Southern Lad Relishes Heavy Conditions At Randwick

It was a typical winter's day at Randwick on Saturday where a large group of Southern Lad's owners braved the wet and cold conditions to cheer him on after a string of placings this preparation. Trainer John O'Shea was confident heading into the race that he would be very effective on the Heavy 8 surface "He's rock-hard fit which is very important on a testing track and we know he can handle the going so it's no suprise to see him tough it out the way he did today" commented O'Shea after the win.

The lightly raced 4YO son of Ocean Park was having just his eleventh career start when returning to the winner's circle for the fourth time. "He's a real little bulldog, that's what I like about him" commented in-form apprentice Robbie Dolan after the race. "He has there to be beaten at the 200m but he picked himself up and kept working to the line".

Southern Lad was purchased for $75,000 from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sales and has now earned his connections over $170,000 in prize money. "He wasn't overlly big as a yearling but he had a purposeful walk on him which we loved" recalled Champion Director Jason Abrahams, "It's funny that Robbie (Dolan) describes his racing style as bulldog-like because that's exactly how we labelled him at the yearling sales"

Southern Lad is a half-brother to our very own multiple Group 1 placed Kuro who was retired last year. His dam has also recently produced the promising Chris Waller trained Milunka (by All Too Hard).

Congratulations to 'The Lad's" owners on a very well deserved Saturday metropolitan win.


Press Statement Off And Running With Early 2YO Trial Winner

The whispers at the track have been very positive about exciting first season sire Press Statement and this was backed up with a promising debut trial effort from 2YO Press Start at the Gold Coast this week. The filly, out of Testa Rossa mare Rossarita won the trial by an impressive 2.3 lengths over the 900m journey.  

SAVE THE DATE: October Open Day

John O'Shea Racing will be opening the stable doors on Sunday, October 27th for our 2019 Spring Open Day. Kicking off at 10am, we'll be showcasing our current horses in work and recapping the year as we farewell 2019 and look towards an exciting 2020. Come along to enjoy a morning of horses, coffee and food! 

Toronado; A Sire On Fire!

We are constantly reporting on the success of Toronado’s progeny…which is fantastic as we have a cracking Toronado colt in our stable!After two winners last week, Toronado has kicked off this week with his 4th Stakes winner in Europe and then delivered two more impressive winners in Australia. It is evident that the success he is having in Europe is being reproduced here in Australia. 

Enamour's Lucky Shoes

Sometimes stories just like this make you smile... While chatting to his dad, Dave, young Lachlan O’Neill, stated that he was a bit down on his luck. Now Dave and his wife Elizabeth, who own shares in Bonita Bella, Enamour, The Champion One in Five Club and Mai Time, decided that their beloved young offspring needed a little help. So ever the thinker, Dave, contacted us and asked for four used horseshoes that they could give to Lachlan to top up his “Luck Account”.  

Two Winners For Toronado Over The Weekend

Sassy Salitage puts in an enormous effort to win at Moonee Valley and hot favourite Miss How Long delivers at Toowoomba giving Toronado two winners for the weekend 

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