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Expensive Filly Set For Hawkesbury Debut
Meanwhile, Hawkesbury-based trainer Brad Widdup is set to debut expensive filly Workdrinks in today's Philon 3YO Maiden Handicap at his home track. The well bred filly is by Fastnet Rock from Anabaa mare Slapstick, a three-quarter sister to dual Gr1 winning sprinter Virage De Fortune and multiple Group winning, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate runner-up Avenue. Slapstick herself was also a Gr3 winner. This is a truly outstanding family that also features Champion 3YO and 4YO and Australian Horse of the Year Emancipation as fourth dam, as well as Gr1 winners Railings, Stratum Star (a 2017 Widden Stud 2017 Freshman Sire), as well as South African Gr1 winner Rumya. The page also includes talented Street Cry colt Rageese (standing his debut season at NZ's Windsor Park Stud in 2017) who won at Gr3 level and took second in the Gr1 ATC Sires' Stakes. Workdrinks was pinhooked by Amarina Farm from the draft of Wood Nook Farm at the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale before being sold to Jadeskye at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $460,000. She was tuned up for her debut with a cosy 1.2-length trial win late July at Hawkesbury.
Warrior Ready to Defy History Again
Trainer David Hayes is bullish about the prospects of Redkirk Warrior in tomorrow's $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick, describing him as "a horse that breaks the rules". The UK-bred Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) did exactly that at his most recent outing when he became the first horse in history to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up from a spell. Hayes says he is unfazed about the prospect of the 6YO stepping up from six to eight furlongs, citing his win in the Gr3 Racing Club Stakes over 1500 metres at Sandown in the spring. "When he won the Sandown Stakes last spring we knew we had a serious horse. He beat Stratum Star that day and he has just kept winning since, including a Group One," Hayes told the Sydney Morning Herald. "That was second-up in Australia and it gives you confidence that the mile is not going to be a problem for him on Saturday." Hayes added: "People didn't think he could win a Newmarket, I did. I really think he will be competitive in the best weight-for-age races in the spring, so with 53kg in a Doncaster, he is going to be hard to beat."
Abscess Ends Auckland Cup Hopes
A foot issue has prevented the Darren Weir-trained Lord Van Percy (Sir Percy) from crossing the Tasman for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He had a foot abscess. It was nothing serious but it was a long way to go with him not quite being 100 per cent," Weir's racing manager Jeremy Rogers said of the 7YO UK-bred import. Meanwhile, the stable is bullish about the prospects of the former New Zealand-trained Humidor in Saturday's Gr1 Australian Cup. "He's really well and he's a seriously good horse," Rogers said. Humidor (Teofilo-Zalika, by Zabeel) has finished in the money in all three of his starts since joining Weir's stable, including a last-start second behind stable-mate Stratum Star in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield.
Gr1 Australian Cup Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Joint $4.20 Tab favourites for the race are stable-mates from the Darren Weir yard Humidor and Jameka who are coming off second and fourth placings respectively in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. Next best is Peter Young Stakes victor Stratum Star at $6, followed by The United States at $7.50 and Exospheric at $8.50. The final field is:
- STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (2)
- AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (6)
- THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Ben Melham) 59kg (4)
- MOURINHO (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 59kg (9)
- ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Adam Hyeronimus) 59kg (5)
- EXOSPHERIC (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Damien Oliver) 59kg (10)
- TALLY (John O'Shea-Joao Moreira) 59kg (1)
- TOM MELBOURNE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Glen Boss) 59kg (3)
- BOOM TIME (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 59kg (8)
- HUMIDOR (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (7)
- JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (11)
- REAL LOVE (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (12)
Stratum Star Wins Gr2 Peter Young Stakes
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 5YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by 0.2 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $200,000 Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Humidor (Teofilo-Zalika, by Zabeel) & 7YO Irish-bred entire The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal). Stratum Star, who was a $165,000 purchase by Rick Hore-Lacy at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic, Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gr3 David Jones Cup & Listed Gothic Stakes) & 15 placings (including the Gr1 Futurity Stakes, Gr1 Toorak Handicap, Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) from 35 starts for $2,375,960 earnings. Darren Weir speculated Stratum Star may be on the verge of having his final race start in the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on 11 March, as he expects stud farms to start making offers for the dual Gr1 winner. "He's going to be make a beautiful stallion as he's got the lovely attitude and just have a look at him, he's a great type," Weir told Racing.com. "He's an amazing horse. He's as tough as they come but he's got such a great attitude and he's been terrific for our stable."
