TBNSW Breeders Update Autumn 2018 - Page 7



Timeform Review (continued)
Three Year Olds
While last season’s three-year-old
crop was decimated by retirements,
this season’s best three-year-olds
are for the most part expected to
race on next season.
This season, 11 three-year-olds (all
colts) have run to Timeform ratings
of 120 and higher.
The only one who is confirmed to
retire from racing at the end of the
season to commence stud duties
is Coolmore Stud Stakes winner
Merchant Navy.
Russian Revolution
(Snitzel x Ballet D’Armour)
Russian Revolution made a winning
cameo appearance this autumn
when taking out the Group 1
Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield
on February 24.
A dual Group 1 winner having
claimed the 2017 Galaxy (1100m)
at Rosehill as a three-year-old,
Russian Revolution’s retirement
was announced following the
Oakleigh Plate.
With connections of the opinion
their Snitzel colt had ‘nothing left to
prove’, Russian Revolution will stand
his first season at stud this spring
with Newgate Farm.
Based on the strength of threeyear-old performances witness
this autumn, it bodes well for the
2018/19 racing season.
Redzel (Snitzel x Millrich)
Trapeze Artist can boast being the
highest rated three-year-old of
the season and came away from
the autumn boasting the TJ Smith
Stakes – All Aged Stakes double.
Settled just off the pace set by
Redzel, the son of Snitzel was too
strong over the closing stages for
the consistent sprinter and drew
clear for a two-length success with
a further two lengths back to In Her
Time form third.
The Gerald Ryan-trained colt
stepped up to open weight-forage sprints after being freshened
following a third in the Randwick
Guineas (1600m).
In theory, successfully dropping a
horse back from the Randwick Mile
to win a TJ Smith Stakes isn’t easy.
Gerald Ryan and Trapeze Artist
however made it look clinical.
The colt produced a Timeform rating
of 126 for the victory and become
the first three-year-old to win a
TJ Smith Stakes since Melito (also
trained by Gerald Ryan) in 2010.
It was the only Group 1 victory
recorded by a four-year-old this
autumn with a majority of the crop’s
top line colts having been retired
from racing for stud duties last season.
Colts were clearly the dominant sex
of this crop, evidenced by the fact
they made up ten of the 11 top rated
three-year-olds from last season.
Only NZ gelding Gingernuts broke
up this dominance of colts as the
fifth highest rated three-year-old
last season.
Just four of those colts went on to
race this season, Impending, Prized
Icon, Russian Revolution and Seaburge.
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Autumn 2018
Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay)
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