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 very workmanlike but impressive win by Thunder Mania at Sunshine Coast over 1400m last night, one that put him into consideration for a Group 1 start in the JJ Atkins on June 6 at Eagle Farm. Ridden by Larry Cassidy, the colt was having his 4th start and looking to...

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An excellent return to racing by Thunder Mania as he started his autumn/winter campaign at Sunshine Coast today. At $2.30 in a field of 7, and continuing the stable's unlucky run of barriers by drawing 7, the 2yo colt flopped out of the barrier some 3 lengths behind...

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A simply stunning win by Simply So in today’s 1000m Benchmark 62 at Sunshine Coast! Stunning in terms of her visually exciting charge from virtually last on the turn with 59kg, and stunning in that she had never performed at her best on the slow track that confronted...

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Upcoming Runners

Hello SpiritJun 05, 20205Toowoomba Field
BeltariaJun 06, 20202Eagle Farm Field
Thunder ManiaJun 06, 20202Eagle Farm Field
So DapperJun 06, 20207Eagle Farm Field
So DapperJun 06, 20209Eagle Farm Field
Red River LadJun 03, 20202Doomben Field
Red River LadJun 03, 20203Doomben Field

Recent Winners

Thunder ManiaMay 15, 20203 - Sunshine Coast0.20L V Cassidy
Thunder ManiaApr 29, 20201 - Sunshine Coast0.50L V Cassidy
Simply SoMar 08, 20205 - Sunshine Coast0.30L V Cassidy
BronzegateFeb 26, 20203 - Toowoomba1.30Baylee Nothdurft
Thunder ManiaDec 18, 20191 - Doomben1.50Ron Stewart
So DapperNov 16, 20192 - Sunshine Coast3.30L V Cassidy
Mewstone RockNov 16, 20193 - Sunshine Coast1.80Ron Stewart
So DapperNov 05, 20195 - Sunshine Coast1.50L V Cassidy
Checkmate LadOct 20, 20197 - Sunshine Coast1.30Ron Stewart
So DapperOct 13, 20195 - Sunshine Coast1.00Ron Stewart

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