Black-Type Results

Group 1 CF Orr S., Caulfield

Race Summary:

Last seen at Caulfield running in a Benchmark 84 race in October, Manuel (Commands) took big steps in his five races since then to convince his connections he was ready for this step up in class. Something he proved was the right move.

Like had been seen throughout the card, Manuel was another winner from the lead though he was pressured throughout by Holbien (Pierro). Luke Currie rode the gelding calmly against the pressure, a confidence that paid off when he asked Manuel to switch to another gear at the 300 metre mark.

Manuel wasn’t able to kick away from the field but he fended off a challenge from Brave Smash outside the 100 metre mark and had enough to hold off a surging pack near the wire to win by half a length.

It was a tight finish behind the winner but Kementari (Lonhro) came out ahead to give his sire another good placing on the day with Land Of Plenty (Stratum) in third.

Pedigree Notes:

The second Group 1 winner of the day for the late Commands, Manuel is the first foal from Listed winner Girl Hussler.

Girl Hussler is also the dam of Group 3 winner Taking Aim, who is also Group 1 placed and Group 3 placed 3-year-old filly Witherspoon. Her 2-year-old colt Sun Patch (Exceed And Excel) lived up to his early hype earlier this week when he broke his maiden at Royal Randwick on Wednesday.

This is the family of Group 2 winner Park Lane (SAF) (Elliodor), who was also Group 1 placed in South Africa along with her Group 3 winning dam Hancock Park (Pompeii Court).

Girl Hussler has a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and a colt foal by Snitzel.

Group 1 Herbie Dyke S., Te Rapa

Race Summary:

On The Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) notched his first Group 1 victory here, adding to his family’s already impressive total in Australasia.

On the Rocks had a comfortable spot on the rail mid-pack, running by himself with the rest of the field a length away from him on both sides. But as the field started to tighten at the 400 metres mark, On The Rocks got to business. With 350 metres to go, he weaved around horses to get clear running room on the outside and ate up the gap between himself and the leaders.

Though he didn’t keep a straight course while going for the lead, with 50 metres to go, the colt was pulling away. Jockey Jake Bayliss felt comfortable enough in the end to celebrate the win as they crossed the line. The battle for second was a bigger battle with Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) finishing second just ahead of Elusive Treasure (Northern Meteor).

Looking uncomfortable throughout her run, race favourite Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman {IRE}) finished fifth.

Pedigree Notes:

On The Rock’s unraced dam Cold Shoulder (NZ) (Volksraad {GB}) is a half-sister to Australia’s 2007-2008 Champion Stayer Efficient (NZ) (Zabeel), who is also known as the Melbourne Cup winner. A second half-sibling, Guillotine (NZ) (Montjeu {IRE}) is a Group 2 winner.

Could Shoulder herself is unraced but has produced four winners from six to race though On The Rocks is her only stakes winner. Her youngest foal is a 2-year-old Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu {IRE}) filly who is still unnamed.

Group 1 BCD Group Sprint, Te Rapa

Race Summary:

While Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) hadn’t seen the winner’s stall since returning from her break in January, she ended that spell today.

The mare was in the leading pack as they broke from the barrier before Troy Harris allowed her to settle behind that leading pack in fifth and then drop even farther back about 400 metres into the race.

With 300 metres to go, the mare seemed to be in trouble as a pack fought it out for the lead in front of her. But that quickly changed inside the 200 metre mark with Melody Belle finding clear running room and running up the inside of Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}) and Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice) to take the lead – and the win while those two battled against each other.

The second and third place finishers found themselves in a photo with Bostonian nosing out Ardrossan.

Pedigree Notes:

Melody Belle was one of two Group 1 winners on the day for her late sire Commands, who also had Manuel (Commands) finish first in the Group 1 C.F. Orr at Caulfield. Melody Belle was sold at Karaka for NZ$57,500 in 2016 to David Ellis.

She is the first foal from Meleka Belle (NZ) (Iffraaj), who also has a 3-year-old filly named Amazing Belle by O’Reilly, an unraced 2-year-old named Exaltation by Not a Single Doubt of racing age. Amazing Belle is the only one of those two to race, not yet hitting the board in her career.

Meleka Belle is a half-sister to four stakes horses including the Group 1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas third Tsarina Belle (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}). This is also the family of Rock Kingdom (Rock of Gibraltar {IRE}).

The mare has a yearling Tavistock filly who sold at Karaka to Andrew Williams Bloodstock for NZ$300,000 last week and a colt by Tavistock born last year. She wasn’t served in 2018.

Group 2 Autumn S., Caulfield

Race Summary:

Sun Stud homebred Hawkshot (Fiorente {Ire}) was ready to run from the moment the barriers opened on Saturday.

The 3-year-old gelding broke smartly and took the lead, running comfortably in front of a spread out field. While the field was closing in on him with 400 metres to go, Luke Currie allowed the gelding to go at his own pace only asking him to go at the 300 metre mark.

Hawkshot quickly picked up the pace and looked like he’d just broken out of the barrier again when putting lengths of the field in no time at all. Dealmaker (Dundeel {NZ}) closed strongly to finish second over Ringerdingding (Sebring) but there was no catching the leader, who won comfortably and galloped out strongly.

Pedigree Notes:

Hawkshot becomes the second Group winner for his sire Fiorente after Stars of Carrum.

Hawkshot is the second live foal from the Encosta de Lago mare Rosa Perlato, with both being winners. Rosa Perlato is from the Listed place Fiammarosa (Danehill) and is a half-sister to Mauritius Horse of the year Parachute Man (High Chaparral {Ire}). Fiammarosa is a full-sister to Group 1 winning Shinzig (Danehill) and the dam of Group 3 winner Alfolk (Lonhro).

Rosa Perlato’s 2-year-old Power Scheme (Fiorente) is already placed with the mare also having a Ready For Victory yearling filly. She was served by Thronum in 2018.

Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview, Caulfield

Race Summary:

Godolphin’s embarrassment of riches when it comes to Australian 2-year-olds was on full display this weekend in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Trained by Anthony Freedman, Lyre (Lonhro) was making her third start, breaking her maiden three weeks ago.

Lyre outside the field in mid-pack behind the pacesetting Vinicunca (I Am Invincible), who looked comfortable with her lead. There was work to be done with 350 metres to go as Vinicunca was pulling away with her ears pricked but Lyre and her fellow Godolphin mate Athiri (Lonhro) were up for the task.

Athiri was the first to go after the leader with Lyre close behind in the final 200 metres. While Athiri wasn’t able to get the lead from Vinicunca, Lyre took over in the final 50 metres to win by almost half a length with Athiri third.

It was a big result for Lonhro, who sired the first and third home while I Am Invincible sired a top three finisher in his third stakes race of the day at Caulfield.

Pedigree Notes:

Lyre is the second foal from her dam Erato (Street Cry {IRE}), who also has a 3-year-old full-brother to this filly named Malos.

From two-time Group 1 winner Mnemosyne (Encosta de Lago), Erato is a half-sister to Group 1 winner and sire Impending (Lonhro), Group 3 winner Forget (Exceed And Excel) and Listed winner Epidemic (Lonhro). Only placed herself, Erato was sold in 2017 when she was bought by Australian Bloodstock for $120,000.

The mare had a Helmet colt in 2017 and was bred to Newgate Farm’s freshman stallion Russian Revolution in 2018.

Group 2 Rubiton S., Caulfield

Race Summary:

It didn’t take Nature Strip (Nicconi) long to settle into his new stable, making easy work of the Rubiton Stakes field in his first start off a spell.

A little slow out of the barriers, Nature Strip had to flash his speed to get to the lead but after that it was an easy task. The gelding galloped comfortably from there, steadily increasing his lead as they came closer to the line.

Damien Lane barely urged the gelding down the lane as he looked like he was out for an easy morning gallop when finishing a geared down 3 ½ lengths in front of Jungle Edge (Dubawi {IRE}) with Thermal Current (Exceed And Excel) over two lengths behind him in third.

Pedigree Notes:

Passed in for $50,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Nature Strip is the sixth foal from Group 3 winner Strikeline (Desert Sun {GB}). The mare is the dam of three winners from six to race including listed winner High Volatility (Star Witness).

