Gr1 Golden Slipper Final Field & Barrier Draw

Wednesday, 21st March 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest 2YO race, the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 24 March. Golden Slipper favourites Sunlight (barrier 5) and Written By (barrier 4) drew side by side to confirm their positions at the top of the market. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight remains favourite at $4.20 with TAB but Grahame Begg's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner is breathing down her neck firming slightly into $4.60. Of the other runners under double figure odds, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott trainee Santos saw his price shorten into $8 after drawing perfectly in gate 3, while talented but enigmatic colt Performer is also $8 but must overcome the outside gate (16). Bookmakers are taking no risks with Melbourne filly Seabrook who is available at $9 despite drawing barrier 12. The Golden Slipper will be run as race 7 at 4:10pm AEDT on Saturday.

Enigmatic Performer Ready for Slipper

Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Chris Waller is adamant that Performer is a live chance in Saturday's Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill despite having a less than ideal preparation for the race. The Exceed And Excel colt was required to trial to the satisfaction of stewards last Thursday after he dislodged champion jockey Hugh Bowman in the Gr2 Todman Stakes on 10 March. Before veering out sharply causing Bowman to crash into the hallowed Randwick turf, Bowman said Performer was actually working into the race quite strongly. "I thought he was struggling to win last start but Hugh assures me he was just hitting top stride," Waller told racingnsw.com.au. "I'm not putting any emphasis on it apart from the fact I want to make sure he doesn't do it again. With the blinkers on that will sort him out." He added: "There's no concern from Hugh or us in relation to the horse. It was a freak accident. It's been far from perfect but the horse looks very fit." Performer is being kept safe by bookmakers and is currently an $8 chance with TAB for the Golden Slipper.


Performer (image: Steve Hart)

First Winner for Akeed Mofeed

Monday, 12th March 2018

Former Hong Kong star and now Goldin Farms resident stallion Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi-Wonder Why, by Tiger Hill) sired his first winner when Heart Conquered saluted over 1000m at Morphettville on Saturday. Prepared by Team Hawkes, the 2YO colt accounted for Frazier (Casino Prince) with fellow Akeed Mofeed juvenile La Vita in third. Akeed Mofeed was a top European Group performer at two and three before establishing himself as one of the best horses in Hong Kong when winning the 2013 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Hong Kong Cup where he defeated French star Cirrus des Aigles, among others.

Nomothaj Wins Listed Football Stakes

Monday, 5th March 2018

At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated a Listed race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Nomothaj (Snitzel-Real Stolle, by Elusive Quality) sustained a strong run on the speed to take out the $120,000 3AW is Football Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Irukandji & the fast finishing Virtual Insanity. At only her third race start, Nomothaj showed the benefit of race knowledge to take her record to 2 wins (including the Listed Maribyrnong Trial) for $156,400 in earnings. Nomothaj races in the famous Shadwell colours of owner Sheikh Hamdan which secured him for $420,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm. From the Gr3-winning Elusive Quality mare, Real Stolle, Nomothaj hails from the family of Gr1 Futurity Stakes runer-up Chattanooga and Gr2 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winner Berberia. Runner-up Irukandji, raced by Spendthrift Australia, became the first stakes-performer for Champion racehorse Dundeel who stands at Arrowfield Stud.


Nomothaj wins from Irukandji in the centre (pic: Darren Tindale)

Gr1 Performers Confirmed For Inglis Chairman’s Sale

Friday, 23rd February 2018

In another boost for the Inglis Chairman’s Sale Breeding Prospects session, Gypsy Diamond and Heatherly - in foal to I Am Invincible and Written Tycoon respectively - headline early entries received for the sale’s second renewal, which will be held at the new Riverside complex on April 12, following the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Gypsy Diamond is part of an 11-strong group of mares being offered in an unreserved reduction sale by Finemore Thoroughbreds and Planette Thoroughbred. The Finemore/Planette draft also includes mares in foal to outstanding stallions, including the likes of sires Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Savabeel.


Exciting Gr1 performer Heatherly (pic: Inglis)

Performer Wins Gr3 Canonbury Stakes

Monday, 5th February 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) maintained his perfect record when resuming with a hard fought win in the $150,000 Gr3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Stratosphere & Exceltic. The highly regarded Performer extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins (including the Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate) from 2 starts for $192,000 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said Performer would make his next appearance in the Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 10 March before his grand final in the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March. "I was happy at the 100 metres but concerned the last five," Waller told Sky Racing. "But he is still learning and is where I want him to be." He added: "We will stick to the plan to give him a barrier trial and then run him in the Todman Stakes two weeks before the Slipper." Purchased by Harras Syndicate & Mulcaster Bloodstock for $450,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Performer is a half-brother to multiple Group winner and Gr1 Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit). TAB currently has Performer as an $8 second favourite for the Golden Slipper behind boom Victorian filly Sunlight at $6.


Performer (image: Steve Hart)

Fiesta Wins Gr3 Widden Stakes

Monday, 5th February 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Fiesta (I Am Invincible-Now Now, by Danehill Dancer) overcame trouble in running for a strong finishing win in the $150,000 Gr3 Widden Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Adamina & River Bird. Interestingly, Fiesta ran the 1100 metres half a second quicker than her stable-mate Performer in the previous race. Purchased by Star Thoroughbreds in partnership with Chris Waller Racing for $150,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Fiesta got off the mark to improve her record to 1 win and 2 placings (including the Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes) from 3 starts for $117,150 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller confirmed that Fiesta would now head to the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on 3 March as a final lead-up to the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 24 March.


Fiesta (image: Steve Hart)

Colt Ready to Perform

Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) will be out to justify his billing as a leading Golden Slipper contender when he resumes in the Gr3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The Chris Waller-trained colt made the perfect start to his career when charging home to score on debut in the Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) at Randwick on 30 September. The son of Exceed And Excel was installed as favourite for the Golden Slipper off the back of that performance, but has since been relegated to second favourite after the win of boom filly Sunlight in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic earlier this month. Stable representative Charlie Duckworth said Performer had made the necessary improvement during his break to be a force in the world's richest juvenile race. "He's taller, stronger and put on a considerable amount of weight," Duckworth told racingnsw.com.au. "He's a more mature colt. We never tightened the screws at all last preparation, he did it on raw ability and that's the reason why we didn't tighten the screws because we had to allow his body to develop and strengthen." Duckworth added: "So far as we're all concerned we still think he is the one to beat [in the Golden Slipper]."


Performer (image: Steve Hart)

Slipper Sunlight Shines For Millions Filly's Owners

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

If bookmakers odds are any guide, recent Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) is the juvenile to beat in the Gr1 Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on 24 March at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. After the obliteration of her opposition in the Gold Coast feature, Sunlight is now $7 Slipper favourite with most bookies, although some are prepared to offer $8 along with the only other runner below $21, and that's Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets). The Chris Waller-trained colt has had just one start, winning the early season Gr3 Breeders' Plate at Randwick, but has trialled since where he cruised home at Canterbury over 900m. If a week's a long time in politics, two months can be an eternity in racing, and next month's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes might yet cloud the picture ahead of Sydney's own traditional Slipper lead-ups.

MM Gold Coast Day-4: $1.1M for Snitzel Filly

Monday, 15th January 2018

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale has re-written the record books for its Book One auction with previous benchmarks smashed during the action packed four-day event. A filly by Snitzel (Lot 830) became the ninth individual lot to reach seven-figures when she was knocked down to New South Wales trainer Mark Newnham during Saturday's night session for $1.1 million. Offered by Arrowfield Stud, as agent, the filly out of Intimate Moment (Dubawi) was the standout performer on Day Four and helped elevate the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale as the highest ever grossing yearling auction in southern hemisphere history. "That's the one we were waiting for the last three days. It's nice we were able to get her," Newnham said. "She just looks a natural. She's got a really good, strong pedigree behind her and you'd nearly give up if she couldn't run." He added: "We thought she'd be pretty dear – for us she was the best one here. You've got to pay for them."


Snitzel x Intimate Moment filly (image: Magic Millions)

Larima Striding Towards Oaks

Thursday, 4th January 2018

Lightly raced NZ filly Larima (Pour Moi-Splinter, by Thorn Park) is reported to be thriving since unwinding on her stakes debut in the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapanui to finish a closing fourth behind Savvy Coup, Gr1 performer Dijon Bleu and subsequent Gr2 Eight Carat Classic winner Contessa Vanessa. A stylish Maiden winner on her home deck at Taranaki in December, New Plymouth-based trainer Janelle Millar is excited at the progressive nature of her filly as the Gr1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks looms on March 17. "It was a really good run [at her stakes debut] and she had a week off after that and she's back in work now. We weren't surprised, we've always had a lot of time for her. The way she won her second start was pretty impressive, she's a very classy horse." Next up for Larima is likely to be the Gr3 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) on January 20 at Trentham before a potential tilt at the Oaks Prelude leading into the Lowland Stakes at Hastings. A NZ$30,000 purchase by Michael Wallace's Waterford Bloodstock at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale, Larima hails from a family which includes Joint Champion 3YO Sprinting Filly Star Satire and her Gr2 Silver Slipper-winning daughter Satin Shoes.

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Weir Picks Up Another WA Galloper

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Perth Cup placegetter Tradesman is the latest WA galloper to join the stable of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir, reports the West Australian. A winner of 7 of his 21 starts, Tradesman's (Trade Fair-Virelay, by Laranto) biggest win to date came in the Listed Belmont Guineas as a 3YO. The consistent performer has also been placed three times at Group level, namely in the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr2 Lee Steere Classic and Gr3 Northerly Stakes. Todd Harvey, who is also a part-owner of Tradesman, hopes a change of environment can help the 7YO realise his potential. "He's got a high rating here, but he doesn't have to race in top company over there," Harvey said. "There are plenty more options there. I feel he's a genuine stayer and we haven't really had a crack at getting him over ground. We all thought it was best for the horse to send him to Weir." Harvey added: "He'll fly over when Black Heart Bart and Ulmann go home in a couple of weeks and he'll probably have a month or so off when he gets there." It was announced last week that former champion West Australian 2YO Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook-Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian) would also be joining Weir in the New Year.

International Result for Per Incanto

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Exposure on the international stage has provided Little Avondale Stud with another timely boost ahead of next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale series at Karaka, reports NZ Racing Desk. The win of Time To Celebrate in the Maurice Handicap (1600m) at Hong Kong's international meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday has shone a light on his exciting young sire Per Incanto. "To do it at Sunday's international meeting in front of pretty much all of the big owners around the world is just so important and great for us and New Zealand," Little Avondale's studmaster Sam Williams said. "Per Incanto has got two very good horses in Hong Kong, apart from Time To Celebrate there's also Morethanlucky, who's won three of his last four starts." He added: "Per Incanto has got a fantastic ability to upgrade mares, he's done it from second tier mares off a $4000 and $5000 fee and now he's got a new crop coming through off a $15,000 service fee." Per Incanto's numbers at Karaka in 2018 reflect the stallion's ongoing success. "Next year he's got 17 in the Book 1 Sale...the two stand-outs are Lot 670, a colt out of Tsukioka and he's a ripping type and a half-brother to Regency Bo Bo, who ran second in Hong Kong on international night," Williams said. "The other one I really like is Lot 193 out of the More Than Ready mare Exposed." Williams added: "He had 18 individual winners in November and this month he's had seven already." Crowned Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter in 2007, Per Incanto's (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) best performer to date is Gr1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Dal Cielo.

