Jockey Kathy O'Hara is confident that Single Gaze (Not a Single Doubt-Redaluca's Gaze, by Intergaze) will have no problem running out a strong 2400 metres in tomorrow's Gr1 Caulfield Cup despite never being tested over the journey, reports Sky Racing. The only time Single Gaze competed over 12 furlongs was in the 2016 Australian Oaks as a 3YO when she dislodged O'Hara shortly after the start. However, she has proven very affective over a mile-and-a-quarter winning the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes at three and also landing the Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes over 2200 metres in Brisbane during the winter. "I think she'll be all right with the journey," O'Hara said. "Her prep has been faultless. She's gotten miles in her legs and everything has gone to plan so far." O'Hara added: "She's only got to go another furlong which I think she'll have no trouble with. She feels like she'll just go all day." O'Hara's only other ride in a Caulfield Cup was aboard Wild Iris in 2005 when she was unplaced by Railings. "It's been a long time, over 10 years. I'm really, really excited and she's a genuine each-way chance," she said. "Single Gaze is on song and I'm looking forward to it." Single Gaze is currently at $34 fixed odds with TAB.
Trainer Nick Olive believes Gr1 winner Single Gaze is close to producing her best form after a long stint on the sidelines. A winner of last year's Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Single Gaze didn't race for ten months after she was involved in a heavy fall in the Australian Oaks at her next start. The daughter of Not a Single Doubt has had three runs back this campaign, including a last-start third in the Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 25 March. Olive is hopeful that the 4YO can land a major prize over the Brisbane winter carnival, commencing with this Saturday's $100,000 Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben. "She was lucky to come through it [the fall] the way she did. I got her back in the spring and she was only 90 per cent and we did not want her to race like that," Olive told AAP. "It wouldn't have been fair to her because she always gives 100 per cent." Olive added: "I decided to let her have a longer break but we are seeing the benefit of it now. She has been great since we had her back." Single Gaze will be ridden by regular jockey Kathy O'Hara and will carry 58kg on Saturday.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The current favourite is 3YO filly Omei Sword ($3.50 with tab) who will have to overcome the outside barrier (19) if she is to post her maiden Gr1 victory. Second favourite is Dixie Blossoms at $7, followed by dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour at $8, and star New Zealand filly La Bella Diosa at $9.50. Of those runners under double figure odds, New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner La Bella Diosa has drawn best in barrier 3, while Dixie Blossoms (12) and Global Glamour (16) have also drawn wide. The final field is:
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Farson (Snitzel (AUS) 2002 out of Clear View (AUS) 2000, by Gallo di Ferro) left his rivals languishing when scoring a front-running 1.75 length win for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $200,000 Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Cliff Hanger (Canford Cliffs-Crevasse, by Snowland) & Captain Rhett (Helenus-Starlet O'Hara, by Galileo). This was the first stakes victory for the progressive Farson who improved his record to 4 wins from 6 starts for $2001,005 earnings. From the Adelaide stakes-winning mare Clear View, Farson was purchased by Gai Waterhouse Racing for $180,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Turangga Farm. Farson is likely to make his next appearance in the Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 17 March, before heading to Sydney for the feature 3YO middle-distance events during The Championships.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the time honoured $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Godolphin-owned Hauraki at $5.50, ahead of last-start Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Palentino at $6. Next in the betting is the progressive import McCreery at $6.50, then dual Gr1 placegetter Happy Clapper at $7.50, while the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fabrizio is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The field is:
1. PALENTINO (Darren Weir-Mark Zahra) 57kg (9)
2. HAURAKI (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56kg (10)
3. LE ROMAIN (Kris Lees-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (3)
