Friday, 2 November 2018

In years to come those amongst the lucky 38,000 will simply say "I was there."

There is, of course, more to say, more to remember.

Such as how a horse like Winx, no that is wrong - there is no horse like Winx. There is just Winx.
Such as Winx taking away the great uncertainty of racing.

Usually none of us know in advance how a race will pan out, if the favourite will run into trouble, if a longshot will run the race of a lifetime.

But Winx is beyond bad luck. The dazzling sectionals she is capable of recording make it impossible for her rivals to box her in. The 2018 W.S Cox Plate was decided before it began.

Will to win is a trait admired above all else in the thoroughbred. Winx, of course, has it in spades. We saw it in the Turnbull Stakes as we had seen it so often before - those thrilling moments when, for one brief moment, it looked as though her streak was about to come to an end.

Such as in the 2017 W.S Cox Plate when Humidor made a gallant but futile attempt to catch her. 

Some say laying in cost him - but the challenge of chasing Winx is what placed him under such pressure. She was just toying with him.

"If the race had been longer would the result have been any different?" one scribe asked Humidor's trainer Darren Weir.

"She would've won by more," he replied.

Racing as well as he was 12 months ago when he tried to match Winx, Humidor was 4 3/4 lengths astern of her on Saturday.

The winner of eight races, just under $4 million in stakes; winner of three feature weight-for-age contests. 

Could not match Winx.

Winx won her fourth W.S Cox Plate by two lengths in 2.3.47. Not her biggest margin in the race, not her fastest time. Not her biggest number of rivals. By no means the strongest edition of Australia's biggest weight-for-age contest. But history doesn't really care about any of that, nor do those who will forever say...

"I was there."

Trainers are at the track so often that very few go to the races on their rare days off. But there they were at Moonee Valley, seen lining the parade ring fence as she cooled down, so quickly shaking off the rigours of victory.

Some not known for sentimentality were seen taking selfies as she strolled by. Others admiring her athleticism, her presence.

 Jockeys hung around too.

Mostly they, along with the other Winx fans present, were silent. Awe was a way to show respect though there was another... once she had enjoyed her post race shower those present applauded.

Vin Lowe worked at Moonee Valley for 35 years. He has witnessed 46 consecutive runnings of the W.S Cox Plate; from Taj Rossi on. He has "never seen anything like this;" so much clapping.

The crowd clapped as Winx came out through the tunnel and onto the track. Under a sea of blue hats they were still on a high having drowned out Daryl Braithwaite belting out The Horses. Every vantage spot was taken and not just within the track - each fence with a viewpoint from outside the racecourse was crammed with people.

They clapped her back to scale as blue streamers shot across the course. There was no need for anyone to rise to their feet, they had already done that as Hugh Bowman made his run from before the turn. 

Roaring as they did so.

An "I was there" moment.

They clapped her as they vainly tried to put what they had just seen into words. Though there were more dabbing the tears out of their eyes than there were talking.

They clapped her as she cooled down, they clapped her as she left her box, as she left the track. I'd say many a fan was clapping in their sleep on Saturday night.

A night which was late for many, thousands remaining on track for hours after the last race had been run and won. It was the same last year, a day so big, so thrilling, that those on course just did not want it to end.

A television journalist who normally covers other sports was there for the day, marvelling that "today we presented six hours focused on just one athlete... that is unheard of."

Bryan Martin called many great Cox Plates. He was seen just after the race shaking his head... "amazing" is all he could say.

Though he had more to add 24 hours later - "I saw my first Cox Plate as a teen in 1967 when Tobin Bronze bolted in; I was on the flat on that amazing day. Since then - well you know the roll call, but nothing equals yesterday. If I never see another Cox Plate it won't matter."

American racing fan Lisa Bressler made her first trip to Australia just to see Winx and she enjoyed every moment of Cox Plate Day.

"There was so much to absorb, the atmosphere was electric with excitement building over the course throughout the day. The sound of the crowd was something I have never experienced before, especially as Winx took the lead - that prolonged roar across the course."

"And it continued as Hugh Bowman took her down the course to acknowledge the adoration; that was an emotional and awe inspiring experience."

Lisa will look back at this day for years and think...

"I was there."

Winx's trainer Chris Waller could hardly speak, everyone understanding of the croakiness of his voice, the tears in his eyes. "We are not trained to deal with this," he said. "I can't say much, I'm gassed, the horse has more petrol than me."

Later that night Waller and his wife Stephanie are at Melbourne airport preparing to head home. They spy five-year-old Jude Hudson donned in Winx's colours. He had been awake since 2am for a 6am flight, so keen was he to see his equine hero. He had a bit of sleep to catch up on at the track but come Cox Plate time was wide awake.

Over came Chris Waller with his trophy, the Hudson family pose for photos. What a thrill says Jude's father Adam - "he must've been exhausted, what a champion bloke, so good with his time. It made my son's day."

