Top-class galloper Kementari is expected to be at his peak for Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after an ultra impressive track gallop on Tuesday. While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of Kementari's opposition in the weigh-for-age feature, he is satisfied the Lonhro entire is primed to double his Gr1 tally after his Randwick Guineas win in the autumn. "He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "Coming into this race he's been really bright. He's come out of his last run in sensational order." The Memsie will be Kementari's third run this campaign having run second to Pierata in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and fourth to Winx in the Gr1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at the same track twelve days ago. "There's no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us," Cummings said. "I like the fact that he's had experience at Caulfield, he's handled the track, he's trained very well and he's gone forward with each run. So we're looking forward to Saturday's race and expecting a good performance."
Tamalee Farm's resident stallion Arlington (Red Ransom-Savannah Success, by Success Express) is on the cusp of a milestone at Scone today (originally programmed for Tamworth) where he is represented by seven runners. The Gr1-placed million dollar yearling half-brother to Cox Plate winner and multiple champion sire Savabeel only needs one more race win to take his tally to 50. Those 49 victories have been shared by 24 individual winners, with metropolitan performers The Lion and Hurricane Harbour each bagging a quartet. Arlington's 2018 fee is $5,500.
Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has claimed his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season. Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prize money of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have both compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prize money of $16.2 million. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakes winners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company. That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals the record of the great Danehill, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02. However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05. The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category - 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel who between them won six Group 1 races. Click here to read more about Snitzel's sensational season.
Champion New Zealand trainers Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker have continued to re-write the record books in 2017-18, setting new standards for winners in a season, stakes won in a season and stakes races won in a season, reports NZ Racing Desk. Following on from last season's premiership-winning tally of 107 wins and earnings of $2.92 million, Baker & Forsman prepared 142 winners to break their own national record of 114 set in 2014-15. The Cambridge horsemen trained 20 stakes winners with the stable earning $4,478,405 which surpassed Mark Walker's previous record of $3,711,249 set in 2008-09. "We've got a good core group of senior staff that are passionate about what we do and love their job," said Forsman. "In a perfect world and with racing in a healthier state, they would be earning a lot more than they are, but they love what they do and they are a big part of our success." Forsman added: "I was quietly confident we'd break our existing record, just with the numbers we had heading into the season and the quality of the horses coming through. We never had a quiet patch. We were able to keep the momentum up the whole season which has been a highlight in itself," he said.
Waikato Stud's champion sire Savabeel has set a new benchmark for stallion excellence during the 2017-18 season, reports NZ Racing Desk. At next month's New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick will accept the Grosvenor Award, Dewar Stallion Trophy and Centaine Award, a Savabeel clean sweep of all three New Zealand stallion awards for an unprecedented third straight season. The son of deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel sired 6 Group 1 winners during the 2017-18 season, namely Kawi (Captain Cook Stakes), Shillelagh (Cantala Stakes), Embellish (NZ 2,000 Guineas), Hasahalo (1000 Guineas), Sword Of Osman (Sistema Stakes) and Savvy Coup (New Zealand Oaks), boosting his career tally of top-flight winners to 17. "It's been another cracking season. His success, earned in so many countries, at the highest level was huge," Chittick said. "The obvious highlight, which he gave us the opportunity to do, was breeding the 1000 and 2000 Guineas double and we got a lot of satisfaction from Savvy Coup winning the New Zealand Oaks. They were all out of young mares too." Chittick added: "That's the fortunate position we are in with Savabeel. He is always giving mares a great opportunity and continually upgrading families." Chittick marvelled at Savabeel's strike rate. "The unwritten rule is anything above five per cent of stakes winners to runners and you have a successful stallion. I think he's one of only three in Australasia at 10 per cent or higher, which is freakish really." Chittick said the rising 17YO would have his book of mares restricted in the future. "We've restricted his book to outsiders. Syndicate members' mares make up 100 of his book so we've only taken about 20 or 30 outside mares this season and that's a decision we've made to look after him as he gets older and add longevity to his stud career," Chittick said.
Early entries for both the $3.5 million Longines Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and $1.5 million Ladbrokes Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes have hit new highs, reports racing.com. February 23rd's Blue Diamond has received 1,688 entries while March 23rd's Slipper has garnered 2,452 rising 2YOs pitching a claim to the richest prize in world juvenile racing. But wait, there's more. Blue Diamond entrants can vie for the $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes while Slipper entrants have an early seat in the $1 million Golden Rose. The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) announced a rise from 1,472 in 2017 (up 13%). Stables with the highest juvenile squadrons for Melbourne include Hayes/Dabernig with 143, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott (106), Godolphin (100), Tony McEvoy (89) and Mick Price (79). MRC chief executive Josh Blanksby enthused, "The total number of entries received represents an increase of over 200 nominations on last year's tally and sets a new all-time benchmark for Victoria's richest-juvenile race." He added, "This confirms the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes' standing as one of the most popular races on the calendar, which continues to attract Australia's best two-year-old horses." Flashing light early entries include full-sisters to both Catchy (Hayes/Dabernig) and Sunlight (McEvoy).
Co-trainer Adrian Bott has provided an update on the preparation of high-class sprinting mare English who is being aimed at the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "She did well in the turnaround from Queensland. We haven't fully decided on exactly what each step to The Everest will look like," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "We have a good idea of how we want to get to the race but will finalise that over the next couple of weeks." English, who doubled her Group 1 tally when landing the Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane in the winter, will represent Everest slot-holder Damion Flower's Jadeskye Racing. English is currently rated a $15 chance by TAB for the world's richest turf race.
