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    Weekend News | 11th March 2022

    • Big Newmarket Surge for Lost And Running

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Sydney-based trainer John O’Shea is happy with his star sprinter Lost And Running (Per Incanto-Dreamlife, by Danroad) ahead of his tilt at the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. That’s a sentiment shared by markets, with the talent-laden 5YO strongly supported from $4.80 to share favouritism by Friday morning with 3YO Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) at $3.80. While the 56kg weight might prove to be an anchor for Home Affairs in open company, Lost And Running will relish dropping from the 61kg he carried to win the recent Gr3 Southern Cross to 56kg (see below), with O’Shea telling RSN, “I think it is a nice weight. He drops significantly from what he carried the other day. It is a weight he should be competitive with.” O’Shea said Lost And Running is fully coming of age now and he has received positive reports from his team in Victoria. “He is just a nice, progressive horse that we have brought along steadily and tried to teach him his craft as he went along… He has done very well in Melbourne. He will go into Saturday with a spring in his step.”

    • Extreme Filly after Secure Slipper Position

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Fourth on debut, finishing just a length behind eventual Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Seven Veils (Shalaa), before taking second in the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes behind Gary Portelli's quality filly Fireburn (Rebel Dane), the Anthony Cummings-trained She's Extreme (Extreme Choice-Keysbrook, by So Secret) will be out to secure her own position in the Gr1 Golden Slipper when contesting Saturday's Gr3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill. Purchased from the Willow Park Stud draft at the Inglis Easter yearling sale by her trainer for $275,000, the filly, who races in the red and white silks of Rob Crabtree's Dorrington Farm, is currently the race favourite and will be out to emulate Kiamichi (Sidestep) who won the Reisling before winning the Slipper at her next start. A winner two starts ago in the Gr3 Widden Stakes before finishing fifth behind Best Of Bordeaux (Snitzel) in the Gr2 Silver Slipper as race favourite, Richard and Michael Freedman's Queen Of The Ball (I Am Invincible-Miss Debutante, by Fastnet Rock) will have the services of new jockey Brett Prebble, having been previously ridden in all her three starts by Rachel King, who instead will partner Godolphin's Magic Carpet (Lonhro-Aspen, by Exceed And Excel). The latter is a grand-daughter of Portillo (Red Ransom) who won this race way back in 2007 before finishing third behind Sebring (More Than Ready) in the Slipper at her next start. With only two runners under double figure odds in the betting, the market suggests it's a race in two, but at good odds, an improved run could be expected from Hawkes Racing's Seiryu (Zoustar-Longmu, by Sebring), who was well supported when making her debut in the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude, having since won a Warwick Farm barrier trial.
    • Raymond's Turaath a Matron In Waiting

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Third behind subsequent undefeated Group 1 winner Marabi (I Am Invincible) when contesting the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) prior to a fourth to Sierra Sue (Darci Brahma) in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), Maddie Raymond-trained Turaath (Oasis Dream-Fadhayyil, by Tamayuz) is spot on ahead of her run in the Gr3 Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. Never further back than fifth in her nine runs since arriving in Australia, the 5YO imported mare is a model of consistency and with a Group 2 win in the Let's Elope Stakes (1400m) over Tasmanian mares Mystic Journey (Needs Further) and Still A Star (Toronado) in the Spring – see below – one assumes she should be very hard to beat. Turaath is currently second in the market, with the race favourite being last start Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) winner Flying Mascot (Tavistock-Lucky Mascot, by Zabeel) who has only had one Flemington start in the past, resulting in a fifth behind Collette (Hallowed Crown) in the Gr1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). Among four of the nine runners last racing in Sydney, trainer John O'Shea has sent both Rocha Clock (Pierro-Rocha, by Encosta de Lago) and Promise Of Success (Dansili-Summer School, by Street Cry) down from their Randwick base with the pair looking solid chances for their respective jockeys Hugh Bowman and Ben Melham. Annabel Neasham's last start winner Score (Written Tycoon-Another Show, by Al Maher) looks another quality chance based on her form with runner up Cape Estel (Zoustar) winning next time out, while the third placed Hope In Your Heart (Dundeel) was beaten just 2.5-lengths into sixth at her next start at elite level and will start a leading contender in Friday's Gr3 Kembla Grange Classic.

