger O'Brien to win last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling, has left the door ajar on Latrobe following a similar path, but O'Brien said it was "too far away" to discuss the Melbourne Cup.
  • Lady Aurelia Retired

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Champion US filly and sprinting sensation Lady Aurelia has been retired, reports Blood Horse. Trained by Wesley Ward, Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy-D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) will be best remembered for her brilliant juvenile season that included a breathtaking 7-length romp in the 2016 Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and a victory in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville that same year. Those wins were enough to see her crowned champion European 2YO filly of 2016, making her the first American-trained horse to win a Cartier Award. She then returned at three to confirm herself as one of the best sprinters in the world when winning last year's Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot. John Moynihan, bloodstock advisor to part-owner Stonestreet Stables, said: "She's sound and doing well. Peter [Leidel] and Barbara [Banke] just decided it was time. She's been great to everybody. She retires as one of the great ones, that's for sure." Ward said he supported the owners' decision. "She's been a tremendous filly and fantastic to me and the owners," Ward said. "Now I look forward to her next career. Hopefully, she can have a foal who is as good as she was. That's what we all hope for." Mating plans for Lady Aurelia are yet to be confirmed. She retires with 5 wins from 10 starts and US$834,945 in earnings.

  • Honour And Glory Dead At 25

    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Former Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Honour And Glory has died at Haras Rapetti, near Canelones, Uruguay, at the age of 25, reports Blood Horse. Retired to Ashford Stud in 1997, Honour and Glory has hitherto sired 71 stakes winners, including Gr1 Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Caressing. By Relaunch out of Fair To All (by Al Nasr), a half-sister to Gr1 winner and speed influence Ogygian, Honour And Glory shuttled for 12 seasons to Coolmore Australia where he sired Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes winner Only Glory, dual Gr3 winner Minson, and Listed winners Walk Alone, True Valour and How About That.

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