At Pakenham in Victoria, former Armidale Stud stallion Helike (Rahy-East of the Moon, by Private Account) added a black-type success when 8YO Australian-bred gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival Ride, by Spinning World) held on for a narrow win in the $250,000 Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating Khartoum & Oncidium Ruler. This was just the second stakes victory of Like A Carousel's career and improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Harry White Classic) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 Sydney Cup & Listed Sandown Cup) from 52 starts for $678,570 in earnings.
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a black-type success when 6YO bay gelding De Little Engine (Encosta de Lago-Arapaho Miss, by Danehill Dancer) relished the step up to two miles when bounding clear for an easy win in the $200,000 Listed Ramsden Stakes (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Mujadale & Like A Carousel. De Little Engine, who was a $47,500 purchase at the 2011 Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm, improved his record to 9 wins and 11 placings (including the Listed MRC Galilee Series Final Handicap & Listed VRC Bagot Handicap) from 46 starts for $736,040 earnings. De Little Engine is out of VRC Oaks winner Arapaho Miss and descends from the family of Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner and champion US sire Tom Rolfe.
Real quality and real value will meet in Launceston in February next year when the cream of the Tasmanian yearling crop go up for sale. The catalogue for the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale is now online and comprises 126 lots to be offered at Launceston's Inveresk Showgrounds on Thursday, February 18. Recent graduates of the sale have been starring around the country and include the likes of stakes winners The Cleaner, Palentino and Banca Mo as well as quality performers Like a Carousel, Kenjorwood and Valiant Warrior. Among the yearlings catalogued for 2016 are (at least half) relations to stakes winners including Banca Mo, Braequest, Brakim Lass, Cailin Miss, Grand Tycoon, Jadescent, Lake Sententia, Packing OK, Palentino and Triple Asset. Some 21 lots in the catalogue are from black type performed mares including stakes winners Abbadena, Coupe, Gehenna, Star Hit and Wavishing. A highlight of the sale will be the 22 first crop yearlings by Encosta de Lago's group winning son and Armidale Stud resident Needs Further. Armidale have 27 yearlings catalogued, the same amount as Grenville Stud, the breeders of Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan. "We're delighted by the step up in the calibre of yearlings heading to the 2016 Tasmanian Yearling Sale," Magic Millions' Tim Brown said. "The sale always presents quality individuals at value prices and this will go to another level in February." Click here to view the online catalogue.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, imported European 5YO gelding Grand Marshall (Dansili-Margarula, by Doyoun) scored an upset short-head victory for trainer Chris Waller in the $1.6 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m), over stable mate 6YO gelding Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital-Ears Carol, by Carolingian) & 6YO gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival World, by Spinning Ride). Last Monday's Gr2 Chairman's Cup place-getter, Grand Marshal took his record to 7 wins & 7 placings from 21 starts for $1,428,229 earnings. Celebrating his unexpected good fortune after hot pot Hartnell (reported to be lame) dashed favourite backer's hopes, Waller told the age.com.au, "It is a great feeling when you come for a Sydney Cup and it is something special when the two stablemates fight it out… I feel for the other owners [of Who Shot Thebarman]. I am sure they thought they had the race in the bag. Their turn will come and they will get another shot at the Melbourne Cup."
Magic Millions' 2015 Tasmanian Yearling Sale catalogue is now online. Comprising 121 lots, the catalogue has brought together the best Tasmanian bred yearlings as well as a select group from the mainland to go under the hammer at Launceston's Inveresk Showgrounds on 12 February. Over recent years the sale has produced some top graduates including stakes winners The Cleaner, Lady Lynette, Triple Asset and Like a Carousel. Among the lots catalogued are half or three quarter relations to stakes winners Black 'n' Tough, Radha Rani, The Cleaner, Triple Asset and Twenty Grand. There are also half or three quarter relations to stakes performers All Rigged Up, Emily's Girl, Kid Kobe, Pompeius, Portland Damask, Prince Obama, Queen, Regal Flame and Zodiac Queen. Stakes winning mares with lots catalogued include Angel's Jewel, Brakim Lass, Galvanized, Genuine Blonde, Private Nip, Rose of Portland, Star Hit and Wavishing, while fellow stakes performers Come on Rory, Mislaid, Pirate Queen, Qui Lady, Silvercitymiss, Why For and With Decorum are also represented. There is a great selection of progeny by 66 individual sires - the most represented including West Quest (16 lots), Master of Design (8), Tough Speed (7), Bushranger (5) and Statue of Liberty (5). Other sires with yearlings in the catalogue include Anacheeva, Bel Esprit, Beneteau, Casino Prince, Desert King, Domesday, Equiano, Exceed and Excel, Helmet, Hussonet, Keep the Faith, Ladoni, Magnus, Moshe, Myboycharlie, Reward for Effort, Sebring, Stryker, Tickets, Toorak Toff, Uncle Mo, Wanted, Wordsmith and Zoffany and dozens more. The Tasmanian Yearling Sale is complimented by two graduate races to be run at Launceston on the eve of the sale, Wednesday, 11 February. The $50,000 Brooklyn Park Magic Millions 2YO Classic and $50,000 TasBreeders Magic Millions 3YO Classic (both over 1200m) are subject to entries closing on 5 February at 12 noon (AEDT). Click here to view the online catalogue.
At Sandown in Melbourne, 5YO Irish-bred gelding Renew (Dansili-Hold Me Love Me, by Sadler's Wells) opened his Australian account when scoring a determined 0.2-length win for trainer Archie Alexander in the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival Ride, by Spinning World) & Shoreham (Reset-Teneales Pearl, by Redoute's Choice). This was Renew's second stakes victory having won the Listed Godolphin Stakes at Newmarket before arriving in Australia. The OTI Racing-owned import took his record to 4 wins and 5 placings from 17 starts for $195,162 earnings.
At Geelong in Victoria, 7YO UK-bred entire Caravan Rolls On (Hernando-Grain Only, by Machiavellian) gave his Melbourne Cup prospects a boost when scoring by 0.75-length for trainer Danny O'Brien in the $300,000 Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred entire Marksmanship (Galileo-Maroochydore, by Danehill) & 5YO gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival Ride, by Spinning World). This was the second stakes victory for Caravan Rolls On since arriving in Australia and it took his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Sandown Cup) and 2 placings from 18 starts for $283,223 earnings. The Qatar Bloodstock-owned galloper, who is currently 45th in the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup, will be hoping to receive a penalty to force his way into the field. "I'd hope he gets a penalty; those horses that are on the lighter weights are getting the bigger penalties, the horse that won the Herbert Power got two kilos the other day, it was a similar standard of dress as today so if we can get a penalty of that sort of nature, he'll be in the Cup," O'Brien said. "If he gets to Flemington and he gets his two-miles he'll be a top-six chance for sure."
At Sandown in Melbourne, former Armidale Stud stallion Helike (Rahy-East of the Moon, by Private Account) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival Ride, by Spinning World) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Ken Keys in the $120,000 Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO UK-bred gelding Mulaqen (Haafhd-Burqa, by Nashwan) & 8YO mare Unchain My Heart (Al Maher-Fly by Night, by Prince of Birds). This was the first stakes victory for Like A Carousel who took his record to 2 wins and 7 placings (including the Listed Sandown Cup) from 21 starts for $204,990 earnings.
At Caulfield, 6YO UK entire Caravan Rolls On (Hernando-Grain Only, by Machiavellian) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam in the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Like A Carousel (Helike-Carnival Ride, by Spinning World) & 6YO gelding Crafty Cruiser (Good Journey-Sly One, by O'Reilly). Owned by Qatar's Sheikh Fahad, this was Caravan Rolls On's maiden stakes victory and his first win in Australia, and took his record to 6 wins & 2 placings from 15 starts for $179,263 earnings.