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O.P. « 2007-Jul-17, 02:08 PM »
News through that Haradasun will miss the Liston and have his next start in the Memsie. Nothing wrong with him, just a change of plans. Should be a great race as El Segundo also headed on the Memsie path.
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« 2007-Aug-13, 11:23 AM Reply #1 »
Blue Monday to begin Australian campaign
By Robert Windmill   aapracing

David Hayes will rely on highly credentialled imported stayer Blue Monday to try to break a 20-year drought for Lindsay Park in next Saturday's J J Liston Stakes at Caulfield.

Lindsay Park hasn't won the Group Two feature since Military Plume, trained by Hayes' father Colin was successful in 1987 while Cox Plate winner So Called was the stable's only other Liston winner in 1978.

Melbourne Cup winners At Talaq (1986) and Jeune (1994) as well as Cox Plate winner Better Loosen Up (1990) are among Lindsay Park horses defeated in the Liston.

Hayes said the Liston, which is run over 1400 metres, was again shaping as a highly competitive race and he feared Blue Monday, despite his impressive English record, would find it difficult to match the other weight-for-age horses having missed an acclimatising run in the autumn.

He said Blue Monday was a lazy worker, much in the same mould as Tawqeet, who won last year's Caulfield Cup, and Almaarad, who won the 1989 Cox Plate for his father.

"It's hard to get a guide on him because those sorts of horses only do enough, but in a pressure situation on race day they lift," Hayes said.

"If he comes out and runs well in the Liston I would be pleasantly surprised.

"I wouldn't expect him to on what I have seen but if he does I would say he is in for a great spring."

Hayes likes to give the imported stayers at least one acclimatising run in the autumn and believes with that missing from Blue Monday's resume, he may not show his capabilities until his third run this campaign.

"Normally those imported horses have one or two runs in May, then they step out and run well," Hayes said.

"You've got to remember he didn't get the traditional May run because he had bruised foot and because of that he is probably going to come good on his third run here.

Hayes said he had no plans to have any other runners in the Liston.

"It is going to be pretty hot in the kitchen," Hayes said.

Blue Monday had similar European form to Almaarad before he came to Australia, and has won seven of his 16 starts.

The seven-year-old hasn't raced since finishing fourth to Collier Hill in the Group One Canadian International over 2400m at Woodbine on October 22 last year.

He won the Group Three Arc Trial (2200m) at Newbury in September and was dual Group One-placed behind David Junior in the Eclipse Stakes (2000m) at Sandown and Notnowcato in the Juddmonte International (2000m) at York.

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« 2007-Aug-13, 11:34 AM Reply #2 »
This race is is shaping up as a beauty even without Haradasun.  Those expected to run include Efficient; Zipping; Apache Cat; Marasco; Pompeii Ruler; Maybe Better and Blue Monday.

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« 2007-Aug-13, 02:10 PM Reply #3 »
J.J. LISTON STAKES- 1400M

Of $201000  Of $200000 and $1000 trophy.  1st $120000 and trophy of $1000, 2nd $36000, 3rd $18000, 4th $9000, 5th $5000, 6th $4000, 7th $4000, 8th $4000. Starter Subsidy: $170 for non-prize earning runners. For Three-Years-Old and Upwards. Standard Weight for Age. (GROUP 2). No allowances for apprentices.  Field Limit: 16+4 EM

NoHorseTrainer Rating
1APACHE CATGreg Eurell    (116)
2BLUE MONDAY (GB)David Hayes   (115)
3DOURO VALLEYDanny O'Brien   (103)
4EFFICIENT (NZ)Graeme Rogerson   (115)
5GALLIC (NZ)Graeme Rogerson   (114)
6LIVE IN VAINPeter G Moody   (105)
7MALDIVIAN (NZ)Mark Kavanagh   (102)
8MARASCOFred Kersley   (115)
9MAYBE BETTERBrian Mayfield-Smith   (114)
10POMPEII RULERMick Price   (119)
11RED LORDAnthony Cummings  (81)
12SPHENOPHYTA (NZ)Lee Freedman   (112)
13ZIPPINGGraeme Rogerson   (114)

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« 2007-Aug-14, 11:39 PM Reply #4 »
Newitt issues Pompeii warning

By Robert Windmill    aapracing

Craig Newitt warns Pompeii Ruler is capable of upstaging the race-fit horses on Saturday and becoming the first dual Liston Stakes winner since Tauto 35 years ago.

Newitt said the Australian Cup winner was surprisingly forward to resume in the Liston after he won a barrier trial on Geelong's ThoroughTrack in "first gear" on Tuesday.

"I reckon he might be a little bit more forward than we think he is," Newitt said.

"I think on Saturday he won't be too far away at all."

