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.