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.
It was a brilliant day at Moruya races with a winning double, two 2nds and a 3rd for the Thorotek racing Team.
Dream Fields gave his new owners an instant reward, winning his first race since joining our stable and claiming a BOBS bonus in the process.
Millijule also claimed victory, winning first up for the very first time in her career. Millijule is now seven years old and still loves racing more than any other horse in the stable.
It was a day of close finishes, with another three victories thwarted by less than a length.
Jeddah Aheadah finished 3rd, beaten only 0.7 lengths, Heavenly Thunder finished 2nd beaten only 0.1 lengths and Pauper finished 2nd beaten half a length.
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.
Airfree ran a gusty race and was only narrowly beaten in the Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday. It was her first time racing over 1600m and she was only beaten 0.2 lengths.
She was ridden by Kathy O’Hara, who gave her a great ride and every chance to show what a pocket rocket she is.
It has been excellent to see Airfree learn how to settle in her racing and it allows her to race over the middle distances now and be very competitive.
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!
Resort claimed his first Metropolitan victory at Rosehill on Wednesday. He had the perfect ride by Jess Taylor and he proved he can run out a strong 2400m.
It was a great thrill for all his owners and everyone at Thorotek as it was also the first city winner for our stable.
Resort has been an incredible find. He was purchased for only $18,000 in November on the Inglis Online Auction. In his 6 starts for us, he has won a country cup at Bega and a mid-week Sydney race and collected over $47,000 for his new owners.
We welcomed three lovely new horses over the past fortnight:
Joan Constance was in training with us over the 2018 Winter before going to stud. She did not go in foal so she has returned to training and she looks better than ever. She had six weeks of pre-training before travelling to Moruya so she can start pace work straight away.
Jeddah Aheadah is a Class 1 Pierro mare with good Victorian form. She has come to us with only two weeks pre-training so we will be starting off her fast work in about a week. She is a beautiful grey mare and is very sweet to work with.
Pinch River is a very exciting horse to have the opportunity to train. He won at Listed level in Queensland and is returning to training after a year off with hoof problems. He is a powerful looking Denman gelding and he has slotted back into training life brilliantly.
Resort finished our weekend at the two-day Bega Carnival with victory in the Sapphire Coast Cup.
Pat Scorse gave him a brilliant ride, letting two tear-away leaders go and rating him perfectly. In the end he won by nearly 3 lengths in front of a big group of excited owners.
Resort has been struggling to jump well from the gates but he got away beautifully on Sunday and it made his job so much easier, not giving the field a big head start.
Georgian Court and Sarzana had good place runs over the weekend and overall, the team performed very well.
We were delighted to welcome back Ollie the Third and Lincoln Cash Man to our Moruya stables this week. Both boys won races at Sapphire Coast for us in 2018 and we are looking forward to successful preps.
They arrived with 3 year old Sizzling filly “Molosso Mimosso” who is unraced and joins us from Epona Park in Victoria to begin her racing career.
Narooma Cup Day 2019 kicked off to a brilliant start with our first two runners both claiming victory.
Living Doll racked up her third win for Thorotek Racing when she claimed the first race. An excellent ride from Pat Scorse saw Living Doll continue her unbelievable strike rate this prep.
Sarzana came through in the third race to break her maiden and claim a BOBS bonus. She put in an incredibly gutsy performance with Jess Taylor aboard, going out hard from the jump and fighting off her competitors in the closing stages.
It was an amazing day for the stable at Moruya Cup 2019. We had six runners and finished off with one winner, two 2nds and three 3rds, a fantastic result!
We had a huge group of owners in town for the weekend from all over the state and the golf day, Calcutta and race day were all a big success.
The Amazing Tahlia was our first runner in the 920m Class 1. She is only three years old and she has been improving her race craft each start. Brock Ryan rode her again and they finished in 3rd position, beaten 1.8 length. Both horses that beat her have already won a race in their careers and Tahlia is only a maiden so she did an excellent job stepping up in grade.
Sarzana also showed significant improvement, beaten only half a length is the $40K Country Maiden, finishing in 2nd place. She had a tough, front running ride but she stuck it out and held off all but one swooper.
Resort was up next, dropping back to 1650m this start. He was given a great ride by Robbie Brewer who had to really lift him to get him up and rolling in the straight. Resort finished off strongly into 3rd position, beaten less than a length.
The big race of the day, the Moruya Cup, was a thrilling race, with another very tight finish. Belle Tournure gave it her all and just got pipped on the post to finish 2nd, beaten 0.2 lengths. Mick Travers gave her a perfect ride and she showed amazing determination. She has had an unbelievable prep, stepping up in grade massively and taking her prize money since joining our stable up to over $72K (purchased for $20K).
The last race of the day saw Malachi Crunch and Airfree line up against each other over the 1200m. Both horses sat towards the rear of the field, pulled out in the straight and flew home. Malachi Crunch, the Moruya track specialist got the victory in the final stride and Airfree finished 3rd, only 0.3 lengths behind. Malachi Crunch picked up his 5th win and cracked $100K in prizemoney with this victory, a massive achievement for any horse. Airfree showed she has come back from her heart arrhythmia and is ready to win again.
The whole day was made up of close racing and tight finishes and we couldn’t be prouder of the effort all of our runners put in and the great work our team does every day. Congratulations to all our owners!
Georgian Court scored her first win since joining our stables when she took out the Class 1 over 1608m at Sapphire Coast on Wednesday. She was given a brilliant ride by Jess Taylor and proved too good on the day.
Georgian Court was purchased for only $2,600 at the Inglis auction in September and she has won just shy of $15,000 since then.
She was on a one week back up from Sapphire Coast on Boxing Day so between runs she didn’t do any trackwork at all but instead went to he river and bush track. Georgian Court is a great example of how the facilities we have suit a high energy filly.
Living Doll also raced on Wednesday and she ran a great race to finish 2nd. She is ultra-consistent and always tries. Both girls have pulled up well and went to the river for a recovery session on Thursday morning.
The Amazing Tahlia had another pleasing performance at Canberra on Friday in extremely hot conditions. Her lovely calm nature helped her to cope with the heat and she is right on track to break her maiden soon.
We had planned to race her at home over 920m on the 23rd but the cut on her leg needed the extra few days so we scratched and went to Canberra instead over 1000m.
She was posted wide throughout the race it probably cost her third position but when she races over 920m next start she should be finishing off strongly. Her jockey, Brock Ryan, was very positive about her run and she is definitely on the improve.
Georgian Court and Depreciation made the trip to Bega on Boxing Day for the Non-TAB meeting in very humid conditions.
We took the blinkers off Georgian Court and stepped her up to a mile for the first time since joining our stables.
Depreciation “Shamus”, our stable mascot, just races for fun in between his ponying duties at home and he is racing more consistently now than he ever did when he was in full training. Since returning to racing in November, he has raced three times for a win and two seconds, easily paying for his pony pellets 🙂
Both horses came around the home turn very wide and both finished in 2nd position.
Belle Tournure made it two wins in a row with victory in the Christmas Cup. She was racing up in grade but with an excellent ride from Mick Travers and the minimum weight of 54kg, she was dominant and won by a margin of 1.8 lengths.
We took a chance running Living Doll on the Soft 5 track and she ran a strong race to finish 4th in the Christmas Flying. She prefers the firmer ground but being at home gave her an edge in the softer conditions and she did her best to overcome an outside barrier.
Malachi Crunch was in the same race but just couldn’t find a suitable run in the straight. He finished off well when he finally got room but it was too late to make an impact on the result. He is a quirky horse and with his sit and sprint style he needs a lot of things to go his way.
Sarzana showed a huge improvement from her last start, finishing 5th, beaten 2.6 lengths.
Millijule had the difficult task of dropping back in distance six months into her prep in the 1425m BM58. She was ridden a bit different to normal and probably needed to get going a bit earlier but she finished off well and continues to try hard each start.
Pulla Swifty finally drew an inside barrier and we elected to go forward but she struggled to run out the 1300m sitting up on the pace. She looked right in the mix in the early stages of the straight but faded in the finish.
Resort found himself in a tricky tempo race today where the leaders walked early on and sprinted from the corner. The slow early speed made it so the race was not a true staying test and did not suit Resort’s style of racing.
He jumped a touch slow but was driven forward to take up a position on the rail behind the leader. This would have ordinarily been a good spot to sit but when the leader backed the pace right off, he was trapped on the fence and unable to push out and start an early run. When the leaders sprinted on the corner, he found himself flat footed and just one paced to the finish line.
He pulled up hardly blowing and recovered very quickly. Overall, we weren’t disappointed in his performance since the last 600m was unusually fast for a 2000m race run on a Heavy 8 track.