2018

Victoria Derby Now Worth $2 Million

Monday, 4th June 2018

Meanwhile, the VRC and Racing Victoria also announced a $500,000 increase for the AAMI Victoria Derby. The AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m), now worth $2 million, is one of Australia's oldest classic races. "Boosting its prizemoney ensures the race will continue to attract the nation's best staying three-year-olds," VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said. "2018 is a milestone year for the VRC. Anticipation builds for the opening of our new world-class Club Stand. We will [also] celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first internationally-trained winner of the Cup in Ireland's Vintage Crop (1993). This year's Lexus Melbourne Cup will have more eyes on it than ever before with the recent launch of the global digital platform, World Horse Racing, as we continue to expand our reach internationally. We simply can't wait." Last year's Gr1 Victoria Derby was won by Ace High, with classy gallopers Prized Icon, Tarzino and Preferment winning the previous three renewals.

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Spendthrift Australia Announce 2018 Fees

Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Spendthrift Australia has announced two new additions to its 2018 stallion roster as well as its fees for its entire roster. Joining the roster this year will be Gr3 winner Overshare (I am Invincible). A winner at two, Overshare won the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes and the Listed McKenzie Stakes (both at 1200m) at three. "We cannot wait to get him to the farm for breeders to see because we feel that he ticks all the boxes," said Garry Cuddy, general manager of Spendthrift Australia. "He's by a champion sire, he's a multiple stakes-winning sprinter, and he definitely looks the part." From the family of five champions and a $320,000 Inglis Easter yearling, Overshare is being offered on Spendthrift Australia's Share the Upside program at a fee of $15,400 (inc. GST) for a one-time only payment on live foal. He will also stand for $11,000 (inc. GST) on live foal terms. Also retiring to Spendthrift is Gold Standard (Sebring), winner of the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill in which he defeated Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist, Ace High and The Mission. "Sebring is a sire that we have a lot of time for and we are very excited to offer breeders his well-performed son," said Cuddy. Gold Standard will be offered on the Share the Upside program for $7,700 (inc. GST) for a one-time only payment on live foal. He will also stand for $5,500 (inc. GST) for breeders wishing to breed on live foal terms. Along with its two new stallions, Spendthrift Australia is also returning its four stallions from 2017 in Hampton Court ($5,500), Jimmy Creed ($8,800), Swear ($5,500), and Warrior's Reward ($7,700). All four returning stallions will be offered on the farm's Breed Secure program and on live foal terms.

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:

  • After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000. Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc GST (LFT).
  • Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. Pariah's fee is $22,000 inc GST.
  • Redoute's Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc GST (LFT). The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Gr1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Gr1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakes-winners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.
  • The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc GST (LFT). His 14 stakes-winners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally. Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year. 
  • Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. Dundeel's fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc GST.
  • Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. Olympic Glory's 2018 fee is $16,500 inc GST.
  • Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc GST. Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.
  • Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan's Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc GST).

Levendi Wins Gr1 Australian Derby

Monday, 9th April 2018

At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Coolmore's Triple Crown winning Champion 2YO Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Levendi (Pierro-Lipari, by Redoute's Choice) claimed the biggest prize of his career when charging home from midfield to prevail in a head-bobbing finish in the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, defeating Ace High & Tangled. Levendi, who has always been highly regarded by connections, advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Tulloch Stakes & Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes) from 10 starts for $1,653,950 in earnings. Purchased by Manny Gelagotis for $140,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Levendi is out of a daughter of Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder and hails from the family of Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor, North American Gr1 winner Black Mamba, Gr2 winner Fleur De Chine and Gr3 winner Sneetch. Moe-based trainer Peter Gelagotis was delighted with the win. "We've all started from humble beginnings and you get given opportunities in life when you've got the guts and determination to take them," he told Sky Racing. "He has the right breeding to be a stayer and it's just great to have a horse like him in the stable. He was always travelling well and you could see he was going to let down and be in the finish."

