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Villermont Wins Gr2 Sandown Guineas
9. Villermont (9)
J: L Nolen
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 57 kgs
S: All Too Hard
10. Peaceful State (11)
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 57 kgs
S: Animal Kingdom
D: Weekend Beauty
3. Black Sail (5)
J: M Zahra
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 57 kgs
2. Beau Geste (4)
J: Damian Lane
T: James Cummings
W: 57 kgs
S: Street Cry
D: Haut Ton
At Sandown in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Villermont (All Too Hard-Bollinger, by Dehere) stormed home for a brilliant last-to-first win in the $250,000 Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Peaceful State & stable-mate Black Sail. Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, the blue blooded Villermont improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $172,910 in earnings. Trainer Aaron Purcell said Villermont would be spelled and aimed at races such as the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and Gr1 Australian Derby in the autumn. "He's definitely going to be better in the autumn so for him to win here is a great sign for next year,'' Purcell told racing.com. "He's a very big horse and he's just taken some time to grow into himself,'' Purcell explained. He moves like a machine at home and he's just going to develop into a really nice horse." Purchased by Ciaron Maher Racing for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Villermont is the last foal of the beautifully bred Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere-Bint Marscay) who died last year. Bollinger, who is out of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, had seven foals make it to the races with the best performed hitherto being the US-bred Friesan Fire (A.P. Indy), winner of the Gr2 Louisiana Derby, Gr3 Risen Star Stakes & Gr3 Lecomte Stakes. This makes Villermont a direct descendant of influential mare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress also of outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.
Villermont (image: Mark Gatt)
All Too Huiying Wins Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes
3. All Too Huiying (12)
J: M J Walker
T: G W Moore
W: 56 kgs
S: All Too Hard
D: Madame Flurry
4. Black Sail (6)
J: Damian Lane
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 56 kgs
5. Sky Boy (14)
J: C W Brown
T: A & E Cummings
W: 56 kgs
1. Savaheat (4)
J: John Allen
T: D K Weir
W: 57 kgs
D: Heat Storm
At Flemington in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a black-type success when 3YO bay colt All Too Huiying (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) opened his stakes account when outstaying his rivals in the $150,000 Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes (1800m) for 3YOs, defeating Black Sail & Sky Boy. All Too Huiying, who was purchased by his trainer Gary Moore for $150,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park, improved his record to 3 wins and 4 placings (including the Listed Fernhill Handicap) from 12 starts for $217,680 in earnings. All Too Huiying is a half-brother to three-time Gr1 winner Happy Trails and Gr3-winning mare Danish Twist.
All Too Huiying (image: Mak Gatt)
Jackpot Prince Wins Listed Belmont Classic
4. Jackpot Prince (13)
J: C Johnston-Porter
T: G Durrant & J Miller
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Transit Of Venus
12. Persian Princess (10)
J: P Carbery
T: A D Mathews
W: 54.5 kgs
1. Gatting (11)
J: M Autier
T: D T McAuliffe
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Hard Spun
9. Crimson's Rocket (8)
J: Jarrad Noske
T: Kerryn Parsons
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Crimson Centre
At Belmont racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 3YO bay gelding Jackpot Prince (Casino Prince-Transit Of Venus, by Galileo) put up a remarkable performance when storming home from last on the turn to win the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating Persian Princess & Gatting. Jackpot Prince, who counts Gr1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes & VRC Oaks winner Diamond Shower (Zephyr Zip) as his third dam, improved his record to 4 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed WATC Aquanita Stakes) from 11 starts for $108,075 in earnings. Trainer Jason Miller, who prepares Jackpot Prince in partnership with Geoff Durrant, said the 3YO had the potential to develop into a Perth Cup horse. "Credit to the horse and to the ride. You might see him in a year's time a Perth Cup horse," Miller told the West Australian. "He'll be going out now. It's been a long campaign…he probably needed a spell a couple of runs ago." Jackpot Prince is the 15th stakes winner for Casino Prince who stands at Vinery in 2017 at a fee of $11,000.
Curdled Wins Listed Winning Edge Stakes
2. Curdled (8)
J: J Byrne
T: Peter Robl
W: 57 kgs
S: All Too Hard
6. Marseille En Fleur (3)
J: L V Cassidy
T: S W Kendrick
W: 55 kgs
S: Swiss Ace
D: Rose Of Dane
1. Guissola (10)
J: James Orman
T: Ms J Green
W: 57 kgs
S: Poet's Voice
10. Real Princess (7)
J: C W Brown
T: L F Birchley
W: 55 kgs
S: Real Saga
D: Dan's Princess
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO chestnut gelding Curdled (All Too Hard-Custard, by Lonhro) scored a determined win in the $100,000 Listed Winning Edge Stakes (1350m) for 2YOs, defeating Marseille En Fleur & Guissola. Owned by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds but purchased by Shadwell for $300,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe, Curdled improved his record to 1 win and 4 placings from 6 starts for $88,850 in earnings. From the stakes-winning mare Custard, Curdled is a half-brother to Gr3 MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes winner Serene Majesty (Fastnet Rock) and hails from the family of Gr1 Fillies' Mile winner Icing, dual Gr1-winning stallion Al Hareb, Gr1 sprinter and sire Snowland, and Vinery's Champion European 2YO and subsequent high-class sire Myboycharlie.
Second Consecutive Century For Casino Prince
Vinery stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) passed another milestone when his consistent galloper Casino Belle scored a front-running victory on Sunday. The WA gelding is the 100th individual winner by Casino Prince in Australia this season and they have won a total of 162 races. He has also been represented by a further 14 individual winners overseas. It puts Casino Prince on track to beat last season’s career-best figures of 104 winners of 173 races. Sire this season of three stakes-performed 2YOs, in addition to his $180,000 sale-topping colt at the NZB Select Yearling Sale, he stands for $11,000 in the Hunter Valley in 2017.
