Doncaster winner Brutal has had his career brought to a halt courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic with his retirement announced.Brutal had been in work with a preparation targeted at the Brisbane Winter Carnival and Group One Stradbroke Handicap with a possible tilt at Royal Ascot afterwards.
With the winter carnival abandoned however and Royal Ascot under a coronavirus cloud, the four year -old has been retired to stand at Newgate Farm.
"It's disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles," said Newgate Farm's managing director Henry Field.
The Not A Single Doubt Farnan was a popular winner of the Golden Slipper but the Vinery was expected to be another match race between the old foes Funstar and Sababeel but Shout The Bar was about to spoil the party.
The lightly-raced daughter of Not A Single Doubt went off a $16 chance after winning her first two starts at Newcastle and Randwick before going down by the narrowest of margins in the Group III Kembla Grange Classic.
Sent straight to the front by Adam Hyeronimus, Shout The Bar came under a strong challenge in the straight but she kept up a relentless gallop to defeat Probabeel (Savabeel) by a neck with a length back to Nudge (Fastnet Rock) who edged Funstar (Adelaide) for third.
The third most expensive yearling to ever sell in Victoria set the Oaklands auditorium alight today as a Snitzel colt from Blue Gum Farm sold to Aquis Farm for $725,000.
On a day when all key financial year-on-year indicators were significantly up it was lot 227 (Snitzel x Jestajingle) which stole the show, with fierce bidding creating spectacular theatre for the enormous crowd who had ventured to Oaklands for Day 1 of the Premier Yearling Sale.
The result – for both breeders Neville and Susan Duncan and vendor Phil Campbell of Blue Gum Farm – was spectacular, causing stirring emotion between both parties.
The first Northern Hemisphere foals by Zoustar have created a strong early impression in Europe. Melissa Steele chats to Tweenhills Stud’s David Redvers to find out more.
Most European breeders first clapped eyes on Zoustar as he paraded among the clinking champagne glasses of the inaugural Goffs London Sale in 2014. It was a stepping out into London Society, of sorts, for the Australian sprinter, but it wasn’t meant to be that way.
The 37th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice and the 13th Group 1 Inglis Easter graduate since 2013 for Arrowfield - that's 3YO colt Alabama Express...
Almost exactly 20 years after a glorious colt named Redoute’s Choice won the C.F. Orr Stakes, his lookalike son Alabama Express has triumphed in the same race, becoming his Champion Sire’s 37th individual Group 1 winner.
The 3YO colt displayed the heart and acceleration to match his arresting good looks when he held off Fierce Impact & Kings Will Dream to win the $500,000 1400-metre weight-for-age contest in 1:22.07.