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Daily News | 1st May 2017
O'Shea Steps Down from Godolphin RoleMonday, 1st May 2017John O'Shea has reportedly resigned from his position as head Australian trainer for Godolphin, reports The Australian. It is understood O'Shea, who took over from Peter Snowden three years ago, has requested an early release from his 5-year contract to take a break from racing. Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, along with Tony McEvoy and James Cummings have emerged as possible candidates to replace O'Shea. Godolphin spokesman Will Carter said the global racing and breeding powerhouse would not be commenting on the matter.
Sun Stud Announce 2017 FeesMonday, 1st May 2017Sun Stud has announced the 2017 service fees for its Victorian and Queensland rosters, including the introductory fee for multiple Gr1 winner Palentino. Featuring 12 stallions - seven in Victoria and five in Queensland - Palentino joins the line-up at a fee of $17,600, while in other exciting news, proven speed source, Statue of Liberty, sire of Saturday's Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes winner Star Exhibit, will relocate to Queensland where he will stand at $7,700. "Sun Stud is gearing up for another busy season," Sun Stud's Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. "Naturally, there's plenty of interest already in Palentino which is hardly surprising - he won two Group Ones and a Group Two over the mile at Flemington and defeated some of Australia's best performers including horses like Black Heart Bart." He added: "The re-location of Statue of Liberty is also an interesting development and sure to be welcomed by Queensland breeders. His brilliant sprinter, Hay List, was a Group winner in Brisbane and finished second to Black Caviar in the BTC Cup. Statue of Liberty will stand at $7,700, alongside Black Caviar's sire, Bel Esprit, who is leading sire in Queensland by earnings and winners and is exceptional value at $12,100 in 2017." Sun Stud's Managing Director, Danielle Cheng commented: "We're very happy with our line-up for 2017. I believe our stallions are very competitively priced in what is an extremely buoyant market and the roster really does offer something for all breeders." Sun Stud's roster is:
- Magnus (Flying Spur) - $22,000
- Fiorente (Monsun) - $17,600
- Palentino (Teofilo) *NEW* - $17,600
- Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) - $13,750
- Moshe (Bel Esprit) - $7,700
- Ready For Victory (More Than Ready) - $6,660
- Squamosa (Not A Single Doubt) - $6,600
Proven Vendors Present Quality Drafts at May SaleMonday, 1st May 2017New Zealand Bloodstock's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will feature drafts offered by 51 proven and highly respected New Zealand thoroughbred nurseries. Last year's leading vendor Curraghmore is again likely to play a big part, presenting 18 weanlings, two yearlings and three broodmares who are in foal to Power, Proisir and El Roca. The Curraghmore weanlings include progeny of proven sires Savabeel, Makfi and Uncle Mo and newcomers such as El Roca and Wandjina. Curraghmore owner Gordon Cunningham said he believes the Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock is going from strength to strength every year. "From a buying perspective, I have no doubt that there is more opportunity for pinhooking value at Karaka in May than at any other sale throughout Australasia," he said. Nick and Anne-Marie King's Brighthill Farm finished a close second among vendors in last year's Sale with 15 horses selling for a total of $678,200. Brighthill Farm will offer 23 horses at this year's Sale – 13 weanlings, a two-year-old and nine broodmares. Five of Brighthill's weanlings are by Dalghar, with progeny of leading sires Savabeel and Iffraaj also featured. Lot 113, by Savabeel out of Hameeda, is closely related to the recent Gr1 Australian Cup winner Humidor, while Lot 278 is out of Sunset Stripper, a half-sister to the dam of Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther. For William Fell of Goodwood Stud, the return to Karaka for next month's Sale will bring special memories having sold Gr1 New Zealand Derby and Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts as a weanling. Goodwood will offer six horses at this year's Sale, all weanlings. The catalogue also features stock from quality New Zealand breeding operations Haunui Farm, Little Avondale Stud, Mapperley Stud, Waikato Stud, Wentwood Grange, Westbury Stud and Windsor Park Stud to name a few. NZB's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on 8 and 9 May, with the broodmares selling on the second day from Lot 324. Click here to view the catalogue.
Music Magnate Wins Gr2 Victory StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Music Magnate (6)J: J LloydT: Bjorn BakerW: 58.5 kgsS: Written TycoonD: Concert Girl 1.3L3. Hopfgarten (3)J: Ron StewartT: R L HeathcoteW: 58.5 kgsS: MossmanD: Black Tourmaline 2.6L6. Miss Cover Girl (1)J: D J BrowneT: K M SchweidaW: 56.5 kgsD: Tolart 3.9L1. Takedown (4)J: Tim ClarkT: G W MooreW: 58.5 kgsS: StratumD: Apamea
At Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) broke through the million dollar earnings mark when scoring a comfortable win in the $200,000 Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Hopfgarten & Miss Cover Girl. Music Magnate showed he was right on track for a defence of his Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) title on 13 May by advancing his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Expressway Stakes & Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes & Listed Darby Munro Stakes) from 17 starts for $1,082,625 earnings. A NZ$45,000 yearling consigned by Westbury Stud at the 2013 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, Music Magnate hails from the family of Gr2 Wellington Guineas winner Marrok, Gr2 AJC St Leger winner Chaleyer, and stakes winner Gypsy Moss, dam of Gr1 Queensland Derby winner Our Planet. "He's won over $1 million now which is not a bad effort for a horse which cost $40,000," trainer Bjorn Baker told Racing Queensland Webnews. "The tracks in Sydney have been too wet for him but it's all systems go now in Brisbane and he'll run next in the Doomben 10,000 in a fortnight."
Mime Wins Gr2 Travis StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -5. Mime (4)J: C J GryllsT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 57 kgsS: MastercraftsmanD: Maidjeu 0.4L8. Endean Rose (2)J: A B CollettT: I B KennedyW: 57 kgsS: SavabeelD: Pretoria 0.5L6. Sofia Rosa (3)J: D S JohnsonT: S B MarshW: 57 kgsS: MakfiD: Bislieri 1.3L9. China Star (10)J: K A Mc CullochT: Ms L LattaW: 57 kgsS: Chinese DragonD: Venus Bay
Windsor Park Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler & former European Champion 2YO Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer-Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair) added a Group success when 4YO mare Mime (Mastercraftsman-Maidjeu, by Montjeu) posted a narrow win in the $100,000 Gr2 Travis Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Endean Rose & Sofia Rosa. Mime, who was passed in for NZ$13,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Mapperley Stud, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic & Gr3 Sunline Vase) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate & Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes) from 19 starts for NZ$304,725 earnings. Mime is now likely to travel to Queensland for the $500,000 Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on 20 May. "The Doomben Cup in three weeks' time will be up for discussion," said Michael Wallace, bloodstock and racing manager for owners the China Horse Club. "She hasn't done anything wrong and been there or thereabouts since we acquired her."
Karaka Trifecta in Gr2 Travis StakesMonday, 1st May 2017The first three horses' home in Saturday's prestigious $100,000 Gr2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa were all graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock sales at Karaka. The Karaka gold rush was led by the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Mime (Mastercraftsman) who edged out Endean Rose (Savabeel) and Sofia Rosa (Makfi) in a tight finish. "I didn't want to be on the fence, that wasn't the plan, but I ended up there and she was always travelling very well," rider Craig Grylls said. "I had to wait for a gap to open up and then she kicked and won really nicely." A daughter of the Montjeu mare Maidjeu and from the family of star racehorses Waikiki (Crested Wave) and Sacred Kingdom (Encosta De Lago), Mime was bred by the late Laurence Redshaw. Mime was offered as a yearling at the 2014 Select Sale but failed to meet her reserve of just $15,000. She was retained by Redshaw until his deteriorating health and passing forced her sale to the China Horse Club. Runner-up Endean Rose was also a sale-ring passing, falling short of her $3000 reserve as a weanling at the 2011 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, while Australian Oaks winner Sofia Rosa was purchased by Bruce Perry Bloodstock for $65,000 at the 2014 Select Sale and has now earned over $1 million in prize money.
