Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wins Put Sale in Spotlight

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wins Put Sale in Spotlight

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Horse Racing

Tony McMahon

GRADUATES from Rockhampton's Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) catapulted this year's sale into the limelight with some sensational winning results far and wide apart last weekend.

It all started at Mackay on Saturday when Tom Button's gifted three-year-old The Tax Accountant powered home to win the $26,500 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m).

The win was the fourth from 11 starts by The Tax Accountant (Love Conquers All-Flo Jo), a top-selling yearling at $48,000 offered by Warner Quast at the 2017 CYS.

Raced by a big group of owners including those from the Livandream Syndicate, who by the way are enjoying a stellar winning season, The Tax Accountant has now won almost $100,000 in prize money.

A few hours later at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, it got even better for the CYS promoters when Benfica Princess (Benfica-Made Of Dreams x Made Of Gold) scored brilliantly first-up by winning the $75,000 BM 75 Handicap (1400m).

Sold for just $16,000 in Rockhampton at the 2015 CYS, Benfica Princess has now returned her lucky owners $155,000 in stakes.

It's true even in equine terms that "the world is one's oyster" as some 6430km north of Rockhampton in Hong Kong on Sunday, one Chung Wah Spirit proved the idiom correct.

Better known in Australia as Cash Dash (x Dash For Cash) where he sensationally won in SEQ on two occasions, Chung Wah Spirit originated from the 2015 CYS where he was top-lotter at $50,000.

Purchased by Townsville's Ross Donovan and Peter Malpass, he was subsequently sold to Hong Kong interests for a whopping $500,000.

"The money was too good to refuse. We just had to take it," Donovan said at the time.

Indeed so but undeterred and "cashed-up," the Townsville racing men are committed buyers at the Capricornia Yearling Sales and will show their presence there again on April14.

CYS convenor Jeff Leaver was thrilled by the weekend results which he said were great advertisements for the sale. …

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