Canford on his way to a win Our Owner of the Month award winner for April is Esther Doel Henshall, part owner of Canford. Esther told us a little about Canford and his recent ups and downs: As a connection of Canford, I have been overjoyed with his return to form. Ryan Balfour, his vets and staff have done a remarkable job creating and formulating a fitness and treatment plan for Canford’s niggling issues. The transformation from a horse that may not have raced again after a devastating paddock injury to a horse in hot form has been a miracle.  Bart Cumming’s adage, “patience is the cheapest thing in racing”, has certainly paid dividends with Canford. Who knows what the future may hold with Canford, but I’m simply chuffed to have an honest horse and am just enjoying the ride. Canford after being injured had a break from racing for 46 weeks and returned with four starts without showing too much. He then spelled again to return 17 weeks later for a much more successful campaign notching 2 wins and 2 seconds and a third so far. Not bad, as Esther says, for a horse whose career was in grave doubt. As his name suggests the six-year-old gelding is by Canford Cliffs winner of five Group 1 races in the UK. During his time in Australia, he has sired four stakes winners, the best of which is Cliff’s Edge, whose 8 wins have netted more than a million dollars. Canford’s dam is Sorenstam (by Encosta Da Lago), she was a handy race mare winning 6 races and almost $300,000. Her other progeny include Canford’s full brother Wimborne who is still racing and has won 7 races and over $150,000. The grand dam is the listed winner of 9 races Delgara (by Delgado) who in turn has left one stakes winner, the VRC St Leger claimant Inkster (by Umatilla). Altogether Inkster won five for almost $300,000. The family has been associated with South East identity Ricky Bruhn for five generations and Delgara’s progeny include the handy mare Deltrice (by Keltrice) winner of 7 and dam herself of the twelve-time winning Bianconi gelding Conidel. It’s great to see Canford back on the track and kicking goals again.

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Showusyourmotor Our Owner of the Month award winner for January is Norm Gardner part owner of Vindex and Showusyourmotor.  We chatted to Norm about his involvement in racing Norm bought his first share in a racehorse when he was in his early 20’s. The horse was bought from SAROA member and at the time Alice Springs bookmaker Terry Lillis and the horse was trained by Gary Searle. Norm caught the racing bug then and has been involved in ownership ever since. He said his best were Finke (Turffontein – Blooming Marvellous) who won eight races as a three-year-old in the Territory culminating in a Third in the Darwin Cup. Getting Lucky (Danzig Connection – Crafty Luck) who won 12 races in the Territory and one at Caulfield As well as Letmeentertainyou (Catbird – News Academy) who won once in Darwin and five times in Adelaide. The two horses for which Norm is our January winner represent two different aspects of race ownership. Vindex (Fastnet Rock – Mithila) is a 7-year-old who was picked up as a tried horse by Norm’s partner – trainer Kristi Evans. At the time he got to Kristi he had raced 23 times for a lowly maiden win at Benalla. Since then while only winning twice, he has picked up a second, 7 thirds and 2 fourths and his total prizemoney sits at just over $92,000. Vindex is well bred with his dam Mithila being by Encosta Da Lago, she was unraced but has produced Hierarchal (by High Chaparral) winner of almost $190,000 and Madam Legend (by I Am Invincible) winner of over $185,000 to date. The granddam Twyla (by Danehill) produced the stakes winner Murjana (by Giants Causeway); as well as Celebria (by Peintre Celebre) dam of three stakes winners, most notably Gathering (by Tale Of The Cat) a Group 1 winner in Perth; and River Song (by Fusiachi Pegasus) dam of the stakes winner Niagara (by Encosta Da Lago) now a successful sire in New Zealand. The third dam is the Nijinsky mare Dancing Show who left 2 stakes winners – both hugely successful sires in Hurricane Sky (by Star Watch) and Umatilla (by Miswaki). Showusyourmotor (Zebedee – Glorious Night) was bred by Cornerstone Stud and looks to be an above average filly with one win from four starts. The dam Glorious Night is by Al Maher has only produced one to race so far. The grand dam is Azardi (by Desert Prince) sire of the Villiers Stakes winner All Legal (also by Al Maher) winner of 6 races and nearly $600,000 with nothing else of note. The third dam San Century (by Centaine) also left three stakes winners most notably Glorious Days by Hussonet a seven-time winner in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Mile. SAROA wishes Norm and Kristi all the best for their future success.

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