At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Tougherthantherest (Street Boss-De Prima Ballerina, by Stravinsky) scored a tough front-running win in the $130,000 Listed National Sprint (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Coolring & Snippets Land. This was the first stakes win for Tougherthantherest who boosted his record to 5 wins and 5 placings from 11 starts for $151,140 in earnings.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a restricted stakes success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Care To Think (So You Think-Slippery Madam, by Hussonet) overcame a wide run to score a brilliant win in the $1 million Listed (R) Magic Millions Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Arbeitsam & Snippets Land. Care To Think, who was purchased for the bargain price of $16,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for $842,725 in earnings. Post-race trainer Matthew Dunn declared Care To Think the best horse he has ever had in his stable and said Group 1 autumn features in Sydney and Melbourne were now on the agenda. "He's the best I've had," Dunn said. "He's done it the hard way, three deep with no cover and he's stepped up to a new level again today. He's a very exciting horse." Dunn added: "He's very special and if I can train him properly and keep him in one piece, who knows where he could end up."
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Emirates Park Stud & Aquis Farm stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type success when 4YO bay gelding Monsieur Gustave (Al Maher-Saigon Moonlight, by Stravinsky) continued his impressive progression through the grades when posting his second consecutive stakes win in the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Snippets Land & Man Of His Word. Monsieur Gustave advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Eye Liner Stakes) and 3 placings from 16 starts for $343,900 in earnings. Purchased by McLachlan Place Racing Stables for $34,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Monsieur Gustave is out of a full-sister to the dam of former champion sprinter Lankan Rupee. This is also the female family of Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, Australian Oaks winner Mahaya, and her half-sister Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a Group success when 4YO gelding Le Romain (Hard Spun-Mignard, by Strategic) scored a first-up 0.1 length for trainer Kris Lees in the $150,000 Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO geldings Big Money (Choisir-Lyn's Money, by Humam) & Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa). This was an excellent return to racing by Le Romain who was lumping a huge 61kg and having his first run since winning the Gr1 Cantala Stakes in Melbourne during the spring. He improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Cantala Stakes & Gr1 Randwick Guineas) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 Tramway Stakes & Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes) from 14 starts for $1,591,075 earnings. Trainer Kris Lees said Le Romain will have his next start in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes before a likely meeting with Winx in the Gr1 Chipping Norton and then the Gr1 Doncaster Mile. "He's just a really good horse," Lees said. "He's possibly still a touch underrated but I doubt that's going to be the case by the end of the autumn."
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a restricted black-type success when 5YO gelding Testashadow (Testa Rossa-Moonlight Shadow, by Flying Spur) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Gary Portelli in the $970,000 Listed (R) Magic Millions Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Perfect Dare (Fastnet Rock-Perfect Truth, by Galileo) & 6YO gelding Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa). Testashadow, who was passed in for $55,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eliza Park, improved his record to 7 wins and 8 placings from 29 starts for $1,181,085 earnings.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's dual stakes-winning stallion Snippetson (Snippets-Snowdrift, by Polish Precedent) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa) scored a fast finishing 0.2-length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $125,000 Gr3 BRC Sprint (1350m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO geldings Religify (Choisir-Sacred Witness, by El Moxie) & Artlee (Excellent Art-Danelee Dancer-by Danehill Dancer). Snippets Land, who was a $120,000 purchase by Steve Brem at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Raheen Stud, took his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Canberra National Sprint) and 6 placings (including the Listed GCTC Prime Minister's Cup) from 21 starts for $342,040 earnings.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Coolring (Sebring-Coolroom Candidate, by Mister C) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Bjorn Baker in the $100,000 Listed Prime Minister's Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa) & 4YO entire Jumbo Prince (Outback Prince-Maggie Jain, by Lujain). Coolring, who was passed in for $65,000 at the 2012 INglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Meredith Park, took his record to 7 wins and 9 placings (including the Gr3 ATC Star Kingdom Stakes) from 27 starts for $459,115 earnings.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Bewhatyouwannabe (Fastnet Rock-Bella Corona, by Beautiful Crown) scored by a nose for trainer Robert Heathcote in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall's Member's Cup (1600m), over 5YO gelding Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa) & 4YO gelding Right Or Wrong (Manhattan Rain-Impulsive Lass, by Flying Spur). Passed in for $45,000 as a yearling at the 2011 Inglis Classic Sale, Bewhatyouwannabe took his record to 7 wins (also including the Listed Members' Handicap & 11 placings (including this race last year, the Members' Cup & Tattersall's Mile) from 39 starts, for $303,500 earnings.
In a major coup for the local breeding industry, Scenic Lodge has announced that it has secured high-profile Hunter Valley stallion Snippetson (Snippets-Snowdrift, by Polish Precedent) to stand in Western Australia. In a deal brokered by bloodstock agent Grant Burns, Scenic Lodge has acquired a majority shareholding in the proven son of Champion Australian sire Snippets. "Snippetson is a very exciting addition to our stallion ranks," Burns said. "He sires cracking types – just like himself – and they have always been well received at the yearling sales." He added, "Two of his colts sold for $70,000 at the Perth Magic Millions last month and a filly made $50,000. They were standouts and he's already had plenty of success with his stock that have already raced over here like Rebelson, Right Time, Ave the Snip and Precious Snippets." Snippetson has been popular with breeders and has big numbers coming through the ranks with 143 rising two year-olds. Still only 13, Snippetson has sired 252 individual winners at an impressive 63% strike-rate. He's a prime example of the typical Australian stallion that produces tough, fast, strong types that suit our tracks and conditions. There have been 7 stakes winners to date, with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Snippets Land claiming the latest black-type in the Listed National Sprint (1400m) at Canberra on March 8. Snippetson went through the $2 million mark in progeny earnings this season when his 2YO My Poppette christened Pakenham's new racecourse last Thursday with a 1200m win on debut. "We identified Snippetson as the ideal stallion for the WA market some time ago," Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said. "He provides great depth to our roster and Sunspeed breeders can book into him knowing he's a proven commercial stallion." Snippetson will provide Scenic Lodge with a very strong roster this season. The Muchea nursery is home to WA Champion Blackfriars who has won the last four Sunspeed titles. Associate sire Universal Ruler is the hottest young stallion in the State with 19 second-crop winners from just 32 starters this season. And Dash For Cash continues to churn out the winners – he has sired the winners of 46 races and they have earned over $808,000. Service fees for all four Scenic Lodge stallions will be announced in April.
At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Widden Stud's dual stakes-winning stallion Snippetson (Snippets-Snowdrift, by Polish Precedent) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Snippets Land (Snippetson-Seduction Line, by Testa Rossa) scored by 1-length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $120,000 Listed Canberra National Sprint (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Mighty Lucky (Casino Prince-Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) & Darciwood (Darci Brahma-Natalie Wood, by Yachtie). This was the first stakes victory for Snippets Land who was a $120,000 purchase by bloodstock agent Steve Brem at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Raheen Stud. Snippets Land took his record to 4 wins and 4 placings from 11 starts for $155,290 earnings.