Invincible Filly Stars at Caulfield

Talented I Am Invincible filly Invincible Star returned to top form at Caulfield on Saturday to score a blazing win in the Group III MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes.

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A brilliant debut stakes-winner at Flemington last spring, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained filly then finished sixth to Houtzen in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at her only other run last season.

She resumed with a seventh to Houtzen at Moonee Valley in a Group III race last month, but stripped a lot fitter for this 1200 metre assignment.

Drawn wide, Invincible Star flew out of the gates for Steve Baster to take up the lead and was never headed, powering clear to win by four lengths.

"She's a fabulous filly," said Gai Waterhouse.

"She won the two year-old race here last spring, so it's lovely to see her come back down here and win."

A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase for her trainer from the Yarraman Park draft by Gai Waterhouse Racing and Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland, Invincible Star runs for a big syndicate of owners including David and Shiralee Lilley in whose colours she runs.

Bred by Yarraman Park, Invincible Star has won two of four starts earning over $195,000 and is the fourth winner from four foals to race from Romany Flyer, a half-sister by former Yarraman Park stalwart Catbird to Group III winner Viking Hero.

The family also includes Group I winners Innocent King, Unworldly and Invest, so Invincible Star is a valuable filly now with two Group wins on the board.

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Gnarwarre breeder Anthony Mithen took stake in Sacred Sword in a rush of blood

Gnawarre breeder Anthony Mithen admits Sacred Sword was a “bit of an impulse buy”.

As the hammer went down on the $550,000 colt, Mithen made a split second decision to shuffle over to the winning bidder Julian Blaxland and see if there were shares available.

“I was doing the sums in my head thinking it would be nice going into a colt that had stallion potential,” Mithen said.

“The horse had caught my eye and been the talk of the ground. He was bought by Julian Blaxland for $550,000 and I ummed and aahed for 10 seconds and I could see him in the distance signing up the horse.

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“He said there was half available, but if we took a quarter of him he could wear our colours and be a lovely prospect. The rush of blood led me to say yes.”

On Saturday Mithen and the rest of Sacred Sword’s group of highly credentialed owners will get a better indication as to whether their outlay was worth it.

The talented two-year-old, a half brother to First Seal and out of a Group 1 winner, will contest the $120,000 Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield carrying Mithen’s Rosemont Stud colours.

“He has done nothing to suggest he needs the paddock,” Mithen said.

“He is enjoying his work, he’s won a couple of jumpouts at Flemington. We thought we’d give him a fly.

“The Debutant Stakes, the winner generally goes on to be a pretty good horse.”

Best of luck to the connections on Saturday - Aquis Farm, Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, Rosemont Stud Pty Ltd, Mr M J Hayne and Mr M D Evans.

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Gold Standard Thriving Ahead Of Group 1 Golden Rose

Gai Waterhouse has six Golden Slippers but no Golden Rose.

Gold Standard, a colt on the rise, could change that at Rosehill on Saturday.

Waterhouse is yet to win a Golden Rose but last-start Group Two winner Gold Standard represents the stable’s latest chance to rectify that anomaly.

Gold Standard won the Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m on September 9 at Rosehill on the same day Menari confirmed Golden Rose favouritism with a dominant win in the traditional lead-up, the Group Two Run To The Rose (1200m).

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Program changes this year meant the Stan Fox was moved to before the Golden Rose instead of after and co-trainer Adrian Bott said the stable believed that was the right way to go with Gold Standard.

“That was very appealing for us,” Bott said.

“This horse will get over ground – a mile to 2000 metres in time – so we weren’t afraid to step him up to the 1500 metres straight away.

“We thought a strong 1500 then back to the 1400 would be beneficial for him going into a strong Golden Rose.

“We know he’ll see out a strong trip.”

Gold Standard has two wins and two seconds from four starts.

He broke his maiden at his second start at Canterbury in August, then was a close second to Dracarys in the Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) before his 1-3/4-length win in the Stan Fox.

“He’s doing such a phenomenal job. He’s a really exciting horse for the stable going forward,” Bott said.

“He’s doing all this in his first racing preparation so he can be forgiven for doing a few things wrong in his first couple of starts.”

Bott said Gold Standard, who jumps from barrier 10 of 14, seemed to put it all together in the Stan Fox which resulted in an impressive win.

“He seems to be taking a lot of improvement and confidence with racing,” the co-trainer said.

“Hopefully he’s fully furnished now going into Saturday’s race because he’ll need to take that next step again to beat these other colts.

“But we’re very happy with where he’s at. He’s just thriving.”

Josh Parr rode both Menari and Gold Standard to their Group Two wins on September 9 and sticks with the Gerald Ryan-trained favourite.

Tommy Berry will make a flying visit from Hong Kong to ride Gold Standard.

