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WAYWEST GODDESS ON TRACK FOR COMPUTAFORM SPRINT

Waywest Goddess wins Racing Association Conditions Plate
Waywest Goddess wins Racing Association Conditions Plate

Click above to watch the Racing Association Conditions Plate (F&M)

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RACING ASSOCIATION CONDITIONS PLATE

Turffontein, Turf, 1000m

3 January 2012

WAYWEST GODDESS

Way West (AUS) x Gallic Goddess by Gallic League (IRE)

4 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Claude Comaroff and Corryvrecken Racing CC

(Nom: Mrs Evelyn Joell)

Trainer : Louis Goosen

Jockey : Fanie Chambers

Breeder : Hallmark Thoroughbreds

Win Time : 57.20

Career Record : 5 Wins, 3 Places, 11 Starts

Career Earnings : R669,875

WAYWEST GODDESS is a graduate of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAYWEST GODDESS

56.0

98

3

S Chambers

Louis Goosen

2

0.75

LADY BEATRIX

54.0

79

10

R Fourie

Brett Webber

3

2.25

PISCES STAR

54.0

88

8

C Maujean

Louis Goosen

4

2.75

ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD

58.0

98

6

D Mansour

Gavin van Zyl

5

4.00

SILENT ANGEL

54.0

72

9

D David

John Vos

6

4.25

LARUSSA

54.0

94

4

* JP van der Merwe

Paul Matchett

7

5.25

FAR ROSALIND

56.0

94

7

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

8

6.50

GOLDEN SECRET

58.0

87

2

G Lerena

Mike Azzie

9

11.00

FOREST LECTURE

60.0

82

1

S Brown

Chris Erasmus

10

12.25

MIDNIGHT DRAGON

54.0

77

5

* J Greyling (1.5)

Louis Goosen

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

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HOW THE WEST CAN BE WON

Way West Stallion in South Africa
Way West Stallion in South Africa

Way West

(Photo : Greig Muir)

WAY WEST (AUS)

Danehill (USA) - Prospect Fever (USA)

by Mr. Prospector (USA)

As underrated a sire as there is in the land right now, Way West quietly gets on with his business at Summerhill with little fanfare. His quiet demeanour belies a prince’s pedigree, and a record of performance which hinted at a destructive talent betrayed by the sort of injury only racehorses can inflict upon themselves.

Carrying the looks of a champion show horse, Way West is statuesque, but he’s a little fellow. Attracting the patronage of local breeders has not been easy, yet from two small crops at the races to date, he has two Group One performing fillies, the Highveld Juvenile Champion, Waywest Goddess, and Extra Zero. The latter who followed an excellent third to the much-heralded Princess Victoria in the Golden Slipper (Gr1), with an astounding runner-up performance against the colts in the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Now we find our man sitting in 5th place on the National Sires’ Log, measured by average earnings per runner : the stats tell us he’s in great company, while he has several of the nation’s most illustrious stallions behind him.

Leading Sires by AEPR

1 August - 4 December 2011

Sire

Stakes

Rnrs

AEPR

MODUS VIVENDI

1,630,130

35

46,575

ANNOUNCE

1,063,185

30

35,440

RIGHT APPROACH

1,945,410

63

30,880

TIGER RIDGE

1,558,998

53

29,415

WAY WEST

996,525

34

29,310

VICTORY MOON

2,648,328

92

28,786

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

1,342,840

47

28,571

SARGE

690,550

25

27,622

MELLIFONT

644,865

24

26,869

KAHAL

3,308,561

127

26,052

PARADE LEADER

1,198,403

47

25,498

VAR

2,181,189

86

25,363

DUPONT

843,893

34

24,820

JET MASTER

3,521,029

144

24,452

WESTERN WINTER

2,611,295

107

24,405

CAPTAIN AL

3,275,357

135

24,262

SILVANO

3,442,901

145

23,744

QUI DANZIG

733,937

31

23,675

TOREADOR

1,318,681

56

23,548

DYNASTY

1,740,438

74

23,519

*Summerhill Sires denoted by bold

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WEST SIDE STORY

Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap
Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap

Waywest Goddess - Gardenia Handicap (L)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

GET IN, BEFORE HE GETS AWAY.

There’s an old saying in these parts : “The sun sets in the West”.

For Way West, there’s a new dawn.

With only two small crops,

he is the sire of two Group One-performing fillies.

Last week, Extra Zero took home a R400,000 cheque

in the Emperors Palace Ready To Tun Cup.

This week, Waywest Goddess, was imperious in the Gardenia.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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VICTORY AND THE COLLAR

Smanjemanje
Smanjemanje
waywest goddess
waywest goddess

Smanjemanje (left) and Waywest Goddess (right)

(Photos : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

“Kahal heads the National Stallion Log”

Smanjemanje was always a lurking talent. After all, he was the first, and only one of two, to triumph over Pierre Jourdan at three. But he’s been the victim of a well documented displacement of his palate, which has effectively cut off his wind supply at the most critical stages of his races.

A while back, with partners, Summerhill owned a smart filly by the name Paradise Alley, who battled with a similar affliction. On our travels around the world, we discovered a piece of equipment not irregularly used to fix the ailment in Australia and the United States, known as a Cornell Collar. It worked with Paradise Alley, and on Saturday, it certainly worked for Smanjemanje in the closing stages of the Victory Moon Stakes (Gr2). At a time when our man is often seen to flounder as the sticks come out in the finishing drive to the post, he found new resources of wind, and powered away from the field of high class performers including the past season’s champion three-year-old colt, The Apache. The son of Kahal has always promised to deliver a big one, and Saturday’s victory catapults his sire to the top of the national stallion log for the second time this season.