MM Classic Favourite Progressing Well

Thursday, 7th December 2017

Meanwhile, co-trainer Paul Snowden has confirmed the stable will target the Wyong Magic Millions race on 21 December but was unsure if current Magic Millions Classic favourite Bondi would be among them, reports racingnsw.com.au. Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) ran a close second to Performer in the Listed Breeders' Plate in September and is currently the $8 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "There are a couple of options in Queensland so at this stage I don't know where we will head with Bondi," Snowden said. "Our aim is to qualify as many runners as we can so we are chasing the prize money." He added: "Bondi had a nice trial at Wyong on Monday. He had look at the track and that is an advantage. He's nowhere near screwed down yet with the grand final still six weeks away."

Redzel Favourite for Everest

Thursday, 7th December 2017

TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.

TAB Everest Market

$8 - Redzel

$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic

$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx

$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign

$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora

$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth

Waller Colt Golden Slipper Favourite

Wednesday, 29th November 2017

TAB has installed the Chris Waller-trained Performer as favourite for the 2018 Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 24 March, reports racingnsw.com.au. Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to score on debut in the Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) at Randwick on 30 September. Performer has opened up as the $8 pre-post favourite for the world's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bondi at $11. Bondi, by incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel, ran a close second to Performer in the Breeders' Plate. The Breeders' Plate has been a very strong historical form guide with Capitalist (2015), Vancouver (2014), Pierro (2011) and Sebring (2008) the most recent to complete the Breeder's Plate-Golden Slipper double. Performer, a $450,000 yearling from the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, is currently in pre-training ahead of his return to Waller's Rosehill stable in the coming weeks. Click here to view the full TAB Golden Slipper market.


Impressive debut winner Performer (image: Steve Hart)

Owner Has Faith in Scales Of Justice

Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Defending champion Scales of Justice has retained favouritism for Saturday's Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot despite drawing barrier 13 in the $1 million feature, reports the West Australian. But with three of the four emergencies drawn inside him, Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt-Beymatilla, by Umatilla) is likely to start from barrier ten in his bid for back-to-back Railway victories. Despite the unfavourable draw, he is currently the $5.50 TAB fixed odds favourite for the race ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart ($6) and Gr1 performer Tom Melbourne ($6.50). "I've got great faith in the horse," managing part-owner Chris Wells said. "If he's right he'll go very well." However, trainer Lindsey Smith does not seem to share Wells' optimism. Smith has been playing catch-up with West Australia's best racehorse ever since he pulled up lame in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne. The 5YO was also below his brilliant best when resuming with a third placing in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on 11 November. "I think Lindsey's a bit apprehensive, but as time goes on we get more confident. The weight (57.5kg) is not a problem. It's whether he's 100 per cent," Wells added. Scales Of Justice will run with a pad on his off-fore foot on Saturday, but Wells said the gear change wasn't a cause for concern. "Lindsey's farrier suggested it because his off-fore is two degrees off his near-fore. He doesn't have a foot problem," he said.

Gr1 Railway Stakes Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Defending champion and local star Scales Of Justice is currently the $5.50 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart at $6 and Gr1 performer Tom Melbourne at $7. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Supply And Demand is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The final field is:

  1. BLACK HEART BART – 59kg (8)
  2. SCALES OF JUSTICE - 57.5 kg (13)
  3. TOM MELBOURNE – 55kg (1)
  4. SUPPLY AND DEMAND - 54.5kg (19)
  5. ULMANN - 54.5kg (5)
  6. GREAT SHOT – 53.5kg (11)
  7. SILVERSTREAM - 53.5kg (20)
  8. ALL OUR ROADS – 53kg (18)
  9. COSMIC STORM – 53kg (16)
  10. DISPOSITION – 53kg (10)
  11. GATTING – 53kg (3)
  12. MATERIAL MAN – 53kg (12)
  13. OBSERVATIONAL – 53kg (6)
  14. POUNAMU – 53kg (14)
  15. SOVEREIGN NATION – 53kg (15)
  16. VARIATION – 53kg (4)
  17. TRADESMAN – 53kg (1st emergency) (9)
  18. ROYAL STAR – 53kg (2nd emergency) (17)
  19. BOLLYWOOD BLITZ – 53kg (3rd emergency) (2)
  20. TONKATUFF – 53kg (4th emergency) (7)

Return of Group One Performer Imminent

Friday, 13th October 2017

Devise enjoyed a prosperous 3YO season and she is impressing trainer Shaune Ritchie as she closes in on a return to racing, reports NZ Racing Desk. The daughter of Darci Brahma is a two-time winner and finished runner-up to NZ Horse of the Year Bonneval in last season's New Zealand Oaks (2400m). "She looks terrific and she'll trial at the end of the month and she should be back at the races in November," Ritchie said. "She's come back much stronger and her form looks good." The half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella was placed last term behind Bonneval in the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) and the Gr3 Lowland Stakes (2100m). Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

Undefeated Stonebrook Facing Acid Test

Wednesday, 4th October 2017

At Canterbury in Sydney this afternoon, connections of promising 4YO gelding Stonebrook (Hinchinbrook-Calaluna) will get a strong guide as to just how untapped he is in Race 5. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained galloper was put away after winning on debut at Hawkesbury before making his race return at Kembla Grange as odds-on favourite, where he won as he liked. While well fancied at $2.90, Stonebrook is meeting some quality opposition, including beautifully bred and consistent performer Our Royal Egyptian (Fastnet Rock-Our Egyptian Raine) and Godolphin's even money favourite Marsupial. By Street Cry from Koala Bear, Marsupial has been mixing it with top company in races like the Black Opal Stakes, Bailleau Stakes and Heritage Stakes.

Performer Wins Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO chestnut colt Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to land the $150,000 Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Bondi & Santos. In winning the first Sydney 2YO race of the season, Performer improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $84,000 in earnings. Purchased by Harras Syndicate & Mulcaster Bloodstock for $450,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Performer is a half-brother to multiple Group winner and Gr1 Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit).


