2018

Our Century Wins Listed Lord Mayors Cup

Monday, 7th May 2018

At Randwick in NSW, Champion 6-time Gr1 winning ex Coolmore stallion Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripides, by Top Ville) added a black-type success, and continued a golden run of success for trainer Kim Waugh with 4 winners on the trot over three days and three separate meetings, when Our Century (Montjeu-Mixed Blessings, by Lujain) held on strongly to take the $150,000 Lord Mayor's Cup (2000m) for 3YO+ from Ecuador and Nettoyer. The win took the 7YO gelding's record to 4 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed Royal Ascot Queen's Vase, Gr3 Bendigo Cup & Gr3 NE Manion Cup) from 14 starts for $307,284 in earnings. Our Century's dam was a Gr3 winner of the Princess Margaret Stakes and has also produced Gr3 winner Apphia (by High Chaparral).

Kingsguard Wins Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Monday, 30th April 2018

At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, Windsor Park Stud's triple Gr1-winning shuttler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Kingsguard (Rip Van Winkle-Her Royal Highness, by Volksraad) opened his stakes account with a tough front-running win in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Ecuador & McCreery. Bred and raced by Windsor Park Stud, Kingsguard improved his record to 5 wins and 11 placings from 27 starts for $389,383 in earnings. Kingsguard looked a horse with plenty of potential during his early career in New Zealand which included a second place to NZ 2000 Guineas winner Xtravagant during the 2015 Ellerslie Christmas Carnival, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He had shown us plenty in his early days here in New Zealand," said Windsor Park Stud Manager Rodney Schick. "He pushed Xtravagant hard at Ellerslie and then ran third behind Mackintosh and Raghu at his next start. He probably just wasn't strong enough at that stage to round things off but once he got to Sydney he really started to develop and has gone from strength to strength."

Cellarman Wins Gr3 Doncaster Prelude

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

At Rosehill Gardens 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 Australian-bred gelding Cellarman (Mossman-Vintage Blend, by Cape Cross) landed his fifth win from his past seven starts when opening his stakes account in the $150,000 Gr3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Ecuador & Mister Sea Wolf. Cellarman, who was sold for $70,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale before being subsequently purchased for $90,000 by Star Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Wintergarden Stakes) and 4 placings from 25 starts for $468,175 in earnings. From the unraced Cape Cross mare Vintage Blend, Cellarman hails from the immediate family of champion filly Triscay (Marscay), a winner of five Gr1 races including the Australian Oaks and Australian Guineas.

2017

Jon Snow Wins Gr3 JRA Cup

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite success when 4YO New Zealand-bred entire Jon Snow (Iffraaj-Orinda, by O'Reilly) outstayed his rivals with a strong on-pace win in the $200,000 Gr3 JRA Cup (2040m) for 3YO+, defeating Ecuador & Boom Time. Jon Snow, who was purchased by his co-trainer Andrew Forsman for $65,000 at the 2015 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm, advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Australian Derby & Gr2 Tulloch Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ARC New Zealand Derby) from 15 starts for $1,741,870 in earnings. "That was pleasing," co-trainer Murray Baker said of Jon Snow's return to form. "We thought he would go a bit better tonight. He needed the distance. He's a good stayer." Jon Snow – who is being aimed at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the spring - hails from the top-producing NZ family of Gr1 Maori Stakes winner Culminate, New Zealand Oaks winner Solveig, Lion Brown Sprint (now Gr1 Waikato Sprint) winner Soliloquy, and Gr3-winning sire Greig.

