Mid Year Report

Jul 04, 2015

The last 6 months has been a good one for the stable after an initial settling in period at Kilmore the racing team have produced consistent results on the track with 4 winners for Michael from only 22 starters since December including 7 placings and a 4th. Pat's runners have yielded 2 wins and 3 placings and a fourth from his last 20 runners. The past 6 months have seen the retirements of Toyed a perennial place getter. She managed to break her maiden well at Echuca but always seemed to run into 1 or 2 better on the day. Marvellous Choice was also retired by her owners after not coming up last preparation. Always plagued by niggling issues the daughter of Choisir showed a glimpse of her talent with an impressive win at Kilmore. The breeding barn beckons for her and hopefully her potential can be carried onto her progeny with better luck. We thank all the owners for their patience with both these horses and giving them every opportunity to produce on the track. It is great that many have taken shares in some of the other horses in the stable.

Cyclone Andy returned to the track after an injury enforced spell. The 5 time winner hasn't recaptured his best form this time in with some midfield finishes. He is set to step up to a 1500m-1600m race in the coming weeks and he will need to show us if he still has that competitiveness still in him.

Half sisters Cyclone Jess and the unraced Cyclone Mia are back in work under Pat's care at Cranbourne. Cyclone Jess won her usual race last time in and will be back at the races in September. Cyclone Mia by Sharkbite is showing good promise to date hopefully she too can be another winner for her mum Darsawye. On the way through are a yearling and weanling by Host, they are the best types she has produced  thus far. 

Bergerac Rose was all set to resume before a setback which will require her to head back to the paddock. Encouraging debut by Belle Cherie at Pakenham recently. Settling back last and on the fence in the field she ran home well suggesting that she will be competitive when stepped up in trip.

Plot The Course after a thorough grounding made his debut in May with an eye catching 3rd at Benalla. The son of Henrythenavigator was stiff not to get the money second up but then went to Bendigo over the 1600m to win his maiden in impressive fashion. An unlucky 6th in Adelaide rounded off his first campaign. He looks to be a very promising horse in the making and giving his very patient owners something to look forward too later in the year. He is certainly one to watch.

Remount a horse that was lucky to even make it to the track had a profitable 4 start campaign netting another win, two 3rds and a midfield finish in a strong race at Cranbourne. The big grey is still maturing and will benefit from another break before getting ready for the plethora of races over the spring/summer month where he will be placed to advantage.

Zombie Queen broke through for a well deserved victory at Echuca after a string of second placings in strong maidens. The 3 year old filly is as honest as they come and was tried in stronger class prior to a spell. She was only a few lengths off subsequent city winners and she too will come back bigger and stronger next time in. It was great to get a winner for Ultra Thoroughbreds with the first horse given to train. Looking forward to more horses joining the Trotter stable in the coming months.

Unraced Turffontein 2 year old "Phil" has returned to work after his spell. He looks fantastic and will hopefully get to the track this time in. An Inglis Melbourne Premier sale purchase he is by the a sire that has produced some very good winners including Fontiton and Fontein Ruby. His name will be through shortly.

I Am Bacchus failed to fire first up after a promising initial preparation. Narrowly beaten on debut at Kyneton he then contested a 3 year old race at Moonee Valley in early January finishing 6th in quick time behind Hong Kong bound San Nicasio. He heads to the TAB meeting at Corowa on Tuesday with few turf options here in Victoria at the moment. Some gear changes and drop in class will hopefully see him get into the winners circle.

An interesting Queensland bred youngster by Wicked Style is back in work. Named I Too Can Dance he is a half brother to smart Sydney performer Idance. The chestnut has been given plenty of time to develop and hoping that he can get to the track this time in.

We have a lovely weanling on the ground by strategic from Future Plans. She looks a strong type and is a half sister to Kaitoa, Toyed and unraced 2 year old by Sharkbite who is progressing nicely on the track. Future Plans is in foal to Turffontein and we eagerly await the arrival later in the year.

We will be light on with runners over the next few months as most of the team are spelling, just returning from a break or in the early stages of their preparations.