HUGE RESULTS FOR SMOLDA AND ALL STARS IN AUSTRALIAN HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
1) SMOLDA "HORSE OF THE YEAR" "PACER OF THE YEAR"
2)VINCENT "THREE YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR"
3) PICCADILLY PRINCESS "AGED MARE OF THE YEAR"
SATURDAY MORNING HOPPLING
4.50 last 800m 1.08: The Devils Own and Gentle Giant; Think About Me and Funatthebeach: All U Need is Faith and Turn it Up; Ready to Bloom and Bettor Trix; Mach Up and Ohanzee.
4.40 (1.04) Have Faith In Me and Chase Auckland
2400m : 3.30 and 1.05: Bare Knuckle and Conway Beach; Elle Mac and Shenandoah; Zion Bromac and Ashley Locaz
3.35 (1.05) Kingstanding and Winterfell;
3.25 (1.02) Piccadilly Princess and Major Shard; Delight in Me and Semiramide; Prince Fearless and Aldabaran Eagle
3.20 (1.05) Tennyson Bromac and Anthem
3.20 (1.02) Waikiki Beach and Ultimate Machete: Major Hippie and TheFixer; Lazarus and Heaven Rocks
WORK FROM SATURDAY
1) Kingslanding and Winterfell 2) Delight in Me and Conway Beach have Jonny and Natalie sharing some humour 3)Have Faith in Me leads Chase Auckland 3) 3) Zion Bromac and Ashley Locaz finish off 4) The babies in action.
*BIG TRIALS SQUAD SPLIT BETWEEN ASHBURTON TUESDAY (Learners and improvers) and RANGIORA WEDNESDAY
I have decided to scratch Dream About Me from Oamaru some time in the next few hours. Nothing serious but she was a bit lame on one foot on Wednesday and she went straight to our blacksmith Kerry (Estreicher) and he felt it was a 48 hour time span to recover so the time frame is not good. She has had the odd spot of bother with feet before but it is not a weakness, her feet are good but she can do some funny things with them at times.
I thought all ours went good at the workouts today for what we wanted them to do. We missed some hoppled work at the weekend with the weather so really it is just a hitout away from home for most of these. They all seem to have got the job done and Laz and Mene (Heaven Rocks) will be getting a bit more serious now.
Have Faith In Me seems to us to be a horse at his best when just given a little break between races so he would almost certainly bypass Oamaru. He was really good today, got away well and got the right run but he accelerated hard when the pressure went on and his last quarter was very sharp.
Chase Auckland is a lovely horse and he was just too good today. He ran his last mile in sharp time too and he is not finished yet.
(A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)
We have reduced the team going to the workouts on Wednesday because of the weather so some will be delayed a week. Others who have come back in the last week are Cheerful, Kayla Marie, Princess Tiffany, Bettor My Dreamz and Bettor's Delight-Catapult .
I am hopefully well on the way back now but it seems a long seven weeks since the operation on the shoulder. Everything has gone well so far and I am due to see the specialist about the 23rd of this month and I hope to get a clearance to return to work. The shoulder is out of the sling and feeling good but of course it hasn't been under any pressure yet. To say I am keen to get back into action is an understatement. But I know I won't be able to do it all at once. Just to get back in the action will be enough for me at the moment.
Yes I am going to train with Tim Butt from early December on at this stage It was a decision which was not hard to make in one way but difficult in another. I have really enjoyed my time here and handling all those good horses as well as learning so much from Natalie and Mark. But you have to keep moving on in this game and he opportunity to train on my own account with a larger team was a great opportunity and too good to miss. I will be taking some of my horses with us but we are not sure how many Tim will have based there yet of course so nothing is confirmed there.
TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS-AND THOSE NOW
You just have to turn the page. That was our view of More the Better in the Breeder's Crown when he lost his chance early. By the time you get to my stage in life racing doesn't have too many surprises but you know enough to know you are always ready for the bad ones.
Nobody seems to know what happened to him but as I say it is history now. Mark tells me he will have two months in the paddock now. He and Sicario and Partyon are spelling up here before they are tried again. There is not much four year old racing until later in the season and More the Better has to race the Cup horses from now on too so it won't be easy. But he's done a great job for us so far and at least we still have a horse.
Pilch had a spell in hospital with pneumonia and I am having a bit of trouble with arthritis at the moment so we are not quite as fit as the horses we race !
STATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list
TRIALLING THIS WEEK