Saturday summary: Big targets on the agenda for Extremely Lucky

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Coming from last to first with a determined run, Extremely Lucky (Extreme Choice) took out the Listed Lightning S. at Morphettville in fine style and he could now embark on an ambitious campaign in Victoria which could see him target the $1 million G1 AJ Moir S.

Cover image courtesy of Clarken Racing

Race-Day Recap

Extremely Lucky (Extreme Choice) took out the Listed Lightning S. at Morphettville in fine style and could now embark on an ambitious campaign in Victoria.

Peter and Paul Snowden enjoy an impressive juvenile double at Moonee Valley courtesy of the victories of Alpha One (Super One) and Snitzel filly Winnertakesitall.

Stakes races are now on the horizon for talented Godolphin filly Troach (Epaulette) as she confirmed her talent with a second career victory in the Precise Air H. at Rosehill.

Newgate Farm’s Russian Revolution consolidated his place as the Champion First Season Sire when siring his 15th first-crop winner courtesy of Russian Queen’s triumph at the Gold Coast.

In New Zealand, Group 2-placed ​​Pacific Dragon (NZ) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) added a much deserved stakes win to her record when she landed the Listed Ryder S. at Te Rapa.

Lucky extremely impressive at Morphettville

It was all change late on in the race, as Godolphin’s strong-running colt Kallos (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) was pegged back by longshot Calla Dream (Dream Ahead {USA}), before the pair were put away by Extremely Lucky with just 50 metres to go.

Trained by Will Clarken, the 3-year-old gelding was having just his fifth start but it was his second win at his local track, having impressed by 4.1l in handicap company last time out. Kallos was looking to get back on track after winning the G2 Danehill S. early in the season, whilst Calla Dream was also graduating from handicap company.

Extremely Lucky wins the Listed Lightning S. at Morphettville | Image courtesy of Racing SA

"He sort of takes my breath away the horse," Clarken told Racing.com after the victory.

"He’s so quiet and composed. You’d walk past his box every time. He’s not an oil painting but he’s just got an amazing change of gear and I hope he can go to where I think he can.

"We’d like to go heading down the path of going over and taking on some of the better horses in Melbourne."

"He’s (Extremely Lucky) so quiet and composed. You’d walk past his box every time. He’s not an oil painting but he’s just got an amazing change of gear and I hope he can go to where I think he can." - Will Clarken

Extremely Lucky could kick off his Victorian campaign in the Listed Carlyon S. on August 20 at Moonee Valley, before going on to the G2 McEwen S. on September 3, while his preparation could culminate with a crack at the G1 AJ Moir S.

The son of Extreme Choice was bred in South Australia by Mr B Parker and E.H. Parker, and was withdrawn from both the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in 2020.

He is out of the unraced Stratum mare Tamarind Lane, who is herself a half-sister to Zip Zip Aray (Bellotto {USA}) and Zipanese (Bellotto {USA}). The second dam, Eastern Charm (King’s High) is a half-sister to Nicola Lass (Scenic {Ire}), dam of the Widden Stud resident Nicconi.

Extreme Choice | Standing at Newgate Farm

Known to have struggled with his fertility early on, Extremely Lucky is from the first crop of Extreme Choice. The star sire now has six stakes winners for the season from just 40 runners, with an impressive 23 of those being winners.

Fine juvenile double for Team Snowden at The Valley

Visiting sydney trainers Peter and Paul Snowden plundered some Victorian prizemoney on Saturday as they sent out an impressive juvenile double at Moonee Valley.

The father and son duo opened their account on the day when Alpha One (Super One) added a third consecutive win to his CV in second race on the card, while the second leg of the impressive brace was provided by Winnertakesitall (Snitzel), who added the first win to her record in the Ladbrokes Mates Mode H.

Ridden by Michael Dee, Winnertakesitall showed an impressive turn of speed to reel in the well-supported Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Bistro (Street Boss {USA}), eventually coming away with a cosy 0.4l victory. Va Via (Astern) was a further 1l away in third.

