At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred mare It's Been A Battle (Nicconi-Won My Heart, by Dehere) caused a minor upset at odds of 18-1 when leading wire-to-wire in the $100,000 Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Stellar Collision & Riziz. A $16,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, It's Been A Battle advanced her record to 5 wins from 9 starts for $138,000 in earnings.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion and current leading Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Thronum (Snitzel-Helena's Secret, by Five Star Day) scored a dominant front-running win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Mr Sneaky & Stellar Collision. Now trained by the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, this was the second stakes victory for Thronum who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Listed ATC Rosebud) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 10 starts for $329,250 in earnings. Thronum, whose third dam is Gr1 Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, dam of deceased Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner and recently crowned Champion Australian Sire Street Cry, was a $300,000 purchase by Sun Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Highgrove Stud.
Champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir has nominated seven horses for next year's Auckland Cup (3200m), reports AAP. Taiyoo, Real Love, Lord Van Percy, Shamkiyr, High Church, Loresho and Auvray are among the nominations for the Gr1 staying feature to be run at Ellerslie on 11 March, 2017. "The hardest thing for us is that the Auckland Cup is two days before the Adelaide Cup," said Weir's racing manager Jeremy Rogers. "But we've nominated a few for Auckland and we'll see what happens. It's early days yet." The Weir stable has also nominated stakes-winning sprinter Stellar Collision for the Gr1 Railway Stakes on the same program.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Super Cash (Written Tycoon-Super Bucks, by Dash for Cash) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Andrew Noblet in the $120,000 Listed Goodwood Racecourse Trophy (1100m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Sooboog (Snitzel, Monte Rosa, by Fraar) & 3YO gelding Stellar Collision (Star Witness-What an Impact, by More Than Ready). Super Cash took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed VRC Cap d'Antibes Stakes) from 7 starts for $151,250 earnings.