Welcome to my blog ! My little spiel on things.....
I had the pleasure of attending and photographing STAR THOROUGHBREDS annual yearling parade this year. It's the start of a new partnership between Star and Chris Waller and what great sorts these youngsters are ! They all handled themselves beautifully for their first official parade.
The sun was shining and a fabulous day was had by all. To express your interest and to enquire about current availability and shares contact the team at Star Thoroughbreds. Look forward to photographing them again when they are officially named and hit the racetracks !
We'll start with the COLTS
Big Brown - Meriwether COLT
Casino Prince - Forbetterforworse COLT
High Chapparal - Bella Princess COLT
Hinchinbrook - Skyescent COLT
Not A Single Doubt - Belzain COLT
Snitzel - Gallant Miss COLT
Star Witness - Sparkling Now COLT
Now for the fillies !
Big Brown - Magic Music Filly
Denman - Dazzerdame Filly
Northern Meteor - Social Glow FILLY
Rothesay - Zalila FILLY
Sebring - Soothe FILLY
It's never nice to see a racehorse, let alone a champion one cut down in their prime especially through injury. That was the case last week with the announcement of Fiorente's retirement. The Monsun entire pulled up sore after the running of the BMW where he still in hindsight managed a gallant 3rd. Scans were taken at the Randwick equine centre which revealed damage to his near fore tendon. Yes it's disappointing of the fact that we won't see him on the racetrack again but we can appreciate the enormity of his achievements now and look back on them. Not just wins, but once in a life time wins such as the Melbourne Cup, in doing so he changed the lives of those close to him, a special time that seemed to stand still with the celebrations that followed the great race win. A dream had just come true. “I’d trained three second placegetters in the Melbourne Cup, it was the race I really wanted to win and this horse provided it for me. Fiorente was a dream come true for me,’’ - Gai .
Since the flow of overseas visitors to our shore for the Melbourne Cup it has proven a mammoth task to win the race. So much has to go right - the travel factor alone and aclimatising is the key. It takes a special one out of the box to do it. Fiorente was just that. Remember he was only in the country a week or 2 when he came into the care of Gai to launch his assault in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. He finished a fantastic 2nd in the big race, an extraordinary achievement and I guess we all knew he was something special from that moment on. What could he do when he really settles in here and the future races Gai had mapped out.....well the rest is history. Not a bad resume champ !
Six-year-old stallion (Monsun/Desert Bloom)
20 starts: Six wins, four seconds, three thirds.
11 starts in Australia when trained by Gai Waterhouse
2013 Melbourne Cup, Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
2014 Australian Cup, Peter Young Stakes
2012 Melbourne Cup
2013 Cox Plate, All Aged Stakes,
The champ retires in one piece, healthy and happy. Here's to your progeny of the future, some little superstars to follow in dad's footsteps I'm sure, even a Melbourne Cup winner one day, who knows !
Enjoy the Fiorente snapshots - just a scratch of the many images I have taken. What a highlight in my career to have photographed him and of course sharing the wonderful post celebrations with "The Cup". 2013 will be a year to remember !
Being well behaved for the TV Crews prior to the Cox Plate !
After an exhibition gallop at Warwick Farm
Cox Plate Day !
Swansong day BMW, with Des.
2013 All Aged Stakes
2014 pre Ranvet Stks
Before the epic victory in the Melbourne Cup.
Parading before his last race in the BMW
Looming past a gallant Red Cadeaux in the 2013 Melbourne Cup
Only the best champagne for this gold cup !
Cox Plate Day
Prior to the BMW just recently. Isn't he handsome !
Thankyou for the memories FIORENTE x
** Postscript...so very proud of you Tex, a huge Group 1 2nd in the 2014 TJ Smith Stakes ! Heavy track and you were closing on Mr Rupee at the finish, super run !!
Hopefully it's a case of he came, saw and conquered ! He's going to be first up into one of the most anticipated races of the Sydney Carnival and the Championships in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. A sprint over 1200m at Royal Randwick. His opposition are going to be hot but like most of them TEX (aka REBEL DANE) is a Group 1 winner too and will be ready to fire on his Sydney carnival debut ! It has been written that he was once an ugly duckling ..... well I wouldn't say that, he is one of the most photogenic horses . I have taken some absolute crackers of him. He knows he is good and exudes charm and flair every time he steps into the mounting yard.
These shots from the gallop do not do him justice however, the light this early in the day was a shocker, I hate it when dark shadows are cast on the horses, you can't see them. Pet hate.
This is his Exhibition Gallop on March 22 at Rosehill Gardens, with jockey Glen Boss making the trip to ride him.
Look forward to seeing you at Randwick very soon young man ! Tex is a stable name derived from his mother Texarcana and sadly his sire California Dane lost his life only recently.
We are on the verge of Round 1 - the clash of the Autumn Heavyweights. We are heading into the big time of the Sydney carnival now, where horses will stand up and be counted, whether a new champion emerges or a current champion becomes greater ! It's intriguing as it stands now... for the boys it's FIORENTE and ITS A DUNDEEL, the girls RED TRACER and APPEARANCE. Not to mention some pretty serious sprinters all competing for the title of the Australia's fastest horse. And the babies, what an awesome bunch of 2 year olds fighting to win the ultimate prize in the world of 2 year old racing, the Golden Slipper. Who will will take the ultimate crown when the Sydney Carnival comes to a close on Sydney Cup Day ? Hoping all our wonderful thoroughbreds stay happy and sound so they can compete in these races. It's great for racing, to bring new fans to the Sport of Kings.
It starts with the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Saturday, always one of my favourite races as it's so competitive, the best horses taking their place in the 2000m weight for age event. It will not disappoint. Aside from the most anticipated clash...most of the runners in a Ranvet are capable of winning the race.
For the DUNDEEL fans I promised I would upload these, a series I took of him at the stalls a couple of Saturday's ago. He is CLASSIC. There's no question about it. This little pony knows he is good... some of my all time favourites of him right here ! Thanks Emily for getting in close... even though he tried a little nip or two !
2013 had just about everything you could throw at the sport, plenty of highs and lows, on the track and off it. I'm sure it will do down as one of the most eventful racing years for sometime yet. We said goodbye to a national treasure and icon, Nelly, and perhaps the best crop of 3 year old young lads seen on a racetrack for some time . There were plenty of dramas off the track too none more so than the More Joyous affair...... A real shame it had to be played out in the manner it was and not behind closed doors. The worst part was a wonderful champions name had been tarnished because of it . She'll always be one of the great mares to ever grace the Australian turf, and to be associated with her career on and off the track were wonderful times for me. I look forward to MJ's little blueblood born this Spring by Frankel.
We sadly lost some special racing people and horses this past year, nothing amazes me more than the compassion of our "racing family" at trying times like these. Everyone digs deep and gives their ongoing support. There are too many people and horses to mention, as much as I'd love to, I don't want to miss any out of respect.
All Too Hard
It's A Dundeel
As the Autumn wound to a close and the winter months rolled on, people were starting to talk about the hole that was left after the retirement of these superstars - what would it hold for the Spring of 2013, is there any horse or horses that could fill the void and stand up to the plate, would the Spring be a little flat without them ? As it turned out the Spring Carnival never disappoints, it's a fabulous time of year and the racing battles did continue with the cream rising to the top. How can we not get excited about this lot moving forward into 2014 - Boban, Zoustar, Fiorente, It's A Dundeel & Guelph. Some young guns made their point, Shamus Award the maiden and Chad Schofield winning the Cox Plate, Long John the Guineas, Polanski the Derby, Complacent the Spring Champion. Aside from Guelph, Red Tracer and Streama are always a force to be reckoned with, giving their all in every race they contest . One of the big highlights for me was the amazing Buffering....Mr Triple Group 1 , how deserving were these victories in the shortest space of time. Good things come to those who wait don't they Buff... And Gai won the cup finally with the magnificent staying entire in Fiorente. He is on the lips of all and will be extremely hard to beat this Autumn.
One thing is guaranteed the 2014 Autumn Carnival will live up to all expectations on track, superb racing on show in Melbourne and Sydney with the launch of the "Championships" here in my backyard at Randwick. It can't come quick enough !
Expressway Stakes day at Randwick this Saturday, a nice classy field will line-up for the Group 2 feature ! Will see you there...if not you can follow my posts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Grimm-Photography/30905056621 and Twitter (Turfstars9) https://twitter.com/turfstars9
It was announced recently all across social media that HAY LIST, The Hulk, as he was affectionately known to all his fans, will hang up the race plates for good. I've had the privilege to photograph on many occasions part of his journey, race days to exhibition gallops collating hundreds of images. This photograph below is my farewell and last image I took of this courageous warrior as he returned for the final time after the Premier Stakes, Oct 5, 2013.
The alter ego of the "Hulk" was well named, for obvious reasons. He was a tower of a horse, big, masculine, strong. He was all power. No wonder in his prime, he was the best sprinter in the world alongside Black Caviar. Two Australian horses at the top of the sprinting ranks...didn't get any better than that. What a coup for Australian racing on the world stage ! As long as we talk for years to come, even generations to come about Black Caviar, the Hulk will be talked of in the same sentence - those epic duels the two of them had will be etched in the hearts of many. He will go down as the only serious contender to the great mare.
Don't we remember this day in 2011 well (below) Hay List just flying, top speed, as only he knew how. Collectively all of Randwick at this very moment thought Hay List has this, the mare was back, could she reel him in !! He was flat to the boards, nothing and no other horse would have beaten him that day, except a once in a lifetime freak.
His race record is testament to his ability and class - 28-15-6-0 : $2,559,575. His career highlights were : Won G1 Manikato Stakes, 1200m at Moonee Valley, September 24, 2010. Won G1 All Aged Stakes, 1400m at Randwick, April 23, 2011. Won G1 Newmarket Handicap, 1200m at Flemington, March 10, 2012. Add to that 5 Group 1 2nd's ! When he won the Newmarket no horse had carried that weight in 60 years, he made his own history that day and deservedly so, a champion displaying all his courage. Three cheers for Hay List !!
A gelding by Statue of Liberty out of Sing Hallelujah began his career in Western Australia under the care of Jim Taylor. He won his first eight starts in Perth in 2009 before pulling up lame when sixth behind Revolution in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot in November 2009. His owners, the Davenports from Perth then decided to relocate Hay List to Gosford under the care of trainer John McNair and wife Sue.
For me it wasn't necessarily his feats on the track but his courage and will to survive off it that pulls at my heartstrings. He was troubled by setbacks all his career including injuries, hoof & knees, colic , operations & infections which resulted in the champ coming seriously close to losing his life on 3-4 occasions ! His spirit and will to survive those trying and dark days along with the endless loving care of the McNairs during this time is heartfelt and an absolute credit to them to even get him near a racetrack again.
It's not the recent press and his campaign of 2013 that Hay List will be remembered, that's irrelevant. His deeds on the racetrack at the peak of his powers and the courage & resilience to overcome the impossible is what we love him for.
No horse is more deserving of retirement. Thankyou for the wonderful memories buddy, your fan base was huge, we'll all miss you. Let's hope we get to see you again leading out a Group 1 field in the near future, even the Group 1 All Aged Stakes next year at Randwick !
It's impossible for me to filter through endless photos of Hay List, but here are a few of my personal favourites ! Enjoy !
Thankyou for all the memories Hulk... there were so many ! May you enjoy relaxation big boy for many years to come !
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