Finke continues hot streak in NT Derby

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Jockey Brandon Davis eases NT Derby winner Finke across the finish at Fannie Bay. PICTURE: Ivan Rachman

Jockey Brandon Davis eases NT Derby winner Finke across the finish at Fannie Bay. PICTURE: Ivan Rachman

RACING fans were treated to yet another tremendous day of action on Day 4 of the Darwin Cup Carnival at Fannie Bay yesterday.

Having won seven straight since arriving in the Territory, star three-year-old Finke had captured most of the headlines leading into the feature event, the $135,000 Ladbrokes NT Derby (2000m).

The pressure was on Finke to make it eight straight and thankfully for punters and connections the race went to script. Sent out a warm favourite, the Gary Clarke-trained gelding jumped smartly but was forced to sit three wide on the speed in the early stages.

Shortly thereafter, jockey Brendon Davis allowed Finke a little rein and the poster boy of NT racing rolled to the front.

Finke relaxed into his familiar rhythm as Davis endeavoured to grab some cheap sections down the back straight.

Second favourite Abu Dhabi (Kim Gladwin), just as he did in the Darwin Guineas (1600m), was again forced to travel three deep with no cover as the field settled down.

No sooner had Finke begun to dictate terms he was joined by Paul Shiers on Jigalong, who strode alongside to mount a challenge.

Shiers, believing that making it a true staying test might be his best chance of cracking Finke, applied the blowtorch as field made their approach towards the home turn.

Just as he has done on many occasions Finke dug deep and found another gear and strode away from his rivals as the field cornered for home.

The Lloyd Kennewell trained Abu Dhabi from Adelaide rallied and set out after Finke but the son of Turrfontein would not be denied going on to win by a length and a quarter in the run to the line.

Abu Dhabi held down second in a repeat of the exacta from the Darwin Guineas and the Phillip Cole trained filly The Wild Side (Raymond Vigar) finished third.

“That was a really good win” trainer Gary Clarke said.

“There was a bit of cat and mouse going on there in the early stages, and he (Finke) had to do some extra work but he toughed it out real well.”

By winning the Darwin Guineas and NT Derby, Finke has now captured the first two legs of the Ladbrokes $100,000 Triple Crown bonus.

The third leg is the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) on August 1.

“He’s not a stunning horse to look at but he keeps getting it done — I haven’t found the bottom of him yet,” Clarke said. “I will wait to see how he pulls up and make a decision on whether we press on to the Cup come Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, the Neil Dyer trained five-year-old gelding Royal Request booked his place in the Darwin Cup field on the first Monday in August by taking out the Million Dollar Fish Buntine Handicap (1900m).

Royal Request, who finished second behind Lightinthenite in the Cup last year, beat Saturday Sorcerer (Vanessa Arnott) and Moon Devil (Carl Spry) to make it back to back wins in the Buntine.

In other highlights yesterday, the Merv Rumble trained Cadman again gave them a start and a beating in the Signcity Trobis 3YO (1200m),

Gary Clarke’s Handsome Tycoon — who won the Pioneer Sprint (1200m) in April during the Alice Springs Cup Carnival — thumped a strong field of sprinters in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost WFA (1200m) in a performance that will surely see the son of Not A Single Doubt be installed favourite for the Palmeston Sprint (1200m) on July 30.

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Finke Cruises to Victory in Darwin Guineas

Article by Mick Wallace, NT News

Brendon Davis guides Finke to victory in the Hot 100 Darwin Guineas (1600m). PICTURE: Elise Derwin

Brendon Davis guides Finke to victory in the Hot 100 Darwin Guineas (1600m).
PICTURE: Elise Derwin

Trainer Gary Clarke kicked off the Darwin Cup Carnival in style at a buzzing Fannie Bay yesterday.

Clarke’s Finke — shooting for seven straight victories since arriving in the Territory — toyed with his rivals, going on to win the Darwin Guineas (1600m) by more than four lengths, ahead of Abu Dhabi and Worthington.

The gelding’s outstanding performance did not surprise Clarke in the slightest.

“I have a high opinion of the horse,” Clarke told the Sunday Territorian.

“The only concern was being first-up over the mile, but I needn’t have worried.”

Jockey Brendon Davis, knowing he was on the best three-year-old horse, was positive out of the gates aboard Finke, and after the first furlong had the punters’ elect travelling in a lovely rhythm in second position.

