Monday, September 30, 2002
LATEST LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES
PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE
1m 4f, Longchamp, Sunday 6th October 2002
2 Sulamani, 5/2 High Chaparral, 6 (from 7) Nayef, 8 Islington, 8 Marienbard, 10 Aquarelliste, 10 Manhatten Café, 16 Asian Heights, 20 (from 16) Falbrav, 33 Anabaa Blue, 33 (from 25) Ana Marie, 33 Tau Ceti, 40 Boreal, 40 Califet, 40 Fair Mix
BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC
1m 2f, Arlington, 26th October 2002
5 Medaglia D'oro, 7 Evening Attire, 7 War Emblem, 9 Macho Uno, 10 Came Home, 10 Repent, 12 Lido Palace, 14 Harlan's Holiday, 14 Momentum, 20 Buddha, 20 E. Dubai, 25 Milwaukee Brew, 25 Perfect Drift, 33 Dollar Bill, 33 Proud Cizizen, 33 Sunday Break, 40 Include, 40 Mongoose, 40 Red Bullet
BREEDERS CUP MILE
1m, Arlington, 26th October 2002
5/4 Rock Of Gibraltar, 8 Beat Hollow, 10 Forbidden Apple, 10 Sarafan, 14 Aldebaran, 14 Good Journey, 16 Congaree, 16 Irish Prize, 16 Landseer, 16 Zenda, 20 Affirmed Success, 25 Bach, 25 Decarchy, 25 Noverre, 25 Redattore, 25 Special Ring, 25 Touch Of The Blues, 33 Del Mar Show
SAGITTA 2000 GUINEAS
1m, Newmarket, Saturday 3rd May 2003
10 Trade Fair, 12 Refuse To Bend, 16 Maghanim, 16 Statue Of Liberty, 16 Van Nistelrooy, 20 Elusive City, 20 Muqbil, 25 Al Jadeed, 25 Dublin, 25 Hold That Tiger, 25 Tomahawk, 33 Bahamian Dancer, 33 Saturn*, 33 Spartacus, 33 Surbiton, 33 Western Diplomat, 33 Zafeen, 40 Bourbonnais, 40 Country Reel, 40 Helm Bank, 40 Pakhoes, 40 Snipewalk, 40 Tycoon Hall, 50 Apex Star, 50 Mister Links
* Saturn is also given a 33/1 quote for the Derby
SAGITTA 1000 GUINEAS
1m, Newmarket, Sunday 4th May 2003
5/2 Russian Rhythm, 8 (from 10) Soviet Song, 12 Six Perfections, 20 Ego, 20 Walayef, 25 Intercontinental, 25 Nayzak, 25 Reach For The Moon, 25 Summitville, 33 Cassis, 33 Echoes In Eternity, 33 Geminiani, 33 Hi Dubai, 33 Quiet Storm, 40 Billbill, 40 Duty Paid, 40 Londonnetdotcom, 40 Medeena, 40 Wimple
1m 1f, Newmarket, Sat 5th Oct 2002
Ladbrokes can report substantial support for Zonergem who has been moving in the market all day from 10/1 to 7/1 and then finally hitting 6/1 favourite by the close of play. Kirovski is also a mover of note.
