Welcome Stakes Attracts Westbury Fillies17 Nov 2017
Two fillies offered in the Westbury Stud draft at last year's National Yearling Sale Series at Karaka, Dreamtesta and Miroslava, will step out in the Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday. Trained by Mandy and Matt Brown, Dreamtesta ran well for third on debut and will no doubt take plenty of improvement from the experience. Dreamtesta is out of the Danasinga mare Singa Songa who has a Redwood colt entered for January’s yearling sale at Karaka and has a Redwood colt at foot. A $100,000 purchase, Dreamtesta will be ridden by Racha Cuneen.
Mulanchi and Kapoor Tackle Tauranga 3YO17 Nov 2017
Promising three-year-olds Mulanchi (Makfi) and Kapoor (Reliable Man) head to Tauranga on Saturday to contest the $25,000 Fertco 3YO over 1400m. Trained by Tony Pike at Cambridge, Mulanchi has shown good promise in his three raceday starts, finishing third to the promising Bevan Street and Kapoor over 1000m at Taupo before returning to Taupo to win impressively over 1300m. Mulanchi went to Ellerslie in Rating 65 grade against the older horses and ran very well for third behind the promising Viktor Vegas over 1400m, and other than his awkward draw on Saturday he looks a strong each way chance in what is a talented field of three-year-olds.
Falika Favourite for Matriarch Stakes10 Nov 2017
Faltaat mare Falika is quoted as a $4.80 favourite with Sportsbet for tomorrow’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington as she takes her first step into black type company. Trained at Cranbourne by Greg Eurell, Falika has been in a purple patch of form of late winning her last three starts in succession including the A$80,000 Pinker Pinker Plate at Cranbourne, and then backing up at Moonee Valley against the fillies and mares, coming from well back in the running to score a brilliant victory under Damian Oliver.
Bella Gioia Makes Her Debut from New Stable10 Nov 2017
Group 1 placed mare Bella Gioia (Swiss Ace) will have her first start from the stable of Stephen Marsh on Saturday at Te Rapa when she contests the Distinction Hamilton Hotel Handicap over 1200m. Bella Gioia has been trained throughout her career by Shaune Ritchie, but was transferred to the Marsh stable after a change of ownership took place, and the mare now racing in the ownership of Milan Park principal Tony Rider and J Collins.
Eva Jensine Just Needs Luck10 Nov 2017
The Red Giant mare Eva Jensine left Awapuni last week with a big flashing light hanging over her with ‘next time’ written all over it, and backs up again at Riccarton tomorrow in an effort to put things right. Trained by Ron Balcombe, Eva Jensine powered home to finish an unlucky second to Strolling Vagabond and is listed as a $2.70 favourite for tomorrow’s opener at Riccarton. Rosie Myers will once again take the mount and the wide open expanses of Riccarton are sure to suit Eva Jensine’s racing style and she looks very hard to hold out off a 54kg minimum.
El Roca Yearling Profile: Paloma10 Nov 2017
The Mossman sired Paloma was one of over 100 mares to visit El Roca in his first year at stud in 2015, producing the good-looking colt pictured here as a yearling.
Brave Effort By Sully in Derby 6 Nov 2017
While we don’t often write about running second, the run of the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained Sully (Reliable Man) to finish second to Ace High (High Chaparral) in Saturday’s A$1,500,000 AAMI VRC Derby was huge and is worthy of a mention in post-race discussions.
Win Beauty Win Does Just That6 Nov 2017
Makfi gelding Win Beauty Win made up for a luckless debut when he landed the HK$880,000 Kose Cosmeport Handicap over 1400m at Sha Tin yesterday. Trained by Paul O’Sullivan and owned by Kitty Kwok Sea Nga, Win Beauty Win had no luck on debut when finishing fourth over 1200m and it appeared bad luck may once again be a contributing factor to the result when he was caught three wide from his wide barrier; but leading hoop Zac Purton didn’t panic getting the 3YO into a nice rhythm and lodged a strong bid down the outside to run past his rivals and post a 1.5 length victory at the finish.
Reliable Man Duo Primed for VRC Derby3 Nov 2017
The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young pair of Main Stage and Sully give their sire Reliable Man a strong hand in Saturday’s A$1,500,000 VRC Derby on the opening day of the Flemington Carnival in Melbourne. Main Stage currently shares the second line of favouritism at $7.00 for the Group 1 feature behind the High Chaparral colt Ace High ($6.00), while his stablemate Sully is on the third line of betting at $8.50.
