Winner winner chicken dinner!
13 June 2016
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Okay, I know it was only a $15,000 race at the Sunshine Coast but what a great day for the white polka dots! Our Cee Bee (Myboycharlie x Ladyswood) had previously run fourth on four occasions. Quite possibly a bit of a slow learner but the three-year old gelding was stepping up to a mile for the first time, so maybe that's its go. Congratulations to C O'Loughlin, R R Tullett, Ms W M Bergamini, D Burns, R Coughlan, A Dubrich, K Davies, P Gleeson and B W Stevenson.

Happy days back on home track
12 June 2016

That was a nice win for Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) today in the Wayne Wilson Mile at Eagle Farm. Back to his pet distance and home track, the Nugget as he is called around home, was carrying a big weight but it didn’t stop him from winning by 2-1/2 lengths. The five-year old gelding has now won close to $600,000 – not bad for a horse that cost $26,000 as a yearling.

Rare winner in Perth
23 May 2016
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Next Generation (Magnus x Mokobaesi Miss) took out the 2yo race at Belmont on Saturday, giving me a rare win in WA. I paid $14,500 for the colt at the Melbourne Great Southern Weanling Sale and then on-sold him at the Perth Yearling Sale for $37,500. Being by Magnus one would think he will improve as time goes by.

Saturday winners the name of the game
23 April 2016

As a thoroughbred consultant it’s important to keep the Saturday winners ticking over, because that’s where the money is for clients. So today was a pretty good result with Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily), the full brother to Soriano, winning the first at Sunshine Coast; Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) taking out the Listed Ascot Handicap to go over $500,000 in stakes money; and Imposing Lass (Makfi x Imposingly) continuing on her winning way down in Sydney. Bjorn Baker will now take the filly to Brisbane for the Queensland Oaks. 

Patient approach starting to pay dividends
7 April 2016
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Three-year old Imposing Lass (Makfi-Imposingly) won its second race from just the three starts at Warwick Farm yesterday. Trained by Bjorn Baker, the mare cost $120,000 at Karaka Premier and only went to Australia last spring. The lovely, big striding filly (shown here as a yearling) might now target the Brisbane winter carnival. 

Derby victory 20 years in the making
6 March 2016
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If anyone deserves success in racing it’s John and Margaret Thompson, who have put an incredible amount of time and money into the game. So it was a real thrill to see Rangipo win the 2016 NZ Derby yesterday. I’ve known John and Margaret for over 20 years – they actually acquired Strangeways, the grandam of Rangipo, from my longtime friend, Mrs Valerie Langsford. John sent the mare to Zabeel and she produced Holloway (the dam of Rangipo) a talented mare that had a hind tendon severed in a race at Flemington. Luckily we managed to save her and packed her off to Three Bridges Farm for rehab. Given her injury we didn’t want to travel, and Three Bridges take such good care of their horses that we decided to send her to Stryker, buoyed by the fact there had been a number of good horses bred on the Fastnet Rock x Zabeel cross already. A lovely type from day one, Rangipo was gelded as a weanling then sent to New Zealand as a rising two-year old. And the rest as they say is history. Since then the mare has produced a High Chapparal filly and a Pierro colt. Well done John and Margaret – enjoy the moment!

We have a new derby favourite
21 February 2016
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And it’s John’s horse, Rangipo (Stryker x Holloway), which won the Avondale Guineas yesterday. Recent winners of the Group II race include the likes of Silent Achiever and Mongolian Khan, so it’s a pretty good form guide leading in to the derby in two weeks’ time. Trainer Tony Pike told journalists, "He’s an amazing horse as he’s been in work a long time and he just keeps turning up.” There’s always that question mark about the 2400m when you have a 3yo, especially one by a sprinting sire, but Rangipo does have that Zabeel factor on the dam side and he does everything right. He is the second stakes-winner for Stryker, who has eight entries in the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Here’s a photo of Rangipo’s 2yo half-sister who has just gone into work at Ciaron Maher’s stable.

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Past winners

Alegrio
$300,000 in stakes
NZ$30,000 yearling
Amelia's Dream
Group 2 winner
AU$250,000 yearling
Atapi
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
Buffering
7 x Group 1 winner
AU$22,000 yearling
Chenar
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
Excellantes
$790,000 in stakes
AU$105,000 yearling
Fooram
Group 2 winner
NZ$64,000 yearling

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

Hopfgarten
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
Lamond
Group 3 winner
AU$8,000 yearling
Mandela
Group 2 winner
NZ$1,750 yearling
Mongolian Khan
3 x Group 1 winner
AU$9,000 weanling
Occidentalis
Listed winner
AU$12,000 weanling
Ourforeignminister
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
Penitentiary
Dual Group 1 placed
NZ$10,000 yearling

Rangipo
Group 1 winner
Homebred

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

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