2017

2019 English Derby Entries Released

Thursday, 14th December 2017

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.

Highland Reel Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Vase

Monday, 11th December 2017

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when outstanding 5YO Irish-bred entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) refused to lie down when scoring a typically gutsy win in the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Talismanic & Tiberian. In what was the swansong of his remarkable career before retiring to stud, the globe-trotting Highland Reel advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes, Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf, Gr1 Coronation Cup, Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Hong Kong Vase, Gr1 Arlington Secretariat Stakes, Gr2 Vintage Stakes and Gr3 Gordon Stakes) & 9 placings (including the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club & Gr2 Hardwick Stakes) from 27 starts for $13,951,220 in earnings. Highland Reel is out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He's incredible. He's tactically very good, fast early and then quickens. What's unbelievable is that he is very brave. When you want everything he gives you everything. Ryan gave him a brilliant ride. He wasn't going to give up."

Talismanic Wins Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf

Monday, 6th November 2017

At Del Mar in the US, Darley's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) celebrated an elite race success when Godolphin's 4YO brown entire Talismanic (Medaglia d'Oro-Magic Mission, by Machiavellian) landed the biggest prize of his career in the US$4 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf (12 furlongs), defeating Beach Patrol and defending champion Highland Reel. The Andre Fabre-trained Talismanic improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil) and 6 placings from 16 starts. Talismanic became the seventh Group 1 winner in North America this season for Medaglia d'Oro, the first US stallion since Storm Cat in 1999 to reach six individual Group 1 winners in a single year.

World-Class Entries for Hong Kong International Races

Friday, 27th October 2017

A total of 293 horses have been nominated at the first stage for the HK$84.5 million Hong Kong International Races which will take place at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 10 December. The meeting consists of four Group One events, namely the HK$25 million Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), and the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m). Among the overseas stars entered are top-class UK miler Ribchester, Ballydoyle stable-mates Highland Reel and Roly Poly, Japan's QEII Cup winner Neorealism, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cloth Of Stars. The home contingent includes former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther, last year's Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only, and gun sprinters Lucky Bubbles and Mr Stunning. There are 17 Australian horses entered, including Gr1 winners Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, and Boom Time, as well as Takedown and In Her Time.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior is among the Australian entries (pic: Mark Gatt)

Cracksman Wins Gr1 Champion Stakes

Monday, 23rd October 2017

It may have taken slightly longer than expected but the mighty Frankel finally sired his first Gr1 winner in Europe when the prodigiously talented Cracksman bounded to a stunning win in the Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Ascot on Saturday. Fittingly, Cracksman's awesome victory came on the same day and in the same race that Frankel signed off his unbeaten 14-race career to give him an overdue maiden top-flight win in Britain. Striking the lead just over two furlongs from home, the John Gosden-trained Cracksman turned in a performance reminiscent of his illustrious father surging to a powerful 7 length win over Poet's Word and Highland Reel in the £1.3 million showpiece. Gosden commented: "It's great for Frankel to have a son win the race he won and to be his first Group 1 winner in Europe," he told Racing Post. "Cracksman seems to have got bigger and stronger, like a fighter weighing more now. He started as a middleweight, he's now a light heavyweight. He's definitely improved a lot…he won it in true style." Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal), who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer's champion galloper Golden Horn, advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes & Gr2 Prix Niel) and 2 placings (the Gr1 English Derby & Gr1 Irish Derby) from 7 starts for 1,364,782 in earnings. He is now 6-1 second favourite behind superstar filly Enable (3-1) for next year's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Dettori Bullish about Cracksman

Thursday, 19th October 2017

Frankie Dettori is confident that a drop in distance will not harm the prospects of Cracksman in Saturday’s Gr1 Champion Stakes at Ascot, reports Sky Sports. The highly regarded Frankel colt was last sighted winning over 2400m in the Gr2 Prix Niel at Chantilly on 10 September, but will drop to 2000m for the showpiece event on British Champions Day. In fact Cracksman has raced over a mile-and-a-half at his last four outings, which also included a win in the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and placings in the English and Irish Derbys. “I think he'll be fine over 10 furlongs, he's getting stronger and if the rain comes it will help him and disadvantage some of the others like Highland Reel and Ulysses. It will make it more of a test of stamina, so I'm praying the rain comes,” Dettori said. “I rode him this morning [Wednesday] and he's in great nick. John [Gosden] has done a brilliant programme for him this year bearing in mind we've got next year to look forward to as well.” He added: “We're going there with lots of confidence and hoping for the best.” Should he be successful on Saturday, Cracksman, who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer’s champion galloper Golden Horn, will become Frankel’s first Group One winner in Europe.

Order Of St George Decision Still Pending

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien is no closer to making a decision about Order Of St George’s participation in this year’s Melbourne Cup. A devastating 9 length winner of the Gr1 Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at the Curragh nine days ago, O’Brien is also considering running the son of Galileo in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after his admirable third place finish in the race last year. "We'll have to make a decision on Order Of St George soon,” O’Brien told Racing Post. “It's getting near the quarantine time for Melbourne so we'll need to make up our minds. Highland Reel has the option of the Arc too, having run so well in the race last year. He's had a break since the King George and seems in good form.” Order Of St George was allocated top weight of 58kg for the $6.25 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) when weights were released last week.