Winx Wins Gr2 Warwick Stakes

Monday, 21st August 2017

In circumstances that had every bookmaker thinking Christmas had come early until the shadows of the post, Australia's racing darling Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) had to dig really deep to lift Saturday's $243,250 Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney for trainer Chris Waller. The 6YO daughter of Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) drew audible gasps from the on-course crowd when hopelessly missing the break in her first start since winning the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in early April. Regular pilot Hugh Bowman kept a cool head, methodically working the champion to overcome her 5-lengths deficit to a point where she could tack on and have an opportunity to rattle home. Relatively untouched until the last 100m where Bowman briefly went for the persuader, Winx delighted racegoers to deny game runner-up Foxplay by 0.2-lengths, just ahead of Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak de Princess, by Danski). Trainer Chris Waller intimated post-race that she will back up in a fortnight as she builds towards the defence of her Cox Plate in a quest to equal Kingston Town's record of three consecutive wins in the significant weight-for-age Moonee Valley feature. Now undefeated in her past 18 starts against all-comers, Winx improved her dazzling record to 22 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes - twice, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr1 Warwick Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 28 starts for $13,039,175 earnings. Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.

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Winx powers home (pic: Steve Hart)

Gr1 Australian Cup Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th March 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Joint $4.20 Tab favourites for the race are stable-mates from the Darren Weir yard Humidor and Jameka who are coming off second and fourth placings respectively in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. Next best is Peter Young Stakes victor Stratum Star at $6, followed by The United States at $7.50 and Exospheric at $8.50. The final field is:

  1. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (2)
  2. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-Stephen Baster) 59kg (6)
  3. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Ben Melham) 59kg (4)
  4. MOURINHO (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 59kg (9)
  5. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Adam Hyeronimus) 59kg (5)
  6. EXOSPHERIC (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Damien Oliver) 59kg (10)
  7. TALLY (John O'Shea-Joao Moreira) 59kg (1)
  8. TOM MELBOURNE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Glen Boss) 59kg (3)
  9. BOOM TIME (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 59kg (8)
  10. HUMIDOR (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (7)
  11. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (11)
  12. REAL LOVE (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (12)

Ecuador to run in Australian Cup

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

In-form galloper Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) faces a big step up in distance when he contests Saturday’s Gr1 Australian Cup at Flemington. The 7YO has been in excellent form this preparation winning 2 of his four starts, including the Listed Carrington Stakes at Randwick, with his two defeats coming at the elite level in the CF Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes behind star galloper Black Heart Bart. Notably, all four of his runs have been over 1400 metres but co-trainer Adrian Bott doesn’t see any issue with jumping sharply to 2000 metres for Saturday’s 1.5 million feature. “We don’t have any concerns stepping up in trip,” Bott told ANZ Bloodstock News. “It wasn’t the original plan to have the two runs at the 1400 metres but going into each of those two Group One races he was a live chance and when you’ve got a horse in career-best form it’s hard to knock back the opportunity to give him a crack at it.”

Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 Futurity Stakes

Monday, 27th February 2017

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Japanese-bred entire and stable-mate Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) & 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske). This was the fifth top-flight victory for former West Australian-trained galloper Black Heart Bart who advanced his outstanding record to 16 wins (including the Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes, Gr1 Underwood Stakes, Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Goodwood, Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Gr3 WATC Northerly Stakes, Listed Birthday Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 39 starts for $3,420,950 earnings. "He's just a great horse. Yeah five Group Ones, he's just an unbelievable horse," trainer Darren Weir told Racing.com. "I thought Tosen Stardom was going to win there at one stage but gee, he just keeps coming Black Heart Bart, you wouldn't want him chasing you. What a horse." Black Heart Bart, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.

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Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)

Noms Extended For Futurity

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

The Melbourne Racing Club has extended nominations for Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield until 10:00am today (Tuesday) after only seven horses entered for the weight-for-age feature. The nominations thus far are:

1. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir)

2. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)

3. HE'S OUR ROKKII (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)

4. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir)

5. PALENTINO (Darren Weir)

6. TOSEN STARDOM (Darren Weir)

7. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman)

Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes

Monday, 13th February 2017

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) scored by 1 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO New Zealand-bred entire Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill) & 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske). Black Heart Bart cemented his status as one of the best racehorses in Australia and in the process boosted his already outstanding record to 15 wins (including the Gr1 Underwood Stakes, Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Goodwood, Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Gr3 WATC Northerly Stakes, Listed Birthday Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 38 starts for $3,118,950 earnings. "He's a beauty…what a horse to have in your stable," trainer Darren Weir told Racing.com. "He's just bombproof; a great, great racehorse." Weir added: "He will head to the Group One in two weeks. He's in great shape, so it's only racing that will improve him now." The Gr1 Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 25 February. Black Heart Bart, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.

