Apollo’s Choice Salutes in Hong Kong

Douglas Whyte steers Apollo's Choice to victory in the last event yesterday, bringing up his fourth win of the day aboard David Hall's galloper. Photos: Kenneth Chan SCMP 12 Apr 15

David Hall’s Apollo’s Choice with Douglas Whyte on – Photo: Kenneth Chan, South China Morning Post 12 Apr 15

Apollo’s Choice (4g Choisir – Apolina by Rubiton) won the richest race on the card at Sha Tin last Sunday – A HK$1,500,000 mile race on the turf track for Australian trainer David Hall. It was Douglas Whyte’s fourth win for the day. From the inside gate Whyte positioned Apollo’s Choice in the box seat. 350metres from home Whyte took a run inside the front runner Sichaun Exec. Despite being tightened for room Apollo’s Choice pushed through and was strong to the line holding out race favourite Celestial Smile by a length.

Race Replay R11 Sha Tin 12 Apr 15

The win was Apollo’s Choice’s third  from just eight career starts and his first in Hong Kong.

Apollo’s Choice was purchased at Inglis’ Premier Sale in 2013 by Shea Eden. He won his first two starts before a luckless fourth at listed level at Flemington. He backed up in the following week into the Group 2 Sandown Guineas where he finished third.

On the strength of those performances Apollo’s Choice was sold to Hong Kong where he joined David Hall’s stable. He sustained a minor ligament injury after his first start at his new home before being rested and gelded. He displayed some of his ability in his next two starts, hitting the front in his race on the 8th of March before fading. He then won a trial before his victory yesterday.

Apollo’s Choice was bred at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and is the first foal to race from Rubiton mare Apolina.

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Lot 276 – Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Lot 276,Street Cry x Amarazetti_20-03-2015_GEN_Three Bridges Thoroughbreds__86

Lot 276 – Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Ch f Street Cry x Amarazetti

Lauriston Thoroughred Farm’s sole entry into Inglis’s Easter Yearling Sale is Lot 276 a stunning chestnut filly by Street Cry from Group 3 placed Commands mare Amarazetti, from the family of Group 1 winners I Like Diamonds and Hill of Grace.

The filly will be presented by one of Victoria’s leading vendor’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds who will be offering a select draft of three yearlings at the sale.

Ill fated Street Cry is an amazingly versatile stallion with global appeal. He produced USA horse of the year Zenyatta as well as Steet Sense, Street Boss and others. He has been super successful in Australia leaving a Melbourne Cup hero in Shocking, a brilliant Blue Diamond winner in Pride of Dubai and everything in between. Both Shocking and Pride Of Dubai are out of daughters of Danehill. Lot 276 is bred on a similar cross. Amarazetti is by Commands a son of Danehill.

Amarazetti has produced three older foals: City winner Ms Mazetti (3f. Lonhro x Amarazetti) finished 0.2length second behind Bullpit on debut while edging out Rich Enuff into 3rd before winning at Caulfield in her next start; Recent winner Zettfidaa (4f. Red Ransom x Amarazetti); and Realise The Dream (2f. More Than Ready x Amarazetti) who has trialled well recently for trainer Mick Price.

“This filly is strong, very muscular with lovely loose movement and being by Street Cry she could end up well placed in a number of countries, so she certainly looks like a yearling with a very positive future,” said Three Bridges’ Toby Liston.

“Lauriston Thoroughbreds have done a terrific job in raising her and no doubt her Super VOBIS eligibility will spark some Victorian interest given the amazing prize money and bonuses on offer.”

Lot 276 Pedigree

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Swiftly Red simply too swift at Bendigo

Swiftly RedSwiftly Red proved too strong at Bendigo to notch the second win of her prep for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan in the Andy’s Earthmovers Handicap over 1400m.

Holding off a late challenge in the final 50m of the race, Swiftly Red held on by a head for connections at Laurel Oak Bloodstock who race a number of horses with Noonan with the partnership enjoying an excellent season together.

“I’ve got to give a lot of thanks to my foreman Viv Bertrand and Lisa Jones who manages our farm,” Noonan said.

