Weekend Hussler

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Weekend Hussler
Sire Hussonet
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Weekend Beauty
Damsire Helissio
Sex Gelding
Foaled 2004
Country Australia
Colour Bay
Breeder Arrowfield Stud
Owner Ms J Kewish, J Bath, Stoneworkz Racing Syn, Mrs S Rush, Mrs W Stewart, Mrs G O'Donoghue, Mrs L O'Connell, Mrs P Troedel, Ms J Stosius & Mrs M Moloney
Trainer Ross McDonald
Jockey Luke Nolen/Chris Symons/Danny Nikolic/Brad Rawiller
Record 21:12-1-0[1]
Earnings A$3,096,400[2]
Major wins
MRC Caulfield Guineas Gr 1 (2007)
VRC Ascot Vale Stakes Gr 1 (2007)
MRC Oakleigh Plate Gr 1 (2008)
VRC Newmarket Handicap Gr 1 (2008)
AJC Randwick Guineas Gr 1 (2008)
STC George Ryder Stakes Gr 1 (2008)
MRC Memsie Stakes Gr 2 (2008)
VRC Makybe Diva Stakes Gr 2 (2008)
MRC Underwood Stakes Gr 1 (2008)
Awards
Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year (2008)
Australian Champion Three Year Old C&G (2008)
Last updated on 8 October 2010

Weekend Hussler is a retired Australian Thoroughbred racehorse. He is a bay gelding by Hussonet out of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio).[3] He was foaled in 2004. Hussonet had been a very successful sire in Chile for Haras de Pirque where he stood for the largest fee of any stallion in the history of Chilean Thoroughbred breeding.[4]

Weekend Hussler won 9 of his 11 starts at three, including Group One wins in the Caulfield Guineas, Ascot Vale Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap, Randwick Guineas and George Ryder Stakes. In winning six Group One wins he equalled Kingston Town's Australian record for most in a single season. Weekend Hussler was named the 2007/2008 Australian Horse of the Year.

His first start as a four-year-old resulted in a second placing to the unbeaten Group One winner Light Fantastic in the J J Liston Stakes. Two weeks later he backed it up with his first win in the 2008-09 season by winning the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse, defeating Maldivian and Pompeii Ruler. A week later in the Makybe Diva Stakes (formerly the Craiglee Stakes) he won again, by 2½ lengths over Zarita and Littorio. In that event Light Fantastic suffered his first defeat to run fourth. Two weeks later, Weekend Hussler won his seventh Group One when victorious in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield over 1,800 metres, his first race past 1,600 metres. Two weeks later, he finished eighth in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Racecourse in his first attempt at 2,000 metres. Weekend Hussler then finished twelfth behind the British racehorse All The Good in the Caulfield Cup. His first run as an autumn four-year-old resulted in a fourth in the Lightning Stakes, his second run resulted in a fifth in the Australia Stakes. Injury concerns curtailed his four-year-old campaign and kept him out of racing during the spring as a five-year-old.

He returned to racing in February 2010 in the Oakleigh Plate, where he finished back in the field under the top-weight. Another injury (a torn off synovial pad from his off fore fetlock joint) was found after that race, and he was to miss the rest of the autumn. He returned to racing in October 2010 with a 10th placing in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington; however, his retirement was announced shortly after.

Race record[edit]

