Twitter

blue-bloods

MEVG

Sun Stud

nzbloodstock

oakford Logo with contact details3

tbqa

GRI_Website_Ad

mevg

2012MM WebBannerRacing-New

etrakka

Cornerstone Logo 233

VIN4138 BR

Caulfield 2 – 9 – 17

Sheen Group Plate 1400 m 1-24.72

It didn’t take long for Watchmespin to graduate to city company after her win at Seymour, she made a promising debut winning at Caulfield, and she was the complete outsider of the field.

The favourite, Judy In Disguise, with the services of leading Sydney jockey, Blake Shinn, led to the turn, into the straight, and looked to have the race safely in her keeping until Watchmespin appeared on the scene, she was drawing away when the post was reached, it was a very promising effort, she seems certain to get further as she matures.

Trained by Danny O’Brien, he has always had a high opinion of the filly; she is by the former crack two year old champion, Sepoy.

“We were waiting until she was three before we put any pressure on her, she is a good style of filly, we have always had a big opinion of her, waiting until she turned three, we are looking to get her to a mile, or further, I bought her for my wife, she got a few friends to join a syndicate to race her, she is a beautiful filly,” he added.

Watchmespin 021 Jack Mobile

Watchmespin  

Chandler MacLeod Plate 1400 m 1-24.29

Oregon’s Bay turned in a pretty good performance coming from a fair way back, to score a narrow win over Swampland, as both were racing together for most of the way, and there was just a head between them when they reached the line.

It was a big run to come from where the mare came from, as she was blocked for a run at one stage, when an opening appeared she got out at the nick of time, started equal favourite with Schism when betting closed.

Oregon’s Bay is by Domesday, standing at Aquis Farm located at Canungra in Queensland, he is also the sire of the unbeaten Royal Symphony, favourite for the Caulfield Guineas.

“Her immediate future is the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington, and the Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, that will be nice if we can win one of those races in the spring,”said Mick Price.

This was her third win from ten starts, she has been in the money six times from 10 outings, she is proving a more that useful mare for the Caulfield trainer.

Hockingstuart Plate 1200 m 1-10.48

The more they win the better the price, an old omen that worked on Saturday when Mr Sneakey kept his current record intact, with his third win on end.

It was a big effort as his trainer, Anthony Freedman, has been able to keep the gelding fit and fresh over quite a long sustained period.

“He is a lovely horse, we knew he was going well and it was a great ride, he will possibly run again in two weeks, obviously the Bobby Lewis over 1400 metres, and the Sir Rupert Clarke would be attractive.”

The gelding is by High Chaparral, a versatile sire, he can get sprinters and stayers alike, he was a very popular and proven sire.

Mr Sneaky 058 Jack Mobile

Mr Sneakey - Third win on end 

H D F McNeil Stakes Gr3 1200 m 1-10.84  

Merchant Navy has become a serious contender for the Caulfield Guineas after his impressive win in the McNeil Stakes, coming from absolute last with a barn storming performance.

He really looks the goods, he got a fair way back in the field, he was second last at the 800 metres and showing little that he was going to reel in the field until halfway up the straight, he soon came away for what was an authoritative win.

His race record is sure to remain intact, at least until the Guineas, he was a $350,000 yearling, if he wins the semi classic you could write your own ticket as to his value, he is by Fastnet Rock from Legally, a mare by Snippets

Trained by Ciaron Maher who was over the moon after the win?“ he put the writing on the wall after that very good gallop, they do a very good job up at Rock Mount, he came back in great order.”

The Guineas could again be a battle of the titans, when we saw All Too Hard and Pierro locking horns in what was among the highlights of the spring carnival, five years ago.

It is the Guineas where the most attraction lies now, with its stake of $2 million sprinters can get away with the Guineas if they are brilliant enough, they cannot do that in the Derby with its stake money a half a million dollars less

Merchant Navy 030 Jack Mobile

Merchant Navy - Exciting three year old.

Cockram Stakes Gr.3 1200 m 1-11.15

Savanna Amour, by Sun Stud’s sire, Love Conquers All, trained by John Meagher, the mare has been mixing her racing between the Gold Coast and Melbourne with success.

John skipped the interview, he was more interested in the horse, rushing away to see how she pulled up.

She carried the steadier of 58kg which is no mean effort, she wasn’t fancied in the market as she blew out six points to start at $15.

The favourite, Fuhryk, came in from $2.25 to odds on, starting at $1.8; she was hardly sighted in running and was never a chance.

Flying Jess produced an eye catching run as she was in the ruck on the home turn, finishing the race off well.

Whilst Written Era came home well, she is a pretty handy mare with a reasonable strike rate.

The Heath 1100 m 1-03.

Voodoo Lad displayed a return to form, with a vengeance, when he put paid to his opposition in winning The Heath, after being handy for most of the trip.

He has been missing from the winner’s circle since October, when he won the Group 3 Moonga Stakes, also at Caulfield.

He has since been mixing it with the upper crust in two Group One’s at Flemington, including a second in the Newmarket Handicap and two Group One’s at Randwick, in the T J Smith and the All Aged Stakes.

The win in the Heath 1100 takes his stake earnings to the magical million; he is partly raced by Kevin Maloney, of Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, at Scone.    

Memsie Stakes Gr1 1400 m 1-23.36

Vega Magic won the start, from there he led all the way and never looked like being beaten, it was a procession from the outset.

Whether he will get much further than a mile is open to question, he is certainly brilliant, the Hayes team will have plenty of options as to where they can place him.

Black Heart Bart ran his usual good race, he is as honest as the day is long, he doesn’t know how to run a bad race.  

Tosen Stardom is getting closer to a win; he was running on nicely, he may be better suited at Flemington over the longer stretches.

Hey Doc ran his usual honest race, while Jon Snow will benefit greatly from the run, his first since winning the Australian Derby.

Vega Magic 053 Jack Mobile

Vega Magic - Brilliant winner of the Memsie 

 

 

Moonee Valley 26—8—17

Almandin is on the way back, there is nothing more certain than that after his outstanding performance in running second to Pacodali at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

A second Melbourne Cup is a strong possibility after his amazing performance in the MSC Sign Handicap over 2040 metres.

He took up a handy position running third for most of the trip; he actually had his head in front turning at the top of the straight, only to be run down by the eventual winner, and favourite, Pacodali.

Almandin will pay the price, naturally, having won last year’s Melbourne Cup, but never under estimate his owner, Lloyd Williams; he didn’t come down in the last shower.

He is a shrewd operator; he has made a success in the business world and has since applied much of that knowledge into racing, with amazing results, having been involved in the ownership of five Melbourne Cup winners.

Lloyd doesn’t attend the races much these days; he prefers to watch them on the screen, with the additional advantage of replaying them in slow motion.

He was up at Port Douglas, he could read the race perfectly, he left his son Nick at Moonee Valley to answer all the questions.

Ben Melham received the accolades for a perfect ride, he didn’t allow himself to get bottled up on the fence with nowhere to go, he had a clear run all the way.  

Almandin won’t be his sole representative in the Cup when weights are issued by the handicapper, Greg Carpenter, there is sure to be multiple entries.  

We will have to forgive Tulip for what I thought was a run out of character; she appeared to run her race in patches.

She didn’t clear the gate all that well, running fifth in a field of six for much of the way, and was only a nose in the result.

Maybe it will pay to forget that run as it was her first outing since finishing third in the Golden Slipper Stakes to She Will Reign, and fifth in the Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Spunlago showed a definite return to form with an impressive win in the Ranvet Handicap at Moonee Valley.

The success was well received by Ballarat trainer, Archie Alexander, who has been out of the winning list of late in the city.

There was support for the son of Hard Spun who was popular with punters, he is a six year old gelding and he did shorten up in the close of betting.

“He has come through the race really well, now that he has struck form again he could easily win again, he had a bit to spare when the horses reached the line.”

Hey Doc, the Aurie’s Star Handicap winner, showed he was ready to take on all comers in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, when he galloped between races three and four at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

 

Moonee Valley 26—8—17

Almandin is on the way back, there is nothing more certain than that after his outstanding performance in running second to Pacodali at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

A second Melbourne Cup is a strong possibility after his amazing performance in the MSC Sign Handicap over 2040 metres.

He took up a handy position running third for most of the trip; he actually had his head in front turning at the top of the straight, only to be run down by the eventual winner, and favourite, Pacodali.

Almandin will pay the price, naturally, having won last year’s Melbourne Cup, but never under estimate his owner, Lloyd Williams; he didn’t come down in the last shower.

He is a shrewd operator; he has made a success in the business world and has since applied much of that knowledge into racing, with amazing results, having been involved in the ownership of five Melbourne Cup winners.

Lloyd doesn’t attend the races much these days; he prefers to watch them on the screen, with the additional advantage of replaying them in slow motion.

He was up at Port Douglas, he could read the race perfectly, he left his son Nick at Moonee Valley to answer all the questions.

Ben Melham received the accolades for a perfect ride, he didn’t allow himself to get bottled up on the fence with nowhere to go, he had a clear run all the way.  

Almandin won’t be his sole representative in the Cup when weights are issued by the handicapper, Greg Carpenter, there is sure to be multiple entries.

P1030183 Mobile

Almandin on the Melbourne Cup trail  

We will have to forgive Tulip for what I thought was a run out of character; she appeared to run her race in patches.

She didn’t clear the gate all that well, running fifth in a field of six for much of the way, and was only a nose in the result.

Maybe it will pay to forget that run as it was her first outing since finishing third in the Golden Slipper Stakes to She Will Reign, and fifth in the Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Spunlago showed a definite return to form with an impressive win in the Ranvet Handicap at Moonee Valley.

The success was well received by Ballarat trainer, Archie Alexander, who has been out of the winning list of late in the city.

There was support for the son of Hard Spun who was popular with punters, he is a six year old gelding and he did shorten up in the close of betting.

“He has come through the race really well, now that he has struck form again he could easily win again, he had a bit to spare when the horses reached the line.”

P1030181 Mobile

Archie Alexander

Hey Doc, the Aurie’s Star Handicap winner, showed he was ready to take on all comers in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, when he galloped between races three and four at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

P1030179 Mobile

Hey Doc on track for the Memsie 

 

Caulfield 19—8—17

Crown Witness kept her unbeaten record intact in winning the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.

The market suggested it would be a duel between the two favoured horses, Crown Witness and the Blue Diamond Stakes success, Catchy, who started the preferred favourite

Trainer, Stuart Webb, was full of praise for his filly Crown Witness, and why not? She has earned Black Type at her third start; she is now a very valuable filly.

“She beat a very good filly today, she gave a good kick on the home turn, it was class that got us there,” he said.

Catchy is likely to be the improver once the distance of the fillies races leading into the Thousand Guineas are extended.

However, nothing can be taken away from the winning ride of Ben Melham; it was a gem of a ride.  

Catchy will certainly he improved by with run, she will be harder to beat next time out when the fillies races get longer.

Her mission is the Thousand Guineas, she would have little trouble getting the mile, where as Crown Witness looks more the typical sprinter.

Crown Witness 017 Jack Mobile

Crown Witness defeating Catchy

Jukebox returned to racing with a barn storming performance winning the Vain Stakes.  

He hasn’t been sighted since winning back at Caulfield in February; however, after a rousing gallop on Tuesday morning it didn’t take long for tongues to begin wagging.

The race developed into a two horse war once heads were turned for home, and it didn’t conclude until the post was reached, the winning margin was a half neck.

The deciding factor was the strength of Craig Williams, he threw everything at the winner as he could see Plutocracy was beginning to weaken, it was a punishing finish, the result could have gone either way, it was close.

“Jukebox has had a good long break, he spelled well around the stable, he has had a smooth campaign, he put the writing on the wall after that great gallop on Tuesday morning,” said Ciaron Maher.

For once no one mentioned the Caulfield Guineas that was not on the agenda at this stage; no doubt it will be repeated as the spring presses on, and another three year colt pops up and wins to make the race an interesting puzzle.

Jukebox is by Snitzel, the current leading sire, he was simply a sprinter himself yet he is getting winners that can run a mile, and he will possibly get them again.

Cairon Maher said all along, “ you like to see a horse that has come on as he has, we will take our races as they come, he will now go the Danehill Stakes, there are a lot of options open to him, ” he added. 

Jukebox 039 Jack Mobile

Jukebox winning the Vain Stakes 

Patience was rewarded when Hartnell, who so often has been the bridesmaid, was rewarded in winning the P B Lawrence Stakes.

After Saturday ‘s win he has now squared the ledger, with 11 wins and 11 placing ,had Winx not been about his stake earning would at least doubled, had the great mare not been on the scene, as he ran so many placeings to her.

Hartnell really looked good in the Lawrence Stakes; Charmed Harmony led them down the railway side of the track with Hartnell a couple of lengths away hard up against fence, as if Craig Williams was dusting the running rail.