Chamalu Looking to Top Off Great Week for Redwood3 Nov 2017
The Liam Birchley trained Chamalu will be looking to complete a good week for his sire Redwood when he steps out in the A$60,000 TH Cock Pty Ltd Handicap over 1350m at Doomben tomorrow. Chamalu showed enormous promise when he won easily on debut in August 2016 as a 3YO, and so impressive was the horse, Liam Birchley elected to take the horse to Sydney for the Group 1 Golden Rose (won by Astern) ten days later where he finished just 3.5 lengths from the second placegetter Yankee Rose.
Win Beauty Win Ready to Go One Better3 Nov 2017
The Paul O’Sullivan stable looks to have a good chance in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon when their Makfi gelding Win Beauty Win steps out in the HK$880,000 Kose Cosmeport Handicap at Sha Tin. Bred at Westbury Stud by principal Gerry Harvey, Win Beauty Win was a $75,000 purchase for Wexford Stables as a yearling and was an impressive trial winner at his only public appearance in New Zealand before heading to Hong Kong.
Reliable Man Fillies Set for Soliloquy27 Oct 2017
Reliable Man has two chances in the Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday with three-year-old fillies Belle du Nord and Kapoor set to take their places in the Listed feature.
Malfarious to Appreciate Better Going27 Oct 2017
Off the back of Postponed’s Group 1 win last Sunday with Wait A Sec’s victory in the Livamol Classic, another son of Postponed, Malfarious, will appreciate the better track at the Premier meeting at Trentham this weekend in the Rating 75 1600m race.
Rising Shot Returns to Ellerslie27 Oct 2017
The five-year-old mare Rising Shot has raced consistently throughout her career and she looks to continue that run this Saturday when she returns to Ellerslie to start in the $35,000 Open Handicap J&R Contracting 1400.
El Roca Yearling Profile: Conferre27 Oct 2017
El Roca's first yearlings will make their debut in January next year at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale which is followed by the Karaka Yearling Sales where the strapping young sire has a good selection of progeny on offer in Book l.
Bonneval Steps Up for Season Goal20 Oct 2017
After Bonneval scored an effortless 4.75 length win in the ATC Oaks in April trainer Murray Baker had his sights firmly set on the Spring features in Melbourne, identifying the A$3,000,000 BMW Caulfield Cup as the immediate target for the daughter of Makfi and Imposingly.
Derby Favourite Main Stage Has Final Lead Up20 Oct 2017
Reliable Man three-year-old Main Stage will have his final lead up to the A$1,500,000 VRC Derby when he steps out in the Best Bets Classic (formerly the Norman Robinson Stakes) over 2000m at Caulfield tomorrow. Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young at Cranbourne, Main Stage was super impressive when coming from last to win the UCI Stakes over 1800m at Flemington at his last start, a performance which has seen him installed as the $6 favourite for the VRC Derby.
Swampland Looking to Go One Better20 Oct 2017
Redwood’s quality daughter Swampland will be looking to go one better in Saturday’s Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield after going down narrowly in the Let’s Elope Stakes Gr.2 at her last start and putting together an impressive formline of three wins and two seconds at her past five starts for trainer Henry Dwyer.
Redzel rates in line with Group One standards in winning inaugural The Everest19 Oct 2017
Redzel’s (Snitzel) victory in Saturday’s $10,000,000 The Everest (1200m) at Randwick returned a Timeform rating of 125, which is in line with what could be expected from a Group One sprint, writes Alex Steedman and Adam Blencowe.
Third Stakes Winner for Reliable Man16 Oct 2017
Racing in Germany last night saw Reliable Man celebrate his third stakes winner when Erasmus displayed an impressive performance running away with an eight-length victory in the Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten (1600m) - placing himself as one of the favourites for next year’s German Derby.
Bonneval Looking to Stretch Sequence to Seven13 Oct 2017
New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval will be looking to extend her winning sequence to seven when she starts a warm favourite for the A$1,000,000 Caulfield Stakes Gr.1 as her final lead to next week’s A3,000,000 Caulfield Cup.
Cote d’Or Well Placed in Listed Matamata Cup13 Oct 2017
The impeccably bred Cote d’Or (Makfi-Our Echezeaux) looks perfectly placed to score her first black type win when she steps out on her home track in the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup over 1600m.
Talented Little Giant Resumes at Sha Tin13 Oct 2017
The highly talented Little Giant (by Swiss Ace) resumes at Sha Tin tomorrow in the Class Two Hakka Culture Handicap (1200m) and looks well placed to improve on his impressive record.
