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Unbeaten Siege Of Quebec Ready for Rosebud
Meanwhile, co-trainer Adrian Bott expects blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec to acquit himself well when he makes his stakes debut in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, is unbeaten in his two starts to date and will use the Rosebud as a stepping stone to the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September. "He has a little bit of time between races now to freshen up and get that speed back into his legs for the 1100m. The horse does have a very good turn of foot and we'll see it again on Saturday," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "He is well weighted against those horses that have already proven themselves at the top level. He is a horse on the up and has the advantage of race fitness so it looks an ideal starting point for his Golden Rose campaign." Bott added: "We always knew we had a nice horse on our hands and wanted to look after him. We put him away in favour of producing him as a late two-year-old and roll into the spring as an early three-year-old." By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion.
Criterion is closely related to Siege of Quebec (pic: Steve Hart)
Siege Of Quebec Wins Again
Blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec confirmed Group One plans for the spring after maintaining his perfect record at Rosehill on Saturday. The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, extended his record to 2 wins from as many starts when fighting back gamely to defeat the highly regarded Calculated in the #Theraces Handicap over 1400m. Siege Of Quebec will now follow a program aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September. "He's bred to be anything. Once he puts it all together and learns he'll be a serious horse," co-trainer Adrian Bott said. "The immediate plan is that we will be heading towards the Golden Rose." Bott added: "We have a plan mapped out for him, probably going through the Ming Dynasty leading in." By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently.
Rosehill Next for Blue Blood Siege Of Quebec
Gai Waterhouse is hoping tomorrow's #Theraces Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens can act as a springboard to Group One honours for blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland as a 2016 Easter yearling, the 2YO will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record after posting a stylish debut win at Newcastle's Beaumont track two weeks ago. By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. The latter was also placed in the 2013 Golden Rose behind Zoustar and Dissident, and Waterhouse plans on following a similar path with Siege Of Quebec. "He is a quality horse and is a lovely individual," Waterhouse told racingnsw.com.au. "He's got a very good attitude, is determined and although he is not quite there physically, he is nicely placed there on Saturday. He'll definitely enjoy the 1400m." Waterhouse added: "I trained the brother and know the family very well. There are a lot of similarities but this is a nicer type of horse. He's better looking and with a nicer personality." Waterhouse noted Siege Of Quebec still has plenty of maturing to do if he is to be competitive in a race like the Golden Rose. "The other horses going towards the Golden Rose will be a lot more seasoned than Seige of Quebec," she said.
Bull Point Sibling Set for Debut
Valuable and well-connected colt Siege Of Quebec will make his eagerly awaited debut in a 2YO maiden handicap (1250m) at Newcastle today. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Siege Of Quebec is by Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) making him a full-brother to smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently. Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and sporting the navy silks of Coolmore, Siege Of Quebec is the pre-post $3.20 favourite with Tab off the back of three trial victories.
Goldstream Set For Australian Debut
High class European import Goldstream (Martino Alonso-Imco Imagination, by Darshaan) is expected to make his Australian debut for new trainer Kris Lees in tomorrow's Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1350m) at Beaumont. The Italian-bred 4YO is one of 14 acceptors for the $125,000 sprint, which also features the likes of Famous Seamus, Sadler's Lake, Bull Point, Artistry and promising mare Nancy. A winner of 5 of his 7 starts to date, Goldstream was purchased by Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock after winning the Italian Derby in May of last year. The son of Martino Alonso then ventured to the US where he finished 4th to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, before another top effort saw him finish fifth to Prince Of Gibraltar in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September.
