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French Debut Winner for Sepoy
Drop Dead Gorgeous, a French-bred daughter of Darley's Champion Australian 2YO Sepoy, got off the mark at the first time of asking when winning the Prix de La Verrerie (1000m) at Chantilly in France overnight. Trained by Matthieu Palussiere, Drop Dead Gorgeous displayed plenty of the speed that her Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire was renowned for in scoring by 1 length on the line over Eleven O Two & Moana. Boasting a striking chestnut coat just like her famous father, the aptly named Drop Dead Gorgeous is out of the Exceed And Excel mare Arabian Flight, a six time winner in the UK who hails from the family of dual Gr1 winning sire Mamool (In The Wings). Best known in Australia as the sire of Gr2 Peter Young Stakes winner, Melbourne Cup placegetter, and Bullarook Park Stud resident sire Lucas Cranach, Mamool himself lined up in the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Melbourne Cup in which he finished 23rd and 7th respectively behind the legendary Makybe Diva.
Tracy Son To Stand At Bullarook
In what is a coup for Victorian stallion ranks, it has been announced that blueblood entire Last Typhoon will stand his debut season at Avenel's Bullarook Park. A spectacular yearling who was passed in for a massive $2.1 million at the 2014 Easter Yearling Sale, Last Typhoon possessed enough ability to carry him to 2 wins and 3 placings from only 11 starts. Purely on pedigree he looms as an enticing stud option. He is by Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner and Champion Australian Sire of 2015-2016 Street Cry, sire of Hall of Fame Mare Winx, together with Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking and Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Pride of Dubai, Last Typhoon hails from the illustrious family, as mentioned, of Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. Capturing 11 wins from only 20 starts, her CV includes Gr1 wins in the Futurity Stakes, Queen of the Turf and Coolmore Classic. Her dam, Tracy's Element, was a freakish conveyance in South Africa earning her 4 Gr1 victories and the titles of Champion 2YO Filly & Older Classic Mare. Broodmare sire Red Ransom is equally as impressive with 108 stakes winners. Bullarook's Malcolm Boyd enthused, "The Street Cry influence is a big tick for me. He is a champion sire, proven in Australian conditions, who has three sons at stud in Victoria and this fellow is from a simply outstanding family." With a boastful 110 stakes winners, Last Typhoon's sire Street Cry also has a lofty 73.6 per cent winners to runners record in the Southern Hemisphere. Last Typhoon will stand his freshman season at an affordable fee of $4,400 inc GST.
Champion racemare Typhoon Tracy (pic: Steve Hart)
Freedman Import To Debut In Villiers
Lee Freedman has confirmed that imported galloper Sarrasin (Monsun-Sand River, by High Chaparral) will finally make his Australian debut in Saturday's Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. Sarrasin, a winner of 2 of his 5 starts, hasn't raced since finishing runner-up in the Gr3 Prix du Lys over 2400m at Chantilly on 14 June last year. Freedman said the Villiers seemed like the perfect race to launch the 5YOs summer campaign. "It appears as though we're going to get some give in the track up there [Sydney], which would be nice for his first start in this country," the Hall of Fame trainer told racing.com. "He's been here for 12 months now and hasn't raced for 18 months so we'd like to get a run into him." He added: "The Villiers is a tough race and it's hard to say that he can be a winning chance in it but I'd be delighted if he could run well and then we could give him a little let up for the autumn." Freedman said Saraasin reminded him of a lot of Lucas Cranach who was third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup. "Being a Monsun he's going to obviously get out over a further distance than 1600 but fresh he should run a nice race," Freedman said. "He's very much in the mould of a Lucas Cranach, he's very athletic and light on his feet and not your typical dour Monsun and I think with a run under his belt it will bring him on nicely for the autumn."
Freshman Sires To Shine At NZB Ready To Run Sale
Next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka will showcase the first two-year-old crops of 21 exciting new sires. Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the sale include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Azamour, Bullet Train, Burgundy, Crowded House, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Excelebration, He's Remarkable, Highly Recommended, Lucas Cranach, Niagara, Ocean Park, Pierro, Power, Reliable Man, Rock 'N' Pop, Super Easy and Your Song. The 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. Every horse entered in the Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 16 & 17 November 2016 with selling starting at 10am each day. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Tempt Me Not Wins Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Bullarook Park Stud's stallion Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy-Crystal Gauntlet, by Marscay) celebrated his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Tempt Me Not (Strategic Maneuver-Ganda, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.5-length for trainer James Cummings in the $200,000 Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Pearls (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel) & Egyptian Symbol (Stratum-Our Egyptian Raine, by Desert Sun). A homebred for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud, Tempt Me Not took her record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Light Fingers Stakes) from 14 starts for $260,140 earnings.
Vilanova Among 223 Lots For Melbourne Sale
70 supplementary entries, including Gr2 winner Vilanova, have been added to the catalogue for the Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale that will commence at 11:00am this Friday, 18 March at the Oaklands sales complex in Melbourne. Vilanova, Upbeat, Hard Stride, Alkaashef, Ducal Castle and Swooper are all stakes performers among the supplementary catalogue, which takes Friday's offerings to a healthy 223 lots. Linsday Park Racing has added eight supplementary lots to the March Sale, which is already well supported with drafts from Godolphin, Bowness Stud, Eliza Park International, Malua Racing, Supreme Thoroughbreds and many others. Broodmares to be sold include those in foal to All Too Hard, Magnus, Reward For Effort, Bullet Train, Street Boss, Sidestep, Toorak Toff, Cluster, Bon Hoffa, Walking Or Dancing, Monaco Consul, Easy Choice and Anacheeva. Sires of the eleven foals at foot include Stryker, Bel Esprit, Domesday, Desert King, O'Lonhro, Wanted, Glass Harmonium and Elvstroem. Yearlings by Fastnet Rock, Uncle Mo, Nicconi, Sidereus, Squamosa, Red Arrow and Lucas Cranach will be auctioned, as will stakes winning stallion prospect Late Charge. 159 lots of racing stock make up the majority of the 2016 March Thoroughbred Sale. 67 are fillies and mares, while there are three colts and 89 geldings. They include the aforementioned stakes performers, plus city winners such as Native Land, Avenue Of Glory, Beach Head, Now's The Time, Bascule, Imaging and Shaf, which was victorious at Morphettville Parks last Saturday. Click here to view the catalogue for Friday's March Thoroughbred Sale.