His main danger in the betting, Abu Dhabi, was forced to face the breeze three wide settling down.

Approaching the home turn Finke was the only one punters wanted to be on, as he clicked into another gear to win with astonishing ease.

Abu Dhabi’s effort to run second was sound after doing plenty of work in the run. Finke’s next assignment will be the NT Derby (2000m) on July 16.

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Don’t Finke twice – he’s the Winx of NT

Article sourced from G1X by Trent Masenhelder

Finke with Tappy Rose

Finke & Tappy Rose. (Pic: Nikki Westover)

With nine wins on the bounce, six of them at Group 1 level, Winx has rightly earned the title of Australia’s latest star of the turf.

And just as Chris Waller’s champion middle-distance mare has been destroying her opposition and adding more pickets to the fence, so too has a sprinter – sold for just $5,000 – in the Northern Territory.

The Gary Clarke-trained Finke will be gunning for a seventh-consecutive victory when he steps out in Saturday’s $70,000 Darwin Guineas at Fannie Bay. The 1600m race is the first leg of the Triple Crown, which carries a $100,000 bonus.

“He’s been a really good little horse up here. Paul Denton rode him in a lot of his trackwork and he told me, ‘he’s a really nice horse – he’ll go a long way’. His judgment was right.

“He’s got a task ahead of him this weekend. He raced himself high up in the ratings which meant he didn’t qualify for the lead-up races to the Guineas.

“In saying that, he’s as fit as I can get him without having a race under his belt. He’s had a few trials.”

A three-year-old gelding by Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein, Finke was offered by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Yearling Sale. He first raced in South Australia under the care of Kristi Evans, where he was unplaced in four starts. Since venturing north, Finke has improved his record to six wins from 10 starts and $107,670 in earnings.

“I sent him down to Kristi to be properly educated. There are no two-year-old races in Darwin, so we thought he could have a few starts in Adelaide,” Clarke said.

“I wanted him back for the three-year-old season in Darwin. I just put one hurdle at a time in front of him and he kept jumping them.

“I thought he might be a bit brilliant to run a mile, but as I’ve stretched him out he looks like he might be a better stayer than a sprinter.”

If all goes to plan, Finke is likely to head to the second leg of the Triple Crown – the NT Derby on July 16.

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Chiavari Pounces at the Valley

Chiavari - CopyChiavari (4m Teofilo x Nova Gen by General Nediym) recorded her fourth career win today in a 1,000 metre race for mares at Mooney Valley. Two kilogram claiming apprentice Jake Bayliss positioned her just behind the early speed before giving the mare some space and reign at the turn. Chiavari responded to win by a length. Trainer Nick Harnett purchased the Lauriston bred filly from Adelaide’s 2013 Magic Millions sale for $44,000. Chiavari has now accumulated earnings of more than $165,000. Race Replay: Race 6 Moonee Valley 18 Jun 16

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Trainer Tony Vasil revels in return to racetrack as General Truce thrives down Flemington straight

Article by Michael Manley from Herald Sun June 11, 2016

GTKevin O’Brien, Andrew Mallyon and Tony Vasil

TONY Vasil made a triumphant return to training and landed a plunge with his first runner in 2½ years when General Truce (8g Brief Truce x General Resolve by General Nediym) took out the Jezabeel Handicap (1000m) at Flemington.

Vasil described making a winning return as “a bit of a fairytale”.

Only 20 minutes earlier, he had been taking great pride in seeing Under The Louvre — a horse he purchased and trained until he quit racing due to depression in March 2014 — winning the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.

Shortly after, General Truce delivered a more immediate success for Vasil to savour.

GT“To come back as a winner with a longshot is pretty satisfying,” he said.

Vasil admitted that he had taken the $81 on offer Friday morning at the Brighton TAB after he had breakfast.

“I was more than happy with how he felt under me last Saturday and he felt even better last Tuesday.

“He didn’t feel to me like an $81 chance. I thought he’s right in the mix.”

General Truce’s official fluctuations were $31 into $18 on course.

The 12-time Group 1-winning trainer, who counts Elvstroem and Haradasun among his champions, only regained his licence two weeks ago.

Trainer Tony Vasil (right) with jockey Andrew Mallyon and owner Kevin O’Brien after General Truce won at Flemington. Picture: Getty Images

Vasil said coming back so early was not part of his plans.