For the Summerhill sires, that wasn’t the end of the line, however. Last season’s Highveld Champion Juvenile, Waywest Goddess, couldn’t have been more impressive in the Gardenia Handicap (L). There were some quality speedsters in this one, but Louis Goosen’s premonition earlier in the week, turned out to be prophetic. She demolished them, literally. Given Extra Zero’s big turn against the colts when running for the R2million the week before, this was notice from Way West that he’s not ready to be forgotten.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WAYWEST GODDESS : CLASSY WIN IN GARDENIA HANDICAP

Waywest Goddess wins the Gardenia Handicap
Waywest Goddess wins the Gardenia Handicap

Click above to watch Waywest Goddess winning the Gardenia Handicap (L)

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GARDENIA HANDICAP (Listed)

Turffontein, Turf, 1000m

11 November 2011

WAYWEST GODDESS

Way West (AUS) x Gallic Goddess by Gallic League (IRE)

4 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Claude Comaroff and Corryvrecken Racing CC (Nom: Mrs Evelyn Joell)

Trainer : Louis Goosen

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Hallmark Thoroughbreds

Win Time : 56.17

Career Record : 4 Wins, 3 Places, 9 Starts

Career Earnings : R610,500

WAYWEST GODDESS is a graduate of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAYWEST GODDESS

57.5

93

8

A Marcus

Louis Goosen

2

2.00

VARIOMETER

52.0

92

2

* E Pheiffer

Louis Goosen

3

2.10

KALAAM

55.5

89

5

F Coetzee

Stanley Ferreira

4

3.00

SHARE THE SILVER

57.5

93

4

B Lerena

Tony Rivalland

5

3.25

PISCES STAR

55.5

89

1

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

6

4.00

MANNEQUIN

62.0

102

6

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

7

5.50

ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD

61.0

100

9

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

8

7.00

GOLDEN SECRET

55.0

88

3

D David

Mike Azzie

9

8.75

FAIR ROSALIND

59.0

96

7

G Wrogemann

Paul Matchett

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summerhill stud south africa

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WAY WEST : IS THIS THE SIGN OF SOMETHING "BIG"

way west stallion
way west stallion

Highveld Juvenile Champion and Dual Graded Stakes Winner, Waywest Goddess,

was a neck away from a National title in the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr 1.

“Leading the second crop Sires…”

The “smart money” will tell you they expected it of WAY WEST. An explosive juvenile, a prince’s pedigree and a flawless physique.

So to be fair, a Highveld Juvenile Champion in his first crop was no more than WAY WEST stepping up to the plate. But given the opposition, you’d have to say that leading the second crop Sires, is a matter of exceeding expectations.

Or is this the sign of something “big” in the making?

LEADING 2ND CROP SIRES

(To 10 October 2010) 

SIRE

WINNERS

WINS

STAKES (ZAR)

WAY WEST

7

7

429 475

RIGHT APPROACH

5

5

357 085

KING OF KINGS

3

3

269 910

TIGER RIDGE

3

3

232 370

Figures courtesy of Sporting Post

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summerhill stud, south africa

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JOHN MOTAUNG'S 2010 READY TO RUN SELECTIONS

lot 36 tony's tipple by way west video
lot 36 tony's tipple by way west video
lot 143 don't be silly by danili video
lot 143 don't be silly by danili video

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LOT 36 TONY’S TIPPLE (WAY WEST - CAMPARI)

(COLT) BY

THE SIRE THAT PRODUCED

G2

WINNER

WAYWEST GODDESS

IN HIS FIRST CROP. FROM THE FAMILY OF

PLEASE BE TRUE

(7 WINS INC GOSFORTH PARK FILLIES & MARES CHALLENGE

G1

& GERMISTON NOVEMBER HANDICAP

G1

),

DENEUVE

(3 WINS INC 3

RD

GOLD CIRCLE OAKS

G2

) &

BEST OF THE BEST

(7 WINS INC CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP

G1

& 2

ND

DIADEM

G2

).

LOT 143 DON’T BE SILLY (AUS) (DANSILI - SALILA)

(COLT) BY

CHAMPION OLDER MILER IN FRANCE & SIRE OF OVER 40 STAKES WINNERS, DANSILI.

DAM SISTER TO

GYPSY KING

(2 WINS INC DEE STAKES

G3

) &

ALBANOV

(2 WINS INC 2

ND

PRIX DENISY

L

). FROM THE FAMILY OF

WEDDING RING

(5 WINS INC PRIX CORONATION

L

& 2

ND

ALL ALONG STAKES

G2

),

FLEUR D’ORANGER

(2 WINS INC PRIX DE LA VILLE DE TROUVILLE

L

) &

POMELLATO

– CHAMPION 2YO IN GERMANY

(3 WINS INC CRITERIUM DE MAISONS-LAFFITTE

G2

).

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Sunday 7 November 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE CUP LOG : 19 OCTOBER 2010

igugu winning the joburg spring f&m challenge grade 3
igugu winning the joburg spring f&m challenge grade 3

Igugu… heading the Cup log

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

R1,5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2010

LOG AS AT

TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 2010

Log #

Horse

MR

1

IGUGU

98

2

WAYWEST GODDESS

100

3

WOLF ON THE FOLD

89

4

CHECCETTI

100

5

IBROX PARK

90

6

HIS AFFIDAVIT

93

7

DRACONIAN

88

8

INKANYEZI

87

9

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD

89

10

OH DRISCOLL

87

11

IN LIKE FLYNN

87

12

AL’S MARK

13

RIDETHEBREEZE

87

14

SINGLE TEMPO

86

15

COUNT DUMANI

85

16

HONOLULU

82

17

DANEHILL DARLING

83

18

RED DELICIOUS

Below the line

19

PARLIAMENT

83

20

IMPROMPTU

82

21

WELSH EMBLEM

82

22

BRIAN’S WAGER

79

23

BUSSELL

79

24

CHEKECHE

79

25

NOBUKHOSI

79

26

BOYSENBERRY

78

27

MEMGHAR

77

*NB: This is an invitational race. Handicapper’s discretion applies.

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emperors palace ready to run 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE CUP LOG : 11 OCTOBER 2010

checcetti emperors palace ready to run cup candidate
checcetti emperors palace ready to run cup candidate

Checcetti… heading the qualifying log

(Photo : JC Photographics/Summerhill Stud)

R1,5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2010

LOG AS AT

MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 2010

Log #

Horse

MR

1

CHECCETTI

100

2

WAYWEST GODDESS

100

3

IGUGU

98

4

DRACONIAN

94

5

HIS AFFIDAVIT

93

6

IBROX PARK

90

7

OH DRISCOLL

90

8

WOLF ON THE FOLD

89

9

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD

89

10

INKANYEZI

87

11

IN LIKE FLYNN

87

12

RIDETHEBREEZE

87

13

SINGLE TEMPO

86

14

COUNT DUMANI

85

15

DANEHILL DARLING

83

16

PARLIAMENT

83

Below The Line

17

HONOLULU

82

18

IMPROMPTU

82

19

BRIAN’S WAGER

81

20

BOYSENBERRY

79

21

BUSSELL

79

22

CHEKECHE

79

23

MEMGHAR

79

24

NOBUKHOSI

79

25

FIRST SOVEREIGN

76

26

GATUSSO

76

27

NANDA DEVI

76

28

RUNNING ROGUE

75

29

UMHLABA

75

30

WELSH EMBLEM

75

31

QUEENSWAY

74

32

RICHINSTYLE

74

33

THE UNDEFEATED

74

34

DIZZY RASCAL

73

35

MISS DIANA

73

36

MISS LOPEZ

73

37

CLIENT KING

72

38

BUKA WENA

69

39

GENTLE LOOCHEE

68

40

HONG KONG SPIRIT

68

41

PAINTYOURFACE

68

42

IBHOLA

67

43

IZULU

67

44

SALSA RAPIDO

67

45

SUCHA WONDER

66

46

LA MAFIA

63

47

EMIRATES EVE

57

48

RUBY WEDDING

56

49

AKMAL

55

50

MIYAMOTO

53

*NB: This is an invitational race. Handicapper’s discretion applies.

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE CUP LOG : 4 OCTOBER 2010

waywest goddess emperors palace ready to run cup contender
waywest goddess emperors palace ready to run cup contender

Waywest Goddess… heading the qualifying log

(Photo : JC Photographics/Summerhill Stud)

R1,5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2010

Just a few weeks back, the news broke of a proposed increase in the stake for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup from R1,5 million to R2 million. Simultaneously, the stakeholders announced the introduction of a series of five trials in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, to facilitate guaranteed opportunities of a run for would-be candidates which might have faced elimination in the maidens otherwise.

Getting a run though, doesn’t necessarily get you into the race. Such was the quality of last year’s entry that 29 of them were already winners, so the organisers have inaugurated a second panel, along the lines of the Vodacom Durban July. From October forward, the NHA’s Roger Smith, Phumelela’s Patrick Davis and Gold Circle’s Graeme Hawkins will publish a merit list, reflecting qualifiers above the line, and providing connections of those below it with an idea of what they need to do to get over the line.

There’s R1,5 million at stake this year, and if the history of subscription for this event repeats itself next year, there’ll be R2 million up for grabs in 2011. It’s about the best deal in racing.

LOG AS AT

MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 2010

Log #

Horse

MR

1

WAYWEST GODDESS

100

2

DRACONIAN

94

3

HIS AFFIDAVIT

93

4

CHECCETTI

92

5

IBROX PARK

90

6

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD

90

7

OH DRISCOLL

90

8

IN LIKE FLYNN

89

9

RIDETHEBREEZE

89

10

WOLF OF THE FOLD

87

11

INKANYEZI

87

12

SINGLE TEMPO

86

13

COUNT DUMANI

85

14

DANEHILL DARLING

83

15

PARLIAMENT

83

16

HONOLULU

82

Below the line

17

IMPROMPTU

82

18

BRIAN’S WAGER

81

19

IGUGU

80

20

BOYSENBERRY

79

21

BUSSELL

79

22

NOBUKHOSI

79

23

FIRST SOVEREIGN

76

24

GATUSSO

76

25

NANDA DEVI

76

26

RUNNING ROGUE

75

27

UMHLABA

75

28

WELSH EMBLEM

75

29

QUEENSWAY

74

30

RICHINSTYLE

74

31

THE UNDEFEATED

74

32

DIZZY RASCAL

73

33

MISS DIANA

73

34

MISS LOPEZ

73

35

CLIENT KING

72

36

BUKA WENA

69

37

GENTLE LOOCHEE

68

38

HONG KONG SPIRIT

68

39

PAINTYOURFACE

68

40

IZULU

67

41

SALSA RAPIDO

67

42

SUCHA WONDER

66

43

EMIRATES EVE

57

44

RUBY WEDDING

56

45

MIYAMOTO

53

*NB: This is an invitational race. Handicapper’s discretion applies.

