With five weeks between her dazzling debut performance and her subsequent start, where she did all but hold off Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Sunlight in the Gr2 Silver Slipper, Estijaab will have derived plenty of benefit from the run. With the Gr1 Golden Slipper looming, though, the rocket-like daughter of Snitzel looked as though one more run would top her off perfectly before a two week break to the seasonal 2YO Championship decider. Currently equal favourite with Sunlight for the Rosehill Gardens feature, Estijaab will carry the hopes of many in tomorrow's Gr2 Reisling Stakes where she's a deserved $1.35 favourite. With the exception of talented Spirit Of Boom filly Outback Barbie, who placed behind Sunlight on the Gold Coast, it looks like Estijaab first, daylight second… and then onto the big one in a fortnight. If she does as is widely expected, she'll join past winners of the Reisling Stakes that include Frolic, English, Earthquake, Samaready, More Joyous, Fashions Afield, Alinghi, Polar Success and Belle du Jour. Not bad company.
At Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his 6YO champion daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) sauntered to the line 7-lengths clear for trainer Chris Waller in the $600,000 weight-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), defeating 4YO entire Prized Icon & 5YO gelding Classic Uniform. Having her first start since winning a record equalling Gr1 Cox Plate last October, Australian racing's queen was allowed to lope along near the rear by regular pilot Hugh Bowman. Sooled into the race turning towards the business end of the mile, where she ambled up like a Bentley on a Sunday outing with Bowman relaxed at the wheel, Winx effortlessly raised the bar by establishing a new Australian record of 16 Gr1 victories en-route to winning 23 straight. Having broken Black Caviar's Gr1 win record with her third Chipping Norton Stakes achievement, the mighty mare appears to have the Sydney autumn, and possibly English racing at her mercy. Her next start is expected to be in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, where she is on track for another Gr1 feature race treble. "It's always a concern to see how horses come back. To see her come back like this is pretty special," said Waller, whose emotion was clear to see. "She's getting the imagination of Australia. It's a great way to portray our sport." Now the winner of 27 of her 33 starts, with record southern hemisphere earnings of just under $16 million, Winx's new record of 16 Gr1s, all while undefeated, comprises the:
Group 1-winning Kiwi colt Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) will head across the Tasman to Sydney next week, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Te Akau Racing-owned colt confirmed a trip to Australia after his excellent performance at Matamata last Saturday when storming home from last to finish third over 1400 metres. It was his first run since landing the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January. "Under the circumstances it was a very good run. It was hard to make up ground," said Jamie Richards, who trains the 3YO in partnership with Stephen Autridge. "He'll go over on Monday with the Randwick Guineas his first target and then hopefully on to the Rosehill Guineas and the Derby." The beautifully related Age Of Fire hails from the family of Gr1 English 1000 Guineas & Gr1 French Guineas winner Highclere, dam of Gr1 winner and UK blue hen Height Of Fashion (Bustino). Height Of Fashion made her name in the breeding barn producing legendary racehorse Nashwan, his three-time Gr1 winning brother Nayef, and successful sire Unfuwain.
At Matamata in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) returned to the winner's circle after a hiatus of more than two years when landing the $50,000 Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Our King Sway & Rangipo. Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, said Show The World would be given the chance to emulate his dam Bazelle when he contests the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on 10 March. "He'll get a few points now to get into the Auckland Cup," said Andrew Forsman, who trains the stayer with Murray Baker. "He's going well and last preparation he had a niggling issue behind, we couldn't find out what it was so we gave him a long break and he's come back a happy horse." Passed in shy of his $400,000 reserve at the 2012 NZ Premier Yearling Sale, Show The World is bred on an identical cross to Baker's former 5-time Gr1-winner Dundeel. By Sadler's Wells' English & Irish Derby winning son High Chaparral, Show The World is out of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and Gr1 Zabeel Classic-winning mare Bazelle. Bazelle's grand dam is the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of outstanding 1970s filly Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.
The powerful Darren Weir stable will saddle up an interesting import tomorrow at Flemington when Irish-bred Kings Will Dream ventures to the big smoke for the first time. A 4YO gelding, lightly raced Kings Will Dream came to Australia having had just three runs in the UK where he placed twice before winning at Pontrefact for trainer Micky Hammond. Subsequently sold for just 7,500 gns at Newmarket, the son of Darley's stallion Casamento (Shamardal) made his way to Australia where he has had two starts, both resulting in victories – the first at Warrnambool (1200m) and the second at Ballarat (1400m) where he was clearly superior to his rivals on both occasions. At Flemington tomorrow he steps up to the mile, the distance at which he raced in all three of his English starts. Drawn to get a sit back in the field for Race 4, Kings Will Dream is close to even money to make it a hat-trick of Australian wins.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & successful Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO UK-bred gelding Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) maintained his excellent first-up record when resuming with a slashing win in the $500,000 weight-for-age Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Single Gaze & Brave Smash. The Godolphin-owned Hartnell improved his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 The BMW, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes, Gr2 Hill Stakes, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr3 Sky High Stakes & Gr3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Melbourne Cup, Gr1 Underwood Stakes, Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud) from 38 starts for $4,766,610 in earnings. Trainer James Cummins said Hartnell could very well now head to Sydney for a clash with champion mare Winx in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 3 March. "I would like to run him in the best race available to him and that might be the Chipping Norton," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "I also like the idea of keeping him fresh, so we'll see how he comes through this win. He's a unique horse...I haven't trained one like him."