The latest meeting at Singapore's Kranji racetrack produced a windfall for New Zealand Bloodstock Sales with five graduates saluting across the card, reports nzb.co.nz. Desert Fox (Not A Single Doubt), a NZ$120,000 2012 Premier Sale purchase kicked off proceedings in the opening race, taking his tally to to 6 wins for NZ$407,795 in earnings. Donna Logan, expat NZ trainer, took out race 2 with Burkaan (Burgundy), a NZ$30,000 2017 South Island Sale purchase to take his tally to 1 win from only 3 starts and NZ$56,000 already. Alamak (Alamosa), a NZ$36,000 2016 Select Sale yearling and NZ$55,000 Ready To Run Sale purchase, was ultra impressive in also winning his maiden to also be 1 from 3 with his sale price and change already banked. Interestingly, the other two winners in the quintet were half-brothers Refresh (Rock 'N' Pop) and Soonbaby (Redwood). Both are from Stravinsky mare Wahaha, now the dam of 8 winners from 8 runners and also a half-sister to Gr1 winner Wall Street (Montjeu). Refresh was passed in as a weanling in 2015 but sold as a 2016 Ready To Run option for NZ$31,000. Galloping clear by 2 lengths on Sunday in a 1400m contest, he took his record to 2 wins from 10 starts and 2 placings for NZ$88,500. Meanwhile, close relation Soonbaby, a NZ$20,000 2015 Ready To Run graduate, lasted by a half-length in a S$60,000 affair to go to 2 wins and 2 placings for NZ$91,654. 6 additional Karaka graduates also placed at Sunday's meeting.
Eight days after unbeaten juvenile The Autumn Sun became his 33rd lifetime Group 1 winner, Arrowfield's Redoute’s Choice added a new stakes winner from the first of his two European-conceived crops when Wajnah landed the Listed Prix Urban Sea (2000m) at Le Lion-d’Angers in Western France on Sunday. Trained by her co-breeder Francois Rohaut, Wajnah had shown enough ability earlier in her career to be sent around in the Group 1 French 1,000 Guineas, where she finished a decent fourth before unplaced finishes over longer distances in Group 3 company. Wajnah was bred by Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair which offered her at the 2015 Arqana October Sale where she was sold for €260,000 to Mandore International acting for owners Al Shaqab Racing. She is the third stakes winner out of three-time winner Benzolina (by Second Empire), from the family of Group 1 winners Balbonella and her brilliant son Anabaa. Benzolina has a 2YO filly by Siyouni and a yearling filly by Olympic Glory. Haras de Saint Pair also played a part in the history of Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Lady Athena, who put up a fine effort for sixth in Sunday’s €1 million Group 1 Chantilly Prix de Diane (French Oaks). Worldwide during the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere season, Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 14 stakes winners of 15 Group & Listed Races. His career tally now stands at 159 stakes winners, or just over 12 per cent of all his runners.
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) chalked up yet another stakes-winner when 2YO filly Granny Red Shoes (Not A Single Doubt-Shoboard, by Show A Heart) bounded clear despite a chequered passage in the straight to take the $100,000 Listed Oxlade Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs by 2-lengths over Axilla and Spirit's Choice. A $280,000 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate from the draft of Cressfield, Granny Red Shoes took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed Caraway Gal Stakes & Listed Bill Carter Stakes) from 7 starts for accrued earnings of $123,515. Granny Red Shoes comes from a strong family that includes Champion NZ Sprinting Filly Star Satire and her equally precocious Gr2-winning daughter Satin Shoes. Her victory marked the 17th individual stakes-winner this season for Not A Single Doubt (a career high), boosting his overall tally to 57.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Perast (Snitzel-Thousand Veils, by Zabeel) adopted his usual front-running tactics to great effect when leading throughout to land the $150,000 Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) for 3YOs, defeating Assimilate & Mishani Bullitt. Perast advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude & Listed Queensland Day Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Run To The Rose) from 14 starts for $397,666 in earnings. Purchased by his trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Perast is out of the Listed SAJC St Leger (2400m) winning mare Thousand Veils (Zabeel) and hails from the successful US family of 4-time Gr1 winner Versailles Treaty and dual Gr1 winner General Assembly. Assistant trainer Shannon Perry said the stable would give serious consideration to running Perast in the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Doomben on 9 June. "He is in the Stradbroke field now and we will have to have a very big think. Three-year-olds have a great record in the Stradbroke and he is a stallion," Perry told Sky Racing. "I suppose to win a Group One race is a high priority." Perast is one of Snitzel’s 26 individual Australian stakeswinners this season – one short of a new outright record – and his Fred Best Classic success takes Snitzel’s tally for 2017/18 to 43 Group and Listed wins.