Pompeii Ruler only had three others to trial against but delighted Newitt with the way he relaxed back in third place for most of the 1200-metre journey.

He backed off the two leaders early but when pulled to the outside in the straight he charged home to score by three-quarters of a length from stablemate Expunge in a comparatively slow 1:13.67.

"He did everything we thought he would," Newitt said.

"He never got out of first gear and jogged to the line nicely."

Newitt has ridden Pompeii Ruler's at 10 of his 13 starts and partnered him to four of his seven wins including the Craiglee Stakes last September and the St George Stakes and Australian Cup in the autumn.

He also rode Pompeii Ruler when he was third in a three-way photo to Fields Of Omagh and El Segundo in last year's Cox Plate.

But Newitt said he was even more excited about riding the five-year-old this spring.

"He's a lot more serious horse and has learned what he needs to do," Newitt said.

"He relaxes so well this time in it is unbelievable.

"He ran 1.5 seconds slower than other trials and he was quite happy to amble in behind them whereas last time in he wanted to charge up on the bridle.

"He is doing it like a professional.

"It is very exciting."

Pompeii Ruler's primary spring target is the Cox Plate but Newitt said the entire couldn't be ruled out of the Melbourne Cup.

"The way he relaxes I think the further he goes the better he is going to get," he said.

Nash Rawiller rode Pompeii Ruler when he won first-up in last year's Liston Stakes but trainer Mick Price said winning the race again would be "a total bonus".

"I would love to see him win first-up on ability but he is not wound up to win first-up," Price said.

"Over 1400 metres at weight-for-age any sort of compromise on race fitness comes out and I think with Apache Cat and Marasco having had runs they are well ahead of him and entitled to run first and second on exposed form."

Tauto was the last horse to win the Liston twice, posting wins in 1971 and 1972, while My Peak won in split years in 1960 and 1962.

Price said Pompeii Ruler was a chance to run in the Melbourne Cup but it depended on his Cox Plate performance and how well he did in the following seven days leading up to acceptance time on Derby Day.

"He will be kept alive in it (the Melbourne Cup) until then (Derby Day)," Price said.

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« 2007-Aug-16, 09:01 AM Reply #5 »
Leica Falcon decision on Thursday

By Mark Ryan   aapracing

A decision on whether Leica Falcon starts in Saturday's JJ Liston Stakes or in a 1200m handicap on the same Caulfield program hinges on a track gallop on Thursday morning.

Trainer Richard Freyer said Leica Falcon would work over 1200m in evens at Corowa on the NSW-Victoria border, zipping home the final 600m.

"We are not worried about which race he runs in as he's fit enough to kick off his spring program over 1200 metres or 1400 metres, but we want to make the decision after he works in the morning," Freyer said.

Leica Falcon was a late nomination for the Liston (1400m) after connections realised there were only 12 original entries for the Group Two $200,000 weight-for-age feature in which he will carry 59kg.

The six-year-old received 60.5kg in the handicap (1200m) for four-year-olds and upward.

Leading apprentice Sebastian Murphy, who claims 1.5kg in the metropolitan area, will ride the Nothin' Leica Dane gelding if he resumes in the handicap.

But he will not be able to ride him if he runs in the Liston as he has already accepted the mount on the Anthony Cummings-trained Red Lord.

Freyer said he would talk to the owners later on Wednesday about a jockey for Leica Falcon should he run in the Liston.

Leica Falcon, a giant of a gelding who has won five of his 10 starts, hasn't raced for 21 months since his fourth to Makybe Diva in the 2005 Melbourne Cup.

He had stem-cell therapy after pulling up with a tendon injury after a track gallop early in his preparation for last year's Melbourne Cup.

In other Liston news, star West Australian five-year-old Marasco pleased trainer Fred Kersley in a track gallop at Caulfield on Wednesday morning with Paul Dyson aboard, while owner Lloyd Williams will bypass the race with his trio of Efficient, Gallic and Zipping.

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« 2007-Aug-16, 12:17 PM Reply #6 »
AVEO LIVE WELL J.J. LISTON STAKES 1400 M
Of $201000 Of $200000 and $1000 trophy. 1st $120000 and trophy of $1000, 2nd $36000, 3rd $18000, 4th $9000, 5th $5000, 6th $4000, 7th $4000, 8th $4000. Starter Subsidy: $170 for non-prize earning runners. For Three-Years-Old and Upwards. Standard Weight for Age. (GROUP 2). No allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 16+4 EM
No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barr Wgt Pen RTG
1 APACHE CAT Greg Eurell M Rodd 7   59 (116)
2 POMPEII RULER Mick Price C Newitt 3   59 (119)
3 BLUE MONDAY (GB) David Hayes C Williams 1   59 (115)
4 MAYBE BETTER Brian Mayfield-Smith D Oliver 2   59 (114)
5 SPHENOPHYTA (NZ) Lee Freedman C Brown 10   59 (112)
6 MARASCO Fred Kersley P J Harvey 6   59 (115)
7 LIVE IN VAIN Peter G Moody L Nolen 4   59 (105)
8 DOURO VALLEY Danny O'Brien J M Winks 9   59 (103)
9 MALDIVIAN (NZ) Mark Kavanagh S Baster 5   59 (102)
10 RED LORD Anthony Cummings S Murphy (a) 8   58.5 (82)

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« 2007-Aug-16, 12:20 PM Reply #7 »
Great race !!   8-)

I think Marasco is going to prove to be the   :king:

Some great competition from Pompeii Ruler , and Apache Cat who after his last start is flying, even Sphenophyta first up would be a chance ;)

How the hell would Haradason have been competitive against this mob ?


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« 2007-Aug-16, 04:20 PM Reply #8 »
18/08/07 CAUL R6 JJ LISTON STKS - 1400M Refresh
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01. Apache Cat 2.35
06. Marasco 2.70
02. Pompeii Ruler 7.00
05. Sphenophyta 13.00
03. Blue Monday 15.00
09. Maldivian 15.00
04. Maybe Better 21.00
07. Live In Vain 41.00
10. Red Lord 101.00
08. Douro Valley 151.00
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« 2007-Aug-16, 06:42 PM Reply #9 »
Marasco $2.70 is quite short for my liking :(

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« 2007-Aug-16, 08:05 PM Reply #10 »
Apache Cat for me.  For my boxed tri I will take the top three and Live in Vain as my outsider.  Good luck with yours.

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« 2007-Aug-17, 07:15 PM Reply #11 »
Blue Monday is far from a slouch and a much better horse than Hugs Dancer. He should run a very good race. Was very well looked after over this side of the pond by a patient and skilled pro. I like him a LOT for the Caulfield Cup. Who knows, the Cox Plate might even be a possible for this fellow. He was also better than Tawqeet before it left the UK. Much better.

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« 2007-Aug-17, 07:54 PM Reply #12 »
01. Apache Cat 2.10
06. Marasco 3.00
02. Pompeii Ruler 8.00
03. Blue Monday 17.00
09. Maldivian 17.00
04. Maybe Better 21.00
05. Sphenophyta 21.00
07. Live In Vain 51.00
08. Douro Valley 151.00
10. Red Lord 151.00

Apache Cat into $2.10 from $2.30
Marasco $2.70 out to $3.00
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« 2007-Aug-17, 07:57 PM Reply #13 »
Blue Monday is far from a slouch and a much better horse than Hugs Dancer

How do you rate him against this lot Hillbilly, these are probably what you would call our top lot i guess , so will be good to know how BM will measure up

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« 2007-Aug-17, 08:45 PM Reply #14 »
I was so impressed with the win of Marasco first up. The best run of all the spring stars to date IMO. Hope he goes well for the jockey too as it would be great for him to get a break in Melb. Apache Cat was a ball of muscle in his first up win. His coat and health were outstanding - he really shone. Blue Monday is clearly the interesting runner. So whilst my opinions are stating the obvious, I really cant see beyond them. This Spring I feel is going to be the most competitive in a long while. P Ruler, I guess you would be hoping for a nice sound run home from him.

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« 2007-Aug-18, 08:38 PM Reply #15 »
Apache Cat became the second horse to complete the Bletchingly Stakes-Liston Stakes double after Super Elegant achieved the feat in 2003.

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« 2007-Aug-18, 09:53 PM Reply #16 »
I backed Apache Cat , but thought Marasco's run was full of merit , and i believe was the run of the race, even though Fred Kersley was disappointed i think it was one of his best , he was ridden alot closer then usual and that is probably why it looked like he never hit the line as hard as he usually does, when he steps up in distance next start they won't be beating him.  8-)

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« 2007-Aug-18, 09:58 PM Reply #17 »
Can't see many getting past Marasco or Pompeii Ruler in the WFA races from here on in.

The Hayes import was good enough - and certainly go past him from a Cup's perspective given last year's result.    ;)

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« 2007-Aug-19, 02:21 PM Reply #18 »
I am supprised with Fred's comment about being disappointed.

Yh he was under pressure chasing a bit early but that was when Apache Cat was pouring the pressure on, did you see Apache Cat wanting to layout a bit under pressure when Marasco was coming at him ?

I think Apache would have had any horse chasing early the way he is going at the moment, but i won't be backing him again against Marasco for a second-up run and for further i think it was one of his better ones.


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