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Weir targets Perth riches with Rageese
04 Nov 2016 | By ANZ Bloodstock News

Windsor Park Stud and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's four-year-old entire Rageese (Street Cry), a Group One-placed juvenile, will take aim at a Group One race later this month after delivering on his immense talent in the Chatham Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Flemington yesterday.

Second in the 2015 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) before he finished fourth in the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) and fifth last year’s Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) as a three-year-old, Rageese joined trainer Darren Weir’s stable earlier this year. He won two straight races, including the Nitschke Stakes (Listed, 1400m) on 30 April at Morphettville, but had not won at his past four runs.

Ridden by Damian Lane, Rageese ($6) scored by a length from Arod (Teofilo) ($15) with Federal (Medaglia d’Oro) ($4.80) three quarters of a length away third. Amovatio (Al Maher) finished fourth, ahead of favourite Takedown (Stratum), who was forced to work early to settle on the pace from barrier ten.

Weir is now targeting the Railway Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Ascot on 19 November in a bid to enhance the entire’s value as a stallion.

“He came to us with a lot of ability and he’s fitted into the system really well,” Weir said.

“He’s been attacking the line really well and it’s an important win for his career after racing.

“The way he went today hopefully he pulls up well and has a good fortnight so he can head across there.”

Weir holds no fears Rageese will handle the rise to 1600 metres when he heads to Perth.

“The way he ran through the line today you would think the mile won’t be a problem,” Weir said.

“If he can switch off and the race is run truly, I don’t think it will be a problem.”

The runner up was Arod, a European import who contested last year’s Cantala Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington before returning to the UK for owner Qatar Racing.

Now trained by Chris Waller, Arod only left Werribee Quarantine Centre on Wednesday after finishing fifth in the Woodbine Mile (Gr 1, 8f) in Canada on 17 September for then trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Based on Arod’s performance and his race form, Waller said the six-year-old entire possessed a lot of ability and would be set for the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick in the autumn.

"I saw some replays of his best runs and saw him beat Lightning Spear and then fight on like a tiger to run second to Solow so he's got some really good talent," Waller told Racing.com.

"I'll tip him out now and give him a nice summer spell and then get him ready for the Doncaster."

Bred and retained to race by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, yesterday’s victory by Rageese (4 h Street Cry - Rabsha by Dehere) takes his record to 17 starts for four wins, three seconds and a third with prize money of $559,110.

Rageese is out of Rabsha (Dehere), a half-sister to UAE Oaks (Listed, 1900m) winner Raihana (Elusive Quality). His third dam is Felicitation (Danehill), an unraced half-sister to Group Two winner Royal Pardon (Vice Regal) and Virage (Kenmare), who produced dual Group One winner Virage De Fortune (Anabaa), with his fourth fam being the multiple Group One-winning champion Emancipation (Bletchingly).

Dual South African Group One-winning filly Rumya (Red Ransom) and her half-sister, Edward Manifold Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Badawiya (Al Maher) also hail from Rageese’s family.

Group Three winner Avenue (Anabaa), Magneto (Scenic) and Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Railings (Zabeel) are also further back in Rageese’s pedigree.

Rabsha has an unraced three-year-old colt called Moomayeeza by Al Maher (Danehill), but missed to Artie Schiller (El Prado) in 2013. She has a yearling colt by O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) and is expected to foal to Fastnet Rock (Danehill) this year.

Rageese is one of 108 stakes winners for his deceased Darley shuttle sire Street Cry (Machiavellian), who was Australia’s leading stallion last season headlined by champion mare Winx.


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