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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

We mounted a five-horse raid at Narrogin’s first meeting of 2013, and came home with two winners and an unlucky 4th.

RAYTAYA, after some promising runs at Bunbury, was made a warm favourite for the Narrogin Liquor Store Maiden over 1190 metres. As usual at Narrogin, the race was run at a good pace, so Jason Whiting had the Bearcat gelding well positioned throughout. As the field straightened for home he pushed RAYTAYA up the rail, and the horse quickened away to win by an impressive 3 lengths. This home-bred gelding should benefit from this confidence-booster and begin to work through his grades.

After SATELLITE CITY’s very unlucky 4th in the 5th race, MIDNIGHT WHISPERS was well fancied in the Australia Day Dual Code Meet Handicap over 1190 metres, with punters hoping she would build on her recent success at the track.

Again Jason Whiting adopted sensible waiting tactics on the mare, as the early pace was set by Redford. Turning for home MIDNIGHT WHISPERS was ready to strike, and she quickened well to win by a very cosy 1 3/4 lengths, as shown on the finishing print, below. After this quick-fire double Peter may look for some better races for the mare, while she is in such good form.


Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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Bunbury’s last meeting of 2012 was held on Friday, and the stable’s main hope was LOUISIANA LADY in the final race, the Mining and Civil Australia Handicap over 1200 metres. After her recent Ascot mid-week win, the mare was made a firm favourite by punters.

The field did not hang around after barrier rise, with Sweet Johanna setting a sizzling pace along with Nozumi’s Lover. William Pike had LOUISIANA LADY settled off the speed, and waited until after the home turn to make his run. The mare responded well and battled hard all the way to the line to hold off the persistent challenge of Bitter Emu by a long head.

A great ride by William, and a terrific effort by LOUISIANA LADY, who has been a model of consistency this prep, with two wins, two 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th. Her owner-breeders Alan Anderson and friends should be justly proud of their mare.

Narrogin success for WHISPERS

Monday, December 24th, 2012

After I’m Viking Crazy ran a close 2nd in the 1700 metre maiden, MIDNIGHT WHISPERS was our main fancy at Narrogin on Saturday.  The Zedrich mare contested the Tobacco-free and Feeling Good Handicap over 1100 metres.

The race was run at a blistering pace, with the favourite Venetian Queen attempting to make all. Sensibly, jockey Campbell McCallum settled MIDNIGHT WHISPERS mid-field to avoid the speed battle up front. As the pace dropped near the 200 metre mark MIDNIGHT WHISPERS came to the outside to challenge the leaders. In the closing stages she asserted her authority and won, eased down, by 1 1/2 lengths from Yerakina and Venetian Queen.

A pleasing win for MIDNIGHT WHISPERS, who had disappointed on her first run this prep. Let’s hope she can continue the winning thread next time up.

Mid week triumph for LOUISIANA LADY

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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The consistent mare LOUISIANA LADY was made favourite for the Perth Ice Works Handicap over 1400 metres at Ascot on Wednesday.

The home-bred Bletchley Park mare had been narrowly beaten in her last two runs at Bunbury, so we were hoping for better luck this time.

The race was run at a muddling pace, with Bitter Emu and Handful of Dust sharing the early lead. Glenn Smith rode LOUISIANA LADY patiently, and didn’t make his move until the 200 metre mark. The mare quickened well and sprinted into the lead, to win by 1 1/2 lengths from Mount Marion and the fast finishing Vanity Fair.

This was a richly deserved win for LOUISIANA LADY, and an early Christmas present for her enthusiastic owners.

Classy Sprint win for WATERMAN’S

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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WATERMAN’S BAY was a warm favourite for the Auto Classic Sprint over 1200 metres at Ascot on Saturday. The Eternity Range gelding loves this distance, and all that he required was a fast run race.

Fortunately Elliotto and Impatient Times ensured a good gallop from barrier rise, allowing Genn Smith to tuck WATERMAN’S BAY into a good position just behind the leaders. On entering the home straight Glenn moved WATERMAN’S BAY smoothly to the outside of the field and, by the 200 metre mark, the race was over. WATERMAN’S BAY quickened away in the manner of a good horse, winning by an effortless 1 3/4 lengths.

