Tray living the high life at Trelawney
14 July 2014
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In case you hadn't heard, Tray (aka Solzhenitsyn) has been retired after pulling up lame in the BRC Sprint. We could have put him out for a spell and tried again, but he’s rising eight and at the end of the day he’s been very good to us. With two Tooraks and over $1 million in the bag, I'd say it's definitely a retirement well deserved! Currently enjoying the long green grass of Trelawney Stud, run by part-owner Cherry Taylor, the St Petersburg gelding will eventually be ridden as a hack by her daughter, Ella. 

Second group feature for Mossman gelding
28 June 2014
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Hopfgarten won the Group III Sunshine Coast Guineas on Saturday. Robbie could have put the horse over more ground and aimed at a race like the Queensland Derby but decided to keep him to shorter trips and it’s paid off, with six wins form 18 starts. The dam Black Tourmaline has a yearling colt by Excites that was passed in at this year’s Magic Millions National Yearling sale.

Win number four for 2-year old
14 June 2014
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Pinch River won the 2-year old race at Ipswich today, taking its prizemoney to $152,000. Robbie said: “He’s done a pretty good job. He was just a bit fresh last week and then was a bit more dour this time. It was always my biggest worry coming back to 1100m. I think he’s going to be a 1400m horse.” Pinch River could back up at the Sunshine Coast in a fortnight.

Pinch River victorious in 2yo listed race
18 May 2014
Pinch River

Pinch River (Denman x Avenue Girl) won the listed Dalrello Stakes at Doomben yesterday. Robbie has always had a big opinion of thie gelding, which he rates not far behind Buffering at the same stage of their careers. “He won his first two starts and then we had a setback with him in the lead up to the Magic Millions. We got him into the race but he was ridden to lead when I didn’t want him ridden for pace,” Heathcote said. Watch out for Pinch River in the Group 2 BRC Sires (1350m) next Saturday. The win takes its record to three wins from five starts, for $118,000 in prizemoney.

Team switches to top jockey, gets result
21 April 2014
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Asadauskaite (Pentire x Gold Circle) won a maiden on the Kensington track today under the urgings of top Kiwi jockey, James McDonald. A recent transfer to Mike Moroney’s Randwick stable, the filly ran a handful of minor placings at provincial meetings here in NZ with Mark Sweeney on top. Australian clients paid $75,000 for this one at the Karaka Premier Sale. She's now bound for the Queensland Oaks.

Excellantes cracks the half million mark
20 April 2014
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Excellantes' (Falvelon x Cantantes) win in the listed sprint at Eagle Farm yesterday helped take its stake earnings to well over $550,000. The 6yo gelding's race record now stands at a respectable 36 starts for nine wins and 11 placings, which is not bad given the $105,00 I paid on behalf of connections at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale back in 2009. As Robbie said in the post race interview, the horse is a few lengths off the real top guns but 'it's been a great ride for the owners'.

Next top Mossman gelding for Robbie?
11 April 2014
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Hopfgarten (Mossman x Black Tourmaline) made it a hat-trick at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, after coming from third last to win carrying 59kg. As you can imagine on the back of Buffering's success, I am quite fond of the Mossman progeny. Which is why two days later I bought another one from the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale, a cracking type from the Danehill mare Endearment. While I was there I also purchased a lovely Not a Single Doubt filly from the Arrowfield draft for $200,000. Fingers crossed the team at First Light Racing can enjoy great success with her.

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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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