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Sydney Morning Herald Form Guide : August 20th 2010
1HERSA1 G002 Coming up Saturday's group and listed races Sydney: Warwick Stakes (G2), Up And Coming Stakes (G3), Silver Shadow Stakes (G3), Toy Show Quality Hcp (L), Show County Quality Hcp (L). Melbourne: Crockett Stakes (L), McKenzie Stakes (L). Perth: Goodwood Sprint (L). The Form THE Form is now the world's best, most comprehensive newspaper racing guide. Get it free only with a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald, the Illawarra Mercury or the Newcastle Herald at the news stands. HOME DELIVERIES If you get the paper home delivered just ring 1300 888 672 and we'll deliver it for free so you don't miss an issue. Also you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Form. Free. INDEX 2 the form Friday, August 20, 2010 Martin thoroughbreds prove to be star performers on the track MAX PRESNELL Purple patch . . . Theseo claims the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm this year, and below, Glen Boss celebrates Sebring's Golden Slipper win in 2008. Photos: Simon Alekna, Getty Images D evastated when Phantasia broke a leg in front of the winning post at Rosehill Gardens about 12 years ago, Denise Martin, in one of her worst moments, asked the late Tommy Smith, who was nearby: ''What do we do?'' Applying the racecourse wis- dom he'd gained over half a cen- tury, Smith replied: ''Go straight to the bar.'' The sense of loss because Phantasia was talented wasn't as great to Martin as the tragic scene following the green screen going around one of her purchases, prompting the message that she quotes: ''The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.'' Under Star Thoroughbreds, Martin is now one of racing's most successful syndicators with credits such as Sebring, Theseo and the up-and-coming Squamosa. With the sale of Sebring, her horses have returned close to $50 million, including ''over 600 wins''. Once she bucked ferociously when referred to as a lady-in- waiting to Gai Waterhouse. But while Martin leans heavily on Waterhouse for advice, she is very much her own boss. Because Martin ''wanted to do something myself '' she left a highly regarded position in international hotels. Racehorse syndication appealed but when she ran the idea past a couple of Melbourne train- ers, the response was negative. Martin had met Waterhouse socially, particularly at the Sebel Town House in Kings Cross, then very much the social hub of Sydney racing carnivals. ''Later I told Gai about getting a licence,'' Martin recalled, going back to the end of 1993. ''She said 'fantastic', and I asked whether Gai would work with me.'' Waterhouse accepted. ''I'm totally advised by Gai and her team, Samantha Skiffington, from the UK, and vet Greg Nash,'' Martin said. ''They go to studs immediately after the Melbourne Cup. By the time we get to the first sales, the Magic Millions in Janu- ary, we have an idea what we might be seeking. Gai will make a sugges- tion, and I'll say yes or no. ''Because of my business inde- pendence, I pay for the horses, so I have to make the decision. Primar- ily the key selector is Gai. Star is where it is today because of Gai.'' Martin, though, does take a punt. Take Sebring, for instance. ''Originally, he was passed in at the sales,'' Martin explained. ''His sire, More Than Ready, wasn't as hot as others. Sebring's dam, Pure- speed, was a 17-start maiden, and a lot of people are only enamoured by high-quality or best-performed mares. I don't mind buying outside them if they are a relation to a high- quality horse. Sebring was passed in for $120,000, and [breeder] Mr [George] Altomonte wanted $150,000. After a bit of haggling, he settled for $130,000. ''When I brought Sebring home he wasn't particularly attractive, quite immature and misshapen. Not one person on my website or a client on my books was interested. I would say, 'He's an athletic colt,' but the replies weren't complimentary. I took him off the market and sent him to Muskoka Farm because I was sure he would develop into a lovely, strong type. And he did. On August 26 that year, however, equine influenza hit. ''He was one of seven horses I still hadonoffer. . .Iwasquitedis- tressed, and went out for lunch with Gai. 'How do we get through the next three months?' ''Gai is the most positive per- son. No is another word for yes. 