New Zealand thoroughbred owners will be represented in three Group 1 races at Royal Ascot this week, reports NZ Racing Desk. The blue blooded Eminent will race in Sir Peter Vela's famous Pencarrow Stud colours in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000m) on day two of the Royal meeting. However, the Frankel 4YO faces a huge task up against the John Gosden-trained odds on favourite Cracksman. Vela's colours is also a part-owner of Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) contender Torcedor (Fastnet Rock). The Ascot Gold Cup will be run on day three. Meanwhile, Wairarapa owner-breeder Richard Craddock is a part-owner of the English 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook (Champs Elysees), who tackles the Coronation Stakes (1600m) on day four. Craddock, who moved to New Zealand from England in 2006, became involved n Billesdon Brook through his friendship with the filly's breeder, Bob McCreery.
Trainer John Gosden unveiled a future star of the turf when the well-bred Without Parole emulated his famous sire Frankel by winning the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes (8 furlongs) on day one of Royal Ascot overnight. The handsome 3YO bay colt lived up to Gosden's lofty opinion of him to see off his more experienced rivals when unleashing a smart turn of foot in the straight to comfortably defeat the Coolmore-owned Gustav Klimt and Wooton. Gosden said Without Parole, who missed the English 1,000 Guineas after a slight setback, would now be aimed at all the upcoming feature mile contests. "He wouldn't have been worldly enough for the Guineas. You saw a little bit of that today on the bend, where he was green. This was the huge target but he'll be in the Sussex, the Jacques le Marois and he could go to York [Juddmonte International]," Gosden told Racing Post. "He'll improve and get sharper but he's incredibly laid-back, just like Cracksman. Maybe I'm lucky to have two laid-back Frankels." Without Parole extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins from 4 starts for £336,489 in earnings.
This afternoon's meeting at Royal Ascot in England hosts a triple treat for racing fans around the world, with a Gr1 treble carded. In the first of the day, Godolphin's recent Gr1 Dubai Turf winner Benbatl and last-start French Gr1 winner Recelotos do battle with Ballydoyle's Gr1 Lockinge Stakes heroine Rhododendron. Second-up is Race 3, the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes, where US-bred mare Lady Aurelia and Shadwell's Battash are expected to be the testing material over the 5 furlong dash. One race later, dual Gr1-winning juvenile US Navy Flag gets the chance to turn the tables on Gr1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas conqueor Romanised when the pair clashes in the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes (8 furlongs). Gr1 English 2000 Guineas runnerup Tip Two Win is second favourite behind Frankel's undefeated son Without Parole, last start winner of the Listed Heron Stakes and one of the most exciting 3YO prospects in training. Without Parole's US owner-breeder John Gunther also bred this year's US Triple Crown hero Justify.
The Group 1 Coronation Stakes (8 furlongs) shapes as one of the most intriguing races at Royal Ascot this week with the winners of the English, Irish and French 1,000 Guineas set to clash. English 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook (see below), Alpha Centauri (Irish 1,000 Guineas) and Teppal (French 1,000 Guineas) are among the 17 entries, but it is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Clemmie that is the 7-2 favourite for the race. Clemmie, a full-sister to former champion 2YO and dual Guineas winner Churchill, could manage only ninth behind Alpha Centauri when resuming in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on 27 May. "Clemmie is in good form and we've been happy with her since the Irish Guineas," said O'Brien. "We knew going to the Curragh that she was just ready to start her season and that she would come forward from the run. We think she has done that."
At Epsom Downs in the UK, 5-time Gr1-winning Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) added a significant Gr1 success when the colt Masar (New Approach-Kawlah, by Cape Cross finished full of running to score by 1.5-lengths for trainer Charlie Appleby in the lucrative Gr1 Epsom Derby (12 furlongs). Defeating Dee Ex Be and Roaring Lion, the Irish-bred Godolphin-owned 3YO colt had finished third behind subsequent Derby favourite Saxon Warrior in the Gr1 English 2000 Guiness last month, however was a completely different proposition over the extra half mile at the testing English circuit. Masar displayed exceptional ability as a juvenile, winning the Gr3 Solario Stakes at Sandown before a merit-laden placing in France's Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadrere. As an early 3YO he totally gapped his rivals in Newmarket's Gr3 Craven Stakes to the extent he jumped favourite in this year's Guineas. The prestigious Derby victory for the Godolphin colt is the first for Sheikh Mohammed in his own right, and provides him not only with another exciting future stallion prospect for Darley, but a versatile racehorse who appears to have it all before him. With earnings now beyond a million pounds, Masar could appear next in the Gr1 Irish Derby.
Jockey William Buick is confident that English Oaks favourite Wild Illusion will handle the step up in trip in tonight's fillies Classic at Epsom, reports Racing Post. The Charlie Appleby-trained Wild Illusion (Dubawi-Rumh, by Monsun) is already a winner at the highest level, having landed the Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac (8 furlongs) at Chantilly in October. Wild Illusion is yet to race beyond a mile, but her performance when resuming for fourth (beaten 2 lengths) in the English 1,000 Guineas was that of a filly who is likely to appreciate more ground. "Wild Illusion ran a lovely race on her comeback in the 1,000 Guineas and is a filly who will appreciate stepping up in trip. Her form is very solid and she's never done anything wrong," said Buick. "She's very stoutly bred on the dam's side and, being by Dubawi, and has a great pedigree. You would like to think the distance won't inconvenience her. She seems straightforward and ticks a lot of boxes." Wild Illusion will bid to become the fourth Oaks winner for Godolphin after Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995), and Kazzia (2002).
Aidan O'Brien says boom colt Saxon Warrior continues to please the Ballydoyle stable ahead of Saturday's Group 1 English Derby (2400m) at Epsom. The Japanese-bred Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact-Maybe, by Galileo) extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins from as many starts when returning from his winter break with an impressive win in the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas earlier this month. The victory saw him installed as the dominant 8-11 favourite for Saturday's Classic ahead of Roaring Lion at 11-2. "Ryan [Moore] will be back on Saxon Warrior on Saturday and everything is fine with the horse. He's pleasing everyone with what he's doing and everyone seems very happy," O'Brien told Racing Post. "Donnacha [O'Brien, the trainer's son] rides him in all his work and he's been very happy with everything over the last few weeks since the Guineas. It was his first run of the year at Newmarket, so you'd expect him to come on from that, but we'll have to see what happens on Saturday." O'Brien added: "I would not like to compare him to any of our other horses at this stage. We all know he was a very good two-year-old and he was a good winner of the Guineas on his first start at three, so hopefully he can continue to progress the way he is doing."
Racing Queensland has released the weights and ballot order for the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) to be run at Doomben racecourse on 9 June. Defending champion Impending, Santa Ana Lane, English, and 3YO colt Perast are the only four horses exempt from ballot. Click here to view entries and weights. Click here to view ballot order.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Youngstar (High Chaparral-Starspangled, by Danehill) overcame a wide run and showed great spirit to fight back and win the $500,000 Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating stable-mate Another Dollar & Sheezdashing. Trainer Chris Waller praised Youngstar's fighting qualities after she endured a tough run in the race. "She's gone from a perfect spot one off the fence then shunted three and four wide," he told Sky Racing. "They took off very early and she needed all of her qualities to come back on the line." Waller said Youngstar may now bid for dual Classic honours in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Doomben on 9 June. "It's a good idea having it two weeks apart. One week for fillies is a bit hard. We weren't tempted to back Winx up but it's something to think about," he said. Youngstar, who hails from the family of English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks heroine User Friendly, improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Magic Millions The Roses) and 1 placing from 7 starts for $478,562 in earnings. She was purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Young-based nursery Bowness Stud.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. The weight-for-age sprint has attracted a field of 11 runners. Interestingly, Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker has decided to run impressive Gold Coast Guineas winner Champagne Cuddles in the race, after originally planning on running her against her fellow 3YOs in the Gr3 Fred Best Classic as a final lead-up to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in a fortnight. First run in 1964, the Kingsford-Smith Cup (until last year known as the BTC Cup) has been won by some outstanding sprinters including Tontonan (1974), Strawberry Road (1983), St Jude (1991), Buck's Pride (1993 & 94), Chief De Beers (1996), General Nediym (1998), Falvelon (2000), Thorn Park (2004), Apache Cat (2008), and the legendary Black Caviar (2011). The favourite for the 2018 edition of the race is the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain, who has drawn favourably in barrier five. Le Romain is at the top of the TAB market at $3.80, ahead of Godolphin galloper Impending (barrier 9) at $4.20, Doomben 10,000 heroine English (barrier 1) at $5.50, Champagne Cuddles (barrier 10) at $6.50, and local hope Care To Think (barrier 11) at $7.50.
At York in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Irish-bred mare Rhododendron (Galileo-Halfway to Heaven, by Pivotal) claimed her third top-flight victory in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating the fast-finishing Lightning Spear & Lancaster Bomber. Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Rhododendron improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Prix de l'Opera & Gr1 Fillies' Mile) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 English 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 English Oaks) from 13 starts for £1,311,036 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). O'Brien said Rhododendron would make her next appearance in either the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes (8 furlongs) or the Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) at Royal Ascot.
