Premier Queensland trainer Tony Gollan has joined the Ontrack Thoroughbreds trainer roster.
Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan is looking forward to forming a strong alliance with Tony Gollan.
“Tony has done an amazing job over the past few years and I feel he has really matured as a trainer,” said Morgan.
“I first met Tony when he commenced training in around 2002. Both of our businesses have grown and developed significantly since then.”
“Working together, Gollan Racing and OnTrack have the potential to be a formidable force both in the sales ring and on the racetrack.”
Gollan has a commanding lead in this season’s Queensland Metropolitan trainers’ premiership, a title he has won for the previous 5 seasons.
“An increasing number of existing and potential clients want to race with Tony Gollan. Now is the perfect time to formalise that and we will be placing our first horses with the stable shortly.”
According to RacingandSports.com.au, Gollan has now prepared more than 1,200 winners, including 54 individual stakes winners and 3 Group 1 winners.
Morgan pointed to the stables outstanding success at the elite level as another key reason to join forces with Gollan.
“Tony is one of very few trainers to have prepared Group 1 winners in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. He’d probably be the youngest to achieve that.”
Gollan joins the Ontrack Queensland trainer roster which already boasts Gold Coast trainers Toby Edmonds, Kris Lees and Greg Hickman, along with Eagle Farm training partnership John & Chris Meagher, Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke and Matthew Dunn at Murwillumbah.
Morgan believes that Racing in Queensland was now strongly positioned after recent prizemoney increases and other enhancements for owners, trainers and jockeys in the Sunshine State.
“Recent prizemoney increases have made Queensland a very attractive prospect for owners.”
“Queensland is a fantastic nurturing ground to develop young horses to race locally, and also to campaign interstate.”
“The improvement in the roads between Brisbane and Sydney means horses can move easily between the two capitals which opens up a wide range of options.”
News of further stakes increases for Queensland racing has been welcomed by Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
Racing Queensland has confirmed $8 million will be applied to thoroughbred funding from June 17 in addition to the extra $26 million allocated last November.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan welcomed the news.
“Anything that delivers more prizemoney to our owners is welcomed.
“Racing is totally reliant on owners continuing to support the industry and the only way to encourage them to stay involved is the promise of higher returns by way of prizemoney.
“The removal of starters fees will help owners as will the news that metropolitan prizemoney will increase at all midweek fixtures and for restricted races on Saturdays.
“At Ontrack we strive to find horses capable of winning at metropolitan level so any higher returns for winning city races is welcomed,” said Grant Morgan.
The latest funding increases include:
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ classy sprinting mare Test The World gained more valuable black type with her placing in the Bright Shadow Stakes at Doomben.
The daughter of Testa Rossa was a game second to hot favourite and runaway winner Quilista in a blistering time for the 1200 metres event.
“It was the second placing in a black type event for Test The World following her second in the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast last season,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Test The World was a $40,000 purchase by Ontrack and has won six races and twice placed at stakes level for earnings of $414,975, so she’s been a great mare for her ownership group.
“Her latest run was arguably one of her best as she tried very hard against a high class mare in great form. They ran the 1200 metres in 1.08.75 and that was considerably faster than the previous race when Zoustyle maintained his unbeaten record in 1.09.02.
“With two stakes placings and multiple city wins she has now established some good residual value so we will talk things over with the ownership group and she may head to the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale at the end of the month.
“Breeders prefer young mares who have been sparingly raced so she fits the bill and it might be a great time to think about calling time on her racing career,” said Grant Morgan.
Freshman stallion Tivaci looks to have an exciting future.
The Group One winning son of High Chaparral has his first crop of foals on the ground and at last week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Sale a weanling colt by Tivaci shared the day’s top price when selling for $95,000.
Consigned by leading Waikato farm Curraghmore, the colt is from the two-year-old winner and stakes placed mare Sitting On A Hill.
The result was good news for Ontrack Thoroughbreds which bought a half-brother to Tivaci by Brazen Beau at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast in January.
“The Brazen Beau-Breccia colt was $220,000 and at the time I thought that was amazing buying. A few months further down the track, it seems unbelievable buying,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The Brazen Beau yearlings went to another level at sales in Sydney and Melbourne and his yearlings sold up to $1.15 million, so getting one of his colts which is a half-brother to a Group One winner at $220,000 seems fantastic value.
“Our colt is a great type and he comes from a family full of black type performers and it’s great to see Tivaci being so well received in the marketplace now that he’s standing at Waikato Stud.
“Tivaci won an All Aged Stakes in Sydney and has received strong support at stud with books of around 120 mares in his first two seasons.
“Waikato Stud is bullish about this horse and the Chittick family elected to leave the stallion’s service fee unchanged at $20,000 for his third season. It’s a vote of confidence when a horse’s third season fee is untouched.
“Our half-brother to Tivaci has been broken in by master horseman Greg Bennett and he flew through that process without a care in the world.
“He’s currently having a short spell before returning to Greg for some pre-training and another little break in the Queensland sun before going to Mick Price’s Caulfield stable in the spring,” said Grant Morgan.
Legendary trainer John Meagher’s induction into the Australian Hall Of Fame has been welcomed by Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
John Meagher, trainer of the 1985 Melbourne Cup winner What A Nuisance, is one of two trainers to be inducted this year along with Des McCormick who was one of Australia’s leading trainers of jumpers from the 1930s to the ‘60s.
The Australian Hall Of Fame released its 10 inductees for 2019 and will induct the recipients at a black tie function in Brisbane this Friday night.
“It’s a fantastic achievement by John Meagher to be inducted and it’s a fitting recognition after a lifetime of achievements in racing,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“John built a fantastic career firstly in Victoria and then Singapore and more recently in Queensland.
“When John and his sons opened their Eagle Farm stable Ontrack became one of his major supporters and we will have a number of horses prepared by his son Chris at Eagle Farm and Mornington.
“John has built an incredible reputation over five decades, winning 26 Group 1 races including the 1985 Melbourne Cup with What A Nuisance, owned by his fellow Hall of Famer Lloyd Williams.
“He still retains an active interest in Chris Meagher’s stable and his input remains extremely valuable,” said Grant Morgan.
The 2019 Racing Hall Of Fame inductees are:
Ontrack Thoroughbreds staying filly Kolstar quit maidens with an authoritative win over 1800 metres on the Gold Coast.
The three-year-old daughter of Star Witness was having only her fourth start when she overcame a bad start to down the favourite.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said Kolstar’s win had a lot of merit.
“She jumped awkwardly and nearly dumped rider Paul Hammersley at the start and as a result settled five lengths from the second to last horse.
“We had planned to ride her quietly and make a run down the outer but the plan wasn’t to give them quite that sort of start.
“However, to her credit she travelled well and was strong late and ended up with an authoritative win,” said Grant Morgan.
An $80,000 purchase by Ontrack from the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Kolstar is a daughter of the speedy Flying Spur mare Okaylah.
“Okaylah was a winner at 1100 and 1200 metres and was actually second to talented two-year-old Hips Don’t Lie in a listed race at Flemington at her first start.
“This filly is really not bred to stay but she’s always looked like she would appreciate a trip and trainer David Vandyke has done a fantastic job to get her to win over 1800 metres in her first racing preparation.
“She’s the first runner we have had from David’s stable and it was good to get a win on the board,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful trainer David Vandyke capped a great day at the Gold Coast Turf Club by winning later in the day with Bargannon giving him a 100% winning strike rate for the day.
“Kolstar has done well to get a middle distance win at only her fourth start and she’s been a filly that has always looked like the further she goes the better she will be.
“Even when she was winning on Saturday, she did a few things wrong and when she got to the front she got a bit lost and didn’t really know how to put the race away.
“These are things that only come with a bit of time and race experience and her last 50 metres were the best of the race and she flattened out and hit the line nicely.
“We will look for a 2000 metres race with her in the next few weeks and I think time and a bit more ringcraft will suit her,” said David Vandyke.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Simon Lang, Hans Katala, Obes Nobodies Syndicate (Manager Gavin O’Brien), Brian Cadusch, Stephen Carroll, Ken and Val Walker, Joe and Natasha Mildren, Barry Muller, Chris Shaw, Dianne Linnane, David Preston, David Vandyke, David and Sue Worthley, Judy Bandidt, Marian Linnane, Merry Mathews, Phillip Madden, Sam and Mel Mayer, Yvonne Bowen
A wet day failed to deter the Ontrack Thoroughbreds crew at the big Gold Coast Turf Club meeting.
A party of 50 Ontrack clients enjoyed the hospitality of the Winner’s Circle at the turf club and the day resulted in a great time for all.
“It was great to have a full muster for the day and in spite of some rain during the day, the mood in the Ontrack room was buoyant all through the day,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“It was a big day for some of the Ontrack owners as we had Test The World and Cymbalism in the listed Silk Stocking at the Coast and Arctic Shock ran in the Group One Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville.
“The day ended on a high note when Cymbalism ran a gallant third in the Silk Stocking, earning valuable black type for the Denman mare.
“What was especially pleasing was that long-term Ontrack clients Denis and Margaret Frew made the trip from Wollongong to the Gold Coast and they are in the Cymbalism ownership group and were thrilled as she added all important black type form to her pedigree page.
“It was a great day and talking to the Ontrack clients at the end of the day, everyone seemed to have enjoyed a fantastic day out,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ in-form mare Cymbalism captured valuable black type form with her third in the $125,000 Silk Stocking Stakes at the Gold Coast.
The Denman mare went into the fillies and mares’ race with two wins at her last two starts and produced a career best effort to run third to Demerara and Quilista.
Bought by Ontrack’s Grant Morgan at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, Cymbalism has now won five races and recorded five wins and nine placings from only 21 career starts.
“We brought her to Queensland after she was a winner in Victoria for Chris Meagher’s Mornington stable and she’s done a great job up here,” said Grant Morgan.
“She’s won three in Queensland and had three placings from seven starts and in a couple, she had no luck so with better fortunes her record would be even better.
“Being the winner of two city races and now placed in a black type race, she should be a sought after broodmare prospect.
“She’s rising six years old but comes from one of the most successful families established by the Ingham Brothers Woodlands operation and close up in her pedigree is the smart Godolphin-owned colt Microphone, who was second in the Golden Slipper before winning the Group One Sires Produce.
