NZ Briefs for 20th April 2017
Tivaci’s racing days over; Queensland Derby for Wolf; Smart galloper nearing best again; Vadamos heads Rich Hill line-up; Showemup chasing southern crown;
Tivaci’s racing days over
Top sprinter Tivaci is on his way to Waikato Stud to begin the next stage of his career.
The Matamata farm bought into the son of High Chaparral as a stallion prospect and the decision was made to retire the four-year-old in the wake of his last-start Group One success in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.
“We’ve been talking to all of the parties – trainer Mike Moroney, the owners and to Bruce Perry, who facilitated the deal, and we’ve made the decision to retire Tivaci,” Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said.
“There were options of Brisbane, Royal Ascot and Adelaide, but the horse hasn’t got anything more to prove.
“He’s a superior sprinter and he’s won a Group One race at one of the world’s biggest racing carnivals.
“He’s done all he has to and there’s not a lot of upside in carrying on. We’re proud for him to be joining the ranks at Waikato Stud.
“We want to get him here and let him settle in and show him off to breeders.”
Queensland Derby for Wolf
Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett has confirmed former New Zealand-trained galloper Mongolian Wolf will be aimed toward Queensland features following his strong win in the Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick last weekend in his first run for Victorian trainer Darren Weir.
Previously prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Mongolian Wolf was bought by Australian Bloodstock after finishing 14th in the New Zealand Derby.
Mongolian Wolf will run in the Gr.3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) on May 13 at Doomben as a lead-up to the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.
Smart galloper nearing best again
Fortune Knight is likely to make his next appearance at Avondale on Anzac Day.
The Group Three winner and Group One placegetter is closing in on his best form, co-trainer Tim Carter believes.
“He’s really well, but he’s taken a long time to come back to it after that tendon issue three years ago,” he said. “He just needs some racing, but he’s sound and that’s the main thing.”
Fortune Knight was unplaced behind the undefeated Let Me Roar at his last appearance, although only a little over three lengths off the winner.
He won the Taranaki Cup and finished third in the New Zealand Stakes before he was side-lined by injury.
Vadamos heads Rich Hill line-up
Vadamos heads Rich Hill Stud’s 2017 stallion roster with the international Group One-winning miler to stand at $15,000 + GST.
Successful in the Gr.1 Prix Du Moulin, he is a son of Monsun who has sired three of the last four Melbourne Cup winners.
Dual Group One-winner Shocking will stand at $12,500 + GST and he is already the sire of 10 stakes performers, including first-crop Group winners Fanatic (Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks), The Hassler (Gr.2 ARC Championship Stakes) and Chocante (Gr.3 Counties Cup).
Thorn Park’s five-time Group One winning son Jimmy Choux, champion New Zealand first season sire of 2015-16, will stand at $7000 + GST, as will Proisir who is a son of the international Group One winner and producer Choisir.
Foundation stallion Pentire, who is New Zealand’s leading active sire of Group One winners with 15, will stand at $10,000 + GST.
Showemup chasing southern crown
Showemup can secure the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year series with victory in Saturday’s Listed NZB Warstep Stakes.
The Sally McKay-trained three-year-old currently shares second place with Residential and La Diosa behind Starvoia, but that trio are absent from this weekend’s Riccarton feature.
Grand Soleil is the only runner who can spoil Showemup’s party and if the Tony Pike-trained runner wins the Warstep Stakes and Showemup finishes second the pair will be tied at the top of the table with 11 points apiece.
The filly with the best finishing position in the race will, however, be determined the winner of the series.
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