Black-Type Results

Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, Ascot

Race Summary:

Arcadia Queen (Pierro) took out the final Group 1 of 2018 in record time, stopping the clock at 1 minute 48.55 seconds. The fastest since Sniper's Bullet was clocked at 1.46.96 in 2009.

It was another fantastic ride by WA’s perennial leading rider William Pike, who had Arcadia Queen tracking the leader Great Shot (Magnus), before easing out at the top of the straight to surge home.

Material Man (Vital Equine {IRE}) came in second with Galaxy Star (Redoute's Choice) rounding out the placings for third.

Pedigree Notes:

Bred by the Bob and Sandra Peters, Arcadia Queen is one of six winners from Arcadia (Redoute's Choice), including G2 WA Derby winner Arcadia Dream and Listed Belgravia Stakes winner Arcadia Rose (Kheleyf {USA}).

With an as-yet unraced 2-year-old by Sebring and two other fillies, both by Domesday, on their way, Arcadia's impact on WA racing is far from finished.

Arcadia won three of her 11 starts and is a half-sister to Listed winning pair Broadway Belle and Antique Belle. Their dam Antique is a full sister to stakes winners Kalatiara and Kentiara.

Group 1 Captain Cook S., Trentham

Race Summary:

The race couldn’t have panned out any better for Danzdanzdance (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {IRE}) with the strong speed she required.

Rider Opie Bosson settled her behind the leading pack and once into the clear on straightening the grey mare wound up powerfully and quickly put her rivals to the sword.

Authentic Paddy (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit {USA}) finished second, his third placing in the race, ahead of the fast-finishing Our Abbadean (NZ) (Lookin At Lucky).

Pedigree Notes :

Dandanzdance is a daughter of the unraced Danzero mare Night Danza.

She is out of the winner and the G1 South Australasian Oaks placegetter Gretchen (NZ) (Bahhare {USA}).

Gretchen is a half-sister to the G2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy winner Silky Red Boxer (NZ) (Casual Lies {USA}) and to the dam of the multiple Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel).

Group 2 Wakefield Challenge S., Trentham

Race Summary:

Aotea Lad (NZ) (Savabeel) came in for heavy support following a trial win on his home track and the Matamata-trained youngster had no trouble rewarding his army of followers.

Although a little tardy out of the barrier, he settled well and when asked the question in the straight by rider Opie Bosson he delivered in style.

He led home fellow first-timers Killin (Snitzel) and Aretha (NZ) (Charm Spirit {IRE}), who were both on the pace all the way.

Pedigree Notes :

A NZ$200,000 purchase out of Phoenix Park’s draft at Karaka, Aotea Lad is out Corsage (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}), who was herself a smart 2-year-old.

She was placed in both the G1 Diamond S. and the G3 Matamata Breeders’ S. and she is a grand-daughter of the G1 New Zealand S. winner Seamist (NZ) (Beaufort Sea {USA}).

Seamist did a good job at stud as well leaving seven winners, including Torlesse (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}), whose career highlight was a victory in the G2 New Zealand Cup.

Group 3 Bonecrusher S., Ellerslie

Race Summary:

Spirits Aubeer (Spirit Of Boom) headed straight to the front and he pretty much turned the race into a procession thereafter.

The Nigel Tiley-trained 3-year-old travelled comfortably in front and, despite drifting out in the closing 200 metres, he proved far superior.

Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop) took advantage of a rails run to come from last for second with Hypnos (Reliable Man {GB}) also coming from the back for third.

Pedigree Notes :

Tiley secured Spirits Aubeer for NZ$55,000 at Karaka and he is a half-brother to the multiple winner Aloha (Red Dazzler).

Their dam is Friendly Glow (Iglesia), who was a minor winner and she is out of a half-sister to the Listed Karaka Classic winner Biologist (Danehill Dancer {IRE}) and the Group 3 performer Golden Pedigree (Gold Brose).

It is also the family of the G1 The Metropolitan winner The Verminator (Jeune {GB}) and the G2 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic winner Liberty’s Gem (Statue Of Liberty {USA}).

Listed Pakenham Cup, Pakenham

Race Summary:

Front-running stayer Our Big Mike (NZ) (Don Eduardo {NZ}) set up a good clip and he had his rivals struggling to reel him in near the turn.

The 6-year-old was travelling sweetly into the straight and he never looked like shortening stride and went to the post a dominant winner.

Berisha (Al Samer) made ground from midfield for second without threatening and Dal Harraild (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) had every chance in the trail and boxed on for third.

Pedigree Notes :

Our Big Mike is a son of Landvetter (NZ) (Felix The Cat {USA}), who won one minor race, and she is out of a half-sister to the Cranbourne Cup winner Licence Fee (NZ) (Sobig {NZ}).

It is a modest pedigree, in terms of black type success, but does include the 2-year-old winner G3 Blue Diamond Prelude runner-up Dr Martin (Gleam Machine {USA}).

Listed Brisbane Handicap, Doomben

Race Summary:

A breakneck speed was perfect for Coldstone (FR) (Gold Away {IRE}) who sat back under rider Matthew McGillivray and bided his time.

