Thank you for visiting our website, which has been developed for both existing and potential clients of Esprit Racing. It displays the operations of its thoroughbred racing business in Australia, showcasing the facilities and talents of highly successful trainers: 

John Symons and Sheila Laxon.

John and Sheila made the exciting move to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 after very successful careers, both individually and in partnership, in Victoria and New Zealand. The trainers are loving the Queensland lifestyle, and have built a very exciting team of horses for the coming years. We encourage you to Get On Board!

Whilst both John and Sheila are always keen to give you the most recent update of your horse, or to discuss welcoming you and your horse into the stable, this website also enables you and your family and friends to browse the site at your leisure and keep up to date. Regular posts will ensure you are kept abreast of all topics pertaining to your horse, including photos, videos and audio from your trainers.

Even if you are not an owner, you can become a Friend of Esprit Racing and keep up to date with all that is going on in the stable.

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A busy weekend for Kiriana culminated in a very impressive win over 1600m on the Sunshine Coast. The intention was for her to run over 1800m at the Gold Coast on Saturday, and we had been banking on rain falling during the afternoon to make the conditions perfect for...

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The recent decision to get Simply So onto a tighter track to ensure she gets a stronger race tempo paid dividends with an impressive win at the Gold Coast yesterday. The mare has a history of overracing in the middle of her races when the speed slackens, wasting a lot...

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A nice mention of Sheila and Ethereal from's Grace Ramage remembering the horses and women who meant so much to her as she grew up in racing:

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Upcoming Runners

Horse Date Race Track Fields/Form
Daintree Diva Nov 05, 2020 7 Ipswich Field
Beltaria Jan 16, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
Daintree Diva Jan 16, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
Set Me Up Jan 16, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
Thunder Mania Jan 16, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
Without Thinking Jan 16, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
Daintree Diva Oct 31, 2020 3 Gold Coast Field
Simply So Oct 31, 2020 3 Doomben Field
Bronzegate Nov 03, 2020 6 Doomben Field
Kiriana Nov 03, 2020 6 Doomben Field
Simply So Nov 03, 2020 7 Doomben Field
Daintree Diva Nov 03, 2020 1 Doomben Field

Recent Winners

Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
Kiriana Oct 25, 2020 6 - Sunshine Coast 0.80 Ron Stewart
Simply So Sep 30, 2020 7 - Gold Coast 1.00 L V Cassidy
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
Simply So Mar 08, 2020 5 - Sunshine Coast 0.30 L V Cassidy
Bronzegate Feb 26, 2020 3 - Toowoomba 1.30 Baylee Nothdurft
Thunder Mania Dec 18, 2019 1 - Doomben 1.50 Ron Stewart
So Dapper Nov 16, 2019 2 - Sunshine Coast 3.30 L V Cassidy
So Dapper Nov 05, 2019 5 - Sunshine Coast 1.50 L V Cassidy

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