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Karaka Distaff Lines Boast Rare Residual Value
The last five racing seasons have seen New Zealand mares produce in excess of 270 stakes winners and 39 Gr1 winners in Australia alone. These include an array of Gr1-winning sires the ilk of Dundeel (ex Stareel), Mongolian Kahn (ex Centafit), Sacred Falls (ex Iguazu's Girl), Tarzino (ex Zarzino), Tivaci (ex Breccia) and Turn Me Loose (ex Indomitable). From a racetrack perspective, Champion mare Winx is a daughter of NZ mare Vegas Showgirl, while Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees (both ex Parfore) and triple Gr1 winner Gingernuts (ex Double Elle) exemplify the distaff depth of the New Zealand market. This year's Karaka Sale is represented by a swathe of female Gr1 gold including:
- Daughters of Gr1 winning mares - Arapaho Miss (Lot 34), Honor Babe (Lot 259), Keepa Cruisin (Lot 305), Lashed (Lot 329), Miss Raggedy Ann (Lot 397), Prize Lady (Lot 499), Seachange (Lot 561), Shez Sinsational (Lot 577) and Soriano (Lot 608)
- Full-sisters to Group 1 winners - Werther (Lot 48), Recite (Lot 101) and Turn Me Loose (Lot 272)
- Half-sisters to Group 1 winners - Shamrocker and Rock Diva (Lot 77), Music Magnate (Lot 119), Maco'Reilly (Lot 169), Gingernuts (Lot 170), Sound Proposition (Lot 180), Miss Keepsake (Lot 285), Melody Belle (Lot 371), Nashville (Lot 533), I Am a Star (Lot 619), Veloce Bella (Lot 694), Shootoff (Lot 725) and Miss Mossman (Lot 786)
Colt Still Karaka Million Bound
Scream Park (Ocean Park-Cassata, by Viking Ruler) will return home to New Zealand for the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on 27 January despite being beaten at Randwick on Saturday, reports Sky Racing. Scream Park, who was purchased at Karaka last year for $185,000, was shooting for his third successive win but weakened late to finish fourth (beaten 2.1 lengths) behind the richly bred Aqua d'Ivina, a daughter of Pierro and Gr1 winning Danehill mare Aqua D'Amore. "He'll go, only just though," trainer Chris Waller said. "Obviously when you're travelling you like to be going with a win next to your name." Waller was initially disappointed with Scream Park's performance before getting some positive feedback from jockey Hugh Bowman. "He was a bit of a sitting duck and as they sprinted he was a bit flat footed and as a result it was a plain run," Waller said. "Hugh said don't be disappointed and he's a very good judge to have aboard." Koru Thoroughbreds will offer a half-brother (Lot 92) by Dundeel to Scream Park during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka this year.
Scream Park in Mix for Millions
Ex-pat New Zealand trainer Chris Waller is hoping to return home with Scream Park for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on 27 January, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 3YO colt by Ocean Park, who was purchased at Karaka last year for $185,000 from the Premier Sale draft of Lime Country Thoroughbreds, opened his account with a strong win over 1400m at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. "When you go to New Zealand you've got to buy something with a bit of quality and something our Australian investors respect," Waller said. "We've bought a few Ocean Parks so it's good for us and good for New Zealand's breeding industry if they can start to win a few races." Koru Thoroughbreds will offer a half-brother (Lot 92) by Dundeel to Scream Park during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka in 2018. Scream Park is out of the Viking Ruler mare Cassata, a half-sister to Gr3 winner Butterscotch and Gr2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner and Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeder's Stakes placegetter Viennetta.
Important Pedigree Updates for NZB Ready To Run Sale
The Melbourne Cup carnival has provided some timely pedigree updates for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs (22 & 23 November). The carnival provided an exciting start on Victoria Derby Day when Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (Mastercraftsman) stormed home from well back to score an outstanding win in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes. Nearly one year on since she was purchased at the Sale for $55,000, her half-brother at Lot 424 is set to be offered at the Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs. Luvaluva’s Kiwi breeders Christopher Grace and wife Susanna had multiple success on the first day of the carnival with home-bred mare Shillelagh (Savabeel) winning the Gr1 Kennedy Mile. Lot 134 who is out of a sibling to Shillelagh will be offered at the Sale. Lot 49 is from the same family as Gr1 Myer Classic winner Shoals (Fastnet Rock), while Lot 349 is a close relation to the five-time winning filly who has had only seven starts. This is the world famous Best In Show family of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice. The progeny of High Chaparral have dominated the carnival with Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup, Ace High winning the Victoria Derby, and Karaka graduate Cismontane winning the Gr3 Lexus Stakes. Four 2YOs by High Chaparral are catalogued at the Ready to Run Sale, while three of his Group winning sons will also be represented. Other sires to be represented include So You Think, Dundeel, Redwood, and Zacinto. Emirates Stakes Day will see the last leg of the carnival with four Karaka graduates accepted for the Group 1 feature. Multiple Group 1-winning Ready to Run graduate Gingernuts (Iffraaj) is among the names along with Odeon, Antonio Giuseppe (Shocking) and All Our Roads (Road to Rock). Ready to Run Sale Lot’s 84, 223 and 265 are related to All Our Roads. Click here to view catalogue.
Bonneval Named NZ HOTY
Top-class New Zealand mare Bonneval has dominated the 2017 New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards in Auckland overnight, reports NZ Racing Desk. Bonneval’s connections spent much of the night on stage as the dual Oaks winner was voted Horse of the Year, Three-Year-Old of the Year and Stayer of the Year. Her owners were also presented with the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year trophy. In addition, Bonneval’s trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, gained all bar one of the 57 votes cast for Trainer of the Year and Bonneval’s dam, Imposingly, was named Broodmare of the Year. Bonneval is the first three-year-old filly to be named Horse of the Year since Sunline in 1999. She is also the fourth successive Horse of the Year winner to be trained by Baker and Forsman, following Dundeel (2014) and Mongolian Khan (2015 & 2016). Voting for Horse of the Year turned into a three-way battle, with Bonneval receiving 27 votes to comfortably defeat Gingernuts by 12 votes. Kawi, the Middle Distance Horse of the Year, gained 10 votes with three for another three-year-old in Jon Snow. Click here to view all the category winners.
Bonneval winning the Australian Oaks (image: Steve Hart)
Baker-Forsman Claim second NZ Trainers' Title
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership has claimed its second New Zealand National Trainers' Premiership off the back of an outstanding season of feature race success, reports NZ Racing Desk. After finishing runner-up to the Te Akau Racing team of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards last year, following their inaugural title in 2014-15, the Baker-Forsman combination ramped up their efforts this year as they claimed a remarkable 19 black-type victories among their tally of 107 wins. Highlighted by the classic victories of Australian Derby and Australian Oaks winners Jon Snow and Bonneval, the Baker-Forsman stable amassed earnings of $2.92million for the season. "We've certainly had a great year, but I think it really just continues on from the level we have been at for the past four or five years," Baker said. "I think this is the most number of black-type wins we have achieved with the 24 across New Zealand and Australia. Last season we probably won more prize money thanks to wins like the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan and the Emirates Stakes with Turn Me Loose." Baker added: "Before that we did well with Dundeel and the like so we really have been building to the stage we are at now for a while." Like any successful stable, Baker acknowledged the often unrecognised role of his staff. "We have a staff of twenty something who do an outstanding job and really put in the hard yards. Without that we certainly wouldn't be in the position we are now," he said.
