01 January–HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TIM AND ALL THE STAFF AT LIMITLESS LODGE!!
Another good weekend for Chris Waller and his team was also good for Limitless Lodge. Altered Boy was able to win the main sprint race of the day over 1400m. Altered Boy was broken in and is always spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Bellagio Wynn was able to win the main staying race of the day, The Christmas Cup 2400m. Bellagio Wynn was pre-trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
Limitless Lodge also had a good day at the races on Wednesday producing 3 winners and 1 quinella. Divya (Bart Cummings) and Gopana (M,W and J Hawkes) for Wynyarra Pastoral Co at Kia Ora Stud were both broken in and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Sherzando for trainer Jason Coyle was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
2nd December - LAKES AND CRATERS 3 DAY EVENT
The final 3 day event of the season is held in the western district of Victoria on a beautiful property with a very relaxed atmosphere. Barry Roycroft and his team produced a rider friendly qualifying event that was well supported by riders from all over Australia
Tim only had the one ride, which was GV Billy Elliot in the CCI***. Billy was leading after dressage, had several time penalties on the cross country and clear showjumping to finish 2nd to Emily Anker and Keninski by 1 point. The ground on cross country had become very wet and holding due to torrential rain on the night before cross country. This was combined with a very hilly course and very hot weather. It was very energy sapping and many horses failed to finish. Emily Anker was on a very experienced horse who has done many CCI**** events. Tim is proud of Billy and happy to be qualified for CCI**** now, which will take the pressure off for next year. Billy is now having a well deserved spell of 6 weeks.
This event will be most remembered as the event where Wayne Roycroft resigned as National coach and co-ordinator. In a rider revolt (by a meeting of 5 riders at Equitana) Wayne was placed in a very awkward situation and felt that he had no option but to retire. This is a disaster for Australian eventing so close to the London Olympics 2012. Who could possibly replace Wayne and the job he has done for Australia? There are no immediate candidates that spring to mind that would be able to do the job that Wayne has done. It will be interesting to see what happens now and let us hope that the riders can help decide the future-and not just the 5 riders that brought about the downfall of Wayne.
2nd December - TIM IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF SYDNEY EVENTING
Tim has accepted the position as president of the new and progressive committee at Sydney Eventing that runs 4 one day events a year. This position was previously held by Sue Gunn who has done an absolutely magnificent job. For 10 years Sue has worked tirelessly to provide rider friendly high class events and what is a truly fantastic venue-the legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Tim and his committee are going to try and form a closer working relationship with the 3 day event committee to bring about an improved cross country at all the events held at Horsley Park. To this end, Ewan Kellet will be the course designer for a 2 year period and we will work together to build better courses. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th of January at Hornsby RSL Club 7pm.
29th November - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Another big weekend of winners produced by Limitless Lodge including Purrpurlena (Grahame Begg), Equable (Gerald Ryan), Sikka (Chris Waller), Captain Sweet (John Moore-HK) and Fair Navigator (Tony Millard-HK).
Sikka was particularly impressive at his first start after a spell. During his spell at Limitless Lodge he was gelded and has returned to work a much more focused horse. He was also pre-trained at Limitless Lodge and looks as though he has many wins to come this campaign.
Captain Sweet has now got the very good record of 5 starts for 4 wins and a second. Captain Sweet is a gelding by Fastnet Rock that was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and sold as a griffin in the draft in March 2010. This horse has a wonderful temperament and is well suited to Hong Kong. He carried 60kgs in Class 3 and looks destined to at least be a Class 1 horse if not a Group 1 horse. Captain Sweet was broken in, spelled, pre-trained and prepared for sale by Tim and his team at Limitless Lodge.
22nd November - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
With a very busy end to the eventing season we have not kept you fully informed with all the winners that have flown from Limitless Lodge of recent times. Horses broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge have had a wonderful spring carnival. Some of the highlights include Maluckyday winning the Lexus Stakes to qualify for the Melbourne Cup 4 days later where he would eventually run 2nd. Maluckyday for training team M,W and J Hawkes is always pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Press Day was able to win the Sandown Guineas for trainer Chris Waller. Press Day is always spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Gathering for the Patinack team was able to win the G1 Railway Stakes ridden beautifully by Craig Williams. Gathering was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
The good results have flowed consistently and in one memorable midweek Canterbury meeting this week Limitless Lodge supplied 4 winners from the 7 races all for different trainers. Sir Wally was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge for Les Bridge. Rain Melody was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge for Chris Waller. Gopana was broken in and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge for M,W and J Hawkes. Starlene was spelled and pre-trained for trainer Mark De Montfort.
12th November - 2010 ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Adelaide remains the goal for all Australian riders at the end of every season and this year was no exception. Very strong fields gathered together for all the classes over courses that were considerably softer than last year at all levels. Thankfully the weather was a lot more horse friendly this year with temperatures never exceeding 26 degrees and very little rain.
In a great comeback Wendy Schaeffer on Koyuna Sun Dancer was able to narrowly defeat Chris Burton on Newsprint. Wendy finished 3rd on another amazing jumper Koyuna Sun Shine with dressage leader Heath Ryan and Mystery Whisper finishing 4th.
In the CCI** Chris Burton was able to win on his prolific winner Haruzac for enthusiastic owner Alan Skinner. Second went to Tegan Lush and Tempus Fugit. In this big class these were the only two clear rounds which was amazing.
In the CIC** Shane Rose was able to hang on to his dressage lead on Statford Neo to defeat Robert Palm (Koko Black) and Tim on the always reliable Mercator Du Ry. Tim was very happy with Mercator’s form this season after returning from injury. In five runs he has not been out of the top 5 and now he heads to 2011 with great hopes and his medium team goal being Melbourne CCI*** in June.
