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History On Jon Snow's Side
Meanwhile, history suggests that Australian Derby victor Jon Snow (Iffraaj-Orinda, by O'Reilly) has the right credentials to be a major player during the Melbourne spring. The classic winning colt is being prepared for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup and, if his form warrants it, the Cox Plate. "Australian Derby form usually works out well in Melbourne," trainer Murray Baker told NZ Racing Desk. "Nom du Jeu won in Sydney and ran second in the Caulfield Cup, Dundeel was the leading four-year-old at weight-for-age, and Mongolian Khan won the Caulfield Cup." Baker added: "Jon Snow's form here [in New Zealand] was also very good. He was third in three big races and he's a big, powerful horse now. He's developed a lot with a spell." Jon Snow, who was also placed in the New Zealand Derby, is one of four horses in the running for the champion NZ 3YO award along with stable-mate Bonneval.
Son Of Montjeu A Timely Gain For Queensland
With Australia's breeders and owners starting to turn back decades of one-eyed focus on juvenile and sprint racing to chase the fortune on offer for Cups races, the timing is perfect for Queensland's Raheen Stud to be the new home for Gr1 AJC Derby winner Nom du Jeu. Impeccably bred, being by Coolmore's champion stallion Montjeu out of dual Gr1-winning champion race mare Prized Gem, Nom du Jeu lived up to his pedigree with four Gr1 finishes that contributed to earnings of just under $2 million for his Queensland owner-breeders. Already represented by a swathe of city class horses that include stakes-performers and current 6-time winner of over $300,000, Liapari, Nom du Jeu is the only son of Montjeu at stud in Queensland. He will stand for an enticing fee of $3,300.
Nom du Jeu has relocated to Raheen Stud
Nom Du Jeu To Stand In NSW
Montjeu's brilliant Gr1 Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) will stand at leading country trainer Brett Cavanough's Jindera Park near Albury. The 12YO will join a quality roster that includes proven Gr1-producing sire Fast 'N' Famous, successful young sire Duporth, and Dansili's Gr2 Goodwood Cup winner Illustrious Blue. Named champion New Zealand stayer in 2009, Nom Du Jeu retired to stud with 4 wins from 23 starts and $1.97 million prize money. The now 12YOs crowning achievement came in the 2008 Australian Derby, where he defeated future Gr1 winners Red Ruler and Littorio. Underscoring his class was the fact that he was also placed at the elite level on four occasions, namely in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Stoney Bridge Stakes, Kelt Capital Stakes and Caulfield Cup. A Classic sire in the making, Nom Du Jeu's oldest progeny are just 4YOs and he has 126 two and three-year-olds coming through. However the son of dual Gr1-winning mare Prized Gem is already a proven stakes producer. His leading progeny in 2015-16 include the Wanganui Guineas (Listed, 1350m) winner Alcaldesa, while in Australia he has been represented by the John Sadler trained two-time winner Prince Of Babylon and Bjorn Baker's unbeaten 4YO Bapaume. Nom Du Jeu's 2016 stud fee has been set at $4,400 inc GST.
Alcaldesa Wins Listed Wanganui Guineas
At Wanganui in New Zealand, Fairdale Stud's Gr1 Australian Derby-winning stallion Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) celebrated his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Alcaldesa (Nom du Jeu-Sitting on a Hill, by City on a Hill) scored by half a head for trainer Tony Bambry in the NZ$50,000 Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Perfect Harmonee (Nadeem-Harmony, by Zabeel) & Lucky Edie (Swiss Ace-Edie, by Rock of Gibraltar). Alcaldesa took her record to 1 win and 2 placings from 4 starts for NZ$34,450 earnings.
Cressfield Welcomes Frankel Foal
After the world's best racehorse, Frankel, retired to stud at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket in 2013, Cressfield set about looking to secure two new mares worthy of being covered by the super horse to Southern Hemisphere time. The Irish bred Buenos Aires (Rainbow Quest) and the New Zealand raced mare Jeu De Cartes (Stravinsky) were eventually purchased and later returned to Cressfield in February 2014 both carrying positive pregnancy tests to Frankel. While two of the five Frankel foals expected in Australasia this season have been born elsewhere, Cressfield welcomed their first on 17th August, a lovely neat filly out of Jeu De Cartes. This is the first foal for the Gr2-winning mare and is so far the only bay filly of Frankel's in Australia, the other two fillies both being chestnut. "The filly is a very neat, well conformed foal, and while she is sensible and inquisitive, she can also have her 'diva' moments. I am sure that she is aware that she is a little bit special," said Cressfield's Liesl Baumann. Jeu De Cartes was bred and raced in NZ, where she won 9 of her 27 starts. She is a half-brother to Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu), winner of the Gr1 Australian Derby and Gr1-placed on four other occasions. Cressfield now patiently awaits its second Frankel foal out of the mare Buenos Aires, due to foal on 12th September. Buenos Aires has a pedigree well known to the Australian industry being out of Benediction making her a half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power. This is also the family of Beauty Parlour (Deep Impact), Mosheen, Lucky Owners, and Miss Power Bird.
Cressfield's Frankel x Jeu De Cartes filly foal (Image: Katrina Partridge)
NZB Select Day-1: Gains Across The Board
The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock's Select Sale saw competitive bidding for the 231 yearlings on offer, resulting in slight increases for all key indicators compared to the first day last year. Of the 231 yearlings catalogued on day one, 151 were sold for NZ$7,378,500, at an average price of NZ$48,864 (up 3.4 per cent from 2013) and a median of NZ$40,000 (up 2.6 per cent from last year's figure). The clearance rate was a very encouraging 72 per cent compared with last year's 69 per cent figure. The day's top seller came towards the end of the day when Lot 674 was purchased by Hong Kong based Dan O'Donnell for NZ$190,000 from the draft of Windsor Park Stud. The colt by Dylan Thomas colt is out of the Montjeu mare Mon Beau Cheval, a daughter of Gr1 Brisbane Cup & Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes winner Prized Gem, making her a full-sister to Gr1 Australian Derby winner Nom du Jeu. "Most horses are just horses but every so often there is one with a little bit extra and he has that. He has an individual personality, he is relaxed and moves very smoothly," commented O'Donnell. "Essentially he has a stayers pedigree but with his dam being a Montjeu mare he should perform over shorter distances as Montjeu has an element of electricity to his offspring." Day-2 continues this morning with Lots 701 to 920 being offered from 11am at Karaka.
Baker: It's A Dundeel The Best
NZ trainer Murray Baker has labelled It's A Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) as the best 3YO he has ever trained ahead of his return in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's the only horse to have ever won the Gloaming, the Spring Champion, the Randwick Guineas, the Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby and he won the New South Wales Horse of the Year," Baker said. "He's probably the best horse I've ever had." That places It's A Dundeel ahead of some high calibre gallopers such as The Phantom, Lion Tamer, Nom du Jeu & Eagle Eye. "They were all terrific performers," commented the Cambridge horseman, "but this horse has done it all in Australia and that's the benchmark." It's A Dundeel, whose ultimate spring target is the Cox Plate in October, will struggle to replicate the 1990 Memsie success of The Phantom according to Baker. "I'd be very surprised if he could win the race over 1400 metres first-up in such a hot field," he said.
NZ Bloodstock South Island Sale On Tomorrow
The NZ Bloodstock South Island Sale of 2YOs & Mixed Bloodstock will take place this Friday August 9 with 82 lots catalogued for sale. The sale will commence at 9am at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch. Among the highlight lots is lot 29, a Pins colt from NZB Southern Filly Of The Year Ombre Rose (O'Reilly), & lot 56, a Lonhro colt out of Gr1 Queensland Oaks winner Vitesse Dane (Danewin). Stallions represented include NZs leading second season sire Iffraaj and champion first season sire Any Suggestion, along with Gr1 winners Tavistock, Fully Fledged, Thewayyourare, Mastercraftsman, Sahkee's Secret, Perfectly Ready, Road to Rock, St Reims and Nom du Jeu.
Fairdale Holds Stud Fees Steady
Prominent NZ-based Fairdale Stud has announced that the 2013 service fees for Nom du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) and Fully Fledged (Align-Fledged, by Bluebird) will remain unchanged at NZ$6,000 and NZ$4,000 + GST respectively. Nom du Jeu's first crop of yearlings were well received at Karaka earlier this year, averaging a healthy NZ$63,000 during the Premier Sale. This represented a profit for breeders of eleven times his service fee. Murray Baker, who prepared Nom du Jeu to win the Gr1 AJC Derby, has several rising two-year-olds by the sire in his stable, including a half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner It's A Dundeel. Meanwhile, Fully Fledged's oldest progeny are juveniles and he currently sits second on the New Zealand first season sires' list with two individual winners from four starters, including Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes placegetter Constellation (Fully Fledged-Canny Asset, by Marscay). Stud principal Duncan Fell commented, "[Fully Fledged's] progeny are all showing huge natural ability and trainers are very excited about him... Both Nom du Jeu and Fully Fledged are young sires with exciting futures. They have received strong support from broodmare owners and I believe that both stallions' service fees allow broodmare owners the opportunity to enjoy both pleasure and profit from their investment."
Jeu De Cartes Wins Gr2 Counties Cup
At Counties in NZ, 5YO mare Jeu De Cartes (Stravinsky-Prized Gem, by Prized) scored by a neck for trainers Baker/Forsman in the $100,000 Gr2 Counties Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Arcenciel (Black Minnaloushe-Grosvenor's Court, by Grosvenor) & 7YO mare Nicole Amy (Le Bec Fin-Sheza Rascal, by Deputy Governor). A half sister to Gr1 winner Nom du Jeu (by Montjeu), Jeu De Cartes took her record to 9 wins (including last start dead-heat in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup & also Listed Spring Classic at Canterbury) & 3 placings (including runner-up in the Listed Rotorua Plate) from 21 starts for NZ$191,513 earnings. For in-depth race, winner & runner details click on the race name in this item.
686 Lots In NZB Weanling & Broodmare May Sale
In New Zealand, there are 686 entries for next month's 3-day NZ Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale (May 7-9) at Karaka in Auckland.
- Selling will commence on Monday 7 May with 350 weanlings, including progeny of 1st-season sires Mastercraftsman, Nom du Jeu, Swiss Ace, Tavistock, Road To Rock, Duporth, Guillotine & Red Giant. The weanlings also include siblings to the Gr1 winners Veloce Bella & Booming.
- The 247 broodmares include Gr1-winning mares Honor Lap & Barinka (served by Zabeel), plus Gr2-winner Scarlet Runner.
Former Shuttler & Sire Of 100+ Stakes-Winners Montjeu Dies At 16
Dual-Derby winning stallion & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) who has produced over 100 stakes-winners world-wide, died overnight at Coolmore Stud in Ireland "after a short illness due to complications from an overwhelming septicaemia" aged 16. On the track, Montjeu (the highest-rated racehorse ever by the great Sadler's Wells) recorded 11 wins (6 Gr1 triumphs, including the French Gr1 Prix Du Jockey-Club, Gr1 Irish Derby, French G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe & UK Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes) & 2 runners-up from 16 starts. Subsequently at stud, from his 1st-crop he produced both UK G1 Epsom Derby winner Motivator & Gr1 Irish Derby winner Hurricane Run; & followed-up with 2 further English Derby winners in Authorized & Pour Moi. His other Gr1-winners world-wide include St Nicholas Abbey, Fame And Glory, Masked Marvel, Jukebox Jury, Nom Du Jeu, Roman Emperor, Wall Street, Tavistock, Sharvasti, Camelot, Sarah Lynx, Miss Keller & Recital.
Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Begins In Sydney Today
The 3-day Inglis Easter Yearling Sale begins at Newmarket in Sydney today. The 529-lot catalogue includes:
- 36 lots from Gr1-winning dams, including yearlings from 9 champions - Flitter, Gee I Jane, Merlene, Private Steer, Hasna, One Under, Warning Zone, Champagne & Dowry.
- 43 yearlings who are half or full-relations to Gr1-winners, including relations to Desert War, Calveen, Dance Hero, Mnemosyne, Racing To Win, Currency, Colourland Supreme, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Makybe Diva, Shocking, Nom Du Jeu, Black Caviar & Star Witness.
529-Lots Inglis Easter Catalogue Now On-Line
The 529-lots catalogue for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket in Sydney (April 5-7) is now on-line. The sale features 36 lots from Gr1-winning dams, including yearlings from 9 champions: Flitter, Gee I Jane, Merlene, Private Steer, Hasna, One Under, Warning Zone, Champagne & Dowry. It also includes 43 yearlings who are half or full relations to Gr1-winners, including relations to Desert War, Calveen, Dance Hero, Mnemosyne, Racing To Win, Currency, Colourland Supreme, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Makybe Diva, Shocking, Nom Du Jeu, Black Caviar & Star Witness. Among the stallions, there are 50 yearlings by Encosta De Lago, 44 by Redoute’s Choice, 38 by Fastnet Rock, 31 by Flying Spur & 27 by More Than Ready.
Inglis Easter Yearlings Preview Now On-Line
The Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Preview is now on-line. The Sale (in Sydney from April 5-7) includes 42 lots from Gr1 winners, including Flitter, Gee I Jane, Merlene, Private Steer, Hasna, One Under, Warning Zone, Champagne, Dowry & Paraca. Also in the catalogue are 45 yearlings who are half or full relations to Gr1-winners, including Desert War, Calveen, Dance Hero, Mnemosyne, Heavenly Glow, Racing To Win, Currency, Colourland Supreme, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Makybe Diva, Shocking, Nom Du Jeu & Headway. The leading sires include Encosta De Lago (47 lots), Redoute's Choice (46), Fastnet Rock (42), Flying Spur (30), More Than Ready (30) & Lonhro (20). Bernardini heads the 1st season sires with 28 lots catalogued.
Nom Du Jeu To Stand At NZ Fairdale Stud
Prominent New Zealand breeder Gerald Fell announced 2008 Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner & last season's champion NZ stayer Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) has been secured for stud duties at his Fairdale Stud near Palmerston North. Nom Du Jeu will stand for NZ$6,000+GST & Fell told NZ Thoroughbred Marketing: “He’s an outstanding son of Montjeu (dual Derby-winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler). Montjeu is the most expensive stallion in the northern hemisphere right now & he’ll never return to NZ for stud duties. Nom Du Jeu was an exceptional racehorse, has wonderful looks & a great pedigree – he’s the perfect stallion type for NZ, especially with the swing towards our middle distance horses demonstrated so clearly at the sales series this year.” Nom Du Jeu has been syndicated into 50 shares & Fell noted: “The Morton family of Brisbane have retained 50% of the horse; both Fairdale Stud (Gerald & Duncan Fell) & Goodwood Stud (Rex & William Fell) are shareholders; & the remaining 15 shares (at NZ$30,000+GST) are available to breeders via NZ Bloodstock who are promoting the syndication.” On the track, Nom Du Jeu recorded 4 wins from 1200-2400m (including the Gr1 AJC Australian Derby over 2400m at Randwick & NZ's Gr3 Waikato Guineas over 2000m at Te Rapa) & 9 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m, NZ Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes over 2040m at Hastings, NZ Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m at Hastings, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick, Gr3 Craven Plate over 2000m at Randwick, NZ Gr3 Manawatu Classic over 2000m at Awapuni & NZ Listed Westbury Stud Karaka Classic over 1600m at Pukekohe Park) from 23 starts for $1,988,488 earnings.
Dansili Half-Brother Joins NZ White Robe Lodge
In New Zealand, White Robe Lodge (in association with Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms) announced Raise The Flag (Sadler’s Wells-Hasili, by Kahyasi) will stand his 1st breeding season at the Mosgiel-based stud in 2010 for NZ$4,000+GST. Raise The Flag’s dam is 2006 US Broodmare-Of-The-Year Hasili, producer of 5 Gr1-winners (including US Gr1 Breeder’s Cup winning full-sisters Banks Hill & Intercontinental) as well as Gr2-winning French Champion Sire Dansili. Dansili has finished among the top 10 stallions (combined earnings) over the past 4 years (2006-2009), a feat only matched by Sadler’s Wells, Pivotal, Danehill Dancer, Montjeu & Galileo. Dansili’s half-brother Raise The Flag is by Champion European sire Sadler’s Wells (who as a grand-sire over recent seasons in Australasia has provided Gr1 Cox Plate winner So You Think, Gr1 Melbourne Cup & Gr1 Caulfield Cup winner Viewed, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 Lightning Stakes winner Scenic Blast, Gr1 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes winner Tavistock, Gr1 Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul, Gr1 AJC Derby winner Roman Emperor, Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes & Gr1 Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot, Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Speed Gifted, Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Coniston Bluebird & Gr1 AJC Derby winner Nom Du Jeu). White Robe Lodge’s Brian Anderton declared: “Raise The Flag fits the same mould as Noble Bijou & Mellay, who both earned numerous Champion Sire titles with us. Raise The Flag, Noble Bijou & Mellay all hail from wonderful tap-root families & each suffered race career-ending injuries before adding to their families’ feats.”
