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2017

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

 Mrgn.Runners
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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.

miss debutante

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

 Mrgn.Runners
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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.

Worma

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 5th May 2017

After nearly forty weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel has reclaimed the number one spot on the national sires’ leader board with progeny earnings of $12.67 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry who is only $12,000 in arrears with $12.66 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $10.39 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 4 May) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,678,821
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,665,920
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $10,392,735
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,642,726
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $8,578,844
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,449,872
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $7,063,521
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,386,119
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,876,624
  10. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $5,847,521

Supplementary Lots Added to NZB National Weanling Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Meanwhile, there are four supplementary lots that have been added to the catalogue for next week’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka. They are:

  • Lot 485 - offered by Highden Park, is a weanling colt by Road To Rock out of Kathy O’Reilly. He comes from the family of Cox Plate winner and exciting young sire Ocean Park, along with the Group 1-winning mare Critic.
  • Lot 486 - a yearling filly offered by Delph Common. She is by Jimmy Choux out of the Kenny’s Best Pal mare Sprites Delight, from the family of Group 2 winners Pay My Bail and Megapins.
  • Delph Common will also offer Sprites Delight herself, who will go through the ring as Lot 488. Herself a three-race winner, Sprites Delight is the dam of one winner from two foals to race. She is being sold with a Swiss Ace filly at foot.
  • Lot 487 - offered by Little Avondale Stud, is the More Than Ready mare Anaween who is in foal to Little Avondale stallion Per Incanto. The mare, herself a winner in Australia, comes from the family of successful sire Keeper.

There is also one significant correction to the printed catalogue – Lot 387, Hayley Rose, was served by Sacred Falls, not Super Easy. NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on Monday and Tuesday, commencing at 10am each day. Lots will be available for inspection from Saturday morning. Click here to view the catalogue.

Sun Stud Announce 2017 Fees

Monday, 1st May 2017

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:

Victoria

Queensland

  • 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

Shazee Lee Wins Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas

Monday, 1st May 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: J Ford
T: S I Singleton
W: 54 kgs
S: Ready's Image
D: Shazee
0.3L
J: T Angland
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 55 kgs
S: Beneteau
D: Prompt
0.4L
J: J R Collett
T: J C Coyle
W: 56 kgs
S: Hinchinbrook
D: Salsify
1.4L
J: Tommy Berry
T: Paul Messara
W: 56 kgs
S: Redoute's Choice
D: Caerless

At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, former shuttler Ready's Image (More Than Ready-Clever Phrase, by Clever Trick) sired his first stakes winner in Australia when 3YO filly Shazee Lee (Ready's Image-Shazee, by Danewin) scored an upset win at odds of 50-1 in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Prompt Response & Salsonic. Shazee Lee, who is a direct descendant of Coogee, the dam of champion stallion Bletchingly, improved her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 11 starts for $226,415 earnings.

shazee lee

Shazee Lee (image: Steve Hart)

Broadband Wins Gr3 Breeders' Stakes

Monday, 1st May 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: N Callow
T: P Stokes
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Electric Dreams
3.8L
J: Damien Thornton
T: Tony McEvoy
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Nicconi
D: Bon Ton
3.9L
J: Damian Lane
T: D K Weir
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Strum Cha
4.0L
J: Chris Parnham
T: Henry Dwyer
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Gold Chant

At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 2YO filly Broadband (Sebring-Electric Dreams, by Redoute's Choice) opened her stakes account with an emphatic victory in the $120,000 Gr3 Breeders' Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Time Awaits & Artstrum. Racing in the familiar grey, red and white silks of her owner Peter Horwitz, Broadband improved her record to 1 win and 1 placing (including the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes) from 3 starts for $88,800 earnings. From the Redoute's Choice mare Electric Dreams, Broadband hails from the outstanding Voltage family that includes champion galloper Grand Armee, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal, Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Anamato, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum, dual Gr1 winning Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, and Gr1 South African Derby winner Wylie Hall.

