What a month it's been!
Apr 28, 2014
Often you hear the phrase 'what a week it's been in racing', but for the stable the month of April has been simply amazing!
A Group 1 victory, 3 Group 3 victories, 1 Listed race and a strike rate of 100% at Oakbank with 3 winners from 3 starters, the month could not have been any better.
Go Indy Go is undoubtedly the star of the stable.
Her impressive win in the SA Sires Produce Stakes at Morphettville convinced us that she was worthy of a chance to try her luck against the best in the country. The Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick was her next assignment and wow, what a win! She settled towards the back of the field, and jockey Chad Schofield timed his run to perfection to give the stable our 13th Group 1 success. It was one of the most satisfying days I have had at the races, and I believe that she really is something special.
She has been sent to the paddock, and will return for the Spring Carnival in Melbourne.
Gamblin' Guru has been most impressive this campaign, winning the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas and a fortnight later, the Group 3 Chairmans Stakes both at Morphettville.
He has done a terrific job after a nasty race fall with Clare Lindop aboard on Adelaide Cup Day. The fall halted our plans to take him to Sydney, however he is racing better than ever, and I am confident we have a great chance of taking out our 2nd SA Derby with him this Saturday.
Essay Raider showed his great ability and repaid the faith we all have in him with his dominant 3 length win in the Group 3 D C McKay Stakes. It's a very rare feat for a brother/sister combination to both win a Stakes race in one day; something which Go Indy Go and Essay Raider achieved last Saturday. We're very proud of that statistic!
On that note, I should offer my congratulations to owner and breeder Harry Perks who has involvement in all 3 of the above horses. Harry's knowledge of the breeding industry and the significant investment he has made over the years, is certainly paying well deserved dividends.
The Easter weekend was particularly pleasing with the stables 3 runners at Oakbank all saluting. Saturday Affair (Saturday), Goodfun Girl and Counter Spin (Monday) all acquitted themselves very well, and were ridden to perfection by Jason Holder.
Jason has been riding with great confidence and success for the stable while Clare Lindop has been on the sidelines. He served his apprenticeship with me nearly 20 years ago. I like to think I taught him well! Clare is progressing well, and she hopes to be back in the saddle by June.
Looking ahead (as we always do in racing!) there are still shares available in recent purchases from the Melbourne Inglis Yearling Sale and the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale. I'd be happy to chat with anyone if they are keen to get involved.
In closing, I'd like to thank everyone for their congratulatory messages and support over the past few weeks. It's certainly been an amazing Autumn and who know's what Spring has in store!