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Happy BeautyHappy Beauty Scores Well at Sha Tin

Westbury weanling sale graduate Happy Beauty (Makfi) made it a good start to the Chinese New Year Raceday at Sha Tin yesterday when he scored a brave win in the opener, the Yue Yee Handicap over 1400m. 



TamarackBonneval Relation Shows Family Ability

A close relation to Horse of the Year Bonneval showed a glimpse of the family ability when he came from back in the field to win the A$40,000 TAB Handicap at Canterbury on Friday evening. Tamarack, a gelding by Redwood from Our Squeezer, is prepared by Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and has always possessed his share of ability; but Friday was his first attempt at a journey past 1600m and he handled it in excellent style.



Ugly WarriorUgly Warrior Remains Unbeaten in Hong Kong

It was a nearly a perfect result for stallion Swiss Ace in the Waterloo Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday where his three runners in the event went close to filling the first three placings. His three-year-old son Ugly Warrior could not have been more impressive as he took out the 1200m sprint by a widening margin and remained unbeaten in three career starts as he stamped himself as a very progressive sprinter in the competitive Hong Kong arena.



Perpetual JoyancePerpetual Joyance Caps Off Great Day at Sha Tin

The John Size trained Perpetual Joyance (Red Giant) could not have been more impressive as he came from a hopeless position at the 300m mark to race away and win the HK$1,860,000 Po Yan Handicap over 1200m.



KementariThe Autumn Beacons for Kementari

High class three-year-old Kementari signalled he will be a force to be reckoned with as the autumn approaches after he eclipsed his opposition with ease in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes over 1200m at Warwick Farm on Saturday.



Reliable ManReliable Man Three-Year-Olds in the Spotlight at Te Rapa

Exciting young sire Reliable Man will have three exciting 3YO’s stepping out at Te Rapa tomorrow as they look to progress into late summer and autumn features over the next few months. The Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic over 2000m – won by 2017 Horse of the Year Bonneval - will see the Group 1 placed Belle du Nord and the Group 2 placed Kapoor stepping to 2000m for the first time in their careers.



Swiss AceSwiss Ace Trio Set to do Battle

Three Swiss Ace geldings will line-up in the HK$1,310,000 Class 3 Waterloo Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday afternoon, and each brings solid formlines into the race from recent starts.



Savile RowMakfi Entire Looking to Land First Group 1 Victory

The highly talented Savile Row will look to make amends for two narrow defeats in Group 1 company as a three-year-old when he tackles the $200,000 Group 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile at Wellington tomorrow.



Swiss PrecisionPrecision Timing for Swiss Ace Filly

Hastings trainer John Bary will be hoping he has the timing right for 3YO filly Swiss Precision as she steps to black type company for the first time in the $70,000 Group 3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham tomorrow.



Jo BuckJo Looking to Take Home the Bucks After Promising Debut

The Reliable Man three-year-old Jo Buck looks to be a strong winning chance at Te Rapa on Sunday for his Cambridge trainer Roger James and owners A M B Green, G J Jones, Robert Dawe Agency Ltd & Shirley M Trust after a fast finishing fourth at his debut at Tauranga a few weeks ago.



Swiss PrecisionPrecision Timing for Swiss Ace Filly

Hastings trainer John Bary will be hoping he has the timing right for 3YO filly Swiss Precision as she steps to black type company for the first time in the $70,000 Group 3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham tomorrow.



Reliable Man x Glory RunStud Has a Successful Sale on the Gold Coast

The Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast proved to be one of the strongest yet and it was pleasing to see first season sire El Roca receiving a warm welcome from trainers and buyers as the first of his yearlings went through the ring.



Julius 1Rising Star Julius Looks a Horse to Follow

Swiss Ace gelding Julius might be lightly raced but there is no doubting his ability after he made a ‘one-act affair’ of the Monstavision – Fasttrack 5k over 1200m, his first foray in open company. Rider Jake Bayliss allowed the ‘big boy’ to roll to the front after 200m and from that stage onwards the race was in safe keeping as he sprinted away from his rivals to win by 3.5 lengths and still have ‘plenty up his sleeve’ when he hit the line.



