(Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun)
Stands 2017 at Vinery Stud, NSW, for TBA
Champion trainer John Hawkes rated All Too Hard in the same league as Lonhro and backed that up with good money for his first-crop yearlings. Team Hawkes targeted his colts spending over $2.40 million on 11 yearlings. They made as much as $440,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and $320,000 at the Inglis Sydney Easter Sale. All Too Hard topped the overall median ($220,000) for freshman sires at the Gold Coast and the averages ($244,048) at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Those returns make him value-plus for a $55,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery this year.
A younger half-brother to Black Caviar, he cost $1,025,000 as a yearling in 2011 after Hawkes saw off some spirited opposition including under-bidder Peter Moody. The colt paid that back with over $2.28 million in prizemoney and he added an extra zero in residual value after winning the stallion-making G1 Caulfield Guineas. “He’s right up there with the best I’ve ever trained,” Hawkes stated. “He’s a serious horse and is in the same class as Lonhro. He’s an absolute athlete and he’s got the family, the pedigree and a big heart.”
All Too Hard was ranked Australia’s Champion 3YO in 2012-13. He earned that rating after powering past Pierro in the G1 Caulfield Guineas and then returning for an unbeaten autumn campaign in the G1 Orr Stakes, G1 Futurity Stakes and G1 All Aged Stakes.
Black Caviar and All Too Hard led the Australians on the 2013 World Racehorse Rankings. Black Caviar was rated the world’s best with Arc de Triomphe winner Treve on 130 and All Too Hard was the next-best local on 122.
The dams of his first-crop two year-olds reads like a who’s who of bluebloods topped by 18 Group 1 winners and the dams of 12 Group 1 winners. The Group 1 winners included Allez Wonder, Bel Mer, Bollinger, Devil Moon, Fashions Afield, Makybe Diva, Regimental Gal, Serious Speed etc.
*All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees
ALL TOO HARD Champion 3YO Colt in Australia in 2012-13. 7 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$2,288,200, ATC All Aged S., Gr.1, MRC CF Orr S., Gr.1, Futurity S., Gr.1, Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, ATC Pago Pago S., Gr.2, VRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2, Talindert S., L, 2d MVRC WS Cox P., Gr.1, ATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1, 3d ATC San Domenico S., Gr.3, 4th ATC George Main S., Gr.1. He entered stud in Aust. in 2013. Sire of 28 progeny to race, a winner, earnings of over $290,000, 2 stakes placegetters, inc.
Mystic Empire (14f, General Nediym, Kaapstad). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC Widden S., Gr.3.
All Too Huiying (14c, Perugino, Warmington). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC Tab.com.au 2YO P., 3d ATC Fernhill H., L.
Lincoln Hills (14c, More Than Ready, Danehill). Winner at 2 in 2016-17.
Darhad (14c, Zeditave, Danehill). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d City Tatt's RC City Tatt's Victory Vein 2YO P., 3d ATC Pierro 2YO P.
Groundbreak (14c, Tale of the Cat, Anabaa). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC Funland Australia 2YO H., 4th VRC Talindert S., L.
Eclair Sunshine (14g, Giant's Causeway, Mr. Prospector). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d SAJC James Boags Premium 2YO P.
Curdled (14c, Lonhro, Seattle Dancer). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d ATC Schweppes 2YO P.
Reflectivity (14c, Fusaichi Pegasus, Danehill). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC Goldners Horse Golden Gift 2YO P., 3d ATC Variety Children's Charity 2YO P.
Blackwolf Run (14c, Lonhro, Danehill). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d MVRC Whiteman Property 2YO P.
Sky Lake (14f, Admiralty, Danger). Placed at 2 in 2016-17.
Newburgh (14c, Testa Rossa, Spinning World). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d ATC TAB Rewards 2YO P.
Aberro (14c, Giant's Causeway, Secretariat). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d MRC (Mornington) Martin Collins Fibretrack Sires 2YO P.
