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Former Racetree Stud Sire Hotel Grand has soared to the lead in the race for Queensland’s Champion Sire for this season thanks to yet another sensational Group win by his boom 3yo, Fiveandahalfstar.
The star Queensland-bred galloper had an all-the-way success against older horses in the Group One BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.
Fiveandahalfstar ($4.40 fav) became the first three-year-old since Grand Zulu in 2004 to win the BMW and the first Victoria Derby winner to come back in the autumn and take out Australia’s only 2400m weight-for-age Group One.Full Story…
Trainer Anthony Cummings bypassed last week’s Rosehill Guineas with Fiveandahalfstar in favour of the $2.25 million BMW (2400m) the same distance as next week’s Gr1 Australian Derby in Sydney.
Unfortuntely, Fiveandahalfstar has been withdrawn from the Derby following a fetlock injury during the BMW, reports
“This is an entirely unusual injury,” said Cummings.
“He has a sprained off fore fetlock – sort of like a sprained ankle – and we were hoping he would be OK for the Derby but the injury has not settled down quickly enough.”

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The 2013 QTIS Debrief has been hailed a success by Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President, Basil Nolan.
More than forty stakeholders attended the meeting at Ipswich Turf Club on Thursday, including breeders and vendors of the 2013 QTIS sale, racehorse owners and trainers.
Racing Queensland’s QTIS manager, Andrew Whitehead took time off his annual leave to attend and hear concerns first-hand.
Magic Millions showed their support and commitment to improving the sale and the state of the Queensland breeding industry by sending a large contingent of staff to the meeting including Managing Director Vin Cox.
It is interesting to note that the Magic Millions team thinks one of the biggest hurdles the Queensland industry faces is the negativity at the grassroots level.
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Banchory Stud is celebrating a winning treble this week.
Consistent sire, Seidnazar produced a winning double, with star performers at Goondiwindi and Rockhampton,while Markane had a Brisbane win thanks to Markout.
Promising 2yo La Mina, by Seidnazar, had a dominating win in the 2yo QTIS Maiden Handicap at Goondiwindi at the Easter Monday meeting.
Seidnazar backed that performance up with a timely win by Bynazar (photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin) in the $37,000 QTIS 2YO Classic (1200m) in Rockhampton.
Ridden by Luke Dillon and trained as well as partly owned by Leanne Applewaite, the gelding won his owners $24,500 in prizemoney, thanks to the QTIS bonus, in his upset win.
Banchory Thoroughbreds, will offer six Seidnazar youngsters for sale at the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday week.
Banchory’s other impressive victory was Markout, in the Ambassador Travel Class 6 Plate at Eagle Farm.
The gelding, by Seidnazar’s barn-mate, Markane, has now won his last two starts and heads into the Winter Carnival in good form.
Queensland’s Champion First Season Sire, Court Command continues to dominate in Hong Kong.
3yo gelding, Bullish Friend (pictured) had another impressive win at Sha Tin over 1200m on Easter Monday, making it three wins and a second from his past six starts and putting him in the lead in the International Griffin Series.
It’s yet another sensational result for Court Command.
The Wattle Brae sire continues to plug away, with nine individual winners from nine runners in the past fortnight alone.Full Story…

Yet another brilliant result for one of Queensland’s top stallions.
In the past four days, Eliza Park sire, WRITTEN TYCOON has produced three winners and a Group placegetter.
Drumkit was Written Tycoon’s sole runner on Thursday and a resounding winner.
He then recorded a Group placing with Masthead in Singapore on Friday.
That was followed by yet another city win for It Is Written at Moonee Valley on Saturday. It’s his fourth win at the track.
Not to be outdone, on Sunday, Stalwart Tycoon had a thrilling victory at the Sunshine Coast. Trained by Nick Flouskos, Stalwart Tycoon has now won two on the trot.
BC3 Thoroughbreds had to go to record $5 million to secure Black Caviar’s half-brother but the team was not going to leave Tuesday’s opening session of the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale without him.
The Redoute’s Choice colt attracted worldwide interest before the sale, with sheikhs travelling across the world to see him, before BC3 Thoroughbreds won a pressure-filled bidding duel for youngster, who is also a half-brother to triple Group I winner All Too Hard.
The syndicator’s sales and industry liaison manager Simon Marshall said the company would have gone to any lengths to win the contest to secure the stallion prospect.
“We weren’t going to get beaten. We weren’t going to be beaten for him,” he said.
The bidding started at $2 million before increasing in $500,000 lots until the auction reached $4 million. The battle for the colt continued at $4.2 million before jumping in $100,000 increments until reaching the final price.
RACING Queensland has today announced changes to the Brisbane Racing Carnival schedule pending the possibility of Black Caviar racing in Brisbane.
The official announcement is in support of the recent announcement made by the Brisbane Racing Club that the BTC Cup will be moved from Doomben to Eagle Farm to accommodate a larger number of patrons to the track.
Although a formal decision is yet to be made by Black Caviar’s connections whether she will race in Brisbane, racing officials have made the necessary adjustments to the schedule pending the decision.
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