Tim’s season has come to an unexpectedly abrupt end with an injury to his best horse, Mercator Du Ry (bay, Selle Francaise, 9yo gelding). Tim had entered Mercator for Adelaide CCI** but is a late withdrawal. It is relatively minor but comes as a warning to opt for caution and stop now, with a view to bigger targets next year. Mercator has been a revelation this year with many successes and good results at 2** level. It is our intention to have a couple of 2** starts early in the year and then progress to 3*** prior to Melbourne 3DE. His best results have included wins at Kooralbyn CIC** and Sydney CIC*. He is for sure a horse to be excited about for the future.
OCTOBER 28 – SEASON WRAP UP FOR TIM’S TEAM AT LIMITLESS LODGE
Into the future. He is very quirky, but very good. Now enjoying a well earned break, he will recommence training prior to Christmas and his short term goal will be Melbourne CCI** in June 2010. His best results have been at Canberra CIC* (2nd), Kooralbyn CIC* (3rd) and Scone CIC* (4th).
Grand Armee (brown TB 11yo gelding by Hennessy) is the most famous horse on my farm but not yet because of his eventing exploits. He is better known as a champion racehorse with 7 Group 1 wins and $AUS5.3 million in prize money. Grandy is a sensational horse to do anything with and is improving rapidly. He is very competitive at 1* level with his best results being a win at Wallaby Hill and a 3rd at Canberra CIC*. His dressage has been his weakest phase so far but Rozzie Ryan has been a tremendous help and as we progress towards 2** it is hoped that this improvement continues. He is very brave, fast (obviously), sensible and a very good jumper. Grandy is also a very sound horse so we hope he can become stronger on the flat to match his jumping prowess and head towards 3*** in the future.
Astronomical (brown TB 6yo gelding by Galileo) is owned by Kim Harding and has progressed rapidly from his first start in July to being a very competitive young horse who is about to start pre novice. At the beginning of the year he was a rogue and while always having a lot of ability, seemed to lack the temperament to cope with the training and life in general to be a top competition horse. He has improved immeasurably, to the stage where he is now very reliable in all phases. He is certainly an exciting young horse. His best results include 1st at Sydney Intro in July, 3rd at Kooralbyn Prelim in July and 2nd at Canberra Prelim in October.
We have an exciting bunch of horses ready to start their eventing careers early in 2010 and we will keep you up to date with their progress from the beginning
While happy to look forward to the future, in a lot of ways, 2009 has been a sad year, with the passing of several old warriors and a young star cut down just as his career was about to explode. Gus, Verdi and Leroy have been part of the furniture at Limitless Lodge for many years and we hope that you enjoy this collection of photos as much as we do. Macfly, imported early in 2009 from England, was a star in the making. He only had 4 starts with Tim and was never out of the top 4. His career ended with an infected tendon sheath. The team at Randwick Equine Centre, headed by Michael Robhinson and Chris O’Sullivan did everything possible for his rehabilitation but unfortunately a happy outcome was not to be and it is with great sadness that he was put to rest in early July.
OCTOBER 27 – AQUACIZER READY TO OPEN
The much anticipated 6 horse aquacizer is to be commissioned this week. After months of planning and building this unique tool in the rehabilitation and maintenance of racehorses is finally ready to open. We welcome all inspections to our Limitless Lodge Racing Stables and are very happy to show you our brand new facilities.
OCTOBER 27 - SECRET SPY SOLD TO AMANDA AND ROBERT FISHER
This talented Irish Sport Horse by Cavalier has gone to the best of homes in Sydney, to be ridden by Alex Fisher. They will be mentored by Alex Townsend at Wallaby Hill. In their first week as a partnership they have already competed at Goulburn with success.
OCTOBER 26 – PAU CCI****, FRANCE
The last big four star event of the European season has had a dramatic climax with a German domination. Dirk Schrade riding King Artus has defeated Andreas Dibowski riding Butts Leon by 0.1 of a penalty. The dressage and cross country leader Oliver Townend riding his Burghley winner, Carousel Quest, had a very unfortunate showjumping round which resulted in 28 penalties and sliding down to 7th place. For full results go to http://www.event-pau.fr/.
OCTOBER 25 – GREAT DAY RACING IN SHA TIN FOR HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SALE GRADUATES
Two of the stars of our team from the sale in December 2008 have developed into the 2 rising stars of Hong Kong racing. Both these 4 year old geldings are trained by David Hall and both were yesterday ridden by Brett Prebble. Taverner is a gelding by Flying Spur out of Atom Angel. He was a $AUS170,000 yearling from the 2007 Magic Million Premier Sale. He has had 2 starts for 2 emphatic wins over 1000m. He really does look the next big sprinting star for Hong Kong. Algarve is a gelding by Encosta De Lago, out of Onassis, consigned by Coolmore Stud and costing $AUS400,000 at the 2007 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He took his record to 3 starts for 2 wins with a first up win over 1400m in a class 3. He is being considered a leading contender for the Hong Kong Derby in March. Both these horses were broken in and prepared at Limitless Lodge and like all of the horses that come here we are very proud of them and follow their progress with interest.
OCTOBER 24 – THEROCK WINS AGAIN AT ROSEHILL
One of the biggest horses to ever be broken in at Limitless Lodge is finally starting to deliver on the racetrack what he has always shown privately to us and to his trainer Gerald Ryan. A $AUS500,000 weanling from the Magic Million National Sale, this striking colt has put 2 wins on the board from 2 starts this preparation and Gerald is aiming him at the Group 1 New Zealand Guineas in 3 weeks.
OCTOBER 23 – HURTLE MYRTLE RELAXES IN THE PADDOCK
One of the rising stars of the Sydney training ranks, Matthew Smith, uses the spelling property of Limitless Lodge, Myrtle Creek Park (www.myrtlecreekpark.com.au) with great success. One of his rising stars, Hurtle Myrtle after a very successful Spring Carnival, with placings in all the top 3yo filly races, including the Group One Flight Stakes, is luxuriating in the paddock and strengthening up for an assault on all the 3yo filly Autumn Classics.
OCTOBER 21 – RED ENSIGN WINS LIKE A SUPER STAR
One of the horses, considered to be in the very top category of horses I have ever broken in at Limitless Lodge, won at Canterbury today at the luxurious odds of 33/1. Trained by Les Bridge, and ridden by Tim Clark, Red Ensign made up 8 lengths on the leaders in the straight to win on the post, in the manner of a horse going places quickly. Mark my words, this is a Group horse in the not too distant future. Owned by Kim Harding, who is the biggest supporter of Les Bridge, it would be a great reward for years of loyal ownership.
OCTOBER 19 – HKJC SALE HORSES ENTER QUARANTINE
This year for the International Sale in December we have a team of 7 horses. These horses have been selected by a panel of experts, thoroughly vetted and x-rayed and prepared all year by our team at Limitless Lodge to hopefully produce sound, tough, high quality horses for the Hong Kong market. This is a smaller number than normal due to the Club’s decision not to purchase at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, as a backlash at the Australian racing authorities who licensed Chris Munce whilst he was still banned in Hong Kong.
We hope in 2010 that this has been resolved and our numbers subsequently increase. We have a further 14 horses to go to Hong Kong in February as part of the Subscription Draft. Two of our standout horses for the HK International Sale are Anabaa/Investment Grade and Flying Spur/Miss Mocha. We hope the Hong Kong economy has recovered sufficiently so that the prices will get back to the 2007/08 days where $HK7 million was the benchmark sale topper and the average around the $HK4.5 million.
OCTOBER 18 – GOULBURN CIC*** VICTORY TO CHRIS BURTON…. AGAIN
Reigning Adelaide CCI**** champion and NSW rider of the year, Chris Burton has sealed victory, once again, with the fastest time of the day and a clear showjumping on Jade Findlay’s Holstein Park Leilani. In a star studded field with all the leading chances for Australian selection, bar Megan Jones and Sonja Johnson, this competition, as always was on everyone’s schedule as a lead up to Adelaide. Wendy Schaeffer, Stuart Tinney, Shane Rose and Kevin McNab all had 3 chances and all had good days, except for Wendy who had a fall on her best horse and was eliminated on another.
Chris, who won the Limitless Trophy for the second year in a row, must now be looking forward to Adelaide and possible selection on the Trans Tasman team to represent Australia against New Zealand. Chris defeated Stuart Tinney (Vettori) and Shane Rose (Statford Novalis) with Kevin McNab 4th on his dressage leader, Game Play. Kevin had a good day at the office by winning both the 1* and the 2** classes. Neil Kennedy, once again deserves credit for building a wonderful, testing but inviting track with beautiful going. For full results and editorial go to http://www.eventingnsw.equestrian.org.au/?Page=21101.