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Eight for Too Darn Hot

Darley shuttler Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) chalked up his eighth southern individual hemisphere-bred winner on Saturday when Perspiration (2 c ex Latitude by Casino Prince) scored at the third time of asking. Having twice run second prior to Saturday’s victory, the Ciaron Maher-trained colt made no mistake this time, comfortably defeating Snack Bar (Frosted) by 2.5 lengths with a further 0.8 lengths back to the third-placed Just For Show (Showtime). “It’s great to win in these colours, and I’m sure this horse has a bright future,” stable representative Jack Turnbull said. “We will be keeping the door open for Brisbane, but possibly he will have a let-up and get ready for the spring.” A $270,000 purchase for his trainer and Group 1 Bloodstock from the Rosari Farm draft at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Perspiration, who raced by a group of owners including Ozzie Kheir and John O’Neill, is out of the winning Casino Prince (Flying Spur) mare Latitude. He is a half-brother to The Reluctant Star (Epaulette), who was sold to Hong Kong after winning his first two races at Geelong and Flemington. Too Darn Hot now has eight winners from 19 runners in Australia. 


Two for D’Argento

Toby Edmonds could have a nice prospect on his hands after Silva ‘N’ Suave (2 g ex My Word by Viscount) produced an eye-catching debut success at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Becoming the second winner for Bowness Stud-based stallion D’Argento (So You Think), the gelding easily defeated Thunderous (Night Of Thunder) by three lengths with a further 2.5 lengths back to the third-placed Mishani Hitman (Jet Spur). A $62,000 purchase for Chris Casey and Dinah Rochfort out of the Bowness Stud at Book 2 of last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Silva ‘N’ Suave is out of the winning Viscount (Quest For Fame) mare My Word making him a half-brother to four winners. D’Argento has now had two winners from five runners to date.


Second for Too Darn Hot
Broadsiding (2 c ex Speedway by Street Cry) became the second elite-level winner for his sire Too Darn Hot when he landed Saturday’s Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick. A homebred for Godolphin, Broadsiding is one of only two foals to come from the Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Speedway, who died in 2022. Speedway made 11 starts for three Godolphin trainers, John O’Shea, Darren Beadman and James Cummings, and securing wins at Wyong and Newcastle and placed a further three times. She was a half-sister to Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Flit (Lonhro) while her dam, Glissade (Redoute’s Choice), is a stakes-placed daughter of Group 3 winner Steflara (Zabeel). Too Darn Hot’s other winner at the top level is last year’s Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) winner Fallen Angel.


27 for Dundeel

Arrowfield Stud stallion Dundeel (High Chaparral) registered his 27th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Konasana (3 f ex Posing by Medicean) powered to victory in the James H B Carr Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Randwick. Ridden by Regan Bayliss for trainer Chris Waller, the filly took up the lead with 200 metres left to run and stayed on strongly in the Heavy 9 track conditions to beat favourite Scarlet Oak (Kermadec) by 3.7 lengths with a further 0.2 lengths back to long-time leader Hasty Honey (Epaulette). A homebred for Debbie Kepitis’ Woppitt Bloodstock, Konasana is a half-sister to winner Phosphene (Frankel) being out of the winning Irish import Posing (Medicean), who Kepitis bought at the 2018 Inglis Chairman’s Sale from the Coolmore draft for $500,000 when carrying Phosphene. Posing has a yearling colt by Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) and was covered by St Mark’s Basilica (Siyouni) last spring. Dundeel has had 533 starters to date.


Seven for Hallowed Crown

Kintyre (3 g ex Mull Over by So You Think) provided Twin Hills Stud stallion Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) with his seventh individual stakes winner when scoring in Randwick’s Frank Packer Plate (Gr 3, 2000m) on Saturday. Bred by Laurel Oak Bloodstock in partnership with Goodwood Farm and retained to race, Kintyre is a half-brother to Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Fireburn (Rebel Dane) being out of the winning So You Think (High Chaparral) mare Mull Over. Purchased by Laurel Oak from the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for just $22,000, Mull Over has a yearling colt by Pierata (Pierro) that was offered by Goodwood Farm at Inglis Easter and purchased by Laurel Oak Bloodstock for $460,000.


Mazu takes Hall Mark Stakes

Mazu (5 g Maurice – Chatelaine by Flying Spur) secured a first success since his Doomben 10,000 (Gr 1, 1200m) win back in May, 2022 and first for Joe Pride when landing Saturday’s Hall Mark Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Randwick. Sent off a $5 chance under Jamie Kah, the five-year-old son of Maurice (Screen Hero) seemed to appreciate the underfoot conditions and strode away from his rivals at the 200-metre pole, eventually coming home 0.9 lengths to the good over the James Cummings-trained Vilana (Hallowed Crown). The runner-up’s stablemate Aft Cabin (Astern) ran third, beaten 2.1 lengths by the winner. “Queensland would be the plan again,” Pride said. “I feel like we’ve got him back on track now. He probably does need wet tracks to do his very best. And I’m really happy there and a big thank you to Leeshelle Small, who is my apprentice. She has been riding this horse all preparation and she’s done a fantastic job with him because he’s a difficult horse and she’s really got him to settle really well. So a big thanks to her.”


