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.

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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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After a quiet winter period for the stable, things are starting to heat up at Esprit Racing! Impacted by the retirements of long term stable favourites Irish Constabulary and Mewstone Rock, and of course treading on egg shells during COVID-19, racing was fairly quiet...

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Just a few facts about the legend that was our Irish Constabulary who retired today: - bred by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud - by Flying Spur out of Irish Truce - born 25/11/2008 - bought by the eagle eyed John Symons for $85k at Magic Millions 2010 - raced first...

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Upcoming Runners

Horse Date Race Track Fields/Form
Simply So Oct 04, 2020 4 Sunshine Coast Field
Checkmate Lad Oct 04, 2020 5 Sunshine Coast Field
Hanazakari Oct 04, 2020 8 Sunshine Coast Field
Masawu Oct 04, 2020 8 Sunshine Coast Field
Bronzegate Sep 30, 2020 8 Gold Coast Field
Simply So Sep 30, 2020 7 Gold Coast Field

Recent Winners

Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
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
Checkmate Lad Oct 20, 2019 7 - Sunshine Coast 1.30 Ron Stewart
So Dapper Oct 13, 2019 5 - Sunshine Coast 1.00 Ron Stewart

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