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Daily News | 21st July 2017
Black Caviar Son Progressing WellFriday, 21st July 2017Co-trainer Michael Hawkes has provided an update on the progress of blue blooded colt Prince Of Caviar, the second foal of legendary mare Black Caviar, reports racenet. "Ignoring that he's a Black Caviar foal, putting him into the bracket of just being one of our babies, he does everything right, great attitude, moves well - he is a really nice colt," said Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Wayne. "He's a lovely, well balanced colt." Hawkes said Prince Of Caviar, by Sebring, will be transferred to the family's Melbourne training base at Flemington in the next few weeks to continue his education. "We'll see how far he gets when he gets to the stables. We won't be in a rush with him, the owners are patient, a good group of clients that love their racing," he said. Prince Of Caviar is among the 1470 yearlings entered for the 2018 edition of the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Black Caviar's first foal, rising 3YO Oscietra (Exceed And Excel), has had one start for the Lindsay Park yard of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig when finishing third at Flemington on New Year's Day. Black Caviar's only other progeny is a filly by Snitzel who was foaled in September last year. She is currently in foal to More Than Ready.
2017 Sires Links ClarifiedFriday, 21st July 2017Following the recent publication of 2017 Sires, some readers have suggested a snapshot overview of included icons and live links would be helpful. Incorporating a live link to each stallion's stud farm web page from the animated banner on the right of his page, each Sires 2017 layout – see below example image which is live to All Too Hard's page – includes up to 12 links, among them:
- Preview: Editorial overview of subject stallion including racetrack performance, damline and highlighted progeny, where applicable
- Pedigree: A 4 generation tabulated pedigree
- Progeny: The stallion's leading progeny
- Acceptances: Upcoming race acceptances of the stallion's progeny
- 1-2-3 Results: Latest 1st, 2nd or 3rd performances by the sire's progeny
- NEWS: Up to the 40 most recent items in the Daily News where the stallion is mentioned, with his name highlighted in yellow.
- facebook: Stallion's stud farm facebook page
- twitter: Stallion's stud farm twitter page
- Instagram: Stallion's stud farm instagram page
- YouTube: Stallion's stud farm YouTube page
- Red Arrow: Set in the top right of the main image, this arrow denotes an embedded YouTube or vimeo video specific to the subject stallion; this can be a feature race, a professional career video or a short TVC
Valuable Colt Primed for SpringFriday, 21st July 2017Trainer Paul Snowden says million dollar colt Dracarys is ready to begin realising his undoubted potential this spring, reports racingnsw.com.au. An easy debut winner at Warwick Farm back in February, Dracarys was then stepped up dramatically in class when finishing a creditable fifth (beaten 2.6 lengths) as favourite in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes at Randwick. Purchased by James Harron for $1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, the son of Snitzel and dual stakes winner Nocturnelle (Snippets) has been held in high regard right from the beginning, and Snowden believes he is now ready to deliver. "He has only had two starts and both were on rain-affected tracks. He doesn't like it. Just because he won on it doesn't mean he likes it. It's going to be nice to see him on firmer going," Snowden said. "He's a nice horse and a lot more relaxed this time in and has certainly grown up in the mind. He's more mature that way and has furnished into a lovely horse." Snowden added: "It's good to get him back and where we're going will be determined in his next couple of starts. It doesn't matter how much you think of them, they've still got to do it on race day." Dracarys, named after a Game Of Thrones phrase which translates to 'dragonfire', will carry top weight of 58kg when he resumes in the ATC Member For A Day Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Star Filly Close to ReturnFriday, 21st July 2017Top-flight filly I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) is likely to open her spring campaign in either the Gr3 Aurie's Star (1200m) at Flemington on 12 August, or the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield a week later, reports racing.com. Trainer Shane Nichols said the Gr1 winner was not yet ready to trial, and that no firm plans had been made for the spring. "It's the best she's ever looked after a spell," Nichols said. "There are so many options for a horse like her." A winner of the Gr1 Myer Classic last spring, I Am A Star has not raced since finishing third behind Secret Agenda in the Gr1 Ubet Classic (formerly Robert Sangster Stakes) on 6 May.
I Am A Star (image: Mark Gatt)
Australia & New Zealand Weekend Stakes ScheduleFriday, 21st July 2017With just two Saturday metropolitan meetings remaining of the 2016/17 racing season, there are just four stakes races scheduled across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AET order are Saturday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form and runner news:
- 12:36pm: Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) Pukekura
- 3:03pm: Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) Morphettville
- 3:27pm: Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) Doomben
- 6:25pm: Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) Belmont
Saturday 12:36pm: Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) PukekuraFriday, 21st July 2017
3:03pm: Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) MorphettvilleFriday, 21st July 2017
3:27pm: Listed Tattersalls Mile (1600m) DoombenFriday, 21st July 2017
6:25pm: Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) BelmontFriday, 21st July 2017
Aquis Farm Stallion ParadesFriday, 21st July 2017Aquis Farm has announced the dates for its 2017 Stallion Parades which will feature 12 stunning stallions across two different properties. Last year's debut Aquis Farm Stallion Parade at its Canungra property was one of the highlights of the year for the Queensland breeding industry with more than 1,000 guests enjoying the beautiful surrounds, incredible stallions and great hospitality. This year Aquis will host parades and open days at two properties – Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland, and at Murrurundi in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The Canungra stallion parade will take place on Sunday, 13 August from 10.30am with the parade kicking off at 11.00am followed by lunch and family open day. Aquis' Hunter Valley property will host parades at 10.00am and 3.00pm on Friday, 25 August with light refreshments provided prior to each parade. The property's five stallions will also be available for private parades on Saturday, 26 August, and Sunday, 27 August.
QLD (Cunungra) Stallions
- Husson - $13,200
- Spill The Beans - $11,000
- Furnaces - $9,900
- Holy Roman Emperor - $9,900
- Domesday - $8,800
- Benfica - $4,400
- Sweet Orange - $4,400
NSW (Hunter Valley) Stallions
Turangga Farm Dispersal Sale This SundayFriday, 21st July 2017There are only two days to go until the Turangga Farm Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares sale at White Park, Scone. Commencing at midday this Sunday, 23 July, the sale will see 92 Lots offered comprising 52 mares, 28 weanlings, 3 yearlings, 7 race fillies, and 2 teaser ponies. The weanling draft includes lots by proven sires Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Testa Rossa, Manhattan Rain and Lonhro, as well as young sires such as All Too Hard, Your Song, Hallowed Crown, Rubick, and Toronado. Among the weanlings are siblings to top class performers such as Fighting Sun, My Emotion, Midnight Minx, and I Have No Fear. The mare dispersal contains ten stakes performers including Tenant's Tiara, Torah, Niagara Falls and Brilliant Bisc, whose first yearling fetched $1m at the Easter Yearling Sale earlier this year; siblings to Written Tycoon, Rocha, Rena's Lady and Crowned Glory; and the dams of Headway, Kanga's Eye, Believe Yourself, and Violate. The broodmares have been served by some of Australia's leading sires including Sebring, Pierro, Foxwedge, Reset, Artie Schiller, Testa Rossa and More Than Ready, as well as up-and-coming young stallions including All Too Hard, Zoustar, Pierro, Nicconi, Dundeel, Real Impact, Exosphere, Hallowed Crown, and Vancouver. All Lots will be available for inspection at White Park from 1pm today (Friday) and 8.30am Friday and Saturday mornings. Click here to view the catalogue.
Black-Type Next for AstorFriday, 21st July 2017Highly thought of filly Astor proved too classy for her opposition when resuming with a strong win in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series two-year-old race at Hastings yesterday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Drawn the ace barrier, the Danica Guy-trained runner jumped well and led throughout to win by 1.5 lengths over Kate Louise and Eva Dawn. "Nothing really got near enough to her to test her," Guy said. "She did get a bit lost in the home straight I thought, she was just waiting on them a little bit. But she was brave and kept up her gallop and got the job done." Astor will now be set for the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings on 23 September. "We will probably find another soft run for her and then come back to Hastings for the Gold Trail," Guy said. "Whether we just take her to a trial leading into the Gold Trail or whether I give her a soft run up around home somewhere we'll just see what fits in the best." By Iffraaj out of Hukba (Shamardal), Astor was a $95,000 purchase at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm. She hails from the family of Gr1 Prix de Diane winner Rafha, herself the dam of Gr1-winning champion sire Invincible Spirit, as well as Coolmore's young dual Gr1-winning sire Pride Of Dubai.