Bull Point Transferred To McEvoy Yard
Meanwhile, talented sprinter-miler Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) has been transferred to the stable of Tony McEvoy in a bid to revive the rising 5YOs career, reports Racing.com. Formerly with Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller, the enigmatic Bull Point has won just 3 of his 19 starts and has been out of the winner's circle since landing the Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in February last year. "He's a very good galloper who was trained by Gai and then Chris Waller," McEvoy told RSN's Shane Anderson. "He won the Manfred Stakes in Melbourne and was an enormous run in the Golden Rose - probably a good thing beaten in the Golden Rose - so for him to come into my stable, he'll give me a good sprinting arm for the Spring." Bull Point has been in work at McEvoy's Hawkesbury stable since April.
Australian-Bred Juvenile Wins In South Africa
Mike de Kock has combined with the powerful Shadwell team to produce yet another impressive debut winner in South Africa overnight with Australian-bred 2YO Muwaary romping to a stunning 8-length victory in a 1200m maiden at Vaal. The beautifully bred colt is by O'Reilly out of the stakes winning mare Silently, an Anabaa half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Criterion from the Gr3 winner Mica's Pride (Bite The Bullet). Muwaary was a $525,000 purchase by Shadwell Australasia at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud. This is also the family of Gr2 QTC Cup winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 winner Bull Point and Gr3-winning stallion Afleetaffair.
Hooked Wins Gr2 Crystal Mile
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 4YO entire Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer John Thompson in the $200,000 Gr2 Crystal Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) & 5YO gelding Desert Jeuney (Desert King-Preps, by Jeune). Hooked, who was purchased by Sean Buckley's Ultra Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate for $600,000 at this year's Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale on the Gold Coast, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 NJC Cameron Handicap) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap & Gr1 Australian Derby) for $620,750 earnings. Hooked will now be aimed at the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on 8 November.
Trust In A Gust Draws Awkward Toorak Marble
Meanwhile, Inglis Melbourne Premier graduate Trust In A Gust, bred and consigned by Swettenham Stud, will have to overcome an awkward draw on Saturday when he goes in search of a second successive Caulfield Gr1 feature. Lining up in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) from barrier 11 against 14 opponents, 4YO entire Trust In A Gust (Keep the Faith-Subtle Breeze, by Storm Cat) recently survived a protest when scoring by 0.1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $400,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne. The final field with barriers and riders is below:
- Guest of Honour (IRE) 5 M.Botti, D.Oliver 58kg
- Speediness 3 C.Scott, H.Bowman 57.5kg
- Commanding Jewel 10 L.J.Corstens, C.Brown 56.5kg
- Trust in a Gust 11 D.K.Weir, B.Rawiller 56.5kg
- Atlante 8 J.R.Hawkes, K.McEvoy 54.5kg
- Bull Point 2 C.J.Waller, J.Cassidy 54.5kg
- Arabian Gold 13 D.Vandyke, C.Williams 54kg
- Solicit 14 M.J.Ellerton, C.Newitt 53.5kg
- Recite (NZ) 15 J.Bary, S.Baster 53kg
- Akavoroun 12 C.Maher, M.Payne 53kg
- Late Charge 7 W.J.Kelly, G.Boss 53kg
- Rhythm to Spare (NZ) 9 M.D.Moroney, D.Dunn 53kg
- Escado 4 M.Laurie, T.Berry 53kg
- Desert Jeuney 1 N.A.Blackiston, J.M.Winks 53kg
- Tristram's Sun (NZ) 6 R.E.Laing, D.Gauci 53kg
Trust In A Gust Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Swettenham Stud & now Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence-Duelling Girl, by Dayjur) celebrated his first Gr1 winner when 4YO entire Trust In A Gust (Keep the Faith-Subtle Breeze, by Storm Cat) survived a protest when scoring by 0.1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $400,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entires Dissident (Sebring-Diana's Secret, by Anabaa) & Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet). This was not only the first Gr1 victory, but also the maiden stakes success, for Trust In A Gust who took his record to 9 wins and 5 placings (including the Listed Chandler Macleod Stakes) from 16 starts for $867,650 earnings. Bred by Adam Sangster, Trust In A Gust was a $45,000 purchase by Weir from the Swettenham Stud draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Trust In A Gust's win represented a special milestone for trainer Darren Weir, who celebrated his first Gr1 winner in his home state. "It's a great thrill for me to finally get one in Victoria. To do it with this little horse it's been a big thrill," Weir told TVN. "It's been a while coming but he's just a great racehorse. He actually got headed but fought back and stuck his head out at the right time."
