Smart winner from Three Bridges draft
26 September 2015
Exclusive Lass

It was good to see Exclusive Lass (Nicconi x World Exclusive) bolt away with the last at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Bought on behalf of Three Bridges for $10,000 then on-sold for $75,000 at Inglis Premier, the 4-year old mare has now won two and been placed four times in seven starts. Earlier this year, I bought the weanling by Stryker from World Exclusive, which is set to be sold at Karaka by Courtney Howells. 

Pinch River breaks class record at Doomben
6 September 2015
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Pinch River (Denman x Avenue Girl) broke a ten-year class record at Doomben on Saturday when winning over 1200m in 1.08.67. The gelding, which has now won five of 12 starts for $212,000 in prize money, won its first two races as a two-year old before running sixth to Unencumbered in a lead-up to the Magic Millions, a race which was probably just too early for him in retrospect. Pinch River’s three-year old season was restricted to just three starts, after which the owners decided to turn him out for a decent break. Hopefully the horse has turned the corner now and will go on to bigger and better things. I think the trainer might be considering the Magic Millions Series in January.

First Buffering now … Jack Romanov!
23 August 2015
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The champions keep rolling in with the win of Jack Romanov in yesterday’s Pakuranga Hunt Cup, the time-honoured event over fences at Ellerslie. I bought the horse as a weanling for the princely sum of $2,500 at a weanling sale for owners from Perth. After he won the same race twice in 2012 (the first was declared a ‘no race’ because of cones at the 1000m mark), I did say he could prove a useful stayer. Admittedly I was thinking more 2400m than 4900m, but who’s counting? Get in line to back him for the Great Northern Steeplechase in two weeks.

Northern Hemisphere buys set to trial soon
27 July 2015
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The four Northern Hemisphere weanlings – all rising three-year olds (NZ time) – are shaping well and not far away from going to the trials. These include the two shown here, by Zoffany and Sakhee. Zofffany recently had three black type winners at Royal Ascot – only the second time this has been achieved by a freshman sire. Standing at Coolmore, he was the fastest and most precocious two-year old by Dansili, out of a Machiavellian mare just like Shamardal and Dark Angel. 

Not quite a Doomben treble
22 July 2015

Clients chalked up another two wins at Doomben and one at Warwick Farm today. Three-year old filly Oceantes (Easy Rocking x Ocean Beach) kicked things off with a win in the 1000m race, making it two wins and two placings in seven starts. Purchased in association with apprentice assistant Zac Johnstone, Oceantes cost $19,000 at the Brisbane Bloodstock Sale. Then another three-year old, Grobbelaar (Keeper x Anza Belle), a $30,000 yearling at NZB Select, recorded its first win at its second start over ground. Further south, Lord Leofric (War Pass x Lady Isabella) continued on its winning way in the hands of Hugh Bowman, making it four wins in just six starts.

Oh so close to Doomben treble
11 July 2015
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It was good news all round for clients at Doomben today, with a winning double and close second on the card. The wins came in the form of promising stayer Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily) and handy sprinter Cum Dividend (Show a Heart x Hello Crystal), while Privlaka (Mossman x Endearment) graduated to Saturday company with a close second in the two-year old race. Kaiser Franz, purchased for $65,000 at Karaka, is a full brother to the Group 1-winning mare Soriano. Watch out for him next season. Cum Dividend, previously trained by Shaun Dwyer who did a wonderful job with the horse, has now won 8 races and over $250,000. 

Patience paying off
24 June 2105
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Patience is paying off for the connections of four year-old entire Lord Leofric (War Pass x Lady Isabella). I went to $20,000 for the horse as a weanling on behalf of staff at Newgate Farm, who resold for $70,000 at Magic Millions. Following today's win at Canterbury, Lord Leofric has a record of three wins and a third from just five starts. Its dam is a half-sister to the stakes-winner Booroonga.

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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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