Thoroughbred Club Thursday – Tiger

Meet owner Tahlia Hurley and her horse, Tiger (race Easy Tiger)

Here is a brief overview of  Tiger’s race history:

Easy Tiger was born on the 17/09/2010 in New Zealand. He was bred out of St Reims and Zeparty girl. Tigers background consists mostly of American breed thoroughbreds but also traces of Irish, France, Australian and New Zealand. In 2012 at the Festival sale Tiger was sold to Phill Cataldo Bloodstock for $6000. He was trained at Peters Stables Ltd and went to his first race on the 10th September 2013. He completed his last race on the 22nd May 2014 with only winning $875 prize money in his whole career. He was then sent over to Australia to be rehomed.

Tahlia’s  story on how she came to own Tiger:

I got my first thoroughbred/ first horse when I was 17 right in the middle of my HSC. After having a thoroughbred on free lease during year 12 I fell in love with the bred and wanted a thoroughbred to continue eventing despite the reputation they have been given about being hot and hard to train to be supple due to there natural body build. I got Kuda and he was super quiet. He was a black 10 year old up the central coast and I fell in love with him the moment I cantered him. However the day I went to pick him up I was jumping him and he really jumped over a little oxer and I fell off. I looked at my mum and said “At least I have something to work on”. He was my first horse so taking him out was super exciting. He was very natural at dressage and he scored consistently high 60% to low 70%. Unfortunately he wasn’t going to make it to my 1* goal as he wasn’t always super consistent jumping and I needed that at the time. I went looking at horses and wanted a warmblood cross thoroughbred but when I tried Tiger I loved his spring in his step, his lightness off the ground and LOVED the jump. I missed my distance going into a 1.30m jump and he just sorted himself out and carried on I knew he was my big eventing chance. I loved him and mum surprised me with him about a week later.

What discipline does Tiger now excel:

Show Jumping

Personal story about Tiger:

I love my boys both so very much. I cant say i even have a favourite as they have very different personalities. Kuda is a snugly bug he loves having a cuddle and closing his eyes as you stroke his head. He will let anyone do it. He loves attention and he knows he is loved and adored. Tiger is harder to please you have to earn his trust. I was finishing up a ride one day and i was giving him a big hug because he was so good and i had finished and was about to get off him. I was lying down on his neck a second too long and he pulled his neck down to reach the grass and like a little kid does, i slipped down his neck over his head and ended up underneath him. He looked at me with this mysterious look as if he had no idea how i had magically gotten there.

Thank you Tahlia

We at Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club wish you all the success in the world.
Because of you we know our beloved race horses are being cared for.

The Thoroughbred Club – Meet OTTB Maxcee

Meet our off the track thoroughbred for this week – a gorgeous mare named Maxcee who is by Carbonfibre and out of Bismax.

Maxcee was born and trained in Ipswich Qld and was bought by Anita Bridge in 2010 when Maxcee was retired by the breeder/trainer who Anita was riding track work for.

While not the easiest to ride as she is very highly strung, Maxcee took to jumping like a fish to water.  Three months off the track and she was competing at 1.10m. 

Maxcee absolutely loves the water and nothing more invigorating for her than a swim. 

WARNING – You can’t clean her stable with her in it as you be squashed against a wall by and rump demanding for a scratch, a trait she has had all her life. 

A couple of years ago, Maxcee was in need of a good break and was sent to an imported Warmblood stallion called Cera Cassiago in 2016. She became an amazing mum producing a beautiful grey filly. 

Her first competition back after being weaned from her filly, she stepped straight back out at 1.15m jumping clean.

Maxcee now competes under the name of Genuine Princess and Anita plans to compete in her first World Cup qualifier at Caboolture this July/August.

Wishing both Anita and Maxcee a continued fabulous life together. 


The Thoroughbred Club – Filly Improves Owners’ Lives

After working for nearly a decade in the Australian racing industry, Jasmine Jenkins made the decision to swap stable life for office life when a job opportunity arose offering her more money.  Less than six months passed by and Jazz found herself missing her furry four legged friends and began exploring alternative ways to entertain her racehorse obsession.  

