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QTIS COUNTDOWN
TWO WEEKS TO GO
The 2013 Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale is only two weeks away – March 16-18.
It’s the premier sale for Queensland breeders, with the cream of the crop offered from our best sires.
The yearlings are sought by some of the country’s best trainers, and plenty of graduates have soared on the track both nationally and internationally.
450 lots have been catalogued and potential buyers can inspect them from Thursday 14th March at the Gold Coast Sales Complex at Bundall.
There’ll be a special meet and greet at the Complex at 4.30pm Friday.
Racing Queensland and the Gold Coast Turf Club have put together a fantastic program of QTIS bonus races for the Saturday and the Sale will get underway from 11am on Sunday, March 17 with lots 1-225 going under the hammer.
On Monday, lots 226-450 will be presented from 11am.
EXCITED ABOUT QTIS
The upcoming Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale received an important stakes winning boost on Saturday when promising youngster Excitable Boy (pictured) won the listed Festival of Racing Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
A highly talented two-year-old, Excitable Boy was able to show his true colours in the listed event with a trouble free run, much different to his previous outing.
Trainer Danny O’Brien said feature juvenile races in Adelaide and Perth, including the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate, could be on the cards for the quality youngster.
“He’s a tough two-year-old and has got a few more runs in him,” O’Brien added.
Excitable Boy, a graduate of Ron and Debbie Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud in Queensland’s Darling Downs, was purchased by O’Brien for $75,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
XRAYS ADVISED
Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox is encouraging vendors of the 2013 March QTIS sale to provide X-Rays for their yearlings.
“We are hoping to get a greater presence of inter-state and international buyers to this sale and they tend to expect X-Rays ,” said Vin.
Vin stressed this is not a requirement by Magic Millions for yearlings to be accepted into the sale but it is certainly recommended if you expect to make a commercial amount of money (over $25,000) on a yearling.
“I would suggest to any vendors who believe they have a yearling that will make over a commercial amount we have found that interstate and overseas buyers like to see X-Rays,” said Vin.
Yearlings must be X-rayed within forty two (42) days of the sale with the film to be lodged in the Magic Millions X-Ray repository.
You are welcome to discuss the matter further with Barry, Paul or James on (07) 5504 1200.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Eliza Park Queensland sire, Written Tycoon (pictured) reached new heights at Morphetville on the weekend after his 4yo gelding, Tycoon Heights, had yet another dominant win.
Tycoon Heights (Written Tycoon x Global Heights) jumped well from barrier four with apprentice Thomas Sadler settling the horse third, just off the pace.
Sadler pushed the go button at the 400m to surge to the lead for a one length win over top weight Aeraise with Lady Lightfoot third.
The Adelaide Cup 11/3 (1200m) victory takes it to four wins from just six starts for Tycoon Heights, trained at Geelong by Andrew Dillon.
TOP ONE
Simon Miller’s masterful placement has been rewarded again, with exciting Helter Skelter mare Mia China Doll (pictured) dominating from the front and running away with the 1200 metre 0-74 sprint at Ascot last week.
The superfast 4 year old continues to impress Miller.
“The things she does at home, continues to amaze me. I’ll speak to Pat and we might take the blinkers off her now,” he said.
“People have to realise she’s out in the river every time she goes around.” (MCD hasn’t drawn inside 10 in her career)
Mia China Doll is the sole horse flying the flag for South East Queensland sire Helter Skelter.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBRE IN DIETS
Vet and equine nutritionist, Dr David Wood has written and interesting article about the importance of fibre in a horses diet.
Fibre is even more important for horses than humans because a horse is a herbivore, whose natural diet and digestive system is designed by evolution to eat high fibre foods exclusively.
Dr Wood says logically then, we should feed horses as much grass (or hay, or chaff) as possible and minimize other feeds. As a rule this is true, and will get the best results in terms of health and good digestive efficiency.
However, two factors prevent us from applying that totally natural system.
The first is energy. As soon as you ask the horse to perform work (including exercise or bearing a foal), his/her energy requirements increase, often above the level they can manage to extract from grass alone.
The second factor is grass quality. Even if the grass could provide enough energy, in this country it is very often short on other nutrients like minerals and trace elements.
If the fibre balance in the diet is out of whack, the horse’s whole world gets out of shape.
You can find out more, along with some practical suggestions on how to maintain the balance on the Horsepower website via the following link