Winx Stars As MM Graduates Sweep 10 Stakes Races
The world's best on turf led the way as Magic Millions graduates starred across Australasia on a massive day's racing with no fewer than 10 individual stakes wins. Winx was again the star act of the afternoon - overcoming a heavy track to lead home a Magic Millions 1-2 result in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. The win was the 10th at Group One level for Winx and in winning she went past Phar Lap's longest consecutive winning streak. Earlier in the afternoon the outstanding WA-bred and owned star Black Heart Bart won his fifth Gr1 in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. One of the most popular gallopers in the country, Black Heart Bart came with a strong finishing run to grab his stable-mate Tosen Stardom in the last stride. Weir said there were Adelaide or Sydney races as likely targets for the gelding, with the recently boosted $1 million Gr1 Goodwood at Morphettville, a race he won last year, a possible goal. Other magic Millions graduates to claim feature race wins on Saturday were: Stratum Star (Gr2 MRC Peter Young Stakes), Farson (Gr2 MRC Autumn Stakes), One More Honey (Gr2 ATC Sweet Embrace Stakes), Gold Fever (Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes), Silent Sedition (Gr3 MRC Mannerism Stakes), Benx (Gr3 MRC Zeditave Stakes), Boom Time (MRC Listed Mornington Cup Prelude), and Gangbuster (Listed Lex Piper Stakes).
Star Kiwi Galloper Seeking To Turn Tables in Futurity
Turn Me Loose's fitness levels have improved over the past fortnight and co-trainer Murray Baker is optimistic that his multiple Group One winner has now hit his winning weight, reports NZ Racing Desk. Last season's champion New Zealand sprinter-miler was runner-up to star galloper Black Heart Bart last time out in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, and the Darren Weir-trained gelding is again seen as Turn Me Loose's main danger in tomorrow's Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. "Black Heart Bart has won $3 million and, apart form Winx, he's the best 1400 metre horse in Australia," Baker said of Turn Me Loose. "We just hope our bloke has improved enough. He's a big horse and he takes a lot to get him fit for a sprinter, but he does like Caulfield and Kerrin (jockey Kerrin McEvoy) rides him very well." Baker said a decision on the future of Turn Me Loose, who beat Black Heart Bart's stable-mate Stratum Star in the Futurity 12 months ago, will be made after Saturday. "He's nominated for the Australian Cup [Gr1], which is 2000 metres and I've always felt he will go past a mile and he's also in the big race in Dubai, which is 1800 metres," he said. Black Heart Bart is the dominant $1.80 Tab favourite for Saturday's $500,000 weight-for-age Futurity Stakes, with Turn Me Loose the equal-second market elect with Palentino at $7.50.
Leading 1400m galloper Turn Me Loose (pic: Mark Gatt)
Widden To Celebrate 150th Anniversary in 2017
Widden Stud will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. The internationally renowned Hunter Valley nursery is the world’s longest standing continuously family owned thoroughbred stud. Established in 1867, Widden has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most successful stud farms and in 2001 the Thompson family became inaugural inductees into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame alongside Phar Lap & Bart Cummings. Some of the champion racehorses and sires that were born and raised at Widden include Kingston Town, Vain, Marscay, Bletchingly, Todman, and General Nediym. "Through the support of such wonderful clients, I am proud that Widden remains a leader in producing the next generation of champion racehorses highlighted by Australia’s latest two Group 1 winners (Takedown and Stratum Star) born & raised here in the ‘Valley Of Champions’," principal Antony Thompson said on Widden's website.
Perfect Reflection Ready For Step Up In Trip
William Pike is confident Perfect Reflection (More Than Ready-Reflected Image, by Bluebird) will run out a strong 2100 metres in Saturday’s Gr2 Ted van Heemst Stakes at Ascot, reports the West Australian. It will be the first time that the Gr1 winning mare has raced beyond 1800 metres. "I’m very keen to get her over the ground,” Pike said. “It’s a little bit of an unknown, but the key for me is to get her to relax and conserve some energy early. If I can get her to settle she will run it out." He added: "A bit further might just be what she’s looking for.” Perfect Reflection, whose dam Reflected Image won the 1999 West Australian Oaks (2400m), is coming off third placing behind Stratum Star and Scales of Justice in the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic over 1800m. “She’s still going well,” Pike said. "I think we bumped into a couple of exceptional ones [Stratum Star and Scales Of Justice] the other day."
Stratum Star Wins Gr1 Kingston Town Classic
At Ascot in Perth, West Australia, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) celebrated an elite success when 5YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by a nose trainer Darren Weir in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) & 4YO mare Perfect Reflection (More Than Ready-Reflected Image, by Bluebird). Stratum Star, who was a $165,000 purchase by Rick Hore-Lacy at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gr3 David Jones Cup & Listed Gothic Stakes) & 15 placings (including the Gr1 Futurity Stakes, Gr1 Toorak Handicap, Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) from 33 starts for $1,652,460 earnings. However, Stratum Star's win was not without controversy. Racing and Wagering Western Australia stewards immediately launched an inquiry into Douglas Whyte's ride on Scales Of Justice after the multiple Hong Kong champion jockey appeared to misjudge the finish and not ride his mount out. Whyte has pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to ride his mount out to the end of the race.