“The dam of Microphone is Sung who is a half-sister to Cymbalism, so the colt’s great form this autumn and Cymbalism’s recent black type form has come at a great time as she’s likely to head to the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast at the end of this month,”
Australian born, Newmarket based bloodstock agent Stuart Boman has been engaged by Ontrack Thoroughbreds to assist the company in its expanding European operations.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds managing director Grant Morgan confirmed that Boman will initially be co-hosting the upcoming Royal Ascot tour.
Boman will also play a role with Ontrack to identify potential European horses in training suitable for the Australian market.
“Stuart has an amazing resume and I feel he will be a tremendous asset for us,” said Grant Morgan.
“I have known Stuart for more than 25 years having worked with his father Ken Boman at Australian Associated Press.
“Stuart has an amazing knowledge of racing and breeding throughout the world and has a great eye for a horse.
“His contacts in Europe will prove to be a massive asset for us in both our bloodstock and racing tour divisions,” said Morgan.
Having originally cut his teeth working under Gai Waterhouse, Stuart went on to complete a law degree before completing the prestigious 'Darley Flying Start' programme sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.
That was followed by a stint with John Messara's Arrowfeld Stud, before moving to the UK.
Boman is based in Newmarket with his English born wife Alice Lukey-Smith.
Since settling in Newmarket, Stuart and Alice developed the highly regarded publication ANZ Thoroughbred News and parent company Bloodstock Media. ANZ Bloodstock News was recently brought out by the prestigious UK racing media company Racing Post.
Stuart is an associate partner in Blandford Bloodstock and attends most of the world's leading thoroughbred sales. In recent years he has purchased yearlings in Australia for leading Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker.
Morgan believes that Boman will add another dimension to what is already an outstanding Royal Ascot Tour.
“Stuart's primary role on our tour will be to host stud and stable visits at Newmarket and provide expert commentary for the group.
“I am very pleased to of secured Stuart for the tour and I know it will enhance the experience of all our guests,” said Morgan.
Promising stayer Arctic Shock remains on target for a tilt at the $500,000 Group One Schweppes Oaks in South Australia.
Arctic Shock ran fifth in the traditional Oaks leadup, the 1800 metres Schweppervescence Stakes at Morphettville last Saturday and it was a good enough run to suggest she proceed to the big race.
"The run was even and she did enough to suggest we carry on and head to the Oaks in a fortnight," said Ontrack's Grant Morgan.
"She probably settled a pair further back than we would have liked and as a result when the pace went out of the race rider Jason Holder was forced to make his run a little earlier than most of her rivals.
"She ended up coming out wide whereas the winner and runner-up were able to save ground and find runs closer to the fence.
"Arctic Shock was genuine to the line and we are hoping that with a steadier tempo over 2000 metres she can settle a little bit closer and finish off strongly.
"She has been up a while now but the Group One is the last chance she will have as a three-year-old to race her same sex and age so it's full steam ahead."
Trainer Chris Meagher said Arctic Shock had come through the trip to South Australia in good order and it was now a matter of keeping her happy before heading back to Morphettville.
"She's well into this preparation so she doesn't need a lot of work to keep her up to the mark."
Eye Will continued the great run by Ontrack Thoroughbreds with New Zealand-sourced horses.
The daughter of Tavistock cleared maidens at only her second start when capturing the 1300 metres Maiden Handicap at Goulburn on Saturday.
Eye Will was one of five yearlings purchased by Ontrack’s Grant Morgan from the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka and is now the fourth winner from the group.
“I’ve long been a fan of the Premier Sale at Karaka and we’ve bought some nice horses from there over the years, but the 2017 sale offered tremendous value.
“We’ve had three city performers in Tavisan, Arctic Shock and Makfi Amour and both Tavisan and Arctic Shock have black type placings on the board.
“Like all of our New Zealand purchases, Eye Will was left there to be broken in and educated and I have to give credit to young Matamata trainer Jacob McKay for the fantastic job he does with our horses.
“Eye Will trialled twice in New Zealand so by the time she got to Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm she was pretty much the complete package.
“At the 2017 sale I bought two Tavistock yearlings – Tavisan and Eye Will – and there’s every reason to believe that both horses will only improve with time and racing.
“Eye Will’s full-brother Tavsomefun is a four-year-old and he took five starts to break his maiden and then backed up and won again at 1700 metres so this filly has it all in front of her.
“I thought she represented good buying at $120,000 and she should have good residual value as her dam was by the champion sire Danehill and her second dam On Air is a Group One winner having captured an AJC Australian Oaks,” said Grant Morgan.
The win by Eye Will continued a good run by Tavistock in recent days and the stallion has sired five winners in the last five days.
Congratulations to our owners: Steven Bell, Kevin Dupe, Ken Gordon, Bebe Mawer, Ken Stocks, D'Arcy Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Manager John D’Arcy), Brendan Scanlan, Paul and Karen Davis, Wayne and Paddi Muller, Malcolm Borger, David Lewis, Lynne Zahra, Charlie Buchanan, Geoff Radburn, Vin Harink, Dennis and Del Bates, David Worthley, Bayle Girls Racing (Manager Pam Bayles, Hans Katala, Troy Mansell, Mark Snowden.
