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Bruce Brown rates Black Magic one of the best horses he has trained.
At Eagle Farm on May 11, Brown will test that theory when he enters Black Magic (pictured Dan Costello Racing) for the Group One BTC Cup (1200m).
“She can break 22 seconds for her last 400 metres in trackwork and I’ve always felt she was among the best horses I’ve ever trained,” Brown said.
The filly, by Royston Stud sire Longhorn, ($8.50) lived up to Brown’s high opinion when she clinched a hat-trick of wins in Saturday’s Juanmo Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm with Ric McMahon aboard.
“I like to space her races three weeks apart and the BTC Cup will fit into that timing,” he said.More details…
Fantisha (pictured courtesy Dan Costello Racing) took the first step towards a Queensland Oaks start after surviving a protest to win the Princess Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Fantisha, by Plaintree Stud sire Conatus and ridden by Tim Bell, was forced to race three wide for the majority of the race before clinging on to win by a nose.
There was a dramatic aftermath when Michael Hellyer, rider of runner-up Catalonia lodged a protest for interference in the last 150 metres.
“When I got to the 100 metres Tim Bell has crowded my mount and I had to straighten up and she’s got going again only to be beaten a nose,” Hellyer said.Story Here…
Lyndhurst Stud’s Champion Sire, Hidden Dragon continues his impressive run overseas.
His latest international winner came on Wednesday, when his Dragimova took out the Hong Kong Jockey Club Jardine Handicap over 1200m.
The 4yo gelding (Hidden Dragon x Jetonova) has been very lightly raced by Hong Kong trainer K.L Man and has had two wins from just eight starts.
And they’ve been significant wins, amassing $783,750 in prizemoney.
It’s just three weeks until a series of important seminars will be held across Queensland.
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia representatives will outline the proposed Research and Development Levy which will impact all broodmare and stallion owners.
A charge of $10 per mare returned per season payable by broodmare owners and $10 per mare covered per season payable by stallion owners has been proposed.
It’s to help fund research on mare health, exotic diseases, preventing conformation deformities in foals and various other projects.
There will be four 90 minute seminars in Queensland –
Tuesday May 14th at 7pm at the Beaudesert Hotel
Wednesday May 15th at 10.30am at Clifford Park Racecourse, Toowoomba
Wednesday May 15th at 7pm Caloundra Powerboat Club
Thursday May 16th at 7pm at Callaghan Park Racecourse, Rockhampton
Light refreshments and drinks will be provided at each seminar. If you would like to attend please contact the TBQA office or 0412 026 540 by Monday May 12th.
Plenty of information about the Levy will be distributed over the coming months and you can find out more on this website
Almost half of this week’s QTIS bonus prizemoney has been returned to the kitty for future allocation.
Of the $149,000 up for grabs, only $84,500 leaving $64,500 unclaimed because the placegetters were not QTIS eligible.
There were six $10,000 QTIS bonus races this week.
Vo Heart (pictured courtesy Dan Costello Racing) ran away with $18,050 in first place prizemoney in the QTIS 2yo Maiden Plate (division 1) at Doomben on Wednesday thanks to the $7,000 QTIS bonus. Blazen Felt added $2,000 in QTIS to the $3,400 second place and Alondra earnt a total of $2,700 for third place, $1,000 of which was QTIS.

This week’s QTIS results here…

Champion First Season Sire, WRITTEN TYCOON , has been sold and will return to stud in Victoria this spring.
The sale arose from a disagreement regarding the placement of Written Tycoon, who was relocated last year to Eliza Park’s new Queensland operation.
Eliza Park’s CEO, Cameron Croucher, was obviously reluctant to see the stallion go but wishes the new syndicate the very best of luck.
“Written Tycoon has been an extremely popular stallion and deservedly took out the Australian First Season Sires’ championship in 2011/12,” Croucher points out.
“Therefore, we were determined to give Queensland breeders access to the stallion last year when we established that arm of the operation … particularly given that he was foaled in that state and two of his three stakes winners have been trained up there.
“It was important to show Queensland breeders our commitment to the state so, with the blessing of shareholders, we sent up one of our leading lights in Written Tycoon.
“And, although a sizeable number of Victorian breeders took up Eliza Park’s lucrative package deal to transport their mares there and back, the controlling interest in the stallion determined that Written Tycoon wasn’t getting the support in Queensland and thereby initiated the auction.
Rockhampton celebrated a busy weekend with the return to racing at Callaghan Park on Saturday and the CQTBA Capricornia Sale last Sunday.
Since its reconstruction just over two years ago, Callaghan Park’s course proper has been flooded twice but has recovered well.
Rockhampton chief executive Garry Armstrong said there are still some issues to address but the meeting was a morale-booster for all concerned.
Connections of locally trained flyer Mythologist received the biggest boost when he defied running down in the $101,000 Capricornia 2YO Classic (1200m). The Lyle Rowe trained youngster completed a hat-trick as a short-priced favourite after two recent victories on his home track.
Mythologist (2g Hidden Dragon – Satellite Girl by Speeding Fine) was sold by Laurel Glen Equine (as agent) for $18,000 to part-owner Beau Gray at the 2012 Capricornia Sale. Only graduates of the Capricornia Sale are eligible for the following year’s 2YO Classic.

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