Putting a sealer on little Jude's big day, one he will be thinking about for years to come...

"I was there."

Whilst being so adored, so applauded, Winx remained unperturbed.

Relaxed before the race, relaxed afterwards. For just one brief moment did she express some displeasure... when the handsome Benbatl stood for few seconds in front of her to pose for cameras. She gave a swish of her tail, a little stamp of her feet - as if to say "this is my moment, not yours."
Winx was calm during the race too, travelling so sweetly for Hugh Bowman. Those closest to her did not find the 2040 metres so easy. Devoted strapper Umut Odemislioglu found it hard to watch, looking away at times, once placing his face on his folded arms; anguished. Sensory overload.

Track rider Ben Cadden stood almost stock-still. Serious. Concentrated.
But when Winx, with such ridiculous ease, so quickly put the race away he raised his arms into the air. A moment he'd like to put the pause button on. He has ridden over a hundred Group One horses but none like this girl. He knows how special this is.
"It has been a blur, a dream I don't want to wake up from," he said, already dreading the future - "life is going to be empty without her!"
Though there will eventually be another generation to follow; "how cool would it be?" Cadden asked, "if Umut and I could be there at her first foaling!"
Cadden grew up with the legend that was Kingston Town. He watched videos, listened to stories told by Tommy Smith's foreman Spider Barker.
To equal that horse's W.S Cox Plate record was one thing, to better it... "it is a little surreal."
Winx is, Cadden said "no longer simply a champion. She is an immortal."
One who has a unique milestone awaiting as no horse has ever been crowned Australian Horse Of The Year four times. Which of course is going to happen. And the day she put a seal on that honour was a day witnessed live by over 38000.

All of whom are saying.

I was there.

Story by Kristen Manning (who was there!)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Longines Hong Kong International Raceday 2017

