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Russian Revolution Wins Gr2 McEwen Stakes
1. Russian Revolution (4)
J: M Zahra
T: P & P Snowden
W: 58.5 kgs
D: Ballet D'Amour
5. Heatherly (3)
J: Damian Lane
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra
W: 56.5 kgs
D: Dancing Heather
7. Houtzen (6)
J: Craig Williams
T: A J Edmonds
W: 50 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Set To Unleash
4. Missrock (2)
J: D Oliver
T: R E Laing
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Miss Judgement
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 4YO bay entire Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) resumed with an impressive victory in the $200,000 Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Heatherly & Houtzen. Russian Revolution improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 9 starts for $982,225 in earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Russian Revolution will have his next start in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley on 29 September and is hoping he can attract the support of a slot-holder for the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "We targeted this race on purpose because it was a barrier trial for the Moir Stakes in a couple of weeks' time so it was a good indication to see how he handled it," Snowden told racing.com. "The Moir will be a crucial lead-up to The Everest and it's probably going to be a lot stronger than what it's been in the last few years."
Russian Revolution (image: Mark Gatt)
Verbal Dexterity Wins Gr1 National Stakes
At The Curragh in Ireland overnight, smart 2YO Irish-bred colt Verbal Dexterity (Vocalised-Lonrach, by Holy Roman Emperor) landed the biggest prize of his short career when bounding clear for an impressive 3 length win for trainer Jim Bolger in the Gr1 National Stakes (7 furlongs), defeating Beckford & Rostropovich. Verbal Dexterity improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for €232,130 in earnings.
Sheidel Ready for Return
Meanwhile, brilliant sprinting mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) is set to make her seasonal reappearance in Saturday's Gr3 The Heath 1100 Stakes at Caulfield, reports racing.com. The Lindsay Park-trained Sheidel, who hasn't raced since finishing 11th in the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville on 6 May, showed she was in top shape for her spring return when scoring an outstanding 1000m barrier trial win over stable-mates Redkirk Warrior and Dibayani at Tatura on 22 August. "It was a really class field," said owner Rob Crabtree. "We had a little 48kg apprentice on Sheidel but, nevertheless, she won the official trial by seven lengths." Crabtree added: "So we think in The Heath on Saturday, she's right in it. And maybe that'll lead us to The Everest, who knows? She's ready to win on Saturday." Sheidel has won 15 of her 30 starts for over $1.6 million in prize money. Her biggest career win to date was in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate in February.
Aquis Farm Stallion Parades
Aquis Farm has announced the dates for its 2017 Stallion Parades which will feature 12 stunning stallions across two different properties. Last year's debut Aquis Farm Stallion Parade at its Canungra property was one of the highlights of the year for the Queensland breeding industry with more than 1,000 guests enjoying the beautiful surrounds, incredible stallions and great hospitality. This year Aquis will host parades and open days at two properties – Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland, and at Murrurundi in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The Canungra stallion parade will take place on Sunday, 13 August from 10.30am with the parade kicking off at 11.00am followed by lunch and family open day. Aquis' Hunter Valley property will host parades at 10.00am and 3.00pm on Friday, 25 August with light refreshments provided prior to each parade. The property's five stallions will also be available for private parades on Saturday, 26 August, and Sunday, 27 August.
QLD (Cunungra) Stallions
- Husson - $13,200
- Spill The Beans - $11,000
- Furnaces - $9,900
- Holy Roman Emperor - $9,900
- Domesday - $8,800
- Benfica - $4,400
- Sweet Orange - $4,400
NSW (Hunter Valley) Stallions
- Artie Schiller - $33,000
- Divine Prophet - $22,000
- Dream Ahead - $19,800
- Kiss and Make Up - $16,500
- Al Maher - $13,200
Records Tumble At Tattersalls July Sale
The records continued to tumble at Tattersalls with new benchmarks for turnover, average and median all set at the 2017 renewal of the July Sale. The final session saw a total of 178 lots realise 4,161,300 guineas and featured the sale-topping price of 330,000 guineas. The three-day sale totals saw 574 lots sell for 14,691,700 guineas, at an average of 25,595 guineas and a median of 12,000 guineas. The sale high price was realised during the last session on Friday evening when Asanta Sana was knocked down to Saeed Manana for 330,000 guineas. Asanta Sana is by Galileo out of the beautifully bred Danehill mare Milanova, a Gr3 winner and Gr1 placegetter in Australia who is a sister to Gr1-winning stallion Holy Roman Emperor and a direct descendant of influential blue hen Fanfreluche. "We will send her back into training," said Manana, "to my trainer James Tate." Tate, who was standing with the successful purchaser, added: "We will try and win a race with her, and then she will join Saeed's broodmare band. She will come straight back to us and we will ready her for a race in the autumn." The next sale at Tattersalls is Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale which takes place from October 3–5.
Asanta Sana (image: Tattersalls)
Duca Valentinois Wins Listed Scone Cup
At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, former Coolmore & now Aquis Farm-based dual Gr1-winning stallion Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Duca Valentinois (Holy Roman Emperor-Love Valentine, by Fruits of Love) finally broke through for his maiden stakes victory in the $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating God's In Him & Pajaro. The Godolphin-owned Duca Valentinios improved his record to 5 wins and 6 placings from 24 starts for $300,253 earnings. Duca Valentinios's win also brought up a milestone for former champion jockey and Godolphin interim head trainer Darren Beadman, who celebrated his first stakes winner as a trainer. "I won the Scone Cup as a jockey," Beadman said. "It was a better feeling today." He added: "The key to him is to switch him off…if you get the first half mile right the rest will work out."
