Above: Magnus standing at Sun stud sire of All For St Pauls

Gaining her love through equestrian pursuits at a young age, this evolved to attending the races with her parents as a young girl, until she was old enough to own and breed her own racehorses.

The now retired County Court Judge, who is also a member of the Victorian Racing Tribunal had a thrilling win when a horse she bred, All for St Pauls, won at Sha Tin on Sunday. Trained by Frankie Lor, the gelding sired by Sun Stud sire Magnus, took the lead late in the race to win at 1400 metres.

A conversation in 2008 with Mornington Peninsular trainer David Brideoake, mentioned to Julie that if she wanted to start breeding, he had either a warmblood mare or a Thoroughbred mare that she could pursue her dream with.

Julie settled on the latter. The mare which David acquired for her So Enticing (Ice Point (ARG) x School Dance).

“I was still working at the County Court at the time David asked me if I wanted to begin breeding. She (So Enticing) arrived at Bombora and was a gorgeous looking girl,” Julie commented.

“Then came the decision as to who I should send her to. It was a choice between Written Tycoon, Magnus and Host. I went up to look at each of the stallions and it was decided when Host came and rested his head on my shoulder,” Julie laughed.

This foal turned out to be the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained gelding, Encanto.

Julie Nicholson and husband Bernie after Encanto winning the bet365 Maiden Plate at Kilmore Racecourse on May 17, 2018 in Kilmore, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

So Enticing was then sent to Sun Stud sire Magnus. So Enticing foaled down All For St Pauls at Bombora Downs, where he was prepped by the farm and then taken through the ring at the VOBIS Gold sale in 2018, where he was knocked down for $36,000.

Crown Park purchased lot 187, as he was known at that stage and named him Koepka. Koepka was trialled at Tatura, when he maintained the lead throughout the trial to win by half a length. Crown Park then sold the Koepka to Hong Kong where he was renamed to All for St Paul’s.

Julie was absolutely delighted to see All for St Pauls win at Sha Tin and couldn’t contain her excitement.

“I was on the phone, so I actually missed the race. But Bernie, my husband came running in, exclaiming, ‘He’s won’ and tears of joy just came rolling down my face!” Julie said.

“There is no thrill greater than seeing one of your own, get up and win and in Hong Kong,” Julie commented.

So Enticing has also produced a 2018 filly sired by Chatswood sire Reward for Effort and is due to foal down to Sun Stud sire Squamosa this season.

Due to her commitments to the Victorian Racing Tribunal, Julie has had to take a step back from owning and racing horses.

She is still very much involved with the industry through breeding horses. Breeding still gives her as big of a thrill as the one which captured her love for the game when she was a young girl.

Hoofnote: Crown Park made two purchases at the VOBIS Gold sale in 2018. The first was All for St Pauls and the second was Barocha, who was consigned by Rushton Park at the same sale. As of last week, Barocha was sold by Crown Park to Hong Kong.