Headway Earns Group 1 for Charge Forward

Diminutive filly Headway became the first Group 1 winner for Arrowfield Stud’s young stallion Charge Forward when she came from well back in the field to snatch victory in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

In a driving finish Headway nosed out King Pulse with a head back to Shellscrape in third place.

The Peter Moody trained 3yo was runner-up to Phelan Ready in last season’s G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

“She’s most deserving of a Group One,” Moody said. “She has been ultra-consistent for her whole career”.

“She’s a gutsy little filly that has never been out of a place at Group level over 1200 metres. “She got the luck today but is a hell of a good filly.”

With the filly’s known dislike of the whip, Moody praised rider Luke Nolen who refrained from using the whip in the closing stages despite the closeness of the finsih.

“It’s a family trait,” said Moody. I trained her mother (Chatelaine) and she could not be hit by the stick and this filly is the same”.

Nolen was also full of admiration for Headway.

“She’s only small but most of it is heart,” said Nolen. “She could be a hand or two bigger but while she lacks a bit of size she doesn’t lack any strength”.

Headway now joins the Millionaire’s Club. Her overall record now reads 4 wins and 4 seconds from 10 starts for earnings of $1,124,888.

Owner Tony Santic secured the filly for $175,000 from the Turangga Farm consignment at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

She is the first foal of the Flying Spur mare Chatelaine, whose long list of near misses in stakes races included runner-up efforts in the AJC Silver Shadow Stakes (G2), STC Research Stakes (G3) and AJC Widden Stakes (LR).

Chatelaine has a yearling colt by Charge Forward and was covered by Zizou last spring.

Headway is the only stakes-winner to date for her sire Charge Forward (Red Ransom) and was the major contributor in her sire being crowned the leading first crop sire last season.

Source: Mark Smith, Breednet

Eagle Falls Leaves Rivals In His Wake

Two decisions by the connections of Eagle Falls saw him win the biggest race of his career to date in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes yesterday.

One was taken in March after the promising galloper ran a disappointing sixth in the Australian Guineas and the other shortly before yesterday’s 1200-metre event.

After the Australian Guineas it was revealed that the son of Hussonet had a breathing problem and the decision was made to have it remedied surgically.

“We didn’t think about it, we just got it [the operation] done straight away and it’s been very successful,” said trainer David Hayes.

The other decision was to stay on the inside of the straight course after Eagle Falls had drawn barrier four.

Eagle Falls had been able to get some cover in the early part of the race behind Red Element and Mr Slick before peeling to the outside as the field came onto the course proper.

He quickly took over the lead with inside division with 300 metres to travel and toughed it out well to win by three quarters of a length from Turffontein, who ran home strongly out wide. Absolutelyfabulous ran on well over the latter stages to be a further three-quarters of a length away third.

Jockey Damien Oliver said he got plenty of confidence from Hayes and Ramsden to stay on the inside and explained that it would have been difficult to head out and get into the position he wanted.

“It made a lot of sense to stay on the inside. It’s hard to go out there and end up in the spot you want to be. If we had headed out there we would have played right into First Command’s lap,” Oliver said.

“It’s hard to ride a race against the outside. You just have to concentrate on the inside and hope you get the rest right.”

At Caulfield at his previous start Eagle Falls had been held up at a vital stage of the race before running home better than anything.

“Ollie got off and said sorry at Caulfield and he rarely says that. He [Eagle Falls] ran the fastest 900 metres of the race and lost,” Hayes said.

While Hayes joked that the sprint on Derby day was formerly a Group 1 race and should have stayed one, he believed Eagle Falls, who has now won six of 11 starts, had a group 1 race in him.

“We have him entered in the Emirates Stakes next Saturday but I’m more inclined to put him aside with a view to the autumn,” he said. “I think he is a genuine Group 1 horse and would be very well suited in the Newmarket.”

Source: Andrew Garvey, The Age

56th Stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

A return to a firm track was the trigger for 4yo entire Zupacool to open his stakes account with a record-breaking win in Wednesday’s $150,000 Listed Bendigo Cup (2200m).

Trained at Seymour by John Symons and Sheila Laxon, Zupacool was hampered by heavy tracks over winter and early spring.

“We have had a bit of a rough trot recently with just a run of bad luck,” Symons said. “We were trying to get this horse to the Cups but he just doesn’t like wet tracks.

“Everywhere we wanted to take him, it rained and we didn’t get him qualified which is another bit of bad luck but there’s a good race in him.”

Symons said Zupacool would be aimed at the Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) on Emirates Stakes day.

It was the fifth win from 15 starts for the son of Redoute’s Choice taking his earnings to $215,798.

Only four of the 59 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice sold at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale made less than the $200,000 it took for Symons to make the winning bid on Zupacool.

Consigned by Tony Santic’s Makybe, Zupacool is the third foal of the stakes-placed Grosvenor mare Be Cool (NZ).

Be Cool is a daughter of the Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Shagolvin (Sharavari) a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Bit Of A Skite and to the dam of AJC Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold (herself the dam of champions Elvstroem and Haradasun) and to the granddam of Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Zupacool becomes the 56th stakes-winner for Redoute’s Choice and his 12th from his fifth crop that also included the champion Samantha Miss, 2-time Group 1 winner Gallica and the recent Toorak Handicap G1 heroine Allez Wonder.

Source: Mark Smith, Breednet

Inspiration Snares HK Group 3

Top class Australian bred sprinter Inspiration returned to peak form to lead home an Aussie bred and John Moore trained quinella in the Sha Tin Premier Bowl HK Gr 3 in Hong Kong on Sunday, beating his stablemate One World by the best part of length.

Winner of the Group One HK International Sprint last year, Inspiration indicated he would be a force to be reckoned with again this year when he improved sharply at his second run back this season.

To offset his top weight of 133 pounds in the 1200 metre sprint, John Moore gave the ride to star apprentice Derek Leung, whose seven pound claim proved invaluable.

Leung allowed Inspiration to settle worse than midfield on the fence and when he worked between horses into the clear, the son of Flying Spur finished full of running to score a stylish win over his fast finishing rival One World who came from near last.

“These apprentices are worth their weight in gold and Derek Leung rode the horse very well,” Moore said.

“He has good hands and he got him settled and used the turn of foot the horse can always produce. Inspiration might not be the best sprinter in the world but he has proven that he is world class. Give him a good ride from a good gate and he’s capable of anything and he has proven this time and again.”

A $420,000 purchase from the Arrowfield draft at the 2005 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Inspiration has now won nine of 29 starts, placing a further eight times.

Inspiration is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence (both by Redoute’s Choice) being from the very smart producer La Bamba, a half-sister by Last Tycoon (IRE) to Group One winners Festal and Masked Party.

Inspiration made it a winning double for Flying Spur, who tasted success earlier in the program with promising up and comer Taverner.

Source: Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Snitzel Opens His Account

Former top sprinter Snitzel has been as fast off the mark at stud as he was on the track. His son Intertidal opened his winning account in Saturday’s www.theraces.com.au Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill.

A strong finishing second when making his career debut at Rosehill on October 10, Intertidal was sent straight to the front by Chris Munce and cruised home a 3 1/4-length winner over Misshiraz with Circle Of Power third.

Trainer Gerald Ryan should know a thing or two about the family.

“I trained the father (Snitzel), mother (Miss Rainmaker) and mothers sire (Hurricane Sky),” Ryan revealed.

“He has come a long way in a short space of time. I’m very glad to have trained Snitzel’s first winner.”

A homebred, Intertidal is the first live foal of the Hurricane Sky mare Miss Rainmaker who won her first two starts at Wyong and Randwick before finishing unplaced in the 2005 Light Fingers Stakes (G2). She had one further start before being retired.

She has been a regular visitor to the court of Snitzel with a yearling colt and a filly foal by the G1 Oakleigh Plate hero.

After being well supported by breeders in his first three seasons at a fee of $33,000, the fleet-footed son of Redoute’s Choice has had his fee reduced to $22,000 this season.

Source: Mark Smith, Breednet

Redoute's Sir Tristram Cross Yields Another Stakeswinner

Bid Spotter confirmed his status as one of the country’s most progressive stayers with a barnstorming win in the listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

A member of the Graeme Rogerson stable, Bid Spotter steamed home from the tail of the field to get up and win by a half length in a most impressive performance.

The win was the first at black type level for the blue blooded son of Redoute’s Choice.

Winning rider Ryan Wiggins said he couldn’t have been happier with how his mount went during the race – his only concern was finding a run in the straight to unleash his power finish.

“The horse relaxed nicely and he travelled well,” Wiggins reported. “Halfway down the straight I just thought I would sit and wait and then when I let him down, he really let down!”

Bid Spotter was so named from his time in the spotlight at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

He was sold to the bid of celebrity spotter, Hollywood actress Tara Reid at the Magic Millions complex for $850,000.

He’s shown good ability throughout his career to date after placing as a two-year-old in the Breeders Plate and has since won five of his 17 starts.

Bid Spotter is one of five winners from the former outstanding Sir Tristram race filly Isolda.

Isolda won two races as a two-year-old including the Group One AJC Champagne Stakes at Randwick. She also placed in a AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Castlemaine Stakes and AJC Oaks – all at Group One level.

Bid Spotter is the sixth individual stakes-winner for Arrowfield based champion sire Redoute’s Choice this season.

Source: Magic Millions/Breednet

Flying Spur Posts 70th Stakeswinner

Flying Spur featured in South Africa at the weekend when his brilliant daughter Flying Princess took out the Listed Goldfields Sprint over 1200 metres at Turffontein.

A lightly raced filly from the Charles Laird stable, Flying Princess was having just her third race start and coming into this harder event off an impressive last start win at Scottsville back in June.

She won the Black Type race by a length, providing yet another great result for her owner Markus Jooste, who has enjoyed so much success with his many Australian yearling purchases.

Purchased by Laird Racing for $310,000 from the Newhaven Park draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Flying Princess is from stakes-winning Chief’s Crown (USA) mare Be My Princess from the family of Group One winner St Clemens Belle.

Flying Princess has the honour of becoming the 70th stakes-winner worldwide for Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Flying Spur.

Source: Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Danzero Produces Another Sizzling Sprinter

Ever consistent sire Danzero unveiled his 34th stakeswinner yesterday when five-year-old gelding HAPPY ZERO (ex Have Love, by Canny Lad) notched an eye catching victory in the HK-G3 Sha Tin Sprint Trophy.

Spotting the leaders six lengths, the dark brown gelding let loose at the 400m mark to not only collect the field in a matter of strides but trounce his rivals to score an impressive 1-1/4 lengths victory over the 1000m journey.

Owned by Mr David Philip Boehm and trained by John Moore, Happy Zero was a $425,000 purchase from the 2006 William Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

A mirror image of his sire, Happy Zero has had just seven starts in Hong Kong for six wins and prizemoney of HK$4,158,750

“Danzero is just a great stallion,” says Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer. “A sensational sprinter in his own right, he can produce you a Champion 2YO, a Group 1 Derby winner or a yearling that sells for $450,000 … he’s just one of those wonderfully reliable horses that keeps on delivering.”

This season Danzero has been responsible for 22 winners. In addition to Happy Zero’s Group 3 success the stallion has sired the local stakes performers Bombay Sling, Stoneblack, Masked Assassin and the David Hayes trained Extra Zero, who lines up in Saturday’s G1 Caulfield Guineas.