Hay Bale claimed a sweet victory at Moruya, picking up Twirling Moss on the line, having been beaten by him less than half a length their previous race start.
The leaders set a hot pace but Patrick Scorse gave Hay Bale a patient ride and was able to wind him up in the straight and mow them down in the closing stages.
Hay Bale had very strong form as a younger horse, winning at Metropolitan level and even placing in a Listed race but this was his first victory in over 18 months. We think Hay Bale will be able to return to city class racing and look forward to him stepping up in grade.
We finished off the 2018/19 season with our final runner, Judy in Disguise, claiming victory at Sapphire Coast last Sunday. She was aided by an excellent ride from Robbie Brewer and showed an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages to grab the win. Sarzana ran a tough 3rd in the same race from a wide gate and is looking like she is in for a good prep.
We have enjoyed an amazing season, doubling the number of stable winners from the 2017/18 season. We finished the season with 26 winners and over $500,000 in prize money. We finished 1st in the Moruya premiership, 2nd in the Sapphire Coast premiership and 24th in the overall NSW Country premiership.
Thank you to our amazing clients, dedicated team and our wonderful horses for making it our best season yet. We are excited to kick off the new season at Moruya on Tuesday with 8 runners and a number of good chances.
It was a mixed bag of racing for Thorotek at the final Moruya meeting of the season with a winner, a scratching at the barriers and a horse falling after the post but by the end of the day we had achieved one of our major goals for the season, winning the Moruya Jockey Club Trainer Premiership.
It went right down to the wire with the Trainer Premiership and Horse of the Year being decided in the final race. Our boy, Malachi Crunch, ran a gallant third and tied on 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings throughout the season with another local horse, Sonnets. Following a count back of prize money won, Sonnets will be awarded the title but we couldn’t be prouder of Malachi Crunch and his efforts throughout the season. Three wins, a second and two thirds at a single track in a season is an incredible achievement.
Our new girl, Gossip, won impressively in the 1200m Maiden and looks to be an exciting horse for the future and our other new arrival, No Emotion, also ran an excellent race to place 3rd, beaten only 0.4 lengths.
A big thank you to our dedicated team and our supportive owners who made winning the premiership possible. Congratulations also go to Jess Taylor who won the Jockey Premiership and has ridden many winners for our stable this season.
The Moruya Jockey Club season wraps up today and we have a team of 8 runners starting. We are in the running for the Trainer Premiership and the Horse of the Year title with Malachi Crunch so we are hoping for a big day.
To view the stable’s comments on each of our runners check out the Late Mail video
Best of luck to all our horses and owners and Go The Crunch!
We were terribly disappointed to learn this week that Dream Fields will be retired from racing. He is a lovely horse that showed a lot of promise but he has injured his fetlock and will no longer be able to race. He will be rehomed through the Racing NSW Team Thoroughbred program and we wish him a happy life at his new home.
Our pocket rocket, Airfree, kicked off her prep with a victory at Nowra on Friday. In testing conditions on a Heavy 10 track, she was ridden to perfection by Jess Taylor and took out the Class 3 1200m by over a length.
She has pulled up well from the hard run and went to the river on Saturday morning to help with her recovery. Because the conditions were so tough, we are planning on giving her a few weeks before her next start. She will most likely head to Canberra on the 26th of July and then on to Sydney to try and get a metropolitan win.
The time has unfortunately come to retire our amazing 7 year old mare Millijule from racing. She has been an incredible gift to our stable, winning 5 races in the past 3 years and bringing a lot of joy to her owners.
We have never had a horse who loves to run as much as Millijule and she was still racing at the top of her game, winning first up and placing 2nd this prep. She unfortunately has damaged her suspensory ligament and it is no longer safe to race her. She will go to the breeding barn and hopefully pass on her toughness and love for racing to her foals.
We will miss her amazing spirit and the way that being a fit, powerful racehorse gave her so much joie de vivre. Happy retirement Millie!
Our stable pony, Depreciation aka Shamus, came through with a 3rd placing at Moruya on Friday in a tough day of racing. Shamus was ridden by new local apprentice, Amy McLucas, who rode him extremely well to finish only half a length off the winner. Our other runner in the race, Georgian Court, finished in 4th position after being posted wide throughout the race.