Stratum Star (image: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Kingston Town Classic Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 41st running of the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) to be run at Ascot in Perth, West Australia this Saturday. The current $3.80 TAB favourite for the race is the Bob Peters-owned mare Perfect Reflection who will be seeking to make it back-to-back Kingstown Town victories. Next in the market is multiple Gr1-winning Kiwi galloper Kawi at $5, ahead of last-start Gr1 Railways Stakes victor Scales Of Justice at $6.50. All other runners are at double figure odds. The final field is:
1. GOOD PROJECT (Chris Waller-Hugh-Bowman) 59kg (5)
2. IHTSAHYMN (Fred Kersley-Steven Parnham) 59kg (13)
3. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (1)
4. KAWI (Allan Sharrock-Michael Walker) 59kg (4)
5. DISPOSITION (Grant & Alana Williams-Glenn Smith) 59kg (8)
6. HE OR SHE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-C Parnham) 59kg (14)
7. DUBAI ESCAPADE (Justin Warwick-Ben Kennedy) 59kg (6)
8. BASS STRAIT (Neville Parnham-Brad Parnham) 59kg (11)
9. TRADESMAN (Robert & Todd Harvey-Dwayne Dunn) 59kg (9)
10. SCALES OF JUSTICE (Lindsey Smith-Douglas Whyte) 58.5kg (16)
11. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (7)
12. MACKINTOSH (Chris Waller-Damien Oliver) 58.5kg (10)
13. HEART STARTER (Grant & Alana Williams-Peter Hall) 58.5kg (12)
14. NEVERLAND (Grant & Alana Williams-Jarrad Noske) 57kg (3)
15. TICK TICK BLOOM (G Durrant & J Miller-Patrick Carbery) 57kg (15)
16. PERFECT REFLECTION (Grant & Alana Williams-William Pike) 56.5kg (2)
Gr1 Kingston Town Classic Field
The final field has been declared for the 41st running of the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot this Saturday. The barrier draw will be conducted at 4:30pm this afternoon in the Director's Room at Ascot racecourse in Perth. The final field is:
1. GOOD PROJECT (HUGH BOWMAN-CHRIS WALLER) 59kg
2 IHTSAHYMN (STEVEN PARNHAM-FRED KERSLEY) 59kg
3. STRATUM STAR (DAMIAN LANE-DARREN WEIR) 59kg
4. KAWI (MICHAEL WALKER-ALLAN SHARROCK) 59kg
5. DISPOSITION (GLENN SMITH-GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS) 59kg
6. HE OR SHE (CHRIS PARNHAM-D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG) 59kg
7. DUBAI ESCAPADE (JUSTIN WARWICK) 59kg
8. BASS STRAIT (BRAD PARNHAM-NEVILLE PARNHAM) 59kg
9. TRADESMAN (DWAYNE DUNN-ROBERT & TODD HARVEY) 59kg
10. SCALES OF JUSTICE (DOUGLAS WHYTE-LINDSEY SMITH) 58.5kg
11. VANBRUGH (BEN MELHAM-CHRIS WALLER) 58.5kg
12. MACKINTOSH (DAMIEN OLIVER-CHRIS WALLER) 58.5kg
13. HEART STARTER (PETER HALL-GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS) 58.5kg
14. NEVERLAND (JARRAD NOSKE-GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS) 57kg
15. TICK TICK BLOOM (PATRICK CARBERY-G DURRANT & JASON MILLER) 57kg
16. PERFECT REFLECTION (WILLIAM PIKE-GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS) 56.5kg
Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr3 Racing Club Stakes
At Sandown in Melbourne, 6YO UK-bred gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) posted his first win since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.4 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $150,000 Gr3 Racing Club Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 5YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 4YO gelding Un De Sceaux (Hinchinbrook-Cross Dresser, by Cape Cross). The former Gr1-placed Hong Kong galloper improved his record to 4 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 9 starts for $637,080 earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes said Redkirk Warrior had the potential to develop into a Gr1 horse in the autumn. "That qualifies him for most of the good races in the autumn, so we'll back off him a bit now," Hayes told racing.com. "He's a Group 1 horse for sure." He added: "He's got the scope, and race manners about him, that tells me he's a very good horse...if we ease him, he'll be a star in the autumn."
Redkirk Warrior (image: Mark Gatt)
Flamboyer Wins Listed Glasshouse Handicap
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, multiple Group-winning stallion Clang (Bellotto-Sudden Impulse, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Flamboyer (Clang-Zedatier, by Zeditave) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer Kelly Doughty in the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Saluter (Commands-Rosekay Heart, by Show a Heart) & 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). This was the first stakes victory for Flamboyer who took his record to 8 wins and 13 placings from 36 starts for $444,500 earnings.
Spill The Beans Wins Gr2 QTC Cup
In a brilliant result for Aquis Farm at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 3YO colt Spill The Beans (Snitzel-Miss Dodwell, by Falbrav) scored by 0.2-lengths for trainer Gerald Ryan in the Gr2 QTC Cup (1300m), over 4YO gelding Federal (Medaglia D'Oro-Virago, by Danehill) & 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). Recently announced as one of four foundation stallions for Queensland's beautifully appointed Aquis Farm, Spill The Beans – from the family of Champion Bounding Away – took his record to 5 wins (including last month's Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas & Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 3 placings (including last start's Restricted Listed Inglis 3YO Guineas at Scone & Listed Brian Crowley Stakes) from 11 starts for $560,700 earnings. Spill The Beans was retained to race after he was passed in for $45,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Street Cry Colt Looks To Have Adelaide Guineas Stitched Up
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum is no stranger to feature race success, his yellow and dark blue vee silks having been carried to victory all around the world. Tomorrow at Morphettville, his Street Cry 3YO colt Rageese, raced in partnership with New Zealand's Windsor Park Stud, appears to have the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) at his mercy. Currently a $1.45 quote, Rageese (Street Cry-Rabsha, by Dehere) comes into the race off a sensational victory in the Listed HC Nitschke Stakes (1400m) at the same venue where he smashed his rivals by close to 5-lengths. From the Emancipation family of local Gr1 winners Virage De Fortune, Stratum Star, Railings and South African Gr1 winner Rumya, Rageese is living up to his juvenile form which included a runner-up in Randwick's Gr1 Sires Produce Stakes.