Throughout the previous years, Jazz had always found herself pondering the idea of being a part owner of a racehorse, however, due to finances had never taken the idea further.  Now a little older and a little wiser, Jazz sat in a better financial position and owning a racehorse was becoming a more realistic idea.  

Being an avid punter at the weekends, Jazz had a handful of trainers in her mind whom she followed closely and was quick to tap their names into her trusty friend ‘Google’ in order to discover what horses and options were available.  After quickly finding that the majority of the horses her favourite trainers had available were out of her price range, Jazz decided to look for others.  Things weren’t looking too positive, until one evening an old friend that Jazz had on Facebook, Brooke Somers is Somerstone Thoroughbreds posted a status including photos of a 2 year old filly and a 2 year old colt that she had shares available in.


Despite Russell (Jazz’s partner) being reluctant to open his wallet, Jazz managed to convince him to go and just have a look around Brooke’s stable which is based in Hawkesbury.  The visit was followed up with lunch where Jazz and Russell discussed their options.  It was at this exact moment where Russell realised that the amount both himself and Jazz were spending weekly on cigarettes combined was more than their weekly fee if they were to buy a share in this little filly, whom was nicknamed Nellie.  So without further ado, it was to be agreed that if they were to take on a share of sweet Nellie, they were to quit smoking.

Nellie, Russell & Jazz

Fast forward roughly 3 months and the challenge to quit smoking is well and truly under way.  With the help of nicotine patches, Jazz has cut down to just two cigarettes a day and admits she is already beginning to feel the benefits of doing so.  

Just last week Nellie, who was given the race name of Enchanted Glory, had her first ever race start in the MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC over 1100 metres and despite the race not quite going to plan, all the owners were proud of her efforts.

Nellie & her stable mate at track work in Hawkesbury

Reflecting on the past few months, Jazz can’t believe how a little 2 year old filly by Irish stallion Olympic Glory has given her the strength and motivation to change her life for the better.  


Nellie & Jazz catching up over a bite to eat


Words by Kiersten Duke

Track Talk Tuesday – She Has a Name

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 …


The Thoroughbred Club – Dydeedoe

The Thoroughbred Club is so special as we get to share good and rewarding stories.

Today we are sharing another success stories of our beloved racehorse transitioning into a new career.  This story is so close to our heart as The Thoroughbred Club put a Call out to their followers and within 20 minutes we had a hit!!!! Now Dydeedoe is going to live out her days as a nanny.  Here is her success story of her life.

Below are the kind words from Jeannette & Cress Dawson.

It all started in the backyard having a BBQ with friends – “Let’s get a racehorse!”.

James Bester had shares available in a King of Kings yearling filly to be trained by David Payne. It was love at first sight (the filly), and 4 of us went into the world of racehorse ownership. Dydee didn’t quite work out in the city and went to Neil Godbolt in Port Macquarie, where she had a win and placed twice.

The decision was made to try our hand at breeding. We had little money to spend on stallions, but with research and luck Dydeedoe produced 3 winners and 2 place getters including Ajax Stakes Gr 2 winner Havana Rey (King Cugat), trained by Bjorn Baker. Dydeedoe has spent time with Karen Irwin at Riverslea, and for the last 10 years has been with Louise Ellis, Argyle Thoroughbreds, at Panuara. A big thank you to Louise who has looked after Dydeedoe and all her progeny over the years. The last foal from Dydeedoe is a Choisir gelding, who hopefully will hit the track this year.

Dydee’s new career as a nanny will be a fitting retirement for a lovely mare.

Track Talk Tuesday – Matthew C Smith Racing Stables

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.


Track Talk Tuesday – What happens after your race?

