High-class sprinter brings his A-game to land Lightning

nature-stripNature Strip (Nicconi) is a mercurial character and he was in the right mood at Flemington to show off his sparkling sprinting talent to lead home a Chris Waller-trained quinella in the G1 Black Caviar Lightning.

Blessed with abundant ability, Nature Strip can be an enigma at times but at his best he is an outstanding short course performer and he proved that on Saturday with a superb first-up display to defeat a field with 11 Group 1 victories between them.

The 6-year-old was given a sweet ride by the in-form Jamie Kah and added a fifth top-flight title to his record at the expense of his stablemate September Run (Exceed And Excel), who displayed the enthusiasm of youth to get within 0.5l at the post.

Nature Strip was sent out a short-priced favourite in this event 12 months ago and finished a disappointing fourth behind Gytrash (Lope De Vega {Ire}), but that was banished from memory with a powerhouse sprinting display.

$625,000 Capitalist Colt Sets New Classic Mark

Capitalist Mystical-Tale Colt Capitalist set a new record for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when his colt from Mystical Tale sold for $600,000 on Sunday, but the new record was short lived as another colt by the Golden Slipper winning sire bested that mark on Monday when selling for $625,000.

Consigned by Kitchwin Hills, the handsome chestnut was bought by George Moore Bloodstock and is the first foal of two time winning Casino Prince mare Theatric, who comes from the family of Group I winner and $5.8million winner Pierata.

“He was by far the best horse of the sale and by one of the best 2YO sires in the country,” George Moore told Inglis.

“He’ll be nominated for the Inglis Race series and will race here in Australia.”

The record breaking colt was bred by Richard and Kim McClenahan of Mullaglass Stud, who are best known for breeding Group I winner and exciting young sire Hellbent, who was sold at this sale in 2014 for $95,000.

Capitalist also produced the highest priced filly sold so far in this sale when his filly from Tricky Zippy (USA) made $380,000 for Newgate Farm when bought by Woodpark Stud.

She is the first foal of a Saratoga stakes-winner so has an international appeal to her pedigree.

Tricky Zippy had a colt by Capitalist last spring and was then covered by Tassort.

Capitalist has had 15 yearlings sell at this sale so far at an average $226,000.

Determined Dundeel filly wins the Wakeful.

3YO filly Victoria Quay became Dundeel's 12th stakeswinner when she took out the VRC Wakeful S. G2 on Derby Day at Flemington...

Victoria-Quay-HomepageThe 3YO filly Victoria Quay became Dundeel’s 12th stakeswinner with a resolute and classy effort in the $300,000 VRC Wakeful S. 2000m G2 at Flemington, defeating Personal & Tyche Goddess, with Arrowfield filly Miravalle (by Redoute’s Choice) running on late for fourth.

Trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy, Victoria Quay has progressed rapidly from her August debut fourth at Morphettville. She won her next start over 1600 metres at Balaklava, then provided Dundeel’s son Ain’tnodeeldun with his sternest opposition in the 1800-metre Hill Smith S. LR on 10 October.

Group 1 quinella for Not A Single Doubt & Written Tycoon

Not A Single Doubt & Written Tycoon are 1-2 on the current Sires' Premiership and their classy daughters filled the same positions in the VRC Empire Rose S. G1...

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Shout The Bar returned to form with perfect timing on a crowdless Derby Day at Flemington, nosing out Written Tycoon’s daughter Odeum in the $1 million VRC Empire Rose S. 1600m G1.

It was a classic battle of the 4YO mare, winner of last season’s Storm Queen S. G1, and this season’s Thousand Guineas winner in the Spring’s best weight-for-age distaff test. Both enjoyed good runs, both rallied magnificently under pressure and it was perhaps only a few ounces of strength that separated them on the line.

Everest victory puts Not A Single Doubt on top

ClassiqueLegend-Team-2019Classique Legend’s extraordinary victory in Saturday’s $15 million The Everest is a resounding triumph for leading Hong Kong & Australian owner and Everest slot-holder Boniface Ho. 

It is also a triumph for the stallion Mr Ho has backed with high-figure bidding in Australian sale-rings. His staunch support for Not A Single Doubt has now swept the marvellous son of Redoute’s Choice to the head of the General Sires’ Premiership with progeny earnings of $8.9 million.  

With eight premiership trophies from the past 15 seasons, Arrowfield can fairly claim to be Australia’s leading home of Champion Sires. The Stud can now add “the leading home of Everest Sires” after Snitzel (sire of two-time winner Redzel) and Not A Single Doubt have supplied the winners of all but one of the first four editions.

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