Iz it all down to luck?

Stu The Inside Word, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

After a bold front-running win at Omakau, can Itz Alldown To Luck back up and win the Nugget Final at Ascot Park today? Benny is in Nelson with a team of four, the two day meeting kicking off Friday. ASCOT PARK, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 RACE 6 ITZ ALLDOWN TO LUCK (12, fr. 2200m mob) Brad Williamson -“Good to see him show his best at Omakau. We thought of spelling him immediately, he definitely will after this. A throw at the stumps but he’s worthy of a crack.” (Mark). NELSON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 RACE 1 MELODY’S MISCHIEF (6, fr. 2400m mob) …

Stylish Memphis to VIC, NSW Oaks – under very good care!

Stu Latest News Leave a Comment

Star filly Stylish Memphis will contest the Victorian and New South Wales Oaks and leave in a few days – under the care of champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Given Purdon and Rasmussen have opted to keep the top filly in the land Amazing Dream at home, it was a decision made easier by all connections, including owner Wayne Higgs. Co-trainer Mark Jones, who developed her for Higgs from yearling stage, is delighted to have the Bettor’s Delight filly under All Stars care. “Benny and I have plenty on at home. And this makes absolute sense. Mark and …

Cromwell caps the southern circuit

Stu The Inside Word Leave a Comment

Mark will send three around at Cromwell today and finish the circuit with a winner, hopefully. CROMWELL, MONDAY, JANUARY 6 RACE 2 MAHIA (8, fr. 1800m mob) Mark Jones -“Not his best down here. Hoping he may show some more. But on form a place chance.” (Mark) RACE 4 BRING BACK LEAH (2, fr. 1800m mob) Sam Ottley -“She has gone a couple of handy races down here. Another good draw helps her here. I expect a sound run on the grass track, should suit her.” (Mark). RACE 12 NIRVANA BEACH (7, fr. 1800m mob) Sam Ottley -“He’d want to …

BURNHAM BOY looks for double at Roxburgh

Stu The Inside Word Leave a Comment

We ride for Ricky again today at Roxburgh. ROXBURGH, SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 RACE 5 YUKO (2, fr. 2180m mob) Sam Ottley -“Wide for the last 700m at Winton and she stuck well. From the draw a chance if she can get the right run.” (Mark) RACE 8 SHE’S A DAGG (4, fr. 2180m mob) Sam Ottley, and BURNHAM BOY (9) Mark Jones -“She’s A Dagg was really good winning for Ricky at Winton but has to take quite a step forward here. Top three we’d be thrilled. Burnham Boy showed his best at Winton and I’m hopeful again, thinking Just …

BENNY HEADS TO RANGIORA WITH TRIO

Stu The Inside Word Leave a Comment

After a winning double at Omakau, Benny looks to add to that with three runners going to Rangiora on Friday. RANGIORA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 RACE 5 SHADOW PHANTASY (6, fr. 2600m stand) Ricky May -“Good win first up, and he didn’t really like the grass track, either. A big jump up for him but an eachway bet.” (Benny) RACE 6 MELODY’S MISCHIEF (14, fr. 2000m mob) Ricky May -“Trialled nice, working really good. A bad draw perhaps but she’s is ticking along well and would be hopeful with a bit of luck.” (Benny). RACE 7 RANGER BOMB (2, fr. 2600m …

Memphis leads the New Year charge

Stu The Inside Word Leave a Comment

Quality filly Stylish Memphis will try and go one better in Tuesday’s $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Final at Alexandra Park after a slashing second to hot favourite Amazing Dream in the Peter Breckon Memorial earlier in the month. ALEXANDRA PARK, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 RACE 4 STYLISH MEMPHIS (10, fr, 2200m mob) Ricky May -“All things are good with her since the first run up there. We’re obviously really pleased with her effort there. The draw looks OK, hoping she can slot through early.” (Mark). WINTON, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 RACE 2 YUKO (2, fr. 2400m mob) Korbyn Newman, and MAHIA …

Four in quiet week for stable runners

Stu The Inside Word Leave a Comment

WESTPORT, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 RACE 10 MICHELLE (8, fr. U1. 2600m stand) Wayne Higgs -“A change in shoeing and I’ve added the half-hopples to see if we can get a change in luck with her. Higgsy is in charge on the Coast and hoping she trots for him.” (Mark) GORE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 RACE 3 SHE’S A DAGG (8, fr. 2200m mob) Ricky May -“Very pleased with her at Winton from a bad draw and she cops another here. Ricky has got to know her well now and I’m sure she can win one soon.” (Benny) RACE 10 DONEGAL GILBERT …

Huge week for the Elite Team

Stu Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Mark headed south with a big team on Thursday while Benny is in charge of the Canterbury runners – they’re busy men! ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 RACE 1 SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (8, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“A gallop last start and onto the all-weather now. I think she’s a chance with a nice run through from the draw.” (Mark). RACE 2 MRS WASHINGTON (11, fr. 1609m mob) Ricky May -“A poor draw for her. She really needed to draw one here. So plenty of luck needed.” (Benny). RACE 3 MICHELLE (1, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“Mobile start and …

Wayne says no to rush for Memphis

Stu Latest News Leave a Comment

She was almost sold a few months ago and now she’s staying put. Top filly Stylish Memphis was to be well-settled in Perth by now after a sweet deal was agreed to by Western Australian connections, only to fall at a minor vet issue at the eleventh-hour. Owner Wayne Higgs had constructed a deal to sell the filly but would retain the breeding rights at a later date, a good deal for all but ultimately one which did not proceed. Fast forward six months and Stylish Memphis, a full-sister to wonderful race filly and mare Delightful Memphis, successful in three …

Kick-off begins for the holiday season

Stu The Inside Word, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

The race team will soon be out in force, this week more select numbers led by Stylish Memphis and Lulu Le Mans in the Group 1 $100,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Caduceus Club Stakes at Alex Park on Saturday night. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 RACE 1 FANCY (8, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“She got back and ran on well last time. Plan A is to go forward and Plan B is to do Plan A well.” (Benny). RACE 2 SIOUX PRINCESS (11, U1, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“We know about her – she trots she can win – she …