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Rushing Fall Wins Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Rushing Fall has claimed a fourth Breeders' Cup Turf title for Vinery Stud's champion shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) when scoring an explosive win in the US$1 million Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (8 furlongs) at Del Mar on Saturday. Trained by Chad Brown, Rushing Fall became the 21st Group 1 winner by More Than Ready and follows his previous BC winners Regally Ready (Turf Sprint), Pluck (Juvenile Turf) & More Than Real (Juvenile Fillies Turf). More Than Ready became the first sire to claim the Juvenile Turf fillies twice and boosted his record to 4 BC turf winners from 13 starters. Jockey Javier Castellano was in awe of the performance. "I followed the front-running horses, and turning for home it was amazing. I just asked her, and she exploded," he told Blood Horse. "She's got a powerful kick, and the way she did it, I was very impressed." Rushing Fall, who is now favourite to claim the Eclipse Award for champion 2YO filly, extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for US$685,000 in earnings.
Seven-Figure Offer Rejected for Son of Pluck
The owner of Awesome Pluck has rejected an offer of more than $1 million for the exciting country-trained 2YO, reports AAP. Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham confirmed Wauchope businessman Dale Miller received the offer from an agent representing Asian interests after the gelding finished third on his city debut at Warwick Farm eleven days ago. That highly promising performance followed his outstanding debut when he romped home by 5.5 lengths at Taree in June. "At this stage Dale says he is not for sale as he reckons he doesn't need the money," Graham said. "I'm thankful to have such a good supporter but I know Dale will find it hard to say no if Awesome Pluck progresses as we hope and the offers get bigger." Graham said she has big plans for Awesome Pluck in the spring, commencing with the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on 26 August. By Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready), Awesome Pluck boasts a strong pedigree being a direct descendant of Australian Oaks winner Savana City, dam of multiple Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Mr Vitality (Snippets) and Gr2 winner Rose O' War (Danehill), and grand-dam of Gr1 Hong Kong Centenary Sprint Cup winner King Of Danes (Danehill).
Well-Bred Colt Set for Debut
Valuable colt Addictive Nature will make his debut for trainer Bjorn Baker in the Pluck@Vinery Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm today. Purchased for $775,000 by Ultra Thoroughbred Racing at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Addictive Nature is by Savabeel out of the unraced mare Generous Nature (Carnegie), making him a full-brother to former smart 3YO Savvy Nature. A winner of the Gr2 Vase in Melbourne and Gr3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, Savvy Nature was also placed at Gr1 level behind Complacent and Criterion in the 2013 Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney before eventually continuing his career in Hong Kong. Addictive habit also hails from the family of Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Titanic Jack, Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Sober Suit, and stakes winners La Lagune and Make Me A Miracle. Addictive Nature is currently the clear $2.80 Tab favourite off the back of two impressive trial wins.
Dream Start For Cummings in Royal Blue
James Cummings made a dream start to his tenure as head trainer for Godolphin's Australian operation with Manicure winning the TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday, reports racingnsw.com.au. The 2YO daughter of Exceed And Excel made it two wins from three starts when scoring by 0.2 length over Brook Magic & Awesome Pluck. "It's an absolute honour to train for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and for his first runner with me in his colours to be a winner is pretty special" Cummings said. "The first runner I had that he was in the ownership with also won, Hallowed Crown, so it's a really nice way to start and the period ahead is going to be one I can really enjoy." Cummings said of Manicure: "She was terribly unlucky on debut. She never got a crack at them and showed a lot of her class in her second start. She's a stylish filly and has trained on."
Track Work Acid Test For Mongolian Wolf
Leading trainer Darren Weir will wait until after this morning's track gallop to decide whether or not exciting 3YO Mongolian Wolf (Pluck-Oomaroo, by Tale of the Cat) will take his place in Saturday's Gr1 Queensland Derby. According to horseracing.com.au, Weir acknowledged that the son of Vinery Stud shuttler Pluck was, with the benefit of hindsight, ridden upside down when finishing a long way off the pace in his last start at Caufield, saying, "We probably should have let him be out the back, lob along and let him run home, but we took up a position thinking we could win the race and it didn't work out." In his first start for the stable, the Kiwi import showed his true colours for new owners Australian Bloodstock with an eye-catching victory in the Gr3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick.