Duca Valentinios (image: Steve Hart)
Windsor Park Confirm 2017 Stallion Roster
Three exciting new stallion prospects further strengthen Windsor Park’s stallion roster for 2017. Triple Gr1 winner Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj), one of Australasia’s premier miler’s, will stand for $15,000 and will be joined by Australian Gr1-winning 3YO Vanbrugh (Encosta De Lago) and fellow Gr1 performed 2YO Rageese (Street Cry) with their service fees to be confirmed at the completion of their current racing campaigns. European triple Gr1-winning miler Charm Spirit, the highest earning son of Invincible Spirit, returns to stand alongside last season’s New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), the only horse in history to win the Australian and New Zealand Derbys as well as the Caulfield Cup. Completing Windsor Park’s roster are Gr1 Newmarket winner Shamexpress (O’Reilly), the Leading First Season sire at Karaka this year with a Premier Session yearling average of $192,500, and Champion European miler and Gr1 Rip Van Winkle (Galileo), sire of five Group winners from his first southern hemisphere crop. The full roster is:
- Charm Spirit - $18,000
- Turn Me Loose - $15,000
- ShamExpress - $12,500
- Mongolian Khan - $10,000
- Rip Van Winkle - $10,000
- Rageese – TBA
- Vanbrugh – TBA
- Falkirk - $4,000
*All service fees exclude GST and include a Live Foal Guarantee
NZB Weanling Sale Day-1: Top Sellers
- $175,000 - Holy Roman Emperor x Phocis colt (Andrew Williams Bloodstock)
- $170,000 – Savabeel x Avisto colt (Andrew Williams Bloodstock)
- $130,000 - Hinchinbrook x Mifflin colt (Lyndhurst Farm)
- $125,000 - Tavistock x Fastnet Rockette colt (MM Bloodstock)
- $120,000 - Savabeel x Ametsis colt (Mr DE Hayes)
- $100,000 - Sacred Falls x Apollo's Pride filly (Hallmark Stud)
- $95,000 - Tavistock x Oya filly (Woodside Park Stud)
- $92,500 - Wandjina x Lamplighter colt (Waterford Bloodstock)
- $90,000 - Per Incanto x Inertia colt (Woburn Farm)
- $85,000 - Iffraaj x Catbird Kitty colt (Devcich Bloodstock)
Sheidel Primed for More Gr1 Glory
The Lindsay Park team are bullish about the prospects of smart mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) in Saturday’s Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville. The former West Australian sprinter will be looking to double her Gr1 tally after posting her maiden top-flight success in the Oakleigh Plate in the autumn. The 5YO hasn’t raced since finishing a close-up sixth (beaten 2.2 lengths) in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 24 March. “Sheidel is back against her own sex, which is a big bonus, and she has really freshened up well since her last run,” co-trainer Ben Hayes told ANZ Bloodstock news. “She trialled the other day at Geelong and trialled very impressively and showed no signs of having a long prep. From barrier ten she’ll be able to cruise across outside the lead or lead.” Sheidel has drawn barrier 10 and will be ridden by Hong Kong-based superstar jockey Joao Moreira.
Sheidel (image: Mark Gatt)
May Sale Brimming with Quality Broodmares
The broodmare category of the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale is set to be the source of quality producers, breeding prospects and mares in foal to popular and proven stallions. More than half a dozen of the broodmares due to go under the hammer in next month’s Sale have impressive black-type racetrack credentials. They include:
- Lot 324 – Melbourne Listed winner Ulfah (Encosta De Lago) in foal to Dalghar.
- Lot 347 – Listed winner & Gr1 placegetter Brianna (Sudurka) in foal to Cox Plate winner and Horse of the Year Ocean Park.
- Lot 371 - Falsetto (Zabeel) who won three races including 3YO fillies’ event that is now the Gr3 Sunline Vase (2100m) and third in Gr1 NZ Oaks in foal to Contributer.
- Lot 401 - Multiple stakes winner Kiri (Prized) in foal to Reliable Man.
- Lot 374 - Stakes-placed Fledgling (Captain Rio). Half-sister to Gr1 winner and sire Fully Fledged and dam of dual stakes winner Bassett in foal to Charm Spirit.
- Lot 423 - Stakes-placed Nordic Dancer (Generous) who is out of a half-sister to the Rough Habit. Dam of two winners including the Gr3-winning mare Decorah, in foal to Pins.
Many of the other broodmares and broodmare prospects in the catalogue have exceptional pedigrees behind them, including:
- Lot 326 - Victoria’s Reign (No Excuse Needed), a half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Great Command, in foal to multiple Gr1-winning stallion Sacred Falls.
- Lot 331 - Holy Roman Emperor mare Almrose, a half-sister to champion German sprinter Amarillo in foal to Zacinto.
Click here to view more impressive broodmare and broodmare prospects. NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on 8 and 9 May, with the broodmares selling on the second day from Lot 324. Click here to view catalogue.
Emirates & Aquis Farm Announce Joint Venture
Emirates Park and Queensland's Aquis Farm have announced a new joint venture that will see Aquis Farm take over management of Emirates Park's Murrurundi (NSW) property, facilities and stallion roster. Hussain Lootah, son of His Excellency Nasser Lootah, Founder and Chairman of Emirates Park, said the joint venture between the Lootah and Fung families would create a new force in the Australian thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. "For some time now we have been looking for a like-minded partner to share our vision for taking Emirates Park to the next stage of its growth and development and in Aquis Farm and the Fung family we believe we have found the perfect partner," he said. Aquis Farm CEO Justin Fung said that he and his father, Tony, were excited to be entrusted with the management of the Emirates Park property, facilities and stallions but more excited to have found great friends and business partners in the Lootah family. "We see the sky as the limit in our vision to grow the respective Aquis and Emirates businesses in Queensland and New South Wales," Mr Fung said. Following the agreement Emirates Park and Aquis Farm clients will have access to an incredible roster of high quality stallions for the 2017 season.
