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Top stud needs manager

By Shepparton News

One of Australia’s leading standardbred breeding establishments is seeking a new farm manager.

Euroa-based Lauriston Bloodstock, which boasts five Group One winners, is seeking someone experienced with standardbreds or thoroughbreds to take on this challenging and rewarding role.

Lauriston produced five Group One winners last season, headed by exciting superstar juveniles Poster Boy, Speak No Evil and Hurricane Harley.

Some of the wins were achieved in the NSW Derby, two Vicbred finals and two Breeders Crown finals.

Lauriston has an established breeding record and offers a draft of eight to 10 yearlings annually at the Australian Pacing Gold Sales.

At last year’s sales three colts from Lauriston sold for $100000, $105000 and $130000, respectively.

This year Lauriston presented the top lot, a filly which went for a new sales record of $160000.

Lauriston was established in 2006, on the breeding farm acquired from Vinery Thoroughbreds.

Substantial improvements have been made to the property since then including an 800m all-weather training track.

Lauriston wants the new on-farm manager to take control in November or December.

A three-bedroom house is provided.

Applications are invited with details (see advertisement this publication) or by phoning 0418324508 or visiting the website Lauriston Bloodstock.com.au

The position offers the opportunity for a keen horseperson to join a successful and progressive organisation.

A Classic Rhythm

Goulburn Valley trainers, drivers and owners had a big night at Melton last Saturday, snaring the two feature events as well as some supporting races.

Winners of the $50000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Home Grown Classic for fillies and colts and geldings had district connections.

Trainer David Aiken and driver Kima Frenning claimed the honours in the colts and geldings version with Art Major colt Malcolms Rhythm.

In only his seventh start and coming off a debut win at his previous outing in a heat at Bendigo, Malcolms Rhythm powered home in a keenly contested finish to win narrowly.

Malcolms Rhythm provided Frenning with a driving double with the Swedish horsewoman also enjoying a win on the Emma Stewart-trained Another Safari in an M1-M2 class race earlier in the program.

The winner of the Homegrown Classic fillies final, Izzy Jolie, who is owned by Merrigum Football Netball Club president Greg Pell and his wife Jenny, put in a strong run to prevail for trainer David Miles and reinsman Greg Sugars.

In a district quinella Izzy Jolie accounted for the John Newberry-trained and driven Tweet About It who made the pace and ran a bold race at only her third start.

Izzy Jolie raced outside Tweet About It for the last lap and was a little too strong, with another of the Aiken team — Divine Diva — finishing fourth.

Izzy Jolie didn’t debut until six weeks ago — August 6 — when she scored at a Melton Monday meeting at odds of 72/1 and was having only her fifth trip to the races on Saturday night after being placed in all three lead-up runs.

By top sire Art Major, Izzy Jolie also has a winning maternal side with her dam, Dee Jay Jolie (by Armbro Operative) and her third dam Jolie Escort (by Thor Hanover) multiple winners.

Lucky 13 for Law

Attempting to win his 13th race proved no hoodoo for Seymour-trained trotter Maori Law last Saturday night at Melton.

The six-year-old son of Lawman, trained by Bill Morgan, had no problems in disposing of a field TM1-TM3 class pacers with record-breaking reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky.

Alford was having only his second drive on the trotter with his only other drive producing a runner-up position.

Maori Law is building an impressive record with Saturday night’s success his 13th from the 18 starts.

With four minor placings it means he has missed a top three finish only once in his career.

Maori Law’s win was followed by another Morgan-trained winner, Bacardi Carta, at Kilmore on Sunday.

Bacardi Carta, who was driven by Jack Laugher, made it three wins from 10 starts.

A daughter of top sire Bacardi Lindy, Bacardi Carta’s granddam was the extra-smart racemare Pamelas Pet.

Moran busy winning

Shepparton reinsman David Moran has had a huge week.

It all started with a longshot win on the Isabel Walsh-trained Bettor Ops at Swan Hill on Wednesday of last week and continued through to Bendigo on Tuesday night.

Moran partnered the Emma Stewart-trained Striking Beauty to win a mares M0-M1 class race at Melton last Saturday night, then drove doubles for Stewart at Horsham on Monday and Bendigo on Tuesday.

At Melton, Striking Beauty was able to run down her stablemate and the favourite Isntshejust within the shadows of the post to notch her 11th win and provide Moran with his second win on the talented mare.

At Horsham, Moran partnered three-year-old Struve, a son of Courage Under Fire, and Stratospheric to her fourth win in six starts.

He was having his first drive on both pacers.

At Bendigo, Moran saluted on Tenniele Erin in a C0 Only class race and also A Victor who completed a hat-trick of wins with her win.

Both pacers were being driven by Moran for the first time.

Clean-up at Bendigo

Goulburn Valley trainers and drivers were well to the fore on Tuesday night at Bendigo.

Apart from David Moran’s driving double, trainers Russell Jack, David Aiken, Brett Bunfield and Col Duncan also produced winners on the seven-event card.

Jack produced Rockon Angel for an easy win in a C1 Only class race with Corey Bell doing the driving honours.

Aiken produced four-year-old Majestic Son trotting mare Aldebaran Crest for a win at her third start and was in the sulky.

Zuberi claimed a C2-C3 class race for another Avenel horseman Col Duncan, scoring for reinsman Mitchell Frost.

Merrigum mentor Bunfield scored with extra-smart mare Saphirique in a C1 Only class.

Driven by Gavin Lang it was Saphirique’s eighth win in 21 starts.

Locals prove bolters

Two Goulburn Valley-trained pacers rocked early quaddie punters with longshot wins last week at Swan Hill.

Punters were still trying to come to grips with Bettor Ops’ win in the C5 or better class race at the remarkable tote odds of more than 23/1 when Lombo Idle Belief bobbed up in the following race, paying more than $23 for the win.

The Isabel Walsh-trained Bettor Ops was at such generous odds because of the presence of the odds-on Andy Gath-trained favourite Burnaholeinmypocket.

Reinsman David Moran gave Bettor Ops the run of the race on the back of the pacemaker Upanatom and strode to victory along the sprint lane in one of the tightest finishes for a long time.

Less than 6m covered the eight-horse field at the finishing line and Bettor Ops’ sizzling mile rate for the 1750m trip was only just outside his personal best 1:53.9.

The John Newberry-trained and driven Lombo Idle Belief led throughout to score his win in a C2-C4 class race, the ninth success in his 73-start career.

The seven-year-old son of Always A Virgin also hoisted a monetary milestone with his win which took his prizemoney earnings to more than $50000.

Lombo Idle Belief broke a run of 13 races out of the winner’s circle with the win.

The Secret’s out

Talented Ardmona-trained trotter Dark Secret was backed like a good thing and won like a good thing last Sunday at Kilmore.

The Doc Wilson-trained and Donnas Castles-driven five-year-old son of Bad Boy Truscott was sent to the front early and comfortably held off the second fancy Clarkes Hill in the run to the judge.

Dark Secret has always had more than his share of natural ability and a third placing at Bendigo at his previous start obviously warmed punters to his winning chances at Kilmore and the betting confidence was well justified.

Three for Four

Merrigum trainer Brad Aylett completed a hat-trick of Riverina wins with talented pacer Four Shotzzz at last Friday at Wagga.

The five-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark had won at meetings at Wagga on August 31 and then at Leeton on September 8 before Friday’s win when he again proved too good for his rivals when driven to victory by top Riverina horseman Blake Jones.

There were some milestones attached to Four Shotzzz’s latest win.

His 1:56 mile rate was a PB and his prizemoney earnings soared to more than $50000.

Coming up

They race again at Shepparton tonight with a bumper 10-race meeting and the country cups circuit starts on Thursday night with the time-honoured Kilmore Pacing Cup.

Today: Shepparton (n).

Tomorrow: Melton (n).

Sunday: Melton (d).

Monday: Hamilton (d).

Tuesday: Bendigo (n).

Wednesday: Ballarat (n).

Thursday: Kilmore (n).