With rapidly deteriorating conditions at Randwick, the Group III Fujitsu Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) turned into a slog fest, which suited the Victorian visitor The Fortune Teller just fine.
Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller Toughs It Out in Carbine Club (G3)
Ridden by Tom Marquand for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the 3yo son of Caravaggio (USA) rallied after being headed by the Maurice (JPN) colt Matcha Latte to eke out a maiden stakes success by a head.
The Tivaci filly Wolverine was two and three-quarter lengths back in third as the eight-horse field spread out of 42 lengths.
The winner of a Swan Hill maiden on debut last August, The Fortune Teller owns placings in the Group II Sandown Guineas, Group II Autumn Stakes, and Group III Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington.
“I think the horse needed a very strong rider. It was a bit of a colt run last start (in the Australian Guineas), which was uncustomary; he’s been very genuine,” Maher said.
“We made the decision to bring him up hoping the favourite (Osipenko) was going to be scratched, which then made it a very attractive race.
“The team have done a great job. He’s always been a very consistent, high-class colt, with a great group of owners who have been long-time supporters and good friends and Tommy Marquand was very strong. Perfect.
“He’s going the right way, he may end up in Brisbane.”
It was a first win back from injury for Tom Marquand.
“It took the weather to be like it is at home (UK) for me to get a winner on the board,” Marquand joked.
“Being back in the saddle last week, I was probably just getting a bit impatient. Ciaron (Maher) and David (Eustave) have been great supporters, and nice to reward them with probably a bit of a surprise winner, I guess.”
Bred by Burnewang North Pastoral and Peter Raftopoulous, The Fortune Teller was a $90,000 weanling purchase for Ciaron Maher Racing at the COVID-hit 2020 Great Southern Sale, held online.
From the first crop of Scat Daddy’s dual Group 1 winner Caravaggio (USA), The Fortune Teller is the best of two winners from as many to race from the winning Commands mare National Velvet.
Out of a half-sister to Group 1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes winner Complacent and Listed Dulcify Stakes winner Ataraxia, National Velvet has a Harry Angel (IRE) 2yo filly, which was pinhooked by Hopetoun Farm from Burnewang North Pastoral at the 2021 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale. Reoffered at the 2022 Inglis June (Early) Online Sale, she sold for $22,500.
National Velvet has a Maurice (JPN) weanling filly and missed last spring.
The Fortune Teller is the first stakes-winner in Australia for Caravaggio (USA), which shuttled to Coolmore Stud for one season.
The Fortune Teller toughs it out (image Bradley Photographers – All Rights Reserved)
Tom Marquand (image Bradley Photographers – All Rights Reserved)
Lafargue (Capitalist/Feeling Positive) notches up win # 6 in dominant style for the Danny O’Brien stable today at Geelong (25/10). Ridden superbly by Billy Egan, Lafargue was a clear winner by 3 lengths. Congratulations to Longwood Thoroughbreds.
On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau-More Bubbles) was back in the winners circle today (16/10) at Ashburton, NZ for Te Akau Racing and Warren Kennedy. It was great to see “Bolli” back after a throat operation – winning in a fast 1.08.71 for the 1200m. Congratulations to all connections, this win inching him ever closer to the $1m mark in earnings.
Ensign Parker (Merchant Navy-Gibberer) won at Muswellbrook today (2/10) over 1280m for owner/trainer Larry Fairhill. After finishing 2nd last start, Ensign Parker led from the front and held them off to win by a length.
Starboard (Astern-Better Life) won impressively by 4 lengths at Bathurst today (24/9) breaking is maiden. Connections to all connections including Dynamic Syndications and trainers Richard & Will Freedman.
Aditi (Exceed & Excel-Witches) won impressively at Warwick Farm today (20/9) in the $100,000 maiden for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Aditi was 2nd in the Maribynong Plate as a 2yo in the Spring and cruised to a commanding victory today over the 1200m. Purchased by Rosemont Stud at Magic Millions, we look forward to following her progress this Spring.
Kingston Charm (Exosphere-Charming Cali) brought up her second career win today at Wyong (27/8) with a comfortable 1.4 length win for connections.
Quick As A Flash (Pride of Dubai-Lightning Streak) clocked up her 2nd career win today (15/8) winning at Gunnedah over 1400m for trainer Stirling Osland.