Gooree & Think Big Reductions At Inglis Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale
World renowned breeders Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud have confirmed major reductions of their breeding and racing stock at the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale during the first week of May. Over 100 broodmares, weanlings, yearlings and racing stock from Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Park Stud will be offered at the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale on 1, 2, 3 & 4 May, as well as the Classic Yearling Sale (Book Two) and Autumn Thoroughbred Sale on Friday 6 May. "We are proud of our thoroughbred families which we have developed over several decades with plenty of success. Breeding elite athletes has always been at the heart of Mr Cojuangco's interest, and it is upon his request that we are sharing the results of his passion," said Monica Cummings, Racing Manager for Gooree Park Stud. Over 50 broodmares from Gooree will be offered, including close relations to Group 1 winning first season sire Your Song and a full sister to Flight Stakes winner Speak Fondly. There are multiple daughters of Northern Meteor, High Chaparral and other proven sires to be sold, plus mares in-foal to Smart Missile, Mossman, Artie Schiller, Your Song, Strategic Maneuver and The Factor. Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud has also confirmed a major reduction of over 50 horses for Inglis' week of breeding and racing stock sales in May including their champion Faint Perfume. Faint Perfume will be offered in-foal to Redoute's Choice, while other entries include Shamalia's half-sister Hilylia, top producer Dance On The Moon and Group 1 Australian Oaks placegetter Think Money. Many of the mares were served last season by stallions which were raced by Dato Tan Chin Nam, namely So You Think, Eurozone, Roman Emperor, Prince Arthur and Pendragon. Think Big's best weanlings by Eurozone will be offered in the Platinum Session of the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale. As part of their reductions both Think Big Stud and Gooree Park Stud will have sizeable drafts in the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale – Book Two on Friday 6 May 2016, plus some racing colts and geldings in the Autumn Thoroughbred Sale that will follow the yearlings in the afternoon.
Perignon Wins Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes
At Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 3YO filly Perignon (Snitzel-Last Blaze, by Narita Brian) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $175,000 Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Kangarilla Joy (Lonhro-Midnight Joy, by Zeditave) & Tempt Me Not (Strategic Maneuver-Ganda, by Encosta de Lago). This was the first stakes victory for Perignon who took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Flight Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) from 9 starts for $311,250 earnings. Perignon was a $350,000 purchase by her trainer Gerald Ryan at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Tabcorp & Germany Pool Totalisators
Germany's totalisator is the latest to join Tabcorp's multi-billion dollar wagering pools, following an agreement completed between Tabcorp and German Tote. German Tote is majority-owned by French wagering operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU). German racetracks BGG Betriebsgesellschaft der Galopp-Rennvereine mbH have a minority stake. The deal will involve the German Tote taking all Australian thoroughbred and harness racing and co-mingling their betting pool with Tabcorp. The co-mingling of pools creates liquidity, making totalisator betting more attractive to punters. Tabcorp's existing international pooling partners include Phumelela (South Africa), Singapore Turf Club, Hong Kong Jockey Club and New Zealand Racing Board. "As well as adding to the liquidity of the German Tote and Tabcorp pools, this arrangement will take Australian racing to a new international audience," said Tabcorp's Chief Operating Officer of Wagering and Media, Craig Nugent. The racing connection between Australia and Germany has deepened in recent years with the exploits of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and the well-performing German imports Lucas Cranach and Our Ivanhowe.
Secret Agenda Wins Gr3 Gucci Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group success when 3YO filly Secret Agenda (Not a Single Doubt-Negotiate, by Red Ransom) scored by 2.75-lengths for trainer Mick Price in the $200,000 Gr3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Tempt Me Not (Strategic Maneuver-Ganda, by Encosta de Lago) & Lake Geneva (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky). This was the first stakes victory for the speedy Secret Agenda who took her record to 3 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes) from 6 starts for $218,500 earnings. Secret Agenda, who is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy, was a $120,000 purchase by Blueblood Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
First Winner For Strategic Maneuver
Bullarook Park's Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy-Crystal Gauntlet, by Marscay) sired his first winner on Saturday when 2YO filly Tempt Me Not raced away for an impressive victory at Newcastle. The chestnut filly sprinted quickly from midfield to defeat Godolphin filly Lycia by 5-lengths in the Pantry Packers 2YO Plate (1200m). The Bart & James Cummings-trained Tempt Me Not is a homebred for Gooree Stud's Eduardo Cojuangco and is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Ganda, a daughter of Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Tempest Morn. "She should have won before now," said studmaster Malcolm Boyd. "She was fifth in the Widden Stakes and was only beaten a length in her last two starts at Randwick and Warwick Farm." He added, "We booked over 100 mares to Strategic Maneuver in his first two years and another 92 in his third so now it's up to him. He's only had five starters to date but all the feedback from trainers tells me there are plenty more ready to run in the next couple of months." Boyd stands Strategic Maneuver alongside Lucas Cranach (Ire) at Bullarook Park in Victoria. He will make a decision in the next month or two whether to keep his fee at $4,400 (inc gst) this year.
MM Adelaide Sale Day-3: Book 2 Top Sellers
- $87,500 Strategic Maneuver-Millisecond filly (Magic Millions as agent (Vic))
- $55,000 Host-Noble Glow colt (John Price)
- $46,000 Good Journey-Classic Cameo colt (Ampulla Lodge)
- $44,000 Charge Forward-Quick Trick colt (Magic Millions as agent (Vic))
- $40,000 Oamaru Force-Curzon Dancer colt (Magic Millions as agent (Vic))
- $40,000 Strategic-The Clown colt (Magic Millions as agent (Qld))
Procurement Close To Return
Talented New Zealand mare Procurement (O'Reilly-Procure, by Centaine) is among a number of promising horses for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that is set to return to racing over the next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. The well-related Procurement, who is a half-sister to Gr2 Reisling Stakes winning filly Hips Don't Lie (Stravinsky) & Gr1 Lightning Stakes placegetter Azevedo (Helissio), has shown significant natural ability in her brief career to date winning 2 of her 4 starts. "Procurement and Lime Street, who had one start for a win last season, will trial at Waipa and then kick off at Ellerslie on October 25," said Marsh. "I've also got a lot of unraced three and four-year-olds and it's an exciting team." Marsh is keen to give Procurement another opportunity at black-type success after failing at her only attempt when seventh behind Hera in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic last December.
Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden (Nicobar-La Marlia, by Kaldounevees) has been retired after injuring himself in training, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The 8YO French entire won the 2011 Melbourne Cup defeating Red Cadeaux and Lucas Cranach, before returning to Australia the following year to win the Caulfield Cup. Trainer Mikel Delzangles said: "Dunaden will be very missed by all of us in the yard, but we are so proud of what he has achieved and very happy that he will get to stand at stud." He added: "He always showed us that anything is possible when you have a big heart. I owe him so much, much more than just victories. He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse." Owner Sheikh Fahad was quoted as saying: "In winning the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden gave me the most exciting day's racing I have ever had. He has been a dream horse to own. He has taken us all over the world from Europe to Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia and every time he tries his heart out and runs his race." Dunaden retires with 10 wins and 20 placings from 46 starts for over $8 million prize-money.
