It’s a special day today for Ontrack Thoroughbreds as our super horse Brazen Beau turns seven.
Purchased out of the Inglis Classic Sale for $70,000 by Ontrack’s Grant Morgan, Brazen Beau was the champion sprinting colt of his year winning two Group Ones at three, the Coolmore Stakes and the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
Later he went to Royal Ascot finishing a luckless second in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes after drawing the extreme outside barrier.
“He was a special horse for so many reasons,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan.
“Beau was the horse that put champion stallion I Am Invincible on the road to fame and fortune and he changed the lives of so many people.
“In 12 lifetime starts he won five times and was second on four occasions winning $1.6 million before being sold to the breeding giant Godolphin in a multi-million dollar deal.
“Now the excitement continues as we await the first of Beau’s foals to hit the racetracks of Australia this season.
“It’s exciting to watch this very special horse write another chapter in what’s been an amazing story.
“Happy birthday Beau.”
Ontrack Thoroughbreds’ prayers and thoughts are with the Vieira family after a horrific road crash which has left Gai Vieira with critical injuries.
Bert and Gai Vieira have been Ontrack Racing tour regulars and were with us on last year’s tour to Royal Ascot.
Gai is in a critical condition in Sydney’s St George Hospital and Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan expressed shock at news of her crash.
“It was a tremendous shock to everyone at Ontrack when we heard the news that Gai had been involved in what has turned out to be a horrific road crash.
“All our best wishes and prayers go out to Gai and Bert and all their family as Gai fights to recover from what are sadly very serious injuries.
“Bert and Gai are always fantastic company on our tours and they were very popular members of last year’s Royal Ascot trip.
“We are all hoping for a speedy recovery so that Gai can be back with her family and enjoying success at Sydney’s racetracks in the not too distant future.
“Gai is a very fit woman and I’m sure that will help her in her battle against what are obviously extremely serious injuries,” said Grant Morgan.
There was a fantastic turnout for Ontrack Racing’s Tour Information Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
Ontrack hosted 60 guests in the Winner’s Circle at the Gold Coast meeting and Managing Director Grant Morgan said it was a fantastic day.
“We decided to offer existing and new clients the opportunity to learn more about our various racing tours and the response was excellent.
“There were guests from as far afield as Canberra, Melbourne and northern New South Wales with the majority of those attending new to the Ontrack team.
“We’ve been running tours to the Hunter Valley, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Royal Ascot for well over a decade and the race day was the perfect opportunity to explain our tours and answer any questions from racing enthusiasts wanting to take part on one of our trips.
“We have again had a fantastic response to our tours this year with Hong Kong fully booked and only a few spots on the other trips so it was timely to have a great turnout last Saturday,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds look to have unearthed a promising stayer in Senrima Tide after he quit maidens in style at Wangaratta.
The lightly tried son of Ocean Park is prepared at Caufield by Mick Price and was having only his third race start at Wangaratta after placings at both his previous runs.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan predicted a bright future for Senrima Tide, especially once he stretches out in distance.
“I bought him at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney where he was offered as part of successful New Zealand stud Blandford Lodge’s draft. He was always going to take plenty of time so that’s why he didn’t have a race start until a couple of weeks before turning four.
“Mick has always labelled him as a typically slow maturing Kiwi galloper and has handled him accordingly.
“Stayers are made and the more time and patience you can give a young horse the greater your chance of being rewarded down the track.
“Ocean Park was a five times Group One winner and it’s worth noting that when he won his Cox Plate in 2012 he beat All Too Hard and Pierro and all three have gone on to carve out successful careers at stud.
“Ocean Park stands alongside champion stallion Savabeel at Waikato Stud and at this stage of his career he has left more individual winners than Savabeel from less runners and the same number of black type performers.
“I’m confident Ocean Park will go from strength to strength as his representatives get older and the quality of mares being sent to him rises. IF you look at this summer’s round of yearling sales you see his progeny averaged $86,358 and nine sold for more than $150,000,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful rider Jake Noonan was having his first ride on Senrima Tide and was suitably impressed.
“The plan was to be a bit positive but he has developed a bit of a habit of getting back. It worked out okay as he found a nice spot and when they went along at a nice gallop he was able to settle and finish off nicely.
“I had plenty of horse under me turning for home and he’s a real momentum horse and once he got rolling he finished off strongly.
“Being a son of Ocean Park means he’s going to run 2000 metres on his ear. He’s got a great attitude, he settles perfectly and he’s got a great set of lungs and he actually came through that run as if he’d just been out for a trot and canter.
“I have got no doubt that he’s going to get out in trip and Mick trained the quinella with two good horses who are worth following,” said Jake Noonan.
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.