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Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 CF Orr Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

Thursday, 9th February 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The Peter Gelagotis-trained Malaguerra, who resumed with a track record-equalling win in the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago, is currently the $3.80 Tab favourite ahead of Australia Stakes runner-up Black Heart Bart at $4.20. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Lucky Hussler at $7 and Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet at $8. Turn Me Loose and Arod are the two market outsiders at $26. The final field is:

  1. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (11)
  2. AWESOME ROCK (Leon & Troy Corstens-S Baster) 59kg (3)
  3. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 59kg (4)
  4. MALAGUERRA (Peter Gelagotis-Ben Melham) 59kg (12)
  5. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-K McEvoy) 59kg (2)
  6. AROD (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 59kg (1)
  7. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 59kg (7)
  8. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-A Hyeronimus) 59kg (8)
  9. HE'S OUR ROKKII (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 59kg (9)
  10. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Luke Nolen) 57kg (10)
  11. MISS ROSE DE LAGO (Danny O'Brien-Damien Oliver) 57kg (5)
  12. DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (6)

Ecuador Wins Listed Carrington Stakes

Monday, 23rd January 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $150,000 Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) & 4YO gelding Gold Symphony (Reward for Effort-Tzaress, by Stravinsky). Co-trainer Adrian Bott told Sky Racing that Ecuador would be kept in work to chase further black-type success during the autumn. "There are a couple of nice races for him going forward," Bott said. "Sydney and Melbourne are both options for him over the carnival." Ecuador, who is a full-brother to Gr1 Easter Handicap winner & Gr1 Auckland Cup placegetter Pondarosa Miss, improved his record to 10 wins (including the Listed McKell Cup & Listed Lord Mayors Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Epsom Handicap) from 30 starts for $834,850 earnings.  Ecuador was a NZ$360,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Esker Lodge.

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Ecuador (image: Steve Hart)

2016

Ecuador Wins Listed McKell Cup

Monday, 30th May 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $100,000 Listed McKell Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Iggi Pop (Savabeel-Freequence, by O'Reilly) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Havana Cooler (Hurricane Run-Unquenchable, by Kingmambo). Ecuador, who is a full-brother to Gr1 Easter Handicap winner & Gr1 Auckland Cup placegetter Pondarosa Miss, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Lord Mayors Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Epsom Handicap) from 27 starts for $696,100 earnings. Trainer Gai Waterhouse said the best was yet to come from Ecuador who is set to have his next start in the Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June. "Brisbane Cup here we come," Waterhouse said. "I have been very patient with this horse and it has paid dividends. He has got a lot of potential, he has just been a little slow maturing." Ecuador was a NZ$360,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Esker Lodge.

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Ecuador (image: Steve Hart)

Ecuador Wins Listed Lord Mayors Cup

Monday, 9th May 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $100,000 Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Lady Le Fay (Thorn Park-Mia le Fay, by Zabeel) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Havana Cooler (Hurricane Run-Unquenchable, by Kingmambo). Ecuador, who is a full-brother to Gr1 Easter Handicap winner & Gr1 Auckland Cup placegetter Pondarosa Miss, took his record to 7 wins and 8 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Epsom Handicap) from 26 starts for $635,100 earnings. He was a NZ$360,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Esker Lodge.

