Buying Into Success 28th February 2014
Last Saturday (22nd February) Exceed And Excel succeeded in being the sire of the winner and second place getter of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes over 1400m. The Blue Diamond is a race for the elite two year old fillies and colts and attracts the best becuase of it's hefty prize money. A filly to win against this calibre of colts is nothing short of a major achievement.
The winner Earthquake is an outstanding filly and this is a great boost for the DGR Thoroughbreds purchased Exceed And Excel x Umaquest 2012 filly. There was a lot to like about this filly at the Magic Millions sale in January; already displaying athleticism, having a great walk and the dam being a Stakes winner herself were just a few of her good assets. However, this recent show of strength in Exceed And Excel fillies balances out her clarity as being flawless.
Commands was another sire who was taking on an authoritative role on this big Stakes day with Commanding Time winning the first but more notable to DGR Thoroughbreds was the gelding Vilanova (Commands x Our Valpolicella) who took out the Group 2 BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic.
The year at the New Zealand Premier sale DGR purchased the much sought after Commands x Octapussy filly who is a close relative of Vilanova. This Group 2 win is not only good for Commands but adds even more black type to this fillies pedigree and boosts her status as a racehorse before she has stepped out on any track.
At every yearling sale DGR Thoroughbreds set out with the view of buying quality yearlings that will develop into exceptional racehorses. These two fillies are only two of this year's draft that have already sent out vibes of optimism and one can't help but feel slight anticipation with thoughts on what lies ahead for these youngsters.
Eurozone Gallant In Defeat 10th February 2014
Racing in the famous Dato Tan Chin Nam colours Eurozone narrowly missed out on Group 1 success last Saturday in the CF Orr Stakes.
Eurozone jumped well to settle mid-field and when asked to he put in a late charge and began to chase down the eventual winner Moment Of Change who had already taken a lead of two lengths from the rest of the field and had set up a good pace. In the final furlong Cox Plate winner Shamus Award was also asked to do more but it was shrugged off by Eurozone and at this stage it had become a two horse race.
Eurozone raced true to his usual form, he had challenged his rivals and continued to chase down the leader only to be beaten into second place by a short head with Shamus Award finishing third by 1.5 lengths. Winning trainer Peter Moody stated that he expected Eurozone will go on to great heights and have a fruitful autumn campaign.
It was a nail biting race and Eurozone's owners has already much enjoyed success with this horse who was bought by DGR Thoroughbred Sevices at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $110,000 and has already earned just under $400,000 with four wins and one placing out of seven starts. Eurozone has already won the Group 2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes and The Rosebud Listed and will now aim for the Australian Guineas Group 1 in one month where he will take on Shamus Award and past rival Bull Point.
Orr Tactics For Eurozone 6th February 2014
Story by Thomas Hackett
Trainer James Cummings has revealed that he will be leaving the 2014 Orr Stakes riding tactics for Eurozone up to leading jockey Damien Oliver .
The Orr Stakes will feature just seven runners, following the scratching of Playing God , and Cummings expects the Group 1 event to become a very tactical affair.
Eurozone has shown plenty of tactical versatility during his six career starts to date, winning from the front in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) before coming from near the tail of the field in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes(1500m), and Cummings told Racing Ahead this morning that he is more than happy to let Damien Oliver access the race.
“I think that the horse is ultimately very dynamic and he just loves to race,” Cummings said.
“He can come from behind or jump on the speed and he has won doing both.
“That opens up a range of possibilities for us and we have got to look at the race.
“The speed is coming more from the outside than it is from the inside, but there is going to be a possibility of anything unfolding in this with a small field.
“I would love to give Damien Oliver the autonomy to show that he is the best in the country.”
Eurozone had all six of his race starts during his maiden racing campaign in Sydney and he will be making his debut the Melbourne way of going in the Orr Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The unique Caulfield track has been coined a ‘graveyard’ for Sydney horses having their first run in Melbourne and Cummings said that he was happy to be able to give Eurozone the chance to gallop on the course proper on Tuesday morning.
“He went to Caulfield on Tuesday morning for a gallop out wide on the course proper, which was a good opportunity for him to have a good look around while not having to overextend himself,” Cummings said.
“ Duncan Ramage (the racing manager for owner Dato’ Tan Chin Nam ) has been a student of racing for a long time and I am only a young student of the game, so I take his advice when he can offer it.
“We were firmly of the opinion that such a trip could only benefit the horse.
“Sydney horses go to Caulfield and no matter how good they are, they just get buried.
“ So You Think ran well, but he only got himself together the last 200 metres and he ran amazing sectionals behindStarspangledbanner that day in the Caulfield Guineas.
“Nothing beat experience as Bart always tells me.”
Eurozone ($5.50) is currently on the third line of the 2014 Orr Stakes betting market at [ladbrokes]; with Peter Moody -trained Moment Of Change ($2.40) currently favourite from the well back Shamus Award ($3.20).
THE BEST SELECTED AT NEW ZEALAND PREMIER 30th January 2014
DGR Thoroughbred Services retained a usual presence at the 2014 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale and what a busy week it had been. With a total of 469 lots catalogued for sale, leading up to the two days of selling DGRcarefully viewed and selected those believed will develop into exceptional racehorses.
Eight yearlings were purchased; four fillies and four colts and all with outstanding attributes. They will shortly make the flight over to Australia where they are to begin their new racing careers.
Lot 27 - Fastnet Rock x Glamorous Girl (bay colt)
Lot 53 - Mastercraftsman x Hypernova (bay/brown colt)
Lot 145 - Mastercraftsman x Mont Fay (bay filly)
Lot 160 - Commands x Octapussy (bay filly)
Lot 277 - Thorn Park x Steal (gray filly)
Lot 303 - Stravinsky x The Glitter (brown colt)
Lot 308 - Fastnet Rock x Thousand Veils (bay colt)
Lot 397 - Rip Van Winkle x Brilliant Princess (bay filly)
One to watch for the future is the Commands x Octapussy (Lot 160) who looked very athletic as she paraded in the sales ring and much to the interest of the buyers bench. Click on her name to watch the sale video and how she was nicely snapped up by DGR Thoroughbred Services.
CAST IN STONE WINS HER MAIDEN 29th January 2014
Selected and purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Cast In Stoneput forward a nice display of talent to win her maiden over 1600m at Wyong on Monday 27th January. Her pedigree is abundant with black type, out of Sadler's Wells mare Rosetta Stone (full sister to Champion racehorse Brian Boru and Listed winner Kitty O'Shea) and being by Champion Sire Redoute's Choice, there is much to like about this fillies pedigree.
Cast In Stone had her early education at Think Big Stud where she still goes to spell and enjoy her time away from the race track. It was easy to see this filly had some quality from an early stage and she has been progressing nicely under the guidence of Bart and James Cummings. With further development her owners can look forward to her bright future.
Boxing Day proved to be another recent day of multiple winners. We spoke in a recent post that Street Savvy should win again. He did just that at his very next start, Randwick on Boxing Day. He was joined on Boxing Day as a winner by Prospector, a staying type breaking his maiden at 2300m at the provincials and back at Randwick Shamalia was very impressive debutant winner. Shamalia was not purchased as a yearling but is the homebred produce of a former winning yearling purchase Laylia. Shamalia races for the same connections. A few days prior to boxing day at Canterbury, probably Sydney best racing surface, Ashamar won again in stylish fashion suggesting he has more to offer. Meanwhile in the same recent post we spoke of two time HK winner Glorious Sunday. News is he will take his position in the HK$6m Champions Mile on January 19th. Exciting. The New Year has prospects once again.
THE PEAK GIVES CUMMINGS CLAN SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT
14th December 2013
Story by Racing And Sports - Dean Croker
Former Hong Kong galloper The Peak has given Bart and James Cummings something to smile about after scoring a good win at Flemington on Saturday.
The lightly raced five-year-old has shown good ability in his last couple of outings, and under a beautiful ride from Chad Schofield proved too good, claiming his first win in Australia.
Formerly-trained by John Size, The Peak won five of his six starts in Hong Kong and looked close to getting back on track when running second at Caulfield last time out.
From barrier 1, Schofield had The Peak in the box seat behind a genuine tempo set by The New Boy and Amethon, the pair leading rounding the pack rounding the turn.
The New Boy was headed by Amethon at the 200m who was travelling well before The Peak came with a strong run down the inside to run away with a 1.2L win over Amethon in second with Eraset in third.
It has been a trying couple of weeks for the Cummings clan with speculation over a split between Bart and James Cummings which was resolved last week.
“It’s great to get a win at Flemington and with a horse that comes from one of the best trainers in the world to come to a stable that is keen to get back to one of the top stables in Australia,” said James Cummings.
Cummings said he is looking forward to the challenges presented of getting established in Melbourne with The Peak a good horse to have in the stable.
Currently riding in very good form, Chad Schofield said the plan was to box seat with the New Boy likely to lead and everything panned out well from their.
“He travelled well throughout the race and turning for home I was waiting for Amethon to drop off and The New Boy to kick but that never happened,” said Schofield.
“When I got into the clear he showed a good turn of foot and was strong to the line so the seven furlongs was no issue today.”
Productive Weekend All Around
We had a productive weekend just gone. With five runners bearing our mark we had three winners in two states and two countries. Duet resumed in slashing fashion to win at Moonee Valley in a surprising but pleasing ability over just 1200m. Perhaps this mare, already a winner might just be more a sprinter miler than her pedigree led us to believe. Certainly her win could not have been more encouraging. Breaking through for his maiden win was Street Savvy who was also an impressive winner in his grade at Hawkesbury. Placed in most of his previous career runs to date at his eight start he posted a 1.8 length margin and he should go on with it from here. Probably the most impressive victory was that of Glorious Sunday who put up back to back wins in Hong Kong when winning comfortably as top weight in the HK$1m Paris Handicap on Sunday’s International Day in Hong Kong. He defied a 7lb penalty from his previous start victory and will now take on the next level of opposition in Hong Kong. All three should win again and none of our clients parted with more 150k when they purchased these horses through DGR.
RITE OF SPRING SHOWS PROMISE WITH ANOTHER WIN
17 November 2013
Story by Thoroughbrednews - Jonathan Wong
Trainer Michael Freedman looks to have unearthed a potential star in the making after his three-year-old gelding Rite Of Spring recorded a comfortable victory in the $75,000 Kindness Stakes Progress race over 1200m on Sunday.
It was the New Zealand-bred galloper’s third win in five starts – with two other second-place finishes - and his performance had Freedman optimistic about the future of his latest star.
Priced at $8 and lined up in a small field of just six runners, Rite Of Spring (Tommy Berry) was handy throughout the trip and broke clear down the straight to record a 2 ¼ lengths win over Italian Job (K A’isisuhairi) in a respectable time of 1min 10.58secs, within two seconds of the course record of 1min 9secs.
“He’s got lots of potential,” said Freedman. “I would rank him among the top echelon of three-year-olds here.
“This was the first opportunity for him to be ridden off the pace and he did a good job. Even when Italian Job went to the front he was able to keep right behind him.
“It was good for his education.”
Enjoying a good trail behind leader Italian Job for the first two thirds of the race, jockey Berry was always confident of his mount’s ability to finish the stronger of the two.
“He’s going to be a good horse if he can relax like he did today,” said the Sydney rider, who at 22 is already Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Gai Waterhouse’s number one stable hoop.
He also expected the son of Stravinsky to mature and progress to longer trips.
“He can be a miler,” observed Berry, who is here on a one-day visiting jockey’s licence after receiving a call from Freedman to partner his Longines Singapore Gold Cup challenger Tropaios later on.
“It’s fantastic for Michael, who put a lot of faith in me,” he said. “I’m delighted to get one in early for him and the owners. It’s great for the owners (China Horse Club) who are great supporters of racing here in Singapore and all over the world. They’re the main reason why I’m here.”
While Freedman had his eye on bigger prizes on Sunday, with two runners saddled for the $1.35 million Gold Cup, he was also busy making plans for Rite Of Spring, who has already collected over $130,000 in stakes during his short career.
“The next step for him would be to move up in distance, to 1400m and 1600m,” he said. “He’ll go for a spell now before I bring him back next year and we will target the 3YO series.”
NORZITA CROWNED 3YO CHAMPION FILLY OF THE YEAR
4 October 2013 - Story by NZB
The New Zealand Bloodstock Champion Three-Year-Old Filly was fittingly won by a graduate of the sponsor's Karaka Premier Sale with Norzita completing a notable double for her sire Thorn Park.The filly, trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, picked up 163 votes in the closest category of the evening. She earned the Award on the back of her two Group 1 wins last season, the only three-year-old filly to win two Group 1 races.
Norzita won three races in her three-year-old campaign with her first stakes victory coming when she defeated a quality field of fillies in the Group 1 Flight Stakes. Among the beaten horses that day was Dear Demi, the runner-up to Norzita in the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Award.
The NZ-bred filly was spelled after her Group 1 success and returned in the new year with a win in the Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes in Melbourne. Her autumn campaign saw her finish in the top three in all of her five starts. She ran second in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes before finishing third at weight-for-age level against older mares in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
Norzita claimed her second Group 1 of the season in the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes as she stepped up to 2000m for the first time in her career. The filly then took on all-comers in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap, finishing a valiant third behind fellow New Zealand-bred galloper Sacred Falls.
Norzita was bought at the 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $200,000 by Duncan Ramage's DGR Thoroughbred Services from Windsor Park Stud and earned over A$900,000 in her three-year-old campaign for her owners Dato Tan Chin Nam and Westcode Pty Ltd.
EUROZONE WINS G2 STAN FOX
28 September 2013 Story by Racing and Sports
Eurozone will head to the paddock for a well-earned spring break following his gutsy win in the $250,000, Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Bart and James Cummings trained colt held off Criterion (NZ) and Aussies Love Sport in a three-way finish to notch his fourth win from six starts during his maiden campaign.
Aussies Love Sport and Tommy Berry had led the small field of six through to the top of the main straight while Hugh Bowman on Eurozone stalked from behind.
Once Bowman sent Eurozone forward they were able to gather in Aussies Love Sport with 150m to run and then hold off a strong challenge from Criterion and Nash Rawiller by a short neck on the line.
Criterion (Sebring) was 1L ahead of the $2.10 favourite Aussies Love Sport (Redoute's Choice) with Best Case (NZ) fourth over 3L away.
The time was 1.30.15 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.62. Eurozone paid $3.40 on NSW TAB.
James Cummings wasted no time declaring the son of Northern Meteor was done for the year.
“He goes out for a break now and he’ll come back a better colt in the autumn,” Cummings said.
“We all agree there it’s pretty straightforward, he’s done a great job for the stable and he can have a well-earned rest now,” he said.
“It’s always a great thrill to ride a horse that fights like that,” Bowman said.
“I anticipated to sit outside the lead but there was a nice bit of pace and I was able to get the drop, and he’s always raced better with cover.
“When Nash came at me, I knew I had a little bit in the tank but the way he loomed up to me I thought I was going to struggle to hold him out.
“I’ve ridden him a few times and today was his best performance for sure," he said.
A $110,000 Magic Millions purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the draft of Carramar Park, Eurozone is a colt by Northern Meteor out of the Don't Say Hullo mare Miss Vandal and this was his fourth win from six starts, with prizemoney of $321,580. He is owned by Dr Michael Alexeeff, Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya.
RITE OF SPRING LOOKS THE GOODS
15 Sep 2013 By Craig Brennan
It was billed as a match race but the result wasn’t the one the punters were counting on when Rite Of Spring took out the $65,000 New Zealand Racing Board Trophy Graduation Stakes over 1200m on Sunday.
Rite Of Spring ($15) and Daniel ($7 fav) were backed to the exclusion of their five rivals and the two smart three-year-olds didn’t let their supporters down.
Rite Of Spring, by Stravinsky from Magique Sky, was purchased for NZ$80,000 by DGR Thoroughbred Service from the Kilgravin Lodge draft at the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Sale for owners China Horse Club and Sunday’s success took his prizemoney to almost $70,000 from his two victories to date.
Ridden by Manoel Nunes, Rite Of Spring led throughout in defeating Daniel (Joao Moreira) by two lengths with War Lord (Barend Vorster) five-and-a-half lengths away in third spot.
Rite Of Spring (Manoel Nunes) makes it two from two in style on Sunday. Picture Singapore Turf Club.
Both Rite Of Spring and Daniel went into the race undefeated and the expectations were before the race the two talented gallopers would single out from their opposition.
Rite Of Spring began smartly and Nunes was happy to roll forward on the gelding to assume control from War Lord with Daniel camped on the leaders back.
There was no change in the order to the hometurn. On balancing for the run home War Lord rolled away towards the centre of the track allowing Daniel a good run through.
Nunes clicked Rite Of Spring into another gear at the 300m mark with Daniel in hot pursuit, but it was evident a long way out that Rite Of Spring was going to prove a difficult proposition to run down.
And that’s the way it proved with Rite Of Spring not weakening at all in the run to the line and denying Daniel a third straight success.
Trainer Michael Freedman said Rite Of Spring had the potential to develop into one of the best gallopers in his yard following Sunday’s success.
“He a very promising horse,” said Freedman. “He’s right up there with what we’ve got in the stable and he’s got a great temperament to go with it as well.
“He should be suited also with a step up in journey. He relaxes so well in his races and that helped him today.
“I said to Manoel that if nothing wanted to take it up then he could go and lead and then go and put the pressure on early and get Daniel off the bit.
“It worked out perfectly and what I liked was how strong he was to the line.”
Nunes said he believes Rite Of Spring would be even better suited when he can take a sit in his races after having led throughout at both victories to date.
“He travels so well in his races and is a very nice horse to ride,” said Nunes. “He’s also got a very nice turn of foot when you ask him.
“He’s a very nice horse and should go on to win better races.”
Daniel underwent a veterinary inspection after playing up in barrier stalls before the race.
“He sat down in the gates and I was a bit worried about him,” said Moreira. “I just wanted the vet to have a look at him.
“If I was really worried about him I’m sure he would have been scratched but at the end of the day the winner was the better horse.”
Rite Of Spring, by Stravinsky from Magique Sky, was purchased for NZ$80,000 by DGR Thoroughbred Services from the Kilgravin Lodge draft at the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Saleis owned by the China Horse Club and Sunday’s success took his prizemoney to almost $70,000 from his two victories to date.
A MATTER OF OPINION
A disappointing loss for the spring carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne
Norzita is out of play for the spring with a tendon injury sustained at trackwork at Royal Randwick. Disappointing for all including the owners, the joint trainers and not least the racing fan and the turnover pools these major stars produce. Was it avoidable? That is a matter of opinion but in face of the devastation at the news by the owners and her young co-trainer our conscience will not be clear without stating our view. Bart Cummings has expressed for decades nothing is as safe for horses as natural grass. We know that more injuries occur on any manner of synthetic or artificial surface over a good quality grass. Norzita had access to the course proper at Randwick for her official barrier trial on 2nd August. Subsequent barrier trials were programmed for the steeple grass but for her major gallop into the Show County (24th) the artificial surfaces and inferior steeple grass were avoided with a gallop between races on the course proper at Warwick Farm (14th).
For two weeks pleas and requests for a course proper gallop at Randwick in the lead up to her next start the Tramway (7th Sept) were repeatedly declined and various levels of authority and management were used as a scapegoat. While at other major tracks across Sydney and interstate the best grass surfaces were made available to the best horses, I personally made a final plea to use the course proper this Tuesday (3 Sept) of senior ATC management and took the decline on the chin with decorum and kept it private. We gave serious thought to take her interstate to avoid the additional risk of what was imposed for Norzita but we elected to stick with the ship.
Perhaps bad management in the delay of the laying of the grass for the Kensington track has had a major impact on available grass however Norzita was forced to make her final major gallop at "headquarters" on the dirt training track on Tuesday. Now she is out for the spring or for her entire career with a tendon injury. We cannot unequivocally say the same injury would not have occurred if she had galloped on the course proper but we know we tried in vain to avoid the chance and Bart Cummings opinion on the subject has no peer or greater experience. It is hard to take on the chin now and stay "mum" and the opportunity is there for the decision makers to listen and take all possible measures to protect the stars of the show in the future.
Racing Manager for Norzita
RITE OF SPRING IMPRESSES ON DEBUT ANNOUNCES HIS ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE WITH BLISTERING WIN
17 August 2013
In as little as 71 seconds, Rite Of Spring (pictured) announced himself to Singapore racing with a display as encouraging as one could ask for one debut. Under the guidance of jockey Manoe Nunes, the China Horse Club owned gelding effortlessly put paid to his rival by a wide margin at Kranji last night.
The gelding looked capable of scoring by a tremendous margin in the S$65,000 Restricted Maiden Handicap (1200m) when rolling along at the front of the field before exploding clear allowing Nunes the opportunity to gear him down with 80m to run. On the line, the bay scored by a shrinking three-and-three quarter lengths.
“He’s a very nice horse and has a nice future,” Nunes told the Singapore Turf Club after the victory.
“The plan was to box-seat on him, but [Rite Of Spring] jumped so well from barrier one and we were in front so I let him do it all himself.
“He held it together really well into the straight and when I asked him to quicken up he just exploded away.
“He’s got a very good temperament and I think he will be even better when he gets over a bit more ground, especially if he can take a sit like I wanted tonight,”
Rite Of Spring is the sixth individual winner for the China Horse Club from only six individual runners, a dynamic start for the club in its maiden season of racing. A great deal of credit goes to the bloodstock team and international racing team. Special mention must be made of Duncan Ramage of DGR Thoroughbreds who has been instrumental in the selection of many of the CHC’s early performers in Australia and Singapore.
At the time of writing three of DGR Thoroughbreds’ selected performers have raced, Scarlet Moretta, Olympic Anthem and Rite Of Spring have all won in impressive fashion on debut.
“Our members are delighted with the manner in which our racing team is delivering on its promise. Nothing comes without hard work, dedication and a clear understanding of our program and what we are trying to achieve,” said the CHC’s General Manager, Eden Harrington.
“Our trainers, Michael Freedman (Singapore) Nicolas Clement (France), Christophe Clement (USA), Anthony Freedman (Australia) and Robert Heathcote (Australia) have all provided us with winners at this early stage and I am encouraged by the feedback from other members of our training team and have no doubt further success will come this year.”
Rite Of Spring is a member of the CHC’s Ganbei Syndicate which includes the last start Singapore Derby placegetter, Tropaios, and he unraced Arrowhead. All three are under the care of Michael Freedman in Singapore.
Story by China Horse Club - http://chinahorseclub.com/
IN THE ZONE
Story by Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 10 August 2013
Widden Stud's young gun sires Northern Meteor, who is sadly no longer with us, and Sebring provided the quinella in the Listed ATC Rosebud Quality at Randwick on Saturday with unbeaten Eurozone defeating Dissident in a hotly contested sprint.
Prepared by James and Bart Cummings, Eurozone had looked good in winning his only two previous starts and tuned up for this 1200 metre assignment with a recent barrier trial on August 2.
Presented in sparkling order, the handsome chestnut jumped fast and landed in front with Hugh Bowman electing to leave him at the head of the field in a race where there was not a lot of pace.
He cruised along and when asked for an effort in the straight found another gear and despite racing a touch greenly found the line in style to beat Peter Moody's autumn stakes-winner Dissident by more than a length with Magic Millions sale-topper Bull Point in fourth place.
"The best thing about him is that he does everything right when he hits the ground,”said James Cummings of the horse, who will always hold a place in history as the first stakes-winner prepared by the James and Bart Cummings training partnership.
"He was strong late and is really warming into his prep. There is plenty of petrol in the tank and her still has room for improvement in him.”
A $110,000 Magic Millions purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the draft of Carramar Park, Eurozone has now won each of his three starts to date collecting over $150,000 in prizemoney with the Group I ATC Golden Rose looming large on the horizon followed by the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas in October for which he holds an entry.
The fourth stakes-winner for ill-fated Northern Meteor, Eurozone is a three-quarter brother to Group II winner Miss Marielle, who is by Northern Meteor's sire Encosta de Lago.
Bred by Phillip Chen and foaled at Carramar Park, Eurozone is the fifth winner from Group III winning Don't Say Halo (USA) mare Miss Vandal, who has a yearling colt by Encosta de Lago that made $150,000 at Inglis Easter this year and was covered by Rothesay last spring before being exported to New Zealand earlier this year.
Eurozone made it a winning double atRandwick for Northern Meteor, who scored earlier in the day with Gooree homebred Streaking Meteor, who is also trained by James and Bart Cummings.
The Champion Australian First Season Sire for 2012/2013, Northern Meteor died tragically of colic last month at Widden Stud and his last foals will be born this spring.
Olympic Anthem signals new era
Wednesday, 7 August 2013:
Robert Heathcote is hoping the win by Olympic Anthem at Doomben on Wednesday will herald a new era of investment in the racing industry by the China Racing Club.
Olympic Anthem is the first horse to carry the colours of the China Racing Club syndicate to victory in Queensland, winning the LED Superscreens Handicap (1110m) at Doomben.
"I got this horse through my association with Duncan Ramage having trained some runners that are owned by Dato Tan Chin Nam," Heathcote said.
"The China Racing Club were very active at the Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney and it's encouraging to see them invest in our industry and winning this race for them today was very satisfying."
The syndicate which races the gelding is managed by Teo Ah Khing, the chairman of the China Horse Club which will host its inaugural carnival next month.
Heathcote plans to step Olympic Anthem up in distance and is confident the son of Starcraft can measure up in better company.
"From day one he's shown a lot of talent but he's been very green," he said.
"He did a lot wrong today and I think it was just his natural ability that got him home."
The win by Olympic Anthem ($6) wasn't without drama after Michael Cahill, the rider of runner-up Grey Countess ($1.70 fav), lodged a protest for two counts of interference at the 700m mark and rounding the home turn.
"It's clearly evident the winner has made contact with my horse on three separate occasions and bearing in mind the margin between them was only a short head, I definitely believe it cost me the race," Cahill told stewards.
Heathcote said Grey Countess had ample opportunity to overhaul Olympic Anthem despite the interference.
"I don't deny contact has taken place but our horse has come from behind the second horse to win and it had the entire length of straight to run us down but couldn't," he said.
Acting chief steward Martin Knibbs told Cahill the amount of interference Grey Countess suffered in the first incident was "minimal" but acknowledged he had grounds to object for the scrimmage on the home turn.
"However the way the two horses finished off the race can't make us confident to grant your protest and therefore we dismiss the objection," Knibbs said.
Bart's juvenile in the zone
6 July 2013
Story by Nic Ashman - Racenet
The Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone made it two from two with a professional performance in Saturday's Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill.
Eurozone defeated Wednesday's Warwick Farm winner Suit when he debuted with a neck victory at Canterbury on June 19.
The stable's foreman James Cummings said the son of Northern Meteor is likely to get the chance to make it three from three before potentially having a crack at the Group I Golden Rose as a three-year-old.
"There is a race of a similar nature here in a couple of weeks if he does really well,” Cummings said.
"I think Bart will be keen to keep him warm in the stable during these colder months and then aim him at a hot race.”
Winning jockey Tim Clark pulled the right rein when he came across heels at the 550-metre mark to launch his claim.
The move forced Nash Rawiller on race favourite, Bull Point, to come four deep after the Fastnet Rock colt struggled to muster early speed.
"Tim rode him confidently. He popped off the fence and took command of the race and placed his destiny in his own hands,” Cummings said.
"The horse has got a turn of foot, race craft and is a natural.”
Rawiller said he was "disappointed” with Bull Point after the colt was beaten to a run by Wouldn't It Be Nice.
Bull Point rallied late to shave the margin between him and the winner down significantly but Clark had a theory on that.
"He missed a bit of work and got tired late,” he said.
Rave reviews for Bart Cummings-trained debut winner
Story by Clinton Payne - Racenet
"A really promising horse” and "well above average” were post-race descriptions of the Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone after the two-year-old colt disposed of his rivals in the Become An ATC Sponsor Plate (1100m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Eurozone became the 14th individual winner for young stallion Northern Meteor and extended his sire’s lead in the race for the Australian First Season Sire List.
Eurozone made the most of barrier two, settling behind the leader Highway Child, but as the field approached the home turn he found himself awkwardly placed, pocketed behind the three on-pacers.
Highway Child was the first to drop off but Eurozone was still looking for clear running behind Suit and Our Boy Nicholas when a gap appeared.
"He had his work cut out,” Eurozone’s jockey Hugh Bowman said. "I was snookered away there, I had to wait for Timmy Clark (Suit) to make his move.”
Once into clear running, Eurozone knuckled down strongly to mow down the Peter Snowden-trained Suit.
"He’s well above average I think and that just confirmed it,”Bowman said. "For this horse to pick up on a slow track and run him down was a really good effort.”
Eurozone ($2.10 fav) defeated Suit ($12) by a neck with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Our Boy Nicholas ($4) rounding out the placings 2-1/4 lengths back in third.
James Cummings, the grandson and soon-to-be training partner of Bart, said Eurozone is a horse of the future stating, "This horse is just going to get better and better”.
"I loved the way our horse really got his head down at the 100 (metres) and he showed a really good turn of foot, covering a bit of ground,”he said.
"A really promising horse and he’s done it on debut. Hopefully he is the real deal.”
Sad Passing of Catalan Opening
It was a sad day on Monday for staff and friends of Think Big Stud, with the sad passing of stable stalwart, Catalan Opening, at the age of 20. Trained by the master, Bart Cummings, Catalan Opening will be remembered for his 9 wins from his 52 starts including the G1 Doncaster Hcp, G1 Chrysler Stakes, G2 HK International Bowl and G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes and placing in the G1 Champagne stakes, G1 Newmarket Handicap, G1 Toorak Handicap, G1 Caulfield Cup and a 2nd and a 3rd in the G1 All Aged Stakes. Ironically, Catalan Opening was still receiving the accolades of a fantastic career on the day of his death in an article published in The Australian written by Tony Arrold. R.I.P.
DGR is pleased to have provided the China Horse Club their first global winner
Story by Tara Madgwick - Sunday, 28 April 2013
Much was made of the investment being made in Australian bloodstock by the China Horse Club at the recent Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and they shared in the ownership of an impressive debut winner by Fastnet Rock at Sale on Sunday.
Prepared by Anthony Freedman, two year-old filly Scarlet Moretta kicked off her career with an easy length and three-quarter win in the 1200 metre maiden and will be winning better races.
She settled back in the field and sustained a strong run to the line that suggests further will be even better.
A $300,000 Inglis Easter purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the draft of Kia Ora Stud, Scarlet Moretta runs for a partnership that includes Dato Tan Chin Nam, the China Horse Club and her breeders Kia Ora.
She is the second winner for blue-blooded import Venetian Lady (USA), a half-sister by Woodman to European stakes-winners Vetheuil and Verveine, the dam of Group I winners Volga and Vallee Enchantee.
China Horse Club were active at this year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale sharing in the purchase with Coolmore of two high profile Fastnet Rock colts from Gold Anthem and Dream Play (USA) for $2.4 million and $1.5 million respectively.
