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The Road To The Royal – The Story of an Ex-racehorse

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
International Animal Health CEO Chris Lawlor and wife Lynne have been breeding and racing thoroughbreds for over 30 years using the stud name Ausbred 

Elite Ausbred was born 10th of October 2010 at Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold New South Wales. He was a handsome colt with a distinctive brand on his near side shoulder; a map of Australia in an ‘A’ in the middle. His sire Danewin won 5 Group 1’s and over $2 million in prizemoney. His dam Ausbred Blue won 5 races including 2 on city tracks. Elite Ausbred was offered as yearling at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale but failed to make his reserve. He was retained by his owners with the plan of racing him.

Inglis Classic 2012 Lot 250 – Danewin x Ausbred Blue

Prior to commencing his racing career disaster struck. Elite injured his back in a paddock accident and it looked like he may never race. After many vet consultations, it was decided that an innovative procedure be used to help repair the damage to his back. 

After many months his injury recovered and the pain disappeared... 

He went into training with Kris Lees at Newcastle. As a 3 year old he had 2 race starts; finishing last at Taree and beating one horse home at Muswellbrook. The decision was made to retire him. He was given to a family friend not far from where he was born. 

The next part of the story is where it gets exciting… 

Donna Burns could see the potential in this horse. She purchased him and took him to Victoria. He was re-named “Rex” and also referred to as “Sexy Rexy” due to his good looks. With the help of Lynda and Wayne Field he made his first public appearance at the Dartmoor Show in December 2014. In 2015 he was being prepared for the Adelaide Royal Show but suffered a horrific paddock accident. After a recovery period of five months he returned to the Dartmoor Show where he won Champion Led Hack, Thoroughbred and Show Hunter Hack. The Rex is back!

Sexy Rexy and Lynda Field

“Sexy Rexy” becomes “Harbour Lights”… 

In January 2016, Ashley Craddock and her mother Lisa flew to South Australia to buy Rex. Ashley rode him 4 times over the 2 days; a week later he arrived back in New South Wales. Ashley renamed him “Harbour Lights”. Ashley takes him to Pony Club and has attended several shows in the past year. He won Champion Thoroughbred at the Tablelands Super Hack & Breed Show, won the Off the Track Classic at the Gresford show, Champion Thoroughbred at the Wyong Winter Show and Champion Hunter Hack at the Gosford Show as well as many other awards!

Ashley Craddock and Harbour Lights

The 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show…

Over the Easter long weekend rider Paul Austin in a large class was called in 2nd and place 4th in his Novice Hunter Hack class. Ashley Craddock was called in 4th and placed 8th in the Ladies Hunter Hack (55 entries). The 6 year old gelding has already qualified for the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Kind regards,
Chris Lawlor.

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