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Daily News | 6th August 2020

  • NEW V’Landys Gives Victorians Three Week Notice

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Racing NSW boss Peter V’Landys has given Victoria three weeks to improve their COVID19 situation or horses from that state will not be allowed to run in NSW, reports racing.com. "In three weeks we will know - if by then Victoria is still recording 725 new coronavirus cases, like it did on Wednesday, well The Everest slot-holders are going to have to find a horse in New South Wales or Queensland or New Zealand for that matter," V'landys told Racenet. "Our focus - and sole focus - is keeping the industry going. We are not going to take any risks whatsoever in maintaining our industry operation." V'Landys stated, "They have gone into Stage 4 lockdown in Victoria - in the next three weeks we will know if it has worked or if it hasn't worked. If it has worked, we will look to relax it (the border ban). I'm personally confident that come three weeks they will have it under control and the borders can reopen. We are banking on the Victorian Government getting it right.” If the border ban continues, slot holders in the $15 million Everest will have to look closer to home to find a runner. V'Landys enthused, "I'm an optimist, I always look at the glass three-quarters full, and I'm pretty confident in two or three weeks they (borders) will be reopened. The Government has now probably taken the necessary actions to get it right."

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  • NEW Gollan-Nothdurft Combination in Top Gear

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    The combination of trainer Tony Gollan and rider Baylee Nothdurft proved to be a powerful force in Queensland last season, with each of the duo earning respective trainer and jockey premierships in their home state. According to racingqueensland.com.au, Nothdurft also became one of just three apprentices in the past 18 years to claim the metropolitan title. Finishing eight points clear of Robbie Fradd, Nothdurft equalled the feat achieved by Michael Rodd (2002) and Zac Purton (2003). Having originally started his career in Toowoomba, Nothdurft's 108.5 victories in Queensland overall were achieved at a high strike rate of 20 percent, with 79 of his winners trained by Gollan who set a couple of records himself. He enthused, "We make a good team, and our stable is built on a team environment and Baylee has been a big part of that team, so to see him get the metro title is a big thrill for him but a big reward on the work from the whole team." Gollan added, "I'm so proud to be a part of his success; the combination has continued to flourish and while both of us continue to put our heads down and our bums up I think that association will only continue to get better and create a formidable partnership for years to come."
  • NEW VRC Announces Changes to Carnival Program

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced exciting changes to the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival race program. The most significant of these is the addition of the $250,000 Inglis Bracelet (1600m) for fillies and mares on Kennedy Oaks Day. Introduced in conjunction with Inglis, the race is restricted to fillies and mares sold via the sales company as part of the rich Inglis Race Series. The Inglis Bracelet marks the first of three major Inglis races to be held at Flemington with the $500,000 Inglis Dash (1200m) to be run on 27 February 2021 and the $1 million Inglis Sprint (1200m) to move from Randwick to Flemington in 2022, marking a new chapter in the partnership between the VRC and Inglis. Kennedy Oaks Day now also includes the Gr3 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) 2YO fillies. It trades places with the GrDarley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) which moves to Lexus Melbourne Cup Day which has also gained the TAB Trophy, a Listed 1800m handicap for three-year-olds which has moved from Kennedy Oaks Day. Last year the race produced two subsequent Group 1 winners in Russian Camelot and Quick Thinker.

    Quick Thinker

    Subsequent Gr1 winner Quick Thinker raced in 2019's Listed TAB Trophy (pic: Steve Hart)
  • NEW Leigh Jordan Comments on VRC Feature Reshuffle

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said 2020’s announced Melbourne Cup Carnival changes would amplify the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s position as Australia’s preeminent racing event. “As custodians of one of the world’s premier racing events it’s vital we continue to develop the program to ensure we provide more opportunity for owners, trainers and jockeys to experience the thrill of competing at Flemington during Cup Week,” Jordon said. “The VRC is pleased to strengthen its relationship with Inglis and the Inglis Bracelet is a fantastic addition to Kennedy Oaks Day which is sure to attract a field of high-class fillies and mares from across the country." The 1800m handicap for 3YOs has become one of the highlights of Cup Week outside of the Group 1 races, with last year’s subsequent Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare on the honour roll. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is Australia’s premier racing event with 37 races across four spectacular days and more than $24 million in prizemoney on offer. The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31 October 2020 followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.
  • NEW Shalaa Momentum Continues to Build

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Invincible Spirit’s brilliant Group 1-winning son Shalaa returns to Arrowfield next week on a wave of racetrack and sale-ring success that will keep the spotlight on his first-crop Australian runners this season. The good news keeps coming from Shalaa’s first northern hemisphere juveniles. On Tuesday he recorded his fourth individual winner when the filly Cream of the Crop (ex I’m So Glad by Danehill’s son Clodovil) won over 5 furlongs at her second start in England. That was followed on Wednesday by Shalaa’s fifth winner at La Teste de Buch in France, where King Shalaa (ex Baki by Turtle Bowl) sprinted smartly to win over 1600 metres on debut. One race later over the same distance, Shalaa’s daughter Samrah (ex Badee Ah by Motivator) finished strongly for a close-up debut third. With the just-turned 2YO son of Shalaa and Crowned Glory (by Danehill) achieving the top price of $360,000 at Monday’s session of the Magic Millions National Sale and another selling for the fourth-highest price of $240,000, Shalaa’s seven colts and one filly sold across both sessions takes the average price for his 69 first-crop horses sold in Australia this year to $158,898 – more than five times his fee. Shalaa’s top-priced Australian yearling was the $600,000 colt out of Jemison (by Commands), now named Cheerful Legend, bought by John Sadler for Bon Ho from Arrowfield’s draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Shalaa is scheduled to arrive at Arrowfield on Tuesday 11 August and stands his fourth Australian season at an unchanged fee of $33,000 inc. GST.

  • Williams' International Runners In Doubt

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    The chance of a seventh Melbourne Cup for Lloyd Williams might depend on how Victoria responds to the current COVID19 crisis affecting the stage with the owner waiting to make a final decision on whether to bring his Irish team to Melbourne, reports racing.com. In a text yesterday, Williams said, "Too early to say. BUT travelling now is a greater consideration than it was 72 hours ago. Melbourne next few weeks will have a bearing on the future. If there was any concern for staff travelling, I would not allow my group of horses to come - health paramount." His team of horses in Ireland is currently trained by Joseph O'Brien, who won the 2017 Cup for him with Rekindling (High Chaparral-Sitara, by Salse), and Williams has part ownership in five of the eight horses O'Brien has nominated for the WS Cox Plate. The five are: Gr3 winner Buckhurst (Australia-Artful, by Green Desert), Gr3 winner as a 2YO Degraves (Camelot-Daganya, by Danehill Dancer), Listed winner Pondus (Sea the Moon-Diablerette, by Green Desert), Gr3 winner & Gr1 placed Master of Reality (Frankel-L'Ancresse, by Darshaan) and Gr2 winner Twilight Payment (Teofilo-Dream on Buddy, by Oasis Dream). More Williams/O'Brien horses are expected to be nominated for the Melbourne Cup when entries close on August 25.

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    Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup for Williams and Joseph O'Brien (pic: Steve Hart)
  • No International Godolphin Raiders for Spring

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Meanwhile, despite a decades' long tradition of sending high quality Northern Hemisphere horses to participate in Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival, Godolphin won’t be doing so in 2020, reports racing.com. According to Racing Victoria, neither Charlie Appleby nor Saeed bin Suroor will send any horses. Paul Bloodworth, Racing Victoria’s General Manager of International Operations, was advised by both trainers that the decision is due to Victoria’s Stage 4 lockdown amid the state’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Charlie Appleby advised that because of the change to Stage 4 restrictions, he wasn't comfortable sending his staff to Melbourne and Saeed has also advised he won't be coming,” revealed Bloodworth. "It's a great shame. Saaed has been a regular in Australia for 30 years and Charlie certainly over the last five or six years so it's a shame they won't be able to compete." Godolphin will need to rely on its significant local stable headed by James Cummings to lift further Melbourne silverware.

    James Cummings

    Godolphin Australia head trainer James Cummings (pic: supplied)
  • Team Hawkes Factor In Border Dilemma

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Family training triumverate Team Hawkes regularly move horses between their Flemington base, run by Wayne Hawkes, and their Sydney base, run by John and Michael. Wayne spoke to racing.com about the new border restrictions under both Victorian government travel restrictions and Racing NSW biosecurity protocols. "It hasn't affected us to now, but from now on it's going to start to affect you," Hawkes said. "Hypothetically you could have had one run in the Vain Stakes Saturday week and then go back for a Golden Rose and things like that. Well that's not going to happen now. We have got horses coming south, which they will, they're going to come one way and we are not going to let them leave until the Thursday night, get here on the Friday and race on the Saturday because we are a day-to-day proposition at the moment." With regards to the Stage 4 COVID restrictions in Victoria, Hawkes said he was proud of racing. "We've done our bit," Hawkes said. "There's been a bit of good luck, there's no doubt about it, but there's been a hell of a lot of good management in letting us get to here. To come this far we have done such a good job. You have got politicians (in Victoria) who probably aren't racing people that are actually sticking up for us and saying, 'No, they've done the hard yards, they've done the right thing'."
  • Moore and Moore Now a Reality

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Sounding like high street corporate lawyers, brothers John Moore and Gary Moore have had their Moore and Moore partnership rubber-stamped by Racing NSW. According to racenet.com.au, the seal of approval was provided on Wednesday for the fledgling team that will have 20 boxes at Rosehill. The duo will be subject to key performance indicators; i.e. train lots of winners. For now, the onus will fall on Gary to keep things ticking over while John waits for a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions that will allow him to fly to Sydney. Although having access to the right cattle will be integral to their succes – John is likely to get support from loyal Hong Kong owners – there’s little doubt that Moore and Moore could prove a formidable stable in the coming years given that retirement was the last thing on the multiple champion Hong Kong trainer’s mind.

    John Moore

    John Moore with champion racehorse Beauty Generation (pic: hkjc.com.au)
  • Results Rich Enuff for Victorian Freshman 2YO Sire

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Following completion of the 2019-2020 racing season, Woodside Park Stud's young sire Rich Enuff ended the season with seven individual winners, more than any other active Victorian first season sire currently standing in the state. His season was headlined by his stunning daughter Plutocrat, who was not only his first winner, and first stakes placed performer, but also showed her outstanding ability to capture Eagle Farm's Listed Tattersall's Club Stakes (1400m). Twelve of his first crop runners finished in the top three, with the general feeling from many that the breed will be better at three, and that was the case with Rich Enuff himself. Achieving more first crop winners, and even a stakes winner – bettering Written Tycoon's first crop – the future is very exciting for everyone who has supported him. Rich Enuff's first Australian crop tally equalled or bettered the likes of Brazen Beau, Pierro, Lonhro, Dubawi, Magnus, Street Boss, Manhattan Rain, Starspangledbanner and Needs Further.
  • Inglis Ready2Race Entries Due to Close

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Sales company Inglis reports that the 2020 renewal of the Inglis Ready2Race Sale is certain to be the strongest yet – in terms of quality of both horses and vendors. The success last season of recent graduates including Gr1 Doncaster Mile winner Nettoyer and high-class Hong Kong sprinter Wishful Thinker served to further enhance the merit of the progressive Inglis Ready2Race Sale and has prompted a series of entries of unprecedented class and depth. With well over 200 entries already confirmed, stallions represented amongst a hugely exciting group of first season sires include American Pharoah, Astern, Capitalist, Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Frosted, Holler, Maurice, Odyssey Moon, Palentino, Shalaa, Sooboog, Star Turn, Tivaci, Winning Rupert, Xtravagant etc. There is also incredible strength to the group of proven sires set to be featured in the catalogue, with the likes of Fastnet Rock, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Savabeel, Zoustar, Dundeel, Siyouni, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Into Mischief, Nicconi, Ocean Park, Reliable Man, Smart Missile etc. as well as emerging young stallions like Deep Field, Headwater, Rubick, Pride Of Dubai, Vancouver, Better Than Ready, Brazen Beau etc.

    Nettoyer

    Group 1-winning Ready2Race graduate Nettoyer (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Strong Inglis Ready2Race Consignor Representation

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    "The reputation of the people who prepare and present the horses for the [Ready2Race] sale is critical and we are delighted to have selling with us people who are synonymous with the management and development of quality young racehorses," stated Inglis GM of Bloodstock Sales & Marketing, Sebastian Hutch. "People like Blake Ryan, Rick Worthington, Damien Lane, Jean Dubois, John Ramsey, Will Forrester, Matt Vella, Mel O'Gorman, Tal and Shaun Nolen, Frankie Stockdale, Dean Harvey, Hinnerk Hueppe, David Bourne, Nathan Dunn and others are experts in this field and they are the people that buyers want to deal with." Hutch added, "We also have an incredibly strong group of New Zealand vendors committed for the sale, including the likes of Ohukia Lodge, Regal Farm, Kiltannon, Riverrock Farm, Trelawney Stud and Prima Park. Buyers, both domestic and international, are going to be hugely excited when they see the catalogue and we strongly feel that the strength of the catalogue is going to draw unprecedented interest in the sale. To submit an entry for the Inglis Ready2Race Sale click here. For any queries in relation to the Inglis Ready2Race Sale, please contact a member of the Inglis Bloodstock Team. The updated Calendar of Events is:
    • Fri Aug 7 – Inglis Ready2Race entries must close at 5pm
    • Mon Sept 14 – Seymour breeze up (VIC) *Note revised date
    • Tues Sept 15 – Eagle Farm breeze up (QLD)
    • Fri Sept 18 – Warwick Farm breeze up (NSW)
    • Mon Sept 21 – Taupo breeze up (NZ)
    • Fri Oct 16 – Ready2Race inspections begin at Riverside
    • Fri Oct 16 – Alternate breeze up at Warwick Farm (NSW)
    • Sun Oct 18 – Veuve Clicquot Ready2Race Parade at Riverside
    • Tues Oct 20 – Inglis Ready2Race Sale at Riverside from 10am
  • Niccanova To Prove Himself Sydney Ready

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Toowoomba trainer Steve Tregea has entered Niccanova (Nicconi-Dananova, by Snippetson) in the 1050m BRC Canadian Club Handicap at Doomben on Saturday as preparation for a Sydney spring, reports racingqueensland.com.au. "I was looking for a race in Sydney but there wasn't much around and Doomben looked a good alternative," Tregea said. "He needs a good hit out to make sure he's match fit for Sydney." The Gr1-placed Gr3-winning gelding will be aimed at the Gr1 Winx Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on August 22, but Tregea won't be able to travel with him. "It was a good run last time but he just got too far back and couldn't quite pick up Gaulois," Tregea said. "He hasn't raced since then which was about two months and he's only had a little break. He's still got lot of residual fitness left in him and he's had a couple of good hit outs on the course proper at Toowoomba." If he heads to Sydney, Niccanova will reside with Craig Carmody at Randwick. The 7YO has won nine of his 27 starts and over $800,000.

  • Run Once, Lost, Now Honoured

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    In an odd piece of racing history, and a close finish to suit the unusual occasion, the Zed Cup was run at Gawler yesterday for only the second time. First run at Gawler on Saturday 7 August, 1920, yesterday's meeting at Gawler celebrated the obscure date, reported theracessa.com.au. Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club CEO Shane Collins uncovered the history when he found the trophy and race book in a room at the club. "There was a gentleman named Vincent A. Zed who owned a horse called Early Morn, which won the 1920 Gawler Cup," Shane explained. "Early Morn is also in the Zed Cup, number 14, and I reckon it's somehow come about that he put on the Zed Cup later in the year and named it after his ownership of the Gawler Cup winner." The winner of the 1920 Zed Cup was the 1910 born gelding Kongorong (Andria-Imogen), and the trophy itself took an interesting route, via Queensland and a deceased estate, eventually ending up back at the club. "We've also had a replica race book of the same size made up for every table here today – that's the little pocket-sized race book they used to do back then," Shane said. "And the official race book for our race day is designed around the original design back in 1920. It looks fantastic." Four races honoured the piece of history:
    • Race 1: Kongorong-Zed Cup Winner – won by Brimarvi Rooboy (Host-Brimarvi Rose, by Danewin)
    • Race 2: Mr Vincent A Zed Plate – won by King and King (Fastnet Rock-Wild Mia, by Wildcat Heir)
    • Race 3: Jockey J.H. (Jack) Keily Plate – won by Xingyun (Daunting Lad-Millow, by Monde Bleu)
    • Race 6: 2020 Zed Cup-100 Years On – won by Drop the Orange (Blackfriars-Transit of Venus, by Galileo) by a nose with two horses dead-heating for second; Ammo Loco (Bullet Train-Love Buggy, by Favorite Trick) and Buckeye Nation (Host-Miss Sagamartha, by Zabeel).
  • Oaks Winner Purrs to Line in Hot Trial

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    Kiwi trainer Shaune Ritchie was beaming after Jennifer Eccles’ 1050m trial at Ruakaka on Tuesday. The Gr1 New Zealand Oaks winner, who streeted her opposition in the NZ Filly of The Year Series with a record points haul, was up against a smart line-up but ran on well to give connections a confidence boost ahead of the Spring. “The Bostonian is a genuine Group 1 sprinter in Australia and Dawn Patrol is probably one of the quickest horses at Cambridge, so for her to trial as nicely as she did in that quality of field was very good to see,” said Ritchie. There are plenty of options available to Jennifer Eccles this spring and Ritchie said he has been working closely with Challenge No.10 Syndicate Manager Adrian Clark to try and map a plan. Ritchie hasn’t ruled out a hit-and-run mission to Australia later in the spring. “She holds a nomination for the Cox Plate (Gr1, 2040m) and that would become attractive if the internationals didn’t come,” he observed. “The advantage that I have got is that if we don’t get exemptions to get to Melbourne I have my brother over there, who I am sure will be able to get a week off work from Chris Waller to be able to go and attend to the filly… So we have lots of options on the table.”

    Jennifer Eccles

    Jennifer Eccles led by assistant trainer Colm Murray (pic: Trish Dunell)
  • QLD Announces New Whip Penalty Guidelines

    Thursday, 6th August 2020
    New penalty guidelines are being introduced on August 8 to help curb excessive use of the whip in thoroughbred horse racing in Queensland. According to a statement, from this coming Saturday, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards will implement a penalty template which will include substantial fines and suspensions for whip breaches. Stewards will also consider fines up to the equivalent of a rider’s winning percentage for repeat offenders or offences in feature races. Peter Chadwick, QRIC Chief Stipendiary Steward – Thoroughbreds, said the new guidelines will bring greater consistency to the penalties covering breaches in the use of the whip as well as acting as a deterrent. The new guidelines, which have been drawn up in consultation with the Queensland Jockeys Association, set out three schedules of penalties which are based on a sliding scale depending on the number of offences. The three schedules cover:
    • Prior to the 100 metres - Consecutive use of the whip within the five permitted times.
    • Prior to the 100 metres - Additional use of the whip in excess of the five permitted times.
    • The excessive use of the whip over the whole race when it is used 15 times or more.
    • A rider’s breach of the whip rules prior to 8 August 2020 will not be taken into account when assessing penalty under the new guidelines.

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