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

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and

www.summerhill.co.za

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INCONCEIVABLE? IMPOSSIBLE? INCREDIBLE?

way west - west is best
way west - west is best

Way West

(Summerhill Stud)

…NOT WITH THE DEMOLITION MAN.

His speed as a juvenile earned him the nickname “The Demolition Man”.

His pedigree and his physique earned him his place at Summerhill.

Waywest Goddess’ crowning as the Highveld Juvenile Champion earned him his respect. But the past fortnight has earned him his stardom.

Six winners in fourteen days, leave Way West’s first crop with only Champion Sire Western Winter, ahead on the Three Year Old Sires’ Log. And conceivably, they may have earned all of Waywest Goddess, Honolulu, Bussell, Nobukhosi, Danehill Darling, Sucha Wonder and Queensway a crack at the R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, come 6th November.

Inconceivable? Impossible? Incredible?

NOT WITH THE DEMOLITION MAN.

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WAY WEST : WEST SIDE STORY

way west stallion
way west stallion

Way West

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“SON OF DANEHILL”

If you’re a breeder of racehorses, you’ll know that lovely warm feeling when things go right for you. It’s particularly so when a young stallion starts to reveal his merit, because his influence is always more widespread than that of a mare, capable of only one produce annually. It’s even better when you are approaching a sale of the magnitude of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run, and the timing is impeccable.

Because he was such a precocious individual himself, we might’ve expected more of his youngsters to come bolting out of the blue at two, and while it is so that he produced a Highveld Juvenile Champion in Waywest Goddess, he didn’t have that many runners.

There’s a good reason for this : Way West first arrived in South Africa almost a month after the breeding season had commenced, so his book was always going to be limited by his late start, and the fact that breeders had not seen him before committing their mares to other stallions. As a result, he only had 38 registered foals in his first crop, and thus far he’s had just 19 runners (8 winners, 7 placed). He’s certainly making up for lost time though, with four more winners in the past ten days, all of them with a dash of class in the manner of their victories.

His dominance doesn’t stop there, as our readers will have noticed from our piece “How The West Was Won”. Three of the first four over the line in the first at the Vaal on Tuesday, tells much of the story, but what it doesn’t divulge is that the fourth one home (almost three lengths behind the third) was a filly who had tested some of the better juveniles last season, with two seconds from two starts, and was chalked up as the hot favourite for this event.

There can’t be too many out there who still need convincing, but if you’re in any doubt, remember this : Way West now has fivelikely candidates in the line-up for the R1.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, in a field of sixteen. That’s almost a third of the entries, and when you consider the race’s history and the luminaries it’s revealed, you begin to get a grip on the class Way West is throwing.

As stallion man, Greig Muir was heard to mutter at this morning’s covering session: “don’t tell us in a few years time, that we didn’t tell you!”.

P.S. The ink wasn’t dry and Danehill Darling became Way West’s fifth winner in 11 days, after a short stint with Mike de Kock. And she could be his sixth entry in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

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summerhill stud south africa

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WAY WEST : 25% OF R1,5 MILLION "CUP" FIELD

bussell racehorse by way west
bussell racehorse by way west

Bussell

(Photo : JC Photographics) 

“WEST IS BEST”

David Hayes is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best racehorse trainers. There was a time though, when he took a sabbatical to Hong Kong, and left the affairs of his family’s famous Lindsay Park training establishment in the hands of his old team. The explosive precocity of a son of Danehill during his absence, very nearly brought him back from Hong Kong to prepare the youngster for his tilt at the world’s richest race for two year olds, the Golden Slipper.

That horse was Way West, whose record-smashing bolt of lightening in the celebrated Blue Diamond Prelude (Gr.3), suggested he would be a major factor when the bookmakers chalked up for the “Slipper”. It wasn’t only the race record that stirred the belief in the Hayes veins that this was a legitimate candidate, it wasn’t only the fact he surpassed the time of, Alinghi, one of the best juvenile fillies Australia had seen in years. Rather, it was the way he did it, overcoming a mid-race stumble, and getting up from the floor to find another gear and beat the Group One performers, Oratorio and Sanzero.

Way West already has a Highveld Juvenile Champion in Waywest Goddess; and the hugely promising Honolulu, whose talents were vividly expressed in a 2,5 length romp a week ago.

And as if they were withholding their efforts in an attempt to ensure the handicappers’ memories would be fresh at the point of selection of the field for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, on consecutive days of this weekend, Bussell and Nobukhosi put up their hands with impressive performances at Turffontein and Scottsville.

While the judges will still have the final say, it’s conceivable right now that Way West will be represented by four individual runners in the fourth richest race in the land. That’s twenty five percent of the field if they all get a run, some kind of achievement for a first season sire. All of Louis Goosen, Paul Matchett, Dominic Zaki, Chips Pennells and Duncan Howells will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of bigger things.

That’s not all though, John Vos has a live candidate going to the track this week, in the form of Shee’s Gone West, a filly with two seconds from two starts to date, and almost certainly to be ripe for the winner’s box. Is it possible Way West could have 30% of the line-up?

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SUMMERHILL FIRST SEASON SIRES SHOW THE WAY

cataloochee stallion
cataloochee stallion

Cataloochee

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

CATALOOCHEE AND WAY WEST

Following is an extract from an article by Sarah Whitelaw published on Racingweb, in which she discusses the performances over the past season of some younger stallions climbing South Africa’s ranks.

“The ill-fated Cataloochee was the second leading first crop sire by prize money. His 22 runners included eight individual winners, including the Grade 3 winning filly Oochee Agent and the stakes placed Archangel Michael. He is also the sire of the promising filly June Bug. A fast and precocious horse himself, Cataloochee seems to be passing on these traits to his offspring. Clearly, the premature death of Cataloochee was a serious loss to the industry.

