Zaidan (4 g Street Cry – Element Of Truth, by Atticus) hung on from the fast-finishing Sweet Orange (War Front) to land Sunday’s HKGr 1 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin for trainer John Moore, who also saddled the third home, Dominant (Cacique).
Olivier Doleuze held Zaidan off the pace through the early stages after pulling out for a clear run turning in, drove the four-year-old to what appeared to be a commanding lead with 300m remaining.
With the line fast approaching Sweet Orange, winner of last month‚Äôs HK G1 Mercedes-Benz HK Classic Mile flashed home down the centre of the track to get to within a nose at the line with Dominant finishing third.
Zaidan wins the Classic Cup
‚ÄúZaidan‚Äôs a different horse since we gelded him,‚Äù commented Moore. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs more genuine and today we got a good run in behind with very little incident along the way.”
“He kicked hard and the only thing the jockey said was that when he hit the front, he pricked his ears and half wanted to pull up, so Olivier will have to be careful of that when he rides him in the Derby, which I think he will do.‚Äù
‚ÄúJohn said to put a few horses in front of him,‚Äù the French jockey said, ‚Äúso I had him between 5th and 7th. He travelled nicely through the race and when I saw the horse in front was stopping, I pulled him out and asked him and he gave me very good acceleration. It was a good win.‚Äù
Darley announced its Northern Hemisphere fees on Friday with Lonhro (Octagonal) set to stand for $US30,000 at Jonabell Farm in 2012. In England, Exceed And Excel (Danehill) will stand for¬†¬£22,500, Dubawi at¬†¬£75,000 and Shamardal at¬†‚Ç¨50,000
The Kentucky roster will be led by Bernardini ($150,000) and Street Cry ($150,000), both of whom stand in Australia this season.¬†Charlie Boden, Darley’s Head of Sales said, “2012 is going to be an exciting year. Bernardini is a young horse we are so proud of and he is proving to be truly world-class. Our other top stallions Elusive Quality, Medaglia d’Oro and Street Cry will be joined by Australia’s reigning Champion sire, Lonhro who has been so well received since we announced him just last month.”
“We can’t wait to show him to breeders in January. Of our four freshmen who have started so well, Hard Spun deserves special mention. He’s leading the table by Stakes winners and we look forward to all of their three-year-olds in 2012.‚Äù
Sam Bullard, Darley‚Äôs director of stallions in Europe said, ‚ÄúWe have a wonderful line up of stallions and their achievements this year have been outstanding. Our elite stallions Dubawi, Shamardal and Cape Cross continue to sire G1 winners each and every year.
European-based Darley stallion Kheleyf (Green Desert – Society Lady, by Mr Prospector) earned his first Australian winner when Praise Be (Kheleyf – Grateful Thanks, by Bering) won the Richmond Club Handicap (2000m) at Hawkesbury.
Praise Be started his career in Ireland before clients of the Chris Waller stable purchased the mare to race in Australia. The four-year-old recorded a comfortable 2-1/2 length win to record her first win from seven starts for the Rosehill stable.
Kheleyf won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes (7f) in the UK in 2004. The stallion has produced stakes winners in France, Britain, Ireland, Italy and the US.
The local Darley sires produced four winners of their own on a profitable day. Elusive Quality (Gone West – Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) sired the first winner for dual Group 1 winner Fashions Afield (Redoute’s Choice – Attire, by Wild Again) when Turn On Sixpence (Elusive Quality – Fashions Afield, by Redoute’s Choice) won the Aruze Gaming Maiden (1000m) at Hawkesbury.
Darley veteran Canny Lad (Bletchingly – Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) got on the board when Ever The Same (Canny Lad – Jamil, by Giant’s Causeway) won the Aristocrat Maiden (1300m). Bound To Blush (Strategic – Run For Roses, by Danehill) claimed the Hawkesbury Living Handicap (1200m) while Taxee (Street Cry – Helaura Miss, by Helissio) completed Darley’s winning day in the Harris Scarfe Maiden (1200m) at Ballarat.
