Stable Update February-March

Mar 22, 2014

The shackles were broken with Stable star Cyclone Andy breaking through in the St Patricks Day Cup at Geelong ending a frustrating run of second placings over the summer months. Cyclone Andy has come up really well this time in but went down on his nose first up and then bounced back at Sandown with a 4th behind The Bowler who was competitive in the Bendigo Guineas and Torquoise King who came out and won a strong race at Moonee Valley. Cyclone Andy appreciated the heavy shower just prior to the race and with Darren Gauci making the trip from Bendigo for the ride it was a dominant 5.5 length win for the 5 year old who now has won 5 races and over 150k in prizemoney. He is most likely to head to Sandown on April 2

The stable has been very busy over the last few months with a number of young horses coming in and out of work. The next few months should see some more runners for the stable. 3 year old Choisir filly Marvellous Choice will trial soon. She looked set to break her maiden prior to Christmas after an excellent 2nd at Sale but her campaign was thwarted due to a hoof injury which put her on the sidelines. She is back on track and just needs some luck and a trouble free preparation to show us her true ability.

The new and improved Toyed has had a makeover this time in adding more kilograms to her once delicate frame. A good spell, maturity and a slow build up including a lunging technique aimed at strengthening muscle especially across the hindquarters has seen a bigger and stronger Toyed on the training track. She is unlucky to still be a maiden and hopefully this time in she can put a few wins on the board Toyed will trial at Cranbourne on Monday.

Shenanigans and Cyclone Jess have returned to work after short breaks. They performed consistently over the summer racking up numerous placings. Shenanigans has shown a liking for the Synthetic track at Geelong and will be ready to race when it comes into play as he has a dislike for wet tracks. The ever consistent Cyclone Jess hopefully can make more improvement this time in and chalk up a couple wins.

We have 2 unraced well bred 2 year olds that are in the middle of their second preparations. The Henrythenavigator colt is developed into a big strong powerful colt. He is a lovely mover who covers plenty of ground when striding out in his work. Since his purchase in June last year is half brother Santa Fe Sun has been flying in Hong Kong and appears to be one of the most promising horses up there. He won over 1600m in a strong race on Derby day in Hong Kong last Sunday. If he continues to cope with training and avoids shin soreness the colt will be at the races as a late 2 year old

In hindsight our purchase of an I am Invicible colt in June last year was fortunate given that his yearlings have been making huge money at the yearling sales this year combined with the fact he is the leading first season sire by winners and prizemoney. Our boy is a neat racy looking fella and has a pedigree being out of a city winning mare that has produced Lorne Dancer. We look forward to getting him up ready to trial in the coming months.

This time last year we had in the stable a lovely Dash for Cash colt that became a gelding. He was a rig(only one testicle)and had the same operation as the new sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee. After his initial campaign which had all the track riders fighting over him of a morning to ride he headed to the paddock.Unfortunately while galloping in his paddock he slipped and fell damaging a bone at the back of his knee. Given 12 months off he is back in work and has developed into the most magnificent type you could see. If asked what is a good example of a thoroughbred you would show him. Named Remount we are hoping that he can overcome his injury and get back to the track.

The Vobis Gold bonus scheme has made it essential to target horses at the yearling sale to take advantage of the money on offer. With this in mind Trotter Racing headed to the Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale knowing that alot of homework and diligence would be required to secure  a horse given the strong sales earlier in the year. With a limited budget, targetting type and colts we were able to get down to a short list of 10 horses from 200 inspected. This became a little shorter after x-ray inspection. We valued each horse and went in hoping to secure one of our picks. Thankfully we were able to secure a Turffontein colt(pictured) from Blue Gum Farm early in the sale. We hope to follow the same process at the up coming Inglis Vobis Gold sale and add another to the stable.

The forgotten horse Wet Weapon has been plagued with soundness issues throughout his career. He possesses good staying ability and has been given a long break to let nature hopefully repair his troublesome knee. He is thriving being back in the stable and at this stage is working along well on the track. Lets hope the Weapon can strike back in the coming months.

Homebred yearling fillies by Sharkbite are developing very well. They are half sisters to Kaitoa and Cyclone Andy. They will be brocken in shortly and hopefullly possess the same ability as their older brothers. 

Brood mare Future Plans who unfortunately lost her Econsul foal last year is in foal to proven sire Strategic. We look forward to a healthy foal in the spring. 

As always all owners and potential owners are more than welcome to visit the stable or Trackwork of a morning. Michael is always available to take your call to discuss anything about your horse