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INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
THE QUIET ACHIEVER
A Queensland breeder has cracked the lucrative Hong Kong market and is going from strength to strength on the international scene.
Jim Buchanan, better known to most of us as the manager of Global Medi-vet, founded Coolbadah Farm at Beaudesert fifteen years ago.
Jim had the foresight to immediately start negotiations with the Asian market and Coolbadah was specifically designed to target the Hong Kong racing scene.
“I just thought it would be a good market and would go very, very well,” said Jim.
And he was right.
Coolbadah Farm has a great reputation in both Hong Kong and the Phillipines, with their yearlings highly sought after by buyers from both regions.
Jim also has half a dozen racing partnerships with Hong Kong owners and is keen to expand even further in that area.
“We’ve done a lot of work to get where we area,” said Jim.
“It’s all part of our grand plan that’s come together very well and proving very successful.
“It’s a very lucrative market the Asian market.”
But their international rein doesn’t stop there.
Coolbadah just tasted further success at the prestigous Karaka Select Yearling Sale in New Zealand last week. (pictured)
Their cracking Dubawi colt, out of Mlada, went to Magus Equine Ltd in Hong Kong for $200,000 – one of the sale toppers and the highest priced Dubawi.
“We decided to take the punt and send him to New Zealand because the bloodstock agents said he would be popular there,” said Jim.
It was an exciting Karaka Carnival for Jim with the Queensland-bred two year old Green Wings lining up in New Zealand’s richest race, the Karaka Millions.
Green Wings is by Dr Green, a promising sire who Jim is a major shareholder in and stands at his neighbours property, Secret Hill Farm.
“He drew barrier 12 and was caught three wide and just had nothing left by the end of it and then pulled up shin sore,” said Jim.
But it didn’t take the glow of Jim’s success at Karaka and he wouldn’t hesitate in returning if he ever got the opportunity again.
In the meantime, Jim will continue to grow Coolbadah’s business in Hong Kong and the Phillipines, with regular business trips to forge and maintain good relationships.
And that can only benefit all Queensland breeders, by boosting our reputation as a top thorougbred nursery.
BRISBANE BLOODSTOCK SALE
Buyers had a field day at the Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling and 2yo Sale yesterday with classy yearlings sold for rock bottom prices.
136 lots were catalogued in the Yearling section, with 110 going under the hammer for an average of $8,177.
13 were withdrawn and a further ten were passed in.
The top lot was a Dane Shadow colt presented by Gainsborough Lodge, knocked down to Gold Coast trainer Alan Bailey for $60,000.
The Yearling section of the sale grossed $899,500.
It was down considerably on last year, when 113 lots averaged $9,570 for a sale gross of $1,081,500.
In the 2yo Session, 13 lots were catalogued, with one withdrawn and two passed in.
The ten that sold averaged $4,280 for a sale gross of $42,800.
A Court Command colt offered by Burwood Stud attracted the most interest, eventually going to Phoenix Park for $15,000.
DAZZLING THEM DOWN SOUTH
Eureka Stud sire, Red Dazzler (pictured) is continuing where he left off last season when he was named Queensland’s Champion First Season Sire.
His impressive young galloper, Kuchinskaya, won the 2yo Handicap over 1100m at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse trained bay filly had a terrific run from the inside gate.
With Nash Rawiller on board, she jumped straight to the front and crusied to victory.
The Queensland-bred winners kept coming at Eagle Farm:
Race 2: XXXX Gold Handicap 2yo 1200m – Craiglea Tequila (Frisco View)
Race 3: Sky Racing Hcp 1830m – Noble Jester (Show A Heart)
Race 7: Lyndhurst Stud F&M Quality HCP – Crystal Doll (Falvelon)
DON’T FORGET
We know it’s a busy time of year – particularly for those preparing for the March QTIS sale - but don’t forget to secure your place in the 2012 Queensland Stallions Directory.
If you would like to promote your stallion in this highly sought ater magazine (we are already getting calls from people eager for their copy!) contact Lisa 0402 490 501.
If you have goods or services related to the industry, you’ll find no better place to advertise than here, contact Stacey 0412 026 540.
Or you can download booking forms from our website www.queenslandbreeders.com.au
Bookings close March 30th.
FIGHTING HARD
Concerned residents in the Scenic Rim and across the Darling Downs are stepping up their fight against Mining Encroachment and Coal Seam Gas Production.
The TBQA has been warning property owners in these regions of the mining threat for more than two years. Unfortunately our warnings were falling on deaf ears.
In the latest development, the State Government legislation providing a two kilometre buffer zone between mines and homes, looks like being abolished.
Following are some various short video links that have been sent to TBQA Mining Representative, Erica Bates, and may be of interest to you:
This is footage of Tara and what it has become in less than 2 years.  Unfortunately this is what farms in the Scenic Rim and on the Downs could look like if we don’t stand up and demand independent tests on our underground water and potential impacts of coal seam gas drilling NOW before any more such destruction occurs to the State.
This next link  is a piece from ‘The Land’, raising issues regarding chemicals in cattle:
With the Queensland election to be held on March 24, now is the time to air your concerns.
Protestors will converge on Acland Coal Mine next Monday, February 20th with all welcome to attend.