Promising middle distance future ahead for New Zealand bred filly
Ultra consistent 3yo filly Always On Show was the beneficiary of a sparkling ride from in form jockey Craig Williams to score her first metropolitan win at Doomben.
Prepared by dual state trainer Kris Lees, Always On Show was sent North to Lees’ Gold Coast stable following metropolitan placings in Sydney at her last two starts in harder grade.
Always On Show has now won 2 races 8 placings from just 13 starts, with both her victories coming over 1600m.
“Her full sister is Group 2 placed over 2100m in New Zealand so we have always felt that Always On Show would get out over ground,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“She has just been a bit immature mentally but is really starting to put it together now.
“We think there is plenty more to come. She will spell in Queensland now she is up this way and I am sure she will furnish out during her break in ideal spelling conditions.
“She’s a Magic Millions filly so you always have to think towards the races on offer here in Queensland. They are catering for horses that get over more ground now which is great,” said Morgan.
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Always On Show was bred in New Zealand by the Chitty family at their Haunui Farm, which was also the former southern hemisphere home to her sire Showcasing (GB).
Bred to stay being out of the Monsun mare Forever and Ever, Always On Show is a. full sister to Gr 2 runner up (Our) Intrigue who is a winner up to 2200m for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.
Her second dam Time Ahead was Group 1 runner up as a three year-old in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) (2100m) at Chantilly.
Always On Show was purchased at the 2019 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale by Ontrack boss Grant Morgan.
Congratulations to owners: FTB Syndicate (Manager Paul Holloway), Paul & Karen Davis, Marilyn Searles, Mike Larmer, Kate Kelly, Norm & Ted Land, Babu No 4 (Manager Prof James Dale), The Fifthhole Racing (Manager Damien Dwyer), Brad Maltby, Denis McGrorey, Albert Cid, Gary Pratt, Bruce Young, Mark Wood, Dinah Newhouse, Michael Byrne, Gary Batchelder, Brian & Linda Irwin, Carl Fischer, Robert Hill, Glenda Newick, Tim O’Neil & Julee Van Steenis.
Admire Mars standing 2021 Australian breeding season
John Messara has long been a fan of Japanese racing and breeding with the leading breeder adding Admire Mars to the Arrowfield roster for 2021.
Admire Mars will be available for inspection on the next OnTrack Hunter Valley Horse and Wine Tour (10 -14 October, 2021), with only a handful of seats remaining.
An unbeaten champion two year-old, Admire Mars is a triple Group 1 winning miler and the only three year-old winner of the prestigious Hong Kong International Mile.
Left in his wake at Sha Tin was champion 7 time Group 1 winner Beauty Generation, stamping Admire Mars as one of the worlds best 3yo milers in 2019.
Admire Mars is a grand son of the great Sunday Silence being by Daiwa Major and was bred at Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.
Out of the Medicean mare Via Medici, Admire Mars is Danehill free making him highly compatible with the Arrowfield broodmare band, and indeed, the wider Australian stud book.
Admire Mars will stand alongside another Hong Kong International mile winner in another Japanese bred mile star in Maurice.
With his oldest Australian progeny 2, Maurice has made a very good start to his stud career thus repaying Arrowfield’s faith in the Japanese breed.
Maurice has produced 6 individual winners and 5 stakes place getters in Mazu, Maurice’s Medad, Invinsible Tears, Morioka and Port Louis.
Admire Mars stands at Arrowfied Stud in 2021 at a fee of $22,000, whilst Maurice is available at $44,000.
Video Courtesy of Racing Queensland
Gold Coast trainer Shirley Batten shows no signs of slowing down as she approaches the 90 year mark.
It was fabulous to see Racing Queensland highlight Shirley with a recent video profile on this remarkable horse women.
Shirley has been a fixture on many OnTrack Racing Tours for more than ten years. A veteran of two Royal Ascot tours with OnTrack, Shirley has also attended Ontrack tours to Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.
The team at OnTrack always love spending time with Shirley and her family, we feel privileged to know her.