Inglis 2017 Ready2Race

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present a draft of 17 quality two-year-olds for the upcoming Inglis Ready2Race Sale at Oaklands, Melbourne on Wednesday 4th October.

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

All breeze-up footage for the Ready2Race breeze-ups can be seen by clicking each lot number from the list below.

Lot Col Sex Sire Dam  
3 Ch Colt Lope de Vega Red Obsession  
11 Ch Colt Unencumbered Royale Harmony  
18 B Geld Zoffany Skelda Voe  
22 B Colt Pluck Special Cuvee  
44 B Colt More Than Ready Viva Caro  
44 B Colt Your Song White Diamonds  
56 B/Br Colt Fighting Sun Ausvall  
102 B Colt Kuroshio Folichonne  
118 B/Br Geld Pluck Italics  
120 B Colt Declaration of War Jarilee  
121 B Colt Zoustar Jessica Rose  
124 B Filly All Too Hard Kalamata  
126 B Colt Malibu Moon Kinz Funky Monkey  
136 B Colt Epaulette Loving New  
138 B Colt Medaglia d’Oro Lucida  
140 B Geld Husson Lutine  
150 Gr Colt Artie Schiller Naseej  
155 B Colt Husson Paese Commands  
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Lauriston in the Fast Lane

Story by Shayne O’Cass from The Sportsman

Lot 44 Your Song x White Diamonds colt breezing up with Lot 3 Lope de Vega x Red Obsession colt

LAURISTON Thoroughbred Farm Ready2Race Sale bound 2YO’s accounted for seven of the fastest 10 horses to breezeup at a wet and windy Cranbourne on Monday morning.

The O’Brien family enterprise’s stunning success comes a few days after farm graduate Striking Eagle took out the prestigious Inglis China — Australia Cup at Yulong racecourse in Shanxi province.

Striking Eagle was himself sold at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale for $55,000.

“He was one of four we sold to Beijing Racing Stables from that draft,” James O’Brien said. “Striking Eagle is by Purrealist from Shaolin Belle. He is closely related to Apache Cat and like Apace Cat, he has a big white blaze too.”

A total of 82 horses were put through their paces ahead of the Sale scheduled for October 4 at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction complex outside of Melbourne.

Fastest of all was Lot 135, a son of first season sire Kuroshio whose highlight win came in the Group 2 MVRC Ian McEwen Stakes (1000m) on this same weekend in 2013.

The colt for sale is out of former Tasmanian mare Love The Moment who was placed third in the Tasmanian Oaks and One Thousand Guineas.

The Sydney round of the breeze-ups will be staged today (Friday) at Canterbury.

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Striking Progress In China

Story sourced from Aushorse 04 Sep 2017

Striking Eagle pictured with connections

While much of the action centred around Caulfield (first Group One of the season) and Royal Randwick (Winx!) on Saturday, the running of the Inglis China-Australia Cup at Yulong racecourse in Shanxi province was also big news: to Chinese and Australians alike.

Attracting a full field of 14 runners – all sourced from Inglis sales and including runners by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Medaglia d’Oro and co. – the China-Australia Cup is, at A$200,000, the richest race in mainland China and an ideal barometer as to the rapid growth of racing in the region.

Racing was banned in China in 1949, but its ‘return’ has been much anticipated for the past couple of decades … always considered to be something of a sleeping giant.

However, while it took a while to go from an easy canter to full blown gallop, the Chinese industry now appears ready to explode and the steady influx of Australian-bred horses was in full evidence on Saturday.

So too were the number of Aussie faces in the crowd, including Aushorse Chairman and Widden Stud principal, Antony Thompson.

“I was here last year for the inaugural running of the Inglis China-Australia Cup and the difference in just 12 months is simply stunning,” Thompson enthused. “Mr Zhang, who built and owns Yulong racecourse and has substantial racing and breeding interests in both China and Australia, is clearly passionate about building interest in the sport in China.

“There are six races per program at Yulong over an eight week period with a minimum $10,000 per race, including races for local breds, open races, bonus races etcetera, and then obviously building to races like the $200,000 Cup.

“As for the facilities, they are all first class with, for instance, a 500 horse, state-of-the-art stable added in the last 12 months.

“Mr Zhang has been very inclusive and a lot of Australian professionals have been in China for the last few weeks to mix with the local trainers, jockeys and other personnel.

