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New season with a new team started sensational.

First and second week of the new season racing behind us with a great results. After last year collapse due to a EHV virus in the yard, we started with fresh, not yet super fit horses, but looks like we are on the right way.
First week new imported Puramente, raced for the first time and finished 3th with our apprentice rider Shu Murakami on board.
Second week 3yo Tie Em Up Tel, ran for the first time this year against older horses and was 2nd coming from the tail of the group at the end.
On the same day we raced our 8yo stallion Zwegat, after a year of no racing in Gd 3 race over 1400m. He was holding his record time on AW track from 2016, but not only that he won again, but he broke the record by 1s.
I am proud on my new team, their time spent for wellbeing of the horses and results are coming.

Looking forward for another thrilling weekend ahead…but more on that on Monday 🙂

European Jockey Cup 2016, Prague 24. 9.

This race is… a bit different than the other races.

First the handicappers assign the handicap marks (murky business, believe me, with the rules bent according to the likes and needs) and then the trainers of the entered horses choose the jockeys one after another – according to “handicap placing” of each horse.

We were able to secure Jaroslav LINEK for Pretorian (GB) and Jozef BOJKO for Zwegat (GER). Pretorian will start from gate 2 and Zwegat from gate 16.

Last Sunday we scored 2 x 2

Last Sunday my “girl’s power” placed second. Twice!

Eva Gore (GB) had a bit of bad luck at the start. She was left at the end of the pack and nevertheless managed to gobble the lost ground and in the middle of the finishing straight it aleva-gore-raceready looked as she was going to win, but the extra effort she had to put in catching the leaders emptied her resources and she was beaten a length at the end. Still I am happy with her performance and am looking forward to her next race that should come up quite soon.

 

eva-gore

Viva Lea (CZE) obviously prefers larger tracks with longer straights. Under the master ride of Jaroslav LINEK she missed the first place by only 1/2 a length… and she was still coming. If the racviva-lea-racee would develop a bit different, I am sure, she would be able to win. Unfortunately this was her last chance to become a black type winner (there are no black type races for her in the racing calendar of the tracks around us), so we will have to settle with a national Listed placing.

 

viva-lea

(all photos by: Zsanett Berta – Photo Finish)

5 starts, 3 wins, 1 third and 1 fourth place (plus another fourth)

The biggest surprise was brought to us with a Zdenko ŠMIDA winning ride of VALOROUS INFLUENCE (SVK) that was really something we did not consider feasible. As I wrote in my previous post, announcing the race day, he is our little experiment and we learn from him (and about him) each and every race. Even though we are deciding on retiring him at the end of the season, he still may participate in a race or two.

(see the video here, race number III. Rubellos Trophy)

Valori Magna

 (Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

The next win came in the form of emerging superstar of my yard, PRETORIAN (GB), who literary demolished the opposition in the prestigious 1.000m Listed sprint, named in the honor of the famous OVERDOSE (GB), who sadly passed away in Germany last year. PRETORIAN took command of the pace early and when Jaroslav LINEK asked him to go, he responded instantly, to finish the race in 57.2 seconds, with the winning margin of 5 lengths. (video)

Pretorian Overdose

(Photo: Zsanett BERTA)

“The bomb from Austria” as the Hungarians nicknamed ZWEGAT (GER) is back. This time he beat the filed of respectful milers on the distance that was somehow eluding him. With Jaroslav LINEK in the saddle he was able to prevail in another prestigious Listed race – this one named by the famous IMPERIAL (HUN), and nail the most dangerous oponent BATHORY (HUN), who faded in the finishing straight. (video)

Zwegat Imperial

(Photo: Zsanett BERTA)

BRUCE FRENKY (FR) was unlucky again.  Mid-race collision threw him off the pace and he fell from the prominent “covered” position at the beginning of the pack to dead last. Being a big horse he needed the time and distance to get rolling again, which he did and managed to finish third. I decided not to protest, since there was too little time in between the races and there was the most important race at Magna Racino coming up. (see the video here, race number V. ToiToiToi – Galub ans Glück Rennen)

Bruce Magna

(Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

We were all waiting to see MATIDIA (GB) get away from the colts, but a race is a race. It is a unique one time event, where the horse and the jockey do not get a second chance. When it is done, it is done and if one judgement or decision proves wrong later on, there is no chance to correct it anymore. MATIDIA finished fourth, what is still good, but somehow I can not get rid of the impression that the pre-race instructions would result in at least a better placing. She will get her chance to revenge in Hungarian St. Leger in the beginning of October. (see the video here, race number VII. 148. Österreichiches Galloper Derby)

Matidia Magna

(Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

 

PRETORIAN (GB) strikes again

Our chestnut Houdini (you should see, how he manages to strip his fully fastened blanket) upgraded his racing status to a Listed level yesterday (14. 8. 2016), winning Kozma Ferenc EV (1.200 m) race at Kincsem Park in Budapest, with Jaroslav LINEK in the saddle.

An easy 6 length win brought PRETORIAN to the class of the top sprinters in the region, so he more than justified his entry to Overdose Dij, which is going to be run at the same track on 4. 9. 2016.

I hope that you will be enjoying the video of the race the same way we enjoyed watching it live.

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  Finish close

The new acquisition of my training yard, MATIDIA (GB), racing in the colors of STAR KINGDOM RACING won the most important race for 3 year old fillies in Budapest on 7.8.2016 under brilliant Alberto SANNA.

Winner

She was calm throughout the event and was able to fight off her competition easily. The official margin at the end was 2 lengths, but if you see the video, you will see that there was more… She is headed to Austrian Derby on September 4th, where she will meet the boys from her generation.

Parade Parade

Pre canter Pre-canter

Pre canter 2 Under the grandstand

First round First time round

After the race 2 Returning to the caring Zoran

After the race

Winner 2 In the winners enclosure