First for Rich Enuff
Woodside Park Stud resident Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) got his first winner as a sire when Plutocrat (2 f ex Personal Guarantee by Danzero) showed plenty of promise to win on debut at Doomben yesterday. Rich Enuff won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (Gr 3, 1400m) and was second to Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) when trained by Ken Keys. He stood his first season at Glenlogan Park, near Beaudesert, in conjunction with Woodside Stud in Victoria. When Glenlogan elected to no longer retain sires, Rich Enuff went back to Woodside Park where he now stands for a fee of $12,100 (inc GST). Glenlogan Park kept an interest in some of his offspring, including Plutocrat, who studmaster John Haesler sent to trainer Chris Anderson. Plutocrat came from an outside barrier to win a two-year-old race over 1110 metres. “It is great Plutocrat is Rich Enuff’s first winner and I am really happy for Woodside and Glenlogan,” Anderson said. “Plutocrat might be something special as not many horses win from outside barriers from that start.” Plutocrat is a QTIS horse and Anderson has the option to chase the $500,000 Two-Year-Old The Jewel (1200m) at the Gold Coast on March 14.
Oakleigh Plate at capacity
A full field of 18 plus one emergency has been declared for Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) at Caulfield with favourite Bivouac (Exceed And Excel) drawing barrier seven. Bivouac, winner of the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) last spring, will be first-up from a spell in the $500,000 handicap and is one of four three-year-olds in the field with the others all drawing wide. Free Of Debt (Unencumbered) has the widest draw while I Am Immortal (I Am Invincible) has barrier 18 and Anaheed (Fastnet Rock) 15. The Joe Pride-trained nine-year-old Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi) is top-weight with 58 kilograms and has barrier 13.
Fresh Faatinah primed for Oakleigh Plate
Noted fresh sprinter Faatinah (Nicconi) takes in an enviable first-up record as he chases an elusive Group 1 in the Oakleigh Plate. The seven-year-old, who last raced in mid-November, has won five from seven when first-up from a spell along with another two wins, which were both in Dubai, coming off 10 and seven week let-ups respectively. With that in mind the Lindsay Park team has targeted the Oakleigh Plate first-up with the gelding who won a recent Wodonga barrier trial by a length and has drawn barrier five. “His trial at Wodonga was good and he seems in great order,” co-trainer David Hayes said. “We’ve purposely kept him for this fresh. We resisted running him in a lead-up race.”
Strong Diamond hand for Busuttin and Young
The unbeaten Letzbeglam (Snitzel) and stablemate Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa) will provide Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young with their first Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) starters when they line-up at Caulfield on Saturday. The pair have drawn next to each other in barriers three and four respectively, which Busuttin believes is ideal. “The closer to the rail the better for mine,” Busuttin said. “Letzbeglam is going to get a soft run, she’ll get her chance to lead, but if something wants to come across and go hard from out wide, she can take a sit. Tagaloa should be two pairs back from barrier four and get every opportunity. Barrier draws win races and we’re certainly a step closer after the draw.”
Select field for Futurity
A field of just eight has been declared for Saturday’s Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Caulfield but the weight-for-age race is not lacking in quality. New Zealand star Melody Belle (Commands) has barrier three for her first start of 2020 as she chases her 11th Group 1 win, while Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Super Seth (Dundeel) is set to jump from just outside the mare in barrier four. Epsom Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Kolding (Ocean Park) has barrier five for what will be his first Melbourne start. Nine-year-old Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars), who won the Futurity three years ago, has the outside draw, while four-year-old Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom) has barrier one.
Avalon out for Futurity upset
Shane Nichols is hopeful Streets Of Avalon (Magnus) can run a bold race in the Futurity Stakes when he backs up against some well-performed opposition having finished a close second in a 1400-metre handicap at Flemington on Saturday, carrying 5.5 kilograms more than the winner. “He’s hard-fit and we thought there was no natural speed in the race so he’ll be able to lead,” the trainer said. “There’s some quality there, I’m not sure we can win the race but he can certainly run well if he’s allowed to control it. He’s got to probably run career-best to run top three, but he’s certainly in good shape. He’ll be a long price but he’s not the worst in it, that’s for sure. I think he’s a chance to run third or fourth. You need to be realistic. There’s three or four pretty good horses in it but he will represent himself well.”
Mystic Journey to William Reid
Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further) is likely to have her first start since suffering a setback after finishing fifth in the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) in next month’s William Reid Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). “We’ve just taken a breath, taken a step back and she had a good gallop in company yesterday morning,” trainer Adam Trinder told Sky Sports Radio. “At this stage we’ll look to trial on the fifth of next month and potentially kick-off in the William Reid at Moonee Valley.” Looking further afield, Trinder continued: “We’ll just see which way we go. Whether she just has the one run for the preparation and then comes back for the spring, just so she doesn’t get too heavy as a four-year-old mare, or runs in the William Reid and then potentially runs in the two 1200-metre weight-for-age races in Adelaide in May.”
Blood all set for Guineas
Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) will attempt to back up his hard fought victory in Saturday’s CS Hayes Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) in next week’s Australian Guineas. The winner of nine of his ten starts was given the go ahead for the Flemington contest after a veterinary check showed that he was suffering no ill effects from his battle with Catalyst (Darci Brahma) at the track on the weekend.
Miami Bound progressing well
Group 1-winning filly Miami Bound (Reliable Man) is set to begin her latest campaign at Caulfield on Saturday in the Autumn Classic (Gr 2, 1800m). The filly was a last-start winner of the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) in November and trainer Danny O’Brien is looking forward to setting her on another Oaks bid. “She has had one trial and was just building fitness, but she went nicely and has had a couple of solid gallops the last couple of weeks,” O’Brien said. “She is a little bit stronger and a little bit heavier. She tips the scales 30 kilos heavier than she was on Oaks day. To our eye she is improving and we are looking forward to the autumn. She will have the two runs in Melbourne – Saturday and then she runs at Moonee Valley in the Alister Clark. That gives us a two-week break to the Vinery and then two weeks to the (Australian) Oaks.”
No hiding for Shadow Hero
Shadow Hero (Pierro) begins his campaign to the ATC Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) in Saturday’s Hobartville Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Rosehill with trainer Mark Newnham believing there were a number of factors against the gelding when he finished just fifth of 15 as favourite for the Victoria Derby (Gr 1. 2500m) on his last start. “The track was soft which he hadn’t raced on before. But it rained on the day which is always worse because the ground was shifting so I’m not sure he doesn’t handle soft tracks,” Newnham said. “They said he had a slight respiratory issue so whether that affected him I don’t know. I believe he will get the distance in the Australian Derby but all in all the Victoria Derby was inconclusive. It just wasn’t his race.”
High expectation for Castelvecchio
Richard Litt is looking forward to Castelvecchio (Dundeel) returning to action when he lines up in the Hobartville Stakes. The Group 1 winner beat all bar Lys Gracieux (Heart’s Cry) in the Cox Plate on his last start and his trainer told Racing NSW: “We have high expectations and I think he can deliver. There’s expectation around every horse I guess but you’ve got to have confidence in the animal and he’s going really well. His first run is probably his most important, we want to see him hit the line strongly. He’s never let us down so I’m confident he’ll run a great race.” Castelvecchio finished seventh of eight in his recent trial and Litt added: “In his trial the other day he jumped well and put himself there, they just outsprinted over 1000 metres. He’s eating well, he’s working well, he’s very fit and he looks great. With colts you have to keep them happy and at the moment he’s extremely focused.’’
Anderson pair on trial for Sydney
Ballistic Boy (Smart Missile) will miss the Hobartville Stakes and instead line-up against his stablemate Profit (Dundeel) at Eagle Farm on Saturday with trainer Chris Anderson hoping both will measure up to the Group 1 Sydney treble of the Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and ATC Australian Derby. “Ballistic Boy looked good in winning a trial at Doomben three weeks ago,” Anderson said. “He has already been to Sydney when fourth at Randwick at his most recent run when he got held up for a run in the straight. That run and his efforts against the good horses in the winter convinced us he is up to Sydney class. But he is better starting off in Brisbane on Saturday than against the real top-liners in the Hobartville. Profit has had a jump-out and he only had ten days off after running midfield in the Magic Millions Guineas. He has form around Alligator Blood who he was second to in the Vo Rogue Plate.”
Time counts against The Candy Man
Barry Baldwin is struggling to get The Candy Man (Casino Prince) ready for the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) after the six-year-old turned in what appeared the poorest run of his career when sixth in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (2400m) on January 14. The gelding was diagnosed with thumps after the run, although Baldwin has since discovered The Candy Man pulled a muscle in his hindquarters during the race. “He has been sore all along his bottom. I am beginning to wonder if he even had the thumps and the rump injury is the more likely reason for his Millions run,” Baldwin said. “It is taking a while to treat including with ultrasound. The thing is we haven’t been able to gallop him although he has done some work.” Baldwin said The Candy Man would need at least one run before the Doncaster at Randwick on April 4. “I am hoping he will be ready for a public gallop at the Gold Coast or in Brisbane next month, but time is running out. If he isn’t ready for the Doncaster we can start thinking about the Brisbane winter.”
Two out of two for Holyfield
Holyfield (I Am Invincible) stretched his unbeaten record to two when fighting back after being headed down the Sandown straight before taking out yesterday’s Ladbrokes Handicap (1400m). “He’s a horse that we’ve taken the easier route with to bring him on and get him some confidence,” said Ciaron Maher, who trains the juvenile in partnership with David Eustace. “He really improved out of his first-up win at Newcastle and I think he’s gone to another level again. We decided to bring him down here to give him the experience and we thought he’d grow up as well. I really think he could be a Champagne horse if he keeps progressing the right way.”
Barbaric (I Am Invincible) resumed from a spell to score a stylish victory at Randwick yesterday. Sixth on his only previous outing in the ATC Breeders Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) when he drew wide, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained juvenile overhauled Group 3 runner-up Centimental (Snitzel) to win the 1100-metre maiden by a length “It was good to see him win like that as we’ve always believed he was one of our better colts,” said Peter Snowden. “Little fish are sweet, but it’s a starting point and hopefully we go on from here.” A $900,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the Segenhoe draft, Barbaric runs for a big syndicate of international and local 通博手机app下载 investors headed by Newgate Farm.
Gelding does trick for Secretively
The James Cummings-trained Secretively (Dawn Approach), a $450,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the draft of Mill Park Stud, made a successful first outing as a gelding when winning at Randwick yesterday. Having his first start since running fourth at Hawkesbury in June, Secretively scored by a length under Hugh Bowman, who rode a treble on the card. The three-year-old is a half-brother to the Group 1-placed Naafer (Lonhro) and is the fifth winner from five to race from the stakes-winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Very Discreet, a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Serenely Discreet (Exceed And Excel).
Prebble to ride The Inevitable
Brett Pebble has picked up the ride on the Scott Brunton-trained The Inevitable (Dundeel) in next month’s Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m). Pebble will replace original booking Craig Newitt, who picked up a careless riding suspension at Launceston on February 12. Newitt appealed the stewards’ decision and was granted a stay of proceedings, but with the appeal not due to be heard until March 5 – two days before the Newmarket – Newitt suggested that Brunton find a replacement rider for The Inevitable, who will carry 52 kilograms, in case his appeal proves unsuccessful.
Zahra appeals suspension
Mark Zahra has lodged an appeal against the severity of a careless riding suspension which threatens to sideline him for the Australian Guineas meeting at Flemington. Zahra was suspended for eight meetings at Flemington last Saturday after pleading guilty to careless riding aboard Gytrash (Lope De Vega) when winning the Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m). The jockey is due to start the ban after this Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield where his feature race rides include second-favourite Rulership (I Am Invincible) in the Blue Diamond Stakes and Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth in the Futurity Stakes. Zahra’s appeal will be heard by the Victorian Racing Tribunal today. He will need to get the penalty reduced by one meeting to be able to ride at Saturday week’s Australian Guineas meeting.
Caboche on comeback trail
Apprentice jockey Dylan Caboche will return from a year on the sidelines when he takes three rides at Sale tomorrow. The 25-year-old was hurt in a trackwork incident at Morphettville last February, tearing the ACL, PCL, MCL and meniscus in his knee. Having already endured an interrupted apprenticeship, including an incident at Port Lincoln which led to a two-week suspension following which he took personal leave away from the sport, Caboche has been granted an extra 12 months as an apprentice by Thoroughbred Racing South Australia. He will remain under the guidance of Phillip Stokes and is able to claim two kilograms for metro meetings. “I’m incredibly grateful to Phillip for giving me another chance with him,” Caboche told Racing.com. “It’s been a tough and frustrating year, but I’m really excited about getting back into it this Friday.”
Sun Stud support bushfire appeal
Sun Stud has announced that for every Palentino (Teofilo) yearling sold at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, $1,000 will be donated to the bushfire appeal. The catalogue for the three-day auction, which gets underway on March 1, features 25 of the first crop yearlings by Sun Stud’s dual Group 1 winner. “It’s incredible how the industry has rallied to support victims of those devastating bushfires and we were happy to do our bit by donating $1,000 for every Sun 通博手机app下载–owned winner and $200 for every winner sired by a Sun Stud stallion throughout January,” said Sun Stud’s managing director, Danielle Cheng. “However, those affected by the bushfires will need support for many months and years to come. We’re hoping that the launch of the first Palentino yearlings will coincide with new beginnings for those who were hit hardest by the bushfires.” Other racing industry participants and organisations have also supported bushfire appeals including Victoria’s Spendthrift Australia.
Tabcorp digital wagering declines
Tabcorp yesterday announced its wagering and media revenues for the first half of 2019/20 were $1,179.5 million, down 3.7 per cent, and EBITDA (earnings before tax) was $233.8m, down 7.8 pet cent. Also, Tabcorp’s digital wagering turnover was down 4.9 per cent, and retail turnover declined 9 per cent. Managing director and chief executive David Attenborough said yesterday that Tabcorp was committed to lifting the performance of the pari-mutuel system at a time when many punters have embraced a fixed-odds service. “We have been investing hard in the digitalised data and personalisation and doing a number of drops that have absolutely nailed it for fixed odds,” he said. “We are certainly intending to nail it for pari-mutuel in this calendar year. As we move post-integration, the reinvigoration of the tote is a real priority and that’s not only national pooling.”
Quirindi meet moved to Scone
Tomorrow’s scheduled meeting at Quirindi has been transferred to Scone due to infrastructural damage caused by a storm on Tuesday. Races scheduled to be held over 1200 metres will now be run over 1250 metres, but all other races remain unchanged.