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Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Newfoundland, Friday 8th December, Canterbury, Race 4: Newfoundland. It was a tricky one this week with a number of horses stepping into the unknown, so while they're talented and I think they can win, it doesn't fit the purpose of this piece. Although it has tripped me up recently, I'm going to stick with the thread of imports, possibly as a biased Brit. It's undeniable that their stayers are superior, and this lightly raced gelding has started favourite on multiple occasions over 2000-3200 metres in Ireland. He also raced at the unrivaled Royal Meeting last year, and didn't finish all that far behind Deauville Legend who ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup a few months later. Maybe I'll finish the day saying he obviously needs further and a bigger track, but I am hopeful that his European class shines through.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Yarrawonga, Sunday 3rd December, Hawkesbury, Race 5:I was really tempted by Serpentine (coming out of a Melbourne Cup), Taormina (every year I look for a filly for this race) and Head Of The Herd (jockey confidence) but I’m a bit fearful when it comes to the unknown of wet tracks and interstate travel. I’m sticking with Yarrawonga because I was really keen on him last preparation and he ran a string of placings. As I have previously said, a European starting over 2000 metres doesn’t concern me at all, and neither does top weight. He started favourite in town, including on a Saturday, in all but one of his five starts last time in and this will be by far the easiest race he’s contested for some time. Hawkesbury can get very wet so that would be the big question mark, but I can hear Gai telling me that the Irish swim so it’s Yarrawonga for me this week.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Ritzytwenties, Friday 24th November, Bong Bong, Race 5: How could I not put my full support behind our Bong Bong Cup runner? This picnic meeting is a real jewel in the calendar, and I encourage everyone to attempt to get there one year. Being from the UK originally, the only thing I can compare it to is a point-to-point meeting, but (hopefully) with much nicer weather. It may not be a race we target horses at months in advance, but I think that this gelding is the ideal candidate. He’s third up off the back of a country win which had so much merit to it, but it’s clear he’s still learning his trade. Bong Bong is a tricky track so he’s going to learn a huge amount and will relish the step up in trip. We have booked record-breaking, Brazilian-born picnic jockey, Leandro Ribeiro, who works as a trackwork rider for Gary Portelli so I’m confident he will be able to guide the gelding around this track’s idiosyncrasies. You won’t get double figure odds here, but I plan to be toasting our third Bong Bong Cup winner on Friday afternoon.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. I’mintowin, Saturday 18th November, Race 5, Newcastle or, Sunday 19th November, Race 7, Taree: At the time of writing he is dual nominated for Newcastle and Taree but I’m sticking with him wherever he goes because taking a line through his Australian debut, he’ll be hard to beat anywhere. I’ve said it a million times before, but I am a huge fan of country cups, especially now there’s the $3mil. carrot every November. 1500 metres straight up to 2000 metres could be the only query but we see these imports thrive time and time again when doing this and with half of the field dual nominated, it could end up being a very weak renewal. The speed he showed and then sustained through the line first up has me thinking that nothing will get near him at Taree and although he meets more seasoned city campaigners at Newcastle, I think this unexposed four-year-old is on the rise so still must be extremely tough to beat.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Shangri La Express, Sat 11th November, Rosehill Gardens, Race 7: I’m still in awe of what this colt did on debut. We had originally planned to trial him a second time but nominated him for the Kirkham Plate with the plan to gallop him the following day and let him decide. It was his best piece of work and Tim Clark told Adrian that if he was riding in Sydney, this is the ride he’d be chasing. Physically the colt had done a treat too and having the race experience and prizemoney in the bank for this million-dollar race all added up to making it a no brainer. I know how frustrating it can be when plans change but I really do believe that being guided by each horse is how we get our best results. I went into that race day full of optimism until the gates opened. There was so much pressure early so to win so comfortably, and by 2.5 lengths, firmly stamped him as a star of the future for me. He’s the only winner in the field on Saturday, though there’s only been four two year old races in Sydney, and although he’s drawn wide, he’s proven that he’s got natural speed and can absorb pressure. I think he’s going to be extremely hard to beat.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Hawaii Five Oh, Saturday 4th November, Rosehill Gardens, Race 8: When he went to the paddock last preparation, I thought he might develop into the perfect Golden Eagle colt but understandably, after a discussion with his connections, Gai and Adrian devised a plan to get him to the $20mil. The Everest. They were spot on, and he blew me away second up when he arguably should have lowered the flag of subsequent Everest winner, Think About It. With the prizemoney on offer and the quality of horses taking their place, Saturday will be a high-pressure race. Part of me feels this will suit Hawaii Five Oh’s running style and the other part of me feels that it will bring stamina to the fore and he’s yet to be untested over further than 1400 metres. Last preparation I would have said of course he’ll get the distance, so I am sticking with him.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. The Instructor, Saturday 21st October, Caulfield, Race 1: As you can see, I’m really excited about a number of our chances this weekend and probably could add more to this list. In an attempt to not ramble on too much, these are the highlights, and I’ve chosen The Instructor as he ticks every box. He’s extremely well weighted under the set weights and penalties conditions, i.e. if this was a handicap, he would be carrying a lot more weight than these so he should have a lot in hand. He’s in form as a last start winner, he’s proven at the grade and higher, and won over the distance last time. He races his own age group and with Jordan Childs being suspended earlier this week, we have a terrific replacement in Tim Clark who knows exactly how our horses should be ridden. Improvers aside, on paper The Instructor has to be the one to beat. Tropical Squall Impressive last start win ✅ Grade – proven ✅ Distance – first try Kaizad Impressive last start win ✅ Grade – big step up Zoumon Well weighted ✅ Distance – will improve over further
Our work to find our owners the next European Group 1 middle distance racehorse has officially begun with the release of the 2023 Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale catalogue which you can view here. This year's edition features 1750 Lots which Rob Waterhouse will sift through for us, with his form guide close by his side, in search of the next JUST FINE, THE OFFER, KNIGHTS ORDER or GLENCADAM GOLD. Gai, Adrian, Claudia and Bruce discuss the sale in depth, including our successful selection process in the video below. We average three purchases at this sale each year and they sell out fast, so PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST with our sales team today, or by reply to this email. The sale is set for 23-27 October. Those owners who register their interest will: Receive a phone call from our Bloodstock team Be updated daily in the lead up to the sale Be first to know which horses we secure so they have the first opportunity to be involved Read our 2023 Tattersalls Stayers Package Brochure here. Please contact our Sales team if you have any questions or queries. Claudia Miller - email@example.com or 0422545990Bruce Slade - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0400505238Emma Coleman - email@example.com or 047416104 Thank you for your support. We love nothing more than repaying your faith. Kind regards, Gai & Adrian
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Serpentine, Saturday 7th October, Flemington, Race 7: I was once again tempted by Ambassadorial as I think he’s well in on Saturday, but he does need to take that next step to Stakes company. I am also really looking forward to seeing Hoo Ya Mal over 1900 metres but under weight for age conditions, the likes of Montefilia are extremely well in at the weights so he isn’t perfectly ‘playing by the rules’. I’ve gone with Serpentine again because he’s suitably weighted, he’s third up and I think the track and trip are ideal. I am hopeful Ben Melham will settle him closer to the pace this week, although it does look as though there will be a lot of speed so that’s my only query. We have applied the blinkers so if they have the desired effect and he’s closer in the run, I think he will be tough to beat.
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Kibou, Saturday 30th September, Royal Randwick, Race 10: I’d love to go a little bit rogue this week with a horse who’s ready to take it to the next level because I think we have a few to choose from, but I’m going stick to the brief. Kibou is a Group 3 winner who beat eventual Group 1 winner Golden Mile that day, so we’ve always felt he was up to the highest level. He had a year off and returned brilliantly in June of this year. We spelled him after that to get the timing right for a tilt at the $10mil. Golden Eagle in November and he won first up two weeks ago in a race that didn’t go to plan tactically. I don’t think he had any right to win that day, but his talent, grit and determination saw him through. Ordinarily I like to see our horses stepping up in trip but with that first up run under his belt, and if he’s going to shape up into a Golden Eagle horse, he has to be hard to beat here.