Animal Kingdom Winner Raises EyebrowsFriday, 21st July 2017It is said that timing is everything. With Arrowfield Stud's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Dubai World Cup-winning shuttler Animal Kingdom returning to the Hunter Valley this Spring after a break last year, that expression was lent further weight yesterday at Gosford. Late season 2YO Animalia (Animal Kingdom-Hold To Ransom, by Red Ransom) had placed in two of his three starts as a juvenile for Godolphin, finishing a close up fourth in the other. Backed in to odds-on on the strength of a narrow second over 1400m at Warwick Farm in his last outing, the result was a foregone over the Gosford mile where Animalia bolted in by 7.5-lengths. Animalia is beautifully bred, being out of Royal Ascot stakes-winner winner Hold To Ransom who has already left three individual stakes-winners, all Group performed, including multiple Gr1-placed Retrieve, who achieved the feat in both Hemispheres. Animal Kingdom's first local 2YO crop includes 5 individual winners, among them Group-placed Lord Cecil, while his US 2YO filly Sunny Skies is already a stakes-winner from her two wins to date. Animal Kingdom is standing the 2017 Australian season for $27,500.
Longchamp Looking for Cup RepeatFriday, 21st July 2017Longchamp will be chasing successive Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) titles at New Plymouth tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainer Andrew Campbell is happy with how the five-year-old has performed during this campaign, placing in both of his starts. He ran a creditable third at Trentham behind Opunake Cup rival New York Minute, before heading to Awapuni on July 8 where he was pipped at the line by the promising Dolcetto. "In the first race (at Trentham) he needed a run because he hadn't had a trial at all and he just came to the end of it when he hit the bog up the straight. I was happy with that run, he had a good blow," Campbell said. "His last start was a good run I thought, he carried a lot more weight than Dolcetto, who is an up and coming horse." He added: "I'm over the moon with him, he's come through it great and he'll be going in there really happy. His work on Tuesday was super." Campbell has set Longchamp an ambitious programme for the spring, with the Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa and the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy on the agenda. "We'll see how he comes through the race and he may go to Te Rapa for the Foxbridge, we'll just play it by ear with that," he said. "He'll head to Hastings for the first race (Tarzino Trophy), which has always been his main aim." Longchamp finished 5th in last year's Foxbridge Plate (behind Saracino), and 4th (behind Kawi) in the Makfi Challenge Stakes (now the Tarzino Trophy).
Australian Sires Premiership UpdateFriday, 21st July 2017With just over a week remaining of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's champion elect stallion Snitzel is sitting pretty at the top of the national sires' leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $15.8 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.2 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.76 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 July) are:
- Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,810,827
- Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,235,696
- Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,760,955
- I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,863,458
- Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,594,609
- Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,207,594
- High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,092,937
- Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,501,845
- Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,411,171
- Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,369,621
Sheikh Mohammed Brings Back Old SilksFriday, 21st July 2017Sheikh Mohammed has decided to revive his familiar maroon and white silks in the UK, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. The decommissioned silks will once again be worn by horses in training with John Gosden representing the Sheikh's daughter Jalila. His original blue and white silks, carried to victory by the Sheikh's first winner Hatta, have also been revived and registered to his son Sheikh Zayed. "These colours represented for me many different chapters of my journey in the race world," Sheikh Mohammed told Racing Post. "They were associated with some of the most joyful memories and will be forever connected to some of the greatest equine legends and inspiring training and horsemanship. I am so proud to pass them on to my children, Jalila and Zayed, who both share my passion for horses, love of this sport, and are developing the greatest respect for the racing family."
Arrogate Draws Well for ReturnFriday, 21st July 2017The world's best racehorse, Arrogate, has drawn barrier three for Saturday's Gr2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The San Diego will be the first time the champion 4YO has raced since his outstanding victory in the US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup on 26 March. Trainer Bob Baffert, who described Arrogate's preparation as "great so far", has confirmed that he is being aimed at two Gr1 targets this year – the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar on 19 August, and the Breeders' Cup Classic at the same track on 4 November. The Juddmonte Farms-owned Arrogate (Unbridled's Song-Bubbler, by Distorted Humor) boasts the incredible record of 7 wins from 8 starts for career earnings of US$17,084,600, making him the richest North American thoroughbred of all time.