18 April 2019
The last month has been strong for the team with the wins continuing to roll in, the last two days being no exception with the stable scoring two wins from four starters across the Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm meetings. Hawkesbury set the stage for LORD HERON to pick up his second career win in the Livamol Mile, the gelding just holding in the shadows of the post under the guidance of jockey Tommy Berry. The four year old still has some maturing to do, over racing slightly in the initial stages. Despite this, the son of ALL TOO HARD showed grit to hold off the challengers in the straight leading from the jump to the finish.
At Warwick Farm VALENTINO ROSSA continued his brilliant second-up strike rate in the Tab Rewards Handicap over 1600m. The son of TESTA ROSSA was given a textbook ride from jockey Jason Collett, hugging the rails for the course of the race. Once he found the gap in the straight, the five year old produced a brilliant kick from the 200m to clear the field and hold off the late run of PUMPKIN PIE. The win gave the gelding his fourth career win, with total earnings of $188,025.
14 April 2019
It was a day for the racing history books with the champion mare WINX having her final run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, making the dual course double for the stable that little bit more memorable. Stable star WHITE MOSS showed her grit in front of the 40,000+ crowd at Randwick, winning the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m. The grey mare by MOSSMAN and out of PAY MY BAIL has been in career best form this prep, picking up two Group 2 races in the course of three runs. The Esplin family owned and bred five year old was ridden positively by jockey Kathy O'Hara, taking a position just behind leader and last year's winner QUILISTA. The leading three runners put a good gap on the rest of the field before heading into the straight, making it a near impossible mission for the backmarkers including the stable's other runner, last start Group 3 winner SIREN'S FURY. Getting level with the leader at the top of the rise, WHITE MOSS held off the challengers to win by 0.8 lengths, taking her prizemoney total to an impressive $532,645.
Meanwhile at Newcastle YOUR WITNESS broke through for his fourth win in the Montgomery Homes Newcastle Nobbys BM 70 Hcp over 1200m. The STAR WITNESS gelding had put together a string of good performances this prep without winning, placing at all five starts this prep coming into yesterday's assignment. Coming into the straight, jockey Jess Taylor managed to find the gaps and produce the six year old at just the right moment. The gelding was wayward as he found his way to the line but Jess persevered and the duo found the line 0.27 lengths ahead of favourite DYLAN'S LUCK.