Cataloochee stood at Summerhill Stud, as does Way West. The latter has had just one winner to date (from 14 runners), but it was a good one. His daughter, Waywest Goddess, won the Grade 2 SA Fillies Nursery and was 2nd in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Futurity. Way West himself was a precocious juvenile, and it is not surprising that Waywest Goddess inherited these tendencies.”

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE EQUUS AWARDS 2010

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south african equus racing award

THE EQUUS AWARDS

12 August 2010

The Equus Awards will for the first time be sponsored by Racing South Africa, the company established to represent the major stakeholders of South African horseracing and breeding; namely the breeders, operators and owners.

This black tie event will honour last season’s Champions and will be staged at the Emperors Palace Centre Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, 12 August 2010.

The format for this year’s Equus Awards takes on a very different feel with presentations being conducted in a cinematic environment with the opulent Banquet following and the coveted “Horse Of The Year” award to be announced at the end of dinner by Racing South Africa Chairman, Mr Vidrik Thurling.

Longstanding Chairman of the organizing committee, Mr Larry Wainstein, is confident guests will enjoy the changes and all is set for an evening of great celebration!

The 2010 voting panel consists of Vee Moodley (Chairman), Patrick Davis, Graeme Hawkins, Robert Garner, Nico Kritsiotis, Jehan Malherbe, Sheldon Peters and Roger Smith.

THE EQUUS AWARDS 2010

NOMINATIONS 

Champion Two Year Old Filly

CHOCOLICIOUS

HAPPY ARCHER

MAHBOOBA

WAYWEST GODDESS

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

COPPER PARADE

GOLD ONYX

KAVANAGH

LINK MAN

Champion Three Year Old Filly

GIBRALTAR BLUE

HERE TO WIN

IMPERIOUS STAR

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

ANCESTRAL FORE

BOLD SILVANO

BRAVURA

IRISH FLAME

NOORHOEK FLYER

ORBISON

PIERRE JOURDAN

Champion Older Filly / Mare

CAPTAIN’S GAL

MOTHER RUSSIA

NOBLE HEIR

RIVER JETEZ

Champion Older Male

BIG CITY LIFE

J J THE JET PLANE

POCKET POWER

SMART BANKER

Champion Sprinter

J J THE JET PLANE

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

BIG CITY LIFE

BOLD SILVANO

IRISH FLAME

PIERRE JOURDAN

POCKET POWER

Champion Stayer

ANCESTRAL FORE

IRISH FLAME

Equus Outstanding Achievement Award

HEAR THE DRUMS

Champion Stallion Award

Outstanding Stallion Achievement Award

Broodmare Of The Year

Breeder Of The Year

Breeder Award For Exceptional International Achievement

Champion Breeder

Work Riders Of The Year (Gauteng and Western Cape)

Apprentice Of The Year

Champion Jockey

Champion Trainer

Owner Of The Year

Horse Of The Year

Nominations courtesy of Racing South Africa

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RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD

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chocolicious

Chocolicious - Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1)

(Photo : Gold Circle)

TWO MONTHS, THREE GROUP ONE WINNING FILLIES

There are two sayings that are associated with rain that come to mind at times like this. “It never rains but it pours” and “It’s raining cats and dogs”. If you’re speaking of Group Ones, you might apply that adage to our resident stallion Kahal, whose juvenile daughter, Chocolicious, became his third Group One winning filly in the past two months.

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd’sBackworth Stud, this game youngster got caught up in a cat fight over the last furlong and a half, with the newly-crowned Highveld Champion, Waywest Goddess, with the lead changing hands every few strides in the final 300. The race was a triumph for the Summerhill stallions, with Way West providing the runner-up and Cataloochee the fourth place through the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.3) winner, Oochee Agent.

Just two months back, Connington-bred Noble Heir thumped the colts in the Computaform Sprint (Gr.1), while Peet DiedericksSpiced Gold got up in the final strides of the SA Fillies Classic (Gr.1) a couple of weeks later to dead heat with Here To Win.

Mike de Kock’s been saying for some time that if Kahal got the opportunities the likes of Fort Wood and Western Winter were getting, he’d be challenging for the championship. It won’t happen this year, as Jet Master has it all wrapped up, but this effort at least consolidates Kahal’s position in third on the log. What is encouraging, is that he seems to get them to run over any trip. His five Group One winners to date extend from 1200 metres to 3200 metres, which makes him an ideal candidate for a crack at the big one.

LEADING SIRES BY STAKES

#

Stakes (ZAR)

Sire

Rnrs

AEPR

Runs

1

11,318,175

JET MASTER

167

67,774

883

2

9,296,924

SILVANO

136

68,360

707

3

8,279,400

KAHAL

128

64,683

772

4

8,169,150

CAPTAIN AL

163

50,117

878

5

7,597,837

FORT WOOD

143

53,132

715

6

7,430,549

PARADE LEADER

88

84,438

534

7

7,040,512

WESTERN WINTER

123

57,240

718

8

5,796,212

WINDRUSH

102

56,826

613

9

5,527,974

JALLAD

141

39,205

761

10

5,086,050

NATIONAL EMBLEM

157

32,395

858

Correct as at 1 June 2010

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CHOCOLICIOUS TOO SWEET IN GRADE 1 ALLAN ROBERTSON

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chocolicious allan robertson championship video

Click above to watch Chocolicious winning the Allan Robertson Championship (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

ALLAN ROBERTSON CHAMPIONSHIP (Grade 1)

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m

29 May 2010

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charl pretorius racingweb

Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaChocolicious, a 50-1 chance from the Herman Brown stable, fought an exciting battle with Louis Goosen’sWaywest Goddess (15-2), before getting the upper hand late in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday.