Turangga Farm Dispersal Sale This Sunday
There are only two days to go until the Turangga Farm Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares sale at White Park, Scone. Commencing at midday this Sunday, 23 July, the sale will see 92 Lots offered comprising 52 mares, 28 weanlings, 3 yearlings, 7 race fillies, and 2 teaser ponies. The weanling draft includes lots by proven sires Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Testa Rossa, Manhattan Rain and Lonhro, as well as young sires such as All Too Hard, Your Song, Hallowed Crown, Rubick, and Toronado. Among the weanlings are siblings to top class performers such as Fighting Sun, My Emotion, Midnight Minx, and I Have No Fear. The mare dispersal contains ten stakes performers including Tenant's Tiara, Torah, Niagara Falls and Brilliant Bisc, whose first yearling fetched $1m at the Easter Yearling Sale earlier this year; siblings to Written Tycoon, Rocha, Rena's Lady and Crowned Glory; and the dams of Headway, Kanga's Eye, Believe Yourself, and Violate. The broodmares have been served by some of Australia's leading sires including Sebring, Pierro, Foxwedge, Reset, Artie Schiller, Testa Rossa and More Than Ready, as well as up-and-coming young stallions including All Too Hard, Zoustar, Pierro, Nicconi, Dundeel, Real Impact, Exosphere, Hallowed Crown, and Vancouver. All Lots will be available for inspection at White Park from 1pm today (Friday) and 8.30am Friday and Saturday mornings. Click here to view the catalogue.
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.
Three Bridges Announces Fees
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have confirmed the 2017 service fees for exciting young sire Unencumbered, whose first runners will be seen in the spring, and on proven Group One producing sire Stryker. A winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) has covered more mares in each of his three seasons at stud which is somewhat unusual and serves as a real vote of confidence in his potential. “Unencumbered and Dundeel were the only sires in their third year to serve not only an increase in mares, but more than their first year which is a wonderful vote of confidence from breeders,” said Toby Liston. “History shows that when the market backs stallions in their third year with more mares than their first year with strength it’s generally a good indicator of greater things to come.” Unencumbered will stand this spring at a fee of $11,000. Meanwhile, the superbly bred Stryker (Fastnet Rock) already has a Gr1 winner on the board in Rangipo and is producing numerous winners every week including smart 3YO Perpetual Crisis, who won the $250,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington. “He represents great value for breeders looking to have some sales ring fun and breed some good looking progeny with the best temperaments ever,” added Liston. Stryker has had his fee reduced for the first time this year and is priced at $6,600.
Arrowfield Announce 2017 Fees
Following on from the news that Redoute’s Choice has recorded his 144th stakes winner and his first from his first European-conceived crop with 3YO filly Gold Luck – a half-sister to champion French mare Goldikova – winning the Gr3 Prix Vanteaux (9 furlongs) at Chantilly overnight, Arrowfield Stud have announced their stallion fees for the 2017 season (all fees include GST). The roster is:
- Snitzel - $176,000
- Redoute’s Choice - $137,500
- Not a Single Doubt - $88,000
- Maurice - $33,000
- Shalaa - $33,000
- Animal Kingdom - $27,500
- Dundeel - $27,500
- Smart Missile - $22,000
- Real Impact - $19,250
- Olympic Glory - $16,500
- Scissor Kick - $16,500
- Mikki Isle - $13,750
- Panzer Division - $9,900
Easter Catalogue: Best Of The Best
The highlights of the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue, now available online, reads as a global who's who of the turf. There are 129 siblings to Stakes winners including 39 Gr1 winners such as Flying Artie, Extreme Choice, Divine Prophet, Yankee Rose, Shooting To Win, Able Friend, Werther, Preferment, Abbey Marie, English, Shamus Award, Dundeel and Star Witness. There are three colts by Frankel (ex Gr3 winner Precious Lorraine, Listed winner Lovetorn, and half-brother to Gr1 winner Fenway), two colts and one filly by leading USA sire Tapit, a filly by Sea The Stars (from Gr3 winner Ready To Lift) and one colt by Shamardal. Snitzel is the leading stallion overall with 44 progeny, ahead of Redoute's Choice (36), Sebring (35), Pierro (33), Fastnet Rock (27) and Medaglia d'Oro (26). Ten First Season Sires are also represented - Zoustar, Fiorente, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, The Factor, Fighting Sun and Epaulette. Of the 480 Lots to be offered, 146 Lots are from Stakes-winning mares – including 22 Gr1 winners and first foals from Samaready, Secret Admirer, Gondokoro and Steps In Time – and 304 Lots contain black type in the first dam. Arrowfield is the leading vendor with 51 Lots, followed by Widden (36) and Coolmore (32). Chairman John Messara is thrilled with the Arrowfield draft. "We have a very strong draft of 51 yearlings for Easter, which has something for everyone,'' Mr Messara said. Inglis National Bloodstock Manager Jonathan D'Arcy described the catalogue as: "truly world class and representative of the enormous investment that Australasian breeders have put into the bloodstock industry over the past 10 years.'' Click here to view the online catalogue.
First Foal For Free Eagle
The first foal by former outstanding Irish galloper Free Eagle (High Chaparral-Polished Gem, by Dunhill) has been born at Bickfield House Farm in the UK, reports Racing Post. The filly is out of the unraced Mark Of Esteem mare Al Kahina, a half-sister to the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes winner Kanisfluh. The Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle was retired to stand at the Irish National Stud in December 2015 after winning 3 of his 8 starts, including the Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. The prodigiously talented Moyglare homebred also shuttled to Cornerstone Stud in Australia last year. John Osborne, CEO of the Irish National Stud, said: "The success in the sales ring so far of Dundeel and Toronado [other sons of High Chaparral] hints that Free Eagle will produce foals in his own image - and he is a beauty!" Free Eagle stands at the Irish National Stud at a fee of €20,000.
Dundeel Tops Magic Millions First Crop Sires' List
Meanwhile, six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) could not have done more to begin the yearling sale phase of his stud career than head the Magic Millions First Crop Sires' list with 12 lots sold for an average price of $272,500. Arrowfield's decision to send champion filly and Gr1 producer Miss Finland to Dundeel was rewarded with a head-turning colt and a lively sale-ring contest eventually won with a bid of $900,000 by Craig Rounsefell's Boomer Bloodstock. Although that figure was a standout, it was backed up by sales of $500,000 (for Musk Creek's Cerberus Gal colt, bought by Spendthrift Farm), $250,000, $220,000, $200,000 (twice), $170,000 and $150,000 - all comfortably profitable off Dundeel's $27,500 fee. These results reveal a new and welcome willingness to buck the general Magic Millions trend favouring first crop sires with notable juvenile or sprinting form, rather than the six Group 1 victories from 1600m to 2400m that appear on Dundeel's race record. As Marquee Stud's Mark Alati said, after selling the $140,000 Dundeel-Funzero filly to Dynamic Syndications, "The future is very bright for Dundeel."
Outstanding Adelaide Yearling Sale Catalogue Online
The catalogue for the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale is now available online. Comprising 469 lots from leading breeders across the country, the Morphettville based auction will be held over three days from March 13 to 15. Among the catalogued lots for March include (at least half) relations to Group winners including Heavenly Glow, Lasqueti Spirit, Shocking, Carrara, Churchill Downs, Divine Calling, Lady Lynette, Blahnik, Liberty's Gem and Valpolicella. Stakes winning mares with yearlings catalogued include Imperial Beauty, Rubicall, Spurn, Afraad, Country Lodge, Faiza, Kats Clause, Super Lacuna, Techniques, Amphritite, Bacchanal Woman, Class Apart, Dashitude, Gift Bouquet, Just Sybil, Marie Soleil, Melrose Place, Pipkin, Royal Babe, Starsphere, Ten Churros, Tequila Knowledge and Sutton Review. A feature of the auction each and every year is the great variety of quality stock on offer and its appeal to a broad market highlighted this March by a catalogue comprising 196 BOBS eligible, 149 Super VOBIS nominated, 142 SABOIS Breeder Paid and 12 SABOIS Fully Qualified yearlings. This year some 123 different sires are represented by yearlings in the catalogue including Artie Schiller, Bel Esprit, Choisir, Dalakhani, Good Journey, High Chaparral, Hinchinbrook, Hussonet, I Am Invincible, Magnus, Medaglia d'Oro, Not a Single Doubt, Sebring, Snitzel, Star Witness, Statue of Liberty, Stratum and Written Tycoon. The first Australian crops of 20 individual sires will be offered in Adelaide including Group One winners Akeed Mofeed, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Dundeel, Epaulette, Ferlax, Fiorente, Shamus Award, Sizzling, Spirit of Boom, The Factor and Zoustar. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Freshman Sires To Make Karaka 2017 Debut
Meanwhile, Karaka 2017 will also showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia, including:
- Camelot (Montjeu) - 4-time Gr1 winner of the English Derby, Irish Derby, English 2000 Guineas and Racing Post Trophy.
- Dawn Approach (New Approach) - 4-time Gr1 winner of the English 2000 Guineas, Dewhurst Stakes, National Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes.
- Declaration Of War (War Front) - Dual Gr1 winner of the Queen Anne Stakes and Juddmonte International Stakes.
- Dundeel (High Chaparral) - 6-time Gr1 winner of the Australian Derby, Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas, Spring Champion Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Underwood Stakes.
- Epaulette (Commands) - Dual Gr1 winner of the Doomben 10,000 and Golden Rose.
- Fiorente (Monsun) - Dual Gr1 winner including Melbourne Cup.
- Shamus Award (Snitzel) - Gr1 Cox Plate winner.
- Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) - Unbeaten colt out of Gr1 winner Irish Darling.
Another freshman sire to watch out for is Windsor Park Stud’s Shamexpress (O’Reilly), winner of the 2013 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and placed in another three Gr1 sprints. Shamexpress has 19 yearlings catalogued for the Premier session - the most of any first season sire this year - and includes Lot 356, a half-sister to Singapore's latest star Debt Collector.
The NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series will take place from 30 January – 5 February at Karaka.
Magic Millions Gold Coast Day-1: Top Sellers
- $900,000 - Dundeel x Miss Finland colt (Boomer Bloodstock)
- $700,000 - Tapit x Leinan filly (Mandalong Stud/Gary Nickson Racing)
- $600,000 - Sebring x Footprint colt (Little Kwok Hing Hung/Bahen B'stock)
- $600,000 - More Than Ready x Heart Ashley filly (Vinery Stud)
- $575,000 - I Am Invincible x Is Amazing filly (George Moore B'stock)
- $525,000 - Not a Single Doubt x Golden Edict colt (China Horse Club/Newgate/Winstar)
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Begins Today
The 2017 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, firmly established as one of the pre-eminent thoroughbred auctions in the southern hemisphere, gets underway on the Gold Coast today. The spectacular catalogue comprises 96 individual sires across 816 lots in Book 1, 214 lots in Book 2, and 55 lots in Book 3 (1086 lots in total). The sale includes 210 yearlings out of Group or Listed-winning mares, and for those buyers who like to see a proven broodmare, there are 194 siblings to Group and stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Stay with Me, Sebring, Capitalist, Buffering, Japonisme, and Awesome Rock. Some of the star sires represented include Fastnet Rock, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Starspangledbanner, High Chaparral, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring, I Am Invincible, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge, All Too Hard, Bernardini, Choisir, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, and Written Tycoon, sire of last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and champion Australian 2YO Capitalist. The sale commences at 10am local time (11am AEDT). The sale will be streamed live on the Magic Millions website, as well via its Youtube channel. Additionally, Sky Racing will be covering the sale across all three of their channels on Foxtel. Click here to view the online catalogue, and click on the image below for Breeding&Racing's Gold Coast sale feature.
75 Immediate Gr1 Relations Carded For Easter
Meanwhile, the progeny of 25 Gr1-winning mares – including first foals for Samaready, Streama, Secret Admirer, Gondokoro and Steps In Time - as well as siblings to almost 50 Gr1 winners are introduced in the Easter Preview. Of the superb yearlings entered, Snitzel is the leading sire with 52 entrants, ahead of Redoute's Choice (37), Sebring (35), Pierro (31) and Fastnet Rock (29). Ten First Season Sires are also catalogued – Zoustar, Fiorente, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, The Factor, Fighting Sun and Epaulette. There are also four Frankels entered, as well as yearlings by a range of world-class stallions including dual champion US sire Tapit, and European heavyweights Dansili, Shamardal and Sea The Stars. The final Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue will be available in mid-late January. Click here to view the Easter Yearling Sale Preview.
Samaready's first foal is entered for 2017's Inglis Easter Sale
Sister To Melbourne Cup Winner Retired
Penthouse Princess, a sister to Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, has been retired, reports racing.com. Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer, who purchased the 4YO daughter of Pentire and Royal Successor (Mr Prospector) for $110,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, said her future was now in the breeding barn. "Penthouse Princess was a lovely filly, but unfortunately she ran through a fence and then she's had any number of issues since then," Dwyer said. "We got her to the races for a couple of runs but she was never sound and never showed the real ability she had. I thought she had good city-class ability." Dwyer added: "We had her back in work and she did a tendon so she went up to the Hunter Valley [Arrowfield Stud] to be served by Dundeel - to keep it in the Kiwi family."
2015's Gr1 Melbourne Cup hero Prince of Penzance (pic: Steve Hart)
Pinhooks From Arrowfield Reward Buyers
Pinhookers who had invested in Arrowfield yearlings to on-sell at NZB’s Ready To Run Sale were particularly well rewarded over the past two days. Among the top-priced lots was the Starcraft-Vortex colt, originally secured for $130,000 from Arrowfield's Magic Millions Gold Coast draft last January. The buyer was Leanach Lodge which accepted Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu's bid of $NZ360,000 for the colt during Wednesday's session. Lot 67 was Kilmore Farm's Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt,purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $NZ340,000, a healthy profit on the $150,000 paid for him at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he was part of the Arrowfield draft. The Animal Kingdom-Bella Cantata colt, a $25,000 buy from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions National Sale, was re-offered by Woburn Farm and knocked down for $NZ160,000 to Hong Kong buyer Michael Chang. The first opportunity to buy from the new crop of Arrowfield yearlings comes at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January when the Stud will present 22 fillies & 36 colts, including two colts from the first crop of six-time Gr1-winner Dundeel.
The Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt (pic: NZB)
Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) to be run at Royal Randwick racecourse on Saturday. The Spring Champion Stakes has been won by some top-class 3YOs during its relatively short history - in addition to the race record holder and current Spendthrift Australia stallion Hampton Court, Gay Icarus won the inaugural running of the race in 1971, followed by other turf stars including Dundeel (2012), Savabeel (2004), Universal Prince (2000), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1994), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), and the legendary Kingston Town (1979). Yankee Rose, who is yet to be confirmed as a definite starter, is the current TAB favourite at $2.60.
1. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings-Glyn Schofield) 56.5kg (4)
2. VELADERO (Chris Waller-Rory Hutchings) 56.5kg (3)
3. SWEAR (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (11)
4. HIGH MIST (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 56.5kg (6)
5. HONEYWINE (John O'Shea-Brenton Avdulla) 56.5kg (2)
6. RETALIATION (John O'Shea-Tim Clark) 56.5kg (9)
7. TUMULTUOUS (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 56.5kg (5)
8. READY FIRE AIM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-C Reith) 56.5kg (1)
9. HAND IT IN (Rodney Ollerton-Chris O'Brien) 56.5kg (7)
10. KHARTOUM (Pat Carey-Joshua Parr) 56.5kg (10)
11. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke-Dean Yendall) 54.5kg (8)
Spring Champion Stakes Nominations
As the highest rated horse in the race, Yankee Rose heads the nominations for the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The Spring Champion Stakes has been won by some top-class 3YOs during its relatively short history - in addition to the race record holder and current Spendthrift Australia stallion Hampton Court, Gay Icarus won the inaugural running of the race in 1971, followed by other turf stars including Dundeel (2012), Savabeel (2004), Universal Prince (2000), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1994), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), and the legendary Kingston Town (1979). The nominations for the 2016 edition of the race are:
1. HAND IT IN (Rodney Ollerton)
2. HIGH MIST (Chris Waller)
3. HONEYWINE (John O'Shea)
4. KHARTOUM (Pat Carey)
5. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings)
6. READY FIRE AIM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
7. RETALIATION (John O'Shea)
8. SWEAR (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
9. TUMULTUOUS (Chris Waller)
10. VELADERO (Chris Waller)
11. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke)
First Foals For Proisir
The first two foals sired by the brilliant Australian Group One performer Proisir (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta De Lago) have been born at Rich Hill Stud. A son of the champion international racehorse and sire Choisir, he was New Zealand's most popular first season sire last year serving 145 mares and his first crop foals are now eagerly anticipated by breeders. "Proisir is one of the best looking stallions in Australasia and if his first two foals are any indication then we are in for a very exciting season" Rich Hill principal John Thompson said. "They are both well balanced, athletic individuals with plenty of quality." Proisir was regarded as one of Australia's best three-year-olds in a vintage year which included the likes of All Too Hard, Pierro, It's A Dundeel, Shamexpress, Norzita and Sacred Falls. His epic battles with It's A Dundeel in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes and in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas are well remembered by Australasian racegoers.
Proisir x Lionstar colt (image: Rich Hill Stud)
Inglis Great Southern Day-2: Weanling Average Soars 37%
13 weanlings have sold for over $100,000 at this year's Inglis Great Southern Sale, a considerable jump from four lots last year. The average price of the 222 weanlings sold in the Platinum Session has finished at $31,140, up 37% on last year's record figure of $23,392. "There is no doubt that this is the best collection of weanlings ever offered for sale in Victoria," said Inglis Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian. "We have been privileged to catalogue a fantastic draft of youngsters and this led to unprecedented interest from buyers. This Great Southern Weanling Sale was built on quality individuals with good pedigrees being professionally presented by our Vendors. The buyers came and were obviously pleased with the product on offer." Demand for weanlings by first season sires continued into Day Two with a colt by Australian Cup and Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente from Fiamarrosa (Lot 252) selling for $160,000 to Prima Park / Waterford Bloodstock. The final lot of the Platinum Session also created plenty of buzz in the sale ring with Two Bays Farm selling the colt by Epaulette from Loading Zone (Lot 794) for $140,000 to Paul Willetts. Other first season sires to have progeny sell for $80,000 or more at the sale included Dundeel ($130,000 ex Whitesails), Akeed Mofeed ($120,000 ex Video Star) and Unencumbered ($87,500 ex Vintage Quality). Three Bridge's have been delighted by the response to their exciting young stallion Unencumbered saying "it's always great when the market believes in your stallion, so it's fair to say that we went to bed last night very pleased with the response from all buyers from all corners of Australia. He is leaving correct, sound and tough looking horses, just like Unencumbered himself so there are some exciting times ahead." Day Three starts at 10:00am today with a big day of Broodmares, Supplementary Broodmares, Stallions and Stallion Shares. The sale concludes on Wednesday 22 June with Yearlings, Unbroken Stock and Racehorses.
Dundeel Leads First Season Sires At MM Weanling Sale
Arrowfield's six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) can now add Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to the string of titles he earned as a racehorse. In a buoyant, but highly selective marketplace, all six of his weanlings have sold for an average price of $143,333 - more than five times his service fee, which remains at $27,500 inc. GST this year. Top price of $240,000 was paid for a colt described by buyer Tim Stewart, acting on behalf of Musk Creek Farm as "a must-have." Offered by the Hodges family's Riversdale Farm, he's the third foal of Group-placed city winner Cerberus Gal (General Nediym), from the family of Golden Slipper winner and former Arrowfield resident Danzero. Agent Sheamus Mills was the successful bidder at $180,000 for Bell View Park's three-quarter brother to current season Gr3 winner Tivaci, out of Breccia (Fastnet Rock). Breccia is a three-quarter sister to Gr1 winner Allez Wonder (Redoute's Choice). Marc & Sarah Devcich cared for Dundeel at their lovely Henley Park property in New Zealand when he spelled between Australian campaigns, so it's not too surprising they would want their own "baby Dundeel" to prepare for re-sale next year. They joined fellow Kiwis, the van Dyk family of Prima Park, to purchase the $150,000 colt out of the Fasliyev mare Sunset Boulevard, already dam of Gr2 winner Meliora. The colt was offered by Robyn Wise on behalf of Mary Lee & Richard Trivett's Banchory Thoroughbreds. Another New Zealand buyer, agent Paul Willetts, paid $140,000 for Lyndhurst Stud's Dundeel colt from Joyful Moments (Viking Ruler), a grand-daughter of the celebrated matron Denise's Joy. Dundeel's consignment was completed by Newgate Farm's Johan's Toy colt ($110,000 to Ocean Warhorse, NZ) and the Arrowfield-offered filly out of smart Melbourne mare Sussuro ($40,000 to Queensland buyer Andrew McDonald). Dundeel's only entry in the Inglis Weanling Sale earlier this month, the filly out of Valda Merceda (Hennessy), was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to Inglis as agent.
Dundeel x Ceberus Gal colt sold for $240,000 (image: Magic Millions)
Over 100 Sires Represented In Great Southern Sale
The annual Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne will play host to the weanling progeny of over 100 individual sires. Representing the largest weanling catalogue in the Southern Hemisphere, where over 400 weanlings are set to go under the hammer, the Great Southern Sale will also include 93 weanlings by 18 individual stallions' whose progeny will be showcased to the buying bench. Ten of those sires are Gr1 winners, including Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel and Unencumbered. The sale will be held from 19-22 June inclusive.
Over 400 Weanlings Highlight Great Southern Catalogue
The largest selection of weanlings at any Southern Hemisphere sale in 2016 leads the Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue, to be held on 19, 20, 21 and 22 June at Oaklands in Melbourne. After a flood of entries the sale was extended to a four-day format, including two full days of weanlings on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, 290 of which are entered in the Platinum Session with X-Rays available for viewing. "The popularity of the Platinum Session has skyrocketed this year, with vendors recognising the benefit in increasing buyer confidence by X-Raying their premium stock," said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian. Weanlings on offer are by a first-class collection of 109 stallions. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure progeny from 18 individual first season sires Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel, Eurozone, Camelot, Albrecht, Unencumbered, War, Fiorente, Polanski, Kuroshio, Fighting Sun, Akeed Mofeed and Niconoise. Proven sires represented in the weanling section include Snitzel, High Chaparral, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Medaglia d'Oro, Choisir, Manhattan Rain, joining young sires All Too Hard, Pierro, Foxwedge and Sepoy. Following the weanling sections, over 250 broodmares from Victoria's leading farms will be offered, 200 of which are due to foal this season. Sires represented in-utero include Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Nicconi, Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Sizzling, Helmet, Reward For Effort, Epaulette, Zoffany, Deep Field, Dalakhani, War, Starspangledbanner, Artie Schiller, Wandjina, Moshe, Unencumbered, Turffontein, All American, Toronado, Toorak Toff, Skilled and Master Of Design. Over 120 lots of racing stock will join Group 1 producing sire Purrealist (Lot 662), and Group 2 producer Astronomer Royal (Lot 661), closely followed by stallion shares in Stratum and Duporth. Supplementary entries will close on Friday 10 June. Click here to view the catalogue online.
Over 200 Pinhook Opportunities At Inglis Weanling Sale
In nine days' time pinhookers will have access to the first of a large contingent of weanlings at the major breeding stock sales that will be held over the coming months in Australia and New Zealand. Kicking off on Sunday, May 1, Inglis's Newmarket complex hosts Day-1 of the 2016 Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale, a full day of 214 weanlings – 123 of them catalogued as Platinum quality, 44 of them Select, and the remaining 47 General. The Platinum distinction is applied to those weanlings that are accompanied by x-rays, an important attribute for some buyers. Following a year where 2015 pinhookers at this sale have realised strong profits at 2016 yearling sales, there is much confidence ahead of the 2016 dedicated weanling session."This year's catalogue is brimming with select sale pedigrees showcasing the progeny of proven sires such as Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Choisir and I Am Invincible, and joined by the first offerings by Zoustar, Dundeel, Sizzling, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Shamus Award and many others," said Inglis National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy. "Pinhookers who secure their speculations in May will have every chance to maximise on their investments leading into 2017."
