At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) landed her first win in nearly 12 months when posting a strong performance in the $150,000 Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating True Excelsior & Seannie. A $400,000 purchase from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sale, Tulip improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Magic Night Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper) from 12 starts for $941,625 in earnings. Tulip is out of Gr3 winner Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar), whose dam Nice Dancing is a half-sister to the dam of Arrowfield's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner & former champion Australian sire Flying Spur. This is the family of influential blue hen Fanfreluche ancestress of former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.
Former WA filly Seannie will be chasing her first black-type victory on the east coast when she contests tonight's Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Ascot last year, Seannie made a stunning Victorian debut when storming home from last to win the Ranvet Summer Sprint Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley two weeks ago. New trainer Trent Busuttin says the talented 3YO has thrived since her fetching first-up performance. "She has come through her first-up run too well so we have decided to run her at The Valley and try and chase some black-type," he said. "They don't run sectionals like she did last start without being a serious horse." Busuttin added: "You could argue she should have been unbeaten as a two-year-old in Perth. It is a hot field. Tulip is going to be hard to beat, along with John Hawkes' filly Bella Martini." By Sebring out of the Choisir mare Uncanny Choice, Seannie hails from the family of Australian, VRC, and Queensland Derby winner November Rain, and multiple stakes-winning sprinter Dubleanny.
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
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race – the $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be held at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney this Saturday. A capacity field of 12 sprinters will line up in the race with each horse representing a slot holder. There are four emergencies should there be any scratchings. In the case that any of the 12 horses is withdrawn, the affected slot holder/s will be able to negotiate with the connections of the substitute emergency runner. Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (barrier 2) is the current $4.60 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of Vega Magic (10) at $5.50, Chautauqua (5) at $6, Redzel (4) at $7, and Redkirk Warrior (3) at $9. All other runners are at double figure odds. Click below to view The Everest field.
Horse (Slot Holder)
Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) will represent Coolmore in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. Her inclusion means the Gr1 Golden Slipper placegetter will be the third 3YO to contest the world's richest turf race on Saturday week. "David [trainer David Hayes] has been very persuasive with his view that Tulip should take her place in the field," Coolmore Australia principal Tom Magnier told racingnsw.com.au. "He is adamant that speed is her forte, evidenced by her recent work which has reportedly been nothing short of exceptional." Magnier added: "It's going to be a hugely competitive race, a great spectacle and we are delighted to be a part of it." Tulip is a $51 chance with TAB for The Everest.
Well-bred filly Roomooz confirmed connections' plans to target the Gr1 Thousand Guineas in the spring after resuming with a strong win at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The Tony McEvoy-trained 3YO proved too good for Golden Slipper-placed filly and race favourite Tulip when holding on for a tough head win in the Johnnie Walker Plate over 1200m. "I've had a high regard of her for a long time. In a year's time, she'll be better again," McEvoy told racing.com post-race. McEvoy is confident Roomooz will have no trouble stretching her brilliance out to 1600 metres in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on 14 October. "Her pedigree says a mile. She's by Fastnet Rock and her mother, Pane In The Glass, was a very good mare and was a Group winner at a mile - it won't be an issue," he said. A $480,000 Easter yearling purchase by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Roomooz is by Fastnet Rock out of Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes winner and multiple Gr1 placed filly Pane In The Glass (Testa Rossa).
Meanwhile, Pariah (see above article) has been opened as a fairly short favourite for Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Won last year by Vinery Stud's exciting 2017 freshman sire Star Turn, the San Domenico is one of the traditional seasonal pipe-openers for 3YOs. Pariah, who finished runner-up in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at his penultimate run, is the TAB's $2.50 favourite, ahead of Condor Heroes (runner-up in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes on April Fools Day) and exciting filly Tulip, scratched last Saturday, who placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper). The duo is at $6, ahead of $8 quotes Jorda and Marsupial.
Coolmore look resigned to being without top-class colt Caravaggio in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. The dual Gr1 winning sprinter was expected to represent slot holder Coolmore in what will be the world’ richest turf race, but his disappointing performance when sixth in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest has forced a rethink. “He came out of the race in France a bit flat and a bit sore, so he is going to need some time off, so he looks less likely than likely at this stage that he will be coming for The Everest,” Coolmore Australia’s sales, marketing and racing manager Sebastian Hutch told ANZ Bloodstock News. “It is disappointing because he is obviously an exceptional horse and he looked to have the perfect credentials to be competitive in the race. That is horse racing, you accept the highs with the lows, and we will see what the next six weeks brings and then make a decision.” Coolmore will instead monitor the progress of some its 3YOs which it has an interest in, including unbeaten colt Merchant Navy, Golden Slipper placegetter Tulip, and Blue Diamond Stakes placegetter Formality.
Trainer Gerald Ryan is confident that richly talented colt Menari (Snitzel- Isurava, by General Nediym) can start to fulfil his undoubted potential when he opens his spring campaign in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. The George Altomonte-owned 3YO show glimpses of brilliance during his juvenile season when a luckless second to Pariah in the Gr3 Canonbury Stakes, and fourth (he was third past the post but relegated on protest) behind star fillies She Will Reign, Frolic and Tulip in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. However, wet tracks dulled his explosive acceleration which meant he wasn't seen at his best. "He has definitely grown and is a lot stronger again. He is not 'colty' and seems to be focused too," Ryan told racingnsw.com.au. "He has always been a big horse but has started filling into himself. He is 16'2 hands high and weighs about 570-odd kilograms." Ryan added: "His trackwork has been solid but he is not an over worker. There is a lot of hype about him so to see him back on a good track we'll see if that hype is warranted." After Saturday, Menari will run second-up in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 26 but beyond that, Ryan is keeping his options open. "At the moment we're just treating him like a sprinter because he is going to have two 1100m races and then we'll play it by ear from there," he said. Menari is a $3 second favourite with Tab for the Rosebud behind unbeaten colt Siege Of Quebec at $2.90.
Top juvenile fillies Catchy, Tulip and Formality will step up their spring preparations with a gallop at Lindsay Park's Euroa base today, reports AAP. Group One Blue Diamond winner Catchy, Golden Slipper placegetter Tulip, and Group winner Formality are then likely to have jump-outs at Flemington at the end of July before kicking off their campaigns in August. "They are all having a gallop on Monday," co-trainer Tom Dabernig said. "It will not be a real hard gallop and they'll probably have two jump-outs at Flemington before resuming. They are all at a similar stage and at this stage we're a little bit unsure of their paths.” Although all three fillies have hitherto only been tested over sprints, Dabernig is hoping they can stretch their brilliance to a mile with the Group One Thousand Guineas in Melbourne and the Flight Stakes in Sydney among the possible targets. "We're hoping they're milers," Dabernig said. "They've shown that they're good sprinters but the key this preparation will be to see whether they can run a mile.”
Recent race results have provided numerous significant pedigree updates for New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale, which will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April. Lot 5 is closely related to Melody Belle (Commands), who won the Karaka Million earlier in the year and has since won the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes. Several other yearlings are related to recent Group 1 placegetters:
There are many other pedigree updates involving Gr2, Gr3 and Listed races. Click here to view NZB's full news article with pedigree updates. The South Island Session of the National Yearling Sales Series will be the last opportunity in 2017 to secure a yearling eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series, including the $1m Karaka Million in 2018, the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, and the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup for the duration of their racing careers. Click here to view the catalogue.
Corey Brown is confident that prodigiously talented colt Menari can turn the tables on his female rivals in tomorrow's Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. The Gerald Ryan-trained 2YO put up a huge effort to run fourth (he was third past the post but relegated on protest) behind fillies She Will Reign, Frolic and Tulip in the Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) two weeks ago, despite never looking comfortable on the very heavy surface. Indeed, Brown commented post-race that Menari never handled the wet track and that his "wheels were spinning" in the conditions. "I wouldn't choose another one over him," Brown told AAP. "It was the first time I'd been on him so I was really, really impressed with him." He added: "He's a horse that's definitely going to go places. He's got a great attitude, he's very mature and Gerald said he pulled up 110 per cent after his run in the Slipper." Brown says he is not concerned about the step up to seven furlongs and is just hoping for a trouble free run. "His first run when he won was the only time he had everything go his way," Brown said. "Every other time he's had a race start he's had thing go wrong and he's still had the audacity to overcome those little things and still run well in the Slipper."