Strikeline is from Listed winner Strike High (Pre Emptive Strike), making her a half-sister to Group 3 winner Bashful Girl (Perugino) with those three being the best runners under Strikeline’s first three dams. Under the fourth dam Tiflis (Wilwyn), you find stakes form with My Duke (Deputy Governor) a Group 1 winner and The Brotherhood (Zamazaan) Group 1 placed.

Strikeline has a 3-year-old unraced full-sister to Nature Strip named Miss Strikepower and a 2-year-old colt by Shamus Award.

Group 2 Waikato Guineas, Te Rapa

Race Summary:

It was an upset in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas race when Sponge Bob (NZ) (Keeper) won the Group 2 in his Group debut.

Arrogant (NZ) (Ocean Park) was able to take control of the race early on as Sponge Bob settled near the front of the pack right behind him. Race favourite Sword In Stone (NZ) (Redwood {GB}) was the first to challenge the leader with a little over 400 metres to go, ultimately taking the lead with about 300 metres to go.

Sponge Bob was ready for the battle, eyeing the race favourite as he drew even before taking the lead after urging by Troy Harris with 100 metres left to go. While Sword In Stone was focused on the leader, Arrogant was able to take second back with Sword In Stone trying to fight back for the placing but running out of time.

Sponge Bob’s connections now have a decision to make with the gelding not yet nominated for the New Zealand Derby but eligible for a late nomination to the race.

Pedigree Notes:

By Keeper, Sponge Bob is the first foal out of the unplaced mare Chihenne (NZ) (Castledale [IRE]), who also has an unnamed 2-year-old filly by Civics.

Chihenne’s second dam is the Group 3 winner So Fox (Gold Sovereign), who is the dam of Group 1 winner Eva Grace (Vice Regal).

While neither Sponge Bob nor his half-sister have been through a sales ring, Chiheene was sold as a yearling at Karaka for NZ$2,000. She was bred to Showcasing in 2017 but there is no report of a live foal.

Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, Te Rapa

Race Summary:

Stepping back up to 2,000 metres in this race, Imelda Mary (NZ) (Ferlax {NZ}) made the most of the opportunity when winning her third race in her last four starts.

The 3-year-old had a comfortable trip sitting in fourth position for the majority of the race as Star Karen (Camelot {GB}) set the pace. At the 400 metre mark, jockey Cameron Lammas asked the filly to draw even with the leaders, a task she took to willingly.

Imelda Mary took the lead just outside the 200 metre mark but wasn’t willing to put too much distance between herself and those challenging her, though she wasn’t going to let them get too close. In the end, while Imelda Mary was the clear winner, it was a photo for second with Sentimental Miss (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}) finishing second and race favourite Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) third.

This was the second time Imelda Mary has run at 2000 metres, with the last performance two starts ago resulting in her first Group 2 win.

Pedigree Notes:

Imelda Mary is the only foal from the unraced Eleesha (Encosta De Lago), who was bred back to Ferlax in both 2015 and 2016 and Sweynesse in 2017.

Eleesha is from the Redoute’s Choice mare Modellista, who is a half-sister to champion Fashions Afield (Redoute’s Choice), the dam of Group 2 winner and sire Kiss And Make Up (More Than Ready) and a granddaughter of Group 1 winner Wrap Around (Bletchingly).

Imelda Mary was a NZ$3,500 yearling at the 2017 New Zealand National Yearling Sale.

Group 3 Blue Diamond Colts & Geldings Prelude, Caulfield

Race Summary:

Bursting onto the scene only weeks ago, I Am Immortal (I Am Invincible) kept to his winning ways on Saturday in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G).

I Am Immortal didn’t waste time taking over the lead, going to the front nearly as soon as he left the barrier to lead the field by about a length. When they hit the 350 metre mark, Aussie (Snitzel) tried to challenge but was fended off.

He started to fade as Shotmaker and Hawker Hurricane closed in on the leader and pushed I Am Immortal to a level he hadn’t faced in his debut. But even with a new challenge, I Am Immortal still looked to have more in the tank when he hit the line in front.

Shotmaker (Shooting To Win) was second and gave his first crop sire his first stakes horse with Shooting To Win’s full brother Deep Field siring the third placed Hawker Hurricane.

Pedigree Notes:

One of three big winners on the day for I Am Invincible, I Am Immortal has never raced out of stakes company.