Viva Lilli (14f, Danehill Dancer, Covetous). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d WRC Melody Belle Cup.
|2017-06-24: 12:42, Race 2, Qld Tatt's RC Winning Edge S., L (1350m) A$100,000; 2yo g Curdled (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro)|
|2017-06-25: 13:19, Race 3, GCTC Sky Racing 2YO H. (1100m) A$14,000; 2yo g Too Easy Bro (All Too Hard-Ashenti by Ashkalani (IRE))|
|21/06/2017: Sasso Corbaro (AUS) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Furline by Tale of the Cat (USA)); 2nd ATC Casino Prince at Vinery Maiden 2YO P., A$39,600 1100m, earning A$8,000|
|20/06/2017: Rocketcod (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Stammer by Viscount); 2nd Pakenham RC APM Group Maiden P., A$20,000 1400m, earning A$3,400|
|18/06/2017: Hard Ruler (AUS) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Legislature by More Than Ready (USA)); 1st Sale TC Duart Homestead Maiden 2YO P., A$20,700 1617m, earning A$12,650|
|17/06/2017: Eclair Sunshine (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Miss Rangoon (USA) by Giant's Causeway (USA)); 1st SAJC West Adelaide Football Club 2YO H., A$41,400 1050m, earning A$25,500|
|12/06/2017: Curdled (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro); 2nd ATC TAB Rewards Maiden 2YO H., A$50,000 1200m, earning A$10,000|
|10/06/2017: Alik (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Kerimba (IRE) by Sinndar (IRE)); 3rd Illawarra TC Poplar Petfood & Produce Maiden 2YO H., A$30,000 1400m, earning A$2,950|
|26/05/2017: Sky Lake (AUS) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Vietnam by Admiralty (USA)); 1st Cranbourne TC Obrien Real Estate Maiden P., A$23,750 1300m, earning A$13,750|
|13/05/2017: All Too Huiying (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry by Perugino (USA)); 2nd BRC Champagne Classic, Gr.2, A$179,500 1200m, earning A$35,000|
|09/05/2017: Rocketcod (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Stammer by Viscount); 2nd Geelong RC Bet365 Maiden P., A$21,850 1200m, earning A$3,910|
|09/05/2017: All Too Sweet (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Rightly So (USA) by Read the Footnotes (USA)); 1st Hawkesbury RC Nor-West Jets Maiden H., A$29,700 1300m, earning A$16,800|
|06/05/2017: Curdled (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro); 2nd Newcastle JC Royles Maiden 2YO P., A$30,000 900m, earning A$5,850|
|04/05/2017: Allied Power (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Night War by General Nediym); 1st Gosford RC Debortoli Emeri Pink Maiden P., A$28,500 1100m, earning A$16,800|
|22/04/2017: The Mighty Fed (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Swiss Rose (NZ) by Thorn Park); 1st ATC Stratum Star Retires to Widden 2YO H., A$111,000 1100m, earning A$74,000|
|12/04/2017: The Mighty Fed (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Swiss Rose (NZ) by Thorn Park); 1st ATC I Am Invincible at Yarraman 2YO H., A$40,000 1200m, earning A$22,200|
|08/04/2017: All Too Huiying (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry by Perugino (USA)); 3rd ATC Fernhill H., L, A$148,500 1600m, earning A$13,500|
|08/04/2017: Viva Lilli (NZ) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Viva Caro by Danehill Dancer (IRE)); 3rd WRC Melody Belle Cup, NZ$20,000 1000m, earning NZ$2,000|
|29/03/2017: Reflectivity (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Climatic by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA)); 3rd ATC Variety Children's Charity Maiden 2YO P., A$40,000 1200m, earning A$4,000|
|26/03/2017: Lincoln Hills (NZ) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Hickory Hills by More Than Ready (USA)); 1st Masterton RC Per Incanto Maiden 2YO S., NZ$10,000 1000m, earning NZ$6,250|
|25/03/2017: Aberro (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Secret Cause by Giant's Causeway (USA)); 2nd MRC (Mornington) Martin Collins Fibretrack Sires 2YO P., A$100,000 1500m, earning A$18,000|
|05/03/2017: Eclair Sunshine (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Miss Rangoon (USA) by Giant's Causeway (USA)); 2nd Balaklava RC McCracken Ford Maiden 2YO P., A$12,000 1050m, earning A$2,200|
|02/03/2017: Aberro (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Secret Cause by Giant's Causeway (USA)); 2nd Pakenham RC Racing.com Maiden P., A$25,000 1200m, earning A$4,250|
|28/01/2017: Mystic Empire (AUS) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Empress Wu by General Nediym); 2nd ATC Widden S., Gr.3, A$151,000 1100m, earning A$28,500|
|14/01/2017: Newburgh (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Panipique by Testa Rossa); 3rd ATC TAB Rewards 2YO P., A$89,000 1100m, earning A$6,750|
