MORETON CUP runner-up Dothraki heads a field of 14 for Saturday’s WJ Healy Stakes at Doomben, as he looks to turn the tables on Deploy when they meet again in the Group 3 encounter.
Dothraki was denied by the Gerald Ryan-trained four-year-old in the final strides of the Group 2 Moreton Cup two weeks ago, however they meet again here with Dothraki on 2kg better terms.
The awkward draw of barrier 14 could prove a slight obstacle to the six-year-old, however Peter Snowden has confidence in his gate speed, as Dothraki will seek to find a prominent position before pouncing late.
“He’s drawn a little awkward but he’s got good natural pace so he should be able to find a position,” he said.
“He’s in good form after his terrific run in the Moreton Cup and we know what we have to do with him.
“We’ve got the right rider on with Damian Browne and we’ll be looking to stalk the leaders and as long as he’s in front come the final strides that’s all that matters!”
In adding another $35,000 to his haul of career prizemoney in the Moreton Cup, Dothraki has continued to represent a fine money spinner for his owners, and has career earnings of almost $1.15 million following his $45,000 purchase as a yearling.
A PAIR of impressive juveniles stepped out at Randwick barrier trials on Friday morning, with Smartedge cruising to take Heat 10 by half a length and Your Song colt Brave Song catching the eye when finishing well to take second in Heat 4.
Smartedge, a son of Champion First-Season Sire Smart Missile, showed excellent gate speed as the barriers opened, and traveled wide the trip before looming up on the bridle to take a comfortable win in the 735m trial.
Earlier in the morning, Brave Song continued his excellent improvement with a fine second behind Godolphin runner Marble.
Held up at the back of the nine-runner event, Brave Song ran home strongly behind the winner to finish in second, a length ahead of third place Gracefilly, with the time of the trial being particularly impressive.
Two further Triple Crown runners returned to the trials at the start of their preparations, with Onslaught, a winner of his last two starts, not knocked around in Heat 6, and three-year-old filly She’s Demanding running an encouraging trial to finish third in Heat 5.
We look forward to seeing the exciting preparations ahead of these four, with career debuts not far away for both Smartedge and Brave Song.
HE started a short-priced favourite and won like one. Triple Crown’s Steyne was too good on his reappearance for the preparation at Newcastle on Thursday afternoon, in the process bringing up a third win on the bounce in the Class 2 Handicap over 1350m.
It was a delight to see the son of Snitzel return from injury in such scintillating form last preparation, where a mighty unlucky second at Kembla Grange was followed by successive impressive victories, and on the soft 6 track he picked up from where he left off with this commanding display.
Tye Angland was in the saddle and although he had to keep the four-year-old up to his work to see off the attentions of the fast-finishing Plaisir, he was always in control of the race which lacked for pace in the opening stages.
“He got going early than I would have wanted but those were the cards we were dealt,” he said. “He got into the clear a bit early but for an odds-on favourite it’s better getting there too early than too late.
“He fought well when he had a good look around. It’s a long straight here at Newcastle but I’m glad he picked up and he went well to the line.”
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Co-trainer Paul Snowden was on hand to oversee the victory, and indicated Steyne will take further improvement from the run. “It’s taken a bit of time with him but he’s a maturing type,” he said.
“We’ll get him up to a mile in time but he was dominant today and I was always confident heading into the race.
“He clearly has ability and it’s about keeping him sound. But he’ll improve fitness wise from this run.”
PIERRO is currently leading the first-season sire charts and has already produced a star in Group 3 Magic Night Stakes winner and Golden Slipper third placegetter TULIP – But it’s the future record of Champion First-season Sires that indicates Pierro is a sire you need on your side. . .
A recent study published by BlueBlood magazine found that of the top eight most successful sires in Australia since 1989, six were Champion First-Season sire.
Of particular interest, is the record of Golden Slipper winners, like Pierro, and Blue Diamond winners who were leading First-Season Sires.
In a super group of nine stallions to have been Champion First-Season Sire on their list of most influential stallions, four were winners of the Golden Slipper (Flying Spur, Rory’s Jester, Marauding and Marscay) while Redoute’s Choice won the Blue Diamond.
The success of Champion First-Season Sires has continued with the likes of 2013/14 champion I Am Invincible going great guns at stud, along with other recent winners including Hinchinbrook and Written Tycoon, all of whom could add themselves to the list as Champion Sire in the future.
As the below table indicates, the value lies in racing the progeny of Champion First-Season Sires early, with sale prices of their sons and daughters showing a continuing trend to increase astronomically after proving their success at stud.
(Table excludes deceased Northern Meteor (Champion 2012/13) and statistics are taken from Breednet with the exception of Stratum (Stallions.com.au)).
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A 2YO Triple Crown winner and World Champion Racehorse, Pierro is now translating his undeniable talent on the track to the stud farm, with the last week providing more flashes of his talented progeny. The performances gave further indication that now is the time to become involved with his progeny, with Pierro making bold claims that he is set to be an undeniable success at stud.
Pierro leads the first-season sire charts by a healthy margin from Your Song, prompting high demand for his progeny at the sales.
Already the sire of the brilliant Group 3 Magic Night Stakes winner and Golden Slipper third placegetter Tulip, as well as recent Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce third placegetter Pierata, the son of Lonhro has gained two more eyecatchers over the last days, with impressive Ballarat winner Levendi and Pierro’s most expensive yearling Plato, who turned heads at a recent jumpout at Caulfield on June 6.
The Peter Gelagotis-trained Levendi scored easily by all of two and three quarter lengths in the Maiden 2YO Plate over 1200m. The two-year-old colt was a $140,000 purchase for Gelagotis, who will now be prepared for a spring campaign targeting valuable prizes.
“He’s a classy colt,” said stable representative Manny Gelagotis in the aftermath of the race. “He trialled exceptionally well at Cranbourne and presented like a professional today.
“He’s a horse that keeps improving and he’s got a massive future. He’s a high-class horse in the making and I think we will see a really good colt in the spring.”
Meanwhile Plato, a $1.5 million yearling purchase for Coolmore, who stand Pierro, was explosive in his 650m jumpout at Caulfield, and certainly looks one who may well repay his hefty fee and more.
The Mick Price-trained colt is a half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.
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