2017

World-Class Entries for Hong Kong International Races

Friday, 27th October 2017

A total of 293 horses have been nominated at the first stage for the HK$84.5 million Hong Kong International Races which will take place at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, 10 December. The meeting consists of four Group One events, namely the HK$25 million Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the HK$23 million Gr1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), and the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m). Among the overseas stars entered are top-class UK miler Ribchester, Ballydoyle stable-mates Highland Reel and Roly Poly, Japan's QEII Cup winner Neorealism, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Cloth Of Stars. The home contingent includes former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther, last year's Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only, and gun sprinters Lucky Bubbles and Mr Stunning. There are 17 Australian horses entered, including Gr1 winners Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, and Boom Time, as well as Takedown and In Her Time.

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior is among the Australian entries (pic: Mark Gatt)

US Navy Flag Wins Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes

Monday, 16th October 2017

At Newmarket in the UK, 2YO US-bred colt US Navy Flag (War Front-Misty For Me, by Galileo) posted the second top-flight win of his career when leading throughout to score a comfortable 2 length win for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes (7 furlongs) for 2YOs, defeating stable-mates Mendelssohn & Seahenge. Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, US Navy Flag improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes) and 3 placings from 10 starts for £483,209 in earnings. From the brilliant 4-time Gr1-winning filly Misty For Me (Galileo), US Navy Flag is a full brother to three-time Gr1 winner Roly Poly and a half-sister to Gr3 winning US-bred mare Cover Song (Fastnet Rock). Aidan O’Brien told Racing Post: “He is a full brother to Roly Poly. She was good over six furlongs and was better each time she stepped up in trip. He is the very same, a tough solid horse with plenty of tactical speed.” O'Brien's 24th top-flight victory of the season puts him within one win of the world record set by the late Bobby Frankel in 2003.

Roly Poly Wins Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes

Monday, 9th October 2017

At Newmarket in the UK, 3YO US-bred filly Roly Poly (War Front-Misty For Me, by Galileo) claimed her third Group One success this season when scoring by 1 length in the Gr1 Sun Chariot Stakes (8 furlongs), defeating Persuasive & Nathra. Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Roly Poly improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Prix Rothschild, Gr1 Falmouth Stakes & Gr2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Coronation Stakes, Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes) from 16 starts for 721,925 in earnings. "She's a great filly, with a great heart. She's tactical and tough, amazing really," trainer Aidan O'Brien told Sky Sports. "She's incredibly bred, out of a very good Galileo mare and by War Front, and the lads do a great job with her at home." Roly Poly's triumph was O'Brien's 23rd top-flight victory of the season and puts him within two wins of the world record set by the late Bobby Frankel in 2003. However, in typically understated fashion, the Ballydoyle master played down the potentially historic milestone. "It would be incredible for everybody, but the horse always comes first," he said. "That's the important thing - the horse always comes first." From the brilliant 4-time Gr1-winning filly Misty For Me (Galileo), Roly Poly is a half-sister to Gr3 wining US-bred mare Cover Song (Fastnet Rock).

Roly Poly Wins Gr1 Prix Rothschild

Monday, 31st July 2017

At Deauville in France overnight, 3YO US-bred filly Roly Poly (War Front-Misty For Me, by Galileo) posted her second consecutive top-flight victory when scoring a determined short neck win for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the €300,000 Gr1 Prix Rothschild (8 furlongs) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Via Ravenna (Raven’s Pass) & Siyoushake (Siyouni). Dual Gr1-winning filly and race favourite Qemah finished fourth. Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Roly Poly improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Falmouth Stakes & Gr2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Coronation Stakes, Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes) from 14 starts. "All through this season she has continued to progress and she put in her best ever performance today,” jockey Ryan Moore told Racing Post. “She tries so hard and she is a high-class filly who seems to thrive on her racing." Moore added: "I don’t know what’s next, but I imagine we will look at races like the Matron [Gr1] and the Sun Chariot [Gr1] back at Newmarket. I’ll leave that to the team." From the brilliant 4-time Gr1-winning filly Misty For Me (Galileo), Roly Poly is a half-sister to Gr3 wining US-bred mare Cover Song (Fastnet Rock).

Roly Poly Wins Gr1 Falmouth Stakes

Monday, 17th July 2017

At Newmarket in the UK, 3YO US-bred filly Roly Poly (War Front-Misty For Me, by Galileo) finally broke through after several placings at the elite level to score by 1.25 lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the Gr1 Falmouth Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating 3YO Godolphin filly Wuheida (Dubawi) & 3YO US-bred filly Arabian Hope (Distorted Humor). Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Roly Poly improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Coronation Stakes, Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes) from 13 starts for £423,494 in earnings. "Her last two runs were very good runs behind Winter," Ryan Moore told Sky Sports. "She improved right through the spring and deserved to win a Group One. She was touched off in the Cheveley Park last year." Moore added: "She's just a very tough and very honest filly." From the brilliant 4-time Gr1-winning filly Misty For Me (Galileo), Roly Poly is a half-sister to Gr3 wining US-bred mare Cover Song (Fastnet Rock).

