AN outstanding weekend of racing saw Triple Crown pick up three wins and three black-type performers, including Redzel’s gallant second in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Emperor’s Way scored his third consecutive win at Randwick, as he flew home to dead heat the third race over 2000m. It’s been a sensational preparation for the four-year-old, who was unfortunate not to win outright having been checked at the 200m mark, with this latest win taking his earnings this preparation alone to beyond $200,000.
In Queensland, Brazen Moss produced a superb performance to take the Open Handicap over a mile. It was a win that had been bubbling under the surface this preparation with some excellent displays in defeat at Stakes level, and Brazen took a dominant success to win by three quarters of a length. The win sees him qualify for the $100,000 Tattersall’s Members’ Cup on March 03 at Doomben.
And the Saturday treble was completed when Classic Thoughts delivered a surging run down the Newcastle straight to win by a length in a convincing display from the So You Think mare.
With four horses in Stakes action on the weekend, Triple Crown returned with an exceptional haul of two seconds and a third, including Redzel who produced a storming display to finish second in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. It took a mighty performance to overhaul The Everest, with Redzel just missing out on further Group 1 success by just 0.1 of a length.
“He is just one of a kind.”
Although there was no winning joy today, Redzel is still helping his owners overcome tough times, including Leukemia sufferer Peter Piras. ❤️ @SnowdenRacing1 @TripleCrownSynd pic.twitter.com/YsdDVbyeS7
— Racing.com (@Racing) February 17, 2018
Also at Flemington, and two-year-old colt Invincible Lad produced his best performance to date to finish third in the Listed Talindert Stakes over 1100m for some early black-type on the pedigree page.
Dothraki has been a fantastic servant for his owners over the last five years, and on Saturday he produced one of his best performances in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes, finishing second by just a neck when unable to run down the winner.
On what was a thrilling day to be a part of The Red team, Triple Crown owners pocketed a hefty haul of $279,223 from across the weekend’s exploits.
Congratulations to all owners on some fantastic performances!
THE EVEREST winner REDZEL is back for an autumn campaign that kicks off with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the straight at Flemington on Saturday.
Redzel, who was last seen when winning the Group 1 Darley Classic at the track in November, heads a field of ten for the 1000m race, with victory seeing the five-year-old become Australia’s highest earning sprinter in history, surpassing the great Black Caviar in Stakes earnings.
Fitting as it is then that the Lightning Stakes is named after the undefeated mare, who won the Lightning Stakes on three occasions during a glittering career.
— Racing.com (@Racing) February 16, 2018
Redzel, who will be ridden by regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy, has drawn barrier 9 for the feature race, the same barrier that saw him fly to victory in the Darley Classic on his last run, and once again takes on the runner-up from that day Terravista, as well as The Everest rival Redkirk Warrior.
— trent langlands (@trentlanglands) February 15, 2018
Co-trainer Peter Snowden says the two-time Group 1 winner has prepared excellently for the race.
“He’s settled in great down here at Flemington,” said Snowden. “When I saw him earlier today he looks fantastic. He’s really settled in well and is a professional now.
“It’s a good race for him and we have a good barrier draw where he can give his running. His work has been first class and he’s travelled down well.
“As always we’ll need a little bit of luck on Saturday, but the horse is in good order.”
TRIPLE CROWN went the extra mile at Monday’s session of the Inglis Classic Sale at the Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm, securing Lot 434 – a ripper of a filly by Olympic Glory, and a half-sister to three-time Group 2 winning filly IN HER TIME – for $210,000.
In Her Time proved one of the most progressive mares of 2017, winning back to back Group 2 races with the Breeders’ Classic and Millie Fox Stakes in February and, after narrowly missing out on a start for The $10 Million Everest in October, the mare showed slot owners what they had missed out on when she took the Everest consolation race, The Sydney Stakes, on October 14. And the year almost ended with Group 1 glory for the mare, who went down by just a head in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes on October 27.
Out of the Zeditave mare HELL IT’S HOT, who was a two-time winner, including one as a two-year-old, the star-studded pedigree page is clearly evident within the make-up of this filly who oozes class and athleticism. Hell It’s Hot is a half-sister to no less than three Stakes winners, including Group 3 winner HOT AS HELL.
The CHOISIR / ZEDITAVE cross is proven to work and it boasts a 22% Stakes winners/runners ratio, with Group 3 winner DIAMOND EARTH a star performer on the cross.
OLYMPIC GLORY has proven one of the highlights of the sales ring this year, with his progeny catching the eye of several good judges in the breeding world, selling for up to $600,000, with this his most expensive filly to pass through the ring so far.
A three and a quarter length winner at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Olympic Glory won no less than four Group 1’s during a glittering career, including the Prix Jean Luc Lagarde as a 2YO.
Olympic Glory looks set to be a sire making headlines, and this filly is the cream of his crop.
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TRIPLE CROWN secured two yearlings of the highest quality on the opening day of the Inglis Classic sale at Inglis’s new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm.
On an evening filled with excitement and anticipation, the Triple Crown team struck early on in the sale, purchasing Lot 21, an exceptional filly by EPAULETTE, and Lot 27, a wonderful moving colt by BEL ESPRIT.
The hammer fell for $80,000 on the beautifully conformed Epaulette filly, who is out of Sebring mare Rosa’s Magic – a winner at 1000m and a half sister two Stakes winners in Rosa’s Spur and Rosarino – and possesses a pedigree page filled with Stakes winners, including Blue Diamond Prelude winner Rosa’s Image.
Moments later The Red were active again, securing a top target by Bel Esprit, the sire of Australia’s greatest in Black Caviar.
The colt is a strong, powerful type with plenty of 2YO form on the pedigree page including last year’s Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and Gimcrack winner Millie.
He looks an early runner of the highest quality and we were delighted to see the hammer come down for $140,000 on this colt.
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THIS filly doesn’t like to win easily. On debut she was bumped and barged before streaking clear to take the win at Kembla Grange, while last month she scored a win from last to first at the same track in impressive fashion. And her backers weren’t without a hair raising moment at Canterbury on Friday evening when she desperately needed the split in a four-runner affair in the opening BenchMark 70 Handicap over 1550m.
The split duly came and she readily exploited it to win by a half-length, putting the race to bed inside the final 100m.
It was an impressive turn of foot that once again got her out of danger, and co-trainer Paul Snowden believes there’s more to come from the lightly raced filly.
“This had to potential to be a tricky race with the small field and the two Waller runners and we needed the split but when the run came she did it impressively in the end.
“It’s always tough going from 1350 to 1550 but she handled it very well and she’s one who’s capable of stepping up in grade.”
IT doesn’t take long to go from the Spring to the Autumn and the return of racing at the very highest level, and Triple Crown Syndications will be represented by their biggest ever team at the Autumn Carnival extravaganza across both Sydney and Melbourne.
A string of 11 horses will have been targeted at Stakes races throughout the Summer/Autumn period, with The Everest winner Redzel making a first-up return in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes on February 17 at Flemington. That race is en-route to his target of the $2.5 Million Group 1 TJ Smith on April 7 at Royal Randwick.
Brave Song, a convincing winner of his last two starts, returns on Saturday in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm, with the three-year-old earmarked for loftier targets as the Carnival progresses.
The Inglis Classic is a race Triple Crown Syndications have won three times in the last nine years, with Peggy Jean, Cavalry Rose and Miss Independent saluting in The Red, and this year we have two contenders for the race in the Bjorn Baker-trained pair of Ta Chanson and Ballistica, who may well progress onto bigger targets with a good performance.
In Melbourne, three-year-old filly Wooshka is set for the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield over 1200m, and Island Missile, second in the Gosford Guineas on January 18, takes on the Group 2 Autumn Stakes on his way to the Group 1 Australian Guineas, completing a busy day of Stakes action for the Triple Crown team of owners on Saturday.
Looking further ahead, and $1 Million earner Dothraki looks set for a return in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes on February 17.
And keep an eye out for three-year-old filly Moss Trip, who could well feature in a big race of the Autumn.
Plenty of excitement to get stuck into over the next couple of months, and best of luck to all owners during the Autumn Carnival period!
OWNERS can go to great lengths to see their horses race. Quite often they are a pride and joy and the emotion of seeing your racehorse cross the line with its nose in front is unlike any other.
But one Triple Crown owner is really sticking his neck out this weekend to be there to ride home his horses, as he embarks on a mission to see all three gallopers he owns with Triple Crown in just under 26 hours, taking on three interstate flights in the process.
Queensland resident Ray Nicholson is part of the ownership of Invincible Lad who races in the first at Bendigo at 1pm on Friday, before he dashes off for the trickiest part of his 3,000km round trip by jetting on a plane to Sydney to watch Moss Trip in the first at Canterbury at 6.15pm, a turnaround of five hours.
After which Nicholson will thoroughly deserve a few beers, (hopefully with the taste of victory!) before flying back to Melbourne on Saturday morning to watch three-year-old filly Wooshka in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield.
“It’s a slightly mad idea,” says Real Estate Agent Nicholson. “I knew that there was the potential clash this Friday with Invincible Lad and Moss Trip racing in different states and with Wooshka at Cauflield on Saturday I was almost settled for a weekend in Melbourne.
“But then I started looking into the logistics and it became apparent that this was doable.
“I think I’ll just have time to grab the photo with Invincible Lad and hop straight in the car to catch a flight to Sydney to watch Moss Trip!
“Hopefully things will be a bit more relaxed to get back to Melbourne to see Wooshka in the Group 3, which will be an exciting moment and it’ll be an unforgettable treble if we can pull it off! But I’m just happy to watch them race and if we get one winner I’ll be delighted!”
Best of luck Ray with your weekend travels, and fingers crossed we’ll be celebrating at the end!
Ray Nicholson’s weekend mission
Leg 1: Bendigo, Race 1 – Invincible Lad, 2YO Maiden Plate, 1100m (1.00pm)
Leg 2: Canterbury, Race 2 – Moss Trip, TAB Handicap, 1550m, (6.15pm)
Leg 3: Caulfield, Race 5 – Wooshka, Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes, 1200m, (2.40pm)
WITH three winners in the last ten years, the red silks of Triple Crown hold the record for the most wins in the Inglis Classic, and in Saturday’s renewal of the $250,000 sprint for two-year-olds, Australia’s leading syndicators will be chasing a fourth triumph with two contenders in line for the coveted prize.
Future Group 1 Sires’ Produce winner Peggy Jean was the last Triple Crown winner of the race in 2014, and in the 2018 edition Smart Missile filly Ballistica looks to follow in the footsteps of Triple Crown’s 2012 winner Cavalry Rose in winning the race on her first start. She has caught the eye with two trial wins to date, most recently when showing a frightening turn of foot to burst to victory in a trial at Gosford on January 31.
Purchased for just $40,000 from the Inglis Classic Sale 12 months ago, Ballistica has impressed trainer Bjorn Baker in her work so far.
“I’ve been really happy with this filly,” said Baker. “She’s been doing everything right this preparation and I liked what I saw in her two trials.
“We’re throwing her in the deep end a little bit here but it’s a valuable prize and one that’s certainly worth having a crack at.
“She’s drawn ideally in gate three which will hopefully allow her to get a gun run and if she’s able to produce that same turn of foot we won’t be far away.
“Jason [Collett] knows her well having ridden her in her latest trial and track work so she’s in good hands.”
Triple Crown will also be represented by a second Bjorn Baker-trained juvenile, with the once-raced Ta Chanson taking his chance in the field of 15.
Purchased for $55,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, the son of Your Song had to navigate the long way home at Wyong on January 21, but stuck to his task in finishing fifth, and Baker expects an improved performance on Saturday, but will have to overcome and awkward draw in Barrier 14.
“Ta Chanson has trained on nicely since his run at Wyong where not a lot went right,” said Baker. “His work is much better than what we saw that day and he’ll take benefit from having race experience under his belt.
“He’s just drawn a little awkward but he’s working well at home and the addition of blinkers will see him come on further and will sharpen him up a little bit.”
ONSLAUGHT returned to the winners’ enclosure at Royal Randwick on Wednesday after Kerrin McEvoy delivered the four-year-old to a hard-fought victory in the BenchMark 73 Handicap over 1400m, marking an eighth win from his last 13 rides in the city following the leading hoop’s return from injury.
Beaten by just half a length in his two previous runs this preparation, a win was bubbling under the surface for Onslaught and the son of Snitzel duly delivered at headquarters, taking his career prizemoney to beyond the $100,000 mark.
McEvoy, who rode Redzel in his latest trial win on Monday ahead of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes on February 17, positioned Onslaught on the favourite’s back and peeled off heels to take the lead with just 100m remaining, with Onslaught holding off the fast-finishing Tip Top by a neck.
“Great win today,” said McEvoy, who celebrated his fourth win on the card. “He travelled a bit keen early, and I was a little bit worried as it took me a little while to get cover but I managed to get behind Danzie.
“The tempo wasn’t that strong but I was always travelling well and it was a case of producing him at the right time. He was going well at the top of the rise so I committed and we got the job done.”
Co-trainer Paul Snowden was delighted to see Onslaught return to the winners’ circle.
“Good to see him bounce back to form today,” he said. “It was a tricky run race with him three deep with cover but I think the Kerrin McEvoy factor came into play.
“He knows the horse well and he just bided his time and found the run when he needed to.
“An excellent run and we’re back in winning form.”
REDZEL showed every indication he is capable of extending his unbeaten run of six when he lines up in Saturday week’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington as he tore apart a trial field featuring supermare Winx as well as Group 1 winners English, Egg Tart and Alizee, recording an emphatic three length victory in Heat 1 at Rosehill.
In the star-studded trial over 1000m, The Everest winner contributed almost $8 Million in prizemoney to a field with total Stakes earning of over $32 Million.
Redzel, who on his most recent start won the Group 1 Darley Classic on the famous Flemington straight, took improvement from the addition of his usual headgear and was given more of a squeeze from regular rider Kerrin McEvoy, who reported the five-year-old to have returned in great order.
“He feels very nice,” said McEvoy. “His action feels great and his temperament too.
“He had a nice little blow pulling up and will come on nicely from that run.
“He handled himself very well and once we turned into the straight he switched on and went away. All I had to do was cuddle him and let him improve that last hundred, but he feels great.”
Peter Snowden couldn’t be happier how his TAB Everest winning star Redzel trailed this morning as he looks forward to his first up assignment back down the Flemington straight. @SnowdenRacing1 @TripleCrownSynd pic.twitter.com/Ht5p7xgJlL
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) February 4, 2018
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was delighted with the run, and says he’s right on track ahead of his tilt at a third Group 1 triumph.
“It was what we wanted to see,” said Snowden. His first trial was a soft one two weeks ago and this one was more of a pipe opener. The race is twelve days away and for these Group 1’s you need to be really prepared.
“Down the straight at Flemington, albeit over 1000m, you need to be really wound up and that gallop this morning in just perfect.
“He’ll go down just four days before. He’s been there quite a few times now and he knows our stable well at Flemington.
“He’s only got to hold his form from last prep and hopefully that’ll be enough. To me eye I think he’s just a touch better, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking! But what I saw this morning was really good work.”
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