More Than Ready Adds HK Gr3

Monday, 1st May 2017

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) scored by 0.75 length for trainer John Moore in the Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m), defeating Helene Charisma & Gold Mount. Eagle Way improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queensland Derby) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,339,659 in earnings. Eagle Way was a $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at 2014's Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. He is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 28th April 2017

After nearly thirty nine weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry maintains a slender advantage (less than $100,000) at the top of the national sire leader board with progeny earnings of $12.58 million. Nipping at his heels in second position is Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel with $12.48 million in earnings, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $10.2 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 27 April) are:

  1. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,580,670
  2. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,482,746
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $10,282,150
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,377,396
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $8,525,644
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,103,357
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $6,729,496
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,304,817
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $5,780,298
  10. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $5,672,362

Dornier Wins Listed VRC St Leger

Wednesday, 26th April 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: Jordan Childs
T: J F Moloney
W: 56 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Deloraine
0.1L
J: Damian Lane
T: D K Weir
W: 54 kgs
S: Raise The Flag
D: Notable
1.4L
J: Craig Williams
T: Lee & Anthony Freedman
W: 56 kgs
S: Redwood
D: Lalla
2.6L
J: Patrick Moloney
T: P G Carey
W: 56 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Our Serena

Flemington in Melbourne, US Gr1-winning Emirates Park shuttler Artie Schiller (El Prado-Hidden Light, by Majestic Light) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Dornier (Artie Schiller-Deloraine, by More Than Ready) opened his stakes account when relishing the soft track conditions in the $200,000 Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) for 3YO+, defeating Tasmanian Oaks winner Parthesia & High Mode. Dornier, who is out of Listed Tasmanian Guineas winner Deloraine, improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 10 starts for $162,530 earnings. Trainer John Moloney said Dornier could be aimed at a race on Melbourne Cup day in the spring. “Maybe something like the Tuesday Lexus (2800m race on Melbourne Cup Day) would be an ideal race for him,” he said.

Candika Wins Listed Princess Stakes

Monday, 24th April 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: D J Browne
T: Steven O'Dea
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Divya
3.3L
J: B Looker
T: Stirling Osland
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Northern Meteor
D: Snippety Eve
3.5L
J: Ms K O'Hara
T: J C Coyle
W: 56.5 kgs
D: De Chorus
3.5L
J: J Lloyd
T: Ms K Doughty
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Made Of Dreams

At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Candika (Sebring-Divya, by Danzero) claimed an overdue maiden stakes victory in the $100,000 Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Prada Miss & Benfica Princess. Candika, who was a $100,000 purchase by Proven Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud, improved her record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Listed Mode Plate & Listed (R) Magic Millions 2YO Classic) from 15 starts for $436,900 in earnings. Trainer Steve O'Dea said he would test Candika's Queensland Oaks credentials when she steps up in distance in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on 6 May.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 21st April 2017

After nearly thirty eight weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry holds a narrow advantage at the top of the national sire leader board with progeny earnings of $12.49 million. Not far behind in second position is Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel with $12.1 million in earnings, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $9.9 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 April) are:

  1. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $12,496,255
  2. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,122,525
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $9,985,854
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,176,866
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $8,205,394
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $7,838,541
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $6,364,991
  8. Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) - $6,180,854
  9. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $5,631,468
  10. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $5,610,387

Mongolian Wolf Wins Gr3 Frank Packer Plate

Tuesday, 18th April 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: B Avdulla
T: D K Weir
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Oomaroo
1.3L
J: J Bowman
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Medaglia D'Oro
D: Stacked
1.7L
J: T Angland
T: A & E Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Lamarr
5.0L
J: Ms K O'Hara
T: Mitchell Kearney
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Widden Valley
D: Fabulash

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Mongolian Wolf (Pluck-Oomaroo, by Tale of the Cat) made an auspicious Australian debut when landing the $150,000 Gr3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Veladero & fellow 3YO gelding Screamarr. Having his first start for new owners Australian Bloodstock after being purchased from the yard of Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, the Darren Weir-trained Mongolian Wolf advanced his record to 4 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 ARC Avondale Guineas) from 9 starts for $119,372 earnings. Mongolian Wolf, who is out of a half-sister to multiple Group winner Thump, was originally purchased for $8,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, then sold for $30,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, before subsequently being sold for $200,000 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs.

