SOME FUTURE STARS HIT THE GROUND
The stud season is well underway at St Fort with more than 30 foals so far being born.
And there’s more to come as well.
“It certainly has been busy, but also exciting as some of the newborns are absolute eye-catchers,” Tony said.
“In addition we have got probably at least 32 mares in foal.”
A handsome colt out of For Dear Life has attracted plenty of attention.
Sired by Always B Miki, the leggy chestnut with a small white blaze, is well put together. *See previous post for more on Always B Miki, standing at Alabar Stud.
If the youngster can emulate the deeds of his mum, there’s certainly thrilling times ahead!
For Dear Life (Life Sign-Express Post) was bred by Wayne Honan, who back in the day with his late father Jack, was a powerhouse of the industry with a barn full of horses you’d give your right arm to get hold of.
Let’s just recap for a bit on For Dear Life.
Her dam Express Post faced the starter on just 18 occasions and won 11 of these for nearly $90,000 in stakemoney.
For Dear Life raced during 2008 through to 2010, but only had 28 starts over this period. But didn’t she leave her mark with 14 wins and six placings for earnings of $322,000. Without doubt one of her greatest victories was in the $100,000 NSW Oaks in 2009.
Her latest foal is her sixth with two winners in Dream Fulfilled (4 wins from 6 starts) and Majestic American who is still racing in the care of Matt McCarthy, with one win and four placings to date.
*Always B Miki was a champion American pacer, winning 30 from 53 starts for $2.82M. In October, 2016 at The Red Mile track, Lexington, Kentucky, as the course broadcaster stated.....”we have just watched an incredible moment in harness racing history” when Always B Miki clocked a world record 1.46. And it was on a night when conditions were not ideal for speed with the temperature a brisk 18deg Celsius. Sixteen of his last wins followed a 10month lay-off with a broken hind pastern—what a sensational horse!
TONY TICKING ALONG OK
After having a brush with death almost 12 months ago, Tony is starting to do a little more as his rehabilitation program continues in a positive direction.
“I think I may be providing a bit of extra help these days, but there’s a few twinges in my neck that are constant reminders to be careful,” he said.
Tony was pace-working a youngster at his Moama property just before last Christmas when he was catapulted from the sulky, landing vertically on his head. He was flown by helicopter to Melbourne where doctors found his neck to be broken between his c2 and c3 vertebrae. Surgeons then fused the nerves back together.
During a full-body MRI, in an unbelievable twist of events, a “shadow” was noticed on Tony’s lungs.
“Of course we all started thinking cancer, but the diagnosis was cryptococcal fungus infection, which affects about 100 people each year along the Murray,” Tony said.
“I was told I had probably breathed in a river red gum seed or shaving which got stuck in my throat and then started to grow.
“If I hadn’t been in hospital with the break in my neck, the infection would have likely gone undetected.
“The bottom line is it could have spread to my spine and brain— and I would have then been in some big trouble.”
Tony recently got the “all clear” regarding the fungus infection of his lungs.
“That was a big relief and we had a few celebration drinks!”