At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie) once again showed his predilection for wet tracks when scoring a comfortable front-running win in the $150,000 Listed June Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Shiraz & I Thought So. Jungle Edge, who broke through the million dollar earnings barrier, improved his record to 14 wins (including the Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes, Gr3 BRC Sprint & Gr3 Star Kingdom Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy & Gr1 ATC All Aged Stakes) from 52 starts for $1,019,260 in prize money. "It's hard to get heavy tracks and when he has ever got them, he shows them he is the best wet tracker in Australia," trainer Mick Bell said. "He is the horse of a lifetime. What a dream come true to get a horse that has clocked over $1 million, it's absolutely unbelievable. He is a beautiful horse and the ride continues." Jungle Edge is likely to make his next appearance in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick in a fortnight.
At Newcastle north of Sydney last Friday, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a group success when 5YO gelding Lanciato (Per Incanto-Surreptitious, by O'Reilly) scored by a length for trainer Mark Newnham in the $150,000 Gr3 Newmarket Hcp (1400m), defeating 6YO gelding Mister Sea Wolf & 8YO gelding Shiraz. This was the second black-type win for Lanciato after his Listed Carrington Stakes victory at Rosehill Gardens at the end of January, and took his record to 7 wins & 7 placings from 20 starts for $380,868 earnings.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a Group success when 5YO brown gelding Dolcetto (Per Incanto-Our Shiraz, by Nediym) opened his stakes account with his sixth consecutive victory in the $70,000 Gr3 Metric Mile (1550m) for 3YO+, defeating Authentic Paddy & Rosewood. Dolcetto improved his record to 7 wins and 2 placings from 10 starts for $157,425 in earnings.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a black-type success when 7YO brown gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) made a welcome return to the winner's circle after a hiatus of 22 months in the $150,000 Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Classic Uniform & Slightly Sweet. This was the third career stakes win for Shiraz who improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr3 Concorde Stakes & Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy & Gr2 ATC Shorts) from 32 starts for $782,035 in earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Ecuador (High Chaparral-Bak da Princess, by Danske) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $150,000 Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) & 4YO gelding Gold Symphony (Reward for Effort-Tzaress, by Stravinsky). Co-trainer Adrian Bott told Sky Racing that Ecuador would be kept in work to chase further black-type success during the autumn. "There are a couple of nice races for him going forward," Bott said. "Sydney and Melbourne are both options for him over the carnival." Ecuador, who is a full-brother to Gr1 Easter Handicap winner & Gr1 Auckland Cup placegetter Pondarosa Miss, improved his record to 10 wins (including the Listed McKell Cup & Listed Lord Mayors Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Epsom Handicap) from 30 starts for $834,850 earnings. Ecuador was a NZ$360,000 purchase at the 2011 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Esker Lodge.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a black-type success when boom 3YO colt Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon-Winaura, by Show a Heart) bolted up by 5.5 lengths for trainer Bjorn Baker in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Deep image (Testa Rossa-Starwish, by Redoute's Choice) & 3YO filly Our Beebee (Red Dazzler-Royal Shiraz, by Sequalo). A $67,500 purchase by Baker at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale from the draft of Eliza Park International, Winning Rupert extended his unbeaten record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Champagne Classic) from 4 starts for $361,500 earnings. Should Winning Rupert win the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1400m) in two weeks time, he will collect a $500,000 bonus for also winning the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate & Gold Edition Plate as part of the Queensland Summer Crowns series. His primary summer target is the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast on 14 January.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest open sprint race, the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Defending champion Chautauqua has drawn wide in barrier 11 and is, surprisingly, second favourite ($3.40) behind star Godolphin colt Exosphere ($2.70) who will jump from barrier 4. The Gai Waterhouse-trained English is the only other runner under double figures at $9. The final field is:
1. CHAUTAUQUA (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-T Berry) 58.5kg (11)
2. FLAMBERGE (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 58.5kg (8)
3. DELECTATION (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (2)
4. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Brenton Avdulla) 58.5kg (7)
5. OUR BOY MALACHI (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 58.5kg (6)
6. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli-Damien Oliver) 58.5kg (15)
7. DOTHRAKI (Peter & Paul Snowden-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (5)
8. FAMOUS SEAMUS (Noel Mayfield-Smith-Glyn Schofield) 58.5kg (3)
9. SHIRAZ (Tony McEvoy-Brett Prebble) 58.5kg (9)
10. FAST 'N' ROCKING (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-N Hall) 58.5kg (13)
11. KNOYDART (John O'Shea-Sam Clipperton) 58.5kg (12)
12. BOSS LANE (Ron Quinton-Tim Clark) 58.5kg (1)
13. FELL SWOOP (Matthew Dale-Zac Purton) 58.5kg (10)
14. EXOSPHERE (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (4)
15. ENGLISH (Gai Waterhouse-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (14)
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) celebrated an elite success when 5YO mare Griante (Good Journey-Grand Strategy, by Strategic) scored by 0.8-length for trainer David Brideoake in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) & 5YO gelding Dothraki (Mossman-Volantis, by Flying Spur). This was the first top-flight victory for Griante who took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap & Gr3 Sportingbet Series Final) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 MVRC William Reid Stakes) from 27 starts for $1,069,175 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Baerami Thoroughbreds stallion California Dane (Danehill-Storminwinter, by Seattle Slew) added a Group success when 6YO entire Rebel Dane (California Dane-Texarcana, by More Than Ready) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Gary Portelli in the $200,000 Gr2 Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer). This was an outstanding training performance by Gary Portelli, who nursed Rebel Dane back to health after the 6YO underwent surgery earlier in the year to correct a paralysed larynx which was inhibiting his breathing. "My legs are like jelly right now. It's been a big effort to get him back and thank god he's come back in fighting order," Portelli told Sky Racing. "He just showed his quality – he doesn't win by very far but he knows how to win." He added: "Now he's had his throat tied back I think we might have a really big spring ahead of us." Rebel Dane took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gr2 Royal Sovereign Stakes & Gr3 Show County Handicap) & 4 placings (the Gr1 Moir Stakes & Gr2 Hobartville Stakes) from 23 starts for $1,495,630 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $125,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings and stable-mates Craftiness (Starcraft-Rosecutter, by Redoute's Choice) & Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, Gold Brose). This was successive stakes victories for Shiraz who took his record to 10 wins (Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap) and 2 placings from 15 starts from $450,260 earnings.
Dual Gr1 winner Trust In A Gust (Keep the Faith-Subtle Breeze, by Storm Cat) will miss the spring carnival after tests revealed the 5YO will remove a bone chip from his stifle, reports Racing.com. Trainer Darren Weir ordered a thorough medical examination following the horse's disappointing first-up performance in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap at Flemington where he finished a well-beaten fifth (5.5-lengths) behind promising sprinter Shiraz. "Something had been worrying him so it is good that we have been able to get to the bottom of it," said Weir. "This probably occurred when he was involved in the incident at the airport back in May when we were taking him to Brisbane but, being in the early stages, didn't show up in the original x-rays." He added: "Regardless of whether he was standing at stud or racing, he would be required to have surgery to remove the chip. The good thing is that it is a straightforward operation and we should be able to get him back into training for the autumn carnival as he is a horse with so much ability." The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) & Toorak Handicap (1600m) winner will retire to Adam Sangster's Swettenham Stud in Victoria at the conclusion of his racing career.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) scored by a nose for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $150,000 Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Play Master (Masterprint-Introduce, by Brief Truce) & 8YO gelding Le Bonsir (Choisir-La Bella Dame, by Royal Academy). This was the first stakes victory for the lightly raced Shiraz who took his record to 9 wins and 2 placings from 14 starts for $374,260 earnings.
At tomorrow's Flemington meeting in Melbourne, the key action takes place in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap down the straight six where classy sprinter Shiraz has usurped top weight Trust In A Gust in betting markets. With gun jockey Damian Oliver riding Shiraz, turf investors could do worse than also follow him in an earlier event on the card. In Race 4 Oliver pilots Abbasso, a horse that on pedigree alone is a strong pick. By former champion sire Encosta de Lago, Abbasso is out of exceptional broodmare Marooned Lady, whose other offspring include triple Gr1 winner Special Harmony, Gr2 winners King Canute & Redwoldt, and Gr2-placed Singapore galloper Jabal Tarik. Abbasso has already earned connections over $300,000 in prize money, and will give this a big shake for trainer Chris Waller after winning his past two starts. At current odds the all up is $8.30.
The 2015 Magic Millions National Sale concluded with a successful racehorse sale held at the Gold Coast on Friday. Exciting juvenile Desert Man (I Am Invincible) topped the sale when sold to leading Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida for $185,000 on a day in which 97 per cent of stock offered was sold. Desert Man, a runaway 2YO winner at the Gold Coast two starts back, was offered by Eliza Park International, on behalf of the Heinrich Bloodstock Unreserved Dispersal Sale. The Heinrich dispersal provided all six lots which sold for $100,000 or more on a day in which 192 lots were sold at a gross of $3,328,750 and average price of $20,675. Other leading sellers on the day included Military Miss (Lot 2231) for $150,000, Real Ambition (Lot 2259) for $140,000 and Shiraz Attack (Lot 2267) for $115,000. "It's been a remarkable two weeks of selling," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox noted. "From Day One of the weanlings right through to today's Racehorse Sale it has been a great success." He added: "We have rounded out the National Sale with a gross of over $93.6 million for 1557 lots sold at an average price across all sales of over $60,000. The National Sale is one of the world's great thoroughbred events and we must thank everyone who played their part during the auction."
The quality packed catalogue for the Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale is now online and also available for download via the equineline iPad app. Comprising 173 lots, the sale will be held on Friday, June 5 from 10am at the Gold Coast Sales Complex and will complete a massive two weeks of selling to conclude the Southern Hemisphere's number one thoroughbred sale. The sale will feature a classy 107 lot draft, including 35 two-year-olds, as part of the Heinrich Bloodstock Unreserved Dispersal Sale - a sale which also includes lots in the National Weanling, Broodmare and Yearling Sales. Another feature of the Racehorse Sale is the 29 lot draft from Darley comprising an outstanding line up of lightly raced and highly promising young performers. In a great bonus for prospective buyers, well over a quarter of lots to go under the hammer, including a number of unraced prospects, are paid up for the national Magic Millions Race Series and eligible to nominate for the $10 million Gold Coast Raceday. Among the proven racetrack performers are stakes winners Eastern Prince and Keredari and city winners Agadir, Ballinaclash, Beach Head, Bernitchy, Confident Star, Dysfunction, Goldie's Return, Kala's Belle, Love Shuttle, Mana Manu, Miss Zizou, Moment of Impact, Pure Reality, Shiraz Attack, Sunset Hills and Whatawaltz. Other prospects at the auction include exciting Brisbane juvenile Desert Man, back to back winner Hostwin Pegasus and beautifully bred fillies Military Miss (Charge Forward-Regimental Gal half sister to Lilliburlero and Vimy), Stiletto (Lonhro-Saddler's Silk full sister to Jerezana), Temple Divine (Fastnet Rock-Temple of Peace half sister to Whobegotyou), Devil's Princess (Onemorenomore-Devil Moon three-year-old) and French Charm (Lope de Vega-La Montagna two-year-old). Click here to view the catalogue.
The seventh online sale held by bloodstockauction.com is the company's biggest yet with a record number of 56 horses to go under the virtual hammer this evening from 7pm. And there is quality right from the start with the opening lot being a Gr3-winning mare in foal to Victoria's most popular stallion, Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente. Senorita Dame, winner of the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes and the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes, is a daughter of Senor Pete and the Gr3 mare Snadame. Lot 2 also hails from a good family, with The Launder having on her pedigree page the great Black Caviar. A mare with a real look of her globe-trotting multiple Gr1 winning sire Starcraft, Hoshi is an unraced broodmare prospect, a daughter of the stakes placed Dai Ichi whose grand-dam is Caulfield Cup winner Imposera. Monaco Princess , who has a colt by the handsome Mulaazem at foot, is also on offer and she is a half-sister to dual Cox Plate winner Fields Of Omagh. This is a prolific black-type family that has also produced star filly Fontein Ruby. Also being sold with a colt at foot by Mulaazem (a Gr2 winning half-brother to hot young stallion Sepoy) is Miss Thunder, a half-sister to triple Gr1 winner Northwood Plume. Other appealing broodmare prospects include the city winner Matilda Princess by the outstanding broodmare sire Snippets, the proven broodmare Zip Zapper (dam of city winner Bonzerina), sisters or half-sisters to the stakes winners Racer's Run, Winger Charger and Star Shiraz and daughters of Testa Rossa, Octagonal, Red Arrow, Mister C, Fusaichi Pegasus, Sequalo and Iffraaj.
The Queensland breeding industry is mourning the loss of champion sire Sequalo (Rustic Amber-Dash Around, by Bending Away) who has been euthanized at the age of 24 on humane grounds, reports theinformant.co.nz. His death comes just two weeks after he was crowned Queensland's Sire of the Year at an awards night in Brisbane. Sequalo, a multiple Gr2 winner on the track, had stood at Lyndhurst Stud near Warwick on the Darling Downs for 18 years. A spokesperson for Lyndhurst Stud confirmed Sequalo had been euthanized on Wednesday after a week-long battle with laminitis. Sequalo, who sired 645 individual winners of more than 2200 races, celebrated one of his greatest achievements when his son Spirit Of Boom won the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 in May. Spirit Of Boom will continue Sequalo's legacy when he stands his first season at Eureka Stud this spring. Apart from Spirit Of Boom, Sequalo's best progeny included Gr1 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Star Shiraz (dam of the promising Godolphin colt Mersault), Gr2 winner Burdekin Blues, dual Gr3-winning filly Missy Longstocking, and stakes winner Bold Glance.
Yearling inspections have commenced at the Magic Millions Complex at Bundali in preparation for next week's Gold Coast March Yearling Sale (March 17-18). Over 400 yearlings will go under the hammer, with the outstanding racetrack record from this sale set to continue. Graduates of last year's sale alone include an impressive individual winner tally of 18, second only to the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January for winners. Juvenile stakes performed winners from the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale include Ruby Soho and Stroak, as well as Ambitious Blonde, who was stakes placed at her only start. Another high-ranking graduate is triple Gr1 winning sprinting star Buffering. All yearlings in the catalogue are eligible for the $5.85 million Magic Millions Race Series as well as the lucrative QTIS scheme and many others are eligible for rich schemes in other states of Australia. Catalogue highlights include close relations to group winners Star Shiraz, Toorak Toff, Churchill Downs, Decision Time, Ghetto Blaster, Sharks Bay, Vo Heart, Dino Mak, Gotta Have Heart, Savute and The Voice, while leading sires to be represented include Jet Spur (32 lots), Rothesay (30), Drumbeats (27), Real Saga (27), Captain Sonador (23), Red Element (23) and Falvelon (15).
In India, the gelding Ocean And Beyond (Kingsalsa-Sayuri, by Sadler's Wells) scored by a neck in the Gr1 Nanoli Stud Pune Derby (2000m) for 3YOs. Ocean And Beyond (ridden by Chandrakant Rajendra for trainer Shiraz Sunderji) defeated the filly Sunlight (China Visit-Romantic Liaison, by Razeen) & fellow gelding Berlusconi (Ikhtyar-Highland Ghillie, by Storm Trooper). Previously in 2010, Ocean And Beyond won the Gr3 Breeders' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Mumbai & finished runner-up in both the Gr1 Breeders' Multi-Million (1400m) at Mumbai & Gr2 Poonawalla Million (1600m) at Pune.
In Europe, the 1st foals by 5YO Darley shuttler New Approach (European Champion 2YO, multiple Gr1-winning 3YO & the world's highest-rated racehorse of 2008) are now on the ground, including a half-sister to unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley stallion Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill). New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) recently returned to his northern hemisphere base at Dalham Hall in England, following his 1st southern hemisphere season where he covered Gr1 winners She's Archie, Star Shiraz & Zagalia, plus the dams of Gr1 winners Fashions Afield, Marble Halls & Fiumicino at Northwood Park. In addition siblings to Gr1 winners Titanic Jack, Eremein, Gold Guru, Thorn Park, Universal Queen, Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy, Arena, Lonhro & Shot Of Thunder also form part of his 1st book of mares set to foal later in 2010. On the track, New Approach won the 2008 Gr1 English Derby & also defeated older rivals in both the Irish Gr1 Champion Stakes & UK Gr1 Champion Stakes, as well as winning the UK Gr1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes & Irish Gr1 National Stakes.
Deceased WA stallion Corporate Raider (Biscay-Vain Queen, by Vain) added a black-type success when 9YO gelding Corporate Sam (Corporate Raider-Lady Saba, by Gay Saba) gained the decision in a 3-way photo-finish to the $75,000 Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) in Perth. Corporate Sam (ridden by Shaun McGruddy for trainer Trevor Andrews) scored by a short-head from 7YO gelding Mikaldico (Fimiston-Part Whiskey, by Take Your Partner) with a further long-neck to 6YO gelding Geyser Peak (Anabaa-Sparkling Shiraz, by Marscay). Corporate Sam took his record to 10 wins & 20 placings (including February’s Listed Detonator Stakes over 1800m at Ascot) from 70 starts for $401,505 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
US Gr1-winning & Classic-placed sire Kissin Kris (Kris S-Toes Forward, by Your Alibhai) "is being relocated for the 2008 breeding season to Canada's Esquirol Farms in Edmonton in Alberta," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Kissin Kris stood last season for US$5,000 at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California. His 350 starters from 9 crops of racing age have won 232 races & US$16,765,113 prize-money; & his 13 stakes-winners include Canada's 2000 champion 3YO male Kiss A Native, Gr2-winners Hasty Kris, Delightful Kiss & Smoocher, plus Gr3-winner Cellars Shiraz. On the track himself, Kissin Kris notched 4 wins (including the 1993 Gr1 Haskell Invitational Handicap & Gr3 Palm Beach Stakes, plus runner-ups in the 1993 Gr1 Belmont Stakes & Gr1 Travers Stakes as well as the 1995 Gr1 Suburban Handicap & a 3rd-placing in the 1993 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic) from 35 starts & retired in 1996 with US$1,616,936 earnings.
The 1st foal by Queensland's Lyndhurst Stud-based rising 8YO sire Hidden Dragon (Danehill-Ballroom Babe, by Citidancer) is a filly: the 1st living foal from winning Fillante mare Board Walk Queen (closely related to multiple Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Silent Witness). Hidden Dragon (a $700,000 yearling consigned by Tyreel Stud at the 2001 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) notched 6 wins (including the Gr3 Chinese Challenge Cup) & 7 placings (including the Gr1 Stewards' Cup & Gr3 Sha Tin Trophy) in 17 starts in Hong Kong & retired in 2005 with HK$7,483,500 (A$1.54m) prize-money. He subsequently covered 158 mares in his 1st season (with 90% fertility) including: Gr1-winner Hold that Smile & Rubiton mare Classic (full-sister to dual Gr1-winner Rubitano); half-sisters to Gr1-winners Mannerism (Port Manner), Star Shiraz (Countess Express), Our Maizcay (Mareto Girl), Lees Bid (Sequel Sound), Shiva's Revenge (Chloes Revenge), Foxwood (Khun Achara), Ice Chariot (Palanquin), Ideal Planet (Sovereign View) & Danzero (Confident Lass); half-sisters to the dams of Gr1-winners Savannah Success (Our Girl Alex), Silver Chalice (Taj Marani), Ice Chariot (Chariots Belle) & Diamond Quest (Bella Claudia); plus the daughter of Gr1-winner Heat Of The Moment (Light Me Up). Hidden Dragon is standing this spring at Lyndhurst Stud at $8,800.
Darley Australian out-bid Sydney agent Steve Brem & paid $1.125 million for Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed 5YO mare Star Shiraz (Sequalo-Starshine Express, by Semipalatinsk) who has not been to stud. Star Shiraz (consigned by Eureka Thoroughbreds as agent) boasts 6 wins including the Gr1 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes (plus placings in the Gr1 T.J.Smith Classic, Gr1 Coolmore Classic, Gr3 Champagne Classic, Listed Tommy Smith Slipper & Listed Golden Stakes) for $847,400 earnings. Vendor & former part-owner Ross Boucher commented: "She's a lovely mare & it's great to see her go to such a wonderful home; she will get every chance at Darley. The price is fantastic: I'm stoked! We'll look forward to seeing her foals: we might even end up buying one." Meanwhile Darley spokesman Alistair Pulford said a decision would be made "in the coming weeks" about which of the stud's stallions will cover Star Shiraz in her 1st season at stud.
Magic Millions announced that the catalogue for the 2007 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is now online. Among the over 1,200 broodmares catalogued are 118 stakes performed mares, 70 of which are stakes winners. Among those are 19 Gr1 winners including Private Steer, Episode, Belle Bizarre, Jezabeel, Arlingtonboulevard, Elevenses, Rinky Dink, St Clemens Belle, Star Shiraz, Mannerism, Leica Smile, Dowry, Coco Cobanna, Love de Tor and Wrap Around.
