2018

Material Man Wins Gr3 Strickland Stakes

Monday, 2nd July 2018

At Belmont racecourse in Perth, WA, Yarradale Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a Group race success when ultra-consistent 6YO Australian-bred gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) continued his outstanding recent form when overcoming a wide run to hold on for a narrow win in the $150,000 Gr3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) for 2YO+, defeating the fast-finishing Pounamu & Gatting. This was the fifth successive stakes win for Material Man who improved his record to 14 wins (including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr3 Belmont Sprint, Gr3 Hyperion Stakes, Listed AHA Cup, Listed Bunbury Cup, & Listed Pinjarra Cup) & 5 placings from 23 starts for $1,312,775 in earnings. It was also an historic win for Material Man who became the first horse to claim the Belmont Sprint, Hyperion Stakes & Strickland Stakes treble. "When you're three-deep without cover from the 800 onwards and you're main danger's stalking you, I thought he (Pounamu) was going to get over us today," trainer Justin Warwick told the West Australian. "Everyone knows how good Pounamu is. We've had some good tussles along the way and I'm glad we had our head in front."

Material Man Wins Gr3 Hyperion Stakes

Monday, 18th June 2018

At Belmont racecourse in West Australia, Yarradale Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a Group race success when consistent 6YO Australian-bred gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) continued his purple patch of form when landing the $150,000 Gr3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) for 2YO+, defeating Great Shot & Pounamu. This was the fourth successive stakes win for Material Man who improved his record to 13 wins (including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr3 Belmont Sprint& Listed AHA Cup, Listed Bunbury Cup, & Listed Pinjarra Cup) & 5 placings from 22 starts for $1,223,175 in earnings.

Material Man Wins Gr3 Belmont Sprint

Monday, 4th June 2018

Yarradale Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a Group success when ever-reliable 6YO gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Justin Warwick first-up in the $150,000 Gr3 WFA Belmont Sprint (1400m) for 2YOs+, defeating 5YO gelding Great Shot & 6YO gelding Pounamu. Continuing on with the super form that saw him win January’s Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m), Material Man displayed his versatility over all distances when taking his record to 12 wins (also including the Listed AHA Cup, Listed Bunbury Cup, & Listed Pinjarra Cup) & 5 placings from 20 starts for $1,133,575 earnings.

Material Man Wins Gr2 Perth Cup

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

At Ascot in Perth on New Year's Day, Yarradale Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a Group success when consistent 6YO gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet)  scored by 0.1-length in the $500,000 Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m) for trainer Justin Warwick. Reversing recent results from the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic and Gr2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes where he was held to second place by fellow 6YO gelding Pounamu (Authourized-Tangiwai, by Street Cry), Material Man also had more than 2-lengths to 4YO mare Royal Star (Redoute's Choice-Star Encounter, by Jeune). In a purple patch of form, Material Man took his record to 11 wins (also including the Listed AHA Cup, Listed Bunbury Cup, & Listed Pinjarra Cup) & 5 placings from 20 starts for $1,043,975 earnings.

2017

Pounamu Wins Gr1 Kingston Town Classic

Monday, 11th December 2017

At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO grey gelding Pounamu (Authorized-Tangiwai, by Street Cry) landed the biggest prize of his career when unleashing his trademark late flourish to score a minor upset win in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Material Man & Achernar Star. The former NSW-trained Pounamu, who was placed at Gr3 level in the Gloaming Stakes & Spring Stakes in Sydney as a 3YO, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes & Listed Detonator Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Strickland Stakes, Gr3 Gloaming Stakes & Gr3 Spring Stakes) from 37 starts for $1,122,530 in earnings. "He came here [from Sydney] and won a couple of races and then was the biggest bridesmaid in WA," trainer Alan Mathews told Sky Racing. "We always said he had the ability, but he just didn't have the concentration span to get his head around doing it at the right time." He added: "We set this horse for the race; second-up into the Railway, third-up into this and it's all gone to plan." Matthews said Pounamu may head to the Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m) on 1 January but fears he may now be weighted out of the race.

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Gr1 Kingston Town Classic Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 6th December 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the final Group 1 race of the year, the $1 million weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Black Heart Bart, who will be chasing his sixth Group 1 victory, is the current $3.40 TAB fixed odds favourite for the race, ahead of Godolphin import It's Somewhat at $4.60 and local mare Perfect Jewel at $6. Perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The field is:

  1. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 59kg (1)
  2. IT’S SOMEWHAT (James Cummings-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (11)
  3. GREAT SHOT (Rhys Radford-Craig Staples) 59kg (12)
  4. TOM MELBOURNE (Chris Waller-Damien Oliver) 59kg (7)
  5. POUNAMU (Alan Mathews-Patrick Carbery) 59kg (8)
  6. MATERIAL MAN (Justin Warwick-Mitchell Pateman) 59kg (6)
  7. ALL OUR ROADS (Chris Waller-Michael Walker) 59kg (14)
  8. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (Chris Waller-Douglas Whyte) 59kg (5)
  9. GATTING (Darren Mcauliffe-Lee Newman) 58.5kg (13)
  10. SILVERSTREAM (Adam Durrant-Brad Parnham) 57kg (15)
  11. COSMIC STORM (Grant & Alana Williams-Glenn Smith) 57kg (3)
  12. ROYAL STAR (Grant & Alana Williams-Jarrad Noske) 56.5kg (10)
  13. ACHERNAR STAR (Simon Miller-Chris Parnham) 52kg (4)
  14. MONEY MAHER (Daniel & Ben Pearce-J Azzopardi) 52kg (2)
  15. PERFECT JEWEL (Grant & Alana Williams-William Pike) 50kg (9)

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Black Heart Bart (image: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Railway Stakes Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Defending champion and local star Scales Of Justice is currently the $5.50 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart at $6 and Gr1 performer Tom Melbourne at $7. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Supply And Demand is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The final field is:

  1. BLACK HEART BART – 59kg (8)
  2. SCALES OF JUSTICE - 57.5 kg (13)
  3. TOM MELBOURNE – 55kg (1)
  4. SUPPLY AND DEMAND - 54.5kg (19)
  5. ULMANN - 54.5kg (5)
  6. GREAT SHOT – 53.5kg (11)
  7. SILVERSTREAM - 53.5kg (20)
  8. ALL OUR ROADS – 53kg (18)
  9. COSMIC STORM – 53kg (16)
  10. DISPOSITION – 53kg (10)
  11. GATTING – 53kg (3)
  12. MATERIAL MAN – 53kg (12)
  13. OBSERVATIONAL – 53kg (6)
  14. POUNAMU – 53kg (14)
  15. SOVEREIGN NATION – 53kg (15)
  16. VARIATION – 53kg (4)
  17. TRADESMAN – 53kg (1st emergency) (9)
  18. ROYAL STAR – 53kg (2nd emergency) (17)
  19. BOLLYWOOD BLITZ – 53kg (3rd emergency) (2)
  20. TONKATUFF – 53kg (4th emergency) (7)

Final Gr1 Railway Stakes Field

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The final field has been declared for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. The barrier draw will be conducted today commencing at 4:30pm (7:30pm AEDT) and will be telecast live on Sky Racing. The final field is:

  1. BLACK HEART BART – 59kg
  2. SCALES OF JUSTICE - 57.5 kg
  3. TOM MELBOURNE – 55kg
  4. SUPPLY AND DEMAND - 54.5kg
  5. ULMANN - 54.5kg
  6. GREAT SHOT – 53.5kg
  7. SILVERSTREAM - 53.5kg
  8. ALL OUR ROADS – 53kg
  9. COSMIC STORM – 53kg
  10. DISPOSITION – 53kg
  11. GATTING – 53kg
  12. MATERIAL MAN – 53kg
  13. OBSERVATIONAL – 53kg
  14. POUNAMU – 53kg
  15. SOVEREIGN NATION – 53kg
  16. VARIATION – 53kg
  17. TRADESMAN – 53kg (1st emergency)
  18. ROYAL STAR – 53kg (2nd emergency)
  19. BOLLYWOOD BLITZ – 53kg (3rd emergency)
  20. TONKATUFF – 53kg (4th emergency)

Railway Next for Material Man

Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) is likely to head straight to the Railway Stakes without another run after his impressive first-up win in Sunday's Listed Northam Cup (1600m), reports the West Australian. The 6YO, who now boasts 10 wins from 15 starts including three stakes victories, will be given an easy time ahead of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on 25 November. "He's a genuine 2000m horse, so first-up at a mile wasn't going to be bad off three trials," trainer Justin Warwick said. "The Railway's his go." He added: "Hopefully this will give him enough points just to scrape in the bottom and ideally I'd just like to give him another trial and head straight there."

Material Man Wins Listed Northam Cup

Monday, 30th October 2017

At Northam in West Australia, Yarradale Stud’s Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a black-type success when 6YO chestnut gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) surged home along the fence to score a first-up win in the $125,000 Listed Northam Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Falcon Crest & Great Shot. In claiming the third stakes victory of his career, Material Man advanced his already impressive record to 10 wins (including the Listed Bunbury Cup & Listed Prince of Wales Hotel Cup) and 3 placings from 15 starts for $413,975 in earnings.

Dark Alert Wins Listed Pinjarra Cup

Monday, 10th April 2017

At Pinjarra in Western Australia, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Dark Alert (Testa Rossa-Storm Alert, by Metal Storm) benefitted from a frenetic pace set up by the two leaders Material Man and Zarantz to sprint away in the straight to score by 2.75 lengths and set a new class record for trainers G Durrant & J Miller in the $120,000 Listed Pinjarra Cup (2300m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare My Magic Miss (Mastercraftsman-Miss Charmer, by Zabeel) & 6YO gelding Sunset Superman (Cape North-Native Silver, by Metal Storm). A homebred for prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Dark Alert advanced his record to 8 wins and 6 placings (including the Listed WATC Ascot Gold Cup) from 23 starts for $487,050 earnings.

Material Man Wins Listed Prince of Wales Hotel Cup

Monday, 13th March 2017

At Bunbury in Western Australia on Sunday, Yarradale Stud’s Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio, by Hussonet) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Justin Warwick in the $100,000 Listed Prince of Wales Hotel Cup (2019m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare My Magic Miss (Mastercraftsman-Miss Charmer, by Zabeel) & fellow 5YO gelding Dark Alert (Testa Rossa-Storm Alert, by Metal Storm). Material Man advanced his already impressive record to 8 wins and 3 placings from 12 starts for $258,500 earnings.