Archive for the ‘2009 -10 Season’ Category

Change In Time Grabs Belmont Win

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

/a>The stable only had one runner at Belmont’s mid-week meeting, CHANCE IN TIME in the Just Jugah Handicap over 1200 metres.

The early pace was set by Super Confident and Lomondside Lass, so Kyra Yuill settled CHANCE IN TIME just off the speed in 6th place. There was little change in the order until the field reached the cutaway at the beginning of the straight. Here the runners fanned across the course and Kyra got a super run on the inside rail to grab the lead 100 metres out. CHANCE IN TIME, under a strong ride from Kyra, had enough in reserve to repel the late challenge of the favourite Kenile and win by half a length.

As joint owner with long-time friend Ken Kingston, Peter was delighted with this richly-deserved victory, CHANCE IN TIME having been a rather unlucky horse throughout his racing career. It was good to see everything fall his way today. Change In Time Grabs Belmont Win

Maiden Win For Zeta Bay

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We took two horses to Northam’s Trophy meeting on Thursday. ZETA BAY was the popular pick in the 1600 metre maiden, but plenty of horses were specked to beat him.

The early pace was surprisingly quick, with Capulet Street and Phoenix Fighter leading the way. Jason Brown positioned ZETA BAY in mid field, and steadily improved the gelding’s position, so on straightening he was poised just behind the leaders. At the 200 metre mark ZETA BAY moved smoothly into the lead and quickly went clear, allowing Jason to let the horse coast in for an effortless 1 1/4 length win.

Majority owner Frank Scullino was delighted to be on course to collect the Kevin Hammond Trophy, which was presented by popular RWWA starter Todd Plane.

ZETA BAY is a gross horse, and has taken time to mature, but being a full brother to metro miler Zadeisha he should continue to improve over extended distances.

Our second runner ALLS GOOD ran in the Kevin Christianson Handicap, also over 1600 metres. After a super run he was only beaten a nose by the favourite Regal Miss in a driving finish. He certainly has his foot firmly on the till.

Mainden Win For Du Printemps

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

DU PRINTEMPS was a warm favourite for the Brett Smith Maiden over 1000 metres at Pinjarra’s mid-week meeting. The small field was led in the early stages by Twisted Force, with DU PRINTEMPS settled in 3rd place by jockey Clint Harvey. As the leader dropped away near the 200 metre mark, the rest of the field bunched, but DU PRINTEMPS stayed on strongly to win by a comfortable 3/4 length. This was a well deserved win for the Oratorio gelding, who has performed consistently throughout his first prep. His owner John Molloy should be eagerly looking forward to his next campaign.

Bunbury Wuinella

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The postponed South West Times Race Day was held on Tuesday, to bring the 2009/10 Bunbury season to an end. It was an exciting day’s racing, with all the season’s championships up for grabs. Peter had been in a ding-dong battle with David Harrison for the trainer’s premiership, which captured media and racegoers’ interest right to the final race. Unfortunately, despite NOVEMBER RED’s victory, see below, Peter was pipped by one win, bringing his fantastic run of 12 consecutive championships to an end – a record which will stand for some years! We would like to congratulate the Harrison team, and look forward to renewing the rivalry next season.

In the feature race of the day, the South West Times Handicap over 1675 metres, we had two runners, NOVEMBER RED and KEY DYNASTY. The favourite Light That Smile tried to repeat his recent feat of making all, but in the home straight NOVEMBER RED and KEY DYNASTY swept past the leader to fight out the finish. In a thrilling tussle NOVEMBER RED, strongly ridden by Jason Whiting, just held off the game efforts of KEY DYNASTY and Kyra Yuill. A great effort by both horses, who are testimony to Peter’s great conditioning, as they have both raced throughout the season, and thoroughly deserve their winter rest.

At the presentation ceremony NOVEMBER RED’s owner Nino Buratovic was represented by another of our owners, Rocky Dagostino.

The stable also had three 3rds on the day, with REALARIO, GIVE ME MONEYHONEY and DU PRINTEMPS all running sound races.

Adcot Gold For Lesicon

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

On Strickland Stakes day at Ascot LEXICON GOLD was one of the fancied runners in the Fruit ‘n Veg Handicap over 1400 metres. The race was run at a good pace, with the old-timers Legend Express and Nullagine cutting out the early running. Kyra Yuill was able to settle LEXICON GOLD just behind the leaders in 5th place on the rails. 250 metres from home Late Night Flight stormed into the lead, but Kyra got a great rails run on TOBY and he quickly sprinted clear to win by a cosy 1 1/2 lengths.

This was a terrific win by the Dr. Johnson gelding, who took his career winnings to over $200,000, which is a great return on his $8,000 purchase price! Peter was delighted with LEXICON GOLD’s performance, and equally pleased with Kyra’s ride. The young apprentice seems to have struck up a good relationship with TOBY, having ridden him three times for two wins and a 2nd.

