February newsletter

Feb 10, 2014

Our stable stalwarts Coghills Creek and Belaruski have been our mainstays for the start of  2014 with both performing well.

To the cheers of many of the stable supporters, Coghills Creek, enjoyed his return to a firm surface with a win at $14 at Werribee.

This was the sparingly raced seven-year-old gelding, who is part-owned by Gerry Harvey, sixth win from 24 starts and took his earnings to $128,000.

Unfortunately he copped a clod in his eye when he went to Caulfield at his next start and performed poorly.

He’ll have a two week break now before returning to work.

Belaruski, with a raft of gear changes finished second at Kilmore and then a close-up sixth at Caulfield last Wednesday at her past two starts.

With the addition of a bubble-cheeker and a one-eyed blinker she is racing more tractably and we are confident she will add to her winning tally in the weeks to come.

Unfortunately she threw a Showcase race away at Warrnambool in early January when she hung off the track when she appeared to have the race won.

She hung on well though to finish fourth.

Our promising stayer Deduct was spelled after he had a tough run at Warrnambool on the same program.

Deduct, by High Chaparral, joined us mid-year when he was purchased by Andre Agtherhuis at the Magic Millions Patinack dispersal sales at the Gold Coast.

At his debut at Terang in December he had the misfortune of running into Darren Weir’s highly promising stayer Signoff who won in Adelaide recently.

Deduct then returned to Terang and won his next start before Warrnambool.

We are excited by his potential as a stayer and are confident he can make the grade as city class galloper.

We are also looking forward to some promising horses making their debuts for us in the weeks to come.

Fortrus Dancer, a three-year-old filly by Starcraft, ran home nicely in an encouraging effort at the Terang jump-outs.

Another horse purchased at the Patinack Dispersal sale by Andre Agerthuis, three-year-old filly Smokey Nic Nac, is also showing talent.

The daughter of Murtajil recently won a trial at Terang.

The unnamed Testa Rossa-Show No Restraint three-year-old colt also has been impressing in track-work.

Terry also purchased two ex Darley horses at the Magic Millions sales which he has high hopes for.

Three-year-old gelding Whistle Stop, by Street Sense, finished second at Geelong at his last start in early January.

He was in good nick and has gone straight into work.

The other galloper was an Exceed And Excel gelding Zocalos who has won at Kensington.

He was at the end of his campaign and has been spelled.