Slightly Sweet Wins Listed ATC Winter Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former Arrowfield Stud and now Murrulla Stud-based Gr1-winning stallion Charge Forward (Red Ransom-Sydney's Dream, by Bletchingly) added a black-type success when 5YO bay mare Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination) claimed the third stakes win of her career in the $150,000 Listed ATC Winter Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Man Of His Word & Elle Lou. Retained to race by her breeder the Esplin family after being passed in for $27,500 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Slightly Sweet improved her record to 5 wins including the Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic & Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Surround Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 25 starts for $481,685 in earnings.
Clear Boosts for Magic Millions National Sale
Clearly Innocent gave his Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale bound half-sister a timely boost when he bounded to a powerful win in Saturday's Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm. The Kris Lees-trained 5YO sent his earnings soaring past $1.5 million when he beat a classy field in the $700,000 feature by three lengths. It is the second straight stakes success for Clearly Innocent since the catalogue was printed for the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. His half-sister Champagne Kisses (Onemorenomore) is catalogued as Lot 676 for the Gold Coast-based auction. Champagne Kisses will be presented by JD Thoroughbreds, and will be housed in the Chester Barn. She is set to go under the hammer during tomorrow's opening session of the National Broodmare Sale. Also set to go under the hammer on day one is Saturday's Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup winner Col 'n' Lil. A member of the in-form Toowoomba stables of Ben Currie, the daughter of Bradbury's Luck showed great fight in the home straight to hold out her rivals for a gutsy win. A gallant third placegetter in the same race was Elle Lou, a proven group winning daughter of Snitzel who is catalogued as Lot 697 from the draft of Attunga Stud. Other upcoming Magic Millions lots to receive a timely pedigree boost include:
- Gevuina (Lot 710) – a Commands half-sister to Saturday's Listed McKell Cup winner Allergic.
- A Bernardini half-brother to Allergic (ex Cajou) is being prepared by Aquis Farm (Lot 2001) for the National Yearling Sale (June 6-8).
- Soriano (Lot 881) - Champion NZ Middle Distance Horse of 2014-15 and a full-sister to Saturday's Gr3 Premier's Cup winner Kaiser Franz. Soriano (Savabeel) will be offered at the National Broodmare Sale by Dormello Stud and is believed to be in foal to Tavistock.
The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale will be held from May 30 to June 2. Click here to view the catalogue.
Col 'n' Lil Wins Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup
At Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday, former Glenlogan Park Stud & now Yarradale Stud-based stallion Bradbury's Luck (Redoute's Choice-Skating, by At Talaq) added a Group success when 5YO mare Col 'n' Lil (Bradbury's Luck-Jyler, by Street Cry) showed her fighting qualities when scoring a tough win in the $125,000 Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup (1600m) fo 3YO+, defeating Duca Valentinois & Elle Lou. Col 'n' Lil improved her record to 8 wins (including the Listed Weetwood Handicap) and 13 placings (including the Gr2 BRC The Roses & Listed BRC Tails Handicap) from 35 starts for $497,000 earnings. Trainer Ben Currie commented: "She's always been a good mare but she's racing even better now," he told Racing Queensland Webnews. "I thought she might be in trouble 50 metres out but she kept fighting."
Elle Lou Wins Gr3 Aspiration Quality
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 5YO mare Elle Lou (Snitzel-Snipify, by Snippets) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Chris Waller in the Gr3 $150,000 Aspiration Quality (1600m) for 3YOs+, over fellow 5YO mare Alegria (Medaglia D'Oro-Pure Joy, by Fusaichi Pegasus) and 4YO mare Vandancer (Savabeel-Vanessatheundressa, by Carnegie). A $70,000 yearling, consigned by Widden Stud, at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale, Elle Lou captured her maiden black-type success to take her record to 7 wins & 6 placings (including the Gr3 Toy Show Handicap) from 26 starts for $459,125 earnings.
Pearls Wins Gr3 Toy Show Quality
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group success when 4YO Godolphin mare Pearls (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel) scored by 0.2-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $125,000 Gr3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) for 3YO+ f&m, over fellow 4YO mare Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense-Whistle Dixie, by Star Way) & 5YO mare Elle Lou (Snitzel-Snipify, by Snippets). This was a promising return by the well-related Pearls who improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 ATC PJ Bell Stakes) from 10 starts for $285,175 earnings. A homebred for Darley Stud, Pearls is the fourth individual stakes winner for her outstanding dam Accessories (Singspiel), who has also produced Gr1 winners Epaulette (Commands), Helmet (Exceed And Excel), and Gr3 winner Bullbars (Elusive Quality).