Rosehill Saturday Selections

Rosehill Meeting – Saturday September 29

Race 1 – 4. Hoylonny 2. Studio 5. Tohunga

Race 2 – 3. Indianapolis 1. Proverb 4. Laser Flash

Race 3 – 1. More Joyous 2. Skyerush 3. Colorado Claire

Race 4 – 2. Kabayan 1. Albrecht 4. Magic Shaft

Race 5 – 1. Fat Al 3. Offenders 2. Rolling Pin

Race 6 – 6. Strawberry Boy (SPECIAL) 2. Julienas 4. Praecido

Race 7 – 5. Here De Princess (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 8. Urban Groove 9. Kyria

Race 8 – 9. Under The Sun 3. Velrosso 5. Mahisara

Lay Of The Day: Race 7 #8 Urban Groove

Perfect Pierro’s Stutt Stakes clinic

Sydney star eight from eight after slashing Stutt Stakes success

Pierro made the perfect start to what could be a history-making Spring Racing Carnival when he won the City Jeep Bill Stutt Stakes.

The champion Sydney colt made a one-act affair of the $220,000 Group 2, streaking to the easiest of wins in the 1600-metre event.

The victory stretched his unbeaten record to eight and his enthusiastic trainer Gai Waterhouse said the big crowd that braved the wintry conditions for his Melbourne debut had been treated to a special performance.

“It’s fantastic, he’s such an exciting colt…it was just a galloping lesson,” she said.

“It was lovely the way he lowered himself and found the line and his acceleration at the end of the race, that was the best thing.

“He’s really exciting and you were very privileged to see a colt as good as this.”

The son of Lonhro will next be seen in the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas before, all going well, returning to Moonee Valley for the $3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate on 27 October.

Should he win those two events – he is favourite for both – he will become the first three-year-old since Red Anchor, who was trained by Waterhouse’s father Tommy Smith, in 1984 to complete the Stutt-Guineas-Cox Plate treble.

After jumping well, Pierro and jockey Nash Rawiller were in front for over a furlong before handing up to Carringbush Jack.

He asserted his superiority at the 500m, taking charge of the race before powering away in the straight to score by 4-3/4 lengths from Carringbush Jack with $13 second elect Jimando 2-1/2 lengths away third.

Rawiller said Pierro handled the track with aplomb and ominously declared that he would derive great benefit ahead of the Guineas, which will be run on 13 October.

“He’s such an adaptable horse, he took the first turn like he’d been around it 100 times and that’s just what makes him as good as he is, he just adapts to situations,” Rawiller said.

“He’s going on to better things so he needed this tonight. I wanted to be as soft as possible but still make him get the job done and get a bit of improvement out of it.”


Boss in charge at Spring opener

Underwood Stakes success highlight of another feature treble for Glen Boss

Big-race specialist Glen Boss celebrated the official arrival of the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival in trademark style, celebrating his second straight Saturday treble, including the first Victorian Group 1 of the season.

The champion jockey, fresh off a winning treble at Moonee Valley last week, teamed with classy Kiwi raider Ocean Park to win the $400,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

It was the middle pin of Boss’s three successes, earlier winning aboard Victoria Derby-bound colt Hvasstan and rounding out the day with a Group 3 win on the Peter Snowden-trained Detours in the second heat of the Sportingbet Sprint Series.

The treble came just a day short of the one-year anniversary of the trackwork fall that ended his 2011 Spring and increased the 43-year-old’s desire for further feature-race success.

Ocean Park, who boss partnered to a narrow second placing in the Rosehill Guineas in April, rocketed up betting charts for the $3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate and is now the $6 second favourite behind Pierro ($5) with the TAB.

“He’s got an electric turn of foot, that’s what he showed me that day at Rosehill, and I know immediately when I get on a good horse and he gave me that feel that he’s a genuine superstar,” Boss said of Ocean Park.

“We’ll have to obviously sit down with Gary and map out where he goes from here to get to the Cox Plate, but at this stage that’s where I’d imagine they’ll be heading.”

Hennessy confirmed after the race that was where the entire, who made it back-to-back Underwood wins for New Zealand four-year-olds following last year’s success by Lion Tamer, was heading.

Like Lion Tamer, Ocean Park came through the Group 1 Makfi Challenge at Hastings – which he won – and Hennessy said it was a massive thrill to celebrate Group 1 success in Melbourne.

“He’s pretty special and he’s been a bit freakish all the way along,” Hennessy said. “He’s got a great turn of foot and it’s exciting to come over here and win a Group 1.”

After settling three horses back along the fence, Boss edged away at the 500m but was pushed back towards the inside in a manoeuvre that proved a winner.

The entire trailed up Voila Ici, who shot clear soon after straightening, before popping off the inside at the 200m to set out after the leader. After claiming the lead 50m from home, the $8 chance edged clear to score by a neck from the Peter Moody-trained import, who started at $31.

December Draw ($20), who raced outside Voila Ici, showed the benefit of his first-up run in the Makybe Diva Stakes to stick on for third, a further length away.

Voila Ici’s stablemate and heavily backed favourite Manighar (sixth), who opened at $3.40 on Wednesday before starting even money, enjoyed a dream run just off the pace but only battled in the straight, as did Sincero (fifth).

There were some impressive efforts outside the placegetter, none more so reigning BMW Caulfield Cup champion Southern Speed, who flashed home to finish fourth, while Zabeelionaire (seventh) hit the line well as did American import Winchester (ninth).


By Brad Bishop

Shoot Out Wins George Main

He’s the $15,000 that keeps giving.

Bargain buy Shoot Out notched a fourth Group One win at Randwick on Saturday when he finished too well for his rivals in the George Main Stakes (1600m).

At his first run since running second to More Joyous in the Doncaster Handicap in April, Shoot Out proved too classy for a quality line up of gallopers.

In a thrilling finish, Shoot Out responded to the urgings of Hugh Bowman and reel in $2 million plus earning stablemate Rangirangdoo and win strongly.

The rest of the field including Group One winners Danleigh, Secret Admirer, Yosei and Quintessential and highly rated youngster All Too Hard were no match for the classy winner despite all having had runs under their belt.

Shoot Out, now the winner of nine races and 10 times placed from 30 runs, has earned Graham and Linda Huddy over $2.84 million and that figure looks destined to rise with more Group Ones – in both Sydney and Melbourne on his agenda over the coming weeks.

A half brother to the WA Oaks winner Cassandara Shadow, Shoot Out was purchased by the Huddy family from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The star galloper was bred in Queensland by Neville Stewart.

The six-year-old boosted his first up record to three wins from six starts and his record at Randwick to four wins from seven outings – three wins at Group One level.

And trainer Chris Waller is looking forward to the upcoming starts for Shoot Out including the Group One Epsom Handicap, which will most likely be his next start.

“I think he has got a pretty good weight in the Epsom considering his class,” Waller said.

“More Joyous is the top weight and compressed them a little which has helped him and I reckon there will be a few below him who will be worried if he is going to run or not.”

Winning rider Hugh Bowman described riding Shoot Out as a “priviledge.”

“As the line drew closer, I drew further away. They are two wonderful horses and it is a privilege to ride him.”

“He’s a great (fresh) horse,” Bowman added. “This is his trip and I think sometimes we get carrried away wasting runs over shorter trips.”

“Chris has done a great job and it is a credit to the whole team,” the star jockey added.

Shoot Out is one of two group winners from four runners to date for the winning Pentire mare Pentamerous.

A half sister to the Craiglee Stakes winner Native Jazz, Pentamerous is not only the dam of the four time Group One winner Shoot Out but also the WA Oaks winner Cassandara Shadow.

Both Pentamerous and Cassandara Shadow are both now in the ownership of the Huddy family.

After missing in her first season at stud in 2010, Cassandara Shadow recently produced a three quarter brother to Shoot Out by High Chaparral on August 27.

Pentamerous meanwhile has a two-year-old filly by Encosta de Lago and a yearling colt by High Chaparral – a full brother to Shoot Out.

She was served again last season by High Chaparral and is due to foal in October.

Caulfield Saturday Selections

Underwood Stakes Day Meeting – Saturday September 22

Race 1 – 7. Chivvy 2. Let’s Be Happy 1. Shopaholic

Race 2 – 5. Committed 1. Escado 7. High Esteem

Race 3 – 12. Formidable 3. Planet Voyage 6. Crystal Web

Race 4 – 2. Kulgrinda 3. Utah Saints 1. Canali

Race 5 – 4. Testascana 2. Launay 9. Veewap

Race 6 – 8. Commanding Jewel 5. Molto Bene 13. Spitfire Lady

Race 7 – 1. Manighar (SPECIAL) 3. Sincero 14. Southern Speed

Race 8 – 1. Seville (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 16. Mr O’ceirin 7. Zurella

Race 9 – 6. Soft Sand 3. Curtana 2. Hurtle Myrtle