A GREAT 2019

Well it’s nearly the time to enter the new decade and to reflect on what has happened in 2019.
It’s been a great year for Gordian Troeller Bloodstock. We have had three GR 1 wins ( one in conjunction and collaboration with Meah Lloyd Bloodstock). TECHNICIAN won the Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp, followed swiftly by BELVOIR BAY winning the GR 1 Breeders Cup Turf sprint and yesterday LADY PRANCEALOT ( whom I helped negotiate the deal for) won the GR 1 American Oaks.
So all in all 2019 is going to be a hard act to follow, especially as we have been unable to buy as many horses as I would have liked , due to crazy prices and lack of availability. However we have the likes of SILENCE PLEASE and LOVEISTHEHIGHERLAW waiting in the wings and I hope that SPANISH MISSION will manage to win a Group 1 at some stage of the year.
The December sales were disappointing as we only managed to buy one filly. Prices were very high for what was on offer
Anyway, I want to finish off this news with a great big THANK YOU to all our clients and especially Barry and Kathleen Irwin of Team Vaqlor ( also Jessica Berry) and DERON PEARSON.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our clients and a special thank you to  those trainers who have helped our purchases succeed during the course of this year


PILLAR MOUNTAIN who has taken a while to come to himself after some minor issues, ran a very brace race when winning a $ 96,000 allowance race at Belmont on Thursday. Way off the pace behind runaway leaders, he closed nicely and battle through a tightening gap in the last 1/2 furlong to win by a nose. On the gallop out he was pulling away from the field.,
This loger trip was definitely in his favour . He would have won more cosily had the runner up’s rider not deliberately intimidated him and tried to close off the gap that had appeared on the rail. I was surprised that no steward’s enquiry was held but I have ceased to understand the officiating both here and worldwide.
Still it was a nice win and I look forward to seeing him run in a Black Type race soon.


SPANISH MISSION which I sourced privately at the end of last year  just destroyed the field in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket July course.
Sent off as the 6/1 4th choice, Jamie Spencer bided his time, was relaxed and came through with a really strong run to collar runner up Nayef Road and go on to score by 4 lengths. The time was a new course record for the 1 mile 5 furlong trip.
It brought me great pleasure to see this horse win in such good style and I am delighted we managed to acquire him, and also that the owners have been patient with him. A step up in class is now on the agenda and it will be very interesting to see where the horse goes next.
Jamie Spencer gave him a peach of a ride and it was also a great training performance by David Simcock
Once again, congratulations to all involved.


CAPLA TEMPTRESS came back on Saturday uin an overnight stake at Delaware park and won very nicely. She was way off the pace and at halfway I gave her no chance, but she picked up well in her usual style and managed to pass all the opposition to win by a coy 1 length. It was nice to see her back on teh winning trail and her new connections will most likely bring her back to Graded Stakes company next time. She is not very big but is talented.
The next week looks slow in terms of runners but then we will have SPANISH MISSION and TECHNICIAN back in action and hopefully they will both step up again and win big.


After a couple of disappointing efforts since coming to the US, RAVEN’S LADY, whom I bought privately at the December Sales for Deron PEarson won a tasty  allowance race at Gulfstream Park in very good style. Settled way at the back of the pack she started her move coming around the final bend , an although she had to come 4 wide she quickened really well and won going away by some 1 1/2 lengths., Hopefully there will be  more to come now that she has her confidence back.


Whilst I was on holiday, a 2yo filly had sourced and bought for Team Valor after she had won her maiden, came out in a valuable nursery at Cork on Sunday. Carrying joint top weight, she came with a late surge and got up in the dying stages to win by a neck. A very good run considering that she was carryiong 8 pounds more than the 2nd and 13 or more pounds more than the 3rd.
On the strength of this win Team Valor and trainer Jessica Harrington are considering a tilt at the Gr 1 Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh on September 15th. A big rise in class, but this filly is still a bit green and the step up to a mile will definitely help./.
An exciting prospect.