Saturday summary: Jungle Magnate headlines memorable day for Price and Kent Jnr

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Trainer Mick Price enjoyed some brilliant days at the races with the now Westbury Stud-based sire Tarzino (NZ) and on Saturday the stallion’s son Jungle Magnate (NZ) handed the handler - who now trains alongside Michael Kent Jnr - with yet another fine afternoon when the 3-year-old colt landed the G1 South Australian Derby.

Cover image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Race-Day Recap

Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr enjoy a day to remember as Jungle Magnate (NZ) (Tarzino {NZ}) comes of age in the G1 South Australian Derby, while Illation (So You Think {NZ}) proves to be the real-deal in the Listed Adelaide Guineas.

Everest-bound Mazu becomes the latest star for Arrowfield Stud shuttler Maurice (Jpn) as he added a first elite level win to his CV in the G1 Doomben 10,000 at Eagle Farm.

Widden Stud’s Zoustar looks to have another exciting 2-year-old among his progeny in the shape of Twin Stars who won landed the G3 Sires’ Produce S. at Morphettville.

The Victorian Alliance unearth yet another exciting colt as the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Doull (Snitzel) shed his maiden status on the first attempt with an impressive victory down the Flemington straight.

Magic Millions graduate In Secret showed her enormous potential when she landed the Listed Woodland S. making up part of a stakes-winning double at Scone for the Godolphin team.

Arrowfield’s young sire Pariah enjoyed a red-letter day as the Annabel Neasham-trained Swiss Exile prevailed in the G2 Spirit Of Boom Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday handing the son of Redoute’s Choice his first stakes winner.

Jungle Magnate headlines perfect day for Price and Kent Jnr team

Any nerves the Price and Kent Jnr team had ahead of the Group 1 would have ever-so slightly eased earlier in the afternoon after Jungle Magnate's (NZ) (Tarzino {NZ}) highly touted 3-year-old stablemate Illation (So You Think {NZ}) managed to retain his unbeaten record in the Listed Adelaide Guineas.

Having finished a well-beaten 10th in the G1 VRC Derby last October, Jungle Magnate signalled he might be a horse to keep an eye on when he landed the G3 Chairman’s S. - a key lead-up race for the South Australian Derby - on April 30 and he followed up that Group 3 win with a comfortable 1.8l win over Yaphet (Blackfriars) on Saturday.

Jungle Magnate (NZ) wins the G1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

In winning the 2500-metre contest, Jungle Magnate emulates his sire Tarzino (NZ) who also landed a 3-year-old Classic when he was triumphant in the 2015 VRC Derby, later adding another elite level win to his CV when taking out the G1 Rosehill Guineas, earning himself a place on Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud roster.

Jungle Magnate is one of two stakes winners for the son of Tavistock (NZ) and first Group 1 winner and Price said he admired what the stallion was doing in the breeding shed.

"We paid $60,000 for Tarzino and put some really good people into him," Price told Racing.com.

"That stallion is doing a good job and we've got a few of them that we think go well and this time next year I reckon we'll have another big, strong Tarzino back here for the Derby."

"That stallion is doing a good job and we've got a few of them that we think go well and this time next year I reckon we'll have another big, strong Tarzino back here for the Derby." - Mick Price

Jungle Magnate is now likely to head for a spell with Price revealing he would rather not press on to the G1 Queensland Derby with the gelding.

"I never want to go too far with my horses," Price said. "My first thought would be to put him out. He doesn't have to get on a plane and fly to Queensland.

"He's done a good job and I'd like to see him in the paddock."

The gelding was purchased by Price for NZ$75,000 at Book 1 of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale in Karaka with his breeder Gerry Harvey retaining a share in the gelding.

Connections of Jungle Magnate (NZ) after winning the G1 South Australian Derby | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Meanwhile, the G1 Cox Plate and Golden Eagle dream is very much still alive for Price and Kent Jnr’s other star 3-year-old Illation (So You Think {NZ}), with the colt delivering once again when defeating Hopon Harry (Rebel Raider) by 1.3l in the Listed Adelaide Guineas earlier on the Morphettville card.

