Yearly Archive: 2017

Ruthven ready for Hong Kong debut

Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Ruthven will make his Hong Kong debut at Sha Tin on New Year’s Day, the top-class prospect’s step-out run being the day’s 11th and last event, the Class 2 Tai Mo Shan Handicap. The 1400m contest could provide more than one thread of insight into this year’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series...
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Santa Ana Lane headed to Perth

Santa Ana Lane is set to fly to Perth on Sunday and continued his preparations for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes with a solid jumpout at Balnarring on Wednesday morning. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner hasn’t raced since that victory at Caulfield on October 1 and was ridden on Wednesday by race jockey Dean...
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A second Group One: just what the Doc ordered

Surely there can be nothing better for an owner than winning a Group One race … especially when you can do it ‘twice’ in the space of 20 minutes or so. The 2017 $1 million Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley will prove to be a race for the ages following controversy at both ends: firstly...
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Second Group 1 victory to Rosemont Stud graduate Hey Doc

The Tony McEvoy-trained Hey Doc won an incident-packed $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night. The drama began before the start when the champion Chautauqua and English were withdrawn from the barriers and vetted. While English was allowed to take her place, Chautauqua, much to the dismay of the...
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Fuhryk back to best for Saconi Thoroughbreds

Fuhryk was back to her best form when winning the Listed Alinghi Stakes over 1100 metres at Caulfield for breeders Michael Christian and Siobhan Miller of Saconi Thoroughbreds. “That was fantastic for her to bounce back because we’ve always thought she was Group One quality, she is a great little mare,” co-trainer Ben Hayes enthused....
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Fuhryk storms back to form

Just over an hour after cheering home Boom Time to win the Caulfield Cup, the Lindsay Park team were back in the winner’s circle with sprinting mare Fuhryk. Boom Time scored an upset in Saturday’s $3 million Caulfield Cup before Fuhryk bounced back to winning ways in the Listed Alinghi Stakes in the final race...
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Gnarwarre breeder Anthony Mithen took stake in Sacred Sword in a rush of blood

Gnawarre breeder Anthony Mithen admits Sacred Sword was a “bit of an impulse buy”. As the hammer went down on the $550,000 colt, Mithen made a split second decision to shuffle over to the winning bidder Julian Blaxland and see if there were shares available. “I was doing the sums in my head thinking it...
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Sweetbriar Equine pounce on Smart Missile colt

Hong Kong-based owners Sweetbriar Equine, who last week purchased the top-priced horse at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale for $420,000, went to $280,000 yesterday to secure a colt by Smart Missile at the Gold Coast. Catalogued as Lot 52, the Rosemont Stud-consigned colt is the fourth living foal out of SAJC Oaklands Plate (Listed,...
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Rosemont takes out another Group 1 – and the Grand Final

After Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gnawarre’s Rosemont Stud can now claim four Group 1 successes this calendar year with horses born, raised or prepped for sale at the farm. Montoya’s Secret, Hey Doc and Ruthven had already saluted at the highest level this year before Rosemont’s Inglis Premier Sale graduate Santa Ana Lane won...
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Stars align for Santa Ana Lane in Rupert Clarke Stakes

Santa Ana Lane had made 16 starts in stakes races since capturing the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes in February last year and the only trophy for the cabinet case in that time would have been for attendance. But the stars aligned for son of Lope de Vega (IRE) in Sunday’s $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert...
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Starcraft’s Blizzard looking to blow them away in Group 1 Sprinters Stakes in Japan

It’s not often overseas horses travel to Japan in search of softer Group One options but that is the rationale behind Blizzard’s trip to Tokyo for Sunday’s Sprinters Stakes. “We don’t want to keep coming third and fourth to the best sprinters in Hong Kong,” Blizzard’s part owner Andrew Chan Shiu-shan said while watching his...
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Sweet miracle for newborn Pink Toffee

Last Wednesday morning Geelong-based breeder Jacinta Rooney woke to the tragic news that her broodmare, Pink Shimmer, had passed away. Previously owned by her grandfather, Jacinta was grateful for the generosity he showed when the decision was made to give the mare to her. Pink Shimmer was the first broodmare Jacinta was ever personally involved...
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