Buffering and Robbie win again
30 September 2013

Buffering has been named Queensland Horse of the Year for the second time. The luckless sprinter has now placed second in six Group 1 races, including two Stradbrokes, a Newmarket and Manikato. (So frustrating!) I must say well done to Robbie for once again topping the trainer's premiership - I hope you and the team had a good night mate. 

Heathcote sitting on a hat-trick!
11 September 2013

Queensland trainer Robbie Heathcote could be starting a bit of a trend with maiden winners at Eagle Farm. Last Wednesday Tiger Jet (Jet Spur x Tiger Magic), a horse I bought for $40,000 at the QTIS Yearling Sale, won. Then today, Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) took out what the trainer described as a very strong 3yo maiden. Hopfgarten was a $26,000 purchase at the Magic Millions Winter Yearling Sale. I wonder if Robbie can make it three in a row for me next Wednesday. I’ll have to check the noms!

Weanlings show promise as early 3yos
5 September 2013

Two horses I bought as weanlings are starting to show promise as early three-year olds. The Mick Price-trained colt, Le Mans (Sebring x Amouage) won at its third start, prompting the syndicate to seek a start in the Caulfield Guineas. While Every Faith (Not a Single Doubt x Zephyria), trained by Robert Smerdon, triumphed over a strong maiden field at Seymour. The filly is currently 30-1 in markets for the One Thousand Guineas. I went to $30,000 for Le Mans and $28,000 for Every Faith. Both were re-sold as yearlings, for $100,000 and $130,000 respectively.

Hidden Kisses a Group 3 winner in Sydney
24 August 2013
Hidden Kisses

Hidden Kisses (Hidden Dragon x Kiss an Angel) won a Group 3 over 1300m at Warwick Farm today. Previously a big winner under the QTIS bonus scheme for Robbie Heathcote, the mare was transferred to the Chris Waller stable at the start of August. She held off highly regarded stablemate Royal Descent by half a length.

Two winners for John Thompson today
21 August 2013
Face off

Long-time client John Thompson won races on both sides of the Tasman today. The first win came courtesy of Sir Andrew (Sir Percy x Biennale) in race one at Waipa. It was hardly champagne racing but the way in which the gelding won greatly impressed Richard Otto, who will now set him for the Hawkes Bay Guineas. I bought this horse as a weanling from Rich Hill Stud, which, oddly enough, is run by another John Thompson who I also know. A few hours later, John’s other runner, Face Off (Face Value x Garden Flower), won at Doomben. Considering he pulled all the way and got a bump at the 700m, it was a brave effort. Bought for AU$36,000 at the 2007 Melbourne Weanling Sale, Face Off was unplaced in NZ before winning his first two starts for Shaun Dwyer. The gelding is now trained by Robbie Heathcote. 

St Andrews gives Robbie his 100th win for the season
17 July 2013
St Andrew

St Andrews (Sandtrap x Nun's Chorus) gave Robbie Heathcote his 100th win for the season at Doomben yesterday. Well done sir! You've got the horse looking in great nick. Both trainer and jockey (Glen Colless) feel St Andrews has a bit of talent but might be a prep away from getting it all together. Look out for him in a benchmark 75 over a mile in two weeks time.

Lucky number 13 for old campaigner
13 July 2013

Rising 8-year old Alegrio (Captain Rio x Eledance) won its 13th race on the 13th of July carrying 60kg. What a big effort by the little horse, which beat multiple Group winner Veyron on the way to passing $300,000 in prizemoney. Congratulations once again to my long time client, Les Archer. I hope you and the syndicate are having a lot of fun with this one.

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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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