Tony Gollan is confident he has two leading chances in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) tomorrow. The champion Queensland trainer, who this season will be shooting for his fifth straight trainers' premiership, will saddle up Most Important (I Am Invincible) and Brazen Moss (Mossman) in the $100,000 feature. Most Important is the stable's number one hope after his pleasing last-start fourth behind the exciting Care To Think in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast. "Most Important's run in the Magic Millions Cup was quite pleasing and it was a better run than in last year's Cup," Gollan told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He got caught out of his ground but he's in good form although he's probably paying for it with the weight now." Gollan added: "He's won at the Sunshine Coast which is a plus so you might see him back there in the winter for the Glasshouse Handicap." Gollan also rates Brazen Moss a strong chance after being beaten four lengths by Someday in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m) at Doomben. "He's going well but he's not a lover of Doomben," he said. "He'll relish the bigger track at Caloundra and the good gate."
At Doomben in Brisbane, dual Gr1-winning Glenlogan Park stallion Falvelon (Alannon-Devil's Zephyr, by Zephyr Zing) added a black-type success when evergreen 9YO gelding Someday (Falvelon-Miss Ivy, by Gold Brose) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Desleigh Forster in the $300,000 Listed Magic Millions Bernborough (1600m) over 6YO gelding Ruetigger (Duporth-Be Inspired, by Zabeel) & 7YO gelding Hopfgarten (Mossman-Black Tourmaline, by O'Reilly). Having missed all of 2015, Someday now has the record of 9 wins (including the Listeed Brisbane Handicap & Listed Glass House Handicap) & 8 placings (including 2014's Gr3 George Moore Stakes) from 37 starts for $643,950 earnings. Consigned by Raheen Stud, he was a $20,000 pass-in at the 2009 Magic Millions Winter Weanling Sale.
The 2015 NZB Select Sale concluded on Friday with figures matching last year's successful Sale. With 21 fewer horses catalogued this year, the final figures either matched or were slightly ahead of last year's successful edition with the average increasing to NZ$46,813. The median held firm at NZ$35,000, the same as last year, and the clearance rate also equalled last year at 75 per cent. This year's aggregate was NZ$18,304,000 with 391 horses sold. "We had a solid three days of selling here at Karaka," commented NZB's Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela. "By all accounts buyers were very happy with the selection on offer and we saw good competition across the three days, with figures showing this session was very much on par with last year's successful Sale." Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan was the overall leading buyer of the three-day Select session, purchasing eight horses for a total of NZ$551,500. The trainer of New Zealand Derby favourite Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock) made her biggest splash on the first day of the Sale when she went to NZ$150,000 to secure another son of Tavistock at Lot 511. Ranging in price from NZ$26,000 to $150,000, her eight purchases, all colts, included five by freshman sires (Redwood (2), Dalghar, Pour Moi & Uncle Mo). "It's been a great Sale today with some great quality and some really outstanding individuals," commented Logan. "Volkstok'n'barrell was obviously bought here but I think if you look at our records for the past ten years we've done some very good purchasing out of this Sale." Friday's top price was for Lot 999 with Cambridge-based bloodstock agent Gary Carvill purchasing a Savabeel colt fout of Generous mare Harinui for NZ$160,000 on behalf of Hong Kong client Peter Ho Leung. "He's a lovely type of horse, he'll take a bit of time and hopefully he'll be able to run in a Derby someday," commented Carvill.
At Doomben in Queensland, multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Big Money (Choisir-Lyn's Money, by Humam) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainer Rodney Northam in the $200,000 Gr3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Someday (Falvelon-Miss Ivy, by Gold Brose) & 7YO gelding Cape Kidnappers (Commands-Kidnapper, by Red Ransom). Big Money boosted his impressive strike rate to 8 wins (including the Gr3 WJ Healy Stakes & Listed Ramornie Handicap) and 4 placings (including the Listed BRC Lightning Stakes) from 14 starts for $481,160 earnings. Big Money was purchased for $75,000 by Phil Gunter at the 2011 Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Middlebrook Valley Lodge.
Injury plagued Queensland sprinter Cape Kidnappers is set to resume in the Gr3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. The 7YO Commands gelding has a long history of leg troubles and was sidelined for 12 months in 2012 with a sesamoid injury, before suffering yet another setback when finishing a close-up second behind Big Money in the Gr3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm in June. "We originally thought he had cracked his sesamoid again, but X-rays showed it was fine," trainer Kelly Schweida told The Courier-Mail. "We gave him two months off before he came back and did four or five weeks on the treadmill. Damian Browne has come down to ride him in two jump-outs and everything seems fine." He added, "It's always hard to win first up at 1200m and then we have to see what weight he gets, but I'm looking forward to getting him back." Cape Kidnappers is one of 13 quality nominations for Saturday's $200,000 feature, along with last start conqueror Big Money, Adebisi, Excellenates, Rocket To Glory, Time To Plunder, Architect, Flying Riddle, Finishing Card, Into The Red, Riva De Lago, Rocky King and Someday.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have announced they will train in partnership under the Lindsay Park Racing banner, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Lindsay Park has always been a family business, with David Hayes learning his craft under his late father, Colin, alongside his late brother, Peter, and now he'd like to extend the same opportunity to his nephew Tom. "It will be business as usual, but I feel partnerships are the way forward," Hayes said. "Some of my own golden years were training in partnership with my father and brother. I believe Tom deserves the opportunity." He added, "My three sons show a keen interest to be in the business but that is a number of years away. In the interim, I wish to share the success with Tom, give him the recognition he deserves, and hopefully lay a foundation for his future, should he choose to someday pursue any overseas training opportunities which may arise."
At Doomben in Queensland, dual Gr1-winning Glenlogan Park stallion Falvelon (Alannon-Devil's Zephyr, by Zephyr Zing) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Somebody (Falvelon-Miss Ivy, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Kelso Wood in the $80,000 Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Essington (Redoute's Choice-Besame Mucho, by Encosta de Lago) & 5YO gelding Black Cash (Show a Heart-Eminence Grise, by Sea Road). Someday took his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Glasshouse Handicap) & 7 placings (including the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap & Listed Mercedes-Benz Mile Handicap) from 20 starts for $341,150 earnings. Consigned by Raheen Stud, Someday was passed in for $20,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale Select Session.
At Eagle Farm, Glenlogan Park Stud's dual stakes-winning stallion Bradbury's Luck (Redoute's Choice-Skating, by At Talaq) added a stakes-success when 5YO mare Fire Up Fifi (Bradbury's Luck-Manicured, by West By West) scored by 0.2-lengths for trainer Robert Heathcote in the $100,000 Listed Mercedez Benz Open Mile (1600m) for 3YOs+, over 5YO gelding Conservatorium (Royal Academy-Belong To Madam, by Belong To Me) & 4YO gelding Someday (Falvelon-Miss Ivy, by Gold Brose). A $5,500 Magic Millions 2YOs in training sale graduate, Fire Up Fifi took her record to 11 wins (including the Listed Spear Chief Handicap over 1500m & Listed Just Now Handicap over 1300m) & 7 placings from 29 starts for $397,425 earnings.
In Brisbane at Eagle Farm, Allandale Park Thoroughbreds stallion Diogenes (Marscay-Klairessence, by Sir Tristram) sired his first black-type winner when 5YO gelding Tokamak (Diogenes-Table Dance, by Umatilla) scored by just under half-a-length for trainer Bary Lockwood in the $80,000 Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) for males 4YO+, over 4YO gelding Someday (Falvelon-Miss Ivy, by Gold Brose) & fellow 5YO gelding Transporter (Commands-Portrait Collector, by Sir Tristram). Tokamak took his record to 9 wins & 7 placings from 23 starts for $280,450 earnings. His sire Diogenes is standing the 2013 season at Allandale Park for $1,320.
In the US, Stonestreet Stables principal Jess Jackson (sitting with bloodstock advisor John Moynihan) "won a prolonged bidding war" with Darley agent Dan Pride (representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum) & paid the Day-4 top price of US$1.3 million for a Pulpit colt (out of winning Storm Cat mare Razzi Cat) at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Kentucky, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The colt (consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency) is a half-brother to Argentine Gr1 winners Rocking Trick & Randy Cat. Jackson commented: "He's a Pulpit & he's got great blood on both sides. If he runs, he's something special. We're looking for the long-term residual on him & he has the blood to make a good sire someday. That's our hope & this game is about hopes." Jackson (outbid on several occasions in the opening days of the sale) said he was willing to go to US$1.5 million & added: "For once America won! I'm pleased we prevailed. Darley was very persistent. Once in a while we have to win, right? There was an attrition there that was working. They took most of my good horses on Day-1 & Day-2, so I salute them for having good advisors. John (Moynihan) feels this one is a true winner." Taylor Made's Mark Taylor summed up: "The Pulpit colt is the same cross as Sky Mesa: a half to Gr1 winners that were legitimate horses in Argentina & he's just an unbelievable physical. He was the kind that all the top people liked. The only group we didn't have bidding on him was Coolmore."
And fellow prominent US owner-breeder Roy Chapman (who bred & raced 2004 champion 3YO male Smarty Jones with his wife Patricia) has died aged 79 at his home in Doylestown in Pennsylvania, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Chapman "had battled emphysema & asthma for a number of years". He & his wife bred Smarty Jones on their 96-acre Someday Farm in Chester County in Pennsylvania & "realised the dream of every owner-breeder when Smarty Jones scored victories in the 2004 Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes" during a "meteoric career that included 8 wins in 9 starts & US$7,613,155 earnings". Chapman "in a wheelchair & at times relying on an oxygen tank to aid his breathing, nearly collapsed with excitement as Smarty Jones covered the final yards of the Kentucky Derby".