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Offline firezuki

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« 2014-Jun-08, 05:09 AM Reply #25 »
Never looked like losing. 

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« 2014-Jun-08, 08:15 PM Reply #26 »
The Arc is a whole different kettle of fish.

I would say they will drop him back to 2000m.

Treve and the Japanese tell me $6.50 is short.

The problem with the Arc is it is in October, for the UK and Irish horses there are so many opportunities during the next couple of months (Irish Derby, Eclipse, King George, York International), that they can be a bit jaded by Arc, day, whereas French horses (used to, not so sure now) had a mid season break before the Arc trials and the Arc itself.

I'm with you Auth, without the Guineas, they will try to get a 10f G1, the Arc will be a much lesser priority.

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« 2014-Jun-11, 02:02 AM Reply #27 »

Australia: a classic Classic example

Australia’s magnificent Derby win was a joy to watch because we all love to see a mighty horse winning a Classic impressively. It was also, though, a delight from a bloodstock point of view because it was a classic example of theory becoming practice. The old adage has long been that the best policy in trying to breed a good horse is to ‘send the best to the best – and hope for the best!’ In particular, this can translate to sending an Oaks winner to a Derby winner, and then hoping to breed a Derby winner. This, of course, rarely comes up trumps. In fact, it only came up trumps once in the 20th century. Furthermore, that Derby winner (Nijinsky ’s sonLammtarra) was the son of a ‘Claytons’ Oaks winner, his dam Snow Bride having only been declared the winner of the 1988 Oaks many months after the race had been run, courtesy of the eventual disqualification of the original winner Aliysa. No such help, though, was required for Australia’s dam to win the Oaks, as Ouija Board numbered an easy Oaks victory (in 2004) among her seven Group/Grade One victories. Her mating in 2010 with the 2001 Derby winnerGalileo seemed at the time a match made in heaven – and now that it has yielded an easy Derby victor, it can truly be seen as a classic union, writes John Berry.

Although Snow Bride was the only Oaks winner to breed a Derby winner by a Derby winner in the 20th century, two other winners of the premier fillies’ Classic bred Derby winners during the period with the help of other stallions. Mr. Jack Joel’s 1913 Oaks winner Jest bred his 1921 Derby winner Humorist from a wartime covering by Polymelus, while Lady Zia Wernher’s 1955 Oaks winner Meld produced the 1966 Derby winner Charlottown from a mating in 1962 with Charlottesville. While Charlottesville was not a Derby winner, another of Meld’s unions was with a stallion who had taken the great race. In 1960 she visited the 1954 Derby winnerNever Say Die. In the short term, this mating was a complete failure as the resultant colt (Mellay) never raced, the legacy of a pastern fractured in training. However, Mellay ultimately proved the merit of the mating by winning two sires’ premierships in New Zealand in the 1970s before becoming the country’s champion broodmare sire for five consecutive seasons in the 1980s.

Over and above the achievements of the Oaks winners Jest and Meld, numerous fillies of similar standard also bred Derby winners during the 20th century.

Lord Derby’s tiny filly Selene was not entered for the 1922 Oaks because of her lack of height, but went on to prove herself England’s best staying filly of her generation by taking that year’s Park Hill Stakes (often referred to as the “fillies’ St. Leger”) at Doncaster at the autumn. She subsequently became arguably the most influential broodmare of the 20th century, her many significant offspring being headed by the 1933 Derby winner Hyperion, a son of the 1918 Derby winner Gainsborough.

Another notable filly to win a race of similar standard was Arthur Budgett’s Windmill Girl, who won Royal Ascot’s equivalent of the Oaks, the Ribblesdale Stakes, in 1964 prior to breeding two Derby winners, Blakeney and Morston. Her sons won the Blue Riband of the Turf in 1969 and 1973 respectively. The former was by a horse arguably unlucky not to have won the Derby (his sire Hethersett, having strolled home in the Brighton Derby Trial, started favourite for the race in 1962 but was brought down in a pile-up coming down Tattenham Hill) while the latter was by the 1963 Irish Derby winner Ragusa.

The only other mare to breed two Derby winners in the modern era is, of course, Urban Sea. She did not win the Oaks, but ultimately proved herself at least as good as most Oaks winners by taking the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a four-year-old in 1993. Her two Derby-winning sons Galileo and Sea The Stars have now recorded a mighty double at Epsom by becoming the first pair of half-brothers to sire the Derby and Oaks winner in the same year, Australia’s Derby victory having been preceded by the Oaks victory of Sea The Stars’ first-crop daughterTaghrooda. Sea The Stars’ sire Cape Cross, incidentally, posted the notable achievement of being grandsire of both Classic winners, being responsible for Taghrooda’s sire and Australia’s dam.

Other Oaks fillies of recent years to have bred a Derby winner include Park ExpressSlightly Dangerous and Furioso.

Park Express, winner in 1986 of the Lancashire Oaks and runner-up in the Yorkshire Oaks as well as recording a Group One victory in that year’s Phoenix (now Irish) Champion Stakes, bred the 2008 Derby winner New Approach from her visit in 2004 to the aforementioned Derby winner Galileo.

Slightly Dangerous was runner-up in the Oaks in 1982 before producing the 1993 Derby winner Commander In Chief to a mating with the luckless 1986 Derby runner-up Dancing Brave. She also bred a Derby runner-up (Dushyantor) and an Irish Derby runner-up (Deploy) - the former was a son of Sadler’s Wells, the latter a son of the 1978 Derby winner Shirley Heights. Slightly Dangerous also bred the 1997 Irish Oaks runner-up Yashmak, thus compiling the type of record one would hope from an Oaks runner-up who was by a Derby winner (Roberto) from an Oaks runner-up (Where You Lead) whose dam had herself won the Oaks (Noblesse).

Furioso finished second in the Oaks in 1974 before breeding the 1983 Derby winner Teenosofrom her visit in 1979 to Youth, winner in 1976 of what was at that time the French equivalent of the Derby, the Prix du Jockey-Club.

Home On The Range, who raced in the same Louis Freedman colours as Furioso’s Oaks conqueror Polygamy, proved herself one of England’s best three-year-old fillies of 1981 by taking the Sun Chariot Stakes over 10 furlongs at Newmarket in the autumn. Mated with the 1971 Derby winner Mill Reef, she bred Reference Point, winner of the Derby in 1987.

Returning to Slightly Dangerous, betting for the 1982 Oaks in which she finished second (to subsequent King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes heroine Time Charter) was dominated for a long time by the Queen’s impeccably-bred filly Height Of Fashion, whose sireBustino had won the 1974 St. Leger and whose dam Highclere had scored the same year in France’s equivalent of the Oaks, the Prix de Diane. Height Of Fashion, England’s best staying two-year-old filly of 1981, won her Oaks lead-up race, the Lupe Stakes at Goodwood’s May Meeting, but did so in the style of a talented filly who was scoring despite being inconvenienced by an undulating track. This persuaded her owner and trainer (Major Dick Hern) not to run her in the Oaks, but the following month she proved herself to be as good as most Oaks winners by taking the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting. Subsequently sold to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, she was covered in 1985 by the 1977 Derby place-getter Blushing Groom, thus breeding the easy 1989 Derby winnerNashwan.

Nashwan, incidentally, was not the only top-class 12-furlong performer sired by Blushing Groom, a top-class colt who had looked a non-stayer when third to The Minstrel in the Derby in 1977. His daughters included the aforementioned promoted Oaks winner Snow Bride, while his other sons included Rainbow Quest (a grandson of the aforementioned Where You Lead) who finished second in the Irish Derby and third in the Prix du Jockey-Club in 1984 before winning the Coronation Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a four-year-old. On Rainbow Quest’s retirement to stud, his first book of mares included the 1980 Prix de Diane runner-up Aryenne – a mating which yielded the 1990 Derby winner Quest For Fame.

In Height Of Fashion’s absence, the 1982 Oaks was won by Time Charter. Among Time Charter’s matings once she had retired to stud was a visit to the 1978 Derby winner Shirley Heights in 1988. This union did not throw up a Derby winner, but it did still yield a high-class 12-furlong performer: the 1993 Jockey Club winner Zinaad, whose stud career in Germany was highlighted by the production of Kazzia, winner in 2002 of both the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks. Kazzia in turn enjoyed an all-too-short stud career as she died young. It is very easy to see that, had she enjoyed a full life, she might have bred Derby winner, because her brief term as a broodmare yielded one top-class middle-distance performer: Eastern Anthem, a son of the 1997 Coronation Cup winner Singspiel who became a Group One winner over 2400m by taking the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2009.

