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Daily News | 30th May 2017
Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale Begins TodayTuesday, 30th May 2017The 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale kicks off today on the Gold Coast. Comprising 1,055 lots, the four-day auction (30 May to 2 June) will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects, from race fillies and broodmares to stallions and stallion shares. The race fillies and broodmares include over 220 black type performed lots and over 500 lots of the Book 1 catalogue are at second cover or less. "We are overwhelmed by the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year, the catalogue is filled with quality from start to finish," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "This sale has produced so many incredible results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of this season's stars Winx, Foxplay, Montoya's Secret, Rapper Dragon, Heavens Above and Lasqueti Spirit were all purchased here providing buyers with impressive returns on investment." Cox added: "The Gold Coast is the place to be in late May and June and we look forward to welcoming buyers from around Australia and the globe for a truly remarkable offering of bloodstock." Book 1 kicks off the Sale with Lots 601 to 907 and 1068 to 1688 to be offered from 10am. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Defcon on Show at National Broodmare SaleTuesday, 30th May 2017First season sire Defcon (Choisir-Nuclear Force, by Encosta de Lago) will be available for inspection during the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale which begins at the Gold Coast today. Ideally suited to the Queensland breeding industry, the powerful son of multiple Gr1-winner and star Australian sprinter Choisir will commence stud duties at Eureka Stud at Toowoomba this spring at a fee of $8,800. Displaying a powerful physique that matched his race record, Defcon was as an explosively fast two-year-old. Testimony to that was his breathtaking last to first dash to win the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes where he defeated subsequent Gr1 winner Prized Icon. Trained by Peter Snowden, Defcon also finished a close-up second in both the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) and Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m) in Sydney, before returning as a 3YO to win the Gr3 MRC McNeil Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne.
Defcon (image: Mark Gatt)
QLD Oaks Day Moved to DoombenTuesday, 30th May 2017Racing Queensland has confirmed that Saturday's Gr1 Queensland Oaks day which was originally scheduled to be run at Eagle Farm will now be held at Doomben. Consequently, due to a difference in track circumference, the Brisbane Racing Club has had to amend some race distances. The races that have been changed are:
- Gr1 Queensland Oaks – reduced from 2400m to 2200m
- Gr2 Moreton Cup – reduced from 1300m to 1200m
- Listed Lightning Handicap – increased from 1000m to 1050m
- Listed Spear Chief Handicap – increased from 1500m to 1600m
- Listed The Phoenix – reduced from 1500m to 1350m
First acceptances for the Queensland Oaks have been retained.
Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap Latest Order of EntryTuesday, 30th May 2017Racing Queensland has released the latest order of entry for the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) to be run at Eagle Farm on Saturday week (10 June). Saturday’s Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup winner and current Stradbroke favourite Clearly Innocent, as well as Gr1 Goodwood winner Vega Magic and Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes winner Takedown, are all exempt from ballot. Click here to view the latest order of entry.
Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap Weights ReleasedTuesday, 30th May 2017Racing Queensland has released the weights for the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) to be run at Eagle Farm on Saturday week (10 June). Clearly Innocent, a resounding winner of last weekend's Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup, will be top weight for the $1.5 million feature after confirmation that Black Heart Bart will not run in the race. The Kris Lees-trained 5YO has been allocated 55.5kg, however that will rise 1.5 kg to meet the minimum top weight threshold of 57kg for a Group One race. Click here to view the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap weights.
TBA to Contribute Funds to R&D LevyTuesday, 30th May 2017Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has announced it will contribute $200,000 to fund research and development for the breeding industry. The money will be placed into a newly created thoroughbred R&D levy scheme and will be matched by the federal government. By making the substantial donation, TBA will enable research projects to begin early in the coming financial year. "This contribution will have an immediate impact as it means research can begin on issues that breeders know are important. The way the levy is collected, if we were to wait on the mandatory contributions it is unlikely we'd be able to start projects until 2018," said TBA president Basil Nolan. Under the new levy, which was included in the recent federal budget and will be in place in the new financial year, breeders will pay $10 per mare and $10 per stallion return. This will raise about $400,000 per year that will be put in the fund for R&D, with the federal government then matching every industry dollar. It is expected that with voluntary contributions, such as the money from TBA, some $1 million could be available to spend each year on research that benefits the thoroughbred breeding industry. Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the levy will produce a huge return for breeders. "This levy will provide industry with greater certainty about available funding in future years and enable forward-year planning to deliver priority R&D for the benefit of the whole industry," Mr Joyce said.
