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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.

Another bonus for BRUCIE

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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Sunday was Northam’s popular Toodyay meeting, and the stable had two runners in the Radio West Northam Handicap over 1,350 metres – OUR BRUCIE BONUS and SEACHANGER, neither of which was fancied.

The early pace in the race was set by Lord Hatras and My Charader, with the stable’s two runners at the back. Before the turn chances of victory looked slim, but OUR BRUCIE BONUS moved through the field smoothly and set off after favourite Popacorka. He collared the leader 100 metres from home, and ran out an easy winner by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Jason Whiting. SEACHANGER ran on to finish a promising 3rd.

A good win for OUR BRUCIE BONUS, only second up from a spell, which gave connections hope that he might stay further this prep.

Well done to Peter and Matt for getting the Spirit Of Bunbury homebred to gain his third victory. Hopefully there may be more to come!


CHARGER’s Belmont success

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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On a slow track, which he doesn’t really like, WILD CHARGER scored a deserved success at Belmont on Saturday.  The consistent gelding faced a competitive field in the Tabtouch – Your Industry Your Tab Handicap over 1400 metres.

In the early stages of the race WILD CHARGER was anchored at the back by young jockey Lucy Warwick as Rouge Dior cut out the early running. On entering the home straight the field spread out, looking for the best ground, so Lucy took WILD CHARGER to the outside of the field, down the centre of the track. The horse responded well to pressure and swept past his rivals,  to win by a short neck despite the late challenge of On The Ropes.

Owner Professor John Yovich, in his post-race interview, spoke proudly of the very game WILD CHARGER, and was also fulsome in his praise of Peter and Matt’s training of the old horse, and Lucy Warwick’s good ride.

After a short break WILD CHARGER will return for another Ascot campaign in the spring.

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.