At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite The Bullet) opened his stakes account with a narrow but determined win in the $160,000 Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Pierata & Music Magnate. Siege Of Quebec, who was purchased by his trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing, as well as Aquis Farm, for $1 million at this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale Racing Prospects, improved his record to 4 wins and 3 placings from 10 starts for $371,675 in earnings. From the Bite The Bullet mare Rose Of Cimmaron, Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr1 winner Comin’ Through, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, and Listed winner Silently.
At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Le Romain (Hard Spun-Mignard, by Strategic) showed his class when lumping 61.kg - 5.5kg more than his nearest rival - to post an impressive first-up win in the $150,000 Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) for 3YOs+, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Boss Lane. This was an eye-catching return by triple Gr1 winner Le Romain who improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Canterbury BMW Stakes, Gr1 Cantala Stakes, Gr1 Randwick Guineas & last start's Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr1 Kingsford Smith-Cup, Gr2 Tramway Stakes & Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes) from 27 starts for $2,792,075 in earnings.
An outstanding Chairman’s Sale Racing Prospects was highlighted by the $1 million purchase of 3YO Fastnet Rock colt Siege of Quebec in Sydney last night. Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing/Aquis Farm purchased the multiple Stakes-placed colt at a function of more than 300 people at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The other two horses to change hands were Exceed And Excel colt Almighty, which sold to Dan Meagher Racing, Singapore, for $250,000, and Snitzel colt Hypnotist which sold to Hong Kong interests for $250,000. Siege of Quebec will continue racing in Australia for Waterhouse and Bott. James Harron, who sold the top Lot at last year’s inaugural Chairman’s Sale with Gunnison, described the sale’s concept as "something I truly believe in", saying, "It’s a new concept, a new sale, but all in all it’s been a fantastic success. Like any new thing you’ve got to support the concept you believe in and I’m sure this will continue to grow and continue to be a big success in years to come." Last night's sale began a huge fortnight of thoroughbred auctions. Next is the time-honoured Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale which will be held at Riverside Stables from April 9-11. A total of 534 Lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will run for three days starting this coming Monday. Following the Easter Yearling Sale, the Chairman’s Sale Breeding Prospects takes place on Thursday April 12, also at Riverside Stables. The big fortnight concludes with the Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale from April 15-17, where a catalogue of 649 quality weanlings, race fillies and broodmares will be offered. Click on the image below for a preview on the Easter Yearling Sale.
The second edition of Inglis' Chairmans Sale of Racing Prospects will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour today from 8.30pm. The sale will comprise three quality lots offered by James Harron Bloodstock following the withdrawal of the Newgate Farm-owned Assimilate. JHB's draft is headed by $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock), who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes in February. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. Click here to view the catalogue.
Stakes-performed 3YO colts Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) and Assimilate (Sebring) highlight the early entries for Inglis' The Chairman's Sale - Racing Prospects. James Harron Bloodstock has entered three horses for the April 5 auction, including $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec, who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes last month. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. "The Chairman's Sale has revolutionised the selling of top-class racing prospects, for which there is huge demand both domestically and internationally, offering a wonderfully transparent system which benefits both vendors and purchasers," Harron said. Meanwhile, last start Listed Canberra Guineas winner Assimilate has been entered in the sale by Newgate Farm as agent. Assimilate has won three of his seven starts and was Gr3-placed when finishing second to Addictive Nature in the Ming Dynasty Handicap last spring. He also showed his quality when fifth to Trapeze Artist in last year's Gr1 Golden Rose. Newgate's Henry Field described Assimilate as "an extremely talented colt" with "a massive amount of upside." Entries for The Chairman's Sale Racing Prospects close tomorrow, Thursday 29 March at 10am. The sale will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 5 April from 8.30pm.
At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) posted a well-deserved maiden stakes victory with a dominant win in the $150,000 Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Brave Song. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 7 starts for $551,650 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a black-type success when richly talented 3YO colt Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) score an explosive first-up win in the $150,000 Listed Rosebud (1100m) for 3YOs, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Trekking. Menari improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (including the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes) from 6 starts for $382,250 in earnings. Menari, a stunning looking colt with a striking white blaze, proved himself to be a sprinter of the highest order and a potential Everest contender with this brilliant victory. Trainer Gerald Ryan confirmed all options were now on the table. "We will play it by ear and see how we go with him but he's a very, very good horse," Ryan told Sky Racing. Although the Gr1 Golden Rose remains a potential target, Ryan said the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October was the race he has in mind. "I'm thinking Everest. The slot holders have been talking to me," he said. "The best thing about him is that he still has good improvement in him." A homebred for George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, Menari is by Snitzel out of the stakes-winning mare Isurava (General Nediym-Cut A Dash, by Whisky Road), a full sister to Gr2 Magic Night Stakes winner Ichihara and Listed winner Au Chocolat.
Trainer Gerald Ryan is confident that richly talented colt Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) can start to fulfil his undoubted potential when he opens his spring campaign in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. The George Altomonte-owned 3YO show glimpses of brilliance during his juvenile season when a luckless second to Pariah in the Gr3 Canonbury Stakes, and fourth (he was third past the post but relegated on protest) behind star fillies She Will Reign, Frolic and Tulip in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. However, wet tracks dulled his explosive acceleration which meant he wasn't seen at his best. "He has definitely grown and is a lot stronger again. He is not 'colty' and seems to be focused too," Ryan told racingnsw.com.au. "He has always been a big horse but has started filling into himself. He is 16'2 hands high and weighs about 570-odd kilograms." Ryan added: "His trackwork has been solid but he is not an over worker. There is a lot of hype about him so to see him back on a good track we'll see if that hype is warranted." After Saturday, Menari will run second-up in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 26 but beyond that, Ryan is keeping his options open. "At the moment we're just treating him like a sprinter because he is going to have two 1100m races and then we'll play it by ear from there," he said. Menari is a $3 second favourite with Tab for the Rosebud behind unbeaten colt Siege Of Quebec at $2.90.
Meanwhile, co-trainer Adrian Bott expects blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec to acquit himself well when he makes his stakes debut in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, is unbeaten in his two starts to date and will use the Rosebud as a stepping stone to the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September. "He has a little bit of time between races now to freshen up and get that speed back into his legs for the 1100m. The horse does have a very good turn of foot and we'll see it again on Saturday," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "He is well weighted against those horses that have already proven themselves at the top level. He is a horse on the up and has the advantage of race fitness so it looks an ideal starting point for his Golden Rose campaign." Bott added: "We always knew we had a nice horse on our hands and wanted to look after him. We put him away in favour of producing him as a late two-year-old and roll into the spring as an early three-year-old." By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion.
Blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec confirmed Group One plans for the spring after maintaining his perfect record at Rosehill on Saturday. The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, extended his record to 2 wins from as many starts when fighting back gamely to defeat the highly regarded Calculated in the #Theraces Handicap over 1400m. Siege Of Quebec will now follow a program aimed at the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September. "He's bred to be anything. Once he puts it all together and learns he'll be a serious horse," co-trainer Adrian Bott said. "The immediate plan is that we will be heading towards the Golden Rose." Bott added: "We have a plan mapped out for him, probably going through the Ming Dynasty leading in." By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently.
Gai Waterhouse is hoping tomorrow's #Theraces Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens can act as a springboard to Group One honours for blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland as a 2016 Easter yearling, the 2YO will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record after posting a stylish debut win at Newcastle's Beaumont track two weeks ago. By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. The latter was also placed in the 2013 Golden Rose behind Zoustar and Dissident, and Waterhouse plans on following a similar path with Siege Of Quebec. "He is a quality horse and is a lovely individual," Waterhouse told racingnsw.com.au. "He's got a very good attitude, is determined and although he is not quite there physically, he is nicely placed there on Saturday. He'll definitely enjoy the 1400m." Waterhouse added: "I trained the brother and know the family very well. There are a lot of similarities but this is a nicer type of horse. He's better looking and with a nicer personality." Waterhouse noted Siege Of Quebec still has plenty of maturing to do if he is to be competitive in a race like the Golden Rose. "The other horses going towards the Golden Rose will be a lot more seasoned than Seige of Quebec," she said.
Valuable and well-connected colt Siege Of Quebec will make his eagerly awaited debut in a 2YO maiden handicap (1250m) at Newcastle today. Purchased for $1.2 million by a syndicate comprising Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Siege Of Quebec is by Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) making him a full-brother to smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Comin' Through, and Listed winner Silently. Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and sporting the navy silks of Coolmore, Siege Of Quebec is the pre-post $3.20 favourite with Tab off the back of three trial victories.