Back to back Vinery Stud centurion Casino Prince
Cantbuybetter Wins Listed Members' Handicap
5. Cantbuybetter (9)
J: J Lloyd
T: Ben Currie
W: 54 kgs
D: Lingerie Girl
9. Emphasis (2)
J: Ron Stewart
T: R W Stephenson
W: 54 kgs
2. Jumbo Prince (3)
J: Luke Tarrant
T: M G Nolan
W: 57 kgs
S: Outback Prince
D: Maggie Jain
7. Sheiswhatsheis (10)
J: J Byrne
T: T J Gollan
W: 54 kgs
D: Cry Baby
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 5YO brown gelding Cantbuybetter (Casino Prince-Lingerie Girl, by Xaar) scored a comfortable win in the $100,000 Listed Members' Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Emphasis & Jumbo Prince. Originally purchased for $50,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale before being subsequently sold for $40,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Horse in Training Sale, Cantbuybetter improved his record to 8 wins and 7 placings (including the Listed BRC Tails Handicap) from 23 starts for $240,000 earnings.
Hooked Wins Gr3 Victoria Handicap
3. Hooked (2)
J: L Nolen
T: R W Smerdon
W: 57 kgs
D: Absolute Lure
6. Charmed Harmony (3)
J: Katelyn Mallyon
T: J D Sadler
W: 56 kgs
D: Magic Harmony
12. Turbo Miss (6)
J: D Yendall
T: D K Weir
W: 54 kgs
D: Ballet D'Amour
9. Rocket Commander (1)
J: Ben Thompson
T: Matthew Dale
W: 54 kgs
S: Court Command
D: Pinot Royale
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 6YO entire Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) broke through for his first win since September 2015 when landing the $150,000 Gr3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Charmed Harmony and Turbo Miss. Hooked, who was purchased by Sean Buckley's Ultra Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Tramway Stakes, Gr2 Crystal Mile & Gr3 NJC Cameron Handicap) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap & Gr1 Australian Derby) from 35 starts for $912,250 earnings. Trainer Robert Smerdon says Hooked is likely to head to Brisbane and target Gr1 races such as the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap.
Vinery Announce 2017 Service Fees
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)
Falcool Wins Listed Incognitus Stakes
At Flemington in Victoria, dual Gr1-winning Glenlogan Park stallion Falvelon (Alannon-Devil's Zephyr, by Zephyr Zing) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Falcool (Falvelon-Bay Breeze, by Belong to Me) burst through a gap to score by 1.3 lengths for trainer Aaron Purcell in the $100,000 Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 3Y0 colt Ken’s Dream (Dream Ahead-La Bella Rose, by Shamardal) and Sheriff John Stone (Reward for Effort-River Bypass, by Skalato). The debut stakes victory took Falcool’s record to 3 wins from 7 starts for $102,490, pushing almost double the purchase price of the $60,000 paid by Purcell at the 2015 Adelaide Magic Millions Sale when he selected him from the draft of Squillani Park Thoroughbreds. The result was a filip for his Casino Prince half-sister who will go under the hammer as Lot 23 for Squillani Park at tonight's Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.
He Or She Wins Gr3 TAB Rewards Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Rivercrest Park sire Kendel Star (Kenmare-Excited Angel, by Vice Regent) added a Group success when 6YO gelding He or She (Kendel Star-Danessa, by West Point) scored by 0.1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $151,500 Gr3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) over 6YO entire Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) and 6YO gelding Zebrinz (Sebring-Tycoon Milly, by Last Tycoon). In a victory that suggested further ground would suit, He or She will now likely return to Flemington on March 18 to defend his title in the Gr2 Blamey Stakes over 1600m. His victory in the TAB Rewards Stakes was his 10th (also including the Gr2 VRC Blamey Stakes) and his resume also includes 6 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 MRC Underwood Stakes & Gr1 MRC Caulfield Stakes) from 27 starts for earnings of $802,760.
He or She (image: Mark Gatt)
Frolic Wins Listed (R) Inglis Classic
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a restricted black-type success when 2YO bay filly Frolic (Husson-Leveller, by Redoute's Choice) stormed home from last to first to score by 1.3 lengths for trainer Michael Freedman in the $250,000 Listed (R) Inglis Classic (1200m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO filly Sweet Deal (Casino Prince-Dorothy Evelyn, by Royal Academy) & Lets Get Nauti Gal (Harbour Watch-Zecchino, by Fairy King). Frolic, who was a $100,000 purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, improved her record to 1 win and 2 placings from 3 starts for $165,100 earnings. She is raced by the Kelly family of Newhaven Park's Suffolk Vale partnership. Winning trainer Michael Freedman has eyes on a bigger prize with Frolic following her devastating win. "Hopefully she can press on deeper into the autumn from here but we'll just see how she comes through today,'' he said. "I think ultimately she will be better at 1400m to a mile, but there might be some nice races for her over The Championships.''
Frolic (image: Steve Hart)
NZB Select Day-2: Top Sellers
- $300,000 - Per Incanto x Grable filly (Redgum Racing)
- $180,000 - Zacinto x Anya colt (Waikato Bloodstock/Kangyu International Racing)
- $180,000 - Casino Prince x Contented colt (TP Racing)
- $175,000 - Shamexpress x Hollywood Angel colt (Phill Cataldo Bloodstock/Fittocks Stud)
- $170,000 - Per Incanto x Da Vinci Code colt (LB Racing)
- $160,000 - Tavistock x Monkey Magic colt (Mr M Downs)
NZB Select Day-1: Top Sellers
- $180,000 - Zacinto x Anya colt (Waikato Bloodstock/Kangyu International Racing)
- $180,000 - Casino Prince x Contented colt (TP Racing)
- $170,000 - Per Incanto x Da Vinci Code colt (LB Racing)
- $140,000 - Denman x Alpena Rosea colt (Champion Thoroughbreds)
- $140,000 - Ocean Park x Elchester colt (Mr M Downs)
- $135,000 - Bachelor Duke x Fastnet Lady colt (Regal Farm)
- $130,000 - Ocean Park x Charmeuse colt (Paul Moroney Bloodstock)
- $130,000 - Swiss Ace x Diamond Hailey colt (Bell Racing)
- $120,000 - Roc de Cambes x Animate colt (Team Rogerson)
- $120,000 - Shocking x Atmos colt (Cumani Racing/Phill Cataldo Bloodstock)
- $120,000 - Iffraaj x Elusive Red colt (Mr S Gray, Singapore)
Teaspoon Wins Gr3 Widden Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO filly Teaspoon (Snitzel-Patronella, by Mister C) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Michael Freedman in the $150,000 Gr3 Widden Stakes (1100m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow juvenile fillies Mystic Empire (All Too Hard-Empress Wu, by General Nediym) & Sweet Deal (Casino Prince-Dorothy Evelyn, by Royal Academy). Freedman, who was celebrating his first stakes win since relocating to Sydney from Singapore last year, said Teaspoon will now head towards the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on 18 March. "If she gets through today OK we've got a few nice fillies' options leading into possibly the Slipper," Freedman told AAP. A homebred for John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, Teaspoon extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $159,750 earnings. Teaspoon is out of the unraced Mister C mare Patronella making her a full sister to Gr3 ATC Epona Stakes winner Aliyana Tilde, and a half-sister to Gr3 South Australia Stakes winner Smytzer's Trish & dual stakes winner Stella Artois, dam of Gr2 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winner Freestyle.
