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Tosen Stardom Highlights Deep Impact Case
The outstanding performance by top weight Tosen Stardom in Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia. Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan, namely Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan's 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares. Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom is Deep Impact's second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners. The pioneer was Real Impact who competed at The Championships in 2015 winning the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes and finishing a close second in the Gr1 Doncaster. Deep Impact's superstar status in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires' premiership with 18 stakes winners and almost $A53 million prize money. Echoing Snitzel's category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires' tables.
Arrowfield Shuttlers Join Locals Ahead Of Parades
Meanwhile, all of Arrowfield's 2017 shuttle stallions have now arrived at the Hunter Valley farm, ready to parade for guests and visitors at next week's Open House. Champion European 2YO colt Shalaa arrived first from Haras de Bouqeutot in France, while last week’s arrivals are Animal Kingdom, soon to serve his fourth Australian book; Real Impact, making his second trip south; and newcomers Maurice & Mikki Isle. Fittingly, dual Gr1 winner Real Impact arrived only a few days after his first Arrowfield foal was born – out of the Flying Spur mare Laissez Faire from the family of Colorado Claire (dam of Gunnison), Lunaspur (dam of Moonovermanhattan) and Bubble Below (dam of Lucky Bubbles). Japan's 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice and 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle complete Arrowfield's triumvirate of Japanese superstars and will serve their first Australian mares this Spring. Real Impact & Mikki Isle are the only sons of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact standing in Australia. Arrowfield Stud’s stallion parades feature its 12-stallion roster headed by Champion Sires Redoute's Choice & Snitzel during morning and afternoon sessions over three days, as follows:
FRIDAY 25 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full stallion parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am) & 2pm – 4pm
SUNDAY 27 AUGUST: 9am – 12 noon (full parade at 9.30am); no afternoon session.
Mikki Isle has arrived from Japan
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.
Neorealism Wins Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 6YO Japanese entire Neorealism (Neo Universe-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake), a three-quarter-brother to Arrowfield Stud stallion Real Impact, scored by a neck for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m), defeating the fast finishing Pakistan Star & defending champion Werther. Jockey Joao Moreira, who claimed a 5-win haul on the day, celebrated his first win in the HK$20 million feature. “When you win a race like this for the first time, it is always special,” Moreira told the South China Morning Post. Neorealism improved his record to 8 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Kyoto Mile Championship) from 19 starts for ¥397,006,150 in earnings.
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
Arrowfield Launches Maurice in Style
Arrowfield launched six-time Gr1 winning superstar Maurice (Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances, by Carnegie) on its 2017 roster with a Japanese-themed cocktail evening at the Stud's Inglis Easter marquee on Wednesday evening. Maurice's owner Mrs Kazumi Yoshida and her husband, celebrated owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida, were special guests at the event to mark the addition of Japan's 2015 Horse of the Year to the Arrowfield line-up. Maurice is one of three Japanese stars shuttling to the Hunter Valley farm this coming season. Japanese and Australian Gr1 winner Real Impact (by multiple champion sire Deep Impact) returns to Arrowfield for his second Southern Hemisphere season, after serving 134 mares here in 2016. The third is Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (also by Deep Impact) who will make the trip to Australia for the first time this year. Katsumi Yoshida is sending Maurice the cream of his wonderful broodmare band, including two-time Horse of the Year & 7-time Group 1 winner Gentildonna; Horse of the Year Buena Vista; Champion Filly Harp Star; Champion Filly Sinhalite; and dual Group 1 winner Verxina. Arrowfield has committed close to 40 of its best stakes-winning and stakes-producing mares for Maurice's Australian book. He will stand his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $33,000 inc GST.
