The selection process that's paying dividends!
As we head into the Spring and Summer Racing Carnivals, Roll the Dice have a mix of older and younger horses, sprinters, stayers, tried and untried, all to be comepttitve at the highest level in 2018/19.
Stable stalwarts Artie Dee Two and Benny Goes Berzerk continue to fly the flag as experienced horses. Bought in our second crop of purchases in 2013, the now 5YO’s were sold to our initial group of owners who got on board early. Their faith has been restored in both horses, with Artie Dee Two earning over $230k for his $55k purchase price, and Benny Goes Berzerk amassing over $106k for his $50k purchase price.
Artie Dee Two was a winner on Saturday at Morphettville and Benny Goes Berzerk saluted at Cranbourne on Sunday. Both horses will run through the cooler weather looking for more wet tracks and providing our owners with plenty more fun to come. All credit to John Foote and Jeremy Rogers, who carried out the selection process for both horses, and DK Weir for giving the horses time to mature and getting the best out of both of them.
Recent tried horses purchased include Oberland, Andrea Magnetta and Maheera. Oberland stepped out a fortnight ago and will run again this week while Andrea Magnetta is progressing beautifully and will head to a jump out in the next fortnight. DK Weir is confident that both horses are on track for spring races with Oberland looking at a listed race in the spring followed by a Brisbane campaign that hopefully gets us to the Magic Millions in 2019.
Andrea Magnetta has improved dramatically since being gelded, and if he can improve a length or two he will be inundated with opportunities in the high profile country cups. Future goals for this horse are over the jumps, as he has shown great ability in this area.
Finally, Maheera our stakes placed filly as a 3YO is also back in work, and she will be aimed at Jericho Cup at Warrnambool 4000m race in late November
Krone and Anjana are two 3YO’s we have seen at the track already and both seem destined for better things in the spring. While we don’t know yet what level they will get to, we are excited by their prospects and they will be aimed at the highest level and given every chance. If they don’t perform at that level, there are plenty of other group races available during the spring.
We also have an exciting colt, Ocean Essence, who is yet to race but has been nominated for spring Gr 1’s. We also have a large group of 2YO's and 3YO’s who have either just hit the track, or are preparing for their first starts, and the future is definitely looking bright for the next crop of RTD horses to progress through the ranks
As our business now matures, our planning processes are also maturing, and we feel we have never been better placed with our assault on the Spring and Summer Carnival 2018. We search for either youth or experience in our horses so we can provide different options to our owners: live the dream with a yearling or race now and know what you are getting with a tried horse.
With John Foote and Jeremy Rogers at the helm during our selection process, we feel we have got it just right when it comes to picking yearlings. While we can’t make any guarantees, you can rest assured we have done our due diligence to give you the best chance of having a first class horse hit the track.
With our long history and strong relationship with Darren Weir, we are able to look at options to buy back from some of his higher end clients who are only looking for Gr 1 winners. We also look at tried horses outside of Darren’s stables who may not have reached their peak performance, as we firmly believe he can improve most horses bought locally or internationally.
We are now headed to the UK for the first time in October with John Foote to source our international yearling – this is an opportunity rarely, if ever, afforded to syndicators. This sale is usually reserved for racing’s elite, so we feel privileged to have this opportunity, and can't wait to see which horse John chooses for us.