Team Te Akau look to secure the 2019 Karaka Millions winner
The King of Karaka Te Akau Racing boss, David Ellis outlaid a cool $1.025 million for Lot 301, a Savabeel colt from outstanding racemare Katie Lee. Ellis fought off the attentions of both Debbie Rogerson and Peter Moody to secure the colt, who will form an integral part of his 2018 colts syndicate, As you can see BGP have always been fans of the great mare and may have to go to war at the sales in 2019
BGP made a huge presence on Karaka Millions night, relive the moment Te Akau Saluted. We’ll have our own footage available to relive every moment in the coming weeks.
Return of the Russian!
Autumn is just around the corner and the high quality thoroughbreds are making their way back to the track, for those that missed it Russian Revolution was exceptional in his return to the trials. He broke quickly in the 900m heat on the course proper and led easily, by the turn he was some five in front and he showed no signs of stopping, if anything he looked stronger, on the line.
Traditionally the four-year-old trials twice before starting a prep so if that’s the case there’ll be plenty of interest in what he does next. The stable likely to avoid a match-up with their powerhouse sprinter Redzel and the mail is he is likely to run Apollo Stakes day in Sydney whilst Redzel will head to Flemington a short priced favourite in the Lightning Stakes. Russian Revolution is listed as 2nd favourite in the Lightning but given the stables desire to avoid the two running together we would expect Russian Revolution to run in Sydney. He will be looking to go 4 for 4 fresh when and where he lines up.
UPDATE: Team Snowden are taking the Russian to Melbourne and will race in the Oakleigh Plate, he is into $4.20 favourite with bookmakers and $5 with Boostmakers
She Will Reign… or will she?
Word of warning, a few lads were quick to jump on the price on offer for She Will Reign in the Oakleigh Plate, the boom 2yo returned to the track as 3yo and ran over top of a quality group one field at the valley, She returns for her Autumn preparation targeting this race first up. Trainer Gary Portelli took to Twitter this week to let the people know she is carrying a small injury concern but should be ready to rock and roll fresh up. Nature Strip also nominated for the race and has now moved into favouritism with bookmakers given the doubts on SWR.
UPDATE: Nature Strip likely to run in the Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm next, and impressed galloping right handed yesterday 31/01