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  ISSUE 223                                                                  26 May, 2014
The highly anticipated 2014 Queensland Stallions Directory is here!
The publication is so sought after, that the TBQA office has been fielding calls since January from breeders eager to ensure they receive their copy.
All TBQA members (who joined before May 10, 2014) will recieve a complimentary issue posted out to you as a thank you for your on-going support, so keep an eye on your mail box over the next week or so.
The 2014 Queensland Stallions features our top stallions, their performance statistics and pedigrees so that you have all the information you need for selecting the best sire for your mare.

If you’re not a member and would like a copy, we can organise postage for a small fee, simply contact the office on 0412 026 540 or

The publication will also be available at various distribution centres across the State from mid June.

Thank you to all the Studs who are always so keen to include their stallions in the publication and to the various trade and service organisations who take up this fantastic marketing opportunity. We are sure you will be thrilled with the response.
A huge congratulations to Scott McAlpine and his family at Eureka Stud for Saturday’s fantastic results in the Doomben 10,000. (pictured, Dan Costello Racing)
It was also a training triumph for Toowoomba-raised Tony Gollan when Spirit Of Boom edged out his stablemate Temple Of Boom by a half neck to win the feature event on Saturday.
The ‘Boom’ brothers were bred by Eureka Stud, with Spirit of Boom by Lyndhurst Stud’s Champion Sire, Sequalo and Temple of Boom by Piccolo.
Another popular Queenslander, Buffering, was a head away in third in a rib-tickling finish. For 35-year-old Gollan, it was the pinnacle of a career that started in the backblocks of Toowoomba.

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Once again there were plenty of chances to share in the QTIS prizemoney this week for eligible owners.
There was a $124,000 in QTIS bonus prizemoney available on 13 races across the State.
$37,000 was shared between the three placegetters in Townsville’s 2yo Handicap on Tuesday with winner, Craiglea Ivy (pictured) collecting $24,500 thanks to the QTIS bonus.
Rockhampton also hosted a $37,000 QTIS 2yo Hcp on Friday with Executed racing away with $24,500, $7,300 went to second place getter Maypole and Commanding Ruler scored $3,700 for third – all thanks to QTIS.
QTIS owners saw their dividends jump from $17,000 to $27,000 in two 2yo events at Ipswich and to $25,000 on the Gold Coast in the 2yo Maiden Plate.
Prizemoney more than doubled on Toowoomba’s $24,000 QTIS 3yo Hcp on Saturday thanks to the bonus scheme, at Gatton’s $22,000 QTIS 3yo Maiden Hcp, the Sunshine Coast’s 3yo Maiden Plate and Mackay’s 2yo Maiden Hcp.
Atherton, Aramac, Thangool, Beaudesert all had their QTIS races boosted by $5,000 and saw prizemoney more than double as a result.
Wattle Brae Stud principal Gary Turkington has successfully negotiated the purchase of Mahisara (pictured) and the Group winning son of More Than Ready (USA) will commence stud duties on the Darling Downs of Queensland later this year.
A magnificent Blk/Br. 5-year-old bred and raced by Kia Ora Stud, Mahisara was trained by Paul Messara to win seven races and over $500,000 in prizemoney from 23 starts. The highlights of his distinguished racing career proved to be successive triumphs in the Group 3 MRC Sandown Stakes (1400m) during two impressive Melbourne Spring campaigns, as well as a notable victory in the Queensland Winter Carnival’s coveted Listed Qld Tatt’s RC Australia Stakes (1400m) as a 2-year-old.
“We could not be more delighted with the purchase of Mahisara or in the fact that Kia Ora will be a partner in this outstanding young horse,” declared Turkington.
“This is one of the most exciting new additions to the Queensland thoroughbred breeding scene in years. I know that Mahisara has been one of the most sought-after young stallion prospects in training for quite sometime, so I am thrilled that we’ve been able to secure him for Wattle Brae Stud and broodmare owners in the Sunshine State.”
Turkington added: “The thoroughbred industry in Queensland has been doing it tough for a number of years but there’s a wind of change expected in the very near future. We’re confident a resurgence is about to take place in the state and I fully expect Mahisara to prove a flagship in a bright new era.”

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Queensland CANEGROWERS are seeking a 33% cut to electricity prices for all irrigators to save farm businesses and boost Queensland’s economy.
They’re asking for all producers to sign the petition below and forward to others.