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Wednesday
Jul302014

QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES : CLASH OF THE GENERATIONS

Toronado vs KingmanToronado vs Kingman / Horseracing Nation-The Telegraph (p)

QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES (Group 1)
Goodwood, Turf, 1609m
30 July 2014

The long awaited clash between the defending Champion and four-year-old Toronado (High Chaparral) and the youngster, the three-year-old Irish Classic winner Kingman (Invincible Spirit), takes place on the downs of Goodwood, over the mile of the Group 1 Sussex Stakes today.

Toronado has run only twice since his half-length defeat of Dawn Approach last year. He made little show in last year’s Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes and was absent until his reappearance at Royal Ascot, where he was back on form, beating a good field in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.

Jockey Richard Hughes earlier in the week sounded highly optomistic, “Mine is a very strong, versatile horse who can make the running if needed. That will stand him in good stead around Goodwood; it could be a small field and tactical. I wouldn’t swap him anyway. It’s going to be hard to beat Kingman, I’m under no illusions, but there are no chinks in our armour and he’s a tougher horse this year than last year.”

Trainer John Gosden is having a superb summer with Kingman and has already landed two victories at the highest level in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and following up with an authoritative win in the Group 1 St James’ Palace Stakes.

He commented, “He has a very cool mind on him. He’s pretty laid back about things, he can relax in a race and then show not one but two changes of pace. That’s hugely important, but I think it’s true that any good horse must have the physique and amazing cardiovascular system of all great athletes - and then be able to put it together on the day itself. We’ve seen an awful lot of horses that fulfil some of those criteria but not the others. You’re very lucky when one comes along that can do it all.”

The supporting cast is headed by the third from the St James’ Palace Stakes in Outstrip (Exceed And Excel). A Group 1 winner, having landed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita last November, he put behind him a last place finish in the Group 1 2000 Guineas to be beaten three and a quarter lengths at Ascot.

Rounding out the quartet is last years Group 3 Minstrel Stakes winner Darwin (Big Brown), who was beaten a length in the corresponding race eleven days ago when second. While useful, he has not gone on yet from the promise he showed since relocating from America after his two-year-old career.

Extract from European Bloodstock News

Tuesday
Jul292014

SMALL BEGINNINGS: BIG ASPIRATIONS

No Worries - KZN Breeders Million MileNo Worries - KZN Breeders Million Mile / Gold Circle (p)

PLENTY STILL TO FLOW UNDER THE BRIDGE;
GET YOUR LINE IN THE WATER

A few weeks is an eternity in racing. The bed’s hardly cooled since No Worries took the lion’s share of the KZN Breeders’ Million Mile, becoming a millionaire in the process, while Hana (3 wins) and Lady Cougar (first time out) laid low their fields in the same fashion. All were graduates of the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run on the farm. Then at Turffontein on Saturday, Belle Starr, a R20,000 purchase at the same sale, came home first time out for David Niewenhuizen.

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Monday
Jul282014

SUMMERHILL SIRES FILM 2014 / 2015

SUMMERHILL SIRES 2014 / 2015

Summerhill Stud CEO, Mick Goss, presents the Summerhill Sires for the 2014 / 2015 breeding season. Featured amongst this formidable line-up of Thoroughbred Stallion talent are :

Admire Main (Son of Sunday Silence)
A.P. Arrow (Son of A.P. Indy)
Ato (Son of Royal Academy)
Await The Dawn (Son of Giant’s Causeway)
Brave Tin Soldier (Son of Storm Cat)
Golden Sword (Son of High Chaparral)
Mullins Bay (Son of Machiavellian)
Traffic Guard (Son of More Than Ready)
Visionaire (Grandson of Gone West)

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Monday
Jul282014

WAVIN' FLAG WINS ELAN GOLD CUP

ELAN PROPERTY GROUP GOLD CUP (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 3200m
26 July 2014

Wavin’ Flag, the horse no one wanted, repaid his owners four times over when he landed the Grade 1 eLan Property Group Gold Cup at Greyville Saturday.

Under jockey Glen Hatt for trainer Brett Crawford, Wavin’ Flag finished smartly up the inside rail to deny Wild One and Gold Onyx with favourite Hot Ticket putting in a late effort to snatch fourth franking the form of the Gold Vase.

It was a red letter afternoon for Crawford and Hatt who followed up their Gold Cup triumph in the Grade 1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup with favourite Futura, a race that Crawford won last year with the now retired Jackson.

Bred by John Slade, stud manager at Maine Chance Farms, Wavin’ Flag was bought as a weanling by the grooms co-op. However, when offered for sale at auction as a yearling, Wavin’ Flag failed to reach his reserve. “He had a reserve of R200,000 but no one wanted him,” said well-known racing television personality Grant Knowles, one of the many co-owners. “So I bought him back but we still had trouble putting a syndicate together. There was nothing wrong with him, just that he was a typical Silvano yearling; a bit plain.”

Well he didn’t look plain in the winner’s box Saturday!

Pace, or more accurately, the lack of it, has been a worrying feature of this Champions Season and in another rough race where the early gallop had runners jostling for position there were a lot of hard luck stories. One of these was favourite Hot Ticket who was shuffled back early and trailed the field for much of the race.

Canterbury Tale made the early running but was none too keen in front with Wild One and Ash Cloud in behind. Wavin’ Flag was racing mid-field. At the top of the straight Hatt slipped Wavin’ Flag up the inside rail joining issue with Wild One.

Gold Onyx, who was none too keen to take part as he ducked down the chute during the pre-raced parade but seems to reserve his best for Greyville, was produced with a telling late run up the outside fence and Piere ‘Striker’ Strydom looked to have lived up to his billing.

However, Wavin’ Flag and Wild One drew the best out of each other and there was only a half-length and a nose in it at the line.

“He’s a horse who really deserves this,” said Hatt. “He’s a changed horse since coming to KwaZulu-Natal. He had a couple of little mishaps leading up to this race but lucky he’s a horse that doesn’t take a lot of work.”

The brilliant mare Beach Beauty, retired and soon off to stud, led the parade for the Champions Cup, now named in her honour but it was again Crawford and Hatt who stole the show. 

Futura was a strong fancy for the Vodacom Durban July but was one of the many runners undone by the farcically slow pace. It was a little better this time round as No Worries set a decent gallop for the short-priced favourite, allowing Futura to use his long stride.

Hatt employed similar tactics as on Wavin’ Flag, giving Futura a clear run up the inside rail and the colt responded well with a telling finish. The grey King Of Pain ran on late for second with No Worries staying on for third.

Extract from Gold Circle

Monday
Jul282014

SMALL ON NUMBERS. BIG ON CLASS.

solskjaer stallionSolskjaer / Greig Muir (p)

“LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, BUT YOU CAN NEVER IGNORE ME.”
- Solskjaer 

Sire of three current millionaires: Ice Axe, Shogunnar and Winter Star.
Top five sire by earnings per runner in 2014.
If you want to breed a millionaire for little money, Solskjaer’s your man!
Sire AEPR
DYNASTY R101,841
CAPTAIN AL R77,279
VAR R76,209
SOLSKJAER R74,108
TRIPPI R67,444
FORT WOOD R65,037
SILVANO R64,058
BLACK MINNALOUSHE R63,098

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