Give Me Moneyhony Gets The Money!

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The stable got off to a flying start on Bunbury Mail Race Day, when GIVE ME MONEYHONEY justified favouritism to win the Frankie’s Maiden over 1200 metres. This was the Bletchley Park filly’s third start this prep, and after two good runs punters were keen to support her.

Jason Brown fired GIVE ME MONEYHONEY out of the barriers and the filly quickly went clear of the field. Despite the best efforts of her opponents, she ran out an easy winner by 1 1/2 lengths, from Simply Mak and Love It Zara.

This was a very popular local winner for the Daqui family, who are great supporters of Bunbury races. Mr Daqui senior was on hand to lead the family’s horse in.

In the third race of the day, the Bunbury BBQ Maiden also over 1200 metres, Peter’s home-bred MISS DAFFODIL ran another promising race to finish runner-up to the well-regarded Carooned. A win can’t be too far away for this well-bred filly.

Lesicon Gold Grabs Apprentice Cup

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Bunbury round was a busy time for the stable, with many owners liking to have runners at the popular South West racing carnival.

The first day, Tuesday, was a frustrating one for all concerned, with the horses running really well, but with no racing luck. The final score for the day was two 2nds, three 3rds and two 4ths!

Cup Day started off in the same manner, with GIVE ME MONEYHONEY finishing 2nd in the opening maiden of the day. After STATES SECRET had finished 3rd in his race we hoped OTTUMWA would break our duck in the Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre Handicap, but it was not to be, as the horse got held up in running, but flashed home to finish a close 2nd to Eternal Power.

Despite these reverses, LEXICON GOLD was made a warm favourite for the South West Apprentices’ Cup over 1400 metres. Although only a small field went to post, it was sure to be a competitive race, with most of the young riders in the running to win the three-race series.

The race itself was run at a good clip with Blues Guitar setting the pace, and LEXICON GOLD settled mid-field by Kyra Yuill. At the 200 metre mark the field bunched, and Share Trader went for home, but Kyra got a good run out of LEXICON GOLD, and the Dr Johnson gelding quickly grabbed the initiative and won comfortably.

This was a richly deserved win for the 6 year old, who hadn’t won for almost two years, despite a number of placings in Metro races. Jockey Kyra Yuill won the Apprentice Series with this victory, which should give her promising career a further boost.

Nickeved Scores Again

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

On WIN Television Race Day at Bunbury the stable had mixed fortunes, but we finished the day with a winner and a 2nd.
NICKEVED was made favourtie for the Harvey Norman Superstore Bunbury Handicap over 1420 metres. The mare had been knocking on the door recently and, with William Pike in the saddle, the punters thought she was a good thing. The race was run at a tremendous pace, because Hurricane Show flew from the barriers and tried to make all. On the home corner William was already niggling at NICKEVED, as the leader was 5 lengths in front and going well. Fortunately the race changed dramatically in the last 200 metres, with the rest of the field bunching up as the leader weakened. William rode NICKEVED as if his life depended on it, and the mare grabbed Circus Pony in the shadow of the winning post, to win by a neck.After the race the jockey was full of praise for the mare’s game effort, and said she should win again over a longer distance. The owners were away fishing in Broome, and will have a nice surprise when they return to shore!

The stable nearly scored a double with OTTUMWA in the 7th race of the day, the WIN News Handicap over 1705 metres, but the 5 year old gelding was just beaten by Last Curtain in a driving finish. His first WA win can’t be too far away.

In the evening Peter was once again a finalist in the South West Times Buswell Sports Star of the Year Award. This prestigious event was hosted by Bunbury Mayor Dave Smith, and it was an honour that Peter was in the final 12, alongside international stars from various sports.

Super Win For Friar’s Touch

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

In a very competitive field for the Carlton Draft Handicap over 1600 metres at Ascot, FRIAR’S TOUCH was one of the outsiders in the betting. However jockey Troy Turner was confident that the race would be run to suit, and as events turned out he was spot on with his evaluation of the race.

The strong early pace was set by Great Destiny and the favourite Late Night Flight. Turner positioned FRIAR’S TOUCH two lengths off the back of the field, and there he remained until the 200 metre mark, where the other runners bunched, allowing the 7 year old gelding to make his run down the outside. FRIAR’S TOUCH sprinted impressively to win going away by an easy 2 lengths.

This was a fantastic performance by the veteran horse, as this was his 51st start, and he has now won over $400,000. Peter was delighted with Troy Turner’s superb ride, and hopes that this combination can do it again in the Pinjarra and Bunbury Cups.

Managing owner Serge Madrigali is seen here leading in his winner.