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Catalogue Now Online

Thursday, 17th August 2017

The catalogue for Europe's Premier Yearling Sale, the 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, is now online. Click here to view catalogue. Taking place from Tuesday 3rd October to Thursday 5th October, the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale will offer 502 lots, all of which are eligible for the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme. The flagship Tattersalls sale has attracted a truly outstanding collection of the finest yearlings to be found anywhere in the world, including 30 yearlings by Dubawi, 21 by Galileo, and 14 yearlings from the third crop of the world's highest-ever rated racehorse, Frankel. In addition, the catalogue features own or half brothers and sisters to 41 Group 1 and Classic winners and a massive 273 Group & Listed winners. These include male siblings to Galileo Gold, Highland Reel, Order Of St George, Postponed, Speedy Boarding, The Tin Man, and Waldgeist, as well as Authorized, Integral, and The Wow Signal. Amongst a host of beautifully bred fillies are own or half-sisters to Classic and Group 1 winners Akeed Mofeed, Halfway To Heaven, Hartnell, and Lillie Langtry. Star mares that have yearlings consigned include Sky Lantern, Danedream, Albanova, Attraction, Finsceal Beo, Islington, and Izzi Top. A host of top-class freshman sires will also be represented including outstanding Derby winner Australia and superstar miler Kingman who have 20 and 25 yearlings catalogued respectively. Click here for more information.

Scottish to Lead Godolphin Team

Friday, 11th August 2017

Scottish will head the Godolphin string for trainer Charlie Appleby at this year's spring carnival in Melbourne, reports theinformant.co.nz. Runner-up behind Jameka in last year's Caulfield Cup, Scottish (Teofilo) will run in Sunday's Gr1 Arlington Million in the US before making his second trip to Australia. Appleby has nominated races such as the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on 14 October, the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) on 28 October, and the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) on 11 November as potential targets for the 5YO. "Nothing is set in stone. We'll leave all the options open as long as possible," Appleby said. "But Scottish will lead a strong Godolphin team into Melbourne, all going well, and will be very competitive." Appelby added: "He has one of the eight invitations issued for the Cox Plate, and we nominated him for the race this week." Scottish showed his quality when resuming from a long break with a creditable fifth behind Highland Reel in the Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

2017 Sires

Winx Heads Cox Plate Entries

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Superstar mare Winx heads the list of 141 horses entered for the 2017 Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Tuesday's noon closing time, reports racing.com. Winx, who was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in May this year, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Among those horses nominated for the $3 million weight-for-age feature at Moonee Valley on 28 October are 15 international entries, including Japanese star Neorealism, English Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher, and Highland Reel, who was third behind Winx in the 2015 edition of the race. Click here for the full list of Cox Plate nominations.

Enable Wins Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Monday, 31st July 2017

Enable stamped herself as one of the best British fillies of the modern era when putting her older rivals to the sword in the Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday, reports Racing Post. John Gosden hailed the English & Irish Oaks winner as the best filly he has ever trained after she bounded to an emphatic 4.5 length win over Ulysses (Galileo) & Idaho (Galileo) in the £1.15 million midsummer showpiece. Defending champion Highland Reel was not suited by the very soft ground but battled well into fourth. The Khalid Abdullah-owned Enable (Nathaniel-Concentric, by Sadlers Wells) joined an elite group of fillies to have won the King George, such as Park Top, Dahlia, Pawneese, Time Charter, Danedream and Taghrooda - the latter also trained by Gosden. "She's a wonderful filly," said Gosden. "To follow in the likes of Dahlia and Pawneese and even Taghrooda says a lot. She exploded early in the straight. Ulysses made a wonderful run at her but she's a very smart filly and understandably gets weight as a three-year-old against her elders." Gosden continued: "I think she's the best filly I've trained. The style of her winning makes her great - it's quite obvious she wants to race. She just want things to go her way and takes the race by the horns." Gosden confirmed Enable would progress to the Yorkshire Oaks before a possible start in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which she is now the clear 9-4 favourite. "The plan has very much been the Yorkshire Oaks. This popped up in between. York's now where we want to go, and then freshen up and see where we are in terms of the Arc," he said.

Enable Given Green Light

Thursday, 27th July 2017

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Enable’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said overnight that it is the stable’s intention to run the dual Classic winner in Saturday’s Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, reports Racing Post. It will be the first time that the English & Irish Oaks winner has raced against older horses. "John Gosden is pleased with Enable this morning and she's an intended runner at Ascot,” Grimthorpe said. Gosden knows what type of filly it takes to win a King George, with champion filly Taghrooda taking out the race for the Newmarket handler in 2014. Enable has firmed into as short as 6-5 with some bookmakers, while previous favourite Highland Reel has drifted from 5-2 to 5-1 on account of concerns about the anticipated soft ground.

Highland Reel Definite King George Runner

Thursday, 27th July 2017

Aidan O’Brien is adamant that Highland Reel will take his place in Saturday’s Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, despite the multiple top-flight winner being a noticeable drifter in the market, reports Racing Post. The money continues to flow for John Gosden’s dual Oaks winner Enable, with some questioning Highland Reel’s record on soft going; he has never won on ground rated softer than good. "All is well with Highland Reel and Idaho," said O’Brien, indicating that Highland Reel’s younger brother, last-start Hardwicke Stakes winner Idaho, would also be running. "The better the ground, the more it will suit both of them. But whereas they wouldn't want really testing ground – very few of our horses do – we think they'll be quite adaptable if it is a bit on the easy side.” O’Brien admitted that Enable would be a worthy adversary come race time. "The King George is always a very good race and that will again be the case on Saturday,” he said. "Enable has been very impressive winning the Oaks and the Irish Oaks. She's obviously a very high-class filly." Rain is predicted for Ascot on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

