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The Alabama Express keeps on rolling

The Alabama Express keeps on rolling

Yulong’s first-season sire Alabama Express has made a huge impression in his fledgling career, and on Thursday, he chalked up his first stakes victory when the Richard and Chantelle Jolly-trained Karavas made it two from two. Karavas triumphed in the G3 Ottawa S., scoring by 1l under Jake Toeroek, with Eneeza (Exceed And Excel) second and Arabian Summer (Too Darn Hot {GB}) third.

“To get a stakes winner so early on in the season is great for Alabama. I think everyone probably wasn’t expecting them to be as early, but they’ve got the right constitution and they’ve got the speed,” Yulong’s Chief Operations Officer Sam Fairgray told The Thoroughbred Report.

“She was his first winner and has turned into his first stakes winner, it’s a fantastic result.”

Alabama Express - a Group 1-winning son of Redoute’s Choice - now has three wins on the board from just three runners; two victories are courtesy of Karavas, while the other came via Kirkham Plate victor Shangri La Express. That colt has the chance to add to his winning tally, and that of his sire, in Saturday’s Inglis Golden Gift at Rosehill.

“Obviously, they (Alabama Express’ progeny) were really well-received as yearlings and then by the pre-race educators as well. The feedback from trainers has been very positive, saying they’re good movers with great brains, and now the feedback is that they also have the speed and turn of foot.

“It’s exciting, especially given that he’s a son of Redoute’s Choice. We know what a good sire of sires he has been, so for Alabama to have come out hitting the ground is great.

“She was reared off the farm, we’ve also had Blue Stratum, who ran second in the stakes race on Cup Day, and Shangri La Express was also bred and reared on the farm, so it has been a really nice start and gives us confidence that the system is going well.”

Yulong Stud bred Karavas and then offered her at the 2023 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, where Richard and Chantelle Jolly Racing paid $260,000 for her. The filly is owned by Neville Morgan, who has enjoyed Group 1 success in recent times with Kovalica (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}).

Richard Jolly told there was a lot to like about the filly at Oaklands. “She’s a real athletic filly, well-muscled, always looked like she would go early, and here she is,” Jolly said.

“We paid a bit of money, we don’t usually spend that much for them to be honest, but I had the backing of Nev Morgan.”

Karavas won on debut at Murray Bridge on October 7, and Jolly claims that experience held her in good stead.

“I think it means a lot, you see a lot of them improve after a run. She had the benefit of that run at Murray Bridge,” he said.

Karavas is from the winning Pierro mare All Of Me and she herself is a half-sister to the stakes winners Star Of Giselle (Reset), Solicit (Street Cry {Ire}) and the stakes performer Ducal Castle (Domesday). Star Of Giselle has produced the Group 2 victress Starelle (More Than Ready {USA}).

The filly’s grandam is the dual Listed scorer Princesa (Danehill {USA}) and she is closely related to the Group 3 winners Nayeli (More Than Ready {USA}) and Kaphero.

Story from TTR AusNZ

Check out our classy Alabama Express filly HERE who we purchased from the same farm and sale as Karavas.


Kuro's low-key return

A home-state, black-type win is the immediate aim for South Australia's most-exciting young horse Kuroyanagi, but Will Clarken admits it's hard not to dream about spring features in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Blue Diamond placegetter made a low-key return to the track in a 600-metre jump out at Thomas Farms Racecourse Murray Bridge on Thursday, pleasing both her trainer and jockey Ben Price. Clarken said the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville later this month shapes as the perfect kick-off race and a suitable chance for the filly to secure a Stakes win, after her Group 1 and Group 2 placings over summer. "All being well, we'll get a good trial into her at Balaklava in seven days' time and then a nice gallop on some Good ground, we'll look to kick her off in the Lightning," Clarken said. "It'll come down to her first-up performance but races in both Melbourne and Sydney are definitely there as options. "It was such a vintage year of juveniles, so we'll just have to pick our way through and dodge a few of them. "We just want to get a black-type win next to her name, so we'll just chase little fish to start and build into it. "But we cant hide our excitement about her." During her first racing campaign, Clarken maintained that the daughter of Written Tycoon was far from the finished product and he said he's satisfied with the physical development she's made since the Blue Diamond. And while her early targets are likely to be in the 1000-1200-metre range, he's excited at the prospect of stretching her out in trip. "She's got a lot stronger in her time off," he said. "We did the right thing by stopping after the Diamond, so she got a really good spell into her. "Skeletally, everything has settled down because she was just feeling her shins off and on last prep. "I'd love to see her rolling over seven furlongs because I just think she's got this amazing action. "Brenton (Avdulla) gave us some amazing feedback that she felt like a horse that would get further after he rode her in the Diamond."Story from (James Tzaferis)

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Former South Australia galloper a future Hong Kong star

Galaxy Patch showcased his remarkable turn of foot once again at Sha Tin on Sunday, June 23, clinching a dominant victory in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) for trainer Pierre Ng. Ridden by Vincent Ho, Galaxy Patch surged from near-last to first in the home straight, completing the race in 1 minute and 48.64 seconds. The four-year-old galloped the final 200 meters in a swift 21.69 seconds, finishing as the race’s second favourite with betting apps in Australia. “He’s a future star with immense potential. He was the best horse in the field, and that’s why he can perform like this. From a wide barrier (10), we just aimed to settle him. He was a bit keen over the first 400 meters but then relaxed just before the turn,” Ho said post-race. Galaxy Patch, sired by Wandjina, initially raced in South Australia as Gulinga Spirit under Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea before being sold to Hong Kong. Earlier this month, Galaxy Patch triumphed in the HK$4.2 million G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m). His impressive record now includes six wins from 12 starts in Hong Kong, with notable runner-up finishes in the HK$13 million G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) and the HK$26 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) this season. “I just took my time, let him gradually advance, and then asked for an effort. He’s a very decent horse,” Ho remarked. “Thanks to Pierre’s team for their support and trust – riding such quality horses means everything.” Beauty Joy finished a neck behind in second, with Happy Together securing third place. The race favourite, Chancheng Glory, ended up in fourth. “It was likely from an impossible position, but he’s shown versatility across various distances. Now at 1800 meters, he even placed second over 2000 meters,” Ng commented. “He’s like an all-rounder, typical of Australian horses, adaptable from short to long distances. He was much more mature today, and I hope he continues to develop next season.” “We’re definitely targeting big races. Let’s see what the schedule holds,” Ng added. This victory was part of a treble for Ng, propelling him back into the lead for the trainers’ championship with 65 wins, ahead of Francis Lui’s 63. Ng also celebrated success in both feature races of the day, with Mugen and jockey Karis Teetan overcoming California Spangle in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Cup Handicap (1400m).Story from JustHorseRacing

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