Champion Mikki Isle to Join Arrowfield Roster
Arrowfield has announced that Japan's Champion Sprinter & Miler of 2016 Mikki Isle will join its roster for the 2017 season. The handsome son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact won eight races, including two 1600m Gr1 events, for more than $A6 million prize money. Mikki Isle fulfilled the promise of his juvenile season establishing himself as Japan's top-rated 3YO miler with victory in the Gr1 Tokyo NHK Mile Cup in a brilliantly fast time of 1:33.2. Mikki Isle's subsequent performances confirmed the quality of his speed. He was placed in consecutive runnings of the Gr1 Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen, and was second in last year's Gr1 Nakayama Sprinters Stakes – all over 1200m. He then sealed his championship honours with a defiant, all-the-way victory in last November's Gr1 Kyoto Mile Championship. Bred by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, Mikki Isle is out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Star Isle, a grand-daughter of three-time US Gr1 juvenile winner Stella Madrid, who defeated champion filly Go For Wand in the Gr1 Frizette Stakes at Blemont. Now serving his first book of mares at Shadai Stallion Station, Mikki Isle will join Real Impact, also a dual Gr1-winning son of Deep Impact, on this year's shuttle run to Arrowfield, which has acquired an interest in both horses. Arrowfield will announce its 2017 stallion service fees after the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Mikki Isle (image courtesy: Arrowfield Stud)
Star Offerings At JRHA July Select Sale
Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) has announced 248 yearlings and 243 foals will be offered at the annual JRHA Select Sale on Monday 11th July and Tuesday 12th July at Northern Horse Park near New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Past graduates of the JRHA Select Sale include Just A Way, the first Japanese horse to top the international ranking's when crowned the 2014 World's Best racehorse; Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia; ill-fated Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti; and Real Impact, winner of the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes and who now stands at Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley. This year's sale will feature colts and fillies by top sires Deep Impact, Dansili, Heart's Cry, King Kamehameha, Daiwa Major, Manhattan Cafe, Screen Hero, Empire Maker, Harbinger, and Kurofune. In addition, the first crop by Orfevre, Lord Kanaloa, and Novellist are featured in the yearling session, while the first crop by Just a Way, the world highest rated horse in 2014, will be offered at the foal session. Some of the interesting lots from an Australian perspective are:
Hip 19: a yearling colt by Deep Impact out of Gr1 Australian Guineas & Australian Derby winner Shamrocker;
Hip 115: a yearling colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Gr1 Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed;
Hip 437: a foal colt by Orfevre out of Gr1 Australian Guineas & Australian Derby winner Shamrocker;
Hip 446: a foal colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Gr1 New Zealand Oaks winner More Than Sacred.
Click here to view the online catalogue index.
Kermadec Retired To Stud
Dual Gr1 winner Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) has been retired from racing and will join the Darley roster at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley for the 2016 breeding season. Prepared by champion trainer Chris Waller, Kermadec established himself as one of the top milers in Australia with wins in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile (defeating Gr1 winners Real Impact and Royal Descent) at three, and the Gr1 George Main Stakes (defeating Gr1 winners Royal Descent and Pornichet) at four. "We are thrilled to have purchased Teofilo's best son Kermadec to stand alongside his father at Kelvinside this season," said Alastair Pulford, Head of Sales for Darley in Australia. "Teofilo has quickly become a global star for us and we are very excited to have him returning to Australia this season as are many of our clients." He added: "Kermadec was a horse of exceptional quality who was able to win a Gr3 on Derby day at Flemington on just his third start. He went on to win two of the best Gr1 mile races in Australia with only the superstar Winx denying him a third win at the elite level in the George Ryder last month." Kermadec retires with 4 wins from 17 starts for over $2.9 million in prize money. He will stand at a fee of $22,000 inc GST.
New Darley recruit Kermadec (image: Steve Hart)
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
Arrowfield Adds Three New Sires To 2016 Roster
This morning Arrowfield Stud announced three exciting new stallions joining its 2016 Roster: the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Real Impact, and Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, both Group-winning sons of Redoute’s Choice. John Messara, Arrowfield’s Chairman, says, “These additions to the Arrowfield roster reflect our twin strategies of sourcing effective international outcrosses for Australian breeders while still pursuing the strongest branches of the Danehill sire-line.” Messara added, “We are delighted to secure a top-drawer son of Japan’s dominant sire Deep Impact that has demonstrated his racing class in Australian conditions, against our best milers. Scissor Kick and Panzer Division offer all the physical, genetic and racing attributes required to build the Redoute’s Choice legacy, alongside Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and to fill the gap left by Beneteau.”
New for 2016: Scissor Kick (pic: Steve Hart)
JRA Reports Growing Interest In Aust's The Championships
Japanese connections are reported by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) to be showing increased interest in The Championships, the Autumn showcase held in Sydney. Acknowledging Japan's familiarity with Melbourne's Spring Carnival, a JRA statement says the growing interest in Sydney's Autumn Carnival grand finale follows the success of Japan's Hana's Goal in the The Championships' inaugural year (2014) where she won the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), followed by Real Impact in 2015 who collared the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) before finishing 2nd in the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) when asked to carry 4kg more than winner Kermadec.
