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THE RISE AND RISE OF INCENTIVISE

By Graham Potter | Friday, October 15, 2021

It was marvel to behold!

The way that Incentivise rubber-stamped his brilliance and accentuated his superiority over a high class field in the Caulfield Cup was quite stunning.

Sure, we knew he was a very good horse and, absolutely, the demolition job he did on opposition in lesser class races before twice adding to his winning sequence in a seamless transition to Group 1 company, with outstanding wins in the Makybe Diva and The Turnbull, set him up for it but, while few could see Incentivise being beaten, not everybody was ready for him to demoralise, dismantle and defeat his opposition in the exact manner in which he did. Read more ...

THE RISE AND RISE OF INCENTIVISE

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Trainer Billy Healey might have something to look forward to when Alligator Blood, the most high profile horse he has trained, returns to action in December on his way to his target assignment on Magic Millions day, but he could only watch from afar as another horse who once was under his care wrote his (new) name up in lights in Hong Kong.

The El Roca gelding raced as Paleontologist for Healey in Queensland, winning narrowly on debut before advancing to Class 1 level where he again dispatched his opposition to make it two wins from two starts.

The New Zealand bred was then on-sold to Hong Kong, where he re-emerged under the new name of Lucky Patch.

LUCKY PATCH (PALEONTOLOGIST) MOVES INTO BIG RACE DAY CONTENTION WITH A SUPER WIN IN HONG KONG

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He was earmarked to be Tegan Harrison’s return ride from a long injury-enforced spell on the sidelines but, with her surgeon delaying her comeback date, Harrison had to play a secondary role in Commandeering’s first up run at Ipswich on Friday, October 15 … but that didn’t stop it turning out to be a very special day indeed.

The fact that Commandeering’s form-line showed he had been away from race action for nine-and-a-half months only skimmed the surface of an extraordinary story.

A SPECIAL MOMENT WITH A PROFOUND MESSAGE WE WOULD ALL DO WELL TO HEED

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Perhaps, amidst all of the fanfare and hype that has raised the profile of The Everest to such lofty heights, it was trainer John O’Shea who put his finger on the real pulse of the race and why it taken the Australian racing scene by storm.

“That (connection to the racing public) is the key to this race,” said O’Shea, speaking to Sky Racing at The Everest barrier draw. “That’s where other races have fallen by the wayside or lost notoriety because people don’t understand the form with all the internationals coming down but, with this race … everybody has been following all of the horses for twelve months. They know every inch of every horse. That, and the fact there are only twelve runners, lends itself to people gaining a greater understanding of the form.”

And there you have it. Read more ...

THE EVEREST'S PROFILE CONTINUES TO SOAR IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE RACE WHOSE CONCEPT IT ADOPTED

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The Robert Heathcote trained Startantes has received a much sought-after call-up to contest the inaugural running of The Invitation, a new race recently unveiled by Racing NSW carrying prize-money of $2 million.

The race, which is for fillies and mares, will be run over 1400m at Randwick on October 23, the same day as the Cox Plate, with the exclusive field being made up of twelve runners who all have to be invited by a panel specially convened by Racing NSW for that task. Read more ...

STARTANTES GETS 'THE INVITATION' CALL-UP

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Apprentice Jaden Lloyd’s career continued on its steep upward trajectory at Eagle Farm on Saturday where the young rider scored his first Listed race win aboard the John Smerdon trained Honorable Spirit in the Queensland Cup.

Apprentices were unable to claim in this Listed event, but that didn’t stop Smerdon from again giving Lloyd his vote of confidence just as he had done two weeks before when Lloyd partnered Honourable Spirit to a fast-finishing runner-up result in the Toowoomba Cup. Read more ...

APPRENTICE JOCKEY'S CAREER PATH CONTINUES ON ITS STEEP UPWARD TRAJECTORY

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Trainer Desleigh Forster is almost certain to set Apache Chase on a Golden Eagle path after the well-performed son of Better Than Ready made it two out of two this preparation when comfortably accounting for his market rival Emerald Kingdom in an Open 1400m contest at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Apache Chase had won the Weetwood in his first-up run two weeks ago. Read more ...