Dreams Aplenty Wins Gr3 Gunsynd ClassicMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -1. Dreams Aplenty (2)J: Tiffani BrookerT: J W ZielkeW: 57 kgsS: Dream AheadD: Tipsy Moment 0.1L4. Violate (9)J: L V CassidyT: Brent StanleyW: 57 kgsS: SebringD: Shantha's Girl 4.6L9. Kunming (6)J: Tim ClarkT: G W MooreW: 57 kgsD: Perfect Truth 5.9L6. Kubis (4)J: J LloydT: R L HeathcoteW: 57 kgsD: Aperto
At Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Emirates Park's 5-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dream Ahead (Diktat-Land Of Dreams, by Cadeaux Genereux) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Dreams Aplenty (Dream Ahead-Tipsy Moment, by Redoute's Choice) snuck home by the barest of margins in the $125,000 Gr3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Violate & Kunming. Dreams Aplenty, who was sold for $32,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale before being subsequently purchased for $26,000 at the Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale, improved his record to 5 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes) from 11 starts for $273,900 earnings. Trainer John Zielke's winter goals for Dreams Aplenty are the Gr2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June, and the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on 1 July.
Fabrizio Wins Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold CupMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -5. Fabrizio (1)J: J R CollettT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 56.5 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Desina 1.0L13. Moher (2)J: K Mc EvoyT: J A O'SheaW: 53 kgsS: LonhroD: An Chlais 1.1L7. Testashadow (6)J: Deanne PanyaT: G PortelliW: 56.5 kgsS: Testa RossaD: Moonlight Shadow 1.2L4. Vanbrugh (8)J: J BowmanT: C J WallerW: 58 kgsS: Encosta De LagoD: Soho Secret
At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Fabrizio (High Chaparral-Desina, by Desert King) returned to his best form with a front-running victory in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Moher & Testashadow. A homebred for George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, Fabrizio - who descends from the same female line as Melbourne Cup winner Subzero - improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed James Boag's Premium Stakes) and 1 placing from 14 starts for $392,050 earnings. Fabrizio is now likely to step up in distance for the Gr3 Chairman's Handicap over (2000m) at Doomben on 13 May.
Fabrizio (image: Steve Hart)
Shillelagh Wins Gr3 Godolphin CrownMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -10. Shillelagh (7)J: T AnglandT: C J WallerW: 56 kgsS: SavabeelD: Trocair 0.8L8. Daysee Doom (9)J: A AdkinsT: R J QuintonW: 56 kgsS: DomesdayD: See A Victory 2.1L7. Kinshachi (13)J: C W BrownT: J A O'SheaW: 57 kgsS: CommandsD: Nagoya 2.2L1. Tsaritsa (6)J: J R CollettT: C J WallerW: 59 kgsS: Dane ShadowD: Xaar's Jewel
At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 5YO mare Shillelagh (Savabeel-Trocair, by Flying Spur) broke through for an overdue stakes win in the $175,000 Gr3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Daysee Doom & Kinshachi. Shillelagh improved her record to 6 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes) from 15 starts for $127,195 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said Shillelagh would now head towards the Gr3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone, with the Gr1 Tatts Tiara in Brisbane also on the agenda. "She's been a pretty talented mare right throughout and she came across from New Zealand in good order," Waller told AAP. "Long-term a race like the Tatt's Tiara might be worth looking out to give her a chance in an Australian Group One.
Shillelagh (image: Steve Hart)
Shazee Lee Wins Gr3 Hawkesbury GuineasMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -13. Shazee Lee (3)J: J FordT: S I SingletonW: 54 kgsS: Ready's ImageD: Shazee 0.3L11. Prompt Response (10)J: T AnglandT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 55 kgsS: BeneteauD: Prompt 0.4L9. Salsonic (7)J: J R CollettT: J C CoyleW: 56 kgsS: HinchinbrookD: Salsify 1.4L6. Caerless Choice (6)J: Tommy BerryT: Paul MessaraW: 56 kgsS: Redoute's ChoiceD: Caerless
At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, former shuttler Ready's Image (More Than Ready-Clever Phrase, by Clever Trick) sired his first stakes winner in Australia when 3YO filly Shazee Lee (Ready's Image-Shazee, by Danewin) scored an upset win at odds of 50-1 in the $200,000 Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Prompt Response & Salsonic. Shazee Lee, who is a direct descendant of Coogee, the dam of champion stallion Bletchingly, improved her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 11 starts for $226,415 earnings.
