Scissor Shows Superior Kick In The Rosebud

Lightly raced three-year-old Inglis graduate Scissor Kick came with a strong finishing burst to win the Listed ATC The Rosebud over 1200m at Randwick on Saturday.

Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice x Back Pass) was making a big jump from a mid-week victory a few weeks ago to stakes class today, but he revelled on the bigger track to score from Better Land and Inkling.

Both trainer and jockey feel the flashy colt is going to improve with more distance heading towards the Group 1 ATC Golden Rose (1400m) and upwards.

“He is a very nice horse, he looks a picture and he does everything right. I keep thinking these races are going to be too short for him. He is one of those horses that you get a surprise when he goes to the races, which tends to happen with the good ones,” said jockey Tye Angland.

“It was a big effort today. He always gives us the impression he wants a bit further as he’s such a casual customer. He’ll go towards the Golden Rose and then maybe Melbourne,” added trainer Paul Messara.

Scissor Kick was bred by Jonathan Munz’s G.S.A Bloodstock, which raced the colt’s stakes winning brother Sharkbite.

Offered through the draft of Broadwater Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scissor Kick was purchased for $200,000 by Paul Messara on behalf of Arrowfield Stud, with breeder Jonathan Munz buying back into the son of Redoute’s Choice.

With two wins from three starts Arrowfield and Munz are set for a big campaign with Scissor Kick.

The yearling half-brother by High Chaparral to Scissor Kick is among the star studded entries for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Scissor Kick is the 116th stakes-winner for Arrowfield Stud’s champion stallion Redoute’s Choice, which had 22 yearlings sell for an average $380,000 at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

Record international entries for Spring Racing Carnival feature races

Global interest in Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival continues to soar with a record number of international entries received for this year’s Caulfield Cup and Sportingbet Cox Plate.

The Caulfield Cup, the world’s richest 2400-metre handicap to be run at Caulfield on 18 October, has received 44 entries from overseas – up from 20 in 2013.

The number of international entrants for the Cox Plate (2040m), Australia’s weight-for-age championship to be run at Moonee Valley on 25 October, has risen from 12 in 2013 to 29 this year.

Nominations for the marquee $3 million races closed with Racing Victoria (RV) at noon today, as did entries for a trio of feature three-year-old races to be run during October’s Caulfield Cup Carnival in the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas, the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) and the inaugural $750,000 Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).

RV’s International Recruitment Officer, Leigh Jordon, was delighted with the international entries, which were received from France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and said it was a reflection of the heightened interest in Australian racing from abroad.

“Both the quantity and quality of international entries received for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate is a mark of the respect and interest that the Spring Racing Carnival and our premier racing now commands on the world stage,” Jordon said.

“It’s a vote of confidence to have training greats like Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O’Brien and Saeed bin Suroor lodge entries and equally as important to have the next wave of UK trainers like Roger Varian, Marco Botti and Andrew Balding show genuine interest in our premier races.

“The Melbourne Racing Club’s move to increase the total Caulfield Cup prizemoney to $3 million as well as pay prizemoney down to 10th place has been well received by the connections of international horses and we now have the entries to translate into increased participation.

“Similarly, the work the Moonee Valley Racing Club has done in issuing Cox Plate invitations has been significant in attracting entries from some of the world’s best weight-for-age horses, including Hong Kong star Dan Excel who is already in Australia preparing for the race.”

No internationally-trained horse has won the Cox Plate, while Taufan’s Melody (1998, UK), All The Good (2008, UK) and Dunaden (2012, France) are the three international winners of Caulfield Cup.

The total number of horses nominated for the feature events are;

• Caulfield Cup – 221 entries (including 44 internationals) up from 173 in 2013
• Sportingbet Cox Plate – 225 entries (including 29 internationals) up from 158 in 2013
• BECK Caulfield Guineas – 281 entries up from 235 in 2013
• Schweppes Thousand Guineas – 205 entries up from 196 in 2013

All three-year-old horses nominated for either the Caulfield Guineas or the Thousand Guineas, both to be run on 11 October, receive automatic entry into the $750,000 Caulfield Classic, to be run seven days later.

Caulfield Cup

The highlights among the nominations received for the Caulfield Cup include;
• Three Japanese-trained stayers Admire Rakti, Admire Flight and Bande have been nominated paving the way for the first Japanese runner since 2010 (Tokai Trick, 12th);
• UK trainer Marco Botti has 2013 runner-up Dandino and new stable acquisition, 2013 Melbourne Cup placegetter Mount Athos, among five stable entries;
• Recent Group 1 Coral-Eclipse (2000m, UK) winner Mukhadram has been entered as has the three placegetters from last month’s Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes (2400m, UK) – Cavalryman, Hillstar and Pether’s Moon – a race won in 2012 by Fiorente;
• Defending champion Fawkner is one of 12 nominations for Victorian trainer Robert Hickmott alongside 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, Sea Moon and recent German acquisition Almandin;

