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Friday, January 1, 2010
chip off old block
Career cut short . . . Star Lass dashes away to win at Randwick on debut but the promising filly's racing career has come to an abrupt halt
because of injury. She is likely to be sent to young Montjeu stallion Guillotine, far left. Photos: Chris Lane, Vince Caligiuri
sprint. Fans of Fastnet Rock -- and
there wouldn't be an owner or
trainer who wouldn't love to have
at least one of them in their stable
-- wishing to buy one of his colts
or fillies have ample opportunit-
ies in the next month on the Gold
Coast and in Sydney and Auck-
land, with 76 lots catalogued.
There are 52 yearlings by ''The
Rock'' at the Magic Millions, a fur-
ther eight at the Inglis Classic
Sales and then at Karaka on Feb-
ruary 1 and 2 another 16 will go
under the hammer.
Victoria's Swettenham Stud has
decided to honour the late
Robert Sangster with two edu-
cational grants in his name for
overseas work at studs in Ireland
Swettenham, operated by
Sangster's son Adam, believes
the students selected may add
something more to the Australi-
an industry for many years.
Adam Sangster, incidentally,
is planning to step up his inter-
national plans by applying for a
licence to race horses in Japan.
The JRA announced in late
November that the first owner-
ship registration process for
individuals residing outside of
Japan was completed and
effective from November 25.
The world's biggest owner,
Sheik Mohammed, was the first
to receive a licence with his wife,
Princess Haya, Sheik Hamdan
and an influential Singaporean
owner also receiving licences.
FIERY RETURN: US racing star
Lava Man made a comeback after
a 17-month absence at Santa
Anita last Saturday with the rising
nine-year-old leading around the
bend but fading to finish last and
beaten some six lengths.
Lava Man is a seven-time
grade 1 winner, including three
wins in the Hollywood Gold
Cup, but his career again hangs
in the balance. During his
absence, he had stem-cell treat-
ment and surgery to remove
bone chips after his initial
retirement in 2008.
Sheoak Ian running for charity
Saturday's Macro Meats Silver Chief Final at The
Meadows lacks a genuine rising star, but there will
be more than just owner Annette Lockwood and
trainer Joe Borg cheering on rails runner Sheoak Ian.
The brindle dog has a real affinity with the track
and in November snared The Great Chase there.
Along with the $20,000 first prize, Scope
Bendigo -- a not-for-profit organisation providing
disability services throughout Victoria -- secured a
share in the dog's prizemoney for the next
12 months courtesy of Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Scope has already been gifted the equivalent of
10 per cent of Sheoak Ian's prizemoney through the
The Great Chase series ($7651) and another $5000
will be coming their way should he snare the first
group 1 race of the year.
''He's such a great dog, we love watching him go
around," Scope Bendigo's Janina Read said. "The
whole place is following his progress on a board in
the office. We all think this is so exciting."
The Great Chase commenced in 2003 when
champion sprinter Slater snared Calkendren (a
division of Scope in Ballarat) a cool $35,000 in
2006. Since the concept's inception, GRV has
donated more than $150,000 which has been
shared by 158 community groups.
Wild Haley equals best time
At only start five, Wild Haley equalled Remo Rubik's
450 metres track record at Warrnambool on
It was a night to savour for young trainer Scott
Holmes, 27, who had four runners on the night for
three wins and a second.
Wild Haley, bred in the NSW Riverina at Junee
by Peter Scott, overcame her usual moderate
getaway to score in the manner of a genuine star,
winning by 10 1G2 lengths in 25.08 seconds.
At 30 months, she is lightly raced, and
Warrnambool was her first start since cracking
a scapula in a Sapphire Crown heat at Sandown
Wild Haley's offering was not the only rocket-like
effort for the week.
Tuesday's four Woy Woy Poultry Gosford Cup
heats boasted genuine depth, including NSW
Greyhound of the Year aspirant Take The Kitty. But
the fastest heat winner was another lightly raced
but extra smart sprinter in Lochinvar Marlow.
The 'veteran' of just six starts (five wins) prior
to this heat, Lochinvar Marlow dominated from box
rise, registering a sizzling 29.72s -- just three
lengths outside Pororoca's 2004 record.
He has come up with box four in the $43,500
cup final on Tuesday and Take The Kitty -- which
was surprisingly run down by Bogie Brave in a
30.01 heat -- has box three.
New Year's Gift heating up
The Silver Chief Final highlights the card at The
Meadows on Saturday but there will be plenty of
interest in the two heats of the New Year's Gift, 600m.