At Hobart in Tasmania, Wyndholm Park's Gr1 Victoria Derby winning stallion Rebel Raider (Reset-Picholine, by Dehere) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Pretty Punk (Rebel Raider-Reliability, by Kurofune) registered the second stakes title of her career with a narrow win in the $250,000 Gr3 Hobart Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Andrea Mantegna & Fastnet Dragon. Pretty Punk, who descends from the same female line as Gr1 English Derby winner Pour Moi, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Listed Hill Smith Stakes) and 6 placings from 24 starts for $431,970 in earnings.
Million dollar colt Ifyouknowhatimean (Sebring-Stellar Vinia, by Redoute's Choice) is set to make his eagerly anticipated debut in the 2YO Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley tonight. Trained by the familial triumvirate of John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes, Ifyouknowhatimean was a $1.4 million purchase by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Australia at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud (as agent). Bred by John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds, Ifyouknowhatimean is by Sebring out of the beautifully related Redoute's Choice mare Stellar Vinia making him a half-brother to Gr2 winning South African-based mare Ektifaa (More Than Ready). Stellar Vinia, herself, is out of the good producer Calvinia (Varick), dam also of Gr1 Easter Handicap winner Calveen (Canny Lad), Gr2 Emancipation Stakes winner Kosi Bay (Spinning World), Gr3 ATC Widden Stakes winner Fireworks (Snitzel), and Listed Anniversary Handicap winner Striker (Van Nistelrooy). This is also the family of Gr1 South Australian Derby winner English Wonder, dam of ill-fated four-time Gr1 winning sire Dr Grace (Sir Tristram), as well as South Australian Oaks winner Asia (Danehill).
An elite catalogue of 534 top-level yearlings will be the focus of the world's thoroughbred industry at the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables from April 9-11. The catalogue, which is now available online, features 38 siblings to Group 1 winners such as Catchy, Starspangledbanner, Mighty Boss, Shoals, Buffering, Mossfun, Lankan Rupee, Flying Artie, Press Statement, Sebring, English, Shooting To Win, The Quarterback and Lucia Valentina. There are also progeny of 31 Group 1-winning mares including Peggy Jean, Secret Admirer, Amanpour, Go Indy Go, Plucky Belle, Norzita, Sacred Choice, Snitzerland, Bonaria and Steps In Time. Arrowfield's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel is the leading sire with 64 progeny, while I Am Invincible (41), Fastnet Rock (39), Sebring (34), Redoute's Choice (23), Pierro (21), Dissident (20), Not A Single Doubt (19), Exceed And Excel (17) and Deep Field (16) round out the top 10. There are also progeny by outstanding international sires Deep Impact (3), Tapit (3), and Frankel (2). Arrowfield Stud is leading vendor with 51 entries ahead of Coolmore Stud (39), Widden Stud (30) and Kitchwin Hills and Segenhoe Stud (24). The 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be the first held at the new Riverside Stables from Monday April 9 until Wednesday April 11. Click here to view the catalogue.
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Spendthrift Farm's young Group 1-wining sire Hit it a Bomb sired his first reported foal on 17 January when a filly was born at Chasing The Sun Stables in Wallingford, Kentucky. Bred by Michael Wood, the bay filly is out of the English mare Risky Art, a two-time-winning juvenile in England during her racing career. "We are very happy with her. This baby is absolutely correct with nice size and good bone," said Wood. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Hit It a Bomb (War Front-Liscanna, by Sadler's Wells) was undefeated in three runs in Ireland and America as a 2YO including a brilliant win in the Gr1 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. Out of the stakes-winning Sadler's Wells mare Liscanna (Ire), Hit It a Bomb is a full sister to Group 1 winner Brave Anna, and full brother to current 3YO Threeandfourpence, who ran fourth behind US Navy Flag and Mendelssohn in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes on his seasonal bow. Hit It a Bomb is set to stand his second season at Spendthrift for a fee of US$7,000 S&N.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) broke through for an overdue maiden stakes win in the $225,000 Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Belle Du Nord & Savvy Coup. Age Of Fire became the 32nd individual Group 1 winner for Fastnet Rock and the 52nd Group 1-winning graduate of Coolmore Australia. The beautifully bred and richly talented Age Of Fire improved his record to 3 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas) from 6 starts for NZ$286,000 in earnings. "He is a lovely colt and his work in the last few weeks had been outstanding," jockey Opie Bosson told NZ Racing Desk. "He's a big horse, but light on his feet...once I got into the clear he showed that powerful finish." Age Of Fire is the equal $7 favourite for the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with Demonetization and he is now likely to take on the older horses ahead of the Ellerslie classic. "My gut feeling is that we'll go to the Herbie Dyke Stakes [Gr1 at Te Rapa on 10 February] to give him another chance at a Group One," co-trainer Jamie Richards said. Purchased by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis for $400,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale from the draft of Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Age Of Fire hails from the family of Gr1 English 1000 Guineas & Gr1 French Guineas winner Highclere, dam of Gr1 winner and UK blue hen Height Of Fashion (Bustino). Height Of Fashion made her name in the breeding barn producing legendary racehorse Nashwan, his three-time Gr1 winning brother Nayef, and successful sire Unfuwain. Age Of Fire has a yearling sister (Lot 172) who will be offered by Hallmark Stud during Book 1 at Karaka on 28 January.
