Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Yearling Sales End in Wins; Another Two Youngsters Stake Claims at Callaghan Park in the Capricornia 2YO Classic Race

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Yearling Sales End in Wins; Another Two Youngsters Stake Claims at Callaghan Park in the Capricornia 2YO Classic Race

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Byline: Tony McMahon Racing consultant

THE path to the pot of gold known locally as the $100,000 Capricornia 2YO Classic (1200m) on April 11 cleared further yesterday when two youngsters from last year's Capricornia Yearling Sales staked their winning claims at Callaghan Park.

Firstly, Clint Garland-trained Stirling Girl (Tracy O'Hara, $1.70) took out the $25,000 QTIS Fillies 2YO (1100m) much to the delight of her 13 enthusiastic owners.

Stirling Girl (ch f 2 Hidden Dragon-True Cross x General Nediym) cost herself two previous wins when finishing close seconds through her tendency to lay inwards under pressure.

Young trainer Garland added blinkers yesterday and his ploy worked with the filly racing truer and bringing her prizemoney haul to $26,000 off a $12,000 yearling purchase price.

Partly owned by Radio 4RO Sports host Robin Adams, who is a principal of Rockhampton's Best Western Stirling Motel, it is not hard to ascertain how Stirling Girl derived her name.

Rarely one stuck for words, Adams struggled to describe the euphoria of the win.

"This is awesome as she should get her chance in the big one (Capricornia Classic) now. It is just so hard to explain what this winning feeling is like," Adams said, while his co-owners agreed wholeheartedly.

Jim Rundle's Oaklands Stud bred Wicked Style filly The Girls In Paris (Michael Hellyer, $7.00) was second, while the run of another Classic hopeful, the debutante Shrouded to finish fourth was simply eye-catching.

Just 40 minutes after Stirling Girl clocked 1min 05.57secs for her win in a slowly run race early, male counterpart The Lad's My Dad ran 1.09secs faster for his win in the Colts and Geldings division.

However, the last 600m of the fillies division was run at a faster clip than the male's race, meaning not too much should be read into the variance in the overall times of those two races. …

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