Caulfield Cup hope for Harada

Spruik colt still in the Caulfield Cup picture

Prince Harada remains in the running to become the first three-year-old in almost a quarter of a century to contest next month’s $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The Tony Vasil-trained colt was the surprise entry for the $2.5 million event when they were first taken last month and was again paid up for at yesterday’s first acceptances stage.

The son of Haradasun has only had three starts and this Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) will be his first start beyond 1200 metres, but Vasil is keen to keep all options open.

“Historically it’s not normal for three-year-olds to run in the Caulfield Cup, but they have won them,” he said.

“He’s paid up for the Cox Plate, too. When you’ve got a good horse you keep all options open and make decisions along the way.

“Until we get a bit more clarity on him we’ve got to keep all options open. We’ll watch the Caulfield Guineas and analyse it after that.”

Prince Harada is one of the stars of his generation, bursting onto the scene with off-season wins at Ballarat and Moonee Valley before confirming his class with luckless second to Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) on 31 August.

He renews hostilities with his McNeil Stakes conqueror in the Golden Rose at Rosehill this Saturday after which he returns to Vasil’s Caulfield base to be prepared for the $1 million BECK Caulfield Guineas on 12 October.

Prince Harada was allocated 49kg for the Caulfield Cup when weights were announced at the start of last week and if he runs he would become the first of generation to contest the race since Dr Grace ran fifth behind Cole Diesel in 1989.

Mighty Kingdom, in 1979, was the most recent three-year-old to win the Caulfield Cup.

The full list of horses who remain in the BMW Caulfield Cup following first acceptances are available via the link

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Atlantic Jewel to run in Stocks Stakes

Trainer Mark Kavanagh is weary of the ‘second up syndrome’ in selecting the Group 2 $220,000 W H Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday as Atlantic Jewel’s next race start.

Kavanagh considers the Stock Stakes against the mare an easier option than the Group 2 $300,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) which is littered with Group 1 winners, including stablemate Super Cool.

“My logic in running against the mares is that it is a Group 2 race, it’s weight-for-age and it is against mares only,” Kavanagh told Racing Network.

“In the back of my mind after spending so much work nursing a horse back from a spell and an injury that had not raced in 70 weeks there is always the possibility and I know it may be a little old fashioned, but there’s these things call second up syndromes.

“If there was ever going to be a second up syndrome you would think it would be after 70 weeks.

“With that in mind we go towards a mare’s race where she is rated 19 or 20 above any other horse.”

Atlantic Jewel, rated 117, looks to have a mortgage on the W H Stocks Stakes with the Mick Price trained Fibrillation the closest rated mare on 97.

At her latest effort Fibrillation ran second to Bec Said No Credit (rated 88) in a $80,000 Mares Handicap at Caulfield on August 31.

Atlantic Jewel made a stunning return to the racetrack after sixteen months on the sideline through injury when she treated the field with contempt in scoring a two and a half lengths win in the Group 1 $350,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31.

The Stocks Stakes against the mares will provide Atlantic Jewel with an easier second up run and give the new Queen Of The Turf a better opportunity to keep her unbeaten record intact and make it nine from nine.

And by taking that course, Kavanagh will be able to keep his two stable stars separated and run Australian Cup winner Super Cool in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

Super Cool was having his first run back since winning the Group 1 $1m Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 9 when third to Atlantic Jewel in the Memsie Stakes and Kavanagh was very happy with the run.

“He’s still a run or two off, but he’s progressed nicely. I’m very happy with him,” Kavanagh said.

“He looks more suited to a Caulfield Cup at this stage.”

Kavanagh is aiming Atlantic Jewel towards the Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 and she currently heads the market order at $2.50.

While Super Cool is joint favourite with the Chris Waller trained Hawkspur for the Group 1 $2.65m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19.

Mark Mazzaglia, horseracing.com.au

Campbell to overlook Cauthen's failure in the Henry Bucks Stakes

Opaki trainer Andrew Campbell is prepared to overlook Cauthen’s disappointing run at Flemington on Saturday and push ahead towards a start in the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.

Cauthen put in the worst run of his short career when a fading twelfth to the Peter Snowden trained Long John in the Listed $120,000 Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m).

Campbell thought the run was too bad to be true and the Stewards confirmed that reporting that the Darci Brahma colt pulled up in a distressed state with the thumps.

Thumps is a conditions that develops when the animal is under stress and the diaphragm twitches with the heartbeat and in some cases making an audible sound.

“I’ve never heard of it (the thumps) before, it was like we lost a member of the family we were all so depressed,” Campbell told Racing Network.

“I’ve never gone into a race so confident before, but this is the racing game and things don’t always go to plan.”

Cauthen arrived in Australia with a huge wrap after scoring an eight and half lengths win at Te Rapa on debut but was then beaten by Clevadude over 1000m at Moonee Valley.

The three year old then bounced back to score a convincing win over 1200m at Moonee Valley and Campbell was looking forward to getting to the more spacious  Flemington track where he was certain that Cauthen would excel.

The punters were also convinced and sent the Kiwi out $3.50 favourite before watching him struggle down the Flemington straight.

Campbell will be hoping that the Flemington episode was a one off and will head to Caulfield for the Group 3 $175,000 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 29.

Cauthen has now slipped in Caulfield Guineas betting to be a $16 chance after once being one of the top fancies while Henry Bucks winner Long John has shot up the market order and is the second pick at $5 behind Melbourne colt Prince Harada, the $4.60 favourite.

Mark Mazzaglia, horseracing.com.au

Sea Moon pulls up sore after Makybe Diva Stakes

Expensive English import Sea Moon has hit an early Spring Carnival hurdle after pulling up sore following his unplaced Australian debut in the Group 1 $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Sea Moon stumbled out of the barriers at the start and jockey Craig Williams was lucky to stay in the saddle when the six year old went right down on his front knees with his nose touching the ground.

Williams was able to regain his balance and tag onto the rest for the field and was able to beat two runners home to wind up in twelfth spot behind Foreteller and Puissance De Lune.

“You just have to hope all is well,” part owner Nick Williams told the Herald Sun.

“He is sore behind, which is understandable when you look at what happened at the start.

“We will monitor him for the next three or four days to make sure all is well, and go from there one way or the other. It seems restricted to his muscles, not any breaks.”

In the end Nick Williams was happy with the run and is hopeful that the injuries are only minor and the high profile import can get back on track for the rest of the carnival.

“I’ve watched the replay plenty of times and he missed the start by almost five lengths, had to gather himself and was still beaten only five lengths,” Nick Williams said.

Nick Williams will know in a few a days what the extent of his injuries are and is looking for his second start of the Carnival to be the Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5.

Sea Moon is nominated for the big three Group 1s over the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the $2.65m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield, the $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and the $6.2m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington which Team Williams won last year with Green Moon.

The English stayer is prominent in the betting for all three races and is a $17 chance for the Caulfield Cup, a $16 chance for the Cox Plate and is the second favourite at $11 for the Melbourne Cup behind Puissance De Lune at $7.

The bad luck didn’t stop with Sea Moon with Nick Williams reporting that two of the stables other imports pulled up sore after Saturday – Ranked, who finished fourteenth in the Listed $120,000 The Sofitel (1400m) and Thought Worthy who finished ninth in $100,000 Sofitel Girl’s Day Out (2000m).

“I’ve got three quite sore horses,” Williams said.

“It was very disappointing, very disappointing.”

“It’s hard to believe it could happen.”

Mark Mazzaglia, horseracing.com.au

Subzero Challenge announced

Popular Melbourne Cup winner Subzero honoured with naming of new spring race series

Racing Victoria (RV) together with Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Dr Denis Napthine, today officially welcomed the state’s most famous grey horse Subzero back to public duty and in recognition of his service to Victorian racing, named a newly programmed grey-race series in his honour.

To be held for the first time during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, the Subzero Challenge will be a three-part greys-only race series which extends upon the popular Crown Oaks Day greys race which has been staged at Flemington since 1996.

The additional races have been programmed at Caulfield and Moonee Valley and will be held on Schweppes Thousand Guineas Day on Wednesday, 16 October and at Moonee Valley on Sportingbet Manikato Stakes Night on Friday, 25 October.

The Subzero Challenge will be worth a total $280,000 and include a $10,000 bonus to the trainer of the horse which accumulates the most points across the series.

RV’s General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, who also spent 15 years as a Clerk of the Course, had made a remarkable contribution to Victorian racing since his retirement in 1994.

“Subzero is one of racing’s most recognisable public faces and following his recent health scare, Racing Victoria determined it an appropriate time to celebrate and acknowledge the incredible contribution of Subzero to Victorian racing,” Carpenter said.

“The series extends upon the time-honoured and hugely popular Oaks Day greys-race and will offer more memorable moments for punters and racegoers as it is staged during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival for the first time.

“The Subzero Challenge also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge Subzero for his service to the industry as the face of Racing Victoria’s Community Education in Schools Program, a role he has held since 2006. During this time Subzero has visited more than 300 schools with the support of owner and long-time handler, Graham Salisbury.

“Today we officially welcome Subzero back to public duty, thank him for his contribution to Victorian racing and cement his place for perpetuity with the naming of the Subzero Challenge.”

Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Dr Napthine, paid tribute to Subzero, the rugged steely grey racehorse who has contributed to Victorian racing for more than 21 years.

“Subzero exemplified the tough, resilient type in racing whose never-give-up attitude made up for the talent some of his equine competitors had in spades,” Dr Napthine said.

“His post-racing contribution as a Clerk of the Course horse and now as racing’s schools and community ambassador have made him one of Australia’s most-loved racehorses.

“It is a great honour for Subzero to have a race series named after him and also recognition of all of those who have looked after him during his lengthy career, particularly Graham Salisbury.”

