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.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds decision to hold on to promising colt Makfi Amour looks to be paying dividends.
The son of Makfi quit maidens at only fourth starts with an impressive win at Pakenham, but the colt could easily have ended up racing in silks other than Ontrack’s all gold livery.
“We bought him at the Karaka Sales in 2017 with the plan of selling him on at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale the following November,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“Ontrack had successfully pin hooked a High Chaparral colt the previous year, buying him as a yearling for $100,000 and selling him at the Ready To Run Sale for $200,000.
“The plan was to do the same with this colt, but when our New Zealand trainer Jacob McKay broke him in, he was very positive about the horse and strongly advised we keep him.
“The ownership group agreed so we brought him to Queensland and he started his career at Meagher Racing’s Eagle Farm base and was fourth and then third in a very strong QTIC Three-Year-Old race at Doomben on a Saturday.
“The colt was sent to Meagher’s base at Mornington because we thought the Victorian programme offered a few more suitable racing options and he’s only had the two starts down there for a first up third at Sandown and the Cranbourne win.
“He’s a lovely colt and the plan is to try and take the next step up to a city grade race.
“That looks more than likely given the fact that the horse that beat him at Sandown, Age of Chivalry went from that race to win a Wednesday race at his next start.”
Grant Morgan paid $70,000 for Makfi Amour from the Westbury Farm draft at Karaka.
He is the third foal of a Show A Heart mare Notre Amour and she’s had a perfect record at stud with Wawrinka and Swiss Love also winners.
“Although reared in New Zealand at Gerry Harvey’s Westbury operation, the colt stems from a family that’s had great success in Queensland.
“ His second dam Cantantes was a useful mare in Brisbane but she’s been a great mare at stud leaving horses such as Funtantes (10 wins) and Excellantes (12 wins). She had eight foals to race and six were winners.
“It’s a family of good tough horses that are capable of stretching out to 1600 metres and it looks like Makfi Amour fits that mould,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to our owners: B & L Racing (Brett Grogan), Dan McHugh, Rob Harvey, Marilyn Searles, Bernie Warnick, Dennis and Del Bates, Dominic Bassi, Bill Clough, Peter Hanan, Laraine Blades, Andrew Wellington, Darren Smeath, Anne Leonard, Ontrack Notre Amour Syndicate: Paul McGavin, Stephen Hurford, FRF Racing (D Fitzpatrick), Graeme Cameron, Luke Harrison, James Macmillan, Lisa Saxton, Dale Watts & Haimes Racing (J Haimes).
Ontrack’s Kiwi trainer Jacob McKay had something to smile about after last Saturday’s Karaka Millions after his daughter Isabelle’s tragic fight with a rare brain disorder.
Just a few months ago his one-year-old daughter Isabelle was diagnosed with a rare disorder called hemimegalencephaly, which affects the brain and causes frequent seizures.
The diagnosis threw McKay's life, and that of his former partner's, into disarray.
"It's been an awful few months really," said McKay.
Surgery which basically disconnects the side of the brain driving the seizures may have halted the seizures and on Saturday Jacob finally had some more good news when Aalaalune ran a slashing sixth in the Karaka Millions.
“Jacob is a great young trainer and he’s been through a terrible time with his little girl,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“We wish the family all the best and hope the treatment is successful for Isabelle.
“Jacob’s Reliable Man filly Aalaalune was impressive in the Karaka Millions and she looks like a really good prospect for three-year-old staying races next season.
“We get Jacob to break in and pre-trainer our purchases from the Karaka Sale and he does a fantastic job.
“His father Peter won the first Karaka Millions and is a very successful trainer in New Zealand while his brother Shaun is one of the best jockeys there.
“Ontrack wishes Jacob every success with his team in New Zealand, but more importantly we wish the family all the very best with Isabelle’s battle against an awful illness,” said Grant Morgan.
When the Ontrack Racing Hong Kong International tour touches down in December there’ll be one new trainer in town and one champion trainer firmly ensconced for years to come.
The Ontrack Tour takes in the International meeting in December and the Licensing Committee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club has granted a trainer’s licence to champion jockey Douglas Whyte for the 2019/2020 season.
With an unmatched record of 13 successive titles as Hong Kong champion jockey, more than 1800 local winners and success in almost all of the Club’s Group 1 races Whyte is one of the titans of Hong Kong’s world-class racing and is now set to open an exciting new chapter of his career.