6 (from 10) Zonergem, 7 (from 8) Funfair, 12 Beauchamp Pilot, 12 Far Lane, 12 Lady Bear, 16 (from 20) Kirovski, 20 Atlantic Ace, 20 Counsel's Opinion, 20 Heretic, 20 I Cried For You, 20 Jabaar, 20 Judge Davidson, 20 Lingo, 20 Persian Lass, 20 Smirk, 20 Unshakable, 20 Whaleef, 25 Bourgainville, 25 Dream Magic, 25 Eljohar, 25 Faithful Warrior, 25 Father Thames, 25 Muchea, 25 Norton, 25 Takes Tutu, 25 Thihn, 25 Vicious Warrior, 25 Whitewater Boy, 33 Bestam, 33 Champion Lodge, 33 Chivalry, 33 Courageous Duke, 33 Danelor, 33 Finished Article, 33 Ionian Spring, 33 Jokesmith, 33 Man O'mystery, 33 Morro Castle, 33 Nadour Al Bahr, 33 Nashaab, 33 Parisien Star, 33 Penny Pictures, 33 Putra Pekan, 40 Broadway Score, 40 Digital, 40 Eastern Breeze, 40 Gilded Dancer, 40 Hasty Prince, 40 J R Stevenson, 40 Master In Law, 40 Nose The Trade, 40 Goblet Of Fire, 40 Invader, 40 Kilkenny Castle
2m2f, Newmarket, Sat 19th October 2002
5 Tees Components, 10 Conquestadora, 12 Distant Prospect, 14 Hugs Dancer, 14 Mesmeric, 14 Palua, 14 Taffrail, 16 Bourgeois, 16 Double Honour, 16 Greenhope, 16 Guard Duty, 16 Hawkwind, 16 Mana D'argent, 16 Random Quest, 16 Ranville, 16 Riyadh, 16 Wintertide, 20 Coco Loco, 20 Direct Bearing, 20 Establishment, 20 (from 25) Miss Fara, 20 Missouri, 20 Rapid Deployment, 20 Reviewer, 25 Alberich, 25 Archduke Ferdinand, 25 Balladeer, 25 Callisto, 25 First Ballot, 25 Hambleden, 25 Jasmick, 25 Rahwaan, 25 Trained Bythe Best, 25 Wave Of Optimism, 33 Alcazar, 33 Allez Mousson, 33 Churlish Charm, 33 Citrine, 33 Domenico, 33 Dubai Seven Stars, 33 L'evangile, 33 Turtle Valley, 33 Valdesco
IRISH JOCKEYS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Ends 10th November 2002
Evens J P Murtagh, 2 M J Kinane, 9/4 P J Smullen
IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
RECORD AVERAGE AT TATTERSALLS
This year's renewal of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale produced 27% increase to the average, a record EUR14,873, while the aggregate rose by 8% to EUR6,306,200.
Tattersalls (Ireland) chairman Edmond Mahony said, "The sales days were getting too long and the slightly more select approach has helped, but a record average exceeded our most optimistic expectations."
Frank Barry and trainer Kevin Prendergast, who saw each of the eight horses they bought at the sale last year win this season, paid top price of EUR90,000 for a Hernando colt sent up from Staffordstown Stud.
This figure was matched when Tom O'Reilly from Kildare Town purchased a son of Grand Lodge out of the three-time winner Blue Kestrel.
A record Open Sale price of EUR78,000 was paid for a filly when Curragh trainer Jim Gorman took charge of a daughter of Dushyantor. The filly is a half-sister to the smart Vinthea and her grand-dam is a half-sister to multiple Classic winner Vintage Crop.
Other buyers at the sale included the Spanish based trainers Eddie Creighton and Joey Brown. Bobby O'Ryan purchased 5 lots for existing owners of Eddie Creighton, the most expensive of which was a son of Orpen who cost EUR50,000 and will be racing in the colours of Columbus S.L.
IR£26,000 WHERE OR WHEN TAKES QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES
After finishing an unlucky fourth in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood, the Irish-bred Where Or When gained valuable compensation when winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at Ascot.
A son of Coolmore sire Danehill Dancer, Where Or When was bred by Mrs Ann Egan and sold at Goffs November Sale three years ago for just IR£26,000. He is a half brother to All The Way, winner of the Singapore Derby.
He quickened well to beat the Aidan O'Brien-trained odds-on favourite Hawk Wing by two lengths and is unlikely to run again this season. However, he is almost certain to be kept in training as a four-year-old.
BALLINGARRY TAKES CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL IMPRESSIVELY
Ballingarry, who finished 3rd in the Irish Derby and Irish St. Leger, was the impressive 4 length winner of the Canadian International, a World Series race, at Woodbine on Sunday.
The winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud Group 1, last season, was settled in second by Mick Kinane behind leader Yavana's Pace (Ire). Ballingarry quickened past that rival as they entered the straight and went clear for an impressive success.
SOVIET ON SONG IN FILLIES' MILE
Derrinstown resident Marju, is responsible for the impressive Soviet Song who remains unbeaten and completed a hat trick of wins in fine style in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile at Ascot.
The daughter of Derrinstown Stud sire Marju continues to delight trainer James Fanshawe who said, "She's always looked a classy filly. She won first time out, which was a surprise, then over seven in a bog and now a mile."
"She travels well in her races and lets hope she does the same in the Guineas at Newmarket next May."
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT FOR IRISH NATIONAL STUD
The Irish National Stud has confirmed its purchase of Invincible Spirit, the game winner of the Group 1 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock Park earlier this month.
The five-year-old, a son of Green Desert out of the Kris mare Rafha, is expected to be in action at the Breeders' Cup meeting in late October. John Clarke, manager of the Irish National Stud said, "We have been chasing him for some time, so we were thrilled when he won at Haydock."
"He is out of Rafha, who won the Prix de Diane, and he's done something that always seems to work with stallions in proving faster than his pedigree suggests. It will be up to trainer John Dunlop as to whether he goes for the Sprint or the Mile at the Breeders' Cup."
DILSHAAN HEADS FOR TARA
Group 1 winner Dilshaan has been retired and is to retire to Tara Stud in County Meath ahead of the 2003-breeding season.
The son of Darshaan won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, beating Tamburlaine, as a two-year-old and landed the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York the following season. On his final racecourse appearance, he finished eighth to Galileo in the Epsom Derby.
His fee for 2003 has not yet been announced and all enquiries should be made to Derek Iceton at Tara Stud.
MONTY'S PASS TAKES LISTOWEL FEATURE
Monty's Pass, sold for just IR4,200gns at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in 1997, brought his career earnings to over EUR230,000 when winning the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.
The nine-year-old was winning for the seventh time and now heads to Aintree for the Beecher Chase in November and could go for the Grand National back there next April.
GOFFS ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE
Entries are now been accepted for the Goffs December National Hunt Sale. The four-day event will run from December 10-13.
The sale will be for National Hunt horses of all ages and will include horses in training. Entry forms can be obtained by calling Goffs at 00 353 45 886600. Their fax number is 00 353 45 877119 and there email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
TATTERSALLS 2002 AUTUMN HORSES IN TRAINING CATALOGUE NOW ONLINE
The catalogue for the 2002 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale is now online at www.tattersalls.com
The World's largest sale of horses in training numbers 1225 lots and runs from October 28th until October 31st and is immediately followed by the Tattersalls Autumn Yearling Sale.
Top class 2002 performers from the Autumn Horses in Training sale include CONTINENT, winner of the Group 1 Darley July Cup, who cost 40,000 guineas, NUCLEAR DEBATE, winner of the Grade 2 Nearctic Handicap and placed in the $1,000,000 Grade 1 Atto Mile at Woodbine, who cost 180,000 guineas and MANANAN MCLIR, winner of the Grade 2 American Derby who cost 60,000 guineas.
Catalogues will be available from Tattersalls from Wednesday, 9th October.
BALLINGARRY AND MICHAEL KINANE WIN THE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL
Ballingarry, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, won Sunday's eighth leg of the 2002 World Series Racing Championship - the Grade One Canadian International over 2,400 metres at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto.
Partnered by Michael Kinane, the three-year-old son of Sadler's Wells was always well placed in second for most of the race with the eight runner field being taken along by the Mark Johnston-trained ten-year-old Yavana's Pace, with Keith Dalgleish in the saddle.
As they rounded the home turn Kinane got to work on Ballingarry, who took the lead two furlongs from home. The colt then powered clear of Yavana's Pace who stayed to finish third with the second spot going to the Don Burke-trained race favourite Falcon Flight, the mount of Pat Valenzuela.
Ballingarry, who was a 4-1 chance, won by 2 1/4 lengths, with Falcon Flight finishing four lengths clear of Yavana's Pace.