Mongolian Wolf won the Gr3 Frank Packer Plate (pic: Steve Hart)
Mongolian Wolf Wins Gr3 Frank Packer Plate
3. Mongolian Wolf (4)
J: B Avdulla
T: D K Weir
W: 56.5 kgs
2. Veladero (1)
J: J Bowman
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Medaglia D'Oro
7. Screamarr (5)
J: T Angland
T: A & E Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Street Cry
10. Eerised (3)
J: Ms K O'Hara
T: Mitchell Kearney
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Widden Valley
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Mongolian Wolf (Pluck-Oomaroo, by Tale of the Cat) made an auspicious Australian debut when landing the $150,000 Gr3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Veladero & fellow 3YO gelding Screamarr. Having his first start for new owners Australian Bloodstock after being purchased from the yard of Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, the Darren Weir-trained Mongolian Wolf advanced his record to 4 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 ARC Avondale Guineas) from 9 starts for $119,372 earnings. Mongolian Wolf, who is out of a half-sister to multiple Group winner Thump, was originally purchased for $8,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, then sold for $30,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, before subsequently being sold for $200,000 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs.
Mongolian Wolf (image: Steve Hart)
Vinery Announce 2017 Service Fees
Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:
- ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
- CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
- HEADWATER - $16,500
- MORE THAN READY - $66,000
- PLUCK - $9,900
- PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
- STAR TURN - $22,000
- TESTA ROSSA - $16,500
*All service fees (inc. GST)
Sircconi Wins Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes
At Flemington in Victoria, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a Group success when 3YO colt Sircconi (Nicconi-On Credit, by Viking Ruler) valiantly held off all chasers to score by 0.1 length for trainer Peter Morgan in the $202,000 Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YO’s, over fellow colts Aspect (Pluck-Innishbeg, by Lonhro)) & Feng Chu (Moshe-Divine Lady, by Skalato). Sircconi took his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 3 starts for $129,900 earnings. Pinhooked as a weanling for only $25,000 from the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale draft of Lyndhurst Stud, and subsequently sold for $80,000 from the draft of Bhima Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Sircconi is from the family of Gr1 Auckland Cup winner Irish Chance and NZ Horse of the Year The Phantom.
Gingernuts Wins Gr2 Avondale Guineas
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) added a Group success when 3YO chestnut gelding Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the $100,000 Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO geldings Charles Road (Myboycharlie-Giant Mystique, by Giant's Causeway) & Mongolian Wolf (Pluck-Oomaroo, by Tale of the Cat). Purchased by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis for $42,500 at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs from the draft of Stainley Park, Gingernuts improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $71,225 earnings. Gingernuts bombed the start and then had the audacity to come from last for a hollow victory in a race that is traditionally used as an important lead-up to the New Zealand Derby. "He's not in the Derby so we're going to have to sit down with the owners and I would say that a late nomination will be going in on Tuesday - that was quite a serious win," said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge. The $1 million Gr1 New Zealand Derby will be run at Ellerslie on 4 March.
3YO Back To His Best
Talented 3YO Mongolian Wolf (Pluck - Oomaroo, by Tale of the Cat) has returned to the winner's circle after being gelded, reports NZ Racing Desk. Mongolian Wolf was a smart debut winner last season before his form tailed off, which convinced connections to geld the Australian-bred son of Vinery stallion Pluck who resumed with a win at Rotorua on Wednesday. "He's always showed the ability, but a lack of mental application was his problem," co-trainer Andrew Forsman said. Mongolian Wolf got back in the running and he finished purposefully to nose out his stable-mate and favourite Break My Stride. "The key was that he got a better run and saved ground, it's good to get him back into form," Forsman said.
Hot Dipped Wins Listed Tasmanian Guineas
At Hobart racecourse in Tasmania on Friday, Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Hot Dipped (Written Tycoon-Galvanized, by Rubiton) scored by 0.25 length for trainer Brendan Mcshane in the $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO filly Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heaven, by Vettori ) & 3YO gelding Zatacla (Al Maher-Tasmanian Tiger, by Hold That Tiger). Hot Dipped, who is now unbeaten in her native Tasmania, advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes & Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Plate) from 9 starts for $216,576 earnings. From the Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) winner Galvanized, Hot Dipped was a $33,000 purchase by Mcshane at the 2015 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from the draft of Reibey Lodge.
Doyle To Ride At Canterbury
High profile UK-based jockey James Doyle has been booked to ride 4YO Godolphin gelding Miami Dade in the Pluck@Vinery Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury Park tomorrow. It will be Doyle's first ride for Godolphin since arriving in Australia to replace James McDonald who has been charged by Racing NSW for allegedly placing a bet on star colt Astern last year. McDonald has voluntarily stood himself down from all riding engagements pending the outcome of the investigation.
Aspect Wins Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate
At Flemington in Melbourne, Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO colt Aspect (Pluck-Innishbeg, by Lonhro) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $150,000 Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) for 2YOs, over fellow juvenile colts Cao Cao (Fastnet Rock-Serenada, by Encosta de Lago) & Wait For No One (Lonhro-Divine Choice, by Rock of Gibraltar). A homebred for the Robinson and Stott families, Aspect improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $91,500 earnings. Trainer Tony McEvoy said Aspect would now be spelled and return for the juvenile Gr1 features in the autumn. "He's a very good quality colt. He really impressed me. His length of stride at the finish was fantastic," McEvoy told racing.com. "I'm going to put him aside. the big dance is in the autumn for the two-year-olds. He will be set for the Slipper [Gr1 Golden Slipper] or the Diamond [Gr1 Blue Diamond]."
Aspect (image: Mark Gatt)
Jorda Wins Listed Gimcrack Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO Godolphin filly Jorda (Exceed and Excel-Montmelo, by Viscount) scored by 0.8 length for trainer John O'Shea in the $150,000 Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow 2YO fillies Kanga's Eye (Denman-Watchme, by Bel Esprit) & Lucky Louie (Pluck-La Bella Luisa, by Clang). Jorda's debut victory took her record to 1 win form 1 start for $89,100 in earnings.
Jorda (image: Steve Hart)
Vinery Star Sire Extends His Record
The world of shuttle stallions is a demanding one for its participants who serve consecutive seasons on either side of the globe. Many take a break somewhere along the way, however a bare handful perform like that well known battery brand and just keep going. While stallion luminaries Royal Academy (28), Danehill (27) and Danehill Dancer (25) each recorded exceptional back-to-back records, Vinery Stud’s star sire More Than Ready has arrived in Australia to serve, at the age of 19, his 32nd consecutive book of mares – a record that may never be threatened. With 3 individual Australian Gr1 winners last season, an achievement not bettered by any other sire, More Than Ready’s star is still very much in the ascendency. His new sire sons are also on a march: Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) claimed the Champion First Season Sires title in South Africa and his Vinery barn mate Pluck sired as many first crop winners as any other first season Australian sire this year in a brilliant debut season. A Champion 2YO Sire of both Australia and the USA, he stands for $66,000 in 2016.
Globe-trotting record holder More Than Ready
Trainers Pluck Another Victory
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have enjoyed a rewarding season with the progeny of Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Pluck, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainers have been successful with the More Than Ready stallion's first crop representatives Gasoline, Mongolian Wolf and Pluck That with the latter doubling his personal tally at Te Rapa on Saturday. "They're showing a fair bit the Plucks and doing everything right," Baker said. "They've got good temperaments and I hope they go on as three-year-olds." The New Zealand-bred Pluck That, a $20,000 NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale purchase last year, was sent out a short odds favourite in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race following his maiden win at Tauranga last month and his army of supporters were given an easy ride. Jockey Matt Cameron was aggressive from a wide gate to sit outside the leader and they had the race in safe keeping 250 metres from home. Pluck That, who was fourth on debut in the Listed Castletown Stakes behind the unbeaten Volpe Veloce, surged clear to win by a widening four and a quarter lengths. "He was a bit unlucky first time out and he's continued to improve," Baker said. He will now consider a start in the Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki in a fortnight's time. "There will be some high-class two-year-olds in that and I feel he is more of a staying horse, but we'll see how he does," Baker said. A permanent resident at Vinery, Pluck (USA) stands alongside his shuttling sire More Than Ready for a $9,900 (inc GST) service fee.
