Archive for the ‘2013-2014 Season’ Category

Pinjarra victory for POWER PACKED

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

On Thursday 17th July POWER PACKED was made favourite in a very competitive PRC Welcome New Members Maiden over 1203 metres.

After  jumping, the early leaders were Macroreys Hope and Aurena with POWER PACKED well back, third last, as the field went along at a strong pace. On reaching the home turn jockey Shaun O’Donnell had POWER PACKED just behind the leaders on the far rail. As the leaders weakened on the run home, POWER PACKED got a great run up the far rail and took it up 150 metres out. The Trade Fair gelding ran to the line strongly to win by an easy 1 1/4 lengths.

POWER PACKED was bred by owner Professor J V Yovich, and thoroughly deserved this win after several near misses this prep.

ONE RING maiden victory

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The stable had one of its rare runners at Albany on Sunday.

ONE RING had been knocking on the door this prep, but just coming up short. The Diageo Maiden over 1200 metres was a good opportunity for her, despite a wide draw.

The early leader Balnina set a good pace, so Jason Whiting settled ONE RING mid-field, but was forced to race wide. Once in the home straight it was a sprint to the finish, and Jason managed to get ONE RING’s head down on the line to beat Our Royal Design by a short head.

A deserved win for the mare, who is home-bred by patient owner Glen Kettlewell.

Maiden victory for WESTERN GUNNA

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The stable enjoyed a welcome Bunbury success in the PFD Food Services Maiden over 1420 metres.

WESTERN GUNNA had been running consistently all season, with no luck (FOUR seconds!) so was well fancied to break through, despite the odds-on support for Law Enforcement.

Both fancied runners tracked each other through the race, behind pace-making Just A Con. Once in the home straight the two favourites settled down to fight out the finish, with WESTERN GUNNA, under a typical strong Peter Hall ride, prevailing by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths in the end.

A well deserved success for the Giacci family, who also bred the winner.

Double at Narrogin

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The stable took a small team for Narrogin’s Friday meeting.

Our first winner was EMBARRASSED in the Cuballing Roadhouse Handicap over 920 metres. Well-ridden by young apprentice Lucy Warwick, EMBARRASSED was always up with the pace, and stayed on well to win by 3/4 length, from the fast-finishing Tommy Two Toes. This was EMBARRASSED’s first win since coming from over east, and young Lucy’s second-ever winner. Let’s hope there are more wins for both horse and rider in the future.

After HENRY HOO finished a close 2nd in the 6th race, we had another winner in the Handicap over 1190 metres. Homebred RAYTAYA recorded a strong win, coming from the rear of the field on the turn to sprint past all his rivals and win by an easy 1 1/2 lengths. RAYTAYA is a bit of a Narrogin specialist, as this was his third victory at the course.

We were hoping to bring up the treble with ON TRUST in the last, but after leading he was caught close to home and finished 3rd. It was still a good day for the stable!

WATERMAN’S wins the Chaff City Classic

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Stable favourite WATERMAN’S BAY was not really considered by pundits for the Listed Chaff City Pinjarra Classic over 1300 metres because of his outside draw.

The top quality field was towed along by Sireeze and Red Hot Sax until well into the home straight. WATERMAN’S BAY and Troy Turner had no luck, being three wide most of the trip, and appeared to have no chance! The favourite Amorino looked odds-on to score as he charged to the lead, but WATERMAN’S BAY put in one of his trademark strong finishes to snatch the verdict by a head. An unlikely victory, but a well-deserved one by WATERMAN’S who, although he hadn’t won for 12 months, had run many terrific races in WA’s top sprints, including his 3rd in the Winterbottom.

Peter and Matt had never won the Chaff City Classic, and were very pleased to win this prestigious prize for owners John and Sharon Molloy, who have been great supporters of the stable. This victory pushed WATERMAN’S lifetime earnings through the $500,000 mark, which must be the record for an Eternity Range gelding!

OUR BRUCIE BONUS scores at Narrogin

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The stable made a visit to Narrogin on Friday, and although some of the team were unlucky in running, OUR BRUCIE BONUS made the trip worthwhile by winning the Radio Great Southern Handicap over 1190 metres.

The Spirit Of Bunbury gelding was drawn wide, so Jason Whiting settled him at the back, and rode for luck! As usual, there was plenty of early pace, set by Did You Ever, but as the runners reached the straight they fanned across the track, and a wall of horses raced for the finish. Jason found a great split of OUR BRUCIE BONUS, and he burst through late to win by a neck. It was the gelding’s second victory this prep, and brought up a double on the day for his ill-fated sire, Spirit Of Bunbury, as Roc ‘n Doc won the maiden earlier in the day.

Narrogin success for PETE

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

After a run of places, it was great to get a winner in 2014.

At Narrogin on Monday STINGRAY PETE was one of the outsiders for the Congratulations Damian McEllister Handicap over 1100 metres. Initially the joint top-weight was well back in the field as Wonderful Arch set a fast pace. STINGRAY PETE was still 7th on the home turn, but as the leaders faltered, he weaved his way through to grab Friar Fighter on the line and win by a short half head.

It was good to see the Zedrich gelding bounce back to form, and hopefully this confidence-booster will lead to more wins this prep.


Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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OUR BRUCIE BONUS crosses the line


The stable had another good day at Bunbury’s twilight meeting on Friday, with two maiden winners.

In the TABtouch Maiden over 1000 metres, STINGRAY PETE was a warm favourite to break his duck. Jockey Jason Whiting rode a canny race, settling the horse off the early pace set by Miss Tora, and then quickening off the home turn. STINGRAY PETE responded well, and swept down the outside of the field to win by a cosy length on the line. The gelding, which Peter shares in ownership with long-time friends Ray Hawkins and family, is one of his home-breds out of his mare Miss Deburgh. There will surely be more to come from the Zedrich gelding.

Later in the afternoon, OUR BRUCIE BONUS ran in the Home Group WA maiden over 1200 metres. The Spirit Of Bunbury gelding had been knocking on the door and, despite his wide barrier, hopes were high. Jason Whiting had no choice but to drop BRUCIE in at the rear of the field, and ride for luck. On the home turn they were still in 9th place and chances looked slim, but when Jason asked BRUCIE to go he responded in impressive fashion, weaving his way through the field to win by a length with ears pricked. A great ride, and a good performance by BRUCIE, who has rewarded his owners’ patience at last!

OUR BRUCIE BONUS was bred by Andy and Pauline Streets from their mare Polish Mist. Let’s hope BRUCIE can continue to improve like his late father Bruce. A special thanks is due to Peter and his family for looking after the horse so well from his birth to today’s win.




BLONDE wins again!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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On Sunday the stable’s runners all performed well at Bunbury, with most of them getting a cheque.

The highlight of the afternoon was the runaway success of MIGHTY BLONDE in the Toro Australia Handicap over 1000 metres. The Spirit of Bunbury mare was warm favourite for the race, and didn’t let her supporters down. Jason Whiting settled MIGHT BLONDE just off the fast early pace, and was still in 5th place turning in. However, as soon as Jason asked BLONDE to go, she quickened away from the field in impressive style, to win by an easy 3 1/2 lengths in a good time.

Owner Rocky Dagostino is delighted that his home-bred mare is rewarding his patience, and is turning into a useful sprinter.

WATERMAN’S BAY excels in Winterbottom Stakes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A truly top class field of sprinters assembled for the Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes over 1200 metres on Saturday. The runners were headed by Australia’s top sprinter Buffering, as well as top Queenslander Spirit Of Boom, the dependable Moment Of Change, and of course local champion Barakey.  Not surprisingly WATERMAN’S BAY was a big outsider in this illustrious line-up.

For much of the controversial race, WATERMAN’S BAY was forced to race at the rear of the field as the pace was frenetic, but, after crowding at the 600 metres, the field began to race in a messy fashion and, on reaching the straight, jockey Glenn Smith began to creep WATERMAN’S BAY up the rail towards the leaders. As Buffering and Moment Of Change set out to battle out the nail-biting finish, WATERMAN’S stamina came into play, and he made a great run in the last 100 metres to win a close battle with Spirit Of Boom for the all-important 3rd place.

This was a fantastic achievement by the unfashionably-bred Eternity Range gelding, against one of the best Winterbottom Stakes fields, which reflects great credit on everyone connected with the stable, and especially owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy. WATERMAN’S BAY has won over $450,000, and continues to give his best whenever he races, but to have held his own in a Group 1 against the best of Australian sprinters is more than anyone could have asked. No doubt John and Sharon’s champion will continue to give WA sprints a shake for the rest of the season!