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The Queensland runners shone in the Labour Day Feature – the $150,000 QTIS 600 2yo Plate (1100m) at Ipswich yesterday.
Regular (pictured- courtesy Dan Costello Racing), by the ill-fated Raheen Stud sire Mearas, began well and settled just off the speed until straightening then dashed to the front with the heavily-backed Discreet chasing solidly.
Regular and the Show A Heart youngster both settled into a soul stirring duel right to the line, with Regular holding on narrowly and then also withstanding a protest by Chris Munce, the rider of Discreet.
The Rex Lipp trained Obliviate, by Red Dazzler ran a courageous third after being on the pace all the way.
The Plate was for QTIS 600 horses only, and certainly show cased the talented Queensland youngsters to watch for during the Winter Carnival.
Other Queensland bred winners on the program included:
Race 2: Sky Racing Clss 2 Hcp (1000m) – Longshoreman (Longhorn)
Race 4: Rail, Tram & Bus Union Class 1 Hcp (1666m) – Maginnis Magee (Monashee Mountain)
Race 10: ETU Solidarity Stakes (1200m) – Falvelon runners claimed three of the top four placings with Felony Flight winning for trainer Tony Sears, Funny Falve placed third and Fangles ran on for fourth.
The Queenslanders also dominated the Ipswich program on Saturday, winning five of the ten races.
Those to salute included:
Race 1: Labour Day 1666m – Scarlet Witch (Red Dazzler- pictured)
Race 3: Stockland Hcp 800m – Trail Boss (Sequalo)
Race 5: Johnny Williams 1100m – Heartfelt Quest (Show A Heart)
Race 8: Transit Group 1666m – Uncle Heaven (Greenwood Lake)
Race 10: Hutchinson Builders 1350m – El Vivo (Anglia)
EL Nino Heats Up
Merlo Downs sire El Nino (pictured) maintained his encouraging start at stud with two winning updates and more black-type in the United States last week.

El Nino (USA) has now sired 8 winners from 14 starters among his first crop three year-olds. He served four seasons in North America before Merlo Downs studmaster Jeff Marlow imported him to Queensland last year.

His filly Sacred Romance won her maiden at Prairie Meadows last Saturday and Little Marie doubled up at Charles Town on Friday.

El Nino flag-bearer Senor Rain added black-type to the mix when he was runner-up in the LR Harry Henson Stakes (1200m) at Hollywood Park on Thursday. Trainer Peter Miller had freshened him up after an unplaced run in the G1 Santa Anita Derby (1800m) on April 7.

Senor Rain (3c El Nino – Make My Marq by Marquetry) rallied to the lead at Hollywood Park and was well on his way to victory until American Act lunged right on the line to win by a nose.

Senor Rain’s jockey Mario Gutierrez couldn’t believe the result. “It took a nice horse to beat him,” he explained. “I saw American Act coming but it was hard to tell because he was way out wide.”

El Nino (Storm Cat) stands with Changeintheweather (Gone West) and Garrison Savannah (Danehill) at Merlo Downs near Rockhampton.

-by Karl Patterson
Aushorse is holding a function in Singapore at the Singapore Turf Club for the running of their final race in our 2YO series, the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe.
If you are heading to Singapore please let me know as Aushorse would be happy to extend an invitation to TBQA members to attend their event.
The details are as follows:
Date: Friday, 18 May
Venue: Singapore Turf Club
Time: 6pm.
If you would like to attend please contact the TBQA office info@queenslandbreeders.com.au or 0412 026 540 as soon as possible.
Thank you to everyone who has updated their details with the TBQA.
If you have not already done so, please forward the office you name, address and phone numbers as soon as possible, particularly if you joined after November last year.
The 2012 Queensland Stallions Directory is almost here, and we want to ensure all our members receive a copy.
Send your details to info@queenslandbreeders.com.au