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Damian Browne and Excellantes chip in travel expenses for trainer Rob Heathcote By Nathan Exelby Courtesy of The Sunday Mail (Qld) ROB Heathcote secured some travelling money for his pending holiday to Vietnam when Excellantes notched his 10th career win in Saturday's Listed Ascot Handicap. Like last week's Sunshine Coast Guineas winner Hopfgarten, Heathcote's wife Vicki is a part-owner of Excellantes, whose earnings now top $625,000. The trainer spent a few days at Port Douglas last week and was lamenting having to wait another seven days before jetting off on the extended vacation.
Hopfgarten Wins Sunshine Coast Guineas, Makes It 2 Group 3 Wins! By Mark Oberhardt Courtesy from AAP Hopfgarten saved his trainer Robert Heathcote from more sleepless nights with a win in the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas on Saturday. Hopfgarten won four races in a row earlier this year and Heathcote had to decide whether to set him for the Queensland Derby or shorter races. He opted for the latter and continued to be proved right with Hopfgarten ($6) coming from near last to beat Miss Husson ($15) by a half-length with 2-1/2 lengths to Fast Arrow ($15) in the 1600m race.
Aidan Holt steals the show with last gasp victory on Pinch River By: Nathan Exelby Courtesy from: The Sunday Mail (Qld) AIDAN Holt was praised for his cool ride on Pinch River, who scored a last gasp win in the Bundamba Plate at Ipswich on Saturday. Holt elected to go back to the inside soon after turning and was able to secure the necessary right run to win. "I thought Aidan may have made an error, but it was the right move," trainer Rob Heathcote said.

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Heathcote and Buffering

By Brad Bishop, Courtesy from Racetrack Magazine Annual Group 1 Review

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A Salute To Solzi, Pinch River Steps Up...And Then Of Course There's Buffering


Story and Photos Courtesy of Graham Potter and

By Robert Heathcote | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Robert Heathcote is the leading racehorse trainer in Brisbane. 'Rob's Shout' - the personal blog of the multi-premiership and Group 1 winning trainer appears exclusively on HRO.

It was a little bit of a sad day for the stable last Saturday when the old stable war horse, Solzhenitsyn ran his final race.

It's been well documented that he underwent throat surgery last spring and he was making a comeback but it was a near-fore fetlock injury which brought down the curtain on a wonderful career.

From his very first race for the stable I earmarked him as a potential star of the track. I think it was only a fifth placing at Doomben back in June 2011, but he came from last with a real eye catching run.

It didn't take long for him to show his real ability. He strung together three City metro wins through July and August. We looked after him after that campaign and gave him a good long break with an eye on the Winter Carnival of 2012.

It was during this carnival where he really started to shine winning the first of his two Lord Mayor's Cups. The spring of that year he then rose to national prominence winning the first of his two Group 1 Toorak Handicap victories during the VRC Spring Carnival.

I reckon he was damned stiff not to win the Moonee Valley Vase that year as well getting caught in on the fence but he attacked the line for a fast finishing third.


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