Matt Laurie scores Group 1 win with Escado
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Matt Laurie today celebrated his biggest win as a trainer when Escado won the South Australian Derby.
The son of Casino Prince bounced off defeat in a benchmark 72 Showcase at Geelong on 26 April to claim the $500,000 event and provide Mornington-based Laurie with his first Group 1 success.
Escado made the most of a cool ride from in-form jockey Ben Melham to register the third win of his 14-start career.
Melham saved ground around the turn when rivals were keen to get going wide, which enabled him to shoot along the inside and boot away for a decisive win.
At the line the $14 chance had 1-3/4 lengths to spare over leading local chance Hioctdane ($5.50) with another Victorian, the Saab Hasan-trained Shoreham, who started $4 favourite, a short-half-head back third.
The win was Melham’s second at the highest level in as many weeks following the previous Saturday’s Sportingbet Classic success aboard Platelet.
Escado’s win was part of a good day for Victorians in Adelaide, where Mick Price won the Listed $80,000 Adelaide Guineas (1600m).
David Hayes, how based at Euroa, returned to his home state to win the Listed Oaklands Plate with Eagle Island.
Story by Brad Bishop
Courtesy of Racing Victoria.
Matt Laurie today celebrated his biggest win as a trainer when Escado won the South Australian Derby.
Courtesy of Racing Victoria - story by Ben Asgari.
Lightly-raced gelding Tigerland gives Stephen Baster a double at Caulfield.
Exciting country-trained galloper Tigerland is living proof that a trainer never knows where a good horse might come from.
It was a long and successful day for the stable on Friday 12th April with Tigerland winning at Ballarat and Misscatelli winning the last night race for 2012/13 season at Cranbourne.
fter two below par performances at Moonee Valley in her most recent outings 3yo filly Lamingtons bounced back to form in style at Caulfield on Easter Monday, running her rivals ragged in the 0-68 Handicap over 1000m.
The Carringbush Park team took a three pronged attack in to the big Pakenham Cup on Sunday the 24th of March, walking away with two promising winners and an unlucky fifth.
The value of race experience paid dividends for Mezeray Miss in winning the Swettenham Dash For Cash at Sportingbet Sandown Park.
The ‘No Regrets Racing’ syndicate, headed up by Graeme Same, certainly lives up to its name with the group of friends and family looking forward to racing their smart juvenile Se Sauver in Saturday’s lucrative $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo.
Speedy 2yo Mezeray Miss broke her maiden status in style at Cranbourne on Friday 8th March 2013, cruising to a 2.5 length victory over 1000m. The daughter of Artie Schiller was narrowly beaten first up on a wet track at Werribee ten days earlier and she appreciated getting back to the 1000m at Cranbourne on Friday night. Ridden by Ben Melham, Mezeray Miss showed her customary speed out of the gates and after a mid-race breather she was never in doubt, controlling the race from start to finish. It was pleasing performance from the lightly raced filly and Matt would now like to give her an opportunity in town at her next start.
It has been a big 7 days for Matt and the Carringbush Park team with 2 winners and 2 placing's from just 4 runners. The week started off with 4yo mare Two Sugars continuing with her rich vein of form when a big winner over 1600m on Mornington Cup Day on the 13th February.
Two Sugars returned to the scene of her biggest career win on Monday, dominating a good field of mares over 1500m at Mornington's Australia Day metropolitan meeting.
Matt returns to NZ this week in search of another quality buy like Listed winner The Travelling Man was in 2011. The Karaka Premier Yearling Sale commences on Monday the 28th January 2013 and runs through to the 1st of February.
At just his third career start 3yo gelding Last Man Standing was sent to Sandown on Wednesday the 9th January, for a tough mid-week city class assignment over 1400m.
3yo filly Lamingtons delivered connections and the team at Carringbush Park an early Christmas present when proving too smart for 8 rivals over 1000m at Moonee Valley on the 20th December.
The team from Carringbush Park will take two horses to Sunday's $50,000 Tralagon Cup. The 1900m event has attracted a small field of ten runners with the inform Two Sugars and comeback horse The Big Steel representing the stable.
Grave doubts at the halfway mark turned to relief and elation for trainer Matt Laurie the last time his smart mare Two Sugars raced.
3yo Filly Havana Skye broke though for her maiden victory on Tuesday (date??) , beating the fillies and mares over 1450m at Kilmore. In just her fourth career start, the daughter of Churchill Downs appreciated the blinkers, jumping to the lead and controlling the race. She showed a good kick at the top of the straight for jockey Dean Holland and proved too strong to win by half a length. After taking a couple of runs to benefit from the experience Havana Skye put it all together at her fourth start enjoying plenty of galloping room out in front.
Ultra consistent galloper The Counterfeiter overcame a tough run when he proved too strong for his rivals in the Class 1 over 1200m at Cranbourne on Friday 9th November.
