Horse Updates

Duck Gold

Duck Gold is racing tomorrow at the Non-TAB meeting at Sapphire Coast. She is in the 900m maiden because she had a short freshen up since her most recent race. Over the short trip, she will just jump and run, especially with Amy McLucas’ 2kg claim.

Cosmic Barb

We couldn’t be happier with how Cosmic Barb is improving week to week. Each time she is asked to do something, whether it be her fast work, jumping out of the barriers or trying something new like the trail ride through the bush track, she takes it in her stride and builds on her previous experience.

On Tuesday morning she had her first gallop, running up the last furlong of her pace work. This morning she jumped out of the barriers with two other young horses and our stable pony and galloped 400m. She is second from the left in the video below with the rider in the black and white cap. She hesitated slightly as the gates popped but she lengthened into the gallop the best of the three young horses and was chasing down the pony (who is the horse on the right, closest to the camera). The pony is very sensible in the gates and very quick out so we use him to teach the young horse to be calm in the gates and to jump quickly and run straight when they come out.

Cosmic Barb will have a similar practice next week and she could be ready for a proper jumpout on the 6th of November if all continues to plan.

California August

California August has settled in very well to our Moruya stables. He is a beautiful, strong horse who is an excellent eater and loves to get out to the track and work. He is just starting his prep so he will be cantering for a few weeks.

Dragon's Breath

Dragons Breath is working his way up through his pace work, building his fitness. He is doing the 3/4 pace easily and we plan to have him jumping out on the 6th of November. His winter coat is dropping and he should be looking much better in no time.

Real Impact x Saltator

Stella has progressed through another really good week in her education. She galloped the last furlong of her pacework on Tuesday morning showing excellent co-ordination.

This morning she had a practice jumpout with two other young horses and our stable pony Shamus. Shamus is extremely quick out of the gates, often jumping a length in front when he was racing, so we use him to teach the young horses. Shamus is closest to the camera in the video below and Stella is to his left. She was the quickest to jump of the three babies and she galloped up the 400m, chasing Shamus well. This group will have another practice next week.

Ile De Re

Ile De Re has come through her run at Canberra very well. She hasn’t left any food and she was moving and working good in her 3/4 pace work yesterday. The race has tightened her up through her belly while still holding a huge amount of muscle in her chest, shoulders and rump for a mare. We were happy with her performance at Canberra and are planning to step her up to 1200m at Sapphire Coast on the 29th of October.

Spring Creek Halo

Spring Creek Halo will have his first race start on Sunday at Nowra in the 1200m Maiden (race 4 at 3:40pm). He has barrier 5 and Shaun Guymer is riding.

He had his final gallop on Wednesday (video above). We expect this horse to improve as he steps up in distance so we will be happy if he is finishing off strong on Sunday over 1200m.

Boom and Zoom

Boom and Zoom is racing at Nowra on Sunday in the BM58 over 1600m (race 7 at 5:35pm). She has barrier 6 and Shaun Guymer is riding her.

She had her final gallop on Wednesday morning (video above). This will be her first race over 1600m which we think is going to suit her. She should be able to sit closer over the further distance and not have to make up so much ground. She has a good barrier and is ultra consistent so we expect her to be a good top three chance in this field.

Chairman's Choice

Chairman’s Choice is racing on Sunday at Nowra in the BM58 over 1400m (Race 1 at 1:55pm). Shaun Guymer is riding him from barrier 10.

Chairman’s had his final gallop on Wednesday morning (video above) and he worked strong to the line. There are already three scratchings which will bring him into barrier 7 but may result in a lack of early speed. Chairman’s really needs the speed to be on to allow him to settle early and sprint in the closing stages. If the race is run too slowly, he can pull too hard and overdo it early. If the tempo suits, he is a good winning chance.

Ile De Re

Ile De Re is first up at Canberra on Friday. Click above for her video update.

Icksta

Click above for Icksta’s video update.

Heavenly Thunder

As always, Bradley Photographers captured some great shots at the recent Moruya meeting, including this one of Heavenly Thunder running down Sarzana in the closing stages.

Hay Bale

Hay Bale returned from the paddock much fitter than expected and started pace work again yesterday. He is in excellent condition, looks amazing and is moving freely. We couldn’t be happier with him and he should be ready for a jumpout in a fortnight. Click above for video update.