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QTIS PREMIERSHIP BEGINS
QTIS TRAINER OF THE MONTH
The TBQA is proud to sponsor a new premiership for Queensland owners and trainers – The QTIS PREMIERSHIP.
Each month we will highlight the leading QTIS horses and trainers, with a sensational prize to the winning trainer at year’s end. This is to thank those who support QTIS and the Queensland industry.
Peter Flemming is currently the Leading QTIS Trainer for 2yos on earnings for April, banking $44,000 that month, while Garnett Taylor and Jason McLachlan are tied on number of winners for April, with two apiece.
Peter Fleming also leads the overall table for 2yo QTIS horses for the racing year (from 1/8/2012 to 30/4/2013) with 12 winners and $192,900 in QTIS bonus prizemoney.
In the 3yo division Tony Gollan (pictured) was the top QTIS trainer for April, with two 3yo QTIS winners and banking $14,000. Lawrence Mayfield-Smith and Tony Sears ranking second with $9,000 in bonus prizemoney.
On the overall 3yo table, Tony Gollan leads with $66,000, Tony Sears sits in second position with $49,000 and John Dann and Robert Heathcote are third with $38,000 in QTIS 3yo winnings.
QTIS PERFORMER OF THE MONTH
A big congratulations to the connections of Craiglea Cruz who leads April’s QTIS two year olds on earnings, collecting $32,000, while La Mina tops the table for number of wins, with two QTIS victories last month.
Craiglea Cruz (pictured) is the top 2yo QTIS money earner overall, with $82,500 in QTIS bonus prizemoney in the bank, followed by Tinto on $64,000 and Going Going Gone with $53,000.
There’s currently a four way tie for QTIS 2yo’s on number of wins, with Craiglea Cruz, Craiglea Kalbar, Hotel Paradiso and Rapid Crystal all winning three QTIS races so far this season.
Star Sammy collected a handy $9,000 in April so tops the table for QTIS 3yos for the month.
But is ranked 15th on the overall table which is headed by Trakstar who has earnt $34,000 from 1/8/12 to 30/4/13. The Conspirator ($30,000) and Tukiyo ($28,000) round out the top three for the season so far for earnings while Lynda’s Never Late has recorded the most wins for the 3yos, winning three QTIS bonus races.
THIS WEEK’S WINNERS
The big QTIS races remain in a lull at the moment as the Brisbane Winter Carnival continues.
There were thirteen QTIS races across Queensland however, with $114,000 in bonus cash up for grabs by eligible QTIS horses.
$77,500 of that was won, with the remaining $36,500 back in the kitty for future allocation.
This week’s QTIS winners included Lady Echelon, Shadow Puppet, Eye Winsome, Trakstar, Robert’s Command, Rattle the Tin, Rhythm’n’Rap, Prince Lokesa, All Things in Time and Call Back.
CALLS TO CULL BAT COLONIES
It is time we took the health and safety of human lives into account and started to cull the flying fox population, according to Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President, Basil Nolan.
Mr Nolan made the comments following the death of two horses at Highborne Farm, near Allora last week after they mysteriously contracted lyssavirus.
“The equine industry has now been rocked by two fatal bat-borne diseases in Hendra Virus and Lyssavirus,” said Mr Nolan.
“When will enough be enough?”
Mr Nolan acknowledges that there is no evidence at this stage that shows transfer from horses infected with lyssavirus to humans, as this Allora outbreak is the first of its kind in the World.
However he is concerned about the possibility that there could be human fatalities.
THE LYSSAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Biosecurity Queensland is quarantining a property on the Southern Downs after a horse tested positive to Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV).
Chief Biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson said the horse was euthanased on 11 May after falling ill at Highborne Farm, west of Allora.
The property is a training and agistment facility primarily for eventers.
“It tested negative for Hendra virus infection but further testing returned a positive result for ABLV,” he said.
“Another horse showing similar symptoms was euthanased at the same property five days earlier.
“There are 20 other horses on the property. The vet involved in both cases used PPE and took appropriate precautions.
“The site will remain under quarantine while further testing is conducted on the remaining horses.
“ABLV is carried by bats and flying foxes.”
R&D LEVY SEMINARS SUCCESS
Thank you to everyone who attended the Research and Development Levy Seminars.
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia was kind enough to hold seminars in Beaudesert, Toowoomba, Caloundra and Rockhampton to ensure Queensland’s key breeding grounds were covered.
TBA Executive Officer, James Peters, and Levy Consultant, Peter McFarlane, outlined the purpose of the proposed levy and answered many questions. TBA Chairman, Chauncey Morris was also able to attend the Beaudesert and Toowoomba Seminars.
