Smart colt puts unbeaten record on the line in Up And Coming

Unbeaten colt Smart Image came through his final gallop with flying colours this morning as he prepares for his first outing as a three-year-old in Saturday’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes.

The son of Smart Missile is currently second favourite for the weekend’s feature race at Randwick, having won both of his two starts to date.

Smart Image, who is trained by Triple Crown’s exclusive syndication partners Peter & Paul Snowden, was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy in this morning’s hit out, where he galloped in company with stablemate Charretera.

McEvoy is already booked to ride Smart Image on Saturday and was aboard the colt for his debut victory at Warwick Farm in July.

Smart Image and Kerrin McEvoy return to scale following his debut win at Warwick Farm

“We’re rapt with the start Smart Image has made to his career and he’s certainly a colt with a bright future,” Triple Crown’s Chris Ward said.

“We’re under no illusions as to the task he faces and it’s important to remember that this is just his first racing preparation, but we’re looking forward to finding out more about him on Saturday.”

Three new winners for Maurice in Japan

International champion and shuttle stallion Maurice stoked up his first season record in Japan with a trio of debut-winning 2YO daughters over the weekend at Niigata and Sapporo.

First up was U Carrot Farm’s Stutti who sustained a big finishing effort to hold out her rivals over 1600 metres at Niigata.

Forty-five minutes later, warm favourite T O Mary scooted to a comfortable two-length victory over 1200 metres at Sapporo for her owner Tomoya Ozasa.

The double became a treble on Sunday when Infinite justified her favouritism for a second 1600-metre Newcomer event at Niigata with an ears-pricked, two-length win.


Maurice is now second to Duramente  on Japan’s 2020 First Season Sires’ list with ¥60.4 million and four winners including the colt Kaiser Nova, who won first-up at Hakodate on 11 July.

Maurice shuttled to Arrowfield for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons, but along with Mikki Isle, Real Impact & Real Steel, he remains in Japan this year as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arrowfield Stud

Moss Trip to visit Trapeze Artist for maiden mating

Triple Crown are delighted to announce that our Group-winner MOSS TRIP will visit Widden Stud stallion Trapeze Artist in the upcoming breeding season.

During a superb career on the track, Mossy showed great tenacity to land the Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick, before backing that up three weeks later with a scintillating victory in the Listed Inglis 3YO Guineas.

She was also placed twice at Group 2 level, most recently when chasing home Reelem In Ruby to form part of a Triple Crown quinella in the Hot Danish Stakes at Rosehill.

In Trapeze Artist, the highest-rated son of four-time Champion Sire Snitzel, Moss Trip meets one of the best-credentialed horses to retire to stud in recent years.

A four-time Group 1 winner, Trapeze Artist showed enough precocity as a juvenile to beat subsequent Group 1 winner TREKKING by three lengths in the Group 3 Black Opal stakes, before going on to finish a close third in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.

It was as a three-year-old, however, that Trapeze Artist announced himself as a bona-fide stallion prospect. His spring campaign was highlighted by a record-breaking victory in the stallion-making Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes, before an autumn preparation which yielded a further two elite level successes in the T J Smith and All Aged Stakes.

He continued to make the headlines as a four-year-old, finishing runner-up to our very own REDZEL in The Everest prior to landing his fourth and final Group 1 in the Canterbury Stakes later in the season, setting another new track record as he had done when winning the All Aged a year earlier.

This is a hugely exciting first mating for Moss Trip, who has let down beautifully since retiring from the track in the autumn. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Mossy as a broodmare!

Moss Trip has let down well since arriving at Yarraman Park Stud

Harlem Blues strikes the right chord at Ballarat

HARLEM BLUES recorded his second career victory at Ballarat on Thursday, again beating the older horses to run out an impressive winner of the 1100m Class 1 Handicap.

The only juvenile in the 12-strong field, Harlem Blues got away well from his awkward barrier but was unsurprisingly posted wide in the early stages. Daniel Moor elected to bring him back to a position just worse than midfield, where he eventually found a bit of cover and relaxed a touch better.

Moor then asked his mount to improve his position in the run to the turn and he duly obliged, but Harlem Blues was forced to corner five-wide as they straightened up for home.

