Sunday, November 12, 2017

Winx and High Chapparall

     Two of the biggest stars over the Melbourne carnival would have to be Winx winning her third Cox Plate in a dramatic finish and the success over the Flemington week of the deceased stallion, High Chaparral . Winx broke her own track record at Moonee Valley and did it, sitting three wide most of the journey as Hugh Bowman put her in clear galloping room as a safety net, to ensure, the win. To start the Flemington carnival, the Sydney colt, Ace High stamped his authority on the staying three year olds with a convincing win in the Derby. Then we saw in the Melbourne Cup the European three year old Rekindling, get the job done in the 3200m Melbourne Cup for the O'brien's with Corey Brown giving him a perfect ride. This gave the stallion High Chapparral the staying double and on the Thursday in the Oaks, two High Chapparral fillies, Bring Me Roses and Hyaam would attempt to complete the treble but they could'nt run down, a gutsy Pinot who missed the start but still was able to hold on for the Waterhouse/Bott and Steve Baster combination. Pinot is by Pierro who is really transferring his talent on the track through to his sons and daughters.

Winx and the 2017 Cox Plate 

High Chapparral Story 

      The six time Group 1 winning son of Sadler's Wells had just 13 starts over his two year racing career, winning 10 of those and never finishing out of a place. His G1 tally, which included two Breeders’ Cup Turf victories, resulted in High Chaparral being awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse in 2002 and 2003, as well as being named England and Ireland’s top-rated middle distance 3-year-old, and Ireland's top-rated older horse. His European wins included the G1 Racing Post Trophy (2001), the G1 Epsom Derby (2002), the G1 Irish Derby (2002) and the G1 Irish Champion Stakes (2003). He earned almost £3.5million in his racing career.

     High Chaparral''s success in the Northern Hemisphere was soon to extend to Australia where he stood his first Southern Hemisphere season as a replacement for his paternal brother, Montjeu at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand in 2005. High Chaparral’s first Southern Hemisphere crop included the horse that many predict will be his greatest legacy, the globetrotting superstar So You Think. So You Think won his first of two G1 Cox Plates, Australia’s most historic weight-for-age contest, as a 3-year-old about a month before his true third birthday in 2009, and after sitting out the autumn he added four more Group 1s, including a Cox Plate repeat, before finishing third under top weight in the G1 Melbourne Cup. So You Think was then taken overseas where he collected three European Group 1s in his first Northern Hemisphere campaign, including the G1 Coral-Eclipse and the G1 Irish Champion Stakes. So You Think repeated it in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup the following May and finished off an illustrious career with a decisive win in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Like his sire before him, So You Think now stands in both Coolmore Ireland and Coolmore Australia.
So You Think 
 Flemington Carnival
The Derby opened proceedings on the Saturday here we saw his son from his second last crop Ace High a emphatic victor coming with a run down the centre of the track to record an easy victory. Then the biggest day on the Australian calendar the Melbourne Cup we saw his son from his second last crop in the northern hemisphere Rekindling, win the Cup from Johannes Vemeer who is by another High Chaparral paternal brother, Galileo.

Rekindling winning the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Everest

It was a great days racing on Saturday with the initial running of the 10 million dollar Everest and the Caulfield Guineas meeting from Melbourne. Redzel was successful in the Everest and the flashy Not A Single Doubt colt, Mighty Boss got up at 100/1 to win the Guineas. We also saw the retirement of the five time group one winner Lankan Rupee who is now heading for a life of showjumping. 

Redzel -- The Snitzel colt, raced by the Triple Crown Syndicate and trained by the Snowden's added the inaugural running of the 10 million dollar Everest to his growing tally of victories. The upfront bias of the Randwick track set it up for the Keiron Mcevoy ridden Redzel who sat on the speed and kicked clear after straightening to win convincingly from Vega Magic and a fast finishing Chautauqua who weaved a passage on the inside of gallopers.

