Horse Updates

Tornac

Tornac is ready to start his campaign at Moruya on Monday in the Maiden over 1200m (Race 2 at 1:35pm). He will be ridden by Shaun Guymer from barrier 7 and he will be wearing the blinkers, like he did in his second jumpout.

He had his final gallop on Tuesday morning with Pahang (he is on the inside in the video above). The blinkers really make a difference to this horse by switching him on to his job. He should be able to take up a mid field position and make a good finishing burst. We think he is a good each way chance.

Resort

Resort has pulled up very well from his first up run at Canberra on Tuesday. We were happy with his performance over such a short distance and it was good to see him steaming through the line. He had a relaxing river day on Thursday as part of his recovery (he is closest to the camera in the video above).

Pahang

Pahang returns to the races in the Class 1 over 1425m at Moruya on Monday (Race 4 at 2:45pm). He will be ridden by Ellen Hennessy again from barrier 10.

He had his final gallop on Tuesday morning with Tornac (he is on the outside in the video above). He has recovered well since his last race at Moruya and will be stepping up 400m this start. He settled very well and showed a good turn of foot in his first run this prep over 1010m so we think the distance should suit him. We have been very happy with his work at home and his physical condition is the best it has been since he arrived at our stables. He is looking stronger and his confidence and attitude around the stables have been great.

Kattegat

Kattegat is racing in the Country Magic Class 3 over 1200m at Moruya on Monday (Race 3 at 2:10pm). He will be ridden by Shaun Guymer from barrier 8.

He had his final gallop on Wednesday morning (video above). He has been racing very well this prep and we think he is a great chance on Monday. He continues to recover quickly after his trips to Sydney and gallop well at home. He is always full of energy and loves his racing.

Icksta

Icksta is coming along very well. He is doing 3/4 pace on fast work mornings and is quickly building up his fitness. He is the second horse in the video above doing 3/4 pace on the B grass. We anticipate he will be ready for a jumpout at the end of the month.

I Am Bolt

I Am Bolt returns to the races to start this prep in the BM58 over 1010m at Moruya on Monday (Race 5 at 3:20pm). He will be ridden by Shaun Guymer from barrier 3.

He did his final sprint up on Wednesday morning (video above). We have been very happy with his jumpouts and his trackwork gallops going into this race. He has a good barrier but we don’t anticipate him being able to lead this field as there is a lot of early speed. We plan to be positive from the gate and take up a position in the first four from the start. We think he is a good each way chance on Monday.

Hoystryke

Hoystryke kicks off her prep in the 1200m Maiden at the Moruya Showcase meeting on Monday (Race 2 at 1:35pm). She will be ridden by Aaron Sweeney from barrier 8.

Her final gallop was on Tuesday (on the inside in the video above). We have been very pleased with Hoystryke’s trackwork and her two jumpouts this prep. We plan to settle her at the rear of the field, where she is comfortable, and have her use her good turn of foot to finish off in the straight.

The video below is her relaxing at the river on Wednesday (she is closest to the camera).

Hay Bale

Hay Bale is all ready to challenge for the Moruya Cup on Monday (Race 7 at 4:40pm). He had his final gallop on Tuesday (video above). Shaun Guymer will be riding him from barrier 11, carrying 57kg. The barrier is not ideal as he likes to go forward, but he has been jumping well and should still be able to take up a forward position.

His racing and work in the recent months has been the best he has done since joining our stables and we think he has a great chance on Monday.

Cosmic Barb, Real Salty, Times Change

Our three young fillies are all back in work and started half pace this week. In the video above Times Change has the rider with the blue cap with white pom pom, Cosmic Barb has the black striped cap and Real Salty has the blue and white cap.

Cosmic Barb missed a couple of days early in the week with a foot abscess (following all the rain we have had) but she caught up no problem and is progressing great.

All three girls have returned this prep much more focused and mature. They are building up their pace work and will be on the grass track next week.

Boomahnoomoonah, Dragon's Breath

Dragons Breath and Boomahnoomoonah have both had an easy week following their races on Sunday at Sapphire Coast. The video above is their trail ride this morning.

Boom and Zoom

Boom and Zoom is racing at the Moruya Showcase meeting on Monday in the Class 3 over 1650m (Race 8 at 5:20pm). She will be ridden by Shaun Guymer from barrier 7, carrying only 55.5kg.

She had her final gallop on Tuesday morning with Hoystryke (she is on the outside in the video above). She has recovered well from her last race at Moruya and the step up in distance will suit her. The 1650m start at Moruya is a bit tricky because the track starts turning very quickly after they jump so to avoid being stuck too wide, the race plan will be determined by how she leaves the barriers.

Airfree

Airfree returns to the Moruya Cup on Monday to defend her title (Race 7 at 4:40pm). She had her final gallop on Thursday morning (video above). She has been steadily improving with each start this prep and she is currently the best she has been all prep in her work at home. Amy McLucas is riding her from barrier 8 and with Amy’s claim, she will only carry 53kg.

Airfree will tackle Monday’s Cup with her usual racing pattern by settling at the rear of the field and making a finishing sprint down the outside of the field in the straight. We had rain at Moruya during the week and are expecting more before the races which will suit Airfree.

Sifu

Sifu had a good hitout at the jumpouts this morning at Moruya (video above). She was very nervous, as usual, in the tie ups but she was well behaved once her rider was on and had a good performance against horses who have all won races before.

We have her nominated to race at Moruya in the 1010m maiden on Monday and will see how she recovers over the weekend. She is a high energy filly and is likely to be fine with the short back up to the races.

Chairman's Choice

Chairman’s Choice had a solid jumpout this morning at Moruya (video above). He has only just started galloping at trackwork so we asked his rider to give him an easy hit out and he was hard held to the line. He travelled very well throughout and we are happy with his progress this prep.

We are planning to kick off his prep at Moruya on the 14th of January in the BM58 1200m.

Hoystryke

Hoystryke had her second jumpout for the prep at Moruya this morning (video above). Over the 800m, she doesn’t muster very quickly and she found herself out the back, some distance off the other runners on the turn. She has a good turn of foot and she was able to pick them up in the straight, finishing in 2nd place.

Her best results have been when she is ridden completely cold in the early stages, like she was today, and hustling her early doesn’t seem to suit her. She had a good blow after the jumpout and will be fitter now as she heads towards the races at Moruya on the 4th of January.

Tornac

Tornac had is second jumpout for the prep at Moruya this morning (video above). He jumped quickly and then settled before finishing off strong and winning his heat. We asked his rider to give him a good hit out and he wore the blinkers (like he does when he races). He can be a bit lazy at trackwork but he galloped very well today when he was asked to.

He is aiming to race at Moruya on the 4th of January.

I Am Bolt

I Am Bolt had his second jumpout for the prep at Moruya this morning (video above). We asked his rider to give him a good hit out and he finished off great in first place over the line.

He is aiming to race at Moruya on the 4th of January.

Legislation

This week we took the opportunity to give Legislation a quick freshen up in the paddock for a few days. He has been in work for a long time and he couldn’t be any fitter so a few days with his head down eating grass will be good for him. We will pick him up tomorrow afternoon and he will be racing on the 20th at Moruya.