Sydney Eventing hosts the first event of the season and I can’t wait. I am taking my three main horses who will compete in the 4* (Napoleon), 3* (Menlo Park) and 2* (Cooley Down Under). They have been in work for some time and will all run well after a couple of show jumping shows. The ground will be perfect as always and Sydney Eventing is always the perfect place to start a run into the 3DE season. At this stage all my three best horses will head towards Melbourne 3DE with as many as four runs in the lead up.
20th February 2019 – 2019 EVENTING SEASON KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
5th December 2018 – EVENTING SEASON WRAP UP
I certainly wish my season had ended as well as it started. Wallaby Hill and Adelaide are great end of season targets and I unfortunately had no joy at either this year. My lead up form suggested we were on target but alas the results were not as I had hoped.
Menlo Park started the Spring season well with a 3rd at Melbourne CNC** and a 4th at Sydney CNC** in October and looked well on target. We then went to Adelaide feeling a legitimate chance. On the cross country he felt fantastic but made a baby mistake, shying at an ornamental mushroom in the middle of a combination which resulted in 20 penalties. As it was only at fence 11, I decided to pull up and reroute to Wallaby Hill CCI** two weeks later. Wallaby Hill was subjected to 8 inches of rain and made the ground on cross country day extremely difficult. Menlo Park hated the very holding ground and I pulled him up half way as he was not travelling at all well. Not how I intended to finish the season for him, but he is an exceptional horse with very good form since coming from England who I am certain will be in for a big year in 2019. He goes to the paddock with no issues. I will be certain to run him on good to fast ground only.
Cooley Down Under kicked off his Australian eventing career with low key outings at Canberra and Albury before heading to Wallaby Hill CCI*. He was one horse who loved the mud at Wallaby Hill and barely noticed the tricky conditions. He could have run all day. We were not competitive after the dressage so just hacked around. He will have several weeks off and prepare for 2019. He goes to the paddock with no issues. I think he is a very promising horse in all phases and has come such a long way since I bought him as a five year old in rural Ireland. Certainly our focus will be on dressage as we head to the new season. He is careful, brave and has all the scope and gallop in the world.
Napoleon started the Spring season very well with a win at Melbourne CNC***. Oaky wins a lot of classes, but runs hot and cold. I have long known that and try to enter him at the most suitable events where he is most able to win. He will always perform very well in the dressage and has taken Billy’s place as a dressage leader more often than not which has been very pleasing. His showjumping record is not perfect but is very, very good. There are two Oakys when it comes to cross country. The unbelievable galloping and jumping machine that will win most times he is entered and then the little bugger who will be opportunistic and unexpected across country. At Adelaide, I had Oaky #2 who felt fantastic before and after pulling up at the first water. Extremely disappointing!! We then rerouted to Wallaby Hill CCI***. After a good dressage which put him in 2nd going in to cross country, I decided to withdraw him after my earlier rides. The ground was getting worse and I was not prepared to risk my best horse in these conditions. I felt extremely sorry for Alex Townsend and her team as they had prepared the cross country and footing perfectly. No amount of planning could have prepared them for the 8 inches of rain in four hours that happened on the Wednesday. Napoleon heads to the paddock in great shape and I’m already looking forward to 2019.
4th December 2018 – EARLY SEASON GROUP WINNERS FOR LIMITLESS LODGE GRADUATES
The winners continue to flow freely for horses that have graduated from the farm. All of these horses have either been broken in, spelled, rehabilitated or pre trained at Limitless Lodge. This list is of course headed by Winx who won everything in the lead up to her historic fourth Cox Plate victory. There is a sensational book that has been written by acclaimed sporting journalist, Andrew Rule that is the official Winx story and is a very good read and no doubt will be very interesting for all racing lovers.
Other Group winners from the farm since August 1 –
Lean Mean Machine
My Nordic Hero
19th September 2018 – PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING EVENTING SEASON
Napoleon and Menlo Park have kicked off the Spring season in the best possible shape. Napoleon won the 3 Star at Friends of Werribee after a really good dressage test and then double clear. Menlo Park was having his first 2 Star start and couldn’t have gone better. A very good dressage and a double clear to finish third. It was a super event with great tracks and perfect ground.
Cooley Down Under is freshly out of quarantine and is about to join the team as he heads towards Wallaby Hill CCI*. He is a big horse that was purchased in Ireland in late 2016 and has quickly shown form and serious ability. I have very big plans for this horse and will look after him by going slowly through the grades. He is only seven, but is 17h and 620kg. No question, he will be the biggest horse I have ever competed.
Napoleon will be heading to Wallaby Hill CCI*** in December. In the lead up, he will run at Adelaide CIC*** and possibly Goulburn CIC***. He will definitely run at Sydney in the first week of November. He will also have several showjumping starts. Menlo Park will be heading towards Wallaby Hill CCI** in December. He will have three more runs before then. Possibly Goulburn, Tamborine and Sydney. Cooley Down Under will run at most upcoming events and just search for the best ground. Certainly he would never have seen firm ground ever and these big Irish horses definitely like softer ground. He will run at Wallaby Hill CCI*.
26th June 2018 – THE GROUP 1 WINNERS CONTINUE TO FLOW FREELY FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
2018 has been another fantastic season of racing for graduates of Limitless Lodge. Every year in Australia there are 74 Group 1 races and once again horses from Limitless Lodge have won 20 of those. This brings us into line with the last 5 years and our statistics say that 27% of Group 1 winners have spent time at Limitless Lodge. This includes breaking in, rehabilitation, spelling and pre training. We are super proud of these numbers and the fact that these numbers seem to be repeatable every year. We are very aware that we are dealing with the best horses for the best trainers and that is going to make our stats look good. There are many pre training farms on the east coast of Australia and several that are much bigger than Limitless Lodge but I don’t think any could match these statistics.
11th June 2018 - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT
Napoleon continued his form resurgence with a strong showing at Melbourne in the CCI**. He finished 2nd after leading at the completion of cross country. He had an unlucky rail and was beaten by a very promising horse ridden by Stuart Tinney. No disgrace there! Napoleon will now resume his 3 Star career as my new leading horse. Menlo Park put up another good performance with a double clear to consolidate his rise through the ranks. I was surprised that his dressage mark didn’t excite the judges very much. It is very hard to win in a big field from behind the first few in Melbourne. I’m glad he had another successful run. He now heads off as a legitimate 2 Star horse. He is very exciting for the future.
10th June 2018 – GV BILLY ELLIOT RETIRES
My best horse since Limitless has retired after a fantastic career. There is never a good time to retire a top horse but I put a lot of thought into this decision and feel certain it was the right thing to do. At his last run at Wallaby Hill CIC***, he just didn’t have the same swagger and feel for the job that he normally does. When I retired Limitless and Waratah and Kanandah Alchemy, it was exactly the same. Never once in their careers had they felt like that and to me retirement was the obvious thing to do.
Billy has been a wonderful horse who has been a winner consistently all throughout his career. In the early days he was better known for his wild behaviour as a pre novice horse than any ability he may have. Everybody knew he had plenty of ability and it was just a matter of channelling his nervous energy. Billy came into my life late in 2009 and right from the beginning the feeling of brilliance he gave me was like no horse I’d ever sat on. Limitless, Waratah and Kanandah Alchemy were old school gladiators, perfectly suited to the old format. I always wonder how they would have adapted to the modern sport, but I suppose it is like golfers and tennis players from other eras. Champions are champions!
Billy quickly rose through the ranks and became very well known for almost always leading the dressage and showjumping clear. It was then a game of cat and mouse, as he was such an exuberant jumper and feisty galloper, as to whether he would get the time. Needless to say, we probably weren’t the quickest across the country, but we sure did win a lot of events and were rarely out of the top 3.
In 2012, Billy was an 11 year old and in the form of his life. After winning several One Day Events we headed to Sydney CCI*** in really confident shape and trying to force a way on to the Australian Team for the London Olympics. He ran the closest of seconds to Shane Rose and Taurus. I then felt, to consolidate my position in a very competitive year, that I needed to run at Melbourne CCI***. I am glad I did. Billy won the event decisively and was selected as the travelling reserve for the Australian Team. He didn’t get to run at London but it was fantastic to be part of the Team and all the preparations. He then went to Blenheim CCI*** and in a very competitive year ran 9th. We then travelled home full of excitement for the future. In 2013 he was selected on the Australian Team for the Trans Tasman and was unfortunately injured and unable to travel.