|26/12/2016: Sky Lake (AUS) 2yo f (All Too Hard-Vietnam by Admiralty (USA)); 3rd Geelong RC Faull's Shoes Maiden 2YO P., A$20,000 1140m, earning A$1,600|
|24/12/2016: All Too Huiying (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry by Perugino (USA)); 2nd ATC Tab.com.au 2YO P., A$100,000 1200m, earning A$19,000|
|16/12/2016: Curdled (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro); 3rd ATC Schweppes Maiden 2YO P., A$38,100 1200m, earning A$4,000|
|26/11/2016: Reflectivity (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Climatic by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA)); 2nd ATC Goldners Horse Golden Gift 2YO P., A$148,500 1100m, earning A$28,500|
|26/11/2016: Blackwolf Run (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Black Minx (NZ) by Lonhro); 3rd MVRC Whiteman Property 2YO P., A$80,000 1000m, earning A$7,200|
|25/11/2016: Curdled (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro); 2nd Canberra RC Nexis Self Managed Super Maiden 2YO P., A$19,400 1000m, earning A$4,000|
|19/11/2016: Eclair Sunshine (AUS) 2yo g (All Too Hard-Miss Rangoon (USA) by Giant's Causeway (USA)); 2nd SAJC James Boags Premium 2YO P., A$39,000 1000m, earning A$7,500|
|12/11/2016: Groundbreak (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Booklet by Tale of the Cat (USA)); 2nd ATC Funland Australia 2YO H., A$95,000 1100m, earning A$19,000|
|29/10/2016: Darhad (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Kakakakatie by Zeditave); 3rd ATC Pierro 2YO P., A$146,250 1100m, earning A$13,500|
|15/10/2016: Darhad (AUS) 2yo c (All Too Hard-Kakakakatie by Zeditave); 2nd City Tatt's RC City Tatt's Victory Vein 2YO P., A$99,000 1000m, earning A$19,000|
On Day-1 of the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, the top-priced More Than Ready colt (see above) just edged out a Fastnet Rock filly, who sold late in the day, for $350,000. Catalogued as Lot 2032, the filly is a half sister to the multiple Gr1 winner Fiveandahalfstar and the group performer Wordplay. The filly was knocked down to David Lucas on behalf of Dubai's Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Another of the popular lots on Day One was Lot 1922 - the Hinchinbrook-Waterspell colt from Tyreel Stud, as agent for Yarraman Park Stud. The bay colt, from the family of Group One winner River Dove (dam of Vinery's young sire Headwater), also went the way of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, this time at a price of $280,000. Equal fourth top sellers on the day at $250,000 were both sold by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud - an All Too Hard half brother to Cox Plate winner Savabeel to Flemington's Danny O'Brien and a More Than Ready three quarter sister to new Aquis Farm recruit Kiss and Make Up to Matthew Dunn and Neil Jenkinson.
Meanwhile, today's opening race at Canterbury in Sydney could be decided by an event held last January. That feature was the Widden Stakes at Rosehill where $6 debutant Boorooj finished 1.5-lengths behind high class 2YO Teaspoon. Boorooj is by Darley's leading stallion Exceed and Excel out of Gr1-winning Zabeel mare Unearthly. She set Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum back $750,000 at 2016's Inglis Easter Sale. This afternoon the juvenile filly takes on some pretty handy opposition in the form of Godolphin's colt Gaulois and James Cummings' Envy Of All, both of which are yet to be unplaced from their first three starts. Throw in All Too Hard's promising Team Hawkes-trained colt Newburgh plus a few interesting debutants, and it's a really intriguing contest.
Choosing racehorse names is invariably one of the joys of ownership of a young horse. While the monikers chosen might sometimes be head scratchers, history shows that even the most curious names, at first, end up rolling off the tongue sweetly when a horse makes its way through the grades. Today in Race 1 at Canterbury Park in Sydney, one of the more interestingly named 2YOs by Vinery's Champion 3YO, and emerging sire, All Too Hard will make his debut for Team Hawkes. Called Swaffham Bulbeck, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Encosta de Lago mare Pink Siris, dam already of multiple Group-placed Echo Gal. And the source of the name Swaffham Bulbeck? It's a small English village, located about 8 miles from Cambridge and 6 miles from Newmarket. Swaffham Bulbeck was a $250,000 yearling consigned by Aquis Farm at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. In an open field of 7 runners, he's been specked at around $5.50.
Grenville Stud has announced that it will be standing Lionhearted (Fastnet Rock–Scandinavia) at stud this upcoming breeding season. The beautifully bred Lionhearted is a three-quarter brother to leading Victorian sire Magnus, as well as a half-brother to Helsinge, the dam of champion mare Black Caviar and multiple Vinery’s Gr1 winner All Too Hard. Trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Lionhearted was sent to Sydney for his 2YO campaign where he was aimed at the Golden Slipper. His best performances were a 2nd in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes and 4th in the Gr2 Pago Pago Stakes, both key lead up races to the Golden Slipper. “We had a huge opinion of Lionhearted and thought he could win us the Golden Slipper. His runs in the Skyline Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes against the best 2YO’s in the country were great and showcased his exceptional speed,” trainer David Hayes said. Lionhearted will stand at a fee of $4,950 (inc GST) payable on a live foal.
Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:
*All service fees (inc. GST)
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Whispered Secret (High Chaparral-Zutara, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 1.3 lengths for trainer James Cummings in the $150,000 Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) for 2YOs, over 2YO colts Toga Picta (Lonhro-Purple, by Commands) & All Too Huiying (All Too Hard-Madame Flurry, by Perugino). A homebred for Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud, Whispered Secret improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $116,950 earnings. From the dual Group-placed mare Zutara, Whispered Secret hails from the family of Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon, Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Princess Talaria, and Gr3 winners Matras and Romantic Moon.
The 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale has been declared “a resounding success’’ as records tumbled and overall figures increased across the board. At the conclusion of Session I, the sale’s average was up 11% to $122,977, its median up 18% to $100,000, the gross increased by 2% to $52,880,000 and the clearance rate was a “very healthy’’ 85%. Some of the highlights of the successful Premier Yearling Sale (Session I) were:
Former New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park (Thorn Park-Sayyida, by Zabeel) has sired his first winner with the Tony McEvoy-trained Beerzatbernz scoring a 0.3 length win in the Schweppes 2YO Plate (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday. From the Flying Spur mare Flying Rosa, Beerzatbernz hails from the family of Gr3 Merson Cooper Stakes winner Rosa's Joy (Rory's Jester), stakes winners Rosa's Spur and Rosarino, and six-time stakes winning sprinter Cohort. Trained by Gary Hennessy, Ocean Park was retired to Waikato Stud in 2013 after a brilliant career that yielded 5 Gr1 victories including the Cox Plate in which he defeated top-class colts All Too Hard and Pierro. Ocean Park, who descends form the same family as former multiple champion NZ sire O'Reilly, Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond winner Courtza, and South Australian Derby winner Our Pompeii, stood at Waikato Stud for a fee of $30,000 plus GST in 2016.
Two of the best 3YO colts, from what is a vintage crop, are involved in pre race jousting before tomorrow's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Both Flying Artie and Star Turn are taking turns to swap leads at the head of a market that can't settle on a favourite. The duo is around the $4.80 mark, although both of them have the year older Spieth nipping at their heels at $5. With Terravista, Flamberge, The Quarterback, Supido and Heatherly also among the main chances, this year's renewal is expected to be a thriller right down to the wire. Adding to the intrigue is Illustrious Lad, who has not finished out of the first two in his past seven starts. It could be a big day for Vinery Stud, co-owners of Star Turn who will stand at their Hunter Valley property at the end of his race career. Vinery's icing on the cake could come earlier in the Listed Talindert Stakes where four 2YOs by resident stallion and Champion 3YO All Too Hard are among the chances to provide their high profile sire with his first winner.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes says that Divine Prophet (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta de Lago) has returned from a break a bigger and stronger specimen than the horse that won the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas in the spring. The 3YO opens his autumn campaign in tomorrow's Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and, despite being the only member of his age-group in the weight-for-age feature, Hawkes says he is up to the challenge. "It's a winnable race for a three-year-old," Hawkes told AAP. "We've done it with All Too Hard before and Yell won this race as a three-year-old as well." He added: "We've got a young horse on the way up so it should be a good test to see where we are going with him." Hawkes said the Gr1 Australian Guineas or the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, both run on 4 March, were logical targets for Divine Prophet after Saturday.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 2YO filly Teaspoon (Snitzel-Patronella, by Mister C) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Michael Freedman in the $150,000 Gr3 Widden Stakes (1100m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow juvenile fillies Mystic Empire (All Too Hard-Empress Wu, by General Nediym) & Sweet Deal (Casino Prince-Dorothy Evelyn, by Royal Academy). Freedman, who was celebrating his first stakes win since relocating to Sydney from Singapore last year, said Teaspoon will now head towards the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on 18 March. "If she gets through today OK we've got a few nice fillies' options leading into possibly the Slipper," Freedman told AAP. A homebred for John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, Teaspoon extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $159,750 earnings. Teaspoon is out of the unraced Mister C mare Patronella making her a full sister to Gr3 ATC Epona Stakes winner Aliyana Tilde, and a half-sister to Gr3 South Australia Stakes winner Smytzer's Trish & dual stakes winner Stella Artois, dam of Gr2 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winner Freestyle.
