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First Dawn provides Brazen Beau with first Stakes performer..Blue Diamond in the mix...

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Exciting 2yo First Dawn provided young Darley Stallion Brazen Beau with his first Stakes performer after a slashing third in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown yesterday. At just her second career start the half to former Group 1 winning 2yo Ruud Awakening finished strongly from well back and arguably should’ve finished much closer to the winner.

After being slow to muster early jockey Ben Thompson had to change course at a critical point in the home straight, costing the filly vital ground as the field sprinted for home. After finding clear running and balancing up at the 200m First Dawn charged to the line and closed strongly for third, securing a Listed placing to her name at just her second career start.

Another superb performance from this filly at just her second career start, Coral and I are thrilled to have secured black type for her connections’. Said David Feek from Sandown.

She’s a very promising filly with a lot of improvement to come, we have to consider getting her to the Blue Diamond off what we’ve seen so far. She should’ve gone very close to winning that today so we’ll seriously look at some of the better 2yo races in the autumn - dreams are for free’.

The filly has pulled up super and we will give her 10 days in the paddock to freshen up'. We may go to headquarters on New Years Day, however we’ll also look at some easier options and try and get that maiden out of the way before we think of the autumn’.

First Dawn is by exciting young stallion Brazen beau, providing the former multiple Group 1 winning son of I Am Invincible with his first Stakes success with his runners in their first season on the track.

Promising 2yo chases Black Type at Sandown...Vinnie Freshens...7 to trial...

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It’s the official end of the Spring Carnival at Sandown this weekend and Feek Racing are chasing black type with promising 2yo First Dawn, who lines up in the Listed Merson Copper Stakes over 1000m. The 2yo daughter of Brazen Beau heads to Saturday’s assignment after an encouraging debut in trying conditions at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. In pouring rain First Dawn and and jockey Ben Thompson finished just over 3L off the $400,000 Snitzel filly Bella Rosa in what was an excellent debut from the promising filly.

‘Coral and I were thrilled with the performance on debut’. Said David from Mornington.

‘The conditions were as wet as I have seen and the filly really coped well with it all. She’s taken improvement from that experience’.

A trip to Sandown on Tuesday presented a great opportunity to give First Dawn another look at the track after jumping out there a few weeks earlier.

‘Ben trialled the filly here about three weeks ago along the back straight, however Coral took her down today for a hit out from the 1000m start which presents a little like a dog leg turn’ Said Feek on Tuesday afternoon.

'The outing was more about having a look at that 1000m chute so she just cantered to the 600m before breezing up the straight nicely over the final 400m. Ben was very complimentary of the work and we’re all looking forward to Saturday’.

It’s a typically tough Spring 2yo race and we’re hopeful the race experience puts us in an advantageous position against some of the unraced brigade’.

First Dawn will jump from barrier 5 in the 12 horse field and is currently a 12-1 chance in early markets.

Last week’s other carnival runner I Am Vinnie has come through his encouraging run in the Country Cup Final on Oaks Day in great shape and is enjoying a week in the paddock to freshen up in preparation for a run at Sandown in mid-December. The son of I Am Invincible will return under saddle next week before a jump out in Pakenham on the 10th of December in preparation for Sandown.

‘Coral and I thought he ran well at Flemington. The race didn’t pan out the way we would’ve liked however he really fought well to the line after covering ground and he’s now showed us he’s up to that class of racing’. Said Feek.

‘A little freshen and coming back in trip will really suit this horse’.

‘If he races at well at Sandown in December we may look at a race at Caulfield on Boxing Day over 1400m. We’ll just see what unfolds over the next 5 weeks or so. We really think this horse has a bright future’.

If two spring carnival runners wasn’t keeping the Feek Racing Team busy enough then David and Coral Feek will have their work cut out when they saddle up seven horses for the jump outs on the course proper at Mornington next Wednesday including the unlucky Miss Entice, who prepares for another start at Yarra Valley on 1 December.

‘This mare (Miss Entice) just needs some luck. She’s racing incredibly consistently and hasn’t really run a bad race all preparation. We just need and ounce of luck and a good barrier. Hopefully at Yarra Valley we can draw a gate and she gets the luck she deserves’. Said Feek.

Two runners over Melbourne Cup Carnival for Feek Racing

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A week can be long time in racing. A little over a fortnight ago Team Feek were looking at the options for promising galloper I AM VINNIE, while 2yo FIRST DAWN was preparing for her first educational jump out at Mornington.

A week later and the pair are now preparing for a run at Flemington over the famous Melbourne Cup carnival.

I Am Vinnie will contest the $200,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final over 1600m on VRC Oaks Day after his slashing second at Ballarat in the Country Qualifying race a little over a week ago. Kerrin McEvoy has been booked to ride on Thursday with David and Coral Feek simply excited to be competing in the biggest week of racing on the calendar.

‘The Country Qualifying series is a great initiative by Racing Victoria and the VRC’. Said David Feek

‘We wouldn’t be there next week without these sort of races available to us. It’s a great thrill not just for the owners but also for the stable, to be on the big stage next week is a great result’.

‘He’s a progressive horse who probably put in a career best at Ballarat last week when he showed us he was just as effective on the turf as he is on the synthetic. The key to this horse is a firm track, he seems to relish that type of ground and hopefully we get a good surface next week at Flemington’.

‘Kerrin is a fantastic booking and if we can draw a nice barrier then we’ll be a good each way hope in a very even field’.

Acceptances for Thursday’s Oaks Day meeting will come out on Monday morning and the team will be hoping I am Vinnie draws a handy position from what can be a very tough start at the 1600m at Flemington.

‘We have to get through Tuesday first’. Said Feek in referring to 2yo First Dawn, who heads to Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day after two encouraging trials.

A little over two weeks ago David and Coral Feek were hopeful their Brazen Beau 2yo FIRST DAWN would show them something encouraging with the Autumn in mind, however after comfortably winning her first jump out at Mornington the Feek’s thought they might be on to something. After coming through that educational trial in great order David and Coral ventured to Sandown on Tuesday to test the waters against some of the better 2yo’s from Caulfield and Mornington. And the filly didn’t disappoint, crossing the line in front after a testing half mile trial along the back straight at Sandown.

