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On The Couch – Jan 2020

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Donations for Food Required for Wildlife

The Hobson’s Bay Vet Clinic are collecting the following items that will be distributed to the Gippsland and surrounding areas later in the week through Animal Rescue Collective (ARC).

Over the coming days, weeks and months, the wildlife that have survived the fires will need food and as much of their food source has been burnt, volunteers will be doing food drops to help get them through until their natural environment begins to recover.

Items being collected are
– Fruit baby food squeeze packs (preservative free, no custard or cinnamon please)
– Sweet potatoes
– Oranges
– Raw sugar
– Oaten Chaff
– Kangaroo pellets (horse pellets ok if not available)
– OXBOW Critical care
– Vetafarm Crittacare
– Oxbox rabbit pellets
– Dry dog food
– Good quality magnesium
– Supermarket vouchers
– Fuel vouchers
– Bunnings vouchers

These products can be purchased from supermarkets and large pet stores such as Pet stock and Pet Barn.

If you are in a position to donate any of the above items, please drop into the clinic by Wednesday afternoon as one of our nurses will be taking it to the collection point on Thursday. Thanks everyone xx

ADDRESS: Hobson’s Bay Vet Clinic, 
318 Melbourne Road, Newport, Victoria 3015 Australia

CONTACT: (03) 9391 4222


As soon as Brad had watched the trial he knew that the Shooting To Win 3yo he’d just seen storm home from last was the right horse to buy for Australia.

And after the horse completed it’s first piece of work for new trainer Lindsey Smith it seems that he was on the money.

“Johnny got off and just said ‘wow, he’s a really nice horse,'” Brad said.

“He sat off a partner and just gobbled him up and that was his first piece of work since getting off the plane a week ago, he looks the real deal.”

A respected New Zealand contact had dropped us a note after watching the raw unraced gelding rip up late in a Cambridge trial and suggested that this horse might have the scope and class to measure up to a Queensland Derby campaign.

Having had great success with recent New Zealand trial purchases Our Wind Spirit, Saone and Lucky For All, this was an avenue that the Spicer Thoroughbreds team was keen to pursue and as the form started to work out from the trial the decision to buy the colt was an easy one.

“He’s got great strength about him and was a $260,000 yearling at Karaka Book 1 so he’s got the quality. The horse that beat him in the trial that day won its first start in New Zealand really well and then was close up in a Group 2 so the form is there too,” said Brad.

Group 1 runner-up and recent Bondi Stakes winner Kubrick has put Shooting To Win on the map along with 20 individual winners including the talented young horses like Shotmaker and Miroku ready to roll for the summer and autumn stakes races.

Keep an eye out as this boy will be named in the next week and won’t be far off making his debut.

To view his pedigree CLICK HERE

Hail, The King

5yo gelding, Mastercraftsman x Catch The Moon

Wise men say that only fools rush in, so Brad and the team took a patient path when they spotted The King racing in Ireland back in 2018.

Initially reluctant to part with the highly regarded son of Mastercraftsman, the horse’s owner agreed to a follow up offer from Spicer Thoroughbreds in 2019, and we’re glad he did. The horse has some exceptional form lines in 2018 and 2019 around horses like Southern France (G2 Zipping Classic winner), Downdraft (G3 Hotham Stakes winner), Mustajeer (Ebor Hcp winner), Magical (multiple G1 winner), Latrobe and Flag Of Honour.

“We tried a couple of years ago but couldn’t get him, so we watched and waited and tried again and actually got the horse at a much better rate the second time around – we were lucky and our timing was right,” said Brad.

“He’s a serious talent, Mick and I both think there is Group 1 potential there and his form suggests that. He’s been gelded and has had a quiet initiation to Australian life but will head to Lindsey Smith at Warrnambool in December.”

Races like the G1 Australian Cup and G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes could be on the agenda in 2020, and we’re so excited by what this fellow may be capable of once he gets into the groove Down Under.

To view his form click here

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