Shazee Lee (image: Steve Hart)
Waging War Wins Gr3 Chairman's StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -5. Waging War (8)J: Ms C LindopT: L Macdonald & A GluyasW: 57.5 kgsS: Rebel RaiderD: Fartoo Flashy 0.8L3. Grand Chancellor (4)J: N CallowT: P StokesW: 57.5 kgsS: SavabeelD: Mont Fay 0.9L1. Morvada (11)J: Jake ToeroekT: P W JollyW: 57.5 kgsS: MossmanD: Carnegie Minstrel 1.2L7. Volatile Mix (9)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 57.5 kgsS: PentireD: Utopia
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Wyndholm Park's Gr1 Victoria Derby winning stallion Rebel Raider (Reset-Picholine, by Dehere) added a Group success when 3YO gelding Waging War (Rebel Raider-Fartoo Flashy, by Galileo) overcame a tough run to score a tenacious win in the $120,000 Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (2030m) for 3YOs, defeating Grand Chancellor & Morvada. Waging War, who will get the chance to emulate his father when he contests the $500,000 Gr1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on 13 May, improved his record to 4 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for $126,900 earnings.
Broadband Wins Gr3 Breeders' StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -11. Broadband (11)J: N CallowT: P StokesW: 55.5 kgsS: SebringD: Electric Dreams 3.8L7. Time Awaits (4)J: Damien ThorntonT: Tony McEvoyW: 55.5 kgsS: NicconiD: Bon Ton 3.9L9. Artstrum (3)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 55.5 kgsS: Artie SchillerD: Strum Cha 4.0L14. Faith In Hand (12)J: Chris ParnhamT: Henry DwyerW: 55.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Gold Chant
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group success when 2YO filly Broadband (Sebring-Electric Dreams, by Redoute's Choice) opened her stakes account with an emphatic victory in the $120,000 Gr3 Breeders' Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Time Awaits & Artstrum. Racing in the familiar grey, red and white silks of her owner Peter Horwitz, Broadband improved her record to 1 win and 1 placing (including the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes) from 3 starts for $88,800 earnings. From the Redoute's Choice mare Electric Dreams, Broadband hails from the outstanding Voltage family that includes champion galloper Grand Armee, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal, Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Anamato, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum, dual Gr1 winning Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, and Gr1 South African Derby winner Wylie Hall.
Sweet Leader Wins Gr3 Cambridge Breeders StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -3. Sweet Leader (7)J: C J GryllsT: L O'Sullivan & A ScottW: 56.5 kgsS: O'ReillyD: Sweet Lady 0.8L5. Honey Rider (1)J: M T ColemanT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 54.5 kgsS: PinsD: Southern Heights 1.2L10. Flamingo (14)J: M CameronT: D & E HaworthW: 54.5 kgsS: PinsD: Bird 1.3L6. O'Rachael (4)J: S C SprattT: S J McKeeW: 54.5 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Guessed
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's deceased multiple champion sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a Group success when 3YO colt Sweet leader (O'Reilly-Sweet Lady, by Encosta de Lago) opened his stakes account with a stunning last-to-first win in the $70,000 Gr3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Honey Rider & Flamingo. The highly promising Sweet Leader, who hails from the family of stakes winners Le Zagaletta, Spot The Rock, Swiftsynd, and Candy Rock, advanced his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for NZ$55,750 earnings. Trainer Lance O'Sullivan is undecided about Sweet Leader's next assignment, but said the 3YO is highly talented. "He's got a ton of natural talent and we thought we had a Guineas horse in the spring, but then he came up with a wind issue and we had to pull the pin," O'Sullivan told theinformant.co.nz. "He's a lovely big horse – more than 600 kilos when we weighed him last – and he reminds me a lot of his sire O'Reilly." Jockey Craig Grylls commented: "I hadn't planned to be back there on the fence, but I did know I had a handful of horse. Boy, he let down when I got him in the clear!"
Star Exhibit Wins Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Star Exhibit (9)J: B RawillerT: D K WeirW: 57 kgsD: Star Encounter 0.8L1. Charmed Harmony (3)J: Katelyn MallyonT: J D SadlerW: 59 kgsS: HussonetD: Magic Harmony 1.2L10. Top Me Up (8)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54 kgsS: Exceed And ExcelD: De Groove 1.3L7. Whistle Baby (1)J: Ben ThompsonT: M Ellerton & S ZahraW: 54 kgsS: MagnusD: Guild
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Sun Stud's (formerly Eliza Park International) Gr3 winning stallion Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat-Charming Lassie, by Seattle Slew) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Star Exhibit (Statue of Liberty-Star Encounter, by Jeune) made a winning debut for new trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes (1440m) for 3YO+, defeating Charmed Harmony & Top Me Up. Formerly raced in Perth by prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Star Exhibit improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 WATC Perth Cup) and 5 placings (including the Listed WATC JRA Trophy) from 18 starts for $677,275. Stable representative Jarrod McLean said Star Exhibit would embark on a winter carnival campaign in Brisbane. "He's going to Queensland but we're just not sure whether he'll follow a similar path to Real Love last year and target Group Two races heading towards the Brisbane Cup (2400m) or whether he might measure up over 2000m in the Group One Doomben Cup," he told racing.com.
Kobayashi Wins Listed Thoroughbred Club CupMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -3. Kobayashi (7)J: Ben ThompsonT: L & T CorstensW: 57 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Woodstock Hussey 3.0L2. Al Passem (5)J: Craig WilliamsT: K M KeysW: 57 kgsS: Al MaherD: Ruby Bre 3.5L1. Doubt I'm Dreaming (3)J: J MottT: John McArdleW: 58 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Dreaming Of You 4.8L5. Indernile (6)J: Patrick MoloneyT: G M MoloneyW: 56 kgsS: Street BossD: Poco Gusto
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Kobayashi (I Am Invincible-Woodstock Hussey, by Hussonet) left his rivals languishing with a brilliant turn of foot in the $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Al Passem & boom colt Doubt I'm Dreaming. This was the first stakes win for the smart Kobayashi who advanced his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $135,000. Kobayashi, who hails from the family of dual Hong Kong International Bowl winner Monopolize, was a $60,000 purchase at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud. Co-trainer Troy Corstens said a trip to Queensland was on the cards for Kobayashi. "We'll have a look at Brisbane but I question whether the races up there are going to suit him being at 1400m or even the JJ Atkins [Gr1] over a mile," Corstens told racing.com. "We might give him a nice break now and then I'm really looking forward to the spring when he grows into himself." He added: "He's a really talented colt and he's by the right stallion. He's not a big horse but I don't think he needs to be and he's always had really good natural talent."
Saint Patricks Day Wins Listed Dalrello StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -6. Saint Patricks Day (5)J: Ron StewartT: Chris MunceW: 57 kgsS: ExcelebrationD: Danahere 0.4L5. Capital Gain (7)J: R PlumbT: Paul ButterworthW: 57 kgsS: Ad ValoremD: Zuzao 1.9L2. Snitzkraft (2)J: L R DittmanT: K Wood & P GeslerW: 57 kgsS: SnitzelD: Power O'Raylee 3.2L1. Ours To Keep (4)J: D J BrowneT: Chris MunceW: 57 kgsS: SeidnazarD: Picabelle
At Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Coolmore's triple Gr1-winning stallion Excelebration (Exceed and Excel-Sun Shower, by Indian Ridge) sired his first stakes winner in Australia when 2YO colt Saint Patricks Day (Excelebration-Danahere, by Dehere) let down with a strong sprint over the final 200 metres to win the $100,000 Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Capital Gain & Snitzkraft. Purchased by his trainer Chris Munce for $55,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Goodwood Farm, Sain Patricks Day improved his record to 2 wins from 3 starts for $73,100 earnings. Former top jockey turned trainer Chris Munce has such a high opinion of Saint Patricks Day that he believes he can develop into a Gr1 horse this winter. St Patricks Day will have his next start in the Gr2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on 13 May which will decide if he heads towards the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Gr1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm. "He'll run in the Champagne Classic next and I think he's well and truly up to running 1600 metres in the JJ Atkins," Munce told Racing Queensland Webnews.
Riziz Wins Listed City of Adelaide HandicapMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -3. Riziz (7)J: Todd PannellT: K M SweeneyW: 57.5 kgsS: ZarizD: Priya 0.5L11. Victory Downs (9)J: Ms E FinneganT: Ms S JaenschW: 54 kgsS: Churchill DownsD: Canchita 0.9L4. Rocket Commander (10)J: P GattT: W F Francis & G KentW: 55.5 kgsS: Court CommandD: Pinot Royale 1.1L1. Kenjorwood (8)J: Damian LaneT: D K WeirW: 61 kgsS: SnippetsonD: Flying Diva
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a black-type success when 8YO gelding Riziz (Zariz-Priya, by Covetous) registered the 9th stakes victory of his career in the $110,000 Listed City of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Victory Downs & Rocket Commander. Riziz improved his record to 15 wins (including the Gr3 Spring Stales, Listed Oakbank Stakes, Listed Penny Edition Stakes, Listed Matrice Stakes, Listed Adelaide Guineas, Listed Creswick Stakes, Listed Oakbank Stakes & Listed All Victorian Sprint Final Handicap) & 18 placings (including the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap & Listed Nitschke Stakes) from 56 starts for $1,039,375 earnings.
Fox Hall Wins Listed Nitschke StakesMonday, 1st May 2017
Mrgn. Runners -2. Fox Hall (13)J: Damien ThorntonT: Tony McEvoyW: 56 kgsS: FoxwedgeD: Val De Loire 1.0L18. Cappadocia (2)J: B ClaridgeT: P StokesW: 54 kgsS: Northern MeteorD: Eastern Charm 1.1L4. Weather Channel (4)J: D OliverT: J F MacmillanW: 56 kgsS: ZoffanyD: Tornado Lil 1.7L9. Plenty To Like (5)J: Chris ParnhamT: S J WebbW: 54 kgsS: IlovethiscityD: Troposphere
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat) added a black-type success when 3YO bay gelding Fox Hall (Foxwedge-Val de Loire, by Montjeu) won the $110,000 Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Cappadocia & Weather Channel. Fox Hall, who was a $170,000 purchase by his trainer Tony McEvoy at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud, advanced his record to 3 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for $115,700 earnings. From the Montjeu mare Val de Loire, Fox Hall hails from the family of Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent, Gr2-winning Kaapstad mare Mulan Princess, multiple Group winner and sire Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat), stakes winner Greta Hall, and brilliant dual Gr1 winner Golden Sword.
Armidale Stud Announces FeesMonday, 1st May 2017Tasmania's Armidale Stud has announced its stallion service fees for the 2017 season. To reinforce Armidale's commitment to offer breeders the highest quality stallions at value for money, the Whishaw family have sourced the explosive Gr2 winner and Gr1-placed Alpine Eagle to stand alongside the ?exciting young stallion Needs Further and the ever consistent Tough Speed. Alpine Eagle is the highest profile galloper to ever retire to stud in Tasmania and is expected to attract support from astute interstate breeders. "Alpine Eagle was an absolutely sensational racehorse with untapped ability. He's a horse with an amazing presence and an exceptional athletic physique. He is without a doubt one of the best horses that I have ever trained," said Tony McEvoy. Needs Further has commenced his stud career in sensational fashion producing dual stakes winning filly Pateena Arena and 2YO track record holder Il Regalo from his first crop, while Tough Speed continues to be a consistent source of winners boasting an impressive winners to runner's statistic of 60%. "We are thrilled with our Stallions performances over the last year, not only on the race track but in the sales ring too. We have set our service fees at a level to reflect not only our Stallions achievements but their genuine commercial appeal in the marketplace," said Armidale's Managing Director David Whishaw. The Armidale roster is:
- Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral) - $7,700
- Needs Further (Encosta de Lago) - $5,500
- Tough Speed (Miswaki) - $3,300
First Winner for MaschinoMonday, 1st May 2017Explosive sprinter Maschino has unearthed a talented filly out of his first crop in Perth. The Alwyn Park freshman sired his first winner when 2YO filly Fabergino scored a commanding victory in the Devils Lair Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday. She jumped straight to the front on debut and accelerated to a winning lead at the top of the straight. Fabergino (Maschino-Miss Razyana by Danzero) was expected to be prominent after winning a Belmont trial by three lengths last week. "She's raw but exciting. She mustered speed, pricked her ears and enjoyed it out in front," jockey Jarrad Noske said. Bloodstock agent Michael Flannery purchased Fabergino for $36,000 on behalf of Sunspeed breeder Jim Anderson at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale. Four years earlier, Flannery and Anderson combined to buy Maschino for $240,000 at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale. By former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago, Maschino was known for his trademark whirlwind finishes which helped him win 7 races highlighted by the Gr3 R J Peters Stakes (1500m).