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Levendi (image: Steve Hart)

Ace High Chasing Rare Derby Double

Friday, 6th April 2018

Trainer David Payne is confident that Ace High  (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) can become the first horse in 24 years to claim the Victoria Derby & Australian Derby double at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports racingnsw.com.au. The last horse to achieve the rare feat was the Lloyd Williams-owned Mahogany in the spring of 1993 and autumn of 1994. "It's tough to win one Derby never mind two," Payne said. "But he's on track and he's well and that's the main thing. It has been a perfect lead up, touch wood, and he's a real 2400m horse." Ace High, who is coming off a fourth and sixth placing in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) respectively, will jump from barrier two in the $2 million Classic. "A good track will be a big plus. I don't think he likes it soft," Payne said. "The Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas were tough runs. I think going into a Derby it is a plus, you've got to be fit." He added: "He's bloody tough. Tough as nails. He's won his two Group Ones but if he wins an Australian Derby we'd say he's a fair horse."

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Gr1 Australian Derby Final Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 4th April 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. First run in 1861, the Australian Derby is recognised as one of the greatest races on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar. Its honour roll features household names such as the legendary Phar Lap (1929), Peter Pan (1932), Tulloch (1957), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Bonecrusher (1986), Beau Zam (1988), Mahogany (1994), Octagonal (1996), Starcraft (2004), and Dundeel (2013). This year promises to be one of the most open Derby's in recent memory with the David Payne-trained Ace High the current favourite at $5 with TAB. Next in the market is Furore at $7, Vin De Dance and Belfast at $9, while all other runners are available at double figure odds. The Australian Derby will be run as race 7 on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick at 3:10pm.

Payne Happy With Ace Colt

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Ace High is primed to return to the winner's circle in Saturday's $600,000 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), according to his trainer David Payne. A last-start fourth behind Kementari in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) has proven that he is a dominant 3YO over a mile-and-a-quarter and beyond, winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last spring. "We are happy. He has had a nice prep and is peaking at the right time," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "Barrier 11 won’t be a concern and the track is going to be wet, so he might be better off out wide. The wet shouldn’t worry him being by High Chaparral and he has form on soft tracks but over unsuitable distances. It was a good run in the Randwick Guineas and he was attacking the line." Payne added: "He had an 1800 metres gallop on Tuesday so he is spot on for Saturday."

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

After thirty three weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel continues to be in a league of his own on top of the sires leader board with all-time Australian record progeny earnings of over $19 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $10.5 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 March) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $19,225,963
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,567,999
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,872,528
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $9,334,266
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $8,093,860
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $7,247,146
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $6,297,425
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,238,337
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $5,540,085
  10. Lonhro (Octagonal) - $5,466,598

Doncaster Mile Weights Released

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

A total of 181 nominations have been weighted for the 153rd running of the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 7 April. Heading the weights for the time-honoured feature is dual Gr1 winner Humidor who has been allocated top weight of 58kg on a 50kg minimum (49kg for 3YOs). Next is three-time Gr1 winner Le Romain & dual Gr1-winning Japanese import Tosen Stardom with 57.5kg, followed by Gr1 Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper on 57kg. The highest weighted mare is Japanese mare Admire Lead with 54kg, while Victoria Derby hero Ace High heads the 3YOs with 53kg. Click here to view the full weights for the Doncaster Mile.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

After thirty weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has powered further ahead at the top of the national sires leader board with all-time record Australian progeny earnings of $17.6 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $10 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 26 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $17,649,700
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,008,280
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,094,089
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $8,119,457
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $7,190,190
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,426,268
  7. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,818,619
  8. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,700,606
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,554,684
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $4,325,207

Kementari Wins Gr2 Hobartville Stakes

Monday, 26th February 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Hickman Has Faith in Pierata

Friday, 23rd February 2018

Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."

