A Force to be Reckoned With

Very smart three year old, FORCEABLE atoned for his very narrow defeat last start, with a fine two length victory at Seymour yesterday.

Running a slick, 58.22 for the 1000 metres, the son of Oamaru Force put the handy field away with ease.

John Ledger who is no stranger to a nice horse has had a lofty opinion of the gelding since day one and his faith is being repayed in large amounts.

FORCEABLE’s record is now five starts for two wins and a second and was ridden yesterday by Dale Smith, who must have really had to think about collecting the winning jockey percentage.

The horse will race through his grades, but the Ledger outfit have little doubt he will be racing in town before much longer.

FORCEABLE was a $6,000 purchase from Noor Elaine Farm at the Magic Millions Adelaide sale.

Tow Steps Ahead, a member of the Pacific Bloodstock broodmare band and who is closely related to Rainbow Quest, Scenic, Warning and Commander In Chief will visit Oamaru Force this coming breeding season.


Classy Halling mare, Twin Town foaled a lovely Stravinsky filly at New Zealand’s, Hallmark Stud on the weekend.

Her first foal, Gemini was second at her only start as a two year old in NZ last season after Trelawny Stud paid $210,000 for her at Karaka as a yearling. Great hopes a held for the daughter of Tale of The Cat as a three year old this season. Her next foal, a colt by Stravinsky has entered the Mick Price stable, while a yearling colt by Zabeel will be sold at Karaka next year. Das Machen a stakes winner of over $250,000 for Pacific Bloodstock is due to foal to Charge Forward shortly.


Pacific Bloodstock had a “red letter” day at Wangaratta on Sunday with its first ever quinella.
Churn and Burn trained by Mick Price and ridden by 4 kg claiming apprentice, Pat Moloney arrived late with a well timed run to claim the very brave Forceable by a half head, a further four lengths back to the third place getter. Forceable is trained by the father son partnership of John and Chris Ledger and was brilliantly and confidently ridden by Mark Pegus. Initially it was thought that Forceable had lasted, but the connections delight was soon replaced by that of their Churn and Burn counterparts when the the topweights number went into the frame. Pacific Bloodstock Managing Director, Mark Hoare was on track to witness the great race and stated that it was a surreal feeling of elation for the winners, and a tinge of sadness for the beaten brigade, likening to the famous Bart Cummings quinella in the Melbourne Cup when second placed Shivas Revenge protested against the winner, Let’s Elope. Cummings quipped, “I can’t lose either way”. Both Churn and Burn along with Forceable will tackle Country Showcase races at their next start, before hopefully embarking onto city class events.


A $6,000 purchase at the Adelaide Magic Millions sales a little over eighteen months ago paid dividends today in race one at Tatura. FORCEABLE was originally purchased as a ready to run horse, but after a mishap which preventing him going to the sale, Wangaratta trainer John Ledger, who had broken the horse in with the help of his sons Chris and Brad, put a team together to purchase 50% of the horse. Kerri Ledger, along with stable stalwarts, Tony and Margaret Seychell and Emily Pickett, wife of the late carnival guru, Tas,race the son of Oamaru Force with Pacific Bloodstock director,Mark Hoare. John has always had a nice opinion of the horse and today his faith was repayed with a handsome win. Look out for FORCEABLE in coming runs and if you would like to secure the next good thing, there are still some shares remaining in some wonderful two year olds. See the horses available section and feel free to contact us.


Handy Nadeem mare Nadhima raced for the first time as a four year old yesterday at Geelong running second. On the back of her most recent win at the track, she started a hot favorite but a tardy beginning had her further back than expected and she failed by less than a length in running down the Peter Moody trained Darkrai. Nadhima has now raced four times for two wins, a second yesterday and an unlucky third when going down on her nose from the gates on debut. A $30,000 purchase from the Magic Millions Horses in Training sale on the Gold Coast, Nadhima is evidence that you do not need to spend a fortune to race a winner with Pacific Bloodstock.