In 2014 we travelled back to Europe and had a great season. He won several events and his final goal for the season was Ballindenisk CCI*** in Ireland. He led the dressage and was absolutely fantastic to get beaten in a very close finish by some high class horses into 3rd. His form remained outstanding throughout the next few seasons and included another trip to Europe in 2016 where we concentrated on CICs. He was on the Australian Team that won the Silver Medal at the Houghton Hall Nations Cup in England. He won his last CIC*** event at Werribee in October 2017 and had 3 successful outings already in 2018.
Billy will retire from the eventing circuit but will remain a very important part of Limitless Lodge and my life. He remains in work as that is what he loves and will go to the odd showjumping show. He is a big fat fluffy bear at the moment and is enjoying his extremely well deserved retirement.
30th April 2018 – SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT
Sydney International 3 Day Event was a great success for my two horses. Menlo Park won the CCI* and Napoleon won the CCI**. Both were faultless with very good double clears. Menlo Park is as an exciting young horse as I have had for a long time. Napoleon’s form is well known. He either wins or has a cross country issue. I seriously think that this is in the past and he will become the good horse that I know he is. They will both have their next start at the Melbourne International 3 Day Event.
22nd March, 2018 – BACK IN ACTION WITH THE EVENTERS
With all the activity of yearlings and breakers, it is nice to have the additional interest of the Eventing season getting underway. It has been a typically Australian start to the season with high temperatures and firm ground. My team has done a lot of showjumping and has already been to 3 events.
Sydney CIC in mid February was the launch of the season. I had 3 rides. GV Billy Elliot (Billy) 3 star, Napoleon (Oaky) 2 star and Schatzi (Queenie) intro. Billy was awesome and ran 2nd. Oaky had an unfortunate run out 3 from home. Queenie at her first start managed to win on her dressage score. She is a very exciting horse for the future. She was purchased in Germany as a 5yo jumper. She has taken to Australia like a duck to water. I will go slowly with her as I think she is a prodigious talent and there is no rush. Oaky will continue to plot a path back to a successful 3 star career. Billy will target CICs and I can honestly say he has never felt better and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t do a bit of winning this year.
Two weeks later we headed to Quirindi. Billy and Oaky both went terrific and placed in the open intermediate. Menlo Park (Jack) was having his first start in Australia and felt like a proper class horse. He had a quiet first run as he was backing up the following week at Canberra in the 1 star. He is an English import with excellent form. He flew over from England with Ridire Dorcha (Limerick) who is yet to have a start. Limerick probably looks the most likely candidate at this early stage. He didn’t travel as well as the other 2 horses so I am taking my time with him and he will appear probably at Camden Equestriad.
Canberra was the next event on the travelling road show. I only had 2 rides. Menlo Park and Goreshill Star. Goreshill Star was having his first start in 2 years and Menlo Park was having his first competitive spin. Menlo Park led the dressage and stayed there to win the whole event. He will probably head towards Camden next and ultimately to Melbourne 2 star. Goreshill Star was double clear to run 4th and I was extremely proud of him. Because of injury he will never get to reach the heights that he is well capable of. He finished 3rd at Melbourne CCI** in 2015 behind Napoleon and then ran 2nd in the 3 star at Sydney.
This weekend we head to Wallaby Hill CIC*** with Billy and I can’t wait. He is in great form and ready to roll.
16th January 2018 – MAGIC MILLIONS KICKS OFF WITH A BANG
The sales on the Gold Coast broke all records and we are pleased to say that we ended up with 40 yearlings to break in for my leading trainers. These horses will likely be broken in over the next 4 to 6 weeks and have a little break before another mini preparation and in to their trainers before Easter. It is always exciting to see the first season sire progeny and work out who the guns will be. Dissident and Deep Field were strongly represented by numbers and quality. It will be interesting to see if they feel and move as well as they look. Last year, very early on we were able to recognise that Zoustar was a star in the making as a stallion, so it was very pleasing to see his daughter win the Magic Millions 2yo race in such dominant fashion. I am tipping you will see plenty of Zoustars kick off in the lead up to the Group 1 Golden Slipper. I will keep my readers updated with the progress of the Deep Fields and the Dissidents…….
