Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bargain Buys Take the Lead Bargains Are Winners

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bargain Buys Take the Lead Bargains Are Winners

Article excerpt

Tony

McMahon

Racing Consultant

GRADUATES from Rockhampton's Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) turned in some stellar results last week with a flourish of wins that reaffirmed the sale's status as a constant source of ongoing winners.

Five CYS graduates won races over three successive days at Rockhampton (Thursday, February 11), Gatton (Friday) and Mackay and Yarra Glen in Victoria on Saturday.

These were the Lynette Petersen-trained Uncanny Reason and Kelly Shaw's Duan Oscar at Rockhampton while Alton Downs trainer Neil Vagg scored with Shigzag at Mackay on Saturday.

Sandwiched between those wins was that of the Jackie Compton-trained Listanera (bought for $7000), a son of Murtajill which claimed first prize of $10,400 in winning in the Lockyer Valley at Gatton.

Approximately 1600km south on the next day (Friday), Vegas Boulevard, a $6000 Casino Prince CYS buy, scored in a $20,000 Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Yarra Valley.

Undoubtedly, from a promotional and monetary perspective, the wins of Uncanny Reason, Duan Oscar and Shigzag were spectacularly significant as they were all achieved in QTIS bonus prize money races.

First to strike was Uncanny Reason (br g 2 Red Element-Auanne x Aucash) a bargain $4000 buy from last year's CYS which fought doggedly to win the $25,000 QTIS 2YO Maiden (1100m) last Thursday.

In the process, Uncanny Reason raced into calculations for the rich Capricornia Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on April 9 where he will attempt to annex last year's win of his stablemate The Lad's My Dad.

Actually, the 2015 CYS also produced both the second (Miss Schiffer) and fourth placegetter (Cheeky Red) in Uncanny Reason's race.

Miss Schiffer (Man of Illusion-Belle of The West x Spritely Knight), a product of Stewart Park Stud, Alton Downs, had cost trainer John Wigginton $13,000.

Debutant, the Ricky Vale-trained Cheeky Red (b g Red Element-Extension of Life x Flying Spur) was a $9000 purchase with a very promising future being shaped.

While CYS hierarchy were cock-a-hoop with the result of the 2YO QTIS race, they had every reason to feel even more ecstatic when the QTIS 3YO Open concluded about 3. …

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