At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Paquirri (I Am Invincible-Miss Solis, by Oratorio) showed a smart turn of foot to draw clear for a comfortable win in the $200,000 Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, defeating Legend Of Condor & Lean Mean Machine. From the Listed Belgravia Stakes & Supremacy Stakes winner Miss Solis, Paquirri was a $265,000 purchase by his trainer Gary Moore at the 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Dawson Stud. He improved his record to 1 win and 3 placings from 5 starts for $139,700 in earnings.
Trainer Anthony Freedman believes that Japanese import Ambitious (Deep Impact-Carnival Song, by El Condor Pasa) can develop into a Cox Plate horse in the spring, but first he is hoping he can make his mark in Saturday's Gr1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill. "Potentially he could be a Cox Plate horse, a fast run 2000m race on firm ground is what his best form says he is," Freedman told racingnsw.com.au. "His form would suggest he is very highly rated. I do think he is probably still acclimatising and that probably won’t be complete until the spring." Freedman added: "We are learning about the horse, if we can get a result along the way it will be a bonus. We’ll get through Saturday and see how we are going after that." Ambitious, who made his Australian debut with a 9th placing in the Australian Cup on 10 March, boasts high class form in his native Japan, including a win over champion stayer Kitasan Black in the Gr2 Sankei Osaka Hai (2000m) and a fourth placing behind the outstanding Maurice in the Gr1 Tenno Sho (2000m) in the autumn of 2016.
At Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a group race success when 2YO colt Santos (I Am Invincible-Ghaliah, by Secret Savings) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $200,000 Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating fellow colts Spin & Legend Of Condor. After peeling off the back of front-runner Zousain at the top of the straight, odds-on pop Santos make laboured to hit the front before standing tall to just get the job done at the line. A $180,00 yearling consigned by Emirates Park at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, Santos improved his record, by winning his first stakes race, to 2 wins & a placing (in the Listed Breeders Plate on debut) from 4 starts for $240,100 earnings. Santos eased marginally to double figures in Golden Slipper betting after the crowded finish was inconclusive.
Meanwhile, Pariah (see above article) has been opened as a fairly short favourite for Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Won last year by Vinery Stud's exciting 2017 freshman sire Star Turn, the San Domenico is one of the traditional seasonal pipe-openers for 3YOs. Pariah, who finished runner-up in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at his penultimate run, is the TAB's $2.50 favourite, ahead of Condor Heroes (runner-up in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes on April Fools Day) and exciting filly Tulip, scratched last Saturday, who placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper). The duo is at $6, ahead of $8 quotes Jorda and Marsupial.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has confirmed that exciting 3YOs Menari, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes will trial over 900 metres at Rosehill today. Ryan says the classy trio has improved significantly from their juvenile seasons, and is expecting them to play major roles in the upcoming 3YO features in the spring. Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) and Condor Heroes (Not A Single Doubt) are being aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney, while Ryan has previously indicated that Menari (Snitzel) could be pointed at the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne. Ryan said that he believed Menari's forte was sprinting, and that he is therefore unlikely to join his stable-mates in next month's Golden Rose. "Menari's a big, strong horse that weighs about 580 kilograms," Ryan told racing.com. "I'll just see how he goes at his first few back. He'll kick off in the Rosebud [Listed Rosebud over 1200m at Rosehill on 12 August] before we go to the San Domenico [Gr3 over 1100m at Rosehill on 26 August] and then we'll see if he's racing like he can go to 1400 or whether we keep him to pure sprinting." Ryan said he rated Menari slightly superior at this stage of the colts' preparation. "I would have a leaning towards Menari but in saying that Trapeze Artist did nothing wrong in the autumn," he said. "[And] Condor Heroes had an interrupted preparation last time," Ryan said. "He seems a lot more relaxed now. He's a more mature horse."
The fillies dominated the 2YO division in the autumn, but trainer Gerald Ryan is predicting the colts to turn the tables in the spring, reports racenet. Houtzen won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), Catchy saluted in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), and She Will Reign landed the Gold Slipper to give the females a clean sweep of the feature 2YO races last season. But Ryan, who has three potential top-class colts in Menari, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes, believes the boys will come into their own as 3YOs. "I don't think the fillies are going to improve from the autumn but the colts could jump out of the ground," Ryan said. Arguably the best of Ryan’s trio is the richly talented Menari (Snitzel), who had his juvenile season, and his brilliant acceleration, thwarted by wet tracks. The George Altomonte-owned colt is being aimed at the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 4 November. "He's come back big and strong – really well," Ryan said. "Him, Trapeze Artist and Condor Heroes all look really good. Trapeze Artist will probably kick off in the Rosebud and I'm thinking about the San Domenico (Stakes) with Condor Heroes.” Ryan added: “They're all around the same time but we'll just keep them apart and aim them towards to the Golden Rose. Maybe Menari will stick to the sprints."