Emirates Park (managed by Aquis) NSW Stallions and Fees (all including GST):
- Artie Schiller - $33,000
- Dream Ahead - $19,800
- Kiss and Make Up - $16,500 - NEW
- Al Maher - $13,200
Aquis Farm Queensland Stallions and Fees (all including GST):
- Husson - $13,200 - NEW
- Spill The Beans - $11,000
- Holy Roman Emperor - $9,900
- Furnaces - $9,900 -NEW
- Domesday - $8,800
- Sweet Orange - $4,400 - NEW
- Benfica - $4,400
Aquis Farm Announces 2017 Roster
Leading Queensland thoroughbred breeding and training facility Aquis Farm has announced its full stallion roster for 2017. After standing four stallions - Spill The Beans, Holy Roman Emperor, Benfica and Domesday – with great success in 2016, Aquis Farm has doubled its roster this year to create a diverse range of options for breeders and an abundance of different bloodlines to choose from. In its tireless quest to stand quality stallions for Queensland breeders, Aquis Farm has added Kiss And Make Up, Husson, Furnaces and Sweet Orange to its already proven roster. Queensland breeders have a diverse choice in where to breed their mares with both Danehill line stallions and Danehill outcross stallions represented. Aquis Farm’s Justin Fung said the full roster of eight stallions met the Farm’s commitment to the industry to provide local access to top shelf bloodstock. “We are totally committed to establishing Aquis Farm as one of Australia’s leading stallion farms and we think we are demonstrating that with our 2017 roster,” he said. “We are delighted with how our new stallions have been received already and we await the new breeding season with excitement.” The Aquis roster is:
- Kiss And Make Up (New) - $16,500
- Husson (New) - $13,200
- Spill The Beans - $11,000
- Holy Roman Emperor - $9,900
- Furnaces (New) - $9,900
- Domesday - $8,800
- Sweet Orange (New) - $4,400
- Benfica - $4,400
*All fees inclusive of GST
Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up & Horses in Training Catalogue Online
The catalogue for the 2017 Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale is now available online. A total of 13 breeze-up two year olds and 91 horses in training have been catalogued, with the sale to take place May 4th and 5th, with the two year olds breezing at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse on Thursday 4th May starting at 9.00am. No less than 48 of the sires with two year olds catalogued have already sired Classic or Group 1 winners, including ACCLAMATION, CAPE CROSS, DARK ANGEL, EXCEED AND EXCEL. HELMET, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, IFFRAAJ, KODIAC, LAWMAN, LE HAVRE, LONHRO, LOPE DE VEGA, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, PIVOTAL, SHOWCASING and ZOFFANY. Top class overseas based sires also feature prominently, with proven Group/Grade 1 USA based sires ELUSIVE QUALITY, EXCHANGE RATE, MEDAGLIA D’ORO, MIZZEN MAST, SCAT DADDY, and STREET BOSS all well represented. In addition there are 17 first crop sires with two year old catalogued including Group 1 winners ANIMAL KINGDOM, DABIRSIM, DAWN APPROACH, EPAULETTE, FARHH, HAVANA GOLD, LETHAL FORCE, MOST IMPROVED, SHANGHAI BOBBY and SOCIETY ROCK, as well as SWISS SPIRIT who is already off the mark with an impressive winner. “The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up and Horses in Training Sale enjoyed another successful year in 2016 with Group and Listed performers not only throughout Europe but also in North America and Dubai and this year’s catalogue has an abundance of quality two year olds in training as well as high class proven horses in training,” Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said.
Rapper Dragon Wins G2 Chairmans Trophy
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a Group success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Rapper Dragon (Street Boss-Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 0.5 length for trainer John Moore in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m), over 6YO Irish-bred gelding Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor-Goldendale, by Ali-Royal) & 6YO US-bred gelding Circuit Land (Mizzen Mast-Storm Dove, by Storm Bird). Fresh from his clean sweep of the 4YO series in which he became the first horse in history to claim the 4YO Triple Crown, Rapper Dragon, who raced in Australia as Street Rapper, advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Classic Mile & Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 17 starts for $5,284,605 earnings. “Now I’m convinced that he’s the best horse in town,” champion jockey Joao Moreira said. “That number one spot was open and there to be taken, and he looked like he was going to be the one.” Trainer John Moore agreed with Moreira’s assessment and confirmed that Rapper Dragon’s next start would be in the Gr1 Champions Mile on 7 May. “I’d go along with that, certainly, he’s the best we’ve got in the stable now that Able Friend’s racing career is at an end. If he wins the Champions Mile there’d be no doubt at all…”
Jon Snow Continues Karaka Graduates' Derby Dominance
The flags of the Kiwi breeding industry and New Zealand Bloodstock flew high yet again in the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Jon Snow (Iffraaj) became the third Karaka graduate in a row to win the Randwick classic, following in the footsteps of the $60,000 Premier Sale purchase Tavago (Tavistock) and the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor). Purchased for $65,000 at the 2015 Select Sale by co-trainer Andrew Forsman, Jon Snow was an admirably consistent performer through the New Zealand season with placings in the Group 2 Hawke's Bay Guineas, Group 2 Great Northern Guineas, Group 1 Levin Classic, Listed Karaka 3YO Mile and Group 1 New Zealand Derby. But the Iffraaj colt has come of age since travelling to Sydney, winning the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes and Group 1 Australian Derby within the space of a week. Raced by the Zame Partnership, Jon Snow has now won three of his 11 starts and more than $1.57 million in prize money – around 24 times his purchase price. Jon Snow was bred by Richard Moore. He is out of the O'Reilly mare Orinda (NZ) and descends from the Moore family's famous line that includes such illustrious performers as Solveig, Soliloquy, Greig, and Soltanto.
Russian Revolution Wins Gr1 Galaxy
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on a heavy track, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite quinella when 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) resumed with a narrow but decisive 0.2 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (11000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) & 6YO gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie). Russian Revolution improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 6 starts for $808,725 earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. His maiden Gr1 success means he has now secured his future at stud like so many of other his esteemed family members being a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Russian Revolution could make his next appearance in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. "We'll just have to make sure he comes through today's run all right," Snowden said. "He's put in a mighty performance today. The horse comes first." Henry Field, part-owner of Newgate Farm, said: "He's an incredibly well bred colt, an incredibly talented colt and he'll make a huge impact at stud,'' Field said. "He's won five from six, to be fair to Peter and Paul (Snowden) they said he was the real deal from the beginning, and that's been vindicated today with his Group 1.''
Russian Revolution (image: Steve Hart)
Sheidel Wins Gr1 Oakleigh Plate
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) celebrated an elite success when 5YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) resumed with a strong 1 length win for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Faatinah (Nicconi-Alqwah, by Danehill) & 3YO colt Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt-Extremely, by Hussonet). This was a thoroughly deserved maiden Gr1 victory for former Perth mare Sheidel who boosted her record to 15 wins (including the Gr3 Sensis Stakes, Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks, Listed Bel Esprit Stakes, Listed Summer Scorcher Stakes, Listed RS Crawford Stakes & Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 WATC Winterbottom Stakes & Gr1 SAJC Robert Sangster Classic) from 27 starts for $1,571,450 earnings. Sheidel gave owner Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm two of the three Group One races on the day after earlier claiming the Blue Diamond Stakes with unbeaten filly Catchy. "I've placed in these two races before but to get them with two fillies who will become part of my broodmare band is just fabulous," Crabtree told Racing.com. Co-trainer Tom Dabernig added: "She really deserves this win. She's been narrowly defeated in a couple of Group ones but today she really travelled and never looked like she was going to get beaten." Sheidel is likely to have her next start in the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 11 March.
Sheidel (image: Mark Gatt)
Timely First Winner For Pierro
For the vendors of the 42 yearling by Pierro catalogued for next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale – 4 have been withdrawn – the debut progeny win by the former undefeated Champion 2YO of Australia was an excellent result. Sent off a short-priced favourite at Moonee Valley's New Year's Eve meeting, 2YO filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) came with a withering run from the tail of the field over 1000m to score with plenty in reserve. Trained by the in-form Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig team, the juvenile daughter of Group winner Musidora is well thought of by connections and is expected to target next month's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in Melbourne. A $400,000 NZB Premier Yearling Sale graduate sold to BBA Ireland/Lindsay Park Racing, Tulip is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Sacred Eye from the redoubtable family of Flying Spur, Holy Roman Emperor and Encosta de Lago.
Undefeated Champion 2YO Pierro (pic: Steve Hart)
Beauty Only Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Mile
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) celebrated an elite success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor-Goldendale, by Ali-Royal) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Tony Cruz in the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), over 4YO French-bred entire Helene Paragon (Polan-High Zaff, by High Chaparral) & 4YO Irish-bred gelding Joyful Trinity (Zanzibari-Bargouzine, by Stravinsky). Beauty Only improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile & Gr2 HKJC Chairman's Trophy) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 HKJC Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup) from 28 starts for €3,922,002 earnings.
Dam Of Morandi Sells For 105K Euros At Arqana
Vezina (Bering), the dam of Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Morandi (Holy Roman Emperor), topped the second session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale on Sunday when knocked down to Jeremy Brummitt for €105,000, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. "She’s been purchased for a partnership with some good friends,” explained Brummitt. “The plan is to send her back to Holy Roman Emperor next year.” Although the clearance rate was down on last year at 71%, the median price of €22,000 and the average price of €27,585 were up slightly on 2015. Gross turnover of €6,030,000 was down nearly €1 million from last year.
Igugu Sibling Remains Unbeaten
Ngaga, a 3YO Fastnet Rock half-sister to champion South African mare Igugu, made it two wins from as many starts when scoring a determined long neck win in a rating 70 fillies & mares race (1200m) at Kenilworth in South Africa on Saturday. By Coolmore's world-class champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Ngaga was purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $250,000 at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud. Ngaga is the sixth foal to race from the unraced Irish-bred mare Zarinia (Intikhab), whose best progeny to date is undoubtedly former South African Horse of the Year Igugu. Igugu (Galileo) was bred in Australia by Kia-Ora Stud and sold for R1 million at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale. Trained by Mike de Kock on behalf of her owners Andre MacDonald and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Igugu won 10 of her 18 starts including the Gr1 South African Fillies Classic, Gr1 Woolavington Stakes, and South Africa's two most prestigious events, the Gr1 Durban July & Gr1 J&B Met. Zarinia has also produced Australian Gr3 Craven Plate winner Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor) and Gr3-placed Sweet Fire (Shamardal) and hails from the outstanding Aga Khan family of undefeated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.
Takedown Wins Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes
At Ascot in Perth, West Australia, Widden Stud's deceased Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) celebrated an elite success when 4YO gelding Takedown (Stratum-Apamea, by Zafonic) scored by 0.25 length for trainer Gary Moore and jockey Tim Clark in the $1 million Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) & 7YO gelding Rock Magic (Redoute's Choice-Rockabubble, by Bubble Gum Fellow). Takedown, who was retained to race by his breeders Widden Stud and Robert Anderson, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr2 The Shorts, Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas, Gr3 The Schweppervescence & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Stakes) from 20 starts for $1,450,000 earnings. For Gary Moore, son of legendary Australian jockey George Moore, the victory was his first Gr1 winner as a trainer. "To win this great race, my first Group One as a trainer, I think my dad would be very proud," he told Sky Racing. Moore said Takedown would now head to Hong Kong for the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December. "We have to give him a go. He's a gelding, he's had a wind operation, he's at the top of his game, we have to go [to Hong Kong]," he said.
Successful East Coast raider Takedown (pic: Steve Hart)
Chocolate Holic Wins Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes
At Ascot in Perth, West Australia, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Chocolate Holic (Blackfriars-World Famous, by Geiger Counter) scored by 0.5 length for trainers Grant & Alana Williams in the $100,000 Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Bass Strait (Holy Roman Emperor-Crystalline, by Zabeel) & fellow 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace). Bred by his co-trainer Alana Williams, the exciting Chocolate Holic advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Northam Cup) and 2 placings from 10 starts for $305,275 earnings. Co-trainer Grant Williams said Chocolate Holic could have one more run this preparation in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on 3 December, but questioned whether he was mature enough to tackle the 1800 metres against top company. "The Kingston Town is a lot harder race and I'm not really sure if he is ready for it [the 1800 metres]," he told Sky Racing.
Australian-Bred Igugu Sibling Makes Winning Debut
Ngaga, a 3YO Fastnet Rock half-sister to champion South African mare Igugu, made a winning debut at Kenilworth in South Africa overnight. Trained by Willem Nel, Ngaga settled midfield before charging home late to score by 0.5 length in the Welcome To Kenilworth Maiden Plate over 1200 metres. By Coolmore's world-class champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Ngaga was purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $250,000 at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud. Ngaga is the sixth foal to race from the unraced Irish-bred mare Zarinia (Intikhab), whose best progeny to date is undoubtedly former South African Horse of the Year Igugu. Igugu (Galileo) was bred in Australia by Kia-Ora Stud and sold for R1 million at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale. Trained by Mike de Kock on behalf of her owners Andre MacDonald and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Igugu won 10 of her 18 starts including the Gr1 South African Fillies Classic, Gr1 Woolavington Stakes, and South Africa's two most prestigious events, the Gr1 Durban July & Gr1 J&B Met. Zarinia has also produced Australian Gr3 Craven Plate winner Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor) and Gr3-placed Sweet Fire (Shamardal) and hails from the outstanding Aga Khan family of undefeated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.
NZB Ready To Run Sale Kicks Off Today
The New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds starts today at the Karaka Sales Centre. With 552 well-trained two-year-olds catalogued, the sale promises to be an action-packed two days, with selling starting at 10am each day. Over the last four years, alumni of the Ready to Run Sale have racked up a remarkable 16 wins at Gr1 level. Four of those Gr1 victories came during the 2015-16 season. The elite success of triple Gr1 winners Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) and Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj) last season, as well as local Gr1 performer Dukedom (NZ) (Bachelor Duke), has been bolstered by the recent feats of fellow Ready to Run graduates Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) and Well Done (NZ) (Falkirk) in Singapore. The two Singapore stars fought out a stirring finish in the Gr1 Kranji Mile in October with Debt Collector prevailing by a neck. He has since gone on to claim the second leg of the Singapore Triple Crown Series with a win in the Gr1 Raffles Cup. Meanwhile, Well Done has had seven wins and six placings from his 19 starts headed by a win in the Gr1 Singapore Derby this season. A consistent source of racetrack performers, graduates of the Ready to Run Sale have notched up 107 stakes wins in the past five seasons including 27 stakes races won by 20 graduates last season alone. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Sibling To Champion South African Mare Set For Debut
Ngaga, a half-sister to champion South African mare Igugu, is scheduled to make her eagerly awaited debut in a 3YO maiden over 1200m at Kenilworth on Wednesday. By Coolmore's world-class champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Ngaga was purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $250,000 at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud. Ngaga is the sixth foal to race from the unraced Irish-bred mare Zarinia (Intikhab), whose best progeny to date is undoubtedly former South African Horse of the Year Igugu. Igugu (Galileo) was bred in Australia by Kia-Ora Stud and sold for R1 million at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale. Trained by Mike de Kock on behalf of her owners Andre MacDonald and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Igugu won 10 of her 18 starts including the Gr1 South African Fillies Classic, Gr1 Woolavington Stakes, and South Africa's two most prestigious events, the Gr1 Durban July & Gr1 J&B Met. Zarinia has also produced Australian Gr3 Craven Plate winner Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor) and Gr3-placed Sweet Fire (Shamardal) and hails from the outstanding Aga Khan family of undefeated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.
