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Auction-bound mare’s first foal a stakes sweetheart

Well-related mare She’s A Sweetheart (Show A Heart) has benefitted from a timely black type lift ahead of her joining a star-studded cast at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. Owner Greg Kolivos supplemented She’s A Sweetheart into the auction where she will be offered in foal to Champion stallion Fastnet Rock as part of the Newgate Consignment as Lot 1367.

The Joe Pride-trained Ballistic Lover (Smart Missile) is the mare’s only foal to race to date and she has fashioned the tidy record of five wins and three placings from her 11 appearances and most significantly claimed the Listed Denise’s Joy S. at her latest outing.

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Smart Missile Filly Wins Denise’s Joy Stakes

There were a lot of very happy Tricolours Racing Syndication owners at Rosehill on Saturday when talented Smart Missile filly Ballistic Lover led all the way to win the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) claiming her first Black Type success and bringing an important update for her dam, who will be offered at Magic Millions.

Ballistic Loves wins the Denise's Joy Stakes - image Steve Hart.

Well prepared by Joe Pride, Ballistic Lover won her first run back from a spell at Doomben last month and freshened up again for this assignment she was all business from the jump.

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21 for Smart Missile

Ballistic Lover (3 f ex She’s A Sweetheart by Show A Heart) landed the Denise’s Joy Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Rosehill yesterday to earn Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) his 21st individual stakes winner. The Joe Pride-trained filly was having her second start in stakes company, after running unplaced in the Brian Crowley Stakes (Listed, 1200m) in the spring, and eased to a two-anda-half-length win, despite her unfancied odds of $18.

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Cherry Tortoni “in a different class” in Adelaide Guineas

Cherry Tortoni landed a dominant three-length victory in the Adelaide Guineas at Morphettville on Saturday in a performance that had race caller, Brett Davis, labelling the three-year-old a ‘different class’ to his competitors.

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Family ties to continue Humma’s legacy

Redgum Racing’s affinity for the progeny of well-performed racemare Humma Mumma (Bel Esprit) has made it easier for trainer John McArdle to farewell her first stakes-performed daughter, Humma Humma (Denman), at the upcoming Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Saturday’s G3 Proud Miss S. at Morphettville, the scene of Humma Humma’s first Group success last year, will mark the end of the road for the galloper who put her family on the map, and she will line up against a field of 16 in Saturday’s race.

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20 for Smart Missile

Yao Dash (4 g Smart Missile x Rahy Storm by Rahy) skipped away with the Doncaster Prelude (Gr 3, 1500m) to secure his place in the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) as he became the 20th individual stakes winner for his sire Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock).

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20th Stakes-Winner for Smart Missile

Newhaven Park bred and sold Yao Dash became the 20th stakes-winner for his Twin Hills based sire Smart Missile when scoring a resounding victory in the Group III ATC Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Star Trio for Twin Hills Inglis Easter Debut

Twin Hills Stud have made a great impression at Australian yearling sales in the past couple of years and Olly Tait believes the three yearlings selected for the farm’s first foray into the elite Inglis Easter market will continue the trend.

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Debut win for No Nay Never filly at Ballarat

Two graduates from the breeze-up sales at Sydney and Karaka in 2020 have made quick progression to the winner’s stall with victories in the two 2-year-old races at Ballarat on Sunday.

The Patrick Payne-trained filly Douceur (No Nay Never {USA}) finished powerfully to win the Bartlett Blinds 2YO Mdn Plate over 1110 metres on the Heavy 8 surface.

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Chipping Norton clash of star mares looms as something special

Since being elevated to Group 1 status in 1986, the G1 Chipping Norton S. has been won by some of Australia’s greatest horses, the likes of Super Impose, Octagonal (NZ), Lonhro and of course the two horses which won the race on four occasions, Tie The Knot (Nassipour {USA}) and Winx (Street Cry {Ire}).

On Saturday, two star mares, Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) and Colette (Hallowed Crown), will look to add their names to that illustrious honour board, in a race which only the best mares have won over the years.

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