2017

Single Gaze Ready for Biggest Test

Friday, 20th October 2017

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.

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Patience to Reward Single Gaze

Thursday, 20th April 2017

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.

Gr1 Coolmore Classic Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th March 2017

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:

  1. FIRST SEAL  (John Thompson-Blake Shinn) 58kg (17)
  2. DIXIE BLOSSOMS (Ron Quinton-Tim Clark) 56kg (12)
  3. IN HER TIME (Benjamin Smith-Joshua Parr) 56kg (10)
  4. GLOBAL GLAMOUR (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-K McEvoy) 55.5kg (16)
  5. HEAVENS ABOVE (Tim Martin-Tye Angland) 55kg (4)
  6. SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive-Kathy O'Hara) 55kg (5)
  7. LA BELLA DIOSA (Mandy & Matt Brown-Jay Ford) 54.5kg (3)
  8. DANISH TWIST (Kris Lees-Glyn Schofield) 54.5kg (1)
  9. SILENT SEDITION (Andrew Noblet-Sam Clipperton) 54.5kg (18)
  10. FRENCH EMOTION (Chris Waller-Chad Lever) 54kg (13)
  11. EURO ANGEL (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-R Thompson) 53kg (2)
  12. THAMES COURT (David Brideoake-Daniel Moor) 53kg (6)
  13. ZANBAGH (John Thompson-Christian Reith) 53kg (8)
  14. OMEI SWORD (Chris Waller-Brenton Avdulla) 52.5kg (19)
  15. ABBEY MARIE (Michael Kent-Beau Mertens) 52kg (11)
  16. DENMAGIC (David Pfieffer-Peter Wells) 52kg (9)
  17. DAYSEE DOOM (Ron Quinton-Andrew Adkins) 51kg (15)
  18. SOLD FOR SONG (Kevin Kemp-Luke Tarrant) 51kg (14)
  19. SHILLELAGH (Chris Waller-Johan Victoire) 51kg (7)

Farson Wins Gr2 Autumn Classic

Monday, 27th February 2017

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.

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Farson (image: Mark Gatt)

2016

Gr1 Epsom Handicap Field & Draw

Wednesday, 28th September 2016

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)

Seven Rivals For Winx

Thursday, 1st September 2016

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)

Australian Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

Wednesday, 6th April 2016

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)

2015

Spalato Wins Gr3 Jumbo Jet Trophy

Monday, 7th September 2015

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.

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Spalato (image: Singapore Turf Club)

Doncaster Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

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)

Golden Slipper: Final Field

Wednesday, 18th March 2015

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)

2014

Spalato Has First Spin At Sha Tin

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

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.

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Spalato (image: hkjc.com)

Spalato Chasing HK Feature

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

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.

McDonald Praises Unbeaten Spalato

Tuesday, 28th October 2014

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.

Spalato Returns Sunday

Friday, 3rd October 2014

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."

Spalato Wins Gr1 Singapore Derby

Monday, 14th July 2014

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."

Latest Hong Kong Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Non-Stakes Winners

Friday, 27th June 2014

Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Hong Kong winners:

  • 25/06/2014 Good Times Roll (NZ) 2008 (G by Viking Ruler - Join the Fun); 1st HKJC Uranus H. HK$550,000, 1200m - Earning HK$313,500. Sold by Albizia Lodge at the 2010 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$130,000.
  • 25/06/2014 Universal Music - Apollo Cavalier (H.K.) (NZ) 2007 (G by Bertolini - French Kiss); 1st HKJC Mars H. HK$725,000, 1200m - Earning HK$413,250. Sold by Woodridge Farm at the 2011 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale for NZ$9,000, then passed in by Windsor Park Stud at the 2009 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$37,500 & subsequently sold by Windsor Park Stud at the 2009 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$30,000.
  • 25/06/2014 Hoxo (NZ) 2007 (G by Stravinsky - Namouna); 1st HKJC Jupiter H. HK$725,000, 1650m - Earning HK$413,250. Sold by O'Hara Bloodstock Ltd at the 2009 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$110,000.
  • 25/06/2014 Skip Court (AUS) 2009 (G by Court Command - Skip Along Jolie); 1st HKJC Saturn H. HK$725,000, 1800m - Earning HK$413,250. Sold by Southern Cross Breeders at the 2011 Inglis/Pitt, Son & Keene Scone Yearling Sale for $28,000.
  • 25/06/2014 Great Sky (AUS) 2008 (G by Elusive Quality - Assertive Guest); 1st HKJC Mercury H. HK$1,000,000, 1200m - Earning HK$570,000. Sold by Rothwell Park Thoroughbreds at the 2010 Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $130,000.
  • 25/06/2014 Silly Buddies (AUS) 2009 (G by Akhadan - Ambolene); 1st HKJC Mercury H. HK$1,000,000, 1200m - Earning HK$570,000. Sold by Balcrest Stud at the 2011 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for $47,500.
  • 25/06/2014 Gun Pit (AUS) 2010 (G by Dubawi - Magic Tori); 1st HKJC Venus H. HK$1,000,000, 1650m - Earning HK$570,000. Sold by Eliza Park at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $65,000 & subsequently sold by Lyndhurst Farm at the 2012 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$250,000.

