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Bunbury double for the Loves

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Prentice - Photo courtesy of Western Racepix

 

Bunbury’s popular pre-Christmas fixture took place on Sunday. The stable had a number of runners, and we were rewarded with a double!

PRENTICE was well supported to break his long run of outs in the B&B Cabinets Handicap over 1675 metres. The early pace in the race was set by the outsider Spillane and the favourite Diva Rose, with PRENTICE forced to race wide all down the back straight. The leaders tried to go for home on the bend, and the Blackfriars gelding was pushed 4 wide as the field straightened. At the 200 metre mark the favourite Diva Rose went clear, hotly pursued by PRENTICE. Under a maximum drive from Jarrad Noske, the horse responded gamely, and gradually wore down the favourite to win by a long head on the line.

This was a terrific performance by horse and jockey, and it was great to see PRENTICE back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since September 2014. Dan and Julie Love have been very patient with this once-promising gelding, so let’s hope this win will be the first of many now PRENTICE has got his confidence back.

In the next race, DISCORD WITCH was made favourite to win the CnW Electrical Wholesalers Handicap over 1100 metres. As the barriers opened, Fire Born flew to the front to take up the running in an attempt to make all. William Pike soon had DISCORD WITCH beautifully placed in 4th position on the rail. Well into the home straight it appeared that Fire Born had pinched the race, but William and DISCORD WITCH had other ideas and they caught the leader 50 metres from the post, then had to withstand the very late challenge of Scottish Trader. The Discoursi mare won by a short half head, but it was a brave performance, and brought up a welcome double for the stable and the Love family.

The stable’s horses are all in great form at the moment, and Peter and Matt are hoping for more winners in the next few meetings.

 

Spectacular win for SIXPENCE SPENT

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Sixpence Spent - photo courtesy of Western Racepix

Bunbury’s popular Sunday meeting was well supported by the stable, and most of the horses ran really well. The most impressive performance of the day was the maiden SIXPENCE SPENT who was making his racecourse debut.

The Vital Equine gelding was unfancied in the PhilMak Maiden over 1260 metres, where there was an odds-on favourite, Rocket Queen.

After a rather messy start to the race, the leaders were Kim Tasha and Special Words, with SIXPENCE SPENT in 3rd, but the gelding was going so well that jockey Jarrod Noske let him take up the running at the 800 metre mark. SIXPENCE SPENT kept up a relentless gallop and, when asked, he quickened again at the 300 metre mark and the race was over! Jarrod allowed the horse to cruise home a comfortable 2 lengths ahead of the field.  This was a most impressive debut, as SIXPENCE SPENT had had only one trial, so expect plenty of improvement.

This was another well-deserved winner for the Love family, and this WA-bred gelding looks to have a very bright future.

DISCORD WITCH breaks through

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Discord Witch - photo courtesy of Western Racepix

The stable had a successful day on Thursday at Bunbury, with a winner and two close up 2nds.

DISCORD WITCH was hot favourite for the first race of the day, the Member no 310 John Davey Maiden over 1208 metres. The Discorsi mare had been unlucky not to win earlier, so confidence was high.

It was quite a messy start to the race, with Clappa Thunder and Foxinator vying for the lead in a bunched field. Jason Whiting was forced to ease DISCORD WITCH back off the pace, settling in 5th place. As the runners approached the turn the mare was in 3rd place, parked outside of the leaders. By the 200 metre mark she had gained the upper hand, and ran home strongly to win by a length from the fast-finishing Klondike Kenny. The mare had done a  lot of work, so it was a brave win.

Peter and Matt were delighted to train their second winner for Dan and Julia Love, and hopefully there are more on the way.

ALL SETTLED, also for the Loves, finished 2nd in his maiden later in the afternoon, and POP HERO was just edged out by a long neck in the Provincial Sprint Heat.

The stable has hit form in the last couple of weeks so prospects look good for the rest of the season.

Maiden victory for Puck Shapeshifter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The stable had a few runners at Bunbury’s traditional Melbourne Cup Day fixture.

The highlight was a maiden victory for the promising Puck Shapeshifter. The 3 year old Key Business gelding had been placed in all his previous starts, so was well fancied for the Tabtouch Find us on facebook Maiden over 1108 metres.

Once the race got under way, the early running was made by the favourite Magniflying and our other runner, All Settled. Jockey Shaun Meers settled Puck Shapeshifter just off the pace, but by the home turn he had him ideally placed on the heels of the leaders.

As they weakened at the 200 metre mark Puck Shapeshifter surged into the lead and moved away stylishly to win by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths from Joukaku. Stablemate All Settled finished a close up 4th after a promising debut effort.

Peter and Matt were delighted to train their first winner for Dan and Julie Love. Puck Shapeshifter is a promising gelding, who should progress through the grades as he matures.

PATRIOT GAMES Northam maiden win

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

After his recent York 2nd, PATRIOT GAMES was the popular pick for the Gannons Hats Handbags and Horses Maiden over 1600 metres at Northam on Sunday. The Trade Fair gelding had been showing improved form as he got over a distance, so hopes were high that he would break through in this 6 runner event.

The race was run at a sedate pace with Brandy Blitz leading the field from the barriers. PATRIOT GAMES was always well positioned, close up on the rail disputing 2nd. Late in the home straight, Troy Turner pushed PATRIOT GAMES up to challenge the leader and, in a driving finish, he prevailed by half a head.

Dr. John Yovich was delighted his home-bred had opened his account on his 10th attempt, and let’s hope there are more staying races for his gelding in the future.

Another Belmont win for PROFIT STREET

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

After his recent Belmont win, PROFIT STREET was made favourite for the Country Interstate and International Membership Handicap over 1200 metres on Wednesday.

The early pace was set by the rank outsider Times Are A Changing, closely followed by Dextrous Lad. Jockey William Pike soon had PROFIT STREET nicely settled in 3rd spot, just outside Star Glitter. As the field entered the home straight, the runners spread right across the track, so William chose to send his mount right down the middle. the Viscount gelding took a few strides to reach top gear, but by the 100 metre mark he had hit the front, and he soon stretched away to win by an easy 1 1/4 lengths from Dextrous Lad.

Peter was pleased to kick off the new season with such a good winner, and in his post-race interview he alluded to how sick PROFIT STREET had been. Everyone is naturally delighted that the horse is now able to show his true talents. Peter expects him to move into Saturday class, and predicts a bright future for this classy horse.