Queensland trainer Rob Heathcote is hoping a last minute decision to target the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) with Kaiser Franz will be vindicated tomorrow, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Heathcote did not have the Ipswich Cup on Kaiser Franz’s radar until the Ipswich track was rated in the heavy range following recent rain. “It wasn’t our plan to go to this race,” Heathcote said. “The only reason he is running is because the track is going to be wet. What he lacks in ability he makes up for on a wet track.” Heathcote added: “His goal all along has been the Caloundra Cup followed by the Queensland Cup.” The Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) will be run at the Sunshine Coast on July 1 with the Queensland Cup (3200m) on July 15. Kaiser Franz (Savabeel-Call Me Lily, by Just a Dancer), who is a full brother to Gr1 Zabeel Classic & Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Soriano, gave Heathcote his second feature race win of the Brisbane winter carnival when he claimed the Gr3 Premier’s Cup at Eagle Farm last month.
Clearly Innocent gave his Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale bound half-sister a timely boost when he bounded to a powerful win in Saturday's Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm. The Kris Lees-trained 5YO sent his earnings soaring past $1.5 million when he beat a classy field in the $700,000 feature by three lengths. It is the second straight stakes success for Clearly Innocent since the catalogue was printed for the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. His half-sister Champagne Kisses (Onemorenomore) is catalogued as Lot 676 for the Gold Coast-based auction. Champagne Kisses will be presented by JD Thoroughbreds, and will be housed in the Chester Barn. She is set to go under the hammer during tomorrow's opening session of the National Broodmare Sale. Also set to go under the hammer on day one is Saturday's Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup winner Col 'n' Lil. A member of the in-form Toowoomba stables of Ben Currie, the daughter of Bradbury's Luck showed great fight in the home straight to hold out her rivals for a gutsy win. A gallant third placegetter in the same race was Elle Lou, a proven group winning daughter of Snitzel who is catalogued as Lot 697 from the draft of Attunga Stud. Other upcoming Magic Millions lots to receive a timely pedigree boost include:
The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale will be held from May 30 to June 2. Click here to view the catalogue.
At Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Kaiser Franz (Savabeel-Call Me Lily, by Just a Dancer) caused a huge upset at odds of 60-1 when finishing too strongly for his rivals in the $125,000 Gr3 Premier's Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating Zambezi Warrior & The Chairman. This was the first stakes victory for Kaiser Franz who improved his record to 7 wins and 9 placings from 37 starts for $286,250 earnings. A $65,000 purchase at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Trelawney Stud, Kaiser Franz is out of Listed Wagga Gold Cup winner Call Me Lily and is a full brother to Gr1 Zabeel Classic & Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Soriano.
Saturday's Gr3 Premier's Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm, one of the Queensland winter carnival's signature staying races, was dominated by graduates of the Karaka sales complex. The race was won by Kaiser Franz (Savabeel), who cost $65,000 at the 2012 Premier Sale, and the runner-up was Zambezi Warrior (Pentire), who sold at the same Sale two years later for $75,000. Saturday's big race was the seventh win of Kaiser Franz's career and boosted his prize money earnings to $286,250. Trained by Robert Heathcote and ridden on Saturday by Robbie Fradd, the 6YO Kaiser Franz produced an irresistible finish to flash home and win the race by half a length. Zambezi Warrior was second, with the New Zealand-trained Benzini (Tale of the Cat) fourth. "He's beaten some good horses today," Heathcote said. "Today was his big test and maybe its pie in the sky to run him in the Brisbane Cup but the extra 200 metres next time will suit him."