At Flemington in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a significant Group race success when 3YO filly Bella Martini (Stratum-Silverbeat, by Distant Music) finished powerfully after finding a late gap to land the $200,000 Gr2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Shokora & Palazzo Vecchio. Bella Martini took her record to 5 wins (including the Listed Gosford Guineas) and 2 placings from 9 starts for $357,700 in earnings. She is a half-sister to three stakes winners, namely Gr2 Autumn Classic winning gelding Upbeat, dual Listed winning Malaysian galloper Volcanic Ash, and Listed Adelaide Guineas winning sprinter-miler Alpha Beat.
On Day-2 of the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, a colt by Coolmore's impeccably-bred freshman yearling sire Rubick (Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube, by Rock of Gibraltar) sold for $420,000 to the bid of trainer Gerald Ryan. Acting on behalf of Muzaffar Yaseen, whose Teeley Assets has enjoyed sensational success with both the damline and subsequent stallions from the Redoute's Choice family of Shantha's Choice, Ryan had been instructed to "buy the best looking son of Rubick he could find". The sale-topping colt was consigned by Supreme Thoroughbreds on behalf of Rob Crabtree (Magnus, Catchy, Sheidel, Bella Martini etc) who agreed that Lot 300 is a dead-ringer for the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes-winning sire. Second highest price on the day was a Sepoy filly out of exceptional producer Beauty World, knocked down to bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy on behalf of John Muir's Milburn Creek.
Former WA filly Seannie will be chasing her first black-type victory on the east coast when she contests tonight's Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Ascot last year, Seannie made a stunning Victorian debut when storming home from last to win the Ranvet Summer Sprint Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley two weeks ago. New trainer Trent Busuttin says the talented 3YO has thrived since her fetching first-up performance. "She has come through her first-up run too well so we have decided to run her at The Valley and try and chase some black-type," he said. "They don't run sectionals like she did last start without being a serious horse." Busuttin added: "You could argue she should have been unbeaten as a two-year-old in Perth. It is a hot field. Tulip is going to be hard to beat, along with John Hawkes' filly Bella Martini." By Sebring out of the Choisir mare Uncanny Choice, Seannie hails from the family of Australian, VRC, and Queensland Derby winner November Rain, and multiple stakes-winning sprinter Dubleanny.
At Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Bella Martini (Stratum-Silverbeat, by Distant Music) held off the late challenge of the runner-up to score a narrow win in the $150,000 Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Island Missile & Epidemic. Racing in the red and white checked silks of Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, Bella Martini improved her record to 4 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $210,200 in earnings. From the Listed Blue Diamond Preview placed Silverbeat, Bella Martini is a half-sister to Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic winner Upbeat and Listed Adelaide Guineas winner Alpha Beat.
At Gosford, north of Sydney, the Central Coast-based race club hosts two feature races this afternoon – the Listed Audi Alto Central Coast Gosford Guineas (1200m) and Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m). On paper, Victorian filly Bella Martini (owned by Dorrington Farm and racing in the same silks as last year's Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Catchy) appears the likely winner of the Guineas off the back of two dominant wins at Moonee Valley and Caulfield. Both Island Missile and Epidemic are expected to provide stiff competition. One race later, the Gosford Cup looks like a mine field for punters. While there are no less than 6 runners quoted between $3.50 to $7.50 for the event, 9YO warhorse Destiny's Kiss (at $12) finished third in this race last year and is racing in good form. He is unlikely to find this much harder than Randwick's recent Tatts Cup where he ran into the placings with the same 61kg weight. With red hot Corey Brown as his pilot Destiny's Kiss should be running on at the business end.