2017

Slightly Sweet Wins Listed ATC Winter Stakes

Monday, 17th July 2017

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former Arrowfield Stud and now Murrulla Stud-based Gr1-winning stallion Charge Forward (Red Ransom-Sydney's Dream, by Bletchingly) added a black-type success when 5YO bay mare Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination) claimed the third stakes win of her career in the $150,000 Listed ATC Winter Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Man Of His Word & Elle Lou. Retained to race by her breeder the Esplin family after being passed in for $27,500 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Slightly Sweet improved her record to 5 wins including the Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic & Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Surround Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 25 starts for $481,685 in earnings.

Gold Symphony Wins Listed Civic Stakes

Monday, 3rd July 2017

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Chatswood Stud's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel-Miss Prospect, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 4YO bay gelding Gold Symphony (Reward for Effort-Tzaress, by Stravinsky) rocketed down the outside to score a narrow but decisive win in the $150,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) for 3YO+, defeating The Monstar & Slightly Sweet. Gold Symphony, who hails from the same female line as Golden Slipper winner Belle Du Jour, is raced by Triple Crown Syndications who purchased him for $100,000 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Grange Thoroughbreds. This was the fourth stakes victory for Gold Symphony who improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 McNeil Stakes, Gr3 Vain Stakes & Listed National Sprint) and 4 placings (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes) from 20 starts for $515,750 in earnings.

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Gold Symphony (image: Steve Hart)

2015

Myer Target For Slightly Sweet

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

Meanwhile, trainer Jason Coyle has confirmed that talented filly Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination) will be aimed at the Gr1 Myer Classic in Melbourne during the spring, reports racenet. Coyle is hoping the Charge Forward filly can build upon her promising autumn campaign which saw her record Gr2 placings in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and Surround Stakes (1400m), as well as a creditable seventh in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), before rounding out her prep with an impressive win in the Gr3 James HB Carr Stakes over 1400m. "At this stage we'll program one or two runs in Sydney and obviously try and get her down for that mile mares' Group One race," Coyle said. "It's the perfect race for her, and there's also the Golden Pendant (Gr3 over 1400 metres) for her up here (Sydney) which is an option." He added: "But we'll discuss whether we go straight to Melbourne and head towards the Myer or have a run or two up here and then head down." Slightly Sweet, who hails from the family of Preakness Stakes winner and successful US stallion Tom Rolfe, boasts four wins from 8 starts and $339,200 prize money.

Slightly Sweet Wins Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes

Monday, 20th April 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning Arrowfield Stud stallion Charge Forward (Red Ransom-Sydney's Dream, by Bletchingly) added a Group success when 3YO filly Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Jason Coyle in the $150,000 Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Anyaas (Commands-Belle Feline, by Tale of the Cat) & Sebrina (Sebring-Crown Princess, by Beautiful Crown). Slightly Sweet took her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Surround Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 8 starts for $339,200 earnings. Slightly Sweet was retained to race by her breeder the Esplin family after being passed in for $27,500 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Slightly Sweet Wins Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic

Monday, 16th March 2015

At Kembla Grange in the NSW Illawarra, Gr1-winning Arrowfield Stud stallion Charge Forward (Red Ransom-Sydney's Dream, by Bletchingly) added a Group success when 3YO filly Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Jason Coyle in the $200,000 Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Wine Tales (Tale of the Cat-Vinavion, by Flying Spur) & Heavens Above (Street Cry-Reggie, by Germano). This was the first stakes victory for Slightly Sweet who took her record to 3 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Surround Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 6 starts for $244,400 earnings. Slightly Sweet was passed in for $27,500 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud.

First Seal Wins Gr2 Surround Stakes

Monday, 2nd March 2015

At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when top-class 3YO filly First Seal (Fastnet Rock-Episode, by Scenic) scored by 2.8-lengths for trainer John Thompson in the $175,000 Gr2 Surround Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Supara (Domesday-Unabated, by Encosta de Lago) & Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination). This was a brilliant return to form by First Seal, who took her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Flight Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes) and 3 places (including the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes & Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 8 starts for $625,060 earnings. "She was underdone last start but I still thought she would probably win. She found a bit of trouble and the track didn't play in our favour that day," Thompson told TVN. "Today was a different story. We'd drawn to get a run. We didn't care if we were wide, she just needed clear running and she would do the rest." He added, "She goes to the Coolmore (Gr1) next run, that was always the plan and depending on how she runs it that we will decide if she goes to the Vinery or the Doncaster." The Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) will be run at Rosehill on 14 March. Purchased for NZ$700,000 by legendary trainer Bart Cummings at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud, First Seal races for a syndicate that includes the China Horse Club, Raffles Thoroughbred Racing and Think Big Stud. From dual Oaks winner Episode, First Seal is a three-quarter sister to Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes winner Book Of Kells (Rock Of Gibraltar) and a half-sister to the stakes-placed Best Command (Court Command).

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First Seal (image: Steve Hart)

Adrift Wins Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes

Monday, 16th February 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Cambridge Stud's retired Champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Group success when 3YO filly Adrift scored a surprise 0.8-length win for trainer Gai Waterhouse at odds of 40-1 in the $175,000 Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over fellow 3YO fillies First Seal (Fastnet Rock-Episode, by Scenic) & Slightly Sweet (Charge Forward-Semitone, by Dubai Destination). This was the first stakes victory for Adrift who took her record to 3 wins from 4 starts for $142,350 earnings. Adrift races in the colours of John Camilleri's Fairway Thoroughbreds and was a $370,000 purchase by James Harron Bloodstock at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Monovale Holdings. Adrift's second dam is the Danzig mare Shynzi, making her a three-quarter sister to Cox Plate winner Maldivian. Trainer Gai Waterhouse said that Adrift would be set on a path towards the Australian and Queensland Oaks' with her next start scheduled for the Gr2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on 28 February. "I programmed her to go to two Oaks not one - the ATC Australian Oaks and the Queensland Oaks," she said. "She will go to the Surround Stakes next."

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Adrift (image: Steve Hart)

Mossfun Ready For Comeback

Friday, 13th February 2015

Meanwhile, Chautauqua's high-profile stable-mate Mossfun (Mossman-Eye for Fun, by Snitzel) will make her long awaited return to the races in the Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The Mossman filly will be having her first start since winning the Gr1 Golden Slipper in April last year, after missing the entire spring carnival when coming down with a virus. "She's fine, she's done all she can do. She's ready to go to the races," trainer John Hawkes said. "We are pleased with her, we can't do any more. She has trialled nicely a couple of times. We're happy with what she has done." He added, "It is a competitive race, but she will improve on whatever she does. What we know is that she will be in there having a go." The Light Fingers has attracted a top-class field of 3YO fillies, with Mossfun's rivals including Gr1 winners First Seal, Peggy Jean, and highly promising types Onemorezeta, Winx, Amicus, and Slightly Sweet.