Nom Du Jeu Retired After Cox Plate Failure
Trainer Murray Baker announced 2008 Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner & last season's champion NZ stayer Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) has been retired after finishing last of the 13 runners in the Gr1 Cox Plate. Now 5YO entire Nom Du Jeu has battled a continuing cannon bone injury this year & Baker summed up: "He just hasn't been settling in his races this season & has been racing below his best." Jockey Michael Rodd declared his Cox Plate run "shocking" & noted: "He just pulled the whole way round." Overall Nom Du Jeu recorded 4 wins (including 2008's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby over 2400m at Randwick & NZ's Gr3 Waikato Guineas over 2000m at Te Rapa) & 9 placings (including the Gr3 Craven Plate over 2000m at Randwick on October 3 & September's NZ Listed Westbury Stud Karaka Classic over 1600m at Pukekohe Park, plus 2008's Gr1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m, NZ Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes over 2040m at Hastings, NZ Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m at Hastings, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick & NZ Gr3 Manawatu Classic over 2000m at Awapuni) from 23 starts for $1,988,488 earnings.
Whobegotyou Favourite For Gr1 Yalumba Stakes
Despite being beaten by Heart Of Dreams in their most recent clash, Whobegotyou is $2.30 favourite with betchoice.com.au to win tomorrow's Gr1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield in Melbourne. Heart Of Dreams is 2nd elect at $3.30 with Nom Du Jeu the only other runner under double figures at $9. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Yalumba Stakes).
Miss Marielle Wins Craven Plate
Coolmore stallion & Australian champion sire of the last 2 seasons Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a group success when 5YO mare Miss Marielle (Encosta De Lago-Miss Vandal, by Don't Say Halo) scored her 2nd successive stakes victory in a fortnight with a 1.75-lengths win in the $125,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick. Miss Marielle (ridden by Peter Robl for trainer Joseph Pride) defeated favoured 5YO entire Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) & 7YO gelding Fulmonti (Montjeu-Grosvenor's Pride, by Grosvenor). Miss Marielle (originally a $330,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney & resold at this year's Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale in Sydney in April for $240,000) now has 6 wins (also including last start's Gr2 Hill Stakes over 1900m at Rosehill on September 19, plus 2007's Listed Star Track Express Stakes over 1800m at Flemington & Listed Arrow Training Services Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley) & 4 placings (including September's Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes over 1600m at Randwick & August's Listed Toy Show Quality over 1400m at Randwick, plus 2008's Gr2 Hollylodge Thoroughbreds Classic over 1500m at Moonee Valley) from 20 starts for $533,700 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
2009 Melbourne Cup Top 50 Weights
- 58kg Efficient (John Sadler)
- 58kg Maldivian (Mark Kavanagh)
- 57kg Eastern Anthem (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 57kg Schiaparelli (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 57kg Viewed (Bart Cummings)
- 56kg Kirklees (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 55.5kg C'Est La Guerre (John Sadler)
- 55.5kg Cima De Triomphe (Luca Cumani)
- 55.5kg Court Vision (William Mott)
- 55.5kg Fiumicino (Team Hawkes)
- 55.5kg Nom Du Jeu (Murray/Bjorn Baker)
- 55kg Doctor Fremantle (Sir Michael Stoute)
- 55kg Macarthur (Mike De Kock)
- 55kg Master O'Reilly (Danny O'Brien)
- 55kg Vision And Power (Joseph Pride)
- 55kg Voila Ici (Vittorio Caruso)
- 54.5kg Mourilyan (Gary Moore)
- 54.5kg Rebel Raider (L.Macdonald/A.Gluyas)
- 54.5kg Tuesday Joy (Gai Waterhouse)
- 54kg Age Of Reason (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 54kg King Of Rome (Mike De Kock)
- 54kg Metal Bender (Jack Denham)
- 54kg Roman Emperor (Bart Cummings)
- 54kg Scintillo (Richard Hannon)
- 54kg Whobegotyou (Mark Kavanagh)
- 54kg Zipping (John Sadler)
- 53.5kg Askar Tau (Marcus Tregoning)
- 53.5kg Ista Kareem (Colin Little)
- 53.5kg Profound Beauty (Dermot Weld)
- 53.5kg Red Ruler (John Sargent)
- 53kg Black Mamba (John Sadler)
- 53kg Crime Scene (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 53kg Munsef (Ian Williams)
- 53kg Orion Star (Henri-Alex Pantall)
- 53kg Pointilliste (Elie Lellouche)
- 53kg Triple Honour (Chris Waller)
- 53kg Unsung Heroine (David Hayes)
- 53kg Zavite (Anthony Cummings)
- 52.5kg Harris Tweed (Murray/Bjorn Baker)
- 52.5kg Jolie's Shinju (Hideyuki Takaoka)
- 52.5kg Kibbutz (Jarrod McLean)
- 52.5kg Light Vision (Robert Smerdon)
- 52.5kg Newport (Paul Perry)
- 52.5kg Warringah (Sir Michael Stoute)
- 52.5kg Zarita (Pat Hyland)
- 52kg Alessandro Volta (David Hayes)
- 52kg Empires Choice (Bart Cummings)
- 52kg Friston Forest (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 52kg Gallions Reach (Richard Yuill)
- 52kg Guyno (Lou Luciani)
- 52kg Spin Around (Steven Cooper)
NZ Champ Stayer Nom Du Jeu In Doubt For Melb Cup
Also in NZ, 2008 Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner & recently-crowned 2008-09 season NZ Champion Stayer Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) is in doubt for a Gr1 Melbourne Cup campaign after trainers Murray & Bjorn Baker announced his withdrawal from planned engagements in the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m on September 19) & Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m on October 3). Now 5YO Nom Du Jeu (currently near the top of early Melbourne Cup betting markets) is still recovering from the "palmar condylar" bone bruising suffered while campaigning in Sydney in March & Bjorn Baker told The Dominion Post in Wellington: "He's just not going well enough, unfortunately. It's a disaster for all concerned." However the newspaper noted his connections "have not yet abandoned all hope of the horse running at the Melbourne spring carnival" & Baker confirmed: "We haven't pulled the pin completely on the spring. We will give him a bit more time & get him rescanned next week & see exactly where we are with him." Earlier this month, the 2008-09 ANZ Classifications (reflecting the best individual performances during the just concluded racing season in Australia & New Zealand) announced Nom Du Jeu produced the best performance by a NZ-trained horse during the 2008-09 season in rating 115 when finishing 2nd to All The Good in Australia's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) after placing in both last year's Windsor Park Stakes & Kelt Capital Stakes.
Mufhasa Wins 2008-09 NZ Horse-Of-Year
In New Zealand, just-turned 5YO gelding Mufhasa (Pentire-Shella Cheval, by Mi Preferido) was named 2008-09 season's Horse-Of-The-Year & Champion Sprinter at the Mercedes Awards in Christchurch. Mufhasa (a NZ$50,000 yearling consigned by Rich Hill at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) won both January's Gr1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham & February's Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa, before finished 3rd in Australia's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. In April, during the season he also won NZ's Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m) in course record time at Riccarton Park last November & Listed Kelt Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Hastings in October. Other award winners were:
- Centaine Award (world-wide earnings by NZ-based sires): O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court)
- Dewar Award (combined NZ-Aust earnings): Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev)
- Champion Sire: Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat)
- NZB Filly-Of-Year: Daffodil (No Excuse Needed-Spring, by O'Reilly)
- Champion 2YO: The Heckler (Lucky Owners-Comedy Café, by Rory's Jester)
- Champion 3YO: Daffodil (No Excuse Needed-Spring, by O'Reilly)
- Champion Middle Distance (1501-2100m): Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago-Stoneyfell Road, by Sovereign Red)
- Champion Stayer (2101+): Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized)
C'Est La Guerre Tops 2008-09 ANZ
The 2008-09 ANZ Classifications (reflecting the best individual performances during the just concluded racing season in Australia & New Zealand) provide a timely guide to the relative merit of past staying performances by many of the stayers hoping to make it to this year's Melbourne Cup. Horses who attained a rating of 100+ for performances in races in the "Long & Extended" (2200m & further) category were:
- 117: C'Est La Guerre
- 115: Fiumicino, Master O'Reilly, Nom Du Jeu, Scenic Shot, Viewed
- 114: Theseo, Zipping
- 113: Douro Valley
- 112: All The Good, Bauer, Light Vision, Red Ruler, The Fuzz
- 111: Littorio
- 110: Baughurst, Ice Chariot, Ista Kareem, Mad Rush, Road To Rock, Zavite
- 109: Mr Tipsy
- 108: Barbaricus, Guyno, Moatize
- 107: Dolphin Jo, Gallopin, Lorne Dancer, Mandela, Newport, Spin Around
- 106: Banana Man, Capecover, Gallions Reach, Hissing Sid, Nuclear Sky, Our Smoking Joe, Young Centaur
- 105: Ginga Dude, Magic Instinct, Sir Slick, Tommifrancs
- 104: Action Pak, Ballack, Fulmonti, Renewable, Valley Chief
- 103: Alexander Of Hales, Cefalu, Exhilarating, Lang
- 102: Book Of Kells, Largo Lad, Red Lord, Six O'Clock, Tinseltown
- 101: Borninthestates, Dandaa, Dezigna, First Militia, Mikaldico, Prince Kaapstad, Rabbuka
- 100: Centurytwentyone, Common Objective, Doyoudare, Eskimo Dan, Get Up Jude, Gotta Keep Cool, Jonbalena, Jujulio, Scattergun, The Foreman, The Wolverine, Vosne Romance
Nom Du Jeu Top New Zealand Performer
The best performance by a New Zealand-trained horse during the 2008-09 season was produced by Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) in rating 115 when finishing 2nd to All The Good in Australia's Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). And the top-rated mare in NZ was Princess Coup at 112 in her 2nd successive victory in the Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2000m).
NZ Awards Finalists Announced
Finalists in the racehorse section of New Zealand's Mercedes Thoroughbred Awards (to be held in Christchurch on August 7) have been announced. For the 2008/09 season they are:
- Champion 2YO: Kaapstan; King's Ransom; Seven Schillings; The Heckler
- Champion 3YO: Court Ruler; Daffodil; Down The Road; Harris Tweed; Tell A Tale
- Champion Sprinter (Up To 1500m): Fritzy Boy; Jacowils; Mufhasa; Ruud Van Slaats
- Champion Middle Distance Horse (1501m-2100m): Culminate; Maco'reilly; Mufhasa; Princes Coup; Sir Slick
- Champion Stayer (2101 & Longer): Cape Cover; Mr Tipsy; Nom Du Jeu; Six O'Clock News; Spin Around
- Horse Of The Year: Borninthestates; Bulginbaah; Capecover; Counter Punch; Court Ruler; Culminate; Daffodil; Down The Road; Fritzy Boy; Harris Tweed; Hypnotize; Jacowils; Just A Swagger; Just Not Cricket; Kaaptan; King's Ransom; Maco'reilly; Mr Tipsy; Mufhasa; Nom Du Jeu; Princess Coup; Ruud Van Slaats; Seven Schillings; Sir Slick; Six o'Clock News; Spin Around; Tell A Tale; The Heckler
Nom De Jeu Full-Sister Debut At Doomben Today
The full-sister to last year's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) makes her racetrack debut today when 3YO filly Mon Beau Cheval contests a 1350m event at Doomben in Brisbane for trainer John Wallace. The filly's dam Prized Gem won both the NZ Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) at Hastings & Australia's Gr1 Brisbane Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm in 2002.
