26th DECEMBER - MAGIC MILLION YEARLING SALES JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The first yearling sale of the season is at the Gold Coast starting on the 12th of January. This is our annual holiday that combines very nicely with our business. From this sale we will hope to get about 30 yearlings to break in for our trainers and owners which include Chris Waller, Gerald Ryan and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. This sale is followed by the Inglis Classic Sale a week later.
For a full catalogue with video links go to www.magicmillions.com.au.
24th DECEMBER - NATURE VET BLOG
It is amazing that Ceva Naturevet have kept me as part of their team this year with my appalling blogging skills, as this is my first blog since rejoining the team in June this year. Hopefully i can be forgiven a little as the size of the business at Limitless Lodge is all consuming with up to 200 horses spread over 4 farms. Of course it would be sensible to have a secretary, but being the control freak I am, I'm afraid she would be idle as I would like to do it all myself, in my own silly neurotic way. It is now Christmas Eve and hopefully we will have a few quiet days before the Yearling Sale season starts with the Gold Coast Magic Millions in early January. The eventers are all back in work now as we head towards an early start to the competition season with showjumping in late January and low level events in early February.
The end of the year is always a good time for reflecting, and planning for the coming season. My big plan is to be part of the team that leaves for the Olympic Games in early July with my top horse GV Billy Elliot. He has had a good year with several wins at CIC*** level and a very close 2nd at Sydney CCI***. I have conveniently already eradicated Adelaide from my memory. I plan to have Billy out early in the season to the SIEC double header in late February, then to Albury CIC***, with the medium term target and final selection trial at Sydney on the 27th - 29th of April. All Australian based horse/rider combinations are using this as their last chance to get a ticket to London.
I would be remiss in not telling you a few of my secrets for keeping Billy in tip top shape all year round. I reckon there are 4 products that really help Billy to be the best he can be. Firstly, Billy, like all of my horses is injected weekly with Pentosan Gold and Joint Guard is added to his feed to protect his joints. The evidence is irrefutable and while it is hard to measure, there would not be many top horses in Australia who are not using Pentosan at the very least to protect their joints. Billy is a very fussy eater and 6mls of Omoguard AM and PM keeps him eating, especially when he travels. He is also very feisty and is double dosed with tranquil prior to his dressage. Of course there are plenty of other products I use on Billy and my others but these are the main 4.
The rest of my team are virtually all 2 star horses with Umunga and Untouchable really ready to push on. I also have 2 new exciting horses imported from Europe to event this season. The first one to be seen out and about will be Lord Limmerick and later in the season, Gorsehill Star.
My next blog will be from the Magic Millions Carnival where i will share with you all the latest racing news and gossip. It is uncanny how many eventers that we see up there every year enjoying the carnival atmosphere.
Happy Christmas and a great Olympic 2012 to everyone....!
For more info about Ceva Nature Vet and their products go to www.naturevet.com.au.
22nd DECEMBER - HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SALE
Preparations are in their final stages as our horses are about to go into quarantine in mid January to leave for Hong Kong on the 13th of February. We have an impressive team of up to 9 horses to take this year. So far our highlight lots look to be Flying Spur/Fumble, Encosta De Lago/Devil's Gold and Fastnet Rock/Verdict Declared of the 2 year olds and General Nediym/World Joy is a stand out amongst the 3 year olds. Our staff always look forward to this trip very much as it is a highlight of our year. This sale used to be held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International races in December but has now been transferred to coincide with the Hong Kong Derby on the 17th of March. Some of the stars that we have sold recently include Captain Sweet and Penglai Xanzi who are both Class 1 horses.
To find out more about the Hong Kong Jockey Club go to racing.hkjc.com/racing/english/
18th DECEMBER - LORD LIMMERICK ARRIVES AT LIMITLESS LODGE
After an extended stay in quarantine, as a result of a tick on an American horse, Lord Limmerick (aka Sprout) finally arrived at Limitless Lodge. He was in good shape with no problems to report at all. He was of course fat and hairy. I resisted the opportunity to ride him on the day he got off the truck and gave him several days in the paddock. After a week I started riding him and am straight away counting the days til I can compete him. He will probably kick off at Wallaby Hill at the end of January. I will post some photos of him shortly. His medium term goal will be the 2 star at Melbourne in June.
10th DECEMBER - EVENTING SEASON WRAP UP
This season has generally been really good. All of my horses have been in good form with some great successes. Sadly though, the season ended on a rough note with Equitana and Adelaide CCI****. These were the 2 events that we have been looking forward to for a long time as they both have a good public profile, TV coverage and great prize money. I rode Mercator Du Ry at Equitana and bit the dust at fence 4. As if that wasn't bad enough, when I fell off I took the bridle with me and it seemed to take half an hour to put it back on with the commentators and crowd having a good laugh at my expense! Anything to keep the crowd happy!To complete an otherwise great day, all Olympic listed riders were drug tested which took us well into the night. Normally this isn't such a big deal but we had to get home for a 4am departure to Adelaide. We eventually got to Adelaide and all in all it was a weekend I would prefer to forget in every way.