Ouija Board and Kazzia are not the only Oaks winners of the 2000s to have bred top-class middle-distance performers. The first foal of the 2001 Oaks winner Imagine (a half-sister to the 1991 Derby winner Generous) was the Group One-winning juvenile Horatio Nelson, who started second favourite for the 2006 Derby, only to be fatally injured during the race. That race was won by Sir Percy, whose dam Percy's Lass, a daughter of the aforementioned 1969 Derby winner Blakeney and a close relative to the aforementioned Derby winner Teenoso, was ante-post second favourite for the 1987 Oaks after winning an Oaks trial (the Sir Charles Clore Memorial Stakes at Newbury) only to have to miss the Classic because of a shoulder injury.

The 2000 Oaks winner Love Divine has done even better than Imagine. Hopes must have been high that she might breed a Derby winner from her visit to the 2001 Derby winner Galileo during his first season at stud in 2002. Such hopes, though, were not realized – but they were far from dashed, as the resultant colt, Sixties Icon, still became a Classic winner by taking the St. Leger.

A Derby winner such as Australia, whose sire won the Derby and whose dam won the Oaks, is clearly a rare and very precious jewel. He was bred on the classic recipe to win a Derby and that is exactly what he has done. However, while many are called and few are chosen in this respect, the theory is clearly a good one because, while the bull’s eye is infrequently hit, the general area of this particular target is frequently peppered, because the overall record of Oaks fillies, particularly when mated with Derby colts, as dams of high-class middle-distance gallopers is very good indeed.


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« 2014-Aug-21, 11:43 AM Reply #28 »

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A highly select and absorbing running of the International, featuring winners of this year´s Eclipse and Hardwicke Stakes, the Epsom and Irish Derby, as well as the winner of the French equivalent. Once pacemaking Kingfisher established himself in front the pace was sound and it was another boost for the Classic generation as the respective Derby winners, both held up early, filled the first two places.

AUSTRALIA confirmed himself as being top-class, comfortably extended his winning sequence on this drop back in trip and first run against older horses. While this was always likely to be his next port of call after his win in a disappointing renewal of the Irish Derby last month, his participation wasn´t certain in the week leading up to the race, with connections citing a potential lack of fitness. There was also the weight issue, with it being Joseph O´Brien´s first ride below 9st for over two years. O´Brien made the weight, but the vibes were not so strong and bookmakers were happy to take him on. That proved folly, however, as the son of Galileo settled by far the best early on and his rider exuded confidence entering the home straight. As the pace began to crank up 3f out he was cajoled into contention nearest the stands´ side and didn´t have to be fully extended to go clear.

The victory marks him down as the poster boy of the current middle-distance division and it´s not hard to see why connections had reasoned this would prove his optimum trip, as although he stays well, on quick ground he also possesses a mean turn of foot. The Irish Champion Stakes next month is his intended target, a track he won at when signing off at two, and he should collect again there granted a sound surface. However, the Arc at Longchamp in October is the ultimate race, back up to 1m4f against top-class rivals. He was promoted towards the top of the market, but a run there would be ground dependant.

To hear Aidan O´Brien afterwards say the colt was about ready for a racecourse gallop coming into this wasremarkable and strongly points towards further physical improvement. There is also a chance that he could revert to 1m, remembering he wasn´t beaten at all far in a messy 2000 Guineas on his return, but finding a suitable fast-ground contest over that distance going forward this year might be tricky.

The Grey Gatsby couldn´t live with Australia´s turn of foot. However, the C&D winner relished the return to a sounder surface and was a clear second-best. Having won a messy French Derby before bombing out in the Grand Prix de Paris on bad ground last time out, this proves him a genuine Group 1 performer. Ascot´s Champion Stakes in October looks a logical race, and he does handle a little ease underfoot.

Telescope wasn´t thought to be at his best when failing to concede 15lb to Taghrooda in the King George at Ascot 25 days earlier and did win here on this day last year, albeit in the Great Voltigeur over 1m4f. His connections were not overly worried about the drop back in distance and he had his ground again. However, he once again got very warm beforehand and could´ve settled better. He held every chance and it must be remembered he was giving 8lb to the 3yos, so wasn´t disgraced. His optimum trip is surely 1m4f, though.

