Vic sired Keen Array wins the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes…double to @Eliza_Park sire Bel Esprit!   Leave a comment

  1. KEEN ARRAY flies away with Listed Blue Saphhire for – now 4 wins from 7 starts!

    Happy class photos of the Keen Array crew. Note the Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire on Tracey’s neck….

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    Keen Array & are your 2015 R6 Catanach’s Jewellers Stakes Champions!

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    WATCH: ‘s David Hayes on Blue Sapphire winner Keen Array.

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      Perfectly, perfectly judged !! Great to see him take out the feature Blue Sapphire

      Keen Array Blue Sapphire Stakes winner @CoolmoreAustralia Congrats

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      Keen Array has many fans!

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    Vic sired Keen Array wins the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes…another speedy colt by sire Bel Esprit! Well done !

    Keen Array & are your 2015 R6 Catanach’s Jewellers Stakes Champions!

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    Well done !

    1. KEEN ARRAY winner of Blue Sapphire feature looks a little confused as signals his victory

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      1. All smiles – star WA rider & principle David Hayes after Blue Sapphire

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Posted October 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Tilla Bell Rings lands the plunge at Caulfield   Leave a comment

Tilla Bell Rings lands the plunge at Caulfield

Darryl Sherer – 14 Oct 2015

Punters left bookies reeling when Tilla Bell Rings landed a good old fashioned plonk in the Montague Tree Plate (2000m) at Caulfield.

Tilla Bell Rings landed a plunge at Caulfield. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Backed in from $26 to start $12, punters did not have much to worry about thanks to a peach of a ride from Dean Yendall.

Smothered away in fourth place along the inside, Yendall did not come around a horse, moving through on the inside of High Church, who hung turning into the home straight under pressure.

Tilla Bell Rings ($12) accelerated clear and did enough to hold the late rally of Firehouse Rock ($3.90 fav) to score by a short-head, to the chagrin of the bagmen. Second Bullet ($6.50) ran on late for third to be beaten three-quarters of a length.

Trainer Darren Weir said he “might be able to eat tonight” following the win.

“He hasn’t had a lot of luck recently and getting back on firmer going suited him,” Weir said.

“We felt today if he could jump and hold a position, which can be an issue because he has a rotten habit of missing the start sometimes.

“He began ok and then Dean gave him a little dig to get behind the leader.

“He rode for luck and got it so it’s a great result for a loyal bunch of owners that have been with me for years.”

Weir will consider a tilt at the $100,000 Kyneton Cup on November 4 next for the locally owned seven-year-old son of Bel Esprit.

“We wanted to see where he fitted in today but he can back up and I think he deserves a crack at a race like the Kyneton Cup.”

Posted October 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Tilla Bell Rings (by @Eliza_Park sire Bel Esprit) wins r3 to make it 3 wins from 3 races for Vic breds at Caulfield today   Leave a comment

Tilla Bell Rings (by sire Bel Esprit) wins r3 to make it 3 wins from 3 races for Vic breds at Caulfield today.

Tilla Bell Rings holds off a fast-finishing Firehouse Rock to take Race 3. Results:

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Tilla Bell Rings holds on over a fast finishing Firehouse Rock in R3 Montague Tree Plate.

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Tilla Bell Rings takes out Race 3 at . Betfair SP of 16.32 and eariler traded at a high of 95.

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Caulfield winner Tilla Bell Rings by the reliable Bel Esprit is bred on a 3 X 4 Nijinsky II cross

Sorry Mr & Mrs Dance says after nosing out in the 3rd at

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IMAGES: Thumbs-up from after Tilla Bell Rings’ upset win in the Montague Tree Plate.