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Ecuador wins the Lord Mayor's Cup (image: Steve Hart)

Doncaster Mile Final Field

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest mile race, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Australia's best racehorse Winx has drawn barrier 11 in the 15-horse field. Chasing her ninth consecutive victory and her sixth Gr1 title, Winx is currently the $1.85 TAB favourite for Saturday's time-honoured feature. The only other horse under double figure odds is Winx's stable-mate and defending Doncaster champion Kermadec at $6.50. The final field is:

1. KERMADEC (Chris Waller-Zac Purton) 57kg (3)

2. TURN ME LOOSE (Murray Baker-Opie Bosson) 57kg (9)

3. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (11)

4. STRATUM STAR (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 55kg (2)

5. BOW CREEK (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 54.5kg (4)

6. FIRST SEAL (John Thompson-Tommy Berry) 53kg (1)

7. VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs) 52.5kg (10)

8. GOOD PROJECT (Chris Waller-Craig Newitt) 52kg (7)

9. ECUADOR (Gai Waterhouse-Tim Clark) 52kg (14)

10. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 50.5kg (8)

11. AZKADELLIA (Ciaron Maher-Glen Boss) 50kg (12)

12. HE OR SHE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Patrick Moloney) 50kg (13)

13. RUDY (Helen Page) 50kg (15)

14. AOMEN (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (5)

15. VERGARA (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (6)

Small Randwick Fields Stacked With Quality

Thursday, 3rd March 2016

Meanwhile, while it might not contribute to ideal betting turnover, the across the board relatively small fields for Saturday's Gr1 Randwick Guineas Day have thrown up some beautiful tactical battles between key rivals. The biggest field for any of the 9 races on the card is 13 (Randwick Guineas & Wenona Girl Handicap), dropping down to 6 for the Gr2 Todman Stakes which sees Golden Slipper favourite Capitalist up against Astern, Tessera, Defcon and Weatherly, plus the beautifully bred debut winner Kiss And Make Up (Redoute's Choice-Fashions Afield) in which Gai Waterhouse shares ownership with John Singleton and others. Likewise, the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes field of 7 is low in numbers, but certainly not quality: Criterion, Kermadec, Our Boy Malachi, First Seal, Ecuador, Happy Clapper and Holler will all find betting support.

2015

Winx Wins Gr1 Epsom Handicap

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated Gr1 success when richly talented 4YO mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) unleashed her trademark explosive turn of foot to score by 2.3-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) & 5YO gelding Sons Of John (Oratorio-Mountain Echo, by Scenic). Winx took her record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 14 starts for $1,779,925 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller was non committal about whether Winx would head to Melbourne for the Gr1 Cox Plate on 24 October, but seemed to indicate the race was a possibility. "She will be off to Melbourne," Waller said. "There will be a nice race for her down there. It is easy to talk Cox Plates, but we will get today out of the way and be realistic at some time." Winx, from the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Vegas Showgirl, was a $230,000 purchase by Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.

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Winx lands the Epsom Handicap (image: Steve Hart)

Hooked Wins Gr2 Tramway Stakes

Monday, 7th September 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 5YO entire Hooked (Casino Prince-Absolute Lure, by Lure) scored by 0.5-length for trainer John Thompson in the $175,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) & 5YO gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express). Hooked, who was purchased by Sean Buckley's Ultra Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Crystal Mile & Gr3 NJC Cameron Handicap) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap & Gr1 Australian Derby) from 26 starts for $793,000 earnings. "He's come back very well and is back to his old self," Thompson said. "He's just in a good frame of mind. He just needs to take that next step now and we'll try and get a Group 1."

Pondarosa Miss Wins Gr1 Easter Handicap

Monday, 20th April 2015

At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated a Gr1 success when 4YO New Zealand mare Pondarosa Miss (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) scored by a head for trainer Peter Hollinshead in the NZ$200,000 Gr1 Easter Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, over 3YO colt Vespa (Elusive City-Miss Avalon, by Fantastic Light) & 4YO gelding Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad). This was a well deserved maiden Gr1 victory for the highly talented Pondarosa Miss who took her record to 5 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Zabeel Classic & Gr1 Auckland Cup) from 16 starts for NZ$235,935 earnings. Pondarosa Miss, who is a full-sister to Gr1 placed galloper Ecuador, was passed in for NZ$70,000 at the 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Esker Lodge.

