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Weekend News | 17th September 2021

  • NEW Sierra Sue Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: D Moor
    T: T Busuttin & N Young
    W: 52.5 kgs
    S: Darci Brahma
    D: Centree
    0.1L
    J: Fred W Kersley
    T: Nick Ryan
    W: 52 kgs
    S: Showcasing
    D: Schlague
    0.6L
    J: Jye McNeil
    T: M Price & M Kent Jnr
    W: 52 kgs
    S: Shocking
    D: Primadonna Girl
    • Track: Caulfield
    • Race: $1,000,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m)
    • Winner: 5YO mare Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma-Centree, by Centaine)
    • Placings: 7YO gelding Dice Roll & 4YO gelding I'm Thunderstruck
    • Winning Sire: Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel)
    • Stud Farm: The Oaks Stud
    • Trainer: T Busuttin & N Young
    • Jockey: D Moor
    • Race record: 8 wins and a placing from 18 starts for $1,123,625 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $2,000 juvenile at the 2019 NZB Karaka May Sale
    • Vendor: Ardsley Stud
  • NEW Eduardo Wins Gr2 The Shorts

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: N Rawiller
    T: Joseph Pride
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Host
    D: Blushing
    0.4L
    J: J B Mc Donald
    T: C J Waller
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Nicconi
    D: Strikeline
    1.4L
    J: J R Collett
    T: G Richards & D Moyle
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Lope De Vega
    D: Miss Barley
    • Track: Randwick
    • Race: $500,000 Gr2 The Shorts (1100m)
    • Winner: 8YO gelding Eduardo (Host-Blushing, by Fantastic Light)
    • Placings: 7YO gelding Nature Strip & 6YO gelding Gytrash
    • Winning Sire: Host (Hussonet-Colonna Triaina, by Roy)
    • Stud Farm: Swettenham Stud
    • Trainer: Joseph Pride
    • Jockey: N Rawiller
    • Race record: 9 wins and 7 placings from 22 starts for $2,894,900 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • NEW Verry Elleegant Wins Gr1 George Main Stks

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: J B Mc Donald
    T: C J Waller
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Zed
    D: Opulence
    0.8L
    J: Rachel King
    T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
    W: 59 kgs
    S: Proisir
    D: Giardini
    0.9L
    J: N Rawiller
    T: K J Parker
    W: 59 kgs
    S: So You Think
    D: Personal Service
    • Track: Randwick
    • Race: $1,000,000 Gr1 General George Main Stks (1600m)
    • Winner: 6YO mare Verry Elleegant (Zed-Opulence, by Danroad)
    • Placings: 5YO gelding Riodini & 6YO gelding Think It Over
    • Winning Sire: Zed (Zabeel-Emerald Dream, by Danehill)
    • Stud Farm: Grangewilliam Stud
    • Trainer: C J Waller
    • Jockey: J B Mc Donald
    • Race record: 14 wins and 9 placings from 31 starts for $9,265,744 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • NEW Four Moves Ahead Wins Gr2 Darley Tea Rose Stks

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: N Rawiller
    T: J G Sargent
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Snitzel
    D: Doulmera
    0.3L
    J: J R Collett
    T: G Ryan & S Alexiou
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Not A Single Doubt
    D: Panorama Ridge
    0.5L
    J: Tim Clark
    T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Star Witness
    D: Taylor's Command
    • Track: Randwick
    • Race: $200,000 Gr2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
    • Winner: 3YO filly Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel-Doulmera, by Mr. Greeley)
    • Placings: 3YO filly Swift Witness & 3YO filly Mallory
    • Winning Sire: Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippet’s Lass, by Snippets)
    • Stud Farm: Arrowfield Stud
    • Trainer: J G Sargent
    • Jockey: N Rawiller
    • Race record: 3 wins and a placing from 7 starts for $538,200 in earnings
    • Sales Info: Yearling pass-in at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale
    • Vendor: Bhima Thoroughbreds
  • NEW Callsign Mav Wins Gr1 Tarzino Trophy

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: J K Riddell
    T: J G Bary
    W: 59 kgs
    S: Atlante
    D: Raadisi
    0.2L
    J: S J Macnab
    T: C A Bambry
    W: 59 kgs
    S: Darci Brahma
    D: Spring Fever
    4.5L
    J: T Yanagida
    T: A J Smith
    W: 59 kgs
    S: Cape Blanco
    D: Passchendaele
    • Track: Hastings
    • Race: $220,000 Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m)
    • Winner: 5YO gelding Callsign Mav (Atlante-Raadisi, by Volksraad)
    • Placings: 5YO gelding Spring Tide & 6YO gelding Masetto
    • Winning Sire: Atlante (Fastnet Rock-Readyforcatherine, by More Than Ready)
    • Stud Farm: Mapperley Stud
    • Trainer: J G Bary
    • Jockey: J K Riddell
    • Race record: 6 wins and 8 placings from 18 starts for $439,550 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $3,000 weanling at the 2017 NZB National broodmare, Weanling & Mixed Sale
    • Vendor: Windsor Park Stud
  • NEW Lightsaber Wins Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: L Nolen
    T: P G Moody
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Zoustar
    D: Dream Cirque
    0.5L
    J: Damian Lane
    T: James Cummings
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Astern
    D: Lobola
    0.7L
    J: Jye McNeil
    T: Annabel Neasham
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Redoute's Choice
    D: Gresset
    • Track: Caulfield
    • Race: $300,000 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m)
    • Winner: 3YO colt Lightsaber (Zoustar-Dream Cirque, by Dream Ahead)
    • Placings: 3YO colt Brigantine & 3YO colt Military Expert
    • Winning Sire: Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute’s Choice)
    • Stud Farm: Widden Stud
    • Trainer: P G Moody
    • Jockey: L Nolen
    • Race record: 4 wins and a placing from 8 starts for $440,010 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $80,000 yearling consigned by Aquis Farm at the 2020 Inglis Classic Sale and then a $100,000 juvenile consigned by JCS Thoroughbreds at the 2020 Inglis Ready2Race Sale
  • NEW Art De Triomphe Wins Listed Canterbury Belle

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: Ms K Williams
    T: Andrew Carston
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Vadamos
    D: Art Beat
    3.0L
    J: G A Jogoo
    T: J & K Parsons
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Iffraaj
    D: Needlly
    3.2L
    J: K Mudhoo
    T: J W Richards
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Burgundy
    D: Niamh Elizabeth
    • Track: Riccarton Park
    • Race: $60,000 Listed NZB Canterbury Belle (1200m)
    • Winner: 3YO filly Art De Triomphe (Vadamos-Art Beat, by Captain Rio)
    • Placings: 3YO filly Sorrento & 3YO filly Irish Red
    • Winning Sire: Vadamos (Monsun-Celebre Vadala, by Peintre Celebre)
    • Stud Farm: Rich Hill Stud
    • Trainer: Andrew Carston
    • Jockey: Ms K Williams
    • Race record: 3 wins and a placing from 5 starts for $68,318 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $80,000 yearling at the 2020 NZB NYSS
    • Vendor: Seaton Park
  • NEW Atishu Wins Gr3 Bill Ritchie Qlty

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: Tim Clark
    T: C J Waller
    W: 53.5 kgs
    S: Savabeel
    D: Posy
    0.2L
    J: G Boss
    T: J M Austin
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: All American
    D: Savalook
    1.5L
    J: J R Collett
    T: C J Waller
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Poet's Voice
    D: Peruvian
    • Track: Randwick
    • Race: $160,000 Gr3 Bill Ritchie Qlty (1400m)
    • Winner: 4YO mare Atishu (Savabeel-Posy, by No Excuse Needed)
    • Placings: 7YO gelding Looks Like Elvis & 6YO gelding Aramayo
    • Winning Sire: Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express)
    • Stud Farm: Waikato Stud
    • Trainer: C J Waller
    • Jockey: Tim Clark
    • Race record: 6 wins and 4 placings from 12 starts for $234,845 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $260,000 yearling at the 2019 NZB NYSS
    • Vendor: Waikato Stud
  • NEW Bon's A Pearla Wins Gr2 TG Prelude

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: J Maskiell
    T: K L Corstens
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Bon Hoffa
    D: Treasure Island
    0.2L
    J: D Oliver
    T: James Cummings
    W: 58 kgs
    S: Street Boss
    D: Montsegur
    1.0L
    J: Jye McNeil
    T: A & S Freedman
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Jakkalberry
    D: Braided
    • Track: Caulfield
    • Race: $300,000 Gr2 TG Prelude (1400m)
    • Winner: 3YO filly Bon's A Pearla (Bon Hoffa-Treasure Island, by Duporth)
    • Placings: 3YO filly Heresy & 3YO filly Elusive Express
    • Winning Sire: Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manila)
    • Stud Farm: Bowness Stud
    • Trainer: K L Corstens
    • Jockey: J Maskiell
    • Race record: 2 wins and a placing from 4 starts for $239,400 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • NEW Bellacontte Wins Gr3 Gold Trail Stks

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: S J Macnab
    T: C A Bambry
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Burgundy
    D: Devon Doll
    0.2L
    J: V A Colgan
    T: M Baker & A Forsman
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Vanbrugh
    D: Cream Of The Crop
    0.6L
    J: D S Johnson
    T: J W Richards
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: I Am Invincible
    D: Berimbau
    • Track: Hastings
    • Race: $80,000 Gr3 Gold Trail Stks (1200m)
    • Winner: 3YO filly Bellacontte (Burgundy-Devon Doll, by Tavistock)
    • Placings: 3YO filly Mustang Valley & 3YO filly Imperatriz
    • Winning Sire: Burgundy Redoute’s Choice-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel)
    • Stud Farm: Cambridge Stud
    • Trainer: C A Bambry
    • Jockey: S J Macnab
    • Race record: 3 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts for $95,362 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • NEW Wakari Wins Listed Sir Colin Meads Trophy

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: K Asano
    T: R J Bergerson
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Vespa
    D: Denlee
    0.4L
    J: C J Grylls
    T: J W Richards
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Savabeel
    D: Make A Wish
    2.4L
    J: M J Mc Nab
    T: Stephen Cole
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Showcasing
    D: Trivial Pursuit
    • Track: Hastings
    • Race: $60,000 Listed Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m)
    • Winner: 3YO gelding Wakari (Vespa-Denlee, by One Cool Cat)
    • Placings: 3YO gelding I Wish I Win & 3YO colt Magneto
    • Winning Sire: Vespa (Elusive City-Miss Avalon, by Fantastic Light)
    • Stud Farm: Valachi Downs
    • Trainer: R J Bergerson
    • Jockey: K Asano
    • Race record: 2 wins and 2 placings from 4 starts for $52,185 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • NEW Ashman Wins Gr3 Cameron Hcp

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: J Penza
    T: Ms K Waugh
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Magnus
    D: Ashamika
    0.1L
    J: Ms M Weir
    T: P M Perry
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: Real Impact
    D: Gold Mission
    0.3L
    J: A B Collett
    T: Edward Cummings
    W: 56.5 kgs
    S: Shamus Award
    D: Meerlust
    • Track: Newcastle
    • Race: $160,000 Gr3 Cameron Hcp (1500m)
    • Winner: 6YO gelding Ashman (Magnus-Ashamika, by Linamix)
    • Placings: 4YO gelding Sky Lab & 4YO mare Duais
    • Winning Sire: Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets)
    • Stud Farm: Widden Stud
    • Trainer: Ms K Waugh
    • Jockey: J Penza
    • Race record: 9 wins and 4 placings from 26 starts for $296,385 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $27,500 tried horse at the 2021 Inglis Digital February Sale
    • Vendor: Matthew Dunn Racing
  • NEW Great House Wins Gr3 Newcastle Cup

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: J Penza
    T: C J Waller
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Galileo
    D: Anja
    0.3L
    J: R Hutchings
    T: M Baker & A Forsman
    W: 59 kgs
    S: So You Think
    D: Acouplamas
    1.1L
    J: L Magorrian
    T: C J Waller
    W: 54.5 kgs
    S: Pins
    D: Baggy Green
    • Track: Newcastle
    • Race: $250,000 Gr3 Newcastle Cup (2300m)
    • Winner: 5YO gelding Great House (Galileo-Anja, by Indian Ridge)
    • Placings: 5YO horse Quick Thinker & 5YO gelding No Compromise
    • Winning Sire: Galileo (Sadler’s Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki)
    • Stud Farm: Coolmore Stud
    • Trainer: C J Waller
    • Jockey: J Penza
    • Race record: 4 wins and 5 placings from 12 starts for $339,715 in earnings
    • Sales Info: £175,000 tried horse at the Tattersalls 2020 August Online Sale
    • Vendor: Bawnmore Racing
  • NEW Madam Legend Wins Gr3 Tibbie Stakes

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
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    J: J Penza
    T: L J Bridge
    W: 55 kgs
    S: I Am Invincible
    D: Mithila
    0.1L
    J: C Reith
    T: P & P Snowden
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Lonhro
    D: Mirrasalo
    1.1L
    J: Ashley Morgan
    T: Ms K Waugh
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Uncle Mo
    D: Wonderful News
    • Track: Newcastle
    • Race: $160,000 Gr3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m)
    • Winner: 5YO mare Madam Legend (I Am Invincible-Mithila, by Encosta De Lago)
    • Placings: 5YO mare Mirra Vision & 5YO mare Great News
    • Winning Sire: I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad)
    • Stud Farm: Yarraman Park
    • Trainer: L J Bridge
    • Jockey: J Penza
    • Race record: 7 wins and 5 placings from 17 starts for $404,250 in earnings
    • Sales Info: $250,000 yearling at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale
    • Vendor: Canning Downs Stud
  • NEW Penza Rides Group Card at Newcastle

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    In an amazing feat, jockey Jeff Penza has ridden the winners of all three Group 3 races at Newcastle, north of Sydney, at cumulative fixed odds of more than 2100/1. Penza’s fortunes started in the Gr3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) where he piloted $9 chance Madam Legend (I Am Invincible) for trainer Les Bridge and Hong Kong owner Bon Ho. Just 35 minutes later, Penza struck again, this time aboard one of the lesser fancied of the Chris Waller stable’s quartet. The Highclere Australia-campaigned Great House (Galileo) set sail for home early in the Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) at around $13. Although a hattrick appeared decidedly unlikely for Penza, who was engaged to ride Ashman (Magnus) for trainer Kim Waugh in the Gr3 Cameron Handicap (1500m), his catch-me-if-you-can tactics on the rail where the going seemed best proved a masterstroke, with the winner refusing to concede at $18.

    Jeff Penza aboard Ashman

    Jeff Penza wins his third of three consecutive Newcastle Gr1s (pic: Steve Hart)
  • NEW $1.3 million for Every Rose on Inglis Digital

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    In a result described as ‘incredible’ by Darby Racing Syndications’ Scott Darby, Every Rose has become the second horse to surpass the magical seven figures in an Inglis Digital Online Auction, with the daughter of the Choisir selling for $1.3million to Suman Hedge Bloodstock on behalf of a client. “I had a feeling she would sell well, and thought she would hit $1 million,” a thrilled Darby said. “But $1.3 million – that’s unbelievable!” What a great way to sell, with Inglis Digital, obviously we were very encouraged with the recent results on the platform of Funstar ($2.7 million) and Fasika last month ($920,000).” Darby noted, “Those two mares have paved the way and I must say a huge thank you to Inglis and the team for the work they did in promoting her, Harry Bailey from the bloodstock team contacted me on Saturday and floated the idea of selling her on Inglis Digital, and it’s certainly paid off.”

    Every Rose

    Every Rose sold for $1.3 million (pic: Steve Hart)
  • NEW Written Tycoon Chosen for Every Rose

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    It’s been the busiest year bloodstock agent Suman Hedge can remember at the sales – both physical and online – and comes just three weeks after he purchased Fasika (So You Think) from the Inglis August (Late) Online Sale also on behalf of a client. Like Fasika, Every Rose (Choisir) is set for a date with Champion Sire Written Tycoon. “When we were analysing her and looking at her pedigree and physique, Every Rose suited him down to the ground,” Hedge said. “She would also suit a stallion like Zoustar perhaps down the track, as he as reacted quite well to Danehill line mares. Every Rose really ticked all the boxes for what we look for, she won the Gimcrack on debut over 1000m which is obviously one of the earliest 2YO races and even beyond her actual race record, it’s the horses around her. She was just beaten by Gr1-winning 2YO colts Farnan, King’s Legacy at her second and third start, and then she defeated the likes of Away Game and Hungry Heart, so there is a lot of depth to her performance wise.” Hedge revealed, “My understanding is that there were high profile people and farms that were on her, which always gives me confidence that we are around the right mark.”
  • NEW Mandatory NSW Covid Vaccinations Unlikely

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Although Racing NSW has yet to issue a statement on the matter, New South Wales will not be forcing its participants to get vaccinated. Unlike Victoria, News Corp has learned that it does not intend to make vaccinations a condition of entry for racing and training centre participants, but will only encourage vaccination. No statement has yet been made by Racing NSW's chief executive, Peter V'landys, however in rugby league he has not demanded that players have the jab, but has instead warned that NRL stars may face travel problems with government authorities if they are not fully vaccinated. This problem, of course, could arise again in the case of racing, with jockeys and trainers. According to racenet.com.au, Racing Victoria announced it would become one of the first sports in the world to make vaccinations mandatory for all its participants by Caulfield Cup Day (October 16), while all Victorian staff and participants will have to be vaccinated with both doses by November 27 – with the exception of those with a legal exemption.
  • NEW Kingstar Focus on Speed Rewarding Breeders

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    The Hunter Valley’s Kingstar Farm is quickly building a reputation as a source of genuine speed stallions. Speed generally begets speed, and it’s obvious the quartet of sprinters standing at Matthew Sandblom’s property all had that in abundance. Having already secured emerging sires Lord of the Sky (Danerich) and Bull Point (Fastnet Rock) for stud duties, last year Kingstar launched the career of exceptional physical, dual stakes-winning 2YO Unite and Conquer (Hinchinbrook) whose first foals are – like their precocious sire – the talk of the town. His 2020 debut has been underpinned in 2021 by the arrival of gifted juvenile sprinter Time To Reign (Time for War). The dashing Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes winner has a pedigree to match his motor, being a half-brother to Gr1 Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign. Boasting defeats of Bivouac, Yes Yes Yes, Dubious, Cosmic Force and Tassort, his first season fee of under $10,000 is proving a substantial drawcard for breeders. To view Kingstar’s 2021 stallions, click here or on the image.

    Time To Reign

    Gr2 Silver Slipper flyer Time To Reign (pic: Steve Hart)
  • NEW St Marks Basilica Future Uncertain

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Trainer Aiden O'Brien told racingpost.com that a decision on the future of St Mark's Basilica (Siyouni-Cabaret, by Galileo) will wait till next week with most anticipating that the Bob Scarborough-bred multiple Group 1 winner will be retired to stud. "St Mark's Basilica came out of his race well," said O'Brien about his win in last Saturday's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes. "But a decision on what we do next won't be made for another week or ten days. We'll get him back up to full work first and then we'll have a chat with the lads to see what they want to do." The most interesting news out of the Ballydoyle stable is that Mother Earth (Zoffany-Many Colours, by Green Desert) will head to Australia. "Mother Earth is going to Australia now. She will go for the Golden Eagle on October 30 and there's also a fillies' race worth $2m [The Invitation] that she could go for too." Mother Earth ran third in the Gr1 Matron Stakes over 1600m on 11 Sept and has won three of her 14 starts including the Gr1 English One Thousand Guineas and Gr1 Prix Rothschild. Meanwhile both Snowfall (Deep Impact-Best in the World, by Galileo) and Love (Galileo-Pikaboo, by Pivotal) remain on target for the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. "Before the Prix Vermeille the plan was to go to the Arc next with Snowfall," said O'Brien. "Obviously we'll see how she is in the next week to ten days. If everything is well with her in a week or ten days, she will remain on course for the Arc. Love ran in the Blandford with a view to running in the Arc as well. We thought she ran a very good race. She gave nine pounds to a filly rated 110 so it was a very good run. Ground-dependent, she'll run in the Arc."
  • Waller Poised to Extend Premiership Lead

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    At Sydney's Royal Randwick on Saturday, the $1 million Gr1 George Main Stakes headlines a card bursting with elite thoroughbreds, none more so than in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) which is a veritable dress rehearsal for next month's $15 million The Everest (1200m). It's a day where trainer Chris Waller could crack his five hundredth stakes winner as he continues to lead all-comers in the Black Type Premiership. Having captured the title by a big margin in 2020-21, Waller is on 63 points for the new season, and enters Saturday's turnstiles armed to the teeth to be an even bigger leader by the close of play. His chances include Atishu in the Gr3 Bill Ritchie (1400m), She's All Class in the Gr2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), Kolding, Star of The Seas, Verry Elleegant and Hungry Heart in the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m), Nature Strip in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) and another quartet (Selino, Kukeracha, Shared Ambition and Dashing Willoughby in the Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m). Meanwhile, at Caulfield, Waller will also be represented by Morioka in the Gr2 TG Prelude (1400m) and Cape Breton in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

    Nature Strip

    Nature Strip is favoured for The Shorts (pic: Steve Hart)
  • O'Shea Playing a Long Game in Shorts

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Meanwhile, trainer John O'Shea isn't concerned if Everest contender Lost and Running (Per Incanto-Dreamlife, by Danroad) doesn't win this Saturday's Gr2 Shorts, reports racingnsw.com.au. "The race means a lot more to others than it does to us on Saturday," O'Shea said. "As long as he's doing his best work in the last 100m and he's competitive throughout the race we will be more than happy. I think a different sort of horse will be required to win the Everest than what will be required to win on Saturday." O'Shea believes it's experience at Randwick that matters the most. "If you're going to set your horse for the Everest you've really got to run in the lead ups at Randwick," he said. "Those that think they can run in 1000m races at the Valley and think they are going to be competitive are pretty much delusional. All the winners have had one thing in common – that they have run in the lead ups at Randwick. It's a different cup of tea the Randwick course proper and you need to be effective at Randwick to be in the finish." Lost and Running has won six of his seven starts and was second in the other. His last win was the Listed Luskin Star Stakes over 1300m in May 2021. A $40,000 Inglis Melbourne Yearling, he has earned over $200,000. "He's got a lot of improvement understandably because the races where he is going to most effective are the Everest itself and the race after the Everest," he said. "For us it is more beneficial to draw a bit out. We're mindful that he has a lot of improvement in him and to make sure he is most effective in those races. Because his preparation has been so smooth we just knew if we got him where we needed him to be in terms of his fitness and his weight the rest would look after itself. I think it will get a bit more exciting if he performs well and we head into the Everest with a genuine chance."
  • Think He’s a Winning Chance Again

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    While the presence of Black Type Premiership Horse of the Year and multiple Gr1 winner Veery Elleegant (Zed-Opulence, by Danroad) may be a reason for the small field of nine for Saturday’s Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, last start Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) winner Think It Over (So You Think-Personal Service, by Zabeel) is sure to give the Randwick feature one hell of a shake. With seven wins from the last nine running’s of the race, due mainly in part to the Champion Winx (Street Cry), trainer Chris Waller will saddle up four of the nine runners this year, including the favourite Veery Elleegant as well as last season’s dual Group 1 winner Hungry Heart (Frankel-Harlech, by Pivotal) who resumed in the Gr1 Winx Stakes where she was beaten less than two lengths into eighth position, a race that Veery Elleegant took second in. Currently second in the market, the Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over has great form at the track and distance and if the Gr1 George Main Stakes winner is to step up and be a live Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) contender, he should once again produce a high quality effort for his connections.

  • Newcastle Gold Cup Quest For Great House

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    After his stunning, Australian maiden victory back in January, many were touting the Chris Waller-trained Great House (Galileo-Anja, by Indian Ridge) as the next big thing, but to date his lone win since that occasion has seen punters and connections clearly frustrated with his efforts. While he hasn't performed badly as such, his efforts at his last two starts would have many wondering if the step up in class to Friday's Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) is within his grasp. Likely to be on a path towards the Gr1 Metropolitan (2400m), a race the owners Highclere Thoroughbreds Australia have had success in, in the past, with the Chris Waller-trained Opinion (Oasis Dream) winning in 2014, Great House needs to show the ability connections know he has if to prove competitive in Friday's race. Dropping considerably in weight from his most recent two starts, but rising in class, Great House has the services of Jeff Penza who should be able to ensure the 5YO gets a cosy run from barrier three where he should be able produce him with the turn of foot that has been previously witnessed. Settling in last position last time out, more than 15 lengths from the leader, Great House maintained that position throughout before making his run once the field entered the Kembla Grange straight, charging home down the outside to be beaten just over three lengths carrying 59kgs. While he is double figure odds, if he's to be a serious contender in the future Spring staying contests where he is holds nominations to the Metropolitan, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, one would expect to see a positive showing.
  • Spendthrift MyRacehorse Super Stable Partner

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Spendthrift Australia, underpinned by the long reach of its globally significant parent company in the United States, is a partner in the newly launched MyRacehorse Super Stable. With an initial valuation of $5 million, the collection of 26 racehorses is being marketed as “a rare ownership opportunity offering Group 1 winning bloodlines from Australian and International runners including Written Tycoon, Lonhro, Fastnet Rock, American Pharoah and So You Think.” Racing fans that embrace the world-first concept can invest as little as a one-off $150 to purchase a 0.001 percent share-holding – there are no ongoing training fees – in the twenty-six 2YOs to be trained by Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra. Commenting on Spendthrift Australia’s involvement, its general manager, Garry Cuddy, enthused, “I am very excited by this partnership with Hesket Bloodstock, MyRacehorse, and Spendthrift. David and Jenny Moodie are breeders I have admired for many years, it actually dates back to the first Golden Slipper I attended as an 8-year-old in 1996 and their horse Paint ran second to Merlene. Since that day I have followed their colours, watched them create pedigrees by racing generations of families with continued success, and many of the pedigrees are included in this package which highlights the quality of bloodstock on offer.” Noting the quality of both sires and dams in the pedigree of the horses involved, MyRacehorse CEO, Michael Behrens, said, “The Super Stable is an exciting product to launch on the brink of the Spring Racing Carnival. Our hope is that it has a positive impact on racing fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership in not one but 26 regally bred horses.”

    Matthew Ellerton and Damian Lane

    Super Stable trainer Matthew Ellerton with jockey Damian Lane (pic: supplied)
  • Quality Colt Has Edge In Guineas Prelude

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Toby and Trent Edmonds' dual stakes-winning juvenile Alpine Edge (Better Than Ready-Freezethemillions, by Freeze) is looking to continue his solid 3YO form when he lines up in Saturday's Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield. Travelling from his Gold Coast base, the colt spent a few days in Sydney before continuing with his journey to Melbourne where he is one of 10 final acceptances for the $300,000 race. While the field does look slightly disappointing on paper with none of the Group 1-winning juveniles in the field due to most targeting the Gr1 Golden Rose on Saturday week, a look back through previous winners highlights that future Gr1 winners Alligator Blood (All Too Hard), Epaulette (Commands), Helmet (Exceed And Excel), Wonderful World (Agnes World), Apache Cat (Lion Cavern) and Elvstroem (Danehill) have all won the Prelude. Currently the favourite, Alpine Edge will be partnered by Craig Williams, while second favourite is the $1.1m yearling and last start Gr3 Ming Dynasty runner-up Military Expert (Redoute's Choice-Gresset, by Hussonet), who should also prove very hard to beat. An interesting runner is the Chris Waller-trained Cape Breton (Vancouver-Exclusive Lass, by Nicconi), who will go into the race first up, and based on his juvenile campaign where he won his first two starts, it would be little surprise to see the quality colt step up and highlight his future Spring prospects.
  • Heartfelt Runner for Alexander Stable in NZ

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    The opening day of the Hawkes Bay spring carnival, Daffodil Day, will raise funds for the Cancer Society and holds special meaning for trainers Simon and Katrina Alexander, reports racingnews.co.nz. The Remember Jooky Mile is sponsored by the Alexanders in memory of their son who died of melanoma at age 22 in 2019, and this year, they have Alchemia (Per Incanto-Amonmarie, by O'Reilly) in the race. "Yes, it would mean a lot to win our race," Katrina Alexander said. "We had hoped to have the usual 30 to 40 people join us but with level 2 lockdown conditions in place we've had to put a lid on things. We're thankful that we can still stage the race with a smaller group on hand and we have a plan in place to keep the sponsorship going." Alchemia is a maiden with three starts under her belt including a Listed placing as a 2YO. The Alexanders also have Farrenc (Dalghar-Musical Magic, by Mozart) in the Gr3 Hawkes Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, who ran third behind Imperatriz (I Am Invincible-Berimbau, by Shamardal) and I Wish I Win (Savabeel-Make a Wish, by Pins) in the Gr3 Northland Breeders' Stakes last start.

    Alchemia

    Alchemia will represent Simon and Kartrina Alexander (pic: Race Images)
  • Girls Waving Richards' Flag Across the Tasman

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards is looking forward to watching a trio of his star mares step-out across the Tasman on Saturday as he looks to maintain his winning run in Australia. The Matamata horseman will again be watching from afar as Probabeel contests the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield, with the 5YO daughter of Savabeel to lump 57kg as the equal top-rated runner in the race, alongside the 115 rated Behemoth (All Too Hard). Both boast excellent records over 1400m at the Heath, and the pair have drawn alongside each other, with Probabeel in barrier 2 and Behemoth in barrier 3, while race favourite Beau Rossa (Unencumbered) has drawn barrier 1. "It's good to get a nice draw with Probabeel because she's going to need all the help she can get because she's going to have to break a few long-standing mares' weight records if she's going to win the race," Richards conceded. “I expect her to run well. She never lets us down. She's got a great record around Caulfield. Hopefully they are running on a good track." All going to plan, Probabeel will progress to the Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 9 and the A$5 million Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 23. According to NZ Racing Desk, Amarelinha (Savabeel) will tackle the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Stakes (1400m) fresh-up since her fourth in the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at the same track back in April. "She's taken a bit of time to come out of the winter but we're getting there now. She's been slow in the coat but we've taken our time with her," Richards said.
  • Amade To Launch Cup Campaign In Foundation

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Trainer Phillip Stokes will send his imported galloper Amade (Casamento-Sheba Five, by Five Star Day) to the Gr3 MRC Foundation Cup for his first run in his Cups campaign, reports racing.com. "He never really went out of work, we just kept him ticking over and just kept him on our uphill training track and just kept a bit of residual fitness there," Stokes said. "You don't really get a great guide on his trackwork, he's a real race-day horse, but I feel he'll run well. Obviously, we haven't got him peaking or wound up for Saturday, he'll keep improving through the prep. We'll probably go from this to The Bart Cummings and maybe a Geelong Cup and try and get him into a Melbourne Cup." Raced by OTI Racing, Amade has had two starts in Australia, winning the VRC William Newton VC Handicap over 2600m in April 2021. Prior to that, he had thirteen international starts for eight wins including the Gr2 Belmont Gold Cup over two miles (see below). "I'm very appreciative of OTI giving me the chance to train a horse like this, because he'd been off the scene for two years, so for him to win second-up on Anzac Day over 2800m, I thought that was a pretty good effort," Stokes said. "He's got a big set of lungs (and) like I said, he only does what he has to at trackwork. I feel, he'd have to be going better this time around to be even contemplating going to the Melbourne Cup, but I'm sure he's going better, we've been happy with what we've seen."

  • Zaaki Form to Hold Up in Bill Ritchie

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Trainer Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in Saturday’s Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick, a race the Champion trainer has won on four occasions in the last eight years. The outsider of his pair, the former Singapore-based Aramayo (Poet’s Voice-Peruvian, by Diktat), heads into a race with a runner-up last time out behind arguably the most exciting galloper in Australia. Starting at 40-1 odds on the Gr2 Tramway Stakes last start when racing first-up from a spell, the Jason Collet ridden Aramayo came from the tail of the field to make up many lengths to take second behind Zaaki (Leroidesanimaux), albeit the winner wasn’t being ridden out to the line as he already had the race well within his grasp. Originally raced in Australia as part of the Godolphin camp, Aramayo was sold to Aramco Racing and was exported to Singapore where he raced to success in the Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup, both Listed races over 1600m. Now back in Australia, the 6YO gelding had three starts in his initial campaign but looks to have turned the corner if his first up run is anything to go by. With Collett sticking with the gelding, the pair have unfortunately drawn barrier 11 of 13, but like last start, are likely to get back anyway. Race favourite Harmony Rose (Glass Harmonium-Gowana, by More Than Ready) progressed significantly in her one and only race campaign to date, and if she is ready fresh over the 1400m, the Gr1 runner-up is sure to be running on well when it counts and prove competitive.
  • Gr1 Winner Bonham to Resume In How Now

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Successful in the Gr1 Levin Classic in January this year, the now 4YO mare Bonham (Per Incanto-Fortune’s Choice, by Redoute’s Choice) will commence her Australian racing career this Saturday after going through the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale where she was knocked down to Sheamus Mill Bloodstock for $1.6m. Sent to the Queensland stable of Tony Gollan, the mare will resume from a break in the G3 How Now Stakes at Caulfield where Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil has been booked to partner her. With a large group of owners involved, including Yarraman Park Stud (Mgr: A D Mitchell), Chesapeake Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: A J Roberts) and Cunningham Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: M Cunningham), the mare is bound to improve on whatever she does, and a race like the Gr1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) on October 30 seems an ideal spring target. Third in a recent barrier trial behind The Everest-bound Rothfire (Rothesay) and Jonker (Spirit Of Boom), Bonham has come up with barrier two in the 14 horse field which should see the mare get a lovely run throughout. Double figure odds in the market behind the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Bella Nipotina (Pride of Dubai-Bella Orfana, by Star Witness), a last start second at Listed level, Bonham only has to hold her New Zealand form to be competitive in Saturday’s race.

    Bonham

    Bonham resumes for her new Australian stable this Saturday (pic: Race Images)
  • Robodira Improvement Likely Second Up

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    A nose margin was all the stood between victory for the John O’Shea-trained Robodira (Husson-Don’t Blink, by Redoute’s Choice), and the narrow second she finished last time out in the Gr2 Furious Stakes at Randwick. Back to the scene of the crime, so to speak, this Saturday, the talented 3YO looks a live contender in Saturday’s Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m). Like many in the field, Robodira will be tackling the distance for the first time but if she can perform as she did last time out, there is no reason she can’t break through for her first stakes victory, having previously recorded two second placed efforts, and a fourth, all at black type level. Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel-Doulmera, by Mr. Greeley) hasn’t managed to win since February, but the John Sargent-trained filly is always thereabouts, and last time out in the Furious Stakes finished fifth, just under a length and a half from the winner. Meanwhile, the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexious-trained Mallory (Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge, by Empire Maker) charged late in the Furious Stakes to finish third, and should relish the step up in trip on Saturday for owners Arrowfield Stud and partners.
  • Ferraris Opens Family Account in Hong Kong

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Jockey Luke Ferraris won his first race in Hong Kong on Wednesday with the winner Go Ballistic (Duke of Marmalade-Buffalo Dancer, by Sadler's Wells) trained by his father David, reports scmp.com. The pair almost picked up a double when Surrealism (Exceed and Excel-Gradara, by Montjeu) ran second in race six, and Stoicism (Dandy Man-Hidden Belief, by Holy Roman Emperor) ran third in race seven. "It's very fitting that it was for dad. I'm over the moon to have my first winner in Hong Kong. It's a bit of a feat and to have it for dad is the cherry on top," said Ferraris. "It's a lot more competitive. The opportunities are harder to come by than elsewhere. The racing here is very well run and getting the opportunities is the big thing because if you don't have the horse, you don't have the horse." Go Ballistic is a South African-bred 6YO who last won in South Africa back in 2018.

    Luke and David Ferraris

    Luke Ferraris rode his first Hong Kong winner for father David (pic: hkjc.com)
  • Weekend Black Type Premiership Schedule

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
    Into the second half of September and the Black Type racing schedule is gathering pace. All-up, there are 19 stakes races – headed by a Group 1 treble – across Australia and New Zealand over the weekend. As the 2021-22 Australian Black Type Premiership, like the marathon that it is, starts to take significant shape, there are 285 BTP points on offer from Friday to Sunday. They comprise two Group 1s, three Group 2s, eight Group 3s and two Listed events. Whilst every effort is made to ensure information and the below race times (in Australian Eastern Time order) are accurate, please consult official race cards if certainty is required.

    Clear Mountain Fairview

    • FRI 4.05pm: Gr3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) Newcastle
    • 4.40pm: Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) Newcastle
    • 5.20pm: Gr3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) Newcastle
    • SAT 12.07pm: Listed Sir Colin Meads (1200m) Hastings
    • 1.16pm: Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) Hastings
    • 1.40pm: Gr2 TG Prelude (1400m) Caulfield
    • 2.00pm: Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) Randwick
    • 2.08pm: Listed NZB Canterbury Belle S. (1200m) Riccarton
    • 2.15pm: Gr3 Caulfield Gns Prelude (1400m) Caulfield
    • 2.25pm: Gr1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) Hastings
    • 2.40pm: Gr2 Darley Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) Randwick
    • 3.15pm: Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) Randwick
    • 3.55pm: Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) Randwick
    • 4.15pm: Gr3 Foundation Cup (2000m) Caulfield
    • 4.35pm: Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) Randwick
    • 4.50pm: Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) Caulfield
    • 5.05pm: Listed Wylie Handicap (1100m) Morphettville
    • 5.25pm: Gr3 How Now Stakes (1200m) Caulfield
    • SUN 6.50pm: Listed Boulder Cup (2100m) Kalgoorlie

    Black Type Premiership
  • 4.15pm: Gr3 Foundation Cup (2000m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: Jordan Childs
    T: G M Begg
    W: 55.5 kgs
    S: Rebel Raider
    D: Good Thinking
    0.1L
    J: John Allen
    T: A & S Freedman
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Galileo
    D: Bye Bye Birdie
    2.4L
    J: Craig Williams
    T: Symon Wilde
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Tavistock
    D: Star Of Tralee
  • 4.35pm: Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) Randwick

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: J R Collett
    T: Bjorn Baker
    W: 53.5 kgs
    S: Dundeel
    D: Ana's Mail
    1.3L
    J: J Bowman
    T: David Payne
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Kermadec
    D: Bana Wu
    1.7L
    J: Tim Clark
    T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
    W: 56 kgs
    S: Dundeel
    D: Nextess
  • 5.05pm: Listed Wylie Handicap (1100m) Morphettville

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: Gary Lo
    T: Chris Bieg
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Unencumbered
    D: Stagerush
    0.5L
    J: Jake Toeroek
    T: R & C Jolly
    W: 62 kgs
    S: Magnus
    D: Yarra Bank
    2.0L
    J: Teagan Voorham
    T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas
    W: 54 kgs
    S: Street Boss
    D: Champagne Jane
  • 5.25pm: Gr3 How Now Stakes (1200m) Caulfield

    Weekend, 17th September 2021
     Mrgn.Runners
    -
    J: Craig Williams
    T: C Maher & D Eustace
    W: 57 kgs
    S: Pride Of Dubai
    D: Bella Orfana
    0.8L
    J: M J Dee
    T: J W Price
    W: 55 kgs
    S: Al Maher
    D: Poco Gusto
    0.9L
    J: Damian Lane
    T: A & S Freedman
    W: 57 kgs
    S: I Am Invincible
    D: Cailin Miss
  • SUN 6.50pm: Listed Boulder Cup (2100m) Kalgoorlie

    Weekend, 17th September 2021

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