In what is assumedly a clever ode to the Best Picture Winner of 2000 in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, $250,000 dollar colt Crouching Dragon is poised to make his debut this evening at Cranbourne in the APM Maiden (1200m). Racing in the well-known colours of Sun Bloodstock, Crouching Dragon has been prepared by Team Hayes and will be accompanied by in form hoop Michael Dee. Crouching Dragon is by Street Cry, sire of two of the most outstanding racehorses of this century in Winx (17 straight wins) and US Eclipse Award Winner Zenyatta (19 straight wins and 2nd at her final start before retiring). Crouching Tiger is from Gr3 Furious Stakes-winning, Gr1 Flight Stakes-placed Danehill mare Moonflute. Moonflute is also a half-sister to Pine Away, dam of Gr1 winner, Absolute Glam, Gr1 Galaxy runner-up, Nobby Snip and Forever Rafter (dam of Gr2 NRC Thousand Guineas Prelude runner-up, Miss Gunpowder). Crouching Dragon was offered by Baramul Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and has been tuned up for his first-up tilt with 3 impressive trials.
Smart Queensland mare Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain-Tolart, by Show a Heart) will have to overcome a wide draw if she is to become just the second horse to win two editions of the Gr1 Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben tomorrow, reports Racing Queensland. The brilliant Grahame Begg-trained Bonanova is the only mare to hitherto win the Tiara twice when saluting in 1999 and 2000. Schweida said Miss Cover Girl is going just as well this year but he is worried by barrier 15. The 5YO, who is coming off an unlucky last-start ninth to Miss Gunpowder in the Listed Bert Hinkler Stakes at Doomben on 10 June, will jump from 12 if the emergencies drawn inside her fail to gain a start. "She had an awkward barrier last year but it was at Eagle Farm then," Schweida said. "She's got another bad draw this time and it's at Doomben so I'm just hoping for a bit of luck." Schweida added: "It was a ripper of a run [in the Hinkler] and she had no luck at all down the straight. I'm happy the way she's going and she's trained on well." The Tiara could be Miss Cover Girl's final race start after she was purchased for $500,000 at the recent Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. "I have to speak to her new owners about what happens after the Tatt's Tiara," Schweida said.
Meanwhile, talented sprinter Mogador will carry the royal blue of Godolphin in tomorrow's Gr3 W.J. Healey Stakes (1200m) at Doomben. Mogador, an Exceed And Excel half-brother to Golden Rose winner Astern, will have a gear change in a bid to spark a return to form after a respectable last-start eighth (beaten 2.6 lengths) behind Miss Gunpowder in the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) two weeks ago. "He's drawn wide, but we've taken the blinkers off and I'd expect him to settle back a bit, so it shouldn't be critical," trainer Darren Beadman said. "His work has been first class this week and if he runs up to it he'll be looking like the winner at some point."
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Think Big Stud's dual Gr3-winning stallion Pendragon (Elnadim-Alacrity, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when 4YO brown mare Miss Gunpowder (Pendragon-Forever Rafter, by Delineator) scored a determined win in the $100,000 Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Too Good To Refuse & Jimmy Rea. Originally a $60,000 purchase from the Think Big Stud draft at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Miss Gunpowder fetched $700,000 at the recent Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. In claiming her second stakes victory she improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude) and 5 placings (including the Gr3 Quezette Stakes) from 16 starts for $380,500 in earnings. Miss Gunpowder, who is out of a half-sister to Gr1 winner Absolut Glam, will now head to the Gr1 Tatts Tiara (1400m) at Doomben on 24 June.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group success when 3YO filly Fuhryk (Star Witness-Fuhrnatic, by Langfuhr) unleashed a dazzling turn of foot to score a decisive win in the $175,000 Gr3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Miss Gunpowder & Ravi. This victory showed Fuhryk to be a filly of serious ability and boosted her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes) and 1 placing from 9 starts for $436,485 earnings. From the dual stakes-placed mare Fuhrnatic, Fuhryk was a $60,000 purchase by Lindsay Park Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Premier Sale from the draft of Rosemont Stud.
At Morphettville in South Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Don't Doubt Mamma (Not a Single Doubt-Coconut Mamma, by Fantastic Light) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $100,000 Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO fillies Miss Gunpowder (Pendragon-Forever Rafter, by Delineator) & Super Cash (Written Tycoon-Super Bucks, by Dash for Cash). Don't Doubt Mamma took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 The Vanity & Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Kewney Stakes) from 12 starts for $393,360 earnings.
Meanwhile, trainer Mike Moroney says that highly regarded filly Alaskan Rose (Encosta de Lago-Saskia, by Redoute's Choice) will appreciate stepping up to a mile in Saturday's Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield. The daughter of Encosta de Lago, who won her first two starts in impressive style, surrendered her unbeaten record when finishing eighth behind Miss Gunpowder in the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude on 26 September after enduring a torrid run. Alaskan Rose has drawn favourably in barrier six for Saturday's $500,000 fillies feature, and Moroney is quietly confident she can return to the winner's circle with even luck in running. "She ended up getting into what looked like the winner's spot early, but then things changed quickly and we probably ended up getting the worse of the runs from there," Moroney told Melbourne's radio Sport National. "We couldn't get a decent line on her last time so hopefully she gets a bit more luck in running." He added: "She's come through the run well. She got knocked around a wee bit but she appears to be fine now. I've always felt that a mile would suit her much better." The Thousand Guineas has attracted a field of 11 high class fillies with former champion filly Miss Finland's daughter Stay With Me currently a slight favourite at $4.20 over Pasadena Girl at $4.40. Alaskan Rose is at $21. Click here to view Saturday's Caulfield fields.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Think Big Stud stallion Pendragon (Elnadim-Alacrity, by Grosvenor) sired his first stakes winner when exciting 3YO filly Miss Gunpowder (Pendragon-Forever Rafter, by Delineator) led her rivals a merry dance to score by a length for trainer Phillip Stokes in the $201,000 Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), over fellow sophomore fillies Payroll (Not a Single Doubt-Workhard, by Red Ransom) & Jameka (Myboycharlie-Mine Game, by General Nediym). A $60,000 Inglis Classic Summer yearling consigned by Think Big Stud, Miss Gunpowder took her record to 4 wins & a placing (including the Gr3 Quezette Stakes) from 5 starts for $196,500 earnings. The victory saw bookies wind her in from $13 to $7 for the Gr1 Thousand Guineas.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a Group success when exciting 3YO filly Petits Filous (Street Boss-Excellent Lady, by Exceed and Excel) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $150,000 Gr3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Jalan Jalan (Foreplay-Impinge, by Generous) & Miss Gunpowder (Pendragon-Forever Rafter, by Delineator). Maher said the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 31 October was an option for Petits Filous. "Maybe a race like the Coolmore after a little let-up might be an option for her." He added: "After looking at her today, each start she is learning a little bit and she is a keen little racehorse...we will just keep her to the sprint trips." This was the first stakes victory for Petits Filous who took her record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $196,000 earnings. Petits Filous, who is out of a half sister to Gr1 winner La Bella Dama was purchased by Maher for $65,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Emirates Park.