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Daily News | 26th February 2018
Written By Wins Gr1 Blue Diamond StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Written By (15)J: Jordan ChildsT: G M BeggW: 56.5 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Yau Chin 2.5L10. Enbihaar (16)J: C J ParishT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 54.5 kgsS: MagnusD: Charm's Honour 2.7L16. Oohood (9)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 54.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Bella Sunday 4.0L4. Prairie Fire (1)J: M ZahraT: M G PriceW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Consistency
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) overcame a wide draw and run to demolish his rivals with an emphatic win in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Enbihaar & Oohood. Written By, whose female line traces to No Finer, the dam of multiple stakes winners including Gr1 Australian Guineas winner and outstanding Waikato Stud sire Pins, extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings) from 3 starts for $1,133,000 in earnings. Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Neville Begg, Written By was retained to race after he was passed in shy of his reserve at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He races in the familiar Begg family colours of black, white and red that were carried to Gr1 glory by former stable stars Bonanova and Monopolize. Trainer Grahame Begg said Written By had always shown himself to be a special colt. "He's a pretty special sort of horse. We've known that for a while, but that was just super," Begg told racing.com. "I just knew after his first-up run that he'd improve in leaps and bounds. He's had the best couple of weeks since the prelude and his work on Monday had to be seen to be believed. I knew he was spot on." Written By is now on the fourth line of betting at $8 for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 24 March.
Written By (image: Mark Gatt)
Brave Smash Wins Gr1 Futurity StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Brave Smash (9)J: Craig WilliamsT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: Tosen PhantomD: Tosen Smash 0.8L1. Tosen Stardom (5)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: Deep ImpactD: Admire Kirameki 1.0L11. Showtime (10)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 55.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Flidais 3.0L2. Humidor (2)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: TeofiloD: Zalika
At Caulfield in Melbourne, 5YO Japanese-bred entire Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) broke through at the highest level with a brilliant win in the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Tosen Stardom & Showtime. Trained by Darren Weir on behalf of a syndicate headed by Australian Bloodstock and Mt Hallowell Stud, Brave Smash improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes) and 9 placings (including the Listed Regal Roller Stakes) from 20 starts for $2,145,436 in earnings. "It's important that we get results with them because they are very well-bred horses," trainer Darren Weir told racing.com. "Both horses [Brave Smash and Tosen Stardom] have now done it and while it's a huge thrill, it's also a huge relief as well." Weir said Brave Smash will run next in the Gr2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on 17 March before heading to Sydney for the Gr1 Doncaster Mile.
Brave Smash (image: Mark Gatt)
Russian Revolution Wins Gr1 Oakleigh PlateMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Russian Revolution (10)J: M ZahraT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Ballet D'Amour 0.2L8. Snitty Kitty (17)J: Beau MertensT: Henry DwyerW: 53.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Lassiter's Cat 0.3L4. Hellbent (9)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 54.5 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Volkaspray 0.4L18. Booker (15)J: Ben ThompsonT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 51.5 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Noondie
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) overcame a wide run on the speed to score a typically brave win in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Snitty Kitty & Hellbent. Russian Revolution improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr2 McEwen Stakes, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 11 starts for $1,284,225 in earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which secured him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. From the winning Stravinsky mare Ballet d'Amour, Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor. Co-trainer Paul Snowden praised Russian Revolution's owners Newgate Farm and China Horse Club for giving the valuable entire another campaign instead of retiring him to stud. "They could've probably put him to stud but they've left us alone and allowed us to bring him back," Paul Snowden said. "Now he's a two-time Group 1 winning son of Snitzel and there aren't too many of those around." Snowden said next month's Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley was one of the options for Russian Revolution.
