ZOUSTAR has been nothing short of sensational with his first crop of two-year-olds and the fillies by the dual Group 1 winner in particular have caught the eye!
SUNLIGHT was an emphatic winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January before finishing third in the Golden Slipper, and her trainer Tony McEvoy looks to have unearthed another flying filly by ZOUSTAR in BE MY STAR, who romped home by an eased three and three quarter lengths at Balaklava today. She adds to impressive Zoustar yearlings SOLAR STAR, MADAME ROUGE, ZOUSAIN and LEAN MEAN MACHINE – his progeny are flying!
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REDZEL will face 13 rivals as he bids to claim the Doomben 10,000 for the second consecutive year after drawing barrier 6 for the Group 1 contest.
In what was a breakout victory 12 months ago with his first Group 1 triumph, the five-year-old then embarked on an unbeaten Spring campaign, winning the inaugural running of The Everest and the Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington.
Redzel will take on one familiar face from last year’s feature in the shape of In Her Time who finished 5th in 2017, and has drawn outside the dual Group 1 winner in 8 for this year’s renewal.
The son of Snitzel completed his last piece of trackwork on Tuesday, with co-trainer Peter Snowden happy with his preparations for the race.
“He went really well in his last piece of fast work on Tuesday,” said Snowden. “He was nice and bright and Kerrin said he felt terrific.
“It’s always a tough task at this top level and hopefully we get a bit of luck but I couldn’t be happier with how he is.
“The draw gives us options. As we’ve seen he doesn’t have to lead but from barrier 6 we can assess our options. He looks magnificent and he’s travelling up there in fantastic order.”
WINNERS, winners and yet more winners emerge from the superb family of our outstanding filly by the highest rated 2YO colt of his generation, RUBICK, and this filly looks a real runner!
From the last four dams the family has produced an incredible 21 winners from 24 foals to race – for a remarkable 88% winning strike rate!
And the family has produced some real stars too, with Group 1 winners HARD TO GET & NELISKA within the pedigree, as well as Group-race winners REPUTED GROOM & FUMBLE.
Furthermore, this filly is bred on a potent and proven cross that has produced multiple champions including ZOUSTAR, CHAUTAUQUA, DELAGO DELUXE and COSMIC ENDEAVOUR!
While, importantly for this filly, there is the potential for a significant pedigree update soon through the presence of Magic Millions Cup winner CARE TO THINK featuring prominently on the page – who will target the Group 1 pair of the Kingsford Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
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ZOUSTAR is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young sires after he scored yet another impressive winning filly last week with SOLAR STAR sprinting clear to win by three lengths in her maiden for Anthony Freedman.
This filly adds to Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner SUNLIGHT and MADAM ROUGE as winning fillies for the dual Group 1 winner, who is over $800,000 ahead of the nearest rival in his quest to be crowned Champion First-Season Sire – and join the likes of PIERRO, I AM INVINCIBLE and Zoustar’s sire NORTHERN METEOR as winners of that accolade.
This filly is another athletic type from the crop of ZOUSTAR, who has class and presence in abundance, with leading breaker Toby Pracey hugely impressed by the filly during the breaking-in process she has recently completed.
“She has a good attitude to her work and a lovely long action on the track. I really like this filly and she has plenty going for her at this stage of her career”
That was Toby’s assessment after the yearling out of winning mare OUR OAK completed her breaking in, with the filly set for her second preparation in the Snowden stable shortly.
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HE’S already gathered somewhat of a cult following before even stepping out on to the racetrack, but on Wednesday the wait is over for the eagerly anticipated first start of Big Bad Bruce.
A winner of his two most recent trials, the latest by a convincing three-length margin, the two-year-old colt by Not A Single Doubt has opened the $2.70 favourite for the 2YO Handicap over 1200m at Canterbury on Wednesday for the Bjorn Baker stable.
The colt was today also nominated for the Group 1 JJ Atkins during Queensland’s Winter Carnival.
Purchased for $135,000 from the Inglis Classic Sale, the strapping colt is out of Sharmadal mare Sister Bruce and from the black-type family of 2Yo Triple Crown winner Dance Hero.
He faces seven rivals on debut, including last-time-out winner Gem Song.
Tim Clark takes the ride with Big Brucey having drawn barrier 5. Trainer Bjorn Baker has been encouraged by his work in recent weeks.
“He’s in really good order and has been going well,” said Baker. “We’ll look to get a good run from barrier 5 but it looks an open race and on his recent trial form he should be competitive.
“He’s come on leaps and bounds since then and I’m looking forward to his first start.”
Best of luck to the owners of Big Bad Bruce on Wednesday!
LAST year’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner Redzel continued his preparations towards retaining his title on May 12 after an easy trial at Randwick on Tuesday.
The Everest winner won his maiden Group 1 title in the 1200m contest 12 months ago, and heads north in good form after trialing well to finish second behind Group 1 winner English, with Redzel bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the race since Apache Cat in 2008 and 2009.
Nominations were released today for the Group 1 event, with 34 possibles for the race, including Group 1 Galaxy winner In Her Time and recent Group 2 winner Impending.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was pleased with the morning’s efforts. “He trialed well,” said Snowden. “He wasn’t there to do a lot but he was there to have a little blow out.
“We were keeping a little bit in hand as the track was quite heavy, but he handled it well as he always does.
“He did what I wanted him to do, trialed nicely and had a good blow. He’ll work again a couple more times to get him ready for Saturday week but I’m really happy his work today.”
Kerrin McEvoy will partner Redzel in Brisbane, and the leading hoop was pleased with how he felt during the trial.
“I was happy with him this morning,” said McEvoy. “I had him back on the bridle and well within himself travelling through the first part and he was nice and willing and his action was good.
“As we approached the final 400 I had him nicely on the bridle even though we were improving. He’s had a nice hit out and has pulled up nice in himself.
“Everything points to him being in good order.”
THREE-YEAR-OLD filly Moss Trip sent her owners into raptures on Saturday as she landed the $150,000 Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes by the narrowest of margins at Royal Randwick after a storming surge to the line.
The victory marked a fourth career victory for Moss Trip, a $32,000 purchase who entered the race off the back of a superb effort in the Group 1 Surround Stakes, and a 27th Group-race win for Triple Crown Syndications since 2010.
The race was run at an honest tempo, and with four lengths to make up in the straight Kerrin McEvoy pulled the daughter of Mossman to the outside when third last at the 600m mark, and the filly responded with a surging effort to nail Dyslexic on the line and win by a nose margin.
Dyslexic rallied when Moss Trip came upsides and in a ding-dong battle to the line the Triple Crown colours just got their nose in front after a brave effort from Moss Trip, on a day where the quick times were making it hard to make ground.
The time was 1.20.53 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.70. Moss Trip paid $8.00 on fixed odds and $7.40 on the tote much to the excitement of the many Triple Crown syndicate owners.
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“Her form has been fantastic for a while and that Surround run was amazing, so it is a great bunch of owners who will get a great thrill out of that,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“We will probably look at Brisbane now. We will just have a good think about things. See how she recovers, she had a freshen up to get here today, so we are mindful of that and we just need to take stock of her next week. Great result there today.”
“She missed the start. She laid back in the gates which was why she began so slowly. I knew they were running along. Far out she let down, showed a good turn of foot. She has performed very well,” said McEvoy.
THE depth and breadth of the Triple Crown team has been exceptional since the turn of the year, and on Saturday that is no greater reflected by the FOUR Stakes runners across three states that will be vying for glory in The Red.
Stalwart Dothraki bids for a fourth Group 3 success when he takes on the TAB Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, a race that Triple Crown Syndications have won twice in the past four years, through Hot Snitzel in 2015 and Redzel 12 months ago.
Joining the $1.3 Million earner at Randwick is fellow Mossman offspring Moss Trip, who after her superb effort in the Group 1 Surround Stakes looks to capitalise at Group 3 level in the JH Carr Stakes over 1400m.
Charlie Boy, who contested the 2013 Golden Slipper along with Dothraki, returns for another preparation with Tony Gollan in Brisbane having ended his last with victory at Ipswich, and goes in the Listed Ascot Handicap at Doomben.
And chasing Black Type in Melbourne is Secret Trail, who after a barnstorming run to finish fourth in the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes behind winner Dothraki, looks to strike in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes for the Snowden Racing stable.
Tye Angland, who has steered the seven-year-old to hos last two victories, is once again in the saddle where Dothraki looks to be weighted nicely for the race.
Dothraki heads into Saturday’s race as the TAB market favourite for the 1200m sprint and co-trainer Peter Snowden has been delighted with his recent efforts both on the track and at home.