Mukhadram held solid claims of reversing last-time-out form with Telescope back over his best distance at a track he has won at. He looked a picture, but did sweat up down at the start and was uncharacteristically keen through the race when taken on early by the pacemaker. Inevitably he paid the price.

Arod took advantage of a good opportunity last month and faced a stiff task again, but did finish second to the Great Gatsby in the Dante here in May. He spoilt his chance by refusing to settle, although wasn´t faroff his Derby form with the winner. [Dave Orton]

QUOTES: Aidan O´Brien, trainer of Australia: If it was an ordinary race he would probably have gone for a racecourse gallop. But obviously with it being such a prestigious race and the prize money was so enticing he had to come here rather than go anywhere else. The plan was if he came here then he would go back to Leopardstown. If he was going to get beaten today it was the trainer´s fault. I thought maybe I let him get too heavy. The Arc is a possibility but he is never a horse who needs to go a mile and a half. The lads will decide where he goes but I don´t think he has a lot to prove to anybody.

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« 2014-Oct-11, 08:24 PM Reply #29 »
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Australia: will not race again after developing a hoof injury

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Awesome Australia retired to stud

AUSTRALIA, the brilliant winner of three Group 1 races, has been retired after a hoof injury cut short his career on the track.

The English and Irish Derby winner was being prepared for next week's Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot but it was revealed on Saturday morning that he will not race again and instead will head to Coolmore Stud to start his stallion career.

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, said: "Unfortunately Australia developed a problem in his right-hind hoof during the week and following consultation between the resident farrier in Ballydoyle, our vet and the respective owners a decision was made to retire him to Coolmore."

Speaking on the Morning Line, Buckley added: "We were all looking forward to Ascot but, as you can appreciate, any type of setback like that jeopardises the training regime and hence we had to make the decision he would not be ready for Champions Day."

Explaining the injury that means Australia will be unable to retire on a winning note after suffering a shock defeat in the Irish Champion Stakes on his latest and final run, Ballydoyle farrier Jeff Henderson said: "At the beginning of the week we discovered a bit of soreness in the heel, which makes us suspicious of a hoof abscess.

"So we poulticed away at it and the infection came out and there were no soundness issues at all. Then a couple of days later he pulled out lame and on inspection we realised the infection had blown out through the bottom of the foot as well as the top.

"What happens in most cases it undermines and eats away at the attachment of the hoof wall to the sensory structures and therefore rendering it weak and unstable. At that time he was stopped.

"In a case like this it's going to take a couple of weeks for the stability to come back and in that time we're losing fitness and therefore he's not going to be able to join in on Champions Weekend."

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Australia defeats Kingston Hill to land his first Derby success at Epsom

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The son of champion sire Galileo out of multiple Group 1-winner and Oaks heroine Ouija Board, Australia was bred to be a champion and from early in his career Aidan O'Brien hailed him as the best horse he had trained.

Beaten on his debut at the Curragh after breaking slowly from the stalls, Australia made his second start a winning one before slamming Free Eagleby six lengths in his final start at two in a Group 3 at Leopardstown and shooting to the head of the Derby market.

His Classic campaign started with a narrow defeat in the 2,000 Guineas, where he was headed only in the dying strides by Night Of Thunder and champion miler Kingman.

Starting the 11-8 favourite at Epsom in June, Australia followed in his parents' hoofprints with a one and a quarter-length defeat of subsequent St Leger winner Kingston Hill.

An easy victory in the Irish Derby followed before Australia successfully dropped in trip to 1m2f to land the Juddmonte International at York from the The Grey Gatsby.

On his eighth and final start, Australia was sent off the 30-100 favourite to add the Irish Champions Stakes to his winning haul but after making ground on the outside of the field, he was caught close home by The Grey Gatsby under an inspired Ryan Moore ride.

The winner of five races and three at the highest level, Australia retires having earned £2,090,503 in prize-money and looks set for an illustrious career alongside Galileo at Coolmore.

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« 2014-Oct-13, 03:34 PM Reply #30 »
I put all that into Google Translate and this is what it came up with.

After missing the Arc at all costs due to being shown up at Leopardstown and in consultation with the Farrier and the owners, it was decided to avoid further exposure in the Champion Stakes.
All agreed that a hoof injury was a suitable road to go down to avoid more potential embarrassment on the track"