Procurement Back For More Black-Type
Exciting New Zealand filly Procurement (O'Reilly-Procure, by Centaine) will resume from a short break at Te Aroha today as she prepares for another tilt at black-type success, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 3YO won her first two starts in impressive fashion before a disappointing performance in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, where she finished unplaced after suffering early interference. "We think she's a very good filly and she's ready to go, although she will take improvement from the run," trainer Stephen Marsh said. "At her last start she missed the jump and then got hammered really badly. She lost her balance and her confidence so we gave her a freshen up - she had come a long way in a short time." He added, "She's humming along now and we're hoping to go to the Mr Tiz Trophy on Diamond day at Ellerslie. She's got a lot of brilliance and we're really happy with her." From the Centaine mare Procure, Procurement is a half-sister to Gr2 Reisling Stakes winning filly Hips Don't Lie (Stravinsky) & Gr1 Lightning Stakes placegetter Azevedo (Helissio).
Marsh Unveils Exciting NZ Debut Winner
New Zealand trainer Stephen Marsh believes he has a potential Group horse on his hands with impressive Te Rapa winner Procurement (O'Reilly-Procure, by Centaine), reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge horseman plans to give the 3YO daughter of O'Reilly another start and provided she performs up to expectations, may target the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. The Eight Carat honour roll features some of the best New Zealand fillies of the modern era, including Plume (1990), Nimue (1992), Champagne (1997), La Bella Dama (2000), Veloce Bella (2006) & Katie Lee (2009). Procurement had won both her trials and she confirmed that promise with a runaway 3.8-length victory on Sunday in the hands of Danielle Johnson. From the Centaine mare Procure, Procurement is a half-sister to Gr2 Reisling Stakes winning filly Hips Don't Lie (Stravinsky) & Gr1 Lightning Stakes placegetter Azevedo (Helissio).
Dunaden To Return For Third Cup
Connections of French stayer Dunaden (Nicobar-La Marlia, by Kaldounevees) have confirmed the 7YO will return to Australia for his third Melbourne Cup, reports NZ Racing Desk. Plans were announced for another visit following Dunaden's unplaced effort in the Gr2 Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday which was run on a rain-affected track. "It was soft ground, they all finished in a heap behind the winner, and it didn't really suit him," commented David Redvers, racing manager for Dunaden's owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani. "He'll go to Australia. The plan would be to fly in and go straight for the Melbourne Cup." Dunaden, the winner of 10 of 41 starts and over $7 million prize-money, won the 2011 Melbourne Cup defeating Red Cadeaux & Lucas Cranach before finishing a well beaten 14th behind Green Moon in last year's renewal.
2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dudanen (image: Steve Hart)
Latest Singapore Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Non-Stakes Winners
Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Singapore winners:
- 30/06/2013 Herbs n Spices (AUS) 2009 (G by Casino Prince - Matchplay); 1st Singapore TC Bon Amie S. S$35,000, 1600m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Mill Park at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $40,000.
- 30/06/2013 Sweet Lodge (AUS) 2009 (F by Danzero - Lilanda); 1st Singapore TC Lim's Reward Maiden S. S$65,000, 1600m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Bellerive Stud at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $40,000.
- 30/06/2013 First Tothelign (NZ) 2009 (G by Align - Dilemma); 1st Singapore TC Dreyfuss S, S$55,000, 1200m - Earning S$29,452.
- 30/06/2013 Greenback (AUS) 2009 (G by Azevedo - Marquise); 1st Singapore TC Royal Captain Initiation P. S$65,000, 1200m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Bowthorpe Stud at the 2011 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale for $2,000.
- 30/06/2013 Black Jack (AUS) 2006 (G by Dash for Cash - Stackaway); 1st Singapore TC Taurus S. S$75,000, 1600m - Earning S$40,162. Sold by Lindsay Park Stud at the 2007 Inglis Select Weanling Sale for $21,000 and on-sold by Ampulla Lodge at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $125,000.
- 30/06/2013 Caruso (AUS) 2008 (G by Stratum - Pawarna); 1st Singapore TC My Royal Captain S. S$35,000, 1200m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Redbank North at the 2010 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $40,000 and on-sold by Oakwood Farm at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale for $62,000.
- 30/06/2013 Drumsara (NZ) 2007 (G by Pins - Redzabetta); 1st Singapore TC Phenom S. S$35,000, 1600m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Phoenix Park at the 2009 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$180,000.
- 30/06/2013 Om (NZ) 2009 (G by Darci Brahma - Songfest); 1st Singapore TC Jolie's Shinju S. S$75,000, 1400m - Earning S$40,162.
- 30/06/2013 Desert Fox (AUS) 2010 (G by Not a Single Doubt - Sandy Desert); 1st Singapore TC Speed Baby Novice S. S$65,000, 1200m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Fairhill Farm at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Weanling & Broodmare Sale for $56,000 and on-sold by Ascot Farm at the 2012 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$120,000.
- 30/06/2013 Yin Jie (NZ) 2009 (C by Gold Centre - O'Noyoudont); 1st Singapore TC Ato S. S$55,000, 1400m - Earning S$29,452. Sold by Newmarket Lodge Stud at the 2011 NZB National Yearling Sale for $20,000 and on-sold by Venture Thoroughbreds Ltd at the 2011 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$100,000.
German Imports To Target Spring
Best known for their recent acquisitions of Lucas Cranach and Mawingo, Australian Bloodstock has again turned to Germany for their latest imported duo, Waldpark (Dubawi-Wurftaube, by Acatenango) and Salon Soldier (Soldier Hollow-Salonblue, by Bluebird) who will commence racing in Australia this spring, reports racingandsports.com.au. Salon Soldier will be trained by Kris Lees with a view to the Gr1 Caulfield Cup while Anthony Freedman has the job of setting Waldpark for the Gr1 Cox Plate. Waldpark won the €500,000 (A$685,000) Gr1 Deutsches Derby (2400m) in 2011, while Salon Soldier is Gr3 placed over 2000m.
Lucas Cranach To Stand In Australia
Last year's early favourite for the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold), will make his stud debut in Australia, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Placed 3rd in the 2011 Melbourne Cup, German-bred Lucas Cranach will stand at Victoria's Bullarook Park following a deal arranged by the horse's part-owner Australian Bloodstock, whose co-founder Luke Murrell enthused: "Malcolm Boyd from Bullarook is extremely well regarded in the breeding industry so to be involved with him is fantastic. With the outcross Lucas Cranach offers breeders, if he can throw this explosiveness then he will produce some quality products". With signs Australia's breeders and owners are looking to capitalise on the country's rich middle distance and staying events, Lucas Cranach adds another interesting sire option with the announcement earlier this year that Melbourne Cup winner Americain will shuttle to Swettenham Stud for his debut in 2013. Lucas Cranach retired with 6 wins (also including Caulfield's Gr2 Peter Young Stakes in his final start, Hamburg's Gr2 Grosser Hansa Preis & France's Listed Grand Prix du Nord) & 2 placings (including runner-up in France's Listed Prix Rene et Jacques Bedel) from 12 starts for $809,689 earnings.
