P.O. Box 114, St Pauls, NSW 2031, Australia

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Shogun Lodge
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Thorn Park
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and story

A young Bob Thomsen at the track
with sons Jamie and Matthew

R.H Thomsen was an apprentice and then a jockey for a period of nine years. He was foreman for the legendary T.J. Smith for another nine years before setting up as a trainer in 1976.

Since then he has trained 24 GROUP 1 winners.

Midstream Lodge houses a maximum of 35 horses. This ensures each animal receives the care and individual attention which is the hallmark of the prosperous and well run stable.

Being based at Randwick Racecourse, horses enjoy training facilities that are widely regarded as being the best available and which help to lay the foundation for a successful preparation.

An examination of the major performers to come from the stable demonstrates that whether sprinter, middle distance performer or stayer, all achieve their full potential under the guidance of this meticulous and patient trainer.

The stable policy is to use the best when it comes to jockeys. Those regularly engaged over the years include D Beadman, R.S. Dye, G. Boss and C. Munce.

The stable has had great success in preparing horses for overseas based owners. Danewin, a winner of $2.3 million, is a classic example.

Danewin

A notable training performance in recent times was to get the very average performer Zinders to win a GROUP 1 race and run 2nd in another.

Major winners selected by R.H. Thomsen as yearlings include:

Avon Angel, Adeewin, Card Shark, Danewin, Nova Edition, Regal Native, Shogun Lodge, Silk Ali, Slight Chance, and Zinders

Bob Thomsen retired as a trainer in April 2012.


Shogun Lodge winning the Listed
Canonbury Stakes on debut
at Randwick 3-10-98

Media takes the Listed
Gimcrack Stakes on debut
at Randwick 2-10-04

A steady stream of top performers have emerged from Midstream Lodge over the years....

Adeewin Silver Shadow Stakes (GII), Moet & Chandon Stakes (GII)
Avon Angel

Rosemount Classic (GROUP 1), 11 wins

Bianco Lady

Perth Cup, Sandown Cup, Frank Underwood Cup, 5th Melbourne Cup

Card Shark

Villiers, Prime Ministers Cup, All Aged Stakes amongst 15 wins

Danewin
  • Syndicated at a record price for an Australian bred stallion.

  • 5 GROUP 1 wins and $2.3 million in prizemoney

  • Champion Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, Doomben Cup, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, Hobartville Stakes, 2nd in AJC & VRC Derby and represented Australia in the Japan and Dubai Cups.

  • Also ran the 2nd fastest 2000m ever recorded in Australia (only bettered by Vo Rogue)

Danleigh

GII QTC Sires, GIII AJC South Pacific Classic, 2nd GI TJ Smith, 2nd GII STC Ajax Stakes

Good Vibrations

Long standing Randwick record holder at 1400m

Grey Receiver

Stradbroke Handicap, 2nd Doomben Ten Thousand

Jymcarew

Listed Gosford Guineas, G1 Canterbury Guineas

Lady Mulan

GII Light Fingers, GIII Adrian Knox and $733,000 in prizemoney

Media

GII Magic Night, GIII San Domenico, Listed Gimcrack, 2nd G1 Galaxy, 3rd GI Golden Slipper

Nova Edition 9 wins
Regal Native Epsom Handicap
Shogun Lodge

GI George Main Stakes, GI Epsom Handicap, GI Queen Elizabeth Stakes, GII Pago Pago Stakes, GII Tulloch Stakes, GII Hollindale Stakes, GII Canterbury Stakes, GIII Skyline Stakes, GIII Spring Stakes, 2nd GI Doncaster (2001-02), 2nd GI VRC Derby, 2nd GI AJC Derby, 3rd GI Golden Slipper and $4.6 million in prizemoney

Silk Ali

Hill Stakes, Sandown Cup, ran in Hong Kong Invitation

Slight Chance

The only filly in the last ten years to win 6 GROUP 1 races - VRC Oaks, QTC Oaks, Flight Stakes, Storm Queen Stakes, Castlemaine Stakes, QTC Sires and $1.9 million in prizemoney

Thorn Park

GI Stradbroke, GII Hobartville Stakes, GII Phar Lap Stakes, GII Premiere Stakes, GII BTC Cup and $1.5 million in prizemoney - 9 wins from 22 starts

Zinders

Castlemaine Stakes, 2nd Champion Stakes.

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