It is the day when everything comes together.
The horses are primed, their coats shimmering, their eyes glowing.
The owners are excited, nervous, anxious, hopeful.
The trainers are on edge but relieved that the day is here, there is no more they can do.
The atmosphere at one of the world's great racecourses is electric. Last year's Longines International Race meeting attracted a record crowd and there are not too many less converging on Sha Tin on December 10, 2017.
This is a day that is right up there with Royal Ascot, the Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup week, the Dubai World Cup and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Horses and horse people from around the world come together on the international stage and the racing world watches on.
It is a day that flies by with four major races run in pairs; the Group One action taking place over just 2 1/2 hours. There is so much happening in such a short period of time and is a matter of getting a good seat in the mounting yard, having a bet, heading out the front and obtaining a prime viewing spot.
Cheers, admiration of a newly crowned champ then back to the mounting yard. And so the day passes by in a thrilling blur!
There have been some wonderful HKIR moments; who could forget a thrilling tussle between Sunline and Fairy King Prawn with racegoers, despite sending out the New Zealand star favourite, swayed by sentiment as the local hero made his challenge - screaming out "prawn, prawn, prawn."
Or when Silent Witness put on display his considerable dash taking out the Sprint on two occasions, a feat also accomplished by popular Queenslander Falvelon.
HKIR 2017 was another memorable one and whilst there was no Australian representation, there were plenty of Aussies on course and we were happy to cheer on horses with some connection to home - such as Highland Reel, sentimental and actual favourite in to take out his second Longines International Hong Kong Vase.
On the back of a W.S Cox Plate third to Winx in 2015, Highland Reel defeated Flintshire in the 2400m contest and was back a year later - after turning the tables on Flintshire in the Breeders' Cup Turf - finishing a gallant second to Satono Crown.
A year later and the durable son of Galileo was still in form and his second Vase victory was a particularly game one with Talismanic putting in a bold showing only to find the stud bound Highland Reel just too tough over the final stages - a fitting finale to a grand career.
"I was always happy and always confident," reported jockey Ryan Moore.
"He is the sort of horse who, once he gets into a fight, is almost always going to prevail. He dug in over the last furlong and I thought he was comfortable and going away at the finish."
The winner of ten races and just short of $14million in stakes, Highland Reel can be considered half Australian! His dam Hveger, daughter of the legendary Danehill, was a Ballarat maiden winner who had enough class to figure in the placings in the South Australian Oaks and the Australasian Oaks.
Also dam of Highland Reel's dual Group Two winning full brother Idaho, Hveger (named after an Olympic swimmer from Denmark) is a daughter of the wonderful Circles Of Gold; AJC Oaks winning dam of Elvstroem and Haradasun who - like Highland Reel - won at Group One level in multiple countries.
As did Starspangledbanner who also hails from this prolific family, one which descends from the famed matriarch Eulogy. A mare who had the honour of being born in the same year as, and running third (in a three horse race!) to the legendary The Tetrarch, she has had her influence felt far and wide as ancestress of such big  race winners as Vo Rogue, Dundeel, Fury's Order, Zephyr Bay, Red Handed and Bonecrusher.
And Hong Kong racing owes her plenty with two local stars - Ambitious Dragon and Sacred Kingdom - also being descendants.
As is Beauty Generation who made it two big wins for the same family when proving too tough for his rivals in the Longines Hong Kong International Mile.
It was probably the most emotional win of the day with popular local hoop Derek Leung recording his first Group One victory - his smile and excitement contagious with cameras furiously clicking as he repeatedly kissed his favourite horse on the nose.
“This was a great opportunity and I took advantage," Leung said. "We dictated the pace early on, and at the 450 metres I pressed the button a bit early because I knew he wouldn’t stop."
Bred in New Zealand by Nearco Stud, Beauty Generation raced in Australia as Montaigne where he faced the starter on seven occasions for the Anthony Cummings stable; winning at Warwick Farm and Randwick and splitting Tarzino and Jameka in the Rosehill Guineas.
By Encosta de Lago's dual Group One winner Road To Rock, Beauty Generation is out of the unraced Bel Esprit mare Stylish Bel, half-sister to the Listed winners Victory Trump and Savage Attack.
It was encouraging to see an Australian bred horse back in the winner's circle in the Longines Hong Kong International Sprint, a race we dominated from 1999 (Danehill's NSW bred son Fairy King Prawn) to 2009 (Encosta de Lago's Victorian bred son Sacred Kingdom).
Since then the race has been the reign of horses bred in South Africa (JJ The Jet Plane), Ireland (Lucky Nine and Peniaphobia), Japan (Lord Kanaloa twice) and New Zealand (Aerovelocity twice).
But this year it was the Victorian bred Mr Stunning, a son of champion stallion Exceed And Excel, who would dominate.
Bred by Tony Santic of Makybe Diva fame, Mr Stunning never raced in Australia but he did make his way through local sales rings on two occasions; fetching $110,000 as a weanling at Inglis Melbourne and NZ$250,000 as a Karaka yearling.
A horse with, dare I say it, a stunning turn of foot, Mr Stunning has won ten of his 16 starts. Bred on a 3 X 3 cross of Danzig, he is out of the American bred Dayjur mare With Fervour, full sister to Group Three winner With Fascination and half-sister to the five times Group One winner With Anticipation.
A grandson of Fran's Valentine, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the Hollywood Oaks, Mr Stunning is a descendant of English 1000 Guineas heroine Chelandry whose descendants have made their mark around the world; this family represented by a wide variety of high class performers such as Heroic, Zeditave, The Trump, Just A Dash, Never Say Die, Magpie, Clarion, Forty Niner, Flight, Anabaa, Americain, Shadeed, Teofilo, Dissident, I Am Invincible and High Chaparral.
Those following Australian trainers and jockeys were also happy with Mr Stunning, a member of the John Size stable, being ridden by Nash Rawiller who was so very confident during the running of the rich dash - "I thought there would be more pressure on than there was. I was not too worried about them chasing me down, I was on the best horse."
Zac Purton made it a double for Australian jockeys steering home the handsome Time Warp to victory in the Longines Hong Kong International Cup... and it was a lovely on pace ride.
"I didn't think there was much speed on paper before the race so I thought I might be able to get my own way in front. I had a very easy time and that was key to the result."
HKIR's most successful trainer Tony Cruz had been confident - "if he has his way," he said, "nobody can beat him."
With the Hong Kong Jockey Club keen to encourage owners to race well related stud prospects (a new training centre at Conghua on the mainland set up to better house entires), they would've been pleased to see a local feature race winner provide a HKIR winner.
Sadly that horse - Archipenko, winner of the 2008 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin - passed away just prior to Time Warp's victory.
He stood at Lanwades Stud, breeders of Time Warp whose pedigree lights up the eyes of any line-breeding enthusiast... the chestnut carrying five generations of his own family! Whilst Archipenko has as his fourth dam Rough Shod II, his sire Kingmambo is out of a mare by Rough Shod II's great grandson Nureyev.
Time Warp's dam sire Stormy Atlantic has Rough Shod II as his fourth dam and she is also the dam of Lt Stevens whose grandson Lear Fan is Time Warp's second dam sire.

And Time Warp's ninth dam is Rough Shod II! Three of his strains of this internationally prolific family (one which also produced Sadler's Wells and Fairy King) come via the wonderful mare Special, dam of Nureyev, grandam of Archipenko and seventh dam of Time Warp.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Theft legal in Australia

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

Archytas and Dodge The Press salute for Adrenaline

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 Saturday 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.
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 on Sunday, 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).

Friday, 7 October 2016

First time Vendors making a SPLASH!!

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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Rock Hero's first foals shining

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)
And explore his pedigree at: or

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Race a lovely Dmoesday with Ellerton Zahra

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)