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QUEENSLAND DOES IT AGAIN
Queensland bred gallopers took out half the program at Eagle Farm on Saturday with four separate studs featuring in the four wins.
It kicked off in the second race, the Timeform Handicap over 1600 metres for 3yo’s, won by the promising Bryan Guy trained Platinum State. Platinum State is by Glenlogan Park stallion Falvelon and made it two wins from his last three starts in town.
Former Oakland’s stallion, Break the Vault sired the winner of the next event, when Theft from the Tony Gollan stable won first up over 1000m. His impressive record now stands at 18 starts for seven wins, three seconds & two thirds with over $150,000 in prizemoney.
The good Queensland run continued as Clear Mountain Fairview’s consistent stallion Tycoon Ruler added to his ultra-impressive winners to runners ratio when the well tried Jet Style (pictured, Dan Costello Racing) won the fourth over 1400 metres for Downs trainer Donald Baker. This 6yo gelding made it his seventh win from just 26 starts with 11 placings.
Champion Lyndhurst stallion Sequalo added another win to his remarkable CV when his 7yo son, Bold Glance, won the Gumnut Furniture Handicap over 1500m, taking his career prizemoney close to $900,000.
MORE QTIS SUCCESS
You need no more reason to head to the QTIS sale than this:

Star Brisbane sprinter Buffering kicked away his spring campaign in Melbourne in style when he won Friday night’s Group Two AJ Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

One of the country’s best and most consistent short course performers, Buffering recovered from a sluggish start to lead for much of the race and hold off fellow Magic Millions graduate Ready to Rip.

At the post a half neck separated the recently announced Queensland Horse of the Year and the former Queensland trained Ready to Rip. Another three parts of a length back in third place was Thankgodyou’rehere.

Winning trainer Robert Heathcote described the win as “courageous.”

“He just fights every time he goes around,” he said after the win. “He is full of courage.”

Winning rider Hugh Bowman said he had plenty of anxious moments early in the race when the son of Mossman was slow to begin.

“Once he missed the start I thought I was in trouble.”

“I had to use him and then it took him a while to get back into a nice rhythm and he wasn’t in a good rhythm until the 800 metre mark which makes the win all the better.”

“Once he gave a kick on the turn, I knew they’d struggle to run him down,” Bowman added.

A deserved Group One win is now on the agenda for the outstanding performer.

“There’s a month to the Manikato Stakes and that was part of the reasoning of coming here.”

“It was only two weeks ago when I went to give him a gallop between races at Doomben that not only did I like that gallop but it was the way he pulled up – he was kicking his brand off, squealing and kicking.”

“I realised I had the horse more forward than what I initially thought and I still had four weeks to the Schillaci Stakes and I thought – how the hell am I going to get this horse to the Schillaci!”

“I didn’t want to give him a trial because it’s been a proven strategy for his last three preps which is to bring them to the races with a touch of freshness and his courage carriers him the rest of the way.”

“He’s going to take a lot of improvement out of that run – he is having a big blow.”

“He’s a special little horse. Horses like Buffering make trainers like me look god, you can make a mistake and they can cover for it.”

Buffering’s record, which includes four group race wins and seven group one placings from just 27 runs, takes in 10 wins and earnings of over $1.96 million.

The gelding has turned out an incredible moneyspinner for connections considering his purchased by Heathcote’s good friend, New Zealand based bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for just $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale.

A Racetree graduate, Buffering is by Success Express’ Group One winning son Mossman and is one of four winners for the 100 per cent winner producer, star Queensland mare, Action Annie.

A Sydney winning daughter of Anabaa, Action Annie is a half sister to the international stakes performers Don’t Go Crazy and Instant Strike.

Winner: Buffering
Breeding: Mossman-Action Annie (Anabaa)
Race: MVRC AJ Moir Stakes G2 (1200m)
Sold for: $22,000
Sale: 2009 Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale
Vendor: Racetree
Buyer: Paul Willetts
Earnings: $1,963,900
Owner(s): Mrs V Heathcote, S Krslovic, C Moore, R Ciobo, S Chipperfield, C Lord, Crafty Racing Synd, Aspariamo Racing Synd & B Harry
Trainer: Robert Heathcote (Eagle Farm)

OFF THE TRACK
Some of Queensland’s best racing stories and amazing feats feature in a new book that woud be the perfect gift for Christmas – Off The Track.
“This is a literary and sporting journey that deserves recognition. If you love racing, you’ll love this and I sense that the love of what is between the covers of this book will be the ultimate reward for its authors.” –Alan Jones
Carefully chosen from the racing lore found in Australia, New Zealand and around the world, Off the Track features compelling stories written, selected and meticulously honed by two brothers who are passionate about horse racing.
This book brings to life the very best and worst of the racing sport everyone’s come to love. You will witness first hand the spoils of losing a bet and the ups and downs of even the most talented of horses in an emotional rollercoaster of amazing but true stories.
This book exposes the “Puppet Master” in the biggest swindle in Australia’s racing history, reveals the real history behind “The Rocking Horse”, and tells the courageous story of a woman who lived her life as a man. From endearing personalities and conmen to the enlightening trivia and humorous names of horses, Off the Track has something for everyone.
Barry and Alan have memories for racing facts but can never find their car keys. Filled with dynamic short stories and original cartoons, they have written this book for people like themselves who have the attention span of a gold fish, but love the mighty thoroughbred.
Horse racing has been a life long passion for brothers Barry and Alan Wood. But it wasn’t until 2009, upon a friend’s suggestion, that Barry turned his lifelong interest in racing into a career opportunity. After Alan retired the two worked together to turn their dream of writing a book into a reality.
Barry and Alan were born in Brisbane, Queensland, attended two years of secondary education but shortly after joined the workforce at the early ages of 14 within the screen printing industry. Barry and Alan are now both married with children, living in Brisbane, and have a keen interest in painting and reading.
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BREEZE UPS
Over 235 clips of breeze ups held around the country in the lead up to the Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale are now online.

Recent breeze up sessions at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Seymour in Victoria and Warwick Farm in New South Wales have all been collated and can be viewed via the Magic Millions website.

A fourth and final breeze up session will be held on the eve of the sale at the Gold Coast on October 29. The sale will be held on October 31 and November 1.

A wrap on the three sessions held to date with statistics follows:

GOLD COAST
Breezed on: 17 September
Average Time: 11.18 secs
125 clips online

Quickest Breeze Ups:
10.24 – Kheleyf-Autumn Belle colt
10.39 – Strada-Bras Armee colt
10.42 – More Than Ready-Interfere colt
10.48 – Dehere-Classic Dom colt
10.50 – Dark Lord-Spinoff colt
10.55 – Shaft-Imperial Lady colt
10.59 – Strada-Especially colt
10.59 – Real Saga-Scatter Delight colt
10.64 – Real Saga-Shobelle colt
10.68 – Dubawi-Fairy Bride colt

A colt by first season sire Kheleyf set the benchmark during session one at the Gold Coast running his 200 metre breeze in a slick 10.24 seconds. From the draft of Attunga Stud, the colt, catalogued as lot 33, is a half brother to the Adelaide based stakes performer Shadrach. His dam Autumn Belle won four races in Adelaide before being retired to stud where she has produced three city performers from just five runners. Next in the fastest rankings were colts by Strada (ex Bras Armee, 10.39), More Than Ready (ex Interfere, 10.42), Dehere (ex Classic Dom, 10.48) and Dark Lord (ex Spinoff, 10.5). Overall during the session the 125 breeze up lots ran an average time of 11.18 seconds – just 0.1 outside last year’s average on a firmer surface.

SEYMOUR
Breezed on: 19 September
Average Time: 11.00 secs
87 clips online

Quickest Breeze Ups:
10.28 – Magic Albert-Dance Maiden colt
10.29 – Ready’s Image-Stage Revue colt
10.46 – Danehill Express-Marwell Lady filly
10.53 – Tale of the Cat-Mighty Atalanta colt
10.55 – Snitzel-Glamour Stock colt
10.56 – Pendragon-Lasting Change colt
10.56 – Canny Lad-Shasmecka colt
10.58 – Keep the Faith-Ilgatto colt
10.59 – Marmottan-Kindly Thoughts colt
10.64 – Vital Equine-Athenia colt

A colt by former top class Magic Millions graduate Magic Albert edged out a colt by first season sire Ready’s Image to be the quickest breeze up lot at Seymour on September 19. Lot 92, the Magic Albert colt is the second foal of the twice winning Danske mare Dance Maiden and he is a member of a quality Nolen Racing draft. The Magic Albert colt breezed up 10.28 – just one hundredth of a second ahead of the Ready’s Image colt, lot 333. A member of the Laceby Lodge Stud draft, the Ready’s Image colt is a half brother to multiple winner Stratum Force and hails from a Group One family. Overall 87 lots breezed at Seymour at an average time of 11 seconds in a great exhibition of galloping.

WARWICK FARM
Breezed on: 24 September
Average Time: 11.41 secs
24 clips online

Quickest Breeze Ups:
10.92 – Mossman-High Honour colt
10.93 – Bel Danoro-Iwannabelucky bay or brown colt
11.01 – Testa Rossa-Pure Beauty bay colt
11.06 – Dane Shadow-Pharonia bay filly
11.10 – Testa Rossa-Megara colt
11.12 – Zizou-Pinoshea gelding
11.13 – Snitzel-Revolutions colt
11.16 – Charge Forward-Amaretta colt
11.17 – Red Ransom-I Have No Fear colt
11.22 – Danasinga-Tre Prati colt

Rounding out the three original breeze up sessions was Warwick Farm on Monday with 24 lots breezing for the first time at the track. Two lots broke 11 seconds on a track which had good “give” – a colt by Mossman at 10.92 and a colt by Bel Danoro was 10.93. The day’s quickest breeze, lot 164 by Mossman is a half brother brother to the good class stakes winner My Middi from Baramul Stud’s draft. Lot 177, the colt by Bel Danoro, is the first foal of an unraced three quarter sister to Email Me, the dam of Latin News and from the family of Golden Slipper winning sire Marauding. A colt by Testa Rossa (11.01), a filly by Dane Shadow (11.06) and another colt by Testa Rossa (11.10) also impressed with quick times.

To view the complete list of breeze up times so far and links to their breeze up clips click here or follow the links from the homepage of the Magic Millions website.