First Foals Arrive For Strategic Maneuver
Well-bred Australian sire Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy-Crystal Gauntlet, by Marscay) has sired his first foals at Bullarook Park Stud in Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges and the farm has "been delighted" reported breednet.com.au. A precocious 2YO when campaigned by Gooree Stud in Sydney, Strategic Maneuver displayed enormous potential before his career was cut short after only 2 starts (of which he won 1 at Randwick) following which trainer Gai Waterhouse commented, "Strategic Maneuver was the fastest colt I have trained since Dance Hero and Sebring." He has been received with equal positivity by breeders serving an excellent 108 mares in his debut season.
Strategic Maneuver-Dazzling Vintage foal
Lucas Cranach To Miss The Spring
Trainer Anthony Freedman revealed that current $15 Melbourne Cup favourite Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold), who finished 3rd in last year's race, will be forced to bypass the Spring Carnival "due to an operation to remove a bone chip" reported dailytelegraph.com.au. December's lucrative Hong Kong International race day is now the prospective target for the talented 6YO galloper who finished 3rd in last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup. Freedman told the age.com.au: ''It is very frustrating and hugely disappointing for the stable and the owners because the horse is immensely talented. It is a very minor chip but he is far too valuable to risk and so we made the decision to treat the injury as soon as possible rather than tackle the spring." Freedman said that he "wouldn't be rushing Lucas Cranach" to get to Hong Kong "for the sake of it".
Aust-Owned Salomina Wins German Gr1 Oaks
Overnight in Germany, Australian-owned filly Salomina (Lomitas-Saldentigerin, by Tiger Hill) raced away for a 3.5-lengths victory for trainer Peter Schiergen over fellow fillies Nymphea (Dylan Thomas-Neele, by Peintre Celebre) & Waldtraut (Oasis Dream-Waldbeere, by Mark Of Esteem) in the €400,000 Gr1 Preis der Diana (2200m) for 3YO fillies. Undefeated Salomina was recently purchased by Australian Bloodstock whose other German imports include Mawingo (Gr1 Doomben Cup winner) & Lucas Cranach (Gr1 Melbourne Cup 2nd). According to racingpost.co.uk, Salomina may remain in Europe for a crack at the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a race Schiergen won last year with Danedream, another German-bred 3YO filly.
2011-12 NZ 2YO Sires Premiership Final Standing
- Any Suggestion (Lion Hunter - Advisable) $618,470
- General Nediym (Nediym - Military Belle) $354,100
- Pins (Snippets - No Finer) $264,440
- Choisir (Danehill Dancer - Great Selection) $225,900
- Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill - L'On Vite) $118,100
- O'Reilly (Last Tycoon - Courtza) $109,825
- Iffraaj (Zafonic - Pastorale) $104,465
- Shaft (Flying Spur - Traceable) $98,425
- Ishiguru (Danzig - Strategic Maneuver) $54,875
- Align (Night Shift - Super Trend) $54,585
OTI Buys UK Stayer & New Melb Cup Favourite Gatewood
Exciting UK-bred stayer Gatewood (Galileo-Felicity, by Selkirk) "has been installed as joint-favourite for this year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup, after news Victorian-based OTI Racing has added the 4YO gelding to its growing arsenal of spring carnival contenders" reported The Age. At his latest start, Gatewood won June's UK Listed Wolferton Stakes (10 furlongs) at Royal Ascot to take his record to 4 wins & a runner-up from 6 starts. OTI director Terry Henderson enthused: "I've loved the horse for a while now & tried to buy him outright twice, but was knocked back. I spoke to trainer John Gosden again at Royal Ascot & he told me the horse's owner George Strawbridge was interested in bringing the horse to Melbourne & wanted to know if we would be interested to do it with him. We jumped at the chance to buy a 50% stake." Despite his form, Gatewood "is yet to pass the 1st ballot clause for the Melbourne Cup & must win a group or listed race at 2300m or beyond, or place at group level at that distance do so". But "so lofty is his reputation in Europe that Sportsbet immediately installed Gatewood as joint Melbourne Cup favourite alongside Lucas Cranach" (on the strength of reports from analysts at parent company Paddy Power) & Sportsbet's Matt Campbell noted: "Our form analysts hold Gatewood in the highest regard & on their recommendation we had to put him at the head of the market. He's going to be a fascinating runner if he can qualify for the race."
Mawingo Wins Gr1 Doomben Cup
Australian Bloodstock's latest German-bred stayer (following last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup 3rd-placed Lucas Cranach) the lightly-raced 4YO entire Mawingo (Tertullian-Montfleur, by Sadler's Wells) snatched victory by a short-neck & set a new course record in the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben in Brisbane. Mawingo (ridden by Nash Rawiller for trainer Anthony Freedman) clocked 2min 2.03sec (& survived a protest by the 3rd horse) in defeating 4YO mare Lights of Heaven (Zabeel-I'm In Heaven, by Volksraad) & favoured 6YO gelding Manighar (Linamix-Mintly Fresh, by Rubiano). Mawingo took his record to 4 wins (also including 2011's German Gr3 Bavarian Classic over 2000m at Munich) & 4 placings (including last start's Gr2 A.D.Hollindale Stakes over 1800m at the Gold Coast on May 5, plus 2011's German Gr3 Fruhjahrs-Preis Des Bankhaus Metzler over 2000m at Frankfurt, as well as 4th in the Gr1 Deutsches Derby over 2400m) from 10 starts for $494,193 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
German 2YOs: Aust Buyer For Lucas Cranach Half-Sister
Agent Ronald Rauscher (acting on behalf of Australian clients) paid €38,000 (A$48,600) for a filly by Distant Music (out of Java Gold mare Lots of Love) consigned by Hans-Jorg Gartner. The filly is a half-sister to last last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup 3rd-placed Lucas Cranach & Rauscher confirmed: "She will head to Australia eventually, but for the time being she'll remain in training here in Germany. She'll try to attain some black-type before heading Down Under to continue her career. She's a nice filly who should do well."