On Friday night Colin Hayes AM OBE will be officially elevated to a status in an industry that had already bestowed him the same title - Legend. The patriarch of a racing and breeding dynasty that has spanned three generations will become just the eighth Hall of Fame Legend at Friday's Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Sydney. "When you look at the names he is joining it makes you very proud. "Pa" was always a legend to us but to be officially recognised as such is fantastic," said Colin's grandson, Sam Hayes. Hayes joins fellow training legends Tommy Smith and Bart Cummings and gallopers Phar Lap and Makybe Diva in being bestowed the Hall of Fame's highest accolade. Hayes trained 5333 winners including 97 Group 1 winners, a tally that has now lifted to over 200 under the Lindsay Park banner. "Colin lived by the motto 'the future belongs to those who plan for it'. He taught us that with planning, persistence and hard work you can be successful, especially if you love what you do," said Sam. Today Hayes' legacy lives on through a third generation with Sam Hayes at the helm of Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley, whilst Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes are training in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer and Colin's son David Hayes at Lindsay Park in Victoria.
Mick Channon’s 2YO colt Barbill kicked off an incredible ten-horse winning streak across Europe for his sire Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) at Bath last week. With ten winners in ten days, Zebedee has taken his tally of winners to 44 for the season keeping him firmly entrenched in the European top ten sires by winners. Starting last Monday Zebedee has had winners almost every day in Ireland, England and Italy culminating in ten individual winners in a little over a week. "Every morning we have been waking to the news that Zebedee has had another winner. They just kept on coming," said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud. Zebedee’s first Australian crop of yearlings sold for an average of $61,500 at sales around the country. They have been picked up by some of the best trainers in the country including Anthony Freedman, Tony Noonan, David Hayes, Waterhouse & Bott, Leon Macdonald, Toby Edmunds and Tony McEvoy. "The fact he averages thirty 2YO winners a year in Europe has given breeders and trainers confidence. The reports have started rolling in from the breakers and we are trying to temper our expectations," said Hayes. Zebedee will be standing at a fee of $14,300 inc. GST this season making him one of the best value sons on Invincible Spirit in Australia.
Trainer Anthony Freedman says star filly Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) is far from a certainty to make the trip to England for next month's Royal Ascot carnival. The Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot has been mentioned as a possible target for the blue blooded filly, who tripled her Group One tally when adding Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) to her victories in the Surround Stakes (1200m) in the autumn and the Myer Classic (1600m) in the spring. However, Freedman says her high profile owners are now weighing up a potential tilt at The Everest later in the year, which would throw doubt on a UK campaign. "She's been vaccinated so she's good to go, but it's just which path the owners wish to take," Freedman told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "We'll talk about that during the week. I'm not sure what their thinking is. I know there was talk of an Everest spot, which may change the Royal Ascot thing." Shoals, who is owned by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud and Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, has now won 7 of her 10 starts for over $2 million in earnings.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings is confident that tough stayer Tally can prove highly competitive in tomorrow's Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) despite being burdened with top-weight of 61kg. The 5YO posted his first stakes victory in more than a year when scoring a strong win in the Gr3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) at Randwick last start. Cummings says the son of Street Cry has come on in leaps and bounds since the win and feels he goes into the $160,000 country feature in rare form. "Tally has continued to thrive since returning to winning form when winning the JRA Plate last time at Randwick," Cummings said. "The 5YO will be forced to carry the grandstand here in the Wagga Cup. He goes into the race as strong as he has been in the past year and he is in excellent vibrant form to be an extremely competitive chance."
Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Tally (Street Cry-Itemise, by Kris S.) posted his first stakes victory in more than a year when scoring a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Nettoyer & Rising Red. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Tally improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes, Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic & Listed Mornington Cup) and 8 placings from 29 starts for $959,335 in earnings.
Dual Group 1-winning filly Shoals will miss the remainder of the autumn carnival to prepare for a possible trip to Royal Ascot in June, reports racing.com. The blue blooded Shoals, who was last seen doubling her Gr1 tally when adding the Surround Stakes in Sydney to her Myer Classic victory in the spring, is set to run in the $1 million Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide in May before a potential overseas campaign. "We are just treading water with her at the moment," trainer Anthony Freedman said. "She'll probably go to the Sangster so won't go back to Sydney." Freedman added: "We just thought Sangster was the perfect race and if she won there, I think there would be a strong push to do the UK thing. It's certainly still an option." In 2012, the connections of Black Caviar also used the Robert Sangster as a final lead-up to her historic win in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Bred by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, who race her in partnership with Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) has won 6 of her 9 starts for over $1.3 million in earnings.
Kind, the dam of Frankel, has delivered a full sister to the legendary racehorse. The daughter of Danehill gave birth to the filly by Galileo at Juddmonte Farms' Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket last month. Stud director Simon Mockridge commented: "We are delighted with the news of this long-awaited full-sister to Frankel. Kind has produced us a quality Galileo filly with great presence born at 9.30pm on 27th February, weighing in at 118lbs." The filly is the seventh progeny of the grand producer Kind, with her most notable progeny being unbeaten world champion Frankel, three-time Gr1 winner Noble Mission, Listed winning mare Joyeuse, Tally-Ho Stud resident Morpheus, and Gr3 winner and Gr1-placed Bullet Train, who shuttles to Bowness Stud in Australia. Trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) was unbeaten in 14 starts, winning ten Gr1 races and finishing his racing career with a phenomenal Timeform Rating of 147 - the highest in history.
