Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) final acceptances have left a field of ten quality sprinters to face the starter at Flemington. Australia's premier short course galloper Redzel is understandably favourite, with the son of Snitzel and reigning The Everest holder undefeated in his past 6 starts. He is at $1.80 following last start's Gr1 Darley Classic where he defeated Terravista by less than a length. The return to form by Terravista ($9) is notable as he won this race last year. Hey Doc ($8) has not raced since winning the Gr1 Manikato Stakes last October, but has won at Group level down the Flemington straight and will be primed to go. Others expected to feature prominently are former Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior, Ball of Muscle (whose last start produced a victory over this course and distance in Group company), proven course and distance speedster Supido and gifted Gr1-performed 3YO filly Formality, who carries just 53.5kg under the conditions and is a strong eachway hope at $10. The knock-out chance is outsider Missrock.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) continued his rise through the juvenile ranks with a strong win in the $150,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Ollivander & Run Naan. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes) from 3 starts for $190,500 in earnings. Raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela, Long Leaf is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose). Parfore is the mother of Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy. Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Long Leaf was likely to go straight into the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February without another lead-up run. "Looking at him, he's a big lengthy horse, and I think there's definite room for improvement," Hayes told racing.com. "We actually think he'll be better over 1200m. We'll see how he pulls up, we'll look at him over the next few days, but most likely he'll go straight into the Blue Diamond."
The last five racing seasons have seen New Zealand mares produce in excess of 270 stakes winners and 39 Gr1 winners in Australia alone. These include an array of Gr1-winning sires the ilk of Dundeel (ex Stareel), Mongolian Kahn (ex Centafit), Sacred Falls (ex Iguazu's Girl), Tarzino (ex Zarzino), Tivaci (ex Breccia) and Turn Me Loose (ex Indomitable). From a racetrack perspective, Champion mare Winx is a daughter of NZ mare Vegas Showgirl, while Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees (both ex Parfore) and triple Gr1 winner Gingernuts (ex Double Elle) exemplify the distaff depth of the New Zealand market. This year's Karaka Sale is represented by a swathe of female Gr1 gold including:
TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.
TAB Everest Market
$8 - Redzel
$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic
$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx
$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign
$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora
$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth
At Sandown in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) opened his stakes account with a narrow but determined win in the $120,000 Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Oohood & Sanglier. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $100,000 in earnings. Raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela, Long Leaf is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose). Parfore is the mother of Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy. Trainer David Hayes said Long Leaf would be aimed at the $1 million Karaka Millions at Ellerslie on 27 January.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO bay gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) capped a stellar spring campaign when leading throughout for a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Terravista & Impending. Redzel improved his record to 11 wins (including The Everest, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Shorts, 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 21 starts for $7,797,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel's victory proved once and for all that he was the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia. "I thought he did that [proved he was Australia's best sprinter] in The Everest but the hype around him said that he needed to do it again and that's what this guy keeps doing; he keeps proving the doubters wrong and keeps getting it done via professional performances," Snowden told racing.com. "It was another dominant win." 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. He was originally sold for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Bloodstock Select Weanling Sale.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a black-type success when 7YO bay gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) proved a class above his rivals when scoring a sizzling win in the $150,000 Wins Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m) for 3Yo+, defeating Crystal Dreamer & Palazzo Pubblico. Posting his first win since May 2015, Ball Of Muscle improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup & Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr2 ATC Shorts, Gr2 Caulfield Sprint & Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 31 starts for $900,325 in earnings. From the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, Ball Of Muscle is a half-brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees. Trainer Joe Pride said could travel to Perth for the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday, 2 December. "There's a chance he could go to West Australia for the Winterbottom. We will discuss that," Pride told racing.com. "If he doesn't go, I'd like to bring him back in the autumn for the Lightning. He is a horse that will win plenty more races, I just have to keep him sound."
Trainer Joe Pride has confirmed that veteran sprinter Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) will be set for The Everest later in the year, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. A winner of the 2014 Gr1 Darley Classic and this year’s Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Terravista has not raced since finishing last behind Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney in April. The inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) will take place at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Hallmark Stud's multiple Gr1 winning stallion & Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy (Darci Brahma-Parfore, by Gold Brose) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Prom Queen (Super Easy-Finishing School, by Royal Academy) proved a class above her rivals when bounding clear for a big win in the $50,000 Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Cousteau & Kiwi Ida. Prom Queen is starting to build an imposing record of 5 wins (including the Listed Welcome Stakes) and 1 placing from 6 starts for NZ$95,750 earnings. Super Easy, a half-brother to Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and multiple stakes winner Our Lukas, is out of the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore.
