JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW: A NEW CAREER FOR BEL SPRINTER

May 22, 2015

It's going to be a relatively quiet weekend with ROCK SPUR (Flemington) and ENJOY THE SILENCE (Bendigo) flying the flag for the stable. We had 13 horses trial on Tuesday so there should be plenty of horses stepping out over the next few weeks which will be exciting.

READY TO ROCK

Rock Spur just missed at Flemington last start and looks another great chance tomorrow back at headquarters. He steps out to 1600m for the first time but he hit the line strongly last start suggesting that the extra trip won't be an issue. He is out of a Rock of Gibraltar so there is plenty of staying blood in his family.

We have elected to take the claim with Mick Dee so he gets in with 52.5kg and he looks well weighted compared to Duibio (who beat him two starts ago) and San Amaro who just beat him last start. He doesn't know how to run a bad race and I am sure he will give a great sight tomorrow.

THE LONG ROAD BACK FOR BOBBY

Enjoy The Silence (aka "Bobby") resumes from a 66 week lay off at Bendigo on Sunday. He hasn't raced since running a good second at Geelong in February 2014. He had a badly infected pedal bone in his foot which required surgery which left is career hanging in the balance. However, the vets at Ballarat Vet Clinic and the medical staff at JWR have done a fantastic job rehabilitating him and it will be a big thrill for everyone seeing him race again. For his owners and in particular his managing owner and breeder, Catherine Ritchie, it will be a proud moment seeing Bobby back doing what he does best! Good luck!

BEL SPRINTER'S NEW CAREER

After 30 starts and 8 wins and more than $1 million in prizemoney, Bel Sprinter has been officially retired. His retirement was confirmed after a lunch with his owners this week. He has been a fantastic horse for all the owners and given them the ride of their life. Every young trainer dreams of getting a horse like Bel and I will be forever indebted to him. His win in the Group 1 Galaxy was unbelievable and representing Australia in Singapore was another special moment.

Bel will see out his days under the care of his great friend Carly Thomas. Carly rode him in all his work and travelled all over Australia with him. He won't get too much rest in his retirement as Carly plans to turn him into the next champion show horse so we might see Bel strutting his stuff at the Royal Melbourne Show in the years to come!

BEHIND THE SCENES AT DENISTOUN PARK

A new load of premium quality sand was delivered to Denistoun Park this week ensuring our horses are getting the best possible surface to work on! We are lucky to have two fantastic surfaces here at Denistoun Park. Whilst the sand track takes the majority of the workload, the grass track has never been in better order and is used for gallops each week which is a real luxury at this time of the year.