Name: Billonair Baby
Sire: Winning Rupert
Dam: Express Air
Trainer: Robert Heathcote
Foal Date: 27/08/2019
HEATHCOTE TO TRAIN ADRENALINE’S COLT
Adrenaline Thoroughbreds offering shares in a strong, athletic son of Winning Rupert.
Adrenaline Thoroughbreds have decided to send this colt by Winning Rupert to Robert Heathcote to train, out of the Group 2 Queensland Guineas winner Express Air.
Winning Rupert is a speedy son of Written Tycoon, the sire of Capitalist, Ole Kirk, Pippie and Written By, making him a popular young horse early in his stud career. In a short career of only six race starts, Winning Rupert set two track records for 1200 m. and 1300 m. at Eagle Farm plus the horse won the Group 2 Champagne Classic at Doomben when a 0.1 of a second slower than Takeover Target’s time before running fourth in the Queensland Magic Millions Guineas as an odds-on favourite.
Retired for covering duties after pulling up with an injury, the horse has begun well with three winners from 12-runners (as of March 19th, 2021) with the young sires’ best runner being the Listed Cinderella Stakes placegetter Bolsonaro (ex Hashmal by Exceed and Excel) in addition to Hi Hi Hi a five-length maiden winner at Canterbury and two other maiden winners Vienna Cruise (ex Vienna Queen by Jet Spur) and Keith (ex Tweet by Magic Albert).
This colt’s dam, Express Air, was a quality filly who won the Group 2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m at Eagle Farm, and who is from the family of Diamondsondinside, Bergerac and Heaven’s Deal.
NOT ENOUGH? The colt was bred by Eureka Stud on the Darling Downs, born and raised on the famous black soil country that’s produced Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, Pippie, Tinto, Outback Barbie and Boomsara.
Adrenaline Thoroughbreds are managing the Horse Racing Syndicate with on-goings charged at $190.00 (inc. GST) for a 5% share at a fixed monthly fees – No surprises!
When it comes to training racehorses horses in Brisbane you arguably won’t find more solid ground than placing your thoroughbred under the care of Rob Heathcote. Rob has trained horses for over 20 years, building a treasure chest of experience to draw on and a pile of trophies to go with it.
Rob spent much of his early working life running tours around the landmarks in Europe where we’re sure he must have fine-tuned the craft of ensuring people are shown good time. For years we’ve been impress watching Rob both before races and after a win, always behind a camera ensuring his ownership group have snap of the big day.
Through the mid 90’s Rob managed a team of horses raced by his brother in leading stables through Australia and New Zealand. In 1997 he took the plunge and opened his own training stable. Adrenaline remembers articles in the media at the time describing his steep learning curve and telling how he was studying everything he could find on getting the best from horse through fitness, feed and soundness. These days he could probably write the book!
In his first year with limited opportunities Heathcote finished sixth on the premiership, the big gamble and good horsemanship has been paying off ever since. He’s won the Brisbane metropolitan trainers premiership six times, trained more than 1,100 winners and been named Queensland trainer of the year on several occasions.
Rob has prepared top line horses such as Solzhenitsyn and Woorim to win at Group 1 level but is probably best known as the trainer of seven time Group 1 winner and the peoples champion, Buffering. Adrenaline Thoroughbred Syndication’s are impressed by Rob’s ability to develop what are often less fashionable horses from the lower end of the market to race against, and beat the best. He also has an uncanny knack of bringing horses back to perform at their best, preparation after preparation, racing at a high level and enjoying long careers.