The curtain will come down on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series for another year on Saturday when an outstanding field lines up in the tenth and final leg, the $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham. There are only two fillies who can win the coveted title of Filly of the Year for 2017-18, namely Dijon Bleu (Burgundy) and Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars). The Lisa Latta-trained Dijon Bleu's season came to a premature end in February due to injury, but she has compiled an imposing total of 30 points with wins in the Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m), and placings in the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) and Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). Dijon Bleu's tally of 30 points would have been enough to win the title in any of the last six seasons. However, the winner of the New Zealand Oaks receives 12 points, which gives Contessa Vanessa a chance of a last minute victory. The Team Rogerson filly has earned 19.5 points through wins in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) and Gr3 Sunline Vase (2100m), along with placings in the Eulogy Stakes and Gr2 Royal Stakes (2000m). Victory in the Oaks would see her claim the title with 31.5 points. Click here to view commentary on each NZ Oaks runner.
Graduates of the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale have a rich history of gaining substantial returns on their purchase price, and this season so far has delivered five stakes wins from five individual runners that cost between $15,000 and $32,500 at the Sale. Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto) kicked off the 2017-18 season in style with a win in the Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile with Fully Funded (NZ) (Fully Fledged) claiming the Counties Bowl in quick succession. The New Year saw two victories in Australian territory with Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) winning the Bagot Handicap and Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) taking the lead in the Tasmanian Derby. Taking the tally to five, Boots 'n' All (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) triumphed in the Timaru Stakes. Meanwhile, $5,500 2YO graduate Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) became one of the greatest bargain purchases of the Sale's history with an impressive win in the 2017 Gr1 Telegraph Handicap while Natuzzi (NZ) (Coats Choice) adds to that Group-winning list with a victory in the 2016 Group 3 Concorde Handicap. There are a total of 28 vendors offering drafts at the Sale this year with the progeny from a range of 44 sires. There are siblings to eight stakes performers while two yearlings are out of stakes-winning dams.
Only one filly poses any threat to current 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader Dijon Bleu (Burgundy). That filly is Contessa Vanessa (Bullbars) who will line up in tomorrow's ninth leg of the series, the $70,000 Gr3 Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie. Dijon Bleu has amassed a formidable tally of 30 points, which all but guarantees her the prestigious Filly of the Year title. However, with injury prematurely ending Dijon Bleu's season, a window of opportunity presents for second-placed Contessa Vanessa. If the latter can win both the Sunline Vase (6 points to the winner) and the final leg of the series, the $400,000 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on 17 March (12 points), Contessa Vanessa will finish with a winning score of 31.5 points. Other fillies in Saturday's field with Filly of the Year Series points to their name are Kapoor (Reliable Man) with 4, Blanco Belle (Cape Blanco) with 3, Gris Dame (Reliable Man) with 2, and Marcellina (Savabeel) with 2. Click here to view commentary on each Sunline Vase runner.
The connections of top-class sprinter Russian Revolution say a decision about his immediate future will be made soon. Raced by Newgate Farm and China Horse Club, the son of Snitzel and Ballet d'Amour (by Stravinsky) doubled his Gr1 tally with a typically brave win in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Henry Field, whose Newgate Farm is a major shareholder in the entire, was naturally delighted with the win particularly given the 4YO will commence stud duties at the Hunter Valley farm this spring. "He is a remarkable racehorse...blistering speed," Field said. "There are not exactly a heap of those 1000m, 1100m Group Ones and to win both the The Galaxy and now the Oakleigh, is really special. A lot of good stallions have won those races: Snippets won them both, while you also have Bletchingly, Luskin Star, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock and Starspangledbanner up on the honour board." China Horse Club Bloodstock & Racing Manager, Michael Wallace, said a decision on Russian Revolution’s immediate racing future would be made in the next few days. "It was a brilliant performance and we’ll sit down with Peter and Paul [Snowden] and the other partners and see where he goes from here," Wallace said. "One way or another he’ll be heading to Newgate this spring."
Lizzie L'Amour will be out to double her Group 1 tally in tomorrow's Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 5YO Zabeel mare is already a winner at the highest level after landing last year's Gr1 New Zealand Stakes, and she is favoured by bookmakers to add another elite success in the weight-for-age feature. The Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained 5YO is in top form having resumed with a win in the Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) in December and recorded placings in the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) and Gr2 Westbury Classic (1400m) at her last two outings. Her Westbury Classic run marked her as the horse to beat in the Herbie Dyke after she stormed home for second over the unsuitable seven-furlong trip. "She's done well and she likes Te Rapa," Baker said. "She's got to be hard to beat." Lizzie L'Amour (Zabeel-Sabia, by Sadler's Wells) is also entered in the Gr1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on 10 March, but Baker says she is more likely to defend her New Zealand Stakes crown on the same day. "It's doubtful that she'll go for the Auckland Cup," he said.
Not A Single Doubt's daughter Pretty Fast rewarded the patience & management of her owner Sheikh Khalifa and trainers Peter & Paul Snowden with victory in Saturday's $100,000 Listed BRC Mode Plate (1200m) at Doomben. Her win was Not A Single Doubt's seventh stakes winner for the season and improved his career tally to 49. Pretty Fast will now head to the paddock for a brief break before the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast on 13 January. Purchased for $650,000 by Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Khalifa, Pretty Fast is a three-quarter sister to Group winner Villa Verde, and the first foal bred by Arrowfield and GSA Bloodstock from Group-placed winner Miss Sharapova (Ustinov). Miss Sharapova has since delivered two colts by Not A Single Doubt, 2YO Newstead (in training with Bjorn Baker) and a foal born this spring. She also has a yearling colt by Snitzel to be offered in Arrowfield's 2018 Inglis Easter consignment. The mare has maintained her perfect record in the breeding barn and is in foal to Champion European 2YO colt Shalaa (Invincible Spirit). Not A Single Doubt, currently fifth on the Australian General Sires' Premiership, has 35 yearlings on offer at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale, including two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield consignment. Click here to view Arrowfield's upcoming sales drafts.
