Open days at racing stables are a great way for owners or potential owners to see how their chosen stable…
Following on from the “Dreams Do Come True” story recently, our beautiful Bel Esprit x Monte Bella filly has been named ….. Spirit Rich.
Bella, as she is affectionately known by two of her happy owners, commenced her second educational preparation at the Robert Heathcote stables last month.
To date, Bella has had two jumps from the barriers, one on dirt over 400m which she won by five lengths and a second on turf over 800m on a heavy track. Unfortunately, our girl didn’t like the tough going and finished a creditable 4th in a field of seven.
Despite having not handled the softness of the ground, her track work rider says Bella is doing everything right and did not sustain any injuries from her gallop.
On a positive note Bella received her barrier certificate on the same day which is very good news, meaning she will be able to officially trial and race when she is ready for the next step.
Many race meetings and trials have been abandoned in South East Queensland over the past couple of weeks so we are waiting on some clear, track drying weather. The Deagon track will be holding trials next Thursday, so at this stage we hoping Bella can participate.
Spirit Rich … May she have lots of spirit and make us all rich …
A stud farm is where it all begins. This is your first step on choosing your potential new champion that you aim to get to a track. Breeding is so important and research is absolutely vital.
One of our favourite studs is Vinery Stud. Situated in the Segenhoe Valley just five minutes from Scone is one of the most ideal thoroughbred nurseries in Australia.
Last weekend the doors opened in the Upper Hunter to view all the current stallions and Thoroughbred Events Australia had our scouts out and about. Thank you Robyn Fowler.
There’s nothing like a day at the races! As NSW’s premier racecourse south of Sydney, Kembla Grange Racecourse is the perfect blend of charm, sophistication & affordability.
The Illawarra Turf Club is a thoroughbred racecourse that conducts 30 meetings per year at it’s Kembla Grange site. The meetings attract in excess of 65,000 patrons per year and generates employment for 30 permanent staff and up to 150 casual employees each meeting.
With a train station located directly across the road from the Racecourse, access could not be easier.
Introducing Illawarra Turf Club’s Board of Directors
- Barry Vandenbergh – Chairman
- Matt Howlin – Vice Chairman
- Paul Mack – Treasurer
- Tony Stephen – Director
- Ross Farrell – Director
- Ian Millward – Director
- Ross Kennedy – Director
Chief Executive Officer – Peter De Vries
Let’s go Country Racing!!!!
Produced by Hannah Brooks
On Sunday Matthew C Smith Racing Stables open their hospitality doors to invite all their owners and guests. Over 180 people turned up which was such a great turn out in what was a glorious winter’s day.
Catering for that many at the Track was no easy accomplishment. Plenty of food and dessert plus the bar was open – mind you from 11 am!!!!
A big success of the day would have to be the walk on the track with Andrew Adkins. Andrew explained what each spot would mean to a jockey, also explaining conditions of the tracks.
While the adults were learning racing tactics, the kids were enjoying their interaction with the cute miniature animal farm: bunnies, goats, ducks, lambs were a huge hit.
Matthew kept the adults well and truly entertained when he bought out 7 horses for either leasing or buying.
These open days are invaluable to both trainers and owners. You get to feel part of a huge family with everyone mingling and enjoying their day. Also a great way to see the new horses available in the stable. We can highly recommend if considering a metropolitan trainer, you consider Matthew – so approachable, knowledgeable and knows how to look after his clients.
But we all know, behind every great man is an amazing woman and this is so true when it comes to Matthew’s wife, Melissa. This woman is Wonder Woman. Nothing too hard, and always a pleasure to talk too. Melissa can pull off any event and they are always a great success.
Last season the Matthew C Smith Racing Stable trained 42 winners and so far this season has produced the winners of 35 races, with the latest winner being Catmosphere at Wyong on July 14.
Congrats to all the team at Matthew Smith Racing Stable on your success and, for the way you look after your owners.
After the Race
Open days at racing stables are a great way for owners or potential owners to see how their chosen stable operates. It is a great way to meet other owners, see your horse and discuss any queries you have personally with your trainer in a more relaxed setting.
Our Kiersten Duke went to Portelli Racing stables last Sunday to see first hand how this sleek operation works as well as enjoy the hospitality provided.
Kiersten, how was your open day at Portelli Racing?
“I was so impressed with the turn out and how hospitable Portelli Racing was. Gary has a great team and all were so friendly and approachable. Gary himself is extremely knowledgable with regards to buying young horses and this knowledge was shared to those present. It was nice chatting to owners and listening to their stories on how they got involved- it was easy to chat as we all had one thing in common, the love of horses.”
Gary provides a complete range of training services with state of the art facilities. He has an astute attention to detail.
A stable is only as good as your staff and Portelli Racing pride themselves on knowledge and dedication to ensure that their horses are given every opportunity to perform at their best.
With a philosophy “to ensure every individual horse gets the attention they deserve on and off the track” how can this stable not have the success they rightfully deserve.