The son of Your Song let down strongly in the straight, and after showing a little inexperience when hitting the front inside the 200m mark, he dug deep when challenged to extend his advantage close home. The winning margin was one-and-a-quarter lengths on the line, with co-trainer Peter Snowden rapt to see Harlem Blues win for the second time as a two-year-old.

“I think we’ve got a racehorse here, he’s a really nice horse and very genuine,” Snowden said.

“There was a lot of merit in what he did today. He was wide, he went back, he went forward, he went around them, and then he found, all with 59.5 kilos on his back.

“All his runs this time in have been pretty good, but today showed that once he finds a backside, he drops his head and relaxes beautifully, and then when asked to quicken he does it in a stride.

“He’s come a long way this preparation in the few runs that he’s had, and he has learnt a lot about racing. Today he was ridden the right way to learn to race which I’m really happy about.”

Harlem Blues will now head for a well-earned break having recorded two wins, a second and a fourth from four starts in just his second preparation.

“I suggest we give him a bit of a break now. Some of these runs have been really tough on him and he gives everything, so let’s leave a bit in the tank for next time through,” Peter Snowden added.

“We’ll get him back on grass tracks in the summer months and I’m sure he’ll continue his winning ways.”

A superb preparation from Harlem Blues and congratulations to all connections! A special mention goes to the Snowden Racing Flemington team, where Harlem Blues is stabled, and to his breeder Chris Handley, who is enjoying the ride as a part-owner of this progressive colt.

Harlem Blues with his ears pinned back, careering away to victory. Credit: Racing Photos

Poetic Charmer brings up Rosehill double for Triple Crown

POETIC CHARMER provided his owners with another memorable day at Rosehill on Saturday, storming down the outside to record his second city win from three starts this preparation.

The son of Your Song broke well under Tommy Berry and settled just worse than midfield in the early stages. Tommy asked his mount for an improved effort as the leaders turned for home, and although the response wasn’t instant, he began to let down strongly once angled out towards the middle of the track.

PC really hit top gear inside the final 100m and was strong through the line, seemingly relishing the step up to 1300m. The winning margin was 0.4L and took his prize-money haul to a touch under $120,000 from just three starts this prep.

“That was another gallant run from him today,” a delighted Tommy Berry said.

“We were able to settle a little bit closer with not as much speed in the race, but he handled the pressure quite well.

“He wasn’t travelling that well coming to the corner, but when I got him out to that better part of the track, jheez he let down well and he was very strong to the line.

“I believe that win at the start of the prep has given him a lot of confidence and he’s built on that every time he’s gone around. I definitely don’t think it will be his last win.”

Huge credit to the team at Snowden Racing, who have kept PC’s work varied this time in and have seemingly found the key to this talented individual. Congratulations to all his owners on another superb win!

Tommy Berry and Poetic Charmer on their way back to the winner’s circle

PC’s victory formed the second part of a double on the day for the team, though the circumstances surrounding Smart Image’s victory earlier on the card meant that celebrations were the last thing on our minds.

Our thoughts go out to the connections of Hot ‘N’ Hazy and jockey Andrew Adkins, who has once again displayed a remarkable level of courage and positivity in the face of adversity.

We have had plenty of success with Andrew in the saddle and we look forward to continuing that success upon his return from this latest setback.

Smart future ahead for unbeaten colt

Saturday’s win saw Triple Crown’s SMART IMAGE extend his perfect record to two wins from two starts, while a tilt at the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick could now be in the offing for this exciting colt.

A $100,000 purchase by Chris & Michael Ward from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Smart Image showed he had taken great improvement from his debut win at Warwick, letting down strongly to score in comfortable fashion.

Smart Image could now be set for a crack at Stakes level

“He ran really well again. He learnt so much from Warwick Farm the other day, he jumped better and travelled better,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.

“If you win these sorts of races you know that you’re going to be very competitive throughout the spring and the autumn. I think the autumn is going to be his time, but there are still plenty of races between now and Christmas.

“Hopefully he pulls up well. I was in two minds about what to do with him before the race – I thought if he won well we could look at the Up And Coming Stakes. It’s a perfect race for a horse like this.