    • South African Owners to Cheer Home Yaki Ishi

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Some big names of South Africa's racing and breeding industry are set to cheer home their progressive 2YO colt Yaki Ishi (Maurice-Merlene de Lago, by Encosta de Lago) in Saturday's Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington off the back of a high-quality debut fourth over 1200m at Pakenham recently. Trained by exciting duo Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock, whose father and Champion trainer Mike de Kock shares in the ownership, the $180,000 Inglis Premier yearling sale purchase does jump considerably in class, but with the training duo purchasing his Pride of Dubai half-brother at this year's sale, the colt must be showing promise at home. With leading jockey Craig Williams sticking with Yaki Ishi, the colt has drawn wide in barrier 13 of 16 but based on his debut run, he is likely to get back and will surely appreciate the Flemington straight where he looks capable of making up ground late. Holding a nomination to the Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick on April 2, connections must feel the colt has potential. A half-brother to Burnstone (Redoute's Choice) who was trained by Griffiths to win the Listed Blue Diamond Preview, Yaki Ishi is out of the Australian bred, but South African raced Merlene De Lago, a Gr2-winning, Gr1-placed daughter of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Merlene (Danehill). From the family of Gr1 winners Capitalist (Written Tycoon), Dear Demi (Dehere) and Miss Pennymoney (Brocco), if Yaki Ishi can live up to his pedigree page, the colt will take some beating come Saturday.
    • The Chosen One ready for Gr1 Ellerslie Test

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Although busy on day three of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling sale, trainer Andrew Forsman was keeping a wary eye on the final fields for the prestigious Auckland Cup raceday at Ellerslie on Sunday, according to racingnews.co.nz. Forsman and training partner Murray Baker will have three of their Cambridge stable members in on the day, with star galloper The Chosen One set to tackle one of the feature events on the card, the Gr1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m). The 6YO Savabeel entire comes into the contest off the back of a gritty run for third in the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa behind race rivals Coventina Bay and Vernanme, following an exceptional fresh-up victory in the Gr1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham. Forsman was pleased with how The Chosen One stuck to his task at Te Rapa after rain saw the track deteriorate to an unsuitable Slow 7 rating prior to the race. "He is going really well and with all things considered, where he sat wide on a track he didn't appreciate and being second up at Te Rapa, he was still very game," Forsman declared. The Baker/Forsman team will also be represented in the second Group 1 contest on the day with unbeaten filly Lickety Split (Turn Me Loose), who won on debut at Ellerslie last month.

      The Chosen One is racing as well as ever (pic: Mark Gatt)
    • Lady Luck Could be With Lewthwaite

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      First-up Ascot winner in Perth, Rathmine Lady (Zebedee-Hey Hey Renee, by Keeper) is gearing up as a late entry for Perth's biggest juvenile race, the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 2, according to thewest.com.au. Her trainer, Brock Lewthwaite, believes that a distance increase in the Gr2 Karrakatta will be well suited for her as a result of her excellent debut performance. She was ridden by Chris Parnham where she settled last of seven over the short 1000m dash. "It was an exceptional performance by Rathmine Lady at her race debut. The filly was immature in early education and we did have her among Karrakatta entries when nominations closed last month, but she has blossomed in recent weeks, and a few days ago I submitted an entry for the big race," revealed Lewthwaite. "She lived up to expectations [on debut] and will now start in Saturday week's Gimcrack Stakes. Rathmine Lady is by former dual Group-winning UK sprinter Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) who stood at South Australia's Cornerstone Stud.
    • James & Wellwood Back Up in Book 2

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      After purchasing several big ticket yearlings in Book 1 of the 2022 NZB National Yearling Sale at Karaka, including a $900,000 The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) colt on Wednesday, co-trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood struck again at Thursday’s Book 2 session of the sale. Part of strong activity by domestic trainers, the duo set the day’s highlight when going to $180,000 for Lot 756, a colt by exciting stallion prospect Vadamos (Monsun), sire of recent Gr1 New Zealand Derby runner-up and race favourite La Crique (NZ). Offered by Haunui Farm, out of Goldmine mare Call Me Blondie (NZ), the colt adds to Kingsclere Stable's successful buying foray. “We’re still pinching ourselves that we managed to get the horses we purchased in Book 1,” stated Wellwood. “This colt happened to be the one horse we wanted in Book 2 and we’re thrilled to get him, you’ve got to be pretty happy walking away from the sales with all the horses you want.”