30th October - 2010 CAMDEN HORSE TRIALS
Shane Rose and his team at the Eventing Equestrian Equestriad produced a very good but low key event in the lead up to Adelaide which was well appreciated by all the riders. The courses were good, without being too tough and the ground was good thanks to consistent rain. In the 3 star Chris Burton remained on his dressage score to win on his 2008 Adelaide CCI**** Winner Newsprint. In a very close finish he hung on to beat Shane Rose on Taurus and Tim on GV Billy Elliot. It was a very close finish with these 3 horses all heading in different directions. Chris will try to repeat his Adelaide win from 2 years ago, Shane will spell Taurus now in preparation for next year and Tim will head to Lakes and Craters CCI*** to qualify Billy for Adelaide CCI**** next year.
In the 2** Judy Clarke was able to win on her dressage score on Diabilito having his first 2** start in a very strong field. Mercator Du Ry went terrific at his final start prior to Adelaide to finish 5th and Untouchable felt magnificent to finish 7th after uncharacteristically scoring poorly in the dressage. Untouchable will now spell as he is still 6 years old and has had a very busy season. Tim thinks he is a very special horse and does not want to rush him.
23rd October - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
On a day that produced two champions in So You Think and Black Caviar, Limitless Lodge produced two winners. Ridotto won for trainer Chris Waller and the Ingham family at his first start in a race at Kembla on Saturday. After almost being held up for the entire length of the straight, Ridotto burst through to claim victory. Ridotto has overcome many problems during his preparation for racing including a broken pelvis. Ridotto was pre trained on the aquaciser and spelled at Limitless Lodge. In fact Ridotto is back in the paddock as of Monday to spell.
The Last General won race 2 for trainer Clarrie Connors and The Derby Racing Syndicate convincingly after a good front running ride by Tommy Berry. The Last General was prepared for a return to racing on the aquaciser at Limitless Lodge after suffering a tendon strain early in his career.
20th October - NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK BREEZE UP SALE
All of the horses to be sold later in November at the famous Karaka sale yard for the NZB breeze up sale were put through their paces this week and asked to breeze up over a furlong (200m). The quickest time recorded at just over 10 seconds was for the Encosta De Lago colt out of Foxwood. This colt was broken in and prepared for sale by Limitless Lodge for Coolmore Stud. With a combination of his smashing good looks, obvious ability and the best pedigree in the book it would be a surprise if he doesn’t top the sale.
18th October - GOULBURN HORSE TRIALS – NSW EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Goulburn Horse Trials is the home of Australia’s best one day event but also the home of almost always reliably despicable weather. This weekend produced snow, howling wind, sleet, rain and freezing temperatures. This didn’t deter Australia’s leading horses and riders who were all anxious for a final big hit out prior to Adelaide.
The CIC*** was unbelievably won yet again by Emma Mason on F1 Pharanelli. Emma defeated Chris Burton on Jaybee Calypso with Tim on GV Billy Elliot in 3rd. Katja Weiman on Pluto Mio was 4th with Heath Ryan and Mystery Whisper in 5th and Shane Rose on Taurus in 6th. The course was beautiful and big but all the good horses went well, with dressage and time on the cross country the deciding factors. Tim could not have been happier with the performance of Billy at only his second 3 star start. Billy will now aim at Lakes and Craters CCI*** in December.
Mercator Du Ry went well at his third run after a long spell. He finished 2nd behind Judy Clarke and the almost impossible to beat Diabilito. Mercator felt great and will now do the 2** at Camden October 30/31 and then finish the season with a run at Adelaide CIC**.
17th October - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Maluckyday won for trainers M, W and J Hawkes and owner Nick Moriatis over 2400m at Randwick in devastating fashion which must have them thinking about the Melbourne Cup. Interesting to see if they proceed in that direction. Maluckyday was pre trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
Captain Sweet won for trainer John Moore over 1200m at Sha Tin on Sunday to record his second win from 3 starts. This big strong gelding by Fastnet Rock was taken over to Hong Kong as part of the Subscription Draft in March 2009 for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He has settled in very well and done an amazing job in a very short space of time. Captain Sweet was broken in, spelled, pre trained and prepared for sale by Limitless Lodge..
Redoute’s Star won for trainer Tony Cruz over 1200m at Sha Tin on Sunday. This very expensive son of Redoute’s Choice had so far been a disappointment but with the recent gelding operation his form has improved immeasurably. Redoute’s Star sold through the Hong Kong Jockey Club International Sale in December 2008 and was the top priced lot at just over $1AUS Million. Redoute’s Star, like all of the HKJC horses was broken in, spelled, pre trained and prepared for sale by Limitless Lodge.
9th October - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Limitless Lodge had a very successful weekend with plenty of winners produced from the farm.
Kimilsy was able to win the 3rd race at Rosehill for trainer Kim Waugh. This was a fantastic result after two years away from the track with a tendon injury. Kimilsy was prepared for this campaign on the aquaciser and during the preparation comes weekly to use the aquaciser as part of her fitness program.
Solar Charged won the last race at Caulfield for trainer John O’Shea and prominent owner Peter Horwitz. With a brilliant front running ride by Nash Rawiller, this filly regained her 2yo form and outclassed a strong bunch of fillies with a dominant win. Solar Charged is pre trained at Limitless Lodge on the aquaciser like all of Peter Horwitz’s horses.
Divya was able to win a 1200m maiden at Hawkesbury on Sunday for trainer Bart Cummings and owners Wynyarra Pastoral Co. This big strong filly has got plenty more wins left in her for the spring. Divya was broken in and is always pre trained at Limitless Lodge.
Sir Gwynn won a class 2 over 2250m at Hawkesbury on Sunday for trainer David Payne and owner John Cordina. This beautiful straight forward horse has relished the rise in distance recently and has become most consistent. Sir Gwynn was broken in at Limitless Lodge and spells after each preparation at the farm.
Gopana was able to win the last race at Hawkesbury on Sunday for trainer John Hawkes and owners Wynyarra Pastoral Co. This was her second start in a race and showed big improvement. Gopana was broken in and is always pre trained at Limitless Lodge. The runner up in this race, The Verminator, was also broken in and is always pre trained at the farm for Chris Waller.
5th October - DISAPPOINTMENT FOR AUSTRALIAN EVENTING TEAM AT WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
Australia failed to complete as a team in a major shock where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It all began with the withdrawal of our leading combination of Megan Jones and Kirby Park Irish Jester with travel sickness.
Stuart Tinney and last year’s Adelaide CCI**** winner Vettori were by far our best result, finishing in individual 8th with a great dressage and clear cross country and showjumping.
Paul Tapner and this year’s Badminton winner Inonothing had to retire after going lame on the cross country. In a major blow it has been revealed that he suffered a fractured stifle and will be on box rest but is expected to make a full recovery.
Sam Griffiths and Happy Times, highest placed after dressage in 10th had a stop and fall which resulted in instant elimination.
Peter Atkins on Henry Jota Hampton had a huge personal best with a double clear and a final result of 24th.
Chris Burton didn’t have a great week. A disappointing test was followed with 2 stops on the cross country and 1 rail showjumping to finish in overall 48th.
Sonja Johnson and Ringwould Jaguar were withdrawn after going clear cross country with a serious leg infection that has resulted in Jaguar’s immediate retirement after a fantastically successful career.
Individually, the new sensation from Germany Michael Jung jumped clear to retain his commanding lead and win the Gold Medal from William Fox Pitt and Andrew Nicholson. In the team competition Great Britain won Gold with Canada in Silver and New Zealand in Bronze.
All eyes now turn to London in 2012.
4th October - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Another big weekend of winner produced by Tim and his team at Limitless Lodge:
Hot Danish, for trainer Les Bridge and jockey Tim Clark, over came a wet track and a torrid run to just prevail in the Group 2 The Shorts at Randwich in Saturday. This tough mare is an absolute superstar with a desperate will to win and will now proceed to Melbourne for the Group One Myer Classic over 1600m at Flemington. Hot Danish was broken in, spelled and pre trained at Limitless Lodge.
Defiant Dame scored an absolutely dominant win in the Gimcrack Stakes over 1000m, being the first 2 years old race of the season in NSW. This time honoured event was easily won by Defiant Dame for king of the 2 year olds trainer David Payne and very successful owners Les Samba and Ron Medich. This filly will now be prepared for the Magic Millions 2 yo race in January. Defiant Dame was broken in at Limitless Lodge.
Bassoon scored at his 3rd start for trainer Gai Waterhouse and owners Reavill Farm at Newcastle over 1500m on Saturday. This slow developing son of Redoute’s Choice has taken time and racing to show his true talents. Hopefully he will really kick on now and show what he is really capable of. Bassoon was pre trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
Gathering won the last race at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day for the Patinack team in a courageous front running display that broke the hearts of those chasing in what was a high class race. Gathering was broken in by Tim for the Patinack team. Interestingly, the dam of Gathering, Celebria, has a very forward 2 year old that was also broken in by Tim and has won a trial that will be racing soon. In the same batch of breakers was a ¾ sister to today’s Turnbull Stakes winner Zipping. This filly is by Fastnet Rock out of Social Scene and is already with trainer Mark Kavanagh for owner John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds.
Upon This Rock won at Warwick Farm on bank holiday Monday for trainer Gai Waterhouse, jockey Nash Rawiller and owner Laurie Macri. This strong daughter of Fastnet Rock carried 59kg and sat outside the speed and careered away to win by a widening 3 ½ length. Upon This Rock was spelled and pre trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
See The World won at Warwick Farm over 1000m for trainer Joe Pride, jockey Grant Buckley and owner Peter Horwitz. This tough son of Danzero was totally dominant after a sluggish start and circling the field on a wet track. See The World is always pretrained on the aquacizer at Limitless Lodge like all of Peter Horwitz’s horses.
28th September - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Maluckyday killed off a big weekend of Group one racing by winning at Canterbury for team Hawkes and prominent owner Mick Moraitis of Might And Power fame. This son of Zabeel is building an imposing winning record and will no doubt travel to Melbourne for possibly a country cups campaign to be a top line Caulfield Cup/ Melbourne Cup horse for next season. Maluckyday was pre trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
Marquadt won The Nivision for John Thompson and the Patinack team. This mare was able to return successfully from injury and add more black type to her pedigree. Marquadt was purchased in New Zealand at Karaka and sent to Tim to be broken in and pre trained prior to her first preparation which saw her compete in the Golden Slipper with honour just behind the placegetters.
Redoute’s Star won at Sha Tin for trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Douglas Whyte. Since being gelded this fabulously well bred son of Redoute’s Choice has started to live up to his looks and the hype surrounding his sale at The Hong Kong Jockey Club International Sale in 2008. He was sold for more than $1AUS million and recorded his first win on Sunday. Redoute’s Star was broken in, spelled, pre trained and prepared for sale by Tim and his team at Limitless Lodge for his major client, The Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Captain Sweet won for trainer John Moore and jockey Darren Beadman at Sha Tin on Sunday. This was a very good win as this young horse only arrived in Hong Kong in March as part of the HKJC Subscription Griffin draft. This is yet another winner for the next superstar sire, Fastnet Rock. Captain Sweet was broken in, spelled, pre trained and prepared for sale by Tim and his team at Limitless Lodge for the HKJC.
28th September – SCONE HORSE TRIALS
Scone hosted a great weekend of sport at their spring feature on the weekend of September 25/26th. The weather was hot throughout and all classes were competitive.
The 3 star was once again won by Emma Mason and the very much in form F1 Pharanelli. That is two 3 star wins in 7 days. Very good going! Kevin McNab, deputizing for his girlfriend Emma Dougall won the 2 star on a very high class horse – Kelecyn Ice H. Stunning in every phase and almost definitely a future super star at the highest levels. Interestingly, Tim competed the dam of Ice Age, being Ice Lady, for the owners more than 15 years ago up to 2 star level.
