2018

Happy Clapper Wins Gr1 Canterbury Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) showed he had returned from a break in tremendous order with a stylish first-up win in the $500,000 Gr1 weight-for-age Canterbury Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, defeating Global Glamour & Invincible Gem. This was the second top-flight success for Happy Clapper after his Gr1 Epsom Handicap win in the spring which advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr2 Tramway Stakes, Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) & Gr3 Newmarket Handicap) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Emirates Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap – twice & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 32 starts for $3,875,800 in earnings. "I just hope I haven't taken too much out of him first-up but who cares, it is a Group One," trainer Pat Webster told Sky Racing. Webster and owner-breeder Michael Thomas will now discuss the best options for Happy Clapper ahead of his primary autumn target, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 7 April. Thomas is also the breeder and part-owner of Happy Clapper's half-brother Not A Single Cent (Not A Single Doubt) who was an impressive winner of Saturday's Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

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Happy Clapper (image: Steve Hart)

Endless Drama Wins Gr2 Apollo Stakes

Monday, 19th February 2018

Also at Royal Randwick in Sydney, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a group success when Qatar Bloodstock-owned imported Irish 5YO entire Endless Drama (Lope de Vega-Desert Drama, by Green Desert) was stoked up for trainer Chris Waller to catch long-time leader, 4YO mare Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) from the fast finishing 4YO gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) in the $243,000 Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m). The victory was the first at stakes level in Australia for Endless Drama. Raced in Europe until late 2016, he took his record to 3 wins & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, last year's Gr2 Apollo Stakes and last start's Listed Carrington Stakes) for $397,922 earnings. In addition to Comin' Through, fourth-placed dual Gr1 winner Prized Icon was doing his best work late, and another big feature win doesn't seem far away.

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Endless Drama lands the Apollo Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)

2017

Global Glamour Wins Gr2 Tristarc Stakes

Monday, 23rd October 2017

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group race success when 4YO brown filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) overcame a wide barrier to resume with a strong win in the $200,000 Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Cool Passion & Shillelagh. Global Glamour, who was a $65,000 purchase by James Bester on behalf of the It's All About The Girls Syndicate at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Thousand Guineas, Gr1 Flight Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) from 12 starts for $1,389,000 in earnings. Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse said Global Glamour's primary spring target is the $500,000 Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on 4 November. She then indicated that long-term, an international campaign could be on the cards. "She came down to run in the Myer," Waterhouse told racing.com. "She will only have one or two more runs then she will be freshened up for the Magic Millions, and then hopefully we may take her overseas." When asked what international plans she had in mind, Waterhouse nominated Royal Ascot as a potential target.

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Global Glamour (image: Mark Gatt)

Winx Crowned NSW Horse Of The Year

Friday, 18th August 2017

Predictably, Champion mare Winx dominated proceedings at last night's annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney. Champion trainer Chris Waller's two wins made it seven straight in both the Champion Trainer category and the Bart Cummings Medal. The category winners were:

  • NSW Horse of the Year: Winx
  • Australian Turf Club NSW 2YO of the Year: She Will Reign
  • International Animal Health Products NSW 3YO of the Year: Global Glamour
  • Australian Turf Club NSW Sprinter of the Year: Tycoon Tara
  • Whitby Bloodstock NSW Miler of the Year: Winx
  • NZB NSW Middle Distance Horse of the Year: Winx
  • Emirates NSW Stayer of the Year: Big Duke
  • Inglis Queen of the Autumn: Zanbagh
  • Sky Thoroughbred Central NSW Country Champion Horse of the Year: Single Gaze
  • Sky Thoroughbred Central NSW Provincial Champion Horse of the Year: Le Romain
  • Bart Cummings Medal: Chris Waller
  • T J Smith Champion Trainer: Chris Waller
  • George Moore Champion Jockey: Hugh Bowman
  • Theo Green Champion Apprentice: Andrew Adkins
  • Sydney Strapper of the Year: Riharna Thomson (posthumous)
  • BOBS Horse(s) of the Year: Memes & Zumbelina
  • Industry Recognition Waward: Chautauqua

