At Matamata in New Zealand, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) when 7YO New Zealand-bred gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) returned to the winner's circle after a hiatus of more than two years when landing the $50,000 Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Our King Sway & Rangipo. Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, said Show The World would be given the chance to emulate his dam Bazelle when he contests the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on 10 March. "He'll get a few points now to get into the Auckland Cup," said Andrew Forsman, who trains the stayer with Murray Baker. "He's going well and last preparation he had a niggling issue behind, we couldn't find out what it was so we gave him a long break and he's come back a happy horse." Passed in shy of his $400,000 reserve at the 2012 NZ Premier Yearling Sale, Show The World is bred on an identical cross to Baker's former 5-time Gr1-winner Dundeel. By Sadler's Wells' English & Irish Derby winning son High Chaparral, Show The World is out of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and Gr1 Zabeel Classic-winning mare Bazelle. Bazelle's grand dam is the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of outstanding 1970s filly Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.
At Trentham in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Nashville (Darci Brahma-Royal Kiss, by Royal Academy) scored by a long head for trainers Adrian & Harry Bull in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Trentham Stakes (2100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Bel Sorriso (Keeper-Balbeel, by Zabeel) & 5YO gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel). Nashville took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 WFA Stakes - twice) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 WFA Stakes & Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile) from 44 starts for NZ$690,010 earnings.
There's every chance the Auckland carnival success of trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will continue at Ellerslie today, reports NZ Racing Desk. Fresh from Mongolian Khan's victory in the New Zealand Derby, the Cambridge-based horseman have Saavoya and Charmont in the Gr3 Sunline Vase, classy mare Diademe in the Gr3 Westbury Classic, and the progressive stayer Show The World in the feature race of the day, the NZ$500,000 Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m). While Baker believes Diademe and Show The World would be better suited with some give in the track, he has no concerns with their younger stable-mates. "They are two good fillies and we can't really separate them," he said. The dual Gr2 winner of the Eight Carat and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classics, Saavoya was a last-start second to Vavasour in the Royal Stakes with Charmont third. "They are both very fit and ran well at Te Rapa where they were beaten by a better one," Baker said. "We hope to get them to the Oaks at Trentham, they are both bred to stay." Saavoya and Charmont hold nominations for the New Zealand Oaks on 14 March, and the stable's hand could be strengthened if a late payment is made for Pipi Beel. The promising Savabeel filly finished third on Saturday behind the dead-heaters Platinum Witness and Savaria in the Gr3 Lowland Stakes. "It was a good run and she got beaten by a couple of good ones," Baker said. "She raced a bit greenly the first time in blinkers." Saavoya, Charmont ad Pipi Beel are all entered in the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks at Randwick on 11 April.
Meanwhile, the Auckland Cup (3200m) ride on the Michael Moroney and Chad Ormsby-trained Surpass (Savabeel-Surprise, by Bakharoff) is up for grabs, reports NZ Racing Desk. The $6 co-favourite for the Gr1 staying feature at Ellerslie on 4 March is currently without a jockey. Surpass won the Gr3 Waikato Cup under Opie Bosson, who was also aboard the stayer when runner-up in the Gr3 City of Auckland Cup and fifth in the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes. "Opie's jumped on Show The World for the cup so we've yet to confirm a rider," Ballymore Stables' racing manager Nick Fairweather said. "Chad and Mike will discuss that in the next couple of days and a few jockeys have already tossed their hats in the ring." Surpass completed his cup preparation with a last-start third in the Listed Kaimai Stakes at Matamata on Saturday. "We were really happy with the run and the way he relaxed and he got home well," Fairweather said. "It was a nice lead-up to Auckland and he's doing everything right."
John Moore is confident that Able Friend (Shamardal-Ponte Piccolo, by Volksraad) is ready to show the world what he is capable of in Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin, reports sportlinglife.com. Able Friend, who was super impressive when winning the Gr2 Jockey Club Mile at the course and distance on 23 November, will have his final piece of work on Thursday as he takes aim at a maiden Gr1 success. "It was a phenomenal run last time and we thought he was underdone," said Moore. "I don't need to do much more with him. I put him down the back over the grass the other day because it had rained on the dirt track and I didn't want the same problem with his hindquarters that he had earlier in the season. He did that and he'll do it again on Thursday." Moore is confident that the horse he has always considered a budding champion is primed and ready to claim the crown on Sunday. "If he does what he did the other day in 1m 33s on the bit, what more do you need to do? Why bore it up him? He weighs 1290lb now and we don't want him much lighter than that. 1280lb to 1290lb is perfect - the days of him being 1244lb are gone. He's ready to rumble!" he said.
Top-class New Zealand mare Bounding (Lonhro-Believe'n'succeed, by Exceed and Excel) has been installed as the early favourite for the Gr1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham on 17 January, reports NZ Racing Desk. This year's Gr1 Railway Stakes winner is quoted at $8 for the summer feature ahead of emerging sprint stars Ryan Mark and Soubrettes, who at $9 are the only other horses under double figure odds. Meanwhile, Vespa and Volkstok'n'barrell are the early $9 favourites for the Gr1 Levin Classic while the Gr2 Wellington Cup market has last year's winner Graphic and Show The World heading the market at $8.