Jeff Lloyd Leaving Sydney To Ride In HK
Meanwhile the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced Sydney-based former South African jockey Jeff Lloyd has been granted a "club jockey" licence March 16 until the end of the 2008-09 season. Lloyd, 47, previously rode in HK during the 1993-94 season. Since arriving in Sydney in 2007, he has ridden over 100 winners (including the Gr1 AJC Australian Derby on Nom Du Jeu).
NZB Karaka Yearling Catalogue Now On-Line
The catalogue for the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland (January 26-27) is now on-line.
- The 503 lots include 33 half or full-siblings to Gr1 winners (39% more than 2008) including Allez Suez, Arlingtonboulevard, Black Mamba, Cent Home, Coco Cobanna, Dorabella, Gallic, Gee I Jane, Hail, Il Quello Veloce, Jokers Wild, Kibbutz, King Of Danes, Maldivian, Maroofity, Mr Innocent, Nom Du Jeu, Orange County, Perlin, Portland Singa, Proprietor, Saint Cecile, Sale Of Century, Sharvasti, Show A Heart, Shower Of Roses, Sir Kinloch, Sir Slick, The Duke, The Jewel, Vapour Trail, Vouvray & Zabeat.
- Gr1-winning mares represented by progeny include Camino Rose, Cannsea, Emerald Dream, Facing The Music, Giovana, Honor Babe, Honor Bound, Honor Lap, La Bella Dama, Marquise, Moire, Nimue, Prized Gem, She's Country, Smiling Like, The Mighty Lions, Wrap Around & Zirna.
- 1st-crop sires represented include Dubawi (1 lot), Duelled (1), Falkirk (3), Oratorio (3), Snippetson (1), Snitzel (3), Southern Image (1), Starcraft (9), Stratum (6), Undoubtedly (1) & Zenno Rob Roy (3).
- Other sires represented include Al Maher (1), Anabaa (5), Bachelor Duke (2), Bertolini (1), Black Minnaloushe (7), Canny Lad (1), Cape Cross (8), Captain Rio (3), Catbird (3), Choisir (2), Commands (4), Danehill Dancer (7), Danzero (3), Dehere (4), Don Eduardo (1), Elusive City (1), Elusive Quality (1), Elvstroem (3), Encosta de Lago (14), Exceed And Excel (10), Faltaat (1), Fastnet Rock (16), Flying Spur (6), Fusaichi Pegasus (3), Galileo (11), General Nediym (9), Golan (3), High Chaparral (9), Hussonet (4), Johannesburg (2), Johar (6), Keeper (2), King's Chapel (2), Lion Heart (2), Lonhro (4), More Than Ready (4), Mossman (2), No Excuse Needed (3), One Cool Cat (30), O'Reilly (33), Pentire (18), Pins (70), Postponed (1), Red Ransom (2), Redoute's Choice (11), Reset (1), Rock Of Gibraltar (9), Royal Academy (2), Savabeel (29), Scaredee Cat (2), Shamardal (5), Show A Heart (2), Singspiel (1), Spartacus (2), Stravinsky (46), Street Cry (1), Tale of the Cat (7), Testa Rossa (1), Thorn Park (10), Towkay (1), Van Nistelrooy (2), Viking Ruler (2), Volksraad (3), Zabeel (31).
Mad Rush Favourite For Melbourne Cup
This morning's Betchoice market on today's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington has the Luca Cumani-trained Mad Rush retaining $5 favouritism. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish top-weight Septimus has eased to $6, while continued backing for the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty has seen her odds trimmed to $7.50. Following the scratching of Zarita & Yellowstone, the full market for the 22-runner field is: $5 Mad Rush; $6 Septimus; $7.5 Profound Beauty; $8.5 Nom Du Jeu; $16 Zipping; $17 Barbaricus; $21 Honolulu, C'est La Guerre & Bauer; $26 Master O'Reilly; $31 Littorio & Moatize; $34 Viewed; $41 Gallopin & Alessandro Volta; $61 Ice Chariot; $71 Newport; $81 Boundles, Prize Lady & Red Lord; $121 Varevees; $151 Guyno. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Melbourne Cup.)
Mad Rush New Melbourne Cup Favourite
Following the barrier draw for tomorrow's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, the Luca Cumani-trained Mad Rush is the new $5 favourite with Betchoice. Long-time betting market leader & Aidan O'Brien-trained fellow European raider Septimus is now at $5.50. And the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty (who has been strongly supported over the last week) has come into 3rd favourite at $8. The full market for the 24-runner capacity field is: $5 Mad Rush; $5.50 Septimus; $8 Profound Beauty; $9 Nom Du Jeu; $18 Zipping & Barbaricus; $21 Honolulu, C'est La Guerre & Bauer; $26 Master O'Reilly; $31 Littorio; $34 Viewed & Moatize; $41 Gallopin & Alessandro Volta; $61 Zarita; $71 Yellowstone & Ice Chariot; $81 Boundless & Newport; $101 Red Lord & Varevees; $121 Prize Lady; $151 Guyno. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Melbourne Cup.)
Septimus Shortens As Melb Cup Favourite
Following the withdrawal of last year's winner & 3rd favourite Efficient, Aidan O'Brien-trained Septimus shortened a further point with Betchoice for next Tuesday's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington & is now quoted at $4.40. The Luca Camani-trained Mad Rush (who flashed home in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) has also shortened to $5 & they are the only runners under double-figures. Runners quoted at $23 & under are: $4.40 Septimus; $5 Mad Rush; $10 Nom Du Jeu, $13 All The Good; $14 Profound Beauty; $17 Zipping; $21 Honolulu; $23 C'est La Guerre, Littorrio & Viewed. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Melbourne Cup.)