There is a strong list of pedigree updates for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale (Apr 4-6) which will be the last ever at Newmarket before the company’s move to Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm. Among they key updates are:
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on a heavy track, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago- Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite success when star 2YO filly She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain-Courgette, by Charge Forward) scored by 2.3 lengths for trainer Gary Portelli and jockey Ben Melham in the world's richest juvenile race – the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) for 2YOs - over fellow 2YO fillies Frolic (Husson-Leveller, by Redoute's Choice) & Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar). A $20,000 bargain purchase by Darby Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, She Will Reign improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes & Listed (R) Inglis Nursery) and 1 placing (including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes) from 5 starts for $2,555,150 earnings. "This is the race that defines a trainer I believe," said trainer Gary Portelli who was celebrating his first Slipper win. "I've been around a long time but I've finally got a Golden Slipper winner." He added: "This game has taken me a long way…It goes to show anyone out there who is not sure what they're doing in life that if you like something and want to do something, stick at it, work hard and days like this might come." Jockey Ben Melham said: "It's an incredible feeling. I've won a few Group Ones now but this is my first major…she's an exceptional filly."
The final field has been declared (16 plus three emergencies) and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest juvenile race – the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 18th March. Boom Queensland filly Houtzen is the current $4.40 tab favourite for the race despite drawing wide in barrier 16. Fellow unbeaten filly She Will Reign also fared poorly, with connections coming up with gate 13. The Gary Portelli-trained filly is second favourite at $5. Next best is Blue Diamond winner Catchy at $7 (barrier 8), followed by Blue Diamond runner-up Pariah at $8 (barrier 4). All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Tulip at $11 (barrier 10). The final field is:
At Rosehill Gardens in NSW, At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore’s Triple Crown winning 2YO Champion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) secured a Group winner in his debut crop when 2YO filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) showed she had blossomed even further from her Gr1 Blue Diamond campaign in winning by 1.8 lengths from fellow 2YO filly Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) and Memento (Your Song-Snapshots, by Success Express) in the Gr3 Magic Night Stakes ($176,000) for 2YO fillies. A $400,000 purchase from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sale, Tulip takes her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $238,375 in earnings. This is a Champion family which includes stallions Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago as well as Saturday’s Gr2 Kewney Stakes winner I Am a Star (see report).
David Hayes has nominated Catchy as Lindsay Park's best chance in tomorrow's $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, reports Racing.com. The undefeated daughter of Fastnet Rock has drawn a wide gate (barrier 13) for Victoria's richest juvenile race, but Hayes is confident she has the class to overcome it. "She hasn't put a foot wrong. She reminds me a lot of the star two-year-olds we've had over the stable over the years," Hayes said. "Gary Fennessy [assistant trainer] said she reminds him of Midnight Fever, who won the race in 1987 very well for Dad [Colin Hayes]. Craig's [Williams] always compared her to Miss Finland. It's pretty hard not to tip her when you get those comparisons." However, Hayes did warn not to discount the stables other female runners Tulip and Formality. "I've got great respect for a filly called Tulip. I know she got beaten last start, but it was a long time between runs. She's been tuned up, and has a great barrier," he said. "Formality's form going into it has been impeccable too." Lindsay park will be represented by a total of six runners in the Blue Diamond, namely race favourite Catchy ($6), along with Formality ($7.50), Tulip ($6.50), Wait For No One ($31), Will's Bid ($61), and Muraahib ($35).
