Booker Wins Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes

Monday, 12th February 2018

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Booker (Written Tycoon-Noondie, by Flying Spur) kicked off her autumn campaign with a comfortable win in the $150,000 Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Leather'n'lace & See Me Exceed. A $230,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Mill Park Stud, Booker improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes) from 7 starts for $386,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Matthew Ellerton said he would now consider running Booker in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "She's a pretty impressive sort of filly now, she looks like a big three-year-old colt," Ellerton told racing.com. "Hopefully she pulls up well and we'll move forward with her. She'll be much improved from this run." He added: "We possibly might go back to 1100m and run her in the Oakleigh Plate but I'm not sure yet."


Bring Me Roses Wins Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes

Monday, 9th October 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's ill-fated dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 winner High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) put up an outstanding VRC Oaks trial when unwinding a brilliant finish from last on the turn to post a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Hiyaam & Leather'n'Lace. Stable representative Michael Shephardson, who was standing in for ill trainer Tony McEvoy, said Bring Me Roses' primary spring target was the $1 million VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on 9 November. "She's a High Chaparral filly with a good turn of foot. We've always had a big opinion of her," he said. Bring Me Roses is expected to have her final Oaks lead-up in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 4 November.

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Bring Me Roses (image: Mark Gatt)