Tulip Wins Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes

Monday, 26th February 2018

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.

Seannie Seeking First VIC Stakes Win

Friday, 23rd February 2018

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.



Redzel Favourite for Everest

Thursday, 7th December 2017

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 Everest Final Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

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)

  • Chautauqua (GPI Racing)
  • Houtzen (Aquis Farm)
  • She Will Reign (Yu Long Investments)
  • Fell Swoop (Inglis)
  • Tulip (Coolmore)
  • Redzel (James Harron Bloodstock)
  • Redkirk Warrior (The Star)
  • English (TAB)
  • Deploy (Chris Waller)
  • Brave Smash (ATC)
  • Vega Magic (Max Whitby)
  • Clearly Innocent (Damion Flower)

Coolmore Name Everest Runner

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

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.


Roomooz Shows Gr1 Credentials

Monday, 28th August 2017

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).

Pariah Opens Favourite For Gr2 San Domenico

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

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.

Caravaggio Unlikely for Everest

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

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.

Menari Primed for Big Spring

Friday, 11th August 2017

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.

Star Fillies Progressing Well

Monday, 17th July 2017

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.”


Blue Diamond winner Catchy (image: Mark Gatt)

Significant Pedigree Updates in South Island Sale

Thursday, 20th April 2017

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:

  • Lot 29 is a half-sister to the top stayer Who Shot Thebarman (Yamanin Vital), who added a fourth placing in the Gr1 the BMW to his long list of achievements.
  • Lots 45 and 61 are both from the family of Gr3 Magic Night Stakes winner Tulip (Pierro), who won the Gr3 Magic Night Stakes and was third in the Gr1 Golden Slipper, and Hi Happy (Pure Prize) who ran fourth in the Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap.
  • Lot 61 comes from the family of Gr1 winner I Am A Star (I Am Invincible), who has recently added the victories in the Gr2 Kewney Stakes and Gr2 Sunline Stakes to her CV.
  • Lots 73 and 104 are closely related to Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense), who finished third in the Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (formerly Queen of the Turf Stakes) during The Championships at Randwick.
  • Lots 98, 99 and 100 are all related to Sircconi (Nicconi), winner of the Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes and fourth in the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes.

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.

Menari Seeking Sires Redemption

Friday, 31st March 2017

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."

Significant Easter Sale Pedigree Updates

Friday, 24th March 2017

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:

  • Lot 86 (Shamus Award x Courgette filly). Her half-sister She Will Reign won the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes, and is Australia’s highest rated juvenile this season.
  • Lot 48 (Tavistock x Bagalollies filly). Her brother Werther won the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup last month.
  • Lot 84 (Snitzel x Colorado Claire filly). Her three-quarter brother is Gunnison, an undefeated son of Not A Single Doubt whose winning run most recently includes the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
  • Lot 228 (Smart Missile x Miss Dodwell filly). Her half-sister Kenedna won the Group 3 Vanity Stakes at Flemington in February.
  • Lot 251 (Pierro x Musidora colt). His brother Tulip won the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes and finished third in the Golden Slipper.
  • Lot 256 (Snitzel x National Colour filly). Her three-quarter brother Rafeef won the Group 2 Hawaii Stakes at Turffontein earlier this month.
  • Lot 267 (Exceed And Excel x Nureyev’s Girl filly). Her half-brother Hardham is a last-start Group 2 winner of the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley.