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Arrowfield Stud and now Rosemont Stud-based 5-time Gr1-winning stallion Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a Group success when 2YO gelding Property (Starcraft-Opalize, by Anabaa) scored by 3.3 lengths for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $200,000 Gr3 Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colt Condor Heroes (Not a Single Doubt-Gosetgo, by More Than Ready) & 2YO filly Sheikha (Sebring-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward). Property, a $130,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude & Listed Blue Diamond Preview) and 1 placing from 5 starts for $379,400 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Khan (Exceed and Excel-Mandawara, by Daylami) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Listed Breeders' Plate (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, over fellow colts Condor Heroes (Not a Single Doubt-Gosetgo, by More Than Ready) & Bowerman (Snitzel-Sabanci, by Encosta de Lago). Khan's impressive debut victory took his record to 1 win from 1 start for $89,100 in earnings. Purchased for $260,000 by James Harron Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Glenlogan Park, the well bred Khan is out a half-sister to three-time Gr1-winning French-bred galloper Manighar.
A Snitzel full-brother to crack Gr1 winner Sweet Idea is one of three 2YOs by Arrowfield Stud's leading sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) to contest one of Saturday's juvenile features at Randwick, the Listed Breeders' Plate (1000m). The $1.1 million yearling is joined by $525,000 yearling purchase Bowerman (ex Sabanci) and $475,000 buy Invader (ex Flame of Sydney), the latter two both bought by China Horse Club at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale earlier this year. With a trio of 2YOs by Exceed and Excel also in the field, there's bound to be plenty of speed in the event. Early favourite at $2.50 is Sun Bloodstock's Condor Heroes, a $190,000 Not A Single Doubt colt from this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
At Hanshin racecourse in Japan, 5YO mare Marialite (Deep Impact-Chrysoprase, by El Condor Pasa) posted the second top-flight victory of her career when scoring by a long neck in the 57th running of the Gr1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Duramente (King Kamehameha-Admire Groove, by Sunday Silence) & 4YO gelding Kitasan Black (Black Tide-Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O). Marialite improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and 7 placings from 17 starts for ¥ 407,258,000 earnings. Marialite became the first mare in 11 years (since Sweep Tosho in 2005) to win the Takarazuka Kinen.
Lane's End Farm in Kentucky has announced that breed-shaping sire Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector-Miesque, by Nureyev) has been euthanised at the age of 26 due to the infirmities of old age, reports Blood Horse. Bred by the Niarchos family, Kingmambo was the quintessential blue blood being by Mr Prospector out of the champion European mare Miesque. Crowned champion 3YO of France in 1993, Kingmambo won three Gr1 races - the French 2000 Guineas, the St James's Palace Stakes and the Prix du Moulin. As all great sires do, Kingmambo scaled even greater heights at stud. He was a truly international sire, siring Gr1 winners and champions across the globe. Among his best progeny were Japanese Horse of the Year El Condor Pasa, champion European filly Divine Proportions, and multiple Gr1 winner and Belmont Stakes hero Lemon Drop Kid. He also sired champions such as King Kamehameha, Henrythenavigator, and Russian Rhythm. From an Australian perspective, Kingmambo was the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Tawqeet and Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner My Kingdom of Fife. "It is a tough, emotional loss for all of us here at the farm," said Will Farish of Lane's End Farm. "He's been with us for a long time, was so very successful and will be greatly missed. We're very grateful to Stavros, Maria and the whole Niarchos Family for entrusting his care to us." Maria Niarchos-Gouazé added: "It is every owner/breeder's dream to have a filly like Miesque. Then for her to give them two classic winners from her first two foals, in Kingmambo and East of the Moon, is unique. Kingmambo was one of a kind who has stamped the breed forever and who has given us so much pleasure over the past 26 years." Kingmambo will be buried at Lane's End Farm.