John O'Shea says that smart 3YO Savvy Nature will appreciate stepping up to a mile in Saturday's Gr1 Randwick Guineas at Royal Randwick. The Savabeel gelding, who opened his autumn campaign over an unsuitable 1400m in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill last-start, showed he was looking for further when charging home for third behind Dissident. "I'm looking forward to getting him to a mile and getting him back to Randwick," O'Shea told Sky Racing. "But it will be a tough race. I can't remember a Guineas this strong." O'Shea said that Savvy Nature had made good progress since his last start and that provided he comes through the Guineas in good shape, would be aimed at the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on 29 March. As O'Shea pointed out, this year's Guineas renewal has attracted a top-class field with the likes of Dissident, El Roca, Atlante, Eurozone, Bull Point, Woodbine, Koroibete, and the highly rated New Zealander Show The World, all lining up in the race.
The Cambridge father and daughter training combination of Jeff McVean and Emma-Lee Browne are favouring a start in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby for talented filly Nigelissima (Pentire-Posing Zero, by Danzero) because of her preference for the clockwise-direction of racing, reports theinformant.co.nz. "There's a question mark on her not being as good left-handed and she'll be happier back at Ellerslie," Browne said. "We'll make a final decision after the right-hand theory is tested again on Saturday." Nigelissima will join stablemate Blizzard (Any Suggestion-Deune, by Green Line Express), also on the Derby path, in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie on Saturday with both 3YOs likely to appreciate the 2100 metre journey. "Both our horses look like they need more ground now and fortunately they both like Ellerslie," Browne said. "She [Nigelissima] needs a bit more ground than the Waikato Guineas and Sam (Spratt) was really pleased with her at Te Rapa - she was winding into it nicely." Three-year-old gelding Blizzard has progressed well since his maiden win at Tauranga in December to finish runner-up to Show The World in the Gr2 Championship Stakes before his last-start sixth in the Gr2 Waikato Guineas. "We're super happy with him," Browne added. "He went into Te Rapa after a week off following the Championship Stakes and he was a little bit fat. The Waikato Guineas didn't really suit him as he needs a genuine tempo, but we were quite happy with the way he finished off."
Promising New Zealand 3YO Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) is likely to have blinkers fitted for his next assignment in the Gr2 Sound Championship Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, reports NZ Racing Desk. The High Chaparral gelding was a highly impressive maiden winner two runs back at Te Aroha before finishing a slightly disappointing second when favourite in the Listed Championship Stakes Prelude last start. "He switched off and over-relaxed and he started to drift on the bend and he had to be hunted up," co-trainer Murray Baker said. "We'll probably put the blinkers on him next time at Ellerslie." Show The World is bred on an identical cross to Baker's 5-time Gr1-winner It's A Dundeel. By Sadler's Wells' English & Irish Derby winning son High Chaparral, Show The World is out of the Gr1 Auckland Cup and Gr1 Zabeel Classic-winning mare Bazelle. Bazelle's grand dam is the unraced UK-bred mare Toyland, dam of outstanding 1970s filly Toy Show. Toy Show won 4 Gr1s during her illustrious career, namely the Golden Slipper (where she defeated Denise's Joy), AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, VATC 1,000 Guineas & Newmarket Handicap.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, leading NZ-based Rich Hill Stud stallion Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook, by Mill Reef) added a stakes success when 3YO filly Nigelissima (Pentire-Posing Zero, by Danzero) scored by 0.8-length for trainers Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne in the NZ$50,000 Listed Championship Stakes Prelude (2100m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Show The World (High Chaparral-Bazelle, by Zabeel) & 3YO filly Satay (Keeper-Bluiski, by Semipalatinsk). This was Nigelissima's maiden stakes victory and took her record to 1 win & 2 placings from 4 starts for NZ$32,100 earnings. Nigelissima is a three-quarter brother to Gr2 Empire Rose Stakes & Gr3 Tesio Stakes winner Zanna, and is closely related to former champion NZ filly Ad Alta, winner of the 1999 Gr1 NZ 1,000 Guineas. Rich Hill Stud will offer a full-brother to Nigelissima at the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka which runs 29-31 January, with the colt catalogued as Lot 727.
Gr3-winning 4YO stallion Needs Further (Encosta De Lago-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) has been retired due to a "joint condition" after just 5 starts, with 3 victories including 2011's Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. Gooree Stud manager Andrew Baddock commented: "I really thought Needs Further was a Doncaster or an Epsom horse. He was a very good colt who I was confident had Gr1 ability if he had remained sound. It's such a tragedy that he'll never get to show the world just how good we thought he was. From birth he was always a bit of a stand out." And Baddock noted: "When our better colts retire from racing, for example Northern Meteor & Smart Missile, it is our policy to retain an interest in them at stud. In Needs Further's case we will also be doing exactly that. I have no doubt he can make the grade as a sire." Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock "has been appointed to handle the next phase of his career".