In a post race interview Peter was unsure of the next target for John and Sharon Molloy’s home bred galloper, but said that the Bunbury Stakes might be an option. The only drawback is that the race is over 1400 metres, and WATERMAN’S BAY much prefers the 1200 metres!!

Surprise win for OTTUMWA

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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 A mixed day for the team at Bunbury on Wednesday, with a 4th, a very close 2nd with LOUISIANA LADY, and a surprise victory for OTTUMWA.

Our win came in the trophy race, the WA Builders Handicap over 1420 metres. After his dismal effort last time, not surprisingly OTTUMWA was one of the outsiders of the field. Again things didn’t look great in the early part of the race, as he trailed the rest of the runners behind the pacemakes All Messed Up and Phenomenal Anemone. OTTUMWA was still last entering the home straight, but looked full of running as jockey Troy Turner started to urge the gelding through the field. To his credit OTTUMWA responded well and just caught the tiring leader Phenomenal Anemone in the shadow of the post to win by a short neck.

OTTUMWA is a very frustrating horse, both for trainer and owners, but despite trying everyone’s patience he manages a win most preps, so all’s good!

FULL REIGN rules at Ascot

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

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Both our runners performed very well at Ascot on Saturday. WATERMANS BAY ran home strongly to finish 2nd in the Jarrod Tobin 40th Handicap over 1400 metres. He probably needs a fast-run 1200 metres to be seen at his absolute best.

FULL REIGN was entered in the very competitive 1800 metre Handicap, with a wide betting market. After the horse’s customary slow start, jockey Glenn Smith moved him up to the middle of the pack, and by the home turn was tracking the leaders Big Ted and Goose. On straightening Big Josh made a sprint for victory, but FULL REIGN soon had his measure, and the Blackfriars gelding cruised home to win by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths.

This was an impressive performance by FULL REIGN, to give him his third success this prep, with two in succession at Ascot, and Peter is now thinking about a run in the Perth Cup if the horse continues to thrive. This would of course be hugely exciting for owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali.

SATELLITE CITY wins again!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A small team went to Narrogin on Thursday, and we finished with a winner, two 3rds and a 4th.

Our winner came in the Narrogin Observer Handicap over 1190 metres, where SATELLITE CITY, ridden by Glenn Smith, justified warm favouritism. Although forced to race wide for most of the race, the horse managed to keep clear of interference in the closely packed field. Once entering the short home straight, Glenn asked SATELLITE CITY to chase down the leader Leica Jet, which he did, winning by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths.

This was SATELLITE CITY’s third win this prep and, given his enigmatic character, well done to Peter for some astute race planning!

FULL REIGN storms to Ascot win

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

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FULL REIGN was favourite for the American Honey – Better Shared Handicap over 1500 metres at Ascot. The Blackfriars gelding had been competing in Group races on his last two runs, so Saturday’s race was a significant drop in class.

The race was run at a very slow pace, with the field bunched up behind the early leaders Flag Officer and Devilish Intent. On the home turn jockey Glenn Smith was really getting into FULL REIGN to improve his position. Fortunately, under pressure, the gelding got a run down the outside of the field and gained the upper hand in the last 50 metres to win by a hard fought 3/4 length from Saezuri.

Peter was pleased with the victory, and still hopes FULL REIGN will develop into a Group class performer next prep, which will be a great thrill for owners Sophie and Serge Madrigali.

COWBOY’s lucky Bunbury win!

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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RIVERBEND COWBOY was our most fancied runner at Bunbury on Thursday, and duly obliged, in controversial fashion!

He ran in the last race of the day, the very competitive Flanagan’s Bar Handicap over 1410 metres. The early leader was Kimberley Cowboy, but the pace was very muddling, and RIVERBEND COWBOY was held up in mid-field. The runners really jammed up on the corner, so jockey Glenn Smith was forced to run very wide to find clear passage. All sorts of jostling took place the whole length of the home straight, and a wall of horses flashed across the line together. The judge announced General Albert had won, on the inside of the track, by a nose from RIVERBEND COWBOY out wide, with Secret Times another nose behind him in 3rd. There was a protest by the 3rd horse against the winner and, after much deliberation, the Stewards placed Secret Times 2nd, ahead of General Albert, and awarded the race to RIVERBEND COWBOY.

A strange way to win a race, but the consistent Natural Blitz gelding thoroughly deserved his third win of the season, and has richly rewarded his owners for their patience.