After the race Kinane said, "This is a course that really suits the European type of horse. If you have a good, strong galloper, stamina really comes into play. He was full of himself today, he enjoyed himself. He loved the experience and was at the top of his game."
"I told Kevin (jockey Darley, who rode Zindabad) that if he (Ballingarry) runs as good as he feels, he's going to be in trouble."
"It's a fantastic track. I went out earlier to take a look at it and I knew it was going to suit me. I was happy with the conditions."
"My plan was to go to the lead if no one else was going. I knew if Yavana's Pace made the gate and got there, he would wish to go. And if not, Zindabad is the type of horse that would go forward. My plan was to go to the lead or sit right off it. If the pace was going to quicken, I would try and go past Yavana's Pace. He's the type of horse that you want to get by in a hurry."
"In the stretch, I had a little peek and I knew we had a good pace. I picked up and knew if something wasn't close and on my tail hanging on to me, they'd be in trouble."
"This race was certainly no slouch. I think this horse is improving again. When you get a three-year-old maturing at this point in the season and going forward, the sky's the limit."
Fourth place went to the Roger Attfield-trained Perfect Soul who beat the second Johnston runner Zindabad into fifth place by a nose. Kevin Darley was aboard Zindabad and had travelled to Canada after winning the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in England on Saturday. Darley had earlier on Sunday afternoon won the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes aboard the Ed Dunlop-trained Fraulein.
The Andreas Suborics-ridden Paolini, a 9-2 shot, raced towards the rear in the early stages before making a run at the mile and a quarter pole, the son of Lando could not catch the leaders and crossed the line in sixth place earning one World Series point.
Suborics stated, "I good position and a good run in the stretch. I had a very good position coming into the stretch, but he didn't stay the distance. It's too far for him. If we cut back in distance there can't be any excuse. The ground was perfect for every horse today."
The two Mark Frostad-trained runners, Portcullis and Full Of Wonder, finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Second placed jockey Pat Valenzuela commented, "I had a pretty relaxing trip the whole way until about the three-eighths pole, when the jockey in the blue and white put me up on top of the rail, putting me in very tight quarters. Me and my horse dropped back at that point and we hit the rail. He has a pretty good white mark on him. He ran a good race considering all that happened. The race was a little bit slow, the leader kept running and the horse in second ran off pretty good, and I didn't have enough to get him the last part. He ran good."
Darley, rider of fifth-place finisher Zindabad said, "For the first quarter-mile, I was quite happy getting the lead of the first two, but when we turned down the backstraight, I didn't have any horse beneath me. I had a clean run around, I was stuck three deep always trying to attack and get a little nearer from about seven out, but I just didn't have any horse underneath me. I think he's just a tired horse.
RACING IN CANADA
WOODBINE RACECOURSE, TORONTO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
17.12 (Local) Canadian International (Gr.1) 3yo+ 2,400m
Eighth Leg of the 2002 World Series Racing Championship
1st BALLINGARRY (IRE) (Mrs John Magnier)
Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 3 53.5kgs Michael Kinane
2nd FALCON FLIGHT (FR) (Gary A Tanaka)
Don Burke (USA) 6 57kgs Pat Valenzuela
3rd YAVANA'S PACE (IRE) (Joan Keaney)
Mark Johnston (GB) 10 57kgs Keith Dalgleish
4th PERFECT SOUL (IRE) (Charles Fipke)
Roger Attfield (CAN) 4 57kgs Robert Landry
5th ZINDABAD (FR) (Abdullah Buhaleeba)
Mark Johnston (GB) 6 57kgs Kevin Darley
6th PAOLINI (GER) (Frau Carde Ostermann-Richter)
Andreas Wohler (GER) 5 57kgs Andreas Suborics
7th PORTCULLIS (CAN) (Sam-Son Farm)
Mark Frostad (CAN) 3 53.5kgs Slade Callaghan
8th FULL OF WONDER (CAN) (Sam-Son Farm)
Mark Frostad (CAN) 4 57kgs Todd Kabel
TIME: 2m 31.68s
DISTANCES: 2 1/2, 4, 1/2, nose, 4 1/2, 3, 13 1/4
All 8 Ran
2002 WORLD SERIES POINTS STANDINGS - AFTER LEG EIGHT
Grandera (IRE) 28
Street Cry (IRE) 12
Eishin Preston (USA) 12
Golan (IRE) 12
Beat Hollow (GB) 12
Marienbard (IRE) 12
Ballingarry (IRE) 12
Indigenous (IRE) 8
Paolini (GER) 8
Agnes Digital (USA) 7
Sei Mi (ARG) 6
Nayef (USA) 6
Sarafan (USA) 6
Salve Regina (GER) 6
Hawk Wing (USA) 6
Zindabad (FR) 6
Lanfranco Dettori 44
Jerry Bailey 24
Michael Kinane 18
Kieren Fallon 13
Yuichi Fukunaga 12
Andreas Suborics 10
Hirofumi Shii 7
Jose Valez 6
Richard Hills 6
Corey Nakatani 6
Andreas Starke 6
Pat Valenzuela 6
Mrs John Magnier 21
Gary A Tanaka 16
Toyomitsu Hirai 12
Exors of the late
Lord Weinstock 12
Juddmonte Farms 12
Hamdan Al Maktoum 10
Prince Al Kabeer 9
Mr & Mrs Pang Yuen Hing 8
Frau Carde Ostermann-Richter 8
Takao Watanabe 7
Saeed bin Suroor 60
Aidan O'Brien 21
Sir Michael Stoute 14
Shuji Kitahashi 12
Ivan Allan 12
Bobby Frankel 12
Mark Johnston 10
Jerry Barton 9
Andreas Schutz 8
Andreas Wohler 8
Don Burke 8
WORLD SERIES 2002
Date Race Country / WINNER
23 March - Dubai World Cup - STREET CRY
21 April - Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup - EISHIN PRESTON
11 May - Singapore Airlines International Cup - GRANDERA
27 July - King George & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes - GOLAN
17 August - Arlington Million - BEAT HOLLOW
1 September - Grosser Preis von Baden - Baden Baden - MARIENBARD
7 September - Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes - GRANDERA
29 September - Canadian International - BALLINGARRY
6 October - Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere - Longchamp, France
26 October - The Carlton Draught Cox Plate - Moonee Valley, Australia
26 October - Breeders' Cup Turf - Chicago, USA
26 October - Breeders' Cup Classic - Chicago, USA
24 November - Japan Cup - Nakayama, Tokyo
15 December - Hong Kong Cup - Sha Tin, Hong Kong
THE betabet TWO-YEAR-OLD TROPHY TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE AT REDCAR
Redcar's big race of the season, The betabet Two-Year-Old Trophy - one of the richest races in Europe for juveniles - heads a quality seven-race programme on Saturday (5 October).
With guaranteed prize money of £150,000, the betabet Two-Year-Old Trophy, contested over the straight six furlongs, is sure to attract the maximum field of 26 runners from the 360 original entries made back in May. This prestigious race, first run in 1989, is sponsored for the third year by betabet, the largest network of independent bookmakers in the U.K.
Saturday's strong card also features The betabet Conditions Stakes over the straight seven furlongs, while further highlights include The Tetley's Handicap Stakes (straight mile), The European Breeders Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes (two-year-old fillies - straight seven furlongs) and The Arriva Trains Northern Stakes (a handicap contest over one mile and a quarter). The latter race is sponsored for the second time by Arriva Trains Northern Ltd., and draws attention to the highly-successful "Back a Winner by Train" promotion for racegoers travelling by train to selected racecourses in the north, including Redcar.
York-based Shepherd Construction, one of the U.K.'s leading construction companies, sponsor The Shepherd Construction Classified Stakes, a contest for sprinters over the minimum distance of five furlongs.
Saturday's racecard will be interleaved with full details of the meeting at Newmarket, featuring The Tote Cambridgeshire Handicap, while the giant ToteVision Screen will offer racegoers a close-up view of the action.
The West Jesmond Rhythm Kings will entertain racegoers during the meeting, while an Irish band will perform in the course enclosure, which is also the venue for a bouncy castle, stiltwalker, juggling unicyclist and the fully-equipped playground.
The first race is scheduled to start at 1.55 p.m.
NEW ZEALAND THOROUGHBRED NEWS
TOP NZ MARE SAINT CECILE RETIRED
One of New Zealand's best-performed racemares of recent seasons, Saint Cecile, has been retired and mated with Montjeu, at Windsor Park Stud this spring.
"She is now retired to stud and visited Montjeu on Thursday," said Saint Cecile's part owner and trainer, Nigel Auret, of Wanganui in the lower North Island of New Zealand.
"She was under veterinary care for her feet and has not had any work for a couple of weeks," Auret said. "We have decided it's not worth taking any risks by racing her any further."
Auret and his wife, Adaire, considered a number of Australian-based stallions for Saint Cecile's first mating but elected to go with the six-time Group One winner, Montjeu, who is standing his second season at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge.
"They don't come much better than Montjeu on the racetrack and when we watched the video tape of his performances it wasn't hard to make the choice to select him," Auret said.
Saint Cecile notched up her Group One success in the New Zealand Bloodstock Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha in March.
She had won the same race 12 months earlier when it was still a Group Two event.
In total she won eight races for prize-money earnings of close to $300,000.
The Auret's rate Montjeu so highly that they are also sending Saint Cecile dam, Dalgety Queen to the stallion this season.
Other mares booked to Montjeu in 2002 include:
Grand Echezeaux - Group One winner of the Australasian Oaks. Closely related to Caulfield and Melbourne Cups winner Ethereal.
Blanchard - Group Three winner of the Trentham Stakes and Group One placed in the Wellington Cup (third).
Melora - Group Two winner of the Hollindale Cup and Group One runner-up in the Queensland Derby. From the family of group winner Piper Star.
Sarwatch - New Zealand Bloodstock Filly Of The Year in 2000. Winner of Group Two Royal Stakes and Group Three Highview Stakes.
Greta Hall - Two-time stakes winner and sister to Epsom Handicap and dual group one winner Golden Sword.
Fleur de Chine - Dam of Group One winner Tully Thunder and a Group Two winner herself of the Lion Red 2YO Classic.
La Brilliante - A full sister to top sire and group one winner Kaapstad.
Jennifer Rush - Second top filly on the 1986-87 NZ 2YO Free Handicap. A group three winner and sister to Group One 1000 Guineas winner Phillipa Rush.
Class - Sister to Group One Australian Guineas winner Military Plume. Dam of a $325,000 yearling (by Volksraad) at the Karaka sales two years ago.
Cruzeiro - Winner of Group Two Awapuni Gold Cup. Half-sister to Auckland Cup winner Ligeiro.
Rapida - Stakes performer in Australia.
Spring Rain - Winner of Group Two Wellington Guineas and Group Three Highview Stakes. Runner-up in Group One Telegraph Handicap.
Stella Artois - A Star Way daughter of 1989 Japan Cup winner Horlicks.
The Lions Roar - Group One NZ Oaks runner-up as well as Group Two and Group Three winner. Dam of two-time stakes winner, Leeu.
LEEU HEADING NORTH FOR FILLIES SERIES
South Island-trained three-year-old filly Leeu (NZ) (Volksraad) will be back in the North Island in October - hopefully this time she will get to race.
Leeu posted the second stakes win of her blossoming racing career when she was successful in the Listed Ray Coupland Stakes at the Ashburton meeting last Friday.
She travelled north to contest the Sires' Produce Stakes races at Awapuni and Ellerslie last autumn but both times had to be scratched because of the rain-affected tracks.
"She is one of those Volksraads who must have a firm track to produce her best form," said her trainer, Mandy Brown.
Her next start will be in the $40,000 Lowland Stakes, a Group Three 1400m event, at Trentham on October 12.
Following that she will be prepared for a tilt at the Group One $275,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 9.
Leeu races in the colours of her breeder, Cambridge-based Windsor Park Stud.
She scored her first Listed race win as a two-year-old in the 2001-02 season when taking out the Ford Champagne Stakes at Wingatui.
Leeu is by last season's champion New Zealand sire, Volksraad, from the well-performed Western Symphony mare, The Lions Roar, who included among her six wins the Gr. II Grosvenor Championship Stakes and Gr. III Wilkinson Insurance Mile.
Also from this same family are the Sydney Cup winner Linesman and Brisbane Cup runner-up and multiple group race winner, Bound To Honour.
BARBOROUGH WINS IN OZ DEBUT
The great record enjoyed by Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse with expatriate New Zealand gallopers looks set to continue with new stable star, Barborough.
Many of the Waterhouse stable stars over the years have started out their racing careers in New Zealand stables. Te Akau Nick, Electronic, Coco Cobanna and Hey Pronto are among the most notable.
Barborough won twice as a three-year-old in New Zealand last season from the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker - trainer of top Melbourne Cup hope Prized Gem.
Barborough was sold to clients of the Waterhouse stable earlier this year.
The four-year-old son of NZ-based sire Woodborough made his Australian racing debut in a 1400m Open Handicap at Newcastle on Saturday and recorded a very soft win. Waterhouse will now target Barborough for suitable staying races over the spring carnival.
SECOND STAKES WINNER FOR TALE OF THE CAT IN US
Last season's top-selling freshman sire Tale Of The Cat recorded his second stakes winner from his first crop in the USA when Risky Cat won the Kimberlite Pipe Stakes at Kentucky Downs last week.
After being represented by another winner in the US last weekend, Tale Of The Cat has now been represented by 15 individual winners.
With Tale Of the Cat not returning to the southern hemisphere after his solitary year at stud at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge, in 1999 New Zealand breeders this year have the opportunity to access a dual Group One winning son of Storm Cat - leading European miler Black Minnaloushe - at the same stud farm.
PREFERRED LIES SHOOTING FOR GROUP GLORY
Cambridge trainers Richard Dee and Matt Dixon have their hearts set on group racing in the next few months with their stable's talented mare, Preferred Lies.
The five-year-old mare is already a Listed race winner having taken out the Wairarapa Breeders' Stakes at Tauherenikau in February.
Preferred Lies made a barnstorming return to racing at Matamata on Saturday with a superb win over 1200m.
"I was expecting a big run from her as she had been working a treat," Dee said. "But the performance she came up exceeded even my expectations."
The next target for the daughter of Casual Lies will be the Group Three $40,000 Fayette Park Stakes (1400m) at Hawera on October 19.
The race provided a great result for Casual Lies who was reasonable for supplying the quinella when his daughter Flor D'Luna finished second.
NTRA SIGNS GUINNESS AS SPONSOR AND OFFICIAL IMPORTED BEER OF THE BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited and Guinness today announced that an agreement in principle has been reached for Guinness to become a sponsor of NTRA/Breeders' Cup and the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Under the multi-year agreement, which begins with next month's Breeders' Cup on Oct. 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., to be televised live on NBC, Guinness becomes the official imported beer of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The agreement also provides Guinness with prominence at official Breeders' Cup hospitality venues, official hotels and special events, as well as Guinness-branded signage on the starting gates for the Breeders' Cup races and opportunities for national consumer promotions. Guinness advertising will air during NTRA/Breeders' Cup programming on NBC, CBS and CNBC.
"We're very pleased that Guinness has joined our growing list of NTRA sponsors," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Uniting Thoroughbred racing with a global brand like Guinness will help us in our efforts to extend the international presence of the World Thoroughbred Championships."
"Guinness believes that sponsorship of the 2002 World Thoroughbred Championships, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, is a unique opportunity to fuse with an esteemed sport that shares many of the distinct attributes that define the famous Irish stout," says Kevin Kells, Guinness Brand Director. "Like Guinness, horseracing is a time-honored part of Irish history, with a rich background rooted in tradition."
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