2013 Yearling Sale Purchases
DGR Thoroughbred Services were very active over the Premier Sales in 2013 with the following yearlings secured for clients. Note all yearlings are now fully subscribed:
2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale
Lot 58 bay colt Dane Shadow - Mascara Magic for $35,000
Lot 182 bay filly Myboycharlie - Repenting for $160,000
Lot 245 bay/brown colt High Caparral - Sizzie 'Em for $200,000
Lot 300 bay/brown filly Astronomer Royal - The Divot for $110,000
Lot 512 bay filly Fastnet Rock - De Lollies for $365,000
Lot 536 bay filly Shamardal - Eggs for $120,000
Lot 611 bay filly Fastnet Rock - Hides for $390,000
2013 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale
Lot 57 bay colt Zabeel - Carib for NZ$220,000
Lot 318 bay colt Street Cry - Rose Of Tralee for NZ$360,000
Lot 395 bay colt Thorn Park - The Glitter for NZ$440,000
2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
Lot 167 bay colt High Chaparral - Lady Of The Desert for $320,000
NORZITA PROVES HERSELF THE QUEEN
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"She is one of the toughest fillies I have ever had anything to do with"
So said James Cummings representing his famous grandfather Bart after the gutsy Vinery Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) (registered as Storm Queen Stakes) victory recorded by Norzita (Thorn Park).
Well primed for her second win at the elite level, Norzita was having her fourth run this time in and her first over 2000m.
Travelling nicely on the rails for Hugh Bowman, Norzita was keen to get going before the turn, her rider noting that "she towed me to the lead!"
Looking to be full of running at the top of the straight, Norzita did not however have it all her own way being strongly challenged on her inside by a game Longport (Casino Prince).
"I was worried momentarily as she idled a bit once she got to the front," admitted Bowman, "but she was strong late and she was a class above them."
Bowman has formed a brief but highly successful association with Norzita, "I've had two rides on her for two Group One wins, that doesn't happen very often!"
Bowman was also aboard Norzita when she streaked clear to a two and a half length victory in the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) last spring,
again beating Longport, and she will be back to that trip for her next assignment - the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m).
"She is very effective over the mile," James Cummings said, more than happy with Norzita's performance , "she was dominate enough for us," he said.
The New Zealand mare Habibi (Ekraar) finished third, beaten three and a quarter lengths with Gondokoro (Zabeel) fourth.
Norzita (3f Thorn Park – Visique by Quest For Fame) has won four of her ten starts for $765,900 in earnings. Bred in New Zealand by the Devcich family, Norzita was a NZ$200,000 New Zealand Bloodstock
Premier Yearling Sale purchase for owner Dato Tan Chin Nam by Duncan Ramage when offered by Windsor Park Stud.
One of her late sire Thorn Park's (Spinning World) five Group One winners, Norzita is bred on the same Thorn Park/Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor) cross as fellow big race winners Veyron and Ocean Park.
Boasting duplications of Northern Dancer (Nearctic), Sir Ivor (Sir Gaylord) and Biscay (Star Kingdom), Norzita is a sister to the stakes winner Hollows out of the three times winning Quest For Fame (Rainbow Quest) mare Visique.
Visique is granddaughter of a broodmare whose accomplishments are so impressive that she has a race run in her honour, the wonderful Summoned (Crowned Prince).
The dam of five stakes winners, including the five-time Group One winning successful stallion Zeditave (The Judge), Summoned is also ancestress of the Group One winners Greys Inn (Zabeel) and Melito (Redoute's Choice), as well as the recent last start stakes winner You're So Good (Savabeel) and the in-form stallion Jet Spur (Flying Spur).
Sparkling Return for Norzita
Story by Tara Madgwick
23 February 2013
Winner of the Group I ATC Flight Stakes during the spring, top class filly Norzita returned to racing at Moonee Valley on Saturday night and picked up where she left off in storming home to win the Listed MVRC Typhoon Tracy Stakes.
The Bart Cummings trained daughter of Thorn Park was spelled immediately after her Flight Stakes win and showed the benefit of that decision with her sparkling turn of foot at her first run back.
She settled midfield for Steven Arnold before charging past the runner-up Angelic Light to win the 1200 metre dash by a length and a half, her overall record now three wins and two seconds from seven starts with prizemoney in excess of $420,000.
Norzita (pictured as a yearling) will have one more run in Melbourne before returning to Sydney for races such as the Group I ATC Coolmore Classic and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
A $200,000 NZB Premier purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Windsor Park draft, Norzita is a full sister to stakes-winner Hollows, her dam Visique, a minor winner by Quest for Fame (GB) from the family of Group I stars Zeditave, Melito and Greys Inn.
She is one of 17 stakes-winners for ill-fated Thorn Park, whose best offspring is Cox Plate hero Ocean Park, who is set to resume from a spell in New Zealand later today
MAXIMILIAN and Think Big Stud bred and raised, THAT'S KARMA, gave Dato Tan Chin Nam and partners a metropolitan double in Sydney and Brisbane on Wednesday.
Maximilian (3g, Holy Roman Emperor - Zaharah), now a gelding, resumed from a spell on Wednesday in the Chris& Wayne Toogood Maiden Plate (1100m) at Canterbury and was ridden beautifully by jockey Hugh Bowman to win by a comfortable three lengths. Purchased for $60,000 by DGR Thoroughbred Services from the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Maximilian is raced by the very successful ownership connection of Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yayaha who raced 10 time G1 winner and champion racehorse, So You Think along with current stable star and Group 1 winner Norzita, a yearling purchase by DGR in 2011 from New Zealand just like So You Think was a in 2008.
Later in the afternoon, Think Big Stud homebred, That’s Karma (4m, Pendragon – Mencik) came home with a strong run to win first up in the Class 3 Handicap over 1200m at Eagle Farm for her owner Dato Tan Chin Nam. This was the 3rd career win for the daughter of Pendragon and becomes the 9th winner to win over 1200m for the sire.
BOWMAN GUIDES MAXIMILIAN ON WINNING PATH
Story by Clinton Payne - Racenet - 13 February 2013
A perfectly judged Hugh Bowman ride has delivered the Bart Cummings-trained Maximilian its first win in the Chris& Wayne Toogood Maiden Plate (1100m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor was gelded since his last start in September last year when the three-year-old finished down the track behind one of Saturday’s Royal Sovereign Stakes contenders, the undefeated Rebel Dane.
Prior to that effort, Cummings thought enough of Maximilian to run the horse in the Group III Up And Coming Stakes where he again finished towards the tail after a strong debut effort when third on Newcastle Cup day.
Stable representative James Cummings said the spell and Maximilian’s operation during his time away from the track had resulted in the horse coming back a more furnished article for its campaign, which was evident at the trials.
"The best thing about his trials was he had something the last 100 [metres] and that’s something we were a little bit concerned with during his first preparation as a colt,” Cummings told TVN.
"The nuts came out and he was genuine today.
"We’re hoping he builds on that and there might be something better for him in the future.
Maximilian was the first horse to leave the barriers before Bowman allowed the Gai Waterhouse-trained Magnetron to cross and take up the running.
The decision proved a masterstroke from Bowman when Magnetron rolled away from the rails at the top of the straight presenting Maximilian with a dream run, which he took, surged away and won as he liked.
"He raced handy in the trials but being first-up I had an open book and if he didn’t jump that well I’d have probably ridden him a bit quieter,” Bowman said.
"He settled beautifully in front, we ended up in the box seat and he gave a great kick at the furlong.”
Maximilian ($5) defeated the Graeme Rogerson-trained Tribal Art ($8) by three lengths with Shawano ($4.20) from the Anthony Cummings stable another half-length back in third.
Norzita dominates Flight Stakes
Where else to begin but with a heartfelt congratulations and thank you. To Norzita's owners Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya your unwavering support both of DGR Thoroughbreds and the industry as a whole is never forgotten and always appreciated. It is tremendously rewarding to have a filly emerge like this for you both so soon after So You Think's retirement.
To the team at Leilani Lodge, and especially James Cummings, well done. Your singular focus was singularly rewarding. Another important achievement for you all and one that I hope will inspire us further as we move deeper into the spring carnival.
Norzita's G1 Flight Stakes win has confirmed her place as the preeminent filly in Sydney just as Streama, Secret Admirer, More Joyous and Samantha Miss have done before her. Dominant like the above mentioned quartet, she may have her chance to etch her name in racings annals again in the G1 Thousand Guineas and then during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
It has been a tremendous start to her fledgling career. May Norzita mirror the rise of her fellow Flight Stakes heroines.
Importantly, while Norzita may be the current talismanic figure among our team of racehorses, she is not the lone talent. Duet, who ran a determined fifth in the G1 Flight Stakes behind Norzita, is a most promising individual and is one of two other winners that have performed well in Group 1 company this spring. Duet will have her chance to mirror her stablemate's success when she gets over more ground. Already a dominant winner against older horses, Duet has the pedigree and disposition to make her mark.
Lunar Rise, while unplaced in the G1 Spring Champion Stakes, is another too adept not to issue strong challenges against some of the best of his age. Jockey Hugh Bowman has been particularly taken by him in two rides and the ensuing months will allow us time to think through how best we can best capitalize on his weighty talents. He may yet be another stakes winner for 'dashing duo' of Dato Tan and Tunku Ahmad.
A Modern Great In Every Sense
Late last week So You Think made an innocuous return to Australia slipping under the eye of a national media focused on an Olympic Games and searching for a hero. It could be argued they missed their mark.
In returning to our shores the most handsome of stallions brings to a close a career of international success that is without equal in Australian racing history.
Statistically So You Think is Australia’s most successful export in more than two centuries of racing eclipsing the records of Hall of Fame representatives Shannon and Strawberry Road.
In a career built on grit and courage no less than 18 of his 23 starts were in G1 contests spanning the world’s core racing centres. Reminiscent of our old fashioned champions he was never protected never retreated and contested events which have been acclaimed the world over as among the supreme tests of a thoroughbred. Think the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prince of Wales Stakes, Champion Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Dubai World Cup, Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup – the premier events in France, Britain, the United States, Dubai and Australia.
It is be debatable whether any thoroughbred of any era has competed in so many of the world’s elite showpieces.
According to Timeform’s Australian representative, Gary Crispe, So You Think was the first non-European to win over a middle distance at Royal Ascot since 1929 and he is Australia’s highest Timeform rated export since rating figures were first provided back in the 1950s.
Bart Cummings, the world’s most successful living trainer and one who has plied his trade for 59 years rates him the ‘most genuine’ horse he ever trained. He is also the only 10 time G1 winner that Coolmore has ever retired to stud anywhere in the world.
All these achievements and accolades feed into his enduring legacy and it should be this consistency of excellence across both hemispheres that elevates him to the top tier of our pantheon of turf greats.
So You Think was not undefeated like Black Caviar. He didn’t win a Melbourne Cup like Phar Lap or three Cox Plates like Kingston Town. He was denied the chance to dominate his classic year in the manner of Tulloch.
However, none of the talismanic quartet has matched his above outlined achievements either. All five have dominated their peers in their idiosyncratic way and each deserves special billing in their own right. If you have any doubt about the merit of So You Think’s achievements consider long and hard about how long it has taken for any horse from our corner of the globe to amass such a record. And wonder how long it might take to replicate.
Like the elite of our thoroughbred ranks So You Think also had the ability to carry speed over a range of distances with unerring consistency. His record shows that on no less than five occasion’s races he contested were among the fastest in history, from 1400m to 2400m. In the order in which came:
• 2nd Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (new Randwick 1400m course record set)
• 1st 2009 G1 Cox Plate 2009 (2nd fastest running in history since the relaying of the track [2040m])
• 2nd 2009 G1 Emirates Stakes (2nd fastest running in races’ 92 year history [1600m])
• 4th 2011 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (fastest running in races’ 91 year history [2400m])
• 2nd 2011 G1 Champion Stakes (both Cirrus des Aigles and So You Think lowered the Ascot course record [2000m])
• 1st 2012 G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2nd fastest running in at least the last three decades [2000m])
And if you wonder whether his often spoken of ‘punishing regime’ coupled with his above mentioned speed combined in any way to cripple his career consider this: So You Think saluted at the highest level each and every preparation from his three-year-old season until his career closed four years on as a rising six-year-old.
This spring Australia’s highest ever prizemoney winning stallion ($8.85m according to website Bloodhound.net.au) will bid to carry this legacy forward with generations of progeny. On behalf of his original owners and minor shareholders, we wish him well and thank all who have cheered him on whether it was at our major carnivals or in the small hours at an international meeting. Your appreciation of this wonderful thoroughbred is not forgotten.
Norzita makes a most promising entrance
The slick change of gears that has the hearts of owners skip a beat and leaves trainers scheming was certainly evident as Norzita was kicked into overdrive in today’s Woolworths 2YO Handicap (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens.
It was refreshing to see the famed colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam once again adorned by a most promising young type. Chin Nam and his great friend Tunku Ahmad Yahaya have been constant supporters of DGR Thoroughbreds and are deserving of the enjoyment that comes with untapped young racing stock.
Norzita still has a great deal to achieve. Today’s race was an out of season handicap and experience has long shown that talk is cheap. But what cannot be denied is that this filly accounted for some promising fillies and colts at only her second race outing. So perhaps some leniency can be allowed for the imagination to wander for a few days at least.
There are early season stakes races just around the corner and Norzita is deserving of a tilt in such company. No doubt Bart Cummings and his team will monitor her closely in the coming days and Bart will draw on his experience to guide her into her next assignment. What is certain is that Bart will not be overtaxing a promising type like this at her first preparation.
Congratulations to Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad. Perhaps another enjoyable journey is just around the corner.
So You Think - A Champion and Trailblazer
This week Royal Ascot has been witness to one champion in Frankel and Black Caviar, a second champion, will bookend the meeting in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes. What should not be forgotten is that a third champion strode the stage between these two last night, an enduring champion in So You Think.
While So You Think cannot claim undefeated status like his peers his curriculum vitae shows that he has been thrust into every championship contest available, faced battle time and time again and done so from the formative stages of his career. He won his first Cox Plate at his fifth career start when short of his third birthday. He defended that title in only his tenth career start. He can attest to 10 G1 wins, five in each hemisphere, a feat that has not been accomplished in a long time if ever before. In all 14 career wins and all from only 23 life time appearances.
So You Think has had his mettle tested in the crucible of some of the world’s greatest races by both his trainers, Aidan O’Brien and Bart Cummings, challenges that most horses in living memory would not adapt to. In reflection some of these tests may have been too fierce even for So You Think. His current conditioner has admitted that exuberance has led to errors on occasions but the horse himself has never shied from the contest or flinched when asked for the ultimate effort against any company, over almost any distance, in a range of countries and racing conditions.
He was set for a Melbourne Cup having never run beyond 2040m. He may have been the first horse in history to contest the triumvirate of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (recognized by many as the world’s greatest race), G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic (America’s premier race) and G1 Dubai World Cup (the world’s richest race) in successive starts, on three different surfaces and in three different corners of the globe. And when returned to his favoured turf he has continued to add to his G1 haul for a fourth successive season.
I would like to add my voice to the praise lauded upon Black Caviar, her connections and trainer for unshackling themselves from Australia and testing their greatness on an alternate stage. It is, at times, a frightening and daunting move. Reputations are put on the line. Relationships can be tested. But one never knows their full abilities until taken out of their comfort zone time and time again.
It is appropriate as well that praise should also wash over So You Think’s original owners (who retain an interest in him) and his new owners in Coolmore. They should be commended for taking this champion to the world over the last two seasons and, in the process, dragging the world’s attention to our industry. They have been widely condemned at times for such actions but whatever one’s stance on race selection such emotive discussions shouldn’t slur the legacy of this true turf hero or the bravery of those whose role it has been to shape his career.
So You Think’s true impact may not be realized for some time to come. He has touched all who have had the privilege of associating with him and I have no doubt his influence will be carried on by his sons and daughters for many years to come.
So You Think goes back-to-back in Tatt's Gold Cup
In what is a testament to both his longevity and resilience, So You Think saluted at G1 level for the fourth successive season in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (2100m) at the Curragh overnight.
More testing tasks await Ballydoyle’s standard-bearer at Royal Ascot with a second tilt at the G1 Prince of Wales Stakes (2000m) outlined as the next major assignment, but for now all involved with this dual hemisphere champion and all who enjoy his fearless racing style can nod to a performance that was every bit as dominant as one would hope.
At 11/2-on So You Think was expected to make the Gold Cup a one act affair and indeed it was. At no stage did young Joseph O’Brien look flustered or So You Think look to be in trouble. Indeed the hoop looked only to release the hand break on his charge for the son of High Chaparral to extend effortlessly to score by a widening six lengths.
No less than nine G1s are now on So You Think’s curriculum vitae. From this seat it would certainly look more balanced to see that tally lift to 10.
The post race comments of trainer Aidan O'Brien certainly indicate that such an outcome is well within So You Think's scope. Aside from suggesting the New Zealand born and internationally owned champion may have two more runs before he retires, O'Brien intimated that it has taken him some time to understand So You Think and training and alterations have been made to make greater use of his speed.
O'Brien said: "The first thing Joseph said to me was that the horse was only starting to come right now. I should have taken a lot longer to get to know him, I was always of the opinion that he was a horse that loved to gallop and not break his rhythm. But Joseph is more of the other opinion, to wait with him and let him use his speed.
"I probably should have been riding him more for speed than stamina and we were thinking earlier in the season of going to Newbury for the mile race (G1 Lockinge Stakes).
"He travelled very strong and Joseph waited and opened up five or six lengths between him and Pat (Smullen on Famous Name) very quickly.
"At least everyone saw how good he was and it has been a privilege to have him and a great experience. We learned a lot from having him and hopefully he'll be with us for a couple more runs.
If everything is alright he will go to Royal Ascot now either for the Group I Queen Anne Stakes over a mile or the Group I Prince Of Wales's Stakes over a mile and a quarter. Then if everything goes right he could go to Sandown (for the G1 Eclipse) and I think he goes into quarantine then to go to stud.
"It's great for us to have had him. Bart (Cummings) did a marvellous job and everyone in Australia saw how good he was and it probably took me a long time to work the horse out and how to ride him. It's been a privilege to have had a horse like that."
Winning rider Joseph O'Brien added: "He's coming back to himself. He didn't really handle the tapeta in Dubai but had a little break and was a much better horse on the nicer ground today as you could see.
"He was lovely and relaxed, travelled nicely and went around in third gear most of the way. It's all systems go for Ascot now I'd imagine. As he'd had a break after Dubai this was almost like his first run of the year so you'd hope he'd come on from that."
Kim Warrior salutes. In Excess thrills.
The patience of some of DGR Racing’s most loyal owners is starting to be realized with Kim Warrior and In Excess confirming their standing as progressive individuals.
Kim Warrior (right), owned by the Kim Gardens Syndicate and managed by John Chua, has long promised to be a capable staying type and, like many of his fellow Zabeels, he is starting to hit his straps with maturity.
Today’s win in the Thai Chay Handicap (1900m) at Canterbury Park was only his second in 13 starts but had some authority. Kim Warrior settled at the tail of the 10 strong field and worked into the race comfortably before sprinting quickly under jockey Hugh Bowman who was most positive of the display upon dismounting.
“At the half mile the pace began to quicken up. I was getting a nice cart into the race but at the corner I found myself getting inside of heels so I had to just take a hold and wait for a run. When it came he accelerated quickly to win well,” the leading hoop said.
Kim Warrior won by a widening half length from the inform Glenstal Abbey. Now that he is fit and confident this four-year-old is certainly capable of winning again in better company.
Stable mate In Excess narrowly missed in delivering DGR purchases a metropolitan double in the following event when closing from an impossible position to within a short neck of success in the Mitavite Handicap (1550m).
The three-year-old was only having his second start back from a spell and will improved markedly with that run. He holds a nomination in the G1 Queensland Derby and connections are understandably getting itchy.
Bell View Park Stud’s Adam and Garry Mackrell and Dato Tan Chin Nam have already tasted in Queensland Derby success together with the two parties ‘sharing the joy’ when Dariana saluted in effortless fashion in 2010. Fellow co-owners Dr Michael Alexeff and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya are G1 veterans but the thrill of a promising horse is always hard to bottle up. Watch this space on both accounts.
Good Vibrations Hit Easter Yearling Sales
Racing NSW cannot be commended enough for their unwavering stand to defend the thoroughbred industry against the posturing of corporate bookmakers. The positive energy and belief that has flowed back into the code nationally has been tremendous since the High Court decision and there is no doubt it was felt as early as this month’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sales.
With prize money levels set to rise in July, improved racing facilities currently being constructed at Randwick and significant planning for upgrades to metropolitan, provincial and country racing underway it isn’t hard to convince end users that racing is a pursuit worth indulging in.
And while the average price for Inglis’ showpiece auction may have been a touch lower than 12 months ago regular buyers will attest that it wasn’t easy to buy a quality yearling. The strength of the middle market was a reminder that this industry is very robust and unlike 12 months ago three yearlings attracted bids of $1 million or more. A positive feeling is returning the industry, strong spending is following quickly behind and for the first time in several years breeders can plan for the future with real confidence.
Such was the bonhomie of the international buying bench that on several occasions DGR was shunted into the unenviable position of under-bidder as yearlings that only a year or two earlier cost around $200,000 rocketed towards $400,000. Thankfully we were still able to secure many of the most prized lots on our shortlist and we will look on with great anticipation to see how they develop for our clients in the seasons ahead.
DGR Thoroughbred Services signed for a total of seven yearlings, two each by Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice and Street Sense and one High Chaparral colt. As has been our modus operandi all season we struck early and confidently when securing the first lot of the sale, a Fastnet Rock x Venetian Lady filly ($300,000) that had been exceptionally well presented by Kia Ora Stud.
Fastnet Rock’s dominance of the current racing season is reminiscent of his own sire Danehill with eight G1 races snared among a total of more than 20 group races. This filly heralds from one of the Aga Khan’s most productive families and had real quality.
We were delighted to also secure a second Fastnet Rock filly, this one from a family we have had a great affinity with. Bell View Park Stud’s Fastnet Rock x More Chickens filly (Lot 293) is a close relation to Do You Think, Danendri and Faint Perfume who have provided DGR’s clients with great moments over the years. This filly is bred on the same Fastnet Rock x Zabeel cross as Atlantic Jewel.
Lot 89, a High Chaparral x Cape Princess colt, is a fantastic example of what his sire can produce and was well purchased for $140,000. This striking individual was a lovely loose mover who covered ground in effortless style. In time we hope he will be able to mimic some of High Chaparral’s leading progeny.
Redoute’s Choice may have been usurped by Fastnet Rock as Australia’s ‘most wanted sire’ but the quality of his yearlings was as impressive as ever. Our affinity with Lot 193, a half-brother to AJC Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor, ensured this colt was on our ‘must see’ list. One viewing ensured he was quickly penned on our ‘must have’ list as well.
This Redoute’s Choice x Gussy Godiva colt ($400,000) is a majestic mover and has a wonderful temperament. He is a strapping yearling that has the athleticism to suggest he may further enhance the reputation of a family that already includes such notables as the above mentioned Roman Emperor (G1) as well as Black Mamba (G1) and Rios (G2).
The second of the Redoute’s Choice yearlings (Lot 365) we secured is a filly out of the imported mare Rosetta Stone ($240,000). Again this was a high class filly from the draft of Kia Ora and again, like the Venetian Lady filly, she comes with an impressive European pedigree.
This filly has a lot of Sadler’s Wells about her and being from a family that has showered itself in European classic glory we hope she will develop into a potential Oaks and Cups type. She will take time to fill into her frame but she has a lot going for her and is by a sire with a great record of producing outstanding classic fillies.
So that leaves us with two colts by Street Sense, one of American’s most dominant Kentucky Derby winners of recent times. Little has been seen of the first crop of Street Sense to date however, the style of his yearlings suggests they will start to make their mark at three.
Lot 305 (Street Sense x Old Money colt - no image) and Lot 516 (Street Sense x Retrace colt) were two lovely scopey individuals that will really furnish in the next 12 months. The due were secured for good clients for $210,000 and $65,000 respectively.
Finally, thank you to all of our clients who were active at the Easter Yearling Sales and at all sales to date in 2012. Your support is never taken for granted and is always appreciated.
Future Shock salutes on debut
Congratulations are in order to the owners of Future Shock after his encouraging debut win at Wyong yesterday. Patience may have been tested from time to time as can happen with any racing prospect but that virtue has reaped immediate rewards with a most encouraging display at first asking.
Future Shock (Redoute’s Choice x Surprize Surprize) made light of his 58.5kg impost to win by a comfortable two lengths in the Pro Ali Design Maiden Plate (1100m) and will be readied for his next challenge. Future Shock was one of six purchases from the 2010 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, the same sale that netted us the G3 winner Do You Think.
His band of enthusiastic and experienced owners is well versed to the dizzying highs and disappointing lows of racehorse ownership so this first up display is naturally commendable. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations.
Eight new buys and a positive belief in the seasons ahead
The benefits of a positive approach to Day 1 of trading at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale were reinforced with the sale's primary indicators all jumping on the back of some highly commercial lots and a more invigorated buying bench.
The average lifted to $NZ154,677, shy of the 2011 mark of $NZ174,864 but a noticeable rise on Day 1 action which closed at a touch under $NZ146,000. The median was unwavering at $NZ120,000, which was well down on 12 months ago and the sales conversation rate was a more positive 74 percent having languished at 70 percent 24 hours earlier.
DGR Thoroughbred Services added two addition selections to its tally of six with a beautifully credentialed High Chaparral x Love Diamonds filly (Lot 298) and a magnificent Zabeel x Sarajay colt (Lot 420) secured. The pair was among those on the DGR ‘wish list’ from our first day of inspecting and purchasing both lots for some long standing clients was most rewarding.
Lot 298: http://www.nzb.co.nz/sales/pedigree.cfm?sale_id=159&lot=298&show=video
Lot 420: http://www.nzb.co.nz/sales/pedigree.cfm?sale_id=159&lot=420&show=video
The High Chaparral x Love Diamond filly is a half-sister to a Zabeel colt we selected in 2009 that has hinted at potential without being heavily tested at this formative stage of his career. Love Diamond heralds from the peerless Eight Carat family, the most significant family in the stud book over the last two decades, and her acquisition for $NZ220,000 was most opportune.
Lot 420 ($NZ 320,000) met the approval of several leading judges and, being the product of a champion sire and a young G2 winning mare there is certainly a great deal of upside with him if he can meet our collective expectations in time.
One can never be absolute, but it would take a confident individual to declare that two equally credentialed yearlings could be purchased for similar sums ($A170,000 and $A264,000 respectively) in Australia in the coming months.
In all, DGR leaves New Zealand with eight yearling purchases and a positive feeling for the seasons ahead. The support of both our long standing clients and our new friends is one we are immensely thankful for and do not take for granted. With your support DGR has been able to confidently prepare for this sale and, as a result, purchase some exquisite bloodstock at real value prices.
Six Sons Secured on Day 1 at Karaka
DGR Thoroughbred Services continued to capitalize on the ‘buying market’ at yearling sales throughout Australasia in 2012 securing six quality colts across the Tasman on the opening day of training at the 2012 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka.
The six additions (two High Chaparrals, a Savabeel, a Thorn Park, a Starcraft and a Duke of Marmalade) were purchased from a sale that has proven to be a highly productive hunting ground for DGR in recent seasons with current graduates including global champion So You Think and fellow group winners Precedence (G2) and Do You Think (G3).
The six colts purchased include:
Lot 21: High Chaparral x Wildcat Woman colt ($NZ140,000)
A son of the outstanding High Chaparral from an unraced daughter of G1 VRC Oaks winner Arborea and a half-sister to the G2 winner Delta Form.)
Lot 143: Savabeel x Dancing Brunette colt ($NZ270,000)
A quality son of Savabeel who filled the eye. In 2011 Savabeel had a breakout year being represented by G1 Victoria Derby winner Sangster, G1 Queensland Oaks winner Scarlett Lady, G2 Brisbane Cup winner Tullamore, G2 Kewney Stakes winner Do Ra Mi, G2 Lady Norrie Stakes winner Lady Kipling, G3 Gloaming Stakes winner Strike The Stars, G1 VRC Oaks runner-up Dowager Queen and our very own stakes winner Kudakulari.
Lot 158: Thorn Park x Diamantaire colt ($NZ80,000) [seen below]
A late November foal that heralds directly from the peerless Eight Carat family and is a product of New Zealand’s current ‘it’ stallion Thorn Park. A lovely mover who we believe can develop into a lovely prospect.
Lot 175: Duke of Marmalade x Dressed To Impress colt ($NZ87,500)
A well made colt from the maiden crop of Duke of Marmalade out of a half-sister to G1 winning half-brothers Titanic Jack (Emirates Stakes etc) and Sober Suit (Toorak Hcp etc).
Lot 199: Starcraft x Fire Song colt ($NZ150,000) [seen below]
A lovely moving son of Starcraft from the G2 winning mare Fire Song. In 2009 we secured a quality Starcraft colt from this same sales ring that developed into the very promising Do You Think, a G3 winner at only his second career start.
Lot 259: High Chaparral x Jumble colt ($NZ125,000) [seen below]
A strapping son of High Chaparral from a daughter by classic influence Kaapstad. The mare Jumble has already left the G2 placegetter Veldt.
DGR snaps five from a progressive MM sale
And so the first yearling sale for 2012 has come to a close and DGR Thoroughbreds has returned with five purchases of real merit (see below).
As a litmus test for the proceeding sales season this year’s Magic Millions proved to be an intriguing animal. The first day’s trading was well down on 2011 ($124,403) with the day’s average settling at just over $118,000.
However, as buyers began to see the whites of vendors’ eyes a distinct shift in the sale took place in the early afternoon of the second day. Intense bidding for a Fastnet Rock colt that eventually changed hands for $960,000 certainly played a lead role in instilling market confidence and trade was noticeably more brisk from this moment on. The average for the second day leapt to over $140,000 and the average for the combined first two days was dragged to over $127,000.
History will show that the final sales average for the four days of trading held at this mark, settling at $127,175 a figure that was up on trading 12 months ago ($123,629) but still well off the pace of the 2007 high mark of $182,191.
Importantly, this year’s trading seems to have stemmed the slide of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales average in recent seasons which has continued to slip since 2007 _ 2008 ($157,321), 2009 ($131,632), 2010 ($129,399), 2011 ($124,403).
The sale’s median rose from $90,000 to $100,000, a nod to a more settled marketplace but perhaps the most enlightening statistics was that the clearance rate was a very encouraging 84.4 percent. Such a mark is indicative of a strong buying pool and a good spread of horses for different segments of the market. Credit to the Magic Millions for achieving such a figure. It is an encouraging start to 2011 for the industry at large.
From the ground the Magic Millions very much felt as though it was a buyers’ market despite rises to the average and median. For its part DGR targeted trading on Day 1 when the marketplace was most tentative and snapped up Lot 13 an Encosta de Lago x Gu Li (NZ) filly that is a half-sister to G1 New Zealand Oaks winner Jungle Rocket for only $110,000. Later in the day Lot 144 was added to this haul for the sale price, a well made Northern Meteor colt from the G3 winner Miss Vandal who has already produced the G2 winner Miss Marielle, a three-quarter sister to the above mentioned colt.
Additional purchases include:
Lot 191: an athletic Fastnet Rock colt by the multiple G1 winner Perfect Promise. This colt was secured for $150,000.
