Exciting debut from our nice filly from the Hawkes yard Bet You She Rocks at Sale has started the new year off with a bang! After being nominated for a couple of races, Sale was picked out for her with the big spacious track and what seemed to be an easier assignment. With Dean Holland on top the filly jumped like a rocket and sat outside the lead before taking over after straightening up and never looked in danger really extending over the final furlong with Holland posing for the photo on the line. A lovely filly at the sales she immediately caught our eye and the breeding spoke for itself. By Fastnet Rock out of unraced Zabeel mare Betty Blockbuster there was everything to like about her! The Fastnet Rock over Zabeel mares have a great record with 73% winners to runners inc multiple Group 1 winners. Keep an eye on this nice filly as the stable, rider & myself have some nice plans in store for her! Thanks to everyone at Team Hawkes for their work and congratulations to a great group of very happy owners!!
Australian Thoroughbreds first syndication Grey Mustang (Hold That Tiger x Shirbelle) has now made it two in a row, adding a metro city win to his credit after a comfortable mid week win the start before. Looking at a nice record now of 14 starts for 3 wins and a couple of placings and already over 30k in winnings, his record with a bit of luck could read better! A slow maturer and a bit wild at times it is very pleasing to see Grey Mustang finally putting it together.
He has come back this preparation super, first up Balaklava Cup Day being very well supported 20/1 into 9/1 he got back as usual and tried to weave a passage through really hitting the line strong running fourth to the talented La Poupee. Second up he opened equal fav on the back of his first up performance but blew out in the market in a reasonably strong field. After a superb ride from Paul Gatt, Grey Mustang got out of his awkward spot on the rails and worked into the race on the turn and went bang straight passed them extending for a good couple of length win! Trainer Richard Jolly decided to then back him up 10 days later getting his chance in town, Paul Gatt stuck with him and another super ride from one of the states leading jockeys, Gatt slipped up the fence went around one horse (the tiring leader) and skipped clear to be challenged late but really fought strong to the line holding out the late finishers to win by a head!
We have a few options now for the in form gelding and with the hope he can step up in trip which on his past couple of runs he looks ready for a mile. Trainer Richard Jolly has suggested the Grey’s Only Race on Oaks Day at Flemington as one of his options. A very exciting proposition for his owners! Keep an eye out for him as he is continually improving. I hope the other owners are enjoying the ride as much as I am!
What a preparation this guy has had!! With NINE runs in and being trained in a little bit of a different way, this bloke really has found his feet. His NINE runs this time in has yielded owners THREE 1st, ONE 2nd, ONE 3rd, TWO 4th, ONE 5th and just the once was out of the money when ridden upside down. Credit to trainer John McArdle and all his team at Redgum Racing they really have turned this horse around. After his first prep we all knew he had ability and could destroy them if he wanted to, but having a bit of a mind of his own decided to be a nuisance a few times. As most jockeys who have ridden him have remarked, he is his own worst enemy! Mondays win at Mornington was a METRO race and he is now a city winner! I always thought he would get there one day! With a bunch of happy owners on track for the win, the beer was flowing in the owners room after the race. As John said in his post race interview, it was most certainly a 12/10 ride from jockey Dwayne Dunn! Dwayne was warned pre-race about his habits and really to his credit rolled with the punches and not everything went his way but still managed to rate him perfectly and even looked like he may get further. Out Of The Fire actually broke a couple of hoodoos winning his first on a HEAVY track and his first over 1200m. As always he will go back to the farm for his pampering and we will pick out his next suitable assignment. CONGRATULATIONS to owners & THANKS to Redgum Racing!
Our first purchase for syndication was Grey Mustang. So excited with him given to Richard Jolly to train now we get to see our excitement at the track and in the winners circle. Last Wednesday seen Grey Mustang at just his 8th start get the job done! After trialing well and going to the track fit and ready first up he found some trouble and got treated like a pinball. Second up jockey Chad Lever see trouble ahead and dropped him out to the tail where he got to the outside and hit the line solid just missing second in a photo. Another super ride from Lever seen Grey Mustang win and win well over the 1500m third up. Congratulations to owners he has now been nominated for the Port Adelaide Guineas on Saturday 14 April a LISTED race making him Australian Thoroughbred first black type runner! Pending his performance in the Guineas may see him progress to the SA Derby. Good luck owners and we look like we have a nice galloper on our hands.
OUT OF THE FIRE replicated his Mornington win with another dominant front running ride at Ararat with jockey Michael Walker in the saddle. After jumping from barrier 8/10 in the Class1 he worked his way to the front and never once looked in any doubt! Now we will look for another suitable race for him to continue on his winning way. Werribee 31/03/2012 looks like his target 1100m 0-68 rating race. Lets hope the big boy is on top of his game and has that winning feeling again! Good luck to all owners! Special thanks to the owner who busted my chops about putting something up about him winning again!
Australian Thoroughbreds syndicated gelding Out Of The Fire finally broke through for his maiden win on Friday the 9th December 2011. With THREE new shareholders joining the syndicate for the start of this preparation there are plenty of smiles. After a promising yet frustrating first preparation trainer John McArdle decided after a sizzling track gallop that no trial was needed and picked off a weak field and with a plum ride from Danny Nikolic got the money. After working a touch from the wide draw Nikolic sat outside the leader at a good clip and moved away in the straight to win drawing away easily accounting for the rest. He has pulled up well and his prep will be taken run by run. Look for him to be back at the races in a couple of weeks.
Australian Thoroughbreds would like to thank and congratulate all owners for your support. We hope to see you all in the winners circle again very soon! Also a big thanks for Redgum Racing and staff including track rider Rowan Waymouth and Brady McArdle for keeping a special eye on our bloke!
Thanks to Taron Clarke for the great photo’s
Morphetville trials on the 11th April 2011, heat 2 seen the first of the Australian Thoroughbred syndicated horses ‘Grey Mustang’ step out to the trials for the first time and acquitted himself very well running a bold 2nd after having no gate speed. So impressed was trainer Richard Jolly he nominated the gelding for the 2yo race at Morphetville this saturday but will be opting for the option of Gawler 20th April giving him a better break from the trial. Good luck to owners, I will be on track cheering!
Heat 7 seen Sachse trial after a few minor set backs he hit the trial under Libby Hopwood settled last and hooked out drew to the line impressively for 4th. Trainer Peter Macdonald is very happy with Sachse now and we are currently setting a program for him. Will see him at the races again soon!