Have you ever wondered exactly what after your horse races?
It was fabulous to catch up with Lucy Keegan-Attard, Assistant Trainer / Office Manager at Jason Attard Racing where we asked this exact question.  Thoroughbred Events Australia’s very first horse Cinderconi just won at Goulburn and it was perfect timing to ask Lucy – exactly what happens to Cinderconi after she races while we are all celebrating?
Lucy was able to run us through the process.

After the Race

“Firstly, straight after the race the strapper will meet the horse & jockey back in the enclosure, clipping the lead back to the bridle and making it safe for the jockey to unsaddle the horse.
Should the horse be lucky enough to have won (which we did) or achieved a minor placing, the strapper will bring the horse into their allocated place stall for unsaddling.
If the horse wins, then the strapper will keep the horse in the enclosure so that the winning owners and race sponsors have photos taken with the winning sash being held across the front of the horse.
Following a win, the strapper is then accompanied by a qualified swabbing attendant who will stay with them whilst they carry out the usual duties for post race.
The horse is taken back to it’s allocated stall where it’s bridle and any other items worn for the race are removed, their head collar and bit will be put on ready for it to be hosed off.
The horse will then be thoroughly hosed off in the wash bay.  This is the ideal time for the strapper to check the horse for it’s recovery (how quickly the breathing comes back to a normal rate, if deemed necessary heart rate can be taken also by placing the back of your hand against the horses girth & counting heart beats for 15 seconds and then multiplying by 4 to get a 60 second rate).  The horse is also checked for any cuts or abrasions that may have been sustained in the barriers and in the race itself.
Once the horse is washed and the strapper is happy, a small drink of water is offered followed by hand walking for up to 45 minutes depending on how the horse is recovering and how hot the weather is.  The walking is done with intervals of stopping back in the stall to offer a drink.
If the horse has won the race or has been requested to provide a post race urine sample all of the above is done in the presence of the swabbing attendant using their water bucket, scraper and a special swab box for the horse to urinate in.
Whistling is a good tool to encourage the horse to urinate and you will often hear stable hands whistling at horses whenever they pass urine in order to familiarise them with the command.
The swab staff will catch an amount of urine in a pan on a long handle & then prepare it to be sent to the laboratory for testing.
Once the horse has recovered sufficiently well and at least 45 minutes has passed since it raced it is ready to be transported home.  Rugs, travel boots and overreach boots will be put on before the horse is loaded onto the truck or trailer.
When the horse arrives back at home it will be checked again & if deemed necessary sometimes a pain killer / anti-inflammitory may be administered for recovery. Stable bandages and rugs will be applied as per usual routine and the horse is then bedded down for the night with plenty of clean fresh water, hay and an evening feed.”

At Home

Lucy further goes on to say: “We are very lucky that we are able to put our horses out in a medium sized grass yard for at least a day after each run.  This is done in morning stables after the horse has been checked, it’s feed level recorded and temperature taken.
A routine trot up is carried out on our drive way and if there is any cause for concern our vet will come and assess the trot up as well.
The horse will then be offered a roll in the sand roll before being turned out for the day.
Offering a roll is a great way of seeing how the horse has come through their race initially as you get to know what each horse does each time it has a roll and how fresh they are feeling, most of our horses bounce around in the roll & will roll quite vigorously!
After having a full day off in a grass yard our horses will then the next day have a swim and a walk on the horse walker followed by another day out on the grass.  Depending on how hard a run they had they may even have a couple of days walking and  swimming or just cantering on our track at home before they resume their work at the race track.


Usually gallops start again a week after the race, again depending on the horse and how it performed and it’s programme going forward.  They are all different and no two horses follow the exact same programme.”
You can see how much work goes into every step of the way to ensure the horse’s welfare is of paramount concern.  A happy horse is a happy race horse!!!
Lucy concluded:  “I would love to wish everyone involved in ownership luck and more than anything, happy racing!”

Amy, Sharon & Lucy

We cannot thank Lucy enough for her time and knowledgeable insight.  Every part of ownership should be enjoyed and owners need to appreciate just how much time and love goes into getting your horse to, from and after the track.
See you at the track