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2017

Pariah Opens Favourite For Gr2 San Domenico

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

Meanwhile, Pariah (see above article) has been opened as a fairly short favourite for Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Won last year by Vinery Stud's exciting 2017 freshman sire Star Turn, the San Domenico is one of the traditional seasonal pipe-openers for 3YOs. Pariah, who finished runner-up in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at his penultimate run, is the TAB's $2.50 favourite, ahead of Condor Heroes (runner-up in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes on April Fools Day) and exciting filly Tulip, scratched last Saturday, who placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper). The duo is at $6, ahead of $8 quotes Jorda and Marsupial.

Star Turn Full-Brother On Debut In South Africa

Friday, 9th June 2017

Few 3YOs caught the eye in Australia this season as much as Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). That makes Sunday's racetrack debut on the other side of the world of his younger full-brother most intriguing. Named Shufoog by Shadwell Stud Australia, who purchased him for $300,000 from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, the colt has been accepted for a 1160m maiden at Turffontein in Johannesburg. His 14 carded opposition don't appear to be overly strong and connections will be expecting a forward showing by the youngster. Meanwhile, the brilliantly fast Star Turn, who finished his career with four consecutive Gr1 placings (including against open company), is waiting to serve his debut season at Vinery Stud where he is proving very popular off a $22,000 service fee. Vinery's Adam White said, “Star Turn has been very well received by breeders in what will be his first season at stud this year. People are obviously aware of his on pace speed and what imposing looks he possesses." White revealed, "A lot of breeders have come to see him already and are taken with his great strength, balance and athleticism. His pedigree suits a wide range of mares and this will ensure he has a great future at stud."

Star Turn

Star Turn is a head turner (image: Vinery Stud)

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)

Silent Sedition Wins Gr1 William Reid Stakes

Monday, 27th March 2017

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) celebrated an elite success when 4YO mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Andrew Noblet in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Hellbent (I Am Invincible-Volkaspray, by Volksraad) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). This was a thoroughly deserved maiden top-flight victory for Silent Sedition who advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 16 starts for $961,650 earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud. Not only was this Silent Sedition's first Gr1 success, but it was also the first for trainer Andrew Noblet and jockey Katelyn Mallyon. "I can't believe this. I'm just so over the moon, you can't imagine how much I've wanted this," Mallyon told racing.com. "It's just so good to be a Group One winner. It's all I've ever wanted." "It's unbelievable," Noblet said. "To come here and do that after coming back from a mile and coming back from Sydney…she's just an unbelievable talent this mare."

silent sedition

Silent Sedition drives up the inside (image: Mark Gatt) 

Weight Relief Has Star Turn On Top

Friday, 24th March 2017

As the only 3YO in tonight’s weight-for-age Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, exciting colt Star Turn heads bookmaker’s boards at $4.20. In a seemingly open sprint event at the tight turning circuit in Melbourne, Vinery Stud’s stallion-in-waiting comes into the race off two Gr1 sprint placings since his seasonal return. From an ideal barrier Star Turn is likely to get onto the rail and defy late challengers, however he might find himself in an upfront battle with speedy mare Sheidel who is at $5.00. That could set the race up for a flying finish from classy sprinter Hellbent and ultra consistent Silent Sedition, albeit the 300m drop back in distance from last week’s Gr1 Coolmore Classic is not ideal for the latter.

Star Turn

Gr1 William Reid favourite Star Turn (pic: Steve Hart)

Star Turn Poised for Maiden Gr1 Success

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

Jockey Dwayne Dunn is confident that talented 3YO sprinter Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) can finally break through at the elite level in tomorrow night’s Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of 4 of his 11 starts, including the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes and Gr3 San Domenico Stakes, Star Turn has been placed three times in top company, namely in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Lightning Stakes, and Newmarket Handicap down the famous Flemington straight. Connections have indicated that the son of Star Witness is likely to be retired to stud if he secures that elusive Gr1 victory. “I think this is what he's looking for - he's looking for a corner and it should be ideal for him," Dunn said. "He's drawn a beautiful barrier (three) and he's going to push up on-speed.” He added: “He's always run into some pretty smart gallopers but hopefully on Friday night we can get the job done.”

William Reid Target for Silent Sedition

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Meanwhile, talented mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) will bypass Friday night's Sunline Stakes in favour of the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, reports AAP. The Andrew Noblet-trained 4YO missed out on claiming her first Gr1 triumph when narrowly defeated by Heaven's Above in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill last start. "She got back from Sydney really well and she's in super order," Noblet said. "I didn't want to go to another mile race two weeks before the Queen of The Turf or have another trip to Sydney. So I'll run her in the shorter race and keep the freshness in her legs and then go back to Sydney." Noblet added: "Obviously there's some more seasoned sprinters in there and it's weight-for-age, but she's very consistent and tries very hard so she'll run well." Silent Sedition is on the fourth line of betting for the William Reid at $11 with Tab. Gr1-performed sprinters Spieth and Star Turn share favouritism for the $500,000 feature at $5.

Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Newmarket Handicap

Monday, 13th March 2017

At Flemington in Victoria, 6YO UK-bred gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) posted a top shelf success in scoring by a comfortable 2-lengths for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $1,255,000 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) over fellow 6YO gelding Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O’Fortuna, by Gilded Time) & 4YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). The former Gr1-placed Hong Kong galloper improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 10 starts for $1,392,080 earnings. Redkirk Warrior became the first horse ever to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap first-up from a spell in what was an amazing training performance. The first running of the race was in 1892 when Wild Rose saluted. Redkirk Warrior was a £22,000 yearling from the Tattersalls 2012 Yearling Sale from the draft of Manor House Stud.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior created history first-up in the Newmarket (pic: Mark Gatt)

Newmarket Nightmare For Outgoing Race Caller

Friday, 10th March 2017

Melbourne’s soon to retire race caller Greg Miles might find himself wishing he’d hung up the binoculars earlier than June when the final 100 metres of tomorrow’s Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington plays out. Although the major sprint has been robbed of outstanding colt Flying Artie due to a reported low level lung infection, there are chances just about everywhere one looks, and there is a strong likelihood of another blanket finish down the straight six. Despite the publically aired concerns by trainer Bryce Heys about Speith’s inside marble, the exciting 4YO tops betting markets at $3.50, with his Lightning Stakes conqueror and top-weight Terravista at the luxury quote of $12 due to the weight turn around. Sheidel, Extreme Choice, Illustrious Lad and Star Turn are all under double figure odds and are expected to be the testing material for Speith, however Miles can also expect any one of The Quarterback, Voodoo Lad, Super Cash or Redkirk Warrior to come into play. And then there’s Waikato Stud-bound Tivaci (see below item) who will be hitting the line hard, particularly if there’s a ton of pace through the middle stages of the race.

Lightning Stakes blanket finish

The Lightning Stakes produced a tight finish (pic: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Newmarket Handicap Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th March 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Weights have been raised 0.5kg to ensure a minimum top weight of 57kg. The time-honoured event is one of the feature sprints on the racing calendar and has been won by some of Australia's greatest sprinters including Black Caviar (2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Exceed and Excel (2004), Primacy (1993), Schillaci (1992), Placid Ark (1987), Maybe Mahal (1978), Century (1973), Baguette (1971), Bernborough (1946), Heroic (1926), and Wakeful (1901). This year the favourite is the Bryce Heys-trained chestnut Spieth who will be chasing his maiden top flight victory following successive Gr1 placings in the Darley Classic and Lightning Stakes. Spieth is currently $3.50 with the Tab, ahead of dual Gr1-winning 3YO Extreme Choice at $5.50, Gr1-placed 3YO Star Turn at $6.50, and Illustrious Lad at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Lightning Stakes hero Terravista at $11. The final field is:

  1. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Corey Brown) 57kg (12)
  2. SPIETH (Bryce Heys-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (1)
  3. THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Craig Newitt) 55kg (7)
  4. SHEIDEL (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damien Oliver) 54kg (3)
  5. VOODOO LAD (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 54kg (2)
  6. EXTREME CHOICE (Mick Price-Joao Moreira) 53kg (13)
  7. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 53kg (5)
  8. TIVACI (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 53kg (6)
  9. STAR TURN (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Glen Boss) 52.5kg (11)
  10. SUPER CASH (Andrew Noblet-Ben Allen) 52.5kg (9)
  11. COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller-Stephen Baster) 52.5kg (10)
  12. REDKIRK WARRIOR (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 52.5kg (4)
  13. INSPECTOR (Peter White-Dean Yendall) 52.5kg (8)

Eden Roc Added to Inaugural Inglis Chairmans Sale

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Highly promising stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc is the latest addition to The Chairman’s Sale - Elite Racing Prospects, with owner Alan Bell to offer the colt for sale in the historic Newmarket ring two days before Day 1 of The Championships. Eden Roc (Star Witness x Hilton Head) became the most expensive yearling by his sire when selling for $750,000 last year, and in his three career starts to date the colt’s raw ability has matched his good looks. The strapping chestnut was runner-up on debut behind Exceeds, then placed third behind Veranillo in the Listed ATC Lonhro Plate before a fast finishing 1.1L fourth in the Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes last start. Bell is a renowned judge of elite racehorses, having purchased Australian Champion Sprinters Schillaci and Primacy, WFA star and Champion Older Horse Grand Armee, and current hot sire prospects Deep Field and Star Turn. “He has always shown tremendous ability, being right up there with the best two-year-olds in our stable. Being closely related to Star Turn he has similar traits and strength, and only with time will Eden Roc keep improving," said co-trainer Michael Hawkes. Eden Roc’s sire Star Witness has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s top young stallions. His stakes winning progeny this current racing season include dual Gr1 winner Global Glamour and exciting filly Fuhryk. Entries for the Elite Racing Prospects session of The Chairman’s Sale close on Monday 27 March. The auction will then be held at 6pm on Thursday 30 March at Newmarket.

Newmarket Next for Veteran Sprinter

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Trainer Joe Pride has confirmed that evergreen sprinter Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) will have his next run in Saturday week's $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. The 7YO claimed his second win at the highest level, and his first win since October 2015, when storming home to defeat Spieth and Star Turn in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington eleven days ago. Pride said he was satisfied with Terravista's allocated weight of 56.5kg which is 1.5kg less than top weight Chautauqua. "He always runs well at Flemington and I was happy enough with that weight," Pride told racenet. "I think the three-year-olds have probably got in a bit light; considering we've won the same amount of Group Ones as Extreme Choice and it's taken us almost 20 more starts to do it." He added: "But I'm happy with Terravista and this was more or less the plan with him all along." Pride has also indicated Terravista could be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October.

Terravista Wins Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Monday, 20th February 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when 7YO chestnut gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). Terravista's surprise win improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes,  Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 25 starts for $2,465,005 earnings.  "It was bad luck for the three-year-olds trying to become stallions but my bloke is just so honest and really deserved to win another Group One," trainer Joe Pride told Racing.com. Pride said Terravista was now likely to be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "The temptation is to take him away to Hong Kong or Ascot, he's got invites to both...but with that race [The Everest] coming up, I feel I have to have the horse ready for that race," he said. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas, and a full-brother to Gr1 performer Ball Of Muscle.

terravista

Terravista (image: Mark Gatt)

Top 3YOs Battle For Lightning Favouritism

Friday, 17th February 2017

Two of the best 3YO colts, from what is a vintage crop, are involved in pre race jousting before tomorrow's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Both Flying Artie and Star Turn are taking turns to swap leads at the head of a market that can't settle on a favourite. The duo is around the $4.80 mark, although both of them have the year older Spieth nipping at their heels at $5. With Terravista, Flamberge, The Quarterback, Supido and Heatherly also among the main chances, this year's renewal is expected to be a thriller right down to the wire. Adding to the intrigue is Illustrious Lad, who has not finished out of the first two in his past seven starts. It could be a big day for Vinery Stud, co-owners of Star Turn who will stand at their Hunter Valley property at the end of his race career. Vinery's icing on the cake could come earlier in the Listed Talindert Stakes where four 2YOs by resident stallion and Champion 3YO All Too Hard are among the chances to provide their high profile sire with his first winner.

  Form Runners
02x6
News
J: C W Brown
T: Joseph Pride
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Captain Rio
D: Parfore
Let-up. Should be nearing peak fitness. Proven performer over this trip. Has claims.
SIRE
Captain Rio (GB)
DAM
Parfore (NZ)
DAM SIRE
Gold Brose (AUS)
Jockey: C W Brown Trainer: Joseph Pride
7 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 2,012,505
Career
24 10-3-3
Last 4
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Last 15
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Track
5 1-2-2
Distance
3 1-2-0
Trk/Dst
2 0-2-0
1st Up
7 4-2-1
2nd Up
7 2-0-1
Good
15 7-2-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
8 2-1-2
Heavy
1 1-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
489x
News
J: B Rawiller
T: D K Weir
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Razor Blade
Rises in class. Hard to make a case.
SIRE
Exceed And Excel (AUS)
DAM
Razor Blade (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Blazing Sword (AUS)
Jockey: B Rawiller Trainer: D K Weir
7 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 1,734,030
Career
38 11-4-5
Last 4
489x
Last 15
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Track
13 3-1-1
Distance
9 1-1-2
Trk/Dst
6 1-0-1
1st Up
8 4-2-1
2nd Up
8 2-0-1
Good
30 7-4-5
Firm
1 0-0-0
Soft
5 2-0-0
Heavy
2 2-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
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News
J: M J Allen
T: R D Griffiths
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Street Boss
D: Soorena
Resuming. Normally around the mark when fresh. Boasts impressive stats over this track/distance. Could sneak a place.
SIRE
Street Boss (USA)
DAM
Soorena (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Encosta De Lago (AUS)
Jockey: M J Allen Trainer: R D Griffiths
6 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 1,518,250
Career
30 9-2-6
Last 4
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Last 15
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Track
13 5-0-4
Distance
8 3-0-2
Trk/Dst
6 3-0-2
1st Up
6 2-1-1
2nd Up
5 2-0-1
Good
24 7-1-6
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
4 1-1-0
Heavy
1 1-0-0
Synthetic
1 0-0-0
x206
News
J: M Zahra
T: C J Waller
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Redoute's Choice
D: Kisma
First-up. Boasts an impressive fresh record. Rough chance at good odds.
SIRE
Redoute's Choice (AUS)
DAM
Kisma (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Snippets (AUS)
Jockey: M Zahra Trainer: C J Waller
4 Year Old
Bay horse


Prizemoney
$ 594,375
Career
20 4-5-3
Last 4
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Last 15
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Track
2 0-1-1
Distance
2 0-2-0
Trk/Dst
0 0-0-0
1st Up
4 1-1-2
2nd Up
4 0-1-0
Good
15 2-4-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
4 1-1-2
Heavy
1 1-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x212
News
J: A Darmanin
T: Peter Gelagotis
W: 58.5 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Industrious
Resuming. Has fired first-up. Worth thought.
SIRE
I Am Invincible (AUS)
DAM
Industrious (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Zeditave (AUS)
Jockey: A Darmanin Trainer: Peter Gelagotis
5 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 579,050
Career
26 9-4-1
Last 4
x212
Last 15
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Track
5 2-1-0
Distance
5 3-0-0
Trk/Dst
1 0-0-0
1st Up
5 3-0-1
2nd Up
5 1-1-0
Good
21 7-3-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
5 2-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
7522
News
J: Regan Bayliss
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Nicconi
D: Alqwah
Capable of running a place.
SIRE
Nicconi (AUS)
DAM
Alqwah (IRE)
DAM SIRE
Danehill (USA)
Jockey: Regan Bayliss Trainer: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
4 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 434,430
Career
14 4-3-1
Last 4
7522
Last 15
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Track
5 1-1-1
Distance
3 0-1-0
Trk/Dst
1 0-0-0
1st Up
3 3-0-0
2nd Up
3 1-1-0
Good
11 2-2-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
2 1-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
1 1-0-0
x21x
News
J: J Bowman
T: Bryce Heys
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Thorn Park
D: Stella Livia
First-up. Goes well fresh. Appears a danger.
SIRE
Thorn Park (AUS)
DAM
Stella Livia (GB)
DAM SIRE
Titus Livius (FR)
Jockey: J Bowman Trainer: Bryce Heys
4 Year Old
Chestnut horse