Lot 596: a Fastnet Rock x Ekleel colt which caught our attention the moment it walked out of its stall. This quality individual was secured for $210,000.
Lot 624: a Starcraft x First Date colt was picked up late in the evening of the Saturday night session for only $60,000. Starcraft has already provided our clients great joy with the G3 winner Do You Think and this fellow’s dam is a half-sister to the promising stallion Not A Single Doubt.
Lot 13: Encosta de Lago x Gu Li filly (half-sister to G1 New Zealand Oaks winner Jungle Rocket)
Lot 144: Northern Meteor x Miss Vandal colt (a three-quarter brother to G2 winner Miss Marielle)
Lot 191: Fastnet Rock x Perfect Promise colt
Lot 596: Fastnet Rock x Ekleel colt
Lot 624: Starcraft x First Date colt
A cracking Fastnet Rock colt secured on Day 2
A stronger days trading yesterday on Day 2 at the Magic Millions didn’t limit the opportunity to buy quality yearlings at very competitive prices. DGR was again active securing a well made Fastnet Rock colt out of the multiple G1 winning mare Perfect Promise.
The bay or brown colt (pictured right) slipped through the cracks at $150,000, a price we were delighted to take considering Fastnet Rock’s salesaverage at the time of writing stands at $255,357.
Perfect Promise was a champion filly in her native South Africa annexing the G1 Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas before being shipped to Australia and winning the G1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and G2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) as well as being runner-up in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Perfect Promise’s full-sister, Irridescence, a multiple G1 winner in two hemispheres has a young colt that has already won under race conditions.
The rise in activity yesterday warmed vendors with the average for Day 2 topping $140,000 a distinct rise on the opening day’s trade which averaged just over $118,000. After two days trading the sales average stands at $127,977 and is on par with the 2011 sales average of $127,202.
Magic Millions - DGR active
The first day of the first yearling sale of 2012 and DGR Thoroughbreds elected to be proactive in what is proving to be a tentative market. Two quality lots were secured on the opening day of trading at very competitive prices.
Lot 13, an Encosta de Lago x Gu Li filly was snapped up for $110,000. The half-sister to G1 New Zealand Oaks winner Jungle Rocket was good buying, changing hands for less than service fee. Importantly, Gu Li is a proven producer of quality stock. Four of her five foals to race have won and Jungle Rocket will be given every opportunity to enhance the family further.
Lot 144 (Northern Meteor x Miss Vandal colt ), a three-quarter brother to high quality group winning mare Miss Marielle from the group winning mare Miss Vandal was good buying at $110,000. The athletic chestnut caught the eye as a good mover with a touch of quality.
The average for the first day of the sale slipped 6.5 percent on last year's mark to just under $119,000 with buyers holding sway over vendors.
Course record required to better So You Think
It is easy to assume disappointment must follow defeat. But in the ever courageous So You Think it was impossible not to applaud his performance overnight in the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot.
On a stage that has long been the backdrop of racing’s true glitterati, at a venue that has witnessed the kind of turf warfare that elevates champions to greats it is appropriate to put So You Think’s performance into some context.
Brigadier Gerard, Dubai Millennium and Fantastic Light, among the benchmarks of racehorse excellence anywhere in the world in recent decades, have all imposed themselves at Ascot. None have run over its testing 10 furlongs faster than So You Think forced Cirrus Des Aignes to run last night. Indeed, none have runner faster than So You Think ran for that matter.
And while a stopwatch isn’t the sole arbiter of the greatness of a performance it can provide some enlightenment. So You Think’s effort to race on the heels of pacemakers off such a gruelling pace, to slide passed the capable Nathaniel and to only be snared in the closing strides is indicative of his place among the world’s current elite.
It is appropriate too that such a performance reaffirms his place as the standard bearer for older horses across Europe. For the first time in his career So You Think was bettered in successive starts. However, on each occasion a course record was rewritten _ firstly in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and secondly in the Champion Stakes _ in two of Europe’s most esteemed events and on each occasion the son of High Chaparral was unflinching to the end.
His northern hemisphere record stands at seven starts for four wins, two seconds and his unlucky Arc fourth. In all, he has accumulated eight group one triumphs in three countries from only 19 career appearances.
At times honour is won not just by the victor but by those who push rivals to greater heights.
A Great Ambassador in victory and defeat
Since leaving our shores late last year So You Think has shown a wider audience many things we already knew here. That he acts on fast to heavy ground. That he can quicken off a slow or fast tempo. That he is adaptable and versatile and ever so game.
Longchamp and its flagship race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, was always going to test all of these attributes. This is the race that tops the ‘wanted list’ of most of the thoroughbred worlds’ purists. This is the race that the world’s best middle distance performers are funnelled into. To start is to be a star.
This time So You Think was unable to etch his name on an honour roll as deep as any race from any jurisdiction but in defeat he was certainly not a failure.
Concerns about him being caught wide or back going into the first sweeping corner of Longchamp proved justified from a horror barrier draw but when the mettle of the world’s best was being tested he was not found wanting. Aside from the heroic Germany filly and eventual winner, Danedream, none finished better.
In defeat So You Think confirmed his post as the best older male in world racing; as arguably the best older performer in Europe and reaffirmed the belief that this Antipodean deserved his tilt at racing in a bigger, more challenging pond.
So You Think’s presence in this great race and in turn the spotlight of the world media that he directed onto our region and the industries within it has been immense and hard to fathom. Hopefully he also inspired many owners and budding owners to dream about such challenges in the future and realize such goals are not a leap too far.
Finally, congratulations to Danedream and all associated with her. This is a filly of the highest order and one deserving of global acclaim. This gifted German, who rose from humble beginnings, is again a reminder that greatness can come from anywhere.
GREATNESS DOESN’T HAVE TO COST THE WORLD
In snaring the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown over the weekend, So You Think did many things. He lifted his G1 tally to eight from only 17 career starts, he confirmed his place among the elite of world racing and he again became a prudent reminder that greatest doesn’t have to come at a cost.
There was a time when many thought Octagonal’s earnings mark of $5.8m would stand for some time as our benchmark for earnings. So You Think is one of seven to have earned more than the Ingham family’s fantastically gifted performer and of these seven he is the only entire.
What is particularly rewarding is that two of those seven to have won $6 million or more are DGR Thoroughbred purchases. I refer to So You Think and Viewed. In a world of high purchases and big money spending both stars could have been picked up for a total of about $150,000. Viewed, the 2008 Melbourne Cup and 2009 Caulfield Cup winner was a $50,000 buy. So You Think a $NZ110,000 purchase from New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka sales ring. Together the have won more than $13 million.
NAMEPRIZE MONEYRACE RECORD
1Makybe Diva$14,526,68536: 15-4-3
4So You Think$7,041,37517: 12-3-1
5Fields of Omagh$6,496,24045: 13-8-7
6Takeover Target$6,019,40041: 21-6-4
9Lonhro$5,790,510 35: 26-3-2
That So You Think has against jumped another hurdle five months after his maiden run at the Curragh is testament to the team at Ballydoyle and the manner in which they have kept our charge ‘percolating’ along. It is no easy feat to have an elite performer peaking on multiple occasions over such an extended period of time and there are more occasions to come when peaking will be required.
The interest in So You Think and his next possible assignment again highlights the importance of his mission as an Australian thoroughbred envoy to the world. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Championship Stakes, the Cox Plate, a win in any of the three will see history rewritten and will again illuminate racing for the right reasons. The anticipation will only continue to build from here.
Epic Eclipse To A Truly Special Racehorse
The joy was in the watching. For all lovers of thoroughbreds and thoroughbred racing, So You Think’s overnight heroics were both exhilarating and intoxicating.
Credit belongs to a horse that has defied immense obstacles to adapt to racing and training in different hemispheres and with different racing patterns to performance with a consistency equalled only by the truly elite.
It is clichéd to say So You Think has left an indelible impression on all lucky enough to be associated with him but it is a statement hard not to reiterate.
He won his first Cox Plate while actually a juvenile and at only his fifth career start. Had his second at his 10th career appearance and 16 race in has netted seven G1s in three different countries. Hopefully the ride is far from over.
Gold Cup down. Royal Ascot awaits.
Two races in, two wins down and now Royal Ascot awaits. For all who have followed So You Think’s progress from his humble beginnings as Lot 424 at the 2008 Karaka Premier Sale or who have joined his growing legion of admirers in the time since then, the dominance of his win in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup overnight was immensely satisfying.
For the second successive time So You Think showed New Zealand bred runners are the equal of anywhere in the world. For the second successive time So You Think showed Australian trained performers are more than sprinters.
And with glasses a distinct rose hue I can’t help but wish that So You Think can take a further step towards greatness at Britain’s premier race meeting – Royal Ascot.
Thanks to the foresight and patience of Bart Cummings, Aidan O’Brien has inherited a racehorse that is only 14 races into his career. It is not inconceivable then that this gifted individual could rewrite history and become a Royal Ascot winner. That he will have to lift his level of performance again to achieve such a title is guaranteed. That he relishes a stoush is just as certain.
SO YOU THINK TAKES TO THE WORLD STAGE
It is doubtful more Australians and New Zealanders have ever risen at an awkward hour to pay so much attention to a minor stakes race at the Curragh. And it was with enormous pride that I was among the bleary eyed Sky Channel viewers cheering on So You Think as he ruthlessly put his rivals to the sword.
The Gr.3 Mooresbridge Stakes is the beginning of what Dato Tan Chin Nam, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, his new part-owners Coolmore and I hope will be something very special. No horse from this region has made a significant tilt at Europe’s premier races in more than 26 years. Strawberry Road’s heroics in 1984 in Germany’s Grosser Preis von Baden and when a gallant fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are greater than what many recall.
That so many made the effort to see So You Think’s seasonal bow is testament to both his drawing power and an interest in seeing whether he can achieve all we hope he can. The weight of expectation is understandably great. But with it comes a peerless opportunity to showcase to the world the quality of our thoroughbreds and horsemanship.
It is a challenge that Coolmore and Aiden O’Brien have invested in heavily. It could be argued that neither has ever inherited a horse with such a reputation or race record but both parties have embraced the prospect of helping a champion racehorse showcase his talents to the world and they should be applauded for the risk they have taken.
So now expectation is replaced with an even greater expectation. We watch this space in earnest.
Easter Hot But Quality There At All Levels
If the strength of an industry can be measured by the fortunes of its premier yearling sale then this year’s edition of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale was one that left those in attendance in little doubt that confidence is returning to Australia’s thoroughbred industry.
It goes without saying that bidding was fierce when the median for the sale leapt 12.5 percent to $180,000, when two lots reached the million dollar mark and when a total of 34 yearlings changed hands for $500,000 or more. However DGR Thoroughbred Services secured six quality yearlings and Dato Tan Chin Nam was most astute in the selection of a son of Casino Prince in the second session of the sale.
Those added to our future racing team are:
Lot 62: Starcraft x Spirited Dancer (Ire). This is a strongly made colt that had real presence. We hope he can mirror the rise of last year’s Starcraft purchase, Do You Think, who has shown great potential in his maiden preparation to win a group race and perform admirably in group one company.
Lot 188: Fastnet Rock x Cinque. A racy filly by a quality sire, she was snapped by quickly by a number of our good clients.
Lot 267: Dylan Thomas x Golden Bridge (NZ). As a half-sister to Gr.1 winning filly Arlingtonboulevard this yearling carries considerable residual value. We hope to add to that value with her on the track.
Lot 270: More Than Ready x Grand Prospect. A colt that caught our eye from the minute we saw him and we hope he will catch the attention of many in the coming seasons. He is blessed with real quality and athleticism and is a half-brother to Grand Journey, a filly who had enough ability to annex the Gr.1 WATC Derby against her male counterparts.
Lot 407: Bernardini x Polar Success. At the start of the yearling sales season I wouldn’t have anticipated signing for three yearlings by the former champion US dirt performer Bernardini. However, this masculine, strongly made colt out of a Golden Slipper winner ensured this was the case.
Lot 452: Holy Roman Emperor x Zaharah (NZ). This is a family we know well and this colt was a good example of what The Perfume Gardens family can deliver. He showed himself as a relaxed type with a good depth of girth and strong shoulder and quarters. With time he should grow into a lovely specimen.
Lot 493: Casino Prince x Grandmartin. Dato Tan won out in a bidding duel to secure this colt that has similar traits to his close relation Wonderful World.
Lot 62: Starcraft x Spirited Dancer (Ire) colt
Lot 188: Fastnet Rock x Cinque filly
Lot 267: Dylan Thomas x Golden Bridge (NZ) filly
Lot 270: More Than Ready x Grand Prospect colt
Lot 407: Bernardini x Polar Success colt
Lot 452: Holy Roman Emperor x Zaharah (NZ)
Lot 493: Casino Prince x Grandmartin
Do You Think makes for an enjoyable day out
Dato Tan Chin Nam’s famous black and white checkerboard and gold sleeved colours were carried to a second stakes win in three weeks when Do You Think posted a dominant win in the Gr.3 ATC The Schweppervescence (1400m) in race record time at Rosehill Gardens yesterday.
The colt’s win followed the encouraging return to racing by Kudakulari who annexed the Listed Canberra Guineas. Both Do You Think and Kudakulari could be starters on ATC Australian Derby Day with the Gr.1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes and Listed Carbine Club Stakes possible respective targets for the duo.
Yesterday’s triumph, and the fast finishing second of I Think I Do in the Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes, was made even more enjoyable with both Dato Tan Chin Nam and his wife the Datine on hand at Rosehill. Hopefully their success extends to next weekend, a day they have enjoyed previously thanks to stars such as Roman Emperor.
The emergence of Do You Think is most encouraging and thanks must be passed on to Bart and James Cummings and their team at Leilani Lodge. Thanks must also be passed on to Selena Phillis for his formative education and to jockey Hugh Bowman who is not only saluting with this young colt but teaching Do You Think race craft in each of his runs. We look forward to his continued growth this preparation and beyond.
A Birthday To Remember
Bart Cummings delivered his good friend Dato Tan Chin Nam a birthday present to remember when Do You Think overcame greenness to post an imposing debut win at Canterbury Park tonight.
No designated target has been set for the colt but Cummings will have a myriad of options available to him especially if the assessment of jockey Hugh Bowman is any indication. The high class hoop was to the point in his assessment, stamping Do You Think as a stakes class horse.
“Midweek horses don’t show that turn of foot,” he said.
“I got a lovely track into the race but he was green and didn’t know what to do, it was all a bit new to him. But I got him balanced up and the last 50 metres was very good. He’s a horse I’d like to stick with.”
James Cummings, foreman for his grandfather, was also glowing in his praise for a horse who may develop into the next high class performer for owners Dato Tan and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya. The duo has owned in a number of thoroughbreds and continue to share in the ownership of their most significant horse to date, So You Think.
“[Do You Think] is a lovely horse owned by Dato Tan and Tunku Ahmad, they make a very good team and they have another nice horse,” Cummings said.
“Today is Dato Tan’s 85th birthday so happy birthday Dato Tan.”
Do You Think was purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services for $NZ360,000 at the 2010 Karaka Yearling Sales, a sale that has also netted our company a number of quality stakes performers including So You Think, Catalan Opening, Pendragon, Precedence and Zazabelle.
Kudakulari collects Canberra Guineas
Kudakulari returned to winning form when annexing the Listed $100,000 Canberra Guineas (1400m) at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday. The gelding, owned by Dato Tan Chin Nam and the Lucky Eight Syndicate, will now press on to the Sydney Autumn Carnival with the Gr.2 Frank Packer Plate a possible target.
The Bart Cummings trained runner settled well back in the field at his first run back since the spring before jockey Corey Brown brought him into the race before the corner with a sustained sweeping run. Kudakulari was the widest runner in to the straight and comfortably wore down Sworn To Secrecy before Brown eased him down to score by a half length.
Kudakulari has now won two stakes races in 11 career starts and looks set to replicate the form that suggested he was a most promising middle distance performer. The son of Savabeel has already won back more than his $140,000 purchase price and will hopefully continue to progress this preparation for his connections.
Curtain Called on Faint Perfume
Connections of Faint Perfume are eagerly anticipating the next journey with their multiple group one winner after her racing career was curtailed today.
The dominant filly of her generation, Faint Perfume won the Gr.1 VRC Oaks, Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes and was placed in both the Gr.1 AJC Australian Oaks and Gr.1 Thousand Guineas on her way to being crowned Champion Filly of 2009.
It was a heady rise for a performer who was overlooked at the yearling sales, being bought back by breeder Dato Tan Chin Nam and good friends Alan and Coleen Jackson for $40,000 before going on to win almost $1.5 million in earnings.
Faint Perfume will always hold a special affection for Dato Tan as she was the first Group One winner bred at his boutique Think Big Stud. The daughter of Shamardal is currently enjoying the spacious paddocks of the Burradoo operation. No breeding decisions have been made as yet.
For the second time in a fortnight the red and white silks of our good client Mr Chua have been carried to success in Sydney by a promising performer.
Kim Heaven’s debut success in last night’s Chris Scott 25 Years 3YO Maiden (1250m) at Canterbury Park followed the slick display by Kim Divine at the same track 14 days earlier. Hopefully Mr Chua’s good fortune can continue next week when Kim Divine, who he races with Dato Tan Chin Nam, takes his place in the Gr.2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield. Both performers have been progressing well under the care of Bart Cummings.
Kim Heaven, a $70,000 purchase from the 2009 Melbourne Premier Sale, was particularly professional last night when coming from a midfield position to surge passed her rivals and score by a half length.
THAT OAKS FEELING
Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings suggested Royal Feeling may develop into an AJC Australian Oaks contender after her narrow success in the Free Entry Today Maiden Plate (1800m) at Randwick.
The master horseman was impressed by the fortitude of his charge when under pressure and feels that similar displays, when tested over more ground, will hold her in good stead this autumn.
Part-owner Dato Tan Chin Nam has certainly celebrated Oaks success previously with Cummings with the duo having collected the Randwick feature with Danendri in 1997. Faint Perfume, last season’s dominant classic filly, was bidding to become a rare dual Oaks winner in 2010 for Dato Tan and Cummings having snared the VRC equivalent the previous spring but could do no better than a game second to the free-rolling Once Were Wild.
“[Royal Feeling] may be an Oaks filly especially if she can stay a bit further,” Cumming said post race.
“She’s a nice filly and did well today. Hopefully she can keep improving from that.”
Royal Feeling, pictured, was purchased for $62,500 by Duncan Ramage at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sales and has a pedigree that lends itself to staying influences. Her dam Diamond Hill was runner-up in the New Zealand St. Leger and her second dam, Royal Tiara, won the Gr.1 Auckland Cup and was runner-up in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks.
Today’s success was the first for Royal Feeling in nine attempts however it is worth noting that the three-year-old has campaigned strongly against some promising gallopers including a runner-up performance behind Palomares who saluted in listed company two starts later during last year’s Melbourne spring carnival.
Favourable Yearling Updates
Whether by luck or good fortune a selection of our early season yearling purchases have been blessed with some significant updates in recent days.
The merits of securing the Thorn Park x Visique filly from New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale were immediately reinforced with Thorn Park posting a trans-Tasman group winning double. The talented Centennial Park hinted that he could be in for a fantastic autumn campaign after recording his most important result to date in the $200,000 Gr.2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. The five-year-old gelding accounted for some of Sydney’s most gifted sprinters including Love Conquers All and dual Gr.1 winner Hot Danish.
Earlier in the day Thorn Park’s New Zealand based flagbearer, Jimmy Choux, strolled to an effortless win in the Gr.3 Waikato Guineas (2000m), in the process showing that he is poised to add to a curriculum vitae that already includes success in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes.
Magic Millions purchases Excites x Stylish Channel and One Cool Cat x Silken Whisper were also aided by favourite results with the former seeing his first season sire, Excites post his third winner from as many runners when Stirring Emotions saluted at Bathurst.
While on Friday night at Moonee Valley the young stallion Churchill Downs, a half-brother to our One Cool Cat x Silken Whisper filly, recorded his first winner when Emerald Downs comfortably accounted for her rivals at only her second career start.
So He Is The Worlds Best
The heroics of So You Think were acknowledge on the world stage earlier this month when the International Federation of Horse Authorities anointed him the world’s equal Champion Intermediate Turf Performer and the Champion Stayer for 2010.
In ranking the Bart Cummings trained four-year-old on 126 the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee confirmed So You Think as the highest ranked Australian racehorse since the international rankings system began in 2002. Previously the highest mark had been 124, jointly achieved by Northerly (2002) and Makybe Diva (2005).
So You Think’s devastating spring haul of four successive group one wins _ Gr.1 Underwood Stakes, Gr.1 Yalumba Stakes, Gr.1 W.S. Cox Plate and Gr.1 Mackinnon Stakes _ proved just as irresistible to the international panel of handicappers as it did to his throng of Australian fans. Interestingly his title of Champion Intermediate Turf Performer was shared with his new Ballydoyle stablemates, Cape Blanco (Gr.1 Irish Champion Stakes) and Rip Van Winkle (Gr.1 Juddmonte International).
In a further boost to Australia’s thoroughbred industry Black Caviar was crowned Champion Sprinter of the World with her ranking of 123.
“The rankings achieved are a wonder advertisement for the quality of the Australian racing and breeding industries,” Greg Carpenter, Australia’s WTR committee representative, told The Age.
“To have Champion Sprinter, Intermediate and [Champion] Stayer is an outstanding result and what is most pleasing is that their record performances came here in Australia during the spring carnival, not while competing overseas.”
Since the closure of the Spring Carnival it has been a relatively quiet time by comparison on the racing front with most of the group horses spelling and then returning to preliminary stages of training for the Autumn Group races. This presents a time for the lesser experienced horses to get some grounding and over the pre Christmas periodThink Ahead won his maiden at his fifth start after previous placings and has long term promise while early in the New Year, Gengiz Khan, a $42,500 Inglis Easter Yearling purchase for the Singapore based Ezaro Stable made his debut in Singapore, leading all the way for a tough win. A special thanks to the Emma Mayfield-Smith stable at Hawkesbury who handled and educated Gengiz Khan as a two year old prior to his export to Singapore. Our time has also been recently spent at the Magic Millions sales where we purchased colts by More Than Ready (lot 120), Shamardal (lot 203), Street Sense (lot 108), Excites (lot 851) and a lone filly by One Cool Cat (lot 522).
Gengiz Khan salutes on debut at Kranji
A Measure Of Sadness
It is with mixed feelings that I have been involved in the transaction to sell a percentage of the champion So You Think who will now continue his racing career overseas. Everyone who has come to be involved with this horse, whether myself, the team at Think Big Stud, the master trainer Bart Cummings, his stable staff such as Reg Fleming, Joe Agresta, Richard Hickey and James Cummings are all saddened that we may perhaps not see him race in the flesh again here in Australia.
In a romantic world it would be great to see So You Think finish off his racing in Australia. I believe Australian racing is as strong as racing in the rest of the world and as good a proving ground as anywhere for the superior racehorse.
However, the partial sale of So You Think to Coolmore Stud will ensure that he will get every chance to win the most prestigious Group 1 races in England and France to the lasting benefit of Australasian breeding and racing. At the same time the partial sale will guarantee So You Think’s availability to Australasian breeders when he commences his stud career.
So You Think’s Mackinnon stakes’ win was one of the best wins of any horse I have had the pleasure to be associated with. In driving rain, he again beat the nation’s best weight for age performers, and any doubters as to his championship status, despite two Cox Plate wins before his fourth birthday this Wednesday, 10 November, were swiftly put back in their box after his devastating performance.
The Melbourne Cup, given his Cox Plate preparation, his relative inexperience, and the tough conditions of the two mile test, proved beyond him at this stage, but despite my own personal sadness at his departure from Australia, many, many Australians will relish watching what we hope will be his ascendancy towards becoming one of the world’s greatest racehorses in the next twelve months. We were all extremely proud of his gallant third placing to two very good stayers.
There has been a lot of conjecture in the media about the partial sale of So You Think but I believe that in selling a share in So You Think to Coolmore the owners have given the horse himself a position on the roster of one of the worlds great stud farms.
Let’s hope we get the opportunity to watch So You Think’s career reach a new high in the future, perhaps in a race like the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
So You Think Returns To Scale After the MacKinnon
Some of So You Think's Fans
Pictures Say A Thousand Words
Need we say more after Cox Plate 2010 day with both So You Think defending his Cox Plate Gr1 title from last year and Precedence winning the Moonee Valley Cup Gr2 and in doing so getting his second penalty this spring for the Melbourne Cup (and yet still unsure of a place in the Melbourne Cup Field). We must remind that So You Think's second Cox Plate win was only his tenth race start and he is not yet four year old, not that he looks like anybody's baby. In a very busy time pictures tell the best story.
So You Think' 2nd Cox Plate
Precedence' Moonee Valley Cup
A Bit Of Indulgence
After the Yalumba Stakes Gr1 on Saturday, So You Think attained a revised “Timeform” rating of 131, making him the seventh highest Australian rated horse since the ratings introduction. We also had minor success during the week with I Think I Do winning his maiden at Warwick Farm at his second racecourse appearance. I Think I Do has a long way to go to be compared with So You Think but he is a nice colt by Redoute’s Choice out of a Wakeful Stakes Gr2 winner and not that expensive either at $220,000 by comparison with other yearlings from the same Easter Sale. This weekend includes the Gr1 winners Faint Perfume and Dariana contest the Caulfield Cup Gr1which we were able to win last year with Viewed. Dato’ Tan Chin Nam is an owner in all the aforementioned horses in this story with many of his friends. For now we will be a bit indulgent and post up a few pictures of the very handsome So You Think.
So You Think puts them away in the Yalumba Stakes Gr1
Jockey Stephen Arnold looks for dangers and eases down
The Yalumba Stakes winners rug
Head study after the Yalumba Stakes
We agree with Tara
We Think He’s More Than Special
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 9 October 2010
In a spring carnival packed with stars there is one name that stands above them all.
A four year-old stallion by High Chaparral (IRE), So You Think is a horse that comes along rarely - a supremely beautiful individual that takes your breath away at first sight and makes your heart beat faster when you see him run.
So You Think (pictured www.stevehart.com.au the day as a $2.50 favourite ahead of Whobegotyou to win the Cox Plate on Betchoice’s market, but could firm into an odds-on quote a fortnight out from Australasia’s weight-for-age championship after another scintillating performance to win the Group One MRC Yalumba Stakes over 2000 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.
Jockey Steven Arnold had So You Think travelling comfortably throughout and there was never a second where the result was in doubt.
Last year’s Cox Plate winner strode to the lead at the top of the straight and bid the field good day with Alcopop turning in his best performance this campaign to run second beaten three and a quarter lengths, while Whobegotyou battled into third place.
Cummings’s Melbourne stable foreman Reg Fleming described win as “pretty painless” and an ideal Cox Plate trial.
“It’s pretty good when they win like that,” Fleming said. “Any win is good before the Cox Plate but that win was extra special today.
“I think the run the other day took a bit of sting out of him and he is half-slipping into his stride now.”
A $110,000 purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Windsor Park Stud draft at the 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, So You Think (pictured as a yearling) is raced by long time Cummings client and friend Dato Tan Chin Nam in partnership with Tunku Ahmad Yahaya.
The star four year-old has won six of nine starts earning $2.8 million in prizemoney during his brief career to date.
Bred by NZ based hobby breeder Cecile Smith in partnership with Windsor Park Stud's Mike Moran, So You Think is the seventh living foal of Group Two winner Triassic.
Triassic has a two year-old colt by Elusive City (USA) that fetched $260,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale this year
High Chaparral (IRE) is currentl covering a star studded book of mares at a fee of $88,000 at Coolmore in Australa.
Caulfield - Saturday, 9 October 2010
Race 5 Yalumba Stakes
Group 1 2000m
Time: 2:02.45.(0:33.50 (600m)
Prizemoney: $400,000 - 1st: $240,000 2nd: $72,000 3rd: $36,000.
1 So You Think (NZ)J B CummingsS W Arnold$1.4058.0
Lot 424 2008 NZB NZ Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
Vendor: Windsor Park Stud Ltd.
Buyer: DGR THOROUGHBRED SERVICES
23.3AlcopopJake StephensM Zahra$4159.0
31.5WhobegotyouM A KavanaghM Rodd$459.0
Lot 172 2007 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $19,500
4Red Ruler (NZ)J G SargentM R Du Plessis$6159.0
5Master O'Reilly (NZ)D T O'BrienD Dunn$8159.0
6Empires Choice (NZ)J B CummingsD Oliver$2659.0
Sale Results for Triassic. Click here for full results
YEARSALE (click for sale stats)COL/SEXNAMESIREBUYERPRICE
2010Australian Easter Broodmare SaleB./FUniversal PrincePatinack Farm Pty Ltd$215,000
2010NZ Premier Yearling SaleBa/CElusive CityO'BRIEN THOROUGHBREDS$260,000
2009National Broodmare SaleBa/MCircus DanceCarnegieWithdrawn
2009National Broodmare Select SessionBa/MPride'n'prejudiceUniversal PrinceWithdrawn
2008NZ Premier Yearling SaleBa/CSo You ThinkHigh ChaparralDGR THOROUGHBRED SERVICES$110,000
2006Conrad Jupiters Yearling Sale Ses 5Ba/FPRIDE'N'PREJUDICEUniversal PrincePsd $28,000 Res $30,000
2006National Yearling SaleBa/FPRIDE'N'PREJUDICEUniversal PrincePsd $6,000 Res $10,000
2005National Yearling SaleBa/CTRIGONOMETRYGalileoMAGIC MILLIONS AS AGENT$110,000
2003NZ Premier Yearling SaleBa/CCarnegieMr Bruce Elkington$95,000
2002NZ Premier Yearling SaleBa/CTale of the CatNew Zealand Bloodstock Ltd$140,000
Going With The Flow
With a little bit more of the spring water flowing under the bridge, the flow for our clients thus far has been quite satisfactory. So You Think and Faint Perfume were named 3yo male and 3yo female at the National Horse of The Year Awards in Melbourne. So You Think has run again and “trounced” his opposition in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. He is now posted short priced favourite to win the Cox Plate and thus post back to back Cox Plate wins. If he were to achieve these heights, his Cox Plate defence will be only his tenth career start. Not to be outdone, finishing second to So You Think in the Gr1 Underwood was stablemate Dariana, already a Gr1 winner against the males via the QTC Derby Gr1. Her second run back from a spell has seen her posted as current favourite for the Gr1 Caulfield Cup to be run a week before the Cox Plate. A further stablemate in Precedence will also continue to stake his claim towards the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups with a run in the JRA Cup on Friday night after he ran an excellent fourth in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr2 behind the proven weight age horses of Whobegotyou, Typhoon Tracy & Shoot Out. Whobegotyous’ owner Lawrence Eales collected the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam trophy with Whobegotyou, Lawrence also collected a smaller prize during the week with the Dato Tan Chin Nam bred and sold Liveandletdie at Geelong Thursday. Another stablemate and stakeswinner, Kudakulari also made hisMelbourne debut with a satisfactory run in the Guineas Prelude Gr3 on the Underwood day card. He will step out again in the Gr1 Guineas itself but a Gr1 VRC Derby tilt might also be suitable. We note Kudakulari may meet the aforementioned Liveandletdie in the Guineas who has moved up the prepost betting for that race since his last win.
