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MM Tasmanian Yearling Catalogue Now Online
One of Australia’s most progressive yearling auctions is ready to deliver more life changing racetrack stars this February with an outstanding line up of youngsters to go under the hammer. The catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale is now online comprising 137 lots to be offered at Launceston’s Inveresk Showgrounds on Thursday, 15 February. With recent graduates including Palentino, The Cleaner, Kenjorwood and Hot Dipped it’s easy to understand why the sale is regarded as one of the country’s best performing auctions. A record 52 individual sires are represented in the Launceston based auction – an outstanding line up including eight in their first season. Click here to view the catalogue.
Sun Stud VIC Stallion Parade 18 August
The Sun Stud Victorian stallion parade, industry expo and open day will be held on Friday, 18th August from 12pm to 4pm at 56 Mt Eliza Rd, Kerrie. The stallion parade is scheduled to commence at 1pm. Sun Stud's premier line-up of Victorian stallions will feature exciting dual Group One winning freshman sire Palentino, proven Group One producing sire Magnus, unbeaten 2YO Fighting Sun, Melbourne Cup hero Fiorente, Black Caviar's full brother Moshe, speed sensation Squamosa, and the stakes winning sprinter Ready For Victory. Bryan Martin will be the master of ceremonies for the must attend event, which will include fantastic food, local wines, live acoustic entertainment and thoroughbred industry exhibition stalls. RSVP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Palentino (image: Sun Stud)
Sun Stud Announce 2017 Fees
Sun Stud has announced the 2017 service fees for its Victorian and Queensland rosters, including the introductory fee for multiple Gr1 winner Palentino. Featuring 12 stallions - seven in Victoria and five in Queensland - Palentino joins the line-up at a fee of $17,600, while in other exciting news, proven speed source, Statue of Liberty, sire of Saturday's Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes winner Star Exhibit, will relocate to Queensland where he will stand at $7,700. "Sun Stud is gearing up for another busy season," Sun Stud's Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. "Naturally, there's plenty of interest already in Palentino which is hardly surprising - he won two Group Ones and a Group Two over the mile at Flemington and defeated some of Australia's best performers including horses like Black Heart Bart." He added: "The re-location of Statue of Liberty is also an interesting development and sure to be welcomed by Queensland breeders. His brilliant sprinter, Hay List, was a Group winner in Brisbane and finished second to Black Caviar in the BTC Cup. Statue of Liberty will stand at $7,700, alongside Black Caviar's sire, Bel Esprit, who is leading sire in Queensland by earnings and winners and is exceptional value at $12,100 in 2017." Sun Stud's Managing Director, Danielle Cheng commented: "We're very happy with our line-up for 2017. I believe our stallions are very competitively priced in what is an extremely buoyant market and the roster really does offer something for all breeders." Sun Stud's roster is:
- Magnus (Flying Spur) - $22,000
- Fiorente (Monsun) - $17,600
- Palentino (Teofilo) *NEW* - $17,600
- Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) - $13,750
- Moshe (Bel Esprit) - $7,700
- Ready For Victory (More Than Ready) - $6,660
- Squamosa (Not A Single Doubt) - $6,600
- Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) - $12,100
- Love Conquers All (Mossman) - $12,100
- Statue of Liberty (Storm Cat) - $7,700
- Jabali (Exceed And Excel) - $4,950
- Instinction (Exceed And Excel) - $3,850
Tosen Saved for Spring
The connections of Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) have sent the 6YO to the spelling paddock to prepare for the spring, reports racing.com. After missing the majority of the 2016 spring carnival, the Darren Weir-trained galloper was once again restricted to a light autumn campaign finishing runner-up in both the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (behind stable-mate Black Heart Bart) & Gr2 Blamey Stakes (behind stable-mate Palentino) at his only two outings. "Tosen will go to the paddock. We're just not happy with him. He's not spot on. We think a fair bit of him, and we're not prepared to risk him," explained managing owner Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock. "Rather than rushing and getting him to Brisbane, we might back off and get him ready for the spring."
Sun Stud have announced that dual Gr1 winner Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) has been retired to stand at its Victorian property for the 2017 breeding season. The Darren Weir-trained entire won the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) as a 3YO before returning as a spring 4YO to claim the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, becoming the only horse apart from multiple champion sire Zabeel to achieve the double. "He is just such a striking individual," Weir said. "From the moment I laid eyes on him he impressed me: a great temperament and he just kept rising to the occasion." Weir added: "I'm sorry to see him go (from the stables) but I believe he'll make a huge impact at Sun Stud." Sun Stud's Danielle Cheng is excited about the newest addition to the farm's roster. "I'm very happy to be making this announcement because a lot of people have already been ringing and asking when he was going to stud," he said. "Palentino was a high quality racehorse and the fact he emulated Zabeel in winning the Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva should not be understated." Palentino's service fee will announced in coming weeks.
Weir Stable-Mates Well Ahead of Doncaster
Meanwhile, Darren Weir will attempt to end rival champion trainer Chris Waller's domination of the Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports racing.com. Waller has won six of the past nine editions of the $3 million Gr1 feature, including the last four runnings. Weir will saddle up stable-mates Palentino and Tosen Stardom who ran the quinella in the Gr2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start. "They're both going really well and couldn't be happier with them but it's going to be some sort of race and these races are never easy to win," he said. Palentino and Tosen Stardom are $15 and $26 respectively in early tab markets.
Palentino Wins Gr2 Blamey Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 4YO entire Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) scored by 3.25 lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $200,000 Gr2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) foe 3YO+, over 6YO Japanese-bred entire and stable-mate Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) & 5YO UK-bred entire Harlem (Champs Elysees-Casual, by Nayef). The Sun Stud-owned Palentino, who was purchased by Darren Weir for $85,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from the draft of Macleay Thoroughbred Stud, improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas & Listed Hilton Resorts & Hotels Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes) from 17 starts for $1,170,110 earnings.
Star Kiwi Galloper Seeking To Turn Tables in Futurity
Turn Me Loose's fitness levels have improved over the past fortnight and co-trainer Murray Baker is optimistic that his multiple Group One winner has now hit his winning weight, reports NZ Racing Desk. Last season's champion New Zealand sprinter-miler was runner-up to star galloper Black Heart Bart last time out in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, and the Darren Weir-trained gelding is again seen as Turn Me Loose's main danger in tomorrow's Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. "Black Heart Bart has won $3 million and, apart form Winx, he's the best 1400 metre horse in Australia," Baker said of Turn Me Loose. "We just hope our bloke has improved enough. He's a big horse and he takes a lot to get him fit for a sprinter, but he does like Caulfield and Kerrin (jockey Kerrin McEvoy) rides him very well." Baker said a decision on the future of Turn Me Loose, who beat Black Heart Bart's stable-mate Stratum Star in the Futurity 12 months ago, will be made after Saturday. "He's nominated for the Australian Cup [Gr1], which is 2000 metres and I've always felt he will go past a mile and he's also in the big race in Dubai, which is 1800 metres," he said. Black Heart Bart is the dominant $1.80 Tab favourite for Saturday's $500,000 weight-for-age Futurity Stakes, with Turn Me Loose the equal-second market elect with Palentino at $7.50.
Leading 1400m galloper Turn Me Loose (pic: Mark Gatt)
771 Reasons To Be At Oaklands Junction
At the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which gets underway on Sunday, relations to the likes of The Quarterback, Not Listenin’tome, Tiamo Grace, Palentino and Defcon headline a memorable catalogue. A total of 771 yearlings have been catalogued for sale between February 26 and March 1, 2017, and among them are 54 relations to Group winners – including nine Group 1 victors – and 52 progeny of Group winners, 13 of which are from Group 1-winning mares. In total, 109 stallions are represented in the Premier catalogue headed by Written Tycoon (30), Fiorente and Pierro (29), Shamus Award and Helmet (23), Reward For Effort (22), High Chaparral (21) and Sebring and I Am Invincible (20). There are 19 First Season Sires – behind Fiorente and Shamus Award are Fighting Sun (19), Zoustar (17), Epaulette (15) and Unencumbered (13). Supreme Thoroughbreds is the leading vendor with a draft of 43, ahead of Swettenham (38), Woodside Park (33), Rosemont (32) and Blue Gum (31). Of the 771 horses catalogued, 507 are Super VOBIS nominated 439 are BOBS eligible. Click on the below image for a feature preview of the sale.
Noms Extended For Futurity
The Melbourne Racing Club has extended nominations for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield until 10:00am today (Tuesday) after only seven horses entered for the weight-for-age feature. The nominations thus far are:
1. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir)
2. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)
3. HE'S OUR ROKKII (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)
4. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir)
5. PALENTINO (Darren Weir)
6. TOSEN STARDOM (Darren Weir)
7. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman)
Gr1 CF Orr Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The Peter Gelagotis-trained Malaguerra, who resumed with a track record-equalling win in the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago, is currently the $3.80 Tab favourite ahead of Australia Stakes runner-up Black Heart Bart at $4.20. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Lucky Hussler at $7 and Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet at $8. Turn Me Loose and Arod are the two market outsiders at $26. The final field is:
- BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (11)
- AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-S Baster) 59kg (3)
- LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (4)
- MALAGUERRA (Peter Gelagotis-Ben Melham) 59kg (12)
- TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-K McEvoy) 59kg (2)
- AROD (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 59kg (1)
- PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (7)
- ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-A Hyeronimus) 59kg (8)
- HE'S OUR ROKKII (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 59kg (9)
- JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Luke Nolen) 57kg (10)
- MISS ROSE DE LAGO (Danny O'Brien-Damien Oliver) 57kg (5)
- DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (6)
Magic Millions Gr1 Sales Quinella Underway Next Week
In just over a week – next Thursday, Feb 16 – the first leg of Magic Millions' Gr1 Sales Quinella gets underway at Tasmania's Inveresk Showgrounds in Launceston. This will be followed early the following week on February 20-21 when Perth's Belmont Park plays host to two days of selling for WA's showpiece yearling sale. Although thousands of miles apart geographically, the Magic Millions Tasmanian and Perth Yearling Sales share an exceptional record of producing Gr1 quality horses. They're also responsible for dual Gr1 winner Palentino (Tasmania) and Gr1-winning multiple Gr1 runner-up Black Heart Bart (Perth). Adding sizzle to the Gr1 Sale Quinella promotion's razzamatazz is the star duo's one-two finish in last year's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes – ironically, as stable-mates. To access a preview feature of the 2017 Tasmanian Yearling Sale and the 2017 Perth Yearling Sale, click on the image below.
Baker Turns Screws On Star Sprinter
Cambridge trainer Murray Baker has provided the final word on triple Gr1 winner Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) ahead of his first-up run in tonight's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Everything's fine with him. He'll run in this race and then go on to the Orr and the Futurity," Baker said, while noting, "Friday's race will probably be too short for him, but the mission is the other two races. He ran fourth in the Orr last year then won the Futurity. He's working well and looks a treat." The Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) is run at Caulfield on 11 February, a fortnight before the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at the same track. The Australia Stakes will be a star-studded affair with the likes of Gr1 winners Black Heart Bart, Palentino, Flamberge, Malaguerra, and up-and-coming types such as Chetwood and Winx's half-brother El Divino all entered for the $200,000 feature.
Turn Me Loose To Benefit From Run
Champion New Zealand sprinter-miler Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) is likely to be in need of the run when he resumes in the Gr2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, according to his co-trainer Murray Baker. "He's never been a fresh-up horse," Baker explained. "He has won a trial but it's the same as the late spring. The 1200 metres is too short for him but we just had to kick him off." He added: "We're pretty happy with him. He's going as good as he ever did. He's a five-year-old stallion and it just takes a bit to get them going." Baker confirmed that Turn Me Loose's primary targets are the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes and the Gr1 Futurity Stakes, which he won last year. The Australia Stakes promises to be a star-studded affair with the likes of Gr1 winners Black Heart Bart, Palentino, Flamberge, Malaguerra, and up-and-coming types such as Chetwood and Winx's half-brother El Divino all entered for the $200,000 feature.
Bart & Palentino Set For Friday Return
Star stable-mates Black Heart Bart and Palentino are ready to resume in Friday night's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley after trialling in impressive fashion at Camperdown last week, reports racenet. "They're both great. They trialled on Tuesday and went terrific," trainer Darren Weir said. "After the race at Moonee Valley Black Heart Bart and Palentino will go to the Orr [Gr1 CF Orr] and the Futurity [Gr1 Futurity Stakes] and then we'll work it out after that." Black Heart Bart established himself as one of the best racehorses in Australia with Gr1 victories in the Memsie Stakes and Underwood Stakes in the spring, before signing off his campaign with a below-par 9th in the Cox Plate. Palentino, a winner of the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes in the spring, hasn't raced since finishing 8th behind Awesome Rock in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes).
Black Heart Bart returns to action on Friday (image: Mark Gatt)
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Catalogue Now Online
Relations to the likes of The Quarterback, Not Listenin'tome, Tiamo Grace, Palentino and Defcon headline a memorable catalogue for the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. A total of 771 yearlings have been catalogued for sale between February 26 and March 1 next year. Of those to go under the hammer, 507 are Super VOBIS nominated 439 are BOBS eligible. Among them are 54 relations to Group winners – including nine Gr1 victors – and 52 progeny of Group winners, 13 of which are from Gr1-winning mares. In total, 109 stallions are represented headed by Written Tycoon (30), Fiorente and Pierro (29), Shamus Award and Helmet (23), Reward For Effort (22), High Chaparral (21) and Sebring and I Am Invincible (20). There are 19 First Season Sires – behind Fiorente and Shamus Award are Fighting Sun (19), Zoustar (17), Epaulette (15) and Unencumbered (13). Supreme Thoroughbreds is the leading vendor with a draft of 43, ahead of Swettenham (38), Woodside Park (33), Rosemont (32) and Blue Gum (31). Day 1 will again feature the popular Blue Riband session, for select yearlings our bloodstock team has earmarked as potential Classic contenders. The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale will be held at the Oaklands complex in Melbourne from February 26-March 1, 2017. Click here to view the catalogue.
