Geoff & Maureen Duryea

Gemaura, 1-27 Cemetery Road
Corowa NSW 2646

Geoff:         0427 331 016

Maureen:   0427 331 873

Here we will endeavour to place any stories of interest, updates on our strike rate and other happenings within the stable

Front Page Creswick Stks L GermanAgain, due to Covid-19 racing protocols, Front Page travelled to Wangandary to stay with Vic trainer, Renee Hoysted for 2 nights. Gus then travelled to Flemington for his

first start in the Metro area

first start at Flemington

first start up the 1200m straight

 

and he achieved

1st Listed win in the AR Creswick Stakes

1st Stakes win for Geoff Duryea

1st Stakes win for Lewis German, big feat for an apprentice

 

Gus ran 1.09.56 on a Soft 5, which was faster than the previous two winners in Nature Strip and Gytrash.

Hong Kong came calling ++ with big offers which the 17 individual owners declined. Holding varying percentages and at different stages of life, they identified the enjoyment and connection with both family and friends, is something above anyone could have expected.

There are no promises in racing, but the stable motto at Duryea Racing is #EnjoyTheRide and it is what we all hope to continue.

A big thank you to our owners. We Look forward to his next edition.

 

Footnote: Gus and owners out for a spell!

 

 

Being a little immature, Front Page, known as Gus, was given extra time to develop and didn't trial until an early 3YO. Gus was so chilled, he had no urgency about him at all. Consequently he was spelled again and returned with a satisfactory winning trial at Wodonga in February 2020. 

Geoff had his eye on an Albury Showcase Maiden and Gus duly saluted on debut over 1175m in May. He ran a class record to equal his sister, News Girl's time when she won a F&M Maiden 16 months earlier. We were unsure how he got beaten his next start, but fair to say he was still learning. He then ran a great race to finish 1.8L 7th in the Albury Guineas over 1400m.

He had a freshen-up and returned a lot more mature mentally. He blitzed home by 9.56L to win a BM58 1175m at Albury in a smart time of 1.10.34, another class record. When he got to the front, Jordan Mallyon had to stop Gus from stargazing into the empty grandstand, hence the margin.

Geoff wanted to take another step up the ladder and Gus scored a convincing win in a BM64 at Wangaratta. Due to Covid-19 racing protocols, he was required to travel over the NSW/Victorian Border and stay with Vic licenced trainer, Renee Hoysted. He handled everything well and Lewis German came up to Wangaratta to ride him. This ticked a couple more boxes in preparation for his next start in the city.

 

"Patience is bitter, but it's fruit is sweet"

Aristotle

STACEY LEE  - Bel Esprit - Curio Jade (Varick) 2008

NEWS GIRL    - Magnus - Stacey Lee (Bel Esprit) 2015

FRONT PAGE - Magnus - Stacey Lee (Bel Esprit)  2016

Stacey Lee Alb 8 Oct 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Girl Maiden Albury October 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When News Girl won the 1175m Albury Maiden in October 2018 she won by 1.5L breaking the class record to run 1.08.77.

She followed that by winning a BM58 at the same track 3 months later in January 2019 winning by 2.75L.

 

When Front Page won the 1175m Albury Maiden in February 2020 he won by 2.6L to equal his full sister's time of 1.08.77.

He followed that by winning a BM58 at the same track 3 months later in May 2020 winning by 9.56L. 

Front Page took an extra step when he broke the class record by .82 on a Soft 6, 1.5 seconds fastest of the day.

 

Incidentally Stacey Lee (dam) also won her maiden at Albury by 9.5L.

 

images/News_Girl_25_Jan_2020_L_GermanA bigger, stronger version of News Girl (Maggie), returned as a 4yo mare. Being topweight with 60kg, the engagement of apprentice Lewis German, proved a smart move, with the mare notching her first city win on Boxing Day at Caulfield.

After a short freshen up, Maggie delivered a dominant win at Caulfield in another class record time. In fact, her 1100m was only around half a second off the track record!! The Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes over 1200m beckoned, where News Girl ran a brave 2nd, when nosed out by crack Sydney mare, Syvlia's Mother, again in scintillating time.

Lewis German continued his association with News Girl, when after a freshen up, she went to Open Class at her favourite track Caulfield, although this time on a heavy track, she brought up her 3rd Saturday Metro win. This last win brought total earnings to nearly $340,000 from just 18 starts, with a total of 5 wins, 3 x Metro Saturday wins, 2 x Group 3 2nds and a 4th in Group 2.

Who knows what will happen in her next 18 starts and what mountains she will climb???

 

Photo:-racing.photos.com

SDRA 3YO HOTY 2019 Trophy

We were pleased to be advised by the SDRA that News Girl was a finalist in the Horse of The Year Awards in the 3 Year Old Category.

Geoff & Maureen travelled to Wagga for the presentation evening hosted by The Murrumbidgee Turf Club on 20th November 2019.

They were joined by part-owners, Marc Duryea and Jake Edmunds.

We were thrilled to win the award as News Girl was placed at her first start at Corowa then won 2 races at Albury.

She ran close 2nds at Caulfield twice, once in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes 3YO Fillies, and 4th in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes for 3YO Fillies.

She was able to collect VOBIS bonuses on two occasions.

News Girl Maiden Albury October 2018News Girl debuted in her 3yo season, winning at her second start in a 1175m Maiden at Albury in class record time and followed with a consecutive win at her next start with another class record in BM58 1175m at Albury.

The chestnut filly went straight to Saturday Metro racing at Caulfield at her next start to be beaten a nose into 2nd. Geoff thought highly enough of her to rise in grade and take on the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and was a close 2nd earning black type status for the filly.

Continuing the theme of rising in grade, News Girl next contested the time honoured Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at her first try out to 1400m, returning a brave 4th to an eventual Derby winner.

Car Damage June 2019

On 29th June News Girl raced at Caulfield.

Little did we know we were to use all of our luck that day to survive!

On our way home along the Hume Freeway, the rain was extremely heavy, so we were travelling slowly. A B-double overtook us on the right and we came over a rise to see a huge gum tree had fallen across both lanes about 50m ahead. Quick thinking by the truck driver, as he moved into the emergency lane allowed us to move into the right lane. We had no choice but to go through and hope. At least then it was the top part of the tree and not the trunk which was approximately 900mm wide. Darrin, our foreman, was driving and did a wonderful job to keep everyone safe.

As we pulled over afterward, we found another car had stopped to report the tree.  The car following us, also stopped to see we were OK - they were very shaken too!

Miraculously the three occupants and two horses, Maggie and Basil the stable pony, were all OK.

The car was badly damaged, but drivable and we limped home. Every opening in the car and float had wood and leaves wedged into it.

Very lucky escape indeed.

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Waitaha Prophecy (Rosy) and On Our Mind (Fergie), both retired at the same time in August 2017.

Both were well bred, by Rock of Gibraltar and Choisir, with beautiful physiques and natures.

We believe we found them the perfect place to call home as broodmares with Justin and Min. 

 

They have an undulating property of horse paradise in Burrumbuttock, about 40 minutes drive from us.

Both mares were served by Fighting Sun foaling late in 2018. Rosy had a strong chestnut colt (now roan), and Fergie a lovely baldy faced chestnut filly.

 

Footnote March 2020:

These yearlings are currently being broken in and are behaving well like their mammas!

Robert BrooksToday we said farewell to a beautiful man, Robert Brooks.

Robert was a very special friend to us. He was introduced as a part-owner and as time passed became our accountant. His knowledge was invaluable and he was a generous mentor to Maureen in our business. He went on to become a stable stalwart, having an interest in many horses over the past 25 years.  (Some notable ones listed below.)

He had a genuine interest in the bloodstock catalogues when they arrived, and was a keen student of conformation when attending Sales with Geoff. Wonderful stays in Glenelg with Dawn and friends for the Magic Millions sales in Adelaide, will always be memories held close to our hearts.

We will always be grateful for Robert's friendship to all of our family, as he was a true gentleman, loved a chat about life and enjoyed a good wine with family and friends.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories, but lasting imprints in our hearts.

R.I.P. Mr Brooks

 

Challenge Accepted, Dawn Recital, Disrupted, Gino's Shout, Gino's Whisper, Gorki, Greipel, Grey Bolero, Grey Commanche, His Worship, Marchello, Stacey Lee, Szyslak, Waitaha Prophecy