ATB's 2018/19 Season Month By Month
Aug 05, 2019
Another season has come and gone and while you strive to win as many races as you can, the caper is very tough these days and to achieve 46 winners (almost one a week) measures up to our recent seasons.
Pleasingly fourteen of our winners were on metropolitan tracks.
It has been a challenging season, no more so than with Darren Weir's disqualification.
Over 30 horses had to be relocated to new trainers and while that took time and patience we are happy (relieved) with how it has all unfolded.
Plenty of good results and obviously some unknown with our now 2YO's yet to step out onto the racetrack.
The disqualification has brought in many new trainers and we look forward to those associations.
Winning results with Mitch Freedman through three horses - Captain Harry, Ransom Money & Here De Fox - were very pleasing.
It would be remiss of us not to thank Darren Weir for all the years of great results - ATB & Weiry grew together and while the initial months were tough without our respected colleague, we wish him well and can report that he is doing well and often asks about our horses and how they are doing.
He recently attended the funeral of one of our late owners Rosemary Fellows, a lovely and respectful offering.
The All Star Mile was a highlight with terrific all round support enabling Mr Money Bags and his owners along with ATB and the Griffiths team a day to remember.
Finally a big shout out to all our trainers and a very special thanks to all our wonderful owners - you guys make it all tick!
Month by month summary of our results.
We started the season with a BANG - eight winners with four doubles of sorts.
Robe De Fete, Penthouse Playboy (owners below), Astrological all won twice, while the Women's Racing Syndicate had its first two winners through Condover Hall & Lady Makfi.
City wins with Robe De Fete and Condover Hall were highlights.
We soon came back to earth in September with one solitary win.
Promising sprinter Sirius Suspect won at Mornington on AFL Grand Final day for Darren Weir and Brad Rawiller.
October was a little better with three promising gallopers winning.
Sirius Suspect won a BM78 at Sale, while Igniter opened his winning account at Stawell with 2018/19 leading rider Linda Meech in the saddle.
The horse that caught everyone's attention was Write Your Name (below) when winning his Maiden at Ballarat for Archie Alexander and Dean Holland.
After a luckless second at Echuca, Write Your Name bounced back with a good win at Bendigo to again highlight his potential.
The story and highlight of the season was Yogi winning the Listed Sandown Cup.
With a marquee full of Xmas Party dwellers it made for the perfect day.
After no luck in trying to pinch a spot in the Melbourne Cup, Yogi and his owners deserved these spoils.
December seen the emergence of our talented sprinting filly Crack The Code.
First-up in a BM70 she provided her owners and many ATB followers with a lovely late Xmas present.
Mr Money Bags (below) winning at Flemington earned him the right to head to the Gold Coast for a Magic Millions tilt, but the lack of flights halted that plan.
Making it a good month for Robbie Griffiths, Dentara and Angel Lass both broke their Maidens in good style.
Proving her first-up win was no fluke, Crack The Code and Damien Oliver went back to back with a strong win at Caulfield.
Robe De Fete added another Sandown win to his resume and French Fizz landed another win for the Women's Racing syndicate.
French Fizz (below) was Darren Weir's last winner.
The emergence of Social Spin as a serious racehorse excited us all.
A massive win at Flemington with Dean Yendall on board after missing the start was followed up with a Caulfield victory when carrying 60kgs and John Allen.
His win gave ATB a city double when joining Crack The Code in the winner's stall.
Unfortunately injury at his next start curtailed a tilt at the Australian Guineas.
Crack The Code duly earned her stakes win when taking out the Group Kevin Hayes Stakes.
It was an exciting day for ATB with Yogi (below) flashing home earlier in the meeting to make it a second city double within a fortnight.
The fourth Women's Racing runner, Fact Or Fable saluted at Bendigo as did Ohm's Law at big odds to give the Griffith's team a double.
March produced another double for Griffo through promising stayer Lord Lennox and the unlucky but talented filly Collectable.
Safety Dance (below) won his second race at Echuca for the Hayes team, while Here De Fox overcame injury as young horse to win her first race at Bendigo under the care of Mitch Freedman.
It was Mitch's first success for ATB.
Some of the frustrations with Oceanity were forgotten when he dug deep to win at Pakenham with Jamie Mott in the saddle.
Speaking about frustrations, Whitemore also found the winning post at his sixteenth start when getting the job done at Pakenham.
Little Angel Lass made it another good month for Robbie and his team with a good first-up win at Sale.
Unfortunately bad luck cursed most of her prep from this day forward.
May arrived, and so did our equal best month for the season.
Eight winners including two from two at the iconic Warrnambool May Carnival.
Connery came from what looked an impossible position to win on the Wednesday and then the sea change for Mai Shiny Choice (below) was vindicated when he won in sensational style in the last race on the final day to blouse all the William Pike follows who rode the well-backed favourite.
A great job by Matthew Williams who rewarded the owners after a string of placings since arriving at his stables.
Connery went on and franked that win with an easy win at Sandown with Craig Williams, while Captain Harry ticked the first of three winning boxes for Mitch Freedman with wins at Donald & Hamilton.
Mitch also had success with Ransom Money, a pleasing result after a long rehab program after a tendon injury.
Jess Eaton was all smiles after landing her first ATB wins on 'Ransom & Harry', but there was more to come.
Whitemore proved the doubters wrong by going back to back on a bog at Bairnsdale (above) and Igniter dug deep to win again at Pakenham.
Great placement by Matthew Williams seen a tenacious win by Mai Shiny Choice (below) at Casterton, while the class of Collectable (below) shone though with an easy win at Seymour.
We rounded out the season with two more city wins.
After some solid form without winning, it was a pleasing and an emotional result for trainer Saab Hasan and the owners in Sirius Suspect (below).
A talented sprinter formerly trained by Darren Weir, he spaced his rivals down the famous Flemington straight with Brad Rawiller carrying 60kgs.
Unfortunately a hoof injury has finished this campaign, but we look forward to having him back later in the year.
Earlier in the month Captain Harry provided his owners with a well-deserved city win at Sandown.
Coming from last, he was given a superb ride by Jess Eaton to land the prize.
2018/19 WINNING TRAINERS
Robbie Griffiths 17; Darren Weir 12; Mitch Freedman 5; Archie Alexander 4; Mick Price 3; Matthew Williams 2; Saab Hasan, David, Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1.
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