Performer (image: Steve Hart)

Inglis Ready2Race Breeze Up Record Broken

Monday, 11th September 2017

Ampulla Lodge's I Am Invincible x Lustful colt (Lot 139) clocked 10.07secs for his 200m gallop at Canterbury on Friday, making it the fastest breeze up time in the history of the Inglis Ready2Race sale. Steve Jostlear of Ampulla Lodge was thrilled with his star performer, although not surprised. "This horse has shown us he's super-fast," said Jostlear. "We're very happy with the time and a fortnight ago he won a jump-out by 10 lengths as well. He's a very smart individual. In total, 44 horses breezed at Canterbury with 26 of the 2YOs breaking the 11-second mark. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster couldn't have been happier with the performances of the 2YOs at both tracks this week. "I was impressed with the breeze ups at Cranbourne and Canterbury," Webster said. "The two different track surfaces, with it being wetter in Melbourne, created some differences in the times but that is to be expected. Overall there were a lot of fast times and a lot of well-educated 2YOs and that is the key.'' The 2017 Inglis Ready2Race sale will take place at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne on Wednesday October 4, with inspections from Monday October 2.

Australian Options Under Consideration For Smart Stayer

Thursday, 24th August 2017

Roger James is looking at Australian options for his stakes-winning stayer Von Tunzelman, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainer has yet to lock in the lightly-raced grey’s Spring programme, which will be firmed up after his first domestic appearance. “He’s come back well and I’ll look to step him out over 1400 metres once there is improvement in the tracks. That will hopefully be in the next two or three weeks and then we’ll decide about Australia, be it Sydney or Melbourne.” Raced by breeders Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Von Tunzelman has won four of his 11 starts including the Listed Kaimai Stakes at Matamata in February. The son of deceased multiple Champion Cambridge Stud sire Zabeel and Gr1 performer J’Adane finished a creditable sixth in the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie. Von Tunzelman enjoyed a hit-out at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and, despite the Heavy 10 going, he finished runner-up over 1000m.

Eurack Epitomises That Beauty Is As Beauty Does

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Meanwhile, at the other end of the pedigree spectrum this afternoon at Melbourne's Sandown Park, a 4YO mare appears likely to remain undefeated from her first three runs following an aggregate winning margin of nearly 8-lengths from her first two starts. Eurack has a pedigree that could be described as lacking depth. By Gr1-performed One World, Eurack's dam and grand dam were both unraced, while her great grand dam raced just once. Each of them has produced one winner. Fifth dam Vilikaia was a multiple Gr1 performer in Europe which perhaps explains Eurack's ability. In her most recent start at Sandown for Cranbourne trainer Nathan McPherson, also over 1000m, she gave her rivals a thumping. Eurack's drawn out wide again which has clearly not troubled her to date, and she has been crunched in to $2.20 favourite. Toughest to beat is probably Toy Boy.

Spell Does Wonders for Gr1 Winner

Tuesday, 25th July 2017

Group One-winning sprinter Signify (Perfectly Ready-Pica Pica, by Stravinsky) has moved up a weight division, reports NZ Racing Desk. The gifted short course performer has been back in Alex Cowan's Ashburton stable for a couple of weeks after returning from a break in grand order. "He went out a fit and happy horse after he won the Lightning at Wellington," said Cowan, who trains the Gr1 Telegraph winner for his wife Tracey. "He looks terrific and he's weighed in at 568kg and last time around he was 554 when he first came in. He's a much better version now." Signify's first major target will come during the New Zealand Cup carnival at Riccarton. "That will be the Stewards and we'll work backwards from there," said Cowan. Signify will subsequently hit the road for the major North Island sprints. "I'd really like to go to Auckland for the Railway and then the Telegraph again," Cowan said. "At the moment he's telling us he's a sprinter, but if he settles better then he might get up to a mile." Signify is one of the finalists for the New Zealand Champion Sprinter (up to 1500m) award.

Stable Change for Gr1 Performer

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Frank and Faye Drummond are banking on a change of environment to get their Group One performer El Pescado back to his best, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Waikato breeder-owners, who stand his sire El Hermano at their Cheval Stud, have moved last year's Makfi Challenge Stakes runner-up from Stuart Manning's Tauranga stable to Opaki trainer Polly Macdonald. "The horse has gone off and he's just not racing to what we know he is capable of," Frank Drummond said. "We've gone for a change of scenery and we'll see what that does." Manning prepared El Pescado to win three races, including two open handicaps, and a second place finish to Kawi in the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes. He was also placed in the Gr2 Tauranga Stakes and in the Listed Flying Handicap.

Krupt Transfers to Tasmania

Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Gr2 Todman Stakes-winning juvenile Krupt (Flying Spur) will stand this spring at a new property in Southern Tasmania, Kingsley Park Thoroughbreds. From relatively small books, with his oldest progeny five, the quality sire has produced impressive winners’ right around the country. This season Krupt has been represented by no fewer than 30 winners from just 54 runners and progeny earnings of over $1.1 million. Flying the flag for his sire has been talented sprinter Cashed who boasts a Gr2-placing in the weight-for-age Schillaci Stakes beating home star sprinter Lankan Rupee. Cashed is a last start metropolitan winner for his Adelaide based connections. Krupt’s other progeny include stakes performer Trupt, Sydney winners Quantrill and Termele, Melbourne winners Skulduggery and Electric Tribute and Brisbane winner Nardoo and Rebel Miss. “We are delighted to be standing Krupt as our first stallion at our farm at Cygnet,” Kingsley Park’s Rohan Gudden said. “He is a top class stallion with excellent conformation, a lovely nature and he boasts an excellent fertility rate of 90 per cent." Krupt will stand this season at fee of $2,200 (inc GST) with a live foal guarantee.

Smart Stayer on Road to Recovery

Tuesday, 11th July 2017

What's The Story's new trainer has high hopes of a successful return to racing from the Group One performer, reports NZ Racing Desk. The rising 5YO is now with Cambridge horseman Stephen Marsh after doing his previous racing from Stephen McKee's Ardmore stable. What's The Story (Savabeel-Tall Story, by Carnegie) was narrowly beaten in last year's New Zealand Derby and then finished sixth in the Australian Derby before he was turned out. He then suffered an injury when he finished fifth when resuming in the spring at Ruakaka. "He's obviously a very talented horse who's had a tendon problem," Marsh said. "He's doing his rehabilitation with us, but he's yet to be worked under saddle. He's been on the treadmill, swimming and walking." Marsh added: "We'll give him a long, slow build-up and he'll be ready to go in the summer. He could probably be right for the spring, but that would mean working him on wet tracks and we don't want to do that."

Fell Swoop to Represent Inglis in Everest

Monday, 26th June 2017

Everest slot-holder Inglis has announced that brilliant Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will be its representative in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. Trained by Matthew Dale, Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev) has won 9 of his 23 starts and has been placed five times at Gr1 level, namely in the Darley Classic, Manikato Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes (twice behind Chautauqua), and the Oakleigh Plate. There are now four confirmed runners in The Everest, three of which are Inglis graduates – Fell Swoop, Chautauqua and She Will Reign. Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was thrilled to have Fell Swoop as the company's 2017 slot runner. "We opened up expressions of interest for the Inglis slot back in March and received significant feedback from prospective owners, so this certainly wasn't an easy decision,'' Webster said. "In Fell Swoop we believe we have a genuine winning chance trained by one of Australia's best young trainers in Matt Dale and a horse who is proven as a legitimate Group 1 performer. Dale commented: "It's a very exciting concept and it's unbelievable to be a part of it in year one with a horse like Fell Swoop,'' he said. "We're privileged to join forces with Inglis to secure an Everest slot in the inaugural running of the race. He'll come back into the stables in a couple of weeks and then it's all systems go toward the Everest.''


Underthemoonlight Wins Listed Tauranga Classic

Monday, 26th June 2017

At Tauranga in New Zealand, 5YO bay mare Underthemoonlight (El Herman-Midnight Dip, by O'Reilly) posted her second career stakes victory when winning the $50,000 Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) for fillies & mares, defeating New York Minute & Meursault. Underthemoonlight improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Taranaki Breeders Stakes) and 11 placings (including the Gr3 Rotorua Stakes) from 21 starts for NZ$187,550 in earnings. A half-sister to the Group performer Storming The Tower, Underthemoonlight got the better of the pacemaker and favourite New York Minute and scooted clear to score by three and a half lengths, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She's going for a break now and she'll miss those early races next season at Hastings, but I truly believe she is a Group One horse as long as she can get her toe into the ground," said part-owner and co-breeder Hamish McQuade, whose wife Karyn trains the mare.

Elusive Quality Pensioned

Friday, 23rd June 2017

Darley has announced that Elusive Quality has been pensioned from stud duties at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at the age of 24. "Elusive Quality has had two great careers but it's the right time for him just to relax and take it easy here at Jonabell," said Dan Pride, COO of Godolphin in America. "But given the success of his current sons at stud, along with the production from his daughters, his will certainly be a legacy that will last for quite some time." Despite not winning at Group One level, Elusive Quality was a highly talented individual and dual Gr3 winner who broke the world record for a mile in the Gr3 Poker Handicap at Belmont when scorching the turf in a time of 1:31.63 seconds. His very first crop produced 11 black-type winners, including French Gr1 winner and champion Elusive City. Foals from his second crop included Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner, Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner and Eclipse Award winner Smarty Jones, as well as Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse Champion Maryfield. Multiple Gr1 winning sires Quality Road and Raven's Pass were other top-class performers, while his best southern hemisphere performer was undoubtedly Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire, Sepoy. Hitherto, Elusive Quality has sired a total of 241 worldwide stakes horses, 127 black-type winners and 51 Graded or Group winners, 14 of those at Gr1 level.


Elusive Quality's champion Australian son and sire Sepoy

QLD Trainer to Take a Break

Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Queensland-based trainer Steele Ryan has announced he is stepping down from full-time training, reports Racing Queensland. Ryan, who also runs a successful manufacturing business, says he wants to focus on his business and spend more time with his family. "I've been doing the same thing for five years now – training and running the business," the 49 year-old Ryan said. "It's just got a bit tiring. It's not a new path, or a bigger leap, it's just trying to put a bit more time into myself, my business and my family instead of the horses." Ryan doesn't plan to surrender his licence, leaving him free to train a "horse or two" in the future, with long-time foreman Darryl Ward expected to take charge in the new season. Among the best horses Ryan has trained are stakes winners Deer Valley, Cariad, and Jasminka, but the best performer is without doubt talented grey mare Chinchilla Rose. The daughter of Lion Hunter won four stakes races including the Gr2 Surround Stakes and Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes, and was also seventh in a Golden Slipper and fifth in a Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Book Closed for Flying Iffraaj

Friday, 16th June 2017

After a stellar 2016 season, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) has had his book closed heading into the 2017 breeding season, reports NZ Racing Desk. Leading the way for Iffraaj has been star Kiwi colts Gingernuts and Jon Snow. Gingernuts was triumphant in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby and Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, while Jon Snow also crossed the Tasman to claim classic honours in the Gr1 Australian Derby. Moreover, Godolphin’s top-class galloper Ribchester landed the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes last month and is a short-priced favourite for next week’s Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Iffraaj is also the broodmare sire of Gr1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly Melody Belle. Haunui Farm Managing Director Mark Chitty said the performances of his progeny exemplifies Iffraaj as an international stallion. "It's been really satisfying. It's seen his book close going into the 2017 breeding season with a service fee rise,” Chitty said. "It has been good for the stud, but it has also been good for New Zealand to have another truly proven international stallion." Chitty added: "Not many stallions have left a Group One performer in every crop they have had and he has so far in New Zealand. That shows the true worth of the horse." Iffraaj will stand at an increased service fee of $25,000 + GST, an increase of $7,500 + GST from last season.


Iffraaj's dual Gr1 winner Gingernuts (pic: Steve Hart)

Global Glamour Chasing Everest Start

Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Dual Gr1-winning filly Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) is back in training with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and is being aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in Sydney on 14 October. "She has returned in good order and we couldn't be happy with the way she has strengthened and filled out," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "She had a couple of weeks pre-training out at Muskoka Farm and has only been in the stable for about 10 days now so it's still early days. She'll do plenty of slow, steady work and we'll build her up towards The Everest which is the main aim. We'll finalise a programme as it gets closer to the date." Bott added: "She is a quality filly, a proven Group One performer and has come back a lot stronger this campaign. We'll definitely keep her to the shorter trips early in her preparation to keep her fresh and sharp. She'll be trained specifically for the sprints." The stable are yet to lock in a slot for Global Glamour but are optimistic about her prospects of participating in what will be the world's richest turf race after negotiations with slot-holders are completed.

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Global Glamour (image: Mark Gatt)

First Flemington Winner for Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Highly promising Animal Kingdom colt Royal Phoenix hinted at a bright future when dead-heating with Andaz in the Eugene Gorman Handicap (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said of Royal Phoenix: "He didn't get cover but neither did the other, but they both fought it out very strong to the line. He will get better - it's never easy first time up the straight, but he did it beautifully." Royal Phoenix is the second foal of Helena Girl, a winning daughter of Commands and also the dam of Macau stakes winner Sparta (by Beneteau). He's prepared for a group of owners, including his breeder Tony Pistikakis, by Team Hawkes, who bought him for $240,000 from Arrowfield's 2016 Magic Millions draft. Royal Phoenix is the fifth winner from Animal Kingdom's first Australian crop, sufficient to hold third on the First Season Sires' premiership by winners. His best performer this term is the Group-placed winner Lord Cecil who ran a meritorious sixth (beaten less than two lengths) in Saturday's Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) after racing wide throughout. Add six placegetters from a representation of only 14 runners and the Dubai World Cup champion is a big watch for 2017/18. Animal Kingdom's second-crop yearlings averaged almost $155,000 at 2017's major sales and his top price of $340,000 was paid by Solis Litt Bloodstock at Inglis Easter for Arrowfield's filly out of Sammy's Girl. Other buyers of his second-crop yearlings include Andrew Williams, Phil Cataldo, Damon Gabbedy, Champion Thoroughbreds, Liam Birchley & Paul Perry.


MM National Yearlings Day-1: Other Prominent Sales

Wednesday, 7th June 2017

On Day-1 of the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, the top-priced More Than Ready colt (see above) just edged out a Fastnet Rock filly, who sold late in the day, for $350,000. Catalogued as Lot 2032, the filly is a half sister to the multiple Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar and the group performer Wordplay. The filly was knocked down to David Lucas on behalf of Dubai's Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Another of the popular lots on Day One was Lot 1922 - the Hinchinbrook-Waterspell colt from Tyreel Stud, as agent for Yarraman Park Stud. The bay colt, from the family of Group One winner River Dove (dam of Vinery's young sire Headwater), also went the way of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, this time at a price of $280,000. Equal fourth top sellers on the day at $250,000 were both sold by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud - an All Too Hard half brother to Cox Plate winner Savabeel to Flemington's Danny O'Brien and a More Than Ready three quarter sister to new Aquis Farm recruit Kiss and Make Up to Matthew Dunn and Neil Jenkinson.


Lot 2032 is a half-sister to Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar (pic: Mark Gatt)

Wood Nook Farm Purchased By Crabtrees

Wednesday, 7th June 2017

Long-time successful Victorian owner and breeder Rob Crabtree has purchased iconic Nagambie stud farm Wood Nook. According to tbv.com.au, the move comes off the back of the Crabtrees having recently sold their Hastings property on the Mornington Peninsula. The Crabtrees, who bred Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge, and recently led in their Gr1 Blue Diamond heroine Catchy, will keep the name Dorrington Farm. Wood Nook, developed extensively by former Moonee Valley Race Club Chairman Bob Scarborough and his wife Rosemary, has produced no less than twelve Gr1 winners, among them Final Card, Gallica, Gold Ace, Hit the Roof, Leica Guv, Light Fantastic, Marble Halls, Sleek Chassis and Stella Cadente. Click here to read the full item.


Catchy is the Crabtree's latest elite performer (pic: Mark Gatt)

Under The Louvre to Stand at Grandview Stud

Friday, 26th May 2017

2016 Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre will stand at Ipswich-based Grandview Stud from this spring at an introductory fee of just $7,700 (inc. GST). "Under the Louvre had incredible acceleration," trainer Robert Smerdon said. "He mixed it with the best and in the Stradbroke he faced nine Group One winners including Black Heart Bart." Smerdon added: "If he can throw that explosive turn of foot, athleticism and temperament into his progeny I believe he's a very good stallion prospect." Under The Louvre retires to stud with nine wins and 14 placings and over $1.8 million in prize money. Incredibly, from 22 starts in black type company, Under The Louvre either won or placed in 15. Grandview Stud's Michael Grieve is thrilled to have secured Under The Louvre who will stand alongside proven sire Jet Spur and the promising Tale of the Cat stallion, Whittington. "Under The Louvre is arguably the most exciting racehorse to enter stud in Queensland for many years," Grieve said. "Under The Louvre is the best performer by Group One winner Excellent Art who only stood a few seasons in Australia, but he is, in turn, a son of the outstanding speed influence, Pivotal." He added: "Another interesting aspect to Pivotal is that matched up with Danehill, he is running at a massive 18% stakes performers to runners. So, being totally free of Danehill, Under The Louvre offers a rare outcross for breeders."

