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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Iron Lotus Lands Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic

Iron Lotus (2f Turffontein x Blazing Glory by Bianconi) was the only filly in the Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic at Alice Springs earlier today. After beginning quickly apprentice Ethan Brown ensured she controlled the race to the turn before giving the geldings the slip. From that moment she was never in doubt winning the feature 2yo race by 3.8 lengths. Race Replay: Race 3 Alice Springs 01 May 17

It was the second 2yo classic event won by a Lauriston bred filly in less than two months. Undoubtable Miss (2f Not A Single Doubt x Spy Catcher by Tobougg) claimed Adelaide’s $200,000 Magic Millions 2yo Classic during March for trainer Robbie Griffiths.

Today’s win was Iron Lotus’ second career victory from just three starts and not the first Lisa Lefoe trained 2yo Alice Springs winner bred at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm. Lisa had previously prepared Powerful Pegasus who won his first two outings as a 2yo.

Last racing season Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Finke, who is also by Turffontein, was awarded Northern Territory’s horse of the year.

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2017 Magic Millions’ Gold Coast National Weanling Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present six quality weanlings at Magic Millions’ 2017 Gold Coast National Weanling Sale which commences on Thursday 25th May 2017. The weanlings will be stabled in Chester Barn 51-56 and paraded at the complex from Monday 22nd May.

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

Lot 166        B         Filly        Shooting to Win          Amarazetti

This weaning is a powerful September born filly from the first 
crop of Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner, Shooting To Win (by Northern Meteor). Shooting To Win’s female line descends directly from Cotehele House, dam of Commands. Commands is also the sire of this foal’s dam, Amarazetti. Amarazetti, was a 2yo sprinting black type performer who won on five occasions. She is the dam of lightly raced 2yo Caulfield winner Ms Mazetti who split Bullpit and Rich Enuff on debut.

Lot 288        B          Colt         Toronado                   Demasheen

This impressive colt is from the first crop of Toranado, a dual Group 1 winning son of Champion Sire, High Chaparral. His dam is 2yo city winner Demasheen, a daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock from 2yo black type performing mare Shimo Star (by Centaine). This colt is bred on the same cross (High Chaparral to Fastnet Rock) as Group 1 All Aged Stakes winner Tivaci, Omei Sword and New Performer.

Lot 310        B             Colt        Toronado                          Empowering

This strong colt is from the first crop of Toranado, a dual Group 1 winning son of Champion Sire, High Chaparral. His dam, three time winner Empowering, by popular broodmare sire General Nediym, is a full sister to Tendue. Tendue has produced two stakes performers. Alcohol has won more than $250,000 and was runner up at Group 3 level while Alcobro has placed at listed level.

Lot 312        B             Filly        Star Witness                     Encapsulate

This well grown filly is by Australian Champion 3yo Star Witness. Star Witness is the sire of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred and dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour. This filly’s dam Encapsulate is by Australian Champion sire Encosta de Lago from listed runner up Anemone Garden. Encapsulate has produced four winners including Swipeline and is a half sister to Super Bucks dam of Group 2 winner Super Cash.

Lot 421        Ch           Colt        Helmet                              Lake Mountain

This athletic colt is by 127 Timeform rater and G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet. Helmet, by Exceed And Excel, has produced G1 winner Thunder Snow as well as G2 performers Archives, Limestone and others. This weanling is from Lake Mountain, a daughter of Encosta de Lago mare Emilydelago. Emilydelago has produced three winners including Zellinda, who was runner up at black type level as a 2yo.

Lot 511        Ch           Filly        Starspangledbanner       Partygoer

This flashy filly is a daughter of Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee winner Starspangledbanner , a son of Choisir. Starspangledbanner’s progeny have performed admirably from limited opportunity and include Champion 2yo colt in France, The Wow Signal. Partygoer, by Mossman, was a 2yo city winner and successful race filly who won $162,000 prizemoney. She produced lightly raced Cailin Miss who won by more than 2 lengths at listed level as a 2yo.

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Iron Lotus Wins at Alice

The Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred and cleverly named 2yo filly Iron Lotus (2f Turffontein x Blazing Glory by Bianconi) took her place in the first at Alice Springs yesterday. It was the Lisa Lefoe trained filly’s second race start after finishing runner up on debut (beating the third horse by more than seven lengths). Apprentice Kate Brooks was positive aboard the $1.90 favourite from the outset ensuring that Iron Lotus would lead the field. They were never troubled and won the 1,000m race comfortably.
Race Replay: R1 Alice Springs 01 Apr 17

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