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.
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.
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.
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!