The Everest

Not A Single Doubt and Mighty Boss -- What  a brilliant day for the Not A Single Doubt family on Saturday. In the showpiece event at Caulfield we saw the Mick Price trained Mighty Boss and his flashy mane, get a run up along the inside for Michael Walker, to score in the 2 million dollar, Caulfield Guineas. He is out of a Encosta De Lago mare, Bullion Mansion. There were three earlier winners of Not A Single Doubt at Caulfield and Randwick with Qafila, winning the two year old race to open the day at Caulfield and at Randwick, we saw the 3yo filly Torville in the listed Reginald Allen Quality win as well as Lord Condor, score in the second event.

Mighty Boss Caulfield Guineas

Classic Uniform -- Good to see the Gary Moore trained, Al Maher gelding get another win on the board in the 2000m Craven Plate on saturday. Tim Clarke rides him well and he is a gutsy little fighter when he leads them up. Happy Clapper tried hard all the way down the straight but just could'nt reel him in. 

I Am Invincible and Invincibella --  Another top ride by Tim Clarke for Chris Waller saw the I Am Invincible mare, record another win, in the Star Mile. She is out of Abscond, a mare by the amazing Galileo and this was one of the light bulb moments over the weekend. His broodmares are producing the goods worldwide. On Sunday, Folkswood was successful in the Cranbourne Cup and is likely to head for the group ones and a possible clash with Winx, over the carnival. He is also out of a Galileo mare. In the group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes saw the Bott/Waterhouse trained filly explode from the barriers , cross the field and lead all the way with Steve Baster in the saddle. In the Schweppes Hcp 1050m at Morphetville, Invisible Girl won under Joe Bowditch's riding for Lloyd Kennewell. She is out of a More Than Ready mare.

Super Cash -- To finish the day in the Schillaci Stakes saw Kate Mallyon get up on Super Cash with a strong ride just falling in for victory. Earlier in the day I think she just misjudged her run on the international horse Johannes Vermeer. The Written Tycoon, 5yo mare is certainly on the ball, fresh.

Lord Fandango --  The winner of the Herbert Power Stakes will now head to the Melbourne Cup and being out of a Monsun mare. I would'nt be at all surprized if he ended up winning the big one. He is by Lord of England who stands in Germany. 

Lope De Capio and Lope De Vega -- Durbridge Stakes a listed race over 1200m, saw another win for Lope de Capio and another good ride by Joe Bowditch. Vega Magic is the standout right now for this breed and was unlucky not to score a win in the Everest but there are plenty of others making their mark, like this gelding, who is out of the Danzero mare, Dance of the Ocean.

Jockeys of the Week -- Joe Bowditch, Tim Clarke

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Winx is Ace High

This was another legendary Winx weekend. The legend of the great mare just keeps growing and we are all on the ride. Strong success for the High Chapparal and Snitzel''s over the weekend. Ace High has lifted his profile the last month and is now well in contention for the Derby's. 

Winx -- The Turnbull Stakes at Flemington turned into a track gallop for the wonder mare on Saturday as they turned for home she was jogging and left her rivals covered in dust down the straight. In my opinion she has to rank as nearly the best of all time. They go on about her not beating much but i never see her out of second gear no matter her opposition.

Winx winning the Turnbull Stakes 

Bring Me Roses and High Chapparall -- In the Group 2 Edward Manifold for the fillies we saw a storming finish by Bring Me Roses. The Tony Mcevoy trained, Luke Currie ridden filly was way too strong for them and the breed also had the runner up in Hyaam. The High Chapparal's really do love the big tracks. While in Sydney, the Group 1 Champion Stakes over 2000m was run and the breed were to the fore again with the promising derby prospect, Ace High, leading all the way. He is trained by David Payne and was ridden by Tye Angland. After the race, Tye said " he was on empty but he got the job done". Across to Adelaide and we find another High Chapparal successful at Morphetville for the in form Mcevoy/ Jamie Kah combination with Dollar for Dollar winning the 1600m event.

