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 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 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).
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.
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.
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 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
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).
My Dream Lover kicked off his Queensland career in style when he justified solid support with a Gold Coast Turf Club win.
The chestnut son of Excelebration resumed off a six month break when he had his first start for Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds and scored over 1300 metres in the hands of former Victorian jockey Ryan Maloney.
My Dream Lover had two starts as a colt last summer for Caufield trainer Mick Price but was spelled and gelded after those runs.
“Mick advised that he felt the horse would be better placed in Queensland,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We always appreciate Mick’s objective assessment of horses and he’s proved to be extremely accurate in summing up where the best opportunities exist for each horse.
“Our aim is to get each horse to be competitive in city racing and sometimes that requires us moving horses away from the tougher Melbourne and Sydney company.
“Our Dream Lover has been a horse that needed time to mature and he has certainly strengthened and filled out since his first preparation.
“Toby Edmonds has done a great job with the horse and having him fit enough to win first-up over 1300 metres was a tremendous feat.
“It shouldn’t be under-estimated how difficult it is to score over 1300 metres off a six month break and Toby and his team deserve plenty of accolades for having the horse fit and he was aided by a superb ride.”
A $130,000 purchase by Ontrack from Widden Stud’s 2016 Inglis Classic Sale draft, My Dream Lover is a son of Excelebration, a son of Exceed and Excel who was Europe’s champion miler in 2012.
His dam, Miss Coolum was a winning two-year-old who is a half-sister to the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
“There’s plenty of staying blood in his pedigree and it looks like he will be able to stretch out in trip without any issues.
“Toby Edmonds and Ryan Maloney have both pegged him as a horse who will be at his best at 1600 metres and further so we look forward to seeing where he ends up,” said Grant Morgan.
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 Thoroughbreds’ smart Tavistock colt Tavisan made a hugely impressive start to his Australian career when he ran away to win at Cranbourne.
A powerful colt prepared at Caufield by Mick Price, Tavisan was purchased at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale by Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan for $135,000.
Like all the Ontrack purchases in New Zealand, the colt was broken in and left in New Zealand to grow out and develop.
“We like to give our Kiwi purchases all the time we can on the magnificent pastures over there because they grow great bone on farms that are perfect for developing a young thoroughbred.
“Young Matamata trainer Jacob McKay broke the colt in for us and he was so impressed with him that he encouraged us to aim him at the Karaka Millions at Ellerslie.
“Basically, little went right for him in four starts there and he struck a couple wet tracks which he hated.
“He showed his ability when fifth in a listed race at Matamata followed by a nice effort at Group 1 level at Ellerslie, ” said Grant Morgan.
“Since getting here he hasn’t missed a beat, winning two trials and then scoring first-up at Cranbourne.
“Tavisan strikes me as a brilliant colt and he might be like Tavistock and be a sprinter.
Tavistock was a son of Montjeu and was actually his fastest son around the world, clocking 1.21 over 1400 metres in winning a Group One in New Zealand.
“The other thing that makes me thing he’s like his old man is a dislike of rain affected footing and he was able to win at two.
“This colt could be a candidate for a race like the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington in the spring, but we will take our time and let Mick develop a plan once the dust settles,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack followers would have noticed that Tavisan didn’t sport the usual Ontrack gold livery. That’s because the Dubai-based thoroughbred investment fund Phoenix Bloodstock purchased a significant interest in the horse as a yearling and he’s the first horse to race for Phoenix under Ontrack management.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Adrian Abrecht, Jim Lagos, Lewis Prince, Eric Newsome, David Worthley, Vin Harink, Mark Snowden, Mark Ostermeyer, Neil Evison, Mark Horn, Lisa Saxton, Bebe Mawer.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ classy sprinter Savanna Amour swept aside any doubts that she was back to her best with an authoritative win in Saturday’s $100,000 Hinkler Handicap at Doomben.
The winner of seven of her 16 starts for earnings of $606,823, Savanna Amour was recording her first win since last September, but most importantly for connections it ended a frustrating period of minor issues.
