The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville racecourse this Saturday. The race will see a capacity field of 20 runners take their place. First run in 1881, the Goodwood has been won by some top-class sprinters including Aurie's Star (1940), Royal Gem (1946), Super Elegant (2004), Glamour Puss (2005), Takeover Target (2009), Black Caviar (2012), Black Heart Bart (2016), and Vega Magic (2017). This year the favourite for the race is the Lindsay Park-trained Vega Magic who is listed as a $2.60 chance with TAB to successfully defend his title. Vega Magic dominates betting, so much so that his nearest market rivals are Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes winner Viddora and Gr1-placegetter Voodoo Lad at $10 followed by Santa Ana Lane and Thronum at $13.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 5YO entire Hellbent (I Am Invincible-Volkaspray, by Volksraad) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Weight For Age Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs+, defeating 4YO horse Thronum & 3YO filly Catchy. A $95,000 yearling consigned by Dartbrook Downs Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, Hellbent is part-owned by members of the Mitchell family and Yaramman Park Stud which stands his boom sire. Spruiked by trainer Darren Weir as a prospective elite level sprinter last August, Hellbent has put himself in the box seat to be a possible heir-apparent to his sire. The Gr1 victory, surprisingly his maiden stakes-win, follows several Group and Listed race placings for Hellbent, and took Weir's Gr1 haul for the current season to six. "He's always had the ability, but things just haven't worked out for him," reflected Weir of Hellbent whose record now stands at 7 wins & 7 placings (including the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, last year's Gr1 William Reid Stakes where he just missed out behind Silent Sedition & the Gr3 Hallmark Stakes) from 23 starts for $901,450 earnings.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion and current leading Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred entire Thronum (Snitzel-Helena's Secret, by Five Star Day) scored a dominant front-running win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Mr Sneaky & Stellar Collision. Now trained by the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, this was the second stakes victory for Thronum who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Listed ATC Rosebud) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 10 starts for $329,250 in earnings. Thronum, whose third dam is Gr1 Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, dam of deceased Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner and recently crowned Champion Australian Sire Street Cry, was a $300,000 purchase by Sun Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Highgrove Stud.
At Sandown in Melbourne, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie) scored a brave front-running win in the $150,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, defeating Casino Wizard & Thronum. Jungle Edge improved his record to 12 wins (including the Gr3 BRC Sprint & Gr3 Star Kingdom Stakes) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy & Gr1 ATC All Aged Stakes) from 45 starts for $770,260 in earnings.
Less than a fortnight after landing his first Australian Sires Premiership, Snitzel has put up his first city treble of the new season, including Menari, a dashing winner of the $150,000 Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill. The handsome colt with the striking white blaze is the second son of Snitzel to win the Rosebud following Thronum's success last year, and the 65th stakes winner on Snitzel's lifetime record. Trainer Gerald Ryan, recording his 13th stakes winner by former stable star Snitzel, can justly feel that his assessment of Menari as an unlucky 2YO has been vindicated. The $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) on 23 September is the obvious target for him, but Ryan believes he's also a genuine prospect for The Everest. Whichever way Menari goes, the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on 26 August is his likely next start. Jockey Josh Parr said: "He's an exceptionally talented horse. I know it sounds a little bit arrogant but I was so confident his ability could overcome the bias of the track today.” He added: “He's as good as anything I've sat on. I won't say any more." Menari supplied the final leg of Snitzel's Rosehill treble, following the Waterhouse & Bott-trained Arbeitsam's defiant win over 1800 metres, and The Pharoah's success over 1350 metres for owner-breeder Ottavio Galletta and Gerald Ryan.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword has firmed to be $3 favourite for the race after drawing ideally in barrier three, ahead of last-start Gr2 Run To The Rose winner Astern (12) at $3.80 and Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes winner Divine Prophet (10) at $4.60. The final field is:
1. ASTERN (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (12)
2. EL DIVINO (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (4)
3. GOOD STANDING (James Cummings-Glyn Schofield) 56.5kg (6)
4. DIVINE PROPHET (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-T Berry) 56.5kg (10)
5. NIKITAS (Chris Waller) 56.5kg (8)
6. THRONUM (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Kerrin McEvoy) 56.5kg (13)
7. IMPENDING (John O'Shea-Brenton Avdulla) 56.5kg (2)
8. DERRYN (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Tim Clark) 56.5kg (7)
9. MEDITERRANEAN (Peter & Paul Snowden-Blake Shinn) 56.5kg (5)
10. OINK (Kelly Schweida-Paul Hammersley) 56.5kg (11)
11. CHAMALU (Liam Birchley-James Orman) 56.5kg (1)
12. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke-Zac Purton) 54.5kg (9)
13. OMEI SWORD (Chris Waller) 54.5kg (3)
14. O'REILLY CYRUS (Liam Birchley-Jason Collett) 54.5kg (14)
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a Group success when 3YO colt Divine Prophet (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.2-length for trainers John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes in the $125,000 Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Derryn (Hinchinbrook-Munhro, by Lonhro) & Thronum (Snitzel-Helena's Secret, by Five Star Day). This was the first stakes victory for the highly regarded Divine Prophet who advanced his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr1 ATC Champagne Stakes) from 4 starts for $161,025 earnings. Divine Prophet - who is a full brother to Gr3 winner and dual Gr1 placegetter Proisir - is being aimed at all the major 3YO features in the spring. He also holds a nomination for the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on 22 October, "He is in the Golden Rose, the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox Plate but we will take it one step at a time," co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. "He is a lovely colt but there's a long spring ahead."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Thronum (Snitzel-Helena's Secret, by Five Star Day) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $100,000 Listed Rosebud (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Mediterranean (Smart Missile-Ekali, by Torrential) & 3YO filly Miss Beneteau (Beneteau-Last Waltz, by Last Tycoon). Not only was this the first stakes victory for the talented Thronum, but it was also the first winner for the new training partnership of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. "You sort of have to pinch yourself but I couldn't be happier," 28YO Bott told AAP. "I'm delighted with that win." He added: "She's an incredible mentor and she's there for the full support." Thronum - whose third dam is Gr1 Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, dam of deceased Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner and recently crowned Champion Australian Sire Street Cry - was a $300,000 purchase by Sun Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Highgrove Stud. He improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $162,750 earnings.