Cluster Wins Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated a Group trifecta when promising 4YO entire Cluster (Fastnet Rock-Tarcoola Diamond, by Last Tycoon) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden in the $200,000 Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) & 5YO gelding Ninth Legion (Fastnet Rock-Xaar's Jewel, by Xaar). This was a well deserved maiden stakes victory for the richly talented Cluster who took his record to 3 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes & Gr3 San Domenico Stakes) from 10 starts for $282,200 earnings. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Cluster would now travel to Melbourne for the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 28 September. "Once he got to the outside he showed what class he's really got and that might have franked where we go from now on," Snowden told TVN. "He's got a massive amount of acceleration. We saw a bit of that today." He added, "What we've had in mind all along is the Rupert Clarke. I think its tailor made for him. A Group Two win today should get us in."
Terravista Wins Gr3 Show County Quality
At Royal Randwick, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) resumed with an easy 2-length win for trainer Joseph Pride in the $125,000 Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO Gelding In Cahoots (Bradbury's Luck-Hot Copper, by Rory's Jester) & 4YO entire Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet). The was an impressive return for the highly progressive Terravista who took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 1 placing (the Listed Festival Stakes) from 10 starts for $419,305 earnings. "With all due respect to his opposition, he should take care of a field like that but it's nice to see him come back and do it," Pride told TVN. Pride said Terravista would have a break of one month before running in the Gr2 The Shorts (1200m) at Randwick on 20 September. He will then have one more run in Sydney before heading to Melbourne. From the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle.
Sprint Program For The Quarterback
Robbie Griffiths says talented 3YO The Quarterback (Street Boss-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago) will be restricted to sprinting events during the upcoming spring racing carnival, reports horseracing.com.au. However, Griffiths does not believe the rising 4YO is capable of competing at Gr1 level in races such as the Manikato Stakes (1200m) and VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) this season, and will therefore keep the son of Street Boss to the lower-tier sprints. "The Quarterback I'd be looking at second tier sprints," Griffiths said. "He's got a lot of potential but he's still not a highly-rated horse. We've got time to poke along and not put the bar too high this time then maybe season him up to possibly look at Newmarket on the minimum weight in the autumn as an autumn four-year-old." Although yet to win a stakes race, The Quarterback has shown he has well above average ability with placings in the Gr3 Manfred Stakes behind Bull Point and the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes behind Hucklebuck in the autumn.
Bull Point Joins Waller
Smart colt Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) will continue his racing career under the care of leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller after being transferred from the Gai Waterhouse stable, reports horseracing.com.au. The stable switch was precipitated by Sir Owen Glenn, owner of Australian Derby winner Criterion, selling his share in Bull Point to Coolmore Stud at the end of the autumn racing carnival. Bull Point's career highlight came when winning the Gr3 Manfred Stakes first-up at Caulfield in February before finishing a close-up fourth in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes behind Moment Of Change. His two subsequent runs in Sydney, however, were disappointing, when finishing well down the track in both the Gr1 Randwick Guineas and Gr3 Sebring Stakes.