The 1 star resulted in a win for Mercator Du Ry at his second run back from a long spell. He convincingly won the dressage and held on to his lead without having to go too hard on the cross country..
It was also a good day for another horse making a comeback. Astronomical was having his first start at eventing this year after having been returned to racing by the owners in February. He was originally retired from racing in early 2009 after bleeding in a race. After a slow and steady introduction to eventing Astronomical was quickly very successful never finishing worse than 4th in five prelim starts and winning two. He is very well bred (half brother 1998 Golden Slipper winner Prowl) and as we prepared to start the 2010 eventing season at SIEC in February we received a call from Kim Harding and trainer Les Bridge to return to racing and have one more go. He was moderately successful with three placings but no wins. He was returned to Limitless Lodge in the first week of August and we have recommenced his eventing career. He won the dressage with 73% and jumped well in the show jumping but was very agitated in the cross country. He will improve significantly for the outing.
22th September – MEGAN JONES AND KIRBY PARK IRISH JESTER WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUSTRALIAN WEG TEAM
In a disaster for Australia’s team medal chances our most successful international rider for the last 2 championships has had to withdraw her top horse on the eve of the competition. Irish Jester suffered severe travel sickness and was unable to make the connecting flight from Los Angeles to Kentucky. In the interests of his long term health he was withdrawn immediately. Megan’s place in the Australian squad has been taken by Peter Atkins and Henry Jota Hampton. This combination probably wasn’t the next in line for selection but was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.
For all updates and results for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, with the eventing starting next Thursday night (September 30) go to: http://www.aet.equestrian.org.au/
21st September – TIM’S EVENTING CALENDAR
The season is coming to an end with all the good events over the coming weeks. Now that Billy Elliot is 3 star he will have 4 more runs this season. He will next run at Goulburn CIC*** October 16/17, then 2 weeks later at Camden CNC*** October 30/31. He will then go to Adelaide November 10-14 to run in the CIC** as his final run before his first CCI*** at Lakes and Craters in the first week of December. He has had a busy and successful year. Looking forward to next season the plan will be to run at Melbourne CCI*** and then on to Adelaide CCI**** to try and stake a claim for the Australian team at the London Olympics 2012.
Untouchable, still only 6, has had an equally busy and successful season. He will remain in 2 star for his final 3 runs. He will next run at Goulburn CIC** October 16/17, then 2 weeks later at Camden CNC** October 30/31, before his end of season goal at Adelaide CCI**. Untouchable will probably have a season opener at 2 star and progress to 3 star early in the new season.
Mercator Du Ry, who made a pleasing return from injury, to run 3rd at Canberra CIC* will have a slow build up to his end of season goal at Adelaide CIC**. He will next run at Scone this coming weekend in the CNC*, followed by Goulburn CIC* October 16/17 and his final run before Adelaide at Camden CNC**. If all goes well he will also be 3 star by April 2011 after having a very successful 2 star season in 2009.
For full eventing NSW calendar go to: http://www.eventingnsw.com.au/default.asp?Page=22019
20th September – CANBERRA CIC***
GV Billy Elliot made a very successful start to his 3 star career at Canberra finishing 2nd in the CIC***. After winning the dressage on 69% Tim and Billy had a great run cross country but surrendered their lead to Emma Mason by .5 of a penalty due to time penalties. Emma Mason and F1 Pharinelli managed to retain their lead during the showjumping to record an exciting win over Billy with Natalie Blundell and Algebra very close behind in 3rd. The courses were very much up to height and were technically difficult at all levels.
The new sand arenas made a good amphitheatre for the crowd in the dressage and showjumping. The 2 star was won by Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill who has built up a very imposing winning record. 2nd place went to Shane Rose on the good ex racehorse Sir Dex, closely followed by his fiancé Nikki Chapman on Milford Monarch. In the 1 star Claudia Graham and Jocular Vision made a successful return from injury to beat Judy Clarke on Diablito and Tim on Mercator Du Ry in 3rd.
For further info and results go to http://www.nchta.com.au
20th September - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
As the Spring unfolds all the best horses are out racing and heading towards their targets. Two very promising horses produced by Limitless Lodge won on the weekend with bigger goals ahead of them in the coming weeks.
Slater, prepared by Chris Waller and ridden by Jim Cassidy won the first race at Rosehill on Saturday over 1200m. This horse is bred to be a superstar, being by a Group 1 winner, Redoute’s Choice and out of a Group 1 winner, Special Harmony. He has now won 2 of his 3 starts with his only defeat coming 3 weeks ago due to a heart irregularity. Slater was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge, prior to this preparation.
Rainbow Styling won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes for Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes and jockey Chris Munce at Caulfield on Saturday. This bold front running Zabeel is dynamic up to 2000m and had a distinct fitness edge over his rivals in what will turn out a good guide towards the Caulfield Cup. Rainbow Styling pre-trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation on the aquacizer and on the track. http://www.racenet.com.au/horse-racing-results/
14th September – RACING RETURNS TO HONG KONG
After an 8 week break racing returns twice a week to Hong Kong. At Limitless Lodge we keep a very close eye on the racing there, as each year we produce up to 25 horses that race in Hong Kong. In the first week’s racing so far, 2 winners have come from our farm. Healthy Blueberry (Danewin/Barawin) won for trainer Peter Ho and was a graduate of the 2008 Hong Kong International Sale. Real Supreme (Flying Spur/Irgunette) won for trainer Peter Ng and was a graduate of the 2009 Hong Kong International Sale. Both these horses were broken in, spelled, pre-trained and prepared for sale at Limitless Lodge.
For all Hong Kong racing information go to: http://racing.hkjc.com/racing/english/index.aspx
14th September – THE AUSTRALIAN EVENTING TEAM LEAVES FOR THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES IN KENTUCKY
The Australian based horses and riders today flew out of Sydney for the long haul to the East Coast of America. The team is Megan Jones (Kirby Park Irish Jester), Stuart Tinney (Vettori), Chris Burton (Holstein Park Leilani), Paul Tapner (Inonothing), Sam Griffiths (Happy Times) and Sonia Johnson (Ringwould Jaguar). We wish the team the very best of luck.
To stay in touch with all the results and news go to: http://www.aet.equestrian.org.au
16th August - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
We Betcha won again for Chris Waller and the Inghams over 1400m at Rosehill. This filly has improved out of sight this preparation and will more than likely head towards black type races in the early Spring. We Betcha was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge prior to this preparation.
Winter King won again for David Payne over 1100m in the main sprint race of the day and just defeated his stablemate, Centennial Park. Both these horses were broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Winter King in particular has really benefited from being gelded this time in work and there will certainly be many more sprint wins in him this time. Centennial Park, burdened with a big weight, got home particularly well at his first run for the new season and will be suited in races up to a mile.
Panipique won for trainer Peter Moodyand prominant owner Stuart Ramsey at Caufield over 1100m at Listed level. This was an exciting win for Stuart and Turangga Farm as she was a home bred from the good mare Our Quivera, and she was able to defeat the Golden Slipper winner from last season, Crystal Lilly. Like all of Stuart Ramsey's horses she was broken in by Tim at Limitless Lodge and before each preparation she pre-trains at the farm. Stuart is a very big supporter of Limitless Lodge and we look forward to him having a great season with his biggest and best bunch of babies.
13th August - RACING'S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
Melito, trained by Gerald Ryan to win 2 Group 1s and place in several others was crowned Horse Of The Year 2009/10. Melito was broken in at Limitless Lodge and we are very proud of her many successes including this great honour. Several other category winners were broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge including Rangirangdoo, Press Day and Jessicabeel.
9th August - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Slow The Flow for trainer Matthew Smith was a very impressive winner for prominent owner Gerry Harvey at Randwick on Saturday over 1200m. This filly was quite stunning in coming from the rear of the field in a high class race which will turn out to be a strong form reference for the Spring. Slow The Flow was having only her 3rd start in a race and her record now boasts 2 wins. Following her first preparation she spent 3 weeks on the aquacizer at Limitless Lodge before returning to Matthew and winning first up after the freshen up.
2nd August - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Saturday was a great day for graduates of Limitless Lodge with our farm responsible for producing the winners of half of the program at Rosehill.
Empire Place was a convincing winner for trainer David Payne over 1100m. This is a very big horse that has been plagued by knee problems throughout his career. The wet track and an uncontested lead played into his hands. Empire Place was broken in at Limtless Lodge and always spells at the farm between preparations.
Flaming Rock won over 1400m to bring up at double for David Payne. This expensive son of Fastnet Rock is now starting to return some of his purchase price ($AUS610,000 - Australian Inglis Easter Sale) for his loyal owners Ron Medich and Les Samba.
We Betcha won the fillies/mares race over 1400m for Chris Waller and the Ingham Family in the all cerise. This mare has had a very succesful campaign with many placings and now 2 wins. She is starting to realise her potential now and will target races into the early Spring. We Betcha spelled and pre-trained before this preparation at Limitless Lodge.
Altered Boy won over 1500m to bring up a double for Chris Waller. Altered Boy is a favourite at Limitless Lodge and it was good to see him win again for his owners Kerry and Jenny Pooley. The Pooleys have had a wonderful run recently with not only Altered Boy but Key West and First Look winning during July in town. Their best horse might be yet to come, in the form of Great Heart-a half brother to Altered Boy and a full brother to Key West (by Tale Of The Cat). Altered Boy was broken in and always spells and pre-trains at Limitless Lodge.
26th July - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Winter King won the first race at Randwick on Saturday over 1000m for trainer David Payne and owners Les Samba and Ron Medich. This very fast son of One Cool Cat has returned a much stronger and more sensible horse, now that he has been gelded. Winter King was broken in at Limitless Lodge and always spells and is pre-trained here.
Kimberly Kid also won for trainer David Payne at Randwick on Saturday and brought up a double for Limitless Lodge. Perfectly piloted by Nash Rawiller, he handled the wet track perfectly. Kimberly Kid was broken in at Limitless Lodge and always spells and pre-trains at the farm.
26th July - Sydney International CIC
Organisers at Sydney Eventing very kindly put on a CIC for competitors anxious to qualify for Sydney and Adelaide 3 Day Events coming up shorty. Wayne Copping produced terrific courses which were tough enough without being silly. The ground was absolutely perfect.
Shane Rose was able to win the CIC*** on his exciting young 8yo Taurus, narrowly from Chris Burton on Jaybee Calypso. Chris's other ride Newsprint made a succesful return from a tendon injury to run 3rd. In the CIC** Chris Burton on Haruzac narrowly defeated Tim on Untouchable who recovered from his blip at Quirindi and went great in all 3 phases. Billy Elliot finished only 3 marks behind Untouchable but such was the quality of the class and tightness of the scores he only finished 7th.
The mid week event was a great warm up for the weekend CIC and Tim's 2 star team could not have gone any better. Untouchable won the CNC** narrowly from Chris Burton and Underdiscussion and GV Billy Elliot ran 3rd.
19th July - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Zedlion for trainer Gerald Ryan won the 2yo race at Kembla on Saturday over 1200m. This son of Lion Heart was broken in at Limitless Lodge and always showed good ability. Since being gelded and subsequently spelled and pre-trained at the farm he has been able to win at his first race start in what was a very competitive race which will turn out to be a good form reference.
12th July - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Quirindi Horse Trials once again hosted a CIC event up to 2 star. Entries for the event produced a star studded field which many people believe was the strongest 2 star class assembled in a very long time. Wayne Copping produced a really nice track that kept riders thinking throughout with lots of narrow and related lines. A complicating factor was the overnight rain on Saturday which produced very difficult going that many horses struggled with.
Chris Burton won with Jaybee Calypso from Hamish Cargill (Agent Arthur) and Tim with GV Billy Elliot. Billy went really well in all 3 phases as he heads towards upgrading to 3 star. Untouchable, who has recently been the star of Tim's team did a terrific dressage test but struggled with the ground cross country and was pulled up after an early run out. This is the second time Untouchable has run badly cross country at Quirindi, and in actual fact, the only event where he has ever occured cross country penalties. I dont think Untouchable will return to Quirindi any time soon.
5th July - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Triple Elegance was a very game winner at Rosehill on Saturday for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Corey Brown. A star in the making, this lightly raced horse was carrying clear top weight of 58kg and showed great determination to win and build on his already imposing winning record. Triple Elegance was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
Electric Dreams, owned by Peter Horwitz and trained by Joe Pride, won the big fillies/mares race at Rosehill on Saturday with a great front running ride from apprentice Nathan Berry. The short priced favourite controlled the tempo and won easily. She will now be freshened up and saved for the Spring. Electric Dreams is the most expensive yearling purchased by Peter Horwitz at $AUS600,000 and is by Redoute's Choice, from the mare Volted In (Grand Armee's family). Like all of Peter Horwitz's horses Electric Dreams is pre-trained on the aquacizer each preparation at Limitless Lodge.
JUNE 28 - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Super filly Melito won the final Group 1 race of the season, The Winter Stakes, and brought the total of Group 1 winners produced by Limitless Lodge in season 2009/10 to 10 (out of a possible 68). This super tough, robust filly was sent to us by trainer Gerald Ryan and owners Reavill Farm after being knocked down for $600,000 at the Sydney Inglis Easter Sale to be broken in. She has been a star from the begining and will now have a well earned spell and head towards the end of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
We Betcha won the fillies and mares race at Randwick on Saturday for the famous Ingham family and trainer Chris Waller. She was spelling and pre-training at Limitless Lodge prior to this current campaign and has shown good improvement at each run this preparation.
Altered Boy won for trainer Chris Waller and long term supporters Kerry and Jenny Pooley. This fellow has been at Limitless Lodge from the begining and was broken in, and is always spelled and pre-trained at the farm. Altered Boy relished the wet track, the step up to 1600m and the return to Randwick. Many more wins in the coming months for this lovely horse.
Another one of our favourite horses, Pay And Play, won at Hawkesbury on the weekend first up after a long spell for trainer Chris Waller and prominant owner Peter Horwitz. Pay And Play was recovering from a bowed tendon and has been on the aquacizer at Limitless Lodge for 8 weeks prior to this preparation. This horse has got the best attitude and we were delighted that he could win first up after such a bad injury.
Super Genki won for trainer Tony Cruz at Sha Tin on Sunday 27th June over 1600m. Super Genki was bought by Limitless Lodge's biggest client, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and was broken in, spelled and prepared for the Hong Kong International Sale at the farm prior to export in December 2006. His prizemoney is now almost $AUS700,000 after 6 wins in Hong Kong.
June 23rd – EVENTING CALENDAR PLANS
After a busy first half of the eventing season and the mid-season goal (Melbourne 3 Day Event) behind us it is now time to re-asses and plan for the run into Adelaide International 3 Day Event in November and Lakes and Craters 3 Day Event in early December.
Untouchable, who has had a remarkable start to the year will remain in 2 star until the end of the season. He has only just turned 6 and we are in no rush with him. He will commence 3 star in early 2011. GV Billy Elliot will have 3 more 2 star starts, after a slightly disappointing Melbourne, and then have his first 3 star start at Kooralbyn in early August. Mercator Du Ry has recovered well from his injury and is now back in full work and will compete from September onwards in 2 star until the end of the season.
The next events we will be going to will be Quirindi CIC, Sydney mid-week CNC and Sydney weekend CIC. We will then be going to Kooralbyn on August 7/8 as our final lead up to Sydney International 3 Day Event, August 26-28.
June 21st - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
In the first race at Rosehill on Saturday 19th June, First Look winning for trainer Chris Waller and owners Kerry and Jenny Pooley was a great result. First Look is a filly we have had a long association with from the beginning of her career. She was broken in at the farm and always spells and pre-trains with us. Before this current racing preparation she was on the aquacizer for ten weeks recovering from a potentially career ending injury. Based on her return to form on Saturday she looks destined to be a Stakes winner.
Also for trainer Chris Waller, Triple Elegance was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. This horse won race 3 at Rosehill on Saturday in the manner of a horse that will be big news come Spring Carnival time.
In Ipswich on their strong Cup day program, Rainbow Styling won the first race for Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes and owner Nick Moraitis. Rainbow Styling is a lovely style of horse that will definitely be heading to the Melbourne Spring Carnival. He is a fast stayer that will be suited up to 2000m. He was pre-trained at Limitless Lodge before both his most recent preparations.
The Eye Liner Stakes (Group 3) was won by Adnacon for trainer Gerald Ryan. This lovely, quiet and unassuming gelding spelled at Limitless Lodge after the Magic Millions Queensland carnival. He did spectacularly well during his spell and was also pre-trained at the farm before returning to Gerald. He has now had 3 runs this preparation for 3 wins.
Rounding out the winners was Telecom Go Go for trainer Casper Fownes and jockey Brett Prebble at Happy Valley, Hong Kong. This was an amazing day for Casper and Brett who both had 6 winners. Telecom Go Go was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge prior to his departure to Hong Kong.
June 14th – MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT
Melbourne 3 day event was a mixed bag of fortune for Tim and his 2 horses – GV Billy Elliot and Untouchable. Both were disappointing in the dressage but were close enough to the lead. Cross Country was a new day and both horses went super and were clear (Untouchable clear time and GV Billy Elliot 10 time). In the showjumping Billy was super tense and had 2 down, and Untouchable jumped great and just had the last fence down. Untouchable finished 3rd in the CCI** and GV Billy Elliot finished 15th.
For full results go to http://equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/Melbourne3DE/livescoring.php
June 3rd – AQUACIZER WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
There have been many winners to have benefited from the use of the Aquacizer at Limitless Lodge, including Rangirangdoo, Shellscrape, Hurtle Myrtle and Dealer Principal. In the last 7 days two important winners have done a lot of their build up to success on the aquacizer – Press Day (Chris Waller) and Delago Star (Kim Waugh). The staff at Limitless Lodge always get a special thrill to see these horses win.
June 3rd – AQUACIZER WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
It is 7 days now until the truck roles out the gate for Werribee, the home of the Melbourne International 3DE. Tim will be riding 2 horses both at CCI** - the well preformed but relatively inexperienced 6yo Untouchable and the more established GV Billy Elliot. Billy has recovered from his set back that forced him to miss two important lead up runs at Sydney and Camden.
Go to http://equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/Melbourne3DE/index.php
May 29th - GRAND ARMEE AT THE PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
Grand Armee was one of 4 racing legends to parade at Royal Randwick on Saturday 29th of May to commemorate the 150th anniversary of racing at Randwick. “Grandy” was joined by other racing legends; Might and Power, Saintly and Racing To Win. He was proudly led by Amir Attaollahi, one of the barn managers and riders at Limitless Lodge. It was a wonderful celebration and Grandy and the other stars were quite at home in the spotlight.
Go to http://www.racenet.com.au/ and http://www.ajc.org.au/
May 23rd – EVENTING EQUESTRIAD AT CAMDEN
This event in only its second year has proved a major success with big classes competing for good prize money in a wonderful setting. The brainchild of Shane Rose and Nikki Chapman is growing to be one of our leading events after only 2 years. All the best horses and riders from the East Coast were present with Kevin McNab winning the CIC*** riding Belcam Caesar to a narrow win from Chris Burton and HP Leilani with the event host Shane Rose 3rd on his exciting young horse Taurus. In the CIC** Chris Burton was successful on his very talented horse Haruzac to narrowly defeat Rachel Lee and Hunter Hill and Tim on Untouchable.
For results go to http://www.eventingequestriadaustralia.com.au/
May 9th – SYDNEY WEEKEND OF WORLD CUPS
Beautiful weather and interesting new tracks greeted the riders for the first big eventing show of the year. Showjumping was critical in the CIC*** with Australia’s leading 2 riders, battling for places at this year’s World Championships team, having a tense finale. Chris Burton rode beautifully on his not always reliable showjumper, HP Leilani, to coax one of only 3 clears to put the pressure on Australia’s darling Megan Jones and her star, Kirby Park Irish Jester. Megan’s horse unluckily had the back rail of an oxer down to deliver victory for Chris and HP Leilani. In the CIC** Clarke Johnstone (NZ) and KS Secrets held on for victory over Tim and Untouchable, followed by Shane Rose and Star Am I.
For full results go to; http://www.sydneyeventing.org/WorldCup/
May 3rd – BADMINTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
In one of the most stunning performances by an Australian eventer abroad, Paul Tapner has defeated all of the world’s best horses and riders to win the most prestigious 3DE in the world on Inonothing. In his famous red colours, Paul held his nerve in the showjumping to jump one of only very few clear rounds and hold on to his overnight lead in less than ideal weather conditions. Second went to Andreas Dibowski (Euroridings Butts Leon) and Daisy Dick (Spring Along). Paul also finished tenth on Stormhill Michael and Bill Levett for Australia rode Hippolyte into 7th. Along with Sam Griffiths (winner of Belton CIC*** and Chatsworth CIC-W***), these 3 guys are in great shape to represent Australia at Kentucky. The 3 leading Australian based riders appear to be Megan Jones (Kirby Park Irish Jester), Chris Burton (HP Leilani) and Stuart Tinney (Vettori).
For full results and information go to http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/
May 2nd - QUIRINDI HORSE TRIALS HOLDS FIRST 2 STAR
Quirindi Horse Trials were delighted to receive a quality field for the first running of a 2 star (CNC**) competition. Quirindi’s small committee is headed by Vicky (secretary/scorer) and Daryll Burgess (course designer). It was a great weekend in the country with beautiful weather and a great surface on which to gallop. Tim was the eventual winner on GV Billy Elliot from Chris Burton (Haruzac) and Shane Rose (Koko Black). Christine Bates continued her dominate form on the very impressive Adelaide Hill from Sophie Adams (Tim’s girlfriend) riding Tainui Lad and Sam Lyle riding Foxdale Amalfi.
For full results and information go to http://www.quirindieventing.com/
April 14th – Limitless Lodge Racing Stables open for business on May 1st
Finally it appears to be all systems go for the Grand Opening of the new stables at our brand new property which will be known as ‘Limitless Lodge Racing Stables’. Our existing property will continue to be known as Limitless Lodge and will be referred to as “Limitless Lodge Main Barn”. The new property has 66 extra big stables in three separate barns of 22. We have been very happy with all aspects of the building. Our builders have been Glenwood Rural Buildings in Maitland, headed by Bob Schmal.
The track is 1,150m with a starting shute (with barriers) and a straight run of 420m. The surface of the track is a fantastic mix of coarse river sand and Soiltex (www.soiltex.com). It provides a perfect cushion and the surface will never become too heavy as it absorbs water perfectly. This property will be a real showpiece when it is all finished.
We have commissioned Irongate to build an Aquacizer and a ten horse walker. These should be completed by the middle of June. We think we will be able to provide the complete service for all of our clients. We will be the only farm in NSW taking in outside horses for use of the Aquacizer. Obviously it will be a tremendous asset to our existing clients, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club, John O’Shea, David Payne, Les Bridge and Chris Waller.
April 13th - Tim’s new truck is on the road.
