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European-bred stayers on shopping list

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Written by Paul Vettise

Go Racing are continuing their global bloodstock hunt for middle distance horses to chase the lucrative prize money on offer in Australia.

Albert Bosma’s New Zealand syndication company is enjoying a 100 per cent strike rate with their European purchases and he is again heading back to next week’s Tattersalls Annual Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket.

“We’ll definitely be buying two horses and it might be three,” he said. “We put it out there that we were going over there and I’ve been very happy with the response.”

Go Racing was established in 2003 to race horses in multiple ownership with Stephen Marsh, Stephen McKee, Lisa Latta and Andrew Carston their principal New Zealand trainers.

Racing manager Matt Allnutt with Albert Bosma

Racing with Waller

They are also establishing a presence in Australia where Bosma’s long-time associate Chris Waller guides their fortunes.

“I bought my first horse Silky Red Boxer in 2001 with Chris Waller, who at that time, was just getting started in Sydney and also had a training base in Foxton in New Zealand,” he said.

“Silky Red Boxer turned out to be a multiple Group winner of $500,000 in New Zealand and Australia and was the catalyst which started Go Racing.”

With Waller and bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster, Bosma sourced his first European purchase two years ago.

“The first horse was Alward and he was $130,000 landed in Australia, that included buying him, flying and quarantine and he’s won over $400,000.” – Albert Bosma.

“The first horse was Alward and he was $130,000 landed in Australia, that included buying him, flying and quarantine and he’s won over $400,000,” Bosma said. “He only just missed making the Melbourne Cup field last year.

“Then we bought Raqeeq and he was $180,000 landed and in only six months he’s won close to $150,000 and he’s got a lot in front of him.

“We have a definite type of horse we’re after – lightly-raced, haven’t won not more than two races so their rating isn’t too high and they’ve performed on good ground over staying distances.” – Albert Bosma.

“We have a definite type of horse we’re after – lightly-raced, haven’t won not more than two races so their rating isn’t too high and they’ve performed on good ground over staying distances.

“They can step straight into $125,000 races in Australia and have a lot of earning capacity on the way through the grades.

“It’s economical to get these horses at the end of October at Tattersalls and they can be racing by March.

“We’re not waiting to find out if they’ve got any ability and they are just genetically superior over ground to the Australian breed.” – Albert Bosma.

“We’re not waiting to find out if they’ve got any ability and they are just genetically superior over ground to the Australian breed.

“The prices have got a bit more expensive, but there are 1600 horses for sale and we do our homework and it’s good value for money.”

Bosma said Go Racing would also be sending more of their New Zealand-trained horses to campaign across the Tasman by their Kiwi trainers.

Double strike

This was highlighted by wins of the Marsh-prepared Mark Two (NZ) (Pins) and Campari (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), who runs at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, in $35,000 maiden events at Gosford earlier this month.

“I said to Stephen five months ago that we can’t ignore the prize money in Australia and that we have to start campaigning horses over there,” Bosma said.

“We’ll be identifying maiden and one win horses and they can make a lot of money through the grades.

“This way, Stephen gets to keep the horses rather than them going to Australian trainers. We will continue to do this and chase the money for our owners.”