Horse Updates

Resort

Resort has come through his race on Monday very well. It has been a hot week here in Moruya and the horses have been enjoying a roll when they come in from their work sweating and itchy (video above).

Resort had an easy week to recover from his race, doing slow cantering and taking a trip to the river.

Resort is aiming to race again at Sapphire Coast on the 3rd of February.

Malachi Crunch

Malachi Crunch had his first outing to the river this week and he was perfect. He confidently led the way through the water, followed by Georgian Court and Depreciation (video above).

We were very pleased with Malachi Crunch’s effort in the Narooma Town Plate, especially since it was his first race over 1300m. He has always been a short distance sprinter but as he gets older, he is learning to settle and stretch out the distances he can race over.

At trackwork, Malachi Crunch always does the bare minimum and barely makes it around to the exit before stopping. His rider, Maddy, filmed the video below from her helmet camera on Saturday morning showing the effort needed to make it the last 200m in a slow canter. Sometimes it is hard to believe he has won 5 races.

Duck Gold

Duck Gold started some 1/2 pace this week and continues to build her fitness and work towards her first barrier trial.

Pauper

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Our new boy, Pauper, has settled in great and is loving his new life in Moruya. He is an excellent eater and is beautifully quiet to handle and ride.

He has been cantering this week and will continue doing slow work for another couple of weeks to build up his fitness before commencing fast work.

Airfree

Airfree has pulled up very well from her race at Moruya on Monday. The video above shows her following Living Doll through the river on Tuesday morning. It was a frustrating run with nothing going right but she will be ready to race again at Sapphire Coast on the 3rd of February at the Showcase meeting.

Belle Tournure

Sad news this week when we learned Belle Tournure will need to be retired from racing. Her knees have required close management this prep to stay sound but she has now chipped one of her knees and will go for an operation next week to have the chip removed.

We had her x-rayed following her brilliant 2nd place performance in the Moruya Cup and she was fine so we sent her to the paddock. Unfortunately, she managed to chip the joint running around in the paddock, which was confirmed with another x-ray this week.

She has been an incredible success story for our stable and we are relieved she did not injure herself during a race. She will be totally fine being a broodmare and the operation next week will mean her knees will be comfortable for her next stage of life.

Belle was purchased for $20,000 18 months ago and since then she has won 4 races (including the Christmas Cup at Moruya), placed 2nd 3 times, 3rd twice and has amassed just under $72,000 in only 14 starts.

Enjoy retirement Belle!

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Minnie Malachi

It’s been another big week for Minnie Malachi. With so many new things to learn, she is busy learning her trade each day.

She galloped for the first time this week, running up the last furlong on the B grass. It can take a while to learn how to balance at a full gallop carrying a rider but she was very good. She is confident, travels straight and has a good action.

She went on another trail ride and also had her second jumpout practice at the barriers (video above). She was quicker to jump than her first attempt and was very easy to load into the gates. The lead horse is Shamus (Depreciation) who is very experienced and was having his final sprint up before racing on Monday so he didn’t wait for her this time. Each time they jumpout when they are learning, they get a bit quicker and using an experience horse like Shamus to show them the ropes is far more effective than rushing them out of the gates.

Pulla Swifty

Pulla Swifty is enjoying her spell and is due back at the stables mid February.

Duck Gold

Take a look at the wonderful bush trail we have access to for our horses’ relaxation days in the video above. Filmed on a Cambox helmet camera, onboard Duck Gold and following Georgian Court, as they wind their way through the trees.

Belle Tournure
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Belle Tournure (centre)

Belle Tounure is back at the stables after a week in the paddock. Above is a photo of her leading the way out of the river on Wednesday morning. She is aiming to start at Sapphire Coast on the 3rd of February.

Airfree

Airfree is entered to race at Moruya on Monday. She had a solid gallop with Resort on Tuesday morning (video above – onboard Airfree). They worked home the last two furlongs in:

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Airfree was wearing her tongue tie in this gallop and will continue to wear it at the races.

She went to the river on Wednesday for a recovery session (photo below) and she will sprint up on Friday morning for her final hit out.

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Airfree (centre)
Living Doll, Sarzana

Living Doll is entered to race at Moruya on Monday in the BM58 over 1020m. She has a lot of weight but with Pat Scorse’s claim she will carry 60.5kg.

She galloped with Sarzana on Tuesday morning (video above) and they worked home in very quick time:

17.15, 14.11, 14.10, 11.51, 10.96

Sarzana is also entered to race at Moruya on Monday over 1210m and we think she is knocking on the door to break her maiden status.

Millijule

After 27 weeks in training, Millijule has come to the end of her prep and has gone to the paddock for a well earned rest. This preparation she won at Moruya on Melbourne Cup Day, setting a new Class record and she placed 2nd, also at Moruya.

Millijule is a 7 year old mare but she still really enjoys getting out on the track each morning and she loves to run so she will return to the stables for another preparation before a breeding career is considered.

Georgian Court
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Depreciation (L), Airfree (C) & Georgian Court (R)

Georgian Court has pulled up well from her excellent 3rd place run at Nowra on Monday. She went to the river this morning and will continue to work away from the track this week, either at the river or on the bush track, with the aim of backing up at Moruya on Monday.

Georgian Court is one of those mares that is very well suited to the Moruya training environment because she works too hard to go to the track every day and the variation we can offer in her training really helps her to perform on race day.

Malachi Crunch

Malachi Crunch is preparing to take on the Narooma Town Plate on Monday over 1300m. It will be his first test at the trip when he steps up from his win over 1200m last start.

Malachi has been allocated minimum weight so Brock Ryan is back on board. Brock rode Malachi Crunch to his first three career wins, two of which were at the Moruya track.

Tuesday morning’s gallop video is above where he worked from the 1000m with Lauren Davies’ horse “Clergyman”:

15.41, 14.50, 13.78, 11.76, 11.18

He took his little sister, Minnie Malachi, for a trail ride on the bush track to recover on Wednesday morning:

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Resort

Resort had a good gallop with Airfree on Tuesday morning (video above). He worked into the bit the whole way and was strong to the line. They worked home in:

11.77, 11.41

Resort is entered to race at Moruya on Monday and will appreciate the step up in distance.

He will sprint up on Friday morning for his final hit out.

 

Millijule

Millijule is entered to race at Nowra on Monday in the BM58 1600m. She galloped on Tuesday (video above) and worked the following furlong sectionals from the 800m mark:

15.32, 14.23, 12.81, 11.51

She had a sprint up this morning and is ready to go.

Resort

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Resort has pulled up great after his 3rd place run on Monday. He can be seen storming home down the outside in the Bradley Photographers image above.

We will aim to race him again at Moruya on Monday the 21st of January in the second heat of the Stayers’ Series. We will also nominate for the Narooma Cup on the same day in case it turns out to be a better option.

Minnie Malachi

Minnie Malachi has had a huge week at the stables. She went on the grass track for the first time on Monday to have a look around and then did her pace work on the grass on Tuesday morning. She was ultra professional and travelled straight and forward with confidence.

On Thursday she did barrier practice for the first time since coming to Moruya (video above – she is closest to the camera). We use our stable pony Shamus (horse in the middle) to give our learners something to follow and chase when they do barriers. Minnie Malachi loaded into the gates on the first attempt and was very sensible waiting patiently with the barriers closed. She hesitated momentarily when they flew open but was quick to muster and chase down Shamus.

This morning she went for her first trail ride on the bush track and she was an old hand, super confident and calm about the new experience.

She is coming along very well and we are aiming to jump her out in early February.

Malachi Crunch

Malachi Crunch has hit the lead in the chase for the Moruya Jockey Club Horse of the Year with his victory on Monday.

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We love this photo from Bradley Photographers of Archie with his amazing owner Melissa returning to the yard after his win.

Robbie Brewer is riding an incredible strike rate for our stable at the moment and the last four times he has worn the pink Electrick Bloodstock colours he has cross the line in 1st place, an unbelievable achievement.