Chief De beers Handicap Field – 2015

The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Chief De beers Handicap which is to be run at Doomben on Saturday 11th, April 2015 at 4:47PM. View the Chief De beers Handicap Field.

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Of $100,000.1st $64,000, 2nd $20,000, 3rd $10,000, 4th $4,000, 5th $2,000 LISTED
Quality, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 15 + 5 EM


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote Michael Cahill 4 59kg
2 CAPE KIDNAPPERS Kelly Schweida Damian Browne 1 58.5kg
3 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) Gerald Ryan Paul Hammersley 10 58.5kg
4 ROCKET TO GLORY Tony Gollan Tegan Harrison 7 58kg
5 ICONIC Tony McEvoy Glen Colless 6 57kg
6 THE STOREMAN Tony Gollan Travis Wolfgram (a) 13 55.5kg
7 FINAL CRESCENDO David Kelly Jeff Lloyd 5 55kg
8 WHITTINGTON John P Thompson Jim Byrne 11 55kg
9 SEEKING MORE Kelso Wood Luke Tarrant (a) 12 54kg
10 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan Timothy Bell 2 54kg
11 LUCKY METEOR John Shelton 14 54kg
12 GRAYSON SQUARE (NZ) Brian Wakefield 3 54kg
13 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 9 54kg
14 HEZA BOBBY DAZZLER Lindsay Gough 8 54kg



International buyers have taken centre stage on the first day of the annual Easter Yearling sale in Sydney.

Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, the owner of Monday’s Group One Sires’ Produce winner Pride Of Dubai and runner-up Rageese, paid top price of $1.6 million for a Fastnet Rock filly out of Perfect Persuasion.

British Bloodstock Ireland paid the second highest price of Tuesday’s session, $1.3 million for a Fastnet Rock filly out of Mennetou to be raced in Australia by the Niarchos family.

The highest price paid for a colt was $1 million by Hong Kong’s George Moore.

The sheikh’s agent Tim Stakemire said the top filly was more expensive than they thought but they were determined to buy her.

“She is a lovely filly,” Stakemire said.

“She’s the full package.

“We did not think she would sell that high but she was the one we wanted.”

Perfect Persuasion, a half sister to Alinghi, has a filly foal by Fastnet Rock and went back to the same stallion in 2014.

BBA Ireland’s Adrian Nicoll said the Niarchos family had a keen interest in Australian racing.

“She is for a European partnership that is headed by the Niarchos family in France,” Nicoll said.

“They’ve got a couple of broodmares here now. They own part of Estelle Collection, the dam of Lankan Rupee, and Group One winner Pear Tart.

“This filly will actually be their first racehorse here.”

Mark Webster, managing director of auctioneering company William Inglis and Son said it had been a good start to the three-day sale.

“One area I would like to see is a greater clearance rate which was at 73 per cent at the end of the day,” Webster said.

“But a lot of the ones passed in are sold privately so that will go up.”

The average price from the 132 lots sold was $291,667 with a gross of $38.5 million.

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