Comprising almost 1,000 lots, the catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is now online. The auction will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects – from race fillies and top young breeding prospects to proven Gr1 producers. "We are overwhelmed with the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year," Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch said. "There will be so many opportunities for buyers across all levels of the market. This sale has produced so many elite results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of current day stars Winx, Trapeze Artist, Estijaab, Levendi, Shoals and Hiyaam were all purchased here providing buyers with immediate returns on investment." A supplementary catalogue is currently in production and will be released next month. To view the online catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale click here. The catalogue is also available for download on the Equineline iPad app. Hard copies of the catalogue will be posted early May.
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when his outstanding 3YO daughter Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock-Memories Of You, by Galileo) outclassed her rivals when charging home from midfield to score a record-breaking win in the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Hiyaam & Miss Admiration. Unforgotten, who bounced back from an unlucky defeat to Hiyaam in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes, became the fastest Oaks winner in history setting a new race record of 2:27 seconds. She advanced her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes) from 9 starts for $1,095,520 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said the best was yet to come from Unforgotten. "I think she has a very bright future. The most exciting part of this win today was like two starts ago, she was brave. It's fantastic," Waller told Thoroughbred News. "We won't be rushing to step her up to a Caulfield Cup or a Melbourne Cup. We'll keep our sights low and see how she comes back as a four-year-old." Purchased by Waller for $360,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud, Unforgotten is out of a half-sister to French 1,000 Guineas winner Matiara.
Chris Waller has no doubt that Australian Oaks favourite Unforgotten is a Group 1 calibre filly, he is just not sure whether tomorrow's fillies classic at Royal Randwick will be the race that sees her fulfil that potential. "She certainly has group 1 ability. We don't know whether that will be good enough to win this race because there are so many good fillies here," Waller told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The Kiwi fillies really make the race interesting because they have been over the distance in the Oaks over there...but we are confident in our filly's ability." Unforgotten first announced herself as a classic contender when stringing together four consecutive wins last season, and she has done nothing to diminish Waller's lofty opinion this time in recording a slashing win in the Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) before an unlucky last-start second to Hiyaam in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m). "She is one I have liked since the summer, when she won a few in a row, and this has been the target," Waller said. "She has came through the Vinery very well, where Hiyaam beat us fair and square. We got back and really there was no way we could make up the ground the way the race was run." He added: "I think at 2400 metres she will have the ability to be closer and we are hoping there is a little more pressure in the race because being out of a Galileo mare, she is going to stay the trip strongly." Unforgotten certainly possesses the pedigree of an Oaks filly being out of a Galileo half-sister to French 1,000 Guineas winner Matiara.
Sydney's weather is playing against Danzdanzdance's bid for glory in tomorrow's $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick, reports NZ racing Desk. "She's done really well since her last race," trainer Chris Gibbs said. "I wouldn't mind some rain, but it doesn't look like we're going to get it – you can't control the weather unfortunately." Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) travelled to Sydney after finishing a creditable third in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m). She then made her Australian debut in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill where she finished a well beaten fifth behind Hiyaam. "She was just too fresh, she pulled and she had no cover," Gibbs said. "She has definitely improved and we've got a nice draw and a very good jockey." Former champion New Zealand rider Michael Walker was aboard Danzdanzdance in the Vinery and he takes the reins again in the Oaks.
