Kolora Lodge News
28 May 2013
VALERIE D'Amour, winner of the $100,000 Brisbane Town Plate at Doomben on Saturday, was broken-in by Kolora Lodge.
The three-year-old filly broke her maiden in fine style collecting $63,000 winner's cheque.
Trainer Barry Baldwin predicted a bright future.
"We'll probably send her to the paddock now for a break. She'll come back a really nice horse," he said.
Valerie D'Amour was broken-in by Kolora Lodge co-owner Peter McMahon. He's had a successful year breaking-in Magic Millions winner Real Surreal and a Dalrello Stakes winner.
We wish the connections of Valerie D'Amour all the best.
28 May 2013
KOLORA Lodge is very excited to have Helen and John Page as clients. We got a real buzz when General Exhibit ran a brilliant second at Doomben on 10,000 day.
We broke-in, pre-trained and spell General Exhibit, he is a part of the furniture at Kolora and it was brilliant to see him run such a great race on a feature day.
He has won over $100,000 in just 10 starts including 4 wins. There's no doubt another win is just around the corner for this three-year-old General Nediym gelding.
Helen and John are brilliant with horses and it's no surprise to see General Exhibit making it as one of Queensland's most promising gallopers.
We thank them for choosing Kolora.
22 May 2013
EVERYONE at Kolora got a real buzz when Sir Moments won the Listed $100,000 Dalrello Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Sir Moments was broken-in and educated at Kolora. He was part of the furniture here during his early development and we were so excited to have played a part in getting him to the track for his first win in a black type Race.
Steve O'Dea has done a brilliant job with him. Steve is a loyal client of Kolora and and top class trainer.
Steve said the horse will get better as the races get longer.
"He's going to be a really good three-year-old. The further they go, the better he will get."
Kolora Lodge is owned by Michelle and Peter Lang-McMahon. Pete does all the breaking-in and has a brilliant strike-rate. He also broke-in Magic Millions winner Real Surreal.
22 May 2013
REGULAR Kolora resident Belltone tuned up for a shot at the $1.3 million Stradbroke Handicap with a dominant win in the BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday.
The Kelso Wood galloper did his pre-training for this campaign here at Kolora.
He spent a few weeks on the aqua walker and was put through his paces on our training track.
Jockey Chris Munce said he was a live chance in the Stradbroke.
"That was a really good win. He’ll certainly be competitive in a race like the Stradbroke."
Everyone at Kolora sends out a big congratulations to connections.
15 May 2013
FORMER star two-year-old and Kolora visitor Doubtfilly bounced back to form with a gutsy win in a Class 6 Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The three-year-old who ran fourth in the Golden Slipper has been out of sorts recently, but showed she still has plenty of class with a win over the carnival.
Doubtfilly has spent a fair bit of time on the water walker and has spelled at Kolora previously as she prepares for campaigns.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said he was confident more wins were in store.
"She's not a big filly, but she's in great shape and she can go on with it now."
15 May 2013
THEY say it's impossible to win first-up after two years off.
Well, our favourite horse at Kolora - Benny's Buttons proved them wrong at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Months on our Aqua Walker and pre-training track paid off when Benny's Buttons stunned the racing world to win first-up for 22months in a 1000m open handicap on BTC Cup day.
Benny's Buttons is owned by Kolora Lodge and will now be set for the Eyeliner Stakes at Ipswich before being freshened for the Melbourne Spring carnival.
He'll travel down with Kolora's other star, Real Surreal.
It's been a remarkable recovery by Benny. He suffered a suspensory injury then when he was back on the recovery trail he fractured a splint bone which forced him back to the paddock.
Most thought he wouldn't make it back, but at Kolora we knew he would.
"He's such a special horse," said Kolora and Benny's Buttons' part-owner Michelle Lang-McMahon.
"We had him on the water walker and just built him up slowly and bit by bit we got him ready to return to Kelso Wood's.
"Hopefully we can have more success this winter and head to Melbourne for the spring."
Wood has done a brilliant job with Benny's Buttons but he turned praise back on Kolora.
"The owners deserve the credit. They've got a wonderful facility at Kolora Lodge and they got this horse back to the track. He was fixed when he came back to me," Wood said.
"He was going well and I thought he could race well, but you just don't after so long off."
Benny's Buttons has now won over $230,000.
23 April 2013
KOLORA Lodge won the race, we won the bonus and we won the case!
Real Surreal, our winner of the $2 million Magic Millions has kept the race and all prizemoney, including the women's bonus, after stewards dismissed an objection by the owner of Greytfilly.
Greytfilly is raced by Suzanne Donnellan, referred to as Suzanne Hendricks in the ownership papers of Greytfilly.
She went to great lengths to try to hide her identity from us during the stewards inquiry, but we were found to have not breached any rules and remained open to who we were throughout.
Real Surreal is raced by Kolora owner Michelle Lang-McMahon, her mother Glenys and our longest serving employee Holly Williams.
Michelle's husband Peter broke-in Real Surreal and is a key part of the team.
"We're excited it's all over. It was disappointing we were put through all of this. The legal bills were quite expensive but we knew we had nothing wrong and the stewards found that way," Michelle said.
"It's amazing to think we own and educated the horse who has won the biggest individual prize cheque ever in Queensland."
"I'm really proud of Pete, he has done so much with this horse from an early age and especially Kelso Wood who is a brilliant trainer."
The key evidence for stewards to consider was the stipulation made by Magic Millions that for a horse to be eligible for a slice of the $500,000 bonus money, it had to be 100 per cent owned or leased by female owners and it had to be done by October 6. Stewards found no wrongdoing on the part of any horses or connections.
We didn't breach any rules.
Greytfilly remained out of the prizemoney pool
23 April 2013
Leading Melbourne mare Spirit Song has been freshened-up for a title at the Queensland Winter Carnival at Kolora Lodge.
The winner of the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley two starts ago was transferred to Kelso Wood for the winter after she ran in the Queen Of The Turf at Rosehill a few weeks ago.
Her trainer Aaron Purcell, has commitments with jumpers in Warrnambool.
Spirit Song has been freshened up on the Aqua Walker and looks a million dollars!!
It’s exciting to have so many carnival horses around our property at the moment. A few weeks ago another star mare left Kolora in great shape for a winter campaign in More Strawberries who is raced by John Singleton.
23 April 2013
We're very excited to have Matthew Dunn as a client at Kolora.
He's a trainer going places and we are happy to be part of that.
Promising three-year-old In Bangkok has looked really strong on the Aqua Walker and is ready to go into full work at Murwillumbah.
We've liked the look of him and he could be a player in the Winter Carnival.
3 April 2013
Our Magic Millions star Real Saga will be set for the spring carnival.
Owned, broken in and educated by Kolora’s Michelle Lang-McMahon Real Saga gave us our biggest success when she won the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January.
We’ve elected to give her a three-month spell after such a busy two-year-old campaign.
Real Surreal will be set for the $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
"She’s in the paddock and we’ll give him good grounding on the aqua walker before he goes into Kelso’s and is set for the spring," said Michelle.
"She is in super shape. We just wanted to give him a really good break."
We’ve all got our fingers crossed for some spring fun.