Thank you for visiting our website, which displays the operations of the thoroughbred racing business in Australia, showcasing the facilities and talents of highly successful trainers: 

John Symons and Sheila Laxon ONZM.

John and Sheila are Gr1 winning trainers who made the exciting move to Queensland on the Sunshine Coast in 2016 after very successful careers, both individually and in partnership. Sheila is officially the first female Melbourne Cup winning trainer, with Ethereal completing the Cups double in 2001, whilst John is well known to Queenslanders with his Doomben 10,000 and Blue Diamond Stakes winning exploits with Bel Esprit, the sire of Black Caviar, amongst many other group victories.

The trainers are loving the Queensland lifestyle, and with John’s eagle eye in selecting young talent at bargain prices, have built a very exciting team of horses for the coming years.

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Sheila continues to participate in the Melbourne Cup Tour each year; something we are very proud to support.

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    A wonderful win by Mission of Love in the Listed WISHLIST CALOUNDRA CUP HANDICAP over 2400m yesterday, where she achieved elusive black type and announced herself as a high-class staying mare. Ridden by Angela Jones, who has beautifully transitioned from champion...

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    Connections of both Thunder Mania and Mission of Love were tickled pink when they quinellaed the CALOUNDRA RSL SUB BRANCH BENCHMARK 65 Handicap over 1200m at Sunshine Coast today. After taking such a long time to get back to the winner's enclosure at Warwick recently,...

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    A barnstorming finish, enabled by a 10/10 ride from Micheal Hellyer, saw Whiskey and Beer finally break his well-deserved maiden in the Ascent Building Solutions Maiden Plate at the Sunshine Coast last night. It has been a frustratiing period for all Sunshine Coast...

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    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Mission of Love Jul 14, 2024 5 - Sunshine Coast 0.20Angela Jones
    Thunder Mania Jun 09, 2024 6 - Sunshine Coast 0.80V Duric
    Thunder Mania May 21, 2024 9 - Warwick 0.20M Hellyer
    Whiskey and Beer Apr 12, 2024 4 - Sunshine Coast 0.30M Hellyer
    Daintree Dreaming Jan 14, 2024 4 - Sunshine Coast 0.10R Dolan
    Secret Statement Jan 07, 2024 3 - Sunshine Coast 1.00R Dolan
    Delorme Dec 27, 2023 3 - Eagle Farm 0.10R Dolan
    Secret Statement Dec 03, 2023 4 - Sunshine Coast 0.10Jaden Lloyd
    Knight's Choice Dec 02, 2023 9 - Doomben 1.00Jaden Lloyd
    Set Me Up Oct 06, 2023 6 - Sunshine Coast 0.30Jaden Lloyd

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