The Snowdens have clearly always had a high opinion of the filly having thrown her into the deep end in the G3 Magic Night S. on her second career start and she was far from disgraced, finishing a solid sixth in the Group 3 after which she was sent for a spell.

“She’s a nice filly and very genuine. She is still very small and immature, and I’m sure that won’t be her last win,” Peter Snowden said.

“She will probably have one more run before we give her a break. There is upside for her later on. She has a good pedigree and will make her name in time.”

“She (Winnertakesitall) will probably have one more run before we give her a break. There is upside for her later on. She has a good pedigree and will make her name in time.” - Peter Snowden

Bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Winnertakesitall was a $280,000 purchase for Snowden Racing from the Segenhoe Stud draft at the 2021 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The filly is out of three time-winning Fastnet Rock mare Jezzabba and she is also the dam of Listed scorer Queen Of Dubai (Pride Of Dubai) and stakes-placed Dubai Star (Pride Of Dubai).

Jezzabba herself is a daughter of Group 1 winner Piavonic (Scenic {Ire}) and she produced a further six winners, headed by VRC Sires’ Produce S. winner Von Costa De Lago, who was also second in the G1 Golden Slipper S.

Jezzabba when racing

Winnertakesitall becomes the 18th juvenile winner for Snitzel and he is set to finish second behind this year's G1 Golden Slipper S.-producing stallion Rebel Dane in the Champion 2-Year-Old Sires' Championship.

Alpha shows he's the One

Meanwhile, in the race before, the Snowdens saddled Alpha One who showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in the Luna Hand Care H., and earned himself a tilt at the G3 Vain S. at Caulfield on August 13 in the process.

Alpha One strides away to win the Luna Hand Care H. at Moonee Valley

“He’s been really good lately, his two last-start wins have been solid but he’s still doing things wrong, to the point now being a colt he needs something different in the camp now a change of direction and a bubble-cheeker certainly worked well today,” said Snowden.

“There’s a fair bit going for this guy, he’s a lovely type he’s blessed with good natural pace and to come here to Moonee Valley today and win like that suggests that there’s more to come.

“We’ll be staying down here for a bit longer to see what we can find. The Vain Stakes looks the ideal target.”

"There’s a fair bit going for this guy (Alpha One), he’s a lovely type he’s blessed with good natural pace and to come here to Moonee Valley today and win like that suggests that there’s more to come." - Peter Snowden

Owned by Hong Kong connections, Snowden said if Alpha One was to be successful in the Vain Stakes then his future may be in Asia.

The colt was purchased by Golden River Investments for $55,000 from the draft of Edinglassie Thoroughbreds at Book 2 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2021, he was then purchased for a sale-topping $400,000 when offered by Matthew and Alison Park’s Symphony Lodge at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale later that year.

Super One has relocated to Lincoln Farm this spring and stands at a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

Super One | Standing at Lincoln Farm

Stakes plans for Troach

Stakes races are now on the horizon for talented Godolphin filly Troach (Epaulette) as she confirmed her talent with a second career victory in the Precise Air H. at Rosehill on Saturday.

A Kensington winner in February, Troach ran a respectable fifth behind subsequent G1 Golden Slipper S. winner Fireburn (Rebel Dane) in the G2 Sweet Embrace S. and wasn't beaten far when a first-up fifth to Midnight In Tokyo (Kobayashi) on a Heavy track earlier this month.

With the benefit of a better track on Saturday, the filly was finally able to return to her winning groove, defeating Opal Ridge (Rubick) by 1.5l, while Waverider Buoy (Nicconi) was a further 0.8l away in third.

Trainer James Cummings said he was now considering his options for the filly and they include the Listed The Rosebud at Rosehill on August 13 and the G2 Silver Shadow S. at Randwick on August 20.

"We have always liked her. She was pretty precocious and in her second racing preparation she is looking like an improved horse," Cummings said.

Troach wins the Precise Air H. at Rosehill | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

"Whether we run her against the boys again, perhaps in The Rosebud or the fillies in the Silver Shadow (S.), we will have a think about that.

