March 29, 2017
It will be a big day out for Todd and the connections of “Nick’s Vendetta” at Randwick on the first day of The Championships when “Nick” lines up in the $400,000 Country Championship Final at Randwick.
The horse earned a start in the final by finishing the closest of seconds in the Scone qualifier. Hailed the winner by everyone on track, including the race caller, the “Nicconi” gelding ran an enormous race, only being gathered in by the swooper “Caerless Choice” in the last bound. He has been a great performer for his connections by weighing in on eleven of his fourteen career starts so the trip to Sydney will be made with great confidence.
Hunter Valley horses have a good record in the Country Championship and the strength of “Nick’s Vendetta” Scone performance will make him super competitive at Randwick. A good performance will be a fitting reward for professionalism of Todd and his team.
March 21, 2017
“Magic Beneteau” proved that his last run was not an indication of his ability when he won the “Buy Turangga Yearlings to Win Class 1 Handicap” at Scone. The “Beneteau” gelding has now won two of his five starts.
With Grant Buckley on board the horse made a sustained run from the 600 meters and despite being pushed five wide travelled around the field to prevail by a half-length on the line. He recorded a very smart 33.85 seconds for the last 600 metres on a slow track.
You can watch “Magic Beneteau” win at Scone here
You can watch the race here.
March 5, 2017
In a stunning performance by horse and jockey, Nic's Vendetta has cemented his place in the Country Championships Final at Randwick on April 1, after finishing second in the Scone qualifier on Sunday.
Starting at healthy odds of $12, jockey Aaron Bullock positioned the son of Nicconi in third for a majority of the race, before taking him to the lead in the home straight. On an extremely rain-affected track, which was downgraded to a heavy8 the race prior, Bullock used the best part of the track and looked a winner close to home, however was pipped on the line by the unbeaten Caerless Choice. In an extraordinary finish, a mere 2 lengths separated 8 horses, with Nic qualifying by half a nose.
As expected, trainer Todd Howlett was elated with the run, when he caught up with Julianne Horsman from Racing NSW.
"It was a great run, he's such an honest horse."
"I'm thrilled. I've got a big group of owners here and they're already planning their trip to Randwick, it's great."
Jockey Aaron Bullock was equally-delighted with the performance and is looking forward to riding him in the $400,000 final.
"He's such an honest and tough horse."
"To do it at both ends is really tough and I knew he would go well and he handled the conditions great."
"I think he's a very underrated horse and his runs in Sydney have always been good against the same class of horses, so it will be a good final."
Bullock is no stranger to success in the Country Championships, being the first ever jockey to win two heats in 2016. He shares a special bond with Howlett, after completing his apprenticeship under him and riding his first winner at 17 years of age.
"Todd is a great person and it would be really special to win a final like that for him."
"These Championships are great for country trainers like Todd, to compete in the City."
Aug. 12, 2016
The very promising three year old filly “Lady Ioness” (Street Sense x Ioness) recorded an impressive first up win over a 1000m at Tamworth in the TJC Thanks You Garry Collins Maiden Plate. The two time barrier trial winner was ridden perfectly by Grant Buckley coming from ninth early to win running away by almost a length. The manner in which she saluted the judge provided a good indicator of a bright future on the track for horse and her connections.
The win continues to highlight the great association between Howlett Racing and jockey Buckley who has now ridden four winners and two place getters from his last ten rides for the stable.
Aug. 9, 2016
In what is becoming a habit for Howlett Racing trained horses “Dalmatia Prince” become the third successive winner to win by a nose for the stable. Having only his third start the “Denman” three year old, ridden vigorously by Jockey Grant Buckley, came down the outside to get home by the shortest possible margin and win the 1300m Oxley Island Thoroughbred Maiden Plate at Taree. The horse has now had and win and a second from his only three starts and the strength of his performance indicates that there are more wins in store.
Aug. 2, 2016
Howlett Racing pulled off a remarkable training performance when the six year old “Lightning Hugh” won by a nose at its first start at Cessnock. The “Henny Hughes” 6 year old won the 900 m XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap at Cessnock. The horse ridden perfectly by Alison Threadwell, who after a serious injury is on the comeback trail, peeled six wide on the turn to come from back in the field and get his nose down on the line.
Todd Howlett is fast becoming one of country NSW's most successful trainers. He is a member of a very exclusive club in that the very first horse he presented to the races, “The Moonster” won at Muswellbrook before winning at Canterbury, an achievement that is very rare indeed.
In the 16 years he has been training Todd has trained 300 winners and along the way earned a reputation for professionalism and an attention to detail which has resulted in the production of a steady stream of winners. He has become known for his quiet and respectful manner which is now reflected in the team of dedicated staff who attend to every horse’s individual needs.
This attention to detail, and a willingness to embrace new training technologies has allowed for the effective placement of horses across the full spectrum of thoroughbred racing.
Todd has tasted great success with horses such as “Star of Octagonal” who amassed close to a million dollars in prize money with a breakthrough win in the Group 3 South Pacific Classic at Randwick, the horse then backed up to win the Scone Guineas. The “Star” also went on to win the time honoured Rowley Mile at Hawksbury.
Todd has built his training facility from the ground up with every horse being afforded an opportunity to succeed in an idyllic environment where Todd follows a “hands on” horseman’s approach to preparation of his thoroughbreds.