Archive for the ‘2012-13 Season’ Category

GRAN VALOR breaks duck at Pinjarra

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

On Thursday GRAN VALOR was our representative in the Heytesbury Stud Maiden over 1409 metres. The Fath gelding had shown promise in all his previous starts, so was quietly fancied.

GRAN VALOR jumped well and was quickly settled into 3rd place by William Pike, just behind the pace-setters Mister Finch and Independent Mak. The gelding was travelling so well that William moved him up to Mister Finch on the home turn, and took up the running soon after. Despite all his rivals’ best efforts, GRAN VALOR kept going strongly all down the home straight, and won by an easy 1 1/2 lengths.

This was a really good effort by GRAN VALOR, who will no doubt give owner-breeders Sophie and Serge Madrigali lots of fun in the future.

First Kal win for WHISPERS

Monday, April 29th, 2013

For the first time, the stable is experimenting with a small satellite yard for the Kalgoorlie season. Matthew has taken charge of this new venture, and has gone to Kal with a small team which will, hopefully, give owners a slice of the excellent Goldfields prize money, and do away with the often frustrating  trips to Northam. (Even if your horse gets a start!)

After the initial settling-in period, the horses are beginning to thrive, and the first winner of the campaign was MIDNIGHT WHISPERS on Thursday. The mare, who had run a promising 4th last time, was surprisingly unfancied for the Goldfields Toyota RSL/Legacy Handicap, over 1200 metres.

Jockey Willie White soon had MIDNIGHT WHISPERS well positioned mid-field, as Sugar Bun and Private Business set the early pace in the race. As is often the case at Kal, the field bunched on the entrance to the straight, with many horses having chances. It was Saxapak who made the first dash for victory, but Willie was poised to challenge on MIDNIGHT WHISPERS, and the mare responded well to catch the leader and win by a long head.

A very pleasing result all round, and hopefully the first of many for Matt in Kalgoorlie.

STELLULAR breaks through

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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The ever-consistent STELLULAR was quietly fancied to break through in the Jacobs Creek Maiden over 1200 metres at Bunbury on Sunday.

After a tardy start, STELLULAR was three from the rear of the field, and her chances looked poor. As the runners approached the bend jockey Troy Turner managed to get the Startac mare out from a pocket, and she began to make ground, but was still many lengths off the leaders. At the 100 metre mark STELLULAR got a dream run up the inside, and grabbed an unlikely victory by a long neck.

This is one of Peter’s home-breds, and he was very pleased to win with another offspring of his Metro-winning mare LULUGAI. Hopefully this long-awaited victory will give STELLULAR confidence, and she will begin to work her way through the grades.

FORCE rules again

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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After his narrow maiden win at Bunbury, RULING FORCE was made favourite for the Westspeed 2 year old Plate at Ascot on Wednesday.

The Fath gelding was a little boisterous before the start, but once the barriers opened he was on his best behaviour.

Jockey Troy Turner decided to settle him on the outside of the field, five back, behind the early leader Buster Dee. As soon as they turned into the home straight the horse pulled himself to the front and set off for home. There was plenty of time for his rivals to overhaul him, but RULING FORCE ran on strongly to win by a long neck from August Knight.

This was a terrific performance by RULING FORCE, who is still racing greenly and can only improve with experience. This should give a lot of pleasure to his owner-breeder Serge Madrigali.

Cyrl Flower success for WATERMAN’S

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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WATERMAN’S BAY was second favourite for the listed Cyril Flower Stakes over 1200 metres at Ascot on Saturday.

Before the race connections were anxious about the wide barrier, so much depended on the skills of jockey Troy Turner. Once the barriers opened, our worries were over, as Troy reined back WATERMAN’S BAY and dropped him into a perfect spot, six back and on the rails. Peggy’s Dream, the hot favourite, led from the start, trying to make all from barrier 1. The mare was still leading early in the home straight, but Troy angled WATERMAN’S BAY out into the clear, and the Eternity Range gelding gathered the leaders in very quickly. By the 150 metre mark he had the race in safe keeping, and won by a comfortable length from the fast-finishing outsider Sir Hallowell.

A terrific success for all concerned, thanks to a 10 out of 10 ride by Troy Turner, and another superb effort by WATERMAN’S BAY.

Owner-breeeders John and Sharon Molloy are naturally thrilled with their horse, who has now won over $350,000 plus bonuses, and may be on track for the Bunbury Stakes despite the concern about the 1400 metre distance. Peter and Matt have done a great job preparing WATERMAN’S BAY for each assignment this campaign, and are of course delighted to win their second Cyril Flower Stakes.