BTC Cup Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 BTC Cup (1200m) to be run at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday. Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop (barrier 10) is the current TAB favourite for the race at $3.80, ahead of Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Japonisme (3) at $4.20 and talented country galloper Artlee (4) at $8.50. The final field is:
1. DELECTATION (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 58.5kg (12)
2. FELL SWOOP (Matthew Dale-Jay Ford) 58.5kg (10)
3. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (13)
4. DOTHRAKI (Peter & Paul Snowden-Blake Shinn) 58.5kg (1)
5. SACRED STAR (Tony Pike-Jim Byrne) 58.5kg (7)
6. ARTLEE (Todd Willan-Michael Cahill) 58.5kg (4)
7. CHARLIE BOY (Peter & Paul Snowden-Damian Browne) 58.5kg (6)
8. MALAGUERRA (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Glen Colless) 58.5kg (8)
9. TARGET IN SIGHT (Joseph Pride-James Orman) 58.5kg (9)
10. LIBERATION (Barry Lockwood-Brad Pengelly) 58.5kg (5)
11. JAPONISME (Chris Waller-Glyn Schofield) 57kg (3)
12. COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller-Sam Clipperton) 57kg (11)
13. TWO BLUE (Kristen Buchanan-Paul King) 56.5kg (14)
14. ECHO GAL (Gai Waterhouse-Tegan Harrison) 56.5kg (2)
Doncaster Mile Final Field
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest mile race, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Australia's best racehorse Winx has drawn barrier 11 in the 15-horse field. Chasing her ninth consecutive victory and her sixth Gr1 title, Winx is currently the $1.85 TAB favourite for Saturday's time-honoured feature. The only other horse under double figure odds is Winx's stable-mate and defending Doncaster champion Kermadec at $6.50. The final field is:
1. KERMADEC (Chris Waller-Zac Purton) 57kg (3)
2. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker-Opie Bosson) 57kg (9)
3. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (11)
4. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 55kg (2)
5. BOW CREEK (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 54.5kg (4)
6. FIRST SEAL (John Thompson-Tommy Berry) 53kg (1)
7. VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs) 52.5kg (10)
8. GOOD PROJECT (Chris Waller-Craig Newitt) 52kg (7)
9. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse-Tim Clark) 52kg (14)
10. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 50.5kg (8)
11. AZKADELLIA (Ciaron Maher-Glen Boss) 50kg (12)
12. HE OR SHE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Patrick Moloney) 50kg (13)
13. RUDY (Helen Page) 50kg (15)
14. AOMEN (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (5)
15. VERGARA (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (6)
Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue Online
884 lots have been catalogued for the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, which will again run over four days, on 1, 2, 3 and 4 May. The Newmarket sale ring in Sydney will light up with weanlings and broodmares from some of Australia's best families. Kicking off selling on the first day will be the Platinum Weanling Session, where all 123 weanlings entered have X-Rays available for viewing, to minimise risk and maximise returns to buyers. Weanlings to be offered include those from the families of Group 1 winners Flamberge Samaready, Holler, Nicconi, Hot Danish, Onemorenomore, Sacred Star, Assertive Lad, Bulla Borghese, Snitzel and Hurtle Myrtle, along with blue hen Staging and hot young sire I Am Invincible. Exciting young sires All Too Hard, So You Think, Uncle Mo, Zoffany, Excelebration, and proven sires Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Stratum, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Choisir will be represented at this year's weanling sale, as will first season sires Zoustar, Epaulette, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Dawn Approach and Sizzling. In the broodmare section, dispersals and reductions have been nominated by four of Australia's leading thoroughbred nurseries: Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud. They have been joined most recently by substantial drafts from Newgate Farm and Princes Farm. In addition to Extremely, carrying a full sibling to this year's outstanding Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice, and Group 1 winner Barinka, mares will be offered in foal with siblings to Flippant and Neena Rock. The broodmare section will also offer mares closely related to First Seal, Denman, Mirjulisa Lass, Once Were Wild, Captain Sonador, Scratch Me Lucky, Stratum Star, Serenade, Sacred Kingdom, Jabali, Bondeiger, Hallowell Belle and Sweet Redemption. Over 50 outstanding broodmares from each Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud will be offered, including close relations to Group 1 winning first season sire Your Song and a full sister to Flight Stakes winner Speak Fondly, and Group 1 winner Faint Perfume in-foal to Redoute's Choice. Newgate Farm's draft is highlighted by Group 1 performer Pane In The Glass which is in foal to their resident first season sire Deep Field, and Follonica in foal to Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident. Stallion shares will also be offered to exciting sires Snitzel, Sebring and Savabeel. Click here to view the online catalogue.
