At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Perast (Snitzel-Thousand Veils, by Zabeel) adopted his usual front-running tactics to great effect when leading throughout to land the $150,000 Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) for 3YOs, defeating Assimilate & Mishani Bullitt. Perast advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude & Listed Queensland Day Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Run To The Rose) from 14 starts for $397,666 in earnings. Purchased by his trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Perast is out of the Listed SAJC St Leger (2400m) winning mare Thousand Veils (Zabeel) and hails from the successful US family of 4-time Gr1 winner Versailles Treaty and dual Gr1 winner General Assembly. Assistant trainer Shannon Perry said the stable would give serious consideration to running Perast in the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Doomben on 9 June. "He is in the Stradbroke field now and we will have to have a very big think. Three-year-olds have a great record in the Stradbroke and he is a stallion," Perry told Sky Racing. "I suppose to win a Group One race is a high priority." Perast is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – one short of a new outright record – and his Fred Best Classic success takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 43 Group and Listed wins.
At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a restricted stakes race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Moss trip (Mossman-Space trip, by Stratum) made her rivals look second-rate when storming home from last on the turn for a dominant win in the Listed (R) Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Assimilate & Frolics. A $32,000 purchase by his trainers Snowden Racing and Triple Crown Syndications from the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Moss Trip improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes) and 3 placings from 10 starts for $423,535 in earnings.
The second edition of Inglis' Chairmans Sale of Racing Prospects will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour today from 8.30pm. The sale will comprise three quality lots offered by James Harron Bloodstock following the withdrawal of the Newgate Farm-owned Assimilate. JHB's draft is headed by $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock), who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes in February. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. Click here to view the catalogue.
Stakes-performed 3YO colts Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) and Assimilate (Sebring) highlight the early entries for Inglis' The Chairman's Sale - Racing Prospects. James Harron Bloodstock has entered three horses for the April 5 auction, including $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec, who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes last month. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. "The Chairman's Sale has revolutionised the selling of top-class racing prospects, for which there is huge demand both domestically and internationally, offering a wonderfully transparent system which benefits both vendors and purchasers," Harron said. Meanwhile, last start Listed Canberra Guineas winner Assimilate has been entered in the sale by Newgate Farm as agent. Assimilate has won three of his seven starts and was Gr3-placed when finishing second to Addictive Nature in the Ming Dynasty Handicap last spring. He also showed his quality when fifth to Trapeze Artist in last year's Gr1 Golden Rose. Newgate's Henry Field described Assimilate as "an extremely talented colt" with "a massive amount of upside." Entries for The Chairman's Sale Racing Prospects close tomorrow, Thursday 29 March at 10am. The sale will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 5 April from 8.30pm.
At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Assimilate (Sebring-Jester's Girl, by Commands) stormed home to claim the first stakes win of his career in the $130,000 Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Primivito & Waimea Bay. Assimilate improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty) from 7 starts for $230,750 in earnings. From the stakes-winning Commands mare Jester's Girl, Assimilate was purchased by China Horse Club and the US-based WinStar Farm for $420,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Other members of his ownership syndicate include Aquis Farm and Newgate Farm. Newgate Farm managing director Henry Field said the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 7 April is a possible target for Assimilate.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO bay colt Addictive Nature (Savabeel-Generous Nature, by Carnegie) lived up to his pedigree when opening up his stakes account in the $150,000 Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating the fast-finishing Assimilate & Astoria. Addictive Nature, who improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $126,950 in earnings, showed he would be a worthy contender for the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) on 23 September. "He's still doing things a little bit upside down but he's got untapped potential," trainer Bjorn Baker told Sky Racing. "We're yet to see the best of him. For a Savabeel he's just about go too much speed, so there's a little bit of a question in terms of what we do and where we go." Purchased for $775,000 by Ultra Thoroughbred Racing at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Addictive Nature is out of the unraced mare Generous Nature (Carnegie), making him a full-brother to former smart 3YO Savvy Nature. A winner of the Gr2 Vase in Melbourne and Gr3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, Savvy Nature was also placed at Gr1 level behind Complacent and Criterion in the 2013 Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney before eventually continuing his career in Hong Kong.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden believes flashy looking colt Assimilate is destined for better races next preparation, reports racingnsw.com.au. The China Horse Club-owned 2YO, who boasts a chestnut hue and striking white blaze, extended his perfect record to two wins from as many starts when showing narrowly defeating stable-mate Dracarys in the ATC Members For A Day Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. "It was a really good effort. We sent him to Kembla on purpose the other week as he is still very new in himself and very raw," Snowden told Sky Racing. "His work before he won at Kembla was very satisfying indicating he was heading the right way as far as his mindset was going and he has won accordingly and backed up with a nice win here today." He added: "He is still six months away and we'll more so be looking at the autumn next year." Snowden said runner-up Dracarys, a $1 million yearling, would improve from the run and also had a bright future. By Sebring out of the stakes-winning Commands mare Jester's Girl, Assimilate was purchased by China Horse Club and the US-based WinStar Farm for $420,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.