“It’s a jump to stakes grade which is very hard to do on your third run, but these horses that do what he’s doing make me think that he’s more than capable of going that way.

“He’s doing some very good things and keeps improving, which is always a good sign, and hopefully there’s more to come.”

The Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) will be held at Randwick’s Kensington track on Saturday, August 15.

Now unbeaten in two starts and a winner at Saturday city level, Smart Image is certainly a colt with a bright future. Congratulations to all his owners!

Triple’s double is Poetry in motion

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Triple Crown Syndications might have farewelled stable star, Redzel, in April, but the show clearly moves on with a Rosehill Gardens double on Saturday via unbeaten 2YO, Smart Image, and the highly consistent, Poetic Charmer.

As a dual Everest winner and second highest prizemoney earner in Australian racing at $16.4 million, Redzel is a major loss for any stable, but ‘Team Red’ clearly has plenty to look forward to as Smart Image won the opener at Rosehill – the Sky Racing Active Handicap over 1200m – before Poetic Charmer almost bookended the program with his victory in the eighth race, the aptly named Everest Carnival on Sale Handicap over 1300m.

“It’s been an incredibly tough year for everyone with the pandemic, but it just goes to show what a resilient industry we have, given that racing has been allowed to continue in all the mainland states,” Triple Crown’s Michael Ward points out. “The main attraction for racehorse ownership – for most people anyway – is its social aspect and that’s certainly been a challenge over the past six months given all the restrictions on racetrack attendance.

“We usually conduct regular stable visits, but that’s been out of play since March and so we’ve certainly upped the ante by sending out a lot more videos to owners.

“Still, despite social distancing restrictions remaining in place, registered owners are now allowed back on track in NSW and, despite Saturday being a crappy day weather-wise, those syndicate members on course at Rosehill were in fine voice. I have to say that when it comes to cheering, Triple Crown has some Group One performers.”

Ward was obviously ecstatic with rising star, Smart Image, making it two from two and hinted that the Smart Missile youngster would likely target the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes on 15 August, while Poetic Charmer – two wins and a third this campaign – will be seeking a similar race to Saturday.

Smart Image makes it two from two at Rosehill on Saturday

“Poetic Charmer was always an athletic type and there’s a lot of substance about him, but he took time to develop,” Ward adds. “You’re always learning about your horses and the key to him appears to be riding him more quietly in his races before unleashing at the business end.

“Sure, Poetic Charmer might have had to wait a while between drinks from winning at Warwick Farm in December 2018 to his first run back late last month, but he’s in a rich vein of form now though.”

Following Saturday, the 5YO Poetic Charmer has raced on 25 occasions for five wins, 12 placings and $353,015 … much to the delight of part-owner, Michael Giardina.

Running a successful uniform manufacturing company in Sydney, Giardina admits to having only a fleeting interest in thoroughbreds before attending a race meeting with a friend a few years ago.

“We both decided racing one looked like a bit of fun and we were – ARE – big fans of the Snowdens,” Giardina explains. “We got in touch with Triple Crown and Poetic Charmer was my first horse. I’ve now got three.

“That was a huge thrill on Saturday, but I have to say whether it’s a maiden at a country racetrack or Rosehill, the feeling is just as good when you win any race.

“My wife and I have 5YO twin girls and we’ve followed this horse to Newcastle, Kembla and each of the city tracks and it’s just an amazing feeling. We were even over the moon when he won his first trial as a 2YO!

“Because it was raining on Saturday we left the girls at home with their aunty, but we’re reliably informed that they outdid us in the cheering stakes while they watched the race on telly.”

Well, one thing is for sure, not only will the Giardina girls have the best school uniforms, they’ll also clearly have plenty for ‘show and tell’ this week.

Poetic Charmer hails from the first crop of Widden Stud’s Fastnet Rock stallion, Your Song, and Triple Crown clearly shopped wisely in 2016, firstly picking up Poetic Charmer for $65,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale in the January, only to follow up weeks later with another Your Song purchase, paying $67,500 for the Your Song colt from Brave Choice at the Inglis Sydney Classic. Brave Song is now a dual black type winner and 7-times stakes placed, with nearly $700,000 in the bank.