She Will Reign

2017 Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (pic: Steve Hart)

She Will Reign Wins Gr1 Golden Slipper

Monday, 20th March 2017

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."

she will reign

She Will Reign (image: Steve Hart)

Final Golden Slipper Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 15th March 2017

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:

  1. PARIAH (Peter & Paul Snowden-Blake Shinn) 56.5kg (4)
  2. VERANILLO (John O'Shea-Brenton Avdulla) 56.5kg (11)
  3. TRAPEZE ARTIST (Gerald Ryan-Tim Clark) 56.5kg (5)
  4. SINGLE BULLET (Gary Portelli-Tye Angland) 56.5kg (3)
  5. DIAMOND TATHAGATA (Mark Newnham-Glyn Schofield) 56.5kg (7)
  6. TREKKING (John O'Shea-William Buick) 56.5kg (18)
  7. INVADER (Peter & Paul Snowden-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (15)
  8. MENARI (Gerald Ryan) 56.5kg (1)
  9. CATCHY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Craig Williams) 54.5kg (8)
  10. FORMALITY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig) 54.5kg (2)
  11. TULIP (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig) 54.5kg (10)
  12. SHE WILL REIGN (Gary Portelli-Ben Melham) 54.5kg (13)
  13. FROLIC (Michael Freedman-Tommy Berry) 54.5kg (17)
  14. TEASPOON (Michael Freedman-Zac Purton) 54.5kg (14)
  15. HOUTZEN (Toby Edmonds-Jeff Lloyd) 54.5kg (16)
  16. MADEENATY (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 54.5kg (9)
  17. (emergency) CHAUFFEUR (Gerald Ryan-Joshua Parr) 56.5kg (19)
  18. (emergency) SHOWTIME (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) 56.5kg (6)
  19. (emergency) THE MISSION (Paul Perry) 56.5kg (12)

Tulip Wins Gr3 Magic Night Stakes

Monday, 13th March 2017

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). 

It's Catchy For Hayes

Friday, 24th February 2017

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).


Gun 2YO Catchy (red silks) is the Blue Diamond favourite (pic: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Blue Diamond Final Field & Barrier Draw

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

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

Catchy Wins Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude for Fillies

Monday, 13th February 2017

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)

Limestone Wins Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies)

Friday, 27th January 2017

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.


Limestone touches off Tulip (pic: Mark Gatt)

198 Left in Blue Diamond

Thursday, 12th January 2017

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.

Timely First Winner For Pierro

Wednesday, 4th 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.


Undefeated Champion 2YO Pierro (pic: Steve Hart)


Jeweler Wins Gr1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas)

Monday, 11th April 2016

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.


Let's Go Donki Wins Japan's Gr1 One Thousand Guineas

Tuesday, 14th April 2015

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.

Let's Go Donki

Let's Go Donki (image: Japan Racing Association)


Hana's Goal Wins Gr1 All Aged Stakes

Monday, 28th April 2014

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.

Harp Star Wins Japan Gr1 Oka Sho

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

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.


Latest Singapore Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Non-Stakes Winners

Tuesday, 26th November 2013

Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Singapore winners:

  • 22/11/2013 Strubeli (NZ) 2009 (G by Elusive City - Impulse); 1st Singapore TC Class 4 H. S$55,000, 1200m - Earning S$29,452. Sold by Haunui Farm at the 2011 NZB Yearling Sale for NZ$90,000.
  • 22/11/2013 (Trigger) Legacy (AUS) 2005 (G by Beautiful Crown - Capanetta); 1st Singapore TC Class 5 H. S$35,000, 1600m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Alanbridge Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $120,000.
  • 22/11/2013 Gazoo (AUS) 2010 (G by Zizou - Macedon Mayhem); 1st Singapore TC Initiation P. S$65,000, 1200m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Turangga Farm at the 2012 Inglis/Pitt, Son & Keene Scone Yearling Sale for $10,000.
  • 22/11/2013 Savannah Dancer (NZ) 2008 (F by Savabeel - Scally Wag); 1st Singapore TC Class 3 H. S$75,000, 1200m - Earning S$40,162. Sold by Waikato Stud Ltd. at the 2009 NZB National Broodmare & Mixed Sale for NZ$8,000.
  • 22/11/2013 Princess Janna (AUS) 2006 (F by Hussonet - Close); 1st Singapore TC Class 5 H. S$35,000, 1200m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Arrowfield Stud at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $35,000.
  • 22/11/2013 Honest Truth (NZ) 2006 (G by Hussonet - Straight Lake); 1st Singapore TC Kranji D S. S$35,000, 1000m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Lincoln Farm at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Select Weanling Sale for $30,000 & subsequently sold by Robyn Wise at the 2008 Ingflis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $240,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Mayweather (NZ) 2010 (G by Darci Brahma - An Lass); 1st Singapore TC Restricted Maiden S. S$65,000, 1400m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Seaton Park Ltd at the 2012 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$70,000 & subsequently sold by Lyndhurst Farm at the 2012 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$120,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Flying Ahead (AUS) 2008 (G by Flying Spur - Sibyl); 1st Singapore TC Class 4 H. S$55,000, 1600m - Earning S$29,452. Sold by Newhaven Park at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $70,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Frances (NZ) 2010 (F by Murtajill - Red Tulip); 1st Singapore TC Maiden S. S$35,000, 1100m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Cambridge Stud at the 2012 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$15,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Affirmation (NZ) 2006 (G by Fastnet Rock - Affirmed Lane); 1st Singapore TC Kranji D S. S$35,000, 1400m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Pencarrow Stud at the 2008 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$700,000.
  • 24/11/2013 My Boy Jack (AUS) 2010 (G by Statue of Liberty - Viva Dubai); 1st Singapore TC Novice P. S$65,000, 1400m - Earning S$34,807. Sold by Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis  Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $37,000 & subsequently sold by Anzac Lodge at the 2012 NZB Ready to Run Sale for NZ$90,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Golden Sand Steed (NZ) 2009 (G by Pins - Ambitious); 1st Singapore TC Kranji C S. S$75,000, 1000m - Earning S$40,162. Sold by Waikato Stud Ltd at the 2011 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$65,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Spinning Success (AUS) 2008 (G by Spinning World - Gloria's Dream); 1st Singapore TC Kranji D S. S$35,000, 1400m - Earning S$18,742. Sold by Summerland Farm at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $9,000.
  • 24/11/2013 Gold Run (AUS) 2008 (G by Hussonet - Biloba); 1st Singapore TC Class 4 H. S$55,000, 1400m - Earning S$29,452. Passed in by Mill Park at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $40,000 & subsequently sold by Robyn Wise at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale for $40,000.


Latest Malaysia Aust-Bred & NZ-Bred Non-Stakes Winners

Tuesday, 9th October 2012

Courtesy of Arion Pedigrees, below are the latest Australian and/or New Zealand-bred Malaysia winners:

  • 06/10/2012 Husspirata - No Comment (Mal.) (AUS) 2004 (G by Hussonet - Ispirata); 1st Penang TC Black Tulip H. Rgt.35,000, 1600m - Earning Rgt.19,372. Sold at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $100,000.
  • 06/10/2012 Neveraninch (AUS) 2004 (G by Admiralty - Harvey Road); 1st Penang TC Yakin H. Rgt.35,000, 1600m - Earning Rgt.19,372. Sold by Glen Avon Lodge at the 2005 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling & Broodmare Sale for $4,000.
  • 06/10/2012 World Superman (AUS) 2005 (G by Tough Speed - Loughmoe Lady); 1st Penang TC For You Only H. Rgt.55,000, 1700m - Earning Rgt.30,442. Sold by Armidale Stud at 2007 Tasmanian Breeders Selected Yearling Sale for $23,000 & subsequently old by Nolen Racing at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses In Training Sale for $62,500.
  • 06/10/2012 Rocket Elite (AUS) 2006 (G by Partners Choice - Layoff); 1st Penang TC East Kalimantan H. Rgt.35,000, 1200m - Earning Rgt.19,372. Sold by Grenville Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Horses In Training Sale for $22,000.
  • 06/10/2012 No Uncertainty (AUS) 2007 (G by Trade Fair - Princess Camilla); 1st Penang TC Contract II H. Rgt.55,000, 1300m - Earning Rgt.30,442. Sold by De Grey Park at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale for $11,000.
  • 06/10/2012 Pacific Chief - Pacific Gift (Sing.) (AUS) 2005 (G by Untouchable - Samoa); 1st Penang TC Pelor Mas H. Rgt.55,000, 1300m - Earning Rgt.30,442. Sold at the 2007 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $110,000.
  • 07/10/2012 Aussie Invader (AUS) 2004 (G by Marwina - Medina Mist); 1st Penang TC Keep Going H. Rgt.35,000, 1200m - Earning Rgt.19,372. Sold by Riverdene Stud at the 2006 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for $6,000.
  • 07/10/2012 Humble Harvest (NZ) 2007 (G by Bahhare - Famette); 1st Penang TC Armistice H. Rgt.35,000, 1600m - Earning Rgt.19,372. Sold by Rich Hill Stud at the 2009 NZB National Yearling Sale for NZ$10,000.