Prizemoney
$ 399,650
Career
9 5-2-0
Last 4
x21x
Last 15
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Track
2 1-1-0
Distance
0 0-0-0
Trk/Dst
0 0-0-0
1st Up
3 1-1-0
2nd Up
3 2-1-0
Good
6 3-2-0
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
3 2-0-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x311
News
J: L Nolen
T: M C Kent
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Lady Succeed
Resuming. Has excellent first up record. Generally races well on this track. In the mix.
SIRE
Sebring (AUS)
DAM
Lady Succeed (JPN)
DAM SIRE
Brian's Time (USA)
Jockey: L Nolen Trainer: M C Kent
5 Year Old
Brown horse


Prizemoney
$ 330,400
Career
9 6-1-1
Last 4
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Last 15
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Track
4 4-0-0
Distance
3 2-1-0
Trk/Dst
1 1-0-0
1st Up
4 3-1-0
2nd Up
2 1-0-0
Good
8 5-1-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
1 1-0-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x04x
News
J: N Callow
T: Shawn Mathrick
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Rum Cruise
First-up. Meeting stronger company this time. Unlikely to trouble these.
SIRE
Exceed And Excel (AUS)
DAM
Rum Cruise (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Canny Lad (AUS)
Jockey: N Callow Trainer: Shawn Mathrick
5 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 176,041
Career
25 3-7-2
Last 4
x04x
Last 15
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Track
3 0-1-0
Distance
14 2-4-2
Trk/Dst
1 0-0-0
1st Up
6 1-1-0
2nd Up
6 0-3-0
Good
19 2-5-2
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
3 0-1-0
Heavy
2 0-1-0
Synthetic
1 1-0-0
x231
News
J: Damian Lane
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Lonhro
D: Dancing Heather
Resuming. Boasts an impressive fresh record. Suited over this distance. Capable of giving this a shake.
SIRE
Lonhro (AUS)
DAM
Dancing Heather (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Danzero (AUS)
Jockey: Damian Lane Trainer: M Ellerton & S Zahra
4 Year Old
Brown mare


Prizemoney
$ 501,950
Career
12 5-3-3
Last 4
x231
Last 15
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Track
2 1-1-0
Distance
8 3-3-2
Trk/Dst
1 0-1-0
1st Up
3 2-1-0
2nd Up
3 0-0-2
Good
11 4-3-3
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
1 1-0-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x11x
News
J: D Oliver
T: M G Price
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Flying Ruby
First-up. Has fired first-up. Likely to be a key player.
SIRE
Artie Schiller (USA)
DAM
Flying Ruby (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Rubiton (AUS)
Jockey: D Oliver Trainer: M G Price
3 Year Old
Bay colt


Prizemoney
$ 1,266,000
Career
6 3-2-1
Last 4
x11x
Last 15
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Track
2 1-1-0
Distance
1 0-1-0
Trk/Dst
1 0-1-0
1st Up
3 2-1-0
2nd Up
2 1-1-0
Good
5 3-1-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
1 0-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x312
News
J: D Dunn
T: M, W & J Hawkes
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Star Witness
D: Golden Delicious
Resuming. Has excellent first up record. Genuine threat.
SIRE
Star Witness (AUS)
DAM
Golden Delicious (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Made Of Gold (USA)
Jockey: D Dunn Trainer: M, W & J Hawkes
3 Year Old
Chestnut colt


Prizemoney
$ 652,300
Career
9 3-2-2
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1 0-0-1
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1 0-0-1
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0 0-0-0
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3 1-1-1
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3 1-1-0
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6 1-1-2
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0 0-0-0
Soft
3 2-1-0
Heavy
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News
J: Craig Williams
T: R E Laing
W: 53.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Miss Judgement
First-up. Not expected to threaten.
SIRE
Fastnet Rock (AUS)
DAM
Miss Judgement (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Strategic (AUS)
Jockey: Craig Williams Trainer: R E Laing
3 Year Old
Bay filly


Prizemoney
$ 568,900
Career
9 2-0-2
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4 0-0-2
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1 0-0-1
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3 2-0-0
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2 0-0-1
Good
7 1-0-2
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
2 1-0-0
Heavy
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Lightning Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

Thursday, 16th February 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday, 18 February. Star colt Flying Artie, a brilliant winner of the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring, is the current $4 Tab favourite, ahead of fellow 3YO and Coolmore Stud Stakes third placegetter Star Turn at $4.40, and progressive sprinter Spieth at $6. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Supido at $8, as well as Heatherly and veteran sprinter Terravista at $9. The final field is:

  1. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Corey Brown) 58.5kg (9)
  2. FLAMBERGE (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (1)
  3. THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Matthew Allen) 58.5kg (12)
  4. COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller) 58.5kg (6)
  5. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 58.5kg (8)
  6. FAATINAH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 58.5kg (11)
  7. SPIETH (Bryce Heys-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (5)
  8. SUPIDO (Michael Kent-Luke Nolen) 58.5kg (10)
  9. ORUJO (Shawn Mathrick) 58.5kg (13)
  10. HEATHERLY (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 56.5kg (3)
  11. FLYING ARTIE (Mick Price-Damien Oliver) 55.5kg (4)
  12. STAR TURN (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (2)
  13. MISSROCK (Robbie Laing-Craig Williams) 53.5kg (7)

