At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) appreciated a return to a more suitable distance when running out a comfortable 2 length winner of the $500,000 Gr2 Hill Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating It's Somewhat & Egg Tart. Ace High, who is a direct descendant of Natalma, the dam of the legendary Northern Dancer and grand-dam of Danehill, improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Victoria Derby, Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes & Gr3 Gloaming Stakes) and 3 placings from 21 starts for $2,211,125 in earnings. Ace High was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds.
Chris Waller has provided an update on the progress of Winx after watching the champion mare gallop at Rosehill on Saturday. "I was happy with what she did," Waller told racenet. "She'll have another two gallops before trialling on Monday week. She's absolutely spot on. There's no change in her from this year to this time last year." Waller said the only real difference with Winx was that she was now more mature. "We're training a mature horse now and it's somewhat easier," he said. "In her early days she used to put 15 kilograms on each preparation and it was confusing but now I know what we've got and I'm really happy with her." Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) created history in the spring when she joined the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates and surpassed three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva to become the greatest prize money earner in Australian racing history. The 15-time Gr1 winner is expected to open her autumn campaign in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on 17 February.
Trainer James Cummings believes talented import It's Somewhat is primed to claim another big race success in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth. The 7YO US-bred son of Dynaformer, who registered the biggest win of his career when landing the Gr1 Doncaster Mile in April, brings strong form lines to Saturday's weight-for-age feature having finished a last-start third behind Tosen Stardom in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. "He's really been targeted at this race for the entire campaign and we feel that he's building up to his peak," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He achieved a good result with his third in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington and the space between runs coming into this suits him." Cummings added: "He gets his opportunity here coming back to nine furlongs...the team in Perth are really happy with the way he's settled in." It's Somewhat is currently the $4.60 TAB second favourite for the Kingston Town behind 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the final Group 1 race of the year, the $1 million weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Black Heart Bart, who will be chasing his sixth Group 1 victory, is the current $3.40 TAB fixed odds favourite for the race, ahead of Godolphin import It's Somewhat at $4.60 and local mare Perfect Jewel at $6. Perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The field is:
Godolphin have confirmed that they will send three horses across to West Australia for the Perth summer racing carnival. Gr1 Emirates Stakes placegetter It's Somewhat, Gr1 Darley Classic placegetter Impending, and promising 3YO Gaulois will fly out to Perth on Sunday. It's Somewhat holds entries in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on Saturday week and the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on 9 December, Impending is entered in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on 2 December, while Gaulois is set to run in the Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) on 25 November. "Impending and It's Somewhat came through Saturday as well as I could have hoped and Gaulois has really pleased me since the Carbine Club," trainer James Cummings told racenet. "Perth has always been the grand final for Impending and It's Somewhat and I'm really happy with the way both horses are progressing in their campaigns."
At Flemington in Melbourne, richly talented 7YO Japanese-bred entire Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) claimed his second top flight success since arriving in Australia when overcoming difficulty in running to score an explosive win in the $2 million weight-for-age Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & It's Somewhat. The Australian Bloodstock-owned Tosen Stardom advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Toorak Handicap & Gr3 Hanshin Challenge Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Gr1 Ranvet Stakes) from 25 starts for $3,360,607 in earnings. "That was the real Tosen Stardom today," trainer Darren Weir said. "That's the sort of ability we knew he had and thankfully we've been able to see it today."
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a Group race success when 8YO bay gelding Lucky Hussler (Husson-Talaq Dancer, by Black Hawk) made a welcome return to the winner's circle after an hiatus of nearly 12 months when bounding clear for a powerful win in the $200,000 Gr2 Crystal Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Religify & It's Somewhat. Lucky Hussler improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Toorak Handicap, Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes, Gr3 Moonga Stakes, Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate & Gr3 BRC George Moore Stakes) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes, Gr1 Emirates Stakes, Gr2 Queensland Guineas, Listed Headquarters Tavern Stakes & Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes) from 46 starts for $2,135,100 in earnings. Consigned by Monarch Stud, Lucky Hussler was a $100,000 purchase by Valley View Heights Management Services Pty Ltd at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
Darren Beadman is poised to write his name into the record books at Doomben tomorrow, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. The former champion jockey, and now interim head trainer at Godolphin, will join Maurice McGarten as the only person to ride and train a Doomben Cup (2000m) winner if US-bred gelding It's Somewhat can add the $650,000 weight-for-age feature to his impressive record. Beadman was at the height of his riding career when winning his only Doomben Cup aboard the Gai Waterhouse-trained Juggler in 1996.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $650,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) to be run at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday. The Doomben Cup, which boasts an honour roll that includes Bernborough (1946), Rough Habit (1991, 1992 & 1993), Durbridge (1994), Danewin (1995), Juggler (1996), and Might And Power (1998), will have a capacity field of 16 with two emergencies. Godolphin's Gr1 Doncaster Mile winner and last-start Hollindale Stakes victor It's Somewhat along with former German stayer Articus currently head the TAB market at $4.40. Both imports should derive plenty of improvement from their last start wins and have drawn well in barriers 6 and 8 respectively. Next best in the market is the dual Gr1-placed Sense of Occasion (barrier 18) at $7.50, ahead of Hollindale Stakes runner-up Single Gaze (barrier 14) at $9, with last year's Perth Cup hero and impressive first-up winner Star Exhibit (barrier 4) at $11. Click below to view the 2017 Doomben Cup field.
Canberra trainer Nick Olive believes the stars are aligning for Single Gaze ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Doomben Cup (200m), reports Racing Queensland Webnews. A winner of last year's Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Single Gaze (Not a Single Doubt-Redaluca's Gaze, by Intergaze) didn't race for ten months after she was involved in a heavy fall in the Australian Oaks at her next start. The 4YO finally returned to the winner's circle with a strong win in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben last month, before producing a top Doomben Cup trial when runner-up to It's Somewhat in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast twelve days ago. She will attempt to become only the fifth mare to win the Cup in its 84-year history. "It's Somewhat is the one to beat but I'm looking forward to taking him on over 2000 metres," Olive said. After Saturday, Olive said Single Gaze could run in the Gr2 O'Shea Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm on 3 June before preparing for a Melbourne spring campaign aimed at the Caulfield Cup. "She's never been to Melbourne but she has worked well their way of going and is a natural on the other leg," Olive said. "If Winx wasn't headed for the Cox Plate we'd go that way but we won't be taking Winx on and we'll go after the Caulfield Cup."
The ultra-consistent It's Somewhat will bid for the second Gr1 victory of his career in Saturday's Doomben Cup (2000m) with expectations as buoyant as ever about his prospects, reports Godolphin.com. Unbeaten in his three starts this preparation, It's Somewhat registered the biggest win of his career when landing Australia's premier mile race, the Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April. The 6YO US-bred son of Dynaformer then followed that up with a strong win in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes two weeks ago which boosted his racetrack earnings to almost $3 million. It's Somewhat, who will be ridden on Saturday by James Doyle, has pleased trainer Darren Beadman since his win and is drawn to make full use of his front-running style. “He's worked well and retained his fitness since winning at the Gold Coast. He galloped very nicely there this week,” said Beadman. “If he can repeat what he's done at his last three it should put him into the race. The great thing is that he gives 100 per cent every run, and he still seems to have some freshness in his legs."
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, highly talented 6YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) showed his toughness when holding on for a brave front-running win in the $350,000 Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Single Gaze & Maurus. Last seen posting his maiden top-flight victory in Australia's premier mile race – the Gr1 Doncaster Mile Handicap – in April, the Godolphin-owned It's Somewhat improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Craven Plate & Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 Doomben Cup & Gr1 George Main Stakes) from 32 starts for $3,143,679 earnings. It's Somewhat will be remembered as the last horse to win a stakes race in the royal blue silks for outgoing trainer John O'Shea whose tenure with Godolphin ended on Sunday. Former champion jockey Darren Beadman, who will take over as interim trainer for Godolphin, said: "He [O'Shea] has taught me a lot of over the past couple of years and he has been a great friend to me. I really haven't had a chance to absorb what has gone on this week but I realise there is a big challenge ahead." Beadman added: "Not many Doncaster winners come to the Gold Coast but it was a strong field. We gave him a trial after the Doncaster but there is no doubt the race will have been good for him." It's Somewhat will make his next appearance in the Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on 20 May.