At Kyoto racecourse in Japan, 3YO colt Kitasan Black (Black Tide-Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O) claimed his first top-flight success when scoring by a neck for trainer Hisashi Shimizu in the ¥ 233,360,000 Gr1 Kikuka Sho, otherwise known as the Japanese St Leger (3000m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Real Steel (Deep Impact-Loves Only Me, by Storm Cat) & 3YO colt Lia Fail (Zenno-Chrysoprase, by El Condor Pas). "I am overwhelmed with joy beyond words," said trainer Hisashi Shimizu. "There were concerns over his aptitude for long distances (pedigree-wise) but I wanted to prove that this was wrong, as his form and movements showed that he is suited to long distances." Kitasan Black took his record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for ¥ 292,087,000 prize money. The Kikura Sho is the last leg of the Triple Crown races for three-year-old colts and fillies.
Following the narrow losses of Orfevre last year and in 2012 as well as several other high-profile attempts to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2400m) over the years, the Japanese are back in Paris for another tilt at Europe's most prestigious race and this time they have strength in numbers, reports telegraph.co.uk. Japan is yet to produce a winner of the Arc, with El Condor Pasa, Nakayama Festa and Orfevre (twice) all finishing second in October's Longchamp showpiece. The team this year is headed by Just A Way, who became the world's highest rated horse when scoring a runaway victory in the Dubai Duty Free in March, 3YO filly Harp Star, and smart 5YO Gold Ship, both domestic Gr1 winners, who finished first and second in last month's Sapporo Kinen. Despite his lofty ranking as the world's best racehorse, Just A Way is considered by many as suspect over the Arc distance. Indeed, the 5YO has never won over the trip, finishing fifth of 11 and eleventh of 18 at his only two starts beyond 2000m. Harp Star, the filly among this year's trio, is a winner of the Japanese Guineas and gets the weight allowance but fast ground is expected to suit her best, while Gold Ship is something of an enigma. Stamina will not be a problem and he is probably the least ground-dependent of the three, but just as he can run a brilliant race, as he did in the Takarazuka Kinen winning by 3-lengths at the end of June, he can also put in a shocker - as he did in last year's Japan Cup. Yuichi Goto, from the Japanese Racing Association, cannot split the trio. "Just A Way is best at 10 furlongs," he said, "but in Dubai his trainer was confident he would stay a mile and a half. Harp Star has quite a big chance to run well with the allowances while Gold Ship is good but has a strange temper." He added, "Each has different characteristics that could help them win an Arc; Gold Ship stays, Just A Way has speed, Harp Star is a three-year-old filly. Please, one of them can adapt to the race, the ground and the atmosphere?" As ever the Japanese horses will not be alone, with 5,000 Japanese fans expected to converge on the French capital.
Japan's three challengers for this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe are set to arrive in France during the middle of this month, reports Sky Sports. Japan is yet to produce a winner of Europe's most prestigious race, with El Condor Pasa, Nakayama Festa and Orfevre (twice) all finishing second in October's Longchamp showpiece. The team this year is headed by Just A Way, who became the world's highest rated horse when scoring a runaway victory in the Dubai Duty Free in March, and most recently won over a mile back in Japan at the start of June. Three-year-old Harp Star and smart 5YO Gold Ship, both domestic Gr1 winners, finished first and second in last month's Sapporo Kinen. "Just A Way, Gold Ship and Harp Star would be involved in the Arc field," said a spokesperson from the Japanese Racing Association. "However, they will be scheduled to arrive in Chantilly on September 20 and will not run in any of the prep races in France."
Meanwhile, after Japanese thoroughbred fans endured the frustration of two consecutive runner-up finishes by brilliant galloper Orfevre in the past two renewals of the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the country's efforts to snare their first Arc are ramping up with less than two months until the 2014 spectacular. With a further two runner-up finishes in 1999 (El Condor Pasa) and 2010 (Nakayama Festa), the land of the rising sun will attempt to get the proverbial monkey off its back in 2014 by sending three possible runners. They include reigning global high-weight Just A Way, last season's top 3YO Gold Ship, and exciting 3YO filly Harp Star, a Deep Impact daughter who will become the first female from Japan to compete in the European weight-for-age championship should she run.
