With the establishment of a Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) – along with the release, earlier this month, of an issues paper – submissions have highlighted the concern for regulating post-race/breeding careers. “We’ve been encouraged by the response from those within and outside of the industry and expect quite a few more will be sent before submissions close on 24 July,” Thoroughbred Breeders Australia CEO, Tom Reilly, reveals. Drawing upon considerable expertise and allowing for the diverse nature of the industry, the TAWWG panel is headed by former Victorian Premier, Minister for Racing and veterinary surgeon, Dr Denis Napthine, but he and his team will also consult regularly with a steering group which includes Reilly; Champion trainer Chris Waller; Victoria Racing Club board member, Neil Werrett; Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia; John Kelly, owner of Newhaven Park Stud; Martin Talty, CEO of the Australian Jockeys’ Association; and Andrew Nicholl, CEO of the Australian Trainers’ Association. Like everyone on the panel and the steering group, Nicholl is driven about a successful outcome for thoroughbred welfare. The Australian Trainers’ Association is the peak national body for the thoroughbred training industry, representing the interests of some 3200 trainers throughout the nation, and for the past five years, and Nicholl is a ‘self confessed’ addict when it comes to racing. ... Read the full story in the Aushorse Newsletter. Link in bio. 📸Sharon Lee Chapman #horseracing #thoroughbredracing #thoroughbreds #horses #horse #thoroughbred #thoroughbrednews
It was a thriller alright! Racing in the Jaipur Stakes over 1200m at Belmont Park on Sunday morning (our time), Australian-bred mare, Oleksandra, was having her first tilt at Group One level in the United States and, after turning for home in last place, it appeared she’d given rivals too much of a head start. However, the Animal Kingdom 5YO really put the pedal to the metal over the closing stages to pull off a last gasp victory. It’s certainly a long hike from a three length second at Hawkesbury on debut back in October 2017, to success – nearly three years later – at the elite level on the famous Belmont Stakes program. Oleksandra was bred, and is raced by, the hugely successful Team Valor International which notched up its 30th individual Group One winner and 40th Group One victory courtesy of the Australian mare. Established in 1987 by former racing journalist turned bloodstock agent, Barry Irwin, Team Valor races approximately 100 horses world-wide. Oleksandra is by 2011 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Dubai World Cup winner, Animal Kingdom, who was also bred and raced by Team Valor and stood for four seasons in Australia from 2013-2017. Trained in Australia by Bjorn Baker, Oleksandra would race just the three times for three placings – at Hawkesbury, Randwick (finishing third behind subsequent stakes winners Epidemic and Seaway) and Newcastle – before being sent to North America in early 2018. Since arriving in the States, Oleksandra has had just the 12 starts for seven wins including a Listed race at Saratoga and Group win at Keeneland. Thrice placed at Group level, Oleksandra came into the Jaipur on the back of a half length second in the Group Two Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita. ... Read the full story in the Aushorse Newsletter. Link in bio. #linkinbio #thoroughbreds #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #horse #horses #horseracing #thoroughbredracing #horseracingworld #thoroughbrednews 📸Adam Coglianese
It was nearly 50 years ago that then apprentice, Geoff Duryea, rode Red Hope in the 1973 Melbourne Cup, finishing 20th behind Gala Supreme. It was a career highlight for Duryea who, just 10 years later, would be forced to give up the saddle due to increasing weight. Now training for the last 37 years and with just eight in work at his Corowa, NSW stables, Duryea has returned to Flemington on numerous occasions, with his last win at ‘headquarters’ in 2006. However, last Saturday, Flemington would be the scene of his greatest triumph as a trainer when exciting 3YO, Front Page, produced a blistering performance down the famous ‘straight six’ to capture the Listed AR Creswick Stakes. Unfortunately for Duryea, he had to cheer on from his lounge room as son, Paul – who is also the official breeder of Front Page – represented the stable at Flemington. Still, it was no less exciting. “He (Front Page) had won well at Albury (by 10 lengths!) in May and led all the way at Wangaratta earlier this month, but I wasn’t sure how he’d handle the step up in grade on Saturday,” Duryea mused. “He certainly was travelling well throughout and I thought at the 600m he’d be hard to beat. Still, you get pretty nervous and I really didn’t think he’d win as strongly as he did.” ... Read the full story in the Aushorse Newsletter. Link in bio. #linkinbio #thoroughbredracing #horseracing #horsesofinstagram #horses #horse #thoroughbred #thoroughbreds #thoroughbrednews