2014

Pondarosa Miss Latest Star For High Chaparral

Monday, 15th December 2014

Pondarosa Miss (High Chaparral-Bak Da Princess, by Danske) showed why she is considered one of the most exciting horses in New Zealand when resuming with a brilliant 2.8-length win over Rock Diva and Malcolm in the Pathways Immigration Specialists Premier (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 4YO daughter of High Chaparral, who was returning to the track after suffering life-threatening injuries, left a lasting impression on her veteran rider Noel Harris who predicted big things from the classy mare. "She's a Group One horse," the 59YO Harris said. "She was very impressive." Ponderosa Miss had won three of her first seven starts to have her connections planning a trip to Australia in the spring before their dreams were crushed on the opening day of the Hawke's Bay carnival. She came to grief in the straight and such was the severity of her facial injuries that grave fears were held for her life. "I never thought she'd be back on a racecourse," said Darryl Hollinshead, whose father Peter trains Pondarosa Miss. "We had been hoping to go to Melbourne after Hastings. This is very special." Bred by the Hollinshead family, Pondarosa Miss is a sister to Ecuador who has won five races for leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse and finished a close sixth in last year's Gr1 Epsom Handicap. Pondarosa Miss holds nominations for both the Gr1 Auckland Cup and the Gr2 Wellington Cup. High Chaparral can now lay claim to being the sire of New Zealand's two most promising mares, with next month's Gr1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham seemingly at the mercy of his gifted daughter Soubrettes. Soubrettes announced herself as a star sprinter in the making when scoring a stunning victory in last month's Gr3 Stewards Stakes Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton in a sizzling time of 1:08.68 with a final 600m in 33.6 seconds.

2011

US Sire Canadian Frontier Moved To LeMesa Louisiana

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011

US Gr3-winning 12-year-old stallion Canadian Frontier (Gone West-Borodislew, by Seattle Slew) will relocate from Airdrie Stud in Kentucky (where he stood in 2011 for US$3,500) to Brett Brinkman’s LeMesa Stallions in Louisiana & also stand the 2012 breeding season for US$3,500 Canadian Frontier has sired 7 stakes-winners (including both New York Gr1-winners Hilda's Passion & No Such Word) plus Puerto Rican champion Frontier Tour & Ecuador Horse-of-the-year Miss Vancouver.

Curioso Slam Wins Argentina Gr1 Palermo

Friday, 18th November 2011

The 4YO entire Curioso Slam (Grand Slam-Miss Cursi, by Numerous) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 triumph with a dominant 5-lengths victory in Argentina’s Gr1 Gran Premio Palermo (1600m) at Palermo. Curioso Slam (ridden by Pablo Falero for trainer Pablo Sahagian) defeated fellow 4YO entire Panegirico (Russian Blue-Panacea, by Luhuk) & 3YO colt Foot Dart (Footstepsinthesand-Dalhmar, by Dalhart). Curioso Slam took his record to 9 wins (also including October’s Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro over 1600m at San Isidro, September’s Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro, July’s Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro & June’s Gr2 Clasico Pippermint over 1400m at San Isidro) & 5 placings from 16 starts.

Curioso Slam Wins Argentina Gr1 San Isidro

Tuesday, 18th October 2011

The 4YO entire Curioso Slam (Grand Slam-Miss Cursi, by Numerous) scored a half-length victory in Argentina’s Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro (1600m on turf) at Hipodromo de San Isidro. Curioso Slam (ridden by Pablo Falero for trainer Pablo Sahagian) defeated 5YO entire Pick Out (Brancusi-Petite Lune, by Nasty And Bold) & fellow 4YO entire Hunky (Orpen-Hufeisen Baby, by Turkoman). Curioso Slam took his record to 8 wins (also including September’s Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro, July’s Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro & June’s Gr2 Clasico Pippermint over 1400m at San Isidro) & 5 placings from 15 starts.