Russian Revolution (image: Mark Gatt)
Devise Wins Gr1 WFA ClassicMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -13. Devise (5)J: M T ColemanT: S F RitchieW: 57 kgsS: Darci BrahmaD: Doneze Girl 0.5L12. Consensus (6)J: A B CollettT: S J McKeeW: 57 kgsS: PostponedD: Kate Cross 1.8L10. Travimyfriend (9)J: C W JohnsonT: Ms R FrostW: 59 kgsS: TavistockD: Pineau 3.1L6. Brilliant Shine (1)J: M R Du PlessisT: P & D WilliamsW: 59 kgsS: GuillotineD: Brilliant Kiwi
At Hastings in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred filly Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad) finally opened her stakes account with a thoroughly deserved win in the $200,000 Gr1 WFA Classic (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Consensus & Travimyfriend. Retained to race by her breeder The Oaks Stud, Devise improved her record to 4 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks) from 14 starts for $262,899 in earnings. "She really does deserve this," trainer Shaune Ritchie told NZ Racing Desk. "It was a bit easier without Bonneval here; she's been a bridesmaid to her a couple of times." He added: "It helped that a few of the favoured runners drew wide, but I'm delighted for the horse. She always puts in and she's a lovely mare." The win boost Devise's value significantly as she is a half-sister to Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic & Gr2 Let's Eope Stakes winner Zurella (Zabeel). Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.
Black Caviar Daughter Wins AgainMonday, 26th February 2018Oscietra, the first offspring of world champion sprinter Black Caviar, opened her autumn campaign with a strong win at Ballarat yesterday. The 3YO Exceed And Excel filly improved her record to 2 wins from 4 starts when leading throughout to score a comfortable 1.5 length win in a benchmark 64 handicap over 1000m. "It's nice to get her back on track winning and she should just continue to get better and better," co-trainer David Hayes told racing.com. "She will go to town next and hopefully get a win in a fillies race soon." Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) is recognised as one of Australia's greatest ever racehorses whose perfect record of 25 wins without defeat, including a remarkable 15 at Gr1 level, is unprecedented in Australian racing history.
Gailo Chop Wins Gr2 Peter Young StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Gailo Chop (8)J: M ZahraT: D K WeirW: 59 kgsS: DeportivoD: Grenoble 1.3L9. Single Gaze (6)J: Ms K O'HaraT: N J OliveW: 57 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Redaluca's Gaze 3.6L1. Hartnell (5)J: Craig WilliamsT: James CummingsW: 59 kgsS: AuthorizedD: Debonnaire 7.4L4. Ventura Storm (4)J: Regan BaylissT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 59 kgsS: ZoffanyD: Sarawati
At Caulfield in Melbourne, 7YO French-bred gelding Gailo Chop (Deportivo-Grenoble, by Marignan) remained unbeaten this preparation when scoring a strong front-running victory in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Single Gaze & Hartnell. Owned by OTI Racing, Gailo Chop advanced his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes, Gr3 TS Carlyon Cup, Gr3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte & Listed Penny Edition Stakes) and 5 placings (Gr1 Prix d'Ispahan) from 25 starts for $2,589,047 in earnings. Trainer Darren Weir confirmed that Gailo Chop would now head to the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on 10 March before travelling to Sydney to for the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney on 14 April. "He's a great horse with a great racing style," Weir said. "Just watching him, he really seemed to be enjoying that." Weir added: "He went at a good strong gallop. It was a beautiful bring-on gallop to have him fit enough for the 2000 metres [the Australian Cup] in a couple of weeks."