“I must say, the standard of racing is very encouraging too: horses, trainers and jockeys.

“The actual Cup was a terrific event with the race being won by a Purrealist 3YO called Striking Eagle, who is trained by ex-pat Aussie, Brian Lawrence.”

A former high school teacher and hobby trotting trainer in Western NSW, Lawrence trained in China from 2003 to 2005 and returned in March of this year where he has around 16 in work.

“There’s been a huge difference in the last 12 years,” Lawrence explains. “In particular, the standard of horses. There are 16 barns here at Yulong and all of them are full, with Mr Zhang himself having over 100 in training.

“Aside from the quality of bloodstock, the skills of trainers, jockeys and other racecourse staff has improved out of sight as well. I’d imagine that half the trainers here are ex-jockeys that have come up through the ranks.
“It’s really going ahead in leaps and bounds.”

James O’Brien of Lauriston Thoroughbreds was also chuffed at the result given that he sold Striking Eagle to the Beijing Racing Stables at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race for $55,000.

“It was one of four we sold to Beijing Racing Stables from that draft,” O’Brien explains. “Striking Eagle is by Purrealist from Shaolin Belle … he’s closely related to Apache Cat and like Apache Cat, he has a big, white blaze too.

“He’s now won four from four in China and is best 3YO up there. I’m very happy for his new owners.”

Not surprisingly, Mr Zhang is ecstatic at the progress of racing in China and Australia’s involvement: “The Inglis China-Australia Cup has been a positive factor toward the development of racing in China, and a great drawcard for the importing of Australian-bred horse by Chinese owners,” Mr Zhang points out. “The Australian-bred horse population in China has increased significantly over the past few years and this has seen the quality of horses racing in China greatly improve.”

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Super Grand Final for Sonny Yeoh

Sonny Yeoh (right) with Super G and Michael Rodd (photo: @artsoffice23)

Story sourced from Singapore Turf Club Website Michael Lee 27/08/17

Sonny Yeoh bowed out on a winning note as he called time on five years of training career in Singapore on Sunday.

The younger brother of former vet-turned-trainer Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye is hanging up his binoculars exactly five years after he began operations on September 1, 2012, citing personal reasons for his decision. He officially returns his stables on August 31.

The Penang native flew off the starting blocks with a smashing first full season on 31 winners (his highest haul) in 2013, the headline act being no doubt Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge clean sweep hero Stepitup. He kept up the momentum with 22 winners the next year, but his record nosedived to only nine (2015) and seven (2016) the next two seasons. 

Super G (Michael Rodd, yellow-blinkered) draws clear to shed his maiden status in Race 6.

Standing on 16 winners before Sunday, Yeoh saddled four runners for his last day at the office, but saw his chances of a fairytale ending reduced by 25 per cent when the well-in-the-market Conatus G was scratched in Race 2.

After Dragonhead ran nowhere in Race 3, it was left to his well-fancied duo of General Conatus (Derreck David) and Super G (Michael Rodd) in the $35,000 Class 5 race over 1700m to give the amiable trainer the perfect send-off.

In his own words, his heart was “pounding” when Super G, all this time a maiden after 13 starts, came with a withering run to hit the lead at the 300m.

It looked like favourite Mongolian Chief (Troy See) was the only one in the 12-horse field who could spoil the farewell party in the concluding stages, but Super G ($29) kept striding away to fall in by 1 ¼ lengths with Carnelian (Mohd Zaki) third another 2 ¼ lengths away.

Yeoh’s second runner General Conatus whipped around with a looping run from the 800m in a bid to inject more speed into the race, even looking the part as the one who could etch his name as Yeoh’s last winner when he hit the front under David’s urgings at the top of the straight, but he faded late to run fifth.

The winning time was 1min 46.64secs for the 1700m on the Polytrack.

Forever the consummate professional, Yeoh still headed straight to the dismounting yard to check on General Conatus first before heading to the winner’s stall for that last 94th winner.

But as he was able to relax better, it was apparent the win had come as a sheer relief for him.

“I trained a winner at my very last race, it’s great because my heart was pounding before the race!” the man of few words said, and yet still summing it up the best.

“It’s nice to end on a winning note after five years here at Kranji. I take this opportunity to thank the Singapore Turf Club and its Committee Members, the CEO for helping me, and also my owners and my staff.

“Super G may be my last winner, but the good news is he will carry on racing, just like my other horses when they move to other stables.”

When asked to name his best memories, unsurprisingly Stepitup, incidentally the first of his 94 winners on September 28, 2012 popped up in a flash.

“Stepitup was the best horse I trained and he gave me my biggest moment when he won all the three Legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge,” said Yeoh who is one month shy of his 56th birthday (September 25).

“My biggest disappointment is my decision to stop training. I wish I could stay longer but I had to go for personal reasons.

“It’s still been a great ride.”

Though Rodd does not often ride for Yeoh (he was at only his second winning ride for him after Amazing Man on March 17), the Australian jockey still paid a fitting tribute to the man who has slipped into Kranji in his typical quiet manner, never blowing his own trumpet, and who has tiptoed out in the same no-frills, no-fanfare way, but aptly with a winner.

“It’s great to ride Sonny’s last winner here,” said Rodd.

“He’s a humble man and I’ve always enjoyed having a chat with him, especially when it comes to recommending a nice restaurant, be it here or Hong Kong or Taiwan.

“He’s always smiling, he doesn’t get upset. He is a level-headed guy and it’s sad that we are losing a great stalwart.

“As for the winner, he is still a colt and is well-bred. He is by High Chaparral, meaning he was the best bred horse in the field.

“He trialled like a solid Class 4 horse the other day. Barrier 1 was a bit tricky, but he overcame that.

“In the straight, I thought I went too soon. I saw Derreck David up there and I thought we had the quinella for Sonny, so that’s why I let him go.

“Unfortunately the other horse ran out of steam but my horse kept going and it was a fantastic result in the end.”

Quite interestingly, Yeoh was sharing his final day with a much more decorated trainer in nine-time Singapore champion trainer Laurie Laxon, but he somehow stole the thunder of the Kiwi legend, who failed to saddle a winner from his small team of five runners, coming up short by half-a-length with his last runner Lim’s Shot in the penultimate race.

When asked what he had planned after training, Yeoh gave the safe answer which would make most husbands smile.

“I’ll ask the wife,” he said, and on that note, the quiet man of Kranji walked into the sunset.

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NSW 3 Year Old of the Year – GLOBAL GLAMOUR

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm congratulates It’s All About The Girls Syndicate, Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and all connections of Global Glamour.

2017 Winner – NSW 3 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR


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Story sourced from: Jason Warren Racing

It’s not too often that pair our horses against each other but we had no choice but to run Kardashing (2f. Redoute’s Choice x Show Stealer) against Miss Toorak Flyer yesterday at Pakenham. The girls didn’t let the stable down running 1-2 and easily accounting for the rest of the field.

The honours went to Kardashing who won out in a driving finish. She was headed by Miss Toorak Flyer but fought back tenaciously to gain the win

See race replay Race 1 Pakenham 08 June 16

Kardashing sports a powerful backend and was named after American reality star Kim Kardashian who is well known for her curvaceous figure!

Thankfully, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice can also gallop and looks to have a bright future. She was purchased for $170k from last years Magic Millions Sale and continues our great association with fillies from Lauriston Farm who also bred and race The Seductress and Conductress.

Kardashing will now head to Flemington for a 1400m race in 2 weeks time with the Gibson Carmichael Stakes her main target in early July. Congratulations to her owners Brian Toohey, Daniel Spicer, Richard Tuffy, Billy Gestakovski, Gav Corcoran,  Ben Rayment, Michael Wood, Kevin Dwyer and James O’Brien.

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Conductress and Young Gun Combine

Fantastic to see 3yo filly Conductress (3f Commands x Show Stealer by Tobougg) break through for a much deserved win at Wangaratta today after four previous placings! 

The daughter of Commands has now raced 5 times and never been out of the money. “She is very diminutive but she is all heart and punches well above her weight division” said Jason Warren. 

She loves wet tracks so we were a bit worried about the firmer track today. Thankfully, she received a 10/10 ride by young gun apprentice Lachie King who took 3kg off her back which made all the difference“. 

Lachie King is the son of former top hoop Steven King and looks to have inherited his father’s natural ability. 

His ride today was sensational. He drew the outside but managed to slot her in with cover just behind the leaders.  I have come to expect those sort of rides from a Ben Melham but not a 3kg apprentice.  I think he has a big future and we’ll be using him more often” said Warren. 