US Sire Woke Up Dreamin Moves To Madison County

Thursday, 29th September 2011

In the US, multiple Gr2-winning 11-year-old stallion Woke Up Dreamin (Holy Bull-Dreamlike, by Storm Cat) “will stand the 2012 season at Madison County Thoroughbred Farm in Iowa for US$2,000 after previously standing at Millennium Farms at Moon Lake in Louisiana” reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Woke Up Dreamin (a half-brother to French multiple Gr3-winner Denomination) is the sire of 39 winners from 62 starters (including Ecuador champion Carla & stakes-winners Florida Sox, Hjerdish, Maddox Who & Woke Up Lovin) in 3 crops of racing age. On the track, Woke Up Dreamin (who recorded 5 successive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in 2005) recorded 6 wins (including the Gr2 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on a Beyer of 111 & the Gr2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on a Bayer of 109) & 4 placings (including the Gr3 Los Angeles Times Handicap & Gr3 El Conejo Handicap) from 16 starts for US$578,475 earnings.

2010

Rupit Wins Argentina Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro

Tuesday, 19th October 2010

In South America, 7YO entire Rupit (Lucky Roberto-Avinca, by Cipayo) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in Argentina's Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro (1600m on turf) at San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Rupit (ridden by Jorge Ricardo for trainer Julio Liceri) defeated 4YO entires Don Valiente (Orpen-Vacancy Girl, by Bold Forli) & San Livinus (Mutakddim-Capalize, by Equalize). Rupit took his record to 10 wins (also including July's Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 8 furlongs at San Isidro & March's Clasico America over 1600m at San Isidro, plus 2009's Gr3 Clasico Horacio Bustillo over 1600m at San Isidro, as well as both 2008's Listed Clasico Tresiete Handicap over 1800m at San Isidro & Listed Clasico Macon Handicap over 1600m at San Isidro) & 10 placings (including September's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro & June's Gr2 Clasico Capital over 1600m at San Isidro, plus 2008's Gr3 Clasico Horacio Bustillo over 1600m at San Isidro) from 35 starts.

Peru Sire Spend One Dollar Dies Aged 22

Tuesday, 13th April 2010

Also in South America, leading Peru-based stallion Spend One Dollar (Spend A Buck-Justicara, by Rusticaro) died aged 22 at Haras Boucle (where he stood his entire career). He was 22. Spend One Dollar (imported as a yearling to Peru) won 6 of his 7 starts (including the Clasico Guillermo Noriega Ballester by 20-lengths & the Clasico Republica de Ecuador). He entered stud in 1992 & topped the Peruvian sires table in 2002. Spend One Dollar boasts 22 stakes-winners (including champions Kiana, Jesus Manuel, Precursor & Duque de Enghien).

2009

Maruco Plus Wins Argentina Gr1 Gran Premio Internacional Joaquin De Anchorena

Tuesday, 15th December 2009

In Argentina, 5YO entire Maruco Plus (Alpha Plus-Villa Hipica, by Ride The Rails) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the Gr1 Gran Premio Internacional Joaquin De Anchorena (1600m on turf) in San Isidro. Maruco Plus (ridden by Edwin Talaverano for trainer Natalio Mezzotero) defeated 4YO entires Lieve (Golden Voyager-Valerie, by Baynoun) & Kapo Di Tutti  (Redattore-Granny’s Pie, by Ghadeer). Maruco Plus took his record to 8 wins (also including October’s Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro over 1600m at San Isidro, May's Gr2 Clasico Capital over 1600m at San Isidro & 2008's Listed Clasico Embrujo over 1600m at San Isidro) & 12 placings (including September's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro, July's Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro & April's Listed Clasico Macon Handicap over 1600m at San Isidro, plus 2008's Gr1 Gran Premio Internacional Joaquin De Anchorena over 1600m at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro) from 23 starts.

