Nicks That Click – An Oldie but a Goodie

Two stakes-winners from last weekend highlighted the power of very successful nick involving a Golden Slipper winner and a champion racehorse and sire.

Canny Lad has long been regarded as an outstanding broodmare sire and two of his daughters delivered stakes-winners on Saturday in Gamay and Deprive, both of them sired by sons of Lonhro in Pierro and Denman.

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Begonia Belle for Humma Humma

Saturday’s Alinghi Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winner Humma Humma (Denman) will likely have her next engagement in the Begonia Belle Stakes (Gr3, 1100m) at Flemington on November 2. John McArdle is impressed with the way the mare has pulled up after Saturday’s victory and will now press on to Flemington. Saturday’s victory took the four-year-old’s record to five wins from 17 starts, which has seen her accumulate $472,880 in career prize-money.


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Big Day for Denman – Deprive Strikes in Sydney Stakes

Shortly after the Denman mare Humma Humma came from the tail of the field to win the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, (read that story here) Godolphin’s 5yo Denman gelding Deprive repeated the dose in the $500,000 Group III Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Deprive has yet to be beaten in six starts at Randwick but he was made to work for this one coming from well-back under Hugh Bowman to edge out the remarkably consistent Not A Single Doubt mare Champagne Cuddles by a long-head with the short-priced favourite Brutal (O’Reilly) a short-head back in third.

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More Stakes Success for Denman Mare

Mornington trainer John McArdle and a big team of owners have already had a lot of fun with talented Denman mare Humma Humma, who produced a personal best performance to win the Listed MRC Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Humma Humma  wins Alinghi Stakes  - image Grant CourtneyHumma Humma wins Alinghi Stakes – image Grant Courtney

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Breeders’ The Plate Gai Craves Every Year

The Breeders’ Plate might only carry Group 3 status but to champion trainer Gai Waterhouse it’s one of the most important races on the calendar.

Waterhouse-Bott backing judgement with Golden Rose duo

Waterhouse-Bott backing judgement with Golden Rose duo
Yao Dash. Photo: Steve Hart.
Tulloch Lodge are trusting their judgement for differing reasons with Golden Rose duo Yao Dash and Dawn Passage as they prepare to launch in the $1 million Rosehill feature on Saturday.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are backing themselves that Yao Dash is up to cracking a Group I at start three while they’re also confident the real Dawn Passage can emerge from a disappointing last start defeat.

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Dynamic Yao Dash ready for launch at Golden Rose Stakes

Lightly-raced gelding bidding to preserve his unbeaten record in Saturday’s Group 1 contest – By Tim Rowe

By his own admission, the speed in which Yao Dash (Smart Missile) has emerged as a genuine Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) contender has taken Dynamic Syndications’ Adam Watt by surprise, but the reports from Nash Rawiller and the formlines surrounding the lightly-raced gelding have convinced connections to take their chance in Saturday’s $1 million race.

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Yao Dash gives trainers plenty to think about

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have some thinking to do after Yao Dash beat a field of budding stars in the Strawberry Hills Stud 3YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Yao Dash had plenty of support in pre-race betting, firming on-course from $3.60 to jump the $3.30 favourite and he led throughout to defeat Funstar ($6) by a half-length with another filly, Emeralds ($41) catching the eye over the later stages, three-quarters of a length back in third.

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Golden Rose Possible for Smart 3YO

Entered for the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas and Group I ATC Golden Rose, promising Smart Missile three year-old Yao Dash took another step forward when beating highly rated filly Funstar at Randwick on Saturday.

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Denman’s Deprive Wins a Thrilling Show County

The judge needed a magnifying glass to determine the winner of Saturday’s Group III Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick and he found Godolphin’s ultra-consistent Denman gelding Deprive had the narrowest of margins over More Than Ready’s emerging sprinter Trope.

Given a gem of a ride by Rachel King, Deprive had a soft run behind the leaders before emerging at the right time to hold off the fast-finishing Trope by a nose with Bon Amis (Bon Hoffa) a short-head back in third in what proved a thriller.

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