Pretty Punk Wins Hobart Cup

A weekend of success for Mill Park graduates continued on Sunday with a brave victory in the Group III Hobart Cup for tough staying mare Pretty Punk, a daughter of dual Derby winner Rebel Raider.

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Her trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas won Friday's Bow Mistress Trophy with Gogo Grace, who earned a $90,000 winner's cheque, before Pretty Punk banked $150,000 for her connections with her Hobart Cup victory.

Apprentice Ben Allen made the most of a pick-up ride that become available whenCraig Williams was suspended at Sandown last Wednesday.

Allen allowed Pretty Punk to roll forward to sit second, handy to a slow speed set by Earl Da Vinci, before midrace moves from other runners gave the mare some cover in the back straight.

Allen let Pretty Punk stride forward to join the leaders in the home turn, easing the four year-old to the outside part of the track while she defied the challengers to score by a short neck over the $3.40 favourite Andrea Mantegna.

Macdonald said Allen's ride was the difference between winning and losing.

"We brought her down here to win obviously, but when you get here races obviously get harder, and it looked a pretty even race between three or four horses I thought," Macdonald said.

"I know all jockeys ride well when they win but that was a superb ride by Benny Allen. I couldn't get over the run he gave her. If he had been beaten he had still made all the right moves."

Macdonald said he and Gluyas needed to decide whether to take Pretty Punk home for the Adelaide Cup next month or remain in Tasmania for the Launceston Cup on Wednesday week.

A homebred for Harry Perks that was raised at Mill Park as was last Friday's Bow Mistress winner Gogogo Grace, Pretty Punk has the overall record of six wins and six seconds from 24 starts with prizemoney topping $430,000.

Now a two time stakes-winner, she is the best of three winners from Reliability, who has a yearling colt by Pretty Punk's sire Rebel Raider that will be offered by Mill Park at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale as Lot 174.

Pretty Punk was the third weekend stakes-winner raised/ sold by Mill Park joining Gogo Grace and also exciting prospect Booker, winner of the Group III MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield. Click here to read about them.

Group 3 Stakes Double For Mill Park

Mill Park graduates enjoyed a stakes double over the weekend with progressive mare Gogo Grace taking out the Group III Bow Mistress Stakes in Tasmania on Friday, while exciting three year-old filly Booker returned from a summer break to score a dominant win in the Group III MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield.

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The Group 1 MRC Oakleigh Plate is in the sights of the big-hearted Booker after the three-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon defied all challengers to win the 1200 metre sprint by a length and a half.

Racing for the first time since finishing unplaced in the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas over 1600m last October after winning the Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude at her previous start, Booker advanced her record to three wins and three placings from seven starts with earnings of $393,750.

"Today was a terrific win and the Oakleigh Plate is the aim," said co-trainer Matt Ellerton, who prepares the filly with Simon Zahra.

"She should get in with no weight, the problem will be getting a run.

"Dwayne (Dunn) was able to control the race from the front today and she cornered terrific.

"She's strengthened from the spring and is an impressive filly now, she's like a colt."

A $230,000 purchase by part-owner Barry Griffith from the Mill Park Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling sale, Booker is the first foal of the winning Flying Spur mare Noondie who is a half-sister to stakes-winner Tranquillity out of stakes-winner Creatrix from the family of Group I winner Umrum.

Mill Park sold the yearling full brother (pictured below) to Booker at the recent Magic Millions for $600,000 to Bruce Perry Bloodstock. She foaled a Starspangledbanner colt last spring and was bred back to Written Tycoon's Golden Slipper-winning son Capitalist.

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A homebred for Harry Perks that was raised at Mill Park, Gogo Grace is prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.

The four year-old daughter of New Approach (IRE) had won four previous races in Adelaide, but her win in the Group III Bow Mistress Stakes (1200m) was her first in a Black Type race.

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She is the best of two winners from stakes-winner Starmon, whose third dam Cotehele House (GB) is renowned as the dam of Danewin and Commands with other descendants including Group I winners Emerald Dream, Luna Rossa, Shooting to Win and his Group II winning full brother Deep Field.