The 7-year-old responded positively when asked the question by his jockey on straightening and he burst clear in the closing 150 metres to win convincingly.

Sold For Song continued her solid run of placed form to finish runner-up ahead of Ruling Dynasty (Medaglia D’Orio {USA}), who showed good improvement on an unplaced first-up run.

Pedigree Notes :

A winner in his native France, Coldstone was twice placed at black type level in Queensland before breaking through here.

He is a son of Vraona (GB) (Fantastic Light {USA}), who won three times, and she is a half-sister to the stakes placegetter Dubawi King (IRE) (Dubawi {IRE}).

Coldstone’s grand-mother Milly Ha Ha (GB) (Dancing Brave {GB}) was a winner and ran third in the G3 Ascot Royal S.

Listed Just Now Handicap, Doomben

Race Summary:

Brett Prebble took early control of the race with Our Crown Mistress (Star Witness), who crossed the field to lead.

The grey was travelling strong throughout and after kicking clear early in the run home she had enough in reserve for the fifth win of her 10-start career.

Stella Victoria (Foxwedge) sat in behind the leader and fought on gamely for second with her stablemate Femme Fireball (Pierro) finishing third.

Pedigree Notes:

The winner is a daughter of the Fastnet Rock mare Barangaroo, twice successful on the track, and she is out of a half-sister to the G2 Magic Night S. winner Mardi’s Magic (Kenny’s Best Pal).

The dam is also a sibling to the dam of the five-time Group 1 winner Racing To Win (Encosta de Lago) and the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat {USA}).

The family also includes the G1 The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince (NZ) (Yamanin Vital {NZ}).

Listed City Of Marion S., Morphettville

Race Summary:

The Peter Gelagotis-trained Illustrious Lad (I Am Invincible) found the right race here to return to winning form and break a more than two year drought.

He was dropping back in class after a last-start fifth in the G3 Kevin Heffernan S. at Caulfield to record the 10th win of his career.

Second home was Mick Price’s Nariko (Not A Single Doubt) with Platinum Angel (Not A Single Doubt) finishing third.

Pedigree Notes :

Illustrious Lad was a $40,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase and is a son of the Group 3 performed Industrious (Zeditave).

She is out of a half-sister to the dams of the G3 Standish H. winner Publishing (Testa Rossa), Miss Mooney Mooney (Redoute’s Choice), who also won the Listed City Of Marion S., and the multiple stakes winner and promising young sire Better Than Ready (More Than Ready {USA}).

Listed Jungle Dawn Classic, Ascot

Race Summary:

Quality mare Celebrity Dream (Thorn Park) continued her golden patch of form with further black type success in the hands of William Pike.

Adam Durrant has managed this 6-year-old admirably for owner Bob Peters and she has now won six times from 15 appearances.

Misty Metal (Oratorio {IRE}) finished runner-up with Fontainbleau (Alfred Nobel {IRE}) a surprise third.

Pedigree Notes:

Celebrity Dream is from a grand family and is a half-sister to the G2 Autumn Classic winner Catalonia (Commands) and to the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic winner Vavasour (Redoute’s Choice).

Their mother is the G3 Manawatu Classic winner Valpolicella (NZ) (Red Ransom {USA}), who is a half-sister ton the dam of the G2 Wakefield Challenge S. winner Pussy Willow (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) and her sister Pussy O’Reilly, a Group 1 performer.

Listed GA Towton Cup, Ascot

Race Summary:

A fine front-running ride by Dean Yendal saw the Fred Kersley-trained Cappo D’Oro (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) a deserved winner.

The 6-year-old made his own luck to be rewarded with a major prize after minor placings in his previous five appearances.

The favourite Mississipi Delta (High Chaparral {IRE}) raced in the trail and when clear she ran home well for second.

Pedigree Notes :

The winner is a half-brother to seven winners, including the G1 Sydney Cup winner No Wine No Song (Song Of Tara {IRE}) and the Listed Bagot H. winner Atlantic Air (Air De France {USA}).

Their dam Deep Time (NZ) (Kinjite) is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group 1 placegetter On Stage (Marceau).

It is also the family of the G1 New Zealand Derby winner Mansingh (NZ) (Wilkes {FR}) and the dual Group 1 winning sprinter Flamberge (Exceed And Excel)).

Listed Sir Ernest-Lee Steere Classic, Ascot

Race Summary:

The Velvet King (Universal Ruler) was back to winning ways here with a gallant front-running performance.

He made all and was there to be gunned down, but the Darren Mcauliffe-trained gelding proved too strong under the urgings of rider Mitchell Pateman.

Festival Miss (Bernardini {USA}) challenged strongly in the closing stages but she came up short with the longshot Regal Power (My Admiration) coming on for third.

Pedigree Notes :

The winner is out of the unraced Show A Heart mare Doubleblack Velvet, who has left three winners at stud.

She is a daughter of the Listed winner Black Velvet (FR) (Black Tie Affair {FR}), who is the dam of the Listed Tatt’s Members’ Cup winner Black Jet (Jet Spur).