At Awapuni in New Zealand, 5-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler & former US Champion 2YO & 3YO Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike-Private Feeling, by Belong to Me) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Our Abbadean (Lookin At Lucky-Highland Lights, by Fantastic Light) opened her stakes account when posting a narrow win in the $100,000 Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Five To Midnight & Sampson. Passed in when failing to meet her reserve at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, Our Abbadean improved her record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 22 starts for NZ$142,135 in earnings.
At Trentham in New Zealand, former Yarraman Park and now Kooringal Stud-based Gr2-winning sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Magic Chai (Magic Albert-Chai, by Viscount) opened his stakes account when charging home to score a narrow but decisive win in the $250,000 Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Sampson & Alinko Prince. Trainer Tony Pike said Magic Chai would now be set for a feature two-mile double, including the Gr1 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on 10 March. "We'll get him home and see how he is and if his form holds up then the Auckland Cup is an obvious target," Pike told NZ Racing Desk. "He's only had 18 starts so he's still pretty much untapped. He's a good, genuine stayer." Magic Chai, who was sold for $90,000 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Milburn Creek, improved his record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 18 starts for NZ$212,255 in earnings. Magic Chai hails from the family of multiple Gr1 winner and outstanding Kiwi mare Riverina Charm and Gr1 ATC Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Neroli.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Darley's former dual Gr1-winning shuttler Dubai Destination (Kingmambo-Mysterial, by Alleged) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Sampson (Dubai Destination-Magic Star, by Danzero) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Howie Mathews in the $100,000 Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Five to Midnight (Domesday-Fastnet Lady, by Fastnet Rock) & 5YO gelding Woodsman (Mastercraftsman-Silkwood, by Grosvenor). Sampson, who was $20,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 Trentham Stakes) and 8 placings from 37 starts for NZ$266,025 earnings.
Sky Racing's Big Sports Breakfast will host its annual Luna Park luncheon on Friday, 24 February in Sydney. Hosted by BSB stars Terry Kennedy and Michael Slater, the event will feature racing hoops Hugh Bowman and Corey Brown on stage as special guests. While NRL players Aaron Woods and commentator Steve Roach will appear alongside cricketer Stuart Clarke and Yvonne Sampson, sports reporter. Sky's talent team include Dave Stanley and Gemma Cutting who will guide the show and introduce up on stage, sporting stars Craig Lownders, racing car driver, Matt Burke, rugby player, Roger Rasheed, aussie rules player and modern penthalon Australian Olympian Chloe Esposito. Beginning at noon with a finale by comedian Akmal and music by Usual Suspects, the lunch is already a sell out success.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Darley's former dual Gr1-winning shuttler Dubai Destination (Kingmambo-Mysterial, by Alleged) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Sampson (Dubai Destination-Magic Star, by Danzero) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Howie Mathews in the $70,000 Gr3 Trentham Stakes (2100m) for 3YO+, over fellow 7YO gelding Authentic Paddy (Howbaddouwantit-Authentic Cross, by Cape Cross) & 4YO mare Promise To Reign (Manhattan Rain-Certain Promise, by El Prado). Sampson, who was $20,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, improved his record to 8 wins and 8 placings from 34 starts for NZ$205,650 earnings.
With four days until yearlings begin to arrive at Inglis' Newmarket Complex ahead of the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, many of the 575 Lots to be offered on 6, 7 and 8 February have received favourable updates to their pedigrees since the catalogue went to print. Siblings to recent 2YO winners or stakes performers include:
Classic Yearlings will also be offered from the families of recent Group 1 HKJC Hong Kong Vase winner Highland Reel (Lot 73), Unbeaten Group 1 winning 3YO Perfect Reflection (Lot 325), Chris Waller's WATC Railway Stakes winner Good Project (Lot 328) and Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview (f) winner Sword Of Light (Lot 82). The first official inspection day is Wednesday 3 February. A complete Vendor Parade Schedule will be available online from Monday 1 February. Selling will begin at 6pm on Saturday 6 February, and at 10am on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 February. All yearlings offered at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale are eligible to be nominated for the lucrative $5 million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons. Click here for the online catalogue.
At Trentham in New Zealand, 6YO UK-bred gelding Mister Impatience (Hernando-Katy Nowaitee, by Komaite) scored by a nose for trainers Michael Moroney & Chad Ormsby in the NZ$200,000 Gr2 Wellington Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Pentathlon (Pentire-Pinders Prize, by Prized) & 6YO gelding Sampson (Dubai Destination-Magic Star, by Danzero). Mister Impatience, a £150,000 purchase by Paul Moroney at the 2013 Tattersalls Autumn Horse in Training Sale, took his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Queensland Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 Chester Vase) from 32 starts for $304,602 earnings.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a Group success when 5YO entire Weregoingtogetcha (Testa Rossa-Sweetness 'n Light, by Entrepreneur) stormed home to win by 2-lengths for trainer David Hayes in the NZ$100,000 Gr3 Manawatu Cup (2300m) for 3YO+, over 6YO geldings King Kamada (Shinko King-Marsanne, by General Nediym) & Sampson (Dubai Destination-Magic Star, by Danzero). This was a well deserved maiden stakes victory for the consistent Weregoingtogetcha who took his record to 5 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Zabeel Classic & Gr2 Waikato Guineas) from 23 starts for NZ$197,000 earnings. Weregoingtogetcha was originally purchased for $67,500 at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale before being subsequently sold for NZ$140,000 at the 2102 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Jamieson Park.
Also in India, former Coolmore shuttler Orpen (Lure-Bonita Francita, by Devil's Bag) added a group success when 4YO mare Celestial Way (Orpen-Just Heavens Gate, by Slip Anchor) scored by a nose in the Gr2 BTC Anniversary Cup (1400m) for 4YOs & up at Bangalore. Celestial Way (ridden by J.Sampson for trainer Sadakshara Padmanabhan) defeated 4YO gelding Sprint Star (Ontario-Royal Retreat, by Fairy King) & fellow 4YO mare Bhagirathi (Mudeer-Taxido, by Young Senor). Last month Celestial Way also won the Gr3 Chief Minister's Cup (1200m) at Bangalore; & in 2009 she also won the Gr2 Golconda 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Hyderabad & finished 3rd in the Gr3 Mysore 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Mysore.
Curtis Sampson paid US$210,000 for Argentine-bred 7YO mare Good Student (Louis Quatorze-La Sorbonne) consigned by Winter Quarter Farm as agent & sold as a broodmare prospect. Good Student recorded 3 wins (including a Gr3 event as a 3YO) from 4 starts in Argentina & then 2 wins & 3 placings (including runner-up in the Gr1 Santa Maria Handicap) from 5 starts in US.