Septimus Favourite For Melbourne Cup
In Melbourne Cup betting, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish stayer Septimus has tightened further for next week's race & is now quoted at $4.60. The Luca Camani-trained Mad Rush (who flashed home in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) is at $6.50, while last year's winner Efficient remains at $9. Runners quoted at $21 & under are: $4.60 Septimus; $6.50 Mad Rush; $9 Efficient; $12 Nom Du Jeu; $13 All The Good, Profound Beauty & Zipping; $17 C'est La Guerre, Littorrio & Master O'Reilly; $21 Bauer, Honolulu & Viewed. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Melbourne Cup.)
All The Good Wins Gr1 Caulfield Cup
In Australia, Godolphin's 6YO entire All The Good (Diesiss-Zarara, by Manila) scored a 0.75-length victory in the $2.5 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield in Melbourne. All The Good (ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor) defeated fast-finishing 4YO entire & this year's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) & front-running 4YO gelding Barbaricus (Lion Hunter-Light Of Erin, by Palace Music). All The Good took his record to 7 wins (including his previous start in the UK Newburgh Stakes over 13 furlongs at Newbury in August) & 2 placings from 23 starts for $1,883,872 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Efficient & Littorio Joint Favourites For Gr1 Melb Cup
Last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Efficient still shares joint favouritism for this year's renewal with Littorio at $7. Quoted just a half-point back is recent 13-lengths Gr1 Irish St Leger winner Septimus at $7.50. The odds for runners quoted at $26 or shorter are: $7 Efficient & Littorio; $7.50 Septimus; $10 Master O'Reilly; $15 Profound Beauty & Zipping; $17 Honolulu & Mad Rush; $21 Nom Du Jeu & Zagreb; $26 C'est La Guerre, Guillotine, Red Ruler & Viewed. (To view the latest market click on the link for updated betting on the Melbourne Cup.)
Positive Drug Test From NZ Star Nom Du Jeu
In New Zealand, NZ Thoroughbred Racing announced this year's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner & highly regarded Gr1 Melbourne Cup aspirant Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) has been disqualified from a victory at Te Rapa on September 5, after NZ Racing Laboratory Services confirmed a routine swab tested positive to the prohibited substance Ranitidine. Nom Du Jeu was 1 of 3 winners trained by Murray & Bjorn Baker (the others were Fully Fledged & Mountain Road) which were swabbed at Te Rapa & tested positive to Ranitidine. NZTR confirmed they have all been disqualified & NZTR also announced the Bakers "were jointly fined NZ$5,000" in each case & also "ordered to pay costs of NZ$1,000 to NZTR & NZ$600 to the Judicial Control Authority". Ranitidinem is a prohibited antihistamine used to treat stomach ulcers; in NZ it is not classified as a performance-enhancing drug, but has a withholding period of 48 hours.
Princess Coup Wins NZ Gr1 Kelt Capital
In New Zealand, Coolmore stallion Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek by Star Way) added a Gr1 triumph when prominent Christchurch owner Ray Coupland's Australian-bred 5YO mare Princess Coup (Encosta De Lago-Stoneyfell Road, by Sovereign Red) captured yet another Gr1 event with a facile victory in the NZ$2 million Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) run at WFA at Hastings. Ridden by Opie Bosson for trainer Mark Walker, Princess Coup saw of the challenges of 4YO gelding Red Ruler (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay, by Red Ransom) & 4YO entire Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized). A $260,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale on the Gold Coast, Princess Coup now has 12 wins & 10 placings from 31 starts for $3,913,452 earnings.
Princess Coup Wins NZ Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes
In New Zealand, Coolmore stallion Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek by Star Way) added a Gr1 triumph when prominent Christchurch owner Ray Coupland's Australian-bred 5YO mare Princess Coup (Encosta De Lago-Stoneyfell Road, by Sovereign Red) scored a stunning 1.25-lengths victory in the NZ$250,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes (1600m) at Hastings. Despite missing the start & racing in last place for most of the run, last season's dual NZ champion middle distance & champion stayer Princess Coup (ridden by Opie Bosson for trainer Mark Walker) motored home in the straight to defeat Queensland-based breeder Billie Morton's 2008 Gr1 AJC Australian Derby-winner & now 4YO entire Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) & Gr1-winning 4YO gelding Fritzy Boy (Brilliance-Fritzy Girl, by Cache Of Gold). Princess Coup (a $260,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale on the Gold Coast) finished 3rd in this same race last year & took her record to 11 wins (also including February's Gr2 St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield, plus 2007's Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes over 2040m at Hastings, Gr1 NZ Oaks over 2400m at Trentham, Gr3 Lowland Stakes over 2100m at Trentham & Gr3 NZ Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes over 1600m at Trentham, as well as 2006's Listed Slade Farm Canterbury Stakes over 1600m & Listed Ray Coupland Stakes over 1400m) & 10 placings (including both April's Gr1 The BMW over 2400m at Rosehill & Gr1 Ranvet Stakes over 1900m at Canterbury, plus March's Gr1 Darley Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington, as well as 2007's Gr1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m, Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m at Hastings & Gr2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Classic over 2000m at Te Rapa, in addition to the Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas over 1600m, Gr1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas over 1600m & Gr2 Eight Carat Classic over 1600m) from 30 starts for $2,763,452 earnings.
1st-Up NZ Win For Melb Cup Entry Nom Du Jeu
Queensland-based owner-breeder Billie Morton's Gr1-winning 4YO entire Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) began his campaign towards November's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) with victory 1st-up from a spell over 1400m at Te Rapa in Hamilton for trainers Murray & Bjorn Baker. Nom Du Jeu highlighted his 3YO campaign with victory in April's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney & now has 5 wins (also including NZ's Gr3 Waikato Guineas over 2000m at Te Rapa) & 4 placings (including May's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes against older rivals over 2000m at Randwick) from 13 starts.