High Class Siblings to Run in King George

Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Meanwhile, Galileo siblings Highland Reel and Idaho are expected to run in the Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. Highland Reel and Idaho were last seen playing starring roles at Royal Ascot, with the former claiming his sixth Gr1 triumph in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the latter landing the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes. "We are very mindful of the weather, I must admit. Talking to Aidan [trainer Aidan O’Brien] this morning it is likely we will have two runners and they will be the full-brothers Idaho and Highland Reel,” said Coolmore's representative Kevin Buckley. "Highland Reel likes Ascot. He does prefer good or better ground and I must point that out. He is tough and durable and gives his all every time.” He added: “Whether we can say Idaho is good as his brother, it is hard to say as he not won a Group One yet, let's not forget, whereas Highland Reel has won six in three different continents. It's a hard act to follow, but he is clipping at his heels." Both Highland Reel and Idaho are out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Sibling to Golden Slipper Winner Set for Debut

Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Fine Scent, a 2YO half-sister to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, is set to make her debut for trainer Simon Miller in the Awesome Rock Plate (1000m) at Belmont racecourse in Perth today. A $210,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud, Fine Scent is by Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion All Too Hard out of the stakes-placed mare Patou (Covetous). Polar Success won 4 of her 17 starts, including the 2003 Golden Slipper & Gr2 Reisling Slipper Trial, for career earnings of $2,171,505. This is the esteemed Gold Vink family of deceased Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, 4-time Gr1-winning sire Starspangledbanner, and globetrotting Gr1 winner Highland Reel and his Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winning brother Idaho.

Speedster Pencilled in For Te Rapa

Thursday, 6th July 2017

Well related sprinter Il Cavallo (Choisir-Gold Chant, by El Moxie) may return to action on Saturday week, reports NZ Racing Desk. The son of Choisir, who is a three-quarter brother to 4-time Gr1 winner and dual hemisphere winning sprinter and sire Starspangledbanner, was purchased to stand at Chequers Stud, but fertility issues brought a premature end to his stud career. The dual stakes winner finished third in an open 1000m heat at Te Teko on Tuesday. "He was gelded last year and he's sound so we'll try him again," said Mark Fraser-Campin, who trains in partnership with his brother Chris Campin. "He's a very fast horse, but realistically he's going to take a couple of runs." Il Cavallo hails from the esteemed family of deceased Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, globetrotting Gr1 winner Highland Reel, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

York Return for Almanzor

Thursday, 29th June 2017

Champion European colt Almanzor (Wootton Bassett-Darkova, by Maria's Mon) is scheduled to make his comeback to racing in the Gr2 York Stakes on 29 July, reports Racing Post. "That's still where I expect to go [with him] and, for now at least, all has gone according to plan," said Rouget. A three-time Gr1 winner, Almanzor has not been sighted since winning last October’s Gr1 Champion Stakes at Ascot due to a virus that swept through trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's yard in April. Rouget said the now 4YO would also be aimed at the Gr1 Juddmonte International at York on 23 August, for which he is the 5-1 favourite ahead of Highland Reel, Cliffs Of Moher, Barney Roy and Churchill.

Idaho Wins Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes

Monday, 26th June 2017

On the final day of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Idaho (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the £225,000 Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) 4YO+, defeating Barsanti (Champs Elysees) & Chemical Charge (Sea The Stars). Idaho, who is a full brother to the remarkable globe-trotting star Highland Reel, advanced his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 English Derby & Gr1 Irish Derby) from 11 starts for £661,455 in earnings. Like Highland Reel, Idaho is out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien said Idaho could join his brother Highland Reel in next month's Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. "We're delighted. He's a full-brother to Highland Reel and we always loved him," O'Brien told rte.ie. "He's by Galileo and they don't know when to stop improving or stop trying. It's very possible he'll progress, there's plenty of races for him." He added: "It (King George) is a possibility for him, the lads will decide what they want to do in a week or 10 days, but it's a very strong possibility."

Highland Reel Wins Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes

Thursday, 22nd June 2017

On day two of the famous Royal Ascot carnival 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 trifecta when remarkable 5YO Irish-bred entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) put up a typically tough and brave performance to score by 1.25 lengths for trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the £750,000 Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000m) 4YO+, defeating Decorated Knight (Galileo) & Ulysses (Galileo). In claiming his sixth Group One triumph, the globe-trotting star improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf, Gr1 Coronation Cup, Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Hong Kong Vase, Gr1 Arlington Secretariat Stakes, Gr2 Vintage Stakes and Gr3 Gordon Stakes) & 7 placings (including the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club & Gr2 Hardwick Stakes) from 23 starts for nearly £6 million in earnings. Highland Reel is out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. "He's unbelievably courageous. It's what his dad had that made him different to every other horse we've had, and he has it tenfold,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told Racing Post. "He's passed every test you would want a thoroughbred to go through, from the time he was two. He has turned up in big races and we've travelled everywhere with him. He's an amazing horse.”

Internationals Lured To Challenge Winx Cox Dominance

Friday, 9th June 2017

In an effort to at least make the 2017 instalment of the Gr1 Cox Plate mildly competitive, leading international gallopers from five major racing nations have been extended an “all-expenses paid trip” to make the journey to Moonee Valley this October to take on the World’s Best Turf Horse, reports theage.com.au. Although the Coolmore-owned Adelaide was superior to all in the 2014 running, high quality horses such as Highland Reel and French import Vadamos have been uncompetitive against Winx in the past two years. One stumbling block for the MVRC, as it is each year, will be attempting to lure the thoroughbred elite like French prepared Almanzoor and the Aidan O’Brien mare Minding at the same time as one of the world’s premier races, the Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is run in Paris. Chief among contenders to make the trip Downunder appear to be Japanese Derby winner Makahahi, and possibly Godolphin-trained Ribchester, although he is yet to shine beyond a mile. Also invited will be Champion Hong Kong galloper Werther, ironically often partnered by Winx’s jockey Hugh Bowman, while Hong Kong QEII winner Neorealism, another part of a strong Japanese juggernaut is also likely to be pursued. Last year’s Gr1 Caulfield Cup runner-up, Scottish, may also return, with trainer Charlie Appleby sure to have the Cox Plate in his sights. MVRC CEO Michael Browell commented, "The Club has sought to invite the world's premier middle distance weight-for-age horses and, working in conjunction with Racing Victoria's International Agent Leigh Jordon, we are confident we have identified horses that may be attracted by our lucrative prizemoney and incentives.” He added, "The recent global recognition of the W.S. Cox Plate undoubtedly helped us market our race to international connections, but there is no denying the two-sided effect Winx can have on the race."

