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Babel Heads 2014 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Nominations - www.races.com.au
09 Jan 2014

A total of 15 fillies and mares have nominated for this year’s edition of the $125,000 Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) including the 59kg top weight Babel.

A winner of five of their 25 career starts to date the five-year-old Lonhro mare comes off a close third in a Benchmark 95 over 1400m at Rosehill from January 4.

They’ll be on the short back-up then if accepted for Friday’s meet, and will also be carrying a weight they haven’t seen since they carted 59.5kg to victory at Bendigo back in July of 2012.

While they handled the weight there they’ve had between 54 and 56kg in all their runs since including 54.5kg last start.

Following Babel in the Belle Of The Turf nominations and weights with 58.5kg are then the John Sargent-trained defending champ Cathay Lady who ran third in the Goulburn Cup two back and Chris Waller’s Flying Spur six-year-old Madam Nash.

Like a number of the nominees Madam Nash comes off a run in the December Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury from December 28 having run a brave fourth behind Messene in the off season feature.

Waller has also nominated for his last start winner Acapela, the Elusive City mare having won the Drummond Golf Handicap over the Randwick mile on Boxing Day, who will again be ridden by Brenton Avdulla.

“Brenton Avdulla has a good association with Acapela and he will stick with her in the Belle Of The Turf and Glyn Schofield is booked for Madam Nash,” Waller told AAP this week.

There are then two other last start winners in the mix with the in-form Two Blue from Wyong coming off a Rosehill 1500m victory from last Saturday and one of Snowden’s other nominees Pleiades who scored in Sydney on Boxing Day.

Along with Babel and Pleiades the other Snowden-trained chance is then La Pieta who finished a close third in the Drummond Golf behind Acapela last start.

Other notable hopes include the Peter Moody-trained Zabeel mare Zoomania who may find the mile a little short, Drummond Gold runner-up Myamira and Gai Waterhouse’s recent Canterbury winner Darci Drama.



Quintessential in foal to Champion Stallion - by Adrian Clark
03 Jan 2014

Quintessential in foal to Champion Stallion

Quintessential, winner of the 2012 Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 and twice successful at last year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival at Group Race level, is in foal to Fastnet Rock.

The daughter of Fast ‘n’ Famous was retired on the eve of the 2013 Caulfield Cup after not racing up to her best form.  She was floated north to the Hunter Valley and walked out for a successful service from her new base at Mike & Kate Fleming’s Broadwater Farm at Scone.

Purchased at the 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Select Sale by this agency, Quintessential is owned by Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud Ltd.

Quintessential was trained by John Sargent throughout her career for 6 wins and around $800,000 in prize money.  Her best win was the Queensland Oaks, but she also won the Eagle Farm Cup-Gr.2, Desert Gold Stakes-Gr.3 and Chairman’s Handicap-Gr.3.  Her placings included a second in the Queensland Derby-Gr.1, third the New Zealand Oaks-Gr.1 and second in the Brisbane Cup-Gr.2.

It is likely that Quintessential will remain in Australia for at least the next breeding season.

Quintessential winning at 1400 metres under Lisa Allpress at Awapuni as a three-year-old.

Upsetter receives a rousing reception - By Wally O'Hearn (The Informant)
30 Dec 2013Michael Walker was the star of the meeting at Rotorua today with three winners, but it was fellow jockey Reese Jones who attracted the most rousing reception after an upset win.

Jones was greeted in the birdcage by some of the excited owners of Lasting Touch as he returned to scale after winning the Bayleys Nationals 7s 1560 on the six-year-old mare at odds of almost 20/1.

Lasting Touch had won just once in 20 previous starts, that win being at Te Awamutu last April, and she had disappointed more than she had pleased her connections.

“I’ve sacked her twice, but the owners just wanted to give her one more chance,” said her Te Rapa trainer Damon Anaki. “This was going to be her last race and she goes out and does that.”

Lasting Touch is raced by Anaki’s family and friends and the cheering that went on from the stands as rider Reese Jones got her home by a head from Cops ‘N’ Coyote was one usually reserved for a hot favourite.

That excitement spilt down to the birdcage awaiting Jones to unsaddle the Golan mare and it was a reminder of the joy racing can bring.

“I can’t believe she’s won,” said Anaki as he was swamped with congratulations from family members. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with her now.”

Anaki, a former jockey, has pottered around training a horse or two over the years and had one previous winner before Lasting Touch entered his stable.

As well as her maiden win, Lasting Touch had been placed on seven occasions before today’s upset win. The most recent of those placings was last August when runner-up over 1400 metres at Waverley.

Jones gave the Lasting Touch crew some hope after the race. “She just wants the sting out of the ground and to be given some room,” he said. “She just keeps going.”

Walker, over from Melbourne on a busman’s holiday, kicked home three winners today, including two for the Matamata training partnership of John Sargent and Hayden Allen. His winners for the Matamata trainers came aboard My Mestari  and Svavarsson and he completed the day when taking the final event on Conchita for Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

My Mestari’s win, like that of Lasting Touch, pleased a large group of people as she is raced by the Rewa Cos Syndicate along with Sargent.

She had hinted a win was close at hand when placed in four of her previous eight starts and lasted best today to win by a length.

Svavarsson, also part-owned by Sargent, kicked on best to record his first win in four starts and Walker believes he could develop into a handy stayer.

“He’s going out for a spell now and when he comes back her could be all right,” said Walker. “He wants to go further than today’s distance (1560m).”

Another winner headed for the spelling paddock is Fast ‘N’ Gorgeous, who also broke through in her fourth start. She won by a short neck and wasn’t pressured over the final stages by rider Craig Grylls.

“It was a good effort today because she stumbled at the start and lost a front plate,” said trainer Graham Richardson. “She hasn’t got the best action but she’s got ability.”

Bridget Grylls added to a successful association her family has had with the Sanders family over the years when winning on Bouvier, prepared by Graeme Sanders.

Grylls’ brother, Craig, served his apprenticeship at the Sanders’ stable and both her father, Gary, and late grandfather, John, kicked home many winners for Sanders and his late father, Bill.

Merry Christmas
24 Dec 2013

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

We hope 2014 will be a good year for you all!

 

Regards

 

John, Susie and the Staff in New Zealand and Sydney

 

Fetlock Injury Ends Kirramosa's Season - by Racing and Sports
24 Dec 2013

VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa won’t race again this season after suffering a fetlock injury.

Kirramosa wins the Oaks
Kirramosa wins the Oaks Photo by Racing and Sports

The filly had just started her build up for the autumn after a spell after returning to trainer John Sargent’s Sydney stable last week when she was found to have injured a fetlock joint.

“I was thrilled with her condition when she arrived back at the stable,” Sargent said.

“But after a couple of days trotting we noticed she wasn’t quite right in her action.”

Sargent said a vet examination of Kirramosa Horseform revealed a small bone chip that wil require surgery.

“She’s going for surgery on Monday and after that she’ll need a month being boxed, then a month in a yard.

“Another month in the paddock should see her right but it will be too late to have her back for any further three-year-old racing.”

Kirramosa has won $817,000 prizemoney from eight start producing four wins including the Wakeful Stakes-Oaks double at the Flemington spring carnival.

Fetlock chip ends Kirramosa's season - by: The Informant (Denis Ryan)
23 Dec 2013

Autumn plans for VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa have been scrapped due to a bone chip that came to light this week.

Only days after the Alamosa filly had returned to her Randwick stable after a month-long spell, trainer John Sargent has had to abandon plans centred on the ATC Oaks in April.

Kirramosa was an early favourite for the Randwick fillies’ classic after her dominant Wakeful Stakes-VRC Crown Oaks double during Melbourne Cup week.

“I was thrilled with her condition when she arrived back at the stable on Monday, but after a couple of days just trotting and limbering up we noticed she wasn’t quite right in her action,” Sargent told www.theinformant.co.nz today.

“We had the vet check her out and pinpointed a problem in one of her front fetlocks. After a closer look, a small chip right at the front of the joint showed up. She must have done it in her Oaks win and it’s showed up with exercise.

“We could have medicated it but decided that for the longer term she would be better having it removed, so she’s going for surgery on Monday.