New Zealand's champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel) has continued to scale new heights as a sire in recent weeks, with his progeny boosting his tally of individual Group 1 winners to fourteen, reports NZ Racing Desk. Shillelagh kicked things off for Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning stallion on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival wining Gr1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) for owners and breeders Christopher and Susanna Grace. A week later $775,000 Karaka graduate Embellish sealed his future as a prospective stallion prospect winning the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. While on the same day the Waikato-bred Savapinski continued her ascent through the mare ranks with an impressive win in the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. The 4YOs victory helped extend Savabeel's strike rate to 6.3 per cent Group winners to runners and an incredible 10.1 per cent Stakes winners to runners. "Saturday was hugely satisfying for us, it was quite an emotional day as well," said Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick. "Off the back of last season and the amount of stakes winners he had, it stamps him as one of the best stallions out there and with the best stallions that have stood in New Zealand." Savabeel stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $100,000 + GST and will be represented at next week's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale by five lots.
Juddmonte Farms has announced the 2018 fees for its five European stallions standing at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket in the UK, heading by champion racehorse Frankel. Stud Director Simon Mockridge commented: “Frankel has had a sensational start with his first two crops, and 2017 has seen him described as being one of the most elite sires in the Northern Hemisphere. His strike rate of 12% Group winners to foals from his first crop is remarkable, and his 2014 crop has produced 13 Group winners so far, a number matched only by Galileo in the Northern Hemisphere.” Mockridge added: “A quarter of Frankel’s runners to date have won black-type – with his tally of black-type performers currently standing at 30. His 2017 season began with a Classic winner in Japanese Oaks winner Soul Stirring, and closes with the stunning performance of Cracksman – officially now the highest rated horse in Europe – in the Gr1 Champion Stakes.” The roster is:
Co-trainer Ben Hayes is bullish about the winning prospects of Vega Magic in Friday night’s Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, reports Sky Racing. The former West Australian sprinter was considered unlucky by many after starting from an outside gate and racing wide throughout in the inaugural running of $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago. However, Hayes was in a buoyant mood after watching Vega Magic draw perfectly in barrier three for Friday night’s feature. “He was very unlucky in The Everest having to jump from the wide barrier,” said Hayes, who trains in partnership with his father David and the latter’s nephew Tom Dabernig under the Lindsay Park banner. “The way he pulled up after The Everest, we're thrilled with him.” Vega Magic, who will be attempting to triple his Gr1 tally following wins in the Memsie Stakes earlier this spring and the Goodwood Stakes in the autumn, is currently the $2.25 TAB favourite for the $1 million Manikato.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) sent his career earnings soaring when winning the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The son of Arrowfield's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel collected the winner's cheque of $5.8 million for the world's richest turf race to boost his prize money tally to $7,195,250. Redzel benefited from an adroit ride by jockey Kerrin McEvoy to sprint clear at the top of the straight and score a comfortable 0.8 length win over Vega Magic with Japanese-bred sprinter Brave Smash holding on for third. Supporters of runner-up Vega Magic can count themselves a little unlucky after the Lindsay Park-trained speedster was caught wide for the entire race. "What a race to win," McEvoy told Sky Racing. "It is so exciting. It's such a thrill to be part of it. Such a huge buzz…He's [Redzel] a little star." Co-trainer Peter Snowden described winning The Everest as one of the highlights of his illustrious training career. "I can't talk," Snowden told racenet. "I've never experienced anything like this." He added: "Our first Golden Slipper was exceptional, I didn't think I'd ever get that feeling again but today is well past it." Redzel improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 20 starts for $7,195,250 in earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. Remarkably, Redzel's Everest win has practically guaranteed his sire Snitzel of yet another Australian Champion Sire title with his progeny earnings surging past $10 million.
Following his black-type double at Flemington on Saturday, reigning Champion Australian Sire Snitzel now boasts 13 stakes winners in the first 68 days of the season – exactly half the number of stakes winners he sired in the entire 2016/17 season. First up was the Hayes & Dabernig-trained 2YO filly Nomothaj whose tenacity got her home in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) to become Snitzel's 28th juvenile stakes winner. Bred by Love Racing, Nomothaj was a $420,000 buy for Shadwell Stud from the Newgate Farm draft at this year's Magic Millions Sale. She's the second foal and first winner out of 2011 Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Real Stolle (Elusive Quality) who delivered another Snitzel filly on 28 August. Next was the Darren Weir-trained 3YO colt Snitzepeg who claimed the Listed Poseidon Stakes over 1400m. Bred in Victoria by Jeff Allis from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, Snitzepeg was purchased by Weir and renowned bloodstock agent John Foote for $260,000. He was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Snitzel's lifetime tally of stakes winners now stands at 72.
Classically bred dual Group One winner Ulysses (Galileo-Light Shift, by Kingmambo) will stand at Cheveley Park Stud in the UK when he retires at the end of this season. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute on behalf of the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables, Ulysses has hitherto won 5 of his 12 starts for earnings in excess of £1.4 million. Already a winner of the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes and Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, Ulysses will bid to triple his Gr1 tally when he lines up in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Cheveley Park's managing director, Chris Richardson, said: "David and Patricia Thompson are delighted to have acquired a significant interest in Ulysses, who certainly adds a notable and exciting element to the portfolio of stallions available at Cheveley Park Stud, for both domestic and international breeders." From the English Oaks winner and Irish Oaks runner-up Light Shift, Ulysses hails from a prolific family of Gr1 winners including Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Shiva, French Oaks winner Northern Trick, and Prix Ganay winner Cloth of Stars.
Kodiac broke his own European record for 2YO winners in a season when Seen The Lyte won at Beverley overnight, reports Racing Post. The Tally-Ho Stud resident, who is a Danehill half-brother to previous record holder Invincible Spirit (43 2YO winners in 2014), now sits on 44 juvenile winners for the season. Kodiac, whose fee has increased tenfold to €50,000 since he retired to Tally-Ho in 2007, now has his sights on the world record of 51 juvenile winners set by the legendary Japanese stallion Sunday Silence in 2004.
Dual Group One winner Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) is expected to appreciate the step up to a mile in Saturday's Gr1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings, reports theinformant.co.nz. Last season's New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas overcame difficulties in running when resuming with a strong finishing fifth in the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) on 2 September. Co-trainer Jamie Richards says he expects a bold showing from the 4YO who is the equal $4.50 favourite alongside Kawi for the second leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series. "You could say he was a little bit stiff [first-up]," Richards said. "He got into some trouble at the top of the straight and was knocked off balance…his final furlong was very strong." Richards added: "He's come through the race very well and we're happy with his progress…stepping up to 1600 metres on Saturday will be ideal for him." Gingernuts' primary spring target is the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on 21 October for which he has been allocated 55kg.
Sofia Rosa's prospects of doubling her tally at the elite level have been boosted, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 5YO daughter of Westbury Stud shuttler Makfi hasn't won a race since she claimed the Gr1 Australian Oaks, however trainer Stephen Marsh was buoyed by her recent resuming effort in the Gr1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings. In Sofia Rose's first appearance for five months, the mare struck trouble in the running before getting home well for seventh, less than four lengths off the winner Close Up. Marsh said Sofia Rosa had come through the race well and she would return to Hawke's Bay for the remaining two legs of the Triple Crown series. "She'll run in the Windsor Park and she is right on target for the Livamol Classic."
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added yet another stakes win to his incredible CV when 3YO colt Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay, by Snippets) claimed his second black type success and retained his unbeaten record in capturing the $150,750 Gr3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Booker & Muraahib. Purchased for $350,000 by Ciaron Maher Racing at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, Merchant Navy is now 4 from 4 on the win tally (including the Listed Anzac Day Stakes) with $196,500 in earnings. From the Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Legally Bay, Merchant Navy is a full-brother to Gr2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes winner Jolie Bay. Legally Bay herself is a half-sister to Gr1 Myer Classic winner Bonaria. An obviously chuffed Ciaron Maher commented to racing.com post-race, "[Merchant Navy] was very relaxed pre-race and I thought that was a great sign for the future as he was a pretty raw colt." He will now likely head to Rosehill Gardens for what is shaping up to be a magnificent Gr1 Golden Rose on September 23.
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained Marsha (Acclamation-Marlinka, by Marju) caused one of the bigger upsets of the British Flat season when winning Friday's Gr1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (5 furlongs) at York. The 4YO, who doubled her Gr1 tally after claiming last year's Prix de l'Abbaye in France, launched late to defeat hot favourite and champion filly Lady Aurelia by a nose in the £350,000 sprint feature. Exceed And Excel 5YO Cotai Glory finished third. "That was amazing. Coming here we were happy she was as well as we'd ever had her. She'd never looked better," said Dan Downie, representing owners the Elite Racing Club. "I didn't know if we'd won, but it's a funny camera angle here. It's fantastic for the club and she's a home-bred, too. She'll go for the Prix de l'Abbaye again." Marsha improved her record to 7 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes) from 16 starts for £601,666 in earnings.
One of Europe's leading 2YO Gr1 races has fallen to a runner trained out of the North of England, reports guardian.com. North Yorkshire trainer Karl Burke actually went one better than claiming the lion's share of the €190,000 purse. Run over 1200m for 2YOs, Burke's colt Havana Grey (Havana Gold) led proceedings for some time before surrendering to the stable's second colt Unfortunately (Society Rock-Unfortunate, by Komaite) who had been biding his time off the pace. Unfortunately came into the race with strong form to recommend him, having captured the Gr2 Robert Papin (1100m) at his previous start. A €24,000 yearling buy from Tally-Ho Stud at Tattersalls' September Sale, Unfortunately took his record to 3 wins & 2 runners-up from 6 starts for £268,201 earnings.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership has claimed its second New Zealand National Trainers' Premiership off the back of an outstanding season of feature race success, reports NZ Racing Desk. After finishing runner-up to the Te Akau Racing team of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards last year, following their inaugural title in 2014-15, the Baker-Forsman combination ramped up their efforts this year as they claimed a remarkable 19 black-type victories among their tally of 107 wins. Highlighted by the classic victories of Australian Derby and Australian Oaks winners Jon Snow and Bonneval, the Baker-Forsman stable amassed earnings of $2.92million for the season. "We've certainly had a great year, but I think it really just continues on from the level we have been at for the past four or five years," Baker said. "I think this is the most number of black-type wins we have achieved with the 24 across New Zealand and Australia. Last season we probably won more prize money thanks to wins like the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan and the Emirates Stakes with Turn Me Loose." Baker added: "Before that we did well with Dundeel and the like so we really have been building to the stage we are at now for a while." Like any successful stable, Baker acknowledged the often unrecognised role of his staff. "We have a staff of twenty something who do an outstanding job and really put in the hard yards. Without that we certainly wouldn't be in the position we are now," he said.