Huetor bounces back

Peter and Paul Snowden’s dual Doomben Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Huetor (7 g Archipenko – Briviesca by Peintre Celebre) put a disappointing first-up effort in the Doncaster Prelude (Gr 3, 1500m) behind him when landing Saturday’s JRA Plate (Gr 3, 2000m) at Randwick. The now seven-year-old French import was sent off a $15 chance on the back of that below-par showing last month, but demonstrated his abundant class as he stayed on strongly down the far-side rail to comfortably defeat Goldman (Verdi) by 2.3 lengths. The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Hezashocka (Shocking) ran a further 1.7 lengths behind in third. “We’re starting to get there,” Paul Snowden said, referencing the gelding’s recent trouble with a serious eye injury. “Honestly, there were plenty of excuses in his first-up run. He got caught behind a horse that was going nowhere. He got dragged back through the ruck and he’s a horse once you start to let him come up underneath you, you’ve got to really go with him and just keep pointing him in the right direction. I believe he’s going better than what his last run suggests. It is a little shock because he has struggled in these heavy conditions before. But obviously, we’re heading up to the Hollindale and the Doomben Cup, and he’s going up there in really good form.”


First Group win for Bustling 

Fresh from his first stakes win in the Perth Stakes (Listed, 1100m), Bustling (2 g Frosted – Busimiss by Key Business) continued his rapid upward curve when dismissing his rivals with significant ease in Ascot’s Karrakatta Plate (Gr 2, 1200m) on Saturday. Dominating from start to finish under a front-running Blake Shinn ride, the Dan Morton-trained son of Frosted (Tapit) breezed to the winning line to beat Earthstorm (Calyx) by 4.2 lengths with a further 0.1 lengths back to the third-placed Blue Rocket (Blue Point). “It really was an easy watch. I wasn’t aware of the time (1:09.06), but that is super slick for a two-year-old, and that was very impressive,” Morton said. “Our only concern was if he didn’t step clean, was he going to get bottled up on the fence, because he’s a horse with a big stride. He stepped beautifully, and from then on it was a comfortable watch. That was only his fourth race start, and all things being equal, he should mature into a beautiful horse. He has been exciting even before he trialled.”

Esti Feny gets back to winning ways

The Matthew Smith-trained Esti Feny (9 g Pigeon Catcher – Ejtihaad by Nayef) rolled back the years on Saturday as he recorded a second stakes win in the Mornington Cup (Listed, 2400m). Sent off a $31 chance under Daniel Stackhouse, the nine-year-old Hungarian import took up the lead with 200 metres left to race and stayed on to defeat the fast-finishing Little Mix (Mahisara) by 1.3 lengths with a further 0.5 lengths back to the third-placed Strawberry Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar). “How exciting, the owners have been very patient and are now off to the Caulfield Cup,” stable representative Rebecca Shanks said. “He ran so well in the [Australian Cup] Prelude (third), so it was worth having a crack at the Australian Cup. He has promised us so much behind the scenes and the team has done an incredible job to keep him up and running. He is a dream of a horse you would not know how old he is. He loves his racing and was borderline retired for a little while and I think Matt felt a bit bad for him in the paddock. He’s made a great comeback, so what a great decision that was.”


Maharba scores in Hareeba Stakes

Having finished runner-up in both Group 3 and Listed contests from his previous three starts, Maharba (3 g Pride Of Dubai – Blizzardly by More Than Ready) gained a deserved second win at stakes level when taking out Saturday’s Hareeba Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Mornington. Sent off the $3.50 favourite on the back of those consistent efforts, the son of Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) lifted in the final strides under Kiwi rider Michael McNab to narrowly get the verdict over the fast-finishing Nicolini Vito (Nicconi), scoring by 0.1 lengths. The Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) finished the same distance further back in third place. “When I looked across I thought I got there, but with 50 metres to go I thought I’d run third, so it was a solid effort,” McNab said. Saturday’s success adds to Maharba’s win in last year’s Talindert Stakes (Listed, 1100m).