Ruby ArmaniMakfi Mare Heads to Group 2 Westbury Classic

Makfi mare Ruby Armani could well head towards the Group 2 Westbury Classic after making it back-to-back wins when winning the $35,000 Swiss Deli 1400 at Ellerslie yesterday. Ruby Armani has not always enjoyed the best of luck in her career and is finally confirming the promise she had shown after winning on debut at Tauranga as a 3YO, and judging by her form of late, trainers Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard have her in tip top order as she looks to take on black type company on Karaka Million Day at Ellerslie.



Swiss PrecisionSwiss Ace Heats Up the New Year

Popular sire Swiss Ace is having a brilliant start to the New Year with a number of winners in recent weeks including Swiss Precision who has earned herself a crack at the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes next week.



RomancerRedwood Gelding in Winning Form

Talented Redwood gelding Romancer made it a winning affair on his home track of Ruakaka on Saturday after his race was abandoned at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.



PostponedNo Looking Back for Postponed Mare

A much deserved win by the Postponed mare Don't Look Back to win the Prout Productions Pty Premier at Awapuni as she recorded her fifth career victory after some decent interruptions along the way.



Nights WatchNight’s Watch Heads to Doomben

The talented Night’s Watch (by Redwood) will break new ground on Saturday when he heads to Doomben for the first time for the A$100,000 Shoot Out Quality over 2200m. Trained by Darren Weir at Ballarat, Night’s Watch has been in great form this season, winning four of his eight starts, and finishing an unlucky fourth in the Werribee Cup at his most recent start.



I Am ImpingeI Am Impinge Looking for Gold Coast Guineas Berth

I Am Invincible gelding I Am Impinge will be looking to cement his place in the field for the $2,000,000 Gold Coast Guineas on the 13 January when he contests Saturday’s Group 3 A$200,000 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate over 1350m at Doomben.



Music MagnateHigh Class Music Magnate Resumes in Christmas Classic

The highly talented Music Magnate resumes at Royal Randwick on Saturday when he leads out the field for the A$150,000 Listed Christmas Classic over 1200m. Trained by Bjorn Baker, Music Magnate has the steadier impost of 61kg and will be ridden by one of Sydney’s top hoops in Blake Shinn after not having raced since 27 May when finishing down the track in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith on a heavy track.



Passing ShotSiblings to Tackle Group Features at Te Rapa

The siblings Passing Shot and his younger half-sister Rising Shot, will line up in two of the three Group races scheduled for the Waikato Racing Club’s meeting at Te Rapa tomorrow, and both possess winning form on the track.



Ugly WarriorUgly Warrior Looks to Remain Unbeaten

The Swiss Ace 3YO Ugly Warrior will look to remain unbeaten when he contests the HK$880,000 Lukfook Jewellery Pt Graceful Collection Handicap over 1200m at Sha Tin on Sunday.



EridaniEridani to Make Debut

Makfi filly Eridani will make her debut at Te Rapa tomorrow and her trial form would suggest she is ready to make an impression as she – like a lot of other two-year-olds – looks to cement her place in next month’s $1,000,000 Karaka Million at Ellerslie.



PeacefulPeaceful Steps out in Group 2 on Debut

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Peaceful travels to Wellington to make her debut in the Group 2 $100,000 Wakefield Challenge Stakes tomorrow, and while one might suggest it is a tall order for a two-year-old filly making her debut, the stable are renown for placing their horses astutely and she wouldn’t be on the float if they didn’t consider her a good chance.



PJPerpetual Joyance to Line Up on International Day in Hong Kong

The Red Giant gelding Perpetual Joyance will step out at Sha Tin on Sunday in one of the undercard races on Hong Kong International Day in the Lord Kanaloa Handicap over 1200m. The John Size-trained horse was a good winner at his last start at Happy Valley over Saturday’s journey of 1200m and comes in well in Sunday’s event with just 54.4kg and Olivier Doeluze retaining the mount.



Nights WatchNight’s Watch to Back Up in Werribee Cup

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir has decided to back up the talented Redwood gelding Night’s Watch in Sunday’s $100,000 Werribee Cup over 2000m on Sunday after an impressive win in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Sandown last Saturday.



Perpetual JoyancePerpetual Joyance Lands Impressive Win at Happy Valley

Red Giant gelding Perpetual Joyance landed an impressive win at Happy Valley on Wednesday night when he ran home strongly after enjoying a good run just off the speed to take out the HK$1,310,000 Ho Man Tin Handicap over 1200m for John Size and Olivier Doleuze.