Poetic Charmer, meanwhile, is the first foal of General Nediym mare, Hoss Amor, a 3-time stakes winner at two and Group placed at three for trainer, John O’Shea, and Jason Abrahams’ Champion Thoroughbreds.

Related to Group One winners Sizzling and D’Argento, Hoss Amor has also produced this month’s Eagle Farm winner, Quantico (3 wins from 5 starts) who is likewise trained by O’Shea.

While Hoss Amor was sold for $100,000 as a yearling – going on to win $425,350 in stakes – and Poetic Charmer was snapped up by Triple Crown for just $65,000, Hoss Amor’s second foal – by Medaglia d’Oro – was sold for $2.4 million to Coolmore, Stonestreet, Aquis, Blue Sky Bloodstock and Unifaith at the 2017 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, while the third – Quantico – was purchased by China Horse Club and Boomer Bloodstock for $1.05 million at Easter ’18.

Hoss Amor would produce a Hinchinbrook filly in 2017, but her I Am Invincible colt died in 2018 and she missed to I Am Invincible that spring.

Yarraman Park Stud’s Harry Mitchell advises, however, that Hoss Amor is “due to foal to Hellbent, any day now, and will head back to Hellbent this spring”.

Bowman: Snowdens have another Smart colt

Hugh Bowman piloted Peter and Paul Snowden’s top performing juvenile this season and he believes the father-son duo have another talented colt on their hands in Smart Image.

Bowman combined with the Snowden-trained King’s Legacy during the autumn, which claimed a memorable Sires Produce-Champagne Stakes double for connections.

The Hall Of Fame jockey was looking forward to combining with King’s Legacy again in the spring but was keen to partner Smart Image in the meantime as the colt chases back-to-back wins at Rosehill.

Smart Image will take on 10 rivals in Saturday’s Sky Racing Active 2YO Handicap (1200m).

“I’ve sat on him and he gave me a nice feel but he is still a bit raw,” Bowman said.

“I wouldn’t he is the complete article just yet. I would say he is still six months away to be perfectly honest. He is definitely up to better class races.

“I think he is a black type horse but it will just be whether he is ready to do it quite yet or if he is an autumn horse.”

Smart Image holds a nomination for the Golden Rose where he is currently listed as a $51 outsider with Sportsbet where King’s Legacy is an $11 chance.

In typical Snowden fashion, Smart Image was well educated for his debut with four lead up trials to his maiden hit out at Warwick Farm.

Smart Image profited from a precise steer from Kerrin McEvoy to salute on debut, running down Godolphin’s Beyliks to score over 1200m.

“He won well the other day and his sectionals were very good for a horse that was first up in his first start,” Bowman said.

“He should improve off that run leading into Saturday.”

There will be plenty of attention on the opener at Rosehill on Saturday with a number of promising youngsters lining up.

Unbeaten colt Hot ‘N’ Hazy will step up into metropolitan grade for the first time after trainer Danny Williams labelled the two-year-old his best horse for a decade during the week.

The promising Bravado will be looking to protect his unbeaten record as will the Chris Waller-trained Oscar Zulu.

By Mitch Cohen, Racenet

The General salutes at Goulburn

The week got off to a flyer at Goulburn on Monday when GENERAL SOLEIL came with a stunning late burst to break his maiden at the second time of asking.

Having debuted at the same track just two weeks earlier, General Soleil put that experience to good use and charged down the outside under a gun ride from Alysha Collett, winning a shade cosily in the end.

The son of Epaulette stumbled upon leaving the gates but relaxed beautifully in the early stages, before eventually settling towards the rear of the field. Alysha asked him to improve his position approaching the turn and The General responded, though was forced widest of all as he began to let down in the straight.

In what looked a big ask at the 400m mark, General Soleil found plenty for pressure and sustained a run down the outside to get up in the shadows of the post, seemingly relishing the step up to 1200m.

“That was a good result there, this horse has come a long way this preparation,” delighted co-trainer Peter Snowden said in his post-race report.

“He did a great job today and Alysha rode him really well. I thought his first start was good but he was even better today because he settled great, which left him with a tank of petrol at the end. In his barrier trials he was the opposite, bouncing out and racing really hard through the bridle, but he’s learnt to relax now and breathe better.