Scales Of Justice Wins Gr3 RJ Peters Stakes
At Ascot in Perth, West Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group success when 4YO gelding Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) scored by 1 length for trainer Lindsey Smith in the $150,000 Gr3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Bass Strait (Holy Roman Emperor-Crystalline, by Zabeel) & 5YO mare Ideal Image (More Than Ready-Reflected Image, by Bluebird). By opening his stakes account, the talented Scales Of Justice improved his record to 6 wins and 6 placings from 12 starts for $317,350 earnings. Purchased for $180,000 by his trainer Lindsey Smith & Boomer Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Scales Of Justice hails from the family of outstanding sprinter Dual Choice (Showdown), an 8-time Gr1 winner of races such as the Oakleigh Plate (twice), Freeway Stakes (now the Manikato Stakes), Lightning Stakes, William Reid Stakes and Caulfield Guineas.
Tiamo Grace Wins Gr2 Wakeful Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Kingstar Farm's dual Gr1 winning stallion Monaco Consul (High Chaparral-Argante, by Star Way) sired his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Tiamo Grace (Monaco Consul-Sicile, by Anabaa) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $300,000 Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Sebring Dream (Sebring-Dream 'n' Believe, by Shamardal) & Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic). Tiamo Grace, who was a $50,000 purchase by Darren Weir Racing & John Foote Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, advanced her record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Ethereal Stakes) from 5 starts for $238,600 earnings. Tiamo Grace firmed into $4.40 for Thursday's Gr1 VRC Oaks at Flemington but Jeremy Rogers, stable manager for trainer Darren Weir, said the filly was by no means a certain starter in the race. "We'll just see how she is before deciding whether to push on for Thursday's Oaks or putting her in the paddock and coming back in the autumn," Roger told racing.com. From the French-bred Anabaa mare Sicile, Tiamo Grace is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Tiamo Grace (image: Steve Hart)
Sheidel Wins Gr3 Sensis Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a Group success when 5YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) scored by 0.1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $200,000 Gr3 Sensis Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Wild Rain (Manhattan Rain-North Flower, by Rory's Jester) & 7YO mare Private Secretary (Husson-Secretaire, by Danehill). The former Perth-trained Sheidel boosted her already impressive record to 14 wins (including the Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks, Listed Bel Esprit Stakes, Listed Summer Scorcher Stakes, Listed RS Crawford Stakes & Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 SAJC Robert Sangster Classic) from 24 starts for $1,044,450 earnings. Trainer David Hayes said Sheidel will back up in Saturday's Gr1 Darley Classic if she pulls up well from her latest win. "I think she is Group One class and the Darley isn't shaping up like the race we thought it was going to be, so we'll see how she pulls up and if she pulls up well then we'll run her," Hayes told racing.com. "She's just a little fighter. When she has lost she's often been genuinely unlucky so I think she's a Group One filly and she'll get her chance to prove that she is."
Spieth Wins Listed City Tattersalls Lightning
At Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday, Windsor Park Stud's ill-fated Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park (Spinning World-Joy, by Bluebird) added a black-type success when highly talented 4YO entire Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) scored by 0.8 length for trainer Bryce Heys in the $150,000 Listed City Tattersalls Lightning (1100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock-Volcada, by Stravinsky) & 6YO gelding Le Cordon Bleu (Snitzel-Ultimate Fever, by Gold Fever). Despite missing the start by nearly two lengths, Spieth showed his class to register his maiden stakes victory and advance his record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 8 starts for $219,650 earnings. Spieth will head south to Melbourne where he holds an entry in the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on 5 November. "I'm excited about where this horse goes next but I'll let him get over this first," trainer Bryce Heys told Sky Racing. "We have a plan in place if he could win today and we will decide by the middle of the week but he will go to Melbourne." A $200,000 purchase at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Spieth is a direct descendent of the Chop Chop mare Ciboulette, dam of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche. This is the family of former champion Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago and dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor.
Spieth (image: Steve Hart)
Records Broken At Book 2 Of Tattersalls Oct Sale
The final day of trade at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale finished strongly with the three-day sale recording a record average of 65,545 guineas and record-equalling median of 50,000 guineas. Topping proceedings on the final day was a son of Dubawi who was knocked down to John Ferguson for 300,000 guineas. The colt was one of 22 lots to sell for 200,000 guineas or more during the sale, whilst a remarkable 117 sold at or above 100,000 guineas over the three days. Turnover on the final day was 12,952,000 guineas at an average of 66,421 guineas, a median of 50,000 guineas with a clearance rate of 85%. Consigned by Denis Brosnan’s Croom House Stud, the colt isout of the Sadler's Wells mare Brazilian Samba and is a half-brother to the Gr2 Jockey Club Cup winner Endowing and hails from the Gr1 winning family of Dolphin Street, Insight and Saffron Walden. There were four lots that held the joint second highest price on day three making 240,000 guineas each. The first of those was the son of Kentucky-based first season sire Shanghai Bobby, an undefeated Champion two-year-old in America. The others were an Iffraaj colt out of Toquette (Acclamation) from the family of Gr1 Prix Morny winner Arcano; a Shamardal colt out of champion German 2YO Boccassini; and a Holy Roman Emperor colt out of the Pivotal mare Brilliant Sunshine. Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: "At the end of Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale last week we reflected on the extraordinary progress the sale had made since 2010 and the same applies to Book 2. Turnover at Book 2 was a little over 20 million guineas in 2010 and the average price was 32,000 guineas. This year the average price has exceeded 60,000 guineas for the third consecutive year and the turnover is not far below 40 million guineas, making Book 2 the second highest grossing European yearling sale behind October Book 1." Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts at 10am (local time) on Thursday, October 13.
Dubawi x Brazilian Samba colt (image: Tattersalls)
Mongolian Khan's Perfect Caulfield Cup Mating
No more appropriate mating could have transpired in the lead up to one of Australasia's iconic staying events, reports NZ Racing Desk. Ahead of Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), last year's winner and two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan served former champion race mare Ethereal (Rhythm-Romanee Conti, by Sir Tristram). The latter etched her name into racing folklore when becoming just the 11th horse in history to claim the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double in 2001. Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine) is enjoying strong support from both New Zealand and Australian breeders in his first season at Windsor Park Stud following the Cambridge nursery's purchase of a 50 per cent holding in the stallion from the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group. "Across the board, support for Mongolian Khan hasn't surprised us given the quality of his race track performances and the fact that he is a super looking stallion," said the farm's general manager Steve Till. "He is thriving in his new role and proving to be as successful in the serving ring as he was on the race track." Till added: "He already has a number of the 150 mares visiting him tested in foal and he will serve many highly credentialed mares in his first season." The Duchess of Bedford's recently retired stakes winning race mare Tavy is another to visit Mongolian Khan, while College Girl, a sister to Saturday's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Yankee Rose, recently tested in foal to him.
Sheidel Wins Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks
At Caulfield in Melbourne, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a Group success when 5YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) scored by 0.4 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $150,000 Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m) for 4YO+ mares, over 4YO mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) & fellow 5YO mare A Lotta Love (Al Maher-Sadlers Brigg, by Montjeu). The former Perth-trained Sheidel boosted her already impressive record to 13 wins (including the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes, Listed Summer Scorcher Stakes, Listed RS Crawford Stakes & Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 SAJC Robert Sangster Classic) from 23 starts for $922,950 earnings.
Kiss And Make Up To Aquis Farm
The highly rated Todman Stakes winner Kiss And Make Up will join the stallion roster at Queensland's Aquis Farm in a deal brokered by Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland. The Gai Waterhouse trained colt was the only juvenile to conquer and defeat Australian Champion 2YO Capitalist when winning the time honoured Gr2 event at Randwick by 2.3 lengths in the lead up to this year's Golden Slipper. Kiss And Make Up – a January Magic Millions sales graduate, bred and offered by John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud was purchased as a yearling by Waterhouse in 2015. Kiss And Make Up is a blueblood in every respect being by Champion 2YO sire More Than Ready from the Waterhouse trained Australian Champion 2YO filly Fashion's Afield (Redoute's Choice), a winner of the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at two and the Gr1 Flight Stakes at three, and runner up in the Golden Slipper to Stratum. Queensland's Aquis Farm, owned by Hong Kong based Tony Fung, commenced operations at their Canungra base in 2016, standing stallions Holy Roman Emperor, Domesday, Benfica and this year's Gr2 Queensland Guineas winner Spill The Beans (Snitzel). "My father and our family are totally committed to establishing Aquis Farm as one of Australia's leading stallion farms and we think we are demonstrating that in securing for 2017 and beyond the only 2yo that ever beat the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and the third highest rated Two-Year-Old old of his generation" commented Justin Fung. Kiss And Make Up will be immediately retired due to a knee injury and be allowed to let down to commence stud duties in 2017 as a wonderful addition to the Queensland stallion ranks.
Kiss And Make Up (image: Steve Hart)
Russian Revolution Wins Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when boom 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) maintained his perfect record when scoring by 0.2 length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $300,000 Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Astern (Medaglia d'Oro-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) & Capitalist (Written Tycoon-Kitalpha, by Fusaichi Pegasus). Russian Revolution extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 4 starts for $372,725 earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Russian Revolution (image: Steve Hart)
Holy Roman Emperor Adds UK Gr2
At Doncaster in the UK overnight, Aquis Farm’s dual Gr1-winning shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L’On Vite, by Secretariat) added a group race when 2YO filly Rich Legacy (Holy Roman Emperor-Borghesa, by Galileo) scored a three-quarter length victory for trainer Ralph Beckett in the £70,000 Gr2 May Hill Stakes (8 furlongs), over fellow juvenile fillies Grecian Light (Shamardal-Akrivi, by Tobougg) & Urban Fox (Foxwedge-Lomapamar, by Nashwan). Winner on debut before finishing fourth in her most recent start in the Gr3 Prestige Stakes, Rich Legacy is expected to head to France for the Gr1 Marcel Boussac at Chantilly on October 2. Holy Roman Emperor is standing for $9,900 at Aquis Farm in 2016.
No Rose For Russian Revolution
Co-trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that boom colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) will miss the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose and instead be freshened for the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 October, reports Sky Racing. The 3YO extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts when claiming his maiden black-type success in last Saturday's Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. A $320,000 Easter yearling purchase for the China Horse Club, Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Inaugural Aquis Farm Stallion Parade A Huge Success
More than 1,000 guests, including TBA President Basil Nolan, Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox and Racing Australia/ Racing NSW Chairman and Arrowfield Stud Principal, John Messara, attended the inaugural Aquis Farm Stallion Parade and Open Day at Canungra on Sunday as the operation unveiled its full roster of stallions Holy Roman Emperor, Domesday, Spill The Beans and Benfica, who all paraded. Aquis Farm Chief Operations Officer Marcus Langer. "Our nominations team were overwhelmed with the demand for all the stallions with Holy Roman Emperor’s book now full,” Langer revealed. “Spill The Beans is also proving very popular with breeders who are very excited about his potential. We think he can grow to become Queensland’s leading sire and we saw plenty of breeders willing to back our optimism.” In his welcoming speech principal Justin Fung highlighted expansion plans for Aquis Farm and reiterated the passion and commitment he and his father Tony share for the Australian breeding industry. “On behalf of my father I want to thank everybody for taking the time to visit Aquis Farm and see firsthand the exciting roster of stallions we have standing this year,” Justin Fung said. “We think the Queensland breeding and racing industry has an exciting future and can not only recover, but grow to challenge the southern states for quality and consistency. Our plan is to continue growing the Farm with plans to introduce another four stallions in each of the next couple of years.”