Pluck Filly Wire-To-Wire
Speedy filly Life On The Wire landed the latest win for More Than Ready's son Pluck (USA) with an all-the-way victory against older horses at Devonport in Tasmania on Sunday. Despite drifting to the middle of the track in the straight, she scored by a length in the Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1000m) for trainers Scott & David Brunton. It was an impressive first-up performance by the 2YO following her debut fourth in the Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes in February. "We've got a big opinion of the filly," David Brunton said. "She's still raw. The tracks are terrible down here and she didn't even have a grass gallop before Sunday." He added: "She's had two starts now and we've thrown her in at the deep end both times. She wasn't ready for the Gold Sovereign, either. But we knew she was good and we decided to go ahead because there wasn't anything suitable for another month." The Bruntons train out of Seven Mile Beach in Tasmania and Bangholme on the Mornington peninsula. "We will tip her out for 6 to 8 weeks and I'm pretty sure she will end up at Bangholme. She will make a nice three year-old in the spring - she's pushing 16 hands already." Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heaven, by Vettori) is from the immediate family of the Brunton-trained stakes winners Life To The Full (Listed Tasmanian Newmarket) and What Life Brings (Listed Hobart Guineas). "We went to buy another Pluck this year but had no luck at the Gold Coast and then got beaten for one in Adelaide. This filly has a bit of the devil in her and so did the others in her family. Hopefully, it will help her fire up when she goes to Melbourne." A permanent resident at Vinery, Pluck (USA) stands alongside his shuttling sire More Than Ready for a $9,900 (inc GST) service fee. He won the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs and has sired 5 first-crop winners in Australia, NZ and South Africa.
Vinery Announces 2016 Stud Fees
Vinery Stud has announced its service fees for 2016 with champion sire More Than Ready and star galloper All Too Hard being joined by exciting newcomers Press Statement and Headwater. More Than Ready (USA) stays at a $66,000 fee after a stellar season which has unearthed two year-old colts the calibre of Prized Icon (Gr1 Champagne Stakes) & Kiss and Make Up (Gr2 Todman Stakes). His popularity in the sale-ring continues unabated with his yearlings selling to $950,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale at an average of $278,636. All Too Hard's first crop yearlings have been embraced by local and international buyers at all the major yearling sales this year, topping the freshman median ($220,000) at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and average ($244,048) at the Inglis Easter Sale. Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) retires to Vinery on the back of Gr1 victories as a 2YO and 3YO. He will prove popular at an introductory fee of $27,500. Headwater (Exceed And Excel) is by a Newmarket Hcp winner from Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove and was an exceptional talent winning the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes at two and he mixed it with older sprinters at three winning the LR Kensington Stakes (1000m) in 56.90s beating subsequent Newmarket winner The Quarterback.
Meanwhile, ahead of Buffering's next international test in Hong Kong, Mossman sired his 33rd stakes winner on Saturday and fellow Vinery favourite Testa Rossa sired his 57th stakes winner with Reldas (LR Abell Stakes) at Moonee Valley last month. Casino Prince is going better than ever this season with 6 individual stakes-winners, and Husson cracked a career-high double at the Gold Coast in January with Lucky Hussler (Magic Millions Cup) and Husson Eagle (Magic Millions Sprint) both winning races in excess of $1 million. Myboycharlie is doing an excellent job in both hemispheres – Brilliant filly Jameka won the Gr1 VRC Oaks this season and he's dominating French racing with Stakes winners Cheikeljack (colt) and undefeated Camprock (filly) both set for the French classics next month. More Than Ready's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck has begun his stud career brilliantly with early winners not only in Australia but also NZ and South Africa and he's great value a $9,900 fee. The full GST-inclusive line-up is:
- MORE THAN READY $66,000
- ALL TOO HARD $55,000
- PRESS STATEMENT $27,500
- MOSSMAN $16,500
- HEADWATER $16,500
- TESTA ROSSA $16,500
- HUSSON 13,200
- CASINO PRINCE $11,000
- MOYBOYCHARLIE $11,000
- PLUCK $9,900
Heroic Valour Wins Listed Slipper Stakes
At Matamata in New Zealand, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type quinella when, in a blanket finish, juvenile colt Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock-Myrhh, by Nassipour) scored by a narrow margin for trainer Stephen Autridge in the NZ$50,000 Listed Slipper Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, over fellow colts Mongolian Falcon (Fastnet Rock-Amazing Beauty, by Galileo) & Gasoline (Pluck-Miguelito, by Dunhill. A NZ$400,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing from the draft of Curraghmore Stud at the 2015 NZB National Yearling Sale, Heroic Valour, who is still very green and likely to improve with race experience, is now 2 from 2 for NZ$37,500 earnings.
Vinery Releases 2015 Open Day Video
Vinery Stud has put together Open Day footage to see why the Vinery stallion parades are so popular with breeders, and also with buyers wanting to see the stock of young stallions whose first progeny will sell at next year's round of yearling sales. Featuring comments from Vinery chief Peter Orton, the below video allows viewers to get up close and personal with the likes of More Than Ready (approaching 150 stakes-winners), his son Pluck, Champion 3YO All Too Hard, and the rest of the Vinery roster for the 2015 stud season that starts next Tuesday.