Lightly raced 4yo mare Two Sugars returned to the winners circle in empathic fashion on Monday 12th November when she strolled in for an easy 8L victory over 1600m on her home track.
A sweet victory for apprentice Josh Cartwright
It was a one-horse affair when Josh Cartwright rode Two Sugars home eight-lengths ahead of her nearest rival in the seventh leg of the 2011-12 National Patient Transport Rising Stars Series today.
Lightly raced 3yo Escado will take the next step towards securing a berth in the VRC Derby when he lines up in the Geelong Classic over 2200m on Wednesday.
7yo gelding From The Terrace returned to form in sparkling fashion at Mornington last Saturday, when he cruised to an easy 2.3L win over 1200m.
Casino Prince continues to impress with his first-season race progeny and a quinella at Cranbourne yesterday in the Coca cola SV 2YO Handicap, 1600m is another terrific endorsement for the Champion first-season sire in-waiting.
Escado already a winner at the track claimed the win for up and coming trainer Matt Laurie, while Patinack Farm-owned Transonic finished second in a hard fought finish.
As we approach the new racing season Matt and the Carringbush Park team are looking forward to what lies ahead for the 2012 spring.
5yo gelding Devilenko brought up his fourth career win on Tuesday when he fought hard to hold off Prince Kung over 1000m at Pakenham.
Lightly raced 4yo gelding Stynes made it two wins from just four starts for Matt Laurie Racing when he stormed to an easy victory over 1400m at Seymour on Thursday 19th July.
Lightly raced 5yo mare Silkstone Special made it five wins from just 16 starts when she easily accounted for a quality mid-week sprint field at Sandown on Wednesday 13th June.
New stable acquisition Stynes made his debut for Matt Laurie Racing at Kyneton on Monday 4th June and he duly saluted after finishing hard over the concluding stages for young Qld apprentice Bradley Wallace.
2yo colt Escado made a stunning debut at Cranbourne on Sunday 27th May 2012 when he stormed home late in the heavy going to narrowly beat an impressive maiden field.
2yo gelding Dominant made an encouraging debut for Matt Laurie Racing when he finished an unlucky second in the Listed Redoutes Choice Plate over 1200m (formerly known as the Blue Sapphire) at Caulfield on the 28th April.
4yo gelding Good One capped off a successful week for Matt Laurie Racing when he led all the way over 1600m at Cranbourne on the 13th April 2012
It was a historic night not only for the Cranbourne Racing Club but also for the team at Carringbush Park with 2yo filly Lamingtons winning the first race at the inaugural night meeting held on the 9th March
After a slow start to his trainer career, Matt Laurie is quickly gaining momentum.
RVTV talks to Matt Laurie ahead of the Travelling Man's run in this Saturday's Blue Diamond.
Matt Laurie is seeking Group One glory with "The Travelling Man"
Karaka Select Sale graduate The Travelling Man (NZ) burst into Blue Diamond contention yesterday at Caulfield as he ran his opposition into the ground in the Listed MRC Blue Diamond Preview (1000m)
Trainer Matt Laurie celebrated his first stakes success on Thursday when The Travelling Man took out the Blue Diamond Preview for colts and geldings at Caulfield
Promising Mornington trainer Matt Laurie is eyeing off the South Australian Oaks with the lightly raced Two Sugars after it won the Eems Tech Hcp (1600m) at Moonee Valley last night
MATT Laurie's softly softly approach with Jazz King appears to be paying dividends, with a victory at Cranbourne on Friday
MORNINGTON trainer Matt Laurie was the big winner in heavy going at Greenwattle on Wednesday, coming away with three wins
Talcum outshone the field in her first start on Sunday
The Big Steel had a gutsy win on Friday night under lights at Moonee Valley
TYABB trainer Matt Laurie's short-priced favourite Devilenko salutes in the first race on the card at Mornington on Friday
Matt Laurie is hopeful rather than confident The Counterfeiter can turn the tables on Grand Britannia at Flemington on Saturday
The Big Steel claimed his second metropolitan race in the space of three starts at Flemington today
Matt Laurie will be looking to get a city winning run going when Coolago runs in the Trevaskis Handicap (1200m)
Matt Laurie chalked up his first Saturday Metropolitan winner with the grey gelding The Big Steel
Young up and coming Mornington trainer Matt Laurie celebrated his first Saturday metropolitan winner
The Big Steel has provided Matt Laurie with his biggest win after his brave performance at Caulfield
Mat Laurie is hopeful The Big Steel is the headline horse he has been looking for to lift his profile
All of trainer Matt Laurie's frustrations were forgotten yesterday when Gazella won the But Beautiful Handicap (1400m) at Sandown
Horses and jockeys went everywhere as hundreds of gulls rose from the track about 200 metres from the finish of the Goldenway Handicap