Epsom Target For Burbero
Talented Kiwi-bred and owned galloper Burbero will launch a spring campaign aimed at Gr1 glory at Canterbury on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trained by Bjorn Baker for Scott Richardson, the O'Reilly gelding has the $1million Epsom Handicap at Randwick in October as his primary target. Burbero won four races during his last preparation and finished less than three lengths behind Japanese galloper Real Impact when sixth in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill in March. "He was a revelation last time in and if he can continue on with that then we'll have more fun with him for sure," Baker told Racenet. "He often needs a run or two so we'll just see how he goes on Saturday but he's going well and he's definitely fitter than what he's previously been first-up." Burbero will resume in The July Sprint (1100m) on Saturday with top weight of 60.5kg. Apprentice Brodie Loy has been booked to ride.
Star Offerings At JRHA July Select Sale
The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) has announced 244 yearlings and 241 foals will be offered at the annual July Select Sale on Monday July 13th and Tuesday July 14th at Northern Horse Park near New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Some past graduates of the JRHA sale include Just A Way, the first Japanese horse to top the international ranking's when crowned the 2014 World's Best racehorse, who sold for $133,333 in 2010; Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia; ill-fated Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti; and Real Impact, winner of the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in March. Top-class sires Heart's Cry, Symboli Kris S, and Deep Impact will be represented at the sale, as will first crop sires Orfevre, Lord Kanaloa, and Novellist, all of which were ranked in the top five World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2013. Some of the highlight offerings of the yearling section include:
- Lot 19 - Deep Impact colt out of Champion 3YO NZ Filly King's Rose
- Lot 50 - Deep Impact colt out of triple Gr1 winning UK filly Lush Lashes
- Lot 71 - Deep Impact colt out of Champion 3YO European Filly Sarafina
- Lot 97 - Mineshaft half brother to Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice
- Lot 108 - Tapit colt out of dual US Gr1 winner Champagne d'Oro
Kermadec Wins Gr1 Doncaster Mile
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Japanese entire real Impact (Deep Impact-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake) & 5YO mare and stable-mate Royal Descent (Redoute's Choice-Mulan Princess, by Kaapstad). Kermadec, who was purchased for NZ$260,000 by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale form the draft of Wentwood Grange, took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes) from 8 starts for $2,217,025 earnings. "It is an unexplainable moment," an emotional Chris Waller told Sky Racing. "He is a Group 1 horse and he proved that today, but it won't be his last one. He has won his race and being a colt he has a bright future ahead." He added, "It is only made possible when you have a great team of staff behind you, great riders and it is just an amazing feeling."
Kermadec (image: Steve Hart)
Doncaster Field & Barriers
Top-class 3YO Hallowed Crown remains at the top of betting ($4.60) for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick despite drawing barrier 23 in the capacity 24-horse field. It means the Gr1 Golden Rose and Gr1 Randwick Guineas winner will jump from the widest gate - barrier 20 - if none of the four emergencies gain a start. Japanese contenders World Ace and last-start Gr1 George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact also drew poorly in barriers 16 and 21 respectively, while dual Doncaster winner Sacred Falls, who is shooting for an unprecedented third straight victory in the race, will find it tough from barrier 20. Those who drew favourably included Suavito (1), Happy Trails (2), Sweynesse (7), Team Hawkes stable-mates Ninth Legion (8) and Leebaz (3), and Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle (10). The Doncaster field is below. To view all Gr1 races on day one of The Championships click here.