Inglis Melb Racehorse Sale Today At Oaklands

Tuesday, 25th October 2011

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.

Next Week's Inglis Melb Racehorse Catalogue Now Online

Wednesday, 19th October 2011

The catalogue for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Racehorse Sale at Oaklands (Tuesday 25 October) is now online. Highlights include:

  • Grange Thoroughbreds will offer a 2YO colt by reigning Australian Champion Sire Lonhro from stakes-placed mare Golden Tulip.
  • 2YO colt by Barely A Moment; half-brother to stakes-placed Surmato.
  • 3YO unraced filly by Encosta de Lago from stakes-winning mare Annie la Vie, a half-sister to Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort & stakes-winner Consular.
  • Future Solution: lightly raced 5YO gelding by Belong To Me; winner of 4 metropolitan races in Sydney.
  • Munaaseb: 3YO Pins-Escada colt; half-brother to Gr1-winners Glamour Puss & Vision And Power.
  • Mujaazef: 3YO  Redoute’s Choice gelding from Champion race mare Tycoon Lil; full-brother to stakes-winning mare Estee.
  • Tamareen: 3YO Nadeem gelding from Gr1-winning mare Kapchat; half-brother to stakes-winners Kaphero & Princesa.

Excellent Art Adds French Black-Type

Friday, 29th July 2011

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.

9th Winner For Freshman Shuttler Excellent Art

Tuesday, 12th July 2011

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.