He Or She Wins Gr2 Blamey Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Rivercrest Park sire Kendel Star (Kenmare-Excited Angel, by Vice Regent) added a Group success when 5YO gelding He Or She (Kendel Star-Danessa, by West Point) scored by 0.4-length for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $200,000 Gr2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 5YO entire The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal) & 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). This was a well deserved maiden stakes victory for the former West Australian-raced He Or She, who advanced his record to 9 wins and 3 placings from 18 starts for $432,260 earnings.
Turn Me Loose Wins Gr1 Futurity Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 4YO entire Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Murray Baker in the $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), over ever-consistent fellow 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 5YO mare Suavity (Thorn Park-Cha Cha, by High Chaparral). Living up to his second-up record, Turn Me Loose had to work hard to find a position before box-seating heading for home where he quickly find another gear to earn his third Gr1 feature. Bred by NZ race commentator George Simon and his wife Maryanne, Turn Me Loose was purchased by Todd Hartley for NZ$52,500 at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale from the draft of Mana Park. Turn Me Loose took his record to 7 wins (including last November's Gr1 Emirates Stakes, Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas, Gr2 Crystal Mile, Gr2 Hawke's Bay Guineas & Listed Seymour Cup) & 4 placings (including the Gr3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes) from 13 starts for $1,452,884 earnings.
Turn Me Loose Primed For Second Up Run
There is strong belief from across the Tasman that crack Gr1 performer Turn Me Loose is set to nab another Australian top-tier event tomorrow. With Opie Bosson opting to ride Turn Me Loose while Kerrin McEvoy keeps the saddle warm for him on Mongolian Khan in Sydney's Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney, NZ Racing Desk reports the Kiwi hoop as saying that Turn Me Loose will be a lot better for his first up run in in the Gr1 C.F.Orr Stakes where he was forced to work hard early in the race. Acknowledged for his second-up form – he's had 2 wins and a second from 3 starts – the market is speaking volumes with the son of Iffraaj currently a clear $3 favourite ahead of Suavito & Hucklebuck, both around the $6 mark. Meanwhile, there's been a move for consistent Stratum Star ($16 into $12) whose 2.3-lengths seventh in the Orr puts him right in the mix off a handy draw.
Bell View Park To Disperse Broodmares In Sydney
In another exciting addition to the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale, prolific thoroughbred nursery Bell View Park Stud have announced the unreserved dispersal of their 25 in-foal broodmares at Newmarket in the first week of May. "We've put a lot of thought into these matings, and we are confident we are offering a premium product in foal to some really exciting young stallions," said Bell View Park Stud's Business Manager Adam Mackrell. "All the mares are on the younger end of the spectrum with bright futures, with many that have some exciting youngsters with Australia's top trainers. There is a wide selection of mares to suit each buyer, and we are delighted to be offering them at Inglis' Broodmare Sale," he said. The elite group of mares have been covered by some of Australia's hottest sires, with proven stallions Sebring, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile represented in-utero, alongside young commercial sires Brazen Beau, Wandjina, Foxwedge, Dissident, Zoustar, Sepoy, Eurozone, Shooting To Win, Epaulette, Sizzling, Deep Field and Rubick. Among the 25 mares are the Group 1-placed Raid from the family of Stratum Star and Serenade; Group 1 winner Barinka; Sun Maid, from the family of Sacred Kingdom and Jabali, which is carrying a three-quarter relation to her Group 1-placed son Equator; Certitude, a city-winning daughter of Not A Single Doubt from the family of Bondeiger; Arctic Dream, a half-sister to Hallowell Belle and Fuddle Dee Duddle; and Redeeming Lass, dam of Tasmanian Oaks runner-up Sweet Redemption. Entries to the 2016 Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale must be finalised by Monday 7 March.
Star-Studded CF Orr Stakes Field
A star-studded field is set to contest the first Gr1 race of the year - the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The connections of 18 horses have chosen to launch their autumn campaigns in the $500,000 weight-for-age feature which sees dual Gr1 winner Lucky Hussler as the early $4.60 favourite with the TAB. Last season's Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose and 5-time Gr1 winner Boban are the only other horses under double figure odds at $5 and $7.50 respectively. The field for the 2016 Gr1 CF Orr Stakes is:
1. FAWKNER (Robert Hickmott-Nicholas Hall) 59kg (12)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Ms Jamie Kah) 59kg (11)
3. BOBAN (Chris Waller-Douglas Whyte) 59kg (13)
4. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Glen Boss) 59kg (8)
5. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli-Blake Shinn) 59kg (4)
6. MOURINHO (Peter Gelagotis-Vlad Duric) 59kg (7)
7. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker-Opie Bosson) 59kg (10)
8. HUCKLEBUCK (Phillip Stokes-Dom Tourneur) 59kg (18)
9. TRUST IN A GUST (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (15)
10. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (14)
11. MESSENE (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-J Winks) 59kg (5)
12. ENTIRELY PLATINUM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 59kg (9)
13. BOW CREEK (John O'Shea-Ben Melham) 59kg (2)
14. RED BOMBER (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 59kg (6)
15. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (17)
16. RISING ROMANCE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-D Lane) 57kg (16)
17. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Luke Currie) 57kg (1)
18. FENWAY (Lee & Shannon Hope-Damien Oliver) 57kg (3)
Mister Consistency Back For Another Possible Cheque
Despite not always being a winner, there are few top flight gallopers doing the rounds in Australia more consistent than Stratum Star. After four very ordinary runs to start his career – including starting at $151 in the Blue Diamond Prelude behind Rubick, Stratum Star was tipped out for over 5 months and returned as the racehorse who must have being showing his connections enough for him to have run in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Since then the Darren Weir-trained 4YO entire has faced the starter 16 times for 5 wins and 10 placings, the only blot to his form line coming over a distance too short for him (1200m in the Regal Roller). Placing in a number of top flight races during his consistent stretch, Stratum Star's last three starts have yielded a Gr1 win (Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes), a Gr1 placing (Toorak Handicap) and a Gr3 win (David Jones Handicap) where he recorded a comprehensive victory over 2000m at Caulfield. Taking on some of the creme of Australia's weight-for-age gallopers in tomorrow's Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), Stratum Star will have the redoubtable big race specialist Craig Williams as his pilot. Punters could do worse than float Stratum Star as a roving banker in trifectas, if only because he simply doesn't know when to quit.
Stratum Star (image: Mark Gatt)
Stratum Star Wins Gr3 David Jones Cup
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by 1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Gr3 David Jones Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock-Awesome Planet, by Giant's Causeway) & 6YO gelding Leebaz (Zabeel-Polish Princess, by Polish Precedent). Stratum Star, who was a $165,000 purchase by Rick Hore-Lacy at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Listed Gothic Stakes) & 10 placings (including last start's Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) from 20 starts for $770,210 earnings.
Stratum Star (image: Mark Gatt)
Gear Change For Puccini
New Zealand galloper Puccini will race without ear muffs in tomorrow's Gr3 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield, reports NZ Racing Desk. The dual Gr1-winning son of Encosta de Lago was unplaced a week ago in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap after missing the start, with rider Ben Melham commenting post-race that the muffs contributed to the slow beginning. Arguably the horse to beat in the David Jones Cup is the top weight and classy 4YO Stratum Star, who already has a Gr1 victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and two Gr1 placings to his credit this spring. In other gear changes for Caulfield, Volkstok'n'barrell and Lucia Valentina will race without blinkers in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup while equal top weight Protectionist will race in winkers.
Lucky Hussler Wins Gr1 Toorak Handicap
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO gelding Lucky Hussler (Husson-Talaq Dancer, by Black Hawk) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $400,000 Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Disposition (Reset-Test Case, by Testa Rossa) & 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). Lucky Hussler took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Gr3 Moonga Stakes, Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate & Gr3 BRC George Moore Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Emirates Stakes, Gr2 Queensland Guineas, Listed Headquarters Tavern Stakes & Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes) from 31 starts for $1,159,350 earnings. Consigned by Monarch Stud, Lucky Hussler was a $100,000 purchase by Valley View Heights Management Services Pty Ltd at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Lucky Hussler (image: Mark Gatt)
Stratum Star Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
In a blanket finish at Caulfield in Melbourne, At Caulfield in Melbourne, Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) celebrated a Gr1 victory when 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by a nose for trainer Darren Weir in the $402,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), over favoured 4YO gelding Disposition (Reset-Test Case, by Testa Rossa) & 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). A perennial bridesmaid since shedding his stakes tag last October, highly consistent Stratum Star took his record to 4 wins (also including the Listed Gothic Stakes) & 9 placings (including last start's Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) for $643,460 earnings.
Boban Wins Gr1 Memsie Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & US Eclipse Award-winning stallion Bernardini (A.P. Indy-Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 6YO gelding Boban (Bernardini-Kenbelle, by Kenmare) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $400,000 Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Entirely Platinum (Pentire-Platinum Blond, by Kaapstad) & 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). This was the fifth Gr1 victory for Boban who was a $1000,000 purchase by BBA Ireland at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Millbrook Stud. He took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes, Gr1 Emirates Stakes, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap & Gr3 Moonga Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr3 BTC Classic & Listed Hawkesbury Guineas) from 33 starts for $2,790,663 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller's Melbourne foreperson Justine Hales said Boban would now head back to Sydney for the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 19 September.
Strong Gr1 Relations At MM National Yearling Sale
Among the pedigree highlight lots of the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale are (at least half) relations to Gr1 winners including La Drakkar, Lone Rock, Mentality, Samaready, Shocking, Snitzel and Whobegotyou. There are also close relations to this season's stakes stars Alpine Eagle, Time for War, The Grey Flash, Averau, Haptic, Lady Jivago, Leisure Free, Pearl Star, Phrases, Red Excitement, Sir Singo and Stratum Star. Gr1-winning mares Bulla Borghese, Lotteria, Republic Lass, Serious Speed, Tartan Tights and Victory Vein have yearlings represented with no fewer than 105 stakes performed mares with progeny set to go under the hammer. To view the online catalogue for the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale click here.
Connections celebrate Lotteria's Gr1 win (image: Steve Hart)
Chill Party Wins Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) celebrated his first stakes winner when 3YO colt Chill Party (Nicconi-Dressed to Impress, by Turtle Island) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Tom Hughes in the $200,000 Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 3YO filly Maastricht (Mastercraftsman-Cat Shmea, by Felix the Cat). Chill Party, who was a $60,000 purchase by Baree Pastoral at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the daft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, took his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 11 starts for $195,075 earnings.
Red Cadeaux Backed To Lose Bridesmaid Tag
Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux ($13) is being well backed to claim the Australian Cup on Saturday. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has laid one bet of $2000 on the perennial bridesmaid. While Red Cadeaux is being well supported, equal $5.00 favourite Hartnell is not as popular as Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist ($5.00). "Punters are getting behind Red Cadeaux and if any horse deserves a Cup win it is him. He's the best backed runner ahead of Protectionist, who will be a lot fitter for his second-up run,'' said sportsbet.com.au's Shaun Anderson. Lankan Rupee ($3.50) continues to be the one punters want in the Newmarket. The Mick Price trained gelding holds more than double the money than $2.70 favourite Chautauqua. The markets courtesy of Sportsbet:
$5.00 - Protectionist
$5.00 - Hartnell
$6.00 - Happy Trails
$9.00 - Akzar
$10 - He's Your Man
$12 - Spillway
$13 - Mourinho
$13 - Red Cadeaux
$21 - Stratum Star
$26 - Au Revoir
$26 - Disposition
$26 - Greatwood
$26 - Puccini
$26 - Sweynesse
$26 - The Cleaner
$2.70 - Chautauqua
$3.50 - Lankan Rupee
$4.50 - Brazen Beau
$6.00 - Terravista
$15 - Vain Queen
$21 - Watermans Bay
$21 - Delectation
$26 - Fast 'n' Rocking
$26 - Driefontein
$34 - Flamberge
Wandjina Wins Gr1 Australian Guineas
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated a Gr1 success when well bred 3YO colt Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $500,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) & Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). This was the first top flight victory for Wandjina who took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 12 starts for $558,800 earnings. Wandjina was a $1 million purchase by James Harron on behalf of Dr Edmund Bateman and his wife Belinda at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud. "He's a horse we have had huge belief in, he's a magnificent type with a great pedigree, it's great to see him win a Group One," Harron told TVN. "We set out with a plan about five years and they've built-up an incredible bloodstock portfolio of broodmares. We've got Foxwedge having his first yearlings now, and this is the second stallion prospect for them...it's very exciting." He added, "He's an oil painting. He's an incredible looking horse. Edmund and Belinda are very involved. They came out to the sales and we all looked at him and fell in love with him." Wandjina is the ninth foal of the Last Tycoon mare La Bamba and is a sibling to Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint winner Inspiration (Flying Spur) as well as stakes winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence (both by Redoute's Choice).
Wandjina (image: Steve Hart)
Wandjina Wins Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when valuable 3YO colt Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Disposition (Reset-Test Case, by Testa Rossa) & fellow 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins). This was the first stakes victory for the highly talented Wandjina who took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 11 starts for $235,800 earnings. Winning jockey Damien Oliver was full of praise for Wandjina, who fought on bravely after being headed in the straight by the runner-up Disposition. "To lead all the way first up was a good effort. He was very tough and strong, hopefully he can keep on going towards the (Australian) Guineas," Oliver told TVN. "To his credit he dug deep when he needed to." Wandjina was purchased for $1 million by James Harron on behalf of Dr Edmund Bateman and his wife Belinda at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud. He is the ninth foal of the Last Tycoon mare La Bamba and is a sibling to Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint winner Inspiration (Flying Spur) as well as stakes winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence (both by Redoute's Choice).
Money Expected For Cup Runner Red Cadeaux
Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is locked in to tackle next month's Australian Cup. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au expects money to start to flow for the English stayer. Red Cadeaux is currently $26 for the Gr1 feature at Flemington on 14 March, behind $3.50 favourite Protectionist. "There's not a sniff for Red Cadeaux, but there's no doubt the public will start to get behind him. His three Melbourne Cup placings have elevated his popularity with punters,'' said sportsbet.com.au's Shaun Anderson. $26 outsider Beaten Up has been the best backed horse overall.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au.