Vinery Announce Stallion Fees
Vinery Stud have announced their 2015 service fees with eleven stallions on their roster headed by former Champion 2YO sire More Than Ready and Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard. The progeny of the world-class More Than Ready averaged $320,000 at the recent Inglis Easter Sale with yearlings selling to Shadai, Spendthrift, Shadwell, Sun International, China Horse Club, HKJC, Team Hawkes, and Gai Waterhouse among others. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond and Magic Millions Classic winners and the sire of 5 individual Australian bred 2YO Stakes winners this season, More Than Ready remains at $66,000 inc GST. All Too Hard has had a brilliant start to his career covering over 350 mares in his first two books inc 40 Gr1 winning or producing mares such as Makybe Diva, Polar Success, Sacred Choice, Samaready, Snitzerland and the dams of Chautauqua, Mossfun, Hucklebuck, Zoustar, Happy Trails and Savabeel. Mares in foal to him averaged $352,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale. All Too Hard will stand at $55,000 inc GST this season with his first crop weanlings to enter the ring this year. With brilliant results on the racetrack and in the Sale ring this year, the Vinery roster ensures breeders have every opportunity to upgrade their mares in the knowledge that they are capable of producing runners at the highest level with a strike rate well above the average. All Vinery Fees include GST & carry a Transferable Free Return with deferred payment terms.
- More Than Ready - $66,000
- All Too Hard - $55,000
- Mossman - $27,500
- Testa Rossa - $19,800
- Congrats - $19,800
- Casino Prince - $13,200
- Husson - $13,200
- Myboycharlie - $11,000
- Pluck - $9,900
- Big Brown - $8,800
- Onemorenomore - $6,600
Inglis Autumn Thoroughbred Sale Catalogue Online
The catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Autumn Thoroughbred Sale is now online with 20 broodmares, 33 racehorses, ten yearlings and weanlings, and two stallions to be offered for sale at Inglis' Newmarket complex this Friday 13th March from 11:00am. Following a strong 2014 sale where the clearance rate was 97 per cent with over 75 per cent of the catalogue receiving bids through Inglis' Online Bidding Service, the 2015 edition is expected to produce impressive results. Emirates Park will offer ten quality broodmares and one race filly, the sires of which include Galileo, Danehill, Al Maher and Hussonet. Lot 17 from the Tingirana Syndicate is multiple-stakes winning and Gr1 performing mare Tingirana, which has gone on to produce three from three winners on the track. Sires Al Maher, Eavesdropper, Power Of Destiny, Mutawaajid and Harbour Watch are represented in-utero, while sires represented by foals at foot include Al Maher, Husson, Mutawaajid and Power of Destiny, along with young sires Uncle Mo, Harbour Watch, Pluck and Mulaazem. Two stallions are catalogued for sale this Friday. Lot 21 from the draft of Davali Thoroughbreds is Group 1 performed Brigantin (USA), who placed in both the Group 1 Royal Ascot Gold Cup and Group 1 Longchamp Prix du Cadran, and took out the Group 2 Longchamp Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. Offered as Lot 22 is the beautifully-bred Group 2 Silver Slipper-winning stallion Shaft. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Pluck's First Yearlings Emulate More Than Ready's
The parallels between Vinery champion More Than Ready and his Breeders' Cup winning son Pluck continued at last week's Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. Pluck is a replica of his sire and impressed trainers and syndicators alike selling all bar one yearling and averaging almost 6 times service fee (av $61k, med $60k off a service fee of $10,000). Warwick Farm trainer Gabby Englebrecht paid top price of $100,000 for his filly from Diamond Cove. More Than Ready's first Australian crop were sold at the 2004 majors and they averaged $61,520. His most expensive yearling at the Gold Coast that year was a $105,000 filly from Superb Lady. Racing as Fritz's Princess, that filly won up to Gr2 level in The Shorts at Randwick and earned over $700,000 for owner Nick Moraitis. Now a 12YO, the More Than Ready mare is the equivalent of a gift that keeps giving – her filly foal by Redoute's Choice made $230,000 at last year's Magic Millions National Sale. More Than Ready was the dominant winner of the 2004-05 Australian first-season sires' premiership with Gr1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner Carry On Cutie leading the charge among his 16 individual winners and historic 6 Stakes winning 2YOs. That was an Australian record until Northern Meteor sired 18 winners (3 SW) in 2012-13. Despite racing on the US Turf, Pluck's international pedigree and appeal is unquestionable with two of his first few yearling sold to South African trainers Mike Azzie and Paul Lafferty. Azzie has links with Vinery freshman's family going back two generations. He trained Pluck's second-dam Secret Pact (Bush Telegraph) to a Group One placing and three stakes wins including the LR George Azzie Memorial which was named in honour of his grandfather. Pluck's dam Secret Heart (Fort Wood) won the Listed Prix du Cap at Kenilworth before also placing at Group One level and being sold to North America where her first foal was the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner. The next Pluck yearlings catalogued for sale are available at the Inglis Classic Summer Book commencing on February 8. Among them is the half-sister to Gr3 BTC Classic winner Platinum Kingdom entered by Vinery as Lot 264.
