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Winx - Number 27

Winx just strolled out of the starting gate as if it was simply just another day at the office; nothing has changed for the great mare

She just settles at the rear of the field in her own customary style, she doesn’t pour the pressure on until they reach the half stage of the race; she rarely goes inside another horse preferring to circle the field, as there is always a risk of being held up at a crucial stage of the race.

The Turnbull Stakes, at weight for age over 2000 metres at Flemington Stakes, before the Moonee Valley Cox Plate, what the future lies after that is unknown.

Assuming she wins both of those races, it takes her unbeaten record to 29 wins, then would the owners like to square it up?

Winx is a great mare, she is a champion, let’s hope she can keep her precious record intact.

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Grunt keeps record Intact

Grunt is becoming a Flemington specialist after winning the PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes, his first win at weight for age, but surely it won’t be his last.

It was an impressive win, he was not far off the pace at any stage of the race, he was coasting, 1000 metres out, and on the turn he looked all over a winner.

Mick Price may be set a quandary if he runs in the Guineas, as he is yet to win at Caulfield, strange as he is trained there.

Price has had a few good three year olds in the past, only to have them swallowed up by lucrative Hunter Valley stud farms as sires.

Jon Snow ran a good even race, he can be improved by the outing, and will strip much fitter for that, and can still pay expenses out of New Zealand.

Humidor could not repeat his win at Caulfield last Saturday; he simply didn’t come up after that run.

Happy Clapper bled, that is the end of the road for him, while Kementari is no world beater.

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Theo Marks first up for Shillelagh

Group 1 winning mare, Shillelagh, will begin her spring campaign at Rosehill tomorrow when she lines up in the Group2 Theo Marks Stakes, over 1300 metres.

The seven year old mare was runner up in the Tattersall’s Club Tiara, over1350 metres in her last start at Doomben in June, her trainer, Chris Waller, is hoping to step her up in distance this spring.

“She had a Group1 placing in Queensland, she spelled well and has come back in really good shape, we are getting really good comments consistently from her riders,” said Waller.

“Just be careful of the track, obviously she is better on a good track than a soft one, but she is in for a good preparation,” he added

“I would love to stretch her out beyond this time, I would love to get her up to 2000 metres, being a daughter Savabeel,” he added.

Group debutant favourite for Dato

Redwood gelding, Night’s Watch, will step up to Group company for the first time tomorrow in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Stakes over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley and bookmakers have labelled him as an early favourite for the race.

The Darren Weir trained runner has been set as a $3.50 favourite with TAB bookmakers, after an eye catching win in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap over 1400 metres at Caulfield last Saturday.

If the gelding wins the Dato, Night’s Watch would secure a ballot exemption for several spring features, including the Caulfield Cup, which is Weir’s main target this spring for the five year old.

Night’s Watch will have to overcome a quality field, which includes dual New Zealand Horse of the Year, Bonneval, who won last year’s running of the race.


Chautauqua – Hearing of Submissions

Following Chautauqua failing to jump from the barriers, to the satisfaction of Racing NSW Stewards in a barrier trial, at the Rosehill race meeting on Saturday, 25 August 2018, Racing Stewards have advised the connections of Chautauqua, that their preliminary decision is that acting under the provisions of AR 50, the nominations of the gelding should be refused for all barrier trials and race meetings.

In order to provide the connections with due process, the Stewards have invited the connections to make any appropriate submissions, as to why the Stewards preliminary decision should not be confirmed,

Managing owner of Chautauqua, Mr. Rupert Legh, has informed Stewards that the majority of shareholders in Chautauqua intend to make submissions in response to the Stewards preliminary decision.  


Spring Carnival Looking Good


The increase in prize money for the major spring races is creating worldwide interest.

With the increase in prize money for the Melbourne Cup to $7 million, the Caulfield Cup $5 million, and the Cox Plate to $5 million, Melbourne will be the Mecca of racing.

The prize money and the availibility of air freight for livestock, the world has become a much smaller place.

Entries close for the major races on August 30th, there is certain to be an increase in numbers from last year, when 140 were entered for the Major Cup.

Our prize money is extremely good compared to the United Kingdom, the betting exchanges receive the lions share, while racing picks up the crumbs.


Changing scene of racing

When sprinting sires can return millions of dollars in progeny earnings to their respective owners, in one single season, who would want to become involved with a staying racehorse.

Sole ownership in a racehorse is almost a rarity now, costs have become prohibitive, syndication has been the salvation of racing.

Instead, the owner of one horse can join a syndicate and have a share in half a dozen horses or more, which many have done instead of putting all their eggs in the one basket.

Syndication is the only practical answer to racehorse ownership, otherwise racing could not survive with the continued increase in costs of training and the other charges pertaining to the ownership of a racehorse.

Sole ownership in a racehorse is becoming very rare and too costly for one person, syndication is the alternative, costs can be shared and the pleasures are the same when the horse wins.

Syndication is now a big business and is getting bigger, people with the view of entering into ownership want a quick return, they are more likely to get it with the sprinting horse than the stayer that could take much longer.

The sprinting bred horse is the way to go, there are more options with at least eighty 80 per cent of our racing at 1600 metres or less, opportunities greatly favour the sprinter in preference to the staying bred horse.

The yearling sales held in each state are the best barometer, the yearling by the sprinting sires are in great demand and readily top the market.

Our sprinters can more than hold their own with the best in the UK, as shown when Choisir, Miss Andretti, Takeover Target, Starspangledbanner, Black Caviar, and more recently, Merchant Navy, were far superior to their British counter parts.

Even our Australian bred stallions are now shuttling into both hemispheres, with overseas breeders recognising the value of our sires.         

Breeders went through a period of fashion when they would not entertain a local sire, believing they were over raced by their owners, and were worn out, and a generation away from imported blood.      

Heroic dispelled that theory when he topped the national sire’s list seven times in succession, however, we were back again in the doldrums as most of his sons had failed at stud, with the exception of Ajax, he sired some brilliant fillies, his colts didn’t measure up so well, except Magnificent, he won both Derbies, the AJC and VRC, breeders showed little interest in a sire if it didn’t have Imp. behind his name, Widden often would stand a local sire, not many others would.  

How times have changed, we have the best sprinters in the world, with the 2017 – 18 racing season closing last week, with Snitzel topping the list with progeny earnings of $29,243,613, followed by I Am Invincible on $15,908,940, and Fastnet Rock $15,550,518.

Of the top 10 sires only 2 sires were imports, High Chaparral $ 14,735,494, and Street Cry $12,849,160, have since died.

The top 10 sires showed a combined total of $120,330,238, the only Victorian based sire was Written Tycoon on $9,959,677; he has had a busy season.

First season sire Zoustar made a one act affair of his division with 10 winners of $3,191,694, and Spirit of Boom, 18 winners of $1,907,000.

There is no room now for those slow English stayers, our racing has moved into a new exciting era, encouraging people to race horses and receive a return.


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