Exciting young stallion Extreme Choice sired a winning double on Saturday to register his first winners on both sides of the Tasman.
The Newgate Farm-based stallion wasted no time in siring his first winner in New Zealand, with the heavily backed Palamos scoring impressively at Te Rapa by a comfortable two lengths.
Shortly after Palamos saluted it was the turn of Tiger of Malay, who made a winning debut at Randwick in the ATC Kirkham Plate (1000m).
In a huge day for #ExtremeChoice, #TigerOfMalay rockets home out wide to give him another winner today! He was sold at the @inglis_sales Easter from @TyreelStud to @Chinahorseclub and @NewgateFarm for $300K. Newgate are having a massive day! 📹7 pic.twitter.com/0S4HKVudDM
— ANZ Bloodstock (@anz_news) October 24, 2020
Ridden by Jason Collett for Richard and Michael Freedman, Tiger Of Malay finished determinedly from midfield to defeat Snitzel filly Snerda by a half-length.
A dual Group 1 winner by Not a Single Doubt, Extreme Choice has made an exciting start to his stud career with two winners and the stakes-place-getter Extreme Warrior from his first five starters – a beginning made all the more impressive by the fact he had just 48 foals in his first crop.
One of those 48 is Triple Crown filly Choix De La Mer, who recently returned to Peter & Paul Snowden’s Randwick stables following a short break.
Japanese stallion Mikki Isle sired his first Australian winner on Saturday when Oriental Princess produced a dominant display in the QTIS 2YO Maiden Plate over 1000 metres at the Sunshine Coast.
Quick to jump from barrier 6, the Gillian Heinrich-trained filly took an early lead and proved too strong to the line, running away with a 1.8 length victory.
The first Australian winner for Japanese shuttle sire Mikki Isle is on the board🙌. A standout filly @mmsnippets, Oriental Princess (ex Anadan) followed up her impressive trial with an easy debut win @SCTurfClub for Gillian Heinrich. #offthemark #onetowatch #ohmikkiyoursofine pic.twitter.com/LgeS5PxLvH
— Arrowfield Stud (@ArrowfieldStud) October 25, 2020
Oriental Princess had shown plenty of promise at the trials prior to Saturday’s debut and looks to have a bright future ahead of her.
The same can be said of her sire Mikki Isle, who got off the mark down under with just his second Australian runner.
The son of the late Deep Impact made an excellent start to life at stud in his native Japan earlier this year, with his debut crop spearheaded by impressive Group 3 scorer Meikei Yell.
Triple Crown’s Mikki Isle filly Mishka Magic will return to pre-training in the coming weeks after pleasing Peter & Paul Snowden during her most recent preparation.
Mikki Isle shuttled to Arrowfield Stud in 2017, 2018 and 2019, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the stallion did not return to Australia for the 2020 southern hemisphere breeding season.
The Everest will be run without REDZEL for the very first time on Saturday, but the Triple Crown team are excited to have both BRAVE SONG and MILITARY ZONE line up alongside one another in the Group 3 Sydney Stakes on the Randwick card.
Brave Song is competing in the $500,000 contest for the second year in succession, having endured a luckless passage when beaten only four lengths twelve months ago.
“I needed a can opener to get out – I had a fair bit to give with not much room to aim at,” were the words of a frustrated Kerrin McEvoy after that race, and here’s hoping Brave Song enjoys a better run in transit this time round.
Regan Bayliss, who has previously partnered the Group 2 winner to a pair of placings at stakes level, takes over the reins on Saturday, which will mark exactly two years to the day since Brave Song recorded his first Listed victory in the Caulfield Village Stakes.
The forecast good track should also be to his liking and the same can be said of his stablemate Military Zone, who will step out for the first time this preparation off the back of an eye-catching trial at Randwick last month.
Already a dual Group 3 winner, Military Zone will sport blinkers on raceday for the first time, with Peter & Paul Snowden pleased with how they sharpened him up in his most recent barrier trial.
MILITARY ZONE doing his best James Bond impression at the beach earlier this week 🏇🏼🌊☀️
Looking forward to seeing our dual Group 3 winner get his prep underway in the Sydney Stakes at Randwick on Saturday 🤞@SnowdenRacing1 @atc_races #militaryzone #theequinedanielcraig pic.twitter.com/vs06aUcsx6
— Triple Crown Syndications (@TripleCrownSynd) October 16, 2020
This time last year Military Zone was gearing up for a tilt at the inaugural $7.5m Golden Eagle and $1m The Gong, the latter of which will again be his target third-up on November 21.
Kerrin McEvoy is booked to ride the son of Epaulette on Saturday.
Today marks exactly a year since MISSILE MANTRA came agonisingly close to Group 1 glory in the Thousand Guineas, and the daughter of Smart Missile will get the chance to make amends when she returns to Caulfield on Wednesday for a shot at the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase.
Twelve months on, the form of that Group 1 placing was given two major boosts at Randwick on Saturday when the winner (Flit) and the sixth-placed horse (Emeralds) took out the Silver Eagle and Group 3 Angst Stakes respectively.
Following her superb last-start third in the Group 2 Lexus Rose Of Kingston Stakes, Missile Mantra looks to have plenty in her favour ahead of Wednesday’s $200,000 contest, with a dry track, suitable barrier and re-application of winkers all pointing towards a peak performance from the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained mare.
We’re rapt with MISSILE MANTRA’s third in the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes @FlemingtonVRC on Saturday 🥉
— Triple Crown Syndications (@TripleCrownSynd) October 6, 2020
Missile Mantra is not the only Triple Crown mare in action on Wednesday, with both MILITARY MAGIC and BALLISTICA lining up at Warwick Farm. The pair face one another in the 1100m Benchmark 72 Handicap on the card and bring similar form lines into the race, having both finished third behind the regally bred Emanate in the same grade at their most recent outing.
In what is shaping up to be an exciting week ahead for the Triple Crown team, MILITARY ZONE and BRAVE SONG remain on course for the Group 3 Sydney Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, where the fourth running of The Everest takes centre stage.
MISTEED is also among the nominations for the 1400m Handicap on Everest Day, while OCTAGON could feature earlier in the week at Kembla Grange on Thursday.
Let’s hope there is plenty of cause for celebration over the next five days!