2017 Melbourne Cup Tour Launch TodayTuesday, 30th May 2017The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will announce the 31 destinations selected to host the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour at a special event at Lloyd Williams' training facilities at Mount Macedon today. Among those who will attend the launch is Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula, as well as five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams. Williams' 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient will also be at the special event which kicks off at 10:30am.
Breeders' Cup Winner Joins Highview RosterTuesday, 30th May 2017Wrote, a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winning son of High Chaparral, will join the stallion roster at Highview Stud in New Zealand, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's the only Group One-winning two-year-old son of High Chaparral in the world," said Highview's Brent Gillovic. "He's very much in the image of his sire; a powerful, correct horse and I had hoped to purchase him, but he is owned by a group who had bought him as part of a package of horses to race and they aren't interested in selling him." He added: "I couldn't get the horse out of my mind and last year I made more inquires. Now, I've managed to acquire him as a shuttle stallion and I couldn't be more excited." Wrote's dam Desert Classic (Green Desert) hails from one of the best stallion families in the world. Her third dam is Special, the mother of Nureyev and grand-dam of Sadler's Wells and Fairy King. It is also the family of Stravinksy, who enjoyed success in New Zealand. "We're going to stand Wrote at $5,000 + GST and he represents a marvellous opportunity at that fee," said Gillovic. Wrote won 3 of his 10 starts highlighted by his win in the 2011 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes when trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Karaka Graduates Dominate Stewards' CupTuesday, 30th May 2017Sunday's S$300,000 Listed Stewards' Cup (1400m) at Kranji saw Karaka graduates fill four of the first five placings. The winner was Alibi (Darci Brahma), who was a $90,000 purchase at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale, while the runner-up, Infantry (Tavistock), cost just $7,000 as a weanling in 2013. Star Singapore galloper Debt Collector (Thorn Park), who resumed with an encouraging fourth, was a $30,000 Select Sale yearling and a $120,000 purchase at the Ready to Run Sale. The fifth placegetter Preditor (Savabeel) was bought for $75,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale. Having won the first leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, trainer Michael Clements said the plan now is for Alibi to tackle the remaining two races – the Patron's Bowl (1600m) on June 18 and the Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 9. "His prep has just gone great for him," Clements said. "He has come back stronger and more mature as a four-year-old." He added: "Like I always said, he will go for all three Legs. The mile will not be a problem for him. Obviously there is always a question mark whether he can get the 2000 metres, but I think he will be right." Alibi has now had 11 starts for six wins, four placings and more than S$600,000 in stakes.
Royal Ascot Still on the Cards for AcapulcoTuesday, 30th May 2017Trainer Aidan O'Brien is still hoping of having smart mare Acapulco (Scat Daddy-Global Finance, by End Sweep) ready for Royal Ascot after she missed her scheduled run in Saturday's Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh, reports Sky Sports. "Acapulco has a temperature but hopefully she will be all right to run at Royal Ascot," O'Brien said. Acapulco, a brilliant winner of the Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes in 2015 as a juvenile as well as runner-up in the Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York, opened her 4YO season with an easy win in last month's Listed Power Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. She is currently in foal to champion sire Galileo.
First Runner for CamelotTuesday, 30th May 2017Meanwhile, triple Classic winner Camelot will be represented by his first runner from his first crop when Fighting Irish (Camelot-Quixotic, by Pivotal) makes his debut at Leicester in the UK tonight. "He's a nice horse and he did a barrier trial at Lingfield the other day," trainer Harry Dunlop said of Fighting Irish. "It was slightly odd for a Camelot as you would think he might be a slightly later-on type but he's shown speed himself. I'm hopeful for a nice sort of introduction. He looks more of a two-year-old and certainly more precocious than I imagined." Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Camelot was an exceptional 3YO winning four Gr1 races, namely the English Derby, Irish Derby, English 2000 Guineas and Racing Post Trophy. The son of Montjeu stands at Coolmore in Ireland at a fee of €35,000.
Galileo Gold RetiredTuesday, 30th May 2017Classic winner Galileo Gold (Paco Boy-Galicuix, by Galileo) has been retired after sustaining a soft tissue injury, reports Racing Post. Trainer by Hugo Palmer, Galileo Gold gave owners Al Shaqab Racing its first classic victory when claiming last year’s English 2,000 Guineas before going on to also land the Gr1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. A winner of 5 of his 12 starts for over £960,000 in prize money, Galileo Gold injured himself when making his seasonal debut in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury ten days ago. He will now embark on a career at stud. "I feel enormously privileged to have trained Galileo Gold. He was a standout from the very start and at his peak, in the 2,000 Guineas and St James' Palace Stakes, he proved himself to be an exceptional miler,” Palmer said. "If his progeny inherit half his talent and willingness they will be a joy to train."