ZIELKE PLEASED WITH ROYAL TITHE AHEAD OF SIRES’
Trainer Doubly Represented In Group Two Feature
Trainer John Zielke is well represented in Saturday’s BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 2, 1350m) with Ken Russell Memorial Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Royal Tithe (Show A Heart) and Champagne Classic (Gr 2, 1200m) fourth Dreams Aplenty (Dream Ahead) amongst the 17 nominations that were taken on Monday.
Jockey Luke Dittman, who rode Royal Tithe to victory in the Ken Russell Memorial, retains the mount on Saturday at Doomben, though Zielke said it had not been an easy decision for the young jockey.
“Royal Tithe did what we were expecting in the Ken Russell and has come on in leaps and bounds since. The 1350 metres of the Sires’ will suit her better than the 1200 metres first up. I thought I had her right first up, and I was right, but I was worried the 1200 metres would be a bit short for her, and it nearly was,” Zielke told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.
“Luke Dittman is going to be the pilot and it was a difficult decision for him actually because Dreams Aplenty is a better horse, but Royal Tithe has the experience, so he went with her.”
Zielke revealed to ANZ Bloodstock News that Dreams Aplenty is the subject of an offer from Hong Kong and that there is a chance that the talented two-year-old may not take his place in Saturday’s field.
“There is a nice offer on the table for Dreams Aplenty from Hong Kong. Naturally, I’d like the horse to stay with me, but even if he is sold, I’m not sure it will happen before the weekend. Even if it is, I’d say the owner will tell them they can have him after Saturday,” he said.
Shadwell Success Underpins Another Strong Yearling Sale
A buoyant yearling sale series continued when Shadwell Stud dominated the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney this year, writes Patrick Halkett and Tim Rowe.
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s breeding operation purchased 19 yearlings for a gross of $10,215,000, including two of the top ten lots, and finished the sale as the leading individual purchaser.
Shadwell Stud’s Angus Gold was impressed with the quality of yearling on offer at the Easter Sale and felt he had more success purchasing than in previous years.
“I thought there were a lot of very nice horses as you always get there,” Gold said. “For Inglis’ premier sale I thought the standard was very high.
“Sheikh Hamdan doesn’t come to the sale himself as he is always busy in Dubai at that time of year so he very much leaves it up to me, in conjunction with David Hayes in Australia and Mike De Kock in South Africa.
“I always try and stick within a certain budget. However, the last few years I have found it quite frustrating as we were underbidder on Wandjina; I was very keen to buy Deep Field; and we also wanted a nice filly called Kangarilla Joy.
“The last few years with the strength of the sale with the Americans coming in and the China Horse Club and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum has made it quite frustrating because what I want to do for Sheikh Hamdan is get him a stallion."