“They have done a lot of work with the mare who has had muscle enzyme problems in the past and a lot of people have worked extremely hard and got a lot out of her.”

Swiftly Red, a 4-year-old Testa Rossa mare, was having the fifth run and second victory of her campaign but Noonan expects even more to come as the tracks begin softening as winter approaches.

Jockey Nick Hall returned to the saddle to partner Swiftly Red and maintained his perfect strike with two wins from two rides aboard to mare.

Jumping from barrier 1, Swiftly Red pinged out of the gates forcing Lilian to work hard in the early stages to find the lead.

Settling Swiftly Red in the run, Hall eventually gave up the lead but gave his mare the dream run in transit on the fence, one behind Lilian.

Peeling out at the top of the straight, Hall peeled out and balanced up Swiftly Red ($4.60) who was strong to the line to score by a head from Deeming ($6.00) and Ungreatful Ellen ($2.70) in third.

“I was happy to switch her over to the left and it really got her through the line,” Hall said.

Race Replay: R6 Bendigo 02 Apr 15

Article sourced from Tony Noonan Racing Website

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Moment of truth for Hall’s Apollo after dirt trial win

Apollo's Choice

Apollo’s Choice (Douglas Whyte) has the better of the grey Level Player (Andreas Suborics) in a dirt trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Apollo’s Choice had his classic aspirations ended before they even started but the David Hall-trained Australian import may yet collect some cheques this season after a confidence-building dirt trial win at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

A two-time winner over sprint trips and third in the Group Two Sandown Guineas over a mile, Apollo’s Choice ran once over 1,400m for Hall before a tendon injury picked up in trackwork sidelined the son of Choisir and put paid to any chance of pushing for a place in the four-year-old races.

A gelding operation followed in early November and Apollo’s Choice returned with a game unplaced effort over 1,400m after jumping from gate 10 and sitting wide in an on-pace dominated contest.

Stepping up to a mile in a competitive Class Two, Apollo’s Choice was a sound fifth, hitting the front briefly in the straight before being overwhelmed by some race-fit opposition.

Apollo’s Choice is now rated 83, down from 86 when he arrived, and yesterday’s 1,200m heat win will have him up to the mark fitness-wise for his next race start.

Douglas Whyte has ridden Apollo’s Choice at his last two starts and was aboard in the trial, getting a clean break to find the box seat in a slowly run trial. When trial leader Level Player drifted from the fence in the straight, Whyte seized an opportunity to give Apollo’s Choice a nice blow-out over the final 200m, booting up on the inside to score by a nose.

Even though the overall time of 1.11.01s was slow on a track that has been playing faster than ever, the final 400m of 22.8s indicated that the final furlong was a decent test.

Link to trial replay

Article: Moment of truth for Hall’s Apollo after dirt trial win
Accessed: 01 Apr 15
South China Morning Post by Michael Cox

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Magic Millions 2015 Adelaide Yearling Sale

MAG141_GC  Adelaide Sale Banner_FINAL HR_gwv2Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm are proud to be presenting a draft of six quality yearlings at the Magic Millions 2015 Adelaide Yearling Sale from 9th March.

The Lauriston draft will be available for inspection from Thursday 5th March at Magic Millions’ Morphettville sales complex. The yearlings will be stabled in Barn 3 Row A.

Lot 63       Ch Colt        Bianconi x Empowering
Bianconi x Empowering_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1344This athletic colt by Bianconi is the first foal from General Nediym mare Empowering. Empowering is a full sister to Tendue dam of Group 3 runner up Alcohol who has won in excess of $250,000 and Alcobro who remains undefeated in his 3 starts to date. Both Alcohol and Alcobro are by Bianconi making this yearling colt, nicknamed Alcocuzz, is a 100% blood relation.

Wanted x Off The Planet_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__916Lot 163     Bay Colt      Wanted x Off The Planet
This strong Wanted colt is the second foal from Off The Planet. Off The Planet is a city performer who has won more than $130,000. Off The Planet is a half sister to Laetitia dam of black type performers Stryker, Exeed & Exalt, Puerto Banus and Seeking Attention.