Ace High Champion Stakes Group 1 

Main Stage and Reliable Man -- This is my highlighted stallion of the week, Reliable Man.The grey stallion who stands at Westbury Stud in New Zealand continues to get winners everywhere and on saturday, Main Stage in the UCI Stakes continued that winning streak with a powerful finis down the flemington straight. The 3yo gelding was ridden by Michael Walker for the Busuttin/Young yard. Just keep an eye out for this breed a major win is close.  Hugh Bowman on Reliable Man, "I've ridden some good horses and when Reliable Man won the Queen Elizabeth that was an amazing victory. It's just great to be riding such a supreme athlete - it's something you dream of as a jockey."

His first foals were on the ground in 2014 check them out !  

Snitzel -- An epic start of the day for the Snitzel's with a double in the first two at Flemington and a win by the 3yo colt Goodfella, in the first at Randwick.The Hayes/Dabernig trained Nomothaj opened the day for the breed and then the Weir/ Yendal combination won with Snitzepeg in the Listed Antler Stakes in the second. This continued a golden couple of weeks for jockey Dean Yendal after being injured earlier this season Dean had been struggling for the winners but right now he is on song.

Jockeys to Follow -- Dean Yendall is a prolific rider of winners in Victoria and became known for being especially dominant in country areas. He waited more than 30 years for his first Group I win which came when Yankee Rose won the 2016 Spring Champion Stakes. Yendall also won another Group I in 2016, on I Am A Star in the Myer Classic. Last season Dean Yendall rode 145 winners and the most successful stable partnership in the past year has been Darren Weir followed by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

Jamie Kah is on fire in Adelaide right now with her winning connection with the Tony Mcevoy stable as well as being an enormously skillful rider. If you watch her during a race you can see this young lady is going places .
Justin Huxtable is a young apprentice in Adelaide showing heaps of promise and I have noticed the last couple of weeks he is beginning to get some quality rides . Definately a jockey too follow.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Group One for Happy Clapper

Happy Clapper and Teofilo -- There could'nt have been a more popular win on the weekend, than when Happy Clapper saluted in the Group 1 Epsom Hcp. Perfectly ridden by Blake Shinn the 7yo Teofilo gelding finally broke his duck after regularly running into the mighty mare, Winx and after fifty years, trainer Pat Webster finally got his long awaited group one.Tom Melbourne got out late and chased hard but the race was really never in doubt. The Galileo stallion, Teofilo is out of a Danehill mare. His 3yo colt Ataraxia was successful in the earlier run Dulcify Quality to make it a double for the breed at Randwick and gave James Cummings and Godolphin a great day out with Azilee given him his first group 1 for the stable. 

2017 Epsom Happy Clapper 

Classic Uniform -- After a frustrating run of seconds the Al Maher gelding led them up, in a jog and kept finding, to score in the Group 2 Hill Stakes, ridden by Michael Walker . Gary Moore, said "he got it easy in front and that probably helped his cause but never the less it was a good victory".
Alizee -- In the group 1 Flight Stakes on Saturday saw victory go to the James Cummings trained and Glyn Schofield ridden well bred filly by Sepoy out of  Exceed and Excel mare, Essaouira . She came from last to beat Champagne Cuddles, once again, the bridesmaid .She is half sister to last years star colt, Astern.
Lope de Vega and Santa Ana Lane -- In the 1400m Group 1 Rupert Clarke we saw a breakneck speed which suited the Tony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane, as jockey Dean Yendal sat back and waited for the last shot at the sitting duck and that duck was Mr Sneaky who shot clear on straightening only to be run over, on the line. The Lope de Vega gelding is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Fast Fleet. The breed have had a red letter week and tend to love sitting off the pace and swooping late . In Adelaide in the 1100m listed Wiley Hcp we saw the unbeaten Desert Lashes get run over late by Lope de Capio who made it 7 wins from 23 starts. The owners of the stallion ceased shuttling to Australia in 2015 because they rated him to valuable commodity. 
Exceed and Excel winning the 2003 Rupert Clarke

Bonneval -- Another group one win for this mare by Makfi, out of the Zabeel mare, Imposingly. It brings  her tally now to six in a row and her Caulfield campaign is well on target. There was heaps of pace on, in the Underwood Stakes which set it up for the back markers and even though Hartnell, come off her back . He was no match for the mare and she looks almost assured of more spring glory. Bonneval's is a dual Oaks winner and was recently voted New Zealand, Horse of the Year, Three-Year-Old of the Year and Stayer of the Year.

Foundry -- The 8 year old gelding by Galileo won the group one Metropolitan Hcp at Randwick. Its been a long wait for the Williams camp but it could well give them another runner in the big ones this spring. 
Galileos most famous son Frankel 


Perast -- The Snitzel colt is now got the Caulfield Guineas on his radar, after a good win in the prelude. He came off the back of summer Passage, the other snitzel colt to grab victory with unbeaten Royal Symphony chasing back in fourth. Trainer Paul Perry believes the extra 200m of the Guineas should be no worries.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

High Command

   Not quite the quality weekend compared to last week but still some good gallopers at Caulfield and Rosehill with only, the one,Group 1 event. The Golden Rose in Sydney being staged. It was won by a Snitzel colt to get the breed off to a strong start in the new season. Just this week the Snitzel stallion Spill The Beans has been shuttled to the UK. The first of the dynasty to head to the Northern Hemisphere. There were some surprisers from up and comers on the weekend like Bons Away and the stayers, Harlem and Ace High but I was really impressed by the courage of the Commands colt, Bandipur . It was a gutsy win, the old Danehill stallion with the Eight Carat female side, still has some quality in his final crops. 

  • Leather'n'Lace -- The Street Cry mare is really putting it together with another runaway victory at Caulfield on Saturday in the Pinchapoo Stakes. The Darren Weir trained and ridden at all his starts by Damian Lane now has three wins of 4 starts. Victoria's premier trainer has penciled in the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes 1600m at Flemington as the filly's next start on October 7.
                                                  Leather'n'Lace Caulfield Win Here

  • Commands and Bandipur -- This Godolphin runner by Commands continues to get the job done for the stable and in the Foundation Plate on Saturday was caught wide but Damian Lane or frosty as he his known, didnt panic and kept the colt balanced, until straightening when he let him go. It was a hard fought victory but this guy is a winner and is now looking to add the Group 3 Blue Sapphire at Caulfield to his Lightning Stakes Morphetville victory back in July to his tally, in a fortnight. At Rosehill on Saturday we saw the Gerald Ryan, trained, Washington Heights prove his last win was no fluke, with a convincing win in the Shannon Stakes and is now heading for the Epsom Hcp. In the 1500m event he was ridden well back in the field by Kerrin Mcevoy but came with a strong run to finish over the top of them.

 Bandipur winning the Group 1 Lightening in July. 

  • Bons Away -- In the Testa Rossa Stakes, it was thought Brave Smash would continue on his winning way but a talented Bon Hoffa gelding ridden by Linda Meech put a spoke in the works with a big finish down the outside under strong riding. The favorite did cop a solid bump on turning so there was excuses but you cant take anything away from Bons Away. The Ciaron Maher trained 4yo landed his fifth win from nine starts on Saturday.He had recorded consecutive victories at Sale, Mildura and Seymour and managing part owner Ken King, who bred the gelding, said the road trips were all about for Bons Away’s maturity.“He had a few issues as a two and 3yo and he missed a fair bit of racing at that stage,” King said.“Ciaron just wanted to build his confidence and get him through the grades."

  • Harlem -- On Saturday, Harlem repaid only a fraction of his purchase price by winning the $150,000 MRC Foundation Cup at Caulfield. He cost $890.000 at the Newmarket sale in England last year. The stayer is guaranteed a start in the $3 million Caulfield Cup and after a penalty is in with just 51.5 kilograms. The David Hayes believes that Harlem, who has just 51 kilograms in the Melbourne Cup, will be better suited at 3200 metres as the horse has all of the staying potential required to win Australia's most important handicap. His most important weapon is his turn of foot that surprised most at Caulfield on Saturday. Harlem is by the Danehill stallion Champs Elysees.

  • Canford Cliffs -- Cliffs Edge is a 3yo colt ridden on Saturday by John Allen for Darren Weir. He is out of the Snaadee mare Simulation which is the Danzig line. Winning the 3yo hcp over 1600m now gives him 3 wins from 6 starts. I wanted to highlight the breed because they have been getting plenty of quality winners lately. 

  • High Chaparall and Ace High --In the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes, the High Chaparral colt led them up and never looked like getting caught in front. Ridden by Tye Angland over the 1800m distance which was a perfect trip after a previous start at 1600m. He may have only won 2 of ten but there is plenty of talent with him.He is out of the Redoutes Choice mare Come Sunday. 

  •  Trapeze Artist -- The win in the Golden Rose Group 1 at Rosehill on Saturday by Trapeze Artist put enormous value on the Snitzel colt and also earned him a trip to Melbourne, for the Caulfield Guineas. He was ridden by Tye Angland who gave the colt a good run off the hot speed to race away with the race halfway down the straight. Now the winner of three races and close to a million dollars in prizemoney. The Gerald Ryan trained colt is out of the dam Treppes who is by Domesday . 

The Black Opal winner salutes in the Golden Rose Saturday 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Letter Racing Day

    The weekends racing promised so much and delivered more, with brilliant three year olds, Catchy and Royal Symphony confirming their talent. While the old brigade Almandin,Winx,Hartnell all performed true to form. There were also a couple of  eye opening runs for the future , Redzel and Humidor. What an epic Spring Carnival we are in for, this year.

Royal Symphony -- The Domesday colt now heads to the Caulfield Guineas as favorite, after saturdays, stunning victory in the Pin and Win Stakes. Jockey, Dwayne Dunn looked to be in a lot of trouble at the tail of the field and with no where to go but somehow, wound his way through the middle of them and with a scintillating finish got the job done, right on the line.

 Royal Symphony winning the Pin and Win Stakes

Almandin -- Last years Melbourne Cup winner was ridden by Damien Oliver in the Japan Racing Association Plate, over 2500m. He carried 61kg and after Damien gained a rails run in the straight, he left his rivals in his wake. It was enough to send him to the top of the betting for this years cup. Damien has now had three rides on him for three wins.

Catchy --  What a gem of a finish by the Fatnet Rock filly in the Danehill Stakes. The race named after her grand sire. The champion two year old filly has come back better than ever as a three year old and trainers Hayes nd Dabernik are looking at taking on the colts, in the Caulfield Guineas. The three year olds this year, look exceptional. The unbeaten Fastnet Rock filly, Shoals and colt, Merchant Navy are putting the quality of the breed to the fore front.

Redkirk Warrior -- A convincing win by Redkirk Warrior down the straight at Flemington. David Hayes has always had a high opinion of the seven year old gelding but said "he won way better than I thought he would on Saturday ".  When speaking to yesterday said, "he had secured a spot in the Everest with Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior.  Redkirk Warrior will trial the Sydney way of going at Lindsay Park until then and go to Sydney on the week of the Everest.We will keep him fresh until the big race. We raced him Saturday mainly to secure the spot."

Humidor -- The wayward Humidor is finally straightening out and the promising 5 year old by Teofilo could well be the X factor this spring . Since winning the Australia Cup earlier this year he has been showing a lot of maturity and Saturday in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes saw a highly polished professional racehorse give Hartnell wind burn and jump to Caulfield Cup favouritism.

Humidor Australian Cup 2017 

Redzel -- In the group 2 Shorts at Randwick we saw the Snitzel gelding continue his winning form by setting a track record against English and other Everest contenders including the mighty Chautauqua who motored home over the last 100 metres of the event, in an eye catching return. The Snowden trained Redzel already had secured a slot n the big race but after today looks like the one to beat.

Winx -- The amazing mare added another group 1 to her tally in the George Main Stakes on Saturday.At the 800m she looked to be in a bit of trouble but once she ignited the after burners, the doubts disappeared. Within a few strides she seems to put a race away and that was the case at Randwick. There is something special about the mare where on the post she seems to do it so easily.

Winx George Main Stakes 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sebring Revolution

   The weekends racing saw the very best in Australasian thoroughbreds return to racing and one young sprinter i have a good respect for is Russian Revolution. The son of Snitzel has an awesome consistent record and a huge desire to win. While we also saw the return of  the talented females like Bonneval and Egg Tart making super returns.

Russian Revolution  -- The Snowden trained Russian Revolution is almost assured a position in The Everest with a convincing win in the Mcewan Stakes on Saturday at Moonee Valley. After sitting on the speed he exploded clear on straightening, to defeat Heatherly. The 4 year old son of Snitzel has come back better than ever.

Russian Revolution winning his first group 1 in the Galaxy 

Shoals -- The talented three year old filly Shoals maintained her unbeaten record in the listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes. The Hayes Dabernick trained, Mark Zahra ridden, Fastnet Rock filly sat outside the leader, Blondie until turning where she applied the pressure to pull away on the line for a good win. It was a good performance by both fillies with Shoals now heading to the Thousand Guineas where she is second favorite. While the Reward For Effort filly Blondie is still on the up and bound to find a good race.

Bonneval -- An impressive win in the Dato Tan Stakes by Bonneval on Saturday.The race qualifies her for a start in the Cox Plate but hearing what her trainer Murray Baker said yesterday "she would only go there if  Winx dropped out, we will be targeting the Caulfield Cup" were his words. Winners of this race that went on to win the Cox Plate were Sunline,Northerly, Better Loosen Up and Fields of Omagh.
Bonneval winning the Group 2 Dato Tan Stakes

Sebring -- The star filly Egg Tart returned on Saturday and although she was runner up in the Theo Marks Stakes, breaking her picket fence. Im sure the spring is going to bring plenty of riches to this daughter of Sebring. There were two other victories for the breed, earlier in the day at Rosehill. One being in the Kari Stan Fox Stakes with Gold Standard getting the money and in the opening event, bm76 saw a great Blake Shinn, front running ride, get Positive Problems, home first. Sebring, the More Than Ready stallion and winner of the 2008 Golden Slipper and sire of Criterion. His son now stands at Newgate Farm in New Zealand. Criterion is the highest Stakes earner to ever stand at stud in Australasia , the winner of  $7,280,000.

Deploy -- This gelded son of Fastnet Rock is flying right now and with Josh Parr riding, hit the ground running when they jumped in the 1300m Theo Marks Stakes and never looked like being headed even though Egg Tart ran on well. There is more wins in store for him this spring.

Ravi -- The Redoutes Choice five year old daughter has always showed talent even as a two year old and in the Sheraco Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on saturday with Kerrin Mcevoy riding. She sat just off the speed until turning then shot clear, to win easily. 

Menari -- In the Run For The Roses, the son of Snitzel was given a peach of a ride by Josh Parr. He had him positioned just behind the leaders and on turning let him go, to out pace Pariah who tried hard without ever looking like beating him. 

Silent Command -- In the Listed Morphetville Guineas over 1600m on Saturday Silent Command became the third stakes winner from the Danehill stallion, Commands final crop,this year. Bandipur was successful in the Lightning Stakes in May while Melody Belle won the Group 1 Sires earlier in the year. Commands past on, in 2014, but has left a lasting dynasty with his broodmares producing  many top line gallopers.