2018

Aylmerton On Gr1 Mission

Friday, 21st September 2018

Meanwhile, co-trainer David Hayes has talked up the spring prospects of smart colt Aylmerton who trialled at Albury on Thursday. Aylmerton, who became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when landing the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in Sydney in the autumn, has only been sighted once this campaign which resulted in a sixth place finish in the Gr2 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 1 September. However, Hayes said that performance should be forgiven after the 3YO hopelessly missed the start. Now owned by a syndicate headed by Coolmore Australia, Hayes said the objective was to secure Aylmerton's future at stud by winning the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "I think he is a very good horse," Hayes told Sky Sports Radio. "He's only had the one start for the stable but he missed the start and was never a factor after that." Hayes added: "He will trial today [Thursday] at Albury and if he trials well he will go to Sydney for the Roman Consul Stakes on the 6th October, then it will be a month to the Coolmore which is the stallion-making race. He has been bought as a stallion prospect so if he can win the Coolmore, its job done."

Aylmerton Returns This Saturday

Tuesday, 28th August 2018

Exciting 3YO Aylmerton will launch his spring campaign in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Australian-bred Aylmerton became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when landing the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following that win, Aylmerton was sold to a syndicate headed by Coolmore Australia. He is now in the care of the Lindsay Park team having been transferred from the stable of French-born trainer Jean Dubois. David Hayes said Aylmerton's primary spring target is the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "I think he is a definite Group horse and the plan is to get him to the Coolmore, probably his third run of his spring campaign," Hayes told racenet. "He is not a big horse but he is very talented." Hayes added: "This horse has done everything you would ask of a good horse in trackwork and in trials."

Aylmerton Returns This Saturday

Monday, 27th August 2018

Exciting 3YO Aylmerton will launch his spring campaign in the Gr3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Australian-bred Aylmerton became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when landing the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following that win, Aylmerton was sold to a syndicate headed by Coolmore Australia. He is now in the care of the Lindsay Park team having been transferred from the stable of French-born trainer Jean Dubois. David Hayes said Aylmerton's primary spring target is the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "I think he is a definite Group horse and the plan is to get him to the Coolmore, probably his third run of his spring campaign," Hayes told racenet. "He is not a big horse but he is very talented." Hayes added: "This horse has done everything you would ask of a good horse in trackwork and in trials."

Aylmerton Close To Return

Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Exciting 3YO Aylmerton is expected to make his spring debut soon. The Australian-bred Aylmerton became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when landing the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following that win, Aylmerton was sold to a syndicate headed by Coolmore Australia and which also includes John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, Emmaroo Bloodstock, Clairden Racing, Ramsey Pastoral Pty Ltd, Rob & Barbara McClure's Morning Rise Stud, as well as Aylmerton's breeder Woodpark Stud. Previously prepared by French-born trainer Jean Dubois, Aylmerton is now in the care of the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. "He trialled recently for the Hayes team and they were very happy with him," Coolmore's Tom Magnier told Sky Sports Radio. "The Hayes camp are very excited about him." Aylmerton hasn't raced since finishing 10th in the Golden Slipper in March.

Noms Announced for NSW Racing's Night of Champions

Friday, 27th July 2018

The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) has announced the nominations for its annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony to be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney on 16 August. The nominees are:

  • NSW 2YO of the Year - Estijaab, Oohood, Seabrook
  • NSW 3YO of the Year - Ace High, Alizee, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Sprinter of the Year - In Her Time, Redzel, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Miler of the Year - Comin' Through, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Middle Distance Horse of the Year - Gailo Chop, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Stayer of the Year - Almandin, Foundry, Sir Charles Road, Who Shot Thebarman
  • NSW Queen of the Autumn - Hiyaam, Prompt Response, Unforgotten
  • NSW Country Champion Horse of the Year - Aylmerton, Care To Think, Eckstein, The Monstar, Victorem
  • NSW Provincial Champion Horse of the Year - Dark Dream, El Dorado Dreaming, In Her Time, Le Romain, Single Gaze.

Other awards to be presented on the night include the BOBS Horse of the Year, the Sydney Strapper of the Year, the NSW Racing Writers' Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award, the George Moore Award, the Theo Green Award, the Bart Cummings Medal and of course, the NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The awards night will again be televised "live" on Sky Thoroughbred Central on the Foxtel platform, and also internationally by NSWROA's exclusive media partner Sky Racing, with highlights of the night also being shown across all Sky Racing channels.

Guerrier Up To Gr1 Challenge

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Goulburn trainer Jean Dubois is confident that 2YO colt Guerrier (Epaulette-Flying Jet, by Jet Spur) can belie his vast inexperience when he contests Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The son of young Darley stallion Epaulette will go into the final leg of Sydney's 2YO Triple Crown as the least experienced runner in the field having won his only start over 1300 metres at Hawkesbury two weeks ago. However, while Dubois acknowledges the quantum leap Guerrier must make from a maiden to a Group 1, he is adamant he possesses the requisite talent to be competitive at the elite level. Guerrier is a stable-mate of the highly promising Aylmerton (Siyouni), recent winner of the Gr2 Todman Stakes, and Dubois believes both possess similar ability. "Guerrier has worked with Aylmerton and was not too far from him. I feel they are the same quality but obviously Aylmerton is more of a sprinter – but he's a good horse Guerrier," the French-born Dubois told Racing NSW. "He is missing a bit of experience for this kind of race but he won easy at Hawkesbury and that's why we are trying for the Group One." Dubois added: "He had a good gallop on Tuesday morning and I feel he will be a strong miler. It is hard to know if a horse is good enough to step up from a maiden to a Group One. It is a bit of a crazy idea but the horse is in such good condition and there are not many mile races around so it's a good time to try."

Tchaikovsky Poised for Gr1 Performance

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

Co-trainer Peter Snowden is confident that valuable colt Tchaikovsky can make his presence felt in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Tchaikovsky showed his quality when finishing third behind Aylmerton and EF Troop in the Gr2 Todman Stakes, before breaking his maiden with an impressive win over 1200m at Gosford on 21 March. "He is in the Sires’ and the Kindergarten on Saturday, but we are leaning towards running him in the Sires’," Snowden told ANZ Bloodstock News. "We think he is a very nice horse, though he may just be a preparation away from being there. He is loaded with ability." Snowden added: "It is a bit of an ask running him in a Group One on just his fourth start, but I do think he is a Group One horse...I don’t think the 1400 metres will be a problem." The well named Tchaikovksy, by Redoute's Choice out of the Stravinsky mare Ballet Blue, was a $1.3 million purchase by James Harron at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.

Coolmore Purchase Interest In Golden Slipper Hope

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Aylmerton will race in the navy blue colours of Coolmore when he lines up in Saturday's $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) after he was sold to a syndicate headed by the international racing & breeding powerhouse. The Australian-bred Aylmerton became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when surging home along the fence to win the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago in a slick time of 1:08.84. John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, Emmaroo Bloodstock, Clairden Racing, Ramsey Pastoral Pty Ltd, Rob & Barbara McClure's Morning Rise Stud, as well as Aylmerton's breeder Woodpark Stud are the other shareholders in the Jean Dubois-trained youngster. "Coolmore has put together a syndicate to take an interest in Aylmerton before the Slipper," said Coolmore's Sebastian Hutch. "He has a very cosmopolitan pedigree. He is very good looking and he is extremely talented and he has won what is traditionally the key lead up to the Slipper in .01 of a second slower than the time Vancouver ran [the Gr2 Todman Stakes]." Hutch continued: "He is doing this all in one preparation essentially and those sort of horses are very exciting. He is the sort of horse who can go on and be a stallion on our roster in due course." Aylmerton is the first foal out of the winning Smart Strike (USA) mare Aloona who was covered by Siyouni to southern hemisphere time. Aloona, herself, is a half-sister to Ireland Gr3 winner Galatee (Galileo), dam of Her Majesty The Queen's Gr2 Yorkshire Cup & Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winner, and Gr1 Woodbine International placegetter, Dartmouth. This is also the female family of Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner & Gr1 Prix d'lspahan winner Arcangues. Siyouni stands at The Aga Khan Studs Haras de Bonneval in Normandy, France at a fee of €75,000.

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Aylmerton (image: Steve Hart)

Golden Slipper Order of Entry

Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Racing NSW has released the latest order of entry (as at 12 March 2018) for the 2018 $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 24 March. Occupying the top spot is the Team Hawkes-trained Estijaab with $273,075 in official prize money. She is also one of five juveniles with ballot exempt status for the race. The others are Sunlight, Santos, Aylmerton & Seabrook. Click here to view the latest order of entry.

Aylmerton Wins Gr2 Todman Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, 2YO Australian-bred colt Aylmerton (Siyouni-Aloona, by Smart Strike) became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when surging home along the fence to land the $300,000 Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating EF Troop & Tchaikovsky. Prepared by French-born trainer Jean Dubois, Aylmerton extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $194,670 in earnings. Aylmerton firmed from $101 into $15 for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week. "You always dream of things like this but don't believe it can happen. He is a very professional horse and he proved he can fight so he has everything to make a good horse," Dubois told Sky Racing. "He is a very much like his father who is a very good stallion." Aylmerton is the first foal out of the winning Smart Strike (USA) mare Aloona who was covered by Siyouni to southern hemisphere time. Aloona, herself, is a half-sister to Ireland Gr3 winner Galatee (Galileo), dam of Her Majesty The Queen's Gr2 Yorkshire Cup & Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winner, and Gr1 Woodbine International placegetter, Dartmouth. This is also the female family of Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner & Gr1 Prix d'lspahan winner Arcangues. Siyouni stands at The Aga Khan Studs Haras de Bonneval in Normandy, France at a fee of €75,000.

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Aylmerton (image: Steve Hart)