Dixie Blossoms (AUS), Silent Sedition (AUS), Daysee Doom (AUS) and Foxplay (AUS) Lead Coolmore Legacy Stakes (G1) in Australia for Free Berth Into Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
SYDNEY (April 12, 2018) – Alan Osburg’s 5-year-old Dixie Blossoms (AUS), Aqua Trained Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old Silent Sedition (AUS), Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Griffin’s Daysee Doom (AUS) and Cook and Van Buynder’s defending champion Foxplay (AUS) lead a field of 17 fillies and mares in Saturday’s one-mile $1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick for an automatic berth into Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2-3.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the winner of the Coolmore Legacy to start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a US$40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 22 to receive the rewards.
Dixie Blossoms, trained by Ron Quinton and ridden from post 16 by Corey Brown, was third in last year’s Coolmore Legacy. She comes into this year’s race off a third-place finish, beaten by just a half-length, to Prompt Response (AUS) in the 7 ½ furlong Jim Beam Emancipation Stakes (G2) on March 31 at Rosehill. This was an improvement off her sixth-place finish in her prior start, the 7 ½ furlong Coolmore Classic (G1) at Rosehill on March 17. A winner of six races in 23 career starts, the bay daughter of 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Street Sense, won the seven-furlong Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbred Stakes (G2) at Randwick by three quarters of a length on March 3. Dixie Blossoms has won four races at Randwick.
Silent Sedition finished fourth as the 3-1 favorite in last year’s Coolmore Legacy. Trained by Andrew Noblet and ridden by Craig Williams from post 10, Silent Sedition has one win in three starts this year, capturing the 7-furlong Premier Signs Mannerism Stakes (G3) at Caulfied on February 24 as the 16-5 favorite. A 5-year-old bay daughter of War Chant out of the Dubai Destination mare Fiorentina, Silent Sedition was beaten by a short head while finishing third in a mad dash to the wire behind Daysee Doom and Oregon’s Day (AUS) in the 7-½ furlong Coolmore Classic (G1) at Rosehill on March 17 Video. Silent Sedition is seeking her second career Group 1 since winning the William Reed Stakes at Mooney Valley last year.
Daysee Doom, the second starter trained by Quinton in this race, drew the outside the 17 post position next to stablemate, Dixie Blossoms. A winner of 9 of 20 career starts, Daysee Doom, ridden by Andrew Adkins, finished fifth as the 27-10 favorite in the Emancipation Stakes. The 5-year-old Doomsday (AUS) mare won her first two starts of the year, taking the 6 ½-furlong Vinery Stud Millie Fox Stakes (G2) at Rosehill on February 24. She was back in the winner’s circle three weeks later, capturing the exciting Coolmore Classic.
Gai Waterhouse has trained eight winners of the Coolmore Legacy, and with her co-trainer Adrian Bott, they have an excellent chance to add another trophy with R.K. Hamer and M.S. Sowerby’s 4-year-old filly Prompt Response, who outfought Oregon’s Day to win the Emancipation Stakes by a head. Ridden by Blake Shinn from post 7, Prompt Response began the year on February 10 with a 1 ½-length victory in the six-furlong Yaraman Park Breeders Classic (G2) at Warwick Farm. She was fourth in the Millie Fox two weeks later as the 8-5 favorite, and finished fifth in the Coolmore Classic. Prompt Response is gunning for her sixth win in her 25th career start.
Defending champion Foxplay, trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy from post 7, has gone eight straight races without a win since last year’s Coolmore Legacy. After losing the Millie Fox by just a neck behind Daysee Doom and Girl Sunday (AUS), Foxplay, a 4-year-old filly by Foxwedge (AUS) out of Butters by El Prado (IRE), was a disappointing eighth of nine horses in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick on March 10. She improved in her next start, the Emancipation Stakes, where she battled to the line and finished fourth, just a half-length behind Prompt Response (AUS).
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