Racing Watch Horses
Our online directory of horses owned or selected by the Racing Watch team
About Racing Watch Horses
How we started out
Around 4-5 years ago I was introduced to a man named Mark Webb. He was sold to me as an incredible judge of a horse. He was undersold. Over the time that I have been privledged to get to know Mark, he has displayed to me a gift unlike any other that I have encountered. His ability to judge a race horse, its early speed, level of potential ability and ideal distance range is truly uncanny. On countless occasions he picked horses out of parade rings and declared them a certain level (good and bad), usually seeing the horse for the first time, I could count on one hand the amount of times he was clearly wrong. We were using this information mainly for betting purposes, but I began to wonder if his gift could be applied to the selection of yearlings.
We had no budget and set about raising a bit of interest from Racingwatch subscribers in the thought of buying a few yearlings to race in partnerships. We set upon the sales and whilst obviously still restricted in our spending, eventually selected three horses that Mark was happy with. A Smart Missile colt (Bill N Ted) that he liked a lot, not a horse he was not completely in love with, but he fell within our budget and ticked enough boxes to be seen as a solid value type. A Dream Ahead colt (Head Spins) that he absolutely loved, who has been a slow developer, but was an impressive winner on debut and looks to have plenty of potential going forward. And lastly a colt by Your Song (Sir Elton) that he simply refused to leave the sale without. I still remember the nerves, putting my hand up for I believe $170k at the time. He went on to win his first three race starts impressively in his first racing preparation, with considerably offers from Asia rejected.
The fourth horse he selected on our behalf is a now 2yo by Spill The Beans, she was certainly not in the same class as the Dream Ahead and Your Song colts as a yearling – but she still met the brief of what we were looking for and for around $30k – we are hoping that she turns out a bargain purchase.
Combining Marks knowledge with my own – we have also been able to pick up a number of tried horses. Trying to use not only form, but Marks eye where possible to confirm the physical attributes of the horse prior to purchase. We have been able to put together a nice little team of horses that are literally all about everyone involved having as much fun as possible. Horses that have shown enough for them to be competitive straight away if placed correctly. None of these tried horses have cost in excess of $35,000. With the vast majority between the $10-$20,000 bracket.
Mark Webb is still an extremely under utilised talent that in time I really hope to find a budget for that will allow him free reign in selection of true quality colts. He has a talent unlike any I have ever seen in the industry before.
We do not charge any fees or have any contracts with our racing partnerships. We simply try to identify horses both as yearlings and in the tried markets that we believe are good value. Purchase them and offer them as racing partnerships. To be trained by trainers that we believe are under valued and suit the particular horse in question.
If you would like to be made aware when we purchase our next horse for partnership. Please feel free to fill your details in the box on the right hand side of this page.
If you need help with selection at the Yearling sales, I cannot recommend the services of Mark Webb more highly,
Any questions or queries, please send them through to John@Racingwatch.com.au
Head Spins debut – Beaumont Newcastle – 05/09/2019
Sir Elton debut – Gosford – 25/05/2019
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Bill N Ted
Selected as a yearling by Mark Webb, he was our first ever yearling purchase. Trained by Adam Duggan, He was narrowly beaten on debut before quickly atoning at his second race start at Taree. With a solid record of 9 starts for 2 Wins and 4 Placings – he has the tactical speed to get himself in a nice position early in his races and if his recent trials are anything to go by, he should be looking to build on that record this preparation.
Our second yearling purchase, also trained by Adam Duggan, always two strong for his own good, this bloke has run into niggling issue after niggling issue. He was a slow developer and we were forced to be extremely patient with him as a two and three year old. He debuted as a 4yo and after being heavily backed, maintained a very strong sprint to round them up comfortably on Newcastles Beaumont track. At his only other start he pulled a hamstring and unfortunately raced below expectations. He is back in at the moment and despite another little setback – should be at the trials sooner rather than later. Hopefully all his bad luck is behind him and he can start to show his true ability.
We do not have ownership in this bloke. But he was selected as a yearling by Mark Webb and was the colt he refused to leave the sale without. The most expensive yearling we have ever purchased. Trained by Adam Duggan, he also ran into trouble as a young horse, almost dying shortly after his yearling auction. He made his race debut as a late 3YO at Gosford race course over 1100m and never got out of first gear leading throughout. He went on to win his next two starts impressively at Wyong and Randwick before coming to the end of his preparation with a slightly disappointing third at Randwick. He is back in work now and looks to be flying. Look out for him this time in.
