Titan Banner Injury Issue Unresolved after equipment problem-Trials Review (Racing Scene)


Devastating news for for Mark, Natalie and Bill Feiss after x rays on Monday

Meeting on Wednesday will decide future plans

Auckland Cup winner seemed on the verge of superstardom

The swelling on Vincent's leg which caused his withdrawal from the Ballarat Cup has turned out worse than hoped for when he was diagnosed with a suspensory ligament injury on Monday and is out for nine months.

"You always worry about swellings in that area but we hoped for the best. Unhappily it was not to be" Mark said 

We have a meeting with Jean and Bill set down for Wednesday when we decide what the next step is and whether he returns to New Zealand. It will be this time next year before he can race again and of course suspensory injuries are always tricky to repair and recover from.

A TRUE ARISTOCRAT - Mark and Vincent during an early morning workout at Addington,

A TRUE ARISTOCRAT - Mark and Vincent during an early morning workout at Addington,

The outcome is a huge disappointment. Vincent beside majestic looks and an ideal temperament seemed likely to emerge a Group One winner in Australia in a race such as the Chariots of Fire after his Group One Auckland Cup win in December. 

He was set for assault on Australian features as a two year old after showing early signs of stardom but a minor injury caused him to be put aside for a three year old debut.

Australia was also the scene of his only unplaced performance when pulled out of the race on his Sydney Derby campaign with racecart problem.

His other 18 starts produced 16 wins, a second and a third,

Bill Feiss with the Auckland Cup. One of the good days

Bill Feiss with the Auckland Cup. One of the good days

He was a multiple Group One winner at that age winning both the New South Wales and New Zealand Derby and while voters did not agree many good judges regarded him as the premier three year old of last season-as he was in Australia. 

Mark, always a huge fan,  paid him a supreme tribute after Vincent's Auckland Cup win when asked the inevitable question of how he might compare ina  clash with Lazarus

"It would be close and it could come down to the draw in a race like the Miracle Mile " he said. 

You don't get bigger "raps" than that

Vincent has powerful appeal as a stallion,  the best racing colt son of Art Major and an outcross for Bettor's Delight , Christian Cullen etc broodmares whose owners are anxiously surveying possible mates for them. 

His presence and record has made him an attractive prospect but an Australian Group One would have been icing on the cake,

Maybe next year

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Spankem and The Devil's Own on the Rolleston straight track 

Spankem and The Devil's Own on the Rolleston straight track 


We thought we would know more about Titan Banner today but the x ray equipment didn't work properly. So we have to wait a big longer.  Not a great week. However the Perth team are due in on Tuesday morning. Laz has had a hopple over there and I am confident Ultimate Machete will be right for the Chariots


We are very happy with the three who raced on Saturday. They all came through the race well The three year olds were especially good because we knew going into the race where they were at and how much they would improve. The Devil's Own came home well in a fast quarter and Spankem was just too strong for them. Its going to be an interesting Derby though and it certainly won't be easy.

Heaven Rocks got away a bit during the race a couple of times. He can do that but I am pretty sure it was caused by a reflection from a car parked on the infield because it happened   at almost exactly the same spot twice. But he stuck to it well and he was real good this morning."

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Trials Ashburton - Michelle

A Bettor Act and Ultimate Sniper return

A Bettor Act and Ultimate Sniper return

                            "We were happy with all of them no matter what it looks like in the results. Only one failed to qualify, (The Moonshadow ) but he was back off the gate and would have otherwise. This was their first time and in these conditions they are not ready to run those sort of times (1.58.5/1.56.5 two of the heats) so we drove them accordingly. I will discuss with Mark and Natalie when they will trial again or maybe have a workout. "

ULTIMATE SNIPER and A BETTOR ACT were up against trials "veteran" Major Trojan (co-owned and trained by Michael) who hung a "for sale" sign up with a scorching all the way win in 1.58.5 (27.2 home) for Blair Orange. 

"Ours were a long way back but even with more practice they wouldn't   have been making much ground on those times. " Michelle added.

It was even tougher for the fillies in the following heat where Kendra narrowly beat the Mark Jones -trained Pampiona Princess (Raging Bull) in a scorching 1.56.6, last 800m in 55.7 and the 400m in 26.7. So PRINCESS TIFFANY did well to finish 3rd in 1.57.2  just 3.5 len back; KAYLA MARIE followed her home and DRACAYA also qualified in 1.58.3. Things aren't what they used to be !!!

ANOTHER MASTERPIECE tracked winner Mongolian Machete and failed by a head in the other heat with a green THE MOONSHADOW  missing the start, running greenly but still got home well for third. The overall time of 2.01.1 was almost pedestrian (for the day!) but the last 400m on 27.1 put both the All Stars runners in the "good boys" bracket.      


AT THE TRIALS; 1) Princess Tiffany 2) Major Trojan "the interloper" from Michael Purdon's stable  3) Dracarya 4) A Bettor Act and Ultimate Sniper being driven to the clock not the result 5) Another Masterpiece and The Moonshadow return to scale   





                   THE RACING SCENE

Invercargill Saturday 5.26: Funatthebeach (11) Brent Barclay Duplicated (12) Matthew Williamson




Natalie and Mark's Updates

Natalie and Mark's Updates



Aussie Chat

January 27 Melton-  Victorian Derby ,  Bonanza (4yo) , Alabar Ladyship Stakes-February 3 Melton- Hunter Cup February 3 Menangle- Paleface Adios (4yo qualifier)-February 17 Menangle   Cordina Sprint  -(Miracle Mile leadup)-Robin Dundee (mares) -heats NSW Derby and NSW Oaks-February 24 Menangle- NSW Derby-NSW Oaks-Miracle Mile-Bohemian Crystal -Ladyship Mile  )   
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  •                                      STATS AND FACTS

  • MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus approx $3.3m 2  Smolda $2,558,5442.  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               
  • ALL STARS earnings in New Zealand are close to $2m at the close of the Auckland Cup carnival, topping $1.9m .Closer to $3m if you add in Australian earnings,                                          


Michelle Neilson stable manager

Michelle Neilson stable manager


Rangiora Workouts Wednesday

Winterfell, Kings Landing, Luby Lou, War Dan Delight Portelegre

Dream About Me  two months spell in Southland; Veni Vidi Vici  to accompany

In or Back recently -- Ready to Bloom, More the Better, Sicario, Zion Bromac, , Spitfire Shadow Ohanzee, Speech is Silver,  Lovemlikeyoudo, Having The Faith  - Mach Up Think About Me, McCarthy, Highly Regal. Bettor My Dreamz  Tennyson Bromac, Anthem, Much Bettor, Jesse Duke, A Lister., Chase Auckland, Ohanzee, Stres



ITitan Banner's injury was a blow. He as just out for a light jog and didn't come through it that well. There was some delay getting the vet out to him and then the xray machine failed to fire on Monday so at the time of writing I am not sure what the outcome is. Don't like to say it but it is not likely to be any good news in the short term you would think. Hope that's wrong. . Like Michelle I was happy with the way the horses went at the trials on Tuesday and they will all take a lot out of that.


 Nath is currently in Sydney  with the team there until the  after the 20th. 


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