ROWDY BELLE(Blks) 4 year old brown mare (1-9-2010) Sire:Bel EspritDam:Quiet (Brief Truce (USA)) View Pedigree Report Breeder: Rangeview Park T/breds Pty Ltd Owners: Mrs J Taylor, Mrs P A Hawkes, Mrs J Madden, B P Bradley, C H Madden, G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie, D M Taylor, Mrs A L Bradley & Dr A L Attebo & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: N R J Werrett) Colours: Pale Blue, White Stars And Sleeves, Pale Blue Armbands And Cap, White Pom Pom
Bogged down: La Amistad could be forced to switch focus to Melbourne if Sydney’s rain continues into this weekend’s Randwick meeting. Photo: Jenny Evans
Hawkes Racing could be forced to move its powerful spring team to Melbourne if Sydney’s big wet continues into next week, with La Amistad and Messene among the possibilities to be redirected to the Memsie Stakes.
Makybe Diva’s three-quarter sister, La Amistad, which is favourite for Thursday’s Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury, and Messene, favourite the the Warwick Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, are likely to be scratched because of the heavy tracks.
Team Hawkes monitor wet tracks before deciding on La Amistad and Messene’s fate
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The likelihood of a heavy surface will most likely rule La Amistad out of Thursday’s Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury. Picture: Brett Costello.Source: News Corp Australia
SYDNEY’S big wet has caused Team Hawkes plenty of headaches, with the stable loathe to kick-start the spring campaigns of their carnival stars on a bog, including La Amistad in Thursday’s $100,000 Listed Rowley Mile.
La Amistad, the three-quarter sister to three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, was expected to begin her own march towards the first Tuesday in November in the Hawkesbury feature.
Several days of wasting found their reward in a few seconds of acceleration on the Knavesmire on Wednesday, as Australia and Joseph O’Brien swept past The Grey Gatsby and Telescope to win the Juddmonte International Stakes. It was the third Group One success in a row for horse and jockey and, for O’Brien at least, by some way the most difficult.
Samartested, a half-sister to Group One winner Samaready, has scored her first city win with a narrow victory in a midweek race at Sandown.
Samartested will not join her high-profile big sister Samaready in trainer Mick Price’s spring carnival plans but the filly managed to secure a valuable city win on Wednesday.
Price believes dual Group One winner Samaready is going as well as ever building up to her spring return, while three-year-old Samartested stepped out for her city debut at Sandown in The Cove Hotel Handicap (1400m) and claimed a narrow victory.
Guru to gamble on Caulfield Cup ambition but Leon Macdonald is unsure about Group 1 racing
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Sky Racing News Update (20/08/14)
THE Caulfield Cup is the ultimate goal for Gamblin’ Guru, but Hall of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald thinks he might end up just that level below.
Macdonald has entered Gamblin’ Guru, who resumes in Saturday’s Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville Parks, for both the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate in the hope the talented stayer can prove him wrong.
If not, there are plenty of other nice races for him to pick off during the spring carnival.
Lankan Rupee poses after the Cranbourne Barrier Trials.Source: Getty Images
THE world’s top-rated sprinter, Lankan Rupee, took another step to his return to racing early next month with a quiet barrier trial at the Cranbourne training complex.
Trainer Mick Price has pencilled in the $201,000 Ian McEwen Stakes (1000m), run under weight-for-age conditions at Moonee Valley on September 6, for the gelding’s return.
Price was not looking for much from Lankan Rupee yesterday, but there was little jockey Craig Newitt could do to prevent his mount pouncing on the lead. Lankan Rupee breezed along under a hold through the first half of the 800m trial and led his rivals into the straight.
The Championships has secured its future and $10 million in funding after an announcement that could only be called Yes Minister meets Faulty Towers.
Racing NSW needed to know about The Championships funding on a couple of fronts. The autumn program has to be locked by the Australian Pattern Committee this Friday, sponsors needed to know if the event would be held and the recruitment of international horses has to start, as did the search for a new chief executive of the race series.
BEL ESPRIT: “As good as anything I’ve been on”
BEL ESPRIT: IF Errol Flynn had been reincarnated as a horse, he might have been Bel Esprit
BLACK CAVIAR: In her last 15 starts she has brokenthe record for number of consecutive 129+ RPRs (ten), the total number of 130+ RPRs (seven) and consecutive performances rated 125+ (15 and counting).
BLACK CAVIAR: “This horse scares me, she could do anything”
BLACK CAVIAR: “How good? The greatest”
BLACK CAVIAR: The World’s Best Horse? She’s in Australia
New York Times
WALTZES: “He’s the fastest horse I’ve trained”
BEL ESPRITS: “they just keep winning”
ALESPRIT: "those times are unheard of for last 600m"
BELGIETTO: "I think he’s the best horse I’ve trained".
BEL ESPRIT: “Victorian-based Bel Esprit’s reputation as the most exciting sprinting sire in the land was further franked when Bel Sprinter stretched his unbeaten streak to four at Caulfield on Saturday.”
"Owning a racehorse is probably the most expensive way of getting on to a racecourse for nothing"-anon
BEL SPRINTER: “Bel Sprinter went past me and gave me windburn,” Corey Brown (Snitzerland) said.