Gailo Chop (image: Mark Gatt)
Summer Sham Wins Gr2 Armanasco StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Summer Sham (1)J: D MoorT: D T O'BrienW: 55 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Hot Summer Night 0.4L10. Palazzo Vecchio (2)J: Beau MertensT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Palacio De Cristal 0.6L4. Miss Wahoo (5)J: Jamie KahT: Tony McEvoyW: 55 kgsS: Master Of DesignD: Fish Dive 1.4L1. Counterplay (4)J: D TourneurT: P StokesW: 55 kgsS: SepoyD: Conquering Queen
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group race success when beautifully related 3YO Australian-bred filly Summer Sham (Not A Single Doubt-Hot Summer Night, by Fusaichi Pegasus) opened her stakes account with a strong front-running win in the $200,000 Gr2 Armanasco Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Palazzo Vecchio & Miss Wahoo. Retained to race by her breeder Uluru Stud, Summer Sham extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $174,750 in earnings. Trainer Danny O'Brien confirmed that Summer Sham will now head to the Gr2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on 10 March. "She's a lightly-raced filly that's racing in really good form," O'Brien told racing.com. "She was brilliant from the gate and really gave nothing else a chance form there." O'Brien added: "The Kewney is on in a fortnight...so we're certainly going to look at that and then obviously we've got Sydney if she's still holding together." Summer Sham's third dam is the grand producer Shantha's Choice, dam of multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, and Gr1 winners Platinum Scissors & Manhattan Rain among others. This means Summer Sham is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show, ancestress of Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Xaar, Al Maher, Sex Appeal (dam of stallion heavyweights Try My Best & El Gran Senor), Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, and her daughter Better Than Honour, who fetched a world-record price of US$14 million for a broodmare in 2008 and is the dam of US classic winners Rags To Riches & Jazil.
Valiant Spirit Wins Gr2 Autumn ClassicMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Valiant Spirit (12)J: Regan BaylissT: Daniel WilliamsW: 57 kgsS: DuporthD: Graces Spirit 1.8L1. Astoria (11)J: Damian LaneT: James CummingsW: 57 kgsS: Medaglia D'OroD: Segue 2.6L3. Mr So And So (13)J: M ZahraT: Anthony FreedmanW: 57 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Danesty 3.0L6. Belfast (4)J: D DunnT: T Busuttin & N YoungW: 57 kgsS: TeofiloD: Lovingthelimelight
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding (Duporth-Graces Spirit, by Flying Spur) opened his stakes account with a defiant front-running win in the $200,000 Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) for 3YOs, defeating Astoria & Mr So And So. Valiant Spirit is out of a half-sister to Gr1 winning sprinter and sire Turffontein and is a half-brother to Gr3 ATC Epona Stakes winner Vergara. This is the prolific Betty Box (IRE) family of VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. Valiant Spirit improved his record to 3 wins and 4 placings from 9 starts for $179,165 in earnings. Trainer Daniel Williams said he will consider running Valiant Spirit in the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on 10 March en route to the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney.
Kementari Wins Gr2 Hobartville StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Kementari (9)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 56.5 kgsS: LonhroD: Yavanna 1.0L4. Pierata (7)J: C W BrownT: G D HickmanW: 56.5 kgsS: PierroD: November Flight 1.1L9. D'Argento (4)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 56.5 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Fullazz 1.6L2. Trapeze Artist (6)J: Tim ClarkT: G A RyanW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Treppes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."
Kementari (image: Steve Hart)
Sunlight Wins Gr2 Silver SlipperMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Sunlight (3)J: Tim ClarkT: Tony McEvoyW: 54.5 kgsS: ZoustarD: Solar Charged 0.3L7. Estijaab (1)J: B AvdullaT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Response 7.1L5. Gongs (4)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 54.5 kgsS: Dawn ApproachD: Belcentra 10.2L1. Neutrality (5)J: B ShinnT: P & P SnowdenW: 56.5 kgsS: SebringD: Dama De Noche
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, racegoers might well have seen the forthcoming Gr1 Golden Slipper quinella following an exceptional running of the $235,000 Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs. With a couple of scratchings reducing the field to just 5 runners, former 3YO champion Australian sprinter and now Woodside Park & Widden Stud stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a group success when brilliant Australian-bred juvenile filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) scored a 0.3-length victory for trainer Tony McEvoy over favoured filly Estijaab, with the previously undefeated filly Gongs almost 7-lengths behind in third. Forced to do more work than connections would have wanted, when taken on by Neutrality a long way from home, Estijaab lost nothing in defeat to remain a strong chance in the Golden Slipper. Racing NSW reports that the runner-up posted sub-11 second sectionals from the 1000m to the 400m making her effort even more gallant. The winner's assistant trainer Calvin McCoy beamed after Sunlight's narrow victory, "When the other two decided to go out in front, Tim (Clark) asked her to come back and she did. She raced like a true professional. It was all class. She was forward enough and we knew she'd run well but there is still improvement to come which is why I have a big smile on my face." Sunlight, a $300,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, advanced her record to 4 wins (including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 1 placing (the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 5 starts for $1,441,450 earnings.