Globe-Trotter Highland Reel Wins Gr1 Coronation Cup

Monday, 5th June 2017

Earlier on the card at Epsom in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated another Gr1 success when 5YO Irish-bred entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) won from the front by 1.75-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the £420,000 Gr1 Coronation Cup (12 furlongs). The globe-trotting galloper was coming off a below par run in the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic, but added to his impressive collection of top flight victories for his Ballydoyle connections to hold off the challenges of Godolphin's 4YO entires Frontiersman (Dubawi-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) & Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy-Trensa, by Giant's Causeway). Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up, Highland Reel, is out of Australian-bred Gr1-placed Hveger, a full-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 Champion Elvstroem and a half-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 winner Haradasun. Also winner of the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf, Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong Vase and Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, Highland Reel's earnings currently stand at $10,684,960.

Highland Reel Underestimated: Moore

Friday, 24th March 2017

Champion jockey Ryan Moore says bookmakers have Highland Reel's (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) price all wrong for Saturday's Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m) at Meydan. The top-class Irish galloper proved himself one of the best horses in the world last year with victories in the Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Breeders' Cup Turf, as well as placings in the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin and the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. "I saw my horse was available at 5-1 earlier in the week and, at his best, it would take a good one to beat him," Moore said. "When he gets on the lead in these 1m4f (2400m) races he is difficult to stop, stall three is fine, and 9-2 is still probably a hell of a price." Moore also cast doubt on the winning chances of favourite Postponed, who resumed with a second placing in the Gr2 City Of Gold Stakes (2400m) at Dubai on 4 March. "You had to be disappointed with him in the Arc and when beaten by Prize Money here last month, even if he didn't get the best of runs," Moore said. "The horse who we saw here last year would have won that day, even if connections seem very happy with him out here. I wouldn't back him at the current prices myself."

2016

Starspangledbanner Sibling Set For Debut

Friday, 23rd December 2016

Will's Bid, a close relation to superstar sprinter and sire Starspangledbanner, is set to make his debut in an 1140m 2YO maiden at Geelong on Boxing Day. Trained by the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Will's Bid is a son of former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) and was purchased for $800,000 by Spendthrift Australia at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Milburn Creek. Will's Bid is the ninth foal to race from the stakes-placed mare Gold Anthem (Made Of Gold), whose best progeny to date is 4-time Gr1-winning dual hemisphere sprinter and exciting young sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir). This is also the family of recently deceased Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, multiple Gr1-winner and world-class racehorse Highland Reel, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Satono Crown Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Vase

Monday, 12th December 2016

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, former shuttler Marju (Last Tycoon-Flame Of Tara, by Artaius) celebrated an elite success when 4YO Japanese-bred entire Satono Crown (Marju-Jioconda, by Rossini) powered home to score by 0.5 length for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), over 4YO Irish-bred entires Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) & One Foot In Heaven (Fastnet Rock-Pride, by Peintre Celebre). This was the first Gr1 victory for Satono Crown who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Kyoto Kyoto Kinen) and 1 placing from 11 starts for ¥349,593,728 earnings.

Moore Named World's Best Jockey

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Ryan Moore has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2016, reports amerciasbestracing.net. It is the second time in three years that he has won the award. The UK jockey won 8 of the world's top 100 Gr1 races to claim the award. Moore finished with 166 points for the year, ahead of Christophe Soumillon on 98 points and Australia's Hugh Bowman on 94 points. Among Moore's Gr1 victories were the Hong Kong Mile (Maurice), Hong Kong Vase (Highland Reel), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Found), and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Minding). Moore will receive the award at a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on 9 December.

Connect Possible Pegasus World Cup Runner

Tuesday, 29th November 2016

US trainer Chad Brown says he is considering a start in the US$12 million Pegasus World Cup for Saturday's Gr1 Cigar Mile Handicap winner Connect, reports the paulickreport.com. The brainchild of Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, the inaugural running of the US$12 million Pegasus World Cup will be run at Gulfstream Park on 28 January. "I'm going to evaluate the horse and his prospects in a race like that while keeping him going," said Brown. "If, for some reason, that race doesn't look like something we're going to participate in, we'll back off." Other horses set to compete in the Pegasus World Cup include California Chrome, Arrogate, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Gun Runner, and Highland Reel.

New Bay Joins Ballylinch Stud

Monday, 21st November 2016

French Derby winner New Bay will join the roster at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland where he will stand at an introductory fee of 20,000 for the upcoming 2017 season, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Ballylinch will stand the son of Dubawi with owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms as well as the China Horse Club, which has secured a sizable interest. Trained by Andre Fabre, New Bay won 5 of his 11 starts highlighted by his victory over Highland Reel in the 2015 Prix du Jockey Club. Ballylinch Stud managing director John O'Connor commented: "A classic winner by Dubawi, from the family of Oasis Dream and Kingman and an exceptional looker - he ticks all the right boxes for me." Watch New Bay winning the French Derby below.

