At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's Gr2 Todman Stakes winning & Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes placed stallion Real Saga (Tale Of The Cat-Windy Kate, by Air Express) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Sylpheed (Real Saga-Domitilla, by Strategic) opened her stakes account with a well-deserved win in the $100,000 Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) for fillies & mares, defeating Denmagic & Sheiswhatsheis. A $36,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Raheen Stud, Sylpheed improved her record to 3 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Fred Best Classic & Listed BRC Queensland Plate) from 15 starts for $215,900 in earnings.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The current favourite is 3YO filly Omei Sword ($3.50 with tab) who will have to overcome the outside barrier (19) if she is to post her maiden Gr1 victory. Second favourite is Dixie Blossoms at $7, followed by dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour at $8, and star New Zealand filly La Bella Diosa at $9.50. Of those runners under double figure odds, New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner La Bella Diosa has drawn best in barrier 3, while Dixie Blossoms (12) and Global Glamour (16) have also drawn wide. The final field is:
At Flemington in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) scored by 0.4 length for trainer Shane Nichols in the $500,000 Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, over 5YO mare French Emotion (Snitzel-Love and Emotion, by Woodman) & 4YO mare Denmagic (Denman-Magic Zefta, by Viscount). The well bred I Am A Star, who became the first filly in history to win the Myer, advanced her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr3 SAJC National Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Thousand Guineas) from 9 starts for $636,450 earnings. Originally purchased for NZ$12,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, I Am A Star was then sold for $40,000 to James Harron Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds. I Am A Star also gave her trainer Shane Nichols his first Gr1 winner. "It's an enormous buzz, I'm not sure I can explain the feeling," Nichols told racing.com. "To train your first Group One winner at Flemington during the carnival on Derby Day is something that you dream of." From the unraced US bred mare Star Band (Dixieland Band), I Am A Star is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of Gr1 winners and star Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.
At Brisbane's Eagle Farm on Saturday, Kitchwin Hills stallion Dane Shadow (Danehill-Slight Chance, by Centaine) added a Group success when progressive filly Tsaritsa (Dane Shadow-Xaar's Jewel, by Xaar) scored a 0.3-length victory for trainer Chris Waller in the $400,000 Gr2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs. In a clean-sweep for the fillies, Denmagic (Denman-Magic Zefta, by Viscount) finished runner-up, ahead of Sold For Song (Collate-Beuna Chava, by O'Reilly). Despite blowing from $2.80 to $4.20 at post time, consistent Tsaritsa took her record to 4 wins & 2 runners-up from 7 starts for $407,100 earnings. She was a $165,000 yearling consigned by Edinglassie Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
At Hawkesbury in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 3YO colt Spill The Beans (Snitzel-Miss Dodwell, by Falbrav) scored by 2.3-lengths for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO fillies Denmagic (Denman-Magic Zefta, by Viscount) & Serene Majesty (Fastnet Rock-Custard, by Lonhro). Spill The Beans advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes) from 9 starts for $364,000 earnings. Racing in the famous black and yellow diamond silks of Arrowfield Stud, Spill The Beans was retained to race by his breeder after he was passed in for $45,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Spill The Beans hails from the family of champion filly Bounding Away, winner of six Gr1 races including the Golden Slipper and Australian Oaks, and Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Glastonbury.
Following a luckless autumn, trainer David Pfieffer is hoping his fortunes turn for the better at Hawkesbury's stand alone meeting this Saturday, reports racingnsw.com.au. Pfieffer has nominated Denmagic for the $200,000 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and Cradle Me in the $175,000 Godolphin Crown (1300m), both at Gr3 level. Denmagic (Denman-Magic Zefta, by Viscount), a promising filly with two wins and four placings from just 10 starts, has been mixing it in stakes company at her past three outings and on each occasion has come from well back to finish on the placegetters' heels. The latest was when fifth (beaten 1.1 lengths) to Yattarna in the Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick eleven days ago. "This filly has simply had no luck of late but has run home very well clocking excellent sectionals," Pfieffer said. "She is going to love the set-weights plus penalties conditions of the Hawkesbury Guineas and if she receives the right run and is within striking distance straightening up, she is going to be awfully hard to hold out." Cradle Me (Easy Rocking-Amphycles, by Machiavellian) is an honest performer with 10 wins and nine placings from 46 starts and similarly has not enjoyed the best of luck at her past three outings. Last start the 7YO finished fifth (beaten 3 lengths) in the Gr2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 9 April coming from 11th spot nearing the home turn. There is no doubting the quality of Cradle Me, being a dual Stakes winner of the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) & Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) at Royal Randwick in December. "She came from near last at Randwick and was getting to the post probably better than any other runner. Again her closing sectionals were first rate and should she get a decent passage during the run on Saturday - she'll launch late at them," Pfieffer said. "Both horses are in excellent condition and have been working really well in preparation for Saturday. I'm heading up to Hawkesbury with two happy, healthy horses that just need a bit of luck and I'm sure they'll be right in the finish." He added: "Hawkesbury puts on an excellent stand-alone meeting and it could turn out a great payday for our stable."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Southern Legend (Not a Single Doubt-Donna's Appeal, by Carnegie) scored by 0.4-length for trainer Les Bridge in the $125,000 Listed The Sebring (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO fillies Egyptian Symbol (Stratum-Our Egyptian Raine, by Desert Sun) & Denmagic (Denman-Magic Zefta, by Viscount). This was the first stakes victory for the exciting Southern Legend who took his record to 3 wins from 5 starts for $143,890 earnings. Southern Legend, who hails from the female family of South African Gr1 winner Sydney's Dream - the dam of Arrowfield's Gr1-winning stallion Charge Forward - as well as multiple Group winner Kidman's Cove and Gimcrack Stakes winner Donna Natalia, was purchased for $280,000 at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud. Trainer Les Bridge said Southern Legend will now head to the spelling paddock to get ready for the spring. "He just keeps raising the bar and he is going to have a spell now," he said. "I can visualise him winning a really nice race later."