Sportingbet Cox Plate

The highlights among the nominations received for the Sportingbet Cox Plate include;
• Premier Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has four nominations including last year’s USA Breeders Cup Turf (2400m) winner Magician and gifted three-year-old colt Adelaide;
• Four of the 10 internationals issued invitations by the MVRC – Dan Excel, Smoking Sun, Mukhadram and Trading Leather – have been nominated by connections;
• Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller tops the nominations with 15 horses entered including 2013 Emirates Stakes winner Boban and Doncaster Mile hero Sacred Falls;
• Over 50 three-year-olds have been nominated including last season’s Group 1 juvenile winners Almalad (Gai Waterhouse) and Go Indy Go (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas;

BECK Caulfield Guineas

The highlights among the nominations received for the BECK Caulfield Guineas include;
• Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) winner Almalad is one of seven nominations for premier Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse;
• Godolphin, previously Darley, have won two of the past three Caulfield Guineas. They have 11 three-year-olds nominated this year for trainer John O’Shea.

Schweppes Thousand Guineas

The highlights among the nominations received for the Schweppes Thousand Guineas include;
• The winners of Sydney’s two-year-old Triple Crown races, Golden Slipper (1200m) winner Mossfun, Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) winner Peggy Jean and Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner Go Indy Go, feature among the nominations;
• February’s Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Earthquake headlines 14 nominations for Godolphin who claimed last year’s race under the Darley banner with Guelph.

First acceptances for all four races will be taken on Tuesday, 9 September, with weights for the Caulfield Cup to be released the week prior on 3 September.

Chris Waller Wins His Fourth Bart Cummings Medal

Capping off a tremendously successful season, premier trainer Chris Waller has taken out his fourth successive Bart Cummings Medal after coming from behind to capture the award.

Waller trailed former Darley trainer Peter Snowden with just weeks remaining, but managed to reel in the leader and eventually drew away to win the Medal comfortably.

Waller received the Medal during this evening’s inaugural Racing NSW Awards ceremony held at Rosehill Gardens which was televised live to an international audience on Sky Racing World.

During the season leading Sydney racing journalists compiled their votes on the Bart Cummings Medal and Waller – after being nine points behind Snowden on June 1 – came with a barnstorming finish to head the point score with 87 points, defeating Peter Snowden (73) and Nash Rawiller (67).

Waller also collected the TJ Smith Award for Sydney’s leading trainer preparing 158.5 winners for the 2013-14 season.

“Chris Waller continues to amaze the industry with his exceptional feats,” said Peter V’landys, Racing NSW Chief Executive. “To win four successive Bart Cummings Medals in an arena littered with some of the best racing talents anywhere in the world is astonishing.

“Chris and his staff work very hard and are totally committed to their trade so they deserve the rewards that come their way.”

Following a hard-fought battle, James McDonald (72 wins) captured the George Moore Award for the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership from Nash Rawiller (70 wins) who was riding in Japan for the latter part of the season and did not add to his tally.

Talented young rider Sam Clipperton, 20, who has just completed his apprenticeship by outriding his claim, landed his second straight Theo Green Award for leading Sydney apprentice with 27 wins for the season.

Mr Peter V’landys commented on the other award recipients:-

Robert Thompson (Outstanding Performance Award): “This was an easy choice. Robert recorded his 4000th winner in May, setting an Australian record that may never be beaten. To put it into context, Robert has averaged 100 winners a season for 40 years.”

Bill Dale (Racing NSW Award for Extraordinary Services): “This award is for a person behind the scenes that goes about their business in a professional manner, and never expects recognition. Accordingly, the first winner has set a benchmark that will be hard to reach for future recipients. Bill Dale has provided 49 years of service of the highest standard.”

Tommy Berry (NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year): “This award was selected by the NSW Racing Writers’ Association. They said the tremendous character and class Tommy showed at a time of immense grief was inspiring. Tommy is a shining example to sports people on how to handle the media when under extreme pressure.”

Phillip McInerney (Dedicated Performance Award): “John O’Shea noticed Phillip at the Wyong races one Thursday and had a yarn to him. He then saw him at Rosehill on the Saturday and Phillip told him he was a Taree on the Friday. John said Phillip works for Todd Howlett and goes everywhere ‘covering more miles than the Leyland Brothers’. O’Shea said Phillip is always happy and is one of those unsung heroes in racing. Phillip is a worthy winner of the Dedicated Performance Award.”

George Tucker (Sydney Strapper of the Year): The Chris Waller stable said: “George is well-liked by his peers for his laid back and casual demeanour. George is always given the more difficult horses to strap. Nothing is too much of a hassle for him and our stable wouldn’t be the same without George. The judging panel was unanimous in selecting George as Sydney Strapper of the Year.”

Sense and Reason (BOBS Horse of the Year): Trained by Chris Waller, the horse won four BOBS bonuses totalling $60,000 for his connections.

Final standings for the Bart Cummings Medal:-

87 – Chris WALLER
73 – Peter SNOWDEN
67 – Nash RAWILLER
37 – Team HAWKES
35 – James McDONALD
30 – Jason COLLETT
24 – Tommy BERRY
24 – Joseph PRIDE
23 – Kerrin McEVOY
22 – Guy & Wendy WALTER
21 – Brenton AVDULLA