Rich Hill stallions on a Winning Roll, with some great chances coming up this weekend too...


Rich Hill Stud stallions enjoyed a fine weekend with Australian and domestic success as good a lead-in to Surprise Baby's Gr.2 Adelaide Cup success Monday, Shocking siring a winning treble on Sunday and Jimmy Choux chipping in with a double.


Shocking's daughter Shockfactor continued her top run of form Sunday when scoring by 2¼ lengths at Caloundra. She had posted a victory on the track last month and won again over a mile on Sunday for former Kiwi trainer Paul Duncan.

Katazyna (Shocking), prepared by Robbie Lang, was dominant over 2000 metres in Victoria and at home the Kelvin Tyler-trained Kilowatt later claimed the Wyndham Cup.



In Australia, Jimmy Choux's son Heptagon won his seventh race for Mick Price when he claimed Sunday's $100,000 Echuca Cup (1400m) by 3¼ lengths.


Heptagon's fourth win at 1400m, jockey Michael Dee said it was only a matter of getting the split he needed early in the home straight.

"I was always travelling like the winner and we just had to wait for the run to open," Dee said.

"Luckily enough the run came back towards the inside and, geez, he sprinted well when he got through that gap. (After that) it was never in doubt."



Jimmy Choux's daughter Sweet Varden completed the winning haul when she was successful at Claire. The victory was richly-deserved as she had placed in five of her previous six appearances.

Leading into last weekend's racing we saw the Chris Meagher-trained Arctic Shock break maidens in eye-catching fashion, racing away by 2¾ lengths when scoring at Pakenham over 1600m.

Meagher rates his three-year-old daughter of Shocking as a 'progressive type with a good staying future.'


Blitzing blitzes field at Happy Valley

On Wednesday night we saw Blitzing record his third Hong Kong win for trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Karis Teetan.

The four-year-old son of Jimmy Choux sped straight to the lead and made all the running to stage another dominant win over 1200m. Chasing home in third place was Noble Delight, a John Size-trained son of Jimmy Choux.


Taming The Shrew takes steps towards ATC Oaks

Wednesday at Matamata the Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Taming the Shrew (Shocking) ran on strongly for third against the older horses, when stepping up from a mile to 2000m for the first time.

She proceeds next to the Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m), holding a nom also for next month's Gr.1 ATC Oaks. Randwick a serious option says Scott, if she continues her good progress.


More Upcoming Highlights...



On Sunday we see Shocking four-year-old Tianchi Monster contest the prestigious Gr.1 Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin. He goes to the post in a rich vein of form winning three of his last four starts for trainer Chris So Wai-in.


Nerve Not Verve a New Zealand Oaks chance for Shocking

Here in New Zealand Nerve Not Verve lines up at Trentham in Saturday's Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks, she a half-sister to the impressive Auckland Cup winner Glory Days.

Trained by Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard, Nerve Not Verve has recent close-up finishes in both the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) and the Gr.2 Lowland Stakes (2100m) to recommend her chances.


Soleseifei contests tomorrows St Leger

On the same Trentham card Soleseifei (Shocking) looks a strong chance for Waverley trainer Jaimee-Lee Lupton in the Listed St Leger (2600m). She currently sits as fourth-favourite on the TAB's fixed odds.


Manolo Blahniq well fancied in March Stakes

The Tony Noonan-trained Manolo Blahniq (Jimmy Choux) is racing in career best form for Victorian trainer Tony Noonan. He goes into Saturday's Listed March Stakes (1400m) at Flemington with a win in the Listed VRC Chester Manifold Stakes, and second placings in the Listed MRC Christmas Stakes and Listed MRC John Dillion Stakes.


Tony Pike looks to Queensland for (The) Bostonian

The Tony Pike-trained Bostonian (Jimmy Choux) returns to his Cambridge stable next week after a short spell. Pike is now looking eagerly ahead to getting him over to Queensland again where he sees plenty of exciting options, including the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.

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