2017

Crack Me Up Win Boosts Karaka Draft

Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Matamata couple Casey and Michelle Dando are living the dream thanks to results like Crack Me Up's win in last Saturday's Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 4-year-olds stakes victory provided a timely boost for the Dando's Bradbury Park going into the NZ Bloodstock Yearling Sales series where they will take a 28-strong draft that will include Crack Me Up's half-brother by Reliable Man (Lot 111) during Book 1 on 28 January. "The win should attract some more interest in the colt," Dando said. "He's typical of the family and will be better as he matures. We sold his sister last year and she was much the same. John Chalmers bought her for $100,000 and she went to Perth. She's a big, staying type of filly." From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. Bradbury Park will offer 19 yearlings in Book 1 and a further nine in Book 2 at Karaka with a variety of proven and promising sires represented, including the champion sire Savabeel (five lots) and Reliable Man (eight), Makfi (two), Pins (two), Tavistock and Shocking. "I'm really happy with our draft," Dando said. "We had a bigger one last season (35) and did well, but we decided to cut down a bit on quantity and angle more on quality." "This is what we've worked for. It has been my dream and it's happening."

Crack Me Up Wins Gr2 Villiers Stakes

Monday, 18th December 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) landed the biggest prize of his career when unwinding his trademark late sprint to win the $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cabeza De Vaca & Interlocuter. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Listed Recognition Stakes, Listed Tattersall's Mile & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 5 placings (Listed BRC Wayne Wilson Plate) from 20 starts for $511,250 in earnings. "I got beaten in this race by a short margin some years ago with Rags To Riches so this helps make up for that," trainer Liam Birchley told Sky Racing. "The Doncaster is definitely something to look at now he is guaranteed a start. But we'll get to the Magic Millions first." The $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) will be run at the Gold Coast on 13 January. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous.

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Crack Me Up (image: Steve Hart)

MM Graduates Dominate With 7 Stakes Wins

Monday, 18th December 2017

The build up to next month's $10 million Magic Millions race day gathered momentum on Saturday with seven Magic Millions graduates claiming stakes wins. Led by an exciting win in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes by Brisbane-based miler Crack Me Up, the performances of all stakes winners were timely with the majority being aimed at Queensland's richest raceday on 13 January. The $60,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Crack Me Up will now head to the $1 Million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), while the Gr1 Doncaster Mile is an option in the autumn. Just over half an hour later at Randwick, quality Redoute's Choice mare Zestful scored a valuable stakes win when she edged out fellow Magic Millions graduate I Thought So in the listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m). The 6YO pushed her earnings past $400,000 when victorious for trainer Kris Lees. Earlier in the afternoon it was all about the 2YOs and the impressive performances of stable-mates Ef Troop and Outback Barbie. Ef Troop shot to outright favouritism for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) when he trounced the field in the listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m), while Outback Barbie made an auspicious start to her career with a debut win in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m). Both juveniles are by Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom. Other Doomben winners on the day were millionaire galloper Most Important who returned to his brilliant best in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m), exciting 3YO Whypeeo who claimed his maiden stakes win in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m), and the speedy Robert Heathcote-trained Pinch River who continued his brilliant first-up form by winning the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m).

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Crack Me Up Wins Listed Recognition Stakes

Monday, 27th November 2017

At Doomben in Brisbane, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) claimed the fourth stakes victory of his career in the $100,000 Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) for 3YO+, defeating Torgersen & Hopfgarten. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Listed Tattersall's Mile & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 5 placings (Listed BRC Wayne Wilson Plate) from 18 starts for $365,000 in earnings. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous.

Crack Me Up Wins Listed Tattersall's Mile

Monday, 24th July 2017

At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when 3YO bay gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) charged home to post a narrow win in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cruising Speed & Pindan Pearl. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 4 placings from 16 starts for $287,700 in earnings. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. Trainer Liam Birchley said there were better things to come from Crack Me Up. "He's eligible for the Magic Millions but unfortunately there's not a suitable race for him," Birchley told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He'll go for a break now but there's a lot of upside to him and he'll get stronger." He added: "I'm really looking forward to the future. He's got the scope to keep improving which is the exciting thing."

