Godolphin trainer James Cummings sees no reason why Home Of The Brave won't handle the step up to seven furlongs in Saturday's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. The Irish-bred import goes into the race off the back of an impressive front-running win over high class opponents D'Argento and Trapeze Artist in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Randwick two weeks ago. "He was a bold front-running winner last time and he was out in front at his previous start at Flemington," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "But he doesn't need to race like that. I don't see any issue with the seven furlongs here. He's won over the trip on tough courses in England." Cummings added: "He took a few big scalps in the Theo Marks, so he deserves the chance to perform at Group 1 level."
The Australian Turf Club hosted Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) members and sponsors at the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Against the backdrop of magnificent racing, where Winx secured her 20th Gr1 win, TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards at the annual presentation for achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season. Winners were announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet. Award winners were:
Godolphin trainer James Cummings has admitted that his motivation for running Home Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner-Blissful Beat, by Beat Hollow) in Saturday's Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill was to highlight the horse's Everest credentials to the remaining two slot-holders. Having just his second start in Australia after a gallant second to Voodoo Lad in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) in Melbourne, the 7YO Irish-bred entire lived up to his trainer's opinion when posting a brilliant front-running win over high class opponents D'Argento and Trapeze Artist. "I think he caught the attention of the right people and if we were really serious about it we could get very interested with Home Of The Brave. It's possible he's right up there with the fastest horses of all our fast horses here," Cummings told Melbourne's Radio Sport National (RSN). "We felt he could really give the favourite of The Everest [Trapeze Artist] a real shake there and he'd tightened up nicely from his first-up run." Cummings added: "He certainly has got something about him that horse."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's dual hemisphere 4-time Gr1-winning sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold) added a Group success when 7YO Irish-bred entire Home Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner-Blissful Beat, by Beat Hollow) proved far too strong for his high class opponents when scoring a brilliant front-running win in the $200,000 Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, defeating D’Argento & Trapeze Artist. Racing in the royal blue silks of global powerhouse Godolphin, Home Of The Brave improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Criterion Stakes & Gr3 John Of Gaunt Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr3 Aurie’s Star Handicap, Gr3 Lennox Stakes, Gr2 Hungerford Stakes & Gr3 Sirenia Stakes) from 20 starts for $739,796 in earnings.
Meanwhile, Trapeze Artist’s third placing in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes has seen him cede favouritism for next month’s The Everest to defending champion Redzel. Redzel is now $5 favourite for Te Everest with trapeze Artist drifting from $4.50 out to $6. However, trainer Gerald Ryan was unfazed by the performance and blamed the heavy conditions for the defeat. “First-up on a heavy track, I was happy with him,” Ryan told Sky Racing. “He had to carry 62 kilos and from now on he meets the others at level weights. He had a blow after the race and he was entitled to.” Jockey Tye Angland echoed Ryan’s sentiments. “I was happy with the way he relaxed underneath me. He came into it feeling great but when I asked him to quicken the wheels spun a little bit. This heavy track is not his go.”
James Cummings says Irish import Home Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner-Blissful Beat, by Beat Hollow) has improved ahead of his second Australian start in Saturday's Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill. The 7YO made an encouraging Australian debut when a gallant second to Voodoo Lad in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 11 August, and Cummings says he is a fitter horse this time around. "He's been given time to recover from a solid first-up effort where he was running at a good speed all the way and was still finding something on the line," Cummings said. "The winner has raced well since, but more importantly, Home Of The Brave looks to have tightened up a little bit." Cummings added: "He makes his own running, so it's important to have him fit with the gap between runs. He's not overly robust, but he's very quick on his feet." Home Of the Brave faces a challenging second-up assignment with the likes of Trapeze Artist and D'Argento in the race. TAB currently have Home Of The Brave listed on the fourth line of betting at $5.50. Trapeze Artist is favourite at $2.80.
Trainer Gerald Ryan says he can't fault the preparation of Trapeze Artist ahead of his return in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday. Trapeze Artist laid claim to being the best sprinter in Australia when posting successive Gr1 victories in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following the Theo Marks, the son of champion Arrowfield stallion Snitzel will then run in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September as the final lead-up to the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "It's well documented that he is not a great track worker but he looks very well. He's 25 kilograms heavier than he was in the autumn and I couldn't be happier with him," Ryan told Sky Sports Radio. "He's forward enough to win on Saturday. He looks big and strong, well muscled, and his coat is good. There's a lot of stud interest in the horse and because he has that high profile now he has to be up to the mark every time he goes to the races." Trapeze Artist is currently the $4.50 favourite with TAB for The Everest.
