PERRY HOPING FOR A LUCKY CHAMPAGNE STAKES RESULT

Scratch Me Lucky Reopposes ATC Sires' Produces Stakes Winner Peggy Jean

Scratch Me Lucky Finished Second To Peggy Jean In ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes
Trainer Paul Perry is hoping the fortunes of his two-year-old Scratch Me Lucky (Snitzel) will change in Saturday’s Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick, having finished second to Peggy Jean (Myboycharlie) at his last start in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m).

That reverse at Randwick on 12 April followed defeat to Peggy Jean’s Gerald Ryan-trained stablemate Bachman (All American) in the Schweppervescence Handicap (registered as T L Baillieu Handicap) (Gr 3, 1400m) at Rosehill on 5 April.

Each of those races were held on heavy ground, which he handled well and rain is forecast in Sydney later in the week.

Both Bachman and Peggy Jean will be among Scratch Me Lucky's rivals in Saturday's race and Perry’s foreman son Shannon said he was happy how his horse had been since his last outing.

"He came out of the Sires' really well," he said. "He hasn't put a foot wrong and we're hoping for a bit of rain."

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Sales News

Magic Millions Catalogues Online

Magic Millions yesterday announced that the catalogues for both their National Weanling Sale and National Broodmare Sale, which features the Teeley Assets Dispersal, have been published online.

A total of 525 lots have been catalogued for the former, scheduled to commence on 25 May, while 867 make up the latter, to commence on 28 May.

"This is without doubt one of the best ever catalogues for a broodmare sale I've seen," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said regarding the National Broodmare Sale catalogue.

"Whether it's a filly with a bright stakes future ahead or a mare who's produced a Group One winner and is carrying a full relation - this catalogue has it all."

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Industry News

Yarraman Park Stud Release Fees

New terminology used to describe track ratings for Australian racecourses will be introduced later this year.

In an Australian Racing Board move designed to put the system of racetrack ratings into layman's terms, traditional descriptions such as fast, dead and slow will be removed from the racing vernacular.

In their place will be ratings of firm, good and soft.

The numerical system of rating tracks will be retained on a 1-10 scale.

A track rated at No.1 will be dry and hard while a No.10 category surface will be wet, to the point of saturation.

"The Board decided to modernise the language for track ratings to be more easily understood by punters especially young people," an ARB statement said.

Racing officials will put the revised system into operation on 1 December.

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