The Downs, the Ups and the ones that make your day

Playing this game of racing is not for the faint hearted. Particularly if you are fully entrenched in it from the go of birth to the whoa when a horse's time has come and you are emotionally attached to all the horses you breed, buy, race and live with.

Brettan is one such a horse. The now six year old Commands gelding out of Raheights has jumped right back into the game with a second placing in the Listed 1600m Tatt's Mile at Doomben on 16 July. Having had a promising start to his career as a 2 year old and a win at his first start in January 2014, his second win wasn't realised until later that year in November where he won at Warwick Farm and then again a short time later at Randwick. Things however became stagnant from there and Brettan just couldn't find the promising form he had shown early on. He was sent to Brisbane where Torryburn's resident Queensland trainer Doug Roberts took over the reins. With a little bit of TLC, Brettan scored his fourth career win at Doomben in April this year, before following up with his Listed race performance last month. Brettan has been a loyal performer and it's great to see him back at his best.

Another Torryburn bred runner to shine this month is Cadman. He's not quite winning the Melbourne Cup but he sure made a statement at Darwin this week for his owners the Mckay family and trainer Merv Runble from Warren. Not only has he won five of his last six starts at the Fannie Bay racecourse but he won the last four in a row and pocketed $76,000 worth of his total career earnings of $82,500 since 28 May this year. What a thrill for the owners and connections. Cadman's dam Miss Brightman is awaiting a foal by first season sire Wandjina.

Cessnock trainer Todd Howlett has chipped his way around the tracks with Sirius Spy (Mossman x Informant). Whilst best described as a consistent regional performer, Sirius has been a bit of fun for us and our partners and had a sensational win last week. Again, Port Macquarie is no Randwick or Flemington but the way the mare lead the 2000m race most of the way and battled it out on the line for a win gave us as almost as much a thrill as any black type race could.

One of our exciting up and comers is the 3 year old filly Red Hearts who had her first start this week at Warwick Farm in the rain to finish third. Having won her two trials this preparation, it was a good effort by the Lonhro filly who is out of Crimson Reign, winner of the Kindergarten Stakes where she beat Segments and Charge Forward and the Heroic Championship beating the turf queen Alinghi. Red Hearts has now returned to Torryburn for a good spell and will return to racing later in the year.


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