      Lot 756 by Vadamos was bought by Kingsclere Stable (pic: Trish Dunell)
    • In Foal Juddmonte Trio for Inglis Chairmaní»s Sale

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Breeders have a rare opportunity to purchase a trio of broodmares from Juddmonte Farms at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale. The draft of three broodmares is the first time Juddmonte have sold horses in Australia. “The development of the Inglis Chairman’s sale over the past few years has been noteworthy, making it an obvious choice for Juddmonte to showcase a select group of mares from some of our most established families,” Juddmonte’s UK Stud Director Simon Mockridge said. “The mares to be consigned under Olly Tait’s Twin Hills banner represent a unique opportunity for the Australian market to appraise and invest into deep Juddmonte pedigrees honed over generations and carrying to two elite international sires.” The three mares are:
      • Escapement (Invincible Spirit-Mechanism, by Zamindar), out of a winning half-sister to Gr1 winner Timepiece and Passage of Time (dam of Time Test). She is in foal to Juddmonte’s Champion Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill).
      • Ludisia (Frankel-African Rose, by Observatory), a young unraced full sister to group winner Fair Eva, out of Champion 3YO Sprinter African Rose from the family of Calyx (Kingman). She is in foal to Kingman (Invincible Spirit-Zenda, by Zamindar).
      • Lucid Dreamer (Dansili-Sleep Walk, by Oasis Dream), who won twice as a 2YO, and is out of a winning half-sister to Gr1 winner Logician (Frankel) and stakes winners Suffused and Collide. She is in foal to Juddmonte’s Champion Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill).
    • Million Dollar Half to Profondo on Debut

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      A valuable half-brother to Gr1 winner Profondo (Deep Impact), 2YO colt Custodian (Shalaa-Honesty Prevails, by Redoute's Choice) holds joint nominations to both Saturday's Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes and Sunday's Gr3 Black Opal Stakes. Sold by Arrowfield Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $1.15 million to James Harron Bloodstock, Custodian is trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman and won a trial at Randwick on 17 February. He is the second foal of Honesty Prevails, whose first foal, Profondo, won the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes at his third start after selling for $1.9 million at the same sale the year before. Honesty Prevails won the Gr3 Widden Stakes; her third dam is a half- sister to champion US stallion A. P. Indy (Seattle Slew-Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat) and Grade 1-winning 2YO and 3YO Summer Squal who won the Preakness Stakes after placing second in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby. Custodian's sire Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) recently sired his third local stakes-winner.

      Custodian as a yearling (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
    • Eagle Farm Return Perfect Timing for Guntantes

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      Trainer Rob Heathcote is looking forward to Guntantes' (Rothesay-Cantantes, by Just Awesome) comeback as well as the return to racing headquarters at Eagle Farm on Saturday, racingqueensland.com.au reports. Often vocally critical of the track, Heathcote has given his own seal of approval for racing to resume at Eagle Farm, which last hosted a race meeting on December 18. Guntantes is an acceptor in the Open Handicap (1200m) and the Benchmark 68 Handicap (1400m) but Heathcote is undecided which race he'll start in. "Guntantes is a very good horse but he's had a lot of physical and mental issues, he's had a trial and won very impressively and on his day he's capable of winning a big race," Heathcote claimed. Now a 5YO, Guntantes was once rated one of the state's best 3YOs after winning five of his first 12 starts before a 13-run losing streak. Heathcote has trained just about all of dam Cantantes' offspring, including Funtantes (Easy Rocking), the dam of his rising star Startantes (Star Turn) who was narrowly beaten a lip in the Gr1 Surround Stakes at Randwick last month.
    • Great Second Up Record for Waller Stayer

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      With two wins and a third from three second up runs, the Chris Waller trained Great House (Galileo-Anja, by Indian Ridge) will justifiably start as one of the favoured runners in Saturday's Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens. Producing an outstanding effort when finishing a close-up fourth on resumption in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) three weeks back, jockey Chad Schofield will continue his association with the Highclere Australia-raced 5YO gelding. While he will jump from the inside barrier, which may not be too favourable based on the weather, it does give Schofield the opportunity to try and get Great House into a more forward position than normal. With a final field of ten accepting for the race, and with a weight spread of just half a kilo, class will come into play as well as the ability to handle the track conditions. That could be in the slow range come Saturday based on the drying weather conditions over the next few days. Race favourite is the Hawkes Racing-trained Mount Popa (Maxios-Mimalia, by Silver Hawk), who has not won a race for close to 12 months but did resume with a solid effort in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes, just under three lengths from the winner Verry Elleegant (Zed) when carrying 59kg on a Heavy 10 surface. Another likely to be well supported in the race is Paul Perry's last start winner Sky Lab (Real Impact-Gold Mission, by Flying Spur). Although jumping from 1400m to the 2000m of Saturday's race, the 4YO gelding boasts a narrow second place in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) to Mo'unga (Savabeel) on his resume which should see the distance rise pose no issues.

