Geoff & Maureen Duryea

Gemaura, 1-27 Cemetery Road
Corowa NSW 2646

Geoff:         0427 331 016

Maureen:   0427 331 873

Here we will endeavour to place any stories of interest, updates on our strike rate and other happenings within the stable

Robert BrooksToday we said farewell to a beautiful man, Robert Brooks.

Robert was a very special friend to us. He was introduced as a part-owner and as time passed became our accountant. His knowledge was invaluable and he was a generous mentor to Maureen in our business. He went on to become a stable stalwart, having an interest in many horses over the past 25 years.  (Some notable ones listed below.)

He had a genuine interest in the bloodstock catalogues when they arrived, and was a keen student of conformation when attending Sales with Geoff. Wonderful stays in Glenelg with Dawn and friends for the Magic Millions sales in Adelaide, will always be memories held close to our hearts.

We will always be grateful for Robert's friendship to all of our family, as he was a true gentleman, loved a chat about life and enjoyed a good wine with family and friends.

Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories, but lasting imprints in our hearts.

R.I.P. Mr Brooks

 

Challenge Accepted, Dawn Recital, Disrupted, Gino's Shout, Gino's Whisper, Gorki, Greipel, Grey Bolero, Grey Commanche, His Worship, Marchello, Stacey Lee, Szyslak, Waitaha Prophecy

SDRA 3YO Of The Year 2015 16

Geoff and Maureen travelled to Wagga on 25th November to attend the SDRA annual awards night. We had been advised that our promising 3YO, Challenge Accepted, was a finalist in the 3YO of The Year Category. Part-owners Bruce and Sandra Corcoran accompanied us to "enjoy the ride".

From his 7 starts in the 2015-16 year Challenge Accepted had won the MTC Guineas Prelude at Wagga as well as his first start at Albury. He was placed in the metro area when he ran 2nd at Moonee Valley. He also finished 2nd in the 3YO Albury Guineas and ran 4th in the SDRA Championships against much older horses.

He has earned almost $63,000 in a very short time and we are excited about his future.

Challenge Accepted has owners in Perth, Melbourne, Cobram, Corowa, Tallangatta, Wodonga and Albury, so his wins are celebrated far and wide, and heartily we might add!

 

Greipel wins Snake Gully CupA wide barrier, a hard track and tough trip weren’t enough obstacles to stop Greipel taking out the Snake Gully Cup (1400m) at Gundagai on Friday.

The Geoff Duryea-trained gelding had to do most of the bullocking work in the $70,000 feature, but still proved too strong to hand apprentice jockey Brock Ryan his biggest career win.

Ryan, 22, was thrilled with Greipel ($8.50), who withstood a late charge from Chief In Command ($7) to win by a half length.

“I drew the wide alley and was always going to need a bit of luck,” Ryan said. “It just worked out that one went forward pretty quickly and I could follow him across and get a nice run into the race.

"The horse is a genuine wet tracker if you look at his form, but done a great job coming back to this hard track and a tight-turning track.

“It was a tough effort by the horse”

It was a rare yet successful trip to Gundagai for the Corowa-based Duryea.

He was worried when the track was upgraded to a Firm 2 after the first race, but it didn’t seem to bother the five-year-old.

It was the first time Duryea had set a horse for the race, with the increased prizemoney an extra incentive.

He thought Ryan finding a position up on the speed was the key.

“I was pretty worried about the firm track but he dug deep and that is all I can ask,” Duryea said.

“I thought we could (win) but when the track got upgraded it really worried me, but he has done us proud.”

Greipel will now head to the paddock for a spell.

Thanks to Laura Hardwick, The Daily Advertiser.

Marchello July 2014 Wagga
Geoff trained Marchello’s dam Dawn Recital, a Desert Sun mare who had the looks and ability, but unfortunately hormonal problems that didn’t allow her to reach her potential.

Geoff recommended the owners breed from her and Marchello (Chello) is a massively strong horse that looks the part and has raced consistently with a strike rate of 22% wins and 54% placings.

Chello always goes onto the track as though he is in a show ring, neck arched, quite proud of himself......and so he should be.

  • 83 starters
  • 1st – 17
  • 2nd – 12
  • 3rd – 8 
  • 20.5% wins
  • 44.5% placed

Rosy leans down for a kiss from AbbeyWaitaha Prophecy, known far and wide as Rosy, has endeared herself to every stable visitor. Kids that visit go straight to Rosy’s yard and she has such a gentle nature, she leans down so they can reach her for a pat. Yes it may be her grey colour that stands out in the first instance, but they all keep coming back to her yard.

Geoff selected the Rock of Gibraltar filly as a weanling and Rosy has proven to be an ultra reliable, strong mare that has been the heart and soul of the stable for some years.

See Rosy in the Gallery

 

Greipel a winnerGreipel was selected by Geoff at the Inglis Ready to Race Sydney Sales as a 2yo. He was quickly given the stable name of Nugget, a small snitzel.

Greipel is by the sensational sprinting sire Snitzel out of Lotto Rock. This breeding, and the fact that as a 2yo he was already following his sire’s ball of muscle build, seemed the perfect coupling to be named after the German sprinting legend of cycling, Andre Greipel. Andre rides for the World professional team Lotto Soudal and is a ball of muscle himself, sometimes nicknamed the Gorilla. Greipel (the horse) has shown the same true grit as Greipel (the cyclist) in many photo finishes. Both have spirit, but are professional gentlemen.