“I was at the Gold Coast Yearling sales just poking about when I bumped into James O’Brien and he asked me … would you be interested in training my old sprinter?” he said.

“I was just planning to get a couple of young horses and dabble with them,” Vasil said.

Vasil said he could have a stable of 30 horses tomorrow if he wanted to but he didn’t want to go down that path.

“I’ve got no ambition to get together a big team. I could click my fingers and have 30 in work tomorrow but I don’t want to do that,” he said.

“I just want to put my big toe in the water. Maybe in six months times I might revisit things. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have success at this point in life and I just want to enjoy it.”

General Truce ($18) defeated Bullpit ($4) by a length and a quarter with Alberto Magic ($10) a nose away third.

Race Replay: Flemington R8 11 June 16

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Storm System Wins Again

Storm SystemLauriston 2014 Easter Yearling Sale graduate Storm System (3g Snitzel x Venus) won at Hawkesbury yesterday. It was his second career victory and took his career earnings beyond $76,000. Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy the Gerald Ryan trained gelding settled mid field and worked to the line during the closing stages of the 1800 metre race. Race Replay: 31 May 16 R8 Hawkesbury

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Rakitno and Gamora Join the Winners List

RakitnoRakitno (3f Not A Single Doubt x Emilydelago) became the 100th winner bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm in impressive fashion at Newcastle yesterday. She is the first Lauriston bred horse to join Chris Waller’s team. Chris stepped Rakitno out to 1,350 metres in her third start for the preparation. James McDonald took the chestnut filly to the front from the outset and she was not troubled at any stage. Rakitno kicked further clear when asked in the straight to win comfortably by more than two lengths. The punters didn’t missed her. She paid $2.50. Race Replay: 26 May 16 R3 Newcastle

GamoraLater that day Lauriston cheered the 101st bred to salute. Connections of Cindy Alderson’s  Gamora (4m Magnus x Docalady) picked up some of the SUPER VOBIS bonus money for offered throughout May at Pakenham’s night meetings. Like Rakitno Gamora led from the get-go. With James Bates on top she controlled the race to win by nearly two lengths. Race Replay: 26 May 16 R4 Pakenham

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2016 Gold Coast National Weanling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present four weanlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Weanling Sale which commences on Sunday 29th May. The draft includes two impressive fillies by popular stallion Snitzel, an eye catching son of first season sire Shamus Award and a half brother to impressive 2yo Global Glamour.

The weanlings will be stabled in boxes 33-37 in the Chester barn and paraded at the Gold Coast from Thursday 26th May.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella prior to their departure to the sales complex.

Lot 63 Shamus Award x Pride Of Encosta_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__32Lot 63 Brown Colt Shamus Award x Pride Of Encosta
This eye catching weanling is among the first crop of the multiple Group 1 and Cox Plate winning son of Snitzel, Shamus Award. The colt hails from the highly regarded family of Pride Of Ingenue, dam of the sprinter Atapi who finished top four at Group 1 level on eight occasions.

Lot 120 Reset x Spectacular_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__99Lot 120 Bay Colt Reset x Spectacula
This well balanced son of Reset, sire of Fawkner and Pinker Pinker is from the speedy 2yo city winning Testa Rossa mare Spectacula. Spectacula is the dam of 2yo Global Glamour who won at her only race start in January this year by 6.3 lengths achieving a timeform rating of 106+.

Lot 180 Snitzel x Acceleration_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__201Lot 180 Bay Filly Snitzel x Acceleration
This powerful daughter of boom sire Snitzel is from stakes placed Encosta de Lago mare Acceleration. Acceleration was a regular city performer who achieved success to 1350 metres. She was runner up at listed level and won more than $180,000.

Lot 282 Snitzel x Emilydelago_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__235Lot 282 Bay Filly Snitzel x Emilydelago
This great walking filly is by the popular sire Snitzel and from Encosta de Lago mare Emilydelago. Emilydelago has produced a black type performing sprinter 2yo Zellindi and is a half sister to Group winner Shanghai Warrior.

Lot 242   Chestnut Filly   Sizzling x Companions   (Has been withdrawn)

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Third Stakes Win for Nostradamus

Nostradamus1Making his second start for Phillip Stokes, Nostradamus scored a hard-fought win in Saturday’s Group III Hughes Limos R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville.

Ridden by Dom Tourneur, Nostradamus came with a rattling finish from well back in the field to defeat I Am Gypsy (I Am Invincible) by a long-head with Runway Star (Northern Meteor) one and a quarter-length back in third.

It was his first win for the 4yo entire since he captured the Group III Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) twelve months ago when trained by Team Hawkes.

His overall record stands at 4 wins and 2 seconds from 18 starts for earnings of $394,030.

A first crop son of the top-class stallion Medaglia D’Oro (USA), Nostradamus earned the honour of becoming the first southern hemisphere-bred stakes-winner for the son of El Prado when he defeated Washington Heights, Law and Wandjina in the Group III San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens back in August 2014.

Now with several prominent Victorian Stud’s including Rosemont, Lauriston and Musk Creek in the ownership, a stud career for Nostradamus looks assured.

Bred by Ken Turner’s Almavale Bloodstock, Nostradamus was purchased by Koundouris Bloodstock for $500,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale.

He is a half-brother to Widden Stud’s promising young stallion Star Witness (Starcraft) who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at two and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at three before performing credibly in Europe finishing second in the Group 1 King Stand Stakes and third in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Both are out of the Group III winner Leone Chiara (Lion Hunter), a sister to multiple Group II winner Chinchilla Rose and Group II winner and successful young stallion Ferocity, and a half-sister to Listed stakes-winner Chiaramonte (Redoute’s Choice).

Leone Chiara has an unraced 2yo Sepoy filly named Princess Wildfire who failed to make her $1 million reserve at the 2015 Easter Yearling sale and a yearling Sepoy colt that came up short of his $250,000 reserve at this year’s Easter Yearling sale.

After foaling a colt by Sebring last spring, Leone Chiara was bred back to Widden Stud’s Golden Slipper winner.

Article from Breednet by Mark Smith – Saturday, 23 April 2016

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What a Weekend!

Four Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred horses won this weekend. Finke and Gallant Express combined for a double at Alice Springs, Rapid Link scored at big odds on Geraldton Gold Cup Day, while Cosmic Kheleyf landed at Port Augusta.

Finke as a yearling

Finke as a yearling

Finke (3g Turffontein x Bloomin’ Mavellous) was sent out as $1.70 favourite in the feature $50,000 Northern Territory Guineas in Alice Springs yesterday. Brendon Davis was back on board and ensured the 3yo stayed out of trouble by pushing forward in the early stages to settle just outside the leader. Brendon made his move at the 600 metres. Only Eighteen Bombers gave chase.  Finke won by more than 4 lengths.

Finke’s picket fence keeps growing. It was his sixth win in a row with a combined margin of 17.7 lengths. The three year old who was sold as a yearling (pictured) by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Inglis’ VOBIS Gold sale for $5,000 has now raked in prize money of more than $100,000. He remains undefeated in the Northern Territory for trainer Gary Clarke.
Race Replay: Sat 09 April 2016 R7 Alice Springs

Gallant Express as a yearling

Gallant Express as a yearling

Earlier in the same day another Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred saluted. It was Gallant Express’s (5g Reset x Gal Express) first start in his new stable for trainer Dick Leech and his first in the Northern Territory. With Graham Watson riding he did his best work late to pick up The Hummel and claim victory in the 1,100metre sprint by 1.5 lengths.
Race Replay: Sat 09 April 2016 R3 Alice Springs


Cosmic Kheleyf as a yearling

Cosmic Kheleyf as a yearling

Cosmic Kheleyf (5g Kheleyf x Cosmic Express) claimed his fourth career victory at Port Augusta today for trainer Scott Trenowden.  Jake Toeroek took the gelding to the wider part of the straight in the 1,100 metre event where he pounced on the leaders to win by a length.

Race Replay: Sun 10 April 2016 R3 Port Augusta


Rapid Link as a yearling

Rapid Link as a yearling

If Rapid Link (6m Charge Forward x Inthemix) wasn’t supposed to record her fourth career win in the 7th at Geraldton over 1,200 metres today at 50-1 then someone forgot to tell her. Simone Altieri settled the mare superbly in the box seat and managed to run down race leader Energy Boy by the closest of margins. Trainer Jodie Liakousis presented two horses only on Geraldton Gold Cup day – and both won. Hovercraft won the third by 2 lengths.
Race Replay: Sun 10 April 2016 R7 Geraldton


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