Stable Update July.

Jul 06, 2014

Winter has well and truly set in and the stable has been thwarted by wet tracks and ballots trying to place the team over recent weeks. While the racing team has been quiet there is a sense of anticipation about the unraced brigade that should be seen later in the year. Here is an update of some of the horses in the stable.

Cyclone Andy.

Cyclone Andy is making a good recovery from surgery to remove bone chips from his knee after a couple of midfield finishes in town. He most likely did this first up at Mornington when he went down on his nose at the start. To win the St Pats cup at Geelong during that preparation further adds merit to the victory given that he was probably not 100%. The lightly raced gelding will be given plenty of time to recover and, as he has proven when right, is a capable midweek standard galloper who manages to win each preparation.

Cyclone Jess has been hamstrung by wet tracks this campaign. Needing the run first up she never got into the race on the deteriorating track at Moe. She didn't enjoy the best of luck at Cranbourne second up and again faced a bog track at Traralgon where she was nursed through the going to finish 6th. Down to run at Echuca on Monday over the mile track conditions will determine if she faces the starter. Cyclone Jess is much better on firmer tracks however they are few and far between at the moment.

Stable stalwarts Shenanigans and Toyed are another that have been hard to place in recent months. Shenanigans has run his best races on the synthetic track at Geelong but in recent weeks has struggled to get a run with the large nominations. He ran well for 4th last start after working early in the race to overcome the wide barrier. Toyed after some good runs early this preparation finally break her maiden in impressive fashion at Echuca. She has been a frustrating horse to own and train finishing second on debut but taking 18 runs to break her duck and running in the first five 13 times in her 20 start career. Full credit to Michael for changing her training around and the loyal owners that persisted with another preparation for that win. Toyed will team up with Shenanigans and head to Corowa on Monday in search of a reasonable track surface. Both horses are in very suitable races, come in nicely at the weights and have the services of there regular track rider Jamie Bayliss aboard.

Marvellous Choice after her impressive win at Kilmore continues to be plagued by some tying up issues that have prevented her from stepping out again. A short freshen up failed to work so this talented galloper will now have a good spell and come back ready for the late spring summer racing. This filly can gallop and if Michael can get her 100% she will win more races as we have only seen a glimpse of her ability thus far.


Returned to the stables after an injury enforced break due to a paddock accident. The son of Dash for Cash has furnished into a magnificent individual and the time out has seen him mature physically. This horse has a bit more bone and strength than most Dash for Cash's. He had a good preparation last time in getting through 2 trials the last of these was an impressive third. He has shown enough ability and soundness to be given every chance to get to the track. A rising VOBIS Gold 4 year old the recent announcements catering for 4 year olds next season was again good incentive to try Remount again.



Our now gelding by the leading boom first season sire I am Invincible is back in work and should get to trials shortly. The soon to be named rising 3 year old has shown to be a real professional. Not pushed early he has been given plenty of time to develop and mature. He is one to look out for in the coming months. As is Vinnie our Henrythnavigator gelding these two boys are working along together and are starting to speed up on the track. Vinnie will be named shortly and will hopefully progress to the jumpouts and then to the races in the coming months. A big strong individual Vinnie is a half brother to the talented Santa Fe Sun winner of 5 races in Hong Kong and will be more than likely feature in some of the better races up there later in the year.