Good Day at the “Farm”

With three runners set to race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, all for trainer Gary Portelli, the Laurel Oak Bloodstock team ended the day with a winner and a second placed performance – not a bad effort at all.


Last start winner Tuscan Falls (pictured left), headed back to the city after impressively breaking his maiden at Newcastle on Boxing Day to step up to the 1000m of Race 2: Drummond Golf.

Ridden by James McDonald, the well-bred Nicconi three-year-old finished second, clearly indicating that there is talent there, he just has to put it all together.

Congratulations to his connections; Laurel Oak Bloodstock Pty Ltd ( Mgr: L J Mihalyka), Hon. W R Haylen, J M Ryan, J T O’brien, N Macdonald, S C Cook, Mrs K Fraser, M R Tudehope, D Monch, M J Baumann, K Macdonald, J R Wilson, C J Reynolds, R H Spee, W A Chalker, S M Sandridge, M J Clift, R I Cullen and P Mckenzie on the effort.

Two races later, our special mare All My Loving headed to the barriers as one of the outsiders of the field behind the short-priced favourite Artibai.

Having finished third last time out of 2100m at Gosford where she was beaten less than a length, trainer Gary Portelli decided to step her up to the 2400m for the first time, a distance her pedigree may suggest that she wouldn’t run out, well at least her sprinting sire Not A Single Doubt would have something to say about that!

Settling towards the rear of the field for Winona Costin, the Laurel Oak Rose (Mgr: L J Mihalyka), Jalana (Mgr: D Gremmo), A N Fitzgerald, L J Carpenter, Mrs K A Carpenter, Ms K L Benson, Mrs S L Grant, S James, S E Johnston, Mrs P Hunter-Knight, Mrs J C Mcauliffe, Mrs V Racovalis, Ms A Kung, Mrs C A Mathieson, Mrs R C Fitzgerald, G M Fitzgerald and L A Brennan-owned mare started to make ground around the field as they headed for home.

Looking a live chance to catch the leaders with 200m to go, her group of owners could be heard cheering her on extremely loudly as All My Loving surged to recorded her third career win, getting up to defeat the favourite by a head margin, with a further length and a quarter back to the third horse.


Secured at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cathy Hain’s Burnewang North, All My Loving is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Valentine Rose – this is where she gets her ability to run a trip.

With three wins and seven placed performances from 19 starts to date, it is great to report that 10% of her prize money goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation!

We would like to thank trainer Gary Portelli for a good day “out at the farm” and we are looking forward to the carnival getting underway in a few weeks’ time!!

Thanks to Burnewang North for uploading the below picture of All My Loving as a foal…

All My Loving as a foal