This week we will be hoping to bring some Christmas cheer to our owners with a handful of runners set to face the starter.

A fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney has somewhat dampened the Christmas spirit but as has been the case all year, the racing industry continues to soldier on.

However the timing of this latest cluster has thrown the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale into chaos with the Queensland government enforcing new border restrictions for interstate residents.

Magic Millions announced on Monday that the sale and raceday will proceed as scheduled which has prompted us to alter our travel plans so that we may attend the sale in person.

Though far from ideal, we believe there is no substitute for inspecting a horse in the flesh. Hopefully it will also give our prospective clients peace of mind that we have done all we can to ensure our acquistions are sound racing prospects.

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TRAVOLI caught the eye at the Doomben trials on Tuesday morning. The three-year-old son of MORE THAN READY has taken a while to learn the racing caper but if his latest trial is anything to go by, the penny might have dropped for him. He’s always had his fair share of ability and would like to think he can shed his maiden tag this preparation.

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners

Doomben Wednesday December 23

Maiden Plate 1350m:


Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Looked in need of the hit-out first-up over 1200m. Expected to appreciate the distance rise here and has drawn the inside barrier.

Wagga Thursday December 24

Heat Of The Stayers Series BM66 Handicap 2000m:


John Bateman/Shaun Guymer

Comment: Two sound efforts over a mile should have him primed for this distance rise. Wasn’t beaten all that far at Warwick Farm last time out and this is a significant drop in grade.

Ipswich Thursday December 24

QTIS 3YO Maiden Handicap 1100m:


Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted/Kyle Wilson-Taylor

Comment: Freshened up since having no luck on debut at the Sunshine Coast. Was caught wide facing the breeze there and not surprisingly faded late to finish fourth. Drawn the inside here.

QTIS 3YO Maiden Handicap 1100m:


Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted/TBA

Comment: Not much went right first-up at the Gold Coast. She was slow to begin and never saw daylight in the straight. Should appreciate getting to a bigger track here and will be improved fitness-wise.

Sunshine Coast Sunday December 27

Class 4 Handicap 1400m:


Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Was a month between runs when beaten less than five lengths over this track and distance. All the fitter for that and will appreciate any rain about.



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