DISCLAIMER TAKES NEWCASTLE GOLD CUP
Sixth Australia Stakes Winner For Dansili
Disclaimer (Dansili) won the Newcastle Gold Cup (Gr 3, 2300m) yesterday, further enhancing the wonderful record of his sire in stakes races in Australia.
The northern hemisphere-bred four-year-old missed the break by around a length but was soon settled in midfield, tracking the leaders on the rail before switching out and getting a gap upon turning for home.
In the end, the victory was a decisive one, with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding stretching away to a commanding length and three quarter winning margin from Brigantin (Cozzene), with Wish Come True (Aussie Rules) a short half-head away in third.
"It took me a while to work him out," Peter Snowden said of the British-bred import, who was a Listed winner at Goodwood over 11 furlongs in May last year when trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil.
Daughter Of Casino Prince Wins Tibbie
Fine Bubbles (Casino Prince) proved her trainer Kris Lees wrong in the best possible way when she claimed an important win in the $125,000 Tibbie Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Newcastle on Thursday and provided her sire with his second stakes winner in as many days.
One of three runners saddled up by Lees, Fine Bubbles earned herself a start in something better after Lees thought she might be short of being a stakes-class horse.
"I sent her up to Brisbane thinking she was not quite up to the better mares in Sydney," Lees said.
"Well, she's made a bit of a mockery of that now."
Red Cadeaux Canters On Side Hill
Quarantine periods hold no surprises for the evergreen veteran Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux) these days and he cantered on Side Hill in Newmarket yesterday as preparations for his fourth trip to Melbourne continue.
The Ed Dunlop-trained eight-year-old has built up a legion of followers in his three attempts at Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) so far, having twice finished second, including when chasing home Fiorente (Monsun) 12 months ago.
Dunlop’s travelling head lad, Robin Trevor Jones, told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday that the quarantine fortnight is less about getting Red Cadeaux ready to race and more geared towards ensuring he is fit enough for the journey.
“This is just a tick over time, to be honest,” he said. “We want him to be ready for the flight now, rather than being right there ready to race.
“He goes out every day apart from Sunday and will either canter on Side Hill or up Warren Hill. Today he just had a regular canter on Side Hill.”