Inglis' Melbourne Premier catalogue is now online
Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale Catalogue Online
One of Australia's best performing and top growth auctions is ready to reach new heights in February with an outstanding line up of lots to go under the hammer. The catalogue for the 2017 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale is now online and comprises 133 lots to be offered at Launceston's Inveresk Showgrounds on Thursday, 16 February. With recent graduates including Gr1 Australian Guineas & Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Palentino, The Cleaner, Kenjorwood, Royal Rapture and Hot Dipped, there's little wonder why the sale is regarded as one of the country's best value offerings. With 49 individual sires represented, the sale has an outstanding line up of stallions including progeny by ten first season sires. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Gr1 Emirates Stakes Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million weight-for-age Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday, the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. Despite a purse of $2 million, the Emirates Stakes, formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes, has failed to attract a capacity field of 16 with just 13 horses entered in the race. However, it still promises to be a high class affair with the likes of Gr1 winners Palentino, Hauraki, Happy Trails, The United States, Vanbrugh, and Awesome Rock set to line up. Caulfield Cup runner-up Scottish and Cox Plate fourth Vadamos are the only international runners in the race. For French star Vadamos, who is part-owned by John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds, it will be his final racetrack appearance before retiring to Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland. Favourite for the race is currently The United Stakes at $3.70, ahead of Vadamos at $4.60 and Scottish at $4.80. The Emirates field is:
1. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Dwayne Dunn) 59kg (8)
2. HAURAKI (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (1)
3. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Kerrin McEvoy) 59kg (11)
4. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (13)
5. VADAMOS (Andre Fabre-Damien Oliver) 59kg (7)
6. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (9)
7. SCOTTISH (Charlie Appleby-William Buick) 59kg (6)
8. ENDLESS DRAMA (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 59kg (4)
9. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (5)
10. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (10)
11. TIVACI (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 58.5kg (12)
12. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Chad Schofield) 51kg (3)
13. SEABURGE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Yendall) 51kg (2)
Palentino To Race With Blinkers
Trainer Darren Weir has informed Racing NSW stewards that Palentino will race in blinkers in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick. Weir has advised stewards that since Palentino's last start win in the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, the 4YO entire had become unusually stirred up in its work. However, he further advised stewards that the dual Gr1 winner had subsequently worked in blinkers and pleased the stable in a gallop on Monday where he relaxed, and showed greater focus during his exercise. Palentino is currently equal second favourite for the Epsom with McCreery at $6. Godolphin galloper Hauraki retains favouritism at $5.50.
Palentino (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Epsom Handicap Field & Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the time honoured $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Godolphin-owned Hauraki at $5.50, ahead of last-start Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Palentino at $6. Next in the betting is the progressive import McCreery at $6.50, then dual Gr1 placegetter Happy Clapper at $7.50, while the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fabrizio is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The field is:
1. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 57kg (9)
2. HAURAKI (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56kg (10)
3. LE ROMAIN (Kris Lees-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (3)
4. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 55kg (1)
5. MIGHTY LUCKY (Fred Cowell-Chris O'Brien) 54.5kg (12)
6. DIBAYANI (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damian Lane) 54kg (11)
7. SONS OF JOHN (Jason Attard-Glen Boss) 53kg (13)
8. MACKINTOSH (Chris Waller-Tommy Berry) 52kg (2)
9. MCCREERY (Chris Waller-Kerrin McEvoy) 51.5kg (4)
10. HEAVENS ABOVE (Tim Martin-Corey Brown) 51kg (8)
11. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller-Craig Newitt) 51kg (7)
12. TORGERSEN (Chris Waller-Kathy O'Hara) 50kg (5)
13. FABRIZIO (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Johan Victoire) 50kg (6)
Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 Underwood Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) scored by 2.5 lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, over fellow 6YO gelding He Or She (Kendel Star-Danessa, by West Point) & 6YO mare Lucia Valentina (Savabeel-Staryn Glenn, by Montjeu). Black Heart Bart improved his record to 143 wins (including the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Goodwood Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Gr3 WATC Northerly Stakes, Listed Birthday Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 12 placings (including the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 34 starts for $2,672,950 earnings. Weir said Black Heart Bart would use the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on 8 October as his final lead-up to the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October. "It's good to see him run through the line like that," trainer Darren Weir told racing.com. "I never had any doubts about the 1800 metres. I though he ran really well last start, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day [Palentino]." He added: "We will go to the Caulfield Stakes now. He is going to start coming up against stronger opposition so he will have to keep running like he did today to be competitive in a Cox Plate." Black Heart Bart, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.
Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)
Rawiller Has Faith In Bart
Brad Rawiller is confident that Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) will handle the step up to 1800 metres in Saturday's Gr1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield, reports racing.com. Rawiller partnered the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Gr1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) winner in a jump-out at Casterton on Tuesday, where he hit the line strongly to finish within 2 lengths of his speedy stable-mate Hellbent. Some have questioned Black Heart Bart's ability to run out a strong mile after his runner-up performance behind stable-mate Palentino in the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last start, but Rawiller said the former West Australian galloper had excuses. "The other day at Flemington might have left a question mark but at the same time once he found his position he didn't settle like you need to in a Group 1 race over that trip and he was left in the open a long way from home," Rawiller said. "He was still very good, he ran second to a good horse and I'm very happy to be aboard Saturday and will be very surprised if he doesn't run a big race." He added: "He's a class horse and for me is the pick in the race." Black Heart Bart certainly has the pedigree to be effective over a mile and beyond being out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.
Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)
Palentino Wins Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite success when 4YO entire Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) scored by 1 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO geldings Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) & He Or She (Kendel Star-Danessa, by West Point). Palentino, who was purchased by Darren Weir for $85,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from the draft of Macleay Thoroughbred Stud, improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Australian Guineas & Listed Hilton Resorts & Hotels Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes) from 10 starts for $971,610 earnings. In securing his first Gr1 victory for new owners Sun Stud, Darren Weir confirmed Palentino's main target was the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October. "The Makybe Diva was the race he was aimed towards, and if he measured up, he'd head to the Cox Plate," Weir told racing.com. "Sun Stud have a massive investment in the horse. To win a mile race as a four-year-old, it's very important for his stud career." He added: "And I don't think it'll be the last one [Gr1] he wins either."
Palentino (image: Mark Gatt)
Dual 3YO Gr1 Winner Touted As Threat To Bart
Tomorrow’s Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington looks to be at the mercy of Australia’s rising sprinter-miler star Black Heart Bart, however there is a quiet push for Victoria Derby & Rosehill Guineas winner Tarzino who is expected to relish the return to the long Flemington straight. Currently a $11 chance, Tarzino will strip fitter for being beaten just under 7-lengths in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m). After finishing either 1st or 2nd in his past 5 Gr1 starts, Black Heart Bart looks tough to beat, as is reflected in his $2.25 quote, with only stable-mate Palentino ($6.00) & Rising Romance ($8.50) expected to be able to match motors with the former WA-trained favourite.
Tarzino is expected to relish a return to Flemington (pic: Steve Hart)
Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes Final Field
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday. Former West Australian galloper and dual Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart is currently the dominant $2.25 favourite for the race, ahead of stable-mate Palentino at $6 and Victoria Derby winner Tarzino at $10. The final field is:
1. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-John Allen) 59kg (12)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Ben Melham) 59kg (11)
3. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Damien Oliver) 59kg (8)
4. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Daniel Moor) 59kg (7)
5. JACQUINOT BAY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-N Hall) 59kg (9)
6. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 59kg (1)
7. HE OR SHE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-C Williams) 59kg (6)
8. ALPINE EAGLE (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 59kg (10)
9. TARZINO (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 58.5kg (4)
10. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (5)
11. AYERS ROCK (Shawn Mathrick-Luke Nolen) 58.5kg (3)
12. RISING ROMANCE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Lane) 57kg (2)
13. SOFIA ROSA (Stephen Marsh-Danielle Johnson) 56.5kg (13)
Black Heart Bart Heads Makybe Entries
Dual Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart heads the nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. The Goodwood and last-start Memsie Stakes winner is the highest rated horse among the 14 entries for the $500,000 feature. The former West Australian galloper is also the dominant $2.20 favourite for the race, ahead of stable-mate Palentino at $6 and Rising Romance at $8. Victoria Derby winner Tarzino is the only other runner under double figure odds at $9., The nominations are:
1. ALPINE EAGLE (Tony McEvoy)
2. AYERS ROCK (Shawn Mathrick)
3. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir)
4. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
5. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara)
6. HE OR SHE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)
7. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman)
8. PALENTINO (Darren Weir)
9. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir)
10. RISING ROMANCE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)
11. SOFIA ROSA (Stephen Marsh)
12. TALLY (John O'Shea)
13. TARZINO (Mick Price)
14. TASHBEEH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)
Gr1 Memsie Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse this Saturday, 27 August. Strong favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained Gr1 Goodwood winner Black Heart Bart at $2.70, ahead of stable-mates Mahuta ($5.50) and Palentino ($6.50). Alpine Eagle is rated a $13 chance, Australian Oaks and Australian Derby winners Sofia Rosa and Tavago are both at $15, as is Tarzino, while Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance is the second longest priced runner at $41. The field is:
- PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Harry Coffey) 59kg (11)
- BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (5)
- LORD OF THE SKY (Robbie Laing-Damien Oliver) 59kg (1)
- CHARMED HARMONY (John Sadler-Thomas Sadler) 59kg (3)
- HE OR SHE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Dunn) 59kg (12)
- TASHBEEH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Cory Parish) 59kg (14)
- ALPINE EAGLE (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 59kg (6)
- MAHUTA (Darren Weir-John Allen) 58.5kg (2)
- TARZINO (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 58.5kg (9)
- TAVAGO (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (8)
- PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (10)
- TALLY (John O'Shea-Michael Dee) 58.5kg (13)
- RISING ROMANCE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Lane) 57kg (4)
- SOFIA ROSA (Stephen Marsh-Michael Walker) 56.5kg (7)
Palentino Steps Up Spring Workload
Australian Guineas winner Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) will step up his spring preparation at trainer Darren Weir's Warrnambool stable this week, reports Racing.com. "We could kick him off in the Regal Roller (1200m) at Caulfield in August and then go to the Memsie Stakes (1400m) and the Makybe Diva (1600m)," Weir said. "Or we could kick off in the PB Lawrence (1400m) and go to the Memsie and the Makybe or we could wait for races like the Rupert Clarke (1400m) and the Toorak Handicap (1600m)." He added: "It will just depend on where he's at in his preparation." Palentino, who was acquired by Sun Stud as a future stallion prospect earlier this year, has won 3 of his 7 starts for earnings of over $650,000.
Palentino (image: Mark Gatt)
Melbourne Cup Target For Signoff
Meanwhile, trainer Darren Weir has reported that Australian Guineas hero Palentino will be joined by star stable-mates Signoff and Tosen Stardom as their spring preparations also start to get serious. After missing last year's spring carnival through injury, Weir said Signoff (4th in the 2014 Melbourne Cup) would once again be aimed at Australia's most famous race in the spring. "Signoff's good and his main goal is hopefully the Melbourne Cup," Weir said. "He'll probably follow a similar path to what Prince Of Penzance did last year." He added: "Tosen Stardom will probably kick off in the Makybe Diva [Gr1]."
Sun Stud Purchase Gr1 Winning Colt
Sun Stud has announced itself as a major new player in international racing and breeding with the acquisition of one of the best 3YO colts in the country, Gr1 Australian Guineas winner Palentino. Previously known as Eliza Park International, the change in name comes after the initial purchase of the racing and breeding operation in 2013 by the Sun International Group. The Sun International Group has vast business interests worldwide and the new name will align the stud with the other successful companies within the organisation. “With its well established foundations and history of success, Eliza Park was the perfect platform for the international growth and development of our thoroughbred interests,” said Danielle Cheng, Managing Director of Sun Stud. “We welcome this exciting change and look forward to continued success with the Sun International brand." Winner of the Gr1 Australian Guineas at Flemington, Palentino is a son of unbeaten European Champion juvenile Teofilo. Palentino will race on for further Gr1 glory in 2016, before retiring to stud in Victoria for the 2017 season. “There were a number of studs pursuing Palentino and we have been fortunate enough to secure a 50 percent stake. He is the type of colt we are wanting to stand and make available for our clients and mare owners,” said Sales and Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay. Sun Stud will continue to operate farms in both Victoria and Queensland and will be announcing fees for its powerful Australian stallion roster in the coming fortnight. The stud is determined to grow its presence both domestically and internationally. It has ten mares in foal to high profile stallions including Dubawi, Dansili, Invincible Spirit and Medaglia D’Oro in the Northern Hemisphere, while four mares in foal Southern Hemisphere time to champion US sire Tapit will arrive in Australia next week. While closer to home, Gr2 Grand Prix de Chantilly winner Spiritjim, a €570,000 purchase at the October Arqana Arc sale, will race on in the Sun Stud silks. Chris Waller has taken the reins of the lightly raced 6-time winner and he is close to commencing his first Australian preparation out of the leading trainer’s Sydney stable.