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Winx strike force Hugh Bowman and Chris Waller (pic: Steve Hart)

Global Glamour Chasing Everest Start

Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) is back in training with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and is being aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in Sydney on 14 October. "She has returned in good order and we couldn't be happy with the way she has strengthened and filled out," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "She had a couple of weeks pre-training out at Muskoka Farm and has only been in the stable for about 10 days now so it's still early days. She'll do plenty of slow, steady work and we'll build her up towards The Everest which is the main aim. We'll finalise a programme as it gets closer to the date." Bott added: "She is a quality filly, a proven Group One performer and has come back a lot stronger this campaign. We'll definitely keep her to the shorter trips early in her preparation to keep her fresh and sharp. She'll be trained specifically for the sprints." The stable are yet to lock in a slot for Global Glamour but are optimistic about her prospects of participating in what will be the world's richest turf race after negotiations with slot-holders are completed.

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Global Glamour (image: Mark Gatt)

Derryn Wins Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

Monday, 10th April 2017

On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 3YO colt Derryn (Hinchinbrook-Munhro, by Lonhro) scored by 1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the $600,000 Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) & fellow 3YO colt Impending (Lonhro-Mnemosyne, by Encosta de Lago). Derryn improved his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Darby Munro Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Zeditave Stakes & Gr3 RC Blue Sapphire Stakes) from 11 starts for $691,275 earnings. Raced by a syndicate managed by Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Derryn was a $110,000 purchase by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Bylong Park Thoroughbreds. Derryn is a direct descendant of influential broodmare Easy Date, ancestress of Gr1-winning sire Snippets, Golden Slipper winner Forensics, and Arrowfield's high profile stallion Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint for Top Filly

Tuesday, 4th April 2017

Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) is likely to have one more autumn start after she was nominated for Saturday's $600,000 Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Royal Randwick. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained filly has not raced since finishing 11th of 19 (beaten 5.5 lengths) in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill three weeks ago. Prior to her Coolmore disappointment, the dual Gr1 winner was a winner of the Gr2 Light fingers Stakes and ran third in the Gr2 Surround Stakes against her own age group.

Gr1 Coolmore Classic Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th March 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The current favourite is 3YO filly Omei Sword ($3.50 with tab) who will have to overcome the outside barrier (19) if she is to post her maiden Gr1 victory. Second favourite is Dixie Blossoms at $7, followed by dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour at $8, and star New Zealand filly La Bella Diosa at $9.50. Of those runners under double figure odds, New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner La Bella Diosa has drawn best in barrier 3, while Dixie Blossoms (12) and Global Glamour (16) have also drawn wide. The final field is:

  1. FIRST SEAL  (John Thompson-Blake Shinn) 58kg (17)
  2. DIXIE BLOSSOMS (Ron Quinton-Tim Clark) 56kg (12)
  3. IN HER TIME (Benjamin Smith-Joshua Parr) 56kg (10)
  4. GLOBAL GLAMOUR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-K McEvoy) 55.5kg (16)
  5. HEAVENS ABOVE (Tim Martin-Tye Angland) 55kg (4)
  6. SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive-Kathy O'Hara) 55kg (5)
  7. LA BELLA DIOSA (Mandy & Matt Brown-Jay Ford) 54.5kg (3)
  8. DANISH TWIST (Kris Lees-Glyn Schofield) 54.5kg (1)
  9. SILENT SEDITION (Andrew Noblet-Sam Clipperton) 54.5kg (18)
  10. FRENCH EMOTION (Chris Waller-Chad Lever) 54kg (13)
  11. EURO ANGEL (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-R Thompson) 53kg (2)
  12. THAMES COURT (David Brideoake-Daniel Moor) 53kg (6)
  13. ZANBAGH (John Thompson-Christian Reith) 53kg (8)
  14. OMEI SWORD (Chris Waller-Brenton Avdulla) 52.5kg (19)
  15. ABBEY MARIE (Michael Kent-Beau Mertens) 52kg (11)
  16. DENMAGIC (David Pfieffer-Peter Wells) 52kg (9)
  17. DAYSEE DOOM (Ron Quinton-Andrew Adkins) 51kg (15)
  18. SOLD FOR SONG (Kevin Kemp-Luke Tarrant) 51kg (14)
  19. SHILLELAGH (Chris Waller-Johan Victoire) 51kg (7)

