At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Vinery Stud's former Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Hopfgarten (Mossman-Black Tourmaline, by O'Reilly) posted his first stakes win in about 2 years when storming home to land the $100,000 Listed The Wayne Wilson (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Ulmann & Divine Unicorn. Hopfgarten, who won the Wayne Wilson Stakes in 2016, improved his record to 13 wins (including Listed Ascot Handicap at the Sunshine Coast, the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Gr3 Gunsynd Classic & Listed Brisbane Handicap) and 13 placings from 61 starts for $887,751 in earnings. Hopfgarten was purchased for $26,000 by Gary Willetts at the 2012 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale from the draft of Enterprise Stud.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m) to be run on day two of the popular Warrnambool carnival tomorrow. A capacity field of 16 runners and two emergencies have been accepted for the $150,000 sprint which is expected to be run on a Soft 6 track. The Darren Weir-trained Ulmann is the defending champion but faces a tough task after drawing barrier 15.
Perth Cup placegetter Tradesman is the latest WA galloper to join the stable of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir, reports the West Australian. A winner of 7 of his 21 starts, Tradesman's (Trade Fair-Virelay, by Laranto) biggest win to date came in the Listed Belmont Guineas as a 3YO. The consistent performer has also been placed three times at Group level, namely in the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr2 Lee Steere Classic and Gr3 Northerly Stakes. Todd Harvey, who is also a part-owner of Tradesman, hopes a change of environment can help the 7YO realise his potential. "He's got a high rating here, but he doesn't have to race in top company over there," Harvey said. "There are plenty more options there. I feel he's a genuine stayer and we haven't really had a crack at getting him over ground. We all thought it was best for the horse to send him to Weir." Harvey added: "He'll fly over when Black Heart Bart and Ulmann go home in a couple of weeks and he'll probably have a month or so off when he gets there." It was announced last week that former champion West Australian 2YO Whispering Brook (Hinchinbrook-Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian) would also be joining Weir in the New Year.
Darren Weir says he is thrilled with the condition of Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) leading into Saturday's Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot. The 5-time Gr1 winner is the clear $3.50 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $1 million summer feature after his excellent second (beaten just 0.15 length) to Great Shot in the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) two weeks ago. That was Black Heart Bart's first start in nearly two months and Weir says he has improved significantly from the run after watching him gallop with stable-mate Ulmann at Lindsey Smith's Perth stable on Saturday. "Bart's good," Weir told the West Australian. "His work was good. We're fortunate enough to have Lindsey let us use his place." He added: "Bart has settled in to the routine there and it's just what he needed. All thing's being well, he's heading into the race in good shape." The barrier draw for the Kingston Town Classic takes place today.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Defending champion and local star Scales Of Justice is currently the $5.50 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of 5-time Gr1 winner Black Heart Bart at $6 and Gr1 performer Tom Melbourne at $7. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Supply And Demand is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The final field is:
The final field has been declared for the 131st running of the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. The barrier draw will be conducted today commencing at 4:30pm (7:30pm AEDT) and will be telecast live on Sky Racing. The final field is:
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group race success when 6YO brown gelding Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill) registered the third stakes victory of his career when scoring a narrow win in the $150,000 Gr3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Burning Front & Echo Effect. Ulmann improved his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Paris Lane Handicap & Listed Wangoom Handicap) and 7 placings (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas & Listed VRC Sofitel Handicap) from 27 starts for $546,450 in earnings. Purchased by Moody Racing for $280,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Ulmann is a half-brother to dual Gr3 winning sprinter Mahisara from the Danehill mare Darsini. Darsini, in turn, is a granddaughter of Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Midnight Fever (LuskinStar). This is the family of Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond placegetter Startling Lass (herself a full sister to Midnight Fever), Gr1-winner Rock Classic, Caulfield Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and Brisbane Cup winner Igloo, as well as Gr3-placed stallion Dane Fever.
