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TBQA STEPS UP
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We would like to wish a warm welcome to all our new members who joined during the QTIS Sale.
Almost 100 breeders, trainers and owners joined the TBQA ranks over the two days.
Your membership is vital as we continue our quest to strengthen the breeding and racing industry by lobbying for ongoing improvements, particularly to QTIS and prizemoney in general.
Thanks to everyone, our new and old friends, who popped over to say hello to the various committee members at the TBQA Stand, have a coffee and share some stories.
A special mention needs to go to Stan Johnstone, Rob Luck and Tony McMahon for their tremendous recruiting efforts.
We hope you find your TBQA membership worthwhile and we look forward to seeing you at some of the other sales or in the winners circle throughout the year.
MOVING FORWARD FROM QTIS SALE
Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President, Basil Nolan (pictured) is urging breeders not to be too despondent following the weekends disappointing QTIS sale results.
“Breeders were heading into the sale with a very positive attitude on the back of the buoyant January Magic Millions Sale,” said Mr Nolan.
“Unfortunately, for some reason, the bottom dropped out of the market and it was one of the toughest sales we’ve seen for years.”
Regional Queensland buyers supported the sale very well, purchasing the same number of yearlings as last year, but spending $90,000 more.
Mr Nolan said it was a strong catalogue both on pedigree and presentation and vendors need to be congratulated on that, despite the disappointing results.
“We are always told we need to ‘meet the market’, but in doing so breeders are losing thousands of dollars and not making a profit,” said Mr Nolan.
“We need to take a serious look at the results of this sale and work our way forward so it doesn’t repeat next year.
“There is no doubt that through QTIS and the positive efforts of Racing Queensland, our State’s racing industry is getting stronger and yet these results don’t reflect that” said Mr Nolan.
The TBQA committee will meet with Racing Queensland and Magic Millions to discuss the disappointing sale and how it can be significantly improved next year.
The TBQA will also step up its campaign of lobbying the State Government for much needed increases in prizemoney which, when implemented, will undoubtedly lift the confidence of racing stakeholders.
CHARGE FORWARD TOPS QTIS SALE
A colt by Charge Forward made history on the Gold Coast on Sunday when he sold for $170,000 at the Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale.

The sale price for the colt,(pictured) catalogued as Lot 200, is the highest achieved at a QTIS Yearling Sale.

Bred and sold by Highgrove Stud, the colt is a half brother to Danny O’Brien’s Melbourne based stakes winning juvenile Excitable Boy.

Bidding kicked off at $20,000 and climbed quickly toward $100,000 before Magic Millions’ Barry Bowditch outbid clients of the Tony Sears stable to buy the colt for $170,000. More details…

SEQUALO COLT TOPS DAY TWO
A colt by top Queensland sire Sequalo topped the second and final session of the Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast on Monday.
On a day where the clearance rate improved from yesterday’s disappointing opening session, the Lyndhurst Stud Farm colt proved the day’s most popular lot when selling for $80,000.

A full brother to city winner Inventory and three quarter brother to stakes winner Holding, the colt was purchased by top Toowoomba based horseman Tony Sears.
Full Sale Results here…

TINTO TOP 2YO
The Rex Lipp trained, Tinto, by Eureka Stud sire Red Dazzler charged home from behind for an impressive win in the QTIS 2yo Plate on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Going Going Gone went into the race as favourite, after the son of Barham Stud sire, The Hammer, had strong wins and remained unbeaten from three starts.
He fought on doggedly alongside Total Authority, by Court Command, before Tinto found a late run and bolted down the outside to win the weekend’s feature event.
The QTIS programming continues to be a winner, with 16 QTIS races across Queensland this week offering a total of $201,000 in bonus prizemoney.
$163,100 was won, with the remaining $37,900 to be reallocated in future QTIS races.
CRAIGLEA DOMINANCE
It was another big weekend for Craiglea Stud producing a winning double on the big QTIS program at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Johnston family bred winner of race 4, the Australian Insurance Solutions (900m), which was won by Frisco Lights, by former Craiglea Stud sire Frisco View.
Then Craiglea dominated Race 6, the Carbine Club Stakes (1200m) when the Natalie McCaul trained Riverlad (pictured), by Craiglea sire, Top Echelon won for Ray Anderson.
CELEBRATING FIRST WINS
TANABOTA IS ONE TO WATCH
Woodwinds stallion Tanabota (pictured) moved off the mark with a brilliant debut winner at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday.
Tahoe City (3g Tanabota – Les Jeux D’Esprit by Mind Games) made short work of his rivals in his first start, scoring by 8.8 lengths in the Brisbane Brothers RLFC Maiden (1000m).
Trained locally by Bob Wilson, the gelding is owned by Rosa and Michael O’connor. They also have his older, full bother Sine Timore who already has 3 seconds under his belt.
It was a big weekend for the fledgling sire, he had five starters for a first, two seconds and two thirds. His only other two runners have also both placed, giving the sire a very impressive strike rate, bearing in mind he only had an extremely small first crop due to EI.
LUCK OF THE IRISH
 
Thursday’s Sunshine Coast meeting provided the first winner for former Rossvale Stud sire Irish Warrior.
His filly Amonute is a homebred for Hazel Park Thoroughbreds and she scored a runaway 8 length victory in the Pewsey Vale Maiden Plate (1300m).
ALL IN THE TIMING
We all know this industry is about luck and timing and all Wattle Brae Stud owner, Gary Turkington can do is smile at this piece of bad timing.
Dynamic Venture, by Get Squared out of No Mistake, led from barrier to box for a very impresive win in Singapore on Sunday night.
It’s a bittersweet result for Gary however, because he sold the half sister, by Court Command at the QTIS sale for just $30,000 only four hours prior to the race.
Court Command’s weekend blitz…
ONLY A WEEK TO GO
DON’T MISS OUT
Just NINE DAYS remains for your chance to secure your spot in Queensland’s most sought after Breeding magazine.
Production of the 2013 Queensland Stallions Magazine is now underway.
This is the ‘Breeders’ Bible’ and outlines Queensland’s best stallions, to help broodmare owners with the tough decision of where to send their mare.
Ten thousand copies of the magazine are distributed Australia-wide and it is the first Stallions publication released each year, at the start of June.
If you would like to advertise your stallion contact Lisa Frappell on 0402 490 501.
Trade advertisements are also available, so if you have industry related goods and services this is a perfect and well-priced way to reach your target market. For trade ad information contact Stacey Silver 0419 020 733.
But you’ll need to hurry as bookings close Thursday March 28th. Don’t miss out.
Download Booking Forms here…