Magic Millions Weanlings Day-1: Top Lots

Thursday, 27th May 2010
  • $300,000 Encosta de Lago-Sharp colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $200,000 Encosta de Lago-Coast To The Post colt (C.Santry)
  • $170,000 Fastnet Rock-Tivoli Dancer colt (Curraghmore Stud)
  • $150,000 More Than Ready-Galway Lass filly (G.Gathercole)
  • $150,000 Lonhro-Assertive Sound filly (P.Willetts)
  • $150,000 Encosta de Lago-Big Step colt (Acelands Stud)
  • $150,000 Testa Rossa-Capto colt (Balmoral Farm)
  • $135,000 Encosta de Lago-Traffic Watch colt (P.Willetts)
  • $130,000 Encosta de Lago-Ocean Pearl colt (NZB)
  • $125,000 Stratum-Angel Girl colt (A.Tait)
  • $120,000 More Than Ready-Sally's World colt (Blue Sky Thoroughbreds)
  • $115,000 Lonhro-Miss Right Note colt (D.Kobritz)
  • $105,000 Flying Spur-Loving New colt (C.Clark)
  • $105,000 California Dane-Aspirant filly (V.Cox)
  • $100,000 Encosta de Lago-Miss Helga filly (Aust Thoroughbreds)
  • $100,000 Street Sense-Romancing colt (J&I Bloodstock)
  • $100,000 Haradasun-Classy Dane filly (J.Smith)
  • $100,000 Commands-Hymns filly (Belmont Bloodstock)
  • $90,000 General Nediym-Life Is Beautiful filly (M.Wallace)
  • $90,000 Street Sense-Assertiveness filly (S.Brem)
  • $87,500 Testa Rossa-Donna Sienna colt (NZB)
  • $80,000 Bernardini-Queen Isolt colt (E.O'Dwyer)
  • $80,000 More Than Ready-Donnadane colt (J.Deering)
  • $80,000 Commands-Ruby Draw colt (G.Delsar)
  • $77,500 Lonhro-Petal Power filly (Racetree)
  • $75,000 Lion Heart-Miss Conception colt (Belfields)
  • $75,000 Shamardal-Gradual colt (MM as agent)
  • $70,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Laguna Lake colt (Touchstone Farm)
  • $70,000 Encosta de Lago-Mukka Damarto filly (Springbank Farm)
  • $70,000 Reset-Blue Finch filly (J.Bester)
  • $65,000 Henny Hughes-Sapphire Girl colt (Ong Tiong Seng)
  • $65,000 Stratum-France Soir filly (P.Sweeney)
  • $62,500 Rock Of Gibraltar-Ceol Na Sraide colt (World Wide Bloodstock)
  • $60,000 Fastnet Rock-Intoxicat filly (Patinack Farm)
  • $60,000 Husson-Catalyst colt (Patinack Farm)
  • $60,000 Fastnet Rock-Succinct filly (Mulcaster Bloodstock)
  • $60,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Alborada filly (Byefarm Breeders)
  • $60,000 Exceed And Excel-Allegra colt (Supreme Thoroughbreds)
  • $60,000 Lonhro-Golden Tulip colt (Grange Thoroughbreds)
  • $57,500 Holy Roman Emperor-Quinsigimond colt (Royal Security)
  • $57,500 Oratorio-Drivetime colt (R.Emery)
  • $57,500 Choisir-Haleconia colt (J.Bester)
  • $56,000 Commands-Elmira colt (Ascot Farm)
  • $55,000 Danehill Dancer-Earthen Cool colt (T.Murtagh)
  • $52,500 Lonhro-Riviera Ripple colt (T.Stewart)
  • $52,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Chanteloup colt (L.Cohen)
  • $50,000 Dylan Thomas-Needham Star colt (Royal Security)
  • $50,000 Show A Heart-Rapturous colt (Bridsan Bloodstock)
  • $50,000 Dylan Thomas-Fancy That filly (J.Bester)
  • $50,000 Commands-Farafran colt (J&I Bloodstock)
  • $50,000 Undoubtedly-Fingeal colt (J.Bester)
  • $50,000 Hidden Dragon-Glow Misty For Me filly (K.Dixon)
  • $50,000 Danehill Dancer-Halimeda colt (J.Bester)


Brahms Adds US Black-Type

Tuesday, 1st September 2009

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.

Vodka Wins Japan Gr1 Yasuda Kinen

Tuesday, 9th June 2009

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).

Buena Vista Wins Japan Gr1 1000 Guineas

Tuesday, 14th April 2009

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.


Vodka Wins Japan Gr1 Yasuda Kinen

Tuesday, 10th June 2008

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.


