Dec 22, 2014

Photo courtesey of Trackside Photography

Elegant Machine swamped her rivals over the last 200m to win the 1600m Southeast Stainless Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. After settling towards the rear of the field, jockey Robbie Fradd was able to weave a passage through the field in the run home, to score by a short but decisive margin.


“That was a sensational win. I was a little worried turning for home as maybe she was just too far back, but Robbie found a few gaps and she just did the rest. We have a really good opinion of this mare and she just keeps stepping up to the mark. She will improve again from this run and we are looking at better things for her now. The way she is racing at the moment I can see no reason why she can’t get 2000m, but in the short term we have another nice 1600m race picked out for her. It is another step up in class, but we are confident she can handle it.” Commented Dan Meagher


“This mare began her career in Melbourne and we are thankful Grant Morgans from Ontrack Thoroughbreds decided to move her north and let us have a go with her. She flew home over 1400m last start, to run third and we knew she would be very competitive over 1600m. The barrier was our only concern, as she drew the car park, but at this big track with the rail true they can come from anywhere to win. I think she has a very bright future and expect her to win quite a few more races.” Were Co Trainer Chris Meaghers’ comments after the race.


John Meagher, who had been to New Zealand inspecting yearlings for the past week was full of praise for his sons and staff. “ The boys and staff have done a terrific job with the horses while I have been away and the stable runs like a well oiled machine whether I am here or not, so it is an absolute credit to them. I think it also gives our owners confidence in that there are actually three trainers watching over their horses and overall the partnership is working well.”