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Sibling to Golden Slipper Winner Set for Debut
Fine Scent, a 2YO half-sister to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, is set to make her debut for trainer Simon Miller in the Awesome Rock Plate (1000m) at Belmont racecourse in Perth today. A $210,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud, Fine Scent is by Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion All Too Hard out of the stakes-placed mare Patou (Covetous). Polar Success won 4 of her 17 starts, including the 2003 Golden Slipper & Gr2 Reisling Slipper Trial, for career earnings of $2,171,505. This is the esteemed Gold Vink family of deceased Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, 4-time Gr1-winning sire Starspangledbanner, and globetrotting Gr1 winner Highland Reel and his Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winning brother Idaho.
Gr1 Australian Cup Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Joint $4.20 Tab favourites for the race are stable-mates from the Darren Weir yard Humidor and Jameka who are coming off second and fourth placings respectively in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. Next best is Peter Young Stakes victor Stratum Star at $6, followed by The United States at $7.50 and Exospheric at $8.50. The final field is:
- STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (2)
- AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (6)
- THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Ben Melham) 59kg (4)
- MOURINHO (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 59kg (9)
- ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Adam Hyeronimus) 59kg (5)
- EXOSPHERIC (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Damien Oliver) 59kg (10)
- TALLY (John O'Shea-Joao Moreira) 59kg (1)
- TOM MELBOURNE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Glen Boss) 59kg (3)
- BOOM TIME (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 59kg (8)
- HUMIDOR (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (7)
- JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (11)
- REAL LOVE (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (12)
Bold Showing Expected From Hauraki
Godolphin trainer John O'Shea is tipping a cheeky first-up performance from Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) in tomorrow's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick, reports racingnsw.com.au. "He won first up last time at seven furlongs," O'Shea said. "1300 metres is a little short of his best, but he's effective in the ground." O'Shea added: "He's going to take a couple of runs to hit his straps. Going into the Doncaster, third-up, that's when he'll really peak." Hauraki, who finally delivered on the immense promise he showed as a younger horse by winning the Gr1 Epsom Handicap as a 5YO in the spring, will be having his first competitive race start since finishing runner-up to Awesome Rock in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on 5 November.
Tosen Stardom Ready For Futurity
Meanwhile, champion trainer Darren Weir says Japanese galloper Tosen Stardom is on track to make his return to racing in the $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The 6YO son of Deep Impact hasn't raced since finishing fourth behind Awesome Rock in the Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley on 3 September. "He's in good shape but we'll just have to see whether he can be sharp enough over that trip. But I'm happy with him," Weir said. Tosen Stardom was sent to Weir's Victorian stable after Australian Bloodstock purchased a 50 per cent interest in him in April last year.
Gr1 CF Orr Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The Peter Gelagotis-trained Malaguerra, who resumed with a track record-equalling win in the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago, is currently the $3.80 Tab favourite ahead of Australia Stakes runner-up Black Heart Bart at $4.20. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Lucky Hussler at $7 and Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet at $8. Turn Me Loose and Arod are the two market outsiders at $26. The final field is:
- BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (11)
- AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-S Baster) 59kg (3)
- LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (4)
- MALAGUERRA (Peter Gelagotis-Ben Melham) 59kg (12)
- TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-K McEvoy) 59kg (2)
- AROD (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 59kg (1)
- PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (7)
- ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-A Hyeronimus) 59kg (8)
- HE'S OUR ROKKII (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 59kg (9)
- JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Luke Nolen) 57kg (10)
- MISS ROSE DE LAGO (Danny O'Brien-Damien Oliver) 57kg (5)
- DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (6)
Bart & Palentino Set For Friday Return
Star stable-mates Black Heart Bart and Palentino are ready to resume in Friday night's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley after trialling in impressive fashion at Camperdown last week, reports racenet. "They're both great. They trialled on Tuesday and went terrific," trainer Darren Weir said. "After the race at Moonee Valley Black Heart Bart and Palentino will go to the Orr [Gr1 CF Orr] and the Futurity [Gr1 Futurity Stakes] and then we'll work it out after that." Black Heart Bart established himself as one of the best racehorses in Australia with Gr1 victories in the Memsie Stakes and Underwood Stakes in the spring, before signing off his campaign with a below-par 9th in the Cox Plate. Palentino, a winner of the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes in the spring, hasn't raced since finishing 8th behind Awesome Rock in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes).
