Bryan and June Terry SAROA Owners of the Month for August

Graceful Eagle winning at Murray Bridge

Congratulations to Bryan and June Terry our Owners of the Month for August with Graceful Eagle

I spoke to Bryan about his racing experiences.

Bryan also wrote this account for us:

We would like to thank Leigh and Brian Hoey for nominating us for SAROA Owner of the Month

It ‘s been a very long 5 and a half years since we had our last winner Wilander Princess. I went to the yearling sales with a list of over 30 yearlings to examine. Lot 131 a Free Eagle filly was not on that list.

As soon as I saw that filly parade in the sale ring, I liked the wat she looked and moved. I started bidding but she was passed in with my last bid of $15,000. I then said to my new trainer Karen Byrnes that I was going back to the stalls to have a closer look. I was able to buy her for $18,000.

I was aware that while she was a good size, she might need some time to mature as she was a late foal and was by Free Eagle.

After she was broken in and had some short preps, she began to show us that she might have some ability. Her first two starts however were disastrous as way too many things went wrong. I started to have a few doubts.

At her third start and now with blinkers on, she was a very different switched-on race horse. Although she was slow away, she came from well back to pass the favourites to win by half a length at 40+ to 1 odds and still quite green.

She will spend a couple of months in the paddock. June and I can not wait for her to return and hopefully she can on with it.

Graceful Eagle is by Free Eagle from the Lonhro mare Taransay. Taransay was a handy race mare winning 3 from sixteen starts and earning a little over $100,000. Her other progeny include Housay (by Zebedee) winner so far of three from seven and $130,000 and the promising Prince of Fences (by Magnus).

The granddam is Heather (by Grand Lodge) and very well performed winner of 7 races and $380,000. Her wins included the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes and the listed Gold Coast Goldmarket Handicap. She has left Tulla Touch (Exceed and Excel) winner of 5 and almost $100,000 and Frosty Heart (by Frost Giant).

The third dam Clochan (by Haulpak) who had two stakes winners, Heather as mentioned and Peat Bog by Canny Lad who won a Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes.

SAROA wish Bryan and June the very best with Graceful Eagle.