Archive for the ‘2011-12 Season’ Category


Monday, February 6th, 2012

The first crop of 2 year olds by new sire SCOPACIRI are just hitting the race track. Last week SCOPAWIN and ELITE SCOPE both won Larkhill trials impressively, and on Saturday ELITE SCOPE ran in the Westspeed Plate over 1100 metres at Ascot.

The flashy-looking filly put in a most pleasing performance to finish 4th behind the much-vaunted Looking Ahead. Jockey William Pike was impressed by ELITE SCOPE’s run, and said after the race that she should be an early winner. She displays all the toughness of her sire SCOPACIRI, as this is her first prep, and she has gone right through to racing on a Saturday.

The performances of the 2 year olds in trials so far show that SCOPACIRI throws early types, blessed with plenty of speed, which should appeal to all breeders.


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The highlight of the annual Butchers Picnic meeting on Australia Day in Bunbury was the $50,000 South West Summer Sizzle over 1200 metres.

The race attracted its usual good class field, and the stable was represented by LE SACRE, who was aiming at a quartet of consecutive wins.

Miss Dandy, the favourite, set off to make all, and still led entering the home straight. LE SACRE, meanwhile, had been settled mid field by Troy Turner.

Many horses had chances in the home straight, but Troy brought LE SACRE down the outside with a storming run, and they swept home to win by a length from Go Buster and Shawaim.

This was another amazing win for LE SACRE, who just keeps stepping up since his Narrogin win four starts ago.

Peter and the family were delighted to win one of Bunbury’s feature races with a horse they now lease.

After this triumph LE SACRE will no doubt race in the City.


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

After his promising  run last meeting, FULL REIGN was the popular pick for the DBC Evertender Beef Maiden over 1200 metres.

The race was run at a cracking pace, so William Pike settled FULL REIGN back in the field.

Hurricane Hound tried to make  all, but William had the race under control well out. He brought FULL REIGN with a strong run down the middle of the track to pick up the leader easily, and won by an effortless 1 1/2 lengths.

William was full of praise for the Blackfriars gelding after the race, and FULL REIGN should now tackle tougher targets.

Mention must be made of RAGTRADER, who ran another honest race in the 1410 metre handicap, but was just beaten under the burden of  59 kgs.

LE SACRE brings up a hat-trick!

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Another busy day for the stable at Bunbury on Thursday. The team performed well, and finished up the day with a winner, two very close 2nds – SATELLITE CITY and RAGTRADER – and two promising 4ths, FULL REIGN and PURSE SNATCHER.

Our winner was the much-improved LE SACRE, who completed a hat-trick of successive wins when he took out the Rossiter Painting Contractors Handicap over 1100 metres. The Oratorio gelding was not really fancied in the betting, despite winning his last two races.

As the race itself unfolded, Troy Turner anchored LE SACRE at the rear of the field, as the hot favourite Sky Balloon set off at a cracking pace, endeavouring to make all. The tactics nearly worked, as most of the runners were soon off the bit, but Troy timed his run on LE SACRE to perfection and they swept past the leader in the last 50 metres to win, going away, by a length.

LE SACRE has been a revelation this prep, and after this win carrying 59 kilos he will probably step up to mid-week City class in the near future.


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

We had one fancied runner at Bunbury’s New Year’s Day meeting, and she duly won!

HEY BLONDIE, who is in red-hot form this  prep, was made a short-priced favourite for the 81% Weekly Readership Handicap, over 1400 metres. It was a very competitive field which set off at a cracking pace, led by Danzmait. Troy Turner settled HEY BLONDIE in 5th place on the rails, where she remained until well into the home straight. For a second or two the Royal Academy mare looked in trouble, but Troy got a great rails run and HEY BLONDIE shot through to win by an easy length.

The mare, who is the clear leader in the Bunbury Horse of the Year competition, was welcomed home by her owner-breeders the Lindsay family, who are justly proud of HEY BLONDIE.


Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The stable’s winning run continued with another double at Bunbury on Thursday.

After SATELLITE CITY had run 3rd in the first race of the day, PURSE SNATCHER was well fancied for the Geographe Civil Maiden over 1200 metres.

The lightly weighted Haneem Belle set the early pace, with PURSE SNATCHER settled at the rear of the field by Jason Whiting. The Natural Blitz filly was still in 9th place at the turn, but then Jason angled her out to make a big run down the outside of the field, and she responded well, surging past the other runners to win a shade cosily by 1 1/4 lengths.