Teaspoon (image: Steve Hart)
Arctic Angel Wins Listed Merson Cooper Stakes
At Sandown in Melbourne, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a black-type when 2YO filly Arctic Angel (Hard Spun-Icy Maiden, by Xaar) scored by 1.75 lengths for trainers Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra in the $120,000 Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colt Mikuni (Casino Prince-Cabernet Queen, by Marauding) & fellow 2YO filly Zarpoya (Sepoy-Zarzuela, by Rock of Gibraltar). A homebred for David Moodie, Arctic Angel, who hails from the family of Caulfield Cup & Queensland Oaks winner Arctic Scent, improved her record to 1 win from 2 starts for $79,250 earnings. Co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said Arctic Angel would head straight to the spelling paddock to prepare for the autumn. "At the start of the prep she was quite ugly and plain so she's come a long way, blossoming all the way through and she looked the best she has been today," Ellerton told racing.com.
Youngsters Impress In Inglis Canterbury Breeze Ups
A wet track didn't stop plenty of youngsters smashing through the 11 second mark at Friday's breeze ups at Canterbury. On a day full of impressive performances, a Not A Single Doubt x Il Sogno colt for Jackson Bloodstock clocked the fastest time of 10.83 secs on a Soft 6 track. The Canterbury breeze ups came three days after a record 130 youngsters breezed at Cranbourne on a Good 4 surface. Of the combined 226 two-year-olds who breezed over 200 metres, 76 broke 11 seconds. The five fastest times at Canterbury were:
- 10.83s - Not A Single Doubt x Il Sogno (Lot 239)
- 10.87 - Big Brown x Balbina (Lot 161)
- 10.88 - Your Song x Ganda (Lot 226)
- 10.90 - Casino Prince x Air She Goes (Lot 145)
- 10.93 - Denman x Iltizaam (Lot 240)
Inglis Release Ready2Race 2YO Catalogue
The strongest catalogue of two-year-olds ever assembled in Australia is now online with 255 select juveniles to be showcased at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale in Sydney on Tuesday, 4 October. Vendors from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand have unequivocally increased their support of the sale, with the depth of sires and quality athletes undoubtedly delivering the best book of two-year-olds offered for auction in Australia. Australia's top 15 sires last season are all represented led by Street Cry, Not A Single Doubt, Written Tycoon, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Encosta de Lago, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel and Sebring. World-class sire Choisir is represented with seven two-year-olds in the Ready2Race Sale, including a full sister to Japonisme and a colt from a half-sister to Sacred Kingdom. Three lots by High Chaparral will be offered, while other leading stallions represented in the sale include More Than Ready, Exceed And Excel, Magnus, Stratum, Mossman, Savabeel, Commands, I Am Invincible, Hard Spun, Bel Esprit, Casino Prince, Medaglia D'Oro, Al Maher, Husson, Dane Shadow, Nicconi, Snippetson, Testa Rossa and Shamardal. The Champion First and Second Season Sires Smart Missile and Hinchinbrook are both represented with six two-year-olds each in the Ready2Race Sale, while first crop sires with two or more progeny each include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Bullet Train, Excelebration, Harbour Watch, Pierro and Your Song. Progeny from 27 stakes winning mares and 22 stakes placed mares will be showcased at breeze ups on quality grass tracks at Cranbourne (Victoria) and Canterbury (Sydney) early next month. There are also 23 full or half relations to stakes winners and 23 stakes placegetters. The two-year-olds will be filmed galloping on the respective grass course proper at Cranbourne and Canterbury, with the last 200 metres of their gallops electronically timed. Click here for the online catalogue.
- Tuesday, 6 September - Breeze Up Day at Cranbourne, Victoria
- Friday, 9 September – Breeze Up Day at Canterbury Racecourse, Sydney
- Tuesday, 4 October – Ready2Race Sale day at Newmarket, Sydney
New-Look Roster Launched At Vinery Open Days
Meanwhile, incoming sires Press Statement and Headwater will launch a new-look roster at Vinery Stud’s annual Stallion Parades on August 20 & 21. They are the first additions to Vinery’s stellar line-up since Champion 3YO colt All Too Hard retired in 2013. Like All Too Hard, Press Statement won the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 and retires to stud as the first colt in several years to retire as a 2YO (J.J Atkins S Gr1) and a 3YO Gr1 winner. Silver Slipper winner Headwater has always had a strong following being a star Easter yearling with a brilliant pedigree and physique to match. Both newcomers have been extremely well received and have settled in well to Stud life ahead of what will be a busy season. More Than Ready returns for a record-breaking 16th consecutive shuttle season (see above item). Prominent proven 2016 sires Mossman, Testa Rossa, Husson, Myboycharlie and Casino Prince round out a 10-horse roster on show at the historic Vinery Stud property. Key open day info:
- Location: 684 Segenhoe Road, Scone, all visitors are welcome with gates open at 8.30am
- Dates: August 20 & 21
- Times: 8.30am light breakfast for 9.30am parades
- RSVP: essential to Racheal at email@example.com or call the office (02) 6543 8333
Mighty Lucky Wins Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup
At Doomben in Brisbane, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Fred Cowell in the $125,000 Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup (1615m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Pajaro (Align-Astuto, by Kashani) & Malice (Teofilo-Aforethought, by Encosta de Lago). Mighty Lucky took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Summer Cup, Listed Festival Stakes & Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and 14 placings (including the Gr3 NJC Newmarket Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup) from 41 starts for $713,665 earnings.