$3.50 - Protectionist
$7.00 - Happy Trails, He's Your Man
$11 - Petrology, Contributor
$13- Real Love, Pornichet, Foreteller
$15 - Bondeiger
$17 - Disposition, The Cleaner, Stratum Star, Hawkspur, Preferment
$21 - Akzar, Sweynesse, Junoob
$26 - Weary, Red Cadeaux, Who Shot Thebarman, Le Roi, Spillway, Beaten Up
Petrology Back In Work
Sandown Guineas winner Petrology (Fastnet Rock-Romantic River, by Irish River) has returned to the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable to begin his autumn preparation aimed at the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 7 March, reports racenet.com.au. Petrology, who is a three-quarter brother to Gr1-winning Danehill mare Aqua D'Amore, landed the biggest prize of his short career to date when defeating Stratum Star and Berisha in the Gr2 Sandown Guineas on 15 November. "He didn't get long off between the spring and when he came back in but because he's been out at the water walker and go into the paddock, it's like a spell," co-trainer Tom Dabernig said. "He's a horse that actually hit form deep into his prep, so I'm not too worried about that either. He's a sound horse and he's quite athletic. He's under saddle but only doing light work." Petrology is likely to resume in the Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on 26 January.
Petrology (image: Steve Hart)
Petrology Wins Gr2 Sandown Guineas
At Sandown in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Australian champion sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when beautifully bred 3YO colt Petrology (Fastnet Rock-Romantic River, by Irish River) scored a dominant 2.25-length win for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $300,000 Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 3YO gelding Berisha (Al Samer-Beheshta, by Brief Truce). A $200,000 purchase by Lindsay Park Racing from the draft of Coolmore Stud at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Easter Sale, Petrology took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed TCL Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Listed Dandenong Stakes at Caulfield) from 9 starts for $339,300 earnings. David Hayes said that Petrology, who is a three-quarter brother to Gr1-winning Danehill mare Aqua D'Amore, would be spelled with a view to targeting races such as the Australian Guineas in the autumn.
Petrology (image: Steve Hart)
Improvement Expected From Aspen In Sandown Guineas
Trainer Mick Huxtable is confident that unbeaten South Australian 3YO Lord Aspen (Good Journey-Lady Aspen, by Bianconi) has improved ahead of tomorrow's Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Sandown, reports racing.com. The son of Good Journey took his record to four wins from four starts when registering his first stakes success in the Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. "I think (the win) has brought him on, he worked well this morning (Thursday) and I'm so happy with him" Huxtable told RSN. "He's drawn ideally (barrier 6) to have the run of the race. He's a better chaser. When he was chasing he was good and when he got there he switches off. When the other horse came at him he went again." He added, "He's a big boy at heart, he doesn't know a lot about it yet but he's improved every time he's stepped out." Lord Aspen is currently on the third line of betting for the Guineas at $4.60, behind Paul Messara's exciting colt Rekindled Power at $3.80 and favourite Stratum Star at $2.70.
Messara Concerned With Rekindled Draw
Trainer Paul Messara says he is delighted with the condition of highly promising colt Rekindled Power (Redoute's Choice-Rekindled Applause, by Royal Applause) ahead of tomorrow's Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), but admits to being slightly concerned by the 3YOs wide starting gate, reports horseracing.com.au. Rekindled Power's usual racing pattern is to get back and run home hard, but Messara believes that barrier 12 may make jockey Dwayne Dunn's task of settling the son of Redoute's Choice in a handier position more difficult. "I would have preferred to drawn in and I think that it is going to map awkwardly for us," Messara said. "I think that we will be midfield or a little bit further back with only three or four behind us and it does make it difficult because I think the two favourites in the race Lord Aspen and Stratum Star probably get a lovely run from their barriers and there doesn't look to be a huge amount of speed on paper." Rekindled Power, who is a three-quarter brother to dual Gr2 winner Rekindled Interest, had a confidence boosting win at Bendigo on 29 October when powering clear over the concluding stages to score by 3.5-lengths in a 1400m maiden. "He has come through it well," Messara said. "It was a nice maiden victory and he ran a very good time on the day and for a maiden I think that it rated pretty well. The horse just lacks a bit of race craft and that is what we were there to do, try to educate him a bit more and do it in a race where there is no pressure." He added, "He came out of the Brian Crowley in Sydney and there has been a bit of form out of that race and I think he has some natural improvement to take into this."
Kermadec Wins Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $200,000 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 3YO gelding Manhattan Avenue (Manhattan Rain-Tizzy May, by Danzero). This was the first stakes victory for Kermadec who was purchased for NZ$260,000 by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale form the draft of Wentwood Grange. Kermadec took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $171,275 earnings. Waller earmarked the Gr1 Australian Guineas and Gr1 Randwick Guineas as possible autumn targets for Kermadec. "He is a very special horse," Waller told TVN. "He does everything. He has a beautiful, flowing action and while he has a long way to go he's ticking a few boxes."
Stratum Star Wins Listed Crown Lager Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Crown Lager Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+ c&g, over 3YO gelding Manhattan Avenue (Manhattan Rain-Tizzy May, by Danzero) & fellow 3YO colt Careless (Exceed and Excel-Insouciance, Quest for Fame). This was the second successive stakes victory for Stratum Star who took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Vintage Stakes) and 2 placings from 9 starts for $164,160 earnings.
Stratum Star Wins Listed Vintage Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Vintage Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Manhattan Avenue (Manhattan Rain-Tizzy May, by Danzero) & Kapset (Reset-Kapala, by Danehill Dancer). This was the first stakes victory for Stratum Star who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $91,660 earnings.