McEvoy signals Sydney move for Misty Eyes
Wednesday, 22nd May 2013
Blackfriars gelding Misty Eyes will be transferred to Sydney following his last-start victory in Adelaide.
Trainer Tony McEvoy has just opened a stable at Hawkesbury and he’s keen to test the promising sprinter-miler in stronger company after four wins at Morphettville this season.
Misty Eyes (4g Blackfriars – Festival Twig by Papal Power) scored by a half-length under stable jockey Vinnie Colgan in the Henry Brown Hcp (1400m) after being specked into $4.80. “He looked a 1000/1 chance on the home turn,” McEvoy said. “But all...
Belmont boost for Oratorio
Tuesday, 21st May 2013
Under-rated two year-old Ignition has given Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio (Aus) a late-season boost at Belmont.
The Sharon Taylor trained gelding was a debut winner at $41 on the opening day of the winter season and he doubled up at $7 in the Del Basso Hcp (1000m) on Saturday.
Ignition (2g Oratorio – Sheleenus by Helenus) has banked $105,000 for connections and that’s put his sire in the driver’s seat for a third Sunspeed 2YO title. “He was still a bit fat after that first win and I knew there was improvement to come,” Smith...
Discorsi tops Yarradale Stud yearling sale
Monday, 20th May 2013
First-season sire Discorsi topped the Yarradale Stud yearling sale on Sunday with a colt that made $110,000.
A total of 48 lots were offered on a perfect autumn afternoon in the Perth hills at Gidgegannup – 34 changed hands and Yarradale owner Ron Sayers leased another 12 yearlings to various owners and trainers.
The Discorsi leader is a half-brother to Darley stakes winner Raspberries and was purchased by Serpentine trainer Stephen Miller. “He’s a terrific looking individual and there were a few on him,” Yarradale’s bloodstock...
Whirlwind winner by Danehill Express
Friday, 17th May 2013
Hard To Express looked a filly with a future after a remarkable debut victory at Belmont on Wednesday.
The daughter of Danehill Express was in commission after winning a Lark Hill trial last month but she looked a forlorn chance when the leaders kicked clear at the furlong.
“She needed every yard of the 1200 metres,” trainer Dan Pearce said after his filly won the Westspeed Nursery Hcp with a whirlwind finish. “She’s still very raw – this is only the third time she’s galloped on grass.”
Hard To Express (2f...
Exceed And Excel highlight at Yarradale Sale
Wednesday, 15th May 2013
A beautifully bred Exceed And Excel filly will be one of the highlights of the Yarradale Stud yearling sale at Gidgegannup this Sunday.
The Darley champion has a compact bay filly from the Palace Music dam Hymns catalogued as Lot 24. Her dam Hymns is a sister to Group 1 winner Anthems (QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes & QTC 2YO Classic).
The family can claim another Brisbane Group 1 update this Saturday with Lamasery in the $505,500 Doomben Cup. Hymns is a half-sister to the dam of Lamasery who has already won 11 races up to G2 level in the Hill Stakes...
Magic Royal Ascot meeting for Trade Fair
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Crack Trade Fair mare Moonstone Magic is likely to contest the G2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.
Moonstone Magic (4m Trade Fair – Woodcock Moon by Kyllachy) resumed from a long spell with a G3 placing in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh last week. The Ralph Beckett trainee had been sidelined for almost a year after sustaining a pelvic injury in the 2012 English 1000 Guineas.
"I was delighted with the run," Beckett said. "It was gluey old ground and Pat (Smullen) nursed her to the line. She's come out of the race well. ...
Sigley Clicks with Blackfriars
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Trainer Vaughn Sigley has a great strike-rate with champion sire Blackfriars and he’s on the front-foot again with consistent stayer Daneclicked.
Daneclicked (5g Blackfriars – Clicked by Geiger Counter) captured his fourth city win this prep with a well-timed finish in the Italian Day Hcp (2000m) at Belmont on Saturday. “He’s grown up mentally this year,” Sigley said. “He used to fire up but is more settled now.
“We have a few options including the Strickland Stakes and, longer-term, there are races like the Perth...
Moody update for Muskets at Yarradale Sale
Monday, 13th May 2013
Musket has 15 second-crop yearlings catalogued for the Yarradale Stud Sale this Sunday (May 19) and his first lot to parade could have an important update 24 hours before the auction.
The Musket - Rossiya colt (Lot 2) is a younger half-brother to the Peter Moody trained Medvedev who has been nominated for the VRC Morrison Hcp (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Moody has always held a high opinion of Medvedev and the gelding holds a nomination for the G1 Queensland Derby on June 8. The stable may have run out of time for the classic, nevertheless,...
Vital victory at Belmont Park
Sunday, 12th May 2013
Vital Importance indicated she could develop in to classic winner after scoring another powerful victory – her second in the space of a month - at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The bargain-basement filly produced a swift turn of foot to win the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1400m) by almost two lengths. “She has been working really well and does best when allowed to drop out and come with a strong finish,” trainer Neville Parnham said. “She might be a WA Oaks filly this time next year.”
Vital Importance (2f Vital Equine - French Knickers...
Red Hot mare from Heytesbury
Saturday, 11th May 2013
Red Hot Sax notched the first black-type win for Saxon in the 2011 Burgess Queen Stakes and she’s racing as well as ever as a rising five year-old.
Red Hot Sax is part-owned and trained by David Harrison and cost only $11,000 from Heytesbury Stud at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions. Saturday’s victory in the TAB Touch Mobi Hcp (1400m) improved her record to 7 wins in 21 starts and $378,750 in prizemoney.
“I didn’t think the seven day back-up would present any problems,” Harrison said after the barrier-to-box victory. ...