"But she's flying, she's got a big action and a really lovely turn of foot and she is the type of filly we think can get to black type."

Bred by Godolphin, Troach is one of three winners out of the G3 Kindergarten S. winner Anise (General Nediym), while further back this is the same family as Hong Kong Champion Fairy King Prawn (Danehill {USA}).

"But she's (Troach) flying, she's got a big action and a really lovely turn of foot and she is the type of filly we think can get to black type." - James Cummings

Former Darley resident, Epaulette is the sire of 17 winners, headed by three Group 1 winners including this season’s G1 Blue Diamond S. scorer Daumier and he now stands in Turkey.

Russian Revolution seals championship with 15th winner

Newgate Farm’s Russian Revolution has had the Champion First Season Sires’ title sewn up for a while now, but with the final day of the season on Sunday the son of Snitzel added a last-ditch 15th first-crop winner to his record courtesy of Russian Queen’s triumph at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Having the fifth start for trainer Annabel Neasham, the 2-year-old signalled she was ready to shed her maiden status when running second at Doomben earlier in the month and she was able to go one better on Saturday, finishing 1l ahead of Yes To Excess (Rubick), while Spillify (Spill The Beans) was the same distance away in third.

Purchased by John Fowler for $50,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Russian Queen is out of Listed winner Gai’s Choice (General Nediym) making her a half-sister to Listed winner I Like It Easy (Pierro).

Russian Revolution | Standing at Newgate Farm

Gai’s Choice herself is a half-sister to Listed-winning pair Atmospherical (Northern Meteor) and Peron (Husson {Arg}) with the latter being the dam of this season’s G3 WJ Healy S. winner Juan Diva (Snitzel).

Over the past 12 months, Russian Revolution has been represented by 15 first-crop winners, with Hellbent the next best with 11, while the Newgate stallion's offspring have earned $1,812,335 in prizemoney, which seals the title for the stallion by both winners and earnings.

Russian Revolution’s first-crop scorers include Group 2 winner Revolutionary Miss as well as Group 3 scorer Rise Of The Masses and he will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $71,500 (inc GST).

Fate works a charm for Pacific Dragon

With the race moved from Otaki to Te Rapa due to waterlogging, the Listed Ryder S. was claimed by Pacific Dragon (NZ) (Charm Spirit {Ire}). This finished off her season in style, building on her win earlier this month in the 2YO Winter Championship Series Final. At the beginning of the year, she was also second in the G2 Auckland TR Eclipse S., and hence this filly carries a nice profile heading into her 3-year-old year.

Pacific Dragon (NZ) wins the Listed Ryder S. at Te Rapa | Image courtesy of NZ Racing Desk

Racing on the pace and fending off the challenge of the eventual second Sophmaze (NZ) (Derryn), Pacific Dragon was guided to victory by leading rider Michael McNab. She is part of the Tony Pike stable but, with the trainer busy in Australia, it was left to the jockey’s father, stable representative Chris McNab, to collect the prize.

“Today she hit the ground running from a wide draw (10) and the plan was to cross and lead on the fence,” McNab said.

“Michael said he found a bit of ground in an earlier race that was pretty good in the straight, so he decided to stay wider and try that again and it has paid off.

Pacific Dragon (NZ) as a yearling | Image courtesy of New Zealand Bloodstock

In a turn of fortune, Pacific Dragon wasn’t set to be aimed at Saturday’s race, taking up the opportunity only after the even was moved to Te Rapa.

“After she won at Ruakaka last start we weren’t really going to go to Otaki with the likely very testing track, but when it came up on our back doorstep, we had to have a crack and it has worked,” McNab explained.

Bred by Qatar Racing, who also stand her sire Charm Spirit (Ire), Pacific Dragon races for Swettenham Stud, having been purchased by Henry Dwyer at the 2021 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale for NZ$70,000.

Charm Spirit (Ire) | Standing at Haras du Logis Saint-Germain

The victory in the Listed race meant the filly became the 15th stakes winner for Charm Spirit, who shuttled to Windsor Park for six seasons but did not return in 2020.

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