Sunlight (image: Steve Hart)
Daysee Doom Wins Gr2 Vinery Millie FoxMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Daysee Doom (6)J: A AdkinsT: R J QuintonW: 56 kgsS: DomesdayD: See A Victory 0.2L9. Girl Sunday (8)J: Tim ClarkT: G A RyanW: 54 kgsS: Encosta De LagoD: Pleasantsundaygirl 0.3L2. Foxplay (3)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 58 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Butters 0.4L4. Prompt Response (1)J: B ShinnT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 57 kgsS: BeneteauD: Prompt
On a superb day of racing at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former Darley and now Aquis Farm Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a Group race success when 5YO mare Daysee Doom (Domesday-See a Victory, by Mister C) poked her head through at just the right time to provide trainer Ron Quinton with victory in the $198,000 Gr2 Vinery Stud Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). In a blanket finish, with any of four a chance to win 30m from home, long-time leader Girl Sunday clung on for runner-up just ahead of a flashing Foxplay and Prompt Response who was caught up on the fence. "It's great to win with this mare," said Quinton. "She is very tough. She's a bit mad but she's one tough nut and never knows when she's beaten." Daysee Doom will target the Gr1 Coolmore Classic, along with stable mate Dixie Blossoms who will be seen next in Saturday's Gr2 Guy Walter Stakes. Placed in this race last year, the win took consistent Daysee Moon's record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Golden Pendant & Gr3 Dark Jewel Classic) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Millie Fox Stakes, Gr2 ATC Emancipation Stakes & Gr3 Angst Stakes) from 18 starts for $823,575 earnings.
Spanish Whisper Wins Gr2 Matamata Breeders' StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Spanish Whisper (7)J: V A ColganT: P & D WilliamsW: 56.5 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Cutting Remark 0.1L1. She's A Thief (11)J: Jake BaylissT: M D MoroneyW: 56.5 kgsS: ShowcasingD: Steal 2.9L4. The Real Beel (8)J: O P BossonT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Ahna 3.1L5. Valalie (3)J: S T CollettT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Vaayala
At Matamata in New Zealand, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Spanish Whisper Lope De Vega-Cutting Remark, by Encosta de Lago) secured some valuable black-type with a narrow win in the $100,000 Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating She's A Thief & the Real Beel. Spanish Whisper improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $72,750 in earnings.
Silent Sedition Wins Gr3 Mannerism StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Silent Sedition (3)J: Craig WilliamsT: Andrew NobletW: 59 kgsS: War ChantD: Fiorentina 2.3L7. Samovare (4)J: D OliverT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: SavabeelD: Sambar 3.6L2. Montoya's Secret (2)J: L CurrieT: L & T CorstensW: 58 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Divine Secret 3.9L9. Jester Halo (1)J: Ms C PulsT: D N KolpinW: 55 kgsS: SharkbiteD: Delightful Dale
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) led her rivals a merry dance when successfully defending her title in the $150,000 Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Samovare & Montoya's Secret. Silent Sedition advanced her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 22 starts for $1,111,150 in earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud.
