2017

Catchy Wins Gr2 Danehill Stakes

Monday, 18th September 2017

At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 3YO bay filly Catchy (Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) utilised her trademark late finishing burst to score a strong win in the $200,000 Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Jukebox & Booker. Racing in the red and white checked silks of Robert Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, Catchy advanced her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude) from 7 starts for $1,251,000 in earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes said Catchy was likely to bypass the Gr1 Thousand Guineas against her own sex in favour of the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas against the boys. "In that Blue Diamond, if you go back and watch how powerful she was that last 400m, and she did that to the boys again today" Hayes told racing.com. "So at the moment, she's favourite to take the boys in the $2 million Guineas." The Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) will be run at Caulfield racecourse on 14 October. By Fastnet Rock out of the dual Gr2 winner Cats Whisker (Fusaichi Pegasus), Catchy was purchased by Dorrington Farm for $220,000 at 2016's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.

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Catchy is favoured to take on the colts (pic: Mark Gatt)

Danehill Next for Jukebox

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Exciting Victorian colt Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestajune, by Rory's Jester) will seek to maintain his unbeaten record when he contests Saturday’s $200,000 Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. The Ciaron Maher-trained 3YO has won all three of his starts to date, including a first-up triumph in the Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on 19 August. “He had a good little record as two-year-old and it’s great to see him come back as a three-year-old in that sort of order. He really attacked the line well in the Vain,” Maher told ANZ Bloodstock News. “I reckon he has definitely improved. He had an easy week after the Vain Stakes and he seems really bright and fresh and well.” Maher has all but ruled out the Gr1 Golden Rose for Jukebox, instead earmarking races such as The Everest and the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes as likely targets. “There is The Everest as well as an option but he would probably have to win on Saturday and do it in really good style in order to go there,” he said. “Otherwise, we will just focus on getting him ready for the Coolmore.”

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Jukebox (image: Mark Gatt)

Super Hard Challenge For Debut Winner's City Step Up

Wednesday, 6th September 2017

A fortnight ago at Pakenham, a 3YO colt turned many a head with a facile 2.25-lengths maiden win over 1000m where he finished with a wet sail. Trainer Robert Smerdon has wasted no time in getting Superhard to the city, with the All Too Hard son immediately tackling a much tougher assignment in today's opening race at Sandown over the same distance. At face value he looks like he's going to appreciate a step up in trip, so the question is how he'll fare over the 1000m against the likes of Written Choice who was very impressive over this course and distance when winning on debut. Waiting in the wings should either falter are Wait For No One from the in-form Team Hayes & Dabernig stable, and Fully Maxed who ran a bottler behind Jukebox in the Vain Stakes. And then there's Bel Sonic, whose formlines from just two starts are ominous. Winning second-up at Geelong over 1100m when a short-priced favourite, he was beaten less than two lengths at Pakenham over 1200m on debut by last start Gr3 winner Merchant Navy, who'd start deep in the red if he was running here.

Jukebox Wins Gr3 Vain Stakes

Monday, 21st August 2017

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning Australian Champion Stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) powered into the new season with another Gr3 winner when unbeaten 3YO colt Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestajune, by Rory's Jester) was strong late to capture the $150,000 Gr3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for 3YO colts for trainer Ciaron Maher. Jukebox defied Plutocracy and Prompt Response and took his record to 3 wins on the bounce for $240,900 earnings. Jukebox was a $200,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling purchase from the draft of Blue Gum Farm and hinted that further distances would not be an issue in winning the Vain Stakes. He descends from a diverse family that includes multiple Group-winning gelding Catapulted and Gr1 Kingston Town Stakes-winning Itsahymn.

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No 4 Jukebox scores in the shadows of the post (pic: Mark Gatt)

Triple Treat For Snitzel

Monday, 21st August 2017

Australia's newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel has made an electrifying start to 2017/18, with the Arrowfield Stud boom sire adding a Group race treble on Saturday and almost cracking the million-dollar mark - a mere 19 days into the new season. First up was Dracary’s win in the $150,000 Gr3 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m at Royal Randwick, followed by Jukebox in the $150,000 MRC Vain S. 1100m at Caulfield, and then Sweet Redemption in the Gr3 $150,000 ATC Toy Show Quality 1300m, also at Royal Randwick (see full race reports below). Dracarys, Jukebox & Sweet Redemption completed Snitzel's second stakes treble (after the Diddums-Invader-Heavenly Blue treble on 1 April 2017) and with Menari, have matched the four August stakes wins that opened Snitzel's 2016/17 Australian Premiership-winning season.

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Dracarys was one of three Group winners for Snitzel (pic: Steve Hart)

Jukebox Still in Slipper Picture

Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Trainer Ciaron Maher is hoping that Jukebox can get the all-clear from stewards and continue his juvenile season after being a controversial scratching from last Saturday's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, reports Racing.com. Racing Victoria stewards ordered the withdrawal of the unbeaten colt from the $1.5 million 2YO feature after he failed to pass vet inspection on Friday. Maher has his eye on next month's $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper with the son of Snitzel whom he hopes to run in either the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday or the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on Sunday. "I think the horse is going really well. If they [the stewards] can watch him gallop, that'll satisfy them hopefully," Maher said. Maher added: "Hopefully we can get him spot on and move on towards the Golden Slipper."

Gr1 Blue Diamond Final Field & Barrier Draw

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

The final field (16 plus one emergency) has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Victoria's richest juvenile race, the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse this Saturday, 25 February. Co-favourite for the race Catchy ($5.50) drew poorly in barrier 13, while the Robert Smerdon-trained Property, a late entry for the race, saw his price firm into $5.50 equal favouritism after drawing ideally in barrier 3. Other runners under double-figure odds to draw well were Jukebox (barrier 4, $7.50) and Tulip (barrier 8, $9). The final field is:

1. PROPERTY (3) 56.5kg

2. AZAZEL (1) 56.5kg

3. JUKEBOX (4) 56.5kg

4. PARIAH (11) 56.5kg

5. WAIT FOR NO ONE (10) 56.5kg

6. ASPECT (14) 56.5kg

7. CAO CAO (2) 56.5kg

8. TAKING AIM (6) 56.5kg

9. MURAAHIB (15) 56.5kg

10. WILL'S BID (16) 56.5kg

11. CATCHY (13) 54.5kg

12. FORMALITY (12) 54.5kg

13. TULIP (8) 54.5kg

14. SPOILS (17) 54.5kg

15. ROOMOOZ (5) 54.5kg

16. BLONDIE (9) 54.5kg

17e. SHEER MADNESS (7) 56.5kg

Nolen on Jukebox

Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Luke Nolen has been confirmed as the rider of exciting colt Jukebox in Saturday weeks Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestatune, by Rory's Jester), unbeaten in his two starts to date, has been ridden on both occasions by Craig Williams who has chosen to ride Catchy in the $1.5 million juvenile feature.

Jukebox Wins (R) Listed Inglis 2YO Premier

Monday, 6th February 2017

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated a Restricted black-type success when 2YO colt Jukebox (Snitzel-Jestatune, by Rory's Jester) scored by 2-lengths for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $250,000 Restricted Listed Inglis 2YO Premier (1200m), over fellow colts Coppergate (Helmet-Umoya, by Nashwan) and Perast (Snitzel-Thousand Veils, by Zabeel). A $200,000 Inglis Easter yearling consigned by Blue Gum Farm, Jukebox took his record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $150,150 earnings. He is currently on the second line of betting at $8 for the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 25 February. "He's always been our benchmark two-year-old. He's very professional and very natural," Maher told Racing.com. "Fitness wise he improved out of his first run, but I still think there's a bit of improvement there also." He added: "It's three weeks into the Diamond which is a nice spacing."

$250,000 Inglis Premier Field

Friday, 3rd February 2017

A final field of 10 runners has been declared for tomorrow's $250,000 Listed (restricted) Inglis Premier (1200m) at Caulfield. The Inglis Premier is restricted to horses purchased at the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale. This will be the 18th edition of the Inglis Premier, a race in which prize money is taken into account in the ballot conditions for the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes. The race has proven to be a launching pad for future stars, with previous winners Snitzerland and Twilight Royale progressing to win Group One races during their careers. The two undefeated Snitzel colts Jukebox (Ciaron Maher) and Perast (Paul Perry) will be out to keep their perfect race record intact on Saturday, while four of the runners in this year's race are on debut. Jukebox is the $2.35 favourite for the race ahead of Perast at $3.40 and Coppergate (Helmet) at $9.50. The final Inglis Premier field is:

1. JUKEBOX (Ciaron Maher-Craig Williams) 57kg (5)

2. PERAST (Paul Perry-Stephen Baster) 57kg (3)

3. BEAVERBROOK (Robbie Griffiths-Ben Thompson) 57kg (7)

4. FULLY MAXED (Shane Nichols-Michael Dee) 57kg (10)

5. CAPTIVATOR (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Damien Oliver) 57kg (6)

6. COPPERGATE (Tony McEvoy-Dwayne Dunn) 57kg (1)

7. EVIL CRY (Robbie Laing-Mark Zahra) 57kg (8)

8. WANTED HARMONY (Shawn Mathrick-Luke Currie) 57kg (2)

9. FALLING WATERS (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 55kg (4)

10. ALICE ISLAND (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 55kg (9)

2012

German Stud Farm To Stand Montjeu Gr1 Winner

Monday, 15th October 2012

One time Melbourne Cup raider Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) has been sold to Gestüt Etzean and will begin his stallion career at the German stud next year, reports racingpost.com. The 6YO grey entire suffered a fractured leg in the Melbourne Cup and re-injured it in training a few months ago and was retired. Jukebox Jury is the winner of 9 races (including the Gr1 Irish St Leger at his start prior to the 2011 Melbourne Cup, the 2009 Gr1 Preis von Europa, Gr2 Prix Kergorlay, Gr2 Newmarket Jockey Club Stakes, Gr2 Grand Prix de Deauville, Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes & Gr3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes) from 22 starts. A €270,000 yearling, Jukebox Jury will stand for €5,500.

Former Shuttler & Sire Of 100+ Stakes-Winners Montjeu Dies At 16

Friday, 30th March 2012

Dual-Derby winning stallion & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) who has produced over 100 stakes-winners world-wide, died overnight at Coolmore Stud in Ireland "after a short illness due to complications from an overwhelming septicaemia" aged 16. On the track, Montjeu (the highest-rated racehorse ever by the great Sadler's Wells) recorded 11 wins (6 Gr1 triumphs, including the French Gr1 Prix Du Jockey-Club, Gr1 Irish Derby, French G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe & UK Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes) & 2 runners-up from 16 starts. Subsequently at stud, from his 1st-crop he produced both UK G1 Epsom Derby winner Motivator & Gr1 Irish Derby winner Hurricane Run; & followed-up with 2 further English Derby winners in Authorized & Pour Moi. His other Gr1-winners world-wide include St Nicholas Abbey, Fame And Glory, Masked Marvel, Jukebox Jury, Nom Du Jeu, Roman Emperor, Wall Street, Tavistock, Sharvasti, Camelot, Sarah Lynx, Miss Keller & Recital.

2011

Top Vet Called In For Jukebox Jury Leg Injury

Wednesday, 30th November 2011

Melbourne Cup casualty Jukebox Jury's leg injury “will be assessed next week by one of Australia's leading equine vets” reported racingpost.com. Jukebox Jury (the highest-rated stayer among the record number of international visitors in this year's Melbourne Cup) “went amiss late in the race with tests revealing he suffered a hairline fracture to his near-fore cannonbone”. As a result, plans to run at the Dubai World Cup Carnival “have been shelved, but trainer Mark Johnston is still eyeing a tilt at next year's UK Ascot Gold Cup”. With his leg heavily bandaged, Jukebox Jury “has been confined to a stable at the rural Victorian property of part-owners Colleen & Kevin Bamford” (who also share ownership of the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain & bought into Jukebox Jury after he won France’s Prix Kergorlay in August). Jukebox Jury “has been under the care of prominent vet Dr Alastair MacLean, who recommended time as the most efficient way of dealing with the fracture”. Colleen Bamford noted: “It was decided to take the conservative approach & not operate. So it's been box rest for him for 4-6 weeks while nature takes its course.” X-rays next week “will reveal how much progress Jukebox Jury has made on the road to recovery”. Bamford added: “He really should make a full recovery, but we'll know more after Monday.” And she confirmed Jukebox Jury will return to Johnston's Middleham yard in England in early 2012 “once he is fit to travel. Our property is approved for pre-export quarantine requirements, so hopefully he can do his quarantine here before going back to England.”

Melb Cup Finishing Order & Jockey Comments

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011
  • 1st Dunaden (15-2) Christophe Lemaire: “It's a great moment for me, it's incredible. I was a bit anxious (waiting for the photo-finish result) because I knew it was very close & the pony (Clerk of the Course) on the back straight said that maybe the outside horse (Red Cadaeux) had won & I felt a bit disappointed even though the horse gave everything, but then they said ‘You win'. Of course I feel for Craig (Williams, suspended jockey who was originally engaged to ride Dunaden) but it is part of our job. I'm very sorry for him because he is a good friend of mine & I think today, this is life. There are no words for this. I want to thank everybody for the emotion & the passion they have. It is my first time in Australia but I love Flemington. You know, races like the Japan Cup, Breeders Cup, Epsom Derby. The Melbourne Cup is one of the big ones everybody wants to win. I knew he (Dunaden) had a very good chance. He has done a great job this horse & he deserves this race. It was slow at the beginning, but on the back straight they raced a little faster. The horse in front of me, Corey Brown I think (3rd-placed Lucas Cranach) brought me to the front line at the top of the stretch & he (Dunaden) was strong to the line. A former jockey John Marshall, he gave me very good advice (about my first ride at Flemington) that was right & I did exactly what he told me.”
  • 2nd Red Cadeaux (30-1) Michael Rodd: “I would have preferred to get beaten by half a length than get beaten by that (nose, smallest margin in the history of the race). He ran really well; we had a beautiful run through the race, I saved all the ground, I was able to come out when I wanted to & was able to hold him up until about the 400m. Coming to the 350m I let him go & he showed a turn of foot I wasn't expecting. It has taken a good horse to beat him. It hurts.”
  • 3rd Lucas Cranach (12-1) Corey Brown: “He ran super. He had all the breaks, he got the perfect run in the race & I peeled him out at the 600m & travelled up. Wasn't to be, he had every chance.”
  • 4th Americain (4-1) Gerald Mosse: “I think the ground was a bit firm for him. He gave me a good acceleration in the straight, but he started to get tired in the last 50m with the weight & the ground. He's very honest & tried his best.”
  • 5th Manighar (40-1) Damien Oliver: “He ran really well. He looked a real chance straightening up & fought on really well. It was a brave 5th.”
  • 6th Lost In The Moment (30-1) William Buick: “Delighted. I was very happy. The horse gave me everything. I had a great run through. He had every chance & ran his heart out. He's probably just not quite at this level yet, but he is a horse on the up & this must surely be a target in the future.”
  • 7th Fox Hunt (30-1) Silvestre De Sousa: “Ran a good race. He's had a hard season & hit a flat spot from the 1000m but he ran a good race.”
  • 8th Niwot (8-1) Dean Yendall: “Ran out of his skin, had a great run in transit. I produced him when I needed to produce him, he stuck it out really well & probably just found Saturday (when he won the Gr3 Lexus Stakes over 2500m) too hard to back up, but he went tremendous.”
  • 9th Unusual Suspect (30-1) Brad Rawiller: “He ran fantastic. Got into a scrimmage early, I got him to relax, he just got out sprinted when they dashed. He just kept getting to the line terrific, just a shame there wasn't more speed through the run.”
  • 10th At First Sight (9-1) Steven King: “He gave me a beautiful ride, he was nice & relaxed but I probably think he's a question mark at 2 miles.”
  • 11th Precedence (50-1) Darren Beadman: “He ran well, he just wouldn't settle.”
  • 12th Drunken Sailor (40-1) Dwayne Dunn: “Great run in transit; didn't run the trip.”
  • 13th The Verminator (100-1) Craig Newitt: “Gave me a great ride, just didn't run 2 miles. Ran really good until half way up the straight.”
  • 14th Tullamore (20-1) Chris Munce: “He was tardy out of the gates, he reared up when they flew open. We struck trouble on different occasions, but I thought on the home turn he was going to make a run for it.”
  • 15th Moyenne Corniche (30-1) Brett Prebble: “He switched off quite nice. At the 600m I thought I was going to be in the first 5, but he just got tired towards the end.”
  • 16th Saptapadi (80-1) Chris Symons: “We were always going to go back from barrier 22, so just half missed it, skipped across their heels, had a lovely run. I thought the horse went fair & I was happy enough with the effort.”
  • 17th Older Than Time (100-1) Tim Clark: “I rode her quiet today & she worked home & passed a few. She ran the 2 miles, but it was probably just class (that beat her).”
  • 18th Hawk Island (150-1) Glyn Schofield: “Got a bit of a check at the post the first time. Ended up with a fair enough run from there, but obviously found it pretty tough.”
  • 19th Illo (20-1) Jim Cassidy: “We anticipated being 4th or 5th, but with Tullamore rearing at the start & Glass Harmonium missing it, it took all the pace out of the race; so with a lap to go I was in front where I didn't want to be. Our run was tempo-related, but take nothing away from the winner, it turned out to be a good Cup.”
  • 20th Jukebox Jury (14-1) Neil Callan: “No excuses really. He jumped well & got into a nice position. He just felt in a nice rhythm all the way around & then at the turn in the straight, he just didn't have that spark. So we will come back again.”
  • 21st Shamrocker (40-1) Luke Nolen: “Found a nice spot mid-field, about 3-deep with cover & from the 1400m I was starting to give ground & couldn't hold my spot. Got pushed wide & that was where her run finished.”
  • 22nd Glass Harmonium (30-1) Lisa Cropp: “He missed the start. The blindfold came off (in the barrier) & he threw himself down the back. I don't think he stayed & never looked like leading (as planned).”
  • 23rd Modun (30-1) Kerrin McEvoy: “I got caught wide without cover & he didn't switch off, therefore didn't run the trip out.”

Dunaden 0.5kg Melb Cup Penalty For Geelong Win

Friday, 21st October 2011

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced a 0.5kg penalty for Dunaden in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) following its win in Wednesday’s Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m). The French horse (trained by Mikel Delzangles) rises from 54kg to 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday November 1, for which it has now jumped to 2nd favourite at around 10-1. Carpenter commented: “Dunaden was most impressive winning the Geelong Cup after sustaining a searching run from the back of the field with 58kg & accordingly I have elected to penalise him 0.5kg in the Melbourne Cup for that victory. Dunaden's countryman Americain won the Geelong Cup with 58kg last year & I also lifted his weight from 54kg to 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup which he went on to win. I could not justify an increase of greater than 0.5kg for Dunaden though, as he is yet to win at Gr1 or Gr2 level & the 4 horses weighted above him in this year's race - Americain, Jukebox Jury, Descarado & Midas Touch - have performed to a higher level.” Second acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken at 12 noon on Monday (October 24).

UK Stayer Red Cadeaux Confirmed For Melb Cup

Tuesday, 27th September 2011

Trainer Ed Dublon confirmed overnight that UK-bred 5YO entire Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux-Artisia, by Peintre Celebre) who most recently finished 3rd (behind fellow Melbourne Cup entry Jukebox Jury) in this month’s Gr1 Irish Field St Leger (14 furlongs) at The Curragh “will be sent into quarantine” this week & then head to Australia to run in the Melbourne Cup, reported racingpost.com. Dunlop commented: “His owner (Hong Kong-based Ronnie Arculli) is keen to go & so am I. Provided everything goes well over the next 72 hours, Red Cadeaux will start his 2 weeks of quarantine on Thursday. We are all very much looking forward to the trip & the race should suit the horse.” Previously this season Red Cadeaux blitzed his rivals by 9-lengths in May’s Irish Gr3 Curragh Cup (14 furlongs) after also winning that month’s UK Listed Braveheart Stakes (12 furlongs) at Hamilton.

Melb Cup Entry Fox Hunt Wins German St Leger

Monday, 19th September 2011

In Germany overnight, triple Gr1-winning former shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a group success (& 32nd individual stakes-winner world-wide) when Irish-bred 4YO gelding & Melbourne Cup entry Fox Hunt (Dubawi-Kiltubber, by Sadler's Wells) scored a0.75-length victory in the €55,000 (A$73,000) Gr3 Deutsches St Leger (2800m) at Dortmund. Favourite Fox Hunt (ridden by Silvestre de Sousa for UK trainer Mark Johnston) defeated Irish-bred 3YO colt Fair Boss (Mamool-Fair Dream, by Dashing Blade) & 4YO entire Dawn Twister (Monsun-Dawn Side, by Bold Forbes). Fox Hunt (who needed a top-3 finish to pass the 1st ballot clause for the Melbourne Cup) took his record to 5 wins & 4 runners-up (including July’s UK Listed Silver Cup over 14 furlongs at York) from 15 starts. Trainer Mark Johnston already has Jukebox Jury heading to Melbourne for the Cup & his wife Deirdre Johnston (representing her husband at Dortmund) told racingpost.com: “That was great - just what we wanted. Fox Hunt still has several options & we shall have to talk things over with the connections.” (Fox Hunt carries the green & red silks of Sheikh Mohammed's son Sheikh Hamdan.)

81 of 163 Melb Cup Entries Still To Pass 1st Ballot Clause

Friday, 16th September 2011

However Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter also noted: “Some big names have plenty of work to do if they are to join those horses in the top 24 positions, which is where they need to be to secure a start in the 3200m handicap at Flemington on 1 November.” Current 2nd favourite December Draw is among 81 entrants who are yet to pass the 1st elimination clause, along with the Peter Moody-trained mares King’s Rose & Lights Of Heaven, last-start Gr2-winner Trusting & champion jumper Black And Bent. Jukebox Jury’s stablemate Fox Hunt, the Dermot Weld-trained Galileo’s Choice & 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer are the key internationals that have not passed the ballot either. To satisfy the 1st elimination clause, those 81 nominations need to achieve 1 of the following:

  • Be placed in a Group race on the flat over 2300m or further;
  • Finish in the top 5 in a Gr1 flat race of at least 2300m in which horses older than 3YOs were permitted to start;
  • Win a Listed flat race over 2300m or further;
  • Be one of the 1st 8 horses home in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup on 15 October;
  • Be placed in either the Gr1 Cox Plate (22 October) or Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (29 October);
  • Win the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on 2 October.

Melb Cup Entry Jukebox Jury Wins Irish Gr1 St Leger

Monday, 12th September 2011

In Ireland, dual-Derby winning stallion & former NZ shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a Gr1 triumph when front-running 5YO entire & Melbourne Cup entry Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) dead-heated with UK-bred 6YO entire Duncan (Dalakhani-Dolores, by Danehill) in the €220,000 (A$293,000) Gr1 Irish Field St Leger (14 furlongs) at The Curragh. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Mark Johnston) & Duncan (ridden by Eddie Ahern for trainer John Gosden) scored by 1-length from UK-bred 5YO entire & fellow Melbourne Cup entry Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux-Artisia, by Peintre Celebre). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$359,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale. Overall he now has 9 wins (also including August’s French Gr2 Prix Kergorlay over 3000m at Deauville & June’s UK Listed Fred Archer Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newmarket, plus 2010’s UK Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newmarket, as well as 2009’s German Gr1 Preis Von Europa over 2400m at Cologne, French Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville over 2500m & UK Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Haydock, in addition to 2008's UK Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 4 placings (in July’s UK Gr3 Glorious Stakes over 12 furlongs at Goodwood & 2009's Gr1 Canadian International Stakes over 12 furlongs at Woodbine, plus both 2008's UK Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 21 starts for €997,813 (A$1.327m) earnings. And Duncan was a 100,000 guineas (A$155,000) yearling at the UK Tattersalls 2006 October Sale; he took his overall record to 6 wins (including May’s UK Gr2 Yorkshire Cup over 14 furlongs at York, plus 2010’s French Gr2 Prix Foy over 2400m at Longchamp & 2009’s UK Listed Buckhounds Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot) & 6 placings (including August’s UK Gr2 Lonsdale Stakes over 2 miles at York, plus 2010’s UK Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes over 12 furlongs at Royal Ascot & UK Listed Buckhounds Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot, as well as 2009’s UK Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Haydock) from 19 starts for €433,342 (A$576,305) earnings.

Vet Check On Americain For Melb Cup

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011

Last year’s winners Americain “is still Melbourne Cup-bound pending a vet check after his flop in France on Sunday night” reported The Herald-Sun. Australian part-owner Gerry Ryan said the advice from trainer Alain de Royer Dupre was to “rule a line” through Americain's unplaced run, after he went down on his knees as the gates opened. Ryan confirmed: “He never really found his feet. We'll have the vet go over him.” If Americain “gets the all clear, he will go into quarantine early next month & arrive in Melbourne with the 2nd wave of international horses”. Ryan said Americain would “definitely need another run before the Cup, but a decision on whether that was in the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate had yet to be made”. American finished 10th of 13 behind Jukebox Jury in France’s Gr2 Prix Kergolay (3000m) at Deauville on Sunday.

Americain 10th In French Gr2

Monday, 22nd August 2011

In France overnight, last year’s Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain started favourite but finished 10th in the field of 13 runners in the Gr2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville - a race he won before departing for last year’s Australian campaign. Last night’s renewal was won by front-running Irish-bred 5YO entire Jukebox Jury (see full report later in today’s news). Australian-owned Americain (in his final European start before again heading for Melbourne) “never got into the race after stumbling when he left the stalls” reported racingpost.com. His trainer Alain Royer-Dupre commented immediately after the race: “The ground was too fast for him & he nearly fell on his knees coming out of the stalls & had no action afterwards. He couldn't relax & they quickened brutally in the straight. You mustn't write him off, as he was unfavoured by the race from start to finish & he will now go into quarantine.” Also in the Prix Kergorlay last night, Australia-bound 5YO gelding Manighar (7th in last year’s Melbourne Cup) finished 4th & trainer Luca Cumani confirmed: “It was a good run; it was set up for the winner & his (Manighar’s) target will be the Melbourne Cup.”

Montjeu Adds French Gr2

Monday, 22nd August 2011

Dual-Derby winning stallion & former NZ shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a French group success overnight when front-running Irish-bred 5YO entire Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored a 3-lengths victory in the €130,000 (A$176,000) Gr2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Neil Callan for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated 9YO gelding Kasbah Bliss (Kahyasi-Marital Bliss, by Double Bed) & US-bred 4YO entire Brigantin (Cozzene-Banyu Dewi, by Poliglote). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$365,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale. Overall he now has 8 wins (also including June’s UK Listed Fred Archer Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newmarket & 2010’s UK Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newmarket, plus 2009’s German Gr1 Preis Von Europa over 2400m at Cologne, French Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville over 2500m & UK Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Haydock, as well as 2008's UK Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 4 placings (in July’s UK Gr3 Glorious Stakes over 12 furlongs at Goodwood & 2009's Gr1 Canadian International Stakes over 12 furlongs at Woodbine, plus both 2008's UK Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 20 starts.

Montjeu Adds UK Black-Type

Monday, 27th June 2011

Dual-Derby winning stallion & former NZ shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a UK black-type success when Irish-bred 5YO entire Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored a 0.75-length victory in the £30,000 (A$46,000) Listed Fred Archer Stakes (12 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Newmarket. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Neil Callan for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated dead-heating 4YO entire Afsare (Dubawi-Jumaireyah, by Fairy King) & fellow 5YO entire Cavalryman (Halling-Silversword, by Highest Honor). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$370,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale. Overall he now has 7 wins (also including 2010’s Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newmarket, plus 2009’s German Gr1 Preis Von Europa over 2400m at Cologne, French Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville over 2500m & UK Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Haydock, as well as 2008's Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 3 placings (in 2009's Gr1 Canadian International Stakes over 12 furlongs at Woodbine, plus both 2008's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 18 starts for £714,922 (A$1.094m) earnings.

Major Irish Breeding Figure Sean Collins Dies At 84

Thursday, 10th March 2011

In Ireland, Sean Collins "founder & president of the Irish Equine Centre & a former chairman & president of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association" died aged 84, reported racingpost.com. Leading veterinary surgeon Collins set up Corbally Stud in 1968 & stood many successful stallions, including Pennine Walk, Persian Bold, Northfields, Jukebox & Priolo. Collins' most notable achievement as a breeder came through 9-times-winner (including 4 Gr1 victories) Kooyonga (Persian Bold-Anjuli, by Northfields).

2010

UK Tatts Dec Mares Day-1: $619k Belle Allure

Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Japan's Northern Farms representative Fumihiko Nakajima (acting for principal Katsumi Yoshida) paid 375,000 guineas (A$619,000) for dual Gr3-winning 5YO mare Belle Allure (Numerous-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) consigned from Ireland's Islanmore Stud & offered in-foal to former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway. Bell Allure is a full-sister to Gr1-winner Jukebox Jury & Nakajima commented: "She will go back to foal in Japan & we do not yet know which stallion she will visit. She was a Gr3-winner in France & a Gr3-winner in the US & has a lovely pedigree. We hope to buy another one or two mares this week."

Montjeu Adds UK Gr2

Monday, 3rd May 2010

In the UK, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a group success when Irish-bred 4YO entire Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored a 3.75-lengths victory in the £100,000 (A$165,000) Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes (12 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Newmarket. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated US-bred 8YO gelding Nanton (Spinning World-Grab The Green, by Cozzene) & fellow Irish-bred 4YO entire Claremont (Sadler's Wells-Mezzo Soprano, by Darshaan). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$392,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale. Overall he now has 6 wins (also including 2009's German Gr1 Preis Von Europa over 2400m at Cologne, French Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville over 2500m & UK Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Haydock, plus 2008's Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 3 placings (in 2009's Gr1 Canadian International Stakes over 12 furlongs at Woodbine, plus both 2008's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 14 starts for £690,357 (A$1.139m) earnings.

2009

Champs Elysees Wins Gr1 Canadian International

Monday, 19th October 2009

In Canada, ill-fated former Coolmore shuttler & multiple champion sire Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) added a Gr1 triumph when Khallid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms UK-bred 6YO entire Champs Elysees (Danehill-Hasili, by Kahyasi) scored a half-length victory in the C$2 million Gr1 Canadian International Stakes (12 furlongs on turf) at Woodbine in Toronto in his final start before retiring to a stud career in 2010 at Cheveley-based Banstead Manor in England. Favourite Champs Elysees (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Bobby Frankel) defeated Irish-bred 3YO colt Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) & UK-bred 5YO entire Buccellati (Soviet Star-Susi Wong, by Selkirk). Champs Elysees (a full brother to champions Dansili, Banks Hill & Intercontinental, as well as Gr1-winners Heat Haze & Cacique) retires with 6 wins (also including the US Gr1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes, Canadian Gr1 Northern Dancer Stakes, US Gr2 San Marcos Stakes & French Gr3 Prix D'Hedouville) & 15 placings (including last start's Canadian Gr1 Northern Dancer Stakes on September 20, as well as the US Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap twice, Canadian Gr1 International Stakes, US Gr2 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap, Gr1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes, Italian Gr1 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club, Canadian Gr2 Sky Classic Handicap, Canadian Gr2 Nijinsky Stakes, French Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville, French Gr2 Prix Maurice De Nieuil, French Gr3 Prix du Prince D'Orange & French Gr3 Prix Daphnis) from 28 starts for US$2,864,444 earnings.

Jukebox Jury Wins German Gr1 Von Europa

Monday, 28th September 2009

In Germany overnight, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 3YO son Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored by a nose against older rivals in the €155,000 (A$264,000) Gr1 Preis Von Europa (2400m) at Cologne. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated Godolphin's Irish-bred 5YO entire Eastern Anthem (Singspiel-Kazzia, by Zinaad) & fellow 3YO colt Eliot (Tiger Hill-Esposita, by Sternkonig). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$459,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale. At his previous start, he also defeated older rivals to win France's Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville (2500m) on August 30 & overall now has 5 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 2 placings (including both 2008's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 11 starts.

Montjeu Adds French Gr3

Monday, 31st August 2009

In France overnight, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a group success when Irish-bred 3YO son Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored by a neck against older rivals in the €200,000 (A$340,000) Gr2 Grand Prix De Deauville (2500m) at Deauville. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated UK-bred 4YO entire Pouvoir Absolu (Sadler's Wells-Pine Chip, by Nureyev) & 7YO gelding Kasbah Bliss (Kahyasi-Marital Bliss, by Double Bed). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$459,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale & overall now has 4 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 2 placings (including both 2008's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 9 starts.

Montjeu Adds UK Gr3

Monday, 10th August 2009

In the UK, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a group success when Irish-bred 3YO colt Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) scored a 1.25-lengths victory over his older rivals in the £65,000 (A$130,000) Gr3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (10.5 furlongs) at Haydock Park. Jukebox Jury (ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated Godolphin's US-bred 4YO entire Campanoliogist (Kingmambo-Ring Of Music, by Sadler's Wells) & fellow 4YO entire Duncan (Dalakhani-Dolores, by Danehill). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$468,000) yearling at France's 2007 Deauville August Sale & overall now has 3 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot) & 2 placings (including both 2008's Gr1 Racing Post Trophy over 8 furlongs at Doncaster & French Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m at Longchamp) from 8 starts for £191,990 (A$385,000) earnings.

2008

Montjeu Adds Another UK Gr2

Monday, 29th September 2008

Dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a UK juvenile group success when Irish-bred colt Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare) finished strongly from the back of the field to score a 0.75-lengths victory in the £125,000 (A$263,000) Gr2 Royal Lodge Stakes (8 furlongs) for 2YO colts & geldings at Ascot. Despite missing the start, Jukebox Jury (ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Mark Johnston) defeated favoured colt Cityscape (Selkirk-Tantina, by Distant View) & fellow colt On Our Way (Oasis Dream-Singed, by Zamindar). Jukebox Jury was a €270,000 (A$459,000) yearling at the Deauville August Sale. At his previous start Jukebox Jury finished 3rd in the French Gr3 Prix La Rochette (1400m) at Longchamp on September 7 & overall now has 2 wins & a placing from 4 starts for £101,858 (A$213,000) earnings.

Elusive City Adds French Gr3

Monday, 8th September 2008

Also in France overnight, Gr1-winning NZ Haunui Farm shuttler & 2002 French Champion 2YO Elusive City (Elusive Quality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) added a juvenile group success when Irish-bred colt Soul City (Elusive City-Savage, by Polish Patriot) led all-the-way to score a half-length victory in the €80,000 (A$136,000) Gr3 Prix La Rochette (1400m) for 2YOs at Longchamp. Soul City (ridden by Richard Hughes for trainer Richard Hannon) defeated Milanais (Dyhim Diamond-Milanaise, by Marignan) & fellow Irish-bred Jukebox Jury (Montjeu-Mare Aux Fees, by Kenmare). At his previous start Soul City won last month's Listed Prix Francois Boutin (1400m) at Deauville.

About Face Wins Victoria Gold Cup

Monday, 3rd March 2008

Ill-fated former Larneuk Stud shuttler Archway (Thatching-Rose Of Jericho, by Alleged) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding About Face (Archway-Pride Of Harriet, by Danewin) scored a 2.75-lengths victory in the $100,000 Listed Victoria Gold Cup (2000m) at Caulfield. About Face (ridden by Greg Childs for trainer John Ledger) defeated 6YO gelding Jukebox Johnny (Marju-H'ani, by Woodman) & favoured 4YO entire Barwon Express (Lake Coniston-Zonki, by Zephyr Zip). About Face now has 6 wins & 3 runner-ups from 16 starts for $117,790 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

2007

Zipping Wins Sandown Classic

Monday, 19th November 2007

On the Australian track, ill-fated Coolmore shuttler & multiple champion sire Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) added a group success when 6YO gelding Zipping (Danehill-Social Scene, by Grand Lodge) followed up his last-start 4th in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (for the 2nd successive year) with a 1.75-lengths victory in the $400,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Sandown Classic (2400m) in Melbourne. Zipping (ridden by Steven Arnold for trainer John Sadler) defeated fellow 6YO geldings Jukebox Johnny (Marju-H'ani, by Woodman) & Baughurst (Tayasu Tsuyoshi-Mrs Parnell, by At Talaq). Zipping (a $190,000 yearling at the 2003 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) now has 11 wins (also including 2006's Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup over 2500m & Listed Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield, plus 2005's Listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate over 1800m at Flemington) & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington on November 3 & September's Gr2 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington, plus 2006's Gr2 Craiglee Stakes over 1600m at Flemington) from 28 starts for $1,443,695 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Gallic Wins Cathay Pacific Cup

Monday, 29th October 2007

NZ Cambridge Stud's multiple champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added another major group staying success when 8YO gelding Gallic (Zabeel-Gesine, by Nassipour) motored home in the final 200m to score a 1.25-lengths victory in the $300,000 Gr2 Cathay Pacific Airways Cup (2500m) for 4YOs & up at Moonee Valley. Top-weighted Gallic (ridden by Steven Arnold for trainer Graeme Rogerson) defeated 4YO gelding Lazer Sharp (Zariz-Scadabba, by Scenic) & 6YO gelding Jukebox Johnny (Marju-H'ani, by Woodman). Gallic (a NZ$170,000 yearling at the 2001 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) finished 3rd in this same race last year & overall now has 8 wins (also including April's Gr1 Sydney Cup over 3200m at Randwick & March's Gr2 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville, plus 2006's Listed Bendigo Cup over 2400m) & 10 placings (also including March's Listed D'Urban Victoria Gold Cup over 2000m at Caulfield & January's Listed Bagot Handicap over 2400m at Caulfield) from 25 starts for $1,374,550 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from AAP Racing).