Lot 166     Bay Colt      Domesday x OrpenellaDomesday x Orpenella_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__969
This well balanced colt is by Domesday from Orpenella, a half sister to black type performers Booroonga and Astro Gains. Orpenella has produced four foals to race. All are winners.


Magic Albert x Swift Sands_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1481Lot 231     Bay Filly      Magic Albert x Swift Sands
This nicely put together filly by Magic Albert is the first foal from Swift Sands. Swift Sands was an early sprinting mare who won 5 races and more than $100,000. Her dam, Quite Astute was placed at Group 3 level.

Nicconi x Tango Express_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1440Lot 237     Ch Filly       Nicconi x Tango Express
This athletic filly by Nicconi is the first foal from Success Express mare Tango Express. Tango Express was a regular city class sprinting performer who won on four occasions.

Lot 285
   Bay Colt      Foreplay x ArticulationForeplay x Articulation_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1240

This strong colt by Foreplay is the second foal from winning mare Articulation. Articulation is from the family of Group 1 performer Etoile D’or and Chincilla Rose and Star Witness, etc.MAG141_GC  Adelaide Sale Banner_FINAL HR_gwv2

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2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm are proud to be presenting a draft of thirteen quality yearlings at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from 1st March.

The Lauriston draft will be available for inspection from Tuesday 24th February at Inglis’ Oaklands sales complex. The yearlings will be stabled in Barn G.

Session 1
Lot 2        Bay Colt         High Chaparral x AccelerationHigh Chaparral x Acceleration_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__553
This athletic colt by High Chaparral (sire of So You Think, It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out etc. is from the sprinting 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. Followers of the Rasmussen Factor will note that this colt is inbred, (3x4x5), to the good dam Fairy Bridge. Acceleration is by champion sire Encosta de
Lago, a son of Fairy King. Her mating to High Chaparral is designed to
introduce Sadler’s Wells – a full brother to Fairy King to this yearling’s

Lot 81      Bay Colt         Manhattan Rain x Chordata_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__596Manhattan Rain x Chordata
This quality colt by the Group 1 performer Manhattan Rain, sire of Moonovermanhattan, is from the city winning mare Chordata. Chordata is a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Dashing Eagle and a full sister to the sprinter Gaburin who has earned more than $2 Million prize money in Japan.

Lot 138    Ch Filly            Helmet x EmilydelagoHelmet x Emily De Lago_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__326
This good boned filly is by the exciting first season sire and triple Group 1 winner Helmet. Her dam, Emilydelago, a city 2y.o winner, has produced two foals to race – both are winners including Zellindi a 2yo city winner and was beaten a nose at listed level.

Lot 140    Bay Colt         Bel Esprit x EncapsulateBel Esprit x Encapsulate_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__504
This outstanding colt is by champion Victorian sire Bel Esprit – a prolific getter of winners, including Black Caviar. His dam, Encapsulate by Encosta de Lago produced multiple city winner Swipeline. Encapsulate is the daughter of listed place getter Anemone Garden.

Lot 464    Bay Filly        Exceed and Excel x RapidementExceed And Excel x Rapidement_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__196
This speedy looking filly is by champion 2yo sire Exceed And Excel (sire of Overreach, Guelph, Earthquake, etc.) and the first foal from Flemington and Moonee Valley winning sprinter Rapidement. Rapidement’s siblings include the sprinters Sir Monashee (winner of 7 races and $478,000) and Monashee Dancer (winner of 10 races and $277,000)

Starcraft x Saratoga_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__364Lot 496    Brown Filly    Starcraft x Saratoga
This striking filly by Group 1 winner Starcraft, (sire of Star Witness), is the second living foal from the city winning mare Saratoga. At two Saratoga finished runner up in the listed QTC McDougall stakes and fourth in the Group 2 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes. She retired to stud with earnings in excess of $160,000.

