We would like to thank all our owners, their families and some new clients who came along to enjoy our annual Open Day where we showcased our Yearlings (now 2 years old).

Thankfully the weather was very kind to us and we were delighted to have over 100 people at our Mornington stables to view the future “Stars of the stable” that we purchased at the sales this year, along with a couple of other potential rising stars.  It was great to see so many new faces along with some long-time clients and friends who have been with us for many years.

Please find below a link to a video presentation of our open day, with a very big thank you to Shona Dreschler for the filming, and putting this together for us.

We have had a long and successful association with John Sweeney and partners, including with Dame Claire who won the Listed Ansett Classic and the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes.  We purchased Dame Claire’s first foal (by Makfi) at the Karaka sales this year, and John was quick to snap him up.  The Makfi/Dame Claire gelding has grown into a very impressive young horse and he along with Kaypeaizs (Strategic/Rosebrook) will be the Sweeney 2 year old team for 2016.  3 year old Helenus filly Hellava Babe is also part-owned by John and partners, and we are looking forward to her return to racing in a couple of months.

The chestnut Street Boss gelding (Street Boss/Salonika) has completed his first educational preparation and is now gone to the paddock for a well earned break over the spring, making the most of the sunshine and the lush green grass.  He has developed into a strong, athletic type and we look forward to his return to the stable around mid December.

The Pierro filly looked stunning and paraded beautifully and she too has just completed her educational preparation.  She is developing into a lovely type “in the Lonhro mould” and with her breeding she will have great residual value at the end of her racing days.  We have entered her for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, and she is eligible for the Inglis race series.  We have still have a limited opportunity for you to join us in racing her, so if you are interested please give either of us a call. (Pat or Cheryl) see below

Our Smart Missile filly has just come back in to work for her second educational/Pre Training preparation and all going well we plan to take her through to trial stage. As Pat mentioned the Smart Missiles have really started to fire and command a presence, with Exocet an eye-catching winner at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago.  This filly is quite  forward in her education and development and Pat is of the opinion that she may race as a 2 year old.  We have her entered in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper just in case, she is in the Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes, and she too is eligible for the Inglis race series.  She is almost fully sold, so if you would like to join us to race her please give either of us a call. (Pat or Cheryl) see below

Our first sales purchase for the year was at the Sydney Classic sales, the Hinchinbrook/Stratance filly who is now named Tuskar Brook.  She is owned by Colin Sullivan and partners – some of whom we have had an association with for many years and it was great to see such an enthusiastic band of owners ready to share the fun of racing this lovely filly.

The next horse to parade was our sale-topper from Melbourne Premier Sales, the Fastnet Rock/Hidden Energy filly purchased for very lovely lady “Mrs Harris”. This beautiful filly has just come back into work for her second preparation, and we are very much looking forward to the continuing development of this magnificent looking equine specimen over the next couple of months.

Clanbrooke Racing and Sharing Winners are also long-time and valued clients and we have shared some very exciting times with them over the years including Pat’s first Group 1 win with Arapaho Miss. Dean Humphries brought along his teams his team of keen owners, and we paraded Irish Rose, Toorak Cowboy and Purrpussful for them.  Dean and Chris also made a special presentation to “Donna” who strapped Kareeming throughout his career, and is now his proud owner in retirement.

Three year olds Oblivious and Baykool were the final horses to parade.  Oblivious has just joined the stable and it was a great way to meet some of his owners and also have them see how well he has settled in.  Baykool is a bit special as he is a second-generation Epsom Lodge horse (being out of Our Serena who we trained) by High Chaparral.Our Serena ran second in a Sandown Cup and several other quality races.

Special thanks must go to our staff and suppliers who made the Open Day possible, including Mark from Carbine Cafe, Ian from Espresso 2U,. Amanda, Amy helping with food service, also Deryn from Strides Ahead (Equine Physio Therapist) our official greeter.  She is a very versatile lady – as expert at name tags as she is in giving therapeutic massage/physio to our horses.  A special thank you to our staff who presented the horses beautifully also Barry, Adam, Charmaine, Donna, Johnny, Tony, and a special thanks to our apprentice Jack Martin who rode his first city winner last Friday night and also to Shaun, Marianne and Mandy. 

Finally, big thank to our friend and MC “Brent Crawford” who worked so well with Pat to keep us informed as the horses paraded.  Not bad for someone who had celebrated a significant birthday the night before!!!!

Pat and Brent Crawford

A big thank you to all those who came along and also to those who took the time to pass on their feedback. We are delighted with how the day ran and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Open Day.


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