Dissident Shines in Royal Randwick Guineas

Crack colt Dissident will chase the Sydney Group One Guineas double after his outstanding win in Saturday’s Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Overcoming a wide barrier and a tough run, Dissident scored a narrow, but decisive win over the race favourite El Roca in the most courageous Group One win of the season.

Sent out at healthy odds despite a strong last start win in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes, Dissident looks beaten at the furlong but wouldn’t lay down, finding plenty under the urgings of Jim Cassidy to win.

“He is a high quality colt,” trainer Peter Moody said. “We saw his efforts in the spring around Zoustar.”

“He was wide and had a hard run in the Golden Rose, just got nutted and probably was over the top when he got to Melbourne.”

“He has come back a stronger colt, one of the best of his age in the country.”

“He deserves it this horse. He has been at the top the whole way through. It is fitting that he now has a feature Group One on his resume,” the champion trainer added.

Moody said Dissident would head to the Rosehill Guineas, a race he’s always had earmarked for his crack colt.

Connections would use the Rosehill Guineas as a decision race – to decide whether to head to the AJC Derby or come back in trip for the Doncaster.

In a great result for Gold Coast based thoroughbred sales company Magic Millions, four of the first five runners over the line in the three-year-old feature were graduates of their sales.

Eurozone (third), Teronado (fourth) and Hooked (fifth) spaced the rest of the field in top class runs.

A son of former Magic Millions graduate and Golden Slipper winner Sebring, Dissident was purchased by Moody for a big group of owners for $210,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

With three wins and five placings from just 11 runs, Dissident has earned over $911,000 and the future looks bright for the stakes winning two and three-year-old at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres.

His dam, the Anabaa mare Diana’s Secret, won two races in Melbourne and earned black type with a second placing in the Hill Smith Stakes in Adelaide before being retired to stud.

Diana’s Secret, who is from the winning Western Symphony mare Palace Scandal, like Dissident and Sebring was also sold at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Palace Scandal is a daughter of the three time group winning In the Purple mare A Palace Gossip and is a half sister to Sydney stakes winner Mountbank.

It is the same family as Group One South African Guineas winner World News, kiwi stakes winners Jonbalena and Belthazar and Brisbane based Dane Ripper Stakes winner Vietnam.

Coolmore’s Sale Topping Buys Reap Rewards

Prior to even hitting the track Valentia created his share of headlines – thanks to his sale topping feats at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Presented at the auction by Lomar Park Stud, Valentia had the cameras flashing when he sold to the team from Coolmore for $1.35 million.

After chasing home subsequent stakes performed youngsters Rubick and Twirl on debut, the colt has since won his next two starts including Saturday’s Group Two Skyline Stakes.

“You always want to see those horses come out and win black-type,” Coolmore’s Michael Kirwan told reporters after the win.

“We don’t know about the Slipper at the moment, but he’s in it and we know he’s going to be better as the races get further.”

Star jockey Tommy Berry thinks Valentia would be right in a Slipper if connections opt to go to the world’s richest juvenile event.

“He feels like he’ll be very impressive in a Slipper,” Berry said.

“He’s got the right attitude. He was a lot sharper today and travelled a lot better for me in the run. He’s a lot stronger.”

Valentia follows in the hoofsteps of Bull Point another regally bred sale topper purchased by Coolmore who has already shown his class on the track.

A Group One placed, group winner, Bull Point is another of the country’s most valuable stud prospects for connections.

“Congratulations to the Coolmore team for achieving great success with their sale toppers from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

“Their large investments at the sale have reaped rewards and they have two of the more exciting young racehorses and stud prospects in the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, quality filly Eloping led her rivals a merry dance in Saturday’s $250,000 Gold Rush at Bendigo.

A $120,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from Southern Cross Breeders, Eloping sent her earnings to $294,000 with the six length demolition of her rivals.

Raced by an all female group, Eloping won a Blue Diamond Preview earlier in the year and earned a break with her latest success.

Spring Racing Changes

Victoria’s famous Spring Racing Carnival will take on a different look in 2014 with further significant changes to the racing program announced today by Racing Victoria (RV).

Following a review of the state’s spring racing calendar, RV has chosen to swap two feature racedays in September with Flemington’s Makybe Diva Stakes meeting and Moonee Valley’s Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes meeting trading places. The decision serves to;

• provide a better flow of Victoria’s Group 1 races early in the spring;
• improve the pathway for three-year-olds to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas; and
• enhance the feature program for mares.

The Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) will now be run on Saturday, 6 September with the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) to follow on Saturday, 13 September.

The swap follows previous announcements of major changes to October’s Caulfield Cup Carnival and the move of November’s Ballarat Cup – the traditional finale to the Spring Racing Carnival – from Sunday to a stand-alone Saturday metropolitan meeting.

The collective enhancements are the first step in RV’s goal to innovate Victoria’s racing calendar as forecast in its recently released three-year strategic plan, Racing For The Future.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, explained that the review identified opportunities to enhance the spring racing program to foster participation, engagement and growth.

“With Victoria’s newly elevated Group 1 races, the Memsie Stakes (Caulfield, 1400m, 30 August 2014) and Makybe Diva Stakes, only seven days apart we felt it important to provide each race with an opportunity to maximise its potential,” Carpenter said.

“The swap of dates separates our first two Group 1 races of the season by two weeks which ensures the races flow into each other and thus have the opportunity to assemble the best fields possible.

“They are now accessible as legitimate grand final races for the nation’s best milers, along with the elite weight-for-age horses heading towards target races over longer distances later in the spring.

“The benefits of swapping the Makybe Diva Stakes and Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes meetings do not stop there. We have realised significant improvements to the program for three-year-olds heading towards the stallion-making Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, as well as enhancing the pattern for mares.

“This is a great outcome for Victorian racing with the three metropolitan clubs working closely together with Racing Victoria to deliver the best racing program for the state. The swap of meetings has also been strongly supported by a number of leading trainers we canvassed as part of our review.

“Today’s announcement adds to the exciting enhancements already unveiled for this year’s Caulfield Cup Carnival and builds upon Moonee Valley’s two-day Cox Plate Carnival which was established in 2012.”

The feature race changes announced today, which have been approved by the RV Board and have been sent to the Australian Pattern Committee for formal ratification, are summarised as follows;

• Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m, Moonee Valley) from 13 to 6 September 2014
• Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m, Flemington) from 6 to 13 September 2014

• Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m, Flemington) from 6 to 13 September 2014
• Listed Exford Plate (1400m, Flemington) from 6 to 13 September 2014

“The change of date for these Flemington features now allows three-year-olds to progress at fortnightly intervals from the Group 3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield on 30 August through to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on 11 October,” Carpenter explained.

• Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m, Caulfield) from 16 to 30 August 2014
• Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m, Flemington) from 6 to 13 September 2014
• Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m, Moonee Valley) from 13 to 26 September 2014

“Over the last three years only five mares have competed in both the Let’s Elope and Stocks Stakes because they were one week apart. From this year there will be a better flow of features races with fortnightly intervals from the Cockram Stakes through to the Stocks Stakes,” Carpenter explained.

Lonhro Among Hall of Fame Inductees

Champion racehorse Lonhro has confirmed his standing as one of the nation’s alltime greats with his induction tonight into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame at an exciting ceremony held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

A favourite with racegoers throughout the country, the John Hawkes-trained Lonhro won 26 races ranging in distance from 1100 to 2000 metres – including 11 at Group 1 level. From an early age Lonhro showed signs of following in the footsteps of his famous father, Octagonal – a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee.

Lonhro was one of 10 racing icons honoured at the annual Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, held for the first time in the nation’s capital.

Three other equine champions were immortalised in the Colin Hayes-trained gelding Dulcify, back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner and Mick Robins-trained Rain Lover and the great grey, Geoff Murphy-trained Surround.

Now in its 14th year, the Hall of Fame celebrates the colour and heritage of racing in Australia and acknowledges the heroes of the turf, both equine and human, who have achieved greatness throughout their careers.

Jockey Shane Dye, winner of more than 90 races at Group 1 level, was one of two jockeys inducted. Dye has claimed a suite of Australia’s most prestigious races including the 1989 Melbourne Cup on Tawriffic, four straight Golden Slipper wins (1989-1992) on Courtza, Canny Lad, Tierce and Burst, and the 1995 Cox Plate on Octagonal.

The champion of two Sydney metropolitan jockeys’ premierships in the 1990s, Dye also rode in Hong Kong with great success.

The late Jim Munro, a two-time Melbourne Cup winner who was associated with many great horses of the Australian turf including Hall of Fame Legend Phar Lap, was the other jockey inducted.

Frank Dalton was one of two trainers inducted, with the Sydney horseman acknowledged for his achievements as one of Australia’s most eminent trainers in the 1940s and 1950s.