We are very happy to have our new 6 horse Hino truck on the road. This beautiful truck was built by Rivenlee Horse Floats (www.rivenlee.com.au). Peter Jakins and his team really did listen to everything that we wanted in our truck and bent over backwards to be helpful. I would recommend them to anyone wanting the best.
April 12th - The Team at Limitless Lodge.
When you send your horse to us at Limitless Lodge, you are not only sending it to a wonderful facility but you are able to access the experience of our wonderful staff. We have staff from Australia, England, Norway, Ireland, Hong Kong and India at the moment. We are in the lucky position of having many more people wanting to work here than we can accommodate. This means we are able to be very fussy with who we have working here.
We are fortunate to have Nina Lloyd Jones in the office and Vigdis Andreassen as head girl. Our riders, apart from Tim and Sophie, are headed by Amir Attaollahi and Amrinder Singh. Our barn managers are Hajinder Singh and Manpreet Singh. Our property manager is Ken Black who does an amazing job keeping up with everything. Every time we go to Hong Kong, our head travelling girl is Fredrika Miller from Sweden who keeps everything running smoothly until Tim arrives.
April 11th - Tim’s new horses have started the season very well
The three horses that Tim imported from England late last year have all started season 2009 in spectacularly good form. Probably the most experienced horse (and definitely the biggest!) is Mercator Du Ry and he has started with a win at Sydney CNC 1* and a 5th at Albury CIC 1*. He will next be competing at Berrima CIC 1* this coming weekend (April 18-19) and then at Copabella Classic (www.copabella.com) followed by the Sydney CIC 1*. His short term goal will be Melbourne CCI 1* with a start at Camden CIC ** prior to that. If all goes well he will then carry on to Sydney CCI** and Adelaide CCI**.
MacFly is probably the most thoroughbred of the three and a real favourite around the stable. He has started with a bang, and already run 3rd and 4th in the CNC 1* sections at Sydney in February. He will follow an identical path to Mercator Du Ry hopefully. At the moment he is suffering from a foot abscess which will hopefully clear in time to run at Berrima this weekend and not hold up his program.
Secret Spy is the least experienced of the three but has been produced very well. He has so far won at Wallaby Hill and run 2nd at Sydney in February both at PN. We will take longer to produce this guy but he will be worth the wait. His intermediate goal will be Sydney CCI* in September with several CIC ** starts prior to that.
April 9th - Grand Armee in Parade of Champions at William Inglis’ Gala Cocktail Party.
Grand Armee was one of 4 horses asked to parade under lights during the grand Gala Cocktail party to usher in the Easter Sale. These horses were all champions and were all sold by William Inglis and Son. He paraded with Might and Power (Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate) Eremein (AJC Derby) and Dance Hero (Golden Slipper, Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes). It made us all think how lucky we are to have Grand Armee eventing and to be so successful in both fields.
He was most definitely a legendary racehorse with 7 Group One wins and $5.3 million prize money. We are hoping that he might become a legendary eventer. He has started very well this year with a win at CNC 1* at Wallaby Hill and 8th at Sydney CNC 1*. He will follow a similar path to the other one star horses heading towards Melbourne CCI* and then on to Sydney CCI** and Adelaide CCI**.
April 9th - William Inglis & Son Easter Sale
All in all, the Easter Sale can be considered a success despite the average falling to $241,355. All of the main buyers from around the world were able to access the best types and the best pedigrees in Australia at more realistic prices than the last four years of continuing boom times. Sadly for Inglis, several major purchasers from the last few years were not in attendance. Bob Ingham who was the major buyer last year is keen to see his two year olds run before he ventures back to the market place.
Charles Laird from South Africa remained in SA as this date clashed with their major sale. The Hong Kong Jockey Club team who usually buy 8-10 high profile horses at Easter never bought this year due to the ongoing feud between the HKJC and Racing NSW supremo, Peter V’Landys over the Chris Munce affair. This means for us at Limitless Lodge that our team for Hong Kong this year totals 22 (down from 35 from previous years). We certainly hope that the HKJC and Racing NSW can resolve their differences into the future.
The top buyer at the sale was Darley Stud (Sheikh Mohammed), whose agent John Ferguson signed for 15 yearlings totaling $7.18 million. The second top buyer was Patinack Farm who bought 17 yearlings for a total spend of $5.9 million. At Limitless Lodge we have been chosen to break in several of the high profile lots from the sale for Patinack (including the Redoute’s Choice colt out of Tugela which sold for $1.2 million) and David Payne (including a cracking colt by Anabaa out of the great producer Unison).
March 27th - Albury International Horse Trials
After an absence of two years from the eventing calendar due to EI Albury returned to host the most significant event so far this season in the lead up to Melbourne CCI in June. It turned out to be a Shane Rose benefit. He was able to win the three star on his top horse All Luck in a close finish from Amanda Howell (Koyuna Tora Bora) and Georgia Clifford riding It’s Monty in third.
Unfortunately this class saw the retirement of the Adelaide CCI**** winner Newsprint ridden by Chris Burton with what seems like a repeat of a previous tendon injury. We hope for Chris and his wonderful horse that it is not too bad and he is able to get going again for Adelaide 2009.
The two star was again won by Shane riding APH Moritz in a very close finish from
Young Rider of the Year 2008, Lauren Balcomb on Kootamootoo. Shane was third on his other beautiful ride Taurus.
March 15th - Hong Kong Jockey Club Subscription Draft 2009
Tim and his team took over 14 horses to Hong Kong for the 2009 HKJC subscription draft which was a major success. This is an unusual concept where horses are taken to Hong Kong from NZ and Australia and are basically put into a draft (‘lucky dip’) for owners who have put their $HK1.5 million in and want a horse fully vetted, selected, broken in and ready to go. This is a cheap way to get a permit to race in Hong Kong.
The horse racing population in Hong Kong is limited at any one time to 1,200 horses. Any one owner is only entitled to own three horses. For any owner to be granted permission to own a horse they must have a permit. Horses coming to Hong Kong fall under several categories, and this is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get a horse to the races.