2018

Redzel To Relaunch in Premiere

Tuesday, 25th September 2018

Star sprinter Redzel is ready to relaunch his Everest campaign in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. The defending Everest champion has fully recovered from muscle soreness which precipitated his withdrawal from the Gr2 Shorts at Randwick nine days ago. "He is fine now, he is good as gold. He is good to go and he will be running very well, they will know he is there," co-trainer Peter Snowden told racenet. "It doesn’t matter in some ways but I want to see him run well and I know he will run well. He is in good order." Snowden added: "I was super happy with his gallop last Thursday morning and he will have another gallop on Tuesday.

Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Fitness Update

Wednesday, 19th September 2018

Team Snowden has provided an update on the progress of defending Everest champion Redzel following his withdrawal from Saturday's Gr2 Shorts at Randwick due to muscle soreness. Co-trainer Peter Snowden advised Racing NSW Stewards on Tuesday morning that Redzel has received chiropractic treatment and is responding well. Redzel was examined by Racing NSW Veterinarian, Dr James Mizzi, on Monday afternoon with no abnormalities detected. Connections remain confident that Redzel will be fit in time to defend his Everest title at Randwick on 13 October.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Progressing Well

Monday, 17th September 2018

Co-trainer Peter Snowden is confident that Redzel will be fit and ready to defend his title in next month's Everest after he was withdrawn from Saturday's Gr2 Shorts at Randwick due to muscle soreness, reports news.com.au. Snowden said the star sprinter was making good progress and could relaunch his Everest campaign in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September. The other option is to give him two barrier trials and go straight into the Everest on 13 October.

Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Randwick Hosts TBNSW Annual Awards

Monday, 17th September 2018

The Australian Turf Club hosted Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) members and sponsors at the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Against the backdrop of magnificent racing, where Winx secured her 20th Gr1 win, TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards at the annual presentation for achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season. Winners were announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet. Award winners were:

  • Ranvet NSW Small Breeder Of The Year: Mary Jane Basson who bred Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream (All American). He was only the sixth foal Basson had bred, being from her Lion Hunter mare Buchanan Girl who cost only $800 and traces back to the famous Leica family.
  • Horsepower NSW Champion First Season Sire: Widden Stud’s Zoustar (Northern Meteor) who was also crowned Australian Freshman Champion Sire for the season with record earnings of over $3.2 million including three group-winning first crop 2YOs
  • ATC Champion NSW Sire of 2YOs: dual Australian champion sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), whose 2YOs earned $3.6 million last season, highlighted by Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, plus Nomothaj, Prairie Fire and Sandbar, who between them won six Group and Listed races.
  • G1 Goldmine NSW Champion Broodmare of The Year: Busking’s (Encosta De Lago) owner and breeder Michael Thomas. Busking is the dam of triple Gr1 winner Happy Clapper and 2018 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr2) winner Not A Single Cent. Thomas bought the mare back as a 9YO for $13,000 in foal to Teofilo, with the resultant foal the $6.3 million earner Happy Clapper.
  • HQ Insurance NSW Champion Sire: Arrowfield’s dual Champion Australian Sire Snitzel whose progeny earned a record $29.2 million in the 2017-2018 season with his 26 stakes-winners again equalling Danehill’s record. They were headed by four Gr1 winners, 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution and 5YO Everest winner Redzel.

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Gr1 winner Dark Dream is from an $800 mare (pic: TBNSW)

Redzel Red-Hot For Saturday

Friday, 14th September 2018

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says star sprinter Redzel is in career-best form ahead of Saturday's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick, reports AAP. Redzel, who is $5 favourite to defend his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October, showed he had returned from a break in top order when scoring a strong win in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick two weeks ago. "Possibly better I think," Snowden said, when asked how Redzel's preparation was progressing compared to this time last year. "This year he's definitely not as forward as he was last year and he's running similar times if not a little bit better." Snowden added: "Obviously Saturday is a stepping stone to The Everest. Everything is good about him. He's the perfect little individual, perfect racehorse." Snowden said he can see no reason why Redzel cannot win again on Saturday and tighten his grip on favouritism for next month's Everest. "It's hard to go to the races and not be confident when you've got Redzel," Snowden said. "You know he's going to turn up and run through a brick wall for you."

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Brave Smash On Track for Everest

Friday, 14th September 2018

Australian Bloodstock managing director Jamie Lovett says he is expecting an improved second-up performance from Everest contender Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) in the Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Japanese-bred sprinter lost no admirers when kicking off his Everest campaign with a close-up third (beaten just 1.1 lengths) behind Ball Of Muscle in the Gr3 The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield two weeks ago. Brave Smash will represent slot-holder Chris Waller Racing (CWR) in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "He is a horse that isn't getting a lot of airtime when it comes to discussions around the Everest but I do think his $22 in the Everest is overs," Lovett told Sky Sports Radio. "If he runs a good race on Saturday then he will certainly put his hand up to say the is a genuine chance in the Everest." Lovett added: "We were thrilled with his first-up run [in The Heath]. He obviously didn't have the screws tightened for that run but he has really come on from that. I don't expect him to beat Redzel over 1100 metres, but I would be disappointed if he doesn't finish a length or two off them."

Invincible Star Gunning for Everest Champ

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

James McDonald is confident Invincible Star can turn the tables on her last start conqueror and reigning Everest favourite Redzel when the pair clash in Saturday's Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick. Invincible Star was well supported to beat Redzel when they resumed in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) ten days ago, but the lightly raced 4YO found the defending Everest champion too strong on the day and had to settle for third. However, that was Invincible Star's first run in nearly 10 months, and McDonald says she was entitled to feel the pinch over the concluding stages. "It was a good run after a big layoff. She was very big in the yard and will take good benefit," McDonald told racingnsw.com.au. "She went head to head with Redzel and just blew out the last furlong. This run is D-Day to see where she's up to and she should be winning it." Co-trainer Adrian Bott echoed McDonald's sentiments. "By no means were we disappointed with the first-up run," he said. "The figures Redzel returned were stronger than last year so for us to have that long off the scene and finish a length off last year's winner we are happy with where we are at." Bott added: "She has worked well since and she has tightened up a bit for that." Invincible Star (I am Invincible-Romany Flyer, by Catbird) will represent Greg and Barbara Ingham's GPI Racing in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October.

Trapeze Artist Drifts For Everest

Monday, 10th September 2018

Meanwhile, Trapeze Artist’s third placing in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes has seen him cede favouritism for next month’s The Everest to defending champion Redzel. Redzel is now $5 favourite for Te Everest with trapeze Artist drifting from $4.50 out to $6. However, trainer Gerald Ryan was unfazed by the performance and blamed the heavy conditions for the defeat. “First-up on a heavy track, I was happy with him,” Ryan told Sky Racing. “He had to carry 62 kilos and from now on he meets the others at level weights.  He had a blow after the race and he was entitled to.” Jockey Tye Angland echoed Ryan’s sentiments. “I was happy with the way he relaxed underneath me. He came into it feeling great but when I asked him to quicken the wheels spun a little bit. This heavy track is not his go.”

Redzel Wins Gr3 Concorde Stakes

Monday, 3rd September 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) outclassed his rivals when resuming with a dominant win in the $160,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Kaepernick & Invincible Star. This was a strong first-up performance from Redzel who showed he is on track to defend his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "He is going as well as he was this time last year when he won the Concorde" co-trainer Peter Snowden told Sky Racing. "They always have to come back and do it and I'm mindful we've got six weeks until the Everest." Redzel improved his record to 13 wins (including The Everest, Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Challenge Stakes, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 26 starts for $8,810,750 in earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. He was originally sold for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Bloodstock Select Weanling Sale.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Ready for Concorde

Thursday, 30th August 2018

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) may be ridden a little quieter than usual when he launches his Everest campaign in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday. Redzel will carry top weight of 60.5kg in a field of nine that includes fellow Everest contender Invincible Star. "We’re extremely happy with how he’s come back," Snowden told racenet. "There’s no change in the horse but he’s had a good break and I think it’s what he needed." Snowden added: "Pre-acceptances there looks good speed, so it’s going to be a nice race for him. Every chance he won’t be leading on Saturday. I wouldn’t imagine he’ll lead Invincible Star. We’ll ride our own race." Redzel will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments when he defends his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. TAB currently have Redzel listed as the $6 second favourite behind Trapeze Artist at $4.50.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Invincible Star Launches Everest Campaign

Tuesday, 28th August 2018

Gai Waterhouse is looking forward to Invincible Star launching her Everest campaign in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday. A two-time Gr3 winner and runner-up to Merchant Navy in last year's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Invincible Star (I am Invincible-Romany Flyer, by Catbird) will represent Greg and Barbara Ingham's GPI Racing in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. The lightly raced 4YO showed she had returned from a break in tremendous order winning a barrier trial by 9.8 lengths at Randwick on 13 August. Among Invincible Star's opponents in the Concorde will be defending Everest champion Redzel. "It's almost a mini-Everest, isn't it,'' Waterhouse told racingnsw.com.au. "I think she is shaping up super. I can't see why she won't be the horse to beat in the race. She's pretty well ready to go. I think it's a wonderful thing to think a mare that is so lightly raced has been able to get in,'' she said. Waterhouse added: "For the slot holder to be so admiring of her to want to have her in the slot speaks to her credentials because she's by far the most lightly raced of all the horses in the Everest. But she's such a lovely mare, so honest and has such amazing cruising speed.''

Invincible Star Launches Everest Campaign

Monday, 27th August 2018

Gai Waterhouse is looking forward to Invincible Star launching her Everest campaign in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday. A two-time Gr3 winner and runner-up to Merchant Navy in last year's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Invincible Star (I am Invincible-Romany Flyer, by Catbird) will represent Greg and Barbara Ingham's GPI Racing in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. The lightly raced 4YO showed she had returned from a break in tremendous order winning a barrier trial by 9.8 lengths at Randwick on 13 August. Among Invincible Star's opponents in the Concorde will be defending Everest champion Redzel. "It's almost a mini-Everest, isn't it,'' Waterhouse told racingnsw.com.au. "I think she is shaping up super. I can't see why she won't be the horse to beat in the race. She's pretty well ready to go. I think it's a wonderful thing to think a mare that is so lightly raced has been able to get in,'' she said. Waterhouse added: "For the slot holder to be so admiring of her to want to have her in the slot speaks to her credentials because she's by far the most lightly raced of all the horses in the Everest. But she's such a lovely mare, so honest and has such amazing cruising speed.''

