Baracus makes it three from his last four with gutsy front-running display

The rapidly-improving Baracus made it three wins from four runs this prep with an impressive front-running display at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

On what was just his second outing in the clockwise direction having switched from Peter & Paul Snowden’s Melbourne stable last month, Baracus defied top weight of 60kg to run out a gutsy winner of the 1600m Benchmark 64 Handicap under Christian Reith.

The son of Brazen Beau broke well and showed his customary gate speed to assume a position at the head of affairs. He travelled strongly thereafter and proved not for passing up the straight, seeing out the 1600m with aplomb to score by half a length, with the well supported favourite Living Rocks a further three lengths adrift in third.

“That was a much stronger race than last start and he got the job done again,” a delighted Peter Snowden said.
“He looked like he had a lot of fun winning there and that’s how it should be.”
“He’s a beautiful looking horse and he’s just starting to live up to what we though he might be in the early days, so hopefully he’s not done improving yet.”

“He has a good cruising speed and there are a couple more mile races around at the moment which should suit him.”

Congratulations to his fantastic group of owners in what is turning out to be a fruitful preparation! Mr J Moore, Ms S P Hopkins, Mr K F May, Mrs S G Perry, K Ayton, Mr C N James, Mr c Farnworth, Mr W Falzon, Mr B F McCann, Mr D Moretti, Mr C Johns, Mr J P Sennitt, KEEP’EM WANDERING, MARTINS, A Team Racing, Mr G T Corcoran, Mr S Abraham, Mr T Zdun

Article sourced from: Triple Crown website

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Wellington impresses Gibson

Richard Gibson knows he has a smart horse on his hands in Wellington but do not expect to see him many more times this season.

Gibson said there is a chance his eye-catching three-year-old will be seen just once more this term before he is put away with an eye towards lucrative races next season.
Wellington was impressive at Sha Tin on Sunday, motoring home from the rear of the field to win the Class Three Citi Insurance Services Handicap (1,200m) after bolting in on debut last month. “He didn’t get a very good jump, we had an outside draw so [Alexis] Badel was cool out of the gates, had no option but to take a seat, probably further back than we expected but he accelerated nicely at the finish and showed a bit of class,” he said.

Wellington races home to win at Sha Tin on Sunday under Alexis Badel.

“I think he is a horse that will run maybe one more time this year and there are plenty of things for him if he is good enough next season.
“I think we saw today he would be able to increase in trip no problem.”

With Badel due to return to France next month, Gibson said he would miss the popular rider who has enjoyed a breakout season in Hong Kong with 23 wins to his name.

“I have always been a big fan of the school of French jockeys, I had a lot of success with [Olivier] Doleuze and obviously Badel now and [Tony] Piccone has come here and punched well above his weight, it is a shame they are both going,” Gibson said.

Article from South China Morning Post by Trenton Akers on Sunday, February 16, 2020

Wellington was educated (and named) by the team at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm before being sold to Hong Kong interests. He was purchased by Lauriston at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

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Debutant delights anxious Gibson

Gibson admitted he was anxious ahead of the debut of Wellington in Monday’s Class Four Prosperity Handicap (1,200m) but he needn’t have been, with the three-year-old son of All Too Hard producing a dominant victory.

Jumping from barrier 10 under Alexis Badel, Wellington travelled forward of midfield with cover before peeling out at the top of the straight and moving smoothly through his gears to finish three lengths clear of favourite Ping Hai Bravo in second.

“Chinese New Year is one of the key meets of the season and I was a bit anxious today, we were running our nicest unraced horse and it’s good to see that he performed accordingly,” Gibson said.

Wellington bolts clear to win at Sha Tin.

“The horse had been progressing well this season so we were looking forward to seeing him race on debut and he accelerated really well.”

Gibson is eager to see what’s ahead for Wellington but he’s not in a hurry to push the horse out over further.
“I think he’s got a lot of natural talent so we’ll keep going.”
I think we’ll stay at the same distance for the time being and build him up gently,” he said.