The Subzero Challenge, for grey horses only, is as follows:

  • Caulfield, Wednesday 16 October Heat 1: Race-Tech Subzero Challenge, $80,000 BM90 Handicap (1400m)
  • Moonee Valley, Friday 25 October Heat 2: Subzero Challenge, $100,000 BM90 Handicap (1500m)
  • Flemington, Thursday 7 November Heat 3: TCL 4K UHD Smart TV Subzero Challenge, $100,000 BM90 Handicap (1400m)

Points will be allocated in each leg as follows; first - 10 pts; second - 7 pts; third - 4 pts; fourth - 2 pts; all other starters - 1 pt.

- Racing Victoria

A Wood-be Guineas contender

Untapped gelding on Guineas path after resounding Bendigo victory

Marwood will be given his shot at Spring Racing Carnival riches after an effortless win today at Bendigo.

The Mike Moroney-trained talent made it two wins from as many starts when he walked home in the $30,000 BRB Electrical Showcase 0-64 Handicap (1400m).

The well-bred gelding, who is by O’Reilly out of Group 1-winning mare Pernod, walked home by four lengths, which followed a 4-3/4-length debut win at Seymour.

Moroney’s foreman, Matt Hoysted, said the ease of those two wins permitted stepping him up in grade.

“Because he was so impressively, we’ll go three weeks now into the Guineas Prelude and give him his chance and see how he can step up there,” he said.

A good showing in that $1750,000 event, over 1400m at Caulfield on 29 September, would earn him a crack at the $1 million BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) 13 days later.

Nick Hall, who has been aboard Marwood at both starts, is convinced the galloper will measure up.

“His first start was a maiden on a heavy track, but I think this seals it and proves that he’s the real deal today,” he said.

“He’s going to be definitely up there and I think he’s going to be competitive this Spring for sure.”

Marwood is one of two Bendigo winners who are heading towards the Guineas with David Hayes harbouring Group 1 aspirations with Kiwi recruit Surging Wave, who was an emphatic winner of the $17,500 Bendigo Magazine Maiden Plate (1400m) at his first start for the stable.

Surging Wave’s win, at $16, was the first leg of a winning double for Hayes and stable jockey Chad Schofield, who backed up to score with Maraatib.

The four-year-old mare, who had finished second at half of his previous 16 starts, including last year’s Group 2 Wakeful Stakes, strolled home by 5.5 lengths.

Full results of all races from Bendigo are available here

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Beaten but not disgraced

Chelmsford Stakes effort has Waller confident about Caulfield Cup with Beaten Up

Chris Waller won yesterday’s 1600m weight-for-age features in Melbourne and Sydney, but it wasn’t only Foreteller and Hawkspur that brought a smile to the face of Sydney’s premier trainer.

Beaten Up’s effort to run second to Hawkspur in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick bolstered Waller’s confidence in the import looking ahead to Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival.

The champion trainer considers the six-year-old on track for the $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), at Caulfield on 19 October.

“All I need is for him to settle on Caulfield Cup Day and I think he can win the race,” Waller said on RSN’s Correct Weight this morning. “I think he’s a very exceptional horse over that 2400-metre distance.

“He beat a horse called Al Kazeem by three lengths from memory about 18 months ago and that horse has gone on to be one of the superstars up there.

“We’ve just got to get him to switch off. If he can, I think he can be the real deal for a race like that and I’m not even counting out the Cox Plate with him.”

Waller was particularly happy with the Beaten Up settled after being forced to take up an uncustomary position in front.

 The Beat Hollow gelding was no match for stablemate Hawkspur, who burst through late and charged away for 3-1/4-length win, but fought tenaciously to hold off the remainder of the field.

“He didn’t reef and tear when he got in front, I thought it was a controlled pace, so that was a bonus,” Waller said.

“Beaten Up of six months ago would have charged off and led by three or four lengths and finished midfield or even worse, so I thought it was a big step for him.”

Beaten Up is a $21 chance in TAB’s Caulfield Cup market, which is headed by Super Cool at $9 with Hawkspur the $10 second elect.

Waller also has ATC Oaks winner Royal Descent ($13) and Makybe Diva Stakes winner Foreteller ($21) prominent in Caulfield Cup betting.

Waller is yet to commit to the next start for any of his Caulfield Cup contingent, with the exception of Foreteller, who will contest the 1800m Underwood Stakes on 21 September, but the Group 1 Turnbulll Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 5 October is the probable final lead-up for many of them.

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Jewel back in Command

Commanding Jewel returns to the winner’s list

A week after Atlantic Jewel completed a fairytale return in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, her younger three-quarter-sister made a winning return of her own at Flemington.

Commanding Jewel made a triumphant return to the winner’s list, almost 11 months after her previous victory, in the $220,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes.

 It was the daughter of Commands’ first win since her Group 1 Thousand Guineas success and confirmed she was over the injuries that caused her to miss the Melbourne Festival of Racing.

Commanding Jewel proved criticised in some quarters after her first-up sixth in the Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley on 24 August was unjustified with her strong win.

Corstens was thrilled to see her break through and will now set his sights on Group 1 glory.

“I think, after this, we might head towards to the Toorak (Handicap) or something like that,” Corstens said. “We’ll see how we got from there.”

Commanding Jewel ($9) was the beneficiary from a sweet Ben Melham ride to get home comfortably in the Let’s Elope.

The performance was more decisive than the half-length margin over Catkins ($10) indicated, with A Time For Julia ($8) the same distance back third.

The full result of the Let’s Elope Stakes is available here

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Speediness impressive first up winner

Caulfield trainer Colin Scott’s hopes of a Group 1 victory this spring were boosted with the impressive first-up win of stable star Speediness in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Speediness showed his win in May’s Listed Scone Cup (1600m) was no fluke, coming from well back to defeat a crack field of sprinters in the $150,000 event.

Scott said Speediness had thrived in the stable since returning from Scone and would derive further benefit from today’s win.  

While entered for the Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, Scott said the six-year-old’s immediate target was the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 29 September.

Later Spring Racing Carnival options include the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield and the Group 2 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

“The horse has actually improved significantly, even just in his track work, from Scone to this preparation,” Scott said.

“He was ready to win first-up but there is definitely still a lot of improvement to come in him.

“He’s still very wintery in the coat so this run will definitely improve him.

“He goes to the Sir Rupert Clarke (Stakes) and then into the Toorak (Handicap) and most likely to the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.”

Ridden by Craig Williams, Speediness ($20) defeated straight-track specialist Temple Of Boom ($12) by one length, with Darley sprinter Albrecht ($8) a further nose away in third.

Gary Portelli’s highly touted sprinter Rebel Dane ($2.50 fav) looked the winner inside the final furlong before holding fourth for Glen Boss.

Click here for the full results from the Bobbie Lewis Quality.

- James Tzaferis, Racing Victoria

Import to the Fore in Makybe Diva

Gelding makes it Group 1 win number two with upset victory

Foreteller announced himself a Spring Racing Carnival major player with an upset Group 1 victory today at Flemington.

The Chris Waller-trained import nosed out raging Emirates Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance de Lune in the $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

The victory came as a surprise to punters, who sent the seven-year-old around at $15, but was no surprise to those associated with Sydney’s premier stable.

“His first up run (when eight, beaten 3.6 lengths in the Warwick Stakes) was super and when he came down on Wednesday night everyone in Sydney said he was just flying up there. They were really bullish about him,” Waller’s Melbourne stable manager Justin Hales said.

Foreteller, a son of Dansili, unleashed a big finish to get home by a half-head from Puissance de Lune.

Craig Newitt settled towards the rear aboard the gelding but was able to hitch a ride on the back of Puissance de Lune ($2.35 fav) rounding the home bend before peeling to the outside of the grey and wearing him down in the straight.

The first two home dominated the race, finishing 1-3/4 lengths in advance of crowd favourite Moudre ($91), who finished third for the second year in a row.

“There was only one horse I wanted to be following and I was probably surprised he was back with us,” Newitt said.

“Chris just stressed, ‘don’t move on him until the latest possible moment’ and, to the grey horse’s (Puissance de Lune) credit he kept finding, but my bloke was just too strong.

“It was a good win, he had to reel off some good time and really tough it out. Whatever he runs in now he’s just going to be so competitive.”

Outside the placegetters, Let’s Make Adeal – the granddaughter of Let’s Elope ran a huge race for fourth – just in advance of Ethiopia, while Manighar (sixth) and Mourayan (seventh) also turned in promising runs.

Boom import Sea Moon, the heavily backed $4 second favourite, scrambled upon jumping from the barriers, causing him to miss the start by several lengths and he beat just two runners home.

Hales said Foreteller had most likely booked his spot on a BMW Caulfield Cup path with today’s win with the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on 21 September the probable next target.

The full result of the Makybe Diva Stakes, plus the other events on the Flemington card, are available here

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Rodd drives Charlie home

Scobie Breasley medallist scores upset feature win

Michael Rodd’s dream start to spring continued when he teamed with Charlie Boy to win today’s $220,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Just six days after winning his maiden Scobie Breasley Medal, which came just over 24 hours after partnering Atlantic Jewel to an unforgettable comeback win in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, he drove the Gerald Ryan-trained colt to an upset win in the Group 2 event.

The gun jockey, who has won a Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate, is still not game to pinch himself.

“That (Scobie win) was very special and it’s been a great week,” he said. “I’ve floated right the way through.”

Rodd got the best out of Charlie Boy, who has long been touted one of the best of his generation but had not won since his debut success and hadn’t placed since his third in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes at his second start in a race.

He raced throughout the juvenile Group 1s of the Sydney autumn, finishing eighth in the Golden Slipper, sixth in the Sires’ Produce Stakes and seventh in the Champagne Stakes.

“He’s obviously got a lot of ability because they gave him a Golden Slipper campaign last time , so Gerald just said to me today, ‘make sure you switch off, get back and relaxed and that’s how it panned out,” Rodd said.

Charlie Boy ($21) provided Ryan with his second straight Danehill Stakes, following last year’s success with Snitzerland, when he powered home along the inside to get home by three-quarters-of-a-length from Kiss A Rose ($16), who stormed home down the outside, with Éclair Big Bang ($18) a head back third.

The victory showed he was in for a good campaign with the $1 million BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m), to be run on12 October, the major aim.

“It was pretty arrogant in the end,” Rodd said. “He got to the front and wanted to roll around a bit and he’s going to be better when he gets over a bit further.

“He’s got the quality there, that (the Guineas) is what he’s down here for obviously, and Gerald can time them right.

“It looks like he’s put his hand up at the right time and he’ll be peaking come Guineas time I bet.”

The full result of the Danehill Stakes is available here

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Symons Shores up Spring

Flemington double spells exciting spring for jockey Chris Symons

A winning double may have been the highlight on paper for popular jockey Chris Symons at Flemington but the success could have greater repercussions for his spring aspirations.

Symons piloted returning Saab Hasan stayer Shoreham to victory in the Listed Sofitel (1400m) after winning the opening event, the Domain 1100, on improving John McArdle-trained filly Miracle To Me.

It was the win of untapped four-year-old Shoreham, a horse nominated for both the BMW Caulfield Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup, that had both Symons and Hasan bullish about what the future could hold.

A thrilled Hasan admitted Shoreham’s trackwork during the week had give him confidence that he could be competitive against horses better suited to the seven furlongs.

A winner of the Listed Galilee Series Final (2500m) prior to a third placing in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), the young trainer also praised Symons for sticking with Shoreham for his spring preparation.

“We were very confident coming into the race and on Tuesday morning his work was sensational,” Hasan said.

“If Bart Cummings was training him I think he would’ve been about 8-1 today.”

“Full credit to Chris because everyone bagged him after the South Australian Derby but to his credit he is around every Friday putting up his hand to help.”

Shoreham was allocated 50kg when BMW Caulfield Cup weights were released on Wednesday and Hasan said he had spoken to Racing Victoria’s General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, about his rating.

Victory in the Group 3 D’Urban Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on 21 September or Group 2 Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) would improve Shoreham’s chances of a Cup start and Hasan said all options would be looked at.

“I was nominated for the Fred Hoysted Medal and I sat down next to Greg Carpenter and chewed his ear off all night and I kept saying to Greg that I wanted to get his rating up because he is a genuine chance,” Hasan said.

 “His aim is the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup and I’ve got a plan (to get there).

“Don’t underestimate this horse because he’s a little better than what people think.”

After beginning well from barrier 11, Symons elected to go forward aboard the former Team Williams galloper and found cover off a hot tempo set by Niblick (James McDonald).

Approaching the turn, Symons was able to improve his position on Shoreham ($18) after peeling off the back of third placegetter Garud ($19) before overcoming TAB favourite Dany The Fox inside the final 50 metres.

“I didn’t panic and we took the chance to try and slot in and I was hoping to land behind Dany The Fox but it wasn’t the case,” Symons said.

“He just got into a nice rhythm rounding the turn and he kept improving and probably at the 400m mark I knew he was going to be hard to beat.

“Dany The Fox kept finding but to this bloke’s credit, he’s done a fantastic job.

Symons could have also found himself a leading Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) mount after partnering Miracle To Me to a win over classy fillies Bulbula, Metastasio and Casquets.

Click here to read more about Miracle To Me’s win in the Domain 1100.

Click here to view the full results from the entire Flemington card.

- James Tzaferis, Racing Victoria

Miracle on Guineas' path

McArdle ends frustrating run with Flemington victory

Buoyed by having snapped a frustrating run of minor placings, John McArdle is eyeing one of the Spring Racing Carnival features with Miracle to Me following her win today at Flemington.

The daughter of Bel Esprit made it two city wins in a row when she followed a Sportingbet Park (Sandown) win on 28 July with a strong win in the $80,000 Domain 1100 (1100m).

The victory was McArdle’s second of the season, but the Mornington horseman has also had seven placegetters and he was glad to see the $26 chance get the money in a close finish.

“I’ve had 15 runners and six of them have run second, so I was getting sick of that,” McArdle said.

“I thought I was going to run second again, and we would have been happy enough with that, but it’s nice to win.”

Miracle to Me’s strength at the finish was a highlight of the win, the third of her six-start career. Bulbula ($11) looked to have her measure at the 100m, but Miracle to Me attacked the line to get home by a head.

McArdle said it was an encouraging performance given Miracle to Me will be better over further with the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 16 October the race he has his eyes on.

“I thought today might be a little bit short for her, but her work during the week was good , and we just wanted to se her hit the line. She did that, so we’ll have a crack at something better now,” he said.

“She’ll go to the Guineas Prelude in a couple of weeks’ time and we’ll decide from there what we do, but I’d say the Thousand Guineas is the aim at this stage.”

The full result of the Domain 1100 is available here

- Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria

Hayes Confident Gregers Can Step-Up In The Danehill Stakes

Trainer David Hayes is confident that classy filly Gregers will be right in the finish when she steps-up to Group 2 level in the Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Gregers has been flawless this preparation, winning the Aquanas Foods Handicap (1000m) by four and half lengths before recording another comfortable victory in the Mitchelton Wines Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago, but will face a much stronger field this weekend.

Hayes believes that Gregers is up to the challenge against a number of the leading colts heading to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and is expecting her to enjoy her first attempt down the famous Flemington straight.

“Last start she was placed softly and she did the right thing,” Hayes told Racing Ahead on RSN.

“This is a step up in class and it will tell us where we are going with her.

“Everybody in the race thinks they can be in the Guineas so that tells you the depth of the race.

“She strikes me as a horse that will be suited by the straight.

“I would say that whatever beats her wins the race, she will be right there.”

Gregers won from the front in the Mitchleton Wines Plate but was ridden just off the pace in the Aquanas Foods Handicap and Hayes plans on leaving it up to champion apprentice Chad Schofield where he positions the three-year-old in the run this weekend.

“We will leave that to Chad but she is never far from the pace,” Hayes said.

“She has won leading and she has won sitting off the pace.

“She is a push button sort of horse and she isn’t likely to get cluttered up coming out of that barrier.

“That would be the biggest risk – if she gets cluttered up on the inside.”

Gregers will become just the seventh filly to win the Danehill Stakes if she is victorious tomorrow, joining Tan Tat De Lago (2007), equine superstar Black Caviar (2009) and Snitzerland (2012) who have won the race in recent years.

Thomas Hackett, horseracing.com.au

Aliyana Tilde kicks off Caulfield Cup campaign in Chelmsford Stakes

Trainer Kerry Parker’s tough staying mare Aliyana Tilde takes her first steps towards a Caulfield Cup start when she resumes in the Group 2 $175,000 Tattersall’s Club Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The Group 1 $2.65m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19 is on the agenda for Aliyana Tilde if she can regain her good Autumn form.

The five year old mare scored at Group 3 level in the $125,000 TAB Eponia Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill on March 30 on her way to running third, beaten less than a length by Mourayan in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 27.

Baker had originally planned to kick off Aliyana Tilde in the Group 2 $175,000 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on August 24, but decided to wait the extra two weeks for the 1600m Chelmsford Stakes.

“The 1400m of the Warwick Stakes was always going to be sharp with Rain Affair in it and she’d just be chasing all the way, so a couple of extra weeks and get her ready for a mile I thought was a better option for her,” Parker told the Sportsman.

Aliyana Tilde had a quiet Spring last year and Parker put that down to a tough Autumn campaign previous which saw her run second to Streama in the 2012 Group 1 $550,000 Patinack Farm Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick.

“She was still probably a little flat from the preparation before and rather than bust her, I just decided to throw her back in the paddock and let her mature up,” Parker said.

“She’s had a pretty tough Oaks run and being a filly who was only tiny that was probably the best thing I could have done for her because she ended up developing really good through her break.”

Aliyana Tilde will be looking for more ground later in the Spring so she is naturally at long odds on Saturday and has been posted a $61 chance coming up against last start Warwick Stakes winner Veyron ($4.20 favourite) and Chris Waller’s three top fancies Bayrir ($4.60) and Beaten Up and Hawkspur, both marked at $5.

Waller will saddle up six runners in the Chelmsford Stakes, his other runners being Metal Bender ($10), Kelinni ($31) and Moriarty ($61).

In early Caulfield Cup markets Aliyana Tilde has been posted a $51 chance with the Mark Kavanagh trained Super Cool heading the betting at $10 just ahead of Gai Waterhouse’s import Fiorente.

Mark Mazzaglia, horseracing.com.au

Super Cool super hot with Caulfield Cup punters

The Mark Kavanagh trained Super Cool continues to attract heavy support at Sportingbet to win the 2013 Caulfield Cup.

Super Cool has shortened significantly from $16 into $9 favouritism at Sportingbet since the four-year-old gelding ran an impressive third behind stablemate Atlantic Jewel in last Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

“There’s been a constant stream of cash for Super Cool since Saturday including two significant four-figure wagers,” Sportingbet Australia spokesman Andrew Brown said.

“Punters have backed him from $16 into $12 into $10 and now into $9 and they still appear happy to take that price,” Brown said.

Super Cool was a $26 chance with Sportingbet in early August.

The David Vandyke trained Prince Cheri has also attracted solid support, firming from $21 into $16 at Sportingbet.

“One smart punter put $1,000 at $41 on Prince Cheri before his most recent win in Sydney,” Brown said.

Jet Away is a $13 second favourite with Sportingbet ahead of Beaten Up at $14 and Fiorente at $15.00.


2013 Caulfield Cup (all in betting)
Sportingbet Australia market

  • Super Cool $9.00
  • Jet Away $13.00
  • Beaten Up $14.00
  • Fiorente $15.00
  • Prince Cheri $16.00
  • Royal Descent $17.00
  • Dandino $17.00
  • Hawkspur $19.00
  • Ethiopia $21.00
  • Carlton House $21.00
  • Bayrir $21.00
  • Waldpark $21.00
  • Lidari $23.00
  • Sea Moon $26.00
  • Green Moon $26.00
  • Foreteller $31.00
  • Masked Marvel $31.00
  • Now We Can $31.00
  • Mr O’Ceirin $31.00
  • Pakal $31.00
  • Dear Demi $35.00
  • Red Cadeaux $35.00
  • Others $41+

For Sportingbet’s full Caulfield Cup market visit http://www.sportingbet.com.au/#Feature/FeatureRace/5032465

BMW Caulfield Cup weights released

The all-important weights for the world’s richest 2400-metre handicap, the $2.5 million BMW Caulfield Cup on 19 October, were released today by Racing Victoria (RV) with great interest in the handicap allotted firming favourite Super Cool.

The reigning Australian Cup champion, whose odds were trimmed following a slashing first-up third in the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday, has been allotted 55kg.

Charged with breaking premier trainer Mark Kavanagh’s hoodoo in the Caulfield Cup, Super Cool carries the right profile into the race with four-year-olds successful in 12 of the past 20 editions, but his weight represents a genuine challenge.

Only four horses have carried more than 54.5kg to victory in the Caulfield Cup in the past 20 years, that being Dunaden (58kg, 2012), Viewed (57kg, 2009), Northerly (58kg, 2002) and Sky Heights (56.5kg) who holds the modern day four-year-old record.

In releasing the weights, Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said that Super Cool had joined elite company when winning the Australian Cup and that this was a determining factor in the weight assigned.

“Super Cool was the first three-year-old since Saintly to win the Australian Cup and is one of only three to do so. Saintly was allotted 55.5kg in the Caulfield Cup as a four-year-old, but did not run, instead winning the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter explained.

Reigning Emirates Melbourne Cup champion Green Moon has been allocated topweight of 58kg in this year’s Caulfield Cup, with his Robert Hickmott-trained and Lloyd Williams-owned stablemate Sea Moon, who makes his Australian debut Saturday at Flemington, on 57kg.

“Only five Melbourne Cup winners have gone on to win the Caulfield Cup in 135 years, but two of those have been in recent times in Dunaden and Viewed who have a similar weight profile to Green Moon should he take up the challenge,” Carpenter said.

“Sea Moon required considerable thought as the highest weighted non-Group 1 winner, but he was an impressive winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2012 over Dunaden and Red Cadeaux and has been placed in an English St Leger,” he added.

Joining Sea Moon on 57kg is this season’s Dubai World Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, with Peter Moody’s 2012 Australian Cup winner Manighar allotted 56.5kg – the same weight he carried into fourth place in the 2011 Caulfield Cup.

Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente, who is prepared by 2010 Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, has been given 55.5kg as too has four-time Group 1 winner Metal Bender who is on the comeback trail after a 16 month layoff.

Other notable entries and their weights are;

  • Dandino (55kg) – UK-trained, Australian-owned last start winner of the American St Leger.
  • Ethiopia (55kg) – 2012 ATC Derby winner who has raced just once since finishing last in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Nominated to resume on Saturday at Flemington.
  • Masked Marvel (54.5kg) – 2011 English St Leger winner and stablemate of Green Moon and Sea Moon. Set to make Australian debut on Saturday at Flemington.
  • Bayrir (54.5kg) – Group 1-winning French import who was runner-up for trainer Chris Waller at his Australian debut in Sydney last month. 
  • Beaten Up (54.5kg) – One of several high profile Chris Waller entries. Won Group 1 Doomben Cup under WFA conditions in May when carrying 59kg.
  • Simenon (54kg) – Irish trained entrant who is likely to secure a start with 54kg. Runner-up in the famous Ascot Gold Cup and Lonsdale Cup at past two UK starts.
  • Jet Away (53.5kg) – Unbeaten in two Australian starts for master trainer David Hayes.
  • Hawkspur (53kg) – Second highest weighted four-year-old. Won a trio of features during the Brisbane Winter Carnival including the Queensland Derby. 
  • Royal Descent (52.5kg) – Highest weighted four-year-old mare who blitzed rivals in the 2013 ATC Oaks. Last four-year-old mare to win is Southern Speed (2011).
  • Tuscan Fire (52kg) – Former jumper who claimed a ballot exemption with victory in February’s Mornington Cup. Has carried 52kg or less only once in 48 career starts.
  • Dear Demi (51.5kg) – 2012 VRC Oaks winner who gains 1kg off Royal Descent for her defeat in the ATC Oaks. Nominated to resume on Saturday at Flemington.
  • Prince Cheri (50kg) – Highly touted Sydney five-year-old who is the veteran of just five starts. Will need to win a ballot exemption to gain a start.

First acceptances for the Caulfield Cup will be taken at 12 noon on Tuesday, 10 September.

- Racing Victoria

For the full weights for the 2013 BMW Caulfield Cup, please click here.

Caulfield Cup weights release via live webcast

2013 BMW Caulfield Cup weights to be released by Racing Victoria via live webcast at racingnetwork.com.au

Racing Victoria (RV), in conjunction with the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), will tomorrow unveil weights for nominees in the world’s richest 2400m handicap, the $2.65 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), at a 9.30am media conference at Racing Victoria.

In a first for the Victorian racing industry, the weights will be released live via webcast on industry website www.racingnetwork.com.au and fans will be encouraged to interact via Twitter using the hashtag #CaulfieldCup.

The media conference will feature new MRC Chief Executive Officer, Brodie Arnhold, and RV’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, who will outline the weights assigned to the feature nominees in the 136th Cup, to be run on Saturday, 19 October.

“Racing Victoria is excited to be partnering with the Melbourne Racing Club to promote this year’s Spring Racing Carnival and to be releasing the 2013 BMW Caulfield Cup weights via a live webcast,” Carpenter said.

“It’s a new and innovative method for releasing weights and we welcome all to follow the live reveal at www.racingnetwork.com.au, while engaging in the announcement on Twitter using the hashtag #CaulfieldCup.

“The BMW Caulfield Cup is one of the jewels of Victoria’s famous Spring Racing Carnival and the allocation of weights will have a significant bearing on who will gain a start and which horses will be the most popular with punters.”

- Racing Victoria

Memsie Stakes Day wrap

Hats off to Mark Kavanagh for one of the best training performances in recent memory to bring super-mare Atlantic Jewel back from a 70-week long lay-off to claim the first Group 1 of the spring, the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes

Unfortunately for TheShark.com.au Member’s Sweepstakes participants, Atlantic Jewel is headed towards the Cox Plate and not the BMW Caulfield Cup, but luckily there were a few BMW Caulfield Cup bound runners behind  her in the Memsie that we can follow closely over the next 6-weeks as the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival nears.

Atlantic Jewel’s stablemate Super Cool (Allen Scash) was an eye-catcher pre-race but probably for the wrong reasons as he paraded round the mounting yard with a bigger tummy than a country footy league full-forward first-up from a big Christmas break. Appearances aside though, he was fantastic over the final 400m of the race and ran home in the 6th fastest last 200m of the meeting. He’s headed towards the BMW Caulfield Cup and will be a force to be reckoned with in the lead up to that race.

Reigning Melbourne Cup hero Green Moon (Lorraine Nicholls) was also impressive late in the race after drifting back to an awkward position early in the race; could we see him do a Dunaden and head to the BMW Caulfield Cup this year after snagging the big one at Flemington? On Saturday’s performance it is certainly a path that owner Lloyd Williams will no doubt give careful consideration to.

If you happen to have drawn either H.D.F. McNeil Stakes winner Fast N Rocking (Graeme Bishop) or runner-up Prince Harada (Daniel Dalton) in the Beck Caulfield Guineas leg of TheShark.com.au Member’s Sweepstakes you would be on pretty good terms with yourself following Saturday’s races as both colts ran outstanding trials. Both are likely to head next to the Golden Rose in Sydney before returning to Caulfield for the Beck Guineas so fingers crossed that they hold their form.

And a cheeky one to keep a close eye on this weekend, the Robert Smerdon trained filly Politeness (Daniel Khoury). She was a brilliant first-up winner of a Sale maiden and is a leading contender for the Schweppes Thousand Guineas.

- Mick Sharkie

Miracles Of Life to head to Coolmore Stud Stakes

Adelaide trainer Daniel Clarken will stick to a sprint campaign during the Melbourne Spring Carnival with Miracles Of Life with the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2 her main goal.

Miracles Of Life was beaten for the first time in the Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday at her first run back after winning the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 23.

The Not A Single Doubt filly over-raced for Lauren Stojakovic in the early stages and that took its toll at the finish with the her rolling in on top of Prince Harada at the 100m as she got tired and wound up in fourth sport behind the David Hayes trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking.

“It was just unfortunate the horse got rolling on her yesterday. Lauren did nothing wrong,” Clarken told The Advertiser.

“She just wouldn’t settle early and Lauren had no choice but to let her roll along.”

But Clarken wasn’t disappointed with the effort and will push towards a start in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and scrap plans to run in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 16.

“The Thousand Guineas is out of the question, but there are some nice three-year-old fillies races and sprints coming along,” Clarken said.

“She’s done everything wrong and was still there at the finish. If it had been 1000 metres it would have been a different story.”

“I was far from disappointed in her. I know they lowered her flag yesterday, but I don’t think they will be doing it again.

“It was a massive run.”

Stojakovic, who received a twelve meeting suspension for causing interference at the 100m, will be back riding in plenty of time to partner Miracles Of Life in the Group 3 $150,000 TBV/Gallagher Bassett Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 27.

Clarken’s visit to Melbourne on the weekend ended on a high with the Adelaide trainer returning home with the Fred Hoysted Medal hanging around his neck.

He topped the votes for the most outstanding training performance of the 2012 – 2013 racing season on Victorian tracks following the wins of Mircales of Life during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

Clarken brought his unbeaten filly over from South Australia with little known apprentice Lauren Stojakovic and was able to beat the big name stables in the Listed $120,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview for Fillies (1000m) at Caulfield on January 26 and followed that up with a dominant win in Blue Diamond Stakes a month later.

Mark Mazzaglia, horseracing.com.au

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