At Sapporo in Japan, former Arrowfield Stud shuttler & 8-time Gr1-winning sire Falbrav (Fairy King-Gift Of The Night, by Slewpy) added a Japanese group quinella when 4YO mare I'm Yours (Falbrav-Cecile Blues, by El Condor Pasa) scored by a neck for trainer T.Tezuka in the ¥67,030,000 Gr3 Hokkaido Shimbun hai Queen Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, over 5YO mares Speed Ripper (Falbrav-Pops, by Sunday Silence) & All That Jazz (Tanino Gimlet-Diamond Pisa, by Sunday Silence). This was back-to-back victories for I'm Yours in the Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes and took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Hanshin Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue) & 4 placings (including the Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies) from 14 starts.
After his win in the Prix Foy on Saturday, Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre (by Stay Gold) is now the favourite for next month's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Connections are hoping he goes one better than Japan's El Condor Pasa who won the Prix Foy in 1999 before finishing second in the Arc. After the Prix Foy victory, jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "I was very happy with the performance, the pace was a bit slow and he was a bit fresh but I just wanted to keep track of him on his first time at Longchamp. In two strides I got exactly what you need from an Arc de Triomphe horse. Hopefully he can improve a bit as he needs to improve to win an Arc but the trainer has done a perfect job so far." Orfevre has now shortened in from 5s to 4-1.
Meanwhile, Japanese Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender Orfevre (Stay Gold) is on track for the weight-for-age championship and will make his first European start on Sunday-week (Sep 16) when running in France's Gr2 Prix Foy at Longchamp. Orfevre, who arrived in France in late August following a 30-hour trip, is staying at the yard of Chantilly-base Japanese trainer Satoshi Kobayashi, and will be ridden first up by Christophe Soumillon. Bred by Shiraoi Farm of Shadai Corporation and owned by Sunday Racing Club, Orfevre is treading a familiar path for Japanese horses on the Arc trail: in 1999, El Condor Pasa won the Prix For before finishing second to Montjeu in the Arc, while in 2010 Nakayama Festa was runner-up in both races. Last year Japan's Hiruno d'Amour also finished second in the Prix Foy. Orfevre, Japan's Triple Crown winner in 2011, has won 8 races (including 5 Gr1s) from 14 starts.
In Japan, Northern Racing-bred Gentildonna (Deep Impact-Donna Blini, by Bertolini) scored a half-length victory in the ¥207.9 million (A$2.351m) Gr1 Oka Sho-1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies at Hanshin. Gentildonna (ridden by Yasunari Iwata for trainer Sei Ishizaka) defeated Verxina (Deep Impact-Halwa Sweet, by Machiavellian) & I'm Yours (Falbrav-Cecile Blues, by El Condor Pasa). Gentildonna is the 2nd foal out of Donna Blini, won 2005's UK Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes & UK Gr2 Cherry Hinton Stakes, before being purchased by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm at the 2006 UK Tattersalls December Mare Sale for 500,000 guineas (A$775,000). Gentildonna took her record to 3 wins (also including January's Gr3 Sho Shinzan Kinen over 1600m at Kyoto) & a runner-up from 5 starts for ¥166.802 million (A$1.887m) earnings.
Also in Japan, multiple Gr1-winning former NZ Glenmorgan Farm shuttler & dual 1997-98 Canadian Horse-Of-The-Year Chief Bearhart (Chief's Crown-Amelia Bearhart, by Bold Hour) added a group success when evergreen 8YO entire Meiner Kitz (Chief Bearhart-Takara Kanna, by Soccer Boy) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the ¥123.914 million (A$1.58m) Gr2 Sports Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes (3600m) at Nakayama. Meiner Kitz (ridden by Kosei Miura for trainer Sakae Kunieda) defeated 3YO colt Iguazu (Deep Impact-Potrizaris, by Potrillazo) & 9YO entire Tokai Trick (El Condor Pasa-Zoonaqua, by Silver Hawk). Meiner Kitz took his record to 8 wins (also including 2010’s Gr2 Nikkei Sho over 2500m at Nakayama & 2009’s Gr1 Tenno Sho-Spring over 3200m at Kyoto) & 10 placings (including 2010’s Gr1 Tenno Sho-Spring over 3200m at Kyoto & 2009’s Gr2 Nikkei Sho over 2500m at Nakayama, plus 2008’s Gr3 Niigata Kinen over 2000m at Niigata, Gr3 Tanabata Sho over 2000m at Fukushima & Listed Fukushima Kinen over 2000m at Kyoto) from 42 starts.
Also in Japan, former Arrowfield Stud shuttler & 8-time Gr1-winning sire Falbrav (Fairy King-Gift Of The Night, by Slewpy) added a juvenile group success when daughter I’m Yours (Falbrav-Cecile Blues, by El Condor Pasa) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the ¥57.89 million (A$761,000) Gr3 KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes (1400m) for 2YO fillies at Kyoto. I’m Yours (ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal for trainer Takahisa Tezuka) defeated Anchuras (Deep Impact-Ancho, by Wild Zone) & Fine Choice (Admire Moon-Affrettata, by Taiki Shuttle). I’m Yours was a ¥15 million (A$197,000) yearling at the 2010 Japan July Sale; overall she now has 2 wins & 2 placings (including August’s Gr3 Hakodate Nisai Stakes over 1200m at Hakodate) from 4 starts.
In Japan, multiple Gr1-winning 8YO freshman stallion & former Horse-Of-The-Year Admire Moon (End Sweep-My Katies, by Sunday Silence) recorded his 1st stakes-winner when unbeaten juvenile filly Fine Choice (Admire Moon-Affrettata, by Taiki Shuttle) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the ¥61.65 million (A$710,000) Gr3 Hakodate Nisai Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs at Hakodate. Fine Choice (ridden by Hiroyuki Uemura for trainer Masazo Ryoke) defeated fellow filly I’m Yours (Falbrav-Cecile Blues, by El Condor Pasa) & the colt Nice Halo (King Halo-Nice Top Queen, by Dance In The Dark). Fine Choice now has 2 wins from 2 starts. Her sire Admire Moon stands at Darley Japan for ¥3.5 million (A$40,600). On the track, Admire Moon won the Gr1 Japan Cup (2400m) at Tokyo, Gr1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) at Hanshin, UAE Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba, Gr2 Kyoto Kinen (2200m) at Kyoto, Gr2 Yayoi Sho (2000m) & Gr3 Kyodo News Service Hai (1800m), plus placing in Hong Kong's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin twice, & Japan’s Gr1 Tenno Sho-Autumn (2000m).
Meanwhile in France, the last foal sired by US triple Gr1-winning Lane's End Farm pensioned stallion Kingmambo (Mr Prospector-Miesque, by Nureyev) is scheduled to be offered during the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville. The colt (bred in Kentucky by Mueller Farms & Bluegrass Farm Partners) is from US Gr3-winning Corporate Report mare Queen Of Money & “was the only member of Kingmambo’s 2010 foal crop” noted bloodhorse.com. Kingmambo raced as a home-bred for Stavros Niarchos & won France's Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-2000 Guineas & Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, plus the UK Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes in 1993; he retired with wins or placings in 11 of 13 races & earnings of US$733,139. Kingmambo entered stud in 1994 & stood his entire career at Lane's End; he started his career at US$45,000 & later stood for as high as US$300,000. Kingmambo's champion progeny (among 90 individual stakes-winners world-wide) include: US 2000 champion older horse & 1999 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid (who stands at Lane's End); Japan's champion 3YO male of 2004 King Kamehameha; 1999 Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year El Condor Pasa; & multiple Gr1-winners Divine Proportions, Russian Rhythm & Henrythenavigator.
In Japan overnight, 9-time Gr1-winning 8YO stallion Vermilion (El Condor Pasa-Scarlet Lady, by Sunday Silence) has been retired to stud & "will stand alongside Deep Impact & Harbinger at Shadai Stallion Station on Hokkaido island" reported racingpost.com. He retires with 15 wins from 35 starts (including a Japanese record 9 Gr1 triumphs) for earnings in excess of US$11 million.
Also in Singapore, 13 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Any Humour) scored at Kranji:
Kentucky-based Lane's End Farm principal Will Farish confirmed overnight that US triple Gr1-winning 20-year-old stallion Kingmambo (Mr Prospector-Miesque, by Nureyev) has been pensioned from stallion duty. Kingmambo, "long recognised as one of the world's leading international sires, is represented by 86 stakes-winners as a stallion & his runners have earned nearly US$95 million," noted bloodhorse.com. Farish declared: "He's one of the great stallions of all time. He has sired classic horses, sprinters & milers." However Farish also explained: "He has had a terrible neck problem for some time. It's not his fertility; it's his ability to perform." Kingmambo raced as home-bred for Stavros Niarchos & won France's Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-2000 Guineas & Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, plus the UK Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes in 1993; he retired with wins or placings in 11 of 13 races & earnings of US$733,139. Kingmambo entered stud in 1994 & stood his entire career at Lane's End; thereafter he "underwent a meteoric rise as a stallion: he started his career at US$45,000 & later stood for as high as US$300,000. Kingmambo's champion progeny include: US 2000 champion older horse & 1999 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid (who stands at Lane's End); Japan's champion 3YO male of 2004 King Kamehameha; 1999 Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year El Condor Pasa; & multiple Gr1-winners Divine Proportions, Russian Rhythm & Henrythenavigator.
Kentucky-based Lane's End Farm principal Will Farish confirmed overnight that US triple Gr1-winning 20-year-old stallion Kingmambo (Mr Prospector-Miesque, by Nureyev) "has probably reached the end of his stallion career," reported bloodhorse.com. Farish noted: "He has had a terrible neck problem for some time. We only bred 1 mare to him this year & she didn't get in-foal. It's not his fertility; it's his ability to perform. We've tried everything in the world, as you can imagine." Kingmambo (who won France's Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-2000 Guineas & Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, plus the UK Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes in 1993) has sired 86 stakes-winners & his champions include: US 2000 champion older horse & 1999 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid (who stands at Lane's End); Japan's champion 3YO male of 2004 King Kamehameha; 1999 Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year El Condor Pasa; & multiple Gr1-winners Divine Proportions, Russian Rhythm & Henrythenavigator. Farish declared: "He's one of the great stallions of all time. What I liked about him originally was that he was a great miler in Europe. He has a phenomenal pedigree & he has lived up to it in every respect. He's sired classic horses, sprinters & milers." (Note also the direct link, on the right-hand-side of this page, to our exclusive report from global expert Judy Wardrope "Do Milers Make The Best Sires?" in the latest issue of Breeding&Racing Magazine.)
In Malaysia 15 Australian-breds scored at Selangor:
Shadwell Australia paid $650,000 for a colt by Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (the 4th foal out of unraced 12YO Rubiton mare Scarlet Bird) consigned by Rubiton Bloodstock. The colt's dam Scarlet Bird has already produced Gr3-winner Due Sasso & winner Dragon Lord. Scarlet Bird is also a full-sister to Gr3-winner Great Condor & triple-winner Edna Valley (dam of stakes-winner Chitabe).
In a race run pretty much to script 5YO entire Vermilion (El Condor Pasa-Scarlet Lady, by Sunday Silence) wore his opposition down to land the Y277.9 million (A$2.9m) million Gr1 Japan Cup Dirt (2100m) at Tokyo Racecourse by 1.25 lengths. Ridden by Yutaka Take (who has now won on 4 of his 8 rides in the race) for trainer S. Ishizaka, favourite Vermillion defeated fellow 5YO entires Field Rouge (Croco Rouge-Mejiro Romer, by Lindo Shaver) & Sunrise Bacchus (Hennessy-Real Sapphire, by Real Shadai).
US triple Gr1-winning 17-year-old stallion Kingmambo (Mr Prospector-Miesque, by Nureyev) "will stand for US$250,000 for the 2008 season at William Farish's Lane's End in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Kingmambo is the sire of 353 winners (including 5 champions & 73 stakes-winners) from 593 starters in 11 crops of racing age for US$76,687,854 progeny earnings. His star offspring include: 2000 champion older horse & 1999 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid; Japan's champion 3YO male of 200404 King Kamehameha; 1999 Japanese Horse-Of-The-Year El Condor Pasa; & multiple Gr1-winners Divine Proportions & Russian Rhythm. On the track himself Kingmambo won the 1993 French Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas), UK Gr1 St.James's Palace Stakes & French Gr1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp; overall he retired with 5 wins & 6 placings from 13 starts for US$733,139 earnings. Kingmambo is a half-brother to both French classic winner East Of The Moon & Gr3-winner Mingun, plus a full-brother to Gr3-winner Miesque's Son.
In Japan, 3YO filly Aston Machan (Admire Cozzene-Rustling Copse, by Woodman) scored a 0.75-lengths victory against her older rivals in the ¥185.42m (A$1.85m) Gr1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m) on a heavy turf track at Nakayama racecourse outside Tokyo. This was also the 6th leg of the 2007 Global Sprint Challenge & front-running Aston Machan (ridden by Eiji Nakadate for trainer Sei Ishizaka) defeated favoured 5YO mare Sans Adieu (French Deputy-Sheriyza, by Caerleon) & I'll Love Again (El Condor Pasa-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake). Shadai Farm-bred Aston Machan took her record to 5 wins (plus runner-up in last year's Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies over 1600m on turf) from 9 starts.