Pluck (image: Vinery)
Pluck Yearlings In Demand At Gold Coast
The first yearlings by Vinery sire Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) sold to $100,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions on Wednesday. Warwick Farm trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht went to six-figures for Pluck's filly out of Diamond Cove and champion Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan weighed in with $90,000 for his filly from Bonded. Pluck finished the opening session with an average of $77,000 which is a significant mark-up on his service fee of $11,000 (inc gst). Englebrecht waited until the penultimate lot on Day 1 before buying the Diamond Cove filly. "We overlooked her during our first inspections but Conor Phelan from Vinery suggested she was definitely worth a look. I'm glad he did because she's a standout. I bought her for Kevin Pitstock and we were both blown away by her athleticism and charisma. Kevin said, 'I don't care about the price – just buy her'." She added, "The Plucks are a lot like More Than Ready and there's a real presence about our filly. And Diamond Cove has already thrown winners by Testa Rossa and Red Ransom." Englebrecht and Pitstock also paid $190,000 for Vinery's filly by Smart Missile from Brothers Dream. Her dam is a half-sister to Charge Forward. "It was an exciting day and we had a wine to celebrate!" Gabby said. "The big bucks at the 2016 Magic Millions are a big incentive and we will be adding more yearlings to the team later this week."
Pedigree Boost For Pluck
More Than Ready sire Pluck has received another black-type update just six weeks out from his first yearlings going under the hammer at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.With his first three dams all being Gr1 winners, Pluck already possessed a strong pedigree but it just got better with Pluck's younger half-sister Three Hearts rolling to a half-length victory on turf in the Gr3 Red Carpet Handicap (2200m) at Del Mar in the US. "She's such a classy filly to ride and relaxed so nicely," jockey Joe Talamo said. "We still had a lot left in the tank." Four-year-old mare Three Hearts(Hat Trick-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) is a Team Valor homebred and she had been based on the East Coast earlier in her career winning twice and earning a Gr3 placing in the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs.The Gr3 Red Carpet was formerly run as the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park until the historic track was closed in December last year."I've only had this filly since September," Hall Of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale said. "Team Valor has decided to send some horses out to the West Coast again. We took the blinkers off and I think she can go a longer distance than today."Three Hearts will be a readymade replacement for Team Valor at stud following the death of her dam Secret Heart (Fort Wood) in July. The South African bred mare foaled Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck first-up and, following Three Hearts, her final foals are colts by Kitten's Joy and Medagliad'Oro.Pluck is a son of Vinery champion More Than Ready and he has 9 first-crop yearlings catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions. The first three to parade are fillies being presented by Vinery (as agent).
- Lot 85: From a half-sister to South African stars Fighting Warrior (G1 Golden Horseshoe) & Royal Zulu Warrior (G2 Emperors Palace Mile).
- Lot 114: Half-sister to Afleet Esprit who won the G2 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield in September.
- Lot 199: Dam Diamond Cove won LR Bow Mistress Trophy and races at Flemington, Caulfield & Moonee Valley.
Pluck covered 150 mares in his first crop and he's currently serving a third book at Vinery at a fee of $11,000 (incGST).