The final field (16 plus one emergency) has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Victoria's richest juvenile race, the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse this Saturday, 25 February. Co-favourite for the race Catchy ($5.50) drew poorly in barrier 13, while the Robert Smerdon-trained Property, a late entry for the race, saw his price firm into $5.50 equal favouritism after drawing ideally in barrier 3. Other runners under double-figure odds to draw well were Jukebox (barrier 4, $7.50) and Tulip (barrier 8, $9). The final field is:
1. PROPERTY (3) 56.5kg
2. AZAZEL (1) 56.5kg
3. JUKEBOX (4) 56.5kg
4. PARIAH (11) 56.5kg
5. WAIT FOR NO ONE (10) 56.5kg
6. ASPECT (14) 56.5kg
7. CAO CAO (2) 56.5kg
8. TAKING AIM (6) 56.5kg
9. MURAAHIB (15) 56.5kg
10. WILL'S BID (16) 56.5kg
11. CATCHY (13) 54.5kg
12. FORMALITY (12) 54.5kg
13. TULIP (8) 54.5kg
14. SPOILS (17) 54.5kg
15. ROOMOOZ (5) 54.5kg
16. BLONDIE (9) 54.5kg
17e. SHEER MADNESS (7) 56.5kg
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group success when 2YO filly Catchy (Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) scored a determined 0.1 length win for trainers David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the $200,000 Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow juvenile fillies Limestone (Helmet-Limerock, by Charge Forward) & Arctic Angel (Hard Spun-Icy Maiden, by Xaar). This was the maiden stakes victory for Catchy who extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $187,000 earnings. Jockey Craig Williams, who has previously compared Catchy to former champion filly Miss Finland, commented: "Not many fillies win three from three (starts) and she's been up for a long time with the stable managing her well," Williams told Racing.com. "You had to respect Limestone's form because she's beaten Tulip and when I saw her, she kept coming on the inside. Limestone made my filly work hard for it but I thought once we got on terms we were going to get the result." Catchy is now an outright $6 favourite for the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in two weeks (Saturday, 25 February). By Fastnet Rock out of the dual Gr2 winner Cats Whisker (Fusaichi Pegasus), Catchy was purchased by Dorrington Farm for $220,000 at this year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
Catchy (image: Mark Gatt)
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's Australian three-time Gr1-winning shuttler Helmet (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel) added a group success when 2YO filly Limestone (Helmet-Limerock, by Charge Forward) scored a narrow 0.1 length win for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow juvenile fillies Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) & Chateau Griffo (Sebring-Moulin Rouge, by Commands). A homebred for David Moodie's Hesket Bloodstock, Limestone improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $176,850 earnings. Trainer Darren Weir said he was unsure where Limestone would appear next, but confirmed the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on 11 February was the logical stepping stone to the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on 25 February. "Dunno, I've never had a two-year-old like this before," Weir told Racing.com when asked about the filly's next assignment. "She's tough, and the race [Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes] is a month away so I think she would benefit with another run but I'll talk to the owners and see what they want to do." Jockey Damien Lane commented: "She's an absolute ripper. She did a bit wrong today but it's a good sign because it means there is plenty of improvement to come." Limestone is Helmet's second Australian stakes winner and his third worldwide.
A total of 198 two-year-olds remain in contention for the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 25 February following the conclusion of the second round of acceptances on Tuesday. Global giant Godolphin leads the way with 25 second acceptances for Victoria's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with 24, and reigning Blue Diamond champion trainer Mick Price with 19. The Lindsay Park team hold a particularly strong hand in this year's edition with the unbeaten trio of Catchy, Tulip and Formality among their acceptors. Exceed and Excel is the best represented stallion among second declarations with 21 of his sons and daughters still in contention. Snitzel is next best with 18, while All Too Hard and Sebring both have 10 each of their offspring still in the running. The Blue Diamond series kicks off with the Blue Diamond Previews (Gr3 for fillies & Listed for colts and geldings) on Australia Day, followed by Preludes (Gr2 for fillies & Gr3 for colts and geldings) on 11 February. Third acceptances close at 12pm noon (AEDT) on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.
For the vendors of the 42 yearling by Pierro catalogued for next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale – 4 have been withdrawn – the debut progeny win by the former undefeated Champion 2YO of Australia was an excellent result. Sent off a short-priced favourite at Moonee Valley's New Year's Eve meeting, 2YO filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) came with a withering run from the tail of the field over 1000m to score with plenty in reserve. Trained by the in-form Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig team, the juvenile daughter of Group winner Musidora is well thought of by connections and is expected to target next month's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in Melbourne. A $400,000 NZB Premier Yearling Sale graduate sold to BBA Ireland/Lindsay Park Racing, Tulip is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Sacred Eye from the redoubtable family of Flying Spur, Holy Roman Emperor and Encosta de Lago.
At Hanshin racecourse in Japan, 3YO filly Jeweler (Victoire Pisa-Baldwina, by Pistolet Bleu) claimed the first leg of Japan's Triple Crown for fillies when she scored by a nose for trainer Kenichi Fujioka in the Gr1 Oka Sho (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Sinhalite (Deep Impact-Singhalese, by Singspiel) & At The Seaside (King Kamehameha-Luminous Harbor, by Agnes Tachyon). Jeweler, who becomes the first classic winner for her Dubai World Cup winning sire Victoire Pisa, took her record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Tulip Sho) from 4 starts. The final two legs of the Triple Crown are the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) over 2400m on 22 May, and the Shuka Sho over 2000m on 10 September. The last horse to claim the Triple Crown was champion Gentildonna in 2012.
At Oka Sha in Japan, on the occasion of its 75th renewal, 3YO filly Let's Go Donki (King Kamehameha-Marutoku) scored by a facile 4-lengths for trainer Tomoyuki Umeda in the Gr1 Japanese One Thousand Guineas (8 furlongs) for 3YO fillies. Allowed to bowl along in front Let's Go Donki donkey-licked her peers with an easy win over fellow fillies Culminar (Deep Impact-Cursora) & Contessa Thule (Deep Impact-Air Thule). The race, named after Japan's cherry flower is the first of the five JRA Classics held each year. The King Kamehameha filly finished a 1/2-length second behind Shonan Adela in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Gr1, 1600m) last December, the race to determine the Best Two-Year-Old Filly, but had launched the current season with a third in the Tulip Sho (Gr3, 1600m) this March. For popular trainer Tomoyuki Umeda, who captured the Australian Caulfield Cup with Admire Rakti last October, this is his first Gr1 title on home turf. Jockey Yasunari Iwata celebrates his 24th JRA-G1 victory and second Oka Sho title after claiming it with world class filly Gentildonna in 2012.
At Randwick, the owners of 5YO Japanese mare Hana's Goal (Orewa Matteruze-Shanghai Jell, by Shanghai) were vindicated in making the long trip to Australia when she stormed home from last to score by 2-lengths for trainer Kazuhiro Kato in the $400,000 Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 4YO French-bred gelding Weary (Astronomer Royal-America Nova, by Verglas) & 6YO gelding Tiger Tees (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose). This was Hana's Goal's maiden Gr1 victory and took her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Hanshin Tulip Sho) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Hanshin Asahi Challenge Cup) from 23 starts for $1,922,993 earnings.
At Hanshin in Japan, 3YO filly Harp Star (Deep Impact-Historic Star, by Falbrav) scored by a neck when sweeping home from last to first for trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda in the Gr1 Oka Sho (8 furlongs) for 3Yo fillies, over fellow fillies Red Reveur (Stay Gold-Desaucered, by Dixieland Band) & Nuovo Record (Heart's Cry-Omega Spirit, by Spinning World). Harp Star's Japanese 1,000 guineas success took her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Tulip Sho) and 1 placing (including the Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies) from 5 starts.
Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Singapore winners:
Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Malaysia winners:
The Inglis Australian Racehorse Sale is on today at Oaklands in Melbourne. The unraced section of the catalogue features a 2YO colt by Australian Champion Sire Lonhro from stakes-placed mare Golden Tulip.
The catalogue for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Racehorse Sale at Oaklands (Tuesday 25 October) is now online. Highlights include:
In France overnight, Gr1-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed shuttler & former champion 3YO miler Excellent Art (Pivotal-Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) added a juvenile black-type success (& 2nd individual stakes-winner) when unbeaten daughter Nimohe (Excellent Art-Time Tulip, by Gilded Time) blitzed her rivals by 6-lengths in the €55,000 (A$74,000) Listed Prix Des Jouvenceaux Et Des Jouvencelles (1400m) for 2YOs at Vichy. Nimohe (ridden by Mickael Barzalona for trainer Jacques Heloury) defeated fellow filly Ideechic (Chichicastenango-Princess Petardia, by Petardia) & the colt Silver Northern (Voix Du Nord-Silver Diane, by Silver Rainbow). Nimohe now has 2 wins from 2 starts.
In France overnight, Gr1-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed shuttler & former champion 3YO miler Excellent Art (Pivotal-Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) recorded his 9th 1st-crop winner when 2YO filly Nimohe (Excellent Art-Time Tulip, by Gilded Time) scored over 1200m at Chantilly for trainer Jacques Heloury.
Former Vinery Stud shuttler Brahms (Danzig-Queens, by Mr Prospector) added a US black-type success when 3YO gelding Bizet (Brahms-Couleur de Rose, by Conquistador Cielo) scored a 1.5-lengths victory against older rivals in the US$50,000 Listed Minnesota Sprint Championship Stakes (6 furlongs) at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Bizet (ridden by Derek Bell for trainer McLean Robertson) defeated fellow 3YO gelding A Steel Trap (Northern Afleet-Crystal Lady, by Stop The Music) & 3YO colt Nomorewineforeddie (Scrimshaw-Tulip Creek, by Hickman Creek). Bizet took his record to 3 wins & 3 placings from 13 starts for US$73,991 earnings.