She has been very encouraging in both her trials and the way she’s recovered both times suggests she’s ready to go tot the races. We have no expectations on Tuesday, it’s a great opportunity for us to take her away for some race experience’. Said Coral Feek after Tuesday’s trial.

She will be better in the autumn with more time to mature, however she is precocious enough to suggest she won’t be out of her depth at Flemington. I think we will have a nice filly in the Autumn and in to the spring as a 3yo, so whatever she does now as a spring 2yo is simply a bonus’.

‘She is a half to Group 1 winning 2yo RUUD AWAKENING and if we could get a result for her at some stage then she becomes a very valuable prospect as a broodmare after racing. Right now our focus is to bring her along gently as I think we’ll have plenty to look forward to over the next 18 months and hopefully on Tuesday we can be competitive down the straight’.

First Dawn will kick off Melbourne Cup Day bright and early at 1050am in Race 1 with Ben Thompson to ride from the nice draw in barrier 6.

It’s not all about Melbourne Cup week at Flemington though for Feek Racing.

On Derby Day the team will head east to Traralgon as handy mare Miss Entice looks to break through this prep in Race 6 at 451pm in the 0-58 over 1900m, with Aaron Mitchell to ride in what looks a very achievable assignment for the sister to former handy galloper Boom N Zoom.

‘We get to the 1900m for the first time with this mare and I think she is ready to show something this preparation. Her runs have been much better than they look on paper and this does look a winnable race for her’. Said David Feek.

Less than 24 hours later and the team will head across the road for Sunday’s big Mornington meeting. Staying mare Zoffany Rose is desperate to break through this time in after a number of luckless runs. The 5yo daughter of Zoffany returns to Benchmark 58 grade after contesting a much stronger race in Adelaide last start where she acquitted herself well finishing within 6L of the winner.

‘She deserves a win this time in and we were a touch unlucky here two starts ago in the grade, so hopefully we get our chance on Sunday and reward the mare and her owners’. Said Coral Feek

‘She holds her condition well and continues to put in at every run. She just needs everything to go her way and so far this preparation we haven’t had a great deal of luck. Hopefully that’ll change on Sunday’.

Feek Racing continues to build momentum as we head in to the back half of the Spring, so stay tuned as we head in to Melbourne Cup week with four runners across the state and a number preparing to trial later in November.

Happy Racing.

Interstate target for staying mare, Vinnie returns to Pakenham

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Staying mare Zoffany Rose makes her first trip interstate this weekend when she heads across the border to Adelaide for the BM82 over 2600m. With the racing highly competitive here in Victoria at this time of year, David and Coral Feek have looked to more suitable targets for the 5yo daughter of Zoffany.

‘Coral and I like the idea of coming across the border at this time of year, particularly for these staying type of races’. Said David Feek after Zoffany Rose worked on Tuesday.

‘With even luck she probably wins the other day at Mornington and this race doesn’t have a lot of depth to it’.

‘We’ll carry 52kg with Chris Caserta riding and now that she has found some form Coral and I feel this is a good opportunity for a metropolitan result. A repeat of her third to Sherlock Homes at Moonee Valley this time last year would be highly competitive against Saturday’s field’.

‘She is hard fit and her gallop here on Tuesday indicated we’re heading across the border in fine shape. She worked at even time from post to post on the course proper and it was pleasing work’.

Zoffany Rose originally had 10 other competitors after acceptances, however with a number of runners lining up at the Murray Bridge Cup meeting on Friday we’ll see no more than six runners compete in Saturday’s race at Morphettville.

While co-trainer David Feek ventures across the border with Zoffany Rose, Coral and the team will saddle up I AM VINNIE at his favourite track at Pakenham tomorrow evening. The only difference being is the son of I Am Invincible will tackle the Pakenham grass track for the first time, having been a dual winner on the polytrack at the same venue. The lightly raced 4yo will have to wait around all night for the final event on the card, the BM70 over 1400m at 10pm.

‘He is in exceptional order this horse’. Said Coral Feek after Vinnie’s pre race gallop on Tuesday.

‘His coat looks amazing and overall he is in great shape for tomorrow night. He goes up in class for the first time against some seasoned BM70 horses, however David and I feel we are still on the up and this is a nice test for him’.

Noel Callow stays on board having won on the gelding in both his wins, however the pair will have to negotiate from a wide draw in what is a reasonably generous start from he 1400m at Pakenham.

‘David and I don’t mind being drawn out a little with Vinnie. He has a tendency to be slow away and an inside draw doesn’t really suit him. He’ll need some luck, however we’ll just come out neutral and hopefully have plenty of galloping room to wind up down the big straight’.

Feek Racing October Update

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We return to the races this week with staying mare Zoffany Rose, who finds herself in a very winnable assignment over 2400m on her home track at Mornington on Thursday. The daughter of Zoffany is just under a month between runs and remains in great shape for Thursday according to co-trainer David Feek.

‘She hasn’t had a lot of luck this preparation however we have landed in very achievable race on Thursday and Jess Eaton goes back on board’. Said Feek from Mornington this morning.

‘Jess has a great affinity with the mare and the 2kg allowance is very handy. We gave her (Zoffany) a 1000m gallop this morning to really sharpener her up, that followed two short sharp gallops in the blinkers last week. Coral and I think she will run very well on Thursday’.

‘Gate 1 might not suit, however with the claim we should be able to comfortably hold our spot and with an ounce of luck we should be finishing it off strongly’. 

Zoffany Rose and Jess Eaton line up in Race 6 at 4pm and with the 3kg claim the pair will carry 56.5kg from barrier 1.

The inform and rising stable star I Am Vinnie has come through his 18 September win in great shape and is on track to start at Pakenham on the 19th of October. The gelding has a liking for the synthetic surface however he will step out on the spacious Pakenham turf track when he lines up in the BM70 over 1400m. David Feek believes the son of I Am Invincible is still a prep away from his best, however a summer city race looks a suitable target this campaign for the 4yo. 

