Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Uncertainty the Only Certainty

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Uncertainty the Only Certainty

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Last weekend's defeat of raging hot favourite Winning Rupert in the $2m Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast was another reminder that the only certainty in racing is uncertainty.

While the unbeaten galloper's connections would have gone to the races feeling excited about their chances with the $1.65 favourite, those associated with $101 outsider Flying Jess would probably have just been hoping for a top 10 finish and a slice of prize money.

Instead their filly, a relatively cheap yearling purchase at $60,000, picked up the $1.2 million winners' cheque.

Further proof that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a good one came when Houtzen, a $105,000 yearling, took her prize money to $1.28 million by winning the 2YO feature.

Considering the money that gets spent at sales and the fact that the average price for a yearling sold on the Gold Coast is up a whopping 94% in the past five years, Flying Jess and Houtzen were purchases at the cheaper end of the scale.

In recent years we have seen the same thing happen at our local Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) held annually at Rockhampton Showgrounds.

In 2014, Quick Assault was bought for a song at $1000 from the CYS catalogue and won the $100,000 two-year-old feature race exclusive to graduates of the Rockhampton sale.

The following year $4500 purchase The Lad's My Dad did the same and even last year's CYS 2YO Classic winner Bagus hardly broke the bank of connections who paid $15,000 for her.

Looking back further through the Capricornia Yearling Sale honour roll gives you even more motivation to get out to this year's sale on Sunday, April 2.

Graduate Arcup sold for $5000 and won $97,675, River Lad passed in for only $4000 and won $1,789,000, Bonny The Viper fetched $6500 and won $144,550, Zerocity $9000 won $111,400 and Mythologist cost $18,000 and won $256,850.

Quick Assault, who raced at Callaghan Park on Thursday, has won $121,500 and The Lad's My Dad $103,800.

And there's a good chance that three-year-old Benfica Princess, another CYS graduate and Brisbane city winner of $57,300, will add to her tally before too long. …

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