Payne Delighted With Ace Colt

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Trainer David Payne is not ruling out taking on Winx in the autumn with Ace High providing the colt performs up to expectations beginning with Saturday's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. "I'm happy with him, we're just building him up to his target. If he finishes a length or two off them I'd be happy," Payne told racingnsw.com.au. "His real targets are the Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby. By chance if he wins one over a mile [the Randwick Guineas] he's worth a fortune." Payne added: "We'll see how Winx is going and we will look at the Queen Elizabeth as well." A dual Group 1 winner of the Victoria Derby and Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) resumed with an excellent fifth in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago recording the second-fastest final 600m split of the race in 34.42 seconds. "He's definitely a better horse and stronger," Payne said. "Often a Derby flattens them and over the years you see them not come back but he's come back well."

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Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

After twenty nine weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel retains an unassailable lead at the top of the national sires leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $16.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.86 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,805,790
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,860,747
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,675,029
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,914,863
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,909,516
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,354,596
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,541,101
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,714,465
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,346,409
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $4,213,572

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

After twenty eight weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has not only sailed clear at the top of the national sires leader board but has also broken his own season earnings record ($16,220,135 which was set only last year) with $16.4 million in progeny earnings. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.74 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 12 February) are:

Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,437,751

High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,748,337

I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,373,924

Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,660,228

Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,701,126

Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,236,117

Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,369,918

Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,571,986

Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,289,904

Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,961,482

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 6th February 2018

After twenty seven weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still holds a commanding lead at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $16 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.65 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 5 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,162,616
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Well) - $9,658,573
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,203,835
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,407,958
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,515,117
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,180,513
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,161,608
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,208,454
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,067,740
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,918,967

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Tuesday, 30th January 2018

After the half-way point (twenty six weeks) of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still holds a sizable advantage at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $15.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.5 million. Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 29 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,805,916
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,555,283
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,972,565
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,215,744
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,449,302
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,116,721
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,938,673
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,141,804
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,981,876
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,867,332

Expressway Option for Ace Colt

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Trainer David Payne says he is considering running Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) first-up in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week after his impressive barrier trial performance on Monday. Ace High, a winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, finished fifth in a star-studded 900 metre trial won by Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist that also featured champion mare Winx (6th), and Australia's best sprinter Redzel (7th). "He's always shown a bit of speed but what I like about him is he's got more gate speed now," Payne told racenet. "He's got a lot stronger. If you look at him, his hindquarters have filled out, he was a bit light behind before. He carries a lot of condition for a High Chaparral." Running Ace High under weight-for-age conditions in the Expressway would see the 3YO carry just 55kg. The alternative would be 60.5kg in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) against his own age group. "He would have a lot of weight to carry so he might go to the Expressway," Payne said. "His first couple of runs will be just to get him fit. The main target is still the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Derby."

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Ace High (image: Mark Gatt)

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

After twenty five weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel retains a very healthy lead at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings of $15.4 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 22 January) are:

  • Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,483,166
  • High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,417,029
  • I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,693,260
  • Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $6,884,331
  • Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,238,582
  • Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,040,793
  • Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,861,893
  • Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,059,649
  • Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,845,577
  • Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,799,648

Ace High to Trial

Monday, 22nd January 2018

Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."

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Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)

Classic Catalogue Breaks Inglis Yearling Record

Thursday, 18th January 2018

The opening of the new Inglis Riverside Stables for the Classic Sale will see the highest number of yearlings ever catalogued in the history of Inglis. 800 horses are set to parade by 109 individual stallions, including Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Choisir, Not a Single Doubt, Pierro, Savabeel and Sebring. 21 First Season Sires will also be represented, including Deep Field, Dissident, Olympic Glory, Adelaide and Brazen Beau. The expansive catalogue includes relations to 63 stakes winners, with Gr1 VRC Derby winner Ace High and Champion Sprinter Brazen Beau an indication of the class. A plethora of 60 stakes winning mares will also have their progeny up for sale, led by Platelet, Heavenly Glow, Fill The Page, Irish Darling and Hidden Kisses. Commenting on the quality of the catalogue, Inglis’ National Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy enthused, “This is a sale for everyone. We will have yearlings from $10,000 through to $500,000. When you think that a total of $130,000 could have bought you Group 1 winners She Will Reign, Extreme Choice and Yankee Rose in the past three years, it speaks volumes for the quality of yearlings being offered at every price level.” Click here to view catalogue.

