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2017

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

After seven weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel remains on top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $2.2 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock with $1.7 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three with $1.6 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 18 September) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $2,243,043
  2. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $1,732,746
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $1,626,978
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $1,209,198
  5. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $1,188,546
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $1,046,681
  7. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $1,016,786
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $1,005,230
  9. Blackfriars (Danehill) - $905,146
  10. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $899,180

Keeneland Sept: US$625K for Verrazano Colt

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

A colt from the first crop of Coolmore’s multiple Gr1 winner Verrazano (More Than Ready) topped Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when knocked down to Steven Young as agent for US$625,000. Consigned by James M. Herbener Jr. as agent, the colt is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Allegory and hails from the family of European Gr1 winners Loup Sauvage and Loup Solitaire. On Sunday, Keeneland sold 245 yearlings for US$26,875,500 at an average of US$109,696 and a median of US$80,000. Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,179 yearlings for US$254,913,000, at an average of US$216,211 and a median of US$150,000.

Inglis 2YO Ready for First Trials

Monday, 18th September 2017

Inglis graduates will be represented in ten of the twelve season-opening 2YO barrier trials at Canterbury today. Among them are several well-bred youngsters including Inglis Classic graduate Mia Stella Rose (Written Tycoon x Fantastic Glen), a filly which sold for $350,000 at this year's inaugural Gold Riband session on the opening night of the Classic Sale, as well as a pair of Easter colts - Mandalong Ready (More Than Ready x Wasimah), a $340,000 buy for Mandalong Park from the Corumbene Stud draft, and Landon (I Am Invincible x Prairie Star) which Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott bought from Willow Park Stud for $320,000. A total of 88 two-year-olds – 56 colts and geldings and 32 fillies - are entered for the trials, which will be run on the Canterbury course proper. Inglis National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy was excited about seeing the juveniles on the track for the first time. "The merry-go-round starts again, the dreams of hundreds of owners are about to be brought to life,'' D'Arcy said. Today's trials come 16 days before the Inglis ReadyRace Sale, where 158 two-year-olds are catalogued for auction at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October.

Dijon Bleu Wins Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes

Thursday, 14th September 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: J K Riddell
T: Ms L Latta
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Burgundy
D: Pristino
4.5L
J: S J Macnab
T: Ms S Rainford
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Cape Blanco
D: Mondue
6.0L
J: R T Elliot
T: R R Manning
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Iffraaj
D: Chaparella
7.8L
J: R J Myers
T: Ms L Latta
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Dream Ahead
D: Hussidora

At Wanganui in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's beautifully bred Gr3-winning stallion Burgundy (Redoute's Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 3YO brown filly Dijon Bleu (Burgundy-Pristino, by More Than Ready) opened her stakes account when romping to an emphatic win in the $50,000 Listed O'Leary's Fillies Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Blanco Belle & Style By Design. Dijon Bleu, who was purchased by her trainer Lisa Latta for $26,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for NZ$57,700 in earnings. Latta nominated the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas as a possible target for Dijon Bleu. "There's a lot of options for her and the key will be whether she can get 1400m and further and then if we head south early," Latta told NZ Racing Desk.

Ready2Race Breeze Up Video Available Online

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Footage from last week's Canterbury and Cranbourne breeze ups ahead of the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale are available for viewing online. The remaining 2YOs that are yet to breeze will do so at the alternate breeze up session at Cranbourne on Monday, 2 October. Colts by More Than Ready, the sire of 176 stakes winners worldwide, proved the fastest of the quality drafts prepared by proven Ready2Race Sale vendors Muskoka Farm and Chevaux Bloodstock last week. In all, there are 82 different sires represented in the 2017 catalogue, including first season sires Albrecht, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration Of War, Epaulette, Eurozone, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Shamus Award, Sizzling, The Factor, Unencumbered, War and Zoustar. Last year's sale is already proving to be successful for buyers from Australia and Asia. Augustano recorded back-to-back wins in Singapore on Sunday evening for trainer Cliff Brown, while Debellatio has already won at Gr3 level for Perth trainer Fred Kersley. The 2017 Inglis Ready2Race sale will take place at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October with inspections from Monday, 2 October. Click here to view breeze up footage.

