Top Queensland 3YO Capital Gain is back on track for an Australian Derby campaign after connections recently discovered he had been racing with a fractured skull, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Trainer Paul Butterworth made the shocking discovery following Capital Gain's prima facie disappointing first-up performance (13th of 16 behind Pierata) in the Gr3 BRC Vo Rogue Plate on 30 December. "The only explanation I can think of is he's done it in the sand roll, but there was no cuts or abrasions on his head," Butterworth said. "To think he's only been beaten six-and-a-half lengths in the Vo Rogue with a fractured skull…" Butterworth sent last season's Gr1 Jj Atkins Stakes winner for a short break before resuming light work on the water walker at Washpool Lodge, Aratula. "The fracture has calcified and he's returned to full work and is back to his normal self...he's going super," he said. Capital Gain is scheduled to trial at Deagon next Tuesday before resuming in either a QTIS 3YO over 1350m at Doomben or the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 24 February.
Capital Gain is likely to pursue Queensland's lucrative Summer Crown bonus if he can resume with a win in the Winning Rupert Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday. The Paul Butterworth-trained 3YO, who has not raced since capturing the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Doomben in the winter, will be eligible for a $500,000 bonus if he can win three races in the five-race series. The Winning Rupert and the Mode Plate, which will also be run on Saturday, comprise the first legs of the five-race Three-Year-Old Summer Crown series. The remaining series races are the Listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on 16 December, the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on 30 December, and the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "The original plan was to run on Saturday, miss the Gold Edition and then run in the Vo Rogue Plate and Magic Millions Guineas," Butterworth told Racing Queensland. "But if he happens to win the Winning Rupert he'll go for the Gold Edition as well and go after the bonus." Capital Gain has been in work for several months and ran fourth in a barrier trial at Doomben a fortnight ago. "It's 1200 metres on Saturday and that's not his pet distance but he's jumping out of his skin," Butterworth said. "If he gets clear running he'll be hard to hold off." Butterworth said if he performs well during the summer, Capital Gain (Ad Valorem-Zuzao, by Delzao) could be freshened for the Gr1 Rosehill and Randwick Guineas and the Australian Derby in the autumn.
Meanwhile, another 3YO eyeing the rich Summer Crown bonus over the Queensland summer carnival is the highly regarded Pierata who resumes in tomorrow's Winning Rupert Plate (1200m) at Doomben, reports racenet. Trained by Greg Hickman, Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) has only won one of his four starts to date, but showed his class when finishing third behind champion Kiwi 2YO Melody Belle in the Gr3 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and seventh (beaten just 2.1 lengths) to Capital Gain in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter. Hickman revealed that Pierata's owners had knocked back a $1 million offer for the colt following his impressive 5.5 length barrier trial win at Randwick on 16 November. "We have already knocked back a million dollars for him but he could be running for more than that in Queensland this summer," Hickman said. "He is a horse who has improved lengths on his first preparation." Hickman added: "He was a little immature earlier so I just took him along quietly but now he will keep improving and improving…He is ready to do it this preparation." Hickman said Pierata was on track for his return after a pleasing piece of work on the Gold Coast on Tuesday. Click here to watch Pierata's recent trial win.
Smart Australian 3YO Taking Aim will continue his racing career in Hong Kong after joining the stable of champion trainer John Moore, reports racenet. Formerly trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Taking Aim has hitherto only won one of his 9 starts – namely the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast – but boasts several Group placings, including a third behind Capital Gain in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) in Brisbane. By Choisir out of the Listed BRC Daybreak Lover Stakes winner Girl Hussler, Taking Aim was previously campaigned in Australia by a high-profile syndicate that included Newgate Farm, Aquis Farm, China Horse Club, & the US-based Winstar Farm, which purchased him for $520,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Trainer and former champion jockey Chris Munce is hopeful that smart colt Saint Patricks Day (Excelebration-Danahere, by Dehere) can make his presence felt over the Queensland summer carnival, reports Sky Racing. The now 3YO was rated one of the best juveniles in Queensland last season, winning the Listed Dalrello Stakes at his third start before finishing a creditable fourth behind champion Kiwi 2YO Melody Belle in the Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes. "He had a few niggling issues so we missed the JJ Atkins Stakes [Gr1] with him," Munce said. "I'm not taking anything away from the eventual Atkins winner in Capital Gain but Saint Patricks Day finished in front of him the three times they met." He added: "It gives you an idea of my bloke's ability." Saint Patricks Day will resume against older horses in a one metro win handicap over 1200m at Doomben on Saturday, before aiming at the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January. "The 1200 metres on Saturday is ideal. He has had two trials and he has to start somewhere," Munce said.
