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PROFIT STREET doubles up at Belmont

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

On a soft Belmont track, PROFIT STREET was made a warm favourite for the Westspeed 3 year old Handicap over 1000 metres today.

There were excuses for his unexpected defeat at Northam last time out, but hopes were high that with champion jockey William Pike on board PROFIT STREET would redeem his  reputation.

On jumping, the early pace was set by Vonus and Ruby Can Run, with PROFIT STREET well back in the field. There was little change in the order, and well into the home straight it appeared that the leaders might have the race between them, but William got a great late run out of the favourite. The Viscount gelding charged home down the centre of the course to get up on the post by a short neck from the gallant Ruby Can Run and Vonus.

Connections were very happy with the result, and it was good to see PROFIT STREET back on track. In his after race interview Matt said that the horse is highly rated in the stable, and they look forward to further success, with the possibility of stepping up to 1200 metres. It looks as if owner-breeders Serge and Sophie Madrigali have bred a nice horse!

First WA win for POP HERO

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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The ex-South Australian POP HERO was having his fourth start in WA at Belmont on Wednesday. Although he was relatively unfancied in a competitive field for the Sunday Times Handicap over 1200 metres, POP HERO’s soft track form gave him a real chance on a soft 6.

As the barriers opened the apprentice-ridden Shostakovich speared across the field from its outside gate and attempted to make all. Jason Whiting settled POP HERO in a great position, four back and on the rail. Well into the home straight, Shostakovich showed no sign of stopping, and although POP HERO started to make his run at the 300 metre mark, he only made steady headway. Finally, in the last 50 metres, he drew level with the leader and managed to win by a short head.

Peter and Matt were pleased that POP HERO had broken his duck in WA and if the tracks remain soft there should be more success to follow.

Maiden success for PROFIT STREET

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

The stable had two runners at Northam’s Thursday meeting, and both ran well. LADY BY CHANCE was runner-up in the WA Handicap over 1600 metres, and PROFIT STREET was successful in the Dukes Inn Maiden over 1000 metres.

PROFIT STREET had shown great promise in his first prep, with two close 2nds at Bunbury. The Viscount gelding had done well in his spell and had trialled impressively before today’s race. Punters made him a short odds-on favourite, and he did not let his supporters down. Ridden patiently by Jason Whiting, PROFIT STREET was settled towards the rear of the field, avoiding the early dash to the home turn. Although the  leader Sin Chao was not stopping, Jason asked his mount to move up, which he did stylishly. At the  200 metre mark PROFIT STREET took up the running and quickly established a winning lead, passing the post 2 lengths to the good.

A pleasing start to the prep for PROFIT STREET and his owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali and D Lupus. Peter and Matt expect this well-bred gelding to  progress to better things in the near future.

Maiden win for OUR BAY ROE

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Sunday was Bunbury’s popular AHA Cup Day meeting, and the stable had a few runners, resulting in two 4ths and a winner.

The WAROA Owners Bonus Day maiden over 1208 metres was the first race of the day, and the stable’s OUR BAY ROE was fancied to run well. The mare was quick out of the barriers, and battled for the lead with Cee I Ay. On reaching the home turn, Jarred Noske drove OUR BAY ROE into the lead, and she ran on strongly all the way to the line to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

A terrific comeback performance for the ex-Broome galloper, and reward for owners Kevin Collins and Mick Roe for their patience. Peter and Matt expect the mare to continue to improve, and further success looks assured.

Ascot Bonus for BRUCIE

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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OUR BRUCIE BONUS ran in the ultra-competitive Rentokil Reflection Direction Handicap over 1400 metres at Ascot on Saturday. Hopes were high as he had recently run Shalo and She’s a Virtue close.

As expected the race was run at a fast pace, set by Sanctitude and  Full Steam Ahead. Jockey Jason Whiting settled OUR BRUCIE BONUS second from last, and appeared to give him a big task under second top weight. As the field swung into the straight BRUCIE was pushed wide as he tried to make ground. Fortunately Jason, riding with the utmost confidence, sent him after the leaders down the outside, and BRUCIE collared the lightweight Night Prowler in the last 75 metres to win going away by one length.

It was a super performance by horse and jockey, and BRUCIE’s devoted owner-breeders were ecstatic as he recorded his first Metro win. OUR BRUCIE BONUS has made huge strides this prep, as he started off winning at Toodyay in late September, and has now progressed to this success at Ascot in February. Peter and Matt have done a great job training BRUCIE so well, and Jason has ridden him very confidently despite the horse’s wayward manners at times.

It will be interesting to see if the Spirit of Bunbury gelding can continue his upward progress next prep!

Mt Barker victory for THE ROGUE TRADER

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The stable made one of its rare visits to Mt Barker on Wednesday, and returned with a winner and a 4th from its two runners.

In the first race of the day, the Ambulance Volunteers Maiden over 1850 metres, THE ROGUE TRADER was third favourite to the odds-on Sloannes Pony. As soon as the barriers opened the favourite set out to make all at a brisk pace, so jockey Peter Hall settled THE ROGUE TRADER towards the rear of the field. There was drama on the home turn, as Sloannes Pony began to hang out under pressure, carrying THE ROGUE TRADER very wide. Using all his experience Peter Hall overcame the inconvenience and, riding the Trade Fair gelding strongly, soon gained the upper hand and drew away to win the race by an easy 2 3/4 lengths.

An excellent effort by horse and rider!

Alan Anderson and his friends must have been delighted to have won with their home bred gelding, out of their good mare Business Girl.  THE ROGUE TRADER, who was having only his sixth run, looks to appreciate the step up in distance and could develop into a useful stayer in the future.

Bunbury win for LADY BY CHANCE

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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LADY BY CHANCE was one of the fancied runners in the Stelsco Hire – Troy Gard Memorial Handicap over 1675 metres on Sunday. This rich trophy race is one of Bunbury’s longstanding events, which remembers a special person in Troy Gard.

The race itself was run at a good clip, with the favourite Solheim keen to try and make all. Paul Harvey settled LADY BY CHANCE at the rear of the field, before making his move off the home turn. The CHANCE IN TIME mare quickened well and took up the lead in the last 100 metres, holding off the late challenge of Regimental Pride to win by a long head.

Another great victory for LADY BY CHANCE, who seems to get on particularly well with jockey Paul Harvey. The Giadresco family, who share ownership with long-time friend Bruno Italiano, were delighted to win this special trophy with another home-bred.

LADY BY CHANCE will now, no doubt, return to metro racing to seek more success.

Trophy win for LADY

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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After her unlucky run at Ascot last time out, LADY BY CHANCE was fancied for the Think Water Bunbury Handicap on Sunday. This was the main trophy race of the day, over 1690 metres, with Wayside heavily backed into favouritism near the off.

The early pace was set by Long Overdue, with LADY BY CHANCE settled mid-field by jockey Paul Harvey. On the turn the mare looked in trouble, but Paul had it all under control. LADY BY CHANCE was asked to make her run at the 300 metre mark, and she quickened well to pick up the leaders and win by 3/4 of a length from the fast-finishing Wayside.

This was another pleasing win for the home-bred Chance In Time mare, and Peter and Matt will no doubt look for some more targets in town before very long.

LADY takes her Chance

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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LADY BY CHANCE had become rather frustrating after the stellar start to her career, but all that was put behind her at Ascot on Wednesday. She was quietly fancied for the 1600 metre Handicap, especially with the Pontiff, Paul Harvey, riding.

Making use of LADY BY CHANCE’s good barrier, Paul soon had her up with the pace, just behind the leaders Le Schiller and Traditional Time. There was little change in the order until the home straight when LADY BY CHANCE moved through to take it up. There were late challenges by Flying Force and the favourite Hue And Cry, but the home bred mare held on bravely to win by 3/4 length.

A pleasing victory, which was another good advert for her sire CHANCE IN TIME. In his post-race interview Matt alluded to a change in training routine for LADY BY CHANCE, which may now allow her to fulfil her undoubted potential.


Bunbury starts off with a Bonus

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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The new Bunbury season started with a bumper nine race card on Sunday. Conditions were cold and damp, but the stable had a bright start to the season with a 2nd in the first race and a win in the last.

Newcomer PROFIT STREET made a pleasing debut, running 2nd in the Welcome Back to BTC Maiden over 1000 metres. More is expected from this Viscount colt.


In the last race of the day, the Busselton TAB Handicap over 1400 metres, OUR BRUCIE BONUS was one of the outsiders, despite winning his last race at Toodyay. Punters made Halo Express a very warm favourite for the contest.

The going was officially a Dead 4, but the early stages of the race were run at a frenetic pace, with Cesc leading the field closely followed by OUR BRUCIE BONUS. The two leaders soon got the rest of the runners well spread out and, by the turn, under pressure. Seizing the opportunity, Emma Stent decided to go for home early in the straight, and she kicked the Spirit Of Bunbury gelding clear of Cesc. OUR BRUCIE BONUS appeared to love this front-running role, and he kept up a relentless gallop to the line. The favourite Halo Express tried to close but OUR BRUCIE BONUS still had a cosy 1 1/2 lengths spare at the finish.

A fantastic run under top weight, and a super start to the BTC season for the stable. Peter and Matt have done a great job to get OUR BRUCIE BONUS to win two of his three starts this prep. This home-bred son of Spirit Of Bunbury seems to have improved with age, so his happy band of owners (one of whom, Don Keene, is seen above with Peter and Emma Stent) are looking forward to a trip to Ascot in the near future.