Gold Standard Wins Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes

Monday, 11th September 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: J Parr
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Coniston Gem
1.8L
J: J Bowman
T: James Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Teofilo
D: Aforethought
2.8L
J: Tim Clark
T: Bjorn Baker
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Savabeel
D: Generous Nature
3.1L
J: K Mc Evoy
T: G A Ryan
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Snitzel
D: Treppes

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 3YO chestnut colt Gold Standard (Sebring-Coniston Gem, by Greig) opened his stakes account with a strong win in the $200,000 Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) for 3YOs, defeating Sanctioned & Addictive Nature. Gold Standard, who is now an $11 chance for the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 23 September, improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes) from 4 starts for $185,750 in earnings. Purchased by Mount Hallowell Stud, Gai Waterhouse Racing & Julian Blaxland for $160,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Eliza Park International, Gold Standard is out of the dual Gr3-winning mare Coniston Gem.

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Ready To Run Catalogue Brimming With Quality

Monday, 11th September 2017

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.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Monday, 11th September 2017

After six weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a healthy lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $1.89 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock with $1.39 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 10 September) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $1,891,613
  2. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $1,393,644
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $1,176,883
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $1,090,644
  5. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $942,821
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $927,726
  7. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $879,885
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $804,188
  9. Blackfriars (Danehill) - $736,811
  10. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $693,608

Hell Or Highwater Wins Listed Heatherlie Stakes

Monday, 4th September 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: D Yendall
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 54 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Get Ready Bertie
1.5L
J: B Rawiller
T: D K Weir
W: 59 kgs
S: Dalakhani
D: Guantana
1.7L
J: L Currie
T: D K Weir
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Testa Rossa
D: Zazita
1.8L
J: Craig Williams
T: James Cummings
W: 59.5 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Itemise

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a stakes success when classy 5YO bay mare Hell or Highwater (Not a Single Doubt-Get Ready Bertie by More Than Ready) grabbed the much deserved black type win that had narrowly eluded her as a 2YO and early 3YO to comfortably hold of all chllengers in the $120,500 Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) defeating French import Guardini & Amelie's Star. Hell or Highwater took her record to 8 wins and 5 placings (including the Listed Lord Stakes) from 23 starts for $388,420 in earnings. Hell or Highwater was a $210,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale graduate purchased by Edwards Elkington Racing from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud. Her dam was also a Listed winner in the US amongst what is a very solid Derby and Oaks producing family.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 1st September 2017

After nearly five weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel once again finds himself at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings of $1.25 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, runner-up in last season's Sires' Premiership, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 31 August) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $1,250,858
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $814,920
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $770,664
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $760,759
  5. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $563,204
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $552,836
  7. Star Witness (Starcraft) - $545,770
  8. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $530,150
  9. Nicconi (Bianconi) - $508,069
  10. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $471,175

More Than Ready Adds US Gr3

Friday, 1st September 2017

At Saratoga racecourse in the US, Vinery Stud's champion shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 2YO bay colt Catholic Boy (More Than Ready-Song Of Bernadette, by Bernardini) rallied strongly in the straight to score by length for trainer Jonathan Thomas in the US$150,000 Gr3 With Anticipation Stakes (8.5 furlongs) for 2YOs, defeating Irish Territory & Untamed Domain. "He's screaming for distance. I'm impressed with him knowing he didn't get the cleanest trip and he negotiated some pockets and holes and overcame it," Thomas told Blood Horse. "Obviously, the goal would be to get to the Breeders' Cup from here with a possible start in the Pilgrim in between, but we'll see." In becoming More Than Ready's 175th stakes winner, Catholic Boy extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts. More Than Ready is featured in the 2017 Sires edition which can be opened by clicking on the image below.

2017 Sires

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 18th August 2017

With just over two weeks of the 2017-18 racing season completed, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has established an early lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings of $670,000. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, runner-up in last season's Sires' Premiership, while Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 17 August) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $671,469
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $471,630
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $371,720
  4. Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) - $342,411
  5. Star Witness (Starcraft) - $305,005
  6. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $302,599
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $297,290
  8. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $283,622
  9. Nicconi (Bianconi) - $256,689
  10. Exceed and Excel (Danehill) - $250,498

Inglis Ready2Race Catalogue Now Online

Monday, 14th August 2017

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.