1st January, 2018 – HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE TEAM AT LIMITLESS LODGE
We are looking forward to a busy, enjoyable and successful 2018. We acknowledge that a lot of our success is from the quality of horses that we receive. We are honoured that the best trainers, owners and studs trust us with their very valuable horses. We take this responsibility very seriously and are constantly updating our facilities and our training techniques to stay cutting edge industry leading in 2018 and beyond. We would like to thank Chris Waller, Team Hawkes, Gerald Ryan, David Payne, John Size (HK), Gary Moore, Vinery Stud and Spendthrift Stud for their valuable support in 2017 and look forward to strengthening our relationship through more winners of more Group races in 2018.
11th December, 2017 – LIMITLESS LODGE IS WHERE THE STARS ARE BROKEN IN
The 2 leading Golden Slipper candidates for this season so far are Performer (Chris Waller) and Legend Of Condor (Gerald Ryan). Both of these precocious colts were broken in by the team at Limitless Lodge. In the lead up to the Slipper there will be many more Limitless Lodge graduates show their hand. Historically, horses broken in at the farm account for 10 to 20 percent of the field.
Other leading superstars to be broken in by Tim and the team include –
WINX – Number 1 racehorse in the World
CHAUTAUQUA – Champion sprinter of the World
LUGER – Hong Kong Group 1 Derby winner
CRITERION – ATC Derby and multiple Group 1 winner
ACE HIGH – VRC Derby and multiple Group 1 winner
ZOUSTAR – Multiple Group 1 winner and leading first season sire
11th December 2017 – WEEKEND WINNERS
It was a very successful weekend for Limitless Lodge graduates. Pounamau won the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes in Perth and he was broken in and pre trained at the farm. The other Stakes winner was at Doomben in Brisbane and that was Sylpheed. She was also broken in and pre trained at the farm. Chris Waller had a great day at the races and all of his winners have passed through Limitless Lodge –
4th December, 2017 – EVENTING SEASON FINALE
Wallaby Hill Three Day Event was a massive event and an absolutely fantastic way to end the season. It is a great end of season goal. Emma Bishop had a well deserved and dominant win in the 3 Star. She has done a magnificent job producing this horse from a foal. Amanda Ross is an on an exciting horse for the future ,Koko Popping Candy, and in to 2nd. The event wasn’t a major success for me personally. Billy and Oaky were 1st and 2nd after the dressage but both retired on the cross country for different reasons. Oaky certainly lacks conviction around a tough 3 Star track even though he has had a lot of success up to and including that level . Billy I felt very sorry for. He missed Adelaide with a kidney infection and proved he hadn’t properly recovered . He just never felt right in his jump or gallop and I got to fence 18 and pulled him up. After such a distinguished career , I will retire him from CCI level and compete him solely at CIC 3 Star level. I have been very lucky to have some awesome horses in my career ,but he has been incredibly special and I look forward to him being around for a few years yet on the circuit..
Alex and her team at Wallaby Hill are to be commended for producing an incredible event in every way. It is firmly on the map now.
29th November, 2017 – LIMITLESS LODGE RACE DAY
Tim and his team are heading to the races at Wyong and it will be a great occasion to thank all the people that make Limitless Lodge the success that it is. We are sponsoring 2 races and 20 of the core staff are coming to have an afternoon off and hopefully back a winner or 2….!
Photos to follow….
20th November, 2017 – ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
All pressure went on Napoleon to win the CIC*** at Adelaide as he was my only ride and had won the previous year with Oliver Townend. He did a good test for 4th and then set sail across country. He really did feel fantastic until 2/3 of the way around and a miss communication resulted in a 20. Five fences later, it happened again and I walked home. Incredibly disappointing, but that is eventing. Napoleon has probably won more events this year than any horse on the circuit, but unfortunately we haven’t had the best runs at the big events of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. He is a very, very good horse who I have not lost confidence in and his time will come to win a major.
Adelaide will this year be remembered as the event where we found out of the passing of Gill Rolton. Gill had been very sick with cancer and battled bravely to be involved with this year’s event. Apparently she was very hands on, right up until the final week. What an amazing lady! She will be honoured with a State funeral on Monday 27th November.
