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Adrenaline stable update (February 2018)

Kingaroy winning at Caloundra - 3rd December 2017 Kingaroy winning at Caloundra - 3rd December 2017

Archytas (6yo Gelding – Jet Spur x Quality Appeal)

Six-year old Archytas is the distinguished older gentleman of the stables and he has had a sea change. Chris’s Sunshine Coast foreman Aiden St Vincent decided the city life wasn’t for him and opened a stable at Coffs Harbour. We thought that old Archy would enjoy doing his work on the beach and in the salt water so sent him down to join Aiden. The change of scene has produced good results from the old guy with him winning a jump-out this week. We look forward to seeing him back at the races soon!

Social Conquest (4yo Gelding - Love Conquers All x Social Register)

Promising gelding Social Conquest was returned to Eureka Stud for a spell so that he could spend more time getting his feet right. He has been under the care of Bernie Lowe doing his pre-training on the water walker and treadmill at Bahram outside of Toowoomba for around a month and will soon be back at Eagle Farm where Chris will fine tune him for his comeback. It looks like he is running head-on into the Winter Carnival - lucky we have an opinion of him!

Kingaroy (4yo Gelding – Rothesay x Bethany)

Kingaroy could do no wrong last preparation! After ironing out some hoof issues he gave us a couple of nice seconds before stringing a couple of wins together, including a great photo opportunity when he saluted before Christmas with jockey Michael Cahill wearing a santa hat. His form has justified the patience our ownership group have shown in letting this big, late, November foal mature. He will soon be returning from a spell at Eureka Stud and if his upward spiral continues, these guys could have a handy middle distance horse on their hands. 

Son of a Brut (4yo Gelding – Captain Sonador x Taittinger 

Son of a Brut, by contrast, had an unlucky preparation last time, drawing nothing but outside gates on rock-hard tracks. He did, however, manage to put Damien Browne on top of the Jockey Origin Challenge in its early stages with a hard-fought win at Doomben in the wet, making it two wins for the campaign. He will soon be returning to pre-training after a spell at Eureka Stud and we hope to see him making the grade in Saturday staying races, based on his form when he draws a gate.

Champ Elect (3yo Filly – Choisir x Champalou) 

Magic Millions alumni Champ Elect has returned to Eagle Farm this week following a spell at Eureka Stud. We sought to prepare her for the 3yo Magic Millions, but she was better served by six weeks at Washpool Lodge under the guidance of Kevin Thomas at this stage of her development, and Kevin has returned her in fantastic condition. With everything going to plan, look for her in the winner’s circle during the Winter Carnival! 

Global Choice (2yo Filly – Choisir x Global Start)

Have we found another star Choisir in the shape of our Global Choice? We think so! After showing good ability by easily winning her first 400m jump-out, this filly showed signs she needed a break and, after seven weeks at Eureka Stud, she returned bigger and stronger and has been ticking all the boxes as she works towards her first start. After leading all the way to win her first barrier trial last week, we are taking her to Doomben where Chris and the bookmakers think she is a great chance. Exciting times ahead for the team of owners in this young filly. 

Exorbitance (3yo Gelding – Excelebration x Red Roses Too)

Exorbitance is our little guy with a big attitude. He has always shown us good ability, including an impressive barrier trial win at Doomben, but he wasn't on his best behaviour when we took him to the races and his performance suffered as a result. He has come back bigger and stronger after a break at Eureka Stud, and we are holding our breath that he has matured mentally too! Things are looking good with a nice trial at Doomben last week. 

Intrepid Miss (4yo Mare – Show a Heart x Pekan Flight)

Intrepid Miss has returned to her birthplace at Tipuana Farm to become a mum. After an incredibly frustrating run of bad luck with this mare, we decided that we shouldn’t pursue her racing career any further. She’s a fantastic type of horse and if she can produce foals as physically impressive as herself with the ability we saw in track work, she is a great chance of making it in the breeding barn.

Vagabonds Rap (3yo Filly - Poets Voice x Beg)

Vagabonds Rap has taken a bit of time to put it all together but she’s getting there and had us all cheering with a fighting fourth at Ipswich a couple of starts back. The Brisbane summer has been hot and the tracks hard and we feel this may have been excuse enough for failing to launch in her last start at the Gold Coast. Since then, she has been looking good, the tracks have had some rain, and we are hoping for a good barrier to give her the chance to show the form Chris is seeing during track work.

Our Esposito (3yo Filly – Toorak Toff x She Goes To Rio) 

Our Esposito is maturing and she had us thinking we were screaming home a winner in her last start when she hit the front halfway down the straight at the Sunshine Coast. After getting a bit lost in front and feeling the pinch late on a Heavy 10, she fought on for a nice third. We are hoping she will get over a bit of ground as she matures further and make a nice middle distance horse.

Catastrophic (2yo Colt – Smart Missile x Foscat)

Catastrophic has been a roller coaster ride for connections and he’s only a 2yo with just one start! After he ran a close third to Ef Troop in his first start, where they smashed a second off the class record at Doomben, we decided to be patient. We gave him time to further develop rather than targeting the Magic Millions in order to set our eyes on the lofty target of the Slipper. Days before his return to the races, Chris picked up on an issue which has returned him to the paddock for treatment. Glass half full says it may be a blessing in disguise – let’s hope he returns on top!

Mem’s Magic (2yo Filly – Foxwedge x Authoress)

Consistent with her pedigree, Mem's Magic is a promising filly who looks set to race over a bit of a ground. She's not an early 2YO type, but she ran second in a jump-out over 840m last preparation. She was pushed around and squeezed up in her first barrier trial this time in, backing herself out of danger zone. Who can blame her! We will continue to educate her and believe time will be her best friend. Shares are still available in this 2yo filly whose pedigree will ensure she has retains value. Her half-brother made $360k at this year’s Magic Millions to John Foote and Darren Weir.