TBNSW Breeders Update Winter/Spring 2018 - Page 8

Timeform Review (continued)
Trapeze Artist (Snitzel x Domesday)
Kementari (Lohnro x Yavanna)
Three Year Olds
D_Argento (So You Think x Fullazz)
A highlight of the 2017/18 racing
season was the strength of the
three-year-old division which was
spearheaded by the likes of Trapeze
Artist (126), Kementari (125),
Menari (122p), Ace High (120) and
D’Argento (120).
Its quality was even showcased
on the world stage courtesy of
Coolmore Stud Stakes winner
Merchant Navy.
Menari (Snitzel x Isurava)
Ace High (High Chaparral x Come Sunday)
The son of Fastnet Rock was
transferred to Aidan O’Brien’s
Ballydoyle Stables in Ireland
following a third in the Group 1
Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at
Flemington on March 10 behind
Redkirk Warrior.
He won his UK debut when
producing a Timeform rating of 126
in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes
(1207m) at The Curragh on May 26
and then reproduced the figure to
claim the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee
Stakes (1207m) on June 23 during
the Royal Ascot Carnival.
Merchant Navy will stand his
first season at Coolmore in NSW
this spring.
Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay)
Another three-year-old sprinter
to successfully take on the older
horses was Shoals who claimed the
Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes
(1200m) at Morphettville on May 5.
Freshened and dropping back in
distance since winning the Group
1 Surround Stakes (1400m) in
Sydney two months earlier, Shoals
unleashed an impressive turn of foot
to sprint past a strong field of fillies
and mares to win by almost two lengths.
It was her third Group 1 victory
for the season having claimed the
Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington
on November 4 and the Surround
Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on
March 23.
The Robert Sangster success is
considered the pick of her top level
wins though, given a Timeform
rating of 116, two pounds clear of
her previous career peak of 114
achieved in the Myer Classic.
Now a Group 1 winner over
distances between 1200m to a mile,
Shoals will likely be kept to sprints
this spring after The Star selected
the filly to run for them in The
Everest at Randwick on October 13.
Dark Dream found a new level once
arriving in Brisbane and getting up
over a trip.
Winter 2018


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