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Friday, April 12, 2013
Snow Fairy back in light work
London: Grand mare Snow Fairy is due to begin cantering next week in
anticipation of a return to the track during the second half of the season.
Ed Dunlop's exceptional mare has not been seen since winning the Irish
Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last September, when she held off
Nathaniel in one of the races of the season. Snow Fairy was then due to
contest the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October but was a
late withdrawal after heat was found in one of her legs. The six-year-old
will move slowly through the gears during the spring, and could defend
her title in the group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, France, in August.
hill on cup mission for bush trainer
y Mathew Cahill has known trainer Garry McCarney since he was a lad
ng up in Wellington. At Orange on Friday, the talented hoop and
ngton trainer combine with Fox Solid, seeking back-to-back cups wins in
55,000 Orange Gold Cup (1600 metres). Fox Solid, a six-year-old gelding
sire Foxhound, is coming off a last-start win in the Wellington Cup
m) on March 24. The gelding scored over 1600m at Orange in a
hmark 75 event at his previous start on March 11, so McCarney has Fox
n peak form. ''We go back a long way,'' Cahill said of McCarney. ''My dad
trained there [at Wellington]. Garry has got Fox Solid going good.''
Golden Slipper winners
that have gone on to win
the Sires' Produce,
including last year's
Internationals skyrocket Inglis sales results
B ritish bloodstock agent An-
gus Gold roves the world
for blueblooded yearlings
for his main client, Sheikh
Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell
Stud, and summed up this week's
unprecedented Inglis sales: "There
are more international buyers here
than I have ever seen."
Sheikh Hamdan, who raced Mel-
bourne Cup winners At Talaq and
Jeune, has been a supporter of the
Hayes family, firstly with the late patri-
arch Colin then Peter and now David.
Gold was an absentee at last year's
Inglis sales but bought 19 yearlings in
the first two sessions for $7.1 million,
including four by Lonhro and More
Than Ready and three by Redoute's
Choice. David Hayes will get most of
the yearlings to train but so, too, will
Mike de Kock, the champion South
African who also has a great strike
rate in Dubai. De Kock was involved
with Gold during the sales and along-
side him for several of his buys.
The internationals were busy at
the Inglis complex with three
sheikhs present -- Sheikh Mo-
hammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum,
who bought four lots for $1.57 mil-
lion, as well as linking up with Sheikh
Nasser Lootah to buy half of the
$4 million Fastnet Rock x River
Dove colt on Wednesday.
Dunaden's owner Sheikh Fahad
Al-Thani made his first trip to the
Easter sales, buying seven fillies for
Darley was also buying for Sheikh
Mohammed, adding four yearlings to
his huge number of home-breds for
$1.27 million. They were by Darley
stallions, two by Lonhro and one
each by Street Cry and Shamardal.
The big newcomer was China's
Teo Ah Khing, who linked up with
Coolmore to spend $2 million-plus on
yearlings by Fastnet Rock for the
China Horse Club.
The Queen's racing manager, John
Warren, selected Khing's buys, and
they will remain in Australia; Gai
Waterhouse is likely to prepare sev-
eral of them.
Khing is behind the establishment
of the Tianjin Equine Culture City,
and Coolmore is a partner with
Khing along with the leading French
breeding operation Arqana.
Tianjin will train 8000 equestrian
professionals, breed 1000 stud hor-
ses, hold auctions and international
and domestic professional races.
The Hong Kong buyers were on
hand but the Jockey Club was re-
stricted to five lots at the first two
sessions for $1,465,000; George
Moore bought four yearlings for
$1.42 million. Anton Koolman was
also buying for HK owners, and his
five yearlings cost $1.07 million in
conjunction with Hermitage Blood-
stock. They will race in NSW.
The turnover on the first two days
was staggering. A total of $75,310,000
(up 32 per cent) was spent and the
average went up 36 per cent from
$221,734 last year to $302,450.
The two stallions generating the
huge dollars were naturally Cool-
more's Fastnet Rock and Arrowfield's
Redoute's Choice, which are serving
phenomenal broodmare bands in Ire-
land and France respectively.
Fastnet Rock had 33 sell for
$21,240,000 (average of $643,636),
and four of his yearlings were among
the eight to fetch $1 million-plus.
Redoute's Choice had the top-
priced lot, Black Caviar's half-
brother from Helsinge, which
brought $5 million. He was one of
20 yearlings by the latter which
accumulated sales of $13,105,000,
Snitzel had his first $1 million
yearling when Dr Edward Bateman
and wife Belinda took a fancy to a
colt. Snitzel's average for nine year-
lings was $352,222.
Breeders to excel included Bruce
Neill's Cressfield stud, near Scone,
and Kia Ora Stud, which is owned by
Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krish-
nan and also in the Hunter.
Cressfield had three yearlings sell
for seven figures, highlighted by the
River Dove colt, which sold to Emir-
ates Park's Trevor Lobb for $4 mil-
lion. Kia Ora sold the Fastnet Rock x
Dream Play colt for $1.5 million to
Coolmore and the China Horse Club,
and then James Bester went to
$1.55 million for the filly by Fastnet
Rock from Mani Bhavan.
Peter Moody signed for five lots
for $2.2 million, while John Hawkes,
who is in line to train the two top
colts, spent $1.94 million on five lots.
TOMORROW: Pick up your keepsake Black Caviar ticket holder signed by Peter Moody and Luke Nolen at your local TAB.
To the top: Tom Berry
after winning the
Slipper on Overreach.
Photo: Dallas Kilponen
he opportunities that helped get me
o Hong Kong. She is always going to
be a horse I will remember."
Waterhouse has played a big role
n Berry's rise from talented rider to
group 1 jockey. "She has taught me
so much, and when I got the offer
rom Hong Kong, she told me just go
because these opportunities don't
come along that often," he said.
His standing has grown in the
ockeys' ranks, and trainers other
han Waterhouse have locked in him
into rides in the Doncaster Mile and
Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He has been
booked by Chris Waller to ride Rose-
hill Guineas runner-up Sacred Falls
in the Doncaster and will ride Silent
Achiever in the Queen Elizabeth.
It will keep him busy until he leaves
on April 28. "I'm riding and working
until the day I leave," Berry said. "It is
exciting to have the opportunity but it
isinthefuture. . ..OnceIgettoHong
Kong I can think about it, but dad told
me to just keep working hard."
Seven-figure yearlings at Inglis Easter sales
Colt Redoute's Choice x Helsinge Three Bridges BC3
Colt Fastnet Rock x River Dove
Cressfield Emirates Park $4 million
Colt Fastnet Rock x Gold Anthem Tyreel Stud John Warren $2.4 million
Filly Fastnet Rock x Mani Bhavan Kia Ora
James Bester $1.55 million
Colt Fastnet Rock x Dream Play
John Warren $1.5 million
Colt Redoute's Choice x Scandinavia Eliza Park James Bester $1.2 million
Colt Snitzel x La Bamba
Arrowfield James Harron $1 million
Filly Redoute's Choice x Star Satire Cressfield John Warren $1 million
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