French Yearlings Day-2: Top Lots

Thursday, 25th October 2007
  • €330,000 (A$528,000) Agnes Kamikaze-Reinamixa filly (P.Barbe)
  • €200,000 (A$320,000) Peintre Celebre-Urgele filly (Prime Equestrian)
  • €110,000 (A$176,000) Verglas-Pop Alliance filly (Prime Equestrian)
  • €100,000 (A$160,000) Red Ransom-Turpitude colt (FBA)
  • €100,000 (A$160,000) Royal Applause-Mimalia filly (MAB Agency)
  • €95,000 (A$152,000) Danehill Dancer-Corse filly (A.Decrion)
  • €92,000 (A$147,000) Highest Honor-Silver Tulip filly (E.Lellouche)
  • €90,000 (A$144,000) Lando-Saquiace filly (Agence FIPS)
  • €85,000 (A$136,000) Anabaa-Northern Mixa colt (FBA)
  • €85,000 (A$136,000) Verglas-Calithea filly (A.Stroud)
  • €75,000 (A$120,000) Anabaa Blue-Linorova colt (E.Lellouche)
  • €75,000 (A$120,000) Nayef-Lunata colt (D.Redvers)
  • €75,000 (A$120,000) Linamix-Narasimha colt (J-C.Rouget)
  • €75,000 (A$120,000) Smadoun-One Way filly (Prime Equestrian)
  • €70,000 (A$112,000) Lando-Lonara colt (B.LeMetayer)
  • €65,000 (A$104,000) Montjeu-Freedom Flame colt (Prime Equestrian)
  • €62,000 (A$99,000) Anabaa Blue-Si Je N'Avais Plus colt (MAB Agency)
  • €60,000 (A$96,000) Dr Fong-Lunassa filly (P.Nataf)
  • €60,000 (A$96,000) Green Tune-Nataliana filly (C.Laffron-Parias)
  • €60,000 (A$96,000) Highest Honor-Safe And Sound colt (Prime Equestrian)
  • €60,000 (A$96,000) Hernando-Selective colt (S.Wattel)
  • €60,000 (A$96,000) King's Best-Serisia colt (P.Nataf)
  • €58,000 (A$93,000) Lando-Alcidiana colt (Prime Equestrian)
  • €58,000 (A$93,000) American Post-Still The One colt (J.DeRoualle)
  • €55,000 (A$88,000) High Chaparral-Mes Bleus Yeux colt (Meridian Int)
  • €55,000 (A$88,000) Zieten-Moldava colt (G.Petit)
  • €55,000 (A$88,000) Muhtathir-Brisby colt (MAB Agency)
  • €55,000 (A$88,000) Dalakhani-Suborneuse filly (Prime Equestrian)
  • €52,000 (A$83,000) Hawk Wing-Miss Chryss filly (G.Petit)
  • €52,000 (A$83,000) Kendor-Sanada colt (France Turf Int)
  • €50,000 (A$80,000) One Cool Cat-White Quartz colt (J.DeRoualle)
  • €50,000 (A$80,000) King's Best-Nordican Inch filly (Prime Equestrian)
  • €50,000 (A$80,000) American Post-Nouvelle Reine filly (BBA Germany)
  • €50,000 (A$80,000) Elusive City-Red Blossom filly (F.Rohaut)


38 Williams Dispersal Lots At Inglis Sale

Friday, 23rd June 2006

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:

  • 3YO gelding Indicative (Redoute's Choice-Foxtrot Bay)
  • 3YO gelding Globalism (Redoute's Choice-Golden Tulip)
  • 3YO colt Aerial (Redoute's Choice-Hermitage Lane)
  • 3YO gelding Rotarian (Redoute's Choice-Miss Behave)
  • 2YO gelding Chelmsford (Redoute's Choice-Opulence)
  • 3YO gelding Federalist (Zabeel-Colors For Life)
  • 4YO gelding Illustration (Zabeel-Leica Smile)
  • 3YO gelding Completion (Zabeel-Royal Magic)
  • 4YO gelding Briefing (Zabeel-Shynzi)
  • 5YO gelding Partnership (Zabeel-Merlene)
  • 6YO gelding Refute (Zabeel-Super Seleccion)
  • 3YO filly Omit (Zabeel-Forever Dancing)
  • 3YO gelding Benson (Danehill-Lake Alexandrina)
  • 4YO gelding Singular (Danehill-One To One)
  • 2YO gelding Acland (Carnegie-Burning Embers)
  • 3YO gelding Appraiser (Carnegie-Leander)
  • 3YO gelding Affective (Carnegie-Miss Angelina)
  • 3YO gelding Basis (Carnegie-Morgan Mackie)
  • 3YO filly Norway (Danzero-Is It Dawn)
  • 3YO gelding Pillar (Danzero-Until Death)
  • 3YO gelding Lancet (Encosta De Lago-Neidin)
  • 3YO gelding Deflector (Grand Lodge-Brass)
  • 3YO gelding Distributor (Grand Lodge-Luge)
  • 3YO gelding Fitted (Grand Lodge-Unbridled Victory)
  • 3YO gelding Consolidation (Octagonal-Spring Melody)
  • 3YO gelding Participation (Octagonal-Autumn Lodge)
  • 3YO filly Mobility (Octagonal-Crystal Vase)
  • 3YO gelding Adapt (Second Empire-My Crystal Star)
  • 4YO gelding Layout (Secret Savings-Nice Choice)
  • 2YO colt Elmore (Testa Rossa-Razero)
  • 2YO gelding Gulf (Testa Rossa-Bryce Canyon)
  • 2YO gelding Notting (Viscount-Hill Grace)
  • 2YO gelding Laidley (O'Reilly-Foxtrot)
  • 2YO gelding Dover (Langfuhr-Queen Kathleen)
  • 2YO colt Fairhaven (Keeper-Just Cruising)
  • 2YO colt Landers (Keeper-Startling Lady)
  • 3YO filly Gaiety (Flying Spur-Our Summertime)
  • 3YO filly Album (Cape Cross-Sinjani)

