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Hay Bale is back!

Hay Bale has made a spectacular return to form with a victory in the South Coast Registered Clubs Cup at Moruya. After a rough patch of average performances, Hay Bale has won two in a row, catapulting up 16 benchmark points since the end of July.

This was his first victory over more than 1400m and he ran it out very well on the Heavy 9 surface. Shaun Guymer has been getting the best out of this horse and they will partner again on the 2nd of September when they race at Warwick Farm.

Congratulations to Hay Bales owners who also bred him and have raced his whole family. It is wonderful to see such a nice horse back to his best.

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Moruya Double

We kicked off the new season with a winning double at home.

Recent addition to our stable, Pahang, won his Maiden with Shaun Guymer aboard. He was wayward in the straight and will need the blinkers back on for his next start but he was able to get the job done for his new owners.

A perfect ride from Shaun Guymer saw Hay Bale return to his best. He was able to get Hay Bale to jump properly, something that has been a problem recently. He was in the perfect position as they entered the straight and he was able to win by nearly three lengths, pulling away.

Special mention also to Legislation who ran an awesome race to finish second. He was given every chance but just met a better horse on the day.

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Chairman’s is on a roll

The month of May has been a very successful one for Chairman’s Choice and his big group of owners. He kicked off with a win at Sapphire Coast and has run two close seconds since then.

At Moruya on the 14th he was beaten only 0.1 lengths

And at Goulburn on the 29th, only a short half head (0.03 lengths)

Dropping him back in distance to the 1300m-1400m races has allowed him to settle and unleash his impressive turn of foot in the finish. His regular rider, Shaun Guymer, has really worked him out now and they are a great combination.

Chairman’s has gone to the paddock for a short break and will be back to race on the wet tracks over Winter.

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Pauper retires

Pauper travelled to Randwick to contest the Highway Handicap on May 9th but unfortunately suffered a bleeding attack. This was his second bleed so he has been forced into retirement.

He recovered quickly after the race and will start his new career after a spell. He will be sent to the Racing NSW rehoming program next month to find a new home in an equestrian sport stable. He retires with no soundness issues so he will have no trouble moving on to his new life quickly. He is a big, confident horse who is great to ride so he will probably find himself in an eventing or showjumping stable.

Pauper came to Thorotek as a Maiden purchased from Godolphin. In his 9 starts for our stable he won twice and ran another 4 placings, winning just under $50,000. We wish “Herb” all the best in his new life.

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Sapphire Double & Quinella

We had a big day at Sapphire Coast on May 3rd with 8 runners.

Living Doll notched up her 5th win taking out the BM58 over 908m with Arky Kajiya on board. Living Doll is a front runner and having drawn the widest barrier, she was given a great ride by Arky to get the victory.

The Class 2 over 1408m saw Chairman’s Choice and No Emotion battle each other up the straight, giving the stable our first quinella. No Emotion was leading the whole way except on the finish line where Chairman’s Choice stuck his nose in front. Both horses have found jockeys that really work well with them. Shaun Guymer put the whip away and rode Chairman’s hands and heels, which really saw him finish off good, and Robbie Brewer has given No Emotion his confidence back and keeps him balanced during his races. The horses went stride for stride, with their legs moving in sync over the final furlong, resulting in some great photos.

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Kattegat makes it two in a row

We were cautiously optimistic heading to Goulburn with Kattegat as he stepped up from Maiden grade straight to a Class 2 for his second start since joining our stable. He had a jockey change with his weight too low for Robbie Brewer to ride and Shaun Guymer guided him to his second victory.

Kattegat is still racing greenly but his ability is there and was enough to get him a convincing win. He has now had two starts for two wins and two BOBS bonuses, easily covering his purchase price already.


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Airfree wins the Moruya Cup!


Our little pocket rocket Airfree claimed the 2020 Moruya Cup with an amazing run from 2nd last on the corner. She was given a brilliant ride by Kayla Nisbet and it was a huge thrill for all her owners and the whole Thorotek team.

Airfree only just scraped in to the field as the second emergency and she made it two victories in a row following her Sapphire Coast win two weeks earlier.


We are so proud of this little horse who repeatedly makes up for her size with her determination. She has now won over $122,000 since joining our stable, making her an incredible earner given her $12,000 purchase price.

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Kattegat wins on his stable debut

Our latest addition, Kattegat, claimed his maiden victory at his first start for our stable. From a wide barrier, Robbie Brewer gave Kattegat a lovely ride, helping him to relax and then sprint home brilliantly.

It was a great result for his new owners who picked up the extra Showcase prize money and a BOBS bonus. This Medaglia d’Oro gelding looks to have some real promise and is an exciting horse for the stable going forward.




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What a day!

March 2020 has been an exceptional month for everyone with the COVID-19 crisis significantly changing daily life around the world. We in racing, have been extremely fortunate to be able to continue with our sport, one of the very few sports still running in this country. Strict guidelines have been put in place preventing owners from visiting the stables and attending the races so it was an eerily quiet day at Sapphire Coast on the 27th when we had our most successful day in the history of Thorotek Racing.

Our little bulldog Airfree kicked off the day with a victory in the BM66 1408m. Airfree has fought her way back from a bleeding attack back in August last year and overcome an issue with her back in recent months. Kayla Nisbet gave her a great ride and it was wonderful to see her steaming up the outside of the field to take the win.


This victory should give Airfree enough benchmark points to make it into the Moruya Cup field on the 12th of April over 1425m.

Our second winner of the day was Instruments who was on the six day back up. Ridden by Blaike McDougall, she showed a good turn of foot to snatch the win right on the line.


As part of the COVID-19 restrictions, each jockey needs to be provided with their own set of silks so Blaike wore our old colours from the pre-Thorotek days. It was nice to see the heart silks win again and it took us back to the old days of racing one of our favourite horses Expatriate.

Boom and Zoom was our best chance for the meeting following a string of excellent performances, including a close 2nd in the Federal on Black Opal Day at Canberra earlier in the month.


Boom and Zoom has a speciality for drawing a wide barrier but she jumped from 3 on this occasion and was able to run a very good time to claim her maiden win. Her consistency this prep has been excellent and she continues to mature into a lovely horse.

Last race of the day saw another extremely consistent mare of ours, Heavenly Thunder, bring up our 4th winner for the day. Heavenly Thunder showed real guts to squeeze through a tiny gap in the straight and grab the win.


Four winners in a single meeting is a rare achievement and is a fitting reward for our team who have worked so hard to bring our stable back from the bushfire emergency earlier this year. Congratulations to all our winning owners celebrating at home in these strange times!

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Sarzana wins at Yass

Sarzana finished off the month with a gallant win at Yass Picnics. Maddy Wright picked up most successful jockey of the day and we also won most successful trainer of the day with the help of Georgian Court’s 3rd place in the cup.

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Resort moves on


After 15 months at Thorotek Racing and over $67,500 prize money won with us, it is time for Resort to move on to a new stable. He has been sold to a trainer in far North Queensland to continue his career in easier company.

Resort has been a wonderful horse for our stable, introducing us a great group of new owners and winning our first city race.

Resort’s success and resulting high benchmark have made him difficult to place in races where he won’t carry huge weights so it was decided by his owners to move him on to a new home.

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Shamus retires, again


Our amazing stable pony Shamus (aka Depreciation) has been retired from racing at the age of eight. He made a triumphant come back in 2018 when he got bored with retirement first time around and since then he has won two races and placed a further eleven times.

He has travelled all over the countryside to race at the Picnics and we will miss our Thorotek team days cheering him home.

Shamus will continue as our stable pony for as long as he enjoys it, using his lightning speed out of the gates to teach our young horses to jump out.

Thanks for the memories Shamy!

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Flying Fantini wins at Moruya


Fantini claimed her maiden victory in impressive fashion at the Showcase Moruya meeting. In only her second career start, she showed a blistering turn of foot to pick up the leader in only a few strides.

Her trackwork at home has been exceptional and we think she is a horse going places. She is the half sister to well performed galloper Noble Boy and she looks to have significant ability herself.

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Moruya Bush Fires

January is usually our busiest month of the year with two big Moruya meetings, including Moruya Cup, which brings many of our owners to town for the weekend of racing. This January has been very different with not a single horse racing following a bush fire emergency on New Year’s Eve and the evacuation of all our horses from our bush lined stables to their paddocks near the river.

