Feb 18, 2017

When your father was a Golden Slipper winner, your mother was a Group 3 winner and your half sister is a Group 1 winner, you have some pretty big shoes to fill.

For regally bred filly TARCOOLA SPIRIT, she is taking it all in her stride as she prepares for her debut tomorrow. She steps out in a 2yo maiden as a red hot favourite after demolishing her rivals in a recent Cranbourne trial.

Bred by Tarcoola Stud's Ken Williams and Ken Biggins, the daughter of Stratum would have made big money in the sale ring. However, her breeders decided to retain her with JWR the lucky beneficiary.

When she won her Cranbourne trial by 8 lengths last week under a hard hold, she had tongues wagging. Oliver, Williams and Dunn were all on the phone queuing up to ride her. But it will be an old bush veteran in Craig Robertson who takes the reins tomorrow when she lines up in a 2yo maiden at Bendigo tomorrow.

"We could have taken her to the Valley tonight but we have elected to take the soft option. The Valley can bring the best of them undone especially at their first start so we thought Bendigo would be a nicer starting point for her."

"Robbo isn't pretty but he has ridden plenty of winners for me over the years and he is more than capable of getting the job done".

"She is a lovely filly and one of the nicest young horses to come through our stable in a while so hopefully she can start with a win tomorrow".

Above: Tarcoola Spirit


We have had plenty of success buying affordable running fillies from the Inglis Classic Sale. Fillies like Double Dee and our exciting 2yo filly Smooth Celebration have come out of this sale.

This year we purchased a lovely YOUR SONG filly out of an Exceed and Excel mare. She is a sharp looking filly, bred to go early and we would be surprised if she wasn't up and running before Christmas. At $50,000, she was great value.

Above: Your Song x Mocks Filly

The second filly is by exciting young NZ stallion PER INCANTO who is doing a great job at stud. His yearlings sold up to $300k in New Zealand this year and everyone is starting to sit up and take notice of him. He is a stallion on the rise and this filly is a ripping sort that will be aimed at next years $250k Inglis Classic Race.

We will be sending out further information on each filly later today.

Above: Per Incanto Filly


Giant striding gelding Aeroplane looks set for a good campaign. He reeled off 32.50 seconds for his final 600m last week when first up at Sandown. He will only get better as the distances increase.


Fantastic to see Backstreet Lover nearing he best form after a gutsy second at Pakenham last night. She was taken on in front and only got nailed late so she isn't far away from a win.

Above: A stunning sunrise at Balnarring Beach during the week