Outside of Winx's half-dozen Gr1 wins last season, only Trapeze Artist, Happy Clapper and Shoals (also trained by Anthony Freedman) boasted a Gr1 season as good as Santa Ana Lane's premium treble. One of the surprise packets of 2017-2018, Santa Ana Lane managed to get under everyone's guard on each of those three ocassions, starting at $26 in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke, $26 in the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap and then $14 in the Gr1 Stradbroke. The oft-forgotten sprinter of Australia's short-course ranks is no doubt more comfortable over 1200m and slightly further, however he has decent enough form first-up, and over 1100m, to suggest he's a genuine eachway hope in tomorrow's Heath 1100 at Caulfield where course and distance specialist Voodoo Lad is the popular pick. Again ridden by Ben Melham, who guided him to his past two Gr1 wins, Santa Ana Lane is an $8 chance to make it a hat-trick.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden says Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) may be ridden a little quieter than usual when he launches his Everest campaign in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday. Redzel will carry top weight of 60.5kg in a field of nine that includes fellow Everest contender Invincible Star. "We’re extremely happy with how he’s come back," Snowden told racenet. "There’s no change in the horse but he’s had a good break and I think it’s what he needed." Snowden added: "Pre-acceptances there looks good speed, so it’s going to be a nice race for him. Every chance he won’t be leading on Saturday. I wouldn’t imagine he’ll lead Invincible Star. We’ll ride our own race." Redzel will represent slot-holder Yulong Investments when he defends his title in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. TAB currently have Redzel listed as the $6 second favourite behind Trapeze Artist at $4.50.
Newgate Farm has announced that prodigiously talented colt Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) will join its stallion roster for the 2018 breeding season. The injury plagued Menari was a leading contender for The Everest later in the spring but his career was prematurely cut short due to a damaged tendon. A homebred for Corumbene Stud’s George Altomonte, breeder of Golden Slipper winner and top stallion Sebring, Menari was prepared by Snitzel’s trainer Gerald Ryan. He retires with 3 wins from 8 starts and over $600,000 in prize money. His biggest win came in last year's Gr2 Run To The Rose before he was placed behind stable-mate Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 Golden Rose. "We are committed to standing the very best and fastest sons of champion sires and Menari, an incredibly brilliant son of Snitzel, certainly fits this mould. He is the horse that we have consistently rated as the most talented colt of his year and the most desirable stallion prospect of his generation," Newgate Farm General Manager, Bruce Slade said. Newgate is in the process of finalising Menari’s syndication, with a small number of shares available to outside breeders. Menari will stand at a fee of $27,500 inc GST.
Last night in Sydney, trainer Chris Waller was presented with his eighth successive Bart Cummings Medal during the NSW Racing’s Night of Champions awards held at Royal Randwick. The Bart Cummings Medal point score – honouring the legendary trainer who passed away just under three years ago – is comprised of votes from leading Sydney racing journalists. With an incredible 189 city winners for the 2017/18 season, Waller easily passed his previous milestone of 169 wins established during the 2015/16 racing season. Brenton Avdulla claimed his first George Moore Award for winning the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership with 92 wins for the season, while Rachel King, now a fully-fledged jockey, took out the coveted Theo Green Award for leading Sydney apprentice with 38 wins for the season. The NSWROA Committee acknowledged the wonderful service to the industry of the late Mr Noel Bracks by presenting his family with the NSWROA Industry Recognition Award. Other key Award winners on the night were:
Fittingly, one of NSW's most consistent provincial maidens got the monkey off his back when saluting in Scone's opening affair over 1300m. From the immediate family of elite gallopers Trapeze Artist, Crawl and Marching, the well-named 5YO gelding Kathmandu (Helmet-Nepal, by Quest For Fame) finally repaid his multitude of owners for their patience. Kathmandu had previously started 5 times, on each occasion finishing in the money, and was justifiably saddled by the Snowden Stable to start the $1.35 favourite after briefly touching $1.28. While making his debut in January this year, Kathmandu first trialled in May 2016, and at one point went 14 months between trials ahead of his first race start. Secured for $100,000 by Triple Crown Syndications from the draft of Rosemont Stud at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Kathmandu got home by a narrow margin but is now eligible to race in better company.
