Laurel Oak Bloodstock is hiring

We need help at Laurel Oak, so we are hiring. This is an opportunity to work in the thoroughbred industry with the prospect of turning it into a long-term career.

The position can be best described as Assistant Bloodstock Agent.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock are Bloodstock Agents, and the successful applicant will be assistant to principal Louis Mihalyka. The business currently employs four people, and manages forty to fifty horses of racing age, and fifteen to twenty-five broodmares at any one time.

The successful applicant will receive training to be able to assist in all aspects of the business. This will include:

  • Client liaison – engaging with and developing Laurel Oak’s client base.
  • Yearling and bloodstock selection
  • Office administration.

The position will be based in Laurel Oak’s office in north-west Sydney. Hours are flexible and will be based around normal office hours with the flexibility to work on nights and weekends to attend races, yearling and other sales, racing and client-related social functions etc, with the flexibility for interstate and overseas travel.

Principal job requirements – Working in the thoroughbred industry is not a 9 to 5 job and requires passion and enthusiasm for the industry; the ability to engage with the Laurel Oak client base, trainers and studs; willingness and ability to learn about the industry; computer skills – apart from using computers in basic day-to-day operations, the ability to be innovative with the use of computers would be an asset.

Personal requirements – the ability to engage with clients and other members of the Laurel Oak team – you have to like them, and they have to like you. Great communication skills, both verbal and written, is also a key requirement. As we operate in a Home Office environment, you will need to be double-vaccinated for Covid.

Applicants who are interested in applying for this position should send their resume to: – chris@ccrconsulting.com.au

If you have a question regarding the position, you can contact Chris at CCR Consulting, on: – 0417460661

Exceltic to give guide on Golden Slipper chances

Exceltic (Excelebration) is the horse Gary Portelli believes is his best chance for back-to-back Golden Slipper wins but he admits he faces a tough assignment at his first start.

The colt is one of five acceptors for Saturday’s Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill but standing in his way of a debut victory is the Chris Waller-trained Performer, winner of the Breeders’ Plate in October.

Performer is the TAB’s second favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on March 24 and odds-on to win the Canonbury.

But as Performer has eased from $1.50 to $1.60, Exceltic has been backed from $4.60 to $3.80 to upset the Chris Waller-trained colt.

Exceltic’s debut has been delayed more than once with Portelli taking care to make sure he is at his best for his first start.

He decided not to run him in the Breeders’ Plate and opted to take him out of a race last week, sensing he was not quite as he wanted him.

“He has won all three of his trials and I have a lot of time for him,” Portelli said.

“It’s a big ask to go up against Performer but it will give us a guide where we are.”

Exceltic sports the white, green and red colours carried by the Portelli-trained dual Group One winner Rebel Dane who has just completed his first season at stud.

Gary Portelli Set To Unleash Laurel Oak’s Picaro

The next chapter of the successful partnership between Gary Portelli’s stable and Laurel Oak Bloodstock is begging to be written by superbly bred debutant Picaro at Randwick on Saturday.

Pierro’s strapping two-year-old son will contest the Tab Handicap (1200m) after an impressive trial, with Portelli eyeing off a start in the rich Karaka Million at Ellerslie Racecourse on January 28 should Picaro impress this weekend.

Picaro is out of group 3-winning mare Sookie, and Portelli is hopeful the link with Laurel Oak will deliver his yard more success following the recent retirement of their most successful venture, Rebel Dane.

He was a two-time group 1 winner and, while hoping to follow in his footsteps might be a tad ambitious, Portelli said Picaro had enough ability to carve his own reputation at the race track following his second to Burbank in a pre-Christmas trial.

“The winner of Waller’s is a pretty good horse,” Portelli said.

“There’s a big rap on him apparently, the winner of the trial, they like him a lot, he’s got ability. We’re looking forward at seeing [Picaro] run on Saturday.

“Our guy has always shown ability, out of a good mare Sookie, fantastic family.

“He’s got a good [pedigree] page, he was bought in New Zealand by Louis Mihalyka from Laurel Oak Bloodstock and we’ve had a lot of luck with Louis over the years.

 

“This bloke will go to New Zealand for the Karaka two-year-old race if he was to win this race or run second, he’d qualify to get into that million-dollar race at the end of January, so we’ll see how we go Saturday.”

Warwick Farm-based Portelli will unleash several two-year-old debutants in the coming weeks as he declares his hand for this year’s Golden Slipper, which he won last year with She Will Reign.

He rates Golden Gift (1100m) winner Secret Lady as the best of his juveniles so far this year, while Perfect Pitch, a Pierro filly also raced by Laurel Oak, won a race at Rosehill last month.

“Secret Lady’s probably the one that’s the best of them at the moment but we’ve had a few trial probably in the last week or so that go all right,” Portelli said.

“Next few weeks we’ll hopefully unearth something.

“I particularly like to train the two and three-year-olds, I put a lot of time into their programs and their preparations and their feed and the trackwork riders put a lot of work into educating them properly and having them do everything right on race day.

“It goes a long way, particularly if you’ve got a horse that’s bred to be [a performer at] two, you’ve got to make sure you give them every opportunity to race.

“With a bigger stable you probably can’t because you’ve got too many older horses in your stable. We’ve got two and three-year-olds but not too many older horses.”

Meanwhile, She Will Reign will resume in the Inglis Sprint (1100m) at Warwick Farm on February 10 before heading to Caulfield to contest the $500,000 group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

She hasn’t raced since failing in the Everest.

Bosson aboard Maygrove for Waikato Cup

Opie Bosson is the new rider for last-start Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m) winner and Laurel Oak bred Maygrove in Saturday’s Group 3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m) at Te Rapa.

The champion jockey takes over from Johnathan Parkes, who was aboard the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Authorized seven-year-old for his wins in the Feilding Cup (2100m) and Counties Cup, who is ruled out on Saturday feature through suspension.

Bosson, who married Trackside presenter Emily Murphy since last riding, returns to riding at Tauranga on Friday.

“I’m looking forward to getting back. I’m a bit hungry actually and I’m looking forward to riding Maygrove again. He was tough at Pukekohe last time and he knows how to win a Cup,” said Bosson, who began a suspension on November 18.

“I need to win a couple — after all, I’ve got a wife to support now.”

It Was The Perfect Pitch

The Gary Portelli trained PERFECT PITCH was slowly away on debut last month when chasing home promising filly Gongs for third on debut at Canterbury, but took plenty of improvement from that outing in both fitness and experience.

She raced up on the pace for Rachel King and fought on tenaciously to claim a head win in the 1100 metre dash over the favourite Miss Invincible.

Perfect Pitch was a $100,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Southern Cross Breeders draft for Laurel Oak Bloodstock in whose colours she runs.

Gary Portelli has intimate knowledge of Perfect Pitch, having trained the mother Absolutely Flying and half-sister Lipizzan for Laurel Oak Bloodstock.

“I was pretty confident coming into today but no one wanted to talk about this filly,” Portelli said.

“She had no luck at Canterbury, I think she should have finished a lot closer to the winner and she’d come on since the run.

“What you saw today is probably just a taste of what’s going to come.

“She’s got a real stayer’s action for mine and I think she’s going to be a nice three-year-old later on so I probably wouldn’t push onto the Magic Millions.”

Perfect Pitch is the second winner from Absolutely Flying, a placed Commands three-quarter sister to Group II winner Camporella from stakes-winner Really Flying.

Coolmore’s Golden Slipper winning son of Lonhro is the leading Australian Second Crop sire with 18 winners of over $2.1 million highlighted by four stakes-winners Pinot, Levendi, Kentucky Breeze and Satin Slipper.

The Winners Continue

With the shorter-than-normal gap between another exciting Cup Week and the looming Hong Kong International Racing tour, our November edition of Grandstand View is a little late this month and is a compact version.

It has been a fun time at Laurel Oak with the team racing well amidst an intense racing-related social schedule that doesn’t look like easing up between now and Christmas.

And to add to the excitement and interest the Magic Millions catalogue has arrived with Inglis Classic and NZB Karaka expected soon as well, and we get to do it all again in 2018.

BID OF FAITH WINS IMPRESSIVELY

Coming back from a long injury layoff, BID OF FAITH put the writing on the wall with an encouraging second-up placing at Moruya in October. Third-up this Keith Dryden/Scott Collings-trained mare won impressively at Canberra on Melbourne Cup Day.

Ridden by Brendan Ward, she settled well back in the field and gave them a good start on straightening, but powered to the line to score an emphatic win. There was much celebration in Canberra where she was one of a winning treble for the stable. There was also plenty of cheering at Flemington where a number of the owners were in our party in the Panorama Restaurant.

Bid Of Faith was very strong to the line third-up from a long spell, scoring a good win at Canberra on Melbourne Cup Day (photo courtesy Bradleys)

She appears to be in good form going forward, and was scratched from a strong race at Goulburn last Sunday due to a wide gate, and runs again this afternoon (Friday 1 December) in Canberra, but has a wide gate to contend with again, so will need a lot of luck.

Nothing like a winner to lift the spirits as Bid Of Faith’s owners celebrate. For some of them, it was a double for the day as they are part-owners of another of the Keith Dryden/Scott Collings double on the day (photo courtesy Bradleys)

MONASTERIO ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE WINNER

MONASTERIO followed a similar path to Bid Of Faith in that he ran an encouraging fifth first-up, was placed second-up, and then won impressively third-up.

Second-up from a spell at Doomben, Monasterio drew the outside gate and had to go back to last in a 1600m race. Jockey Matthew Cahill was continually held up getting a run, and had to pick his way through the field, but when clear Monasterio motored to the line for a very good second that made many of the horses to follow analyses.

On the strength of that impressive run, trainer Chris Waller decided that another run in the same grade over the same distance on the same track would suit him well, but once he drew wide again our optimism diminished. On this occasion though Matthew Cahill was able to push his way to the outside so Monasterio had clear running and once again he motored to the line, this time reeling the six-length deficit on the home corner to record an emphatic victory.

Monasterio was another who powered to the line to score a good win third-up from a spell. He gave them six lengths’ start on straightening at Doomben but mowed the leaders down for an impressive win (photo courtesy Trackside)

We expect him to be better suited over further, and Chris is yet to decide whether he will run over 2000m on 9 December at either Doomben or Rosehill, or wait till 16 December for another 1600m run at Doomben.

OTHER RUNNERS

Aside from our winners, the Laurel Oak team has generally been racing extremely well. Since the last newsletter the following horses have all been placed – CONTEMPLATE, second on debut at Bathurst, and runs again this afternoon at Mudgee; PERFECT PITCH, third on debut at Canterbury, and runs again tomorrow, 2 December, at Rosehill; STAR ASPIRATION, first-up second at Rosehill, unlikely to return there tomorrow due to a wide gate, and may run next Wednesday 6 December at Warwick Farm; ATLANTIC SENTINEL, first-up second in Canberra on Cup Day, followed by a very good fourth at Goulburn against the bias prevailing on the day; RADETZKY, first-up second at Orange, and returns there next Tuesday, 5 December; and FLASH IN THE DARK, third at Goulburn after a wide run, and heads to Canterbury tonight (1 December). Also the Laurel Oak-managed, Matt Dunn-trained RUNWAY READY and VIVID PINK were also placed second at Ballina and third at the Gold Coast respectively.

Other news is that COLIZANI, our Congrats/Galizani filly with Matt Dale, debuts in Canberra today, 1 December, in a race that she is likely to find too short.

The disappointing news in the camp was the injury to SIKHING GLORY. After completing a winning hat-trick when he won at Warwick Farm, he suffered a tendon injury which may keep him off the track for up to twelve months.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Some industry news this week that will be of general interest is that Sir Patrick and Justine Hogan have sold their iconic Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. This stud has arguably had a greater influence on Australasian breeding than any other farm over the past thirty years as they stood Sir Tristram, Zabeel, and, more recently, Tavistock.

While they had offers to buy the farm from all over the world, they were delighted to be able to sell it to Kiwis, Brendan and Jo Lindsay. The changeover will happen in April 2018, so Cambridge Stud’s yearling draft at the Karaka sales next month will be Sir Patrick’s last.

MELBOURNE CUP REVIEW

Another great Melbourne Cup week has been and gone. It was another intense week from the Laurel Oak point of view, with almost 190 people booked into the Panorama Restaurant over the four days in addition to our other activities including Carbine Club lunch, Call Of The Card, and After-Derby Day.

Our annual Melbourne Cup Preview was not as accurate as in 2016, but we did have the first two home, Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer, in our top seven picks.

The evolution of the form continues as Rekindling was the first winner since Vintage Crop in 1993 to have not run here before contesting the Cup.

A real sign of the times, though, is that the first twelve horses home were all Northern Hemisphere-bred, while the first three home were all Irish-trained. Some more factors to ponder when we apply our minds to the 2018 Cup winner!

NEW NAMES

Another of our 2yos has now been named. The Pierro/Indian Ocean filly with Chris Waller has been named ARAVINA. Like “Pierro”, Aravina is a winery in the Margaret River district in WA, and adding to the relevance the Margaret River of course flows into the Indian Ocean.

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – PASSWORD ACCESS

The following are the links to additional information, and the password to access these links is laureloak.

STALLION UPDATE

This is the link to our Stallion Update, which will be updated quarterly. This link takes you to the current 2017/2018 season results, which have been updated to 22 October. The Stallion Update will be updated in time for the next newsletter.

SUMMARY OF LAUREL OAK HORSES

Our regular summary of all Laurel Oak horses and where they are up to can now be accessed via this link. The horses have been split into the main categories of Current 3yos and Older, Current 2yos, Horses Under Management, Broodmares, Broodmares Under Management, and Stallion Shares, with other categories included whenever appropriate. The horses are listed in alphabetical order within their category, with the information relating to upcoming runners being replicated in a separate summary under the heading of Upcoming Runners at the start of the summary, in expected date order of race start.

This summary is being updated regularly as the information on the individual horses comes to hand and has been advised to the owners of those horses, and is currently up-to-date to 30 November.

SOCIAL CALENDAR AND MAJOR TOURS

This is the link to our summary of Social Calendar and Major Tours.  This remains the same as it was in the October edition, and will be updated in time for the next newsletter. All urgent Social Calendar and Tour matters have however been communicated via the dedicated email lists, or via the Grandstand View email list, as appropriate.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

This is a link to the Laurel Oak Client Business Directory.

We encourage you to support Laurel Oak clients wherever circumstances allow. In this Business Directory you will find reference to businesses such as accountants, solicitors, the best deal on a Toyota car, finance and superannuation, commercial real estate agent, airconditioning services, funeral director, and equine art.

CO-OWNER AGREEMENT

This is a link to the Laurel Oak Co-Owner Agreement.

 

Until next month, happy racing!

 

LAUREL OAK BLOODSTOCK PTY LIMITED (ACN 003 008 446)

Promoting the Ownership of Thoroughbreds and the Enjoyment of Racing

PO Box 6806 Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

Tel + 61 (2) 8883 1066, Mobile + 61 (0) 418 962 858

Email: office@laureloak.com.au

Visit our website at:  www.laureloakbloodstock.com.au

Another Cup for Maygrove

A $110,000 purchase at the Select Sale at Karaka, the Laurel Oak-bred, lion-hearted stayer Maygrove (Authorized) is becoming a king of New Zealand’s Cup races.

The gutsy grey’s trophy cabinet already included the Group 2 Wellington Cup (2400m), Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m), Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) and Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m), and on Saturday he struck again in the $100,000 Group 3 Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe.

A victim of his own success, Maygrove’s high rating has earned him a 60-kilogram topweight in the Fielding Gold Cup and Counties Cup in his last two appearances. But it hasn’t been enough to stop him.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and ridden by Johnathan Parkes, Maygrove sat in a handy position before surging into contention in the straight.

In a desperate three-horse battle down the straight with lighter-weighted rivals Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) and Promise To Reign (Manhattan Rain), Maygrove refused to surrender and lunged at the line to win by a short head.

“He’s a cracker horse, having to carry the 60 kilograms,” Parkes said. “He’s been headed about 100 metres out, but he’s kept giving in a super effort.”

Raced by Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock Ltd in partnership with Patrick O’Rourke, Maygrove has now won nine of his 48 starts and more than $470,000 in prize-money.

“He’s a star,” Petagna’s bloodstock manager Bruce Perry said. “He’s so game, he’s brilliant. He’s great for everyone to be a part of.”

News from New Zealand Bloodstock

Monasterio Another Impressive Winner

MONASTERIO followed a similar path to Bid Of Faith in that he ran an encouraging fifth first-up, was placed second-up, and then won impressively third-up.

Second-up from a spell at Doomben, Monasterio drew the outside gate and had to go back to last in a 1600m race. Jockey Matthew Cahill was continually held up getting a run, and had to pick his way through the field, but when clear Monasterio motored to the line for a very good second that made many of the horses to follow analyses.

On the strength of that impressive run, trainer Chris Waller decided that another run in the same grade over the same distance on the same track would suit him well, but once he drew wide again our optimism diminished. On this occasion though Matthew Cahill was able to push his way to the outside so Monasterio had clear running and once again he motored to the line, this time reeling the six-length deficit on the home corner to record an emphatic victory.

We expect him to be better suited over further, and Chris is yet to decide whether he will run over 2000m on 9 December at either Doomben or Rosehill, or wait till 16 December for another 1600m run at Doomben.