At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) landed the biggest prize of his career when unwinding his trademark late sprint to win the $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cabeza De Vaca & Interlocuter. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Listed Recognition Stakes, Listed Tattersall's Mile & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 5 placings (Listed BRC Wayne Wilson Plate) from 20 starts for $511,250 in earnings. "I got beaten in this race by a short margin some years ago with Rags To Riches so this helps make up for that," trainer Liam Birchley told Sky Racing. "The Doncaster is definitely something to look at now he is guaranteed a start. But we'll get to the Magic Millions first." The $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) will be run at the Gold Coast on 13 January. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous.
The Chris Waller stable are expecting a bold showing from Irish-bred gelding Mister Sea Wolf (Amadeus Wolf-Rose de France, by Diktat) in tomorrow's $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Formerly trained in Ireland by Ger Lyons, the 6YO made an encouraging start to his Australian career when finishing a close second to Testashadow in the Gr3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on 2 December. "His former trainer said he was a real trier and very genuine horse," Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said. "He's certainly got every chance on Saturday to take out a Group 2 on only his second Australian start." Mister Sea Wolf is the $5.50 second favourite for the Villiers behind the Godolphin-trained Interlocuter at $3.40.