Update 23rd July:
A big week for Yorkshire Park bred runners with three wins and a second from the four starters almost the perfect score. All Done Up continued her great form with a win on Monday at Maryborough and followed up with a win at Globe Derby on Saturday night. The daughter of My Little Black Dress has won three in a row and took her prize money to over $50,000. Social Fireball greeted the judge at Stawell after leading all the way and trainer Brooke Hansen should be congratulated on a top effort to change the attitude of the trotting filly. We almost made it four from four when Artful Christian finished second at Bendigo on Thursday night.
Good to see Go Home Jo back at the track this coming Wednesday night after injury and we wish Shane & Lauren all the best with her. Pearlescent goes round on Tuesday night and gets her chance to break through for her maiden win.
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A mixed month on the race track for Yorkshire Park with Whosashadylady qualifying for the semi finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle but then disappointing in both the semi final and her subsequent start at Bathurst. The end result is that she has gone to the paddock for a good spell and hopefully after a three month spell will return to the race track. Since arriving from NZ she has had 11 starts for a win, four seconds, three thirds a fourth and the last two disappointing runs.
Great to see Artful Christian great the judge recently at Horsham in slick time after being three wide for a lap and a half. He recorded win number six from 17 starts and continues to perform well. Owned by Yorkshire Park but leased to Bendigo committeeman Peter Svanosio the son of Major In Art has been a terrific performer and looks to have a few more wins in him still to come. Pearlescent is another horse owned by Yorkshire Park but leased to John & Maree Caldow ran a much better race at Ararat the other night and will get her chance this coming Wednesday at Shepparton drawing the pole position over 1690 metres. The filly certainly has ability but can be very wayward at times.
I mentioned last month that a 3 YO trotter which was sold by Yorkshire Park through the Australian Premier Trotting sale a couple of years ago called Jilliby Babavska would be worth following in the future races at Ballarat Thursday night after a much improved 3rd placing recently at Maryborough. Keep an eye out for him as he has plenty of ability.
Disappointing news about Our Royal Lady who has been sent to the paddock for a spell after having bone chips removed from a fetlock joint recently. The very first winner by Lincoln Royal, bred by Yorkshire Park and a winner of the SA Sapling Stakes at her first start showed plenty of promise being placed in another of her three starts to date. She is a beautiful filly and shows plenty of ability and we wish the owners all the best with her in the future.
Not a lot to report on Yorkshire Park’s two yearling fillies in New Zealand at the moment, Rosa Parks and Lutetia Midfrew, under the care of John Hay at Ashburton. Spoke with John the other day and they are coming along nicely. More to report on their progress during the month.
This week sees the culmination of the Empire Vic Bred Super Series with the trotters finals on Friday night and the pacers on Saturday night at Melton. This is a great time of the year for harness racing when we see the best of our young horses doing battle for Group One glory. One of Yorkshire Park’s trainers Graham Lyon at Kyabram will have his talented 4 YO trotter Getthenet going around in the $80,000 final and we wish him and the owners all the very best. While on the Vic Bred series one of my favourite horses Brallos Pass will contest the 4YO pacers race and once again we wish Mark Watson and the owners all the best with the little fella.
Not a lot to report on the breeding side of things at present but it won’t be long before we start gearing up for the foaling season. It will be an exciting time this year as Yorkshire Park have seven mares in foal and we look forward to seeing the foals all safely on the ground.
Our four weanling fillies have all settled in at Yorkshire Park since returning last month and we look forward to working with them over the coming months. The two pacing fillies and two trotting fillies are doing well and enjoying their time out in the paddock before they will come back in for further education.
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That’s about all for now.
Good luck and good punting.
Yorkshire Park team.