Nothing like a walk around a fruit market - pinching a ripe juicy grape to see if it warrants a spot in the shopping bag.
In some places pinching that grape might result in the loss of a hand or 2!
Not in Australia where we're a little more lenient - in fact we're reaching the stage that theft is legal!
I see this through our experience with the Racing Australia name saga.
Now it is common knowledge in racing that the Australian Racing Board, RISA and the Stud Book changed their names to the broader Racing Australia. That's fine.
The fact that we have been operating our little slice of racing under that name for the last 16 years is a mere coincidence according to them.
Now most big mobs when they claim a name like to trade mark it - it makes a bob or two for government and gives the owner rights when it comes to others copying or replicating the words or logo.
We didn't have it trade marked - usually you want to be deriving a fair income to warrant such a step.
We promote because of our passion for racing - not money.
So for 17 years we've gone along in our own way - promoting racing, running syndicates, photographing and generally trying to help people in their enjoyment of racing through social media.
We are happy to say we have met hundreds of great people from around Australia and the world because of our social media - which even pre-dates the popular Facebook and Twiiter phenomenons.
So, along comes the big bad bully of The Australian Racing Board - "we'll take that name" they boom. Among other things like the Rules of Racing the Australian Racing Board manage the re-use of horse names. They have a massive computer system to ensure duplications don't occur - or occur in accordance with the Rules. Their duty of care doesn't extend to business names. Here, they had no compunction in checking.
Which is a shame for they would have found that we have been clients of theirs for more than 10 years registering our Racing Australia syndicates in good faith with them - for a decent fee, of course.
So this week, we take on the bullies - in a David and Goliath act to prevent them from trade marking the name - which would likely see them do all they can to prevent us from using it in future.
It's a tough battle - we don't have money for lawyers or even to go and fight the battle in person.
If IP Australia hand them the victory then they will have condoned theft - validated the bad behavior and sent these thieves a message that theft is legal in Australia.
Importantly, however, all thieves hands will stay attached to their wrists.
Friday, 21 October 2016
What a weekend it was for Adrenaline Thoroughbreds and their many happy clients, the young Queensland based syndication company represented by their first double with Dodge The Press and Archytas in winning form at the Sunshine Coast.
Showing improvement at each outing, Dodge The Press was able to break his maiden in impressive fashion over 1200m - doing early work before relinquishing the lead and chasing a fast pace.
Back in front at the 400m, Dodge The Press gave a nice kick for Jeff Lloyd, his two length victory full of merit.
"He appreciated the fast tempo of the race," Lloyd reported. "He has a high cruising speed and was able to use that to his advantage."
Right in the market on the back of an impressive Sunshine Coast victory late last month, Archytas was rising both in class and distance and looked to have the job ahead after missing the start by a couple of lengths.
But Jeff Lloyd did not panic, allowing Archytas to find his feet before hooking out into the straight and letting go - the lightly raced five-year-old unleashing a powerful sprint.
Trainer Chris Munce was impressed - "with the rail out this far you don't often see them win like that," he said. "It was an above average win from a metro kind of horse."
"He really knuckled down and ran through the line strongly... he is a lovely horse with good ability."
Purchased as a ready-to-run two-year-old, Dodge The Press took a while to educate, showing an inclination to over-race. But the stable have him in fine fettle now - on an upward spiral.
Archytas meanwhile was purchased as a yearling, showing ability from day one but having his career set back with a stifle injury that required an operation and lengthy rehabilitation.
"He is now rewarding the faith and patience of his owners," Adrenaline's Paul Bita said of the bay who has now won three of just ten starts.
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Bita is thrilled with the performance of the Adrenaline horses since a partnership with Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce was formed in April.
"We have been impressed by the horsemanship of Chris and his foreman Aiden St Vincent, both hands-on horsemen who ride our horses in work. And they are so welcoming of our syndicates - so much so that we have had six stable visits attended by over 150 owners in the last six months."
It is that interaction between trainer and owners that Adrenaline encourages with outstanding communication and regular stable and farm visits.
"Our owners have forged friendships whilst enjoying visiting their horses as they are spelling and in training and it leads to us celebrating as a team."
