Here is what is making news this Thursday morning:
- Nathan Tinkler was the successful buyer of Black Caviar’s half brother at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney yesterday. Tinkler paid $1.025m for the colt, out of Casino Prince. Tinkler’s Patinack Farm stands Casino Prince. The colt will be trained by Team Hawkes.
- It is all systems go for Black Caviar as they prepare for Saturday’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. She has drawn perfectly in gate 5, and is currently $1.24 with TAB Sportsbet. Second favourite is Lightning Stakes runner up Hay List, while third favourite is Newmarket and William Reid runner up Crystal Lily. Black Caviar arrives in Sydney tomorrow.
- Jimmy Choux has been slightly easy in Derby markets after good support for Shamrocker and Retrieve. He is still a clear cut favourite at $2.05, ahead of Shamrocker and Retrieve at $7.
- One of Hong Kong’s best sprinter milers, Happy Zero, will be returning to Australia. Happy Zero injured himself when finishing near last in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot last year, but he had only missed a place once in 13 starts before that (when 4th in March 2009). A winner at Group 1 level, Happy Zero also finished second to Good Ba Ba in the 2009 Hong Kong Mile, third in a blanket finish behind Sacred Kingdom in the 2010 Chairman’s Sprint Prize, and third to Green Birdie and Rocket Man in the 2010 Singapore Krisflyer Sprint. He will be trained in Australia by Team Hawkes.
- A horse formerly owned by The Queen, My Kingdom of Fife, makes his Australian debut in the Group 3 Doncaster Mile Prelude (1600m) on Saturday.
- Majestic Concorde, considered for a possible Melbourne Cup start by Dermot Weld last year, runs in this Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree.