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Moonee Valley

Simon Wilde, whose main training base is at Warrnambool, with a satellite stable at Ballarat, trained a winning double at Moonee Valley on Saturday, with each stable producing a winner.

Royal Applause opened proceedings when she won the Mccafe Handicap, in the very last stride, to win by the shortage of margins.

It was an interesting race though, after two scratchings the field was reduced to six runners.

Miles of Krishan made most of the early running, with Royal Applause in close pursuit for most of the trip.

It was a case of the more they win the better the price, she was a last start winner at Moonee Valley, yet the outsider of the field at nine dollars.

“It’s good to see her going so well, good track, a good ride, I am very pleased with the win,” said Simon Wilde.

Truly Discreet gave her rivals something to chase, she led for much of the running, once she reached the lead it was all over bar the shouting, she made a one act of the affair, she recorded an impressive win.

She is prepared by Dan O’Sullivan at Ballarat, a lightly raced filly with an impressive pedigree; she has great potential value as a brood mare if she can win another race or two.

Being by Teofilo, who was unbeaten champion as two year old in Europe, her dam, She’s Discreet, had a proven race record, she was an exceptional mare, besides winning six races, one at Group level, she produced 14 foals, 13 raced all were winners.

It is a very solid pedigree, a filly that would walk into any catalogue as the dam, She’s Discreet, is by Euclase, he showed a great turn of foot and was a brother to Rubiton, he proved a very good race horse and an excellent sire.

“This race was always on the radar for Truly Discreet, it is good money, she missed the start but soon made up the ground and won as she liked,”said Dan O’Sullivan.

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Dan O'Sullivan

 Simon Wilde completed his first winning double at a metropolitan meeting, with Straight Jacket in the $99 Summer Membership Handicap, after having won the Bordertown Cup at his previous start.

He seldom comes to the city meetings unless it is warranted; both winners had form on the board, when he thinks he has a winning chance.

Straight Jacket was on the pace for much of the way, he sneaked away on the home turn which virtually won him the race, Multitude was putting in the long ones, the margin was a head.    

While both winners are currently in form there is no reason why each cannot win in similar company.

Simon Wilde had the Penshurst Cup marked in for the gelding’s next run, but after drawing so well at Moonee Valley it was too good to miss.

It was a break for Melissa Julius; she works hard around the Wilde stable and was rewarded with the winning ride on Straight Jacket.

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Simon Wilde with Craig Williams

Dandy Gent is on a path to the Bagot Handicap on New Year’s Day, the race named in honour of Robert Cooper Bagot, the inaugural secretary of the Victoria Racing Club.

A win in the Bagot would influence his trainer, Terry O’Sullivan, to seriously consider the Adelaide Cup, which is still a few months off.

“He is a consistent horse without winning; he has now found a bit of definite form, his strike rate is not all that good, although been around the money keeps missing out on winning,’ he added.

“If they can get to the corner quickly they are hanging on well, there is not many coming   from behind,” said Terry O’Sullivan.

“He has had a few suspensory problems, we were out of action for a long time and coming back from an injury they usually take a bit of time, I thought his run at Sandown was good,” he added.

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No plans have been announced for Atlantic City; however, it would be no surprise if he shapes up in the Standish that was a pearl of a run at Moonee Valley first up since Melbourne Cup day, finishing fourth to Dollar For Dollar over 1400 metres.

That was a big performance to come from where he did, we expected him to be much closer, he made the turn into the straight about six wide.

“He was strong to the line, he hasn’t been an easy horse to train, he got back off a fast pace today, he likes plenty of room ,it is satisfying, we can go on, he was a fresh horse, we can move on from here, “ said Mark Kavanagh.

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Iconic Cambridge Stud Sold

Cambridge Stud, the show place of the New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry, has been sold.

Fortunately the iconic property will remain in New Zealand hands, as it has for more than three decades.

It is no secret that there has been huge international interest since murmurs that the property was on the market.

The new owners, Brendan Lindsay and is wife Jo, are already committed to the horse industry, with a property at Karaka, where they have a small training operation.

Sir Patrick Hogan is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand halls of fame; he is the undisputed king of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Industry.

Cambridge Stud is more than a stud farm, it is a legend where ever you travel, particularly in the horse industry, the brand stands out, synonymous with quality, this is where the finest thoroughbreds in the southern hemisphere have been bred.

Eight Melbourne Cup winners, three Caulfield Cups successes, four Cox Plates and a Golden Slipper, records are set to be broken, however, that one may stand the test of time.

The new owners, Brendan Lindsay and his wife Jo, will settle into Cambridge in April, whether there is be a dispersal of stock is yet to be announced.


Records at Tattersalls

Records were shattered at Tattersalls when dual Group winning mare, Marsha, was knocked down for a cool 6,000,000 guineas, to the bid of M V Magnier.

During a remarkable session that reached 45,665,000 guineas for the 175 lots sold, which broke the turnover record for any one day at a European auction, set in 2007.

Marsha was among the leading sprinters, winning at Group 1 level, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, for her owners, Elite Racing, and her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott.

The four year old mare is by Acclamation, out of the Listed winning mare Marlinka, from the illustrious family of Soviet Song.


Ballarat great race track – but that’s all

Ballarat has an excellent racing surface that can cater for maximum field sizes, however, sadly facilities are very antiqued and are badly in need for some immediate attention.

Coming in from Kennedy’s Road, the sign, members car park, was openly displayed, except was there no one to direct you.

It soon developed into a bun fight, the most disorganised affair, one parking attendant said, “This way”, his mate said the opposite, it soon became an issue of rafferty’s rules of very man for himself.

The car parking was atrocious and the foot traffic was no better, with patrons having to walk over gravel paving laid when Jim Scobie set up training at Ballarat, more than a hundred years ago, nothing has changed and possibly never will.


Starting Times of races too Late

Surely it is time that common sense has to prevail when it comes to the late starting times, particularly at advertised twilight fixtures, exceeding 200 kilometres from the G P O.

All race meetings in the country should be able to run their last race at a sensible hour of 4.30 p m, it gives everyone a chance of getting home at a reasonable hour, instead of midnight.

There are two country twilight fixtures coming up soon, one at Warrnambool and the other at Benalla, if you draw the short straw that is the last race, you will be home about supper time.

It doesn’t seem to bother the committee persons of the race club; they will be curled up in bed before the last winner hits the hay.


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