When Depreciation “Shamus”, retired at the start of the year he started his new job as our stable pony. He accompanies the young or nervous horses to the track and is a useful mate for slow and fast work. His absolute specialty is the barriers. When he was racing he frequently jumped a length in front of the other runners. He is super calm and confident in the gates and he has taught all our young horses this year excellent barrier manners. His handiwork was on display throughout November as we had Cosmic Barb, Times Change and our Real Impact filly jumpout successfully following his tutelage. Shamus even had a jumpout himself, guiding three young horses through the process calmly.
Shamus has always been a favourite but now he is a great asset to our stable as the young horses come through each year.
Our local Melbourne Cup day meeting was at Moruya this year. It was great to see a crowd at the races and we had a good day with three winners.
Icksta broke his maiden with Robbie Brewer aboard. Icksta is named after a close friend of ours and all our team are in the ownership group so it was a special victory.
Legislation loved the low weight and easy running style of his rider and was finally able to pick up his second career victory, three years and 34 starts after breaking his maiden. Legislation has a dedicated group of owners who were thrilled to see him win. It was his final chance to show something before being retired so he is sticking around for a bit longer.
Our lovely mare Sarzana was our third winner for the day. She is in an incredibly consistent patch of form at the moment with her last five starts yielding two seconds, a third and two consecutive wins. She is loving her racing and went to the line with her ears pricked.
Boom and Zoom notched up her second career win with a dominant performance at Sapphire Coast. Racing over the mile for the second time, Shaun Guymer was able to control the whole race and ended up winning by over 5 lengths.
Sarzana made it a winning double for Thorotek and Shaun Guymer. Sarzana was purchased two years ago as a maiden and has now won five races at Thorotek.
Both these mares have been racing very consistently, especially over the past couple of months, and it was great to see them salute.
Our wonderfully consistent mare, Boom and Zoom, stepped up to 1600m for the first time at Nowra and nearly grabbed the victory. She was given a brilliant ride by Shaun Guymer and was only beaten 0.1 lengths on the line. It was difficult to make up ground at Nowra this day and she showed a good finishing sprint in the closing stages. As she has matured, her racing style has become more relaxed and has allowed her to get up over more ground.
At the recent Sapphire Coast meeting we were presented with an amazing trophy to celebrate winning the 2019/20 Trainer Premiership. We won nine races at Sapphire Coast last season, including four winners in a single meeting. Thank you and congratulations to our team and owners for making this possible.
A new feature has been added to our Thorotek App this month. Audio recordings of the jockey comments post race are now uploaded immediately to the app, giving owners quick access to the jockey’s report. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android devices by searching “Thorotek”.
Heavenly Thunder and Sarzana were first two across the line at the recent Moruya meeting. They battled it out up the straight after the tear away leader ran wide off the racing line around the turn. Sarzana looked to be home until the last three strides when Heavenly Thunder’s trademark finishing burst over 1200m grabbed her just before the line.
Kayla Nisbet and Jess Taylor regularly ride both of these mares, swapping every few runs. They both rode perfect races and returned to the mounting yard laughing and joking together.
The Bon Hoffa x Cosmic Safari filly has her official race name “Cosmic Barb”.
She has changed so much in the short time she has been at our stables and she is developing into a beautiful filly. She is stepping up her pace work and doing her barrier education like a professional.
Living Doll wrapped up her racing career this month and will go to stud this season. She has been a brilliant horse for our stable, finishing her career with 5 wins, 14 placings and over $128,000 in prize money. Her best quality was her amazing toughness. She could be hunted hard out of the gates and still fight out a finish and we will miss racing her.
She is going to Sepoy at Darley so hopefully we have a nice sprinter foal this time next year.
Our newest stable addition “I Am Bolt” claimed his maiden victory in his very first start for our stable at Moruya races. Owned by a large group of friends and wearing the Shamrock Hotel Temora silks he grabbed an extra BOBS bonus with the victory. He had a wide gate but was given a great ride by Shaun Guymer, staying out of trouble and finishing strong to the line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.