Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Come Hell or High Water; Hampered by Floods but Yearlings Finally Arrive

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Come Hell or High Water; Hampered by Floods but Yearlings Finally Arrive

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HORSE RACING

TONY McMAHON

AFTER an anxious 31-hour wait, the 16 horse draft of yearlings from Oaklands Stud on the Darling Downs finally arrived at the Rockhampton Showgrounds at noon yesterday.

Much to the relief of Capricornia Yearling Sales organisers under a canopy of blue skies and sunshine, it was mission accomplished as the last of the draft, a colt from Camphor, was stabled at the Rocky Showgrounds.

The two horse transports that left the stud about 5am Thursday were stopped in their tracks outside Moura due to floodwaters. The valuable consignment had to "overnight it" it at the Moura Saleyards.

"Apart from being a little muddy they appear to be none the worse for their adventure. It's a relief I can tell you," studmasater Neville Stewart said as the last of the yearlings stepped off Dippy's Horse Transport.

Stewart said the proprietors of Dippy's Transport, their drivers and his accompanying Oaklands staff had done a wonderful job with the youngsters under trying circumstances.

"These things due to the weather can't be helped. Everyone has done a great job and all the horses need is a little clean-up and they will be as right as rain. Second thoughts I best not mention that word rain should I?" Stewart said.

Included in the draft of yearlings were a half-sister to today's Saturday ruling Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) favourite The Bank Manager (Lot 8) and Lot 13 a brown Wicked Style filly from the Danbird mare Tennessee Melody.

"This (Lot 13) would be without word of contradiction one of the best Black Type families there is anywhere. GR winners proliferate the pedigree page. It contains such outstanding winners as Malaguerra who is in the limelight in Sydney over the current carnival. The filly is a half-sister to Hurry Up Kelvin and he is a strong chance in the Classic at Callaghan Park as well," Stewart said.

What Stewart didn't say but was apparent to this keen observer, was that both the above-mentioned yearlings to the eye looked far stronger types than their well-performed half-relatives did at the same time before last year's sale. …

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