Whyte’s final day of riding will be at the race meeting at Sha Tin on 10 February. He will then spend several months augmenting his skills by spending time with leading trainers around the world before returning to Hong Kong to establish his stable for the commencement of the new season.
The Licensing Committee also granted a trainer’s licence to Australian John Size for the 2019/2020 season and determined that he would remain eligible to continue to be licensed until the 2023/2024 racing season.
The Licensing Committee’s policy that elite-level trainers may be granted a licence beyond the age of 65 has been invoked in Size’s case.
Ontrack Tours Managing Director Grant Morgan said John Size’s reign as Hong Kong’s champion trainer is likely to continue for years to come.
“John Size is the benchmark for excellence in Hong Kong as he’s been the champion trainer in 10 of the 17 seasons he has been based there.
“Now he has teamed up with champion jockey Joao Moreira and it’s hard to imagine a more lethal combination in any jurisdiction around the world.
“Last Sunday they teamed up to win five races on the card , including the Group One sprint, and it’s not hard to see them repeating that sort of form on a regular basis.
“Ontrack has a special association with Joao Moreira as he’s unbeaten in four rides on our horses. He won three on Brazen Beau, including two Group Ones, and also won a Group Three on our great mare Savanna Amour.
“The Ontrack Racing party in Hong Kong has been fortunate to catch up with Joao on previous visits and look forward to renewing the friendship in 2019.
“It’s always a special time in Hong Kong around the International meeting and we have already had plenty of inquiries about our 2019 tour,” said Grant Morgan.
“Douglas Whyte is an extraordinary talent and it will be interesting to visit in December and observe him moving from highly successful jockey to highly successful trainer.
“This is only the second time in recent history that the Licensing Committee has issued a trainer’s licence to a current jockey, the first time being the licensing of champion jockey Tony Cruz for the 1996/1997 racing season.”
Emerging stallion Brazen Beau is shaping as champion first season sire and the role of Godolphin’s former Australian boss Henry Plumptre in his stallion career continues to be a significant factor.
Brazen Beau is looming as the next big thing in Australian breeding and Saturday’s sensational win by his son Accession now sees the horse with two leading hopes for the Golden Slipper in the autumn.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds bought and syndicated Brazen Beau and Managing Director Grant Morgan paid credit to Henry Plumptre for his role in Brazen Beau’s stud career.
“When the time came to negotiate with studs over Brazen Beau as a stallion, Henry Plumptre was heading Godolphin’s Australian operation and he was a big fan of the horse and all the negotiations were done with Henry.
“Henry was always bullish about Brazen Beau and he explained it was because the colt reminded him so much of former champion stallion Bletchingly.
“Henry was working at Widden Stud when Bletchingly was at the height of his powers and he couldn’t believe how much Beau reminded him of Bletchingly.
“Given that Bletchingly left the champions Kingston Town and Emancipation and another 59 group winners it was a fantastic recommendation,” said Grant Morgan.
“The negotiations between Godolphin and Ontrack went fantastically, thanks in the main to Henry’s skills and knowledge of the breeding industry.
“That sort of skill was also displayed when Henry was asked to select yearlings for Star Thoroughbreds at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
“He selected Accession at the sale and his $300,000 prize is now looking good value as the colt has won over $370,000 and is looking a major contender for the $2 million Inglis Millennium in two weeks and the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
“Ontrack bought four Brazen Beau yearlings at earlier sales in 2018 so I didn’t go to the Easter Sale so Henry might have been pushed a bit harder for Accession had I been there because the colt’s resemblance to Brazen Beau is uncanny.
“He does everything like Beau used to, even the way he half pie hesitates when being loaded in the barrier stalls is just like Brazen Beau.
“With Tassort and Accession heading the betting charts for the Golden Slipper and a host of promising youngsters waiting in the wings it looks like Brazen Beau will prove hard to beat in the race for champion first season sire,” said Grant Morgan.
Late bloomer Senrima Tide is starting to repay connections for their patience with an impressive win at Sandown.
A son of New Zealand-based stallion Ocean Park, Senrima Tide did not start racing until he was nearly four and in five starts, he has won twice and placed two times.
