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”.
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.
Pauper claimed his maiden victory in convincing fashion at his first start back from a spell. He was given a smart, patient ride by Patrick Scorse and was cheered over the line by a big group of happy owners.
It was wonderful to have so many owners make the trip to Moruya for the October long weekend and we are looking forward to our next big meeting, the Moruya Cup, on January 6th 2020.
Yesterday, Malachi Crunch left the Thorotek stables for the final time. After 50 starts and six wins, Archie will now have a long break in the paddock before starting his new career as a show horse.
Malachi Crunch won more races than any other single horse we have trained and he capped off his career by winning Moruya Jockey Club Horse of the Year 2018/19. The circumstances in which Archie came to our stables make him all the more special and we couldn’t be prouder of the racehorse he turned into for his owners Dan and Melissa.
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.