DISSIDIENT EMERGES AS DIAMOND PROSPECT

Dissident has emerged as a leading player for the Blue Diamond Stakes after debuting with victory in Saturday’s listed colts and geldings preview at Caulfield.

Not an original entry for the race, connections including trainer Peter Moody will have to part with a $55,000 late entry fee to get their exciting colt into the field.

“I always thought he was not going to be ready,” Moody said.

“He’s probably been one of our immature two-year-olds and you saw that in his race manners today.”

“But he’s done everything right. He’s copped it well and he’s got the job done.”

“I really can’t wait for him next season. But they’re only two once and there’s a lot of nice races coming up, so we’ll keep those options open.”

Moody took a shine to Dissident when he was presented by Widden Stud at last January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. He went to $210,000 to buy him.

Winning rider Vlad Duric, who has ridden many of the Blue Diamond fancies, said the performance of Dissident was full of merit.

“He’s got a lot going for him,” he said. “He’s a beautiful animal.”

“He was a little bit new, which is fair enough at his first start and he went up the straight like a drunk.”

“When he had Kuroshio in front of him to down he saw him and he really attacked the line lovely.”

“It was a big tick of approval from me,” Duric summed up.

Dissident is the first stakes winner for the Widden Stud based More Than Ready sire Sebring.

A graduate himself of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Sebring won five races at two including the Golden Slipper and AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

A winner of over $2.5 million, Sebring has made a bright start to his career as a sire with stakes performer Frill Seeking and good winners Bring a Rin, Criterion, Australia Day, Kiss a Rose and She’s a Danica.

Dissident is the first winners, from two to race, for the stakes performed and Melbourne winning Anabaa mare Diana’s Secret.

Diana’s Secret, who won to 1400 metres, is a half sister to the stakes performed Sydney winner Heir Affair.

HAPPY GALAXY TOO CLASSY IN ZEDITAVE

Happy Galaxy continued his march through racing’s grades with an effortless win in Saturday’s listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

In a small field of four, Happy Galaxy proved he was a star on the rise with a strong all the way win where he proved two and three quarter lengths too good.

His rivals never gave him a worry with proven stakes winner Rusambo the best of them. While Wakeel nosed out the other runner Timely Truce for third.

After originally kicking away his career in Victoria, Happy Galaxy was having his first start in the southern city after a successful stint in Sydney for co-trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes.

The son of Nadeem had won his previous two starts at Rosehill. His most recent on January 12 he smashed his rivals by four lengths.

Winning rider Dwayne Dunn was suitably impressed by the performance of the highly talented three-year-old.

“He’s still a bit of a kid,” Dunn said after the win.

“But he’s got plenty of ability and a lot to look forward to,” Dunn added.

Happy Galaxy was sold twice by Magic Millions. He was first offered by his breeder, Evergreen Stud Farm, at the 2011 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale where he was purchased for $120,000 by Magic Millions as agent.

He was there prepared for that October’s Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale by Washpool Lodge – the same team that produced Melbourne Cup star Shocking and Macau champion Viva Pronto.

At the Gold Coast in October, 2011 he attracted the attention of Macau based brothers Nicholas and James Moore, and flanked by their trainer father Gary they went to $220,000 to secure the prized colt.

The Moores purchased the likely prospect for their client, Chinese based businessman Ye Hanqiang.

As it stands Happy Galaxy boasts the impressive record of four wins and two placings and a fourth from his seven lifetime starts.

His earnings have already raced to $167,400 and that figure looks set to grow markedly during 2013.

The seventh stakes winner for Redoute’s Choice’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning son Nadeem, Happy Galaxy is a well bred colt.

He is one of two winners, from two to race, for the three time winning and Sydney performed King’s Best mare Seven Stars.

A daughter of the Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, Seven Stars is a half sister to the Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso.

Porto Roca in turn is a half sister to New Zealand Group One winner Bluebird the Word as well as the dam of current day Aussie stakes winners We’re Gonna Rock and Crack a Roadie.

First Command Does It Again

Grand sprinter First Command sent his earnings soaring past $930,000 with a strong win in today’s listed $121,000 Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

The win gave trainer Anthony Freedman the perfect welcoming present after his move this week to Flemington.

Out of the barriers swiftly, First Command led from start to finish with winning rider Glen Boss saying the tough galloper had something in hand on the line.

The win was the 12th in 31 starts for First Command, a $170,000 purchase from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“He’s officially the first winner from here which is great because he deserves that tag,” Freedman said.