Emerging stallion Brazen Beau’s freshman season just gets better with another exciting prospect unveiled at Terang yesterday.
Sartorial Splendor, a colt by Brazen Beau from the Rubiton mare Personal Ensign, made his debut for Caulfield trainer John Sadler and the result was a highly impressive win.
In spite of jumping from the outside barrier, Sartorial Splendor was heavily backed and he never gave his army of supporters any reason for doubt, showing great speed to cross over and lead before kicking away to win by more than two lengths.
“Sartorial Splendor is Brazen Beau’s third winner from his first crop of runners in Australia and his first runner in the Northern Hemisphere was a winner last week so he’s off to a flying start.
“I was really impressed by Sartorial Splendor when he was offered by Blue Gum Farm at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and it comes as no surprise to see that he’s grown into a lovely two-year-old.
“John Sadler bought him for $120,000 and he’s a half-brother to a very good two-year-old performer in Fontiton while his mother won twice at two.
“When you see the prices being paid for Brazen Beau yearlings this year, this colt looks to be a bargain buy.
“On what he did at Terang it’s easy to see him making the step to city company in Melbourne.
“We’ve bought some lovely Magic Millions yearlings by Brazen Beau this year and they are all shaping up well and there’s plenty of confidence in the industry to say that his second crop are going to be even better than his first.
“If that confidence is well placed, then look out for the Brazen Beau youngsters next season,” said Grant Morgan.
Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes and New Zealand-bred horses are a pretty formidable combination.
On Saturday, Hawkes and his sons Wayne and Michael saddled up Kiwi-bred colt Brutal for an emphatic win in the $3 million Group One Doncaster Mile.
A son of champion stallion O’Reilly, Brutal was purchased out of the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka by Hawkes Racing for $220,000.
It continued a proud recent record for Karaka graduates in the Doncaster, with Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) winning it in 2013 and 2014 and Kermadec (NZ) (Teofilo) in 2015. Both of those horses now stand at stud.
“Hawkes Racing has a great record when it comes to finding a good horse at the New Zealand sale,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The best buy John Hawkes made in New Zealand was in 1994 when he bought a Zabeel colt from Sir Patrick Hogan on behalf of Bob and Jack Ingham.
“That colt was Octagonal who was second in the Golden Slipper at two and won the Group One Sires Produce Stakes at his next start,” said Grant Morgan.
Octagonal retired to stud after 28 starts with a record of 14 wins (10 Group 1), 7 seconds (6 in GI or GII races) and a third. He ended his racing career with a stakes tally of A$5,892,231, the highest of any galloper in Australasia to that point.
“Over the years, John and his sons have handled the careers of many of Australia’s best racehorses and their skill was on show in the Doncaster when Brutal scored at only his seventh career start.
“He’s now had four wins and two placings from his seven runs and it was that ability to identify the talent in a young horse and get the best out of it that led Ontrack to partnering with Hawke Racing at this year’s Premier Sale at Karaka.
“We bought a lovely So You Think colt out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Saint Angers and he’s getting broken in by young Jacob McKay in New Zealand and will head over the Tasman during the winter.
“The So You Think cross with Redoute’s Choice mares produced Group One winning colt Inference for Hawkes Racing and this colt will get every chance with the stable.
“Having bases in Sydney and Melbourne is a great plus with Hawkes Racing and Brutal has benefitted from that having started in Victoria before shifting to their Rosehill base,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds has added new Gold Coast trainer Greg Hickman to its trainer roster.
The Warwick Farm trainer has recently established a satellite stable at the Gold Coast and plans to have a much greater presence in Queensland.
Greg Hickman plans to campaign his classy stallion Pierata in Queensland during the Winter Carnival and is in search of an elusive Group 1 for the smart son of Pierro.
Hickman is no stranger to the Group 1 winners circle having prepared Royal Purler and Mirjulisa Lass at the top level.
“Ontrack Thoroughbreds started with Gold Coast trainers but now has horses trained across all the major eastern states and when Greg announced his new stable in South East Queensland, we were keen to be involved.
“Greg is a hands on trainer who has achieved tremendous success in the tough Sydney market for more than 20 years.
“He’s never had a big team and currently has only 25 horses at his Warwick Farm stable, but he’s never been without a topliner and his honour roll includes Perfect Flight, Sportsman, Sir Dex, Royal Purler, Mirjulisa Lass and Private Secretary.
“Greg has appointed a talented young horseman in Beau Dunn to handle the day to day running of his Gold Coast stable and he’s got a resume that belies his youth.
“Beau has had experience with James Cummings and Godolphin, Peter Snowden and Mark Newnham as well as spending time training in Mongolia for China Horse Club and is a very capable horseman.
“Greg has leased a small number of boxes at the Gold Coast and this will ensure all horses in the stable receive plenty of one on one attention.
“With the Turf Club expressing a desire to develop new training facilities for its trainers and the recent stakes rises for Queensland racing, it’s a good time for Greg to expand his operation.
“The proximity to racing over the New South Wales border is also a bonus and the ability to be able to move horses between Warwick Farm and the Gold Coast is something else that appeals.
“Greg has won big money Magic Millions races with Pierata and Private Secretary and he’s proven season after season that he can travel horses and come up with the right results,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack will be looking to place both unraced and tried horses with the Hickman Gold Coast stable in the coming months.
