Life After Racing; Zoltar Enjoying New Career After Retirement

In July, 2016 the connections of five year old Zabeel gelding Zoltar were given the disappointing news that he had sustained a suspensory injury to his tendon which was deemed career ending. Zoltar had just 12 starts for 5 placings and was very unlucky not to break his maiden after a couple of very close second placings. With a rich staying pedigree, and a physical to match, Zoltar never got to reach the distances that we always knew he would be most effective over which was a real shame for his connections.

At the time, Zoltar was being trained by Matt Dale in Canberra and was quickly snapped up by track rider Joe Mcdermott who gave him the 6 months required in the paddock to recover from his injury. Zoltar returned from the paddock in the new year and underwent re-education by Joe, learning how 'not to be a racehorse'. This included lots of flat work, dressage, small jumps and eventually some cross country.

Zoltar soon made his competition debut where he was in first place after the dressage round before knocking a pole down in the showjumping round. He finished off the day with a brilliant cross country round under time to finish in second place overall! A fantastic effort for his first ever competition.

With so much emphasis on horse welfare in the racing industry it is important that we highlight the time and effort that goes into these horses after racing. We would like to say thank you to Joe for giving Zoltar a fantastic home and we wish them more success in the future!

Pictured: Zoltar enjoying his new career

Pictured: Zoltar In his racing days


Champion Welcome Sales & Marketing Director Neill Ross To The Team

This week Champion Thoroughbreds welcomed Neill Ross to the team as Sales & Marketing Director to support our growing business. Neill has wealth of knowledge and experience in the racing industry and beyond. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Massey University in New Zealand and a Diploma in Horse Husbandry and Management from Roseworthy Ag College in  

Zoustar Two Year Olds Dominate At Warwick Farm

Zoustar continues to cement himself as one of the hottest two year old sires with two winners at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. First starter Lean Mean Machine looked a horse with plenty of talent in his two trials and certainly lived up to expections on debut when winning the Pluck @ Vinery Handicap for the two year old Colts & Geldings over 1000m. 

Owners Enjoy A Sunny Sunday At Randwick

Our 2018 Yearling Parade went off without a hitch at John O'Shea's stables on Sunday. We were treated to a sunny, fine day with good coffee and some outstanding looking horses who proved incredibly popular amongst those looking for their next Champion. 

There's 'No Doubt' About This Quality Filly

The team was thrilled to walk away with Lot 436 on Day 3 of the Inglis Premier Sale- a stunning daughter by Not A Single Doubt, sire of top class gallopers including Extreme Choice, Single Gaze, Miracles Of Life and Scales Of Justice. In the breeding barn, Not A Single Doubt has earned the title of Leading Australian Sire by Worldwide Earning 

2018 Yearling Parade THIS SUNDAY!

It's that time of the year again! We'll be hosting our 2018 yearling parade at John O'Shea Racing on Sunday, March 11th kicking off at 10am. The parade will feature our yearlings purchased from Magic Millions, Karaka, Inglis Classic and Premier sale as well as our racehorses in training with John at the time. 

News - Archive