Waikato Stud has decided not to shuttle exciting young stallion Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) to Europe for the 2018 breeding season. The Group 1-winner was very well received by Australasian breeders with a top quality 2017 book of more than 140 mares. "After such a successful season that has just gone so quickly, we have decided not to take up the offer of a Northern Hemisphere season at the English National Stud," Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said. "This decision was not taken lightly. As you know, this option was not in our original planning, but developed after the initial approach from the English National Stud." Chittick added: "However, he would have been one of four first season sires within their operation so we felt his opportunities may become limited and we were not prepared to risk Tivaci on this venture." Tivaci’s book included Group 1 winner's Daffodil, Costume and I Do. He also covered the dams of Group 1 winners Ambitious Dragon (dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year), Kawi, Shamexpress, Brambles, Thee Auld Floozie and Consensus.
A total of 338 yearlings have been entered for the 2019 Epsom Derby, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. The powerful Coolmore operation are represented by the most yearlings with 45 nominees, including an unnamed full brother to recently retired multiple Group 1 winner Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill). 2001 English Derby winner and champion European sire Galileo is the most represented sire with 41 progeny entered. Click here to view full list of entries.
A foal colt by Coolmore's Australian-bred sire Starspangledbanner was the headline act on day two of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville on Sunday when knocked down to Peter Morgan of Carmel Stud for €165,000, reports Racing Post. The well-related foal was purchased as a pin-hooking proposition and will be sold again next year. "We loved him from the moment we saw him. He’s the only foal we’ve bought this year and we think he’s something special. He’ll be prepped and aimed at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale," Morgan said. The colt is the fourth foal out of the stakes placed Oasis Dream mare Torentosa, a half-sister to English Derby winner Wings Of Eagles. The day's turnover of €5,708,500 was 13% higher than in 2016, while the average price climbed 4% to €28,543. The clearance rate was an excellent 82%. The sale continues on Monday and Tuesday.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO grey gelding Pounamu (Authorized-Tangiwai, by Street Cry) landed the biggest prize of his career when unleashing his trademark late flourish to score a minor upset win in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Material Man & Achernar Star. The former NSW-trained Pounamu, who was placed at Gr3 level in the Gloaming Stakes & Spring Stakes in Sydney as a 3YO, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes & Listed Detonator Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Strickland Stakes, Gr3 Gloaming Stakes & Gr3 Spring Stakes) from 37 starts for $1,122,530 in earnings. "He came here [from Sydney] and won a couple of races and then was the biggest bridesmaid in WA," trainer Alan Mathews told Sky Racing. "We always said he had the ability, but he just didn't have the concentration span to get his head around doing it at the right time." He added: "We set this horse for the race; second-up into the Railway, third-up into this and it's all gone to plan." Matthews said Pounamu may head to the Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m) on 1 January but fears he may now be weighted out of the race.
Trainer Tony McEvoy will unveil valuable 2YO Al Naifa at Moonee Valley tonight. Purchased by Tim Stakemire on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum for $1.8 million at this year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Al Naifa is by Redoute's Choice out of Court (Anabaa) and is a half-sister to classy sprinter and Gr1 All Aged Stakes winner English. It is also the family of dual Group 1 winner and successful sire Grand Lodge. Foreman Michael Shepherdson said the stable was expecting a forward showing from Al Naifa when she debuts in the CRT/Whites Rural Plate over 1000m. "She's a high-priced yearling that's been well-educated and we've been really excited to have her in the stable," Shepherdson told racing.com. "She's had a jump-out at Flemington and two trials at Cranbourne. In the first one she showed quite a lot of speed and natural talent so in the second trial we wanted to bring her in behind to teach her to switch off and she did that before circling them to win the trial." He added: "She's banging the door down to go to the races and we've drawn a nice barrier so she should get the run of the race."
TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.
TAB Everest Market
$8 - Redzel
$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic
$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx
$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign
$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora
$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth
The catalogue for the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale is taking shape, with an elite line up set to grace Riverside Stables on April 9-11. The annual Inglis Easter Preview Magazine is now available online and contains the pedigrees of hundreds of world-class yearlings that will be offered to a local and international buying bench next year. Among the 535-strong early catalogue are 39 siblings to Group 1 winners including VRC Oaks heroine Pinot, Catchy, Mighty Boss, Shoals, Flying Artie, Press Statement, Sebring, English, Shooting To Win, The Quarterback and Lucia Valentina. There are also progeny of 36 Group 1-winning mares such as Alinghi, Commanding Jewel, Peggy Jean, Secret Admirer, Red Tracer, Cosmic Endeavour, Daffodil, Bonaria, Steps In Time and Absolut Glam. Arrowfield Stud's Snitzel is the leading sire with 64 entrants ahead of Coolmore's Fastnet Rock (44), Yarraman Park's I Am Invincible (39) and Widden Stud's Sebring (31). There will also be four fillies by champion Japanese stallion Deep Impact, and two Frankel colts. The 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be the first held at Riverside Stables from Monday April 9 until Wednesday April 11. The Chairman's Sale (Racing Prospects, Thursday April 5) and The Chairman's Sale (Breeding Prospects, Thursday April 12) will bookend the Easter Sale, while the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will follow for three days from Sunday April 15. Click here to view the Easter Preview Magazine.
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At Pukekohe in New Zealand, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Group race success when 7YO grey gelding Maygrove (Authorized-Lady Zhivago, by Zabeel) outstayed his rivals when shouldering equal top-weight of 60kg and leading throughout to score a determined win in the $100,000 Gr3 Counties Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, defeating Five To Midnight & Promise To Reign. Maygrove advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup, Gr2 Wellington Cup, Listed Feilding Gold Cup & Listed Jakkalberry Classic) and 12 placings (including the Listed Marton Cup) from 48 starts for NZ$436,985 in earnings. Maygrove, who descends from the same female family as VRC Oaks and Thousand Guineas winner Tristanagh, was purchased for $110,000 by Wairarapa-based bloodstock agent Bruce Perry on behalf of Wellington businessman Lib Petagna at the 2012 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm.
Dual classic winner Winter (Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) is set to be retired and join Coolmore’s exceptional band of broodmares. A 4-time Gr1 winner of the English & Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and Nassau Stakes, Winter was last seen finishing ninth behind champion filly Enable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. The 3YO grey daughter of Galileo won 5 of her 10 starts for nearly £1.1 million in earnings. “I think Winter has done enough to head on to her next career and she'll probably go off to stud for next year. We're looking forward to her foals,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told Racing Post.
At Sandown in Melbourne, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group race success when 4YO Irish-bred entire The Taj Mahal (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) opened his stakes account with a brilliant front-running victory in the $300,000 Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Almandin & Big Duke. The Lloyd Williams-owned The Taj Mahal improved his record to 2 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes) from 19 starts for $624,978 in earnings. The victory was a fitting won for trainer Robert Hickmott who is stepping down from his role as private trainer for Williams' Macedon Lodge. "Rob has done a fantastic job for us. He's been with us for 15 or 16 years and he's been head trainer since 2000. In fact the first race he won was here with Zipping," Williams told racing.com. "We've parted on very good terms. Rob is a great man and he wants to have a go on his own so he leaves with our absolute blessing." Previously trained by Aidan O'Brien, the beautifully bred The Taj Mahal is out of a sister to champion racehorse and leading sire Giant's Causeway and is a full-brother to three-time Gr1-winning champion miler Gleneagles, English 1,000 Guineas winner Marvellous and Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Group 1-winning New Zealand colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) will continue his racing career in Hong Kong, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Hong Kong-based Paul O'Sullivan will take over the training duties of the well-bred 3YO, who hitherto has been trained by his brother Lance and his Matamata training partner Andrew Scott. "The owner has a permit to race there that he has to fill by December 22 so he's going up to Paul," O'Sullivan said. "He was originally bought to go to Hong Kong and, at that time, we didn't envisage winning a Group One here so it was a privilege to do that. Who knows, he might be back at some stage." Summer Passage is currently spelling in New South Wales on Hong Kong owner Eugene Chuang's Hermitage Thoroughbreds property. A winner of the Gr1 Sistema Stakes (formerly Diamond Stakes) at Ellerslie in March, Summer Passage was also second behind Invader in the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. He has competed against the best of his age group in Australia in the spring and was last seen finishing towards the tail of the field in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. By Arrowfield's leading Australian sire Snitzel, Summer Passage is a direct descendant of the good producing Machiavellian mare Subterfuge, making him a close relation to dual Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation (Danehill), Gr2-winning Australian mare Shania Dane (Danehill), stakes-winning Queensland mare Risk Aversion, English Derby winner Slip Anchor, and talented Gr2 Hobartville Stakes winner Man From Uncle.
Superstar filly Enable was named Cartier Horse of the Year at the 27th Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday evening. The John Gosden-trained Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) is the second consecutive filly to win the prestigious award, following Minding last year. Cartier's racing consultant Harry Herbert said: "Enable enjoyed five commanding victories at Group 1 level and her performances, particularly at Ascot and Chantilly, mark her out as a filly of rare distinction. She is a very appropriate winner of Cartier Horse of the Year." Owned by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, Enable confirmed her status as one of the best fillies of the modern era when scoring a brilliant win in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly last month. The victory capped a remarkable season for the 3YO who won 5 Group 1 races, namely the Arc, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks.
The exceptional Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) faces a four-way battle to be crowned the 2017 Cartier Horse of the Year on Tuesday night, reports Racing Post. The John Gosden-trained filly is up against stable-mate Cracksman, Ulysses and Ribchester for the prestigious award which will be announced on Tuesday (14 November) at the 27th Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Cartier's racing consultant Harry Herbert said: "The 2017 European Flat season has delivered exceptional performances month after month and the nominees for the 27th Cartier Racing Awards are some of the best racehorses in the world." Owned by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, Enable confirmed her status as one of the best fillies of the modern era when scoring a brilliant win in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly last month. The victory capped a remarkable season for the 3YO who won 5 Group 1 races, namely the Arc, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Group race success when 6YO grey gelding Pounamu (Authorized-Tangiwai, by Street Cry) arrived with a late flourish to score an impressive first-up win in the $150,000 Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Variation & Whispering Brook. Pounamu, who was placed at Gr3 level in the Gloaming Stakes & Spring Stakes as a 3YO, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Detonator Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Strickland Stakes, Gr3 Gloaming Stakes & Gr3 Spring Stakes) from 35 starts for $497,330 in earnings.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a black-type success when 7YO grey gelding Maygrove (Authorized-Lady Zhivago, by Zabeel) posted his first win in more than a year in the $50,000 Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, defeating Alinko Prince & Snow Secret. Maygrove advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup, Gr2 Wellington Cup & Listed Jakkalberry Classic) and 12 placings (including the Listed Marton Cup) from 47 starts for NZ$380,729 in earnings. Maygrove, who descends from the same female line as VRC Oaks and Thousand Guineas winner Tristanagh, was purchased for $110,000 by Wairarapa-based bloodstock agent Bruce Perry on behalf of Wellington businessman Lib Petagna at the 2012 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm.