Melbourne’s soon to retire race caller Greg Miles might find himself wishing he’d hung up the binoculars earlier than June when the final 100 metres of tomorrow’s Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington plays out. Although the major sprint has been robbed of outstanding colt Flying Artie due to a reported low level lung infection, there are chances just about everywhere one looks, and there is a strong likelihood of another blanket finish down the straight six. Despite the publically aired concerns by trainer Bryce Heys about Speith’s inside marble, the exciting 4YO tops betting markets at $3.50, with his Lightning Stakes conqueror and top-weight Terravista at the luxury quote of $12 due to the weight turn around. Sheidel, Extreme Choice, Illustrious Lad and Star Turn are all under double figure odds and are expected to be the testing material for Speith, however Miles can also expect any one of The Quarterback, Voodoo Lad, Super Cash or Redkirk Warrior to come into play. And then there’s Waikato Stud-bound Tivaci (see below item) who will be hitting the line hard, particularly if there’s a ton of pace through the middle stages of the race.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Weights have been raised 0.5kg to ensure a minimum top weight of 57kg. The time-honoured event is one of the feature sprints on the racing calendar and has been won by some of Australia's greatest sprinters including Black Caviar (2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Exceed and Excel (2004), Primacy (1993), Schillaci (1992), Placid Ark (1987), Maybe Mahal (1978), Century (1973), Baguette (1971), Bernborough (1946), Heroic (1926), and Wakeful (1901). This year the favourite is the Bryce Heys-trained chestnut Spieth who will be chasing his maiden top flight victory following successive Gr1 placings in the Darley Classic and Lightning Stakes. Spieth is currently $3.50 with the Tab, ahead of dual Gr1-winning 3YO Extreme Choice at $5.50, Gr1-placed 3YO Star Turn at $6.50, and Illustrious Lad at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Lightning Stakes hero Terravista at $11. The final field is:
Trainer Bryce Heys has expressed his disappointment with the weight allocated to exciting sprinter Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) for Saturday week's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, reports racenet. Spieth will carry 55kg for the $1.25 million sprint feature, 3kg below the top weight Chautauqua, 1.5kg below Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes winner Terravista, and 0.5kg more than last year's Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback. Despite finishing runner-up at Gr1 level at his past two outings in the Darley Classic and Lightning Stakes, Heys thinks that for a horse that is yet to win a Group race, Spieth is too close in the weights to horses that boast better credentials. "I knew what I was in for," Heys said. "I'm not happy about it but I don't want to be seen as complaining or moaning." He added: "It's going to take a career peak performance to win a Newmarket in my opinion with those weights..."
Trainer Joe Pride has confirmed that evergreen sprinter Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) will have his next run in Saturday week's $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. The 7YO claimed his second win at the highest level, and his first win since October 2015, when storming home to defeat Spieth and Star Turn in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington eleven days ago. Pride said he was satisfied with Terravista's allocated weight of 56.5kg which is 1.5kg less than top weight Chautauqua. "He always runs well at Flemington and I was happy enough with that weight," Pride told racenet. "I think the three-year-olds have probably got in a bit light; considering we've won the same amount of Group Ones as Extreme Choice and it's taken us almost 20 more starts to do it." He added: "But I'm happy with Terravista and this was more or less the plan with him all along." Pride has also indicated Terravista could be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October.
At Flemington in Melbourne, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when 7YO chestnut gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). Terravista's surprise win improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 25 starts for $2,465,005 earnings. "It was bad luck for the three-year-olds trying to become stallions but my bloke is just so honest and really deserved to win another Group One," trainer Joe Pride told Racing.com. Pride said Terravista was now likely to be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "The temptation is to take him away to Hong Kong or Ascot, he's got invites to both...but with that race [The Everest] coming up, I feel I have to have the horse ready for that race," he said. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas, and a full-brother to Gr1 performer Ball Of Muscle.
Two of the best 3YO colts, from what is a vintage crop, are involved in pre race jousting before tomorrow's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Both Flying Artie and Star Turn are taking turns to swap leads at the head of a market that can't settle on a favourite. The duo is around the $4.80 mark, although both of them have the year older Spieth nipping at their heels at $5. With Terravista, Flamberge, The Quarterback, Supido and Heatherly also among the main chances, this year's renewal is expected to be a thriller right down to the wire. Adding to the intrigue is Illustrious Lad, who has not finished out of the first two in his past seven starts. It could be a big day for Vinery Stud, co-owners of Star Turn who will stand at their Hunter Valley property at the end of his race career. Vinery's icing on the cake could come earlier in the Listed Talindert Stakes where four 2YOs by resident stallion and Champion 3YO All Too Hard are among the chances to provide their high profile sire with his first winner.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday, 18 February. Star colt Flying Artie, a brilliant winner of the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring, is the current $4 Tab favourite, ahead of fellow 3YO and Coolmore Stud Stakes third placegetter Star Turn at $4.40, and progressive sprinter Spieth at $6. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Supido at $8, as well as Heatherly and veteran sprinter Terravista at $9. The final field is:
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will host Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday this Saturday 18 February 2017 marking the finale of summer racing at Flemington. Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday, featuring the $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), will combine the excitement of world-class thoroughbred racing with a taste of Asian culture. VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said the day is designed to entice new audiences to Flemington as part of the Club’s Asian strategy and reinvigorate the current offering. “Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday is part of the VRC’s increased focus on engaging with Melbourne’s diverse community,” he said. “We want to attract new racegoers and diversify the occasion for existing customers by offering a taste of our multicultural city through Asian experiences focused on racing, food and entertainment.” The Black Caviar Lightning marks the commencement of the 2017 Global Sprint Challenge, which will see the world’s best sprinters compete in a ten-race series, with US$1 million on offer to any horse that is able to win three of the ten races across three different countries. The Black Caviar Lightning has attracted a large number of nominations, with 16 sprinters vying to win the first major Australian sprint race of 2017. Nominations include the 2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback, 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie, and fellow Gr1 winners Flamberge and Terravista. Chasing Group 1 success for the first time will be speedy mares Heatherly and Sheidel, as well as Spieth, Fell Swoop, and Star Turn, who came so close to a Group 1 victory over the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Raiders from Sydney and Melbourne are favoured to win Perth's prestigious Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot tomorrow. The Joe Pride-trained Terravista and Peter Gelagotis-trained Malaguerra are both $3.50 quotes against a local field of high-class short course specialists who will also have to contend with other leading interstate sprinters Takedown and Keen Array. Among the local contingent who are expected to perform with distinction are in-form Rock Magic, boom horse Vega Magic, untapped State Solicitor, and Sheidel who returns from a successful East Coast sojourn and has the services of Damien Oliver in the saddle.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) to be run at Ascot in Perth, West Australia this Saturday. Malaguerra tightened his grip on favouritism for the $1 million sprint feature after drawing the inside gate at Tuesday afternoon's barrier draw. The Peter Gelagotis-trained 5YO, who is seeking his third Gr1 win after victories in the Manikato Stakes & BTC Cup, is currently $3.20 with TAB ahead of Terravista at $3.40, and Takedown at $8. Local hope Rock Magic is next best at $9 with rising WA star State Solicitor rated a $10 chance. Julian Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Racing, said the quality of horses entered in this year's Winterbottom was a reflection of the race's high standing in Australia's sprint ranks. "Perth Racing has attracted a truly outstanding field to the Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes," Sullivan said. "Malaguerra and Sheidel won Melbourne Cup Carnival events and Terravista was magnificent in defeat on the third day of the Flemington festival when he was carrying the grandstand in his first appearance since April. The Winterbottom Stakes is one of the world's great sprints." The field is:
1. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (5)
2. MALAGUERRA (Peter Gelagotis-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (1)
3. TAKEDOWN (Gary Moore-Tim Clark) 58.5kg (8)
4. ROCK MAGIC (Chris Gangemi-Jarrad Noske) 58.5kg (3)
5. KEEN ARRAY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-C Parnham) 58.5kg (4)
6. FIRST AMONG EQUALS (Simon Miller-Brad Parnham) 58.5kg (9)
7. BATTLE HERO (Grant & Alana Williams-Glenn Smith) 58.5kg (10)
8. VEGA MAGIC (Sean Casey-Jake Casey) 58.5kg (2)
9. REGAL COMMANDER (G Durrant & J Miller-Peter Hall) 58.5kg (7)
10. STATE SOLICITOR (Grant & Alana Williams-William Pike) 58.5kg (11)
11. SHEIDEL (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damien Oliver) 56.5kg (6)
12. MILITARY REIGN (Darren Mcauliffe-Corey Brown) 56.5kg (12)
Trainer Joe Pride says veteran sprinter Terravista is in great shape heading into Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot, reports the West Australian. Terravista, who made a belated spring appearance when narrowly defeated (beaten 0.1 length) by Hellbent in the Listed Mumm Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 3 November, had settled in well since arriving in Perth, according to Pride. "The horse has had feet problems, but I think he's back now," Pride said. "The run at Flemington indicated he's in good order." Pride added: "I've been really happy with him. Just the way the horse looks is magnificent. He's had 23 starts and he's a seven-year-old. It's time to press the button." A winner of the Gr1 Darley Classic in 2014, Terravista is $3.40 second favourite for the Winterbottom behind Malaguerra at $3.20. Terravista will have the services of champion jockey Hugh Bowman and will jump from barrier 5.
Trainer Joe Pride is confident that veteran sprinter Terravista is primed to add a second Gr1 win to his CV in Saturday week's Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth, reports AAP. A winner of the Gr1 Darley Classic in 2014, Terravista made a belated spring appearance when narrowly defeated (beaten 0.1 length) by emerging sprinter Hellbent in the Listed Mumm Stakes (1000m) at Flemington two weeks ago. Pride says that performance showed the 7YO is over the niggling feet issues that have plagued him the past few seasons, adding he believes the horse is in the best shape of his career. "This race [the Winterbottom] was not on the agenda but he is a seven-year-old and we need to take the opportunity every chance we get," Pride said. "The Perth race looks ideal for him. I am confident the horse has never been in better order than what he is now." Pride added: "His feet are excellent, there are no issues there." Hugh Bowman has been booked to ride Terravista in the Winterbottom Stakes on 26 November.
Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) has arrived in Perth ahead of Saturday week's Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot, reports AAP. Already a dual Gr1 winner of the Darley Classic in the spring and the BTC Cup in the winter, the 5YO will seek to triple his Gr1 tally in the $1 million sprint feature on 26 November. "His class will take him a long way," trainer Peter Gelagotis said. "I think him and Terravista look the form line. They're two really good sprinters." He added: "We're just hoping for a bit of luck and hoping the race pans out right." Gelagotis said Malaguerra will be spelled following the Winterbottom to prepare for the autumn. "The owner is from Perth so the aim was to give him a sprint campaign in the spring, just short and sharp, with three runs," Gelagotis said. "Then we'll tip him out. I think he's a really good seven furlong horse into the future so I'm looking forward to getting him out to 1400 metre races in the autumn."
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Singapore Horse of the Year and Hallmark Stud stallion Super Easy (Darci Brahma-Parfore, by Gold Brose) sire his first stakes winner when 2YO filly Prom Queen (Super Easy-Finishing School, by Royal Academy) scored by 1.75 lengths for trainers Ken, Lisa Rae & Krystal Williams-Tuhoro in the NZ$50,000 Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO gilly Kiwi Ida (Squamosa-Empress Ida, by Blevic) & 2YO colt Sensei (Dream Ahead-Schiaparelli, by Woodman). Prom Queen, who is a half sister to stakes winner Swiss Rose, extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for NZ$40,625 earnings. Super Easy, a half brother to Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and multiple stakes winner Our Lukas from former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, stands at Hallmark Stud for $7,500 plus GST.
Trainer Joe Pride has ruled out a spring carnival campaign for Gr1-winning sprinter Terravista. Pride will give the 7YO an extended break so he can get over the feet issues which have plagued him the past few seasons. His long-term aim is the Gr1 Lightning Stakes in the autumn. "He is due back in the stable at the end of August," Pride told ANZ Bloodstock News. “I will give him a barrier trial or two but I really want to get his feet right. The idea is to give him four months off and get him ready for the Lightning Stakes.”
Joseph Pride has an early season Group One target for a well-related sprinter in his Warwick Farm stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Ball Of Muscle came back to the stable on Monday and he will go first-up into the Moir Stakes," he said. "We will also look at Perth and the Winterbottom [Gr1] with him." The Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) will be run at Moonee Valley on Friday 30 September. Ball of Muscle is a son of outstanding New Zealand broodmare Parfore, who produced Group One winners Terravista and Tiger Tees plus Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy. Parfore, who passed away earlier in the year, was named the 2014-15 Champion Broodmare of the Year at last season's New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards.
Arrowfield Stud has today announced the service fees for the 12 stallions on its 2016 roster. Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt head the roster in the wake of their outstanding racetrack and sales results this season. Redoute’s Choice, sire of his 28th Gr1 winner last month and two seven-figure colts at last week’s Inglis Easter Sale where he had 20 yearlings average $573,250, stands at an unchanged fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal). Snitzel joins his famous sire at the same fee of $110,000 inc. GST (Live Foal) after supplying five million-dollar yearlings in 2016 and the sale-toppers at all three major Australian auctions. Already responsible for seven Gr1 winners, he has added five new stakes winners to his record since 1 January. Australia’s current leading active sire Not A Single Doubt has posted 10 stakes winners this season, including three Gr1 winners, and demand for his yearlings has driven their prices up to the $850,000 paid for the Colorado Claire colt at Inglis Easter. His 2016 fee has been set at $71,500 inc. GST (Live Foal). Three new stallions join the Arrowfield roster in 2016. Top-class sprinter-miler Real Impact, a Gr1 winner in Australia & Japan, is the first son of the great Deep Impact to stand in this part of the world. His first season fee is $19,250 inc. GST. Two exceptionally handsome sons of Redoute’s Choice join their sire. Scissor Kick earned a world ranking as a 3YO with Group victories in the Gr3 ATC Up and Coming Stakes, Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes, a Listed win, the unluckiest of Gr1 seconds in the ATC Golden Rose Stakes and defeats of Delectation, Srikandi, Terravista and Rubick. Closely related to Champion Sire Dansili, Scissor Kick will stand his first season at $16,500 inc. GST. Panzer Division also made his mark at three, defeating Shooting To Win to claim the Gr3 ATC Ming Dynasty Handicap and, at only his fourth career start, achieving a Timeform rating of 120 when fifth in the weight-for-age Gr1 ATC George Main Stakes. Panzer Division’s first season fee is $9,900 inc. GST. Dubai World Cup champion Animal Kingdom, whose first yearlings have sold up to $310,000 this year, will stand at $27,500 inc. GST, the same fee as six-time Gr1 winner & New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel, whose first yearlings will sell in 2017. Smart Missile, already sire of stakes-winning Kiwi 2YO Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Group-placed Smart Amelia from his first crop, has averaged more than six times his fee at Magic Millions and Inglis Easter. One of Australia’s most popular young sires, he is again available at $22,000 inc. GST. Al Shaqab Racing’s multiple Gr1-winning European sprinter-miler Olympic Glory was very well-supported in 2015 and will serve his second book of mares at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc. GST. Manhattan Rain has proved his versatility this season as the sire of brilliant Gr2 juvenile winner Scarlet Rain, 3YOs Man of Choice & Promise To Reign (Group 1 & Group 2-placed respectively at 2000 metres) and stakes-winning sprinter Wild Rain. His Inglis Easter Session 1 & Magic Millions Book 1 yearlings have averaged nine times his 2016 fee of $16,500 inc. GST. Proven Gr1 sire Charge Forward’s top-priced yearling in 2016 made $210,000 and his Magic Millions Book 1 average is 14 times his new fee of $11,000 inc. GST. Arrowfield Stud Chairman John Messara said: “These 12 stallions represent the best lines of Danehill and the best outcross options we can source for Australian & New Zealand breeders. Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt continue to write a spectacular father-and-sons story on the track and in the ring." Mr Messara added: "We believe our three new stallions are priced very attractively. Real Impact offers breeders their first opportunity to use a world-class son of Deep Impact for less than $20,000, while Scissor Kick and Panzer Division are great prospects to repeat the success of Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau who began their careers at similar fees.” The service fees for Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all now payable upon a Live Foal. Animal Kingdom, Charge Forward, Dundeel, Manhattan Rain, Olympic Glory, Panzer Division, Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Smart Missile stand on a Free Return basis, subject to conditions including the full payment of fees by 31 May 2017. The Arrowfield stallions and their 2016 fees (inc. GST) are:
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest open sprint race, the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Defending champion Chautauqua has drawn wide in barrier 11 and is, surprisingly, second favourite ($3.40) behind star Godolphin colt Exosphere ($2.70) who will jump from barrier 4. The Gai Waterhouse-trained English is the only other runner under double figures at $9. The final field is:
1. CHAUTAUQUA (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-T Berry) 58.5kg (11)
2. FLAMBERGE (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 58.5kg (8)
3. DELECTATION (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (2)
4. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Brenton Avdulla) 58.5kg (7)
5. OUR BOY MALACHI (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 58.5kg (6)
6. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli-Damien Oliver) 58.5kg (15)
7. DOTHRAKI (Peter & Paul Snowden-Mark Zahra) 58.5kg (5)
8. FAMOUS SEAMUS (Noel Mayfield-Smith-Glyn Schofield) 58.5kg (3)
9. SHIRAZ (Tony McEvoy-Brett Prebble) 58.5kg (9)
10. FAST 'N' ROCKING (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-N Hall) 58.5kg (13)
11. KNOYDART (John O'Shea-Sam Clipperton) 58.5kg (12)
12. BOSS LANE (Ron Quinton-Tim Clark) 58.5kg (1)
13. FELL SWOOP (Matthew Dale-Zac Purton) 58.5kg (10)
14. EXOSPHERE (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (4)
15. ENGLISH (Gai Waterhouse-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (14)
Outstanding broodmare Parfore has died at Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley at the age of 18, reports NZ racing Desk. The reigning New Zealand Broodmare of the Year is the dam of Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and the multiple stakes winner Our Lukas. She has also produced two-time Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy, who currently stands at Hallmark Stud. A New Zealand-bred daughter of Gold Brose, Parfore is also a sister to the dam of the Gr3 winner Mosse.