All the results can be found at www.australian3de.com.au and it will be broadcast at midday January 1st on
Billy, who was Horse Of The Year in 2010 finished 4th this year and I also finished 4th in Rider Of The Year. Billy won several CIC***s and was always placed in the top 3 and came 2nd at Sydney CCI***. Next year I will be focusing all of my attention on trying to get selected on the Australian team for the London Olympics.
Untouchable has had a quiet year of consolidation and will kick off at 2 star level in 2012 with is medium term goal being Melbourne CCI** and his end goal being Sydney CCI*** in November. He is still a 7 year old who I am always wary about pushing too hard too soon because I really fancy him as a proper 4 star horse of the future.
Umunga has been a very consistent horse this season and always reliable at 1 star level. In 2012 he will push on into 2 star at the begining of the season and head towards Melbourne 2 star in June.
Lord Limmerick will have a quiet start to the season as he acclimatises to the Australian climate and way of life. He is already qualified to go 2 star and he will probably head to Melbourne 3DE but I will have an open mind about where we take him in terms of a 3DE.
4th DECEMBER - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
Another big weekend of winners were produced from Limitless Lodge at Rosehill. Fundido galloped in to favouratism for the $2 million Magic Million 2yo Classic with a dominant win for Chris Waller and the Ingham family. Fundido was broken in and is always spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. He was a very obvious 2yo from the begining.
Rosie's Reward was a great advertisement for the water walker as she was prepared entirely on the aquacizer leading up to the run. Trainer Gerald Ryan felt she needed a little mental stimulation and 10 days on the aquacizer obviously did the trick. More and more trainers are seeing the benefits of using the aquacizer mid preparation to prolong the campaign. Dystopia was actually first over the line but Rosie's Reward won the race on protest. Dystopia, also owned by the Ingham family and trained by Chris Waller, always spells and pre-trains at Limitless Lodge.
Dynamic Honour won for trainer Chris Waller and has now won 3 in a row. He looks like he might be a Doncaster horse. Dynamic Honour was broken in at Limitless Lodge and often spells and pre-trains at the farm. Interestingly, he is the only horse to be sold in Australia by Dynaformer, who is the same sire as the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
Miss Venus won for trainer Les Bridge at Kembla. Miss Venus in the second foal of the Group 1 winning Miss Zoe. Miss Venus was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
12th NOVEMBER - ALL ROADS HEAD TO ADELAIDE CCI****
In what must be one of the most eagerly anticipated events in Australia for the last few years there is a great field assembled to battle it out for the $AUS100,000 prize pool on offer. The winner will walk away with $35,000. Wayne Copping is once again the course builder at Australia’s premier event and the only CCI**** in the Southern Hemisphere.
I am very confident that Billy is in super shape in what will be his toughest challenge. His preparation has been perfect with a win at Camden in late August, followed by a very close 2nd at Sydney CCI*** in September and 2 good runs at Goulburn CIC*** (5th) and Canberra CIC*** (3rd).
I think the horses that will be hardest to beat will be Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill, Emma Mason and F1 Pharinelli, Stuart Tinney on both his rides Panamera and Pluto Mio and Shane Rose and Taurus. The wild card is most certainly Megan Jones on her very experienced campaigner Kirby Park Irish Jester. Jester has been on the sidelines for some 9 months and if he is able to recreate any of his former glory, including winning at Adelaide CCI**** and 4th at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, he will be very hard to beat.
For more information and results during the event go to www.australian3de.com.au
11th NOVEMBER - EQUITANA HEADS TO SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME
Equitana, the largest horse exhibition in Australia, is being held over 4 days this week, Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th, at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush. This will feature every single thing to do with horses and all the disciplines and everything associated with them. The main highlight for eventing fans will be the Equestrian Grand Final Exhibition Eventing. This class, late on Sunday afternoon, features a strong field of 15 – 8 who won their spots at Melbourne and Sydney Royals, and 7 by invitation.
This event will be replayed on Channel 9 at midday on January 1st. I will be riding Mercator Du Ry, which i think will be well suited to this format. The very next day (8 hours later) Mercator and Billy will be on the road to Adelaide. Mercator will be ridden by Sophie at Adelaide in the CIC**. He will be very competitive in that class after finishing 3rd there last year with Tim. Soph has had a great season so far with big wins at Camden CIC* and Sydney CNC*.
For more information about Equitana go to www.equitana.com.au
8th NOVEMBER - MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL WINNERS
Limitless Lodge was responsible for producing many winners during the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnivals. During the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, horses spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge were very successful. The headline Group 1 winners were Hurtle Myrtle for trainer Matthew Smith and Albert The Fat for trainer Chris Waller. Other Group winners during the week from our farm included Vintedge, Ironstein and Combat Kitty
3rd OCTOBER - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
The Verminator headlined the weekend winners from the farm by winning the Group 1 The Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick for Chris Waller. The Verminator was broken in and is always pretrained at Limitless Lodge. Hawk Island ran 2nd to The Verminator and he was pretrained this preparation on the aquacizer at Limitless Lodge.
My Kingdom of Fife won the Group 2 Craven Plate for trainer Chris Waller on Saturday at Randwick. This beautiful horse was pretrained on the aquacizer and in the dressage arena, as we often do for Chris. At this stage, he is heading towards a start in the Cox Plate in 3 weeks. http://cwallerracing.com/
Definitely Ready won for trainer Mark Kavanagh at Mooney Valley on Friday night. Definitely Ready was pretrained at Limitless Lodge for Mark, following a successful tie back operation at Randwick Equine Centre. http://randwickequine.com.au
Core Purpose won for team Hawkes at Newcastle on Saturday by a very convincing 5.5 lengths. Core Purpose was broken in and always pretrains at Limitless Lodge. http://www.hawkesracing.com.au
In Hong Kong, Limitless Lodge was responsible for 2 winners on the big program at Sha Tin on Saturday. The first winner was Chancellor, trained by Tony Cruz. Chancellor was known at the farm as Fastnet Rock/Glitzy Guru prior to being sold to Hong Kong by John Camelliri. This was a beautiful colt that was trained in Sydney by Gai Waterhouse before being sold to Hong Kong. Chancellor was broken in, spelled and pretrained at Limitless Lodge. He looks to have a big future in Hong Kong.
Also in Hong Kong, Xi Ying Men won for trainer Y S Tsui in a Class 4. Xi Ying Men was known at the farm as Catbird/Rippling Mill. This horse was prepared as part of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Subscription Draft and was taken over by Tim and his team at the beginning of 2010. The star of that Subscription Draft so far is Captain Sweet (Fastnet Rock/Strega) who makes his return to racing in the next fortnight.
27th SEPTEMBER - TIM AND BILLY ON NBN NEWS
Check out this link to see the sport feature on Tim and Billy that appeared on the 6pm NBN news.
27th SEPTEMBER - NATURE VET IS MY NEW SPONSOR
I am lucky to have teamed up again with Nature Vet to be my main sponsor after a break of 4 years. I have always used their products, even for the 4 years I was no longer sponsored by them.
All of my horses are on weekly Pentosan and Joint Guard. For Billy in particular I have found tranquil to be a fantastic product as he can get quite hot. We give tranquil on the night before and the morning of dressage and find it really calms him down.
The other product I strongly believe in is Recovery paste. We give recovery straight after cross country as it re hydrates and gives them a bit of a boost prior to show jumping.
For details of these products and others go to www.naturevet.com.au
26th SEPTEMBER - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
Christian Reith rode both the winners at Rosehill that were produced from Limitless Lodge. Big Time won again for John O’Shea and Peter Horwitz in the Listed Dulcify Handicap. Renewed Vitality won for Patinack Farm over 1350m in a benchmark 85 race. Renewed Vitality was a beautiful yearling that was broken in at Limitless Lodge for Patinack Farm.
26th SEPTEMBER - PLANS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
I will not be competing many horses for the rest of the season as I want to put all my energies into Billy going to Adelaide CCI**** and gaining selection for next year’s Australian Olympic team in London.
Since Sydney, Billy has been having a quiet time in the paddock and will recommence work on September 29th on the aquacizer for a few days before starting under saddle again on Monday October 3rd. He will have 2 weeks work before Goulburn CIC*** on Oct 15/16. It will then be a further 2 weeks to Canberra CIC*** on Oct 29/30, and then 3 weeks to Adelaide CCI****.
I will also be running Untouchable who has returned to top form after a frustrating few months, Umunga who will upgrade to 2 star shortly and Hands Down X for Laura Wallace.
19th SEPTEMBER - OFFICIAL 2YO TRIALS AT CANTERBURY
Twelve heats were conducted at Canterbury on Monday Sept 19th for the first 2yo trials of the season. Limitless Lodge has produced many exciting youngsters for all the leading stables this year and were delighted that 3 of the 12 winners were broken in and produced at Limitless Lodge. In fact, the 2 fastest trial winners came from our farm. Kyria for trainer Grahame Begg and owner Paul Fleming was the fastest heat winner. My Shabella, also won her heat for trainer Gerald Ryan and was only .01 of a second slower. The other winner produced from the farm was a Zizou filly for trainer David Payne, Risky Blonde. We will follow these fillies with interest as they progress to the Gimcrack Stakes and will keep you up to date with more trials coming up for the early 2yos.
For full results of the Canterbury 2yo trials go to http://www.racingnsw.com.au
19th SEPTEMBER - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
Another big weekend of winners produced from the farm is a great kick start to the Spring with all the big guns about to kick off. Panapique won for trainer Peter Moody and prominent owner Stuart Ramsey of Turangga farm at Caulfield. Stuart is one of our biggest supporters and Panapique was broken in at Limitless Lodge and always pretrains on the aquacizer prior going to Peter.
Top Drop won for trainer Gerald Ryan after a great Nash Rawiller ride carrying top weight of 60.5 kg's. Top Drop is a very genuine horse who always gives his best. He was broken in and always spells and pre-trains at Limitless Lodge.
Godspeed the Inglis Easter 2010 sale topper at $1.875 million broke his maiden at Mornington for trainer Peter Moody and a prominent group of owners. It appears he will be suited as he steps up over more ground, maybe up to 2000m. Godspeed was broken in and has always pre-trained on the aquacizer at limitless Lodge.
Big Time won at Warwick Farm on Sunday for trainer John O’Shea and owner Peter Horwitz after a daring front running ride by Christian Reith. Big Time was broken in and is always pre-trained at Limitless Lodge before each preparation.
Nocturnelle won for trainer Chris Waller also at Warwick Farm on Sunday. At only her second start she showed good improvement to win from another Limitless Lodge produced horse in Combat Kitty.
18th SEPTEMBER - TIM’S NEW PURCHASES SUCCESSFUL IN ENGLAND
Straight after Melbourne International 3 Day Event I went to England on a 10 day horse shopping trip and was lucky enough to secure 2 horses to strengthen my team for next year. At this stage I intend to import them in November to start them in the next season in Australia.
Lord Limmerick has been a successful novice horse who just won his first Intermediate start on Sunday at Burnham Market. He is a 7yo, 16.2 Irish bred Sport Horse. His end of season goal will by Osberton CCI* in 10 days time.
Gorsehill Star has been a very good Intermediate horse, running 2nd at Tattersalls CCI** in May and 6th at the British Intermediate Championships at Gatcombe. He then went to Blenheim 8/9yo CIC*** and ran well in a big field. His next start and end of season goal will be Boekelo CCI*** in the first week of October.
To follow all the action from Boekelo go to http://www.military-boekelo.nl
12th SEPTEMBER - SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT – BILLY ELLIOT JUST MISSES
Christine Bates riding Adelaide Hill narrowly won the CCI*** from my ride, Billy Elliot. Christine did a great job and is always so tough to beat, but I can’t help but think that I threw away the title with careless mistakes. The final winning margin was 0.2. Christine finished on 49 and I finished on 49.2.
I was able to win the dressage narrowly but then collected 2.4 time faults cross country and 2 time penalties in the showjumping. As always, Billy was foot perfect. He was however quite strong cross country and I’m sure this is why I am wasting time. In the showjumping he spends a lot of time in the air, but I must push on and get over this, and not let it happen again. He has pulled up super and now heads to Adelaide CCI****. Craig Barrett finished 3rd on Sandhills Brilliare and Stuart Tinney on his new ride Pluto Mio.
The CCI** was won by Lauren Balcomb riding the fabulous Kootoomootoo who I have been teaching for a long time now. I was very proud of her after overcoming several injuries and set backs.
The CCI* was won by Will Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer from start to finish. Emma Mason was 2nd riding the hugely talented Poker Face. I finished 4th on the ultra consistent Umunga. Umi finished on his dressage score as did Sophie riding the wonderful Mercator Du Ry who finished 6th.
Umunga will now upgrade to 2 star and Sophie will take Mercator to Adelaide CIC** with possibly 1 run at Canberra at the end of October.
For full results and details go to; http://www.sydneyeventing.org
5th SEPTEMBER - BURGHLEY 3 DAY EVENT – WILLIAM FOX PITT WINS AGAIN
William Fox Pitt has now won Burghley for the 6th time. Incredibly he has ridden a different horse every time and this time rode Park Lane Hawk, who was having his first try at 4 star level. An unbelievable achievement for this legend of our sport. Park Lane Hawk is a NZ TB produced originally by Matthew Grayling. The track this year was a very big old fashioned galloping track and on the whole rode well. Andrew Nicholson was 2nd on Nereo and Mary King was 3rd on Kings Temptress.
Australia had not much luck with Sam Griffiths and his horse Happy Times the best placed in 16th. Chris Burton had a fall on Holstein Park Leilani and Hamish Cargill elected to retire Sandhills Tiger.
For full results and details go to: http://www.burghley-horse.co.uk
7th July - PLANS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENTING SEASON
With the disappointing end result at Melbourne CCI*** Tim will now plan to run Billy at Sydney CCI*** in early September and also at Adelaide CCI**** in mid November.
The lead up events for Sydney CCI*** (8-11 Sept) will be SIEC CNC*** on 30/31 of July and Camden CIC*** on August 27/28.
The lead up events for Adelaide CCI**** (16 – 20 Nov) will be Goulburn CIC*** on the 15/16 of October and Canberra CIC*** on the 29/30 of October. It is essential for Tim and Billy to be winning in order to be considered for a team spot at London.
25th June - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
We have been slack in highlighting winners from the farm recently which doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any. Saturday, June 25th was a particularly satisfying day with Limitless Lodge producing 6 Metropolitan winners in Sydney and Brisbane. At Rosehill, horses produced by Limitless Lodge won 4 of the 8 races contested.
The Verminator produced a dominant staying performance to win for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Damien Oliver. The Verminator has been and always is pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
Velroso was a dominant 2yo for trainer Chris Waller, Velroso was broken in and educated at Limitless Lodge. He was always precocious and is a full brother to another Stakes winning 2yo Siderius, also broken in at Limitless Lodge.
Little Surfer Girl completed the Chris Waller treble and is always spelled and pre-trained at the farm for Chris and the Ingham family.
The other Rosehill winner was Divya for trainer Bart Cummings and the Wynyarra Pastoral Co from Kia Ora Stud. Divya is now building an imposing winning record and will be well places by the master trainer J B Cummings in the coming months. Like all Kia Ora horses, she was broken in and is pre-trained at Limitless Lodge each preparation.
At Eagle Farm, the Cup was won by Ironstein in a good staying performance for trainer Gerald Ryan. Gerald has kept this horse fresh and he has held his form for many wins now. Ironstein is freshened up on the aquacizer at Limitless Lodge mid preparation.
Mahisara for trainer Paul Messara and owners Wynyarra Pastoral Co scored a great win in the 2yo Listed event at Eagle Farm. This was always a beautiful, precocious 2yo who just keeps getting better. He was broken in at Limitless Lodge, like all the Wynyarra Pastoral Co horses.
13th June - MELBOURNE 3 DAY EVENT
Every leading eventer’s mid season goal is Melbourne 3DE at the long weekend in June. The weather and the ground were perfect. The course was fair without being too tough, and the ground jury was headed by Christoph Hess who is most experienced and did a wonderful job.
After the dressage, Heath Ryan and Mystery Whisper led the way convincingly from Tim and GV Billy Elliot and Craig Barrett and Wendela Jaime in equal 2nd.
In the cross country, Heath had an annoying refusal and fall late on course to throw the doors wide open for the rest of the field. There were several run outs but time was the critical factor.
Inexplicably, Tim managed to drop out of contention with 15 time penalties. Billy was fantastic but Tim’s mind was obviously elsewhere. He also jumped clear to finish 12th, just 10 points from the eventual winner, Craig Barrett on Wendela Jaime.
The Melbourne 3DE was a great competition with fantastic trade stands and it had a great feel to it, thanks to the new committee.
The CCI** was won by Katja Weiman and BP Cosmopolitan and the CCI* was won by Amanda Howell on William Wordsworth. These were 2 very worthy winners on beautiful young horses.
To view the full results go to; www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/Melbourne3DE
1st June - TRAGIC FIRE AT BOYD MARTIN’S STABLES IN USA
An absolute tragedy unfolded for former leading Australian and now American based rider, Boyd Martin and his team of eventers at approximately 12:30am this morning.
An electrical fault caused a massive barn fire and the death of 6 eventers, as well as serious injuries to 4 others and the staff trying to save them.
Among those horses to die was Phantom Pursuit. “Spider” was produced by Tim to CCI*** level before being sold to clients of Boyd Martin in early 2007. With Tim he was 2004 Horse of the Year, 2nd at Adelaide CCI** in 2004 and 2005 and winner of many CIC***s
Spider was a gorgeous horse and our deepest sympathies are extended to his American family and all those involved in this extreme tragedy.
22nd May - TIM AND GV BILLY ELLIOT WIN CAMDEN EQUESTRIAD CIC***
All of Australia’s best horses and riders came together at this great event on Sydney’s Western outskirts as a final hit out prior to Melbourne CCI*** in 2 weeks. Eventing Equestriad is the brainchild of Shane and Niki Rose and has evolved into a must go to event for all of Australia’s leading riders.
The courses were new and vibrant and the ground was well prepared and aerated, which is somewhat of a luxury in the Southern Hemisphere. The VIP marquee was full to overflowing with great views of the cross country course and the weather was fantastic.
Tim and Billy were able to lead the dressage in a strong field of 40. This was very exciting as Billy had barely been worked with an injury scare following Sydney World Cup, and we know he can do a much better test.
Billy was very good on the cross country and reliably clear showjumping to defeat Emma Mason (F1 Pharinelli) and Christine Bates (Adelaide Hill). It is now all systems go to Melbourne CCI***.
The CIC** was won by Shane Rose and Il Vici. In a very good weekend for the stable, Sophie Adams was able to win the CIC* on Mercator Du Ry, by finishing on her leading dressage score.
Tim’s only other ride for the weekend, Astronomical, finished 4th in the preliminary and is now ready to upgrade to pre novice. This horse is very talented and is just reward for his patient owner, Kim Harding. Astronomical has had a very successful season and will hopefully someday repay his $300,000 purchase price as a yearling from Inglis Easter Sales.
For videos and full results go to; www.equestriad.equestrian.org.au
17th April - RAGIC END FOR SYDNEY'S FAVOURITE RACE HORSE - HOT DANISH
Following hospitalisation at Randwick Equine Centre http://www.randwickequine.com.au for a bone infection, Hot Danish was sadly put to rest on Sunday 17th of April. This was tragic news for her trainer Les Bridge and jockey Tim Clark. This follows Tim Clark's biggest day at the races with a Group 1 double on Saturday. The ups and downs of racing and horse in general. Hot Danish was originally purchased by Les Bridge for $32,000 at the Scone yearling sale. She was broken in and prepared to race at Limitless Lodge and quickly became Sydney's favourite race horse because of her incredible will to win and winning strike rate. She finished her career a dual Group 1 winner and will never be forgotten.
10th April - MERCATOR DU RY TO NOW BE RIDDEN BY SOPHIE ADAMS
Tim's very successful 2 star horse - Mercator Du Ry will now be ridden by his girlfriend, Sophie Adams, to climb through the ranks. His immediate goal with Sophie will be Melbourne CCI* in June and Adelaide CCI** in November. Most recently for Tim he ran 3rd at Sydney CNC** in February, 2011 and 3rd at Adelaide CIC**, 2010. This was because Sophie was without a top horse following the sale of Tainui Lad to clients in Victoria.
9th April - LIMITLESS LODGE GRADUATES TRIFECTA THE GROUP 2 SAPPHIRE STAKES AT RANDWICK
Hurtle Myrtle won the Sapphire Stakes for Matthew Smith http://www.matthewsmithracing.com.au in a close finish defeating Kimillsy and Marquadt. Both Kimillsy and Hurtle Myrtle were prepared for their return to racing on the aquacizer for several months. Marquadt was broken in and prepared to race for Patinack Farm at Limitless Lodge. It is always very pleasing to see graduates from the farm do well and even better when we back them - which of course we didn't this time... and the dividends were enormous ofcourse!!!
8th April - INGLIS EASTER YEARLING SALE A MAJOR SUCCESS
All the biggest buyers from around the world and Australia converged on Newmarket to compete for the best bred horses in the country. Following the Easter Sales 17 horses returned to the farm to be broken in for clients including; John Size (HK), David Payne, Matthew Smith, M W and J Hawkes and Chris Waller. We look forward to this time of the year very much to see the new season babies and try and work out who the stars will be. For full sale results go to: http://www.inglis.com.au.
2nd April - RANGIRANGDOO WINS THE GROUP 1 GEORGE RYDER STAKES AT ROSEHILL
One of our favourite horses to ever be prepared at the farm, Rangirangdoo, made a sensational return from a serious tendon injury and 12 months away from the race track to win the major lead up to the Doncaster. Rangi, trained by Sydney's leading trainer Chris Waller http://www.cwallerracing.com , is the most gentle, straightforward horse to do anything with and it was our pleasure to have him on the aquacizer to aid in his rehabilitation. He pulled up a bit scratchy after the race but has now got the all clear to press on to the Group 1 All Aged Stakes on Saturday April 23 at Randwick.
20th March - HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL SALE BREAKS NEW RECORDS
The HKJC International Sale http://www.hkjc.com/home/english/index.asp always produces a first class catalogue of the best pedigrees, best prepared and best vetted horses from all over the world. Twenty horses from Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe flew into HK a month before the sale to be prepared to breeze up a week before the sale. Tim's team from Australia was only quite small this year but still produced outstanding results, with the Fastnet Rock/Gina Lollawitcha gelding selling for $HK 7 million ($AUS 920,000) and the Anabaa/Ellista gelding selling for $HK 6 million ($AUS 780,000). Recent horses produced by Tim and his team at Limitless Lodge to win in HK include Captain Sweet, Real Supreme, Legend Express, The Prince, Algarve and Taverner. Already the HKJC have 10 yearlings and 5 two year olds ready to go up for the sale in March 2012.
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8th March - HORSES IN HONG KONG FOR INTERNATIONAL SALE
Tim has sent a team of 5 horses that are now currently based in quarantine at Sha Tin in preparation for the international sale on March 19. These horses were all purchased at yearling sales in 2009/10, and prepared at Limitless Lodge to breeze up and be paraded to potential buyers at the Hong Kong Jockey Club International Sale. Horses taken to Hong Kong by Tim and his team have enjoyed many recent wins.
The horse currently showing the most potential is Captain Sweet, trained by John Moore. This gelding by Fastnet Rock has the great record of 6 starts for 4 wins and 2 seconds. Captain Sweet was taken by Tim to Hong Kong this time last year. The three 2 year olds that we will be selling this year are by Fastnet Rock, Anabaa and Encosta De Lago. The two 3 year olds we have are by Elusive Quality and Encosta De Lago. With all the recent success of HKIS graduates this is expected to be a very strong sale.
7th March - BILLY ELLIOT ON NATIONAL EVENTING SQUAD
Tim's best horse has this week been named on the National A Squad in the build up to the London Olympics. This is very exciting for Tim as he feels that this is most possibly his best ever horse and a legitimate contender for London. We will manage his competition calendar carefully, with the medium term goal of Melbourne CCI*** in June 2011. On the way there he will compete at Albury CIC*** at the end of March followed by Sydney CIC-W*** and Camden CIC***. Tim has previously been listed on Australian Squads with Limitless, Waratah, Kildonan Tug, Kanandah Alchemy, Phantom Pursuit and Starway.
6th March - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
Another successful weekend of racing from graduates of Limitless Lodge. In the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup, Triple Elegance won for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Jim Cassidy. Triple Elegance will now be targeted towards the Doncaster 1600m at Randwick for which he will be a legitimate lightweight chance. Triple Elegance was broken in, spelled and pre trained at Limitless Lodge.
At Newcastle, the 3/4 brother to triple Melbourne Cup winning mare, Makybe Diva was successful for Team Hawkes and Patinack Farm. Like Maule's Creek(Redoute's Choice/Bramble Rose), who was also successful during the week, Shadowofexcellence was broken in and prepared to race at Limitless Lodge following the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
28th February - SYDNEY WEEK OF EVENTING
As president of the Sydney Eventing Committee, Tim and his team ran a very successful week of eventing with over 650 combinations competing during the week and on the weekend. Ewen Kellet produced an imaginative new cross country course which was well received by the riders. The distances were reduced for the start of the season and combined with reasonably mild weather it was a fantastic start to the season. The event was proudly sponsored by Mitavite, Global Entries, Europa Saddlery and Winning Appliances. Tim's team had a good start to the season with Billy Elliot in good form winning the CNC** and Mercator Du Ry running 3rd.
For full results click on http://www.eventingnsw.com.au/default.asp?Page=25337
21st February - LIMITLESS LODGE SPONSOR TAMWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Limitless Lodge proudly sponsored the main class (CNC*) at Tamworth's first one day event held this time at Quirindi. Tamworth International Horse Trials is spearheaded by Sharmayne Spencer and is looking to hold international events up to 3 star by the middle of 2012. This is very exciting for all riders as the venue is state of the art and the committee and local council are very enthusiastic. We wish them every success and will follow the countdown to their first event.
For full results go to www.tie.equestrian.org.au
11th February - PRUE BARRETT IS NAMED AUSTRALIAN EVENTING COACH
After 2 months of deliberation our High Performance Manager has announced Prue Barrett will take over from Wayne Roycroft in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012. Prue is well placed to do a fantastic job as she is a very high class rider with a great track record who will not be over awed by her responsibilities or the differing personalities.
10th February - GV BILLY ELLIOT NAMED NSW EVENTING HORSE OF THE YEAR
After a very succesful season, which saw him graduate to 3 star and become qualified for 4 star, Billy is the 2010 Eventing Horse of the Year. His best results included 2nd Lakes and Craters CCI***, 2nd Canberra CIC***, 3rd Goulburn CIC*** and 1st Sydney CIC**. Billy will have a much easier year this year, with his main focus being Adelaide CCI**** in November. In the first half of the year he will only compete at Sydney, Albury, Camden and Sydney World Cup prior to Melbourne CCI*** Three Day Event in June.
7th February - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
Horses prepared at Limitless Lodge have had another succesful day racing at Rosehill. Triple Elegance was very impressive winning over 1500m for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Jim Cassidy. Triple Elegance was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. Centennial Park won the Group 2 Expressway Stakes for trainer David Payne and defeated Hot Danish. Both of these horses were broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
Also on Saturday Limitless Lodge was responsible for breaking in 2 winners for Patinack Farm - Prost and Public Holiday. On Friday at Cantebury, Elusion won for trainer Les Bridge and prominent owner Kim Harding. Elusion was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
31st January - GODSPEED ON THE AQUACIZER
After 2 seemingly disappointing runs, Australia's most expensive yearling in 2010 has returned to the paddocks of Limitless Lodge to freshen up his campaign for the Golden Slipper. He is still a horse of very high quality whose best will not be seen, in my opinion, until he gets over 1400m to 1600m. He is going on the aquacizer in the morning and paddock during the day. He will return to trainer Gerald Ryan shortly.