We received a RFS text message on New Year’s Eve at 6am and with the help of our amazing team and John Peiti who owns the paddocks we spell at, we were able to evacuate all 26 horses off our property in only 2.5 hours.

View of the fire from the spelling paddocks at 11am NYE

We were unbelievably fortunate the wind changed to a Southerly in time to stop the fire reaching our stables and home.

With the risk too high to return to the stables immediately, the horses spent the first two weeks of 2020 spelling in groups of three or four, something most of them haven’t done since they were yearlings since most racehorses spell individually to minimise injuries.

Despite power and communications being down, Racing NSW sprung into action to help all the Moruya trainers and their ongoing assistance over the past month has been incredible.

Most of the horses have been back in work for three weeks now, with minimal interruptions from smoke, and we are hoping to have our first runners for 2020 at Sapphire Coast at the beginning February. The Moruya Showcase meeting, including the Moruya Cup, has been rescheduled for April 12th.

“Elvis” waiting to take off


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Bong Bong Picnics 2019

Bong Bong Picnics is a must for every racing fan. Held near Bowral, a massive crowd lines both the inside and outside rail for the length of the straight and the Cup now attracts quality city horses.

Maddy Wright rode our three runners, kicking off with stable pony Depreciation. Wearing his custom made “Shamus” browband pink bridle, he pushed through a tiny gap between runners to run 3rd in a blanket finish.

Depreciation “Shamus”

Georgian Court ran a super race in the hot Cup field to place 4th and Sarzana won the last race of the day convincingly.


Maddy rides all of Sarzana’s trackwork so it was wonderful to see her ride her to victory and Sarzana’s owner Melissa was on course to cheer her home.


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Melbourne Cup Day 2019

Thorotek took a team of four runners to Sapphire Coast for Melbourne Cup Day 2019 for the non-TAB meeting.


Instruments claimed her maiden victory with a solid win over a mile. She has improved with each run and we think as she steps up in distance she will go on with it and turn into a nice race mare.

Depreciation ran his heart out, punched to the line by Pat Scorse and after much deliberation he went down in a photo finish by 0.01 lengths to finish 2nd. He is now 8 years old but he seems to have found a new liking for his racing and has been performing exceptionally well since his return from retirement.

Georgian Court also continued her run of good performances with a 3rd placing.

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Shrug wins her maiden


After a string of good performances and a few hard luck stories, Shrug claimed her maiden victory at Bega. She had a perfect sit just off the pace and worked home past the leaders in the straight. It was a good way to end a solid prep for Shrug so she has gone to the paddock for a month before returning for the Summer.

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Back to back victories for Pauper


Pauper proved he is back stronger than ever after his spell with back to back victories. He stormed over the Class 1 field at Nowra and was powerful through the line.

He has matured into an exciting horse and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do over the Summer, hopefully heading towards the Country Championships heat.

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Racehorse retirement

Recent media stories have thrown racehorse retirement into the spotlight over the past week and prompted us to follow up the horses we have retired to the Racing NSW rehoming program. We have sent three geldings to Racing NSW to find new homes. Lincoln Cash Man and Ollie the Third have both found new homes as riding horses and Dream Fields is still undergoing his retraining at Princes Farm in Western Sydney before he is ready for his new home (video of his retraining).

We have complete confidence in the Racing NSW program finding good homes for our retired horses. Before they are placed with a new owner, Racing NSW inspects the property where they will be kept and the vets the rider’s capabilities and suitability for Thoroughbred ownership.


The program takes any NSW thoroughbred, even if they are injured, never raced or are difficult to ride and handle. They have several large properties around NSW where they keep and retrain the horses and the whole program is funded by 1% of prizemoney from all NSW races.

Racing NSW also works with community programs for horse skills training and animal therapy. More information about the program can be found on social media “Team Thoroughbred NSW”.


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Young Picnic Cup


It was another great day out at the Picnic races with Georgian Court bringing home the Young Picnic Cup.

Maddy Wright, who rides trackwork for us, rode Depreciation to 2nd place in the Class 3 and Georgian Court to victory in the Cup. It was a real team effort with Lauren Davies, who does all the riding at home with Georgian Court, on hand to strap and cheer her home.

Thank you to all our team for all the hard work they put in to make our stable’s success possible.