“We moved on Monday and Tuesday and Hazard who won on Wednesday traveled to the races from Markdel, so he’s actually the first runner from Flemington.”

“He’s just a wonderful horse,” Freedman added. “He was well placed obviously today and there’s another one of these similar races in two weeks and we might just go there and then give him a rest.”

Glen Boss, who has raced to a big lead in the Melbourne Jockey Premiership race, said First Command was much too good for his small field of rivals in the Kensington Stakes.

“He was just way too good for them wasn’t he,” Boss said.

“To be quite honest the further I was going to go in the straight, the further he was going to go in front of them. He had that race well and truly under his keeping from the moment the race hit the ground.”

The win was the second consecutive success in the Kensington Stakes for First Command.

Sent out the popular elect with punters First Command ($1.50-$1.65 fav) still had something in the hand on the line, cruising home three parts of a length clear of runner-up Light Express ($13-$8.50).

Adelaide visitor Belfast Boy ($9.50-$10-$9), a lover of the straight track, was third home, a further length and a quarter back in a three way finish for third.

First Command is one of four winners produced by the 100 per cent winner getter River Serenade.

A one time winner over 1000 metres and a full sister to Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove, River Serenade is making quite a name for herself as a producer of note for Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud.

As well as First Command she is the dam of Hong Kong star sprinter One World – an eight time winner and earner of over A$2.2 million.

Her other two runners – Serenada and Riviere – are both metropolitan winners for Baramul Stud.

FASTNET FILLY TOPS NIGHT AS FIGURES RISE

Fastnet Rock’s domination at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale continued tonight when one of his fillies topped the fourth session.

Offered by Tyreel Stud on behalf of Victoria’s Makybe operation, the filly is from the well bred and stakes performed mare Gold Chant.

After a fierce struggle between two of the country’s leading trainers it was Chris Waller who outbid Peter Moody with a successful $500,000 bid.

Waller, who earlier in the day won the $400,000 Oracle Magic Millions Cup with Triple Elegance, was delighted to snare the prized filly.

“She’s a very, very nice horse,” he said. “There is Fastnet Rock over a speed mare and Starspangledbanner sticks out (in the pedigree).”

“These pedigrees are hard to get and you have to pay more to get into them.”

Waller had a good time buying quality during the session – he also signed for the Redoute’s Choice colt from I Got Chills for $400,000.

Ingordo Bloodstock went to $460,000 to secure the Redoute’s Choice colt from the Encosta de Lago mare Hades, while Duncan Ramage signed for the Fastnet Rock-Hides filly at $390,000.

Tonight’s session, which wrapped up the Session 1-4 auction, helped push the sale gross to over $67.67 million – well up on last year’s figure of $62.57 million.

The average price of $136,172 also had a healthy increase when compared to the $127,175 achieved twelve months ago.

The clearance rate continued to rise and rounded out at the sale conclusion at 83 per cent.

“It’s been an extremely strong sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “It was pleasing to see the clearance rate climb again.”

“Tonight’s session was very strong and from a catalogue of just 90 lots, for the average to rise again from yesterday is terrific.”

“It was great to see the support of many newer players – both as vendors and buyers,” Cox added.

The leading buyer for the sale was the powerful partnership of Gai Waterhouse and James Harron – signing for 27 yearlings at a spend of over $6 million.

Another 21 lots heading to the Waterhouse stable will be the outstanding selection of purchases from Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds. The spend of over $2 million left Star second on the buyers table.

American based Ingordo Bloodstock, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Melbourne’s Peter Moody rounded out the leading buyers top five for total spend.

The selling at the Magic Millions Sales Complex will continue tomorrow when the popular Session Five sale will be held.

SALE STATISTICS
(2012 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 660 (645)
Sale Gross: $67,677,500 ($62,570,000)
Average Price: $136,172 ($127,175)
Median Price: $105,000 ($100,000)
Top Price: $1,350,000 ($960,000)
Lots Sold: 497 (492)
Lots Withdrawn: 60 (62)
Lots Passed In: 103 (91)
Sold %: 83 (84)

SESSION FOUR TOP SELLERS

$500,000 – Fastnet Rock-Gold Chant filly
Vendor: Tyreel Stud (As Agent for Makybe) / Buyer: Chris Waller Racing (NSW)

$460,000 – Redoute’s Choice-Hades colt
Newhaven Park (As Agent) / Ingordo Bloodstock (USA)

$400,000 – Redoute’s Choice-I Got Chills colt
Strawberry Hill Stud / Chris Waller Racing (NSW)

