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INTERNATIONAL CRUSADE
HIDDEN DRAGON SLAYS THEM OVERSEAS
Lyndhurst Stud’s boom sire, Hidden Dragon, is once again basking in international glory.
From just two crops, the classy stallion has now had winners in five other countries – New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Macau.
His latest international crusade resulted in $201 longshot Danzig Rocket, (pictured) winning the $55,000 Class 4 race over 1000m at Kranji on Friday night.

One of the best away, the Hidden Dragon four-year-old was able to cross from his wide alley to ease off the speed set by Calombaris (Danny Beasley). In the home straight, the 1000m specialist (all three previous wins on that trip) took the shortest way home before racing clear at the 200m under Azhar’s strong riding.

Jet Ace (Joao Moreira) and Rock Art (Mohd Suhaimi) were hot on his heels but Danzig Rocket was home and hosed as he fell in by a length from the pair who could not be split on the line. The winning time was 59.27secs.

“Doc just told me to ride him forward and hope for the best,” said Azhar. “I was able to sit behind the pace and when I got a clear run on the rails he responded very well for a very nice win.

Dr Yeoh said he was a little surprised by Danzig Rocket’s win as his recent form had been less than inspiring, but he did have a gut feel he could run a place on Friday.

“I did joke with some of my friends that he could get in the money tonight,” said Dr Yeoh who was at his 17th success for the season.

“He’s a good horse, but his form has always been better over 1000m.

“From the wide draw, I told Azhar to just kick him forward and not to look back. It worked out, but I have to say to see him winning today was a bit of a miracle.”

It was an international double last week for Hidden Dragon, Danzig Rocket’s win coming on the back of an impressive victory by Dragimova in the HK$675,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Hillwood Handicap 1200m earlier in the week.
The 4yo gelding, out of the Jetanova mare, had an easy win to collect HK$384,750.
Lyndhurst Stud Manager Jeff Kruger said with Hidden Dragon’s consistent results overseas, he is not surprised the stallion’s progeny is so popular with international buyers.
DAZZLING THE SOUTHERNERS
Queensland’s reigning Champion First Season Sire, Red Dazzler, continues to kick goals for Eureka Stud, this time with a dominant win in Victoria.
South Australian galloper, Slim Henry went to Caulfield on Saturday and gave nothing else a chance, with a brilliant win in the Mallalieu 3yo Hcp.
Slim Henry gave nothing else a chance over the 1400m, winning by one and three quarter lengths for his third win from just six starts for trainer Will Clarken.
Back at Doomben, Queensland-bred runners once again dominated their rivals with Modern Warfare (pictured thanks Dan Costello Racing) taking out the byojet.com 2yo Hcp (1110m) for little known sire Dance Hunter.
And Glenlogan Park claimed another winning double for barn-mates Show A Heart and Bradbury’s Luck when the Robert Heathcote trained Racing Heart led from barrier to box in the SQS Haulage Hcp (2100m).
To wind out the day, Bradbury Chocolate made it seven from seven with a barnstorming win at her first start in the big smoke. It was a tough run by the 3yo filly, trained by Donald ‘Ducky’ Baker, she floundered early on and drifted back to last before battling on to win in a photo finish. It was the fifth win of the day for apprentice, Anthony Allen.
HELTER SKELTER DOES IS AGAIN
Promising Helter Skelter filly Mia China Doll confirmed her trainer Simon Miller’s confidence and judgement when she ran away to easily win the 1300mtr 3yo 1mw by 2 lengths at Belmont on Wednesday.
Miller was very dogged about Mia China Doll stepping up in class. “Her first up win was outstanding, we had to use her up early, push forward and the fence was off that day and she was in the slow lane and still quickened and it was a really dominant win. Her work on Saturday morning was ridiculous, it was probably the quickest I’ve ever clocked one at Ascot”
A Saturday plan is already being plotted for the daughter of the flying Helter Skelter who is standing again at Stan Johnston’s Craiglea Stud.
QUEENSLAND GETS THE GRAFTON GUINEAS
Lose It (Nothing To Lose ex Maroon Roses) has lived up to expectations with a sensational win in the Grafton Guineas (1600m) last week.
The 3YO gelding was having only his 5th race start and travelled beautifully throughout the race. In the straight he unleashed his trademark acceleration and exploded away to win by 2 lengths in class record time.
Lose It is raced by Graham Sue of Laurelvale Farm who bred and raised him. Sue said before the race, ‘I have been racing horses for a long time now and it is finally nice to get one with so much ability’.
Sue went on to say that over the last month the phone hasn’t stopped ringing following Lose It’s dominate race wins at Doomben and the Gold Coast, having been offered six figure sums for the horse from international investors.
From his 5 starts, Lose It has now recorded 3 wins and a second and looks to have an extremely bright future. There is talk that he may head south in the Spring to contest some of the richer races if he is not sold overseas in the meantime.
Lose It is from Nothing To Lose’s 1st crop with the sire currently only having 2 and 3 year old runners.
From only a small number of runners to date, due to Nothing To Lose stud career commencing at the height of the Equine Influenza (EI) crisis, he has enjoyed a successful season having already had a 2YO stakes-winner in New Zealand (Silver City) and a recent stakes-placegetter (Venture On) over the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
It was a great day of racing for Willowbend Stud, with their other dominant sire, Clang, celebrating a winning double at Eagle Farm – from just two starters.
Bellavonane won race 5 and Clangor won race 7.
QTIS REMINDER
As you would be well aware QTIS nominations for this season have been drastically reduced.
The changes to the Queensland Thoroughbred Investment Scheme (QTIS) is for the current registration of 2010 foals.
These changes were brought about by a meeting between Racing Queensland Limited and the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association.
This revised scheme delivers total benefits of $8.01 million to eligible horses born from the 2010 breeding season. Horses born before this will continue under their original schemes.
The benefits include:
METROPOLITAN
$35,000 bonuses will be allocated to the two and three-year-old races at each Saturday and public holiday metropolitan meeting, with base prizemoney less than $100,000.
PROVINCIAL
$12,000 bonuses will be allocated to provincial TAB meetings.
METROPOLITAN MIDWEEK
$10,000 bonuses will be allocated to metropolitan midweek meetings.
COUNTRY
$5000 bonuses will be allocated to non-TAB meetings.
This means eligible two and three-year-olds will compete in applicable races for a minimum of $85,000 at metropolitan meetings, $27,000 at metropolitan midweek meetings, $22,000 at provincial meetings and $11,000 at strategic non-TAB meetings.
Effective from September 1, 2012 will be the metropolitan midweek bonuses for two and three-year-old horses and country bonuses will also be lifted to $5000 for two, three, four and five-year-old horses. These two components are also effective for horses under the previous QTIS.
THREE-YEAR-OLD
$50,000 – Townsville
$50,000 – Rockhampton
$30,000 – Mackay
$30,000 – Cairns
$30,000 – Roma
TWO-YEAR-OLD
$50,000 – Townsville
$50,000 – Rockhampton
$30,000 – Mackay
$30,000 – Cairns
$30,000 – Emerald
Both Queensland bred and breedback eligibility will remain the only eligibility criteria.
The initial fee has already closed at the below fees:
• Queensland-bred – $350 + GST
• Breedback – $900 + GST
Those yearlings where a payment has not been received by October 1 can still be eligible for the scheme. As outlined below there is a two-tiered structure depending on whether the October registration was undertaken and whether the yearling is Queensland-bred, or eligible via the breedback component of the scheme.
Initial Payment:
Queensland bred: $350 +gst
Breedback: $500 +gst
No Initial Payment:
Queensland bred: $700 +gst
Breedback: $1400 +gst
Due to these changes the last payment deadline of June 30, 2012 has been extended until July 31, 2012.
You can access the registration form on the following link:

