SETBACK FOR KAYLA MARIE
MORE RISING TWO YEAR OLDS RETURN (Comings and Goings)
(43 wins from 88 drives to date $1.79m.
114 wins from 358 starts training $4.4m)
"It is not easy to sort out the highs and lows of this season as you can understand but I think winning the three Group Ones on one night in Auckland (Messenger, Sires Stakes, Trotting Derby in April) was right up there because you don't often do that !.
There were a lot of top horses I drove but thought Ultimate Machete winning the Free for All first up in open company was special.That was a real feat. There were others like Princess Tiffany and Elle Mac among the girls and Eamon Maguire later in the season but the triple G1 was probably the tops.
A personal highlight for us was getting into a financial position where we could enjoy it all a little more and that has been a battle. Lows? The virus the team got in Sydney was one though that can always happen. Losing Neil Pilcher was the worst. He had been such a supporter for so long and we miss him
NATALIE : I have only been fair over the last few days with a winter cold but not much time to recuperate as we are back into full action with the babies building up and the Breeder's Crown horses are back this week. However Kayla Marie has been withdrawn from the BC. She has a knee chip and will be operated on this week. The others all seem fine-Enhance Your Calm, Princess Tiffany, Shez All Rock and Another Masterpiece are all back and seem to have done well with their little break. There are also the older horses like Ultimate Machete, The Fixer, Cash n Flow etc getting through their paces for the spring
COMINGS AND GOINGS -STABLE MANAGER
Several rising two year olds are due back on Monday, youngsters from the sales. They are: Freddiesam (Bettor's Delight-Zingara) Smooth Deal (Bettor's Delight-Linda Grace) Jack Taylor (Somebeachsomewhere-Saddle Ridge) Italian Lad (Bettor's Delight-Delzioso) Gopati (Bettor's Delight-Good as Gold) Dina Bolt (Bettor's Delight-Pullover Brown) and Aqua Sancta (Bettor's Delight-Sossuvei). Kings Landing (Muscle Hill-Pocaro) is back with us and Turn It Up is back on Monday. Slingshot, Where Ya Bin and of course Chase Auckland are other recent additions.
I am back in action now and handled the team at the workouts on Wednesday. The track was off and so was the weather but the results were ok at this stage of season. I am driving at Forbury on Thursday and Bettor Be Ready (brother to Ultimate Delight) looks my all round best chance Been running some useful races and drawn the second line but behind one of the favourites so might get a good run early,
FACTS STATS AND THOUGHTS
A foggy morning couldn't hide the excitement about the arrival of this little lass to All Stars Stable. She is named Sweet on Me and is the first foal of the champion mare Adore Me who was the fastest mare in the world and whose incredible record is fresh in the minds of most. If not she had 26 wins from 36 starts and was second in another five winning over $1.6m and ran 1.47.7 for the mile.Sweet On me has a lot to live up to but the signs are promising. "I haven't had much time with her yet but the news from (pre-trainer) Steve Boyd was that he seemed fairly high on her" Mark said. Adore Me had another Sweet Lou filly and is in foal to Somebeachsomewhere
OUR SUCCESS IS A TEAM EFFORT
Matt Bowden (STABLE FOREMAN), Mike Woodlock, Dave Lewis, Rebecca Hendricks, Kerry Estreich (BLACKSMITH) , Olivia Thornley, Ashleigh Royal,
Carolyn Carney (OFFICE SECRETARY) Iva Junkova, Alison Ward, and Terry Webster