Here comes the Raccoon…Rocky Raccoon

Off to Colac we went with Rocky Raccoon to contest the Christians Bus Line Maiden Plate over 1,600m.

Rocky Raccoon, a three year old by Americain, was purchased at the 2016 Vobis Gold Sale. He had a couple of educational runs as a two year old, then we tucked him away knowing he just needed time.

In his second preparation with us, Rocky Raccoon showed a great turn of speed when finishing third at his first start back at Stawell. He was looking and feeling a treat as he lined up for his second start with Neil Farley onboard.

He jumped well, settled in second place and when in the straight he he took the lead. When Neil hit the accelerator, he drew away winning by 2.75 lengths! Big thanks to a great confident ride by Neil Farley.

Click on the image to see the replay of the race

From last to first Diplomac Jack does it again

John Allen rode Diplomac Jack at Ararat in our first ever runner since getting our licence back in January where he ran a stellar fourth.

The team were back together at Werribee in early December for a Benchmark 64 over 1600 metres.

Since breaking his maiden on 5 September, the ever consistent Diplomac Jack had been there abouts with three fourths and a third.

Johnny rode a very patient race and was always travelling easy. Johnny said “I was pretty impressed how he let down”.

Thomas was really impressed saying that he took a while for Diplomac Jack to learn his craft and today he really went away with it. It was a brilliant ride by Johnny.

See how Diplomac Jack went from last to first

A Fairytale Ballarat Double

On Wednesday we headed to Ballarat with Diplomac Jack and Rakti Roulette and came home with our first winner and then a maiden double!

“It’s brilliant,” Thomas said. “A lot of local trainers have been getting winners recently and I’m glad to join to the team.

“Especially here (at Ballarat), this is just amazing. It’s so difficult to be competitive at this level, so it’s great.”

WATCH: Hear from Thomas

Diplomac Jack was our first runner on January 21 this year when finishing fourth at Ararat. The Monaco Consul gelding registered another four-consecutive top-four finishes before being turned out and pulled out a strong finish to coast to a 2.75-length first-up win as a $41 chance with Declan Bates aboard in the 1600m maiden.

“We were very impressed with his first preparation and he’s just come back so well,” he said.

“I said to Declan ‘I think he’s a chance, just give him his chance and get him going in the straight’. To see him quicken and kick on the way he did was a bit surprising.”

We then completed his double when Luke Nolen guided Rakti Roulette ($8.50) to a one-length win over $2.40 favourite Arohata in the 2200-metre Benchmark 64.

WATCH: Rakti Roulette’s win

The Journey Begins…

Thomas Carberry and Monique Roche are excited to launch their new racehorse training business Carberry Roche Racing.

After many years learning from the best around the world, we feel the time to right to branch out and start our own training business.

We want to have a business where owners feel valued, respected, informed and most importantly engaged in their horse’s racing career. Horse racing is exciting and we would like to race with owners who are enthusiastic about their horses as what we are.

Our experiences and backgrounds are very different but it is our love of racing that we have in common.

Thomas was born in Ireland with racing in his blood and has worked for trainers such as Robbie Osborne (Ireland), Martin Pipe (England), Bruno Schutz (Germany) and Australia’s champion trainer Darren Weir. Thomas is a natural horseman and very hands on with all our horses from breaking in to riding track work. He is a stickler for detail and ensures our horses are well educated and trained.

Monique is a Chartered Accountant and has worked around the word for mining giant BHP in Finance, IT, Human Resources and Communication roles. Monique left the corporate world to follow her love of horse racing. She completed a Diploma of Equine Management at Marcus Oldham and then worked for Darren Weir as Client Services Manager.

Our property is ideally located just 500 metres from Ballarat Turf Club. Based on 10 hectares, we have plenty of space so each horse has their own 50 x 30 metre paddock attached to a 5.6 x 5.6 metre box. Being so close to Ballarat Racecourse’s fantastic  facilities we have many training options available to us.

If you are interested in horse ownership or looking for a trainer for your horse we would be delighted for you to join us!