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Huge Overseas Interest in Top Kiwi Colt
The owner of New Zealand Derby favourite Demonetization (All Too Hard-Midnight Special, by Zabeel) has knocked back some huge overseas offers for the colt, reports NZ Racing Desk. The exciting son of Vinery's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion All Too Hard has hitherto won 3 of his 4 starts, including the Gr2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) at Auckland on New Year's Day. Trainer Nigel Tiley said Demonetization's Auckland-based owner Narendra Balia has no interest in selling him. "There's been a lot of interest in the horse and he's turned down some pretty big offers. He told me he's been waiting 25 years to get a good one so he just wants to race him," Tiley said. "He's come through the race really well," Tiley said. "I've given him a little freshen up since. He's in the stable, but I haven't put a saddle on him since. We'll start again on Monday." Demonetization is the $7 co-favourite with Age of Fire for the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on 3 March. "I'll either run him in the Benchmark 75 mile or the three-year-old race at set weights and penalties over 1400m at the Counties meeting on January 26," Tiley added. "He'll then go to the Avondale Guineas before the Derby."
It's Battle Time Again For Australian Arch Rivals
Like two young knuckle-head lieutenants fighting it out for promotion to captaincy, the squable for bragging rights continues ad-nauseum for Pierro and All Too Hard at next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Fierce rivals, and both race track champions, whose first crop weanlings and yearlings were met with equally massive demand by the buying bench, like punch-drunk pugilists neither seems likely to give an inch. At the end of their first crop's race year there was almost nothing between them as they finished one-two on the Freshman Sires table. Five months into Round 2, and Pierro has established a good lead, helped in part by Pinot's Gr1 Crown Oaks victory, but with 7 months to go and plenty of All Too Hards catching the eye it's anything but cut and dried. To this point Pierro has 5 stakes-winners and 4-stakes-placed runners, almost replicated pound for pound by All Too Hard who has 4 of each. At the Gold Coast All Too Hard has almost double the number of yearlings catalogued that Pierro does. Either way their 50-odd youngsters will feature prominently on most buyers' radars. Let the games begin, again…
All Too Hard & Pierro resume their tussle next week (pic: Steve Hart)
Demonetization Wins Gr2 Auckland Guineas
2. Demonetization (1)
J: J L Waddell
T: N W Tiley
W: 56.5 kgs
S: All Too Hard
D: Midnight Special
8. Endowment (9)
J: A B Collett
T: D Logan & C Gibbs
W: 56.5 kgs
1. On The Rocks (3)
J: Jake Bayliss
T: M Moroney & P Gerard
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Cold Shoulder
6. Iffindoubt (2)
J: C E Lammas
T: M & K Murdoch
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Belle De Jeu
At Ellerslie in Auckland, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when favoured 3YO colt Demonetization (All Too Hard-Midnight Special, by Zabeel) won by 1.3-lengths for trainer Nigel Tiley with a bit in hand in the $100,000 Gr2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs. Despite heavy showers causing a track downgrade after Race 4, Demonetization met with sustained support following his eye-catching third at Ellerslie and was always well positioned to pounce in the straight. Second was gelding Endowment (Savabeel-Timpin, by Pins) ahead of fellow colt On The Rocks (Alamosa-Cold Shoulder, by Volksraad) who had defeated the winner last time out in the Listed Trevor Eagle Stakes. A $160,000 yearling consigned by Blandford Lodge at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, Demonetization now has 3 wins & last start's stakes-placing from 4 starts for $86,625 earnings. He is a half-brother to multiple Group-performed Perth stakes-winner Neverland.
Mile Option for Derby Bound Colt
Demonetization will have another run over a mile before trainer Nigel Tiley looks to step the New Zealand Derby (2400m) contender up in distance, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of 2 of his 3 starts, the colt's only defeat came when a last-start third in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) at Ellerslie. "He wants to go 2000 metres now, but there are two options before that," Tiley said. "I'm looking at running him in either the Guineas at Ellerslie on New Year's Day or I may take him down to Wellington for the Levin Classic." Tiley added: "The ideal scenario might be to let him have another look around Auckland before the Derby, but the Levin Classic is a Group One worth $225,000 and that field might drop away a bit." By Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard, Demonetization is out of the Zabeel mare Midnight Special making him a half-brother to stakes winner and dual Gr2 Perth Cup runner-up Neverland. This is also the family of Gr3 Naturalism Stakes winner Rainbow Styling and Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes winner Zingaling.
All Too Hard Colt Excites Tiley
Nigel Tiley will be hoping that exciting colt Demonetization can press his New Zealand Derby claims when he lines up in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) at Ellerslie. The unbeaten Demonetization has looked a potential top liner in the making recording wins at Pukekohe (1200m) and Tauranga (1400m) at his only two outings. "He's got a bit going for him, being by a top horse (All Too Hard) from a Zabeel mare," Tiley told NZ Racing Desk. "He's done well since he won at Tauranga and he's ready to go around on Saturday in the Trevor Eagle." Tiley added: "The main aim is the Derby and after Saturday he'll probably go for the Great Northern Guineas. He's pretty exciting." By Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard, Demonetization is out of the Zabeel mare Midnight Special making him a half-brother to stakes winner and dual Gr2 Perth Cup runner-up Neverland. This is also the family of Gr3 Naturalism Stakes winner Rainbow Styling and Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes winner Zingaling.
Gr1 Plans Confirmed for Villermont
Trainer Aaron Purcell says that boom colt Villermont is likely to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 10 February, reports racing.com. The blue blooded Villermont (All Too Hard-Bollinger, by Dehere) confirmed Group 1 plans next season when storming home for a brilliant last-to-first win in last Saturday's Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne. His early season target is likely to be the $750,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 3 March, before heading to Sydney for the $600,000 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on 24 March. "He's gone for a spell now and we'll target the autumn with him. He'll head to the Autumn Stakes in February then off to the Guineas in March," Purcell said. "We always thought he'd be a better horse next time in, so we didn't want to overburden him this time in." Purcell added: "He's a horse that's probably going to be at his best around about 2000 metres and he likes a bit of give in the ground, so I would imagine after the Guineas he'll head to Sydney for the Rosehill Guineas over 2000. A race like that will definitely suit him." Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, Villermont is the last foal of the beautifully bred Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere-Bint Marscay) who died last year. This makes Villermont a direct descendant of influential broodmare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress also of Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.