Spalato Wins Singapore Gr1 Patron's Bowl

Monday, 23rd June 2014

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.

2013

Warwick Farm Meeting Sunk By Big Wet

Tuesday, 25th June 2013

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."

2012

Upon This Rock Wins Dark Jewel Classic

Monday, 21st May 2012

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.)

Zaratone Wins Sebring Stakes

Tuesday, 10th April 2012

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.)

Ofcourseican Wins Gr1 Coolmore Classic

Monday, 26th March 2012

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.)

Ofcourseican Wins Liverpool City Cup

Monday, 12th March 2012

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.)

2011

9 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 12th December 2011

In Singapore, 9 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 5YO gelding Pegasus Victory (Fantastic Light-Miss Raffin Dane, by Special Dane) won over 1000m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 3YO filly Little Dragon (Elusive Quality-Paradise Lost, by Sadler's Wells) won over 1700m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Little Dragon was a $27,000 weanling at the 2009 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 7YO gelding John Of Arch (Testa Rossa-Ascot Style, by Geiger Counter) won over 1600m for trainer David Hill. John Of Arch was a $45,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently a NZ$105,000 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Lago Bay (Delago Brom-Shirley's Luvena, by El Moxie) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger.
  • 5YO gelding Surgess (Bel Esprit-Harvest Bird, by Marauding) won over 1400m for trainer David Kok. Surgess was a $32,500 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently at $77,500 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Higgs Boson (God's Own-Aly's Affair, by Colonial Affair) won over 1200m for trainer Hideyuki Takaoka. Higgs Boson was a $35,000 yearling at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 6YO gelding Captain Obvious (Verglas-Shathor, by Tirol) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Captain Obvious was a $24,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Look At Me (Made Of Gold-Pheroz Mystery, by Tate Gallery) won over 1900m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 5YO gelding My New Man (Lonhro-Guide, by Grand Lodge) won over 1200m for trainer Brian Dean. My New Man was a $25,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale & subsequently a $62,500 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.

8 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 17th October 2011

Also in Singapore, 7 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Better Be The One) scored at Kranji:

  • 6YO gelding Wojcinski (Exceed and Excel-Cat’s Cradle, by Lion Cavern) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Cliff Brown. Wojcinski was a $150,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 3YO filly Better Life (Smarty Jones-Quiet Life, by Sunday Silence) won over 1200m for trainer Hideyuki Takaoka. Better Life was a $150,000 yearling consigned by Torryburn Stud at the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.
  • 5YO gelding Chengdu Warrior (Honours List-Cinnamon Splendor, by Trempolino) won over 1600m for trainer Desmond Koh.
  • 5YO gelding Winning Dan (Danbird-Zealous Star, by Zabeel) won over 1200m for trainer Bok Chua. Winning Dan was a $24,000 yearling consigned by Bluegables Farm at the 2008 NZB Select Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Born To Fly (Mossman-Conclude, by Danzero) won over 1600m for trainer Stephen Gray. Born To Fly was a $14,000 yearling consigned by Vinery as agent at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney & subsequently a $50,000 2YO at the 2009 Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Look At Me (Made Of Gold-Pheroz Mystery, by Tate Gallery) won over 1600m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 3YO colt Dark Matter (Stratum-Loving New, by Choctaw Ridge) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Dark Matter was a $140,000 yearling consigned by Widden Stud as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Premier Sale at the Gold Coast.