It will also be remembered for the controversy surrounding Stuart Tinney and whether or not War Hawk had a refusal in the lake. This is the most polarising decision ever by a ground jury in Australia. Google the footage and see what you think……
All attention now heads toward Wallaby Hill where Billy (GV Billy Elliot) and Oaky (Napoleon) head toward the CCI***. Billy is protecting a record of 10 CCI*** where he has had no jumping penalties in the show jumping or cross country.
13th November, 2017 – SUCCESS AT SYDNEY FOR NAPOLEON
Sydney was a perfect lead up to Adelaide and Oaky (Napoleon) was in superb form. He won the Open Intermediate on a score of 37 which was the result of a dominant dressage and a double clear. He feels in good shape, heading off to Adelaide. Billy won the Advanced Dressage on a score of 33 and then unusually had 2 fences down. Little did I know, there was trouble brewing. A blood test and urine sample confirmed a kidney infection and Billy was immediately withdrawn. For such a sound horse he has missed several important events with strange ailments.
6th November, 2017 – ACE HIGH WINS THE DERBY FOR DAVID PAYNE
It was very exciting to have 2 Group 1 wins on Derby Day at Flemington for graduates of Limitless Lodge. Shillelagh won the Group 1 Kennedy Mile defeating Tom Melbourne. Both these horses are trained by Chris Waller and both were spelled and pre trained at Limitless Lodge.
Ace High was certainly a dominant winner of The Derby and it was great for David Payne. Ace High was broken in at Limitless Lodge by Tim and the team. He was a particularly difficult and head strong colt who was threatened with gelding all the way along. I suggest the owners are quite happy now that he wasn’t gelded. He certainly looks like the superior stayer and there appears no reason why he couldn’t train on to win the ATC Derby. He is currently relaxing in the spelling paddocks at Limitless Lodge.
31st October, 2017 – QUEENSLAND INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
It was great to be back in Queensland to compete after an absence of 10 years. The committee at Tambourine did an awesome job in preparing a top level show up to CIC*** level. They were well rewarded with great entries and fantastic weather. Their plan is to now hold 2 international events each year which I will most definitely be supporting. Both my horses went great and it was certainly a good lead up to Adelaide. Napoleon finished 2nd and was beaten by a very good horse called Premonition ridden by Brett Cantle. Brett’s last good horse was Alchemy who I bought from him just before Sydney Olympics and still rate as one of my best horses ever. Premonition is in good hands and will be a force to be reckoned with in to the future. GV Billy Elliot went really well but was judged to have crossed his tracks coming out of the water when my reins slipped. Unfortunate, but that happens…….He feels in really good form.
31st October, 2107 – WINX CREATES HISTORY
Winx on Saturday won her 3rd Group 1 Cox Plate in record time to confirm her status as the world’s greatest racehorse. Every time she goes on the track she does something unbelievable. At Limitless Lodge we remember her very clearly as spending her early days in Barn 2, Stable 1. This stable has always housed our favourite fillies and it is unusual for us to put a breaker there. She must have been special right from the beginning. Other famous fillies to have graced that stable have included Snitzerland and Catkins. The world now awaits Winx as she will surely travel to take on all comers.
Other winners from the farm on the weekend were –
I Am Serious - Chris Waller
First Hand – M, W and J Hawkes
Who Shot Thebarman – Chris Waller
We are now deep in to the Spring and it is great to have so many runners representing us in all the big races.
Personally, I have several runners coming up over the next couple of weeks –
Cosmic Engine - Chris Waller
Seaway – Chris Waller
Goresbridge – Gerald Ryan
Boca Grande – Kim Waugh
24th October, 2017 – WATCH TIM'S HORSES WINNING ROUNDS AT WERRIBEE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Click on the link below to see GV Billy Elliot winning the 3 star
Click on the link below to see Napoleon winning the 2 star
17th October, 2017 – 2YO WINNERS ALREADY UP AND ROLLING
We take a lot of pride in the yearlings that we break in and watch them closely as they mature in to 2yos and get up racing. We also like to put a bit of a ranking on them as to whether they are going to be precocious or require more time. One of the obvious runners won on Saturday at Randwick - Legend Of Condor. He is a beautiful, strong and athletic colt trained by a master trainer of 2yos, Gerald Ryan.
