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Black Caviar’s little sister might be on ice until the second half of the 2012/13 racing season

American imports Sanagas and Val Champ have settled in well to Victoria

Black Caviar’s little sister might be on ice until the second half of the 2012/13 racing season, but there’s still plenty for BC3 Thoroughbreds to look forward to this Spring Racing Carnival.

Marshall revealed that the half-sister to Black Caviar, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Helsinge nicknamed Pippa, was within days of completing the breaking in process and was destined for a lengthy spell.

“She’s all but completed her BC3 program and we’ll make a decision on exactly what we’re going to do with her by early next week,” Marshall said.

“We’re thinking at this stage that she’ll go and have a good long break now and really grow and develop because she’s going through a massive growing spurt at the moment.

“She broke in extremely well, she’s a great ride on the track, she’s had a good look at Geelong racetrack and we can’t really do much more for her in terms of her education.

“She’s just telling us that she need to go and grow and become a big girl.”

The two American stayers purchased by the company that earlier this year forked out $2.6 million for the half-sister to Australia’s world champion sprinter are progressing well towards the BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

German-bred American Group 1 winner Sanagas and Val Champ, who hails from Argentina, have exceeded expectations since coming out of quarantine in late May and are well advanced in their spring campaigns.

“We’re extremely happy given the horses have come from America with the quarantine they have to do, not being able to work for seven weeks,” BC3’s Simon Marshall said.

“They lose a lot of weight, but we got them here early enough and we couldn’t be happier with their progress. They’ve really developed well, they’re eating Australian food well and starting to adapt and acclimatise well.”

Hollywood Cup winner Sanagas, who has taken up residence with Cups King Bart Cummings, started galloping early last week and has made a positive early impression, earning comparisons with the 1999 Melbourne Cup winner.

“They said if they had to pick one of their Cup winners, he reminds them a lot of Rogan Josh. He’s got similar mannerisms to Rogan Josh,” Marshall said of the six-year-old son of Lomitas, who has won seven of his 11 starts.

“Joey Agresta rides him in trackwork and he’s very happy with his action, but more importantly (assistant trainer) Reg Fleming says he’s on target to continue to work right up to maybe a 1400-metre start first-up at this stage.

“The horse has got no form under a mile-and-a-half, but he hasn’t been trained Bart’s way so the jury’s out in that respect.

“He’ll have every opportunity to show us in couple of trials where he’s at and then we’ll decide we’re going to start off.”

Marshall was more specific in relation to a likely starting point for Val Champ, a rising four-year-old who is a Group 1 winner on dirt and Group 2 turf winner in his homeland.

The son of Val Royal has embraced life at Anthony Freedman’s Rye property and the trainer is learning more about him each day.

“Anthony Freedman said that he’s put on well over 30 kilos, he’s bouncing out of his skin and he’s starting to work him out right now,” Marshall said.

“They haven’t got much to line him up against but, ideally, he looks a classic Memsie Stakes sort of horse.”

Marshall revealed that the half-sister to Black Caviar, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Helsinge nicknamed Pippa, was within days of completing the breaking in process and was destined for a lengthy spell.

“She’s all but completed her BC3 program and we’ll make a decision on exactly what we’re going to do with her by early next week,” Marshall said.

“We’re thinking at this stage that she’ll go and have a good long break now and really grow and develop because she’s going through a massive growing spurt at the moment.

“She broke in extremely well, she’s a great ride on the track, she’s had a good look at Geelong racetrack and we can’t really do much more for her in terms of her education.

“She’s just telling us that she need to go and grow and become a big girl.”

Posted July 27, 2012 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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