In Europe, "while Japan's stallion masters search for a successor to the legendary Sunday Silence, the decision by the Yoshida family's powerful Shadai breeding operation to send 3 of his sons (Agnes Kamikaze, Divine Light & Rosen Kavalier) to stand in France is already paying off," reported racingpost.co.uk. Including Darley sire Layman (who entered stud at Haras du Logis this year) there are now 4 stallions by Sunday Silence in Normandy, "giving it the potential to be the sire's most influential region outside Japan". Divine Light "appears to have the best chance of winning over French breeders": the 12-year-old (from the same generation as El Condor Pasa, Grass Wonder & Special Week) was 1 of his sire's fastest sons (including a short-head 2nd to champion sprinter King Halo in the Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen as a 5YO); & "like so many of his paternal siblings, he was durable, being placed in 2 Graded races as a 7YO". From only 3 registered foals sired in Japan immediately after his retirement in 2003, his lone starter is a dual winner, while his 1st French book of only 10 mares "has propelled him high up the list of sires of European 2YOs thanks to 2 winners, headed by filly Natagora (winner of 3 consecutive starts after finishing 2nd on debut, including most recently the Gr3 Prix du Bois) who has blistering speed that could do much for her sire's reputation this season".
In Japan, 2005 Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) runner-up Eye Popper (Soccer Boy-Sunday I, by Sunday Silence) prevailed in a head-bobbing 4-way photo-finish to the ¥124.4 million (A$1.4m) Gr2 Hanshin Daishoten (3000m on turf) for 4YOs & up at Hanshin. Northern Farm-bred Eye Popper (ridden by Yutaka Take for trainer I.Shimizu) scored by a head from favourite Dream Passport (Fuji Kiseki-Grace Land, by Tony Bin) with a further neck to Tokai Trick (El Condor Pasa-Zoonaqua, by Silver Hawk) & another neck to 2006 Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues (Dance In The Dark-Dixie Splash, by Dixieland Band) in 4th place. This traditional stayers' feature was won last year by 7-time Gr1-winner & recently retired Japanese superstar Deep Impact. Meanwhile during 2006 Eye Popper also notched major staying runner-ups in both the Gr2 Copa Republica Argentina (2500m on turf) & Gr2 Meguro Kinen (2500m on turf) at Tokyo.
In Japan, 5YO multiple stakes-winning entire Vermilion (El Condor Pasa-Scarlet Lady, by Sunday Silence) annihilated his rivals by 6-lengths in the ¥102 million (A$1.16m) Gr1 Kawasaki Kinen (2100m on dirt) for 4YOs & up at Kawasaki. Vermilion (ridden by Christophe Lemaire for trainer Sei Ishizaka) defeated Adjudi (Adjudicating-Orimitsu Kinen, by Judge Angelucci) & Don Cool (Genuine-Meisho Sayuri, by Lucky Sovereign).
Also in Tokyo, 3YO colt Alondite (El Condor Pasa-Catherine Parr, by Riverman) took advantage of a rails run to notch his 5th successive victory with a 1.25-lengths win over older rivals in the ¥252,740,000 (A$2.87m) Gr1 Japan Cup Dirt (2100m). Northern Farm-bred Alondite (ridden by Hiroki Goto for trainer Sei Ishizaka) defeated favoured 5YO entire Seeking The Dia (Storm Cat-Seeking The Pearl, by Seeking The Gold) who notched his 9th Gr1-runner-up (including this race kast year), with Field Rouge (Croco Rouge-Mejiro Romer, by Lindo Shaver) 3rd. Alondite now boasts 5 wins & a placing from 8 starts for US$1,966,328 earnings.
The 7YO gelding My Thornbird (Stylish Condor-Recall The Rose) made it 3 successive wins with victory in the $50,000 Listed Ascot Gold Cup (2200m) in Perth. My Thornbird (ridden by Jason Miller for trainer A.Durrant) defeated 8YO gelding Blevvo (Blevic-Carenel) & fellow 7YO gelding Power Mak (Quality Gold-Melody Fun). My Thornbird now has 13 wins (also including the Northam Cup over 2200m last start on October 23) & 10 placings in 46 starts for $308,155 earnings.