Press Statement Overview
Press Statement was the only colt of his generation to win a Group 1 at two and three and he’s on track for a Group 1 stud career.
Chris Waller trained Press Statement to complete the J J Atkins Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double and among their 2yo winners this season has been Sydney colt Spokesman who doubled up at Canterbury and Warwick Farm.
“Press Statement didn’t start racing until April of his juvenile season and he finished that first season as an undefeated Group 1 winner,” Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said. “We are now starting to see some talented stock of his following the same pattern and we expect them to really hit their straps when they turn three.”
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace train his first-crop winners Incredulous Dream, Major Murphy and Equation while there are a couple of promising fillies in Sydney with Waller (Giovanna Run) and John O’Shea (Newsreader).
Incredulous Dream was the top-priced yearling from Press Statement’s first-crop when making $340,000 to Brad Spicer at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions. “She reminded me so much of Commanding Jewel that we had to have her,” Spicer explained following a debut win at Bendigo in February. “She should develop into a serious 3yo filly next season.”
Spicer had syndicated Commanding Jewel after buying her from Vinery Stud at the 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale and she won a Thousand Guineas Gr.1 at Caulfield. He won a bidding duel with Sheikh Hamdan’s bloodstock adviser Angus Gold to buy Incredulous Dream on the Gold Coast.
“She was high-priority but I was worried when Angus was on her, too,” Spicer admitted. “We will give her every chance to come good for the classics.”
Vinery Stud stands Press Statement for a ‘Payment on Live Foal’ service fee of $13,750 (inc GST).
Press Statement Pedigree
|FASTNET ROCK (AUS)|
|PICCADILLY CIRCUS |
|SNIPPETS' LASS (AUS)|
|SNOW FINCH |
|KAAPTIVE EMPRESS (AUS)|
|KAAPTIVE EDITION (NZ)|
|NILE EMPRESS (USA)|
|UPPER NILE |
|I ASSUME |
Press Statement Progeny
PRESS STATEMENT 6 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$1,832,275, BRC JJ Atkins S., Gr.1, MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, ATC Hobartville S., Gr.2, Stan Fox S., Gr.2, TAB Place Multi 2YO P., TAB Place Multi H., 2d ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, Run to the Rose H., Gr.2, 3d ATC George Ryder S., Gr.1. He entered stud in Aust. in 2016. Sire of 32 progeny to race, 7 winners (21.0%), earnings of over $310,000, inc.
Spokesman (17c, Mujahid, Tierce). 2 wins at 2 in 2019-20, A$81,835, ATC Easter Monday 2YO H., Canterbury League Club 2YO P., 3d ATC Canterbury League Club 2YO H.
Giovanna Run (17f, Iffraaj, Sir Tristram). Winner at 2 in 2019-20, A$94,750, ATC Everest Carnival on Sale 2YO H., 2d ATC Grunt Standing at Yulong 2YO H.
Equation (17c, Onemorenomore, Flying Spur). Winner at 2 in 2019-20, ATC Magna Grecia at Coolmore Australia 2YO H.
Incredulous Dream (17f, Keep the Faith, Kenmare). Winner at 2 in 2019-20.
Major Murphy (17c, General Nediym, Secret Savings). Winner at 2 in 2019-20.
Kitty Cat Chat (17f, Fast 'n' Famous, One Cool Cat). Winner at 1250m in 2020-21.
El Santo (17c, Pins, Grosvenor). Winner at 1600m in 2020-21.
Press Start (17f, Testa Rossa, Seattle Dancer). Placed at 2 in 2019-20, 3d BRC TAB 2YO P.
Pressita (17f, Magic Albert, End Sweep). Placed at 2 in 2019-20, 3d ATC Astern at Darley 2YO P.
Time Scale (17f, Hussonet, Zafonic). Placed at 2 in 2019-20, 3d Perth Racing Mrs Mac's Pi Day 2YO P.
O'Tartan Lass (17f, Testa Rossa, Tights). Placed at 2 in 2019-20.
Silver Bo (17f, More Than Ready, Flying Spur). Placed at 2 in 2019-20.