Black Heart Bart returns to action on Friday (image: Mark Gatt)
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Begins Today
The 2017 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, firmly established as one of the pre-eminent thoroughbred auctions in the southern hemisphere, gets underway on the Gold Coast today. The spectacular catalogue comprises 96 individual sires across 816 lots in Book 1, 214 lots in Book 2, and 55 lots in Book 3 (1086 lots in total). The sale includes 210 yearlings out of Group or Listed-winning mares, and for those buyers who like to see a proven broodmare, there are 194 siblings to Group and stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Stay with Me, Sebring, Capitalist, Buffering, Japonisme, and Awesome Rock. Some of the star sires represented include Fastnet Rock, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Starspangledbanner, High Chaparral, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring, I Am Invincible, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge, All Too Hard, Bernardini, Choisir, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, and Written Tycoon, sire of last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and champion Australian 2YO Capitalist. The sale commences at 10am local time (11am AEDT). The sale will be streamed live on the Magic Millions website, as well via its Youtube channel. Additionally, Sky Racing will be covering the sale across all three of their channels on Foxtel. Click here to view the online catalogue, and click on the image below for Breeding&Racing's Gold Coast sale feature.
Awesome Rock Set For Jump-Out
Gr1-winning Victorian galloper Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) is set to have a jump-out at Flemington this Friday, reports AAP. The 5YO was last seen atoning for his controversial Australian Cup defeat with a deserved top-flight victory in the $2 million Emirates Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. "I'm pleased with him and he is going to have a trial on Friday," co-trainer Leon Corstens said. "He's coming to hand nicely." Awesome Rock is scheduled to open his autumn campaign in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield on 11 February before once again targeting the Australian Cup in March. He is also in line for a trip to Dubai for the $US6 million Gr1 Dubai Turf (1800m) at Meydan on 25 March.
Awesome Rock (image: Mark Gatt)
Dubai Option For Awesome Rock
Top Victorian galloper Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) is in line for a trip to the Dubai World Cup carnival in March, reports AAP. The 5YO returned to the stable of trainers Leon and Troy Corstens on Monday after atoning for his controversial Australian Cup defeat with a deserved Gr1 win in the $2 million Emirates Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. "His Australian prep will culminate in the Australian Cup and then if he comes through that well we will give very serious consideration to the Dubai turf race over 1800 metres," Corstens said. "He came back into the stable on Monday but he had a lovely spell and didn't put on too much weight, so he shouldn't take too long to come to hand." The race the Corstens' have in mind is the $US6 million Gr1 Dubai Turf (1800m) at Meydan on 25 March.
Awesome Rock (image: Mark Gatt)
Awesome Rock Wins Gr1 Emirates Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite success when 5YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) scored by 0.75 length for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens in the $2 million Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) & 3YO colt Seaburge (Sebring-Polska, by Encosta de Lago). Atoning for his controversial protest defeat in the Gr1 Australian Cup earlier in the year, Awesome Rock improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes & Listed Symphony Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Cup, Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 David Jones Cup & Gr3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 25 starts for $2,028,720 earnings. "We've said it all the way along that he is a beautiful animal and when we lost the Australian Cup we were desperate to get the Group 1 he deserved," co-trainer Troy Corstens told racing.com. Awesome Rock was purchased by Spicer Thoroughbreds for $575,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.
