Prince caps Sheikh’s stellar day

Prince Bishop capped an unforgettable 12 hours for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation when he provided them with yet another Dubai World Cup.

The eight-year-old scored the biggest win of his career when he proved too strong for drawcard runner California Chrome in the 20th edition of the world’s richest race.

It was Godolphin’s eighth win in the 2000-metre event and the seventh success for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

The World Cup success came around 12 hours after Hartnell won the $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) in Sydney for Godolphin.

“In terms of what we call the team dynamic it was a great result,” Sheikh Mohammed’s managing director in Australia, Henry Plumptre, said on Sunday morning.

“Yesterday here was a fantastic result for the Dubai team to watch and then for us to see that horse go over the line with William (Buick), whose been here two weeks ago, it was just fantastic stuff.

“It’s fantastic for Sheikh Mohammed and fantastic for the team that works for him.”

Prince Bishop’s staying qualities came to the fore in the Dubai World Cup. He struggled to stay in touch with the field in the first 600m, but travelled into it rounding the home bend before taking charge of the race midway down the straight.

Pulled away to score by 2-3/4 lengths from the luckless California Chrome, who travelled wide throughout, with the other American, Lea, 1-1/4 lengths further back third.

Prince Bishop was ridden to victory by William Buick, who headed to Dubai after a stint in Sydney, which included riding in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill.

That was the venue of Hartnell’s win in The BMW, the import scoring his biggest success since joining Sheikh Mohammed’s Australian trainer John O’Shea last spring.

The BMW victory was the highlight of a quartet of wins for O’Shea at Rosehill. He also won the Group 2 Tullich Stakes (2000m) with Hauraki, while Generalife and Medcaut were the team’s other winners.

Hartnell Wins Group One BMW

Hartnell gained a decisive success in the AUS$1.5-million Group One The BMW over a mile and a half at Rosehill Gardens, Australia, on Saturday, March 28.

The Authorized four-year-old, partnered by James McDonald, was well away and pulled slightly in the early stages.

He settled in fifth on the inside as a good pace was set up front before being positioned off the rail around half-way.

Hartnell progressed to fourth before the straight and swung four-wide turning in, soon disputing the running.

Asked to assert, he ran on well and went clear to beat the Japanese challenger To The World by a length and a quarter in 2m 29.50s on good turf.

Trainer John O’Shea said: “Hartnell did a marvellous job as he didn’t have a lot go his way in the run.

“In the barriers, the horse next door reared up and tapped him and then in the run another horse in front of him had to be pulled out of the race.

“James made a long run on him from 600 metres out and Hartnell outstayed the Japanese horse who is no slouch for a very exciting and impressive win.”

Plans for Hartnell’s next race will be finalised this week.

Shinn Seals sweet revenge on Fenway

Jockey Blake Shinn gained the ultimate revenge after losing the ride aboard First Seal by beating her aboard Fenway in Saturday’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill

Shinn was dumped off First Seal by connections after the filly was narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) earlier this month.

An emotional Shinn, who is the stepson and stepbrother of Fenway’s co-trainers Lee and Shannon Hope, said it was a massive thrill to provide his family with their first Group 1 victory.

“It’s my first Group 1 for my family and it just means so much,” Shinn said.

“This is what it’s all about, this is a fairytale come true. They’ve been working a hell of a long time for a moment like this and for me to help bring it to them means the world to me.

“I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without my stepbrother or my stepdad, they taught me how to ride and this is a testament to them.”

Settling just behind the speed, Fenway ($21) strode to the lead at the top of the straight before holding off the late challenge of First Seal ($1.80F) by a neck, with Thunder Lady ($51) a further length away in third.

Shannon Hope said he had no doubt the daughter of High Chaparral would run 2400m and said provided she came through the run well, they would press on to Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in a fortnight.

“It’s a great feeling and it’s probably something I won’t get used to,” Hope said.

“She ticked all the boxes and it was a great ride, I couldn’t have been happier with her coming into the race, she just probably hadn’t been ridden properly.

“She’s going to be even better in six months and she’ll run 2400 no worries.”

Fenway has firmed into $6 second favourite for the ATC Oaks with TAB, which has Vinery Stud Stakes fifth placegetter Winx rated the $4.60 favourite.


Unbeaten Vancouver a Slipper Sensation

Vancouver confirmed his status as Australia’s best juvenile with a dominant win in Saturday’s $3.5 million Group One Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

In front of a crowd of almost 20,000, Vancouver raced home under Tommy Berry to emerge was one of the hottest sire prospects in the world with a famous victory.

The Medaglia d’Oro colt extended his unbeaten run to four and had favourite punters cheering when he led home stablemate English in the world’s richest two-year-old race.

The win was the sixth in the race for champion trainer Gai Waterhouse and saw her join her legendary father Tommy Smith as the most winning trainer in the show piece event.