“He’s still immature and light, but he’s shown that he has good ability and he’s improved out of sight this preparation.

“We’ll do the right thing by him now and no doubt he’ll repay us with wins later on. The Epaulettes are nearly always better at three than they are at two, and he is one who should definitely train on next preparation.

“I was really happy with that performance.”

General Soleil receives a pat from his delighted strapper Ella

A superb effort at just his second start and hopefully there is plenty more to come from this progressive individual, especially now he seems to have mastered the art of settling early on in his races.

A huge thank you and well done to Alysha, his strapper Ella and all the team at Snowden Racing for producing him in such fine order.

Congratulations to all his owners, plenty of whom will be celebrating!

General Soleil, an $80,000 Inglis Classic Sale purchase by Chris & Michael Ward, pictured as a yearling

Japanese shuttle stallions off the mark with first winners

Six-time Group 1 winner MAURICE sired his first winner on Saturday when Kaiser Nova ran out an impressive debut scorer over 1200m at Hakodate.

Trained by Yoshito Yahagi – who saddled subsequent Japanese Horse Of The Year Lys Gracieux to victory in last year’s Cox Plate – Kaiser Nova showed an electric turn of foot in the straight to win handsomely by a length and a quarter.

The ‘Beast From The East’ has made a promising start to life at stud and currently sits second in the Japanese first-season sire table.

His compatriot MIKKI ISLE, who also shuttled to Arrowfield Stud and has his first two-year-olds racing in Japan this season, sired his first winner last Saturday with Dualist successful in a two-year-old newcomer over 1200m.

Mikki Isle currently sits ninth in the Japanese first-season sire table, having had significantly less runners than all of those above him.

Both stallions will have their first Australian crops turn two on August 1.

News of their first winners will be well-received by all the team at Triple Crown, with Chris & Michael Ward purchasing three sons of Maurice and a daughter of Mikki Isle at the sales earlier this year. All four are at various stages of their development and have already had their first looks at Peter & Paul Snowden’s Randwick and Flemington stables.

Deep Impact’s Dual Group 1-winning son Mikki Isle

Smart debut win has Snowdens thinking

By Bren O’Brien of the TDN Aus Nz

A fast-finishing debut victory at Warwick Farm from Smart Image (Smart Missile) has Peter and Paul Snowden assessing their future options with the 2-year-old colt.

Smart Image surged late under strong riding from Kerrin McEvoy in the Sky Racing Active Plate over 1200 metres to claim Beyliks (Lonhro) in the final stride and give the Snowdens their 33rd victory in a 2-year-old race this season.

The colt first trialled back in November and then again in March before convincing the father and son training partnership to give him a shot at the races after two recent trial wins at Randwick.

Smart Image as a yearling

The son of G3 Sweet Embrace S. winner Shared Reflections (Umatilla {NZ}) is owned by a syndicate headed by Triple Crown Syndications and is far from the fully furnished article according to Paul Snowden.

“Pre-race we were thinking he was going to do a lot wrong, as he has through his trials. We just wanted to have a good day and get something out of it race to race,” Snowden said.

“That’s what we want to do, to get him to the races and have that experience he needs. Kerrin was a big part of that. We were lucky enough to have him on today and he helped him through it.”

“Kerrin was a big part of that. We were lucky enough to have him on today and he helped him through it.” – Paul Snowden

The race didn’t begin as planned, but McEvoy kept making ground through inside horses until the run presented itself, as he nabbed the Godolphin colt Beyliks late, with the Brad Widdup-trained Free State (Headwater) another 4.5l back in third.

“He was a bit slow to jump. He was going to lay up a pair closer than what he did, but you could see he had plenty to offer on the corner and once he built up inside them, he hit the line, which was good to see,” Snowden said.

Smart Image, who cost $100,000 from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, will likely have another run before the Snowdens plot his path further forward.

“His head’s still a little bit everywhere and so it wouldn’t hurt to give him another run and speed that process up of giving him a bit more education and get him to apply his trade. He has still got a bit more to offer, we just have to get that out of him,” he said.

The Snowdens had a good day, with Signore Fox (Exceed And Excel) winning the Listed Ramornie H. at Grafton, his third win at stakes level.