In Japan, reigning Horse-Of-The-Year & favoured 5YO mare Vodka (Tanino Gimlet-Tanino Sister, by Rousillon) scored a 0.75-length victory in the ¥213 million (A$2.875m) Gr1 Gr1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) at Tokyo to take this race for the 2nd successive year. Former Japanese Derby winner Vodka (ridden by Yutaka Take for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii) defeated 4YO entires Deep Sky (Agnes Tachyon-Abi, by Chief's Crown) & Faridat (Kingmambo-Believe, by Sunday Silence). At her previous start, Vodka won last month's Gr1 Victoria Mile (1600m) at Tokyo & overall now boasts 9 wins (also including 2008's Gr1 Tenno Sho-Autumn over 2000m at Tokyo & Gr1 Yasuda Kinen over 1600m at Tokyo, plus 2007's Tokyo Yushun-Japanese Derby over 2400m at Tokyo & Gr3 Tulip Sho over 1600m at Hanshin, as well as 2006's Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies over 1600m) & 6 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Japan Cup over 2400m at Tokyo, Gr1 Victoria Mile over 1600m at Tokyo & Gr2 Mainichi Okan over 1800m at Tokyo, plus 2007's Gr1 Oka Sho-1000 Guineas over 1600m at Hanshin & Listed Shuka Sho over 200m at Kyoto) from 22 starts for ¥1,019,911,800 (A$13.77m) earnings (the most by a female horse in the Japan Racing Association).
In Japan, last year's champion 2YO filly Buena Vista (Special Week-Biwa Heidi, by Caerleon) came from the tail of the field of 18 runners to score a half-length victory in the ¥210.67m (A$3.58m) Gr1 Oka Sho-1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies at Hanshin. Favourite Buena Vista (ridden by Katsumi Ando for trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda) defeated Red Desire (Manhattan Cafe-Great Sunrise, by Caerleon) & Germinal (Agnes Tachyon-Ombre Legere, by Double Bed). Buena Vista took her record to 4 wins (also including last month's Listed Tulip Sho over 1600m at Hanshin, plus 2008's Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies over 1600m) & a placing from 5 starts.
In Japan, last season's star Derby-winning filly & now 4YO mare Vodka (Tanino Gimlet-Tanino Sister, by Rousillon) returned to her brilliant best with a decisive 3.5-lengths victory in the ¥195.52 million (A$2.15m) Gr1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) in Tokyo (& also the final leg of the 2008 Asian Mile Challenge). Vodka (ridden by Yasunari Iwata for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii) defeated NZ-bred & HK-based 7YO gelding Armada (Towkay-Dance In Time, by Red Tempo) trained by Australian John Size & starting from outside barrier 16, with US-bred 6YO entire Eishin Dover (Victory Gallop-Eishin Georgia, by Kris S) in 3rd place. Last season Vodka (the 1st filly to run in the Derby since 1996) defeated her 17 male rivals by 3-lengths in the Gr1 Tokyo Yushun-Japanese Derby (2400m) at Tokyo to become just the 3rd filly to win the Japanese Derby (& 1st since Kurifuji in 1943); she also won 2006's Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies & 2007's Gr3 Tulip Sho (1600m.) as well as finishing runner-up in Japan's 2007 1000 Guineas. Most recently Vodka finished runner-up in last month's Japanese Gr1 Victoria Mile (1600m) at Tokyo on May 18. Her trainer Katsuhiko Sumii also made history when his stable-mates Delta Blues & Pop Rock landed the quinella in the 2006 Gr1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
In Australia, leviathan Victorian owner Lloyd Williams has consigned 38 horses (half-unraced & all without reserve) to the final day (Friday June 30) of next week's 5-session Inglis June Weanling & Thoroughbred Sale (which begins on Sunday June 23) at Oaklands in Melbourne. Inglis director Peter Heagney noted they include: a half-brother to Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner Seachange; a half-sister to Gr2 winner Fooram; a half-brother to Gr1 Sydney Cup winner County Tyrone; a sister to SAJC St Leger winner Thousand Veils; plus sons (all by Zabeel) of QTC Oaks winner Royal Magic, SAJC Oaks winner Leica Smile & champion 2YO filly Merlene. The full Williams draft is: