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Post by geejay on Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:51 pm

Thanks Des,will def look into the W.A. syndicates and especially anything involved with Andy Gath, good luck with the Shadow Play filly .

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Post by Des Carruthers on Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:15 pm

geejay ... I love your work and your Major Star observations in particular. I have recently bought into a small share of a Shadow Play 2yo filly with Pacing W.A. syndicates. There are several horses that were purchased at last years sales that still have shares available as shown on their website if you are interested. I really like the look of Lot 14 from the recent APG Melbourne sales to be trained by Andy Gath for the Raceapacer syndicates and shown on their website and commented on by Andy Gath on his website. Unfortunately my dance card is full and my future in pacer ownership rests with the current ATC syndicates and the unnamed but very promising Shadow Play filly.

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Post by geejay on Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:48 pm

Well,Well,Well, alright,certainly not bad for a last start claimer !Star sure did look very comfortable for Gavin Lang,was he the key that's been so hard to find to settle him,seems his trainer wasn't optimistic from his own endeavours that he knew the answer when he tweeted before race about his 2 runners.
tweets by ‎@apgath68

Andy Gath @apgath68
MajorStar quite a frustrating horse who either pulls or doesn't get on the bit. Place hope only from his draw tonight
15h

Andy Gath @apgath68
ThreeWays wasn't far off Lazarus last week even though had a soft run. No Lazarus tonight & you'd expect he would be hard to beat if leads
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His wife took the reins on Three Ways who sat parked and took the pulling role of Star,she sure had trouble controlling him ,was this race an example of a top experienced driver vs a pretty good driver or just a lucky day at the office.
Whatever was thrilling to watch Star win so well.
One thing I noticed was his tail wasn't the usual swishing out behind him,all seemed controlled and settled,Lang seemed to be out for a stroll when the commentator said the leaders really thrown down the anchors, though time at the end didn't quite indicate a slow pace.
Yeah that Hannon Memorial race sticks in my mind as was some merit in Stars run though in 8th place.Unfortunately his next race in the New Brighton Cup may have been affected by that cough he ended up with after his rough travels and unusually sudden cold temps on his journeys .Also the Hannon will be remembered by me as the beginning of the end of Star for us with him going from possible NZ Cup candidate to grass tracker to not worth keeping all within a short time-span.
Just hoping history not repeating itself now with Ideal Belle going from running a sensational last half at Alex Park to Auckland Trotting Cup possibility to time to retire also in rather short time.


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Post by barryf on Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:36 am

Yes, a very good watch which saw Star looking very comfortable for Gavin Lang.
Doing some research I saw that Mighty Flying Mac, which finished third,  won the Hannon Memorial back in 2015, beating Christen Me, with Major Star back in 8th. place so nice to get one back. Change Gear also raced in New Zealand but was a bit below the best classes and did do some country racing.

It seems to be a trainer tester as to which Major Star will turn up on the day.  The good one is certainly very good.

I would have loved to have seen him race in North America where a 1.50 mile would be within his range, but the chance has probably been lost now.

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Post by Des Carruthers on Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:06 pm

Well, well, well, Major Star eased off the gate (not pulling) - settled two back on outside - last and 4 wide around the final turn - sprinted down the out side to beat the horse that raced on the fence behind the leader running a last half in 56.2 deep on the track. Not bad for a last start claimer. Great drive by G. Lang when you contrast it with his previous run when he was pulling out of control. He won like a very good horse (which we always knew). Definitely worth a look on the Australian Harness Racing website.

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Post by geejay on Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:09 pm

Major Star in friday night at Melton,$18,000 race,a little 7 horse field including his very good stablemate and last start Lazarus rival ,excellent 3rd,Three Ways along with a couple of popular kiwi's in Might Flying Mac and Change Gear,all drawn inside him for the 2240m mobile and I think they all like leading.
With the lightening fast tracks over there right now could be a good opportunity to add a nice time to his portfolio course would help if he put a bit of zip into his start and always a possibility they will go fast enough he may settle in the field without pulling his head of.
Most notable though is the new driver,Gavin Lang takes the reins,going to be very interesting to see how this goes and whether he can control the over-keeness and save Star from the wrath of the stewards.
Gath stable sure been flying high capturing The Great Southern Star with Glenferrie Typhoon NZ downing Speeding Spur and Sunny Ruby then Maximan turning the tables on Have Faith In Me in the free-for-all.

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Post by geejay on Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:51 am

geejay wrote:about 7mins to race and trainer has tweeted earlier
Andy Gath @apgath68
#MajorStar quite a frustrating horse but racing well at present. You never know what to expect at the start with him but still a top chance
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 Is now 2.10 favourite but I guess a risky bet if he could decide to walk out from the gate,otherwise he should bolt in in this I would say.

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"Major Star almost out of control " say's the commentator mid way through the race as Star showed his pulling power.
Stewards comments 3 wide early,outside leader last mile,raced fiercely,run queried,last chance to race truly
last chance to race truly, does that mean he could be looking at a ban from racing if his pulling continues ?
From my view of the start doesn't look like he was pushed at all out of the gate,Why not ???

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Post by geejay on Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:24 am

about 7mins to race and trainer has tweeted earlier
Andy Gath @apgath68
#MajorStar quite a frustrating horse but racing well at present. You never know what to expect at the start with him but still a top chance
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Is now 2.10 favourite but I guess a risky bet if he could decide to walk out from the gate,otherwise he should bolt in in this I would say.

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Post by geejay on Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:01 pm

Well thats a surprise Des they throwing Star into a $10,000 claimers race straight after putting him up against Hectorjayjay in the $60,000 Shepparton Cup , makes one wonder what's going on ,is their a problem ,are they just giving up on his pulling or does future not look juicy enough for them .
With $46,000 in the bank in the 7 months they have had him they now in the plus moneywise so maybe prepared to go for some easy pickings and not worried if they lose him in the process.
Look forward to Andy Gaths next tweet about him.
I see his owners Jenkscraft Pty Ltd were part owners of Flashing Red,winner of 2006 and 2007 NZ Cup's and also have Star of Memphis NZ and Star Of Dionysis NZ with Gath
If I had a spare $25,000 I'd probably claim him just for sentimental reason's .If he can continue at his current level would be a good buy, improve more then a great buy.

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Re: Major Star racing in Australia

Post by Des Carruthers on Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:57 pm

Major Star racing on the Ballarat Cup programme this Saturday. He is in the claimer with a $25,000 price tag. He could be a cheap horse for someone considering the average prices paid for untried yearlings.

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Re: Major Star racing in Australia

Post by barryf on Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:21 pm

Seems to go better for driver Ashwood.  Pulling hard at the rear of a quality field is suicide.
History being repeated . Every time he was"jumping out of his skin" to quote the trainer, he would turn it a disappointing performance.

Time for a freshen up I sense and then aim to get to the front as soon as possible upon his return.

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Post by geejay on Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:01 am


Easy for Hector JJ ,uncontested lead.He ran pretty fast sectionals : Gross Time: 3:16:4 Mile Rate: 1:57:5 Lead Time: 82.1
First Quarter: 28.5 Second Quarter: 29.4 Third Quarter: 27.5 Fourth Quarter: 28.9
Star taken back then pulled most the way so never a chance ,I think I would've taken him round as soon as he shifted into his pulling mode,either the lead would have been there(doubtful) or it would be the breeze.that would have been better than pulling madly at the rear all race.

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Post by geejay on Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:15 am

Gath's tweet before Star's meeting with Hectorjayjay and All Black Stride in about half an hours time at Shepparton

Andy Gath @apgath68
#MajorStar has hit the line strong in his last 3 starts & its probably the best I've had him going. Can't win but could run a place though
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Be interesting to see how he is driven in this race,Hector has all in his favour to lead out,wonder if he would be content to hand up to Star over this longer distance.
Go Star ! ,a good performance here will make us all think twice of letting go of Belle as easy as we let go of you !

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Post by Des Carruthers on Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:39 pm

Major Star is racing this Saturday night in the group 2 Shepparton Cup. He has drawn barrier 5 with the interdominion favourite and runner up Hector Jayjay in barrier 3. Two other good horses in Allblack Stride and Tactate have drawn 6 and 7. This is the horse that we sold because it had lost it's speed. He may seem out of his depth but his trainer Andy Gath is very shrewd and would not have entered him if he did not rate him a chance.

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Post by Des Carruthers on Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:21 pm

After leading and winning by 10 lengths two starts ago Major Star was dragged off the barrier from barrier two with a slow starter in barrier one ... taken back to four on the fence ... pulled out three wide down the back to get a ride home ... was going nowhere so went back to the inside ... made up heaps of ground on second, third and fourth in a 26.0 last quarter despite pulling so hard that it made the stewards comments. I am very glad that I didn't back it for a place (half length from third and closing rapidly).
Geejay ... whenever you are watching Major Star in Iceland you should not feel alone as I always watch, with the same interest as before the sale, from the home of the interdominion here in Perth and look forward to your analysis and comment that always follows the race.

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Post by geejay on Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:47 am

Star, friday night, still making life harder for himself with his gatespeed and pulling, last on the rails bad enough in a race without getting into bother finding room to go near the business end in a race run with 1st quarter 32.0 ,2nd 31,3, 3rd 28.0 and on fire 4th of 26.0.
Thought he finished the race of well after watching the fight Kate Gath had holding him back. Trainer tweeted before race
Andy Gath @apgath68
#MajorStar has found the line better his last couple of runs since we put Block Blinkers on him.A small chance of leading tonight so EW hope
He was right about the small chance leading,those block blinkers didn't help his start but he did find the line good despite the pulling.
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Post by geejay on Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:24 am

Here is a link to the winning driver interview with Major Stars junior driver Alex Ashwood after his win 2 starts ago.Enjoy such,would be even better if they had interviews with placed drivers as well.
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Post by barryf on Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:38 am

Another top run for the junior driver . Flashed home in tight quarters and was in front a stride past the line.
Was rank outsider which defies credibility- perhaps the loyal  supporters had gone to bed.
His next race against Messini and co. on 27th.December will test his ability to back up but last night's race shouldn't have been too taxing, having raced on the fence throughout.

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Post by geejay on Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:41 am

A good 2nd at Melton, unlucky being trapped 3 back on inner all the way and almost got up for the win,another good time run for the 2,240m Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:41:7 Mile Rate: 1:56:1 Lead Time: 44.8
First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 28.9 Fourth Quarter: 28.3
Margins: HD x HD
In again 27th in a leg of the Trots Country Cups Championship, JIM PHILLIPS MEMORIAL COBRAM PACING CUP (GROUP 3) $30,000 at Cobram, Messini there also.

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Post by barryf on Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:41 am

Great to see the old Star produce his best run for a long time when leading throughout at Melton on Friday night and recording a swift 1m53.5 rate for 1720 metres, easily the fastest of the night.

Noticeable was the swishy tail thing which would have fanned driver Ashwood nicely plus the fluency of the action which had not been seen for ages.

If he can maintain this performance then the new owners will be relieved and very happy with their purchase. Very Happy

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Post by geejay on Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:16 am

Star's gatespeed quite a problem ,couldn't or wouldn't foot it with them at the start so buried well back and on the fence the whole trip,gap opened along the rails in straight but slick last half meant no chance.This looked a nice winnable race to me despite 2nd row draw.
Andy Gath tweeted before race -
#MajorStar even though 1st up last week & good on the clock. I thought he might of hit the line better. A place chance from awkward draw

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Post by geejay on Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:54 am

Not a bad run first up from a small break.Trainer tweeted he'd probably need the run so probably pretty happy with his 6th place,4.7m from winner.12 starts to recoup purchase price,probably should have done so a bit sooner but maybe plenty yet to come.

Andy Gath ‏@apgath68 Nov 17
#MajorStar 1st up tonight in a very strong field. Ran a good last half at the trials on Tues but will probably need another run. Place hope

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Post by geejay on Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:18 am

Pretty good 2nd,winner had all favours.
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Gaths twitter before race -
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#MajorStar racing a lot better than his figure form reads. He will go forward tonight & is a good winning hope due to a drop in class

Didn't quite work to plan .Stewards queried the change of driving tactics after race interesting to know result of that.

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Post by geejay on Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:09 pm

Another week ,another race ,next saturday,how we would have loved to have experienced Star racing so regularly like this back in NZ while our syndicate still owned him.
Would have been impossible finding so many good races for him back home though,this next one $18,000 stake ,been a few of those to go with the odd $60,000 or so ,and this looks a pretty winnable race too.
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Was a good run last start ,was coming home nicely despite the last 2 quarters being run in 27.7 and 27.5 the a 28.4 first quarter enough for him to be taken back from his almost usual wide draw or was it just his usual ,not in a hurry gatespeed.Whatever, made this as you say Ray a nigh on impossible race to win.
Interesting to see 1:58.6 is the slowest mile-rate of his aussie races while 1.53.1 the fastest so far,over the shorter distances admittedly but not bad at all.
Would like to see him get a longer race sometime soon and see how that goes with his new found fitness.
Still think he looked best free-legged though,wonder if Gath would experiment with that sometime,probably not I guess if he continues to perform well.

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Post by ray the beancounter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:47 pm

A creditable run from Star tonight over a sprint distance of 1720m, but he was handicapped from the start by having to start from the outside barrier on the front row – due to the preferential barrier conditions of the race. Star rarely shows gate speed at the start of a race and thus as expected was taken straight back as the mobile barrier released the field at the start of the race. Nigh on impossible to win from there over a sprint distance in a 1:53 mile rate but he still made ground on the leaders to finish fifth.
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