Three-time Gr1 winner Le Romain is one of the stars from the Kris Lees stable scheduled to trial at Gosford on Monday. Le Romain, who ran second in an 800 metre trial on his home track at Newcastle last week, is expected to open his spring campaign in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on 18 August. "There are plenty of weight-for-age options for him after that," Lees told racingnsw.com.au. "He could go to Melbourne for the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1." Although he failed to hit the board in five starts in the autumn, Le Romain was placed three times at Gr1 level, namely in the All Aged Stakes (behind Trapeze Artist), Doomben 10,000 (behind English), and the Kingsford-Smith Cup (behind Impending).
Arrowfield’s all-conquering Champion Sire Snitzel has claimed his second consecutive Australian General Sires’ Premiership with a staggering total of more than $29 million. He also retains the 2YO Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ titles he won last season. Snitzel’s progeny have won almost twice the prize money of his nearest rivals I Am Invincible and two-time champion sire Fastnet Rock, who have both compiled outstanding seasons with career-best earnings in Australia. Despite that, they both fell short of Snitzel’s record 2016/17 prize money of $16.2 million. The sensational son of Redoute’s Choice also tops the 2017/18 table by winners, wins and stakes winners with 26 horses successful in Group & Listed company. That repeats his achievement with eight crops of racing age in 2016/17 and again equals the record of the great Danehill, set with nine crops of racing age in 2001/02. However, Snitzel’s tally of 43 Australian stakes victories this season is a record he holds on his own, ahead of the previous mark of 36 stakes wins set by Danehill in 2004/05. The quality of the performances put up by Snitzel’s best domestic performers this season is impressive. Eighteen (69%) of the 26 are Group winners, with a standout performer in each age category - 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution & 5YO Redzel who between them won six Group 1 races. Click here to read more about Snitzel's sensational season.
The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) has announced the nominations for its annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony to be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney on 16 August. The nominees are:
Other awards to be presented on the night include the BOBS Horse of the Year, the Sydney Strapper of the Year, the NSW Racing Writers' Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award, the George Moore Award, the Theo Green Award, the Bart Cummings Medal and of course, the NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The awards night will again be televised "live" on Sky Thoroughbred Central on the Foxtel platform, and also internationally by NSWROA's exclusive media partner Sky Racing, with highlights of the night also being shown across all Sky Racing channels.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has provided an update on the progress of star sprinter Trapeze Artist who will launch his Everest campaign in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on 8 September, reports racenet. Trapeze Artist laid claim to being the best sprinter in Australia, and therefore the world, when landing successive Group 1 features in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following the Theo Marks, the son of champion Arrowfield stallion Snitzel will then run in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September as the final lead-up to his primary spring target - the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "He's coming along really well and will trial early August," said Ryan, referring most likely to the Rosehill trials on Tuesday 7 August. "He will have the two trials and then go first-up in the Theo Marks on September 8. He will then go three weeks into the Premiere and then two weeks into The Everest."
Trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed that star sprinter Trapeze Artist will launch his Everest campaign in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on 8 September. Trapeze Artist laid claim to being the best sprinter in Australia, and therefore the world, when landing successive Group 1 features in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney in the autumn. Following the Theo Marks, the son of champion Arrowfield stallion Snitzel will then run in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 29 September as the final lead-up to his primary spring target - the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. "He's coming along well, working along running half miles in 54.5 or 55 seconds and doing it well," Ryan told racingnsw.com.au. "He's a bigger, stronger horse. He didn't put on a lot of weight, he'll probably race 20kg heavier, but it's just maturity." Ryan said Trapeze Artist was likely to have his first trial either at Randwick on 30 July or Rosehill on 7 August.
Trainer Gerald Ryan expects richly talented but injury prone colt Menari to catch the eye of Everest slot-holders when he makes his eagerly awaited comeback in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on 1 September. The Snitzel colt, who had tie-back surgery in the spring and missed the autumn after injuring a joint, will be aiming to secure a slot in the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Following the Concorde, Menari will then have his final prep run for the world's richest turf race in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on 16 September. "If anyone saw him now they'd take him," Ryan told racingnsw.com.au. "He's a different horse. He's grown into himself and is big and strong." Menari was last seen finishing third behind his stable-mate and current Everest favourite Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 Golden Rose last September.
Chris Waller will be hoping that Satono Rasen's class shines through in Saturday's $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane. The 6YO Japanese-bred entire has had an unorthodox preparation for the Doomben Cup having had just two lead-up runs for the weight-for-age feature. The son of Deep Impact made his Australian debut in Sydney on 21 April when finishing 9th behind Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), before rounding out his Doomben Cup preparation with a close 4th (beaten 2.5 lengths) in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on 5 May. Satono Rasen (Deep Impact-Toupie, by Intikhab) arrived at Waller's stable earlier in the year as a winner of 3 of his 21 starts, including the Gr2 Shimbun Hai (2200m), a traditional lead-up to the Gr1 Japan Derby in which he finished second. His class was also on display when he finished a close fifth to champion stayer Kitasan Black in the Gr1 Kikuka Sho (3000m) in 2015. Bookmakers obviously think Satono Rasen is on the verge of recapturing his impressive Japanese form with TAB currently listing him as the $5.50 third favourite for the Doomben Cup.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane on Saturday. First run in 1933 when won by champion racehorse Bernborough, the Doomben 10,000 has established itself as a genuine star-making race with the likes of Black Onyx (1969 & 70), Baguette (1971), Manikato (1979), Sovereign Red (1981), Campaign King (1988), Flitter (1994), Chief De Beers (1995), Falvelon (2001 & 2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hot Danish (2010) and Epaulette (2013) all winning the race. This year, the current TAB favourite for the race is defending champion Redzel at $2.25. However, punters are beginning to warm to one of Redzel's rivals as evidenced by his quote drifting from its opening price of $2 out to $2.25. High-class mare In Her Time is the horse on the move, firming from her opening price of $4.20 into $3.60 at the time of writing. Redzel and In Her Time come through the same form reference having finished second (beaten 2 lengths) and third (beaten 4 lengths) respectively behind Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 7 April. The market support for the mare is understandable given she was unlucky not to finish much closer after encountering traffic in the straight. The market has therefore framed the 10,000 as a two-horse race with all other runners are at double figure odds, headed by Impending at $11, Le Romain at $12, and exciting local sprinter Care To Think at $13. If successful, Redzel will become just the fifth horse in history to win successive Doomben 10,000s. He will join Black Onyx (1968-69), Prince Trialia (1990-91), Falvelon, (2001-02) and Apache Cat (2008-09) who have claimed back-to-back editions of the race since its inaugural running in 1933.
Richly talented but injury prone 3YO Menari is on track to make his comeback to racing in the Spring in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick on 16 September. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he is hoping the Snitzel colt, who had tie-back surgery in the Spring and missed the autumn after injuring a joint, can secure a slot for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "He comes back into pre-training in about a fortnight," Ryan told racenet. "He had his throat done but we scoped him a couple of times when he was in work earlier this year and his throat was fine." He added: "He’s got to come back and do it but I see no reason why he won’t. Right now I’m looking to kick him off in The Shorts." Menari was last seen finishing third behind his stable-mate and current Everest favourite Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 Golden Rose in September.
Spendthrift Australia has announced two new additions to its 2018 stallion roster as well as its fees for its entire roster. Joining the roster this year will be Gr3 winner Overshare (I am Invincible). A winner at two, Overshare won the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes and the Listed McKenzie Stakes (both at 1200m) at three. "We cannot wait to get him to the farm for breeders to see because we feel that he ticks all the boxes," said Garry Cuddy, general manager of Spendthrift Australia. "He's by a champion sire, he's a multiple stakes-winning sprinter, and he definitely looks the part." From the family of five champions and a $320,000 Inglis Easter yearling, Overshare is being offered on Spendthrift Australia's Share the Upside program at a fee of $15,400 (inc. GST) for a one-time only payment on live foal. He will also stand for $11,000 (inc. GST) on live foal terms. Also retiring to Spendthrift is Gold Standard (Sebring), winner of the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill in which he defeated Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist, Ace High and The Mission. "Sebring is a sire that we have a lot of time for and we are very excited to offer breeders his well-performed son," said Cuddy. Gold Standard will be offered on the Share the Upside program for $7,700 (inc. GST) for a one-time only payment on live foal. He will also stand for $5,500 (inc. GST) for breeders wishing to breed on live foal terms. Along with its two new stallions, Spendthrift Australia is also returning its four stallions from 2017 in Hampton Court ($5,500), Jimmy Creed ($8,800), Swear ($5,500), and Warrior's Reward ($7,700). All four returning stallions will be offered on the farm's Breed Secure program and on live foal terms.
Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath described as "straight forward" the decision to secure star colt Trapeze Artist to be the Queensland-based stud's representative in the 2018 edition of The Everest (1200m). Trapeze Artist is the first horse to secure a slot for the $13 million sprint feature which will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 13 October. "When you get the chance to lock in a horse like Trapeze Artist it was a very straightforward decision for us. It was a quick negotiation and it made sense, with the opportunity to not only enhance the Aquis brand but also Trapeze Artist's record on the track," McGrath told racingnsw.com.au. "In his last two starts he has stamped himself as the key three-year-old prospect in the land. He beat Redzel fair and square and has come out and won the All Aged Stakes since, breaking the track record. He'd already been dominant in winning the Golden Rose so every indicator is there that he is the dominant sprinter." Aquis' deal with Trapeze Artist's owner Bert Vieira is currently restricted to The Everest, but McGrath said Aquis is obviously keen to secure the triple Gr1 winner for stud duties when he retires. "The day Bert retires him the negotiations begin," McGrath said. "We have been chatting for a while with Bert from a stallion point of view...you have a myriad of discussions when it comes to stallion negations and the fact we have an Everest slot was always part of that chat."
Trainer Ben Smith has outlined an ambitious race program that will see top sprinter In Her Time target Australia's major sprint races before making her debut on the world stage, reports racing.com. In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) confirmed herself as one of the premier speedsters in the country when claiming her first Gr1 victory in last month's Galaxy. She was then an unlucky third behind Trapeze Artist in the TJ Smith Stakes on the opening day of The Championships. Smith has several domestic Gr1 sprints mapped out for the 5YO before a likely overseas trip for the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December. "Obviously we go to Brisbane for two races, the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap [both Gr1s]. I think the month between runs will suit her and then she'll have a short break before having one run into The Everest," Smith said. "After that she'll head to Melbourne for the Darley Classic [Gr1] and then we'll hopefully jump on a plane and head to Hong Kong for the December sprint race."
Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:
Star juvenile and 3YO colt Pariah (redoute’s Choice-Secluded, by Choisir) joins the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will stand his first season in 2018 at a fee of $22,000 inc GST, with sixty mares already committed to him by his strong shareholder group. Arrowfield chairman John Messara commented, “Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.” Bought by James Harron for $700,000 from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Pariah won the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on debut at Rosehill in January 2017, defeating Menari. After finishing second in the Gr3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude Pariah started favourite in the Gr1 Blue Diamond S. where he was caught in the shadows of the post by Catchy after racing three wide without cover for much of the 1200-metre journey. Pariah was Timeform’s second top-rated 2YO colt of 2016-17, given a figure of 118, just below Invader & She Will Reign (both 119), and ahead of Gr1 winners Summer Passage, Catchy, The Mission & Trapeze Artist. Pariah returned as a Spring 3YO when he overcame an awkward draw and a weight penalty to win the Gr3 ATC San Domenico in sizzling time. He then filled second spot behind Menari in the ATC Run to the Rose H. G2 with Kementari and Invader in arrears. The three-quarter brother to dual Gr1 winner Melitoretires to stud with two wins, three placings and $541,000 prizemoney from 9 starts, all at Group level. James Harron will be heavily supporting Pariah at stud with mares that include Gr1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain.
Comprising almost 1,000 lots, the catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is now online. The auction will present a spectacular line up of breeding prospects – from race fillies and top young breeding prospects to proven Gr1 producers. "We are overwhelmed with the support that the vendors of Australasia have given the sale again this year," Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch said. "There will be so many opportunities for buyers across all levels of the market. This sale has produced so many elite results for both vendors and buyers – the dams of current day stars Winx, Trapeze Artist, Estijaab, Levendi, Shoals and Hiyaam were all purchased here providing buyers with immediate returns on investment." A supplementary catalogue is currently in production and will be released next month. To view the online catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale click here. The catalogue is also available for download on the Equineline iPad app. Hard copies of the catalogue will be posted early May.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) showed his fighting qualities when scoring a narrow win in the $600,000 weight-for-age Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Le Romain & Showtime. Owner Bert Vieira is now in the enviable position of having to decide whether to accept one of the big money stud deals on offer for Trapeze Artist or continue racing him and target events such as The Everest and possibly even Royal Ascot. "Obviously I've had a lot of offers. I will make some firm decision on Monday, and hopefully we will make the right decision for him," Vieira told Sky Racing. "I would love to race him in The Everest, to be honest. It is exciting." He added: "If I did that it means I can't breed him this season, I'll have to race a few more Group Ones and then maybe take him to Ascot and breed him next year. That's my option." This was the third top-flight victory for Trapeze Artist who advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr2 Expressway Stakes & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 14 starts for $3,102, 850 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Another clean sweep of Group 1 races and multiple other Stakes races around the country capped off a dominant day for Inglis graduates and their connections on Saturday. Star 3YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) made it back-to-back Group 1 victories, winning the All Aged Stakes, while 2YO filly Seabrook (Hinchinbrook) proved too strong over the mile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. Burning Passion (Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes), Moss Trip (Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes), Sprightly Lass (Listed Bel Esprit Stakes) and Sopressa (Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes) were other stakes winners to impress on the day. Bert Vieira, owner and breeder of Trapeze Artist, arguably the most valuable colt in Australian racing, has numerous options for his star colt. He can either retire him to stud immediately, push on to The Everest in the Spring, or even continue racing for another 13 months and target Royal Ascot next year. "His future, I have no idea honestly, I've had a lot of offers but I'm not sure. I will make a firm decision on Monday." Vieira said. Meanwhile, Seabrook gave Luke and Mags Anderson their first Group 1 at Maluka Thoroughbreds when she won the Champagne Stakes. "She was always a nice big strong filly with a good brain," Luke Anderson said of Seabrook. "It's a brilliant feeling watching her win a Group 1. She's been so strong all prep and totally deserved that for Blueblood Thoroughbreds and the Mick Price team."
Jockey Tye Angland has no doubt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) deserves to be favourite for tomorrow's Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. The Gerald Ryan-trained colt will be chasing his third Gr1 victory in the $600,000 weight-for-age feature following wins in the Golden Rose (1400m) in the Spring and the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago. "When he's won he's been very dominant and on his day when he turns up he's very classy," Angland told Racing NSW. "He's at his best when he has a bit of momentum and there's a bit of speed in the race he can slowly build up his revs. I'll work out where I want to be and ride the race how it unfolds." Angland believes Trapeze Artist has the right profile for the race, while pointing out many of his chief rivals do not. "There's a handful of horses coming back in distance which isn't ideal but a lot of horses overcome it," he said. "When they are coming back from a mile to 1400 metres they can lose a bit of speed in their legs. We are coming up in trip, he [Trapeze Artist] can run the 1400 metres and when you look at it he looks very well placed." Trapeze Artist, who will jump from barrier 8, is currently the $2.25 TAB favourite for the race.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $600,000 weight-for-age Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) to be run at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday. First run in 1866, the All Aged Stakes has stood the test of time as one of Australia's genuine weight-for-age Group 1 contests. And a perusal of its honour roll shows why with past winners including Carbine (1889 & 1890), Wakeful (1902), Amounis (1930), Peter Pan (1935), Ajax (1938-40), Bernborough (1946), Noholme (1960), Tobin Bronze (1967), Emancipation (1984), Rough Habit (1992 & 93), Sunline (2000 & 2002), Atlantic Jewel (2012) and All Too Hard (2013). This year the clear race favourite is dual Gr1-winning colt Trapeze Artist who is fresh of an impressive win in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago. TAB currently have the Gerald Ryan-trainee at $2.25 to claim his third top-flight success, ahead of Brave Smash at $8.50, and Le Romain and Hartnell at $9. Trapeze Artist, who is currently ranked the equal fourth-best horse in the world with a rating of 123, should prove too strong for his rivals from whom he will get a handy 2.5kg advantage under the weight-for-age scale.
James Cummings is hoping that Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) can maintain his good fresh record when he resumes in Saturday's Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. The star Godolphin galloper lived up to his strong first-up record when resuming with a slashing win in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) in the autumn, and Cummings is quietly confident he can repeat the dose on Saturday. "We gave him a six week break and he looks nice and fresh coming into this race, which is how we wanted him to be," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "His work has been very good and his first-up record isn't bad. He had a nice blowout in a barrier trial and he seems to have come on again...we feel he can run quite a cheeky race." Cummings added: "He's in good shape and it would be satisfying to see him get back into the form that he was in when he beat Brave Smash first-up in the Orr Stakes." Hartnell is on the fourth line of betting for the All Aged at $9 behind dominant favourite Trapeze Artist at $2.20.
Stud plans for dual Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist are on hold with the star 3YO to race on for one more season. Owner Bert Vieira has been in discussions with several major studs about purchasing the valuable colt once his racing days are over, with a figure of approximately $40 million the reported asking price. However, that figure could climb even higher with the son of Snitzel set to run in Saturday's Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick with his long term target being the $13 million The Everest (1200m) in October. Trainer Gerald Ryan says he expects the Gr1 Golden Rose and last-start Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes winner to run well on Saturday. "He has come out of the TJ Smith really well," Ryan told racenet. "Bert has told me the Everest is the plan but we have the All Aged first. The horse is bright and well in himself and will be there on Saturday."
At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite races quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) overcame a wide run to draw clear for a strong win in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Redzel & In Her Time. Not only did Trapeze Artist claim his second top-flight win, but he also broke Black Caviar's race record setting a new benchmark of 1:08.29. Several major studs are now believed to be lining up to purchase Trapeze Artist, who could fetch upwards of $40 million. "All the big farms are on him. I'm going to the sales [Inglis Easter] tomorrow and we will sit down and work out what we're going to do," owner Bert Vieira told the Sydney Morning Herald. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he hopes Trapeze Artist continues to race. "I know he'll probably get a lot of dollars for him but I just hope Bert keeps racing him. It's the best horse he's ever had," Ryan said. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr2 Expressway Stakes & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 13 starts for $2,753,850 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Stakes-performed 3YO colts Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) and Assimilate (Sebring) highlight the early entries for Inglis' The Chairman's Sale - Racing Prospects. James Harron Bloodstock has entered three horses for the April 5 auction, including $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec, who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes last month. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. "The Chairman's Sale has revolutionised the selling of top-class racing prospects, for which there is huge demand both domestically and internationally, offering a wonderfully transparent system which benefits both vendors and purchasers," Harron said. Meanwhile, last start Listed Canberra Guineas winner Assimilate has been entered in the sale by Newgate Farm as agent. Assimilate has won three of his seven starts and was Gr3-placed when finishing second to Addictive Nature in the Ming Dynasty Handicap last spring. He also showed his quality when fifth to Trapeze Artist in last year's Gr1 Golden Rose. Newgate's Henry Field described Assimilate as "an extremely talented colt" with "a massive amount of upside." Entries for The Chairman's Sale Racing Prospects close tomorrow, Thursday 29 March at 10am. The sale will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 5 April from 8.30pm.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) utilised her brilliant natural speed to overcome her wide barrier and win the world's richest race for 2YOs, the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m), defeating fellow fillies Oohood & Sunlight. Co-trainer John Hawkes, who was celebrating his fourth Slipper success after the wins of Guineas (1997), Forensics (2007) and Mossfun (2104), was delighted to see Estijaab justify her hefty price tag on one of Australian racing's biggest days. "Everybody went off her after the other day but you've got have them peaking on the right day," Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's no good having them win the Slipper two weeks before. Her biggest attribute is her gate speed. She has shown us a lot from day one." Hawkes added: "She doesn't know how much she cost but it's good to see the expensive ones win." From the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Reisling Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes) from 4 starts for $2,335,075 in earnings. Estijaab is the 13th Group 1 winner by Snitzel and his 4th Gr1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist (Golden Rose), Redzel (Darley Classic) and Russian Revolution (Oakleigh Plate). She is also one of 7 Group 1 winners by Snitzel that have been sold as yearlings by Arrowfield, after Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Invader, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea & Wandjina.
Last year Arrowfield took what it believed was one of the best fillies it had ever consigned to the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Offered on behalf of breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm operation, the daughter of Snitzel and dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) filled the eyes of the Emirates Park team led by Bryan Carlson and trainers John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes who purchased the filly for $1.7 million. On Saturday, their judgement and financial commitment was justified with a superlative display of sustained speed and gritty determination, aided by Brenton Avdulla's bold ride, to win the $3.5 million Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m). Estijaab's victory brought up several milestones for sensational Champion Sire Snitzel: his first Golden Slipper winner, his 13th Group 1 winner and his fourth Group 1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist, Redzel and Russian Revolution. Snitzel's Australian season earnings now approach an unprecedented $22 million, more than double those of his nearest rival I Am Invincible, and he moves into the No.1 spot on the 2YO Sires' list with $3,198,395 prize money. Arrowfield will offer 47 yearlings at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, including 8 fillies and two colts by Snitzel. Click here to view draft.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of Australian racing with a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Trapeze Artist. Trainer James Cummings was in awe of Kementari's dominant victory. "He is a serious horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's put them away in the style of a really high class colt. On that performance, he has to be one of the best in the country." He added: "This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Mohammed is in racing for." Cummings would not be drawn on whether Kementari would now head to next month's Gr1 Doncaster Mile where he will carry just 51kg. "We make no decisions on race day," he said. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes & Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 9 starts for $1,368,250 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."
Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."