"We had more than 50 delighted owners at the Sunshine Coast , with several bringing friends and family - it was a great atmosphere."
The best is still to come for Adrenaline with gorgeous two-year-old Choisir filly Champ Elect impressive at the jump-outs with her debut pencilled in for early next month.
Shares in a lovely Excelebration colt out of the Not A Single Doubt mare Red Roses Too are still available and he is, says Bita "a horse who ticks a lot of boxes - an athletic type by an outstanding young stallion prospect from a high quality family. And he is already showing ability on the track."
Adrenaline owners - who have also raced such talented horses as the dual city winner Epsilon and the promising last start Eagle Farm placegetter Son Of A Brut - are having a wonderful time following their horses.
"What a thrill it was to see Dodge The Press win his maiden," said Barry Mawby. "It was a great day out with the team from Adrenaline Thoroughbreds, one that we will always remember."
"Cheering Dodge down the straight and watching him pull away to win by two lengths was one of the most exciting things I have experienced since becoming a racehorse owner," Darren Grimwade enthused. "My heart was pumping as he crossed the line and I was so excited I started giving high fives to the other owners - the atmosphere was electric!"
"Dodge The Press is my first win with my first dabble into racehorse ownership," said Scott Wilson, "and it was an absolute thrill!"
"Jeff rode him a treat and we were blown away when he broke the class record," said Jan Field. "Hopefully he will now go onto bigger and better things."
Drew Bromley meanwhile is one of several owners with shares in both winners. "Well I guess that put me in the exclusive daily double club," he joked. "We watched the races again when we got home and we still can't quite believe what Archytas did."
Fellow Archytas owner Andrew Clive was also on a high. "The guys at Adrenaline put on a top day and really looked after us from talking to the trainer and jockey to celebrating together after a very exciting win."
For further information on Adrenaline Thoroughbreds contact Michael Vincent (0459 993 378) or Paul Bita (0402 918 944) or Michael Vincent (0459 993 378).
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Posted by Vin Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org at 00:11
Friday, 7 October 2016
What a splash Gippsland Bloodstock made at this week's Inglis Ready To Race sale, the first time vendors bucking the trend at a tough sale by finding homes for two high quality youngsters.
With the overall sale average sitting at just over $64,000, Dean and Phoebe Grass were delighted to sell their two - colts by Helmet and Elzaam - for a combined $200,000.
"We thought we had ticked every box with the two horses," Phoebe Grass said, "and we could not be happier with the result."
"They both presented really well and had clear x-rays and that paid off."
Both horses are pin-hooking success stories, the eye-catching $110,000 Helmet - Raelene colt purchased as a yearling for $27,000 whilst the imposing $90,000 Elzaam - Naughty Girl Colt was secured for just $20,000.
The pair, who make their way to the Singapore stables of Cliff Brown, were stand-outs at the sale with each having a very busy time in and out of their boxes for multiple inspections.
Their popularity is testament to the good job done by Dean and Phoebe who boast long backgrounds in the horse world, working in a variety of disciplines from western performance to showing and rodeo.
A qualified farrier, Dean has, laughed Phoebe "done it all" and after breaking in a few horses for the Robbie Griffiths stable fifteen or so years ago things took off.
"It just all grew from there."
Totally in house at their Garfield property, Dean and Phoebe offer a wide range of services including breaking and pre-training and they hope to be long term players at the sales.
"We want to keep preparing ready to run type horses but we will stay focused on small, quality drafts."
The couple, who have enjoyed good success on the Asian racing circuit, sold Singapore Group One winner Laughing Gravy off a Murtoa maiden victory and have enjoyed following his progress from temperamental horse to big race winner.
"He was a very difficult horse early," Phoebe recalled, "and I think many people would've given up on him. But Dean persevered and after a lot of hard work he transformed into a beautiful horse."
It is little wonder that horses thrive under Gippsland Bloodstock's care, a lot of time in effort going into ensure that horses are treated as individuals and primed to be able to give their best.
"We don't cut any corners and we make sure we look after young horses' joints and have them in the best possible condition," Phoebe said, understandably proud of the veterinary all-clear the two Ready To Race youngsters received.
For further information on Gippsland Bloodstock contact Dean Grass 0400137678 or Phoebe Grass 0421270224.
