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Hello and welcome to the website for Brisbane’s premiership winning trainer, Robert Heathcote. Please use this site to become acquainted with my facilities and my staff based at Eagle Farm. I am always in regular contact with my owners either by email or with a phone call to keep you updated on the progress of your horse. Please contact me for any relevant information on my current training rates and stable availability on 0418 602 433.

Perhaps you are considering getting involved in a new race horse, either as a first time owner or your current horse is too slow and you want to ‘upgrade to a newer model’, just contact me on the provided tabs or my mobile. You may wish to join a partnership or you and some friends would like us to get a race horse for you. It can be a daunting task getting involved in a racehorse without experience so we will take away the hassles and make it as affordable and convenient as possible. It’s essential that experts with a proven record be a part of the yearling selection process and our record has stood up to the test. There are contact tabs on this home page to contact me and find out more information. Thank you and I look forward to being in contact with you. Kind Regards Robert. 

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Way back in the 1980s I met a young Canadian couple, Ahne and Phil Ridley on one of my many European Tours when I was a tour manager. They became close lifelong friends and for the past 16 years they have lived and worked as teachers at the prestigious American School of Dubai.
I had the pleasure of having Phil and their daughter Julia join us for the amazing Dubai experience that was the Dubai World Cup . The following link will , in some way enable you to share in what was an amazing night .
Buffering sure is a wee champion and certainly climbed hi Everest again on Saturday night. What a journey he has taken us on. See the below video in some small way, it may help you  understand what a wonderful night it was.

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R.I.P Big Red. 3 runner up finishes in the Melbourne Cup. A true champion. Reds career Summary: 54-7:13:7 Prizemoney: $8,108,268 (Red Cadeaux pictured with Buffering in Hong Kong December 2014.)

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The nation’s second best sprinter is Hay List, seen here winning the Group 1 All Aged last April. He is going to be very hard to beat in the Newmarket. However, he has to give away some weight this time and maybe there will be a chink in his armour.
Photo: Ross Stevenson

Story and Photos courtesy of Graham Potter and www.horseracingonly.com.au

By Robert Heathcote | Thursday, March 8, 2012

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

Hello again folks.

It's been another busy week which looks like culminating with an amazing race, the Newmarket Handicap sprint up the famous straight 6 at Flemington

How cool is that to see five, yes five local South East Queensland horses in the race. Two of mine, two from Jason McLachlan's yard and the big fella from T Bar, Tony Gollan being well represented with Temple Of Boom.

It's exciting and I hope our horses will fly the flag well as our states racing representatives on the National Stage!

It looks like being quite a race with arguably as strong and competitive a Newmarket field seen for some time. Sure, the great mare is not there this year and, I have to be honest, I say that with relief as she would still have won with 60+ kilos on her back … so dominant is she!

I still think the nation’s second best sprinter is Hay List and he is going to be very hard to beat. However, he has to give away some weight this time and maybe there will be a chink in his armour. He will still run a mighty race though!

I have been delighted how well Buffering and Woorim have done leading into the big race. I watched their work at Flemington last Saturday and Michael Rodd on Buff and Melissa on Woorim both gave me glowing reports on how well they feel.

I opted out of giving them a jump out up the straight on Tuesday morning electing to gallop them together down the straight 1000. They ran the last 600 in 34 and change and the official clocker, Warren Huntley, reported it was excellent work and they were both still on the bit … so that's good enough to give me confidence that they will both race well on Saturday!

Buffering coming out of 8 is ideal as he will come out looking to either lead or sit upside Rain Affair. The 2 gate for Woorim isn't so good, so Brownie will have to look to have him tacked onto the back of the field and swing him around them coming to the 300 as we know he can sure let down and hit the line hard.

The form suggests there are a host of winning chances and this is also reflected in the great value you will get if you do in fact manage to back the winner. I am confident my two boys will race well.

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Last Saturday was a bit controversial with the condition of the race track at Eagle Farm after it received rain mid-meeting which caused a serious deterioration in the racing surface.

There is no doubt that there is a problem with the track when it rains during a meeting and the water sits in the hoof marks from the previous race. This then creates plenty of throw-back and makes visibility very tough for the jockey's.

I was there on the day and it was interesting to hear many of the comments attributing blame and all having differing opinions on the situation.

The first and most serious consideration must be for the safety and welfare of the riders and the horses. The problem appeared to be primarily visibility and this seems to be at its worst when rain falls on the track once it has been raced on.

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Woorim and Brownie will be looking for back to back Group 1 victories
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How cool is that to see five, yes five local South East Queensland horses in the race.Two of mine (Woorim and Buffering pictured here in an earlier track gallop), two from Jason McLachlan's yard and the big fella from T Bar, Tony Gollan being well represented with Temple Of Boom.

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There is no doubt that there is a problem with the Eagle Farm track when it rains during a meeting ...
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I was there on the day and it was interesting to hear many of the comments attributing blame and all having differing opinions on the situation.Why a portion of the $110 million dollar government package recently given to Racing Queensland was not used to rectify one of the major problems in this state's racing is beyond me.

I have been a stern critic of the track for a few years now but, personally, I think it has held up remarkably well with the deluge of rain we have had this past few months.

Just yesterday the track was raced on as a Heavy 10 rating and it raced fair and well and just as importantly, safe.

This morning there were even some Saturday runners who used the course proper and it held up great. A real credit to the boys for getting to the condition it
raced in yesterday!

The major concern I have for the track is for inclement weather to hit us just prior to or during the upcoming Winter Carnival. This could then cause serious disruptions and even major embarrassment to our major carnival on a national scale.

It's been no secret that the track at Eagle Farm is old and tired and in need of a total reconstruction. not just a 'refurbishment'!

We got lucky the last few years but our luck may be running out with the so-called global warming?

Why a portion of the $110 million dollar government package recently given to Racing Queensland was not used to rectify one of the major problems in this state's racing is beyond me.

I have no doubt that once gain this situation has been influenced by politics which really is a crying shame. If it's not a crying shame now, it will be if we get 2 inches of rain on the Thursday prior to the Stradbroke and 10mls after race 2 on the Saturday June the 9th!

Irrespective of who is in charge of the state’s racing, and Eagle Farm for that matter, the simple fact is that the track at the Farm has been a wonderful servant for over a 100 years but it’s old and tired and it needs a rebuild.

This should have been the number one priority for any new infrastructure builds and, yes, I accept the argument that there are also many other 'urgent' priorities to spend the funds on. I am just not happy that the decision may well have been politically motivated!

Those throwing criticisms to the track curators after the smashing they have taken with the endless rains this past few months should consider the extreme difficulties they are faced with.

That's not denying a problem exists, it's just how we all go about fixing it!

Anyway, I have a Group 1 to win this weekend so I am busy enough!

Ha … forever the optimist!

Cheers for now.

Robert

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