A Stakes-placed 3YO, a full sister to a recent Group 1 winner and a mare from the same family as Winx headline a strong catalogue for Inglis Digital's June online auction. More than 100 horses have been catalogued for the sale, which is now open for bidding. Highlights of the catalogue include:
Bidding for the June sale opened at 3pm today and continues until the 'final countdown' at 5pm next Wednesday, June 28. Click here to view the catalogue.
Strong pre-post favourite Clearly Innocent has drawn a horror marble for connections in Saturday's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben which has thrown the market into disarray. As short as $3.60 before the barrier draw, the top weight has eased markedly out to $4.60 after being asked to jump from gate 20. Also faring badly was Derry (21) who has also slipped out a few points. Counterattack, close up behind Redzel over 1200m at Doomben two starts ago, has fared much better for trainer Chris Waller, drawing two off the paint. While his price has remained constant at $8.50, each of Jungle Edge (7) and Ulmann (8) has tightened up since the draw.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie) excelled in the heavy conditions to win the $125,000 Gr3 BRC Sprint (1350m) for 3YO+, defeating High Midnight & Ulmann. Jungle Edge, who improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr3 Star Kingdom Stakes) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy & Gr1 ATC All Aged Stakes) from 37 starts for $514,610 earnings. Jungle Edge showed he was on target for the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June. "He's the best horse I've trained and this is a new world for me. He keeps getting better and better and it's scary," trainer Mick Bell said. "The plan now is to still run in the Kingsford Smith Cup next week then two weeks later in the Stradbroke."
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when the Lloyd & Nick Williams-owned 7YO Irish-bred entire The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal) scored by 1 length for trainer Robert Hickmott in the $200,000 Gr2 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) for 3YOs, over 8YO French-bred entire Lidari (Acclamation-Laxlova, by Linamix) & 5YO gelding Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill). The United States advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr3 Moonee Valley Gold Cup & Gr3 Kilternan Stakes) and 5 placings from 19 starts for $1,712,521 earnings. Owner Nick Williams confirmed that The United States will now head to the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (formerly the Mackinnon Stakes) over 2000m at Flemington on Saturday, 5 November. "All things being equal it is onwards to the Emirates Stakes (Mackinnon Stakes) on the final day of the carnival," Williams told racing.com.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill) scored by 0.2 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Paris Lane Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Akavoroun (Lacryma Cristi-Salquetta, by Salieri) & 5YO gelding Federal (Medaglia d'Oro-Virago, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Ulmann who improved his record to 5 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas & Listed VRC Sofitel Handicap) from 20 starts for $328,200 earnings. Purchased by Moody Racing for $280,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Ulmann is a half-brother to dual Gr3 winning sprinter Mahisara from the Danehill mare Darsini. Darsini, in turn, is a granddaughter of Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Midnight Fever (LuskinStar). This is the family of Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond placegetter Startling Lass (herself a full sister to Midnight Fever), Gr1-winner Rock Classic, Caulfield Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and Brisbane Cup winner Igloo, as well as Gr3-placed stallion Dane Fever.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) scored by 2 lengths for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) for 4YO+, over 5YO gelding Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill) & 5YO entire Hi World (High Chaparral-Beauty World, by Danehill Dancer). Bon Aurum improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) and 3 placings from 12 starts for $284,550 earnings.
At Ipswich in Queensland, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding Smokin' Joey (Encosta de Lago-Dalzing, by Blazing Sword) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Wez Hunter in the $175,000 Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Daph 'N' Alf (Longhorn-Gobbledegook, by Distorted Humor) & 3YO colt Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill). Smokin' Joey took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap, Gr3 Tab.com.au Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap & Listed March Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Emirates Stakes & Gr3 Sebring Stakes) from 52 starts for $1,398,533 earnings.
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Darley shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a Group success when 3YO filly Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) stormed home from last to score by 1.8-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $125,000 Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colts Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill) & Worthy Cause (Choisir-Tahnee Tango, by Grand Lodge). This was a stunning performance by Winx who took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 11 starts for $723,925 earnings. Winx, from the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Vegas Showgirl, was a $230,000 purchase by Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. Winx will have her next start in the Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) on 30 May.