It might not have been Winx-like, nor was it a Group One, but the victory of Wu Gok in Saturday’s Listed TAB Winter Cup over 2400m at Rosehill Gardens was definitely one for the scrap book. Sure, Wu Gok was highly favoured to become the first horse to complete the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup / Winter Cup in a calendar year, while the Heavy9 was tailor made for a horse which had previously won eight of his 10 victories on soft surfaces. What wasn’t anticipated however was the manner in which Wu Gok won the Winter Cup: after leading for most of the journey, the Sebring 6YO was well and truly headed by Yulong Prince and then Carzoff over the final furlong. It appeared as if a meritorious third was on the cards. But Wu Gok found reserves rarely witnessed at that level and fought back doggedly to again overhaul Carzoff and a tiring Yulong Prince. The victory takes Wu Gok’s stakes tally to four while his overall prizemoney sits at $754,035 – a substantial return on the Robert Anderson bred / Widden Stud consigned youngster that cost just $120,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Purchased on behalf of Hermitage Thoroughbreds, Wu Gok is a half brother to Group One Australian Derby winner, Levendi, and the Group winning Marcel From Madrid, while Wu Gok’s dam – the stakes placed Lipari – is a daughter of Group One Australasian Oaks winner, Tully Thunder. “He (Wu Gok) is just such an honest horse and that was a phenomenal run on Saturday,” Hermitage’s Shannon Beasley points out. “We absolutely love him on farm and he’s a real favourite at Chris Waller’s stables. “The uphill gallops at the farm have obviously helped and that win on Saturday makes it two from two this time in. Overall though, he rarely puts in a bad run, especially when it’s soft underfoot.” ... 📸Steve Hart Photographics #thoroughbredracing #horseracing #horses #horsesofinstagram #horse #thoroughbred #thoroughbreds #thoroughbrednews
Bernie Howlett might not be the only person to ride a Group One winner, train a Group One winner AND breed a Group One winner, but we’re fairly confident suggesting it’s not a long list. The unassuming Howlett rode two Sydney Cup winners and, after taking up training in 1964, won a Doomben 10,000 with Suntain and lists the multiple Group winner, Belmonte, among his best. Howlett then pulled off the trifecta in 2014 when the I Am Invincible colt he bred, Brazen Beau, won the first of two Group Ones in the VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes. However, while he has scaled back his operation considerably in recent years, Howlett returned to the winners’ circle, so to speak, when his homebred, In Good Time, captured the Listed TAB Ascot Quality over 1200m at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Trained out of Wyong by Tracey Bartley, In Good Time has taken her own good time between drinks, but was back to her best at Eagle Farm, notching up her eighth win from 22 outings for $334,050 in stakes. Appearing for the first time at Dubbo in November 2017, In Good Time peeled off seven straight on the NSW country circuit, culminating in a solid victory in the Listed Denise’s Joy at Scone five months later. A combination of factors – bad luck, wet tracks and a severed extensor ligament – have conspired to deny In Good Time a victory in the two years hence, but there was to be no denying the mare on Saturday: racing away to score comfortably against a field including previous start stakes winner, Scallopini, and multiple black type winner, Brave Song. “She (In Good Time) was galloping the house down and just needed a dry track … we’re over the moon,” a delighted Bartley points out. “She’s always been a stable favourite and the main target this time in will be the (Listed) Ramornie Handicap at Grafton (8 July).” ... 📸Trackside Photography #thoroughbredracing #horseracing #horses #horsesofinstagram #thoroughbredsofinstagram #thoroughbreds #horse #thoroughbred #thoroughbrednews
When rank outsider, Love You Lucy, poked her head through at just the right time to capture the Group Two Quincy Dane Ripper Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm on Saturday, it’s a toss up as to who was the most excited … breeder/owner, Leo Goggins, or his grandson, Sam, who sent him a text post-race to say he’d had $10 each way for a “lazy 500”. “It’s a huge thrill all round,” Goggins enthused. “I first got involved in a syndicate around 50 years ago and then spent a while in Western Australia where we raced some trotters. But this has been our biggest success by a mile. “We’ve shared ownership of thoroughbreds with a large group of friends over the years and this one is with four mates. A good mate dropped out before Love You Lucy raced and that’s when I put the six kids (supported by 13 grandchildren) into the ownership. “The children are scattered all over the place in WA, and it appears they were only just getting warmed up on Saturday night when I went to bed. “It’s just a great group of people. There’s no hard feelings from the mate who decided to pass on a share and he was the first one on the phone to congratulate us. We went out on Sunday morning and I told him we could now afford to shout breakfast,” Goggins adds with a laugh. “As for Love You Lucy’s trainer, we’ve had a few horses with Barry over the years and I told him it was about time we gave him a decent one!” The ‘Barry’ to whom Goggins refers is 79-year-old, jockey-turned-Toowoomba conditioner, Barry Squair, who has become something of a media sensation in his own right. ... 📸Trackside Photography #thoroughbred #thoroughbrednews #thoroughbredracing #horseracing #horses #horse #horsesofinstagram #thoroughbredsofinstagram
“September Run is the best performed of the yearlings purchased by Hermitage in 2019 so far... Read the full story in the Aushorse Newsletter. Link in bio.
“Scallopini is a rising 6YO, but to my mind he just keeps improving... Read the full story in the Aushorse Newsletter. Link in bio.