Honoured to do the honours for our clients at National The Horse of The Year Awards
Easy does it for So You Think with an ear cocked
So You Think resplendant again in another winners rug
So You Think after the Underwood
Reg Fleming, Joe Agresta, Stephen Arnold & self with reason to smile after the Underwood.
Season 2010/11 Openers
Our clients’ horses closed the 09/10 season with a great deal of success and some of that success was acknowledged in the ARB Rankings, with a synopsis in our most recent news stories. The 2010/11 season and in particular the Spring Carnival effectively opened for our clients and a number of the same horses this weekend in Melbourne & Sydney. So You Think, the star, the freak (not our words but those of others) returned in superstar fashion in the Memsie Stakes Gr2 to beat some of the very best weight for age horses going around. Not much more we need to say as so much has been reported other than to hope he can continue to beat these horses and all comers for the rest of the spring with defending his Cox Plate crown the main mission. Also at Caulfield Faint Perfume, Brightnight and Precedence all resumed. We prefer to let the tipsters work it all out but we were happy across the board. In Sydney, 3yo Kudakulari, already a stakes winning 2yo erased the poor showing in the Gr3 Run to the Rose with and eye catching performance in the $1m Gr1 Golden Rose. Kudakulari will join his stablemates in Melbourne to be set for some of the feature 3yo races. Dariana, another Group 1 winner from the team is set to resume her spring this coming Saturday in the Let’s Elope Stakes, a race named after one of Bart’s great mares.
So You Think in his latest winners rug
Holding acknowledged performer Whobegotyou at bay
Relaxed after his effort
Several in the ARB Rankings for 2009/10
Cummings Horses Top Ratings
Breednet - Media Release - Friday, 6 August 2010
On the eve of the first Black Type races of the new season the 2009/10 ANZ Classifications have been released reflecting the best individual performances by horses during the recently concluded racing year in Australia and New Zealand.
The highest rating for an individual performance during the season was 122 achieved by the Bart Cummings trained pair SO YOU THINK and VIEWED.
So You Think (pictured) (High Chaparral-Triassic) exploded onto the Australian racing season with a scintillating all the way win in the W.S. Cox Plate [G1], the WFA Championship of Australasia at just his 5th race start. He replicated his race performance rating of 122 again in the Cantala Stakes [G1] over 1600m carrying 53.5kg (1.5kg more than WFA) when 2nd to All American against older horses.
Viewed (Scenic-Lovers Knot) became the first horse since Rising Fast (1955) to come back and win a Caulfield Cup after winning the Melbourne Cup in the previous year. In carrying 57kg to victory in the World’s richest 2400m Handicap race, the ill-fated Viewed generated a rating of 122, topping the long and extended category. His death is a loss not only for his connections but also to the Australian Racing Industry.
Champion Sprinter STARSPANGLEDBANNER (pictured) was the next highest rated horse at 121 for both his wins over 6 furlongs (1200m) in the Golden Jubilee Stakes [G1] at Royal Ascot in June and the July Cup [G1] at Newmarket.
Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem) did the majority of his racing during the 2009.10 season in Australia and like Haradasun (2007.8) who transferred to Aidan O’Brien to win the Queen Anne Stakes in June 2008, all his racetrack performances during the season in review have been included.
Any performances by Starspangledbanner after 31 July 2010, outside of Australia will not be included in any future ANZ Listings
A third placing in the July Cup by the Paul Messara trained mare ALVERTA (Flying Spur-Grilse) gave her an international rating of 115 and put her at the head of the sprint category for mares.
Outstanding miler TYPHOON TRACY (Red Ransom-Tracy’s Element) was the highest rated mare in Australia with a rating of 118 achieved four times in her wins in the C.F. Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes against all comers and the Empire Rose Stakes and Queen of the Turf Stakes
against her own sex, all at Group One level.
The best performance by a New Zealand-trained horse in New Zealand during the season was produced by VOSNE ROMANEE. The 7yo was a revelation in 2009.10 winning three times at Group One level in the Kelt Capital (2040m) and the Zabeel Classic and New Zealand Stakes (both 2000m). Vosne Romanee achieved a peak rating of 115 in the NZ Stakes at Ellerslie where he beat a star-studded field including Harris Tweed, Tell A Tale and Red Ruler.
Outstanding 3yo MONACO CONSUL achieved a rating of 116 when winning the Victoria Derby [G1]. Trained in New Zealand by Michael and Paul Moroney, Monaco Consul (High Chaparral-Argante) appears only in the name of Michael Moroney when racing in Australia.
The three-year-old listings were headed by So You Think and Starspangledbanner. Behind them were AJC Derby winner SHOOT OUT (High Chaparral-Pentamerous) and VRC Newmarket hero WANTED (Fastnet Rock-Fragmentation) (pictured) , both on 117.
The top three-year-old filly of the season was MELITO (Redoute’s Choice-Cloister) on 115, a mark she achieved in winning the T.J. Smith Stakes [G1] over 1200m against older horses at WFA and the Winter Stakes [G1] over 1400m where she took on the older mares.
Top class filly FAINT PERFUME (Shamardal-Zona) was next at 113 for her win in the Storm Queen Stakes over 2000m. Next in the listings and joint leaders in the long and extended category were AJC Oaks heroine ONCE WERE WILD (Johannesburg-Wildesong) and DARIANA (Redoute’s Choice-Beldarian) who beat the colts to score a runaway win in the Queensland Derby, both on 112.
In assessing the leading two-year-old’s the Committee concluded the 2010 Golden Slipper (1200m) produced the best performance of the season with the winner CRYSTAL LILY (pictured) rating 113 in her victory over Decision Time and More Strawberries.
Crystal Lily (Stratum-Crystal Snip) raced to the front at the 200m mark but ran out sharply in the concluding stages with her rider Brett Prebble unable to fully test her to the line.
The colts division was jointly headed by DECISION TIME (Foreplay-Daunting Thought) for his 2nd in the Golden Slipper to Crystal Lily and by Blue Diamond winner STAR WITNESS (Starcraft-Leone Chiara) on 112.
The best performance by a New Zealand trained two-year-old during the season was produced by NACHO MAN (Mr Nancho-El Coriero) , achieving a rating of 104 when winning the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m in April..
Season closing on Group 1 winners
Dariana’s dominating win in last Saturday’s QTC Derby Gr1 presented the last opportunity for our clients to win a Group 1 this racing season. Just under twelve months ago Russeting won the QTC Winter Stakes Gr1 for Bell View Park Stud, part owner of Dariana, who posted Bell View Park's second Gr1 inside of the twelve months. The Group I winners in that twelve month period included
Viewed – Caulfield Cup Gr1 (2008 Melbourne Cup)
So You Think – Cox Plate Gr1 (and Gloaming Stakes Gr3,
2nd Emirates Stakes Gr1)
Faint Perfume – VRC Oaks Gr1, Storm Queen S Gr1
(and Wakeful S Gr2, Kewney S Gr2, 2nd AJC Oaks Gr1)
Dariana – QTC Derby Gr1 (and AJC Frank Packer Plate
Gr3, 3rd Doomben Roses Gr3)
Allez Wonder – MRC Toorak Hcp Gr1
Russeting – QTC Winter Stakes Gr1
Other stakes and Group winners in the same twelve month period included Precedence (Listed), Kudakulari(Listed), Kroner (Gr2). These horse were acquired from various origins, So You Think, Dariana and Allez Wonder were purchased at yearling auctions in Australia & New Zealand, Viewed was purchased the from paddock as a yearling, Russeting from a tried horse sale while Faint Perfume was a homebred, a product of her grandmother and fellow dual Gr1 winner Danendri, who was purchased at auction as a yearling. Mares under management provided the aforementioned Faint Perfume and the likes of the unbeaten Group winner Sidera and the Group3 and Group 1 placed 3yo filly Marheta. Juveniles from other mares to step out and win include Big Storm & Liveandletdie.
Dariana coast home in the QTC Derby Gr1
Dariana returns to scale after the Derby
Same Again and the New
Since the final day of the Golden Slipper Festival and the conclusion of the Sydney Autumn carnival at Royal Randwick, quite a bit has occurred for ourselves and connections. Faint Perfume did win the Gr1 Storm Queen Stakes in exceptional circumstances and then but an equally commendable performance when failing to peg back the leader when runner up in the Gr1 AJC Oaks. A super filly who’s performances could well see her crowned 3yo Filly of the Year. Precedence won the Gr3 Manion Cup at Rosehill before unsatisfactory results in the Chairmans Hcp and Sydney Cup. 2yo Kudakulari burst onto the scene as a horse of note with placings in the Ballieu Hcp Lst and a strong win in the Fernhill Hcp Listed. Green and learning, he did get the run we had hoped when beaten only 2 lens in the Champagne Stakes Gr1. Rounding out our Group winners was Dariana, who at only her only her sixth career start beat the males in winning the Gr3 Frank Packer Plate. Dariana may well head to Brisbane having only been lightly raced so far this preparation. The others will get a well earned break. Midweek, Yaqubi got back into the winners list and now posts 3 wins from 11 starts. Over in Malaysia, Rook, a half brother to Think Money won his fifth career start. Also concerning our racing team was Bart Cummings’ prolonged flu and his first absence from the major days in 30 years. We have been in regular contact with Bart and we look forward to seeing him back on deck very soon.
The Jackson's Alan, Colleen & Christopher with there Vinery Stud Storm Queen Trophy
Dato' Tan Chin Nam at the trophy presentation with his co-owners
Faint Perfume herself, a Queen.
Newboy, Kudakulari wins the Fernhill Stakes
Kudakulari brought back to scale
Dariana also joins the list of new Group Winners
In the Lead Up to Slipper Day
Precedence did indeed win on Super Saturday at Flemington posting an impressive winning margin and time in the process. He furthered his career again with a solid win in last Saturdays Manion Cup Listed at Rosehill in a stop start affair but has enough in hand to deal with the potentially spoiling tactics. Another of our team Think Upopened his winning account at his third career start in a maiden at Kembla’s big Sunday meeting. Slipper Day at Rosehill sees a number of our clients horses aiming contest Group 1’s, Faint Perfume in the Storm Queen StakesGr1, Roman Emperor in the BMW Gr1, Allez Wonder in the Queen of the Turf Gr1. They will be joined at the track we hope with Kroner in the Star Kingdom Stakes Gr3, Suyama in the Tulloch Stakes Gr2 and maybeKudakulari in the Baillieu Stakes Listed. Dariana is also programmed to run at Caulfield and maybe some provincial runners. Aside from our racing interests, the main focus for the week will be assessing the yearlings on offer at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales. But in this this update it would be remiss of us not to congratulate of friends who had the joy of Rock Classic winning the Australian Guineas Gr1, Messrs Whelan, Whelan, Whelan & Mula and so nearly repeat joy in the Rosehill Guineas Gr1. Nice horse.
Precedence gets the job done in the Manion Cup Listed
Evergreen Bart Cummings sizes up the horses at Rosehill
Jockey Luke Nolan gives his appraisal of Precedence at Flemington
Messrs Whelan, Whelan, Whelan & Mula (which one is Mula?) at Flemington
Our Super Saturday
Since our last update just a few weeks we have had the highs and lows of racing. Winners include Precedence, a former St Leger placegetter returning to the winners enclosure over an unsuitable 1600m at Moonee Valley,Dariana, a Redoutes’ Choice filly winning her maiden in good style at Canterbury, Redoutebelle also at Canturbury and Faint Perfume returning from winning the Wakeful S Gr2 & VRC Oaks Gr1 in the spring with a slashing first up win in the $400,000 Kewney Stakes Gr2 at Flemington. We were perhaps fortunate to see Faint Perfume win by about 45 minutes with the freak storm to hit Flemington at 2pm which cancelled the remainder of the programme. Faint Pefume joins our millioinaires club with her Kewney win. Less fortunate was the news that we have had to spell two of our stars, both multi-millionaires in So You Think and Viewed for the autumn. Big 2009 spring campaigns perhaps took more out of them to peak again so soon than the calendar allowed for the Autumn targets but both horses will return to training in time for Spring 2010 campaigns. If it is possible, maybe bigger and better. That would be a sight to behold! For now enjoy some images of our super Saturday.
Faint Perfume charges to the lead in the $400,000 Kewney Stakes Gr2
A trophy presentation never goes unwanted
A very talented filly - Faint Perfume
Another winners rug to add to her collection
The mounting yard and winners stalls just 45 minutes later!
Both Sides of the Tasman
Since our last update things have been busy in particular with our attendance at the 20X Karaka Yearling Sales inNew Zealand. This sale was particularly successful for New Zealand Bloodstock with rises across all indicators and a general vote of confidence in Southern Hemisphere racing. Let’s hope the northern hemisphere trading nations do not bring it all crashing down once again. DGR purchased six yearlings by Zabeel, Redoutes Choice, Starcraft,Elusive City & first season sire Darci Brahma. We were also fortunate to be able to have a few days to council our clients prior to the sale. Back in Australia on the racing front Griffon continued on his winning way, Viewedresumed with the likes of fellow Group 1 winners Allez Wonder, Roman Emperor, Faint Perfume all to do likewise in the next few weeks. We did have to face the fact the next time we will see So You Think at the races will not be until the spring where he will attempt back to back Cox Plates Gr1, but a sight worth waiting for.
Lot 334 bay colt Starcraft - Chickens from Karaka
Lot 40 bay colt Zabeel - Markisa from Karaka
Presale research Karaka 2010
Bay colt circa 1927
Story Curtesy of Breednet
Our Best Horses - $264,500
Tara Madgwick - Thursday, 21 January 2010
The release last week of the 2009 World Rankings for Thoroughbreds has generated much discussion as regards the increased number of Australian trained horses that have made the list and from a yearling buyer’s perspective it is interesting to note that it would seem our best racehorses are NOT our expensive yearlings.
Leading the Australian trained contingent were three horses tied on a 122 rating followed by another on 120.
SCENIC BLAST (122) - Trained by Dan Morton in Western Australia, Scenic Blast (Scenic (IRE) x Daughter’s Charm) achieved a rating of 122 in winning both the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March where he carried top weight of 57kg and again when he scorched down the Royal Ascot straight to win the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) in June.
SO YOU THINK (122) - So You Think (pictured)(High Chaparral (IRE) x Triassic) achieved a rating of 122 in his all-the-way win in the Tatts Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October and again when second in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in November where he carried 1.5kg over Weight-For-Age.
VIEWED (122) - Viewed (Scenic (IRE) x Lover’s Knot) achieved his rating when winning the BMW Caulfield Cup over 2400m in October. He carried the top weight of 57kg and conceded weight to all his rivals in a two length win over Roman Emperor and Vigor. Whobegotyou came next in the Australian listings on 120 for his wins in the Dato Tan Chin Nam (Feehan) Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley in September and the Yalumba (Caulfield) Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield in October.
WHOBEGOTYOU (120) (Street Cry (IRE) x Temple of Peace (Jpn) came next in the Australian listings on 120 for his wins in the Dato Tan Chin Nam (Feehan) Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley in September and the Yalumba (Caulfield) Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield in October.
Two of the top four horses were purchased by Duncan Ramage of DGR Thoroughbreds, the New Zealand bred So You Think snapped up for $110,000 at the 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, while Viewed was purchased privately from the paddock as a yearling from his breeder Ian Johnson for $50,000.
Scenic Blast (pictured) was secured by his trainer Dan Morton for $85,000 at the 2006 Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Perth from the Durham Lodge draft, while Whobegotyou was a real saleyard gift, snaffled by owner Laurence Eales for $19,500 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2007 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
For a grand total of $264,500 you could have secured the four best horses in the country last year, whose combined earnings tally $12,351,924.
While Scenic Blast and Whobegotyou are geldings, the other two horses Viewed and So You Think are entires and as such have considerable stud potential for owner Dato Tan Chin Nam of Think Big Stud.
Two Australian bred horses trained internationally that also featured high on the rankings were HK based Sacred Kingdom (Encosta de Lago x Courtroom Sweetie) on 122 and the Singapore based Rocket Man (Viscount x Macrosa) on 121.
Neither were hugely expensive, Sacred Kingdom a $200,000 purchase from the Kornong Stud draft at the 2005 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and Rocket Man, a $60,000 acquisition for Worldwide Bloodstock from the Tyreel draft at the 2007 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.
With sale action starting again in Sydney on Sunday with the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Duncan Ramage will be diving back into the fray on a mission to seek out that next good horse.
“We’ll be out looking at horses tomorrow at Newmarket, you never know when you might see something that you can’t resist,” said Ramage.
“It happened for us at the Classic a few years back with God’s Own, you go to a sale fully expecting not to be buying a horse… then you see something like him!”
Purchased for $220,000, God’s Own (pictured at stud) won the Group One MRC Caulfield Guineas at three and retired to a lucrative stud career in Victoria with racetrack earnings just shy of $1million.
The 2010 sales season kicked off at the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast. We purchased just one horse, but a colt we took a particular shine to. Competition was strong but we secured Lot 400 and very well built son of Secret Savings. Four of our owners who each won Group 1’s in 2009 with various horses have joined forces to share this colt. An interesting alignment of strength as they have not shared the same horse altogether before. Let’s hope their joint good luck rubs off on this fellow. Recent winners from our team include the last start winners Breccia & Suyama, 3yo’s whose careers are just beginning to evolve. We look forward to their careers developing and the return to the racetrack in February of the likes of So You Think, Viewed, Kroner, Allez Wonder, Roman Emperor, Faint Perfume & Co.
Lot 400 bay brown colt Secret Savings - Minus Zero purchased for $315,000
Melbourne Cup Week
We went into the Flemington Cup week with favourites for three of the nation’s greatest races. Viewed has his final warm up for the Melbourne Cup in the Gr1 McKinnon Stakes; a race in which he got galloped on but still ran third, a solid Cup trail. The $5.5m Gr1 Melbourne Cup itself was a rough race for Viewed, he nearly fell on the first circuit and got behind slowly improving horses at a vital stage but he still managed to run on for seventh from a long way back. On Derby Day Faint Perfume was a dominant winner of the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes which propelled her into the $1m Gr1 VRC Oaks on Thursday as odds on favourite. She showed plenty of grit and staying prowess to justify that quote when beating the beautifully bred Valdemoro is a close finish with the rest of the field strung out behind that pair. Our Cox Plate hero So You Think also showed plenty of grit on the last day of the carnival when allowed to run amazing sectionals only to be caught inside the final 50m by All American in the $1m Gr1 Emirates Stakes. Our clients have had a fantastic spring in Melbourne with wins in the Toorak Hcp Gr1, Caulfield Cup Gr1, Cox Plate Gr1,VRC Oaks Gr1, Wakeful S Gr2 and second placings in Emirates S Gr1, Caulfield Cup Gr1, Moonee Valley Cup Gr2and third in the McKinnon S Gr1, with a range of horses, 3yo colts and fillies, mares, six year old entire’s and 4yo colts. All those fantastic horses will get a well deserved spell at Think Big Stud & Princes Farm before autumn campaigns in Melbourne & Sydney. So can their owners, some seen in these pictures.
The Faint Perfume Team, all smiles
Faint Perfume in action
Dato Tan Chin Nam & Bart Cummings who combined with all these horses
So Much Delight
We have been most fortunate and our delight from the previous weekend’s $2.5m Caulfield Cup victory withViewed extended to the next weekend with So You Think’s most impressive near record time victory in the $3m Cox Plate Gr1. Again so much has been written and analysed by others it does not need our comment other than to say it was an outstanding performance by a horse not yet three years old in the weight for age championship of Australasia. The 10th of November will be a well celebrated birthday. We are delighted to have a horse of this stature in our team and racing for great owners and a great trainer. On the same day our other runner, a homebred from Dato Tan Chin Nam’s breeding operation ran a solid third in the Gr2 Cathy Airways Pacific Cup with Think Money. Whether Think Money actually makes the Melbourne Cup field on 3rd November, our clients already have three horses in the $5.5m Melbourne Cup field including current favourite Viewed, Roman Emperor and Allez Wonder. Other runners they have to look forward to are Faint Perfume in the Wakeful Gr2 and Oaks Gr1 and So You Think a probable runner in the $1m Emirates Stakes Gr1. Faint Perfume is another product of Dato Tan Chin Nam’s breeding operation at Think Big Stud as is 7 ½ len South African debutant winner Sidera by Galileo from Freja.
Looking For Challengers
Bossy riding high
Cox Plate winners rug
A deserved post race post
On A Roll
We are delighted to add the Caulfield Cup Gr1 to our honour roll, a race we have not previously won for our clients via Viewed’s win in the iconic race on Saturday. Much media has been proliferated about the victory so we have to say little more here other than we are looking forward to The Melbourne Cup Gr1 itself on the first Tuesday in November which Viewed won last year. Here’s hoping. Stablemate Roman Emperor ran a great race to finish second in the Caulfield Cup Gr1 behind Viewed. It should be noted that it was that horses only other career run at 2400m since winning the AJC Derby Gr1 in April. Both horses will head to the Melbourne Cup as will last start Gr1winner Allez Wonder who finished eigth in the Caulfield Cup. We are also hoping our 3yo So You Think can gain a start in the Cox Plate Gr1 on Saturday coming, whilst we are also looking forward to 1000 Guineas Gr1 placegetterFaint Perfume taking her place in both the Wakeful Stakes Gr2 and VRC Oaks Gr1. Another anticipated runners is AJC Oaks Gr1 placegetter Think Money in either the Geelong Cup Gr3 or Moonee Valley Cup Gr2.
Viewed at the finish, looking good.
Reg Fleming, Joe Agresa and yours truly have the honour to lead Viewed back to scale.
Trainer, Legend Bart Cummings and jockey Bart Cummings
The 2009 Caulfield Cup goes into the trophy cabinet.
There is about 60 years age gap but Allez Wonder’s fantastic victory in the Toorak Handicap provided female jockey Michelle Payne with her first Group 1 Win, trainer Bart Cummings with his 254th Gr1 win (and counting) and of course the mares own first Gr1 win. Bart has been there before but mare and jockey are now catapulted into the Gr1 Caulfield Cup this coming Saturday. Again credit must fall to the wisdom of Bart Cummings in persisting with a Toorak start in lieu of alternative engagements. Allez Wonders' win bettered another top flight racefilly from the stable and part owned by Dato Tan Chin Nam in Danarani when she ran second in the Toorak. Danarani was already a Group 1 winner of the Flight Stakes before going into the Toorak however. Allez Wonder will join our clients’ stablemates Viewed and Roman Emperor in the Caulfield Cup, all three runners previous Gr1 winners. Faring less well this pat Saturday but still running very well was 3yo So You Think in the Guineas Gr1. Despite reeling off the fastest sections he finished only 5th. Maybe only 5th is a bit harsh in a race of this nature for a colt having his fourth career start on a track that seemed to display a fair bit of bias. We still hold So You Think in high regard and will press on towards a Cox Plate Gr1 start should he gain a berth in the field. Mid week action is normally more modest fare, but a homebred also be seeing Group 1 action with Faint Perfume taking her place in the 1000 Guineas Gr1 on Wednesday at Caulfield.
Michelle Payne & Bart Cummings acknowledge their Group 1 win.
Allez Wonder resplendant in her winners rug.
Last weekend's Rosehill race meeting was quite productive for our clients. So You Think justified his odds on quote when winning the Gloaming Stakes Gr3. Opinions public and in the stable are quite high with this lightly raced colt. The stable and connections have decided to bypass favouritism for the Spring Champion Stakes Gr1 to tackle loftier assignments with So You Think. He has transferred to Bart Cummings permanent Melbourne stable to condition to be readied for the $1m Group1 Caulfield Guineas on October 10th and will take on the best 3yo milers in the country in that race. So You Think mirrored the victory of Pendragon in the Gloaming Stakes a few years earlier, with Pendragon now standing at stud at Think Big Stud. Joining So You Think on the trip to Melbourne was Roman Emperor, the AJC Derby Gr1 winner. Roman Emperor also competed on Saturday running a very creditable third in the Gr2 Gloaming Stakes. Warming up, Roman Emperor is likely to contest the Turnbull Stakes Gr2 along with stablemate Viewed who was running on in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes in Melbourne also on Saturday. Friday night'sMoonee Valley card sees our last start Gr1 winner Russeting resuming in the Manikato Gr1 and more stablematesFaint Perfume (Gr3), Precedence (Listed) and Allez Wonder all engaged. Time to Think Big.
So You Think dominant in the Gloaming Stakes Gr2
So You Think has his eye on the prize
It was So close for So You Think when he resumed in the Ming Dynasty Listed at Randwick on Saturday. But it did take a track record, a white snip under a magnified image and a smart colt in More Than Great to stop him remaining unbeaten. That said we were very happy with his performance and the anticipation of better things to come. From our team Allez Wonder and Roman Emperor also made satisfactory progressions towards the spring features while Kroner was far too close to the pace in the Gr3 HKJC Plate. We have seen him fall victim to this type of positioning before. He has won 7 of seventeen starts including a Gr2 wfa when allowed to settle. A week earlier our Melbourne Cup Gr1 hero Viewed resumed for the spring with an eye catching fourth in the Gr2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m. He was also crowned Australian “Stayer of the Year” at an awards night in Melbourne on Monday. Another team member made a satisfactory return at the Memsie meeting at Caulfield was Precedence. For now things are looking good.
So close for So You Think
So You Think returns to scale believing himself a winner at least
So You Think post race
Viewed not so far away in the Memsie
A Strong Premiere Performance
Whilst racing in general might need to see some backbone from politicians and premiers at present at state and federal level, Kroner showed the type of effort required to dead heat in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes at weight for age at Rosehill on Saturday. Considered a wet tracker because of consistent stakes performances over the winter months, Kroner produced a career best to match and beat some of the country’s best Gr1 performers when presented a dry track for the first time in months. Racing off the pace he produced the fastest sectional amoungst outstanding peers to dead heat with multiple Gr1 winner Mentality. The win marked the maiden victory for a new stable member, James A Cummings, Grandson of trainer James Bart Cummings, who replaces long time foreman John Thompson who is moving on to be a trainer for the huge Patinack Farm. Bart has done it before at Group level, but even for a Cummings, maiden victories at Gr2 wfa are rare. Our only other runner for the week was Ginger Tom who ran second at the provincials. While still a maiden, that horse might do a James and lift his maiden tag soon. Over coming weeks we can look forward to clients horses like Viewed, Roman Emperor, Allez Wonder,Precedence, So You Think, Think Money all resume for the spring.
Kroner & Mentality Dead Heat
James A & James B Cummings
STC and AJC Merger
The following was the full content of a letter we wrote to and was published by The Sydney Morning Herald 6/07/2009.
The proposal of an STC/AJC merger is I see of considerable importance for the long term with the long term being the emphasis. The basic principle of a merger has appeal with the obvious cost savings provided that cost does not include natural competition. In the short term jobs will be lost, and we have seen in very recent times in particular with the AJC, some those jobs were arguably not substantiated in the first place. If racing as a form of spectator participation does grow as a result of a merger, ultimately a greater number of jobs will be created.
The basis of the report concerns me that the conclusion was a fit for the answers, paraphrasing calls it a foregone conclusion. Basic principals that concern ongoing revenue streams, product and licensing fees and field sizes have no dependency on a merger.
What further concerns me is that the sale of Canterbury Racecourse is part of that fit. I have had the privilege to be associated with some very wealthy developers who have survived wave after wave of economic turnarounds to know one principal that “god made land only once” and to “sell a core asset in the short term leaves little asset backing”. It was an unguarded label by the report that Canterbury was an “overcapacity of one metropolitan track”. We are dependant on racing and Canterbury is an excellent racing surface. Even recent examples make it self evident that Warwick Farm, Rosehill and Randwick cannot provide the “racing” venues alone. I met two of the analysts at early morning trackwork at Randwick a few months back. While both would have to be eminently qualified to be employed by Ernst & Young, it stuck that one was newly arrived from Germany and both a bit surprised that an activity such as trackwork took place. There knowledge of our industry appeared very basic.
I may be incorrect in saying that the industry super fund financed the purchase of the RacingNSW office block at Rosebery. I am not sure what happened after the sale of that office block before the move to the city by RacingNSW, but if development of Canterbury is such a fix for the industry, why can’t the industry be its own developer. After all the proposed sale of Canterbury would return the industry a ONE OFF cash input of $200 – $500m according to the report. To put that in perspective, the annual revenue from the sale of yearlings is about the same. Surely funding can be found by the industry to make and retain the profits from development, commissions and other windfalls, rather than pass on to a probable overseas developers and agents. The long term revenue stream would far outstrip the short term cash flows.
Major governments like Singapore inject their super funds into principally land and property assets, even other race clubs around the world including Auckland and Flemington have invested in their own development of land. TheCanterbury site could develop large tracks of its outer perimeters for long term sustained income and asset backing while retaining the vital racing surface.
Racing administration is littered with apparent administrative mistakes, none more so short sighted and crippling than the sale of the Tote. Even those responsible at the time for its sale into the hands of a shareholder price driven entity, have I believe by and large admitted a gross error. Imagine now how financially stable racing would be if it controlled its own income stream. We should not let short term gain by the industry as a whole or individuals as an adjunct, being as part of a merger or not, cost Sydney racing another vital asset. As they say, they God Only Made Land Once.
No Winter Blues
We have been most fortunate this year and certainly our runners and clients can’t claim winter blues. In recent weeks new team members have emerged successful with Yaqubi, a 3yo by Galileo posting back to back wins atRandwick and Rosehill before being spelled for the spring. 2yo Faint Perfume, a homebred by Shamardal was a most impressive winner at only her second racecourse appearance beating the males at Warwick Farm. But the highlight has to be the recent purchase of prior Listed Race winner Russeting on the 4th June for new clients Bell View Park Stud, with that 4yo by Commands posting a memorable win in the $500,000 Winter Stakes Gr1 just 16 days later under the new care of mercurial trainer Bart Cummings and his team. We cannot better our tally of Group One winners for the season with the Winter Stakes the last Group 1 race on the Australian calendar, but we can record Russeting as our third for the year for our clients after earlier wins in the Melbourne Cup Gr1 and AJC Derby Gr1. Plenty to keep the home the home fires burning for the connections.
Faint Perfume wins comfortably
Yaqubi posts back to back wins
Since we last updated following the conclusion of the autumn carnival some our runners have continued to progress. Kroner won again in convincing style at Randwick last Saturday making it three wins from his last four starts for him. His only recent failure was when extended to 1400m. Equally convincing and in some commentators eyes more so, was the debut win by 2yo So You Think at Rosehill just a few days before Kroner. By Epsom Derby winner High Chaparral, and in the mould of a stayer himself, So You Think has gone straight out to his part owners property Think Big Stud to rest before what is hopefully a good spring campaign for him as a 3yo. Prince Arthurgets ever closer to another stakes win with a close third in the Lord Mayors Cup Listed, following a close up fourth in the Wagga Cup Listed. Prince Arthur will run in this weekends’ McKell Cup Listed before a taking up stud duties at Think Big Stud in the Spring. Think Money also ticked over nicely with a fifth in the Doomben Roses Gr3 for this weekends Gr1 Queensland Oaks where she has a decent barrier for once in gate 3. On the breeding front clients were pleased to see Sacred Kingdom post a sensational time of 1:07.8 when winning the Kris Flyer Gr1. Bell View Park Stud purchased a close relative last year who has since had a foal. Their value will be further enhanced ifSacred Kingdom performs well at Royal Ascot which was indicated as his next assignment.
2yo So You Think makes a succesful debut at Rosehill
Kroner wins easily at Randwick.
In The Spotlight
Mercurial trainer Bart Cummings kept our clients well in the spotlight over the final few weeks of the 2009 SydneyAutumn Carnival. Viewed was considered by some as disappointing when running third in his last and most recent start for the carnival. But it was in the $2.25m BMW Gr1 for which he added another $200,000 taking his career earnings to well over $4m so far. Roman Emperor added a further Group 1 victory for Dato Tan Chin Nam and a first for Wilf & Rosemary Mula when he won the $1.6m Australian Derby Gr1. Precedence broke through for his maiden win in a $100,000 event a Caulfield on the same day staking his legitimate claim for the VRC St Ledger Gr2next week and Kroner put himself back into the limelight also with back to back wins and his first stakes win in the Hall Mark Stakes Listed on Easter Monday. Think Money also further enhanced her credentials with a second placing in the AJC Oaks Gr1 this past weekend and the tag of “one of Australia's best maidens” having run fourth in the VRC Oaks Gr1 in the Spring. She will head to Brisbane to see if she can lose the maiden tag. If she does it will be in a Group 1 or 2. We try not to think of the money but the returns have been good.
The Finish to The Derby
Happy Owners of Roman Emperor
Dato Tan Chin Nam after The Derby
A big Derby Trophy
Roman Emperor and "Ginger" after The Derby
A Good Sight
This past weekend we had 6 runners. Viewed continued to progress and impress in giving a good sight when second in the Ranvet Stakes Gr1. He had to do a lot of chasing in the run making a sustained charge from over 900m out and was probably beaten by the condition of the race hard fit winner Theseo. For those who missed itAllez Wonder was a sight to behold on Sunday when winning the Keith Nolan Classic Listed in a new track record. Previously third in the VRC Oaks Gr1 in the spring, this was actually this filly’s maiden win. At a more modest level Polar Circle posted his second career second placing at Newcastle at his only his third start. A staying future for this horse beckons. The other runners were Prince Arthur, Sagwala & Think Money. They did not collect this weekend but should become more prominent once again in the coming weeks. And for something different. Our major client Dato' Tan Chin Nam celebrated another "Over Bloody Eighty" this past week turning 83. The cake, a racetrack with I understand Viewed on it! Happy returns.
A Good Looking Cake
Since our last update we have attended and purchased at the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney and the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne and our team of racehorses have been gearing up and increasing the tempo working towards the main Sydney Autumn Carnival. At the Sydney Classic Sale we mad one modest purchase Lot 144 Antonius Pius – Deft Touch for $26,000. However the modest price has a “touch” of dejavu. Back in the 1991 we another modest purchase at $7,000. That horse named Shoeshine Henry won the then attached Inglis Classic, over $330,000 and ran multiple placing at Group 1 & 2 level. Deft Touch is a sister to Shoeshine Henry. In Melbourne we purchasedLot 49 a Shamardal filly for $70,000 and Lot 178, a cracking God’s Own colt with a big pedigree for $105,000. On the racing front Tolaga Bay confirmed stable belief that he is a very promising colt with a definitive win at Randwick last Saturday, while stable star Viewed continued on with his progression to the Ranvet & BMW Group 1’s in fine style. Roman Emperor has done enough last start for him to contest the Group 1 Randwick Guineas this weekend and old favourites Prince Arthur & Accumulate returned on Saturday after long injury enforced layoffs with good efforts as too did the lighter raced Kroner the previous weekend. Newcomers to racing Polar Circle, Briolette & co have all been placed in recent days. We are looking forward to the highlight Easter Yearling Sale (5th-7th April) & the Autumn Racing Carnival about to unfold and keeping fingers crossed.
Tolaga Bay finds the gap to claim victory
Bart Cummings on the ball post race
Post race Tolaga Bay winds down
New Zealand Foray
We attended the New Zealand Sales again in 2009 as we have done for many years now and came home with what we believe to be some nice horses including two by first crop sire Starcraft, a filly by leading sire O’Reilly and another filly by Champion sire Flying Spur and one by Cox Plate winner Savabeel.
Lot 3 gr colt Starcraft – Gazebo for NZ$140,000
Lot 76 b filly O’Reilly – Lady Chantelle for NZ$140,000
Lot 83 b filly Savabeel – Lap Dancer for NZ$42,500
Lot 137 b filly Flying Spur – Mistrale for NZ$230,000
Lot 282 b filly Starcraft – Sursum Corda for NZ$90,000
Adding the favourable exchange rate with the New Zealand dollar, the prices appear realistic to the current market for yearlings which is well documented to be down on 2008 highs. The dearest was the Flying Spur filly from the Group 2 winner Mistrale pictured below. These will all enter training with Bart Cummings who picked up five very nice yearlings himself at Karaka, see www.bartcumings.com.au for details.
Lot 137 bay filly by Flying Spur from Mistrale
In the never ending search for the next “good horse” but mindful of the world economies, DGR purchased just one horse at the recent Gold Coast Magic Millions. We waited well into the sale until the opportunity arose to acquire the pedigree and the individual sought at the right price. Lot 620 a bay colt by last season Champion sire Encosta De Lago from Danehill’s Group 2 winning & Group 1 placed daughter NEVIS was purchased for $350,000 a figure not much more than Encosta’s 2008 service fee. Danehill, a multiple champion sire himself and breed shaper, was also champion broodmare sire in 2008. Nevis Group 2 win came at weight for age and she was Group 1 placed against colts in the Rosehill Guineas. Her immediate family is not shy on Gr1 winners either. Her dam TARTEN HEIGHTSwas a dual Group 1 winner at 1600m & 2400m and an all important Oaks winner. Her dam ULTRA SOUND was Wrightson Filly of The Year and a half sister to Oaks Group 1 winner LEE ’S BID , herself dam of Derby & GuineasGroup 1 winner ARENA . Aside form the pedigree this colt has the scope and physic to give our clients every chance to be that next “good horse”. Click the links for Sirecam on line video and pdf pedigree.
It's Our Job
Bart Cummings was right in one of the many post race interviews following the win of Viewed in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup Gr1. But what a job the Offical “Living Legend”, “Legend in the Racing Hall Of Fame” & “Legend in the Australian Sport Hall of Fame” did. Much has been written and recorded in the media following the win with easy public access but true history was written on Tuesday 4th November 2008 with Bart winning his 250th Group 1 race, Bart winning his twelfth Melbourne Cup Gr1 as trainer, making him the winningest trainer (again) by a long margin and Dato’ Tan Chin Nam, our principal client his fourth Melbourne Cup Gr1 as owner, making him in turn the winningness owner. All this in the race that stops the nation. Viewed for his part has now won 8 of his 24 starts for $3,938,530. For our part we are delighted and proud to have done our job as purchasing agent for a modest $50,000 of this colt from the breeders paddocks as unbroken yearling. We enclose a series of picture for your “Viewing” curtesy of Martin King Sportpix. The Melbourne Cup was not our sole achievement during Cup week, maiden fillies Allez Wonder & Think Money ran a creditable 3rd & 4th placing in the VRC Oaks Gr1 for clients while Zazabeau, coming off the back of a listed 4th, and metro placing won in good style on Derby day at Rosehill and to round off the winners our clients had an interest in Blessus, winner of the $100,000 Yalumba Cup in course record time at Hawkesbury on Oaks Day. Three cheers to Bart and thanks to the support of our owners.
While we wait for our bigger guns to attack on Derby Day at Flemington and beyond, the lesser experienced & credentialed horses ticked over during the week past. At Canterbury on Wednesday 22 our connections were represented with three runners, Fivewest & O’Danny Boy ran commendable second places and Griffon only needs match practice to improve on his debut third placing. On Saturday 25 at Rosehill, the two runners sawFianchetto return to the winners circle for his third career win and Blessus, a last start winner, got no favours from his barrier 16 draw to finish unplaced but not disgraced. We look forward to these horses and our more prominent team members running again in the newt few weeks.
Fianchetto notches his thrid career win at Rosehill
The Caulfield Cup weekend of racing did not produce any wins for our clients’ five runners on the day but reason to think positive. In the Caulfield Cup itself Viewed ran nicely, particularly given he was going into the “Cup” without a run for a month. A factor perhaps not unusual for the imports but for horses trained on flat oval racecourses a significant matter. Viewed will now line up in the McKinnon Gr1 as his final lead up to the Melbourne Cup Gr1. Earlier on the card at Caulfield lightly raced homebred Think Money and yearling sale purchase Allez Wonder did enough to press on towards the VRC Oaks Gr1 where their distaff pedigrees should come to the for. Our other client representatives, also over a staying distance in the The Tattersalls Cup Listed at Randwick in Zazabeau & Book Of Kells did well to finish were they did on a hugely and disappointing leaders biased track. Randwick is clearly yet to shake off the effects of the Papal Visit in July. Zazabeau, still a maiden but a promising stayer will stay in NSW but Book Of Kells, a proven Group 2 winner will head to Melbourne, most likely for the 2500m Melbourne Cup exempt quality handicap.
Viewed when winning the Brisbane Cup
Old & New
It was the middle of July since we last posted an update. Most of the horses were under light work while they marked time at Warwick Farm whilst deposed from Randwick for the Papal visit to Sydney. With the bulk of our team now training full time at Randwick or interstate for the Melbourne spring carnival they have started to tick over. “Old” stager Roadhog marked his tenth career win with a victory at Sandown in the first week of September, a feat we are proud of given his humble beginnings. From the newcomers Roman Emperor won his second career start in encouraging style at Randwick on Tuesday and debutants Precedence & Rajasi pleased with close up fifth placings in their respective races at Canterbury on Wednesday. In this period we were also pleased to see clients win with Very Grande at Rosehill and the breeding season opening with dreams evolving from some cracking first crop Pendragon’s. Team members Viewed, Book Of Kells & company continue to make progress into their respective spring campaigns.
Romon Emperor reigns
Enter the "Pen" dragons
Pendragon - Danlora 2008 colt
A Spring In Their Step
Rotorua’s strong win on Saturday clearly put a spring into the step of his trainer and part owner Bart Cummings, as too it did to another part owner and our client Dato’ Tan Chin Nam. Link to Report courtesy of Racenet. Rotorua was winning his third only career start but in a fashion suggesting more. Rock & Reel also broke her maiden during the week after a limited number of runs giving Dato’ Tan a second of three winners he had this week. The third, a former QTC Derby placegetter named Kamsky won with reported authority in Singapore on Saturday night. So while winter is traditionally a quieter time, Rotorua and friends managed to keep things quite hot this week.
Rotorua storms through on the inside
From Little Acorns Grow
It has been reported that Viewed was purchased privately out of a paddock for a comparatively modest price. That is quite so with DGR making a trip to the breeders stud in 2005 to make the acquisition. Not to be outdone another modest purchase, Mulaman, a $28,000 yearling buy by DGR, also won on the Queens Birthday, this time at Randwick meeting lifting his record to 19 starts, 3 wins, 1 second and 4 thirds for $123,123. Cleary not as good a horse as Viewed with $479,030 in prize money, but a handy effort from Mulaman none the less.
Mulaman winning at Warwick Farm before his lastest victory at Randwick.
As Reported by Racenet
Bart's glorious view of Brisbane Cup
Monday, 9 June 2008
Bart Cummings won his 700th stakes race as Viewed romped away with the Group II $300,000 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Monday.
In one of the most dominant feature race staying wins of the Australian season, Viewed revelled in the Eagle farm mud to win by seven lengths.
And he did on his own with jockey Damien Oliver making a mid-race move when the speed slackened and Viewed was caught three-wide in a shuffle-up.
The four-year-old never got any closer to the rail but Cummings said he wasn’t perturbed by the seemingly tough contract.
“I told the jockey to get out there [wide] because it was the best place to be,” he said.
Oliver believes Viewed could be a spring contender – with one proviso.
“If he got into one of the big races on a soft track you never know,” he said.
Chasing home Viewed into the placings were Fulmonti and Sky Biscuit.
An 11-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, Cummings has now won three Brisbane Cups.
Viewed ended a 33-year drought for Cummings in the Brisbane feature
Viewed steams home alone at the end of the 2008 Brisbane Cup
Damien Oliver looks well pleased with his cushy victory.
Worth The Wait
The connections of Kroner had to wait over 300 days to see him run again following an authorative win on that occasion. They were not disappointed and despite being “big” in condition after the time away from racing, Kroner repeated with another commanding win by over 2 lengths on Wednesday at the Sydney Turf Club track of Canterbury. While only in mid week grade, the odds on favourite did what was required and he looks like a horse of promise for the future. We hope so and wish the connections well. So far the strapping colt has won 2 of his 4 career starts to date.
Kroner powers away from the field
Kroner looks happy with his effort
So too does his jockey Hugh Bowman.
Formed in 2007, Suez Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd has quietly gone about adding quality breeding stock to their portfolio. Adding to existing stallion shareholding in God’s Own and interests in the likes of Success Tale, the dam of Caulfield Guineas GR1 winner Wonderful World, and another young half sister to this season stakesplaced 2yoArms Wide Open, Suez Thoroughbreds recently purchase at the Sydney Easter Broodmare Sales addingShantreusse, a Danehill mare in foal to Starcraft from the Paulyn Investments offerings and Pleasant Change, a Zabeel half sister to Gr1 winner Piachay. Suez also has some well bred fillies in training by such sires as Redoute’s Choice & General Nediym so hopefully the new company can make an impact in the sales and breeding arena. These new additions have taken up residence at Think Big Stud in the southern highlands and while matings for 2008 are yet to be finalised, God’s Own looks ideal for Pleasant Change.
Pleasant Change (Zabeel 1/2 sister to Gr1 winner Piachay) arrives at her new home Think Big Stud.
Kosi Bay added a Group 2 win to her already lofty credentials with a win in the Emancipation Stakes Gr2 on the last day of the 2008 Sydney Autumn Carnival over the famous Randwick metric mile. Kosi Bay ran second in the same race last year to another quality mare in Hot Danish adding to her previous record of wins in the Epona StakesListed and placing in the Myer Classic Gr1. Kosi Bay is also a half sister to New Zealand Champion Miler Calveenand is out of a half sister to SA Derby Gr1 winning filly English Wonder, herself dam of AJC Derby and four time Gr1 winner Dr Grace. And all this for a $130,000 yearling purchase so well done to her connections and our clients.
Kosi Bay strikes for victory in the Emancipation Stakes Gr2
Viewed Gives A Good Sight
Viewed Wins JRA Plate: Ill-fated former Durham Lodge stallion Scenic (Sadler's Wells-Idyllic, by Foolish Pleasure) added a black-type success (& 62nd individual stakes-winner) when 4YO entire Viewed (Scenic-Lovers Knot, by Khozaam) raced away for a 3.75-lengths victory in yesterday's $100,000 Listed Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) at Randwick. Viewed (ridden by Craig Williams for trainer Bart Cummings) defeated favoured fellow 4YO entire Musket (Redoute's Choice-Tugela, by Riverman) & 5YO gelding Nuclear Sky (Nuclear Freeze-Sky Queen, by Hey Baba Riba). Viewed now has 6 wins & 4 placings (including 2006's Listed Dulcify Quality over 1800m at Randwick) from 17 starts for $282,030 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.) Story curtesy Racing And Breeding.
Viewed steaks away winning the Japan Trophy Plate Listed
Derby Day 2008
Website updates have been spaced due to the spate of sale & race day commitments, but we have not been totally absent in the field. We have two runners in the $1.8m Australian Derby Gr1 at Randwick on Saturday. Book Of Kells, last start winner of a traditional Derby leaup up race the Tulloch Stakes Group 2 and the as yet maiden galloper Zazabeau. Book Of Kells will appreciate the assured wet track on Saturday and out of a two time Oaks winner will not have any problems staying the 2400m. Neither will his stable mate Zazabeau, while a still a maiden, he is a brother to Oaks & Melbourne Cup placegetter Zazabelle, he too will appreciate the staying test. At the booming Inglis Austrailain Easter yearling sales we have been able to secure three yearlings in a very competitive market. Those three are Lot 52, an Elusive Quality full brother to Todman Gr2 placegetter Related for $400,000. A prised daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Lot 5 for $300,000 and a son of first season sire Savabeel and a half brother to VRD Derby placegetter Gorky Park for $300,000 in Lot 397. More details after the culmination of the sales. Minimal shares remain in these horses.
Book Of Kells winning the Tulloch Stakes Gr2
Magic Millions Time
Since our last update we have been involved in the Magic Millions Yearling Sales where we were able to secure five yearlings despite the presence of mega buyer Patinack Farm. That is the same Patinack Farm that recently purchased Wonderful World. Patinack principal Nathan Tinkler and his team are certainly accumulating some prized bloodstock around them and good luck to them and already have shown rewards with important wins by recent purchases Casino Prince and Laura’s Charm.
We added to our purchases this year with fillies in Lot 538 Al Maher – Biscay Bird for $270,000 (our highest price purchase), Lot 729 Commands – Fair Vanity $90,000, Lot 831 Elusive Quality – Ivy League $100,000 and Lot 833Flying Spur – Jactris $130,000. Our lone colt at this sale we added Lot 204 Al Maher – Regal Heights.
On the racing front Fianchetto won when stepped up to 1800m and followed that up with a close second over 1900m. He will appreciate more yet more distance and a bigger track if we can find a suitable engagement for him.Book Of Kells & Validated have backed up their recent runs with further solid placings. 2yo’s Allez Wonder andThink Money have made pleasing starts to their respective careers. Both will appreciate further as older horses but are not far off the mark now; Allez Wonder, a daughter of a Perth Cup winner while Think Money is a daughter of a Nassipour half sister to a Sydney Cup horse.
Around The Money
This past week of racing in Sydney have seen our clients in and around the money all week. Lasker, a son of Epsom Derby winner Galileo posted at win at Randwick on Tuesday when sent out over the longest journey he has contested this preparation. Clearly the 1800m suited him as he went on to score by 2 ¼ lens in solid fashion.Fianchetto also up in distance for the first time this preparation all be it only 1550m, he posted a solid second place in torrential conditions at Canterbury on Thursday night. On Saturday back at Randwick we did not post a winner, but close 2nd placings with both Mi Casa and with our interest in Blessus and a third with Viewed, the latter who was forced to race wide and into the gale all the way and the job proved too tough for him. Still that was his first defeat this preparation.
Lasker makes a clean break over 1800m at Randwick Tuesday
While stable favourite Mi Casa (Grey) nearly steals it over the Randwick "mile" on Saturday
Wonderful World off to Patinack Farm
By Rob Burnet
Story Courtesy www.thoroughbrednews.com.au
The five-year-old entire Wonderful World will join the rapidly growing empire of former Queensland coal miner Nathan Tinkler in a multi-million dollar deal due to be completed after final veterinary checks on Thursday. (Update: After the completion of veterinary checks Wonderful World will arrive at Patinack Farm on Friday).
Tinkler, and his advisers, made a serious foray into Australasian yearling bloodstock at New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd’s Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka on January 28th and 29th, when he outlaid $NZ7.9 million for 24 lots. The most expensive was a One Cool Cat-Diamond Cashel filly out of the draft of Cambridge Stud for $NZ925,000.
This was after buying broodmares in France late last year. Among the French purchases was a broodmare called Jambo who cost 1 million euros. She is a close relative to successful sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.
Then shortly before Karaka, Tinkler bought the Antony Cummings trained Casino Prince (Flying Spur) as a foundation sire for his Patinack Farm, set up on the former Alanbridge Stud at Aberdeen in the NSW Hunter Valley.
If the inspections of Wonderful World are completed, as expected, by either Thursday or Friday, then he will be transferred to Patinack Farm where he will take up residence before Casino Prince who continues racing into the autumn.
Cummings acted for Tinkler in the purchase of Wonderful World, and he was in attendance at Karaka for the yearling purchases.
Wonderful World, by Agnes World out of the Success Express mare Success Tale, was the classic sire prospect having won at two, including a third in the Group I Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), who then won the Group I Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at three, before training on to group level at four.
Last spring Wonderful World, trained by Bart Cummings throughout his career, had a stellar period of three Group I placings of two third places in the Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) and Toorak Handicap (1600m), and a second place in the WS Cox Plate (2040m).
Wonderful World completes a very successful near two-year period for one of Australia’s most successful buying, training and owning partnerships.
God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice), the 2005 Caulfield Guineas winner, and Wonderful World were purchased by bloodstock agent Duncan Ramage for the master Bart Cummings to train for strong stable supporter Dato Tan Chin Nam.
In Wonderful World Dato Tan Chin Nam was joined in the ownership by SC Khaw and Perth surgeon Michael Alexeeff. The two colts cost $390,000 between them, earned $999,500 and $1,373.950 respectively on the race track, and were placed in multi-million dollar deals at stud.
God’s Own had his first crop of foals in 2007 and reports from breeders are of typically strong, good types and as a son of Redoute’s Choice they will be eagerly awaited at sales this time next year.
The partnership of Cummings and Dato Tan Chin Nam has a long and distinguished racing history with crowd pleasing gallopers such as Catalan Opening, and the public champion Saintly who still cuts a fine figure on his public appearances out from Princes Farm.
Both those were geldings, but the policy of racing colts has paid off handsomely for the partnership. Still sporting the distinctive black and white check, yellow sleeves and black and white cap racing silks of Dato Tan Chin Nam this autumn is Viewed, a good looking entire by Scenic, whose target is the Group I Doncaster Handicap (1600m). Currently spelling is the dual stakes winner, Danehill entire Prince Arthur.
Wonderful World is an astute purchase by Tinkler, as there was serious competition for the services for Wonderful World from both Victoria and the Hunter Valley. There are few colts and entire’s available for purchase off the race track at present. Shinzig, the winner of last Saturday’s CF Orr Stakes, had already been purchased for stud duties at Eliza Park, Victoria, before his Group I win.
Anthony Cummings described the purchase price of Casino Prince, a Group II winner, as being a good deal for both parties, and with his wife sharing in the ownership he would know, and the Wonderful World purchase, at a price no doubt reflecting his class race track career could well be described in the same manner.
Wonderful World winning the 2006 Caulfiled Guineas comfortably
God's Own winning the 2005 Gaulfield Guineas in that unforgettable fashion.
Five for two and two
This weekends racing continued the strong vein our Australian horses have been racing in since their return after EI.Viewed posted a back to back wins at Rosehill on Saturday and maintanined his unbeaten record since resuming. Resuming also in good fashion for our clients interests were placed Blessus & not far behind him Cresta Run in the same race for fifth. It must also be recorded how well Bart Cummings has got his team going with Swissacresuming after over a year to post an emphatic win on the Rosehill card while in Melbourne Swick was a closing second in the 1000m Group 1 Lightning Stakes. So for Bart this Saturday were five runners, two winners, two placegetters including a Group 1 second and a fifth placing. Period. The results showcased the benefits of the studs supporting the stable with Swissac a “homebred” by Bart Cummings’ Princes Farm near Penrith and Viewed who rested out and avoided EI during the scare at his owners Think Big Stud at Bowral.
Veiwed pounces once again to keep him unbeaten so far this preparation and give Trainer Bart Cummings & Jockey Dan Nikolic combo a double.
Pictures, on-line videos and pedigrees of our four purchases from the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale Session. Click the link to view
Lot 145 bay Colt Zabeel – Golden Winds (Star Way) purchased nz$410,000
His dam a ½ sister to four stakeswinners inc to multiple Gr1 winner GOLDEN SWORD
Lot 236 bay filly Fastnet Rock – Luna Tudor (Military Plume) purchased nz$140,000
Her dam a Group 2 winner herself
Lot 424 bay colt High Chaperral – Triassic (Tights) purchased nz$110,000
His dam a Group 2 winner herself
Lot 441 bay colt Al Maher – Tycoon Tess (Last Tycoon) purchased nz$90,000
His dam a ½ sister to multiple Group 1 winner ARBOREA
Up And Running
We had our first post EI and first runner of 2008 on Saturday last with Viewed. In a race short of his expected best Viewed put up a sterling performance to storm home and win over the top. Coming from the tail of the field he had to negotiate some traffic problems inside the final 400m but his finishing acceleration was enough to complete the job. Resuming and reportedly subject of some huge winning bets, but not those of the connections, Viewed also provided a first winner back to Sydney for leading jockey Dan Nikolic. Hopefully Dan will be in a position to steer home many more for the connections for the rest of the year and we will be able to do our part and provide the rides with the ability for him to do so. Open link for more pictures.
Viewed storms home first up.
Viewed has a look around after the win.
Dan Nikolic dismounts in the famous Dato Tan Chin Nam colours
A Road To Money
While we wait a few more weeks before our team gets back to the races after the prolonged absence due to the effects of EI, we have had just a few performers. Roadhog, now a winner of 9 races, bounced back into winning form at Sandown just prior to Christmas Day, while overseas on Boxing Day, game mare It’s All Money franked her placing in the Coronation Cup with another third placing in the Perak Gold Cup, a weight for age event over 2200m worth RM$1.35million run at the Perak Turf Club in Malaysia. We have made use of this unseasonably quiet time to study the catalogues for the forthcoming late January Sales in New Zealand. We expect a number of our team to be at the barrier trials and then progressing to the races over the latter stages of January and into February. Wishing for all our owners a successful 2008.
Roadhog seen winning at Randwick in 2005, still winning on 22nd Dec 2007
Flying The Flag
While we have very little to report on with few (read one) of our horses actually racing in Australia. Many of our team are now back or returning to training but they will not see competitive racing until the New Year. Overseas though the flag is still flying with It’s All Money by Magic of Money from Ponziani by Nassipour running a game third in the RM700,000 weight for age Coronation Cup at Perak on Sunday 25/11. We understand this game mare will head to the Gold Cup for her next start. At owner Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud reside two younger half sisters by Danehill Dancer & Choisir, both of whom will head into master trainer Bart Cummings stable in time.
We Cannot Say It Any Better
We cannot say it any better than an extract kindly reproduced from Breednet.com.au about Bart's 80th Birthday. Age shall not weary him and is no obstacle to our Champion trainer, in fact his depth of knowledge is the culmination of two great trainers, Bart and his father Jim.
Happy birthday Bart (follow the link below for full story)
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
The Cups king James Bartholomew “Bart” Cummings has turned 80 today.
During his illustrious 53 year training career, the inaugural Hall of Fame trainer has put the polish on 248 Group One winners.
Among the 248 Group One winners, Cummings has trained 11 Melbourne Cup winners, 30 Derby winners, 23 Oaks winners, six Caulfield Cup winners, Four Golden Slipper winners and three Cox Plate winners.
Since his team was ravaged by the EI virus at the start of September, the master trainer has had 10 horses go to the races, five of them only had one start with four of those runners being on provincial and country tracks.
Of the other five he won the G1 Mackinnon Stakes and G2 Salinger Stakes and placed in the Cox Plate, VRC Oaks, Toorak Hcp, Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
From everyone at racenet, Happy Birthday Bart.
Bart Cummings in his 80th Year
A Succesful Tale
Wonderful World added to his impressive record and passed the $1m earning mark with his brave second placing in Australia’s weight for age championship the Cox Plate Gr1 on Saturday. This was Wonderful World’s first test past 1600m having as a three year old won the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 at 1600m and placed in the Toorak Hcp Gr1 at 1600m prior to his Cox Plate run. As two year old Wonderful World was twice a winner at 1100m & 1200m and Gr1placed at 1200m in the Blue Diamond. He was also Gr1 placed at 1400m this season as a four year old. Wonderful World is one of only two team members we have running due to EI with the winner of eight races, Roadhog our sole other runner and he resumed form a long layoff last week for a fourth. Roadhog will likely run on cup day at Flemington while Wonderful world will head to the $1m Gr1 Emirates Stakes over 1600m on the final day of the Flemington Carnival. A Footnote: Success Tale, dam of Wonderful World has been tested in foal to Think Big Stud's resident first season sire Pendragon. Earlier this season Success Tale had a God's Own filly foal. God's Own, Wonderful World, Success Tale & Pendragon are all part owned by Think Big Stud proprietor Dato Tan Chin Nam.
El Secundo & Wonderful World surge ahead on Haradasun, Miss Finland & co.
Wonderful World seen here winning the Caulfiled Guineas Gr1
Success Tale with her 2007 bay filly by God's Own at Think Big Stud, Bowral NSW
A Few Good Men & Women
With Equine Influenza rabid throughout NSW, we only have a handful of horses racing in the World. From that handful Wonderful World made a brave effort to take the Gr1 Toorak Handicap on Saturday. Left in front from quite a long way out he only just succumbed to the challenges of Gr1 winners Divine Madonna & Niconero to run third. The master of getting distance from a horse, Bart Cummings will now attempt the Cox Plate with Wonderful World. Maybe a long bow to draw to run the distance, but with so many of the contenders missing the target, it is worth a shot. While our leading patron Dato’ Tan Chin Nam is used to far more runners to follow, apart form Wonderful World he has Singapore’s newest start Capablanca who posted another fine victory in sensational time.View the footage. Capablanca we understand will now aim for the Hong Kong sprint in December, a world famous race meeting that has already brought Dato’ Tan success with Catalan Opening. Yakim, a homebred also posted her fourth career win from ten lifetime starts in Malaysia the week before, so a few good men (& girls) are still producing the winners.
Wonderful World in glory after the 2006 Caulfield Guineas
Due to the advent of the EI outbreak, 1st season sire Pendragon, has been relocated from Victoria back to owner Dato' Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud in the Southern Highlands where he was in June. He will service the resident mares there that because of the outbreak of EI are unable to visit the horse in Victoria. Think Big Stud wish to thank both RacingNSW and the DPI whose assistance and approval was needed for the move. The book will include some well credentialed mares like
Success Tale - Dam of Wonderful World Gr1
Authoress - French stakes placed Singspiel mare
Cavita - Cadeaux Genereux from Aga family inc Derby winner Kahasi Gr1
Cleobelle - 1/2 sister to Super Impose Gr1
Freja - Danehill full sister to Diamond Hill out of Royal Tiara Gr1
Garryurra - Daylami 1/2 sister to Tropical Star out of Champion 3yo Tropical. Gr1
Geeta - Generous 1/2 sister to Making Waves Gr1
Golden Zen – out SW Embraceable You
Janella - full sister to Champion 2yo Lend A Hand Gr1
Leash - Redoutes Choice 1/2 sister to SAF Horse of The Year 2007 Sun Classique Gr1
La Regale - Zabeel 3/4 sister in blood to Sky Heights Gr1
Laylia - multiple winning Redoutes Choice filly
Mayberry - daughter of Inaflury Gr1
Mencik - Fu Peg 1/2 sister to Arkanarton Gr1
Resonance - daughter of Danarich Gr2p
Roulette Wheel - by Spinning World 1/2 sister to Thunderosa, 2nd dam QTC Oaks Gr1
Selva - 2nd dam dam of Desert Prince Gr1
Stars Above - dam of Doncaster winner Patezza Gr1
Stormy Sac - Anabaa 1/2 sister to Danendri Gr1 (dam of Zingam & Banc de Fortune)
Utah Red - by Red Ransom from the close family of Seattle Slew, US Horse of Year
Zahani - by Zabeel from Danarani Gr1
Zazabelle - Melbourne Cup Gr1 & VRC Oaks Gr1 placed
Zona - by Zabeel from Danendri Gr1
Pendragon, pictured at Think Big Stud in June prior to his return trip to Victoria.
Pendragons "Stallions" page
With the advent & virulent outbreak of EI (Equine Influenza) currently in New South Wales & Queensland, most of our clients racehorses are locked down at Randwick Racecourse and they have NO CHANCE of competing in either the now abandoned Sydney Spring Carnival or the still functioning Melbourne Spring Carnival. Nearly all of those horses mentioned in the preceeding story never got the chance to race with the Randwick meeting called off on race morning. Only three of our team were domiciled in Melbourne at the time of the outbreak and thus currently eligible to race, the rest will have to get over their dose of the “flu” and resume their careers and carnival aspirations next year. Of our three remaining eligible horses, Wonderful World takes on some of the best sprinters in the Group 1Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday 15th. There has been little else to report other than all our clients breeding operations have come to a standstill, foals are being produced but no opportunity to join the mares again this season at this stage. For that we and the rest of the Breeding Industry wait on any changes to the jurisdictions placed on the movement of horses by the Department of Primary Industries and the spread and ramifications of the EI itself.
While we do not expect to win any or all of their respective races, our complete “stable” of runners this coming Saturday is interesting and some may prove to be competitive during the forthcoming Sydney & Melbourne Spring Carnivals; Prince Arthur – Warwick Stakes Gr2 wfa 1400m Randwick; Kroner – Up And Coming Stakes Gr2 3yo 1200m Randwick; Wonderful World – McEwen Stakes Gr3 wfa 1000m Moonee Valley; Kosi Bay – Toy Show Quality Listed f&m 1400m Randwick; Cresta Run – Samsung Hnadicap 3yo&up 1600m Randwick. Wonderful World takes on super sprinter & filly Gold Edition, while Kroner matches with the $12m dollar man Meurice and Prince Arthur should find Racing To Win a bit special. Kosi Bay meets some “glamour gals” in the Toy Show.
Prince Arthur – Warwick Stakes Gr2 wfa 1400m Randwick
Kroner – Up And Coming Stakes Gr2 3yo 1200m Randwick
Wonderful World – McEwen Stakes Gr3 wfa 1000m Moonee Valley
Kosi Bay – Toy Show Quality Listed f&m 1400m Randwick
Cresta Run – Samsung Hnadicap 3yo&up 1600m Randwick
Cash Is King
Kroner, by young sire Viking Ruler, is named after one of part owner Dato Tan Chin Nam’s popular maxims…Cash is King, a Kroner being the national currency of Denmark, Sweden & Norway. Well Kroner got the cash in emphatic style at Randwick on Wednesday and his dominant performance caught the eye of many racing pundits judging by the media comments following the race. This 2yo has a way to go before he can be compared in the same vein as some of his predecessors for the connections or indeed some his present stable mates, but there is some scope for enthusiasm in his case.
Kroner wins handsomely
Kroner returns to scale
Being in the midst of the Sydney winter, and a quite rabid one at present, it is generally a quiet time for racecourse appearances, however one recent achiever won with aplomb on Saturday at Rosehill. Blessus was our sole runner for the day. Bred like Saintly by his trainer Bart Cummings, and part owned by the same man along with a few stable regulars including Dato’ Tan Chin Nam of Saintly fame, Blessus has a way to go before he gets near the great Saintly in standing but he is amassing a very solid record. Seen below winning the Sydney Markets handicap, it is with Bart’s permission, the legendary trainer is also pictured here with the sponsors after the race.
Blessus wins under hands & heels riding of Blake Shinn
The Sponsors, Bart & STC Committeman Bill Picken.
Action On Multiple Fronts
We have been occupied attending the mammoth Magic Millions Broodmare Sales this past week and acquired 4 mares but at the same time were represented by winners at Rosehill on Saturday with Viewed putting up back to back wins and at Canterbury on Wednesday with Columate posting a further win to make his record 3 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third & $88,250 starts. Viewed is now 3 wins & 2 seconds & $122,950 from 11 starts with both horses coming from the budget end of the market at $26,000 & $50,000 respectively. As lightly raced horses, they appear they can add to their records.
Columate on Wednesday
Viewed on Saturday
Pendragon to Stand at Stud in Victoria
Dato Tan Chin Nam's quality racehorse Pendragon has been retired to stud to stand at Hollylodge Thoroughbreds,Avenel, Victoria. Pendragon is the second well-bred race proven racehorse retired to Victoria’s breeding industry by Dato Tan Chin Nam, the owner of three Melbourne Cup winners amongst many top Victorian race winners, after having last year advocated God's Own location to Eliza Park Stud. Pendragon, a handsome bay/brown, is by a first crop son of Danzig, and the Group I winner of the Newmarket July Cup (1200m) in Elnadim. Elnadim, from a daughter of the legendary dam Fall Aspen, carries similar credentials to one of Danzig's other July Cup winning sons in Danehill. He was Champion 3YO and Older Sprinter in England franking his Group wins. In a nine start career cut short by injury, Pendragon shot to prominence on debut with a stakes placing at two over 1200m. At his next two starts he met future Group I winners Racing To Win and Paratroopers, running second to both horses by less than a length over 1200m and 1300m, before running third to Paratroopers and Racing To Win in the now STC Group II Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill. Pendragon went from the Golden Rose to post wins in the STC Group III Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and the MRC Group III Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) (beating Headturner), and he was placed second as favourite in the AJC Group I Spring Champion Stakes (2000m). Pengragon competed honourably for a fourth in the Group I VRC Derby (2500m), just failing to run out the distance. He only had one more racecourse appearance, when a resuming fifth in the Expressway Stakes, the only the second occasion he did not finish in the first three. Pendragon’s dam-side breeding is unsurpassed being out of the NZ Oaks winner in Alacrity (by Grosvenor), and he comes from the direct family of the breed shaping stallion Marscay. LikeAustralasia's current leading sires Redoute's Choice, Encosta De Lago and Zabeel, Pendragon is by an imported sire, and in a similar fashion to the established sires he has proven himself on Australia's race tracks at Group level.Pendragon stands for $10,000 (+GST) with a reduction for the first fifty bookings to $8,000 (+GST), all Live Foal Guarantee. Travel rebates on application. Contact Christine or Terry Nevill at Hollylodge on (03) 5796 2495, Christine 0408 132 755, e-mail email@example.com or www.durbridge.com
Pendragon races clear in the Gloaming Stakes
On His Lonsome, But Out In Front
Accumulate was our sole runner this past weekend, but he posted back to back wins with another fine performance at Randwick. This performance indicates Accumulate is back to his best and sealed a trip north to the Queensland carnival to take on the weight for age O’Shea Stakes (2nd June) into the Brisbane Cup (11th June), both run at Eagle Farm. We have a few other representatives scheduled to run during the Queensland carnival and we hope they do well for their connections.
Accumulate bursts clear for the second successive time.
A Week In Racing
On Saturday 28th at Rosehill, the former leading Melbourne Cup fancy and VRC St Leger winner Accumulateshowed after extensive rehabilitation that he is back on song with an explosive finish to win setting himself up for a tilt at the Brisbane Cup. Accumulates win came at the expense of stablemate Kosi Bay, who started favourite, looked the winner inside the furlong only to be claimed by Accumulate & Newport. Kosi Bay is no slouch herself, a stakeswinner and Gr1 & Gr2 placed. She has a spring campaign mapped out for her again after a spell. Another to bounce back into best form was Mi Casa who ran a brave front running effort in the $110,000 Wagga Cup Listed on Friday 4th May, only to be collared in the final strides of the race but still earning 22k for second place. On Saturday 5th Sacred Moon also filled the runners up stall at Rosehill with a strong finishing effort to the now unbeaten Kyros who enjoyed a soft run in front. Scared Moon will probably start again in Sydney before trainer Bart Cummings considers a trip to Brisbane for the TJ Smith, which in normally a very competitive Group 1 but the distance of which, 1600m is clearly going to suit Sacred Moon. Viewed, who has not raced for five weeks ran fourth on the same Rosehill card, he too finishing off his race quite well.
Sacred Moon closes in on the winner & more ground will suit.
Records were set a the booming Sydney Easter Yearling Sales and while it felt like you needed an oil well to compete for the top priced horses, DGR was able to buy five yearlings by Encosta De Lago, Rock Of Gibraltar (2), Galileo and Redoute’s Choice for a total of $870,000, so we were far from the biggest buyer. Long time clients on the other hand sold two for $770,000 so trade was had all round. At the Broodmare sales we were also able to take part buying four mares for a modest $256,000 in total and figure there is some value amongst them. We are in a comfortable position having placed all our yearling purchases made in 2007, however we can assist and advise on some smashing yearlings that are still available.
Action in the sale ring at Inglis
Randwick Carnival Over
The Randwick carnival is now over and we picked up some placings in a very competitive carnival. Kosi Bay ran a very game second in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes to the highly touted Hot Danish. Kosi Bay keeps surprising experts with continued placings at Gr1 & Gr2 level but modestly not so her connections. Prince Arthur showed he was back on track with a closing second in the Chairmans Hcp Gr2 but failed to stay the 2 miles (3200m) of the Sydney Cup a week later when basically set the challenge of leading al the way. Gr1 contenders Fianchetto & High Cee failed to handle the poor track conditions at a deluged Randwick while 2yo Sacred Moon was an ever consistent third at Randwick in arguably the slower inside section. Sacred Moon showed that was no surprise, finishing fast for second place in the 2yo race at the Hawkesbury feature meeting on Saturday. Mi Casa subsequent barrier trial showed his race on Cup day was a bit of an apparition and may go the Wagga Cup. Probably the most impressive winner was that of Imagining, purchased out of the Lloyd Williams stable and having her very first run for new racing clients KP Thoroughbreds, she was dominant winning at Sandown on Saturday and gave the impression of more to come. We hope so.
A, Make it Two Days at the Races
We had plenty of action in the Sydney double header of Rosehill & Warwick Farm this past weekend. The obvious highlight was the fast finishing all be it a narrow win of High Cee in the Gr2 Ajax Stakes to put him up a serious Doncaster contender. In fact his quote with most bagmen and betting agencies has since been drastically shorted for the $2.25m metric mile on April 9th. With the right type of race pattern, we believe High Cee can give some of his more glamorous rivals a race. All credit must go to Bart Cummings and his team at Princes Farm & Leilani Lodge for reviving the career of this former Newcastle Cup (2300m) winner after serious injury and time off into a Gr2 winning sprinter miler. While High Cee won by the barest of margins on Saturday, on Sunday Mi Casa lost by the barest of margins. Still in his two runs back, 5yo Mi Casa appears an improved horse, which for a previous stakes winner makes him quite capable. Prince Arthur was beaten as short priced favourite on Saturday, but he still managed another stakes placing to his record and we have seen him perform better so we remain in hope for the Sydney Cup. Lasker ran a better race when settling while 2yo Kroner showed he is ready for the paddock and is there already. A nice colt with a longer term career in front of him while another 2yo, brother to Melbourne Cup placed Zazabelle (dam of last start winner Winning Big) made an inauspicious debut over 1200m, still his time will come, maybe in 2008 & 2009. While in all this action, the former champion Saintly was honoured with a "rugging" at Rosehill. Saintly looked like he figured he could still take on some of these current lot, even at the grand age of 14 years.
High Cee gets home in the Ajax Stakes Gr2
The great Saintly honoured at Rosehill
Works in Progress
Since our last update we have had some minor winners but some encouraging performances from some of our anticipated major race combatants as their carnival; programmes unfold. Winning Big was a minor winner at Kembla coming from the rear to beat a short priced favourite in the shadows of the post. High Cee ran a solid fast finishing third in the Newcastle Newmarket Gr3, Fianchetto worked home nicely in the Randwick Guineas and he should be suited by the increase in distances of the Rosehill Guineas and then hopefully to the AJC Derby. LikewiseViewed ran a solid 5th in the Phar Lap Stakes Gr2 and he will step out over more ground in his next two runs hopefully culminating the in AJC Derby. Old favourite Mi Casa resumed with a closing 3rd at the Randwick Guineas meeting while young debutant Kroner ran a very pleasing debut second place at Canterbury and great result was had from a breeding viewpoint with Kosi Bay adding a weight for age Group 2 third to her already imposing record when she was beaten only just over a length in the Canterbury Stakes on Saturday. We will be concentrating on the autumn carnival racing at Rosehill & Randwick and the all important Easter yearling sales over the coming weeks so updates might be a bit thin on the ground but watch this space. One low light was the retirement of Pendragonfrom racing with a reoccurring tendon injury. We are currently working with several parties for a continuation of his career at stud. He should get some good looking progeny with his glamorous looks. And last mention goes to current Sydney Cup Gr1 favourite Prince Arthur who did not see much daylight at Randwick but will get his opportunity to atone in the coming weeks.
Pendragon seen here in full flight winning the Gloaming Stakes last Autumn.
From Little Seeds
From little seeds large oak trees grow goes the famous saying. While our latest global winners in the past 10 days may not grow into anything as grand as an Oak, modestly priced acquisitions they all were. Viewed who posted his maiden win at Warwick Farm at his sixth start gained some strong reviews. Admittedly he has been group placed prior so is perhaps not your run of the mill maiden, but he was purchased privately out of a paddock for $50,000 and looks to have justified his purchase. Another private purchase was Yakin, a Danasinga filly for $18,000, she has now won 3 of her six starts with two additional placing in Malaysia and some MR$53,730. Yakin is expected to go to Class 1 soon having carried 57kgs when winning her most recent start. The cheapest was Zhu Chen, a NZ$17,500 yearling filly by Kaapstad has just posted her fourth win adding to her other six placings to date & RM$94,431, also achieved on the Malaysian Racing Association circuit.
Viewed gets up over 1400m on seasonal return and should appreciate longer.
Sales Season Begins
The 2007 yearling sales season began with the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast where we purchased Lot 75, ($320,00) an Encosta De Lago filly from a woodman daughter of the super fast former Champion European 2yoLyric Fantasy. That family also produced European 4yo Sprint Champion Royal Applause and Dewhurst Gr1winner In Command. Also purchased was Lot 99 ($180,000), a colt from the final crop of Scenic, who’s half brother Time Matters won his first stakes race the very next day, a colt who hails from the same family as Melbourne Cup hero Rogan Josh & rising star Marasco. We waited until Lot 352 ($100,000) to buy a Rock Of Gibraltar colt form the multiple stakeswinner Spice Doll. Our clients also purchased a half share in Lot 186, a bargain Redoute’s Choice filly from the famous Eight Carat family. In New Zealand two Viking Ruler colts, the first Lot 1 a modest NZ$24,000 half brother to a stakeswinner, family of Champion 3yo Naturalism and the other lot 50 (NZ$90,00), out of a stakes placed full sister to the Bart Cummings trained Swick. Also purchased was Lot 225, a magnificent Zabeel colt from a family with which we worked in the 1980's the famous Mrs Moss lineage, which featured amoung many top class horses the first UK trained Japan Cup winner in Jupiter Island. We picked up a Black Minnaloushe colt Lot 239 (NZ$52,500) out of a half sister to Gr1 winner Broad Reach & Gr2 winnerUnsolved and most importantly our clients took half of the spectacular Redoute’s Choice filly from the Gr2 winnerLuna Tudor (Lot 254 NZ$600,000) which Bart Cummings added to his stable. At the Inglis Classic sale we took a shine to Lot 380, a Keltrice colt out of a half sister to the useful Gr2 winner Muirfield Village for $25,000.
In our opinion, the classically built Zabeel - Kowtpw colt, NZLot225
Early 2007 has been extremely busy for many in our industry, not least DGR. January runners saw Prince Arthurpost two stakes wins including a dominant win in the Australia Day Stakes at Randwick, a performance that impressed his jockey Darren Beadman. Prince Arthur is now on a Cups mission, Sydney & Melbourne and who better to handle it than the master Bart Cummings. Also in January saw Blessus rack up four wins from his five starts this preparation before being spelled a few weeks ago. Mencik was another to remove herself from the unplaced reps list, posting a 2 ½ length maiden win at Kembla when resuming followed by a Gosford placing at her subsequent start. She runs in the provincials this weekend (17th). Deefour also added a Randwick win to his record and has risen through the ranks quite quickly. He probably failed to stay 2000m when a beaten favourite last start, not surprising for a son of Grand lodge in hindsight, his racing distances will be brought back a touch. Proven quality stayer High Cee, in our opinion ran a great fifth behind The Free Stater in the 1200m Gr3 Clissold Hcp, which was run in very fast time when he resumed after a long lay off as too did Pendragon, another quality stayer when he resumed for fifth in the Expressway Stakes Gr2. Much of the New Year was spent at and in research for the yearling sales at the Gold Coast, New Zealand & Sydney. So far we have purchased nine yearlings details of which wil be posted in a separate news item.
Prince Arthur coasts home alone at the end of the Australia day Cup Listed.
2006 Into 2007
Our 2006 ended with another hitherto lightly raced maiden breaking his maiden with Bishop (renamed Lasker) winning his third start in Singapore on Saturday 30th December at Kranji adjsuting our record to 48 individual runners for 30 individual winners, 40 individual placegetters and 8 unplaced runners. The latest winner was a cheap purchase as a breeze up 2yo for $25,000, we are informed Bishop should add to his tally. 2007 began in a good vein with Prince Arthur running a game third the Listed Tatts Cup at Randwick from a wide draw, and then this courageous Danehill colt defied beging widest throughout at Rosehill to post his first stakes win in the Listed Underwood Cup. Observers noted he was entitled to tire anfetr an exhausting run but he again showed his toughness to win going away just before the post. Particular mention must be made of Bart Cummings Magic Millions win by Mimi Lebrock on the same day as Prince Arthurs. Mimi Lebrock is not one of our stable but for owners (and sometimes racing partners) Les & Sue Smith is was a special win. Bart showed he rightly remains a Hall of Fame trainer training sprinters, stayers, milers, two year olds, three year olds, older horses, colts, fillies to win feature races. Just look at the 2006 results through the likes of Wonderful World, God's Own, Kosi Bay, Swick, Mimi Lebrock & Prince Arthur. Not just the Cups King but a Master Trainer.
Maidens No More
With two of as then unplaced runners both broking their maiden tags in impressive style before in the last but one weekend of 2006, Sagwala by an astonishing 7 1/2 lenghts at Moonee Valley and Deefour a very solid 2 1/4 at Kembla in slick sectionals adding to Mulamans game short head defeat at Randwick and Prince Arthurs brave 1.4 length fifth in the Villiers, updating our calender years statisics is required, errors & omissions accepted, to 24th December 2006, we had 48 individual runners in 5 countries with seven trainers, 81% of those horses running a place and 64.4% individual winners with 18.75% yet to break their maiden including those that may have had only one race start to date. We had winners at Group 1, Group 2 & Listed levels with many of those performers set to train on in 2007, while God’s Own was sold in a multi million dollar deal to stand at stud for the second half of 2006 while in all likelihood Wonderful World will follow a similar path when he is retired from racing. Those two horses, the 2005 & 2006 Caulfiled Guineas Gr1 winners were our obvious highlights. (See the full list)
- Wonderful World (inc Group 1 Caulfield Guineas)
- Cresta Run (inc 3rd $1m MM Trophy)
- Kosi Bay (inc Listed Epona Stakes & Gr1 placed)
- Mi Casa (inc Listed)
- Golden Zen
- It’s All Money (Malaysia)
- Rata (Singapore)
- Zhu Chen (Malaysia)
- Never Stop (Singapore)
- Nordic Dancer (New Zealand)
- Kingside (Malaysia)
- Prince Arthur (& Group placed)
- O Danny Boy (Hong Kong & Australia)
- Ruy Lopez (Singapore)
- Yakin (Malaysia)
- Empress Jade
- Fuji Riva
- Bishop (Singapore)
- God’s Own (Gr1 2nd Newmarket Hcp)
- Sacred Moon (2yo 1 start)
- True Paradise
- Pisang Mas (Malaysia)
- Lyman Hall (Singapore)
- Winning Big
- El De Lago
- Woody (Malaysia)
- La Reagle
- Rook (Malaysia
- Benarrivo (Malaysia)
2006 was a productive year for us and our clients on the racetrack and unless we have missed somebody out, all our representative runners for the year are as follows (see compiled listing in News, follow the more information link) At the time of posting this update, Prince Arthur is still to contest the Villiers Stakes Gr2 on 23rd December following on from a solid third in the Hawkesbury Cup Gr3. Mencik, Sagwala & Deefour will all be trying to break their maidens before the New Year. So errors & omissions accepted, to 14th December 2006, we had 48 runners in 5 countries with seven trainers, 77% of those horses running a place and 56% individual winners with 23% yet to break their maiden including those that may have had only one race start to date. We had winners at Group 1, Group 2 & Listed levels with many of those performers set to train on in 2007, while God’s Own was sold in a multi million dollar deal to stand at stud for the second half of 2006 while in all likelihood Wonderful World will follow a similar path when he is retired from racing. Those two horses, the 2005 & 2006 Caulfield Guineas Gr1winners were our obvious highlights.
- Wonderful World (inc Group 1 Caulfield Guineas)
- Cresta Run (inc 3rd $1m MM Trophy)
- Kosi Bay (inc Listed Epona Stakes & Gr1 placed)
- Mi Casa (inc Listed)
- Golden Zen
- It’s All Money (Malaysia)
- Rata (Singapore)
- Zhu Chen (Malaysia)
- Never Stop (Singapore)
- Nordic Dancer (New Zealand)
- Kingside (Malaysia)
- Prince Arthur (& Group placed)
- O Danny Boy (Hong Kong & Australia)
- Ruy Lopez (Singapore)
- Yakin (Malaysia)
- Empress Jade
- Fuji Riva
- God’s Own (Gr1 2nd Newmarket Hcp)
- Sacred Moon (2yo 1 start)
- True Paradise
- Pisang Mas (Malaysia)
- Lyman Hall (Singapore)
- Winning Big
- El De Lago
- Woody (Malaysia)
- La Reagle
- Rook (Malaysia)
- Bishop (Malaysia)
- Benarrivo (Malaysia)
Recapping, errors & omissions accepted, to 14th December 2006, we had 48 runners in 5 countries with seven trainers, 77% of those horses running a place and 56% individual winners with 23% yet to break their maiden including those that may have had only one race start to date. We had winners at Group 1, Group 2 & Listed levels with many of those performers set to train on in 2007, while God’s Own was sold in a multi million dollar deal to stand at stud for the second half of 2006 while in all likelihood Wonderful World will follow a similar path when he is retired from racing. Those two horses, the 2005 & 2006 Caulfiled Guineas Gr1 winners were our obvious highlights.
Wonderful World clear on the line in the 2006 Caulfield Guineas Gr1
A World Of Racing
It has been a quite time with few runners over the last two since the end of the Flemington extravaganza on the domestic scene, but we have had two runners internationally and both were winners. O Danny Boy, formerly Byaraja in Australia, had his maiden win in Hong Kong for his owners Mr & Mrs Tan Boon Seng last night (22/11) atHappy Valley. O Danny Boy has only been in the special economic region since the start of the new current racing season having won previously in Australia as Byaraja. O Danny Boy is Tan Boon Seng’s very first racehorse and congratulations to him. Still near the equator but in the Malaysian Racing Association It’s All Money won again for her connections on Sunday (19/11). A product of a breeding programme in WA specifically for the job and a rare successful female in the region, It’s All Money (by Magic Of Money, now resident sire at the Malaysian National Stud) has won 5 of her 11 starts to date with 4 other minor placings, the latest success one of back to back wins at Class 2 she will tackle a Group race at her next start. Australian Group racing will see out team member Kosi Bay, a stakeswinner and Gr1 placed herself, tackle the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday.
O Danny Boy (nee Byaraja) seen winning in Sydney.
A Shinning Knight
Round Table he is not yet, but we are working on it. Prince Arthur looks to have come back in good form when resuming on Saturday. Suited by the strong pace he was able to reel in his rivals down the Randwick home straight to snatch a head victory on the post. This Danehill colt, a one time favourite for the Queensland Guineas is already stakes placed via a second place in the Carbine Club Stakes last preparation and he will be given the opportunity to add some more stakes performances to his record over the coming months. A half brother to Tulloch Stakes winner Prince Of War out of a daughter of Princess Tracey, dam of handy sires Danasinga, Towkay and new sire Cullen, noted race analyst Tony Brassel commented “A big race win isn’t beyond him and physically, no more imposing specimen attended Randwick”, we hope Tony’s judgment is a good as ever. Many of our carnival horses are spelling, those having a break include Wonderful World, Accumulate, Mi Casa, Lasker, Viewed, Fianchetto, Laylia. Group class horses already on the way back into work include Hi Cee, Pendragon & Cresta Run, and we are hopeful they will be racing in the early autumn. Recently Gr1 placed Kosi Bay will continue her carnival in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. She had no luck caught deep throughout at Flemington on Saturday.
Prince Arthur seen winning at Randwick.
Group 1 Results
Derby Day at Flemington & its corresponding meeting at Rosehill in Sydney produced some encouraging results for us, and some disappointment. Disappointments included the scratching of our second favourite for the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes in Wonderful World. We will have to wait at least until the autumn to see the Caulfield Guineas winner back at the races but he has done a marvellous job this spring. Hat’s off to him and his trainer Bart Cummings. However at Flemington in the Group1 Myer Stakes, noted middle distance performer Kosi Bay made most of the inside bias and added a Group 1 third to her record over 1600m. Already a stakeswinner at 1900m and half sister to Kiwi Champion mare Calveen, Kosi Bay should appreciate the 2000m of the Matriarch Stakes on Stakes day next Saturday. Rosehill Sydney provided some good results, it took a developed print to separate the ever consistant Mi Casa and Zedaction. Mi Casa appreciated the drop back to 1900m and was held up briefly in the home straight while our latest syndication Sacred Moon (see right hand side and syndication pages) ran a most encouraging debut when beaten only ½ length & a ½ neck into third. Given that the winner had the benefit of a prior start and the second cost it’s connections $600,000, our owners of a modest $57,000 purchase have reason to look forward to the future.
Kosi Bay seen winning the Listed Epona Stakes
Cox Plate to Cup Week
You don’t win group races every weekend, just ask some of the connections of the leading fancies at the Cox Plate meeting but from our two runners on the weekend the ever game and highly consistent mare Laylia won at Rosehill posting her third victory, her ninth placing form twelve career starts and $146,430 plus another $20,000 in BOBS. Given that she was an original $70,000 yearling purchase and a daughter of Redoute’s Choice (now standing at $275,000 in 2006) she is a great buy. At Moonee Valley our other runner Accumulate failed to emulate a former stablemate Frightening when he won the Moonee Valley Cup. Acccumulate did draw widest and went back and thus had little chance but he needs to lift to be a realistic chance in the Melbourne Cup even if he gets a start which is very much up in the air. Frightening will get his rewards for his past performances when he starts a stud career in Queesland in 2007. The Spring Carnival heads to Flemington and on the opening day, Derby Day we expect to be represented by Wonderful World in the Gr1 Ascot Vale which is shaping to be a very strong race, Kosi Bay steps up to 1600m in the Gr1 Myer Classic, last start winner Lasker is hoping to get into the Listed Carbine Club field while Accumulate may run in the Gr 2 SAAB. In Sydney at Rosehill our latest syndication Sacred Moon, a modest purchase, may make his debut after a pleasing 2nd at the Warwick Farm trials on Friday and good servant Mi Casa will drop back to the 1900m after showing he could not stay 2400m in the Tattersalls Cup.
Laylia seen here winning at Randwick. She has now won at Sydney's other main track Rosehill.
Then Laylia putting it all in to win at Rosehill.
We are busy with our racehorses throughout the remainder of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, but we are putting up the horses wanted shingle at the same time. We are seeking for a number of orders maiden or younger in foalbroodmares for ongoing commercial breeding purposes from $50,000 and up. Our clients are picky but if you believe you have anything of interest please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have ready access to e-mails on the road so to speak and can access our own on-line pedigrees with sufficient given information Name, Sire & Dam. We will not be offering valuation on mares however.
Keeping Up With The Boys
Silent Witness’ half sister Empress Jade will attempt to emulate her male stablemates by trying to win the “girls classic” of the 1000 Guineas Group 1 at Caulfield tomorrow. She will start at much longer odds than either Gods’ Own or Wonderful World did when they won their Caulfield Guineas however she has displayed sufficient talent to be given her opportunity. On Caulfield Cup weekend our runners that are scheduled to have their opportunity to display their talents are 3yo filly Golden Zen, stakeswinning mare Kosi Bay and staying older horses Accumulate& Mi Casa. In fact Golden Zen is the only one of that quartet yet to win a stakes race, but she ran a creditable race last start in the Group 1 Flight stakes so there is enough to suggest her time might come. Also attempting to get a stakes win on the weekend will be ultra consistent mare Laylia when she lines up in the Listed Belle Of The Turf at Gosford on Sunday. Being a daughter of Redoutes Choice, all be it modestly purchased for his stock at $70,000, stakes form will add to her to broodmare value but what value Encosta De Lago’s daughter Empress Jade if she were to win the 1000 Guineas! We live in hope once again.
A Wonderful Time
We had a wonderful time on Saturday with Wonderful World posting a dominant win in the Group1 $1m Caulfield Guineas. Two of his joint owners and two of our best customers shared in the win last year of God’s Own and this time shared the joy with succesful client but Group 1 rookie winning owner Michael Alexeef. Common link again was our Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings, who part owned and trained God’s Own last year and put up a masterful performance as trainer & aided by his very experienced teams in Sydney & Melbourne to coax such dominant wins from Wonderful World in both the Guineas Prelude and the Guineas itself. As many have stated it is no fluke to train the winners of 247 Group 1 races. Thought will go into what is next for the winner, perhaps a Cox Plate start might be justified if we can find a light enough jockey as the horse would carry only 48.5kgs at weight for age. We had one other runner on the day, a two start veteran by Galileo called Lasker, named in honour of a World Chess Grandmaster like so many of the owners (yes Dato Tan Chin Nam again) horses. He also won convincingly, this time at Rosehill in Sydney but may justify a trip to Melbourne for a race like the Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington. Dato’ Tan has won that particular race twice before with Think Big & Saintly, both of whom went on the win Melbourne Cups. Big (huge) shoes for Lasker to follow but he will be given the opportunity to take steps along the path. Talking of opportunity, we had the foresight or call it the good fortune as it turns out to buy Wonderful World’s dam Success Tale before he, Wonderful World made a public name for himself. And sharing this good fortune with our friends and clients, Success Tale is now in-foal to last years Guineas winner God’s Own. Bart also chimed into the family buying Wonderful Worlds younger brother at last years Magic Millions, the remaining shares in him sure to be snatched up by some sound minded investor.
Wonderful World surges clear in the 3yo Gr1 Classic
Luke Nolan shows justifiabe joy for an excellent performance by man & beast
So to does Gr1 winning part owner Michael Alexeef
And that trophy looks familiar, so to do two of the faces, legend Bart Cummings and part owner Chye Khaw.
Beyond Super Saturday
Our day at Randwick’s “Super Saturday” eventuated with lightly raced 3yo’s Fianchetto & Viewed beaten 1 lengths & 1.5 lens respectively in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes and Golden Zen running on somewhat to be beaten 3.8 lens in the Group 1 Flight Stakes. It appeared to us that on pace and leaders did well on the day, for example in the Champion Stakes the first three home where the first three to make the turn. Bias no, pattern of racing quite possibly. Still both Viewed & Fianchetto are now spelling while many of their peers are still at it and we figure they might repay the softer approach and develop into a force over the longer distances in the autumn. Golden Zen will be allowed to stretch out over ground in Melbourne and may justify an Oaks start as hinted at by her Flight Stakes performance. Every owner of a filly wants to win an Oaks and we will give it a try. This weekend our main hope is Wonderful World who is rated by many form and price assessors as second pick for the $1m Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. We live in hope.
Last year's Caulfield Guineas saw God's Own snatch a remarkable victory.
Doing Something Right
We made an observation when viewing a table shown in the very informative website of Australia's leading trainer of Group 1 winners www.bartcummings.com.au that we must be doing something right. Since we have been buying and sourcing some of the horses that go into that stable in the early 1990’s, no less than five of our purchases figure in Bart’s table for recent years in the Group 1 Spring Champion & Flight Stakes for the three year old colts and 3yo fillies respectively. DGR purchased colts Pendragon, Liberty Hall & Catalan Opening and fillies Dashing Eagle & Danarani. We are very proud to be associated with the Bart Cummings stable and involved with such success so many years. This year we have never have we had as many runners in any one year in these two particular races with colts Viewed & Fianchetto taking their place along with Golden Zen and an interest inEmpress Jade of the fillies; see below and the above link to Bart's site
AJC Spring Champion Stakes Gr1
2005 Pendragon 2nd
2003 November Dreaming 2nd
1999 Liberty Hall 3rd
1997 El Mirada 3rd
1995 Catalan Opening 3rd
AJC Flight Stakes Gr1
1996 Dashing Eagle 1st
1994 Danarani 1st
1989 Tristanagh 2nd
1994 Flight Stakes winner Danarani and her first foal, the stakeswinner Zingam
Still A Maiden...Just!!!
This time last year our quality colt 3yo Pendragon broke his maiden in the Gloaming Stakes Gr3 and it was this close (see below) to our promising 3yo colt Viewed breaking his maiden tag a stakes level when just missing in the Dulcify Quality Listed at Randwick on Saturday. Only a veteran of 4 starts and that was his first attempt at anything further than 1400m and he showed the staying potential we figured he might have despite starting at big odds in the Dulcify. He gets the opportunity to break his maiden this coming weekend, but at Group 1 level in the Champion Stakes that would be a rarely achieved feat. He takes his place in the field with our fellow runnerFianchetto. Fianchetto never saw cover in the Dulcify but boxed on. We hope both horses get a good run in transit and their opportunity to figure. Joining these two colts at Group 1 level will be the 3yo fillies Empress Jade &Golden Zen, both to take their spots in the Flight Stakes while in Melbourne Accumulate will take another step on his Melbourne Cup path in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. At a more modest level but still a Cup Mi Casa posted his 5th career win to take the Illawarra Cup at Kembla today for Dato’s Yap & Tan. Dato’ Tan took the same race last year with Zingam. Laylia was not disgraced either running third at Warwick Farm on Monday but had to be considered unlucky when she got too far back.
Just a short head in it for the fast closing Viewed
Can History Repeat
History Repeating was an upbeat song sung by Shirley Bassey, Wonderful World a ballard made famous by Louis Armstrong; is there a theme? Last year this lucky owner hoisted the Caulfield Guineas trophy aloft as part owner of God’s Own along with our long term client Dato Tan Chin Nam & trainer Bart Cummings. With Wonderful World’s fantastic return to form with a 2 ¼ length win in the Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday the team are back with a realistic chance to repeat in the 2006 running of the $1m Caulfield Guineas. Malaysian businessman Chye Khaw and Dato Tan Chin Nam are joined by client and friend Michael Alexeef as joint owners of Wonderful World which is trained of course by none other than living legend Bart Cummings. It will be an honour to take on the superb Miss Finland in the Guineas if she runs and no shame if we are beaten by her, not that our colt has not proved very competitive against her at Gr1 level before with both horses filling 2nd & 3rd placing in the Blue Diamond last autumn at Caulfield. In fact Wonderful Worlds' Caulfield record is outstanding having three runs at the track for a Gr3 win and Gr3 & Gr1 placings. We hope he can maintain that record on 14th October. Less euphoric but still pleasing was the progress shown by our leading Cup hope Accumulate on Saturday. He transfers to Melbourneand we can expect Bart to build up his distances into his cup tilt. The next seven days should see scheduled runs from team members Golden Zen, Fianchetto, Viewed, Laylia and a couple of first starters.
Mr Khaw (left) with the 2005 Caulfield Guineas Trophy.
And Wonderful World resplendant in his Guineas Prelude Winners Rug.
The Week That Was
The week that was had many facets. Despite a small field the running of the weight for age Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr2 at Moonee Valley should prove a strong pointer to the $3m Cox Plate with last years Dato Tan Chin Nam winner Lad Of The Manner repeating dose to nudge out the high class Apache Cat. Apache Cat featured in a number of duels last season with our own God’s Own. Apache Cat, a gelding along with an outstanding performance on Saturday from another gelding Racing To Win all adding to the depth of racing form to God’s Own. God’s Own being the lucky one, an entire and now gleefully fulfilling his duties in his new role at Eliza Park Stud. History has shown that lightly raced stallions, with big pedigrees and racing form around the every best tend to repeat history and make very successful sires. Go to www.elizapark.com.au for more on God’s Own. Our runners last week were generally good, Golden Zen running second at Canterbury to glamour bred stablemate Empress Jade, in whom we have an interest. Golden Zen was running on and gave the impression further will be no obstacle as too did 3yo Fianchetto (1/2 brother to our latest syndication and see previous stories) beaten only a half head on Thursday after being forced wide. Accumulate had a temporary hiccup that prevented him taking his place Saturday while Mi Casa got back and found the other too slick for him in the sprint home for the Gr3 Kingston Town at Rosehill.
Big Ears feature on many a classic filly. Empress Jade, an Encosta De Lago 1/2 sister to superstar Silent Witness has them pricked after winning.
Rain Rain Go Away, Come Back
Rain rain go away, come back another day. Well that's been our motto for the last week or so. Record Sydney rains (why does it not get into the Sydney catchment and water storage facilities we keep asking ourselves) has meant very few runners recently. In fact only one this weekend Ballygoran who managed to run second on a heavy Newcastle track. if we get mproving conditions should a fair fair few of our team step out with the likes ofAccumulate, Golden Zen, Viewed, Laylia, Mi Casa all scheduled to make appearance in the next 7 days while Saturday sees the second running of the Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr2 at Moonee Valley, named after our leading client. We understand El Secundo, vying for Cox Plate favouritism with Eremein will run in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, we look forward to seeing him in the special winner rug featuring Dato's famous colours.
Dato's colours on display at his 80th birtday bash in Kuala Lumpur.
Backing Our Judgement
We backed our judgement in January 2005 to by an athletic Montjeu half brother to our previously raced and quite talented Kingside (2nd Phar Lap Stakes Gr2 & 4th Epsom Hcp Gr1). Montjeu basically went on to clean up in Europe in his first two seasons at stud in the staying races producing multiple Derby winners, King George & ‘Arc De Triomphe successes, the highest possible achievements in the European arena. It is a quantum leap from Kembla to Longchamp, but the Montjeu’s have been an enigma down under and rather absent from the winners enclosures but a tiny step was taken with the above mentioned Montjeu colt now a 3yo named Fianchetto posting a 2.5lens win over 1400m on his seasonal return at Kembla on Saturday. Fianchetto had two educational runs as a 2yo and has been patiently treated by master trainer Bart Cummings. What might Bart do with this horse over 2400m, time will tell. We backed our judgement once again to buy the Black Minnaloushe half brother to both Kingside & Fianchetto from their dam Madame Faubourg in January 2006, bred to sharper by the very successful debutant sire this colt is in the final throws of syndication, see the link to syndications.
A Quick Turnaround
The previous weeks racing did not go quite as anticipated with Wonderful World hanging to the point of putting himself out of race in the San Dominico while Empress Jade was one of three runners in the same race at Warwick Farm to get scratched at the barriers leading to one conclude that their may have been insufficient numbers of barrier attendants. But a week in racing can soon turn things around with our three runners this weekend producing a promising win on seasonal return from the Montjeu 3yo Fianchetto (see separate story), a tradesman win fromRoadhog at Caulfield, Roadhog who had been so unlucky at his previous two starts got the breaks this time and got the job done efficiently to produce his eight career win and adding a new dimension to his resume by stretching out to win at his first attempt at 1600m and the final runner, Ballygoran a lightly raced son of Zabeel ran home solidly for third place at Kembla over 1500m. Both Wonderful World & Empress Jade have been ordered to trial by the stewards before racing again but we beleive they will make amends in the hands of master trainer Bart Cummings.
Wonderful World to get back winning ways.
The Racing Season Just Gone
Last racing season which began 1/08/05 and culminated at Randwick on 29/07/06 was quite productive for our clients who raced the following horses all of whom won in the metropolitan arenas of Sydney & Melbourne and interstate carnivals, those horses including in a vague chronological order Pendragon (2 wins) High Cee (3) God’s Own (2), Cresta Run (3), Byaraja, Mi Casa (3), Wonderful World (2), Kosi Bay (2), Prince Arthur (2),Columate (2), Strasbourg , Choicely , Mulaman , Roadhog (2), Laylia (2), Zingam; while provincial only winners included Damaze, Cavita, Golden Zen, Extract, Willing and Able (2), Nordic Dancer (in NZ). In Asia, mainly in Singapore & Kuala Lumpur we had wins from Never Stop, Lyman Hall, Rata, Zhu Chen, It’s all Money, Seirawan. There were also some place only getters like Viewed, True Paradise, Ballygoran, Winning Bigwith most of those look likely to join the winners list and only five non placegetters including Sagwala & Lasker.
Feature race successes came from God’s Own sensational Group 1 win in the Caulfield Guineas and his equally creditable 2nd in the Gr1 Lightening Stakes 1000m to international sprinter Takeover Target. After racetrack earnings of just shy of $1m, God’s Own was subsequently sold for stallion duties in a $12m deal where he begins his new (fun) career at Eliza Park in Victoria. Pendragon won twice at Group level via his Gloaming Stakes & Norman Robinson Stakes wins, he also added a second placing in the Champion Stakes Gr1 and notable fourth in the VRC Derby Gr1 & third in the Golden Rose Listed behind Racing To win & Paratroopers and in front of our own God’s Own. High Cee dead heated in the Group 2 Newcastle Cup stringing together 3 wins in a row, Strasbourg was victorious with a dashing win the Gr2 SAAB Quality on Derby Day while Kosi Bay opened her stakes record with a win in the Epona Stakes Listed adding a further listed placing at the Randwick carnival. Mi Casa made one of his wins at Listed level in the staying catagory. 2yo Wonderful World ran third in a downpour in the Blue Diamond Stakes Gr1 while running second in the Blue Diamond Prelude Gr3 two weeks earlier. Danehill colt Prince Arthur made an early career mark when running second in the historical Carbine Club stakes Listed also at the Randwickcarnival. Cresta Run also made a notable 3 win sequence finishing with a closing third in the $1 Magic Millions Trophy Listed.
These horses and other younger animals yet to race should provide a solid platform for the new 2006-2007 season to keep us in the race for glory.
God's Own Caulfield Guineas Trophy displayed by one of his jubilant owners & yours truely.
A New Season Warming Up
The new racing season began last Tuesday with the official horses’ birthday and we have had four runners for our connections since, no winners amongst them this time but they and their stablemates appear to be warming up nicely. On Wednesday 2nd at Canterbury 3yo Viewed debuted for a close second, we have a leg of fellow 3yoEmpress Jade who resumed for an improved fourth while last Saturday was the turn of the older brigade withRoadhog running another fine race at Caulfield Melbourne for a fast finishing third and at Rosehill in Sydney Mi Casa finished fifth in the $100,000 winter final over a short 1500m. In between races on Wednesday young duoWonderful World & Golden Zen galloped and they are both programmed to resume this coming Saturday 12th at Randwick, Wonderful World, already Gr1 placed as a 2yo in what looks a strong field for the San Dominico Stakes Gr2 with Darren Beadman set to have his first feel of the colt. Trialling Friday 11th on the come back from injury will be the VRC St Leger winner Accumulate while the interesting 3yo Deefour will attempt to handle an expected wet track on Wednesday at Canterbury. Others are due to com on line over the next month or so leading into the carnivals and we enjoy the anticipation.
Viewed just fails to grab Cartoons on debut.
Legendary trainer Bart Cummings looks happy enough though.
2008 Sales Season To Begin
Dirty Work Pays Double
July has been a traditionally quite month for our runners with few runners and a fair few scratched on the predominantly wet winter tracks; 2 year old Mulaman added a 4th place finish to his previous win when getting a long way back and in the same race Sagwala, our half brother to Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh ran good sectionals for 6th, wait for him over some ground as an older horse and Roadhog ran a game 5th following on from his previous start win. The toughest performer so far this month was Laylia who was a decisive winner by the winning post on Saturday in the very heavy conditions at Randwick. It did not look like Laylia would win at any stage finding the going uncomfortable but her class prevailed inside the final 100m and this $70,000 daughter ofRedoute’s Choice adds a second win to her brief career and a $20,000 BOBS bonus which the owners have elected to “double up” into $40,000 against yearling purchases.
Dato' Tan famous colours get plenty of mud on them but
it was worth it with Laylia's decisive win at headquaters.
On The Road Again
We had two runners representing our interests this weekend. Roadhog, an original $55,000 yearling has now won seven races and the best part of a ¼ million dollars when putting up an emphatic victory at Sandown on Saturday. Under a well judged ride from Luke Nolan from wide out Roadhog crossed the field to sit on the leaders rump until powering away in the straight. Since being sent to Melbourne Roadhog has found renewed vigour, he was unlucky third at Flemington two weeks ago before this latest win and he is back on the road again. Our other runner, a 2yo half brother to Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh ran an improved race for fifth over 1300m at Rosehill after previously racing greenly from wide barriers so there is a longer term future in him.
That man again Wilf Mula, part owner this time of Roadhog.
Way To Go Man
No we have not moved to Nimben and adopted an alternative lifestyle as our title may lead one to think, butMulaman, bravely named after his owner popular Sydney Turf Club Committeeman Wilf Mula, was nothing but impressive when resuming and making only his second racecourse appearance when streaking away with the 2yo event at Warwick Farm on the Queens Birthday weekend meeting. Like his name sake still an entire, we hope this young colt can on with the job as his career unfolds in the next few racing seasons. We purchased Mulaman for $32,500 at the Inglis Classic Sale and regular client Wilf Mula soon snapped him up. This current racing season’s associations with Wilf include stakes winners Kosi Bay and Strasbourg and the promising Columate. On the same day but in Brisbane, Prince Arthurs’ task was going to be a lot harder after he drew barrier 18 of 19 when starting favourite for the Group 2 Queensland Guineas and so it proved. Forced to cover ground to attack the lead, Prince Arthur briefly challenged at the top of the straight but there his run ended after a testing run and a strenuous two state campaign. A lightly raced 3yo entire by Danehill, we think has more in store but for now he gets a well earned spell.
Way To Go Mula-Man
After the race "Mula" the hu-man was looking rather pleased.
Dato Tan Chin Nam may have some disappointment that Prince Arthur will not take his place this Saturday in theGr3 Rough Habit Plate as planned after disappointing trainer Bart Cummings with his final piece of fast work. Bart will work on getting this promising colt into top form again but he may bypass the Derby in favour of the Queensland Guineas, that decision to come in the fullness of time. What will comfort our client is the well broadcast announcement that God’s Own is to stand at Yallambie Stud for the 2006 breeding season in a eight figure deal. God’s Own will stand at a service fee of $30,000 plus GST with Dato and his partners retaining a few shares. So for an initial $220,000 purchase of the colt and $954,500 in prizemoney, some serious excitement and the proceeds from his sale to Yallambie and the bright outlook for future earnings from stallion income or foals bred, it is an outstanding return.
God's Own remarkable victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over subsequent multiple Gr1 winner Paratroupers. Behind him included Jet Spur and subsequent multiple Gr1 winner Apache Cat.
We had one representative from our team this weekend and that was Prince Arthur. Making his debut in Brisbane after just being run down in the Listed Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick, Prince Arthur won commandingly by 3.75 lengths breaking the class record convincingly and nearing the track record in 1:34.89. His form was franked later in the day by another commanding win, this time by Belmonte in the Group 3 Doomben Classic over the same course and distance in 1:36.03. It was Belmonte who ran down Prince Arthur in the Carbine Club Stakes and the two look set to lock horns again in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate on 27 May. Both lightly raced horses are on a route to theGroup 1 QTC Derby of June 10 with Belmonte sure to pose a severe test to our horse in both events.
Prince Arthur seen winning.
The Back Page
Speaking of the Sydney Morning Herald, on the back page is the long running Column 8, featuring often witty news snippets. Well our Columate won a strongly contested 3yo race at Rosehill on Saturday posting his second win and fourth “podium finish” from six career starts to date. We feel the depth of this race and the form that will come out of it to prove quite strong. We splashed out $26,000 to buy this son of Snippets, so he is making a good return for his owners already. His half brother made considerably more at the recent Easter Yearling sales fetching $350,000 to the bid of the huge Woodlands Stud outfit. Columate’s part owner Norm Gillespie shares the record of our cheapest buy with Shoehine Henry, named after the “shoeshine man” outside the old Hilton who was a $7,000 purchase. Shoeshine Henry won over $380,000 including the inaugural Inglis Classic, 2nd Silver Slipper Gr2, Breeders Plate Gr3, 3rd Caulfield Guineas Gr1, MVRC Vase Gr3. A good racehorse and a good return by any measure.
Columate creates an impression.
Sydney Morning Herald Article
We quote a relevant article from the Sydney Morning Herald 5/5/06 “BLACK FLASH – New Zealand based sire Black Minnaloushe is fast making a name for himself in the Shaky Isles and is already out in front as leading first season sire. Black Minnaloushe was an accomplished racetrack performer, winning two of Europe’s most prestigious group 1 races – the Irish Guineas and the St James Palace Stakes. He is producing precocious types in New Zealand, with his progeny winning six races. But this number seems likely to be bolstered after a set of barrier trials atCambridge on Tuesday. The sire was represented by five two-year-old winners, two prepared by leading trainer Mark Walker and one each by Roger James, Chris Wood and Craig Thornton. Australian buyers, including Melbournetrainers Peter Moody and Danny O’Brian snared several of his yearling at the Karaka sales in February, while Sydneybuyers included Duncan Ramage and Matthew Smith. The only yearling by Black Minnaloushe offered at the Magic Millions sales was purchased by Tim Martin for $150,000”. DGR offers some shares in our Black Minalouse purchase. Follow this LINK.
Easter Yearling Sales
The William Inglis Easter Yearling Sales were the strongest on record posting an incredible average of $288,497 up some 40% with record prices for both colts & fillies; while it felt like it would be handy to have a Oil Well or two, DGR managed to get a few selected Lots without having to pay millions of dollars; We purchased Lot 286 a colt by seven time Gr1 winner Rock Of Gibraltar from dual Oaks winner Episode for a modest $150,000, Lot 342 a colt by boom stallion Redoute’s Choice for what appears a bargain $175,000 (Sire of the sale Redoute’s average was $710,857 for the 35 sold including the $3m sale topper); Our highest price acquisition was Lot 350 a filly regarded as a standout example by the very promising young sire Viscount from Julies’ Paige; our clients already racing her older sister by Redoute’s Choice while our purchases were rounded out by Lot 79 a colt by former Horse of the Year Giant’s Causeway from a half sister to Danendri who was very successful for us becoming champion 3yo Filly of 1996/97; Further details will be available in the for sale section but there are only limited shares available in just one colt.
Classic Type - Lot 350 Viscount - Julies' Paige
Sydney Racing Carnival
In a very busy period for the whole racing community some of the results did not go quite as we had hoped; God’s Own pulled up from the George Ryder Gr1 with a high temperature which required treatment and ruled him out of the remainder of the carnival but explained his perfromance while Wonderful World had a hard run in the Golden Slipper Gr1 when trapped widest throughout the race which at the end of a long two state preparation also saw him head to the spelling paddock; Prince Arthur was a excellent result nearly pulling off an all the way win in the Carbine Club Stakes Listed on Derby day; Had this lightly raced son of Danehill drawn better he would have had to have worked less hard early and this might have been the difference to the long neck he was beaten, Prince Arthur will now head to Queensland for that Carnival; Kosi Bay added a further all important Stakes placing when third in the JRA Plate Listed to her previous Stakes win in the Epona Stakes Listed while debutant 2yo winner Golden Zenjust missed a Stakes placing with a close fourth in the Keith MacKay Stakes Listed at her second career performance; She too will spell in preparation for the Spring carnivals; A highlight was to watch Headturnerdominating win in the AJC Derby Gr1, we had the foresight to purchase his half brother earlier in the year at the Magic Millions (was listed in the For Sale section), had this colt sold at the subsequent William Inglis Easter Yearling sales he could quite easily made double what we paid.
Prince Arthur attempts to fend off the challengers
Another Group 1 Win
Black Minnaloushe did it again in siring his second Group 1 winner from his first crop with Jokers Wildwinning the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce in New Zealand, this adds significantly to the credentials of our Black Minnaloushe colt currently under syndication; Those that have joined the partnership should beencouraged by these upgrades all since the colts purchase in New Zealand in February and the opportunity remains for others to join with no change to the price structure $9,440.47 plus GST per share including 12 months training, insurance and air-freight etc; Follow this link to our syndications page on the colt for details.
Black Minnaloushe has now captured two Group 1's from his first crop.
Valuable First Stakes Win
Kosi Bay has shown promise and delivered for our owners in the best possible fashion winning the Listed Epona Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday; apart form the prizemoney and pleasure in winning experienced by the connections, a stakes (black type) win adds considerable value to the future broodmare value of the half sister to the Group 1 winner Calveen; Kosi Bay’s part owner Wilf Mula also shared in the ownership of Columate who won in near track record time on Thursday by 3 ½ lens in the manner a 5/2 on favourite should; some of his other owners have been regulars for years while for David White and his wife Kathy Columate is there very first horse with DGR; Both Kosi Bay & Columate will line up again very soon while our focus shifts to the elite Group 1 level with both Gods Own (George Ryder Stakes) and Wonderful World (Golden Slipper) stepping out at Rosehill this coming Saturday.
Kosi Bay Puts Pay To The Epona Stakes Listed Field
Purdon, A Good Man For The Job
Jockey Zac Purton has landed the plum ride on the Group One winning three-year-old God’s Own for the G1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday week and then the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) on April 17; Purton will get a feel of the Redoute’s Choice colt in a 1050m barrier trial at Randwick on Friday;”I’m thrilled to get the ride on God’s Own who has proven he’s the equal of any three-year-old in the country,” Purton said; ”His run in the Australian Guineas is best forgotten with the way the track played and Paratroopers showed on Saturday they can come back to Sydney and start where they left off in the spring;”This horse beat Paratroopers in the spring and Paratroopers has a couple of victories over the older horses at weight-for-age so I think my horse will be very competitive in the George Ryder" ; Purton will also get back aboard Wonderful World who he is unbeaten on in two starts this Friday in a 850m trial and has been booked to ride the colt in the Golden Slipper; ”Wonderful World is reported to be over his virus and I’m really looking forward to linking back up with him on Friday ; ”He’s a lovely horse and I think people have forgotten about how good he looked in Sydney prior to going to Melbourne for the Blue Diamond and he did finish third in that.” By: Clinton Payne - Monday, March 27, 2006
Gods Own is back in Sydney for the George Ryder
Purdon, unbeaten on Wonderful World links up again with the colt for the Golden Slipper.
Successful Bloodstock Debut
Our very first “public”and “publicly advertised” horse syndicate under our ASIC Licensed arm DGR Bloodstock Services has proven to keep up the winning record of our established agency arm DGR Thoroughbred Services. Our first "syndicated partnership" runner Golden Zen (refer syndications available Fusiachi Pegasus - Embraceable You in case you thought about it) was a winner on debut as a two year old over 1000m at Hawkesbury yesterday; Given that this filly has the pedigree of middle distance 3yo, Golden Zen who a fast finishing winner looks to have a bright future for her owners. We thank both the existing and the new customers who got involved; the partnership has definite “good karma”; It turned out to be a 100% record and a winning double for our owners yesterday with our largest group of owners, ten participants sharing in the win of Extract yesterday in Melbourne so DGR Bloodstock & Thoroughbred Services where head and head.
Golden Zen as a yearling when offered for partnership.
A Top Performance
While we did not have a winner this weekend with Mi Casa feeling the effects of a very long campaign in which he has won three races including the Parramatta Cup Listed and three placings from 10 races over a total distance raced of 18,100 metres and has now won over $190,000; The biggest event for us this weekend was without doubt the 80th Birthday celebrations held in Kuala Lumpur for our leading client Dato’ Tan Chin Nam; We attended several days of extraordinary hosting and a huge gala event at the impressive Renaissance Hotel in central Kuala Lumpur where a clearly horse racing themed stage was set. Each dish on a long menu was named after some of his best racehorses including Saintly, Think Big, Catalan Opening, God’s Own, Pendragon etc with footage of those horses shown and videoed tributes by Australian racing identities. Dato’s own family took centre stage with an all singing all dancing performance from Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, Sons, Daughters, Sisters and Grandchildren; The Osmunds look out, it was a top class performance.
The Stage Was Set
Dato's Passion for Racing The Major Focus
Dato' Tan & Family Cut The Cake
Leading Juvenile Sire
Black Minnaloushe continued his excellent start to his career at stud with Jokers Wild winning the Group 1Ford Slipper in New Zealand on Saturday. This is in addition to Jokers Wild previous three stakes wins, Cadre Noirs stakes placed to Jokers Wild in the Ford Slipper Preview and Changing Eyes Group 3 second in the Breeders Stakes at Cheltenham last week. These results propels Black Minnaloushe to Leading First Season Sire in New Zealand and we imagine the head of the New Zealand 2yo Sires Table. All these performances have occurred since our purchase of the Black Minnaloushe – Madam Faubourg colt so we feel we have achieved good value. $9,440.47 plus GST gets a share in our Black Minnaloushe, check out the syndications link.
Leading 2yo Sire Black Minnaloushe.
Better Luck Next Time
God’s Own did not win the Cadbury Guineas Gr1 on Saturday as expected by most experts. We believe circumstances were against the star colt with what was an apparent strong leaders biased track at Flemington. It has been well reported that God’s Own eventually settled some six lengths off the leader and eventual winner Apache Cat and made his challenge widest of all and well away from the faster section of the track. This all led to God’s Own only making up some of the leeway to be beaten 3 ¾ lengths. God’s Own will be out to restore his reputation at his next start due to be the Group 1 Ryder Stakes at Rosehill. Better fortune but on a smaller scale was had on Saturday by the 3yo filly Cavita who was first up after a spell over 1200m at the provincials for a slashing win. At her last racecourse appearance she ran second over 1600m at Randwick to our own colt Prince Arthur, so it looks like she has come back improved this time.
Cavita had to chase home Prince Arthur (above) last preparation, but she won first up on her return.
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 1/5/06 - Black Minnaloushe struck success with his first runner in Hong Kong whenButterfield (NZ) made his debut-winning performance a couple of weeks ago. Black Minnaloushe has been the onlyfirst-season sire in Australasia this season to sire a Group 1 winner with New Zealand champion two-year-old electJokers Wild (NZ) (twice at Group 1 level). Black Minnaloushe in fact is the sire of 30 individual winners worldwide from his first crop and his southern hemisphere yearlings have sold for up to $A 300,000.
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 3/4/06 - Black Minnaloushe did it again in siring his second Group 1 winner from his first crop with Jokers Wild winning the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce in New Zealand, this adds significantly to the credentials of our Black Minnaloushe colt currently under syndication; Those that have joined the partnership should be encouraged by these upgrades all since the colts purchase in New Zealand in February and the opportunity remains for others to join with no change to the price structure $9,440.47 plus GST per share including 12 months training, insurance and air-freight etc ; Follow this link to our syndications page on the colt for details
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 25/3/06 - Our very first “public”and “publicly advertised” horse syndicate under our ASIC Licensed arm DGR Bloodstock Services has proven to keep up the winning record of our established agency arm DGR Thoroughbred Services; Our first "syndicated partnership" runner Golden Zen (refer syndications available Fusiachi Pegasus - Embraceable You in case you thought about it) was a winner on debut as a two year old over 1000m at Hawkesbury yesterday; Given that this filly has the pedigree of middle distance 3yo, Golden Zen who a fast finishing winner looks to have a bright future for her owners.
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 13/3/06 - Black Minnaloushe continued his excellent start to his career at stud withJokers Wild winning the Group 1 Ford Slipper in New Zealand on Saturday. This is in addition to Jokers Wild previous stakes wins, Cadre Noirs stakes place to Jokers Wild in the Ford Slipper Preview and Changing EyesGroup 3 second in the Breeders Stakes at Cheltenham last week. These results propels Black Minnaloushe toLeading First Season Sire in New Zealand and we imagine the head of the New Zealand 2yo Sires Table. All these performances have occurred since our purchase of the Black Minnaloushe – Madam Faubourg colt so we feel we have achieved good value. $9,440.47 plus GST gets a share in our Black Minnaloushe, check out the syndications link.
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 27/2/06 - Black Minnaloushe' first season juveniles have become Group contenders; Over in New Zealand, where most of his first crop race, his son’s Jokers Wild & Cadre Noir ran 1st & 2nd in theListed Fairview Ford Slipper at Matamata last Saturday 25 February; This race regarded as one of New Zealand’s main juvenile “lead ups” will see both colts go into the Group 1 Ford Diamond Stakes on March 11; Jokers Wild now has two stakes wins to his credit winning the earlier Listed Counties Stakes, he just has to content with the fast finishing Cadre Noir; Over in Australia in Adelaide on the same day Changing Eyes was an impressive 4 len winner of the 2yo race at Cheltenham; Changing Eyes had won his previous start and now goes into the Group 3 Breeders Stakes next weekend; Black Minnaloushe now leads the New Zealand First Season Sires table.
NEWS UPDATE POSTED 6/3/06 - Black Minnaloushe' son Changing Eyes continued with his good form into theGroup 3 Breeders Stakes on Saturday. He ran 2nd and it took the progeny of proven champion stallions in Encosta De Lago (De Lago Mist) & Danehill (Danever) to fill the placings either side of him. This is the first time we have observed a "Black Minnaloushe" running in a Group race in Australia, and with his first crop just two years olds the early signs are good.