FORCE rules at Bunbury

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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Bunbury ran its first 2 year old maiden of the year on Thursday, over 1016 metres. In the SW Autumn Racing Carnival Maiden, RULING FORCE was the popular pick after his promising recent run at Ascot.

It was a competitive race and, as in most 2 year old races, the early stages were rather muddling, with Cyclone Sophie trying to make all. After a tardy start, Troy Turner had RULING FORCE back in the field. Once in the home straight the runners spread wide across the track, and Troy made steady progress on the Fath gelding, to reach the lead 100 metres from home. But dangers were everywhere, and RULING FORCE had to be punched out to the line, to hold off the late challenge of Miss Sadi, who was only beaten a nose.

It’s always nice to get your first 2 year old victory of the season, and popular owner breeder Serge Madrigali will be delighted to have another winner from his good mare Foretold. Let’s hope RULING FORCE continues to progress through his grades.

RAYTAYA wins again at Narrogin

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Our team at Narrogin on Saturday gained plenty of place money, but we only had one winner, RAYTAYA, in the Narrogin Racing Australia Day Dual Code 2013 Handicap over 1100 metres. The Bearcat gelding had won on his last appearance at Narrogin, so he was made a warm favourite, especially after his main rival Flying Trick was withdrawn at the barrier.

The race itself really only concerned two horses, Dante’s Angel, who tried to make all, and RAYTAYA. Jockey Danny Miller kept up a relentless gallop on Dante’s Angel, and it took all of RAYTATA’s battling qualities, and Willie White’s strength, to win by a nose on the line. A narrow but pleasing victory for RAYTAYA, who should be a better horse next prep.

BLONDIE by a nose!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


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After her very unlucky last run, HEY BLONDIE was quietly fancied to make amends in the Handicap over 1200 metres at Ascot on Wednesday.

The early pacemaker was Classitheatre, closely followed by the favourite Magnifisio, while Troy Turner was forced to settle HEY BLONDIE worse than midfield. On the entrance to the straight, things looked tough for the Royal Academy mare, as the favourite took up the running and made its bid for victory. Somehow Troy got BLONDIE to the outside of the field, and she began to make eye-catching progress. As the post loomed, Magnifisio still held a narrow lead, but with one last bound HEY BLONDIE hit the line a nose ahead, with the 3rd Amphlette only a short neck away. What a race!

HEY BLONDIE is a terrifically game mare, and continues to give great pleasure to her owner-breeders, the Lindsay family. No doubt with her will to win, she will make a great brood mare in the future.

WATERMAN’S takes Mungarup Sprint in style!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

After Roc’n’Doc finished a creditable 3rd in the West Howe Wine Maiden, our hopes of a victory were high in the Mungarup Sprint over 1300 metres. The classy WATERMAN’S BAY was made an odds-on favourite to win this prestigious $95,000 stakes race.

After a perfect despatch, Impatient Times and Sonny Biscay led for the first 800 metres, with WATERMAN’S Bay settled mid-field by jockey Troy Turner. Approaching the home turn, the Eternity Range gelding began to make ground, but was pushed very wide. Fortunately this did not stop his momentum, and by the 200 metre mark WATERMAN’S BAY had the race won. The horse coasted in to win by a easy 1 1/4 lengths from the fast finishing second favourite Kerrific.

A super win for the stable, with congratulations to Troy for a great ride, and Peter for some astute race placement. Owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy continue to enjoy a fantastic run with their unfashionably-bred gelding. WATERMAN’S BAY has now won over $300,000, and continues to improve with racing.

Another Ascot victory for FULL REIGN

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

After his very unlucky run last week, FULL REIGN was made an odds-on favourite to win the 40 Year Member Sean O’Sullivan Handicap over 1800 metres on Saturday.

A small but select field went to post, and the main concern for connections was the pace of the race. Soon after barrier rise, jockey William Pike positioned FULL REIGN just behind the pace-making Mavromata. He never let the leader out of his sights, and at the 200 metre mark he pushed FULL REIGN into the lead. The Blackfriars gelding, to his credit, kept up a relentless gallop to the line, defying 59 kilos to win by a long head from the fast-finishing Mantango.

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This was FULL REIGN’s 4th Metro win this prep, and the horse may soon go for a spell before being prepared for bigger targets next spring. Our photograph shows owner Serge Madrigali, with Peter, winning jockey William Pike, and old friend Rocky Dagostino.

The stable nearly had a double with DU PRINTEMPS, who was narrowly beaten in the fourth race of the day by the favourite Ready Raider, after looking the winner until the last 20 metres. A win beckons in the near future.