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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Local breeding received a huge boost overnight when first-season sire SCOPACIRI’s second only runner, FLAG OF COMMAND (previously known as SCOPAWIN) won on debut in Singapore. It was a strong open race, and he won by 2 lengths despite having barrier 13 in a field of 14 runners. The horse led from the start, and in spite of running greenly in the home straight he won comfortably.

To watch the race, follow the link:

Peter is obviously delighted with the early success of SCOPACIRI’s progeny, and confirmed his belief that the stallion would throw strong early types, with plenty of speed, rather like SCOPACIRI himself! After his first five runners performed so well in trials (3 winners) astute breeders have already booked some very well-bred mares to the stallion for the forthcoming season.

The following article appeared in today’s Singapore press:


The Open race for two-year-olds, the $65,000 Hello Argentina Stakes over 1200m saw a boilover result when $224 roughie Flag Of Command landed the top prize.

Despite showing some gate speed at his two barrier trials, the unraced gelding by little-known Perth sire Scopaciri was given a wide berth by most punters after he drew the second-worst barrier in No 13.

But Brazilian jockey Ivaldo Santana produced a gem of a ride when he bounced the Mok Zhan Lun-trained newcomer out like a flash to vie for the lead, which he was able to secure after a tussle with Oasis Spur (Saifudin Ismail).

Flag Of Command settled into his leading role rather easily to swing for home as the one to run down, but the better fancies like One Smart Cat (John Powell) and Golden Sand Steed (Opie Bosson) were both expected to descend on him.

But to everybody’s surprise, Flag Of Command did not buckle and continued to accelerate though he was inclined to hang out under pressure to score a rather comfortable two-length win from Golden Sand Steed with One Smart Cat third another neck away. The winning time was 1min 12.63secs on the yielding track.

“He did show some speed in his trials but I didn’t think he had a chance from that wide gate,” said Mok.

“I just told the jockey to try and educate him, but he jumped and ran and to my surprise he just kept going.

“He’s still green as he was going all over the shop in the last bit, but he still won well.”

Mok said the owners Kim Stable, who also races Fat Bobo, his last winner on July 1, purchased Flag Of Command from Perth.

He was also happy with the run by his more fancied runner ($28) Pioneer Seven (Greg Cheyne), who was badly checked at the 300m to run fifth.

“It wasn’t a bad run. He got into some traffic problems, or else he could have finished closer,” he said.

Santana, who continues to knock in winners on a regular basis (25th win), said Flag Of Command proved hard to assist in the concluding stages, but his good toe earned him the race.

“He was very quick out of the gates,” said the Brazilian jockey.

“But I had to keep pulling him back in in the home straight. I think he handles the turf better than the Polytrack.”


Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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At Belmont on Saturday 16th PRECIOUS SNIPPETS, after her promising reappearance,  was made favourite in the PR Punters Club Handicap over 1200 metres.

In a competitive race, the early pace was set by Ibrahimovic and Even Astar, while Jason Whiting settled PRECIOUS SNIPPETS midfield. The field bunched in the home straight, but Jason found clear running on the mare and set off after Even Astar. PRECIOUS SNIPPETS sooned gained the upper hand and drew away to win by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths.
Owner Nat Brazzalotto was delighted to lead in his game mare after her win.
Unfortunately PRECIOUS SNIPPETS battles with leg problems, so every success is celebrated by connections, and we all hope her winning run continues.


Sunday, May 27th, 2012


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After a quiet time for the stable, with few runners after the hectic provincial season, it was good to record a win.

FRIARDAY was the popular pick for the WG Wooltorton Memorial Handicap over 1600 metres at Northam on Thursday. The Blackfriars gelding had been unlucky at Pinjarra, so punters didn’t want to miss out this time.

After his customary slow start FRIARDAY raced kindly at the rear of the field, as Light The Skies cut out the early running. Jockey Peter Hall waited until the home straight before asking the horse to make his run. FRIARDAY responded in good style, but had to fight hard to overcome the gallant Marbella Flyer to win by a short neck.

A pleasing result for FRIARDAY’s connections, Elio and Jackie Galante and their good friend Ray Green, and they will be looking forward to the rest of the season with their genuine stayer.

BTC Trainer of the Year – again!!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012


Horse of the Year HEY BLONDIE takes a bow!

The Bunbury season finished on Wednesday, with Peter winning the Trainer of the Year Award for the 13th time in the last 15 years. His total of 14 Bunbury race wins for the year put him a clear 6 wins ahead of his closest rival, Neville Parnham.

The Horse of the Year competition was a very exciting affair, with two of our horses, HEY BLONDIE and LE SACRE in the top three!

The final result came down to the 8th race of the last day, with HEY BLONDIE having to finish in the first three to beat her rival Amama to the title.

The Royal Academy mare did not let the team down, and after a brave run she managed to finish 3rd to gain that all-important point.

HEY BLONDIE’s season record of three wins, two 2nds and two 3rds is testimony to her toughness, and to Peter’s training skill in keeping her going. Her owners the Lindsay family are rightly very proud of their home-bred mare, and she will be a terrific breeding prospect for them later on.




Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

BLACK BLAST was unfancied in the Handicap over 1200 metres at Ascot on Saturday.

Troy Turner rode a very patient race on the Blackfriars gelding, settling him well off the pace behind the pacemaker Inok. On the home turn the field bunched; Troy moved BLACK BLAST smoothly into contention, and the horse responded well, sprinting past his rivals to win by an easy 1 1/4 lengths.

Peter was delighted with BLACK BLAST’s performance, and predicts a good prep for this well-bred 5 year old gelding.


Monday, March 5th, 2012

After his recent impressive Larkhill trial victory, the very promising 2 year old SCOPAWIN has been sold to Singapore interests to continue his racing career.

The SCOPACIRI gelding was bred by Peter from his Metro-winning mare Dauwin, and is one of a number of SCOPACIRI’s first crop of foals which have shown early promise in trials and races.

Breeders interested in using SCOPACIRI should contact Peter direct for bookings for the forthcoming breeding season.


Monday, March 5th, 2012

After STELLULAR had made a promising debut in the second maiden race of the day, to finish 3rd despite being galloped on, our next runner was OTTUMWA.

This 7 year old gelding had probably been the stable’s most frustrating horse, as he had not won for three years since coming from over East, but had shown ability with a number of places in town.

OTTUMWA, not surprisingly, was not fancied in the betting for the ATA Handicap over  1690 metres. Jockey Peter Hall settled the horse at the rear of the field and then gently urged him forward to join the leaders in the home straight. OTTUMWA travelled into the race very easily but, once he was asked to beat Dr Ava, it took all of Peter Hall’s experience to succeed by the narrowest margin of a nose.

It was super for the owners that their patience had been rewarded after all this time, and let’s hope OTTUMWA has now got the winning habit!


Monday, February 27th, 2012

On Sunday 19th February we had two runners at Pinjarra Park, and both performed very well.

In the Barbara Dent Handicap over 1400 metres RAGTRADER ran another terrific race to finish 3rd, beaten under a length behind the well regarded Pharinfront.

Our second runner LOUISIANA LADY was favourite for the Ideas in Furniture Handicap over 1200 metres, and didn’t let her backers down. Resuming from a spell, the mare looked magnificent, and under a typical cool ride from Peter Hall, she quickened impressively off the home turn and won by an effortless 1 3/4 lengths from the second favourite Town Champion.

LOUISIANA LADY looks to have come back from her break in fine fettle and should have a very good prep.


Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The stable had a stellar day at Ascot on Saturday!

WATERMANS BAY, under the steadier of 59.5 kilos, ran a super race in the Handicap over  1200 metres, only being collared by the lightly-weighted Classic Emblem near the line.

DU PRINTEMPS was even more unlucky in the Budget Minibus Rental Handicap over 1000 metres, as he was beaten by only a long neck despite suffering interference from the eventual winner Lee Rani. Both WATERMANS BAY and DU PRINTEMPS did owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy proud, and will not doubt win again in town soon.

The highlight of the day was the performance of the lightly-raced 3 year old FULL REIGN in the feature race, the Listed $80,000 Budget Challenge Stakes. This well-bred Blackfriars gelding was having only his third ever start, so not surprisingly he was unfancied in a hot field. Jockey Shaun O’Donnell rode the perfect race, settling FULL REIGN in 5th position just behind the leaders, before making a well-timed run to win by a cosy 3/4 length from the fast-finishing Pop Culture.

Everyone connected with the horse was very excited, as he is an outstanding prospect going forward to the Derby in the autumn. Owners Sophie and Serge Madrigali deserve this success, as they put so much into racing, often with little reward.

Peter, who purchased FULL REIGN at the 2010 Magic Millions yearling sale, has a great record in the Challenge Stakes, as this was his third win in the race, the last being RAISE A CALL in 2006.


Monday, February 13th, 2012

The stable had only one runner at Narrogin on Friday, SATELLITE CITY  in the Narrogin Hyundai Maiden over 1100 metres.

The State City gelding had been a perpetual place-getter in better class fields, so not surprisingly he was made an odds-on favourite in this race.

SATELLITE CITY jumped well for jockey Glenn Smith, and settled in 2nd place behind the pace-making Chez Joey. After climbing the hill, Glenn drove the gelding to the front and kept SATELLITE CITY up to his work right to the line, to win by 4 lengths.

Peter was delighted to finally get this talented, but very frustrating, horse to win, albeit in a Narrogin maiden!!