Congratulations to the O’Brien family at Lauriston Farm who bred and race this filly in the famous orange and green silks worn by many great gallopers over the years headed by Gold Edition. 

We also train the half sister to Conductress called Kardashing who is a nice young filly by Redoutes Choice. She is much bigger and robust than her older sister and will step out at the races in the coming month which will be exciting. 

Story sourced from: Jason Warren Racing
Race replay:  R3 Wangaratta 08 May 17

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Flight Of Angels..A Wing On Every Foot!


The speedy Flight Of Angels gave nothing else a chance this afternoon at Swan Hill taking out the Maiden Plate over 975m.


The daughter of Written Tycoon began quickly out of the gates and the under the care of Jordan Childs went straight to the lead and just kept extending her margin to claim victory by a comfortable four lengths.

It was a great result for MBH Racing as they were thrilled with the victory as the mare is owned by Lauriston Farm headed up by loyal client James O’Brien and the team.

Flight OF Angels can certainly go on with it now and at this stage will head to Mornington on the Queens Birthday Monday for a 1000m event worth 40k.

It was nice to see Mitch Beer’s father Les back at the track and taking the strapping honours by leading Flight Of Angels back to scale.

A great day all round!!!!

Story sourced from MBH Racing
Race replay: R2 Swan Hill 11 May 17
Post race interview: R2 Swan Hill 11 May 17

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How to break a champion

Story by Mick Sharkie – @TheSharkTweet
from G1X : How to break a champion

Warren Diggles and a yearling Sepoy colt

A noisy, dust stained truck pulls up at a country property.

The back gate opens and nervous feet tread the steel floor inside.

One by one, three young horses walk anxiously from the truck into the rough, weather beaten hands of a stranger carrying a lead rope and a chest full of courage.

The first young horse rears and strikes out, but the man gently coaxes it back to earth. With a comforting voice he runs a hand down the young horse’s jowl.

“It’s OK mate, it’s OK.” he says.

Welcome to the world of the breaker.

Around Australia right now on horse properties both far flung and urban, breakers and pre-trainers are helping hundreds of yearling thoroughbreds take the first step to a career on the racetrack.

Warren Diggles from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm is one of them.

“Every horse is different and you have to treat them that way,” he said.

“I am a bit like a teacher I suppose. I can’t make them faster than they are but I can teach them what they need to know to be a racehorse.”

Diggles works with all types of young horses, shy ones, brave ones, tough ones, naughty ones, and of course, fast ones.

G1 winners Malaguerra and I Am  Star are just two of the fast ones that have passed through his classroom.

“The ones with attitude problems, the naughty ones, they misbehave because they don’t understand what you want them to do,” he said.

“You need to take your time with them, show them, and help them understand. It’s a challenge and a very satisfying job.” spent a day with Diggles at the beautiful Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella, on the shores of Westernport Bay, to find out just what it’s like to educate tomorrow’s champions.

Take two minutes from your day to witness a true horseman at work.

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Jocasta and Conductress Rewarded for Consistency

Since January, Jocasta (4m. Choisir x Saratoga by Show A Heart) had nine race starts before today’s race at Geelong over 1,300 metres. She had competed in those races with remarkable consistency, winning at Wangaratta, finishing runner up on six occasions and a third and a sixth.

Today, with Noel Callow on, she was sent out as the race favourite. As was her wont, she was slowly away but after finding her feet displayed her eagerness to get into the race. Noel held her back before giving her some reign. He timed her run to perfection to run down Magwitch in her final bound.

Trainer Troy Corstens marvelling at Jocasta’s ability to sustain such a long preparation explained that she is absolutely thriving. Stable foreman Colin Dean said after the race “She’s absolutely flying. The more racing she does – the better she gets”.

Both Troy and Colin attributed the results of the quirky mare to the efforts of trackwork rider and strapper Anita. Race Results & Replay: Race 6 Geelong 09 May 17

Yesterday Conductress (3f. Commands x Show Staeler by Togougg) broke her maiden status for trainer Jason Warren at Wangaratta. It was just her fifth career start and followed four successive thirds. In her previous start at Werribee she was beaten by the tiniest of margins in a three way finish.

After jumping cleanly from the wide gate progressive apprentice jockey Lachie King eased Conductress back three wide to find cover.  He moved her to the centre of the track in the straight where she accelerated to run down race leader Alejandra. Race Results & Replay: Race 3 Wangaratta 08 May 17

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