Palentino (image: Mark Gatt)
Tally Set To Awaken In Derby
Meanwhile, trainer John O'Shea has described Godolphin colt Tally (Street Cry-Itemise, by Kris S) as the "sleeping giant" of this year's Australian Derby field. Tally is coming off a win in the Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes (1800m) at Moonee Valley where he defeated Gr1 Australian Guineas winner Palentino, and O'Shea is hoping for a similar upset result in Saturday's $2 million classic at Royal Randwick. Tally's biggest obstacle in his bid for a maiden Gr1 success is the Mick Price-trained favourite Tarzino who dominates the market at $2.00. "Tally is a bit of a sleeping giant. He's done his racing in Melbourne and hasn't been seen here in Sydney," O'Shea told Godolphin.com. "He was a bit backward last Spring so he didn't run in the Derby in Melbourne, but he's really matured nicely over the Summer and has come into his own now." Tally ($6.50) will joined by Godolphin stable-mate Etymology ($15) who was last seen finishing sixth to Tarzino in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) two weeks ago.
Tally Wins Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes
At Moonee Valley in Victoria, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a Group success when 3YO colt Tally (Street Cry-Itemise, by Kris S) scored by 2.25-lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $200,000 Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) & 3YO gelding Hardern (Hard Spun-Northern Rose, by Mookta). A homebred for Godolphin, Tally took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic) and 2 placings from 9 starts for $304,410 earnings.
Rosemont Acquire Tarzino Interest
Top Victorian colt Tarzino (Tavistock-Zarzino, by Zabeel) will race for the first time in the red and white colours of Rosemont Stud in tomorrow's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens. The Victoria Derby winner, who is coming off a fast-finishing second to Palentino in the Australian Guineas, is the dominant $2.40 TAB favourite for the $600,000 3YO feature. “We are thrilled to join the ownership of Tarzino and have the honour of the colt running in our colours," Rosemont's Anthony Mithen told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He is clearly a high-class athlete who is yet to run a bad race and has so much racing upside.” He added: "His breeding is exceptional as well, being by a stallion we rate as the next big thing and out of a Zabeel mare. We have been looking at standing a mile to middle distance stallion for a while and after his gutsy effort in the Australian Guineas - the race that made Zabeel - he presents as the ideal horse." By Cambridge Stud's exciting young stallion Tavistock (Montjeu), Tarzino is out of the Zabeel mare Zarzino and descends from the same female line as three-time Gr1-winning stallion Sky Chase, sire of 1996 Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate winner Saintly.
Price Keeps The Faith With Tarzino
Meanwhile, trainer Mick Price has confirmed that Tarzino (Tavistock-Zarzino, by Zabeel) will head to Sydney for the Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby following his narrow loss to Palentino in last Saturday's Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. Last season's Victoria Derby winner can consider himself slightly unlucky not to have doubled his Gr1 tally after storming home from last and being forced wide around the turn to fail by only a nose in the $750,000 3YO feature. "It wasn't our intention to be that far back. I thought he would bounce and put himself right up there," lamented Price. "He's got a really good extended long run that makes him a good horse." He added: "He's going to stay here [at Caulfield] for a little while...he'll work Saturday morning - the reverse way on the inside grass - and then we'll work out what to do with him but he will be off to Rosehill for the Guineas and then to Randwick for the Derby." The Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) will be run on 19 March, while the Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) is scheduled for Royal Randwick on 2 April.
Palentino Wins Gr1 Australian Guineas
At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) scored by a short head for trainer Darren Weir in the $750,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow colt Tarzino (Tavistock-Zarzino, by Zabeel) & the filly Risque (Darci Brahma-So Explicit, by Straight Strike). Palentino, who was purchased by Darren Weir for $85,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from the draft of Macleay Thoroughbred Stud, took his record to 3 wins (also including the Listed Hilton Resorts & Hotels Stakes) and 2 placings (including last start's Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes which he controversially lost on protest) from 6 starts for $606,710 earnings.
Palentino (white blaze) drives through to defeat Tarzino on his outside (image: Mark Gatt)
Star Hinchinbrook Colt To Make Guineas Statement
With the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) being run 20 minutes and 872km apart tomorrow, racing aficionados will have to wait for another day to determine conclusively who the country's best 3YO miler is. As competitive as the Australian Derby field appears to be – Mahuta, Tarzino, Xtravagant, Tivaci, Palentino, Jameka, Perfect Reflection and Risque all come into calculations – in Sydney bookmakers have all but declared correct weight. At $1.50, the exceptional colt Press Statement looks to have the Gr1 feature at his mercy. Undefeated since a soft win in the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes during last year's Spring, Press Statement slam-dunked his rivals in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, and then toyed with challengers in his summer race return when strolling to victory in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill two weeks ago. If there are any question marks hanging over his head, it's that he is yet to race at Randwick, and will need to find cover from his wide alley.