Viewers can take a big step towards finding their next champion of the turf on Sky Thoroughbred Central (FOXTEL channel 528) this week. The 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Premier Yearling Sale Preview brings together some of the finest yearlings bred in the southern hemisphere. The one-hour special covers a range of potential sales toppers through to some well-bred, athletic value purchases. Produced by SearcyMedia and brought to you by NZB Airfreight, Caroline Searcy takes viewers to Waikato Stud, Cambridge Stud, Windsor Park, Trelawney, The Oaks, Pencarrow, Valachi Downs and Westbury Stud showcasing a range of quality yearlings. Highlights include colts and fillies by proven New Zealand stallions Savabeel, O'Reilly, Tavistock and Makfi, and young sires Shamexpress, Ocean Park and Reliable Man, as well as Australian breed-shapers including Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Exceed and Excel, Sebring and High Chaparral. Plus yearlings by Australia's rising young sires All Too Hard, Zoustar, Pierro, Dawn Approach, Camelot and Declaration of War.
Show times this week (AEDT):
Broodmare gem Helsinge, the dam of unbeaten world champion Black Caviar and multiple Gr1 winner All Too Hard, has died at the age of 15. Owned by Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm near Nagambie in country Victoria, the unraced Helsinge (Desert Sun-Scandinavia, by Snippets) will be remembered as one of the most influential Australian broodmares of the modern era because of Black Caviar's remarkable racetrack feats. Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) is recognised as one of Australia's greatest ever racehorses whose perfect record of 25 wins without defeat, including a remarkable 15 at Gr1 level, is unprecedented in Australian racing history. She also heads the all-time prize money list for Australian sprinters with $7.36 million in earnings. Helsinge also produced 4-time Gr1 winner All Too Hard, who now stands at Vinery in the NSW Hunter Valley, and Moshe, a full brother to Black Caviar who is also a stallion.
A total of 198 two-year-olds remain in contention for the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 25 February following the conclusion of the second round of acceptances on Tuesday. Global giant Godolphin leads the way with 25 second acceptances for Victoria's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Lindsay Park team of David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with 24, and reigning Blue Diamond champion trainer Mick Price with 19. The Lindsay Park team hold a particularly strong hand in this year's edition with the unbeaten trio of Catchy, Tulip and Formality among their acceptors. Exceed and Excel is the best represented stallion among second declarations with 21 of his sons and daughters still in contention. Snitzel is next best with 18, while All Too Hard and Sebring both have 10 each of their offspring still in the running. The Blue Diamond series kicks off with the Blue Diamond Previews (Gr3 for fillies & Listed for colts and geldings) on Australia Day, followed by Preludes (Gr2 for fillies & Gr3 for colts and geldings) on 11 February. Third acceptances close at 12pm noon (AEDT) on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.
The 2017 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, firmly established as one of the pre-eminent thoroughbred auctions in the southern hemisphere, gets underway on the Gold Coast today. The spectacular catalogue comprises 96 individual sires across 816 lots in Book 1, 214 lots in Book 2, and 55 lots in Book 3 (1086 lots in total). The sale includes 210 yearlings out of Group or Listed-winning mares, and for those buyers who like to see a proven broodmare, there are 194 siblings to Group and stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Stay with Me, Sebring, Capitalist, Buffering, Japonisme, and Awesome Rock. Some of the star sires represented include Fastnet Rock, Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Starspangledbanner, High Chaparral, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring, I Am Invincible, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge, All Too Hard, Bernardini, Choisir, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, and Written Tycoon, sire of last year's Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and champion Australian 2YO Capitalist. The sale commences at 10am local time (11am AEDT). The sale will be streamed live on the Magic Millions website, as well via its Youtube channel. Additionally, Sky Racing will be covering the sale across all three of their channels on Foxtel. Click here to view the online catalogue, and click on the image below for Breeding&Racing's Gold Coast sale feature.