Another front runner for Bates 

Just a week on from his enterprising front-running ride aboard Pride Of Jenni (Pride Of Dubai) in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m), Declan Bates was again going pillar-to-post, but this time aboard Disturbia (Turn Me Loose) in a Benchmark 70 (1600m) at Mornington. The Emma-Lee and David Browne-trained four-year-old proved not for catching as he defeated Dane On Tour (Rebel Dane) by 1.8 lengths, with a further 0.3 lengths back to Burlington Gate (The Autumn Sun) in third. “We were talking about it and he [Bates] was available,” Emma-Lee Browne told “He rode her lovely. He didn’t rush her into things and just got her there and he rates them so well in front, so we’re delighted.” 


Sea What I See too good rivals at Mornington

The Danny O’Brien-trained Sea What I See (Sea The Stars) made it five wins on the bounce on Saturday when scoring a comfortable success in a Benchmark 78 (2000m) at Mornington. Ridden by Jamie Mott for the first time, the four-year-old mare defeated Desperado (Ghibellines) by 2.8 lengths with a further 0.4 lengths back to Sing For Peace (Tavistock) in third. “There’s no rush as she was in a maiden just two months ago,” O’Brien told “When you have an older horse that hasn’t won a big race as a three-year-old they have the luxury of going through their grades and learning their craft as they go up in ratings points and that’s what we’ll do with her. This coming spring, it would be great to see her compete against the mares and see what she can do.”


Talbragar strikes for Sandhu

Talbragar (Snitzel) enhanced his already impressive winning record on Saturday when he scored in a Benchmark 78 (1200m) contest at Mornington. Making it six wins from just nine outings, the Julius Sandhu-trained six-year-old ran out a 0.5 lengths victor under Jamie Mott, defeating Bellinger (Zoustar) with a further 1.3 lengths back to the third-placed Anilla (Valentia). Having previously been trained by Cody Morgan, Talbragar was winning for the first time for Sandhu, who trained his brother Lofty Strike to Group 2 success. Mott feels Talbragar is a different type to his brother, but believes he has plenty of class. “He’s a smaller version of Lofty Strike,” Mott said. “They’re different versions. This guy can jump and put himself on speed and show a good turn of foot and relax. The other guy would relax and travel on the bridle and have an outstanding turn of foot. They both have class, and this guy has better legs and is a gelding, so he’ll have a longer career. He’s still learning his craft and I don’t know what his ceiling is, but he’s definitely on the way up and will get over a bit further as well.” Talbragar is out of 2013 Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Overreach (Exceed And Excel).


First for Under The Louvre 

Exotique Miss (3 f ex Outlandish by Redoute’s Choice) became the first individual stakes winner for Grandview Stud stallion Under The Louvre (Excellent Art) when scoring in the Daybreak Lover (Listed, 1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Ridden by Robbie Dolan for trainer Michael Dolan, the three-year-old filly narrowly denied Transatlantic (Snitzel) by 0.2 lengths following a lengthy battle down the straight, with the front pair finishing a further two lengths ahead of favourite Press Link (Press Statement). Out of the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Outlandish, Exotique Miss is a half-sister to winners Confessions (Star Witness), Patches (Whittington), and Uncommon Valour (Heroic Valour).


The Big Goodbye too good in Ascot Quality

The Robert Heathcote-trained The Big Goodbye (6 g Host – Penny Opera by Danasinga) registered his second stakes win on Saturday when proving too good in the Ascot Quality (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm. Sent off a $26 chance under Martin Harley, the six-year-old gelding found plenty for pressure down the straight to deny All That Pizzazz (Spirit Of Boom) by 0.6 lengths with a further 0.5 lengths back to Enterprise Pomme (Spill The Beans) in third. Saturday’s victory added to The Big Goodbye’s win in last year’s Ramornie Handicap (Listed, 1200m).


First for Lean Mean Machine

Aquis Farm-based stallion Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar) sired his first individual stakes winner on Saturday when Material Dreams (3 f ex Lincoln’s Sunset by Darci Brahma) landed the Nitschke Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Morphettville. Ridden by Jacob Opperman for trainer Nick Ryan, the three-year-old filly kept on well down the outside of her rivals to narrowly deny the game Miss Aria (Zoustar) by 0.1 lengths with a further 0.3 lengths back to Spirit Of Camelot (Camelot) in third place. Bred by Rob Dunnett’s Equine Ventures, Material Dreams was a $55,000 purchase for her owners Greg and Jackie Lewis from the Collingrove Stud draft at the 2022 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. She is out of the winning Darci Brahma (Danehill) mare Lincoln’s Sunset, herself a sister to six-time winner Westsouthwest, who placed in the Queensland Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) and South Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m), and to dual winner Aurora Lights, who was third in the New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m).


The Championships abandoned

Races nine and ten of Saturday’s Randwick meeting were abandoned, owing to poor visibility and persistent heavy rain. The track was downgraded from a Soft6 to a Heavy10 throughout the day, and stewards announced the decision shortly after the running of the eighth race, the All Aged Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m), which was won by the Grahame Begg-trained Magic Time (Hellbent).

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