4. HAPPY CLAPPER (Patrick Webster-Brenton Avdulla) 55kg (1)
5. MIGHTY LUCKY (Fred Cowell-Chris O'Brien) 54.5kg (12)
6. DIBAYANI (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damian Lane) 54kg (11)
7. SONS OF JOHN (Jason Attard-Glen Boss) 53kg (13)
8. MACKINTOSH (Chris Waller-Tommy Berry) 52kg (2)
9. MCCREERY (Chris Waller-Kerrin McEvoy) 51.5kg (4)
10. HEAVENS ABOVE (Tim Martin-Corey Brown) 51kg (8)
11. VANBRUGH (Chris Waller-Craig Newitt) 51kg (7)
12. TORGERSEN (Chris Waller-Kathy O'Hara) 50kg (5)
13. FABRIZIO (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Johan Victoire) 50kg (6)
Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will take on seven rivals when she bids to extend her winning streak to 11 in Saturday's Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The superstar mare registered her tenth consecutive victory - and her 14th overall - when resuming with a brilliant 3.5-length win in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) last start. The Chris Waller-trained 5YO showed she was right on course to defend her title in the 96th running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October. Among Winx's opponents on Saturday will be five of her stable-mates, namely Preferment, Who Shot Thebarman, Grand Marshall, Storm the Stars and Spiritjim. Indeed, Waller has a mortgage on the $250,000 weight-for-age feature saddling up six of the eight runners. Winx has been installed as the $1.15 favourite for the race ahead of the James Cummings-trained Prized icon - the only 3YO in the race - at $7. The field is:
1. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Tommy Berry) 59kg (7)
2. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 59kg (4)
3. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 59kg (2)
4. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 59kg (3)
5. STORM THE STARS (Chris Waller-Brenton Avdulla) 59kg (1)
6. SPIRITJIM (Chris Waller-Rory Hutchings) 59kg (6)
7. WINX (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 57kg (8)
8. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 50.5kg (5)
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Top Victorian filly Jameka, who will be seeking a classic double after landing the VRC Oaks in the spring, is the current $3.50 favourite for the 3YO fillies feature ahead of Peter & Paul Snowden's highly progressive filly Happy Hannah at $4.60. Other horses under double figure odds are talented Kiwi fillies Capella ($7), Valley Girl ($8), and Sofia Rosa ($9). The final field is:
1. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Damien Oliver) 56kg (16)
2. SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive-Kathy O'Hara) 56kg (9)
3. HONESTA (John Thompson-Craig Williams) 56kg (8)
4. SACRED EYE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Nicholas Hall) 56kg (1)
5. AMBIENCE (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56kg (3)
6. VALLEY GIRL (Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs-Brett Prebble) 56kg (10)
7. SOFIA ROSA (Stephen Marsh-Hugh Bowman) 56kg (12)
8. DIAMOND MADE (Bruce Cross-Glyn Schofield) 56kg (5)
9. ALASKAN ROSE (Michael Moroney-Dwayne Dunn) 56kg (6)
10. CAPELLA (Danica Guy-Opie Bosson) 56kg (15)
11. CHABAUD (Robert Smerdon-Tommy Berry) 56kg (2)
12. SELF ESTEEM (Peter & Paul Snowden-Mark Zahra) 56kg (13)
13. HAPPY HANNAH (Peter & Paul Snowden-Blake Shinn) 56kg (7)
14. BELIEVE (Anthony Cummings-Kerrin McEvoy) 56kg (11)
15e. ZASORCERESS (Jason Warren-Damian Lane) 56kg (4)
16e. AURORA'S STAR (Anthony Cummings) 56kg (14)
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, former Haunui Farm stallion Elusive City (Elusive Qality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) added a Group success when outstanding 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer John O'Hara in the Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m), over 5YO gelding Darci Charmer (Darci Brahma-Star Charm, by Cape Cross) & 7YO mare Gold Rutile (Gold Halo-Printemps Charme, by Northern Taste). Spalato took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Patron's Bowl & Gr1 Singapore Derby) from 10 starts for S$1,213,941 earnings. "Hopefully he will go to the Kranji Mile next, but I will leave it to (owner) Graham (Mackie) to make the decision," trainer John O'Hara said. The Gr1 Kranji Mile (1600m) is the first Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown series and will take place on October 4. Mackie, the New Zealand owner who was on hand with his wife Trish Dunnell to watch Spalato race, was unsure of Spalato's future assignments. "There are some good races here in Singapore and there are some good races in Australia, too. We'll let you know as soon as possible which way he's going," he said.