The next yearling sale for Mill Park is Inglis Premier where 14 lots are consigned including a Sebring colt from outstanding producer Madame Flurry, the dam of six winners headed by triple Group I winner and $3million earner Happy Trails, Group III winner Danish Twist and this season's stakes-winning three year-old All Too Huiying. Click here to see the draft.

Written Tycoon In Demand At Magic Millions

New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Bruce Perry believes he has secured the best colt in the sale after paying $600,000 for a Written Tycoon (Iglesia) brother to Thousand Guineas Prelude (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Booker.

Catalogued as Lot 137, the the colt is the third foal out of winning Flying Spur (Danehill) mare Noondie, a half-sister to Listed winner Tranquility (Redoute’s Choice) and the stakes-placed Impassioned (Redoute’s Choice).

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Perry, who operates under the Bruce Perry Bloodstock banner, said a trainer for the colt had yet to be decided, but it was likely the horse would remain in Australia.

“He is well balanced, by a great sire and the mare is already doing the job, so he ticked all our boxes,” Perry said.

“I thought he was probably as nice as any colt in the sale. Hopefully the mare can make it two from two at some stage.”

Perry believes the colt could develop into a 1600 metres horse when he matures. “The good colts are making that money across the board. It doesn’t matter if it is here, at Inglis or back home in New Zealand,” he said.

"Unless you are prepared to pay that sort of money you won’t end up with one.” Kelly McCarthy, speaking on behalf of Mill Park Stud, told ANZ Bloodstock News that they were pleased with the way the colt sold.

“Written Tycoon has had a massive day so we are ecstatic with the price for the horse and the owners are over the moon,” McCarthy said.

“He is a beautiful looking colt. He was very busy and popular during the inspections and we are very happy with the feedback we got about him. We are delighted he is going to Bruce Perry, that’s brilliant and we couldn’t be happier.”

Impressive Debut Winner for Dane Belltar

The Turffontein meeting in South Africa on Saturday was the scene of a brilliant debut victory for royally bred Street Cry (IRE) colt Mutrib, the sixth winner from six foals to race from our blue hen Dane Belltar.

Opening his account with a resounding two and three-quarter length win in the 1400 metre maiden for the Mike de Kock stable was three year-old Mutrib.

Trainer Mike de Kock felt the colt still has a lot to learn, but feels there is clearly improvement in him.

“Mutrib is a horse who’s got the pedigree and I think the scope as well – he could go a mile and a half (2400m). (His sire) Street Cry is a super sire.”

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A $300,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum from the Mill Park draft, Mutrib (pictured as a yearling below) was bred by Mill Park in partnership and is a half-brother to triple Group 1 winner and $3.8 million earner Fawkner, Group 2 winner and $1.1 million earner Tanby and Group 2 placed Viking Star.

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Mill Park will offer the current yearling from Dane Belltar, a filly (pictured below) by Shooting to Win as Lot 651 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale - click here for her pedigree.

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Dane Belltar produced another colt this year by More Than Ready (USA).

Sasso Corbaro Another Mill Park Success

The China Horse Club colours were carried to victory at Randwick on Saturday by promising filly Sasso Corbaro, a $290,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Mill Park draft.

The Kris Lees trained daughter of All Too Hard was second at her first two starts in June and July before breaking her maiden at Newcastle on July 27.

Spelled after that, she has returned a stronger more mature filly and gave promise of better to come when resuming with a facile win at Hawkesbury before Christmas.

Stepped up in class and distance for this Benchmark 76 event over 1100 metres, Sasso Corbaro dominated her rivals to win by three and a quarter lengths as a short priced favourite.

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Connections will be hoping her prizemoney of $135,930 is now sufficient to secure her a start in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on January 13.

Bred by Mill Park and partners, Sasso Corbaro is a half-sister to Group 3 placed Smart Manouevre from stakes-placed Furline, a daughter of Group II winner Umaline.

Mill Park sold the current two year-old from Furline, a filly by I Am Invincible, for $500,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions.

Named She's Furline, the filly is in the ownership of Aquis Farm, Leidel Racing, L L C, Stonestreet Stables Llc in the care of Snowden Racing where she has trailled on two occassions, most recently finishing third to leading Magic Millions 2YO contender Secret Lady.

Furline has a yearling colt to follow by Foxwedge, and missed to I Am Invincible the following season, since being being covered by All Too Hard on Septmeber 1.

Sasso Corbaro looms as yet another a future stakes horse sold by Mill Park, who will present another top class draft at the 2018 Magic Millions. Click here to see them.

Magic From South Australia

South Australia is a long way from the Gold Coast, which is why Mill Park bring only their best to Magic Millions each year and this year's draft features a selection of colts by champion sires and star fillies including the half-sister to $3million plus earner Fawkner.

The Watson family run Mill Park is a name synonymous with quality and the list of superior runners raised on their vast paddocks is a virtual who's who of Australian racing.

Fawkner, Southern Speed, Happy Trails, Rebel Raider, Serious Speed, Captain Sonador, Go Indy Go, the list goes on… with even a Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner in Augusta Proud gracing their honour roll.

A Flemington stakes-winner during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, All Too Huiying (pictured below) is the latest Mill Park sold stakes-winner, the three year-old son of All Too Hard purchased for $150,000 and already the winner of nearly $230,000.

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A close second at the Gold Coast just before Christmas, the Gary Moore trained colt is set to be a major player at the rich $10million Magic Millions raceday on January 13.

The Mill Park draft for 2018 features 11 sensational yearlings with highlights below :

Lot 651: Chestnut Filly, Shooting To Win x Dane Belltar, by Danewin

Lot 651: Chestnut Filly, Shooting To Win x Dane Belltar, by Danewin

First season sire Shooting To Win was a brilliant sprinter miler that scored a career defining win in the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas.

He is the sire of the latest yearling from acclaimed blue hen Dane Belltar, whose five foals to race are all winners headed by triple Group I winner Fawkner, $1.1 million earner Tanby and Group II placed Viking Star.

Offered as Lot 651, she is an exceptional filly and pedigree profilers will see merit in her intriguing double cross of celebrated producer Eight Carat via her influential daughter Cotehele House (GB), the dam of Danewin and Commands.

Shooting To Win traces in tail female line to Eight Carat via Cotehele House, while Dane Belltar is a daughter of Danewin.

South Australian racing is seldom without a 'Discreet' winner doing the rounds of stakes races and this fabulous family nurtured by David Peacock is represented twice in the Mill Park draft.

Lot 420: Bay Colt, Dawn Approach x Very Discreet, by Exceed And Excel

Lot 420: Bay Colt, Dawn Approach x Very Discreet, by Exceed And Excel

Lot 420 is a handsome bay colt by Dawn Approach (IRE) from stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Very Discreet, already the dam of three winners headed by Group I placed Naafer, a colt who promises to win a stakes race in South Africa in 2018.

Dawn Approach has started his stud career in Australia in glowing fashion with two metropolitan winners in Gongs and Condemned and this youngster carries the prominent blaze of his sire.

Lot 816: Bat or Brown Colt, Brazen Beau x I'm Discreet, by Elusive Quality

Lot 816: Bat or Brown Colt, Brazen Beau x I'm Discreet, by Elusive Quality

From the same family comes Lot 816, a colt (below) from the first crop of I Am Invincible's champion son Brazen Beau from stakes-winning Elusive Quality (USA) mare I'm Discreet, the dam of Group II VRC Edward Manifold Stakes winner Serenely Discreet.

Lot 137: Bay Colt, Written Tycoon x Noondie, by Flying Spur

Lot 137: Bay Colt, Written Tycoon x Noondie, by Flying Spur

Champion 2YO Sire Written Tycoon has Lot 137, a full brother to Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker from Noondie, a three-quarter sister by Flying Spur to stakes-winner Tranquility.