The annual Easter Preview Magazine – a 140-page book that gives buyers a first look at next year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue – is now available online. Recent history continues to showcase the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale as among the best thoroughbred sales in the world. Flying Artie, a 2015 Easter graduate, has proved himself to be the best of an outstanding crop of 3YO sprinters and is on track for champion 3YO colt honours and commercial stud duties, just like fellow Inglis Easter graduates Shamus Award, All Too Hard and Fastnet Rock. Inglis Easter colts are proven as star stallions, having sired the past five Australian Champion 3YO fillies, while Inglis graduates have claimed the title of World's Best Sprinter 11 of the past 13 years.
Unbeaten filly Serena Bay is set to make her next appearance in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick on 17 December. The 2YO daughter of Sebring and Listed WATC Natasha Stakes winner Caiguna kept her perfect record intact at Rosehill on Saturday with a tenacious victory in the Goldners Horse Transport Golden Gift over 1100m. Ridden in front by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Serena Bay was headed halfway down but fought back to fight off Godolphin colt Florid and hold out the late challenge of fellow Inglis graduate and All Too Hard debutant Reflectivity. Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said as long as Serena Bay pulled up well from Saturday she would head to the Nursery for her next start. "She's a lovely big tough filly and I'm sure she'll come through today's race well,'' he said. "We'd love to take her to the Inglis Nursery race as she's an Inglis graduate and it's a lot of prize money so it looks an ideal target." Serena Bay was a $200,000 purchase for Gai Waterhouse Racing from the Edinburgh Park draft at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
The Breeze Up videos for New Zealand Bloodstock's 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs are now available online. A total of 513 two-year-olds breezed up at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October, with the final 200m of each Lot's work timed and filmed. A full spreadsheet of times can also be downloaded from the online catalogue. The NZB Ready to Run Sale has been the source of 16 Group 1 wins in the past four seasons. Four of those Group 1 victories came during the 2015-16 season, courtesy of dual Derby-winning hero Mongolian Khan, Turn Me Loose, and Dukedom. Catalogue highlights include:
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The Australian Turf Club has received an increase in the number of first acceptances for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper to be run at Rosehill Gardens on 18 March, 2017. A total of 1501 horses remain in the running for the showpiece event that continues to influence the Australian racing and breeding industry. The number of first acceptances for the world's richest two-year-old race has seen an increase on last year's number of 1461. Godolphin heads the list of entries with 113 juveniles, with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott boasting the second highest with 102 youngsters. Among the other leading stables well represented are Peter and Paul Snowden (77), Mick Price (74), David Hayes and Tom Dabernig (71), Chris Waller (64) and Hawkes Racing (45). Snitzel tops the list as the sire with the most acceptances at 90, followed by Sebring (70), Pierro (70), Fastnet Rock (60) and All Too Hard (59). Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager, Racing, James Heddo said the continuous rise in nominations for the Golden Slipper each year was a good result. "The Golden Slipper is not only the one race that strongly influences the breeding industry, but is also one that owners dream of winning,'' Mr Heddo said. "The world's richest two-year-old race continues to be recognised as Australia's peak juvenile race, and the strength of the number of first acceptances supports that." Click here to view the full list of first acceptances.
Next month's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka will showcase the first two-year-old crops of 21 exciting new sires. Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the sale include All Too Hard, Americain, Animal Kingdom, Azamour, Bullet Train, Burgundy, Crowded House, Dalakhani, Delago Deluxe, Excelebration, He's Remarkable, Highly Recommended, Lucas Cranach, Niagara, Ocean Park, Pierro, Power, Reliable Man, Rock 'N' Pop, Super Easy and Your Song. The 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogue has attracted 552 two-year-olds. Every horse entered in the Sale has the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200m of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 & 18 October. New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale will be held on 16 & 17 November 2016 with selling starting at 10am each day. Click here to view the online catalogue.