One of the more interesting runners that will step out at Flemington on Saturday will be exciting Sydney colt Kaonic. Trained by Chris Waller for owner Neville Morgan, the New Zealand-bred Kaonic has hitherto won 2 of his 3 starts, including impressive wins at his past two outings at Canterbury (1550m) and Randwick (1600m). Kaonic, who races in the same white & royal blue hooped sleeves as Morgan's former dual Gr1 winner Kermadec, will face a steep class rise from a Benchmark 75 to a Group 3 when he contests the Carbine Club Stakes over 1600m. It is the same path the Waller stable took with Kermadec as a spring 3YO, which shows just how high they rate Kaonic. Purchased for $425,000 by Guy Mulcaster at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Kaonic is by champion NZ sire Savabeel out of the Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) winner Fast Love (Fastnet Rock). This is the family of Tasmanian Gr3 winner Kiss Me Ketut, stakes winner A Chance To Dream, as well as English Oaks & English 1000 Guineas winner Midway Lady, herself the dam of 2005 English Oaks winner Eswarah.
It may have taken slightly longer than expected but the mighty Frankel finally sired his first Gr1 winner in Europe when the prodigiously talented Cracksman bounded to a stunning win in the Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Ascot on Saturday. Fittingly, Cracksman's awesome victory came on the same day and in the same race that Frankel signed off his unbeaten 14-race career to give him an overdue maiden top-flight win in Britain. Striking the lead just over two furlongs from home, the John Gosden-trained Cracksman turned in a performance reminiscent of his illustrious father surging to a powerful 7 length win over Poet's Word and Highland Reel in the £1.3 million showpiece. Gosden commented: "It's great for Frankel to have a son win the race he won and to be his first Group 1 winner in Europe," he told Racing Post. "Cracksman seems to have got bigger and stronger, like a fighter weighing more now. He started as a middleweight, he's now a light heavyweight. He's definitely improved a lot…he won it in true style." Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal), who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer's champion galloper Golden Horn, advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes & Gr2 Prix Niel) and 2 placings (the Gr1 English Derby & Gr1 Irish Derby) from 7 starts for 1,364,782 in earnings. He is now 6-1 second favourite behind superstar filly Enable (3-1) for next year's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Frankie Dettori is confident that a drop in distance will not harm the prospects of Cracksman in Saturday’s Gr1 Champion Stakes at Ascot, reports Sky Sports. The highly regarded Frankel colt was last sighted winning over 2400m in the Gr2 Prix Niel at Chantilly on 10 September, but will drop to 2000m for the showpiece event on British Champions Day. In fact Cracksman has raced over a mile-and-a-half at his last four outings, which also included a win in the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and placings in the English and Irish Derbys. “I think he'll be fine over 10 furlongs, he's getting stronger and if the rain comes it will help him and disadvantage some of the others like Highland Reel and Ulysses. It will make it more of a test of stamina, so I'm praying the rain comes,” Dettori said. “I rode him this morning [Wednesday] and he's in great nick. John [Gosden] has done a brilliant programme for him this year bearing in mind we've got next year to look forward to as well.” He added: “We're going there with lots of confidence and hoping for the best.” Should he be successful on Saturday, Cracksman, who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer’s champion galloper Golden Horn, will become Frankel’s first Group One winner in Europe.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 3YO brown colt Savaheat (Savabeel-Heat Storm, by Green Desert) stormed home for an eye-catching last-to-first win in the $100,000 Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) for 3YOs, defeating Glam Guru & Box On Collins. This was the first stakes victory for Savaheat who improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 5 starts for $69,835 in earnings. A $220,000 purchase by his trainer Darren Weir and John Foote at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Savaheat is out of a half-sister to dual Gr3-winning stayer Hume and hails from the family of Gr1 English 1000 Guineas & Gr1 Sussex Stakes winner On The House. He is also a direct descendant of one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century in Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Aga Khan's foundation mares, Mumtaz Mahal's influence on the thoroughbred breed has been tremendous with some of her most notable descendants including Mahmoud, Nasrullah, Royal Charger, Abernant, Petite Etoile, and Shergar.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race – the $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be held at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney this Saturday. A capacity field of 12 sprinters will line up in the race with each horse representing a slot holder. There are four emergencies should there be any scratchings. In the case that any of the 12 horses is withdrawn, the affected slot holder/s will be able to negotiate with the connections of the substitute emergency runner. Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (barrier 2) is the current $4.60 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of Vega Magic (10) at $5.50, Chautauqua (5) at $6, Redzel (4) at $7, and Redkirk Warrior (3) at $9. All other runners are at double figure odds. Click below to view The Everest field.