'We will find people who will take a share,' she insisted and pressed the line in the ad: There are enough people who think outside the square.' '' With Sebring, it was looking somewhat oblong. By Martin's admission, Sebring wasn't a fash- ionable yearling, Randwick had closed down with EI, and the Pope was due the following June, bring- ing another interruption to train- ing at headquarters. ''It wasn't a good time for racing,'' Martin recalled. But Sebring was finally syndi- cated for $19,500 a share. Five months later, he had earned $2.6 million and was subsequently sold for $28 million. Theseo, the first yearling for which she topped the $100,000 barrier, is another favourite. ''Gai said to me there is the most beautiful Danzero colt,'' Martin said. ''At that time, I hadn't breach- ed the $90,000 threshold. We were going around $60,000 or $75,000. Danewin at the time wasn't the sexiest stallion alive but this colt had a kind eye, great balance. I went to $120,000. ''When I sold him to the group of owners, I said, 'Please don't expect him to be a two-year-old.' He was stakes-placed as a youngster, and we thought that was fantastic. He won the half-million-dollar Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast, and we thought, 'How good is this.' We didn't know what was to come . . .'' Theseo, now a veteran returning in the Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday, has earned $3,091,580 so far. The up-and-comer of her team is Squamosa -- ''strong and athletic with a lot of character,'' Martin said. A winner of his only three starts, he has already topped his $150,000 price tag with $171,750 in prize- money, with the Golden Rose at Rosehill on Saturday week a target. Every year, Martin pointed out, she brings 300 or 400 people into racing. Multiply that by 14, and you have an idea about her contribu- tion to the industry. Surprisingly, she doesn't retain a piece of her horses. ''TJ said to me that I don't want to be keeping shares because I will be like the builder who loves the patio, builds another [house], and just can't do without that bathroom, then a garden he designs will appeal,'' he said. ''You'll end up with a lot of houses and no business.'' Bowman's mission is to channel Darby Munro AGGRESSIVE riding tactics will be required from Hugh Bowman on Danleigh in the Warwick Sta- kes on Saturday. The weight-for- age race is made to order for a war horse such as Theseo, which sets the pace and is renowned for his grit, particularly under the urging of Nash Rawiller, when challenged, emphasised by his Chipping Norton Stakes success around the circuit in March. With Bowman up, Danleigh was responsible for an eye- catching third to Theseo, described by Racenet: ''Ninth two wide, strung up approaching the 600m. Spotted leaders six lengths. Worked clear final 225m. Flew home.'' Danleigh was beaten less than two lengths. Note Racenet on Theseo: ''Controlled tempo in front . . . fought doggedly, held on.'' While generally regarded as a backmarker, Danleigh showed he can take up a position when in touch with Love Conquers All in the 1200m Missile Stakes at Randwick on August 7. Love Con- quers All was too fit and too good. However, Danleigh had consid- erable scope for improvement and the extra 200m should suit him. While he lingers on $1,897,295 in prizemoney compared with Theseo's $3,091,580 there is little between the pair in hard racing metres. Theseo, too, is a seven- year-old, with 35 starts under his girth but is resuming; Danleigh has had one fewer run. However, with a distinct lack of pace in the race, Rawiller could rate at the tick of his own clock. Perhaps Brilliant Light could take up a position but to take on Theseo could well be suicidal. Maybe Descarado, like Theseo trained by Gai Waterhouse, will be in the leading division but even though fresh it would be difficult to imagine he would make a pest of himself around a stablemate. Thus Bowman must apply the initiative and, at least, keep Dan- leigh in touch with his main rival, easy to write but from his 11 gate, navigational expertise is required. Tactics win weight-for-age majors and Darby Munro is the most successful jockey in the Warwick Stakes. Munro won six. Ride like Munro, Hugh. Saturday's racing NSW Provincial (Kembla Grange) .....Page 4 Sydney (Warwick Farm) ............... Page 5 Melbourne (Moonee Valley) ........ Page 9 Adelaide (Morphettville) ............ Page 22 Perth (Belmont) ......................... Page 26 Queensland (Doomben) .................... Page 28 The columns Max Presnell ........................................ Page 2 Race Focus ........................................... Page 3 Harness racing .................................. Page 34 Bloodlines ..................................... Page 34-35 Greyhounds ........................................ Page 35 Contact us COVER: Power pair . . . syndicator Denise Martin and adviser/ trainer Gai Waterhouse have combined for success on the track. 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