Thank you for having Thoroughbred Events Australia at your successful open day. We would personally like to thank Gary Portelli, Loren Wadsworth together with Handlers: Nathan, Wayne, Karry & Foremen: Sharon & Cracker ☺
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Cape Wickham, ridden by apprentice jockey Jean Van Overmeire, was the favourite, paying just $3. While Subban, piloted by Japanese jockey Yusuke Ichikawa, paid $8 and carried 61kg’s- just 1kg more than the favourite.
Running at the rear of the field under Bryce Heys’ instructions to be ridden quietly, Subban swooped down the Goulburn straight to meet Cape Wickham at the finishing post.
The result left both strappers behind the scenes and spectators with plenty of questions regarding prize money, ratings and how it would affect the punter. So we pestered a few trainers, jockeys and hit Google search to provide you with all the answers!
For the punter: A dead heat is calculated by dividing the stake between the two winners. So your return would be half of what it could have been. This can be referred to as half-face value of the bet or a bet for half the original stake.
As for the prize money, each horse in the dead heat is rewarded an equal share of the total prize money that would have been rewarded in respect of the horses had they finished in successive places and not dead-heated.
If a dead heat occurs in a cup race, or a race where a prize is rewarded that cannot be divided and the nominators of the horse cannot agree on who is to have the cup/prize then the stewards make the final decision and decide what sum of money (if any) is to be paid by the nominator taking the cup/prize to the other nominator.
Both horses in the dead heat are rewarded the same status as if they had won the race, so it effects their ratings in the same way. The same theory applies when an apprentice jockey that has a claim is in a dead heat; it goes against their weight claim as a win.
Words by Kiersten Duke
Photo credit to Bradley Photographers
As the gavel came down on the last lot of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale on the 17th of April 2018, it signalled the end to an incredible and historical Easter Sales period for the team at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm.
It was a huge 2 weeks for Inglis seeing not only the Australian Easter Yearling Sale over 3 days but also the Inglis chairman’s sale of elite breeding prospects on the 12th of April, which concluded with the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale over 3 days the following week.
Undertaken at Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm, $163,756,050 worth of horse flesh had been sold over the 3 individual Easter period sales.
Inglis Managing Director Mr Mark Webster quoted that the first Inglis Easter Sales period was “an undoubted success”.
The Australian Easter Yearling Sale saw 22 yearlings sold for $1m or more and 71 individual lots sold for $500,000 or more.
Arrowfield Stud was again a leading vendor at Inglis, with one of their lots (lot 400 – a Bay Colt by Snitzel out of The Broken Shore with close relations to the likes of Redoute’s Choice, Platinum Scissors, Manhattan Rain as well as Rebuick) selling under the hammer to trainer Anthony Freedman for a whooping $2.3 million. This colt was not only the top lot for day 3 of the Easter Yearling Sale but was also the overall Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale topper.
The team at Inglis Riverside Stables, as well as all the vendors, experienced an extremely outstanding first Inglis Easter Sales period. Six individual studs had 100% clearance rate at the Easter Yearling sales and Inglis had an overall Sales clearance rate of 84% with a gross earning off $116,057,500.
We are very much looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Inglis at their new Complex, Inglis Riverside Stables Warwick Farm. We wish Team Inglis (as well as all the vendors) all the best and every success for the foreseeable future.
Also a huge thank you and shout out to Mr Arthur Inglis and his team as well as Mr John Jeffs of Kitchwin Hills and his team for having Martin (our new team member at Thoroughbred Events Australia) over the past two weeks who states “it was an absolute pleasure to see it all first hand”.
Statistics and sales information courtesy of Inglis.
Words by Martin Parsons
Chief Editor Sharon Lenton
At 5am sharp the international racehorses spilled onto Meydan racecourse for their daily exercise on the track ahead of their big weekend racing.
Music Magnate (NZ), trained by Bjorn Baker (Warwick Farm, Sydney) was one of the first horses on the track. The bay gelding was quickly settled into a relaxed canter by his rider, Sydney apprentice Jean Van Overmeire, as they set away working in perfect harmony under the piercing flood lights.
Racehorses from all over the world, including the striking grey X Y JET (USA) and the solid chestnut Mind Your Biscuits (USA), who are both due to race in the 2,000,000USD Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on Saturday, graced the track.
As the sun rose, a string of locally trained horses stretched their legs.
The official clerks of the course and their trusty ponies watched over the track to ensure everything ran like clockwork.
At 7am the last of the international horses were ridden. Gunnevera, who didn’t have the easiest start to life being an orphan foal at just ten days old, powered around the track. The Kentucky bred chestnut has already won the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes as a two year old and the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park during his three year old season, earning a total of $2,927,200 so far.
Poet’s Word (IRE) and his rider Chas Robertson for Sir Michael Stoute (Newmarket, England) headed back home all smiles after their mornings work. Poet’s Word is to be ridden by multiple group 1 winning jockey, Lanfranco Dettori in the $6,000,000 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic.
Track work came to an end as TV crews wrapped up interviews and staff sipped the last of their coffee. Meydan racecourse is truly stunning and we can’t thank our lucky stars enough that we have been lucky enough to pay it a visit.
Words by Kiersten Duke
Chief Editor – Sharon Lenton