JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW: COLAC..HERE WE COME
Feb 12, 2016
It has been a busy week since Puritan's thrilling win last Saturday. I flew to Sydney first thing Sunday morning for the Inglis Classic Sale and came home with a stunning filly by exciting young Coolmore stallion Excelebration. She is well worth a look!
I arrived home on Monday night and went straight to track work on Tuesday morning to oversee Danger Close's final hitout before this weekend. He went nicely. We had the vets here on Tuesday afternoon for trot ups which is always a busy afternoon.
I was at the beach at first light on Wednesday, jumpouts later that morning and then went straight to Sandown to saddle up Zasorceress in Race 1. She went super and will be worth following.
We don't have any runners on Saturday but we have four runners on Sunday including a strong hand at Colac for Cup meeting.
THE DANGER AND SISTER SHOW
We have a three fantastic chances at Colac and Froggy Newitt has been booked for all three which is a huge plus. I will be disappointed if we don't come home with at least one winner!
Former NZ three year old GENERAL SUSSEX ran second at his Australian debut and looks well placed on Sunday. I wouldn't be having my last dollar on him but he certainly gets his chance to win.
If SISTER CLOSE can win, she will collect a $20k Vobis Gold cheque on top of the good prize money. She went into her first up run a little underdone but won't be short of race fitness on Sunday and I expect a good showing.
If Sister Close salutes, the pressure will be on the older brother to make it a family double! DANGER CLOSE has been running in stakes races and Saturday races this preparation so he won't know himself come Sunday in a BM78 at Colac. it is a huge drop in class for him and hopefully he can notch his first win for over 12 months.
I am sure all the Danger Close and Sister Close owners will be down at Colac cheering them on so good luck!
MACQUARIE TO WEAVE HIS MAGIC
Danzero gelding MACQUARIE MAGIC hasn't run for nearly 12 months and he resumes at Pakenham on Sunday in the Class 1 Handicap.
His owners, Noel and Sue McFarlane from Newcastle will be down to see their boy run and based on his recent jumpouts, he should give them a great sight! Good luck.
JWR'S EXCITING NEW ACQUISITION
I can't remember the last grey yearling I purchased but I fell in love with this filly at this week's Inglis Classic Sale. She is by champion European sprinter/miler and first season stallion EXCELEBRATION and hails from one of the great families in New Zealand with her grand-dam being 5 times Group 1 winner HORLICKS.
For those wondering where this filly gets her grey colour from, you need to look no further than the great HORLICKS who was steel grey. In the late 1980's, Horlicks was the champion mare from NZ. She beat the best in Australia when taking out the 1989 Mackinnon Stakes (beating Vo Rogue and Super Impose) before beating best in the world when taking out the 1989 Japan Cup. Champion racemares rarely make great broodmares. Not Horlicks. Two of her foals were Group 1 performers heeded by BREW who won the 2000 Melbourne Cup. Her legacy continues through her daughters which have produced AJC Derby winner FUIMICINO, SOLO FLYER TREMAC etc
To watch Horlick's Japan Cup win, click here
How good was Excelebration..
This filly is by Exceed and Excel stallion Excelebration who shuttles to Coolmore Australia from Ireland. Excelebration won three Group 1 races in Europe and would have won another three Group 1 races had he not knocked into the mighty FRANKEL, arguably the best racehorse in history. He finished runner up to FRANKEL on three occasions but still retired with a Timeform rating of 133 making him the highest rated son of Danehill to retire to stud.
It's never easy picking which new shuttle stallions will succeed and which will fail. Galileo was a big disappointment as his Australian stock were too dour for our racing. On the other hand, Street Cry, More Than Ready and Medaglia D'Oro have been great shuttle successes.
Excelebration is a huge chance. He is by champion Australian sire Exceed and Excel which is a proven bloodline down here. He inherited all of Exceed and Excel's speed and toughness winning two races as a 2yo and finishing his career with 8 wins ranging from 1200m to 1600m.
This filly looks a sprinter/miler type and it's a great opportunity to buy into one of the best families in the stud book. She is a strong/well built filly so I don't think we'll be waiting too long for her to race. Excelebration raced as a 2yo but got better at 3 and I would expect the same with this filly who will hopefully measure up to races like the Thousand Guineas.
Get Involved..what is the cost
This filly was purchased for $60,000 + GST. 10% shares or 5% shares are available at cost price.
For more information to become an owner with JWR, call Julian (0427 662 977) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your share in this grey gem!