The QTIS Registration forms can be found on the following link

COUNTRY RACING BOOST
Racing Minister Steve Dickson and Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) chairman Kevin Dixon today announced three key initiatives to help rejuvenate country racing in Queensland.
Three new country racing programs, the Showcase Country Series, Celebrate Country Series and Sustain Country Series, will begin on September 1.
Mr Dickson said the announcement was a part of the LNP’s commitment to deliver an additional $4 million over four years to help rebuild country racing.
“I am determined to build a sustainable future for Queensland country racing, and these new regionally focused meeting programs form a big part of this commitment,” Mr Dickson said.
“This initiative will provide a much needed boost to country racing, allowing clubs to attract stronger race fields and entice more patrons to the track.”
RQL chairman Kevin Dixon said that the Showcase Country Series will be broadcast on the Sky Racing Network and have TAB coverage.
“We know prizemoney is the lifeblood of the industry, which is why each race meeting in the Showcase Country Series will have a feature race branded ‘The Showcase’, worth a minimum of $20,000,” he said.
“Where possible, race meetings falling on public holiday weekends have been selected to maximise the race club’s ability to attract local community interest and build attendances.”
Seven race meetings earmarked for inclusion in this series include:
Kilcoy RC, October 1, 2012
Roma TC, November 17, 2012
Innisfail TC, January 1, 2013
Beaudesert RC, January 28, 2013
Goondiwindi RC, April 1, 2013
Beaudesert RC, April 25, 2013
Dalby Amateur PRC, May 5, 2013
Mr Dixon said the second series Celebrate Country Series, will see country clubs granted an additional race meeting.
“This series will include an additional race worth $10,000 named ‘The Celebration’ and will also see the Alpha Jockey Club reinstated to the non-TAB schedule,” he said.
Race clubs earmarked currently include:
Bell RC, September 15, 2012
Tambo & District RC, September, 29, 2012
Esk JC, December 22, 2012
Mareeba TC, March 2, 2013
Herbert River JC, March 23, 2013
Alpha JC, June 22, 2013
Gladstone TC, June 29, 2013
The third program Sustain Country Series, will be made up of additional country race meetings committed as part of the Newman Government’s election promise to rebuild racing across Queensland.
These race meetings will be added to the program during the 2012 year at the recommendation of the Country Racing Committee. The race meetings will be strategically placed to support and sustain country communities with a particular focus on allowing racing to support its communities.
The scheduling of these race meetings will give consideration to the following;
· Weather or unpredictable reasons that have significantly disrupted community race schedules
· Community charity events etc. which would be significantly boosted from an added meeting
· Community achievements and milestones that would benefit from an added meeting.

Minister Dickson said he thanked RQL and the Country Racing Committee for its input into what he was confident would be a great initiative for Queensland racing.