12 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 15th August 2011

In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 6YO gelding Win Lots (Danetime-Ciana Belle, by Balmerino) won over 1100m for trainer Theodore Kieser. Win Lots was a $33,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Lira (Flying Spur-Emerald Shoes, by Kala Dancer) won over 1100m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Lira was a $95,000 yearling consigned by Bellerive Stud as agent at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 7YO gelding John Of Arch (Testa Rossa-Ascot Style, by Geiger Counter) won over 1600m for trainer David Hill. John Of Arch was a $45,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently a NZ$105,000 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Look At Me (Made Of Gold-Pheroz Mystery, by Tate Gallery) won over 1600m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 4YO gelding Aradea (Johannesburg-Bella Corona, by Beautiful Crown won over 1000m for trainer John O'Hara. Aradea was a $65,000 yearling consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 5YO gelding Don'tcallme Uncle (Stromberg Carlson-Saljen, by Salieri) won over 1100m for trainer John McGillivray. Don'tcallme Uncle was a $20,000 yearling consigned by Raheen Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Summer Sale & subsequently a $42,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Cigar Supreme (Dash For Cash-Swing Embrace, by Bianconi) won over 1200m for trainer Leslie Khoo.
  • 3YO gelding El Milagro (Red Dazzler-Vinzky, by Stravinsky) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Don Baertchiger. El Milgaro was passed-in as a yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions Select Sale for $19,000 (reserve $20,000) & subsequently a $100,000 2YO consigned by Symphony Lodge as agent at the 2010 Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Dennycrane (Dane Shadow-Lady Guest, by What A Guest) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Michael Freedman. Dennycrane was a NZ$75,000 yearling consigned by Phoenix Park at the 2008 NZB Select Yearling Sale.
  • 3YO colt Dark Matter (Stratum-Loving New, by Choctaw Ridge) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Dark Matter was a $140,000 yearling consigned by Widden Stud as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Premier Sale at the Gold Coast.
  • 5YO gelding Sweet Dream (Oratorio-Chanti Dilune, by Chanteclair) won over 1800m for trainer Bruce Marsh. Sweet Dream was a $30,000 yearling consigned by Mungrup Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Western Australian Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Brudder (Honours List-Young American, by Charnwood Forest) won over 1200m for trainer Michael Clements. Brudder was a $1,700 weanling at the 2007 Inglis/Pitt & Son Scone Thoroughbred Sale & subsequently a $32,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Summer Sale.

7 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 16th May 2011

In Singapore, 7 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 2YO gelding Mr Big (Elusive Quality-Basamaat, by Danehill) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Michael Freedman. Mr Big was a $21,000 yearling consigned by Yarraman Park as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Al's Knight (Fastnet Rock-Wisp, by Last Tycoon) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Al's Knight was a $27,000 yearling consigned by Manx Park as agent at the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale & subsequently a $220,000 2YO at the 2009 Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Constant Companion (Success Express-Fletching, by Snippets) won over 1000m for trainer John O'Hara. Constant Companion was a $37,500 yearling consigned by Phalaris Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Summer Sale.
  • 3YO gelding American Tycoon (Hidden Dragon-La Cauchemard, by Luskin Star) won over 1600m for trainer S.Chua. American Tycoon was a $2,500 weanling consigned by Lyndhurst Stud as agent at the 2008 Magic Millions Winter Weanling, then a $17,500 yearling consigned by Thoroughbreds International at the 2009 Brisbane Bonus Yearling Sale & finally a $45,000 2YO at the 2009 Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Flying Fulton (Flying Spur-Fulton, by Zabeel) won over 1200m for trainer Mark Walker. Flying Fulton was passed-in as a yearling for NZ$90,000 at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale & subsequently sold as a 2YO for NZ$210,000 at the NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Eighth Avenue (Black Minnaloushe-Court Ballet, by Zabeel) won over 1900m for trainer S.Chua. Eighth Avenue was a $50,000 yearling at the 2007 NZB Carnival Sale & subsequently a $90,000 2YO at the 2007 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Polar Esprit (Bel Esprit-Polar Sky, by Hurricane Sky) won over 1200m for trainer Mark Walker. Polar Esprit was a $10,000 weanling at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Sale, then a $30,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Australian Select Sale & finally a $65,000 2YO at the 2009 NZB South Island Sale.