PAY DAY - NEWS UPDATE POSTED 6/3/06 - Over in Miami Florida USA, it was an unraced two year old by a Group 1 winning son of sire sensation and the Worlds highest priced stallion Storm Cat, the very same Storm Cat that is responsible for the Group 1 winning sire Black Minnaloushe, that produced the World record price of US$16 million ( about A$21 million) for a thoroughbred at auction last week. So very similar gene pool, both grandson's of Storm Cat, both unraced but a big difference, well over 20,000% . I think somebody's getting value and thats with a years training included!
Minnaloushe Juveniles Score
Just weeks after our “bargain” range purchase of a son of Black Minnaloushe from the stakes producer Madam Faubourg, that stallions first season juveniles have become Group contenders; Over in New Zealand, where most of his first crop race, his son’s Jokers Wild & Cadre Noir ran 1st & 2nd in the Listed Fairview Ford Slipper at Matamata last Saturday 25 February; This race regarded as one of New Zealand’s main juvenile “lead ups” will see both colts go into the Group 1 Ford Diamond Stakes on March 11; Jokers Wild now has two stakes wins to his credit winning the earlier Listed Counties Stakes, he just has to content with the fast finishing Cadre Noir; Over in Australia in Adelaide on the same day Changing Eyes was an impressive 4 len winner of the 2yo race at Cheltenham; Changing Eyes had won his previous start and now goes into the Group 3 Breeders Stakes next weekend; Black Minnaloushe now leads the New Zealand First Season Sires table.
Black Minnaloushe at stud.
Listed Win & Group Placings
Our four runners this weekend produced a Listed win, Group 3 second, Group 1 third and an unplaced runner; Mi Casa again produced a game run to tough out a win in the Listed Parramatta Cup in Sydney, his career highlight so far; a deal of praise for his win must go to Darren Beadman for a “copy book” ride and Racenet for their continued praise of the horse in recent weeks after encountering a young Mi Casa fan called Lizzy; In Melbourne early perfect racing conditions for our star pair God’s Own & Wonderful World deteriorated before our eyes in a twinkling with a cataclysmic style storm lashing the track midway through the programme; God’s Own again showed great heart but an inability to gain traction in the Gr3 Schweppervescence Cup when running second to clear mud lark Apache Cat while Wonderful World also showed enormous ticker to run third in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes when floundering in the going inside the final furlong; it took two progeny of God’s Own sire Redoute’s Choice to beat Wonderful World so we do not feel disappointed with Wonderful World who will get a rematch with those horses in the $3.5m Golden Slipper Gr1 in Sydney; hopefully on a drier track.
Mi Casa drives to the front in the Parramatta Cup on Saturday
A Winner This Week, Next Week?
From just a few runners we had a new winner this week with the until now unlucky Byaraja breaking his maiden status at Canterbury on Friday with a commanding win by the post, in his first racing preparation and veteran of only five starts hitherto Friday, Byaraja has been doing most of his racing in Saturday grade from wide barriers; barrier 3 this time gave Zac Purdon the opportunity to give the Danehill colt a “copybook ride” to win and justify favouritism; We had another favourite this week in Columate, but he was unable to show if he justified his odds with the meeting abandoned before he could race, we will have to wait with him for another day while down south developing and lightly raced Zabeel 3yo Ballygoran ran second on Saturday; Next weekend will be an important one for us with our candidates all running in Stake or Group races including God’s Own and Wonderful World in Melbourne and Mi Casa and possibly Empress Jade in Sydney.
Byaraja eases down by the winning post.
Weekend Around The World
The main focus of our weekend was Wonderful World Melbourne debut in the Blue Diamond Prelude Gr3 and I think we and most pundits were pleased and impressed by the colts strong finishing 2nd place and the experience at Caulfield and the extra distance of 1200m should give him a realistic chance in the $1m Blue Diamond Stakes Gr1itself; Our two runners in Sydney were another game 2nd place from Mi Casa, while the 3yo filly Laylia racing against mares was forced wide throughout and found the run a bit tough in the end; She will now spell; However our interest had a further spread and we were delighted to see Absolutelyfabulous win the $500,000 Inglis Classic, the reason we purchased her half sister by Rock Of Gibraltar only a week earlier in New Zealand for what looks a bargain nz$115,000 while around the World in Dubai, My Royal Captain a veteran of only four starts including three wins made an auspicious debut in Dubai with a 13/4 len third in the UAE Dubai Guineas Gr3 over 1600m on dirt; his target the UAE Derby in March which should better suit this son of Zabeel; our interest My Royal Captain is a ½ brother to Blue Quail, dam of the Danehill Dancer filly we also purchased over in Zealand last week, Blue Quail is already a full sister to Champion mare Flitter. Refer for sale pages.
Could it be a "Wonderful World' for this colt on 25th February?
The New Zealanders
We have continued to be active at the yearlings sales sourcing what we hope will be quality at value in the market; At the New Zealand sales which concluded last week we purchased four lots; Lot 111, a Zabeel full brother to our previously Melbourne Cup Gr1 & VRC Oaks Gr1 placegetter Zazabelle and this horse has all the hallmarks of a top quality stayer, Lot 219, a very robust daughter of Danehill Dancer from a full sister to former multiple Gr1 winning Champion Mare Flitter; Lot 389, a filly by first season sire and acclaimed as Danehill’s best racing son Rock Of Gibraltar from a multiple stakeswinning daughter of the very fast Gr1 sprinter Scarlet Bisque with this filly having two important updates to her pedigree and our last purchase Lot 426, a more budget minded acquisition but still a half brother to a group performer in Kingside who ran 4th in an Epsom Gr1 & 2nd in Phar Lap Stakes Gr2 while trained by Bart Cummings; Kingside continues his winning ways as a 5yo with a win at his last start in Singapore. Pictures, updates and pedigrees for all the NZ’ers can be sourced through the link For Sale.
Auction action, Lot 111 under the hammer. We had the successful bid at $280,000.
While we have been attending the yearling sales, our clients racing interests have continued to bear fruit; On the last weekend in January we had two runners at Rosehill with Mi Casa winning again for the second time this preparation, with both wins in the hands of champion Jockey Darren Beadman while the lightly raced 3yo fillyLaylia, also in the hands of Darren ran a game second after coming from a long way off the pace; Laylia has been most unfortunate with the barrier draws to date, all she needs is a decent barrier to have an equal chance; The first racing weekend of February saw our acclaimed “Super Star” God’s Own resume in the Gr1 Lightening Stakes over 1000m and he did not disappoint running by far the fastest sectionals to come from off the pace to be beaten only a short neck by straight track specialist sprinter Takeover Target; God’s Own will be the testing material for his rivals in his upcoming races; This weekend we have some interesting 2yos' running, thus far unbeaten 2yo Wonderful World makes his Victorian debut in the Blue Diamond Prelude Gr3 as a "prelude" to the Blue Diamind Gr1 itself while Empress Jade, a half sister to Hong Kong superstar Silent Witness who was a strong trial winner at Randwick recently makes her debut at Canterbury on Tuesday; Another of our runners who will have to deal with a wide draw!
Not Just Yearling Purchases
We offer a varied service to clients and not just yearling purchases as recent weeks events show. Congratulations to Anne & Peter Moxham who purchased La Vie En Rose from us as a tried racing & breeding prospect just a few short months ago. Despite the ever doubtful vets, at her first start for her new connections she won well at a recent MRC meeting posting another metropolitan win to her record. As a well performed, well related Encosta De Lago filly, she should also do well at stud. At the Magic Millions Yearling Sales, just two clients presented yearlings out mares purchased for the purpose of producing sale yearlings. With both mares purchased privately for around $80,000 they returned healthy profits with National Song producing a Danehill Dancer colt to fetch $190,000 while the very professional Kulani Park had a first foal make $170,000. National Song was herself was sold last year at the William Inglis Broodmare Sales for$145,000 for a quick turn around. Well done all the above.
Our Magic Millions Purchases
DGR purchased two lots at this years Magic Millions, one more than last year that resulted in the promising thus far unbeaten colt Wonderful World; This year we purchased Lot 339, a colt by Danehill’s Gr1 winning son Viking Ruler and a half brother to Headturner who was a bit of competition to our own 3yo Pendragon in the Spring carnival in Melbourne: Our other purchase was Lot 620, another by a first season sire, this time a son of World Champion sire Machiavellian in No Excuse Needed from a half sister to Glenview; Glenview some may remember as running close placings in multiple Gr1 races as well as winning some feature Group 2’s under the care of Bart Cummings; Both our purchases have the well regarded advantage of being reared in New Zealand and both come from studs who produce some of Australia’s top Gr1 winners, no accident in our thinking.
Some good fun amoungst all the hard work at the sales.
Racing on Magic Millions Day
Our representative in the Million Dollar races at the Gold Coast was Cresta Run in the 3yo division and what a good performance he put up to run a closing third place; Forced to go to the tail from his wide gate he made a storming run and he looks a great prospect to win a “good” race over 1600m or so next preparation; This preparation he has strung together three in a row in Sydney before his Magic Millions third; Back in Sydney town our two runners recorded placings, Mi Casa went down by the barest margin to finished second after giving up a soft lead early and finding himself spotting the field on the home turn while lightly raced Laylia had no luck when forced wide the whole way but finishing strongly for third place; a bigger track and an increase in distance should see her lose her maiden tag; overall despite not winning we have to be pleased with the Magic Millions day runners.
Mi Casa gets just touched off in Sydney.
Magic Millions Yearling Sales 2006
While all this racing action takes place, we will be at the Gold Coast to attend the races and more importantly select and try to purchase some future starts from the 900 odds yearling to be offered at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales; A big catalogue but our methods have shown to sort the wheat from the chaff over the years and we are confident of our approach; Details of our purchases will be available and obviously enquiries are most welcome pre and post sale, our contact details can be easily sourced from this website.
Exacting consideration in the selection of yearlings
A Magical World?
Perhaps, that is the sitauation regarding our unbeaten two year old Wonderful World taking his position in the $1m Magic Millions on Saturday 14th Jan; Air transport is being sought to the Gold Coast for Wonderful World with the rigors of a 12+ hour land trip too strenuous this close the race iteself; Wonderful World kept his unbeaten record at 2 for 2 with a comfortable win at Randwick over some rivals touted as more than handy on Saturday; Should logistics prevent the 6/1 fourth favourite from taking part, the $1m Blue Diamond Stakes a month later in Melbourne will become his target; Some of our other clients will be represented in the $1m Magic Millions Trophy for 3yo however with Cresta Run, Glen Boss to ride; Fashions Afield, a last start beaten favourite when short odds on still looks the one they all have to beat in the "Trophy" but Cresta Run is in there with a competative chance; Bossy will also ride Wonderful World if he takes part; In the Magic Millions 2yo Classic we wish the best of luck to stablemate Assertive, part owned by friend and client Wilf Mula; Assertive, second favourite in most markets looks a strong chance.
Assertive's part owner Wilf Mula.
Christmas Eve saw Cresta Run post a hat trick of wins and justify short priced favoritism cementing his postion as a genuine challenger for the $1m 3yo Magic Millions Trophy on Jan 14th, his next start where big race ace Glenn Boss has taken the ride. Cresta Run's three race victories have all been at 1400m and while the five runner sit and sprint on Christmas Eve was unsuitable, the envisaged full field charge at the Gold Coast may inject the necessary pace to suit Cresta Run. On Boxing Day Mi Casa was downed as favorite but not disgraced with a 3rd placing at Randwick. He lost a few teeth in the event but a seasoning campaigner he will "Box On". With 2006 fast approaching and a New Year, we are in the process of updating our "The Future" page, check it out as it is finished.
Cresta Run's mid stage of his hat trick (Rosehill 10/12/2005)
The prophetically named Wonderful World made wonderful debut at Canterbury last night with a strong win over the well regarded stablemate Antidotes. From barrier 8 Wonderful World showed good gate speed to put himself in a great spot on settling just behing the leaders. Well ridden by Zac Purdon he pulled out from behing those leaders on straightening and rounded them up with a strong finish to record winning margins of 1 x 4 lens. Wonderful World now puts himself on the map as a serious Magic Millions 2yo contender and to assure himself a start he may run again in the Widden Stakes at Randwick on 2nd Jan. Last start winners Cresta Run (also Magic Millions bound) andMi Casa will run for our connections on Christmas Eve & Boxing Day respectively.
Wonderful World dominates at the post.
We had just two representatives contest races in the week just gone. Mi Casa justified short priced favouritism with an authorative win an Canterbury on Thursday evening. It was the first time at a trip this preparation for Mi Casa and he did the job well and this cements the opinion he likes a bit of distance in his races with his previous career win coming at 1800m at Rosehill when last in work. Our other runner for the week Roadhog also consolidated his fine win two weeks ago with a close up closing third at Randwick on Saturday signalling that he retains plenty of fight in his make up and it should not be long before he tops $200,000 in prizemoney. Honest work and good fun for a modest aquisition of $55,000.
Mi Casa strides away from the opposition.
The Winning Way
The run of winners for our clients continues. Our sole representative this last weekend was Cresta Run. Through the rightful intervention of the Stewards, Cresta Run was elevated to first place after suffering repeated interferance by Ranger Smith from the 300m mark to the winning post, in doing so Cresta Run has posted back to back wins including two BOBS bonus' and what appears an assured berth in the $1m Magic Millions 3yo Classic on the Gold Coast on the 14th January. Mid week saw Byaraja make a very solid debut when a fast finishing second on Strawberry Slipper day at Wyong. He hopefully should join the winners list soon.
Not much in on the line and not a hard decision for the Stewards.
While The Mouse Is Away!
While we enjoyed a break to far flung places, the horses kept up the work rate, in fact we were represented by five runners over the past 3 weeks with four winners, Choicely won at Canterbury at the first time at anywhere near his right distance, Laylia won on debut on Hawkesbury Cup Day while on the same card Cresta Run justified short priced favouritism while work horse Roadhog bounced back to record his sixth win at Rosehill last Saturday; In fact we had five winners winners with Willing And Able winning on debut at "Coff's", this fellow not trained by our usual trainer; In other news the lightly raced 3yo Prince Arthur a last start at Randwick is being transferred to Hong Kong to race for Tan Boon Sing, Dato' Tan's son who resides in Hong Kong and will be trained for him by expat John Size.
Our 2005 Spring Carnival
During the recent Sydney & Melbourne Spring Carnivals, our cleints horses put up a most commendable record; If a few barrier draws and late rider replacements been more favourable would could have added some more Group 1 wins to the list rather than placings; For the record our feature race performances were
- 1st Caulfield Guinueas Gr1 - Gods' Own,
- 1st Gloaming Stakes Gr2 - Pendragon,
- 1st Newcastle Gold Cup Gr2 - High Cee,
- 1st Norman Robinson Stakes Gr3 - Pendragon,
- 1st SAAB Quality Gr3 - Strasbourg,
- 2nd Spring Champion Stakes Gr1 - Pendragon,
- 2nd Caulfield Guineas Prelude Gr3 - God's Own,
- 3rd Golden Rose LR - Pendragon,
- 4th VRC Derby Gr1 - Pendragon,
- 4th Golden Rose LR - God's Own.
Additional Metropolitan winners during the same period came from the likes of Kosi Bay, Prince Arthur, High Cee and God's Own while newcomers to place in town include Cavita, Choicely, Cresta Run, & Columate.
The Caulfield Guineas Gr1 Trophy
Two in the cup for old friends
Strasbourgs courages comeback win in the Gr3 SAAB Quality on Derby Day sees him propelled into his second succesive Melbourne Cup start along with stablemate and Cup lightweight Kamsky; Both "bargain" buys, Strasbourg cost his owners $30,000 while Kamsky, already a Derby placegtter at three, set back Dato Tan Chin nam a modest $36,000 when purchased as a yearling at the New Zealand in 2003; our Derby horse of this year Pendragon ran a brave race when forced to make a long sustained run out wide to finish fourth; this follows his Gloaming Stakes and Norman Robinson Stakes wins, a second in the Champion Stakes & third in the Golden Rose this preparation.
Strasbourgs very happy owners.
Strasbourg fends off the challengers.
Obstacles to overcome
Barrier draws continue to go against us with our Derby favourite Pendragon drawing 15 in a field of 16; With the barriers so near the first turn it is probably the most crucial barrier placement at 1 1/2 miles in Australia; Group 1 ace G Boss will have to ride a good one once again; A repeat of the Caulfield Guineas or Cox Plate rides from him will do the trick; Our other runners are lesser fancies but with no less important missions; Both Strasbourg &Kamsky are attemping to gain a last minute berth via the SAAB Quality in the big one, The Melbourne Cup; Mi Casa, resuming will represent the team in Sydney.
Dato' Tan Chin Nam will present the Saintly Spring Star Award at Moonee Valley on Friday night to Tony Santic and connections of the great mare Makybe Diva as she has accumulated the most points in the series and a fitting inaugrial winner of the award; If she wins the Melbourne Cup, Makybe Diva will emulate Saintly as the only other horse to win the Australian Cup, Cox Plate & Melbourne Cup in the same year; She should surely become Horse of the Year like Saintly did.
$1.5 Million (Group 1) AAMI VICTORIA DERBY 2500M
1PENDRAGON (NZ)Bart CummingsG Boss1555.5
2DANGER LOOMSJohn McArdleB Rawiller455.5
3DUELLEDGraeme RogersonK McEvoy255.5
5GALLANT GURULeon MacdonaldMs C Lindop555.5
6REPLICATORAnthony CummingsSteven King355.5
7POWER OF DESTINYKevin Moses1655.5
9BENICIOLee FreedmanN Callow1155.5
10POINT MADEBrian Mayfield-SmithS Seamer755.5
11MAJORCABart CummingsG Childs655.5
12SHOTGUN SAXONJohn McArdleC Williams1455.5
13PORTLAND SPIRITJohn Hawkes1055.5
14ESCAPE ARTISTPeter WhiteD Gauci955.5
15ON THE MAP (NZ)Bart CummingsS W Arnold155.5
16ON THE KNOCKER (NZ)Geni Gillis1355.5
Just acclaim for a great mare
Credit where credit is due and all credit must go to the fabulous Makybe Diva for her stunning Gr1 Cox Plate; Our 3yo Gods’ Own failed to handle the rain effected track it the same way Glen Boss said he failed to accelerate on a wet track in the Guineas Prelude Gr3; Glen said then to watch for a different finish from God’s Own on a better surface and Glen was proven so right in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 itself; God’s Own got caught up in the mad cap frenzy by jockeys to try out muscle Makybe Diva and now the horse gets a well served break to ready for the Australian Guineas Gr1 in the Spring; God’s Owns’ performance in this his first racing preparation has been outstanding; In just six career starts he has won over $3/4 million, 50% of those starts including a Spring Classic in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1; Next is Pendragon hoping to justify VRC Derby Gr1 favouritism while Melbourne Cuplightweight Kamsky attempts to gain a start in the great race.
God's Own starts from his wide gate
Makybe Diva gets here just acclaim
He works in mysterious ways
It is said God works in mysterious ways; Certainly the outside barrier 12 of 12 for God’s Own appeared to be against us in the $1m Caulfield Guineas Gr1, but then the horse produced an incredulous run to win; For the $3m Cox Plate Gr1 fate has delivered God’s Own with the outside barrier once again with 14 of 14; perhaps it is meant to be, fate, karma call it what you will, could a repeat be ordained; One thing is certain that to beat Makybe Diva and the field assembled God’s Own will need some sort of special performance to win.
We are on target
For a successive weekend our connections were the happy recipients of a major trophy, this time with Pendragonwho gamely won the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield; He gave 2 1/2kg to the second horse, Pendragon was required to be ridden more forward and against his natural pattern to deal with the Caulfield circuit at his very first attempt the Melbourne way and toughed it out in a dual with the smart Headturner to the finish line; Markets now have Pendragon favourite for the VRC Derby Gr1 in a fortnight; Our immediate major focus is God’s Own, second favourite to the great mare Makybe Diva for next weekends Gr1 Cox Plate, hopefully we are the recipients of the trophy once again but whatever happens we will be proud of our horse.
Dato' & Datin Tan Chin Nam & trainer Bart Cummings with the trophy.
Pendragon made to work hard, but he responds.
So much has been written and shown of God’s Own extraordinary and phenomenal win in the $1m Caulfield GuineasGr1 it would be impossible to quote all, but the one I like by a leading racing analyst was “the win of the decade”; The strength of the win has propelled this now very valuable colt into second favourite behind Australia’s best performed racehorse Makybe Diva for a showdown with her in the weight for age championship, the Cox Plate Gr1 in two weeks time. In form Gr1 winning rider Craig Williams has been booked for the 48.5kg ride in the Cox Plate. Here a series of images of the Guineas.
100m to go!
Chye Khaw & Duncan Ramage with the trophy
God’s Own will need some divine luck to overcome barrier 12 of 12 in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 on Saturday, but if any horse is likely to get help from above then with his name maybe he might get it; certainly big race jockey Glen Boss knows how to ride a Group 1 winner, lets hope Bossy puts in a good one on God’s Own because the horse is more than capable of wins at this top level of competition. Our other representatives on Saturday are all at Rosehill in the form of useful horses Kosi Bay, Roadhog & Cresta Run.
Just One Place Better Required!
They ran well but no collects
All Saturday's runners ran well in their respective races but the day was going to be a tough one from the moment Hugh Bowman was unable to take his rides after breaking his wrist in the first race; Pendragon started favourite, ran the fastest last 400m, finished second but got too far back to peg back strong winner Hotel Grande in the Gr1Champion Stakes; Strasbourg ran the best race he has run for a while, finishing 4th in the Gr3 Craven Plate as too did Frightening with a solid 8th in the star studdied Turnbull Stakes Gr2 behind super mare Makybe Diva; Zingammanaged 8th in the Gr1 Metropolitan after coming from a long way back in the race (granted the winner Railings came from the same position). In reveiw all ran well enough to be competative chances in some of the spring majors yet to be run.
Dual Group 1, Group 2 & Group 3 representation
Our owners will be represented this weekend with some serious chances in many of this weekends feature races inSydney an Melbourne; In Sydney Pendragon is forecast to start favourite for the Spring Champion Stakes Gr1;Zingam, a homebred from his owners former champion 3yo filly Danendri, will start as second favourite for the Metropolitan Gr1, while slightly longer priced runners but non the less proven group performers Frightening &Strasbourg will start in the Turnbull Stakes Gr2 & Craven Plate Gr3 respectively; That will be all runners representing DGR’s connections on Saturday 1st October 2005; God's Own (pictured) will lead the charge for us next weekend in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1.
Gloaming Stakes Gr3 Saturday 17th
The week continued on Saturday with Pendragon putting up a dominating performance to win the $250,000 Gloaming Stakes Gr3 at Rosehill on Saturday; Wide throughout, he was just too good for his rivals and showed at this his first attempt at any sort of a distance the promise he indicated to be a top class stayer. Pendragon will join High Cee at Randwick on October 1st, when Pendragon contests the $350,000 Spring Champion Stakes Gr1, a race he may well start favourite for. Down in Melbourne, another of our team God's Own made his debut racing the reverse way. He showed his inexperience at the tricky Caulfield track but still mamaged to flash home to be beaten only a 1/2 head at the post in the Guineas Prelude Gr3. God's Own will run next in the $1m. Caulfield Guineas Gr1 on October 8th and the 1600m will suit him and the practice at the track should prove a very wise move by our trainer Bart Cummings.
Pendragon was most impressive in the Gloaming Stakes Gr3.
More will be heard of God's Own .
Newcastle Gold Cup Gr3 Thursday 15th
The relativley unseasoned High Cee dead heated for a win in the $175,000 Newcastle Gold Cup Gr3 on Thursday; Well ridden by young Blake Shinn, he showed initiative to make use of the horse early in the race to gain a tactical position. From there High Cee showed good fight even if a bit wayward under the stick to make a great race it. High Cee will now run in the Gr1 Metropolitan on October 1st in which he has been alotted 51kg for the $600,000 event for which he is currently quoted a one of the favourites. Blake Shinn will take the ride once again. Currently High Cee has strung three wins in a row in his last three runs. We are hoping he can make if four in a row!
The Way Ahead
Our runners on Saturday both ran well with Accumulate only 2 3/4 lens 7th behind the winner in the weight for age Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley and Frightening one place further back behind him; The placegetters are proven wfa performers including the great mare Makybe Diva; This week will see more of our team compete with High Cee (B Shinn) in the $175,00 Gr3 Newcastle Cup on Thursdsay, Pendragon (H Bowman) in the $200,000 Gr3 Gloaming at Rosehill on Saturday while on the same day in Melbourne God's Own (G Boss) contests the $200,000 Gr3 Guineas Prelude. We are hoping for some good results amoungst this lot.
"Effortless" Sydney Sun-Herald
Glen Boss knew he has on a good thing before he mounted High Cee at Randwick on Saturday, his view of the horse further uplifted after the race with a 3 3/4 length win best described as by the Sun-Herald as "effortless". Unfortunately for Boss he has a prior committment in the Newcastle Cup where Hi Cee heads next. Blake Shinn takes over at Newcastle. Le Louvre also posted an impressive 3 plus length win on the weekend. While only at the provintials, he too looks like he is coming of age and should be up to races of a significantly higher standard.
G Boss has food for thought after winning on High Cee again.
The win was just as easy as two weeks prior.
Good money was earned in the feature Golden Rose with our representatives Pendragon & God's Own running third and fourth respectively but its was highly likely the big prize got away with God's Own settling uncharecturistically in the rear of the field giving the smart on pace runners Paratroopers & Racing To Win just to much start. Pendragon dwelt at the start but recovered quite well to settle mid-field and run on in the straight, clearly looking for further. Our other runs on the day were a progressive performance from Cup hopeful Frightening while another Cup hopeful Accumulate resumed for a smashing third at Caulfield over 1400m while improving galloper Damaze also resumed, this one over 1200m for a close up fourth at Kembla. Frightening & Accumulate look likely to make their next moves in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr2 at Moonee Valley on September 10th.
No Frustration This Time
Any frustration felt when Kosi Bay was hampered in her last start was forgotten with an emphatic 4 length for the mare on Randwicks Kensington track yesterday. The dominating manner of the win gives the impression that Kosi Bay could go quite a way in emulating her older half sister Calveen, but Kosi Bay looks like being more of a stayer than the New Zealand Champion Sprinter Miler Calveen. Our last comment that clients the Jacksons & Mulas along with their fellow owners have much to look forward to are coming to fruition.
Kosi Bay streaks clear at Randwick.
No Contest for High Cee
High Cee was the clean cut winner of the Spring Handicap at Randwick on Saturday. He was clearly going to be the winner a long way from home and second start back from a break, High Cee looks to be maturing to be able to deliver the promise he has always shown. With performances in the Rosehill Guineas Gr1 & AJC Derby Gr1 just behing the placegetters as a three year old, it is not a quantum leap to imagine this horse developing into a high class performer as a four year old.
High Cee eases down in the run to the finish to win by 2 1/2 lens.
Eyes On The Main Prize
Our trainer Bart Cummings has his eyes firmly fixed on the main prize, the $1m Golden Rose to be run at Rosehill on August 27th with our charges making their last steps towards the race convincing ones with God's Own giving weight and defeating older horses at Rosehill on Saturday to remain unbeaten, while Pendragon made another late charge to nearly claim the smart Paratroopers in the 3yo feature. Pendragon has run three staight seconds in his career to date each time against good opposition, can he break his maiden status in the $1m event or will stablemate God's Own be able to hold him out?
Bart Cummings close eye on proceedings at Rosehill.
God's Own producing something worth watching.
"Rave Reviews" was the word used in the press after Saturday's Rosehill meeting where Prendragon resumed his career for a very noticable 2nd to the unbeaten Racing To Win. A veteran of only one previous start when second at listed level, Pendrgon ran 22.25 seconds for his final 400m from the tail of the field for his owners Dato' Tan Chin Nam and his wife of 50 years Datin Tan Wor Lin. Pendragon is in fact the first horse Datin Tan has raced. Prendragon will aimed at the $1m Golden Rose at the end of August as his first spring target.
Pendragon on his way to post.
Strong Debut Win
Debutant 2yo God's Own created a strong impression when winning by 2 1/2 lens at Warwick Farm. Open 2yo races are never easy to win, particularly on debut and the way he put a gap on the rest of the field indicates his owners and clients Dato Tan Chin Nam & Siok Chye Khaw along with fellow owner and trainer Bart Cummings have a lot to look forward to with this son of Redoute's Choice. God's Own is from a 3/4 sister to former Horse Of The Year "Saintly", a horse both Bart and Dato' Tan have very fond memories of so the bloodlines at least are there for another "Horse from Heaven'.
God's Own puts pay to the rest on debut in Sydney.
Saintly Moonee Valley Spring Star Award
Through the generosity of our biggest owner Dato' Tan Chin Nam and the initiative of the Moonee Valley Race Club, a special trophy plus international travel to the Hong Kong International Races will be awarded to the owners of the horse which achieves the most points in a accumulative basis on "Black Type" races at Moonee Valley in the spring. The series will be over 18 races including races such as the Cleanevent Manikato Gr1, Calton Draught Cox Plate Gr1, Cathay Pacific Airways Cup Gr2, AAMI Vase Gr2, Schweppervesence Cup Gr2, Stocks S Gr2, Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr2, Inglis Mile Gr3 etc.
Which horse will be the recipient, a sprinter, a stayer. Will the winner go on to Hong Kong for the international races in December? It should be interesting.
Australian Financial Services Licence Holder
DGR Bloodstock Services Pty Ltd is the new business arm which has attained a principal Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) number 288153. We will now be able to source and advertise in the public domain syndications of young racehorses. This will give access to the benefits & skills of the DGR business to the wider community. DGR is principal licence holder and as such permitted to appoint authorised representatives but at this time intiatives to make appointees have not been considered.
We will carefully evaluate our first syndication and when that has been put in place we look forward to promoting it on our website www.dgrracing.com.au
DGR Bloodstock Services is also on the approved register of promoters with RacingNSW, a member of the Financial Industry Complaints Service Limited while DGR Thoroughbred Services is a member of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents of Australia which operates under a strict Code of Ethics.
Two Group 1 Winners for Dewamar
Remember the name Dewamar when next looking through the catologues. Purchased by DGR Thoroughbred Services for long time client Michael Ryan, she has since that purchase become the dam of two Group 1 winners in June's Stradbroke Hcp Gr1 winner St BASIL & of Adelaide Cup Gr1 winner PANTANI .
Dewamar will have progeny by Rock Of Gibraltar & Elusive Quality at the nations leading sales in 2006 & 2007.
Watch out for this girl, Dewamar's 2004 filly by Rock Of Gibraltar, pictured here at just seven months of age.
The yearlings purchased for clients in 2005 were by sires, both proven and new, considered to be amounst the best and most likely to succeed. None appear more promising than Montjeu. In his first crop of three year olds in Europe, Montjeu has managed to quinella the English Derby, then Quinella the Irish Derby and run a close second in the French Derby, with four different horses and this all by June. The clients who followed our advice into Montjeu should be well pleased.
Montjeu at stud.