    • Good Friday Reboot for WA's Searchin' Roc's

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      A comeback is on the horizon for 3YO Searchin' Roc's (Awesome Rock-Still Searchin', by Trade Fair) with the talented filly geared to making her return to racing in the $100,000 Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) next month at Ascot on Good Friday. According to thewest.com.au, she is bigger and stronger than before, already boasting victories in the Gr3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m). "She'll go to the Marjorie Charleson and then there's a couple more races for her after," her trainer, David Harrison commented. Harrison is looking ahead to potential options that could include the Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) scheduled for April 30, followed by the Raconteur Stakes (1400m) and Belmont Guineas (1600m) in June. Searchin' Roc's is by Fastnet Rock's sire son Awesome Rock, whose performances included victory in Flemington's Gr1 Cantala Stakes (1600m). Among his multiple stakes performances was a brilliant second in 2016's Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
    • Connections Chasing Magic Pago Pago Result

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      As the equal fourth highest Timeform rated juvenile so far this season, albeit yet to win a race, Hawkes Racing's blue blooded colt Magic (Snitzel-Rising Romance, by Ekraar) is out to break his maiden at just his second start when he contests Saturday's Gr2 Pago Pago Stakes. Currently on the fifth line of betting for the Gr1 Golden Slipper, equal with the Gr1 Blue Diamond quinella of Daumier (Epaulette) and Revolutionary Miss (Russian Revolution) after he flashed home for second in the Gr2 Silver Slipper, a win in Saturday's $175,000 juvenile contest would give the colt an exemption for the Golden Slipper. Although one must go back to the 2004 win of Stratum (Redoute's Choice) to see the last Pago Pago–Golden Slipper winner, a solid performance come Saturday should see connections confident of an exciting future for the $2.5m Inglis Easter yearling purchased colt. With his full sister Yearning (Snitzel) lining up in the Gr2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington, breeders Arrowfield Stud are sure to be glued to the screen, especially as they offer the full-brother to the pair as Lot 377 at 2022's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

    • Weekend Black Type Schedule

      Friday, 11th March 2022
      For all that the weather has thrown at Australia and New Zealand in recent weeks, it's amazing to have another five Group 1 races across both countries albeit on different days. Goulburn on Friday (racing due to the move from Kembla) and Canberra on Sunday book-end 20 Black Type Saturday races in Australia, with Canberra's Black Opal meeting joined by a bumper Sunday raceday at Ellerslie in Auckland. It speaks to the high quality of racing that just three Listed events, one at Flemington and two at Ascot, are being staged, with the remaining seventeen stakes-races all either Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3. Rosehill Gardens' Coolmore Classic is one of the ultimate jewels for any filly or mare to win, but the Newmarket Handicap looks prticularly special this year. Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) gets a chance to add to his Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning triumphs, however as a 3YO with 56kg to shoulder, the $3.70 price on offer reflects the challenge of the assignment. Whilst every effort is made to ensure information and the below race times (in Australian Eastern Daylight Time order) are accurate, please consult official race cards if certainty is required.

      • FRI 4.55pm: Gr3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) Goulburn
      • SAT 12.35pm: Gr3 T/Bred Breeders Stakes (1200m) Flemington
      • 12.55pm: Gr3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) Rosehill
      • 1.10pm: Gr3 Matron Stakes (1600m) Flemington
      • 1.30pm: Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) Rosehill
      • 1.45pm: Listed Moomba Plate (1100m) Flemington
      • 2.05pm: Gr3 Ajax Stakes (1500m) Rosehill
      • 2.20pm: Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) Flemington
      • 2.40pm: Gr3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) Rosehill
      • 3.00pm: Gr2 Kewney Stakes (1600m) Flemington
      • 3.20pm: Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) Rosehill
      • 3.40pm: Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) Flemington
      • 4.00pm: Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) Rosehill
      • 4.20pm: Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) Flemington
      • 4.40pm: Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) Rosehill
      • 5.00pm: Gr3 Shaftesbury Avenue (1400m) Flemington
      • 6.24pm: Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m) Ascot
      • 7.00pm: Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) Ascot
      • SUN 1.44pm: Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) Ellerslie
      • 2.54pm: Gr1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) Ellerslie
      • 3.34pm: Gr2 Auckland Cup (3200m) Ellerslie
      • 4.21pm: Listed National Sprint (1400m) Canberra
      • 5.01pm: Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) Canberra
    • SAT 12.35pm: Gr3 T'Bred Breeders Stks (1200m) Flemington

      Friday, 11th March 2022

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