A flood of entries in the last fortnight has further established the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale in the first week of May as the perfect opportunity for vendors. Farms wishing to offer their premium broodmares and weanlings alongside the quality reductions and dispersals confirmed for the Sydney sale must submit their entries before 5pm today (Thursday 17 March). Over 200 weanlings are currently entered along with more than 600 broodmares, headlined by Group 1 winner Faint Perfume and top producer Extremely, the dam of Saturday’s Golden Slipper favourite Extreme Choice. Latest entries include a substantial draft of mares from Newgate Farm, one of the Hunter Valley’s most progressive thoroughbred nurseries. Group 1 performer Pane In The Glass is offered in foal to Newgate's resident first season sire Deep Field, as is stakes-winning mare Hidden Wonder. Another highlight of their 27 quality breeding prospects is stakes-placed Follonica is in foal to Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident. Joining Newgate and other headline drafts from Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud are the leading vendors from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Blue Gum Farm. In addition, Segenhoe Stud, Yarraman Park Stud, Coolmore Stud, Kitchwin Hills, Torryburn Stud, Swettenham Stud, Davali Thoroughbreds, Newhaven Park and Rothwell Park have entered drafts, as have Middlebrook Valley Lodge whose 13 select broodmares include Ininthree, a daughter of blue hen Parfore, dam of Tiger Tees, Terravista and Ball of Muscle. Ininthree joins siblings to I Am Invincible, Elvstroem and Haradasun, Speak Fondly, Gust Of Wind and Messene to be entered in the broodmare section. Reinforcing the strength of the Broodmare section are the headline sires represented by progeny in the weanling section, including those from the first crop of freshman sires Zoustar, Epaulette, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Dawn Approach and Sizzling. Joining them are weanlings by exciting young sires All Too Hard, So You Think, Uncle Mo, Zoffany, Excelebration, and proven sires Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Stratum, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Choisir.
Meanwhile, trainer Joe Pride is confident Terravista's stable-mate and fellow talented sprinter Craftiness (Starcraft-Rosecutter, by Redoute's Choice) can bounce back to form in tomorrow's Gr3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. The 5YO, who resumed with a second placing (beaten 3 lengths) behind Felines in a 1000 metre Benchmark 93 race at Randwick on 6 February, will race in bar plates as well as blinkers for the first time in an attempt to sharpen his focus. "He trialled in exactly what he's racing in - including the bar plates - last Friday. So I think punters can make up there own mind; they can watch that trial and assess him on that because that is the gear he will be racing in on Saturday," Pride told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I'm pretty confident that he will run well." He added: "Its looks a suitable race and I don't think it is an overly hard race. He's in good order and at Rosehill over 1100 metres he's got very good stats." Indeed, Craftiness is unbeaten at Rosehill over the distance winning his only two starts to date. Craftiness will be ridden by Singapore-based jockey Corey Brown and will jump from barrier 8. Click here to watch Craftiness's 837m barrier trial win at Randwick last Friday.
The field has been finalised and the barrier draw conducted for Saturday's $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. The Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua, who will be bidding for consecutive top-flight victories after landing the Lightning Stakes in breathtaking fashion last start, will jump from barrier 11, while his old adversary Terravista is a shock withdrawal from the sprint feature due to a hoof injury. Click here to view all the form for 'Super Saturday' at Flemington.