Villermont Wins Gr2 Sandown Guineas
9. Villermont (9)
J: L Nolen
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 57 kgs
S: All Too Hard
10. Peaceful State (11)
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 57 kgs
S: Animal Kingdom
D: Weekend Beauty
3. Black Sail (5)
J: M Zahra
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 57 kgs
2. Beau Geste (4)
J: Damian Lane
T: James Cummings
W: 57 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Haut Ton
At Sandown in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Villermont (All Too Hard-Bollinger, by Dehere) stormed home for a brilliant last-to-first win in the $250,000 Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Peaceful State & stable-mate Black Sail. Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, the blue blooded Villermont improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $172,910 in earnings. Trainer Aaron Purcell said Villermont would be spelled and aimed at races such as the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and Gr1 Australian Derby in the autumn. "He's definitely going to be better in the autumn so for him to win here is a great sign for next year,'' Purcell told racing.com. "He's a very big horse and he's just taken some time to grow into himself,'' Purcell explained. He moves like a machine at home and he's just going to develop into a really nice horse." Purchased by Ciaron Maher Racing for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Villermont is the last foal of the beautifully bred Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere-Bint Marscay) who died last year. Bollinger, who is out of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, had seven foals make it to the races with the best performed hitherto being the US-bred Friesan Fire (A.P. Indy), winner of the Gr2 Louisiana Derby, Gr3 Risen Star Stakes & Gr3 Lecomte Stakes. This makes Villermont a direct descendant of influential mare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress also of outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.
Villermont (image: Mark Gatt)
All Too Huiying Wins Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes
3. All Too Huiying (12)
J: M J Walker
T: G W Moore
W: 56 kgs
S: All Too Hard
D: Madame Flurry
4. Black Sail (6)
J: Damian Lane
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 56 kgs
5. Sky Boy (14)
J: C W Brown
T: A & E Cummings
W: 56 kgs
1. Savaheat (4)
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 57 kgs
D: Heat Storm
At Flemington in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a black-type success when 3YO bay colt All Too Huiying (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) opened his stakes account when outstaying his rivals in the $150,000 Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes (1800m) for 3YOs, defeating Black Sail & Sky Boy. All Too Huiying, who was purchased by his trainer Gary Moore for $150,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park, improved his record to 3 wins and 4 placings (including the Listed Fernhill Handicap) from 12 starts for $217,680 in earnings. All Too Huiying is a half-brother to three-time Gr1 winner Happy Trails and Gr3-winning mare Danish Twist.
All Too Huiying (image: Mak Gatt)
Caulfield Guineas Final Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The stallion-making feature - which boasts top stallions on its honour roll such as All Too Hard (2012), Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Redoute's Choice (1999), and Luskin Star (1977) - has attracted a capacity field of 16 horses with the Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss the lone emergency. Current race favourite Royal Symphony has drawn midfield in barrier 9, while others to draw a good gate include the only filly entered in the race, Catchy, in barrier 3, Levendi (7), Salsamor (8), Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Perast (2), Gold Standard (6), and Showtime (1). In a competitive market, Royal Symphony is the most popular runner at $4 with TAB, ahead of Catchy at $5, Kementari ($5.50), and Perast next best at $10. Click below to view the Caulfield Guineas field.
17. Mighty Boss (5)
J: M J Walker
T: M G Price
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Bullion Mansion
11. Kementari (10)
J: Damian Lane
T: James Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
16. Catchy (3)
J: M Zahra
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Cats Whisker
6. Royal Symphony (9)
J: D Dunn
T: Tony McEvoy
W: 56.5 kgs
Ready To Run Catalogue Brimming With Quality
The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is now available online. Graduates of the Sale have claimed 110 stakes wins including 19 Group 1 races in the past five seasons alone, cementing its position as a prolific producer of successful racehorses. Headlined by the recent Group 1-winning performances of Gingernuts (Iffraaj) and Hall of Fame (Savabeel), graduates of the Sale have won races such as the Rosehill Guineas, New Zealand Derby, Levin Classic, Futurity Stakes, Emirates Stakes, New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Cup, Australian Derby & Victoria Derby. Catalogue highlights include:
- 49 siblings to stakes performers including siblings to Group 1 winners Adventador, Savaria, Sofia Rosa, Magic Cape, Zabrasive, Able One, Kawi, Silent Achiever, Brambles and King Mufhasa, as well as Group 1-placed Strada Cavallo, Allez Eagle, Fazzle, Formality, Frolic and Kabayan.
- New Zealand sires such as Alamosa, Dalghar, Darci Brahma, Guillotine, Iffraaj, Jimmy Choux, Keeper, Makfi, Niagara, Ocean Park, O'Reilly, Pins, Pentire, Per Incanto, Power, Redwood, Reliable Man, Rip Van Winkle, Rock 'n' Pop, Savabeel, Shamexpress, Shocking, Showcasing, Super Easy, Swiss Ace, Tavistock and Zacinto.
- Australian sires such as All Too Hard, Animal Kingdom, Choisir, Delago Deluxe, Denman, Epaulette, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, I Am Invincible, Jakkalberry, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Pierro, Redoute's Choice, Smart Missile, Snitzel, So You Think, The Factor and Written Tycoon.
Every horse entered in the Ready to Run Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 16 & 17 October, and the footage will be available online from 20 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 22 & 23 November with selling commencing at 11am each day. Click here to view the catalogue.
Super Hard Challenge For Debut Winner's City Step Up
A fortnight ago at Pakenham, a 3YO colt turned many a head with a facile 2.25-lengths maiden win over 1000m where he finished with a wet sail. Trainer Robert Smerdon has wasted no time in getting Superhard to the city, with the All Too Hard son immediately tackling a much tougher assignment in today's opening race at Sandown over the same distance. At face value he looks like he's going to appreciate a step up in trip, so the question is how he'll fare over the 1000m against the likes of Written Choice who was very impressive over this course and distance when winning on debut. Waiting in the wings should either falter are Wait For No One from the in-form Team Hayes & Dabernig stable, and Fully Maxed who ran a bottler behind Jukebox in the Vain Stakes. And then there's Bel Sonic, whose formlines from just two starts are ominous. Winning second-up at Geelong over 1100m when a short-priced favourite, he was beaten less than two lengths at Pakenham over 1200m on debut by last start Gr3 winner Merchant Navy, who'd start deep in the red if he was running here.
Inglis Ready2Race Catalogue Now Online
The catalogue for the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race sale is now online, with 158 select juveniles set to be offered. Click here to view the catalogue. Among the catalogue are relations to 10 Stakes winners such as Red Excitement, Brugal Reward, Scratchy Lass and Stirling Grove and 16 progeny of stakes-winning mares including Group 1 winners Royal Purler (Shamus Award, Lot 10), Heavenly Glow (Fastnet Rock, Lot 112) and Loving New (Epaulette, Lot 136), and Group 2 winner Sworn To Secrecy (All Too Hard, Lot 28). Many of Australia's leading sires are represented including Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible, High Chaparral, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Not a Single Doubt, Pierro, Sebring, So You Think, Star Witness, Written Tycoon, Choisir, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, and Your Song. "Buyers can expect to find some outstanding prospects on offer at Oaklands on October 4 and I invite all bloodstock enthusiasts to get online following the breeze up sessions' at Cranbourne and Canterbury in September to view the breeze up footage and select their future racetrack star," said Inglis' National Bloodstock Manager Jonathan D'Arcy.
- Monday September 4 – Main breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Friday September 8 – Breeze-up day at Canterbury racecourse
- Monday October 2 – Alternative breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Wednesday October 4 – 2017 Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne
Page Tipping Bright Future for All Too Hard 2YO
Trainer Helen Page is normally a reserved spender at yearling sales but promising youngster Too Easy Bro is an exception to her rule, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Page paid $200,000 for the son of Vinery's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion All Too Hard at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling sales and so far, connections are reaping the benefits of her investment. Page has a big opinion of the 2YO who scored an easy win on debut at the Gold Coast on 1 July. He will bid to maintain his perfect record in the QTIS Two-Year-old Handicap (1050m) at Doomben tomorrow. "I've tried to start him in town a few times now but he kept drawing bad so we had to scratch," Page said. "He's got a good draw [barrier 2] this time so he should be competitive. I don't normally go that high at sales but I've got very good clients." Page said Too Easy Bro's long-term target is the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) in January. "He's still green but he has a lot of raw ability and he'll get better with racing," Page said. "His breeders tell me the All Too Hard's get better up to 1600m but while he's showing me speed I'll keep him to the shorter trips." Too Easy Bro is out of the Gr2 Manifold Stakes & Gr1 Golden Rose-placed mare Ashanti, making him a half-brother to Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes winner Riva De Lago.
Ready2Race Sale Shaping As Strongest Ever
With 10 days remaining before entries close on Friday, 4 August, vendors are again lining up to be involved in the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, which this year will take place at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October. Last year's Inglis Ready2Race Sale averaged $62,371, or 27% higher than its nearest competitor. The on-track results from last year's graduates have been impressive to date, with the likes of Smart Missile colt Debellatio, winner of the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes at Ascot, and Go Daddy Go, who looks a highly progressive type after his win in the $125,000 Clarendon Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting earlier this year. In four short years, the Inglis Ready2Race Sale has now produced 18 individual stakes performers. Of the early entries, leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Sebring, Written Tycoon, More Than Ready, Medaglia d'Oro, Artie Schiller, All Too Hard, Foxwedge, Animal Kingdom, Pierro, Reward For Effort, Smart Missile, So You Think, Your Song, Star Witness and Choisir are represented. First Season Sires that are represented include Zoustar, Epaulette, Sizzling, Shamus Award, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Camelot, Declaration Of War, Eurozone, The Factor, Unencumbered and War.
- Monday September 4 – Main breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Friday September 8 – Breeze-up day at Canterbury racecourse
- Monday October 2 – Alternative breeze-up day at Cranbourne Turf Club
- Wednesday October 4 – 2017 Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne
Turangga Farm Dispersal Sale This Sunday
There 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.
2017 Sires Links Clarified
Following 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
Sibling to Golden Slipper Winner Set for Debut
Fine Scent, a 2YO half-sister to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, is set to make her debut for trainer Simon Miller in the Awesome Rock Plate (1000m) at Belmont racecourse in Perth today. A $210,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud, Fine Scent is by Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion All Too Hard out of the stakes-placed mare Patou (Covetous). Polar Success won 4 of her 17 starts, including the 2003 Golden Slipper & Gr2 Reisling Slipper Trial, for career earnings of $2,171,505. This is the esteemed Gold Vink family of deceased Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, 4-time Gr1-winning sire Starspangledbanner, and globetrotting Gr1 winner Highland Reel and his Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winning brother Idaho.
Curdled Wins Listed Winning Edge Stakes
2. Curdled (8)
J: J Byrne
T: Peter Robl
W: 57 kgs
S: All Too Hard
6. Marseille En Fleur (3)
J: L V Cassidy
T: S W Kendrick
W: 55 kgs
S: Swiss Ace
D: Rose Of Dane
1. Guissola (10)
J: James Orman
T: Ms J Green
W: 57 kgs
S: Poet's Voice
10. Real Princess (7)
J: C W Brown
T: L F Birchley
W: 55 kgs
S: Real Saga
D: Dan's Princess
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO chestnut gelding Curdled (All Too Hard-Custard, by Lonhro) scored a determined win in the $100,000 Listed Winning Edge Stakes (1350m) for 2YOs, defeating Marseille En Fleur & Guissola. Owned by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds but purchased by Shadwell for $300,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe, Curdled improved his record to 1 win and 4 placings from 6 starts for $88,850 in earnings. From the stakes-winning mare Custard, Curdled is a half-brother to Gr3 MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes winner Serene Majesty (Fastnet Rock) and hails from the family of Gr1 Fillies' Mile winner Icing, dual Gr1-winning stallion Al Hareb, Gr1 sprinter and sire Snowland, and Vinery's Champion European 2YO and subsequent high-class sire Myboycharlie.
MM National Yearlings Day-1: Other Prominent Sales
On Day-1 of the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, the top-priced More Than Ready colt (see above) just edged out a Fastnet Rock filly, who sold late in the day, for $350,000. Catalogued as Lot 2032, the filly is a half sister to the multiple Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar and the group performer Wordplay. The filly was knocked down to David Lucas on behalf of Dubai's Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Another of the popular lots on Day One was Lot 1922 - the Hinchinbrook-Waterspell colt from Tyreel Stud, as agent for Yarraman Park Stud. The bay colt, from the family of Group One winner River Dove (dam of Vinery's young sire Headwater), also went the way of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, this time at a price of $280,000. Equal fourth top sellers on the day at $250,000 were both sold by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud - an All Too Hard half brother to Cox Plate winner Savabeel to Flemington's Danny O'Brien and a More Than Ready three quarter sister to new Aquis Farm recruit Kiss and Make Up to Matthew Dunn and Neil Jenkinson.
Lot 2032 is a half-sister to Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar (pic: Mark Gatt)
Widden Stakes Form Is Key To Canterbury Opener
Meanwhile, today's opening race at Canterbury in Sydney could be decided by an event held last January. That feature was the Widden Stakes at Rosehill where $6 debutant Boorooj finished 1.5-lengths behind high class 2YO Teaspoon. Boorooj is by Darley's leading stallion Exceed and Excel out of Gr1-winning Zabeel mare Unearthly. She set Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum back $750,000 at 2016's Inglis Easter Sale. This afternoon the juvenile filly takes on some pretty handy opposition in the form of Godolphin's colt Gaulois and James Cummings' Envy Of All, both of which are yet to be unplaced from their first three starts. Throw in All Too Hard's promising Team Hawkes-trained colt Newburgh plus a few interesting debutants, and it's a really intriguing contest.
Teaspoon's formline is the clue to Boorooj's chances (pic: Steve Hart)
A Rose By Any Other Name
Choosing racehorse names is invariably one of the joys of ownership of a young horse. While the monikers chosen might sometimes be head scratchers, history shows that even the most curious names, at first, end up rolling off the tongue sweetly when a horse makes its way through the grades. Today in Race 1 at Canterbury Park in Sydney, one of the more interestingly named 2YOs by Vinery's Champion 3YO, and emerging sire, All Too Hard will make his debut for Team Hawkes. Called Swaffham Bulbeck, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Encosta de Lago mare Pink Siris, dam already of multiple Group-placed Echo Gal. And the source of the name Swaffham Bulbeck? It's a small English village, located about 8 miles from Cambridge and 6 miles from Newmarket. Swaffham Bulbeck was a $250,000 yearling consigned by Aquis Farm at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. In an open field of 7 runners, he's been specked at around $5.50.
Swaffham Bulbeck: named after an English village
Lionhearted to Grenville Stud
Grenville Stud has announced that it will be standing Lionhearted (Fastnet Rock–Scandinavia) at stud this upcoming breeding season. The beautifully bred Lionhearted is a three-quarter brother to leading Victorian sire Magnus, as well as a half-brother to Helsinge, the dam of champion mare Black Caviar and multiple Vinery’s Gr1 winner All Too Hard. Trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Lionhearted was sent to Sydney for his 2YO campaign where he was aimed at the Golden Slipper. His best performances were a 2nd in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes and 4th in the Gr2 Pago Pago Stakes, both key lead up races to the Golden Slipper. “We had a huge opinion of Lionhearted and thought he could win us the Golden Slipper. His runs in the Skyline Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes against the best 2YO’s in the country were great and showcased his exceptional speed,” trainer David Hayes said. Lionhearted will stand at a fee of $4,950 (inc GST) payable on a live foal.
Vinery Announce 2017 Service Fees
Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:
- ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
- CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
- HEADWATER - $16,500
- MORE THAN READY - $66,000
- PLUCK - $9,900
- PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
- STAR TURN - $22,000
- TESTA ROSSA - $16,500
*All service fees (inc. GST)
Whispered Secret Wins Listed Fernhill Handicap
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Whispered Secret (High Chaparral-Zutara, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainer James Cummings in the $150,000 Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colts Toga Picta (Lonhro-Purple, by Commands) & All Too Huiying (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry, by Perugino). A homebred for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud, Whispered Secret improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $116,950 earnings. From the dual Group-placed mare Zutara, Whispered Secret hails from the family of Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon, Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Princess Talaria, and Gr3 winners Matras and Romantic Moon.
Whispered Secret (image: Steve Hart)
Inglis Sale Enjoys a Premier Result
The 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale has been declared “a resounding success’’ as records tumbled and overall figures increased across the board. At the conclusion of Session I, the sale’s average was up 11% to $122,977, its median up 18% to $100,000, the gross increased by 2% to $52,880,000 and the clearance rate was a “very healthy’’ 85%. Some of the highlights of the successful Premier Yearling Sale (Session I) were:
- Supreme Thoroughbreds ended as leading vendor by aggregate, selling 26 horses for $3,492,500, while Gilgai enjoyed the healthiest average (three or more Lots sold) of $246,538
- Ciaron Maher and partners were the leading buyers with 13 purchases
- I Am Invincible was the leading stallion by aggregate ($4,275,000) with 19 of his 20 progeny to enter the ring selling, with Lonhro the leader by average at $300,000 from four sold
- At $1.4 million Lot 259 (I Am Invincible x Soorena) was the highest-price colt – as well as a Victorian record and the most expensive yearling sold in the world so far in 2017.
- Lot 496 (All Too Hard x Fuhrnatic) at $500,000 made her the most expensive filly. She is a half-sister to recent Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes winner Fuhryk.
- A total of 22 horses sold for $300,000 or more (up from 20 last year) and at the top of the market, six horses sold for $500,000 or more, a 300% increase from 2016
- Amazingly 25 different sires were represented among the 63 Lots purchased for $200,000 or more.
First Winner For Ocean Park
Former New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park (Thorn Park-Sayyida, by Zabeel) has sired his first winner with the Tony McEvoy-trained Beerzatbernz scoring a 0.3 length win in the Schweppes 2YO Plate (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday. From the Flying Spur mare Flying Rosa, Beerzatbernz hails from the family of Gr3 Merson Cooper Stakes winner Rosa's Joy (Rory's Jester), stakes winners Rosa's Spur and Rosarino, and six-time stakes winning sprinter Cohort. Trained by Gary Hennessy, Ocean Park was retired to Waikato Stud in 2013 after a brilliant career that yielded 5 Gr1 victories including the Cox Plate in which he defeated top-class colts All Too Hard and Pierro. Ocean Park, who descends form the same family as former multiple champion NZ sire O'Reilly, Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond winner Courtza, and South Australian Derby winner Our Pompeii, stood at Waikato Stud for a fee of $30,000 plus GST in 2016.
Top 3YOs Battle For Lightning Favouritism
Two of the best 3YO colts, from what is a vintage crop, are involved in pre race jousting before tomorrow's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Both Flying Artie and Star Turn are taking turns to swap leads at the head of a market that can't settle on a favourite. The duo is around the $4.80 mark, although both of them have the year older Spieth nipping at their heels at $5. With Terravista, Flamberge, The Quarterback, Supido and Heatherly also among the main chances, this year's renewal is expected to be a thriller right down to the wire. Adding to the intrigue is Illustrious Lad, who has not finished out of the first two in his past seven starts. It could be a big day for Vinery Stud, co-owners of Star Turn who will stand at their Hunter Valley property at the end of his race career. Vinery's icing on the cake could come earlier in the Listed Talindert Stakes where four 2YOs by resident stallion and Champion 3YO All Too Hard are among the chances to provide their high profile sire with his first winner.
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Divine Prophet To Fly Flag For 3YOs
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes says that Divine Prophet (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta de Lago) has returned from a break a bigger and stronger specimen than the horse that won the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas in the spring. The 3YO opens his autumn campaign in tomorrow's Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and, despite being the only member of his age-group in the weight-for-age feature, Hawkes says he is up to the challenge. "It's a winnable race for a three-year-old," Hawkes told AAP. "We've done it with All Too Hard before and Yell won this race as a three-year-old as well." He added: "We've got a young horse on the way up so it should be a good test to see where we are going with him." Hawkes said the Gr1 Australian Guineas or the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, both run on 4 March, were logical targets for Divine Prophet after Saturday.