Statesmanship (So You Think-Babel) won at Geelong today (11/8) over 1430m for jockey Rhys McLeod and trainer Tony Parker. Statesmanship had been knocking on the door of his first victory after five placings.
Moments In Life (Manhattan Rain-Separee) broke her maiden today (5/8) at Roxby Downs, SA after a couple of close placings this preparation. New trainer Brendon Davis seems to be getting the best out of the young mare.
Dream Weaver (Dawn Approach-Hallucinates) took her career prizemoney to over $100,000 after winning for the sixth time in Darwin today (5/8).
Laughing Buddha (Dissident-Desert Queen) brings up his third win this preparation with a strong win over 1780m at Kalgoorlie today (30/7). Congratulations to trainers and owners Daniel & Ben Pearce.
Scardimalia (Divine Prophet-Sharp Secretary) makes it a trifecta with three back to back wins this preparation over 1200m at Hobart (30/7) for trainer Drew Tyson.
Laughing Buddha (Dissident-Desert Queen) won over the mile today (23/7) at Kalgoorlie bringing up his 2nd win this preparation for Daniel & Ben Pearce.
Run Like Hell (Hellbent-Scarlet Vanhara) certainly lived up to her name by scoring a 4 length victory at Donald today (10/7) for Maddy Raymond and connections. Two starts for two wins – she looks promising!
Golden Samurai (Pride of Dubai-Nazca) showed great tenacity to score his 2nd win in 5 starts in Hong Kong today (9/7). An impressive display and we look forward to following him this prep.
Scardimalia (Divine Prophet-Sharp Secretary) made it back to back wins in Hobart today (9/7) when she won again over 1200m for trainer Drew Tyson.
Kingston Charm (Exosphere-Charming Cali) relished the soft conditions over the mile at Wyong today (4/7) when she broke her maiden for trainer John Thompson and connections.
Scardimalia (Divine Prophet-Sharp Secretary) returned from a spell a winner at Hobart today (25/6) over 1200m on a Soft 7.
Laughing Buddha (Dissident-Desert Queen) cracked his maiden at Kalgoorlie today (11/6) after a run of placings. Trained and owned by Daniel & Ben Pearce, a consistent preparation for the gelding and we look forward to tracking his progress.
Battaglia (So You Think-Valour) relished the heavy going at Bendigo today (3/6), bringing up his 3rd career victory for Brett Scott and connections.
Amalgamation (Dundeel-Blendwell) has appreciated his move to the Sunshine State by breaking his maiden today (10/5) at Ipswich for Marcus Wilson and connections.
Velours Bleu (Nicconi-National Velvet) the half sister to G3 winner The Fortune Teller, carried on the family’s winning form with her second career win at Cairns today (21/3).
Golden Samurai (Pride of Dubai-Nazca) scored his 1st win in Hong Kong today (15/4) to continue Pride of Dubai’s golden run of late.
Lafargue (Capitalist-Feeling Positive) cruised to his 5th career victory today (8/4) at Sandown over 1200m. Ridden by Jye McNeil for Danny O’Brien and connections.
SPIRITED EXPRESS (No Nay Never-Bo Bardi) scored his 2nd win (3/4) since his move to Hong Kong when winning the Class 2 Beas River Handicap over a mile for Ricky Yiu and connections.
THE FORTUNE TELLER gets his Group win (1/4). After a consistent and genuine preparation, The Fortune Teller (Caravaggio-National Velvet) toughed it out in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Royal Randwick on a Heavy 8 track. With a strong ride by Tom Marquand, TFT rallied after being headed by the opposition. After 3 placings in Group races, he fully deserved this win. Congratulations to our co-breeder Peter Raftopolous and our fellow winning connections.
Martini Crusader (Pride of Dubai-Idyllic Mood) returned to form today (17/3) to win in impressive fashion at Goulburn over 1600m. A great ride by Rachel King and training effort by Stephen O’Halloran to get him back and firing. Good luck to Pulse Racing this preparation.
Run Like Hell (Hellbent-Scarlet Vanhara) did as her name suggests to break her maiden on debut today (17/3) at Mt Gambier for trainer Maddie Raymond & connections.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) clocked up his 10th career win today (13/3) at his home track of Grafton winning well. A consistent horse, Swanston has won over $240,000 for connections and trainer Greg Kilner.
Perpetual Grace (Sebring-Midnight Fantasy) broke her maiden today (11/3) for owner/trainer Paul Carey when winning at Edenhope over 1450m.
Lafargue (Capitalist-Feeling Positive) won again at Morphettville today (4/2) over 1250m. The son of Capitalist won by a nostril in a hard fought win taking his career earnings to over $150k.
Effortkat (Reward For Effort-Thekatcamehome) clocked up her 6th career win today (12/1) at Penola over 1100m. After a close second last start, Effortkat turned the tables and won well with Stacey Callow on board. She is a consistent mare for trainer Shayne Cahill.
MISSION PHOENIX (Reset-Oh Susannah) toughs it out to win the Listed January Stakes today (7/1) at Rosehill for Mark Newnham Racing.
Midnight Glow (Sebring-Midnight Fantasy) broke his maiden today (5/1) at Benalla for John Salinitri and Dean Holland. After placing in his previous three starts, the Sebring gelding won well. Congratulations to his owner Eddie Hirsch.
Duke of Buckingham (Street Boss-Gibberer) makes it 3 wins from his past 4 starts after winning at Warwick Farm today (4/1) over the mile.
Quick as a Flash (Pride of Dubai-Lightning Streak) broke her maiden at Tuncurry today (13/12) over 1300m for her trainer Nathan Doyle and owners Hollymount Stud.
Written Advice (Written Tycoon-Deeming) won over 2000m at Wangaratta today (10/12) clocking up her 5th career win for the consistent mare. Congratulations to the Ledger family.
Dream Weaver (Dawn Approach-Hallucinates) won in Darwin today (9/12) over 1300m for trainer Chris Pollard. Dream Weaver seems to like the conditions in Darwin – this is her 5th career win there for connections.
Spirited Express – Need I Say More (No Nay Never-Bo Bardi) broke through for his first victory since moving to Hong Kong earlier this year. Flying home to swamp the field in the United Kingdom Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley tonight (7/12) with Hollie Doyle on board. Great to see him back to his winning ways.
Duke of Buckingham (Street Boss-Gibberer) made it 2 convincing wins a row today (7/12) at Warwick Farm, bringing up his 5th career win for Waratah Thoroughbreds and David Pfeiffer.
The Fortune Teller (Caravaggio-National Velvet) closes out a stellar first preparation with 6 starts, 3 in Group class, finishing with one victory, two seconds (1 Grp 2) and 1 third (1 Grp 3). We could not be more proud of him and look forward to him returning bigger and better in the Autumn.
Mission Phoenix (Reset-Oh Susannah) makes it back to back wins this prep with a victory at Rosehill over 1800m today (26/11/22).
Duke of Buckingham (Street Boss-Gibberer) returned to winning form today (24/11) at Wyong winning comfortably over 1600m for trainer David Pfeiffer.
Mission Phoenix (Reset-Oh Susannah) returned to winning form at Canterbury today (11/11/22) winning for trainer Mark Newnham over 1550m.
Whatarap (Kuroship-Rap Tale) was victorious at Geelong today (5/11/22) winning for trainer Lee Hope and jockey Lee Hope over 1100 metres.
Effortkat (Reward For Effort-Thekatcamehome) is quickly becoming a Port Lincoln specialist taking out her 4th win from 6 starts at the track, winning today (2/11) over 1000m for trainer Shayne Cahill.
Scardimalia (Divine Prophet-Sharp Secretary) won at her third start on Melbourne Cup Day (1/11) in Hobart over 1100m.
Graupel (Star Turn-Lightning Streak) broke her maiden over 1000m at Quirindi today (29/10).
Lafargue (Capitalist-Feeling Positive) scored a dominant victory on Geelong Cup Day (19/10) scoring win number 3. Larfargue was an impressive winner for jockey Ben Melham and trainer Danny O’Brien. We look forward to watching him progress through the grades.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) made it 3 wins in a row today at Lismore (22/9) bringing up his 9th career win and taking his career wins to over $200,000.
Star of Phoenix (Commands-Royal Lineup) clocked up his 8th career win in Macau today (18/9) over 1500m. A consistent performer for his connections this brings his prizemoney wins to over $250,000.
Lafargue (Capitalist-Feeling Positive) was victorious at Morphettville today (10/9) running out an easy winner for jockey Jason Holder and trainer Danny O’Brien. Congratulations to Michael Christian and his Longwood Thoroughbreds team.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) scored back to back wins after winning today at Gold Coast (10/9) for Greg Kilner and connections.
Pres De Toi (Helmet-Nonchalance) tops off an ultra consistent 6 weeks were she has been victorious twice and runner up twice over the 2000m distance. Her most recent win being at Warracknabeal today (27/8) on a Soft 6 track. This takes her career prizemoney to over $400,000.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) had an impressive victory at Doomben today (20/8) over 1600m for jockey Tegan Harrison and trainer Greg Kilner. A consistent son of Smart Missile, we look forward to following his preparation.
The Fortune Teller (Caravaggio-National Velvet) thrilled his breeders (BNP and Peter Raff) and fellow co-owners including Paul Roach and others with his very impressive maiden start win at Swan Hill today (7/8). The Fortune Teller showed his class by dominating the closing stages to win by 3+ lengths. We are excited to watch him progress from here.
Martini Crusader (Pride of Dubai-Idyllic Mood) showed his ownership group from Pulse Racing and new trainer Stephen O’Halloran what he is made of with an impressive victory at Newcastle today (6/8) to win comfortably by 2.5 lengths over the 1400m distance.
Radiant Rosie (Toronado-Rochie Rosie) showed her versatility in NZ today (6/8) handling the Heavy 10 track over 1200m with ease. Bringing up her 4th win for her connections.
Dream Weaver (Dawn Approach-Hallucinates) was victorious again in Darwin today (30/7) bringing up her 4th win in the top end for connections and trainer Chris Pollard.
Pres De Toi (Helmet-Nonchalance) clocked up her 6th career win at Echuca today (29/7) over 2100m. This is the 6th career win and 20th time Pres De Toi has finished in the money. Congratulations to her trainer Peter Chow and jockey Jarrod Fry.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) had a good city win at Doomben today (23/7) relishing the heavy track over 1350m to win for Greg Kilner, connections and jockey Tegan Harrison.
Radiant Rosie (Toronado-Rochie Rosie) clicked up her 3rd win impressively at Riccarton today (25/6) over 1000m. Congratulations to her connections.
Dream Weaver (Dawn Approach-Hallucinates) won over 1200m at Darwin today (18/6) to bring up her third win for trainer Chris Pollard and connections.
So You Dream (So You Think-Dreamalittledream) clocked up his 11th career victory in Townsville today (16/6) over 1400m for trainer Andrew Cameron.
LOMBARDO WINS THE G1 GOODWOOD SPRINT
Lombardo (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) bred and co-owned by Burnewang North, blew away his rivals today (21/5) in the time honored G1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville. Unbeaten in Adelaide, Lombardo drew wide but got across and led from start to finish for an impressive 1.5 length victory. Ridden superbly by Zac Spain and trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr, it was a great thrill for all connections.
Dream Weaver (Dawn Approach-Hallucinates) won at Darwin over 1200m today (21/5) for trainer Chris Pollard and connections, hope they were on her at $34!
Battaglia (So You Think-Valour) won over 1400m at Pakenham today (12/5) for Brett Scott and connections. This is the So You Think geldings 2nd career win in which he fought off a fast finishing opponent to hold on to the line.
Radiant Rosie (Toronado-Rochie Rosie) won over 1200m at Riverton NZ today (18/4) to chalk up her 2nd career win.
LOMBARDO (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) took out the Manihi Classic (Listed, 1100m) at Morphettville today (2/4). A winner of the Village Stakes (Listed, 1200m) Cat Caulfield in October, the Burnewang North bred give-year-old gelding added a second stakes race to his record when he defeated Rock The Ring by a length and a quarter, while Shamino was a further half a length away in third. Well placed by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr and ridden beautifully by Zac Spain. Congratulations to our fellow connections.
How Do You Sleep (Sebring-Vintage Rock) clocked up his first career win today (30/3) in Canberra. Racing for new connections, How Do You Sleep relished the good ground in Canberra and with a great ride by Brodie Loy crossed the line for a decisive win. Well done to trainer Garry Kirkup.
Written Advice (Written Tycoon-Deeming) relished the step up in distance today (25/3) to take out the Adrian Ledger Memorial Cup at Albury over 2400m. Very fitting that the Ledger family trained and co-owned Written Advice to honor their son and brother Adrian. This is her fourth win and takes her winnings to over $110,000 for connections.
Lafargue (Capitalist-Feeling Positive) bolts in by 6 lengths at Echuca today (13/3) for Damien Lane and Danny O’Brien. The son of Capitalist has broken his maiden and looks to have a bright future. Congratulations to all connections including Michael Christian.
Bella Royale (Written Tycoon-Royal Lineup) makes it back to back wins at Ipswich today (9/2) for trainer Brenton Andrew and jockey Billie-Rose Andrew. Congratulations to connections.
Effortkat (Reward for Effort-Thekatcamehome) is making winning a habit at her home track of Port Lincoln. Clocking up her 3rd win from 5 starts there this preparation, Effortkat won convincingly today (21/1). Congratulations to connections.
Bella Royale (Written Tycoon-Royal Lineup) won nicely today (19/1) at Ispwich for her new connections and trainer Brenton Andrew. The change in climate agrees with her and the good ground over 1200m was a good combination.
Duke of Buckingham (Street Boss-Gibberer) clocked up his 3rd career with for trainer Matthew Dunn at Ballina today (14/1) over 1400m with Nash Rawiller on board.
Renegade (Commands-Port Isabel) wins the Inverell Cup on New Years Day. Renegade relished the soft conditions at Inverell over 1400m with a heavy weight of 61.5kgs to blow away his rivals. Congratulations to all connections.
ON THE BUBBLES (Brazen Beau-More Bubbles) does it again! After missing the Spring due to an entrapped epiglottis, On The Bubbles returned to the winners stall to win the Listed Shaw’s Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes over 1400m at Ellerslie today (26/12). He heads to the Karaka Million 3yo Classic as a clear favourite.
Swanston (Smart Missile-Deeming) relished the soft conditions at Grafton today (28/11) to win his 5th career start for Greg Kilner and connections.
Bolden Beau (Brazen Beau-Limoncelli) brought up his 4th career win at Ararat today (7/11). Leading all the way with a great ride by Jason Maskiell, Bolden Beau saluted at $31/1.
Battaglia (So You Think-Valour) broke his maiden today (7/11) at Benalla over 1412m. This handsome son of So You Think has had several career placings but broke through today for his trainer Brett Scott from Mornington. Persistence pays off!
Dream Eclipse (Dream Ahead-Swinging Babe) a 4yo gelding by Dream Ahead had his second career win on a Heavy track at Goulburn today (6/11). A brother to our boy Lombardo, it was good to see him back in the winners circle.
Royal Nicci (Nicconi-More Than Royal) was a first start winner at the Sunshine Coast tonight (5/11). The connections purchased her as a weanling in 2019 and have been patient with her this has paid off handsomely with a maiden win. Congratulations to trainer Chris Anderson.
Effortkat (Reward For Effort-Thekatcamehome) clocked up back to back wins at Port Lincoln today (3/11) over 1000m. Seems this daughter of Reward For Effort likes the softer ground over the sprint distances. Congratulations to connections.
Renegade (Commands-Port Isabel) returned to form on Saturday (23/10) to bring up a Burnewang North bred double on Cox Day at Morphettville. A dominant performance to bring up his 7th career win for Tony & Calvin McEvoy. Congratulations to all connections.
Iowa Hawkeye (Lope de Vega-Albaicin) clocked up his 3rd career win today (23/10) at Morphettville. Iowa relished the conditions and was well suited to the 1550m – well done to new training combination G & N Searle & B Callanan.
Effortkat (Reward For Effort-Thekatcamehome) won today at Port Lincoln over 100m for Shayne Cahill and connections.
Written Advice (Written Tycoon-Deeming) won today (10/10) at Donald for John Ledger Racing. This is her 4th career win for her connections, the second of this preparation. Congratulations to all.
LOMBARDO (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) claimed his first Black Type victory at Caulfield today (9/10) when winning the Listed MRC Neds Village Stakes (1200m). After two dominant victories, before today Lombardo bought up his threepeat in great style holding off Godolphin sprinter Pandemic to salute. A great thrill for all involved as Lombardo was out with a suspensory for 12 months and rehabilitated at Burnewang North and has come back stronger than ever. Fantastic result for Mick Price Racing and all our fellow connections.
Our Sustar (Zoustar-Oh Susannah) clocked up her 3rd career win at Darwin today (2/10) over 1200m for trainer Chris Nash.
Lombardo (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) was a super impressive winner at Moonee Valley tonight (24/9). Running in the BM84, Lombardo was a dominant four length winner running well above average (100.5 rating). A very impressive win and we congratulate Alanna Kelly on a great ride, Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr and our fellow owners. We look forward to seeing what Lombardo can do next this preparation.
More Than Buttons (Nicconi-More Than Royal) wins at Lismore today (23/9) over 1210m for jockey B Stower and Trainer D Schmidt. After finishing 2nd and 3rd in her last two starts, the filly has broken through for her maiden win. Congratulations to all connections.
Bolden Beau (Brazen Beau-Limoncelli) won today and Written Advice (Written Tycoon-Deeming) completed a Burnewang North bred quinella at Tatura today (18/9). In his first start this preparation, Bolden Beau clocked up his third career win for trainers Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin.
Lombardo (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) returned to his favourite track at Morphettville today (11/9) and showed us his true self with a dominant win over his rivals over 1200m. Ridden beautifully by Kayla Crowther, Lombardo led from the front and destroyed his opposition. We are hoping that Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr have him back in form and he progresses on this preparation.
Velours Bleu (Nicconi-National Velvet) scored her maiden victory at her second start with a 1.5 length win at Echuca today (11/9). Ridden like the best horse in the race by Zac Spain and she duly saluted. Congratulations to her owners including friends James Bester, Graeme Hall & Eric Lucas.
Reset’s Mission Phoenix Toughs It Out in January Stakes
The in-form Reset gelding Mission Phoenix made every post a winner in Saturday’s Listed January Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Bred by the Cathy Hains-run Burnewang North Pastoral, this is a pedigree over forty years in the making. Mission Phoenix is a third-generation descendant of the Seattle Slew mare Mysticaro (USA), a half-sister to David Hains’ 1991 English Two Thousand Guineas winner Mystiko.
Ridden by Tyler Schiller for Mark Newnham, Mission Phoenix held the fast-finishing Aleas (GB) (Archipenko) by a short-neck with a neck further back to Bonny Ezra (Road to Rock) in third.
“He has been a model of consistency all preparation, and Tyler has a good association with him,” stable representative Aaron Lau said.
“He makes his own luck and is tough. He had to do a bit of work early. Tyler rated him perfectly, and it is a good win for the owners who had to wait a bit as he had a few injury issues early on, but they are reaping the rewards now.”
A $62,500 purchase for Randwick Bloodstock Agency Pty Ltd (FBAA) at the 2017 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, Mission Phoenix was consigned by Millford Thoroughbreds to the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, where he was hammered down to P L Bloodstock for $65,000.
He is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the Fastnet Rock mare Oh Susannah, a daughter of Listed Frank Underwood Cup winner Lake Susannah (Filante).
Oh Susannah has her first foal in four seasons in October, a colt by Inference. She was not covered last spring.
It’s fitting that the only stakes race run in Australia on Saturday should be won by a descendent of the late Sir Patrick Hogan’s breed shaper Sir Tristram.
Mission Phoenix is the 37th stakes-winner for the former Darley stallion Reset, an unbeaten son of Zabeel.
Kingston Park luck provides Hains with Group 1 victory – TDN by Kristen Manning 22/5/22
Burnewang North Pastoral’s Cathy Hains didn’t watch Saturday’s G1 The Goodwood from home, instead she ventured to the Mornington Peninsula to cheer on the horse she bred – then sold – then bought back into… the big and talented Lombardo (I Am Invincible).
For there is considerable Mornington Peninsula history to the Hains’ story, Cathy’s father – the renowned businessman David Hains – breeding many a top-class galloper from the family’s Kingston Park base.
And so Cathy was, she laughed, “Channelling some of that Kingston Park luck!”
It did the trick too, Lombardo finding the lead from barrier 18 and travelling so sweetly in the lead for Zac Spain, giving a nice kick in the run home and holding off all challengers to win by an impressive 1.5l.
In doing so, the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained 5-year-old recorded the eighth success of his 16-start career, one that has seen him amass over $715,000 in stakes.
What a horse he has been for his happy connections, led by Cathy Hains who was taken by Lombardo from his very early days.
Making his way into the world on August 19, 2016, Lombardo was always, Hains reported, “A really imposing horse.
“He was a gorgeous young horse. Big but well-balanced, strong and masculine; he really took the eye.”
With Burnewang North Pastoral’s policy always to sell, Lombardo made his way to the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale where Mick Price and Aquis Farm secured him with their top bid of $300,000.
“A good result for us,” Hains recalled.