1. SACRED FALLS (Chris Waller-Zac Purton) 58kg (20)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (2)
3. WORLD ACE (Yasutoshi Ikee-Nicholas Hall) 55.5kg (16)
4. REAL IMPACT (Noriyuki Hori-James McDonald) 55kg (21)
5. MORIARTY (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 54.5kg (11)
6. ROYAL DESCENT (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 54kg (18)
7. NINTH LEGION (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 52.5kg (8)
8. PUCCINI (Peter & Jacob McKay-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (17)
9. COSMIC ENDEAVOUR (Gai Waterhouse-Tim Clark) 52kg (15)
10. HALLOWED CROWN (Bart & James Cummings-T. Berry) 52kg (23)
11. HOOKED (John P Thompson-Dom Tourneur) 52kg (12)
12. IT'S SOMEWHAT (John O'Shea-Craig Williams) 51.5kg (4)
13. DIAMOND DRILLE (Gai Waterhouse-Thomas Huet) 51kg (22)
14. PORNICHET (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (13)
15. DESTINY'S KISS (Joseph Pride) 51kg (9)
16. ARABIAN GOLD (David Vandyke-Chad Schofield) 50.5kg (5)
17. LEEBAZ (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) 50.5kg (3)
18. RUDY (Helen Page-Luke Tarrant) 50.5kg (6)
19. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Corey Brown) 50kg (1)
20. PLUCKY BELLE (Peter G Moody-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 50kg (10)
21e. SWEYNESSE (John O'Shea-Sam Clipperton) 50kg (7)
22e. KERMADEC (Chris Waller-Glen Boss) 50kg (19)
23e. AOMEN (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (14)
24e. MALAVIO (Steve Englebrecht) 50kg (24)
Berry New Rider For Hallowed Crown
Golden Slipper winning jockey Tommy Berry will replace Hugh Bowman aboard top colt Hallowed Crown (Street Sense-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on 4 April, reports horseracing.com.au. Hallowed Crown's Doncaster weight of 52kg means heavyweight hoop Bowman must forgo the ride on the dual Gr1-winning colt, who suffered his first defeat this preparation when finishing third behind Volkstok'n'barrell in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on Saturday. Co-trainer James Cummings said the plan all along was to run Hallowed Crown over a mile-and-a-quarter in the Rosehill Guineas before bringing him back to a mile for his autumn finale. "I believe we are well in the Doncaster at 4kg under weight for age and that's the time I want to take on the best open class horses," he said. "I just love the switch back in distance for the Doncaster two weeks later." Hallowed Crown is currently on the second line of betting for the Doncaster at $8 alongside fellow 3YO Kermadec with TAB.com.au. Japanese galloper Real Impact, winner of Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, is the $6 favourite.
Back Issue For Shooting To Win
Trainer Peter Snowden has reported to Racing NSW stewards that Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) pulled up with signs of back soreness after running in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday. The back complaint would explain Shooting To Win's disappointing performance in which he faded to finish fifth (beaten 2.3-lengths) behind Japanese galloper Real Impact. Snowden indicated he will continue to monitor Shooting To Win's progress as he heads towards the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 4 April.
Shooting To Win (image: Steve Hart)
Real Impact Wins Gr1 George Ryder Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 7YO Japanese entire Real Impact (Deep Impact-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) & 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki). Real impact, who is a son of champion Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Yasuda Kinen) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 NHK Mile Cup) from 26 starts for $5,145,191 earnings. Real Impact will now progress to the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on 4 April.
First Serious Workouts For International Gallopers
The Japanese horses, and Hong Kong visitor Dominant, had their first serious hit outs at Canterbury Park on this morning as they prepare for The Championships next month, reports Racing NSW. Dominant had a solid canter as he circled the Canterbury course a number of times ahead of his Sydney Cup campaign, but the Japanese horses, which arrived in Australia six days earlier on February 25, stretched their legs right out for the first time. The Japanese horses walked for about 30 minutes before cantering around the track for a lap. To The World, World Ace, and Tosen Stardom were then pushed out down the Canterbury straight and Australian jockeys Tommy Berry and Nick Hall were please with their respective mounts. "It was a good, solid workout without breaking a sweat," said Berry who will pilot Tosen Stardom in the $500,000 Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on March 21 at Rosehill Gardens before his grand final in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick. Hall said it was good to get the first serious session out of the way as World Ace prepares for the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 21 before his ultimate goal, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile on day one of The Championships on Saturday April 4. "He was just looking left and right to see what the others were doing," a relaxed Hall said. To The World will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Hall to ride, while other Japanese runner Real Impact will be partnered by James McDonald as he aims for the Doncaster Mile.
Japanese Quartet Touches Down In Sydney
Japanese autumn carnival contenders To The World, Tosen Stardom, World Ace, and triple Gr1 winner Real Impact, arrived in Sydney on Wednesday night and went straight into quarantine at the newly designated equine facility at Canterbury Park. The quartet, who are in Sydney to compete at The Championships in April, travelled and settled in well according to Racing NSW representative Maurice Logue. "They have all done extremely well, are in good order and have no problems," Logue said. "They are well dappled in their coats and some of them even went for a walk this morning." He added, "Tomorrow they may go for a jog or a canter, but really, they have all travelled like professionals."
Canterbury Gets Green Light For Quarantine Centre
Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have been granted approval by the Federal government to host an equine quarantine, training and stabling facility at Canterbury Park ahead of The Championships. The equine centre has been designed and purpose built by Racing NSW and ATC staff, and is set to open from 25 February. It has capacity to immediately accommodate up to 12 horses in custom-made areas developed from one of three existing stable blocks on the course. Among some of the features of the new quarantine facility is a self-contained horse surgery, a scrubbing room and showers for veterinary, quarantine and stable staff, and a state of the art digital security and surveillance centre. Up to four Japanese horses travelling to Australia for The Championships - To The World, Tosen Stardom, Real Impact and World Ace – are expected to arrive in Sydney from tomorrow night (Wednesday) ahead of their required 14-day quarantine period. They will be joined in March by popular globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux once he completes his Melbourne race program, and Hong Kong visitor Dominant. All of the international horses housed at Canterbury Park are expected to remain at the facility to train and use the course proper for gallops ahead of feature autumn races such as the $1.5 million Gr1 BMW on 21 March, as well as the $3 million Doncaster Mile on 4 April, and The Championships' showpiece event, the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on 11 April. Deputy Premier and Racing Minister Troy Grant welcomed the news, and said the State Government had provided support for this facility as part of the $10 million provided to Racing NSW to host The Championships. "This facility will provide certainty and integrity throughout the quarantine process and provide a safe and secure environment for horses competing in major events in NSW," he said. "I look forward to The Championships being a huge success, bringing interstate and international visitors to our great state.'' Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys commented: "This has been an extraordinary effort by the teams of Racing NSW and the ATC as people don't realise the enormity of the task and what has been achieved in a short period of time. The international visitors who have inspected the Quarantine Centre believe that it is one of the best in the world. Although The Championships are only in their second year, with this quarantine centre they are well and truly on the world stage.''
Doncaster Weights Released
A total of 137 nominations have been weighted for the 150th running of $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be staged on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 4th April. The reigning Doncaster champion of the past two years, Sacred Falls, will have to carry top weight of 58kg if he is to create history by winning three consecutive Doncaster's. Next in line on 57.5kg is 4-time Gr1 winner Dissident, while Gr1 Cox Plate winner Adelaide is next in the weights with 57kg. Three-time Gr1 winners Happy Trails and Foreteller, along with dual German Gr1 winner Ivanhowe, are all asked to carry 56.5kg. Current Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner and Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) runner-up He's Your Man carries 55kg. Among the other notable entries are Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent with 54kg, outstanding middle-distance mare Lucia Valentina with 53.5kg, while Gr1-winning 3YOs Hallowed Crown (52kg), Shooting To Win (51.5kg), Hampton Court and Preferment (51kg) will carry slightly above the 50kg minimum. Japanese gallopers World Ace and Real Impact have been allotted 55.5kg and 55kg respectively. Click here for full list of Doncaster weights.
McDonald Booked For Japanese Gr1 Winner
Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald has been booked to ride Japanese galloper Real Impact when the horse heads to Sydney for The Championships at Royal Randwick in April. Real Impact is scheduled to run in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 21 March as a lead-up to his ultimate goal, the $3m Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) during The Championships on Saturday 4 April. "James is very excited to be riding Real Impact – he is one of the best horses going around in Japan and you only have to go through his form to realise this is one serious racehorse," McDonald's manager, David Raphael, said this morning. "James had a few rides in Japan during his stay last November and although he didn't kick home a winner, many were impressed with his skill in positioning his mounts perfectly to give them every opportunity to win." He added, "I don't think any of his rides were under 60-1 but no doubt the Japanese liked what they saw and were keen to book James for Real Impact when the horse heads to Australia." McDonald was one of the stars of last year's The Championships, jointly taking out the inaugural Nathan Berry Medal with Tommy Berry as top jockey of the series. Real Impact, a triple Group winner, has not started since claiming his second successive Gr2 Hanshin Cup (1400m) on December 27 at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan. The 6YO is also a winner of the Gr1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) in Tokyo and has won more than AU$4 million prize money from four wins and six placings in 25 starts. The 2015 The Championships will be held on Saturday 4 and 11 April at Royal Randwick, where the 12 grand finals of Australian Thoroughbred racing will be centre stage incorporating eight Gr1 events as well as the initial Provincial and Country Championships.