At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Sovereign Nation (Encosta De Lago-Sovereign Duchess, by Last Tycoon) scored by 0.1-length for trainers David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $120,000 Listed March Stakes (1400m), defeating 4YO gelding Theanswermyfriend & 4YO entire Seaburge. Earning his second black-type win, Sovereign Nation, who was passed-in for $140,000 as a 2YO at the 2014 Magic Millions Horses-In-Training Sale when offered by Baramul Stud, took his record to 5 wins (including Moonee Valley's Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes at just his third start) & 5 placings (including the Gr1 Toorak Handicap & Listed Winter Championship Final) from 25 starts for $590,450 earnings. Sovereign Nation's win added to an exceptional sequence of Group & Listed race success for the powerful Lindsay Park stable over the past two week-ends.
Smart West Australian galloper Chocolate Holic will make his return to Perth racing in tomorrow's Gr3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot. After a fruitless four-start Melbourne campaign under the care of Darren Weir, the dual stakes winner returned to Grant and Alana Williams' Karnup stable following his last-start fifth behind Theanswermyfriend in the Listed Sofitel Handicap (1400m) at Flemington. "He's enjoyed being in familiar surroundings and can't be faulted," Alana Williams told the West Australian. "Since a brief let-up, he's worked well and is ready to start on Saturday. Then a decision will be made on what races he tackles." Chocolate Holic holds summer entries in the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on 25 November and the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at the same venue a fortnight later.
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 4YO bay gelding Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) led throughout for a strong front-running victory in the $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) for 4YO+, defeating Mr Sneaky & Count Da Vinci. A $70,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Theanswermyfriend improved his record to 4 wins and 6 placings from 13 starts for $285,020 in earnings. Theanswermyfriend hails from the classic European family of French Gr1 winner Cerulean Sky, Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, English Derby runner-up US Army Ranger, and Gr1 EP Taylor Stakes winner Truly A Dream, dam of former shuttler Catcher In The Rye (Danehill).
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 3YO colt Acatour (Sebring-Adonia Queen, by Cherokee Run) returned to winning form with a dominant 3.5 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $200,000 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) & fellow 3YO colt Veladero (Medaglia d'Oro-Stacked, by Belong to Me). Acatour, who was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock and Snowden Racing for $160,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, improved his record to 4 wins and 2 placings (including the Listed MRC Gothic Stakes) from 9 starts for $243,855 earnings.