Chiavari Pounces at the Valley

Chiavari - CopyChiavari (4m Teofilo x Nova Gen by General Nediym) recorded her fourth career win today in a 1,000 metre race for mares at Mooney Valley. Two kilogram claiming apprentice Jake Bayliss positioned her just behind the early speed before giving the mare some space and reign at the turn. Chiavari responded to win by a length. Trainer Nick Harnett purchased the Lauriston bred filly from Adelaide’s 2013 Magic Millions sale for $44,000. Chiavari has now accumulated earnings of more than $165,000. Race Replay: Race 6 Moonee Valley 18 Jun 16

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Trainer Tony Vasil revels in return to racetrack as General Truce thrives down Flemington straight

Article by Michael Manley from Herald Sun June 11, 2016

GTKevin O’Brien, Andrew Mallyon and Tony Vasil

TONY Vasil made a triumphant return to training and landed a plunge with his first runner in 2½ years when General Truce (8g Brief Truce x General Resolve by General Nediym) took out the Jezabeel Handicap (1000m) at Flemington.

Vasil described making a winning return as “a bit of a fairytale”.

Only 20 minutes earlier, he had been taking great pride in seeing Under The Louvre — a horse he purchased and trained until he quit racing due to depression in March 2014 — winning the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.

Shortly after, General Truce delivered a more immediate success for Vasil to savour.

GT“To come back as a winner with a longshot is pretty satisfying,” he said.

Vasil admitted that he had taken the $81 on offer Friday morning at the Brighton TAB after he had breakfast.

“I was more than happy with how he felt under me last Saturday and he felt even better last Tuesday.

“He didn’t feel to me like an $81 chance. I thought he’s right in the mix.”

General Truce’s official fluctuations were $31 into $18 on course.

The 12-time Group 1-winning trainer, who counts Elvstroem and Haradasun among his champions, only regained his licence two weeks ago.

Trainer Tony Vasil (right) with jockey Andrew Mallyon and owner Kevin O’Brien after General Truce won at Flemington. Picture: Getty Images

Vasil said coming back so early was not part of his plans.

“I was at the Gold Coast Yearling sales just poking about when I bumped into James O’Brien and he asked me … would you be interested in training my old sprinter?” he said.

“I was just planning to get a couple of young horses and dabble with them,” Vasil said.

Vasil said he could have a stable of 30 horses tomorrow if he wanted to but he didn’t want to go down that path.

“I’ve got no ambition to get together a big team. I could click my fingers and have 30 in work tomorrow but I don’t want to do that,” he said.

“I just want to put my big toe in the water. Maybe in six months times I might revisit things. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have success at this point in life and I just want to enjoy it.”

General Truce ($18) defeated Bullpit ($4) by a length and a quarter with Alberto Magic ($10) a nose away third.

Race Replay: Flemington R8 11 June 16

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Storm System Wins Again

Storm SystemLauriston 2014 Easter Yearling Sale graduate Storm System (3g Snitzel x Venus) won at Hawkesbury yesterday. It was his second career victory and took his career earnings beyond $76,000. Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy the Gerald Ryan trained gelding settled mid field and worked to the line during the closing stages of the 1800 metre race. Race Replay: 31 May 16 R8 Hawkesbury

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Rakitno and Gamora Join the Winners List

RakitnoRakitno (3f Not A Single Doubt x Emilydelago) became the 100th winner bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm in impressive fashion at Newcastle yesterday. She is the first Lauriston bred horse to join Chris Waller’s team. Chris stepped Rakitno out to 1,350 metres in her third start for the preparation. James McDonald took the chestnut filly to the front from the outset and she was not troubled at any stage. Rakitno kicked further clear when asked in the straight to win comfortably by more than two lengths. The punters didn’t missed her. She paid $2.50. Race Replay: 26 May 16 R3 Newcastle

GamoraLater that day Lauriston cheered the 101st bred to salute. Connections of Cindy Alderson’s  Gamora (4m Magnus x Docalady) picked up some of the SUPER VOBIS bonus money for offered throughout May at Pakenham’s night meetings. Like Rakitno Gamora led from the get-go. With James Bates on top she controlled the race to win by nearly two lengths. Race Replay: 26 May 16 R4 Pakenham

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2016 Gold Coast National Weanling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present four weanlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Weanling Sale which commences on Sunday 29th May. The draft includes two impressive fillies by popular stallion Snitzel, an eye catching son of first season sire Shamus Award and a half brother to impressive 2yo Global Glamour.

The weanlings will be stabled in boxes 33-37 in the Chester barn and paraded at the Gold Coast from Thursday 26th May.

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

Lot 63 Shamus Award x Pride Of Encosta_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__32Lot 63 Brown Colt Shamus Award x Pride Of Encosta
This eye catching weanling is among the first crop of the multiple Group 1 and Cox Plate winning son of Snitzel, Shamus Award. The colt hails from the highly regarded family of Pride Of Ingenue, dam of the sprinter Atapi who finished top four at Group 1 level on eight occasions.

Lot 120 Reset x Spectacular_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__99Lot 120 Bay Colt Reset x Spectacula
This well balanced son of Reset, sire of Fawkner and Pinker Pinker is from the speedy 2yo city winning Testa Rossa mare Spectacula. Spectacula is the dam of 2yo Global Glamour who won at her only race start in January this year by 6.3 lengths achieving a timeform rating of 106+.

Lot 180 Snitzel x Acceleration_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__201Lot 180 Bay Filly Snitzel x Acceleration
This powerful daughter of boom sire Snitzel is from stakes placed Encosta de Lago mare Acceleration. Acceleration was a regular city performer who achieved success to 1350 metres. She was runner up at listed level and won more than $180,000.

Lot 282 Snitzel x Emilydelago_13-05-2016_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__235Lot 282 Bay Filly Snitzel x Emilydelago
This great walking filly is by the popular sire Snitzel and from Encosta de Lago mare Emilydelago. Emilydelago has produced a black type performing sprinter 2yo Zellindi and is a half sister to Group winner Shanghai Warrior.

Lot 242   Chestnut Filly   Sizzling x Companions   (Has been withdrawn)

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Third Stakes Win for Nostradamus

Nostradamus1Making his second start for Phillip Stokes, Nostradamus scored a hard-fought win in Saturday’s Group III Hughes Limos R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville.

Ridden by Dom Tourneur, Nostradamus came with a rattling finish from well back in the field to defeat I Am Gypsy (I Am Invincible) by a long-head with Runway Star (Northern Meteor) one and a quarter-length back in third.

It was his first win for the 4yo entire since he captured the Group III Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) twelve months ago when trained by Team Hawkes.

His overall record stands at 4 wins and 2 seconds from 18 starts for earnings of $394,030.

A first crop son of the top-class stallion Medaglia D’Oro (USA), Nostradamus earned the honour of becoming the first southern hemisphere-bred stakes-winner for the son of El Prado when he defeated Washington Heights, Law and Wandjina in the Group III San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens back in August 2014.

Now with several prominent Victorian Stud’s including Rosemont, Lauriston and Musk Creek in the ownership, a stud career for Nostradamus looks assured.

Bred by Ken Turner’s Almavale Bloodstock, Nostradamus was purchased by Koundouris Bloodstock for $500,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale.

He is a half-brother to Widden Stud’s promising young stallion Star Witness (Starcraft) who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at two and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at three before performing credibly in Europe finishing second in the Group 1 King Stand Stakes and third in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Both are out of the Group III winner Leone Chiara (Lion Hunter), a sister to multiple Group II winner Chinchilla Rose and Group II winner and successful young stallion Ferocity, and a half-sister to Listed stakes-winner Chiaramonte (Redoute’s Choice).

Leone Chiara has an unraced 2yo Sepoy filly named Princess Wildfire who failed to make her $1 million reserve at the 2015 Easter Yearling sale and a yearling Sepoy colt that came up short of his $250,000 reserve at this year’s Easter Yearling sale.

After foaling a colt by Sebring last spring, Leone Chiara was bred back to Widden Stud’s Golden Slipper winner.

Article from Breednet by Mark Smith – Saturday, 23 April 2016

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What a Weekend!

Four Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred horses won this weekend. Finke and Gallant Express combined for a double at Alice Springs, Rapid Link scored at big odds on Geraldton Gold Cup Day, while Cosmic Kheleyf landed at Port Augusta.

Finke as a yearling

Finke as a yearling

Finke (3g Turffontein x Bloomin’ Mavellous) was sent out as $1.70 favourite in the feature $50,000 Northern Territory Guineas in Alice Springs yesterday. Brendon Davis was back on board and ensured the 3yo stayed out of trouble by pushing forward in the early stages to settle just outside the leader. Brendon made his move at the 600 metres. Only Eighteen Bombers gave chase.  Finke won by more than 4 lengths.