Pluck (image: Vinery Stud)
Vinery Announces Open Days
Four time Gr1 winner All Too Hard and his first foals will highlight the Vinery Open Days in August. The Champion 3YOs first book at Vinery last year included 18 Gr1 winners and the dams of 12 Gr1 winners. Several first crop foals will be on show when Vinery showcases its quality roster of 13 stallions on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. Breakfast will be served from 9am with the stallion parade commencing at 10am. Visitors then have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the stallions after the parade. Champion sire More Than Ready will arrive back from Kentucky in the week leading up to the Open Days to stand alongside his Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning son Pluck. More Than Ready is building a strong reputation as a sire of sires and Pluck has covered over 250 mares in two books to date and his first-crop yearlings will be catalogued for next year's Majors. Prominent 2YO sires Mossman (sire of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun), Testa Rossa and Myboycharlie will also feature alongside Congrats, Casino Prince, Husson, Big Brown, Onemorenomore, Excites and Dubleo. Below is their video from 2013's Open Days.
Vinery Stud Announce 2014 Service Fees
Vinery Stud has announced the 2014 fees for its roster of stallions. Sharing top honours on the roster this year are multiple Golden Slipper and Breeder's Cup Juvenile producing sire More Than Ready and boom young sire All Too Hard, who will both stand at $66,000 for the 2014 season. "The 2014 Service fees for the Vinery Stallions represent great value to breeders at every level and offer a broad range of sire lines to suit all mares,'' said Vinery General Manager, Peter Orton. "With consistent results on the racetracks this year, the Vinery Stallion roster will collectively ensure breeders have every opportunity to upgrade their mares with the sound knowledge that they are capable of producing runners at the highest level of competition and a strike rate well above the average.'' Vinery's 2014 roster is:
- More Than Ready - $66,000
- All Too Hard - $66,000
- Mossman - $27,500
- Testa Rossa $27,500
- Congrats - $22,000
- Big Brown - $16,500
- Casino Prince - $16,500
- Husson - $13,200
- Myboycharlie - $13,200
- Onemorenomore - $13,200
- Pluck - $11,000
- Dubleo - $5,500
- Excites - $5,500
*All fees GST inclusive
War Front Son Retired To Stud
Soldat (War Front-Le Relais, by Coronado's Quest), the multiple group-winning son of exciting US stallion War Front, will stand the 2014 breeding season at Woodford Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Florida, reports bloodhorse.com. The talented 5YO defied tradition by breaking his maiden status in the Gr3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga before finishing runner-up to Vinery stallion Pluck in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. His other feature race victory came as a 3YO in the Gr2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Soldat retired due to a suspensory injury with 4 wins & 4 placings from 12 starts and US$622,760 in prize money. His stud fee is yet to be announced.
First Pluck Foals Born At Vinery
Vinery Stud has welcomed the first foals by its young US-bred stallion Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood). The son of More Than ready and Gr1-placed South African mare Secret Heart, joined Vinery's roster last year after suffering a career-ending injury that required emergency surgery for a twisted colon. During a brief but promising career spanning 7 starts, Pluck won 3 races highlighted by a memorable performance in the Gr2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf where he utilised his brilliant turn of foot to score a last to first victory. Among 150 mares covered in his debut season was the Giant's Causeway mare Miss Rangoon, the dam of Platinum Kingdom, who foaled a filly half-sister to the Gr3 winner. Some of the more high profile mares that are still due to foal include Chilean Gr1 winner La Chiflota (Hussonet), Gr3 winner Brief Embrace (Irgun), and listed winners Aragonce (Lake Coniston), Diamond Cove (Octagonal) & Diamond Hailey (Zabeel).
BREAKING NEWS: First Pluck Foals Born At Vinery
Vinery Stud has announced the arrival of their first foals by exciting young More Than Ready sire-son Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood), winner of the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf in a brilliant display. Among 150 mares served in his debut season last year, Miss Rangoon (USA) foaled a filly half-sister to multiple stakes-winning Gr3 winner Platinum Kingdom. Earlier in the month Flying Spur mare Defying Gravity (a daughter of Gr1 performer The Big Chill) foaled a colt. Pluck is standing his 2nd season for $11,000. Among notable mares due to foal to him are Gr1 winner La Chiflota, Gr3 winner Brief Embrace, and the Listed winners Aragonce, Ashkaleta, Diamond Cove, Diamond Hailey, Dirty, Magsaya and Pavlova.
