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Daily News | 1st March 2022
NEW Snitzel Blazes to New Mark in Just Seven MonthsTuesday, 1st March 2022If one needs a reason for the existence of the Black Type Premiership, then look no further than the achievement by Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass, by Snippets) over the past seven months. By the end of the 2020-21 racing season, I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) reigned supreme in the Black Type Stallion Premiership with 271 points from 54 stakes race wins or placings earned across 12 months by his progeny – SEE HERE. Currently ranked third on the Australian General Stallion Premiership behind I Am Invincible and Nicconi (Bianconi) for the 2021-22 racing season, the contrast for Snitzel is stark when viewed through the prism of Group and Listed race (BTP) performance. With a full five months of the season yet to take place, Snitzel has already surpassed the 271 points benchmark of last season, and now sits poised on a massive 274 points. That yardstick is amplified by the yawning gulf between Snitzel and those stallions in his wake, with the Arrowfield Stud stalwart an astonishing 105 points clear of his closest rivals. To put that into perspective, just to get close to par with Snitzel the minimum requirement by the second placed sire would be for his progeny to win eight Group 1 races, and even that would leave him one point adrift of the runaway leader. Neither premiership is better than the other – they simply benchmark different criteria. And therein lies the point(s).
Wild Ruler is one of three seasonal Gr1 winners by Snitzel (pic: Steve Hart)
NEW Home Affairs Poised for History in NewmarketTuesday, 1st March 2022Black Caviar Lightning winner Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) will stamp himself as one of the best sprinting colts of all time if he can add the Group 1 Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to his record, after he was allocated 55.5kg on Tuesday for the $1.5 million feature to be run this Saturday at Flemington. Since the introduction of metric weights in 1972 only Weekend Hussler (Hussonet) - a gelding - carried more weight as a 3YO to take Australia’s premier sprinting handicap in 2008. Another young gelding, the mighty Schillaci (Salieri), raced by Alan Bell, carried the equal of Home Affairs with 55.5kg in 1992, while there have been four 3YO winners with 55kg - Century (Better Boy; 1973), Placid Ark (Arkenstone; 1987), General Nediym (Nediym; 1998) and Exceed And Excel (Danehill; 2004) - highlighting the hefty challenge that awaits the two-time Group 1 winner on Saturday 12 March. The Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs could meet his Black Caviar Lightning rival and stablemate Nature Strip (Nicconi) a kilogram better at the weights should the world champion sprinter also line up in the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap, with Nature Strip allocated top weight of 59.5kg. In the metric era, no horse has carried more than the 58.5kg allocated to Hay List (Statue of Liberty) in 2012 to take the prize, although Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) did carry 58kg in 2011 which, when taking her mares allowance into account, means she carried the equivalent of 60kg that would have been awarded to her male counterparts. A full list of weights for the Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap can be found here.
NEW White Noise Heads Stable¡¯s Derby attackTuesday, 1st March 2022Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman – soon to be just Andrew Forsman – will be represented by a trio of Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) contenders at Ellerslie this weekend with White Noise (El Roca) given the nod as their top seed. The Cambridge trainers will be chasing their third victory in Saturday’s feature, having prepared Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) to triumph in 2015 and Vin De Dance (Roc de Cambes) three years later. The stable will also run Regal Lion (Jakkalberry) and Privileged Son (Savabeel) and, while both also have genuine Derby claims, it is White Noise who is narrowly rated as its best chance of a repeat success. “He is the one who has gone out and done it so far. He’s had a few starts and he has got a good temperament and nothing seems to worry him,” Baker said. White Noise has won four of his nine starts, including a spring victory in the Gr3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) and added the Listed Gingernuts Salver (2100m) to his record two runs back before a solid fourth in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m). Jockey Ryan Elliot will continue his association with the son of El Roca, who is expected to rise to the challenge of the step up to 2400m. “He does everything right and he’s pretty genuine. He’s matured into quite a strong horse and I don’t think the trip will worry him,” Baker said. “He is out of a Sir Percy mare and he won the English Derby (Gr1, 2400m).”
Ryan Elliot will maintain the ride on White Noise (pic: Race Images Peter Rubery)
$940k Widden Vinny Colt Falls to CoolmoreTuesday, 1st March 2022The third-highest priced horse ever sold at Oaklands in Melbourne was the star attraction on another stunning day of trade as the 2022 Inglis Premier Sale continued its surge. It took until the ninth last lot of the evening for the fireworks to reach their crescendo when an I Am Invincible-Fine Bubbles colt offered by Widden Stud sold to Coolmore Stud for $950,000. The colt, which was bred by Sun International and offered on their behalf, was on the radar of many of the biggest players in the industry but it was Coolmore who came out supreme in a stunning bidding battle. The Coolmore team is hoping the colt is their next Home Affairs, their current star 3YO Easter Yearling Sale graduate who won last year’s Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes before defeating the World’s Best Sprinter Nature Strip in last weekend’s Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning. For Antony Thompson of Widden – who leaped Blue Gum Farm to end the day as leading vendor by aggregate thanks to the colt’s high price – the result was incredible. “He'd had a stack of parades, he’s a horse that everybody who saw him, loved him and I know there’s a few disappointed underbidders as well. “It was an extra poignant result for Widden, who only 12 months ago announced their expansion into Victoria. “We’re very serious about our commitment to the Victorian industry and I think this is a pretty good example.’’
Coolmore took home the I Am Invincible-Fine Bubbles colt (pic: inglis.com.au)
Bon Ho Buys $550k Silverdale Farm FillyTuesday, 1st March 2022The Day 2 second-top lot – and highest-priced filly of the 2022 Inglis Premier Sale to date - also came late in the day when Legend Racing’s Bon Ho paid $550,000 for an I Am Invincible x Endean Rose filly from Silverdale Farm. The horse will remain in Australia and be trained by Team Hawkes. “I was very keen to buy this filly, she was the pick of the sale for me, she came strongly recommended to me by [Inglis’] Jonathan D’Arcy as well as a number of trainers and very good judges, so I really was very keen to get her,’’ said Mr Ho who is based in Hong Kong. “She’s a lovely filly with a strong pedigree. I was able to view video footage of her on the Inglis website the past couple of weeks and I also loved the way she moved. She wasn’t cheap but I’m very pleased she’s mine now.’’ Silverdale’s Steve Grant added: “We’re absolutely ecstatic. She was very popular - on-farm inspections were good but when she got to the complex here, she was working extra hard but it didn’t phase her, she thrived on it and she sold accordingly.” The third-top lot of Day 3 was a Snitzel x Amelia’s La Bout filly which sold to Clinton McDonald along with Domenic Romanelli for $475,000. She was offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of her breeder Amelia Park in WA.
All Metrics Well Up at Inglis Premier SaleTuesday, 1st March 2022Day 2 of the 2022 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale ended with key metrics all increased year-on-year with the average ($163,948) and median ($145,000) up 14% and 32% respectively. The strength of the middle market continued to shine – 131 lots have sold for $200,000 or more so far (a 64% jump on 80 after Day 2 last year) while there has also been a 26% rise in lots to sell for $300,000 or more, up to 44 from 35 last year. To view Inglis’ Sale Day Live Review Show from Monday’s action, CLICK HERE. Lots 531-793 have been catalogued for Day 3 of the sale, which begins at 10am tomorrow at Oaklands. The first 60 lots conclude the Main Book before the Showcase Session begins at Lot 591.
Snitzel Powers up for a Big AutumnTuesday, 1st March 2022Multiple Champion Sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) is once again powering up for a big Autumn, well in evidence courtesy of seven stakes wins in 36 days. Among that septet is Castlereagh Kid. Winner of his two previous starts at Gosford and Sandown, the 3YO gelding took early control of Saturday’s $300,000 Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic (1800m) and extended decisively in the straight to hold off Lucky Decision (Zacinto) and El Patroness (Shamus Award). He is the one hundred-and-nineteenth stakes-winner of Snitzel’s career, his fifteenth this season, and the tenth stakes-winner that has so far emerged from his 2018 crop. Snitzel’s productive day at Caulfield included Group placings by Away Game (a valiant runner-up in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate – see below) and 3YOs Generation and Yearning. The Champion Sire’s influence was also evident in the Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes winner Lavish Girl (out of a Snitzel mare), the Gr1 Blue Diamond (runner-up Revolutionary Miss is by his son Russian Revolution) and the Gr3 Liverpool Cup at Randwick (won by Spill The Beans’ son Ellsberg).
Derby Joy Possible for Snitzel ColtTuesday, 1st March 2022Following his powerful victory in the Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield, leading jockey Damien Oliver endorsed Castlereagh Kid’s Gr1 Australian Derby nomination, observing of the beautifully pedigreed Snitzel colt: “He does feel like he’s a genuine stayer. What I really like about him is when he’s challenged halfway down the straight, he seems to find a second wind and go again which is an unusual quality for an Australian-bred horse.” Castlereagh Kid, out of city winner Absolute Joy (by Zabeel), is a home-bred for John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, and is trained by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable that also prepared his most famous relatives, Group 1 winners Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy & More Joyous. It’s a family Arrowfield has also worked with, as the breeder of Castlereagh Kid’s Oaks-winning grand-dam Joie Denise & co-breeder of Sunday Joy, and now breeding from two other distinguished family members Don’t Doubt Mamma and Fenway. Don’t Doubt Mamma had a Dundeel filly in Kulani Park’s draft in Monday’s session of the Inglis Premier Sale, and Arrowfield will offer Fenway’s Snitzel daughter at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Castlereagh Kid cruised to his 1800m Group 2 win (pic: Mark Gatt)
Exciting Filly Me Me Lagarde Aimed at SydneyTuesday, 1st March 2022Quuensland jockey Robbie Fradd will make a rare trip to Sydney to partner exciting filly Me Me Lagarde (Star Turn-Roedean, by Flying Spur), reports punters.com.au. Fradd believes the filly should have won the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas from a better draw. "Had I had a softer draw, I probably finish with King Of Sparta and I might have beaten him," Fradd said. "She had a little bit of a hiccup in her prep going into that race and plus maybe the track being very firm that day wasn't the best for her. But she has a big booming finish, you always have to find the right run on her because you are always giving the other dangers in the race many lengths start." Fradd enthused, "I will definitely go to Sydney to ride her, I can't wait!" Trainers Toby and Trent Edmonds haven't finalised their plans for Me Me Lagarde yet, but both the Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes or the Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint are on the cards. "She trialled very well, there might not have been much in the trial but you can only do what you can do," Fradd said about her outing at the Gold Coast earlier this month. "I was behind the speed and I pulled her out and gave her one little click and off she went. The nice thing about her is that she just takes everything in and nothing bothers her, which is a big plus going to Sydney." The 3YO filly has won three of her five starts, including the Listed Gold Edition Plate, and she is a daughter of stakes-placed Roedean (Flying Spur-Queen Kathleen, by At Talaq) who was disqualified after winning the 2003 Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes as a juvenile.
Stunning Field of 2YOs for BendigoTuesday, 1st March 2022Race one at Bendigo today features an impressive group of youngsters on debut including Crosswinds (Written Tycoon-Gybe, by Fastnet Rock) who was sold by Blue Gum Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale for $1.1 million. Trained by the Gr1 Blue Diamond-winning partnership of Anthony and Sam Freedman, the colt hasn't been sighted in public yet but has been well supported in markets. Crosswinds is out of Listed winner Gybe, who is a half-sister to 2YO Group 1 winner Anabandana (Anabaa). Trainer Matt Laurie will run Shalaman (Shalaa-Our Daisy, by Commands), who ran second in his only trial at the start of February, and the 2YO colt is another graduate from the Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale, costing $700,000 from the Yulong draft. He is the second foal of a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Emerald Dream, from the Eight Carat family. Also on debut is Robert Hickmott's Hazelwood (American Pharoah-Elegant Eagle, by Zabeel) who is a half-brother to 2YO Group 1 winner Go Indy Go (Bernardini) – see below – and to Gr3 winner Essay Raider (Bernardini). Hazelwood was sold by Mill Park Stud for $180,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale. With only four horses in this field with any form, one runner of note is Crowning Moment (Pariah-Kenzie, by Sebring) who ran last on debut in the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude two weeks ago, while The Wizard King (Flying Artie-Wizard Princess, by Rory's Jester) also has had all his runs to date in Listed company, and both could surprise back to this [exposed] class.
Crosswinds made seven figures at 2021's Premier Sale (pic: inglis.com.au)
Isolation to be Scrapped for Fully Vaccinated KiwisTuesday, 1st March 2022Kiwis returning to New Zealand from Australia will not need to isolate upon arrival from 11.59pm on Wednesday, while New Zealand returnees from the rest of the world will also be able to come home without isolating from late Friday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement from Parliament on Monday afternoon. All unvaccinated travellers will still need to enter MIQ. The scrapping of self-isolation for New Zealanders coming from Australia and beyond is a positive announcement for ex-pat Kiwis returning for the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales which commence at Karaka next Monday March 7. Meanwhile, New Zealand Bloodstock has announced that those who are unable to attend Karaka 2022 in person can keep up with all of the action in the sale ring and beyond with New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series broadcast live across the six days of selling. Commencing on Monday 7 March and running through to the close of selling on Saturday 12 March, the broadcast can be viewed across various outlets. Book 1 will feature on SKY Pop Up Channel 263 while Freeview Channel 200 will feature both Book 1 and Book 2. All six days will also be streamed live on NZB's website and the online bidding platform as well as live streamed on NZB's Facebook page. Sale highlights will go to air on racing.com and SKY Racing in Australia. The broadcast will also be streamed live into China via Daluma.com, with translators covering all six days of the Sales.
Profondo Wins Trial and Pays Up for GuineasTuesday, 1st March 2022Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo (Deep Impact-Honesty Prevails, by Redoute's Choice) easily won a 1175m trial yesterday at Warwick Farm, and his connections paid the late entry fee for Saturday's Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, reports racing.com. Trainer Richard Litt had originally planned to run the high profile and much admired 3YO colt first up in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, but the prospect of a very wet track has led to the change of plans. A final decision will be made later this week. Rain is forecast all week in Sydney including particularly heavy rain on Tuesdau, and possibly Wednesday. Profondo has won two of his three starts and ran second in the other. He was a $1.9 million Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate, and is the first foal of his Group 3-winning dam Honesty Prevails who was successful as a 2YO in the Gr3 ATC Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Profondo is primed for the Guineas (pic: Steve Hart)
Japan Dominates Turf at Saudi Cup MeetingTuesday, 1st March 2022On a card where locally trained horse Emblem Road (Quality Road-Venturini, by Bernardini) paid 80-1 in winning the $20 million Saudi Cup, Japanese horses won all three turf races as well as the main sprint, reports bloodhorse.com. All four were ridden by Christophe Lemaire, who said “Unbelievable. I can't realize it right now. But it's real.” The first race on the card, the Turf Cup over 2000m, was won by Authority (Orfevre-Rosalind, by Symboli Kris S) who will now head to Dubai. "He was definitely the best horse in the race," Lemaire said. "He made the pace easily and I knew he could stay the trip. There was no contest." The Turf Sprint over 1300m was won by Songline (Kizuna-Luminous Parade, by Symboli Kris S). "We had a good trip," he said. "She used her turn of foot to get to the lead and at the end, she held on." The Longines Red Sea Cup over 3000m was won by Stay Foolish (Stay Gold-Kauai Lane, by King Kamehameha), who will head to Dubai before a possible trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. "I was really confident with this horse. I knew he would stay the trip. He was so comfortable in front and he didn't stop." The Riyadh Sprint Cup was won by Dancing Prince (Pas De Trois-Little Blessing, by Bubble Gum Fellow).
Melbourne Cup Winner Rekindling to StudTuesday, 1st March 2022Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling (High Chaparral-Sitara, by Salse) has begun his stud career at Ireland’s Kenmare Castle Stud, reports bloodhorse.com. "I would have been involved in stallions over the years with Longford House Stud, having shares in them, and I was looking for a High Chaparral horse to cover a mare that I have who is a half sister to Khalifa Sat," stud owner William Fox said. "I started inquiring about Rekindling and the best way to find out is to pick up the phone, so I rang Joseph O'Brien and asked him where the horse was. He told me that the horse was still with him and it took off from there. He spoke with Lloyd Williams and his team in Australia and they were happy for the horse to go to stud here." A 60,000 guineas sale at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Rekindling won four of his twelve starts, three at group level, including the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, and ran fourth in the Gr1 St Leger. He is a full-brother to Gr3 winner Golden Sword, who placed in the Gr1 Irish Derby, and a half-brother to Gr1 placed Sydney Opera House (Australia). Champion 3YO Sprinter in Germany, Julio (Exceed and Excel) is from this family, as is Gr1 winner Alexandrova (Sadler’s Wells), Magic Wand (Galileo), Chicquita (Montjeu), and Aspetar (Al Kazeem). "I have a number of mares that are suitable and I bought a few more to go to him, so I have put together a small band of my own that are suitable for him and he's going to cover away," said Fox. "He has been in limbo for the past 12 months or more so I don't expect people to be banging down the door, but I like him, and a number of people have specific mares that they want him to cover." Rekindling’s fee is €2,000 for a colt foal and €1,000 for a filly.
One Eyed Horse Books Spot in Kentucky DerbyTuesday, 1st March 2022Odd-Spot:Un Ojo (Laoban-Risk a Chance, by A P Indy), who has only one eye and whose name means one eye in Spanish, won the Gr2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday to earn a place in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby, reports racingpost.com. Un Ojo was initially trained in New York by Tony Dutrow before transferring to trainer Ricky Courville. "It's kind of shared between me and Tony because I sent him to Tony, to Aqueduct, for the winter and Tony had him until Monday and sent him back to us," Courville said. "Gosh, I feel bad for Tony. The owners kind of decided [on the Rebel]. I think Tony was wanting to keep him up there for the Gotham Stakes, but they wanted to not go back to a one-turn mile and wanted to send him down here and take a shot at the money. He kept saying the two turns is going to be better for us." The win was the first graded win for Courville, who has been training since 2008. Un Ojo was sent out at long odds of 75-1 and has won two of his six starts. He earned 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points with his win, taking him to second on the points table. Un Ojo's sire Laoban (Uncle Mo) was a Grade 2 winner who retired to stud in 2017, and has ten stakes winners including Grade 1 performer Simply Ravishing, while Un Ojo's dam is a stake-placed winner out of Grade 2 winner Seeking the Ante (Seeking the Gold), making her a half-sister to Listed winner Mineralogist.