‘He’s still maturing and we will continue to space his runs in order to give the horse every chance to fulfil his ability and work through the grades. Coral and I are both of the opinion he is at least mid-week city class, however with a little more natural improvement he may progress beyond that level. Time will tell how far he goes through his classes’. Said Feek after the gelding worked at Mornington. 

‘I guess you could say we are nurturing him a little and that’s why his runs are spaced. We didn’t feel he was mentally ready to target anything serious this spring. If we can graduate him to city class over the summer than that would be a great result for the horse and his connections’.

Winding back the clock a week or so we land at the home track meeting on Grand Final Day. It’s not often you would raise an eyebrow with an 8th of 11 finish, however the way Miss Entice finished off in a race that wasn’t run to suit is worth a mention. Just 2.9 lengths from the winner jockey Dwayne Dunn spoke positively of the 4yo daughter of Dash for Cash and felt she should’ve finished much closer in a race where she didn’t have much luck and was still doing a bit wrong in running. 

‘The feedback from Dwayne was quite positive, he said the mare gave a good feel and had she not layed in they would’ve finished on the heels of the place getters’.

‘We’ve since treated some mild lameness which would explain why she wanted to lay in and she looks fantastic in the coat and her action this week was perfect. We’ll give her a good gallop later in the week and possibly head to Bendigo next week (Saturday) for a mile race’.  

‘Coral and I are very keen to get the mare to 2000m as I don’t think we’ll see the best of her until then. She’s bred to stay.’

An update on some of our younger brigade….

Le Chat Noir

Le Chat Noir is a 3yo filly David Feek describes as having a lot of time for. Strong type, who needs time. Wait for the 2019 Autumn…

 ‘I have a lot of time for this filly. She will have her first educational jump out at Mornington next week and we won’t see the best of her until the Autumn at 3’. Said Feek as he watched the filly trot of the track this morning.

 ‘Everything about her just screams autumn 3yo. She’s a strong type who still has plenty of maturing to do. Hopefully with a little more patience we’ll have ourselves a promising filly in the autumn’.

Rebel Raider x Aliday 

Another 3yo from Team Feek who will have an educational jump out in the coming weeks before dreaming of the autumn. By a VRC Derby winner this gelding is still physically immature and is likely to come right on after an educational jump out in a few weeks and a late spring spell. He’s another one David Feek describes as a promising staying type with Autumn aspirations.

‘He’s not too dissimilar to Le Chat Noir. He’s shown us early promise and will have an educational jump out soon before going for a nice break’. Said Feek

‘He needs more time to develop and grow in to his body, however I think he’ll make a nice staying type with time, he’s just another one we need to remain patient with’.

I Am A Winner

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Lightly raced 4yo I Am Vinnie notched up his second win from just six career starts when an impressive winner at Pakenham this afternoon. The son of Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible was well out of contention early after again rearing at the start as the gates opened, however some fine riding from King Callow saw the 4yo settle down mid-field and relaxing nicely after the first 300m of the 1400m BM64.

By the time they swung for home Callow and Vinnie were cruising in to the race nicely, before letting down well over the final 200m to go on and record another impressive victory. Both I Am Vinnie’s wins have come on the Pakenham Synthetic surface and over the 1400m trip.

He bungled the start again but I wasn’t worried as they were fighting for positions in front of me. He relaxed nicely and finished off well, it was a good win’. Said Callow after the win

‘He’ll get 1600m no worries, he’s just a big baby and still has plenty to learn’.

Callow has been on board I Am Vinnie at both his wins and knows the gelding well having ridden him in four of his six starts.

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‘This means a lot to us, we’re not a large stable and getting a winner is exciting’. Said co-trainer David Feek.

He’s still got a lot to learn and sometimes I have to remind myself he has only had six starts even though he’s in his 4yo season now. We might give him a freshen and look to come back in the early summer to hopefully graduate to city class all going well. I think he’s got that level of ability’.

Trainers David and Coral Feek will give I Am Vinnie a few days at home to come through the run before determining whether to press on in to the Spring or freshen up for a summer campaign where city class racing just might be beckoning for this promising son of I Am Invincible.



Zoffany Rose to tackle Sandown Wednesday

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A decision by trainers David and Coral Feek to run at Sandown's mid-week meeting tomorrow will hopefully prove to be a right one, after the mare put in a strong gallop at Mornington over the weekend prompting the husband and wife team to tackle the city option. With races in Adelaide this weekend and Victoria next week co-trainer David Feek initially thought tomorrow's mid-week metropolitan meeting would come up too strong for Zoffany Rose, however an assessment post acceptances has the Feek Racing team hopeful that the daughter of Zoffany can run competitively in the big field over 2400m. 

'I initially put the nomination hoping the numbers would be a bit light on, however when they released nominations late last week I thought the race might be a touch too strong'. Said David Feek from Mornington.

'We decided to take an acceptance after she galloped so well and after assessing the final field I think we can run a competitive race. There are two to three leading chances and then the race falls away quite a bit. We are up in grade off her last start, however Coral and I feel the horses is racing better than her form suggests, its a Benchmark 64 and we're rated 61 so we are reasonably well placed on paper having been comptetive at this grade in town before'. 

 'She is fifth up and hard fit for the 2400m, and importantly she has improved off her last run. When you go back through her last couple of preparations she has taken a number of runs to find form, it's quite remarkable really.'

'I'd like to see her settle a touch closer in the run from barrier 6, which will hopefully put us in to the race at the right stage. It wouldn't surprise me to see her run a strong race tomorrow with a bit of luck in running. 

Zoffany Rose will line up in Race 7 at 355pm,  jump from barrier 6 in the big field with Ben Thompson to ride at 56.5kg. 

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Feek Racing excited for Season 18/19

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An increase in winners from 2016/17, a Group 3 second and a select group of rising 2yo's has David and Coral Feek excited for what the 2018/19 Racing Season will bring. Coupled with exciting types I Am Vinnie and Legenda and the improving staying mare Zoffany Rose, and Feek Racing has plenty to look forward over the next 12 months.

'We were thrilled with the progress our stable made during the last season. It is not easy to build a stable overnight and David and I believe that it is important to continue to grow and build a brand that is respected and achieving results'. Said Coral Feek from their Mornington base.

'Dave and I are grateful for the support we receive from our owners and I think we are starting to see some results with a few nice horses now coming through the system'. 

'I Am Vinnie looks to have city class ability and Legenda is on the path to the VRC Derby, should everything fall in to plan wth him. We also have Zoffany Rose who is a consistent staying mare and there are a group of nice young horses at home we are excited about'.

I Am Vinnie has come back a more seasoned galloper, where he has looked impressive on the Pakenham synthetic surface in three starts this time in. 

'Vinnie is having a working holiday as I like to put it. He's had a week on the grass and will head to the water walker for a week to freshen up. He'll held his condition well and we'll see where he progresses to over the spring'. Said David Feek.

'He shows us city class ability (has always done at home) so we'll test the waters a bit over the coming months, providing he continues to improve. It is still a long way from winter form on the Synthetic to city class racing or even the Spring so it will be one step at a time'.

5yo staying mare Zoffany Rose heads to Bendigo on Wednesday for the BM64 over 2400m. After three conditioning runs the daughter of Zoffany looks ready to put her best foot forward in what looks an achievable assignment. 

'She got to the 2400m quickly third up from a spell so that has really tightened her up and she's come on nicely for that run. I am expecting a highly competitive performance in what looks a fairly open race on Wednesday'. Said David

Last start winner Miss Entice is also approaching a return to racing while promising staying 3yo Legenda will kick off his VRC Derby campaign shortly after an educational debut at Sale back in June. 

'Coral and I are not quite sure where he will fit in (Legenda), however he is a very nice staying type who has improved considerably with the race experience. We'll dream of making it to the VRC Derby, however it will be up to the horse to show us where he's at over the Spring'. Said Feek. 

'We'll get him (Legenda) to a mile pretty quickly and follow the path that most of these lightly raced staying 3yo's take over the spring. Regardless of where we get to, he'll be a lovely autumn 3yo and we'll simply let the horse do the talking this preparation.

Team Feek have a number of lightly race commodities working through their paces and as they approach the trials and a return to racing we'll keep you posted on their progress and all the upcoming plans.

Happy Racing!

Team Feek.

I Am Vinnie breaks through in emphatic style

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Three starts, One Win, One Second. Not a bad start to one's CV. That's how it currently stands for promising 3yo I AM VINNIE, after the gelding accounted for his older rivals with an impressive win over 1400m at Pakenham on Sunday. The son of I Am Invincible started as an even money favourite after being well supported throughout the day leading in to the race. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Vinnie and jockey Noel Callow after the 3yo reared as the gates opened and cost himself a few lengths at the start. After a few gasps in the stand from Vinnie's large group of owners in typical Callow fashion the experienced hoop didn't panic and let the gelding slide forward to sit three wide with cover after the first 400m, putting the horse in to a comfortable rhythm.

By the time the field turned for home I Am Vinnie had got to the outside with a good four and a half lengths to make up. No sooner had caller Terry Bailey declared the favourite had a bit of work to do did I Am Vinnie let down like a promising young horse to quickly put 4L on his rivals with 200m to go. With the race well and truly sewn up Callow and Vinnie cruised to the line to officially record a half length win over the fast finishing Judge O'Rielly. 

'I must admit that this horse has surprised me how quickly he has put it all together this preparation'. Said and elated David Feek post race. 

'He's always had plenty of ability however Coral and I thought he still might've been a prep away from mentally getting their. It's been a pleasant surprise and he's impressed with that turn of foot he has shown in his two runs in this time in. With that kind of sprint he might measure up to city class with racing'. 

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Vinnie was cheered on by a large group of owners who had to endure a few nervous moments throughout the race as the gelding bombed the start and sat wide throughout most of the journey.  David and Coral will give I Am Vinnie a few more quiet days at home before making any firm plans for his next start. 

'There's a race in Adelaide next weekend that is tempting, however it may be more reasonable to stay here and find a suitable BM64 for him first. We don't have to rush him to town just yet and he has a liking for this surface, there's good prize-money to be won on the synthetic' Said Coral Feek from their Mornington base on Monday. 

EOFY Stable Update

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It's a busy end to the financial year for Feek Racing with Pakenham Jump Outs under thick fog today followed by Albert's Lass racing at Geelong Friday and a team nominated at Sale on Sunday.

The winter team is well and truly in to the their campaigns with 2yo's Legenda and Dolly's Mixture both making their debuts over the last fortnight. Congrats gelding Legenda was an encouraging 4L sixth in his debut at Sale in what looks like being a good form race, while Dolly, a NZ Ready to Run purchase, enjoyed no luck in her debut at Geelong on the Heavy track last week. 

'Both our 2yo's were quite sound in their debuts, as I expected. I liked the way Legenda really stuck to the task and he will come through that with plenty of confidence, I think he has quite a bit of staying ability'. Said David Feek

'He (Legenda) looks a very promising 3yo staying type. We'll give him a few weeks off and then potentially chance our arm in the Spring and maybe dream of a Derby start'. 

'Dolly was well beaten however I was pleased with her debut. It was a strong maiden and she was not knocked about late by Dunn (Dwayne). She was in the worst part of the track and it's never easy to debut in those conditions. I thought she showed good gate speed and did everything right, Coral and I expect she will improve significantly off that experience.'

'Dolly will have a good few weeks between runs and we will look to take her back to the races in mid-July'.

After flashing home late first up at Pakenham on 12 June, I Am Vinnie heads to that track for a nice hit out on the synthetic in today's jump outs. The improving son of I Am Invincible will head to either Sale this Sunday (tentative) or back to Pakenham on the 8th of July for a similar assignment to his first up run.

'I am undecided on Vinnie at this stage, he'll either go to Sale on Sunday or we'll wait a week and come back here (Pakenham) for a race on the synthetic. He seems to have a liking for the surface so it's likely we'll wait and come here. You'd think he'd be hard to beat of that first up run'. Said Coral Feek from the Pakenham Jump Outs this morning.

Another Feek Racing runner knocking on the door is talented mare Albert's Lass. The 4yo heads to Geelong on Friday with Damien Oliver booked to ride in the Class 1 over 1900m. The lightly raced daughter of Magic Albert has had two runs back from a spell and looks ready to peak third up in a race that's shaping up as an achievable assignment. With the 1900m start an awkward one on the Synthetic today's barrier draw will be all important. 

Another mare who continues to improve for Team Feek is Zoffany Rose. The 4yo is scratched from today's Moonee Valley mid week meeting and will instead head to Geelong next Tuesday fort an easier assignment over 1900m. 

'She's (Zoffany) only second up off a good break and I felt the Geelong option was the better way to go then today. We will have plenty of time to target those staying races at the Valley and there is further improvement to come off today'. Said David Feek

Zoffany Rose returned to racing at Pakenham at the end of May after a breakout campaign in the second half of 2017 where the daughter of Zoffany was city placed and a multiple winner.  

As one financial year ends, another one begins and Feek Racing are continuing to build momentum through the winter months with a nice team looking to capitalise on a promising few weeks on the track. 

Vinnie returns with the run of the day at Pakenham

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You would be hard pressed to find a better run than I Am Vinnie at Pakenham's synthetic meeting on Tuesday the 12th of June. The 3yo son of I Am Invincible was making a return to racing after debuting on his home track at Mornington late last year when he lined up in the 1200m Maiden. Drawn gate 9 with John Allen on board the pair had to ride a patient race back in the field, however what unfolded from the 400m to the winning post was a withering burst of speed, surprising, to an extent, the training partnership or David and Coral Feek.

Expected to need a little more race experience under his belt David and Coral Feek were hopeful the gelding could simply do everything right and hit the line encouragingly. Well, hit the line he did, running on from near last at the 400m to charge home late for a closing second behind the well back favourite. Arguably, with a bit of luck from the 600m - 400m he may have gone closer to challenging the winner. Alas, his time will come soon.

I Am Vinnie rattled off some of the fastest closing sectionals of the day, running 11.02secs for his final furlong - over 3 Lengths quicker than the winner. In fact, Vinnie broke 12secs for each of his final three furlongs, giving David and Coral Feek plenty of confidence heading deeper in to his preparation. 

'We've had to be patient with this gelding. He's a big raw 3yo who has always worked well but just wasn't quite ready to put it together on race day'. Said David Feek from Pakenham.

'He debut in December last year and it was purely an educational exercise. He still has a lot of maturing to go and I think we won't see the best of him until at least the Spring or even next Autumn'.

'Regardless, his run was brilliant and he won't be a maiden for long. It's also pleasing to know he has a liking for this surface given we are heading deep in to winter'.

David and Coral Feek will look to give I AM Vinnie a good two - three weeks between runs with a possible run at Sale on the 1st of July or Pakenham on the 8th. 

'I am going to be patient with him (Vinnie). I don't want to break the mould with him as he has responded so well to the patient handling and training. I'll give him a jump out at Pakenham again on the 27th of June before we look at one of those options at Sale or the Synthetic'. Said Feek

Watch I AM VINNIE storm home for second below! 

Feek Racing Update - 5 to race over the next 7 days!

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Life is good at Feek Racing. Winter has arrived in spectacular fashion, the Queen's Birthday will be celebrated with a home track meeting at Mornington on Monday and England are outright 7th favourites to win the World Cup which kicks off in Russia next weekend. Ask the trainers hut at Mornington on a crisp winters morning and they'll tell you Engalnd are even money to not progress through the first round. David Feek won't hear anything of it as he shrugs off the banter and focuses his attention on a huge week ahead for Feek Racing.

'I think we've got five runners in the next week and a few to trial at Mornington in between, so it's going to be a busy period for the team. My focus is on the stable, I'll still have one eye on England in the World Cup'. Said David Feek. 

'We'll have two race at home (Mornington) on Monday and if we can draw favourably they both should run well. We then have runners at Pakenham Tuesday, Trials Wednesday, Sale Thursday and Wodonga next Saturday. A couple of winners would be nice'.

Monday's Queen's Birthday Meeting will see Albert's Lass run in the 1600m Benchmark 64 with Zac Spain on board, while Senor Alf gets out to the 2000m when fourth up in the Benchmark 64. Dwayne Dunn will ride Senor Alf in what looks a suitable race for the gelding, while 4yo Mare Albert's Lass is second up after her 4.5 length fourth at Ballarat in mid-may.

'I've given the mare a month between her first up run and next Monday. The mile will really suit and she galloped well in preparation for the run. It's crucial to draw well from the mile at Mornington so hopefully we can secure a nice barrier'. Said Feek

'I nominated Dolly Mixture for the 2yo Maiden, however Coral and I felt another week or so to freshen up would benefit the filly and she'll head to Geelong on the 22nd of June for the 2yo Fillies. We have a bit of an opinion of this filly, she's shown us plenty on the track at home'. 

With the Queens Birthday celebrations done and dusted the team will saddle up I Am Invincible 3yo I Am Vinnie at Pakenham on Tuesday in the 1200m Maiden. He's a horse Team Feek will appreciate the 1400m with time and the race on Tuesday is not just an ideal starting point for his winter campaign but also also an opportunity to see whether the gelding appreciates the synthetic surface under race conditions. 

'Tuesday's race fits in well with his program and I want to see how he handles the synthetic surface under race conditions, he has handled it well so far and there are some nice races over the winter at Pakenham that we could look at' Said David Feek

'He looks like he might get out to 1400m, however he still needs further experience at the races before we can assess where he is really at'. 

The racing week rounds out with 2yo debutant Legenda at Sale and 4yo mare Liberty Express looking to break her maiden at Wodonga on Saturday. 

