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 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 1000 winning exploits with Bel Esprit, the sire of Black Caviar.

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.

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

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    “You ripper” was the call from Red River Lad’s owners after the gelding scored his maiden win at his 14th attempt, at the Sunshine Coast yesterday. After inexperience and waywardness cost him winning races earlier, Red River Lad had been most consistent of late,...

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    SET ME UP!

    SET ME UP!

    A marvellous win on debut by Set Me Up, a daughter of star sprinter Star Witness and gun staying mare Inaflury, a 3yo filly who was expected to find the 1000m of today's race too short against a couple of well credentialled speedsters. With two tearaway leaders...

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    Two words that were widely used today when So Dapper won at the Sunshine Coast, were "He's Back!" After an inglorious campaign last time in, his return run was very promising in town, and whilst the quick back up and rise in distance were far from ideal, an excellent...

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    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Race Track Fields/Form
    Dutch Delight Jan 31, 2021 7 Gatton Field
    Bronzed Venom Jan 26, 2021 7 Beaudesert Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Red River Lad Dec 27, 2020 4 - Sunshine Coast 0.10 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
    Thunder Mania Dec 18, 2019 1 - Doomben 1.50 Ron Stewart

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