Arrowfield Announces 2016 Service Fees
Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster. Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season. Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Gr1 winner last month and two seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal). Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Gr1 winners, he has added five new stakes winners to his record since 1 January. Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakes winners this season, including three Gr1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal). Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact, a Gr1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST. Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire. Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the Gr3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes, Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Gr1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST. Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty Handicap and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age Gr1 ATC George Main Stakes. Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST, the same fee as six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017. Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning Kiwi 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST. Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Gr1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST. Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Gr2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST. Proven Gr1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST. Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara said: “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders. Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring." Mr Messara added: "We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.” The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal. Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017. The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees (inc. GST) are:
- ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux) - $27,500
- CHARGE FORWARD (Red Ransom) - $11,000
- DUNDEEL (High Chaparral) - $27,500
- MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago) - $16,500
- NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (Redoute’s Choice) - $71,500
- OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir) - $19,250
- PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice) - $9,900
- REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact) - $19,250
- REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill) - $110,000
- SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice) - $16,500
- SMART MISSILE (Fastnet Rock) - $22,000
- SNITZEL (Redoute’s Choice) - $110,000
Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue Online
884 lots have been catalogued for the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, which will again run over four days, on 1, 2, 3 and 4 May. The Newmarket sale ring in Sydney will light up with weanlings and broodmares from some of Australia's best families. Kicking off selling on the first day will be the Platinum Weanling Session, where all 123 weanlings entered have X-Rays available for viewing, to minimise risk and maximise returns to buyers. Weanlings to be offered include those from the families of Group 1 winners Flamberge Samaready, Holler, Nicconi, Hot Danish, Onemorenomore, Sacred Star, Assertive Lad, Bulla Borghese, Snitzel and Hurtle Myrtle, along with blue hen Staging and hot young sire I Am Invincible. Exciting young sires All Too Hard, So You Think, Uncle Mo, Zoffany, Excelebration, and proven sires Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Stratum, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Choisir will be represented at this year's weanling sale, as will first season sires Zoustar, Epaulette, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Dawn Approach and Sizzling. In the broodmare section, dispersals and reductions have been nominated by four of Australia's leading thoroughbred nurseries: Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud. They have been joined most recently by substantial drafts from Newgate Farm and Princes Farm. In addition to Extremely, carrying a full sibling to this year's outstanding Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice, and Group 1 winner Barinka, mares will be offered in foal with siblings to Flippant and Neena Rock. The broodmare section will also offer mares closely related to First Seal, Denman, Mirjulisa Lass, Once Were Wild, Captain Sonador, Scratch Me Lucky, Stratum Star, Serenade, Sacred Kingdom, Jabali, Bondeiger, Hallowell Belle and Sweet Redemption. Over 50 outstanding broodmares from each Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud will be offered, including close relations to Group 1 winning first season sire Your Song and a full sister to Flight Stakes winner Speak Fondly, and Group 1 winner Faint Perfume in-foal to Redoute's Choice. Newgate Farm's draft is highlighted by Group 1 performer Pane In The Glass which is in foal to their resident first season sire Deep Field, and Follonica in foal to Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident. Stallion shares will also be offered to exciting sires Snitzel, Sebring and Savabeel. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Entries Close Today
A flood of entries in the last fortnight has further established the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale in the first week of May as the perfect opportunity for vendors. Farms wishing to offer their premium broodmares and weanlings alongside the quality reductions and dispersals confirmed for the Sydney sale must submit their entries before 5pm today (Thursday 17 March). Over 200 weanlings are currently entered along with more than 600 broodmares, headlined by Group 1 winner Faint Perfume and top producer Extremely, the dam of Saturday’s Golden Slipper favourite Extreme Choice. Latest entries include a substantial draft of mares from Newgate Farm, one of the Hunter Valley’s most progressive thoroughbred nurseries. Group 1 performer Pane In The Glass is offered in foal to Newgate's resident first season sire Deep Field, as is stakes-winning mare Hidden Wonder. Another highlight of their 27 quality breeding prospects is stakes-placed Follonica is in foal to Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident. Joining Newgate and other headline drafts from Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud are the leading vendors from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Blue Gum Farm. In addition, Segenhoe Stud, Yarraman Park Stud, Coolmore Stud, Kitchwin Hills, Torryburn Stud, Swettenham Stud, Davali Thoroughbreds, Newhaven Park and Rothwell Park have entered drafts, as have Middlebrook Valley Lodge whose 13 select broodmares include Ininthree, a daughter of blue hen Parfore, dam of Tiger Tees, Terravista and Ball of Muscle. Ininthree joins siblings to I Am Invincible, Elvstroem and Haradasun, Speak Fondly, Gust Of Wind and Messene to be entered in the broodmare section. Reinforcing the strength of the Broodmare section are the headline sires represented by progeny in the weanling section, including those from the first crop of freshman sires Zoustar, Epaulette, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Dawn Approach and Sizzling. Joining them are weanlings by exciting young sires All Too Hard, So You Think, Uncle Mo, Zoffany, Excelebration, and proven sires Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Stratum, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Choisir.
Turn Me Loose Wins Gr1 Emirates Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 4YO entire Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Murray Baker in the $1 million Gr1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Politeness (Street Sense-Berengaria, by Commands) & 5YO entire Rock Sturdy (Fastnet Rock-Tzu Hsi, by Quest for Fame). Trainer Murray Baker said Turn Me Loose could now travel to Hong Kong for the Gr1 International Mile (1600m) in December, with the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in the autumn his long-term target. "He's a very good miler, he's so big and strong and he runs great sectionals and makes it hard for horses behind him," Baker told Racing.com. "I'd certainly like to take him to Sydney. The Queen Elizabeth is a good race, it's worth a lot of money and I've won it with Dundeel and I'm sure this horse will run 2000." He added: "He's out of a Danehill mare that's out of a Sadler's Wells mare and he relaxes well and he's fast so I think he can do it." Bred by NZ race commentator George Simon and his wife Maryanne, Turn Me Loose was purchased by Todd Hartley for NZ$52,500 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale from the draft of Mana Park. Turn Me Loose took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas, Gr2 Crystal Mile, Gr2 Hawke's Bay Guineas & Listed Seymour Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes) from 11 starts for NZ$1,128,384 earnings.
Turn Me Loose (green silks) holds on in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (image: Mark Gatt)
Like Mother Like Daughter In Guineas Triumph
"She's a beauty!" was John Messara's reply to one of many messages of congratulation after Stay With Me's outstanding victory in Saturday's Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield. It was an especially poignant success for Messara, fellow owner-breeders Alan Jones & John Leaver, and the Arrowfield Stud team because Stay With Me is a home-bred daughter of Street Cry and champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice), and the 41st Gr1 winner bred by Arrowfield since 1985. Miss Finland, bred & raced by the same three-way partnership, won the 2006 Thousand Guineas en route to Australia's Champion 3YO Filly title and was trained by David Hayes, who now prepares Stay With Me with his nephew Tom Dabernig. Stay With Me has now won three of her six starts and taken her earnings to almost $420,000. A decision on the filly's next start has yet to be made, but Hayes indicated that the VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes & Myer Classic are all options under consideration. Miss Finland, whose five Gr1 victories included the 2006 Golden Slipper, is also the dam of stakes-placed city winner Woodbine (Hussonet) and a 2YO colt by More Than Ready, purchased for $500,000 by Katsumi Yoshida at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. Arrowfield's queen has since produced a 2014 filly by Animal Kingdom and she recently foaled a colt by Dundeel. Stay With Me is the fourth Gr1 winner for Redoute's Choice as a broodmare sire, after Sacred Falls, Zoustar & Pasadena Girl, who finished a game fourth in the Thousand Guineas.
