14 accept for Cox Stakes at Ascot

A field of 14 has accepted for the major lead-up to the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m), Saturday’s Group 2 C B Cox Stakes (Gr 2, 2200m) at Ascot.

The Patinack Farm-owned Saint Encosta (Encosta De Lago – St Katherine, by Barathea) is the sole eastern states representative in the Cox Stakes. The five-year-old earned the right to press on to the Perth Cup with his eye-catching second in the Listed J R A Trophy at Ascot on December 3.

The J R A Trophy winner Veracious (Systematic – Royal Lace, by Serheed) is not among the Cox Stakes acceptors but Saint Encosta will clash again with the fourth placegetter Double Barrel (Musketeer – Irwind, by Haulpak).

Below is the field for the Group 2 C B Cox Stakes at Ascot.

NO. RUNNER TRAINER JOCKEY SIRE
1 Lords Ransom Grant Williams   Jeune
2 God Has Spoken Neville Parnham Steven Parnham Blackfriars
3 Ranger Grant Williams William Pike Testa Rossa
4 Battle Emblem Grant Williams Kyra Yuill Second Empire
5 Mega Steel Bruce McClune Jarrad Noske Helenus
6 Kincaple Mark Reed Dwayne Dunn Pentire
7 Double Barrel Adam Durrant   Musketeer
8 Insurgency Garry Delane Daniel Staeck Street Cry
9 Saint Encosta John Thompson Jason Brown Encosta De Lago
10 Big Ted Ivan Haggerty   Marooned
11 Ringmeister Lindsey Smith Paul Harvey Arena
12 Whipsaw Dean White Shaun O’Donnell Hold That Tiger
13 Tranquility Grant Williams Jason Whiting Redoute’s Choice
14 Malaika Donna Baillie Troy Turner Fighting Falcon

15 accept for Kingston Town Classic

A field of 15 has accepted for Saturday’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot, which is the final Group 1 race in Australia for 2011.

Australia and New Zealand have hosted 31 Group 1 races to date this season. Fastnet Rock (Danehill – Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) has produced the winners of four Group 1 race in the first half of the 2011/12 term but does not have a runner in the Kingston Town Classic.

Vinery Stud stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) has the chance to win his second Perth Group 1 race in a fortnight. Ortensia (Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick, by Picnicker) claimed the newly-promoted Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) while Ranger can atone for a luckless Railway Stakes run in the Kingston Town Classic.

Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice – Skating, by At Talaq) scored his first Group 1 win as a sire in controversial fashion when Luckygray (Bradbury’s Luck – Damah Lady, by Mukaddamah) won the Railway Stakes on protest on November 19. Luckygray will have a chance to show his Railway Strakes win was no fluke.

Below is the final field for Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot. Perth Racing will conduct the barrier draw for the weight-for-age race on Wednesday.

NO HORSE WEIGHT TRAINER SIRE
1 HADABECLORKA 59KG BRENT LARSSON Hurricane Sky
2 LORDS RANSOM 59KG GRANT WILLIAMS Jeune
3 WOLFE DREAMS 59KG STEVE WOLFE Sequalo
4 BATTLE EMBLEM 59KG GRANT WILLIAMS Second Empire
5 MEGA STEEL 59KG BRUCE MCCLUNE Helenus
6 RANGER 59KG GRANT WILLIAMS Testa Rossa
7 SPACECRAFT 59KG DAVID HAYES Galileo
8 KINCAPLE 59KG MARK B REED Pentire
9 BIG TED 59KG IVAN HAGGERTY Marooned
10 PLAYING GOD 58.5KG NEVILLE PARNHAM Blackfriars
11 LUCKYGRAY 58.5KG GINO POLETTI Bradbury’s Luck
12 AVIENUS 57KG MARK WEBB Reset
13 TRANQUILITY 57KG GRANT WILLIAMS Redoute’s Choice
14 LADYSEA 56.5KG TONY NOONAN Fusaichi Pegasus
15 KING SAUL 52KG TREVOR ANDREWS Flying Pegasus

2YO Stakes win heads four for Vinery

A quinella for Vinery Stud stallions in the Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) at Doomben has headlined a quartet of success for the Hunter Valley operation.

The Jason McLachlan-trained Absalon (Mossman – Danish Seaway, by Danehill) charged home late to upset the favourite Masihara (More Than Ready – Darsini, by Danehill) by a short half head. Absalon maintained his unbeaten record with his success in the $100,000 feature.

“He’s a really good horse. Not many can step up from a maiden to listed grade at their next run and win,” McLachlan said.

“He is a really good horse and I think he’s got a big future. He should really relish longer distances.”

Absalon’s win was the third for Vinery Stud sires at Doomben. The Reveller (Red Ransom – Leveller, by Redoute’s Choice) took out the Coca-Cola Maiden Plate (1350m) before Ready Steady Vetti (More Than Ready – C’yaontheotherside, by Hermitage) claimed the www.brc.com.au Handicap (1110m).

Vinery’s reliable stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) completed the stud quartet when his son Testate (Testa Rossa – Laura’s World, by King’s Theatre) won the Eckert Earthmoving Handicap (1206m) at Murray Bridge.

38th stakes winner for Testa Rossa

Promising gelding Testa My Patience (Testa Rossa – Entente Cordiale, by Jackson Square) became the 38th individual stakes winner for Vinery Stud resident Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) with his impressive win in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Testa My Patience settled just off the speed before outsprinting his opposition to score his seventh win from 14 starts in the $200,000 feature. The five-year-old’s trainer Mick Price said he would give Testa My Patience a shot at Group 1 level.

“He has to go to Flemington in two weeks’ time,” Price said.

“The Emirates (Stakes) so hopefully not too many good milers appear between now and then. He’s definitely a Group 1 chance there.”

Meanwhile, Waratah’s Secret (Oratorio – Blissfully, by Zabeel) earned the 10th stakes win for Mungrup Stud-based sire Oratorio (Stravinsky – Express A Smile, by Success Express) with a hard-fought success in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

The David Harrison-trained five-year-old had a long head to spare over the consistent Grand Nirvana (Scenic – Paradise Park, by Bletchley Park).

Coolmore Stud’s Oratorio (Danehill – Mahrah, by Vaguely Noble) also produced a winner at Ascot when the promising two-year-old Miss Solis (Oratorio – Longoria, by Lujain) won the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m).

Another sprint stakes win for Mossman

Vinery Stud resident Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) produced his second feature sprint winner in seven days when Love Conquers All (Mossman – She’s A Meanie, by Prince Salieri) won the Group 2 The Shorts (1200m) at Rosehill.

Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) made a winning return to Melbourne in last Saturday’s Group 3 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley before Love Conquers All’s Sydney success.

Love Conquers All won the Group 2 The Shorts at Rosehill for Vinery Stud sire Mossman

Love Conquers All won the Group 2 The Shorts at Rosehill for Vinery Stud sire Mossman

Jim Cassidy rode the Nick Moraitis-owned sprinter to his seventh win from 19 starts with The Shorts becoming the stallion’s fourth stakes victory for the Hawkes Racing operation.

“I told Jimmy to ride his own race – just keep him balanced. He got in a bit of a bumping duel but to the horse’s credit he found and that’s all you can ask for.

“He’s the kind of horse who often hits a little flat spot and then he keeps coming.

“He’s an older horse now and he’s still a bull. He’ll get a bit further now and hopefully he pulls up well and we can go forward.”

Love Conquers All’s success provided the highlight to a five-win day for Vinery Stud. The reliable sire Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) produced a treble that included the Peter Moody-trained mare Panipique (Testa Rossa – Our Quivira, by Spinning World) in the BMW Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.

Testa Rossa has sired five of Moody’s 27 winners for the season.

Bel Danoro breakthrough heads Vinery quartet

Bel Danoro’s (Danehill – Bislotto, by Bellotto) first winner for the season provided the highlight of Vinery Stud’s terrific start to the week with four successes on a busy Monday for the Hunter Valley operation.

The Neville Layt-trained Bel Edition (Bel Danoro – Youthful Edition, by Youthful Legs) scored a narrow but promising debut win in the Jacob Park Thoroughbreds Maiden Plate (900m) at Queanbeyan.

Dubleo (Southern Halo – Secret Red, by Secretariat) made it on to the winner’s list at Muswellbrook after the Luke Griffith-trained Double Halo (Dubleo – Diamond Girl, by Luskin Star) claimed the Arrowfield Stud Handicap (1500m). Double Halo’s win was the fourth this season for Dubleo.

Stirring Emotion (Excites – Red Fever, by Red Tonto) scored her third win from eight starts after the three-year-old filly prevailed in a tight finish to the Sportofkings.com.au Country Plate (1280m) at Muswellbrook.

Stirring Emotion denied Dubleo a winning double after holding off Machiavelli (Dubleo – Milzeka, by Geiger Counter) completed a Vinery Stud quinella in the $10,000 race.

Testa Rossa

Testa Rossa

The ever-reliable Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) completed Vinery’s quartet of wins when the Darren Weir-trained three-year-old Most Husbands (Testa Rossa – No Say, by Celestial Dancer) won the TS Sand & Bobcat Maiden Plate (1200m) at Swan Hill.

Most Husbands’s win was Testa Rossa’s 13th, from 12 individual winners, in the first four weeks of the season.

Breeders Cup challenge for Ortensia?

Australian sprint star is a chance to head to the US for the prestigious Breeders’ Cup meeting in November once she completes her UK engagements in Saturday’s Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup (6f).

Ortensia’s last start victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes made England the third country in which the daughter of Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) has scored a Group 1 win after she prevailed in the Winterbottom Stakes in her home country as well as the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.

