Splitter Slays em!

Splitter atoned for her unlucky run of seconds with a commanding win today in the Jewel of the Coast Raceday Fillies & Mares Maiden Plate at the Gold Coast over 1200m.

With Jim Byrne back in the saddle, Splitter settled behind the speed in the box seat, camped on the leaders back and just waiting for the field to fan entering the straight. When they fanned in the straight Jim shot her through on the inside of the leading pack and once balanced up she lengthened and rran away from them over the last 100m to win easing up by over 3 lengths.

A win that was a long time coming, but worth the wait, especially after the disappointment of Magic Millions Day.

We knew Splitter was fit and ready to win, and she showed us that there is still plenty more to come from the daughter of Foxwedge.

The win also signified our first win in partnership with Tony Gollan.

Splitter will continue to race through the Summer period, and hopefully now she can string more wins together.

Soul Star kicks off our 2018 in style!

Soul Star impressively won her maiden today at Yarra Valley in the Yarra Valley Party Hire F&Ms Maiden over 1009m.

Soul Star had to wait until raceday to secure a run as the 4th emergency, and by winning she made sure moving forward, that getting a run would no longer be an issue.

Ridden by Linda Meech, she was allowed to settle into her rhythm midfield, and sit off what was a good solid pace. Linda revved her up from the 600m mark, and she started to slowly pick up ground around the field 3 wide, entering the straight she got to the middle of the track outside the leading bunch, and unleashed a strong sprint to the line to reel in the leaders and win running away in the very good time of 57.93 secs, faster the Class 1 race later in the day.

She is a filly that has had a few setbacks over the past year, but after trialling well over 4 weeks ago, she showed us the potential we always knew she had.

She is out of the More than Ready mare Brave Soul, who is a half sister to stakes winning mare Solar Charged the dam of last Saturday's Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Sunlight.

Soul Star herself by leading sire Hinchinbrook, so she has a wonderful pedigree behind her.

We can now progress on with her, and she if she can measure up to midweek class at her next start, and hopefully she can take us further into the Autumn Carnival.

Savvy finish to 2017!

Savvy Shields made it 2 wins from 3 starts with a dominant win at Stony Creek on Saturday in the Polvin Fencing Systems F&M BM64 Handicap over 1100m.

That makes it 2 wins from 2 first up runs for Savvy.

She was a little slow to begin, but she kicked up underneath her rivals to lead the field down the back. Jye McNeil allowed her some more rein approaching the turn, and she skipped away from the field, and held them comfortably once she opened up and lengthened in the last 100m to win by 2 lengths.

A soft kill, but a dominant win.

A filly that will keeping developing as she gains more race experience, and she will try and get another BM64 kill before she tackles city grade.

A nice way to end 2017, which has been our most successful year to date, with 11 wins, 10 seconds and 3 thirds from our 39 starts, a 28% winning strike rate, and a 61% place strike rate, and a Group 1 placing.

Can't wait for 2018!

SO CLOSE!!

How close can you come to winning a Group 1 race at your first attempt?

Mr Sneaky showed his tenacious ability yesterday at Caulfield in the $500K Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m, running second whilst just getting run over in the shadows of the post!

In his first attempt at Group 1 level, Mr Sneaky was flushed out on the point of the turn, hitting the lead at the top of the straight, and having to withstand all the challenges down the entire 350m of the Caulfield straight. It did look like he could hold them off, until the effort took it's toll in the last 50m , and he was run over by his stablemate Santa Ana Lane.

What a tremendous effort it was for Mr Sneaky, in a race that was run in a time only 1 sec outside the track record.

Mr Sneaky basically had to do it at both ends of the race, he sat 4th on the very fast early pace, and still had the strength to kick away from the pack and hold off all bar one of them, leaving behind him were Group 1 performers It's Somewhat, Lucky Hussler, Scales of Juctice and Tosen Stardom.

It was a brilliant training performance by Anthony Freedman and his team, quinellaring the Group 1 with his 2 runners, unfortunately the winner was not Mr Sneaky this time!

SNEAKY SMASHES EM

Mr Sneaky announced his arrival at the 2017 Spring Carnival with an impressive win in the Hocking Stuart Plate over 1200m at Caulfield yesterday!

After his Autumn mishap at Scone, he was spelled immediately with the Spring riches in his sights. He thrived during his break, and on his return, a path was set to the achieve Group status during the Spring.

He kicked off in a very strong BM78, with view to building up his rating before the big Group 1 races come around in October.

He was well handled by his new jockey Mark Zahra, who just allowed him to find his feet in the early running, he snuck up along the rails down the side, just allowing him to be put in a good position to pounce once they turned into the straight. As the field turned for home, and the favourite TheAnswerMyFriend sprinted to the lead, he snuck up behind him, and between the 200m and 100m point ranged up and strode easily past him to give him an soft 2.5 length win on the line, a real smashing!

He ran the quickest 1200m on the day, and showed that he is a horse with huge upside coming into the Spring, and plans were quickly put in place to head towards the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes on 1 October.

Anthony Freedman and his team prepared Mr Sneaky very well, he has more improvement to come, and he put everyone on notice that he is a serious horse!

SAVVY SHINES ON DEBUT

Savvy Shields our striking 3yo daughter of All American out of the Savabeel mare Miss Savabeel won on debut today at Pakenham in the Racing.com open fillies and mares maiden plate over 1200m.