  Form Runners
02x6
News
J: C W Brown
T: Joseph Pride
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Captain Rio
D: Parfore
Let-up. Should be nearing peak fitness. Proven performer over this trip. Has claims.
SIRE
Captain Rio (GB)
DAM
Parfore (NZ)
DAM SIRE
Gold Brose (AUS)
Jockey: C W Brown Trainer: Joseph Pride
7 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 2,012,505
Career
24 10-3-3
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5 1-2-2
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3 1-2-0
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2 0-2-0
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7 4-2-1
2nd Up
7 2-0-1
Good
15 7-2-1
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
8 2-1-2
Heavy
1 1-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
489x
News
J: B Rawiller
T: D K Weir
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Razor Blade
Rises in class. Hard to make a case.
SIRE
Exceed And Excel (AUS)
DAM
Razor Blade (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Blazing Sword (AUS)
Jockey: B Rawiller Trainer: D K Weir
7 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 1,734,030
Career
38 11-4-5
Last 4
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13 3-1-1
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8 2-0-1
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30 7-4-5
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1 0-0-0
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5 2-0-0
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News
J: M J Allen
T: R D Griffiths
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Street Boss
D: Soorena
Resuming. Normally around the mark when fresh. Boasts impressive stats over this track/distance. Could sneak a place.
SIRE
Street Boss (USA)
DAM
Soorena (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Encosta De Lago (AUS)
Jockey: M J Allen Trainer: R D Griffiths
6 Year Old
Chestnut gelding


Prizemoney
$ 1,518,250
Career
30 9-2-6
Last 4
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Track
13 5-0-4
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8 3-0-2
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6 3-0-2
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6 2-1-1
2nd Up
5 2-0-1
Good
24 7-1-6
Firm
0 0-0-0
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4 1-1-0
Heavy
1 1-0-0
Synthetic
1 0-0-0
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News
J: M Zahra
T: C J Waller
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Redoute's Choice
D: Kisma
First-up. Boasts an impressive fresh record. Rough chance at good odds.
SIRE
Redoute's Choice (AUS)
DAM
Kisma (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Snippets (AUS)
Jockey: M Zahra Trainer: C J Waller
4 Year Old
Bay horse


Prizemoney
$ 594,375
Career
20 4-5-3
Last 4
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2 0-1-1
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0 0-0-0
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4 1-1-2
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4 0-1-0
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15 2-4-1
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0 0-0-0
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4 1-1-2
Heavy
1 1-0-0
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0 0-0-0
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News
J: A Darmanin
T: Peter Gelagotis
W: 58.5 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Industrious
Resuming. Has fired first-up. Worth thought.
SIRE
I Am Invincible (AUS)
DAM
Industrious (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Zeditave (AUS)
Jockey: A Darmanin Trainer: Peter Gelagotis
5 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 579,050
Career
26 9-4-1
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5 2-1-0
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1 0-0-0
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5 3-0-1
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5 1-1-0
Good
21 7-3-1
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0 0-0-0
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5 2-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
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0 0-0-0
7522
News
J: Regan Bayliss
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Nicconi
D: Alqwah
Capable of running a place.
SIRE
Nicconi (AUS)
DAM
Alqwah (IRE)
DAM SIRE
Danehill (USA)
Jockey: Regan Bayliss Trainer: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
4 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 434,430
Career
14 4-3-1
Last 4
7522
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5 1-1-1
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3 0-1-0
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1 0-0-0
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3 3-0-0
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3 1-1-0
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11 2-2-1
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0 0-0-0
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2 1-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
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News
J: J Bowman
T: Bryce Heys
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Thorn Park
D: Stella Livia
First-up. Goes well fresh. Appears a danger.
SIRE
Thorn Park (AUS)
DAM
Stella Livia (GB)
DAM SIRE
Titus Livius (FR)
Jockey: J Bowman Trainer: Bryce Heys
4 Year Old
Chestnut horse


Prizemoney
$ 399,650
Career
9 5-2-0
Last 4
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3 2-0-0
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News
J: L Nolen
T: M C Kent
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Lady Succeed
Resuming. Has excellent first up record. Generally races well on this track. In the mix.
SIRE
Sebring (AUS)
DAM
Lady Succeed (JPN)
DAM SIRE
Brian's Time (USA)
Jockey: L Nolen Trainer: M C Kent
5 Year Old
Brown horse


Prizemoney
$ 330,400
Career
9 6-1-1
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4 4-0-0
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1 1-0-0
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4 3-1-0
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2 1-0-0
Good
8 5-1-1
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0 0-0-0
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1 1-0-0
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0 0-0-0
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0 0-0-0
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News
J: N Callow
T: Shawn Mathrick
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Rum Cruise
First-up. Meeting stronger company this time. Unlikely to trouble these.
SIRE
Exceed And Excel (AUS)
DAM
Rum Cruise (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Canny Lad (AUS)
Jockey: N Callow Trainer: Shawn Mathrick
5 Year Old
Bay gelding


Prizemoney
$ 176,041
Career
25 3-7-2
Last 4
x04x
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x04x341027x2723
 
Track
3 0-1-0
Distance
14 2-4-2
Trk/Dst
1 0-0-0
1st Up
6 1-1-0
2nd Up
6 0-3-0
Good
19 2-5-2
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
3 0-1-0
Heavy
2 0-1-0
Synthetic
1 1-0-0
x231
News
J: Damian Lane
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Lonhro
D: Dancing Heather
Resuming. Boasts an impressive fresh record. Suited over this distance. Capable of giving this a shake.
SIRE
Lonhro (AUS)
DAM
Dancing Heather (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Danzero (AUS)
Jockey: Damian Lane Trainer: M Ellerton & S Zahra
4 Year Old
Brown mare


Prizemoney
$ 501,950
Career
12 5-3-3
Last 4
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Track
2 1-1-0
Distance
8 3-3-2
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1 0-1-0
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3 2-1-0
2nd Up
3 0-0-2
Good
11 4-3-3
Firm
0 0-0-0
Soft
1 1-0-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
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0 0-0-0
x11x
News
J: D Oliver
T: M G Price
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Artie Schiller
D: Flying Ruby
First-up. Has fired first-up. Likely to be a key player.
SIRE
Artie Schiller (USA)
DAM
Flying Ruby (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Rubiton (AUS)
Jockey: D Oliver Trainer: M G Price
3 Year Old
Bay colt


Prizemoney
$ 1,266,000
Career
6 3-2-1
Last 4
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2 1-1-0
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1 0-1-0
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1 0-1-0
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5 3-1-1
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0 0-0-0
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1 0-1-0
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0 0-0-0
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0 0-0-0
x312
News
J: D Dunn
T: M, W & J Hawkes
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Star Witness
D: Golden Delicious
Resuming. Has excellent first up record. Genuine threat.
SIRE
Star Witness (AUS)
DAM
Golden Delicious (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Made Of Gold (USA)
Jockey: D Dunn Trainer: M, W & J Hawkes
3 Year Old
Chestnut colt


Prizemoney
$ 652,300
Career
9 3-2-2
Last 4
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1 0-0-1
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1 0-0-1
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0 0-0-0
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6 1-1-2
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0 0-0-0
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3 2-1-0
Heavy
0 0-0-0
Synthetic
0 0-0-0
x537
News
J: Craig Williams
T: R E Laing
W: 53.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Miss Judgement
First-up. Not expected to threaten.
SIRE
Fastnet Rock (AUS)
DAM
Miss Judgement (AUS)
DAM SIRE
Strategic (AUS)
Jockey: Craig Williams Trainer: R E Laing
3 Year Old
Bay filly


Prizemoney
$ 568,900
Career
9 2-0-2
Last 4
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4 0-0-2
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7 1-0-2
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0 0-0-0
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2 1-0-0
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0 0-0-0

VRC To Celebrate Black Caviar The Great Horse Raceday

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will host Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday this Saturday 18 February 2017 marking the finale of summer racing at Flemington. Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday, featuring the $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), will combine the excitement of world-class thoroughbred racing with a taste of Asian culture. VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said the day is designed to entice new audiences to Flemington as part of the Club’s Asian strategy and reinvigorate the current offering. “Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday is part of the VRC’s increased focus on engaging with Melbourne’s diverse community,” he said. “We want to attract new racegoers and diversify the occasion for existing customers by offering a taste of our multicultural city through Asian experiences focused on racing, food and entertainment.” The Black Caviar Lightning marks the commencement of the 2017 Global Sprint Challenge, which will see the world’s best sprinters compete in a ten-race series, with US$1 million on offer to any horse that is able to win three of the ten races across three different countries. The Black Caviar Lightning has attracted a large number of nominations, with 16 sprinters vying to win the first major Australian sprint race of 2017. Nominations include the 2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback, 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie, and fellow Gr1 winners Flamberge and Terravista. Chasing Group 1 success for the first time will be speedy mares Heatherly and Sheidel, as well as Spieth, Fell Swoop, and Star Turn, who came so close to a Group 1 victory over the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Valuable Colt Set For Debut

Friday, 20th January 2017

Eden Roc, a three-quarter brother to dual Group winner and Gr1-placed sprinter Star Turn, is set to make his debut in the Australian Fire Hose Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow. Trained by Team Hawkes, Eden Roc was purchased by astute bloodstock judge Alan Bell for $750,000 at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud. Like Star Turn, Eden Roc will carry Bell's distinctive grey and red diagonal striped silks made famous by gallopers such as champion Grand Armee, outstanding grey sprinter Schillaci, as well as Deep field and Primacy. "He's a lovely horse," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Racing.com. "He's Star Turn's three-quarter brother and they paid a lot of money for him. The wraps are on him and I just hope he can get the job done." Hawkes said he hoped Eden Roc could emerge as a contender for next month's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne. "He's done everything right. He'll be in the finish somewhere about and we are very happy and privileged to be training him," he said. Eden Roc is by Gr1-winning sprinter Star Witness out of the talented but injury prone mare Hilton Head (Fastnet Rock), a half-sister to Star Turn as well as Gr1-placed Hong Kong sprinter Straight Gold.

Turn Me Loose Being Set For Futurity Defence

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Gr1 star Turn Me Loose is on track to defend his title in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield following a poor Spring where a wet Winter influenced a less than ideal preparation. According to NZ Racing Desk, the kiwi galloper's trainer Murray Baker is far more upbeat about his charge's prospects heading towards autumn, saying, "He's going as well as he's ever gone." Baker suggested that while he is still undecided about sending Turn Me Loose to the Gr1 Telegraph in New Zealand, the more likely option is for him to head towards the Gr1 C.F.Orr Stakes & Gr1 Futurity in Melbourne by starting him first up on January 27 in the Gr2 Australian Stakes at Moonee Valley. Turn Me Loose was named champion sprint and champion middle distance horse at last season's New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards and was a finalist for horse of the year in Victoria, having also won the Seymour Cup, Gr2 Crystal Mile and Gr1 Emirates Stakes in successive starts earlier in the season. Also a winner of the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, the son of Iffraaj has won seven of his 17 starts for earnings of almost $1.6 million.

Turn Me Loose

Turn Me Loose (image: Mark Gatt)

2016

Vinery Buys Into Star 3YO Colt

Friday, 23rd December 2016

Overnight, Vinery Stud announced that exceptional sprinting 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious) will be joining the Vinery Stallion roster. "We are delighted to have secured Star Turn as a future stallion for Vinery Stud and especially to be involved with his ongoing racing", said Vinery's General Manager, Peter Orton. "We have been tracking Star Turn since he was an early 2YO; he was the colt we rated of the current crop to stand at Vinery when he retired. Star Turn has pedigree, performance and physique, all essential qualities we look for in a stallion, to add to the success of our broodmares and the future of the farm." A precocious and talented juvenile from what is a vintage crop, Star Turn performed at the highest level in both his Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper campaigns. Notwithstanding that, Orton noted, "It was his 3YO campaign that impressed us the most, coming back to win the San Domenico at Rosehill so brilliantly, defeating the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist; then the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield where he again won so dominantly defeating the older horses Malaguerra and Fell Swoop. His run in the Coolmore was outstanding after leading all the way in such a high pressure race down the Flemington straight to boldly hang on to run 3rd to the late charges finishing within inches of each other." The Team Hawkes-trained colt announced himself as one of the country's top up and coming sprinters by dominating older rivals during the spring. A $400,000 yearling, Star Turn was purchased and raced by former Racing NSW Chairman and successful owner, Alan Bell. A renowned judge of horse flesh, Bell has previously raced the likes of Grand Armee, Deep Field, Primacy and former champion sprinter, Schillaci. Bell will remain in the ownership group with the horse targeting some of the major Gr1 sprints in the autumn where he will sport the famous green and white Vinery livery.

Star Turn

Dominant 3YO Star Turn will race in Vinery's silks (pic: Steve Hart)

Flying Artie Wins Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes

Monday, 31st October 2016

At Flemington in Melbourne, US Gr1-winning Emirates Park shuttler Artie Schiller (El Prado-Hidden Light, by Majestic Light) celebrated an elite success when 3YO colt Flying Artie (Artie Schiller-Flying Ruby, by Rubiton) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Mick Price in the $500,000 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) & Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). Flying Artie, who has always looked a potential top-class colt having been placed as a juvenile in the Gr1 Golden Slipper & Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes & Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper & Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes) from 6 starts for $1,259,000 earnings. From the stakes winning Rubiton mare Flying Ruby, Flying Artie was a $50,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Goodwood Farm. Trainer Mick Price has resisted the temptation of backing Flying Artie up in next week's Gr1 Darley Classic saying he and stable-mate Extreme Choice will instead be sent for a spell. "I'm conscious of the fact they [Extreme Choice and Flying Artie] are both spring three-year-olds, and still developing," Price told racing.com. "They're both going to the paddock."

flying artie

Flying Artie (image: Steve Hart)

2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes Raises The Bar

Friday, 28th October 2016

This year’s renewal of the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes is without a doubt one of its best ever. While just 10 runners are carded to face the starter, there are at least half-a-dozen performers that might have been favourite in any other year. It’s a promoter’s gift to have the winners of the Gr1 Golden Slipper and Magic Millions 2YO Classic (Capitalist), Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (Extreme Choice) and Gr1 Golden Rose (Astern), but there’s also every chance tomorrow’s winner could come from Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper-placed Flying Artie, dominant Gr2 Schillaci Stakes hero Star Turn, or undefeated dual stakes-winner Russian Revolution. History beckons...

Star Turn

Star Turn was very impressive in his last start (pic: Steve Hart)

Fell Swoop Primed For Manikato

Friday, 21st October 2016

Meanwhile, Canberra trainer Matthew Dale says Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev) has thrived in the lead up to tonight's Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The Gr2 winner and multiple Gr1 placegetter comes into the $1 million sprint feature off the back of a fast finishing third behind Star Turn in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. "He's very well and arrived in Melbourne safely this morning [Thursday]. His preparation this week has gone to plan so I'm looking forward to it," Dale told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "With a genuine tempo he should be able to get a nice drop just in behind them. With that barrier [3] it does give us some options. He took no ill effect from his first-up run and that was one of the big reasons why I decided to run in the Manikato. He'd just done so well...he's thrived, he's in good order." Dale said it does not concern him that Fell Swoop is the only horse in the race yet to win at the elite level. "He has well and truly acquitted himself at this level," he said. "He went down a nose in an Oakleigh Plate [Gr1] and ran second to Chautauqua in probably our greatest spring race, the TJ [Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes], so I have no qualms about him stepping up to this level." Following the Manikato, Dale said Fell Swoop would head to the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on 5 November.

Star Turn Wins Gr2 Schillaci Stakes

Monday, 10th October 2016

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group success when 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) scored easily by 2.25 lengths for trainers John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes in the $400,000 Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) & Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev). Star Turn, who was purchased for $400,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 ATC San Domenico Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Run to the Rose Handicap & Gr2 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude c&g) from 8 starts for $607,300 earnings. From Gr3-winning Perth mare Golden Delicious, Star Turn is a half-brother to talented Hong Kong sprinter Straight Gold, runner-up in the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin in 2014. Star Turn races in owner Alan Bell's grey and red diagonal striped silks made famous by champion gallopers such as Grand Armee and outstanding grey sprinter Schillaci, after whom today's race is named. Star Turn is expected to make his next appearance in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 29 October.

Astern Wins Gr2 Run To The Rose

Monday, 29th August 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) added a Group success when 3YO Godolphin colt Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) resumed with a 0.2-length win in the $175,000 Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) & Impending (Lonhro-Mnemosyne, by Encosta de Lago). This was an excellent 3YO debut by Astern who advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes & Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes) from 5 starts for $408,750 earnings. He is now expected to progress straight to the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on 10 September. A homebred for Darley, Astern is the third foal to race from the well bred Exceed And Excel mare Essaouira, dam of fellow Godolphin galloper and stakes placed 3YO Mogador (Lonhro). Essaouira is out of the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes winner Alizes (Rory's Jester) from the brilliant Gr1 winning sprinting mare La Baraka (Euclase), herself a daughter of champion filly Triscay (Marscay). Triscay won 13 stakes races, five of which were at Gr1 level, including the Australian Oaks and Australian Guineas.

