A decision on whether star sprinter Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) resumes in Saturday's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield will be made this morning. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes indicated the reason for the late call is because the Oakleigh Plate, which is run under handicap conditions, is not the ideal race for a horse like Chautauqua. "In [a] Toorak and Doncaster, there's a winner but there's six hard-luck stories. You have more chance and more luck in a weight-for-age race, because in handicaps most of the other horses shouldn't actually be in the race," Hawkes told racing.com. "The bottom line is there is a float booked for Thursday night to come to Melbourne. We'll decide in the morning whether to accept or not, and make the decision at the last minute." He added: "All plans are...to go towards the Oakleigh Plate, but that could change." Chautauqua is currently on the fourth line of betting for the Oakleigh Plate at $9 with TAB. Russian Revolution heads the market at $4.60 ahead of She Will Reign ($6.50) and Booker ($7.50).
Star sprinter Chautauqua headlines the 23 sprinters nominated for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is the highest rated horse in the race and Team Hawkes will be hoping the six-time Group 1 winner can once again reclaim his best after a disappointing spring campaign. The mighty grey was winless in four starts and has not tasted success since his breathtaking and unprecedented third successive victory in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in June last year. Tab have installed Chautauqua on the fourth line of betting for the Oakleigh Plate at $9. Russian Revolution heads the market at $5 ahead of She Will Reign ($6.50) and Booker ($7.50). Click here to view all the nominations for Blue Diamond Day at Caulfield this Saturday.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Booker (Written Tycoon-Noondie, by Flying Spur) kicked off her autumn campaign with a comfortable win in the $150,000 Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Leather'n'lace & See Me Exceed. A $230,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park Stud, Booker improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes) from 7 starts for $386,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Matthew Ellerton said he would now consider running Booker in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "She's a pretty impressive sort of filly now, she looks like a big three-year-old colt," Ellerton told racing.com. "Hopefully she pulls up well and we'll move forward with her. She'll be much improved from this run." He added: "We possibly might go back to 1100m and run her in the Oakleigh Plate but I'm not sure yet."
Following on from some very promising trial form, Jungle Queen not only launched her racetrack career with a strong win in the 3YO Fillies Maiden at Echuca on Monday but in doing so became the debut winer for Victorian Stud Bombora Downs' sire Jungle Ruler (Lion Hunter–Calista, by Zeditave). The grey iron horse, who started 115 times for 20 wins and 24 placings, including stakes placings in the Gr3 MRC Sundown Stakes, Gr3 Moonga Stakes and Listed VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes, has being getting great reports from breakers and trainers and additional winners shouldn't be far away. Homebred Jungle Queen is the fifth to race from Made of Gold mare Tinge of Gold and second winner following her God's Own half-sister Friday Saviour. It's a solid family that also includes stakes-placed geldings Parhelia, Don't Say Goodbye and NZ Gr2 runner-up Blizzard. Third dam Jalapa was classy enough to take third in the Gr3 Longchamp Prix de la Nonette. Trained by Wangaratta based Christopher Davis and ridden by Rebeka Prest, Jungle Queen defeated a large field which included some handy types, none more so than High Chaparral filly Fern, sixth placed only recently in May behind Saturday's Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO brown filly Booker (Written Tycoon-Noondie, by Flying Spur) led throughout and held off the late challenge of her rivals in the $200,000 Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Shoals & Catchy. A $230,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park Stud, Booker improved her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes) from 5 starts for $279,000 in earnings. Co-trainer Matthew Ellerton said Booker was likely to make her next appearance in the $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 14 October. "I'll let the dust settle and see what we do," Ellerton told racing.com. "Obviously she probably goes to the Thousand Guineas. But we also have the option of freshening her up for the Coolmore [Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington] on Derby day."
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 3YO bay filly Catchy (Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) utilised her trademark late finishing burst to score a strong win in the $200,000 Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Jukebox & Booker. Racing in the red and white checked silks of Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, Catchy advanced her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude) from 7 starts for $1,251,000 in earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes said Catchy was likely to bypass the Gr1 Thousand Guineas against her own sex in favour of the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas against the boys. "In that Blue Diamond, if you go back and watch how powerful she was that last 400m, and she did that to the boys again today" Hayes told racing.com. "So at the moment, she's favourite to take the boys in the $2 million Guineas." The Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) will be run at Caulfield racecourse on 14 October. By Fastnet Rock out of the dual Gr2 winner Cats Whisker (Fusaichi Pegasus), Catchy was purchased by Dorrington Farm for $220,000 at 2016's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added yet another stakes win to his incredible CV when 3YO colt Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay, by Snippets) claimed his second black type success and retained his unbeaten record in capturing the $150,750 Gr3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Booker & Muraahib. Purchased for $350,000 by Ciaron Maher Racing at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, Merchant Navy is now 4 from 4 on the win tally (including the Listed Anzac Day Stakes) with $196,500 in earnings. From the Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Legally Bay, Merchant Navy is a full-brother to Gr2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes winner Jolie Bay. Legally Bay herself is a half-sister to Gr1 Myer Classic winner Bonaria. An obviously chuffed Ciaron Maher commented to racing.com post-race, "[Merchant Navy] was very relaxed pre-race and I thought that was a great sign for the future as he was a pretty raw colt." He will now likely head to Rosehill Gardens for what is shaping up to be a magnificent Gr1 Golden Rose on September 23.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Arrowfield Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock-Comical Smile, by Comic Strip) added a Group success when 2YO bay filly I'll Have A Bit (Smart Missile-Take All of Me, by Jeune) overcame a chequered passage before letting down with a sharp sprint to win the $200,000 Gr3 National Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating favourite Booker & It's A Myth. I'll Have A Bit, who was purchased by Redgum Racing for $48,000 at the 2016 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, improved her record to 1 win and 2 placings from 4 starts for $150,640 earnings.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Eliza Park's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) claimed the third stakes victory of his career in the $100,000 Listed Old Comrade Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Infathuated and Man Booker. Great Shot, who was a $31,000 purchase by Francis Edwards at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes & Listed Belmont Guineas) and 8 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes & Listed Grandstand Cup) from 17 starts for $496,550 earnings. From a daughter of Gr1 Orlando Wines (now known as the Gr1 Coolmore Classic) winner Satin Sand, Great Shot is a three-quarter brother to Melbourne stakes winning mare Gawne. He is also a half-brother to the dam of Casino Dancer, a multiple Group winner also sold by Magic Millions.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, deceased Yarradale Stud stallion Discorsi (Galileo-Express a Smile, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Daniel Morton in the $100,000 Listed Grandstand Cup (1500m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) & 5YO gelding Red Ora (Due Sasso-Friartriar, by Blackfriars). Man Booker, who was a $25,000 purchase by his trainer Daniel Morton at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 WA Guineas, Listed Bunbury Classic & Listed Pinjarra Classic) and 1 placing (the Listed WATC Fairetha Stakes) from 14 starts for $740,080 earnings.
At Bunbury racecourse in Western Australia, deceased Yarradale Stud stallion Discorsi (Galileo-Express a Smile, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Daniel Morton in the $120,000 Listed Bunbury Classic (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) & 7YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm). Man Booker, who was a $25,000 purchase by his trainer Daniel Morton at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 WA Guineas & Listed Pinjarra Classic) and 1 placing (the Listed WATC Fairetha Stakes) from 13 starts for $680,080 earnings.
At Pinjarra Park in Western Australia, deceased Yarradale Stud stallion Discorsi (Galileo-Express a Smile, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) posted a dominant 2.5 length win for trainer Daniel Morton in the $120,000 Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) & 5YO gelding Coming Back (High Chaparral-Recurring, by Pentire). Man Booker, who was a $25,000 purchase by his trainer Daniel Morton at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 WA Guineas) and 1 placing (the Listed WATC Fairetha Stakes) from 12 starts for $605,580 earnings.