“I bought him from the 2016 Sydney Easter Sale and he was always the sort of horse who would require plenty of time,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We gave him to Caulfield trainer Mick Price because of his fantastic record with these late maturing Kiwi-bred staying horses and he’s done a terrific job with this horse.
“He made his debut in July last year and after two placed runs he cleared maidens in September before we tipped him out for a spell.
“The key to making these horses is being patient. The only way for them to develop their potential is to give them time to grow and mature and being easy on them as they learn the racing game.
“Ocean Park didn’t race at two, won three times at three but as a four-year-old he really exploded with five wins, including Group Ones with the Cox Plate, Underwood Stakes and Caufield Stakes.
“It’s good to have the support of the ownership group in Senrima Tide to adopt a patient approach and hopefully we are on the road to unearthing a very nice staying horse.
“He’s only in his second racing preparation so we are confident that there’s still a lot of strengthening and developing to come with Senrima Tide,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer Mick Price was confident of a bold showing at Sandown with Senrima Tide and the horse delivered with a half length win over favourite Cincinnati Red.
“He had no luck from an inside draw at his first run this prep and had worked well after that run and I was confident he would handle the step up to 1600 metres.
“First time racing on the Sandown track can be tricky but he had a good run and went to the front shortly after straightening and did a good job to hold on.
“He is like most of the New Zealand-bred horses I have had over the years in that he’s slow maturing, but I like the horse and feel he has the potential to make the grade over a trip if we continue to look after him and be patient,” said Mick Price.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 (Syndicate), Steve Mauger, Paul Galvin, Dr David Worthley, Brett Waters, B H G C Racing Syndicate, Ever Reliable Syndicate, Mark Ostermeyer, Sandy Tranter, Robert Wheatley, Simon Dorrat, Tom Wyld, Mark Walker, Lynne Smith and John Brown.
Brazen Beau’s made a flying start to his stud career and today’s Rosehill trials threw up another likely type by the champion sprinter.
The winner of two Group One sprints at Flemington, Brazen Beau has his first Australian runners on track this season and he’s made a sensational start with two Sydney Saturday winners and five placegetters from a handful of runners.
At Rosehill this morning trainer Gerald Ryan lined up Colada in a 900 metres heat for two-year-olds and the colt turned in a smart performance to win by a length and a half.
Bred and raced by Sun Stud, Colada is yet to race but is from a very strong US family.
His dam Clearly Foxy won three times, including a two-year-old race, and was placed in the Group One Hollywood Park American Oaks.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds bought Brazen Beau from the first crop of champion sire I Am Invincible for $70,000 and syndicated the horse before his sensational racing career and sale to breeding giant Godolphin.
“Brazen Beau is off to a magic start at stud and talking with a range of trainers at the Magic Millions Sale there were plenty who had a nice youngster by Brazen Beau waiting in the wings.
“Tassort is favourite for the Golden Slipper for James Cummings while Accession won the $500,000 Inglis Nursery and both colts look like ending their two-year-old season amongst the best of their age group.
“Ontrack bought four Brazen Beau yearlings last year and we are extremely happy with their progress and at last week’s Magic Millions Sale we bought another three.
“They are all nice horses and look the right types to add to Beau’s magnificent start to his stallion career,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan didn’t buy an I Am Invincible yearling in 2018 but the one he had his heart set on buying looks like being a bit special.
Grant Morgan was under bidder on the I Am Invincible-Devoirs filly at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale but the filly went to the bid of South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell for $250,000.
“The filly was a lovely yearling but went over my budget, but it looks like she’s got ability to match her looks as she made her debut at Flemington on New Year’s Day and racing as Jedastar made a winning debut for the Kennewell stable,” said Grant Morgan.
“It’s not easy to watch a horse you were keen on turn out to be pretty promising after you’ve missed them at the sales, but you can take some comfort from the fact that your judgement was okay.
“Ontrack bought the first I Am Invincible yearling sold at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale for $70,000 and that colt turned out to be our champion sprinter Brazen Beau, a dual Group One winner and now making the grade as a stallion.
“We’ve bought I Am Invincible yearlings each year since Beau, but last year they were so popular that the nice ones were really out of reach.
“Jedastar was offered by Yarraman Park at the Magic Millions and a couple of years back I was also amongst the beaten brigade chasing a nice I Am Invincible filly from Yarraman who turned out to be Invincible Star, a major winner for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
“I will be looking at all the I Am Invincible yearlings at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast and hopefully we can add to the great run Ontrack has enjoyed with stallions by the great sire.
“It has been interesting to see how his son Brazen Beau is faring at stud and last year we bought four yearlings by Beau and they are all nice horses who are going along very well,” said Grant Morgan.
Watch the Magic Millions Sales ring footage of Jedastar being sold with Ontrack Thoroughbreds the under bidder:
Smart sprinter Dream Master scored at Doomben after overcoming some significant obstacles on the way to another victory.
The son of Dream Ahead followed up an emphatic Gold Coast win when leading all the way at Doomben in smart time, but the day wasn’t without drama.
Dream Master has a dislike of rain affected footing and the Doomben track on race morning was posted as a soft 7.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan admitted to having some concerns about running on rain affected footing.
“He failed badly last preparation on wet ground and when the track was put up as a soft 7 I had some reservations, but trainer Toby Edmonds was pretty confident that the track would be upgraded significantly as the day went on and that was spot on.
“With the track improving, we then had the drama of booked rider Ryan Maloney falling from a horse in an earlier race and being taken to hospital.
“Fortunately we were able to get Ronnie Stewart to step in and he did the job perfectly. Ontrack’s had plenty of success with Ronnie and he got the job done.
“It’s never ideal when these things happen but Ronnie is a talented horseman and he handled the job without a care. It was unfortunate for Ryan and we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery from some nasty injuries,” said Grant Morgan.
A $60,000 buy by Ontrack from the Inglis Classic Sale, Dream Master has how won five races and placed five times from only 17 starts for earnings of $92,940.
Trainer Toby Edmonds said once the track upgrade came he was confident of another big race from Dream Master.
“He was dominant at the Gold Coast and there aren’t many horses with better gate speed so it made sense to ride him positively again.
“The horse was pressured early so it was a great effort to stave off a wall of chasers in the run home.
“We will give him an easy time and then sort out another race in the next few weeks, but he’s a very genuine horse and holds his form once he gets fit.”
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbred No 1 Syndicate, Mark Walker, Lang Brothers Racing, Mark Snowden, Dave Moretti, Mark Ostermeyer, Gordon Campbell, Leah Gavranich, Luke Covey, B and L Racing, Louise Mancinelli, Wayne and Paddi Muller, Alan Satchell, Beau River Racing, Greg Bowers, Stefan Marinkovic, Lisa Saxton, Ken Stocks, Ryan Lawlor.
Champion sprinter Brazen Beau started his racing career in style and he’s launched his stallion role in the same vein.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ Grant Morgan bought Brazen Beau for $70,000 from the first crop of I Am Invincible and the colt won first time to the races in spectacular style and went on to win two Group One sprints before being sold to the breeding giant Darley in a multi-million dollar deal.
Brazen Beau’s first runners are on the track this season and the results have been mighty impressive.
The horse has had eight runners for two city winners in Accession and Tassort, a stakes placed filly in First Dawn and city placed Crystal Beau.
“Beau has certainly got off to a flying start and Accession’s win last Saturday in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick was a hugely impressive effort,” said Grant Morgan.
“The colt’s appearance and racing style reminded me a great deal of Brazen Beau and I would suggest he was not entirely comfortable on the soft ground at Randwick, so look to him improving when he gets to a firm surface.
“Tassort’s win on debut was equally impressive and you would have to say Brazen Beau has the two leading colts heading towards the Golden Slipper.
“Ontrack purchased four Brazen Beau yearlings at last summer’s yearling sales and all of them are shaping up nicely.
“They all share Brazen Beau’s fantastic temperament and I’m looking forward to them stepping out on the track later in the season,” said Grant Morgan.
Talented sprinter Impregnable worked his way through to open class with a career best win at Doomben.
The tough son of I Am Invincible has won seven of 23 career starts but his Class 6 win at Doomben came in a very strong field that was probably the toughest opposition he’s ever faced.
Ridden by promising young apprentice Jackson Murphy, Impregnable had a perfect run behind the speed and then fought off all the challenges after bullocking to the lead over the final 200 metres.
“It was a really tough win and it was in keeping with all his recent form,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“This preparation has seen him a fit and happy horse and all his runs have shown that he’s come back in great order.
“That Doomben field was as strong as Class 6 races get in Brisbane and he was pretty impressive.
“It’s an achievement by any horse to win its way to open handicap and the way Impregnable won at Doomben in such a strong plate race suggests he will more than hold his own in open handicaps.
“The Doomben race leads perfectly into an open 1200 metres race at the Gold Coast on January 5,” said Grant Morgan.
A $40,000 purchase out of the Inglis Classic Sale by Grant Morgan, Impregnable has now earned $212,155 for his owners thanks to 7 wins and 11 minor placings.
Trainer Toby Edmonds was confident of a big run by Impregnable after the horse drew barrier one.
“He was only just beaten at Doomben after starting from the outside gate and when he finally drew an inside barrier, we were confident of a big run.
“The conditions of the race meant he carried topweight so we were keen to put young Jackson Murphy on and claim two kilograms. I think that claim proved to be the difference between winning and running second.
“He’s been much happier horse this preparation and I’m pretty sure that’s due to a different training regime. We swim him each day before he works and we try things such as interval training and treadmill work to mix things up.
“He’s a gross horse who takes plenty of getting fit, but once fit he always puts in and he races well late into a preparation,” said Toby Edmonds.
Congratulations to our owners in Impregnable: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 syndicate, Steve Mauger, Matthew Maguire, Sansom Hue, Brett Grogan, David Worthley, Ken Stocks, Wayne McCubbin, Jenny Edington, Ryan Lawlor, Peter Condon, Lisa Saxton, Dan Paton, Ricky Kim, Garry Batchelder, Philomena Syndicate (Manager Di McDonald).
Ontrack’s New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour ended this week and the trip over the ditch proved an eye opener for everyone on the tour.
The six day tour takes in some of the best scenery and thoroughbred studs that New Zealand has to offer.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan is used to watch tour members bedazzled by what New Zealand puts on show, but this year it was his turn to be amazed.
“This year was the first time in 13 years we went to the famous Cambridge Stud without Sir Patrick Hogan in charge.
“To be honest we were not sure what to expect, but the experience was truly jaw dropping.
“Our very good friend Henry Plumptre is now managing Cambridge Stud and, as always, Henry was a fantastic host but the new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay proved to be amazing hosts.
“Brendan and Jo are in the middle of a mind boggling programme to reinvigorate Cambridge Stud
“They were able to find time in a busy schedule to host our party and their graciousness and sheer passion for the industry had everyone on the tour amazed.
“They also extended an invitation to visit a racing stable they have established at Karaka south of Auckland and that visit was simply breath takings.
“Brendan and Jo have turned a greenfield site into an absolutely incredible setup and with their private trainer Lance Noble they look poised to have a major impact on the racing and breeding industry in New Zealand and Australia.
“To be honest, heading to New Zealand we were wondering what the future looked like with the changing of the guard at Cambridge Stud.
“After spending time with Jo and Brendan and their team there’s no doubt that Cambridge Stud couldn’t be in better hands,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack’s smart sprinter Dream Master added to his record with an emphatic win at the Gold Coast.
Trained by Toby Edmonds on the Gold Coast track, Dream Master has now won four times and been placed three times from only 16 life time starts.
“He’s been a horse who has taken time to reach maturity both physically and mentally, but he’s developed into a really nice horse and there wasn’t a nicer horse in the pre-race parades at the Gold Coast.
“The horse raced right up to his pre-race appearance and, in spite of drawing very wide, he jumped quickly crossed over to lead easily and was totally dominant.
“Dream Master is a horse who races best when allowed to roll along in front and he is very, very genuine.
“This preparation should provide him with the opportunity to work through the grades and he looks capable of winning a nice Saturday race in the city,” said Grant Morgan.
Purchased by Grant Morgan from Emirate Parks draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale for $60,000, Dream Master is by Dream Ahead from the Exceed and Excel mare Excellent Lady. The purchase proved astute because not long after the sale, Excellent Lady’s first foal started racing and named Petits Filou, she went on to win her first four races, including the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Flemington.
“She ended up winning five of her 10 starts and then sold at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale for $1.15 million,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer Toby Edmonds reported Dream Master came through his Gold Coast win in good order and is now enjoying a few days at the trainer’s Guanaba farm.
“We will let him unwind for a few days on the farm and he will return to the stable next Monday.
“He is a very nice horse and he has come back to racing this preparation in terrific order. He’s developed and grown but more importantly he is mentally matured and we see a good future for him.
The horse did buck in his first start this preparation, but we are pretty sure that was a result of the horse being struck under the flank by the stirrup of a rival jockey and he hasn’t shown any signs of misbehaving since.
“In fact, he has one of the nicest temperaments of the horses in our stable and tends to be a really laid back and cruisy horse,” said Toby Edmonds.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbred No 1 Syndicate, Lang Brothers Racing, Mark Snowden, Dave Moretti, Mark Ostermeyer, Gordon Campbell, Leah Gavranich, Luke Covey, B and L Racing, Louise Mancinelli, Wayne and Paddi Muller, Alan Satchell, Beau River Racing, Greg Bowers, Stefan Marinkovic, Lisa Saxton, Ken Stocks, Ryan Lawlor.
Cymbalism has been dominant at her Queensland debut scoring an impressive all the way win at Ipswich.
A five year-old mare by Denman, Cymbalism is prepared by Chris Meagher who operates dual state stables in Queensland and Victoria.
Sent north in search of a metropolitan win, Cymbalism quickly repaid the faith of her ownership group thanks to a confident ride by the talented light weight rider Ronnie Stewart.
“Chris and his team have done a wonderful job with this mare. Previously she had difficulty holding condition and tended to lighten off very quickly,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grand Morgan.
“She is much stronger now, holding condition and has enjoyed the switch to Queensland.”
Morgan highlighted the advantages Meagher Racing’s Eagle Farm and Mornington stables.
“It’s a tremendous asset to have the two state operation. It gives us the chance to switch horses between the two states to maximise their potential,” said Morgan.
Originally prepared by Chris Waller, has now had 6 starts for Chris Meagher recording 2 wins and 2 placings.
Cymbalism was a $130,000 yearling purchase by Grant Morgan at the 2015 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Congratulations to our owners Mark Walker, Andrew Dean, Beau River Racing (M Shaw), C 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
Hong Kong’s big international race day just got a lot more interesting with champion jockey Joao Moreira back in action and doing what he does best – winning races.
Joao is back riding permanently in Hong Kong after failing a written examination he needed to pass in order to obtain a licence to ride fulltime in Japan.
With Ontrack Racing Tours annual tour to the big Hong Kong International Race Day at Sha Tin only three weeks away, Joao Moreira signalled his readiness for the day when kicking home a hattrick of winners at Sha Tin last Sunday.
One of those three winners was Hot King Prawn who took his record to nine wins from only 10 career starts. From a Hong Kong Sprint perspective, Hot King Prawn led from go to whoa, while Mr Stunning, winner of the Group One Sprint last year, was gallant in defeat. They look the leading two local hopes.
Of the other Hong Kong hopes for the big day, Hong Kong’s champion horse Beauty Generation smashed a long standing track record when winning at Sha Tin on Sunday in the Group Two Jockey Club Mile.
With the scorching 1:32.64 time breaking the 10-year-old record held by Good Ba Ba, Beauty Generation firmly placed his stake for the Longines Hong Kong International Mile in the ground – he is clearly the horse to beat.
Trainer John Moore said the performance would put his horse on the map globally, forcing people to stand up and take notice.
“From a trainer’s point of view, you worry about if he can make two runs, but he proved himself that he is a champion, he did make two runs and for that reason people not only around Hong Kong but around the world are going to stand up and say there is a very good miler in Hong Kong,” he said.
Mornington mare Savanna Amour will remain in work into the summer as trainer Chris Meagher looks to capitalise on her improving form at the end of the spring.
The daughter of Love Conquers All closed impressively from the back of the field to finish third in Saturday’s Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) in what was the best of her four spring runs to date.
While the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) had initially been flagged as an aim for the six-year-old, Meagher confirmed she would remain in Victoria to instead target the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
“It was the best she’d looked all campaign and she ran right up to it,” Meagher said.
“We won’t spell her, she’ll have seven to 10 days on the water walker here at Fulmen Park to freshen up and then we’ll bring her back into the stable and have a look at some nice races over the summer.
“The Standish Handicap down the straight at Flemington looks a good option for her and then maybe something like the Australia Stakes in January.”
First Among Equals, who was runner-up to Cool Passion in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, is also expected to remain in work for feature summer sprints like the Christmas Stakes and Standish Handicap.
