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Horse Detail

Name: Spur On Gold

Gender: Gelding

Sire: Flying Spur

Dam: Witwatersrand

Trainer: Grant Young

Foal Date: 11/11/2011



This two-year-old Flying Spur gedling has been broken-in and is back in work with Pat Carey at Mornington with the first round of education completed Musk Creek Farm are thrilled with the prospect of sharing the racing experience.

Musk Creek Farm have forwarded the TTSC Carey’s latest report: “The gelding is coming along nicely and is now up to even time. I’m very happy with his progress to this point.”

Don’t know what ‘even time’ means? This is the speed at which the gelding is striding along at. And this is 15 seconds for every 200metres durinig his work at the track.

This type of work is controlled as it acts as a foundation for the stronger work.

For example the gelding has only just started working at ‘even time’ so he will only be going over 600metres at that speed. Therefore, he will have covered 600meters in 45 seconds (that’s the 15 seconds per 200m) and the even time reference.

This type of work is used by Carey to act as a foundation and is a very important part of the thoroughbreds preparation as it’s preparing his muscles and skeleton frame for the faster pace that is required for the horse for has a barrier trial. It also helps the gelding to be conditioned for racing and the better prepared they are the less likely the thoroughbred is likely to injure its self during this vital ‘getting fit’ phase.

Prospective clients are very lucky to be able to purchase shares in a horse that is so far in with its training and is clearly going along nicely.

This gelding has been well looked after and grown out by Musk Creek Farm and this is another massive benefit. .

There’s so much to like about the pedigree of the gelding, too. His sire Flying Spur, although retired from covering mares, was a solid performing stallion based at Arrowfield Park Stud.

Flying Spur won at Group 1 level and defeated the champion Octagonal and the outstanding racehorses March Hare, Stony Bay and Kidman’s Cove (all group one winners).

Flying Spur’s progeny include the Group 1 winners Mentality, Forensics, Magnus, Inspiration, Alverta etc., All in all his progeny have won 93 stakes races and another 68 are stakes placed. Flying Spur, has sired 909 individual winners from 1,366 starters and gives the horses progeny a winner to runner ratio of 66.5%.

In June alone Flying Spur had 15 individual winners, that’s a winner, every second day of the month. Not many sires are capable of those statistics.

Musk Creek Farm have a great reputation as they have a great honour roll that’s headed by Pierro (11 wins) with the multiple winners Pinch River (four wins), Rock Kingdom (six wins), Man of Illusion (six wins), Really Good (seven wins), Newport (nine wins) just a few of the quality horses that have come through their program.

NOT ENOUGH? This gelding is the fourth living foal from Witwatersrand (by Unfuwain), a $210,000 broodmare purchase out of the William Inglis Broodmare sale in 2007. Witwatersrand gave birth to a filly by Reset last spring.

Witwatersrand is out of the Group 1 Milan Oaks d ‘Italia winner, Valley of Gold (by Shirley
Heights) and this family has produced the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner, White Star Line (by Northern Dancer).

Trainer Detail

If patience is genuinely a virtue, then Pat Carey is truly virtuous.

Not that he relies on that one, vital asset, turning out two-year-old winners and older horses at all distances. But Carey is a trainer who is happy to wait for results rather than to force them from his horses. It is a philosophy that has won him four Group One races – and it’s no coincidence that each of them was over 2400m or longer.

Carey has learned from some of the best, working for successful international trainer John Meagher for 16 years and also with the New Zealand maestro Dave O’Sullivan. Both knew how to train a stayer, but Carey honed his skills by also learning how to pick a staying type when he attended one of the toughest schools in racing, that of enthusiast and owner Lloyd Williams. One of Carey’s roles in racing was to seek out prospects for Williams in Europe. It all provided Carey with the sound horseman’s knowledge that has made him one of Australila’s most respected trainers.

Carey has been training in his own right sicne 1989 when he set up a stable at Epsom that produced such winners as Maggies Day, Scorch The Turf, Wilkinson, along with his first star horse, King Spirit. After winning his first two starts, both down the Flemington straight, King Spirit was sold to Hong Kong where, racing as Helene Star, he won two of the Chinese territory’s biggest races and was duly named Hong Kong Horse of the Year.

When the Epsom training track closed, Carey moved to Flemington and then bought his own training complex at Mornington. It is from this yard that he has produced his best results. Arapaho Miss gave Carey his breakthrough Group One win when she won the 2007 VRC Oaks. The daughter of Danehill Dancer trounced her rivals in the fillies’ classic, scoring by two lengths. Before that Carey had enjoyed stakes success with several runners, among them Candy Vale, winner of the 2006 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley, Thong Claasic, who won the 2002 Moonee Valley Cup, both at Group Two. Thong Classic also won the Group Three Easter Cup in 2002 while Utility added to the score with victory in the 2006 Eclipse Stakes. Notably, all at disatnces of
1600m or longer.

One of Carey’s most satisfying wins is that of Cedarberg on the Group One BMW at Rosehill in 2011. While it surprised most, it didn’t come as any shock to the trainer who simply presented a fit and happy horse. “When they’re like that they can produce,” he said. That win was followed a year later by the blue riband success of Ethiopia in the Group One VRC Derby. Ethiopia has since run well in a Cox Plate and a Melbourne Cup.

Then came the win of Gondokoro in the 2013 Group One Queensland Oaks. The filly had already been placed in the ATC Oaks a couple of months earlier and followed up with a fifth in the Queensland Derby.

The Carey philosophy is simple: “Preparation, planning, patience and the right environment.” Coupled with a policy of “bigger is not better” that restricts his stable to around 25-to-30 horses at any one time.