$390,000 – Fastnet Rock-Hides filly
Newgate Farm (As Agent) / DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$6,050,000 – Gai Waterhouse & James Harron B’stock (NSW) – 27 lots
$2,355,000 – Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) – 21 lots
$2,230,000 – Ingordo Bloodstock (USA) – 12 lots
$2,100,000 – Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK) – 8 lots
$1,575,000 – Moody Racing (Vic) – 14 lots

LEADING VENDORS
(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$391,000 – Lomar Park Stud – 5 sold
$271,250 – Evergreen Stud Farm – 4 sold
$229,000 – Newgate Farm – 15 sold
$202,500 – Strawberry Hill Stud – 4 sold
$193,750 – Rothwell Park – 4 sold

LEADING VENDORS
(ranked by sale gross)

$5,905,000 – Coolmore Stud – 36 sold
$4,520,000 – Baramul Stud – 34 sold
$3,630,000 – Arrowfield Stud – 21 sold
$3,435,000 – Newgate Farm – 15 sold
$3,045,000 – Newhaven Park – 17 sold

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$384,500 – Redoute’s Choice – 10 sold
$318,030 – Fastnet Rock – 33 sold
$226,429 – Street Cry – 7 sold
$186,389 – Snitzel – 18 sold
$179,583 – Lonhro – 12 sold

LEADING FIRST SEASON SIRES
(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$156,667 – Medaglia d’Oro – 6 sold
$149,773 – Wanted – 11 sold
$127,000 – Denman – 10 sold
$105,357 – All American – 14 sold
$97,941 – Nicconi – 17 sold

REAL SURREAL MAKES QUEENSLAND HISTORY IN MILLIONS

Real Surreal will be set for the Golden Slipper after making Queensland racing history in winning today’s $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

The filly, beaten just once in four starts, scooped over $1.47 million with the win – the highest pay out in Queensland racing history.

Passed in as a yearling from the Robyn Wise draft with a $75,000 reserve, Real Surreal has now earned over $1.59 million in a case of the one that got away for buyers.

The filly was retained by breeder Michelle Lang-McMahon and ownership shares were taken up by her mother Glenys Lang and their stable manager Holly Williams.

Being full owned by females, the filly was eligible for the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women initiative and collected a $325,000 bonus along with the race prizemoney of $1.14 million.

Classic third placegetter Missy Longstocking ($100,000), fourth placegetter Global Dream ($50,000) and ninth placed Greytfilly ($25,000) also collected bonuses from the world first scheme.

The win capped a big day for Eagle Farm trainer Kelso Wood following the second placing of stable star Sizzing in the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

“It’s been 25 years since I won and lost the last one (Magic Millions Classic), but I’m not going to lose this one,” Wood said.

“I was a bit concerned when they straightened up. I was hoping we’d be coming down the outside.”

“He got a good passage through and put an end to it.”

“She’s got a great finish. She’s a great filly. She’s going to make a beautiful three-year-old.”

“She’s always shown me plenty of ability,” Wood added.

Winning rider Michael Cahill said after getting back in the field he was able to gain a run when required.

“I was back in a position where I just had to wait,” he said. “Coming to the turn I had enough room to improve which I did.”

“The further we went, the better she felt. It was just a matter of her gaining a clear passage from the turn on.”

“There was a bit of a tight passage I had to take. As I just got to it, it widened up a bit and I was able to take advantage and go through.”

“I was confident I had the race won prior to getting there.”

Cahill said the Golden Slipper was a sensible aim for the Real Saga filly.

“She’s a very good filly,” Cahill said. “She’s a filly who’s got better with each of her runs.”

“If she continues to improve you’d be not sure how far she goes.”

“You’d definitely go to Sydney. She’s in great hands. She has such a calm temperament.”

“She’s a little disadvantaged in these races by getting back but she can certainly finish,” Cahill summed up.

A daughter of former explosive Tale of the Cat stallion Real Saga, Real Surreal has enhanced the impressive breeding record of her dam Stolen Beauty.

By Mossman, Stolen Beauty won over 800 metres and is a half sister to three stakes gallopers including Todman Slipper Trial winner Great Crusader.

At stud Stolen Beauty has produced three named foals, all of them winners – two of them already successful at black type.

As well as Real Surreal she is the dam of the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate winner and Queensland Guineas runner-up Benny’s Buttons.

The win lengthened the first season sire lead for the Glenlogan Park based sire Real Saga. Watch out for more yearlings by the sire offered at Magic Millions Yearling Sales over the coming days and months.