Always keeping a close eye on her Rochester-based farm’s graduates, Hains enjoyed watching Lombardo display early potential – the bay showing a terrific turn off foot claiming a Bendigo maiden at his debut in February 2020.
He was still a big baby at that stage, however, and after few more runs (including the first of his five Morphettville successes) the stable advised connections that it would be best for the young horse to be gelded.
Whilst he was displaying potential, racing geldings was not part of the Aquis business model and the opportunity arose for Cathy Hains to buy back in.
And so he made his way back to Burnewang North where he was well looked after during a five month break, one which saw him mature and strengthen.
Since then it has been a great ride for Hains and her fellow owners and part of her enjoyment stems from the links with history and the important people in her life that Lombardo provides.
“His dam Swinging Babe was one of the very first mares we bought and she became a real farm favourite,” Hains said, keen to pay homage to her friend and agent who knew just which mares to recommend, the late Steve Brem.
“Several of our foundation mares were owned in partnership with our good friend Eric Lucas,” Hains said. “And Swinging Babe (who was retired three years ago) was one of those. And Lucas is now a part owner of Lombardo as well.”
It is a real family feel to Burnewang North with the farm’s business manager Tanya Edwards becoming as attached to the stud’s horses as anyone.
“She just loves Lombardo and goes to all of his starts,” Hains said. “She is a South Australian girl so she was at Morphettville on Saturday with her family and she just went berserk!”
Also gaining great satisfaction from the Group 1 result was David Hains. No longer breeding horses himself, he does however take pride from his daughter’s achievements and she is thrilled to share them with him.
LOMBARDO STRIKES GOLD IN THE GOODWOOD – SA Racing 21/5/2022
Lombardo capped off an unforgettable Adelaide Racing Carnival for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, as the 3YO gelding claimed The Goodwood in dominant fashion at Morphettville on Saturday.
Despite drawing wide in barrier 18, Lombardo left the gates perfectly and showed strong early speed to cross fellow frontrunners Bella Nipotina and defending champion Savatoxl. Halvorsen and The Astrologist made up the minor placings in the $502,250 feature.
The Price/Kent stable, who seven days earlier won the SA Derby with Jungle Magnate, finished the carnival in style, as jockey Zac Spain claimed his second Group 1 triumph, following the 2021 CF Orr Stakes.
Spain, who spent a significant portion of his career in Adelaide, was aboard Lombardo when the horse broke it’s maiden.
“He (Lombardo) just loves Adelaide,” Spain said.
“He thrives when he’s here. Mick and Michael do such a great job to have their horses on big days spot on.
“It’s really shown in the last few months.”
The Price/Kent stable have been the story of the Adelaide Racing Carnival, claiming two of the four Group 1s, as well as unearthing another potential star in Illation.
But today, it was all about Lombardo.
“The horse deserves his chance. He was booming (today), ready to go.” Mick Price said post-race.
“He’s a big free striding son of I Am Invincible and he’s a lovely horse to race.
“Zac is a worker. He’s a humble guy and he does his best. I was very glad he got to maintain his association with the horse.”
Two of the main support races on the card also went to the Price/Kent stable, as The Amazonian salutes in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic, while Maximillius scored in the Group 3 David Coles Stakes.
LOMBARDO HAS WOOD ON RIVALS – Herald Sun 22/5/2022 – Tom Biddington
Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr put an exclamation mark on a brilliant Adelaide carnival as South Australian specialist Lombardo ran his rivals off their feet in the Group 1 Goodwood.
The stable doesn’t know what it is about a trip across the border that turns a good sprinter into an unbeatable one, but Lombardo now boasts five wins from five starts in Adelaide and has scaled heights connections could only dream of.
It was a dominant display from the five-year-old, with Zac Spain spearing him straight to the front from battier 18 and that’s where he stayed, finding an extra gear when the challengers loomed to salute by 1 1/2 lengths at $18. Halvorsen ($26) was second, with The Astrologist ($11) third, while Lombardo’s stablemate and $4.40 favourite Extreme Warrior dropped out to finish 18th.
Pre-race, Price felt Lombardo was absolutely primed for the contest and so it proved, the gelding producing a career-best performance to capture the iconic South Australian sprint.
“No (I didn’t think I could win a Group 1 with him), but he deserved his chance. When your rating goes up you’ve got to keep climbing the ladder.” Price said.