Hickman joins Toby Edmonds (Gold Coast), Chris Meagher (Eagle Farm) and David Vandyke (Sunshine Coast) as the primary Queensland trainers for Ontrack.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ genuine mare Cymbalism continued her great Queensland form when winning her first Saturday city race at Doomben.
The daughter of Denman took her record to five wins and seven minor placings from 20 starts when scoring a dominant win over 1200 metres.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan identified the fillies and mares’ race for No Metropolitan Wins as perfect for Cymbalism and his confidence was boosted when rain arrived in South East Queensland in the days leading up to Saturday’s race.
“I thought it was the ideal race for her and my confidence rose when she drew an inside gate and the rain arrived.
“She ran third to Slow Burn and Noire on a slow track at Canterbury early in her career and on Saturday Noire came out and was placed in the Group Two Emancipation Stakes.
“Cymbalism showed good form on synthetic tracks in Victoria and that convinced me she would have little trouble with rain affected ground.”
That judgement proved perfect as Cymbalism settled nicely behind the leader for jockey Ronnie Stewart before forcing her way clear early in the run home and scoring with authority.
“My only slight query was dropping back to 1200 off her 1350 metres win at Doomben but the rain turned into a more testing event and she was very convincing, running the fastest 1200 metres time of the day.
“Her form since heading the Meagher Racing’s base at Eagle Farm is fantastic with three wins from six starts and there’s a strong case to be made that a couple of ordinary rides cost her the chance to better that record.
“We’ve been giving her little breaks at Kilto Park in between runs and that seems to be suiting her so we will race on and try and pick off some further wins with her while she’s in such great form,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: Mark Walker, Andrew Dean, Beau River Racing (Matt Shaw), Chris Burdon, Dennis and Margaret Frew, Mark Ostermeyer, Russell and Jacqui Pawley, Andrew Tranter, WBC Racing (Nick Wood), Lang Brothers Racing #4 (Stu Lang), Ryan Lawlor, Andrew and Carmela Connor D & R Syndicate (David Ewbank) and Lisa Saxton.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds promising filly Arctic Shock grabbed all important black type form with a massive run for third in the Group Three Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Ridden by in form jockey Ben Melham, Arctic Shock pushed her way out of tight quarters at the top of the straight to charge home and only just miss winning the race, beaten a third of a length.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan was thrilled with the Group Three placing and is looking forward to stretching the filly out in trip.
“We purchased her from New Zealand as a yearling and all along she’s shaped as a nice staying filly.
“She was very impressive winning her maiden over 1600 metres at Pakenham and it was a great effort to step up to a Group Three race at the Valley and very nearly pull it off.
“Being by Shocking out of a Group Three winning mare who was successful at Group Three level up to 1600 metres, you would have to be confident that she’s going to get over a middle distance.
“There’s some nice races left this season for a filly that can get a trip so we will sit down and map out a plan for her.
“We brought her over from New Zealand and she kicked off with Darren Weir and ran some nice races and she’s continued with that form since being transferred to Chris Meagher at Mornington.
“The Moonee Valley run was her fifth in her first campaign and we are always conscious of not over taxing our young horses so we will take it one race at a time, but she’s certainly an exciting prospect,” said Grant Morgan.
Sparkling Facet’s convincing maiden win at the Gold Coast on Saturday reunited an old team of Ontrack’s Grant Morgan and jockey Paul Hammersley.
The daughter of Savabeel was having her seventh start but had run not been further back than fourth in her career so was a deserving winner.
Paul Hammersley settled the mare outside the pace and after appearing to be under pressure turning for home she balanced up and ran home for a dominant win.
For Grant Morgan is was a matter of turning back the clock.
“When I first moved to the Gold Coast, I managed a few jockeys and Paul Hammersley was one of my clients when he was an apprentice.
“Hammer rode quite a few of Ontrack’s early winners in South East Queensland so it was good to resume that partnership,” said Grant Morgan.
Sparkling Facet started her career with Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm and had four starts there for three thirds and a fourth.
“We felt she would be better placed in South East Queensland and the move to Toby Edmonds at the Gold Coast has paved the way for her maiden win,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
Bought out of the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale for $120,000, Sparkling Facet is a daughter of New Zealand’s champion stallion Savabeel from a truly international family.
“Her fourth dam is Habibti, the champion race mare of her time and the winner of nine races including the Group One Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group One July Cup at Newmarket.
“It is one of the world’s foremost families with Eight Carat, the dam of Octagonal and Kapstaad, being a half-sister to Habibti.
“The family is full of Group One winners and it is still performing all around the world. Given she’s by a champion stallion, Sparkling Facet is likely to have good residual value,” said Grant Morgan.
The win at the Gold Coast came at her third start in Queensland and earned the mare a short let-up.
“She did a lot of prepatory work with master horseman Greg Bennett at Canungra before heading into Toby and that’s proved important.
“Greg spent a lot of time getting her to relax and she’s a lot more tractable these days. With a nice break while it continues to be ridiculously hot up here she will come back during the cooler winter months and I’m confident she can work her way through the grades,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: Graeme Cameron, Ken Gordon, Brent Gosney, Vin Harink, James McMillan, Stephen Hurford, Tony Mair, Andrew Rebeiro, Garry Radel, Lisa Saxton, Vic Smythe, Mark Walker, Pam, Amanda and Jill Bayles, Kim Arnell, Ricky Brunner, Peter Campbell, Bill Clough, Judi Gowing, Peter Guidera, Gordon Henry, Peter McClintock, Barry Tangitu, Geoff Larsen, Mark Snowden.
The new training partnership of Mick Price and Mick Kent Junior took little time to get into the winner’s stall with winners at three meetings this week.
The pair joined forces officially this week and have already won races with Rhames (Ballarat), Mystery Love (Sandown) and Alidade (Pakenham).
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan said Mick Price has been a key trainer for Ontrack for two decades and welcomed the partnership as a great initiative, describing the move to combine forces as the “way of the future”.
Mick Kent has been working for his father, respected Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent, for the last two years and said the offer from Mick Price to enter into a partnership came “out of the blue”.
“I was working at the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney and Mick approached me and put an offer on the table.
“It was an offer that I could not refuse coming from a master trainer.
“It an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and one I could not pass up.
“I worked the Inglis Melbourne Sale with Mick and we bought some nice yearlings and I think Mick respects my opinion and we are going to work well together,” said Mick Kent.
Kent’s love for racing started in Singapore where he lived between the ages of 5 and 11 while his father was training.
"Ever since I can remember I have been interested in racing, and going to yearling sales," said Kent, who returned home for his high school and university years.
“Being a student of the game is something that was always impressed upon me by my father.
"I've never seen anything like it, even with all of his knowledge, he still has that thirst for knowledge," Kent says of his father. "He still reads books and science manuals every night."
“He sent me on rounds with vets, I've been to see surgeries, and I've been to pedigree meetings, met up with scientists working on research into all aspects of training and buying yearlings.
He has had me on the phone talking to sectional gurus, he just has this amazing thirst for knowledge and he impressed on me to be the same.”
After completing four years of pre-veterinary science at Melbourne University, all the while riding trackwork most mornings for David Hayes at Flemington, Kent set off on a study tour of the world.
One year with trainer William Haggas, both riding out at Newmarket and as assistant at sales, was followed with visits to Roger Charlton, Richard Hannon Jr, Willie Mullins, and a month in Chantilly with Mikel Delzangles.
More European sales followed, but upon returning to Australia Kent fuelled his competitive fire with some time in the saddle on the picnic circuit.
"That was invaluable," he said of the rough-and-tumble race riding. "It taught me that sometimes what you see on the television is not quite how it is out there on the track."
Ontrack has the stakes placed three-year-old Tavisan with the Price-Kent stable and will be sending the Brazen Beau-Breccia colt purchased at the January Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast to their Caulfield yard.
“It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait because we have a great bunch of young horses and I’m keen to see what the future holds,” said Michael Kent Junior.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan is a fan of the So You Think cross with Redoute’s Choice mares and his breeding nick notched up plenty of successes last week.
Sydney winner Fasika started the run of wins on Wednesday and on the same day Smiling City won at Sandown while Meditate was a winner at Bathurst on Sunday. All are by So You Think out of Redoute’s Choice mares.
To add strength to the theory, Hawkesbury winner Brilliant Mind is by So You Think from a Danehill mare and Danehill is the sire of Redoute’s Choice. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Botts multiple Group winning stayer Northwest Passage is also by So You Think from a Danehill mare.
“The cross of So You Think and Redoute’s Choice produced a Group One winner for So You Think in Inference (Randwick Guineas) and has also produced another Randwick Guineas winner D’Argento.
“I’m a firm believer in following successful crosses when buying young horses and that was one of the factors that led me to buy a So You Think colt from the young mare Saint Angers at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale in January.
“The main factor was that he’s an outstanding individual and I buy primarily on type, but it never hurts when the breeding cross is working out so well,” said Grant Morgan.
“So You Think has done a great job at stud and he has some lovely young horses running around at the moment such as Group One winning filly Nakeeta Jane and those winners from last week.
“Our colt is heading to Hawkes Racing in Sydney and their interstate setup between New South Wales and Victoria will be perfect in allowing them to find the right races for this colt.
“John Hawkes is a Hall of Fame trainer and supported by sons Wayne and Michael, he gets great results with nice young horses,” said Grant Morgan.
Brazen Beau's amazing career soared to fresh heights with a record breaking performance at this week's Inglis Sale in Melbourne.
The Oaklands Junction sale belonged to Brazen Beau from the outset when Lot 4 a colt by Brazen Beau sold to Hong Kong for $800,000, the highest priced ever paid for a yearling by Brazen Beau.
Consigned by Bhima Thoroughbreds, on behalf of client David Gillies, the colt is a son of Up In Lights and was purchased by Paul King of Orbis Bloodstock.
Brazen Beau ended the first two days at Oaklands as leading stallion with 17 lots sold for a total of $4,850,000. The next highest aggregate was achieved by Written Tycoon with his 24 sales amassing $3,680,000.
Even for Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds who is officially Brazen Beau's Number One fan, but the sale results were an eye opener.
"The results being recorded by Brazen Beau at this summer's sales are incredible," said Grant Morgan, who bought Brazen Beau from the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale for $70,000.
"Ontrack has always had faith that Brazen Beau would make the grade at stud and we bought four of his yearlings last year and they are all nice horses and heading in the right direction.
"Buoyed by what these horses are showing and the success of his first crop on the racetrack we purchased another three yearlings at the January Magic Millions Sale.
"That has proved to be the right move because the prices paid for Brazen Beau yearlings have gone through the roof at the Inglis Classic and Melbourne Sales. He set a Classic Sale record with his $550,000 colt and now raises the bar.
"Yesterday, as well as the top priced colt for $800,000, he was the story of the day as some of his yearling prices were $575,000, $560,000, $450,000, $420,000 and $380,000.
"That sort of success for a second season stallion tells us that the market is not only rapt with the results his first runners have achieved, but there's some unraced horses pleasing their connections waiting in the wings.
"We are just enjoying this latest chapter in his story and can't wait for our own Brazen Beau horses to get to the races," said Grant Morgan.
BRAZEN BEAU'S OAKLANDS TOP SIX
Brazen Beau-Up In Lights colt Orbis Bloodstock $800,000
Brazen Beau-Innovation Girl colt Ciaron Maher Bloodstock $575,000
Brazen Beau-Sistine Princess colt Orbis Bloodstock $560,000
Brazen Beau-Original Choice colt Pilkington Management/Busuttin Racing $450,000
Brazen Beau-Beautiful Pleasure filly Yu Long Investments $420,000
Brazen Beau-Li'l Miss Haley colt Mick Price $380,000.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds success with New Zealand-breds continued when Arctic Shock scored an emphatic win at Pakenham last night.
The daughter of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking cleared maidens at only her fourth start when striding to a comprehensive win after jumping from an outside barrier.
"It was a good win because she had to work a little from the draw and never got many favours the way the race was run," said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
"Rider Ben Melham did the right thing from the draw by being positive and sitting her just off the speed.
"Ben put her into the race on the turn and from there the result was never in doubt."
Grant Morgan purchased Arctic Shock from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, paying $65,000 for the daughter of Shocking and talented racemare Art Beat.
"I bought five yearlings from the sale and Tavisan has been stakes placed in Melbourne and this filly and Makfi Amour have both been recent winners at Pakenham for Chris Meagher.
"In fact, Makfi Amour and Arctic Shock have almost identical form having been a winner and placed three times from only four starts.
"There's an unraced Tavistock filly showing good promise and a Savabeel filly that's had only one start but has good ability so it looks like it will prove to be a great sale for Ontrack and our owners," said Grant Morgan.
Arctic Shock is a daughter of Art Beat, a Captain Rio mare who won nine races up to 1600 metres, including the Group Three Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.
"Art Beat was a talented racemare with multiple black type performances and Arctic Shock is her second foal. I like to buy early foals from mares like her and we think this filly has the potential to get over a distance.
"It's a stamina-based family and Art Beat's half-sister Perfect Start was a very good stayer who was placed in the Wellington and New Zealand Cups over 3200 metres.
"Shocking has already left an Oaks winner so the pedigree and her racing style suggests Artic Shock will get a middle distance and possibly even further.
"We will sit down with Chris Meagher and work out a plan for the filly, but there's still some nice targets remaining this season for a filly that can stay," said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Art Beat Syndicate, Let It Ride Syndicate (Manager Peter Ivanovski), David and Sue Worthley, Richard Stuckey, Lillian Brady OAM, O G P I C Syndicate (Andrew Hawken), Leigh Holt, Lynne Brook, Edgecorp Syndicate (Manager Colin Bracken), Mark Ostermeyer, Prof James Dale AO, Vin Harink, Ailsa Morrison-Galt, Andrew Hall, Harley Hodgson, Money Team Racing (Manager Bri Hourigan), Andrew Dean.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds has welcomed the news that its long-term Melbourne trainer Mick Price is forming a training partnership.
Price has trained many good gallopers for Ontrack from his Caulfield base and this week announced he is taking young trainer Mick Kent Junior into a partnership.
“I think the partnership is fantastic news and a big step forward for the stable,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Training partnerships are the way of the future and enable trainers to spread themselves across the various tasks they have on a day to day basis.
“More importantly, it gives them the opportunity for a life outside of racing. The stress and pressure of being a racehorse trainer is immense and I believe that training partnerships are a winner for everyone involved.
“I have known and worked with Mick for more than 20 years now and I believe he is training better than ever. I feel this step plus the strengthening of his Warrnambool base through Matt Williams is also a big step forward.
Whilst I have only known Mick Kent Jnr for a short period, I have been impressed at his communications, knowledge and presentation. He has an outstanding background having learned his trade under his father Mick Kent Senior who is also a high class trainer.
“At Ontrack we are looking forward to continuing our very successful association with Mick Price and Mick Kent and their team going forward,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds boss Grant Morgan’s faith in stallion So You Think was boosted by talented filly Nakeeta Jane’s amazing Group One win at Randwick.
Nakeeta Jane scored a scintillating Surround Stakes victory in spite of sitting three and four deep and is now poised to take on talented colt The Autumn Sun in Saturday’s Group One Australian Guineas.