Voice Commander Wins Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

Monday, 9th May 2011

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.)

12 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 18th April 2011

In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 3YO gelding Danzig Rocket (Hidden Dragon-Danzig's Strike, by Danzig) won over 1000m for trainer Kheng Chye Yeoh.
  • 5YO gelding Monterey (Scenic-Ya Habibi, by by Bluebird) won over 1800m Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Monterey was a $45,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale & subsequently a $140,000 2YO at the 2007 Magic Millions Perth Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 2YO gelding Irish Lightning (Rock Of Gibraltar-Bold Demand, by Red Ransom) won over 1000m for trainer Patrick Shaw. Irish Lightning was a $32,000 yearling consigned by Murulla Stud as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Winter Yearling Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Sweet Dream (Oratorio-Chanti Dilune, by Chanteclair) won over 1900m for trainer Bruce Marsh. Sweet Dream was a $30,000 yearling consigned by Mungrup Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Western Australian Premier Sale.
  • 5YO Unpickable (Delago Brom-Quit Smokin, by Never Quit) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Unpickable was a $22,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Tasmanian Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Golden Lido (Secret Savings-Kate Louise, by Nediym) won over 1600m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Golden Lido was a $21,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Art Of Speed (More Than Ready-Sapphire Girl, by Danzero) won over 1400m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Art Of Speed was a $80,000 yearling consigned by Willow Park Stud at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently a $180,000 2YO at the NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Hint (Reset-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) won over 1600m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Hint was a $375,000 yearling consigned by Turangga Farm at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.
  • 2YO gelding Kaiser (Seldnazer-One Wink, by Perugino) won over 1200m for trainer Theo Kieser. Kaiser was an $11,000 yearling consigned by Riverdene Stud at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale & subsequently an $80,000 2YO at the Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Look At Me (Made Of Gold-Pheroz Mystery, by Tate Gallery) won over 1600m for trainer J.O'Hara.
  • 4YO gelding Just A Man (Testa Rossa-Make My Dane, by Danehill) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Just A Man was a $130,000 yearling consigned by Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Shaolin Soldier (Exceed And Excel-Dynamic Love, by Brave Warrior) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.

9 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 21st March 2011

In Singapore, 9 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 4YO gelding Sky Storm (Commands-Davone Waltz, by Sea Road) won over 1100m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Sky Storm was a $48,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Summer Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Hush Hush (Hussonet-Divine Secret, by Thunder Gulch) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Hush Hush was a $120,000 weanling at the 2008 Inglis Australian Select Sale & subsequently an $80,000 yearling at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Shinkansen (Falvelon-Quelle Romance, by Dom Racine) won over 1100m for trainer Steve Chua. Shinkansen was a $20,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Summer Sale.
  • 6YO gelding MSixteen (Danewin-Christer, by Mister C) won over 1200m for trainer David Kok. MSixteen was a NZ$105,000 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Eight Wonder (Lonrho-Daninkling, by Danehill) won over 1200m for trainer Desmond Koh. Eight Wonder was a $140,000 yearling consigned by Glenlogan Park at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 6YO gelding John Of Arch (Testa Rossa-Ascot Style, by Geiger Counter) won over 1600m for trainer David Hill. John Of Arch was a $45,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently a NZ$105,000 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 2YO colt Dark Matter (Stratum-Loving New, by Choctaw Ridge) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Dark Matter was a $140,000 yearling consigned by Widden Stud as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Premier Sale at the Gold Coast.
  • 3YO gelding Aradea (Johannesburg-Bella Corona, by Beautiful Crown won over 1100m for trainer John O'Hara. Aradea was a $65,000 yearling consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 3YO gelding Top Venture (Flying Spur-Points, by Canny Lad) won over 1600m for trainer Theodore Kieser. Top Venture was passed-in as a yearling for $117,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Summer Sale & subsequently sold as a 2YO for $80,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.

