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Safeguard wins for Darley

Safeguard looked as good as Sepoy when opening his winning account in the Christmas Season Plate over 1000 metres at Flemington yesterday.

After beginning quickly he was soon travelling at the head of affairs, from that point on it was a mere formality, nothing was taking any ground off him in the run home, he won with quite a bit in hand.

This week will be decision time whether the colt is given a short break, with the Blue Diamond Stakes the objective, or given a longer time off and set for the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Whilst the field of seven was made up of six first starters, it didn’t take punters long to sort out a favourite once betting opened, Safeguard was the one they wanted, his price hardly moved from $2.80.

Safeguard showed a great turn of foot, once the gates opened he was soon in front, at one stage about 300 metres out it looked for a stride or two that Mount Zero may bother him, but the issue was soon put to rest.

He is by the ever consistent Exceed And Excel, among the best sprinters of his generation, from a daughter of Canny Lad, in Preserve, a half sister to Denman, and as you would expect from Darley an excellent pedigree.  

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Safeguard ridden by Vlad Duric


Swettenham Stud Summer Championship

The Melbourne Racing Club and Swettenham Stud have again joined forces to present the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship for the second year.

Last year series proved highly successful at a time when racing can be a little flat, between the spring and the autumn.

Commencing on Boxing Day the series, comprising of 10 heats, will culminate on February the second, with the final of $100,000, plus free service to the highly regarded sire, Master of Design, the only son of Redoute’s Choice to win at weight for age.

The lofty prize comes in addition to the substantial prize money offered throughout the series, with 10 of the 11 races incorporating at least $80,000 in prize money, with three of the races offering $100,000 or more.

Races in the series range in distances of 1300 metres to 1600 metres, from 0-78 rating to Listed level.

The winner of the Summer Championship will be determined by the horse that accumulates the most points throughout the series.

The inaugural Swettenham Stud Summer Championship was won by Over Quota, his connections were rewarded with a free service, of a mare of their choice, to the brilliant imported sprinter Equiano, whose oldest progeny are foals .  


Common Sense Has Prevailed

After a hearing, lasting five and a half weeks, Mr. Justice Robertson, in the Federal Court, dismissed the challenge of those in favour of artificial insemination being introduced into Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.

Finally common sense has prevailed and the status quo will be maintained, this could have had serious ramifications had the decision been upheld.

Breeders can now breathe a sigh of relief, the decision means so much to the entire industry, our Australian bred horses will continue to be accepted right throughout the world.

Whilst some changes may be necessary eventually, artificial insemination was not one of them.


Vibrant Rouge wins again.

Vibrant Rouge looks as if she will get further than the 1200metres of the Big Picture Group Handicap, after coming from last to win impressively.

That was her second city win having won at Moonee Valley last month, and while she can maintain that form she can win again in this preparation, she has the score on the board with three wins from four outings.

The lightly raced four year old mare, trained at Geelong, showed great acceleration, she picked the leaders up with ease, it was just a matter of her retaining her present form to win again over the holiday period.

The win was a well earned result for the father and son combination of trainer, Glenn Thornton and rider Damian, a talented apprentice with a big future in racing.

Vibrant Rouge is by Written Tycoon, a consistent sire of winners, with his oldest progeny four year olds, he formerly stood at Eliza Park but has since been moved to Queensland after the Eliza Group acquired Newgate Farm.

The move was made to bolster the stallion strength on the new venture in Queensland for one season, but whether the handsome sire will return back to Victoria is yet to be decided.

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Vibrant Rouge winning under Damian Thornton 


Werribee’s woes continue

Werribee’s woes continue with the appalling response with entries received for their Cup meeting yesterday.

It is obvious the Cup fixture has yet to find its right niche since the quarantine station was relocated from Sandown to Werribee; this was the savour for the course, but at what expense?

Previously Werribee had been too hot to handle, claims that there was no money available to reconstruct the course, but the tooth fairy was located when the quarantine centre had to be moved.

The race club has suffered since they lost their prime date to Bendigo, no spring racing at Werribee any longer, the Cup meeting was put back to March, now it has gone to December, and what a disaster!

Final entries were very disappointing, a total of 82 horses narrowed down to 64 runners after scratchings, with average starters per race 7.1, and only three races on a nine race program with each way betting.

That is no way to attract people to go racing, it acts in reverse, they stay away, and that can become habit forming.


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