Frankel – what a magnificent looking stallion!
8 December 2013

On my trip to the UK and France I’ve been lucky to squeeze in a couple of stud visits, including one to Juddmonte Farm where I got to take a look at Frankel, a stallion that is even more impressive in the flesh. And Wertheimer Farm, which has been home to the likes of Goldikova, Riverman and Lyphard. The chateau and grounds of this farm, run by the owners of the House of Chanel, have to be seen to be believed. Perhaps even more amazingly, they don't sell any of their horses - whatever they breed they race.

Three Group 1 wins in a row
23 November 2013

Buffering (Mossman x Action Annie) made it three Group 1 wins in a row with his victory in the Winterbottom Stakes. Earlier in the day, Guardlock (Dehere x Classic Dom) ran a fast-finishing third in the three-year old race.

Pinch River on track for Magic Millions
23 November 2013

Pinch River (Denman x Avenue Girl) has won by six lengths at his second start and is now bound for the Magic Millions Classic. On his blog, Rob's Shout, Robert said: "He sure does look to be a very promising youngster with his biggest asset probably being the fact that he takes everything in his stride. He is just a real little professional. I have now popped him out to Washpool Lodge for a couple of weeks rest before he comes back to prepare for the Bruce McLachlan feature in late December as lead up to the Magic Millions Classic."

Buffering too quick in VRC Stakes
9 November 2013

Buffering (Mossman x Action Annie) is heading to Ascot for the Winterbottom Stakes after racking up his second Group 1 win in a row. I'm running out of things to say about this horse so I'll leave it to Robbie, "Two weeks ago he was the bridesmaid who couldn't win a Group One now he's knocked off the best in the world. There were one or two unanswered questions from the Manikato but none today. It was a win of pure guts, determination and ability.''

Pinch River early 2yo winner at Eagle Farm
2 November 2013

Trained by one Robert Heathcote, Pinch River (Denman x Avenue Girl) was an $85,000 purchase at Magic Millions. The colt is the third foal out of the winning Catbird mare, making it distantly related to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Detroit (dam of multiple Group 1 winner and successful stallion Carnegie). So it has a bit of breeding behind it. I was actually the underbidder on Pinch River as a weanling and the horse is one of the main reasons I like Denman so much.

Solzhenitsyn wins second Toorak
13 October 2013
Solzhenitsyn team

Solzhenitsyn (St Petersburg x Tri Victory) won the Toorak Handicap today, continuing its fine run of form when I'm not on track! (Call me superstitious.) We were worried about a lack of pace going into the race, so we told Nash not to be afraid to lead from the jump. But as it panned out the leaders set a cracking pace and Nash was able to sit quietly in fifth all the way. Showing patience with this seven-year old is really paying off now, so congratulations to Laurence, Jeno, Damon, Andrew and Cherry. Robbie what can I say - another masterful training effort mate.

Sir Andrew lives up to promise with Group 2 win
7 October 2013

Big congratulations to John and Margaret for their win with Sir Andrew (Sir Percy x Biennale) in the Hawkes Bay Guineas yesterday. The trainer has been quietly talking this horse up for a while now so fingers crossed it really can be the best horse to race in those familiar blue and green colours. There's a good write-up on The Informant website today for anyone who is interested.

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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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