Bleriot 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? Bleriot 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. 

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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.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for October is Kathy Lindsay, part owner of Maid In Milan. Kathy told us this about her Maid: The story behind Maid in Milan (Mia) is a happy one. Scott Westover asked a group of ladies if they were interested in ownership of a tried mare he was considering purchasing. We’re from all over Australia and I personally hadn’t met or heard of any of them. As a lady’s horse Mia has pink colours with chevrons so that they align with Scotty’s stable styling. Mia had moved through 2-3 trainers before arriving in Alice Springs and she wasn’t much better there so he sent her to Kristi Evans, who found some old injuries to her neck amongst other things, she’d probably always had a headache. She’s had a great deal of pulse treatment and manipulation sometimes under sedation as her neck and hamstrings were painful.  She had so much care and attention from Kristi and her staff and Justin Potter and a few months later, first start back at Morphettville and we have a happy mare, she was excited and on her toes in the mounting yard, and she ran a wonderful race. She’s pulled up well and was bouncing around her paddock at Meadows like a 2yo! As for the lady’s ownership, we’ve become a tight knit and bonded group of Aussie women who are now great mates. COVID isolation doesn’t matter to us because we’ve only ever talked on the phone or via our Mia messenger group! My horses are usually with the Balfour stable but I am very impressed with Kristi’s stable and her staff. Maid In Milan started with Joe Pride at Warwick Farm winning her maiden at Bathurst before transferring to Mitchell Beer with whom she picked up a races at Corowa and Gundagai.  She then moved to Scott Westover at Alice Springs. As often happens she did not seem to appreciate the Northern Territory dirt. The transfer to Adelaide has so far yielded a city win and third from four starts. Her record sits at 22 starts for 4 wins, one second and 4 thirds and stakes of $83,000. Her new owners have already earned $26,000 from her 6 starts in the new ownership. She is by Master Of Design from Lady Dormello who is a General Nediym mare. Lady Dormello won one race and ran four seconds in 13 starts with a modest return of $16,000. Coincidently her first foal (also by Master Of Design) has made his way to Adelaide – he races as Masterati. He also started his career with Joe Pride before heading to Queensland with Stephen O’Dea and is now in Adelaide with Grant Young. Of his 6 wins, three have been with Grant where he has amassed $55,000. Half-brother Address Melbourne (by Puissance De Lune) shows promise having won 2 from 6 in Victoria. Maid In Milan’s granddam is Tycoon Milly (by Last Tycoon) she won three races in a short career and has produced Empress Milly (by Stratum) winner of 5 races and $176,000, Zebrinz (By Sebring) winner of 6 and almost $600,00 and Scoliaro (by Congrats) winner of $114,000 who has been exported to France as a broodmare. We wish Kathy and the rest of the ladies the best of luck with Maid In Milan.

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We’re excited to announce 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 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

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Reluctantly the current situation with COVID-19 in South Australia has meant that we need to postpone our Christmas Party. It appears extremely unlikely that the event would be able to go ahead on the chosen date. We will endeavour to organise a replacement function in the new year.

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Our Owner of the Month award winner for September is Wendy Daken breeder, and owner with husband Brian of Waikato Express. Wendy provided with this story: It seems just like yesterday that we go involved in racing. That is Brian and I, when actually it is 17 years ago now. How time flies when you’re chasing a dream. We have had a few country winners which has given us great joy. The delight is even greater when we have bred them all ourselves. Just watching them run in races was a delight. We would really get exited when we actually won, it didn’t matter what race, any race was wonderful. The same two mares were our breeders, as the years have gone by the next crop each year seem to get better and better. Then along came Waikato Express, how we got his name was funny, driving in New Zealand on the trek to Auckland from Thames, Brian and I were debating names, his favourite was Juicy, I didn’t like his favourite choice. We tossed a lot of names around, I said we have it, ‘Look Waikato Express way! Huge signs everywhere with that sign. Let’s take off the way and call her Waikato Express’. He didn’t like my choice, so we started asking everyone we knew and they all thought it was fabulous. So that became his name. We had a lovely trainer training him to start with and he didn’t think he’d make the grade so let him go. I thought we should give him one more chance with a new trainer, Luke O’Connor, he had just started, we had given him his first horse, Divine Weaver and now we would put Waikato Express in his hands. It wasn’t long and we had two country wins. Then he had a hind leg tendon injury. It was a toss-up as to keeping him or giving him a good home out of racing. We agist our horses at Finniss Lodge and love them and the care they take of all our horses. We put him out for a long spell with vet’s advice. We brought him back into training nearly a year later and gave him back to Luke. It took nearly four months, then joy again! we had a third with Eran Boyd on him and took deep breaths that he would stay fit without injury. We just made third, it was a delight to watch in that race. Then Luke placed him in a city race, we were excited and nervous. Our first run in the city race with Waikato Express, we decided to stick with Eran and what a race! She and Waikato Express didn’t let us down. The excitement was wonderful, you couldn’t explain our joy, we had been in Lockdown for two weeks and let out the day before the race. Neither of us were feeling joyous, we went and found a  TAB and put some money on the race, not expecting miracles and not knowing if he would stand up to the race. He is a beautiful horse, so good natured and wonderful to train, so Luke says. The rest is history, we have finally done it! We feel we have reached a milestone after 17 years. Our story is don’t give up when the going gets tough, the joy is well worth it. The surprise was that our phones never stopped ringing and texts kept coming in with the congratulations that came from people that didn’t even know we raced horses as well. It really was a joyous wonderful day. Never give up, you never know what’s around the next corner! Or the horse you just started training, how it will go. Waikato Express is by Rebel Raider from the Street Cry mare Forcryingoutloud. The 5-year-old gelding has now won 3 races with 2 seconds and a third from 18 starts earning almost $50,000. On breeding one would expect Waikato Express to be effective over longer distances than he has managed so far. The dam raced 20 times for three wins, including a metro win, she has only had one other to race, the Oratorio mare Beejaydee named I think after Wendy’s husband Brian. She raced six times for the one win and is not longer with us. The granddam Classic Kyles (by Danewin) won two from two on the Sunshine Coast and is the dam of Classic Heart (by Show A Heart) in turn dam of multiple winners Savage Young Blood, James Is Blonde and Hey Pal. We admire Wendy’s enthusiasm for racing and wish her and Brian well.

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