We have a new derby favourite
21 February 2016

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.

Happy new year to the Thompsons!
1 January 2016
Rangipo a 9252s

Major NZ clients John and Margaret Thompson had a great start to the new year when Rangipo (Stryker x Holloway) took out the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas at Ellerslie. Home-bred by Three Bridges Farm, Rangipo is the first foal of Holloway, a talented Zabeel mare who succumbed to injury in a race at Flemington. John and Margaret purchased the granddam from Auckland breeders Ron and Valerie Langsford, and raced Penitentiary from the family.

Good weekend for broodmare buys
30 November 2015
Alamer a 7544s

A good weekend for recently purchased broodmares with Rampage (All American x Sleight of Hand) winning a very competitive 2yo race at Moonee Valley, New Predator (New Approach x Head Over Heels) running a close second in the group two mile at Turffontein, and Alamer (Alamosa x Clerio) (photo) taking out the listed 3yo race at Ellerslie. They cost $30,000, $52,500 and $35,000 respectively.

Metier has its Eureka moment
21 November 2015

Three-yeald old gelding Metier (Stryker x Unblemished) powered home to win the $100,000 Eureka Stockade at Ballarat today. Trained by Tony McEvoy, it now has a win and two placings from four starts and prizemoney of $75,000. I originally paid $10,000 for the horse as a weanling after seeing how well it moved. The result represents more good news for the Three Bridges stallion Stryker, following the smart recent wins of Rangipo (owned and bred by John Thompson) as well as Baggio.

Two in a row for Ready to Run pinhook
14 November 2015
More to Gain

More to Gain (Sebring x Debutante) won its second race in a row at Rosehill today. The three-year old gelding has now won $95,000, which goes some way to recovering the $280,000 purchase price at last year’s Ready to Run Sale. I originally paid $36,000 for the horse at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, which might sound cheap now but at the time Sebring wasn’t that popular. And the mare had left five foals without a winner, but I had always liked the family on type.

Super run continues from weanling sale
21 September 2015
World Shopping

Exclusive Lass’s (Nicconi x World Exclusive) win in the listed fillies and mares race at Geelong means there have now been six black type graduates from the 2012 Magic Millions Select Weanling Sale. And I purchased three of them, including this mare ($10,000), Chill Party ($30,000) and Japhils ($50,000). All were pinhooks for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds. Exclusive Lass is closely related to the promising New Zealand 3yo, Xtravagant. Here's a photo of the half-brother to Exclusive Lass by Stryker, a weanling I bought in June. 

Quinella in Group 1 Moir Stakes
2 October 2015

Congratulations to the owners of Buffering (Mossman x Action Annie) on another Group 1 win at Moonee Valley. The scenes of sheer jubilation after the race are a reminder of just how great this racing game can be! Second past the post - Ball of Muscle (Dubawi x Parfore) - is from the blue hen mare I bought for $30,000.

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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 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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