Russian Revolution Wins Gr3 Vain Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when boom 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) scored by 0.4-length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Highland Beat (Exceed and Excel-Highland Daughter, by Kyllachy) & Hardham (Redoute's Choice-Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev). This was the first stakes victory for Russian Revolution who extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $192,525 earnings. Russian Revolution, who races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club who picked him up for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, is likely to have his next run in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 27 August. Russian Revolution is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Mongolian Khan Claims Second HOTY Title
Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine) was crowned New Zealand Horse of the Year for the second year running at a ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Auckland last night, reports theinformant.co.nz. The triple Gr1 winner, who will commence stud duties at Windsor Park Stud this spring, became the first back-to-back winner of the title since champion mare Seachange in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Mongolian Khan won 8 of his 17 starts for earnings of over $3.9 million. He is the only horse in history to claim the Australian Derby, New Zealand Derby and Caulfield Cup treble, and also the first horse since the mighty Bonecrusher, three decades earlier, to win both the Australian and New Zealand Derbys. Lang Lin, principal of Mongolian Khan's owners the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Club, said he was honoured to have won the prestigious Horse of the Year award a second time. "I'm so excited, I can't think of anything to say," Lin said through an interpreter. "I want to thank the trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and our jockey Opie Bosson, and thanks to everyone for being here and celebrating Mongolian Khan." He added: "I promised last year that he would win the Melbourne Cup and come back to New Zealand for stud. He didn't win the Melbourne Cup, but he won the Caulfield Cup and came back to New Zealand. Windsor Park is a great stud and hopefully he will do a very good job." Mongolian Khan will stand his initial season at stud for a service fee of $10,000 + GST which includes a Live Foal Guarantee.
Mongolian Khan winning the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (image: Mark Gatt)
Aquis Farm Stallion Parade With Michelle Payne
Queensland's fastest growing bloodstock enterprise Aquis Farm will welcome visitors to its picturesque headquarters at Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland on Sunday, 14 August for its inaugural Stallion Parade with special guest speaker – Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne. Gates will be open from 10:30am with the stallion parade commencing at 11am. The inaugural Aquis Farm roster features brilliant Group winning sprinter son of Snitzel, Spill The Beans plus world class sire Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) shuttling from Coolmore Ireland for the 2016 breeding season, together with proven Gr1 producer Domesday and exciting young sire Benfica. "Our roster features a great mix of proven and promising sires, who are sons of some of the very best stallions in the world in Danehill, Snitzel, Lonhro and Red Ransom," said Chief Operations Officer, Marcus Langer. "We are committed to bringing the highest quality stallions to Queensland to benefit local breeders and further our local racing industry." Langer added: "This day however is not just about the stallions. It's about Aquis Farm and the facilities and services we offer across the breeding spectrum, as well as other integral facets of the farm." The stallion parade will be followed by a luncheon catered by award winning Gold Coast restaurant Moo Moo, live musical entertainment and a dedicated children's area with pony rides, balloon twisting, arts and crafts and a magic show. Special guest speaker, Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Michelle Payne is sure to delight guests with her candid thoughts on horses, racing and winning Australia's greatest race. Everyone is welcome to attend the Aquis Farm Stallion Parade. RSVP to Candy Nilon at firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, 5 August.
Highly regarded 3YO Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) has been sent to the spelling paddock to prepare for the upcoming spring carnival in Melbourne, reports Racing.com. The Thorn Park colt was scheduled to contest the Listed AR Creswick Final (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week, but trainer Bryce Heys has had second thoughts. "It was probably always the preference and plan to have a break now so we can get him back down here in the spring," Heys said. "That has been the focus for 12 months, since he was down here last time, and how we can prepare him better to perhaps have him run in some nice races in the spring if he is good enough." He added: "The best thing for the horse is to have a short turnaround now. I didn't want to run the risk of having one run too many and then having an even shorter turnaround in terms of getting him back." Heys was undecided about Spieth's spring programme, but said he was likely to resume sometime in October. There has been significant commercial interest in Spieth as a future stallion prospect being a direct descendent of Chop Chop mare Ciboulette, dam of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche. This is the family of former champion Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago and dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor.
Spieth Set For Flemington Start
Highly regarded 3YO Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) is set to make his next appearance in the Super Vobis Three-Year-Olds Handicap (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. Trainer Bryce Heys has previously indicated his keenness to trial the talented young sprinter down the famous straight at Flemington as a preparatory run for the spring carnival in Melbourne. The progressive colt has posted stylish back-to-back wins including a last-start victory at Rosehill in which he unleashed a brilliant turn of foot reminiscent of his ill-fated sire Thorn Park to score by 1.8-lengths in a benchmark 78 over 1100 metres. Spieth gave a glimpse of his potential when finishing 7th (beaten 1.7 lengths) in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude in September, and his trainer is once again eyeing a southern campaign in the spring. "I'm keen to see how he goes down the straight, all along this preparation I've wanted to take him to Flemington and Saturday looks the perfect opportunity," Heys told Racing.com. Heys has nominated Spieth for two races on Saturday but is favouring running him against his own age group. "Saturday will tell us a lot in terms of what we are going to do with him going forward," Heys said. "He has only had three runs this time in, he is still lightly raced and I wouldn't mind following on to the series final at Flemington two weeks later if he suggests he is up to it." A $200,000 purchase at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Spieth is a direct descendent of the Chop Chop mare Ciboulette, dam of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche. This is the family of former champion Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago and dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor.
Rapper Dragon Wins Gr3 Lion Rock Trophy
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a Group success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Rapper Dragon (Street Boss-Swing Dance, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer John Moore in the HK$3 million Gr3 Lion Rock Trophy (1600m), over 5YO Irish-bred gelding Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor-Goldendale, by Ali-Royal) & 6YO UK-bred gelding Secret Weapon (Choisir-Just Devine, by Montjeu). This was the first stakes victory for Rapper Dragon who improved his record 5 wins and 3 placings (including the ATC Champagne Stakes) from 12 starts for $1,237,304 earnings. Formerly campaigned as Street Rapper in Australia, Rapper Dragon is out of the unraced mare Swing Dance (Danehill Dancer), a half-sister to Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Amanpour. Rapper Dragon is therefore a direct descendant of influential matriarch Natalma, dam of legendary stallion Northern Dancer and great grand-dam of the great Danehill.
Aquis Announces Foundation Sires
Aquis Farm is pleased to announce the acquisition of two high-class stallions to stand at the emerging stud farm along with the 2016 southern hemisphere standing rights to Coolmore’s Holy Roman Emperor giving breeders access to some of the best bloodlines in the stud book. Proven Group One sires Holy Roman Emperor and Domesday will be joined by the Group One-winning juvenile Benfica as foundation stallions at Aquis Farm. Recently appointed Chief Operations Officer, Marcus Langer said the top performing additions demonstrated Aquis Farms' ability to attract elite talent with its world-class facilities. "In line with our commitment to acquiring select quality broodmares, Holy Roman Emperor, Domesday and Benfica offer the physical, racing and genetic attributes required to launch our stallion roster at a commercial level," said Langer. Aquis Farm has a firm commitment to Queensland racing and breeding, and to the Australian thoroughbred industry as a whole. It plans to extend its brand to facilitate the continued growth of the Queensland racing industry and these stallion acquisitions form a significant part of this strategy. Acquired in January 2015 and wholly owned by the Fung family, Aquis Farm is a 447 hectare thoroughbred racing, boarding and breeding facility at Canungra on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The Farm's state-of-the-art training facilities have been expertly restored and are among the best in Australia. The farm caters for more than 80 horses in training with private grass and sand training tracks and a restored water walker as well as lap pools.
- Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) - $9,900 (inc GST)
- Domesday (Red Ransom) - $8,800 (inc GST)
- Benfica (Lonhro) -$4,400 (inc GST)
Aquis Farm foundation sire Benfica
History Making Champion To Stand At Windsor Park
Mongolian Khan, the first horse in history to win the Australian Derby, New Zealand Derby and Caulfield Cup has been secured by Windsor Park Stud and will stand at the Cambridge nursery this spring. Crowned the 2015 New Zealand Horse of the Year, Mongolian Khan was a multiple Gr1 winner of eight races from 1400m to 2400m, winning in excess of $4 million prize money and becoming the first horse since Bonecrusher, three decades earlier, to win both the Australian and New Zealand Derbys. Mongolian Khan claimed his historic treble when successful in the time-honoured Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Melbourne's Spring Carnival last year. Following his Caulfield Cup victory he achieved a Timeform Rating of 126 with only superstar racemare Winx achieving a higher rating in the 4YO category. "Windsor Park are delighted to have purchased 50% of the champion racehorse Mongolian Khan from the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group who will retain the other half," revealed Windsor Park owner Rodney Schick. "Their President, Mr Lin Lang, is a passionate supporter of the New Zealand Racing Industry and will be backing Mongolian Khan at stud with a number of high quality broodmares which he is currently in the process of securing." Schick added: "We have enjoyed great success standing Derby winners like High Chaparral and Montjeu at Windsor Park and with his race performance and pedigree we think Mongolian Khan ticks all the right boxes." Champion trainer Murray Baker commented: "With his speed and ability to run fast sectionals Mongolian Khan ranks with the best racehorses I have trained, as his outstanding record would suggest." Mongolian Khan is by Holy Roman Emperor out of the top producer Centafit (Centaine), a sister to Gr1 Hong Kong Derby winner Super Fit who has also produced Mongolian Khan's Gr1-winning half-brother Young Centaur. Mongolian Khan follows in the footsteps of previous champion sires Star Way, Kaapstad, Volksraad, Montjeu, Thorn Park and High Chaparral to have been selected to stand at Windsor Park Stud. The three-time Gr1 winner will stand his initial season at stud for a service fee of $10,000 + GST which includes a Live Foal Guarantee.
Mongolian Khan winning the Caulfield Cup (image: Mark Gatt)
Precious Gem Wins Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes
At Morphettville in Adelaide, Darling View Thoroughbreds' Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winning stallion Econsul (Pins-Gypsy Soul, by Centaine) celebrated his first top-flight success when 6YO mare Precious Gem (Econsul-Gem of Gems, by Peintre Celebre) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Henry Dwyer in the $400,000 Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+ f&m, over 4YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) & 5YO mare I Love It (Artie Schiller-Not That Innocent, by Foxhound). Precious Gem took her record to 8 wins (including the Listed MRC Anniversary Vase) & 10 placings (including the Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes, Gr3 Eliza Park International Stakes & Listed Hareeba Stakes) from 35 starts for $660,400 earnings. Trainer Henry Dwyer said he still intends on taking Precious Gem north for the Queensland winter carnival, despite the newly crowned Gr1 winner being entered in next month's Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale (1st to 5th June). "There's a few options for her. The race I had in mind was the Glenlogan Park Stud Stakes but she's meant to go through the sales on June 1st," Dwyer told Sky Racing. "We've nominated for the Stradbroke and the Tatt's Tiara [both Gr1 races]. I'm pretty sure she will still go through the ring, so it's a chance for someone to buy a mare going to Group One races and a chance in them." Precious Gem (Lot 528) - who hails from the Betty Box (IRE) family of VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous - is set to go through the sale ring on the opening day of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on Wednesday 1st June.
Gr1 Goal For Sheidel
Meanwhile, co-trainer Tom Dabernig has confirmed that former WA mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) will run in the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on 7 May following her win in last Saturday's Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, reports horseracing.com.au. The Bel Esprit was the 4YOs first stakes victory since arriving in the East and it boosted her already impressive strike rate to 12 wins from 18 starts for over $700,000 in earnings. "I think she's just coming right and, based on her record in Perth, it's clear she can hold her form, too," Dabernig said of the Amarina Farm graduate. "We'll look at sending her to Adelaide now for the Robert Sangster. She's lovely and sound and appears pretty straightforward." Dabernig added: "I think she's now getting near peak fitness... she'll be pretty well spot-on heading to Adelaide in a fortnight's time."
Sheidel Wins Listed Bel Esprit Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 4YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) scored by 0.1-length for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $120,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Girl Guide (Churchill Downs-Satnav, by Canny Lad) & 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). This was the first eastern states stakes victory for former Perth mare Sheidel who boosted her already impressive strike rate to 12 wins (including the Listed Summer Scorcher Stakes, Listed RS Crawford Stakes & Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 3 placings from 18 starts for $734,000 earnings.
Zac Spirit Wins Gr1 Lion City Cup
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, retired Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian Champion Sire Flying Spur (Danehill-Rolls, by Mr Prospector) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Zac Spirit (Flying Spur-Kidman, by Quest for Fame) scored by 1 length for trainer Cliff Brown in the S$800,000 Gr1 Lion City Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over fellow 6YO gelding Emperor Max (Holy Roman Emperor-Maxerelle, by Strategic) & 4YO gelding Super Winner (Kaphero-Millie Rose, by Testa Rossa). Zac Spirit took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Lion City Cup, Gr3 Kranji Sprint & Gr3 Three Rings Trophy) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Kranji Mile & Gr1 Lion City Cup) from 22 starts for S$1,704,694 earnings. Originally purchased for $95,000 by Magic Millions as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Zac Spirit was subsequently purchased by Brown for $140,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park. From the Gr2 and Gr3-placed Australian-bred mare Kidman, Zac Spirit is a three-quarter brother to fellow Singapore Gr3 winner Zac Influence (Rock of Gibraltar). Zac Spirit confirmed his position as one of the best sprinters in South East Asia when winning Kranji's premier sprint for the second time on Sunday. "It's just fantastic. I don't get carried away, but I'm shaking I'm that happy. I've had a lot of good days in racing, but this is the best," said Brown.