JHB Syndications News 27th July

New Beginnings!

Next Tuesday the curtain will draw down on another big season of racing in Australia. We say it every year, but this one had everything, from the immortal Winx winning her third Cox Plate and continuing her unbeaten winning streak to 25, to some renewed healthy competition between NSW and VIC.

For JHB Syndications 2017-18 represented new beginnings. Our first crop of runners hit the track (9 current 2YO’s, 6 runners, 17 runs, 3 wins and 6 further placings). This equates to a 2 year-old winners strike rate of 17.6%, and a place strike rate of 53%. Given what we’re expecting over the next 12 months, these already robust figures will only strengthen. Not to mention that only about 10% of the foal crop each year runs as 2 year-olds, yet in our first year JHBS managed to have 6 runners.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our owners for showing faith in us from a very early stage in our business. This loyalty does not go unrecognised, and we look forward to the excitement, the celebrations, and even the bad luck and commiserations that we’ll face together (because it makes success so much sweeter) with you in the months and years ahead. Keep an eye out in the post for a small token of our appreciation that’s set to arrive in the early part of the spring.

Looking to the more immediate future, our next runner will be on Sunday week when the promising Celosia is likely to be a popular runner on the back of two outstanding trial wins. And just like Celosia, we’ll be looking to fly the gates early in the new season!

I would like to finish with a couple of announcements. Firstly, happy birthday today to our bloodstock and marketing guru Stephen Heath! This is Stephen’s 3rd 29th birthday. And while we’re at it, happy birthday to my mum Janice today as well. Many happy returns to you both.

Filly In Focus: Proisir x Safari Sunset

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Info Corner - Racing Jargon Explained

BACKED OFF THE MAP A horse that has been well supported in betting to win the race.

BLACK BOOK The term given to a horse that you want to be betting on at its next start or wish to follow in its subsequent races.

BLACK TYPE A race that is held at Group or Listed level that adds to a horses value when it has finished racing.

BLINKERS A piece of gear placed on the head. It is a hood that fits over the head of the horse with cups around the eyes to restrict the peripheral vision of the horse. The addition of blinkers to a horse's gear is considered a significant adjustment that can alter their performance.

BLOWS When a horse is unwanted in betting before the race and the bookies increase or ‘wind out’ the price. For example: a price blows out from 2.10 to 3.70.

BOX SEAT A position in the race that is normally a good position to be in during the run. In most cases it is the position behind the leader/s on the fence.

CAST When a horse lays down or gets stuck in the starting barriers.

CHECKED Describes a horse which has received some type of interference, where the jockey has to take evasive action or stop riding briefly.

CORRECT WEIGHT Placings in a race are official and any winnings can now be paid out on the race. Correct weight means all jockeys have weighed in correctly at the end of the race to ensure each horse was carrying the correct amount of weight.

EXPECT BOLD SHOWING A common form guide reference which basically means it has a good winning chance

FURLONG An imperial scale formerly used in Australian racing but is still used in some parts of the world. It is a distance which is approximately 200 metres. A 1200m race is 6 furlongs, the reason the 1200m start at Flemington is often referred to as the straight 6.

KEEP SAFE A common form guide reference which means don’t underestimate a particular horse's chances

CRICKET SCORE ODDS When the odds of a runner to win are very long, generally 100 or greater.

DAM The female parent of a horse. In human terms, the 'mother'.

DEAD HEAT Two or more horses finishing in an exact tie at the finishing post. For a dead heat the odds of a horse are divided in half to pay out each of the two winners evenly.

EMERGENCY Additional runners that have accepted for the race but will only gain a start if the declared starters are scratched.

FILLY Female horse 3 years old or under.

FIRM A horse has been supported in betting and if the odds shorten, it will be said to have firmed. Firm can also describe a hard track.

FIRST UP A runner resuming from a spell. Usually a spell is 3 months (90 days) or longer since it last raced.

FRESH A runner that has had a break since it last raced but not as long as a spell. Generally greater than 28 days but less than 90. Described that it has been ‘freshened’.

LATE MAIL Last-minute tips that take scratchings, jockeys, track conditions and whispers from informed sources into consideration.

LENGTH A unit of measurement to describe the distance a horse wins by or is beaten by. It is a horse's length from nose to tail. 1 length is approximately 3m.

LONG SHOT A runner being at big odds and is unlikely to win.

MAIDEN A horse who has not won a race. Also used to describe a race that is restricted to horses that have not won a race.

MARE Female horse 4 years old or older.

MUCK LATHER When a horse sweats noticeably before a race and causes a white foam like substance to appear on the horse. Horses that sweat profusely before a race will often not perform to their best ability.

MUDLARK A horse that excels on wet tracks. Often the ability to handle a wet track is genetic.

MUG PUNTER A person who does not have good success when betting.

ON THE NOSE To back a horse for the win only.

PLUNGE When there is a large number of bets for a particular selection, often placed close to the race's jump.

RIDDEN COLD The horse was dropped back in the field and saved for one last run at the end of the race.

RIDDEN UPSIDE DOWN The horse did not race in the way that suits it best or it normally races, e.g. a front-runner that was ridden at the back, or a horse that is normally ridden cold is positioned near the front of the field.

ROUGHIE A selection at long odds price in the ring with a much lower chance of winning. If you pick a 'roughie' your winnings will be far higher because of the chances involved.

SMOKEY A horse at longer odds which does have reasons why it can win and may be a better chance of winning than most punters think.

SPELL a horse that has had a break from racing for 90 days or more.

STONE MOTHERLESS To finish in last position.

STRAPPER A person employed by the trainer look after the general day-to-day welfare of a horse.

SWOOPER A horse whose style of racing is to position near the back of the field before unleashing a fast-finishing burst and often down the outside portion of the track.

TOPPY The horse carrying top weight.

UNDERS The odds for a selection appear to be poor value and the perception is that the price is under the odds.

WEIGHT FOR AGE Conditions of a race that is said to be the most even, as horses are allocated weight according to their age and sex. Australia’s premier weight for age or WFA race is the Cox Plate.

WELL-HELD Describes a horse who has been comfortably beaten by the winner.

WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET The runner is considered no chance of winning so the bookie would give you any odds you ask.

Video of The Week

Video of the week - Proisir x Safari Sunset

If you would like to race this filly with JHB Syndications please contact Dean as soon as possible to secure one of the few remaining shares.





In any other year, this filly would be an ideal candidate for the SAJC Lightning Stakes. But with stablemate Sunlight, and boom horse Nature Strip heading there on Saturday, this 2yo BM64 race to kick off the program at Morphettville will have to suffice as a first up target. The daughter of Not A Single Doubt showed plenty of ability and brilliance last Autumn when 4th, beaten less than a length in the Blue Diamond Prelude behind Enbihaar, Oohood and Seabrook – all subsequent G1 performers. Looked sharp in winning a recent Morphettville trial.




A Group 2 and Group 3 winner in 2017, this recent addition to the Darren Weir stable looks ready to peak 3rd up. After a pleasing return over 1100m at Flemington, he returned to headquarters over 1200m in what turned out to be a farcically run sit/sprint race (first 600m ran in close to 39 seconds, unheard of) which gave a horse like him, who likes to build into his work, no chance. A stiff 1200m, around a bend, with sting out of the track is right up his alley here. It might be a mini D-Day for this lightly raced and soon to be 5yo, but I think he’s well up to winning this. Not to mention he’s named after a movie which stars Alicia Vikander. Say no more!




12 starts. 5 wins, 4 seconds. Unbeaten 2nd up. Enormous run fresh. Possesses a booming finish. Unlucky at only run this track. Drawn to get a nice run in transit. Smart claim engaged to give her a 3kg pull in the weights on Merriest and equal terms to Princess of Queens (the latter of which is rated as the hardest to beat). Please tell me, what’s not to like?



Race 1 #8 NOBU

On what looks a very tough card at Rosehill, I’ll stick with this progressive 2 year-old from the Waller stable with Kerrin McEvoy aboard. Last time out he was only 10 days between runs (unusual for the stable to do that off a debut run) which suggests to me they wanted to get on the right leg and target this race. In a race that doesn’t appear to have much genuine speed, McEvoy might slide across and let him sit just behind the leaders. This grey colt is bred to run a Derby trip, so expect him to be very strong to the line. This race might prove to be a nice entrée for Nobu which leads to a more substantial main course later in the year…


Charles Mayfield

JHBS owned horses: Magic Sunset, Proisir x Safari Sunset

Resides in: Geelong

Occupation: Accountant

First Horse: Stamina

Favourite Horses: Star of the Realm, Sunline, Racing to Win, Alizee, Invincible Star, Streama and many others.

Horse To Follow? Invincible Star

Favourite racetrack: Chantilly in France and Flemington

Best moment/day at the races: The day Stamina, beat Bull Point, Savvy Nature, Happy Clapper, at Rosehill, when he was boxed away on the fence until the 100 and he burst through hands and heels and won.

Sporting team(s): Geelong Region Cross Country

Favourite Food: Pasta

Other hobbies/interests: Triathlon, Running, Tennis and other sports.

Best aspect of horse ownership: The social side, the thrill of having a horse racing and the potential of winning.

In 2016/17 Tony McEvoy enjoyed a great season amassing $4.495m prize money at 16.2% strike rate. To date in 2017/18 they sit at $9.581m with a s/r of 22.3%. That is growth of 113%. Take out Sunlight's $1.5m Magic Millions cheque and still it's an AMAZING leap!
In 2016/17 the powerful Lindsay Park operation accumulated $21.772m in prizemoney. In 2017/18 to date they’ve grown that figure to $25.905m thanks to no less than 246 wins. This represents growth of 19%, which is no mean feat when working off an already high base.
Photo Of The Week – JHBS owners enjoying a nice morning at Brad Widdup’s Platinum Park, with the Rubick – Sophielicious filly posing perfectly for the shot!



Dean Elliott


0437 773 346

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