Finke’s picket fence keeps growing. It was his sixth win in a row with a combined margin of 17.7 lengths. The three year old who was sold as a yearling (pictured) by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Inglis’ VOBIS Gold sale for $5,000 has now raked in prize money of more than $100,000. He remains undefeated in the Northern Territory for trainer Gary Clarke.
Race Replay: Sat 09 April 2016 R7 Alice Springs

Gallant Express as a yearling

Gallant Express as a yearling

Earlier in the same day another Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred saluted. It was Gallant Express’s (5g Reset x Gal Express) first start in his new stable for trainer Dick Leech and his first in the Northern Territory. With Graham Watson riding he did his best work late to pick up The Hummel and claim victory in the 1,100metre sprint by 1.5 lengths.
Race Replay: Sat 09 April 2016 R3 Alice Springs


Cosmic Kheleyf as a yearling

Cosmic Kheleyf as a yearling

Cosmic Kheleyf (5g Kheleyf x Cosmic Express) claimed his fourth career victory at Port Augusta today for trainer Scott Trenowden.  Jake Toeroek took the gelding to the wider part of the straight in the 1,100 metre event where he pounced on the leaders to win by a length.

Race Replay: Sun 10 April 2016 R3 Port Augusta


Rapid Link as a yearling

Rapid Link as a yearling

If Rapid Link (6m Charge Forward x Inthemix) wasn’t supposed to record her fourth career win in the 7th at Geraldton over 1,200 metres today at 50-1 then someone forgot to tell her. Simone Altieri settled the mare superbly in the box seat and managed to run down race leader Energy Boy by the closest of margins. Trainer Jodie Liakousis presented two horses only on Geraldton Gold Cup day – and both won. Hovercraft won the third by 2 lengths.
Race Replay: Sun 10 April 2016 R7 Geraldton


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Jocasta Impressive in Maiden Victory

jocastageelong_630x368rpJocasta’s (3f Choisir x Saratoga) debut run over 1,000 metres last month at Cranbourne was described by the race caller as an “eye catcher”.  Although well beaten she finished impressively after a slow start.

The Corstens team chose to step her out to 1,200 in a Geelong maiden last Tuesday for her next start.

Daniel Moor did not push the 3yo filly from the wide gate and positioned her toward the back to finally settle three wide with cover in running. Rounding the field after the turn Jocasta let down with an encouraging burst of speed to win by a length.

Daniel explained after the race: “I decided to sit off them early and let things unfold, just to keep out of that strong wind. Once we cornered, I knew we would win easily and she didn’t let me down. She is a nice filly who put her rivals to bed in a few strides.”

Race Replay: 5 Apr 16 R2 Geelong

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The Gauch In Control

Ultimate Doom1Richard Laming booked Darren Gauci to ride Ultimate Doom (4g Domesday x Cosmic Express) over 2,080m at Cranbourne last Friday night. “The Gauch” had previously led all the way on the 4yo to win a similar race at the same venue earlier in the year.

Similar to the January run Darren ensured his mount was leading at the first turn and dictated terms. Approaching the 400 metre mark it appeared that Ultimate Doom had run his race as the field loomed. Darren asked his mount for another effort and switched his whip to his left hand. Ultimate Doom responded to just hold out the fast finishing Honey Steel’s Gold by the smallest of margins.

“I’m still working him out” said Richard after the race, “he is a tough horse and will get further. I like him but he does have some tricks. Darren seems to work well with him”

Race Replay: 1 Apr 16 Cranbourne

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Typecast Scores Back To Back Wins

Typecast 170216Speedy filly Typecast made it back to back wins when she strolled away with the $40,000 McGrath Estate Agents Benchmark 67 Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury on February 17.

Ridden by Blake Shinn, the progressive daughter of Exceed And Excel out of Show Stealer jumped positively from an outside barrier and took a sit behind the leader before taking aim down the straight to pull away for an easy 1.5 length victory ahead of nearest rival Bubbleberry.

With two wins from four career starts including a third in her maiden race to black type winner Lake Geneva, co-trainer Peter Snowden said Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s three-year-old is an Exceed And Excel ‘who goes well’ as she continues to lift the bar.

“She was very strong late and pulled away in the end which was really pleasing to see because there’s a bunch of excited owners here today,” said Snowden.

“She’s improving every time she steps out and two wins from four starts is a great start to her career.

“She’s one of the Exceed And Excel’s who goes well, so who knows, she could make a stakes winning filly down the track but it’s just one race at a time.”

Shinn, who has ridden Typecast previously in a winning trial and at her second raceday start, said she’s developing along nicely.

“Peter and Paul placed her perfectly today and she’s furnishing nicely in a racehorse.

“As soon as the gates opened I had to go forward because she jumped so well and I wanted to make the most out of the opportunity.

“That’s the good thing about riding for Peter and Paul, they leave you with the discretion to make decisions and she’s heading in the right direction.”

Words: Sarah Peatling, Image Courtesy: Bradley Photographers from

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