“I was really happy with his work heading into the race and he’s in very good order,” said Snowden. “He looks well and is working well and in his last couple of races he’s shown real fight.
“It looks a nice race for him on paper and as he looks really well in at the weights for this race. Hopefully we can get that outright win that he deserves on Saturday!”
Meanwhile Snowden added that Moss Trip was ‘very sharp’ in her work ahead of Saturday’s Group 3 contest.
“She worked strongly on Tuesday and is in good order,” said Snowden. “She might not get her preferred surface as the rain didn’t really materialize but she was very sharp in her final piece of work.
“I thought her trial was excellent at Gosford and she’s very much going the right way. Fingers crossed we can get a nice result on Saturday.”
THE marvel that is Dothraki. A $45,000 June purchase from the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, the raw but talented colt contested the Golden Slipper as a juvenile, came within a hair’s breadth of becoming a Group 1 winner as a five-year-old, and continues to operate at the highest level, winning the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes a month ago as a now seven-year-old, with Stakes earnings totaling over $1.3 Million.
Frustratingly brilliant, agonizingly consistent; His loyal backers at the bookies would have had their fair share of heartache over the years with numerous near misses, but what’s it like to be one of his part-owners? If one thing’s for sure, it’s been one hell of a journey! We catch up with John Hezlett, Stephen Graham, Vince Albanese and Debbie Moore, four of Dothraki’s owners, ahead of this weekend’s Group 3 Tab Hall Mark Stakes – a race Triple Crown Syndications have won twice in the last four years!
Where do we start with Dothraki? Talk us through how you got involved five years ago when he was a baby faced yearling out of the June sale!
JH: Well previously I was with a horse called Flying Snitzel with Triple Crown, not a bad horse herself having won a Group 2 in Melbourne, and I put some of the proceeds from her sale into Dothraki and Charlie Boy. He had quite a similar pedigree and I liked the Mossman’s so after speaking to Chris and Mike I decided to go into the horse.
SG: We were lucky enough be involved with Group 1 winner in Hot Snitzel with Triple Crown. We had such a great run with him and with the professionalism of Triple Crown we decided to go with both Dothraki and Charlie Boy with Triple Crown.
VA: I like the Mossman’s and had a look around and saw Triple Crown had this guy and away we went!
DM: We were part owners of a horse a few years before and the syndicate manager of that horse put us onto Dothraki. We had a look and we decided to buy a share!
He showed immediate talent as a two-year-old, at what point did you think you might have caught on to a good one?
SG: Right at the beginning really! Both Dothraki and Charlie gave great performances early and it was quite amazing that they both got through to the Golden Slipper like Hot Snitzel did.
JH: I think Gerald said to us that ‘this thing runs very fast in his track work’ and the hope was that he could translate that work to the racecourse. I’d say that’s the first moment when I knew he had talent.
VA: I think it was on his second start. It was quite funny as we were in the grandstand at Canterbury and Gai Waterhouse is there talking to her connections and I hear her say to them that Dothraki is the one to beat. And then when he won I was like ‘wow!’
DM: He showed promise right from the start and we crossed our fingers and hoped he stayed sound. We always saw some talent in him.
In the Golden Slipper it wasn’t to be his day, but what can you remember from the race and what’s it like to have a horse involved in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds?
DM: That was a big thrill! Some of the best horses going round have never got to run in a Golden Slipper. We made it a big family day as it was my daughter’s birthday too. We went to the breakfast at Rosehill and the barrier draw at Darling Harbour – It was great!
JH: It was exciting, to be honest, and a fantastic experience to be involved with that race. We’re minnows as far as I look at it and to take on the Sheikhs and the big studs, that was extremely satisfying and quite humbling. I was fine up until about five mins before the race when it sunk it that I’ve got not one but two horses in one of the biggest races in the world as Charlie Boy also made the race for Triple Crown.
SG: It’s terrific – a dream come true for a lot of people. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without syndication.
VA: It all happened so fast! It was a bizarre feeling and awesome to get there.
He’s taken you from Randwick and Flemington, to Doomben and the Gold Coast, and a first Stakes win came courtesy of a Listed success at Flemington on VRC Classic day. Describe the journey that you’ve been on with Dothraki.
JH: It’s been fantastic. It’s the same with Charlie Boy as well. We’re going to different tracks and places that I’ve never been to before! To have horses racing at that level, it’s been very satisfying and friends and family have been involved with our journey and now they’ve got their own horses themselves!
