At Ellerslie in Auckland, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when favoured 3YO colt Demonetization (All Too Hard-Midnight Special, by Zabeel) won by 1.3-lengths for trainer Nigel Tiley with a bit in hand in the $100,000 Gr2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs. Despite heavy showers causing a track downgrade after Race 4, Demonetization met with sustained support following his eye-catching third at Ellerslie and was always well positioned to pounce in the straight. Second was gelding Endowment (Savabeel-Timpin, by Pins) ahead of fellow colt On The Rocks (Alamosa-Cold Shoulder, by Volksraad) who had defeated the winner last time out in the Listed Trevor Eagle Stakes. A $160,000 yearling consigned by Blandford Lodge at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, Demonetization now has 3 wins & last start's stakes-placing from 4 starts for $86,625 earnings. He is a half-brother to multiple Group-performed Perth stakes-winner Neverland.
The 2002 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava (Wild Again-Rhythm Of Life, by Deputy Minister) has been retired from stud duties and will spend his retirement at the Old Friends retirement facility in Kentucky. Michael Bowen of Old Friends told Bloodstock World staff: "Sarava is the first Classic winner to retire at Old Friends. We are thrilled that (owners) Gary (Drake) and the Roys would trust us with his great stallion and grateful for the generous endowment. I also want to thank Midway Mayor and bloodstock agent, Tom Bozarth, for his assistance. I know Sarava's fans will love to visit him." Winner of 3 of his 17 starts, Sarava has five crops of racing age and is the sire of 65 winners from 100 runners, including Gr2 winner Gladding & stakes-placed trio Gorgeous Melody, Star Of Sarava & Sarava's Dancer. He stood last season in Florida at a fee of US$1,500.