Posted by Vin Lowe email@example.com at 16:06
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Lauriston Park's Chris Bakker could not be more delighted at the start his well credentialled young stallion Rock Hero has made to his stud career, the regally bred son of Fastnet Rock siring the sort of foals to impress any stud master.
"His foals have been looking good at birth but we did not want to get ahead of ourselves getting excited," Bakker said. "But after a few weeks we have got happier and happier - he is siring an exceptional type."
And it's not just Bakker saying that, the stud fielding phone calls from around the state from very happy breeders keen to book their mares in for a return visit to Rock Hero.
"One breeder told us his Rock Hero foals are the best he has bred," Bakker said.
"We are so very pleased with our Rock Hero filly out of Rainhill," said breeder Rob Stutchbury. "We were hoping that he would put some size into the foal and he has. She is very much in the mould of her sire, all quality."
Rock Hero's breeder John Cordina, who raced the bay to a stunning Dulcify Quality victory, is also happy.
"I am thrilled with the first crop of Rock Hero foals. It is a great sign that he is stamping his progeny, upgrading mares and siring foals with good bone, strength and scope."
"They a great types, very athletic," he said, adding that he can see some of the traits of Rock Hero's outstanding dam Gallant Tess and her sire Galileo coming through.
A dual Group Two winner of over $800,000 in stakes, Gallant Tess produced Rock Hero as her first foal and Cordina has plenty to look forward to with this family - Gallant Tess' All Too Hard two-year-old joining the David Payne stable whilst her yearling by Snitzel has been described by Kitchwin Hills as "an exceptional filly."
Gallant Tess produced another great looking foal, a Snitzel colt, a couple of weeks ago and Cordina has booked her in for a return visit to Rock Hero's sire Fastnet Rock.
Cordina was somewhat of a trail blazer when he first sent Gallant Tess to Fastnet Rock - the cross of that champion stallion with Galileo mares proving to be a simply outstanding one.
To date there have been 38 runners bred on the cross, 29 of whom have been winners - a 76.3% strike rate compared to Fastnet Rock's overall ratio of 66.4%.
And even more impressive is the fact that eight of those winners are stakes winners (including the Group One winners Qualify, Magicool and Intricately) - a 21% hit rate compared to Fastnet Rock's already excellent 7.9% black type stats.
Add in the fact that Rock Hero, as a descendant of the famed matriarch Mumtaz Mahal, hails from one of the world's great stallion families, and he is a young stallion with plenty to offer.
For further information on Rock Hero contact Lauriston Park’s Chris and Kathie Bakker (0427 903 353) or LP Stallion's Julie Nairn (0402 901 910)
Inspect Rock Hero online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
And explore his pedigree at: www.lauristonpark.com.au/
Posted by Vin Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org at 00:07
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
The season just past was a record breaking one for the thriving Ellerton Zahra partnership, the Flemington based trainers preparing an impressive 88 winners, eclipsing their previous record of 73.
Finishing off the last season with a great winning strike rate of 12.5%, the pair are looking forward to an even bigger year with the aim of passing 100 winners in a season.
"There has never been a better time to get involved with racing a horse with Ellerton Zahra racing!"
And here is your affordable chance, a lovely two-year-old colt by the proven stallion Domesday from a high quality international family.
The sire of 12 stakes winners including the Group One gallopers Pressday and Doctor Doom, Domesday was represented by 101 winners last season... the stakes winners Arcadia Dream, Oregon's Day, Antelucan, Heart Starter and Italy amongst that impressive tally.
A versatile stallion whose stakes winners have been successful over a variety of distances between 900m to 2400m, Domesday has progeny earnings in excess of $15 million.
A handsome, well grown bay, this Super VOBIS eligible colt is out of the lightly raced Curry King Prawn, daughter of the dual Group One winning sprinter Fasliyev who is making his name as a broodmare sire with 28 stakes winners - five Group One winners including Big Orange and Miss Rose De Lago.
Already dam of the two times winner Zalsnaap, Curry King Prawn is out of the imported winner Water Sprite - daughter of the legendary Secretariat to whom this colt is line-bred!
The dam of four winners, Water Sprite is a half-sister to the globe-trotting Group One sprinter Caller One, the Group Two winner Prospect Bay and the five times Listed winner Unbridled Sidney.
