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Moss Trip scanned in foal to Trapeze Artist

Triple Crown are delighted to announce that our Group 3 winner MOSS TRIP has scanned in foal to four-time Group 1 winner TRAPEZE ARTIST.

The daughter of Mossman, who won over $500,000 in prizemoney for her owners during a stellar career on the track, returned an early positive to her 14-day post ovulation scan earlier this morning.

A scintillating winner of the Listed Inglis Scone Guineas as well as the Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick, Mossy was retired earlier this year having also recorded multiple placings at Group 2 level.

The timing of the positive scan is very apt given that Trapeze Artist, the Champion 3YO of his generation, won the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes almost three years ago to the day!

The son of Snitzel went on to win a further three times at the highest level and finished a gallant runner-up to Triple Crown superstar REDZEL in The Everest back in 2018.

Mossy will be scanned again at the 28 day stage.

Moss Trip en route to winning the Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick

Missile Mantra seeks redemption at Caulfield

To say that MISSILE MANTRA has unfinished business at Caulfield is possibly the understatement of the year, but the Triple Crown mare gets the chance to make amends for her luckless last-start run in Saturday’s Group 3 How Now Stakes at the Melbourne venue.

Having been beaten a nostril in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas last year, Missile Mantra was seemingly travelling strongly when badly hampered and forced to ease down in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes on her return to Caulfield last month.

Agony and ecstasy: Missile Mantra goes down by a nose in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas – Credit: Racing Photos

 

The daughter of Smart Missile has since showed up nicely in a confidence boosting trial, and although she is likely to improve for a step up in trip later this prep, co-trainer Peter Snowden is hoping to see her attack the line with some real intent in Saturday’s $160,000 contest.

“She has come through that trial really well and was in between them like a dodgem car past the post,” Snowden said. “The time was very good and she was right there with the leaders.

“There’s good speed in tomorrow’s race and she’ll probably settle midfield or slightly worse. We might even get the opportunity to get her to the outside tomorrow, to give her that bit of freedom and see her dash home.

“She’s going well enough to run a good race and I’m expecting a good run from her tomorrow.”

Multiple Group 1-winning rider Damian Lane, who was aboard Missile Mantra in both the Thousand Guineas and the Cockram Stakes, will once again get the leg up on the Listed winner.

All being well, Missile Mantra will stay down in Melbourne for the remainder of her preparation, with the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (previously known as the Myer Classic) at Flemington on Victoria Derby day her main target.

Harlem Luya on song again at Kembla

Triple Crown look to have another talented filly on their hands after HARLEM LUYA produced a stunning late burst to make it two wins on the bounce at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

The daughter of Dissident remained unbeaten this preparation with a three quarters of a length success over Virgilio, taking the step up to Benchmark 64 grade in her stride despite showing signs of greenness in the straight.

Saturday’s victory comes just two weeks after Harlem Luya overcame a wide passage to win a strong-looking Maiden Plate over the same course and distance, with Cejay Graham once again doing the steering.

A delighted Cejay Graham is all smiles alongside Harlem Luya’s strapper Ella – Credit: Bradley Photos

Jumping from gate seven in the field of 15, Harlem Luya broke well from the barriers and settled a touch better than mid division. Having travelled strongly throughout, Cejay angled Harlem Luya out into clear daylight in the straight, where her inexperience caused her to lay in briefly.

Once Cejay had her back to the outside and balanced up, Harlem Luya showed a smart turn of foot inside the final 200m, savaging the line to win a shade cosily.

Harlem Luya surges through the line to record her second straight victory – Credit: Bradley Photos

Winning co-trainer Peter Snowden was effusive in his praise for Harlem Luya, predicting a bright future for the $140,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase.

“That was a great performance, she’s really going to another level this time in,” he said.

“That was a solid race and she had a bit of work to do. She’s still a bit newish, she wanted to lay in a bit down the straight. She’s got a bit of improvement to come, but there’s no doubt she’s got potential.

“They ran very good time and she won going away in the end. We’ve got a nice filly here and there’s more to come.”

Another step up in class now beckons for Harlem Luya as she bids to make it a hat-trick of wins at her next start.

Harlem Luya and her strapper Ella pose for the camera – Credit: Bradley Photos

A big thank you to Cejay, her strapper Ella and all the team at Snowden Racing for having her in peak condition on Saturday.

Congratulations to all her owners on another superb victory – Mrs A M Bayer, Mr J J Bayer, Campolina Pty Ltd, Mr J A Forrest, Mr D Wilden-Constantin, Mr E Law, Mrs R Charalambous, Mr C Charalambous, Mr A G Smith, Mr L H Bell, Mr C Peisley & Triple Crown Syndications.

Progeny of Maurice and Extreme Choice impress at first trials

Exciting first-season sires Maurice and Extreme Choice struck early blows at Randwick’s first two-year-old trials of the new season yesterday.

Maurice was first on the scoresheet when I Love Lucy won heat 10, before another promising runner by the six-time Group 1 winner, Maurice’s Medad, finished runner-up in the second and final two-year-old trial of the morning.

That heat was won by Avaricious, a daughter of Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice, who is the sire of Triple Crown’s Choix De La Mer.

Maurice, who currently tops the Japanese first season sire standings by prizemoney, is the sire of three Triple Crown two-year-olds – Daichi, Mazand Saiko.

All four of the Triple Crown juveniles mentioned above have joined the stable of Peter & Paul Snowden, who ended last season as the winning-most trainers of two-year-olds in the country.

Currently at various stages of their development, we look forward to watching their progress closely over the coming weeks and months!

Listed winner Emperor’s Way retired from racing

All of the team at Triple Crown and Snowden Racing are saddened to announce the retirement of Listed winner EMPEROR’S WAY.

Purchased by Chris & Michael Ward for $55,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale in 2015, Emperor’s Way’s career highlight came in the Listed Randwick City Stakes, where he showed his customary tenacity to record an impressive fourth success on the bounce.

He came agonisingly close to defending his Randwick City Stakes crown twelve months on, when he was beaten a neck and a nose by Group 1 winners Hiyaam and Shraaoh.

Emperor’s Way competed admirably in stakes company thereafter, including a second in last year’s Group 3 JRA Plate, and retires having won a shade under half-a-million dollars in prizemoney.

Emperor’s Way in winning action at Randwick

We are delighted to announce that he has gone to a loving home on the Yass River, where he is set to be retrained by an experienced showjumper and dressage rider. We look forward to staying in close contact with his new owner and following his second career.

A big thank you to all of those who played a part in his hugely successful career on the track, including all the team at Snowden Racing, Muskoka Farm and his large group of owners.

Emperor’s Way provided his owners with many memorable days at Randwick

Enjoy retirement Empy, you deserve it!

Mikki Isle sires first stakes winner as Maurice bags 2yo quinella

Two former Arrowfield Stud shuttlers enjoyed red-letter days in Japan over the weekend with MAURICE having a 1-2 finish in a 1600m maiden at Niigata only to be upstaged by his compatriot MIKKI ISLE, who sired his first stakes winner when Meikei Yell powered home in the day’s feature – the Group 3 Kokura Nisai (1200m) at Kokura.

At Niigata, Christophe Lemaire guided the Tetsuya Kimura-trained favourite Legatus to a neck win over the fast-finishing Consolation, with both two-year-old Maurice colts making just their second starts.

Over at Kokura, Mikki Isle colt Meikei Yell could not have been more impressive in the Group III Kokura Nisai. Ridden by the champion Yutaka Take for trainer Hidenori Take, Meikei Yell was speared off the track on the home turn, but once balanced up came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the odds-om favourite Mondreise by one and a quarter lengths, with Fodla four lengths back in third.

Meikei Yell keeps his record at a perfect two for two having won a Newcomers over the same track and distance on August 22.

Story by Breednet

A string of 2YO winners in the past fortnight puts Mikki Isle third on the Japanese First Season Sires’ Table behind fellow Arrowfield shuttle sire Maurice, and Duramente.

Harlem Luya on song at Kembla

HARLEM LUYA got her second preparation off to the perfect start when breaking her maiden in tenacious style at Kembla on Saturday.

The daughter of Dissident overcame a host of obstacles to notch her first win at the third attempt, showing a determined attitude to score by a head in a what looked a competitive affair on paper.

Harlem Luya broke well and showed her customary gate speed in the early stages, but Cejay Graham was faced with a near impossible task of finding cover from barrier 10. To her credit, she was able to find some for the first 400m until The Graces pressed forward to dispute the lead with Alumna, leaving her posted three-wide in a tricky spot.

As they turned for home, Harlem Luya moved up menacingly but was forced to corner four or five wide as a few of those to her inside shifted out from the rail. In spite of her wide run, Harlem Luya let down strongly in the straight, pinning her ears back and showing all the hallmarks of a genuine performer to score a superb maiden win.

Head down and ears pinned back: Harlem Luya showing a great attitude on route to victory at kembla – Credit: Bradley Photos

Her victory was made all the more impressive when taking into account the quality of opposition, the signs of greenness she exhibited in the straight and that it came first-up from a spell.

“That was a great result, gee she had a tough run,” a delighted Peter Snowden said.

“She was three and four deep throughout, didn’t quite get cover down the back and was posted wide, so it was a very brave performance.

“She toughed it out really well and showed good character. She’s always shown us good ability and I was disappointed she didn’t win last preparation.

“Being back on good ground definitely helped her, but she had a tough run and won a pretty strong race, let me tell you.

“There were some nice fillies in that, a few unraced ones that had trialled very good and had big wraps on them. I think my other two horses in the race both go very good and she was better them, so a big tick there!

“She seems very genuine – a lovely honest filly – and we should have some fun with her.”

Winning jockey Cejay Graham, who enjoyed a double on the day, also spoke of Harlem Luya’s tenacity in her post-race debrief.

“I’m just stoked that I could get the win on her today,” she said. “She was tough and all credit to her.

All smiles: Jockey Cejay Graham and strapper Ella Yarrow following Harlem Luya’s victory – Credit: Bradley Photos

“I had quite a torrid run from the barrier, I was three deep with cover for half of it, but then the one I had cover from pressed on and then I was facing the breeze.

“Then it was all up to her. She kicked away, did it well and will take a lot of improvement from that.”

Well done to Cejay, her strapper Ella and all the team at Snowden Racing on a memorable first victory. Hopefully there’s plenty more to come from this exciting filly!

Congratulations to all her owners: Mrs A M Bayer, Mr J J Bayer, Campolina Pty Ltd, Mr J A Forrest, Mr D Wilden-Constantin, Mr E Law, Mrs R Charalambous, Mr C Charalambous, Mr A G Smith, Mr L H Bell, Mr C Peisley.

Harlem Luya and her strapper Ella – Credit: Bradley Photos

Missile Mantra poised for Cockram return

Talented mare Missile Mantra will step out as a four-year-old for the first time when she resumes in Saturday’s Group 3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

The daughter of Smart Missile is set to renew acquaintances with leading jockey Damien Lane, who last rode her competitively when beaten a nostril in last year’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas.

Heartbreak: Missile Mantra was beaten a nose in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas – Credit: Racing Photos

Having raced in Sydney last preparation, where she finished a close fifth in the Group 1 Surround Stakes, Missile Mantra made the trip down to Melbourne earlier this month and has settled back into the routine at Flemington with aplomb.

While she is bound to improve for the outing on Saturday, Missile Mantra was beaten less than two lengths into fifth on the same card last year when first-up in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes.

Her best form has come on good tracks, so all eyes will be on the weather for the remainder of this week in the hope that Caulfield continues to dry out.

Poetic Charmer out to continue career-best form

The rapidly improving POETIC CHARMER will bid to make it three wins from four starts this preparation when he lines up at Randwick on Saturday.

An impressive last start winner at Rosehill, PC is looking to record his second consecutive victory at Benchmark 88 level and has been installed as third favourite by race sponsors TAB for the 1400m contest.

PC will once again be ridden by the in-form Tommy Berry, who has been aboard the son of Your Song for all but one of his five career victories.

Saturday represents PC’s toughest task to date as he bids to defy a career high rating of 84, but he has drawn well in barrier 7 and the prospect of a drying track will only help his chances.

Peter & Paul Snowden have him in career-best form and PC’s three starts this preparation have seen him bank $116,400 in prizemoney, while victory on Saturday would take his career earnings past the $400,000 mark.

Fingers crossed PC and Tommy can reproduce the same outcome as four weeks ago!

Tommy Berry salutes the crowd after PC’s win at Rosehill last month

Smart colt out to remain unbeaten

Peter and Paul Snowden have split their three-year-olds between states as they bid to sort out the pecking order of their spring squad.

Rulership has been sent to Melbourne in search of firmer tracks and will line up in the Group Three Vain Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

In Sydney, the training partners will saddle up unbeaten colt Smart Image in the feature Up And Coming Stakes (1300m).

They will also have at least one three-year-old contest the Ranvet Handicap (1100m) with Bartley a confirmed runner while a decision on whether Aftermath starts will be made on race morning.

Smart Image has been winning through the winter to earn his place in Saturday’s Group Three race as the Snowdens look to get a better gauge on his ability.

Smart Image

He is the second pick in early betting behind Hawkes Racing colt North Pacific, who Peter Snowden concedes is the benchmark.

“No doubt. He is lightly raced but from the couple of starts he has had he looks well above average,” Snowden said of North Pacific.

“For me, he is the yardstick there. He is definitely the one to beat and if we can finish close to him I’ll be happy.”

Snowden might have a healthy respect for his horse’s rival but he is not conceding defeat.

Smart Image has shown great determination in both his wins and has continued to improve on the training track.

“He’s a nice horse. He is two from two now and you don’t do that unless you’ve got some ability,” Snowden said.

“This is his biggest test by far but I’m happy with him and he will give a good account of himself.”

Smart Image holds a nomination for the Golden Rose, as does Bartley who has not raced since he failed to beat a rival home on a heavy track in the Sires’ Produce Stakes in April.

By Justhorseracing.com.au