Name: Zoff of the World
Trainer: John P. Thompson
Foal Date: 21/9/2013
ONTRACK SUPPORT YOUNG SIRE, ZOFFANY
Ontrack Thoroughbreds principal Grant Morgan has choosen this colt by Zoffany to send to John P. Thompson to train from his base in Queensland out of his stables at Eagle Farm.
Zoffany, a son of Dansili that is in-turn a son of the late Danehill, was an on debut winner in Ireland over 1200m when trained by Aidan O’Brien. As a juvenile he proved precocious enough to win the 2010 Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes over the six furlongs at just his sixth race start.
During Zoffany’s classic season he showed plenty of courage when narrowing Frankel’swinning margin in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot to three-quarters-of- a-length. Zoffany, then failed by a head to beat Mutual Trust in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. At the close of the colts three-year-old campaign Zoffany retired to his owners property, Coolmore, in Ireland with a race record of 13-runs, five wins and four placings.
This is colt is from the first crop of yearlings offered by breeders at auction by Zoffany in the southern hemisphere and with buyers like Ontrack impressed with the horses yearlings. In the Northern hemisphere the horses stock have sold well with a filly selling for £150,000 at Doncaster & a colt went for £120,000 at the same sale. In France at the Arqana venue yearlings by the horse sold for €120,000 and €100,000 respectively.
Ontrack and Thompson will ensure this colt is given every chance to make the most of the prizemoney on offer in the rich Magic Millions race series and they won’t forget to target the bonuses the colt is eligible for (QTIS and BOBS). All three options provide a wealth of prizemoney across Queensland and New South Wales.
The syndicate will be managed by Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
NOT ENOUGH? The dam of this colt Tequilakoko is a half-sister to the Group 3 ATC Tramway Stakes winner, Malavio and the stakes placed, Shengli (by Choisir).
The family has produced the Listed VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate and Magic Millions 2 YO Classic winner Our Fiction (by Galileo) and the winner of the Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes & VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, True Version (by Bletchingly).
Other, black type winners the female line has produce include Vain Fury (by Vain) a winner of 20 races including the Newcastle Jockey Club’s Listed Newmarket. The Tasmanian 1,000 Guineas winner Smart Road (by Whiskey Road) and Trusted Partner (by Untouchable) a winner of nine races including the BRC Lightning Handicap. As isLicence Renewed (by Rivotious) a winner of eight races including the Tattersalls Club City Tatts Cup in New South Wales.
John P. Thompson had the knowledge and wisdom of three generations of horse trainers behind him when he got into racing. But that wasn’t enough for the young trainer who has since become a shining example of integrity and dignity on the Australian turf.
Thompson was born into the business. His father had been a trainer, as had his grandfather and great-grandfather. While priceless lessons are passed down from father to son, Thompson embarked on a search for more that took him to Bart Cummings, for whom he was foreman for eight years, Bill Mitchell and Guy Walter and the Ingham brothers Crown Lodge stable.
It was when he began training in his own right that the learning process clicked up a gear, often in less-than-ideal circumstances that resulted in Thompson displaying the finest of his qualities.
Thompson took over the job as head trainer for the Patinack Farm operation of coal-mining magnate Nathan Tinkler in 2009. Within six months he had trained a Group winner for Patinack when Small Minds took out the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide from her stablemate No Evidence Needed.
More big winners came for Patinack, with Gathering winning the Group 1 Railway Stakes in Perth in 2010, Nechita winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne and Pear Tart claiming the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara in Brisbane. In all he trained 40 stakes winners for Patinack.
The bulk of the 500-or-so winners Thompson had trained by the start of 2015 were for Patinack, and he acknowledges the opportunity was a golden one. But after a few years of success, well publicised financial troubles emerged at Patinack and Thompson was left to feed and train a stable full of horses and run a racing business with limited resources.
Throughout the troubles Thompson kept turning out winners, maintaining complete loyalty to his owner. With Patinack’s eventual demise, Thompson became a public trainer in early 2014 attracting some high-profile clients and continuing to turn out big-race winners.
Most notable among them is First Seal, one of New South Wales’ better three-year-old fillies bring the winner of the ATC Group 1 Flight Stakes, the Group 2 Surround and Tea Rose Stakes. By the start of the 2015 ATC’s Autumn carnival he had trained a total of 525 winners with his runners earning more than $23million in prizemoney.
In season 2013-14 he saddled 44 winners and in the first six months of 2014-15 his runners had scored 24 wins. Thompson credits his success to the implementation of proven systems, the engagement of key staff and his own total dedication and now operates stables at Eagle Farm and Randwick racecourses and limits his numbers to 60in work at any one time.