25/11 – Great news with Yorkshire Park mare Watch The Dream delivering a lovely Sportswriter filly on Friday morning, both mare & foal doing well.
The winners keep on coming with Yorkshire Park filly sold at APG yearling sale All Done Up saluting at Newcastle for win number 8 and upwards of $65K in prizemoney.
Yorkshire Parks yearling filly by Village Jolt out of Ima Ritzi Lombo headed off to Ravitalli Standardbreds today under the care of Luke Bryant to be broken in. A half sister to Go Home Jo & Hancocks Hero, both winners in the last month, Tess will then head to the Graham Lyon stable for a couple of weeks. Lets hope she performs like her brother & sister. Yorkshire Park will syndicate the filly when she has completed her first preparation.
19/11 – Hancocks Hero (Alta Christiano – Ima Ritzi Lombo) produced a fine display to win the 3YO race on Gunbower Cup day. Bred by Yorkshire Park the consistent gelding worked to the lead early and won in comfortable fashion by 3.2 metres driven by his trainer Ellen Tormey. Congratulations to the owners who I believe this is their first horse in harness racing.
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Welcome back to the latest news from Yorkshire Park following a short break during the month of October. As usual there is a fair bit going on now that we are right in the middle of breeding season.
The breeding season didn’t start of well with our mare Sixty Plus slipping her Love You foal six weeks out from her due date. While this is really disappointing to lose such a valuable foal it just shows you how things can change quickly in the breeding game. Fortunately the mare is ok and will head back to stud this year to get in foal to Used To Me. On a brighter note Vickymurphy did produce a lovely filly foal by Well Said on the 5th November and both mum and the foal are doing well. Watch The Dream is due to foal any day now to Sportswriter so we eagerly wait to see what little surprise we get with her. I’m also pleased to say we have purchased Our Narissa Franco by Live or Die and closely related the very good performers in Franco Nelson (23 wins), Franco Noriega (11 wins) & Franco Nereus (7 wins). She will be served by TinTin In Amercia this coming season.
On the racing scene our three year old Lutetia Midfrew has been back in work for about a month under the care of John Caldow. She did extremely well while spelling and we are hopeful we could have a good season at the track with her. Alta Mach returned from her injury let up but has been disappointing in her three runs back. Something isn’t quite right with her and she is off to Goulburn Valley Medical Clinic to get her checked out. Our Rock N Roll Heaven two year old filly is back for her first preparation under the guidance of Chris Svanosio and she is progressing well.
Fantastic to see the Yorkshire Park bred mares Stylish Icon & Go Home Jo winning over the past couple of weeks and the formerly owned mare Whosashadylady greeting the judge at Ararat in her first start for the new owners. It is always pleasing to see our progeny winning for their owners.
Really having withdrawal symptoms not being in New Zealand this week for the New Zealand Trotting Cup carnival. This time last year I was totally caught up in the atmosphere of the New Zealand Cup which is a week like no other in harness racing. Next year we are definitely off to New Zealand!!
Not long now before the first of the Inter Dominion heats to be run at Ballarat on the 4th December. Cant wait to get to Ballart to see the first round of heats kick off. Really intriguing series with a number of the very best horses missing out through injury or been sold.
The Victorian Country Cups carnivals have commenced with San Carlo being the absolute stand out winning the Cranbourne Cup in a gutsy effort then backing up to take out the Yarra Valley Cup. He will make his presence felt in the Interdominion this year and has been ultra impressive so far.
A big congratulations to Kerry Manning on winning the St .Arnaud Cup on Sunday with Motu Meteor in impressive style. That makes it St. Arnaud Cup number five for the worlds most winningness driver. On the St. Arnaud Cup on the weekend a big congratulations to the club on the way they presented their cup meeting and the acknowledgement paid in remembering our soldiers who fought in the First World War to allow us to live the way we do today. A special touch was the playing of the “Last Post” and the Pacing Cup arriving by Light Horseman, a real fitting touch.
That’s about all for now.
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Good luck and good punting.
Yorkshire Park team.