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The Tulloch stable of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott believe top sprinting mare English is ready to peak third-up in Saturday's inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick. A winner of the Gr1 All Aged Stakes last year, English had a mixed autumn campaign before resuming with an encouraging fourth behind in-form speedster Redzel in the Gr2 Shorts (1100m) on 16 September. The 5YO then rounded out her Everest preparation with a fast-finishing second to In Her Time in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick eleven days ago. Bott said English, who will represent slot holder TAB in The Everest, was given a solid hit-out on the course proper at Canterbury on Monday. "We brought her to Canterbury to give her a good strong hit out. We put the blinkers on Monday morning as being out there by herself we just wanted to make sure she was fully focused and to switch her on ahead of Saturday," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "She probably just peaked on her run the last 50m in the Premiere so there was certainly improvement to come out of that and I think we've seen that in between races." He added: "When she is allowed to switch off and relax she has got that brilliant turn of foot so that's her real asset – her acceleration. If she can conserve energy, she is more brilliant at the finish. We're just glad to be a part of it [The Everest] and that we have a live chance."
Outstanding filly Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) will stay in training next season with a tilt at a second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe high on her agenda, reports Racing Post. Owner Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms confirmed that Enable, just like Frankel, would race on at four, giving racing purists something to relish next year. Trainer John Gosden will now be given the opportunity of adding to Enable's already remarkable record of 5 Group One victories, namely the Arc, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks. Arguably Enable's highest priority will be emulating Treve by winning two Arcs, a feat that would make her the eighth horse in history to win Europe's weight-for-age championship twice. However, another, even more tantalising prospect, is a clash with champion Australian mare Winx. Trainer Chris Waller has signalled that Winx's connections would like to travel with her to Europe in 2018, setting the scene for a potentially epic contest with the 3-year younger Enable. Enable's regular rider Frankie Dettori said: "Meeting Winx would be mouth- watering. John, Prince Khalid and Teddy [Grimthorpe] will discuss a plan after the New Year. As they've said, the long-term target is to try to defend her crown in the Arc at Longchamp."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former stakes-winning Darley stallion Time Thief (Redoute's Choice-Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) added a Group success when 5YO bay mare In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) resumed with a brilliant win in the $500,000 Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating English & Clearly Innocent. In Her Time, who was passed-in for $38,000 by Kanangra at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes & Gr2 Breeders Classic) and 3 placing from 15 starts for $1,013,225 in earnings. Trainer Benjamin Smith said he hoped In Her Time could secure one of the few remaining slots in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) confirmed her status as one of the best fillies of the modern era with a brilliant display in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (12 furlongs) at Chantilly on Sunday. Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms homebred filly added the Arc to her exceptional list of accomplishments this season which includes victories in the Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as well as the English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks. Positioned well by Frankie Dettori just behind the leaders Idaho & Order Of St George, Enable quickened instantly midway down the straight to explode away from her rivals and score a dominant 2.5 length win. Dettori, who claimed an unprecedented fifth Arc success, told Sky Sports. "I was very confident all week…she is a tremendous filly. She's amazing and is an absolute freak. I love her." Trainer John Gosden said he would resist the temptation of running Enable at the Breeders' Cup and was looking forward to seeing her race on as a four-year-old. "There would be every reason to keep her in training next year as a four-year-old, particularly with the new Longchamp opening," he said. "That would be exciting - to try to win the Arc on two different tracks." Discussing Enable's stunning performance, Gosden commented: "She's very special and she was well positioned by Frankie in order to show her sheer class and brilliance. She showed an impressive turn of foot and acceleration to kill the field. She has amazing ability." Gosden added: "It's all about the filly and the owner-breeder Prince Khalid (Abdullah). He bred the mother and for his farm to produce something like this is exciting for us all." Enable improved her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 English Oaks, Gr1 Irish Oaks & Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks) from 8 starts for £3,894,683 in earnings.
At Chantilly in France, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO bay filly Rhododendron (Galileo-Halfway to Heaven, by Pivotal) scored a determined head win in the Gr1 Prix de l'Opera (10 furlongs) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating stable-mate Hydrangea & Lady Frankel. This was the second top-flight victory for Rhododendron who improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Fillies' Mile) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 English 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 English Oaks) from 10 starts for £823,402 in earnings. Rhododendron is out of Pivotal mare Halfway To Heaven, winner of the Gr1 Nassau Stakes, Gr1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, and Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes. This is also the family of former West Australian shuttler Verglas (IRE).
Star filly Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) has been supplemented for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2400m) and will take her place in the Chantilly showpiece on Sunday, reports Sky Sports. The Juddmonte Farms homebred has swept all before her this season and will bid to add the Arc to her exceptional list of accomplishments which include victories in the Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as well as the English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks. She is currently as short as 5/6 with some bookmakers to become the 7th filly in the past 8 years to win Europe's most famous race. Enable's presence takes the number of possible runners for the €2.5 million Arc to 20. The race is being run at Chantilly while Longchamp undergoes a redevelopment.
Tabcorp announced on Friday that it will partner with Racing NSW as major sponsor of The TAB Everest for the inaugural running of the $10 million sprint at Royal Randwick on 14 October. Tabcorp Chief Marketing Officer Claire Murphy said Tabcorp couldn't be more delighted in putting its TAB name to the biggest race of the Sydney Spring Carnival. "The Everest is an exciting concept and we're thrilled to support Racing NSW through our sponsorship of the big race. It is such a great opportunity for our brand," Claire said. Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys commented: "It's only fitting that Australia's largest wagering operator and the largest funder of Australian racing sponsors Australia's richest race." TAB customers have the chance to win an ownership opportunity with TAB's Everest runner, English. If the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare wins the race, 10 lucky customers will be $100,000 richer.
Classically bred dual Group One winner Ulysses (Galileo-Light Shift, by Kingmambo) will stand at Cheveley Park Stud in the UK when he retires at the end of this season. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute on behalf of the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables, Ulysses has hitherto won 5 of his 12 starts for earnings in excess of £1.4 million. Already a winner of the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes and Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, Ulysses will bid to triple his Gr1 tally when he lines up in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Cheveley Park's managing director, Chris Richardson, said: "David and Patricia Thompson are delighted to have acquired a significant interest in Ulysses, who certainly adds a notable and exciting element to the portfolio of stallions available at Cheveley Park Stud, for both domestic and international breeders." From the English Oaks winner and Irish Oaks runner-up Light Shift, Ulysses hails from a prolific family of Gr1 winners including Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Shiva, French Oaks winner Northern Trick, and Prix Ganay winner Cloth of Stars.
Aidan O’Brien says Coolmore are giving strong consideration to running dual classic winner Winter (Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, reports Racing Post. A 4-time Gr1 winner of the English & Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, and Nassau Stakes, Winter was denied a fifth top-flight success when edged out for second by stable-mate Hydrangea in the Gr1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last start. “The Arc is definitely something we're thinking about for Winter. I'm not saying it's definite she'll run in it but it’s certainly possible and under strong consideration,” said O’Brien. “To be honest, I was delighted with the way she ran at Leopardstown and she'll come on for that.” He added: “The trip is obviously something of an unknown in the Arc and you couldn't be sure she would stay. There's speed on her dam's side but we all know the stamina that Galileo inputs, so it's possible she will."
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 4YO bay gelding Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) led throughout for a strong front-running victory in the $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) for 4YO+, defeating Mr Sneaky & Count Da Vinci. A $70,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Theanswermyfriend improved his record to 4 wins and 6 placings from 13 starts for $285,020 in earnings. Theanswermyfriend hails from the classic European family of French Gr1 winner Cerulean Sky, Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, English Derby runner-up US Army Ranger, and Gr1 EP Taylor Stakes winner Truly A Dream, dam of former shuttler Catcher In The Rye (Danehill).
Gai Waterhouse says that top sprinting mare English (Encosta de Lago-Court, by Anabaa) has returned from a break bigger and better than ever ahead of her seasonal reappearance in the Gr2 The Shorts at Randwick on Saturday. A winner of the Gr1 All Aged Stakes last year, English had a mixed autumn campaign with her best performances being a win in the Gr2 Challenge Stakes and a second behind Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney. "She's really matured since we last saw her," Waterhouse told racenet. "She's grown a hand, put on weight, she's really come of age. She's really typical of her sire Encosta De Lago. His stock normally take a while to mature." Waterhouse added: "She was precocious at two, very good at three, better again at four and I honestly think she's better again now as a five-year-old." Waterhouse confirmed that English's primary spring target is the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "She's been unstoppable since coming back into work this preparation and I really think she could go through the spring unbeaten," Waterhouse said.
At Chantilly racecourse in France on Sunday, Darley and Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Ribchester (Iffraaj-Mujarah, by Marju) consolidated his position as Europe's premier miler with a 0.75 length win for trainer Richard Fahey in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Taareef & Massaat. In claiming his fourth top-flight victory, the Godolphin-owned Ribchester improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes, Gr1 Prix Jacques le Marois, Gr3 Jersey Stakes & Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Sussex Stakes & Gr1 English 2,000 Guineas) from 14 starts for £2,418,438 in earnings. "It is just nice to see Ribchester win again. I was very happy with the victory," trainer Richard Fahey said. "He was hardly blowing afterwards and has got a lot of ability. You never feel the tank is empty - he is a very tough horse." Fahey added: "We will be aiming him towards the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot [Gr1 on 21 October] and then consider the Breeders' Cup Mile [Gr1 at Del Mar on 4 November] in California two weeks after that."
Waikato Stud's exciting freshman stallion Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) has been identified as an ideal shuttle prospect by the iconic English National Stud providing a feather in the cap of the New Zealand breeding industry. "It's a great endorsement for Tivaci and demonstrates to breeders just how in demand these horses with Australian Group One success up to the mile are," Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said. Tivaci, who hails from the family of Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and is a direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winning mare Rainbird (7th dam), retired to the world famous Matamata farm after his brilliant win in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney. Touted as the world's fastest son of High Chaparral, he registered six wins from 1000-1600 metres with other feature successes including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, and Listed VRC Kensington Stakes. He was also twice Gr1 placed in the Cantala Stakes & Toorak Handicap. "Waikato Stud identified Tivaci as a potential sire prospect as a three-year-old, when he was consistently reeling off impressive final 600 sectionals," Chittick continued. "At no time was his electric turn of foot more obvious than when he completed the final 600m of the Kensington Stakes at Flemington in 32.1 seconds – they have to be pretty special to be able to do that." National Stud chairman Ben Sangster commented: "This is a very exciting, ground breaking venture for the stud and we are very much looking forward to working with one of the major stallion farms in New Zealand."