Awesome Rock (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Emirates Stakes Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million weight-for-age Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday, the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. Despite a purse of $2 million, the Emirates Stakes, formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes, has failed to attract a capacity field of 16 with just 13 horses entered in the race. However, it still promises to be a high class affair with the likes of Gr1 winners Palentino, Hauraki, Happy Trails, The United States, Vanbrugh, and Awesome Rock set to line up. Caulfield Cup runner-up Scottish and Cox Plate fourth Vadamos are the only international runners in the race. For French star Vadamos, who is part-owned by John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds, it will be his final racetrack appearance before retiring to Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland. Favourite for the race is currently The United Stakes at $3.70, ahead of Vadamos at $4.60 and Scottish at $4.80. The Emirates field is:
1. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Dwayne Dunn) 59kg (8)
2. HAURAKI (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (1)
3. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Kerrin McEvoy) 59kg (11)
4. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (13)
5. VADAMOS (Andre Fabre-Damien Oliver) 59kg (7)
6. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (9)
7. SCOTTISH (Charlie Appleby-William Buick) 59kg (6)
8. ENDLESS DRAMA (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 59kg (4)
9. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (5)
10. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (10)
11. TIVACI (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 58.5kg (12)
12. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Chad Schofield) 51kg (3)
13. SEABURGE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Yendall) 51kg (2)
Gr1 Cox Plate Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 96th running of the $3 million weight-for-age Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) to be run at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Defending champion Winx has firmed as favourite into $1.90 after drawing ideally in barrier three, while Hartnell, rated by many as the number one challenger to Winx's standing as Australia's best racehorse, remains a $3 chance after drawing barrier seven. All other runners are at double figure odds, with next best being Yankee Rose (1) and Vadamos (2) at $14. The field is:
1. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Ben Melham) 59kg (10)
2. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (6)
3. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (7)
4. HAURAKI (John O'Shea) 59kg (8)
5. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (4)
6. VADAMOS (Andre Fabre-Joao Moreira) 59kg (2)
7. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (5)
8. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (3)
9. LUCIA VALENTINA (Kris Lees-Kerrin McEvoy) 57kg (9)
10. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke-Dean Yendall) 47.5kg (1)
Winx Headlines Breakfast With The Best
Winx will have her final serious hit-out for Saturday's 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at today's Breakfast With The Best at Moonee Valley. The Chris Waller-trained Winx, who is a $2.20 favourite for the $3 million showpiece, will be joined by fellow Cox Plate contenders Yankee Rose, Happy Clapper and Awesome Rock at this morning's trackwork session. Winx scored a stunning 4.75-length win in last year's edition of the Cox Plate when smashing Might And Power's course record that had stood since 1998. She will be seeking her 13th consecutive victory on Saturday.
Winx winning last year's Cox Plate (image: Mark Gatt)
The Cleaner Set To Improve
Trainer Peter Gelagotis is expecting an improved performance from The Cleaner in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year will be having his third start for Gelagotis since transferring from the stable of Mick Burles following a public dispute between Burles and the horse's owners. The 9YO resumed with an 11th placing in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes in early August, before an improved effort saw him finish 5th (beaten 3 lengths) behind Awesome Rock in the Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes three weeks ago. "He's ticked over nicely since his last run and has stripped a lot fitter. I'm looking forward to a really solid run," Gelgotis told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "The two times I've taken the horse to the races everybody has commented on how big he looks, so I'm thinking that maybe we have been a bit easy on him. But he's starting to trim up so I think he is pretty close to the mark now." Gelagotis said no plans had been made beyond Saturday. "There are a few options but we will wait until after Saturday before making any decisions," he said.
Awesome Rock Wins Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 5YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) scored by 2 lengths for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens in the $250,000 Gr2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Real Love (Desert King-Flaming Heart, by Salieri) & 5YO mare Set Square (Reset-Dynastar, by Zeditave). Awesome Rock, who gained an automatic entry into the Cox Plate with Saturday's win, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Symphony Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Cup, Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 David Jones Cup & Gr3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 21 starts for $688,720 earnings. "We've had him (entered) in the Cox Plate the whole way along. He needed to do something like that for us so we could take the next step up and say, righto we can have a real crack at it," co-trainer Troy Corstens said. "The goal posts have changed a bit now. We were thinking the Mackinnon (Stakes), but we'll probably switch it back to the Cox Plate, have a crack and see how we go." Awesome Rock was a $575,000 purchase by Spicer Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.
