It Takes A Team

Welcome to TDNAusNZ’s ‘It Takes A Team’, brought to you in conjunction with Thoroughbred Industry Careers. Here we highlight and celebrate some of the heroes of our industry. The strappers, riders, stud-workers and people behind the scenes of our champions. The people who are up late into the night foaling or up at the crack of dawn to trackwork, working tirelessly to keep the industry running.

Today we talk to a graduate of the Godolphin Flying Start program, who has used all of the contacts and experiences offered to him through the course to gain a leg up in the industry. Dane Robinson is the Racing Manager of Highclere Racing and attributes the success in his career so far to the Flying Start course and the mentors he has met along the way.

Dane Robinson - Highclere Racing Manager

TDN: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get started in the industry?

daneDane: I grew up in a family of horse men and women on the South Coast of NSW. My grandfather Kevin Robinson and father Terry have been training for decades. Pop was a legend in his day in harness racing and along with the help of his family, steered the stable towards thoroughbreds in the 90’s, before his passing in 2005. Dad still trains thoroughbreds out of his Shoalhaven Heads property where we have access to Seven Mile Beach to work the horses. In my opinion, it’s one of the world’s best surfaces and environments to train a racehorse.

While sport and school took priority, I got involved doing weekend stable shifts and took every opportunity to be at the races with either Dad or my uncle Robert Price, who trains with my cousin Luke out of Kembla Grange.

 

 

A much-anticipated Royal debut

A new formula is making racing accessible to hundreds of new owners. We sat down with CEO Steve Brown to find out what that formula is and to hear about 500 new owners' journey to the Magic Millions.

Over 500 owners, many of whom have never owned a horse before, will embark on what miRunners CEO Steve Brown hopes will be the journey of a lifetime when Not a Royal Doubt (Not A Single Doubt) debuts in Saturday's Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.

miRunners' unique model breaks horse ownership down into 1000 units, with buyers able to purchase as little as one unit for a small initial outlay and an ongoing monthly fee.

In the case of Not A Royal Doubt, it has given a wealth of small-time owners the opportunity to have a share in a $250,000 (ex-gst) filly, trained by the legendary Gai Waterhouse and her co-trainer Adrian Bott.

Not A Royal Doubt is co-trained by Gai Waterhouse

Group I Coolmore Stud Stakes Trifecta for Zoustar

Widden Stud's exciting young sire Zoustar always looked to have a strong hand in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday with three top chances and they delivered the dream result with a sensational win for Sunlight, the lone filly in the field over Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. 


Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the Tony McEvoy trained filly was dominant over the colts last season so it wasn't the hardest choice for him to allow Sunlight to take her chance against the colts in this elite sprint worth $1million.

Arrowfield Buys Into The Autumn Sun

Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara, AM has today announced the acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in Australia's top colt The Autumn Sun from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

He says, "I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career.

"It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt's future at stud – after all, we bred and sold him in partnership with The Aga Khan Studs, and we launched and stood his champion sire and grand-sire."

"He has physique, athleticism and pedigree, all of the highest order, and I couldn't be more excited about the prospect of standing him at Arrowfield."


The Autumn Sun winning the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1. (PHOTO: Mark Gatt)

John Messara also assumes responsibility for managing The Autumn Sun's racing career.

Top Siremaking Races - is the best a Group 2?

This weekend sees the running of the Caulfield Guineas – long lauded as a "Sire Making" race, so we thought we'd have a look at just which races do actually point to the top sires, and you could mount a strong argument the best race isn't even a Group One.

For the point of the exercise we went back 10 seasons and took the leading sires by prizemoney for the General, First Season and Second Season tables, and in the event the leading stallion raced overseas we replaced it with the highest ranked horse that raced in Australia – 19 stallions in total.

  General (Best Aus) First Season Second Season (Best Aus)
2017 Snitzel Pierro Foxwedge
2016 Street Cry (Not A Single Doubt) Smart Missile Hinchinbrook
2015 Fastnet Rock Hinchinbrook Medaglia D'Oro (I Am Invincible)
2014 Redoute's Choice I Am Invincible Sebring
2013 Exceed And Excel Northern Meteor Casino Prince
2012 Fastnet Rock Casino Prince Artie Schiller (Written Tycoon)
2011 Lonhro Written Tycoon Stratum
2010 Redoute's Choice Stratum Fastnet Rock
2009 Encosta De Lago Charge Forward Exceed And Excel
2008 Encosta De Lago Exceed And Excel Hussonet (Choisir)


Then we simply took their careers and compared firstly the races they competed in, and then the races they won.

As far as races where the best stallions compete, the top races are indeed the Golden Slipper and Caulfield Guineas but winning is not necessarily a pre-requisite.

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