Lightly raced 3YO Viridine (Poet's Voice-Patina, by Anabaa) has come out of his last race in excellent order and is primed for a bold showing in tomorrow's $1 million Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville, according to Godolphin trainer James Cummings. "He's come out of the Euclase Stakes [Gr2 over 1200m] in very good order. He galloped beautifully on the course proper this morning and he'll be going to the Goodwood," said Cummings. "Even though he's not well off under the conditions of that race, he'll get there in very, very good shape and in a condition that's going to see him perform adequately again at Group 1 level." Cummings added: "If he can improve a bit and find a couple of lengths on his first performance left-handed then I think he's a knockout chance in this race." Viridine has hitherto won 4 of his 9 starts highlighted by the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) in the spring. He also showed his class when finishing third behind smart mares In Her Time & English in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) in the autumn.
John Gosden will use a tried and tested route to next month's Epsom Derby when he runs Classic aspirants Crossed Baton and Roaring Lion in the $220,000 Gr2 Dante Stakes (2100m) at York tonight, reports Racing Post. The Dante is one of Britain's traditional Derby lead-ups and has been used by Gosden in previous years with great success with Benny The Dip and Golden Horn graduating to Epsom glory after claiming the race. Gosden again holds a strong hand in this year's renewal with Crossed Baton having won the Listed Blue Riband Trial (10 furlongs) at Epsom on 25 April, while Roaring Lion, the likely favourite for the Dante, returned with a pleasing fifth in the English 2,000 Guineas on 5 May. The Juddmonte Farms-owned Crossed Baton (Dansili-Sacred Shield, by Beat Hollow) will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, while the US-bred Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy-Vionnet, by Street Sense) will be ridden by Oisin Murphy. Aidan O'Brien will also be doubly represented in the Dante with James Cook and Zabriskie set to turn out for the famous Ballydoyle yard. However they are considered outsiders after finishing fourth and sixth respectively behind Crossed Baton at Epsom. The Mark Johnston-trained Mildenberger is one of the more fancied runners having won 4 of his 6 starts. The Gr1 English Derby (2400m) will be run at Epsom on 2 June.
Coolmore boss John Magnier made headlines around the world when he sold a nude portrait by Italian-born artist Amedeo Modigliani for US$157.2 million at Sotheby's in New York on Monday, reports Racing Post. Magnier purchased the 1917 painting, known as "Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)", in 2003 for just under US$27 million. Modigliani's painting, which had the highest pre-auction estimate at US$150 million, was still well short of the record for the most expensive painting ever sold. That honour belongs to Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", which was sold by Christie's in November for US$450 million. Interestingly, Magnier is the owner of the artist's equine namesake, 3YO colt Amedeo Modigliani (Galileo-Gooseberry Fool, by Danehill Dancer), who is entered in next month's English Derby.
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare English (Encosta De Lago-Court, by Anabaa) posted her first win in more than a year when unleashing her trademark late sprint to claim the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Impending & Le Romain. English, a Newhaven Park homebred, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes, Gr2 Challenge Stakes -twice & Gr2 Reisling Stakes) & 5 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, Gr1 Galaxy Handiacp & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes) from 25 starts for $3,441,071 in earnings. Co-trainer Adrian Bott said English would be aimed at the remaining feature Group 1 race in the winter as well as the $13 The Everest in Sydney later in the year. "She is entered for the Group One races here the Kingsford Smith, the Stradbroke and the Tatts Tiara. But we are also looking at getting her ready for The Everest in the Sydney spring," Bott told Sky Racing.
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added an Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Youngstar (High Chaparral-Starspangled, by Danehill) continued her smart progression through the fillies ranks when finishing full of running to score a comfortable win in the $175,000 Gr2 Magic Millions The Roses (2000m) for 3YO fillies, defeating stable-mate Another Dollar & Highway. Youngstar, who hails from the family of English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks heroine User Friendly, improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $164,201 in earnings. Youngstar will now progress to the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on 26 May. "Obviously on her pedigree being by High Chaparral we felt she was going to be an Oaks horse and about this time last year after a few of her trials we thought about this race," said Charlie Duckworth, stable representative for trainer Chris Waller. "She still isn't overly strong so she was never going to be running in the Oaks in the spring or at Randwick in the ATC Oaks." Duckworth added: "That's what's great about Australian racing - unlike Europe where you've only got three weeks between the English and Irish Oaks, here they're spread over seven months." Youngstar was purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Young-based nursery Bowness Stud.
An injury will see superstar filly Enable sidelined until at least August, reports Sky Sports. Last year's European Horse of the Year was expected to make her seasonal reappearance in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on 1 June, but a setback in training will see her return delayed. "Enable has met with a setback in training. She has some filling in her knee which is being fully investigated," explained Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "The advice that we have is, that given reasonable circumstances, she should be ready to run in August as a preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe." Owned by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms and trained by John Gosden, Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) confirmed her status as one of the best fillies of the modern era when rounding out her 2017 campaign with a brilliant win in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in October. The victory capped a remarkable 3YO season for the now 4YO who won 5 Group 1 races, namely the Arc, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks.
Unheralded filly Billesdon Brook (Champs Elysees-Coplow, by Manduro) became the longest-priced winner in English 1000 Guineas history when landing the fillies Classic at odds of 66-1 at Newmarket on Sunday. The Richard Hannon-trained filly defied the doubters when sustaining a strong run from the rear of the field and hitting the front 200m from home before kicking strongly to hold on by 1.75 lengths over Laurens and Happily. "It was a surprise but there was nothing fluky about it," Hannon told Racing Post. "All our Guineas winners, certainly in the last ten years, have needed their first run. We got Sky Lantern beaten in her trial and Night Of Thunder beaten in his trial and they both went on to win their Guineas, and she was no different." Hannon added: "Today she looked great. She's done no work between the Nell Gwyn and here but is obviously a very good filly." The previous biggest-priced winner of the 1000 Guineas was Ferry who saluted at 50-1 in 1918. Billesdon Brook improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Prestige Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Listed Star Stakes) from 10 starts for £367,354 in earnings.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien says boom colt Saxon Warrior may be aimed at the Triple Crown following his win in last Saturday's Group 1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. The Japanese-bred Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact-Maybe, by Galileo) extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins from as many starts when surging to a decisive victory in the first Classic of the European season, defeating Tip Two Win and Masar. O'Brien said the son of superstar stallion Deep Impact will head to next month's English Derby before a potential shot at the oldest Classic of them all, the St Leger at Doncaster. Coolmore very nearly pulled off the Triple Crown in 2012 with Camelot who failed in the last leg. "The lads always had it in their heads he would go for the Guineas and Derby. Donnacha [jockey Donnacha O'Brien] was very happy, too, so I think that is what everybody is thinking next." O'Brien added: "The Triple Crown has to be on our minds, if he wins the Derby that would be the obvious thing to do but I haven't been told yet."
Highly regarded colt Expert Eye will line up in Saturday's Gr1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket following an impressive track gallop on Sunday, reports Racing Post. Owner Juddmonte Farm has decided to let the son of Acclamation take his place in the first European classic of the new season despite his slightly disappointing return when second in the Gr3 Greenham Stakes (7 furlongs) at Newbury eleven days ago. Expert Eye has been touted as a genuine Classic contender ever since landing the Gr2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last season. "He worked on Sunday and after that we decided to leave him in," said Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, Lord Grimthorpe. "We'll have to look at the going. He wouldn't want it soft or worse, so it's just a question of how much rain they get. Tuesday looks the crucial day." Grimthorpe added: "He obviously needs to improve a great deal on what he showed at Newbury, but he's working well and giving us the right signs. Andrea [Atzeni] will ride him." Expert Eye is currently a $12 chance for Saturday's Guineas. The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Gustav Klimt and Saxon Warrior, along with the Godolphin-owned Masar, are currently joint favourite's for the race at $5.
At Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Clear Mountain Fairview's Gr1-winning stallion Wanted (Fastnet Rock-Fragmentation, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Leicester (Wanted-Defy The Odds, by Galileo) opened his stakes account with a determined win in the $120,000 Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (2035m) for 3YOs, defeating High 'N' Dry & stable-mate Amerock. Leicester, who has always been considered a promising young stayer by his trainer Darren Weir, improved his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $149,710 in earnings. A $10,000 purchase by Paul Willetts Bloodstock Consultancy at the 2015 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Leicester hails from the successful European family of English & Irish Derby winner Commander In Chief, dual Gr1 winning sire Warning, Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winner Await The Dawn, and Gr3 QLD Tattersall's Cup winner Index Linked.
Godolphin hold a strong hand in Saturday's Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Royal Randwick with smart colts Viridine and Isaurian set to represent the blue army in the $600,000 feature. Already a Gr2 winner of the Roman Consul Stakes in the Spring, Viridine (Poet's Voice) is coming off an excellent third behind open class sprinters In Her Time and English in the Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill three weeks ago. "Viridine came out of the Galaxy in good shape and he looks a little better for the run," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "It's a strong test for him. The filly I Am Excited is flying and her form is faultless but I still feel he could show us one of his biggest performances." Cummings is also bullish about the prospects of the highly promising Isaurian (Exceed And Excel), a winner of 2 of his 3 starts and a last-start second to I Am Excited in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m). "Don't count this colt out," Cummings said. "He has great form around I Am Excited after finishing second in the Darby Munro three weeks ago. If he can get the breaks at the right time he's not without a chance."