11 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 14th February 2011

In Singapore, 11 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 4YO gelding Winning Success (El Moxie-Lang Loi, by Fraar) won over 1600m for trainer T.H.Khoon.
  • 5YO gelding Touch The Line (Untouchable-Bellaura, by Balmerino) won over 1200m for trainer Michael Hill. Touch The Line was a $34,000 yearling consigned by Cressfield Stud at the 2007 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 3YO gelding Clear For Action (Commands-Petal Power, by Exbourne) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Cliff Brown. Clear For Action was a $120,000 yearling consigned by Epsom Lodge at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 3YO gelding Aradea (Johannesburg-Bella Corona, by Beautiful Crown won over 1200m for trainer John O'Hara. Aradea was a $65,000 yearling consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 5YO gelding Crucible (Reset-Gold Lottey, by Encosta de Lago) won over 1800m for trainer H.K.Tan.
  • 3YO gelding Excavator (Happy Giggle-Honey Bouquet, by Last Tycoon) won over 1000m for trainer M.Z.Lun. Excavator was a $10,000 yearling consigned by Erinvale Thoroughbreds at the 2009 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Itiswhatitis (Danzero-Lady Of The Valley, by Bigstone) won over 1100m for trainer T.H.Khoon. Itiswhatitis was a $20,000 yearling consigned by Segenhoe Stud at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Bionic Boy (Falvelon-Pekan Lady, by Sri Pekan) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Bionic Boy was a $20,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $35,000 2YO at the 2007 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Abyss (Cape Cross-Grandma, by Hula Chief) won over 1000m for trainer Brian Dean. Abyss was a $23,000 yearling consigned by Sefton Park at the 2008 Magic Millions Summer Sale & subsequently a $95,000 2YO at the 2008 Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Lira (Flying Spur-Emerald Shoes, by Kala Dancer) won over 1400m for trainer L.Khoo. Lira was a $95,000 yearling consigned by Bellerive Stud as agent at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 6YO gelding Mission Royale (Kbenjar-Tessa Bianca, by Carnegie) won over 1200m for trainer Stephen Gray. Mission Royale was a $17,500 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale & subsequently a $46,000 2YO at the 2006 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.

15 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 17th January 2011

In Singapore, 15 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji:

  • 4YO gelding God Of Speed (Shamardal-Shopping Spree, by Success Express) won over 1200m for trainer Leslie Khoo. God Of Speed was a $60,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast & subsequently a $135,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Fuku Ichiban (Black Minnaloushe-Yulia, by Hunza Court) won over 1200m for trainer Mohd Yusof. Fuku Ichiban was a $30,000 2YO at the 2009 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Bukit Lion City (Untouchable-Pickabox, by Success Express) won over 1200m for trainer Desmond Koh. Bukit Lion City was a $16,000 yearling consigned by Rothwell Park at the 2009 Inglis/Pitt, Son & Keene Scone Sale & subsequently was a $70,000 2YO at the 2009 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Days Of Thunder (Lucky Owners-Zedique, by Zeditave) won over 1400m for trainer John O'Hara. Days Of Thunder was a $15,000 yearling consigned by Bowness Stud at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney & subsequently a $125,000 2YO at the 2009 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Art Of Speed (More Than Ready-Sapphire Girl, by Danzero) won over 1200m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Art Of Speed was a $80,000 yearling consigned by Willow Park Stud at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale & subsequently a $180,000 2YO at the 2008 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Flash Gordon (Catbird-Kayzarana, by Generous) won over 1800m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Flash Gordon was a $21,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Summer Sale & subsequently a $100,000 2YO at the 2007 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Newfoundluck (Tabkir-Island Account, by Classic Account) won over 1400m for trainer Tony Yeoh. Newfoundluck was passed-in as a weanling for $3,000 at the 2006 Inglis Victorian June Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Golden Lido (Secret Savings-Kate Louise, by Nediym) won over 1600m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Golden Lido was a $21,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Gengiz Khan (Flying Spur-Fizzi Lizzi, by Royal Academy) won over 1100m for trainer Tony Yeoh. Gengiz Khan was a $42,500 yearling consigned by Edinglassie Stud at the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.
  • 3YO gelding Major Step (Brocco-Padmini, by Palace Music) won over 1400m for trainer Douglas Dragon. Major Step was a $11,000 yearling consigned by Durham Lodge at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth Autumn Sale.
  • 4YO mare Lady Luck (Key Business-Simply Elated, by Canny Lad) won over 1200m for trainer Desmond Koh. Lady Luck was a $10,000 yearling consigned by Rangeview Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Perth Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Wallinger (Shamardal-Angel Of The South, by Agnes World) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Michael Freedman. Wallinger was passed-in as a yearling for $90,000 at the 2008 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 6YO gelding El Patron (El Moxie-Mabroukah, by Snaadee) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. El Patron was a $90,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 4YO gelding Black Ice (Mugharreb-Lady Migaloo, by General Nediym) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.
  • 5YO gelding Shinkansen (Falvelon-Quelle Romance, by Dom Racine) won over 1400m for trainer Steve Chua. Shinkansen was a $20,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Summer Sale.

2010

Shinn & O'Hara Back Before Stewards Over Phone Call

Monday, 29th November 2010

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."

Aust Jockey Brad Rawiller In Singapore On Sunday

Thursday, 21st October 2010

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.

12 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 27th September 2010

Also in Singapore, 11 other Australian-bred gallopers (in addition to Ntini) scored at Kranji:

  • 3YO gelding Aradea (Johannesburg-Bella Corona, by Beautiful Crown) won 1000m over for trainer John O'Hara. Aradea was a $65,000 yearling at the 2009 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 4YO gelding Benji's Empire (King Charlemagne-Margareda, by Eagle Eyed) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.
  • 5YO gelding Who Els (Beautiful Crown-Luge, by Mighty Avalanche) won over 1600m for trainer Theodore Kieser. Who Els was a $31,000 yearling consigned by Stratheden Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Treasure Hunter (Jetball-Postie's Squeeze, by Wiganthorpe) won over 1100m for trainer Desmond Koh. Treasure Hunter was a $7,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Autumn Sale in Melbourne.
  • 6YO gelding Dan Noble (Helissio-Emma, by Danehill) won over 1200m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Dan Noble was a $19,000 weanling at the 2005 Inglis Select Sale & subsequently a NZ$60,000 yearling at the 2006 NZB Select Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Magical Wonderland (Magic Of Sydney-Rapa Rapa, by Dr Johnson) won over 1100m for trainer H.W.Tan. Magical Wonderland was a $4,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis July Winter Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Magic Moxie (El Moxie-Private Time, by Pirate Army) won over 1200m for trainer H.W.Tan. Magic Moxie was an $18,000 weanling consigned by Kedarona Stud at the 2007 Inglis Great Southern Sale & subsequently a $22,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Old Faithful (Hussonet-Be Faithful, by Last Tycoon) won over 1800m for trainer David Kok. Old Faithful was a $35,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Summer Sale & subsequently a $155,000 2YO at the 2007 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Benji's Glory (Untouchable-Lover Punt, by Romeo) won over 1600m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Benji's Glory was a $7,500 yearling at the 2008 Inglis/Pitt, Son & Keene Scone Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Lion City Tycoon (Noverre-Fast Life, by Marscay) won over 1200m for trainer H.W.Tan. Lion City Tycoon was a $25,000 weanling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $20,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 6YO gelding High Centennial (High Rolling-Centennial Eyes, by Pride Of Century) won over 1000m for trainer H.W.Tan. High Centennial was a $7,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.

12 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 3rd May 2010

In Singapore, 12 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):

  • 4YO gelding Secondtonone (Catbird-Our Grace, by Tirol) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Len Treloar. Secondtonone was a $22,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 3YO gelding Magic Moxie (El Moxie-Private Time, by Pirate Army) won over 1200m for trainer H.W.Tan. Magic Moxie was an $18,000 weanling consigned by Kedarona Stud at the 2007 Inglis Great Southern Sale & subsequently a $22,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Raging Storm (Exceed And Excel-Cara Bella, by Seeking The Gold) won over 1100m for trainer Stephen Gray. Raging Storm was a $150,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 7YO gelding Golden Sprint (Saratoga Springs-Landgold, by Damister) won over 1200m for trainer Sam Chua. Golden Sprint was passed-in for $24,000 as a yearling at the 2004 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Golden Lido (Secret Savings-Kate Louise, by Nediym) won over 1700m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Golden Lido was a $21,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Over The Rainbow (Elusive Quality-River Express, by Blazing Sword) won over 1100m for trainer Brian Dean. Over The Rainbow was a $475,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.
  • 3YO gelding Sinfour (Johannesburg-Minelli, by Flying Spur) won over 1400m for Australian trainer John Meagher. Sinfour was an $80,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Good Good Luck (Magic Albert-Our Impala, by Humam) won over 1200m for trainer H.W.Tan. Good Good Luck was a $14,500 weanling consigned by Pine Lodge Thoroughbreds at the 2006 Magic Millions National Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Win Lots (Danetime-Ciana Belle, by Balmerino) won over 1200m for trainer Theodore Kieser. Win Lots was a $33,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Probo Chandroso (Fastnet Rock-Demographic, by Gold Brose) won over 1100m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 4YO gelding Excelify (Exceed And Excel-Catherine Howard, by Kingmambo) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Michael Freedman. Excelify was a $150,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 5YO gelding Mission Royale (Kbenjar-Tessa Bianca, by Carnegie) won over 1400m for trainer Stephen Gray. Mission Royale was a $17,500 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale & subsequently a $46,000 2YO at the 2006 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.

13 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 19th April 2010

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):

  • 3YO gelding Benji's Glory (Untouchable-Lover Punt, by Romeo) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Benji's Glory was a $7,500 yearling at the 2008 Inglis/Pitt, Son & Keene Scone Sale.
  • 6YO gelding Xaar's Honour (Xaar-Datin's Honor, by Honor Grades) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger.
  • 4YO gelding New Target (Iglesia-So In Need, by Nediym) won over 1100m for trainer John O'Hara. New Target was a $150,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 4YO gelding Pacific General (General Nediym-Ellawin, by Danewin) won over 1200m for trainer Desmond Koh.
  • 5YO gelding Happy Everybody (Commands-Induct, by Spartacus) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.
  • 5YO gelding Blitz (Orpen-Beldale Blues, by Beldale Lear) won over 1100m for trainer Michael Clements. Blitz was an $11,000 yearling consigned by Edinglassie Stud as agent at the 2006 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney & subsequently a $60,000 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Sonic (Tale Of The Cat-Manu, by Green Desert) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Sonic passed-in as a yearling for $50,000 at the 2006 NZB Premier Sale & subsequently sold for $72,500 as a 2YO at the 2006 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Lion City Tycoon (Noverre-Fast Life, by Marscay) won over 1100m for trainer H.W.Tan. Lion City Tycoon was a $25,000 weanling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $20,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 3YO entire Touch Luck (Fusaichi Pegasus-Yellow And Black, by Western Symphony) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Touch Luck was a $75,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast.
  • 6YO gelding Queen's Avenue (Hurricane Sky-Madiera, by Grosvenor) won over 1400m for trainer David Kok. Queen's Avenue was a $40,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale & subsequently passed-in for $31,000 as a 2YO at the 2005 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Dynamic Dan (Danetime-Refurbish, by Joindre) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.
  • 4YO gelding Ghozi (Catbird-Finito Fling, by Luskin Star) won over 1400m for trainer John O'Hara.

Al Dhafra Wins Carbine Club Stakes

Monday, 12th April 2010

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.)

11 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Also in Singapore, 11 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):

  • 5YO gelding Gentlemen's Honour (Honours List-Miss Doopsy, by Bite The Bullet) won over 1200m for trainer Desmond Koh. Gentlemen's Honour was a $40,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 3YO gelding How You See (Viscount-Borely, by Reprimand) won over 1200m for trainer Douglas Dragon. How You See was a $16,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney & subsequently a $27,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Chilli (Hussonet-Absolute Lure, by Lure) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Chilli was a $170,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 5YO gelding Fantastic Sky (Bletchley Park-Lady Baleen, by Northerly Native) won over 1200m for trainer Leslie Khoo. Fantastic Sky was a $47,500 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Juwel (El Moxie-Jewelled Splendour, by Snaadee) won over 1200m for trainer Patrick Shaw. Juwel was a $13,000 weanling consigned by Emirates Park at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $50,000 yearling consigned by Kambula Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 5YO entire Zestfulgo (Fasliyev-Grosvenor's Model, by Grosvenor) won over 1200m for trainer Mohd Yusof. Zestfulgo was a $24,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Autumn Sale in Melbourne & subsequently a $30,000 2YO at the 2006 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Happy Everybody (Commands-Induct, by Spartacus) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge.
  • 4YO gelding Trigger Synergy (Strategic-Paintbrush, by Quest For Fame) won over 1000m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Trigger Synergy was a $47,500 yearling consigned by Oakwood Farm as agent at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale & subsequently a $110,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 3YO gelding The Dancer (Danehill Dancer-Sidereal Time, by Nureyev) won over 1400m for trainer Patrick Shaw. The Dancer was a $45,000 yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Alacarte (Umatilla-Euchre, by Final Card) won over 1400m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Alacarte was a $130,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Probo Chandroso (Fastnet Rock-Demographic, by Gold Brose) won over 1100m for trainer John O'Hara.

California 2YOs: US$450k Stormin Fever Colt

Wednesday, 24th March 2010

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.

California 2YOs: Average Down 26.4%

Wednesday, 24th March 2010

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."

13 Aust-Bred Winners In Singapore

Monday, 22nd March 2010

In Singapore, 13 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Kranji (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):

  • 3YO gelding Juwel (El Moxie-Jewelled Splendour, by Snaadee) won over 1200m for trainer Patrick Shaw. Juwel was a $13,000 weanling consigned by Emirates Park at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $50,000 yearling consigned by Kambula Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Danger Money (King Of Danes-Alquette, by Alquoz) won over 1200m for Australian trainer John Meagher. Danger Money was a $30,000 2YO at the 2008 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  • 4YO gelding Chilli (Hussonet-Absolute Lure, by Lure) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Chilli was a $170,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 4YO gelding Viva Panata (Estambul-Blooming Luck, by Maroof) won over 1000m for trainer Desmond Koh.
  • 3YO gelding Just A Man (Testa Rossa-Make My Dane, by Danehill) won over 1100m for Australian trainer Don Baertschiger. Just A Man was a $130,000 yearling consigned by Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Lion City Tycoon (Noverre-Fast Life, by Marscay) won over 1100m for trainer H.W.Tan. Lion City Tycoon was a $25,000 weanling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $20,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Winter Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Rocket Singh (Fantastic Light-Miss Raffin Dane, by Special Dane) won over 1000m for trainer John O'Hara.
  • 4YO Unpickable (Delago Brom-Quit Smokin, by Never Quit) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Steven Burridge. Unpickable was a $22,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Tasmanian Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Zac Detonator (Danzero-Lakeside Wedding, by Lake Coniston) won over 1600m for trainer Laurie Laxon. Zac Detonator was a $60,000 weanling consigned by Willow Park as agent at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently an $85,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Select Sale & then a $60,000 2YO at the 2007 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Merchant (Fubu-So Divine, by So Factual) won over 1200m for Australian trainer Cliff Brown.
  • 4YO gelding Ghozi (Catbird-Finito Fling, by Luskin Star) won over 1200m for Australian trainer John Meagher.
  • 4YO mare New Rose Wood (Love A Dane-Western Explorer, by Is It True) won over 1600m for trainer Desmond Koh. New Rose Wood was a $37,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Perth Autumn Sale.
  • 3YO gelding Super Colour Lucky (Blevic-Beautician, by Carry A Smile) won over 1200m for trainer Brian Dean.  

2009

Danetime Adds UK Gr2

Monday, 25th May 2009

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.

Danetime Adds UK Black-Type

Wednesday, 29th April 2009

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.

1st Female Trio In Aust Gr1 Race

Wednesday, 15th April 2009

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.

Ausbred King Wins Neville Sellwood Stakes

Monday, 6th April 2009

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.)

2008

Jockey 1% Prize Claim Before Today's ARB Meeting

Friday, 12th December 2008

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:

  • cover jockeys' compulsory Public Liability premiums;
  • fund a national Personal Accident Scheme for jockeys;
  • support jockeys & their families in financial hardship due to death, illness & injury through the National Jockeys' Trust;
  • fund other welfare programs.

Danetime Adds Irish Gr3

Monday, 1st September 2008

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.

Danetime Adds UK Black-Type

Monday, 25th August 2008

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.

2007

Spy Zaim Wins Scone Cup

Monday, 21st May 2007

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.

Aunty Betty Wins Birthday Card Stakes

Monday, 26th March 2007

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.