Tulip Wins Gr3 Typhoon Tracy StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Tulip (5)J: K Mc EvoyT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 57.5 kgsS: PierroD: Musidora 1.0L9. True Excelsior (8)J: B MelhamT: L & T CorstensW: 55 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Special Diamond 2.0L5. Seannie (6)J: Regan BaylissT: T Busuttin & N YoungW: 56 kgsS: SebringD: Uncanny Choice 2.1L13. Stylish Missile (3)J: Ms L J MeechT: Aaron PurcellW: 55 kgsS: Smart MissileD: Nixon
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) landed her first win in nearly 12 months when posting a strong performance in the $150,000 Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating True Excelsior & Seannie. A $400,000 purchase from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sale, Tulip improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Magic Night Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper) from 12 starts for $941,625 in earnings. Tulip is out of Gr3 winner Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar), whose dam Nice Dancing is a half-sister to the dam of Arrowfield's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner & former champion Australian sire Flying Spur. This is the family of influential blue hen Fanfreluche ancestress of former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Overshare Wins Gr3 Zeditave StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Overshare (7)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 57 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Savannah's Choice 0.4L3. Wild Heart (5)J: J WinksT: M, W & J HawkesW: 55 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Wildly Entertained 0.6L8. Streets Of Avalon (3)J: B MelhamT: S P NicholsW: 55 kgsS: MagnusD: Kamuniak 1.4L2. Prevailing Winds (1)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 55 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: Soaressa
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Overshare (I Am Invincible-Savannah's Choice, by Redoute's Choice) survived a protest from the third placegetter to post a workmanlike win in the $150,000 Gr3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) for 3YO colts & geldings, defeating Wild Heart & Streets Of Avalon. A $320,000 purchase by Spendthrift Australia at the 2016 Ingis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Victoria Park, Overshare improved his record to 3 wins (including the Listed McKenzie Stakes) from 9 starts for $246,450 in earnings. The magnificently related Overshare is out of the Gr3-placed mare Savannah's Choice, a half-sister to Japanese Oaks and American Oaks winner Cesario (Speed Week). Cesario, in turn, is the dam of 2014 Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia & Gr1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes winner Leontes.
Life On The Wire Wins Gr3 Vamos StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Life On The Wire (2)J: C NewittT: Scott BruntonW: 57 kgsS: PluckD: Our Seventh Heaven 1.8L3. Step The Pedal (11)J: A MallyonT: Scott BruntonW: 57 kgsS: ElvstroemD: Caos Cross 2.0L1. Gee Gees Top Notch (4)J: Sigrid CarrT: L, D & T WellsW: 57 kgsS: WordsmithD: Himstedt 2.9L10. Manilenya (1)J: Ben AllenT: Ms J RichardsW: 57 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Jaja
At Launceston's Mowbray Racecourse, Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) added a Group success when ultra-consistent local 4YO mare Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heave, by Vettori) made it five in a row to score by 1.8-lengths for Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton in the $150,000 Gr3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for fillies & mares, from Step The Pedal and Gee Gees Top Notch. Allowed to roll to the front, Life On The Wire appeared in cruise control and easily kicked clear turning for home. Ironically, last year's Vamos Stakes is her only blemish in a promising career to date, one which has not been contained to Tasmania. Her two most recent starts both resulted in victories at Sandown in Melbourne late last year. The win is Life On The Wire's first at stakes level, having finished runner-up in last year's Listed Tasmanian Guineas and Listed Hobart Guineas. She now has 7 wins & 4 placings from 13 starts for $254,925. Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heaven, by Vettori) is from the immediate family of the Brunton-trained stakes winners Life To The Full (Listed Tasmanian Newmarket) and What Life Brings (Listed Hobart Guineas). The result was another great example of the value to be had at the annual Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Life On The Wire being a $10,000 yearling graduate.
Sword Of Osman Wins Gr3 Matamata SlipperMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Sword Of Osman (3)J: O P BossonT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Bunyah 5.8L5. Thomas Aquinas (8)J: J K RiddellT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: JakkalberryD: True Star 6.6L2. Handsome Rebel (5)J: D S JohnsonT: S Autridge & J RichardsW: 56.5 kgsS: DenmanD: London Rebel 7.1L3. Masque (10)J: L G InnesT: Team RogersonW: 56.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Disguised
At Matamata in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning multiple champion stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 2YO New Zealand-bred gelding Sword Of Osman (Savabeel-Bunyah, by Distant View) left his rivals languishing in his wake with a brilliant win in the $70,000 Gr3 Matamata Slipper (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Thomas Aquinas & Handsome Rebel. Purchased for $165,000 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale out of the Trelawney Stud draft, Sword Of Osman improved his record to 2 wins from 3 starts for $68,250 in earnings.
