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La Noire Carries New Colours To Victory

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

La Noire made the long trip to Mt. Barker to run in the Stephen Carter and Staff Maiden over 1300 metres. There was a delay to the start, due to a malfunction of the barriers, but this didn’t worry the filly, who jumped smartly and soon led, closely accompanied by Old Smarty.

After giving La Noire a breather, jockey Shaun Meeres kicked clear on the turn, and she pinched a useful lead. Although Let’s Fly made late ground, La Noire was still a neck clear at the line.

This was an auspicious win for Serge and Sophie Madrigali, as the filly was carrying their smart new blue and white colours – seen here worn by Jarrad Noske. Let’s hope they’ll be seen many more times in the winner’s enclosure!

So Close For Change In Time

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

At Ascot on Saturday Chance In Time was one of the fancied runners for the feature race of the day, the $60,000 Country Challenge final. The horse likes to be settled at the rear, so William Pike was always going to have difficulty, with 15 runners in the field. Chance In Time was still 14th at the corner, when William started his run. He miraculously weaved his was through the field, but he just failed to catch the winner Dee Picked, who won by a fast-diminishing neck.

Chance In Time continues to race well this prep, and will no doubt be back in the winner’s circle shortly.

No Dangers For The Dane!

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The stable was well represented at Pinjarra’s Sunday meeting, which was slotted in to replace the cancelled Bunbury event.

In the first race of the day, the Programmed Maintenance Services Handicap over 1406 metres, Jungle Hawk put in a brave front-running effort to finish a gallant 3rd to the classy mare Baltime.

Both Jomatesi and Isn’t She Gorgeous put in promising runs in their races, finishing close up to the place-getters.

In the last race of the day, the MIG Security Handicap over 1406 metres, Dangerous Dane was made favourite, which was not surprising after his unlucky run at Ascot last time out. As the field raced away from the barriers, Jarrad Noske had Dane well positioned just behind the pacemakers Raise A Light and Alabamerama. On the home turn Paul King, on Raise A Light tried to pinch the race and dashed 3 lengths clear. Dangerous Dane looked in trouble, but Jarrad Noske drove the horse after the leader, and in the shadow of the post he grabbed the verdict by a head. A terrific effort by horse and rider. It was a nice Christmas present for part owner Thea Mumme, who was on course to lead her winner in.

Bunbury-At-Ascot Double!

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The stable took a team to Bunbury’s rearranged meeting at Ascot today.

Our first runner of the day Realario, in the 1000 metres Scott Park Homes Maiden, put in a terrific run to finish a close-up 4th in one of the hottest maidens of the year, with most of the runners fancied by their connections. This horse has had no luck with barrier draws, and must break through shortly.

In the Grand Tranquillity Maiden, over 1200 metres, Hurricane Cartel was a warm odds-on favourite, so our representative Real Honour was an outsider on her seasonal debut. The favourite set off at a cracking pace, determined to make all, so Shaun O’Donnell settled Real Honour in 5th place. Once into the home straight the leader’s stride began to shorten, so Shaun drove Real Honour down the outside, into the lead, and the mare ran on bravely to win by ½ length.

Part owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali were especially delighted with this win, as they bred Real Honour, and no doubt hope to breed from her in the future. Let’s hope the mare builds on this win, which was her first run this prep.

The stable didn’t have to wait long to bring up the double as San Salvo saluted in the Grand Wellington Triple Maiden over 1400 metres. This was a very open contest with many fancies and, although San Salvo had consistent form going into the race, he had a wide barrier to contend with. Once again we were relying on William Pike (having his first ride on the horse) to weave some more magic, and he didn’t let us down.

Settling the horse mid-field, William waited until the home straight before unleashing San Salvo down the outside with a winning sprint, to score by a cosy ¾ length. It was appropriate that managing owner Mike De Nicolis was on course to lead his winner in, as the horse is named after his birthplace in Italy!

Core Asset Battles To Pinjarra Success

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Pinjarra held its usual pre-Christmas meeting today, and two of our horses braved the high temperatures and swarms of flies to run well.

In the Gannons Horse Talk Maiden over 1200 metres La Noire, having her first start for the stable, ran a brave race from her outside barrier to finish a close-up 4th, after being in the firing line most of the way.

Our second runner Core Asset was one of the fancied horses in the very competitive Pinjarra Park Racing on Boxing Day Handicap, over 1400 metres. The mare had been very unlucky to get beaten at Bunbury last time out and, despite a wide draw, was looking for compensation.

Littlesixfoot set a very brisk pace from the barriers, and William Pike was content to settle Core Asset mid field. As they turned into the straight Core Asset was flushed to the outside, so William decided to set off after the leaders. The mare seemed to peak on her run 50 metres from the post, but she would not be denied, and battled on to win by a head from Coiled Spring.

William Pike was full of praise for Core Asset’s effort after the race, and we all hope she goes on to more success in the near future.

Chance In Time Wins Country Challenge Heat

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

We had two runners at Ascot’s midweek meeting. Desert Ace ran in the Hakim Boy Handicap over 1400 metres, and put in a good effort, finishing strongly in 5th behind the odds-on favourite Taharka.