Meanwhile, Mazarine also has an unraced O'Reilly filly named Faazya who is highly-regarded by her trainer Tony McEvoy, reports NZ Racing Desk. "The Sheikh's [Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum] racing manager Tim Stakemire has been keeping me up to date and they think she is a Group filly in the making," breeder Michael Moran said. Moran also co-bred former champion Australian racehorse So You Think, a possible suitor for Mazarine later this year. "The mare went to Iffraaj, but unfortunately the last scan showed she was empty so we'll have to work out the right mate for her this year - maybe So You Think," he said. The beautifully related Mazarine (Zabeel) is a three-quarter sister to 2003 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Shower Of Roses from the Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Marquise. This makes Hiyaam a granddaughter of legendary broodmare Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper and Australian Horse of the Year Octagonal, his exceptional but ill-fated triple Gr1-winning brother Mouawad, Gr1 VRC Sires' Produce winner Kaapstad, and Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Diamond Lover.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Hiyaam (High Chaparral-Mazarine, by Zabeel) was able to dictate in the lead before powering clear over the concluding stages to win the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over the unlucky Unforgotten & Aloisia. A homebred for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Hiyaam improved her record to 2 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Oaks & Gr2 ATC Phar Lap Stakes) from 8 starts for $477,740 in earnings. Hiyaam is now a $7 chance with TAB for Saturday week's Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick. "Even after the line I was still humming down the side. Bring on the Oaks, that's for sure," jockey Michael Dee told Sky Racing. "If she can get the lead and run in the Oaks she will be hard to beat." Hiyaam is out of the beautifully related Mazarine (Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to 2003 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Shower Of Roses from the Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Marquise. This makes Hiyaam a granddaughter of legendary broodmare Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper and Australian Horse of the Year Octagonal, his exceptional but ill-fated triple Gr1-winning brother Mouawad, Gr1 VRC Sires' Produce winner Kaapstad, and Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Diamond Lover.
After thirty five weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has consolidated his comfortable position at the top of the sires leader board with all-time Australian record progeny earnings of over $22 million. Hiyaam's win in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes has helped Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral move into second position with $11.14 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 2 April) are:
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when smart 3YO Australian-bred filly Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock-Memories Of You, by Galileo) opened her stakes account when charging home for a brilliant last-to-first win in the $200,000 Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) for 3YOs, defeating Holy Snow & Hiyaam. Unforgotten, who bounced back to from after suffering from cardiac arrhythmia first-up in the Gr1 Surround Stakes two weeks ago, improved her record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for $307,020 in earnings. Purchased by her trainer Chris Waller for $360,000 at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud, the well-bred Unforgotten is out of a half-sister to French 1,000 Guineas winner Matiara.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's Triple Crown winning Champion 2YO Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) celebrated an elite race success when beautifully bred 3YO bay filly Pinot (Pierro-Dizelle, by Zabeel) proved her staying prowess when outstaying her rivals in the $1 million Gr1 VRC Oaks (2500m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Bring Me Roses & Hiyaam. Purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Pinot improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes) and 2 placings from 6 starts for $733,275 in earnings. The blue blooded Pinot is out of the Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Dizelle, herself a full sister to champion Hong Kong galloper and 6-time Gr1 winner Vengeance of Rain. Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse, who was celebrating her very first win in the VRC Oaks, believes Pinot could develop into a Caulfield Cup horse next spring. “She came to Melbourne a maiden, with no accolades whatsoever, and all of my horses came here this spring as maidens or restricted horses,” racenet reported Waterhouse as saying. “But I just watched her walk around and she had her neck down as though ‘Hey man I’ve been here 1000 times before’”. Waterhouse added: “She might be our Caulfield Cup horse next year.”
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's Triple Crown winning Champion 2YO Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a Group race success when beautifully bred 3YO bay filly Pinot (Pierro-Dizelle, by Zabeel) opened her stakes account with an impressive front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Rimraam & Hiyaam. Purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Pinot improved her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for $128,275 in earnings. Pinot, who is being aimed at the VRC Oaks, is out of Australian Oaks winner Dizelle, herself a full sister to champion Hong Kong galloper and 6-time Gr1 winner Vengeance of Rain. "When she came down from Sydney I was determined to win the VRC Oaks, it's the one thing I want to do," co-trainer Gai Waterhouse told racing.com. "I sent a couple of fillies down and she was beaten at her first start but every time since she's kept on improving." The $1 million Gr1 VRC Oaks (2500m) will be run at Flemington on 9 November.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's ill-fated dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 winner High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) put up an outstanding VRC Oaks trial when unwinding a brilliant finish from last on the turn to post a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Hiyaam & Leather'n'Lace. Stable representative Michael Shephardson, who was standing in for ill trainer Tony McEvoy, said Bring Me Roses' primary spring target was the $1 million VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on 9 November. "She's a High Chaparral filly with a good turn of foot. We've always had a big opinion of her," he said. Bring Me Roses is expected to have her final Oaks lead-up in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 4 November.