At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Windsor Park Stud's ill-fated Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park (Spinning World-Joy, by Bluebird) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Celebrity Dream (Thorn Park- Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) burst through the field late to score a decisive win in the $100,000 Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Fontainebleau & Top Of The Class. This was the second successive stakes victory for he Bob Peters-owned Celebrity Dream who improved her record to 7 wins (including the Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 4 placings from 14 starts for $300,750 in earnings. Purchased for $260,000 at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Celebrity Dream is out of the Gr3 Manawatu Classic winner Valpolicella (Red Ransom) who has already produced Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic winner Vavasour as well as Gr2 Autumn Classic winner and Gr1 Queensland Derby placegetter Vilanova.
At Ascot in Perth, Western Australia, Windsor Park Stud's ill-fated Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park (Spinning World-Joy, by Bluebird) added a black-type success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Celebrity Dream (Thorn Park- Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) scored a brilliant last-to-first win in the $100,000 Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Volkoff & Top Of The Class. This was the first stakes victory for the Bob Peters-owned Celebrity Dream who improved her record to 6 wins and 4 placings from 13 starts for $240,750 in earnings. Purchased for $260,000 at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Celebrity Dream is out of the Gr3 Manawatu Classic winner Valpolicella (Red Ransom) who has already produced Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic winner Vavasour as well as Gr2 Autumn Classic winner and Gr1 Queensland Derby placegetter Vilanova.
Undefeated champion females Black Caviar & Treve have shared top billing in the Timeform Global Rankings for 2013 with North America's best racehorse Wise Dan, with each allotted a rating of 134. Australian superstar Black Caviar stretched her unbeaten run to 25 before being retired in April after an unblemished career. Her peak rating of 136 (recorded in 2012) makes her the joint-highest rated filly or mare aged 3+ in Timeform's 65-year history, alongside Allez France and Habibti. Arc heroine Treve also boasts a perfect record and posted her personal best mark when trouncing Europe's best by five lengths at Longchamp in October. Fortunately for racing fans, the Sheikh Joaan Al Thani-owned daughter of Motivator will remain in training in 2014 with a trip to Royal Ascot reportedly on the cards. Reigning US Horse Of The Year Wise Dan capped off another stellar year by going back-to-back in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. The 7YO will match Goldikova's remarkable feat of three Breeders' Cup Mile wins if connections decide to contest the race again at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the spectacular victory in Saturday's Gr1 Cox Plate by hitherto maiden galloper Shamus Award (Snitzel-Sunset Express, by Success Express) catapulted his Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel to the top of the Australian General Sires Premiership. The $1.8 million winner's purse took his progeny's seasonal tally beyond $3 million, in the process providing Snitzel with his 16th stakes-winner and second Gr1 winner from his first four crops. Arrowfield's chairman John Messara enthused: "This is a milestone success for Snitzel, and confirms what his statistics have been telling us for the last two seasons: that he is a major Australian sire in the making."
In the West Indies, the 1st foals by Irish-bred & dual UK Gr2-winning 9YO stallion Maraahel (Alzao-Nasanice, by Nashwan) have been born in Trinidad And Tobago, reported racingpost.com. They are out of Go With D Flow (a sister to Trinidad And Tobago triple crown winner Top Of The Class), Little Sophia (a champion in Panama) & British-bred winning Bachir mare Castanza. On the track, Maraheel (who was sold last year to take up stud duties for the Stud Farm Association of Trinidad and Tobago) recorded 8 wins (including both the 2006 & 2007 UK Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes, plus the 2005 & 2006 & 2007 Gr3 Huxley Stakes, as well as 2007's Gr3 John Porter Stakes & 2004's Gr3 Gordon Stakes) & 14 placings (6 in Gr1-events, including the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes twice, Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Coronation Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong International Cup & Gr1 Champion Stakes, as well as the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes twice, Gr3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Gr3 Huxley Stakes, Gr3 John Porter Stakes & Gr3 Strensall Stakes) from 34 starts for £1,030,279 (A$1.855m) earnings.
Thor-Bred Stables paid US$600,000 for 5YO mare Top of the Class (sold in-foal to Tiznow) consigned by Pope McLean as agent for Golden Eagle Farm (in Phase 2 of a major reduction). Top Of The Class (Deputy Minister-Grand Girlfriend, by Private Account) is from the family of stakes-winner Tiz Wonderful.