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Pluck has his first Southern Hemisphere foals on the ground
Vinery Announces 2013 Fees
The Hunter Valley's Vinery Stud has announced its 2013 stallion fees which includes boom freshman son of Helsinge, All Too Hard, who is set to trial this morning in Sydney. The GST fees all carry a 'Transferable Free Return' if an in-foal mare fails to deliver a live foal (conditions apply), with no payment due until June 15, 2014:
US Breeders' Cup Winner Pluck Joins Vinery Aust Roster
Vinery Stud announced 2010 US Gr2 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (8 furlongs at Churchill Downs) winner Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) will join its stallion roster for the 2012 Australian breeding season at an $11,000 service fee. As a juvenile, Kentucky-bred Pluck (whose stakes-winning dam Secret Heart was multiple Gr1-placed) also won Canada's Gr3 Summer Stakes (8 furlongs at Woodbine) but subsequently sustained an injury which prevented him from racing as a 3YO. For more detailed information click on Pluck's image below.
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Crack US 2YO Pluck (image courtesy Breeders' Cup)
South Africa Yearlings Day-2: $429k Jet Master Colt
A.Papageorgiou paid the Day-2 top price of R3 million (A$429,000) for a colt by reigning champion sire Jet Master (out of champion Elliodor racemare Promisefrommyheart) consigned by Varsfontein Stud. The colt (already named Master Of My Fate) is a half-brother to recent stakes-winner Justthewayyouare & this is also the family of recent Gr1 Majorca Stakes winner Covenant & last year's US Gr2 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck.
US Juvenile Star Pluck To Join Vinery Aust Roster
Leading owner-breeder & Magic Millions principal John Singleton (who earlier this year secured Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown to stand at stud at Vinery Australia) "has obtained the standing rights for another American champion Pluck", reported The Daily Telegraph. Singleton revealed Pluck ("freakish winner" of last month's US Gr2 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf) "will eventually join his sire More Than Ready on Vinery Stud's roster". Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) came from last-in-running to motor past 11 rivals in the straight & score a 1-length victory in the Gr2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (8 furlongs on turf) at Churchill Downs in Kentucky & Singletion declared: "I saw Pluck's Breeders Cup win & it was like Belle Du Jour's Golden Slipper (in 2000). Pluck missed the start, got interfered with when a horse fell in front of him, was 5-lengths last for most of the race, but ended up winning easily. It was an incredible performance. So we decided to buy into the colt & although we only have a minority interest, it is enough to give us southern hemisphere standing rights." Pluck currently boasts 3 wins (also including September's Canadian Gr3 Summer Stakes over 8 furlongs at Woodbine) & a runner-up from 5 starts for US$725,440 earnings. Singleton said Pluck would "race in Europe next year & be set for either the French or Irish 2000 Guineas", adding there is "also a chance Pluck could race for a season Down Under as a 4YO".
Pluck Wins US Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a US juvenile graded-stakes success when Team Valor's colt Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) came from last-in-running to motor past 11 rivals in the straight & score a 1-length victory in the US$909,000 Gr2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (8 furlongs on turf) for 2YOs at Churchill Downs. Pluck (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Todd Pletcher) defeated fellow colts Soldat (War Front-Le Relais, by Coronado's Quest) & Willcox Inn (Harlan's Holiday-De Aar, by Gone West). Pluck took his record to 3 wins (also including September's Canadian Gr3 Summer Stakes over 8 furlongs at Woodbine) & a runner-up from 5 starts for US$725,440 earnings.
More Than Ready Adds Canada Gr3
In Canada, Vinery Stud Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a juvenile group success when US-bred colt Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) scored a 1-length victory in the C$250,000 Gr3 Summer Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) for 2YOs at Woodbine at Toronto. Equal-favourite Pluck (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Todd Pletcher) defeated fellow US-bred colts Rockin Heat (Rock Hard Ten-Makin Heat, by Makin) & Stormy Rush (Stormy Atlantic-Willow Rush, by Wild Rush). Pluck took his record to 2 wins & a placing from 4 starts for C$185,440 earnings.
Teenage Robber Jailed For 7 Years
Wednesday Odd Spot 2: Also in the UK, a teenage robber "who bit off part of a betting shop owner's ear has been jailed for 7 years," reported racingpost.co.uk. David Pluck, 55, was also "gouged in the eye, repeatedly punched & scarred for life" after rugby-tackling his 19-year-old attacker Keith Bateman. Judge John Roberts summed up: "You put your finger in his eye in a deliberate effort at gouging & bit off part of his ear. He has been left with permanent disfigurement, which he is troubled by, has heart palpitations caused by anxiety, & recurring nightmares." Pluck (a bookmaker for 30 years "who needed 11 stitches in his ear wound") commented: "It was worth having part of my ear bitten off to get a thug like that behind bars. Society has turned yobbish & if we don't stand up them, society will be wrecked."