Gr1 Ambitions For Former US Galloper

Friday, 18th November 2016

Trainer Chris Waller will use Saturday's November Topaz (1900m) at Rosehill as a guide to the autumn prospects of former US galloper Closing Bell, reports racenet. Closing Bell, by dual champion North American sire Tapit, made an encouraging Australian debut when a luckless sixth behind the promising Fabrizio in the Listed Cup Day Plate (1800m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day. Part-owned by high profile Hunter Valley stud Newgate Farm, Closing Bell (Tapit-Rehear, by Coronado's Quest) boasts some excellent US credentials, including a fourth place finish in last year's Gr1 Belmont Derby and runner-up to the world-class Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington. Waller says the plan is to win a major race with the 5YO before he retires to stud. "His first run in Australia was good, he didn't have a lot of luck," Waller said. "I would just like him to have one more run and then work out where he fits into the autumn." He added: "He's by a very good stallion. We'd like to prepare him for a serious attempt at a Group One race at some stage in Sydney and if not in Queensland. Probably around the 2000 metre distance."

Flintshire Fee Set

Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Flintshire (Dansili-Dance Routine, by Sadler's Wells) will stand his first season at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington, Kentucky at a fee of $20,000, reports Blood Horse. A partnership comprising of Hill 'n' Dale, S.F. Bloodstock, China Horse Club and Juddmonte Farms has been formed to stand the Juddmonte homebred who retired following his second place finish to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Garrett O'Rourke, general manager of Juddmonte's operation near Lexington, said: "He is by our most accomplished stallion, from one of our best families," O'Rourke said. "He is our leading earner ever and one of the soundest and most honest horses we have ever raced. He has a regal temperament and a will to win that shows in his scintillating turn of foot. We are very proud of him." Flintshire retired with 8 wins from 23 starts for $9,589,910 in earnings. The globetrotting son of Dansili won five races at Gr1 level, namely the Gr1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes - twice, Gr1 Manhattan Handicap, Gr1 Grand Prix de Paris & Gr1 Hong Kong Vase. He was also runner-up in elite company on numerous occasions, including twice in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Grand Producer Circles Of Gold Dies

Thursday, 10th November 2016

Outstanding producer Circles Of Gold has died at the age of 25, reports racing.com. "It is with deep sadness that I have to report that champion broodmare Circles Of Gold passed away peacefully and quietly today [Wednesday] at Segenhoe," Segenhoe Stud's Peter O'Brien said in a statement. "A beautifully quiet mare whose exploits through her daughters and granddaughters will continue on for many years to come and it is fitting that her grandson Highland Reel won the Breeders' Cup world championship on Sunday to highlight her lineage." He added: "She will be sorely missed by all at Segenhoe and everyone is acutely aware of the privilege it was to have been associated with her." A winner of the Gr1 Australian Oaks, Circles Of Gold (Marscay-Olympic Aim, by Zamazaan) when on to scale even greater heights at stud producing 12 foals in total including multiple dual hemisphere Gr1 winning sires Haradasun and Elvstroem. The daughter of Marscay also produced Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger, a Danehill full-sister to Haradasun and Elvstroem who is also making a name for herself as the dam of outstanding Coolmore entire Highland Reel, winner of four Gr1 races including the Breeders' Cup Turf and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. This is also the family of sub-fertile but brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. Circles Of Gold will be buried at Segenhoe alongside fellow champion broodmares Skating and Parfore.

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Circles Of Gold's multiple Gr1-winning son Haradasun 

Highland Reel Wins Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf

Monday, 7th November 2016

At Santa Anita Park in the US, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) scored a bold front-running 1.75 length win for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the US$4 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf (12 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 6YO UK-bred entire Flintshire (Dansili-Dance Routine, by Sadler's Wells) & 4YO mare and stable-mate  Found (Galileo-Red Evie, by Intikhab). In claiming his 4th victory at Gr1 level, Highland Reel advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Hong Kong Vase, Gr1 Arlington Secretariat Stakes, Gr2 Vintage Stakes and Gr3 Gordon Stakes) & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club & Gr2 Hardwick Stakes) from 19 starts for a remarkable A$11.9 million in earnings. "We know that he handles fast ground. He doesn't mind dictating. He doesn't mind sitting in. So it was straightforward, really," trainer Aidan O'Brien told Blood Horse. "But Seamus executed it brilliant. He was very happy to make the run, and when he did, he controlled the race perfectly." Highland Reel is out of Australian-bred Gr1-placed Hveger, a full-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 Champion Elvstroem and a half-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 winner Haradasun.

Found Wins Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Tuesday, 4th October 2016

At Chantilly in France, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite trifecta when 4YO Irish-bred mare Found (Galileo-Red Evie, by Intikhab) led home a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Aidan O'Brien when scoring by 1.75 lengths in Europe's greatest race - the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (12 furlongs) - over 4YO entires and stable-mates Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) & Order Of St George (Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West). Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, Found improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf & Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac) and 12 placings (including the Gr1 Champion Stakes, Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes - twice, Gr1 Coronation Stakes, Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks & Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas) from 19 starts for over £4,932,276 earnings. "I couldn't dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "She's only run over a mile and a half four times before and she was unlucky in the Arc last year. We've had our eye on this for a long time. When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc - he was obviously right. It's a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there's not much to beat it, but it's all down to a fantastic team effort." He added: "And what makes it amazing is that they are all by Galileo...it's a privilege to be here."