Legend Of Condor and Performer (Chris Waller) have already staked their claims as very high class 2yos and both their trainers will no doubt now be plotting paths to the Golden Slipper. Very exciting!
Remember to look out for the Zoustar 2yos. They will fly…….
Legend Of Condor (Not A Single Doubt x Rhodamine) as a yearling breaker at Limitless Lodge
17th October, 2017 – SPRING EVENTING PLANS
With 2 successful outings since the winter break for both my top horses, I can now formalise my plans for the next few weeks. Napoleon and GV Billy Elliot will have their next run at the Queensland International Horse Trials CIC*** (October 28th to 29th). They will then run again a fortnight later at Sydney Advanced (November 11th). This will be a good hit out just before Adelaide CIC*** (November 16th to 19th). Their final run will be at Wallaby Hill CCI*** (November 29th to December 3rd).
10th October, 2017 – THE BIG WINNERS KEEP COMING FROM LIMITLESS LODGE
The main race at Randwick on Saturday was the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes and it was won by Ace High (David Payne) and 2nd went to Tangled (Chris Waller). Both these colts were broken in at Limitless Lodge.
The main race at Flemington on Saturday was the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and it was won by racing’s superstar, Winx. She now will proceed to the Cox Plate and aim for win 22 in succession. Winx was of course broken in at Limitless Lodge and we are very proud of her achievements.
4th October, 2017 – TWO WINS AT MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
It was a great weekend in Melbourne where Billy won the 3 Star and Oaky won the 2 Star. They both led after the dressage and then were perfect after that. We went all that way searching for better ground than NSW has at the moment and were well rewarded.
The courses were up to height and a good challenge. They have both pulled up well and I’m currently assessing where they run next. The National Championships are held at Goulburn October 14/15 and on the same weekend there is a World Cup Jumping Show at Sydney. I guess if it rains and the ground improves we will go to Goulburn, otherwise we will showjump instead. They are both heading towards Adelaide CIC*** and Wallaby Hill CCI*** and will probably only need the one run before those big shows.
4th October, 2017 – PERFORMER WINS THE BREEDERS PLATE AT RANDWICK ON SATURDAY
It was with immense satisfaction that Performer was able to win the first two year old race of the season. He had showed his hand early as being a natural, strong and precocious runner. From the word go, he knew what he was doing and it was no surprise to us that he was able to win. It is always hard to line up these babies that come from all different directions. The one thing we have up our sleeve is we have plenty of babies to compare to and he was clearly in the top five of the many babies we broke in this year.
He now looks to be a very valuable colt who will head towards The Golden Slipper. It was interesting to note that the colts ran seven lengths quicker time than the fillies in the next race.
18th September, 2017 – FIRST OFFICIAL 2YO BARRIER TRIALS
Canterbury was the host of the first official 2yo trials for this racing season. We were proud to have many runners for the leading trainers including Team Hawkes, Chris Waller, Gerald Ryan and Gary Moore. We had several winners but probably the most impressive was Performer, trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Hugh Bowman who won well in slick time.
At Limitless Lodge, we broke in 172 horses for the season and hope to have some early runners and indeed several runners in the Golden Slipper. Indeed every year for the last 6 years, we have averaged 4 runners in the great race. My early tip is for Zoustar to be champion first season sire, based on the quality sorts that we had at the farm this year. He has passed on his athleticism and temperament. These are the most important characteristics for successful 2yo racing.
17th September, 2017 – WEEKEND WINNERS
It was another great day of racing at Randwick with Winx, of course the headline act, winning the Group 1 George Main Stakes. She certainly looked to be under pressure in the run but ended up doing what she always does and wins, being eased down in the end. Total class. Winx was broken in at Limitless Lodge and we all very proudly watch and cheer for her every time she goes around. Other graduates to win from the farm on the weekend were Comin’ Through and Libran.
The racing starts to really hot up now and with big numbers of graduates running every Saturday it is very fun to follow their progress and remember them when they were yearlings and every step along the way til they are the stars that they are now.
11th September 2017 – EVENTERS KICK OFF THEIR SPRING CAMPAIGN IN GREAT SHAPE
Billy (GV Billy Elliot) and Oaky (Napoleon) both kicked off the new season very well. Neither has had a run since Melbourne in June and I couldn’t have been happier with the result. Billy led the dressage and went double clear in the Advanced. Stuart Tinney went a little quicker than I did and just beat me. No shame to be beaten by Stuart, but Billy has only been in work for a month and on the very firm ground and a limited preparation I wasn’t prepared to push him faster. Oaky was 2nd after dressage in the Advanced Intermediate, had an unlucky rail and was perfect cross country. He ended up winning which was fantastic. Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill were second. Billy and Oaky will now head towards Werribee CIC*** in 3 weeks.
11th September 2017 – SPRING CARNIVAL KICKS OFF WITH A BANG
Saturday marked the official start of the Sydney Spring Carnival and we are proud to say Limitless Lodge graduates were able to win 6 of the 9 races. We hope this momentum can remain throughout the whole carnival as we have some very exciting horses that are yet to kick off. In particular, we can’t wait until the 2yo races start as we have had some very smart types through the yard. I am happy to say that Zoustar looks like he will be a leading light with his babies looking very smart. Look out for some Zoustar colts from the Chris Waller yard that are bound to go early.
The winners at Rosehill on Saturday from Limitless Lodge were –
Quick Defence – Chris Waller
Deploy – Gerald Ryan
Ravi – Peter Snowden
Menari – Gerald Ryan
Zumbelina – Chris Waller
Wayanka – Chris Waller
These horses were all either broken in, spelled, pre trained or rehabilitated at Limitless Lodge.
4th September 2017 – WINX WINS AGAIN IN A THRILLING FINISH
Winx does what Winx always does, and wins. This time, like her first up run, she had to overcome adversity. Red Excitement went out to a commanding lead and broke the heart of the rest of the field, but Winx was not to be deterred. She got there in the last bound in another very cool display by Hugh Bowman. Winx was broken in at Limitless Lodge and did her spelling and pre training at the farm. Red Excitement was successfully rehabilitated at the farm and does all his pre training here. Other winners on the program at Randwick that were Limitless Lodge graduates were Up’N’Rolling (Chris Waller) and Washington Heights (Gerald Ryan).
20th July 2017 – GRAND ARMEE
It is with great sadness that we can report on the passing of Grand Armee this morning. He died peacefully in his sleep in a stable at Limitless Lodge . After his stellar racing career with many Group 1 wins, he had a fantastic life eventing with Tim and winning all the way up the grades to international CIC *. After retiring from his competitive life, he has remained very active and loved by all at the farm. He was a great mentor for the babies especially holding their hand on the water walker. He will be buried next to Limitless and remembered forever as the great champion he was.
Grand Armee and regular jockey Danny Beasley
Grand Armee and Tim jumping at Scone Horse Trials 2007
Grand Armee and Darren Beadman checking out the champ who beat his champ,Lonhro, at his final start
Grand Armee enjoyed the attention that he got from everyone who visited Limitless Lodge. He was the one horse every one wanted to see
16th June 2017 – MELBOURNE 3DE DISAPPOINTMENT
Melbourne 3de was not the triumph that I was hoping it might be. All my rides since 2012 have finished in the top 3. Not this year. Billy did a great test and was double clear cross country and showjumping. Alas time penalties cross country at his first CCI for almost 3 years were our achilles heel. He has pulled up in terrific shape and will now have a good break while I am in England . He will head towards Adelaide . Not sure if he will do the CIC 3 star or CCI 4 star. Napoleon continued his up and down form sadly. He did a very good test and was truly disappointing cross country and I pulled up after 2 stops. He will head towards Adelaide and Wallaby Hill with a few lead ups. He reminds me very much of Andrew Hoy's Cheeky Calimbo. Very capable of winning and often does but can pull up cross country for no great reason. I hope to one day get to the bottom of it but the truth is it is too hard to believe when it actually happens. He is as talented a horse as I have ever had. His day to win a big event will come soon .