Night’s Watch Looking to Add to Record13 Oct 2017
The Darren Weir trained Night’s Watch (by Redwood) steps out at Cranbourne on Sunday as he looks to atone for his last start failure at Morphettville after two impressive wins in Victoria. Night’s Watch has won three of his seven starts for owners OTI Racing & NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd and has been freshened since his last start effort, winning a trial recently in preparation for Sunday where Dean Yendall takes the mount.
Reliable Man Three-Year-Olds Look Promising9 Oct 2017
Dalakhani’s son Reliable Man is creating a favourable impression with his first crop of three-year-olds in the southern hemisphere, and last week saw three of his first crop runners perform with distinction in Australia. The highlight of course was the last-to-first win by Main Stage in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington, an effort which has now seen the gelding escalate to the position of favourite for the Group 1 VRC Derby.
Reliable Dame Enters Oaks Calculations6 Oct 2017
Reliable Man filly – Reliable Dame – broke through for her maiden win at Ballarat yesterday and stamped herself as a possible VRC Oaks contender as she stormed home from last to score a comfortable victory.
Class Act Scores her Third Group 1 Victory2 Oct 2017
Outstanding racemare Bonneval continued on her winning way when she proved too good for her talented rivals in what most believed would be her toughest assignment to date in the Group 1 A$750,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes. Bonneval was decisive in the way she handled some high quality opposition, cementing herself as the favourite for the upcoming A$3,000,000 BMW Caulfield Cup over 2400m in three weeks.
A Change in Tack Sees Kementari Arrive in Melbourne29 Sep 2017
This weekend sees the running of the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and jumping from barrier 4 is the Godolphin raced Kementari (by Lonhro), a half-brother to the Westbury Stud stallion Telperion.
Group 2 Tilt for Mighty Quinn29 Sep 2017
The Redwood sired Mighty Quinn takes his first tilt at black-type racing tonight at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Johnnie Walker Stutt Stakes which sees him step up to 1600m for the first time.
Little “Improvement” Needed to Win29 Sep 2017
While Gary Portelli will have his focus on Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign when she resumes in the Group 1 Moir Stakes tonight at Moonee Valley, he has very capable team of horses representing him at Royal Randwick on Saturday also, including the Swiss Ace mare Improvement.
Tribute to a Great Racemare25 Sep 2017
It's not always plain sailing in this business and last week we experienced one of the sadder sides of the industry when the outstanding racemare Grand Archway was laid to rest at the ripe old age of 22.
Positive Start for Tarzino23 Sep 2017
It has been a positive start for new stallion Tarzino with three of the four mares he covered in his first two days on the job now scanned in foal.
Tarzino is bred on the popular Tavistock/Zabeel cross with his dam Zarzino gifting the young stallion with strong characteristics from her sire and grand sire Zabeel and Sir Tristram.
Runners in Three Group Races for Redwood15 Sep 2017
Exciting young sire Redwood will have representatives in three Group races across Australasia on Saturday with his daughter Swampland engaged for the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes over 1400m at Flemington, three-year-old Dashper scheduled to run in the Group 3 Tavistock Northland Breeder’s Stakes, and in-form mare Rosewood a strong lightweight chance in the Group 3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile at Awapuni.
Thoughts of Sunline as Bonneval Awarded Horse of the Year Title15 Sep 2017
Bonneval became the first three-year-old filly since Sunline to win the coveted NZ Horse of the Year title on Sunday and is starting to put a picket fence formline as her predecessor achieved. While the two are markedly different in their distance range and style of racing, and Bonneval still has a lot to do to be compared to Sunline, the next three months will tell us where Bonneval could get to.
Reliable Man’s Son Sully Has Plenty of Raw Ability15 Sep 2017
Reliable Man’s son Sully showed he has plenty of raw ability after making it back-to-back wins when he scored against the older horses at Bendigo yesterday. Sully settled back in the field under apprentice Zac Spain over the 1600m and began a forward move from the 500m; at the 300m the grey gelding ranged up ominously before ducking in sharply when he spied a gap to his left, almost crashing into the running rail with less than 200m to run. Once he got to the rail the three-year-old balanced up and set to his task to reel in the favourite Minoan Spirit, getting up in the last stride to snatch victory.
Bonneval and Imposingly Recognised at NZ Racing Awards11 Sep 2017
Champion filly Bonneval (and her dam Imposingly) carried all before them at the 2017 New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards dinner at the Langham Hotel on Sunday evening with the daughter of Makfi taking out the NZ Horse of the Year honours, as well as the award for Champion 3YO, the Champion Stayer title, and the prestigious NZB Filly of the Year title; while her dam Imposingly (Zabeel) made it a real “family affair” when she was awarded NZ Broodmare of the Year on the night.