The son of in-form Coolmore sire So You Think (NZ) caught many people’s attention when he destroyed his rivals in the Listed Nitschke S. at Morphettville on April 30 and, while Saturday’s winning margin was not nearly as impressive, Price is confident the best is yet to come from the exciting colt.

"Mark Zahra (winning jockey) is good at anticipating what's going on in front, not often he takes the wrong option and when you've got a nice horse underneath you, you can go left and go right," Price told Racing.com.

Illation strides away to win the Listed Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

"It was a stop-start race, very messy, but I thought the horse flattened out and found the line at the end of the mile really nicely, so I'm pretty happy.

"Lucky he was good enough to get out of jail from that one and his rating goes up and we'll have to think about what we do with him now."

Bred by Greg Ingham, who retained a share in the colt after he failed to make his $450,000 reserve when offered by Coolmore Stud at the COVID-striken Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 2020, Illation is out of multiple stakes-placed mare Pontiana (Redoute’s Choice) and she has proven herself a top-class broodmare.

Mick Price

Illation is one of four winners - and three stakes winners - out of the mare, and he is therefore a brother to 2017 G1 Randwick Guineas winner Inference (So You Think {NZ}), who stands at Cornwall Park Stud in Victoria, while Illation also counts New Zealand Group 3 scorer Dragon Leap (Pierro) among his half-siblings.

It is an active family and one Price and Kent Jnr themselves are very familiar with given that Pontiana is herself a half-sister to Ponterro (Pierro) - the dam of the stable’s star 2-year-old colt Jacquinot (Rubick), who was beaten into third in this year’s G1 Blue Diamond S., finishing 0.4l away from the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Daumier (Epaulette).

So You Think retains his place at the top of the Leading Sires’ table, with Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible sitting in second.

So You Think (NZ) | Standing at Coolmore

Mazu’s star continues to rise

The Star and Arrowfield’s confidence that Mazu (Maurice {Jpn}) was the right choice to fill their slot for The Everest for the next two years would have received another significant boost on Saturday when the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding snared his first elite level win in the G1 Doomben 10,000 and in doing so handed Arrowfield’s star Japanese shuttler Maurice (Jpn) with his second top-flight winner in Australia.

Raced by the dual Everest-winning syndicators Triple Crown, Mazu was elected as Arrowfield's and The Star's Everest contender earlier in the week following the gelding's faultless season on the track.

The 3-year-old announced himself as one of the most exciting young sprinters in the country when bringing up his fifth consecutive victory in last month’s G2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, having taken out a brace of Listed events on his two previous appearances, but was having his first start in elite company on Saturday.

Mazu fights off Paulele to win the G1 Doomben 10,000 at Eagle Farm | Image courtesy of Michael McInally

However, Mazu showed he had no issues with the step up in class, bouncing off the torrid conditions to beat talented Godolphin colt Paulele (Dawn Approach {Ire}) by 0.1l, while Entriviere (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) was a further 0.5l in third.

This race is a tried and tested path towards the $15 million Randwick race for Triple Crown and the Snowdens with Redzel (Snitzel) having landed the Group 1 in 2017 before going to win the inaugural running of the lucrative 1200-metre sprint later that same year.

A relieved Paul Snowden said it has not been plain-sailing in the beginning with Mazu, believing the gelding has put his past troubles behind him.

Paul Snowden | Image courtesy of Michael McInally

“This doesn’t happen a lot, to mend the ways and manners of a horse,” Snowden told SKY Thoroughbred Central. “Today was the best he has ever been in his life.

“This was a horse who used to sweat at 4am in the morning going onto the track. His head was working and he was buzzing. He’s a different horse today and this is an incredible result.

"It's been very good preparation, let me tell you. It's a big relief, there was massive speed here and I was watching him in the run and we used him up to get him to a spot and they didn't back off.

"He didn't get a chance to travel as much as he does in his races, he does hit that flat spot, but his ability to absorb the pressure and still be strong at the end is why we've got a slot in The Everest and why we're there."