The first 2YO trials in Sydney in September each year are something our whole industry looks forward to. How can we not be excited about seeing the fresh faces of the next generation performing for the public for the very first time? Last Monday we had our most successful first 2YO trials of all time in terms of qualifying for the first 2YO Stakes races of the season, with our 13 trial contestants all placing first or second in their heats to gain automatic entry into the Breeders' Plate and the Gimcrack Stakes this Saturday. We are very proud of our hard working team and service providers whose efforts in education and training of our young horses have put our owners in a position to capitalise on their investment early in the season. Shining A Light Assessing your 2YO's prospects leading into the trials is difficult for any trainer as the only measure you have at that point is against the other unraced/untried 2YOs in your care. The official trials are your first chance to gauge talent, hence with good results comes a good benchmark for a trainer to gauge the talent of the next wave of 2YOs in their care. Early Trials Point To A Future Fast One An example of this is how we are now able to measure the prospects of the Capitalist x Rekindled Choice colt we currently have in full work at Randwick. On Tuesday he galloped impressively in the company of a Justify colt who was matched up to the work partner of Gravitas and Fortian in previous gallops. With those two colts performing well at the trials, we feel we now have a nice line on the Capitalist colt who has been impressing us, particularly over the last four weeks. Bred To Star Early Capitalist x Rekindled Choice '21 Colt: Price: $460,000 - Yulong Stud Sale: Inglis Premier Sale Shares available: Yes - only 15% Colours available: No The Capitalist colt is bred to be a star, he is a magnificent specimen, and he's bred to go early. Capitalist's oldest just completed their 3YO season and he already has two sons at stud, Captivant (Kia Ora) and Profiteer (Newgate). Gai, Adrian, Claudia and Bruce got together to discuss the Capitalist colt in full detail in the video below. September born colt, cracking physical By an exceptional sire of 2YOs, in fact, only one stallion in Australia goes better in terms of Stakes horses to 2YO runners - Capitalist 14% alongside I Am Invincible 15% Dam is a full-sister to Group 1 winner and freshman sire, Alabama Express From the same family as The Everest and Group 1 All Aged Stakes winner, Giga Kick Capitalist crossed with Redoute's Choice = 83% strike rate of winners to runners This colt is currently in full training at Tulloch Lodge and taking aim at the races this preparation via a trial next month See his latest update here Click here to view his pedigree and sales page For more information on this colt, or to secure a share, please contact our Sales team: Claudia Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0422545990 Bruce Slade - email@example.com or 0400505238 Emma Coleman - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0474161041 We hope you like him as much as we do. Happy Racing,Gai & Adrian
Our Racing Manager, Emma Reeves, aids us with programming and identifies who she thinks is the best placed horse each weekend. Alligator Blood, Saturday 23rd September, Caulfield, Race 9: It will come as no surprise at this time of year that 90% of our runners need to take that ‘next step’, and I think many are capable of doing just that, but it was a three horse race for who is most closely ‘playing by the rules’. Only just getting nosed out was Zelta who’s dropping back to a fillies and mares maiden having been beaten less than a length in Stakes grade, albeit in Adelaide. The other going down by the bob of the head was Ambassadorial who should relish the step up in trip, unlike a number of his competitors, and he’s dropping back in grade from a win in a $150,000 Saturday race where I expected others to have a sharper turn of foot. I couldn’t go past the mighty Alligator though. He doesn’t know how to run a bad race and won this particular one last year, although due to a slight reshuffle of the calendar he is forced to back up within seven days for the first time this weekend. He’s probably the toughest horse I’ve come across, so I don’t foresee that as being a problem and if the handicapper has got things right, Alligator Blood is extremely well weighted here.