The Daily Wrap

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Godolphin 21 highlight Gold Coast Spring Sale

Twenty-one horses from Godolphin, including several which have performed well at stakes level are among the 34 horses to be offered at the upcoming Gold Coast Spring Racehorse Sale.

The sale, which will follow the Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale on October 9, features several well-performed horses and city winners formerly trained by Godolphin's James Cummings.

Group 2 Tulloch S. winner Old North (Lonhro) is among those being offered as well as G2 Pago Pago S. winner Souchez (Lonhro), Listed Lonhro Plate winner Veranillo (Medaglia D'Oro (USA}) and Listed placegetter Sanglier (Albrecht)

There is also unraced stock by Spirit of Boom, Husson (Arg), Bernardini (USA), Snitzel and Medaglia d'Oro (USA).

The Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale kicks the day off with a catalogue of 220 juveniles will be held from 11am (Qld time) on Tuesday October 9. The final breeze-ups for that sale are on at the Gold Coast on the day before.

English, Invincible Star out of The Everest

Stablemates English (Encosta de Lago) and Invincible Star (I Am Invincible) have been withdrawn from The Everest.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained pair were both reported to have lameness on Monday and were inspected by Racing NSW stewards.

English has not come up according to her connections , leaving slotholder Damion Flower to find another runner.

Invincible Star reportedly jarred up in Saturday's G2 Premiere S and her place in the field has been taken by Le Romain (Hard Spun {USA}).

English's withdrawal leave two slots open in the 12-horse field, with Flower and the ATC both looking for contenders.


'Shipping fever' still a concern for imports

Experienced travelling foreman Robin Trevor-Jones has been surprised by how the 19 international horses who had to endure a torrid 60-hour trip to Australia have come through their ordeal.

Trevor-Jones a regular visitor to Australia was the man charged with looking after Red Cadeaux in his five Melbourne Cups, and was on board with the horses during the trip, which include a 20-hour delay in Sharjah to fix a cracked windscreen on the plane.

Trevor-Jones was responsible for Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid {USA}) as well as Roger Charlton's Withhold (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) for the journey and told RSN that all the horses had recovered well from the trip.

"It was extraordinary to watch them come off the pallets," Trevor-Jones said. "Not one of them looked stressed or affected by the length of time they'd sat there."

"I was looking after Roger Charlton's horse (Withhold) and my horse. The pair of them were so calm. They ate well and they drank well."

"It was an amazing feat for the horses to do what that did and come out as well as they have."

However, he said the next two to three days were the time when any likely effects of the trip would be felt.

"It's what we call shipping fever. It can pop out after five days," he said.

"It's a bit like pneumonia in a human where the bacteria in the lungs starts to cause a problem, but at the moment we've had no signs."

J-Mac to partner The Autumn Sun

James McDonald has been confirmed as the rider of G1 Caulfield Guineas favourite The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice)

McDonald has opted to ride at Caulfield next Saturday, with no clear option for a ride in the $13 million TAB Everest to be held at Randwick on the same day.

Kerrin McEvoy, The Autumn Sun's regular rider, is committed to riding Redzel (Snitzel) in The Everest and has had to forego being at Caulfield to continue his association with the star 3-year-old.

Brenton Avdulla's decision to ride Graff (Star Witness) in The Everest has also allowed McDonald to take the ride on the favourite in the G1 Thousand Guineas, Smart Melody (Smart Missile).

He would be looking to complete a rare double should he win both races, which have been staged on the same day since 2014.

Bonneval retirement imminent

Star Kiwi mare Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}) has likely ran her last race and is likely to be sold ahead of a trip to the breeding barn.

Bonneval disappointed when she ran last in last Sunday's G1 Underwood S. which was her second run back from a long injury layoff.

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman told RSN that he expected an announcement to be confirmed this week as the owner entertain offers from potential buyers.

"I think they (owners) are looking at selling her," Forsman said. "They are looking at options. I don't think they will breed from her themselves."

"Obviously she has had her issues in the past - niggly things - and she did a suspensory in the autumn and she hasn't got the best of feet."

"But on the track, we couldn't fault her going into her races so it was very disappointing the effort she has been putting out on the track the last couple and I think speaks volumes of a horse that's not coping or lost that zest for racing."


Waldron set for Mornington move

Young New Zealand trainer Joe Waldron has confirmed he will relocate to Victoria later this month.

The 26-year-old, currently based in Te Awamutu, has only been training for 18 months but feels he is ready to make the move and will set up a training base at Mornington.

“Probably 90 per cent of the horses in the stable are owned by Melbourne or Sydney based clients and a lot of them had expressed interest in having their horses in work in Australia to take advantage of the better prizemoney,” Waldron said.

“We’ve secured 40 boxes at Mornington, which is about an hour out of Melbourne. It’s a lovely stable block about 300m from the course which is a perfect location."

“We’ve got access to a water walker and we’re only ten minutes from the beach, so it will give the horses plenty of variety in their training.”

The former travelling foreman for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman said Mission Hill (Teofilo {Ire}) was the best horse he'd be bringing with him, while Princess Dillon (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) and Weather With You (Teofilo {Ire}) are also making the trip.

Mission Hill will likely be set for the G2 Villers S at Randwick in December.