Win number four for 2-year old
14 June 2014

Pinch River won the 2-year old race at Ipswich today, taking its prizemoney to $152,000. Robbie said: “He’s done a pretty good job. He was just a bit fresh last week and then was a bit more dour this time. It was always my biggest worry coming back to 1100m. I think he’s going to be a 1400m horse.” Pinch River could back up at the Sunshine Coast in a fortnight.

Pinch River victorious in 2yo listed race
18 May 2014
Pinch River

Pinch River (Denman x Avenue Girl) won the listed Dalrello Stakes at Doomben yesterday. Robbie has always had a big opinion of thie gelding, which he rates not far behind Buffering at the same stage of their careers. “He won his first two starts and then we had a setback with him in the lead up to the Magic Millions. We got him into the race but he was ridden to lead when I didn’t want him ridden for pace,” Heathcote said. Watch out for Pinch River in the Group 2 BRC Sires (1350m) next Saturday. The win takes its record to three wins from five starts, for $118,000 in prizemoney.

Team switches to top jockey, gets result
21 April 2014

Asadauskaite (Pentire x Gold Circle) won a maiden on the Kensington track today under the urgings of top Kiwi jockey, James McDonald. A recent transfer to Mike Moroney’s Randwick stable, the filly ran a handful of minor placings at provincial meetings here in NZ with Mark Sweeney on top. Australian clients paid $75,000 for this one at the Karaka Premier Sale. She's now bound for the Queensland Oaks.

Excellantes cracks the half million mark
20 April 2014

Excellantes' (Falvelon x Cantantes) win in the listed sprint at Eagle Farm yesterday helped take its stake earnings to well over $550,000. The 6yo gelding's race record now stands at a respectable 36 starts for nine wins and 11 placings, which is not bad given the $105,00 I paid on behalf of connections at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale back in 2009. As Robbie said in the post race interview, the horse is a few lengths off the real top guns but 'it's been a great ride for the owners'.

Next top Mossman gelding for Robbie?
11 April 2014

Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) made it a hat-trick at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, after coming from third last to win carrying 59kg. As you can imagine on the back of Buffering's success, I am quite fond of the Mossman progeny. Which is why two days later I bought another one from the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale, a cracking type from the Danehill mare Endearment. While I was there I also purchased a lovely Not a Single Doubt filly from the Arrowfield draft for $200,000. Fingers crossed the team at First Light Racing can enjoy great success with her.

Filly confirms potential with stakes victory
29 March 2014

The Robert Smerdon-trained Every Faith (Not a Single Doubt x Zephyria) won an $80,000 stakes race for fillies in Adelaide today. Although the win was only her second, the filly, a $28,000 weanling, did perform well in Melbourne last spring, running sixth in the Edward Manifold and fifth in Kirramosa's VRC Oaks. The dam has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

The Northern Hemisphere Experiment - Part 2
26 March 2014

Well, the weanlings landed mid-February and came out of quarantine two weeks later. Although their coats have been clipped and appear quite dull, they all seem very healthy. Only two needed to be treated - one for a touch of travel sickness and the other for a slight cold. All four will be gelded in the coming weeks and left to mature on a farm in the Waikato before being broken in late winter/early spring. I'll be back with more news then. (Clockwise from top left: the Sahkee, Stormy River, King's Best and Zoffany colts.)

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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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