Inglis Autumn Thoroughbred Catalogue Online
102 yearlings, 11 broodmares and over 30 racing stock will be offered this Friday 6 May across the Classic Yearling Sale Book Two and Autumn Thoroughbred Sales in Sydney. Yearlings will kick off the day at 11am with the progeny of many leading stallions on offer including Exceed And Excel, High Chaparral, Street Cry, I Am Invincible, So You Think, Smart Missile, Bel Esprit, Snippetson, Lonhro, Street Boss, Casino Prince, Uncle Mo, Your Song, Myboycharlie, Mossman and Dreamscape. A colt by Hinchinbrook has been added as a supplementary entry into the Classic Book Two as Lot 102. Following the yearlings will be Lot 103 to 144 that make up the 2016 Inglis Autumn Thoroughbred Sale. 11 broodmares will be offered, including a half-sister to Victoria Derby winner Polanski and mares in foal to Bullet Train, Ready As and Dream Ballad. Think Big Stud's Group-performed stallion Dare To Dream (IRE), a half-brother to Bow Creek, will be offered as Lot 114 as part of the farm's unreserved reduction across three sales this week. Yearlings by Redoute's Choice and Sebring will join race fillies and mares by Snitzel, Bel Esprit, Magic Albert and Elusive City. Lot 127 is a two-year-old colt by High Chaparral from the family of Prized Icon, presented by Gooree Park Stud. Gooree will also offer a selection of lightly-raced three and four-year-olds from some of their top families, all ready to go on with. These join well-performed geldings Burning Passion as Lot 133, Adaboy Ross (Lot 142), and Sunday's impressive Mudgee winner Whirlwind Ascent (Lot 132). Click here to view the online catalogues.
Amovatio Wins Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup
At Hawkesbury in Sydney, Emirates Park Stud stallion Al Maher added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Amovatio (Al Maher-Grand Ovation, by Scenic) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) & 5YO mare Casino Dancer (Casino Prince-Nine Covers, by Twining). Amovatio, who was an $85,000 purchase by Spicer Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinburgh Park, took his record to 9 wins (including the Listed Winter Championship Series Final) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap) from 35 starts for $818,415 earnings.
Vinery Announces 2016 Stud Fees
Vinery Stud has announced its service fees for 2016 with champion sire More Than Ready and star galloper All Too Hard being joined by exciting newcomers Press Statement and Headwater. More Than Ready (USA) stays at a $66,000 fee after a stellar season which has unearthed two year-old colts the calibre of Prized Icon (Gr1 Champagne Stakes) & Kiss and Make Up (Gr2 Todman Stakes). His popularity in the sale-ring continues unabated with his yearlings selling to $950,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale at an average of $278,636. All Too Hard's first crop yearlings have been embraced by local and international buyers at all the major yearling sales this year, topping the freshman median ($220,000) at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and average ($244,048) at the Inglis Easter Sale. Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) retires to Vinery on the back of Gr1 victories as a 2YO and 3YO. He will prove popular at an introductory fee of $27,500. Headwater (Exceed And Excel) is by a Newmarket Hcp winner from Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove and was an exceptional talent winning the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes at two and he mixed it with older sprinters at three winning the LR Kensington Stakes (1000m) in 56.90s beating subsequent Newmarket winner The Quarterback.
Meanwhile, ahead of Buffering's next international test in Hong Kong, Mossman sired his 33rd stakes winner on Saturday and fellow Vinery favourite Testa Rossa sired his 57th stakes winner with Reldas (LR Abell Stakes) at Moonee Valley last month. Casino Prince is going better than ever this season with 6 individual stakes-winners, and Husson cracked a career-high double at the Gold Coast in January with Lucky Hussler (Magic Millions Cup) and Husson Eagle (Magic Millions Sprint) both winning races in excess of $1 million. Myboycharlie is doing an excellent job in both hemispheres – Brilliant filly Jameka won the Gr1 VRC Oaks this season and he's dominating French racing with Stakes winners Cheikeljack (colt) and undefeated Camprock (filly) both set for the French classics next month. More Than Ready's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck has begun his stud career brilliantly with early winners not only in Australia but also NZ and South Africa and he's great value a $9,900 fee. The full GST-inclusive line-up is:
- MORE THAN READY $66,000
- ALL TOO HARD $55,000
- PRESS STATEMENT $27,500
- MOSSMAN $16,500
- HEADWATER $16,500
- TESTA ROSSA $16,500
- HUSSON 13,200
- CASINO PRINCE $11,000
- MOYBOYCHARLIE $11,000
- PLUCK $9,900
Prized Icon Wins Listed Fernhill Handicap
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, inery shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill) scored by 2 lengths for trainer James Cummings in the $150,000 Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) for 2YOs, over 2YO gelding Crown Him (Casino Prince-Ambitious Princess, by Savabeel) & 2YO filly Lasqueti Spirit (Beneteau-Supriym Story, by General Nediym). This was the first stakes victory for Prized Icon who took his record to 1 win and 5 placings (including the Gr3 ATC Schweppervescence Handicap & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) from 6 starts for $195,850 earnings. Prized Icon was retained to race by his breeder Gooree Stud when he was passed in for $250,000 at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. From the stakes winning Danehill mare Tropical Affair, Prized Icon is a full-brother to Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Romantic Moon and a half-brother to Gr3 Inglis Mile winner Matras (Zabeel).
Easter Great All Too Hard Takes Centre Stage
In a week focused on greatness, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on 5, 6 and 7 April 2016 will see the first progeny of eight racetrack stars-turned-sires take centre stage including Vinery's Inglis Easter champion All Too Hard. Makybe Stud consigned All Too Hard on behalf of breeder Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm and the exceptional colt from the first crop of Casino Prince was secured with a sale topping bid of $1,025,000. Hawkes Racing were entrusted with the valuable colt who would go on to carve out a brilliant career highlighted by four Gr1 victories and $2.28 million in earnings. All Too Hard is the only horse in history to win the Caulfield Guineas, CF Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes (see below) and All Aged Stakes in the same season. The half-brother to Black Caviar was crowned equal World Champion 3YO Miler (Turf) and Champion 3YO Colt in Australia ahead of fierce rival Pierro. "All Too Hard was a beautifully bred horse, and the highest-rated three-year-old in the country, and he's now a magnificent stallion," said General Manager of Vinery Stud, Peter Orton. "He's a dominant horse, both on the racetrack and now in the breeding barn as he stamps his stock with his own X-factor. He went to stud when a very good group of colts went to stud, so it was competitive but he covered 25 Group 1 winners in his first two seasons." 37 yearlings by All Too Hard have been catalogued for the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including 22 from stakes-winning mares. Coolmore's Pierro is another exciting young sire whose first yearlings will be offered at Easter. Pierro defeated All Too Hard in the Gr1 ATC Sire's Produce Stakes, the second leg of his clean sweep of Australia's two-year-old Triple Crown. The son of Lonhro was the highest rated two-year-old since 1977, crowned Champion 2YO in Australia and the Leading 3YO Male on the 2013 World Thoroughbred Rankings (Sprint). There are 41 yearlings by Pierro catalogued for Easter.
Magic Millions Adelaide Day-1: Top Sellers
- $230,000 Sebring-Aussie Crawl filly (Sheamus Mills Bloodstock)
- $195,000 Written Tycoon-Zoccoletta colt (McEvoy Mitchell Racing)
- $155,000 I Am Invincible-Calemore colt (Lyndhurst Farm)
- $150,000 Casino Prince-Carolina Bella colt (Macdonald Gluyas Racing)
- $140,000 Smart Missile-Third Day colt (Prima Park/Waterford B'stock)
- $110,000 Street Boss-Wings of Success filly (Bill Mitchell FBAA)
- $100,000 High Chaparral-Chandon Rose filly (Andrew Noblet)
Sebring x Aussie Crawl filly (image: Magic Millions)
Timeless Prince Wins Listed Sunshine Coast Cup
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Timeless Prince (Casino Prince-Timeless Miss, by Gilded Time) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Tony Newing when stewards upheld a protest against the eventual runner-up in the $100,000 Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 6YO gelding Pillar Of Creation (God's Own-Cosmic Dust, by Hurricane Sky) & 4YO gelding Mischievous Devil (Jet Spur-Hardhearted Hannah, by Al Jaasi). This was the first stakes victory for Timeless Prince who took his record to 11 wins and 15 placings from 49 starts for $462,440 earnings.
Howmuchdoyouloveme Wins Listed Takeover Target Stakes
At Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast, Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding Howmuchdoyouloveme (Written Tycoon-Betula Belle, by Celtic Swing) scored by 1-length for trainer Con Karakatsanis in the $100,000 Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) for YO+, over 6YO mare Slots (Casino Prince-Serein, by Snippets) & 4YO mare Rule The River (Commands-River Serenade, by Hurricane Sky). Howmuchdoyouloveme, who was a $5,000 purchase at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Red Gums Stud, took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 MRC Caulfield Sprint Handicap & Gr3 WJ Healy Stakes) and 6 placings from 32 starts for $726,895 earnings.
Howmuchdoyouloveme makes it win number nine (image: Steve Hart)
Punters Look To Heavens For Villiers Guidance
Tomorrow's Gr2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) is made up of a capacity 20-horse field, and punters are having hard time settling on a favourite. While the money has come for the Chris Waller-trained Puccini (in from $15 to $10), the best omen bet ahead of Christmas could come in the form of Happy Clapper ($5.00) & God's In Him ($8.50), particularly as they are carded together as numbers 15 & 16, respectively. Omen tips aside, the best each way chances could be Frespanol ($10) & Casino Dancer ($17). The Gai Waterhouse-trained runner flopped when favoured two weeks ago in the Listed Festival Stakes – all three place-getters clash again – but from the inside barrier he is likely to be far closer to the action when heads are turned for home. By Vinery Stud stallion Casino Prince, Casino Dancer is in ultra consistent form with two Group wins from her past four starts, and she's also drawn to be handy.
Slots Wins Listed Just Now Quality Handicap
At Doomben in Queensland, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a stakes success when 6YO mare Slots (Casino Prince-Serein, by Snippets) secured some valuable black-type when scoring by 1-length for trainer Grant Marshall in the $100,000 Listed Just Now Quality Handicap (1350m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mares Real Surreal (Real Saga-Stolen Beauty, by Mossman) & Total Authority (Court Command-Apache Kitten, by Noverre). Slots, who was purchased for just $1,800 at the 2012 Inglis Summer Thoroughbred Sale, took her record to 6 wins and 9 placings (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) from 30 starts for $225,940 earnings.
Mighty Lucky Wins Listed Festival Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Fred Cowell in the $150,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 5YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) & 6YO mare Peace Force (Bernardini-Marrego, by Marscay). Mighty Lucky took his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 NJC Newmarket Handicap) from 35 starts for $371,145 earnings.
Casino Dancer Wins Gr3 Eclipse Stakes
At Sandown in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 5YO mare Casino Dancer (Casino Prince-Nine Covers, by Twining) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Mike Van Gestel in the $150,000 Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO entire Puccini (Encosta de Lago-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) & 4YO entire Worthy Cause (Choisir-Tahnee Tango, by Grand Lodge). Casino Dancer took her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Angst Stakes) and 16 placings (including the Gr2 VRC Matriarch Stakes) from 52 starts for $503,975 earnings.
No Perth Trip For Hooked
Plans to send talented Sydney galloper Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) over to West Australia for the Perth Summer carnival have been abandoned following his disappointing last-start performance in the Gr2 Crystal Mile in Melbourne, reports AAP. Trainer John Thompson said the 5YO was being aimed at the Gr1 feature double of the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic but will instead be sent to the spelling paddock. "He was too disappointing to warrant taking him over there," Thompson said of Hooked's 11th place finish in the Crystal Mile behind star Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose. "He'll come back for the autumn or maybe even have a good spell and come back for the winter in Queensland."
Lucia Valentina Wins Gr2 Matriarch Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when classy 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Lucia Valentina (Savabeel-Staryn Glenn, by Montjeu) scored by 1-length for trainer Kris Lees in the $300,000 Gr2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) for 4YO+ mares, over 4YO mare Manageress (Magnus-Who's in Charge, by The Commander) & fellow 5YO mare Casino Dancer (Casino Prince-Nine Covers, by Twining). Trainer Kris Lees expressed a desire to campaign Lucia Valentina on the world stage and is considering aiming her at the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on 13 December. "She's got a nomination in for Hong Kong. Hopefully she gets an invite," Lees told Racing.com. "I think we would be [keen to travel], providing she pulls up well. I think that gap between runs would be ideal for her, but we'll see what happens." Lucia Valentina, who was purchased for NZ$60,000 by Bruce Perry Bloodstock at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, took her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Gr2 Tramway Stakes & Gr3 Wellington Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr1 Australian Oaks, Gr2 Surround Stakes & Gr2 Royal Stakes) from 24 starts for $1,527,099 earnings.
Casino Dancer Wins Gr3 Angst Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 5YO mare Casino Dancer (Casino Prince-Nine Covers, by Twining) scored by 2-lengths for trainer Mike Van Gestel in the $125,000 Gr3 Angst Stakes (1600m) for 4YO+ mares, over 4YO mares Wine Tales (Tale of the Cat-Vinavion, by Flying Spur) & Zarzali (Hussonet-Zarakiysha, by Kendor). This was the first stakes victory for Casino Dancer who took her record to 5 wins and 14 placings (including the Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes & Gr3 ATC Summer Cup) from 49 starts for $377,875 earnings.
George Main Preferred For Hooked
Trainer John Thompson has provided an update on impressive first-up winner Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) who is a dual acceptor for Friday's Gr3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle and Saturday's Gr1 George Main Stakes at Randwick. Thompson says he is delighted with the 5YO who resumed with a strong win in the Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick 12 days ago. He said the son of Casino Prince was likely to avoid the F3 traffic by remaining at home for the Gr1 feature, citing the race's lack of a penalty for next month's Epsom Handicap as the determining factor. "We've accepted with Hooked [in Newcastle] but he is also in here [Sydney] on Saturday in the George Main," Thompson told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I'm probably leaning more towards running him in the George Main because you don't get a penalty then for the Epsom, and he's nicely weighted in that on 54kg." He added: "He's great. I think he's better than ever. He looks fantastic, he always runs well at Randwick and he has come on since his first-up run when he was a little bit gross."
Hooked Wins Gr2 Tramway Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 5YO entire Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) scored by 0.5-length for trainer John Thompson in the $175,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) & 5YO gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express). Hooked, who was purchased by Sean Buckley's Ultra Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Crystal Mile & Gr3 NJC Cameron Handicap) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap & Gr1 Australian Derby) from 26 starts for $793,000 earnings. "He's come back very well and is back to his old self," Thompson said. "He's just in a good frame of mind. He just needs to take that next step now and we'll try and get a Group 1."
Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale This Friday In Sydney
The 67 lot online catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale that will be held in Sydney this Friday 14 August is now available online. Broodmares, Yearlings, Stallions, Unbroken and Racing Stock are all set for auction including many part or fully owned by the late Oliver Wong, a great supporter of Australian breeding and racing. "Mr Oliver Wong is a big loss to thoroughbred breeding. Oliver loved his racing in Hong Kong and that passion flowed through to an extensive racing and breeding operation encompassing over 50 thoroughbreds in Australia and New Zealand," said Apollo Ng, nephew and representative of Mr Wong. Newhaven Park, Widden Stud, Coolmore Stud, Arrowfield Stud, John Sargent Racing, Lindsay Park Racing and Gai Waterhouse Racing will all offer horses on behalf of the Estate of the late Mr Oliver Wong at the Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale. Other vendors to sell on Friday include Attunga Stud, Kitchwin Hills, Letmar Investments, Strawberry Hill Stud and Turangga Farm. Turangga will offer stakes-placed stallion prospect Strive To Excel, a Redoute's Choice half-brother to five stakes winners including Group 1 winner Sky Cuddle. Broodmares will be offered in foal to first season sires Camelot and Dundeel, in addition to Excelebration, Canford Cliffs, Casino Prince, Nicconi and Toorak Toff. Three yearlings from the first crop of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom and two by So You Think are among the 13 yearlings catalogued. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Major Stallions Feature In Online Auction
While racehorses are popular year-round, broodmares and stallion nominations are more seasonal. This is reflected in bloodstockauction.com's latest catalogue, which is currently live, culminating on Tuesday (21st) at 7pm. All-up, 41 broodmares are on offer, including mares in foal to Camelot, Choisir, Eurozone, Magic Albert, Equiano, Al Maher and Casino Prince. To complement this are 2015 nominations to 14 individual stallions including proven sires Duporth, Pendragon and Dane Shadow, young sires such as Tickets and Dreamscape and debut stallion, Rock Hero. Many of these nominations are unreserved. Two stallions are also offered for sale in the form of The King's Cross (a Redoute's Choice half to Charge Forward) and Keano, a stakes-winning son of Pins out of a half sister to O'Reilly. A robust and well bred weanling by Choisir out of Listed and Group 2 placed mare Ma Chienne is the only baby in the sale. Meanwhile, the 21 tried racehorses include several Provincial winners, and the unraced section offers some really interesting stock. It includes beautifully juveniles by Medaglia D'Oro and Commands, as well as a filly by Hinchinbrook and an Encosta De Lago three-quarter sister to Smokin' Joey and Our Smokin' Joe.
Escado Wins Gr3 Tattersall's Cup
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Gr1-winning & 5-times Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Escado (Casino Prince-Secret Cause, by Giant's Causeway) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Matt Laurie in the $200,000 Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO gelding Shoreham (Reset-Teneales Pearl, by Redoute's Choice) & 7YO mare Epingle (Pins-Etoile du Nord, by Zabeel). Remarkably, this was Escado's first win since landing the Gr1 South Australian Derby was back in May 2013. "I won the Derby on him in Adelaide as a three-year-old," said winning jockey Ben Melham. "He's a true stayer and anything over 2000m he's competitive and good to see him back in the winner's circle." Escado, who was passed in for $55,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Bombora Downs, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 SA Derby) & 8 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Easter Cup, Listed Caloundra Cup & Listed Geelong Classic) from 35 starts for $701,020 earnings.
Artlee Wins Listed Luskin Star Stakes
At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, former Gr1-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed shuttler & champion 3YO miler Excellent Art (Pivotal-Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Artlee (Excellent Art-Danelee Dancer, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 1-length for trainer Todd Willan in the $140,000 Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Oxford Poet (Dylan Thomas-Oxford Princess, by Magic Ring) & 5YO mare Slots (Casino Prince-Serein, by Snippets). This was the first stakes victory for Artlee who was coming off an impressive victory in the Country Championship Final at Randwick in early April. Artlee took his record to 6 wins and 1 placing from 9 starts for $390,545 earnings. "I am still shaking and I am a bit weak at the knees, but it is very exciting," a delighted Todd Willan said. "He is just a good honest horse and next prep we will find a nice race for him I think."
Index Linked Wins Listed Caloundra Cup
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, 7YO UK-bred gelding Index Linked (Dansili-Fully Invested, by Irish River) registered his second stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Escado (Casino Prince-Secret Cause, by Giant's Causeway) & 4YO gelding Kobi Creek (Shadow Creek-Elegant Princess, by Strategic). Index Linked, who began his career in France, took his record to 11 wins (including the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude) and 8 placings from 31 starts for $684,668 earnings.
Magic Millions Weanling & Broodmare Supplementary Now Online
The supplementary catalogues for the Magic Millions National Weanling and Broodmare Sales are now online. The National Weanling Sale (May 24-25) has been boosted by 11 supplementary lots, while the stars have aligned for the National Broodmare Sale with 51 additions to the already outstanding catalogue. The supplementary catalogue of 11 lots features two youngsters by Fastnet Rock and Bel Esprit and others by Big Brown, Casino Prince, Husson, Star Witness, Tartan Bearer and Trusting. Among the lots catalogued is a half brother to Hong Kong star Thunder Fantasy and half sister to New Zealand stakes winner Jacquetta as well as two outstanding prospects by Fastnet Rock - a filly from stakes winner Sarah Vee and a colt from group winner Sweet Sanette.
To view the supplementary weanling catalogue click here.
Headlined by last start Group One Galaxy winner Sweet Idea, the supplementary catalogue for the National Broodmare Sale (May 27-29 & 31) is absolutely outstanding. Eleven quality stakes fillies or mares will head to the sale straight off the track. As well as Sweet Idea that list includes Group One winner Ruud Awakening, Group Two winners Arabian Gold and Fix, Group Three winners Fitocracy and Jazz Song and stakes winners Silversands and Ygritte. Fellow stakes performers Medusa's Miss, Muscovado and Tornado Miss add further quality to this section of the catalogue. The broodmare section of the catalogue has been enhanced with the supplementary entries of stakes winners Press the Button, Sweet Sanette, Doubtfilly, Queen of the Creek, Sarah Vee and She's Got Gears and stakes placegetters Jet Past, Brazen Hussey, Just Been Lucky, Precious Sophia and Sean Baile Mor. Also in this section of the catalogue is Arabian Gold's dam Coablo. Also set to go under the hammer will be stallion shares to Nicconi and Sebring and three to Star Witness.
To view the supplementary broodmare catalogue click here.
Vinery Announce Stallion Fees
Vinery Stud have announced their 2015 service fees with eleven stallions on their roster headed by former Champion 2YO sire More Than Ready and Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard. The progeny of the world-class More Than Ready averaged $320,000 at the recent Inglis Easter Sale with yearlings selling to Shadai, Spendthrift, Shadwell, Sun International, China Horse Club, HKJC, Team Hawkes, and Gai Waterhouse among others. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond and Magic Millions Classic winners and the sire of 5 individual Australian bred 2YO Stakes winners this season, More Than Ready remains at $66,000 inc GST. All Too Hard has had a brilliant start to his career covering over 350 mares in his first two books inc 40 Gr1 winning or producing mares such as Makybe Diva, Polar Success, Sacred Choice, Samaready, Snitzerland and the dams of Chautauqua, Mossfun, Hucklebuck, Zoustar, Happy Trails and Savabeel. Mares in foal to him averaged $352,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale. All Too Hard will stand at $55,000 inc GST this season with his first crop weanlings to enter the ring this year. With brilliant results on the racetrack and in the Sale ring this year, the Vinery roster ensures breeders have every opportunity to upgrade their mares in the knowledge that they are capable of producing runners at the highest level with a strike rate well above the average. All Vinery Fees include GST & carry a Transferable Free Return with deferred payment terms.
- More Than Ready - $66,000
- All Too Hard - $55,000
- Mossman - $27,500
- Testa Rossa - $19,800
- Congrats - $19,800
- Casino Prince - $13,200
- Husson - $13,200
- Myboycharlie - $11,000
- Pluck - $9,900
- Big Brown - $8,800
- Onemorenomore - $6,600
Avoid Lightning Wins Gr2 Sapphire Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Kambula Stud's deceased dual Gr1-winning stallion Blevic added a Gr2 success when 6YO mare Avoid Lightning (Blevic-Ya Michelle, by Success Express) scored by a half-length for trainer Les Bridge in the $300,000 Gr2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m), over 4YO mare Griante (Good Journey-Grand Strategy, by Strategic) & 5YO mare Fine Bubbles (Casino Prince-Pekelan, by Sri Pekan). Lightly raced Avoid Lightning took her record to 11 wins (including the Gr3 Nivison, Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes, Listed Lightning Stakes, Listed WJ Adams Stakes & Listed June Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara, Gr2 Mille Fox Stakes & Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes) from 26 starts for $864,800 earnings.