Eden Roc Added to Inaugural Inglis Chairmans Sale

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Highly promising stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc is the latest addition to The Chairman’s Sale - Elite Racing Prospects, with owner Alan Bell to offer the colt for sale in the historic Newmarket ring two days before Day 1 of The Championships. Eden Roc (Star Witness x Hilton Head) became the most expensive yearling by his sire when selling for $750,000 last year, and in his three career starts to date the colt’s raw ability has matched his good looks. The strapping chestnut was runner-up on debut behind Exceeds, then placed third behind Veranillo in the Listed ATC Lonhro Plate before a fast finishing 1.1L fourth in the Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes last start. Bell is a renowned judge of elite racehorses, having purchased Australian Champion Sprinters Schillaci and Primacy, WFA star and Champion Older Horse Grand Armee, and current hot sire prospects Deep Field and Star Turn. “He has always shown tremendous ability, being right up there with the best two-year-olds in our stable. Being closely related to Star Turn he has similar traits and strength, and only with time will Eden Roc keep improving," said co-trainer Michael Hawkes. Eden Roc’s sire Star Witness has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s top young stallions. His stakes winning progeny this current racing season include dual Gr1 winner Global Glamour and exciting filly Fuhryk. Entries for the Elite Racing Prospects session of The Chairman’s Sale close on Monday 27 March. The auction will then be held at 6pm on Thursday 30 March at Newmarket.

La Bella Diosa Wins Gr2 Surround Stakes

Monday, 27th February 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion Racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a Group success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly La Bella Diosa (So You Think-Star Affair, by Star Way) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainers Mandy & Matt Brown in the $200,000 Gr2 Surround Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Omei Sword (High Chaparral-Irish Lights, by Fastnet Rock) & Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa). This was a most encouraging Australian debut for La Bella Diosa who, when campaigned as La Diosa, established herself as the best 3YO filly in New Zealand last season when winning the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton. La Bella Diosa improved her record to 5 wins (including the NZ 1000 Guineas, Listed John Griggs Stakes & Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes) and 1 placing from 7 starts for $357,733 earnings. La Bella Diosa primary autumn target is the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on 8 April. "She has always shown a lot. She won the Thousand Guineas pretty well. The owners wanted to have a bit of a go at the Australian Oaks so we've come over early. To get a result like this is just great," co-trainer Matt Brown told Sky Racing. By former Champion Australian Racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights), La Bella Diosa is out of Gr2 winning Star Way mare Star Affair and is a half sister to Gr3 AJC Summer Cup winner Solid Billing and dual Listed winner Thy. Star Affair, herself, is a daughter of The Grin and a granddaughter of The Dimple and consequently hails from the same family as NZ 1000 Guineas winner The Jewel and Gr1 Auckland Cup winner Irish Chance.

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La Bella Diosa (image: Steve Hart)

Hartnell Heads Doncaster Mile Weights

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

A total of 151 nominations have been weighted for the 152nd running of the $ 3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 1 April. Heading the weights is Godolphin's dual Gr1 winner Hartnell, who has been allocated top weight of 58kg on a 50kg minimum (49kg for 3YOs). Next in line on 57kg is Black Heart Bart, a four-time Gr1 winner ranging from distances of 1200m to 1800m. Also allocated with 57kg are two international entries from Hong Kong, Beauty Only and Helene Paragon. Both horses are Gr1 winners in their own country. The Japanese mare Smart Layer is the highest weighted mare on 54.5kg, with the next highest weighted mares being First Seal and English with 53kg. Prized Icon and Astern head the 3YO and will be asked to carry 53kg, while Global Glamour and I Am A Star head the weights for 3YO fillies with 51kg. Global Glamour and Sense of Occasion are exempt from the ballot for winning the Gr1 Flight Stakes and Gr2 Villiers Stakes respectively. Click here to view all the weights.

