Trish Collins, Tanya Simon, Judy Weinert and Elena Long at the Gladstone Turf Club.
Trish Collins, Tanya Simon, Judy Weinert and Elena Long at the Gladstone Turf Club. Luka Kauzlaric

Buying a winner horse puts women on the right track

STAKE Demolition is the standout in Sharon Thomsen's stable, but she doesn't get the star all to herself.

Thomsen shares ownership of the horse, referred to in the stables simply as "Moe", with several other women associated with the Gladstone Turf Club.

Thomsen suggested the idea of buying a horse to her friends 18 months ago to get them more involved in racing, and it worked a treat.

"I threw the idea out six months prior and I just wanted to get the girls interested and involved in the racing," Thomsen said.

"I unleashed the demons."

Moe was bought at the Magic Millions in July 2012 after the women did a lot of research.

"I narrowed it down and really looked at it and I got the one I wanted," Thomsen said.

The results speak for themselves - eight starts for two wins and a further four places.

The success has driven the group to go after more equine talent.

They bought Red Eric (three starts, one second) at the start of the year, and unsuccessfully chased another for their stables in the Gladstone Turf Club raffle.

"I just come down a few afternoons a week and help, I am now addicted," one of the women, Elena Long, said.