Racing NSW has announced the following re-handicaps for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile:
The following horses are exempt from ballot in the Doncaster Mile:
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) showed he was on track for next month's Doncaster Mile when running home strongly to land the $200,000 Gr2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Tom Melbourne & Radipole. Comin' Through improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap & Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Randwick Guineas) from 13 starts for $608,550 in earnings. Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the ninth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently. Trainer Chris Waller confirmed Comin' Through's primary target is the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He's down right at the weights, he was placed in the Randwick Guineas as a three-year-old. He's never been far away in some of the best races in town," Waller told Sky Racing. "I'd be pretty bullish about his chances."
Also at Royal Randwick in Sydney, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a group success when Qatar Bloodstock-owned imported Irish 5YO entire Endless Drama (Lope de Vega-Desert Drama, by Green Desert) was stoked up for trainer Chris Waller to catch long-time leader, 4YO mare Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) from the fast finishing 4YO gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) in the $243,000 Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m). The victory was the first at stakes level in Australia for Endless Drama. Raced in Europe until late 2016, he took his record to 3 wins & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, last year's Gr2 Apollo Stakes and last start's Listed Carrington Stakes) for $397,922 earnings. In addition to Comin' Through, fourth-placed dual Gr1 winner Prized Icon was doing his best work late, and another big feature win doesn't seem far away.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Vinery's Gr1-winning stallion Myboycharlie (Danetime-Dulceata, by Rousillon) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Charles Road (Myboycharlie-Giant Mystique, by Giant's Causeway) was able to hold off the late challenge of the runner-up to score a narrow win in the $200,000 Gr3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Five To Midnight & Comin'through. This was the second stakes victory for Charles Road who improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Manawatu Classic) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Rich Hill Mile & Gr2 ARC Avondale Guineas) from 15 starts for NZ$246,675 in earnings. Charles Road was a $90,000 purchase at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Wentwood Grange. He is owned by David Archer who has tasted success previously with 10-time Gr1 winner (eight domestic Gr1s) and dual New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted of the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick racecourse this Saturday, 30 September. The Epsom, along with the Doncaster Mile, is regarded as the premier mile handicap on the Australasian racing calendar. The time-honoured feature boasts an honour roll comprising some of the greatest names of the Australian turf, including Nightmarch (1929), Chatham (1932/33), Shannon (1945), Noholme (1959), Gunsynd (1971), Super Impose (1990/91), and of course the mighty Winx (2015). This year a field of 14 high quality gallopers will contest the $1 million feature, headed by Happy Clapper who will carry top weight of 57kg. Among Happy Clapper's rivals are Group One winners Egg Tart, Foxplay, I Am A Star, Sound Proposition, He's Our Rokkii, and Group One-placed gallopers McCreery, Zanbagh and Comin' Through. Click below to view the full Epsom Handicap field.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 4YO bay gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) did just enough to hold on for a tough win in the $150,000 Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Tom Melbourne & Burning Passion. This was the second stakes victory for the well-bred Comin' Through who improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Randwick Guineas) from 9 starts for $459,875 in earnings. Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the eighth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently. Trainer Chris Waller said Comin' Through would now head to the $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on 1st October. "If he draws a good gate in the Epsom he will be very hard to beat," Waller said.
Blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec confirmed Group One plans for the spring after maintaining his perfect record at Rosehill on Saturday. The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, extended his record to 2 wins from as many starts when fighting back gamely to defeat the highly regarded Calculated in the #Theraces Handicap over 1400m. Siege Of Quebec will now follow a program aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September. "He's bred to be anything. Once he puts it all together and learns he'll be a serious horse," co-trainer Adrian Bott said. "The immediate plan is that we will be heading towards the Golden Rose." Bott added: "We have a plan mapped out for him, probably going through the Ming Dynasty leading in." By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently.
Valuable and well-connected colt Siege Of Quebec will make his eagerly awaited debut in a 2YO maiden handicap (1250m) at Newcastle today. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Siege Of Quebec is by Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) making him a full-brother to smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently. Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and sporting the navy silks of Coolmore, Siege Of Quebec is the pre-post $3.20 favourite with Tab off the back of three trial victories.
Jake The Muss will be out to keep his Queensland Derby prospects alive when he competes on his home track today, reports NZ Racing Desk. Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs already have Here He Comes (who raced as Comin'through in New Zealand) in Queensland preparing for the Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m), and they believe Jake The Muss has the talent to join him in the Eagle Farm classic on 10 June. "If he wins at Ruakaka on Wednesday he'll go to Sydney to try and get enough money up to ensure he gets in the Queensland Derby," Logan said. "We didn't take him over with Here He Comes for the Rough Habit Plate because we didn't think he'd have enough stake money to get in, but as it turned out he would have got a start." Jake The Muss was last seen finishing fourth behind stable mate Tavidream in the Gr2 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie last month. By Postponed out of the Cape Cross mare Kate Cross, Jake The Muss is a full-brother to Gr1 Zabeel Classic winner Consenus and is a direct descendant of champion Australian filly Surround.
Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs will be three-handed in Saturday's $100,000 Gr2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) for 3YOs at Ellerslie, reports theinformant.co.nz. The Ruakaka trainers will saddle Queensland Derby-bound Tavidream (Tavistock), Comin'through (Bullbars), as well as Jake The Muss (Postponed), a full-brother to Gr1 winner Consensus. "It's nice to go into a race like that with three very nice chances. We're very happy with all of them," Gibbs said. "Comin'through is already proven at the distance, while the other two are stepping up to it for the first time. Jake The Muss has been finishing his races very well and looks like he's crying out for more ground." Gibbs added: "Tavidream hasn't put a foot wrong in his whole career. We're looking at the Queensland Derby for him, so this race is a good chance to get a run into him over ground before we send him over to Brisbane."
The connections of promising young Kiwi stayer Comin'through (Bullbars-Commendable, by The Commander) are eyeing a start in the Gr1 Queensland Derby, reports theinformant.co.nz. Trainer Donna Logan, who prepares the 3YO in partnership with Chris Gibbs at Rotorua, nominated the winter classic as a likely target after Comin'through improved his record to 2 wins from 10 starts with a victory in Saturday's Barfoot & Thompson Handicap (2100m) at Ellerslie. "He had to do a lot of work on Saturday and Leith (jockey Leith Innes) has been saying for quite a while that this is a good horse. Brisbane will be high on the agenda now," Logan said. "He can stay and he's beaten the older horses while he's still very green and still learning." She added: "He looks a nice horse for Queensland and we'll see what happens with Tavidream; he could go there as well, and we haven't ruled out the Rosehill Guineas for him either."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 3YO colt Inference (So You Think-Pontiana, by Redoute's Choice) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes in the $1,000,000 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over the filly Invincible Gem (I Am Invincible-Diamond Day, by Marwina) and fellow colt Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet). Under a patient ride by Tommy Berry who scraped the paint on the outside rail to get up, Inference looked every inch a future Derby contender. Runner-up on debut last April as a 2YO where he rattled home in eye-opening fashion, Inference has been knocking on the door of a major race victory since last Spring. Saturday's win took his record to 4 wins & 3 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Derby & Gr3 Caulfield Classic) from 9 starts for $842,950 earnings.
The final field (14 runners) has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday, 4 March. The $4.50 Tab favourite Comin' Through, a half-brother to multiple Gr1 winner Criterion, has drawn perfectly in barrier 4, while equal second favourites Man From Uncle and Inference have been set a difficult task after drawing wide in barriers 13 and 11 respectively. Those under double figure odds to have drawn well include Echo Effect ($9, barrier 2) and Invincible Gem ($9.50, barrier 6), while Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon ($7) has drawn the outside in gate 14. Click here to view all fields for Randwick's Saturday meeting.
The Cummings stable is confident that progressive 3YO Man From Uncle (Uncle Mo-Derelique, by Danehill Dancer) can continue on his winning way in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on Saturday. The son of former Champion US 2YO Uncle Mo is unbeaten this preparation, posting impressive wins in both the Gr3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) and Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. "He's going pretty good," stable foreman Edward Cummings told racenet. "He's done everything we could have asked this prep. He's come on again from the Hobartville. He will relish the 1600 metres and is proven in the ground." Cummings added: "He did some lovely work this morning. It was a nice gallop on the course proper, coming up the last two furlongs, strong through the line and wanting to do more." Man From Uncle is on the second line of betting for the Randwick Guineas at $6 along with Inference and Prized Icon. Comin' Through, who finished third behind Man From Uncle in the Hobartville, is favourite at $4.50.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore shuttler and former Champion US 2YO Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie-Playa Maya) added a Group success when 3YO bay gelding Man From Uncle (Uncle Mo-Derelique, by Danehill Dancer) powered home to score by 0.1 length for trainer Anthony Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO gelding Echo Effect (Reset-Tyrolean, by Danehill) & Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet). This was successive stakes victories for the progressive Man From Uncle who improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Listed Hilton Stakes at Flemington) from 5 starts for $372,050 earnings. Trainer Anthony Cummings confirmed that Man From Uncle will have his next start in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 4 March. "I thought his first two races this time in would be the hardest for him," Cummings told AAP. "He's been trained to be at his best for the two Guineas [Randwick & Rosehill Guineas] races and I'm hoping that's the case." Man From Uncle is a direct descendant of the good producing Machiavellian mare Subterfuge, making him a close relation to dual Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation (Danehill), Gr2-winning Australian mare Shania Dane (Danehill), stakes-winning Queensland mare Risk Aversion, as well as English Derby winner Slip Anchor. He was purchased by his trainer Anthony Cummings for $35,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Fairhill Farm.
Meanwhile, exciting colt Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) will join stable-mate Omei Sword in launching his autumn campaign in tomorrow's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick. Comin' Through, a half-brother to multiple Gr1 winner and international campaigner Criterion, announced himself as one of Australia's most promising gallopers when scoring a barnstorming win in the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in the spring. Trainer Chris Waller is confident that Comin' Through can emulate his older half-sibling Criterion and continue to develop as he matures. "This horse physically looks like he's only got improvement in him," Waller said. "He was a pretty immature three-year-old in the spring and we were fortunate enough to get some good wins out of him." Waller added: "He's come back stronger." Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the eighth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently.
Champion racehorse Winx has been installed as the $1.80 pre-post favourite for Australia's richest weight-for-age race, the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney. The $4 million feature, which will be run at Royal Randwick on 8 April, 2017, is the jewel in the crown of The Championships carnival in the autumn.
2017 TAB Queen Elizabeth Stakes Market:
Winx - $1.80
Hartnell - $11
Omei Sword - $15
The United States - $15
Black Hart Bart - $26
Comin Through - $26
Divine Prophet - $26
Jameka - $26
Prized Icon- $26
Sacred Elixir- $26
Tosen Stardom - $26
Others Quoted - $51+
Melbourne's spring carnival is respected the world over for its prestigious and highly competitive racing, and this year's carnival has provided some notable pedigree updates for New Zealand Bloodstock's upcoming Ready to Run Sale. One of the most exciting races of the carnival was the Gr1 Darley Classic, where Malaguerra just held out Karaka graduate Spieth. Lots 97 and 189 in the Ready to Run Sale catalogue come from the same family as Malaguerra, who is now a dual Gr1 winner after claiming the BTC Cup in the winter. Other notable pedigree updates include:
There are also family members of recent Gr1 placegetters Hasselhoof (Lot 47), Whispering Brook (Lot 61), Rasa Lila (Lot 65), Humidor (Lot 171), Sezanne (Lot 295), Tivaci (Lot 319), Heatherly (Lot 477) and Full Of Luck (Lot 479). The Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. The Sale will be held on 16 & 17 November 2016 at Karaka with selling to commence at 10am each day. Click here to view online catalogue.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 3YO colt Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) scored by 0.2 length for trainer Chris Waller in the $200,000 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Morton's Fork (Ad Valorem-Dilemmas, by Lonhro) & Bezel (Street Cry-Beaded, by Lonhro). This was the first stakes victory for the exciting Comin' Through who improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $175,525 earnings. Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the eighth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently. Waller said Comin' Through would only continue to improve. "I ruled out the early spring with this horse and just targeted him at this race which was what we did with Kermadec. They both had two runs coming into this race and they both performed," Waller told racing.com. "He's got the pedigree which gives me confidence and he does everything that's asked of him." He added: "He is still very much an unfurnished colt so there's a lot to look forward to in the autumn with him."
Meanwhile, a half-brother to 4-time Gr1 winner Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) was born just before 9pm at Willow Park Stud in the Hunter Valley on Sunday night, reports Breednet. The Fastnet Rock colt is the tenth foal from the Gr3-winning Bite The Bullet mare Mica's Pride, who has also produced Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently. Mica's Pride has a yearling colt by Pierro and an unraced 2YO Fastnet Rock named Comin' Through.