Winter Wins Gr1 Coronation Stakes

Monday, 26th June 2017

On the fourth day of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO filly Winter (Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) confirmed her status as the best filly in all of Europe with a resounding 2.25 length win for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the £430,000 Gr1 Coronation Stakes (1600m) 3YO fillies, defeating stable-mates Roly Poly (War Front) & Hydrangea (Galileo). Owned by Coolmore's Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier, Winter improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 English 1,000 Guineas & Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas) and 3 placings from 7 starts for £697,003 in earnings. O'Brien said Winter's long term target is the Breeders' Cup World Championships later in the year. "She's a filly who is thriving from race-to-race, she travelled well, Ryan had her in a lovely position and she's won very well," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "She gets the trip very well, she's very classy and is a great traveller. When you ask her she gallops out strong." He added: "All roads lead to Del Mar (Breeders' Cup), but first there's a race in three weeks' time, the Falmouth [Gr1], so we'll see how she is and how her training keeps going."

Winter Wins Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas

Monday, 29th May 2017

At The Curragh in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO filly Winter (Galileo-Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir) proved a class above her rivals when scoring by 4.75 lengths in the Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas (8 furlongs), defeating Roly Poly & Hydrangea. Owned by Coolmore’s Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier, Winter improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr1 English 1,000 Guineas) and 3 placings from 6 starts for £453,150 earnings. Winter joined star fillies Attraction and Finsceal Beo as only the third filly to claim the English & Irish 1,000 Guineas double. "She's maturing all the time and is a really strong traveller. When Ryan let her down today she went into overdrive. She'll probably get further than a mile but the Coronation Stakes will be next, once her owners agree,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told Racing Post. Jockey Ryan Moore said: "It was very easy and she gave me a lovely ride. I couldn't have been more impressed with her – she was relentless and it rode like a piece of work for her. She's a very good filly.”

2016

Fastnet Rock Adds US Gr3

Monday, 31st October 2016

At Santa Anita Park in the US, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 3YO US-bred filly Cover Song (Fastnet Rock-Misty for Me, by Galileo) scored by a nose for trainer Carla Gaines in the US$100,000 Gr3 Autumn Miss Stakes (8 furlongs) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Danilovna (Dansili-Hoity Toity, by Darshaan) & Barleysugar (Kyllachy-Caster Sugar, by Cozzene). Owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, Cover Song improved her record to 2 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for US$117,695 earnings. Speaking after the race, jockey Kent Desormeaux told Blood Horse: "She broke like a Quarter Horse. I was fearful that I was going to be 20 (lengths) in front, but she made the lead and then checked herself into a nice rhythm. She carried me around the track very, very well." He added: "My filly ran her heart out. I could feel her turning it on. She would not lose." The beautifully bred Cover Song is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Misty For Me (Galileo), dam also of Gr2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes winner and Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes placed juvenile filly Roly Poly (War Front).

Brave Anna Wins Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes

Monday, 26th September 2016

At Newmarket in the UK, 2YO filly Brave Anna (War Front-Liscanna, by Sadler's Wells) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season when scoring by a short head at odds of 25-1 in the Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes (6 furlongs) for 2YO fillies, over stable-mate Roly Poly (War Front-Misty for Me, by Galileo) and odds-on favourite and previously unbeaten US filly Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy-D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat). Brave Anna improved her record to 3 wins from 6 starts for £159,395 earnings. "She's a good, hardy filly and we were afraid the seven furlongs was a bit too much for her the last day, but you'd say, looking at her today, she'd get the seven okay," trainer Aidan O'Brien said of the winner. "She had a good break after Ascot and maybe she got a little bit tired in the Moyglare at the Curragh, but she came home very well." He added: "The two fillies came home very well. I don't think any of them were wilting going to the line."

Ward Laments Lady Aurelia Loss

Monday, 26th September 2016

Trainer Wesley Ward said he expects Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy-D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) to bounce back to her brilliant best next season despite surrendering her unbeaten record when third in Saturday's Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket. The dual Gr1 winning US-bred filly made the early running in the juvenile fillies feature - at one stage her blinding speed allowed her to open up a lead of five lengths - but she was unable to sustain that effort, eventually finishing third to fast-finishing stable-mates Brave Anna and Roly Poly. Lady Aurelia will now head back home to the States with a record of 3 wins from 4 starts, including a win in the Gr1 Prix Morny and a breathtaking 7-length romp in the Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. "It's a humbling game," Ward told Sky Sports. "With great expectations come big disappointments. I had great expectations coming here. There were no excuses." He added: "But ours is a special filly and hopefully we'll get home and back in the right shape and come over next year for Ascot and the Commonwealth Cup or whatever it is."