Awesome Rock (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $200,000 Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Darren Weir-trained Mahuta at $4 ahead of last-start Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes winner Lord Of the Sky and dual Gr1-winning mare Suavito who share the second line of betting at $5.50. The only other horses under double-figure odds are Miss Rose de Lago at $7 and reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year The Cleaner at $9. The final field is:
1. SMOKIN' JOEY (Wez Hunter-Chris Parnham) 59kg (9)
2. THE CLEANER (Peter Gelagotis-Steven Arnold) 59kg (2)
3. LORD OF THE SKY (Robbie Laing-Mark Zahra) 59kg (11)
4. JACQUINOT BAY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-D Lane) 59kg (3)
5. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 59kg (14)
6. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (4)
7. TALL SHIP (Darren Weir-Dean Yendall) 59kg (12)
8. MAGNAPAL (Terry & Karina-O'Sullivan-Luke Currie) 59kg (13)
9. BERISHA (Robert Smerdon-Ben Thompson) 59kg (15)
10. NEVIS - scratched
11. MAHUTA (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (5)
12. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Michael Walker) 57kg (7)
13. SET SQUARE (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 57kg (10)
14. MISS ROSE DE LAGO (Danny O'Brien-Damien Oliver) 57kg (1)
15. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Craig Williams) 56.5kg (8)
More Riches On Offer At VOBIS Gold
An additional 17 horses have been added as supplementary entries to the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale catalogue, equating to 303 yearlings that will go under the hammer this Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April in Melbourne. All are welcome at the Inglis Oaklands Complex from 9am this Thursday 14 April when lots will be available for inspections. The sale is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved with the purchase of a yearling and racehorse ownership, with even more value to be had from Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold incentive schemes. These benefits have been demonstrated recently by $15,000 purchase If Not Now When having earned trainer Henry Dwyer and connections in excess of $230,000 from two career starts. Highlights of the supplementary entries include a colt by All American from the family of Nicconi (Lot 288), and a half-sister by Helmet to the Hong Kong Group 1 performer Captain Sweet (Lot 295). Lot 300 is a colt out of a half-sister to Bulla Borghese, from the family of impressive two-year-old Calliope, and by one of Victoria's leading sires, Bel Esprit. In excess of 80 stallions are represented in the sale, offering outstanding variety. 27 yearlings in the catalogue are out of stakes-performing dams and 26 lots on offer are siblings to black-type earners. In addition, a number of pedigrees have received important updates since the catalogue went to print. Yearlings from the families of many autumn stakes-performers are featured, including Lucia Valentina, The Quarterback, Griante, Seaburge, Fenway, Flying Artie, Malaguerra, Telperion, Sacred Eye, Charmed Harmony, Awesome Rock, Jackson and Berisha. All yearlings offered at the sale are eligible for entry into the $5 million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons, and VOBIS Gold graduates are eligible to compete in the $250,000 RL Inglis Premier Race to be held in February 2017. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Preferment Wins Gr1 Australian Cup
At Flemington in Melbourne, Cambridge Stud's deceased multiple Champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite success when top-class 4YO entire Preferment (Zabeel-Better Alternative, by Flying Spur) was the beneficiary of an upheld protest when scoring by 0.1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $1.5 million Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) & 5YO mare Rising Romance (Ekraar-Post Romance, by Postponed). Preferment, who was purchased by Chris Waller Racing for $190,000 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Victoria Derby & G2 Hill Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas & Listed Geelong Classic) from 19 starts for $2,438,405 earnings. Trainer Chris said Preferment would now be aimed at the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney. "He's tremendous over 2000 metres – I'm not convinced he's a 2500 metre horse despite being a Victoria Derby winner," Waller told Racing.com. "The Queen Elizabeth is firmly on his agenda – he deserves to be there. He's a genuine weight-for-age 2000 metre performer."