Maschino (image: TWBA)
Son of Helmet to Run in Kentucky DerbyMonday, 1st May 2017Godolphin have confirmed that Thunder Snow, a son of Australian-bred three-time Gr1-winning shuttler Helmet (Exceed and Excel-Accessories, by Singspiel), will run in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this Saturday (6 May). A winner of the Gr1 Criterium International as a 2YO, Thunder Snow is undefeated in his two starts this campaign on dirt winning the Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas by 8 lengths, before narrowly landing the Gr2 UAE Derby on World Cup night. His UAE Derby win earned him an automatic entry into the race they call the "Run for the Roses". "Sheikh Mohammed has made the decision to run Thunder Snow in the Kentucky Derby," trainer Saeed bin Suroor told Godolphin.com. "The horse is in good form. He is sound, healthy, and working really well, and I am so happy with him." Suroor added: "It is great to see another horse from Godolphin travel to the Kentucky Derby as it is one of the best races in the world."
Neorealism Wins Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II CupMonday, 1st May 2017At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 6YO Japanese entire Neorealism (Neo Universe-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake), a three-quarter-brother to Arrowfield Stud stallion Real Impact, scored by a neck for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m), defeating the fast finishing Pakistan Star & defending champion Werther. Jockey Joao Moreira, who claimed a 5-win haul on the day, celebrated his first win in the HK$20 million feature. “When you win a race like this for the first time, it is always special,” Moreira told the South China Morning Post. Neorealism improved his record to 8 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Kyoto Mile Championship) from 19 starts for ¥397,006,150 in earnings.
More Than Ready Adds HK Gr3Monday, 1st May 2017At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, by Woodman) added a Group success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Eagle Way (More Than Ready-Wedgetail Eagle, by Lure) scored by 0.75 length for trainer John Moore in the Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m), defeating Helene Charisma & Gold Mount. Eagle Way improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queensland Derby) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,339,659 in earnings. Eagle Way was a $200,000 weanling purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at 2014's Inglis Australian Weanling Sale. He is a half-brother to the stakes-winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle & Soaressa, herself the dam of dual Gr3 winner Thermal Current.
Spring Carnival Option for Eagle WayMonday, 1st May 2017Following his impressive win in yesterday’s Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin, trainer John Moore said Australian-bred galloper Eagle Way could return home for a shot at the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups later in the year. “Look, I’ve always maintained Eagle Way would be a perfect Melbourne Cup horse, even when I owned him racing in Australia,” Moore told the South China Morning Post. “But this is my home ground, and we’ve got to take care of the Group Ones here first. That’s the priority. Let’s get the Champions & Chater Cup [Gr1] out of the way first, hopefully we can win that and I will talk to the owners. The travel, quarantine and race planning are all challenging and it will take a lot of careful consideration and planning.” The Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup will be run at Sha Tin in four weeks’ time.
Kitasan Black Wins Gr1 Tenno Sho (Spring)Monday, 1st May 2017Champion Japanese racehorse Kitasan Black (Black Tide-Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O) made it back-to-back wins in the 155th running of the Gr1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3200m, defeating Cheval Grand & Satono Diamond by 1.5 lengths at Kyoto racecourse in Japan on Sunday. Trained by Hisashi Shimizu, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year advanced his record to 10 wins from 16 starts for career earnings of ¥1,344,139,000. Kitasan Black has now won five races at Gr1 level, also including the Osaka Hai, Japan Cup, and Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger). Underscoring the strength of Kitasan Black’s victory was that he set a new course and race record, bettering the mark set by champion Deep Impact in 2006. “He showed amazing stamina and tenacity up to the end which only he can do. I never thought Deep Impact’s record would ever be broken. This horse is just so much stronger than he was a year ago,” commented jockey Yutaka Take.
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