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QLD’S GOLDEN RUN
NOLAN’S QUEENSLAND QUADRELLA
Happy Easter to all – we hope you’ve had a safe and enjoyable break.
Once again it was the Queensland-bred sprinter that broke through to take the $100,000 Fillies and Mares Listed Quality on Saturday.
Cariad, by Lyndhurst Stud’s boom sire, Sequalo, flashed home from back in the field for former New Zealand jockey, Grant Cooksley, to get up on the line, winning by the barest margin.
The Tony Gollan trained mare has become a far more consistent galloper as witnessed by her recent form, which includes her last start second-placing in the Listed Weetwood handicap.
Congratulaions to Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan, who had another outstanding weekend on the back of his Weetwood win.
Nolan managed a Queensland-bred quadrella on Saturday, and a trifecta for Raheen Stud, starting with the up and coming stayer, Dodging Eddie (pictured) (by Dodge) winning over 2112m for Chris Munce at Eagle Farm.
Nolan headed back up the Range to his hometrack, where recent impressive trialler, El Vivo (by Anglia) broke his maiden status in the second race.
In race five, the very promising Arado (by Jet Spur) made it three from three for the Nolan stable, when disposing of a handy field in the Benchmark 75 over 1000m.
And finally, it was a race-to-race double, taking out the last with the ever-consistent Macca’s Express (by Stromberg Carlson) leading from barrier to box over the 1500m.
Queensland gallopers left their mark on the Eagle Farm card, taking out more than half the program:
Race 2: Winning Edge 1810m – Murrumba Downs (Flavelon)
Race 5: Winning Edge Awards 2112m – Dodging Eddie (Dodge)
Race 6: Winning Edge Hcp 1400m 3yo fillies – Crazy Mamma (Ferocity)
Race 7: Winning Edge F&M Quality Listed – Cariad (Sequalo)
Race 8: Winning Edge 1200m – Theft (Break the Vault)
DOUBTFILLY’S SLIPPER SUCCESS
Queensland’s top 2yo, Doubtfilly (pictured), may not have won the Golden Slipper, but she certainly thrilled her owners and trainer with a sensational fourth to Pierro.
Trainer, Stuart Kendrick and owners Paul Maguire Breeding and Racing paid the $150,000 late entry fee after coming to the decision based on heart, not financial logic.
“When you buy horses in my price range there are no guarantees you are going to get one good enough again to ever get close to running in a Golden Slipper,” said Mackay-based trainer, Kendrick.
Doubtfilly was the feelgood story of the Slipper.
A $17,500 buy from the QTIS sale last year, she has now won more than $500,000 in just eight starts.
“I’m rapt. I’m really proud of her,” said Kendrick.
“We paid up with our heart. We thought we’ll probably never get the chance to be here again and cheer her down the straight.
“It’s probably a once in a lifetime thing for us.”
Doubtfilly’s connections collected $190,000 for her fourth placing but the money was secondary to the experience of having a runner in the world’s richest juvenile race.
Even jockey Damien Oliver, who has won all the majors on the Australian calendar, admitted the filly gave him a buzz.
“I’ve never been on a 100-1 shot that’s travelled so well,” Oliver said.
“What a run hey.”
QTIS DEBRIEF
There was a very positive response to the QTIS Debrief held at the Magic Millions Sales Complex last week.
Representatives from Magic Millions, the TBQA Committee and twenty other stakeholders attended and I would like to thank everyone for their time and input, it is extremely valuable if we are to further improve this sale.
Discussion focussed on the positives of the sale, along with what improvements could be made for next year. Some suggestions included broadening the buyers bench by offering tours to trainers in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, similar to the North Queensland tour.
There was a total of 47 individual buyers from North Queensland who spent $967,000 on 73 lots.
CAPRICORNIA YEARLING SALE
A filly by popular Patinack Farm sire, Murtajill, (pictured) was the top seller at the Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton.
The filly, out of Fiery Dee, was knocked down to Bill Smart for $33,000.
Gollan Racing paid the second highest price of the sale, going to $30,000 for a Real Saga x Girlzone filly, addin yet another Queensland-bred yearling to their stable after purchasing 14 yearlings at the QTIS sale last month.
$25,000 was paide for a Muzdaher colt out of Bon Simone by John Manzelmann.
Rockhampton trainer, John Pointon was the biggest buyer of hte sale, acquiring three yearlings for his stable, two by Wonderful World and one by Over.
The sale grossed $385,900 with an everage price of $8,040.
Of the 76 lots catalogued, 48 sold, 12 were withdrawn and 16 passed in, resulting in a 75% sale rate.
STALLION BOOK CLOSED
Bookings for the 2012 Queensland Stallion Directory have closed.
Publisher, TMPC will commence production this week with the Directory to be available by June.
We will let you know as soon as the Directory is completed and has been posted out to you.
Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s publication, either via Stallion bookings or trade advertisements. Support grows each year and 2012 has been the best yet.
It is for this reason the Queensland Stallions Directory is the most-sought after and successful publication of it’s type in the Country.