Real opportunities will be presented to buyers on Sunday, June 26 with the Belmont Park Sales Complex hosting the Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling and Thoroughbred Sales. Around 150 lots have been entered to date with vendors having until today to lodge a supplementary entry. The 2016 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale has quickly established itself a premier source of quality performers. The past two editions this sale have produced Group Two Western Australian Guineas winner Man Booker ($25,000 purchase with earnings of $496,300), Crystal Slipper winner and Karrakatta Plate runner-up Spangled Impact ($2,000 buy with $260,400 earned already) and quality performers Atacama Sky (Ascot 2YO winner and Perth Stakes runner-up) and Recoiled (won first two starts in Perth at three). This year's catalogue includes (at least half) relations to stakes performers including Black George, Oroya Gold, Prentice, Rockshaft, Vitalism and Young Lionel and youngsters from stakes mares Danni's Crystal, Only Glory, Rosey View and Simply Adorable. The 2016 Magic Millions Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale comprises 113 lots to date and plenty of interest will surround in excess of 50 weanlings to go under the hammer including members of the first crop of group winner Galah. Other sires represented by weanlings include Black Heart Bart's sire Blackfriars as well as Dash for Cash, Dick Turpin, Frost Giant, Gingerbread Man, Patronize, Planet Five, So Secret, Trade Fair, Universal Ruler and Your Song. The Racehorse section of the catalogue is highlighted by Western Australian Derby winner Respondent and other city winners including Essayez, Express Dancer and Sheerkat. Feature broodmares in the line up include Group Three winner Native Song and the dam of star local group winner Pop Culture. A highlight of most Perth Thoroughbred Sales is the draft from Peters Investments - this time around there are 12 lots - the majority of them proven quality racehorses. To view the online catalogue for the Perth Winter Yearling Sale click here and to view the catalogue for the Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale click here.
The cream of the Western Australian thoroughbred crop will go under the hammer and provide a real opportunity for buyers at the 2016 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. The auction, to be held at the Belmont Park Sales Complex on February 15 and 16, comprises 349 quality lots and is now online. The sale will be held following the running of the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (RL) and $150,000 Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (RL) at Pinjarra Park on Sunday, February 7. The Perth Yearling Sale has unearthed Gr1 winners such as Magnifisio, Luckygray and Moment of Change, with more recent graduates including carnival stars Man Booker, Let it Slip, Lucky Street and Spangled Impact, plus the untapped and unbeaten speedster Hot Goods. "Western Australia has produced many world class performers and with the support of breeders strengthening their bloodstock interests we have assembled an exciting catalogue of potential racetrack stars," Magic Millions' Perth Manager David Houston said. Local buyers will be delighted to know that over 66% of yearlings catalogued are eligible for the new rich Westspeed Platinum bonuses and 97% are eligible for either Platinum or the standard Westspeed schemes. Among the pedigree highlights of the sale include (at least) half relations to group winners including Bel Sprinter, Choice Bro, Delicacy, Playing God, Conservatorium, Dances on Waves, Famous Roman, God Has Spoken, Good Serpent, King Saul, Lords Ransom, Rohan and recent WA Guineas winner Man Booker. Stakes winning mares including Belle Bizarre, Card Queen, Madame Shinko, Moodometer, Native Song, Paradise Park, Playcidium Mint, All Friared Up, Bella Valentia, Flying Affair, For Your Eyes Only, Ma Chienne, Rosie Rocket and Scuffs have yearlings catalogued. Plenty of interest will also surround the first Australian crops of freshman sires including Frost Giant, Gingerbread Man, Excelebration, Mulaazem, Ouqba and Your Song. Click here to view the online catalogue.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 40th running of the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday. The final field is:
1. EXTRA ZERO (D. HAYES & T. DABERNIG-MARK ZAHRA) 59kg (5)
2. BLACK HEART BART (VAUGHN SIGLEY-GLENN SMITH) 59kg (3)
3. TOWER OF LONHRO (ADAM DURRANT-JOSEPH AZZOPARDI ) 59kg (4)
4. MAGIC ARTIST (ANDREAS WOHLER-DAMIEN OLIVER) 59kg (1)
5. BASS STRAIT (NEVILLE PARNHAM-PATRICK CARBERY) 59kg (8)
6. WOODSVILLE (JEFF NOSKE-JARRAD NOSKE ) 59kg (11)
7. HAZZABEEL (DANIEL MORTON-DAMIAN LANE ) 59kg (5)
8. DARK MUSKET (GRAEME BALLANTYNE-JASON WHITING) 58.5 (13)
9. BALMONT GIRL (PAULA WAGG-SHAUN O'DONNELL) 57kg (2)
10.REAL LOVE (ADAM DURRANT-CHRIS PARNHAM) 57kg (7)
11. DELICACY (GRANT WILLIAMS-PETER HALL) 56.5kg (16)
12. NEVERLAND (GRANT WILLIAMS-DOUGLAS WHITE) 56.5kg (10)
13. MAN BOOKER (DANIEL MORTON-JERRY NOSKE) 52kg (9)
14. LONDON LINE (DANIEL MORTON-BRAD PARNHAM) 52kg (6)
15. BLACKWOOD (FRED KERSLEY-STEVEN PARNHAM) 50kg (14)
16. PERFECT REFLECTION (GRANT WILLIAMS-WILLIAM PIKE) 50kg (12)
At Ascot in West Australia, deceased Yarradale Stud stallion Discorsi (Galileo-Express a Smile, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Daniel Morton in the $500,000 Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Spirit Bird (Savabeel-Press Leak, by Rock of Gibraltar) & fellow 3YO gelding The Cobbla (Danehill Express-Rivotion, by Rivotious). This was the first stakes victory for Man Booker who took his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for $482,600 earnings. Man Booker was a $25,000 purchase by his trainer Daniel Morton at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud.
