Warwick Farm trainer Turner secured the second and third-top lots – a Capitalist x Orchestrator gelding from Blake Ryan Racing and a Pierro x Ajeeta colt from Cheltenham Stables’ draft – for A$370,000 each, leading her to be one of the leading buyers at the recent Inglis sale held during Everest week.
Turner said the two horses she purchased “made for a dream day’’.
Originally from New Zealand, Turner has been around and associated with horses since she was a child. Her extensive knowledge and experience over the years have helped to become a sought after trainer as she, along with her team treat each horse as the best in the stable and cater for their individual needs.
Here we speak with Turner about her purchases, her training facilities and her buying processes.
Q: How long have you been buying at this sale? How did the 2021 edition of this Ready-To-Race sale exceed your expectations and why?
A: I am very happy with my 2 purchases from the Inglis RTR sale. Both are fully paid up now for the race series, insurance etc. I have bought previously in NZ Ready To Run sales and have done so for the last 10 years. For some time I have been spending around A$700,000 on my purchases.
I have bought more horses from the RTR sales in NZ as they have such good bone on them and are reared on the incredibly good country.
Q: Please tell us more about your buying process for read-to-race sales?
A: When I look at the breeze-up horses my plan always is to look at their action first in the breeze ups then their times and then lastly their breeding because if they don’t have great action and can’t run a time comfortably then I keep looking until I am satisfied that I have found the right one. I do look at them many times at the sales, I also like to look at them in the boxes when it’s quiet just in case they have any bad habits. I also ask my vet to look at their X-rays to make sure they are low risk, they must also scope well as living here in Sydney we are prone to fires here through the summer months so smoke can be a contributing factor to horses bleeding.
Q: Kindly tell us about your training stable and what makes it stand out?
A: I have a great set-up here with double boxes where walls have been taken down to give the bigger and older horses more room in their stables. We will set up for the summer with overhead fans for them, I also have a spacious 9 horse walker and a huge role for them after they have worked which they love.
My treadmill arrives next week so that will an interesting new addition to my stable. Most of my horses swim each afternoon at the pool provided by Warwick Farm track. Some of my RTR horses race on till they are 9 or 10 years old as they are extremely well looked after and thrive in the stable.
Q: Now that the sale is done and dusted how do you feel about your purchases? What are your plans for these horses?
A: I think in my own mind even though both the Capitalist gelding and the Pierro colt that I have just purchased from Inglis RTR sales were very expensive. I think that the Pierro may be more forward than the Capitalist but anything can change over the coming weeks as they were both the same price there isn’t much between them. They are here at the stables at present and are adjusting well to their new surroundings.