Ortensia’s trainer Paul Messara said he would assess Ortensia’s condition before deciding on a trip to the US to run in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Ortensia’s Nunthorpe Stakes success guaranteed her a run in the $US1 million event as it formed part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Schedule. The Breeders’ Cup organisers would cover her connections’ entry fees for the race as well as providing a travel allowance for Ortensia’s transportation to California.

“This will be her last run in Europe, she won’t run again over here,” Messara said.

“There is a possibility that we will give some consideration to the Breeders’ Cup race. But we’ll just have to see how she comes out of this race first.”

Double for Coolmore Stud stalwart

Veteran stallion Spinning World (Nureyev – Imperfect Circle, by Riverman) led the charge for Coolmore Stud with a double on Friday.

The 19-year-old sire produced winners in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Spinning Apple (Spinning World – Apprehensive, by Yeats) won the Indervon Caltex Handicap (1100m) at Pioneer Park while He’s No Mendican (Spinning World – Inclination, by Pauillac) posted a comfortable win in the Cloudnine Racing Maiden (1400m) at Bathurst.

Spinning World’s double took his season’s win tally to five. Spinning World is permanently based in Australia and will stand for $6600 during the upcoming breeding season.

Another Coolmore stallion, Oratorio (Danehill – Mahrah, by Vaguely Noble), continued his strong week with his fourth winner of the past six days when Sacred Music won the Cummins ADR80-03 Engines Maiden (1400m) at Pioneer Park.

Meanwhile, Australian-based sires Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) and Snippetson (Snippets – Snowdrift, by Polish Precedent) enjoyed success across the Tasman Sea with a winner each at Friday’s Oamaru meeting.

Three-year-old filly Dolly’s Wig (Snippetson – Buxom Babe, by Octagonal) produced Snippetson’s first New Zealand winner of the season with her win in the De Geest Constructions Maiden (1200m). Go Go Dingo (Testa Rossa – Happy Play, by Barathea) achieved the same feat for the Vinery Stud stallion with his win in the Glenmoa Farms Handicap (1400m).

Double for Dubleo leads Vinery treble

A double to Dubleo (Southern Halo – Secret Red, by Secretariat) has provided the springboard for a Vinery Stud treble at Rosehill and the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Vinery Stud stallions struck in successive races at Rosehill. The well-performed two-year-old Queenian (Dubleo – Tango Music, by Palace Music) broke through for an authoritative win in the Champs Cafe 2YO Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill before Testarhythm (Testa Rossa – Dancing Bridges, by Danske) claimed the Perfection Fresh Handicap (1350m).

The Alan Bailey-trained Dobros (Dubleo – Senorita Peta, by Senor Pete) completed Vinery Stud’s treble with a three-length win in the Airstep Underlays Maiden Plate (1400m) at the Gold Coast.

Dubleo’s dual success took his Australian win tally to 83 from 41 individual winners.

Meanwhile, Darley resident Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) continued his relentless charge toward 150 winners for the season with another double at the Moonee Valley and Rosehill meetings.

Commands’s tally reached 146 after Mr Make Believe (Commands – Simply Believe, by Kenmare) strolled to an easy win in the Don Abell Cup (1514m) at Moonee Valley and exciting prospect Rain Affair (Commands – I Believe, by Octagonal) won the Harris Farm Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill.

Double strike for Testa Rossa at Mornington

Jolie Blonde’s (Testa Rossa – Danoiserie, by Danehill) big finish to claim Wednesday’s Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) completed a stakes double for ever-reliable Vinery Stud mainstay Testa Rossa (Perugino – Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper).

Jolie Blonde, a Gerry Harvey homebred, settled back in the field before the Mark Riley-trained mare ran home over the top of Launay (Lonhro – Eve In Seychelles, by Palace Music) and Sheila’s Star (Snitzel – Northeast Sheila, by Keltrice) to win narrowly.

“The race was going to be set up for her,” Riley said. “They were going to go very hard and they were going to set it up for something to come home.

“ (Jockey) Daniel (Stackhouse) rode her an absolute treat. He couldn’t have ridden her any better.”

Jolie Blonde’s win followed the comfortable victory of Twilight Royale (Testa Rossa – Royal Season, by Royal Academy) in the Restricted Listed Inglis Premier (1200m).

The $250,000 event carried Restricted Listed status for the first time, with Twilight Royale earning her maiden stakes success with a dominant performance.

Twilight Royale settled off the pace before ambling into the race rounding the home turn. The $45,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier sale graduate strolled to a three-length win over Resistant (Choisir – Swinging Babe, by Encosta De Lago) and Lannister (Reaan – Taleer, by Seattle Dancer).

Testa Rossa’s double strike at Mornington followed the sire’s success at Caulfield last Saturday when There’s Only One (Testa Rossa – Aunty Hilda, by Nassipour), who won her first stakes race when she claimed the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m).

Testa Rossa’s Mornington double took his tally to 45 stakes winners.