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WHAT A WEEK
ALL THE LUCK
Glenlogan Park sires dominated Western Australia’s big race of the weekend – the G2 Lee-Steere Stakes, with two of the top three placings.
Bradbury’s Luck’s star G1 performer Luckygray produced yet another outstanding display to take his 6th Group event when proving too powerful for his opposition in the $200,000 G2 Lee-Steere Stakes.
The dominant fashion in which Luckygray demolished his opponents confirmed his ranking as the Number One horse in Western Australia.
Not long after the emphatic victory, trainer Gino Poletti admitted he had been in a rush to get his star Bradbury’s Luck youngster back into work for the Perth Racing Carnival after his Melbourne campaign had been cut short by a virus in September, however was thrilled to see him perform right up to his best.
“He has not been back in work all that long but class will carry a horse a long way – and this fellow has got more than his fair share,” Gino said.
Luckygray showcased his freakish ability by storming home from 8th on the turn to have the field covered in a few strides, being eased down to win by 2 lengths under no pressure as he crossed the line.
“If he thrives over the next fortnight, and the handicapper is not too harsh on him, the plan will be to try and defend our ($1million G1) Railway Stakes crown,” Gino added. “He is an exceptional horse. He can make up 6 lengths in the blink of an eye.”
Jockey Shaun O’Donnell was just as bullish about the flying grey. “He felt terrific,” O’Donnell said. “I had a tear in my eye as crossed the line – he is just an absolute freak.”
Show A Heart’s Champion WA 2YO from last season, Luke’s Luck was the other eye-catching run of the race as the 3YO charged from last on the turn to end up 3rd.
“It was just the type of run we were anticipating,” said Luke’s Luck’s trainer Trevor Andrews. “He has now finished 2nd and 3rd in a G3 and G2 at weight-for-age against the older horses and he should be ready to peak next time out against his own age.”
The Show A Heart youngster is next expected to appear in the $350,000 G2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 24 where he should prove very difficult to hold out.
QUEENSLAND SPURRED ON
Once again Queensland bred winners dominated the Eagle Farm card on Saturday, winning an incredible six of the eight events.
Craiglea Sire, Warhead opened the account for the maroons, when Craiglea Cruz continued his impressive form with a victory in the QTIS 2yo Colts & Geldings Hcp over 1000m.
Race two was a Queensland trifecta when Shovhog’s in form sprinter Adebisi bolted in over Sequalo’s Seek and Find and Rocket to Glory, another Shovhog youngster rounded out the top three.
There was another Queensland 1-2-3 in Race 5 when the Tony Sears-trained Sequalo Royal Shout hit the post ahead of Lion Heart’s Lightfeet Lady while Dr Barnard placed third for Show A Heart in the No Metro Wins 1000m Hcp.
Markane notched up a win for Banchory Stud when Kelvin Wharton steered Markout to a narrow win in the Benchmark 85 Hcp over 2200m. Markane’s winning run extended to Toowoomba with Fine Tune, while New Asia Rising placed third at Sha Tin.
Glenlogan Park’s brilliant weekend continued with consistent sire Jet Spur represented in that last two races – and he won them both.
First cab off the rank was the ultra-impressive Heza Jettsetter (pictured – Dan Costello Racing), who added a healthy $56,000 to the coffers of his owners with a devastating finishing burst to reel in the talented General Exhibit over the concluding stages.
The Rob Heathcote trained youngster took the massive step up in class in his stride and looks set for a very bright future.
“There has never been a question on this fellow’s ability,” Rob said post-race. “However he just needed to mature between the ears before he could put his best foot forward.
“It looks like the penny has now finally dropped though and is a horse with an enormous amount of talent and is capable of going a very long way.
“The manner in which he responded to Ryan’s (Wiggins) instructions today and the way he knuckled down and charged late shows he is right on track.
The second leg of Jet Spur’s Eagle Farm double came with another last-to-first effort – this time by the Kelly Schweida trained 4YO mare Flying Jet.
“I don’t think she really handled the heavy track at all,” Kelly said. “However she has been in super form of late and I think she just simply out-toughed them.
“She has been a bit unlucky at her last 2 starts as those races have been run in a stop-start fashion and were dominated by the on-pacers.
“But today she had a chance to settle and then she has a really good turn of foot when she lets down – she deserved the win.”
The day finished superbly for the Glenlogan sires at the Gold Coast – with the first 3 crossing the line in the final event all being sired by stallions standing at the farm.
In a desperately tight finish that several minutes to split the first two across the line, Falvelon’s progressive 3YO Falonleah nosed out Show A Heart’s 4YO gelding Mishani Ace, with Falvelon’s 3YO colt Flinder’s Sea finishing a very encouraging 3rd.
HOGGING THE SPOTLIGHT
Shovhog’s top rated sprinter Adebisi started his summer campaign in style with a win in the Sale Design Hcp at Eagle Farm (1000m) on Saturday.
Carrying 59kg, Adebisi began very well from barrier two and sat just outside the leader, fellow Shovhog progeny Rocket to Glory, until straightening when jockey Michael Cahill pressed the go button.