Arrowfield reported yesterday that Champion 2yo & Champion 3yo Miss Finland (Redoute‚Äôs Choice ‚Äì Forest Pearl) foaled a bay filly by Street Cry (Ire) at Arrowfield Stud on Monday morning.
Delivered by the Stud’s veterinarian, Dr Wendy Perriam, who described the filly ‚Äúa big foal with a good body and bone, and an attractive head, the filly has a white blaze and a white sock on her near hind leg.‚Äù
Now eight, Miss Finland won 11 races and earned $4.6 million, including the STC Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, VRC Australian Guineas, MRC One Thousand Guineas and STC Storm Queen Stakes.
Her first foal, a 2YO filly by Hussonet (USA), has been retained by her breeders John Messara, John Leaver and Alan Jones, and is currently in training with Paul Messara. Her second foal is a yearling colt, also by Hussonet.
An Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) double has underpinned a quartet of successes for Darley sires on Friday.
Exceed And Excel produced winners at the Geelong Synthetic and Ipswich meetings. The Liam Birchley-trained Liesele (Exceed And Excel – Love’s Here, by Dehere) won the Optus Handicap (1015m) at Ipswich before Exceed And Excite (Exceed And Excel – Ladidi, by Palace Music)¬†posted a comfortable win in the Geelong Hospital Appeal Handicap (1000m) at Geelong.
Darley sires produced a double at the Taree fixture in NSW. Streets Apart (Street Cry – Rickenbacker, by Voodoo Rhythm) won the Killy & Floral Dynamite Handicap (1606m) before Now Who’s Cautious claimed the Super Jet Handicap (1250m).
Exceed And Excel’s dual success to his season’s tally to 16 while Street Cry has produced 14 winners. Canny Lad’s win on Friday brought up the veteran sire’s 10th win for the season.
Meanwhile, Coolmore’s former shuttle stallion Catcher In The Rye (Danehill – Truly A Dream, by Darshaan) produced a double at the Ipswich and Taree meetings.
Catch As Catch Can (Catcher In The Rye – Casella, by Sri Pekan) won the Simplot Handicap (1000m) at Taree before Tizzy Lizzy (Catcher In The Rye – Bella Odessa, by Brocco) took out the XXXX Handicap (1690m) at Ipswich.
Darley shuttle stallion Street Cry (Machiavellian) has a new stakes winner and future classic contender after Godolphin’s Lyric Of Light (2 f Street Cry – Suez, by Green Desert ) charged home in the straight to win Friday’s Group 2 May Hill Stakes over a mile at Doncaster in England.
Lyric Of Light was racing for only the second time but she ran on strongly under Frankie Dettori and defeated Fallen For You (Dansili) a neck with Samitar (Rock Of Gibraltar) back in third.
Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni said, “She’s a nice filly and we’re lucky with the fillies we’ve got this year. The plan will be to go to France for Group 1 races.¬†The more they run the more they learn. It’s too early to decide if she’s a Guineas filly, but she’s improved and we’ll see her next race then we can decide.”
Dettori was full of praise for Lyric Of Light. “She’s only run the once and there was a big crowd here today. When I went for her she went right and I tried to steer her as much as I could without interfering with the second.
“She’s got a lot of class and won with her ears pricked. Mahmood’s liked her and this was a big jump from her maiden, but the signs are she’s good filly.”
Vinery resident Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) continued his strong start to September after Class Of Gold (Mossman – Coed, by Honor Grades) provided half of a double for the stud on Friday.
Class Of Gold started Vinery’s double with her win in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1350m) at Ipswich. Ready As Elle (More Than Ready – Maxerelle, by Strategic) completed Vinery’s successful day with her win in the Viatek Maiden Plate (1000m) on the Geelong Synthetic track.
The winning double for Mossman and More Than Read (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) continued Vinery’s good results in the first month of September.
The international operation’s sires have produced 14 winners in the first nine days of the month. Mossman’s progeny has provided six of Vinery’s successes while More Than Ready has supplied three winners to date this month.
