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Winx still top of the world

Winx (Street Cry {Ire}) marked the anniversary of her foaling date by keeping her status as the world's top rated racehorse.

Longines confirmed that Winx, who was foaled on September 14, 2011, is still clear on top of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings at 130.

Gun Runner (USA) (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Poet's Word (Ire) (Poet's Word {GB}) are both rated 129 while Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) (128) and Roaring Lion (USA) (Kitten's Joy {USA}) (127) round out the top five.

Enable (GB.) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is ranked seventh after she returned to the track with a win in the G3 September S at Kempton Park last week.

Happy Clapper (Teofilo {Ire}) and Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) are the next highest ranked Australian horses at 123 in equal 13th, while Redkirk Warrior (GB) (Notnowcato {GB}) has a 121 rating, putting him inside the top 20.

Winx is looking to make it 27 successive wins in Saturday's G1 Colgate White Optic S. at Randwick.

Dream turns into a nightmare

El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity) has been ruled out of Saturday’s G2 Tea Rose S., at Randwick.

The shock winner of last season’s G1 ATC Sires’ Produce S., has been taken out after the filly returned an irregular sample on Tuesday to a prohibited substance.

Racing NSW stewards unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a further urine sample on Friday and therefore ordered her withdrawal.

El Dorado Dreaming was trained by Ben Smith, who this week had his licence suspended after a stewards’ raid took in the trainer’s stables, home and vehicle and uncovered unlabelled and unregistered bottles of substances which were sent for analysis.

At a subsequent inquiry, Smith pleaded guilty to giving false evidence, but he entered no plea to a charge of refusing to provide evidence about the persons who supplied the substances.

His G1 The Galaxy winner and Everest contender In Her Time (Time Thief) and El Dorado Dreaming were then transferred to fellow Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, only for the latest controversy to surface.

Promising signs from Girl Tuesday

The regally-bred Girl Tuesday (Street Cry {Ire}) is set to step up to metropolitan class after making it two wins from as many starts in a Class 2 at Newcastle on Friday.

Girl Tuesday is out of the four-time Group 1 winner Tuesday Joy (NZ), whose half-sister Sunday Joy was an ATC Oaks winner who produced the champion mare More Joyous (More Than Ready {USA}).

And the famous Strawberry Hill Stud family may have another star mare on their hands after four-year-old saw off her rivals over 1600m to win by 1.6l, having debuted with a spectacular maiden win in late August.

Representative for trainer Chris Waller, Liam Prior, said the mare would be targeted at a metropolitan race next time with a view to building her up in distances.

"She's probably got to find a race midweek in town now and from there map out a plan going forward," he said. "She's got a bright future and it’s good for the Singleton team."

Girl Tuesday is the fourth foal to race from Tuesday Joy, with all of them winners.

Influx of overseas hopefuls

Horses from Europe and Japan have entered quarantine ahead of travelling to Melbourne for the spring carnival.

Three Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin horses are already undergoing quarantine at Werribee having arrived last Saturday.

Twenty-seven horses from various stables are expected in Melbourne on September 29 and, of them, 22 from England but not all will be staying at Werribee for the duration of the spring carnival with 10 heading to local trainers after completing quarantine.

English stables with horses in quarantine are Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor with Cox Plate invitee Benbatl (GB (Dubawi {IRE}) and second topweight for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Best Solution (IRE) (Kodiac {GB}), while Charlie Appleby is sending out another four to join Blair House (IRE) (Pivotal {GB}), Folkswood (GB) (Exceed And Excel) and Jungle Cat (IRE) (Iffraaj {GB}).

Ed Dunlop is returning with Red Verdon (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid {USA}), while other trainers sending horses are Andrew Balding, Charlie Fellowes and Roger Charlton.

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has five horses in quarantine including Cliffs Of Moher (IRE) (Galileo {IRE}) who is entered for the Cox Plate as well as the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Chestnut Coat (JPN) (Heart’s Cry {JPN}) and Sole Impact (JPN) (Deep Impact {JPN}) will be representing Japan.

