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QLD SUCCESS CONTINUES
WEETWOOD TRIFECTA FOR LYNDHURST
Celebrations all round for Queensland, with Lyndhurst Stud claiming the trifecta in the $150,00 Weetwood Handicap, won by top Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan with Miss Imagica.
Confidently ridden by Nori Yamada, Miss Imagica (pictured Dan Costello Racing) overcome a torrid run three wide on the speed to race away and provide Nolan with his childhood dream.
“I’ve been training for 21 years and I’ve always wanted to win this race,” Nolan said.
“This is as good as it gets for me. I’ve trained a Group One winner with Laurie’s Lottery in the Doomben 10,000 but this is different, this means the world to me to win this race.”
Lyndhurst’s grand old sire, Sequalo then rounded out the place-getters as the Tony Gollan-trained Cariad ran home second and the Norm Hilton-trained Reilly Blue ran on well late to finish a long neck back third to complete a home town trifecta.
LUKE’S KARRAKATTA LUCK
Glenlogan Park’s outstanding sire, Show A Heart, has done it again, producing the winner of Western Australia’s biggest race, the $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate in Luke’s Luck.
A two year-old colt by Show a Heart, the Trevor Andrews trained Luke’s Luck (pictured www.perthracing.com.au )was ridden back in the field from a wide gate and finished with a wet sail to overhaul the leaders and win WA’s premier juvenile event by a long neck.

His trainer Trevor Andrews was delighted with the win and believes there are many more in store.

“I’m so happy, the extra 100m of today’s race was always going to suit him and we just needed a bit of luck from the barrier,” Andrews said.

“We gave him a good chance because they always go quick in the Karrakatta and he has a nice finish on him.”

Andrews was delighted for winning rider Shaun McGruddy and owner Craig Thompson.

“Our industry needs more people like Craig, I spent nearly three-quarters of a million on horses for him at the recent sales so it’s great to see him get something back.”

Andrews indicated Luke’s Luck is likely to continue on to the Sires Produce Stakes where he is likely to start a short-priced favourite.

Luke’s Luck was a $150,000 purchase for Mt Hallowell Stud from the Rheinwood Pastoral draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast and is the first foal of talented metropolitan winning Redoute’s Choice mare Red Queen, a half-sister to Group II winner She Will Be Loved.

A full sister to Luke’s Luck made $180,000 at the 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale for Rich Hill Stud where she was bought by Greg Eurell.

Luke’s Luck is the 16th stakes-winner for champion Queensland sire Show a Heart.

Glenlogan’s good day continued in Victoria when Falvelon 2yo, Velonski, won at Moonee Valley.
Trainer, Greg Eurell says a clean getaway proved to be the catalyst for Velonski’s gritty win in Saturday’s $70,000 Alternate Rail Handicap (1200m).
Velonski had won once and finished third at his other two starts leading into the Melbourne juvenile event.
Heavyweight rider Jamie Mott made the most of Velonski’s good beginning to position the son of Falvelon in the prime spot behind the leader before urging the youngster to improve nearing the home turn.
Velonski earned $42,700 for his first city win, taking his stakes tally to more than $62,000 from his four starts for his lucky owners the Hancox Bloodstock No.5 syndicate.
Other Queensland-bred winners this weekend include:
Morphetville Race 7: PRS Conveyancing 1200m – Glacial Miss (Iglesia out of Lion Hunter mare, Cougar Miss)
And at Eagle Farm
Race 4: KFC Hcp 1300m – Symposium (Clang)
Race 7: Get Noticed Hcp 1000m – G’day Old Mate (Sequalo)
This race produced a Queensland-bred quinella with Tycoon Tattoo (Tycoon Ruler) second
RACE FIELD DECISION GOOD FOR QLD
The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association will further step up its campaign for increased prizemoney in the Sunshine State following yesterday’s High Court Appeal ruling regarding race field turnover in NSW.
“I would like to congratulate our Federal body, the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and NSW Racing for this excellent outcome,” said TBQA President, Basil Nolan.
“The two NSW Racing Boards and in particular, Peter V’Landys, put a lot of time and effort into this case and have been justly rewarded. This will have far-reaching ramifications for racing nationally.”
The ruling means Racing NSW has the right to charge corporate bookmakers and betting exchanges a 1.5 percent turnover-based fee on the NSW thoroughbred racing product.
Mr Nolan said the newly elected Queensland Government now has the chance to put its money where its mouth is and ensure Queensland is looked after in a similar way to NSW.
“Queensland is already lagging behind in the prizemoney stakes, and we are about to fall even further behind with this ruling,” said Mr Nolan.
“We now have a perfect opportunity to generate a return from our industry and stop the exodus of owners and trainers to the Southern States.
In just twelve weeks time, Queensland Racing’s current agreement will be reviewed and the TBQA will be fighting to ensure racing participants get the best outcome – that is a similar turnover-based fee to that in NSW.
Mr Nolan hopes to have meetings with the relevant LNP Ministers as soon as possible to discuss the issue.
“Queensland has been neglected for far too long,” said Mr Nolan.
“This new Government now has the perfect opportunity to ensure we get an excellent return for our investment.”
YOU’RE INVITED
The QROA would like to invite you to their Winter Racing Carnival Cocktail Party at the Tattersalls Club, Brisbane from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday May 17.
It will be a fantastic night, with all proceeds going to charity.
There’s a lucky door prize of boutique wine worth $500, Alan Thomas will interview leading trainers and we’ll be holding a fundraising auction for Toowoomba jockey, Kristy Banks, who is facing life in a wheelchair after a racefall on New Year’s Eve. Going under the hammer is a beautiful, limited edition Black Caviar print signed by trainer Peter Moody. Magic Millions Director, David Chester, will be our auctioneer.
This will be a great chance to relax and network with others in our industry whilst enjoying quality canapes. There’ll be a complimentary drink on arrival followed by a cash bar. Men will need to wear a tie and jacket.
It’s just $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Send your cheque payable to QROA to:
PO Box 123 Chermside QLD 4032
or email
admin@qroa.com.au and advise when you have made a direct deposit to:
Queensland Racehorse Owners Association Inc.
Bank – BOQ BSB 124083 Account 12049857
Include your names and “Cocktail Party Payment”.
But numbers are limited, so don’t miss out. RSVP is Friday May 4.
CONGRATULATIONS
Magic Millions’ Sales Director David Chester has joined an illustrious group of Australians to recieve one of seven 2012 Australian Export Heroes Awards.
The awards, created just over ten years ago, recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to building Australia’s position and performance in international trade.
A long time Managing Director of the company, current Sales Director, and Australia’s longest-serving Bloodstock Agent, Chester has seen Magic Millions grow from humble beginnings to one of the top thoroughbred auction houses in the world, achieving outstanding export results.
“The award is great recognition for the entire team at Magic Millions,” Chester said. “We have worked hard over the years on expanding our company with an ever growing group of international clients.”
“Our graduates have quickly established themselves at the highest level of racing in many countries including South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea, Macau and China.”
The awards will be presented by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC on April 16.
Past recipients include The Wiggles, Peter Beattie, Sir Charles Court, Wolf Blass and Gina Rinehart.