Irish equine science company Plusvital has announced that top Australian trainer Danny O'Brien will act as an official brand ambassador for the company's innovative genetic tests for thoroughbred horses. The purpose of Plusvital's genetic testing is to provide objective, scientific information to support breeding, training and race entry decisions. For years, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate-winning trainer O'Brien has employed a more scientific approach to training by testing the genetics of his horses to ascertain their optimal race distances. O'Brien cited Cox Plate winner Shamus Award as a prime example. "While given Shamus Award was a Snitzel colt you would have thought he would probably be a precocious sprinting horse, but he came back as a C:T (middle distance type), so that made it easy to target him at the Caulfield Guineas and then the Cox Plate as a three-year-old," he explained. "We are thrilled to welcome someone with Danny's outstanding record of success on board as a Plusvital brand ambassador," said Plusvital CEO Mike Shelly. The most high-profile recent example of the use of Plusvital's genetic testing for a horse in training was the decision last summer to withdraw English 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold from the Epsom Derby following confirmation that he had tested as a C:C sprint type as per the Speed Gene Test.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 4YO bay mare Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic) swooped late to get up right on the line in the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) for 4YO+, defeating Heatherly & Lady Esprit. Missrock, who was purchased for $500,000 by her trainer Robbie Laing at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Cressfield Stud, improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Percy Sykes Stakes) and 4 placings (the Gr1 Goodwood, Gr2 ATC Sapphire Stakes & Gr3 VRC Emirates Airline Plate) from 15 starts for $972,100 in earnings. From the Gr3 winning mare Miss Judgement, Missrock hails from the family of Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lady Jakeo, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis, and Gr3 Ming Dynasty Handicap winner Aussies Love Sports. Laing said he would love to secure a slot for Missrock in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "She's got Vega Magic form [Gr1 Goodwood] and she beat English home two starts ago and they're talking The Everest," Laing told racing.com. "If she won a nice Group race in the next few weeks she might get a spot and she does go well at Randwick."
This afternoon's Gr1 Juddmonte International (2030m) at York in the UK comprises a small, but intriguing, line up of quality racehorses, however finding a firm favourite is no easy task. It could come down to a traditional Coolmore-Godolphin clash, with each of Barney Roy and Churchill hovering around the $3.50 mark. Complicating matters is that among four of the seven runners who are by Galileo, one of them is Ulysses, narrow conqueror of Barney Roy two starts ago in the Gr1 Sandown Eclipse Stakes (see below). Ballydoyle's Churchill defeated Barney Roy in the Gr1 Two Thousand Guineas but finished fourth behind him in the Gr1 St James' Palace Stakes. Ulysses, meanwhile, got as close as any runner could to freakish Enable ($1.30 for tomorrow's Yorkshire Oaks) in the Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He's quoted at $4 and could even jump favourite. That sounds like a veritable coin toss, particularly with Gr1 English Derby runner-up Cliffs of Moher also in the mix.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & successful Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Gr2 success when 7YO gelding Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) strode clear to score a dominant 2.3-length victory for trainer James Cummings in the $201,000 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) over the geldings Charmed Harmony & Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq). The Godolphin-owned Hartnell improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 The BMW, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr2 Hill Stakes, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr3 Sky High Stakes & Gr3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Melbourne Cup, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud) from 33 starts for $4,194,610 earnings.
At the annual Arqana August Yearling Sale held in France's seaside port of Deauville, a triumvirate comprising Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators, Peter & Ross Doyle & Coolmore's MV Magnier was stretched to €950,000 to land the first session's sale-topping filly by world champion stallion Galileo. Consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux, who bred her with Skymarc Farm, Lot 51 is the sixth foal of her stakes-winning dam Prudenzia (by Dansili). From the family of Gr1 English Oaks heroine Alexandrova, herself a Gr1 class producer, Prudenzia's 2010 foal (by Montjeu) is Chiquita, winner of the Gr1 Irish Oaks and placed in Chantilly's Gr1 Prix de Diane & Ascot's Gr1 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes. Prudenzia's 2016 foal is also a filly by Galileo. Meanwhile, on Day-1 of the two day Arqana August Yearling Sale in France, strong demand was evident with 67 of the 82 yearlings catalogued changing hands at 81%, while the average price closed at €258,239, up significantly on 2016.
The win of Eminent in France on Tuesday has drawn attention to the future stud prospects of the beautifully bred Frankel colt, which could obviously include standing in New Zealand, reports NZ Racing Desk. Carrying owner Sir Peter Vela's famous Pencarrow Stud colours, Eminent appreciated a huge drop in class to post a dominant 3 length win in the Gr2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano (10 furlongs) at Deauville. It was Eminent's second stakes victory after landing the Gr3 Craven Stakes on his 3YO debut, and follows creditable performances against the best of Britain's classic generation in the English 2,000 Guineas (sixth), English Derby (fifth), and Coral Eclipse Stakes (fourth). "It's in the back of Sir Peter's mind," said Pencarrow manager Leon Casey, referring to Eminent's future stallion career. "It's a fantastic result and Sir Peter has been a massive fan of Frankel right from the get go. He sent a couple of mares to him in the first season and one of his mare's Assume, a daughter of Fastnet Rock, is due to foal to him this year." Casey continued: "The horse has pretty much made a strong stallion case even now in either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. His pedigree is outstanding." Eminent would undoubtedly prove highly popular with breeders in both hemispheres being out of the Gr1-placed You'll Be Mine (Kingmambo), herself a daughter of Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Quarter Moon who was also multiple Gr1-placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas, English Oaks and Irish Oaks.