At Caulfield in Melbourne on Saturday, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 7YO entire Jungle Cat (Iffraaj-Mike's Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) scored by 0.1-length for Godolphin’s UK-based trainer Charlie Appleby in the $500,000 Sir Rupert Clare Stakes (1400m) from 6YO gelding Dollar For Dollar and 5YO entire Land Of Plenty. Having his first start in Australia, the globally successful Jungle Cat was perfectly positioned by James Doyle to go about reeling in the tenaciously brave Dollar For Dollar who went within a whisker of making every post a winner. Usurping his better fancied Australian-trained Godolphin contemporaries, Jungle Cat could not have had better form coming into the race having won the Gr1 Alquoz Sprint in Dubai last March. "It's great to have a Group 1 winner here," enthused an elated Appleby, who revealed it was always the intention after Jungle Cat’s Dubai Gr1 accomplishment to head to the Sir Rupert Clarke given its status as one of the few open class Gr1 1400m races in the world. His second Gr1 victory, and fourth consecutive race win, took Jungle Cat’s record to 8 wins (also including the Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort Stakes) & 12 placings (including the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Gr2 July Stakes and Gr2 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, Gr2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes at York, Gr3 Meydan Sprint and Gr3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket) from 31 starts for $2,247,958 earnings. Also 4th in the Gr1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, Jungle Cat is perfectly credentialled as a future dual Hemisphere stud prospect for Darley.
Meanwhile, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby expects Irish-bred sprinter Jungle Cat to give a good account of himself when he makes his Australian debut in Saturday's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. Coming off a maiden Gr1 win in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night (31 March), Appleby told Godolphin.com that Jungle Cat had travelled and acclimatised well. "He brings a good level of form to the race. Stepping up to seven furlongs should be perfect for him," Appleby said. "We've had this race in mind for him for some time, and he's well-prepared for it." TAB have installed Home Of The Brave as the $5 favourite for the Sir Rupert Clarke, ahead of stable-mate Osborne Bulls and the Darren Weir-trained Land Of Plenty at $5.50. Jungle Cat is next best at $10.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. The race has attracted a capacity field of 15 plus four emergencies. The top weight for the race is the Godolphin-owned Jungle Cat who will be making his Australian debut. The Irish-bred speedster was last seen claiming his maiden Gr1 title in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai on World Cup night (31 March). Jungle Cat is likely to vie for favouritism with fellow Godolphin runners Home Of The Brave and Osborne Bulls, with the former a chance of securing the final Everest slot if he can replicate his impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Theo Mark Stakes in Sydney. Other leading chances include Holy Snow & Oregon's Day from the Mick Price yard, Land Of Plenty for Darren Weir, and Showtime and Peaceful State, who will both be carrying the colours of world renowned Japanese breeder & owner Katsumi Yoshida.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a stakes race success when 5YO Australian-bred entire Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum) produced his trademark late finishing burst to land the $120,000 Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Peaceful State & Al Passem. An $80,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud, Land Of Plenty improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 RA Lee Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes & Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) from 22 starts for $529,830 in earnings.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Osborne Bulls (Street Cry-Jerezana, by Lonhro) boosted his already impressive winning strike rate when claiming his second career stakes victory in the $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) for 4YO+, defeating Land Of Plenty & Brave Song. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Osborne Bulls is out of the Listed Ramornie Handicap winner Jerezana. He improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) and 3 placings from 11 starts for $377,010 in earnings.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum) opened his stakes account when storming home for an impressive win in the $250,000 Gr3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Over Exposure & Lite'n In My Veins. An $80,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud, Land Of Plenty improved his record to 4 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes & Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) from 20 starts for $435,230 in earnings.
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, 6YO UK-bred gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) submitted a brilliant Everest trial when bolting up in the $200,000 Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating a wayward Scales Of Justice and Land Of Plenty. The ex-Hong Kong-based Redkirk Warrior improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr3 Sandown Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 13 starts for $1,528,580 in earnings. Redkirk Warrior's performance virtually assured him a slot in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "I've been seeing his raw ability now for 12 months and if he gets the right conditions in Sydney it will take a very good horse to beat him," Hayes said. "Star [slot holder Star City] will choose in the next 24 [hours] and I've been recommending this one to them all the way through but Vega Magic confused them a little bit." Hayes added: "When it rains it pours. They are the two best sprinters I've had in a long time and they'd be good in any era so it's luck in running and who handles Sydney the best."
Inglis has released its catalogue for Thursday's inaugural The Chairman's Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) at Newmarket. Entered in the sale are nine select racehorses that have already shown outstanding ability on the racetrack and are now available for to buy either partially or in full to continue their racing careers. Several of the horses to be offered at Newmarket tomorrow night have entries in The Championships at Royal Randwick. Entries include Gr2 Todman Stakes winner Gunnison, stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc, 25% of Gr2-winning 3YO Man From Uncle, and 30% of Group performer Land Of Plenty. The sale begins at 6pm Thursday night (30 March). Click here to view the catalogue.
Gr1 Inglis Sires contender Gunnison – the equal second-highest rated 2YO male in Australia – is the latest entry for Thursday’s inaugural The Chairman’s Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) at Newmarket. Gunnison (Not A Single Doubt x Colorado Claire) has raced only twice, winning comfortably on a firm track on debut before scoring a tough victory in heavy conditions in the Gr2 Todman Stakes at Randwick three weeks ago. The undefeated start to his career has seen the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Gunnison earn a Timeform Rating of 115, behind only Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah in the Australian male juvenile rankings. Gunnison remains the most expensive Not A Single Doubt ever sold – James Harron paid $850,000 for him at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale – and Harron insisted the decision to put him up for sale was a tough one. “He’s a sensational physical but at this stage we are purely focused on stallion prospects, so as a gelding he just does not fit in with our program,’’ said Harron. “But I can genuinely tell you that Peter thinks this horse is a huge chance on Saturday in the Group 1 Inglis Sires.’’ Other entries include Stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc, 25% of Group 2-winning 3YO Man From Uncle and 30% of Group performer Land Of Plenty. The Chairman’s Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) begins at 6pm Thursday at Inglis’ Sydney Newmarket precinct.
Friday's March Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne was the final Inglis auction before a big fortnight in Sydney takes centre stage in late March/early April as the curtain falls on Newmarket. The March Mixed Sale proved a success yet again, with a healthy clearance rate of over 91% for the 156 horses offered. The sale grossed $1,254,350 with an average price of $8833. Attention now switches to Sydney for a farewell fortnight before the Sydney arm of the business moves to Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm. The inaugural The Chairman's Sale Session 1 (Elite Racing Prospects) kick-starts proceedings on Thursday March 30 at 6pm, where individual horses or shares in a select group of thoroughbreds competing in Group races at the present time will be offered. Included in the catalogue already are stakes performed 2YO Eden Roc and Sydney Cup contender Chance To Dance, 25% of Group 3-winning 3YO Man From Uncle and 30% of Stakes-placed 3YO Land Of Plenty. Entries for this sale close Monday March 27. Then it's the world renowned Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, where a total of 480 Lots have been catalogued for the sale which will run for three days from April 4-6. Following the Easter Yearling Sale, the Chairman's Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) takes place on Friday April 7 from 5pm. The last ever sale at Newmarket will then take place with the Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale from April 10-12 where a catalogue of over 550 quality weanlings, race fillies and broodmares will be offered.
Stakes-placed mares in foal, stallion prospects and metropolitan winners are among a plethora of supplementary entries received for Friday's Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale in Melbourne. In total, 78 supplementary Lots have been received for the sale, taking the total amount of Lots to be offered to 186. Catalogue highlights include black-type winners such as Wales, Chivalry, Rugged Cross, Firehouse Rock, Armada and Golden Spin, Victorian metropolitan winners Barjeel and Astley, as well as an unraced 2YO half-brother to Caulfield Guineas winner Long John. The catalogue includes a mix of broodmares, racehorses, stallion prospects and yearlings. The March Thoroughbred Sale begins at 11am this coming Friday, March 17 at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne. Click here to view catalogue. Following the sale of the last Lot, attention will switch to Sydney for a big fortnight of auctions centred round the Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The inaugural The Chairman's Sale Session 1 (Elite Racing Prospects) kick-starts proceedings on Thursday April 30 at 6pm, where Inglis will offer individual horses or shares in a select group of thoroughbreds competing in Group races at the present time. Included in the catalogue are stakes performed 2YO Eden Roc and Sydney Cup contender Chance To Dance, 25% of Gr3-winning 3YO Man From Uncle, and 30% of Stakes-placed 3YO Land Of Plenty. Entries for this sale close Monday March 27. The Australian Easter Yearling Sale will then take centre stage over the three days of April 4-6. Then it's the Chairman's Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects), offering top-class breeding prospects on and off the track, followed by the last ever sale at Newmarket – the Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale from April 10-12.
Group 1 performer Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum) is the latest entrant in Inglis's inaugural The Chairman's Sale - Session I, Elite Racing Prospects. The 3YO finished third in the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington two starts back, before an unlucky run in the Gr1 Australian Guineas at his most recent outing. "This is an extremely underrated racehorse,'' trainer Grahame Begg said. "He's contested his past two races – most recently the Group 1 Australian Guineas – without any luck at all." Begg added: "He's got exceptional ability and I have no doubt whatsoever that the best is yet to come for this talented son of Stratum.'' A 30% interest in Land Of Plenty will be offered at the sale. The Chairman's Sale Session I – Elite Racing Prospects – will be held on Thursday night, March 30 from 5pm, just prior to Day 1 of The Championships. The Chairman's Sale Session II – Elite Breeding Prospects – will take place on Friday night, April 7 from 6pm, the night after the conclusion of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO bay gelding Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) powered home to score by 1.5 lengths for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings, over 3YO colts Malaise (Helmet-Insouciance, by Quest for Fame) & Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum). Hey Doc, who was an $85,000 purchase for McEvoy Mitchell Racing at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Rosemont Stud, improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Stutt Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Caulfield Guineas) from 11 starts for $507,900 earnings. Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed Hey Doc's nest start will be in the $750,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 4 March. "He was explosive today, it was very exciting to watch," McEvoy told Racing.com.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse on Saturday. Heading the market is Godolphin's last-start Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes winner Impending at $4.40, ahead of Stan Fox runner-up Divine Prophet at $4.80, Gr1-winning Kiwi gelding Sacred Elixir at $6.50, Good Standing at $8.50, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Evacuation at $9. All other runners are available at double figure odds. The Caulfield Guineas is renowned as one of Australia's pre-eminent sire-making races having produced numerous top-class stallions including Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Show A Heart (2000), and Redoute's Choice (1999), while recent winners Helmet (2011), All Too Hard (2012), Shooting To Win (2014) and Press Statement (2015) are showing all the signs of continuing that proud tradition. The final field is:
1. SACRED ELIXIR (Tony Pike-Damian Lane) 56.5kg (7)
2. IMPENDING (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (10)
3. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (11)
4. DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 56.5kg (1)
5. HEY DOC (Tony McEvoy-Luke Currie) 56.5kg (13)
6. SARACINO (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (4)
7. SEABURGE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Mark Zahra) 56.5kg (9)
8. REVOLVING DOOR (Clinton McDonald-Corey Brown) 56.5kg (8)
9. WAZZENME (Stuart Webb-Luke Nolen) 56.5kg (5)
10. EVACUATION (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg (3)
11. LAND OF PLENTY (Mick Price-Craig Newitt) 56.5kg (14)
12. KACHING (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 56.5kg (6)
13. SO SI BON (Robbie Laing-Michael Dee) 56.5kg (12)
14. BARBIE'S BOY (Louise Bonella-Daniel Stackhouse) 56.5kg (2)
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $200,000 Gr2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colts Land Of Plenty (Stratum-Dancing, by Spectrum) & Kaching (So You Think-Sun Song, by Desert Sun). This was a maiden stakes victory for Hey Doc who improved his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 7 starts for $294,900 earnings. Hey Doc was a $85,000 purchase for McEvoy Mitchell Racing at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Rosemont Stud.