Chance In Time took part in the Country Challenge qualifying heat, which had been rescheduled from Bunbury’s abandoned meeting on Sunday. As is usual in these events, a very competitive field went to post. William Pike has developed a really good understanding of Chance In Time, and settled the horse at the back of the field, well off the pace. As they turned for home William started a long run down the outside, and Chance In Time sprinted hard to come over the top of the front runners in the shadow of the post to grab a well deserved victory. A brilliant effort by horse and rider.

Chance In Time has now earned a crack at the $60,000 Country Challenge Final on Saturday 20th December, along with his stable companion Spirited Rocket.

Welcome MT. Barker Win For Jomatesi

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The stable sent a small team to Mt. Barker for their midweek fixture today.

Isn’t She Gorgeous started off her campaign with an encouraging 3rd in the Plantagenet Farm Supplies Maiden, over 1100 metres.

A full field went to post in the Thank A Volunteer Handicap over 1200 metres, and Jomatesi was one of the outsiders, not having had a win for over 2 years. Once the race started, Kelly Davidson took advantage of the horse’s good barrier to settle him just behind the pacemaker Marooned Flirt. The field went along at only a steady pace, and as the leader weakened on the home turn Kelly seized the initiative and made a dash for the line. Jomatesi responded well and, despite the late challenge of the favourite Driven To Victory, won a shade cosily by 1¼ lengths.

This was obviously a welcome victory for the horse’s patient owners, and Kelly’s first winning ride for the stable.

Bunbury Trophy Race Quinella

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

It was WA Country Builders Raceday at Bunbury on Wednesday, and the stable had runners in most of the races.

The day started well, with Realario, ridden by top Victorian jockey Brad Rawiller, finishing a creditable 3rd after having a troubled run in the straight. He should certainly lose his maiden status soon.

San Salvo put in an improved performance in his maiden, finishing a close-up 4th.

In the Tradelink Handicap a very competitive field went to post, and Chance In Time distinguished himself by finishing 2nd to the classy mare Baltime.

The highlight for the stable was in the WA Country Builders Trophy Race, over 1400 metres, where we were represented by Core Asset and Desert Ace. The race was run at a terrific pace, with Demo leading from Mullah Bay, and Core Asset close up. Jason Whiting settled Desert Ace towards the back of the field. Once into the home straight the leader weakened, and the field fanned out across the track, with many chances. William Pike drove Core Asset into the lead 50 metres from the line, and it looked as though she would win, but Jason brought Desert Ace with a searing run down the outside of the track to pinch the race by a neck.

A great quinella for the stable, and a long-awaited victory for Desert Ace (422 days since his last win!) after numerous injuries and setbacks. Owners Philip Saddick and Jack Cohen will be delighted with this win, and Peter has done it again, rejuvenating another old warrior of the turf!

Photos by kind permission of Scott Hollands

Mention must also be made of Core Asset’s big effort, and recompense can only be just around the corner.

Bullet Hits The Bullseye

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Saturday saw the much anticipated racecourse debut of Bronze Bullet in the 2 year old Comline Fencing Plate over 1000 metres at Ascot. The Markane gelding, nicknamed Champ, had wowed the trial-watchers at Larkhill when winning by 6 lengths in a sensational time for the 400 metre distance. Not surprisingly, punters made Champ a red hot favourite on Saturday.

As the gates sprang open Bronze Bullet jumped straight to the front, and that was the last he saw of his nine opponents! Jockey William Pike rated the horse superbly, and he won by an eased-down 1½ lengths, in a smart time.

Everyone in the stable has been impressed by Champ ever since he arrived, and we are all delighted for owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali and their friends Paul and Tanjia Baker. Serge and Sophie have had many horses, but this is their first ever 2 year old winner, so this success was richly deserved.

Bronze Bullet continued Peter’s stranglehold on the early 2 year old races, as he has now won all the first three of the season!


The feature race of the afternoon was the Group II $200,000 Lee-Steere Stakes over 1400 metres, and Hartley’s Dream faced a small but elite field for this lead-up race to the Railway Stakes. Small fields are always difficult races to read, but jockey Troy Turner, riding the horse for the first time, did a great job, with Hartley’s Dream sprinting home strongly to finish 3rd in a photo behind the much-vaunted Marasco and Tarzi.

The horse is now firmly on track to carry the famous Willie Wagtail colours in the Carlton Draught Railway Stakes, and Troy Turner is confirmed to ride on the big day, 22nd November.

Ascot Victory For Chance In Time On Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Chance In Time faced a competitive field in the Pepperjack Handicap over 1200 metres at Ascot on Tuesday. He had not drawn well, so we were relying on William Pike’s genius.

The favourite Casanova Jack went straight to the front from the off, and set a strong pace, so Chance In Time was settled to the rear of the field. On the home turn William Pike began to urge the horse forward, and he wove his way through the field. At the 100 metre mark Chance In Time was still only 3rd, but he sprinted brilliantly to win by a short neck from Exiht and Casanova Jack.

Chance In Time‘s last 600 metres was in a respectable 33.67 seconds, and it’s great to see this very well-bred galloper begin to realise his potential.

Chance In Time, seen here after his first win at Northam


Bunbury’s Melbourne Cup Day fixture

the stable was well represented, with runners in all but one of the races. All the horses ran well, but it was a frustrating day, with Realario, Fortidegrees and Wye River all finishing 2nd, Tuffaz 3rd and Pricemonger 4th. There certainly look to be plenty of winners around the corner!