Divine Prophet winning the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (image: Mark Gatt)
Teaspoon Wins Gr3 Widden Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO filly Teaspoon (Snitzel-Patronella, by Mister C) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Michael Freedman in the $150,000 Gr3 Widden Stakes (1100m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow juvenile fillies Mystic Empire (All Too Hard-Empress Wu, by General Nediym) & Sweet Deal (Casino Prince-Dorothy Evelyn, by Royal Academy). Freedman, who was celebrating his first stakes win since relocating to Sydney from Singapore last year, said Teaspoon will now head towards the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on 18 March. "If she gets through today OK we've got a few nice fillies' options leading into possibly the Slipper," Freedman told AAP. A homebred for John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, Teaspoon extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $159,750 earnings. Teaspoon is out of the unraced Mister C mare Patronella making her a full sister to Gr3 ATC Epona Stakes winner Aliyana Tilde, and a half-sister to Gr3 South Australia Stakes winner Smytzer's Trish & dual stakes winner Stella Artois, dam of Gr2 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winner Freestyle.
Teaspoon (image: Steve Hart)
Sky Previews NZB Premier Yearling Sale
Viewers can take a big step towards finding their next champion of the turf on Sky Thoroughbred Central (FOXTEL channel 528) this week. The 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Premier Yearling Sale Preview brings together some of the finest yearlings bred in the southern hemisphere. The one-hour special covers a range of potential sales toppers through to some well-bred, athletic value purchases. Produced by SearcyMedia and brought to you by NZB Airfreight, Caroline Searcy takes viewers to Waikato Stud, Cambridge Stud, Windsor Park, Trelawney, The Oaks, Pencarrow, Valachi Downs and Westbury Stud showcasing a range of quality yearlings. Highlights include colts and fillies by proven New Zealand stallions Savabeel, O'Reilly, Tavistock and Makfi, and young sires Shamexpress, Ocean Park and Reliable Man, as well as Australian breed-shapers including Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Exceed and Excel, Sebring and High Chaparral. Plus yearlings by Australia's rising young sires All Too Hard, Zoustar, Pierro, Dawn Approach, Camelot and Declaration of War.
Show times this week (AEDT):
- Thursday 19 January, 7pm
- Saturday 21 January, 2am
- Saturday 21 January, 9pm
- Sunday 22 January, 9pm.
Black Caviar Dam Helsinge Passes Away
Broodmare gem Helsinge, the dam of unbeaten world champion Black Caviar and multiple Gr1 winner All Too Hard, has died at the age of 15. Owned by Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm near Nagambie in country Victoria, the unraced Helsinge (Desert Sun-Scandinavia, by Snippets) will be remembered as one of the most influential Australian broodmares of the modern era because of Black Caviar's remarkable racetrack feats. Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) 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. She also heads the all-time prize money list for Australian sprinters with $7.36 million in earnings. Helsinge also produced 4-time Gr1 winner All Too Hard, who now stands at Vinery in the NSW Hunter Valley, and Moshe, a full brother to Black Caviar who is also a stallion.
198 Left in Blue Diamond
A total of 198 two-year-olds remain in contention for the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 25 February following the conclusion of the second round of acceptances on Tuesday. Global giant Godolphin leads the way with 25 second acceptances for Victoria's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with 24, and reigning Blue Diamond champion trainer Mick Price with 19. The Lindsay Park team hold a particularly strong hand in this year's edition with the unbeaten trio of Catchy, Tulip and Formality among their acceptors. Exceed and Excel is the best represented stallion among second declarations with 21 of his sons and daughters still in contention. Snitzel is next best with 18, while All Too Hard and Sebring both have 10 each of their offspring still in the running. The Blue Diamond series kicks off with the Blue Diamond Previews (Gr3 for fillies & Listed for colts and geldings) on Australia Day, followed by Preludes (Gr2 for fillies & Gr3 for colts and geldings) on 11 February. Third acceptances close at 12pm noon (AEDT) on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Begins Today
The 2017 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, firmly established as one of the pre-eminent thoroughbred auctions in the southern hemisphere, gets underway on the Gold Coast today. The spectacular catalogue comprises 96 individual sires across 816 lots in Book 1, 214 lots in Book 2, and 55 lots in Book 3 (1086 lots in total). The sale includes 210 yearlings out of Group or Listed-winning mares, and for those buyers who like to see a proven broodmare, there are 194 siblings to Group and stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Stay with Me, Sebring, Capitalist, Buffering, Japonisme, and Awesome Rock. Some of the star sires represented include Fastnet Rock, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Starspangledbanner, High Chaparral, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring, I Am Invincible, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge, All Too Hard, Bernardini, Choisir, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, and Written Tycoon, sire of last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and champion Australian 2YO Capitalist. The sale commences at 10am local time (11am AEDT). The sale will be streamed live on the Magic Millions website, as well via its Youtube channel. Additionally, Sky Racing will be covering the sale across all three of their channels on Foxtel. Click here to view the online catalogue, and click on the image below for Breeding&Racing's Gold Coast sale feature.
Inglis Easter Preview Available Online
The annual Easter Preview Magazine – a 140-page book that gives buyers a first look at next year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue – is now available online. Recent history continues to showcase the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale as among the best thoroughbred sales in the world. Flying Artie, a 2015 Easter graduate, has proved himself to be the best of an outstanding crop of 3YO sprinters and is on track for champion 3YO colt honours and commercial stud duties, just like fellow Inglis Easter graduates Shamus Award, All Too Hard and Fastnet Rock. Inglis Easter colts are proven as star stallions, having sired the past five Australian Champion 3YO fillies, while Inglis graduates have claimed the title of World's Best Sprinter 11 of the past 13 years.
Inglis Nursery Next For Unbeaten Filly
Unbeaten filly Serena Bay is set to make her next appearance in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick on 17 December. The 2YO daughter of Sebring and Listed WATC Natasha Stakes winner Caiguna kept her perfect record intact at Rosehill on Saturday with a tenacious victory in the Goldners Horse Transport Golden Gift over 1100m. Ridden in front by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Serena Bay was headed halfway down but fought back to fight off Godolphin colt Florid and hold out the late challenge of fellow Inglis graduate and All Too Hard debutant Reflectivity. Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said as long as Serena Bay pulled up well from Saturday she would head to the Nursery for her next start. "She's a lovely big tough filly and I'm sure she'll come through today's race well,'' he said. "We'd love to take her to the Inglis Nursery race as she's an Inglis graduate and it's a lot of prize money so it looks an ideal target." Serena Bay was a $200,000 purchase for Gai Waterhouse Racing from the Edinburgh Park draft at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Serena Bay (inside) is a Edinburgh Park graduate (pic: Steve Hart)
NZB Ready To Run Breeze Ups Online
The Breeze Up videos for New Zealand Bloodstock's 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs are now available online. A total of 513 two-year-olds breezed up at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October, with the final 200m of each Lot's work timed and filmed. A full spreadsheet of times can also be downloaded from the online catalogue. The NZB Ready to Run Sale has been the source of 16 Group 1 wins in the past four seasons. Four of those Group 1 victories came during the 2015-16 season, courtesy of dual Derby-winning hero Mongolian Khan, Turn Me Loose, and Dukedom. Catalogue highlights include:
- 57 siblings to stakes winners including siblings to Gr1 winners Veloce Bella, Magic Cape, Captivate, Miss Mossman, Ruud Awakening,MacO'Reilly, I Do, Kirramosa, Irish Fling, Peggy Jean and Allez Wonder.
- The progeny of 60 stakes winners including Gr1-winning dams Captivate, Honor Babe, Honor Bound, Prize Lady and Sharvasti.
- 70 horses nominated for the Karaka Million, 24 fillies nominated for the Pearl Series, 112 horses that are BOBS eligible, 28 Super VOBIS nominated horses and one VOBIS Gold nominated horse.
- New Zealand sires such as Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Jimmy Choux, Keeper, Makfi, O'Reilly, Pentire, Per Incanto, Pins, Pour Moi, Power, Reliable Man, Savabeel, Shocking, Showcasing, Swiss Ace, Tavistock and Zacinto.
- Australian sires such as All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Choisir, Encosta De Lago, Exceed And Excel, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Hussonet, I Am Invincible, Manhattan Rain, Medaglia d'Oro, Pierro, Redoute's Choice, Smart Missile, Snitzel, So You Think, Starspangledbanner, Stryker, Street Cry and Written Tycoon.
Click here to view the online catalogue including videos and breeze up times.
Godolphin Top Golden Slipper Entries
The Australian Turf Club has received an increase in the number of first acceptances for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper to be run at Rosehill Gardens on 18 March, 2017. A total of 1501 horses remain in the running for the showpiece event that continues to influence the Australian racing and breeding industry. The number of first acceptances for the world's richest two-year-old race has seen an increase on last year's number of 1461. Godolphin heads the list of entries with 113 juveniles, with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott boasting the second highest with 102 youngsters. Among the other leading stables well represented are Peter and Paul Snowden (77), Mick Price (74), David Hayes and Tom Dabernig (71), Chris Waller (64) and Hawkes Racing (45). Snitzel tops the list as the sire with the most acceptances at 90, followed by Sebring (70), Pierro (70), Fastnet Rock (60) and All Too Hard (59). Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager, Racing, James Heddo said the continuous rise in nominations for the Golden Slipper each year was a good result. "The Golden Slipper is not only the one race that strongly influences the breeding industry, but is also one that owners dream of winning,'' Mr Heddo said. "The world's richest two-year-old race continues to be recognised as Australia's peak juvenile race, and the strength of the number of first acceptances supports that." Click here to view the full list of first acceptances.
Freshman Sires To Shine At NZB Ready To Run Sale
Next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka will showcase the first two-year-old crops of 21 exciting new sires. Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the sale include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Azamour, Bullet Train, Burgundy, Crowded House, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Excelebration, He's Remarkable, Highly Recommended, Lucas Cranach, Niagara, Ocean Park, Pierro, Power, Reliable Man, Rock 'N' Pop, Super Easy and Your Song. The 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. Every horse entered in the Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 16 & 17 November 2016 with selling starting at 10am each day. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Gr1 Caulfield Guineas Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday. Heading the market is Godolphin's last-start Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes winner Impending at $4.40, ahead of Stan Fox runner-up Divine Prophet at $4.80, Gr1-winning Kiwi gelding Sacred Elixir at $6.50, Good Standing at $8.50, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Evacuation at $9. All other runners are available at double figure odds. The Caulfield Guineas is renowned as one of Australia's pre-eminent sire-making races having produced numerous top-class stallions including Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Show A Heart (2000), and Redoute's Choice (1999), while recent winners Helmet (2011), All Too Hard (2012), Shooting To Win (2014) and Press Statement (2015) are showing all the signs of continuing that proud tradition. The final field is:
1. SACRED ELIXIR (Tony Pike-Damian Lane) 56.5kg (7)
2. IMPENDING (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (10)
3. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (11)
4. DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 56.5kg (1)
5. HEY DOC (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 56.5kg (13)
6. SARACINO (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (4)
7. SEABURGE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Mark Zahra) 56.5kg (9)
8. REVOLVING DOOR (Clinton McDonald-Corey Brown) 56.5kg (8)
9. WAZZENME (Stuart Webb-Luke Nolen) 56.5kg (5)
10. EVACUATION (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg (3)
11. LAND OF PLENTY (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 56.5kg (14)
12. KACHING (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 56.5kg (6)
13. SO SI BON (Robbie Laing-Michael Dee) 56.5kg (12)
14. BARBIE'S BOY (Louise Bonella-Daniel Stackhouse) 56.5kg (2)
Inglis 2YOs To Take Centre Stage
Inglis graduates will be represented in 11 of the 12 season-opening 2YO barrier trials at Randwick today. Among them are several high-priced youngsters including Zatar, a $925,000 More Than Ready x Absolute Joy Inglis Easter graduate for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, and a $340,000 colt by Snitzel x Miss Iguacu for China Horse Club and again Team Snowden, named King Ranch. A total of 89 two-year-olds – 63 colts and geldings and 26 fillies - are entered for the trials, which will be run on the Randwick course proper. Of the sires represented at the trials, Snitzel leads the way with 12 entrants, ahead of Exceed And Excel with seven. Vinery's multiple Gr1-winning stallions All Too Hard and Pierro will also be well represented with five runners each. Inglis National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy was, as always, looking forward to seeing the juveniles on the track for the first time. "If you look back over the past few years, several Golden Slipper winners have been seen by the public for the first time on this day and it's exciting to think that could potentially be the case again this year,'' D'Arcy said. The trials come 15 days before the Inglis Ready2Race Sale where 256 two-year-olds are catalogued.
Magic Millions 2YOs In Training Catalogue Online Now
The catalogue for the Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale is now online, featuring 344 quality, ready to perform, racetrack prospects. To be held over two days, Tuesday October 11 and Wednesday October 12, the Gold Coast based auction enables prospective buyers to see the two-year-olds breeze before they go under the hammer. Australia's leading sires are among 126 individual stallions represented by juveniles - Street Cry, Not a Single Doubt, Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock, Encosta de Lago, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Sebring, Choisir, High Chaparral, More Than Ready, Magnus, Stratum, Mossman, Commands and I Am Invincible. Also represented are 16 first season sires including multiple Group One winners All Too Hard, Excelebration, Pierro and Reliable Man. Past graduates of the sale have been excelling on tracks around the world with 10 stakes wins during the 2015/16 racing season. Headline performances came from the likes of Cradle Me, The Alfonso, Sovereign Nation, Fontelina, Mystic Master, Hooked and Mission Gdragon. Click here for the online catalogue.
First Foals For Proisir
The first two foals sired by the brilliant Australian Group One performer Proisir (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta De Lago) have been born at Rich Hill Stud. A son of the champion international racehorse and sire Choisir, he was New Zealand's most popular first season sire last year serving 145 mares and his first crop foals are now eagerly anticipated by breeders. "Proisir is one of the best looking stallions in Australasia and if his first two foals are any indication then we are in for a very exciting season" Rich Hill principal John Thompson said. "They are both well balanced, athletic individuals with plenty of quality." Proisir was regarded as one of Australia's best three-year-olds in a vintage year which included the likes of All Too Hard, Pierro, It's A Dundeel, Shamexpress, Norzita and Sacred Falls. His epic battles with It's A Dundeel in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes and in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas are well remembered by Australasian racegoers.
Proisir x Lionstar colt (image: Rich Hill Stud)
Inglis Release Ready2Race 2YO Catalogue
The strongest catalogue of two-year-olds ever assembled in Australia is now online with 255 select juveniles to be showcased at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale in Sydney on Tuesday, 4 October. Vendors from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand have unequivocally increased their support of the sale, with the depth of sires and quality athletes undoubtedly delivering the best book of two-year-olds offered for auction in Australia. Australia's top 15 sires last season are all represented led by Street Cry, Not A Single Doubt, Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Encosta de Lago, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel and Sebring. World-class sire Choisir is represented with seven two-year-olds in the Ready2Race Sale, including a full sister to Japonisme and a colt from a half-sister to Sacred Kingdom. Three lots by High Chaparral will be offered, while other leading stallions represented in the sale include More Than Ready, Exceed And Excel, Magnus, Stratum, Mossman, Savabeel, Commands, I Am Invincible, Hard Spun, Bel Esprit, Casino Prince, Medaglia D'Oro, Al Maher, Husson, Dane Shadow, Nicconi, Snippetson, Testa Rossa and Shamardal. The Champion First and Second Season Sires Smart Missile and Hinchinbrook are both represented with six two-year-olds each in the Ready2Race Sale, while first crop sires with two or more progeny each include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Bullet Train, Excelebration, Harbour Watch, Pierro and Your Song. Progeny from 27 stakes winning mares and 22 stakes placed mares will be showcased at breeze ups on quality grass tracks at Cranbourne (Victoria) and Canterbury (Sydney) early next month. There are also 23 full or half relations to stakes winners and 23 stakes placegetters. The two-year-olds will be filmed galloping on the respective grass course proper at Cranbourne and Canterbury, with the last 200 metres of their gallops electronically timed. Click here for the online catalogue.
- Tuesday, 6 September - Breeze Up Day at Cranbourne, Victoria
- Friday, 9 September – Breeze Up Day at Canterbury Racecourse, Sydney
- Tuesday, 4 October – Ready2Race Sale day at Newmarket, Sydney
New-Look Roster Launched At Vinery Open Days
Meanwhile, incoming sires Press Statement and Headwater will launch a new-look roster at Vinery Stud’s annual Stallion Parades on August 20 & 21. They are the first additions to Vinery’s stellar line-up since Champion 3YO colt All Too Hard retired in 2013. Like All Too Hard, Press Statement won the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 and retires to stud as the first colt in several years to retire as a 2YO (J.J Atkins S Gr1) and a 3YO Gr1 winner. Silver Slipper winner Headwater has always had a strong following being a star Easter yearling with a brilliant pedigree and physique to match. Both newcomers have been extremely well received and have settled in well to Stud life ahead of what will be a busy season. More Than Ready returns for a record-breaking 16th consecutive shuttle season (see above item). Prominent proven 2016 sires Mossman, Testa Rossa, Husson, Myboycharlie and Casino Prince round out a 10-horse roster on show at the historic Vinery Stud property. Key open day info:
- Location: 684 Segenhoe Road, Scone, all visitors are welcome with gates open at 8.30am
- Dates: August 20 & 21
- Times: 8.30am light breakfast for 9.30am parades
- RSVP: essential to Racheal at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (02) 6543 8333
2091 First Nominations For Golden Slipper
The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has announced that a total of 2091 yearlings have been nominated for next year's 61st running of the world's richest juvenile race - the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. Following the close of first nominations, 1132 colts and geldings and 959 fillies have been entered for the showpiece event, which is scheduled to be run on 19 March, 2017. Leading stables from around Australia with the highest number of nominations include Godolphin, with 165 horses, followed by Mick Price (105), Gai Waterhouse (104), David Hayes & Tom Dabernig (84), Chris Waller (83), Peter and Paul Snowden (69) and Aquanita Racing (57). Two of Sydney's strongest juvenile stables, Gerald Ryan (49) and Hawkes Racing (45), are among the entries, along with Melbourne's Premier trainer Darren Weir who has entered 42 horses - double his number from last year. Leading sires with the most number of entries include Snitzel (108), Sebring (85), Fastnet Rock (84), Pierro (82), All Too Hard (75) and Smart Missile (70). Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the increase in nominations further highlighted the significance of the race for the thoroughbred industry. "The Longines Golden Slipper is the race every owner, trainer, jockey and breeder dreams of winning from the moment a young thoroughbred takes its first steps,'' Mr Pearce said. "The Longines Golden Slipper is the race that shapes and defines the Australian racing industry like no other." Rosehill Gardens is in the final stages of a $28 million refurbishment, which is due to be completed for this year's Spring Carnival.
1372 Entries For Blue Diamond
A total of 1372 yearlings have been nominated for next year's $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes after entries were closed by the Melbourne Racing Club on Tuesday. The leading nominator was Caulfield trainer and reigning Blue Diamond champion Mick Price, who has entered 102 yearlings in a bid to emulate the deeds of previous stable winners Extreme Choice (2016) and Samaready (2012). "The total number of entries represents an increase of 30 on last year's nominations tally, and an eight year record high," said Melbourne Racing Club CEO, Brodie Arnhold. "This confirms the Blue Diamond Stakes standing as one of the premier two-year-old races on the Australian Racing Calendar." Other prominent stables to nominate youngsters were Godolphin (94), Lindsay Park's David Hayes & Tom Dabernig (84), Gai Waterhouse (80), and father-son tem Peter and Paul Snowden, who entered 71 yearlings as they chase a third Blue Diamond title following wins with brilliant juveniles Earthquake (2014) and Sepoy (2011). Leading sire Snitzel heads the stallion list for the second time with 73 of his progeny nominated, followed by Exceed and Excel with 60. Some of the highlights among the 2017 entries include first-crop representatives from top-class gallopers Pierro (59) and All Too Hard (52), with one All Too Hard nomination being a daughter of three-time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva. Click here for a full list of 2017 nominations.