Top-class 3YO Hallowed Crown remains at the top of betting ($4.60) for Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick despite drawing barrier 23 in the capacity 24-horse field. It means the Gr1 Golden Rose and Gr1 Randwick Guineas winner will jump from the widest gate - barrier 20 - if none of the four emergencies gain a start. Japanese contenders World Ace and last-start Gr1 George Ryder Stakes winner Real Impact also drew poorly in barriers 16 and 21 respectively, while dual Doncaster winner Sacred Falls, who is shooting for an unprecedented third straight victory in the race, will find it tough from barrier 20. Those who drew favourably included Suavito (1), Happy Trails (2), Sweynesse (7), Team Hawkes stable-mates Ninth Legion (8) and Leebaz (3), and Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle (10). The Doncaster field is below. To view all Gr1 races on day one of The Championships click here.
1. SACRED FALLS (Chris Waller-Zac Purton) 58kg (20)
2. HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (2)
3. WORLD ACE (Yasutoshi Ikee-Nicholas Hall) 55.5kg (16)
4. REAL IMPACT (Noriyuki Hori-James McDonald) 55kg (21)
5. MORIARTY (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 54.5kg (11)
6. ROYAL DESCENT (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 54kg (18)
7. NINTH LEGION (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 52.5kg (8)
8. PUCCINI (Peter & Jacob McKay-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (17)
9. COSMIC ENDEAVOUR (Gai Waterhouse-Tim Clark) 52kg (15)
10. HALLOWED CROWN (Bart & James Cummings-T. Berry) 52kg (23)
11. HOOKED (John P Thompson-Dom Tourneur) 52kg (12)
12. IT'S SOMEWHAT (John O'Shea-Craig Williams) 51.5kg (4)
13. DIAMOND DRILLE (Gai Waterhouse-Thomas Huet) 51kg (22)
14. PORNICHET (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (13)
15. DESTINY'S KISS (Joseph Pride) 51kg (9)
16. ARABIAN GOLD (David Vandyke-Chad Schofield) 50.5kg (5)
17. LEEBAZ (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) 50.5kg (3)
18. RUDY (Helen Page-Luke Tarrant) 50.5kg (6)
19. SUAVITO (Nigel Blackiston-Corey Brown) 50kg (1)
20. PLUCKY BELLE (Peter G Moody-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 50kg (10)
21e. SWEYNESSE (John O'Shea-Sam Clipperton) 50kg (7)
22e. KERMADEC (Chris Waller-Glen Boss) 50kg (19)
23e. AOMEN (Anthony Cummings) 50kg (14)
24e. MALAVIO (Steve Englebrecht) 50kg (24)
The barrier draw has been conducted and the final field announced for Saturday's $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. The field is:
1. VANCOUVER (Gai Waterhouse-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (18)
2. HEADWATER (Team Hawkes-Glen Boss) 56.5kg (11)
3. FURNACES (John O'Shea-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (1)
4. HAPTIC (John O'Shea-James Doyle) 56.5kg (3)
5. EXOSPHERE (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (10)
6. READY FOR VICTORY (Mick Price-Nicholas Hall) 56.5kg (9)
7. ODYSSEY MOON (Rodney Northam-Ryan Moore) 56.5kg (13)
8. ENGLISH (Gai Waterhouse-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)
9. REEMAH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Kerrin McEvoy) 54.5kg (15)
10. SPEAK FONDLY (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54.5kg (12)
11. FIREWORKS (Gerald Ryan-Brenton Avdulla) 54.5kg (14)
12. HAYBAH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Stephen Baster) 54.5kg (2)
13. OTTOMAN (John O'Shea-William Buick) 54.5kg (8)
14. LAKE GENEVA (Team Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 54.5kg (5)
15. SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 54.5kg (16)
16. LOOK TO THE STARS (Clarry Conners-Craig Williams) 54.5kg (19)
17e. SERENADE (Michael Moroney) 54.5kg (7)
18e. RACY (Gary Portelli) 54.5kg (4)
19e. HEAVENLY HAND (Gerald Ryan) 54.5kg (17)
Star Singapore galloper Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke), who arrived in Hong Kong last Friday, has had his first workout on the All Weather track at Sha Tin Racecourse, reports hkjc.com. The dual Gr1 winner will carry 128 pounds when he competes against top local sprinters in the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) on Sunday. Trained by John O'Hara for Kiwi couple Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell, Spalato is unbeaten in six starts including Gr1 victories in the Patron's Bowl and Singapore Derby.