FORSTER SETS HER SIGHTS ON THE GOLDEN EAGLE

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The John Moore stable is just warming up! Read more ...

JOHN MOORE STABLE IS SIMMERING BELOW THE SURFACE
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Who is the former Kacy Fogden trained runner who saluted at Sha Tin on Sunday. Read more ....

FORMER KACY FOGDEN TRAINED RUNNER SCORES ONE FOR AUSTRALIA AT SHA TIN
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Godolphin selects their Everest slot representative. Read more ...

GODOLPHIN RUNNER BACK FOR A THIRD ATTEMPT AT THE EVEREST
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Incentivise is not the only former Toowoomba trained galloper challenging for Group 1 honours. Read more ...

FORMER TOOWOOMBA GALLOPERS DOING THEMSELVES PROUD IN GROUP 1 COMPANY IN SYDNEY & MELBOURNE
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Only one state left standing as South Australia calls an end to jumps racing. Read more ...

RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA PULLS THE PLUG ON JUMPS RACING
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A small trainer getting big results. Read more ...

DOING A GREAT JOB FROM LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES
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A story that underlines the often overlooked emotional investment that stakeholders make in their horses. Read more ...

FOND MEMORIES OF A VERY SPECIAL HORSE
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Seven-in-a-row and still counting. Read more ...

RISING STAR STAYING IN QUEENSLAND - FOR NOW
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Former Melbourne Cup winner requires surgery. Read more ...

ANOTHER BIG NAME JOINS THE CASUALTY LIST FOR THE SPRING CARNIVAL
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Cliff Brown has his Everest runner. Read more ...

FORMER SINGAPORE STAR BLAZES HIS WAY INTO THE EVEREST
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The Desleigh Forster stable hits the jackpot at Toowoomba ... Read more

APACHE CHASE GIVES JIM BYRNE HIS THIRD WIN IN THE WEETWOOD HANDICAP
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When a track treats you will ... Read more

A JOCKEY WITH A FOND SPOT FOR TOOWOOMBA
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Top jockey on her way north ... Read more ...

ANOTHER JOCKEY CONFIRMS PLANS TO RELOCATE TO QUEENSLAND
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A glittering racing career comes to a premature end ... Read more

NINE TIME GROUP 1 WINNING MARE RETIRED
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The long grind of Queensland Racing's judicial system continues ... Read more

BEN CURRIE NOW ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE FENCE IN QUEENSLAND RACING'S APPEALS SYSTEM PROCESS
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Queensland's Horse Of The Year is announced ... Read more

QUEENSLAND'S HORSE OF THE YEAR
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The horse that nobody thought much of early on is scaling incredible heights ... Read more

AN UNLIKELY JOURNEY FROM UGLY DUCKLING TO NATIONAL RACING HERO

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Peter Moody … a man who never forgets his roots, or, in this case, the horse’s roots. After thanking the other owners, Moody wanted to make a particular point:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity. A big thanks to Steve Tregea and his team and his family … the owner, former trainer and breeder of this horse … and a big shout out to everybody up there in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. This one is for you.”
Peter Moody … a man who never forgets his roots, or, in this case, the horse’s roots. After thanking the other owners, Moody wanted to make a particular point:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity. A big thanks to Steve Tregea and his team and his family … the owner, former trainer and breeder of this horse … and a big shout out to everybody up there in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. This one is for you.”
Steve Tregea
Steve Tregea
Billy Healey with the then named  Paleontologist who is now a rising star in Hong Kong, racing under the name of Lucky Patch
Billy Healey with the then named Paleontologist who is now a rising star in Hong Kong, racing under the name of Lucky Patch
Tegan Harrison (left) enjoying a very special win at  Ipswich
Tegan Harrison (left) enjoying a very special win at Ipswich
The trophy for the 2021 The Everest

Photo: Racing NSW
The trophy for the 2021 The Everest

Photo: Racing NSW
Startantes
Startantes
Jaden Lloyd and Honorable Spirit
Jaden Lloyd and Honorable Spirit
Jim Byrne and Apache Chase
Jim Byrne and Apache Chase
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