Article published by South China Morning Post by Tom Biddington on Monday, January 27, 2020

Wellington was educated (and named) by the team at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm before being sold to Hong Kong interests. He was purchased by Lauriston at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

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2020 Melbourne Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present a draft of ten quality yearlings at the upcoming 2020 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Melbourne, Vic from Sunday 01 March. The horses will be paraded at the Oaklands Junction complex from Tuesday 25 February.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella, Vic prior to their departure to the sales complex.


Lot 150 B. filly SO YOU THINK x ERAMOR






Lot 189 B. filly ZOUSTAR x GOLD COPY












Lot 485 Ch. filly ZOUSTAR x TENDUE










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Jentico’s city win

Article from McEvoy Mitchell Racing by Graham Fischer

Talented mare Jentico continued to build on her impressive record with a strong victory at Caulfield on Saturday, January 25.

Beautifully ridden by Luke Currie, Jentico ($7) finished best to win the DrinkWise Benchmark 78 Plate (1400m) by a long neck from Titan Blinders ($3.20 fav) with Copper Fox ($15), 1-1/2 lengths away third.

Trainers Tony & Calvin McEvoy have placed the four-year-old mare beautifully and she now has six wins and a placing from just 13 starts and today’s win took her stakes to $230,850.

McEvoys’ Victorian stable foreman Michael Shepherdson said the mare handled travel between Adelaide and Melbourne in her stride.
“Originally she spent a lot of time in our Melbourne stable,” Shepherdson said.
“She has gone back to Adelaide several times to try and give her some confidence where there were better options.
“She has had a really good preparation, really matured.
“It is great to get a city win in Melbourne with Jentico.”

Winning jockey Luke Currie said the race had worked out perfectly for Jentico.
“She had a really good run in behind some nice speed,” Currie said.
“She was always going to be hard to beat with the run she had.
“It was a lovely race for her.”

A race replay can be seen here: Race 2 Caulfield 25 Jan 20

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Jentico Wins Again

Article from McEvoy Mitchell Racing by Graham Fischer

Consistent mare Jentico notched her fifth win, and third this preparation, with a comprehensive victory at Murray Bridge on Saturday, January 11.

In winning the Beverley Curtis 70th Birthday Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m), the four-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon, brought up a race-to-race double at Murray Bridge for trainers Tony & Calvin McEvoy and jockey Barend Vorster.

A solid $2.50 favourite, Jentico sat wide in running but drew clear over the final stages to score a 1-1/4 length victory from Table Of Wisdom ($41) with Regalo Di Gaetano ($6), a head away third.

The win gives the mare five wins from just 12 starts and took her stakes to $174,450.

Jentico was bred and is owned by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

SA stable foreman John Cornell said Jentico had appreciated a return to South Australian racing.

“I was never really worried in the run even though she was covering a bit of ground,” Cornell said,

“She travelled well enough.

“Jentico ran well in a Group race in Melbourne after winning a couple here.

“She ran poorly at Pakenham and we are not sure what went wrong but then she ran well at her last run at Caulfield.

“The form said she would be hard to beat today.

“I think Tony will now sit down and have a look at a program for the mare.

“The owners (Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm) are breeders so we would love to get some black type with her.”

Barend Vorster, the winning jockey, said he had always been confident of victory and the mare deserved to pick up some black type.

“Tony and Calvin have her going in such great form,” Vorster said.

“She is an absolute beauty of a ride, she tries her heart out.

“Today, I had nice cover down the back but getting to the corner the pace picked up a bit and she was stranded out there.

“But as I said to John, if she is smooth, she is happy, and she did it beautifully and when I asked her the question she was game and honest, and she just kept doing it.”

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Waltonia Finishes 2019 With Further Success

Article from Luke Oliver Racing

Waltonia returned to the races for her first up assignment over 1000m at Echuca, looking to leave 2019 on a high.

A week and a half earlier, she won a Ballarat jump out with ease and the Moonee Valley placegetter looked to be back to her best. As a result, she went into the race at Echuca as a heavily backed $2.25 favourite.