Originally with the Waterhouse camp. He had a 1.4L defeat to The Autumn Sun in his 2YO form. We purchased this bloke off an online auction at the end of his 3YO year. He showed up a bit tired at the end of a tough preparation and it took Cody Morgan a few starts to breathe some life back into him. I had my doubts that the horse would run further than 1400m – but some wise words from jockey Greg Ryan following a run over 1280m at Muswellbrook to try him over 1600m could be the making of this horse. He went on to win that strong 1600m event narrowly before stepping up to 1700m his final start of the preparation, where he put seven and a half lengths on the field. He has strengthened right up following a good spell and all the signs are there that this will be his best preparation yet.
New to the Cody Morgan stable this preparation. Rubble was an online auction purchase, previously with the Mel O’Gorman team. A great type, he had the two runs back over the unsuitable 1000m journey, before stepping up to 1300m at his third run for the stable and going on for a solid win. Now that he is fit and up to his desired distance range, he should continue to be highly competitive.
This bloke was a bit of a gamble. He came to us via an online auction, having previously been with the Peter Robl camp. He had the 7 previous starts, beating the stakes performed Master Ash at his second start, before going on for other solid performances behind city and stakes class rivals. He unfortunately bled at his last start for that stable when stepped up in distance. We chose not to make him a partnership horse becuase of the risk that he may bleed again. He has gone on to win just the one race for us. But close up placings in $50k and $100k races at his past two starts have meant that he has more than paid his way. He will return in another lucrative race at Tamworth later this month and he is sure to give a sight from the front again.
A horse that came to us from the Kris Lees stable, I had black booked his efforts on more than one occasion in his opening preparation. He was a victim of circumstance a number of times during that preparation and I was really excited when he came up for sale. He had a reputation as a barrier rogue and an all around tough nut in the stable. Luke and Cody Morgan have done an exceptional job turning his attitude around. He has really thrived since arriving in Tamworth. During his first preparation for Cody, he won three times and narrow defeats on his other three runs. He has reportedly put on something near 100kg during his latest break and we are hopeful that the best is yet to come for this honest galloper.
Spill The Beans x Snaps 2YO
Our only yearling purchase from last year. We found this girl at the QTIS Magic Millions sale. Expecting her to go for far more than we picked her up for – she looked a natural little running type. Luke Morgan broke her in for us and she has been in and out of the Cody Morgan stable on a number of occasions already – learning her craft and really enjoying stable life. She is in full work now and will look to trial up for the first time in the next month or so. Another horse im excited to see get to the races.
This was the pick of the sale from our ‘guru’ Mark Webb when inspecting horses. But it was a horse that was always going to need time and that is not what we were looking for. We expected him to go for $200k + at that sale and when he went through for $55k – I approached the purchaser about buying a share for myself. He was trained by Mike Moroney down at Flemington and as suspected – took a long time to get to the races. He only had the one racing preparation for the Moroney team, striking wet tracks, bad barriers and got stuck in the mud on two occasions. He struggled to hold his condition and when I purchased him back from an online auction – he showed up in pretty bad shape. He has since had a good spell and spent a month on the water walker. Now in full work at the Cody Morgan stables – I really expect him to continue to improve as a horse and he is one that im excited to see get back to the races.
Originally from the UK, this guy travelled to Australia to join the Michael Moroney camp. He raced honestly for that team without winning and eventually we picked him up off an online sale. He too needed some time and care before finally making it ot the races in what looked an unsuitable short race over 900m at Scone. His great natural speed saw him outside the leader in the run there and his class got him over the line. We decided to really look after him and give him a good break following that debut win for the stable and hopefully we are yet to see the best of him as well.
This bloke was an expensive yearling purchase and raced with the David Hayes team until recently. His figures racing in Melbourne were very attractive for a horse that is still eligible for Class 1 racing. He had an early placing behind Brutal, beating Humma Humma home. He is another that showed up a little tired and in need of some tender loving care. A few niggling issues that will probably hold him back from reaching his full potential – but there is certainly enough there for him to be a dangerous galloper when he is produced by Cody Morgan and gets to his right distance range.
He has had the four career starts in Victoria under the care of the David Hayes team. They thought enough of him as a 2yo to bring him up to Sydney for an Open Handicap – He quickly broke through at his 2nd run back, again on soft going, recording figures that would see him measure up with Highway grade in NSW. He has had a solid spell and Cody will get the chance to reset the horse and look to get him back to the form that saw him break through last preparation. BOB’s eligible – we will certainly be looking to capatalise on that before the end of the season.