Awards night and Breeding latest

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The 2011/12 racing season was capped off with the announcement of Buffering (pictured) as the Queensland Horse of the Year last night.
The Robert Heathcote-trained gelding had a great four-year-old season racing in some of the country’s top features, including a win in the Group 3 McEwan Stakes.
He also placed second behind some of Australia’s best horses in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic, Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and the highlight of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap. Buffering also placed third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes and Group 1 William Reid Stakes
Buffering, a nominee for last year’s Horse of the Year award, delivered another successful season to beat other Horse of the Year finalists Pear Tart, Sizzling, Temple of Boom and Woorim.
The Horse of the Year award was accepted at the 2012 RQs Thoroughbred Awards Night on Saturday, September 8 at the Sofitel Brisbane with a full room of industry stakeholders.
Hosted by Racing Queensland Limited, the RQs recognise the season’s achievements in the thoroughbred racing industry.
Robert Heathcote was the recipient of the Queensland Trainer of the Year, nominated alongside Tony Gollan and Kelso Wood. Heathcote also took home the Metropolitan Premiership Trainer of the Year award with 64 winners and 106 placings for the season.
Group 1 T.J. Smith winning jockey Chris Munce earned the title of Queensland Jockey of the Year ahead of fellow nominees Damian Browne and Timothy Bell. Munce also claimed the Metropolitan Premiership Jockey of the Year award with 103 wins and 136 placings.
The Ken Russell Queensland Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Timothy Bell who also picked up the Metropolitan Apprentice Jockey Premiership. He beat fellow nominees Anthony Allen and Tegan Harrison.
For the first time, winners of Queensland TAB Club’s Premiership Horse of the Year titles were also presented at the State awards evening.
The 2011 RQs Thoroughbred Awards winners include:
  • Queensland Horse of the Year – Buffering
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  • Queensland Trainer of the Year – Robert Heathcote
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  • Queensland Jockey of the Year – Chris Munce
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  • Ken Russell Apprentice of the Year – Timothy Bell
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  • RQs Gold Award – Peter Moody
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  • Stallion of the Year – Show A Heart
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  • SEQ Metropolitan Premiership Trainer of the Year – Robert Heathcote
  • SEQ Metropolitan Premiership Jockey of the Year – Chris Munce
  • SEQ Metropolitan Premiership Apprentice of the Year – Timothy Bell
  • SEQ Provincial Premiership Trainer of the Year – Tony Gollan
  • SEQ Provincial Premiership Jockey of the Year – Daniel Griffin
SEQ Provincial Premiership Apprentice of the Year – Tegan Harrison
  • Country Horse of the Year – Doubtfilly
  • Country Premiership Trainer of the Year – Todd Austin
  • Country Premiership Jockey of the Year – Ian Toward
  • Country Apprentice of the Year – Carly-Mae Pye
  • Champion 2YO of the Year – Sizzling
  • Champion 3YO of the Year – Pear Tart
  • Best 4YO & Older – Buffering
  • Champion Broodmare – Temple Spirit
  • Champion First Season Stallion – Court Command
  • Champion 2YO Stallion – Show A Heart
  • Women in Racing Award – Kerrina King
  • Bookmakers’ Award for Longest Priced – Cobbanvilla
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  • Media Award – NOVA 106.9
  • Courier Mail/ Ambassador Travel BRC Jockey Medal – Chris Munce
  • BRC Flagship Horse of the Year – Buffering
  • Gold Coast TC Premiership Horse of the Year – Go Kingpin
  • Ipswich TC Premiership Horse of the Year – Diet
  • Sunshine Coast TC Premiership Horse of the Year – Red Centurion
  • Toowoomba TC Premiership Horse of the Year -Somnambulist
  • Rockhampton JC Premiership Horse of the Year – Kilwinning Option
  • Mackay TC Premiership Horse of the Year – John’s Special
  • Townsville TC Premiership Horse of the Year – Alotta Spur
Racing Queensland Hall of Fame
This year Racing Queensland inducted the Tucker Family and High Syce into the Hall of Fame.
Tucker Family
The Tucker family had an enormous influence on Queensland racing for a lengthy six decades. One of the greatest horsemen ever seen in Queensland, Bill Tucker, known fondly as ‘Old Bill’, had a large family including son E. ‘Georgie’ Tucker who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a top jockey. Two sons also went on to become trainers, W.J. Tucker and A.E. Tucker.
W.J. Tucker trained the star gallopers of the 1930s, Real Flyer, Spearvale, Six Fifty and Seven Fifty.
As a jockey, Bill Tucker rode hundreds of winners. An exceptional horseman, he would often entertain others at early morning trackwork with a host of circus riding tricks.
But it was his talent and skills as a trainer that he will always be remembered for. Bill had a great strike rate in staying races and his best horse was Spear Chief, who won two Brisbane Cups and scored a huge upset in the Rawson Stakes in 1939.
‘Georgie’ Tucker, Bill’s son, competed in a golden period of Brisbane jockeys in the 20 years before WWII and is estimated to have ridden close to 1000 winners. He was noted for his gentle hands which made him a top distance rider. His best winners included the Brisbane Cup (Dereanthis) and the QTC Derby on High Syce.
High Syce
High Syce was foaled in 1924 and was a Queenslander through and through. He was bred by Charles McDougall of Lyndhurst Stud who sent his home-bred mare Concise to the Canning Downs stallion Highfield.
For the majority of his career High Syce was owned by Queensland grazier John McCormack and W.J. Noud, who also trained the horse.
High Syce won a total of 24 races with nine placings from 41 starts.
In his two-year-old season, he won three races including the QTC Sires Produce Stakes. However, it was in his three-year-old season when he really shone, when he won nine from 11 starts including the Queensland Guineas, the Derby and the St Leger.
In 1928, the Brisbane Truth Newspaper stated “Brisbane racegoers saw the race of their lives,” when High Syce won the famous Tattersall’s Clash of Champions match race before a record crowd at Eagle Farm.
When sold to Melbourne owner Mrs Rita Buxton, High Syce won the 1929 Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Stakes, the October Stakes and Melbourne Stakes. He also placed third to Phar Lap in the VRC Governor’s Plate and fourth in Nightmarch’s 1929 Melbourne Cup.
At the completion of his racing career, High Syce returned home to Queensland and stood at stud at the Barnes family’s historic Canning Downs on the Darling Downs.
It’s been a thrilling week for Wattlebrae Stud, with a winning double on Wyong Cup Day along with the Listed Balaklava Cup.
Bagman (pictured – The Advertiser), by Easy Rocking, was too good in the The Advertiser Newspapers Listed Balaklava Cup (1600m).
Everything fell into place for young Morphettville trainer Sam Kavanagh, who flew Group 1-winning jockey Brad Rawiller over from Victoria and was rewarded with a well-judged ride.
After a strong third behind Southern Speed in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes, Bagman started the $3.80 favourite on course and Rawiller was able to settle him midfield with cover from barrier 10.
As Light Tan ($17) and Oregon Spirit ($9) emerged as the main challengers at the top of the straight, the Easy Rocking gelding was eased to the outside and let down with his run.
Bagman quickly had the first two covered, shooting to the front to score by half a length.
“This was his sort of race, it was a bit risky taking him 10 days between runs from the Penny Edition, but this was our goal and hopefully it’s onwards and upwards,” Kavanagh said after the race.
“He’s come right on, he was looking for the mile and may even get 1800m now.
“We’ll have a good chat with Brad and work out a plan, we’ll probably go to the Tokyo City Cup then possibly over to Victoria.”
Rawiller was impressed with the performance and suggested it was well-worth having a crack at a decent race during the spring carnival with the six-year-old, who has now claimed three Listed races.
“I wanted to make sure and I was strong under the bridle, but they steadied up a couple of times in the run and that didn’t help me,” the jockey said.
“It was important that I was covered up and was able to get to the outside.
“These types of races are never easy to win, you’ve still got to get out and do it, and he was the best horse in it.”
Wattlebrae’s good run continued on Wednesday at the Wyong Cup Carnival, when another Easy Rocking youngster, Cradle Me saluted, before barn-mate Get Square produced a winner in Clayian.
Eureka Stud’s Red Dazzler continues to sire winners all around Australia, with promising four old Slim Henry making it four wins from just nine starts after winning the One Solution Mobile & Data 1400 metre Handicap at Adelaide’s Morphettville Parks Racecourse on Saturday.
Slim Henry jumped straight to the front at gate rise and gave nothing else a chance, leading all the way and winning by three quarters of a length, taking his prizemoney to a total of $85,400.
And Glenlogan Park stallion, Falvelon is continuing his impressive strike rate for the 2012/13 season with a race to race double at Doomben Saturday, taking out the final two events with two promising gallopers.

Race 7, The Ormiston College Handicap over 1350 metres was won by the lightly raced 4 year old Someday for trainer Kelso Wood.
Sent out a firm favourite, Someday did it tough from a wide gate but even after travelling three deep this smart gelding left them standing on straightening for a most impressive win.
His record now stands at 6 starts for three wins and three seconds with over $63,000 in prize money in the bank.
Race 8, The Gold Class Cleaning Handicap over 1110 metres looked to be a very competitive race on paper but Falvelon 4yo I’m Cool (pictured – Dan Costello Racing) had other ideas.
Given a perfect run in transit by apprentice Kirk Matheson, I’m Cool put pay to his opposition in a couple of bounds past the 200 metres to make it four starts for three wins and one unlucky second with prize money just shy of $100,000
There looks to be plenty more wins in store for these two smart geldings.
Racing Queensland plans a further review of the Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme for the 2013/14 racing season.
Chairman, Kevin Dixon has asked the TBQA to compile a submission of improvements to the scheme.
Unlike previous ‘reviews’, we are confident that the RQ Board will listen to the recommendations we put to them.
As such, we are seeking your feedback.
Please forward your ideas regarding QTIS such as:
* Entry to the scheme (registration, payments etc)
* QTIS race series
* QTIS prizemoney distribution
* QTIS sale (how to encourage more buyers, boosting sales of fillies, breedback scheme)
This is your chance to have a say and we value your input. Your submission does not need to be formal, even point-form is sufficient.
Please forward your ideas to by THIS Wednesday, September 12th, 2012.
The TBQA committee will then collate the ideas and formulate recommendations for RQ.
Thank you for your assistance with this vital incentive program. With your help we will continue to strengthen the Queensland racing and breeding industry.
Toowoomba police and the Rural Stock Squad are calling for information regarding the theft of farming equipment from a Lockyer Valley property.
Sometime between Sunday September 2 (Father’s Day) and the following Monday offenders broke into a rural property on Costellos Road, Upper Lockyer.
They’ve removed the side wall of a shed and stolen a Caprice double horse float (pictured), John Deere ride on mower with trailer and a builders’ generator.
Police would like anyone with information to contact them immediately, or crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Three people have now been arrested and charged in relation to an alleged rural crime racket operating across South East Queensland and the Darling Downs.
The men are from Toowoomba, Carpendale and the Gold Coast and will appear in court this week.
Further arrests are expected in the coming week.