Shorts First-Up For English

Friday, 24th August 2018

Co-trainer Adrian Bott says top-class sprinting mare and Everest contender English will resume in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on 15 September. English, who will represent Damion Flower's Jadeskye Racing in The Everest, pleased the Waterhouse & Bott stable with a fifth placing behind Redzel in a 1000m barrier trial at Rosehill on Monday. "I thought her trial was excellent. She has come back as strong as ever," Bott told Sky Sports Radio. "English will go first-up in the Shorts but she will have another trial. We didn't ask too much of her in the trial on Monday. She will trial again at Rosehill in a fortnight and we'll ask more of her then which will give us more of a gauge of where she's at." English is currently rated a $26 chance by TAB for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October.

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English (image: Steve Hart)

Snowden Elated With Filly

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says he was delighted with the trial of 3YO filly Pure Elation despite her ninth place finish (beaten 6.6 lengths) behind stable-mate Redzel in a 1000m trial at Rosehill on Monday. Raced by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) showed plenty of raw ability in the autumn finishing runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Gr2 Reisling Stakes, before rounding out her campaign with a strong win in the Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. "She trialled really nicely. She has turned into a lovely filly," Paul Snowden told Sky Sports Radio. "She will kick off in the Furious Stakes on Saturday week and we are really looking forward to her getting back to the races." Snowden added: "To do what she did as a two-year-old speaks volumes for her ability. Hopefully we can take that next step with her this preparation." Pure Elation, who will resume in the Gr2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 September, holds big race entries in races such as the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr1 Flight Stakes and Gr1 Thousand Guineas.

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Pure Elation (image: Steve Hart)

Concorde First-Up for Redzel

Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Co-trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that Redzel will launch his Everest campaign in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Snowden, who was speaking after Redzel’s barrier trial win at Rosehill on Monday, said the 6YO was ready to return to the races. “We asked him for a bit today and he quickened nicely so he’s on track,’’ Snowden told racingnsw.com.au. “He switches right on when he’s got the blinkers on him and his whole demeanour this time in has been very good.” Snowden added: “He’s a hard horse to get a read on because he’s such a laid back horse but when we’ve worked him his work has always been brilliant.’’

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Waller Claims Eighth Successive Bart Cummings Medal

Friday, 17th August 2018

Last night in Sydney, trainer Chris Waller was presented with his eighth successive Bart Cummings Medal during the NSW Racing’s Night of Champions awards held at Royal Randwick. The Bart Cummings Medal point score – honouring the legendary trainer who passed away just under three years ago – is comprised of votes from leading Sydney racing journalists. With an incredible 189 city winners for the 2017/18 season, Waller easily passed his previous milestone of 169 wins established during the 2015/16 racing season. Brenton Avdulla claimed his first George Moore Award for winning the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership with 92 wins for the season, while Rachel King, now a fully-fledged jockey, took out the coveted Theo Green Award for leading Sydney apprentice with 38 wins for the season. The NSWROA Committee acknowledged the wonderful service to the industry of the late Mr Noel Bracks by presenting his family with the NSWROA Industry Recognition Award. Other key Award winners on the night were:

  • Winx (TAB.com.au NSW Champion Horse of the Year and NZ Bloodstock Middle-Distance Horse of the Year)
  • Estijaab (ATC NSW Two-year-old of the Year)
  • Trapeze Artist (International Animal Health Products NSW Three-year-old of the Year)
  • In Her Time (Sky Thoroughbred Central NSW Provincial Horse of the Year)
  • The Monstar (Sky Thoroughbred Central NSW Country Horse of the Year)
  • Redzel (ATC NSW Sprinter of the Year)
  • Who Shot Thebarman (Emirates NSW Stayer of the Year)
  • Prompt Response (Inglis Queen of the Autumn)

Snitzel Celebrates Second Sires' Premiership

Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has claimed his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season. Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prize money of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have both compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prize money of $16.2 million. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakes winners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company. That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals the record of the great Danehill, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02. However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05. The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category - 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel who between them won six Group 1 races. Click here to read more about Snitzel's sensational season.

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Snitzel (image: Bronwen Healy)

Noms Announced for NSW Racing's Night of Champions

Friday, 27th July 2018

The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) has announced the nominations for its annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony to be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney on 16 August. The nominees are:

  • NSW 2YO of the Year - Estijaab, Oohood, Seabrook
  • NSW 3YO of the Year - Ace High, Alizee, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Sprinter of the Year - In Her Time, Redzel, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Miler of the Year - Comin' Through, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Middle Distance Horse of the Year - Gailo Chop, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Stayer of the Year - Almandin, Foundry, Sir Charles Road, Who Shot Thebarman
  • NSW Queen of the Autumn - Hiyaam, Prompt Response, Unforgotten
  • NSW Country Champion Horse of the Year - Aylmerton, Care To Think, Eckstein, The Monstar, Victorem
  • NSW Provincial Champion Horse of the Year - Dark Dream, El Dorado Dreaming, In Her Time, Le Romain, Single Gaze.

Other awards to be presented on the night include the BOBS Horse of the Year, the Sydney Strapper of the Year, the NSW Racing Writers' Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award, the George Moore Award, the Theo Green Award, the Bart Cummings Medal and of course, the NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The awards night will again be televised "live" on Sky Thoroughbred Central on the Foxtel platform, and also internationally by NSWROA's exclusive media partner Sky Racing, with highlights of the night also being shown across all Sky Racing channels.

Harron Playing Everest Waiting Game

Thursday, 26th July 2018

Everest slot-holder James Harron says he is in no rush to select his representative for the world's richest turf race, reports racing.com. Harron, who was successful in last year's inaugural Everest with Redzel, is one of three slot-holders yet to lock in a horse for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "There's a lot of contenders out there and I think there is still a lot of water to go under the bridge," Harron said. "There are a number of horses that will be able to find a few lengths from last preparation. They might have just been developing into these big players so we're sort of keeping a pretty open mind at present." He added: "There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle that needs to come together. I think we'll see some big surprises." Harron confirmed that boom Melbourne sprinter Nature Strip, who will step out in the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday, is one horse he is keeping a close eye on. "We are looking at a lot of horses," he said. " But he's a horse that we're certainly watching. He's obviously got brilliant speed but everyone's question mark is whether he can sustain that sped over 1200 metres."

Redzel Close to Trialling

Monday, 23rd July 2018

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says star sprinter Redzel is set to trial at Randwick at the end of the month. Redzel is back in work with Snowden Racing ahead of a spring preparation aimed at defending his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "He's going to trial at Randwick on the 30th," Snowden told racenet. "He'll more than likely follow an identical path to The Everest as he did last year. Obviously things might change but I'd say how we approach it is the same way we did last year." Redzel will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments in this year's The Everest.

Furnaces Relocates To Allandale Park

Tuesday, 10th July 2018

In an exciting stallion relocation for NSW, it has been announced that Furnaces, a precocious son of Champion juvenile sire Exceed and Excel, will stand his second season at Bathurst-based Allandale Park. With a pedigree awash in speed, Furnaces was just as dazzling on the track in winning his debut at Rosehill by 6-lengths. One of the top 8 2YOs of his generation by Timeform (115), Furnaces took out the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (defeating Regatta Rebel and Redzel), before splitting Vancouver and Headwater in the Gr2 Todman and then being beaten only 2-lengths by Vancouver in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. Displaying both soundness and durability, Furnaces raced on at 3 to claim 3rd in the McEwan Stakes before backing up at 4 to take 2nd in the same race. Across his 3 seasons on the track, Furnaces also defeated Tycoon Tara, Sheidel, The Quarterback, Exosphere and Japonisme. From the Strategic mare Heat of the Fire, Furnaces' pedigree includes a double sex-balanced cross of freakish producer Summoned, dam of outstanding gallopers Zeditave, Zedagal, Pampas Fire and Alannon. His 3rd dam Pampas Fire is the producer of Listed Debutante Stakes winner Cloister (dam of dual Gr1 winning mare Melito) as well as Secluded (dam of Gr3 San Domenico winner and Gr1 Blue Diamond runner up Pariah, standing at Arrowfield Stud on debut). Furnaces will stand this season at Allandale Park at a highly competitive $5,500 inc GST (LFG, BOBS).

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New Allandale Park recruit Furnaces

Redzel Back to Defend Everest Crown

Thursday, 28th June 2018

Redzel has returned to work at Snowden Racing ahead of a spring preparation aimed at defending his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports Triple Crown Syndications. "He looks amazing," said co-trainer Peter Snowden. "He's really enjoyed his break and has had an easy week back in the stable just trotting and cantering and is very fresh in himself." Snowden added: "He's come back in great condition and we'll be stepping up his work shortly. It's great to have the slot in the race locked in early this year and that gives us time to prepare him with the sole focus of retaining that title." Redzel will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments in this year's The Everest.

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Redzel winning the inaugural The Everest last year (image: Steve Hart)

Flower Expecting English to Bloom

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing says he chose top-class sprinter English as his representative in The Everest because he is confident she has plenty more big race wins in store. "Looking at the other runners that have been secured I think she is way up to the mark," Flower told racingnsw.com.au. "She showed in the 10,000 [Gr1 Doomben 10,000] she can beat Redzel and In Her Time on any day. I know she'll be six years old but she's had 26 starts so she's lightly raced." Flower added: "I've been lucky enough to see her as of Friday and she is in outstanding condition." English is owned by the Kelly family's Newhaven Park and is trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. "Charles Kelly approached me and we came to the stage where I wanted to secure her and Gai and Adrian are happy to run her," Flower said. "I wanted them, along with Gai and Adrian, to know exactly where they are going. It's less than four months to the race and now they can plan their attack." English, who finished sixth in last year's inaugural running of The Everest, is currently $15 with TAB for this year's renewal which will be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October.

Redzel Building Up to Everest

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Top-class sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) has been back in work with Team Snowden for one week as he builds towards a defence of his Everest title later in the year, reports racingnsw.com.au. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said the rising 6YO, who had a month off after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane, is likely to have two preparatory runs before the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Snowden said Redzel will open his spring campaign on 15 September, before running in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks later. "Two weeks apart off a long break will be fine for him," said Snowden.

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Redzel winning the inaugural The Everest in 2017 (image: Steve Hart)

Tiara Target for Moss Trip

Thursday, 31st May 2018

The Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Doomben on 23 June is being considered for progressive filly Moss trip (Mossman-Space trip, by Stratum). Co-trainer Peter Snowden says he has the fillies & mares feature in mind for the 3YO provided she runs well in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on 9 June. Moss Trip is in career-best form having won the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) at Scone and the Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick at her past two outings. "She's not that far off Redzel, she's going terrific," Snowden told Sky Racing. "Her trial during the week was fantastic. She's going to the Dane Ripper Saturday week, and if she measures up to mares class up there we will think about going to the Tatt's Tiara."

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Moss Trip (image: Steve Hart)

Doomben 10,000: History & Preview

Friday, 11th May 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane on Saturday. First run in 1933 when won by champion racehorse Bernborough, the Doomben 10,000 has established itself as a genuine star-making race with the likes of Black Onyx (1969 & 70), Baguette (1971), Manikato (1979), Sovereign Red (1981), Campaign King (1988), Flitter (1994), Chief De Beers (1995), Falvelon (2001 & 2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hot Danish (2010) and Epaulette (2013) all winning the race. This year, the current TAB favourite for the race is defending champion Redzel at $2.25. However, punters are beginning to warm to one of Redzel's rivals as evidenced by his quote drifting from its opening price of $2 out to $2.25. High-class mare In Her Time is the horse on the move, firming from her opening price of $4.20 into $3.60 at the time of writing. Redzel and In Her Time come through the same form reference having finished second (beaten 2 lengths) and third (beaten 4 lengths) respectively behind Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 7 April. The market support for the mare is understandable given she was unlucky not to finish much closer after encountering traffic in the straight. The market has therefore framed the 10,000 as a two-horse race with all other runners are at double figure odds, headed by Impending at $11, Le Romain at $12, and exciting local sprinter Care To Think at $13. If successful, Redzel will become just the fifth horse in history to win successive Doomben 10,000s. He will join Black Onyx (1968-69), Prince Trialia (1990-91), Falvelon, (2001-02) and Apache Cat (2008-09) who have claimed back-to-back editions of the race since its inaugural running in 1933.

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In Her Time is a strong chance in the Doomben 10,000 (pic: Steve Hart)

Group 1 Doomben 10,000 Field & Barriers

Thursday, 10th May 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane on Saturday. First run in 1933 when won by champion racehorse Bernborough, the Doomben 10,000 has established itself as a genuine star-making race with the likes of Black Onyx (1969 & 70), Baguette (1971), Manikato (1979), Sovereign Red (1981), Campaign King (1988), Flitter (1994), Chief De Beers (1995), Falvelon (2001 & 2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hot Danish (2010) and Epaulette (2013) all winning the race. This year, TAB have installed defending champion Redzel as favourite at $2.15, ahead of In Her Time at $3.80, and Impending and Le Romain at $11. Care To Think heads the remainder of the field at $17. If successful, Redzel will become just the fifth horse in history to win successive Doomben 10,000s.

Wide Gate for Houtzen

Thursday, 10th May 2018

Meanwhile, top Queensland filly Houtzen will have to overcome the outside gate of 14 in Saturday's $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane. It will be the 3YOs first start at Doomben since she won her debut there as a 2YO in December 2016. Houtzen (I Am Invincible-Set to Unleash, by Reset) showed a pleasing return to form in the autumn when finishing third to I Am Excited in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick before landing the Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on day one of The Championships - her first win in seven months. At her most recent outing she finished sixth behind Catchy in the Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick on 14 April. "The wind was blowing a gale that day and it was always going to be difficult that day," trainer Toby Edmonds told Racing Queensland. "She's come home in great order and she gets a bit of weight off horses like Redzel this time. She's matured a lot and is a lot stronger and is an on-speed filly so I suggest she'll run well." TAB currently have Houtzen listed as a $23 chance for the Doomben 10,000.

Harron In No Rush To Climb Everest

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Meanwhile, James Harron, slot-holder of last year's inaugural The Everest winner Redzel, says he will delay making his 2018 selection until one month before the race, reports racingnsw.com.au. "Five months out we feel it is a bit premature [to be choosing your horse]," Harron told Sky Sports Radio. "You've got to be malleable, it's a great game of poker and we enjoy the process a lot." Harron added: "I think there are a lot of elements that come into play. It's a grand final race and it has to be the grand final for that horse. I tip my hat to the other slot holders, they've picked up some fantastic horses. I think there are some terrific prospects out there. There's some emerging young horses we think could be very interesting."