This is a prolific family that has been producing high class performers for generations, its members including the five times Group One winner Theseo and fellow big race winners Star Shooter, Intrepid Hero and Predictable.
Ancestress of this family is the great mare Grey Flight, twelve times wining dam of fourteen winners whose descendants include the champion Misty Morn and the Group One galloper Secret Savings, What A Pleasure, Bold Lad, Dispute, Priolo, Kona Gold, Educated Risk, Ashal and Quick As Lightning.
Native Dancer also hails from this family and this colt is line-bred to that American legend.
Also boasting Northern Dancer, Mr Prospector and Nashua crosses - as well as a duplication of Secretariat's influential dam Somethingroyal - this colt is bred on the same Domesday/Nureyev cross as the stakes winners Antelucan and Divorces.
5% of this exciting fellow is priced at a very affordable $2000 (Misyndications Authorised Representative of Clanbrooke ( Clanbrooke Pty Ltd,) incorporated in Victoria – ACN 005 894 413 AFSL 260214)
For further details contact email@example.com or Julie on 0402901910 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristen 0428 563 917 (email@example.com).
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Posted by Vin Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org at 16:00
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
What an amazing run it has been for Larneuk Stud's young stallion O'Lonhro, the record-breaking son of the great Lonhro represented by an extra smart double last .
Debutant King Of The Ark created a big impression at Geelong, the Vincent Malady trained four-year-old green but strong to the line in a 1000m maiden.
Looming up at the turn, the still immature gelding responded immediately to Damian Lane's urgings - getting to the lead at the 200m and racing away to salute by a soft 3 1/4 lengths.
In his wake he left the odds-on favourite Lionhearted, that Gr.2 placed Fastnet Rock - Scandinavia colt just no match for this exciting prospect.
"He looks promising," Vincent Malady said, adding that he has only had the bay in his care for six weeks.
"He won a jump-out but the form in this race was a different thing altogether," he said.
Damian Lane was also happy - "obviously he has got good ability and he is only going to improve, all the signs are good."
A home-bred for Howard Simpson, King Of The Ark is a son of the two times winning Danetrice mare Samurtriark.
Later in the day another talented O'Lonhro four-year-old was in winning form at Canberra, Vella Lonchick storming home from the rear in a 1200m benchmark contest.
Despite covering ground, the lightly raced four-year-old was dominant in the run home, her two length victory such a strong one that trainer George Vella and jockey Jay Ford agree that she is ready for a crack at stronger company.
Sydney bound, Vella Lonchick is a mare who has always shown plenty of ability, charging home to easily win a two-year-old contest at Canberra in June last year.
The future looked bright for the striking black mare but unfortunately for connections she was injured, fracturing her wither and requiring a long process of recuperation.
But, after running into bad luck at her first few runs back from her lengthy spell, Vella Lonchick was back to her best last week... watch out for her in town soon!
The previous week saw O'Lonhro represented by another exciting debutant, the four-year-old O'Lonh Star saluting as a short priced favourite at Devenport.
Showing plenty of pace, the John Keys trained gelding found plenty in the run home, his 3/4 length victory a soft one.
Previously winning an 800m trial by five lengths, O'Lonh Star has, said Keys "always shown ability."
As has The Big Oh, Larneuk Stud's Neville Murdoch's home-bred who looked the goods breaking his maiden at Cowra.
Saving the special name for just the right horse, Murdoch loved The Big Oh from when he was foaled and is confident that the imposing bay has plenty more to offer.
"He is still maturing but there is plenty of talent there," he said.
Also great on pace at Sale was Big Phil who won his maiden over 1200m at just his third outing, trainer Greg Eurell enjoying the win more than most as he also bred the promising bay.
Aside from O'Lonhro's hot run on the track he also had a son in the news with O'Lonera - the winner of three in a row at Caulfield - taking out the prestigious title of VOBIS Horse Of The Year.
Larneuk stands O'Lonhro alongside Ilovethiscity who has made a most encouraging start with his first crop and Cluster who proved popular with breeders - his first foals already impressing.
For further information contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.
Posted by Vin Lowe email@example.com at 15:48