Widden Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Your Song (Fastnet Rock-Zembu, by Fuji Kiseki) has capped a remarkably successful 12 months to finish as the leading Australian First Season Sire by winners, wins, metropolitan winners and stakes horses. “Widden Stud have had a great track record for producing successful first season sires in recent years with Stratum, Northern Meteor, Sebring and Star Witness all finding immediate success before going on to become established as leading Group I sires,” said Antony Thompson. “Your Song has just kept improving right through the season and as we come into spring he has the right type of horses out there to keep his name in lights.” Your Song’s tally of 11 Australian winners of 15 races come from just 30 Australian runners with stakes-winner Split Lip the highlight horse accompanied by stakes-placegetters Memento, Soundcheck and Peristrophe. Juvenile colt Brave Song also stamped himself as a young horse with a promising future when running out an impressive 3 length winner at Canterbury last Wednesday for Peter & Paul Snowden. Your Song will cover his best ever book of mares as he is fully booked this spring at a fee of $22,000.
Highly talented filly Madam Dancealot (Sir Prancealot-Sisal, by Danehill) added a valuable black-type success when winning the Gr2 San Clemente Handicap (8 furlongs) at Del Mar in the US on Sunday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. After trailing in last position with significant work to do turning for home, the 3YO stormed down the centre of the track to score an impressive 1.75 length win over fellow fillies Lull (War Front) & Sircat Sally (Surf Cat) in the US$200,000 feature. "The way she was finishing the last two races on the grass down the hill at Santa Anita, I thought she could get a mile," said trainer Richard Baltas. "She's settled now, she's relaxed and when she was last down the backside, I was like 'Wow.' I know she can run and when a good horse gets settled like that they're going to run at the end, and she did." The Irish-bred Madam Dancealot improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Dick Poole Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed Special Goddess Stakes) from 12 starts for 169,497 in earnings. Madam Dancelot is by Europe's Champion Freshman Sire Sir Prancealot, who will shuttle from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia this year. A precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes, Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz) went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes on his final outing. He will stand at Cornerstone Stud at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
Meanwhile, trainer Richard Fahey says top-class galloper Ribchester (Iffraaj) is on track for the Gr1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on 2 August. The Godolphin-owned star boosted his Group One tally to three when setting a new track record in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot last month. "We've been very lucky this season, everything's gone according to plan, no issues. He enjoys his work and we're happy,” Fahey told Racing Post. "Early on he was immature mentally and he over-raced a bit, but he enjoys it so much now. He's rated the highest I've ever trained, so it's official and I can say he's the best I've trained,” Fahey added: “He's doing everything we want; every time I see him he just looks better and better."
Meanwhile, also in Brisbane Carnival news, Gr1 winning 5YO mare Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain-Tolart, by Show a Heart) will bow out at Eagle Farm in the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes before embarking on a broodmare career, reports theinformant.co.nz. A victory would send her through the $1 million prizemoney tally and add to her already exceptional eight-win career. With her penultimate performance coming via a typically honest third in the Gr2 Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago, trainer Kelly Schweida is confident the flashy mare will be more than competitive in her swansong. "She is a five-year-old mare now and the time is right to send her to stud," Schweida said. "It would be lovely to send her out a winner. No matter what happens, she will be worth a bit as a broodmare. There aren't many Group One-winning mares around for sale, so I am sure she will bring in the high six figures or even seven figures [in the sale ring]." He added, "Another Group Three win would be a bonus and we do know she handles Eagle Farm, which is a question over a few others."
Top-class galloper Black Heart Bart is primed to defend his title in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Goodwood at Morphettville, according to the Darren Weir stable. The 6YO was last seen adding a fifth Gr1 win to his career tally in the Futurity Stakes on 25 February. “He’s in great form. He went to Ballarat last week and had a jump out and he’s just in great order,” Weir’s racing manager Jeremy Rogers told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He’s drawn barrier two, the same barrier he drew last year when he went and won. He will need a bit of luck in running, but as long as he gets it he will run well.” He added: “He is a fantastic horse. If Winx wasn’t about, he would probably be the best horse in Australia.”
Trainer Peter Snowden says the stable’s two Doomben 10,000 contenders, Russian Revolution and Redzel, are primed to run big races in the Gr1 sprint at Doomben tomorrow, reports racing.com. Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, said the stable-mates had coped surprisingly well with the arduous trip from Sydney to Brisbane. “I'm really surprised how they have come off [the float], it is a long trip, it is about 13 hours, it is a long haul but they have travelled up really well," Snowden said. Russian Revolution, who will be attempting to double his Gr1 tally after winning the Galaxy in the autumn, is the current $3.20 Tab favourite for the race ahead of Redzel and defending champion Music Magnate at $6.50. "He [Russian Revolution] has had five weeks between runs, which is good for him, he had a nice trial last Tuesday week and trialled strongly,” said Snowden. "The only downside, and there is no downside with the horse, he is 100 per cent, but just meeting really good horses at weight-for-age is not ideal for three-year-olds, they don't get much advantage.” He added: “[But] he is a good colt, he is there to run well and he will be hard to beat." As for Redzel, a last-start winner of the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes in Sydney, Snowden commented: "Redzel loves wet ground, this track is definitely going to be wet come Saturday.” He added: "The last time these two met in The Galaxy, which is a handicap, Russian only beat him a neck. Under weight-for-age conditions he is a lot better off so he might turn the tables."
