The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. The race has attracted a capacity field of 15 plus four emergencies. The top weight for the race is the Godolphin-owned Jungle Cat who will be making his Australian debut. The Irish-bred speedster was last seen claiming his maiden Gr1 title in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai on World Cup night (31 March). Jungle Cat is likely to vie for favouritism with fellow Godolphin runners Home Of The Brave and Osborne Bulls, with the former a chance of securing the final Everest slot if he can replicate his impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Theo Mark Stakes in Sydney. Other leading chances include Holy Snow & Oregon's Day from the Mick Price yard, Land Of Plenty for Darren Weir, and Showtime and Peaceful State, who will both be carrying the colours of world renowned Japanese breeder & owner Katsumi Yoshida.
Oregon's Day will be out to defy history when she lines up in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane tomorrow. Only six mares in history have won the Doomben Cup, namely Cooranga (1939), Qualeta (1943), Dream (1950), Cinque Cento (2007), and Streama (2014). Trainer Mick Price is not concerned with the race's history and is confident Oregon's Day can win the Doomben Cup at her first attempt at 2000 metres. Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon) goes into the Doomben Cup as the $5 second favourite behind Ambitious after scoring a strong last-start win in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast. "I'm really happy with her since the Hollindale and she's in great shape. The key with her was drawing a good gate and she's done that with barrier two," said Price. "The Hollindale Stakes was a test for her to see if she could run 1800 metres and she did it comfortably and was very strong to the line." Price added: "I know about the history but how many mares have run in this race with the form she's been in and she can't read anyway. I think the race is a bit different this year with the spread of older horses."
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) to be run at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday. A field of 13 horses has accepted for the weight-for-age middle-distance feature. First run in 1933, the Doomben Cup has been won by horses of the calibre of champion Bernborough (1946), Winfreux (1966), Rough Habit (1991-93), Durbridge (1994), Danewin (1995), Juggler (1996), Might And Power (1998), and Intergaze (1999). This year the $4.40 TAB favourite for the race is the Japanese import Ambitious who is set to benefit from a huge drop in class after his last-start eighth to champion Winx in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney on 14 April. Next in the market is the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes winner Oregon's Day at $5, ahead of another Japanese import in Satono Rasen at $5.50, and Comin' Through and Tom Melbourne at $9.50. All other runners are available at double figure odds. Click below to view field and barriers.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Aquis Farm's Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon) unleashed a strong sprint to claim the biggest prize of her career in the $350,000 Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Tom Melbourne & Man Of His Word. Oregon's Day, who is a half-brother to Gr2 Perth Cup winner Talent Show (Jeune) & Listed winner Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit) from the Gr3-winning mare Oregon Seal, improved her record to 4 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic, Gr2 Emancipation Stakes, Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes) from 19 starts for $788,180 in earnings. Oregon's Day will now attempt to become just the second mare (along with Streama in 2014) to claim the Hollindale Stakes & Doomben Cup double when she contests the Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on 19 May.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's deceased Gr1-placed stallion Beneteau (Redoute's Choice-Slice Of Paradise, by Encosta de Lago) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt, by Exceed and Excel) once again showed her fighting qualities when leading throughout for a tough win in the $200,000 Gr2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Oregon's Day & Dixie Blossoms. Prompt Response, who is a full sister to Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Prompt Return, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Breeders Classic, Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes & Listed Twilight Glow Stakes) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Tatts Tiara, Gr3 Dark Jewel Classic, Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas, Gr3 VRC Emirates Airline Plate & Gr3 ATC Percy Sykes Stakes) from 24 starts for $945,350 in earnings.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former Darley and now Aquis Farm Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Daysee Doom (Domesday-See a Victory, by Mister C) fought on tenaciously to claim a narrow but well-deserved win in the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Oregon's Day & Silent Sedition. Not only did Daysee Doom boost her value significantly with her maiden top-flight success but also joined the millionaires club in advancing her record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Vinery Stud Millie Fox Stakes, Gr2 Golden Pendant & Gr3 Dark Jewel Classic) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Millie Fox Stakes, Gr2 ATC Emancipation Stakes & Gr3 Angst Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,174,575 in earnings. Trainer Ron Quinton, who was celebrating his third Coolmore victory as a trainer following the wins of Ofcourseican in 2012 and Peeping in 2016, said Daysee Doom's win was thoroughly deserved. "She deserves a big win so it's a very pleasing result," he said.
At Sandown in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Long Time Ago (Redoute's Choice-Once Were Wild, by Johannesburg) registered her first stakes victory when resuming with a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Mrs Gardenia & Oregon's Day. A homebred for John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, Long Time Ago is the second foal to race of 2010 Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Once Were Wild. Long Time Ago improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 8 starts for $157,450 in earnings. Long Time Ago became the 152nd stakes winner for her champion sire Redoute's Choice.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night, former Darley and now Aquis Farm Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a Group success when 3YO filly Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon) scored by 2.25 lengths for trainer Mick Price in the $150,000 Gr3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Toffee Nose (Toorak Toff-Majestic Girl, by Galileo) & Sebring dream (Sebring-Dream 'n' Believe, by Shamardal). Oregon's Day, a half-brother to Gr2 Perth Cup winner Talent Show (Jeune) & Listed winner Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit) from the Gr3-winning mare Oregon Seal, improved her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 MRC Angus Armanasco Stakes & Gr3 MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes) from 7 starts for $227,700 earnings.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Sun Stud's multiple Group-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Love Conquers All (Mossman-She's a Meanie, by Prince Salieri) sired his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Savanna Amour (Love Conquers All-Savanna la Mar, by Stravinsky) scored by 0.1 length for trainers John & Chris Meagher in the $200,000 Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Ellicazoom (Testa Rossa-Ellicorsam, by Fimiston) & Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon). Savanna Amour, who was knocked down to Ontrack Thoroughbreds for $100,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Toolooganvale Stud, improved her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $244,500 earnings.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Star Witness (Starcraft-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) added a Group success when 3YO filly Fuhryk (Star Witness-Fuhrnatic, by Langfuhr) finished her race off strongly to score by 2 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the $150,000 Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon) & Savanna Amour (Love Conquers All-Savanna la Mar, by Stravinsky). This was the first stakes victory for the exciting Fuhryk who advanced her record to 4 wins from 6 starts and $232,200 earnings. From the dual stakes-placed mare Fuhrnatic, Fuhryk was a $60,000 purchase by Lindsay Park Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Premier Sale from the draft of Rosemont Stud. Fuhryk will now head to the Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 25 February before a possible tilt at the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington the following week. "I believe that when she gets to 1400 metres and a mile she can be an elite filly," co-trainer David Hayes told Racing.com.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's Gr2-winning stallion Domesday (Red Ransom-In the Past, by Zafonic) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Oregon's Day (Domesday-Oregon Seal, by Oregon) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Mick Price in the $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colt Highland Beat (Exceed And Excel-Highland Daughter, by Kyllachy) & fellow 2YO filly Fromparis Withlove (Smart Missile-Umaquest, by Umatilla). Oregon's Day, who is a half-brother to Gr2 Perth Cup winner Talent Show (Jeune) & Listed winner Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit) from Gr3-winning mare Oregon Seal, took his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for $77,700 earnings.