Bonneval Takes Dato Tan Chin Nam in Excellent Fashion11 Sep 2017
New Zealand’s Champion 3YO Filly of last season, Bonneval, returned to the track in excellent fashion at Moonee Valley on Saturday when she swept past her rivals to land the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at her first start in Melbourne and establish herself as a serious contender for the A$3,000,000 Caulfield Cup on 21 October.
Imposing Lass Returns in Toy Show Quality18 Aug 2017
Bonneval’s older sister Imposing Lass (by Makfi) makes a long awaited return to the track tomorrow when she contests the Group 3 Toy Show Quality at Randwick tomorrow. Imposing Lass has not been seen out since winning the Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes in mid-January and resumes tomorrow having had two trial outings to prepare, finishing third behind Tom Melbourne and fourth behind the Champion mare Winx.
Rosewood Meets Strong Field in Quest for Back-to-back Victories18 Aug 2017
Redwood filly Rosewood will look to make it five winners for the week for her sire Redwood when she tackles the BCD 1400 at Te Rapa tomorrow. The Marilyn Paewai owned/trained mare has been in a purple patch of form in recent starts and steps into a strong race at Te Rapa after winning the $40,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Leasing Handicap at New Plymouth.
El Roca Trophy Granted Black Type Status14 Aug 2017
With the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy less than three weeks away it was exciting to hear the El Roca Trophy (run on the same day) has been granted black type status and will run as a Listed race for the first time in 2017.
Promising Sire Redwood has Excellent Trans-Tasman Weekend14 Aug 2017
High Chaparral’s Group 1 winning son Redwood has started his stud career in excellent fashion and the results in recent days would indicate the stallion has a very bright future ahead of him with three of his first crop foals Swampland, Suliman, and Nights Watch all scoring impressively over the weekend.
Lim’s Racer Back in the Best Possible Way14 Aug 2017
Singapore Group 2 winner Lim’s Racer (Red Giant) returned to the track after a six month break in the best possible manner on Sunday when she began well, and led throughout, to prove too good for her rivals in the Class 4 sprint over 1100m.
Support the Cancer Society by Owning a Piece of History8 Aug 2017
This year marks the first running of the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy, known as the Makfi Challenge Stakes for the last six years, and hosted by the Hawke's Bay Racing Club both organisations are pleased to again partner with the Cancer Society on Tarzino Trophy Daffodil Raceday.
Faaltless Provides first Stakes Success for 2017-18 Season7 Aug 2017
The Watson Bloodstock bred Faaltless posted the first stakes success for the new racing season for the farm when he took out the S$200,000 Garden City Trophy at Kranji on Sunday afternoon.
Straight Sets for Swiss Ace31 Jul 2017
The winning roll for resident sire Swiss Ace continues to go from strength to strength as the weeks unfold, and this weekend saw yet another impressive winner for the stallion as the Graeme & Debbie Rogerson trained Straight Sets scored an all the way victory in the last race at Rotorua and took his record to three wins from his past 5 starts.
Weekend Double for Red Giant in Singapore31 Jul 2017
Former Westbury stallion Red Giant notched up an impressive double over the weekend in Singapore when Lim’s Regard and Ground Control ran out good winners for their respective connections.
High Recognition for City Bloodstock Breeders28 Jul 2017
A nomination as Breeder of the Year is an outstanding recognition for three close friends who have invested broadly in the bloodstock industry over a 30 year period and achieved an amazing level of success from the modest number of horses they have bred, and often raced.
Big Weekend for Makfi24 Jul 2017
Former Westbury sire Makfi had a great weekend with winners in three different countries across the southern hemisphere. The highly talented Portman started the ball rolling when he scored an easy victory on his home track at Flemington for Danny O’Brien and Qatar Bloodstock, and took top hoop Craig Williams one win closer to taking out the Metropolitan Jockey’s Premiership in Victoria for the season.
Trans-Tasman Double for Redwood24 Jul 2017
Exciting young sire Redwood produced a Trans-Tasman double on the weekend when his daughters Swampland and Rosewood recorded smart victories in good company.
I Am Impinge Creates Impression with Debut Win24 Jul 2017
A former Westbury graduate I Am Impinge made his debut at Coff’s Harbour in an open maiden yesterday, and created a good impression in winning comfortably for Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds. Bred by Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales – also the breeders of Bonneval and Imposing Lass – I Am Impinge is a 2YO gelding by I Am Invincible from the Generous mare Impinge and was a A$190,000 yearling purchase by Edmonds from the Westbury Stud draft at the Gold Coast in 2016.