Government cops both barrels from QLD breeders

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Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President Basil Nolan has slammed the State Government for its inaction in providing assistance to the struggling racing industry.
Mr Nolan said the dismal results at this week’s Magic Millions March Sale proves the Queensland racing and breeding industry is going backwards.
“The continued Government inaction is crippling our livelihoods,” stated Mr Nolan.
“Every other sale in the country is improving and this Sale has gone backwards.”
The clearance rate was a disappointing 69% compared with 71% last week and the sale gross was just $5,541,000 compared to $6,209,500 in 2013. The top price was just $105,000 with last year’s being $170,000.
The decline definitely is related to a lack of prizemoney because the quality of stock sold through this sale is second only to the prestigious Magic Millions January sale.
“Everyone involved in racing and breeding has been saying for the past decade that the State Government needs to put some of our own money back into racing and give us more prizemoney or we will wither and die,” said an angry Mr Nolan.
“Our future is in their hands. They’re getting plenty out of the industry and give nothing back.”
The TBQA had put a proposal together to improve Queensland’s prizemoney and following what seemed like positive negotiations an announcement by the State Government was expected prior to the March sale.
“They keep making promises and don’t deliver,” said Mr Nolan.

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A cracking colt by former star Magic Millions graduate Magic Albert is heading to a leading Melbourne stable after topping the 2014 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.
The colt offered by Kenmore Lodge late in the afternoon was knocked down for $105,000 to the Victorian based partnership of Dream Thoroughbreds and Bluegrass Bloodstock.
Over the two day sale more than $5.5 million was traded on 258 lots sold at an average price of $21,447, up slightly on last year’s auction.
The clearance rate today grew on yesterday’s tough opening session. The rate for the sale rounded out at 69 per cent, down on last year’s 71 per cent.
“It was very much a selective and polarising market,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “There was very healthy competition on the better lots.”

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One of Queensland’s top trainers, Kelly Schweida, was recognised for his outstanding results from last season.
Kelly was awarded the 2012/13 3yo QTIS Trainers Premiership after earning $152,000 with nine QTIS wins for the season. Bryan Guy was second on $125,000 closely followed by Robert Heathcote with $124,000.
Kelly’s consistent galloper, Discreet was the best performed QTIS 3yo with four wins and $87,000 in bonus prizemoney.
Kelly was presented with a mantle clock and complimentary entry into the Magic Millions Race Series thanks to Magic Millions.

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Almost two hundred people turned out on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the Meet and Greet Welcome BBQ at the Magic Millions March Sale.
TBQA President, Basil Nolan, and Magic Millions CEO, Vin Cox, thanked the guests for supporting the Sale and praised the vendors for the high quality yearlings on offer.
Racing Queensland Chairman, Kevin Dixon also addressed the crowd, confirming there will be some positive announcements for the industry in the months ahead.
The BBQ has become an annual part of the sale and provides a perfect opportunity for breeders, owners and trainers to mingle and network casually.
Thank you to Magic Millions for partnering the TBQA in hosting this event.
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In a bitter blow to the Queensland breeding industry the Chinese Government has banned all imports of Queensland thoroughbreds.
David Lucas, of Lucas Bloodstock had recently inspected 160 horses and selected 87 to be imported to China.
Unfortunately that contract can no longer be filled. David has just received a call from the Director of the Agriculture and Science Department in Beijing advising that all imports from Queensland and Northern NSW are banned due to concerns about a virus.
The Department won’t elaborate any further.
David has advised the Queensland Agriculture Minister, John McVeigh and Racing Minister, Steven Dickson of the situation and he is also making further enquiries with China.
The focus for QTIS was on the Gold Coast this weekend with the $85,000 QTIS 3yo Handicap whetting the appetite of buyers leading into the Magic Millions Sale.
Architect (pictured Dan Costello Racing) took out the event, but ironically isn’t QTIS eligible so collected just $32,000 instead of the $56,500 that a QTIS winner would receive. QTIS graduates placed second and third and as a result collected $17,000 instead of $10,000 and $8,500 rather than $5,000 thanks to the QTIS bonuses.
There was a total of $117,000 in QTIS bonuses available on ten races across Queensland this week.
Prizemoney more than doubled from $10,000 to $22,000 at Beaudesert, Mackay, Toowoomba, Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast.
Eagle Farm and Doomben offered $25,000 and $27,000 respectively thanks to the QTIS bonuses, compred to $13,000 prizemoney events.
$5,000 in QTIS prizemoney was added to the $12,000 on the Maiden Plate at Roma and Atherton’s Maiden Handicap was boosted from $6,000 to $11,000 thanks to QTIS.