Newsreader (17f, Thorn Park, Show a Heart). Placed at 2 in 2019-20, 3d ATC Cellarbrations 2YO H.
Media Man (17g, Encosta de Lago, Diesis). Placed at 2 in 2019-20.
Full Press (17g, Northern Meteor, Laranto). Placed at 2 in 2019-20.
Hypnosis (17c, O'Reilly, Scenic). Placed at 3 in 2020-21.
Mori's Press (17f, Street Cry, Quest for Fame). Placed at 3 in 2020-21.
Press Statement Acceptances
|2020-09-16T00:00:00+12:00: 16:20, Race 6, ATC Bowermans Commercial Furniture H. (1300m) $50,000; 3yo f Giovanna Run (Press Statement-Giovanna Bella (NZ) by Iffraaj (GB))|
|2020-09-16T00:00:00+12:00: 13:00, Race 1, Bendigo JC Bet365 Top Tote Plus Maiden P. (1100m) $50,000; 3yo g Lovethewayyoulie (Press Statement-Theodora by Sebring)|
Press Statement 1-2-3 Results
|12/09/2020: Mori's Press () 3yo f (Press Statement-Suemori by Street Cry (IRE));|
3rd Toowoomba TC Subzero Airconditioning Maiden P., $19,000 1110m, earning $1,700
|11/09/2020: El Santo () 3yo c (Press Statement-Lucha Libre (NZ) by Pins);|
1st Swan Hill JC M Lloyd-Apprentice of the Year Maiden P., $35,000 1600m, earning $19,250
|04/09/2020: Hypnosis () 3yo c (Press Statement-Spellbinder (NZ) by O'Reilly (NZ));|
3rd Canberra RC O'Connor Refrigeration Maiden H., $20,000 1200m, earning $1,700
|14/08/2020: Hypnosis () 3yo c (Press Statement-Spellbinder (NZ) by O'Reilly (NZ));|
3rd Goulburn DRC Kosciusko Maiden H., $20,060 1025m, earning $2,100
|18/07/2020: Giovanna Run () 2yo f (Press Statement-Giovanna Bella (NZ) by Iffraaj (GB));|
1st ATC Everest Carnival on Sale 2YO H., $125,000 1400m, earning $58,000
|09/07/2020: Full Press () 2yo g (Press Statement-Max it Out by Northern Meteor);|
3rd Clarence River JC NBN Springboard to Fame 2YO P., $45,000 1200m, earning $4,000
|01/07/2020: Giovanna Run () 2yo f (Press Statement-Giovanna Bella (NZ) by Iffraaj (GB));|
2nd ATC Grunt Standing at Yulong Maiden 2YO H., $50,000 1150m, earning $8,950
|14/03/2020: Time Scale () 2yo f (Press Statement-Before the Present by Hussonet (USA));|
3rd Perth Racing Mrs Mac's Pi Day 2YO P., $70,000 1200m, earning $6,300
Press Statement BR News
MM 2YO Classic Connection Quotes Following DrawThu, 14 Jan 2021
Several of the favoured runners drew awkwardly for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and racing.com spoke to their trainers about their revised chances. The current favourite at $4.20 is Swift Witness (Star Witness-Taylor's Command, by Commands), and her co-trainer Adrian Bott said, "Midfield is a good draw for us. She's got enough tactical speed to be able to lead if needed or she can take a sit like she did at the Gold Coast on Saturday. It's an ideal draw as we can assess the pattern of racing on the day before deciding the best way to ride her." She's All Class (I Am Invincible-Shirra Nui, by Viscount) remains the second favourite at $4.40. "I do think she's the best horse in the race and I do want to make sure she stays out of trouble; so as long as James (McDonald) gets some cover from that alley, I don't mind her being wide and she's good enough to win it still," part-owner Brae Sokolski said. "It could have been worse as we could come into 13 (after scratchings) and we do have three very good horses (Fake Love, Finance Tycoon and Miss Hipstar) to our outside. I am trying to be philosophical and take a glass half-full approach to it and I'd rather that than drawing one." Alpine Edge (Better Than Ready-Freezethemillions, by Freeze) is next in the betting at $9, while Shaquero (Shalaa-Fimatino, by Not A Single Doubt) and Finance Tycoon (Written Tycoon-Darook Park, by Darci Brahma) are at $10. Finance Tycoon's co-trainer Ben Hayes said, "The barrier draw wasn't our friend this time. We've drawn the widest gate, we come into 16. We definitely won't have any bad luck from out there. He's a very professional horse, he always jumps well and puts himself in a good position. Hopefully from that good position, Luke Nolen has to do a bit of magic, and he can run a big race. He has come through last week's race really well." Baby Wong (Press Statement-Spice Temple, by More Than Ready) and Fake Love (I Am Invincible-Anatina, by Fastnet Rock) make the next line of betting at $14. Fake Love's co-trainer David Eustace said, "We've got Bossy on, we've drawn 20, we don't need to make too many plans, he will work it out. She's in good order. Has been trained for the race from day one, so this is what it has all been about. Hopefully she can get the job done."
Shaquero is a $10 chance (pic: Steve Hart)
Saasmit Set for Blue Diamond StakesWed, 13 Jan 2021
Vinery graduate Saasmit is destined for Melbourne’s centre-stage following a successful hit-and-run raid across the border to South Australia. Prepared by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, she waved good-bye to some smart youngsters when cruising home by 3-lengths in the Irongate Plate (1000m) at Murray Bridge on Saturday. Jockey Jessica Eaton said the debutante dominated before crediting Maher and Eustace for the victory. They do such a great job with their 2YOs,” Eaton claimed. “This filly is very professional and travelled extra well behind the speed. When we balanced up in the straight, I asked her quicken and she let down with a really sharp sprint.” Vinery sold Saasmit as a foal for $21,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to Wagga-based owners Garry & Mary-Anne Towzell. She’s a first-crop daughter of Shalaa (Ire) from Touchy Greeley (Mr. Greeley) who is related to northern-hemisphere Group 1 winners Brave Anna and Hit It A Bomb. Touchy Greeley was purchased by Vinery for $26,000 at 2018 Australian Broodmare Sale. She was carrying Saasmit and has since foaled a colt and a filly by Press Statement. Saasmit’s stablemate Fake Love won the Debutant Stakes LR at Caulfield in October and she’s in the mix at $12 for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic RL this Saturday. Eustace indicated Saasmit would be set for a Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes campaign starting with the Blue Diamond Preview Gr3 on January 23.
Classy 2YO Classic Favourite Draws PoorlyWed, 13 Jan 2021
Hitherto Magic Millions 2YO Classic pre-post favourite She’s All Class will have to live up to her moniker if she is to overcome a poor barrier on Saturday. The daughter of I Am Invincible, who carries the same silks as those seen aboard Yes Yes Yes when winning The Everest, has come up with barrier 18 in what is perceived to be one of the most open renewals of the $2 million Gold Coast feature in years. Trained by Chris Waller, She’s All Class doddled her rivals when rounding them up out wide at Wyong to dash away for a 4.5-lengths drubbing in the traditional Listed Wyong lead-up race, so perhaps getting back a little and getting a suck into the race might not prove as big a disadvantage as at first feared. Wyong runner-up Swift Witness (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) subsequently won on Saturday at the Gold Coast, and now shares favouritism with her conqueror at $4.40. Scone-based runner Baby Wong, a son of Vinery’s Gr1-winning 2YO and 3YO first crop sire Press Statement, has drawn to give the race a shake from barrier 6. Although still a maiden, he has placed in both his last two starts at black-type level, each time beaten a half-length or less. Trainer Stephen Jones has reported the 2YO colt to be potentially the best he has ever trained. Baby Wong is a $14 chance.
She's All Class was merciless at Wyong (pic: Steve Hart)
Debut for Yes Yes Yes SiblingWed, 16 Dec 2020
3YO colt Vilified (Press Statement-Sin Sin Sin, by Fantastic Light) will make his debut in race two at the Caulfield evening meeting tonight. Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the colt is a half-brother to The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) who also won the Gr2 Todman Stakes and placed in the Gr1 Golden Rose. Winning mare Sin Sin Sin has also left stakes placed winner Dee Nine Elle (Duporth) with all three of her foals to race being winners. Vilified was sold at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by Kitchwin Hills to K Goldman for $70,000, then offered again only a few months later at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, where he was sold by Attunga Stud to Ciaron Maher Racing for $170,000. Yes Yes Yes stood his first season at Coolmore in 2020 for a fee of $38,500.
A sibling to Yes Yes Yes will debut at Caulfield tonight (pic: Steve Hart)
Tuesday's MM 2YO Sale Set after Final Breeze UpMon, 9 Nov 2020
The scene is set for the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale on Tuesday, following a successful final breeze up session on Friday. Subsequent to earlier breeze up sessions at Warwick Farm, Seymour and the Gold Coast last month, 57 lots stepped out for a last opportunity to impress prospecting buyers. A colt by Invincible Spirit's Group 1-winning son Territories (Darley) sparkled on the track, clocking a slick 10.3 seconds for his 200 metre breeze. A member of the Symphony Lodge draft, he is a half-brother to three winners, from a 2YO winning Danehill Dancer mare who hails from an international Group 1 family. Other juveniles to impress included Lots 28 (El Roca-O'Erin colt for Baramul Stud) and 213 (Press Statement-Anglissa filly for Rothwell Park) who both clocked 10.75 seconds. Rounding out the top five fastest times for the day were Lot 129 (Dissident-Dayita colt for Raheen Stud) at 10.76 seconds and Lot 134 (Epaulette-Dolphus colt for A List Stud) at 10.79 seconds. Tuesday’s quality line up of 2YOs will go under the hammer from 12 noon (AEST, Qld time). To view the online catalogue featuring breeze up clips, parade videos, photos, pedigrees and breeze up times click here.
This Territories colt clocked 10.30 secs at the Gold Coast (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
Well-Bred Quartet For Mornington 3YO EventThu, 10 Sep 2020
Race two at Mornington today, the Musk Creek Farm Maiden Plate over 1200m, will feature several well bred 3YO fillies on debut. Lankan Gold (Dundeel-Charming Estelle, by Redoute's Choice) was a $500,000 yearling at the 2019 Inglis Easter yearling Sale and is a half-sister to Listed winner Manhattan Street (Manhattan Rain), and her dam is an unraced sister to champion Gr1 sprinter Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice). Cristofina (Vancouver-Danevade, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Listed winner Northwest Passage (So You Think) and her dam is a group-placed sister to stakes winners Scintillation (Danehill), Shania Dane (Danehill) and Risk Aversion (Encosta de Lago), and was a $200,000 purchase at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale. Media Statement (Press Statement-Paramount, by Monashee Mountain) is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Eptimum (Snitzel) and she didn't go through a public auction. A half-sister to Listed winner Rockolicious (Fastnet Rock) is Rush You (Pierro-Rock Diva, by Woodman). Rush You sold at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale for $155,000, and her dam is a half-sister to Listed winner Astute Angel (Godswalk) and Causeway Lass (Giant's Causeway).
Debutante Lankan Gold is related to champion Lankan Rupee (pic: Mark Gatt)
Press Statement has Rising Star in South AfricaThu, 10 Sep 2020
Vinery sire Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) has opened his international account with brilliant debut winner Kitty Cat Chat in South Africa. The Brett Crawford-trained filly took the field up to tearaway leader Gallic Girl in the straight and sprinted clear for a smooth victory in the Racing Association Plate (1250m) at Durbanville in Cape Town on Tuesday. Starting favourite first-up, she won eased down by more than two lengths under Greg Cheyne. Kitty Cat Chat (3f Press Statement–Kiwi Karma (NZ) by Fast ‘N’ Famous) races for Ridgemont Stud’s Wayne & Belinda Kieswetter and their sons Craig & Ross. Dual Gr1 winner Press Statement’s first crop are poised to make their presence felt in 3YO feature races during the Australian spring carnivals, and Kitty Cat Chat can continue in the same vein for Ridgemont Stud after they topped the Cape Town owners’ championship in 2019-20. Kitty Cat Chat was conceived in Press Statement’s initial season at Vinery and is the first foal of Kiwi Karma (also known as What’s New Pussycat) winner of the Golden Horseshoe Gr2 and Prestige Classic LR in Singapore. She was repatriated to Australia and sold by Attunga Stud with a PPT to Press Statement for $200,000 at the 2017 Inglis Chairman’s Sale. Press Statement is standing the 2020 season for $13,750 payable on live foal terms.
Kitty Cat Chat (Press Statement) was superb on debut (pic: vinery.com.au)
Frankel Filly Hungry for Furious SuccessWed, 2 Sep 2020
Last season’s Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) winner Hungry Heart has opened a pronounced favourite with bookmakers ahead of acceptances for Saturday’s Gr2 Darley Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick. The daughter of Frankel is one of two entries – the other is promising Press Statement filly Giovanna Run – from the Chris Waller stable among 16 nominations received for the second leg of the Darley Princess Series. A fifth placing in the Gr1 Golden Slipper is very strong form for a race like this, provided Hungry Heart has trained on, a strong likelihood if the bush telegraph is anything to go by. After riding her in a trial where she finished behind stablemate Nature Strip, Kathy O’Hara suggested the speedy filly will stretch out to a mile, but could get even further this preparation. O’Hara told Sky Racing, "First-up she'll run well, but I think she'll get better into the preparation. She certainly has matured from last time in. She looks less baby-like this preparation and she means business." Acceptances will be out on Wednesday morning.
Vinery Poised for a Huge SeasonFri, 10 Jul 2020
Like a footy team that’s been building towards the future, Vinery Stud is starting to see the fruits of their labour over the past few years, and in 2020 they head towards the stud season with a gun crop of six stallions. Even without the considerable influence of champion sire More Than Ready – finally having a break after setting a record of consecutive trans hemisphere shuttles – Vinery’s fire-power this year is as imposing as any for a long time. In addition to highly proven stallions Casino Prince and his star son All Too Hard, Vinery boasts boom freshmen Headwater and Press Statement, backed up by ultra-commercial Star Turn whose first 2YOs are set to hit the track in the Spring. The final Vinery offering for 2020 is the massively exciting Exceedance, the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner whose acceleration and sectionals put him amongst vaunted company. Click on the image below for an in-depth preview of Vinery’s 2020 stallions.
Colt Makes Strong Statement in SydneyThu, 4 Jun 2020
A colt by Vinery Stud’s freshman sire Press Statement (Hinchinbrook-Kaaptive Empress, by Kaaptive Edition) ran up to his formlines with an eye-catching win at Randwick’s Kensington track on Wednesday. Although a well beaten sixth on debut, Equation had started strongly fancied on that occasion where he finished behind one of the current late season form 2YOs in Peltzer. Ridden by Tommy Berry who was puzzled by the Press Statement colt’s fading debut – such is the high regard in which he holds him – the leading hoop made sure second up with an impressive turn of foot that saw Equation finish 2.5-lengths clear of promising Falcon (Not A Single Doubt). Berry believes the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained juvenile has an extremely bright future as a 3YO. Press Statement ($13,750 in 2020) now has four individual 2YO winners after the $110,000 Magic Millions National weanling graduate from the Sledmere draft broke his duck.
Press Statement was a Gr1 winner as a 2YO and a 3YO (pic: Mark Gatt)
Remaining Vinery Quartet Offer Significant ValueWed, 6 May 2020
Outside of Exceedance and All Too Hard (see above items), Vinery’s other quartet of stallions offers a combination of those starting to hit their straps on the track and in the sales ring, and an incredibly proven stallion:
- Star Turn ($16,500) arrived with a bang courtesy of his yearlings who achieved over 10 times covering fee at the Magic Millions. He had 14 yearlings sell for six-figures in 2020 and they were targeted by our leading trainers, including his top priced colt selling for $550,000 to the bid of Team Hawks. Star Turn won in November of his juvenile season before returning to defeat Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes. Sent to Melbourne for the spring carnival, he showed another brilliant burst of acceleration to defeat older horses at weight-for-age in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes.
- Press Statement ($13,750) was the only colt of his generation to win a Gr1 at two and three and he’s on track for a Gr1 stud career. Chris Waller trained Press Statement to complete the J J Atkins Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double and they have a front-line chance in this year’s first leg with promising colt and dual-city winner Spokesman. Ciaron Maher & David Eustace also train his first-crop winners Incredulous Dream and Major Murphy while John O’Shea has the promising filly Newsreader, who will be set for the Woodlands Stakes LR at Rosehill later this month.
- Headwater ($13,750) has a potent pedigree, combining Champion sire Exceed And Excel and Oakleigh Plate Gr1 winner River Dove. As a 2YO Headwater won a Gr2 Silver Slipper Gr2 at Rosehill so it’s not surprising that he has precocious first-crop winners like Wisdom of Water, Aquagirl and Mileva, and more juvenile winners than some other high-priced stallions. Wisdom of Water is a flying machine and was an unlucky fourth in the $2 million RL Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January. He returned recently with an impressive 5-length victory and is on a path to the Gr1 J J Atkins Stakes.
- Casino Prince ($5,500) is the perfect stallion for breeders wanting to retain to race and you won’t get any arguments at such an amazing fee. All Too Hard was one of two Gr1 winners from his first crop and there could be another at the Brisbane winter carnival if Baccarat Baby takes her place in the Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 6. Casino Prince is a prolific winner-getter and he props up the Vinery roster with career stats of 360 individual winners at an incredible 71% strike-rate.
Blinkers Could Solve Costello's Place WoesWed, 15 Apr 2020
Sydney trainer David Payne is reluctant to use blinkers on his horses unless absolutely necessary, however he has reached that point with serial place-getter Costello. According to racingnsw.com.au, the consistent Americain gelding will have blinkers applied for today’s Kensington meeting in Sydney after winning a recent trial with ease when wearing them. “I always do it as a last resort,’’ Payne acknowledged. “We tried him the other day and he seemed a much better horse with them on. On his best form he should win a race like this.” Since a winning double in February 2019, whereafter he finished sixth in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and seventh in the Gr1 Australian Derby, Costello has placed 7 times from his last 10 starts, including his most recent 4 starts. A $3.00 favourite on Wednesday morning, the Glen Boss mount will have to carry 61.5kg over the 1800m if he is to win the Press Statement @ Vinery BM74 event.
Costello (pink cap) was just pipped by Think It Over in February (pic: Steve Hart)
3-In-1 Package Tops Inglis Digital March (Early)Fri, 13 Mar 2020
Encosta de Lago mare Layo Layo has topped Inglis Digital’s March (Early) Online Sale for $95,000, the twelth consecutive catalogue to gross more than $1 million. Out of stakes-winning mare Tantra – a sister-in-blood to Liberty Rose and from the family of recent Widden Stakes winner Away Game – Layo Layo was offered by Richard McClenahan’s Mullaglass Stud in foal to Press Statement and with her maiden filly by Hellbent at foot. A six-time winner herself, Layo Layo was secured by Brett Gall of Gall Bloodstock after a late bidding war between several parties. “I really liked the mare and she will go to our stallion I Am Invincible, who I raced with my father Ray and we still own fifty percent with Arthur and Harry Mitchell of Yarraman Park Stud,” Gall said. “We scan through every catalogue when they come out as we’re trading stock all the time and the 3-in-1 package was a big attraction with Layo Layo – plus I find the buying process very straightforward on the platform.” Gall added, “Harry Mitchell went and had a look at her and she’ll now go to Yarraman with her Hellbent filly at foot, before being covered by Hellbent’s sire – I Am Invincible – next season.” Mullaglass Stud have been a strong supporter of the Inglis Digital platform and along with Layo Layo, offered two other broodmares in the March (Early) Online Sale: Lady Rah Rah in foal to Invader and Light My Fire, in foal to Kermadec – with a hundred percent clearance rate. “Having bred Hellbent (an Inglis Classic Yearling Sale graduate), it’s great to see his first progeny received so well with the sale of Layo Layo for $95,000,” McClenahan said. Click here to view the full catalogue and results, or to make an offer on any passed in lots.
Layo Layo with her Hellbent foal (pic: inglisdigital.com)
All Too Easy For Classic BuyersMon, 10 Feb 2020
The well-documented exploits of Queensland cult 3YO Alligator Blood (All Too Hard-Lake Superior, by Encosta de Lago) have left no doubt that Vinery Stud’s champion 3YO All Too Hard is a stallion capable of throwing elite racehorses. Sitting just on the cusp of the Top 10 Australian General Stallions, Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard is already the sire of 30 individual stakes-performers, of which six have achieved at Gr1 level. At Inglis Classic between Sunday and Tuesday, there are 16 yearlings by All Too Hard for sale, with Vinery’s 25-strong draft responsible for a half dozen of those. With the exception of four yearlings (by Flying Artie, Smart Missile, Teofilo and Your Song) the balance of Vinery’s consignment are by their own high profile stallions that include More Than Ready, Headwater, Press Statement, Star Turn and Casino Prince. Click on the below image for a preview of Vinery Stud’s Inglis Classic draft, and then click on the draft link to access the catalogue pages of all individually listed lots.
Flemington Twilight Straight Track EventTue, 21 Jan 2020
Notwithstanding mooted changes to Flemington's twilight meeting schedule and concomitant time amendments, the VRC will host its next twilight meeting on Sunday, February 9, boasting what must rate as a world first. The Club's chief executive officer Neil Wilson explained that this will be a race afternoon/evening with a complete difference – every one of the races, run from 4pm to 7pm will be run down Flemington's famous straight, with an added twist of country jockeys versus metropolitan jockeys. Against that backdrop, the report inferred that industry body Racing Victoria has not been as enamoured with the move towards twilight meetings, a suggestion rebutted by Wilson: ''No, definitely not. We've been working pretty collaboratively with Racing Victoria on it.'' That was corroborated on Monday via a press statement from Racing Victoria saying the VRC's twilight agenda had its support for the idea in 2020.
Flemington's Straight Six venue (pic: flemington.com.au)
NZB RTR Press Statement Colt Fetches $420KThu, 21 Nov 2019
In early action at Wednesday’s opening session of the 2019 NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs, a colt by Vinery Stud’s freshman stallion Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) sold for $420,000 after spirited bidding. Opening at a $100,000 bid, the well put together 2YO had plenty to recommend him aside from his sire who won Gr1 races as a 2YO and 3YO. He is a grandson of the Bart Cummings-trained multiple champion mare Let’s Elope, whose major victories included the Gr1 quartet of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Mackinnon Stakes and Australian Cup. Also placed in two US Gr1 races, Let’s Elope has left quality stock in her wake, and Lot 9 is no exception for the family, trialling stylishly in a professional 10.86 sec. Consigned by Ohukia Lodge, the winning bid fell to Hong Kong trainer Dennis Yip. Later in the first session, another Vinery freshman stallion was also responsible for a $420,000 sale when Headwater's colt out of Red Duchez was knocked down to Hong Kong's Mr P. Koo.
Let's Elope's grandson made $420,000 (pic: nzb.co.nz)
Oppenheimer to Keep Star Catcher in WorkThu, 24 Oct 2019
The Great British Racing International (GBRI) released a press statement confirming that prodigious owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer of Hascombe & Valiant Stud would be keeping Gr1 winning filly Star Catcher (Sea The Stars-Lynwood Chase, by Horse Chestnut) in training with John Gosden in 2020 following her tough victory in the Gr1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2400m), her third classic win (including the Gr1 Qatar Prix Vermeille and the Gr1 Irish Oaks) and fifth from seven starts. The victory was Oppenheimer's third in the race in as many years, and he hopes that Star Catcher, whose dam Lynwood Chase unfortunately died last year, can spearhead his quality team of fillies – possibly as many as 11 – for the following season. "I don't think we have a campaign in mind [for her]," he said. "We have another useful filly who is rated a couple of pounds below her, and with Enable also running there's a possibility that we're going to have to be dodging around a bit. If we race against Enable, that's fine, but we wouldn't want to take her on in the early stages."
Freshman Sire Slipper Noms RevealedThu, 25 Jul 2019
With only days until the 2019/20 season, breeders will be listening to a lot of talk about the freshman sires and who has precocious 2YOs. A further emperical guide to support potential precocity is Golden Slipper nominations on the assumption that these are the young horses their trainers expect to show some juvenile prowess. The 2020 Golden Slipper nominations number 2,459 horses by 191 different stallions. Of those by first season sires, there are 379 horses (15% of the total) across 21 stallions who have their first crop about to hit the tracks. It should be no surprise that Golden Slipper winner Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro) leads the freshman list with 74 of his first crop nominated for the Golden Slipper. Gr1 juvenile winner Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) is next with 51 nominations, while those with more than ten of their first crop nominated are: Headwater (38), Exosphere (34), Super One (30), Kermadec (24), Spill the Beans (23), Scissor Kick (22), Press Statement (21), Rich Enuff (16), and Nostradamus (10). Although helpful as a guide, the figures don't take into account the percentage of a freshman sire's crop nominated, some having served very large books of mares on debut.
Vancouver has 74 noms for the Golden Slipper (pic: Steve Hart)
Michael Costa's Golden AmbitionThu, 18 Jul 2019
Heading into Saturday's Listed Tattersall's Mile at Eagle Farm in an attempt to claim his first back type success at his fiftieth start, connections probably would've thought that Gold Ambition (Savabeel) would already have that black type in his pedigree after his earlier efforts which included a third, beaten a length and a half behind Le Romain (Hard Spun) in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, with Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) in second, while a length behind Gold Ambition back in fifth was World Champion Miler and back-to-back Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (Savabeel). Originally trained by Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm, the $260,000 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale graduate from the draft of Rosemont Stud has been racing under the care of Gold Coast-based trainer Michael Costa for his last 15 starts, where the now 6YO has recorded seven top three finishes highlighted by a last start win at Doomben over the distance of Saturday's race, a trip his trainer feels is his optimum. "We have tried him at a bit of distance but really around 1600m looks his best. He should be suited on Saturday," stated Costa.
$1 million Magic Millions Yearling DebutsWed, 3 Jul 2019
Fastnet Rock's blue-blooded 2YO son Duty, trained by John O'Shea, will head to the races for the first time this Wednesday, contesting the Press Statement @ Vinery Maiden (1200m) off the back of five barrier trial efforts. Duty finished second in his most recent trial behind Excellent Proposal (Exceed And Excel), with that colt making a winning debut last week. Purchased from the draft of Element Hill at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $1 million by Tom Magnier and John O'Shea, Duty is out of the Listed Juanmo Stakes-winning Encosta de Lago mare Risk Aversion, a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Snitzel's Gr1-winning 2YO Summer Passage, as well as being a half-sister to Shania Dane (Danehill) and the multiple stakes-winning Hong Kong Sprinter Scintillation (Danehill). Raced by Coolmore, Hutchins Thoroughbreds, Jadeskye, Go Bloodstock Australia, Saric Racing, Finemore Thoroughbreds, Sedgewyn and Dr R A Aboud, Duty will join fellow Coolmore raced Fastnet Rock colt Memphis Blue on Wednesday, a Gr3-placed full relation to stakes winners Ennis Hill and Lake Geneva. In what appears on paper to be a high quality raced loaded with future talent, the race favourite Mandela for Snowden Racing is yet to race, but has won two of his four trials. Another well-bred colt by Fastnet Rock colt to face the judge for the first time is the Chris Waller-trained Lewis, the Strawberry Hill-bred juvenile is out of the Gr1 winner Sunday Joy.