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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    Another strong winning display by Without Thinking last night in the CALOUNDRA SHOPPING CENTRE QTIS THREE-YEAR-OLD BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP 1600M at the Sunshine Coast, making it three wins in a row this campaign, after good victories at the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich....

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    A very fit, well trained mare given a wonderful ride was finally being able to break her maiden status at the Sunshine Coast yesterday. 6yo Dutch Delight, who had had 11 short distance starts and 3 trainers before arriving at Esprit Racing last year, was bursting to...

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    The last race is quite often the 'get out' stakes for punters, and no doubt Without Thinking was being relied upon to win yesterday at Ipswich at the short quote of $1.55. Given a great ride by jockey Michael Hellyer, there was never really any doubt as the classy son...

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    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Race Track Fields/Form
    Set Me Up Aug 07, 2021 3 Doomben Field
    Bronzed Venom Aug 07, 2021 2 Gold Coast Field
    Bronzed Venom Aug 07, 2021 4 Gold Coast Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Palaszczuk Jul 07, 2021 8 - Grafton 2.30 A Mallyon
    Without Thinking May 28, 2021 7 - Sunshine Coast 2.30 M Hellyer
    Dutch Delight May 23, 2021 3 - Sunshine Coast 3.00 Jaden Lloyd
    Without Thinking May 08, 2021 8 - Ipswich 1.30 M Hellyer
    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
    Palaszczuk Sep 24, 2020 1 - Ipswich 0.10 Jag Guthmann-chester

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