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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.


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Pauper’s maiden victory


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.


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The Crunch Retires

Malachi Crunch enjoying his new paddock life

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.

Happy retirement Archie!

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Hay Bale wins at Moruya


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.

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Train the Brave wins on NSW debut

Train the Brave (centre) wins at Moruya 6/08/19

Train the Brave broke his maiden in his debut run for our stable at the first Moruya meeting of the new racing season.

Aided by a brilliant ride from Shaun Guymer, Train the Brave lived up to his name as he battled two other runners the length of the straight in tight, tough racing.

We are delighted to continue our successful association with the Epona Park horses that come up from Victoria to our stable and look forward to TTB racing again at Nowra on the 25th of August.

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That’s a wrap

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.

Judy in Disguise wins at Sapphire Coast 28/07/19

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.

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Thorotek takes the title

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.

Gossip winning at Moruya 15/07/19

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.

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A big Monday at Moruya

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!


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Dream Fields Retires

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.