Hallowed Crown Colt Shines at Newmarket

Twin Hill Stud’s Hallowed Crown has a very promising colt in England in the Richard Hughes-trained Karibana.

After breaking his maiden a month back at Newbury, Karibana was the punters elect over 7-furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday and he didn’t disappoint.

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Smart Image Goes Two for Two

Racing at Rosehill on Saturday started on a sobering note with a dreadful fall in the opening race involving popular rider Andrew Adkins, who was taken to hospital.

Smart Image wins at Rosehill - image Steve Hart

The Triple Crown Syndications team look to have another bright prospect with two year-old Smart Missile colt Smart Image making it two wins in as many starts after saluting by a long neck.

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Ready To Prophet Supplemented

Four-year-old Ready To Prophet (Smart Missile) has been added to next week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained mare has won three of her 18 starts and almost $300,000 including last year’s Gai Waterhouse Classic (Listed, 1350m) and the Denise’s Joy Stakes (Listed, 1100m). Ready To Prophet.
 Ready To Prophet. Picture: Racing and Sports

Bought for $40,000 by Dynamic Syndications and Dean Watt Bloodstock at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Ready To Prophet is out of the US Listed winning mare Ready To Live (More Than Ready) who has produced four winners from six foals to race.

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Exceed excels in Hong Kong as Deep Field, Smart Missile impress

Twin Hills Stud’s Smart Missile consistently appears in Hong Kong form guides and it is little wonder, given his consistency when it comes to producing winners in the city.

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Darby enters pinhook game with So You Think colt

Darby Racing has a reputation for winning Group 1 races as syndicators, notably with cheap purchases such as Golden Slipper S. winner She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain) and Sires’ Produce S., and Spring Champion S. winner Yankee Rose (All American), but Scott Darby has entered the pinhook game, through DR Pinhook, which purchased two lots on Day 1 of the Sale.

It paid the day’s second highest price, $150,000, for Lot 204, a colt by So You Think (NZ) out of Feirin (Fastnet Rock) from the draft of Twin Hills Stud.

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Smart Winner for Triple Crown

The Triple Crown Syndications team were in the winner’s circle at Warwick Farm on Wednesday when two year-old Smart Missile colt Smart Image made a winning debut.
Smart Image as a yearling
Prepared by Peter and Paul Snowden, he was tenacious to the line, running down the favourite Beyliks to win the 1200m maiden by half a head with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

A $100,000 Magic Millions purchase for Triple Crown from the Newgate Farm draft, Smart Image as bred by SF Bloodstock in partnership and is the third winner from Group III winner Shared Reflections.

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Born & Raised: Night Of Thunder’s Cherry Tortoni Stays Perfect in Taj Rossi

Exciting two-year-old Cherry Tortoni kept his record at a perfect three for three in Saturday’s Listed Taj Rossi Final (1600m) at Flemington however the son of Night Of Thunder (IRE) was made to fight for it.

It was close but Cherry Tortoni remains undefeated (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)


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Born & Raised: Victoria Derby in Payne’s sights for Cherry Tortoni

Trainer Patrick Payne has started to think of the Victoria Derby with Cherry Tortoni after he successfully handled his latest test in the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final at Flemington.

Victoria Derby in Payne's sights for Cherry Tortoni
Cherry Tortoni started his career with a win over 1200m at Sale before progressing to a 1420m victory at Flemington second-up before remaining unbeaten at his first go at 1600m. Cherry Tortoni settled worse than midfield before finishing too well for the Godolphin galloper Alcyone, who didn’t shirk his task, to score by a short head.
The chestnut carried the red jacket and white cap silks of siblings Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison, who raced the great galloper Tie The Knot.

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Born & Raised: Cherry Tortoni – Cameron Happ dissects Saturday’s Flemington meeting


Cameron Happ dissects Saturday's Flemington meetingFor those of us old enough to remember, how good was it to see the chestnut gelding launch home in the Tait family colours to bring back memories of the mighty Tie The Knot. Cherry Tortoni is out of a half-sister to the family’s former champion and he’s now two-from-two, with the form around him looking outstanding with a number of winners already out of his debut win at Sale.

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Born & Raised: Cherry Tortoni a blast from the past and future Classic prospect

Visions of 12-times Group 1 winner Tie The Knot and the exceptional race filly Whisked came flooding back at Flemington today when the Paddy Payne-trained and Billy Egan-ridden Cherry Tortoni (by Night of Thunder) turned in a hugely promising performance to land the $100,000 VRC Rod Johnson Handicap (1400m) at the metropolitan meeting in Melbourne.

Carrying the unmistakable colours of the Tait family, Cherry Tortoni stamped himself as a significant 3-year-old prospect for next season with a very impressive victory over the metric seven-furlong distance, maintaining an unbeaten record in a fledgling racing career now ready to take off.

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