First winner for okawango

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

class horse.

"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.

Fallon continued:

"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

Oppenheim-Union-Rennen Success


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.