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Dothraki out for revenge in Healy

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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.

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“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.

Smartedge heads impressive Randwick trialists

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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.

WATCH: replays of the trials here

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.

 

Steyne in command at Newcastle

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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.”

WATCH: a full-race replay here (Race 6)

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.”

Leading First-Season Sire: a path to future glory?

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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.

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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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Saturday winner for Epaulette as Ascot runner beckons

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THE impressive juvenile stock of first-season sire Epaulette continues to stack up in the northern hemisphere, as the dual Group 1 winner in Australia struck yet another winner in the UK – and this might be his most impressive yet.

Thrown straight in at Saturday grade, International Man drew clear with authority to beat the well-bred debutante Arbalet by one and a half lengths. Another excellent type from the first crop of Epaulette, International Man is out of the Stakes-placed mare Right Answer.

Epaulette will also be represented when Royal Ascot kicks off tomorrow, with debut winner Chookie Dunedin among acceptances for the prestigious Coventry Stakes.

The Keith Dalgleigh-trained colt struck at Ayr with an all-the-way win four weeks ago, and his presence in the Group 2 encounter is reflective of the impression his first crop have made in Europe this season.

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Triple Crown Syndications have available the final remaining shares in a striking colt by the Golden Rose winner, who will be trained by the trainer who masterminded the career of EPAULETTE, Peter Snowden.

A stunning type, this colt is from the same family as Group 1 Golden Rose winner TOORAK TOFF and two-year-old Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner SCARLET RAIN, while he is bred on the same cross as outstanding Group 1 winners SCINTILLATION and ZOFFANY.

“Epaulette was an outstanding racehorse and a pleasure to train. I’m looking forward to now preparing his progeny.”
Peter Snowden

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Flying Bjorn Baker scores first Metro treble

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IF you had seen his reaction you would know what it meant to him. Bjorn Baker is a trainer on top of his game and after Collateral secured a hat-trick of wins himself to give Baker a first Metro treble in the penultimate race at Rosehill on Saturday, a roar of jubilation could be heard followed by euphoric high-fives to any punter he encountered profiting from his success!

But then that’s just Bjorn. A people’s person who adds a little colour to each raceday with his presence!

Collateral is not the only runner to have damaged the bookies in recent weeks. Tough filly Test The World got the ball rolling as she led from the front to pull out yet another gutsy display to win her fourth race on the trot.

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Sir Plush followed in Race 7 with a dominant performance in the 1100m Schweppes Handicap, quashing any fears both trainer and punters had on his ability to get through the heavy 8 surface. And as Collateral stalked the well-backed favourite Carzoff before powering past to get up on the line in the very next race, Bjorn celebrated in style.

Whether it’s sprinters, milers or stayers, seasoned campaigners or talented juveniles, Bjorn Baker is getting phenomenal results. Having tallied 25 Metropolitan winners last season, he currently sits on 34 for the 2016/17 campaign as he makes further inroads into Sydney’s elite ranks.

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Baker’s Not A Single Doubt juvenile set for spring targets

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TWO-YEAR-OLD Not A Single Doubt filly Champagne Cuddles is to be targeted at a spring campaign with trainer Bjorn Baker suggesting she’s destined for greater heights after dispatching her rivals with ease at Randwick on Saturday to remain unbeaten.

The sire is a renowned producer of juvenile talent, and Champagne Cuddles confirmed the form of her 1.5 length success in the $150,000 Pierro Plate at Rosehill in October when scampering through the wet to defeat the Stakes-placed Lipizzan by 2.3 lengths.

Trainer Bjorn Baker, who has an excellent track record with juveniles, is excited by her ability: “We will see how she pulls up but we might even freshen her up and get her ready for the spring,’’ Baker told The Sunday Telegraph.

“She is a talented filly, we have a huge opinion of her.’’

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The colt is from the exact same family as 2YO Triple Crown-winning sensation DANCE HERO and by the same sire as Blue Diamond winners MIRACLES OF LIFE and EXTREME CHOICE.

He ticks every box for being a talented and early-running juvenile, with a proven sire, proven family and proven trainer of juveniles.

Bjorn Baker is in exceptional form, with eight winners already in June, and the trainer became just the eighth trainer in Australia to bring up 100 winners for the season when Collateral did the damage at Canterbury on Wednesday.

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Impressive runners see Pierro edge closer to title

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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.

WATCH: a replay of the jumpout here

The Mick Price-trained colt is a half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

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Pierro’s progeny have attracted the finest judges in racing, who have paid a handsome price for his sons and daughters in the sale ring, and these latest performers suggest that Pierro is delivering the goods at stud.

With further inevitable Stakes winners to come, the price of his progeny is only set to rise, emulating stallions such as I Am Invincible, who has seen his stud fee double, and Snitzel who have had the average price of their progeny rocket in recent years.

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Byrne to join elites should he win Stradbroke

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TEAM SNOWDEN is hopeful Jim Byrne can continue his successful Group 1 association with the stable and etch his name in the record books aboard Gold Symphony in the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.

Byrne is chasing his second Stradbroke victory after winning aboard Adam in 1999 and will become only the sixth rider to complete the Doomben 10,000-Stradbroke double in the same year if successful.

Byrne teamed with Peter and Paul Snowden to win last month’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on Redzel.

The last rider to complete the Doomben 10,000-Stradbroke double in the same year was John Marshall who won both feature sprints aboard Campaign King in 1985.

Previous riders to complete the double were Graham Cook (Spedito 1975), W.A. (Billy) Smith (Winfreux, 1965), Noel “Digger” McGrowdie (Wedborough and Highlea 1952) and Russell Maddock (High Rank 1941).

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Co-trainer Paul Snowden has declared Gold Symphony as “Mr Consistent” since the four-year-old was gelded soon after joining the stable In December.

Gold Symphony showed he was a potential Group 1 performer winning twice at Group 3 level for his former trainer Peter Moody in the spring of 2015.

However, the son of Reward For Effort’s form dropped away and was later sent to Team Snowden which decided to geld him after he failed at his first four Sydney starts.

After being gelded, Gold Symphony won at his second start into his new campaign at Warwick Farm in January and hasn’t looked back since.

The four-year-old won the Listed National Sprint in Canberra in March and was given a let-up before aiming for the Scone and Brisbane winter carnival.

Gold Symphony was kept up to the mark with a Sydney barrier trial win last Friday after resuming with a game third behind Clearly Innocent in the Listed Luskin Star at Scone on May 13.

Gold Symphony will meet Clearly Innocent on better terms for his 2-1/2 length defeat at Scone and is a $21.00 chance in UBet markets after drawing barrier 11.

“He’s turned his form around since being gelded and is Mr Consistent now,” Paul Snowden said.

“He was way down the order for the Stradbroke but we took the punt and he’s now in the field.

“The barrier is ideal as he’ll come in a few spots and he should be in the first half of the field.”

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Secret leaves them trailing at Canterbury

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DENMAN mare Secret Trail produced an outstanding performance in treacherous conditions at Canterbury to record a fifth career victory.

As the thunderstorms converged and the rain pelted down it was class that shone through as Secret Trail recovered from an early stumble to prove far too good for her rivals.

There was a concern over the wet conditions as the track was downgraded to a heavy 9 just prior to her 1100m sprint, however the four-year-old emphatically banished those fears as she burst through the gap under Nick Heywood and drew clear towards the finish.

WATCH: a replay of the finish here

Saturday grade beckons for Secret Trail after her impressive display, with Peter Snowden suggesting class was what pulled her through.

“Good result today. I wouldn’t suggest she particularly relished the wet track but her class got her through today,” he said.

“She’s going well and hopefully we can get her on some better ground.”

Nick Heywood, who rode out his Metro claim in sending Secret Trail to victory, gave her an excellent ride and was happy with her display: “She’s just come out a little slow today. She got through it and got the job done but when we see her back on top of the surface you’ll see a lot better again.”