Gold Standard was purchased from the draft of Eliza Park Stud (Sun Stud) at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Gai Waterhouse, Mt Hallowell Stud and Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock for $160,000 and from four starts to date has netted his connections over $185,000 and victory in the Group 1 Golden Rose will assure him a place at stud upon retirement from racing.

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Flight Stakes Aim For Legal Girl

Trainer Clarry Conners has plans to run yesterday’s dominant Kembla Grange 1500 metre Class One winner Legal Girl (Star Witness) in the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m), but first intends to start her in the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) on 30 September.

The three-year-old filly was runner-up to Acqume (Sepoy) first up at Warwick Farm on 6 September and won yesterday’s race by three and a quarter lengths as the $2.50 favourite.

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“She is my favourite filly, and not because she won today, but I do have a very high opinion of her,” Conners told SkyThoroughbred Central post-race.

“For her to perform like that, I was very happy. I have always told the owners she is a deadset
stayer and I have aspirations of winning an Oaks with her.”

Legal Girl was purchased from the Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $140,000 from the draft of Segenhoe Stud.

Stan Fox Victory Is The Gold Standard

“The gold standard is a monetary system where a country’s currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold.” – Investopedia

Directly linked to gold?

The Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott trained, Gold Standard, has clearly stepped onto the yellow brick road after his impressive performance in Saturday’s Group Two Kari Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens and is now likely to take on the elite of his generation in the Group One Golden Rose Stakes on 23 September.

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It’s a heady mix for the $1 million race with Run To The Rose winner, Menari, a pre-post favourite for the Golden Rose, while other genuine contenders include Pariah, Merchant Navy, Kementari, Chauffeur and Formality. A lot of competition to be sure, but Gold Standard really did live up to his name in the Stan Fox.

The winner of two from four outings, Gold Standard had one start as a 2YO (finishing second at Warwick Farm), resumed with a win at Canterbury in early August and came into the Stan Fox following a head second to Dracarys (another potential Golden Rose rival) in the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes on 19 August.

Sitting just off the leader in the Stan Fox, Gold Standard surged clear at the 300m and held off all challengers to win comfortably.

“Last start he was a little bit slow to begin, but was able to break cleanly on Saturday,” co-trainer, Bott, points out. “Gold Standard has the tactical speed to be able to put himself in the race and while it wasn’t necessarily the plan to to be up near the lead in the Stan Fox, full credit to (jockey) Josh Parr who took control of the race and was able to run it to suit.

“This horse has really stepped up and the Golden Rose has always been the plan.”

The 32nd individual stakes winner for Widden Stud based stallion, Sebring, Gold Standard is out of the Group winning Greig mare, Coniston Gem, and was purchased by Mount Hallowell Stud, Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland for $160,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Offered by Sun Stud, Gold Standard was bred by Rob Crabtree who recently purchased the historic Victorian property, Wood Nook Farm, at Nagambie.

It’s been a big 12 months for Crabtree who also owns Group One Blue Diamond winner, Catchy, and Group One Oakleigh Plate winner, Sheidel, but he decided to sell Coniston Gem – in foal to Sepoy – at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale where she was knocked down to Queensland’s Greg Wright for $45,000.

“Might have pulled the wrong rein there,” Crabtree says with a laugh, “but I’ve got a lovely Zoffany yearling filly out of Coniston Gem, while her Magnus mare, Magnagem, is is in foal to Choisir and will be going to Dissident (by Sebring) this year.”

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Blue Sky Bloodstock launch premium Racing & Breeding stock consignment operation – Blue Sky Premium Consignment

Blue Sky Bloodstock, Australia’s leading purchaser of bloodstock at public auction in 2017, announced today, a further extension to their existing bloodstock agency service.

Blue Sky Premium Consignment (BSPC), will offer owners, trainers and syndicators, a new avenue to market and offer high quality horses-in-training and breeding prospects off the track, at a select number of premier auctions in Australia, in 2018.

Blue Sky Bloodstock Managing Director, Mr. Julian Blaxland, commented “The Blue Sky Premium Consignment bridges the gap in allowing our business to offer clients ‘full-cycle’ servicing. We are there at the start of the dream, at the sales, working hard to acquire bloodstock with stakes potential. We then work closely with trainers to manage their racing careers, so it seems only logical to provide that same support for the final chapter of their story, before retiring to stud.”

“At Blue Sky, we are continually looking for new ways to improve our client’s chances of a positive ROI and we feel confident that our sales marketing strategy will help generate that extra bid, which at the top level, can equate to hundreds of thousands back into the pockets of owners”, added Blaxland.

Some of the initiatives BSPC offer owners include;

  • A longer lead time for dedicated pre-sale marketing of bloodstock to our extensive local and international database
  • Restricted draft numbers to enhance personalised service and levels of equine care
  • Establish benchmarks to ensure draft quality, making BSPC the ‘must see draft’ of each sale for all major buyers and breeders
  • Individualised sale information packs produced pre-sale for each horse consigned, distributed to targeted buyers
  • Dedicated boutique agistment and sale preparation farms within close proximity to sales complexes to decrease the horse’s pre-sale travel demands
  • BSPC draft on-farm open days in the lead up to key sales
  • Complete transparency across racing, veterinary and breeding information required for potential buyers

Blue Sky’s stocks have risen considerably with the recent addition of former Godolphin Marketing head, Tom Seymour, to the role of Business Development and Bloodstock Sales Manager. Blaxland commented “Tom is a coup for our agency, complementing my skill set and relationships with his vast experience in bloodstock marketing and promotion – which ultimately benefits our clients in selling their horses for the best result possible” added Blaxland.

“Over the last few years, the market has proven there is huge demand from both domestic and international breeders for quality fillies and mares off the track. As an independent consigner, we can focus on quality and streamline our marketing efforts on a select draft, to a targeted group of buyers at the top end. BSPC will represent excellence, transparency and provide a unique service for vendors and buyers alike” – Tom Seymour.

Some of Australia’s most successful syndicators have also expressed their interest in using the services of BSPC as a fair and transparent avenue to dissolve partnerships. Brad Spicer, CEO of leading syndications business ‘Spicer Thoroughbreds’, praised the concept. Spicer commented “We have had Stakes winning mares go to the sales and when I have arrived with owners, she has gone from a stable queen one week, to just one of 30 mares in a draft, competing for the same space alongside a $20k, 14-year-old mare, the next week. The dedicated marketing campaigns will assist those mares who have not raced for six months and tend to be a little forgotten. I want to be able to give my owners the confidence their mare will be given the five-star treatment she deserves and the BSPC concept appears to offer that”.

Leading trainers have also come out in support of the BSPC model. Adrian Bott, of Waterhouse Bott Racing, whose stable have trained many G1 winning mares, stated, “Breeding sales are not really a trainer’s area of expertise, but once the owners indicate that they would like to retire from racing or sell, I still have an obligation to try and achieve the best possible result for their investment. If I knew a service like this existed, especially for those premium types, I wouldn’t think twice about recommending my owners to follow this path as it would suitably meet those requirements”

Owners interested in registering their breeding prospects with Blue Sky Premium Consignment, should direct enquires to Julian Blaxland on +61 431 746 803 or Tom Seymour on +61 414 896 988. The first Blue Sky Consignment will be targeted at the 2018 William Inglis Chairmans sale in April 2018.

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Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased Whypeeo chasing Magic Millions glory

Trainer Toby Edmonds is hoping for more Magic Millions glory at the Gold Coast in January following Whypeeo’s effortless win at Doomben on Saturday.

Starting $1.16 favourite, the Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased son of I Am Invincible led all the way to down Red Hot Miss by three lengths in the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1110m).

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Perfect Rain finished third, a further three-quarters of a length away.

Three-year-old Whypeeo, was a $200,000 buy for Blue Sky Bloodstock at last year’s Magic Millions sales from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud and has now won three of his four starts for a $99,000 return for connections.

Trainer Toby Edmonds was in Melbourne with stable star Houtzen who won the Magic Millions Classic in January and was represented by son, stable foreman Trent Edmonds.

“He controlled the race from the start so it was a good effort,” Edmonds said.

“He’ll go for a short let-up now and come back and get ready for the Magic Millions Guineas.

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Sebring Colt Stakes Golden Rose Claim

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott unleashed a serious contender for the upcoming $1million Group I ATC Golden Rose when progressive Sebring colt Gold Standard scored a bold victory in the Group II ATC Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Slowly away at his last start when second to Dracarys in the Group III ATC Up and Coming Stakes, Gold Standard (images Steve Hart) jumped better this time and surged forward to take up the lead for Josh Parr.

When challenged by Group I winner The Mission, he was happy to take a sit, but when the business end of the race arrived, Gold Standard quickened impressively to drop that colt and powered clear to win the 1500 metre contest by a length and three-quarters.

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"It wasn't necessarily the plan to hand up the lead today but full credit to Josh, he took control of the race," Adrian Bott said.

"I think this is special colt going forward for us – he's thriving, you only had to look in the yard today to see how well he was doing and he ran up to those looks."

The win was a timely one for the Waterhouse and Bott partnership as the stable's main Golden Rose hope, Siege Of Quebec, was withdrawn from the Group II ATC Run To The Rose (1200m) on Friday.

"Siege Of Quebec is just going through a growth phase at the moment so we made the decision to spell and save him for the autumn," Waterhouse said.

A $160,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Eliza Park draft for Mount Hallowell Stud / Gai Waterhouse Racing / Julian Blaxland, Gold Standard has two wins and two seconds from just four starts and has already won over $185,000 in prizemoney.

The 32nd stakes-winner for Widden Stud's flagship sire Sebring, Gold Standard was bred by Robert Crabtree and is the best of three winners from brilliant Group III winning mare Coniston Gem.

Sebring started the program well at Rosehill with handy five year-old mare Positive Problems winning the first race, while his dual Oaks winner Egg Tart resumed from a spell with a good second in the Group II ATC Theo Marks Stakes.

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Flight Stakes Goal for Sebring Filly

Gai Waterhouse has a great record of winning the Group I ATC Flight Stakes at Randwick and she and co-trainer Adrian Bott believe they have a contender in Sebring filly Pandemonium, who beat the colts to win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Sent to Melbourne in the autumn, Pandemonium came up short when chasing a start in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond, but has come back a much stronger filly this time around.

She broke her maiden at Kembla on August 10 with a dominant three and a half length win over 1400 metres (pictured below) and was taking a considerable jump in grade to take on Benchmark 70 company three year-olds over 1600 metres.

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The class rise proved no hurdle with Pandemonium travelling smoothly in front for Rachel King as favourite before kicking away down the running to open up a four length lead.

Eased down to the line she won comfortably by a length and a half and connections now have their eyes on a far bigger prize.

"It was great to see her step it up a notch and beat the boys," said Adrian Bott.

"She's filled out and strengthened into her frame and I think the mile is probably her ideal distance.

"We'll look towards the Tea Rose (Group II on September 16 over 1400m) and then into the Flight Stakes (Group I)."

A $300,000 Magic Millions purchase for Gai Waterhouse / Julian Blaxland from the Lomar Park draft, Pandemonium is one of five winners from Tapanappa, a Giant's Causeway (USA) half-sister to stakes-winners Naden and Catango.

Pandemonium has won two of six starts earning nearly $70,000 with more wins in store.

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Pandemonium Soars Ahead Of Group One Target

Pandemonium proved a dominant winner at Warwick Farm on Wednesday in the TAB Handicap (1400m) which saw training duo Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott firm up plans to set the filly for the $500,000 Group One Flight Stakes (1600m) over the spring.

“I think we’ll drop back to filly’s grade now and go through the Tea Rose into the Flight Stakes,” said Bott.

“It was great to see her step up another notch again and beat the boys. There’s nice improvement in her going forward too. I mentioned a couple of nice targets for her and I think we can work towards those now.”

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The daughter of Sebring, who jumped $1.90 with TAB Fixed Odds on the back of a dominant provincial win, began quickly from the inside draw to lead comfortably and after breaking clear at the top of the straight, was always holding a margin to the closing Augustus.

“I think the win last start really switched her on. She was very relaxed at Kembla Grange,” Bott said.

“There may have been times when she overdid it a touch but she saw it out strongly and it was good to see her win like that.

“She has filled out, matured and strengthened. Now she’s up to her ideal trip at the mile we’ll see better things to come from her.”

Rachel King, who has developed a knack of perfectly rating Waterhouse and Bott’s front-running gallopers, has worked with the filly since she was she first wandered through the Tulloch Lodge gates.

“We’ve always liked her a lot and she keeps improving with every start and she was better again today,” King said.

“She rolled along nicely in front. There was a little bit of pressure early but she was able to settle, get into her rhythm and finish it off really strongly.

“I’ve had a lot to do with her since she was a yearling so it makes it even nicer when you can get a couple of wins on the board.”

Pandemonium was purchased from the draft of Lomar Park Stud by Julian Blaxland and Gai Waterhouse for $300,000

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Entertainment icon has a reason to smile

It’s a long way from Moonee Ponds, but Barry Humphries was happy to make the trip. 

The iconic entertainer had never been to Kembla Grange before Saturday, but will never forget his first visit to the Illawarra racecourse.

Humphries – the mastermind behind Dame Edna Everage – was on track to see his first ever winner as a racehorse owner.

Entertainer Barry Humphries celebrated his first winner when Dante Rossetti saluted at Kembla Grange. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Entertainer Barry Humphries celebrated his first winner when Dante Rossetti saluted at Kembla Grange. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A bold front-running ride from jockey Blake Spriggs saw the Humphries part-owned Dante Rossetti score in the Sutherland Shire Tile Supplies 3YO Maiden Plate (1400m). 

“It's a unique feeling,” Humphries said.

“It's my first horse and it's very, very nice indeed.”

The victory provided just as much buzz for Spriggs, who led all the way on Dante Rossetti.

“It’s not often that you get to ride for an Australian Icon,” the Group 1 winning jockey said.

“I have ridden for the Sheikh and my biggest owner is Paul Fudge, who is a very good business man in this country.

“But to ride for someone who has been an icon ever since I was a kid in Barry Humphries. That was very exciting. To see the smile on his face and how happy he was to have a winner here at Kembla.

“He has obviously been very successful all over the world and to see him with a smile on his face like that shows what racing is all about.”

Spriggs allowed Dante Rossetti ($6) to roll along under his on steam out in front.

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He edged the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained galloper off the fence heading into the straight and quickly put a gap on his rivals.

Boomtown Rat ($9.50) made up ground along the fence, but couldn’t bridge the gap to the winner.

Bullet Shot ($3) also closed off well, but Spriggs’ bold front-running display had already stolen the race by that stage. 

“Gai said to me this morning to ride him like a Gai Waterhouse horse like I did when I was apprentice,” Spriggs said.

“We bounced him straight to the front. He was very raw when he got to the front. He still has a lot to learn and spotted the cars that the stewards park in and wanted to run away from the fence.

“He won like a horse that is very progressive. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get to Saturday class or maybe a bit better."

Dante Rossetti was purchased from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland for $200,000.

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Illumicon - One To Watch - Bendigo

Some promising types contested Sunday's Jayco SV 3YO Maiden Plate (1300m), which makes the dominant winner Illumicon one to follow.

With three seconds from as many starts, Crystal Spirit was an important benchmark in this race but the son of Bel Esprit had no answer to the finishing burst of the Nicconi colt.

The strapping chestnut had finished a luckless fourth at his career debut at Morphettville back on July 29.

The Tony McEvoy-trained colt tracked the early speed set by Crystal Spirit and when Luke Currie pressed the go button Illumicon quickly collared the favourite to win by one and a quarter lengths.

It was the fourth consecutive second for Crystal Spirit who looks sure to break his maiden in the near future.

Godolphin's Exceed And Excel filly Langoustine finished well for third with another strong performance came from Darren Weir's Americain colt Amerock in fourth just two and a half lengths from the winner.

Currie said the son of Nicconi has the scope to win better races.

"He drew well, took up a nice spot and the two main dangers crossed us and were running 1-2 so we had them in our sights, Currie said.

"They backed the speed off so I elected to come out a bit early so we exposed him a little bit but it was only a matter of when I pushed the button and put them away.

"I galloped him for the first time during the week and he gave me the feel of a nice horse. Obviously, they have to take the next step but he did everything right today to say that he is on the right track.

A $130,000 purchase from the Lomar Park draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Illumicon is the second foal of the winning Encosta de Lago mare Elucidate.

A $210,000 Easter Yearling, Elucidate is out of the Deputy Governor mare Krall a sister to Group I NZ Two Thousand Guineas winner Hero and a three-quarter sister to the dam of Group I Rosehill Guineas winner Sale Of Century.

Krall is a daughter of NZ Oaks and AJC Oaks heroine Domino a three-quarter sister to triple Group I winner (Our) Westminster (the dam of four stakes winners including dual Group I winner Pace Invader) and half-sister to Group II Breeders Stakes winner Super Natural.

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Saratoga Success

The Aquis Farm stallion parade and open day on Sunday drew a huge crowd to their picturesque Canungra base and there was good news to start the day with the first Aquis owned runner in North America saluting at Saratoga on Saturday.
 

Owned by Stonestreet Stables in partnership with Aquis, the Mark Casse trained two year-old colt Machtree was able to score a determined debut win in the 1 and 1/16th mile maiden on turf.

A $450,000 Blue Sky Bloodstock Keeneland September purchase by top class Group I sire Kitten's Joy, Machtree is from Grade II placed Lady Lumberjack, a daughter of stakes-winner Harbor Blues.

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Unbeaten Siege Of Quebec Ready for Rosebud

Co-trainer Adrian Bott expects blue blooded colt Siege Of Quebec to acquit himself well when he makes his stakes debut in tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

The $1.2 million Easter yearling, who is raced by a syndicate comprising trainer Gai Waterhouse, Tom Magnier, Nordic Racing & Breeding, and Julian Blaxland, is unbeaten in his two starts to date and will use the Rosebud as a stepping stone to the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September.

"He has a little bit of time between races now to freshen up and get that speed back into his legs for the 1100m. The horse does have a very good turn of foot and we'll see it again on Saturday," Bott told racingnsw.com.au.

"He is well weighted against those horses that have already proven themselves at the top level. He is a horse on the up and has the advantage of race fitness so it looks an ideal starting point for his Golden Rose campaign."

Bott added:"We always knew we had a nice horse on our hands and wanted to look after him. We put him away in favour of producing him as a late two-year-old and roll into the spring as an early three-year-old."

By Fastnet Rock out of Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet), Siege Of Quebec is a full-brother to the smart Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes winner Bull Point. Rose Of Cimmaron, herself, is a full-sister to Gr3 winner and prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion.

Blue Sky Bloodstock Flying Into Spring

With a double on Wednesday afternoon at Canterbury Park by Runaway and Gold Standard, followed by unbeaten runners Siege Of Quebec and Whypeeo racing on Saturday, the Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased three-year-old’s are heading into the spring full of gusto.

Second last time out to the highly-touted D’Argento, the Rosemont Stud-bred and part-owned Runaway was impressive in the opener of the day, leading throughout for a two and a quarter length victory.

A Manhattan Rain three-quarter-brother to Group 1 Oaks winners Abbey Marie and Absolutely, the future looks bright for the colt who will target the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Purchased in a partnership by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt looks an ideal candidate for the Spring Champions Stakes, a race the stable has won in the past with Hampton Court, Platinum Scissors and Nothin’ Leica Dane.

Two races later Sebring colt Gold Standard highlighted himself as one to watch as he progresses into his campaign, winning over 1250m by a length and a quarter.

A $160,000 purchase by Blaxland, Waterhouse and Mount Hallowell Stud from the draft of Eliza Park International at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Gold Standard is the third winner from four runners for the dual Group 3 winner Coniston Gem.

As we progress towards the weekend, Saturday sees the running of the Listed Rosebud at Rosehill, a stepping stone to the Group 1 Golden Rose on September 23.

Unbeaten after two starts, the blue-blooded Fastnet Rock colt Siege Of Quebec was a $1.2 million purchase from the draft of Newgate Farm at the Inglis Easter yearling sale by Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse, Julian Blaxland and South Africa’s most successful owner Markus Jooste.

A full-brother to Bull Point who finished third in the Golden Rose behind Zoustar and Dissident, having previously finished fourth in the Rosebud when in the care of Waterhouse, Siege Of Quebec’s campaign had always been targeted towards the $1 million stallion making race.

“He’s bred to be anything, physically he’s one of the most imposing individuals you’ll come across and there’s a lot of upside to him,’’ stated co-trainer Adrian Bott after the colt’s second victory.

Set to carry the Blue Sky silks on Saturday at Doomben is the impressive five and a half-length debut winner Whypeeo.

A half-brother to the Group 2 Angus Armanasco winner Meliora, the Toby Edmonds-trained son of I Am Invincible was purchased from the draft of Yarraman Park at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $200,000.

The impressive start to the 2017-18 season for yearlings secured outright or in partnership by Blue Sky at the sales have continued on from the great 2016-17 season where Blaxland buys achieved 13 individual two-year-old winners including Group 2 Riesling winner and Golden Slipper runner up Frolic, Invincible Star and From Within. 

Spring Plans for Runaway

As a three-quarter brother to a pair of Oaks winners, it's no surprise the Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes is on the agenda for promising three year-old Runaway, who broke the ice with his first win at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Sporting the Rosemont Stud red and white colours, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained colt Runaway scored a bold front running victory.

Having his fourth race start following a debut fourth and two second placings, Runaway had race fitness and experience on his side which he used to good advantage.

The son of Manhattan Rain was well rated in front by Josh Parr and relished the 1550 metres to cruise clear and win by two and a half lengths.

"There's more to come from him as he's really growing in confidence," said Adrian Bott, who indicated the Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes over 2000 metres was the long range goal for Runaway.

"There's plenty of him to work with. He's a lovely colt and gives the impression 2000 metres will suit."

A $150,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Gai Waterhouse / Julian Blaxland, Runaway runs for a syndicate that includes his breeder Rosemont Stud.

He is a three-quarter brother to Group I Oaks winners Absolutely and Abbey Marie, both sired by Redoute's Choice, who is a half-brother to Runaway's sire Manhattan Rain.

Runaway is the sixth winner from six foals to race from Catshaan, a half-sister by Catrail (USA) to Aussie bred Japanese Group I winner Kinshasa No Kiseki.

Rosemont Stud sold a Redoute's Choice colt from Catshaan at Inglis Easter this year for $550,000 to Shadwell Australia that has been exported to South Africa and the mare has a yearling filly by Zoustar.

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Ballina Blitz For Whypeeo

Toby Edmonds is a genius with an I Am Invincible as he should be given he trained him and he unleashed another sizzling debut winner by the leading Yarraman Park sire at Ballina on Friday, July 28.

Sporting the Blue Sky Bloodstock colours, two year-old gelding Whypeeo was a hot favourite for the 1005 metre maiden and gave his rivals a cold as he led throughout and powered clear to win by five and a half lengths.

A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase for Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Yarraman Park draft, Whypeeo is a half-brother to Group II winner Meliora and is the sixth winner from six to race from terrific producer Sunset Boulevard.

He is the 28th two year-old winner of season for I Am Invincible, a remarkable feat for a relatively young stallion.

Blue Sky Bloodstock would like to congratulate our fellow owners; Yearlings Promote Optimism, Mr M S Sowerby, Just Fun Racing, Segenhoe Thoroughbreds Australia and G1G Racing & Breeding.

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Golden Rose Could Be Under Siege From Unbeaten Colt

They reckon a million bucks isn’t what it used to be, but seven figures still garners plenty of attention at bloodstock auctions.

Even at a sale like the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where nine youngsters were knocked down for a million or more.

One of those was a Fastnet Rock colt from the very well-related Bite the Bullet mare, Rose of Cimmaron which sold to the tune of $1.2 million, courtesy of the combined bidding of Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse Racing, Julian Blaxland and Nordic Breeding & Racing.

Such is the enigma that is racing, money doesn’t always buy you class, but the colt – subsequently named Siege of Quebec – appears to be something right out of the box and, after a thrilling victory over 1400m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, is now on target for Group One glory.

Debuting over 1250m at Newcastle on 27 June, Siege of Quebec, led throughout to win with only a half length to spare and he again lead for most of the journey at Rosehill before scoring by less than a panel.

What made it interesting though is that Siege of Quebec was actually headed – or more applicably by a neck or more – by another promising colt, Calculated, over the final stages, but fought back strongly under the urging of jockey Tommy Berry. The remainder of the field was left at least 3.5 lengths astern.

Siege of Quebec now appears poised to step up to the Group Three Ming Dynasty Quality next month before a tilt at the Group One Golden Rose on 9 September.

Berry was clearly impressed and said after the race: “he is just so relaxed, you can’t tell how good he actually is. He kind of reminds me of Vancouver because he won by short margins, but you knew there was more there. How much more is exciting.”

The jockey’s mention of Vancouver – who won a Golden Slipper and now stands at Coolmore Stud – is certainly relevant to the ownership group which includes both Coolmore and Belinda Bateman, wife of the late Edmund Bateman, whose estate not only bred Siege of Quebec, but was also part owner of Vancouver, Australian Guineas winner, Wandjina, and yet another Golden Slipper winner in Capitalist.

Coolmore Australia’s Sales, Marketing and Racing Manager, Sebastian Hutch, believes Siege of Quebec sold himself as a yearling: “The impression at the Easter Sale was that Siege Of Quebec was one of the most admired yearlings on the complex, which is understandable given he presents as just about the perfect physical specimen.

“Additionally, his full-brother, Bull Point (Melbourne Group winner) had been a high-class horse in his own right and it’s a quality family that has had a lot of success, particularly in recent years, while we have always had tremendous faith in Fastnet Rock’s ability to become a quality sire of stallions.

“Gai (Waterhourse) and Adrian (Bott) have held Siege Of Quebec in the highest regard from very early on and he is a very exciting horse for the syndicate which includes some of the most recognisable names in the world of international breeding and racing.

(Others in the Siege of Quebec ownership group include Nordic Racing and Breeding, Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, Emirates Park, Susie Montague, Geraghty Bloodstock, G1G Racing and Kate Waterhouse).

“I’m sure Mrs Bateman got a great thrill out of his win on Saturday and hopefully he can go on and prove himself a top-class performer in due course.

“Saturday’s race was a particularly strong one as we have been hearing for some time that the runner-up, Calculated, might be something out of the ordinary and naturally we are hoping that he can go on to be another big star for So You Think.”

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field is also over the moon with Siege of Quebec’s rise: “He’s a lovely type, from a great family (closely related to 4-time Group One winner Criterion) and the most expensive yearling (pictured below as a foal) Newgate sold last year.

“But it was also terrific for the Batemans who have been great supporters of the farm … indeed, pivotal to our success. Apart from Wandjina and Capitalist which stand at Newgate, they also raced Foxwedge and, while they could have placed him with any stud in Australia, they chose us, basically launching our stallion roster.

“The Batemans have a very select portfolio of bloodstock, which is managed by James Harron, and from the horses they breed to, they retain some and sell the others. Fortunately, they chose to offer Siege of Quebec and it really looks like it’s going to pay dividends for all concerned.

“His dam, Rose of Cimmaron, has a yearling colt by Exceed And Excel that’s now with the Snowdens, but she’s had a bit of bad luck and hasn’t been in foal for the last two seasons.

“She will go to Snitzel this spring and fingers crossed she gets in foal.”

Siege Of Quebec Wins Battle Of The Bluebloods

Punters found it hard to separate Fastnet Rock colt SIEGE OF QUEBEC and So You Think colt Calculated in the betting ring and it played out that way on the track in Saturday's #theraces Hcp (1400m) at Rosehill

Sent straight to the front by Tommy Berry, Siege Of Quebec looked to be the first to come off the bridle as Hugh Bowman on Calculated followed Berry through and levelled up.

A winner at Newcastle when making his career debut on June 27, Siege of Quebec is made of stern stuff. He fought off Calculated for a hard earned half length win with Paul Perry's Fastnet Rock colt Condor three and a half lengths back in third.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Siege Of Quebec sports the navy blue silks of Coolomore Stud.

With some of the biggest breeders in Austrasia in the ownership, Siege Of Quebec was a $1.2 million purchase from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

"He's bred to be anything. Once he puts it all together and learns he'll be a serious horse," Bott said.

"The immediate plan is that we will be heading towards the Golden Rose.

"We have a plan mapped out for him, probably going through the Ming Dynasty leading in.

"He looked under a bit of pressure at the top of the straight but that's just the colt, he's certainly got plenty of fighting qualities.

"He's such a naturally talented horse but there's a lot of raw ability there at the moment.

"He's still working out what it's all about, still learning when to quicken, when to let down but when he's challenged he knows exactly what to do and importantly at the moment he knows where the line is.

Bred by the estate of the late Edmund Bateman, Siege Of Quebec (pictured as a yearling) is a brother to Group III winner and multiple Group I placed Bull Point who covered 88 mares in his first season last spring at Kingstar Farm.

His dam Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) is a Sydney winning sister to Group III STC Research Stakes winner Mica's Pride the dam of 4-time Group I winner Criterion (Sebring), Group II winner Varenna Miss (Redoute's Choice) and Listed winner Silently (Anabaa).  

NB: Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock x Rose Of Cimmaron) was purchased from the draft of Newgate Farm from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $1.2m by Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse Racing, Nordic Racing and Breeding and Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland. The colt races for; Coolmore, Nordic Racing And Breeding, Mrs B C Bateman, Mr P Hogan, Lady J A Hogan, Emirates Park, Mrs S M Montague, Geraghty Bloodstock Pty Ltd, G1G Racing & Breeding and Ms K Waterhouse.

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Golden Win For Siege Of Quebec

The opener at Rosehill Gardens was hailed as a race in two between crack colts Siege Of Quebec and Calculated and that’s the way it played out with the youngsters clearing out to duke out the finish.

Siege Of Quebec rallied for Tommy Berry in the final 100m after Hugh Bowman idled up on Calculated to be outside of the eventual winner but Siege Of Quebec showed his “fighting qualities” to remain undefeated.

“He looked under pressure at the top of the straight but that’s just the colt. He has certainly got a lot of fighting qualities about him and just does what he has to. He is such a naturally talented horse and there is a lot of raw ability there at the moment,” co-trainer Adrian Bott said.

“He’s still working out what it is all about. When to quicken and when to let down but when he is challenged he knows exactly what to do and its important at the moment that he knows where the line is.”

“Once he gets a little bit more seasoned, and we saw his inexperience there today when he was challenged he came off the bit early, but when the pressure came on he really knuckled down the task. Once he puts it all together and learns what is it all about he’ll be a serious horse.”

The $1.2 million Inglis purchase will now have a short break before being targeted at Sydney’s spring riches, similar to what Gai Waterhouse did with Squamosa and Siege Of Quebec’s full brother Bull Point who won this very same two-year-old race in 2013 on Winter Stakes Day before training on to run third in the Golden Rose behind Zoustar and Dissident.

“The immediate plans will be to head towards the Golden Rose so we’ve got a plan mapped out for him going through the Ming Dynasty (August 26). We’ll freshen him up, keep him ticking over and head him towards the feature races,” Bott said.

“He showed plenty of promise early on and we took him down to Melbourne for an early spring campaign and he even had a jump out down there but we thought he’d benefit from more time so we put him out and we’re reaping the benefits now.”

Berry echoed the thoughts of Bott upon dismounting suggesting that they still haven’t got to the bottom of the Coolmore-owned colt.

“We had a nice time in front and he felt like he was going half pace the whole way round. I really had to keep his mind on the job but Hughie kept me honest and I knew when I pulled the stick through to the right that he’d find another half a length and he did that. He’s a very smart colt,” Berry said.

“At this stage he is a very hard horse to get a guide on because he only does what he has to. He pulled up then like he hadn’t gone around.

“I haven’t had a heap to do with him at home so I’m very thankful to Adrian, Gai and the Coolmore boys to give me the ride. I’ve had a lot of luck with them in the past on some very good horses including Vancouver so it’d be nice if this bloke can do something similar.”

With a four length margin back to the third horse Condor, Hugh Bowman was still full of praise for Calculated despite his defeat.

“It was a bit of a sprint home and I think he’d be more suited to a high pressure race but I was happier with today’s performance than his when last time. He settled really well,” Bowman said.

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