2018

Smoke Where There's Fire In Rosebud

Friday, 10th August 2018

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.

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Legend Of Condor charged late in his trial (pic: Steve Hart)

Caulfield Guineas Market Starts To Take Shape

Thursday, 9th August 2018

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.

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Early Golden Slipper favourite Performer is in the Guineas mix (pic: Steve Hart)

Vinery Announces 2018 Stallion Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

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:

  • $66,000 More Than Ready (USA): A top 5 Stakes-producing stallion with 183 stakes-winners. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Magic Millions winners, Group 1 classic colts and fillies and champions like More Joyous. Leading broodmare sire, whose progeny averaged $282,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. 
  • $33,000 All Too Hard: Champion Australian 3YO Colt who has sired more individual winners in Australia (50) than any other second-season stallion this season. With 6 new stakes-horses in the last month and a Gr1 colt in his second crop (Outrageous), his 3rd crop yearlings sold to $500,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
  • $22,000 Star Turn: Timeform-rated 124 , and covered a full book of mares on debut. Bred for speed, October Randwick 2YO winner Star Turn defeated Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a 3YO in Gr3 San Domenico S, before beating older horses in the Gr2 WFA Schillaci Stakes. Placed against older sprinters in the Gr1 Lightning S., Gr1 William Reid S. and Gr1 Newmarket Hcp.
  • $16,500 Headwater: Extremely well supported at Vinery in 2016 & 2017, Headwater's first foals are creating a buzz with breeders.  A stakes-winning 2YO and 3YO by Exceed and Excel, he topped all the first-crop stallions at the Inglis Easter Weanling Sale with a colt knocked down to agent Andrew Williams for $75,000.
  • $16,500 Press Statement: Hinchinbrook's best and the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Trainer Chris Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than either Zoustar & Brazen Beau. A magnificent looking stallion, Press Statement showcases 19 of his first-crop foals at the Magic Millions National Sale starting on May 24.
  • $9,900 Casino Prince: Prolific winner-getter and primed for another century of individual winners in 2017-18. He’s currently a Top 10 sire with 91 winners in Australia this season and his record of 104 is well within sight. Bearing down on another milestone with the winners of 997 races to date, Casino Prince maintains an extraordinary 68% winning strike-rate (>6% black type). 
  • $6,600 Pluck (USA): More Than Ready’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner with stakes-performers Life On The Wire, Mongolian Wolf, Aspect, Gasoline and Lucky Louie in his first two crops. Backing that black-type up with numerous city-winning, sprinter-milers plus overseas winners Winwin Ruby, Jade Theatre (Hong Kong) and Knysna Rose, Aussie Austin, Moon Shadow (South Africa).

El Dorado Dreaming Wins Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes

Monday, 9th April 2018

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.

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El Dorado Dreaming (image: Steve Hart)

2011

King Cugat Adds US Black-Type

Tuesday, 26th July 2011

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.

King Cugat Adds US Black-Type

Monday, 27th June 2011

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.

2010

Sydney Jockeys May Strike Over Murrihy Whip Stance

Tuesday, 13th April 2010

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."

Brahms Adds US Gr3

Tuesday, 6th April 2010
Gr1-winning former Vinery Stud shuttler Brahms (Danzig-Queens, by Mr Prospector) added a US graded-stakes success when favoured 7YO gelding Arson Squad (Brahms-Majestic Fire, by Green Dancer) scored a 3.75-lengths victory in the US$120,000 Gr3 Skip Away Handicap (9.5 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Gulfstream Park in Miami. Arson Squad (ridden by Paco Lopez for trainer Richard Dutrow) defeated 4YO entire Wingedlie (Winged Foot Willie-Outrageous Lie, by Valley Crossing) & 6YO entire Helsinki (Distorted Humor-Well Dressed, by Notebook). Arson Squad (a US$20,000 weanling at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale & later a US$100,000 yearling at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale) took his record to 7 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Meadowlands Cup Handicap over 9 furlongs at Meadowlands & 2007's Gr2 Strub Stakes over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2006's Gr2 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Listed San Pedro Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 5 placings (including last start's Listed Challenger Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs on March 6, plus 2006's Gr2 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes over 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr3 Affirmed Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park) from 25 starts for US$1,007,188 earnings.

2007

NSW Minister Accuses Fed Govt Of Playing Politics

Wednesday, 26th September 2007

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".

2005

NSW Punter Slams Bet Ban

Friday, 2nd September 2005

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."