Kolora Lodge News
3 April 2013
Kelso Wood's star duo Sizzling and Belltone have moved to Kelso Wood’s stable after being pre-trained at Kolora.
Sizzling is one of our favourites, he was educated here from day one and always spells at our farm.
The three-year-old is on track for the major sprint races, including the Stradbroke, during the Winter Carnival after he just went under in the $1 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m).
Belltone won the Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast last winter and will be set for similar races again.
Both have done pre-training at Kolora which includes the aqua walker and working on our track.
They are ticking along nicely.
3 April 2013
CONGRATULATIONS to Eagle Farm trainer Steve O'Dea who got everyone talking when he produced debutant Saga's Gift to win the Sky Racing Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus QTIS 2yo Maiden Plate at Eagle Farm on March 16.
The Real Saga two-year-old won by a whopping eight lengths.
It shows what a great trainer Steve is producing a horse so ready to race on debut.
Here at Kolora we took great joy in seeing the victory.
Saga's Gift spent plenty of time at Kolora preparing for this preparation.
3 April 2013
A BIG welcome to leading trainers Gillian Heinrich and Matt Dunn who are now using Kolora Lodge to prepare their horses each campaign.
The star trainers will make full use of Kolora's aqua walker and pre-training facilities before their horses go into their Gold Coast and Murwillumbah stables each preparation.
We're very excited to be working with both Gillian and Matt - they are the top of their trade and it's a pleasure to have their horses on our property.
Gillian and her husband Hoss came out to Kolora a few weeks ago and decided to start sending horses here. Peter looks forward to working with their lovely stables.
3 April 2013
JOHN Singleton's star mare More Strawberries is in training for the winter carnival after spending several weeks at Kolora Lodge
It's been almost a year since the winner of more than $800,000 has raced in Sydney under the care of Gai Waterhouse.
She left Kolora in perfect order and went to Kelso Wood’s Eagle Farm stable.
We were excited Singleton agreed to have her pre-trained on her comeback from an injury at Kolora.
The More Than Ready mare ranks alongside the likes of Tuesday Joy and More Joyous as some of Singleton's leading race mares.
She looks a million dollars!!!
13 January 2013
REAL SURREAL WINS MAGIC MILLIONS 2YR OLD CLASSIC
KOLORA LODGE WINS MAGIC MILLIONS!!!
KOLORA Lodge is in celebration mode this week after we won the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) with Real Surreal – a horse we bred, broke-in and educated.
Raced by Kolora Lodge part owner Michelle Lang-McMahon, her mother Glenys and stable manager Holly Williams, Real Surreal, settled off the speed before he powered home to win in the final strides.
It was a brilliant training effort by Kelso Wood and a perfect ride from Michael Cahill.
Real Surreal has now won three of his first four starts and more than $1.5 million after she won the Magic Millions women’s bonus for being all female owned.
The Real Saga filly will spell at Kolora with fellow star Sizzling before he is set for the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Fortunately for MIchelle, Real Surreal failed to attract much interest in the sales ring last year and was passed in.
``She was passed in, so we brought her back home and as they say, the rest is history,'' Lang-McMahon said.
The moment was just as special for Lang-McMahon's mother Glenys Lang and Kolora Lodge stable manager Holly Williams.
``It is the first horse Holly and I have owned,'' Glenys said.
``It's not about the money and it's just such a thrill to be involved in something like this.''
Wood has high hopes for Real Surreal.
``She will benefit from a good break and it's hard to say at the moment how far she will get but it would be nice to win The T.J. Smith again,'' Wood said.
Real Surreal's classic triumph was a just reward for Wood, whose horse Prince Regent was first past the post in the 1988 edition of the race before being relegated to second on a protest.
``It's been 25 years since I won and lost the last one, so I'm not going to lose this one,'' a jubilant Wood said after the race.
Michelle’s husband Peter did an excellent job breaking the filly in.
Here at Kolora, we are very excited to have our first major win on the big stage in our short history.
10 January 2013
LEADING Queensland award winning equestrian showring identities Peter and Michelle Lang-McMahon, between them Australian representatives at the 2008 Olympic Games and three World Championships, could be on the threshold of glory in a different horse field, that of racing with exciting two year-old Real Surreal.
Owners of Kolora Lodge, a boutique horse farm at Waterford between Brisbane and the Gold Coast offering breaking in, pre-training and spelling services for the racing industry, they are breeders and owners of Real Surreal, one of the most exciting performers among the current crop of Queensland 2-year-olds.
