Sydney Classic graduates go well
23 November 2014

Some good results in the last week for purchases from the Sydney Classic Yearling Sale. The first came at Ready to Run, where Mana Park turned around a Sebring x Debutante colt (above) for $280,000 – a dream result considering we paid just $36,000. Debutante is a young mare and the dam of Veuvelicious, a Northern Meteor filly that won twice at two for stakes of $160,000. Closer to home, the Dane Shadow x Snapshots filly, now racing as Cinematic, ran a very nice second in a listed race at Avondale. This was a $40,000 purchase for Les Archer, who also owns Alegrio (13 wins). Best of luck to all connections.

Perfect start for First Light partnership
3 October 2014

So far, so good for my association with First Light Racing after Face Forward (Charge Forward x Endearment) won its second race, this time at Moonee Valley. This filly was the first horse I bought for Tim and the team, and the first winner. She looks promising going into black type races later in the spring. Hopefully it’s a good sign for the family as I bought a half-brother by Mossman at the Easter Sales. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Ebbett, Victory Media Australia)

It’s true: windsuckers can be winners
10 September 2014

Finding out you have a windsucker, while far from ideal, is not necessarily the end of the world as Jaspers Magic (Magic Albert x Jarada) proved when winning a maiden at Doomben yesterday. I paid $22,000 for the horse at the Inglis Classic in 2012 only to realise its problem after the hammer went down. Fortunately one of my very good owners, John Thompson of Atapi/Sound the Alarm fame, generously offered to take the horse, which has since recorded a win and three placings from nine starts and finished no further back than fifth. Robbie feels Jaspers Magic should now go right on with the job, which would be just reward for John’s patience.

Broodmare purchases continue to do well
23 August 2014

I don’t buy too many mares but the pick to date would have to be Parfore, a $30,000 purchase at the NZB Broodmare Sale in 2004. The Gold Brose mare has become a real ‘blue hen’ with four black type winners including Tiger Tees and Terrivista, winners at Randwick on Saturday. Others to the fore lately were Volksini ($115,000) the dam of eight-race winner Volkhere (pictured above). And Amelia’s Dream, which has left the very promising 3yo Better Land, a horse knocked from pillar to post in the Up & Coming Stakes.

Former reject grabs slice of history
16 August 2014

Tail and All (Danetree x Dance Away) – named after Washpool Lodge horseman Kevin Thomas said he'd eat the horse 'tail and all' if it won a race – grabbed a slice of history today when winning the last Saturday race at Eagle Farm. The course is set to close for at least eight months while $22 million is spent on upgrading the track and facilities. The gelding has now won seven races and banked over $200,000. Kevin said he was 'over the moon to be proven wrong by the bugger'.

Tray living the high life at Trelawney
14 July 2014
Solz trew

In case you hadn't heard, Tray (aka Solzhenitsyn) has been retired after pulling up lame in the BRC Sprint. We could have put him out for a spell and tried again, but he’s rising eight and at the end of the day he’s been very good to us. With two Tooraks and over $1 million in the bag, I'd say it's definitely a retirement well deserved! Currently enjoying the long green grass of Trelawney Stud, run by part-owner Cherry Taylor, the St Petersburg gelding will eventually be ridden as a hack by her daughter, Ella. 

Second group feature for Mossman gelding
28 June 2014

Hopfgarten won the Group III Sunshine Coast Guineas on Saturday. Robbie could have put the horse over more ground and aimed at a race like the Queensland Derby but decided to keep him to shorter trips and it’s paid off, with six wins form 18 starts. The dam Black Tourmaline has a yearling colt by Excites that was passed in at this year’s Magic Millions National Yearling sale.

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Past winners

$300,000 in stakes
NZ$30,000 yearling
Amelia's Dream
Group 2 winner
AU$250,000 yearling
Aspen Lass
Listed winner
NZ$25,000 R2R
4 x Group 1 placings
AU$20,000 yearling
Bidii Babe
Listed winner
AU$150,000 yearling
Black Minx
Dual Listed winner
AU$260,000 yearling
7 x Group 1 winner
AU$22,000 yearling
Group 3 winner
AU$10,000 yearling

Chill Party
Group 2 winner
AU$30,000 weanling

Choice Bro
Group 1 winner
AU$40,000 yearling

Classic Marco
Group 1 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
$790,000 in stakes
AU$105,000 yearling
Group 2 winner
NZ$64,000 yearling

Hidden Kisses
$548,000 in stakes
AU$25,000 yearling

Group 3 winner
AU$26,000 yearling

Imposing Lass
Group 3 winner
NZ$120,000 yearling

Kaapstad Way
6 x Group 1 placings
NZ$50,000 yearling
Kaiser Franz
Group 3 winner
NZ$65,000 yearling
Kirra Sand
Group 3 winner
NZ$18,000 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
Group 1 winner
AU$10,000 weanling
Group 2 winner
NZ$1,750 yearling
Mongolian Khan
3 x Group 1 winner
AU$9,000 weanling
Listed winner
AU$12,000 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$47,500 weanling
Our Lucas
5 x Listed winner
NZ$20,000 yearling
Pacific Dancer
Dual Group 3 winner
NZ$19,000 weanling
Dual Group 1 placed
NZ$10,000 yearling

Group 1 winner

Sir Andrew
Group 2 winner
NZ$56,000 weanling
Dual Group 1 winner
NZ$10,000 weanling
Sound the Alarm
Group 1 winner
AU$3,750 weanling
Group 3 winner
AU$12,000 weanling

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