'The 2yo (Legenda) trialled nicely on the bridle at Cranbourne a fortnight ago in what were trying conditions. He will be better suited on a bit of a firmer surface and he's a nice horse who will be much better at 3 once he gets some experience and race education'. Said David Feek

There is still plenty of action at home for Feek Racing with a couple of nice trials at Mornington yesterday and a couple more to go around next week.

'We thought Miamba Miss trialled really well yesterday at Mornington (Video Below - 3rd). It was her first jump out and she will improve significantly in fitness off that. She has really come on since last prep and David and I are looking forward to getting her back to the races in a month or so.' Said Coral Feek after riding the mare in light work this morning. 

'She has a great group of owners who raced Mercury Rocks with us and I hope we can enjoy further success with Miamba Miss over the winter months. 

'We've also got a couple of the younger ones having a jump out at Mornington next Wednesday, including the half brother to Slithering Suzie who won two races for us. It's an exciting time for the stable with so much going on and it's nice to be at the races with some genuine chances over the coming months'. 

Feek Racing to head north for the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale

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After almost six months of Yearling Sales across Australia and New Zealand the buying season concludes next week at the popular Gold Coast Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. The quality packed catalogue is online for those wanting to flick through the sale that has produced graduates that have gone on to win the races including the Golden Slipper, Victoria Derby, KrisFlyer International Sprint, Kelt Capital Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Australian Oaks, Dubai Golden Shaheen, Queensland Oaks and Rosehill Guineas.

David and Coral Feek will be looking for a final addition to their 2018 Yearling purchases when they head to the Gold Coast next week for the sale - which starts on Tuesday the 5th of June. Traditionally this sale has represented excellent value for money with low priced graduates going on to win well in excess of what they were paid for. 

Over the years the sale has established itself as one of the best producing and top value in the country with graduates including Golden Slipper winner Polar Success, Singapore champion Rocket Man, New Zealand based record breaker Princess Coup, Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim, star kiwi filly Costa Viva and reigning Queensland Oaks heroine Tinto. The National Yearling Sale has been the source of Group One winners around the globe for an average purchase price of around $35,000

'This sale is becoming very popular with buyers as it's now producing horses that have gone on to win Group 1 races. Previously it was perceived as a lower quality catalogue'. Said David Feek

'What you're seeing now at this sale is yearlings that are of the quality of the premier sales early in the year, whether it be on type or pedigree, however they may not have been quite ready for those higher profile sales for whatever reason that may be - illness, maturity'. 

'I quite like the sale as we are getting to see Yearlings very close to turning 2 and they've had the benefit of an extra few months to grow and develop. We'll be active up there looking for another yearling or two to add to our stock'.  

The National Yearling Sale has established itself as one of the best performing in the region with 528 lots, the auction will boast progeny by a record 131 individual stallions including 24 exciting first season sires.

Buyers will race for more with a National Yearling sale purchase as almost all of the catalogued lots eligible to be paid up for the $11m+ Magic Millions Race Series.

In a further boost the majority of yearlings catalogued are eligible for rich state based bonus schemes and they include:

  • BOBS Eligible: 334 lots
  • QTIS 1st Payment: 89 lots
  • Super VOBIS Nominated: 36 lots

Book One of the sale will be held on June 5 and 6 with Book Two on June 7, followed on the final day by the National Racehorse Sale.

The catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale is now available for download via the Equineline iPad app and can also be viewed online by clicking here.

All catalogues for the 2018 Gold Coast National Sale, aside from the Racehorse Sale, are available to view on the Magic Millions website.

Anyone with interest in joining Feek Racing in another potential venture please contact David Feek on 0403 883 377 or Coral Feek on 0435 649 709.

Stable Update - Trials, Jump Outs and Racing for Team Feek

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Monday kicked off a big few weeks ahead for Feek Racing with a couple of the team heading to the Heavy 9 at Cranbourne for the Official Trials. Unraced 2yo Legenda (Video below) had a good educational hit out over 800m in Heat 4 of the morning, finishing just 4L off the winner, while I Am Vinnie had an easy time of it in his half mile heat as he cruised around for further fitness and education as he approaches a return to racing. 

'It was very Heavy out there this morning so I didn't knock our two about on the choppy ground'.  Said David Feek from the Cranbourne Training Centre.

'The 2yo (Legenda) travelled well up on the bridle and I thought he did a good job in the conditions. He will be better suited on a bit of a firmer surface and we'll look to take him to the races with a bit more education under his belt. He's a nice horse who will debut around mid-June'. 

'Vinnie is showing us that he will like 1400m, and possibly the mile with time. I didn't want to bottom him out on the ground as he doesn't have a liking for it, so I instructed Jack Martin to be very kind in today's heat'. 

'He's not far off a returning to the races and his work has been good this time in. I might look to give him a final hit out at the Pakenham (Synthetic) jump outs next week before a return to racing shortly thereafter'.

Legenda will also join I Am Vinnie for a Synthetic Jump Out next week at Pakenham, along with Senor Alf, Albert's Lass and promising NZ Ready to Run purchase 'Dolly' (x Nadeem). 

'We'll take a nice team to Pakenham next Wednesday for some solid trials on the synthetic'. Said Coral Feek.

'The ground is already quite wet so the synthetic surface ensures we're galloping on a good even surface where the horses are getting exactly the type of hit out they need to before heading to the races'.

'Providing they all trial to satisfaction we'll then take a few to the Metropolitan meeting at Mornington on the 11th of June (Queens Birthday Long Weekend)'.

'There's a nice 2000m race for Senor Alf as this horse is looking for a trip and he ran third at the same meeting last year'.

'Albert's Lass will potentially run in the 1200m BM70 with no weight on her back and hopefully we can get a metropolitan result with her. She's very talented on her day and the home track should be to her liking'.

'We'll also potentially debut our NZ Ready to Run purchase Dolly (name coming). She galloped on the course proper this week and worked quite impressively. She is yet to be tested under race pressure, however David and I think she has good ability and will make a nice 3yo with experience and further maturity.'

In between all of this is the resumption of promising staying mare Zoffany Rose, who is likely to commence her campaign over 1600m at Pakenham on the Synthetic next Thursday. 

'Zoffany has raced well on the synthetic and I like the idea of keeping her off affected ground for her resumption. She has a long campaign ahead and will be looking for further than the mile to show her best, however I am very pleased with her progress and I am hoping we can break through for what would be a well deserved city success this time in'. Said David Feek after her gallop at Mornington on Monday.'

'I will give her two runs at the mile before possibly targeting a a 2000m race at Flemington late in June'.

4yo mare Liberty Express may also head to Pakenham next Thursday for the 4yo and Up Maiden over 1000m. The daughter of Statue of Liberty was last of 5 runners when resuming at Geelong on the 11th of May, however the performance was of no concern to David Feek who thought the mare would come on for her first up performance.

'She (Liberty Express) did exactly what I needed her to do first up at Geelong. She was within 6L of the winner after finding the worst part of the track back closer to the rail. I thought she could've finished a length or two closer had she got to the outside, however she stuck to her task well and has come on nicely for the run'.

'She has not yet raced on the Synthetic so I will keep the options open for her, however heading in to winter it can be timely to assess these horses on those conditions as there are 2-3 meetings a week on the synthetic'. 

Stay tuned for an update in the next 7 days as we approach plenty of racing and further trials for the team as they head in to their winter campaigns. It promises to be a busy three weeks for Team Feek with a trip to the Gold Coast for the National Magic Millions Yearling Sale also on the agenda. Stay tuned for more information on that next week!  

 

Wintery forecast causing headaches for Team Feek

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Winter well and truly arrived in Victoria overnight with some parts of the state receiving close to 50mm of rain and temperatures plummeting to single digits in Melbourne. The quick shift in weather has prompted a timely reminder to Team Feek about the need to be well prepared when mapping out races for the team when conditions such as these present. 

Both LIBERTY EXPRESS and SENOR ALF head to Geelong this afternoon on the Heavy 8 surface, however both horses also hold acceptances at Sunday's Bairnsdale meeting. 

'We have dual accepted with both horses as the weather forecast doesn't look to kind for the next 48 hours'. Said David Feek from a cold and wet Mornington racecourse this morning.

'We originally planned to head to Geelong today, however at one point this week they were forecasting up to 80mm of rain and we had some doubt whether the meeting would go ahead. It is a Heavy 8 this morning and the rain is still falling so we accepted at Bairnsdale as a back up option.

'At this time of year you need to have more than one option for your horses. Synthetic  tracks are great for wet weather racing, however we also want to get our wet track horses on to affected ground on the turf'.

'I am looking forward to seeing Senor Alf on the Heavy 8 today and out to 1755m. He was given no chance last start and is going much better than his two runs in suggest'. 

'The mare (Liberty Express) is unknown in the ground and is first up since February, however she handled the Soft 5 well before the break and it'll be a matter of how trying the conditions get to as to how well she performs today. She has shown us good ability at home and I expect her to enjoy the softer conditions throughout winter'. 

Liberty Express, a 4yo mare by Statue of Liberty, has had just the three career starts and she resumes over 1140m in Race 3 today after an encouraging third at Kilmore in early February. Given plenty of time by David and Coral Feek the sprinting mare has shown plenty of promise at home on the track and with further race experience and a bit of give in the surface the team is hopeful that she will make her way through the grades over the winter months. 

Senor Alf has had two runs back from a spell and gets out to a trip and on conditions that should really suit the 4yo son of Zoffany - when he lines up in Race 5 over 1755m. The chestnut was a disappointing 5th on the Heavy 8 at Bendigo last week, however he got caught up in a speed battle up front and wasn't afforded any real chance to get in to the race on the trying conditions.  With a softer run in transit and a bit of galloping room he should hopefully appreciate the extra 150m and finish the race off well in what looks a competitve but very winnable BM58.

Five to trial for Feek Racing at Mornington

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Things are about to get real busy for Feek Racing with five runners set to jump out at Mornington on Wednesday. With Miss Entice, Vicious and more recently Senor Alf keeping the runners ticking over throughout March and April, Feek Racing will look to add to its winter racing stock with a couple of debutants reaching the pointy end of their programs and a few more seasoned gallopers getting close to kicking off their campaigns.  

The unraced pair of SWIRL and NZ Ready to Run Filly ‘Dolly’ will step out over 600m on the course proper at Mornington on Wednesday, while the well related half to the Group winner Montaulk, LEGENDA, will trial over 900m. 

'We are moving in to an exciting few months in the stable with a few unraced types getting closer to their race day debuts. Whether or not they all make it to the races this time in will depend on how well they cope over the next few weeks. Regardless, it's great to have them trialling this week with a few of our raced brigade'. Said David Feek from Mornington.

'Dolly, our NZ Ready to Run purchase, is a nice filly who is showing us some promise at home on the track. She will benefit a lot from the experience on Wednesday and we'll see how she copes with it all'.

'Swirl will be having her second ever trial and we'll aim to get our barrier certificate on Wednesday as well. She's a progressive filly who will also improve from the hit out, another one we'll just monitor how she handles the occasion'. 

'Legenda will have his first hit out for the preparation over 900m as Coral and I feel he'll appreciate that trip and tempo more so than the shorter 600m trials on Wednesday. He's a half to Montauk who is a Group 3 winner over 2000m, so whatever he does in his trials will only benefit him going forward'.

The other two fro Team Feek at Mornington's jumo outs on Wednesday are the talented staying mare ZOFFANY ROSE and lightly raced 3yo I AM VINNIE.  'Zoe' as Zoffany Rose is know around the stables, will step out over 900m in her second conditioning trial for the preparation and isn't far off heading to the races. The 4yo mare was city placed over 2500m last time in and will be looking to breakthrough in town over the winter months as she gets out to her favoured staying trips. 

I Am Vinnie, a son of the all conquering I Am Invincible, will have his first jump out since his debut run back in December when he stretches out over 900m in Heat 7 on Wednesday. After an encouraging spring preparation 'Vinnie' went to the races for his debut in late December, on a day when the hot conditions, northerly wind and very firm going were not to his liking. 

'Vinnie is an interesting horse. He has shown us good ability at home and at the trials last time in and we never really got a guide off his debut performance in trying conditions.  His work suggests he is going to win races and its just a matter of him gaining further experience and learning his craft'. Said Feek. 

'We won't ask him to do much in his first trial on Wednesday. He'll just stretch out where he is comfortable in his action and come back in a couple of weeks for a more serious hit out before heading to the races. We should see this horse at the races in late May'.

The first of Team Feek's jump outs commences with Zoffany Rose in Heat 2 at 815am. Stay tuned for a post trial report from David and Coral Feek and replays of al the runners. 

 

Well related filly close to first Australian trial

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Our 2017 NZ Ready to Run Filly ‘Dolly’ has settled in to the Mornington Peninsula environment extremely well and is only a few weeks off her first Australian jump out according to co-trainer David Feek.

'We went to the New Zealand Ready to Run Sale in November last year, looking for an affordable filly to join our racing stock'. Said Feek after watching Dolly work at Mornington. 

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'She's an October foal so she's already well developed physically and I expect her to really come on quite a lot from this Autumn preparation heading in to her 3yo season. She is a nice filly who is showing us some promise at home on the track'.

'Coral and I don't rush any our horses through the system, we like to let them tell us how they are coping both physically and mentally. We will get Dolly to a trial in the middle of May and assess from there. She looks a promising type who we hope will shape up in the spring as a 3yo'. 

'Dolly' is by the Group 1 winning son of Redoute's Choice in Nadeem, who claimed the Blue Diamond as a 2yo and has gone on to sire the likes of Group 1 winner Sterling City and multiple group winner Target in Sight. 

The Dam, Dolly's Wig is a half sister to Mighty Lucky and has produced one foal to race so far, Zigwig, a Listed winning daughter of Zacinto who has shown its versatility in winning from 1200m - 2100m. Mighty Lucky is an 8-time winning son of Casino Prince who further demonstrates the versatility of the family, having won at stakes level from 1300m up to 2000m and amassing over $700,000 in prize-money. 

Dolly's page is littered with other stakes performer's, including the former top 2yo Chance Bye and the 6-time stakes winner High Rolling, who was a precocious son of  that placed in Sydney's Golden Slipper lead ups the Pago Pago and Skyline Stakes.

Purchased for just $25,000 NZD Team Feek are hoping Dolly can continue the good fortune of her family and develop in to a quality filly and mare on the race track herself. 

Vobis Gold value on offer at Oaklands Junction this Sunday...

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Tomorrow's Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday is a $2 million dollar advertisement to buy locally at this Sunday's Inglis Vobis Gold Sale. The Caulfield meeting is made up of seven Super VOBIS-exclusive races along with two open-grade Stakes races, with connections racing for a share of prizemoney exceeding $2 million across the nine races, and huge Vobis bonuses in the restricted races.

Such is the benefit for the owner, in races such as the 2YO VOBIS Sires and the 3YO Sires, there is more prizemoney on offer for finishing 10th ($6000) than there is fourth ($5400) in the two Stakes events on the card.

With such prizemoney on offer under the Vobis bonus scheme, David and Coral will return to this weekend's Vobis Gold Sale, a sale that has seen them purchase the likes of Zoffany Rose ($21,000), Miss Entice ($12,000 - pic below) and Eighty Days ($11,500). 

'This sale continues to grow each year and with such good money on offer through the Vobis scheme it will only get stronger. Some of the yearlings can be a bit immature or have a light pedigree page, however there is plenty of value here and the reward can be well worth it'. Said David Feek after shortlisting his catalogue. 

'We have bought Zoffany Rose, Miss Entice and Eighty Days through this sale with the first two winners who will both continue to improve, and the other horse sold to Singapore after showing promise as a 3yo'.

David and Coral Feek will continue with inspections out at Oaklands Junctions across the weekend before the first lot goes through the ring at 10am on Sunday. 

For further information contact David Feek on 0403 883 377 or Coral Feek on 0435 649 709.

View the catalogue - https://inglis.com.au/sales/info/2018+Melbourne+Vobis+Gold+Yearling+Sale

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Alf to target Warrnambool Carnival!

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4yo gelding Senor Alf is approaching a return to racing and if a Balnarring jump out last week (video below) is any guide the big chestnut is in for a big Autumn and Winter campaign. The son of European champion Zoffany has not raced since the 10th of November last year, where he stepped out to the 2400m for the first time in his career. With a nice break over the late spring Senor Alf returned to the stables in early 2018 with one goal firmly in mind for his forthcoming campaign, the famous May Warrnambool Carnival. 

'He has a great group of owners this horse, so we sat down and looked at a couple of realistic options in the Autumn. The Warrnambool Carnival looked ideal and it fits right in with his program'. Said David Feek

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'We'll give him a run in mid April and then head to Warrnambool second up where he'll have the benefit of some race fitness. We've given him a couple of jump outs and I was really pleased with his effort at Balnarring last week against the Open Class horses. He was very strong to the line without being asked'.

'He has had his share of management issues throughout his career, however the horse looks to be more confident in his work and he's certainly matured even further with the recent spell'. 

Senor Alf will head to Pakenham next Thursday night to kick off his preparation in the Benchmark 64 over 1400m, and all going well David and Coral Feek will quickly turn their attention to Day 2 of the big May Carnival where the 1700m looks the ideal second up target for the big chestnut! 

'It would be a huge thrill for the owners and for Feek Racing if we could get him to Warrnambool firing on all cylinders'. Said Coral Feek after completing a piece of work on the Gelding this morning. 

'He has definitely come back in as good a shape as we've ever had him, so hopefully he can bring that to race day and enjoy a successful campaign.  

You can watch Senor Alf jump out at Warrnambool below - Chestnut in Feek Racing Silks.