At Flemington in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible(Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 3YO filly She's So High (I Am Invincible-High Achiever, by Exceed and Excel) showed brilliant acceleration over the final furlong to claim the $120,000 Listed Incognitos Stakes (1100m) for 3YO's, defeating Regimen & Twilight Song. The very talented filly took her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes) from 6 starts for $141,500 in earnings. Prior to her comprehensive victory, She's So High had ran 4th in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas, Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and Gr3 Quezette Stakes at her only other performances. A $65,000 pin-hook from the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, from the draft of Pambula Stud, She's So High sold as a yearling for $120,000 the following year at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm. She is a half-sister to Gr3 placed filly Bangs and her family traces to both Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win and his Gr2 winning brother and hot freshman yearling crop sire Deep Field.
With the NSW state election due in March, The Daily Telegraph asked Racing Minister Kevin Greene & Opposition racing spokesman George Souris: Will your government consider introducing some wagering taxation relief for the NSW racing industry?
US 2008 Champion 3YO Male & Gr1 Kentucky Derby-Gr1 Preakness Stakes-winning stallion Big Brown (Boundary-Mien, by Nureyev) "started back under tack" this week at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, reported bloodhorse.com. The farm "typically exercises the majority of its stallions by galloping them over 10 furlongs under tack 6-days-a-week on its quarter-mile training track; this regimen allows them to maintain an acceptable level of fitness both mentally & physically throughout their life as a stallion." Big Brown (who completed his 1st season at stud this year) "grabbed a quarter while preparing for the 2008 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic & was subsequently retired; he was not ridden during his 1st year at stud in order to give his injury any & all necessary time to heal".
More testing for EPO "is on Racing Victoria's wish list this year," reported The Herald-Sun. RV chief executive Rob Hines said testing for EPO (a performance-enhancing drug that boosts the ability of blood to carry oxygen) "was a priority, as was the ramping up of random drug testing". Hines confirmed: "Our budget proposal to Racing Analytical Services Laboratory includes a desire to increase random testing, our testing for EPO and, overall, significantly more testing." Hines emphasised RV was "determined to have the best possible drug testing regimen".
Unbeaten boom 2YO filly Amelia's Dream (Redoute's Choice-Shalt Not, by St Covet) continues to improve in her rehabilitation at Muskoka Farm (following 3-months of treatment at the Randwick Equine Centre for a "non-displaced fracture of the sesamoid" after winning the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stales at Rosehill in March) & on trainer Gai Waterhouse's website, Wendy Lapointe from Muskoka reports: "If all is well at 40 weeks, she can commence race training again about the end of December." Amelia's Dream is currently walking for 25 minutes a day & her exercise regimen will increase gradually over the next couple of months.
And racingpost.co.uk asked John Messara: "As early as 1994 you voiced concerns about the number of stallions visiting Australia. Is it a case of supply outstripping demand, or do you think too many stallions are being sent regardless of suitability?" He replied: "I do think too many unsuitable stallions have joined the shuttle caravan. We have over 70 shuttle stallions this year & many have a lesser chance of making it than our locally bred stallion prospects. This is because they hail from sire lines that prefer longer trips than on offer in our racing program & often softer ground than is available here. Our training regimen & style of racing will not suit many of the shuttle stallions. However, a southern hemisphere season in Australia provides incremental income for the northern hemisphere stallion owner: so, often it's an economic option rather than anything else."