They were very grateful for the excellent feedback and suggestions from participants during the seminars and the one-on-one meetings. Your ideas have provided them with worthwhile concepts to add to their research during this vital consultation phase.
If you were unable to attend and would like to know more about the proposed levy, simply click here…
NO MISSING LONGSTOCKING
The Liam Birchley-trained Missy Longstocking (pictured Dan Costello Racing) will back up in next Saturday’s $250,000 Sires Produce Stakes after winning the Lancaster Stakes at Doomben.
”We were concerned at not having too hard a run with next week’s Sires in mind,” Birchley said.
”We’ve been playing catch-up with the filly. She’s exactly where we want her now. She’s switching off really well in her races.”
By Lyndhurst Stud’s Champion Sire, Sequalo, Missy Longstocking got up in the shadows of the post as the $1.65 favourite.
Jockey Damian Browne said although he was forced to race three wide the filly had cover.
”She relaxed really well, there is more development in her yet.”
Birchley will decide after the Sires if Missy Longstocking goes on to the $500,000 J.J.Atkins.
FUNTANTES FAR TOO CLASSY
The Robert Heathcote trained Funtantes (pictured Dan Costello Racing) has continued on its winning way with a classy win in the Channel Seven Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The 6yo mare by Wattle Brae Stud sire, Easy Rocking, has now recorded eight wins, seven seconds and five thirds from 43 starts.
Under the guidance of apprentice jockey, Priscilla Schmidt, Funtantes raced on the speed all the way and when the pressure was applied, she was too classy for the opposition, helped a little by the weight allowance.
Funtantes has now amassed over $659,000, and hopefully there’s more to come across the Winter Carnival.
PRIMUS STRIKES AT CAULFIELD
A massive boost for Queensland sire, Primus, who stands at Clear Mountain Fairview Stud.
His 3yo gelding, Primitive Man (pictured), scoring an impressive win in the Arthur Gauci Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
His trainer regards him as “a bit dopey”, but he’s also pretty good.
Primitive Man, who might be unlucky not to have won all of his four starts, came from last to take out the Arthur Gauci, justifying everything his trainer Shane Fliedner thought about him.

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SMART PROSPECTS FOR PUBLISHING
Raheen Stud freshman sire, Publishing (pictured) helped Gold Coast trainer David Kelly dominate the Ramornie Winners Maiden Plate (1006m) at Grafton on Tuesday.
Publishing colts Definite Prospect and Royal Scribe fought out a thrilling finish while their stablemate Flight King (NZ) was only a half-length away in third place.
Kelly bought Definite Prospect ($19,000) and Royal Scribe ($18,000) from Raheen’s draft at the 2012 QTIS yearling sale.
QUEENSLAND TOPS SCONE SALE
Wondai- based Jorson Farm topped the Inglis Scone yearling sale on Sunday with a Northern Meteor colt that made $62,500.
The sale-topper is the second foal out of the winning Belong To Me mare Sirenese and was purchased by Newcastle trainer Paul Perry.
Jorson Farm owners Tony and Julie Brown sold a Choisir colt to Perry at Scone last year. Registered as The Life, he won for the second time in five starts at Muswellbrook earlier this month but was a beaten favourite in the Inglis Scone Challenge on Friday.
The Browns also finished in the Top 5 on the median list at the Inglis Classic Sale in January with a Statue of Liberty colt topping its trio at $80,000.
Inglis sold 146 lots at Scone on Sunday for turnover of $1.77 million. The average dipped 7% to $12,151 and the median was down 10% to $9,000.
-Karl Patterson
NATIONAL SALE THIS WEEK
Horses have begun arriving on the Gold Coast with Australia’s leading breeding stock sale due to commence next Monday.
With over 2,050 lots catalogued, the sale has attracted an outstanding line up of weanlings, race fillies, broodmares, stallions, stallion shares and racehorses.
Adding great quality to the auction is the 470 lot Patinack Farm Unreserved Reduction Sale, a draft which subject to any injuries, will go under the hammer in its entirety.
The two day National Weanling Sale kicks off the auction from next Monday (May 27) before the National Broodmare Sale takes centre stage.
Inspections commence on Friday for weanlings and broodmares.
The best ever National Yearling Sale catalogue will be next from June 4 to 6 before the quality packed National Racehorse Sale on June 7.
Yearlings can be inspected at the sales complex from Sunday, June 2.
All sessions of the sale will commence at 10am (Qld time).