Life Of Victory Wins Argentina Gr1 Lalor

Tuesday, 17th November 2009

Last season’s Argentine Horse-Of-The-Year & now 7YO entire Life Of Victory (Incurable Optimist-La Gran Portada, by Hidden Prize) scored a 0.75-length victory in Argentina's Gr1 Gran Premio Copa De Oro-Copa Alfredo Lalor (2400m on turf) at San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Life Of Victory (ridden by Adrian Gianetti for trainer Carlos Daniel Etchechoury) defeated 4YO entires Eternal Fire (Lode-Eternal Star, by Sonus) & Feel Fast (Halo Sunshine-Figurina, by Equalize). Life Of Victory took his overall record to 12 wins (including October’s Gr2 Clasico Progreso over 2400m at San Isidro, plus 2008’s Gr1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini over 2400m at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Progreso over 2400m at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Otono over 2000m at Palermo & Listed Clasico Cocles over 2200m at San Isidro, as well as 2007's Gr1 Gran Premio Copa De Oro over 2400m at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Progreso over 2400m at San Isidro & Listed Clasico Competencia over 2200m at San Isidro) & 15 placings (including May’s Gr1 Gran Premio 25 De Mayo over 2400m at San Isidro, plus 2008’s Gr1 Gran Premio Estrellas Classic over 2000m at Palermo & Gr1 Gran Premio Miguel Alfredo Martinez De Hoz over 2000m at San Isidro, as well as 2007's Gr1 Gran Premio De Honor over 2000m at Palermo, Gr2 Clasico Otono over 200m at Palermo & Gr3 Clasico Italia over 2000m at Palermo, in addition to 2006's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro & both 2005's Gr1 Gran Premio Jockey Club over 2000m at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico Ensayo over 1800m at San Isidro) from 44 starts.

Maruco Plus Wins Argentina Gr1 San Ididro

Tuesday, 20th October 2009

Also in Argentina, 5YO entire Maruco Plus (Alpha Plus-Villa Hipica, by Ride The Rails) scored a 2-lengths victory in the Gr1 Gran Premio San Isidro (1600m on turf) in Buenos Aires. Maruco Plus (ridden by Edwin Talaverano for trainer Natalio Mezzotero) defeated 4YO entire Ever Peace (Alpha Plus-Ever Beauty, by Equalize) & 6YO entire New Killer (Hidden Prize-Nynphe, by Senor Pete). Maruco Plus took his record to 7 wins (also including May's Gr2 Clasico Capital over 1600m at San Isidro & 2008's Listed Clasico Embrujo over 1600m at San Isidro) & 12 placings (including September's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m at San Isidro, July's Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro & April's Listed Clasico Macon Handicap over 1600m at San Isidro, plus 2008's Gr1 Gran Premio Internacional Joaquin De Anchorena over 1600m at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 16000m at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio over 1600m at San Isidro) from 22 starts.

2008

Life Of Victory Wins Argentina Gr1 Pellegrini

Monday, 15th December 2008

In South America's most prestigious annual race, Argentine-bred 6YO entire Life Of Victory (Incurable Optimist-La Gran Portada, by Hidden Prize) scored a half-length victory in Argentina's Gr1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (2400m on turf) at San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Life Of Victory (ridden by Rodrigo Blanco for trainer Carlos Daniel Etchechoury) defeated Brazilian-bred 3YO colts Negro Da Gaita (Know Heights-Graciosa Bailarina, by First American) & Reraise (Know Heights-Fanciulla Del West, by Critique). Life Of Victory (who finished 4th in the 2007 Carlos Pellegrini) took his overall record to 10 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Clasico Progreso over 2400m on turf at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Otono over 2000m on dirt at Palermo & Listed Clasico Cocles over 2200m on dirt at San Isidro, plus 2007's Gr1 Gran Premio Copa De Oro over 2400m on turf at San Isidro, Gr2 Clasico Progreso over 2400m on turf at San Isidro & Listed Clasico Competencia over 2200m on dirt at San Isidro) & 14 placings (including this year's Gr1 Gran Premio Estrellas Classic over 2000m on turf at Palermo & Gr1 Gran Premio Miguel Alfredo Martinez De Hoz over 2000m on turf at San Isidro, plus 2007's Gr1 Gran Premio De Honor over 2000m on dirt at Palermo, Gr2 Clasico Otono over 200m on dirt at Palermo & Gr3 Clasico Italia over 200m on dirt at Palermo, as well as 2006's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador over 1600m on turf at San Isidro & both 2005's Gr1 Gran Premio Jockey Club over 2000m on turf at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico Ensayo over 1800m on turf at San Isidro) from 39 starts.

Bahiaro Wins Argentina Gr1 Estrellas Mile

Thursday, 3rd July 2008

Bahiaro (Incurable Optimist-Istiara, by Interprete) led all-the-way to slaughter his rivals by 9-lengths in Argentina's Gr1 Gran Premio Estrellas Mile. Bahiaro (trained by Edmundo Rodriguez) defeated El Fanfante (Missionary-La Flautista, by Baranof) & Indian Haven (Bernstein-Indian Passion, by Ahmad). During 2007 Bahiaro also won both Argentina's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador (1600m) at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico 9 De Julio (1600m) at San Isidro.

2007

Life Of Victory Wins Argentina Gr1 Life Of Victory

Wednesday, 21st November 2007

In South America, 5YO entire Life Of Victory (Incurable Optimist-La Gran Portada, by Hidden Prize) scored a 2-lengths victory in Argentina's Gr1 Gran Premio Copa De Oro (2400m on turf) at Hipodromo San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Life Of Victory (ridden by Rodrigo Blanco for trainer Carlos Daniel Etchechoury) defeated fast-finishing Honey Nov (Romanov-Honey Fitz, by Fitzcarraldo) & front-running Arriba Baby (Roy-Allstar Baby, by Northern Baby). Previously this year Life Of Victory also won both Argentina's Gr2 Clasico Progreso (2400m) at San Isidro & Listed Clasico Competencia (2200m) at San Isidro, as well as placing in the Gr1 Gran Premio De Honor (2000m) at Palermo, Gr2 Clasico Otono (2000m) at Palermo & Gr3 Clasico Italia (2000m) at Palermo. In addition Life Of Victory also finished 3rd in 2006's Gr2 Clasico Ecuador (1600m) at San Isidro & in both 2005's Gr1 Gran Premio Jockey Club (2nd leg of Argentina's 3YO Triple Crown) over 2000m at San Isidro & Gr2 Clasico Ensavo (1800m) at San Isidro. Overall Life Of Victory now has 6 wins from 29 starts.

2005

Paso Real Wins Caribe Hipica Gr1 Confraternidad

Thursday, 8th December 2005

In the Caribbean, the 2-day Serie del Caribe Hipica in Puerto Rico featured a series of Gr1 events contested by horses from countries belonging to Caribbean Horse Racing Confederation (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela). Venezuelan-bred Paso Real (Volantin-Agua Bendita, by Mano A Mano) won the US$100,000 Clasico Confraternidad (9 furlongs) "on a sloppy dirt track" at El Comandante in Canovanas, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Paso Real (ridden by Angel Castillo for trainer Julio Ayala) "came from well off the pace" to defeat Mexican-bred front-runner Danzig Prince Race (Spectacular Prince-Pahayokee, by Hold Your Peace) & fellow Mexican-bred Parducci (Prouth Clearence-You Beautiful Doll, by Cutlass Reality).