JHB Syndications News 8 February

Racing into the new Millennium!

For many reasons, there’s never been a better time than now to be a racehorse owner in Australia. From prize money, whether it be new concept races, or the increase in stake-money across the board, to accessibility of the best horses, the best horse people and the best facilities, to transparency and integrity – all of which contribute to what can be the most enjoyable, and unique, experience.

Something we will shortly be experiencing for the first time is the $2 million Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm today. This is the inaugural running of a race for 2 year-olds that have been purchased from an Inglis sale, very much in the format of the Magic Millions.

We are thrilled to have a runner in this event with BISCARA. She is actually the least expensive horse to run in this race at $42,000 (others range up to $750,000) and is the highest-earning horse from last year's Inglis Classic Sale so far. Biscara very much represents what we are trying to achieve at JHB Syndications - value fillies with the physical make up to perform at the highest level.

The JHB colt syndicate will be represented in the $1m 3yo Inglis Sprint with SPIN, who resumes from a spell after mixing it with some nice horses last preparation. The team also have promising 2yo AUSSIE running in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield, so it promises to be a busy day for the green & gold silks. Good luck to connections of all runners.

If you’re going to be attending the Inglis Classic Sales, we’d love to catch up with you. Feel free to touch base anytime via email or on 0437 773 346.

"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools." - Napoleon Bonaparte


2.5% = $2,825 inc GST, big race noms and all costs to 31st May 2019 - Trainer Brad Widdup, NSW

Showcasing x Venus Bay

This filly is by Showcasing, a Gimcrack Stakes winning 2 year-old and son of Oasis Dream who stands for £55,000 in the UK on the back of his great success in the northern hemisphere. He is the sire of 317 winners and 33 stakes winners worldwide (as of January 2019) which puts him into the elite bracket of sires with a stakes winners to winners ratio in excess of 10%. Furthermore, he has produced a whopping 133 two year-old winners, and 174 three year-old winners, highlighting his ability to get an early runner than can train on.

From limited exposure in Australia and New Zealand to date, Showcasing has already produced 109 winners and 11 stakes winners.

This filly is out of a two-time winning O’Reilly mare, Venus Bay who has produced the Group 3 winner of 6 races, China Star. O’Reilly himself has stamped himself as a great broodmare sire, with no less than 14 Group 1 winners including the likes of Daffodil, Sacred Star, Steps In Time, Hucklebuck, Jon Snow, etc.


Info Corner - A Guide to Syndications

A great short video on why racing with a syndicator is easy and fun!


The racing is really heating up again, with a Group 1 meeting at Caulfield supported by a terrific undercard, along with the big Inglis race day at Warwick Farm. Let’s take a look at some of the feature races.


Early bank builder


This filly has been highlighted a couple of times recently as a potential group horse. Here she gets her chance to secure some black type at her home track. With a lack of speed on paper, she should be able to use her superior turn of foot. The danger might be FUTOOH at nice odds, who trialled well and has measured up to this grade previously.

Bet suggestion: Win

Blue Diamond Prelude – colts

Race 5 – Top 3

The JHB colt AUSSIE is blessed with nice ability and was pleasing on debut when sitting behind a fast speed. He’s drawn to get a nice run and should continue to improve. The best of the debutants is clearly SHOTMAKER who was ultra-impressive in a recent trial. He has drawn wide though and will need some luck. I AM IMMORTAL is the race favourite and can win, however he opened quite short and will have to deal with more pressure and a further 100m here.

Bet suggestion: watch the betting moves in the last 20 minutes, and don’t be afraid to take a quinella or trifecta with the horses mentioned.

Blue Diamond Prelude – fillies

Race 6 – Top 3

What a race! No prizes for guessing my top 3 here, CATCH ME, ATHIRI, and BROOKLYN HUSTLE – it’s just a matter of putting them in order. This race is going to be a great guide towards the Blue Diamond (as will the colts division) with 3 of the top 4 in the betting racing here. Some food for thought: Catch Me draws a nice gate for the first time in her career, which on paper looks plie a big plus…unless she prefers racing with plenty of room? Athiri defeated a very good colt on debut, and the stable has opted to go in the deep end here knowing what awaits. Brooklyn Hustle…when is the last time you saw a horse win like that at Moonee Valley, let alone a 2yo on debut?

Bet suggestion: I would be happy to own any of these 3, but if you had to twist my arm….Athiri, due to the (almost) each way odds on offer.

Market Mover


This classy 3yo showed lot of promise in the spring and returned well with a narrow 2nd in Sydney against the older horses. 1400m is short of his best, but he has fitness on his side and will be very strong late. One to follow this preparation.

Bet suggestion: Win bet, with a saver on the ex-Weir trained HAWKSHOT.

Group 1 Glory


This enigmatic galloper gets his chance to claim his first Group 1 as a 4yo. Expect him to stalk the speed, and if luck comes his way, he possesses a blistering turn of speed and is good enough to win. The stable have targeted this race to add another G1 on his stallion CV.

Bet suggestion: Who is brave enough to have him one-out in the quaddie?!


Cool running Hot


This 7yo mare is racing with real zest, having strung two wins together at the end of last campaign. She has seemingly returned in great order with an impressive trial, and gets in very well here at the weights.

Hunch Bet

Race 3 #3 SUPER TOO

This super-fast mare is known for her enormous barrier trial wins, having won her previous by 15.8 lengths. She struggled to beat a runner home in 3 starts last spring, but I’m going on a hunch that she could perform well. This will be her first start at Warwick Farm, however she has won 8 of 11 barrier trials contested here. She might simply be too fast for these.

Did you know that Australians have more passion for racing than anyone else? One in 244 owns at least one share in a racehorse, which is by far more owners per head of population than any other country.
The fact that fewer horses are retained by breeders to race in Australia means the odds of purchasing a winner are higher in Australia than anywhere else. To demonstrate this, the percentage of Group 1 winners offered at auction (before their G1 win) in Australia is 67%, compared to 46% in Europe.
And how about this…the past 12 Group 1 Derby and Oaks winners have all been Australian-bred!


What we are all racing for! This is the replica of the ‘yearling statue’ which is positioned at the entrance of the Inglis sales complex.

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