Savvy was in control of the race from the start jumping well, putting herself into the leading bunch, and then taking a beautiful in transit sit behind the leader. Approaching the sweeping turn at Pakenham, Savvy was striding out nicely to the leader with plenty in hand. She swiftly went past the leader and withstood the challenege of the favourite all the way up the uphill straight, and defied them all by a length in good time.

Her time was 3 lengths quicker than the BM58 race on the same day, good signs for a filly having her first outing and with an exciting Spring ahead.

Daniel Moor rode her a perfectly, and rated her so she could hit the line strongly at her first attempt over 1200m

Lee Freedman gave her a good sounding out 2 weeks ago in her trial at Flemington, which gave us confidence that she had the tactical speed to race handy on her debut.

A great team effort all round, and a fantastic turnout of owners which made the win all the more memorable for everyone.

KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!

COLUMBIA SHINES

Columbia won the Woodbine Salutes Gwen & Bill Steinmeyer Maiden Handicap over 1200m at Warracknabeal today in impressive fashion, and got the 2017/2018 Racing Season off to a flying start for the Dream Team!

Columbia now a 3yo gelding by Denman out of the Flying Spur mare Mulu Miss was purchase from the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.

He raced 3 times as a 2yo colt, without winning, and was gelded during the 2yo Autumn to prepare for a Spring campaign.

He was brought along slowly by Ciaron Maher, and after 2 promising trials, winning his recent trial, he was sent out for a soft kill at Warracknabeal.

From the start Linda Meech settled Columbia near last, and watched as the race unfolded in front of her, on a tight circuit, Linda decided to wait patiently on the fence at the back of the field and wait for the gaps to open in front of her. At the 400m mark, it looked a little like she would be held up behind horses, but as they straightened up and fanned, the run up the inside presented, and Columbia quickly accerelated and put the race beyond doubt and ran away of the last 100m to win convincingly.

It ended up a peach from Meech!

Columbia now has more options available to him in the early part of the Spring, before it really starts to heat up!

RUBY SEA SHOWS HER POTENTIAL

Ruby Sea won again today at Sandown in the Chandler Macleod BM64 Handicap for 3yo fillies over 1600m, in exciting style.

She is a filly with enormous potential and showed today that she has the scope to go onto bigger and better things.

Ruby Sea was slow to begin and lobbed out last in the big field, and with the solid pace on throughout. Luke Nolen didn't panic after the slow beginning, and allowed her to just find her feet, and get into a nice rhythm , even though she was giving the leader 15 lengths down the back straight. Ruby Sea slowly edged her way closer, and as they turned into the long Sandown straight, Luke edge his way to the outside of the group, and allowed her to make her surge towards the leaders. She lengthened so quickly between the 400m and 200m point, that she had made up 10-12 lengths, hit the lead and had the race in her keeping winning by 2.25 lengths, running home 34.80 secs for her last 600m.

Ciaron Maher quickly made the decision to set her for the 3yo fillies Rivette Series Final on Saturday 8 July over 1600m.

She is a filly that will relish the big open spaces at Flemington, and we are very excited to see how she will measure up to Saturday city grade!

RUBY SEA SAILS TO VICTORY

Ruby Sea broke her maiden status at Cranbourne on Friday night in strong fashion.

At only her 3rd ever race start, Ruby Sea was a strongly fancied favourite, and delivered a strong performance to win the Highview Accounting 3yo Fillies Maiden Handicap over 1400m ridden by Linda Meech

Ruby Sea jumped out well, and Linda Meech allow her to settle back of midfield with cover in the 3 wide line. The pace was good, and around the 500m point Linda asked her to make up ground out wide to be challenging the leaders around the turn. As the leader kicked for home, Ruby Sea was the only challenger, and she spritned hard at the 100m to take over the lead and win strongly going away on the line.

The win was celebrated hard by a big bunch of owners on track, and watching around Australia, and signified the first win for our racing partnership with Ciaron Maher.

Ruby Sea looks to be a filly with plenty of promise going forward and the Rivette Series for 3yo fillies will be her target during the winter.

Sneaky wins No Fuss

Mr Sneaky put together back to back wins in the No Fuss Event Hire Bm78 at Caulfield on Saturday.

Sneaky was the only 3yo in the race, and he was given a great ride by Dwayne Dunn.

Plan was too try and get to the outside of the field, but it was obvious from the half way mark that Dwyane was not having any luck, getting him to the outside, so he went to Plan B, and snuck up along the rails underneath the field, as they peeled wide for home at the top of the straight, the split came, and he was within striking distance. Sneaky quickly accelerated and it was in his keeping 100m out from home and really never looked like losing once he found the gap through the field at the top of the straight.

He was 8 weeks between runs, so he was out of tickets on the line, but it was the perfect lead up run to his grand final in 2 weeks time, the $400K Scone Guineas opver 1400m for 3yos restricted to horses entered into the Inglis Race Series.

Sneaky has been handled so well by the Freedman stable, quietly stepping him up to challenges within his reach, and is really starting to put it all together now.

It will be an exciting rode trip up to Scone in 2 weeks time, and Sneaky has his chance to really put his name up in lights!

Living the Dream!

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