“I don’t know (what it is about Adelaide), he just might be adrenalised by a trip away”.
“I had to saddle him up and it was like saddling up a big bear. He was just booming and ready to go. I said to Zac, ‘don’t be worried about what goes on in this race, back yourself, back your horse and ride your own race. I don’t want to talk to you about tactics, just ride your own horse’.”
It was a second Group 1 victory for Spain after snaring the Orr Stakes on Streets of Avalon last year, and it carries some extra meaning, given he spent the formative years of his career in South Australia.
“I just hope I’ve done everyone proud”. Spain said.
“Mum and Dad will be watching it at home and I’m sure there will be a few tears shed. I’m just absolutely rapt. (Lombardo) just loves Adelaide, that’s all there is to it. He just thrives when he’s here. It just shows how good Mick and Michael are as trainers”.
It caps off an incredible carnival for Price and Kent Jnr, who have won an astonishing seven of the 20 stakes races on offer over the four week, and two of the four Group 1s, after Jungle Magnate took out the South Australian Derby last week.
“We bring the right horses….but the fundamentals still have to be right.
GROUP 1 GOODWOOD FOR HOMEBRED LOMBARDO
LOMBARDO (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) bred and co-owned by Burnewang North, blew away his rivals today (21/5) in the time honored G1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville. Unbeaten in Adelaide, Lombardo drew wide but got across and led from start to finish for an impressive 1.5 length victory. Ridden superbly by Zac Spain and trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr, it was a great thrill for all connections.
SECOND STAKES WIN FOR HOMEBRED LOMBARDO
Farm favourite LOMBARDO (I Am Invincible-Swinging Babe) took out the Manihi Classic (Listed, 1100m) at Morphettville today (2/4). A winner of the Village Stakes (Listed, 1200m) Cat Caulfield in October, the Burnewang North bred give-year-old gelding added a second stakes race to his record when he defeated Rock The Ring by a length and a quarter, while Shamino was a further half a length away in third. Well placed by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr and ridden beautifully by Zac Spain. Congratulations to our fellow connections.
2 April 2022
ALL ABOUT THE BUBBLES – NZB 29 December 2021
All About the Bubbles
29 December 2021
The clear headline act on the order of entry for the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) is On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau), whose bold performance at Ellerslie on Boxing Day showed that he was right on track.
Purchased for $90,000 by David Ellis from the Leanach Lodge draft in Book 1 of Karaka 2020, On The Bubbles played a starring role last season with his victories in the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and the Group One Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
The Brazen Beau gelding missed the spring due to an entrapped epiglottis, and he was a beaten favourite when he resumed with a second placing at Te Rapa earlier this month. But it was a different story back at Ellerslie as he fought off the challenge of the previously undefeated Pareanui Bay (NZ) (Lonhro) to win the $80,000 Listed Shaw’s Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m).
Trainer Jamie Richards will now give him the opportunity to add the Karaka Million 3YO Classic to his two-year-old triumph last season, joining stablemate Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) as the only horse in history to complete that double. The TAB have now made him a $2.80 favourite.
“On that run, you’d think he would be hard to beat in the Karaka Million,” Ellis said. “I’m so happy for all the owners, including our children, who have shares in the horse. It’s a great thrill and such an excitable ownership group.
“It’s been publicly documented that he had some breathing issues and underwent an operation, but Opie (Bosson, jockey) said to me afterwards that he breathed really well today. He’s comfortable here and loves the course.”
New Year’s Day could bring some movement on the Karaka Million 3YO Classic order of entry, with the Group Two Skycity Auckland Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie set to feature a number of bright prospects.
View the Karaka Million 3YO Classic Order of Entry here.
ON THE BUBBLES TAKES OUT CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED 2YO AT TBV AWARDS
Burnewang North bred ON THE BUBBLES (Brazen Beau-More Bubbles) won the Champion Victorian Bred 2YO title at the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria awards held on 8 December 2021.
On The Bubbles secured the win having taken out the Karaka Millions 2YO and the G1 Sires Produce Stakes.
The trophy was presented to Tanya Edwards and Emma Todd by James Price of Inglis.
9th December 2021
JASMINE & TRANSACT TAKE ON ROCHESTER
A great result on the weekend for our staff member Jasmine O’Donoghue who with her Off The Tracker, TRANSACT (Dundeel-Rap Tale) won their first led class at the Rochester Show.
13 November 2021