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Classic Yearling Sale graduate She Will Reign (image: Steve Hart)

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

After twenty four weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has gone through the $15 million mark after as we head towards the halfway mark of the season, maintaining a strong lead on the national sires' leader board. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Yarraman Park's I Am Invicible has moved up to third. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 16 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,264,526
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,337,049
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,542,245
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $6,763,621
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,122,578
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,885,115
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,734,539
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,031,189
  9. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,759,898
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,701,103

Magic Millions Yearling Sale Begins Today

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

The 2018 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale begins on the Gold Coast today. With recent graduates including three-time Cox Plate winner and champion mare Winx, Australia's best sprinter Redzel, and Victoria Derby winner Ace High, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is renowned worldwide as one of the most outstanding sales in the southern hemisphere. The sale will offer the progeny of 99 individual sires across 853 lots catalogued in Book 1 and 209 lots in Book 2. Click here to view the catalogue.

Sale schedule

  • Wednesday 10 January - Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-252)
  • Thursday 11 January - Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 253 to 504)
  • Friday 12 January - Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 505 to 756)
  • Saturday 13 January - $10 million Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast
  • Saturday 13 January – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 757 to 853)
  • Sunday 14 January - Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 854 to 1062)
  • Tuesday 16 January - Book 3 (Day 6)

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Australian Premiership Sires Update

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

After twenty two weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has clicked through the $14 million mark after just 5 months of the season to maintain his  significant leadat the top of the national sires' leader board. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Coolmore's former Champion Sire Fastnet Rock has moved up to third. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 2 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,084,795
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,162,885
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,915,046
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,795,996
  5. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,785,151
  6. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,766,815
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,235,361
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,657,013
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,430,731
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,331,673

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Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

After twenty weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still cruising along at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13.5 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. He currently boasts earnings of $9 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry has reclaimed a top three spot with $5.5 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 18 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,554,456
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,021,974
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,548,102
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,547,736
  5. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,521,392
  6. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,388,103
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,831,877
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,562,438
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,278,061
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $2,977,474

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 12th December 2017

After nineteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still a long way out in front on the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13.3 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. He currently boasts earnings of $8.9 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.4 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 11 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,305,462
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,900,545
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,462,076
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,436,457
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,316,217
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,189,232
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,657,823
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,534,898
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,268,507
  10. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,971,839

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 5th December 2017

After eighteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a very healthy, some would say insurmountable, lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.8 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.3 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 4 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,196,187
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,838,608
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,357,436
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,303,650
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,219,434
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $4,988,982
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,514,484
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,508,688
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,243,527
  10. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,953,839

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 28th November 2017

After seventeen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still coasting along quite comfortably at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.7 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.2 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 28 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,852,177
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,702,478
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,281,201
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,188,270
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $5,021,939
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $4,153,247
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,401,068
  8. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,268,324
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,233,359
  10. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,953,139

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

After sixteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still maintains a sizable advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.5 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.5 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock has reclaimed his top three spot with $5.1 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,539,268
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,534,380
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,130,002
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,082,850
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $4,950,929
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $3,794,463
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,350,788
  8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,219,669
  9. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,000,144
  10. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,919,439

Biggest Classic Sale Ever at Riverside Stables

Monday, 20th November 2017

The 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale will be the biggest in the company’s history with 800 horses catalogued for the first ever auction at Riverside Stables. The sale will kick off at 6pm on Saturday, 10 February and runs until Tuesday, 13 February. Top sires represented include Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Choisir, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring and Star Witness, as well as first season sires such as Adelaide, Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Shooting To Win, Toronado and Wandjina. The catalogue boasts relations to 63 Stakes winners including Victoria Derby winner Ace High, superstar sprinter Brazen Beau, recent spring stakes winners Setsuna and In Her Time, and Group 1 winners Japonisme, Good Project and Amanpour. There are also progeny of 60 Stakes-winning mares including Platelet, Heavenly Glow, Fill The Page, Irish Darling and Hidden Kisses. The Classic Yearling Sale will begin on the night of Saturday, 10 February immediately following the Inglis Race Day at Warwick Farm, with opening night again to include the hugely popular Gold Riband session. All yearlings offered at an Inglis Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the lucrative $6m Inglis Race Series. Click here to view catalogue.