Ontrack bought a colt by So You Think at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale, with the colt to be prepared by Hawkes Racing.
“So You Think was a champion racehorse with 10 Group One wins in both Hemispheres and he’s been very good at stud.
“Nakeeta Jane became his fifth Group One winner on Saturday and follows Inference, D’Argento, La Bella Diossa and Sopressa in winning at the highest level.
“I have been a fan on So You Think for a while and when the opportunity came to buy this colt at Karaka, I couldn’t pass it up.
“He’s a magnificent type and bred on the same So You Think-Redoute’s Choice mare cross that’s already left Group One winning colts D’Argento and Inference.
“Our New Zealand colt comes off a magnificent farm in the country’s South Island. These days the South Island is not the force it used to be in breeding but the farm is on the Canterbury Plains and is a fantastic place to produce young horses with great bone.
“I love the cross with So You Think and Redoute’s Choice and this colt is a stunning individual who looks a fantastic three-year-old prospect.
“Duncan Ramage was the underbidder on the colt and he is probably the greatest authority on So You Think having bought the horse as a yearling for Dato Tan Chin Nam at Karaka.
“It reinforces your judgement when you chase a horse and find out later that the underbidder was someone with so much knowledge of the stallion,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds useful sprinting mare Cymbalism scored a convincing win at Doomben courtesy of a faultless ride by Tegan Harrison.
The daughter of Denman lead virtually all the way to win her fourth race in style from hot favourite Emsie Is A Star.
Cymbalism came north to Meagher Racing’s Eagle Farm base late last year and in four starts up north she’s won twice and run fourth.
“We felt she would be better placed in the slightly easier company in South East Queensland and she’s done a good job,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“In both her wins up here she’s lead and it’s probably fair to say her record would be better if she’d been ridden that way in all her races up here.
“Tegan has done a lot of work with this mare and she’s a rider who Ontrack has enjoyed a good association with in recent years. She gave the mare every opportunity today and rated her perfectly.
“She was pretty convincing today and it’s great to get a city win with the mare. She’s in good form so we will find a similar race for her in the next couple of weeks.
“Long term we may look to put her through the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale as she’s got a nice pedigree being from a successful family for the Ingham Brothers Woodlands Stud.
“She’s closely related to Yell, Sung and Anthems and is a lovely mare who will let down into a really nice broodmare.”
Purchased out of the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $150,000, Cymbalism has won four of her 19 lifetime starts and been placed eight times for earnings of $100,540.
Congratulations to our owners Mark Walker, Andrew Dean, Beau River Racing (M Shaw), Chris Burdon, C Connor, D Frew, Mrs M Frew, M Ostermeyer, R Pawley, Mrs J Pawley, A Tranter, WBC Racing (N Wood), Lang Brothers Racing #4 (S Lang), R Lawlor, A Connor (Mrs C Connor), D & R (D Ewbank) & Ms L J Saxton.
Ontrack’s champion sprinter Brazen Beau is well on the way to becoming a champion sire.
With his first crop on the racetracks, Brazen Beau is now Australia’s leading young stallion on the strength of amazing results at this week’s Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
Brazen Beau ended the Sale with the highest average and he set a new record price for the sale when a colt sold for $550,000 for Murrulla Stud.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan bought Brazen Beau out of the Inglis Classic Sale in 2013 for $70,000, a figure that’s hard to comprehend these days.
“Brazen Beau was from the first crop of I Am Invincible and this week we saw Brazen Beau top the Classic Sale with an average price of $247,847 from seven lots sold while I Am Invincible was runner-up with an average $206,818 from 11 lots sold.
“The sale also saw Brazen Beau produce the second highest price, $480,000 for a colt offered by Aquis.”
Grant Morgan said the dominance by Brazen Beau is just another chapter in an amazing story.
“I bought Beau for $70,000 from Murrulla Stud’s draft and this week it was fantastic to see Tim Nolan from the same farm back at the sale selling the record breaking Brazen Beau colt.
“At Ontrack we have always had a lot of faith in Brazen Beau and the events of this week just reinforce our confidence in the horse.
“I purchased four Brazen Beau yearlings last year and at the recent Magic Millions I put my hand up for another three.
“They are all nice horses and they’re all going the right way. The form of Accession and Tassort on the track indicate that Brazen Beau is going to be a major influence for seasons to come and if one of these colts can win the Golden Slipper then his career couldn’t have had a better start,” said Grant Morgan.
Brazen Beau’s record-breaking sale-topper at $550,000 was Lot 609, a colt from Pouter, and purchased by New Zealand-based agent Bruce Perry on behalf of a stallion syndicate.
The colt is a half-brother to three winners, including Rock Dove who won a Listed race in Tasmania last weekend, and is from a strong American family.
The demand for Brazen Beau stock this week follows a strong showing at January’s Magic Millions Sale where 11 of his yearlings made six figures, the highest price of A$625,000 being paid for a filly from Classy Chloe.
In 2018 his first-crop filly from Pretty Penny made A$700,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale. She races as Pretty Brazen and has been placed at Flemington.
The first northern-hemisphere crop of the former champion sprinter also sold well in Europe last year, making up to £100,000 in Britain and €130,000 in France.