DM: It’s been great – we’ve been everywhere with him and probably only missed a handful of races. I’ve really enjoyed following him around. I just love the races and when you own a horse going around it’s double the excitement! We can go and have a look at him in the stalls and meet all the other owners.
SG: One of my highlights was when he won down at Flemington in the Hilton. I had to make the speech as Chris & Mike weren’t able to make it but that was a terrific experience!
VA: He’s taken us to places we wouldn’t normally go to. Just being at those massive racedays is an awesome feeling.
We have to go back to May 14, 2016. The Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben, and he gets his head in front of Malaguerra, only to be pipped on the line. What emotions did you go through on that day?
JH: Oh my god, I thought we had it in the bag! The adrenaline of the moment was incredible. It’s the same feeling for every race. And when they do succeed or just miss out – the adrenaline rush is amazing and people don’t realise that until they get involved themselves. That particular race – I thought we had it won!
VA: I remember watching it live and for some reason I thought we got there. That feeling was awesome because we’ve run second in a Group 1 but we didn’t quite get the chocolates. Actually my proudest moment with him was when he ran 5th in a TJ Smith. That was a cracking field of sprinters and he was definitely up there with the big boys!
SG: We really thought we had it that day. He has got a trait of thinking it’s job done when he hits the front!
DM: It was a real rollercoaster! You saw him coming and then he got there and just missed out. It was a close one!
His form recently has been nothing short of superb. Did you think you’d still be racing at the highest level with him as a seven-year-old with over a $1 Million in the kitty?
VA: No not really, no way. After that last preparation that he had where he didn’t quite come up I didn’t think we’d be here. It seems to be a slightly different way of riding him and it’s working for him.
DM: We probably hoped so. But he’s always remained really keen and always given it his all. As long as he’s enjoying it that’s the main thing. You don’t see many of his age running around now.
JH: I think we were hopeful. Everybody was a little disappointed after his run in the Magic Millions as he had been racing well before that and it prompted a little talk of retirement for the horse. Fortunately common sense prevailed and let the horse do the talking. Now he’s racing as well as he has been.
SG: I did have a thought that he might be able to. Hot Snitzel won his Group 1 at six and Dothraki seems to be really enjoying it still.
Despite coming close on several occasions recently, Dothraki did manage to return to the winners’ enclosure when scoring on protest in the Group 3 Maurice McCarten a month ago. Firstly, what’s it like waiting for the result of a protest to come through? And secondly, what were your feelings once the result was announced?
JH: It was very nerve wracking. But I was quite confident on this one. He looked like he was going to run past him.
SG: It was pretty clear cut, but it is always a nervous wait!
DM: I didn’t realise to start with but after seeing the replay I thought it was pretty clear cut. It was a credit to him that he was given the race. He picked himself up and came again after taking the knock that he did. He really did deserve that.
VA: It was a relief more than anything. To have such a good horse and come close in so many races – but then again if you told me that he would’ve done what he has done I’d have told you you’re kidding yourself!
JH: He’s really putting in at the moment and it was great to see him get the win. He really deserved it.
SG: It was good to be back in there. We’ve spent many a time in the runners up bar! But they look after you in the winners bar!
DM: It was great, he’s had so many seconds and a lot of them have been really close. I was just happy to see him back there in the winners’ enclosure – I think they know!
Dothraki bids for glory again in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick this weekend. What are your feelings going into the race?
VA: I actually think he’s a massive chance. It’s a similar field to what he’s been fighting with over the last couple of weeks and we meet them better at the weights. I think he’s going great right now.
JH: I feel good. I’m always nervous, but I’m going in feeling good that he’s been performing at his best and trying his best.
DM: It looks like he’s got a really good chance again with the weights on our side. He jumps well and he’s always right up there and hopefully he can be there again!
SG: I think he meets a lot of these horses at better weights so I think we’ve got a real strong chance.
And finally, in a few words, what is it really like to own Dothraki?
JH: Surreal! To be involved with horses competing at the highest level is just surreal!
SG: He’s a real trier and it’s great to have such a high class horse!
VA: Just amazing. The people we’ve met and the journeys we’ve been on – amazing! I have to pinch myself!
DM: Exciting and I’m always very proud – it’s like watching one of my own kids at an athletics carnival!