Vancouver extended the outstanding record of Magic Millions graduates in the Golden Slipper. Of the last 12 Slippers to be offered as yearlings, nine of them were sold at the Gold Coast. That group includes the likes of Triple Crown champions Dance Hero and Pierro and star sire Sebring.

Waterhouse, in partnership with Sydney based bloodstock agent James Harron, took a shine to Vancouver when he was offered for sale by Coolmore Stud at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The colt headed to Waterhouse’s stable after the successful $185,000 bid at the Gold Coast. Of Waterhouse’s six Slipper winners – five were purchased from the same sales ring at the Magic Millions – the other was a homebred.

“He’s a dominant colt and he took it out today, very exciting,” Waterhouse beamed. “He’s just a joy to train.”

Waterhouse said the colt had many similarities to former stable champion Pierro and he could be given his chance to follow in the hoofsteps of him by tackling the remaining two legs of the Sydney juvenile triple crown.

“We’ll let him go home and eat his dinner,” she said. “One thing we know about Vancouver is he is a winner.”

The win was a triumph for champion jockey Tommy Berry, his first as a father, with his son Kaiden in the mounting yard.

“He had them covered easily today,” an emotional Berry said. “He’s a pleasure to ride and I can’t thank Gai enough.”

“I said he’d win the Slipper and then he’ll go on to the Sires and the Champagne by further. I’ve got one right, I hope I’m right about the other two now.”

“I’ve got no words. One of my best memories on a racetrack was winning it last time with my brother Nathan by my side and I’m so thankful that he’s looking after me today.”

“I’ve got my son here, Kaiden, one person leaves you in the world and another comes along. I’m just so blessed to have my family here.”

Bred by John and Deb Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds, Vancouver is one of 10 winners from the 100 per cent winner producer Skates.

A daughter of Danehill, Skates was a Melbourne winner at two and earned black type with three listed runner-up placings including two at two (Cinderella Stakes in Adelaide and Debutante Stakes in Melbourne). She was also second in a William Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley at three.

Skates is from Skating, a multiple Group One winner by At Talaq, who sadly died at Segenhoe Stud in the week leading up to the Slipper. Skating produced 10 winners from 11 runners including seven stakes gallopers – Murtajill, Sunset Run, Bradbury’s Luck, Thegreatandthegood, Dubai Ice, Tordean and Skates. Her non winner, the Sydney placed Zali, is the dam of the stakes winner Zauberin.

As well as Vancouver, Skates has produced the Group One winner Juste Momente and stakes winner Captain Coltish, two Australian city winners and two Hong Kong winners.

The win capped a great day for Gai Waterhouse and James Harron – they also purchased Sweet Idea who earlier in the afternoon won the Group One Galaxy Handicap under Blake Shinn.

Sweet Idea, a graduate of Arrowfield Stud by Snitzel, was also purchased from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale – she cost $240,000 and the valuable mare has already earned over $2.4 million.

Sweet Idea Storms to Galaxy Glory

Star mare Sweet Idea stormed home to win Saturday’s Galaxy Handicap at Rosehill and notch the most deserved Group One victory of the season to date.

An outstanding daughter of Snitzel, Sweet Idea settled midfield before coming with a well timed run under Blake Shinn to score a barnstorming win.

A $240,000 purchase from Arrowfield Stud at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Sweet Idea sent her earnings past the $2.4 million mark with her Galaxy triumph.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was beaming after the win of one of the country’s most talented and popular racemares.

“An outstanding mare,” Waterhouse said. “I’m so thrilled for the connections – they wanted the Group One and now they’ve got it!”

“Blake rode her magically he gave her time to settle and she was too good – she stormed home.”

Sweet Idea races in the colours of the Gold Coast’s Henderson Racing team and brothers David and Luke were both of course and thrilled with the victory.

“I’m just so excited,” David Henderson said. “She deserved it and we’ve chased the Group One – that is what she needed on her resume – it’s complete now.”

“She’s probably just a length off being a superstar.”

“It’s a great thrill,” Luke Henderson said. “We’ll probably have one more run in Sydney and then take her home to Queensland to sweep the floor there!”

Winning rider Blake Shinn gave the mare great credit for the success.

“What a horse,” Shinn beamed moments after the race. “She’s a warhorse. She’s been in the placings in a number of Group Ones and she was third in a Slipper.”

“She backs up year after year and it’s great for Gai and the connections for the horse to be recognised at this top level.”

Sweet Idea, the fifth individual Group One winner for former Magic Millions graduate Snitzel, is one of three winners for her dam Flidais, two of them stakes winners.

Flidais earned black type by running third in a Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick.

As well as Sweet Idea she is the dam of Magic Millions graduate Rush – a 10 time winner in Malaysia and Singapore. He won the Anniversay Cup at Penang and was second in the Magic Millions Juvenile Championship at Kranji.