Sire: Animal Kingdom
Trainer: Luke Hilton
Foal Date: 29/09/2016
HEART THOROUGHBREDS’ LOBSTER COLT
The TTSC’s Authorised Representative Heart Thoroughbreds are thrilled to be offering shares in this two-year-old colt out of Lobster by Animal Kingdom.
The colt’s dam, Lobster is out of the Group 1 SAJC Robert Sangster winner Universal Queen (by Scenic), dam of three foals, two winners, Mornay (by Unencumbered) on debut win at Mudgee, December 7th and Seacraft (by Starcraft) a winning four-year-old.
Lobster was the first foal out of Robert Sangster winner and being by Redoute’s Choice, the filly was an attractive yearling prospect. Offered for sale out of the Inglis auction ring in 2013 and was knocked down to the bid of Paul Willetts for $100,000.
Redoute’s Choice has a solid reputation, being an Australian Champion 3YO Miler (1999- 2000) and as a sire the son of Danehill has been crowned Champion Australian Sire three-times. The bay horse has developed a great reputation as a maternal sire with his daughters producing Group 1 winners in the mould of Ace High (ex Come Sunday) winner of a VRC Derby; ATC Rosehill Guineas D’Argento (ex Fullazz); Australian Derby Levendi (ex Lipari) and Randwick Guineas Kementari (ex Yavanna). In addition, the horses daughters have a strong record with a wide range of sire lines including O’Reilly (Sacred Falls); Northern Meteor (Zoustar); Savabeel (Pasadena Girl) and Choisir (The Mission) among his daughters 10–Group 1 winners.
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate Partnership has been formed it will be managed by Heart Thoroughbreds (AR 001 264 273)
Racing has been in Luke Hilton’s blood since the day he was born. 34-year-old was drawn to the industry through his grandfather – highly successful former Cowra trainer Viv Miller, who passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 94. Miller became quite the cult hero in his time, bringing horses to Sydney and landing big city wins, including several group races.
As a young boy, Luke became Viv’s shadow before, at 14, taking up his stablehand’s licence and working in with Viv until he finished school.
Almost straight out of high school at Cowra, Hilton trained part-time at Hawkesbury and prepared several winners but, in 2011, took a career diversion to run hotels, while training a little bit on the side. But he was drawn back to the craft full-time and took out his licence again to train out of Hawkesbury.
That was after a stint in Bjorn Baker’s stables. Baker has become a mentor to Luke, helping him to continue his development, his horse craft and with his client base.
With wife Nikki and two-year-old son Hunter, the young family set up at Gosford where he has twelve boxes and is building a formidable team.
He is supported by many loyal owners and is chalking up the winners.