Savvy Nature To Appreciate Guineas Trip
John O'Shea says that smart 3YO Savvy Nature will appreciate stepping up to a mile in Saturday's Gr1 Randwick Guineas at Royal Randwick. The Savabeel gelding, who opened his autumn campaign over an unsuitable 1400m in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill last-start, showed he was looking for further when charging home for third behind Dissident. "I'm looking forward to getting him to a mile and getting him back to Randwick," O'Shea told Sky Racing. "But it will be a tough race. I can't remember a Guineas this strong." O'Shea said that Savvy Nature had made good progress since his last start and that provided he comes through the Guineas in good shape, would be aimed at the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on 29 March. As O'Shea pointed out, this year's Guineas renewal has attracted a top-class field with the likes of Dissident, El Roca, Atlante, Eurozone, Bull Point, Woodbine, Koroibete, and the highly rated New Zealander Show The World, all lining up in the race.
- 1. DISSIDENT Peter G Moody 56.5kg (13)
- 2. EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56.5kg (14)
- 3. CRITERION David Payne 56.5kg (8)
- 4. ATLANTE Murray Baker 56.5kg (5)
- 5. EUROZONE Bart & James Cummings 56.5kg (4)
- 6. SAVVY NATURE John O'Shea 56.5kg (6)
- 7. BULL POINT Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg (9)
- 8. ROMANTIC TOUCH Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg (15)
- 9. WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 56.5kg (11)
- 10. KOROIBETE Gerald Ryan 56.5kg (3)
- 11. HOOKED John Thompson 56.5kg (2)
- 12. TERONADO Bruce Hill 56.5kg (1)
- 13. SHOW THE WORLD Murray Baker 56.5kg (7)
- 14. TUPAC AMARU Peter Snowden 56.5kg (12)
- 15. SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 56.5kg (10)
El Roca Hot Property
The connections of star kiwi colt El Roca have fielded numerous calls expressing an interest in purchasing the colt ahead of Saturday's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill, reports NZ Racing Desk. Following his impressive first-up victory in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes and as a potential Gr1-winning son of champion stallion Fastnet Rock, it's little wonder the talented 3YO is in demand. "There's been heaps of interest in him and the owners have told people they are open to offers, but happy to race the horse on," said trainer Trent Busuttin, who prepares El Roca with his partner Natalie Young. "It can get a bit tricky when you're fielding inquiries every three or four days and we don't want that to upset the horse's preparation with vet checks and other things." He added, "If he won Saturday's Group Two it will spark plenty of interest again, particularly with other colts like Bull Point and Rubick disappointing at their last starts." Busuttin says he is expecting another bold showing from El Roca on Saturday, despite drawing poorly in barrier ten. "He's drawn 10 out of 11 but he's the right horse to overcome it," he said. "He can go forward and sit outside the leader or he can lead - there's not a lot of speed in the race. He was fairly dominant last time and it was nice to see him put them away like that and he's improved."
The Quarterback ready For Big League
Trainer Robbie Griffiths believes that Saturday's Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington will ensure that promising 3YO The Quarterback (Street Boss-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago) is at peak fitness for the Australian Guineas on 1 March, reports horseracing.com.au. The son of Street Boss resumed with a fast-finishing third behind top-class 3YOs Bull Point and Worth A Ransom in the Gr3 Manfred Stakes last-start, and Griffiths says he couldn't be happier with the progress he has made since. "He has come on really well and has come out of the race in good order," Griffiths said. "Whatever happens on Saturday he will naturally improve again as the grand final is two weeks later. He goes into this run in good order." Griffiths is adamant The Quarterback has the ability to win at the elite level, but admits the gelding needs to translate his potential to the track. "He has to prove himself in the big league and he is a horse that looks to have big potential, but like all horses at this stage of their career he has to prove himself," Griffiths said. "If he can go forward this preparation and be a live chance in the Guineas and we are all hoping that he can get to that level. Seeing is believing and it looks promising at this stage." From the Encosta de Lago mare Soorena, The Quarterback is a half-brother to Gr2 Tulloch Stakes & Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes winner Philippi (Host), which now races as Vanilla in Hong Kong.
