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Thoroughbred Breeders Australia CEO, Peter McGauran has announced his resignation from both the TBA and Aushorse marketing.
TBQA President, Basil Nolan, said this is a big loss to the industry.
“Mr McGauran was well respected and very proactive. His industry knowledge and political insight was a great benefit to the industry Australia wide.”
His major achievements include taking TBA membership from zero to 3,800 and developing a new and vastly strengthened Thoroughbred Industry Code of Conduct for auction sales.
He played a pivotal role in establishing a new marketing arm for the industry and developed strong international contacts, particulary in Singapore where 2yo racing has strengthened signficantly.
Mr McGauran published a landmark Breeders Racehorse Ownership survey, represented the industry on numerous government and racing consultative bodies and spoke for breeders on such public issues as animal welfare, artificial insemination and coal mining encroaching on farming land.
Mr Nolan would like to thank McGauran for his hard work and dedication to the industry over the past three years and said he will definitely be missed.
“I would like to wish him all the best for the future and hope he retains some role within the thoroughbred industry.”
Mr McGauran will continue in the role over the next few weeks until a replacement can be found. He then plans to pursue a number of private business ventures.
Rocket to Glory continues to pocket the lucrative QTIS 600 bonuses, this week winning the $150,000 2yo QTIS 600 Plate on Rockhampton Cup day.

Raheen Stud’s Shovhog (deceased) proved again he could produce smart thoroughbreds when the promising 2yo,  Rocket To Glory blitzed a smart field in the $150,000 Diplocks Collision Repairs Open 2yo.

The well tried Rocket To Glory bounded to the front for jockey Chris Whiteley and gave nothing else a chance leading all the way to beat Toowoomba galloper Paladin and Divine City.
Rocket To Glory has really hit a purple patch since running 5th to the subsequent Group One winner Benfica in the Listed Hampden Stakes in Brisbane. Since returning from the South East, Rocket To Glory has now put three on end winning the Parry Nissan Prelude, Parry Nissan Great Northern Plate along with Saturdays outstanding performance.

In just ten starts, Rocket To Glory’s prizemoney sits at just under $243,000 again emphasizing the benefits of racing a Queensland bred QTIS 2yo.

Racetree Stud’s Monashee Mountain 5yo, Cannyclimb, made the city slickers look ordinary in brilliantly winning the $100,000 Rockhampton Cup on Saturday.
He lead from barrier to box and paid a whopping $71.50 for connections on Tattsbet.

Cannyclimb has been a terrific horse for his owners in Central Queensland, winning 9 races, being in the money 28 of his 43 starts for nearly $143,000 in prizemoney and if the weekend’s performance is anything to go by it looks like more wins are yet in store for this consistent galloper.

Banchory Stud continues to hail Kaiser, the son of their stallion Seidnazar.
Kaiser won his third race of the season at Kranji, Singapore after leading throughout.
The horse has now run first or second in five of his six starts, only finishing out of the money in the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe final, but he was suffering an abrasion on that occasion. Full story here…
It was another brilliant week for the Queensland bred horses, with wins in Sydney and Brisbane on Saturday.
And, not only did the Queenslanders take out the two major races on the State’s feature program at Rockhampton, but won a further four events there. That’s six from eight!
Race 1: Class 4 Capricorn Tourism 2200m – Preacher Boy (Iglesia)
Race 2: Class 1 3yo & up 1600m – Kumali (Easy Rocking)
Race 3: F&M  Class 3 Claude Green Memorial 1200m – Hidden Babe (Hidden Dragon)
Race 6: 2yo $150,000 QTIS 600 Plate 1300m – Rocket to Glory (Shovog)
Race 7: Open $100,000 ROckhampton Cup 1600m – Cannyclimb ( Monashee Mountain)
Race 8: 3yo Morning Bulletin 1200m – Chandra (Easy Rocking)
Race 3: 3yo fillies Benchmark 75 $70,000 Chiko Handicap 1400m – Beg (Iglesia)
Race 3: 3yo Hardy Brothers 1200m – Excellantes (Falvelon)
A big congratulations to Rockhampton teen and promising race caller, Luke Marlow after being awarded the 2011 John Tapp Scholarship.
Luke beat a field of 28 hopefuls for the prestigious prize – 12 months tuition in race broadcasting as well as other aspects of the radio and television industry.
The son of Lea & Jeff Marlow, from Merlo Downs Stud, started race calling on his lounge chair when he was just 14 years old, after he was laid up for a considerably length of time due to illness. He would mute Sky Channel and call the races himself.
“It’s very exciting and a big opportunity for me,” said Luke.
“Race Calling is all I’ve ever wanted to do and to win this scholarship is just life changing.”
It won’t be long before his dulcet tones become a regular part of the racing scene.