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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    A good draw, a firm track, and a good ride by apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor, combined with outstanding preparation by the Esprit Racing team all combined for 4yo Without Thinking to win the BRC FAMILY RACEDAY 30 JULY No Metro Wins Handicap over 1805 metres at Eagle...

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    The late Kenny Rogers would've raised a glass at Dealing's Done stylish win today in the GRADY PROJECTS QTIS Two-Year-Old Maiden Handicap over 1100 metres at the Gold Coast! After promising runs, the 2yo son of Better Than Ready did look to have this race at his...

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    A terrific effort by I Ponder yesterday at the Sunshine Coast in taking out the HOT 91 Class 2 Plate over 2000m! After winning his maiden in strong fashion a fortnight ago, wet weather had provided a significant challenge for all local trainers to keep their horses...

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    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Time Race Track Fields/Form
    So Dapper Aug 20, 2022 03:34 PM 6 - Gold Coast Gold Coast Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Without Thinking Jul 16, 2022 1 - Eagle Farm 0.40 Kyle Wilson-taylor
    Dealing's Done Jun 25, 2022 3 - Gold Coast 1.00 Jaden Lloyd
    I Ponder May 27, 2022 1 - Sunshine Coast Poly 0.10 Luke Tarrant
    I Ponder May 15, 2022 8 - Sunshine Coast Poly 0.50 Luke Tarrant
    Daintree Diva Jan 05, 2022 5 - Doomben 0.10 Jaden Lloyd
    Dovetail Diva Dec 18, 2021 2 - Eagle Farm 0.50 S T Collett
    Beltaria Nov 17, 2021 4 - Doomben 0.20 Jaden Lloyd
    Nicci Trix Oct 30, 2021 10 - Eagle Farm 4.30 Jaden Lloyd
    Shajaea Sep 12, 2021 6 - Sunshine Coast 2.50 Jaden Lloyd
    Shajaea Aug 29, 2021 3 - Sunshine Coast 1.50 Jaden Lloyd

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