Karaka Day-3: Top Lots

Thursday, 2nd February 2006
  • NZ$1.6m Zabeel-Miss Power Bird colt (Rogerson B'stock)
  • NZ$800,000 Zabeel-Marquise colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$560,000 Zabeel-Pretty Buttons colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$520,000 Rock Of Gibraltar colt (B.Perry)
  • NZ$500,000 Zabeel-Paint Me A Dream colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$400,000 Montjeu-Nikki's Bride colt (BBA Ireland)
  • NZ$320,000 Zabeel-Kirin Belle colt (R.Roulston)
  • NZ$300,000 Pentire-Privilege colt (Worldwide B'stock)
  • NZ$280,000 Zabeel-Lypsac filly (R.James)
  • NZ$230,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Incommunicado filly (Rogerson B'stock)
  • NZ$225,000 Jungle Pocket-Oak Vintage colt (R.Hewetson)
  • NZ$220,000 Dehere-Mills Field colt (Iskander Racing)
  • NZ$190,000 Danasinga-Jelignite Jen colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$190,000 Stravinsky-Miss Saigon filly (R.Hewetson)
  • NZ$180,000 Johannesburg-Mont Tremblant colt (P.Perry)
  • NZ$180,000 Don Eduardo-Miss Bailey filly (Pendant Equine)
  • NZ$170,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Lake Alexandrina colt (H.Lawton)
  • NZ$170,000 O'Reilly-Procure filly (J.Wallace)
  • NZ$170,000 O'Reilly-Night Star filly (J.Sagar)
  • NZ$160,000 Towkay-Make Up colt (M.Kent)
  • NZ$145,000 Anabaa-Katie O'Neill colt (NZB)
  • NZ$140,000 Johannesburg-Miss Angelina colt (H.Dyke)
  • NZ$140,000 Montjeu-Prieur Way colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$120,000 Stravinsky-Instantly colt (K.Yoshida)
  • NZ$115,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Joker's Girl filly (DGR T'bred)
  • NZ$115,000 Stravinsky-Pompeiian Tulip filly (A.Noonan)
  • NZ$105,000 Cape Cross-Its Hula Time colt (P.Cataldo)
  • NZ$105,000 Montjeu-Kingstonette colt (D.O'Byrne)
  • NZ$100,000 Van Nistelrooy-Jeanetta Cochrane colt (Rogerson B'stock)
  • NZ$100,000 O'Reilly-La Cent colt (J.Chan)
  • NZ$100,000 Montjeu-Louders filly (P.Moroney)
  • NZ$100,000 Keeper-Maybe Yes colt (Sanders Racing)
  • NZ$100,000 O'Reilly-Mer du Sud filly (P.Willetts)
  • NZ$100,000 Cape Cross-Miss Morrinsville filly (G.Drought)
  • NZ$100,000 Jungle Pocket-Miss Tessla colt (K.Yoshida)