Key Dates

  • 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

Lees to Trained Derby Winner

Monday, 7th August 2017

Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill) will continue his racing career under the care of Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Previously trained by James Cummings, Prized Icon also won the Gr1 Champagne Stakes as a juvenile and has been Gr1 placed in the Australian Guineas and Spring Champion Stakes. He hasn’t raced since finishing 11th in the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes in Brisbane in May. “You won’t be seeing him in the spring,” said Lees. “He is having a good break after a long three-year-old preparation. He will come back in the autumn.”

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Prized Icon winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)

Top 10 Australian Stallions for 2016/17

Friday, 4th August 2017

With only four days of the new racing season having passed, we thought we would once again take a quick snapshot of the Top Ten stallions from last year. Arrowfield Stud's Snitzel emerged as the new benchmark for stallion excellence with his first Australian Champion Sires' Title that amassed all-time record progeny earnings of $16,220,135. Finishing in second position was Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.4 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounded out the top three with $12.9 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia for last season (as of 1 August) were:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,220,135
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,444,239
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,948,685
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $12,194,618
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,755,839
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,535,979
  7. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,306,857
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,793,810
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,537,422
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,517,041

Final 2016/17 Australian Sires' Premiership Rankings

Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Arrowfield Stud's Snitzel has capped an outstanding 2016/17 season by claiming his first Australian Champion Sires' Title with all-time record progeny earnings of $16,175,135. Finishing in second position was Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.4 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounded out the top three with $12.9 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 20 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 31 July) were:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,175,135
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,423,039
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,946,885
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $12,180,843
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,755,239
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,513,979
  7. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,294,337
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,774,535
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,535,322
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,511,506
  11. Lonhro (Octagonal) - $7,255,934
  12. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $7,203,141
  13. Exceed and Excel (Danehill) - $6,549,673
  14. Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) - $6,519,607
  15. More Than Ready (Southern Halo) - $6,422,453
  16. Hard Spun (Danzig) - $6,143,488
  17. Nicconi (Bianconi) - $5,970,314
  18. Star Witness (Starcraft) - $5,759,182
  19. Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) - $5,741,522
  20. Myboycharlie (Danetime) - $5,559,932

Blue Blooded Rose Blooms on Debut

Monday, 31st July 2017

Blue blooded filly Bollinger Rose made a low-key but winning debut at Gosford on the NSW Central Coast on Saturday. Trained by Kris Lees on behalf of owner Vinery Stud, Bollinger Rose was sent out as the dominant $1.50 favourite after finishing runner-up to her multiple Gr1 winning stable-mate Le Romain in a Newcastle trial two weeks ago. Despite the strong market support, the 3YO daughter of More Than Ready was really made to work for her win when scoring by 0.23 length over Ammate & Apache Dude in the Harvey Norman 3YO Maiden Handicap over 1000m. Retained to race by Vinery after being passed in shy of her $350,000 reserve at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Bollinger Rose is the last foal of 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 six 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 Bollinger Rose 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.

Ransom The Moon Wins Gr1 Bing Crosby Stakes

Monday, 31st July 2017

At Del Mar in the US, 5YO entire Ransom The Moon (Malibu Moon–Count to Three, by Red Ransom) saluted at odds of 4-1 when scoring by 1 length for trainer Phil D'Amato in the US$300,000 Gr1 Bing Crosby Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Roy H (More Than Ready) & Moe Candy (Candy Ride). Ransom The Moon improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Kona Gold Stakes) and 7 placings from 19 starts for over US$500,000 in earnings. The race was somewhat marred by the performance of returning Eclipse Award winning sprinter Drefong, who threw jockey Mike Smith shortly after the start. Drefong was having his first run since claiming last year's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 28th July 2017

With just four days remaining of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's champion elect stallion Snitzel has extended his advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $15.9 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.2 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.8 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 27 July) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,948,137
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,264,796
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,854,065
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $12,080,713
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,659,814
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,458,689
  7. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,208,257
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,622,370
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,487,489
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,484,931

Ready2Race Sale Shaping As Strongest Ever

Wednesday, 26th July 2017

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.

Key dates:

  • 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

Black Caviar Son Progressing Well

Friday, 21st July 2017

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes has provided an update on the progress of blue blooded colt Prince Of Caviar, the second foal of legendary mare Black Caviar, reports racenet. "Ignoring that he's a Black Caviar foal, putting him into the bracket of just being one of our babies, he does everything right, great attitude, moves well - he is a really nice colt," said Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Wayne. "He's a lovely, well balanced colt." Hawkes said Prince Of Caviar, by Sebring, will be transferred to the family's Melbourne training base at Flemington in the next few weeks to continue his education. "We'll see how far he gets when he gets to the stables. We won't be in a rush with him, the owners are patient, a good group of clients that love their racing," he said. Prince Of Caviar is among the 1470 yearlings entered for the 2018 edition of the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Black Caviar's first foal, rising 3YO Oscietra (Exceed And Excel), has had one start for the Lindsay Park yard of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig when finishing third at Flemington on New Year's Day. Black Caviar's only other progeny is a filly by Snitzel who was foaled in September last year. She is currently in foal to More Than Ready.

Turangga Farm Dispersal Sale This Sunday

Friday, 21st July 2017

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.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 21st July 2017

With just over a week remaining of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's champion elect stallion Snitzel is sitting pretty at the top of the national sires' leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $15.8 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.2 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.76 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 July) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,810,827
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,235,696
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,760,955
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,863,458
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,594,609
  6. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $10,207,594
  7. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,092,937
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,501,845
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,411,171
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,369,621

Seven-Figure Offer Rejected for Son of Pluck

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

The owner of Awesome Pluck has rejected an offer of more than $1 million for the exciting country-trained 2YO, reports AAP. Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham confirmed Wauchope businessman Dale Miller received the offer from an agent representing Asian interests after the gelding finished third on his city debut at Warwick Farm eleven days ago. That highly promising performance followed his outstanding debut when he romped home by 5.5 lengths at Taree in June. "At this stage Dale says he is not for sale as he reckons he doesn't need the money," Graham said. "I'm thankful to have such a good supporter but I know Dale will find it hard to say no if Awesome Pluck progresses as we hope and the offers get bigger." Graham said she has big plans for Awesome Pluck in the spring, commencing with the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on 26 August. By Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready), Awesome Pluck boasts a strong pedigree being a direct descendant of Australian Oaks winner Savana City, dam of multiple Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Mr Vitality (Snippets) and Gr2 winner Rose O' War (Danehill), and grand-dam of Gr1 Hong Kong Centenary Sprint Cup winner King Of Danes (Danehill).

Aquis Sires Available for Inspection at Hunter Valley

Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Two superstar colts, Divine Prophet and Kiss And Make Up, are now on show at Aquis Farm, Hunter Valley. A first class son of champion sprinter and sire of sires Choisir, Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet has the pedigree and performance to place him among the very best first season sires retiring to stud this spring. From a daughter of champion sire Encosta de Lago, tracing back to legendary Kiwi matriarch Sunbride, Divine Prophet has diverse bloodlines featuring an explosive mix of precocious Australian speed with sound, tough Kiwi stamina. Divine Prophet stands at a fee of $22,000. Brilliant Gr2 winner Kiss and Make Up has the distinction of being the only horse to defeat Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a juvenile. By champion sire More Than Ready from a daughter of Redoute's Choice, Kiss and Make Up represents outstanding value at a fee of $16,500.

divine prophet

Divine Prophet (image: Mark Gatt)

Supido Wins Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes

Monday, 17th July 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: L Nolen
T: M C Kent
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Lady Succeed
0.8L
J: Ms C Lindop
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Southern Rose
1.1L
J: Chris Symons
T: B J McCarthy
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Murtajill
D: Loves Attention
1.9L
J: H Coffey
T: K T Bourke
W: 58.5 kgs
D: Zakynthos Star

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 5YO brown entire Supido (Sebring-Lady Succeed, by Brian's Time) sprinted powerfully down the centre of the track to claim his maiden stakes victory in the $150,000 Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Daytona Grey & Murt The Flirt. Supido, who was purchased by his trainer Mick Kent for $190,000 at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, improved his record to 7 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Goodwood & Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes) from 13 starts for $471,150 in earnings. "I'm sure he's a Group 1 horse," Kent told racing.com. "It's good to get this win out of the way because it's his first stakes win. He's Group 1 and Group 2-placed but I've been dying to get a Stakes win with him." Kent said Supido would have his next run in the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 29 July. "We'll head to the Bletchingly now in a fortnight and then see where we go from there, but I would like to get him back into a Group 1 race one day," he said.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 14th July 2017

With just over two weeks remaining of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's champion elect stallion Snitzel has increased his advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $15.5 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14.1 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.55 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 13 July) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,517,837
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,156,321
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,555,082
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,698,898
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,545,511
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,985,737
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,941,891
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,325,252
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,323,883
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,226,615

More Than Ready Adds US Gr3

Monday, 10th July 2017

At Arlington Park in the US, Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 3YO colt Sonic Boom (More Than Ready-Silent Circle, by Indian Charlie) went from gate-to-wire to score a dominant 1.75 length win for trainer Ian Wilkes in the US$100,000 Gr3 American Derby (9 furlongs) for 3YOs, defeating Gorgeous Kitten (Kitten's Joy) & My Bariley (Mizzen Mast). A US$135,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Sonic Boom improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Colombia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs) and 2 placings from 9 starts for US$245,800 in earnings.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 7th July 2017

With just over three weeks remaining of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel has an unassailable lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $15.2 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $14 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.47 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 6 July) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,203,277
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $14,077,861
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,473,857
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,514,488
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,483,336
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,784,276
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,754,801
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,260,022
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,182,107
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,160,140

Supply And Demand Wins Listed Caloundra Cup

Monday, 3rd July 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: J Parr
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Demanding
1.3L
J: J Lloyd
T: B J Smith
W: 54 kgs
S: Eighth Wonder
D: Sahrhy's Jewel
2.1L
J: L V Cassidy
T: K Hickmott
W: 54 kgs
S: Warhead
D: Kelana Miss
4.9L
J: J Byrne
T: J G Sargent
W: 54 kgs
S: Reaan
D: Zejester

At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 4YO brown gelding Supply And Demand (Sebring-Demanding, by Octagonal) opened his stakes account when leading his rivals a merry dance in the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) 3YO+, defeating My Diamantine & War Baby. Purchased for $170,000 by his trainer Gai Waterhouse, James Harron & Round Table Racing at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Supply And Demand improved his record to 6 wins and 6 placings from 16 starts for $422,735 in earnings.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 30th June 2017

After nearly forty-eights weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel continues to dominate at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings of $14.9 million. Holding down a comfortable second is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13.89 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.3 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 29 June) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,902,702
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,896,276
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,336,804
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,372,675
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,302,516
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,645,103
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,557,575
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $7,104,164
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $7,092,252
  10. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $7,055,500

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 23rd June 2017

After nearly forty-seven weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel maintains a comfortable advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings of $14.7 million. Occupying a clear second is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13.85 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12.2 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 22 June) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,719,492
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,857,331
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,236,104
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $11,172,025
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $11,165,041
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,557,392
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,336,614
  8. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $6,977,775
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $6,918,977
  10. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,886,426

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 16th June 2017

After forty-six weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel appears to have an unassailable lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings of $14.6 million. Occupying a clear second is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13.6 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $12 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 15 June) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $14,609,432
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,609,996
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $12,045,806
  4. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $11,013,180
  5. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,940,157
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $9,488,397
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $9,147,494
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,914,580
  9. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,825,936
  10. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $6,785,802

MM National Yearlings Day-2: $300k Written Tycoon Filly

Thursday, 8th June 2017

A quality filly by Written Tycoon topped Day-2 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale on Wednesday to round out Book One of the auction. Offered by Kitchwin Hills, as agent, the filly was purchased by Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock in conjunction with leading New South Wales trainer Kris Lees. Blue Sky's Julian Blaxland was able to secure the prized filly with a $300,000 bid. “Physically she was the filly of the sale," Blaxland reported. "She looks a real two-year-old. She's an out cross and Aquis is really happy to be supporting Kris Lees with their first horse together." The filly, catalogued as Lot 2206, is the second foal of the 2YO-winning More Than Ready mare More Black Magic from the family of Gr1 winner Covertly.

$300k Written Tycoon Filly

Day-2's sale-topping filly (pic: Magic Millions)

MM National Yearlings Day-2: Other Major Sellers

Thursday, 8th June 2017

Phoenix Thoroughbreds, bidding through David Lucas, secured the exceptionally bred More Than Ready-Quaintly filly from Highgrove Stud for $280,000. Offered late in the day, the filly is the second foal of her dam, a group-performed daughter of Giant's Causeway. It is the family of international Gr1 winners Jade Robbery and Gold Dream. Phoenix Thoroughbreds also bought Lot 2130 - the Zoustar-Jersey Lily colt from Baramul Stud. Knocked down for $230,000, the colt is the third foal for stakes-winner Jersey Lily, also runner-up in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic. Leading bloodstock agent Justin Bahen teamed up with Acing Lead and Little Kwok Hing Hung to secure the other two big sellers on the day. The most expensive was Lot 2063, Widden Stud's Sebring colt from the stakes-placed Fastnet Rock mare Epona Princess for $250,000. A little earlier in the day they combined to outlay $230,000 for Lot 2039, the Dalakhani-Dane Blazer colt from Aquis Farm.

MM National Yearlings Day-1: Other Prominent Sales

Wednesday, 7th June 2017

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.

Fiveandahalfstar

Lot 2032 is a half-sister to Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar (pic: Mark Gatt)

Exceed And Excel Chosen For Serious Satire

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

New Zealand black-type winner Serious Satire has been retired and will pay a visit to Darley's brilliant speed sire Exceed and Excel in Australia during the 2017 breeding season, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We didn't get to see the best of her, but that's the way it goes sometimes," trainer Stephen Marsh said. Bred and raced by David Paykel, Serious Satire won three of her 12 starts including the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes at Ellerslie. From one of New Zealand's best families, she is a daughter of Vinery shuttler More Than Ready and the Zabeel mare Zarzuela, a multiple Group winner who placed in the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks. Zarzuela and her Gr1-placed, Group-winning half-sister Satin Shoes are out of Champion 3YO Filly Star Satire, winner of the Gr1 WFA Stakes at Otaki Maori Race Club.

Satin Shoes 

Satin Shoes is in Serious Satire's immediate pedigree (pic: Steve Hart)

Cellargirl Wins Listed JRA Bill Carter Stakes

Monday, 5th June 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: James Orman
T: K M Schweida
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Vintage Blend
1.8L
J: L V Cassidy
T: Chris Munce
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Bradbury's Luck
D: Paris Blu
2.8L
J: J Byrne
T: T J Gollan
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Star Witness
D: Sheeznodoubt
3.3L
J: J Bowman
T: P & P Snowden
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Miss Sharapova

At Doomben in Brisbane, Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a black-type success when promising juvenile filly Cellargirl (More Than Ready-Vintage Blend, by Cape Cross) scored a 1.8-lengths victory for trainer Kelly Schweida in the $100,000 Listed JRA Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies. A runner in this year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic, Cellargirl's defeat of fellow fillies Skate To Paris and She's Our Star took her record to 2 wins from 4 starts for $117,300 earnings. Cellargirl was a $90,000 yearling consigned by Vinery Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Egg Tart Wins Gr1 Queensland Oaks

Monday, 5th June 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: K Mc Evoy
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Mrs Windsor
1.3L
J: Tommy Berry
T: Darren Beadman
W: 56.5 kgs
S: New Approach
D: Rinky Dink
1.4L
J: B Shinn
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Shawnee Girl
1.6L
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Miss Dodwell

At Doomben in Brisbane on Saturday, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) celebrated an elite race success when superb 3YO filly Egg Tart (Sebring-Mrs Windsor, by King's Best) made it back-to-back Gr1 wins. Sent off favourite for the $500,000 Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) following her victory in the Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2010m) in Adelaide last month, the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart had no problems with the extra distance, defeating Godolphin's game Pygmy and Oklahoma Girl by 1.3-lengths, ahead of Kenedna who flashed home from from an impossible position. Her latest escapade took Egg Tart's impeccable record to 6 wins and 1 placing from 8 starts for $795,150 earnings. A $40,000 purchase by Anton Koolman & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Jorson Farm, Egg Tart is out of the unraced mare Mrs Windsor (King's Best), a half-sister to dual Gr1-winning sprinter Coronation Day and Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Heart Ruler, from the Gr1-winning mare Born to Be Queen (In The Purple). Corumbene Stud owned Born To Be Queen and mated her with Kings Best which produced the mare Mrs Windsor. Mrs Windsor, in turn, was unraced due to injury and subsequently sold by Corumbene Stud in foal to Sebring at the 2013 Inglis Easter Broodmare sale.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 2nd June 2017

After forty four weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel has extended his advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings of $14.2 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13.39 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $11.49 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 1 June) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,201,867
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,395,046
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $11,498,421
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,492,544
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $10,341,774
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,264,368
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $8,316,393
  8. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $6,781,612
  9. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,552,887
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,445,126

Well Bred Price Debutant Today at Geelong

Friday, 2nd June 2017

This afternoon's opening race at Geelong in Victoria is the stepping-off point for a beautifully bred 2YO colt. By Vinery's globe-trotting shuttler More Than Ready, Lu Bu is out of the Flying Spur mare Hanover Fist, making him a half-brother to highly consistent Gr3 winner Red Bomber and a full-brother to stakes-placed Ready To Fight. A $170,000 Inglis Easter Yearling making his debut for the in-form Mick Price yard, Lu Bu's dam is from the immediate family of Typhoon Tracy, Red Element, Kylie Kwong, Tracy's Element, Master of Design (see above item), Suntagonal and Shaft, among others. Last week, Victoria's Bullarook Park announced that Typhoon Tracy's only foal, $2.1 million Inglis Easter graduate Last Typhoon (by Street Cry), will stand his first season in 2017. Race favourite is fellow debutant Takemehomemister.

Werther Wins Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup

Monday, 29th May 2017

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) bounded clear over the final 100 metres to score by 3 lengths for trainer John Moore and jockey Hugh Bowman in the final Gr1 race of the Hong Kong season – the HK$10 million Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m), defeating Blazing Speed (Dylan Thomas) & Eagle Way (More Than Ready). Werther, the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup Gr1 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 South Australian Derby & Gr1 Queensland Derby) from 24 starts for $7,796,490 earnings.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 26th May 2017

After forty three weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel is still sitting pretty at the top of the national sires' leader board with record progeny earnings in excess of $14 million. Holding down second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $13 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $11.3 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 25 May) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,080,546
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $13,059,573
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $11,361,658
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,345,379
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $9,840,999
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,179,257
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $8,118,648
  8. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $6,707,347
  9. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,435,227
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,310,178

Rebel Dane Half Set For Debut

Wednesday, 24th May 2017

Meanwhile, despite Envy of All and the Godolphin-prepared Tiki Bar being in control at the top of betting markets, a beautifully bred filly and half-sister to brilliant and recently retired galloper Rebel Dane sits expectantly in the pre-post betting shadows, reports theinformant.co.nz. As Rebel Dane leaves his famous box 14 at the stables of trainer Gary Portelli to commence his freshman sire year at Victoria's Swettenham Stud, his half-sister Dixie moves into the spotlight. "Dixie is a lovely Foxwedge filly, but she is a back-marker like Rebel Dane," noted Portelli. A son of the prodigious Fastnet Rock, who captured the Gr1 William Reid Stakes amongst many sterling sprint performances at the highest level, Foxwedge has already sired 81 winners from his first three crops, including 5 stakeswinners and 2 Group winners. Top of this list are the Chris Waller trained Gr1 Queen of the Turf winner Foxplay and Gr2 Eight Carat Classic winner Volpe Veloce. Dixie is the fifth foal of More Than Ready mare Texarcana.

Rebel Dane

A half-sister to Rebel Dane makes her debut today (pic: Mark Gatt)

Outstanding Supplementaries Online for National Sale

Friday, 19th May 2017

The upcoming 2017 Magic Millions National Sale has been further enhanced with the supplementary catalogues released for the weanling and broodmare auctions. Thirteen youngsters have been supplemented to the National Weanling Sale boosting that auction to 567 catalogued lots. Incredible opportunities will flow through to the National Broodmare Sale with 54 lots joining the catalogue. Among the late entries are stakes-winning race fillies and maiden mares Kebede, Samara Dancer, Scarlet Rain, Petits Filous, Rocket Commander, Replique and Shakespearean Lass. Also featuring in the supplementary for the National Broodmare Sale are Gr2 winner Zurella, Lankan Rupee's three-quarter sister Inspired Estelle, a share in Star Witness, and broodmares covered by sires including Brazen Beau, Deep Field, I Am Invincible, Kingman, More Than Ready, Savabeel, Tavistock, Vancouver and Written Tycoon. To view the National Weanling Sale supplementary catalogue click here, and for the National Broodmare Sale additional lots click here.

Deep Field

Mares in foal to Deep Field will be popular (pic: Steve Hart)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 19th May 2017

After forty two weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel has extended his lead at the top of the national sires’ leader board with record progeny earnings of $13.87 million. Holding down second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $12.9 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $11 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 18 May) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $13,875,861
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,945,708
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $11,008,658
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,224,849
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $9,572,849
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $9,059,282
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $7,938,997
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,588,627
  9. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $6,279,001
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,222,888

842 Catalogued for Great Southern Sale

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

A total of 842 Lots will be offered at a bumper Inglis Melbourne Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction from June 18-21. Of the overall Lots, 459 are weanlings, 284 are broodmares while the rest of the catalogue is made up of yearlings and tried horses. Weanlings by leading stallions including Written Tycoon, So You Think, Sebring, More Than Ready, I Am Invincible, Choisir, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, Artie Schiller, Star Witness and Reward For Effort will be offered. Additionally, progeny of 22 first season sires including Brazen Beau, Toronado, Deep Field, Dissident, Puissance De Lune and Wandjina have also been catalogued. Of the 284 broodmares being offered are mares in foal to the likes of Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Foxwedge, Nicconi, Sebring, So You Think and Brazen Beau. Gr3 winner Scarlett Billows is one of the highlight Lots in the catalogue, together with other high quality breeding and racing stock. "The Inglis team spent a lot of time canvassing our clients and encouraging them to support the sale with quality stock,'' said Inglis' Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian. "In recent years, we have seen horses like Mongolian Khan graduate to Group 1 success on the track, while many pinhooked youngsters have afforded their purchasers massive returns.'' Supplementary entries for the Melbourne Great Southern Sale close on Friday June 9. Click here to view the catalogue.

Miss Debutante Wins Listed Denise's Joy Stakes

Monday, 15th May 2017

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J: Tommy Berry
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 53 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: More Than Real
2.5L
J: Ms T Harrison
T: Henry Dwyer
W: 53 kgs
S: Snitzel
D: Lassiter's Cat
2.7L
J: G Schofield
T: James Cummings
W: 54 kgs
D: My Amelia
3.8L
J: Mitchell Bell
T: Kurt Goldman
W: 60 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Comrie

At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 3YO bay filly Miss Debutante (Fastnet Rock-More Than Real, by More Than Ready) looked a class above her rivals when exploding from the rear of the field for a dominant win in the $150,000 Listed Denise's Joy Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Snitty Kitty & Smart Amelia. Miss Debutante, who was a $430,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud, improved her record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $176,201 earnings. Miss Debutante is out of the lightly raced and very smart US-bred mare More Than Real, a winner of the Gr2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes and placed in the Gr1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont.

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Miss Debutante (image: Steve Hart)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 12th May 2017

After forty one weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel maintains a narrow advantage at the top of the national sires’ leader board with progeny earnings of $12.89 million. Holding down second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $12.78 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $10.65 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 11 May) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,898,606
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,783,608
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $10,651,950
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $10,085,759
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $9,455,024
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,887,341
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $7,680,001
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,504,159
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $6,092,151
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,040,578

Egg Tart Wins Gr1 Australasian Oaks

Monday, 8th May 2017

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J: K Mc Evoy
T: C J Waller
W: 56 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Mrs Windsor
0.2L
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 56 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Miss Dodwell
0.7L
J: M Zahra
T: S J Webb
W: 56 kgs
S: Anacheeva
D: Sacha Royale
1.7L
J: Katelyn Mallyon
T: D J Laws
W: 56 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Tiffany's Best

At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) celebrated an elite race success when exciting 3YO filly Egg Tart (Sebring-Mrs Windsor, by King's Best) overcame trouble in running to score a brilliant win in the $500,000 Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2010m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Kenedna & Ana Royale. Egg Tart laid claim to being the best 3YO filly in Australia with this outstanding win. Courtesy of an astute ride by Kerrin McEvoy, Egg Tart was able to weave her way through the field before unleashing a terrific turn of foot to finish too strongly for the favourite Kenedna and in the process advance her already imposing record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for $467,750 earnings. A $40,000 purchase by Anton Koolman & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Jorson Farm, Egg Tart out of the unraced mare Mrs Windsor (King's Best), a half-sister to dual Gr1-winning sprinter Coronation Day and Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Heart Ruler from the Gr1-winning mare Born to Be Queen (In The Purple). Kerrin McEvoy was impressed with the win. "She did it quite soft in the end," the jockey said. "She's a filly that has just kept improving and she relished the extra trip and she'll stay further," he said.

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