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, highly talented 6YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) finally broke through at the highest level when scoring a front running 0.5 length win for trainer John O'Shea in Australia's premier mile race - the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) for 3YO+ - over fellow 6YO geldings Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) & Sense of Occasion (Street Sense-Saywaan, by Zabeel). The Godolphin-owned It's Somewhat improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Craven Plate & Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 Doomben Cup & Gr1 George Main Stakes) from 31 starts for $2,893,679 earnings. Trainer John O'Shea and jockey Zac Purton decided pre-race that the best place to be was on the fence and in front and that is exactly how it worked out as It's Somewhat kicked clear in the straight to hold off the late challenge of Happy Clapper. "We decided we had to ride the race according to how the track was playing and Zac pulled out a perfect ride," O'Shea told Godolphin.com. "It was a tremendous team effort by everyone at home and everyone here on the day."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Godolphin's imported US-bred 6YO gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) dug deep to score by 0.2-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $200,000 Gr2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), over 4YO gelding New Tiperrary (High Chaparral-Assertiveness, by Danehill) & never-say-die 5YO gelding Testashadow (Testa Rossa-Moonlight Shadow, by Flying Spur). Given a patient ride by Godolphin's fly-in hoop William Buick (who registered a black-type double) It's Somewhat has been a model of consistency of late, taking his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes & Gr3 Liverpool City Cup) 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coral Eclipse, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 28 starts for $999,429 earnings. Trainer John O'Shea suggested that It's Somewhat is headed to the Gr1 Doomben Cup, a race in which he finished third last year.
At Caulfield in Melbourne on Saturday, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a Group success when 4YO entire Vanbrugh (Encosta de Lago-Soho Secret, by Lucky Owners) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Gr3 Coongy Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Irish-bred entire Tom Melbourne (Dylan Thomas-Roshanak, by Spinning World) & 6YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy). A $100,000 yearling consigned by Widden Stud at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Vanbrugh's record now stands at 5 wins (including the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes & Gr3 Gloaming Stakes) and 2 placings from 17 starts for $691,125 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Godolphin's imported US-bred 6YO gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) registered his fourth stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 4.8 lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $150,000 Gr3 Craven Plate (2000m) for 3YO+, over 7YO French-bred entire Spiritjim (Galileo-Hidden Silver, by Anabaa) & 6YO NZ-bred gelding Pinstripe Lane (Pins-Singasong, by Danasinga). It's Somewhat, who boasted excellent European form around the likes of Gr1 winners Mukhadram and Trading Leather before he arrived in Australia, advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes & Gr3 Liverpool City Cup) 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coral Eclipse, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 28 starts for $868,929 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite success when 5YO mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) scored by a widening 1.3 lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $500,000 Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Godolphin gelding Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) & 6YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy). The superlatives are starting to run out for Winx who made it 11 wins in succession to advance her record to 15 wins (including the Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Chipping Norton, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr1 Warwick Stakes, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 21 starts for $7,135425 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said the superstar mare would now progress to the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on 8 October. "That has always been the original plan and nothing has changed there," Waller told AAP. "It looks to fit in nicely, gives you the run over 2000 metres on the left leg. Caulfield is probably not perfect for a Sydney horse first time, but she just has got that ability to put herself around and finish off." He added: "She's a fantastic horse." From the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Vegas Showgirl, Winx was a $230,000 purchase by Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. Her primary spring target is a defence of her title in the 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October.
Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will take on six rivals when she bids to extend her winning streak to 11 in Saturday's Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The superstar mare registered her tenth consecutive victory - and her 14th overall - when resuming with a brilliant 3.5-length win in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on 20 August. The Chris Waller-trained 5YO showed she was right on course to defend her title in the 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October. The nominations are:
1. HAURAKI (John O'Shea)
2. IT'S SOMEWHAT (John O'Shea)
3. LE ROMAIN (Kris Lees)
4. SPIRITJIM (Chris Waller)
5. TOSEN STARDOM (Darren Weir)
6. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller)
7. WINX (Chris Waller)
Talented import Magic Hurricane (Hurricane Run-Close Regards, by Danehill) will kick off his spring campaign in the Spring Review Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The 7YO Irish bred gelding is being prepared for a defence of his title in the Gr1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on 1 October. "He's a bit big and burly as you'd expect a seven-year-old to be, and this race is obviously a bit short for him at 1400 metres," trainer John O'Shea told godolphin.com. "But it will be good to see how he handles it and how we progress toward another Metropolitan a bit further down the track." He added: "He had a slight problem last spring when he knocked a leg and we had to put him out before he got to the right sort of races. He's obviously a bit older now but he's been such a good horse for us and he's still enjoying it, so we'll be interested to see how he handles Saturday's race." Magic Hurricane, a son of Montjeu's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning son Hurricane Run, hasn't raced since finishing 6th behind It's Somewhat in the Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in March.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, 6YO German-bred stayer Our Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow-Indigo Girl, by Sternkönig) registered his third Gr1 win and his first since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.4-length for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman in the $650,000 Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) & 5YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy). Our Ivanhowe improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern & Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) from 19 starts for $1,338,913 earnings. Co-trainer Anthony Freedman said it was a relief to see the high class stayer finally break through for a big race success in his adopted homeland. "It hasn't been easy. He's got issues...obviously he has high ability but he hasn't had a lot of luck in a lot of his races," Freedman told Sky Racing. "He probably should have run in the first three in the Melbourne Cup, and in the Australian Cup he was unlucky...but fortunately he got to the outside today and had momentum and was able to finish off." Freedman added: "He's hard work but hopefully we've got him going now." Freedman said a decision would be made in the next week as to whether Our Ivanhowe presses on to the Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on 11 June or is put away for the spring. "We'll just let the dust settle," Anthony said. "He's had quite a long prep. He was racing in February and we're nearly in June now. We'll sit down this week and work out where we go." Formerly trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho, Our Ivanhowe was a dual Gr1 winner of the Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400m) and Grosser Preis von Bayern, in which he defeated subsequent German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Testament to Our Ivanhowe's class is the fact that he polled third behind Sea The Moon and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Germany's Horse of the Year award last year.
Trainer John O'Shea will apply blinkers to Hauraki for the first time in a bid to elicit the best out of the talented galloper in tomorrow's Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane, reports racenet. Hauraki (Reset) showed tremendous potential as a 3YO with a win in the Gr2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and a second in the Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m), but he has been unable to convert that promise into Gr1 success during his 4YO season with five failed attempts at the top level. Although the gelding has proven to be competitive at the elite level - as evidenced by his narrow second to The United States in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in March - O'Shea feels it is time to try something different if he is to finally break through for a big race success. "He was an exuberant young horse," O'Shea said. "So he wasn't a candidate for blinkers back then." He added: "But he has matured a lot since and worked well in them during the week. He's a much more relaxed individual now and drawing barrier one should be a big plus as it provides James [jockey James McDonald] an opportunity to find cover." Godolphin will also be represented in the Doomben Cup by the US-bred It's Somewhat (Dynaformer), with O'Shea expecting a bold showing from both horses. "It's hard to split them on their work," O'Shea said. "It's Somewhat's run in the Hollindale was terrific but Hauraki has more overall depth to his form....We're fortunate to have two very good chances heading into a Group I race."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Godolphin's imported US-bred 5YO gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) registered his third stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.3-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $150,000 Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Messene (Lonhro-Belle Giselle, by Redoute's Choice) & 7YO Irish-bred gelding Sir John Harkwood (Sir Percy-Athene, by Rousillon). It's Somewhat, who boasted excellent European form around the likes of Gr1 winners Mukhadram and Trading Leather before he arrived in Australia, advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes & Gr3 Liverpool City Cup) 7 placings (including the Gr1 Coral Eclipse, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 22 starts for $574,079 earnings.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Godolphin's imported US-bred 5YO gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) registered his second stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.4-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $175,000 Gr2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 6YO UK-bred entire Excess Knowledge (Monsun-Quenched, by Dansili) & 6YO gelding Dances On Stars (Snitzel-Starnet, by Last Tycoon). It's Somewhat, who boasts some excellent European form around the likes of Gr1 winners Mukhadram and Trading Leather before he arriving in Australia, advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Liverpool City Cup) 7 placings (including the Gr1 Coral Eclipse, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 21 starts for $483,079 earnings.
At Randwick in Sydney, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 1-length for trainer Pat Webster in the $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Tinto (Red Dazzler-Truly Brave, by Brave Warrior) & 5YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy). This was the first stakes victory for the highly progressive Happy Clapper who took his record to 7 wins and 4 placings from 13 starts for $333,850 earnings. "It's been a long road with this horse and this makes it all worthwhile," stable representative Wayne Webster told Sky Racing. "He's a very good horse." Such is Webster's opinion of Happy Clapper that he intimated the horse may be able to develop into a Gr1 horse in time. "I think once he gets to 2000 metres he can go to the next level," he said.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Vinery Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Casino Prince (Flying Spur-Lady Capel, by Last Tycoon) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Fred Cowell in the $150,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 5YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) & 6YO mare Peace Force (Bernardini-Marrego, by Marscay). Mighty Lucky took his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 NJC Newmarket Handicap) from 35 starts for $371,145 earnings.
Top-class 3YO Hallowed Crown remains at the top of betting ($4.60) for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick despite drawing barrier 23 in the capacity 24-horse field. It means the Gr1 Golden Rose and Gr1 Randwick Guineas winner will jump from the widest gate - barrier 20 - if none of the four emergencies gain a start. Japanese contenders World Ace and last-start Gr1 George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact also drew poorly in barriers 16 and 21 respectively, while dual Doncaster winner Sacred Falls, who is shooting for an unprecedented third straight victory in the race, will find it tough from barrier 20. Those who drew favourably included Suavito (1), Happy Trails (2), Sweynesse (7), Team Hawkes stable-mates Ninth Legion (8) and Leebaz (3), and Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle (10). The Doncaster field is below. To view all Gr1 races on day one of The Championships click here.
1. SACRED FALLS (Chris Waller-Zac Purton) 58kg (20)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (2)
3. WORLD ACE (Yasutoshi Ikee-Nicholas Hall) 55.5kg (16)
4. REAL IMPACT (Noriyuki Hori-James McDonald) 55kg (21)
5. MORIARTY (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 54.5kg (11)
6. ROYAL DESCENT (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 54kg (18)
7. NINTH LEGION (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 52.5kg (8)
8. PUCCINI (Peter & Jacob McKay-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (17)
9. COSMIC ENDEAVOUR (Gai Waterhouse-Tim Clark) 52kg (15)
10. HALLOWED CROWN (Bart & James Cummings-T. Berry) 52kg (23)
11. HOOKED (John P Thompson-Dom Tourneur) 52kg (12)
12. IT'S SOMEWHAT (John O'Shea-Craig Williams) 51.5kg (4)
13. DIAMOND DRILLE (Gai Waterhouse-Thomas Huet) 51kg (22)
14. PORNICHET (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (13)
15. DESTINY'S KISS (Joseph Pride) 51kg (9)
16. ARABIAN GOLD (David Vandyke-Chad Schofield) 50.5kg (5)
17. LEEBAZ (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) 50.5kg (3)
18. RUDY (Helen Page-Luke Tarrant) 50.5kg (6)
19. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Corey Brown) 50kg (1)
20. PLUCKY BELLE (Peter G Moody-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 50kg (10)
21e. SWEYNESSE (John O'Shea-Sam Clipperton) 50kg (7)
22e. KERMADEC (Chris Waller-Glen Boss) 50kg (19)
23e. AOMEN (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (14)
24e. MALAVIO (Steve Englebrecht) 50kg (24)
At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Godolphin's imported US-bred 4YO gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) made a winning Australian debut when scoring by 1.3-lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $150,000 Gr3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express) and 4YO mare Gypsy Diamond (Not a Single Doubt-Gypsy Tucker, by Zabeel). It's Somewhat, who boasts some excellent European form around the likes of Gr1 winners Mukhadram and Trading Leather (whom he finished third behind in the Gr1 Coral Eclipse Stakes last year), took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Coral Eclipse, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) from 14 starts for $315,329 earnings.