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Stable Update (October 2019)

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RECENT RETIREES

Champ Elect – Following a successful yet relatively short career cruelled by a series of injuries and ailments, Champ Elect was retired in May and sold at the Magic Millions Broodmare sale to become a mum. After winning her first two races including a stakes win at start number two and an unlucky run in the Magic Millions 2yo race, Champ Elect finished up with 3 wins and $130,000 in stakes. She sure was an exciting horse to be involved with. Champ was sold for $160,000 as a broodmare and we can’t wait to see her progeny over the coming years. Her first date is with Qld’s champion sire Spirit of Boom. Check out her career highlights.

Archytas – Archytas was the old gentleman of our stable and was the first horse we publically syndicated. He may have only won the 4 races and $80k for us, but he had a huge heart – always tried his absolute. Archy gave his owners a lot of thrills and we’re certain that if he didn’t succumb to some of the niggles that held him back, he’d have won us all many more races.  He’s now retired to the beach at Coffs Harbour, where he is Aiden St Vincent’s lead pony. Here he is doing his best!  Check out Archy’s full career highlights here (warning: mini movie).  

Social Conquest – After 24 starts for 3 wins, 5 placings and a tick under $60,000 in prizemoney, Quest is off to be a showhorse/hack. This quirky horse had a stack more ability than what he was able to produce on race day, and whilst he was frustrating at times he did provide plenty of fun for his loyal bunch of owners.  This 6yo gelding has been retired healthy and sound and is ready to take on his new post-racing challenges. We look forward to following his progress. Social Conquest wins on debut 

Mem’s Magic – Mem’s Magic made a very promising start to her career with a fast-finishing yet unlucky third on debut.  However, in the words of her trainer Aiden St Vincent, she unfortunately just didn’t have the constitution to reach her potential on the track and retired as broodmare with three placings ($12,500) from just nine starts. She’s a very well-bred mare and should be given a great chance at stud. Mem’s Magic runs third on debut 

Exorbitance – Exorbitance was a character, particularly off the race track and often during race-day preliminaries. What he lacked in ability he made up for in heart and always put in.  “Roger” was all set to win again this preparation, but the usually very sound gelding must have put his foot down wrong and succumbed to a tendon injury in his final gallop just days from a race we thought he’d go close in. Roger retired the winner of 2 races and $59,000 and gave us all some thrills along the way. As he recuperates from his injury, he will become a riding and companion horse for his new owners in Sydney. Exorbitance at his best winning his first race 

Catastrophic – Catastrophic was very much a case of what could have been.  The wrap on this horse was huge and his promising debut as a pre-Xmas 2yo gave us all just a taste of what was to come. Unfortunately though, Catastrophic had two severe breathing issues, which although unrelated, when combined, proved too big a handicap and we were forced to retire the powerful colt after just two starts.  We had him gelded and he’s now being re-trained by one of the organisers of the NSW Off The Track Thoroughbred series – eventing and showing etc. Catastrophic on debut

Kingaroy – Another tough gelding, Kingaroy won three races and ran a further 5 placings in a career plagued by foot problems.  He was on the podium 8 times, but this could have easily been 18 times if not for the issues he had.  Those first two winning days with Kingaroy were such a thrill – you can watch them here.  And here’s a short clip of Kingaroy with his new owner who is retraining him as show hack. 

 

CURRENT STABLE

Hostile Star – Has developed into a truly impressive looking and promising 3yo filly who’s in work and gearing up for a trial in the next few weeks. Chris Munce has a good opinion of this girl and we’re looking forward to seeing her at the races later this Spring. – 2 shares available 

Danezel – A 3yo gelding by Sizzling, who like Hostile Star, has been showing Chris Munce good early promise. Danezel recently ran a really nice 2nd in an official Doomben barrier trial to the very handy Profit but unfortunately suffered a knee chip during his during this trial.  We’ve got a very positive report from the vet regarding a sound return and he’s now enjoying some time off  before returning around Christmas time. We have a couple of shares available in this boy also.  

Son of a Brut – Son of a Brut is a lightly raced miler/stayer who was in the form of his life this time last year before suffering a race day injury that has been likened to an Achilles strain in a human.  Unfortunately surgery wasn’t an option – only rest, and so Son of a Brut’s owners elected to give him the 12 months recovery time rather than an enforced early retirement. We’re hoping they all reap the rewards when he returns to training this Spring/Summer.

Global Choice – a young mare with more than her fair share of ability, she’s shown Chris Munce very good talent on the training track but has to date been the victim of both bad rides mixed with her own overenthusiastic racing manners.  She’s also had a frustrating run with injury and illness, having had a knee chip removed in 2018 before suffering a serious infection from a small nick in her hind leg. She’s currently recovering from surgery as a result of the infection and if she receives a positive report from the vet will return to training early next year.

Better Than Ready x Falvelina colt – an energetic 2yo colt who has to date benefitted from two successful stints at the breakers followed by an initial education preparation at Washpool Lodge. He will return to work next week and we plan to have him at the Eagle Farm stables on the 2nd November to show him off to his owners.  Here’s some footage of him at Washpool Lodge in August. A single share has become available in this colt. 

All Too Hard x Christmas Offer filly – A very professional filly, the feedback from the pre-trainers was all very encouraging. She’s a large, strong filly who moves along nicely. She too will return work next week and we plan to have her at the Eagle Farm stables on the 2nd November to show her off to her owners.  Here’s some recent footage at Washpool Lodge. We do have some shares remaining in this filly. 

Foxwedge x Fly The Gates colt – An athletic 2yo colt who did well at the breakers and has also benefitted from a 3 week educational training preparation to date. He will join the other 2yos at Eagle Farm on the 2nd November and we can’t wait to see him in action again soon. Here’s some recent footage at Washpool Lodge. We do have some shares remaining in this colt. 

SHARES AVAILABLEclick here to see all shares available. 

 

OTHER NOTABLE UPDATES

Our Esposito was served by Your Song last November and is due to foal down any day now.

Epsilon has a Brazen Beau yearling and is about to foal down with an Epaulette – making that foal a close relation to Meryl.

Cynisca, who sadly died from Colic on the farm during retirement, is the big sister to a champion in Singapore.  Top Knight (Zoustar x Nero Cavallo) won 2 of the 3 triple crown legs this year and looks to be a very promising young horse.

Vagabonds Rap was retired from racing to be a pony club horse in Townsville. We don’t have any further updates just now. 

Supersay has a yearling by Vancouver and is in foal to Dundeel.

Dodge The Press is loving life as an eventer and his post-racing owner loves him! Check him out show jumping here!