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There is now solid proof that the Queensland breeding industry and QTIS are at the top of the Australian market, following the results of the inaugural Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne last week.
This is Victoria’s select second-tier sale, equivalent to the March QTIS sale and the results are well below that of the Queensland event.
There were 200 lots catalogued in the Select Session which averaged just $13,479 with a top price of $70,000 and a clearance rate of 80%.
The General Session recorded an average price of just $6,189 on the 166 lots catalogued with a clearance rate of 74% and a top price of $36,000.
“It makes our Queensland results look outstanding and throws even more weight behind what Vin Cox and I have been trying to tell the Queensland industry for the past few years,” said TBQA President Basil Nolan.
Tallulah Downs’ Rod Oaten has been struggling to get the smile off his face this week – the boutique broodmare farm’s owner still on a high after cheering home Willow Magic to a Group One victory in South Africa last weekend.
One of the region’s best two-year-olds, Willow Magic raced away to an easy win over the odd-on favourite Red Ray in the prestigious South African Nursery at Turffontein.
Previously racing away to an easy maiden victory at the same track, Willow Magic is by Dubawi (IRE) (pictured) from the Tallulah Downs owned mare La Willow.
At just $825 a bargain online purchase for Oaten, La Willow is proving quite the goldmine – her three-year-old daughter Stunning Princess (by Shaft) also showing plenty of ability, flashing home for an eye-catching fourth at her Otaki debut in January.
Wattle Brae Stud sire, Exceedingly Good (pictured) has record his first 2yo winner.
The Dennis Heinemann trained Hallside Rose took out the QTIS 2yo Maiden Handicap at Caloundra onFriday.
The was just the second start for the filly, and her first run back from a spell, she previously placed a credible fourth in her first start, which was at Doomben in February.
Former Queensland based stallion Muzdaher was represented by his first winner at Townsville on Tuesday.
Simon Bon Rocket (2g Muzdaher – Bon Simone by Simonstad) settled midfield and finished too well in the straight to score by over a length for owner-trainer John Manzelmann.
The gelding defeated his more favoured stablemates Talk Tough (Zaha) and Rocket Billy Rebel (Monashee Mountain).
Muzdaher (Stravinsky) was a Flemington juvenile winner for Sheikh Hamdan and was stakes placed in the McKenzie Stakes and Creswick Stakes at Moonee Valley as a three year-old.
Venture On, by deceased Lucas Bloodstock Sire, Nothing to Lose, was the star Queensland performer at the State’s feature meeting on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Venture On (pictured, Dan Costello Racing) was too good for his rivals in the Class 6 Smeg Handicap over 1400m.
The 4yo gelding now has 4 wins, a second and two thirds from just twelve starts and has amassed $141,700 in prizemoney.
There’s plenty of happy owners around Queensland today, reaping the rewards of QTIS and thrilled to be part of the scheme.
There were 13 QTIS bonus races this week, with $126,000 extra prizemoney up for grabs.
In the $12,000 QTIS 2yo Maiden Hcp at Townsville, Simon Bon Rocket raced away with $8,500 on top of his $6,500 winnings, Talk Tough ran second and picked up a total of $4,300, with $2,300 of that QTIS bonus and Rocket Billy Rebel more than double his third place earnings thanks to the extra $1,200 QTIS bonus.
Regional levy seminars will be held across Queensland next week so that potential levy payers have a first-hand opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Thoroughbred Research & Development levy proposal.
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.
Thank you to those who have already rsvp’d we look forward to meeting you.