At Meydan racecourse in Dubai, Darley's Australian three-time Gr1-winning shuttler Helmet (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Thunder Snow (Helmet-Eastern Joy, by Dubai Destination) surged to an emphatic 5 length win in the US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup (2000m), defeating West Coast & Mubtaahij. This was the third top-flight win for the Godolphin-owned Thunder Snow who improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Prix Jean Prat, Gr1 Criterium International, Gr2 UAE Derby & Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes & Gr1 Irish 2,000 Guineas) from 18 starts for £6,118,759 in earnings. Thunder Snow is the fourth foal to race from the Dubai Destination mare Eastern Joy who has also produced Gr2 winner Ihtimal, Gr3 winner First Victory, and stakes winner Always Smile. This is also the family of Gr1 Prix de Diane winner West Wind and English Oaks & Irish Derby winner Balanchine.
Superstar filly Enable is set to make her seasonal debut in either the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or the Gr1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, reports Sky Sports. Owned by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms and trained by John Gosden, Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) confirmed her status as one of the best fillies of the modern era when rounding out her 2017 campaign with a brilliant win in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in October. The victory capped a remarkable 3YO season for the now 4YO who won 5 Group 1 races, namely the Arc, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, English, Irish & Yorkshire Oaks. Those feats saw her named the 2017 Cartier Horse of the Year. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdullah, said: "Enable is in very good form. She got put back a little bit by the cold weather in Newmarket, like most fillies she would prefer it warmer than colder. She is coming on well and is happy and cantering." "She has not been asked to do anything spectacular yet, but everyone seems pleased with her. I think it is likely the Prix Ganay will come too...that leads us on to either the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the end of May or the Coronation Cup." Grimthorpe said Enable's primary long term target will be a defence of her Arc title later in the year. "Really and truly the main aim is the Arc, probably preceded by the Juddmonte and the King George," he said. The Tattersalls Gold Cup will be run on 27 May with the Coronation Cup to be held five days later.
Champion two-year-old and dual Guineas winner Churchill will stand at Coolmore Australia for the 2018 breeding season. The outstanding Churchill (Galileo-Meow, by Storm Cat) won 7 of his 13 starts for over £1.3 million in earnings highlighted by wins in the English & Irish 2000 Guineas, Gr1 National Stakes and Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes. His feat of completing the Dewhurst Stakes & 2,000 Guineas double has only been matched in recent times by another star son of Galileo, Frankel. "I travelled to Ireland last week to inspect a number of stallions and I was blown away by Churchill," said Coolmore Australia Sales and Nominations Manager Colm Santry. "He has an unbelievable combination of size, power, quality and athleticism. He is bred in a similar mould to Frankel, Galileo over a speed mare, and the result is an outstanding animal. I have no doubt that people are going to be very taken with him, particularly when they see him in the flesh." From the Gr2-placed mare Meow (Storm Cat), Churchill is a full-brother to Europe’s champion 2YO filly of 2017, Clemmie. His second dam, Airwave, was a champion 2YO herself and finished second to Choisir in the Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Churchill will stand the 2018 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $27,500 (incl. GST).
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former stakes-winning Darley stallion Time Thief (Redoute's Choice-Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) broke through for a well-deserved maiden top-flight success in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating English & Viridine. In Her Time, who was passed-in for $38,000 by Kanangra at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, improved her record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes, Gr2 Breeders Classic & Listed Sydney Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Tatts Tiara & Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap) from 18 starts for $1,890,725 in earnings. "I don't know what to feel at the moment. It probably hasn't sunk in yet," trainer Ben Smith told Sky Racing. "It's something that we've targeted for a long time, winning a Group One with this mare and she finally has now." Smith said In Her Time would have her next start in the $2.5 million Gr1 weight-for-age TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April.
At Mornington south of Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Stellar Collision (Star Witness-What An Impact, More Than Ready) posted the second stakes win of his career in the $200,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating I'm Wesley & Husson Eagle. Stellar Collision improved his record to 9 wins (including the Listed MRC Christmas Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 MVRC Australia Stakes & Listed SAJC Matrice Stakes) from 25 starts for $523,450 in earnings. Stellar Collision is closely related to Hong Kong Derby winner Elegant Fashion and 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.
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.