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The Big6 at Tabcorp Park Men-
angle on Friday night is on races
3,4,5,6,7,8, with the first leg
starting at 7.30pm.
34 the form Friday, January 7, 2011
PROCTOR'S STAR TURN
Sawyers Gully reinsman Jason Proctor has won
most feature races in the Hunter Valley, though not
an Inter City Pace. He hopes to change that at
Maitland on Saturday night. Proctor will drive New-
castle horse of the year Starryart, which finished
second in her heat at Newcastle last Friday night for
Raworth trainer Geoff Robson.
Starryart has had two runs back from a spell and
her effort in the heat when beaten only four metres
by Atom Of Courage after being forced wide up the
back straight was full of merit.
''I was very happy with her run the other night in
what was the fastest mile rate of the five heats,''
Proctor said. ''She is a big, strong staying type and she
got home very well so the 2400 metres of the final will
suit her. I drove her when she won the NSW Sires'
Stakes at Harold Park in June and she is not too badly
drawn in barrier four on Saturday night so hopefully
she can get a nice run throughout with a bit of luck.
''I have been placed in three Inter City Pace finals
and went within a head of victory when second on
Tallowood Pursuit in 1994. It is a race I really want to
win. Hopefully it can be this time.''
Proctor will also have a big cheer squad on hand
when he steers Livin It Lovin It in race three. The
gelding, which is owned by the members of the New-
castle Harness Racing Club, resumed from a spell with
a solid win at Newcastle last Friday night.
''I was setting him for the Inter City Pace but he
picked up a bit of a virus, which set him back a week,''
Proctor said. ''So I elected to give it a miss because
I didn't think he was ready to go that distance first-
up and look for something easier.''
The gelding faces a tough task from the outside of
the second line on Saturday night but is still a genuine
SMOKEN UP MISSION
Miracle Mile champion Smoken Up goes into Sat-
urday night's group 1 SA Cup, 2645m, well rested,
but another break could be on the cards for Lance
Justice's flying machine, putting an InterDominion
trip in doubt after an arduous season.
Justice gave his horse extra rest after the Victoria
Cup last month and is in discussions with Smoken
Up's owners about plans for the tough pacer.
''He's had a long season,'' Justice said. ''He's had
a little freshen-up because he's been up for a fair
while. He peaked at Miracle Mile time and I think
the horse needs a break before the InterDominion
in March, if he goes there.
''He's going into Saturday night fit and well, but
he isn't as sharp as he could be.''
Justice will have to deal with a second-row draw
at Globe Derby, where he will start behind Vegas
Bound. ''Hopefully I can get his back if he goes
forward and get up near the lead. If I can get up
outside them then I'm sure he'll win,'' he said.
WASHAKIE BACK IN WEST
Starting on Friday night, Washakie will race three
consecutive weeks in Western Australia, culminating
in a tilt at the Grand Circuit WA Pacing Cup at
Gloucester Park on January 21.
Washakie will back up in next Friday's group 1 Fre-
mantle Pacing Cup, where he is likely to face local
hero Im Themightyquinn, before a rematch in the
$400,000 feature seven days later. Washakie gained
his only career group 1 during last year's West Aus-
tralian leg of the Grand Circuit, when he took out the
Australian Pacing Championship at Gloucester Park.
Trainer John McCarthy said his seven-year-old's
11th in last month's Victoria Cup, won by Mr Feelgood,
could be forgiven after he was held up at a critical
stage of the race.
Rival Smoken Up interfered with Washakie just as
McCarthy tried to get the back of the winner.
''I was happy enough with the run, Mr Feelgood was
just too good,'' McCarthy said.
''Just when I needed to be following Mr Feelgood,
I locked wheels with Smoken Up. The run looked a lot
worse on paper than it really was.''
Washakie has drawn one in a M0 or better 2550m
pace on Friday night, avoiding a clash with fellow top-
liners Im Themightyquinn and Our Malabar, which go
around in another race.
McCarthy expects a forward showing from his
pacer, which has been in the care of top trainer Greg
Bond: ''He'll run a good race on Friday,'' he said.
Invincible Spirit setting the
I nvincible Spirit, a former
shuttler to Australia, has
had a milestone year in
the northern hemisphere.
The stallion set a world record
for the number of two-year-old
winners in one season as well as
wrapping up his second suc-
cessive European sires title for
number of winners.
The son of Green Desert had
42 juvenile winners in the
northern hemisphere last year,
smashing the previous best of
39 by Florida-based sires Cha-
pel Royal and Wildcat Heir.
Invincible Spirit's first crop
went to racetracks in 2006, and
he had 35 individual winners,
the best performance by any
freshman stallion that year.
Invincible Spirit shuttled to
Chatswood Stud in Victoria
thanks to a deal with the Irish
National Stud but in 2007 the
latter stud's connections
decided to give him a year off
from travelling Down Under.
He continued to produce
group performers in Europe,
and the Irish National Stud
deemed him too valuable to
continue his Austra-
lian trips. He will
stand at A60,000
it's rise to
the top in Europe has been met-
eoric, catapulting from 75th in
2006 to become the leading sire
of winners. From 265 runners
last year, he had 111 winners to
stave off another one-time Aus-
tralian shuttler, Danehill Dan-
cer, and Pivotal, which both
produced 107 winners.
His prizemoney earnings
totalled $4,582,273, less than
half the amount won by Cool-
more's gun sire Galileo, the
progeny of which earned a
massive $10,237,679, with 237
starters winning 89 races,
including 12 at group 1 level.
Invincible Spirit's sire, Green
Desert, had three stallions in
the top 10 in the premiership
by winners. The other two were
Oasis Dream (4th) and Cape
Three other stallions that
are regular shuttlers from Brit-
ain to Australia finished in the
top 20. They were Coolmore's
Rock Of Gibraltar (12th) with
80 winners, and the Darley
pair of Exceed And Excel (74)
and Shamardal (70).
Invincible Spirit's best-known
performers are European-
trained but he's had group 1 suc-
cess in Australia despite limited
representation. His best per-
former is Yosei, a Melbourne-
trained filly which has won twice
at the highest level.
He has one of his sons stand-
ing at Yarraman Park Stud in
Scone, the handsome sprinter I
Am Invincible, which covered
a book in excess of 120 in his
stud debut last season.
Causeway, another one-
time shuttle horse
to Australia, has
ive US sires title.
tucky base, Ash-
ford Stud, the
tagged the Iron
Horse by the
off a determined
finish by Distor-
ted Humor to
beat him by
son of Storm Cat, had 369 star-
ters for the year with a total of
160 winners, 23 of them in sta-
kes races. His prizemoney was
considerably down on his 2009
total of $US11,078,843, the
third-highest total on record.
More Than Ready, which
stands in Florida and shuttles
to Vinery Stud at Scone, was the
leading juvenile stallion and
sixth overall. He is command-
ing a $US40,000 fee this year.
Dynaformer, the sire of last
year's Melbourne Cup winner
Americain, was the leading turf
sire with earnings of $US3.2m,
just ahead of More Than Ready.
Dynaformer, one of the oldest
US stallions still in service at 26,
has a $US150,000 fee on him this
year following a tremendous
weanling average of $US237,000
from five youngsters sold at
auction late last year.
Arrowfield Stud's Redoute's
Choice began the new year
with a bang in three countries
on New Year's day, with two of
his fillies shaping up as group 1
contenders during the coming
autumn carnival in Sydney.
Glissade, from the Peter
Snowden yard, made an
explosive debut at Royal Rand-
wick to score a comprehensive
win over 1000 metres and her
trainer declared she was the
best juvenile in his stable.
At Ellerslie in New Zealand,
King's Rose made it five wins
from nine starts when she
took out the group 2 Royal
Stakes, and her autumn goal is
the group 1 AJC Australian
Oaks at Randwick.
Grandfield, a $300,000 MM
buy in 2007, won a class 5 at
Sha Tin with Jeff Lloyd in the
saddle. The galloper is a son of
the strong black-type mare
Game Promise. Redoute's
Choice had another winner in
Perth with the Bob Peters-
owned Mystic Hour.
Glissade's dam is Steflara, a
daughter of Zabeel, which was
originally owned by Jason Abra-
hams but he sold her in a priv-
ate deal to Darley before Sheikh
Mohammed bought the opera-
tion from Bob Ingham.
Glissade is Steflara's first foal
and she has a full sister on the
ground, and last year dropped
a chestnut colt by Street Cry.
She's in foal to Darley's inter-
national sire Medaglia d'Oro
and Steflara obviously has a
great future as a matron.
Gerry Harvey's familiar royal
blue racing silks with the white
crossed sashes are about to
make their first appearance at
the Kranji track in Singapore,
where former Sydney sprinter
Parfumier is due to run on Fri-
day. Former Melbourne trainer
John Meagher contacted Har-
vey suggesting he should try
his luck in Singapore, with
prizemoney there increasing
considerably and pointing out
the great strike rate of Austral-
Pat Webster had a great deal
of success with Parfumier, a
son of Belong To Me, winning
seven races with the now eight-
year-old -- possibly his best
effort being runner-up in the
2009 group 2 Villiers Stakes
behind the Harvey-owned and
-bred Palacio De Cristal.
Harvey, apart from his huge
racing involvement in Australia,
has two breeding farms in New
Zealand, and one can expect he
will be racing his home-breds
there in the near future.
Darley's Bernardini was another
to kick off the new year in grand
style with the son of AP Indy
notching his 14th individual
winner from his first crop at the
January 2 meeting at Aqueduct.
The outstanding race per-
former has enjoyed a fabulous
beginning to his stallion career,
and became the only freshman
stallion to win a group 1 race
on both the dirt and turf.
Bernardini has also had win-
ners in three continents -- North
America, Europe and Asia -- and
is the only Darley stallion to be
given a fee upgrade this year.
His Aqueduct winner was the
4-1 on favourite Crossbow,
which led all the way to win a
maiden by three lengths -- as all
hot favourites should.
A day earlier at the same
track, Bernardini's shuttling
companion Henny Hughes
chalked up his 21st individual
winner with the win of All Quiet.
Henny Hughes has eight year-
lings catalogued in the Magic
Million Sales on the Gold Coast,
while Bernardini has 19 young-
sters up for auction.
JOHN GILMOUR AND MICHAEL COX
Make it BIG! $45k BIG6 jackpot tomorrow on the Caulfield/Randwick cross meeting
Smith has Million reasons to dream with filly
THE MILLIONS TRAIL
'You buy at that
sale trying to get to
races and it's good
to be so close.'
WARWICK FARM trainer Mat-
thew Smith is close to the
''dream'' result and the Magic
Millions with smart two-year-
old Combat Kitty.
The General Nediym filly
needs only to run in the first
two in the Vale John Bradshaw
Handicap at Randwick on Sat-
urday to be on the truck to the
Gold Coast, where Smith first
saw her a year ago.
''When you go to that sale
[the Magic Millions] the dream
is to have a horse in that race,''
he said. ''The way it looks she
will get a run if she finishes first
or second and if she ran third it
would be touch and go.
''You buy at that sale trying to
get to the big-money races and
it's good to be so close.''
Combat Kitty is on the fifth
line of betting for next week's
Magic Millions Classic at $10
after her devastating 51G4-length
win on debut at Kembla Grange
three weeks ago.
Smith had planned to run
Combat Kitty last week but the
filly recorded an elevated tem-
perature, forcing him to wait
''It's not the ideal prepara-
tion but you just have to deal
with it,'' he said. ''She missed
three or four days [work]. She is
over it now but you just don't
know how it is going to affect
these young horses.
''I think she is fairly smart as
she showed at Kembla and I'm
just hopeful she has not taken
any ill-effects from it.''
Corey Brown has been
booked for Combat Kitty,
which will jump from gate four,
and a forward showing would
likely mean he sticks with the
filly on the Gold Coast. ''I
haven't booked him for [the
Magic Millions] but if she goes
out and wins I'm sure Corey will
want to stay with her,'' Smith
said. ''We have the right barrier
and right jockey, we are hoping
for the right result.''
Snippets Of Glory, Subarc,
Fast And Sexy and Lysistrata
will also be out to earn a trip to
the Magic Millions via the Vale
John Bradshaw Handicap.
There is also a last chance to
qualify for next week's $2 mil-
lion feature in two-year-olds'
races at Eagle Farm and the
Gold Coast on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Brown will also
link with Combat Kitty's sta-
blemate, Toulon Bay, which
resumes in the Autumn Carni-
val On Sale Now Handicap.
The six-year-old mare's best
form is over further than the
1200 metres on Saturday but
she did finish her last cam-
paign in solid style.
''She had problems as a
young horse and then we had a
good preparation with her,''
Smith said. ''She's had a couple
of preparations where she
hasn't come up through various
problems but it seems like
we've got her right now.
''She'll be suited over further
but it will be a nice race to kick
her off in.''
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