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Topic: Juggler
Posted By: Ellas Ellas
Subject: Juggler
Date Posted: 02 Dec 2011 at 6:41pm
Perhaps not an all time great but without a doubt one of my fav horses won plenty of this bloke. He had that devastating burst of speed where he would blow rivals away in 3 or 4 bounds back in the 90's in small WFA fields. He just couldn't pinch that one really big race to seal his spot in horseracing's hall of fame. He was never the same horse after he came back from Dubai. He's now a showjumper, but he'll always hold a place in my heart.

Posted By: TIGER
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2011 at 7:04am
Great horse who i backed plenty of times,the 2 main races that spring to mind is the race he won with pacemaker and stablemate Gossips in it and when he ran 2nd to Octagonal.


Posted By: Second Chance
Date Posted: 05 Dec 2011 at 3:25pm
Truly talented and gutsy performer.
Race Summary: 60 Starts. 15-16-10 $AUS2,543,573 in Australia, UAE.

Posted By: Gettingbigger
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2011 at 1:14pm
Great memories of Juggler backed him for plenty in the Doomben Cup when he beat Doriemus and All Our Mob ,  have his racing plates from that race proudly on my bar room wall Thumbs Up

Say nothing once why say it again

Posted By: OneNightOnly
Date Posted: 09 Dec 2011 at 8:27pm
My enduring memory of Juggler is the day he failed to run us down at Warwick Farm in a 3yo 1600m midweeker. Bless him. Thumbs Up

Posted By: Ellas Ellas
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2011 at 4:59pm
Originally posted by Gettingbigger Gettingbigger wrote:

Great memories of Juggler backed him for plenty in the Doomben Cup when he beat Doriemus and All Our Mob ,  have his racing plates from that race proudly on my bar room wall Thumbs Up

That's right I remember that race and the Aus Cup against Octagonal where he just got mown down. And then there was the Cox Plate four way finish with All Our Mob, Saintly and Filante. Steven King who had never ridden him before rode him terribly that day. Boss or Cassidy would've got him home.

My fav memory is definitely (and I can't remember the name of the race) but it was over 1500m at Randwick or Rosehill and Filante was flying at the time, he must've been paying around $1.30 in the small field and FMD I could not believe my eyes but there was Juggler at the massive overs of 5/1. As they entered the straight Filante was bolting under double wraps in the lead but sure enough here was that paralysing finish of Juggler down the outside mowing him down and BOOM sure as hell he got up. It stands out as it was myself and two mates crouched around the TV and we were all on and we all knew he was going to get up even though he only just won. Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. Big smile

Posted By: Danewin
Date Posted: 18 Dec 2011 at 12:14pm
Amazing to think a horse like him who was not a "champion" would actually pretty much be a superstar or champion nowadays.
One can only imagine what would have been if horses like him, Filante and probably the most underrated horse of the last 30 years, Intergaze had of been around these days................

Posted By: Fair Embrace
Date Posted: 18 Dec 2011 at 7:04pm
I think he's actually eventing these days for Colm Santry of Coolmore, not showjumping.

Posted By: Ellas Ellas
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2011 at 4:49am
Originally posted by Danewin Danewin wrote:

Amazing to think a horse like him who was not a "champion" would actually pretty much be a superstar or champion nowadays.
One can only imagine what would have been if horses like him, Filante and probably the most underrated horse of the last 30 years, Intergaze had of been around these days................

Danewin my friend, I say it all the time, those were our wonder years, they just don't make horses like they used to. Back then you could have a bet on a Saturday and there'd be Juggler, Filnte, Octagonal, Nothin Leica Dane etc all in the one race! You just don't get that many quality horses in the one race any more unless it's like a Cox Plate or something of the like.

Posted By: TIGER
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2011 at 7:21am
Racing these days is much of it for a start and the quality has dissapeared.


Posted By: Gay3
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 3:22pm

Vale Juggler, one of the best

FEATURE - Vale Juggler, one of the best Juggler.
Article Author

Tara Madgwick

Brave, honest and blessed with Group I talent, Juggler was a horse remembered by many and loved by all so his passing just before Christmas is well worth the chance to re-tell his story and reflect on a life well lived - writes Breednet editor Tara Madgwick.

Juggler passed away on the Friday before Christmas at the age of 26, leaving behind his best friend Colm Santry, Nominations and Sales Manager for Coolmore.

"He was such an amazing horse in so many ways and it's great to see his story told, so people can reflect on what an incredible horse he was for his original owners including Peter and Helen Horwitz and then later for me as an eventer that took me all the way up to two star eventing," Santry said.