The final field has been declared for the 79th running of the $500,000 Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) to be run at Ascot in Perth this Saturday. The final field with barriers is:
1. LONDON LINE 56.5kg (7)
2. MAN BOOKER 56.5 kg (11)
3. KEY TO FAME 56.5kg (3)
4. UNIVERSAL LAW 56.5kg (8)
5. HE'S OUR ROKKII 56.5kg (12)
6. GEORGE 'N' ERNIE 56.5 kg (10)
7. SEE ME SIZZLE 56.5 kg (9)
8. EXPRESS SNOOPER 56.5kg (1)
9. FREMOND 56.5kg (14)
10. THE COBBLA 56.5kg (6)
11. WHO DAT SINGA 56.5kg (17)
12. BIG RED COSTA 56.5kg (2)
13. SHOWY CHLOE 54.5kg (5)
14. BLACKWOOD 54.5kg (13)
15. ARCADIA DREAM 54.5kg (15)
16. SPIRIT BIRD 54.5kg (4)
17. SECRET DOUBT 54.5kg (16)
At Ascot in West Australia, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding London Line (Blackfriars-Line of Flight, by Bletchley Park) scored by 0.45-length for trainer Daniel Morton in the $100,000 Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO geldings Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) & Who Dat Singa (Iffraaj-Singadablues, by Danasinga). London Line took his record to 4 wins (including the Listed WATC Supremacy Stakes) and 5 placings from 10 starts for $344,900 earnings.
The upcoming Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling and Thoroughbred Sales received tremendous boosts at Saturday's feature meeting at Belmont. Unbeaten juvenile Man Booker led the way when he made it two from two with a brilliant victory in the day's opening race for juveniles. Prepared by Dan Morton, Man Booker was purchased for $25,000 from the Korilya Stud draft at last year's Perth Winter Yearling Sale. Ellie Giles' Korilya Stud will present a half brother to Man Booker by Scandal Keeper as Lot 13 at the upcoming 2015 edition of the sale on June 28. In the very next race the exciting 3YO Flying Roar scored a comprehensive win for the Jim Taylor stable, cruising home by three parts of a length in a competitive event. It was the fifth win from just 13 starts for the son of So Secret and his earnings have raced past $260,000 - not bad considering he was a $27,500 purchase at the Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Rangeview Stud. Rangeview Stud will present a half brother to Flying Roar, by Henny Hughes, as Lot 23 at this year's Winter Yearling Sale at Belmont. Saturday's winning sires So Secret and Vital Equine (both doubles) as well as Trade Fair (the Gr3 feature), Blackfriars and Discorsi are all represented with stock at the upcoming sale day. A full sister to the Gr3 runner-up Respondent, Star Affinity is Lot 151 at the Thoroughbred Sale. The unraced three-year-old is a daughter of former star galloper Haradasun. A number of quality supplementary lots have already been received for the sale. They include in form sire Vital Equine as well as group winning mare Pop Culture and her yearling full sister and dam.