Meanwhile, Singapore's New Zealand-bred star Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) features among the entries for the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on 23 November, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trained by John O'Hara for Kiwi couple Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell, Spalato is unbeaten in six starts including Gr1 victories in the Patron's Bowl and Singapore Derby. The Paul O'Sullivan-trained Gr2 winner Aerovelocity, a New Zealand-bred son of Pins, is also entered for the race.
James McDonald has described Singapore star Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) as being "up there with the very best" he has ridden after partnering the New Zealand-bred galloper to victory in the Lucerne Cup at Kranji racecourse on Sunday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The champion Sydney jockey was deputising on the son of Elusive City after Manoel Nunes was stood down with an injured wrist. "I couldn't believe my luck when I was told I would ride him as I've heard how good he was before," McDonald said. "He's a superstar horse and I'm sure he'll represent Singapore with flying colours wherever he goes." He added, "He will still have a lot to learn when he races in elite company, but he's a special horse and he's definitely up there with the best I've ridden." Trainer John O'Hara has Hong Kong in his sights with Spalato with the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint on 23 November and the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint on 14 December the main targets.
Star Singapore galloper Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) will return three weeks ahead of schedule in Sunday's Panasonic Display Solutions Stakes (1200m) at Kranji racecourse, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand-bred 4YO boasts a remarkable record of 4 wins from 4 starts, including two Gr1 victories in the Singapore Derby and Patron's Bowl. "He trialled well on both days (September 18 and 25) and I had to race him," trainer John O'Hara said. "He was quite keen at the first trial, but he was a lot more settled at the second one. I would say he's only 80 per cent fit and may even get beat, but we had to find a race for him this week." O'Hara is keen on giving the "best horse he has trained" as much experience as possible before an overseas campaign. "Hong Kong is still very much on," he said. "If all goes to plan, I would like him to run in that lead-up race three weeks before the Hong Kong Sprint, the same race Rocket Man won four years ago." He added, "Ideally, I would like him to go to Hong Kong around 10 days before that race. So, obviously, he will need a couple of runs before he goes and then the bulk of the training will be done here."
At Kranji racetrack in Singapore, former Haunui Farm stallion Elusive City (Elusive Qality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) celebrated a Gr1 success when outstanding 4YO gelding Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) scored by 4.25-lengths for trainer John O'Hara in the S$1.15 million Gr1 Singapore Derby (2000m) for 4YOs, over fellow 4YO geldings Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) & Magical Talent (Show a Heart-Another Syn, by Mukaddamah). Spalato, who was bred by his owner Graham Mackie's wife Trish Dunell, took his remarkable record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Patron's Bowl) from 4 starts for nearly S$940,000 in prize-money, not to mention a $50,000 bonus for winning two Legs of the Singapore 4YO Challenge. This was an exceptional performance by Spalato who confirmed himself as the new star of Singapore racing. "The distance was the only worry, but obviously he stays," said trainer John O'Hara. "When he straightened up, I was confident he would give a kick, but I really didn't think he would open up the way he did." O'Hara said Spalato would now be spelled before deciding what's next for the exciting galloper. "He's deserved a break. He's had it tough in the space of eight weeks, winning two Group 1 races in the process," he said. "I haven't thought of any races for him at the moment. Let's just enjoy this win."
Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Hong Kong winners:
At Kranji racetrack in Singapore, former Haunui Farm stallion Elusive City (Elusive Qality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) celebrated a Gr1 success when outstanding 4YO gelding Spalato (Elusive City-Ellington, by Express Duke) scored by 01.-length for trainer John O'Hara in the S$500,000 Gr1 Patron's Bowl (1600m) for 4YOs, over fellow 4YO gelding Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) & 4YO Japanese-bred mare Bendicion (Black Tide-Harbor Ojo, by Commander in Chief). This was an exceptional performance by Spalato who achieved the rare feat of securing a Gr1 victory at just his third career outing. The rising star of Singapore racing took his record to 3 wins from 3 starts.