The race developed into a procession, once he made his move on the home turn it was all over red rover, he won like a really good horse.

There are no firm decisions where Hartnell goes next, maybe the Caulfield Cup? Or it could be a weight for age campaign.  

Black Hard Bart was the best of Darren Weir’s seven runners; he finished third, the remaining six drifted in at long intervals.

Hartnell is by Authorized, the champion three year old in Europe of his year, he only ventured out seven times, winning four times including the Derby and the Juddmonte International Stakes, both Group 1 races.

Hartnell 051 Jack Mobile

Hartnell wins in a breeze    

Winx gave her most ardent supporters a touch of the swannie rivers (the shakes), when she emerged from the starting gate, four lengths behind the rest of the field in the Group2 Warwick Stakes.

To the credit of Hughie Bowman he put no pressure on the mare in the early running of the race, he simply allowed her to work herself into the race that was to be her 19th win in succession, and possibly the narrowness of margins in her marvellous career.

It was foreign for her to leave the gates so slowly; she will need to correct that before she faces up to her third Cox Plate.

Yes, she got there, but only by the skin of her teeth, Bowman played it cool, he didn’t knock her about.

The record of 19 straight wins was established in 1918 by Desert Gold, a New Zealand bred mare, in 1918, equalled four years later, by Gloaming, bred in Victoria and raced in New Zealand in1921

Ajax went close with 18 wins, as did Mainbrace; however, there was a span of 91 years before a new record was established by Black Caviar, who never tasted defeat, winning 25 races.

Winx needs to win seven races to create a new record; they could be her hardest metres, they certainly won’t get any easier.

Winx 3 - 2017 Warwick Stks Mobile

Winx just gets there in the Warwick Stakes

 

Flemington 12 -- 8 --17

Brothers, John and Frank, were both heavily involved in the win of Sheer Madness, John as trainer, and Frank heads up the syndicate that races the gelding.

The brothers are pretty close; John may have had the day off as Frank was in charge of proceedings at Flemington.

At this time of the year, when three year old males win a city race, the obvious question usually raised is concerning the Guineas.

Sheer Madness turned in a long sustained run; he was three wide for most of the race and was full of running when heads were turned for home.

Whether he is Guineas material is another matter, he still has a long road ahead of him, a full two months.

Frank wasn’t going to get drawn into the conversation, he was pleased with the win and more so for the partnership that race the gelding, they were enjoying the moment.

Sheer Madness is by Moshe, a full brother to Black Caviar, her first foal won at Geelong the day before; it could have been an omen bet.

Moshe is currently standing at Sun Stud at a very fee affordable fee, he has sired 34 winners to date, with one stakes winner.

P1030164 Mobile

Frank Salanitri with Sheer Madness

 Whilst Chris Waller failed to train a winner at Rosehill on Saturday, which is a rare occurrence, he can take solace with a treble at Flemington.

His forelady, Joanne Taylor, saved the day with three winners, Jaminzah,Wayanka and Alward, all were impressive, in particular Alward, it was a welcome change of luck for jockey Michael Walker, he has previously been dogged with back injuries of late, that has restricted his riding.

There might be a touch of sentiment about the win of Jaminzah, as he is by Master of Design who won the Group1 T J Smith Stakes for Waller.

Joanne Taylor is a popular figure on Melbourne racecourses, always wearing a warm smile, plus quite a very competent horse women.

P1030169 Mobile

Joanne Taylor  

Hey Doc was back to his brilliant best, leading for most of the way to win the Auria’s Star Handicap.

He had a bit on his rivals, in the post parade he looked a treat, and will only look better as he presses on into the spring.

His form tapered off a bit after winning the Australian Guineas, he finished well down the track in the Doncaster, that may have been a bit rich for him as he was still just a three year old and ran fairly after that in the Goodwood.

It is now off to the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield in a couple of weeks, with its stake of $1million dollars it makes it a worthwhile attraction.

“When the fight came on he really lifted, he was in there for the fight, he didn’t give in, he was brave, we can improve between now and the Memsie, he will be cherry ripe for the task, “said Tony McEvoy.

P1030170 Mobile

Hey Doc

 

FBR200 Autumn14 120x240 v2

logans_223x278_trusted

 
 

atj-transport

Slickpix Vic Ad

nzb-winning

Cornerstone Logo 233

hanging-rock-winery

Banner

mitavite

bluebloods-ad

winningedge

a4

Banner