At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a Group success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Dashing Fellow (Duporth-Moon Fever, by Fusaichi Pegasus) scored by a neck in the HK$3 million Gr3 National Day Cup (1000m), defeating Not Listenin'tome & D B Pin. Purchased for $160,000 by George Moore Bloodstock at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kitchwin Hills, Dashing Fellow improved his record to 8 wins and 10 placings from 35 starts for HK$12,917,700 in earnings.
The inaugural Chairman's Sale proved that it has a permanent home on the Australasian thoroughbred sales calendar with Friday night's Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) continuing a stunning week of action at Newmarket with three lots selling for $1 million or more. The sale ended with an average of $329,786, median of $265,000, gross of $23,085,000, and a clearance rate of 86%. Victorian stud Three Bridges was active as both a buyer and vendor at the top end of the market on Friday when buying Queensland Oaks winner Provocative (Zabeel) in foal to Tavistock for $1.2million, and offering the second-top lot Don't Doubt Mamma (as agent), which was knocked down to Arrowfield for $1.1million on behalf of Katsumi Yoshida. She will visit Arrowfield's recent Japanese stallion acquisition Maurice this season, according to the stud's Jon Freyer. "It's a family that we love and she's by Not A Single Doubt who has started nicely as a broodmare sire,'' Freyer said. Meanwhile, Newstar Partnership, a newly formed partnership comprising Newgate, WinStar and Kingstar Farms, paid $1million for Flame Of Sydney (Lot 51), the dam of recent Gr1 Inglis Sires Produce winner Invader and star Australian and Hong Kong sprinter Not Listenin'tome. Flame Of Sydney will likely be mated with Newgate's recent stallion addition Capitalist this season. "She's got all the attributes of a blue hen mare and I thought she was fabulous buying at $1 million on a global scale,'' Newstar Partnership's Henry Field said. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was in awe of the support and success of the inaugural The Chairman's Sale. "You can't progress without innovation and it's been proven with both the Elite Racing Prospects last week and now tonight's Elite Breeding Prospects session, that this type of sale absolutely belongs in the Australian market,'' Webster said.
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race trifecta when 2YO colt Invader (Snitzel-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.8 length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $1 million Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO New Zealand-bred colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) & 2YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday). Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Invader is raced by the China Horse Club who paid $475,000 for him at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast. Others to share in the ownership of the valuable youngster are Newgate Farm, Aquis Farm, Matthew Sandblom's Horse Ventures and America's WinStar Farm. Invader, who is a three-quarter brother to Hong Kong-based Gr2 winner and Gr1-placed sprinter Not Listenin'tome, improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Todman Stakes) from 6 starts for $865,125 earnings.
Several lots at this week's Inglis Chairman's Sale have received timely pedigree updates after day one of The Championships. The dams of three of the feature winners at Royal Randwick on Saturday – including Group 1 producer Flame of Sydney – will be offered at Friday night's Chairman's Sale. Flame of Sydney, the dam of Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes winner Invader, is one of three broodmares that are being offered for sale in Friday's The Chairman's Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects) which starts at 5pm. Apart from Flame of Sydney, Opalize (dam of Gr3 Widden 150th anniversary Stakes winner Property) and Adonia Queen (dam of Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes winner Acatour) will also be auctioned. Flame of Sydney has produced five horses to race, three of which are winners, and two are stakes winner, including Hong Kong-based Gr2 winner and Gr1-placed sprinter Not Listenin'tome. She will be offered in foal to Medaglia d'Oro as Lot 51. Meanwhile, Property's dam Opalize will be offered in foal to Newgate Farm's freshman stallion Sizzling (as Lot 70), while Adonia Queen will be offered in foal to Sebring (Lot 41) making the resultant offspring a full relation to Acatour. Click here to view the catalogue for The Chairman's Sale Session II (Elite Breeding Prospects).
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) added yet another sprint feature to his impressive black-type CV when scoring a tenacious 0.75 length win for trainer Tony Cruz in the HK$8 million Gr2 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Australian-bred gelding Lucky Bubbles (Sebring-Bubble Below, by Hussonet) & 6YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Peniaphobia advanced his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup, Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint & Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 33 starts for £3,543,153 earnings.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, multiple Gr2 & Gr3-winning Windsor Park Stud stallion Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat-Madam Valeta, by Palace Music) added a Group success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Amazing Kids (Falkirk-Cadence, by Rhythm) pulled clear over the concluding stages to score a comfortable 1.5 length win for trainer John Size in the HK$3 million Gr3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). Amazing Kids advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) from 19 starts for NZ$2,361,916 earnings.
Relations to the likes of The Quarterback, Not Listenin'tome, Tiamo Grace, Palentino and Defcon headline a memorable catalogue for the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. A total of 771 yearlings have been catalogued for sale between February 26 and March 1 next year. Of those to go under the hammer, 507 are Super VOBIS nominated 439 are BOBS eligible. Among them are 54 relations to Group winners – including nine Gr1 victors – and 52 progeny of Group winners, 13 of which are from Gr1-winning mares. In total, 109 stallions are represented headed by Written Tycoon (30), Fiorente and Pierro (29), Shamus Award and Helmet (23), Reward For Effort (22), High Chaparral (21) and Sebring and I Am Invincible (20). There are 19 First Season Sires – behind Fiorente and Shamus Award are Fighting Sun (19), Zoustar (17), Epaulette (15) and Unencumbered (13). Supreme Thoroughbreds is the leading vendor with a draft of 43, ahead of Swettenham (38), Woodside Park (33), Rosemont (32) and Blue Gum (31). Day 1 will again feature the popular Blue Riband session, for select yearlings our bloodstock team has earmarked as potential Classic contenders. The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale will be held at the Oaklands complex in Melbourne from February 26-March 1, 2017. Click here to view the catalogue.
The HKJC Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize on May 1 promises to be one of the highlights of the season at Sha Tin with the three sprinters rated the best in the world on turf, so far this year, all set to lock horns. That lofty trio, comprising Aerovelocity and Not Listenin'tome for Hong Kong and Chautauqua (back-to-back Gr1 TJ Smith hero) for Australia, is augmented by North American star Mongolian Saturday, Australia's favourite veteran Buffering – recent Gr1 Al Quoz hero in Dubai – and a strong pack of locally-trained talent that also features Peniaphobia and Gold-Fun. Other key entrants include Super Jockey, runner-up in the 2015 edition of the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m, dirt) at Meydan, Charles The Great, Rad and Strathmore.
At the International Races at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday, 4YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) returned to the winner's circle when scoring an all the way 0.5-length win for trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Joao Moreira in the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 6YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Peniaphobia took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup & Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint & Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 23 starts for £1,617,536 earnings.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 6YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Richard Gibson in the HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Gold-Fun took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize, Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile & Gr2 Jockey Club Mile) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Hong Kong Mile) from 26 starts for €4,002,808 earnings.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong overnight, European Horse Of The Year & 6-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Dylan Thomas (Danehill-Lagrion, by Diesis) added a Group success when richly talented 5YO gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) resumed with a brilliant 2 length win for trainer John Moore in the HK$3 million Gr3 National Day Cup (1000m) for 95+ rated horses, over 7YO NZ bred gelding Super Jockey (Sandtrap-Pennies in Heaven, by Pompeii Court) & 6YO Irish bred gelding Charles The Great (Holy Roman Emperor-Jojeema, by Barathea). Moore is predicting big things for the former Australian-raced sprinter, who stopped the clock in a sizzling 55.90 seconds with a final 600m in 33.44. "I'm absolutely gobsmacked – he's finally done what I wanted him to do. This should take him on his way to become Hong Kong's top sprinter," Moore said. "I don't see any reason why this horse can't lead Hong Kong's charge with regard to the upcoming international targets." He added: "He's had some slight issues, but nothing that can't be overcome. Of course, there's a lot of water to go under the bridge yet, we've got two runs to come before the big race, one on the 25th (Gr2 Premier Bowl) and then the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint in November, but it's looking good." Not Listenin'tome took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sha Tin Vase & Gr3 Zeditave Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes & Gr1 Canterbury Stakes) from 15 starts for $1,004,255 earnings. Not Listenin'tome was purchased by his trainer John Moore for $270,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Trainer John Moore has flagged his intention of campaigning Not Listenin'tome on the world stage after the Australian-bred 4YO opened his Hong Kong account with an impressive victory in the Gr3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. Moore, who also owns the son of Dylan Thomas, believes he is now ready to fulfil his undoubted potential after a promising but frustrating start to his career in Australia. Not Listenin'tome established a reputation as an emerging star sprinter in Australia with a win in the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes and Gr1 placings in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes & Gr1 Canterbury Stakes, but a throat infection derailed his Melbourne spring campaign and he arrived in Hong Kong with several question marks hanging over his head. "To be honest I kept him in Australia for too long, because I wanted to have fun with him," Moore told the South China Morning Post. "He was an incredibly promising three-year-old and we almost brought him up here this time last year. But we took him to Melbourne and it all went wrong, so of course there were some slight worries. But I knew if he found his best he could match it with the best sprinters up here, and it looks like he's getting back to that old form." Moore said that although a planned trip to Royal Ascot was now off the agenda, an international campaign is still being considered for next year. "I didn't want to take him to England and risk the horse going awry again," Moore said. "We will look to travel him in time, and the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore next year looks a target, but first we will aim him at the Hong Kong Sprint. That was the reason he was brought here, to run in the big international races." Not Listenin'tome will have his next start in the Premier Cup over 1400m on 14 June.
Meanwhile, boom Hong Kong galloper Thewizardofoz looked a top-class sprinter in the making when maintaining his unbeaten record at Sha Tin on Sunday. The beautifully bred son of Redoute's Choice and 4-time Gr1 winner Princess Coup took his record to 2 wins from as many starts when scoring a comprehensive Class Three victory in a time that was only fractionally slower than the A-graders in the Gr3 Sha Tin Vase on the same card. Thewizardofoz's winning time was 1:08.69 (1200m), while Not Listenin'tome recorded 1:08.47 in landing the Vase. "And he carried a little more weight than the Group Three winner doing it, so he's run the clock, visually it was self-explanatory and you couldn't say there was too much wrong with that," trainer John Size told the South China Morning Post. "In saying that, he had a sweet run through the race and the pace set up very well for him and he was expected to win but he ran on as you would hope and you couldn't really ask for more than he did." Size said that Thewizardofoz would probably run once more before a summer break. "We'll have a look at him in a couple of days and see how he is but he'll still be in Class Three so he might run again," he said. "I think Class Two is asking too much of the young horses at this stage but Class Three he should be OK to run again." Thewizardofoz is the second foal for Encosta de Lago mare Princess Coup, winner of the Kelt Capital Stakes (twice), New Zealand Oaks, and Stoney Bridge Stakes.
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, European Horse Of The Year & 6-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Dylan Thomas (Danehill-Lagrion, by Diesis) added a Group success when richly talented 4YO gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer John Moore in the HK$2.75 million Gr3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m), over 6YO Irish-bred gelding Charles The Great (Holy Roman Emperor-Jojeema, by Barathea) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Super Lifeline (Churchill Downs-Regal Contessa, by King of Kings). This was the first Hong Kong victory for Not Listenin'tome who took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes & Gr1 Canterbury Stakes) from 12 starts for $677,292 earnings. Not Listenin'tome was purchased by his trainer John Moore for $270,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Turangga Farm bred and sold galloper Able Friend has been rated the equal-top Southern Hemisphere bred racehorse for 2014 by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, taking over from fellow Inglis graduate Black Caviar who held that title from 2011-2013. Able Friend (Shamardal-Ponte Piccolo, by Volksraad) was allocated a peak rating of 127 for his stunning four-length victory in the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile in December, ranking him equal third in the world behind Japanese stars Just A Way and Epiphaneia."Australian breeders are well respected throughout the globe for producing world class horses. Congratulations must go to Stuart Ramsey and his Turangga Farm for producing such an outstanding individual and we thank them for entrusting Inglis to sell Able Friend at our Easter Yearling Sale in 2011," said Mark Webster, Inglis' Managing Director.Able Friend was sold from the Turangga Farm draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale to Hong Kong bloodstock agent George Moore for $550,000. The strapping chestnut has been prepared at ShaTin by George's father John Moore for owners Dr & Mrs Cornel Li Fook Kwan. Able Friend's rating of 127 is the highest international rating ever allocated to a horse trained in Hong Kong.Thirteen Australian bred Inglis sale graduates were rated 115 or higher by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in their World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014; Able Friend, Chautauqua, Fawkner, Sterling City, Amber Sky, Shamus Award, Trust In A Gust, Brazen Beau, Hampton Court, Not Listenin'tome, Sertorius, Speediness and Zac Spirit.605 yearlings have been catalogued for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The catalogue will be made available later this week to complement the catalogues for this year's Inglis Classic and Inglis Premier Yearling Sales that are already available online.
Meanwhile, talented sprinter Not Listenin'tome will run in Friday night's Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) after trainer John Moore paid the $50,000 late entry fee, reports racing.com. If all goes well, trainer George Moore said that the 4YO Dylan Thomas gelding would the progress to the Gr1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, in the hope of earning an invitation to the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on December 14. Not Listenin'tome resumed with a sixth placing behind Rubick in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on 11 October. It was the horse's first run in seven months after overcoming a life-threatening virus. "He pulled-up perfectly post-Schillaci, he had a good blow after the race and we were really happy with him," Moore said. "He was just too far back in the running but he did battle on and he wasn't beaten by a large margin." The Joseph Pride-trained Terravista is the current favourite for the Manikato at $3, ahead of Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee at $3.80 and veteran speedster Buffering at $5.50. Not Listenin'tome is a general $9 chance.
The complete list of winners (and other nominees, including votes) from last night's Melbourne Museum function are:
Exciting sprinter Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) will be transferred to the Hong Kong stable of owner John Moore following his spring campaign in Australia, reports scmp.com. The rising 4YO will return to work in the coming weeks to begin his build-up to the Spring, but it will be Moore's brother Gary and not Team Hawkes who will assume the training duties. Moore, who plans to aim Not Listenin'tome at the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint in December, said: "He'll start off with my brother Gary and he'll have a preparation there and then come for the international race and then we'll talk to the Jockey Club about him staying here." Not Listenin'tome first announced himself as a potential star when finishing runner-up to Zoustar in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at just his fourth race start. He then resumed in the autumn with an easy 4-length win in the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes before finishing second behind Appearance in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in March.
Richly talented sprinter Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) remains in the spelling paddock but co-trainer Michael Hawkes hopes to have the rising 4YO back for the latter half of the Spring carnival, reports horseracing.com.au. The Gr3 Zeditave Stakes winner was runner-up behind Appearance in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick in March but had his campaign prematurely cut short when contracting a virus. Hawkes said Not Listenin'tome had taken a while to recover from the illness and was still not ready to return to trackwork. "He is still out," Hawkes said. "Obviously he got that virus last time in and it took him a really long time to get over it." He added, "Unfortunately he is still out at the moment, but hopefully we will get him back later in the spring. We are just playing it by ear at the moment." Hawkes said that he has been happy with each of Not Listenin'tome's starts to date and is confident that the John Moore-owned gelding is capable of winning at Gr1 level when he returns to racing. "He is definitely a talent that we don't get to see every day," he said. Connections have previously stated that Not Listenin'tome may head overseas for the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint later this year.
Prodigiously talented 3YO Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) may be aimed at the Hong Kong Sprint later this year after being sidelined for the Sydney autumn carnival with a virus. The high-class son of Dylan Thomas is trained by Team Hawkes for owner and leading Hong Kong trainer John Moore, who revealed he will wait until the horse has recovered before making any plans. "Once he's better, I'll sit down with John and discuss whether we bring him up here or not. The Hong Kong Sprint is definitely on the agenda - he's got Group One written all over him," Moore told the South China Morning Post on Sunday. If Not Listenin'tome is to travel to Hong Kong, he may have to undergo a transfer of ownership as Rule 52 of Hong Kong racing stipulates that a trainer cannot own horses which race in Hong Kong. Not Listenin'tome marked himself as one of the top young sprinters in Australia when easily winning the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes before finishing an excellent second behind Appearance in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick last-start.
Outstanding Darley mare Appearance (Commands-Disguise, by Grand Lodge) has been retired after suffering a leg injury, reports theinformant.co.nz. The four-time Gr1 winner was unbeaten in three starts this campaign and was the favourite for next month's Doncaster Mile. Appearance's premature retirement will be acutely felt by trainer Guy Walter, who recently rated her the equal of Manikato Stakes & Lightning Stakes winning mare Spinning Hill. "It is an unusual injury," said Walter. "She has a bit of a tear to a ligament in the back of a joint in her off foreleg. She has been a wonderful mare and she will be retired now." Appearance, a 5YO daughter of Commands, has had a history of muscle problems which have been carefully managed by Walter, who guided her to nine wins from 19 starts for $1.7 million in prize-money. Her most recent outing was in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick on 15 March, when scoring a brilliant victory over top-class gallopers Not Listenin'tome and Red Tracer. From the Grand Lodge mare Disguise, Appearance is a full-sister to Mascareri, winner of the 2006 Silk Stocking on the Gold Coast.
At Randwick, Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) celebrated a Gr1 success when Darley's 5YO mare Appearance (Commands-Disguise, by Grand Lodge) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainer Guy Walter in the $500,000 Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, over 3YO gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) & 6YO mare Red Tracer (Dane Shadow-Kisma, by Snippets). Appearance, who is undefeated in her three starts this campaign, took her record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic, Gr1 Queen of the Turf Stakes, Gr1 Myer Classic, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr3 Keith F Nolan Classic, and Gr2 Expressway Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr2 Shorts Handicap & Listed Triscay Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,733,430 earnings. Winning trainer Guy Walter was in awe of his stable star, whom he compared to former multiple Gr1 winner Tie The Knot. "She is an outstanding mare. Her record shows that," racingpost.com reported Walter as saying. "She is getting up there with Tie The Knot. I didn't wake up in the morning thinking he would win 13 Group 1 races. But the good horses love to win and get better and better." He added, "We won't be backing her up in the Coolmore next week. It's up to Darley but thoughts are to go to the George Ryder the following week." Star colt Zoustar was subsequently found to have pulled up slightly lame, explaining his disappointing first-up performance.
Multiple group-winning sprinter Rain Affair (Commands-I Believe, by Octagonal) will re-launch a stalled autumn carnival campaign in Saturday's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick, reports au.news.yahoo.com. Working on the premise that Rain Affair looks the only leader in the race, trainer Joe Pride and owner Don Storey have opted to start the sprinter in the $500,000 Gr1 feature. Rain Affair is also entered for the Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) but Pride and Storey agreed the Canterbury Stakes was the best race to help the horse in his bid to rediscover top form. "They are both hot races but there are a few horses in the Canterbury Stakes who might not be specifically targeting the race," Pride said. "And that will give Rain Affair his chance." Pride pointed to the fact that two of Australia's fastest horses, Buffering and Snitzerland, have been entered for the Challenge Stakes as reason for avoiding the race. Their presence would almost certainly mean Rain Affair would be drawn into a speed battle. "He will get a much better run in the Canterbury Stakes. He's a much better chance of being left alone," Pride said. Rain Affair will be striving to bounce back from one of the worst performances of his career when finishing last, beaten over 8-lengths, in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes on 8 February. "His run was well below par and he pulled up accordingly but he seems back on track now," Pride said. The Canterbury Stakes has attracted a top-class field that includes Gr1 winners Zoustar, Appearance, Red Tracer, Streama, Sacred Falls, and emerging young star Not Listenin'tome.
At Caulfield, Coolmore's European Horse Of The Year & 6-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dylan Thomas (Danehill-Lagrion, by Diesis) added a group success when exceptionally talented 3YO gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) romped home by 4-lengths for trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes in the $135,000 Gr3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO gelding Consorting (Legion-Umansky, by Umatilla) & 3YO colt Thermal Current (Exceed and Excel-Soaressa, by Twining). This was the first of many more stakes victories to come for the untapped Not Listenin'tome who boosted his record to 3 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Zoustar & the Gr3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes) from 5 starts for $227,000 earnings. Not Listenin'tome was purchased by leading Hong Kong trainer John Moore for $270,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told TVN the stable would "take each race as it comes" with the rising star. "That was really just an easy exhibition gallop," Hawkes said, before adding the 3YO would "probably go back to Sydney" for the remainder of his autumn campaign. Jockey James McDonald, who was having his first ride aboard Not Listenin'tome, said he gave him the feel of an elite racehorse. "He's an unbelievable racehorse. He was devastating today. He's one out of the box so hopefully I can stick with him."
John Hawkes, head of the successful training triumvirate comprising himself and sons Wayne and Michael, says he has no specific autumn plans for prodigiously talented 3YO Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) who resumes in the Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The Dylan Thomas gelding has not been seen since finishing second to multi-million dollar colt Zoustar in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby day. "He's fine but one step at a time with him," Hawkes told Racing Network. Not Listenin'tome is owned by Hong Kong trainer John Moore, so it seems a formality that the horse will one day race in the former British colony. However, Hawkes has been assured that the horse will be staying in Australia for the autumn, at least.
At Moonee Valley, Darley's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Thermal Current (Exceed and Excel - Soaressa, by Twining) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Peter Moody in the $150,000 Gr3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) & fellow 3YO colt Selectify (Redoute's Choice-Personify, by Galileo). This was Thermal Current's first stakes victory and took his record to 2 wins & 4 placings (including the Gr3 McNeill Stakes, Listed SAJC Lightning Stakes & Listed Blue Diamond Prelude for c&g) from 7 starts for $184,500 earnings.