Caulfield Cup Weights Released

Thursday, 1st September 2016

Ballydoyle stable-mates Highland Reel and Order Of St George have been allocated equal top weight of 58kg for this year's Caulfield Cup (2400m) which will be run at Caulfield racecourse on 15 October, reports racing.com. Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter noted that top weights have performed very well in recent years. "In recent years we have seen the better performed horses come to the fore in the Caulfield Cup, with two of the past four renewals being won by a horse carrying top weight of 58kg in the international entrants Dunaden and Admire Rakti," Carpenter said. Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance has been allocated 56.5kg. "Prince Of Penzance will hope to emulate Dunaden and Viewed, who won the Caulfield Cup the year after winning the Melbourne Cup. They carried 58kg and 57kg respectively." Click here to view the full list of Caulfield Cup weights.

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Last year's Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan (image: Mark Gatt)

Scottish Books Australian Trip With Gr3 Success

Monday, 22nd August 2016

At York in the UK, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 4YO Irish-bred gelding Scottish (Teofilo -Zeiting, by Zieten) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Charlie Appleby in the Gr3 Strensall Stakes (9 furlongs), over 7YO South African-bred gelding Yorker (Jet Master-Little Indian, by Al Mufti) & 7YO Irish-bred gelding Custom Cut (Notnowcato-Polished Gem, by Danehill). The Godolphin-owned Scottish improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Bet 365 Stakes & Listed Ayr Doonside Cup) and 5 placings (including the Gr3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 11 starts for £175,546 earnings. Trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed Scottish would now be aimed towards the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 15 October. "He won't get into the Cox Plate this year so we'll look at the Caulfield Cup," Appleby told Sky Sports. "He's only been beaten twice over a mile and a half when he's got his ground and one of those was by Highland Reel." He added: "We bought him with Australia in mind and he's a nice horse to have about the place."

Postponed Wins Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes

Thursday, 18th August 2016

At York in the UK overnight, Darley's triple Gr1-winning world-class shuttle stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) celebrated an elite success when 5YO Irish-bred entire Postponed (Dubawi-Ever Rigg, by Dubai Destination) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Roger Varian in the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes (10.5 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) & 5YO gelding Mutakayyef (Sea the Stars-Infallible, by Pivotal). Postponed reinforced his reputation as one of the best middle-distance horses in the world when advancing his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Coronation Cup, Gr1 Sheema Classic, Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup) from 17 starts for £4,400,823 earnings. The win saw Postponed firm into 4-1 favouritism for the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. "He's an incredible horse and I'm very lucky to train him," Varian told Racing Post. "We didn't have long to get him ready and he only really turned the corner two weeks ago." He added: "I'll talk through plans with his owner but I'd think it would be unlikely he'd run again before the Arc, so that gives us plenty of time to tune him in again for that race."

Idaho Wins Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes

Thursday, 18th August 2016

At York in the UK overnight, Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 3YO Irish bred colt Idaho (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (12 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt and stable-mate Housesofparliament (Galileo-Sharp Lisa, by Dixieland Band) & 3YO colt Across The Stars (Sea the Stars-Victoria Cross, by Mark of Esteem). Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed that Idaho - who is a full brother to Highland Reel - would make his next appearance in the Gr1 English St Leger at Doncaster on 10 September. "He had a nice break after the Irish Derby and he was ready for a comeback run," O'Brien told At the Races. "Idaho might go up to a mile and six (furlongs), but I'm not sure he'll go much further than that. I'd be very happy for him to come back to a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half as a four-year-old." He added: "We had our eye on the Leger and this race came at a lovely time." Like Highland Reel, Idaho is out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of sub-fertile but brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Hawkbill On Upward Curve: Appleby

Friday, 5th August 2016

Trainer Charlie Appleby has sounded an ominous warning to Hawkbill's Juddmonte International rivals revealing he continues to improve and get stronger into his 3YO campaign, reports Racing Post. The US-bred Godolphin colt has stamped himself as one of the most promising horses in Europe stringing together six consecutive victories, including a last-start win over The Gurkha in the Gr1 Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Sandown. "Hawkbill had a battle on his hands up the Sandown straight but he's come out of it well and is getting mentally stronger with each run," said Appleby. "It was pleasing to see The Gurkha subsequently go and do the job [in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes] at Goodwood. We didn't totally discard the King George but, with the future in mind and going beyond the Juddmonte, we wanted to give Hawkbill a little bit more time. He's our flagbearer this year." Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy), who has won 6 of his 8 starts to date, is a general 4-1 chance for the Juddmonte which will be run at York on 17 August. The Juddmonte looks set to be one of the highlight races of the summer, with the likes of Postponed, Fascinating Rock, Highland Reel, Time Test, Hit It A Bomb, US Army Ranger, Minding, and Wings Of Desire all entered in the 10-furlong showpiece.

Highland Reel Wins Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Monday, 25th July 2016

At Ascot in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when favoured 4YO Irish-bred entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) scored a comprehensive front-running 1.25-length win for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the £1,150,000 Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12 furlongs), over 3YO colt Wings Of Desire (Pivotal-Gull Wing, by In The Wings) & 4YO mare Dartmouth (Dubai-Galatee, by Galileo). Highland Reel is out of Australian-bred Gr1-placed Hveger, a full-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 Champion Elvstroem and a half-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 winner Haradasun. Astonishingly well travelled, Highland Reel took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase, Gr1 Arlington Secretariat Stakes, Gr2 Vintage Stakes and Gr3 Gordon Stakes) & 4 placings (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club & Gr2 Hardwick Stakes) from 15 starts for $4,729,286 earnings.