My Dream Lover handled a distance rise with aplomb when scoring an all the way win at Ballina.
The good looking son of Excelebration stretched out to 1600 metres for the first time in his career in a Class 1 and Maidens Plate and proved too strong, winning by nearly a length after leading from the jump.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan predicted a good future for My Dream Lover if he continues to stretch out in distance.
“The Ballina win came at his fifth start since we brought him up from Victoria and he’s now had two wins, two fourths and a fifth placing.
“The horse won first-up in Queensland over 1300 metres, which is a difficult thing for a lot of horses to achieve and to add a second win in his first preparation up here is also very encouraging.
“We bought him out of the Widden Stud draft at the Inglis Classic Sale for $130,000 because he’s by Excelebration out of a half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
“Excelebration was Europe’s champion miler but this horse gives every indication that with a bit more maturity he will stretch out to beyond 1600 metres.
“That opens up plenty of opportunities for a young horse if he can cope with 2000 metres and beyond, so we will be patient with him and give him the time to mature and strengthen and next preparation we’ll see whether he’s a stayer,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer Toby Edmonds was impressed with My Dream Lover’s effort to lead all the way at Ballina, even though he was surprised to see the horse making the pace.
“I thought he would race near the speed but I must admit to being a little bit surprised when he found the front.
“However rider Luke Rolls showed good initiative to keep going when nothing was keen to lead and rolling along in front at a steady tempo out of trouble proved the winning of the race.
“The horse has done a good job since coming north and though he’s only had five races, he has been in work a while and we will just assess him over the next few days before making a decision on whether to give him a break or continue on.
“He’s a nice horse with a good attitude and with a bit more time he could develop into a handy horse because he gives every indication of getting out to 2000 metres at least,” said Toby Edmonds.
Congratulations to our winning owners: Ontrack Miss Coolum Syndicate, Barbara and John Gilbert, Mark Ostermeyer, Garry Shanahan, Greg Bowers, Dr David Worthley, Leigh Matthews, Mick and Denise Power, Pennypacker Syndicate, Dan McHugh, Mark Snowden, Mick Hackett, L V Racing Syndicate.
Ontrack’s tough sprinter Impregnable is building an impressive strike rate at the Grafton track with his Jacaranda Cup win taking his track record to three starts for three wins.
Impregnable, aided by a perfect ride by stable jockey Ryan Maloney, scored an emphatic Jacaranda Cup win over topweight Lucky Meteor winning by more than two lengths.
A son of champion stallion I Am Invincible, Impregnable began his career with Caulfield trainer Mick Price and was placed in five of his first six races.
“Mick advised us that the horse would be better placed in Queensland and we transferred him to Toby Edmonds on the Gold Coast and he won his first two races for Toby on the Grafton track,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“He won five races in that first preparation from eight starts but he had a few issues at the end of that campaign and when he came back into work for his second preparation, he was not the same horse so we spelled him after four races and gave him a nice break.
“This time in he has been a much happier horse but being that extra year older he has taken a couple of starts to get close to fitness.
“Last time out at Doomben he was a very good sixth and that was the first time Ryan Maloney had ridden him and that experience proved invaluable.
“He’s a quirky horse sometimes and Ryan learnt that he doesn’t appreciate being restrained at the start.
“At Grafton he left the horse alone at the jump and when another rival crossed over quickly Impregnable enjoyed a dream run tracking the speed. Once he peeled out at the top of the straight the horse dashed to the lead and quickly put the race in safe keeping,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer Toby Edmonds was pleased with the horse and went into the race confident the sprinter was close to his best.
“His run at Doomben was a nice effort and his work leading into Grafton had been very good. He’s not the easiest horse to ride and when that grey horse rushed over from outside him to lead, the race panned out perfectly.
“This horse really finished off the race in domineering fashion and his last furlong was very strong.
“Now that we have him back to his best, we will probably pick out a race in town and he looks set for another good campaign,” said Toby Edmonds.
Congratulations to our owners in Impregnable: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 syndicate, Steve Mauger, Matthew Maguire, Sansom Hue, Brett Grogan, David Worthley, Ken Stocks, Wayne McCubbin, Jenny Edington, Ryan Lawlor, Peter Condon, Lisa Saxton, Dan Paton, Ricky Kim, Garry Batchelder, Philomena Syndicate (Manager Di McDonald).