2018

Kementari Primed for Makybe

Thursday, 13th September 2018

James Cummings is confident Kementari is ready to claim another top-flight success in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes after watching him gallop at Flemington on Tuesday. Last season's Randwick Guineas winner is coming off an unlucky second behind Humidor in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks ago where he was three-wide without cover throughout but was still making ground on the line. "He's the fittest he's been this campaign and his work on Tuesday morning reflected that," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "His gallop on the course proper at Flemington was what I wanted to see, he's tightened up nicely." Cummings added: "Since the Caulfield race he's been really bright and he looks confident stepping up to the mile." TAB has listed Kementari as the $3.60 favourite for the Makybe Diva ahead of his last-start conqueror Humidor ($4), Kings Will Dream ($4.40) and Happy Clapper ($6.50).

Epsom Handicap Weights Released

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

A total of 88 nominations have been weighed for the 153rd running of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) which will be run at Royal Randwick on 29 September. This year's edition will be run with a 50kg minimum weight (48kg minimum weight for three-year-olds) with total prize money of $1 million. The top weight for the race is defending champion and triple Gr1 winner Happy Clapper who has been allocated 59kg. Next is recent Gr1 Memsie Stakes winner Humidor with 59kg, followed by Le Romain at 58kg and Hartnell with 57kg. Another notable nomination is Randwick Guineas winner and Memsie Stakes runner-up Kementari with 55.5kg. The highest-weighted mare is the 2017 Gr1 Cantala Stakes winner Shillelagh with 53kg, while the 3YOs nominated for the race - Fighting Harada, Master Ash, Tavisan and Seabrook, have all been allocated 48kg. Click here to view Epsom Handicap weights.

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Epsom top weight Happy Clapper (image: Steve Hart)

Williams on Kementari

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Godolphin trainer James Cummings has announced that Craig Williams will replace Glyn Schofield as the rider of Kementari in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. Cummings said the decision to book Williams for Kementari was because Schofield was required in Sydney to ride highly regarded import Avilius in the Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. "We have Glyn on Avilius in Sydney and I know he's a horse he's excited about to be staying on," Cummings told Melbourne's Radio Sport National (RSN).

Humidor Wins Gr1 NZB Memsie Stakes

Monday, 3rd September 2018

At Caulfield in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Humidor (Teofilo-Zalika, by Zabeel) finished powerfully to land the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 NZB Memsie Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Kementari & Kings Will Dream. The was the third top-flight triumph for Humidor who improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes, Gr1 Australian Cup & Gr3 Manawatu Classic) & 9 placings (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Livermol Classic, Gr2 TS Carlyon Cup & Gr2 Peter Young Stakes) from 28 starts for $3,419,844 in earnings. Trainer Darren Weir said Humidor had a number of end-of-season options, including the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate, and even the Hong Kong international races at Sha Tin in December. "He's a great horse," Weir told racing.com. "I said to Damien [Lane] when I bunked him on to be strong late and he was strong late." Weir added: "He's nothing to look at. When you look at those horses walking around there, he's a little pony of a thing walking around but geez he's a good racehorse." Humidor's 3rd dam is Champion Irish 2YO and Champion European 3YO Habibti, a half-sister to legendary blue hen Eight Carat.

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Humidor (image: Mark Gatt)

Memsie Minefield Offers Value Pickings

Friday, 31st August 2018

The first Group 1 of the new season in Melbourne offers more questions than answers with different formlines, and competitors with different distance objectives that lie ahead in coming months. Memsie markets suggest a one-horse race with Vega Magic at $2.70, however there are a host of chances – subject to fitness levels surrounding some horses as they work towards the deeper end of respective Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnivals. Happy Clapper, who is starting to get mentioned as a potential The Everest contender, is first-up over the 1400m at Caulfield, but after winning his seasonal debut last year in the 1400m Tramway (again dropping back from the 2000m of the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth) he is clearly a serious threat here. The Lawrence Stakes form brings Showtime, Kings Will Dream and Jungle Edge into calculations; and then there is the gun duo Grunt and Kementari who, on their best form, could blouse the lot of them.

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Vega Magic is favourite for the Gr1 Memsie (pic: Mark Gatt)

Kementari Primed for Memsie

Thursday, 30th August 2018

Top-class galloper Kementari is expected to be at his peak for Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after an ultra impressive track gallop on Tuesday. While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of Kementari's opposition in the weigh-for-age feature, he is satisfied the Lonhro entire is primed to double his Gr1 tally after his Randwick Guineas win in the autumn. "He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "Coming into this race he's been really bright. He's come out of his last run in sensational order." The Memsie will be Kementari's third run this campaign having run second to Pierata in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and fourth to Winx in the Gr1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at the same track twelve days ago. "There's no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us," Cummings said. "I like the fact that he's had experience at Caulfield, he's handled the track, he's trained very well and he's gone forward with each run. So we're looking forward to Saturday's race and expecting a good performance."

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Pierata Melbourne Bound?

Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Trainer Greg Hickman has indicated that he is leaning towards campaigning Pierata in Melbourne rather than waiting around for a phone call from a slot-holder to secure his stable star. Hickman thought Pierata had done enough to secure a slot in The Everest after he lowered the colours of Kementari when resuming with a win in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago, but the son of Pierro remains a free agent. "I would need to train him differently to run in The Everest," Hickman told Sky Sports Radio. "From what I can gather at the moment, Max [Whitby] is keeping his options open and the ATC aren't going to make a decision until after the Tramway." Hickman added: "The plan was to run in the Tramway and then freshen him up for The Everest, but Melbourne looks like the best option now. I'd like to step him up to 1400 metres and run him in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes." The $200,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) will be run at Randwick on 1 September.

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Pierata Melbourne Bound?

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Trainer Greg Hickman has indicated that he is leaning towards campaigning Pierata in Melbourne rather than waiting around for a phone call from a slot-holder to secure his stable star. Hickman thought Pierata had done enough to secure a slot in The Everest after he lowered the colours of Kementari when resuming with a win in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago, but the son of Pierro remains a free agent. "I would need to train him differently to run in The Everest," Hickman told Sky Sports Radio. "From what I can gather at the moment, Max [Whitby] is keeping his options open and the ATC aren't going to make a decision until after the Tramway." Hickman added: "The plan was to run in the Tramway and then freshen him up for The Everest, but Melbourne looks like the best option now. I'd like to step him up to 1400 metres and run him in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes." The $200,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) will be run at Randwick on 1 September.

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Kementari Accepts For Winx Knuckle Fight

Thursday, 16th August 2018

In what could be one of the most exciting spectacles seen on a Sydney racetrack in many a moon, Godolphin’s last minute nomination for Kementari in the Gr1 Winx Stakes on Saturday is now an official acceptance. What makes the clash potentially so mouth-watering, aside from Winx being on the brink of history if she makes it win 26 in-a-row, is that the darling of Australian racing is building towards the Cox Plate distance of 2040m in October, while Kementari is still a realistic prospect of getting a slot for The Everest (1200m). Taking nothing away from Pierata’s gallant first up win in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m), luckless Kementari was gobbling up ground off the winner over the concluding stages and should be cherry-ripe second-up for Saturday’s 1400m journey. Adding to the allure of the clash where Winx is first-up is that both candidates like to wind up from off the pace. Kementari has drawn 7, two outside Winx in stall 5, while D’Argento (9) is also likely to get back and come with his customary late dash. Winx is a $1.14 chance ahead of Kementari at $7.50 and D'Argento at $15. Biggest roughie in the field is Oriental Runner at $401. Early on Wednesday afternoon, TAB reported a $140,000 bet on Winx for Saturday was accepted at $1.12, eclipsing the $124,500 placed on her at $1.18 in this year's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Winx Cox Rival Prepping Well For Juddmonte

Thursday, 16th August 2018

While trainer Chris Waller has his focus firmly on Saturday’s Gr1 Winx Stakes on Saturday, particularly with the late Godolphin nomination of exciting galloper Kementari, at the back of his mind will be the looming Gr1 Cox Plate in October. There the mighty mare might meet her toughest rival yet in the form of Poet’s Word, rated second to only Winx among the world’s best turf horses. According to racinguk.com, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 5YO galloped a treat last Sunday in his build up to next Wednesday’s Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, won last year by the stable’s Ulysses. At York Poet’s Word is likely to clash with Joseph O’Brien’s Gr1 Irish Derby victor Latrobe who also remains in Melbourne Cup contention.

Winx At Attractive Odds For Cox Plate

Thursday, 9th August 2018

Given Winx’s average starting price over the past year has seen the champion mare around the $1.15 mark or less, Cox Plate markets following official nomination closures have her at positively luxurious odds of $1.55, and not too dissimilar to the $1.50 offered months before her Gr1 Queen Elizabeth triumph. Understandable, as he was beaten less than a half-length in 2017’s Cox Plate, Humidor is a $15 quote ahead of overseas raiders Benbatl ($21), Cliffs Of Moher & Neorealism ($26), with D’Argento, Happy Clapper, Kementari and Unforgotten all at $31. Curiously, given their strong reputations, possible European challengers Poet’s Word and Saxon Warrior are both listed at $41, possibly casting doubt on the likelihood of both or either of them actually contesting the race.