The 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale gets underway today. Already some 31 graduates of last year's sale have been winners for their connections, headlined by the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Capital Gain - a $50,000 purchase. "This is a two-year-old sale with proven stakes results for buyers," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "From the last five editions of the sale there have been 36 stakes performers emerge including Capital Gain – one of the most exciting three-year-olds in the country." A total of 295 lots have been catalogued with breeze-ups conducted across three states in the lead up to the auction giving prospective buyers a chance to see each lot gallop on a similar surface. The sale will take place on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th October commencing at 12 noon (local QLD time) daily. Click here to view the catalogue.
The new fibre sand track at Seymour received a glowing endorsement after the running of the Victorian breeze-ups for next month's Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale at the Gold Coast. In total, 45 juveniles were put through their paces with 26 running sub-11 second sectionals recorded for the 200 metre breeze. A filly by Eurozone stopped the clock in the day's quickest breeze – running 10.37 seconds. Catalogued as Lot 249, the filly is a member of the quality draft from Rosemont Stud. "More than half of all breeze up lots broke 11 seconds and I'm confident there will be another Group One winner among the line-up – just like Capital Gain last year," Magic Millions' Tim Brown said. Attention now switches to the Gold Coast Turf Club which hosts approximately 150 lots breezing today (from 9.30am) before another session at Warwick Farm in Sydney on Tuesday (from 9am). All breeze up sessions are streamed online via the live broadcast section of the Magic Millions website. The 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale will be held on October 10 and 11. Click here to view breeze up times and footage.
The 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale will take place on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th October. Already some 28 graduates of last year's sale have been winners for their connections headlined by the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Capital Gain – a $50,000 purchase. With 293 lots catalogued, breeze-ups have been scheduled across three states in the lead up to the auction giving prospective buyers a chance to see each lot gallop on a similar surface. Click here for the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale catalogue. The breeze-up schedule is:
Star mare Yankee Rose has been crowned Queensland Horse of the Year, reports Sky Racing. The dual Gr1 winner beat a quality field that included Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Capital Gain and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen. "To receive such a prestige award after the great Buffering last year helps me realise this is home and I am going nowhere. This is an amazing honour," said trainer David Vandyke, who moved his training operation from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast only last year. The category winners were:
A quality catalogue for the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale is now online. To be held at the Gold Coast Sales Complex on October 10 and 11, the sale features 293 potential stakes-winning prospects. Already, some 28 graduates of last year's catalogue have been winners for their connections, headlined by the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Capital Gain - a $50,000 purchase. "This is a two-year-old sale with proven stakes results for buyers," Magic Millions managing director enthused. "From the last five editions of the sale there have been 34 stakes-performers emerge including Capital Gain - one of the most exciting three-year-olds in the country.” Youngsters will breeze at one of four sessions across three States in the lead up to the auction giving prospective buyers a great chance to see each lot gallop on a similar surface. The catalogue is now available for download via the Equineline iPad app and can also be viewed online by clicking here.
Breeders on the lookout for a proven sire this spring will doubtless consider Cangon Stud Farm's dual Gr1-winning stallion Ad Valorem (Danzig-Classy Women, by Relaunch). As a son of breed-shaper Danzig, one of the greatest speed influences anywhere in the world, Ad Valorem has sired over 264 winners in 30 different countries, including 14 individual stakes winners headed by Group 1 winner Capital Gain, Group 2 winners Morton's Fork, Free Wheeling, Meliora and Pied A Terre, as well as the Group 3 winner Detours and the Group 3-winning, Group 1-placed Uate. Some of Ad Valorem's achievements in 2016/17 included:
A brilliant winner of the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter, Capital Gains (Ad Valorem-Zuzao, by Delzao) is currently enjoying an extended spell to prepare for a summer campaign in Brisbane. His long term aim is the Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney in the autumn. Ad Valorem represents outstanding value at $4,400 with LFG – Free Return.
Melbourne spring carnival plans have been abandoned for top Queensland juvenile Capital Gain (Ad Valorem-Zuzao, by Delzao), reports AAP. A brilliant winner of the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter, Capital Gains will instead be given more time in the paddock to prepare for a summer campaign in Brisbane. His long term aim remains the Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney in the autumn.
Capital Gain's outstanding win in last Saturday's Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Doomben enhanced the record of Australasia's best performing breeze up style auction, the Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale. A member of the Paul Butterworth stable, Capital Gain peaked for his grand final covering ground but proving too strong for a quality field of Australasian juveniles. The son of Ad Valorem has rapidly become one of the star youngsters of the country - less than nine months after he was purchased as a ready to run two-year-old for $50,000 by Butterworth and Pharout Syndications. The Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale consistently produces high quality gallopers around the world across all levels of the market. "Our vendors are now professional pin-hookers, buying quality yearlings and educating them very well to offer as two-year-olds that are in some cases just a month away from racing," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "The Group One win on Saturday and the success of international graduates will give us a great platform for the continued growth of a sale which already boasts the biggest buying bench of any breeze up style auction in the region." Cox added: "With the bonus schemes available the attraction for quality fillies for the local market has real potential - with the strong demand for colts from Asia, there's an incredible opportunity in Australasia with fillies." Entries for the 2017 Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale close Friday, 28 July.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, former Darley and now Cangon Stud Farm-based dual Gr1-winning stallion Ad Valorem (Danzig-Classy Women, by Relaunch) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO bay gelding Capital Gain (Ad Valorem-Zuzao, by Delzao) landed the biggest prize of his career when scoring an upset win in the $600,000 Gr1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating the fast-finishing Aloisia & Taking Aim. A bargain buy at just $50,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale, Capital Gain improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed BRC Dalrello Stakes) from 8 starts for $452,300 in earnings. Trainer Paul Butterworth, who was celebrating his first Gr1 winner, said Capital Gain would now be spelled and aimed at next year's Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney. "I knew he was the best horse in the race but I've got to thank the owners for not selling," said Butterworth, referring to an offer made by Hong Kong interests to purchase Capital Gain for $700,000. "The blinkers made the difference and you could see how well he was travelling in the run." He added: "I think he's a Derby horse but the Victorian Derby is too close so he'll have a break and get ready for the AJC Derby."
At Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Coolmore's triple Gr1-winning stallion Excelebration (Exceed and Excel-Sun Shower, by Indian Ridge) sired his first stakes winner in Australia when 2YO colt Saint Patricks Day (Excelebration-Danahere, by Dehere) let down with a strong sprint over the final 200 metres to win the $100,000 Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Capital Gain & Snitzkraft. Purchased by his trainer Chris Munce for $55,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Goodwood Farm, Sain Patricks Day improved his record to 2 wins from 3 starts for $73,100 earnings. Former top jockey turned trainer Chris Munce has such a high opinion of Saint Patricks Day that he believes he can develop into a Gr1 horse this winter. St Patricks Day will have his next start in the Gr2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on 13 May which will decide if he heads towards the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Gr1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm. "He'll run in the Champagne Classic next and I think he's well and truly up to running 1600 metres in the JJ Atkins," Munce told Racing Queensland Webnews.