Lot 515    Bay Filly        Commands x Show StealerCommands x Show Stealer_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__356
This filly displays all the hallmarks of an early runner. She is by the champion sire Commands from the well related early running family of Show Stealer. Show Stealer is a half sister to Group 2 winner Great Crusader, Listed place getters Bold Reason and Gay Adventure and the half sister to Stolen Beauty who has produced 2yo Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal and Group 3 winner Benny’s Buttons.
Show Stealer won her last three race starts – two at city level before
being retired to stud.

Not A Single Doubt x Skidoodle_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__106Lot 521    Bay Filly        Not a Single Doubt x Skidoodle
This powerful filly is by Not A Single Doubt, the sire of Miracles Of Life and many other well credentialed race performers. Her dam Skidoodle is a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago. Skidoodle has produced the promising 3yo Tudor and the older sibling Velonski, a winner of 6 races. Tudor has won at city level and has finished runner up at listed level. His earnings currently exceed $200,000. Velonski has also won at city
level and earned $140,000.

Session 2
Lot 654      Bay Filly      Choisir x CorinellaChoisir x Corinella_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1861
This elegant filly is by Choisir (sire of Starspangledbanner,etc.) and the first foal from Corinella, a daughter of High Chaparral. Corinella won on two occasions and is a half sister to consistent black type performer Changing Eyes.

Lot 664      Ch Filly        Congrats x DocaladyCongrats x Docalady_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__2003
This neat filly is by popular US sire Congrats from Stravinsky mare Docalady. Docalady is the daughter of black type winner That’s It Doc and was herself placed at listed level on three occasions. The family has consistently produced early sprinters. Docalady is the dam of Dasilva, the winner of 4 races.

Toorak Toff x Entango_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1145 useLot  670     Ch Colt         Toorak Toff x Entango
This well balanced colt by dual group 1 winner Toorak Toff is from Entango – a half sister to stakes winner Tycoon Tango. Tycoon Tango is the dam of stakes placed Tycoon’s Heart who like Toorak Toff is by Show A Heart. Entango has produced city performer Tango Express.

New Approach x Paramount_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1025Lot 718      Ch Colt          New Approach x Paramount
This well balanced colt by New Approach, (Group 1 winning sire of May’s Dream, Gamblin’ Guru, etc.), is the second foal from Paramount. Paramount is a full sister to Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp winner La Montagna.

Lot 755      Bay Filly       Domesday x SpycatcherDomesday x Spycatcher_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1617
This strong, well conformed filly by Domesday is from Spy Catcher. Spy Catcher, a half sister to listed performer Rendzina, is from the family of Surround stakes winner Khaptivaan- dam of Oakleigh Plate winner Khaptingly and the good performer Khaptrist.


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Rock of Glory blows rivals away on home soil

Rock Of GloryThe Dan O’Sullivan-trained colt was sent out a raging hot favourite in the Whiteheads Timber Maiden Plate (1000m) and didn’t disappoint, unleashing a strong finishing burst to score a runaway two-and-a-quarter-length win.

Rock of Glory’s success arrives at his seventh career outing and after a persistent campaign that began in November last year when he debuted at Hamilton.

It continues the stable’s good recent association with champion jockey Damien Oliver, who also rode stablemate Leicameares to victory at Ballarat last month.

Oliver said the step back in trip worked well for Rock of Glory, whose past two runs had been over 1200m and 1209m.

“I think it was a smart idea by Dan bringing him back to the 1000m, just teaching him how to pace himself,” Oliver said.

“He got a bit of speed, was able to sit in behind and he was just going in the straight – only did what he had to do – but after the line he ran right through the line and finished off good.

“I think he has certainly got room for improvement when he learns to pace himself a bit better.”

The Dan O’Sullivan Racing team sends its congratulations to all of Rock of Glory’s connections.

Article Sourced: danosullivanracing.com.au

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Swiftly Red lands VOBIS bonus for Laurel Oak Bloodstock

Swiftly RedSwiftly Red (4m. Testa Rossa – General Resolve by General Nediym) broke through for her long awaited maiden win at Sale this afternoon for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan to also claim the $14,000 VOBIS Gold owners bonus for Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

The 4-year-old Testa Rossa mare appears back to her best following her last preparation which Noonan described as “disappointing”.

“She showed a lot as a 3-year-old and she’s finally enjoying her racing again,” Noonan said.

“I’m rapt for Louis Mihalyka and his crew at Laurel Oak who race a lot of horses with us.

“With the VOBIS bonus available here, we targeted the mare at this race and it’s just a great feeling when plans come to fruition like this because we knew she had the ability to win and it was just a matter of getting her to focus.

“At the start of the prep, I was confident that she would be racing in the city by the end of this prep so I look forward to seeing her work through the grades.”

Jumping from barrier 6 in the field of 14, jockey Nick Hall appeared in trouble early when Swiftly Red started pulling and racing keenly.

Amidst the big field, Hall maneuvered Swiftly Red to the outside with cover to travel forward of midfield enabling the mare to eventually settle.

“I was a little bit worried when she started to overrace but Nick did a great job getting her to relax and give her open running room which is what she has always needed to focus on her job,” Noonan said.

Upon straightening, the gap opened for Hall to bring Swiftly Red ($4.60) into the race where she hit the lead at the 150m mark and hold off the field to score by 1.75L from Sequins ‘N’ Spice ($14) and Lexinator ($4.40F) in third.
Race replay: Race 4 Sale 08 Feb 15
Article sourced from Tony Noonan Racing

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Lauriston’s Candidate for Magic Millions Classic

Jason Warren and his Snitzel filly with Belinda Palmer and Lauriston’s Brooke Vewrey-Mitchell

Jason Warren and his Snitzel filly with Belinda Palmer and Lauriston’s Brooke Vewrey-Mitchell

Mornington trainer Jason Warren has a likely candidate for next year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic after pin-pointing a racy Snitzel filly from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at the Gold Coast on Thursday.

“She was value considering what some of the other Snitzels are selling for this week,” Warren said. “It’s been hard to get a good one at the right price so we’re very happy to send her home for $170,000.”

The Snitzel – Five Star Belle filly is the first foal of a half-sister to G1 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Aragen and Perth stakes winner Cavallo Pazzo. “She’s a stunning filly and looks a two year-old type,” Warren added. “There’s been plenty of hype around the first season sires but I will take her any day.”

Warren’s partner Belinda Palmer will syndicate the filly among a group of ladies so she’s eligible for an extra bonus next year.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm returned to the Gold Coast for the first time in several years. “We were lucky enough to buy Gold Edition here and she won the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy,” Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s operations manager James O’Brien said. “The atmosphere is terrific and all our yearlings have been nominated for Super VOBIS.”

The Corinella based farm also sold two colts to Danny O’Brien on Thursday and Friday. The first was another Snitzel from Inthemix (Easy Rocking) for $65,000 and the second was a Sebring out of Rhodamine (Success Express) that made $125,000.

The final Lauriston lot was a Star Witness – Spectacula filly purchased for $65,000 by James Bester on behalf of the “It’s All About The Girls” syndicate.

Timely Truce completed a winning week for the O’Brien family at Cranbourne on Friday night. The Brief Truce gelding was racing first-up after almost a year on the sidelines and he benefited from a perfect ride by Jye McNeil.
Article sourced from Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria by Karl Patterson

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Timely Return

It had been 48 weeks since Timely Truce (5g. Brief Truce – Gal Express by Success Express) had stepped out at a race day. Last Friday at Cranbourne Timely Truce returned to Cranbourne in a $25,000 benchmark 70 rated race over 1,000 metres. It was the last race of the experimental rapid racing day with races spaced just twenty minutes apart and jockeys unable to compete in consecutive races.

Jye McNeil had been chosen by Ricky Maund to ride. Jye positioned Timely Truce into fourth position one out from the rail. The two leaders set a fast tempo but at the turn Timely Truce moved out to press for the lead. He won by just over two lengths.

Ricky Maund lauded the efforts of his team for Timely Truce’s impressive return to the racetrack.
Race Replay:R8 Cranbourne 09 Jan 15

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