25th May 2017 – ALL SYSTEMS GO TO MELBOURNE 3 DAY EVENT
As the breakers start to come to an end, we can now fully concentrate on our mid season goal of Melbourne CCI***. Napoleon (Oaky) and GV Billy Elliot (Billy) are in really good form and I can’t wait to run them. This will be a strong year at Melbourne as it is the host of the Trans Tasman Australia V New Zealand. I have not made the team as I have run my horses so sparingly since their return from Europe. I honestly couldn’t be happier with their progress into the big event. Both my horses have had a lot of success at Melbourne. Oaky won the 1 star in 2013 and the 2 star in 2015 and here’s hoping for the 3 star in 2017. Billy won the 3 star in 2012 which booked his ticket to London as travelling reserve and he feels as good as ever.
13th April, 2017 – WINX AND CHAUTAUQUA DOMINATE THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
These 2 wonderful horses were without question ,the stars of the Sydney Autumn carnival. Winx carried on as she has been ..absolutely unbeatable and Chautauqua bounced back to win his 3rd TJ Smith in succession in dramatic style in the last bound.
We are extremely proud that they both started their racing careers at Limitless Lodge and feel privileged to have spent time with these champions in our barns.
21st February, 2017 – GREAT START TO THE EVENTING SEASON
Billy (GV Billy Elliot) and Oaky (Napoleon) both had wins at their first run of the year at the Sydney Eventing Summer Classic. I couldn’t have been happier with their performances in any way. Both led the dressage and felt fantastic jumping. Billy won the 3 star and Oaky won the Advanced Intermediate (known weirdly as the 2.5 star). The ground for this event on the cross country was close to perfect and a major improvement from the November event. Both my horses pulled up very well and I look forward to their next start.
In the meantime, they will head to a jumping show at Sydney this Saturday. They will spend the rest of this week in the paddock with a few light days in the water walker and maybe a little flat on Thursday and a little jump on Friday.
I haven’t galloped them this preparation yet and I was surprised how fit they were after their summer holiday. I think this is a combination of not giving them too long a break, working in the pool and plenty of cross country schooling.
So far so good…
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10 February, 2017 – PLAN FOR EVENTERS THIS SEASON
As this is a non championship year, I intend to stay in Australia and campaign my 2 top horses – Napoleon and GV Billy Elliot exclusively here. Their first 2 outings for the year have been cancelled with the extreme heat forecast for this weekend. I was to compete at Morriset Show on Friday and at Northside Jumping on Sunday.
Their first eventing start is next weekend at Sydney where they will run in the 3 star. They will then head towards Albury CIC*** and then to Quirindi**. The next outing will then be Camden CIC*** where they will probably just do dressage and showjumping.
The first big target will be Sydney CIC*** in May and the next target will be to get on the Australian team for the Trans Tasman at Werribee CCI*** in June.
They will then have a little let up and I will make a plan to head towards Adelaide CCI****. At this stage, after Melbourne, I will go to England briefly to compete the 2 Irish 6 year olds that I left with Oliver Townend.
I’m looking forward to this year very much as not only do I have the 2 top black horses, but I have a whole bunch of very smart young horses that will be making appearances in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…!...
10th February, 2017 – GRADUATES OF LIMITLESS LODGE RUNNING THIS SATURDAY AT CAULFIELD AND RANDWICK
As the racing starts to hot up, all the good horses are kicking off their autumn campaigns in the coming weeks. Australia’s best horse, Winx, resumes at Randwick and looks to be in great shape after 2 trials. She will be joined by several of her stable mates from the Chris Waller yard and we can’t wait to see them all back in action.
Please see below a complete list of runners that were broken in, pre trained and/or spelled at the farm –
Chautauqua – Hawkes
Redouble – Hawkes
Will’s Bid – Hayes
Overshare – Hawkes
Ameristralia - Hawkes
Winx – Waller
Leebaz – Hawkes
Libran – Waller
Endless Drama – Waller
Sacred Master – Waller
Sezanne – Waller
Foxplay – Waller
French Fern – Payne
Dixie Blossoms – Quinton
Shillelagh – Waller
Vassal – Waller
Cauthen’s Power – Waller
Invinzabeel – Waller
Hogmanay – Waller
Liapari – Waller
We wish all the connections the very best of luck for Saturday and into The Championships.