Meanwhile, co-trainer David Hayes has indicated that Ennis Hill is Lindsay Park's best winning chance in tomorrow's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Lindsay Park will saddle up four runners in the $1.5 million juvenile feature with unbeaten 2YOs Long Leaf & Enbihaar, as well as Qafila joining the Coolmore-owned Ennis Hill in the race. "We're very excited about Ennis Hill," a bullish Hayes told racenet. "Her trackwork has been terrific and her lead-up race form is outstanding. She'll make her own luck and look the winner at some stage." Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky), who won her Blue Diamond lead-up when posting a dominant front-running win in the Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield three weeks ago, is currently on the third line of betting at $8.50 with TAB.
Coolmore has confirmed that its star juveniles Long Leaf and Ennis Hill will both contest the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February, reports racing.com. There was speculation that, pursuant to the practice in Europe, the duo would pursue different paths, with one potentially running in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes or Gr1 Oakleigh Plate. However, Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan said both would line up in the $1.5 million feature. "To be fair, racing is quite different in Europe," Kirwan said. "Basically, as a rule, fillies don't run against colts in these type of races because generally there are Group 1 races for fillies and Group 1 races for colts. We don't have that situation down here and it should be addressed in my mind." Kirwan added: "There are no Group 1 races for two-year-old fillies here so you have no other choice but to run against each other."
Entries continue to build for the hugely successful Inglis Chairman’s Sale in April, following on from a stellar first edition of the sale a year ago. Some of the southern hemisphere’s best mares, weanlings and stallion shares will be offered to the strongest buying bench Australasia has to offer on Thursday April 12, a day after the conclusion of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The inaugural Chairman’s Sale in 2017 was a phenomenal success, grossing more than $23 million at an average of $330,000 and a clearance rate of 87%. The 2018 Chairman’s Sale catalogue is already taking shape, with the likes of Arrowfield, Coolmore, Yarraman Park, Milburn Creek, Newgate Farm, Willow Park, Bhima Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm and Newhaven Park already confirming their support of the sale with high quality entries, while Waratah Thoroughbreds has also entered a world-class consignment of 11 horses as part of its broodmare dispersal. Entries already received include weanlings by Snitzel, Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, Dissident, Shooting to Win, Fastnet Rock and Press Statement while mares in foal to the likes of Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, American Pharoah, Capitalist, Sebring, Pierro and Exceed and Excel and I am Invincible will be offered. Included in the race fillies section is a full-sister to the recent Gr3 winning 2YO Ennis Hill and Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva. Entries for the sale close Friday 23rd February.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky) opened her stakes account with a dominant front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Encryption & Prairie Fire. Retained to race by her breeder Coolmore Stud, Ennis Hill - who is named after British Heptathlon Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill - is out of Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Hips Don't Lie and is a full-sister to Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva. She improved her record to 1 win from 2 starts for $95,750 in earnings. Ennis Hill will now be given the chance to go one better than her sister Lake Geneva when she contests the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "We will go straight to the Blue Diamond now," co-trainer Ben Hayes told racing.com. "She's super exciting and it's nice to have another live chance in the Diamond." Ennis Hill is the 128th stakes winner for her sire Fastnet Rock.