2007–08 Season as a Three-Year-Old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
4th 19 Aug 2007 3yo Maiden Sale NA 1208m 57.0 1:12.89 L. Nolen 1st - Aceland Street
Won 2 Sep 2007 3yo Maiden Cranbourne NA 1200m 57.0 1:11.65 C. Symons 2nd - Embracing
Won 19 Sep 2007 3yo Rst72 Sandown NA 1300m 57.0 1:15.94 B. Rawiller 2nd - Simplest
Won 30 Sep 2007 3yo Open Sandown NA 1400m 57.0 1:24.23 B. Rawiller 2nd - Viatorian
Won 13 Oct 2007 Caulfield Guineas Caulfield G1 1600m 55.5 1:36.42 B. Rawiller 2nd - Scenic Blast
Won 3 Nov 2007 Ascot Vale Stakes Flemington G1 1200m 55.5 1:08.95 B. Rawiller 2nd - Bel Mer
10th 10 Nov 2007 Emirates Stakes Flemington G1 1600m 51.5 1:35.98 D. Nikolic 1st - Tears I Cry
Won[5] 23 Feb 2008 Oakleigh Plate Caulfield G1 1100m 53.0 1:03.22 B. Rawiller 2nd - Magnus
Won[6] 8 Mar 2008 Newmarket Handicap Flemington G1 1200m 56.0 1:08.97 B. Rawiller 2nd - Magnus
Won[7] 29 Mar 2008 Randwick Guineas Randwick G1 1600m 56.5 1:36.30 B. Rawiller 2nd - Triple Honour
Won 19 Apr 2008 George Ryder Stakes Rosehill G1 1500m 56.5 1:31.72 B. Rawiller 2nd - Racing to Win
2008–09 Season as a Four-Year-Old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
2nd 16 Aug 2008 J J Liston Stakes Caulfield G2 1400m 58.5 1:24.83 B.Rawiller 1st - Light Fantastic
Won 30 Aug 2008 Memsie Stakes Caulfield G2 1400m 58.5 1:23.27 B. Rawiller 2nd - Maldivian
Won 6 Sep 2008 Craiglee Stakes Flemington G2 1600m 58.5 1:38.60 B.Rawiller 2nd - Zarita
Won 20 Sep 2008 Underwood Stakes Caulfield G1 1800m 58.0 1:49.68 B.Rawiller 2nd - Pompeii Ruler
8th 4 Oct 2008 Turnbull Stakes Flemington G1 2000m 57.5 2:02.44 B.Rawiller 1st - Littorio
12th 18 Oct 2008 Caulfield Cup Caulfield G1 2400m 57.0 2:27.45 B.Rawiller 1st - All The Good
4th 31 Jan 2009 Lightning Stakes Flemington G1 1000m 58.5 0:56.94 B.Rawiller 1st - Scenic Blast
5th 14 Feb 2009 Australia Stakes Moonee Valley G1 1200m 58.5 1:09.60 B.Rawiller 1st - Apache Cat
2009–10 Season as a Five-Year-Old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
11th 20 Feb 2010 Oakleigh Plate Caulfield G1 1100m 58.5 1:03.16 B.Rawiller 1st - Starspangledbanner
2010–11 Season as a Six-Year-Old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
10th 3 Oct 2010 Gilgai Stakes Flemington G2 1200m 58.0 1:08.20 G.Boss 1st - Hay List

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Weekend Hussler (Aus)
Sire
Hussonet (USA)
ch. 1991
Mr. Prospector (USA)
b. 1970
Raise A Native (USA)
ch. 1961
Native Dancer (USA)
Raise You (USA)
Gold Digger (USA)
b. 1962
Nashua (USA)
Sequence (USA)
Sacahuista (USA)
ch. 1984
Raja Baba (USA)
b. 1968
Bold Ruler (USA)
Missy Baba (USA)
Nalees Flying Flag (USA)
b. 1975
Hoist The Flag (USA)
Nalee (USA)
Dam
Weekend Beauty (Aus)
b. 1999
Helissio (Fr)
b. 1993
Fairy King (USA)
b. 1982
Northern Dancer (Can)
Fairy Bridge (USA)
Helice (USA)
b. 1988
Slewpy (USA)
Hirondelle (USA)
Not On Friday (Aus)
b. 1992
At Talaq (USA)
b. 1981
Roberto (USA)
My Nord (USA)
Market Heights (NZ)
b. 1986
Grosvenor (NZ)
Malarus (NZ)

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