More Energy Wins Listed Parramatta CupMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -12. More Energy (2)J: Ms J TaylorT: J C CoyleW: 53 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Perfect Promise 0.1L1. Supply And Demand (1)J: A HyeronimusT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 58 kgsS: SebringD: Demanding 0.3L7. Liapari (6)J: J FordT: C J WallerW: 53 kgsS: Nom Du JeuD: Tradewind 1.7L10. Get On The Grange (9)J: B Mc DougallT: Allan KehoeW: 53 kgsS: Home On The GrangeD: Lea Tonde
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding More Energy (Fastnet Rock-Perfect Promise, by Caesour) got up in the last stride for trainer Jason Coyle to just tip out long-time leader Supply and Demand in the $125,000 Parramatta Cup (1900m). Coming from last at the 400m mark, Liapari flashed home but was still a head adrift when the line came. Initially sold as a yearling for $150,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Toolooganvale Farm, More Energy subsequently brought $240,000 at the Magic Millions 2YO Horses In Training Sale when offered by Think Big Stud. Placed in Brisbane's Gr3 Tattersalls Cup last Winter Carnival, More Energy now has 6 wins & 8 placings from 36 starts for $290,675 earnings.
Homesman Wins Listed Mornington Cup PreludeMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Homesman (8)J: B MelhamT: Liam HowleyW: 56.5 kgsS: War FrontD: My Annette 0.1L1. Almandin (2)J: D OliverT: Liam HowleyW: 60 kgsS: MonsunD: Anatola 2.1L8. Golden Mane (1)J: Jamie KahT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 54 kgsS: More Than ReadyD: True Blonde 2.2L9. Bedford (3)J: Damian LaneT: Anthony FreedmanW: 54 kgsS: TavistockD: Dastaria
At Caulfield in Melbourne, 4YO US-bred gelding Homesman (War front-My Annette, by Red Ransom) made an auspicious start to his Australian career when scoring a hard-fought win in the $120,000 Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate and 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin & Golden Mane. Racing in the familiar navy blue and white silks of leviathan owner Lloyd Williams, Homesman improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Gallinule Stakes in Ireland) and 3 placings from 8 starts for $314,874 in earnings. Part-owner Nick Williams said Homesman could make his next appearance in the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on 10 March. "He could join Almandin in the Australian Cup after that," Williams told racing.com. "I'm sure he'll appreciate the big track at Flemington. For Homesman's first run here, it was very, very exciting."
Pleasuring Wins Listed Tasmanian OaksMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -2. Pleasuring (6)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 56 kgsS: Hard SpunD: Sleeplessinseattle 1.5L9. Gone Girl (3)J: J MaskiellT: J K BlackerW: 56 kgsS: Cardinal VirtueD: Montavator 1.7L8. Berkshire Lady (8)J: D MoorT: D T O'BrienW: 56 kgsS: Star WitnessD: Placement 1.9L1. Pateena Arena (7)J: B Mc CoullT: Bill RyanW: 56 kgsS: Needs FurtherD: Gehenna
Earlier on the card at Mowbray Racecourse in Launceston on Sunday, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Pleasuring (Hard Spun-Sleeplessinseattle, by End Sweep) made it back-to-back interstate trainer Darren Weir. Sent off a short favourite in the $150,000 Listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) for sophomore fillies, Pleasuring was given a soft run midfield by Damian Lane, and just had to rely on a little luck to find an out in the straight. Once clear Pleasuring purred to the line ahead 1.5-lengths ahead of a game Gone Girl and fellow Victorian raider Berkshire Lady. Having captured her inaugural black type win two weeks ago in Hobart's Listed Strutt Stakes, Contract Racing home-bred Pleasuring took her record to 3 wins & 5 placings from 9 starts for $227,260 earnings.