2018 Inglis Classic Sale Schedule

  • Saturday 10 February - Classic Book 1 from 6pm (Lots 1-120)
  • Sunday 11 February - Classic Book 1 from 11am (Lots 121-360)
  • Monday 12 February - Classic Book 1 from 11am (Lots 361-600)
  • Tuesday 13 February - Classic Book 2 from 11am (Lots 601-800)

Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale Catalogue Online

Thursday, 16th November 2017

Magic Millions' star-studded catalogue for the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale is now available for viewing online. "We would like to thank breeders and vendors for their continued and incredible support," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "With the outstanding quality of this catalogue we will be able to attract a market that will repay their confidence in Magic Millions." Cox added: "The 2018 catalogue has great depth and it is sure to unearth many future racetrack stars – like recent Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduates Redzel, Ace High and the legendary mare Winx." The sale will offer the progeny of 99 individual sires across 853 lots catalogued in Book 1 and 209 lots in Book 2. Click here to view the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue.

2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Schedule

  • Wednesday 10 January - Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-252)
  • Thursday 11 January - Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 253 to 504)
  • Friday 12 January - Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 505 to 756)
  • Saturday 13 January - $10 million Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast
  • Saturday 13 January – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 757 to 853)
  • Sunday 14 January - Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 854 to 1062)
  • Tuesday 16 January - Book 3 (Day 6) Catalogue available December

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 14th November 2017

After fifteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a very healthy lead on top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.4 million. However, the big mover of the week is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant leap up the leader board after wins by Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.3 million. Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three with $4.99 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 13 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $12,421,998
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,386,645
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $4,992,460
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $4,951,067
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $4,704,279
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $3,433,648
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,335,263
  8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,191,849
  9. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,724,939
  10. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $2,673,329

Important Pedigree Updates for NZB Ready To Run Sale

Friday, 10th November 2017

The Melbourne Cup carnival has provided some timely pedigree updates for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs (22 & 23 November). The carnival provided an exciting start on Victoria Derby Day when Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (Mastercraftsman) stormed home from well back to score an outstanding win in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes. Nearly one year on since she was purchased at the Sale for $55,000, her half-brother at Lot 424 is set to be offered at the Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs. Luvaluva’s Kiwi breeders Christopher Grace and wife Susanna had multiple success on the first day of the carnival with home-bred mare Shillelagh (Savabeel) winning the Gr1 Kennedy Mile. Lot 134 who is out of a sibling to Shillelagh will be offered at the Sale. Lot 49 is from the same family as Gr1 Myer Classic winner Shoals (Fastnet Rock), while Lot 349 is a close relation to the five-time winning filly who has had only seven starts. This is the world famous Best In Show family of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice. The progeny of High Chaparral have dominated the carnival with Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup, Ace High winning the Victoria Derby, and Karaka graduate Cismontane winning the Gr3 Lexus Stakes. Four 2YOs by High Chaparral are catalogued at the Ready to Run Sale, while three of his Group winning sons will also be represented. Other sires to be represented include So You Think, Dundeel, Redwood, and Zacinto. Emirates Stakes Day will see the last leg of the carnival with four Karaka graduates accepted for the Group 1 feature. Multiple Group 1-winning Ready to Run graduate Gingernuts (Iffraaj) is among the names along with Odeon, Antonio Giuseppe (Shocking) and All Our Roads (Road to Rock). Ready to Run Sale Lot’s 84, 223 and 265 are related to All Our Roads. Click here to view catalogue. 

Ace High Wins Gr1 Victoria Derby

Monday, 6th November 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO brown colt Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) proved a class above his rivals when bounding to a comfortable win in the 163rd running of the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) for 3YOs, defeating Sully & Astoria. Ace High, who is a direct descendant of Natalma, the dam of the legendary Northern Dancer and grand-dam of Danehill, improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes & Gr3 Gloaming Stakes) and 1 placing from 12 starts for $1,408,375 in earnings. Trainer David Payne said Ace High had fulfilled the potential he always believed he possessed. "We've been planning the Derby since he was a two-year-old, not long after we put him into work," Payne told racing.com. "It doesn't usually work out but it has this time." Payne said Ace High would now be spelled with long-term targets being the Australian Derby in the autumn and the Melbourne Cup next spring. Ace High was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds.