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Gr1 winner Under The Louvre

Worthy Cause to Stand at Clear Mountain Fairview

Friday, 19th May 2017

Worthy Cause, a powerful son of champion sire Choisir, will commence stud duties at Clear Mountain Fairview in 2017. Prepared by Queensland's top juvenile trainer John Zielke, Worthy Cause's ability was apparent from the start when he romped home on debut by more than 5 lengths. He would eventually amass almost $500,000 in prize money with his biggest wins coming in the Gr3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m), by two lengths from multiple Group performer Upham, and the Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) at Flemington, where he defeated three-time Gr1 winner Turn Me Loose. "Worthy Cause has arrived at Clear Mountain Fairview and has settled in beautifully," Bob Frappell said. "We are wrapped in the type of horse he is, great conformation and a kind eye. His pedigree and race performances demonstrate versatility and these aspects are certainly sought after when selecting a top sire prospect like Worthy Cause to stand at stud." Frappell added: "He was a top level performer on the track and now he heads to the breeding barn to continue his family's success story." Worthy Cause (Choisir-Tahnee Tango, by Grand Lodge), who hails from the family of Gr1 winners Shogun Lodge, Referral and Singing The Blues, will stand at a fee of $5,500 with payment on a live foal.

Inglewood Stud Announce Zacinto Fee

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Inglewood Stud has announced that its beautifully bred Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed young stallion Zacinto (Dansili-Itacha, by Distant View) will stand at a fee of $12,000 (plus GST) in 2017, reports breednet. Zacinto, currently New Zealand's leading Second Season Sire, has enjoyed an excellent season highlighted by the win of star colt Ugo Foscolo in the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas earlier this year. "It really has been a brilliant season for Zacinto," Inglewood Stud's Gus Wigley said. "He's had his star performer but he has so many other promising young gallopers coming through as well, including Odeon who ran third in the G1 South Australian Derby on Saturday." He added: "His book filled within days of announcing his fee last year and with the phone already ringing hot we urge anyone interested to book in their mare as soon as possible."

Cylinder Beach Deserves Crack at Gr1: Trainer

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Cylinder Beach’s unlucky last-start sixth placing in the Hollindale Stakes shows he deserves to take his chance in Saturday’s Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m), according to trainer Desleigh Forster. The stakes-winning Queensland galloper finished within 3 lengths of proven Gr1 performer It’s Somewhat in the Gr2 Hollindale over 1800m, and Forster is anticipating another big run on Saturday. “I thought it was a very good run in the Hollindale as he was beaten three lengths. There were a lot of hard luck stories but I felt we should have also finished a lot closer,” Forster told ANZ Bloodstock News. Cylinder Beach is rated a $21 chance with TAB for Saturday’s $650,000 Doomben Cup. Articus and It’s Somewhat are joint favourites at $4.40.

Vela Pair Chasing Travis Success

Friday, 28th April 2017

Meanwhile, Sir Peter Vela will look forward to tomorrow’s Gr2 Travis Stakes with two chances of adding to his previous three wins in the weight-for-age fillies and mares’ feature, reports NZ Racing Desk. Sir Peter and his late brother Philip first won the race (then known as the Dulcie Stakes) with Christiania Belle in 1993, then Dolmabache in 2012 and Rasa Lila last year. Rasa Lila is back to defend her title for Maungatautari trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie on Saturday and will be joined by the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Echezeaux. Darci Brahma mare Rasa Lila goes into the race as the higher-rated of the pair and looks an improver on her first-up sixth in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa three weeks ago. "She [Rasa Lila] needs to find a couple of lengths but she should have that improvement in her. Steven and Julia have said she has come on nicely since that run," Sir Peter's racing manager Garry Cossey said. "They are really happy with her. She's in a pretty good space but we hold no false illusions - it's a very strong edition of the Travis Stakes this year.” Echezeaux (Encosta de Lago) is the lowest-rated entry in the Travis Stakes but she resumed with a meritorious second placing at Hastings earlier this month and earlier this season won second-up at Trentham, defeating subsequent Gr2 performer Beefeater. "She has come back really well. Her sectionals at Hastings were very good compared to all other runners on the day," Cossey said.

Turn Me Loose To Windsor Park

Friday, 28th April 2017

New Zealand's Cambridge Stud-based Windsor Park Stud has secured the rights to stand high quality mile Turn Me Loose (Iffraaj-Indomitable, by Danehill). Retired after suffering an injury in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes in late February, the triple Gr1 winner earned Classic honours at three before enjoying a stellar season as a 4YO following which he was crowned Champion Sprinter-Middle Distance performer. A NZ$52,500 graduate of the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Sale, trained my Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman,Turn Me Loose's career netted 7 wins (including the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Emirates Stakes & Gr1 Futurity Stakes) and 5 placings from 20 starts for earnings of $1,594,884. From the immediate family of European Gr1-winning 2YO filly Fairy Heights, he will stand his debut season for NZ$15,000 + GST, with a live foal guarantee.

Real Saga Relocates to Eureka Stud

Thursday, 13th April 2017

Real Saga (Tale Of The Cat-Windy Kate by Air Express) will stand at Eureka Stud this season alongside Spirit of Boom and Red Dazzler in Queensland. Formerly based at Glenlogan Park in Queensland, the three time Champion Qld 2YO Sire who has finished in the top 12 on the Australian 2YO Sires table in three of the last four seasons will stand at a fee of $9,900 inc. GST with a live foal guarantee. A naturally talented racehorse, Real Saga has produced a 2YO Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal, Gr3 ATC Adrian Knox winner Candelara, as well winners of the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic, Listed Mode Plate, Listed Phoenix Stakes, Listed Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic and Gr1 place getters in the ATC Australian Oaks and JJ Atkins Stakes, with progeny earnings in excess of $10 million. Being the perfect outcross for Danzig and Danehill-line mares, he compliments the Eureka stallion rank headed by Spirit of Boom (Fee $11,000 inc. GST) whose first crop yearlings sold well across Australasia averaging three times service fee with a top of $210,000 and proven performer Red Dazzler (fee $4,400 inc. GST) who boasts a constant winning strike rate of 64%.

Jon Snow Continues Karaka Graduates' Derby Dominance

Monday, 3rd April 2017

The flags of the Kiwi breeding industry and New Zealand Bloodstock flew high yet again in the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Jon Snow (Iffraaj) became the third Karaka graduate in a row to win the Randwick classic, following in the footsteps of the $60,000 Premier Sale purchase Tavago (Tavistock) and the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor). Purchased for $65,000 at the 2015 Select Sale by co-trainer Andrew Forsman, Jon Snow was an admirably consistent performer through the New Zealand season with placings in the Group 2 Hawke's Bay Guineas, Group 2 Great Northern Guineas, Group 1 Levin Classic, Listed Karaka 3YO Mile and Group 1 New Zealand Derby. But the Iffraaj colt has come of age since travelling to Sydney, winning the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes and Group 1 Australian Derby within the space of a week. Raced by the Zame Partnership, Jon Snow has now won three of his 11 starts and more than $1.57 million in prize money – around 24 times his purchase price. Jon Snow was bred by Richard Moore. He is out of the O'Reilly mare Orinda (NZ) and descends from the Moore family's famous line that includes such illustrious performers as Solveig, Soliloquy, Greig, and Soltanto.


Aloisia Joins Maher Stable

Friday, 31st March 2017

Promising Kiwi filly Aloisia has been sold to Terry Henderson's OTI racing operation and will do her future racing out of Ciaron Maher's Caulfield stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "It's always nice to race a good one, but there was very good money offered," said Kelly Price, who shared in the ownership with her husband and trainer Jason. "She's still with us and she'll go over next Wednesday." By Azamour out of the Group performer Queen Boudicca (Perfectly Ready), Aloisia finished fifth on debut before she rattled home to finish second at Trentham behind Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes contender Belle du Nord.

Chairman's Sale Elite Racing Prospects Catalogue Available

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Inglis has released its catalogue for Thursday's inaugural The Chairman's Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) at Newmarket. Entered in the sale are nine select racehorses that have already shown outstanding ability on the racetrack and are now available for to buy either partially or in full to continue their racing careers. Several of the horses to be offered at Newmarket tomorrow night have entries in The Championships at Royal Randwick. Entries include Gr2 Todman Stakes winner Gunnison, stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc, 25% of Gr2-winning 3YO Man From Uncle, and 30% of Group performer Land Of Plenty. The sale begins at 6pm Thursday night (30 March). Click here to view the catalogue.

NZB Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Catalogue Online

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale is now available online. The Sale will this year be compacted into two action-packed days of selling on the 8th and 9th of May, with a total of 484 horses catalogued. The first day will be made up entirely of Weanlings, with 220 lots set to go under the hammer. Another 75 Weanlings are scheduled to be sold on the second day, followed by Yearlings (10), Two-Year-Olds (4), Unraced Stock (1), Racehorses (7), Stallion Shares (6) and Broodmares (161). The quality of this Sale has been spectacularly showcased on the Gr1 stage on both sides of the Tasman recently by Gingernuts, who was knocked down to a $5000 bid made by Phill Cataldo at the 2014 Sale. Now raced by his Ready to Run Sale purchasers Te Akau, Gingernuts has won the Gr2 Avondale Guineas, Gr1 New Zealand Derby and Gr1 Rosehill Guineas in his last three starts. I Am A Star has been a headline performer in her own right, purchased for $12,000 at the 2014 Sale and the winner of four stakes races including last October's Gr1 Myer Classic at Flemington. There is an abundance of quality in this year's catalogue too, with siblings to Gr1 winners Zabrasive, Xtravagant, Alamosa, Darci Brahma, Great Command, Prized Gem, Booming, Fully Fledged, The Mighty Lions, Recurring, Lady Madonna, Art Success, Cheeky Choice, Kindacross, Vespa, Romantic Touch, Veloce Bella, Distant View and Eileen Dubh. This year's Sale will feature a broad range of sires, with weanlings by 62 different sires. The current top five sires in New Zealand all have weanling progeny in the catalogue – Savabeel (4), Iffraaj (6), Darci Brahma (5), Tavistock (7) and Pins (11) - while 91 sires are represented in the broodmare catalogue including the deceased champions Zabeel (7) and O'Reilly (8). Selling begins at 10am each day on the 8th and 9th of May at Karaka. Click here to view the online catalogue.

Gunnison Entered in Chairmans Sale

Monday, 27th March 2017

Gr1 Inglis Sires contender Gunnison – the equal second-highest rated 2YO male in Australia – is the latest entry for Thursday’s inaugural The Chairman’s Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) at Newmarket. Gunnison (Not A Single Doubt x Colorado Claire) has raced only twice, winning comfortably on a firm track on debut before scoring a tough victory in heavy conditions in the Gr2 Todman Stakes at Randwick three weeks ago. The undefeated start to his career has seen the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Gunnison earn a Timeform Rating of 115, behind only Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah in the Australian male juvenile rankings. Gunnison remains the most expensive Not A Single Doubt ever sold – James Harron paid $850,000 for him at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale – and Harron insisted the decision to put him up for sale was a tough one. “He’s a sensational physical but at this stage we are purely focused on stallion prospects, so as a gelding he just does not fit in with our program,’’ said Harron. “But I can genuinely tell you that Peter thinks this horse is a huge chance on Saturday in the Group 1 Inglis Sires.’’ Other entries include Stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc, 25% of Group 2-winning 3YO Man From Uncle and 30% of Group performer Land Of Plenty. The Chairman’s Sale Session I (Elite Racing Prospects) begins at 6pm Thursday at Inglis’ Sydney Newmarket precinct.

Australian Trip Possible for Savvy Dreams

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

A decision has yet to be made as to whether highly promising Kiwi filly Savvy Dreams (Savabeel-Elusive Dreams, by Elusive City) will race again this season, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Group One performer is currently taking it easy after last week's New Zealand Oaks at Trentham in which she finished third at just her fifth race start. "We're very happy with her and she'll be back at the track next week," said Guy Lowry, who trains the daughter of Savabeel with Grant Cullen. While it is a longshot, connections have considered a trip to Australia. "It's a wild thought, but we may look at Adelaide," Lowry said. "There's the Auraria Stakes, the Australasian Oaks and the SA Oaks." He added: "She is only a lightly-framed filly and if she shows any signs of tiredness when we get her back next week then she will go out for a good spell."