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Astern (blue) edges out Star Turn (image: Steve Hart)

Star Turn Wins Gr3 San Domenico Stakes

Monday, 15th August 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes in the $150,000 Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Tango Rain (Manhattan Rain-Tango Fire, by Anabaa) & 3YO filly Kentucky Miss (Foxwedge-Twelve Pack Shelly, by Deputy Storm). Star Turn, who was purchased for $400,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude c&g) from 6 starts for $331,300 earnings. Star Turn's brilliant first-up performance saw him firm into $7 equal favourite with Yankee Rose for next month's Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens. "He has made the mental progress he needed to," co-trainer Michael Hawkes said regarding Star Turn's progression from two to three. "He's always had the ability and been physically strong, but the big difference is his attitude." From Gr3-winning Perth mare Golden Delicious, Star Turn is a half-brother to talented Hong Kong sprinter Straight Gold, runner-up in the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin in 2014. Star Turn races in the owner Alan Bell's grey and red diagonal striped silks made famous by champion gallopers such as Schillaci & Grand Armee. Click here to watch replay.

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Star Turn (image: Steve Hart)

Capitalist Fails To Fire

Monday, 15th August 2016

Trainer Peter Snowden refuses to write off Golden Slipper winner Capitalist despite the star colt's below par performance in Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. Capitalist, sent out a dominant $2.50 favourite on his 3YO debut, had no answers for the much improved Star Turn, finishing a lacklustre 3.2-lengths back in fourth. "It's a mystery. He had to give weight to the others and maybe he was anchored by that but I thought he was good enough to do it," Snowden told AAP. "He will have to carry a big weight again in the Run To The Rose under the penalty conditions so that's a concern." He added: "I'm disappointed he got beaten, but I'm happy with the horse." Jockey Blake Shinn agreed with Snowden that Capitalist's 60kg impost may have proved too great a burden. "Throughout the race I was supremely confident," Shinn said. "He travelled beautifully. Everything set up nicely for him to win." He added: "He ranged up at the 350 metres, but to be honest I just felt that the 60 kilos was just too big an ask for him today." Both Star Turn and Capitalist are being aimed at the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on 10 September.

Record Turnover At Tattersalls July Sale

Monday, 11th July 2016

Friday's third and final day of the Tattersalls July Sale saw trade continue in robust fashion, pushing the turnover for the sale past the previous record set ten years ago. A total of 175 lots were sold for 2,660,700 guineas on day three, at an average of 15,204 guineas and a median of 8,500 guineas. This took the three-day totals to 572 lots sold for 12,311,329 guineas, a rise of 38% on the corresponding session last year. The average was 21,523 guineas and the median 10,000 guineas. The star turn on the final day was the four-year-old gelding FANCIFUL ANGEL who was offered from Marco Botti's Prestige Place. The son of DARK ANGEL, who was offered with a 'Timeform' rating of 113, won the Listed International Stakes at Lingfield as a three-year-old and was runner up in the Group 2 German 2000 Guineas in Cologne. He was knocked down to Global Equine's Adam Driver for 135,000 guineas. At the conclusion of the 2016 Tattersalls July Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "It is a special year for Tattersalls as we celebrate our 250th anniversary and we have enjoyed another successful July Sale. Turnover for the July Sale has reached unprecedented levels with more than 12 million guineas changing hands, surpassing the previous record set back in 2006." The next sale at Tattersalls is Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale which takes place October 4-6.

Flying Artie Wins Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings

Monday, 15th February 2016

At Caulfield in Melbourne, US Gr1-winning Emirates Park shuttler Artie Schiller (El Prado-Hidden Light, by Majestic Light) added a Group success when 2YO colt Flying Artie (Artie Schiller-Flying Ruby, by Rubiton) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Mick Price in the $200,000 Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings (1100m) for 2YO c&g, over fellow 2YO colts Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) & China Dream (Snitzel-Forced to Tango, by General Nediym). This was the first stakes victory for Flying Artie who took his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for $150,000 earnings. From the stakes winning Rubiton mare Flying Ruby, Flying Artie was a $50,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Goodwood Farm.  Flying Artie's next start will be in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in two weeks time. "He's a big, strong horse and I'd say a Blue Diamond, 1200m, should be good," trainer Mick Price told Racing.com. "He's a red-hot chance in the Blue Diamond." Flying Artie is currently the $4.60 second favourite for the Blue Diamond behind his equally talented stable-mate Extreme Choice.

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Flying Artie (image: Mark Gatt)

2011

South Africa Beck Reduction: $148k Divine's Jet

Monday, 17th January 2011

In South Africa Divine’s Jet, the son of Jet Master “who smashed the record for a yearling sold at public auction last year when selling for R4 million (A$593,000) at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was the star turn at a reduction sale of stock belonging to the late Graham Beck” reported racingpost.com. However his market value “dropped markedly on his 2nd trip through the ring, with the half-brother to Gr1-winner Divine Nymph selling for R1 million (A$148,000) to Jean Malherbe of Form Bloodstock”; Malherbe had been under-bidder to trainer Geoff Woodruff on the colt last year. Beck, a “renowned South African winemaker & owner of Gainesway Farm in Kentucky as well as Highlands Farm in South Africa” died last July aged 80.

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