“After she ran second at Flemington on Derby Day we put her aside to get ready for the major autumn Group One sprints but she had a series of minor issues which kept her from racing,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“They weren’t major issues but were things like viruses and poor blood profiles and we were never going to risk running her unless we knew that she was 100 per cent.
“It was just a matter of getting her right and being patient. That’s always been Ontrack’s policy with all of our horses and in the end, we saw the benefit of being patient on Saturday with Savanna Amour.
“For me, the confirmation she was back to her best came when she won a trial at Doomben at the end of May and I saw enough that day to say she was back.
“The only issue heading into the Hinkler was the track but she had to run to fit her for the Group One Tatts Tiara in a couple of weeks and thankfully her class got her home.
“It was very fortunate that she had first use of the track and drew a good alley because the ground deteriorated during the day and the best footing was closer to the rails.
“What really helped her cause was a positive ride by Ben Melham. He knew he was on the best horse in the field and rode her accordingly.
“Ben walked the track the afternoon before and established the best footing was two or three spots off the fence and that’s where he positioned Savanna Amour.
“He established where he wanted to be turning for home and maintained that run, pushing the mare through a gap and she did the rest,” said Grant Morgan.
The Group One $500,000 Tatts Tiara at Doomben on June 23 will be Savanna Amour’s next start and Ben Melham will again be in the saddle.
Congratulations to the winning connections of Savanna Amour: Dennis and Del Bates, Laraine Blades, FRF Racing, Haimes Racing, Peter Hanan, Bob and Gladys Harvey, Rob Hill, Paul Kitching, Bill and Glenys Knobel, Phil and Anne Leonard, Danny Lesjak, Paul McGavin, Dave Moretti, Barry Muller, Mark Ostermeyer, Darren Smeath, Dennis and Colleen Walker, Dale Watts.
Ontrack mare Cymbalism found her way back to winning form with a bang on the Geelong synthetic track.
The Denman mare made a promising start to her career with a third and a fourth at Canterbury and followed that with a convincing maiden win over highly rated Star of Monsoon at the Scone carnival last May.
“She was a filly who took a fair while to strengthen and that’s why Chris Waller didn’t line her up until the autumn of her three-year-old season,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“It’s fair to say that she didn’t live up to her initial promise, but she has been a mare who has taken a long time to mature and she often proved a difficult horse to ride because she doesn’t like being cluttered up or restrained.
“A lot of jockeys made the mistake of taking a hold and trying to get her to settle and all that achieved was to fire her up.
“We tried her in Victoria from Chris Waller’s Flemington stable, but she didn’t race generously so we gave her a let-up and transferred her to Chris Meagher at Mornington. She’s had three runs for Chris with yesterday’s win and a third on the Pakenham synthetic track.
“Jake Noonan has done a good job in his two rides and he quickly summed things up and didn’t try and fight the mare. As a result, she has proved a lot more tractable and she travelled well in the running at Geelong before putting her rivals to the sword a long way from home.
“Her win was very dominant, but to be fair it was what you’d expect given the strength of the field.”
Grant Morgan said the future for Cymbalism remains to be decided.
“We have entered her for the Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne next month and we have to make a decision on her future. At Ontrack we endeavor to win Saturday metropolitan races for our owners, so we will need to reassess this mare in light of that expectation,” said Grant Morgan.
A $130,000 purchase by Ontrack Thoroughbreds from the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Cymbalism is from a family which produced plenty of good winners for the Ingham family’s Woodland operation.
“Cymbalism is related to the good sprinters Yell and Anthems and she has always had her share of speed but has required time to strengthen and Chris has allowed her the time to build up and mature.
She is not a mare who carries a lot of condition, so it comes as no surprise to see her develop with time,” said Grant Morgan.
Congratulations the winning connections of Cymbalism: Ontrack Thoroughbreds Cymbal Syndicate, Beau River Racing Syndicate, Chris Burdon, Martin Connor, Denis and Margaret Frew, Mark Ostermeyer, Russell and Jacqui Pawley, Andrew Tranter, WBC Racing (Syndicate), Lang Brothers Racing, Ryan Lawlor, A Connor Syndicate, D and R Syndicate, Lisa Saxton.
Up and coming mare Girl Sunday maintained her unbeaten sequence for this campaign when landing another impressive Sydney winner on her home track of Rosehill.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has produced Girl Sunday three times this season and the result has been three very impressive wins – two at Rosehill and the other at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.
On Saturday, Girl Sunday was given a gem of a ride by Jamie Innes Junior who positioned her on the back of the pacemakers and had her out with perfect timing to claim the lead 200 metres from the finish and draw ahead for an authoritative win, prompting the comment “oh she’s going to win again” from the course commentator.
Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan said Gerald Ryan’s placement and astute use of claiming apprentice riders has played a big part in the mare’s form this time in.
“Gerald was convinced that Girl Sunday was going to be a Saturday horse in Sydney after her first preparation and that judgement has been spot on with the mare capturing two $100,000 Benchmark 78 races confined to fillies and mares.
“Ontrack is all about finding city class performers for our owners and with five wins from only 10 career starts Girl Sunday is ticking all the boxes for her connections. The level of stakes now available in Sydney has seen her earnings rise pretty rapidly to over $173,000.
“She was entered for races at Brisbane and Sydney last weekend but the rain in South East Queensland convinced Gerald to stay at home and the decision proved the correct one,” said Grant Morgan.
Gerald Ryan was confident Girl Sunday would run another big race at Rosehill and he is already eyeing off another fillies and mares benchmark event for the daughter of Encosta De Lago.
“She has come through the latest run in great order and I couldn’t be happier with her coming out of the win. There’s a Benchmark 85 race over 1350 metres on December 24 and we can use Jamie’s two-kilogram allowance once again.
“Not many horses win three races on the trot in town but the way she has been going, and her recovery from the latest win suggests she is a realistic prospect to make it four.”
Grant Morgan said the ultimate aim with Girl Sunday is to achieve black type success, but that goal might have to wait for a little while.
“Once she races on Christmas Eve we will assess her, but at this stage a short break looks an option and she can return next year and focus on the autumn carnival.
Congratulations to our owners Lang Brothers Racing No 3 Synd (Mgrs Stu & Matt Lang), Pam Bayles, Lucky Nine Racing (Mgr Brett Grogan), Ricky Kim, Keating Racing (Mgr Shane & Matthew Keating), Ken Stocks, Michael Walton & Paul Crisp.
Talented mare Cruising Speed made a stunning return to racing with a decisive win at Eagle Farm.
Fresh up after a three month break, Cruising Speed took her career record to four wins from only seven races when she won the Moet and Chandon Club Handicap in the hands of James Orman.
The win continued Ontrack Thoroughbred’s great run of success as Girl Sunday saluted for the all gold colours on Melbourne Cup Day and then Savanna Amour returned with a comprehensive win at Doomben last weekend.
“It’s very satisfying to win races anywhere but we aim to buy city horses, so to win successive races at Randwick, Doomben and Eagle Farm is what we strive to do.
“it was a good win today and Ontrack would like to congratulate John and Chris Meagher on a great training effort to have her ready to win at 1300 metres first up. The stable is flying and it vindicates the faith we have placed in the stable.
“Cruising Speed is a lovely mare and I have always wanted to buy a nice Savabeel horse and what appealed to me was that she is out of an O’Reilly mare and that cross has an unbelievable strike rate when it comes to winning stakes and listed races.
“This mare can go to that stakes level and that’s where we plan to head with her. She is very progressive and has a pretty fair turn of foot for a Savabeel which can probably be attributed to her third dam being the brilliant racemare Emancipation.”
John Meagher believes Cruising Speed has untapped potential and is confident she will handle a step up in distance.
“She’s a lovely mare and we have no doubt that she is going to get at least 1600 metres and feel that there is a good race in her.
“She won two races very impressively and then failed on the Eagle Farm track and the only possible explanation for that miss was getting caught down on the inner. Today with the rail out so far we were confident she would be very hard to beat.
“She had a short break after that failure and has come back a better mare so it’s onwards and upwards.
“We are so grateful to have these nice Ontrack horses and there is no doubt that Grant has a great eye when it comes to picking out a young horses. There’s an art to that and it’s great to have such nice horses to work with and owners who are prepared to be patient,” said John Meagher who enjoyed a winning Doomben double along with sons Chris and Paul.
Congratulations to Cruising Speed’s owners Judy Coleman, Stephen Hurford, Lynne Smith, Ken Gordon, Rose Rovelli, Karl Vanderberg, The Let It Ride Syndicate, Jenny Pixley, Marilyn Searles, Bernie Warnick, Woongarra, Judy Bandidt, Dom Bassi, Professor Jim Dale, Brett Grogan, Gordon Henry and Haimes Racing.
Striking filly Savanna Amour made a stunning start to her second season when scoring a highly impressive Doomben win.
Savanna Amour was lightly tried at two and was placed at the Sunshine Coast and Eagle Farm in June before breaking her maiden with an emphatic 4.3 length win back at the Sunshine Coast in July.
Trainers John and Chris Meagher sent the filly to spell following that win and she resumed in the Zouki Group QTIS Handicap for three-year-olds at Doomben on the strength of two nice jumpouts.
Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan was impressed with the winning return and announced intentions to lift the bar with Savanna Amour.
“We have always had a very good opinion of this filly and we have targeted the $100,000 Mode Plate at Eagle Farm because it is a listed race restricted to three-year-old fillies and we are always keen to secure black type status for our fillies and mares.
“Savanna Amour has always shown plenty of ability but we elected to give her plenty of time before racing her. She is a filly that needed to develop mentally and the patient approach shown by the Meaghers is now bearing fruit because she makes significant progress each time she races.”
A $100,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale, Savanna Amour is from the five time winning Stravinsky mare Savanna La Mer and was a standout filly, according to Grant Morgan.
“She was a stunning yearling and really sold herself. I shortlist yearlings on type and then check the pedigree and thankfully her page was strong and so I was pretty set on taking her home.”
Trainer John Meagher started his training career in Melbourne and he is likely to return to his home state next year provided Savanna Amour continues to make the progress expected of her.
“She’s a very, very promising filly and if we look after her this spring there are a host of great races for fillies in Melbourne in the late summer and autumn and I have no doubt this filly will be good enough to prove very competitive in them.
“She’s a great filly to do anything with and I’m just grateful that Grant bought her and has allowed us to go along quietly with her because that patient approach has been the key to getting her to race so well,” said John.
Adding merit to Savanna Amour’s win was the time of 1.03.10 for the 1100 metres which smashed Skating on Ice’s class record of 1.03.33 set in 2011 and came close to the course record of 1.02.95 set by the flying sprinter Star of Florida in 2002.
Congratulations to the winning connections of Savanna Amour: Dennis Bates, Laraine Blades, FRF Racing (David Fitzpatrick), Haimes Racing, Rob Harvey, Rob Hill, Paul Kitching, Bill Knobel, Phil and Anne Leonard, Danny Lesjak, Paul McGavin, Dave Moretti, Barry Muller, Mark Ostermeyer, Darren Smeath, Dennis and Colleen Walker, Dale Watts and Peter Hanan.
Well bred New Zealand mare Brassy Belle rewarded the patience of her large group of owners by breaking her maiden in good style at Newcastle.
Prepared by champion trainer Chris Waller, Brassy Belle was well ridden by top provincial rider Chad Lever.
Resuming from a spell, Brassy Belle was placed in 1 of 3 starts in her first preparation last time in but quickly got the runs on the board this time around by scoring first up.
Bred by famed New Zealand nursery Windsor Park Stud, Brassy Belle is half-sister to the talented but sometimes erratic Photon Willie, who now races in Hong Kong after being prepared by Chris Waller.
A daughter of Rip Van Winkle, Brassy Belle was purchased at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka in 2014 by Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds for $120,000.
“Brassy Belle has always been a big strong filly. But her mental aptitude has probably meant she has developed slower than what we would have hoped,” said Grant Morgan.
“But you don’t mind waiting for these New Zealand bred middle distance types as sometimes it just a question of being a bit patient.”
“She has a great group of owners who have really enabled the mare to develop at her speed. Hopefully she can continue to improve from here on in and make it to Metro level over a bit more ground,” said Morgan.
Congratulations to owners Ontrack Sorestan Syndicate, BB Racing, Lucky Nine Racing, D Moretti, M Ostermeyer, JABA Synd, Keating Racing Synd, Beau River Racing Synd, G Cameron, J Macmillan, L Matthews, M & D Power, P Quinlan, D Smeath, K Stocks, M Walker & Haimes Racing Synd.
A gutsy effort by improving three year-old Girl Sunday at Newcastle has earned her a tilt at the $400,000 Inglis Scone Guineas in May.
Prepared by Gerald Ryan, Girl Sunday was well rated in front by Brenton Avdulla to score a narrow but decisive win extending her record to 2 wins from 5 starts.
“She was quiet a big filly as a yearling. She hasn’t gone out of whack as some big yearlings can do. She has good size and is a nicely balanced filly with a great attitude whilst she obviously moves pretty well,” said Grant Morgan of Ontrack.
“We didn’t exepct her to be an early type and hoped that she would be the type of filly who would have some longevity as an older horse.”
“The Encosta De Lago breed normally only gets better with time, whilst this filly will one day make a lovely broodmare given her size and pedigree.”
“Hopefully we can get some black type with her going forward.”
The next assignment for Girl Sunday will be at Warwick Farm at Warwick Farm on 4 May, before aiming at the $400,000 Inglis Scone Guineas (1400m) on 14 May at Scone.
Girl Sunday was a $100,000 yearling purchase by Grant Morgan's Ontrack Thoroughbreds from the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne.
Congratulations to owners Lang Brothers Racing No 3 Synd, Pam Bayles, Lucky Nine Syndicate, Ricky Kim, Keating Racing, Ken Stocks, Michael Walton & Paul Crisp.
Progressive Queensland sprinter Real King provided an instant reward for a group of new owners at Doomben.
Now the winner of his last three starts, Real King will head to the spelling paddock to be prepared for a tilt at Saturday grade after the Winter Carnival.
“He has done a super job this time in. He is really starting to put it all together mentally and he might be a handy horse going forward,” said Ontrack principal Grant Morgan.
Morgan welcomed several new owners into Real King less than seven days before the Doomben win.
“We like to release shares back to the market in horses we have confidence in. There is no better way to get people into ownership by pitching a tried horse like this which is about to race.”
“The last time we did one of these it was just before Faster Son debuted. He won by 6 lengths and went on to win 7 races, was stakes placed and ran in an Oakleigh Plate.” said Morgan
“There are some similarities between Real King and Faster Son. Both extremely fast horses out of the gate, both tough and both a bit quirky.”
Real King is now the winner of 4 of his 8 starts with a further 3 placings.
Congratulations to the original ownership group of Vicky Heathcote, Bill Clough, John O’Leary, The Oakleigh Boys Synd (Arthur Rickard), Glynton Chislett and Andrew Black.
Welcome and congratulations to new owners Lauren Clough, Christine O’Leary, Ian Mathieson, Neville Sforcina, Haimes Racing, Beau Nunan, Eddy Brown, Darren Smeath, Peter Dunn +Synd, J & K Farrell Synd, Tony Holland + Synd and Dan McHugh.
Consistent three year-old Asera broke through for a well deserved maiden win for top Caulfield trainer Mick Price.
After being runner up at his past two starts, Asera broke his maiden a start 4 over the 1400m course at Terang courtesy of a smart ride by the talented Mick Dee.
Asera came off a 37 day gap between runs courtesy of a troublesome hoof abscess.
“Mick had to back off him after his last start second over 1740m and get his foot right. This makes todays win back to 1400m all the better,” said Ontrack principal Grant Morgan.
“He is such a relaxed horse, he looks like he will get 2000m later on.”
Asera is well bred 3yo gelding by Encosta De Lago out of the Fastnet Rock mare Tropicana Lady, a full sister to Group 1 winner Irish Lights.
A late foal born on 14 November, Asera has been a slow maturing type who was secured by Ontrack at the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale.
Asera was a $120,000 purchase from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds, who also consigned this year’s Blue Diamond Winner Extreme Choice, also from the Mick Price stable.
Congratulations to Asera’s winning owners Tony Allen, Bruce Burnell, Judi Gowing, B & L Racing Syndicate (B Grogan), Haimes Racing Synd (J Haimes), Gordon Henry, Wayne Muller, Jan Quinlan & Ken Stocks.
Progressive gelding Real King continued the impressive strike rate of Ontrack Racing Syndicates in recent months by recording another soft victory at the Sunshine Coast.
Real King’s back to back wins continue a sparkling recent success rate for Ontrack, the largest Queensland based licenced syndicator.
In recent months Ontrack has produced impressive maiden winners in three states. Encosta De Lago filly Girl Sunday won for Gerald Ryan, Savabeel filly Cruising Speed scored strongly for John Meagher, whilst well bred Encosta De Lago gelding Asera is a recent winner for the all conquering Mick Price yard.
Best known for its former star sprinter Brazen Beau, the Ontrack team is building strongly.
“We are developing a very nice team of young horses. We have a large number of two year-olds and three year-olds who are all developing nicely,” said Ontrack principal Grant Morgan.
“I’m very confident that we will close off the current season very strongly and lay a very good platform for next season.
Ontrack currently has 32 horses on its books spread between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Leading Group 1 winning trainers Mick Price, Chris Waller, Darren Weir, Bjorn Baker, John Meagher, Gerald Ryan, John Thompson and Robert Heathcote currently prepare horses for Ontrack, along with up an coming Tamworth trainer Leon Davies.
Real King also continues an amazing run for globe trotting trainer Robert Heathcote. Like Buffering, Real King is part owned by Heathcote’s wife Vicky.
Real King has now won 3 of his 7 starts, with a further 3 placings. His lone unplaced effort came on debut at Doomben after being spooked at the start.
Congratulations to the winning owners of Real King Bill Clough, John O’Leary, Glynton Chislett, Andrew Black & The Oakleigh Boys Syndicate (Arthur Rickard) & Vicky Heathcote.
Birdsville maiden winner Real King confirmed his poor barrier manners are hopefully a thing of the past after a sharp win at Ipswich.
The Rob Heathcote prepared four year-old was sent to Roma trainer Craig Smith to mend his wayward barrier manners as a three year-old.
“He always showed ability and was a good barrier horse before he started. Something went wrong for him at his first start at Doomben where he developed a phobia of the gates,” said Grant Morgan from Ontrack.
“Rob tried everything to get him over it, and in the end recommended sending him out west to do some mustering and basically just get away from whatever it was that he was so scared of in relation to the barrier stalls.”
After being taught ‘to be a horse again’, Smith put the Real Saga gelding on a float and sent him to Birdsville where he won his maiden in good style. That was followed by another venture to Surat where he placed second, before Real King headed back to the big smoke and Heathcote’s Eagle Farm stable.
“Full credit to Craig Smith for getting this bloke right as he obviously has a good deal of ability. It goes to show that sometimes you have to think a bit left field to get the best out of some horses,” said Morgan
After two placings in strong Class 1 grade at the Sunshine Coast, Real King was very well placed in BM 0-60 grade at Ipswich where he was sent out a warm $1.50 favourite.
His first attempt on a soft racing surface, Real King gave backers and connections little concern bouncing straight to the lead and holding a commanding advantage throughout before scoring a soft 2.8 length win.
The fast overall time of 1:10.59 and a last 600m split of 34.86 on a Soft 7 surface indicate that Real King may have a bright future.
Real King was purchased privately as a broken in two year-old by Ontrack Thoroughbreds for a group of existing clients.
Congratulations to owners Vicky Heathcote, Bill Clough, John O’Leary, Glynton Chislett, Andrew Black & The Oakleigh Boys Syndicate (Arthur Rickard).