Dartmouth Supplemented For King George

Tuesday, 19th July 2016

The Queen's racing advisor John Warren is expecting progressive 4YO Dartmouth (Dubawi-Galatee, by Galileo) to run a "mighty race" in Saturday's Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot after being supplemented for the race, reports Sky Sports. The Dubawi entire is undefeated in his three starts this season and goes into Britain's mid-summer showpiece off the back of a game win over Highland Reel in the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. "The horse is in exceptional form and the trainer has been delighted with his progress since Ascot. With that side of things going so well, we felt he was a worthy candidate," Warren said. "To race in Group One events you need to be genuine and consistent and the one thing you can definitely say about this horse is that he is genuine." He added: "He's won all his three races this season and has progressed each time, and he deserves to run at this level. If he produces his Royal Ascot form on Saturday then I think he'll run a mighty race." Dartmouth is one of ten potential runners on Saturday, with last start Gr1 Coronation Cup winner Postponed the current favourite for the race. John Gosden's exciting 3YO Wings Of Desire, a last start fourth in the English Derby, takes his chance, as does the Aidan O'Brien trained trio of Highland Reel, Sir Isaac Newton and Shogun.

Dartmouth Wins Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes

Monday, 20th June 2016

On day five of the Royal Ascot carnival in England, Darley's triple Gr1-winning world-class shuttle stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 4YO UK-bred entire Dartmouth (Dubawi-Galatee, by Galileo) scored by a head for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes (12 furlongs) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) & 4YO gelding Almodovar (Sea the Stars-Melodramatic, by Sadler's Wells). Dartmouth became The Queen's first Royal Ascot winner since Estimate's Gold Cup victory in 2013 and advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Ormonde Stakes) and 1 placing from 12 starts for £292,994 earnings.  "It's a great mark to reach [75 winners] but I hope it doesn't stop there! He's a lovely, quality horse and everybody in the yard is very fond of him," said Sir Michael Stoute, who equalled the record of the late Sir Henry Cecil with his 75th Royal Ascot winner. The Queen's bloodstock advisor, John Warren, told Racing Post: "It's been a long wait with a few little ups and downs but he's a very smart horse." He added: "Michael is such a master at training horses just to their peak and it means a lot to the Queen. The Queen got such a thrill watching him stick his neck out."

Gear Changes To Switch On Import

Friday, 13th May 2016

Kris Lees has made several gear changes to high class European import Goldstream for today's Listed Scone Cup (1600m), but has warned there may be an even more drastic measure ahead if he cannot recapture his best form, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Italian-bred Goldstream tackled weight-for-age company at his Australian debut in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) last month, but over-raced fiercely before fading to finish last behind top filly English in the $600,000 feature. "We have made a couple of gear changes including a cross over nose band but whether it helps remains to be seen," Lees said. "It has helped him at home but then he wasn't working fiercely at home either." Lees added: "He has been out of form for a year and if he doesn't settle we might have to think about gelding him. He will probably go for a spell anyway because I don't like giving these imported horses a long first preparation." A winner of 5 of his 8 starts to date, Goldstream was purchased by Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock after winning the Italian Derby in May of last year. The son of Martino Alonso then ventured to the US where he finished 4th to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, before another top effort saw him finish fifth to Prince Of Gibraltar in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September.

Chequers Announces Il Cavallo Fee

Friday, 13th May 2016

Chequers Stud have announced that Il Cavallo will stand his first season at stud a fee of NZ$3,000 plus GST, reports theinformant.co.nz. The son of Choisir, who is a three-quarter brother to dual hemisphere Gr1 winning sprinter and exciting young sire Starspangledbanner, was purchased from Australia by brothers Mark Fraser-Campin and Chris Campin last spring to stand at their Chequers Stud from 2016. Il Cavallo (Choisir-Gold Chant, by El Moxie), who was previously prepared by the recently retired Peter Moody in Melbourne, won 5 of his 18 starts, including stakes placings in the Listed MVRC Carlyon Stakes and Listed CJC Pegasus Stakes. "He's an outstanding type of horse with a great pedigree and a terrific temperament, so he ticked all the boxes for us," said Mark Fraser-Campin. "We're certain he's going to be leaving great individuals with the pace and ability to make strong and early impressions." Fraser-Campin said the stud would offer an added incentive to breeders who selected Il Cavallo. "We will cover the cost of entry into the New Zealand Bloodstock Pearl Series Bonus Scheme for any breeder who gets a filly," he said. Il Cavallo hails from the same family as Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, dual Gr1 winner Highland Reel, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Scone Cup Target For Goldstream

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

High class European import Goldstream (Martino Alonso-Imco Imagination, by Darshaan) is expected to have his second Australian start in the $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) on Friday week. A 1000m Wyong barrier trial win on Monday has influenced trainer Kris Lees to continue with Goldstream's current preparation. Goldstream tackled weight-for-age company at his Australian debut in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) last month, but over-raced before fading to finish last of the eight runners behind English in the $600,000 feature. "He did everything right in the trial. I'm very pleased with him," Lees said. "We'll run him in the Scone Cup and his performance will then determine immediate plans beyond that." A winner of 5 of his 8 starts to date, Goldstream was purchased by Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock after winning the Italian Derby in May of last year. The son of Martino Alonso then ventured to the US where he finished 4th to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, before another top effort saw him finish fifth to Prince Of Gibraltar in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September.