The pair went head to head over the last 200m with replacement jockey Johnny Geroudis on Chocolicious and Piere Strydom on Waywest Goddess flat to the boards for first prize. Chocolicious found a little extra and claimed victory close to the line.

Chocolicious, beaten three lengths by Romantic Moon in her previous start, turned the tables to the tune of eight lengths on her conqueror and assistant trainer Frank Robinson commented: “She was just a bit underdone that day and we were more confident today.”

Chocolicious and Waywest Goddess came together in the heat of the contest and then the Herman Brown filly appeared to carry Waywest Goddess off a straight course, but no action was taken by the stipendiary stewards.

It is doubtful whether anything would have affected the result, however, as Chocolicious won well.

Louis Goosen said: “There may have been something, the head-on suggests that they moved across the track, but it wasn’t my duty to object. Pierre didn’t mention anything after the race. He said Waywest Goddess seemed to have little left in the tank going into the last 400m, she was battling. But she picked up the bit and kept fighting on, which shows how courageous she is. Good luck to the Brown stable, it was an exciting race, we beat a filly like Mahbooba and several other top class fillies home, we are happy and we look forward to her career from here.”

Chocolocious was bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd at Backworth Stud near Eston, KwaZulu Natal, a fine achievement and a Grade 1 winner on their roll of honour. Chocolicious is by Kahal from Candy Box and her half-brother by Miesque’s Approval fetched R275 000 at April’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

CHOCOLICIOUS (Kahal x Candy Box)

2 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Messrs P Ebbs, MG Frost, M A Robinson and Ms L Kapustina, Messrs HJ Brown (Jnr) and NC Smith

Trainer : Herman Brown

Jockey : Johnny Geroudis

Breeder : Backworth Stud

Win Time : 69.70

Career Record : 2 Wins, 1 Place, 3 Starts

RACE RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CHOCOLICIOUS

58.0

0

14

J Geroudis

Herman Brown

2

0.50

WAYWEST GODDESS

58.0

0

12

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

3

4.25

MAHBOOBA (AUS)

58.0

0

5

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

4

4.30

OOCHEE AGENT

58.0

0

10

S Brown

Paul Matchett

5

4.80

STORMY COAST

58.0

0

2

G Figueroa

George Scott

6

7.85

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS)

58.0

0

6

A Marcus

Charles Laird

7

5.60

LEGAL ACCOUNT

58.0

0

3

B Fayd’Herbe

Paul Lafferty

8

6.85

ROMANTIC MOON

58.0

0

7

S Randolph

Duncan Howells

9

7.35

IBROX PARK

58.0

0

13

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

10

8.85

MAUREEN DE LAGO (AUS)

58.0

0

9

G Schlechter

Darryl Hodgson

11

11.10

INDIGOFERA

58.0

0

1

N Welch

Corne Spies

12

11.35

SIX BLUE NOTES

58.0

0

11

D Daniels

Glen Kotzen

13

12.10

BIG ON BROADWAY (AUS)

58.0

0

8

F Coetzee

Glen Kotzen

14

18.35

POPPINS

58.0

0

4

G Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

OF LOUIS GOOSEN, THE ALLAN ROBERTSON AND THE FILLY

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louis goosen waywest goddess

Louis Goosen - Trainer of Waywest Goddess

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

WHAT BIG RACE? WHAT PRESSURE?

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Trainer Louis Goosen, in his popular Racingweb column “What’s the Story?”, reflects on two-year-old Way West filly, Waywest Goddess, a R60,000 graduate of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, in preparation for Saturday’s R500,000 Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) over 1200m at Scottsville.

Louis notices several strange occurrences in his Vaal stable as the big day approaches and he produces his diary to give us some light-hearted insight into the what happens behind the scenes as the pressure mounts and everyone goes dilly. Everybody that is, except Waywest Goddess herself!

Saturday 15 May, 2010

“It’s important to stay calm, cool and collected. Racing’s a simple game and there’s no panic necessary, ever. Let’s just do things right and all will be fine, come race day. Be relaxed, like me.”

This was my message to my duly assembled and seemingly bewildered team, two weeks before the Allan Robertson.

Five minutes later, during my inspection of the yard, I found three empty plastic shavings bags in the shavings store. This is where the empty bags are supposed to be kept. But, they must be folded and inserted into another empty bag, which must be kept upright and in its place.

I assemble the now somewhat bemused team again and explain to them the virtues of having the best run, spotless yard. The team assume that special “blank look” which they normally reserve only for me, on occasion. When they leave the yard on their horses, in single file and in specific order for the next string, there appears to be a fair amount of chitter-chatter and gesticulating among them. Some point to the side of their scull caps. Every now and then, I catch the words “big race” and “le merrie”. I know that “le merrie” means “the filly”.

At the track, I immediately correct their conduct by explaining that they must never ever again point at their heads whilst riding, as they need both hands on the reins at all times. I give them a green card. A green card is one of the three cards which exist in the yard. We have a green card, a yellow card and a red card. Simply put, a green card explains the rule, a yellow card is a fine and a red card is very big trouble. Fines have nothing to do with wages. Fines come from the “kitty”, which is cash money from my pocket, to the value of R70 per person. It is distributed on Saturdays. I also have a whistle, which is blown, prior to any card issue. This goes down well with the team, who love their soccer. The problem is that my whistle keeps on disappearing…

Jockey Menno Malherbe returns from work saying that Madam Madonna worked very well. I give him a yellow card for lying…

I then rush off to the races to saddle Candy Cotton. She is beaten by Robbie Sage and Michael Leaf’s first timer, after the false start. The third horse is far behind.

I am disappointed but also most happy for Michael Leaf, whom I had brought into racing, into Chris Erasmus’ yard about 17 years ago. Piere Strydom tells me that Candy Cotton was changing legs and feeling her shins a bit. The owners and I agree to put her away, especially Brett Parker, who remains smiling and bids me farewell, as I leave immediately for my mate, Lindsay Dollery’s farm and the solace of one or two sharpies in the middle of nowhere, in relaxed company.

Monday 17 May

At track, trainer Lucky Houdalakis asks me where “the filly” is, as he would like to take a look at her. My horses are busy leaving the ring, on their way home. I point to the third horse from the front of the string. He is a 4 year old bay gelding. Lucky looks at me in a funny way and says something which sounds Greek to me.

A few months ago, I moved my ring, to be right opposite Lucky’s ring. Lucky is a laugh a minute and it’s impossible to have a bad day, after bumping into him early in the morning.

Waywest Goddess had a nice easy canter and as usual, we removed her saddle after her work and sent her home before the rest of the string, as she prefers this.

Tuesday 18 May

Menno returns from work with Madam Madonna, smiling and saying that the little filly will run a good race on Thursday and will finish right on top of them. I encourage him to change his medication and give him a brief lecture on racing, over-confidence, the nebular hypothesis theory in terms of creation, the virtues of leading a balanced life, whilst remaining positive and the dangers of medication.

During this very important discourse, I note that my assistant trainer Vic Moore is getting better and better, every day, with the “yard side shuffle”. Vic remains in my blind spot, throughout the discourse. Thirty minutes later, Menno takes the next horse. I also notice that my horses are ringing a deep path into my ring. I immediately call Zachiel, our track manager and ask him to level the walkways in the rings, as they have obviously not been done for months. I also give him the equivalent of a yellow card, in that he won’t be cracking an invite to our next yard braai. After a long silence, Zachiel says that the rings are done monthly and that they were done 3 days ago…

Menno is smiling too much, so I put Khehla, our regular work rider on Waywest Goddess and instruct him on her work. After 22 years of close association with Piere Strydom, it’s not normal, all this smiling and positive input. We can’t have false confidence. Waywest Goddess works like a rocket! Khehla comes back smiling and says that she worked very well. I don’t give him a yellow card, but I do explain to him that he must always tell the truth, as he is her regular rider and that he must not exaggerate. I call Lucky and show him “the filly” before she leaves track.

In the afternoon, Parlotone runs a cracker to finish 2nd over the 1800m Vaal Sand trip and just doesn’t get up to win, whilst the third horse is many lengths behind.

I notice that another horse had bugged Parlotone the whole way around the turn and had bumped the little guy a few times at the top of the straight, when Piere wanted to move into contention. Upon investigation, I find that it was Danielle McCreery on the stable companion to the winner. Piere is obviously unhappy about this. I storm off and vociferously object about the incident to my mate Steve Moffat. I also pop my head into the Stipes boardroom and mention my displeasure.

The best, though, is the incident in the weighing room. At the weigh-in Piere notices Danielle as she comes to weigh-in. He also notices that he has a fair audience of jocks around, so he quippes, ”Hey, Danielle, if you want to get so close to me, why don’t we rather do lunch?” McCreery is quick, with her razor sharp response, “Oh, were you the one screaming like a girl?” Piere disappears quietly and quite quickly. One nil to Mc Creery.

I assemble the team at the yard, after races, and again explain the merits of staying calm, during the build up to the Allan Robertson.

On the way home, the security guard at the stable gate is a bit slow to open the gate and I explain to him that trainers are very busy people and that even 7 seconds is a long time to wait.

When I arrive at home, Lauren has already made supper, which includes fillet steak and three veggies. I simply point out that I prefer rump or T-bone as there is at least a bit of fat on it.

Lauren ushers me out of the house, to the lapa, where my own cooking area is. Before leaving, I explain to her that she must stay calm and that the pending Allan Robertson must not affect her normal behaviour. Lauren just looked at me and then disappeared to run herself a nice hot bath. It’s amazing how stressed people become, over a simple horse race!

I call my mate Clinton, who is from Albatross Ski Boat Club and knows nothing about racing. We have a few sharpies and watch the Susan Boyle story for the 29th time, whilst I do the rump steak on the coals, with special pepper sauce which includes freshly ground pepper, cream and Jack Daniels.

Thursday 20 May

Waywest Goddess works like a rocket, still blowing, but only very slightly. I go off to find Steve Moffat and apologise for being rude to him on Tuesday. I explain to Steve that all the members of my team are behaving strangely.

Menno finishes second on Madam Madonna and might even have won the race, if she wasn’t so green. He returns with a smile. I complain that he never gave us enough confidence. Still smiling, Menno leaves to go and weigh in, but with a bemused look on his face. We have a great night at the Vaal Trainers Club raising funds for our clubhouse. Julia Moffat has simply outdone herself.

Friday 21 May

David Rahilly arrives and states that he has had enough of training on private tracks and wants to move back to Vaal. PGL (Navesh Ramdhani) assists us speedily and all is arranged, for David to move over on Monday, including Corne Spies’ float for the horses. Our problem is to find the keys to the yard, which Craig Mayhew had, which he gave to Danny Gonsalves, so that Danny could come in and feed the 2000 or so stray cats, which he still looks after, ever since he stopped training ten years ago.

Craig is not answering his phone and this is probably because of last night’s fund raiser. I vaguely remember Craig’s wife threatening to knock us both out last night and my suddenly grasping Vic’s side shuffle and practising it.

Craig finally answers and the keys are sorted. I am convinced that all Vaal Trainers’ functions should be sponsored by Prohep.

Waywest Goddess looks well and enjoys a nice, easy canter.

Saturday 22 May

Waywest Goddess looks tight and ready. I choose to canter her again, instead of fast work. She is very well!

Upon returning to the yard, I notice that the team is not doing performing normally.

Firstly, I drink a lot of tea, all day, but especially at the yard. Unless made by the flask, nobody can make tea fast enough in the mornings. Tea is Menno’s job. Menno is already making the next cup, before I am halfway with the previous cup. Secondly, Vic has now perfected the “yard side shuffle” and is nowhere in my vision, which extends across the entire main yard. He always seems to be in the other yard or in the feed room. Thirdly, the team seems to have gone missing. They are either inside a stable or the feed room or the other yard. This is most disturbing, as this team has been with me for years. All its members returned to the yard when I started training again.

I inspect my premises and find a cigarette butt on the pavement outside, a new weed growing in the paving across the road and one stable which is in very good, clean condition, but with only 250mm of base bedding, instead of the regulatory 280mm.

I issue a yellow card to the groom and to the gardener. This is difficult to do because my whistle is gone again, so I have to assemble the whole team in order to issue the cards. This is again difficult to do properly, as Vic has suddenly side shuffled to “check” something very important in the other yard and Menno is closely guarding the kettle. The team are giving me the “blank look” and Sam, my stable employee of many years is smiling. When I ask Sam why he is smiling, he retorts, “We are having more meetings than Codesa used to have. Don’t worry, we won’t get beaten in the Allan Robertson.”

I again explain to the smiling team, the virtues of staying calm… As they leave for the next string, there is more chitter-chatter and gesticulating. I give them a final green card on the “two hands on the reins” system.

Upon my return from track, the team suddenly gets together, mysteriously produce a whistle which looks exactly like one of my twenty missing ones, and proceed to blow the hell out of it. When I emerge into the group, they give me a yellow card, for riding my motorcycle down to the track entrance, without my “scull cap” on. I have to pay up…

I leave to go and prepare to watch the Super 14 semi-finals. The guard opens the gate when I am still 100m away…

Sunday 23 May

Waywest Goddess is on her toes, so we work her fast, with some extended pace in the work. She works very well, in my opinion. Heer work must have been very, very good given the fact that I am on duty at the yard, after the night before’s celebrations and a while after my team had arrived, The Bulls beat The Crusaders and also, extended celebrations on The Stormers ensuring that The Cup stays in SA.

Tuesday 25 May

Menno rides Waywest Goddess. He had previously worked her in her prep for The Nursery. He returns smiling, saying, “Wow! This filly’s got gears!”

Menno rides Mohawk Valley in a 1000m sand race, which is too short for him. He runs a fair race and we will look for a 1200m sand race and a good draw. He has been getting bad draws over the 1200m for about 8 months and we have had to run him all over, to keep him ticking. Bellotto Flash runs a good third on the heavier Vaal Sand course. She might pick up one more before being sold to stud.

Wednesday 26 May

Waywest Goddess looks absolutely ready and has a nice canter. Vic continues with the “yard side shuffle” which he has now perfected to such a degree, that I have visions of a new reality show for TV. Vic is the perfect assistant and team leader for the yard. In general, he is quiet to the point of making Lester Piggot sound like a chatterbox.

Thursday 27 May

Waywest Goddess goes out for her final sprint-up, this morning. She looks a pocture. Menno gets off, doing the smiley thing and declares that she will take a power of beating on Saturday.

Waywest Goddess is a small, lightly framed filly. She gave her all in The Nursery and returned quite a few kilos lighter. Albeit that this is her final run as a two year old, and notwithstanding the fact that the Grade 1 Allan Robertson is possibly the most important race of her entire racing career, we allowed her ample time to completely recover from The Nursery and we have brought her into this race gently and with empathy. Her blood count of this morning though, reflected that she is spot on, again.

Friday, Lauren and I leave for Scottsville. Waywest Goddess, together with Indigofera and JJ The Jet Plane, leave around midnight, tonight night. I will be on hand to receive her and to ensure that her race day stable is ready and that Security don’t spend half an hour running around looking for the gate key, whilst horses are waiting / sweating in the horsebox, etc.

From now on, it’s up to how she travels and how she reacts to the strange course and surroundings. Waywest Goddess has settled down a lot with racing. Let’s hope she relaxes during the journey and on the day.

As for the race itself, the biggest challenge is the fact that we are drawn right next to ultra speedy Ibrox Park, which could result in the two overdoing things, early in the race. Whilst every filly in the field must be respected, it is obvious that the superb, big, rangy filly, Hollywoodboulevard never acted in the heavy going on Nursery day. Ibrox Park spread a shoe in that race and Uncle George Scott’s filly, Stormy Coast, ran on very well in The Nursery, which is never easy to do in that sort of going. Most of the fillies from have also shown serious ability. It’s going to be a humdinger of a race, win, lose or draw.

At the yard, I managed to capture Vic, who was not in a position to do the yard sidestep, as he was busy packing our travel medicine kit, which will go with Lauren and I.

Basically, it has bandages, cotton wool, spirits, peroxide, gentian violet spray etc. We always take it with us. Many a light scratch can show up worse up by midday, if not closed off quickly. Whilst checking the meds box, I discovered two packets of Immodiums. I immediately called Lauren and asked her why the filly would need these. She replies, “No, those are not for the filly, they’re for you…”