1. Chautauqua (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 58kg (11)
2. Delectation (Chris Waller-Damien Oliver) 56kg (10)
3. Tiger Tees (Joseph Pride-Ben Melham) 54kg (7)
4. Black Heart Bart (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (2)
5. Charmed Harmony (John Sadler-Katelyn Mallyon) 53kg (1)
6. Japonisme (Chris Waller-Craig Williams) 52.5kg (8)
7. Churchill Dancer (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Dee) 52kg (6)
8. The Quarterback (Robbie Griffiths-Craig Newitt) 52kg (9)
9. Keen Array (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Patrick Moloney) 50kg (4)
10. Counterattack (Chris Waller-Glen Boss) 50kg (3)
11. Secret Agenda (Mick Price-Jye McNeil) 50kg (5)
Chautauqua's last stride win in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes edged his earnings closer to $4 million and offered a reminder of the legacy of his sire Encosta De Lago, reports Aushorse. Buyers have only limited opportunities to still purchase progeny of the champion stallion, with four yearlings to be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and five at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. This seasons yearlings are the last available with Encosta De Lago retired in 2015 after suffering fertility issues in 2014. He has 99 individual stakes winners and moved to 228 stakes wins thanks to his brilliant grey son Chautauqua. “He has been a great stallion for many years and it is tremendous to see a horse like Chautauqua still flying the flag for Encosta De Lago,” said Coolmore’s Michael Kirwin. “It was unfortunate that we had to retire him but he has done more than enough, his record shows that.” Chautauqua, by Encosta De Lago out of Lovely Jubly, enhanced his reputation as the best sprinter in the country by defeating Group 1 winners Terravista and three-year-old Japonisme in the Lightning. It was his third Group 1 success, following previous wins in the TJ Smith Stakes and Manikato Stakes. Racing To Win is the best performed Encosta De Lago in terms of Group 1 victories with five, followed by Princess Coup with four. Alinghi won three Group 1s, as did champion Hong Kong sprinter Sacred Kingdom and New Zealand mare Lashed.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 5YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) scored a stunning 0.1-length win for trainers John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes in the $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 3YO gelding Japonisme (Choisir-Haiku, by Encosta de Lago). Chautauqua showed why he is widely regarded as the premier sprinter in the country with this devastating performance and took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Manikato Stakes, Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr3 McEwen Stakes, Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Darley Classic & Listed Gosford Guineas) from 19 starts for $3,883,750 earnings. "He's bigger and stronger than what he's ever been," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Racing.com. "I reckon the thing that was a bit freaky was the last 200 metres; how he ran those horses down." He added: "To mow those super horses down, that was one hell of an effort." Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was passed in for $300,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was retained to race by his breeders in partnership with prominent owner Rupert Legh, whose blue and gold lightning bolt silks Chautauqua carried to victory. Chautauqua is the second stakes winner from Gr1 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes & Gr1 QTC TJ Smith Classic winner Lovely Jubly, who has also produced Gr3 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winning filly London Lolly (Charge Forward).
Tomorrow’s Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington may well be a small field in numbers, however the seven-horse line-up is posing one of the biggest head scratchers for punters in years. Sharing favouritism at $2.60 are freakish sprinter Chautauqua and his equally exciting 3YO rival Exosphere. Both were beaten in their last starts when red hot favourites. The big questions that hang over their respective heads are, will Chautauqua find 1000m too short at this stage of his career, and is Exosphere just not suited to the Flemington straight sprint course. Waiting in the wings should either slip up are Terravista, Delectation (Chautauqua's conqueror in the Gr1 Darley Classic – see below) and Japonisme, each talented enough to give the race a massive shake on any given day. Even Kinglike ($26) could cause a scare at odds.
Star sprinter Chautauqua is among 15 nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, reports horseracing.com.au. The two-time Gr1 winner appeared in some doubt to line up in the $750,000 sprint feature after a 1000m jump-out at Flemington on Friday suggested he may be short of fitness. "He was good. He did everything right," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said. "Pulled up big and had a big blow, but you would expect that. It depends how he pulls up if he runs in the Lightning next Saturday or not." The Lightning has attracted a high quality field with proven Gr1-winning speedsters Delectation, Japonisme, Exosphere, and Terravista joined by up-and-coming types such as Keen Array, Kinglike and Brockhoff. The Gr1 Lightning nominations are:
1. BALL OF MUSCLE
6. ECLAIR CHOICE
10. KEEN ARRAY
12. SWEET EMILY
14. VA PENSIERO
Trainer Joe Pride is confident he has stable star Terravista ready to fire in Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, reports Racing.com. The 2014 Gr1 Darley Classic winner is one of 15 nominations for the $750,000 sprint feature that will also see the return of high profile gallopers Delectation, Japonisme and Exosphere. "He's right up there with those sort of horses," Pride said. "We just need him to perform at the level he's shown he can in the past and he's given every indication that he'll be able to do that this week." He added: "I'm expecting a small field and with his good turn of foot that should help him." Pride has a three-race autumn campaign planned for Terravista, beginning with the Gr1 Lightning and Gr1 Newmarket Handicap in Melbourne, and concluding with the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney. "It fits into his program a little better in that I want him to peak on TJ Smith Stakes day," Pride said. "There's not really a lot of movement in his program because being a Group 1 horse, there's not many races they can run him." He added: "He's had the one trial, but for 1000 metres I think that's all he'd need. I'm very happy with him."
Meanwhile, trainer Chris Waller has an international campaign in mind for Kermadec's stable-mate Delectation (Shamardal-Grace and Power, by More Than Ready) if he can strike his best form in the autumn, reports horseracing.com.au. Delectation fulfilled the early promise he had shown as a younger horse when defeating Chautauqua and Terravista in the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) in the spring, and now Waller is hoping the 4YO can progress to the next level by taking on the world's best sprinters at Royal Ascot in June. Waller revealed the son of Shamardal had also been included in the nominations for the rich Dubai World Cup carnival in March, but said a trip to the United Arab Emirates was unlikely. However, Waller will focus on Delectation's Australian campaign first, where he is set to run in both the Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) and the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. "If you go all the way to Dubai or England you corner yourself with only one or possibly two races and you corner yourself with the quarantine factor when you get home," Waller told Sky Sports Radio. "He has been set for the Lightning on the 20th of February over 1000 metres at Flemington and then it is the Newmarket on the 12th of March, which would be about Dubai World Cup time." He added: "I doubt he could get there, but it is a big priority for us to get one or two horses to Ascot this year. Being a weight-for-age sprinting performer and very good down the straight, he is right on the top of the list to go to Ascot."
At Flemington in Melbourne, European champion 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 4YO gelding Delectation (Shamardal-Grace and Power, by More Than Ready) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) & 6YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose). Waller said Delectation could have earned himself a trip to Royal Ascot next year after proving he was right up there with Australia's best sprinters. "I want to take a horse to Ascot again," Waller told Racing.com. "We'll go back with the horse we think is best suited to that race - whether it be Delectation, Japonisme, Press Statement...I'm not sure who it will be, but we'll be taking one that's for sure." A $250,000 yearling consigned by Vinery Stud at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Delectation took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Royal Sovereign Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes, Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes & Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes) from 20 starts for $1,423,775 earnings.
Australia's best sprinter Chautauqua has drawn barrier four for Saturday's $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington. A field of ten has been assembled for the weight-for-age feature in which Chautauqua will bid for successive Gr1 sprint prizes after scoring a stunning victory in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on 23 October. Dwayne Dunn will be reunited with Chautauqua on Saturday replacing Tommy Berry who partnered the 5YO in the Manikato when Dunn was suspended. Among Chautauqua's chief rivals will be reigning Darley Classic winner Terravista who has drawn barrier one, Queensland ace Buffering who has come up with barrier seven, Manikato runner-up Srikandi who will jump from gate two, and the intriguing Boban who has barrier eight. Boban, best known as one of Australia's top milers with three Gr1 wins at the distance, has never won over six furlongs despite several attempts at the trip. The final field for the Gr1 Darley Classic is:
1. BUFFERING (Robert Heathcote-Damian Browne) 58.5kg (7)
2. CHAUTAUQUA (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 58.5kg (4)
3. BOBAN (Chris Waller) 58.5kg (8)
4. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (1)
5. TIGER TEES (Joseph Pride) 58.5kg (5)
6. FLAMBERGE (Peter Moody-Vlad Duric) 58.5kg (6)
7. DELECTATION (Chris Waller) 58.5kg (9)
8. SRIKANDI (Ciaron Maher-Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg (2)
9. BRING ME THE MAID (Peter Moody-Glen Boss) 56.5kg (3)
10. LUMOSTY (Robert Smerdon) 56.5kg (10)
The Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) has attracted a field of ten for the $1 million sprint feature at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Chautauqua is currently the dominant $1.95 favourite with TAB following his two wins this campaign in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and Gr2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), while Ciaron Maher's dual Gr1-winning mare Srikandi is next best at $6. Fellow Gr1 winners Terravista ($6.50) and 2013 Manikato winner Buffering ($8) are the only other runners under double figures. The final field is:
1. Buffering 58.5kg (7)
2. Chautauqua 58.5kg (2)
3. Terravista 58.5kg (1)
4. Rebel Dane 58.5kg (4)
5. Tiger Tees 58.5kg (9)
6. Fast 'N' Rocking 58.5kg (3)
7. Rich Enuff 58.5kg (6)
8. Srikandi 56.5kg (10)
9. Griante 56.5kg (5)
10. Alpha Miss 56.5kg (8)
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $300,000 Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO entire Rebel Dane (California Dane-Texarcana, by More Than Ready) & fellow 6YO gelding That's A Good Idea (Flying Spur-Sunday Service, by Sunday Silence). This was a top return by Terravista who took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 17 starts for $1,665,505 earnings. "He is pretty soft and he has a heap of improvement in him, so it was nice to see him do that today," trainer Joe Pride told Sky Racing. "The acceleration was there today and that is what I wanted to see." Pride said Terravista would now head to Melbourne for the Gr1 Manikato STakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in three weeks time. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to Ball Of Muscle who finished runner-up to Buffering in the Gr1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote has provided an update on star sprinter Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) who will bid to defend his title in Friday night's Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley. Buffering is one of 20 horses nominated for the $450,000 sprint feature, with Gr1 winning siblings Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr1 Goodwood winner Flamberge, classy filly Fontiton, and Ciaron Maher's brilliant unbeaten filly Petits Filous, among the other notable entries. "The old fella doesn't know that he is eight and he has that cheeky attitude and he is bouncing off the track every morning," Heathcote told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "His coat has really shifted in the last couple of weeks and he is going to present in great order." Buffering will be shooting for his third Moir Stakes title, after winning in 2014 and also in 2012 when it held Gr2 status. Click here to view all Moonee Valley nominations.
Meanwhile, trainer Robert Smerdon says that boom filly Fontiton (Turffontein-Personal Ensign, by Rubiton) will have to produce her best performance to date when she takes on a high class field of sprinters in Friday night's Gr1Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley, reports Racing.com. The 3YO has not raced since injuring herself in February's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, in which she surrendered her unbeaten record when finishing 5th behind outstanding colt Pride Of Dubai. Fontiton then underwent surgery to remove two bone chips in a front fetlock but Smerdon says she is fit and ready to return to the races. The Caulfield trainer plans on giving her three runs this campaign, kicking off with Friday's $450,000 sprint feature. "She looks to have come as good as she was and has physically progressed but Friday night is the acid test," Smerdon said. "She's been based at her Ballarat stable and has done everything that we've asked." She added: "Last Saturday morning she worked on the course proper at Ballarat and was very good again but she'll need to be at her best because it looks like being a tough race." Twenty horses have been nominated for the Moir, including Gr1 winners Buffering, Terravista, Tiger Tees, Flamberge, and Ciaron Maher's brilliant unbeaten filly Petits Flious.
The full list of awards winners from last night's annual New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year function held at Hamilton is below:
Waikato Stud will again be in the thick of the action when the 2015 New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Award winners are honoured in Hamilton next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. The stud's leading sire Savabeel will be crowned with both the Grosvenor Award and the Dewar Stallion Trophy on August 13 while his late barn-mate O'Reilly or current resident Pins will win the Centaine Award. Stud patriarch Garry Chittick is also nominated for the Breeder of the Year Award for the Gr1 deeds of farm graduates Sacred Falls, Costume, Diademe and I Do. Graham and Helen-Gaye Bax (breeders of Lucia Valentina and Pasadena Girl), Dominic Li's IDL Breeding ltd (Volkstok'n'barrell, Suavito) and Paul and Cushla Smithies' Monovale Holdings (Platinum Witness, Puccini) have also been nominated for the breeders' crown. A trio of outstanding broodmares - Exodus, Mica's Pride and Parfore - will do battle for the Broodmare of the Year Award. Exodus is the dam of the Gr1-winning international sprinter Aerovelocity; Mica's Pride is the mother of the top-flight winner Criterion while Parfore's sons Terravista and Tiger Tees have each won at the highest level.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when talented 4YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $175,000 Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding That's A Good Idea (Flying Spur-Sunday Service, by Sunday Silence) & 3YO colt Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate). Ball Of Muscle took his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 13 starts for $444,725 earnings. The well related Ball Of Muscle is a half brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.
Former champion jockey Mick Dittman has told sportsbet.com.au that Chautauqua is Australian sprinting's next major star. While Chautauqua still has to go on with proceedings after landing his maiden Gr1 in the TJ Smith by a whisker, Dittman's view is that the Encosta de Lago swooper was luckless in the Newmarket and should have another Gr1 to his credit. Dittman noted, "Chautauqua is out to 1400m, but the way he's running, he could still beat them over a mile. I can't see Lucky Hussler winning at Randwick. He won well in Melbourne last start, but he hasn't beaten the quality, and several of these horses will be too sharp for him. Terravista had plenty of support last start but for mine, he was disappointing. He's a dead-set sprinter so the 1400m is not in his favour. The race just looks made to order for Chautauqua." Latest betting has Chautauqua on top at $3.00 ahead of Terravista $5.50; Lucky Hussler $6.50; and Shooting To Win & Wandjina $8.00.
A Cambridge nursery added to their international Gr1 tally on Easter Monday to headline an outstanding start to The Championships in Sydney for the New Zealand thoroughbred industry, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Hawkins family's Wentwood Grange celebrated their first home-bred Gr1 success in Australia when top 3YO Kermadec beat his older rivals in the Doncaster Mile. On a dream day for the farm, the Gr2 Chairman's Handicap winner Tremec was also sold by them at Karaka, as was the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes fourth placegetter Gust of Wind while Terravista, third in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, was born at Wentwood. "It was a fantastic day for us and our clients," Sean Hawkins said. "It's brilliant for New Zealand with Mongolian Khan winning the Derby as well and the whole industry here revels in the success." He added, "The number of people who have congratulated us has been quite overwhelming." The Chris Waller-trained Kermadec is out of the stakes winning mare Hy Fuji, who was a Sydney Easter Broodmare Sale purchase. "We've got her half-sister The Quarewan, who has been a great mare to us, and we bought Hy Fuji off the back of that success," Hawkins said. Kermadec, a son of Teofilo, was purchased by Guy Mulcaster for $260,000 at Karaka in 2013. "We're so happy for Guy and his clients – it's a hard game," Hawkins said. "Hy Fuji missed the following year, but we've got a Medaglia d'Oro filly that we are going to retain and she'll be going to Chris Waller." He added, "She's also got a Rip Van Winkle weanling filly, who will be staying here, and the mare is in foal to Ocean Park so it's very exciting for us." Wentwood Grange's broodmare band also includes their Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Miss Raggedy Ann while the farm earned European Gr1 honours in 2012 when graduate Little Bridge, who was sold at Karaka in 2007 for $9000, won the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) celebrated a Gr1 success when 4YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) scored by 0.1-length for the training triumvirate of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) & 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose). This was a well deserved maind Gr1 victory for Chautauqua who took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Darley Classic & Listed Gosford Guineas) from 13 starts for $2,353,250 earnings. Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was passed in for $300,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was retained to race by his breeders in partnership with prominent owner Rupert Legh, whose blue and gold lightning bolt silks Chautauqua carried to victory. Chautauqua is the second stakes winner from Gr1 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Lovely Jubly who has also produced Gr3 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winning filly London Lolly (Charge Forward). "Honestly, he was never in a winning position. To come from last today....that was pretty freaky," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's just great to finally get the Gr1 out of the road." Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said that Chautauqua would now be spelled to prepare for the spring and a possible trip to Hong Kong later in the year. "We will take stock but probably head toward the spring and maybe head over the Hong Kong at the end of the year," he said. "We thought about Royal Ascot but he's a gelding, so it's probably best just to keep him here at home."
At Flemington in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible-Sansadee, by Snaadee) scored by 2.75-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $1 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) & 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose). Brazen Beau, who was purchased for $70,000 by Ontrack Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Murrulla Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & BRC Champagne Classic) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes & Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes) from 10 starts for $1,407,825 earnings. "You don't see that every day and he has beaten some very good horses and beaten them easily," trainer Chris Waller said. "He is a very good horse, he did a great job in the spring and he has had a trouble free preparation." Waller said the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 4 April would be Brazen Beau's final run in Australia before embarking on a trip to Royal Ascot for either the Gr1 Kings Stand Stakes (1000m) or the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) in June. Brazen Beau was purchased by Darley Australia at the end of last year but will continue to race in the all gold colours of his previous owners, Ontrack Thoroughbreds, for the duration of his autumn campaign.