Showtime stars in Caulfield feature

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 over 1400 metres at Caulfield… 

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature at Caulfield, the $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. 1400m G2. 

The 4YO entire began well and tussled for the lead before taking a sit behind Jungle Edge, then pushing forward to challenge after the turn. 

Showtime found plenty in the fight to the line, applying high-cruise pressure and resolute determination to draw clear over the final 100 metres and defeat last year’s P.B. Lawrence winner Hartnell by almost a half-length with Widgee Turf third.

“It took us a little bit to get back from Jungle Edge and get away from him.  He did a good job to overcome that then fight it out in the straight. It was a good effort.” – jockey Dwayne Dunn on Showtime

Watch Showtime win the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2.

Add his MVRC Stutt S. G2 win, Group 1 placings behind Trapeze Artist & Brave Smash last season, good juvenile form, arresting good looks and top-drawer pedigree, and Showtime is already well-qualified for a stud career.

However, he has more to achieve on the track first, and the $1 million Memsie Stakes G1, also over 1400 metres at Caulfield on 1 September, is Showtime’s next target.

The $1.1 million yearling now known as dual Group 2 winner Showtime. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Showtime is a result of Arrowfield’s highly successful, 20 year-old joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. Sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, he is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for both his breeders, in partnership with Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barb Ingham and Eric & Georgina Koundouris.

His dam Flidais (by Timber Country), a Group-placed daughter of dual Group 1 winner Electronic, has proved a gem at stud, generating more  than $4 million of yearling sale returns and leaving Showtime, his splendid Group 1-winning sister Sweet Idea and Malaysian stakeswinner Rush (by Charge Forward).

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly sold to Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly & Paul Frampton at this year’s Magic Millions Sale has been named Evening Slippers and is in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.  Flidais is due to foal again to the two-time Champion Sire in September and will be making a return visit to his court.

Showtime and last weekend’s ATC The Rosebud LR winner Sandbar have given Snitzel a quick start to the season and taken his career tally of progeny stakes wins to 162.

Rush is Charge Forward's 14th stakeswinner

Arrowfield graduate Rush became Charge Forward’s 14th stakeswinner when he took out the Penang Anniversary Cup 1200m LR on Sunday.

It’s a rather special race to win. The Penang Turf Club has revived the Anniversary Cup this year to celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. It will be run again for the next two years.

Ridden by champion jockey Jai Shankar, Rush was last in the early running but quickly moved up to the leaders as the field made the turn. Good Baby hit the front 250 metres from the post, but Rush ran him down in the final 100 metres to win by a length.

Rush began his career in Singapore in the care of trainer Michael Freedman with three wins from his first five starts and a second in the 2011 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship Sgp-3. Since his transfer to Malaysia in early 2013 he has won five races, the last three in succession. In all, the 5YO has been successful in nine of his 35 starts.

Bred by Arrowfield and Planette Thoroughbred, Rush is the third winner from Flidais (by Timber Country), best known in Australia as the dam of star filly Sweet Idea (by Snitzel).

Rush has a 2YO sister named Surf Poet, in training with Luke Oliver at Caulfield, and Sweet Idea has a yearling sister, purchased from Arrowfield for $200,000 by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Flidais, a daughter of Group 1 winner Electronic, is once again in foal to Snitzel.

Charge Forward, also sire this season of juvenile Group 3 winner London Lolly and stakeswinner Road Trippin’, stands at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST.