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MIGHTY BLONDE breaks through

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

At Bunbury’s Thursday meeting the stable had a few runners, but the highlight of the day was the maiden victory of MIGHTY BLONDE.

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The mare had been very unlucky in her first race of the season, just being caught on the line, so she was a warm favourite to atone in the Simon Hiscox Maiden over 1200 metres. In the early stages of the race Jason Whiting positioned MIGHTY BLONDE perfectly in the box seat behind the pace-making Saxon Suzi and On The Web. Once in the home straight Jason let the mare loose, and she quickly sprinted clear and held on for a comfortable win by 1/2 length from China Aster.

A very encouraging win for MIGHTY BLONDE in only her third race, and Peter and Matt are always pleased to train a winner for their old family friend, Rocky Dagostino. MIGHTY BLONDE is a home bred out of Rocky’s mare Mighty Rich, and is also the first winner from the ill-fated sire SPIRIT OF BUNBURY. Let’s hope BLONDE continues to build on this great start to her racing career.

Birthday win for RULING FORCE

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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After his exploits in the Belgravia Stakes, RULING FORCE was well fancied for the Westspeed 3YO Handicap over 1400 metres at Ascot’s Wednesday meeting.

From barrier rise jockey Troy Turner took no chances, and had the Fath gelding beautifully placed on the outside of the field, just off the pace. As Bonne Femme led the runners into the home straight, RULING FORCE was ready to pounce. At the 200 metre mark Troy urged the horse forward and RULING FORCE quickly gathered in the leaders and cleared away for an effortless win, beating Princess Courjaz by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths. This was a well deserved victory, and very appropriate as it was owner-breeder Serge Madrigali’s 60th birthday, so a great way to kick off the celebrations!

RULING FORCE is a promising young galloper and, after this confidence-booster, may be aimed at the Guineas in a few weeks’ time.

WILD CHARGER’s surprise Ascot win

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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WILD CHARGER, a recent addition to the stable, was one of the outsiders for the Vale Arthur Ward Handicap over 1200 metres at Ascot on Saturday.

It was a talented field of handicappers that went to post, so not surprisingly the race was run at a good pace. WILD CHARGER was settled near the rear of the field by jockey Troy Turner as Inok made the running. On the home turn WILD CHARGER was still in 8th place, but began to weave his way through runners as the pacemakers started to weaken. The Trade Fair gelding really sprinted strongly, hitting the front 100 metres out, and withstood the late challenge of Sireeze.

It was fantastic to see WILD CHARGER bounce back to something like his old form after 637 days in the doldrums! Peter and Matt were particularly delighted to train their first winner for Professor John Voltich, who was equally pleased to get a winner with this once talented galloper after so long! With any luck his patience will be further rewarded this season.

Bunbury success for ON TRUST

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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The new season opened at Bunbury on Sunday, and as usual the stable had a few runners.

After STINGRAY PETE had run a promising 4th in the maiden, we had two representatives in the Peter Strange Memorial Handicap over 1400 metres. RIVERBEND COWBOY was returning after his gelding operation, and ON TRUST was making his first appearance since recently joining the stable.

After a rather chaotic start, with a horse losing its rider, the field settled down at an even pace led by Clever I Am, with ON TRUST in 2nd place under young jockey Mitch Pateman. The order stayed unchanged until the home turn, when ON TRUST took up the running, with all his opponents stacked up behind and looking ready to pounce. Surprisingly, despite many challenges down the straight, ON TRUST kept on galloping relentlessly, and by the line he was still 3/4 of a length ahead of Civil Rights, with the favourite a further 1 1/2 lengths back in 3rd.

ON TRUST, a 6 year old Choisir gelding, obviously likes the Bunbury air, and this victory at long odds was no  doubt a welcome fillip to his owners T Smithson and A T J Putterill. It was also great for the stable to get a winner on the opening day at Bunbury. Let’s hope there are many more to come!

MR MUSTAFA secures Northam maiden win

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The stable is just swinging back into action after the winter break, with many horses trialling. One of those who have been showing up well was MR MUSTAFA, an ex-Sydney galloper who has recently joined us. He was the popular pick for the Northam Toyota Maiden over 1100 metres on Thursday.

As the barriers opened, the stallion was quickly into his stride, and he shared the lead with Henney Shaker until well into the home straight. MR MUSTAFA began to draw away, under jockey Glenn Smith, and looked as though he would win very easily. In the last 100 metres, however, his stride began to shorten, and the winning post only came just in time, as he only won by a short half head from the renewed challenge of Henney Shaker and the fast-finishing Fleeting Glance.

This was a good start to MR MUSTAFA’s campaign in the West, and hopefully there will be many more opportunities in the coming months for this likeable son of Al Maher.

LADY BY CHANCE impresses at Belmont

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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The eagerly awaited debut of the sire CHANCE IN TIME’s first foal, LADY BY CHANCE, finally happened at Belmont on Wednesday.

The 3 year old filly was sired when CHANCE IN TIME was having a spell from his racing career, and her dam was the unraced Maroon mare TIANNEFE. Peter has always held the breeding of both sire and dam in the highest regard, and LADY BY CHANCE’s racecourse appearance was a special day for the Giadresco family.

The filly was unfancied for the Tabtouch.Mobi Handicap for 3yos over 1200 metres.

In the early stages of the race the pace was set by the fancied Fuchsia Banana, just ahead of the favourite Vienna Battle. LADY BY CHANCE was nicely settled by jockey Jason Whiting in 5th place on the rail. On entering the home straight, the runners fanned across the track, looking for the best ground, and at the 300 metre mark it was difficult to pick out the leader. All the time LADY BY CHANCE was making steady headway up the rail, and 100 metres out she hit the front under Jason’s urgings, and held on determinedly from a wall of horses to win by a short half head. What a fairytale – a winner on debut at Belmont, for a first foal, a first filly, and all from a new season sire!


As one of the best-bred sons of Danetime in WA, CHANCE IN TIME has already caught the imagination of local breeders, who are keen to use such a well-bred stallion, whose bloodlines read like a Who’s Who of class performers across Australia.

Peter is naturally thrilled that this home-bred filly has performed so well, fulfilling all her promise at home and on the trial track. He is hoping more WA breeders will take this opportunity of supporting CHANCE IN TIME, who stands locally and offers great value in these difficult times. He can be contacted on the usual numbers.