South Australian trainer Leon Macdonald was also recognised for his 40-year contribution to the industry – a career which has seen him train Group 1 winners Umrum, Gold Guru, Serious Speed, Rebel Raider and Southern Speed.

The ceremony saw two associates inducted – broadcaster Eric Welch, a leading Victorian race caller in the 1940s, and the NSW-based Tait Family, who have bred some of the finest horses in the post-war period including Tie The Knot and Baguette.

Popular Melbourne Cup winner and acclaimed equine ambassador, Subzero was recognised with the Chairman’s Award.

Chairman of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame Selection Panel, Bob Charley AO, said the event is an opportunity to recognise the people, the horses and the moments that make racing the unique sport it is.

“Induction into The Hall of Fame is racing’s ultimate achievement. We come together in the nation’s capital to honour these champions and formally recognise the equine heroes and dedicated people who have left an indelible mark on the Australian turf,” Mr Charley said.

This year’s 10 inductees join the existing 142 Hall of Fame members which include equine champions Phar Lap, Makybe Diva and Black Caviar and human heroes Arthur ‘Scobie’ Breasley, Roy Higgins, Bart Cummings, Colin Hayes, Jim Houlahan, Gai Waterhouse and the Inglis family.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Dulcify, Lonhro, Rain Lover, Surround

Shane Dye, Jim Munro

Frank Dalton, Leon Macdonald

Eric Welsh, the Tait family

Chairman’s Award

Hayes happier now he’s a winner

David Hayes admits he wasn’t great to work with for the first couple of months of 2014.

The Hall of Fame trainer was caught in a form slump, which he conceded to being “anxious” about.

Hayes experienced a similarly lean trot a few seasons back when he first set up base at Euroa, moving from the established family operation at Angaston in South Australia, but a resurgent season in 2012/13 had him back on track and confidence high.

Hence why the champion trainer was so concerned with his run of outs.

Gracious Prospect provided Hayes with a Flemington winner when he won on 21 December, but Hayes did not experience city success again until Waldorf won at Moonee Valley’s night meeting on the final day of February.

Hayes followed that up with a double at Sportingbet Park (Sandown) on Wednesday and confirmation came that he was back in town with a Group double at Flemington.

Clifton Red became Hayes’ first Saturday city winner for 2014 when she won the $150,000 Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, while Zululand snared the $220,000 Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

“To be honest, I was doing it tough,” Hayes said openly. “We’ve had three really quiet months, but the last two weeks it’s picked up.

“The three months before that, though, we were really struggled and we just had to regroup, look at everything we do and thankfully we’ve sorted it out.

“The first month I was tolerating it, because that’s just racing, the second month I was starting to worry about it and the third month I was getting a bit anxious.

“There was a lot of pressure on a lot of my key staff and they’ve all lifted.

“We’re now racing like we should have been a month ago or two months ago. Every stable has a quiet month, but three months isn’t good enough.”

The turnaround had Hayes back in what has been familiar territory for Lindsay Park head trainers.

Clifton Red gave Hayes his second win in the race his legendary father Colin and brother Peter also won, while Zululand provided him with his fourth win in the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

The son of Fastnet Rock, who started at $9, unleashed a monster finish to break his maiden at start number four and give the owners who paid $1.5 million for the colt, which include Coolmore Stud, reason to smile.

“I’d say he’s worth more than he cost,” Hayes said with a grin post-race. “Often you say you’d rather the money than the horse, but I think we’ve got a good one.

“He was a very valuable yearling who you love to see produce the good in group company. He’s a real stallion prospect now.”

Zululand will now head to Sydney where he’ll get the chance to complete the big Sires’ Produce double in the $1 million ATC version, also over 1400m, on 12 April before a crack at the $500,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) two weeks later.

“He was on trial for the Sires-Champagne, or if he was just running on looking handy he was going to go to the Bailleu and the Fernhill, but he’s invited himself into the proper races,” Hayes said.

Zululand might be joined in the Sires Produce Stakes by Hayes’ other winner for the day, Sebring filly Clifton Red, who upset some more highly-fancied rivals as a $26 chance at her first racetrack appearance.

“It was a very good effort to win on debut in a Group race,” Hayes said.

“We’re going to go to Sydney and probably be looking at races a lead up to the Slipper with a realistic goal of the one of the 1400-metre Sires or the Champagne over a mile.

“She’s a lovely, rangey filly that’ll get better as they get longer.”

Story by Brad Bishop

Courtesy www.racingvictoria.net.au