Preferment beats Awesome Rock on protest (image: Mark Gatt)
Australian Cup Field & Barrier Draw
The field has been finalised and the barrier draw conducted for Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. Race favourite Bow Creek ($3.20) from the powerful Godolphin stable has been given no favours drawing the outside barrier (11), while his nearest market rival Our Ivanhowe ($5) will jump from gate 1. Click here to view all the form for 'Super Saturday' at Flemington.
1. Happy Trails (Paul Beshara-Dwayne Dunn) 59kg (8)
2. Preferment (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 59kg (10)
3. Extra Zero (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Mark Zahra) 59kg (3)
4. Mourinho (Peter Gelagotis-Craig Newitt) 59kg (2)
5. Our Ivanhowe (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Ben Melham) 59kg (1)
6. Bow Creek (John O'Shea-Damien Oliver) 59kg (11)
7. Almoonqith (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Walker) 59kg (7)
8. Awesome Rock (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (9)
9. Rising Romance (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Craig Williams) 57kg (6)
10. Suavito (Nigel Blackiston-Luke Currie) 57kg (5)
11. Fenway (Lee & Shannon Hope-Blake Shinn) 57kg (4)
Star-Studded CF Orr Stakes Field
A star-studded field is set to contest the first Gr1 race of the year - the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The connections of 18 horses have chosen to launch their autumn campaigns in the $500,000 weight-for-age feature which sees dual Gr1 winner Lucky Hussler as the early $4.60 favourite with the TAB. Last season's Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose and 5-time Gr1 winner Boban are the only other horses under double figure odds at $5 and $7.50 respectively. The field for the 2016 Gr1 CF Orr Stakes is:
1. FAWKNER (Robert Hickmott-Nicholas Hall) 59kg (12)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Ms Jamie Kah) 59kg (11)
3. BOBAN (Chris Waller-Douglas Whyte) 59kg (13)
4. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Glen Boss) 59kg (8)
5. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli-Blake Shinn) 59kg (4)
6. MOURINHO (Peter Gelagotis-Vlad Duric) 59kg (7)
7. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker-Opie Bosson) 59kg (10)
8. HUCKLEBUCK (Phillip Stokes-Dom Tourneur) 59kg (18)
9. TRUST IN A GUST (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (15)
10. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (14)
11. MESSENE (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-J Winks) 59kg (5)
12. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 59kg (9)
13. BOW CREEK (John O'Shea-Ben Melham) 59kg (2)
14. RED BOMBER (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 59kg (6)
15. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (17)
16. RISING ROMANCE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-D Lane) 57kg (16)
17. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Luke Currie) 57kg (1)
18. FENWAY (Lee & Shannon Hope-Damien Oliver) 57kg (3)
Awesome Rock Wins Listed Symphony Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens in the $150,000 Listed Symphony Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Godolphin gelding Malice (Teofilo-Aforethought, by Encosta de Lago) & 8YO Irish-bred gelding Garud (High Chaparral-Global Pearl, by Acatenango). This was the first stakes victory for the talented Awesome Rock who took his record to 2 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Gr3 David Jones Cup & Gr3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 15 starts for $258,220 earnings. Awesome Rock was a $575,000 purchase by Spicer Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.
Stratum Star Wins Gr3 David Jones Cup
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by 1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Gr3 David Jones Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) & 6YO gelding Leebaz (Zabeel-Polish Princess, by Polish Precedent). Stratum Star, who was a $165,000 purchase by Rick Hore-Lacy at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Listed Gothic Stakes) & 10 placings (including last start's Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) from 20 starts for $770,210 earnings.