Within a couple of bounds Adebisi put the race beyond doubt to score a three length win over Seek and Find with Rocket to Glory holding on for third a further length and a half back.
Adebisi is being set for the G3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) on December 8.
It was another big winning week for the Raheen sire, Shovhog.
Hayyler’s Hog scored an on-pace victory in the XXXX Bitter QTIS 2YO Hcp (1050m) at Rockhampton on Thursday.
Hayyler’s Hog (2f Shovhog – Rippling Tide by Crested Wave) won by three-quarters of a lengths and then had to survive a protest from odds-on favourite Curlew (Hussonet). Her stablemate Hayyler’s Devil (Bullmore) was two lengths away in third place on debut.
Shovhog (Danehill) died at Raheen Stud in November 2009 and there are just three foals from his final crop. “She’s a lovely filly and wants to do everything right,” trainer Mark Barnham said. “I will start her in another QTIS race back here in a fortnight before a break.”
Barnham prepares Hayyler’s Hog for owner Royce Woods and she was a $5,000 buy at the 2012 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale. Connections banked $15,000 in prizemoney and bonuses on Thursday.
“She’s still got a lot to learn,” Barnham added. “But we’re on the right track and I would love to take her down to Brisbane in the New Year.”
Hayyler’s Hog was bred by Bill Kajewski and is a half-sister to Miss Innocence (Mr Innocent) who was runner-up to Sea Zulu in the 2005 Great Northern 2YO Plate at Townsville.
Shovhog has sired 208 winners at a 65% strike-rate.
- Karl Patterson
MAGIC MILLIONS TICKETS
It’s that time of year again – the cusp of summer is upon us and so is Queensland’s premier racing carnival and thoroughbred horse sale, Magic Millions. Enjoy the atmosphere of the races and all that the Gold Coast has to offer over thirteen days in January 2013 – early bird tickets are on sale now.The 2013 Carnival commences on Friday 4 January with the first day of Magic Millions Yearling Sales taking place on Wednesday 9 January.
The Carnival culminates with the Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday 12 January 2013. Magic Millions is the largest sales incentive raceday in the world carrying prize money of $4.7 million. The $2 Million Magic Millions 2YO Classic is the highlight of the race schedule – with only graduates of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales eligible to compete.
2013 marks an important milestone for Magic Millions, with the first women’s only incentive race set to take place (MMRW). The “race” offers a prize money incentive of AUD$500,000, which will be distributed between the top four ‘all female owned or leased’ horses in finishing order of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Zara Phillips, Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador will make appearances throughout carnival week, along with other VIP’s including MYER ambassadors.
Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said the 2013 Magic Millions was shaping up to be one of the best yet.
“We’re very much looking forward to the 2013 Magic Millions Carnival and hosting Racing Women Ambassador, Zara Phillips. We know an ambassador of this stature will shine an international light on our beautiful state. We are looking forward to a quality packed yearling sales and the highlight of the week, the 2YO Classic.”
“I encourage visitors planning their trip to Queensland for the Magic Millions Raceday and Carnival to buy their tickets now to take advantage of the early bird general admission tickets – $25 online now*, compared to $37 on raceday. It’s also a good opportunity to plan a vacation for you and your families and enjoy the great weather, shopping, dining and entertainment that the Gold Coast has to offer.”
Gold Coast Turf Club Chief Executive Grant Sheather said the 2013 Magic Millions Carnival offered an exciting mix of events that would attract both racing devotees and those who wanted to simply experience one of the most important and colourful annual events in the City.
“All involved with the event are working hard to make this year’s carnival special and we are predicting a strong rollup of both regular punters and newcomers,” said Mr Sheather.
“We especially encourage those who have not attended in the past to enjoy the excitement and unique combination of events the Magic Millions Carnival offers.”
The 2013 Magic Millions Raceday and Carnival is supported by Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural, regional and business events across the state.
For tickets and corporate packages please visit – www.magicmillions.com.au
For general entry on Raceday please visit this website to purchase your early bird tickets: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?
KEY EVENTS:
Tuesday 8 January 2013
Event: Magic Millions Barrier Draw Location: Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Surfers Paradise
Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 January 2013
Event: Magic Millions Yearling Sale – Sessions 1 – 5 Location: Magic Millions Sales Complex, Bundall
Saturday 12 January 2013
Event: 2013 Magic Millions Raceday Location: Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall
Event: Magic Millions Yearling Sale – Session 4 Location: Magic Millions Sales Complex
- Chris Colls Photo
INTERSCHOOL SHOWCASE
The Interschool Showcase will be held on December 9th at the Fig Tree Pocket Equestrian Centre.
The Showcase aims to encourage more riders to participate in the Interschool Competition.
This day will introduce riders to all of the disciplines offered by IQ, elite riders who have used the IQ competition as a stepping stone into elite competition and current IQ riders.
There will also be presentations on general horse management including a veterinary and nutrition presentation.
Everyone is welcome, entry is free and it runs from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Canteen is available.
Please RSVP to Katherine on katherine@efaq.com.au or (07) 3891 6611