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Victoria Derby Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 1st November 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) to be run at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne on Saturday. First run in 1855, the 3YO blue-riband Classic is justly regarded as one of the greatest races on the Australian racing calendar. And with names such as Phar Lap (1929), Comic Court (1948), Tulloch (1957), Sky high (1960), Tobin Bronze (1965), Taj Rossi (1973), Sovereign Red (1980), Mahogany (1993), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), and Efficient (2006) adorning the honour roll, it's easy to see why. This year New Zealand-bred gelding Main Stage and Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High share TAB favouritism at $5 in what is widely regarded as a very open renewal. Next best in the market is Main Stage's stable-mate Sully and the Chris Waller-trained Tangled at $7, ahead of another Kiwi 3YO in Weather With You at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Godolphin's Astoria at $11. Click below to view the full Victoria Derby field.

Ace High Wins Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes

Monday, 9th October 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO brown colt Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) did just enough to hold on for a narrow win in the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Tangled & Sully. Ace High, who is a direct descendant of Natalma, the dam of the legendary Northern Dancer and grand-dam of Danehill, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Gloaming Stakes) and 1 placing from 11 starts for $498,375 in earnings. Trainer David Payne said Ace High would now head towards the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on 4 November. "I think he is definitely a Victoria Derby horse," Payne told Sky Racing. "I'll speak to the owner and see how we go. I'm keen on the Derby." Ace High was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds.

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Colt Primed to Give Payne Overdue Gr1

Friday, 6th October 2017

David Payne expects Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) to relish the step up to 2000 metres in tomorrow's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick. An impressive winner of the Gr3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago, Ace High is currently the clear $3.50 favourite with TAB for the 3YO feature. The South African-born Payne, who last trained a Group One winner when Criterion won the 2014 Australian Derby will be buoyed by the fact that the last five Gloaming winners have progressed to win the Spring Champion. "He's bred to run it right out,'' Payne told racingnsw.com.au. "If there's no speed we'll go forward for sure but if there is speed he can sit just off them. It doesn't worry him, he's adaptable." Payne added: "We've had no hiccups, touch wood. We go in with a good chance and what will be will be. As long as he gets his chance that's all I'm worried about.'' Ace High, who was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds, has hitherto won 2 of his 10 starts for over $200,000 in prize money.

Ace High Trump Card For Spring Champion Stakes

Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Last start Gr3 Gloaming Stakes winner (1800m) Ace High (High Chaparral) heads the nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick. The David Payne-trained 3YO colt, who is now looking like a $130,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast bargain, has been priced the early $4.20 favourite by bookies after drawing the paint, however he will face three non-equine hurdles that weren't there in his most recent success. The first is the additional 200m, the second is that he is yet to win at Randwick, and the third is that rivals' senior jockeys will be a little wiser to the fact that Ace High cannot be left alone up front at a sedate pace or he'll prove pretty hard to reel in. Among his 13 opposition nominated are Godolphin's pair Sanctioned and Astoria, as well as a trio from the powerful Chris Waller yard: Augustus, Sambro and Tangled.

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Ace High Wins Gr3 Gloaming Stakes

Monday, 25th September 2017

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO brown colt Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) outstayed his rivals with a strong front-running victory in the $200,000 Gr3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) for 3YOs, defeating Sanctioned & Coral Coast. Ace High, who is a direct descendant of Natalma, the dam of the legendary Northern Dancer and the dam of Danehill, improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 10 starts for $206,375 in earnings. Trainer David Payne revealed Ace High would now head towards the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in Sydney en route to the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby in Melbourne. "It's been the plan all along to get him to these races because this is where he shows his true potential," Payne told Sky Racing. Ace High was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds.

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)