ALL STARS STABLE

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 NATALIE SORTS THE SIRES STAKES HEAT - FASCINATINGRACE FRIDAY !

FLYING STAKES CHANGES COMPLEXION-ALL STARS HAVE SIX RUNNERS-AFTER WITHDRAWALS FOR MONDAY

*HEAVEN ROCKS AND LAZARUS DO SOME "HOME WORK" AT ASHBURTON-2400M IN 2.58 AND CHANGE

FUNATHEBEACH wins in 3.01.4 (28.7); Anthem beats Shenandoah in 3.03.8 (27). ELLE MAC wins in 3.01.4 (27.3)

PRINCE FEARLESS runs in pacing heat and Mark "happier". 

*With Tim guiding galloping pacemaker "Horace"  with Lazarus trailing and then Heaven Rocks our two leading Cup hopes worked over 2400m in better than 2.59 yesterday at Ashburton after they were the only starters in the official workout. They broke 2.59 for the distance the last 400m in better than 26 and both only advanced their hopes for Ashburton on Monday.

"They are both flying. Mene (Heaven Rocks) feels great" Natalie said.

 

DREAM ABOUT ME FINALLY CRACKS THE $1M-10th MILLIONAIRE FOR ALL STARS.

 

From the workouts: 1) Heaven Rocks is breaking 26 with ease 2) Elle Mac resumes on win note (Prince Fearless in behind)  3 Horace leads Laz and Mene 4) Anthem tops Shenandoah 5) Funatthebeach looks the part

Mike Woodlock, long time helper out at Rolleston and part owner-with Neil Pilcher- and Cheryl Rasmussen-of Zion Bromac

Mike Woodlock, long time helper out at Rolleston and part owner-with Neil Pilcher- and Cheryl Rasmussen-of Zion Bromac

FROM THE TOP TABLE

Natalie and Mark's news and views

Natalie and Mark's news and views

MARK-

A great thrill naturally to win 2000 races in New Zealand.  I am not one to aim at most statistics, more ticking off the big races, but as Barry and Roy are the only ones to have done it it is a special honour. I wouldn't sort one win of all those out (we did ask) because off the cuff you tend to remember only the more recent ones and they are hard to forget.  I prefer looking forward rather than back but this is a milestone that comes only once and so it isa memorable one.

NATALIE

The Sires Stakes heat on Friday is going to be a fascinating race and not just for the public. It will also be a major guide to us because there are a couple of questions we are looking forward to finding the answers to as well. 

CHASE AUCKLAND is my drive but this is is big test. It is one thing to be dealing to maiden and one win fields and another to line up against horses like in this field. He has the draw and I guess I would be using that otherwise I could end up locked up on the pegs but there will be quite a bit of movement in the race I would say.  We really won't know for sure how Chase will go against these sort of horses no matterhow they train at home and the times he has gone already.  He did miss a race too remember when he got cast in his box a couple of weeks ago. He missed hardly any work but he did miss a race. 

THE DEVIL'S OWN is going to improve with this. In fact all of ours should improve with it because the 14th of November is the crunch day.  But he will go a good race because he is a good horse and nobody would be underrating his hopes. SPANKEM is such a good horse you know he has a lot to offer and he is coming up very well.

ALL U NEED IS FAITH is going to be an interesting one too after such a good win last time. You know he was behind our best two year olds last season but not very far behind and we feel he has improved this season. That means he could well become a Sires Stakes contender. 

So it sounds a bit confused but it is really a test for probably two of these while the others have that proven performance. 

Of the opposition I horse I was rather taken withwas SHERIFF who came home real well from back I thought and could be a threat to our horses.

BETTER TRIX is probably our best on the night.  Improved and in a field she can head. MACH UP has done enough to win a race of this grade. But he will just need a bit of luck from that draw. The fillies are both going to need a bit too especially Seminaride from where she is. Delight In Me is a speedy little filly and will be competitive. 

 

 

 

                                                  

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MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Smolda $2,558,5442. Lazarus $2,210,000 3. Auckland Reactor $1,837,043 4.Adore Me $1,677,032 5 Il Vicolo $1,580,948 6 Have Faith In Me $1,469,492 7 I Can Doosit $1,445,774 8 Young Rufus $1,082,692 9 Highview Tommy $1,021,904 10 Dream About Me $1,002,839

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(A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)

MICHELLE'S WEEK 

MICHELLE'S WEEK 

Mark and Natalie decided to replace Bettor Trix with Conway Beach for the Auckland trip after Wednesday's work. Mark wasn't as happy with Bettor Trix as he had been and made the swap, Conway Beach having gone well at Addington too. Major Shard, Cash n Flow, Think About Me,  TheFixer and Bare Knuckle are the others

Speech is Silver and Better Be Gold came back this week.

Michelle's Value Bet:  

TIM'S TALES 

TIM'S TALES 

                                                                    I have left a close study of the Methven Cup field at this stage (Friday) but it is a tidy little lineup and I am not taking anything for granted. I don't think the grass track will be    a problem. Dream About Me will improve with this of course so we won't be looking for too hard a run but she does things right and I was most happy with the way she came home on Friday. She should be too good for them at her best on the day. GENTLE GIANT looks my best chance and READY TO BLOOM goes ok but like Nathan on ZION BROMAC alongside things could be tricky early. They are on the same level though Zion Bromac has had race exerience.                            

 

 

                          NATH'S NOTES

Addington Thursday7.09 Bettor Than That-Nathan had to call in sick at Addington and did not drive

                                           

JONNY'S JOTTINGS

JONNY'S JOTTINGS

 

ROY REMEMBERS

TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS-AND THOSE NOW

 

Mark is close the the 2000 wins as a trainer now and you have to say it is a well deserved honour for him. He has been so consistently successful and he works so hard that nobody would begrudge him a moment like this. Of course it took a lot longer for me to get to 2000 with Barry. Things were a lot different then. I think the first time I won the premiership I had something like 36 or 37 winners. It takes a long time to get to 1000 when you have those sort of totals !  It picked up in later years of course. We just didn't have the race numbers back then. Mark and Natalie do a great job and they have good staff which is most important. Trainers now talk about the difficulties of getting good staff but it is nothing new. All the time I was training getting the right staffwas a key to success. Even when there were more people who had had experience with horses it was never easy. We worked as a team with the family which helped and Mark and Natalie are doing the same sort of thing. 

Good staff are fairly rare because it is not a job you can do for long unless you love horses. Also the hours have to be more flexible with early morning starts and away travel and things so a good stable employee is a valuable asset.

Itwas a little odd to see that race called off at Cambridge on Thursday and it shows how things change. In my era if a horse fell like that you'd sit on its head until the field had gone past and then get organised. No future in letting it get up and cause further disruption. 

 

 

STATS  CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS

1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m

*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA

Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.

NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.

*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RACING /TRIALLING THIS WEEK

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Addington Racing Friday

5.48: Delight in Me (9) , Seminaride (13))

8.47: Chase Auckland (2) , The Devil's Own (3)  Spankem (11)All U Need is Faith (5)

.48: Mach Up (10) 

9.17:Bettor Trix (1)

Ashburton Monday

12.02- Ohanzee(1) Anthem (2) Ready to Bloom (7)

1.02: Ultimate Machete (6)

1.37: Major Hippie 10m

2.47: Waikiki Beach (1) Piccadilly Princess (3)  Lazarus (4) Dream About Me (5) Have Faith In Me unr 1.  Heaven Rocks unr 3

3.57: Prince Fearless (3)  

4.34: Renski B (3)

5.12: Zion Bromac (2) Gentle Giant (3)  Tennyson Bromac (10) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

182 wins in 2015-2016 ANZ seasons-greatest ever by a NZ stable.