Before Saturday, Redoute's Choice already had a same-track, same-day Group 1 double on his extraordinary record. That was achieved more than a decade ago, when Nadeem & Snitzel won the Blue Diamond and the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on 25 February 2006. But a Group 1 double at the same meeting by two full brothers, bought from the same vendor & breeders by the same owner and prepared by the same trainer? Such a feat may well be unprecedented. On Champions Day at Turffontein in South Africa on Saturday, Sheikh Hamdan's colts Mustaaqeem and Rafeef, both by Redoute's Choice out of South African Horse of the Year National Colour, and both Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduates, won Group 1 races within three hours of each other. Speaking from Newmarket in the UK after the victory, Angus Gold recalled inspecting Mustaaqeem at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale where he purchased him for $1.75 million. "I thought he was outstanding, with a very classy look. He was really well-balanced with a lovely head, and a ready-made stallion if he could run. And I got him on my very last bid, thank god," Gold said. The brothers take Redoute's Choice's tally of Group 1 winners to 32, among 146 lifetime stakes winners. Mustaqeem is the super sire's eighth Group 1 juvenile winner and joins Ardrossan, successful earlier on Saturday in New Zealand, on his list of 36 2YO stakes winners.
The Lindsay Park team are bullish about the prospects of smart mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) in Saturday’s Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville. The former West Australian sprinter will be looking to double her Gr1 tally after posting her maiden top-flight success in the Oakleigh Plate in the autumn. The 5YO hasn’t raced since finishing a close-up sixth (beaten 2.2 lengths) in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 24 March. “Sheidel is back against her own sex, which is a big bonus, and she has really freshened up well since her last run,” co-trainer Ben Hayes told ANZ Bloodstock news. “She trialled the other day at Geelong and trialled very impressively and showed no signs of having a long prep. From barrier ten she’ll be able to cruise across outside the lead or lead.” Sheidel has drawn barrier 10 and will be ridden by Hong Kong-based superstar jockey Joao Moreira.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group trifecta when 4YO mare Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) doubled his stakes tally when landing the $120,000 Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Illustrious Lad & I Am Gypsy. Viddora improved her record to 6 wins (including the Listed Lightning Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Listed SAJC Manihi Classic & Listed BRC Falvelon Handicap) from 19 starts for $553,480 earnings. Purchased by her trainer Lloyd Kennewell for $40,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Riva Ridge Stud, Viddora is a direct descendant of the influential broodmare Derna (FR), meaning she hails from the same female family as multiple champion sire Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie.
Godolphin are confident that UK stayers Penglai Pavilion and Polarisation are primed to run well in Saturday's rescheduled $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick, reports Godolphin.com. "They both gave 110 per cent the first time around and I really can't fault them this time," said James Ferguson, assistant to Godolphin's Newmarket-based trainer Charlie Appleby. "They've both done very well, they're extremely fit and we've got the same jockeys on, so they know their horses." He added: "It's going to be a bit strange watching the same race again, but we're very happy with the condition of both horses and I'm looking forward to it." The locally-trained Tally will also back-up in take-two of the Sydney Cup for Godolphin, with the stable confident he can run well. "We've been really optimistic about getting him out to two miles," trainer John O'Shea said. "He definitely hasn't gone backwards since the first running of the race."
At Oaklawn in the US, 5YO mare Stellar Wind (Curlin-Evening Star, by Malibu Moon) boosted her Gr1 career tally to four when scoring by 1.25 lengths for trainer John Sadler in the US$600,000 Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap (8.5 furlongs) for 4YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Terra Promessa and Streamline. Stellar Wind, crowned champion US 3YO filly in 2015, advanced her record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Zenyatta Stakes, Gr1 Clement L Hirsch Stakes & Gr1 Santa Anita Oaks) from 12 starts for over US$1.8 million in earnings.
Esteemed New Zealand nursery Waikato Stud has announced that its stallion fees for the 2017 breeding season will remain unchanged. "While we are yet to set a fee for our exciting new sire Tivaci who is still in Australia racing, the rest of our roster Savabeel, Ocean Park, Sacred Falls, Pins, Rock 'n' Pop and Rios will be staying the same," studmaster Mark Chittick said. With 15 stakes winners this season and another conceivable clean sweep of the sire awards, Cox Plate winner Savabeel (Zabeel) heads the roster at a service fee of $100,000 plus GST. "He's had another ultra-exciting season with G1 winners Kawi and Hall of Fame heading a tally of 15 individual stakes winners. To have had 15 stakes winners at this stage in the piece is massive, especially when you consider their versatility," said Chittick. All told, the multiple champion sire has sired 60 stakes winners, with an exact 50-50 split between the two sexes and a market leading 9.7% stakes winners-to-runners ratio. The complete Waikato roster is:
Savabeel - $100,000 + GST
Ocean Park - $30,000 + GST
Sacred Falls - $30,000 + GST
Pins - $25,000 + GST
Rock 'n' Pop - $9,000 + GST