2016 Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice (image: Mark Gatt)
MM National Yearling Sale Day-1: Top Sellers
- $220,000 - Snitzel x Miss Judgement filly (Raheen Stud)
- $200,000 - All Too Hard x Ashenti colt (Helen Page)
- $180,000 - All Too Hard x Ocean Bridge colt (Joan Thoroughbreds)
- $150,000 - Fastnet Rock x Pear Tart filly (Kendrick Racing)
- $150,000 - Not a Single Doubt x Cheetara colt (Portelli Racing)
- $150,000 - Pierro x Soul Singer filly (Blue Sky Bloodstock)
- $150,000 - Sebring x Suzy Rocks colt (Stephen Gray)
Over 400 Weanlings Highlight Great Southern Catalogue
The largest selection of weanlings at any Southern Hemisphere sale in 2016 leads the Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue, to be held on 19, 20, 21 and 22 June at Oaklands in Melbourne. After a flood of entries the sale was extended to a four-day format, including two full days of weanlings on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, 290 of which are entered in the Platinum Session with X-Rays available for viewing. "The popularity of the Platinum Session has skyrocketed this year, with vendors recognising the benefit in increasing buyer confidence by X-Raying their premium stock," said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian. Weanlings on offer are by a first-class collection of 109 stallions. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure progeny from 18 individual first season sires Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel, Eurozone, Camelot, Albrecht, Unencumbered, War, Fiorente, Polanski, Kuroshio, Fighting Sun, Akeed Mofeed and Niconoise. Proven sires represented in the weanling section include Snitzel, High Chaparral, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Medaglia d'Oro, Choisir, Manhattan Rain, joining young sires All Too Hard, Pierro, Foxwedge and Sepoy. Following the weanling sections, over 250 broodmares from Victoria's leading farms will be offered, 200 of which are due to foal this season. Sires represented in-utero include Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Nicconi, Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Sizzling, Helmet, Reward For Effort, Epaulette, Zoffany, Deep Field, Dalakhani, War, Starspangledbanner, Artie Schiller, Wandjina, Moshe, Unencumbered, Turffontein, All American, Toronado, Toorak Toff, Skilled and Master Of Design. Over 120 lots of racing stock will join Group 1 producing sire Purrealist (Lot 662), and Group 2 producer Astronomer Royal (Lot 661), closely followed by stallion shares in Stratum and Duporth. Supplementary entries will close on Friday 10 June. Click here to view the catalogue online.
Vinery Announces 2016 Stud Fees
Vinery Stud has announced its service fees for 2016 with champion sire More Than Ready and star galloper All Too Hard being joined by exciting newcomers Press Statement and Headwater. More Than Ready (USA) stays at a $66,000 fee after a stellar season which has unearthed two year-old colts the calibre of Prized Icon (Gr1 Champagne Stakes) & Kiss and Make Up (Gr2 Todman Stakes). His popularity in the sale-ring continues unabated with his yearlings selling to $950,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale at an average of $278,636. All Too Hard's first crop yearlings have been embraced by local and international buyers at all the major yearling sales this year, topping the freshman median ($220,000) at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and average ($244,048) at the Inglis Easter Sale. Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) retires to Vinery on the back of Gr1 victories as a 2YO and 3YO. He will prove popular at an introductory fee of $27,500. Headwater (Exceed And Excel) is by a Newmarket Hcp winner from Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove and was an exceptional talent winning the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes at two and he mixed it with older sprinters at three winning the LR Kensington Stakes (1000m) in 56.90s beating subsequent Newmarket winner The Quarterback.
Meanwhile, ahead of Buffering's next international test in Hong Kong, Mossman sired his 33rd stakes winner on Saturday and fellow Vinery favourite Testa Rossa sired his 57th stakes winner with Reldas (LR Abell Stakes) at Moonee Valley last month. Casino Prince is going better than ever this season with 6 individual stakes-winners, and Husson cracked a career-high double at the Gold Coast in January with Lucky Hussler (Magic Millions Cup) and Husson Eagle (Magic Millions Sprint) both winning races in excess of $1 million. Myboycharlie is doing an excellent job in both hemispheres – Brilliant filly Jameka won the Gr1 VRC Oaks this season and he's dominating French racing with Stakes winners Cheikeljack (colt) and undefeated Camprock (filly) both set for the French classics next month. More Than Ready's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck has begun his stud career brilliantly with early winners not only in Australia but also NZ and South Africa and he's great value a $9,900 fee. The full GST-inclusive line-up is:
- MORE THAN READY $66,000
- ALL TOO HARD $55,000
- PRESS STATEMENT $27,500
- MOSSMAN $16,500
- HEADWATER $16,500
- TESTA ROSSA $16,500
- HUSSON 13,200
- CASINO PRINCE $11,000
- MOYBOYCHARLIE $11,000
- PLUCK $9,900
Inglis Easter Day-1: Top Sellers
- $2.3 million (Snitzel x Vegas Showgirl colt) Gai Waterhouse Racing/J Blaxland
- $1.5 million (Redoute's Choice x Top Cuban colt) Shadwell Stud Australasia
- $1.2 million (Fastnet Rock x Rose of Cimmaron colt) T Magnier/Gai Waterhouse Racing/Nordic Racing & Breeding/J Blaxland NSW
- $1 million (Hinchinbrook x Al's Magic Miss colt) Wexford Stables NZ
- $925,000 (More Than Ready x Absolute Joy colt) Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
- $900,000 (Snitzel x Roses 'n' Wine colt) Shadwell Stud Australasia
- $800,000 (Snitzel x Subsequent colt) Wexford Stables NZ
- $750,000 (Exceed and Excel x Unearthly filly) Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
- $700,000 (Street Cry x Reggae colt) Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
- $700,000 (Redoute's Choice x Secluded colt) James Harron Bloodstock
- $650,000 (Street Cry x Planet Rock colt) China Horse Club/Vinery/WinStar VIC
- $650,000 (Redoute's Choice x Azmiyna colt) Paul Moroney Bloodstock
- $600,000 (All Too Hard x Regimental Gal colt) Asian Bloodstock Services HK
- $600,000 (Fastnet Rock x Valourina filly) China Horse Club