2020/21 Season: A stellar year including Group 1 success for Portland Sky


Yet another super year has closed for Matt Laurie Racing with 49 wins & 88 placings.

Portland Sky & Teo Nugent, Oakleigh Plate Feb 2021
Portland Sky & Teo Nugent, Oakleigh Plate Feb 2021

Undoubtedly the highlight of the year was the emergence of 3yo colt Portland Sky (by Deep Field) as a genuine sprinting star. Following Group 3 victories over 1200m in the Red Anchor Stakes at The Valley and Manfred Stakes at Caulfield, Portland Sky and jockey Teo Nugent recorded an incredible victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, dead-heating with 4yo WA mare Celebrity Queen.

It took a painstaking 4 minutes before the judges declared that they could not split the two, resulting in a memorable first Group 1 win for apprentice jockey Teo Nugent in what was his first ride at the highest level.

Portland Sky followed this with a gallant 2nd in the WFA William Reid Stakes (G1) at Moonee Valley, cementing his position as one of Australia's premier sprinters.

Earlier in the racing year in September 2020, Alfa Oro continued his winning ways with a fifth consecutive victory having scored 4 successive wins to June 2020. Alfa Oro has since been retired and he continues to reside at Carringbush Park.


Riddle Me That & Dan Stackhouse, Paris Lane Stakes
Riddle Me That & Dan Stackhouse, Paris Lane Stakes

Riddle Me That - also by Deep Field - followed his Bendigo Guineas victory in March 2020 with another stakes win, taking out the Paris Lane Stakes (LR) over 1400m at Flemington in October ridden by Dan Stackhouse.

Following a strong win at Moonee Valley over 1200m, 3yo filly Malicorne (by Akeed Mofeed) had two 2nd placings in stakes races; the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield and the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes over 1400m.


We are keenly looking forward to the next season and thank all of our dedicated staff and our loyal owners who continue to support our stable.

Please enjoy the below video which is a collection of our finest victories from the 2020/21 racing season, including Portland Sky's incredible dead-heat in the Oakleigh Plate.

Season Highlights 2020/21




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2020/21 Season: A memorable year including Group 1 success with Portland Sky

Yet another super year has closed for Matt Laurie Racing with 49 wins & 88 placings and victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate with Portland Sky 


Group 1 Success as PORTLAND SKY dead heats in the Oakleigh Plate & MALICORNE runs 2nd in the Angus Armanasco Stakes

Super three-year-old Deep Field colt PORTLAND SKY wins the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in a thrilling dead heat, while earlier in the day 3yo Akeed Mofeed filly MALICORNE runs a photo-finish second in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes. 


December 2020: A prolific month for Matt Laurie Racing with a 32.35% strike rate

Matt Laurie Racing has recorded its highest ever number of wins in a month; 11 from 34 races equating to an outstanding strike rate of 32.35%.  


September Success with a 24% Winning Strike Rate and Two Stakes Wins in October

A super past few months for Matt Laurie Racing with six wins from 25 starts in September, followed by Stakes Wins by Riddle Me That and exciting 3yo colt Portland Sky in October. 


2019/20 Season Highlights

Another super year for Matt Laurie Racing - watch our season highlights 


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