"...his (Mazu's) ability to absorb the pressure and still be strong at the end is why we've got a slot in The Everest and why we're there." - Paul Snowden

Maurice (Jpn) shuttled to Arrowfield’s Hunter Valley base for the first time in 2017, missing out on the trip in 2020 due to COVID, and since then the stallion has proved to be somewhat of a revelation, siring 36 winners in the country, while Mazu becomes the second Group 1 winner in Australia for stallion, with the son of Screen Hero (Jpn) also represented by Hitotsu (Jpn), winner of the G1 Australian Guineas, G1 VRC Derby and G1 ATC Derby.

With his victory in the $1 million race - the winner pocketing $600,000 - Mazu has further consolidated Maurice’s lead at the top of the second season sires' table in Australia.

Juvenile joy for Zoustar

Tony and Calvin McEvoy know a thing or two about training the progeny of Zoustar and on Saturday they looked to have another talented horse by the stallion on their hands in the shape of Twin Stars who announced himself as an exciting prospect when he won the G3 SA Sires’ Produce S. at Morphettville.

Twin Stars came into the race off the back of solid second place finish in the G3 SA Breeders' S. on April 30 and he made amends for that defeat when beating Hope At Hand (Impending) by 0.4l.

Twin Stars wins the G3 SA Sires' Produce S. at Morphettville | Image courtesy of Magic Millions

The McEvoys are best known for preparing Zoustar's high-class daughter Sunlight (Zoustar) to multiple Group 1 victories and Tony McEvoy said the colt will get the chance to add a first Group 1 to his record in the G1 JJ Atkins S. next month.

“He’s done everything right – he just found that race a bit sharp, which was our worry,” said McEvoy.

“He got away with it in restricted grade but not against those, they were too fast, but he was fabulous and the 1400 metres, he’ll love.

“He’ll go to the (BRC) Sires’ Produce S. and the JJ Atkins if he comes through this well.”

Tony McEvoy, Damon Gabbedy and Calvin McEvoy | Image courtesy of Magic Millions

The trainer teamed up with his bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) to purchase the colt for $225,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the KBL Thoroughbreds draft and he is out of the Listed winner Pearl Star (Star Witness).

With this latest victory, Zoustar’s stakes-winning haul now stands at 28 and he will stand at Widden Stud for an increased fee of $198,000 (inc GST) having stood the 2021 season for $154,000 (inc GST).

Another exciting colt for the Victorian Alliance

Big spring targets could be on the agenda for the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Doull (Snitzel) after he posted a 2.8l win over Magnaspin (Magnus) up the straight at Flemington on Saturday.

"He'll probably go out for a month now, he's had a good look at the straight now so hopefully in the spring there's a good race for him," the stable’s representative Steve Adams, said.

Doull wins the Next Generation Sprinters Series Heat 1 at Flemington

"I liked the way he really quickened when he asked him to go.

"He looked like he got a bit lost late, first time down the straight obviously, but it looks like he's got a nice action and he's a nice horse going forward."

By Arrowfield’s multiple Champion Sire Snitzel, the colt was purchased by the Victorian Alliance for a whopping $1.2 million at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and he is out of Listed-winning Shamardal (USA) mare Bulbula - the dam of Group 3 scorer Aryaaf (Epaulette).

Previously raced and owned by Shadwell Stud, Bulbula herself was purchased by Rosemont Stud - who head up the Victorian Alliance - at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare for $1.350 million.

Bulbula herself is a daughter of Listed-winning General Nediym mare Taameer (NZ), making her a half-sister to Group 3 winner Khulaasa (Epaulette).

Another star for Godolphin?

Godolphin’s decision to plunder potential stars at the yearling Sales was rewarded once again on Saturday when talented 2-year-old filly In Secret (I Am Invincible) kept her unbeaten record intact with a second career victory in the Listed Woodlands S. at Scone.

In Secret shed her maiden status with a low-key debut over 1100 metres at a midweek Hawkesbury meeting on April 13 and she built on that performance on Saturday, beating Golden Queen (Gold Standard) by a comfortable 1.5l. Penthouse (Capitalist) was a further 0.5l back in third.

In Secret wins the Listed Woodlands S. at Scone | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Godolphin's raceday operations Darren Beadman said he was unsure whether In Secret would press on to the Queensland Carnival.

"First time here at Scone today, she has just taken everything in her stride,” said Beadman. "She still had a bit of work to do at the 250 (metres) but she has got gears. She is a very promising filly.

"I will leave that up to James and the team what they want to do with her, but she has really ticked every box this preparation.

"She is going to be a lovely filly for the spring and full congratulations to the purchasing team. They put their head on the block and forked out a bit of money for her and it's paying dividends."

"...full congratulations to the purchasing team. They put their head on the block and forked out a bit of money for her (In Secret) and it's paying dividends." - Darren Beadman

Sheikh Mohammed’s powerhouse operation is more accustomed to breeding and racing their own stock rather than buying them at the Sales, but when they come to market it is worth making a note of their purchases with the Godolphin team having the knack of striking while the iron is hot.

Bred by Segenhoe Stud, In Secret was purchased for $900,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling in 2021. It was no surprise to see Godolphin return to the Queensland auction with the team having purchased 2018 R. Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and Group 3 winner Exhilarates (Snitzel) at the 2017 edition.

In Secret is out of dual Group 3 winner Eloping (Choisir) and she herself is a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner).

In winning the Listed race, the filly hands Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible with his 78th stakes winner and she also becomes the third stakes winner when the son of Invincible Spirit (Ire) is crossed with daughters of Choisir. This cross is proving to be a potent one with all 11 runners bred on the nick are winners and the best of them is the high-class mare Eckstein (I Am Invincible).

I Am Invincible | Standing at Yarraman Park Stud

Godolphin enjoyed a stakes double on the day at Scone, after In Secret’s stablemate Zapateo (Brazen Beau) added to James Cummings’ haul when she landed the Listed Denise’s Joy S. and in doing so provided Darley inmate Brazen Beau - who is incidently a son of I Am Invincible - with his 17th stakes winner.

Bred by Godolphin, the 3-year-old filly is out of Listed winner Jerezana (Lonhro) - the dam of Group 2 and multiple Group 1-placed gelding Osborne Bulls (Street Cry {Ire}).

Swiss Exile hands Arrowfield’s Pariah a memorable day

Arrowfield Stud’s first-season sire Pariah was provided with his biggest day since retiring to the breeding shed when his son Swiss Exile landed the G2 Spirit Of Boom Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday, handing the son of Redoute’s Choice his first stakes winner.

Despite failing to shake his maiden status on four attempts, the Annabel Neasham-trained Swiss Exile had signalled he was a future stakes winner in the making having finished third behind star filly Coolangatta (Written Tycoon) in the G3 B.J. McLachlan S. at Doomben on December 26.

Swiss Exile wins the G2 Spirit Of Boom Classic at Eagle Farm | Image courtesy of Michael McInally

On Saturday, the 2-year-old colt was able to channel his apparent talent to beat Exo Lady (Exosphere) by 0.5l while Thelwell (Bel Esprit) was another 2.7l away in third.

Bred by Gerry Harvey and snapped up by Annabel Neasham and Brian McGurie for $95,000 at the 2021 edition of Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Swiss Exile becomes the third first-crop winner for Pariah and he joins Champion First-Season Sire elect Russian Revolution and Gold Standard as the only other first-crop sires to have produced stakes winners this year.

The colt is the second foal out of Swiss Francs (NZ) (Swiss Ace) whose first foal, One More Grandy (All Too Hard), is also a winner.

Pariah | Standing at Arrowfield Stud

Swiss Francs' half-sister Zulia (Hussonet {USA}) is the dam of the Listed South Pacific Classic winner Indy Car (Sebring) and her third dam is the dual Group 1 winner and top-class producer Skating (At Talaq {USA}) and she is the dam of Group 3 scorer Murtajill as well as stakes-winning duo Sunset Run (End Sweep {USA}) and Bradbury's Luck.

Skating also produced stakes-placed Skates (Daneheill {USA}) and she is the dam of Group 1 winners Vancouver and Juste Momente (Giant's Causeway {USA}).

Jungle Magnate
Mick Price
Michael Kent Jnr
G1 SA Derby
So You Think
Illation
Mazu
Paul Snowden
G1 Doomben 10,000
Maurice
Twin Stars
G3 SA Sires' Produce S.
Tony McEvoy
Doull
Victorian Alliance
In Secret
I Am Invincible
Pariah
Swiss Exile
Scone
Flemington
Eagle Farm
Morphettville