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Coolmores New Addition

Caravaggio took centre stage at Coolmore’s open day, last month, as he paraded to a packed audience under ideal conditions

He is the new kid on the block at Coolmore, with a dose of scintillating speed, he was well endowed with pace, as you would imagine, as he has a proven sire line.

Caravaggio has followed a similar pattern to the great Danehill, bred in America, raced in Europe, and now on the shuttle, covering mares in both hemispheres.

He is by Scat Daddy, who was possessed with abundant speed, that pace saw him win the Belmont Champagne Group 1, and following up by going onto Gulfstream Park to win the Florida Derby.

Caravaggio 2018 MobileCaravaggio at Coolmore

The sire line will be in quite familiar territory, as Caravaggio grandsire, Johannesburg, stood at Coolmore at one stage, as did his sire Hennessy.

Caravaggio is already being known as “The Ballydoyle Bullet,” he was very quick in winning the Commonwealth Cup Group 1 over 1200 metres at Royal Ascot.

He is best described as Timeform’s highest rated two year old colt, in Europe, in2016, as Scat Daddy’s fastest son he won the Group2 Coventry Stakes, besides winning the Commonwealth Cup.

Caravaggio is a very exciting new addition to our breeding industry, and Coolmore are to be applauded, they have a go, where too many studs wait for it to happen.

Caravaggio - Commonwealth Cup - 2018 MobileCaravaggio winning the CommonwealthCup

 

Calls For Champagne

There was a good reason to call for champagne over the week-end at Yarraman Park, when I Am Invincible sired 8 winners over the two days at Moonee Valley and Royal Randwick, and a couple out of town, they all count.

I Am A Star carried on with her winning sequence in The Sporting Globe Stocks Stakes, Group 2.

Viddora staged a big performance in winning the Charter Keck Moir Stakes Group 1, she is now a valuable mare after that win, once the horses reached the course proper Nature Strip looked a moral, however, he was running on empty when the home turn was reached.

Viddora 058 Jack MobileViddora winning the Moir

The winners were coming in with quick succession, Catch Me, aptly named, gave a good account of her in winning the Gimcrack Stakes Group 3.

That was the first two year old race of the new season, and the filly promises to get further, she is a nice filly and with time may well improve..

I Am Invincible had a mortgage on the Darley Flight Stakes group1, as it turned out when he quinellered the race with Oohood and Fiesta, both fillies could be Melbourne visitors now as both ran a strong mile, and would be Thousand Guineas prospects.

 

Vale Ivan Spalding

Those of us that remember Ivan Spalding, and there may not be that many now, he was riding back around the late forties.

Ivan was apprenticed to Steve Murphy at Werribee, when he joined the stable he had to compete for rides with Vin Caddy and Ken Tresize, both were established apprentices.

The lads generally lived with the trainers, that has all changed now, most of the major trainers have their horses stabled on course.

Ivan was wearing his britches out to the bare threads riding track work for Murphy, but getting no race rides.  

He was always a willing worker and outside trainers responded, he was riding work, getting a few winners, keeping the wolf from the door.

Until that fateful day in a race at Albury, when three horses crashed and two jockeys laid motionless on the track, Doug Barclay and Morrie Gray, both were killed, Ivan never forgot that tragedy, or spoke of it afterwards.

 

Vale Ian Spalding

Those of us that remember Ivan Spalding, and there may not be that many now, he was riding back around the late forties.

Ivan was apprenticed to Steve Murphy at Werribee, when he joined the stable he had to compete for rides with Vin Caddy and Ken Tresize, both were established apprentices.

The lads generally lived with the trainers, that has all changed now, most of the major trainers have their horses stabled on course.

Ivan was wearing his britches out to the bare threads riding track work for Murphy, but getting no race rides.  

He was always a willing worker and outside trainers responded, he was riding work, getting a few winners, keeping the wolf from the door.

Until that fateful day in a race at Albury, when three horses crashed and two jockeys laid motionless on the track, Doug Barclay and Morrie Gray, both were killed, Ivan never forgot that tragedy, or spoke of it afterwards.

 

Melbourne - The Mecca of Racing

When Melbourne can have an expanded 9 days of premier spring racing, 3 days at Caulfield, 1 day at Moonee Valley, 4 days at Flemington, and 1 day at Sandown, still attracting large crowds  

While Sydney has now wrapped 4 days into 1 day, and while the prize money is still lucrative, few are sharing in it.

Yet Sydney still have 4 city courses, Randwick, Rosehill, Warwick Farm and Canterbury, that would be on the short list for possible closure, if it wasn’t for the quarantine station built there.

As for the breeding farms in New South Wales, they have been established by the pioneers that settled into the country areas, hundreds of kilometres from Sydney, but that was not always the case in Victoria, P J Arthur established Maribyrnong Park in Buckley Street   Essendon, within 10 kilometres from the city of Melbourne.

 

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