At Caulfield in Melbourne, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) led her rivals a merry dance when successfully defending her title in the $150,000 Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Samovare & Montoya's Secret. Silent Sedition advanced her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 22 starts for $1,111,150 in earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud.
With NZB's Karaka set to literally light up on Sunday 28 January with the commencement of Book 1's new night session at the 2018 National Yearling Sales Series, buyers will have the opportunity to invest in a catalogue laden with matriarchal strength. A lofty 19% of Gr1 winners in Australia over the past 5 seasons are NZ-bred. The dazzling role call includes dual Oaks and Underwood Stakes winner Bonneval, Champion 2YO Melody Belle, together with fellow Gr1 winning fillies Charmont, Chenille, I Am A Star and Montoya's Secret. 2018 has already commenced spectacularly with Gr1 Guineas winners Aloisia and Hasahalo as well as top drawer sprinter Volpe Veloce taking the Railway. Amidst a buoyant contemporary bloodstock market, prices are again tipped to soar and rival the $800,000 outlaid by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum in 2017 for the High Chaparral filly out of Diamond Like.
A star-studded field will clash in Saturday's $200,000 Gr2 Charge Of The Light Horse P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), the first of four races in the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship. The 14-horse line-up features no fewer than eight individual Group 1 winners - namely Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice), Hartnell (Authorized), Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars), Gailo Chop (Deportivo), Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo), He's Our Rokkii (NZ) (Roc de Cambes), Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice) and Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral). Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact) and Star Exhibit (Statue Of Liberty) have been Group 1-placed. The race will be run as Race 7 at 4:00pm (6:00pm NZT). The winner of Saturday's race will pick up 10 Championship Points, with 8 for second, 6 for third, 4 for fourth, 3 for fifth and 1 each for horses placed sixth, seventh and eighth. The remaining races in the NZB Caulfield Spring Championship Series are the $1m Gr1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) on 2 September, the $750,000 Gr1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) on 1 October, and the $1m Gr1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on 14 October.
The 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale kicks off today on the Gold Coast. Comprising 1,055 lots, the four-day auction (30 May to 2 June) will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects, from race fillies and broodmares to stallions and stallion shares. The race fillies and broodmares include over 220 black type performed lots and over 500 lots of the Book 1 catalogue are at second cover or less. "We are overwhelmed by the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year, the catalogue is filled with quality from start to finish," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "This sale has produced so many incredible results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of this season's stars Winx, Foxplay, Montoya's Secret, Rapper Dragon, Heavens Above and Lasqueti Spirit were all purchased here providing buyers with impressive returns on investment." Cox added: "The Gold Coast is the place to be in late May and June and we look forward to welcoming buyers from around Australia and the globe for a truly remarkable offering of bloodstock." Book 1 kicks off the Sale with Lots 601 to 907 and 1068 to 1688 to be offered from 10am. Click here to view the online catalogue.
Magic Millions has released its online catalogue for the 2017 Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. Comprising 1,055 lots, the auction will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects, from race fillies and broodmares to stallions and stallion shares. The race fillies and broodmares include over 220 black type performed lots and over 500 lots of the Book One catalogue are at second cover or less. "We are overwhelmed by the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year, the catalogue is filled with quality from start to finish," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "This sale has produced so many incredible results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of this season's stars Winx, Foxplay, Montoya's Secret, Rapper Dragon, Heavens Above and Lasqueti Spirit were all purchased here providing buyers with impressive returns on investment." Click here to view the catalogue.
Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Montoya’s Secret has been ruled out of Saturday’s Australian Oaks with a leg injury, reports racing.com. “She’s given the back of her leg a whack, there’s some filling in there and we’ve had to treat her,” co-trainer Troy Corstens said. “She had a couple of quiet days, has missed some major gallops and you can’t go into a 2400 metre Group One with that being the case.” Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral-Divine Secret, by Thunder Gulch) will now be aimed at the Gr1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide on 6 May.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral-Divine Secret, by Thunder Gulch) scored by 0.2 length for trainers Leon & Troy Corstens in the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO fillies Nurse Kitchen (Savabeel-Flying Monty, by Montjeu) & Harlow Gold (Tavistock-Belongs in Lights, by Belong to Me). Montoya's Secret, who was purchased for $130,000 Bahen Bloodstock & Malua Bloodstock at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Phoenix Park, improved her record to 3 wins and 4 placings from 10 starts for $405,375 earnings. From the Thunder Gulch mare Divine Secret, Montoya's Secret is a half-sister to Gr2 Auckland Cup winner Delago's Secret.
The National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka and the sales preparation company Phoenix Park stole the spotlight at Rosehill on Saturday with a quinella in the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies. The race was won by Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral), who sold for $130,000 from Phoenix Park's draft at the 2015 Premier Sale. Runner-up Nurse Kitchen (Savabeel) was in the same draft but had to be withdrawn the day before the sale. Montoya's Secret and Nurse Kitchen had the finish of Saturday's race all to themselves, kicking two lengths clear of the rest of the field and fighting tooth and nail to the finish. Montoya's Secret, ridden by Noel Callow, prevailed by a desperate neck. "It was a good win," Callow said. "She had to dig deep. She just wandered that last bit, but she still held on though. I got there too early and she wanted to have a look around." Trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, Montoya's Secret has now had 10 starts for three wins and four placings for prize money of $405,375 – more than three times her purchase price. The win completed a Rosehill Group 1 double this week for 3YOs who are graduates of Karaka sales, with Gingernuts (Iffraaj) winning the previous Saturday's Rosehill Guineas.