Mill Park sold Booker as a yearling for $230,000 and she has already won back her purchase price and gives every indication that a Group I win could be well within her scope in 2018 making this colt a stallion prospect of the future.

Lot 422: Chestnut Colt, Shooting To Win x Victory Cry, by General Nediym

Lot 422: Chestnut Colt, Shooting To Win x Victory Cry, by General Nediym

Lot 422 is another youngster by Shooting to Win, the three-quarter brother to slick stakes-winner Guard Of Honour, who is by Shooting to Win's sire Northern Meteor.

Guard Of Honour was sold by Mill Park at this sale for $300,000 and this attractive chestnut colt is very similar to his sibling. He is the fifth foal of Victory Cry, a half-sister by General Nediym to stakes-winners Reldas and Victory Chant from the family of Group I winner Serious Speed.

Lot 636: Bay Filly, Not A Single Doubt x Court Pastoral (GB), by Mount Nelson

Lot 636: Bay Filly, Not A Single Doubt x Court Pastoral (GB), by Mount Nelson

The first foal of well bred import Court Pastoral (GB) is Lot 636, a lovely bay filly very obviously stamped by her sire Not a Single Doubt.

The filly has a real mix of speed and stamina in her pedigree as her dam won four races over staying trips and is a daughter of Group I Ascot Fillies Mile winner Teggiano.

Lot 649: Bay Colt, Snitzel x Dances Of Waves, by Anabaa

Lot 649: Bay Colt, Snitzel x Dances Of Waves, by Anabaa

Reigning Champion Sire Snitzel has Lot 649, a colt from Group II AJC Villiers Stakes winner Dances on Waves, the dam of two winners and a half-sister to the dam of four time Group I winner Preferment.

He comes with a double cross of both Danzig and Canny Lad.

Lot 814: Bay Filly, I Am Invincible x Hussy By Choice, by Redoute's Choice

Lot 814: Bay Filly, I Am Invincible x Hussy By Choice, by Redoute's Choice

Lot 814 is the first foal of stakes-winning Hussonet (USA) mare Hussy by Choice, a grand-daughter of stakes-winner St Therese from the family of Group I winner Planet Ruler.

A stunning filly by red hot sire I Am Invincible, she is very true to type and her second and third dams are by Redoute's Choice and Dehere (USA), so there is a real diversity of top stallions in her genetic make-up.

Click here to see the full draft and see them on show at Stable QC29-34 and QD 1-5 next week.

Another Mill Park Raised and Sold Stakes-Winner

Consistent Sebring mare Notonyourlife scored a valuable Black Type win in the Listed BRC Ubet Classic at Doomben on Saturday providing a great result for her owners Eureka Stud.

The Tony Gollan trained six year-old was tuned up with two recent trials but was unwanted by punters going to the post at $41.

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She belied that lack of interest from punters, charging home from back in the field to win the 1200 metre sprint by half a length.

Notonyourlife runs for Eureka Stud and has the overall record of six wins and 11 placings from 37 starts with prizemoney topping $320,000.

Bred in South Australia and raised at Mill Park, she was originally sold at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January by Mill Park for $140,000.

Notonyourlife is the best of seven winners from Defiant, a winning Danehill (USA) daughter of Group I VRC Newmarket Handicap winner Ruffles.

Impressive Return For Naafer in South Africa

Australian bred Lonhro three year-old Naafer made a winning return to form at Turffontein in South Africa on Thursday.

Group 1 placed last season at two when second in the South African Nursery Stakes behind eventual Equus Champion 2YO Colt Mustaaqeem, the Mike de Kock trained colt was having his first run back from a break.

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He won the Citizen Pinnacle Stakes over 1160 metres defeated last season Champion Sprinter Bull Valley by half a length, while dual Horse of the Year was in third.

With two wins and two seconds from six starts, Naafer looks set for a good campaign.

Naafer was a $560,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Shadwell from the Mill Park draft and is the second winner for stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Very Discreet.

Bred by well-known South Australian breeder David Peacock, he comes from the famed ‘Discreet’ family that has produced numerous Black Type winners including the Group I winner Maybe Discreet.

Mill Park sold the current two year-old from Very Discreet, a colt by Dawn Approach (IRE), for $360,000 at Inglis Easter this year to Darren Weir/ John Foote Bloodstock.

Bring On the ATC Derby! Stakes win for All Too Hard's All Too Huiying

All Too Huiying has finally learned what winning is all about and he looks like he is beginning to enjoy it.

Despite placing in the Listed Fernhill Handicap at Randwick and the Group 2 Champagne Classic at Doomben last season at two, the son of All Too Hard went to the post 10 times before his first win.

That came in a Wyong maiden over 1600 metres on October 12 and he backed that up with another win over 1800m at Hawkesbury a fortnight later.

Trainer Gary Moore took the son of All Too Hard down to Melbourne for the Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Oaks day.

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He didn't find a lot of love from punters and was allowed to go off a $31 chance.

Taken to the front by Michael Walker, All Too Huiying came under attack from the Savabeel colt Black Sail but was up for the challenge.

In fact, he seemed to relish it and was sparked back into life.

He safely held the challenge by Black Sail by a short-neck with Sky Boy (Pendragon) three-quarter of a length back in third. (photos Grant Courtney)

"He gave me a hard ride. I was in front and off the bridle," Walker said.

"He had his ears pricked and was trying to stop.

"Gary's got a real good horse on his hands here. I think the further he goes the better he is going to get.

"He did nothing until that other horse got to me. Before that he was happy to glide along. When he puts his mind on the job he's going to be a serious horse."

Moore said he was confident the son of All Too Hard would relish the distance.

"He's a great horse. I'm really happy for the stallion All Too Hard, he's shown he can produce a really good horse.

"Don't forget he ran second in a Group II as a 2yo.

"He's really come to the fore now. We are riding him on the speed and on what he did today he is a serious derby horse next year.

"I went to this race really confident except we drew wide. He's got a lot of gate speed and he looked in very, very good condition today.

Moore said he will consider the Sandown Guineas for All Too Huiying otherwise he will be spelled.

A $150,000 purchase by his trainer from the Mill Park draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling sale All Too Huiying advances his record to 3 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds from 12 starts with earnings of $219,180.

A half-brother top triple Group 1 winner Happy Trails and Group 3 winner Danish Twist, All Too Huiying is the eighth foal of the Perugino mare Madame Flurry, a three-quarter-sister to the stakes-placed Flurry's Gem, the dam of Listed winner Toluka and half-sister to stakes winner Lake Villa and stakes-placed Flurry's Autumn who is the dam of Group 3 winner Royal Sash, in turn the dam of Group 2 winner Sabatini.

Madame Flurry has a yearling colt by Sebring and a filly foal by Shotting To Win.

All Too Huiying to continue education

Trainer Gary Moore  has high hopes he has an Australian Derby candidate on his hands in All Too Huiying , a graduate of Mill Park Stud's Magic Millions Yearling Sale draft.

The colt continues his racing development at Flemington on Thursday where he will try to extend his winning sequence to three.

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If All Too Huiying can run in the top three in the Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes (1800m) he will stay in Melbourne for the Group Two Sandown Guineas (1600m) on November 18.

But the Rosehill trainer is looking further ahead with one of the most promising members of his stable.

"He's Group Two-placed as a two-year-old over the winter in Brisbane (Champagne Classic). He's a pretty classy animal," Moore said.

"There's no issue with his staying and if he continues to improve like I think he will he could be my Derby horse in the autumn."

He said All Too Huiying had settled in to his new surroundings and worked efficiently the Melbourne way on Friday.

"He's very laid back, there's no issues in that area," Moore said.

He was unfazed by All Too Huiying stepping up in class from a last-start success at Hawkesbury on October 26.

"It was always the plan to run him over 1800 metres at Flemington. I think it'll be right up his alley," Moore said.

"Unfortunately he's drawn a little bit wide but he's got good gate speed."

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