“After that she’ll need a month being boxed then a month in a yard. Another month in the paddock should see her right but that will be too late to have her back for any further three-year-old racing.”

Sargent is philosophical about the setback, figuring that she will come back bigger and better for spring racing. “She put on the best part of 50 kilos during her spell and I expect she’ll develop further over the next few months. From a spring racing perspective, that’s something to look forward to.”

Expectant mare set for Aust breakthrough - By Warwick Barr
12 Dec 2013

New Zealand mare Abeautifulred will be carrying more than the hopes of her backers who have made her favourite to win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The five-year-old is in foal to Exceed And Excel, the Darley stallion who also covered the champion racemare Black Caviar earlier in the Australian breeding season.

And by getting in foal, Abeautifulred has already fulfilled one purpose for her trip across the Tasman.

Now it is up to Randwick trainer John Sargent to make sure another one is achieved before her racing career has to draw to a close.

"She came over here to get in foal so the owners thought they would see if they could get some black type in Australia while she's here," Sargent said.

"She's going to have this run and another and then be aimed for the Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford."

Under Australian racing rules, mares can race in foal until the 120th day of their pregnancy.

Abeautifulred has been well backed in early betting on the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1400m), firming from $4.60 to assume her place at the top of the market at $4.

The support backs up Sargent's appraisal of her first Sydney run and her subsequent progress.

Abeautifulred couldn't be properly tested racing between horses when sixth to Kristy Lee and she drops in class in an apprentices' only race on Wednesday.

"It was a nice run first-up and she's improved and although the best of her will be seen when she gets to a mile, I'm confident she should be going a big race tomorrow," Sargent said.

Sargent, who welcomed VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa back into his stable this week, has a second Warwick Farm runner in His Footprint.

His Footprint is a last-start provincial winner who has responded to a different routine between races.

"We did a bit of jumping with him yesterday and overall we've changed his training a bit the last few weeks and it seems to have worked," Sargent said.



Warwick Barr - AAP
Kiwi mare Abeautifulred racing in foal at Warwick Farm - by: Associated smh.com.au.sport
12 Dec 2013

The New Zealand mare Abeautifulred will be carrying more than the hopes of her backers who have made her favourite to win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The five-year-old is in foal to Exceed And Excel, the Darley stallion which also covered the champion racemare Black Caviar earlier in the Australian breeding season.

And by getting in foal, Abeautifulred has already fulfilled one purpose for her trip across the Tasman.

Under Australian racing rules, mares can race in foal until the 120th day of their pregnancy.

Abeautifulred has been well backed in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1400m), firming from $4.60 to the top of the market at $4. AAP

Kirramosa back in work
10 Dec 2013VRC Oaks winner "Kirramosa" has returned to the Randwick stable after a four week break and has come in 40kgs better off and mature since her Oaks win.  Big offers have been turned down for the filly.  She will now be set for the AJC Oaks in the Autumn.
Champ and Challenger - By Tara Madgwick
25 Nov 2013

In the picturesque surrounds of boutique South Coast stud farm Bell View Park there are two three year-old fillies relaxing at present, who may well end up racetrack rivals come the autumn.

 


Kirramosa in the foreground with Marmelo


Enjoying the warm sunshine and lush grass resulting from recent heavy rains in the area are Group I VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa (Alamosa) and highly promising filly Marmelo (Duke of Marmalade (IRE), who also tasted carnival success at Flemington on Oaks Day winning a 1700 metre restricted race.

 

Kirramosa in the foreground with Marmelo 

 

"We spell horses here for John Sargent, which is how Kirramosa comes to be here and Marmelo is a filly we bred and then retained a share in after she was bought by Chris Waller at Inglis Classic for $45,000,” explained Adam Mackrell of Bell View Park Stud.


Kirramosa already has the runs on the board having won the Group II VRC Wakeful Stakes as well as the VRC Oaks, while Marmelo has won two of her three starts with Chris Waller declaring her an ideal Oaks candidate for the autumn.

The Group I ATC Australian Oaks in the autumn may well bring these two paddock mates back together!

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