Our Owner of the Month award winner for February is Dennis Gardiner part owner of Knightstown. Dennis told us about his involvement in racing
My love of horses began years ago when I was a child and my father would take us to Victoria Park, Cheltenham and Morphettville. At these courses I saw the champion jockeys of yesterday year such as Billy Pyers, Pat Glennon and Jim Johnson. My two favourite jockeys of that era were Roy Higgins and George Moore.
I have always wanted to be involved in the racing industry, so I approached Mark Minervini and managed to get a share in a few horses, including Mica Lil, and Martinique. I had some success with Mica Lil running 3rd in the Robert Sangster Stakes. Through SAROA, I met Rob and Maureen McBryde and I purchased a share in Knightstown which is trained by Gordon Richards. Knightstown won a trial at Morphettville, then the following Saturday 13th February he won in grand style, well ridden by Ryan Hurdle.
Interestingly Knightstown was bred by SAROA treasurer Rob McBryde and was passed in at the Magic Million Adelaide sales. Rob retained the horse to race and SAROA committee member Kevin Benger and wife Beverly also took a share. As he won in February, he was eligible for the double up of Racing Rewards and earned $66,000 for his connections in the one start. A great return for a single start in SA.
Knightstown, a two-year-old, is by Valentia out of the staying mare Zaraya Rose. Valentia is a very attractive looking stallion by Fastnet Rock who stands at Cornerstone stud at Angaston. His eldest progeny are three and include Fayerra and Smokin Val.
Zaraya Rose (by Hawk Wind) was a two-time winner and has also produced Saccharo (by Magnus) a winner of almost $200,000. The granddam Summer Magic (by Eagling) has also produced Surmato (by Belloto) and Brewski (by Bel Esprit).
The third dam Lightning Flash (by Lightning) was imported from France, she produced amongst others Light Water (by Bellwater) dam of Flash Coupe and Resplendent (by Bluebird) producer of Flash of Doubt.
Having only raced once and having won quite impressively, the future looks bright for Knightstown and his connections.
A reminder that SAROA is the first owner association to jump on board as a partner of the new Fred app for racing owners. The team at Friends of Mr Ed (Fred for short) have created the app to provide a fun social space for owners, and we’re right behind this new innovation because we think it’s the perfect way to get more out of ownership on and off the track. Over time we will work closely with Fred to add greater value (and more fun!) to your SAROA membership.
We encourage all SAROA members to download the Fred app, connect your horses and friends and enjoy the ride!
Fred – the new social app for horse owners and their friends
In addition Fred is calling for expressions of interest from owners and their friends in buying a small share in a racehorse to be trained by a prominent Adelaide stable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Friends of Mr Ed is excited to introduce owners to a new social app called Fred.
This free new app has been made by owners who wanted to create an active social community with other owners on and off the racetrack, and make ownership more fun and more interactive.
Fred’s got owner chat groups, race information, stats and social events all within the app and every named & registered racehorse in Australia is on it. Fred also has a partnership with our South Australian office photographers “Atkins Photography” so you can see and purchase the winning photos directly from the media library within the app.
We’ve checked out the app and we think owners will love it, plus you can invite your friends and family to connect and chat as well. All you have to do to get started is:
Download the app here:www.friendsofmred.com/downloadCreate a profile and start adding your horse/sGet chatting with other owners already on the app and invite friends to join from the ‘Me’ tab
We hope you enjoy using the app and if there’s any feedback you’d like to share, you can.
SAROA now has an Instagram account – check us out at instagram,com/saroa_richard for all the latest.
Friends of Mr Ed have released the second part of their blog on Racehorse Ownership. Read here
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.
Clarken Racing are in the process of forming an Aspiring Owners Club -details below
SAROA is keen to support this initiative as it serves to attract new owners to SA racing and helps provide education for them So tell all your friends who are interested in racing but don’t yet have a horse.
What is the Aspiring Owners Club?Clarken Racing wants to demystify the world of horse ownership. This is a unique opportunity for budding racing enthusiasts to get an inside look at the thrill of racing from an owner’s perspective.It’s free to join and there are absolutely no costs.
What you will get as an Aspiring Clarken Racing Owner:– Receive regular reports on the progress of the horse– Have opportunities to visit stables and meet staff– Watch the horse in action undertaking track work– Attend trials– Attend race meetings– Receive invitations to Clarken Racing Owner events throughout the year– Receive weekly stable news, updates and Will’s thoughts on all the horses running each weekendWhy a yearling and where is the horse coming from?To follow the entire career of a racehorse; the highs, the lows and all the bits in between. The yearling will be purchased by Clarken Racing at the Adelaide 2021 Magic Millions sale. We will have a marquee set up with food and drink on 7th March; RSVP to start the story from the sales and meet the team.
What am I joining?The Clarken Racing Family. You will become a member of the Aspiring Owners Club and share the journey with us as we take the horse from an unbroken yearling to an educated, and potentially successful race horse.
Want to be a part of this unique opportunity?Get in touch via: email@example.com
RSVP using the above email to attend Clarken Racing’s Magic Millions Adelaide marquee by Thursday 25th February
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Our Owner of the Month award winner for December is Will Clarken, trainer and part owner of Stan The Caddy and Bleriot. The stable provided us with the following comments:
Stan The Caddy
He’s no world-beater (yet) but he has amassed a bit of a following due to his name, which for those who don’t know, comes from a character in the show Seinfeld. We have had to be patient with this horse. He was always backward; and coming from Rebel Raider stock, was always going to take a little time.
I had his full-brother El Desperado who won the Strathalbyn Cup at 4YO, so I knew Stan would take a while to furnish. I don’t think he is quite there yet as he can still mix his form. But on the days he puts things together, it really clicks. This is where you can see him balance up and stretch out with a big long striding action. Perhaps the Strathalbyn Cup at 5YO is his go?
This 2YO filly is the opposite end of the spectrum to Stan The Caddy; she has been ready to go from day one. I purchased her as a yearling at the 2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions as part of the Aquis Farm draft. Aquis retained a share in her and being by their first season stallion, Divine Prophet, came with a ‘Bonus of the Purchase Price Back’ if she was able to win a Saturday Metropolitan race before next year’s sale.
Watching her run second on two occasions to classy interstate raiders was tough, but she managed to salute on her third attempt and secure a huge windfall for all the owners. She is not the most naturally talented 2YO in the stable but these placings behind some very sharp looking horses were possible thanks to her forward professional manner and mental and physical fortitude. I’m looking forward to getting her back into work and seeing if she can take it to the next level.
At the time of writing Stan The Caddy by Rebel Raider out of Roscrea Rose (by Blevic) has won 3 from 11 starts and earnt more than $90,000 including almost $25,000 in Racing Rewards SA (SABOIS) bonuses. His last two wins which came in succession, were over middle distances.
The dam Roscrea Rose won once from 10 tries and has produced the full brother El Desperado who is still racing having won four and earned more than $115,000. The mare has also left a colt by Americain.
The second dam Sally Rose continues the staying blood lines being by Jeune, she won five races and left several winners. These include Rowdy Rocker (by Ssratoga Springs) winner of 10 with 21 minor placings and stakes of nearly $220,000; High Value (by Face Value); and Rowdy Richard (by Blevic) winner of more than $150,000. These three were all trained by Ken Sweeney.
Bleriot is a filly by Divine Prophet from the Jet Spur mare Jetting To London. As mentioned, Bleriot is from the first crop of the Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet who is by Choisir. Her race record stands at 3 starts for a win and 2 seconds and stakes of $45,000 which does not include the “Purchase Price Back” bonus.
Her dam Jetting To London won four starts, two in Queensland and two in WA with Bleriot being her only named progeny to date. The second dam Lady London (by Brocco) was unplaced at two starts and has produced nothing of significance at stud.
Going back to the third dam, the Bletchingly mare London Lights however we find three stakes winners – Lisson Grove (by Dehere) winner of the listed SAJC Dermody Stakes; the Sir Tristam mare Only A Lady winner of the Group 1 Flight stakes and dam of the listed winner Redwood Falls (by Woodman); and finally, Smoko (by Snitzel) a listed winner of 8 races and $300,000 in WA.
Will’s two horses demonstrate the different challenges that racing throws up with Stan The Caddy requiring patience and Bleriot being precocious but running into tough opposition at her initial starts.
For the second year running apprentice Lizzie Annells has won the SAROA Apprentice Award. This year’s award recognises the contributions Lizzie made to the welfare of horses affected by the 2020 Adelaide Hills bushfires. Congratulations Lizzie.
Photo courtesy of Atkins Photography
Our partners at Friends of Mr Ed have issued their first blog on racehorse ownership which can be found at https://www.friendsofmred.com/blog-/freducation-part-1
Enjoy the read.
Our Owner of the Month award winner for November is Paul and Suzie Kristoris, part owners of Picargo and Li’l Kontra. Suzie wrote these notes for us.
The 4 year old chestnut mare Li’L Kontra was sired by Krupt out of the mare L’il Cashy who also foaled other winning horses including Cashed and Embecee Lil, both of which Paul and I had a share of the ownership.
Ownership and racing of Li’l Kontra historically continues Paul’s long and successful association with the Balfour family dating back to the days when Ryan’s father David Balfour was training. David originally urged Paul to buy into Cashed.
Li’l Kontra commenced her so far impressive racing career as a 2 year old in the 2018/19 season at Morphettville, where between December and May, she notched up 3 wins from 9 starts without missing a place. Her excellent early form culminated in her achievement of ‘black type’ status winning the Group 3 National Stakes in Adelaide in May, ridden by Dwayne Dunn.
Ryan set Li’l Kontra for her Melbourne debut during the Spring Carnival of 2019 where Jaimie Kah rode her in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield, against the best 3 year olds in the country. She placed a credible 2nd in excellent company, and later during the Carnival ran in her first Group 1 Race, the Coolmore at Flemington, where she placed a sound 4th.
As a 4 year old Li’l Kontra, has so far had mixed results, with a first up win in November 2020, after a long 25 week spell. Thus far, after 23 starts and overall race record of 4 – 9 – 3, and a Group /Listed race record of 11 – 2 – 2 – 1 winning an impressive $520,000 + in prizemoney, we are looking forward to watching Li’l Kontra’s future runs, hoping for more success for this excellent mare.
As for sprinter PICARGO, a 4 year old bay gelding sired by Oamaru Force out of Dam Bel Franc, Paul and I have only become owners since September 2019.
Picargo provides us with plenty to cheer about demonstrating so far, a more than handy race record of 14 starts for 2 – 5 – 2. He has shown us to be an honest horse where he is always around the mark and is paying his way.
We look forward to plenty more action from this horse in this and future preps as we move into the Autumn racing season
There have been three horses called Picargo that have been trained by the family of Ryan Balfour – the first one trained by Ryan’s grandfather T.W. Neale was the winner of the 1967 Goodwood Handicap, the second trained by Ryan’s dad David was also successful and the stable now has the third iteration. This 4-year-old gelding is by Oamaru Force out of the Bel Esprit mare Bel Franc. He has to date raced 12 times for 2 wins, 4 seconds and 2 thirds and stakes of $75,950.
Bel Franc was lightly raced with 1 win from 3 starts. Picargo is currently her most successful progeny, his full brother Ashtrain has won 4 from 12 in northern Victoria. The granddam Lady Franc (by Grovenor) was not successful as a race horse, her progeny include 7 time winner Thankgodforfranc (by God’s Own). Going back a further generation we find the Little Brown Jug mare Lady Bronte who left a three time stakes winner of two Group Ones in Western Red.
Also trained by Ryan Balfour is Li’l Kontra by Krupt out of Li’l Cashy (by Keltrice), her prizemoney earnings exceed $500,000. She has always raced at a high level and has perhaps not always had the best of luck in her races. She has won a Group 3 race and a listed event so far in her career.
Her dam L’il Cashy was a speed machine ending her career on the track with 9 wins for almost $190,000. Li’l Cashy has been a great brood mare with her progeny including the ever unlucky Cashed a full brother to Li’l Kontra winner of 9 races and over $450,000 and Embecee Lil (by Myboycharlie) winner of 5 races. There are probably more winners to come as she has two Shamus Awards and a Toronado either lightly raced or yet to race.
Li’l Kontra’s granddam Camicia (by Night Shift) was born in the UK, she won three races in Australia. She has also left Cashkalani (by Ashkalani) winner of 6 races, and dam of Jack Henry (by Good Journey) winner of 3 and I Am Kalani (by I Am Invincible) winner of $120,000.
It seems likely that more success will be heading the way of both L’il Kontra and Picargo.