Battle Hero Wins Listed Pinjarra ClassicMonday, 26th February 2018At Pinjarra in Western Australia, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Battle Hero (Stratum-Fromm, by O'Reilly) claimed the fifth stakes win of his career in the $120,000 Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) for 3YO+, defeating Red Ora & Roger The Roman. Bred by prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Battle Hero improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 Roma Cup, Listed Summer Scorcher, Listed JC Roberts Stakes & Listed Lex Piper Stakes) and 10 placings (including the Gr3 WATC RJ Peters Stakes, Gr3 Prince of Wales Stakes & Gr3 Belmont Sprint) from 30 starts for $707,550 in earnings.
Falcon Crest Wins Listed Detonator StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -8. Falcon Crest (5)J: Chris ParnhamT: G & A WilliamsW: 55 kgsS: MusketD: La Lollobrigida 0.2L4. Woodsville (4)J: M AutierT: Brian KersleyW: 55 kgsS: BlackfriarsD: Yorkshire Rose 1.7L1. Dark Alert (3)J: P HarveyT: J J MillerW: 56.5 kgsS: Testa RossaD: Storm Alert 1.8L9. Eleven Seconds (2)J: S Mc GruddyT: Chris GangemiW: 55 kgsS: Encosta De LagoD: Starspangled
At Ascot in Perth, Western Australia, former Yarradale Stud Gr2-winning stallion Musket (Redoute's Choice-Tugela, by Riverman), a three-quarter brother to champion mare and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Falcon Crest (Musket-La Lollobrigida, by Dauberval) posted his first stakes victory courtesy of a strong-finishing performance in the $100,000 Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Woodsville & Dark Alert. Falcon Crest improved his record to 7 wins and 10 placings (including the Listed WATC Detonator Stakes & Listed Northam Cup) from 30 starts for $377,830 in earnings.
Show The World Wins Listed Kaimai StakesMonday, 26th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -10. Show The World (10)J: L H SatherleyT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 53 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Bazelle 0.1L8. Our King Sway (7)J: S T CollettT: G J OldW: 53.5 kgsS: Shinko KingD: Yendarra 0.9L3. Rangipo (6)J: V A ColganT: A W PikeW: 54.5 kgsS: StrykerD: Holloway 1.4L5. Nicoletta (4)J: D S JohnsonT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 53.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Celtic Crown
At Matamata in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) returned to the winner's circle after a hiatus of more than two years when landing the $50,000 Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Our King Sway & Rangipo. Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, said Show The World would be given the chance to emulate his dam Bazelle when he contests the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on 10 March. "He'll get a few points now to get into the Auckland Cup," said Andrew Forsman, who trains the stayer with Murray Baker. "He's going well and last preparation he had a niggling issue behind, we couldn't find out what it was so we gave him a long break and he's come back a happy horse." Passed in shy of his $400,000 reserve at the 2012 NZ Premier Yearling Sale, Show The World is bred on an identical cross to Baker's former 5-time Gr1-winner Dundeel. By Sadler's Wells' English & Irish Derby winning son High Chaparral, Show The World is out of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and Gr1 Zabeel Classic-winning mare Bazelle. Bazelle's grand dam is the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of outstanding 1970s filly Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.
Time Warp Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Gold CupMonday, 26th February 2018At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 5YO UK-bred gelding Time Warp (Archipenko-Here To Eternity, by Stormy Atlantic) claimed the second top-flight win of his career when gripping on for a strong front-running victory in the HK$10 million Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m), defeating Werther & Seasons Bloom. Time Warp, who began his career in Europe, advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup & Listed Prix de Pontarme) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Cup) from 25 starts for £2,603,020 in earnings.
Beauty Generation Wins Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee CupMonday, 26th February 2018At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Wellfield Lodge's dual Gr1-winning stallion Road to Rock (Encosta de Lago-Trewornan, by Midyan) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation (Road to Rock-Stylish Bel, by Bel Esprit) fought back after being headed in the straight to post a brave win in the HK$10 million Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m), defeating Beat The Clock & Fifty Fifty. Purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Beauty Generation (who raced as Montaigne in Australia) improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile, Gr2 Sha Tin Trophy & Gr3 HKJC Celebration Cup) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Hong Kong Derby) from 20 starts for $5,273,640 in earnings.