30th January - EVENTING SEASON KICKS OFF AT WALLABY HILL
In the middle of a major heat wave in NSW the eventing season is underway for 2011. I did'nt compete at Wallaby Hill but I'm told the event was a major success at a truly beautiful venue. The star of the weekend was the newly engaged Emma Armstrong who was able to win the main class - the CNC* - on Pendragon and 2 other support classes. A great way to start the year for Emma.
We wish all competitors a safe and succesful 2011 Eventing Season. This will also be an interesting eventing season without Wayne Roycroft at the helm. We await to see who will fill these very big shoes.
16th January - MAGIC MILLIONS SALE RESULTS
Following 2 weeks of torrential rain and devastating floods in QLD the Magic Millions Yearling Sales was not forecasting any world records to be beaten in the sale ring. This was proved correct but the results were still very strong with good interest for all the top horses.
All the leading trainers were there but there were notable absentees from the international buying bench - especially Hong Kong and South Africa. Limitless Lodge's major clients - Hong Kong Jockey Club, Chris Waller and Gerald Ryan, had very succesful sales. We look forward to breaking in these quality horses and following their racing careers.
15th January - MAGIC MILLIONS RACE RESULTS
In the 2 year old race Limitless Lodge was responsible for the breaking in, spelling and pre-training of 4 of the first 6 over the line - Combat Kitty 2nd for trainer Matthew Smith, Schiffer 3rd for trainer Gerald Ryan, Snippets of Glory 5th for trainer David Payne and Fast and Sexy 6th for trainer Chris Waller.
In the 3 year old race Torio's Quest won for trainer Brett Partelle who is a regular user of our aquacizer and defeated Top Drop for trainer Gerald Ryan into 3rd.
We at Limitless Lodge are very proud of these horses and our record of producing horses to race at the top level.
12th January - SHANE ROSE AND NIKI CHAPMAN WEDDING
Two of the highest profile eventing riders are finally getting married after a long time together. We wish Shane and Niki all the best for the future.
12th January - MAGIC MILLIONS YEARLING SALE STARTS TODAY ON THE GOLD COAST
After weeks of rain and much anticipation the first yearling sale of the year kicks off on the Gold Coast. With most certainly the strongest catalogue ever (although every sale always says that every year), the strength of this sale will be interesting. It is anticipated that as a result of the strong AUS$ that foreign participation will be down. This will probably result in greater opportunities for Australian buyers and trainers. Whatever happens it is sure to be a fun week... if the rain stops!
11th January - EASTER SALE TOPPER READY TO RUN
The top priced lot from the Ingis Easter Sale ($AUS1.875M) 2010 is ready to run this Saturday for trainer Gerald Ryan and jockey Steven Arnold. Godspeed (Redoute's Choice/Regrowth) has been a star from day 1 and done everything right. We are very confident he will make a winning start to his race career on Saturday. Godspeed was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
10th January - LIMITLESS LODGE AT THE TOP OF BETTING FOR BOTH MAGIC MILLIONS FEATURES ON SATURDAY
Tim and his team are very proud to have prepared several runners in strong contention to win the 3yo $1M Magic Millions Guineas and 2yo $2M Magic Millions Race. In the 2yo race Schiffer, Defiant Dane, Snippets of Glory, Fast and Sexy and Combat Kitty are amongst the top chances. These horses were all broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. In the 3yo race Limitless Lodge is represented by American Crew and Top Drop who at the moment are the 2 favourites to win. We wish connections the best of luck!!
8th January - WEEKEND WINNERS FROM LIMTLESS LODGE
Limitless Lodge not only supplied the winner of the 2yo race on Saturday- Fast and Sexy (spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge for Chris Waller and the Ingham family) but the minor placegetters - Snippets of Glory (David Payne) and Combat Kitty (Matt Smith) were broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
The Prince (Flying Spur/Miss Mocha) won for trainer Casper Fownes at Sha Tin on Sunday. He was the pick of our 2009 Hong Kong International Sale Draft and we were thrilled to see him win. Like all the Hong Kong Jockey Club horses he was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
1st January - LIMITLESS LODGE AND GERALD RYAN LINK FOR A CHRISTMAS FEAST OF WINNERS
The period between Christmas and New Year was particularly succesfull for followers of the Gerald Ryan stable with 3 high class winners. Ahdashim went to Melbourne and won the Standish Handicap (Group 3) over 1200m downt the straight at Flemington on Boxing Day. Ahdashim was spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge. He is currently on the aquacizer having a freshen up before targeting the early Autumn.
Top Drop raced into 3yo $1M Magic Millions Guinea Favouratism with a good win at Randwick over Triple Elegance. Like Triple Elegance, Top Drop was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
Schiffer won a high class 2yo race at Randwick to be 2nd favourite for the 2yo $2M Magic Millions Race. Schiffer (Snitzel/Modave) was broken in, spelled and pre-trained at Limitless Lodge.
1st January - HAAPY NEW YEAR!
Happy New Year from Tim and the team at Limitless Lodge. Let's hope we all have many winners in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!