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QLD TAKES THE OAKLEIGH
WOORIM WOES ‘EM
Woorim (pictured courtesy Wayne Ludbey)gave Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote his first Group One win when he came with a barnstorming finish to grab the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Show A Heart six-year-old, ridden by Damian Browne, was last in the big field approaching the home turn in the $400,000 1100m feature but unleashed a powerful finishing burst to get up in the last stride.
He beat Sydney filly Elite Falls in a photo-finish with another Queenslander, Facile Tigre, a close-up third.
Woorim was having his first start since finishing seventh to Albert The Fat in the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in November and Saturday’s first prize of $240,000 took him past the $1 million prizemoney mark.
“Group One, there it is, lovely,” Heathcote said.
“It’s a Group One, it’s the golden chalice for a trainer.
“We knew our bloke would come with a rush.
“He’s done the job today, what can you say?
“I’m as proud as punch.
“It’s just a dream come true.”
A graduate of the 2007 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Woorim is a son of leading Glenlogan Park sire Show a Heart and is raced by Ross and Judy Cutts.

“It’s a real thrill to get Rob’s first Group One,” Ross Cutts said.

Rider Damian Browne said the gelding was “flat the whole way” chasing the leaders.

“I knew he would hit the line hard but I was worried how much start I’d given them. Thankfully he really stuck his neck out.”

“It’s great for Rob to get his first Group One,” Browne added. “He’s been a great support during my career. To get that for him today is a great thrill.”

Glenlogan’s Manager, Steve Morley, was obviously just as thrilled.
“What an incredible feeling it is to watch a horse like WOORIM just mow them down,” Morley said.
“He is by our Champion Stallion, is owned by terrific people (Ross and Judy Cutts), was born, bred and raised on Glenlogan and is a terrific advertisement for everyone concerned.
“Woorim was presented for sale as a yearling in the Glenlogan Park draft of the March Magic Millions Sale and, with the QTIS Sale only a few weeks away, it is important for buyers to acknowledge the quality of horse that can be secured by this stallion, our farm and this state at that sale.”

Woorim is one of two stakes performers and four winners, from four to race, for the grand producer Wabble.

A five time winner and Brisbane winner in her own right, Wabble is a daughter of Canadian Silver and is also the dam of the group performed, six time winner My Limit.

ANOTHER QLD WIN IN SOUTH AFRICA
Oaklands Stud based sire Chateau Istana (pictured) was represented by his first stakes winner overnight when promising three-year-old Golden Chateau scored a boilover win in the R1 million Group Two Gauteng Guineas (1600m) at Turffontein in South Africa.

Sent out at 100/1, despiting being a winner and placegetter from just five outings, Golden Chateau was able to sit on the speed throughout and find the line strongly to win by a half length.

One of four runners in the race for the powerful Mike de Kock stable, Golden Chateau appreciated the addition of blinkers and found plenty under Derreck David.

“If a horse comes to the racecourse and he’s feeling well, he’s got a chance,” David told sahracing.com. “Whether it’s a 6/10 shot of 200/1, I ride them the same.”

The R1 million classic is the first leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown for three-year-olds and de Kock will now press onto the other legs including the 2450 metre Derby – a race which should suit the colt.

Golden Chateau was bred by Paul Thompson, the Hunter Valley based stud manager of Baramul Stud – the same farm which produced yesterday’s outstanding Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready.

Thompson offered the colt at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, where he caught to eye of Andy Williams and we secured the youngster for $7,500 through his World Wide Bloodstock operation.

Golden Chateau is one of eight winners produced by the American winning Deputy Minister mare Accent on Gold.

She is also the dam of the four time Melbourne winner and Ballarat Cup fourth placegetter Gold Attire, good kiwi winner Pinot Girl and the six time winning Macau galloper General Shek Po.

Another of Golden Chateau’s half brothers, the Montjeu galloper Mont d’Or, is also a multiple winner in South Africa having also been purchased by the World Wide Bloodstock operation.

Chateau Istana, a son of Grand Lodge, was a high cass galloper who won five races, incuding three at two. His best win came in the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

He is aready the sire of 16 winners and Golden Chateau is a member of his first crop.

Chateau Istana is represented by seven lots at next month’s Magic Millions QTIS Yearing Sale – four colts and three fillies.

TOAST THE PRINCE
Clear Mountain Fairview Stud sire, Outback Prince (pictured) is a quiet achiever with a sensational strike rate of 40% runners to winners, putting him at the top of the Queensland rankings and among the best in the Country. (on Breednet statistics)
Outback Prince has now had twelve winners, with ten of those individual winners.
In the past three weeks alone Outback Prince recorded four more individual winners including Outback Grande, Presidential, Radiant Joy and Captain Fastbuck.
Outback Grande, was a 2yo winner and has come back even better as a 3yo which was recently proven by his outstanding performance in Toowoomba against the older horses, carrying 59kg to win over 1500m. He now heads to Brisbane to chase the QTIS money over a mile.
Those good wins come on the back of a sensational performance by Outback Legend last month when she blew a field away in Toowoomba by over eight lengths. She then went to Brisbane to test the water in her final run of her first preparation and performed very strongly in a high class 3yo event. She is now spelling and will be set for the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
And Outback Prince progeny are even given the southerners a run for their money, with On Every Level scoring an impressive win at Newcastle in January.

Outback Prince is proving himself as a two year old sire, and his progeny are certainly going on with it as three year olds.

QTIS IS CLOSER
It’s only three weeks until the highly anticipated QTIS sale on the Gold Coast and this year’s event will be the best yet.
Queensland Studs have kept their top yearlings for this sale, and there are only 440 lots on offer across the two days – Sunday 18th and Monday 19th March.
You only have to look at the above results, or flick back through any TBQA ENews or racing website to see how sensational Queensland-bred horses are. They produce consistent results right across Australia and internationally and rank among the top in the Country. Not a day goes by where a Queensland galloper doesn’t win somewhere.
Add to that the extension of QTIS bonuses to include three year olds as well as two year olds, the fact that these yearlings are also eligible for the Magic Millions Series and the Women In Racing $500,000 scheme and what more could you want?
No other sale in Australia can offer such sensational incentives with top quality yearlings that you are sure to get at more than reasonable prices.
If you haven’t had a look at the catalogue yet, do it now – here’s the link QTIS online catalogue…
HENDRA SURVEY
Below are details of an important, confidential survey being conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Biosecurity Queensland seeking information from managers and owners of horses in the region affected by the Hendra Virus.
As the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007 showed, it is vital to provide State and Federal policy-makers with a clear, constant picture of the size and scope of the Thoroughbred industry. Surveys like these go a long way in accomplishing this, and we would encourage all farm managers and horse owners to complete the survey which can be found at www.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/info/hendra