After waiting and watching for some time, the stable is over the moon with the purchase of Kiwi 3yo colt Conversion – and further exciting news is that there are plans for another 3yo to soon cross the Tasman when negotiations are finalized.
Tony said he had his eye on bay colt Conversion (Christian Cullen-Coburg) for a while and was thrilled to be able to get the horse.
“He is lightly raced and has two wins and two placings from six lifetime starts with a winning rate of 1.56-6 to his name,” Tony said.
“Prior to his two wins, he was runner up at a metro meeting, going down by a neck in an impressive 1.55-6.”
Shares in Conversion, due to arrive in Australia early next week, were snapped up quickly, however those who missed out will be happy with the news that Tony is very close to buying another well-credentialed 3yo – also sired by Christian Cullen.
“I have some good contacts in New Zealand who recommend horses and then I check them out on race replay videos and go from there,” Tony said.
“We are prepared to pay a bit for them as they have the form on the board and the owners will not only enjoy getting nice returns for their outlays, but they will also enjoy the thrill of racing,” Tony said.
The stable has had a terrific strike rate with progeny of Christian Cullen over the years.
Anyone keen to get a “heads up” with the next syndicated horse should contact Tony now on 0419 331868.
IRISH OFF TO SYDNEY
A stable favorite in eight-year-old square-gaiter, Irish Whisper, will soon leave to continue his racing in New South Wales after recently being sold.
“Irish”, who is a bit of character and has won the hearts of stable workers over the past five months, may have one farewell start for Tony next weekend in Melbourne.
“At this stage the plan is for us to start him at Melton on Saturday night and then he will head to Kevin Pizzuto’s stable where he is sure to get the job done ok,” Tony said.
Irish Whisper had seven starts for the Peacock team for two wins (St Arnaud and Cobram Cups) and two placings for over $26,000 in stakes.
FLEET O’ FOOT BARIMAH
Rising star Barimah has been working strongly on his home track after being out of the money at his past two starts at Adelaide’s Globe Derby Park and Shepparton.
“Those two runs were obviously a bit below par, but he was a little off color in Adelaide. I’m sure he had a touch of colic and then the long trip over and back to SA in hot conditions perhaps didn’t do him any favors in the lead-up to Shepparton,” Tony said.
Connections are now pushing on and aiming the gelding for Melton on Saturday in either the $20,000 Pure Steel standing start event, or and M1 to M3 $18,000 pace.
The Bettors Delight-sired pacer has been in brilliant form this season for owners Pooba Govender, the Cormacks in SA, and the Nicholson family, of West Wyalong.
BABIES CHECK OUT ECHUCA
Four unraced two-year-olds being prepared by Tony and his team strutted their stuff at Echuca this week during a trials night.
It was just another step in the education preparation for the youngsters and we can report they were all on their very best behavior.
The stable also took seasoned racehorse Mulgrave, owned by Greg “slip, slop, slap” Stubbs, of Castlemaine, to the trials and he finished 2nd, while the Errol Stockton owned Red Ruffy did likewise.