I have to confess, I have more than a casual interest in Juggler as he was in the Gai Waterhouse stable back in 1995 when I was a fulltime employee. I rode him work many times and as a young horse he was skittish, full of himself and very much a work in progress. Kevin Moses son Robbie was his regular strapper and work rider and he loved him more than life itself.

We took the horse to Hawkesbury one day, Robbie was strapping, Kevin was riding him and I was doing the race day saddle up. It was very hot and Juggler was having his second run back from a spell jumping from 1200 up to 1600 metres. He sweated up before the race and while he was well fancied, you had your doubts about whether this would really be his day.

Of course he won and we all left Hawkesbury that day thinking Juggler was a horse with more to offer.

Two starts later, he won the Group III Carbine Club Stakes, then the Group II Frank Packer Plate and then Gai sent Robbie and I off to Queensland on a road trip.

Juggler was second in the Queensland Guineas and won the Rough Habit Plate ending a successful three year-old season, but as we were all later to find out…it was but the tip of the iceberg.

Juggler went on to race at the highest level for the next four years, his overall record on retirement standing at 15 wins and 26 placings from 60 starts with prizemoney of $2.4 million.

Placed in three Doncaster's and just beaten on the line by Saintly in the 1996 Cox Plate his biggest wins came in the Group I George Main Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, Caulfield Stakes and Doomben Cup with Group I placings in too many races to name.

"He was such a brave warrior on the track and he raced in an era of the greats," Santry said.

"Many of his Group I placings were behind horses like Octagonal, Might and Power, Saintly and even Sunline, he was third to her in the Doncaster when she won it as a three year-old.

"He was also sixth in the Dubai World Cup won by Singspiel, he was just a phenomenal racehorse."

Retired to the paddock as an eight year-old, Juggler lived a life of leisure for two years at GT Park until Peter and Helen Horwitz decided to give the horse to Colm Santry.

"He spent two years living a quiet existence in a paddock, looking over his fence, before Peter gave him to me to turn him around as a Hunter where we whipped in for the Hunter Valley Hunt Club," Santry said.

"A horse like him, they just love to work and be out there doing something to challenge them. There is such a positive move now towards a more widespread re-training of thoroughbreds and finding other equestrian pursuits in which they can excel. Juggler was a great example of that."

Juggler and Santry became a high profile couple and popular combination at some of the best three day events in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, sporting the same colours the horse carried in his racing career.

"Complete strangers would turn up to give him a pat and want to talk to you about him," Santry reflected.

"He was a punter's dream and Juggler repaid them every Saturday he raced.

"He was like a rock star everywhere he went."

The transition from Group I winner to two star eventer was smooth.

"From the first day I had him he took to it really well under guidance from Equestrian coach Gordon Bishop," Santry said.

"Gai said after he came to me that he was a fierce competitor, and I didn't really take much notice because it sounded like something most Group I horses claim, but it was clear early on that he really was different and special. From his first day at pre-novice level in Scone, he knew he was in a competition, and how he always wants to be in front and be the best.

"He had a great temperament and action to succeed as an equestrian horse. He was very honest - whatever you ask him to do, he'll do. He's done that since I first put him over the jumps.

"There are not many horses that could canter down to a barrel with a log on it in the middle of a field and jump it clean. And, as he was a great racehorse, he's more naturally talented and athletic than a lot of horses.

"A lot of ex-racehorses are tried in equestrian sports and fail, but I would think there hasn't been a racehorse that has succeeded at Group I level like him and then do this well at eventing. It's testament to his character and temperament that he could do it. He was stakes-placed 40 times and Group I placed 16 times.

"I've got no doubts that if I'd got him sooner; he'd have gone to the highest level. You could never get him off the bridle no matter how many fences were put in front of him."

When advancing years brought the end of his eventing career, Juggler remained at Coolmore in the care of Lucy Roberts, who looked after, loved and adored him to the end.

"Lucy used to watch me working him in the evenings so it was a very natural progression when he blended into her special care," Santry said.
Bred in Victoria, Juggler was by far the best offspring of Northern Dancer sire Jugah (USA) and his New Zealand bred dam Kashalyn, whose two other winners failed to reach the heights of their famous sibling.

Exceptional in every way, Juggler was a lover of carrots and Guinness and a horse that brought joy to all who knew him.

Rest in peace old mate.

Experience is something you gain a few minutes after you could have used it!

Posted By: saintly96
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 4:12pm
Loved this bloke. Gave his all everytime.

Posted By: Gettingbigger
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 7:56pm
I  have his racing plates form the 96 Doomben Cup win proudly hanging on my bar room wall.
Thanks for all the memories.
RIP Champ.

Say nothing once why say it again

Posted By: acacia alba
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2017 at 8:05pm
A horse for all seasons.   Great on and off the track.   RIP  old champ.

animals before people.

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