Meanwhile, Darley sires earned yet another double after Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) and Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy) both produced winners.
The Anthony Freedman-trained Spatha (Lonhro – Swishes, by Danehill) won the Chifley On The Esplanade Handicap (1100m) before Karanja (Street Cry – Gudkarma, by Kampala) took out the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) at Ipswich.
Consistent weight-for-age performer Whobegotyou (Street Cry – Temple Of Peace, by Carnegie) will face nine rivals in his bid for his third consecutive win in Saturday’s Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Whobegotyou won the Group II P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 13. The effort prompted odds-makers to make the Mark Kavanagh-trained gelding a long odds-on favourite for Saturday’s $300,000 feature.
The Jim Conlan-trained Rekindled Interest (Redoute’s Choice – Rekindled Affair, by Rainbow Quest) looms as Whobegotyou’s main opposition in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent will produce the US-bred stallion Unusual Suspect (Unusual Heat – Penpont, by Crested Wave) for the first time at Moonee Valley. Unusual Suspect will become the first progeny of the Californian sire Unusual Heat (Nureyev – Rossard, by Glacial) to race in Australia.
Below is the field for the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.
||Unusual Suspect (USA)
The Darley operation made its mark on Sunday’s Geelong Synthetic meeting after its stallions sired the winners of three of the first four races on the program.
Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy) four-year-old Cry In Awe (Street Cry – Irish Blessing, by Suave Dancer) started the day perfectly for Darley when the Robbie Griffiths-trained stallion won the Centrebet Best Price Maiden Plate (2000m).
Veteran sire Strategic (Zeditave – Sudden Impulse, by Luskin Star) was a winning sire at Geelong after Platelet (Strategic – Bloodline, by Dracula) the Centrebet Name Her To Win Maiden (1000m).
Riverbank (Elusive Quality – Violet Lane, by Danzero) finished Darley’s Geelong treble when the gelding took out the Centrebet Superbest Maiden Plate (1300m).
Yasir (Exceed And Excel – Bayyaan, by Dixieland Band) became the fourth winner of the day for Darley sires when the three-year-old claimed the Xmas Lights Maiden Plate (1200m) at Launceston.
Meanwhile, retired Coolmore champion Royal Academy (Nijinsky II – Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) continued to contribute to the success of the stud with a Sunday double.
Royal Society (Royal Academy – Kianben, by Jan Murray) started Royal Academy’s successful day with a win in the Rabobank Handicap (1000m) at Warren before Royal Capishe (Royal Capishe – Supersoft, by Snippets) claimed the Good Paddock Maiden (1000m) at Carnarvon.
The dual success took Royal Academy’s trans-Tasman win tally for the season to six.
Darley sire Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) continued to churn out the winners with a double for the second time in three days on Friday.
Commands produced a double at Wednesday’s Randwick Kensington meeting. The prolific stallion’s winning Friday began when Kukri (Commands – Zacheline, by Zabeel) claimed the Power Of Destiny Maiden Handicap (1300m) at Goulburn.
The Brian Guy-trained Oak Street (Commands – Restless Dream, by Rory’s Jester) completed Commands’s double with his win in the Northern City Finance Handicap (1200m).
Elusive Quality (Gone West – Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) provided able support to Commands when the Peter Snowden-trained Caline (Elusive Quality – Daanet Al Dunya, by Rahy) cruised to victory in the Centrebet Geelong Cup Packages Maiden (1300m) on the Geelong Synthetic track.
Caline presented Elusive Quality with his ninth two-year-old win of the season with a comfortable 1-1/4 length win. The winning margin could have been far greater if jockey James Winks asked Caline for a full effort.
Darley sires struck again at the Geelong Synthetic meeting when The Anchorman (Street Cry – Centrestream, by Centaine) scored a narrow win in the Geelong Advertiser Maiden Plate (1300m).
The Anchorman’s win gave Darley sires four winners in a day for the third day in a row. Darley stallions have produced more than 600 individual winners of more than 1000 races, securing more than $35 million prizemoney in an outstanding 2010/11 season.