2 Imports Arrive To Begin Melb Cup Campaigns
Meanwhile the 2 high class international horses acquired by BC3 Thoroughbreds to target the Melbourne Cup have arrived in Australia to join high profile stables. German-bred US star Sanagas & Argentine galloper Val Champ will complete 2 weeks post-arrival quarantine at Eastern Creek (outside of Sydney) before joining their new Australian trainers. US Gr1-winning 5YO Sanagas (winner of 7 from 11 starts) will join the Bart Cummings (who is chasing his 13th Melbourne Cup victory). And Gr2-winning 3YO Val Champ will join Anthony Freedman (who trained German import Lucas Cranach to finish 3rd in last year's Melbourne Cup) has passed the ballot for the Melbourne Cup for the next 2 years & will be aimed at several features during this year's Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
Dual US Gr1-Winner Fluke Retired To Stud In Brazil
US dual Gr1-winning 7YO stallion Fluke (Wild Event-Uff-uff, by De Quest) "has been retired from racing & will stand at his owner Patricia Bozano's farm Haras Doce Vale in Brazil" reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Brazilian-bred Fluke recorded 7 wins (including 2011's Gr1 Frank Kilroe Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr3 Thunder Road Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2009's Gr1 Citation Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park & 2008's Brazilian Gr3 Premio Mario De Azevedo Ribeiro over 1400m at Gavea) & 6 runners-up (including 2010's Gr1 Frank Kilroe Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr2 Arcadia Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2008's Brazilian Gr1 Grande Premio Juliano Martins over 1600m at Cidade Jardim) from 16 starts for US$637,948 earnings. Fluke "is the 1st son of Wild Event to retire to stud in Brazil & is expected to be bred to in excess of 100 mares in his 1st season".
Favourite Lucas Cranach Out Of Gr1 Aust Cup
Trainer Anthony Freedman advised stewards last night that early favourite Lucas Cranach has suffered a leg injury & will miss tomorrow's $1 million Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in Melbourne, as well as ruling him out of all engagements until the Spring. At his previous start, 5YO entire Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold) won the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 25.
Americain Favourite For Gr1 Australian Cup
As a result of Lucas Cranach's withdrawal, former Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain (having his 1st start for 3 months) is a warm favourite with Luxbet to land tomorrow's Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. Among the rest there is little between Glass Harmonium, Manighar, Illo & Southern Speed, who are all between $5.50 to $7.50. For the latest odds on the race click on the Luxbet link in this item, or click here to view their special offer.
Lucas Cranach Wins Peter Young Stakes
Dual German Gr1-winning stallion & dual 2003-04 Melbourne Cup participant Mamool (In The Wings-Genovefa, by Woodman) added a group success when 5YO entire Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. Lucas Cranach (ridden by Nash Rawiller for trainer Anthony Freedman) defeated 6YO entire Illo (Tertullian-Iora, by Koenigsstuhl) & 6YO gelding Manighar (Linamix-Mintly Fresh, by Rubiano). Lucas Cranach took his record to 6 wins (also including 2011's German Gr2 Hansa-Preis over 2400m at Hamburg & French Listed Prix Rene Et Jacquel Bedel over 2400m at Lyon-Parilly, plus 2010's French Listed Grand Prix Du Nord over 2100m at Le Croise Laroche) & 2 placings (including 2011's Gr1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington) from 12 starts for $814,990 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Big Name Imports Resume At Caulfield
Also at Caulfield on Saturday, Gr1 Melbourne Cup place-getter Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold) plus Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium (Verglas-Spring Symphony, by Darshaan) & runner-up Mourayan (Alhaarth-Mouramara, by Kahyasi) are all nominated to resume racing in the $200,000 Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) formerly known as the St George Stakes. They will be joined by Gr1 Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, Playing God, Manighar, Illo & Efficient among 19 entries for the weight-for-age feature which has been the traditional lead-up to the $1 million Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington with 8 of the past 10 winners coming via the Peter Young Stakes.
German-Bred Mawingo In Aust To Chase Cups
Australian Bloodstock's latest German-bred stayer, lightly-raced 4YO entire Mawingo (Tertullian-Montfleur, by Sadler's Wells), has arrived in Australia to join fellow German-bred Lucas Cranach on the path toward the 2012 Gr1 Caulfield & Gr1 Melbourne Cups. Australian Bloodstock co-founder Luke Murrell (whose group brought Lucas Cranach to Victoria to finish 3rd in last year’s Melbourne Cup) confirmed Mawingo has begun a fortnight’s quarantine at Eastern Creek outside Sydney, before joining Lucas Cranach’s trainer Anthony Freedman in Victoria. Mawingo (whose 5 starts include victory in Germany’s Gr3 Bavarian Classic over 2000m & 4th in the Gr1 Deutsches Derby over 2400m) will undertake a Queensland winter campaign aimed at ensuring qualification for this year's Caulfield-Melbourne Cups.
Americain Chasing Gr1 Cups Double
Former Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain (Lomitas-Danedrop, by Danehill) who was confirmed as the world’s highest-raked stayer in the recent 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings will contest the $1 million Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on 10 March for his new Victorian-based trainer David Hayes. Americain (who heads a list of 53 entries for the weight-for-age showdown) will be out to join Shocking, Makybe Diva, Saintly & Lets Elope as horses to complete the Gr1 Melbourne Cup-Gr1 Australian Cup double. Among a string of imported gallopers also nominated is Anthony Freedman's former German stayer Lucas Cranach (3rd in last year's Melbourne Cup).
Murrell Buys 2nd German-Bred For 2012 Melb Cup
Australian Bloodstock co-founder Luke Murrell announced his group has purchased a 2nd German-bred stayer to join this year's Melbourne Cup 3rd-placed Lucas Cranach as part of its team attack on the 2012 Cup. Murrell secured lightly-raced 3YO colt Mawingo (Tertullian-Montfleur, by Sadler's Wells) from his German breeder Gestut Schlenderhan & confirmed the veteran of just 5 starts (including victory in the Gr3 Bavarian Classic over 2000m & 4th in the Gr1 Deutsches Derby over 2400m) will join Lucas Cranach at Anthony Freedman's Mornington Peninsula stable. Murrell noted on the Australian Bloodstock website: "Getting so close with Lucas Cranach showed us we were on the right track to getting a Melbourne Cup winner. We have looked for a similar type of horse to Lucas Cranach because we think a good stayer with a strong turn of foot is the type that will be successful in the big cups next spring. With Lucas Cranach, we have 2 really good stayers to aim for next year's Melbourne Cup, which is a great thrill." Murrell said Mawingo will arrive on January 20 & make his 1st Australian start "in the latter part of the Sydney autumn carnival", before attempting to qualify for the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups via the Brisbane winter carnival.
Melb Cup Finishing Order & Jockey Comments
- 1st Dunaden (15-2) Christophe Lemaire: “It's a great moment for me, it's incredible. I was a bit anxious (waiting for the photo-finish result) because I knew it was very close & the pony (Clerk of the Course) on the back straight said that maybe the outside horse (Red Cadaeux) had won & I felt a bit disappointed even though the horse gave everything, but then they said ‘You win'. Of course I feel for Craig (Williams, suspended jockey who was originally engaged to ride Dunaden) but it is part of our job. I'm very sorry for him because he is a good friend of mine & I think today, this is life. There are no words for this. I want to thank everybody for the emotion & the passion they have. It is my first time in Australia but I love Flemington. You know, races like the Japan Cup, Breeders Cup, Epsom Derby. The Melbourne Cup is one of the big ones everybody wants to win. I knew he (Dunaden) had a very good chance. He has done a great job this horse & he deserves this race. It was slow at the beginning, but on the back straight they raced a little faster. The horse in front of me, Corey Brown I think (3rd-placed Lucas Cranach) brought me to the front line at the top of the stretch & he (Dunaden) was strong to the line. A former jockey John Marshall, he gave me very good advice (about my first ride at Flemington) that was right & I did exactly what he told me.”
