Autres informations / 15.06.2008
First winner for okawango
Former shuttle stallion
Okawango (USA) sired his first southern hemisphere-bred winner when the Ricky
Maund-trained Hyphenate captured a 2yo maiden over 1200 metres on debut at
Kilmore on Saturday.
A half-brother to five
winners, the Kevin and Tanith O'Brien homebred is the eighth foal of the
unraced Prego mare There’s a Reason, a half-sister to CF Orr Stakes (G1) winner
Special Dane (Danehill).
Unbeaten in three starts at
two, Okawango (Kingmambo x Krissante by Kris) won the Grand Criterium (G1) at
Longchamp on his way to being named the champion French two-year-old of 2000.
By Mr Prospector’s champion
son Kingmambo, Okawango (USA) is out of the stakes-placed Kris mare Krissante,
whose dam is a half-sister to triple Group 1 winner and successful sire Green
Okawango (USA) shuttled to
Australia for three seasons (2004-2006), originally to Lynden Park Stud,
Victoria and later to Foxes Hollow Stud NSW, leaving 89 live foals.
Kieren Fallon expects his
old partner Yeats to bag an historic treble in Thursday's Gold Cup at Royal
The seven-year-old will be
bidding to equal Sagaro's hat-trick in the two-and-a-half-mile contest, with
Fallon having ridden him for the first of those victories in 2006 when Aidan
O'Brien's retained rider.
Mick Kinane was aboard last
year and Johnny Murtagh is set to ride the Sadler's Wells horse this time
around, leaving Fallon confident Yeats can secure his own place in the record
Fallon told At The Races:
"He's been trained for the race and they've always had at the back of
their mind that they would like to win three in a row. This is a real top-class
horse that stays. There's nothing else in the race of his calibre. He's the
"He won a Leger last
year, he's got speed for a mile and a half, but he stays the trip well - he's
got everything it takes."
Fallon is currently working
for Sir Michael Stoute as he serves out the remainder of his 18-month ban for
failing a drugs test. He is keen on the chances of a number of horses from Freemason
Lodge, including Ask who will be bidding for a first Group One victory in
Wednesday's Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
He said: "He was
unlucky in Canada (when a nose second in the Canadian International) and should
have won from what they tell me. He's in great form looks well and hopefully he
can be a winner for us."
Fallon also fancies Lang
Shining to make the frame in the Royal Hunt Cup. Second in a Listed event at
York last time, Lang Shining is due to clash with Luca Cumani's hot favourite
Bankable, considered by many to be the bet of the meeting.
"There's no value in the Luca Cumani horse but Lang Shining is improving
all the time. He was probably unlucky (at York) as Jimmy Quinn (on winner Mia's
Boy) was always travelling well on his inside and if he hadn't have got out
when he did, they would have said he was an unlucky horse.
"He's gone there and
thought he'd won his race, eased down and got beat but this horse is improving
and I think he's great each-way value."
Boeuf Lands G.2 Diana Trial
with Baila Me
The partnership of Werner
Baltromei and Dominique Boeuf proved successful this afternoon when lifting the
G.2 Diana Trial at Cologne.
After a delayed start to
the Oaks trial caused by the fractious filly Larella (Anabaa), Splash Mountain
(Peintre Celebre) was quick to get away and soon set a lead of three lengths.
Baila Me (Samum) followed in behind running alongside Lady Siro (Auenadler).
Race favourites Servenya (Dashing Blade) and Goathemala (Black Sam Bellamy)
stayed in touch a further length off the pace.
There was little change in
the order as they headed into the turn but Baila Me under Eddy Pedroza closed
the gap and eased into second position.
Coming into the straight it
was Splash Mountain who still led by a small margin but was soon to relinquish
the advantage to Baila Me. One furlong out Boeuf drove his filly on and went
away to win comfortably with Splash Mountain second. Mick Kinane and Goathemala
came with a late run on the standside to come in third.
Baila Me is now unbeaten
from two starts. She accounted for a decent field when landing a conditions
race for fillies over 101⁄2 furlongs at Chantilly just three weeks ago and will
likely head into the German Oaks on 3rd August as one of the strong favourites.
Liang Kay Coasts to G.2
The oldest race in Germany,
the Oppenhein Union Rennen, and a telltale trial for the German Derby went the
way of Liang Kay at Cologne this afternoon.
In search of redemption
after being beaten into third by Precious Boy in the German 2,000 Guineas,
Terry Hellier gave the Dai Jin colt a perfect ride to go on and win
The race was given a solid
boost by Daressalam (Singspiel), the race favourite, who took the field of nine
along at a good pace and was soon two lengths clear.
Little Fighter (Montjeu),
Albahri (Bahri) and the Mick Kinane-ridden Duellant (Dashing Blade) followed in
behind with Liang Kay and Agapanthus (Tiger Hill) content to remain towards the
With a half-mile to go the
field took closer order with only seven lengths separating them. Turning for
home Adrie de Vries made the first move on the leader Daressalam but was
quickly pressed by Jean-Pierre Carvalho on Little Fighter with Albahri coming
with a run on their outside.
Two furlongs out Terry
Hellier began to work his way up on the far outside and with a furlong to go
had passed the leaders and won with horse in hand. Little Fighter took second
with Akiem (Kutub) holding off Daressalam for third. The Aga Khan gelding
Albahri finished fifth.
Liang Kay began the season
with a highly impressive victory in the G.3 Dr Busch Memorial at Krefeld before
failing to fire in the Mehl-Muhlens Rennen three weeks later. Today’s victory
will have reassured his connections that he will get the Derby trip and will
pose a strong threat to Precious Boy.
Quijano Wins G.1 Gran
Premio di Milano
Quijano put the record
straight once again this afternoon after landing the G.1 Gran Premio di Milano
at San Siro.
After a number of attempts
and fine runs Peter Schiergen’s six year-old gelding had failed to land a G.1
since taking the Grosser Preis von Baden last year. But this afternoon he took
on slightly less exalted and came out a solid winner.
The Bruno Grizzetti pair of
Gimmy and Sopran Promo took the field along from Voila Ici with Quijano and
Andrasch Starke running alone in mid-division.
Gimmy soon extended his
lead to seven lengths from Voila Ici leaving Sopran Promo to canter in behind
in third, all the while followed by the German heavyweight. Rockmaster,
Permesso and second German raider Dickens remained closely packed towards the
At the halfway point Gimmy
had extended his lead to over ten lengths but none of the others took the bait.
As the field approached the
final turn Quijano joined Sopran Promo and Voila Ici as the pace picked up. At
the top of the half-mile stretch Gimmy’s lead had been whittled away to six
lengths and Quijano looked dangerous as the field bunched.
But with two furlongs left
Gimmy still had a wide margin and Starke was forced to press on. Dickens and
Voila Ici were closing in behind as was a hard-ridden Permesso on the outside.
Quijano took some time to
get wound up but with 150m left he passed the race leader with Voila Ici
storming up the outside. Nonetheless Quijano found his stride and went on to
win by 11⁄4 lengths from Voila Ici with Gimmy staying on for third place.
Considering the extended
campaign which Quijano undertook in 2007 / 2008, from Europe to Canada to Hong
Kong, Dubai and back to Hong Kong, this was a very creditable win and
connections will be encouraged that a big season is still in store.
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