Bull Point Wins Gr3 Manfred Stakes
At Caulfield, Gr1-winning Danehill stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a group success when 3YO colt Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $135,000 Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Worth A Ransom (Red Ransom-Meritous, by Danehill) & The Quarterback (Street Boss-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago). This was Bull Point's maiden stakes victory and took his record to 3 wins & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes) from 7 starts for $324,750 earnings. Bull Point was knocked down to Demi O'Byrne & James Bester for $960,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinburgh Park Stud.
Oakleigh Plate For Fast 'N' Rocking
Trainer David Hayes says he will keep classy 3YO Fast 'N' Rocking (Fastnet Rock-For the Good Times, by Hennessy) to sprint distances during the autumn, even nominating the Oakleigh Plate as a possible, albeit ambitious, target, reports horseracing.com.au. The Fastnet Rock colt will resume in the Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday and if all goes to plan, Hayes would like him to run in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on 22 February. "It is a very, very tough race, but he does go well at Caulfield and he does sprint well fresh," Hayes told Sky Racing HQ. "I think that I will keep him as a fresh sprinter. He went up to Sydney for the Golden Rose and we were training him for the Guineas, but we changed our mind and it backfired. We will keep him as a specialist sprinter now and he might do the job for us." Proven big-race jockey Craig Williams will ride Fast 'N' Rocking on Saturday where he will take on a talented field of 3YOs that includes budding star Prince Harada, Sydney colt Bull Point, The Quarterback, and million dollar colt Monkstone. "I think that we will ride him patiently and provided it is not a sit and sprint he will be hard to beat," Hayes said.
Oliver Opts For Bull Point
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver has elected to ride the Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) in preference to the exciting Prince Harada in Saturday's Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, reports horseracing.com.au. Both colts are resuming after a summer break and are shaping as leading contenders in all the feature 3YO races during the autumn. Caulfield trainer Tony Vasil was expecting Oliver to continue his association with the prodigiously talented Prince Harada (Haradasun-Potential Princess, by Elusive Quality) after partnering him to a luckless sixth in the Caulfield Guineas last spring, but Oliver's recent success with the Waterhouse yard proved the decisive factor. The multiple Gr1-winning jockey, who helped Gai Waterhouse win her first Melbourne Cup aboard Fiorente last year, said that it was a hard decision to choose between the two promising 3YOs but finally went with Bull Point. "They both look pretty smart horses so they were really hard to split," Oliver told AAP. "It was certainly a hard choice to make. There wasn't a lot in it to be honest. It was probably just the fact that Gai has been a pretty big supporter for so long. But in saying that, they've both got great chances and would both be great rides." Bull Point and Prince Harada will both be aimed at the $500,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 1 March, where they may clash with Cox Plate winner Shamus Award. Vasil has booked Sydney-based jockey Blake Shinn to ride Prince Harada on Saturday.
Stamina Favourite For Newcastle Gr3 Spring Stakes
The Peter Moody-trained Stamina (Sebring-Sky Risks, by Take Risks) has been installed as favourite for today's $150,000 Gr3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle. The 3YO colt, who descends from the same family as top stallions Encosta De Lago & Flying Spur, was a brilliant winner at Rosehill last-start when defeating subsequent Golden Rose placegetter Bull Point. Opposing Stamina is a quality field of 3YOs which includes Gr1 performers Fuerza (Champagne Stakes runner-up to Guelph) & Equator (Champagne Stakes third). Other stakes performers include the Chris Waller-trained Vilanova (Gr3 Up & Coming Stakes) & the David Payne-trained Dowdstown Charlie (Listed Rosebud), as well as promising types such as Hooked, Savvy Nature, Rockabill & Wordplay. The Spring Stakes is renowned as a good horse's race, with an honour roll that includes Gr1 winners Ebony Grosve (1996), Shogun Lodge (1999), Universal Prince (2000), Lotteria (2004), Hotel Grand (2005), & Ilovethiscity (2010). Last year's winner Proisir is a two-time Gr1 placegetter.