Malachi Crunch lugged 62kg to be beaten 1.2 lengths and finish 5th over 1010m. He was ridden perfectly by Robbie Brewer but the weight just dampened his sprint in the final 50m.
The final Moruya meeting for the season will be run on the 15th of July and we plan to have a large group of runners.
Jeddah Aheadah relished the wet conditions at Goulburn on Friday, winning the 2100m by nearly 3 lengths. She was given the perfect ride by Robbie Brewer and was pulling away from the field as she crossed the line.
Jeddah has been incredibly consistent since joining our stable, having 6 starts for 2 wins and 3 placings.
After running three placings since arriving at our stables, Jeddah Aheadah won over 2000m at Canberra. She has been so close to victory a number of times, it was wonderful to see her hit the front. Jeddah has really taken to the Moruya lifestyle and is holding her body weight and performing consistently well with her change of environment.
After recording two narrow 2nd placings, Heavenly Thunder broke through for a win at her third start for our stable. She has been ultra consistent since arriving at Thorotek and she showed her incredible toughness with this win.
Her usual racing style is to find cover and sprint home but at Bega she took charge of her rider and went out in front way too hard. She looked completely finished on the turn but fought back and ended up winning by over a length.
Judy in Disguise also ran an impressive race. She had significant trouble taking the turn, racing clockwise for the first time, but she balanced up and flew home in the straight. She looks to be an exciting horse going forward.
Malachi Crunch continued his unbelievable record at Moruya with another victory. He now has 6 wins to his name, 5 of which are at Moruya. He is always in the last race when he starts at Moruya and he is becoming a crowd favourite, bailing out the punters before they go home with his storming finish down the outside fence.
Brock Ryan returned to the saddle for this win and he did an exceptional job from barrier 1 to place Malachi in a winning position in the straight.
The Thorotek team had a great day at the Crookwell Picnic Races racing the stable pony Depreciation aka Shamus.
Shamus is owned by the team at Thorotek and our trackrider, Maddy Wright, who is leading the Picnic Jockey premiership by a country mile, rode him to victory. Maddy couldn’t resist going up for a salute when she looked over and saw all of the Shamus supporters cheering on the fence and it made for a great winning photo.
Shamus retired from racing in March 2018 to perform pony duties for the stable. He was working so good, he returned to racing on Melbourne Cup Day and has been in the best form of his life since.
It was a winning double for our Epona Park and Gallivant Racing owned runners at Sapphire Coast on Friday when Joan Constance and Lincoln Cash Man both claimed victory.
Joan was dominant, winning by over 3 lengths and never looking challenged with Jess Taylor aboard. Joan went to stud last year but returned to training after failing to go in foal. She has been stronger and healthier since her long break and from her trackwork, we were confident she would run well.
Lincoln Cash Man took a big step towards returning to his old form when he fought off the second place horse to win his race. He showed real determination to kick again when challenged for the lead and was driven to the line by Pat Scorse.
Lincoln’s first three starts for our stable last year yielded a win and two seconds so we hope with the confidence boost of this victory, he can string a few good runs together.
We welcomed a new horse to the stables this week when Shrug arrived from the Snowden yard. Shrug is a two year old Written Tycoon filly that has raced twice so far in her career. She is a lovely sweet natured filly and has settled into her new home very well.
We were very disappointed to learn this week that Ollie the Third will need to have a long spell after injuring his suspensory. Ollie’s last start at Nowra showed good improvement and his trackwork gallops were really coming along well.
Ollie’s owner has decided to retire him from racing and he will go to Recycled Racehorses to be retrained and rehomed.
Recycled Racehorses is a program run by Chynna Marston (from Sky Channel) and she does an incredible job looking after so many retired racehorses and finding them homes as riding horses. Ollie is very lucky to be going to Chynna and he will probably go on to a career in eventing or show jumping.
This fortnight we welcomed Pinch Passion to the stables. He is a lovely Denman gelding who has been racing in Queensland and has amassed over $110,000 in prize money in his career. He is in full work and will have his first start for our stable at Kembla Grange on the 5th of March.
We also said farewell to The Amazing Tahlia this week. Tahlia showed huge improvement in her run at Canberra on the 22nd of February to finish 2nd. She has been sold and left for her new home in Darwin this week. She should be very successful racing the NT since the tracks suit sprinters who like to lead. Good luck Tahlia!