Trotter Stable Update

Jun 28, 2016

The last 6 months has certainly been a roller coaster at Trotter Racing with some of the stable stawlwarts finding new homes after finding their mark in Victoria. We were devastated by the untimely passing of Mahlabatini in early May. The promising galloper by Turffontein passed away suddenly after surgery to his hoof. After a luckless debut in February he broke his maiden at Cranbourne in convincing fashion and then followed up with a second placing at the same track. Not the easiest horse to get going initially he was just starting to put it together before fate intervened. It was a cruel blow for our small stable that only purchases 1 or 2 horses a year and Mahlabatini's passing has certainly left a big hole. Fortunately with an insight into his ability we purchased his half sister by Canford Cliffs at this years Inglis Premier Sale. Hopefully she can complete the unfinished business of her talented brother on the track.

After struggling in Benchmark 70-78 range races Cyclone Andy is continuing his racing in country NSW. He showed in a touch weaker company that there was still some fire in his legs with 2 promising runs and he looks more than capable to add to his winning record up north. Also relocating is I Am Bacchus he now resides in sunny Queensland taking advantage of the small fields on sand tracks up there. He has quickly rewarded his owners with 2 good wins and should see plenty of the winners circle in outback Queensland. The loveable grey Remount as advised earlier in the year is enjoying his retirement at Devon Meadows helping educate the young horses coming through. 

Plot The Course is back in work after simply not coming up last time in. He showed tremendous ability last time in with a close second on Oaks day to Berisha who has since won the Mornington Cup. After a luckless run first up he then jarred up on a very firm track at Ballarat. An eye catching run third up at Caulfield had back me next time written all over him but he bled from one nostril and was put away for the spring. Hopefully the bad luck of his last campaign is behind him and we can get him to the same form of last spring which saw him competitive during Cup week.

I Too Can Dance did well at his initial campaign to suggest that he has the talent to break his maiden next time in. He has taken his time to mature and his last campaign was full of interruptions due one thing or another. With that experience under his belt expecting him to be stronger both physically and mentally this time around. I Too Can Dance will be ready to trial in the next fortnight.

Miss Aloof is another to have been patiently handled. The Sharkbite filly is ready to trial and expected to get to the races this time in. She is a homebred being out of Future Plans and therefore a sister to Trotter Racing previous winners Montanita, Kaitoa and Toyed. 

In the wings we have 2 nice filly's that have broken in very well and have just returned to the stables. The previously mentioned Canford Cliffs filly and a Strategic filly out of the above mentioned Future Plans. They are both rising 2 year olds and there is limited shares still available.

Cyclone Jess has returned this time in and was unplaced on a wet track at Sale first up. In the twilight of her career as a rising 7 year old mare her best chance of getting into the winners circle will be back in 0-58 grade on a reasonable track. Her half sister Cyclone Mia needs to lift to hold her place in the stable. She works like a horse capable of winning a maiden but at this stage her racetrack performances have been disappointing. There are a couple of Cyclones ready to blow in. Both by Host a 2 year old filly known as Cyclone Ruby and a yearling colt Redmond who is currently been broken in. They will continue to fly the Cyclone moniker 

The Bloodstock arm of Trotter Racing is currently preparing 3 colts for the ready to run sale. Purchased at the Inglis VOBIS Gold sale in April they have broken in very well. The Hard Spun - Miss Timbertop colt looks a timely purchase with the Hard Spun stock flying at present. Out of a Royal academy mare this cross has produced smart gallopers Refulgent and recent multiple city winner Turnitaround. He is a very smart colt and with plenty of quality. The Equiano-Frustration colt looks a forward type. A recent pedigree update with his half brother by Kaphero already a winner in Hong Kong ran a very good second in late June his name is Victor Emperor. This colt has more quality and strength than his half brother and looks the perfect ready to run horse that will continue to improve. The third of the trio is a neat colt by Statue of Liberty he has really come on over the last month and looks to be the dark horse out of the 3. No surprise to see him turn into a decent galloper.

As you can see it has been a quiet time over winter with not many runners but plenty of work going on behind the scenes. We are looking forward to a change of luck in the second half of the year getting the next wave of gallopers ready for the track.