Congratulations to all connections in Regardsmaree. He saluted yesterday at Warrnambool at only his second career start after a nice even run on debut at Sandown when he was beaten less than four lengths. A nice, patient but soft ride by stable rider Josh Cartright yesterday who has ridden the horse a lot in work.
Well done and thank you to Henry Dwyer and his dedicated staff on a job well done.
6.8.2019 We're on the Board for Season 2019/20
Congratulations to connections of Swift Serenity who saluted at only her second start at Wodonga for Clanbrooke and Lindsay Park. Swift Serenity's win marks the first of the new Racing Season for Clanbrooke. With a stable full of promising youngsters we are looking forward to another successful Season.
A new Racing Season
On Horses' birthday it is time to reflect on the Season that was and what a terrific year it has been for the Clanbrooke stable, rounding out the year with 29 wins on the board - 3 better than our best ever year!.
Sizzleme certainly carried the torch for the stable throughout the season, notching black type for the second time in her career at Caulfield in the G3 Etheral S. in the Spring before running a very credible 4th and 6th respectively in the G2 Wakeful and G1 VRC Oaks.
All of our trainers were represented on the winners list this season, including two of our newer trainers. Tony McEvoy guided Mayan to a first start win at Morphetville and two weeks later achieved Stakes success when he was runner-up in the Listed St Albans S.
Chris Waller also trained International import Mawanny Machine to city victory at only his third start in Australia. It is our first venture with long-time associates Australian Bloodstock and looks like it will be a very exciting ride through the Spring.
Our final winner for the year came last Sunday when Mr Trump, the NZ import having his third start for the Mitch Beer/Clanbrooke stable, saluted on the Sapphire Coast. It was Mitch’s expertise in procuring `tried horses’ this year that really shone. Anna Baabella was a tried horse who won her first start for Mitch and Clanbrooke much to the delight of owners who had travelled up to Albury for the Cup Carnival and Clanbrooke marquee. Mitch took out the local premiership at Albury by 12 points this (competing for only 10 of the 12 months), proving that his decision to move has certainly been a positive one.
Our functions have, once again, been memorable - our Queen’s Birthday race day at Mornington is a regular on our calendar now and never disappoints. We will, of course, host this event again in 2020. Sandown Classic day in the Committee Room last was a hit with our owners and we look forward to doing it all over again this November.
Finally, thanks to all our owners and supporters for a fantastic 2018/19 racing Season. We look forward to sharing some more fun times and memories with you all over the 2019/20 Season.
Minervini on the Move
One of our oldest and dearest trainers, Mark Minervini has decided on a move from his home town of Adelaide to greener pastures. I have added his Statement below which is self-explanatory and highlights the problems in South Australia. Mark joins an ever growing list of trainers abandoning their home state in an effort to make a dollar out of training. His Statement reads:
Michelle and I have made the life changing decision to move our business to the beautiful coastal town of Newcastle in NSW.
I spent three days there last month as guest of the Newcastle Jockey Club and was blown away by their hospitality, the racecourse facilities and the city itself.
The club has granted us 12 on course stables and I am now waiting for the Racing NSW stewards approval of my trainer's license application for the upcoming season beginning August 1.
THE REASONS FOR THIS DECISION
Sadly, it is well documented that the racing industry in South Australia continues to decline and is in real turmoil - poor management decisions, ageing facilities, lack of government support and low prizemoney levels are all major factors in us deciding that we need to relocate.
Conversely racing in New South Wales is currently booming - it has innovative and strong leadership, huge infrastructure investment, record political support and prizemoney levels.
After considering moves to Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and even Tasmania, New South Wales and in particular Newcastle stood out as the best option for us, you our clients and our horses.
Good luck Mark.
Oh My Mawanny
It has only taken 3 starts in Australia for our imported galloper Mawanny Machine to salute in the city. The former Irish horse excelled in the soft going on Saturday at Sandown and despite travelling 4 wide out of the straight the first time, quickly took up the lead and settled into a beautiful rythym. Craig Newett said after the race that the horse virtually dictated to him how to run the race and the moment he hit the lead, he just put his head on his chest and rolled along. His fighting spirit in the straight was fantastic as he was headed at about the 25om but he just would not give in. According to Froggy, the horse has plenty of upside and will continue to improve as we look the Spring in the eye. Exciting times indeed for those owners.
Cocktail party in Hobart 28.6.19 - all invited!
Cocktail Evening in Hobart Friday 28th June
We'd love you to join us in Tassie on Friday 28th June!
The Dundeels are coming
DUNDEEL is without doubt the best of the young emerging sires in Australia. The son of the great High Chapparel was himself an undoubted Champion of 6 Group 1's and he has already started passing on some of that ability to his offspring. He is already the sire of 3 Group 1 winners and 11 Stakes winners in total and his eldest offspring is only 3. Standing at a fee in 2018 of $66000, breeders and trainers internationally have clamoured for his yearlings. His yearlings this year sold to $250000 and Clanbrooke has one !!!!!
Out of a half-sister to a 4 time G1 winner, our colt was purchased at this year's Premier Sales and is to be trained by Cindy Alderson at Cranbourne along with some of our other highly promising youngsters in Sizzleme, Mistress Molly and Mrs. Whitten. At only $3495 for a 5% share, this is your chance to join in an elite partnership with an outstanding prospect in the big time.
Filly Sizzling on her Oaks path
Sizzleme winning at Bendigo (Image: Racing Photos)
There's little wonder why trainer Cindy Alderson can hardly wait for next month's Group 1 Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide with her filly Sizzleme.
The 2000-metre classic on May 5 has been the target for Sizzleme since rising to that trip last spring with a third placing in the G3 Ethereal Stakes behind Verry Elleegant and Aristia, before beating the former when a close-up fourth in the G2 Wakeful Stakes behind the eventual Oaks winner Aristia.
On Saturday Sizzleme tackles the traditional lead-up to the Oaks when she runs in the 1800-metre G3 Auraria Stakes, coming off an eye-catching second at Mornington.
"I thought she ran really well behind Mr Quickie and I think the 1800 (metres) is perfect for her," Alderson said.
"We trialled her yesterday and she was really impressive.
"Zac Spain will take the ride and he came down and rode her in the trial and was really happy with her and he says he was glad he came down to have a gallop on her before the race because she's a filly who needs to have someone who understands her to get the best out of her.
"But she's done extremely well and I'm very confident she will acquit herself well."
WATCH: Ken Keys, Cindy Alderson and Chris Meagher discuss their weekend prospects on the Trackwork Show
Alderson said the barrier draw often has a bit to say about Sizzleme's upcoming performance.
"She does need things to go her way in her races," she said. "The worst barrier for this filly is barrier one and I think she's drawn it six times so she's certain beating the odds in that respect.
"She needs a bit of clear air and galloping room and Morphettville is the type of track that affords that so as long as there are not any really strong fillies in the race, I think she's got a really good chance."
The Cranbourne trainer said the filly had enjoyed a good preparation for her main goal but was still ready to turn in her best performance this Saturday.
"She's pretty forward," she explained. "She's a very, very good doing filly. She always does well in the stable and looks great. (Her) coat's immaculate at the moment and I think the trip away will tighten her up and the 2000 next start will really be right up her alley."
Alderson also has her reliable six-year-old O'Lonera up to 2400m at Caulfield on Saturday and said she felt the winner of more than $500,000 in stakes was ready to add some more to the total.
Alderson said the horse may have only run eighth last Saturday behind Our Libretto but that was over 2000m and he was only beaten just over two lengths.
"I thought he ran well last Saturday," she said. "He's getting a little older now. He got a few miles on the clock so it probably looked like he wanted the 2400 (metres) and Zac Spain felt that too."