- 2nd Red Cadeaux (30-1) Michael Rodd: “I would have preferred to get beaten by half a length than get beaten by that (nose, smallest margin in the history of the race). He ran really well; we had a beautiful run through the race, I saved all the ground, I was able to come out when I wanted to & was able to hold him up until about the 400m. Coming to the 350m I let him go & he showed a turn of foot I wasn't expecting. It has taken a good horse to beat him. It hurts.”
- 3rd Lucas Cranach (12-1) Corey Brown: “He ran super. He had all the breaks, he got the perfect run in the race & I peeled him out at the 600m & travelled up. Wasn't to be, he had every chance.”
- 4th Americain (4-1) Gerald Mosse: “I think the ground was a bit firm for him. He gave me a good acceleration in the straight, but he started to get tired in the last 50m with the weight & the ground. He's very honest & tried his best.”
- 5th Manighar (40-1) Damien Oliver: “He ran really well. He looked a real chance straightening up & fought on really well. It was a brave 5th.”
- 6th Lost In The Moment (30-1) William Buick: “Delighted. I was very happy. The horse gave me everything. I had a great run through. He had every chance & ran his heart out. He's probably just not quite at this level yet, but he is a horse on the up & this must surely be a target in the future.”
- 7th Fox Hunt (30-1) Silvestre De Sousa: “Ran a good race. He's had a hard season & hit a flat spot from the 1000m but he ran a good race.”
- 8th Niwot (8-1) Dean Yendall: “Ran out of his skin, had a great run in transit. I produced him when I needed to produce him, he stuck it out really well & probably just found Saturday (when he won the Gr3 Lexus Stakes over 2500m) too hard to back up, but he went tremendous.”
- 9th Unusual Suspect (30-1) Brad Rawiller: “He ran fantastic. Got into a scrimmage early, I got him to relax, he just got out sprinted when they dashed. He just kept getting to the line terrific, just a shame there wasn't more speed through the run.”
- 10th At First Sight (9-1) Steven King: “He gave me a beautiful ride, he was nice & relaxed but I probably think he's a question mark at 2 miles.”
- 11th Precedence (50-1) Darren Beadman: “He ran well, he just wouldn't settle.”
- 12th Drunken Sailor (40-1) Dwayne Dunn: “Great run in transit; didn't run the trip.”
- 13th The Verminator (100-1) Craig Newitt: “Gave me a great ride, just didn't run 2 miles. Ran really good until half way up the straight.”
- 14th Tullamore (20-1) Chris Munce: “He was tardy out of the gates, he reared up when they flew open. We struck trouble on different occasions, but I thought on the home turn he was going to make a run for it.”
- 15th Moyenne Corniche (30-1) Brett Prebble: “He switched off quite nice. At the 600m I thought I was going to be in the first 5, but he just got tired towards the end.”
- 16th Saptapadi (80-1) Chris Symons: “We were always going to go back from barrier 22, so just half missed it, skipped across their heels, had a lovely run. I thought the horse went fair & I was happy enough with the effort.”
- 17th Older Than Time (100-1) Tim Clark: “I rode her quiet today & she worked home & passed a few. She ran the 2 miles, but it was probably just class (that beat her).”
- 18th Hawk Island (150-1) Glyn Schofield: “Got a bit of a check at the post the first time. Ended up with a fair enough run from there, but obviously found it pretty tough.”
- 19th Illo (20-1) Jim Cassidy: “We anticipated being 4th or 5th, but with Tullamore rearing at the start & Glass Harmonium missing it, it took all the pace out of the race; so with a lap to go I was in front where I didn't want to be. Our run was tempo-related, but take nothing away from the winner, it turned out to be a good Cup.”
- 20th Jukebox Jury (14-1) Neil Callan: “No excuses really. He jumped well & got into a nice position. He just felt in a nice rhythm all the way around & then at the turn in the straight, he just didn't have that spark. So we will come back again.”
- 21st Shamrocker (40-1) Luke Nolen: “Found a nice spot mid-field, about 3-deep with cover & from the 1400m I was starting to give ground & couldn't hold my spot. Got pushed wide & that was where her run finished.”
- 22nd Glass Harmonium (30-1) Lisa Cropp: “He missed the start. The blindfold came off (in the barrier) & he threw himself down the back. I don't think he stayed & never looked like leading (as planned).”
- 23rd Modun (30-1) Kerrin McEvoy: “I got caught wide without cover & he didn't switch off, therefore didn't run the trip out.”
December Draw Favourite For Gr1 Caulfield Cup
Looking to make it 5 wins in-a-row, December Draw is a short-priced favourite (approximately $2.40) for tomorrow’s Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne. European raider Lucas Cranach is around $9, with Mighty High & Green Moon next best at $12.
6 Internationals Remain In Caulfield Cup
The John Moore-trained Mighty High is 1 of 6 internationally-trained horses still in contention for the Caulfield Cup, alongside the Luca Cumani-trained quartet Manighar, Drunken Sailor, Sahara Sun & Bauer, plus fellow UK-trained stayer Saptapadi for Brian Ellison. Anthony Freedman’s German import Lucas Cranach was also paid up for the race; however the Bart Cummings stable elected not to proceed with its German import Illo (who is also in quarantine at Werribee). The most notable withdrawals were French raider Dunaden (who is targeting the Geelong Cup) & a quartet of horses that will focus on the Cox Plate (Lion Tamer, King’s Rose, Rekindled Interest & Playing God). Final acceptances for the Caulfield Cup will be taken next Tuesday 11 October.
Strategic Maneuver Begins With "7 of 8 In-Foal"
At Victoria’s Bullarook Park Stud, Malcolm Boyd reports former Gai Waterhouse-trained 6YO stallion Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy-Crystal Gauntlet, by Marscay) who retired to the Avenel-based farm this season “looks like getting at least 100 mares & already has 7 of 8 tested in-foal”. Gooree Stud-bred Strategic Manuever (whose career of just 2 starts was prematurely curtailed through injury) stands at $4,400.
Americain Arrives In Melbourne Tomorrow
Last year’s Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain returns to Australia tomorrow as part of a contingent of 10 horses arriving at the Werribee International Horse Centre from Europe for the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. Joining Americain on the flight is fellow French-trained stayer Dunaden, a quartet of Luca Cumani-trained horses including 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer & Chilean Derby runner-up Sahara Sun, plus recent UK Ebor Handicap winner Moyenne Corniche, his stable-mate Saptapadi & German imports Lucas Cranach & Illo.