Posted October 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Keen Array started his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a dominant seven lengths win at Geelong   Leave a comment

Kinglike Headlines Blue Sapphire Stakes Field 

By: Thomas Hackett
October 12th, 2015

The 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes field has been released and the talented Kinglike is set to return to the races in the Listed event at Caulfield on Wednesday. Photo

Kinglike has the chance to make it two wins on the trot in the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Kinglike has the chance to make it two wins on the trot in the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Kinglike made his racing debut with a second place finish behind stablemate Bassett at Caulfield on May 16 before he claimed his maiden race win with an impressive effort in the Charter Keck Cramer Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley on May 30.

The Exceed And Excel colt was not fancied in betting before the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), but he was settled close to the speed by jockey Glen Boss in the early stages of the race and he proved far too strong for his rivals to stamp himself as a genuine Coolmore Stud Stakes contender.

Raphael’s Cat finished second behind Kinglike in the Danehill Stakes and the Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper will have the opportunity to turn-the-tables on his rival after being included in the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes field.

The son of Redoute’s Choice has also not been seen at the races since he ran in the Danehill Stakes and he is another three-year-old that is set to head towards the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

One horse that will bring a different form lie into the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes is Lindsay Park-trained Keen Array, who has recorded three race wins from four starts this preparation.

Keen Array started his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a dominant seven lengths win at Geelong on August 14 and he won in dominant fashion against at Pakenham on September 3 before he suffered a narrow defeat to Bassett at Caulfield on September 19.

The Bel Esprit gelding returned to winning form with a classy performance in the Hill Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 2, but will face the toughest challenge of his racing career to date in the Blue Sapphire Stakes.

Godolphin-owned Mogador is also set to take winning form into the Blue Sapphire Stakes after he won at Warwick Farm on September 23 and he is set to return to black-type level for the first time since he finished fourth behind stablemate Exosphere in the Group 2Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.

The 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes field is rounded out by Gai Waterhouse-trained Dark Steel (barrier four) and Lindsay Park-trained Von Maestro (barrier three).

Read more: http://www.horseracing.com.au/news/kinglike-headlines-blue-sapphire-stakes-field/#ixzz3oPmgFXiy

Posted October 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Black Caviar to visit Snitzel   Leave a comment

Black Caviar to visit Snitzel

13th Oct 2015

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Racing.com – by Luke Sheehan – Tuesday 13 October 2015

Black Caviar will visit sire Snitzel for her 2015 mating, having successfully given birth to her second foal in September.

The unbeaten mare has already produced a Sebring colt and an Exceed And Excel filly, with Black Caviar’s connections keeping hold of the progeny.

Snitzel was a four-time winner at Group level, including victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate as a three-year-old in 2006.

Black Caviar first became a mother in September 2014 to Exceed And Excel, before adding a Sebring colt to the family last month – both births happening at the Hunter Valley.

Gary Wilkie – a part-owner of the 15-time Group 1 winner – said all was progressing well with the now two-time mother, ahead of her date with Snitzel.

“Black Caviar’s first two foals are a real credit to this champion race mare,” Wilkie said.

“Black Caviar’s first foal, a daughter of Exceed And Excel, is an outstanding filly.

“Now we have this exceptional 2015 Sebring colt born on the 23rd of September, she has given us a lot to look forward to with both foals to date.

“This cheeky new arrival has a huge amount of quality, and his mother’s laidback approach to life.

“The undefeated, champion race mare has now produced two foals that have an unmistakable Black Caviar stamp on them, one can only hope they’ve inherited her speed as well. Only time will tell.”
Read more at http://inglis.com.au/news/item/black-caviar-to-visit-snitzel#3MeQ7C8QpBGuVR1D.99

Posted October 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Hunamosa (NZ) at Sale 24/09/15   1 comment

Posted October 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

The one thing horseracing commentator Francesca Cumani leaves at home   Leave a comment

The one thing horseracing commentator Francesca Cumani leaves at home

Global racing expert Francesca Cumani knows all the hot tracks.

Francesca Cumani names the Hong Kong Cup as one of the most unmissable racing events of the year.
Francesca Cumani names the Hong Kong Cup as one of the most unmissable racing events of the year.

Horseracing commentator Francesca Cumani is based in the NSW town of Scone with her Australian husband, champion polo player Rob Archibald. Cumani, who is fluent in four languages, is renowned for her knowledge of horses and racing. She has roles with CNN, Network Seven and Magic Millions. She also has a share in two mares and three racehorses, one of which has travelled from France to Australia to contest the Cox Plate on Saturday, October 24.

How many international flights do you take in a year? 

Anywhere up to 50. I do 15 CNN destinations a year for my show, The Winning Post, meaning 30 international flights for that role alone. I fly with so many different airlines I don’t have a massive amount of points with any one carrier; I have the most with Qantas – maybe 200,000 or so.

Palio di Siena horserace in Siena, Italy.
Palio di Siena horserace in Siena, Italy. Reuters

Which international race meets are unmissable and which are your favourite places to stay?

Hong Kong’s big international races [like the Hong Kong Cup]; I stay at the East Hotel on Taikoo Shing Road in Quarry Bay. I never miss Royal Ascot in June and have the luxury of staying at home. When I’m in town for the Kentucky Derby in May, I stay at my friend Rosie Hundley’s Saxony Stud Farm near Lexington.

Which smaller events do you try not to miss? 

Goodwood races in West Sussex in the United Kingdom. And I try to catch the Palio Di Siena in Italy, where 10 horses and riders race bareback. In Australia, I take part in the Bob Skene Polo League in Scone at the end of April each year. I try to be at as many polo matches as possible when my husband is playing. The Garangula Polo Club, near Canberra, is my favourite.

BOSS caught you between flights at Keeneland in September. What were you doing there?

As part of my role with Magic Millions I was at the Keeneland Sales with Katie and Gerry Harvey. Like Magic Millions, Keeneland hosts a race meet with one of its signature sales, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which is the largest in the world.

Last year, Katie’s Magic Millions Racing Women concept was introduced into the UK. A similar event was hosted with Keeneland, with the most influential North American women in thoroughbred horseracing in attendance, including Barbara Banke [Jackson Family Wines], Patricia Hughes [wife of billionaire Wayne Hughes] and Ramona Bass [businesswoman and philanthropist.]

You’ll be in town soon for the Melbourne Cup. How many have you attended and what’s your best tip?

This will be my 10th straight Melbourne Cup (Wow!). I stay at The Lyall in South Yarra and love to eat at Café Gaia, Caffe e Cucina and Movidas.

My tip: look for an improving horse that’s not carrying too much weight.

Then in January 2016, you’ll be at the biggest-ever Magic Millions sales and racing carnival.

Yes; 2016 will be my fifth Magic Millions Carnival and next year it will become Australia’s richest raceday, with $10 million in prizemoney. I stay at the Marriott Resort & Spa and always try to get to the beach. I also try to enjoy a few meals in at Omeros Bros at the Marina Mirage.

You got married last year and now call Scone home. Favourite local spots?

I’m totally biased but I think my husband’s family farm, about 35 minutes from Scone, is one of the most beautiful places in the world so I recommend friends come and stay with us! The Linga Longa pub down the road in Gundy is a favourite, mainly because of the name.

When you both need to recharge the batteries, where do you head?

My parents have a gorgeous house in Tuscany called La Civettaia. We actually got engaged and married there. Rob adores the sea, so for him, our recent holiday on the island of Syros in Greece was heaven.

TRIP EXTRAS: two things you never travel without

My R. M. Williams jodhpur boots. They are tough enough to wear when filming at stud farms, yet smart enough to look good on camera.

When testing out horses, my helmet and body protector for track riding. Best to leave the whip at home, to save questioning!

Read more: http://www.afr.com/brand/boss/the-one-thing-horseracing-commentator-francesca-cumani-leaves-at-home-20150910-gjjeed#ixzz3njTP0GOl
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Posted October 6, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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