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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
July 2010 15 Queensland with the San Luis four-year- old. She showed rapid improvement on her first-up second to add the Gr. 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes to her record and then placed in the Gr. 3 Dane Ripper Stakes before coming from well back in the field for second in the Gr. 1 Winter Stakes at Eagle Farm. It was a bitter sweet finale for Gillovic as the mare will do her future racing out of Lee Freedman's Melbourne stable after her sale from Hong Kong-based breeder Victor Ngai to prominent Australian owner Sean Buckley. "She's been a very special mare to us," Gillovic said. "Her changing hands is a win-win situation for everyone really. The owner now has a mare that he is going to have a lot of fun with, and we have some siblings back home that we will be bringing on." Another long-range plan that came to fruition was Crossthestart's victory in the Gr. 2 Brisbane Cup off the back of his Gr. 3 Chairman's Handicap triumph. The Kiwi-bred son of Cape Cross is trained by Bevan and Richard Laming for The Oaks Stud's Queensland- based owner Dick Karreman. Stud and racing manager Rick Williams said the cup had long been on the radar for the gelding who crossed the Tasman as a three-year- old after winning three of his first five starts. The Westbury Stud-bred Our Lukas showed he was in tip-top order to defend his Ipswich Cup title when he landed the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap at Eagle Farm. The Generous six-year-old duly became the first horse since before World War II to win back-to-back cups. A $20,000 Select Sale yearling at Karaka, he is out of a sister to the dam of Gr. 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes heroine Il Quello Veloce. Talented three-year-old The Hombre opened his campaign in fine style for Hastings trainer John Bary when he claimed the Listed Rough Habit Plate in the inquiry room. By Lucky Owners, he followed up with a sound second in the Gr. 3 Grand Prix Stakes but was unplaced in the Gr. 1 Queensland Derby. However, the best may yet to be seen of him with time likely to see him further develop and strengthen into his ample frame. Matamata trainer Roger James may not have enjoyed the success of past Queensland visits but he was on the scoreboard with Firebolt. The Stravinsky four-year-old was an impressive winner at Doomben and gave a game front-running performance to beat all but the in-form Pennacchio in the Listed Classic Mile. Stablemate La Etoile also picked up a couple of minor place black-type finishes. Group placings were also posted by the New Zealand-trained trio of Ekstreme (Brisbane Cup), Indikator (Tattersall's Cup) and The Grogoch (Chairman's Handicap). KARAKA It has the best strike rate of stakes winners to sale graduates in Australasia. It boasts service and success with a big dose of kiwi hospitality. It's the buzzword of buyers from around the globe. And it's yours to be part of in January 2011. Enter your yearlings now for KARAKA 2011. It's where winning begins. CONTACT NZB NOW FOR ENTRY FORMS: Ph: +64 9 298 0055 email@example.com www.nzb.co.nz NATIONAL YEARLING SALES SERIES: 31 JAN - 7 FEB | NOMINATIONS DUE NOW CHAMPION galloper Rough Habit knew how to thrill a crowd and the Queensland favourite again took centre stage when he led out the field for this year's Gr. 1 Stradbroke Handicap. The Taranaki warhorse dominated winter carnivals in the early 1990s to enjoy Sunshine State stardom. Trained by the popular John Wheeler, Rough Habit became the first horse to win three Doomben Cups but it was at Eagle Farm that he really owned the stage. He won successive Stradbroke Handicaps, in the second of them he came from last on the turn to win under 57kg, a Queensland Derby, the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes and the PJ O'Shea Stakes. Rough Habit was a Gr. 1 winner in New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne but it was in Queensland where he enjoyed cult status. He started there a total of 21 times for 10 wins - six at Gr. 1 level - and seven placings and last year he became an inaugural inductee to the Stradbroke Hall of Fame. In retirement, the rising 24-year-old has been a major part of the Horse Magic show at Ada Parnwell's Cambridge Lodge where he features with multiple Gr. 1 winner Xcellent and former harness racing star Christopher Vance. Between them they amassed more than $10 million in prizemoney. CROSSTHESTART (NZ) Winner of the Gr 2 Brisbane Cup & Gr 3 Chairman's Handicap M.K. PHOTO COURTESY KYLIE WHEELER
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