3 Share Top NZ Rating For 2007-08
The best performance by a New Zealand horse during the 2007-08 season was a 115 rating shared by multiple Gr1-winning Seachange in the NZ Gr1 Telegraph Handicap (1200m), Gr1 NZ Derby (2400m) winner C'est La Guerre & Nom Du Jeu in winning Australia's Gr1 AJC Derby (2400m) at Randwick.
Montjeu Colt Tops NZ 3YO 1601+ Free Handicap
Dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added another feather to his cap when Queensland-based breeder Billie Morton's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby-winning colt Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) topped the NZ 3YO 1600m+ Free Handicap. Nom Du Jeu also won NZ's Gr3 Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa & finished runner-up against older rivals in Australia's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. The top-rated 3YOs for 1600m+ were:
- 61kg Nom De Jeu colt (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized)
- 60.5kg C'Est La Guerre gelding (Shinko King-La Magnifique, by Kampala)
- 59kg Mission Critical colt (Fantastic Light-Trick Taker, by Capote)
- 58kg Boundless filly (Van Nistelrooy-Nothing Less, by Star Way)
- 57.5kg Prince Kaapstad gelding (Kaapstad-Brilliant Princess, by Spectrum)
- 57.5kg Red Ruler gelding (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay, by Red Ransom)
- 56kg Fritzy Boy gelding (Brilliance-Fritzy Girl, by Cache Of Gold)
- 55.5kg Petushki gelding (Golan-Llamrei, by Star Way)
NZ Mercedes People's Choice Award Finalists
NZ Thoroughbred Racing announced the 10 finalists for this year's Mercedes People's Choice Award (where members of the NZ public vote for their favourite horse from the 2007-08 season). The finalists are: Alamosa, Bulginbaah, C'est La Guerre, Katy Keen, Nom Du Jeu, Pasta Post, Princess Coup, Seachange, Sir Slick & Xcellent.
NZ Stayer Nom Du Jeu Also Eyes Melb Cup
And trainer Murray Baker confirmed star 3YO NZ colt Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) who followed his victory in the Gr1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick with Saturday's gallant runner-up against older horses in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) "will now make his NZ return, where plans for the season ahead include the Gr1 Kelt Capital; a 2nd Australian foray could also then follow, with attempts at the Gr1 Caulfield & Gr1 Melbourne Cups mooted as potential targets," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing." Nom De Jeu now boasts 4 wins & 4 placings from 12 starts for $1,286,076 earnings.
Sarrera Wins Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Woodlands Stud sire & 1990 Gr1 English Derby winner Quest For Fame (Rainbow Quest-Aryenne, by Green Dancer) added a Gr1 triumph (& 8th individual Gr1-winner) when 7YO gelding Sarrera (Quest For Fame-Zamsong, by Zabeel) caused a boilover when he snatched victory by a head at 50-1 in the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. Sarrera (ridden by Damien Oliver for trainer Mike Moroney) defeated Gr1-winning 3YO colt Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) & multiple Gr1-winning favoured 4YO mare Tuesday Joy (Carnegie-Joie Denise, by Danehill). Sarrera (a $100,000 yearling at the 2002 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) now has 7 wins (also including 2007's Warrnambool Cup over 2350m, plus 2005's Listed Nad Al Sheba Club Classic over 2000m at Caulfield) & 8 placings (including 2005's Gr2 Winning Edge Presentation Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield) from 32 starts for $701,850 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Nom Du Jeu Wins Gr1 AJC Australian Derby
Dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a significant Gr1 success when Queensland-based breeder Billie Morton's colt Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) came from well back on the rail to win the $1.8 million Gr1 AJC Australian Derby (24500m) for 3YOs at Randwick. Ridden by Jeff Lloyd (notching his 1st Gr1 winner in Australia since migrating from South Africa) for trainer Murray Baker, Nom De Jeu was three-quarters of a length clear of geldings Red Ruler (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay, by Red Ransom) & favoured Litorrio (Bellotto-Our Centasea, by Centaine). A son of NZ Gr1 winner Prized Gem, Nom du Jeu now has 4 wins (including the NZ$75,000 Gr3 Waikato Guineas over 2000m for 3YOs at Te Rapa in Hamilton) & 3 placings from 11 starts for $1,191,076 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Nom Du Jeu Wins NZ Waikato Guineas
In New Zealand, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a group success when Queensland-based breeder Billie Morton's colt Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) came from well back in the field to grab the verdict in a 3-way photo-finished to the NZ$75,000 Gr3 Waikato Guineas (2000m) for 3YOs at Te Rapa in Hamilton. Nom Du Jeu (ridden by Noel Harris for trainer Murray Baker) scored by a short-neck from the gelding Il Divo (Don Eduardo-Rubiton's Best, by Rubiton) with a further nose to fellow gelding Sircross (Cape Cross-Contra Aid, by Hostage). Nom Du Jeu took his record to 3 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts; he was the 1st foal from 9-time-winning mare Prized Gem (Prized-Vaguely Attentive, by Noble Bijou) whose triumphs included victories in both Australia's 2002 Gr1 Brisbane Cup & NZ's 2002 Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes.
1st Prized Gem Foal Wins On Debut
The 1st foal from dual NZ Gr1-winning mare Prized Gem (Prized-Vaguely Attentive, by Noble Bijou) won on debut when 2YO son Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem) came from last on the home turn (after being slowly away) to score over 1200m on a rain-affected track at Pukekohe for trainer Murray Baker. Prized Gem won both Australia's Gr1 Brisbane Cup & NZ's Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes.