Thank you for visiting our website, which displays the operations of the Esprit Racing 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.

Life is Great in the Sunshine State!

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

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    The last 4 months since November's 2yo in Training Sale, through to January's Magic Millions Sale, and last week's March Yearling Sale has been quite frantic on the sales front. Pleasingly we saw immediate results on the racetrack in December and January with Dovetail...

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    Many owners and Friends of Esprit Racing watching from all around the world, including Dubai and Auckland, would have indeed been worried at the 450m mark when Without Thinking was last in his 1400m maiden yesterday, without a clear path in front of him. About 25...

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    At a price of around $1.40, lovely 2yo Headwater filly, Dovetail Diva, was able to achieve what the market expected with an excellent win on debut at Doomben today. It was not that easy, however, with the filly caught at least 3 wide for much of the 1110m race after...

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    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Race Track Fields/Form
    Dutch Delight Apr 16, 2021 1 Ipswich Field
    Dutch Delight Apr 17, 2021 1 Kilcoy Field
    Scratches Apr 17, 2021 6 Gold Coast Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Without Thinking Feb 28, 2021 6 - Sunshine Coast 0.80 M Hellyer
    Dovetail Diva Feb 04, 2021 1 - Doomben 1.30 Ron Stewart
    Set Me Up Dec 20, 2020 2 - Sunshine Coast 1.80 Ron Stewart
    So Dapper Dec 06, 2020 1 - Sunshine Coast 1.00 Ron Stewart
    Daintree Diva Nov 27, 2020 9 - Sunshine Coast 1.30 Ron Stewart
    Kiriana Nov 03, 2020 6 - Doomben 4.30 Ron Stewart
    Kiriana Oct 25, 2020 6 - Sunshine Coast 0.80 Ron Stewart
    Irish Ace Jun 21, 2020 3 - Sunshine Coast 0.80 L V Cassidy
    Thunder Mania May 15, 2020 3 - Sunshine Coast 0.20 L V Cassidy
    Thunder Mania Apr 29, 2020 1 - Sunshine Coast 0.50 L V Cassidy

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