With Jordan Childs aboard for the first time, Waltonia was able to take a sit behind the hot speed and she was given the run of the race. As they turned for home the gaps opened up and Jordan was able to steer Waltonia into the clear. Half way up the straight Waltonia hit the front and eventually kicked away inside the final 100m to go on and record a fairly comfortable win.

The grey Bel Esprit mare, who carries the famous Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm silks, has now won 3 races from 13 career starts and she looks ready to return to the metropolitan circuits. She has been competitive in Saturday class races previously and a win in town would certainly add to her value as a broodmare following her racing career.

It was a very pleasing win for the stable and with some nice horses resuming from breaks in the coming weeks, hopefully there will be plenty of winners to follow.

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2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present a draft of two quality yearlings at the upcoming 2020 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Gold Coast, Qld from Wednesday 08 January. The horses will be paraded at the complex from Friday 03 January.

Inspections by appointment are welcome at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella, Vic prior to their departure to the sales complex on Tuesday 31 December.



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Jentico’s win in series final

Article by Graham Fischer November 9, 2019 from McEvoy Mitchell Racing website McEvoy Mitchell Racing website

Smart sprinting mare Jentico scored her best win with a classy effort in the Dominant Happy Trails Series final (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on Saturday, November 9.

The victory brought up a treble at the meeting for trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy who had won earlier with The Pugilist and The Natural.

For jockey Barend Vorster it was a double following his win on The Natural.

A drifter from $3 to $5, Jentico was always prominent before drawing clear for a three-quarter length win from Enough Swagger ($8.50) with Tongsai Boss ($2.50 fav) a head away third.

Vorster had the four-year-old mare away swiftly to lead early but was happy to take a sit when another runner came out wide seeking the front.

On the home turn, Jentico came off the fence, quickly gathered in the leader and withstood all challenges to win well.

It was her fourth win from just eight starts, and she is proving a smart racemare for her owner-breeder Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm in Victoria.

Trainer Calvin McEvoy praised Jentico and her rider.

“It was a great ride by Barend,” McEvoy said.

“First up, this girl was really good over 1200 metres.

“A fortnight between runs and up to 1400 metres today, she was really good -it was a fantastic result.

“We weren’t quite sure what to expect up against some hardened, tough opposition but she put herself there and was really strong late.

“We actually bought her back from Victoria for this Happy Trails Series, they are a good iniaitive, it has worked out really well.

Again, I need to thank the team at home for their work to enable us to have a treble today.”

It was a good way to end the day for Vorster who had to rush to the airport to catch a plane for Singapore to ride at Sunday’s Gold Cup meeting.

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Lauriston successfully selling on two fronts

Article from TDN written by Paul Vettise

Lot 61 Headwater x Final Star

Two clearly defined and independently successful businesses are neatly combined under the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm banner, whose Victorian operation has become renowned for selling high quality stock.

The breeding operation is home fuelled by a band of resident broodmares with Lauriston taking a don’t hold anything back approach while its ready to run business is based on strict selection criteria that has earned a strong sale ring following.

Lauriston will be presenting a draft of 12 at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale on October 22 and among them is Lot 20, a Better Than Ready colt who posted the quickest breeze-up time during the recent Cranbourne session.

“We primarily breed and sell yearlings and the way it all started for us was when Dad (Kevin) sold his business and bought a farm in 2000 and bought a few horses and had amazing success,” James O’Brien said.

“Street Smart won the Light Fingers and came third in the Doomben 10,000, Pure Energy was runner-up in the Golden Slipper and won the Reisling in the lead-up and Ice Chariot won the Queensland Derby while Goldie was doing her thing at the same time.”

Golden times
Gold Edition (Lion Hunter), affectionately known as Goldie by the family, won 17 of her 37 starts including the G1 Ascot Vale S. and the G1 Manikato S., posted five wins at Group 2 level and was a multiple top-flight placegetter.

Gold Edition

“You become hooked so we transformed our business and breeding quickly became our passion and we quickly learned to sell everything,” O’Brien said. “If you don’t, it’s very difficult to sell horses if you’re going to keep all the good ones.

“We’ve had some pretty good success and I guess the highlight has been breeding Global Glamour, who won two Group 1s in seven days with Gai Waterhouse.”

Global Glamour

Global Glamour’s dam Spectacula still resides at Lauriston

Global Glamour’s dam Spectacula (Testa Rossa) still resides at Lauriston and is empty this year and has been booked to visit The Autumn Sun.

“Goldie’s still here as well and just gave us a positive to Lonhro, which is nice and she’s very much loved,” O’Brien said.

“We’ve separated our businesses and have a breeding farm, which is massively busy foaling down and taking mares away to the studs and the other side where we do the yearlings preps is a little bit quieter.

“We ramped that up by doing the ready to runs and something that we’ve been focussing on for the last four or five years. We’ve had some terrific success and I deliberately keep the two businesses separate.

“We strongly try not to sell our homebred horses into the 2-year-old market and the reason is we try to sell all of our foals.

“With the ready to runs, we specifically buy horses to suit that market. While we breed ourselves, we pinhook into the ready to run market and we’ve had some terrific success.”

They include the Hong Kong-based Jumbo Prize (Your Song), a winner for Caspar Fownes who was sold for $160,000 in 2017 while the previous year Battle Storm (Statue Of Liberty {USA}) made $100,000. The Adam Durrant-trained gelding has won five of his six starts for owner Bob Peters.

The Gai Watehouse and Adrian Bott-trained winner Ausfighter (Fighting Sun) is another Lauriston graduate, who was sold for $50,000, also at the 2017 auction.

“We had a really good sale last year as well and sold a Not A Single Doubt for $210,000 and a nice Rubick colt for $175,000,” O’Brien said.

“We’re looking forward to selling 12 colts this year. We look for nice types with hopefully with a nice pedigree. We do all the due diligence with x-rays and scoping.”

The Better Than Ready who breezed over 200 metres in the quickest time of 10.37s at Cranbourne was a $61,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale buy and is out of a half-sister to the stakes winner Zebulon (All American).

Lot 20 – Better Than Ready x Blessed Anna (colt)

“We’ve got a Nicconi, Lot 31, who has always looked a fast horse and he breezed up well and Lot 61 by Headwater has always impressed us. He’s a nice, strong type,” O’Brien said.

The Nicconi was a $40,000 buy at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and his dam Casino Bride (Casino Prince) won five races and is from a well-performed North American family. The Headwater colt was purchased for $15,000 at the Inglis Classic Sale and his mother Final Star (Delago Brom) is a half-sister to the dam of Group 3 winners Red Colossus (Testa Rossa) and Nediym’s Glow (General Nediym).

Lot 53 – Headwater x Dreamlike (colt)

Another son of Headwater, Lot 53, is highly-regarded and was secured at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $30,000. He is from the family of Holy Roman Emperor (Ire), who also has two sons, Lots 75 and 139, in the Lauriston draft.

“We’re really, really happy with the I Am Invincible as well,” O’Brien said. “He’s Lot 60 and a half-brother to a 2-year-old winner with Gai Waterhouse called Minted.”

Classic buy
A $120,000 Classic purchase, the son of I Am Invincible is out of the stakes performed Encosta de Lago mare Fashion.

O’Brien also has high hopes for Lot 116, a Rich Enuff colt from Non Stop Rock (Fastnet Rock), the family of black type winner Absolute Flirt (Stratum), who was bought out of the Magic Millions Capricornia Yearling Sale for $14,000.

Lot 60 – I Am Invincible x Fashion (colt)

Not A Single Doubt is also represented by Lot 160, a son of Shoptalk (Flying Spur) from the family of dual Group 1 winner Ace High (High Chaparral {Ire}) bought for $80,000 at the Classic Sale.

“Some of them will go early and some of ours will be 3-year-olds. The team does a great job and they’re all good types specifically bought for this,” O’Brien said.” There’s only one judge though, and that’s the winning post.”

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