Highly regarded colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) will be out to test his Guineas credentials when he contests the $400,000 Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Kementari turned in one of the most eye-catching performances by a 3YO this season when resuming with a dashing win in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on 10 February. The dynamic nature of the win prompted Godolphin trainer James Cummings to label the son of Lonhro "world class" and showed why the royal blue army consider him a leading contender for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on 10 March. "He was well-treated under the conditions of his last race. Now he has to step up again at level weights against some very good three-year-olds in the Hobartville," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "This is all about who's the best." Cummings added: "His first-up win spoke for itself...he was able to take his first-up run very well and he's held his form nicely. He's made me eager to get him back to the races." Chief among Kementari's rivals on Saturday are Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Pierata, Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, and Chris Waller's exciting unbeaten colt D'Argento.
Trainer Bjorn Baker has not lost faith in talented 3YO Addictive Nature and will run him in weight-for-age company inSaturday's Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Addictive Nature (Savabeel-Generous Nature, by Carnegie) was a solid third behind Trapeze Artist when resuming in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill twelve days ago, and Bjorn is expecting a fitter version of the colt to prove highly competitive in his upcoming assignment. However, the Apollo has not been kind to 3YOs with the last of that age group to win the race being Ha Ha back in 2002. "We threw him in the deep end and if he can run in the money again we will be thrilled," Baker told racingnsw.com.au. "We are yet to see the best of him and hopefully that will be Saturday. I'm very confident he is better on top of the ground. As long as he runs a good race we are on target and we have options going forward." Addictive Nature's primary autumn target is the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney on 10 March.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) resumed with a promising win in the $200,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), defeating Showtime & Addictive Nature. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he would immediately raise the bar with newly minted millionaire Trapeze Artist by running him against champion mare Winx when she resumes in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 17 February. "He's won at weight-for-age now so we may well take on Winx next," Ryan told Sky Racing. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 10 starts for $1,073,550 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. His record now reads 2 wins from 3 starts for $195,200 earnings. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.
Trainer David Payne says he is considering running Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) first-up in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week after his impressive barrier trial performance on Monday. Ace High, a winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, finished fifth in a star-studded 900 metre trial won by Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist that also featured champion mare Winx (6th), and Australia's best sprinter Redzel (7th). "He's always shown a bit of speed but what I like about him is he's got more gate speed now," Payne told racenet. "He's got a lot stronger. If you look at him, his hindquarters have filled out, he was a bit light behind before. He carries a lot of condition for a High Chaparral." Running Ace High under weight-for-age conditions in the Expressway would see the 3YO carry just 55kg. The alternative would be 60.5kg in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) against his own age group. "He would have a lot of weight to carry so he might go to the Expressway," Payne said. "His first couple of runs will be just to get him fit. The main target is still the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Derby."
Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden say they will give star sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) a slow build-up to the autumn, reports racenet. Redzel, who established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season, was given an easy time in his 900m trial at Rosehill on Monday finishing seventh behind Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. The 5YO is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, with his primary target the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He trialled nicely and jumped and showed his natural speed," Peter Snowden said. "He does well in the paddock but he's a horse you have to bring up very slowly. He's not a horse you want to jam a lot of work into too quickly. We know him quite well now and I was happy with what I saw." Snowden added: "He's pulled up really well from it, all's good. He's an amazing horse to work with and he's certainly given us a great ride and hopefully there is more to come this prep."
Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."
Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is being aimed at the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the autumn, reports Sky Racing. "Trapeze Artist is back in the stable and looks terrific," trainer Gerald Ryan said. "He put on 30 kilos in three weeks. His aim will be the Randwick Guineas and maybe the All Aged Stakes but how he gets there is still to be decided." Ryan added: "The Randwick Guineas is the main aim." Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) was spelled after finishing a well beaten 15th of 20 in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in the spring.
Group 1 performed Sydney filly Champagne Cuddles has been ruled out of next month's Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast, reports racenet. The Bjorn Baker trained 3YO will miss the $2 million sales restricted feature on 13 January after having bone chips removed from a fetlock joint. A winner of 2 of her 7 starts, Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) is yet to win a black-type race but has nonetheless performed at a high level with five Group placings including Group 1 placings in the Golden Rose (second behind Trapeze Artist) and Flight Stakes (second behind Alizee). "We'll just take it one step at a time with the filly and see if we can target a race in the autumn," Baker said.
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
Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is set to resume racing in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) missed a scheduled run in the Sydney Stakes on 14 October due to a minor neck issue, but trainer Gerald Ryan says he has fully recovered and ready to take his place in the stallion-making feature. “He is a cool dude and nothing worries him,” Ryan said. “He is very quiet and never a problem in the stable. We treated him with anti-inflammatories and he only missed one day of work.” Trapeze Artist is one of 22 three-year-olds nominated for the Coolmore with Godolphin’s unbeaten colt Viridine heading the market at $6.