Gr1 Adelaide Cup-winning 6YO racemare Demerger (Saithor-Triattica, by Centaine) & Gr1 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes-winning 5YO racemare Star Shiraz (Sequalo-Starshine Express, by Semipalatinsk) are among the high-profile entries for the Inglis Select Broodmare Sale (April 15-17) in Sydney. Also entered is: Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Reactive (Geiger Counter-Victory River, by Salieri) in-foal to Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock; Gr1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Rinky Dink (Distorted Humor-Pebinga Princess, by Southern Apppeal) in-foal to Darley sire Exceed And Excel; 3YO filly She Will Be Loved (Strategic-Katie O'Neill, by Zabeel) who defeated multiple Gr1-winner Miss Finland in October's Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington; Gr2-winner Piper Star (Kaapstad-Te Akau Star, by Shining Finish) whose initial 2 foals sold for $720,000 & $520,000 as yearlings; Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes-winner Only Glory (Honour And Glory-Range Belle, by Rancher) in-foal to Coolmore sire Johannesburg; & dual Gr2 Tristarc Stakes-winning 7YO mare Infinite Grace (Prince Of Birds-Infinite Charm, by Tristino) covered by Coolmore sire Oratorio in her initial season at stud.
Queensland trainer Rex Lipp paid the Day-6 top price of $85,000 for a filly by Lyndhurst Stud sire Sequalo (the 5th foal from dual-winning St Covet mare Can She Can Can) at the 8-day Magic Millions yearling sale on the Queensland Gold Coast. The filly was consigned by Racetree & her dam Can She Can Can is a sister to 6-time-winner & stakes-placed Ritual, plus a half-sister to stakes-winner Classic Day, 4-time-winner Star Status, dual-winner Bon Martin (dam of 10-time-winner Sticks n Stones) & dual-winner Starshine Express (dam of Gr1-winner & dual Gr1-placed Star Shiraz).
US Gr1-winning 16-year-old sire Kissin Kris (by Kris S) "has been purchased from Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky by Suarez racing & will stand the 2007 season at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Kissin Kris recorded 4 wins (including the 1993 Gr1 Haskell Invitational Handicap) & 13 placings (including the 1993 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic) from 35 starts for US$1,616,936 earnings. At stud he has sired 11 stakes-winners (including Gr2 winners Kiss A Native & Hasty Kris, plus Gr3 winner Cellars Shiraz).
When 4YO gelding Nasarlo (Sequalo-Lace Palace) scored over 1000m at Toowoomba on Sunday, it marked the 11th August winner for Queensland's Warwick-based Lyndhurst Stud stallion Sequalo (Rustic Amber-Dash Around, by Bending Away) on top of his 20 progeny victories in July. Former top sprinter Sequalo (who won 10 races, including the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes, Gr2 Moir Stakes, Gr3 C.S.Hayes Stakes, Gr3 Chirnside Stakes, Listed McNeil Stakes & Listed Moondah Handicap) retired to stud in 1997 & has sired 229 winners of 750 races. He boasts an overall winners-to-runners strike rate of 67.3% & in the just-completed 2005-06 season sired 111 individual winners of 198 races. Sequalo's runners (who include Gr1 winner Star Shiraz) earn an average of nearly $33,000 each. He is standing the 2006 season at Lyndhurst for $13,200.
In Australia, Lomar Park's multiple Gr1-winning stallion Arena (Danehill-Lee's Bid, by Tawfiq) recorded his 1st Gr1 progeny triumph when 3YO daughter Regal Cheer (Arena-Regal Chamber, by Archregent) collected her 2nd major stakes in a fortnight by defeating her older rivals in a 3-way photo-finish to the $600,000 Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies & mares at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. Regal Cheer (ridden by Michael Rodd for trainer Joseph Pride) won by a half-neck from 4YO mare Star Shiraz (Sequalo-Starshine Express, by Semipalatinsk) with a further long-neck to Gr1-winning fellow 3YO filly Mnemosyne (Encosta De Lago-My Juliet, by Canny Lad). Regal Cheer (an $85,000 yearling at the 2004 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) now has 6 wins (also including the Gr2 Surround Stakes over 1400m last start on March 11) & 4 placings (including the Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes over 1200m on February 18 & Gr3 Millie Fox Stakes over 1300m on March 4) in 15 starts for $714,855 earnings.
Among the fillies & mares available this Friday (July 8) at the Magic Millions Gold Coast July Sale are: