Australian Racing Review 19 October 2017

Australian racing review October 19th.

Everest​ ​a​ ​peak​ ​moment​ ​for​ ​Sydney​ ​racing

Despite occasional infractions, there​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​long-established​ ​gentleman’s​ ​agreement​ ​in​ ​Australian​ ​racing​ ​that​ ​the spring​ ​belongs​ ​to​ ​Melbourne​ ​and​ ​the​ ​autumn​ ​is​ ​Sydney’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​showcase​ ​the​ ​stars​ ​of​ ​the turf.

That​ ​landscape, however,​ ​most​ ​likely​ ​changed​ ​forever​ ​in​ ​the​ ​aftermath​ ​of​ ​the​ ​inaugural​ ​running of The Everest​ ​at Sydney’s​ ​Randwick​ ​racecourse​ ​on​ ​Saturday. By any measure – racing, crowd, atmosphere, betting turnover – it was a success.

Backed​ ​by​ ​12​ ​slot​ ​holders​ ​putting​ ​up​ ​$600,000​ ​each​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​sprinting talent​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country​ ​The​ ​Everest​ ​carried​ ​a​ ​$10​ ​million​ ​purse​, making the 1200m sprint​ ​the richest​ ​turf​ ​race​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world.

The​ ​Everest​ ​announced​ ​its​ ​arrival​ ​with​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​crowd​ ​at​ ​Randwick​ ​since​ ​the​ ​Sydney racetrack’s​ ​facilities​ ​were​ ​given​ ​a​ ​$150​ ​million​ ​makeover​ ​and​ ​were​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​2013.

And​ ​the​ ​33,512​ ​racegoers​ ​laid​ ​a​ ​foundation​ ​for​ ​a​ ​new​ ​benchmark​ ​for​ ​pari-mutuel​ ​turnover, for​ ​so​ ​long​ ​the​ ​driver​ ​for​ ​Australian​ ​prize​ ​money​ ​levels​ ​that​ ​are​ ​among the highest in the world. 

The​ ​Everest​ ​meeting​ ​clashed​ ​with​ ​Guineas​ ​day​ ​at​ ​Caulfield,​ ​traditionally​ ​the launching site for ​ ​four​ ​weeks​ ​of​ ​racing​ ​in​ ​Melbourne​ ​that​ ​captures​ ​an​ ​international​ ​audience.

But​ ​Guineas​ ​day,​ ​with​ ​its​ ​four​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​races,​ ​now​ ​seems​ ​destined​ ​to​ ​have to share​ ​racing’s attention​ ​with​ ​The​ ​Everest​ ​meeting,​ ​although​ ​there​ ​are​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Sydney​ ​race​ ​to​ ​be​ ​run under​ ​lights​ ​on​ ​a​ ​Friday​ ​night​ ​from​ ​as​ ​early​ ​as​ ​next​ ​year.

For​ ​the​ ​traditionalists​, ​Guineas​ ​day​ ​always​ ​delivers​ ​quality​ ​with​ ​10​ ​races​ ​of​ ​black-type​ ​status, and​ ​the​ ​purists​ ​should​ ​be​ ​satisfied​ ​it​ ​remains​ ​a​ ​pivotal​ ​moment​ ​in​ ​the​ ​spring.


Redzel​ ​rules​ ​against​ ​Australia’s​ ​best​ ​sprinters

The​ ​Everest​ ​​ ​result​ ​was​ ​a​ ​triumph​ ​for​ ​the​ ​egalitarian​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​racing​ ​in Australia.

Redzel​ ​(Snitzel),​ ​modestly​ ​priced​ ​at​ ​$120,000​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Magic​ ​Millions​ ​yearling​ ​sales​ ​purchase, fended​ ​off​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​best​ ​sprinters​.

Bought​ ​by​ ​Triple​ ​Crown​ ​Syndications,​ ​a​ ​Sydney-based​ ​bloodstock​ ​company​ ​founded​ ​by brothers​ ​Chris​ ​and​ ​Michael​ ​Ward,​ ​Redzel​ ​was​ ​publicly​ ​advertised​ ​and​ ​sold​ ​in​ ​an​ ​ownership model​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​racing​ ​affordable​ ​and​ ​appealing​ ​to​ ​everyday​ ​Australians.

Redzel​ ​started​ ​his​ ​racing​ ​career​ ​with​ ​Rosehill​ ​trainer​ ​Gerald​ ​Ryan​ ​but​ ​made​ ​his​ ​way​ ​across town​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Peter​ ​and​ ​Paul​ ​Snowden​ ​stable​ ​at​ ​Randwick​ ​when​ ​the​ ​father-and-son​ ​team became​ ​principal​ ​trainers​ ​for​ ​Triple​ ​Crown.

A​ ​no-nonsense​ ​racehorse​ ​adaptable​ ​to​ ​all​ ​types​ ​of​ ​ground​, he​ ​came​ ​of​ ​age​ ​as​ ​a Group​ ​One​ ​sprinter​ ​in​ ​winning​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​major​ ​sprints​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Brisbane​ ​winter​ ​carnival, the​ ​Doomben​ ​10,000.

It​ ​was​ ​the​ ​strength​ ​of​ ​that​ ​form​ and his potential for improvement ​that​ ​attracted​ ​the​ ​attention​ ​of​ ​Everest slot-holder​ ​James​ ​Harron,​ ​a young​ ​bloodstock​ ​agent​ ​who​ ​teamed​ ​up​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Snowdens​ ​to​ ​win​ ​Australia’s​ ​most​ ​important two-year-old​ ​race,​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Slipper,​ ​with​ ​Capitalist​ ​in​ ​2016.

Redzel’s​ ​jockey​ ​Kerrin​ ​McEvoy​ ​needs​ ​little​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​the​ ​international​ ​racing​ ​scene​ ​as​ ​a long-time​ ​retained​ ​rider​ ​for​ ​Sheikh​ ​Mohammed​ ​in​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​Australia​ ​before​ ​going freelance​ ​in​ ​2014.

McEvoy​ ​won​ ​his​ ​second​ ​Melbourne​ ​Cup​ ​last​ ​year​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ride​ ​on​ ​Redzel​ ​only​ ​confirmed​ ​his rating​ ​as​ ​a​ ​big-race​ ​specialist

He​ ​had​ ​the​ ​five-year-old​ ​on​ ​a​ ​comfortable​ ​rein​ ​riding​ ​the​ ​speed​ ​and​ ​established​ ​a​ ​winning break​ ​at​ ​the​ ​200m​ ​before​ ​holding​ ​off​ ​Vega​ ​Magic​ ​(Lope​ ​De​ ​Vega)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Japanese-bred sprinter​ ​Brave​ ​Smash​ ​(Tosen​ ​Phantom).

Chautauqua (Encosta De Lago),​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​highest-rated​ ​sprinter,​ ​had​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​runs​ ​through​ ​the​ ​field​ ​before closing​ ​off​ ​to​ ​finish​ ​fourth​ ​on​ ​a​ ​track​ ​that​ ​made​ ​it​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​swoop​ ​down​ ​the​ ​outside.


Mighty​ ​Boss​ ​lands​ ​Caulfield​ ​Guineas​ ​upset

The​ ​$2​ ​million​ ​Caulfield​ ​Guineas,​ ​a​ ​1600m​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​race​ ​for​ ​three-year-olds,​ ​produced​ ​an unexpected​ ​result​ ​when​ ​Mighty​ ​Boss​ ​made​ ​a​ ​late​ ​run​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​to​ ​beat​ ​Godolphin​ ​colt Kementari.

Barely​ ​rating​ ​a​ ​mention​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lead-up​ ​to​ ​a​ ​race​ ​that​ ​invariably​ ​ensures​ ​a​ ​winning​ ​colt​ ​will​ ​be a​ ​sought-after​ ​stallion​ ​prospect,​ ​Mighty​ ​Boss​ ​(Not​ ​A​ ​Single​ ​Doubt)​ ​landed​ ​the​ ​Guineas​ ​for trainer​ ​Mick​ ​Price​ ​and​ ​jockey​ ​Michael​ ​Walker​ ​as​ ​a​ ​100-1​ ​chance.

Mighty​ ​Boss​ ​went​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Guineas​ ​at​ ​his​ ​sixth​ ​start​ ​with​ ​his​ ​only​ ​win​ ​coming​ ​in​ ​a​ ​race​ ​for maiden two-year-olds​ ​ ​on​ ​a​ ​Victorian​ ​country​ ​track.

But​ ​there​ ​were​ ​encouraging​ ​signs​ ​in​ ​a​ ​lead-up​ ​race​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Guineas​ ​with​ ​a​ ​minor​ ​placing​ ​at Group​ ​Two​ ​level,​ ​although​ ​most​ ​hopes​ ​were​ ​pinned​ ​on​ ​the​ ​eventual​ ​third-placed​ ​filly​ ​Catchy (Fastnet trock) and​ ​the​ ​ultimately​ ​luckless​ ​Royal​ ​Symphony (Domesday).

The​ ​Guineas​ ​ushered​ ​in​ ​a​ ​changing​ ​of​ ​the​ ​guard​ ​for​ ​Price​ ​as​ ​Mighty​ ​Boss​ ​became​ ​his​ ​latest Group​ ​One​ ​winner​ ​on​ ​a​ ​day​ ​he​ ​farewelled​ ​Lankan​ ​Rupee​ (Redoute’s Choice) ​from​ ​racing.

A​ ​sprinter​ ​once​ ​rated​ ​the​ ​best​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​Lankan​ ​Rupee​ ​was retired​ ​after​ ​finishing​ ​down​ ​the​ ​course​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Schillaci​ ​Stakes. Like Mighty Boss he is also owned by Muzaffar Yaseen, through his company Teeley Assets.


Purcell​ ​steps​ ​into​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​spotlight

Caulfield​ ​provided​ ​a​ ​red-letter​ ​day​ ​for​ ​trainer​ ​Aaron​ ​Purcell.

Purcell’s​ ​first​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​runner​ ​turned​ ​out​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​winner​ ​when​ ​ filly Aloisia​ ​(Azamour)​ ​also​ ​found​ ​clear​ ​running​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​to​ ​claim​ ​the​ ​$500,000​ ​Thousand Guineas​ ​over​ ​1600m​ ​for​ ​fillies.

The​ ​40-year-old​ ​took​ ​centre​ ​stage​ ​at​ ​the​ ​expense​ ​of​ ​his​ ​close​ ​friend​ ​Ciaron​ ​Maher,​ ​last year’s​ ​Caulfield​ ​Cup-winning​ ​trainer​ ​who​ ​is​ ​serving​ ​a​ ​six-month​ ​ban​ ​over​ ​his​ ​involvement​ ​in the​ ​ownership​ ​bona​ ​fides​ ​of​ ​high-class​ ​racemare​ ​Azkadellia (Shinko King).

Purcell​ ​took​ ​over​ ​Maher’s​ ​Caulfield​ ​stable​ ​last​ ​month​ ​and​ ​Aloisia’s​ ​win​ ​came​ ​as​ ​a​ ​bonus​ ​on her​ ​way​ ​to​ ​the​ ​VRC​ ​Oaks,​ ​the​ ​principal​ ​staying​ ​test​ ​for​ ​three-year-old​ ​fillies​ ​during​ ​the Melbourne​ ​Cup​ ​carnival.

Aloisia​ ​is​ ​owned​ ​by​ ​OTI​ ​Racing,​ ​a​ ​syndication​ ​group​ ​that​ ​has​ ​enjoyed​ ​success​ ​with European​ ​imports​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​2008​ ​Melbourne​ ​Cup​ ​runner-up​ ​Bauer (Halling).

Former​ ​Australian​ ​Test​ ​cricketer​ ​Simon​ ​O’Donnell​ ​is​ ​heavily​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​OTI​ and the syndicate immediately​ ​followed​ ​its​ ​Thousand​ ​Guineas​ ​success​ ​when​ ​ex-French​ ​stayer​ ​Gailo​ ​Chop (Deportivo)​ ​won​ ​the​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​Caulfield​ ​Stakes,​ ​a​ ​weight-for-age​ ​race​ ​over​ ​2000m.

Gailo​ ​Chop​ ​first​ ​ventured​ ​to​ ​Australia​ ​for​ ​the​ ​2015​ ​Melbourne​ ​spring​ ​carnival​ ​and​ ​won​ ​the Group​ ​One​ ​Mackinnon​ ​Stakes​ ​over​ ​2000m​ ​after​ ​running​ ​in​ ​Winx’s​ ​(Street Cry) first​ ​Cox​ ​Plate.

A​ ​seven-year-old,​ ​Gailo​ ​Chop​ ​spent​ ​17​ ​months​ ​sidelined​ ​because​ ​of​ ​injury​ ​but​ ​he​ ​is​ ​a​ ​force again​ ​under​ ​Victoria’s​ ​leader​ ​trainer​ ​Darren​ ​Weir.

Three​ ​northern​ ​hemisphere-trained​ ​horses​ ​had​ ​their​ ​first​ ​spring​ ​carnival​ ​outings​ ​in​ ​the Caulfield​ ​Stakes​ ​and​ ​none​ ​were​ ​more​ ​impressive​ ​than​ ​Aidan​ ​O’Brien’s​ ​Johannes​ ​Vermeer (Galileo).

A​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​winner​ ​in​ ​France,​ ​Johannes​ ​Vermeer​ ​turned​ ​in​ ​an​ ​outstanding​ ​Caulfield​ ​Cup trial​ ​to​ ​take​ ​late​ ​ground​ ​of​ ​Gailo​ ​Chop​ ​in​ ​finishing​ ​second.


Group​ ​One​ ​double​ ​for​ ​Weir

Weir’s success with internationall-bred horses continued ​ ​when​ ​former​ ​Japanese middle-distance​ ​star Tosen​ ​Stardom​ ​(Deep​ ​Impact)​ ​broke​ ​through​ ​for​ ​his​ ​first​ ​Australian​ ​win in​ ​the​ ​Group​ ​One​ ​Toorak​ ​Handicap​ ​over​ ​1600m.

Tosen​ ​Stardom​ ​carries​ ​the​ ​colours​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Australian​ ​Bloodstock​ ​syndicate​ ​which​ ​came​ ​to international​ ​prominence​ ​when​ ​the​ ​German​ ​stayer​ ​Protectionist​ ​won​ ​the​ ​2014​ ​Melbourne Cup.


Lord​ ​Fandango​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​three​ ​ ​for OTI

OTI​ ​was​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​three​ ​Caulfield​ ​winners​ ​with​ ​former​ ​English​ ​stayer​ ​Lord​ ​Fandango​ ​(Lord Of​ ​England)​ ​backing​ ​up​ ​a​ ​recent​ ​country​ ​cup​ ​victory​ ​to​ ​claim​ ​the​ ​Group​ ​Two​ ​Herbert​ ​Power Stakes​ ​(2400m) and give an emotional former English trainer Archie Alexander his biggest winner in his short time preparing gallopers from his new base at the Victoria city of Ballarat.

Once​ ​a​ ​last-chance​ ​race​ ​for​ ​stayers ​to​ ​win​ ​their​ ​way​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Caulfield​ ​Cup,​ ​the​ ​Herbert Power​ ​is​ ​now​ ​targeted​ ​as​ ​a​ ​spring​ ​pipe-opener​ ​point​ ​for​ ​overseas​ ​horses seeking a portion of the riches on offer during the Melbourne .

As​ ​such,​ ​there​ ​was​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​English-trained​ pair,​ ​​ ​Hugo​ ​Palmer’s ​Wall​ ​Of​ ​Fire (Canford Cliffs) and​ ​Godolphin’s​ ​Kidmenever​ ​(Baltic King) for​ ​Charlie​ ​Appleby.

Wall​ ​Of​ ​Fire,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​already​ ​travelled​ ​to​ ​Dubai​ ​and​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​was​ ​the best​ ​of​ ​the​ ​duo​ ​and​ ​firmed​ ​in​ ​Melbourne​ ​Cup​ ​markets​ ​with​ ​a​ ​solid-finishing​ ​second.

Kidmenever​ ​was​ ​beaten​ ​a​ ​long​ ​way​ ​but​ ​the​ ​Appleby​ ​stable​ ​regrouped​ ​quickly​ ​to​ ​win​ ​the $300,000​ ​Cranbourne​ ​Cup​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​with​ ​Folkswood​ ​(Exceed​ ​And​ ​Excel)​, ​with Everest-winning​ ​jockey​ ​McEvoy​ ​making​ ​the​ ​trip​ ​from​ ​Sydney​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Victorian​ ​provincial racetrack.


ATC​ ​resurrects​ ​St​ ​Leger​

As​ ​a​ ​support​ ​for​ ​The​ ​Everest​ ​card,​ ​the​ ​Australian​ ​Turf​ ​Club​ ​revived​ ​one​ ​of​ ​its​ ​oldest​ ​races, the​ ​St​ ​Leger​ ​Stakes.

First​ ​run​ ​in​ ​1841,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​won​ ​by​ ​famous​ ​names​ ​of​ ​the​ ​turf​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Phar​ ​Lap​ ​and​ ​Peter​ ​Pan before​ ​it​ ​was​ ​disbanded.

To​ ​mark​ ​its​ ​return,​ ​the​ ​race​ ​carried​ ​a​ ​$500,000​ ​purse​ ​and​ ​was​ ​run​ ​under​ ​set-weights conditions​ ​over​ ​2600m​ ​with​ ​the​ ​winner,​ ​the​ ​Darren​ ​Weir-trained​ ​Big​ ​Duke (Raven’s Pass),​ ​heading​ ​for​ ​the Melbourne​ ​Cup​ ​via​ ​the​ ​Moonee​ ​Valley​ ​Gold​ ​Cup​ ​on​ ​Cox​ ​Plate​ ​day.


Everest​ ​consolation​ ​for​ ​In​ ​Her​ ​Time

Slotholders​ ​couldn’t​ ​find​ ​a​ ​place​ ​for​ the outstanding sprinter  ​In​ ​Her​ ​Time​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Everest​ ​and​ ​she​ ​was​ ​left​ ​as​ ​an emergency​ ​for​ ​the​ ​$10​ ​million​ ​race.

However, a​ ​nice​ ​consolation​ ​prize​ ​awaited​ ​connections​ ​when​ ​In​ ​Her​ ​Time​ ​(Time​ ​Thief)​ ​won​ ​the​ ​Listed Sydney​ ​Stakes​ ​over​ ​1200m​ ​offering​ ​$500,000.

And​ ​she​ ​took​ ​some​ ​bragging​ ​rights​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​running​ ​a​ ​tenth​ ​of​ ​a​ ​second​ ​faster​ ​for​ ​the distance​ ​than​ ​Redzel did in winning The Everest.

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