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Dad Just Looked On

The Hawkes stable is a closely knit team, with father, John, sharing the load with sons, Wayne and Michael; they have a proven partnership and are getting results.

At Moonee Valley, on Saturday, John stood back at the media briefing, allowing Wayne to do all the talking after the win of Headwater in the Cactus Imaging Plate.

It wasn’t hard to be impressed by the colt’s win, there is plenty of upside to him, he looks the perfect racehorse with an interesting time ahead of him.

He will be eased now with the autumn riches firmly implanted on the agenda, with the main targets, the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Golden Slipper Stakes, they look logical races over the autumn.

His opened at $1.45 and it never altered, it was a case of odds on, and look on, there was no serious betting against him.

It was an excellent ride by James Winks, whilst running second for most of the way he allowed the colt plenty of time to balance up before asking for much.

Once the straight was entered Winks still had a lap of horse, it was then just a matter of how far.

Headwater has a great pedigree, he cost $500,000 as a yearling, he is by Exceed And Excel, Darley’s perennial money spinner, from River Dove, she won the Group1 Oakleigh Plate and she is line bred to Bletchingly 3X3, with three distinct lines to Star Kingdom.

The big studs in the Hunter Valley will be monitoring his progress closely as a future sire, the managing owner is the Vinery Stud Syndicate.

Headwater 27-12-2014 WIN Moonee Valley 1 Sli  D4S 5441 CustomHeadwater returning to scale under James Winks


Vinery Still Ticking Away

Vinery sires remain at the forefront as the stud that is enjoying a great season, and maybe the best is yet to come.

This is the time of year when sires need to shine, with the Magic Million yearling sales commencing in the middle of next month on the Gold Coast.

Casino Prince continues to keep chipping away, a win at Canterbury last week, via Casino Dancer, and the win of Casino Swoop at Taree won’t do him any harm either.

Buyers will have the choice of five select yearlings at the Magic Millions Sales by Casino Prince; he does sire horses reflecting his own image.

Sam Kavanagh also produced a handy type at Canterbury when Centre Pivot, by the ever green More Than Ready, he easily accounted for a handy field, he may ultimately graduate to Saturday Company.


Congrats Going Places


Congrats is quickly gaining reputation as a prominent two year old sire in the northern hemisphere.  

Vinery’s champion sire, Congrats, has continued his sensational winning run with two year olds in Japan.

Gerbe d’Or, Kentucky bred colt, created a big impression winning in Japan, he was ridden by Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Ryan Moore.


Congrats has sired 16 individual juvenile winners from his first North American crop to race, and he is going to get full opportunity here, he will be represented with 22 lots to be sold at the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast next month.


Vinery Still Kicking Goals

Blue Diamond Stakes success, Samaready, is in foal to Vinery’s resident sire, All Too Hard, whether the result is a colt or a filly, it will be looked upon with great anticipation as both sire and dam were Group 1 winners.

Sure, it is all a part of the glorious uncertainty of breeding, youth is a very important factor, a great exponent of that formula was David Hains, a private breeder, most of his successful race mares were retired when they turned four year old.

Samaready was clearly among the best fillies of her year; she won six races in all and was carefully placed.

Stakes Winner For Onemorenomore

Vinery’s recent acquisition, Onemorenomore, who formerly stood at Patinack, achieved his first stakes winner, Onemorezeta, who gave a polished display in winning the Group 3 Gucci Stakes.

She is a filly with a lot of potential; she graduated from a maiden win two starts ago at Muswellbrook, from there a mid weeker at Warwick Farm, from there a Group 3 at Flemington.

She has met the challenge each time the bar has been raised, with natural improvement a Group1 may not be that far away.

3 D3S 6346 CustomOnemorezeta defeating Eloping

Congrats Still Makes News Stateside

Racehorse trainers have been known to dream, in fact it happens often, that colt back in the box might just be the ticket to easy street.

After Toasting Master, by Congrats, won a maiden race by four lengths at Churchill Downs recently, his trainer, Dale Romans, began dreaming we could come back again in May, for more prize money of course.

His rider, Miguel Mena, is also looking ahead; he has quite a wrap on the son of Congrats, believing he will get further.

Toasting Master was purchased as a yearling by West Point Thoroughbreds for $220,000, based mainly on his relationship, being a three quarter brother to R Gypsy Gold and a half brother to the 2012 Kentucky Oaks runner up, also Broadway Alibi and Group winner Golden Lad.

Congrats is third on the North American two year old sire’s premiership, with 14 individual winners earning $1.60 million in prize money.

Dothraki Weighted Out Of Races

Dothraki, the brilliant sprinting son of Mossman, may have to look at greener pastures after having to shoulder 60kg in winning the Celebrations Handicap at Rosehill recently.

It is obvious he is a smart horse, however, the rise in weight appears to be a bit sudden as his winning strike rate is just 25 per cent.

He may be seen in Melbourne shortly, his trainer, Gerald Ryan, has often brought down a horse or two in the off season, mainly sprinters and seldom leaves empty handed.

Dothraki is pretty handy and is likely to be treated more leniently, weight wise, than he has been in Sydney where he is trained.


Big Brown still on track

Big Brown, who won two legs of the American Triple Crown, and seven of his eight starts, is still making news for the right reasons, he is still siring winners.

Royal Randwick was the first leg of a double over the past week when Muscovado won over 1600 metres, a strong indication suggesting his progeny will be well suited over a middle distance at least.

The double was completed when the Alan Denham trained, Big On Fame, started a warm favourite when he put paid to a handy field at Muswellbrook.

Results continued for Vinery at the Hunter Valley course when Dubleo entered the fray, siring Pantops who showed a touch of class in winning over 1000 metres.

Dubleo is by Southern Halo, he is also the sire of Vinery’s multimillion dollar earner, More Than Ready.


Vinery Ticking Over In The States

Unbeaten colt, Daredevil, by More Than Ready, dominates betting for the Breeders Cup Juvenile after his impressive win in the Group1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont.

He is obviously a class act, he handled the 1600 metres with ease winning by two lengths, and the margin could have been extended had his rider desired.

Winning jockey, Javier Castellano, was full of praise for Daredevil, describing the colt as a special horse with loads of ability.

Daredevil, by More Than Ready, is out of Chasethewildwind by Forty Niner, he opened his winning account with a six length romp at Belmont Park in mid September, he will join stablemate, Carpe Diem, on the trip west to Santa Anita for the Breeders Cup.

Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, has a pretty handy filly obviously in Puca, a recent two year old who displayed an amazing turn of foot to win by 16.5 lengths in New York.

While Puca could be something out of the ordinary, Red Sashay, also by Big Brown, was also impressive providing her sire with his 11th stakes winner at Gulfstream Park.

“Big Brown is really starting to make a great impact world wide,”said Vinery’s Adam White.  

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