Owners Look Overseas With Global Glamour

Thursday, 16th February 2017

The connections of Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) have foreshadowed a possible international campaign for the star filly following the conclusion of the autumn racing carnival in Sydney, reports Racing.com. The aptly named dual Gr1 winner is raced by the It's All About The Girls Syndicate, an all-female ownership group whose members hail from seven different countries. Adrian Bott, who trains the 3YO in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said an overseas campaign was being looked at. "We are leaving all option opens with her," Bott said. "The main priority for her is the autumn here in Sydney. We've got a number of targets for her here over the carnival before we consider any further targets." Bott added: "There is interest from Hong Kong for her to race there…and Royal Ascot are very keen to see her race over there but no firm commitment will be made until the completion of the carnival here but all options remain open." Global Glamour holds several big race entries over the autumn, including in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 Queen of The Turf Stakes, and Gr1 Coolmore Classic.

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Global Glamour (image: Steve Hart)

Global Glamour Wins Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group success when 3YO filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) scored by 0.1 length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $200,000 Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) & Spright (Hinchinbrook-Dashoff, by Dash for Cash). Global Glamour, who was a $65,000 purchase by James Bester on behalf of the It's All About The Girls Syndicate at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Thousand Guineas & Gr1 Flight Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr2 Furious Stakes) from 8 starts for $1,135,500 earnings.

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Global Glamour (image: Steve Hart)

Winx Draws Three In Apollo

Thursday, 9th February 2017

Champion mare Winx will jump from barrier 3 in a capacity field of 14 when she opens her autumn campaign in Saturday's Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. The eyes of the racing world will be fixed on the 10-time Gr1 winner, who hasn't raced since her stunning and record-breaking 8 length win in the Cox Plate in October. Winx galloped over 1000 metres on Tuesday morning in preparation for her first-up assignment with regular jockey Hugh Bowman on board. "She galloped in company with Preferment and had the edge over him in the concluding stages and we thought both horses worked very well," a statement from the Chris Waller stable read. "Hugh and Chris are both happy with where she is at this preparation and her fitness ahead of her first-up run this Saturday in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick." Winx will do a final piece of work early Thursday morning. Dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour is a dual acceptor with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable telling media earlier in the week that the Gr2 Light Finger Stakes is the preferred option. Click here to view the Apollo and the remainder of Randwick fields for Saturday.

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Winx (image: Mark Gatt)

Winx Heads 17 Noms For Apollo

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Champion mare Winx is the star act among the seventeen horses nominated for Saturday's Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. The eyes of the racing world will be fixed on the 10-time Gr1 winner, who hasn't raced since her stunning and record-breaking 8 length win in the Cox Plate in October. The Chris Waller-trained Winx is currently a $1.20 Tab favourite for the $250,000 feature, ahead of Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet at $11, and Cox Plate runner-up Hartnell & dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour at $15. Chris Waller could have as many as six runners in the race with Winx's stable-mates Preferment, Libran, Sacred Master, Endless Drama and Grand Marshal also nominated. Waller has mapped out a four-start autumn campaign for Winx which will see her run in the Apollo, the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 25 February, the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on the 18 March, before ending her campaign in the showpiece event of The Championships - the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 8 April. Click here to view all the nominations for Randwick on Saturday.

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Winx (image: Mark Gatt)

Flying Jess Wins Listed Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Monday, 16th January 2017

At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a restricted black-type success when 3YO filly Flying Jess (Hinchinbrook-Maritess, by Magic Albert) scored by 0.3 length at huge odds of $101 for trainer John Moloney in the $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO fillies Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) & Eckstein (I Am Invincible-Comrie, by Choisir). The $1.65 favourite and previously unbeaten colt Winning Rupert appeared to fail to run out a strong seven furlongs, fading late to finish fourth. Flying Jess's surprise win improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 SA Sires' Produce Stakes) and 2 placings from 12 starts for $1,296,430 earnings. Hailing from the same family as Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Dinky Flyer (her third dam), Flying Jess was purchased by Prime Thoroughbreds for $60,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Milburn Creek. Trainer John Moloney said Flying Jess would be aimed at races such as the Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in the autumn.

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Flying Jess (image: Magic Millions)

Rupert Draws Perfectly For Magic Millions Guineas

Wednesday, 11th January 2017

Sydney colt Winning Rupert remains a dominant $1.60 favourite for Saturday's $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) after drawing ideally in barrier six. His main threat, dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour, drew poorly in gate 20 which pushed her price out to second favourite at $5.50. "He's one horse I wasn't too concerned about where he draws, because he does have such good natural speed," Winning Rupert's trainer Bjorn Baker told Racing.com. "But it is nice to draw in. It's always a shorter way home, so from that gate he should get a good run." He added: "I'm really happy with the draw and really happy with how he is." Winning Rupert extended his unbeaten record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Champagne Classic) from 5 starts when scoring yet another brilliant victory in the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at Eagle Farm on New Year's Eve. The chestnut colt, who picked up a $500,000 bonus for clean sweeping the Queensland Summer Crowns series, which also included the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate & Gold Edition Plate, has now won all his starts by a combined margin of 15.3 lengths.

Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 11th January 2017

1. WINNING RUPERT (Bjorn Baker-Jeff Lloyd) 58kg (6)

2. GLOBAL GLAMOUR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-T Clark) 57kg (20)

3. CRACK ME UP (Liam Birchley-Damian Browne) 56.5kg (15)

4. NICCOLANCE (Peter & Paul Snowden) 56kg (21)

5. DAM READY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Zahra) 56kg (3)

6. ARBEITSAM (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-J Parr) 56kg (8)

7. MR MARKOU (Ben Currie-Blake Shinn) 56kg (18)

8. FLYING JESS (John Moloney-Tye Angland) 55kg (5)

9. ECKSTEIN (Kurt Goldman-Brenton Avdulla) 54.5kg (10)

10. CANDIKA (Steven O'dea-Paul Hammersley) 54kg (13)

11. FARAWAY TOWN (Matthew Smith-Kerrin McEvoy) 54kg (19)

12. RIVER RACER (Les Ross-Robbie Fradd) 54kg (4)

13. RARE OCCURRENCE (Stuart Kendrick-Ryan Wiggins) 54kg (16)

14. TIYATROLANI (Tony Gollan-Jim Byrne) 54kg (2)

15. HEART SKIPT A BEAT (Liam Birchley-Glen Colless) 54kg (17)

16. MISS WONDERLAND (Ciaron Maher-Craig Williams) 54kg (9)

17e. PIPELINE (Gerald Ryan-Damian Lane) 56kg (12)

18e. BILLY THE KID (John & Chris Meagher-L Dittman) 56kg (1)

19e. ALTER CALL (Mick Price-Dwayne Dunn) 54kg (7)

20e. VOLPINO (Les Kelly) 56kg (11)

21e. SPENDING TO WIN (Peter & Paul Snowden) 56kg (14)

Bookmakers Seek Cover From Winning Rupert Onslaught

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Notwithstanding the very real threat posed by dual Gr1-winning 3YO heroine Global Glamour in Saturday Week's $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m), bookies nationwide are scurrying for cover from their exposure to boom sophomore gelding Winning Rupert. At one stage level pegging with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Global Glamour ($4.20) in early markets, each successive facile victory by Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) has forced his odds into $1.70. The winner of his first two starts, including the Gr2 Champagne Stakes, before being tipped out last May for a spell, Winning Rupert's subsequent three starts have resulted in a cumulative drubbing of his rivals by almost 15 lengths. All 5 wins – see his latest below – by the Bjorn Baker-trained rising star – a $67,500 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase – have been with dominant Queensland hoop Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.

2016

Vase Shaping As A Strong Derby Guide

Friday, 21st October 2016

Immediately following the running of the Gr1 Cox Plate tomorrow, some of the most promising 3YOs will jump from the same 2040m starting stalls in the Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase, a race that is often a good guide as to what might unfold in the Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington (run tomorrow week). While this year's renewal has some exceptional prospects engaged, including Gr1 winners Prized Icon and Sacred Elixir, there is a strong push for black-type maiden So Si Bon. By dual Cox Plate hero So You Think, So Si Bon ran a blinder in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and is just one of her sire's progeny really starting to come into their own as 3YOs. Also prominent are the only two fillies in the race – both likely to face off in the Gr1 Crown Oaks in 12 days time. Whispering Brook and Harlow Gold acquitted themselves well in the 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield behind Global Glamour, and their 2kg weight relief brings them right into calculations over tomorrow's longer journey.

Global Glamour Wins Gr1 Thousand Guineas

Monday, 10th October 2016

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) scored by 1 length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies I Am A Star (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) & Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook-Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian). Global Glamour, who was a $65,000 purchase by James Bester on behalf of the It's All About The Girls Syndicate at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr1 Flight Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Furious Stakes) from 5 starts for $641,500 earnings. "She's an absolute star," co-trainer Adrian Bott said. "We saw her put it all together last start and she's taken it to another level today." Bott's co-trainer Gai Waterhouse praised the filly's buyer James Bester and was quick to celebrate the win with a large group of ladies on course. "There are a couple of options - maybe the Coolmore Classic [Gr1] - the mile race for fillies and mares and she's a Magic Millions horse and all of the ladies from around the world can catch up again there perhaps," she said. The $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January looks an ideal option for a star filly - on the second anniversary of her purchase on the Gold Coast.

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Global Glamour (image: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Thousand Guineas Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday. Heading the market at $2.60 is the Chris Waller-trained filly Foxplay, a winner of the Gr2 Furious Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes in Sydney at her past two outings. Next best is Gr1 Flight Stakes heroine Global Glamour at $6, while former champion WA 2YO Whispering Brook is the only other runner under double figure odds at $9. The final field is:

1. WHISPERING BROOK (Simon A Miller-Nicholas Hall) 55.5kg (3)

2. MISSROCK (Robbie Laing-Dwayne Dunn) 55.5kg (9)

3. GLOBAL GLAMOUR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-K McEvoy) 55.5kg (8)

4. FOXPLAY (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (5)

5. I AM A STAR (Shane Nichols-Steven King) 55.5kg (2)

6. LA LUNA ROSSA (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-D Oliver) 55.5kg (7)

7. SAMARA DANCER (Phillip Stokes-Dom Tourneur) 55.5kg (13)

8. LEGLESS VEUVE (Stuart Webb-Mark Zahra) 55.5kg (6)

9. SWORD OF LIGHT (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 55.5kg (4)

10. LEOTIE (Henry Dwyer-Chris Parnham) 55.5kg (14)

11. SEBRING DREAM (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Walker) 55.5kg (11)

12. HARLOW GOLD (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 55.5kg (1)

13. SMART AMELIA (James Cummings-James McDonald) 55.5kg (12)

14. PEEKING DUCK (Trent Pennuto-Craig Newitt) 55.5kg (10)

15. FROMPARIS WITHLOVE (Leon & Troy Corstens-B Thompson) 55.5kg (15)

Global Glamour Wins Gr1 Flight Stakes

Tuesday, 4th October 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) scored by 0.5 length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $500,000 Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Yankee Rose (All American-Condesaar, by Xaar) & Sezanne (More Than Ready-Champagne Harmony, by Choisir). Global Glamour, who was a $65,000 purchase by James Bester on behalf of the It's All About The Girls Syndicate at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 Furious Stakes) from 4 starts for $338,500 earnings.

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Global Glamour (image: Steve Hart)

Foxplay Wins Gr2 Furious Stakes

Monday, 5th September 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat ) added a Group success when 3YO filly Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) scored by 1.8 lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $175,000 Gr2 Furious Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Bacarella (Beneteau-Patronella, by Mister C) & Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa). This was the first stakes victory for Foxplay who improved her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts for $205,310 earnings. Foxplay, whose second dam is Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Eliza, was a $160,000 purchase by Star Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.

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Foxplay (image: Steve Hart)