Pierata Wins Gr2 Missile Stakes

Monday, 6th August 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) made an auspicious start to his spring campaign when beating a high quality field in the $200,000 Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Kementari & The Monstar. Pierata’s excellent first-up win advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate & Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guinea) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr2 Hobartville Stakes) from 11 starts for $2,362,650 in earnings. Trainer Greg Hickman said there were plenty of options for a horse of Pierata’s calibre if he failed to gain a slot in The Everest. “We'll let the dust settle and see what happens,” Hickman told Sky Racing. “There are plenty of races for him if he doesn't get a slot in The Everest. He has done really well and the doubts have gone from our minds now. He is a good horse.” Pierata, a son of Gr3 Millie Fox Stakes winner November Flight, was a $160,000 purchase at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kitchwin Hills.

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Schofield Has Faith in Kementari

Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Jockey Glyn Schofield has such confidence in Kementari's ability that he says he hopes he can ride him throughout the spring, including The Everest if he happens to gain a start. "I'd be keen to ride him anywhere," Schofield told racingnsw.com.au. "He's filled me with a lot of confidence every time I've ridden him so I'll ride him wherever he goes so long as they want me." Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) proved himself to be one of the best milers in Australia when winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and finishing third to Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in the autumn. The now 4YO will make his seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, and a victory will almost certainly secure him a slot in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "James (Cummings) has spoken about The Everest openly, he hasn't secured himself a spot at the moment but there's a fair way to go and things can change," Schofield said. "He's arguably the best performed three-year-old colt last year. He's proven himself against the older horses already and now it's about seeing how he comes back and performs. From his trial he feels pretty good to me." Kementari is the firm $2 favourite for Saturday's Missile Stakes at Randwick.

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Whitby Upbeat About Everest

Thursday, 2nd August 2018

The tendon injury sustained by top sprinter Menari means an extra slot is now available for The Everest. Slot-holder Max Whitby, who had selected Menari as his Everest horse only last week, said that while the news was disappointing, he remains optimistic about finding a top-class replacement. "Naturally it’s a disappointment but things happen for a reason and who knows, this could fall back into our lap," Whitby told racenet. "There’s still plenty of options out there. Kementari and Pierata race on Saturday and Happy Clapper is also sitting there as well as others like Invincible Star." Whitby added: "We’ll sit back and make our decision when we think it’s right." Everest prospects Kementari and Pierata are likely to vie for favouritism when they resume in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Hickman Talks Up Pierata

Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Trainer Greg Hickman says he is excited about what emerging star Pierata can potentially achieve in the spring. Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) first gave a glimpse of his significant potential when recording victories in the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and the Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast over summer. The now 4YO then showed he could mix it with the best of his generation when finishing runner-up to star colt Kementari in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the autumn. Pierata is scheduled to launch his spring campaign in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, and Hickman expects him to once again give his old foe Kementari a run for his money. "Pierata had a hard Queensland campaign and was on the way down when he met Kementari who was still on the way up," Hickman told AAP Megaform. "I'm happy with where Pierata is after two nice trials. He has strengthened up and has always got his head in the feed bin which is a good sign." Hickman said that while The Everest remains an option for Pierata, it was not his top priority for the talented entire. "To be a force in the Everest he would have to win and run 1:08s," Hickman said. "That's what I think it would take to win the Everest. If he was sharp enough to do that then it would be something to think about and discuss with the owners." Hickman added: "But my target is to get a Group One win with him and a stud deal. There has been interest from studs and that's the primary goal. Where we head depends on what he does on Saturday."

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Portelli Excited About She Will Reign

Tuesday, 31st July 2018

Trainer Gary Portelli says he is looking forward to former star filly She Will Reign making her return to racing in Saturday's Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The Missile Stakes is shaping as an early highlight of the new racing season, with several high-class sprinters entered for the race including Gr1 performers Kementari, Pierata, Music Magnate, Showtime, and Takedown. Portelli is hoping She Will Reign can extend her brilliant speed out to a longer trip this campaign, and he says Saturday's race will give him a better idea of the most suitable races to target. "She looks fantastic," Portelli told Darby Racing.com. "The preparation will all hinge on what she does in this race, as far as what distance we go up to. I'm looking forward to seeing how she goes." Portelli added: "It's going to be a very high pressure race, I've got no doubt, with the horses they're spruiking going into the Missile first-up and with horses trying to get into The Everest." Syndicator Darby Racing has previously announced that She Will Reign will have her final Australian campaign this spring after being sold privately to overseas interests.

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She Will Reign (image: Steve Hart)

Winx To Trial Monday

Friday, 20th July 2018

The world's best racehorse, Winx, will make the first public appearance of her spring preparation when she trials at Rosehill on Monday. The Chris Waller-trained superstar mare will contest a star-studded open trial over 900 metres that will also feature Gr1 winners Chautauqua, D'Argento, Unforgotten, Kementari, Ace High and She Will Reign. The trial will be the first heat of the morning and is scheduled for 8:15am. Winx, who recorded her 18th Group 1 victory and equalled Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive wins when strolling to a commanding win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April, is being aimed at an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory in the spring. She is likely to kick off her historic campaign in the eponymous Group 1 Winx Stakes (previously Warwick Stakes) at Royal Randwick on 18 August.

Missile First-Up for Kementari

Thursday, 19th July 2018

Godolphin trainer James Cummings has confirmed that star colt Kementari will make his seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 4 August. The 3YO Lonhro colt proved himself to be one of the best milers in Australia when winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas(1600m) and finishing third behind Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in the autumn. "Kementari has looked impressive in preparation for his first-up run in the Group 2 Missile Stakes over 1200 metres," Cummings told ANZ Bloodstock News. "His first Group 1 aim is the Memsie Stakes [Gr1] at Caulfield." Cummings added: "There are a number of options for him this spring and we will see how he progresses through to the Memsie." The $500,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 2 September.

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Pierata Excites Hickman

Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Emerging star Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will make his first public appearance this preparation when he barrier trials over 800 metres at Warwick Farm on Friday, reports racing.com. Trainer Greg Hickman has confirmed plans to run the Magic Millions Guineas winner against Winx in the eponymously named Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 18 August, before hopefully securing a slot in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. The 3YO, who was last seen finishing runner-up to Kementari in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on 10 March, will launch his spring campaign in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 4 August. "He's a very good horse this horse. Hopefully everyone gets to see what I know he can do," said Hickman. "All the early signs are good. We've had a few slot holders knocking on the door but I've just got to make sure he's right because I don't want to be wasting their money." Hickman said he is bringing Pierata along slowly after he had six weeks in the paddock. "He came back from his spell in good shape and he'll run first-up in the Missile Stakes, which is only a month away," said Hickman. "It depends on what he does in the Missile, as to what we do with him. It was supposed to be the Missile and the Winx and then have a look at The Everest."

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Kementari Tracking Well for Spring

Thursday, 14th June 2018

Godolphin trainer James Cummings has provided an update on the spring preparation of star colt Kementari. The 3YO Lonhro colt proved himself to be one of the best milers in Australia when winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas(1600m) and finishing third behind Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in the autumn. "He's filled out beautifully and looks to have matured nicely into his preparation. He's a beautiful looking horse, Cummings told Sky Racing. "We will get a little more serious with him in the next month and look to see him resume in early August."

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Pierata Chasing Everest Slot

Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Exciting colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) is expected to launch his spring campaign in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 4 August. The 3YO, who was last seen finishing runner-up to Kementari in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on 10 March, will then run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) two weeks later in the hope of catching the eye of Everest slot holders. The $13 million The Everest (1200m) - the world's richest turf race - will be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "If he runs well in his first two runs they'll be chasing us (for a slot) and if he doesn't we'll go the another way," trainer Greg Hickman told Racing NSW. "He'll have the same preparation as when we went to the Gold Coast. Two trials and he'll be ready to go first-up." Hickman added: "I don't know how good he is and which way to go. I can do anything I want with him if I want to but it's all about making him into a stallion."

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Pierata (image: Steve Hart)

Equine Athletes Honoured at HTBA Awards Night

Thursday, 10th May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (HTBA) held its 27th annual awards  to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its champion thoroughbreds at Scone last night. Over 400 industry leaders, clients, supporters and VIPs attended the event, which showcases the best champion thoroughbreds and industry participants across all fields and categories. "As the second largest concentration of studs in the world, and Australia’s premier thoroughbred breeding industry, the breadth and depth of talent of our people and the success of our equine athletes is world renowned. We are very proud and privileged to recognise their achievements at tonight’s Annual Awards," said HTBA President, Dr Cameron Collins. The winners of the equine categories were:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Vegas Showgirl

HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards Night

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:

  • After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000. Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc GST (LFT).
  • Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. Pariah's fee is $22,000 inc GST.
  • Redoute's Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc GST (LFT). The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Gr1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Gr1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakes-winners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.
  • The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc GST (LFT). His 14 stakes-winners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally. Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year. 
  • Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. Dundeel's fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc GST.
  • Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. Olympic Glory's 2018 fee is $16,500 inc GST.
  • Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc GST. Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.
  • Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan's Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc GST).

Pariah Joins Redoute's Choice Dynasty At Arrowfield

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Star juvenile and 3YO colt Pariah (redoute’s Choice-Secluded, by Choisir) joins the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will stand his first season in 2018 at a fee of $22,000 inc GST, with sixty mares already committed to him by his strong shareholder group. Arrowfield chairman John Messara  commented, “Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.” Bought by James Harron for $700,000 from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Pariah won the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on debut at Rosehill in January 2017, defeating Menari. After finishing second in the Gr3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude Pariah started favourite in the Gr1 Blue Diamond S. where he was caught in the shadows of the post by Catchy after racing three wide without cover for much of the 1200-metre journey. Pariah was Timeform’s second top-rated 2YO colt of 2016-17, given a figure of 118, just below Invader & She Will Reign (both 119), and ahead of Gr1 winners Summer Passage, Catchy, The Mission & Trapeze Artist. Pariah returned as a Spring 3YO when he overcame an awkward draw and a weight penalty to win the Gr3 ATC San Domenico in sizzling time. He then filled second spot behind Menari in the ATC Run to the Rose H. G2 with Kementari and Invader in arrears. The three-quarter brother to dual Gr1 winner Melitoretires to stud with two wins, three placings and $541,000 prizemoney from 9 starts, all at Group level. James Harron will be heavily supporting Pariah at stud with mares that include Gr1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain.

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Pariah will make his stud debut in 2018 (pic: Steve Hart)

Timely Gr1 Updates for South Island Sale

Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Recent Group 1-performing Kiwi-breds have provided a timely boost to several pedigree pages, along with other outstanding performances, for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale to be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 20 April. Mansfield Farm will offer a colt by Ocean Park (Lot 9) who is closely related to recent Gr1 New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup (Savabeel). He is also related to Gr2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy winner Ocean Emperor (Zabeel) and multiple stakes winner Battle Hero (Stratum) who recently claimed two black-type sprint races back-to-back. Another star 3YO is Grunt (O'Reilly) has made headlines in Australia with a last start win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas. Mansfield Farm will also offer Lot 50, a colt by Road to Rock, who is from the same family as Grunt. The only filly entered in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby, Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) had a stellar performance to finish third. Trained by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, she has also placed second in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas. A colt by Mettre en Jeu, consigned as Lot 77 by Long Acres Stud, is from the same winning family. Clearview Park Stud are set to offer two fillies that have also received timely pedigree updates, including Lot 83 by first season sire Ghibellines is from the same family as Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner Kementari (Lonhro). Other Lots to receive updates include relations to exciting filly Sunlight (Lots 35 & 38), and Gr1 Surround Stakes performer Shumookh (Lot 106). Click here to view all significant updates. All yearlings purchased at the 2018 South Island Sale are eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series which comprises of two $1 million races - the 2019 Karaka Million 2YO and the 2020 Karaka Million 3YO Classic, as well as the $100,000 Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career. Click here to view catalogue.

Gr1 Doncaster Mile: Preview & History

Friday, 6th April 2018

The $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile is the showpiece event on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick tomorrow. First run way back in 1866 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). Australian racing's First Lady, Gai Waterhouse, will be striving to become the most successful trainer in Doncaster history when she chases her eighth winner with Arbeitsam. Waterhouse currently shares the Doncaster record of 7 winners with her legendary father TJ Smith. Chris Waller is another trainer looking to build upon his successful Doncaster record. Exciting 3YO colt D'Argento is Waller's best chance of training a record equalling seventh Doncaster winner following the victories of Triple Honour (2008), Rangirangdoo (2010), Sacred Falls (2013 & 14), Kermadec (2015), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.80 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by D'Argento at $7.50 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $9. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 at 4:30pm.

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Darley Announces 2018 Australian Fees

Friday, 6th April 2018

Darley has announced its 2018 fees for the 28 stallions standing on its roster in New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand offering breeders outstanding value across a superb range of sires. "We are proud of Darley’s reputation for looking after our breeders and this is something we wish to continue to build on. We have already strongly signalled our intention to support breeders at the sales and look forward to these yearlings running in the Godolphin blue silks – and hopefully further enhancing the value of their dams," said Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia. "This support is a commitment we intend to maintain, and as you will see from this year’s fees, we are here to do business with you." Exceed And Excel once again heads the line-up and will stand at a fee of $82,500 inc GST. He added an eleventh Gr1 winner to his record late last year, when his Australian-bred son Mr Stunning took the valuable Hong Kong Sprint. Meanwhile, former champion sire Lonhro, continues to make an impact with star 3YO Kementari flying his flag high this season. In spite of a great run of form which includes the emergence of his son Pierro as a significant sire, Lonhro’s 2018 fee has been reduced to $55,000 inc GST. Newcomers to the roster this year include Lonhro's son Impending ($22,000), who became the first three-year-old in 10 years to win the Gr1 Stradbroke, and dual European Champion miler and four-time G1 winner, Ribchester ($24,750). Click here to view the full Darley roster.

Kementari Ready for GF

Thursday, 5th April 2018

Trainer James Cummings says the signs are positive that star colt Kementari can round out his 3YO season with a win in Saturday's $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Cummings says Kementari is now ready to peak after four runs this time in, which have included a maiden Gr1 success in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March and an excellent third behind Winx and Happy Clapper in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. "We'd been impressed to see the change in the horse leading into the George Ryder and after racing so well against Winx he seems to have come out of it with more energy," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's certainly looking like he's still on the rise which is perfect considering what he did at this track and distance in the Randwick Guineas two starts back." Cummings added: "We feel like we're going to see a big performance from him and for us, it's very exciting to saddle up a colt of his calibre in such a prestigious race. He gives a real sense of this being his grand final." Kementari, who will carry just 51.5kg on Saturday, is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Webster Happy With Draw

Thursday, 5th April 2018

Trainer Pat Webster expressed his delight after Happy Clapper drew perfectly for Saturday's Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick, but he is conscious of the weight advantage he must concede to his chief market rival Kementari. Happy Clapper, who will jump from barrier one in the $3 million feature, is considered a top contender for the major prize having finished runner-up to champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. However, under the handicap conditions of the race, the 7YO must overcome a 3kg turnaround in favour of Kementari who finished so close to him (3rd, beaten 0.75 length) in the Ryder. "We drew two last year and finished second, so from one this time we should be winning," Webster joked when speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald. "People who say barriers don't count are mad. I would take barrier one in a steeplechase. It is the fastest way home." Webster added: "I don't know how Clapper can beat him [Kementari] at the weights but the old fella doesn't know how to run a bad run over the Randwick mile." Happy Clapper will be hoping it is third time lucky having finished runner-up in the Doncaster in the past two runnings of the race. Kementari is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).

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Happy Clapper (image: Steve Hart)

Chairmans Sale Racing Prospects Today

Thursday, 5th April 2018

The second edition of Inglis' Chairmans Sale of Racing Prospects will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour today from 8.30pm. The sale will comprise three quality lots offered by James Harron Bloodstock following the withdrawal of the Newgate Farm-owned Assimilate. JHB's draft is headed by $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock), who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes in February. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. Click here to view the catalogue.

Gr1 Doncaster Mile Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 4th April 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. First run way back in 1966 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.50 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by the untapped 3YO D'Argento at $7 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $8. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick at 4:30pm.

Quality Colts Among Early Chairman's Racing Prospects Entries

Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Stakes-performed 3YO colts Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) and Assimilate (Sebring) highlight the early entries for Inglis' The Chairman's Sale - Racing Prospects. James Harron Bloodstock has entered three horses for the April 5 auction, including $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec, who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes last month. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. "The Chairman's Sale has revolutionised the selling of top-class racing prospects, for which there is huge demand both domestically and internationally, offering a wonderfully transparent system which benefits both vendors and purchasers," Harron said. Meanwhile, last start Listed Canberra Guineas winner Assimilate has been entered in the sale by Newgate Farm as agent. Assimilate has won three of his seven starts and was Gr3-placed when finishing second to Addictive Nature in the Ming Dynasty Handicap last spring. He also showed his quality when fifth to Trapeze Artist in last year's Gr1 Golden Rose. Newgate's Henry Field described Assimilate as "an extremely talented colt" with "a massive amount of upside." Entries for The Chairman's Sale Racing Prospects close tomorrow, Thursday 29 March at 10am. The sale will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 5 April from 8.30pm.

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Assimilate (image: Steve Hart)

World's Best Winx Wins Gr1 George Ryder Stakes

Monday, 26th March 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his 6YO champion daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) broke the world record for the most number of Group 1 wins with her 24th consecutive victory in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & Kementari. Not only did Winx become the first horse in history to win three George Ryder's, but she also claimed the outright world record for the most number of Group 1 wins, with her 17th Group 1 title surpassing the previous benchmark set by US champion John Henry in 1984. The win advanced Winx's astonishing record to 28 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – three times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - twice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – three times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 34 starts for $16,563,925 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller commented: "It's pretty special, I try not to get too caught up in it," said Waller, "I like everybody else who is a racing or sporting tragic have to be pretty proud of her today." Winx's regular rider Hugh Bowman said: "I could feel the crowd erupt as we went to the front at the 200 metres. What a special, special horse she is and I'm just so grateful to be her jockey." Bowman added: "Each horse is an individual but this horse has captivated the attention of the world." Winx is set to make her next appearance in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on day two of The Championships (14 April). Connections will also decide in the coming days whether or not to embark on an overseas campaign aimed at Royal Ascot in June.

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The world's best horse Winx (image: Steve Hart)

Kiwi Colt To Appreciate Extra Journey

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Connections are expecting an improved performance from Age Of Fire when the talented Kiwi colt steps up in distance in Saturday's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January, Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) made his Australian debut when 11th (beaten 5.9 lengths) behind star colt Kementari in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March. "I thought he was okay. He drew awkwardly, and he's got another one [barrier 15] on Saturday, and had to go back in a quick race," said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge. "His work since has been very good and the 2000 metres is what he's looking for now. He's been out to the beach a couple of times and he's enjoyed that." Age Of Fire's primary target is the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on 7 April.

Payne Happy With Ace Colt

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Ace High is primed to return to the winner's circle in Saturday's $600,000 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), according to his trainer David Payne. A last-start fourth behind Kementari in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) has proven that he is a dominant 3YO over a mile-and-a-quarter and beyond, winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last spring. "We are happy. He has had a nice prep and is peaking at the right time," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "Barrier 11 won’t be a concern and the track is going to be wet, so he might be better off out wide. The wet shouldn’t worry him being by High Chaparral and he has form on soft tracks but over unsuitable distances. It was a good run in the Randwick Guineas and he was attacking the line." Payne added: "He had an 1800 metres gallop on Tuesday so he is spot on for Saturday."

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)

Doncaster Mile Re-Handicaps

Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Racing NSW has announced the following re-handicaps for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile:

  • Daysee Doom - 53kg including 1kg penalty for winning Gr1 Coolmore Classic
  • Sovereign Nation - 50kg. No penalty for winning Listed March Stakes
  • Comin' Through - 51.kg. Exempt from ballot after winning Gr2 Ajax Stakes
  • Cliff's Edge - 49kg. Not eligible for penalty after winning Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes
  • Humidor - 58kg. Not eligible for penalty after winning Gr2 Blamey Stakes

The following horses are exempt from ballot in the Doncaster Mile:

  • Alizee
  • Crack Me
  • Happy Clapper
  • Kementari
  • Daysee Doom
  • Comin' Through

Ten Entered To Take On Winx

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Superstar mare Winx headlines a field of eleven horses nominated for Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. The George Ryder is shaping as an intriguing race with the likes of star colt Kementari, dual Gr1 winner Happy Clapper, and Winx's highly promising younger stable-mate D'Argento set to contest the $1 million weight-for-age feature. The Chris Waller-trained Winx surpassed Black Caviar in setting a new Australian record of 16 Group 1 victories when she opened her autumn campaign with an effortless 7 length win in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick two weeks ago. She will be chasing her 24th consecutive victory in the George Ryder, after which connections will decide whether or not to embark on an international campaign aimed at Royal Ascot. Click here to view Rosehill nominations.

Luvaluva To Step Up in Classic

Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Trainer John Sargent is confident Luvaluva's class will carry her a long way in Friday's Gr3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) for 3YO fillies. Luvavlua (Mastercraftsman-Wansesingyee, by Galileo), who showed she was among the better staying fillies in the country when winning the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and placing fourth in the Gr1 VRC Oaks in the spring, resumed with a slashing sixth behind boom colt Kementari in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 24 February. Her primary autumn target is the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on 14 April. "She is definitely bigger and stronger now and she will come into her own once the races get longer," Sargent told racingnsw.com.au. "She has to carry a penalty on Friday from her Wakeful Stakes win but she has definitely earned it. She will get back over the mile and find the line and  will appreciate the big track." Sargent added: "This is the perfect stepping stone to her Group 1 targets in the Vinery Stakes and Australian Oaks and I'm confident she will prove to be right up there with the best fillies I have trained by the end of the autumn." Sargent has a huge opinion of Luvaluva, describing her as potentially the female he has ever trained. That is some statement, with the ex-pat Kiwi having guided the careers of VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa, Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind, Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential, and VRC Oaks runner-up Thunder Lady. "Luvaluva is showing the signs of being up there with all of them and might even be better than them but we will find that out in her next couple of runs," he said.

Kementari Wins Gr1 Randwick Guineas

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of Australian racing with a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Trapeze Artist. Trainer James Cummings was in awe of Kementari's dominant victory. "He is a serious horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's put them away in the style of a really high class colt. On that performance, he has to be one of the best in the country." He added: "This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Mohammed is in racing for." Cummings would not be drawn on whether Kementari would now head to next month's Gr1 Doncaster Mile where he will carry just 51kg. "We make no decisions on race day," he said. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes & Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 9 starts for $1,368,250 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Secret Agenda Wins Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap

Monday, 5th March 2018

At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a stakes success to his dizzyingly successful record when 5YO mare Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate, by Red Ransom) took out the $120,000 Listed Bob Hoysted Stakes(1000m) defeating I'm Wesley & Crystal Dreamer. Secret Agenda took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Gucci Stakes, Gr3 How Now Stakes, Gr2 Sapphire Stakes and Gr1 Ubet Classic) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 Champagne Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes & Gr2 Sapphire Stakes) for $1,369,400 in earnings. Secret Agenda was a $120,000 yearling purchase from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Secret Agenda is a half-sister to Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude place-getter Sweetener and her second dam is the outstanding Gr1 Champagne Stakes winning filly Euphoria. It’s a pedigree page that includes boom Godolphin colt Kementari.

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Secret Agenda was bred to excel (pic: Mark Gatt)

Kementari Wins Gr2 Hobartville Stakes

Monday, 26th February 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Hickman Has Faith in Pierata

Friday, 23rd February 2018

Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."

Kementrai To Step Up in Hobartville

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Highly regarded colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) will be out to test his Guineas credentials when he contests the $400,000 Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Kementari turned in one of the most eye-catching performances by a 3YO this season when resuming with a dashing win in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on 10 February. The dynamic nature of the win prompted Godolphin trainer James Cummings to label the son of Lonhro "world class" and showed why the royal blue army consider him a leading contender for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on 10 March. "He was well-treated under the conditions of his last race. Now he has to step up again at level weights against some very good three-year-olds in the Hobartville," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "This is all about who's the best." Cummings added: "His first-up win spoke for itself...he was able to take his first-up run very well and he's held his form nicely. He's made me eager to get him back to the races." Chief among Kementari's rivals on Saturday are Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Pierata, Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, and Chris Waller's exciting unbeaten colt D'Argento.

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Kementari (image: Steve Hart)

Cummings Provides Updates For Key Godolphin Runners

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Godolphin head trainer James Cummings has provided some important feedback for racing fans and punters alike as the racing season builds towards major events in both Sydney and Melbourne. Cummings made the decision to take Hartnell back to Osborne Park after his slashing Gr1 CF Orr Stakes win, noting, "He's a horse who loves to be turned out after his training, and we get the opportunity to do that up here. That gives me every chance to get him big and round and bouncing around before his next start. We've got plenty of options on the table and we haven't locked in anything yet because we need to see how he recovers from that big, first-up performance." Meanwhile, Cummings is brimming with confidence after the first-up pummeling Kementari gave his rivals in the Eskimo Prince Stakes, revealing that the boom son of Lonhro will have another run before being set for the Gr1 Randwick Guineas early in March.

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Kementari appears to have come of age (pic: Steve Hart)

Kementari Wins Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes

Monday, 12th February 2018

At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) posted a well-deserved maiden stakes victory with a dominant win in the $150,000 Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Brave Song. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 7 starts for $551,650 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.

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Mighty Boss Wins Gr1 Caulfield Guineas

Monday, 16th October 2017

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO chestnut colt Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion, by Encosta de Lago) scored a shock win at odds of 100-1 in the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Kementari & Catchy. Mighty Boss, whose second dam is the Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner La Volta, improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $1,239,750 in earnings. Racing in the familiar colours of Mr Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets, Mighty Boss was purchased by his trainer and co-owner Mick Price for $180,000 at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud. Price was counting his lucky stars that Mighty Boss – who was the first emergency – even gained a start in the stallion-making feature. "I really liked this bloke as a yearling and I asked My Yaseen if I could keep ten percent," Price told racing.com. "Ever since he won his Sale maiden, we wanted to point him in this direction and see if we could get a run." Price added: "We crossed our fingers and a little bit of magic got us in the field." Price said Mighty Boss would now be spelled and aimed at the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March.

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Mighty Boss (image: Mark Gatt)

Caulfield Guineas Final Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The stallion-making feature - which boasts top stallions on its honour roll such as All Too Hard (2012), Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Redoute's Choice (1999), and Luskin Star (1977) - has attracted a capacity field of 16 horses with the Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss the lone emergency. Current race favourite Royal Symphony has drawn midfield in barrier 9, while others to draw a good gate include the only filly entered in the race, Catchy, in barrier 3, Levendi (7), Salsamor (8), Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Perast (2), Gold Standard (6), and Showtime (1). In a competitive market, Royal Symphony is the most popular runner at $4 with TAB, ahead of Catchy at $5, Kementari ($5.50), and Perast next best at $10. Click below to view the Caulfield Guineas field.

Perast Wins Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added Group race success when 3YO bay colt Perast (Snitzel-Thousand Veils, by Zabeel) put up an excellent Caulfield Guineas trial when scoring a determined front-running win in the $175,000 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings, defeating Summer Passage & Kementari. This was the first stakes victory for Perast who improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Run To The Rose) from 8 starts for $181,000. Purchased by his trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Perast is out of the Listed SAJC St Leger (2400m) winning mare Thousand Veils (Zabeel) and hails from the successful US family of 4-time Gr1 winner Versailles Treaty and dual Gr1 winner General Assembly. Given his stamina laden pedigree, Perry said he expects Perast to improve even more when he steps up to a mile in the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 14 October. "He's a nice colt," Perry told racing.com. "He did well to hang on because they went hard in that race." He added: "I think the mile will suit him much better than today. The way he's bred, he's out of a Zabeel mare so I can only see him improving."

Wide Draw No Barrier To Menari Support

Friday, 8th September 2017

Despite having drawn the outside barrier of the 11 runners in tomorrow's Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, favourite Menari has continued to tighten in markets over the past 48 hours, coming in from $2.80 to $2.40. Pariah is solid at $3.20, ahead of Kementari who has been nibbled at to close up to $4.60. The Godolphin-trained runner will have a red-hot Kerrin McEvoy in the irons from barrier 7, while Josh Parr is going to have to find a way to slot Menari in with cover somewhere, without leaving him with too much to do in the straight.

Menari

Menari has to overcome a wide gate (pic: Steve Hart)