Crack Me Up Wins Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas

Monday, 3rd July 2017

At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group success when 3YO bay gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) scored a dominant front-running victory in the $125,000 Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating My True Love & Flow. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 2 wins (including the Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 4 placings from 15 starts for $223,700 in earnings. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. "He's usually a horse who likes to chase but Damian [jockey Damian Browne] knew what he was doing," trainer Liam Birchley told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He's got a big future and has a lot of scope and he just keeps improving."

Religify Wins Listed The Wayne Wilson

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a black-type success when 6YO chestnut gelding Religify (Choisir-Sacred Witness, by El Moxie) scored a dominant front-running victory in the $100,000 Listed The Wayne Wilson (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Crack Me Up & Moher. Religify, who hails from the same female family as champion Hong Kong sprinter Silent Witness, improved his record to 12 wins (including the Listed Prime Minister's Cup) and 7 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Sprint Handicap) from 29 starts for $740,510 in earnings. Religify was a $135,000 purchase at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.

Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 11th January 2017

1. WINNING RUPERT (Bjorn Baker-Jeff Lloyd) 58kg (6)

2. GLOBAL GLAMOUR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-T Clark) 57kg (20)

3. CRACK ME UP (Liam Birchley-Damian Browne) 56.5kg (15)

4. NICCOLANCE (Peter & Paul Snowden) 56kg (21)

5. DAM READY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Zahra) 56kg (3)

6. ARBEITSAM (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-J Parr) 56kg (8)

7. MR MARKOU (Ben Currie-Blake Shinn) 56kg (18)

8. FLYING JESS (John Moloney-Tye Angland) 55kg (5)

9. ECKSTEIN (Kurt Goldman-Brenton Avdulla) 54.5kg (10)

10. CANDIKA (Steven O'dea-Paul Hammersley) 54kg (13)

11. FARAWAY TOWN (Matthew Smith-Kerrin McEvoy) 54kg (19)

12. RIVER RACER (Les Ross-Robbie Fradd) 54kg (4)

13. RARE OCCURRENCE (Stuart Kendrick-Ryan Wiggins) 54kg (16)

14. TIYATROLANI (Tony Gollan-Jim Byrne) 54kg (2)

15. HEART SKIPT A BEAT (Liam Birchley-Glen Colless) 54kg (17)

16. MISS WONDERLAND (Ciaron Maher-Craig Williams) 54kg (9)

17e. PIPELINE (Gerald Ryan-Damian Lane) 56kg (12)

18e. BILLY THE KID (John & Chris Meagher-L Dittman) 56kg (1)

19e. ALTER CALL (Mick Price-Dwayne Dunn) 54kg (7)

20e. VOLPINO (Les Kelly) 56kg (11)

21e. SPENDING TO WIN (Peter & Paul Snowden) 56kg (14)

2016

Rupert Keeps On Winning

Monday, 5th December 2016

Winning Rupert took a stranglehold on the 3YO category of the Queensland Summer Crowns series with a record breaking win in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Ridden by in-form jockey Jeff Lloyd, Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon-Winaura, by Show a Heart) showed blistering gate speed to lead all the way for a brilliant 5.75 length win over Crack Me Up and Crazy Pops. Winning Rupert's time of 1:09.42 seconds bettered the previous mark of 1 min 09.61 seconds. A $67,500 purchase by Baker at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale from the draft of Eliza Park International, Winning Rupert is now undefeated in three starts after previous wins at Caloundra in April and in the Gr2 Champagne Classic at Doomben in May. "He's a very promising horse with a nice future," said Clare Cunningham, stable representative for trainer Bjorn Baker. "We don't like getting ahead of ourselves but we've got a horse with a motor so fingers crossed with him." The son of Written Tycoon will now contest the final two legs of the 3YO Triple Crown - the Listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on December 17 and the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1400m) a fortnight later - ahead of the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast on January 14.

Crack Me Up Wins Listed Dalrello Stakes

Monday, 18th April 2016

At Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when well-named maiden 2YO gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) scored a soft 2.8-lengths victory for trainer Liam Birchley in the $100,000 Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) for juveniles, over favoured filly Spot the Diff (Snitzel-Salty Sal, by Salt Lake) & the filly Sugarparma (Snitzel-Sweet Ransom, by Red Ransom. A $60,000 yearling, out of former Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle, at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up took his record to 1 win & 1 placing from 3 starts for $76,000 earnings.