Given Time

  • Sire Civics
  • Dam Storm Blinka
  • Trainer Matthew Williams (Warrnambool)
  • Age 4yo gelding
  • Career 9: 0-4-1
  • Prize Money $30,660
  • Rating N/A

Following an impressive trial in New Zealand in late October and a referral from a professional trial watcher in Australia, we were quick to gain an option to purchase this Civics 3yo gelding, Given Time.

Given Time has untapped potential. He will be given every chance to succeed under the care of Chris Waller’s stables in Melbourne and Sydney.


Given Time is a well-built 15.3hh bay gelding. He possesses a fluent walk and is very balanced in his movements at both walk and gallop. As an early 3-year-old, he still has plenty physical maturing to come, however for his age, he already has a body with scope and substance.

The horse’s temperament is excellent.

Given Time was a relatively backward youngster who was given time to mature. He has had only the one trial, in which he was one of the fastest over the 1000m that day at Te Aroha. In the trial he was ultra-impressive after making ground from the 800m and finishing under a good hold. The trial showed him to be still relatively green, but possessing well above average talent.


Given Time is currently spelling and will head to Australia mid-late December. He will then go into work with Chris Waller with a view of being ready to race in March/April.  This lays a perfect foundation for him to be prepared for the Queensland carnival, where there are numerous races for quality 3-year-olds. By late winter, we will have a good idea about his overall ability and can plan his 4yo year according. While it is too early to indicate what level he might reach, all the indications so far are that he will reach stakes level.

As you would expect, Chris Waller was most impressed with this horse and was delighted to be asked to train him.


Given Time’s pedigree is relatively non-descript. His sire Civics (by Danehill) was a good racehorse. At stud, while Civics has produced a number of stakes performers, his overall credentials are only fair.

The dam’s side of this gelding is far stronger. It is a colonial New Zealand family with top stayers Zablinka and The Meista in the family of the second dam.

The family gives us strong confidence that Given Time will be able to get out to a journey of 2000m and beyond.




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