In the Hendra stables of Kelso Wood, one of Brisbane's longest serving and most respected horsemen, Real Surreal is a filly in the first crop of booming Glenlogan Park sire Real Saga (by Tale of the Cat) who came into calculations for Saturday's $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic when she stormed home from nowhere to succeed in QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
It was her second win in three starts, preceded by what seemed an impossible victory 'via the carpark' at the same course on November 24. She was last to the turn when third at Doomben on December 22.
Real Surreal is a half-sister to Benny's Buttons, a Refuse to Bend gelding, also raced by the Lang-McMahons and prepared by Kelso Wood, who won the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate and finished second in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas, and to a Danzero filly under Robyn Wise in this week's Magic Millions catalogue.
Real Surreal is the second runner for Stolen Beauty, a Mossman mare who won over 800m at Ipswich and placed at Toowoomba. She is a half-sister to STC Todman Slipper Trial winner Great Crusader and three other winners (two stakes placed) and from Gay Performance, a Bataan winner at two at 800m and 1200m.
Stolen Beauty was bred by the late Mim and Ian Hedley of Beaudesert.They were owners of hundreds of winners, including Cachondeo, winner of the 1970 Brisbane Cup and mid field at 100-1 later in the year in the Melbourne Cup.
The success of Real Surreal on Saturday has taken his sire Real Saga, one likely to have two runners in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, to the head of the First Season Sires' List on earnings and moved him into the top ten on the General Juvenile list. He has 12 yearlings catalogued for this week's Gold Coast sale. - Brian Russell Media
7 January 2013
KOLORA Lodge has a very exciting week ahead after Real Surreal, who was bred, broken in and raced by us, bolted in at Eagle Farm on Saturday to secure a start in the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions Classic.
Real Surreal is raced by Kolora's owners the Lang-McMahon family and was broken in at Kolora Lodge by Peter McMahon.
The talented filly is from the farm's mare Stolen Beauty who has produced a string of talented gallopers.
Real Surreal firmed from $26 into $16 for the Millions.
Trainer Kelso Wood said he was confident the filly would handle the seven-day back-up.
"She's the toughest horse in the stable so backing up won't be an issue," Wood said.
"When we went to get her out of her box to bring her to the races today she was eating her feed and she'll be looking for more when she gets home."
Real Surreal is also eligible for the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women bonus because she has an all female ownership group which is headed by Kolora co-owner Michelle and her mother.
Real Surreal will spell at Kolora after the Millions and begin winter carnival preparations on our Aqua Walker.
Fingers crossed Real Surreal can deliver Kolora our first Magic Millions win.
6 January 2013
REGULAR Kolora resident Sizzling will run in the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) after a strong campaign which included a win in the Mode Quality.
Sizzling spells at Kolora after every preparation and is pre-trained here before he goes into the stables of Kelso Wood.
Sizzling looked in first rate order when he won the Mode Plate last month before he was extremely unlucky in the Vo Rogue Plate last start.
Champion jockey Craig Williams is coming up from Melbourne to ride him in the big race.
He replaces Chris Munce who begins cancer treatment this week.
Muncey is a good friend of Kolora Stud. His family have a few horses that spend plenty of time here and we wish him all the best.
Hopefully Sizzling and Real Surreal can make Magic Millions a big day for our property.
6 January 2013
REGULAR Kolora Lodge visitor Power Of Ed smashed the class record in taking out the Winning Edge Presentation Benchmark 75 Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Helen Page trained galloper clocked a slick 57.57 seconds to secure the victory.
Power Of Ed began this preparation on our Aqua Walker before he went to Helen's Gold Coast stables.
Helen spells a number of her horses here at Kolora and begins their pre-training with a couple of weeks on the aqua walker.
It certainly looks like it assisted Power Of Ed. We were all very excited to see him win on Saturday.
6 November 2012
Melbourne Cup Day
Well, what a huge performance from Grey Assignment the race after the CUP [race7], it doesnt get better than this to watch all the cup horses in the parading ring, the hype of everyone Cup Day, we were getting so nervse but clearly Woody [Grey Assignment] had no idea he was at the biggest Race Day of his career, Trish, Kelso's foreman was looking after Sizzling and Woody while they were staying for Spring Carnival and did an amazing job!!!!! Woody was ridden buy Luke Nolan and rode him a treat and was beaten in a photo finish for 2nd, we thought we had it!!!!!!
Sizzling and Woody were flown home, Woody came straight home for a spell and Sizzling went straight to Kelso preparing him for the Group 1 Magic Millions for 3yr olds in jan.