Christmas Comes Early For Owners

For a large contingent of owners in the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Syndicate, Christmas came a few weeks early at Moonee Valley’s Friday night meeting. They landed their first city winner when Flying Hula came from mid-field on the turn to wear down her opponents in a Rating 72 over 2040 metres. Flying Hula completed an outstanding week for ATB, who had four winners for the week.

At Warrnambool on Monday, Set Me Straight and Luckyimbarefoot gave Darren Dance and his large team of owners a double while Lonhro filly Eleve couldn’t have been more impressive winning on debut at Seymour. Flying Hula, a $45,000 buy at the Melbourne Premier Sale as a yearling is fast closing in on $100,000. She will either return to Moonee Valley in two weeks for another mares race over 2040m or she may go to Flemington the following day. Debutant winner Eleve brought up Darren Weir’s 50th winner for the season with a dominant winner in the Fillies & Mares Maiden at Seymour on Thursday. Always held in high regard by the stable, she was purchased by Darren Dance from the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale for $90,000. ATB who celebrated their Christmas Party at Caulfield races on Saturday have had another outstanding year, highlighted by Platelet’s win in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield. However ATB’s Horse Of The Year for 2011 was the ever consistent Rue Maple, who was beaten a nose in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes and third in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes.

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