His Group 2 winning dam Meliora (Ad Valorem {USA}) is the dam of only one other foal of racing age in I Am Immortal’s full sister Whymelo, who has only raced once. Meliroa is a half-sister to Listed winner Whypeeo (I Am Invincible) with the next stakes winner found under her third dam in Listed winner Inetrobil (Bertolini {USA}).

I Am Immortal’s yearling half-sister by Hinchinbrook sold at the Gold Coast this year for $600,000 and he has a weanling full brother as well. Meliroa visited Coolmore’s freshman stallion Caravaggio in 2018.

Group 3 Kevin Hayes S., Caulfield

Race Summary:

One of many big winners for I Am Invincible on Saturday, Crack The Code continued her winning streak and took her overall record to four wins in five starts in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes.

News Girl (Magnus) set the pace as Crack The Code sat a few lengths behind her, waiting to pounce. With 350 metres left, she moved up to sit right behind the leader and took over the lead inside the 200 metre mark with mild urging from Damien Oliver.

It was an easy win for Crack The Code with News Girl (Magnus) finishing second. Aperitif (Bernardini {USA}) made a late run in her stakes debut to finish third.

Pedigree Notes:

Crack The Code continued a top day for I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), that saw the stallion have no fewer than three winners in big races on Saturday while also becoming his fourth 2-year-old Group winner of the year.

She is from Listed Gimcrack winner Most Secret (Bletchley Park), who is the dam of 10 winners from 11 to race. Those 11 included Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Covertly (Metal Storm), who is also the dam of Listed winner and Group 2 placed Bombay Blitz (Snitzel), and Group 3 winner So Secret. Overall, Most Secret has produced five stakes horses.

Sold for $170,000 to Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and CB Bloodstock at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Most Secret is the final foal from the mare.

Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine S., Caulfield

Race Summary:

Twenty-four starts into her career, Princess Of Queens (Magnus) was finally able to get her Group victory a month and a half after her first listed victory.

Princess Of Queens was at the head of the pack that settled behind the leaders. It looked like Fuhryk (Star Witness) was in the clear with 200 metres to go but soon Princess Of Queens switched into another gear to collar her inside the last 50 metres to win by a short margin and give Mick Price his second stakes victory of the day.

I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) was another good runner for her sire on the day when finishing third in her first start off a layoff.

Pedigree Notes:

Princess Of Queens is the second Group winner and third stakes horse from the unplaced Tristabeel (Zabeel{NZ}) with all three of those stakes horses by Magnus.

Tristabeel’s granddam is Australian Horse of the Year Research (Imperial Prince), whose daughters produced two stakes horses but Tristabeel’s branch of the family is arguably the strongest.

Princess of Queens was the final foal from Tristabeel, who had seven winners from seven foals.

Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup, Caulfield

Race Summary:

Returning from a post-Melbourne Cup spell, Avilius (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) was back to his winning ways at Caulfield for Godolphin.

The gelding was among the final horses in the strung out field, over 10 lengths behind the leaders. Avilius was still among the final horses with 300 metres to go but only a few lengths from the lead and ready to make his move.

Kerrin McEvoy moved the gelding toward a hole near the outside of the leaders to give him running room and the race was on. With 100 metres to go, the battle for the lead was between Silkandarabad (IRE) (Dr Fong {USA}) and Avilus with Night’s Watch (NZ) (Redwood {GB}) also challenging for a place up front.

Silkandarabad had the lead and wasn’t going to give it up willingly but he had no choice in the final 50 metres with Avilius adding three-quarters length on the rival before the wire to secure his spot with Night’s Watch finishing third.

Pedigree Notes:

By successful British sire Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon {GB}), Avilius is one of three Group winners by his winning dam Alessandria (GB) (Sunday Silence {USA}). He is the youngest foal to race from the mare, who has four winners from seven to race combining for 21 wins.

Alessandria is from Group 3 winner Tereshkova (Mr. Prospector), who is a sister to Group 1 winner Lycius (Mr. Prospector) and Group 21 winner Akabir (Riverman).

Still located in Europe, Alessandria has an unraced 3-year-old Shamardal (USA) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}) filly named Vercelli, a 2-year-old colt by Oasis Dream {GB) (Green Desert {USA}) and a yearling colt by Dubawi (GB) (Dubai Millennium {GB}).