Imported galloper December Draw (Medecis – New York, Danzero) will start as the favourite for Sunday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
December Draw is a warm favourite for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). The Mark Kavanagh-trained gelding has drawn barrier eight in the 14-strong field for the $500,000 feature.
The Lloyd Williams-owned Macedon Lodge operation has accepted to start three runners in the Turnbull Stakes.
Williams will run the 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (Zabeel – Refused The Dance) in the race as well as At First Sight (Galileo – Healing Music, Bering) and Linton (Galileo – Our Heather, by Centaine).
Group 1 AJC Australian Derby winner Shamrocker (O’Reilly – Bohemian Blues, by Blues Traveller) will be out to produce an improved performance after her disappointing effort in the Group I Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 17.
Click here for the full fields for Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes and the support card for the Flemington meeting.
The Goffs Orby Yearling Sale concluded on Thursday with a daughter of Acclamation from Rathbarry Stud (Lot 625) took top billing at today‚Äôs Orby part 2 sale when selling to Paddy Twomey for ‚Ç¨53,000. The filly is a half sister to Stakes winner Ceremonial Jade .
Commenting at the conclusion of the three day Orby Sale Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said,¬†‚ÄúSteady without being spectacular‚Äù is probably the most apt phrase to describe the last three days trade although so many buyers have also commented ‚Äúthe good ones are as hard as ever to buy‚Äù.
“Our global work to promote the catalogue is clear evidence that Goffs is, indeed, the gateway to the world for Irish horses and it is heartening that more and more breeders heed our call for the best each year. That so many British trainers converged on Goffs also demonstrates the quality of the catalogue and the enduring appeal of the Irish horse together with recognition of the value and customer service for which we are renowned.”
“To some a top price of ‚Ç¨350,000 may seem a disappointment after a high of ‚Ç¨950,000 last year and it is clear that the average has slipped marginally for that reason but it is noteworthy that the three day median price has risen by 3.4% illustrating the solidity of the market whilst a clearance rate of 79% (up 2 points) is a real triumph in the current climate.”
“The middle market between ‚Ç¨50,000 and ‚Ç¨200,000 was generally accepted to be the most competitive and that is borne out by the increased number surpassing the ‚Ç¨150,000 barrier (25 as opposed to 20 last year). Indeed to trade over ‚Ç¨22¬Ω million of horses against the backdrop of the headlines we have all endured in the eurozone countries in recent months is a definite positive and we continue to defy the gloom and doom that seems to dominate so much of our lives at the moment. It is probably also noteworthy that we catalogued more fillies than last year and a greater number of yearlings following a huge demand for places.”
So You Think (High Chaparral – Triassic, by Tights) heads a field of 16 for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, with three expected supplementary entries being made.
Owner Bjorn Nielsen have decided to run his English St Leger winner Masked Marvel (Montjeu) at a cost of ‚Ç¨100,000 after his trainer John Gosden scratched King George winner Nathaniel from the race on Wednesday.
Seven-time Arc winner Andre Fabre will be respresented by Meandre, the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris, while the third addition to the field is the Peter Schiergen-trained Danedream, who bids to become the first winner from Germany since Star Appeal in 1975.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien will also saddle Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach alongside St Nicholas Abbey and So You Think as he goes in search of a second victory in the race following Dylan Thomas in 2007.
The home defence will be headed by the Aga Khan’s Sarafina, winner of the Prix Foy. Her stablemate Reliable Man also features among the 16, although trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre has warned that he will monitor the ground before making a final decision on Sunday about the Prix Niel winner’s participation.
Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova also takes her chance and will bid to give Freddy Head a first success in the Arc as a trainer, having won it a record-equalling four times as a jockey.
The barrier draw takes place in Paris on Friday morning.
The beautifully bred Tumble Turn (3 f Redoute’s Choice – Freestyle) confirmed the high opinion of trainer Paul messara with an impressive victory in the $27,000 SGE Credit Union Handicap (1200m) for 3yo fillies at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Tumble Turn came into the race off the back of a last start 7th of 8 in the listed Heritage Stakes to Karuta Queen, but she relished tthe easier class ¬†yesterday to score by two and a half lengths.
‚ÄúWe thought she could take the next step last time, Paul sort of threw her in the deep end a bit and she struck a bit of interference, probably should have finished fourth or fifth, beaten five lengths by Karuta Queen, instead of 7.8; that stood up well today and she does have ability,‚Äù Messara’s representative Barry Whintel, explained.
‚ÄúShe is only lightly framed so she will be better in the autumn.¬†She did a good job here, she had to make up ground on a track that it is not easy to do.‚Äù
Out of the Group winning mare Freestyle, Tumble Turn is owned by her breeders, Arrowfield Pastoral Syndicate (Mgr: J M Messara), Planette Thoroughbred Trading Syndicate (Mgr: J Leaver) and Belford Productions Syndicate (Mgr: A Jones).
Darley shuttle sire New Approach (Galileo) was in demand on the second day of the Goffs Orby Yearling sale in Ireland on Wednesday when Shadwell securing a New Approach filly for ‚Ç¨350,000.
The filly is¬†a half-sister to recents Group 3 Desmond Stakes winner Future Generation (Hurricane Run). Charlie Gordon-Watson was the underbidder, shaking his head at ‚Ç¨350,000. She was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment and is from the family of Cassandra Go.
Shadwell paid¬†‚Ç¨340,000.¬†for a¬†Arch filly, a sister to US Grade 1 winner Prince Arch, and a half-brother to the National Stakes (G1) winner Kingsfort. Brian Meehan, taking instructions on the phone and standing with Hugo Merry, was the underbidder, putting in a very late bid at ‚Ç¨320,000. Gold immediately responded with a bid of ‚Ç¨340,000. She was sold by Airlie Stud.
The sale continues.
Glamour Sydney mare More Joyous (More Than Ready – Sunday Joy, by Sunday Silence) will need to overcome last season’s champion two-year-old Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) if she is to give her sire his first stakes win of the season in Friday’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Vinery resident More Than Ready (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) has sired the winners of 26 races this season but stakes success has eluded him so far.
Sepoy and More Joyous are the favoured runners in an eight-horse field. Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) gelding Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) will provide another opportunity for a Vinery sire to win the $500,000 race.
Kulgrinda (Exceed And Excel – River Crossing, by Bellotto) will give Darley sires their second shot at claiming the Manikato Stakes.
Former Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero (Danzero – Have Love, by Canny Lad) will represent the new Rosemont Stud stallion Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star).
Manikato Stakes (1200m) – Group 1 – Of $500,000
||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)
||More Than Ready
||Ms Michelle Payne
||Peter G Moody
||Exceed And Excel
Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill – Shantha’s Choice, by Canny Lad) has genuine winning chances in three of the four Group 1 race on Randwick’s big Epsom Handicap card.
Redoute’s Choice has made a lightning start to the 2011-12 season. The stallion has produced 47 winners of 53 races in the first two months of the new term, including four Group 2 victors and a winner at Group 3 level.
Rekindled Alliance (Redoute’s Choice – Rekindled Affair, by Rainbow Quest) and Godspeed (Redoute’s Choice – Regrowth, by Unbridled’s Song) will represent the sire in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m). King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl, by Nureyev) is the Arrowfield resident’s main hope in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
The David Payne-trained Florentina (Redoute’s Choice – Celebria, by Peintre Celebre) will attempt to provide the stallion a win in the Group 1 Flight Stakes.
Redoute’s Choice does not have a representative in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) but the Starcraft (Soviet Star – Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) mare Crafty Irna (Starcraft – Zirna, by Deputy Governor) will represent Arrowfield Stud sires in the $400,000 event.
Click here for the fields for all four Group 1 races at Saturday’s Randwick meeting.
Young stallion Churchill Downs has started the new season with a bang and he added another winner to his tally at Kembla Grange on Tuesday when Battles (3 g Churchill Downs – Java Siang, by Desert Sun) won the $16,000 Strongbow Clear Cider Maiden (1200m) on debut
Battles defeated Millenium Raider (Dubawi) a neck in a tight finish and showed plenty of character to score.
Trained by Robert Price at Nowra, Battles cost $70,000 as a yearling at the Melbourne Premier Sale where Price purchased him from the Eliza Park draft.
Following yesterday’s success Churchill Downs has joined Ad Valorem (USA) as the leading second-crop sire Australia wide by winners, both having six winners of seven races with Churchill Downs the best strike-rate, his total achieved from 15 runners compared to Ad Valorem’s 19.
Churchill Downs (Danehill – Silken Whisper, by Diesis) stands at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, and is advertised at $8,800 (inc GST) in 2011
A colt by Montjeu topped the opening session of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale on Tuesday when sold for¬†‚Ç¨300,000¬†to Sir Robert Ogden.¬†The colt is out of the stakes winner Mayano Sophia (Rock Of Gibraltar), a daughter of the 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon.
“We have been here three days looking at horses,” Ogden’s racing manager Barry Simpson told the Racing Post, “and this was the nicest Montjeu that we have seen. He is an attractive colt with a solid pedigree. Sir Robert was giving instructions over the telephone.”
Trainer Paul Cole purchased a filly by Verglas for ‚Ç¨210,000, a half-sister to the former dual champion Pipalong (Pips Pride).
“She’s been bought for Prince Faisal Salman. She is a very nice filly, from a great family,” said the trainer’s son Oliver. “Shehas everything you want to see, a real balanced type, and has been bought as a prospective broodmare for the stud.
“She looks as though she should be an early type – a real one for the Queen Mary,” he added. “She will eventually become a broodmare for the Prince’s Denford Stud.”
Dubai is set to host its first Group 1 races outside the Dubai World Cup card at the 2012 carnival, which will now feature seven Group 1 events in total.
The third round of the Maktoum Challenge and the Jebel Hatta, both held on the Super Saturday trials card at Meydan on Saturday March 10, have been upgraded to Group 1 level for 2012.¬†In addition, the Al Quoz Sprint, the 1000m turf race on the World Cup card, has also been upgraded to the top level so the richest night’s racing in the world now features five Group 1 events.
In total, there will be 26 Group races throughout the 2011-12 UAE season, nine Group 2 and ten Group 3, as well as eight Listed contests.
“This is another significant step in the development of the sport of horseracing in the UAE,” said Malih Al Basti, chairman of the steering committee for the Emirates Racing Authority.