Our Owner of the Month award winner for December is Leeann Harbridge for Great Leveller. Leeann gave us these comments about racing and Great Leveller:
I guess you could say that my interest in racing started at a very young age. There are photos of me attending the Port Augusta races as a 2yr old, there to watch my Dad, Bryan Harbridge (most people knew him as Popeye), who was riding at that meeting.
A few years later Dad took up training horses at Port Augusta and from that time on I was hooked having a shares in a couple of horses that he trained. On Dad’s retirement he transferred his racing silks to me and they are used on another horse I own a share in Angaston.
I currently have an interest in 4 horses all trained by Jon O’Connor at Morphettville. Great Leveller is one of the 4, and he has given us a great ride so far by winning his last 3 starts. Jon purchased him at the Sydney Inglis Classic sales in 2019 as a yearling.
I am fortunate to be involved with a great group of owners who race ‘Thomas’. He is a lightly raced 4 yr old who showed some promise early but lacked maturity as a younger horse. Fortunately he is now starting to put it together winning 6 races from his 16 starts. We are certainly looking forward to watching what he does from now on.
We are very grateful and appreciate the hard work and fabulous care that Jon’s team give to our horses. So to Jon, Kim, Sammy, Shae, Korey, Angus and Stacey, we love your work!
Great Leveller is a four-year-old gelding by Stratum from the Snippetson mare I’m Capable. At the time of writing his record is 16 starts for 6 wins and five thirds, and stakes earnings of just over $160,000. The mare is deceased and has left only Astrolith (by Stratum Star) who has only had the one start for a second at Wellington.
The granddam Capable is by the Luskin Star stallion Covetous, she was lighty raced winning one from six starts. Her record at stud is unremarkable.
The third dam is Miss Leader (by Conquistarose) and she is also the dam of Kymatt (by Forest Glow) a six-time winner SA winner.
As mentioned by Leeann, she is also a part owner of the Ambidexter gelding Angaston who has won four times and placed a further eleven times so far from 31 starts, his current earnings are similar to those of Great Leveller. His dam is Oneredtwored (by the Queensland champion Falvelon) who has several unraced progeny.
The grand dam Money Spider (by Sovereign Red) has also produced Takings (by Show A Heart) winner of seven, the full sister Web of Love, winner of five; another full sister Sure of Heart is the dam of Don’t We Love it (by Falvelon) who has so far raced 91 times for nine wins, 17 seconds and 10 thirds with earnings of just over $200,000. Yet another full sister Coinage has left a solid money earner in Golfing (by Statue of Liberty) who is a ten times winner.
We wish Leeann well with her racing pursuits.