Money Arrives For Mahuta In Australian Guineas
Saturday's Gr1 Australian Guineas At Flemington is shaping up as a highlight of the season. While bookies are understandably very shy of high class New Zealand 3YO colt Xtravagant (entire-Axiom, by Zabeel) after his 8-length demolition job in this month's Gr1 Waikato Sprint (1400m), sportsbet.com.au reports that they are holding almost three times more than favourite Xtravagant. Only on the fifth line of betting behind Xtravagant ($3.75), Palentino ($5.00), Tarzino ($6.50) and Perfect Reflection ($7.50), $8.00 chance Mahuta looked the best of good things in last Saturday's Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield before being scratched from the race. Since winning a country Maiden at his second start last October, Mahuta has had 5 starts in stakes races, 3 of them Group class and one of them the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, and won them all.
Tivaci Wins Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group success when 3YO colt Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) scored by 0.1-length on protest for trainer Mike Moroney in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO colt Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) & 3YO gelding and stable-mate Tulsa (Sebring-Morning Dews, by Peintre Celebre). This was the first stakes victory for Tivaci who took his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $152,800 earnings. Stewards upheld a protest by Tivaci's rider Craig Williams alleging interference at the 900m mark. The stewards were satisfied that the interference caused by Palentino shifting out on Tivaci was enough to reverse the placings given the narrow short-head margin on the line. "The problem we have is the short-head margin," chief steward Terry Bailey said. "We believe the interference suffered to Craig Williams' mount exceeds that margin and at the end of the day, we're of the view had it not been for that interference that Tivaci would've won the race." Trainer Mike Moroney was thrilled with the performance of Tivaci who will head to the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 5 March. "When that happened Tivaci got left out there and probably had to make his run a bit sooner than we normally would've and he stuck on great I thought," Moroney said. Tivaci, who hails form the family of Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and is a direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winning mare Rainbird (7th dam), was a NZ$250,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Princes Farm.
Tivaci (image: Mark Gatt)
Perfect Reflection Set For VIC Debut
Boom West Australian filly Perfect Reflection (More Than Ready-Reflected Image, by Bluebird) is set to make her eastern states debut for new trainer Darren Weir in Saturday's Gr3 Vanity Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. Perfect Reflection had a trial at Camperdown on Friday to prepare for her highly anticipated return to the track. "She had a nice hit-out and she'll have another strong gallop with Palentino next Tuesday [tomorrow] and that'll have them both ready to run on Saturday,'' Weir told Racing.com. "She's a very nice filly and I've been really pleased with the way she's coming on.'' Owner Bob Peters has already revealed that the 3YOs primary autumn target is the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 5 March. Perfect Reflection established herself as one of the most exciting racehorses in the country when winning the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in early December. She became the first filly in history to win the race since its inception in 1979 and in the process extended her unbeaten record to 5 wins from 5 starts for $863,950 earnings.
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale Catalogue Now Online
Real quality and real value will meet in Launceston in February next year when the cream of the Tasmanian yearling crop go up for sale. The catalogue for the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale is now online and comprises 126 lots to be offered at Launceston's Inveresk Showgrounds on Thursday, February 18. Recent graduates of the sale have been starring around the country and include the likes of stakes winners The Cleaner, Palentino and Banca Mo as well as quality performers Like a Carousel, Kenjorwood and Valiant Warrior. Among the yearlings catalogued for 2016 are (at least half) relations to stakes winners including Banca Mo, Braequest, Brakim Lass, Cailin Miss, Grand Tycoon, Jadescent, Lake Sententia, Packing OK, Palentino and Triple Asset. Some 21 lots in the catalogue are from black type performed mares including stakes winners Abbadena, Coupe, Gehenna, Star Hit and Wavishing. A highlight of the sale will be the 22 first crop yearlings by Encosta de Lago's group winning son and Armidale Stud resident Needs Further. Armidale have 27 yearlings catalogued, the same amount as Grenville Stud, the breeders of Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan. "We're delighted by the step up in the calibre of yearlings heading to the 2016 Tasmanian Yearling Sale," Magic Millions' Tim Brown said. "The sale always presents quality individuals at value prices and this will go to another level in February." Click here to view the online catalogue.
Palentino Wins Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Demonstrate (New Approach-Swishes, by Danehill) & fellow 3YO colt Ngarimu (Savabeel-Glamour Puss, by Tale of the Cat). Palentino, who was purchased by Darren Weir for $85,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from the draft of Macleay Thoroughbred Stud, took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $112,710 earnings.