Sharrock laid back about Cup

Allan Sharrock is relaxed about Ladies First (NZ) (Dylan Thomas {IRE}) sitting at 51st on the order of entry the G1 Melbourne Cup.

She has been given 51.5kg and in the first elimination order released this week she was 27 places from securing a start in the feature.

“We're not panicking at this stage. In years gone by there's been horses race in the Cup with 50kg. They'll fall away. They always do,” Sharrock said.

Ladies First has had two runs back in her Cup campaign for a seventh placing at Waverley and eighth placing at Hastings, where she will return on Saturday week for the 2000m open handicap and then the G1 Livamol Classic October 6. She will make her Australian debut in the G2 Moonee Valley Cup.

Quality youngsters on show

The strength of the Inglis Ready2Race catalogue was on display at Cranbourne on Friday as 39 of the 59 lots to breeze-up broke 11 seconds.

Lot 12 (Not A Single Doubt-Allblack Lass) for Lauriston Thoroughbreds topped a professional and well-educated bunch of juveniles, breezing in 10.31secs.

The colt was just ahead of the Kane Harris duo of Lot 136 (Sepoy-Quiet Life) and Lot 142 (Starcraft-River Express), who breezed in 10.33s.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien said his Not A Single Doubt colt was an absolute professional. “He’s thrived throughout the preparation and just loves being a racehorse.”

“We were really happy with his breeze and we’re looking forward to offering him at the Ready2Race Sale next month.’’

The times for all of Friday’s breeze-ups are available at inglis.com.au and the Inglis iPad app.

The Inglis breeze-ups head across the Tasman next Monday when Taupo hosts the New Zealand session from 12pm.

Action then moves to Sydney on September 21 at Warwick Farm with 100 juveniles breezing-up from 10am.

The Inglis Ready2Race Sale will be held at Riverside Stables on Monday, October 15.

It will be preceded by inspection days from October 12 to 14, as well as a brunch at Riverside for all interested parties on the morning of Friday, October 12.

Newcomer’s Guineas price falls

Lincoln Falls (NZ) (Dundeel {NZ}) impressed with a winning debut at Woodville on Friday.

He sat back and wide before unleashing in the straight and he’s now being kept safe in the market for the G1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas. His price came into $12 following his first-up performance.

“He’s got a ton of improvement in him,” trainer Lisa Latta said. “We’ve never really had to let his head go on the track or at the trials, so it is always a bit of a worry heading into raceday.

“He holds a nomination for the 2000 Guineas, but we will just take him along lightly at the moment.”

A graduate of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale, Lincoln Falls was sold by JK Farm on behalf of Nearco Stud for $200,000 to Lincoln Farms Bloodstock.

He is a son if the Listed Tasmanian Oaks winner Causeway Queen (Giant’s Causeway {IRE}).

Delago Deluxe moves to Telemon

A former champion 2-year-old has arrived at his new home in Queensland to continue his stud career. Delago Deluxe (Encosta de Lago) has changed hands and will stand this season at Telemon Thoroughbreds.

“A bunch of guys got together and bought him at the Gold Coast,” General Manager Joe Heather said. “He’s a nice horse with a lot of Encosta de Lago about him, strong and short-coupled. He’s going to stand at $5500 including GST.”

Bred by Baramul Stud, he was sold at the Gold Coast Yearly Sale to Charles Laird Racing for $550,000 and went on to win seven of his 12 starts and was crowned the champion colt in South Africa in 2010-11. He was successful at Group 1 level in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint and the Gold Medallion S.

He formerly stood at Newhaven Park where his oldest progeny are now 4-year-olds and he has sired 36 winners including the stakes performer Casa de Lago.

Delago Deluxe is out of Succeeding (Flying Spur), who is a daughter of the multiple Group 2 winner Staging (Success Express {USA}). She is the dam of the G1 BTC Cup winner Duporth (Red Ransom {USA}) and the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce S., winner Excites (Danewin).

Delago Deluxe