Tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens is all over bar the shouting if Plague Stone runs up to his short quote. A winter in the paddock can do marvellous things for young horses, and there are quite a few runners with serious formlines making their returns in this race that could prove a real handful. Outrageous is among the top ten in Caulfield Guineas calculations, and where there's smoke there's normally fire. Gr1-placed in the Sires Produce at long odds, he was less than 3-lengths behind Seabrook in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes. Sandbar obviously warrants respect after being beaten only 4-lengths in the Golden Slipper and a neck by Written By in the Pago Pago. Legend of Condor charged to the line in his trial earlier this week, and the Sun Stud-owned colt is another with solid form around high class juveniles. One can also make a strong case for recent Wyong maiden winner Oxford Tycoon who was only a length off winning both the Lonhro Stakes and Skyline Stakes from his only two prior runs.
Following Tuesday’s confirmation of nominations for the 2018 Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), market assessors have been hard at work to post early prices. While The Autumn Sun remains a popular favourite, the market is as wide open as the mouth of the Amazon River, with all runners quoted at double figure odds. Unsurprisingly, among the early fancies for October’s event is maiden Ooohood, triple Gr1-placed as a 2YO in the Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper and Sires Produce. Second favourite is Brutal, stunning winner of his only start by 5-lengths at Caulfield over 1200m. The only other entrants quoted at less than $26 are Good ‘n’ Fast, Miss Fabulass, Native Soldier, Outrageous, Perfomer, Smart Melody and Tony Nicconi. As is always the case there is a ton of water to flow downstream between now and post time.
The Hunter Valley’s Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2018 with its trio of young guns Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement consolidating their stud careers alongside legendary sire More Than Ready. "We strongly believe the Vinery Stallions represent great value to breeders; headed up by one of the leading stallions worldwide in More Than Ready and prolific sires of winners at all levels in All Too Hard, Casino Prince and Pluck,” said general manager Peter Orton. “The future for the farm is very exciting with the depth of talent of our three young stallions Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement, all who have enjoyed great support from our loyal client to launch their careers." With Testa Rossa remaining at Vinery where he will cover a limited book, the GST-inclusive roster with comments is below:
At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Larneuk Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert-Kensington Rose, by Kenfair) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity-Solanas, by Zabeel) broke her maiden in sensational fashion when storming home at odds of 80-1 to win the $1 million Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Oohood & Outrageous. El Dorado Dreaming improved her record to 1 win and 2 placings from 4 starts for $704,255 in earnings. El Dorado Dreaming became the longest priced Group 1 winner in Sydney since Zavite won the Ranvet Stakes at $101 in 2011. "We weren't just here to make up the numbers but we didn't expect her to win," trainer Ben Smith told Sky Racing. "We didn't think she'd be a two-year-old but she just trialled so well in February. She's come back a lot better and now she's a Group One winner." Bred by her owner Yvonne Pearce, El Dorado Dreaming hails from the family of multiple Gr1 winner and brilliant sprinter Gold Ace and Gr1 winner Final Card.
Former Widden Stud shuttler & now South Australian Rivers End Stud-based stallion King Cugat (Kingmambo-Tricky Game, by Majestic Light) added a US black-type success when 6YO gelding Mambo Meister (King Cugat-Bleu'slittlesecret, by Desert Secret) slaughtered his rivals by an extraordinary 11-lengths in the US$50,000 Listed Primal Stakes (8.5 furlongs) at Calder in Miami. Mambo Meister (ridden by Fernando Jara for trainer Philip Gleaves) defeated 5YO entire Wingedlie (Winged Foot Willie-Outrageous Lie, by Valley Crossing) & 4YO entire Hear Ye Hear Ye (Hear No Evil-I Am Nifty, by Unbridled's Song). Mambo Meister took his record to 11 wins (also including June’s Listed Mecke Handicap over 9 furlongs at Calder, plus 2010’s Gr3 Memorial Day Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Miami Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Calder, as well as 2009's Gr3 Spend A Buck Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, Listed Blazing Sword Stakes over 8 furlongs at Calder & Listed Big Bubble Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Calder) & 13 placings (including May’s Gr3 Memorial Day Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, plus 2010’s Gr2 Smile Sprint Handicap over 6 furlongs at Calder, Gr3 Fort Lauderdale Stakes over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, Gr3 Fred Hopper Handicap over 9 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Spend A Buck Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, as well as both 2009's Gr2 Fourstardave Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr3 Miami Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Calder) from 37 starts for US$659,524 earnings.
Former Widden Stud shuttler & now South Australian Rivers End Stud-based stallion King Cugat (Kingmambo-Tricky Game, by Majestic Light) added a US black-type success when 6YO gelding Mambo Meister (King Cugat-Bleu'slittlesecret, by Desert Secret) scored a 4-lengths victory in the US$51,500 Listed Mecke Handicap (9 furlongs on turf) at Calder in Miami. Mambo Meister (ridden by Fernando Jara for trainer Philip Gleaves) defeated 4YO entire John Johny Jak (Wildcat Heir-Pure Adrenalin, by Saint Ballado) & 5YO entire Wingedlie (Winged Foot Willie-Outrageous Lie, by Valley Crossing). Mambo Meister took his record to 10 wins (also including 2010’s Gr3 Memorial Day Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Miami Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Calder, plus 2009's Gr3 Spend A Buck Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, Listed Blazing Sword Stakes over 8 furlongs at Calder & Listed Big Bubble Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Calder) & 13 placings (including May’s Gr3 Memorial Day Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, plus 2010’s Gr2 Smile Sprint Handicap over 6 furlongs at Calder, Gr3 Fort Lauderdale Stakes over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, Gr3 Fred Hopper Handicap over 9 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Spend A Buck Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Calder, as well as both 2009's Gr2 Fourstardave Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr3 Miami Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Calder) from 36 starts for US$629,524 earnings.
Sydney jockeys could strike if Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy "refuses to soften his hard-line stance on whip penalties," reported The Herald-Sun. The newspaper asserted: "Murrihy, whose reign is on the verge of crisis, will try to justify his actions in front of state & territory peers at a national stewards' conference in Sydney on Thursday. Murrihy, who has handed out 64 suspensions & countless fines for whip rule breaches, is the odd-man-out among chief stewards on whip & other penalties." Murrihy & Racing NSW last week "criticised as soft interstate whip policy, which angered other stewards". Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey confirmed he was "a little disappointed" by the criticism & told the newspaper: "The rule is 6 months old & jockeys are being asked to adapt from 100 years of racing." The Australian Jockeys' Association "which has asked to attend Thursday's stewards' showdown" said it would "consult 1st Racing NSW, then its members, if Murrihy refused to yield". The AJA has been critical of Murrihy "not just for his penalty policy, but other penalties, even his demeanour" & the newspaper added: "His month suspension of Kerrin McEvoy for a beaten ride was widely regarded as outrageous. Most believe McEvoy made, at worst, a minor tactical error." AJA chief executive Paul Innes said the AJA would "urge the Racing NSW board to order Murrihy to fall in line with other states if the chief steward refused to yield". Innes declared: "I'm not optimistic about Murrihy being prepared to change. It might, in fact, be incumbent on the Racing NSW board to act & make sure common sense prevails. If we don't get satisfaction on Thursday, or from Racing NSW, we'll take it back to our members . . . . . and see what action they want to take. We don't want a near revolt, like what happened at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day, but the jockeys are dissatisfied."
NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald joined the public brawl by declaring: "It's outrageous for the Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran to be playing politics with this issue, by blaming the Victorian Government for its state's smaller allocation. He's claiming Victoria originally asked for 1,500 doses when I understand from Minister Helper that he requested 15,000 doses but agreed to accept the smaller amount following the agreement by the Primary Industries Ministerial Council. It was Mr McGauran who suggested 1,500 doses for Victoria. It's just another attempt by the Federal Government to desperately try to divert attention away from the real issue here, which is their quarantine bungle. The Federal Government was asleep on the job & allowed this exotic disease to arrive on our shores & escape from its Eastern Creek Quarantine facility. For more than a month, the Federal Government has ducked & weaved to escape its responsibilities on the issue".
Australia's "biggest punter Sean Bartholomew has warned the NSW racing industry is set to lose millions of dollars in turnover from his business after Racing NSW axed one of his favourite betting options," reported The Daily Telegraph. Bartholomew was "shocked when told by bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse that he could no longer back the field to beat the favourite". The leviathan punter admitted he had made a "skinny profit" using the system over the past 12 months & was turning over up to $100,000 each day. Bartholomew said it was "an outrageous move" which has left him "dumbfounded on the eve of the biggest & busiest time of the racing year". He declared: "I'm very disappointed & this is a huge backward step for NSW racing. They're only going to be losing turnover & they wonder why people are turning to betting exchanges. They've apparently stopped this betting option because it is the same as the Betfair product. But I would have thought, if anything, Racing NSW would be out there trying to compete with the bettign exchanges & offering punters something similar they can bet on."