Arrowfield Welcome First Dundeel Foals
Meanwhile, Arrowfield's Manager Paul Messara has welcomed the Stud's first two foals by Australian champion Dundeel. Messara said: "We're delighted with both these foals, they're full of quality and athletic, and offer early evidence that Dundeel is going to be well-suited to the mares we've selected for him." First to arrive was the bay filly from Choice Blend (by Redoute's Choice) a half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Bentley Biscuit, from the prolific family of champion sire Thorn Park and Group winners Light Up The World, World Peace & Chivalry. Choice Blend has an unraced 3YO son and a yearling daughter by Charge Forward, and a 2YO colt by Gio Ponti. Less than 24 hours later, dual Group winner Sharnee Rose (by Nadeem) safely delivered her first foal, also a bay filly. Sharnee Rose was trained by Kris Lees to win the Gr3 ATC Golden Pendant, beating Red Tracer, and the Gr3 ATC Angst Stakes, while her dozen placings included a third behind Atlantic Jewel and Mosheen in the Gr1 MRC Thousand Guineas. Her pedigree is very familiar to Arrowfield, because her third dam is Easy Date, also the ancestress of leading sires Not A Single Doubt & Snippets, Golden Slipper winner Forensics and Gr1 winners Rewaaya & Ertijaal. Arrowfield and partners have 21 mares foaling to the six-time Group 1 winner this Spring, fifteen of them, including champion Miss Finland, by Danehill sons or grandsons. Standing his second season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST, Dundeel will parade alongside champion sire Redoute's Choice and freshman Olympic Glory at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House, 20-23 August.
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Dundeel x Sharneee Rose foal
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.
Baker Delighted With Melbourne Cup Hope
Dual Derby winner Mongolian Khan will return to the stable of Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman on Tuesday to prepare for this year's Melbourne Cup, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Australian & New Zealand Derby winner spent eight weeks spelling at Marc and Sarah Devcich's Henley Park, near Cambridge, after returning home from his memorable win in the Australian Classic at Randwick in April. Baker kept a watchful eye on Mongolian Khan's progress in the spelling paddock and was thrilled with his charge as he prepares for a long, slow build-up to Australia's most famous race at Flemington on 3 November. "He looks really good. He's had just under two months out and he's as strong and good-looking as ever," Baker said. Mongolian Khan is prominent in Melbourne Cup betting markets in Australia, with the TAB currently quoting the 3YO as a $26 chance. "He was the first horse to win the New Zealand and Australian Derby the same season since Bonecrusher and some decent ones have tried in the years since," Baker said. "He was in for the battle and he pulled away at the finish. I don't want to get carried away with him, but he's a good prospect and his record tells you that." Baker believes Mongolian Khan has the right credentials to be a Melbourne Cup winner. "He's a real stayer and we saw that in the autumn," he said. "You never know if they are going to get two miles, but he's given us every indication he will and his half-brother Young Centaur won the Wellington Cup when that was a two-mile race so he's bred to get the trip." Baker plans to have Mongolian Khan ready to trial at either Te Teko or Cambridge in August ahead of a likely first-up run in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 5, two weeks before the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, a race the master trainer has won three times previously with The Phantom in 1990, Lion Tamer in 2011 and Dundeel in 2013. "The Underwood is a good race for stayers, over 1800m. And then from there he will go to either the Turnbull or the Caulfield Stakes and on to the Caulfield Cup," Baker said. "Derby horses generally make good weight-for-age horses. He's got the class and he's a big, strong horse. He's going to have to measure up to weight-for-age to be a chance in the Cup. The Cup is a lot stronger race than it was 10 years ago with the Europeans that are coming now." Mongolian Khan has won 7 of his 9 starts for $1,908,333 earnings.
Arrowfield Stud Announces 2015 Sire Fees
Just over a week after topping the Inglis Easter Sale as leading vendor (by aggregate), Arrowfield Stud has announced its 2015 stallion fees. Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, "We are delighted the past year has produced some superlative racing and sales results for our stallions. We have set our service fees to reflect both their achievements and their genuine commercial appeal in the marketplace. However, we are also very mindful of the pressures and risks experienced by breeders and so I trust our fees will afford every opportunity to breed profitably. In particular, I believe our new addition Olympic Glory is very competitively priced for a horse of his calibre." Messara concludes, "Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing our clients achieve their breeding, selling and racing ambitions and our entire team looks forward to helping them make the best decisions for their mares in 2015." The full list of 2015 Arrowfield Stud service fees (all GST inclusive) is:
- All American - $11,000
- Animal Kingdom - $33,000
- Charge Forward - $16,500
- Dundeel - $27,500
- Manhattan Rain - $16,500
- Not A Single Doubt - $33,000
- Olympic Glory - $19,250
- Redoute's Choice - $110,000
- Smart Missile - $22,000
- Snitzel - $88,000
Inglis Easter Starts Today
The Australian Easter Yearling Sale gets underway at 11am this morning at Inglis's Newmarket sales complex at Randwick in Sydney, with the first 200 of the 605 Lots catalogued set to go through the sale ring today. Australia's top 20 leading sires at the end of last season are represented by 360 yearlings in the 2015 Inglis Easter catalogue, led by Fastnet Rock with 57 lots, Snitzel (47), Redoute's Choice (35), Sebring (33), More Than Ready (30), Northern Meteor (28), Exceed And Excel (20), Street Cry (20), Commands (18), High Chaparral (15), Stratum (15) and Lonhro (13). 195 stakes winning mares have progeny in the sale and there are 146 siblings to stakes winners catalogued. 44 of the 195 stakes winning mares won at Gr1 level including champions Miss Finland, National Colour, Princess Coup, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Sun Classique, Alinghi, Alverta, Anabandana and Faint Perfume. Of the 146 siblings to stakes winners an unrivalled 45 are half or full siblings to Gr1 winners including 2014 Group 1 winners Peggy Jean, Alboran Sea, Steps In Time, Hampton Court, Bounding, Cosmic Endeavour, Go Indy Go, Almalad and Dundeel. "2015 will be the biggest Inglis Easter Sale we have conducted in the last five years after increased support from the region's leading breeders, who have again entrusted Inglis to sell their best bred and conformed yearlings," said Mark Webster, Inglis' managing director. "We have a lot to be proud of here in Australia with our racing industry and prize money the envy of many other jurisdictions, plus our breeders consistently produce high class yearlings capable of taking on the world, capped off last year by Inglis Easter graduate Able Friend." Click here to view the online catalogue. Also, check out Breeding and Racing's special Inglis Easter preview and vendor profiles by clicking here.
Inglis Aust Broodmare & Weanling Catalogue Online
884 quality Lots have been catalogued for the extended Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, which is available online. Now a four day event, the sale will run on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May 2015 at Inglis' Newmarket complex in Sydney. "Buyers investing in bloodstock earlier in the year have a headstart in refreshing their broodmare band and securing their matings for the next breeding season," said Inglis' National Bloodstock Director, Jonathan D'Arcy. "The extension of this year's sale means vendors have shown confidence in the timing of the auction and buyers can be confident that there really is something for everyone at Newmarket this May," D'Arcy said. The catalogue oozes quality, with over 50 weanlings being siblings to stakes performers including full or half relations to Group Winners Pear Tart, Pressday, Sirmione, Toydini, Snort and Primus. Mares represented by progeny in the weanling sale include stakes winners Baby Corn, Chickens, Skyerush, Rhythm in Paris, Astounded, Johan's Toy, Penny Gem, Afraah, Sojustrememberthis and Marchelle Belle. Buyers will also have the opportunity to secure the first weanlings offered by this year's outstanding group of first season sires including Pierro, All Too Hard, Your Song, Animal Kingdom, Excelebration, Ocean Park, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Americain, Bullet Train, Harbour Watch, Instinction and Golden Archer. Proven sires with weanlings on offer include Fastnet Rock, Street Cry, Snitzel, Sebring, Exceed and Excel, More Than Ready, High Chaparral, Medaglia d'Oro, Stratum, Not. Single Doubt, Bernadini and I am Invincible. No less than 47 stakes-winners are catalogued in the broodmare section including Group 1 ATC Golden Slipper winner Calaway Girl, and Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic winner Eskimo Queen. Other highlights include young Group 3 winning mares Danesiri, Thiamandi and Neena Rock, Group 1 performer Golconda, and Group 3 winner Absolutelyfabulous in foal to More Than Ready. The dam of Group 2 winner Toydini, Johan's Toy will be offered in foal to Dundeel. Click here to view online catalogue.
Proisir To Stand At Rich Hill Stud
Group winner Proisir, a son of the leading international Group One winner and producer Choisir, will commence the next phase of his career at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand this year. Under the care of the champion Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, Proisir (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta De Lago) won his first two starts in commanding style before he distanced his rivals by six lengths in the Gr3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle. The colt then stepped straight up to Gr1 company to finish a close second behind the New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel in the Spring Champion Stakes, before rounding out his first preparation with a creditable midfield finish - the only unplaced start of his career - in the Gr1 Cox Plate behind Ocean Park. Proisir then kicked off an ambitious autumn program with a third placing in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes behind multiple Gr1 performers Pierro and Rebel Dane. He again pushed Dundeel close when runner-up in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, in a field that also featured top-flight gallopers Rebel Dane, Ferlax, and Sacred Falls. Proisir was subsequently sidelined by injury and after a rehabilitation period, he joined Peter and Paul Snowdon's stable. He trialled brilliantly late last year, but a decision was made to retire him after a recurrence of the injury. "Proisir was a legitimate Group One performer and fortunately he has the looks and pedigree to complete a quality package," Rich Hill's John Thompson said. "His sire Choisir has been a world-wide success story for Australian racing and Coolmore Stud. Choisir's first sire son at stud Starspangledbanner has made a sensational start to his career in both Hemispheres." He added, "Proisir's dam is a multiple winning mare by champion sire Encosta De Lago so he possesses all the genetic ingredients to make a successful sire. He will be a very valuable addition to the New Zealand stallion ranks." Proisir will stand at Rich Hill alongside Pentire, Shocking and Jimmy Choux at an introductory fee of NZ$7000 + GST, with a live foal guarantee.
Rich Hill Stud's new recruit Proisir
Alpine Eagle Wins Gr2 Autumn Classic
At Caulfield in Melbourne, dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group success when gifted 3YO colt Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) scored a stunning 0.1-length win for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $200,000 Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Minnesinger (Lonhro-Serenade Rose, by Stravinsky) & Firehouse Rock (Fastnet Rock-Bird of Fire, by Stravinsky). This was the first stakes victory for Alpine Eagle who took his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for $176,800 earnings. McEvoy said he would consider backing up Alpine Eagle in Saturday's Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, but said he favoured travelling back to his native Adelaide to prepare for the Gr1 South Australian Derby instead. "If he bounces out of this he's still in the Guineas," McEvoy said. "I need to let the horse do the talking. If he's not his normal self in the next 48 hours he will be straight back to Adelaide." He added, "I don't think he's got the mindset at the moment to go to Sydney. I think I would prefer to go the lower road. He wasn't bought for a Derby, he was bought for the Cups." Owned by South Australian winemaker Wolf Blass, Alpine Eagle was purchased by McEvoy for NZ$240,000 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud. Alpine Eagle certainly possesses the bloodlines to be a top-class stayer, and is bred on the same High Chaparral x Zabeel cross as Arrowfield's outstanding Australian Derby winner Dundeel.
Stay With Me Makes Encouraging Debut
Meanwhile, beautifully bred filly Stay With Me, a daughter of champion filly Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice), took the first step out of her famous mum's shadow when finishing a close-up second in Saturday's Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington. The race was won by the Peter Moody-trained filly Pasadena Girl, also having her first start and, like Stay With Me, is out of a Redoute's Choice mare. She is the 34th stakes winner for Redoute's Choice as a broodmare sire. Miss Finland won the 2006 Talindert Stakes before finishing runner-up behind Nadeem in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, before emerging two starts later to win the Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens. Stay With Me (Street Cry) is raced by her breeders Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones and trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig. Hayes also nurtured the career of Miss Finland, the winner of over $4.6 million prize money and five Gr1 races including the Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas and One Thousand Guineas. Miss Finland, who is also the dam of stakes-placed multiple city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet), has a More Than Ready colt in Arrowfield's draft for the Inglis Easter Sale, a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to Dundeel.
NZ Chief Handicapper Joins HKJC
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing's Chief Handicapper, Brett Scelly, is to leave New Zealand in March to take up a position as Handicapping and Race Planning Manager at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, reports NZ Racing Desk. Scelly, 37, a New Zealand citizen, originally worked at NZTR as Handicapper in 2005-2008 before being appointed Senior (Managing) Handicapper at Racing NSW. He returned to New Zealand in 2011 and was appointed to the role of Chief Handicapper following the retirement of long standing Chief Handicapper Dean Nowell in 2013. "It will certainly be hard to leave New Zealand as this is definitely home," Scelly said, "but this is such a great opportunity and I have always wanted to work in Hong Kong. I've had the opportunity to handicap some great horses in my time here including Jimmy Choux, Mufhasa, Ocean Park, Dundeel and Veyron. That has reinforced to me how good the level of racing is in New Zealand." He added, "At the international level, New Zealand based horses are performing well and I am leaving NZTR with a great platform to maintain the international integrity of our black type races." NZTR Chief Executive Greg Purcell said: "I would like to thank Brett for his efforts over the last three years and congratulate him on his appointment to the Hong Kong Jockey Club."
Biggest Easter Catalogue In 5 Yrs Now Online
The catalogue for the 99th edition of the Southern Hemisphere's most influential thoroughbred auction, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, has been finalised at 605 lots. "2015 will be the biggest Inglis Easter Sale we have conducted in the last five years after increased support from the region's leading breeders, who have again entrusted Inglis to sell their best bred and conformed yearlings," said Mark Webster, Inglis' Managing Director. Australian bred racehorses featured formidably in the World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014 with the AUS suffix carried by 34 individual gallopers rated 115 or higher, which is more than twice the number of any other individual country in the Southern Hemisphere. "We have a lot to be proud of here in Australia with our racing industry and prize money the envy of many other jurisdictions, plus our breeders consistently produce high class yearlings capable of taking on the world, capped off last year by Inglis Easter graduate Able Friend," Webster added. Buyers will be offered another 605 exceptional yearlings at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale on 7, 8 & 9 April at Newmarket in Sydney. The sale is positioned between the two major meetings of The Championships held around the corner at Royal Randwick. Australia's top 20 leading sires at the end of last season are represented by 360 yearlings in the 2015 Inglis Easter catalogue, led by Fastnet Rock with 57 lots, Snitzel (47), Redoute's Choice (35), Sebring (33), More Than Ready (30), Northern Meteor (28), Exceed And Excel (20), Street Cry (20), Commands (18), High Chaparral (15), Stratum (15) and Lonhro (13). 136 yearlings by First Season Sires have been catalogued for 2015, which is more than any Inglis Easter Sale since the stellar crop in 2008 that included top stallions Fastnet Rock, Al Maher, Charge Forward, Not A Single Doubt, Savabeel, High Chaparral and Shamardal. In addition, 195 stakes winning mares have progeny in the sale and there are 146 siblings to stakes winners catalogued. 44 of the 195 stakes winning mares won at Group 1 level including champions Miss Finland, National Colour, Princess Coup, Private Steer, Samantha Miss, Sun Classique, Alinghi, Alverta, Anabandana and Faint Perfume. Of the 146 siblings to stakes winners an unrivalled 45 are half or full siblings to winners at the highest level including 2014 Group 1 winners Peggy Jean, Alboran Sea, Steps In Time, Hampton Court, Bounding, Cosmic Endeavour, Go Indy Go, Almalad and Dundeel. Click here to view the catalogue online.
Our Boy Malachi Wins Listed Razor Sharp Handicap
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Craiglea Stud stallion Top Echelon (Umatilla-Advisory, by Kingston Rule) added a black-type success when 6YO chestnut gelding Our Boy Malachi (Top Echelon-Rusticate, by Rustic Amber) scored by 2.5-lengths for trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes in the $100,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Dothraki (Mossman-Volantis, by Flying Spur) & 6YO mare Cradle Me (Easy Rocking-Amphycles, by Machiavellian). This was successive stakes victories for the 'Rockhampton Rocket' who improved his remarkable record to 16 wins and 1 placing from 18 starts for $383,200 earnings. Such was the facile nature of the win, that jockey James McDonald compared the feeling the horse gave him to that of retired champion Dundeel when winning the 2013 Australian Derby by six lengths. "It felt like Dundeel in the Derby all over again coming up the rise," McDonald told TVN. "He's a great horse, I can't believe they kept him hidden for so long – he's going to keep on winning." Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said Our Boy Malachi would now be spelled to prepare for the autumn. "He's a very nice horse who will probably go to the paddock now, he's done a good job," he said. "That was a pretty special win today."
Our Boy Malachi (image: Steve Hart)
Silent Achiever To Target Arc
Outstanding Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) will be aimed at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next year, reports theinformant.co.nz. The Arc is rated by many as the world's greatest thoroughbred contest and is run at weight-for-age over 2400m in Paris on the first Sunday in October. Shortly after finishing third in Saturday's Cox Plate behind Coolmore colt Adelaide, trainer Roger James recommended to the mare's owners that she return home to New Zealand and be spelled ahead of another autumn campaign in Sydney. James believes that should the daughter of O'Reilly perform to her usual high standard in the autumn, then a European campaign could provide the perfect finale to a stellar career. "Right from the time she won the Derby [NZ Derby] as an autumn three-year-old, 2400 metres has been her favourite trip," James told theinformant.co.nz. "Two years ago she would have won the BMW in another stride and when she won it last autumn she beat Dundeel and Fiorente easily." James added, "The start before that she beat the Queen's horse Carlton House at weight-for-age and after seeing her performance on Saturday I'm convinced she's up to the best international weight-for-age company. That was a huge effort and even though she didn't win I rate it probably the best of her career. I dare say that if the Arc was being run next month and Adelaide lined up, he'd damn near be favourite." Females have a strong recent record in the Arc de Triomphe, underlined by the wins of Zarkava (2008), Danedream (2011), Solemia (2012), and Treve (2013-2014) over the past seven years. "The Arc is still a long way off and the mare has to get through the Sydney autumn carnival, but if she performs up to her best and comes out of it in the right shape we'll be making plans to head to Europe," James said.
Silent Achiever (image: Mark Gatt)
Lankan Rupee Crowned Australian HOTY
At a national awards ceremony held last night at the Melbourne Museum, Victorian sprinter Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice-Estelle Collection, by Stravinsky) was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year. The son of Arrowfield Stud's reigning Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice capped a fairytale season that saw his three brilliant Gr1 sprint victories elevate him to the highest rated sprinter in the world. Lankan Rupee garnered the highest number of votes ahead of Fiorente and Dundeel, now standing at Eliza Park International and Arrowfield Stud, respectively. The new Australian Horse of the Year also took out the Inglis Bloodstock Sprinter of the Year award. His Gr1 Newmarket Handicap victory is below.
Complete Australian Thoroughbred Award Winners
The complete list of winners (and other nominees, including votes) from last night's Melbourne Museum function are:
- racing.com Australian Racehorse of the Year – LANKAN RUPEE [Lankan Rupee (145), Fiorente (121), It's a Dundeel (41), Boban (14), Shamus Award (12), Atlantic Jewel (7), Buffering (5), Silent Achiever (3), Spirit of Boom (3), Zoustar (3), Criterion (1), Guelph (1), Kirramosa (1), Mossfun (1), Streama (1), The Offer (1)].
- Monjon Australia Champion Two-Year-Old of the Year – EARTHQUAKE [Earthquake (153), Mossfun (145), Go Indy Go (21), Almalad (18), Bring Me the Maid (11), Peggy Jean (10), Brazen Beau (1), Eloping (1)].
- NZ Bloodstock Champion Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year – GUELPH [Guelph (123), Cosmic Endeavour (63), Kirramosa (63), Rising Romance (41), Sweet Idea (20), Arabian Gold (13), Solicit (11), Lucia Valentina (11), Srikandi (9), May's Dream (5), Zanbagh (1)].
- Herald Sun Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year – SHAMUS AWARD [Shamus Award (162), Zoustar (82), Criterion (74), Polanski (16), Long John (15), Dissident (7), Ihtsahymn (3), Not Listenin'tome (1)].
- Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter of the Year – LANKAN RUPEE [Lankan Rupee (178), Buffering (81), Spirit of Boom (29), Appearance (21), Zoustar (18), Atlantic Jewel (17), Moment of Change (7), Snitzerland (5), Mossfun (2), Samaready (2)].
- racing.com Champion Middle Distance Racehorse of the Year – DUNDEEL [Dundeel (126), Boban (85), Atlantic Jewel (43), Shamus Award (43), Fiorente (40), Streama (8), Sacred Falls (6), Silent Achiever (3), Guelph (2), Steps In Time (2), Happy Trails (1), Puissance de Lune (1)].
- racing.com Champion Stayer of the Year – FIORENTE [Fiorente (175), Silent Achiever (57), The Offer (53), Fawkner (43), Criterion (11), Red Cadeaux (10), Polanski (6), Sertorius (3), Black Tycoon (1), Sea Moon (1)].
- racing.com Champion Jumper of the Year – GOTTA TAKE CARE [Gotta Take Care (76), Bashboy (60), Palmero (21), Sea King (12), Fieldmaster (7), Wells (7), Chaparro (5), Lord of the Song (4)].
- racing.com Champion Australian Sire – REDOUTE'S CHOICE
- Bart Cummings Award (Champion Gr1 Trainer) – CHRIS WALLER
- Champion Gr1 Jockey Award – NASH RAWILLER
Happy Trails Can Go Back-To-Back: Beshara
Trainer Paul Beshara is confident Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) can mount a successful defence of his title in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday, reports racing.com. Happy Trails was a surprise winner of last year's Turnbull Stakes defeating heavyweight gallopers Puissance de Lune and Fawkner, before finishing runner-up to Shamus Award in the Cox Plate. The 7YO showed he was not far off his best when running a close second to Foreteller in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) last start, and Beshara is expecting another bold show. "He's going really well and he's a stronger horse, the six months that he had off did him the world of good," Beshara said. Behsara said that Happy Trails was "on par, if not better" than when he won the Turnbull last year. "We were very confident last year and we got 40-1 for him to win," Beshara said. "He's always flown under the radar this horse, if you look at last year he ran fourth behind It's A Dundeel and Atlantic Jewel in the Underwood beaten a length." The Turnbull will be Happy Trails' final prep race before the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on 25 October.
Happy Trails (centre) winning the Gr1 Emirates Handicap (image: Mark Gatt)
Dundeel & Silent Achiever Named Cambridge HOTY
Dundeel and Silent Achiever have been named joint winners of the Cambridge Horse of the Year Award, reports NZ Racing Desk. The outstanding duo also shared top honours in the WFA and leading middle-distance categories when the Cambridge Jockey Club recognised the stars of the 2013-14 racing season at a function on Tuesday night. All Gr1 winners were acknowledged while Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were named Trainers of the Year and Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue (though now no longer in partnership) once again received the Outstanding Achiever of the Year award. Retiring club president George Simon was presented with a contribution to Cambridge racing award. Other awards on the night were won by Amanood Lad (jumper), Ben Foote (leading jumps trainer), Troy Harris (leading jumps rider), Kevin Leung (leading apprentice), David Wilson (leading owner-trainer), The Oaks Stud (breeder of most Cambridge-trained winners) and Trudy Thornton (leading jockey).