mongolian wolf

Mongolian Wolf (image: Steve Hart)

Vinery Announce 2017 Service Fees

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:

  • ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
  • CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
  • HEADWATER - $16,500
  • MORE THAN READY - $66,000
  • PLUCK - $9,900
  • PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
  • STAR TURN - $22,000
  • TESTA ROSSA - $16,500

*All service fees (inc. GST)

Gatting Wins Gr2 WATC Derby

Monday, 10th April 2017

At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Gatting (Hard Spun-Stubborn, by Lonhro) scored by 1.75 lengths for trainer Darren Mcauliffe in the $400,000 Gr2 WATC Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO fillies Very Tempting (Redoute's Choice-Fit and Ready, by More Than Ready) & Chill The Champers (Artie Schiller-Champagne Amore, by Xaar). Gatting improved his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Melvista Stakes) and 5 placings from 12 starts for $503,600 earnings.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 7th April 2017

After nearly thirty six weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel has booted clear at the top of the national sire leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $11.5 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $9.7 million in earnings, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $8.9 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 6 April) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $11,533,885
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $9,754,270
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $8,971,151
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,940,361
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $7,684,409
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $6,971,448
  7. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $5,938,900
  8. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,906,145
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,465,809
  10. Redoute's Choice (Danehill) - $5,383,787

Property Wins Gr3 Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes

Monday, 3rd April 2017

On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Arrowfield Stud and now Rosemont Stud-based 5-time Gr1-winning stallion Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a Group success when 2YO gelding Property (Starcraft-Opalize, by Anabaa) scored by 3.3 lengths for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $200,000 Gr3 Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colt Condor Heroes (Not a Single Doubt-Gosetgo, by More Than Ready) & 2YO filly Sheikha (Sebring-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward). Property, a $130,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude & Listed Blue Diamond Preview) and 1 placing from 5 starts for $379,400 earnings.

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Property (image: Steve Hart)

Acatour Wins Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes

Monday, 3rd April 2017

On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 3YO colt Acatour (Sebring-Adonia Queen, by Cherokee Run) returned to winning form with a dominant 3.5 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $200,000 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) & fellow 3YO colt Veladero (Medaglia d'Oro-Stacked, by Belong to Me). Acatour, who was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock and Snowden Racing for $160,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, improved his record to 4 wins and 2 placings (including the Listed MRC Gothic Stakes) from 9 starts for $243,855 earnings.

Very Tempting Wins Gr3 WA Oaks

Monday, 3rd April 2017

At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group quinella when 3YO filly Very Tempting (Redoute's Choice-Fit and Ready, by More Than Ready) scored a narrow 0.25 length win for trainers Grant & Alana Williams in the $250,000 Gr3 WA Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO filly and stable-mate Royal Star (Redoute's Choice-Star Encounter, by Jeune) & 3YO filly Just Like Fire (Sakhee's Secret-Jarna's Choice, by Torrential). Owned by prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Very Tempting was a $420,000 purchase by Belmont Bloodstock Agency at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. Very Tempting's maiden stakes victory boosted her record to 3 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed WATC Natasha Stakes) from 9 starts for $191,050 earnings.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Friday, 31st March 2017

After nearly thirty five weeks of the 2016-17 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel maintains a healthy lead at the top of the national sire leader board with progeny earnings of over $10.3 million. Occupying second position is Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry with $9.3 million in earnings, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $8.8 million. According to arion.co.nz, the top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 30 March) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $10,312,035
  2. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $9,342,857
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $8,839,426
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,757,556
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $7,367,359
  6. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $6,691,688
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,624,895
  8. Stratum (Redoute's Choice) - $5,551,285
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,327,421
  10. Choisir (Danehill Dancer) - $5,026,676

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