Lucas Cranach "Melb Cup Path Uncertain"
Meanwhile German import Lucas Cranach “remains a work in progress, but Lee Freedman is not locked into running the horse in the Caulfield Cup”, reported The Herald-Sun. Freedman confirmed the Geelong Cup “was also a possible route for Lucas Cranach to take to the Melbourne Cup” & noted: “There's no guarantee we will go to Caulfield. We may go to Geelong. We really haven't made up our minds what we'll do with him.” Freedman has been training Lucas Cranach (backed from 100-1 in to 15-1 for the Melbourne Cup) at Newmarket in England for the past 5 weeks & added: “He's doing well, doing everything we ask of him. He has a great look about him. He's a very attractive horse. We're very pleased with him.”
December Draw Favourite For Caulfield Cup
Meanwhile betchoice.com now has December Draw $4 favourite to win the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield next month. Joint 2nd favourites are At First Sight & Scarlett Lady (both $8). Next in the market are Midas Touch ($11), Lion Tamer ($13), Absolutely ($16), Alcopop & Precedence (both $17), Glass Harmonium ($18), Green Moon, Lights Of Heaven, Linton & Trusting (all $21), Drunken Sailor, Lucas Cranach, Pinker Pinker, Rekindled Interest, Shamrocker, Southern Speed & Tullamore (all $26) with $31 & better available about the balance of possible runners. For the latest odds click on the link.
Descarado Top Local In Melb Cup With 54kg
Meanwhile Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter also explained that, among the locals “Trusting rises 1kg to 53kg in the Melbourne Cup for his win in the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in Sydney on September 3, while current 2nd favourite December Draw has been lifted from 50kg to 50.5kg courtesy of his effortless 2000m Flemington win on the same day”. Carpenter noted: “A later release of Melbourne Cup weights has allowed more form to be built into the handicaps & impressive victories to Modun, Trusting & December Draw have all seen varying increases in their weights when compared to their Caulfield Cup mark. Both Trusting & December Draw are yet to pass the 1st ballot clause which, in summary, requires a peak performance in a race 2300m or further since 1 August 2009; a top-8 finish in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup on 15 October is one way for a horse to pass the ballot. Weights allocated to other key runners include:
- Descarado: The 2010 Gr1 Caulfield Cup winner was pulled up in last year’s Melbourne Cup when carrying 54kg. He rises to 56kg this year & is the highest weighted Australian entrant.
- Maluckyday: Last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up rises from 51kg in 2010 to 54kg this year.
- Shamrocker: The early favourite (who will be ridden by 3-time Cup winner Glen Boss) has 52kg, the same weight she has been allocated in the Caulfield Cup.
- Scarlett Lady: The New Zealand-trained Gr1 Queensland Oaks winner (current 3rd favourite & nominated to make her Melbourne debut at Caulfield this Saturday) has 51kg.
- Mighty High: The 1st international entrant to arrive for this year’s race, Mighty High is currently in quarantine at the Werribee International Horse Centre. The last start Gr1-winner has 54.5kg.
- Bauer: The veteran UK stayer has 52kg, the same weight he carried to 2nd in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, but he is yet to pass the 1st ballot & faces a challenge to make the field.
- Illo: German import Illo (1 of 5 entrants from Bart Cummings) has 53kg, which is 0.5kg less than stable-mate Precedence (who returns after finishing 8th in last year’s Cup).
- Lucas Cranach: The “plunge horse” in early Cups betting, German stayer Lucas Cranach (who arrives in Australia on 24 September to join the Anthony Freedman stable) has been given 53.5kg.
- King’s Rose & Lights Of Heaven: Peter Moody’s classy 4YO mares King’s Rose & Lights Of Heaven both have 51.5kg, but neither has passed the 1st ballot clause so they are not yet guaranteed a start.
- Lloyd Williams: Leviathan owner & 3-time Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams has 12 horses entered this year. His highest weighted runners are imports Alandi & Midas Touch on 55kg.
- Black And Bent: Australia’s champion jumper is another yet to pass the 1st ballot clause. With only 50.5kg his connections’ dreams of attaining a Cup start “will prove a challenging one” noted Carpenter.
- Master O’Reilly: The 9YO (who is chasing a 5th straight Cup start) has 52kg. He’s carried 54kg (15th, 2010), 55kg (4th, 2009 & 2008) & 53.5kg (8th, 2007) in his previous appearances.
- 10 of the 23 runners to contest last year’s Melbourne Cup are nominated for this year’s race. In addition to Americain, Descarado & Maluckyday, Harris Tweed (5th, 54kg to 54.5kg), Once Were Wild (11th, 51.5kg to 52.5kg) & Linton (21st, 52kg to 53.5kg) have had their weight increased from 12 months ago, while the other 4 are being asked to carry the same or less weight.
10 Europeans Enter UK Quarantine
Meanwhile reigning Melbourne Cup champion Americain is among 10 horses who have entered quarantine at Newmarket in England in preparation for this year’s Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. The 10 will complete 2 weeks pre-export quarantine before arriving in Melbourne on Saturday 24 September where they’ll join last week’s Hong Kong arrivals Mighty High & Silver Grecian. Joining Americain in quarantine are fellow French stayer Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles), Brian Ellison-trained pair Moyenne Corniche & Saptapadi, Luca Cumani-trained quartet Bauer, Manighar, Drunken Sailor & Sahara Sun, plus German pair Illo & Lucas Cranach who will join the Australian stables of Bart Cummings & Anthony Freedman respectively upon their arrival.
Summary Of Main Gr1 Caulfield Cup Weights
Completing the top 5 weighted horses (among the 237 entries) for the Gr1 Caulfield Cup are UK-trained US Breeders Cup winner Dangerous Midge (57.5kg), 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (57kg) & Japanese stayer Meiner Kitz (56kg) who is unlikely to make the trip. Other major entries & their weights include:
- Alandi (55.5kg): Lloyd Williams’ imported 2009 Irish St Leger winner drops from 58kg last year after failing in 4 Australian starts over shorter distances. Stablemate Midas Touch, runner-up in last year’s English St Leger & Irish Derby, has 0.5kg less with 55kg.
- My Kingdom Of Fife (55kg): The Chris Waller-trained Gr1-winning import has 1kg more than Glass Harmonium (54kg) with whom he battled during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
- Harris Tweed (54.5kg): The Murray Baker-trained NZ entrant rises 0.5kg on his 2nd placing behind Descarado in 2010 & carries the same weight as the UK entrant of the identical name.
- Mighty High (54.5kg): Winner of the Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) in Hong Kong. Mr Medici won that race last year before finishing 6th in the Caulfield Cup with 55kg.
- Maluckyday (54kg): The 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up who is owned in the same interests as runaway 1997 Caulfield Cup winner Might And Power.
