Talented Melbourne galloper Theanswermyfriend will have his first start for new trainer Darren Weir when he steps out in the Ladbrokes Cashout Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Previously trained by Robert Smerdon and Henry Dwyer, Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) has hitherto won 4 of his 18 starts, highlighted by his victory in the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington last spring. "He is a very good galloper, don't worry about that," Weir told racenet. "But I'm sure he has got a lot more to come after Saturday. I've got no real expectations, he is an on speed horse and he will just roll along. He's been down at my beach stable, just poking around, he has had two jump-outs and is ready to go." Weir added: "I've got no real set plans for him for the next couple of months, I just want to see how he goes on Saturday."
Racing.com reports that talented Melbourne galloper Theanswermyfriend has been transferred to the Warrnambool stable of champion trainer Darren Weir. Part-owner Rod Lyons, who also races boom sprinter Nature Strip, said that The answermyfriend may even be ready to return to the races in a few weeks time. "He's down there [Warrnambool] too and he's going terrific," said Lyons."He's going to have another jump-out over the next week and he might even start in the next couple of weeks." Lyons added: "He had a number of issues when he went down there. He was tying up badly and had some problems with the back and Darren did say that he's showing none of the problems that he arrived with so that salt water certainly does something for the horses." Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral-Blowin in the Wind, by Danehill) has hitherto won 4 of his 18 starts, highlighted by his victory in the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington last spring.
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.