At Launceston's Mowbray Racecourse, Vinery's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winning stallion Pluck (More Than Ready-Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) added a Group success when ultra-consistent local 4YO mare Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heave, by Vettori) made it five in a row to score by 1.8-lengths for Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton in the $150,000 Gr3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for fillies & mares, from Step The Pedal and Gee Gees Top Notch. Allowed to roll to the front, Life On The Wire appeared in cruise control and easily kicked clear turning for home. Ironically, last year's Vamos Stakes is her only blemish in a promising career to date, one which has not been contained to Tasmania. Her two most recent starts both resulted in victories at Sandown in Melbourne late last year. The win is Life On The Wire's first at stakes level, having finished runner-up in last year's Listed Tasmanian Guineas and Listed Hobart Guineas. She now has 7 wins & 4 placings from 13 starts for $254,925. Life On The Wire (Pluck-Our Seventh Heaven, by Vettori) is from the immediate family of the Brunton-trained stakes winners Life To The Full (Listed Tasmanian Newmarket) and What Life Brings (Listed Hobart Guineas). The result was another great example of the value to be had at the annual Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Life On The Wire being a $10,000 yearling graduate.
At Hobart in Tasmania, deceased former Armidale Stud stallion Helike (Rahy-East of the Moon, by Private Account) added a black-type success when 7YO chestnut gelding Hellova Street (Helike-Butter Street, by Secret Savings) confirmed himself as the best horse in Tasmania with a typically bold front-running win in the $100,000 Listed Thomas Lyons (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Lord Da Vinci & Gee Gees Top Notch. In claiming back-to-back Thomas Lyons victories, Hellova Street boosted his already impressive record to 15 wins (including the Listed Newmarket Handicap – twice, Gr3 TCL TV Stakes, Listed VRC March Stakes, Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes & Listed Tattsbet.com Stakes) and 15 placings (including the Listed Tasmanian Stakes) from 36 starts for $843,375 in earnings.
At Launceston in Tasmania, Gee Gee Horse Stud's Gr3-winning stallion Wordsmith (Testa Rossa-Way With Words, by Yeats) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) scored a determined win in the Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Geegees Goldengirl & Hellova Street. A homebred for prominent local owner/breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard, Gee Gees Top Notch improved her record to 10 wins (including the Listed Elwick Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Listed TTC Tasmanian Guineas & Listed TTC Conquering Stakes) from 37 starts for $356,000 in earnings.
At Launceston in Tasmania, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding I’m Wesley (I Am Invincible-Daniela, by Danehill) made it back-to-back stakes victories when causing a minor upset in the $100,000 Listed Conquering Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating $1.30 favourite Hellova Street & Gee Gees Top Notch. An $8,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, I’m Wesley improved his record to 11 wins (including the Listed Newmarket Handicap) and 8 placings from 27 starts for $248,400 in earnings. The progressive I’m Wesley is now undefeated since resuming on 6 August stringing together six consecutive wins.
At Hobart in Tasmania, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Sebring Sally (Sebring-Donna Amata, by Anabaa) scored by 1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $100,000 Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) & All That I Know (More Than Ready-Lucida, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Sebring Sally who took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for $107,355 earnings. Sebring Sally was an $85,000 purchase by Chris Waller Racing at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud.
Last season's leading Tasmanian 2YO Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) looks set to add another feature race to her growing list of achievements when she steps out in the $30,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Launceston tonight, reports Tasracing.com.au. The Leon Wells-trained filly will go into tonight's race fresh from finishing a close second to Jerilderie Letter in the $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas over 1600m in Hobart last Friday week. Corporate bookmakers have installed the filly as a $1.20 favourite with Barry Campbell's pint-sized filly Teriki next best at $6.50. Wells believes his filly warrants such a short price. "My filly has a lot going for her in that she is back racing against her own age and sex and meets all the others at set weights," Wells said. "She has been racing with success against the boys so in effect she is almost dropping back in class." He added: "I have no doubts about her being strong at the distance because she was a bit unlucky not to have won the Tasmanian Guineas last start and we plan to step her up to 2100m at her next two starts in the Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks." A homebred for prominent local owner/breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard, Gee Gees Top Notch has won 8 of her 16 starts to date - including the Listed Elwick Stakes - for $232,400 earnings.
One of Australia's most popular gallopers The Cleaner was crowned Horse of the Year at the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Awards dinner in Launceston on Friday night. Trained by Mick Burles, The Cleaner was one of three Magic Millions graduates as finalists in the big award with Banco Mo and Genuine Lad the others along with homebreds Admiral and Geegees Blackflash. The Cleaner, who was bred by Owen and Sandra Atkins, was purchased by Burles for $10,000 at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Launceston. As it stands he's already earned over $1 million and judging on his recent outstanding first up run in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield the 8YO is in for another great campaign. In other awards Gee Gees Top Notch won the Magic Millions 2YO of the Year and Admiral won the Star Thoroughbreds 3YO of the Year. New inductees to the Hall of Fame tonight were horses St Albans and Mendeara Etoile, jockey William Bevis, trainers Leon Wells and Neil Richardson and associates David Yaxley and Robyn Whishaw of Armidale Stud. Leviathan owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard won the TROA Leading Owner Award for a fifth consecutive season, while David Pires and Ismail Toker were the leading jockey and apprentice respectively. Scott Brunton was the Leading Trainer with 60 winners for an impressive sixth year in a row after five straight with his father in partnership. Grenville Stud received an Industry Recognition Award for breeding Mongolian Khan, while the Industry Award was won by The Cleaner's trainer Mick Burles. Completing the winners on the night were:
At Hobart in Tasmania, Gee Gee Horse Stud's Gr3-winning stallion Wordsmith (Testa Rossa-Way With Words, by Yeats) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 0.8-length for trainer John Luttrell in the $100,000 Listed Elwick Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO fillies Band On The Run (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) & Gee Gees Vicki (Wordsmith-The Cry, by Eire). This was the first stakes victory for Gee Gees Top Notch who took her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for $102,850 earnings.