Starspangledbanner Relation Wins Debut In South Africa

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

Less than forty minutes after Act Of Loyalty's debut victory at Vaal overnight, champion South African trainer Mike de Kock was at it again producing beautifully bred 2YO filly Zaakhira to win the All To Come Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1200m. Carrying the familiar Shadwell colours of Sheikh Hamdan, Zaakhira travelled strongly throughout before letting down with a sharp turn of foot to run away from her rivals and score impressively by 6-lengths. Despite the extravagant action she displayed over the final 50 metres, the future looks very bright indeed for Zaakhira who will no doubt improve markedly once she learns her craft. By Arrowfield's multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice out of the Royal Academy mare Regally Blonde, Zaakhira was a $380,000 purchase by Shadwell Australasia at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds. Regally Blonde is out of the Made Of Gold mare Gold Anthem, making her a half-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 winning sprinter and exciting young sire Starspangledbanner. This is also the family of Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, dual Gr1 winner Highland Reel, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Romance Facing Acid Test In Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

Friday, 22nd April 2016

Meanwhile, this coming Sunday at Sha Tin in Hong Kong, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Rising Romance faces one of the toughest tests of her career, when the New Zealand-bred Australian 5YO mare lines up against a bevy of world class talent in the Gr1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m). Although Rising Romance has shown a recent return to her best form where she has been racing consistently at the top level in Australia without winning, she will clash with the likes of Highland Reel (Ireland), Ertijaal (Dubai), locals Blazing Speed, Designs On Rome and Werther, plus the Japanese contingent Lovely Day, Satono Crown and Nouvo Record. Handicap ratings forecast Rising Romance will struggle to finish in the top five, although her 4th placing in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick suggests she is not without a chance in a highly competitive race.

Goldstream Ready For Australian Debut

Thursday, 14th April 2016

High class European import Goldstream (Martino Alonso-Imco Imagination, by Darshaan) is expected to make his Australian debut for new trainer Kris Lees in Saturday's Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. A winner of 5 of his 7 starts to date, Goldstream was purchased by Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock after winning the Italian Derby in May of last year. The son of Martino Alonso then ventured to the US where he finished 4th to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, before another top effort saw him finish fifth to Prince Of Gibraltar in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September. The Italian-bred 4YO was scheduled to run first-up in the Gr3 Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle in March, but Lees decided to scratch him after hew drew wide. "He acclimatising really well but I'm mindful that being from the Northern Hemisphere he's only just turned four so he's giving away six months in age against the other four-year-old in the race Malaguerra and they've got the same weight," Lees told racenet. "He still looks a bit of a baby and I think he'll be a different horse in the spring. There's still a bit of growing to come I'd say." He added: "I've been really happy with how he's progressed in the last few weeks so we decided to have a crack at the All Aged and see what happens. Saturday will give us a guide looking to the future."

Rising Romance In Quality International HK Field

Friday, 1st April 2016

High class New Zealand-bred mare Rising Romance (Ekraar-Post Romance, by Postponed) will join a quality international field of runners later this month in Hong Kong's HK$20 million Gr1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m). Originally trained by Donna Logan in New Zealand before being transferred to David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Rising Romance recently finished a close-up third in the Gr1 Australian Cup at Flemington and seems to be getting back to her best form. The major Hong Kong Gr1 feature, scheduled for April 24 at Sha Tin, is the world's 9th highest-rated race, and has attracted a trio of runners from Japan, among them dual Gr1 winner Lovely Day, Ireland's Highland Reel (winner of the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase last December), Dariyan from France, and the UAE's Ertijaal. The seven international raisers will clash with a strong local contingent led by Hong Kong Horse of the Year Designs On Rome. The race was first staged in 1975 to mark the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Hong Kong, and was given international Gr1 status in 2001 after being opened to international competition in 1995.

Goldstream Set For Australian Debut

Tuesday, 15th March 2016

High class European import Goldstream (Martino Alonso-Imco Imagination, by Darshaan) is expected to make his Australian debut for new trainer Kris Lees in tomorrow's Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1350m) at Beaumont. The Italian-bred 4YO is one of 14 acceptors for the $125,000 sprint, which also features the likes of Famous Seamus, Sadler's Lake, Bull Point, Artistry and promising mare Nancy. A winner of 5 of his 7 starts to date, Goldstream was purchased by Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock after winning the Italian Derby in May of last year. The son of Martino Alonso then ventured to the US where he finished 4th to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, before another top effort saw him finish fifth to Prince Of Gibraltar in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September.

Flintshire Arrives For US Campaign

Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Three-time Gr1 winning European galloper Flintshire (Dansili-Dance Routine, by Sadler's Wells) arrived at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park stable on Saturday to prepare for a North American campaign, reports Blood Horse. Owned by Juddmonte Farms, the 6YO has not raced since finishing second to Highland Reel in the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) in December. "We let him jog a mile under tack today and he looked great," Brown said on Sunday. "The horse came from Andre Fabre in outstanding shape. We're so thankful they sent us this horse to begin with and even more thankful he's in such outstanding condition. He's a remarkable-looking horse - a picture of health right out of quarantine." He added: "We're going to take some time to get to know the horse and pick up his training a little bit, then hopefully we'll start to map out a schedule for him." Flintshire has 5 of his 19 starts, highlighted by Gr1 victories in the Grand Prix de Paris (2400m), Hong Kong Vase (2400m) and Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes at Saratoga. Underscoring his class, the remarkable entire has also been runner-up at Gr1 level on no less than seven occasions, including twice in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Amicus Wins Gr2 Breeders Classic

Monday, 8th February 2016

At Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning Danehill stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 4YO mare Amicus (Fastnet Rock-Gold Chant, by El Moxie) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $175,000 Gr2 Breeders Classic (1200m) for 4YO+ mares, over fellow 4YO mare Press Report (Written Tycoon-Grenada, by Dolphin Street) & 6YO mare I've Got The Looks (Choisir-Revived, by Zeditave). Purchased for $500,000 by Chris Waller Racing at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud, Amicus took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Thousand Guineas, Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes & Gr3 Toy Show Quality) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude) from 18 starts for $781,985 earnings. The beautifully bred Amicus is out of half-sister to dual hemisphere Gr1 winning sprinter and exciting sire Starspangledbanner and hails from the female family of Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1 winning sons Elvstroem and Haradasun, dual Gr1 winner Highland Reel, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

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Amicus (pic by Steve Hart)