RomancerRomancer Returns to Ellerslie

Redwood gelding Romancer returns to Ellerslie on Saturday, the same track he took out the Listed Mufhasa Stakes at just under twelve months ago, and he looks to make it back-to-back wins in his 4YO season.



KapoorKapoor a Live Threat in Strong Renewal of Trevor Eagle Memorial

Reliable Man filly Kapoor has been a model of consistency this preparation and heads into the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial over 1500m at Ellerslie tomorrow as a genuine contender after a win and three seconds from her four starts at three this season.



Perpetual JoyancePerpetual Joyance Lands Impressive Win at Happy Valley

Red Giant gelding Perpetual Joyance landed an impressive win at Happy Valley on Wednesday night when he ran home strongly after enjoying a good run just off the speed to take out the HK$1,310,000 Ho Man Tin Handicap over 1200m for John Size and Olivier Doleuze.



MiroslavaWelcome Stakes Attracts Westbury Fillies

Two fillies offered in the Westbury Stud draft at last year's National Yearling Sale Series at Karaka, Dreamtesta and Miroslava, will step out in the Listed Welcome Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday. Trained by Mandy and Matt Brown, Dreamtesta ran well for third on debut and will no doubt take plenty of improvement from the experience. Dreamtesta is out of the Danasinga mare Singa Songa who has a Redwood colt entered for January’s yearling sale at Karaka and has a Redwood colt at foot. A $100,000 purchase, Dreamtesta will be ridden by Racha Cuneen.



MulanchiMulanchi and Kapoor Tackle Tauranga 3YO

Promising three-year-olds Mulanchi (Makfi) and Kapoor (Reliable Man) head to Tauranga on Saturday to contest the $25,000 Fertco 3YO over 1400m. Trained by Tony Pike at Cambridge, Mulanchi has shown good promise in his three raceday starts, finishing third to the promising Bevan Street and Kapoor over 1000m at Taupo before returning to Taupo to win impressively over 1300m. Mulanchi went to Ellerslie in Rating 65 grade against the older horses and ran very well for third behind the promising Viktor Vegas over 1400m, and other than his awkward draw on Saturday he looks a strong each way chance in what is a talented field of three-year-olds.



Falika

Falika Favourite for Matriarch Stakes

Faltaat mare Falika is quoted as a $4.80 favourite with Sportsbet for tomorrow’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington as she takes her first step into black type company. Trained at Cranbourne by Greg Eurell, Falika has been in a purple patch of form of late winning her last three starts in succession including the A$80,000 Pinker Pinker Plate at Cranbourne, and then backing up at Moonee Valley against the fillies and mares, coming from well back in the running to score a brilliant victory under Damian Oliver.



Bella GioiaBella Gioia Makes Her Debut from New Stable

Group 1 placed mare Bella Gioia (Swiss Ace) will have her first start from the stable of Stephen Marsh on Saturday at Te Rapa when she contests the Distinction Hamilton Hotel Handicap over 1200m. Bella Gioia has been trained throughout her career by Shaune Ritchie, but was transferred to the Marsh stable after a change of ownership took place, and the mare now racing in the ownership of Milan Park principal Tony Rider and J Collins.



Red GiantEva Jensine Just Needs Luck

The Red Giant mare Eva Jensine left Awapuni last week with a big flashing light hanging over her with ‘next time’ written all over it, and backs up again at Riccarton tomorrow in an effort to put things right. Trained by Ron Balcombe, Eva Jensine powered home to finish an unlucky second to Strolling Vagabond and is listed as a $2.70 favourite for tomorrow’s opener at Riccarton. Rosie Myers will once again take the mount and the wide open expanses of Riccarton are sure to suit Eva Jensine’s racing style and she looks very hard to hold out off a 54kg minimum.



ER PalomaEl Roca Yearling Profile: Paloma

The Mossman sired Paloma was one of over 100 mares to visit El Roca in his first year at stud in 2015, producing the good-looking colt pictured here as a yearling.



DerbyBrave Effort By Sully in Derby 

While we don’t often write about running second, the run of the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained Sully (Reliable Man) to finish second to Ace High (High Chaparral) in Saturday’s A$1,500,000 AAMI VRC Derby was huge and is worthy of a mention in post-race discussions.



Win Beauty WinWin Beauty Win Does Just That

Makfi gelding Win Beauty Win made up for a luckless debut when he landed the HK$880,000 Kose Cosmeport Handicap over 1400m at Sha Tin yesterday. Trained by Paul O’Sullivan and owned by Kitty Kwok Sea Nga, Win Beauty Win had no luck on debut when finishing fourth over 1200m and it appeared bad luck may once again be a contributing factor to the result when he was caught three wide from his wide barrier; but leading hoop Zac Purton didn’t panic getting the 3YO into a nice rhythm and lodged a strong bid down the outside to run past his rivals and post a 1.5 length victory at the finish.



Main StageReliable Man Duo Primed for VRC Derby

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young pair of Main Stage and Sully give their sire Reliable Man a strong hand in Saturday’s A$1,500,000 VRC Derby on the opening day of the Flemington Carnival in Melbourne. Main Stage currently shares the second line of favouritism at $7.00 for the Group 1 feature behind the High Chaparral colt Ace High ($6.00), while his stablemate Sully is on the third line of betting at $8.50.



ChamaluChamalu Looking to Top Off Great Week for Redwood

The Liam Birchley trained Chamalu will be looking to complete a good week for his sire Redwood when he steps out in the A$60,000 TH Cock Pty Ltd Handicap over 1350m at Doomben tomorrow. Chamalu showed enormous promise when he won easily on debut in August 2016 as a 3YO, and so impressive was the horse, Liam Birchley elected to take the horse to Sydney for the Group 1 Golden Rose (won by Astern) ten days later where he finished just 3.5 lengths from the second placegetter Yankee Rose.



Win Beauty WinWin Beauty Win Ready to Go One Better

The Paul O’Sullivan stable looks to have a good chance in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon when their Makfi gelding Win Beauty Win steps out in the HK$880,000 Kose Cosmeport Handicap at Sha Tin. Bred at Westbury Stud by principal Gerry Harvey, Win Beauty Win was a $75,000 purchase for Wexford Stables as a yearling and was an impressive trial winner at his only public appearance in New Zealand before heading to Hong Kong.



Reliable ManReliable Man Fillies Set for Soliloquy

Reliable Man has two chances in the Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday with three-year-old fillies Belle du Nord and Kapoor set to take their places in the Listed feature.



PostponedMalfarious to Appreciate Better Going

Off the back of Postponed’s Group 1 win last Sunday with Wait A Sec’s victory in the Livamol Classic, another son of Postponed, Malfarious, will appreciate the better track at the Premier meeting at Trentham this weekend in the Rating 75 1600m race.



Rising ShotRising Shot Returns to Ellerslie

The five-year-old mare Rising Shot has raced consistently throughout her career and she looks to continue that run this Saturday when she returns to Ellerslie to start in the $35,000 Open Handicap J&R Contracting 1400.



El Roca x Confer colt-4 - Bottom Right 4 copyEl Roca Yearling Profile: Conferre

El Roca's first yearlings will make their debut in January next year at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale which is followed by the Karaka Yearling Sales where the strapping young sire has a good selection of progeny on offer in Book l.



BonnevalBonneval Steps Up for Season Goal

After Bonneval scored an effortless 4.75 length win in the ATC Oaks in April trainer Murray Baker had his sights firmly set on the Spring features in Melbourne, identifying the A$3,000,000 BMW Caulfield Cup as the immediate target for the daughter of Makfi and Imposingly.



Main StageDerby Favourite Main Stage Has Final Lead Up

Reliable Man three-year-old Main Stage will have his final lead up to the A$1,500,000 VRC Derby when he steps out in the Best Bets Classic (formerly the Norman Robinson Stakes) over 2000m at Caulfield tomorrow. Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young at Cranbourne, Main Stage was super impressive when coming from last to win the UCI Stakes over 1800m at Flemington at his last start, a performance which has seen him installed as the $6 favourite for the VRC Derby.



SwamplandSwampland Looking to Go One Better

Redwood’s quality daughter Swampland will be looking to go one better in Saturday’s Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield after going down narrowly in the Let’s Elope Stakes Gr.2 at her last start and putting together an impressive formline of three wins and two seconds at her past five starts for trainer Henry Dwyer.



RedzelRedzel rates in line with Group One standards in winning inaugural The Everest

Redzel’s (Snitzel) victory in Saturday’s $10,000,000 The Everest (1200m) at Randwick returned a Timeform rating of 125, which is in line with what could be expected from a Group One sprint, writes Alex Steedman and Adam Blencowe.

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