Redzel At Top For 10,000

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Trainer Peter Snowden has dismissed concerns that Redzel's long campaign may count against him in Saturday's Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane. Despite a light, three-race autumn programme that yielded second placings in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, and a win in the Gr2 Challenge Stakes, the star sprinter has been in work for quite some time having trialled way back on 22 January. "It was always his intention to run in the 10,000," Snowden told racing.com. "Every start, he's just the same. He's just a tough horse. He thrives in a stable environment. He's not a horse that really needs a spell. Mentally, he needs to get out for a few weeks but he's just a seasoned professional now." Snowden added: "You could leave him in work 12 months a year and he would perform and run well every time he steps out because he's that kind of horse." Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) is currently the $2 TAB favourite for the 10,000 ahead of In Her Time at $4. All other runners are available at double figure odds.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards Night

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl

Trapeze Artist Decision An Easy One: Aquis

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath described as "straight forward" the decision to secure star colt Trapeze Artist to be the Queensland-based stud's representative in the 2018 edition of The Everest (1200m). Trapeze Artist is the first horse to secure a slot for the $13 million sprint feature which will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 13 October. "When you get the chance to lock in a horse like Trapeze Artist it was a very straightforward decision for us. It was a quick negotiation and it made sense, with the opportunity to not only enhance the Aquis brand but also Trapeze Artist's record on the track," McGrath told racingnsw.com.au. "In his last two starts he has stamped himself as the key three-year-old prospect in the land. He beat Redzel fair and square and has come out and won the All Aged Stakes since, breaking the track record. He'd already been dominant in winning the Golden Rose so every indicator is there that he is the dominant sprinter." Aquis' deal with Trapeze Artist's owner Bert Vieira is currently restricted to The Everest, but McGrath said Aquis is obviously keen to secure the triple Gr1 winner for stud duties when he retires. "The day Bert retires him the negotiations begin," McGrath said. "We have been chatting for a while with Bert from a stallion point of view...you have a myriad of discussions when it comes to stallion negations and the fact we have an Everest slot was always part of that chat."

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Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:

  • After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000. Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc GST (LFT).
  • Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. Pariah's fee is $22,000 inc GST.
  • Redoute's Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc GST (LFT). The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Gr1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Gr1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakes-winners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.
  • The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc GST (LFT). His 14 stakes-winners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally. Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year. 
  • Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. Dundeel's fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc GST.
  • Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. Olympic Glory's 2018 fee is $16,500 inc GST.
  • Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc GST. Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.
  • Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan's Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc GST).

MM National Weanling Sale Catalogue Online

Thursday, 19th April 2018

The catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale is now available online. The major sale, comprising 542 lots by a record 107 individual sires, will be held at the Gold Coast on May 24 and 25. Weanlings by no fewer than 22 individual first season sires will feature - an unprecedented line up of domestic and international Group One winners. All of Australia's leading active sires are well represented. "We are delighted to release the first catalogue of the National Sale Series," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "The sale has produced countless pin-hook success stories who have gone on to star at the Yearling Sales and ultimately the track." Bowditch added: "Pierro, Zoustar, Peggy Jean, Redzel, Volpe Veloce and Seasons Bloom are examples of the quality racehorses who have emerged first at the National Weanling Sale." Click here to view catalogue.

Trapeze Artist Wins Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes

Monday, 9th April 2018

At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite races quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) overcame a wide run to draw clear for a strong win in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Redzel & In Her Time. Not only did Trapeze Artist claim his second top-flight win, but he also broke Black Caviar's race record setting a new benchmark of 1:08.29. Several major studs are now believed to be lining up to purchase Trapeze Artist, who could fetch upwards of $40 million. "All the big farms are on him. I'm going to the sales [Inglis Easter] tomorrow and we will sit down and work out what we're going to do," owner Bert Vieira told the Sydney Morning Herald. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he hopes Trapeze Artist continues to race. "I know he'll probably get a lot of dollars for him but I just hope Bert keeps racing him. It's the best horse he's ever had," Ryan said. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr2 Expressway Stakes & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 13 starts for $2,753,850 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.

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Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)

Estijaab Wins Gr1 Golden Slipper

Monday, 26th March 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) utilised her brilliant natural speed to overcome her wide barrier and win the world's richest race for 2YOs, the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m), defeating fellow fillies Oohood & Sunlight. Co-trainer John Hawkes, who was celebrating his fourth Slipper success after the wins of Guineas (1997), Forensics (2007) and Mossfun (2104), was delighted to see Estijaab justify her hefty price tag on one of Australian racing's biggest days. "Everybody went off her after the other day but you've got have them peaking on the right day," Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's no good having them win the Slipper two weeks before. Her biggest attribute is her gate speed. She has shown us a lot from day one." Hawkes added: "She doesn't know how much she cost but it's good to see the expensive ones win." From the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Reisling Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes) from 4 starts for $2,335,075 in earnings. Estijaab is the 13th Group 1 winner by Snitzel and his 4th Gr1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist (Golden Rose), Redzel (Darley Classic) and Russian Revolution (Oakleigh Plate). She is also one of 7 Group 1 winners by Snitzel that have been sold as yearlings by Arrowfield, after Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Invader, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea & Wandjina.

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Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)

Slipper Glory For Snitzel

Monday, 26th March 2018

Last year Arrowfield took what it believed was one of the best fillies it had ever consigned to the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Offered on behalf of breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm operation, the daughter of Snitzel and dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) filled the eyes of the Emirates Park team led by Bryan Carlson and trainers John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes who purchased the filly for $1.7 million. On Saturday, their judgement and financial commitment was justified with a superlative display of sustained speed and gritty determination, aided by Brenton Avdulla's bold ride, to win the $3.5 million Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m). Estijaab's victory brought up several milestones for sensational Champion Sire Snitzel: his first Golden Slipper winner, his 13th Group 1 winner and his fourth Group 1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist, Redzel and Russian Revolution. Snitzel's Australian season earnings now approach an unprecedented $22 million, more than double those of his nearest rival I Am Invincible, and he moves into the No.1 spot on the 2YO Sires' list with $3,198,395 prize money. Arrowfield will offer 47 yearlings at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, including 8 fillies and two colts by Snitzel. Click here to view draft.

Redzel Wins Gr2 Challenge Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) showed his class when scoring a track record win in the $500,000 Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Jungle Edge & Super Too. Redzel improved his record to 12 wins (including The Everest, Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 23 starts for $8,221,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Redzel would not race again until the $2.5 million Gr1 weight-for-age TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "I was thinking about the William Reid but the TJ is the one we really want to win," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He's such as easy horse to prepare, we know what to do with him. A barrier trial in between should have him at the mark." Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. He was originally sold for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Bloodstock Select Weanling Sale.

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Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning

Monday, 19th February 2018

At Flemington in Melbourne, imported UK-bred 6YO gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) returned to his best straight track form for trainers Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig in the $750,000 Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m). While acknowledged as one of the best sprinters in the country after destroying his rivals in last year's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Redkirk Warrior was tried at slightly longer distances before being brought back to 1200m sprints that included a win in the Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Handicap at this track, but this was followed by below par performances in Sydney's The Everest and Flemington's Gr1 Darley Classic. Despite starting at a respectable and respectful quote of $11, not many expected Redkirk Warrior to have enough time to reel in his opposition over the shorter 1000m dash despite David Hayes spruiking his charge's chances during the week. Proving it ain't over until it's over, jockey Regan Bayliss, after missing the kick, managed to snatch victory away right on the line from odds-on 5YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) who last no admirers with anothet typically gritty performance, and 4YO mare Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic). With the prospect of another Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and the Gr1 TJ Smith still ahead in the Autumn, Redkirk Warrior adds a thrilling dimension to the sprinters' ranks. His record now stands at 7 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 16 starts for $2,156,080 earnings. Not bad for a horse who won on debut in a UK maiden over 2000m.

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Redkirk Warrior upset Redzel (pic: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Field Finalised

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) final acceptances have left a field of ten quality sprinters to face the starter at Flemington. Australia's premier short course galloper Redzel is understandably favourite, with the son of Snitzel and reigning The Everest holder undefeated in his past 6 starts. He is at $1.80 following last start's Gr1 Darley Classic where he defeated Terravista by less than a length. The return to form by Terravista ($9) is notable as he won this race last year. Hey Doc ($8) has not raced since winning the Gr1 Manikato Stakes last October, but has won at Group level down the Flemington straight and will be primed to go. Others expected to feature prominently are former Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior, Ball of Muscle (whose last start produced a victory over this course and distance in Group company), proven course and distance speedster Supido and gifted Gr1-performed 3YO filly Formality, who carries just 53.5kg under the conditions and is a strong eachway hope at $10. The knock-out chance is outsider Missrock.

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Formaility will carry 53.5kg (pic: Steve Hart)

Hey Doc On Trial for Dubai

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Jockey Luke Currie is looking forward to reuniting with top-class galloper Hey Doc when he resumes in Saturday's $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. A winner of the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) as a 3YO, Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) showed sprinting was his true calling when posting a brilliant last-start win in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in October. The Tony McEvoy-trained 4YO holds an intriguing entry in the US$1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) at Meydan racecourse on Dubai World Cup night (Saturday, 31 March), and a win on Saturday will likely confirm plans to travel to the UAE. "He looks really well and they have trained him to be a sprinter this time in," Currie told racenet. "Tony [McEvoy] has the Lightning and Newmarket in mind for him and he won down the straight last time. Tony has also got a race in Dubai in mind for him if he wins this time in. If he goes well this time in then that may lay ahead." Hey Doc is currently the $6.50 second favourite with TAB for the Lightning behind Australia's best sprinter Redzel at $1.80.

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Hey Doc (image: Mark Gatt)

Redzel Streak To Continue

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Co-trainer Peter Snowden believes star sprinter Redzel can extend his winning streak when he resumes in Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. The 5YO has had two trials in preparation for his return, including a win over 1000m at Rosehill on 5 February. "He's had two very impressive trials, he's got the runs on the board and he seems to me to be as good as ever," Snowden told racing.com. "I know it's a Lightning and they are hard to win but it's hard not being confident when you've got a horse like him." Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April.

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Doncaster Aim for Alizee

Wednesday, 7th February 2018

The Group 1 Doncaster Mile is shaping as the primary autumn target for high class filly Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed And Excel). Godolphin trainer James Cummings nominated the $3 million feature at Royal Randwick on 7 April as the ideal target for the 3YO after watching her trial in excellent fashion on Monday. Alizee, a winner of the Gr1 Flight Stakes in Sydney in the spring, made her first public appearance this preparation when runner-up to star sprinter Redzel in Monday's opening 1000m trial at Rosehill. "My feeling is she looks ready to go. She pulled up well from the trial within herself. She would've shown a really beautiful turn of foot between the two and the furlong," Cummings said in a stable update. "You'll see her in the Light Fingers [Gr2] at set weights on Saturday week at Randwick." Cummings added: "The beauty of her preparation is she can go a few ways, but I would expect her to be certainly nominated in the Doncaster...at this stage I would love to see that be her grand final provided her performances in the lead-up warrant that sort of race."

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Alizee (image: Steve Hart)

Expressway Option for Ace Colt

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Trainer David Payne says he is considering running Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) first-up in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week after his impressive barrier trial performance on Monday. Ace High, a winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, finished fifth in a star-studded 900 metre trial won by Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist that also featured champion mare Winx (6th), and Australia's best sprinter Redzel (7th). "He's always shown a bit of speed but what I like about him is he's got more gate speed now," Payne told racenet. "He's got a lot stronger. If you look at him, his hindquarters have filled out, he was a bit light behind before. He carries a lot of condition for a High Chaparral." Running Ace High under weight-for-age conditions in the Expressway would see the 3YO carry just 55kg. The alternative would be 60.5kg in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) against his own age group. "He would have a lot of weight to carry so he might go to the Expressway," Payne said. "His first couple of runs will be just to get him fit. The main target is still the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Derby."

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Ace High (image: Mark Gatt)

Racing NSW Takes The Everest to US

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Racing NSW is taking the highly valuable diamond-encrusted The Everest trophy to Los Angeles in a bid to sell the world's richest turf race to America, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Everest, which was won by Redzel in its inaugural running last year, will feature at this Saturday night's G'day USA tourism event alongside famous Aussie celebs and dignitaries. This year the race will be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October for a staggering $13 million in prize money. "The Everest in its first year captured the imagination of the Australian public and we are now determined to capture worldwide attention, particularly in America where significant betting occurred on the race," said Racing NSW chief executive, Peter V'landys.

Easy Does It For Redzel

Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden say they will give star sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) a slow build-up to the autumn, reports racenet. Redzel, who established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season, was given an easy time in his 900m trial at Rosehill on Monday finishing seventh behind Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. The 5YO is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, with his primary target the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He trialled nicely and jumped and showed his natural speed," Peter Snowden said. "He does well in the paddock but he's a horse you have to bring up very slowly. He's not a horse you want to jam a lot of work into too quickly. We know him quite well now and I was happy with what I saw." Snowden added: "He's pulled up really well from it, all's good. He's an amazing horse to work with and he's certainly given us a great ride and hopefully there is more to come this prep."

Ace High to Trial

Monday, 22nd January 2018

Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."

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Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)

Lightning First-Up for Redzel

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Top-class sprinter Redzel is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, reports racing.com. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He'll have one trial, maybe next Monday at Rosehill, and then another one at Flemington," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "It should set him up for the 17th for the Lightning. 1000 metres down the straight suits him perfect. He loves Flemington. He's just a brilliant horse, it'll take a handy one to beat him." Snowden added: "Nothing's locked in beyond that. The Newmarket's probably not ideal being a handicap, he'll just get too much weight."

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Magic Millions Yearling Sale Begins Today

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

The 2018 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale begins on the Gold Coast today. With recent graduates including three-time Cox Plate winner and champion mare Winx, Australia's best sprinter Redzel, and Victoria Derby winner Ace High, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is renowned worldwide as one of the most outstanding sales in the southern hemisphere. The sale will offer the progeny of 99 individual sires across 853 lots catalogued in Book 1 and 209 lots in Book 2. Click here to view the catalogue.

Sale schedule

  • Wednesday 10 January - Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-252)
  • Thursday 11 January - Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 253 to 504)
  • Friday 12 January - Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 505 to 756)
  • Saturday 13 January - $10 million Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast
  • Saturday 13 January – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 757 to 853)
  • Sunday 14 January - Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 854 to 1062)
  • Tuesday 16 January - Book 3 (Day 6)

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Brave Smash Aiming for Higher Honours in Autumn

Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Meanwhile, Tosen Stardom's highly regarded stable-mate Brave Smash will be given the opportunity to fulfil his significant potential in the autumn before a potential stud career. Australian Bloodstock's managing director Jamie Lovett told racing.com that there had been significant interest in the Japanese-bred sprinter from stud farms. "We've had some inquiry on him but Darren (Weir) has got a very good opinion of this horse so I'm just going to wait," Lovett said. "Commercially, it's in our best interests to wait as there's a fair bit of upside to the horse and he's only a youngish horse with just four starts here." Lovett is confident that the best is yet to come from Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) who was last seen finishing an unlucky third behind Redzel in $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "There's Group form all around him and he just wasn't right the last two runs," he said. "His coat went the wrong way and his bloods were upside down and they say he's spelled amazing so we're looking forward to seeing what he can do." He added: "He's a proper horse. He won a stakes race at a mile in Japan off a brutal pace. Weiry seems to think that he could train him to run 1000 metres or 1600 metres so we'll keep an open mind on him." Lovett said Brave Smash was likely to open his autumn campaign in either the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 26 January, or the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 10 February.