A Great Day At The Office!

May 27, 2013

Not only did we saddle up a treble from the first four races at Cranbourne on Sunday - but we were able to cheer on winning full siblings, a rare feat!

Kicking off our successful day was Stroemsky (pictured) who, at only his second start for the stable, could not have been more impressive saluting by a soft 1½ lengths.

Drifting back in the 1600m maiden, the consistent five-year-old began his run approaching the turn - hitting the lead early in the straight before shooting clear.

It was a well deserved victory for the gelding who was having his 19th start; as jockey Luke Nolen said - "it will be very satisfying for his owners to get that photo on the wall."

"It was good that he has got that elusive maiden win out of the way," he continued, adding that "he has run two very credible races for Mick."

Catching the eye with a first up fast finishing third in a Sandown maiden on May 3, Stroemsky is described by Nolen as "a long striding horse" who may not have been totally comfortable on the dead going.

Michael Kent was happy to see Stroemsky break through, having been confident that the horse could win firs tup.

"He was a bit stiff there and we've had to scratch him twice since as he has had mucous in his throat."

A horse who has overcome the odds to still be racing -  having suffered from a tendon injury and wind problems requiring surgery - Stroemsky is a horse on the up.

"There's more races in him for sure," Kent said.

A son of the globe-trotting multiple Group One winner Elvstroem, Stroemsky is a home-bred for Kerry Selleck who races him with George Zagon, Michael Sandor, Christopher Finnegan, David Chisholm, LeeSelleck, Roslyn Andrews and Michael Farrell.

One of seven winners produced by the city placed three times winning Umatilla mare Umansky, Stroemsky is a full brother to Danestroem who was our third winner on the Cranbourne card.

Also new to the stable, the three-year-old was having her first start since the spring and she too won in the style of a good horse, her two length victory a convincing one.

Not proving an easy ride for Luke Nolen, Danestroem did not settle particularly well on pace but she was still able to give a good kick in the run home.

"She doesn't quite know how to rate herself yet," Nolen said, "but she was fit enough first up to be able to tough it out as well as she did."

"She wants to fight you a bit," he said, "but hopefully she will settle down after today - she just needs a bit of racing."

"She is a really nice filly," Kent added, "and she has a bit of scope - she can certainly measure up to midweek city class."

Also bred by Kerry Selleck, Danestroem is raced by her with Lee Selleck, Brian Lawrence, Peter Etheredge, Dominic Chila and Francis Ambrosino.

In between the wins by the full brother and sister was Hereafter who found the line gamely to break his maiden at only his second outing.

Improving off a game third behing subsequent Flemington winner Desert Wizard at her Kyneton debut, Hereafter did not have a great deal of room nearing the turn  but once into the clear she finished off strongly.

Holding off late challenges, Hereafter won a decent maiden from which the form is expected to hold up.

"It looked a good race on paper," Kent said, adding that Hereafter is "a nice horse who I have got a bit of time for."

"He has got a lot of improvement in him," he continued, adding that "he has got the pedigree to be a stayer."

Breaking his maiden over a mile, Hereafter will soon be stepped up in distance - Kent hopeful that the colt can progress to 2000m races at Flemington this time in.

"That track should suit him," he said.

Jockey Nick Hall was taken with the style of Hereafter's victory and is also confident that the best is still to come - "when the penny drops he will be a nice horse," he said.

Bred by Tim Cramp and raced by him with Nikki Firmin and Terry Mawer, Hereafter is a son of the regally bred Redoute's Choice stallion Break The Vault, a half brother to Zabeel.

Exported to the Phillipines two years ago, Break The Vault is also sire of our promising filly Bondi Break who won at debut back in February.