Hobart Thousand finalist Ultra Rumble clashes
with Bulli 515m record-holder Domino Vitali in heat
one (race five), and Flash Of Light (box one) will
start odds-on in the second heat (race seven).
Win plenty with TAB jackpots at Randwick today and Rosehill tomorrow!
'Lucky' Quayle hoping Saddler's Story can add to fairytale
Home boy . . . Robert Smerdon.
AS racing's rich and famous devel-
op a fixation about buying
European horses for the Melbourne
Cup, a canny businessman is on the
cusp of debunking the theory that
large outlays are required to find
It is not the silk department of
marathon races, but the $150,000
Bagot Handicap, 2500 metres, at
Flemington on Friday is a historic
race which has stood the test of time.
And Melbourne owner David
Quayle is hoping to derive as much
pleasure from a New Year's Day vic-
tory as any race in the spring.
Quayle may be comfortably
wealthy, but he has managed in his
time in racing to use careful eco-
nomic strategies when purchasing
racehorses, a trait he learnt 30 years
ago when business acumen and
instinct made him a successful com-
Working for a large book business
the young man queried why loads of
new books were being sent to pulp,
and after being informed that it was
commercial reality he suggested that
he take them home himself.
''They were brand new, nothing
wrong with them, so I decided to take
them home and then each Saturday
and Sunday morning queue up at the
Victoria market and with a card table
and lots of energy we began to turn a
profit by selling them.
''This went on for some time and
then I decided we'd get into a book-
store ourselves, and after that grew
we got another two until eventually
we had a chain of 23 retail book-
stores and after time franchised
them out until eventually we sold the
business some years ago,'' Quayle
said. ''But I believe in luck, I've got
theories on luck and some people do
have their share of luck, and I think
I'm one of them.''
Like many successful business-
men, Quayle decided to put a toe in
the water in what can be one of the
most daunting yet satisfying hobbies
of purchasing racehorses.
After combining with Mark
Houlahan, the son of former cham-
pion trainer Jim Houlahan, the pair
purchased two horses: the first one
Forest Knight for $15,000 and anoth-
er yearling for $7000.
''After a while Mark decided to give
training away and we just made a
very simple and fair swap: he kept
Forest Knight for himself and I took
the yearling,'' Quayle said.
''And that piece of good luck came
my way again when the $7000 year-
ling turned out to be Saddler's Story.
He's now won over $200,000.''
After years of preparation-
stopping injuries, Saddler's Story is
the pre-post favourite for the Bagot.
Quayle is content having only
raced three horses in his time in
racing but has derived more enjoy-
ment from those three steeds than
most other pursuits in life.
''He's part of the family,'' he said.
''We just get so much fun when he
goes around and he's just a pleasure
to own. Sure we've had our share of
ups and downs with him physically
but Robert [Smerdon] has done a ter-
rific job keeping him in one piece.''
So engaged was Quayle with the
welfare of Saddler's Story he moved
the horse from Cranbourne to Caul-
field in a bid to be closer to the stayer.
''I sent him to Robert for a number
of reasons but primarily I live in
town and I want to be closer to the
horse and I think I visit twice a week.
''And the other reason is I'm a
third-generation Ballarat boy so
where else would you go when your
looking for a trainer than another
expat from home.''
So why has Quayle not expanded
his racing team to heady numbers -- a
pitfall into which small-time suc-
cessful owners often fall.
''I'd be racing six horses by now
but fortunately my wife keeps me in
reality and I've got to be thankful for
that,'' he said.
Whatever dealings wealthy own-
ers and bloodstock agents may
conjure in the next six months to
snare an elusive Melbourne Cup
winner, Quayle can look back and
hopefully with a Bagot Handicap
victory behind him and say he did it
all on just $7000.
One suspects it could even make
for a best seller for the Quayle family.
2009 TOP FLAT SIRES IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND
Winners Runners Wins Runs P'money £
Danehill Dancer 71 204 89 780 3,560,617
71 158 106 680 3,447,433
45 152 58 440 2,848,855
52 136 76 455 2,747,743
54 137 76 526 2,677,594
63 140 98 611 2,520,994
39 115 51 376 1,939,205
37 121 48 479 1,349,436
15 47 21 124 1,305,747
21 54 25 156 1,261,653
24 84 33 348 1,254,121
High Chaparral 31 69 38 284 1,162,788
Invincible Spirit 51 137 66 576 1,133,433
Rock Of Gibraltar 46 140 62 580 1,025,111
Exceed And Excel 35 112 48 422 988,368
Statistics from: racingpost.co.uk
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