Zoustar Wins Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, ill-fated Widden Stud sire Northern Meteor (Encosta de Lago-Explosive, by Fappiano) added a Gr1 triumph when 3YO colt Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $1,000,000 Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow colts Dissident (Sebring-Diana's Secret, by Anabaa) & Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose Of Cimmaron, by Bite The Bullet). This was the highly talented Zoustar's maiden Gr1 victory and took his record to 4 wins (also including the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes at Doomben) & a runner-up (including the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm) from 6 starts.
Zoustar captures the Gr1 Golden Rose (image: Steve Hart)
Rosebud To Decide Sydney's Best 3YO
The clash of Sydney's best exposed 3YOs in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick tomorrow is shaping as a more compelling contest than the race that precedes it, the Missile Stakes. The Rosebud brings together top 3YOs Eurozone, Bull Point & Watabout who will be using the race as a traditional lead-up to the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 14. Stallion prospects Eurozone (Northern Meteor-Miss Vandal, by Don't Say Halo) and Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) also have the sire-making Caulfield Guineas on their radar. The Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone, who is undefeated after two impressive wins, holds a 2-0 advantage over the highly touted Bull Point, but there is clearly very little separating the pair. But this is hardly a two-horse race, with Allan Denham's filly Watabout, carrying the orange & brown spotted silks of George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, more than capable of beating the colts. The daughter of More Than Ready has looked like a class animal winning 3 of her 4 outings, none more so than at Randwick last-start when scoring by a facile 2-lengths. Among the others lining up is the Peter Moody-trained Dissident from Melbourne, Northern Glory & One Step Beyond, both by the ill-fated Northern Meteor.
Early Rivalry Suggests Lots More To Come
Unusually for Sydney, two of the most potential-laden juveniles to come out of last season never faced the starter in an official race until the twilight of the winter. The duo comprises now 3YO colts Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) & Eurozone (Northern Meteor-Miss Vandal, by Don't Say Halo). While the latter remains undefeated from his only two starts for James & Bart Cummings, high-priced Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point has only tasted defeat once in his first three starts – when runner-up to Eurozone after an habitual tardy start. The foes are expected to clash on Saturday in the Listed Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick where they will face a line-up of emerging sophomore talent.
Bull Point Seeking Amends At Rosehill Gardens
Talented juvenile Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) will be out to restore his sizable reputation when he lines up in the Forum Group Sprint (1200m) for 2YOs at Rosehill tomorrow. The son of Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock, who was a $960,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling, created headlines with his brilliant debut in early June, only to have his colours slightly lowered by Bart Cummings' rising star Eurozone last-start. Bull Point did well to get within a length of Eurozone after a slow start and wide trip cost him dearly. He has now missed the jump at both his career outings, a deficiency that can be remedied given his youth but one that must be overcome if he is to realise his undoubted potential. An interesting rival for Bull Point worth keeping an eye on is the Bjorn Baker-trained Killcareless. Bred by Tony Santic's Makybe breeding operation, the More Than Ready filly was a $250,000 yearling at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and is closely related to Arrowfield Stud's champion stallion Redoute's Choice.
Boom Sydney 2YO Colts Back Up
Meanwhile, an intriguing clash between boom colts Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) & Eurozone (Northern Meteor-Miss Vandal, by Don't Say Halo) promises to be one of the highlights at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow. The exciting juveniles, who signalled big futures when overcoming difficulties to post brilliant debut victories in June, will line up in the $85,000 Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m). Both Bull Point (trained by Gai Waterhouse) & Eurozone (trained by Bart Cummings) are graduates of the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where they fetched $960,000 and $110,000 respectively. Bull Point (raced by a syndicate which includes Coolmore Stud) is from the family of group winners Mica's Pride, Varenna Miss & Criterion, while Eurozone (part-owned by Dato Tan Chin Nam), is a three-quarter bother to Gr2 Hill Stakes winner Miss Marielle (Encosta de Lago).