This was a good performance by horse and rider, and a great thrill for the owners, in particular the lead owner Andrew Porteous. Despite having been involved in the racing industry all his life, PURSE SNATCHER is his very first runner! The filly should mature into a nice horse next prep.


Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Our second winner came in the feature race of the day, the Troy Gard Memorial Handicap over 1100 metres. LE SACRE was a well-fancied favourite after his recent Narrogin win.

The race was run at a good clip, but Glenn Smith settled LE SACRE at the rear of the field, and waited until the straight before closing on the leaders. The horse gathered in the leader Twists of Fate easily to win by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths.

This was Glenn Smith’s first winner for the stable since his comeback, and was richly deserved for all his hard work.

The stable was delighted to win this particular race, which remembered a firm supporter of BTC who died far too young. Connections of the horse are shown above, celebrating with a committee member and representatives of Troy Gard’s family after the presentation of the trophy, a beautiful wristwatch.

The veteran JOMATESI finished off an excellent day for the stable, taking 3rd place in the last race.

DU PRINTEMPS scores Ascot win

Monday, December 26th, 2011

We had only one runner at Ascot on Wednesday – DU PRINTEMPS in the Handicap over 1200 metres. The Oratorio gelding was unfancied in the betting, behind warm favourite Catalantic.

After exiting the barriers, Jason Whiting positioned DU PRINTEMPS in  4th place on the rails, just off the pace. He patiently waited until a gap opened up at the 200 metre mark, and pushed the horse through. DU PRINTEMPS sprinted well and overtook the favourite in the last 50 metres to win by 1/2 length.

This victory finished off a great year for owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy, who have seen all their horses with the stable win, including the very promising WATERMANS BAY. Let’s hope 2012 will be just as successful for them.


Monday, December 19th, 2011

The stable made a rare visit to Narrogin on Saturday, and was rewarded with success in the Healthway Healthy Handicap over 1190 metres. LE SACRE, under a very patient ride from apprentice Alex Hearn, had far too much fire power for his rivals, coming from 9th on the turn to sprint home for a 1 1/2 length win.

At Bunbury on Sunday we only had two runners, and managed a 3rd and a win. RIVERBEND COWBOY ran 3rd in the first race of the day over 1100 metres, and should soon win when stepped up to a greater distance.

HEY BLONDIE was hot favourite for the Toro Irrigation Handicap over 1400 metres. The race was run at a frenetic pace, with the ex-Northern Territory galloper Golden Shekels cutting out the early running, but Troy Turner was content to settle HEY BLONDIE mid-field. He improved her position on the home turn, and the Royal Academy  mare soon gathered in the  leaders and won comfortably, going away, by 2 lengths.

HEY BLONDIE should continue to give owner-breeder Owen Lindsay and his family more success in this current season.


Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Domerin is led home after his Pinjarra maiden win

The stable has been in great form over the weekend. After two close 2nds at Bunbury on Friday, WATERMANS BAY did everyone proud with a brave 2nd in the Group 3 Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic at Ascot on Saturday. The Eternity Range gelding was only beaten a long head by the boom filly Night War, to whom he was conceding 3 kilos. More success awaits this honest gelding.

On Sunday we had four runners at Pinjarra, and every one finished in the frame! After PURSE SNATCHER was a fast-finishing 2rd in her race, SUGAR BUN, despite a disrupted run, finished 3rd in his maiden.

In the Europa Saddlery Mandurah Maiden over 1000 metres, DOMERIN was one of the outsiders of the field but, under a great ride by young apprentice Alex Hearn, the Oratorio gelding battled on strongly to win by a hard-fought long head from a pack of pursuers.

This win was some compensation to owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy after their disappointment of going so close with WATERMANS BAY yesterday.

Bionicle, ridden home by Jason Whiting

Our final runner of the weekend was BIONICLE, who was coming back from a lengthy spell.

The Work Clobber Mandurah Handicap over 1200 metres was a competitive affair with many fancies. Jason Whiting positioned BIONICLE perfectly, mid-field on the rail, before making his challenge at the 200 metre mark. The Oratorio mare quickly sprinted clear of the field and won by an eased-down 3/4 length.

It was great to see BIONICLE return to form, and let’s hope there are more wins ahead for her patient owners.