Sydney's heavy downpours of the past 96 hours have put paid to today's Warwick Farm meeting, reports racingnetwork.com.au. With a further 10mls of rain falling overnight and heavy rain possible throughout the day, Warwick Farm's track manager Lindsay Murphy commented this morning: ""We galloped a couple of horses on it this morning. Kathy O'Hara rode one of them and she felt the track was just too wet to be safe... At this stage Canterbury tomorrow is still OK. They had another 8mls there overnight but if we don't get any rain there tomorrow it should be okay still."
Coolmore's multiple Gr1-winning Australian-bred stallion & former Australian Champion 2nd-Season Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success (& 31st individual stakes-winner) when 4YO mare Upon This Rock (Fastnet Rock-Joleur, by Bite The Bullet) scored a 0.75-length victory in the $200,000 Listed Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) for fillies & mares at Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley. Upon This Rock (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Gai Waterhouse) defeated favoured 5YO mare Shannara (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) & fellow 4YO mare Rose Of Peace (Hussonet-Rose O' War, by Danehill). Upon This Rock (a $225,000 yearling consigned by Willow Park at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) took her record to 5 wins & 10 placings from 24 starts for $337,940 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a group success when front-running 6YO gelding Zaratone (Zariz-Comeback Queen, by King's Theatre) scored a 2.25-lengths victory in the $125,000 Gr3 Sebring Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. Zaratone (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Nick Olive) defeated 5YO gelding Winter King (One Cool Cat-Something Special, by Bletchingly) & favoured 6YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon). Zaratone took his record to now has 15 wins (also including 2011's Listed Starlight Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 3 placings (including March's Listed Maurice McCarten Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) from 39 starts for $342,460 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Gr1 triumph when 5YO mare Ofcourseican (Mossman-Yes She Can Cancan, by Canny Lad) charged home from the back of the field to gain the judge's decision in a 3-way photo-finish (& then survive a protest by 4th place-getter Yosei for interference near the 600m) in the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies & mares at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. Ofcourseican (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Ron Quinton) scored by a head from top-weighted 4YO mare Secret Admirer (Dubawi-Secret Illusion, by Secret Savings) with a further half-neck to fellow 4YO mare King's Rose (Redoute's Choice-Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev). Ofcourseican took her record to 8 wins (also including last start's Gr3 Liverpool City Cup over 1300m at Warwick Farm on March 10, plus 2011's Listed Wenona Girl Handicap over 1200m at Warwick Farm) & 10 placings (including February's Listed Triscay Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, plus 2011's Gr3 Golden Pendant over 1200m at Rosehill, Listed Nivison Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Sheraco Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) from 26 starts for $754,295 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a group success when 5YO mare Ofcourseican (Mossman-Yes She Can Cancan, by Canny Lad) scored a 2.75-lengths victory in the $125,000 Gr3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm. Ofcourseican (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Ron Quinton) defeated 4YO geldings Somepin Anypin (Pins-Ungaro, by Centaine) & Fast Clip (Snippetson-Hint Of Glory, by Honour And Glory). Ofcourseican took her record to 7 wins (also including 2011's Listed Wenona Girl Handicap over 1200m at Warwick Farm) & 10 placings (including February's Listed Triscay Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, plus 2011's Gr3 Golden Pendant over 1200m at Rosehill, Listed Nivison Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Sheraco Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) from 25 starts for $388,095 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
In Singapore, 9 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
Also in Singapore, 7 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Better Be The One) scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 7 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Voice Commander (Commands-Voice Mail, by Magic Ring) notched his 3rd successive victory when he scored by a nose in the $140,000 Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) in NSW. Front-running Voice Commander (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Nick Olive) defeated 4YO gelding World Wide (Universal Prince-See The Stars, by Mr Henrysee) & 5YO gelding Ironstein (Zabeel-Gentle Genius, by Danehill). Voice Commander (a $55,000 yearling consigned by Strathwood Park at the 2005 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale) now has 12 wins (also including both April's Gundagai Cup over 1800m & Queanbeyan Cup over 2000m, plus January's Listed Frank Underwood Cup over 2000m at Rosehill, as well as 2009's Listed Weetwood Handicap over 1300m at Toowoomba & 2008's Listed Festival Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill) & 9 placings (including 2010's Listed Summer Cup over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast, plus both 2009's Listed Eye Liner Stakes over 1350m at Ipswich & Magic Millions Cup over 1400m at the Gold Coast, as well as 2008's Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes over 1550m at Canterbury Park) from 41 starts for $718,730 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 9 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 11 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 15 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:
Meanwhile punting jockey Blake Shinn "will face another inquiry into the use of his mobile phone along with his girlfriend & fellow rider Kathy O'Hara at Racing NSW headquarters today" reported The Sydney Morning Herald. A "sweep of Shinn's phone records" uncovered "a call from the jockeys' room at Hawkesbury in August" & "led to O'Hara being called in for an inquiry, to start at 1pm today". Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy confirmed: "We went through his (Shinn's) mobile phone records inside & out & it turned up a couple of matters of interest. It was because of his answers we wanted to have a look at them. We are looking at whether a breach of the rules occurred & need to ask questions about certain calls." The phone records "revealed Shinn made a call from the jockeys' room, forbidden by the rules of racing, at Hawkesbury & implicated O'Hara when her boyfriend called her on August 23". She was riding at Goulburn that day & "approximately 30 minutes before she won on a horse called Glove, records indicated Shinn rang her"; the pair "talked for more than 3 minutes & he placed a $4,000 winning bet on the $1.90 chance". Shinn denied the conversation was about the chances of Glove "when pressed on the call at last Friday's inquiry"; Shinn said he "often spoke with O'Hara on racedays, as she is often the only female jockey riding at many meetings, thus on her own for much of the time". He told Friday's inquiry: "What is she going to do, talk to the walls? She gets lonely in there, uses me as a mentor." Murrihy said the "perception was not a good one for racing" & the reason for the inquiry was "to clear the air" noting: "We want to talk to Kathy O'Hara about that call, but at the moment there is no suggestion there has been a breach of the rules."
In Singapore, Australian jockey Brad Rawiller has been granted a 1-day licence to ride Ghozi for trainer John O'Hara in Sunday's Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) at Kranji.
Also in Singapore, 11 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Ntini) scored at Kranji:
In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):
Also in Singapore, 12 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Better Than Ever) also scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):
Former Coolmore shuttler & Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr Prospector-Angel Fever, by Danzig) added a black-type success when favoured gelding Al Dhafra (Fusaichi Pegasus-Dubai Dream, by Marscay) scored a long-neck victory in the $125,000 Listed Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs at Randwick. Al Dhafra (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Guy Walter) defeated fellow geldings Euphemism (Lonhro-Clonakilty, by Stravinsky) & Shamardashing (Shamardal-Beaux Art, by Nomrood). Al Dhafra (a $57,500 weanling at the 2007 Inglis Select Sale, subsequently passed-in for $65,000 as a yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast & then passed-in again for $85,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale) now has 5 wins & a runner-up (in last start's Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill on March 20) from 6 starts for $229,300 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Also in Singapore, 11 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):
Coolmore agent Demi O'Byrne (acting on behalf of Michael Tabor & partners) paid US$450,000 for a colt by Stormin Fever (the 2nd foal out of 10-year-old Siphon mare Rainbow's End) consigned by John O'Hara as agent. The Kentucky-bred colt clocked the equal-fastest 9.8sec for 1 furlong during the pre-sale breeze-up session & O'Byrne confirmed he will remain in the US & be trained by Todd Pletcher.
Overall at the Barretts 2YOs-In-Training Sale, 69 lots sold for US$6,255,000 (down 0.48% on last year's 51 sold for US$6,285,500). The average of US$90,652 was down 26.4% (last year US$123,245) & the median of US$60,000 was down 25% (last year US$80,000). The buy-back rate was 32% (last year 37%). Barretts vice president of sales Kim Lloyd commented: "The clearance rate was better. Going in, our average price for the yearlings was down, so that probably translated to the sale average. But we sold some horses very well." And consignor John O'Hara told bloodhorse.com that he attributed much of the decline in average to "the economy & purse structure" noting: "It costs so much to train one that people are saying, I just want one good one. That's just not getting people to buy the middle-market horse."
In Singapore, 13 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):
In the UK, ill-fated former Western Australia-based Alwyn Park Stud shuttler Danetime (Danehill-Allegheny River, by Lear Fan) added a group success when Irish-bred 4YO mare Look Busy (Danetime-Unfortunate, by Komaite) came from well back in the field to snatch victory by a neck in the £100,000 (A$201,000) Gr2 Temple Stakes (5 furlongs) at Sandown Park. Look Busy (ridden by Slade O'Hara for trainer Alan Berry) defeated 7YO gelding Borderlescott (Compton Place-Jeewan, by Touching Wood) & 5YO entire Wi Dud (Elnadim-Hopesay, by Warning). Look Busy was a €7,500 (A$13,500) yearling at the 2006 Goffs Orby Sale. At her previous 2 starts (following a 7-months spell), Look Busy won the UK Listed Lansdown Fillies Stakes (5 furlongs) at Bath on April 28 & then finished 3rd in the UK Listed Kilvington Stakes (6 furlongs) at Nottingham on May 9. Overall she now has 10 wins (also including 2008's Irish Gr3 Flying Fiver over 5 furlongs at the Curragh, UK Listed Beverley Bullet Stakes over 5 furlongs at Beverley & UK Listed Land O'Burns Fillies Stakes over 5 furlongs at Ayr) & 9 placings (including 2008's UK Listed Henry Gee Fillies' Stakes over 6 furlongs at Chester, plus both 2007's UK Listed Rockingham Stakes over 6 furlongs at York & UK Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes over 5 furlongs at Ayr) from 27 starts for £256,913 (A$517,000) earnings.
In the UK overnight, ill-fated former Western Australia-based Alwyn Park Stud shuttler Danetime (Danehill-Allegheny River, by Lear Fan) added a black-type success when Irish-bred 4YO mare Look Busy (Danetime-Unfortunate, by Komaite) returned from a 7-month spell to prevail in a 3-way photo-finish to the €40,000 (A$83,000) Listed Lansdown Fillies Stakes (5 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Bath. Look Busy (ridden by Slade O'Hara for trainer Alan Berry) scored by a head from fellow Irish-bred 5YO mare Crimson Fern (Titus Livius-Crimada, by Mukaddamah) with a further head to 5YO mare Siren's Gift (Cadeaux Genereux-Blue Siren, by Bluebird). Look Busy took her record to 9 wins (also including 2008's Irish Gr3 Flying Fiver over 5 furlongs at the Curragh, UK Listed Beverley Bullet Stakes over 5 furlongs at Beverley & UK Listed Land O'Burns Fillies Stakes over 5 furlongs at Ayr) & 8 placings (including 2008's UK Listed Henry Gee Fillies' Stakes over 6 furlongs at Chester, plus both 2007's UK Listed Rockingham Stakes over 6 furlongs at York & UK Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes over 5 furlongs at Ayr) from 25 starts.
Jockeys Samantha Collett (Sir Slick), Kathy O'Hara (Gallant Tess) & Samantha Spratt (King Mufhasa) "will create a record on Saturday by becoming the 1st female riding treble to compete in a Gr1 race in Australia" when their mounts contest the $2 million Gr1 Doncaster (1600m) at Randwick, noted The Daily Telegraph.
Former Lynden Park Stud stallion Masterclass (The Minstrel-Monroe, by Sir Ivor) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding Ausbred King (Masterclass-Stormy Zephyr, by Zephyr Bay) scored a half-neck victory in the $100,000 Listed Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, 2 years after finishing 3rd in the 2007 running of this same race. Ausbred King (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Wayne Slinkard) defeated fellow 7YO gelding Sussman (Commands-Slightly Suss, by Red Anchor) & 4YO gelding Absent Friends (Dehere-Lady Mulan, by Bigstone). Ausbred King now has 9 wins & 20 placings (including January's Listed Frank Underwood Cup over 2000m at Rosehill, plus 2007's Listed Japan Racing Association Plate over 2000m at Randwick & Listed Neville Sellwood Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill) from 61 starts for $418,560 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
The Australian Racing Board is due to deliberate on the Australian Jockeys Association call for 1% of prize-money "to be put towards safeguarding the country's 860 jockeys" at its meeting in Sydney today. And AJA chief executive Paul Innes declared Wednesday's dramatic falls in successive races at Rosehill in Sydney (in which Jeff Lloyd, Blake Shinn, Kathy O'Hara & Peter Robl were all injured) "highlight the need for increased support for Australia's jockeys & the dangers they face each time they jump in the saddle." Innes added: "Unfortunately incidences like these often result in financial hardship for the jockey & their family. Many jockeys can't afford insurance, so while worker's compensation goes someway to covering medical & other expenses, they usually end up paying a lot out of their own pocket. Combine that with unpaid time off work while they're recovering & there's a lot of financial pressure placed on the jockey & their family. Jockeys are elite athletes that literally put their lives on the line each time they go to work: they shouldn't also have to risk financial ruin each time they saddle up." Under the AJA's plan 1% of prize-money would be used to:
Also in Ireland overnight, ill-fated former Western Australia-based Alwyn Park Stud shuttler Danetime (Danehill-Allegheny River, by Lear Fan) added a group success when 3YO daughter Look Busy (Danetime-Unfortunate, by Komaite) scored a 1.25-lengths victory against older rivals in the €75,000 (A$128,000) Gr3 Flying Five (5 furlongs) at The Curragh. Look Busy (ridden by Slade O'Hara for trainer Alan Berry) defeated 5YO gelding Masta Plasta (Mujadil-Silver Arrow, by Shadeed) & UK-bred 4YO entire Wi Dud (Elnadim-Hopesay, by Warning). At her previous start a week earlier, Look Busy also won the UK Listed Beverley Bullet Stakes (5 furlongs) at Beverley & overall now has 8 wins & 7 placings from 22 starts for £159,995 (A$336,000). Look Busy was a €7,500 (A$12,750) Goffs yearling & earlier this season also won June's UK Listed Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ayr in Scotland. Last year look Busy won the UK Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ayr & also finished 3rd in the UK Listed Rockingham Stakes (6 furlongs) at York.
Ill-fated former Western Australia-based Alwyn Park Stud shuttler Danetime (Danehill-Allegheny River, by Lear Fan) added a UK black-type success when Irish-bred 3YO daughter Look Busy (Danetime-Unfortunate, by Komaite) scored a 1-length victory against older rivals in the £40,000 (A$84,000) Listed Beverley Bullet Stakes (5 furlongs) at Beverley. Look Busy (ridden by Slade O'Hara for trainer Alan Berry) defeated 5YO gelding Advanced (Night Shift-Wonderful World, by Dashing Blade) & Irish-bred 6YO gelding Fullandby (Monashee Mountain-Ivory Turner, by Efisio). Look Busy was a €7,500 (A$12,750) Goffs yearling & earlier this season won June's Listed Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ayr in Scotland. Overall she now has 7 wins & 7 placings from 21 starts for £124,113 (A$260,000) earnings.
The 4YO gelding Spy Zaim (Za Im-Luigina, by Spectacular Spy) gained the verdict in a 3-way photo-finish to the $110,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m). Spy Zaim (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Guy Walter) scored by a nose from favoured 5YO gelding Flaming (Beautiful Crown-Mahlin, by Mister C) with a further nose to fast-finishing 4YO gelding Rumbird (Catbird-Rummy, by What A Guest). Spy Zaim now has 7 wins & 8 placings (including runner-up in 2006's Listed Hawkesbury Guineas over 1400m) from 18 starts for $251,650 earnings.
Multiple Gr1-winning former Newhaven Park sire Encounter (Tierce-Fancy Babe, by Sharpen Up) added a group success when 4YO mare Aunty Betty (Encounter-What's The Buzz, by Brocco) scored by a long-neck in the $100,000 Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) for fillies & mares at Rosehill. Aunty Betty (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Alan Stapleford) defeated 3YO filly Absolutelyfabulous (Langfuhr-Joker's Girl, by Rory's Jester) & fellow 4YO mare Martiniforus (Fuji Kiseki-Palace Fashion, by Palace Music). Aunty Betty now has 6 wins & 4 placings (including last start's Listed Wenona Girl Handicap over 1200m at Randwick on March 10) from 16 starts for $167,350 earnings. Her sire Encounter was champion 2YO & an 11-time-winner (including the Gr1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes, Gr1 Champagne Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 George Main Stakes & Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes, plus a nose 2nd in the Gr1 Golden Slipper) who won over $2 million & was sent in 2003 to Huajan Stud in China.