Stratum Star (image: Mark Gatt)
Najoom Wins Gr3 Fred Best Classic
At Doomben in Brisbane, ill-fated Widden Stud sire Northern Meteor (Encosta de Lago-Explosive, by Fappiano) added a Group success when exciting 3YO filly Najoom (Northern Meteor-Charlety Star, by Arena) scored by 3.3-lengths, despite being caught wide throughout, for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $125,000 Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO fillie Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain-Tolart, by Show a Heart) & 3YO colt Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway). Najoom took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 2 placings from 7 starts for $253,050 earnings. Najoom's owners Emirates Park will now consider paying the late entry fee for the $2 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) on 6 June. "His Excellency will enjoy the moment and then we'll let the dust settle before we decide if she runs in the Stradbroke," Waterhouse said. "She's the most improved filly I've got in training and today she just zoomed didn't she?" Najoom, who hails from the family of multiple Gr1 winner Criterion, was purchased by Emirates Park for $225,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Willow Park Stud.
Chivalry Best Fresh: Kavanagh
Mark Kavanagh has indicated he believes richly talented colt Chivalry (Street Cry-World Peace, by Danehill) is more of a sprinter-miler ahead of his return to racing in Saturday's William Hill Plate (1300m) at Sandown, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Chivalry, who possesses a powerful finishing burst, was unable to utilise his brilliant sprint when stepped up in journey for the Gr2 Vase (2040m) on 25 October, leading Kavanagh to the conclusion that he races best fresh and over short distances. "His best runs have been fresh, his trial was excellent and I have kept him fresher than normal," Kavanagh said. "Last prep he was a bit all over the place. He was good early then there was excuses each time he seemed to go around." First-up last preparation Chivalry scored a brilliant win in the Gr3 McNeill Stakes (1200m), flashing home from the rear of the field to defeat Nordic Empire and Awesome Rock. On Saturday, the Street Cry colt will face a field of nine that includes highly promising types Merion, unbeaten Godolphin colt Hauraki, and the Team Hawkes-trained Onerous. Kavanagh has nominated Chivalry for the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 7 March.
Rich Enuff Wins Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group success when richly talented 3YO colt Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) scored by 2.5-lengths for trainer Kenny Keys in the $175,000 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings, over 3YO gelding Looks Like The Cat (Husson-Fiery Dee, by Fraar) & fellow 3YO colt Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway). Bred and raced by Keys and his family, the exciting Rich Enuff took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes & Listed McKenzie Stakes) and 1 placing from 4 starts for $326,450 earnings. He will now head towards the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 11 October. "I don't think that is an issue," Keys told TVN, when asked whether the Guineas distance would pose any concerns. "His mum won over a mile (sic 1600 m) and she was a better horse than her record suggests. There is a bit of strength in the family when you go through it."
Chivalry Wins Gr3 H.D.F McNeil Stakes
At Caulfield, Darley shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a Group success when 3YO colt Chivalry (Street Cry-World Peace, by Danehill) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Mark Kavanagh in the $150,000 Gr3 H.D.F McNeil Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Nordic Empire (Wilander-Brown Limestone, by Rustic Amber) & Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway). This was the first stakes victory for the highly promising Chivalry who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings) from 5 starts for $186,650 earnings. Bred by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud, Chivalry was a $280,000 purchase by Mark Kavanagh/Eales Racing at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Like many of his contemporaries, the exciting colt will now head towards the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 11 October. "When he was two he had it stamped all over him that he was going to be a good 3YO," trainer Mark Kavanagh told TVN after the race. "We'll be heading towards the Caulfield Guineas. His style of racing looks to be suited to that kind of race and the longer distances." From the Gr3-winning Danehill mare World Peace, Chivalry is a grandson of multiple Group-winning mare Light Up The World and a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most successful Australian families in the stud book and includes the likes of Tuesday Joy, More Joyous, Sunday Joy, Joie Denise, Joie De Grise & Thorn Park.
Zululand Wins Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes
At Flemington, Gr1-winning Danehill stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a group quinella when 2YO colt Zululand (Fastnet Rock-Dream Play, by Hennessy) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer David Hayes in the $220,000 Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO colt Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) & 2YO gelding Marcado (Choisir-Circles of Ice, by Marauding). This was the first stakes victory for the talented Zululand who took his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 4 starts for $154,475 earnings. The beautifully bred Zululand was a $1.5 million purchase by Tom Magnier for Coolmore and the China Horse Club at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia Ora Stud.