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2 the form Friday, August 20, 2010
Martin thoroughbreds prove to
be star performers on the track
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.''
''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.
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
Max Presnell ........................................ Page 2
Race Focus ........................................... Page 3
Harness racing .................................. Page 34
Bloodlines ..................................... Page 34-35
Greyhounds ........................................ Page 35
Power pair . . . syndicator
Denise Martin and adviser/
trainer Gai Waterhouse have
combined for success on
the track. Report -- Page 2
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