- Manighar (54kg): The Luca Cumani-trained UK stayer carried the same weight to 5th in last year’s Caulfield Cup. Stable-mate Drunken Sailor has also been weighted on 54kg.
- Dunaden (54kg): French stayer prepared by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Alain de Royer Dupre’s former pupil Mikel Delzangles. Stable-mate Zack Hall has 1kg less on 53kg.
- Lion Tamer (54kg): Gr1 VRC Derby winner has the same weight as 2004 Cup winner Elvstroem was given after winning the Derby the year prior. He is the highest weighted 4YO.
- Lucas Cranach (53.5kg): German horse who has been well supported in pre-post betting for the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups. Will be trained by Anthony Freedman.
- Tactician (53kg): Owned by The Queen & trained in the UK by Michael Bell. Receives the same weight as another Ebor Handicap runner-up Carte Diamond did in 2005.
- Anacheeva (53kg): The Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner is the 2nd-highest weighted 4YO, marginally ahead of Playing God, Shootoff & Sincero who have all been allocated 52.5kg.
- Shamrocker (52kg): Will have to equal the weight-carrying record by a 4YO mare held by Leilani (1974) & How Now (1976). Research was the last filly to win the AJC Derby in 1989 & she was allocated 52.5kg in the Caulfield Cup.
- Lights Of Heaven (51.5kg): The Caulfield Cup favourite has the same weight as stable-mate & Memsie Stakes winner King’s Rose, as well as Oaks winners Absolutely & Brazilian Pulse.
- Scarlett Lady (51kg): High class New Zealand mare who won the Queensland Oaks. Shares the same weight as WA Derby-Oaks winner Dreamaway who debuts in Victoria on Saturday.
- Black And Bent (50.5kg): Australia’s champion jumper has raced 6 times on the flat at 2400m or beyond for 5 wins &a runner-up, all at metropolitan level.
- December Draw (50kg): Highly fancied Mark Kavanagh-trained import that will need to win either the Naturalism Handicap (2000m) on 17 September or Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) on 8 October, both at Caulfield, to secure a start.
Renania Wins Brazil Gr1 Grimaldi Seabra
In South America, 5YO mare Renania (Redattore-Flor Do Blitz, by Minstrel Glory) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in Brazil’s Gr1 Grande Premio Roberto E Nelson Grimaldi Seabra (2000m of turf) for mares 4YO & up at Hipodromo da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro. Renania (ridden by Vagner Leal for trainer Wanildo Garcia Tosta) defeated 4YO mares Hunka Hunka (Wild Event-Uff-Uff, by De Quest) & Grand I Ask (Yagli-Hola I Ask, by Grimaldi). Renania took her record to 4 wins & 5 placings (in July’s Gr3 Grande Premio Luiz Fernando Cirne Lima over 1800m at Cidade Jardim, May’s Gr1 Grande Premio Organizacao Sulamericana De Fomento Ao Puro Sangue De Corrida over 2000m at Cidade Jardim & February’s Gr2 Clasico Presidente Hernani Azevedo Silva over 1600m at Cidade Jardim, plus 2010’s Gr2 Grande Premio 25 De Janeiro over 2000m at Cidade Jardim & 2009’s Listed Grande Premio Thomaz Teixeira De Assumpcao Junior over 1600m at Cidade Jardim) from 16 starts.
Bahhare Adds French Black-Type
In France, European Gr2-winning & dual Gr1-placed stallion & NZ The Pines Thoroughbreds shuttler Bahhare (Woodman-Wasnah, by Nijinsky) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Balaythous (Bahhare-Silirisa, by Sillery) was 2nd-across-the-line by a short-head but awarded victory by the stewards (for interference inside the final 200m) in the €52,000 (A$72,000) Listed Prix Bedel (2400m) for 4YOs & up at Lyon-Parilly. Balaythous (ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Brigitte Renk) defeated German-bred 4YO colt Lucas Cranach (Mamool-Lots Of Love, by Java Gold) who had been 1st-across-the-line, with a further neck to UK-bred 4YO entire Jo All the Way (Gold Away-Secret Question, by Rahy). Balaythous was a €30,000 (A$42,000) yearling at the 2007 Deauville October Sale; overall he now has 6 wins & 4 placings from 14 starts for €116,610 (A$162,000) earnings.
Desejado Thunder Wins Brazil Gr1 Cavalo De Corrida
In Brazil, Stud Alvarenga's boom home-bred 3YO colt Desejado Thunder (Durban Thunder-Glorious Magee, by Spend A Buck) continued his sensational sequence of wins with a 1.25-lengths victory against older rivals in the Gr1 Grande Premio Associacao Brasileira De Vriadores E Proprietarios Do Cavalo De Corrida (1000m on turf) at Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo. Desejado Thunder (ridden by Dalto Duarte for trainer Julio Cesar Sampaio) defeated 3YO filly Quasi Moda (Christine's Outlaw-Classic Halo, by Southern Halo) & fellow 3YO colt Union Lake (American Gipsy-Extra News, by Forty Niner). Desejado Thunder took his record to 11 wins (also including April's Gr1 Grande Premio Associacao Brasileira De Vriadores E Proprietarios Do Cavalo De Corrida over 1000m at Hipodromo La Gavea, March's Listed Clasico Jockey Club De Sao Paulo over 1000m at Gavea & February's Listed Clasico Sao Francisco Xavier over 1000m at Gavea, plus 2010's Gr1 Grande Premio Major Suckow over 1000m at Gavea, Gr2 Grande Premio Cordeiro Da Graca over 1000m at Gavea, Gr3 Grande Premio Adhemar De Faria E Roberto Gabizo De Faria over 1000m at Gavea, Listed Clasico Jose Calman over 1300m at Gavea & Listed Clasico Hernani Azevedo Silva over 1200m at Gavea) & a runner-up (in 2010's Gr2 Grande Premio Proclamacao Da Republica over 1000m at Cidade Jardim) from 13 starts.
Equitana Wins Brazil Gr1 Presidente Da Republica
Front-running 3YO filly Equitana (Romarin-Uaiasol, by Choctaw Ridge) scored by a neck against older rivals in Brazil's Gr1 Grande Premio Presidente da Republica (1600m on turf) at Cidade Jardim to become the 1st filly in 15 years to take this prestigious event. Equitana (ridden by Ivaldo Santana for trainer Alexandre Garcia Saldanha Correa) defeated fast-finishing favoured 4YO entire Salute (Pure Prize-Salve Salve, by Lode) & 5YO entire Imperio de Birigui (Hard Buck-Casual Talk, by Tumble Lark). Equitana took her overall record to 6 wins (also including both 2010's Gr1 Grande Premio Joao cecilio Ferraz over 1500m at Cidade Jardim & Listed Classico Emerald Hill over 1600m at Cidade Jardim) & 2 runners-up (including February's Gr2 Clasico Presidente Hernani Azevedo Silva over 1600m at Cidade Jardim) from 12 starts.