Sertorius Wins Gr3 Easter Cup
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Sertorius (Galileo-Pretty Penny, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.3-length for trainers Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington in the $150,000 Gr3 Easter Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Escado (Casino Prince-Secret Cause, by Giant's Causeway) & Shoreham (Reset-Teneales Pearl, by Redoute's Choice). Sertorius took his record 10 wins (including the Gr2 Zipping Classic & Listed Bendigo Cup) & 14 placings (including the Gr1 Sydney Cup, Gr2 Blamey Stakes, Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap & Listed Cranbourne Cup) from 37 starts for $1,261422 earnings. Consigned by Glentree Downs, Sertorius was a $100,000 purchase by Edwards Elkington Racing at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Permit Wins Gr3 Manion Cup
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 8YO imported gelding Permit (Dansili-Cochin, by Swain) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Gr3 Manion Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Phrases (Casino Prince-Melody, by Stravinsky) & 8YO gelding Bagman (Easy Rocking-Bada Bing, by Dehere). The UK-bred Permit took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Chairman's Handicap & Listed Christmas Cup) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 Prix de Lutece, Listed Randwick City Handicap & Listed Manion Cup) from 53 starts for $705,594 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller speculated that Permit may now be retired. "He has been a great horse for the stable and today was going to be his last race," Waller said. "We are yet to decide whether he runs on and it will be discussed on Monday when the dust has settled."
Laser Hawk Wins Gr3 Newmarket Handicap
At Newcastle in the NSW Hunter, US Gr1-winning Emirates Park shuttler Artie Schiller (El Prado-Hidden Light, by Majestic Light) added a Group success when6YO gelding Laser Hawk (Artie Schiller-High Heels, by Canny Lad) scored by 1-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $125,000 Gr3 Newmarket Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Scorpio Queen (Choisir-Lyford, by Royal Academy) & 5YO gelding Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal). Remarkably this was the first victory for Laser Hawk since winning the 2012 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, where he defeated star Kiwis Ocean Park and Silent Achiever. The Gooree homebred, who is a half-brother to six-time Gr1 winner Desert War from the wonderful producer High Heels, took his record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Randwick Guineas and Gr1 Australian Derby) from 14 starts for $711,750 earnings. Laser Hawk is entered in several feature races during The Championships, but trainer Joe Pride said he would wait to see how he comes through this race before making any decisions. "I am just happy to get an old horse like this back in the winner's circle," Pride said. "With all respect to his opposition here they are mostly out of restricted grade and this old bloke is a Group 1 winner. It comes in pretty handy when you only have to give them four or five kilos." He added, "He is in the Doncaster, he is in the Queen Elizabeth and we will just take him along and see how he pulls up from today."
Ruane Unreserved Dispersal At Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale
Ruane, Menangle's prolific thoroughbred nursery is ending its chapter in Australian breeding and racing history with an unreserved dispersal sale to be held during the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May 2015. The farm's patriarch John Baxter is looking forward to offering buyers the opportunity to acquire some of the quality broodmares and race fillies that the farm has been renowned for over the last 25 years. "There is no greater thrill than the success of breeding and racing thoroughbreds and I am sure these horses will give their new owners great rewards," said Baxter. One of the farm's star graduates is the multiple Victorian Group performer and Tasmanian Oaks winner Marchelle Belle who was sold by Ruane at Easter in 2007 for $640,000 and then bought back as a broodmare at the end of her racing career in 2011. Her yearling filly by So You Think will be offered amongst Ruane's draft of three fillies at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Marchelle Belle and her weanling filly by Sebring will be offered at the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale. Also part of the dispersal are stakes winning Danzero mare Breakcard and her Sebring weanling filly, as well as Group 3-placed mare Maybe I and her All Too Hard weanling filly. A total of 19 broodmares will be offered in foal to a select group of commercial stallions including Sebring, All Too Hard, Denman, Smart Missile, Zoustar, All American, Casino Prince and Albrecht. Six two-year-old and three-year-old race fillies will be offered at the sale including All Day Baby, a daughter of More Than Ready from the stakes winning mare Translate, and fillies by High Chaparral, Lonhro and Canny Lad. The 16 strong weanling draft includes lots by Sebring, All Too Hard, Charge Forward, Smart Missile, Stratum, Nicconi and Snippetson. Entries for the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale must close by 5pm this Friday, 20 March.
Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale Starts Today
The sale regarded by many as the best value auction in the Southern Hemisphere commences tonight. The 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale will give buyers the opportunity to find their next racetrack star when the first of three days of selling commencing this evening. Lot 1 will enter the ring at 6pm (SA time) and be the first of 101 lots to go under the hammer following the running of the Adelaide Cup and Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic at the adjacent Morphettville Racecourse. Day Two (Lots 102-290 and Day Three (Lots 291-443) on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively from 10am will complete the auction which is renowned for both quality and value. The Adelaide Yearling Sale was the only auction in the world to supply multiple Gr1 winners during the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington with the likes of Happy Trails and Hucklebuck leading the way. Happy Trails has been a revelation for his connections and is a true South Australian product. By Cornerstone Stud's Good Journey, Happy Trails was bred by South Aussies Brenton and Liz Parker and sold through the Mill Park draft at Morphettville for $11,000. Paul Beshara purchased the chestnut star on behalf of Adelaide's Dickmann family and with a swag of feature wins, including an Emirates, Makybe Diva and Mackinnon Stakes on his resume he has become one of Australia's most popular racehorses. Hucklebuck, a son of former Caulfield Cup winner Elvstroem, was purchased by leading local trainer Phillip Stokes on behalf of Macau Jockey Club chief executive Thomas Li for $50,000 at the Adelaide Yearling Sale from Squillani Park. A winner of November's Emirates Stakes, Hucklebuck has already earned over $1 million and will be chasing more riches in Gr1 features over the coming months. The latest stars follow in the hoofsteps of other Adelaide Yearling Sale graduates who have excelled at racing's elite level - names like Mummify, Divine Madonna, Undoubtedly, Devil Moon, Casino Prince. To view the catalogue for the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale click here.
Griante Wins Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) added a Group success when 4YO mare Griante (Good Journey-Grand Strategy, by Strategic) scored by 0.5-length for trainer David Brideoake in the $150,000 Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) for 4YO+ mares, over fellow 4YO mare I Love It (Artie Schiller-Not That Innocent, by Foxhound) & 5YO mare Slots (Casino Prince-Serein, by Snippets). Griante took her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Sportingbet Series Final) and 4 placings (including the Listed Ipswich TC Gai Waterhouse Classic) from 16 starts for $474,125 earnings.