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Don’t Panic!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

On MGIB Race Day at Bunbury today, the stable had six runners, and all but one took home cheques.

In the first race of the day, the Zurich Australia Maiden over 1200 metres, a full field of 16 runners went to post. The stable had two representatives, Panic and Two Strong Hearts. After his good run last time out Panic was made a warm favourite, despite his wide barrier.

The early pace in the race was set by Reign Rain and the second favourite, Sinister Motive, with Panic beautifully positioned by William Pike in 4th place and Two Strong Hearts towards the rear of the field. William tracked his main rival until well into the home straight, where he pulled Panic out to make his challenge. The Vain Rancher gelding soon put the result beyond doubt and won by a comfortable ¾ length, from the fast-finishing Miss El Guerrouj and our other runner Two Strong Hearts. This was an impressive win by Panic, who is another of Peter’s home-breds, and also a promising performance by Two Strong Hearts.

In the QBE Insurance Handicap over 1000 metres Jungle Hawk was given a great ride by young Chloe Chatfield to finish a close-up 3rd. Jomatesi and Hartley’s Park both ran well to finish 4th in their respective races.

Exciting Pinjarra Win For Real Honour

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Real Honour was our only runner at Pinjarra today, and the mare didn’t disappoint, winning the De Rosa Highway Motors Handicap, over 1400 metres.

In a very competitive race, Real Honour was settled well back in the field by jockey Shaun O’Donnell as Our Chief set a fast pace. As the horses reached the home turn the mare was still 11th, but Shaun moved her to the outside, then asked for an effort. Real Honour responded in brilliant fashion, sprinting home strongly to hit the front 50 metres out and win by 1 length, going away.

Real Honour was home bred by her owners, Serge and Sophie Madrigali, and is a typical Verglas. Shaun O’Donnell has a particularly fine record with the Verglas breed, and has struck up a good relationship with Real Honour, having been successful both times he has ridden her. No doubt there is more to come!

Price Monger In Albany Dead-Heat Thriller

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

A small team went to Albany today, and November Red kicked off the day in the Big Gift Maiden over 1600 metres. The giant Concrete Crusher gelding put in his best run to date, with a close-up 2nd to Zoomsonic,At the end of the programme, Price Monger was one of the outsiders in the Lomax Media/Regional Media Handicap over 1200 metres.

In the large field, and from a wide barrier, jockey Shaun Meeres had little option but to settle the horse towards the rear of the field in the early part of the race.

As the runners fanned out on the home turn, Shaun found a good run through the field, and at the 150 mark he set off after the leader, The Taxman. Price Monger sprinted really hard, and the two horses went across the line as one. After a nail-biting wait, the judge declared a dead heat, which on the day was probably a fair result for both horses.

Price Monger and his patient owners deserved this victory, as the 7 year old gelding always gives of his best, and the owners often make the long trip from Wagin to see him run.

Dangerous Dane Wins Nexus Heat

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

It was St.George’s Day at Bunbury today, and everyone was delighted to be back racing again.

Dangerous Dane provided the highlight of the meeting for the stable, winning the first heat of the prestigious Nexus Series, over 1400 metres.

After his recent win at Pinjarra, Dane was a warm favourite to continue his winning ways. The horse jumped well from the barriers, and jockey Jarrad Noske had the gelding perfectly positioned just off the pace set by stable mate Jomatesi and Carpe Diem. There was little change in the order until the home straight, where Jarrad kicked Dane clear of his rivals. The horse stayed on strongly to the line, holding off the late challenge of Bow Road by a long head.

Earlier in the afternoon, in the St. George’s Bank Handicap over 1200 metres, Jungle Hawk ran a bold race to finish a close-up 3rd whilst his stable companion Chance In Time finished a most unlucky 6th having been held up for a run the whole length of the home straight.

The stable nearly had a winning double, when Core Asset made a gallant attempt to defy top weight in the St. George’s Trade Finance Handicap over 1400 metres. Unfortunately he couldn’t peg back the lightly weighted Cervino, and finished an honourable 2nd.