In what looms as being unprecedented in the modern concept of Rockhampton’s richest race, the $116K CYS 2YO Classic (1200m), the progeny from one stud may have as many as six of the starters.
Neville Stewart’s Darling Downs nursery Oaklands Stud, the leading vendor at last years Rockhampton Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) holds that enviable position for the April 1, Callaghan Park Classic.
Not only will Oaklands be represented by race favourites The Bank Manager (Sidereus) and Hurry Up Kelvin (Floral Pegasus) but by another four of the offspring of resident stallion Wicked Style (USA).
The above-mentioned duo is trained by Tom Button who is enjoying a stellar season at Callaghan Park.
The late flurries of the four “Wicked’s – Wicked Express (Liam Birchley); Stylish Criminal (John Pointon); We’ll Beat It (Ben Williams) and Dual Personality (Andrew Suli) has thrown a new light on the Classic.
In particular, the fawhen secost finishing effort of Pointon’s Stylish Criminal nd behind glamour filly Paradis Imperial over 1100 metres at Callaghan Park last Saturday was eye-catching.
Sold by Oaklands for $17K at the 2016 CYS, Stylish Criminal raced a tad greenly at what was on the little filly’s second start before knuckling down late and romping home for second less that 3 lengths away.
On debut at the same track on March 9, Stylish Criminal again closed late for a third placing behind another Oakland’s bred in Justalad (Sidereus), once again at 1100m.
Naturally, John Pointon was cock-a-hoop over his filly’s exciting second on the weekend.
“There will be no Paradis Imperial in the Classic and just imagine what she would have done to them. It was a huge run from our filly (Stylish Criminal) and she’s in the Classic with a big chance for sure”, Pointon said.
At the 2016 CYS, Oaklands topped the vendors list selling all its 17yearlings for approximately $280K.
Speaking from the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions March Yearling Sales this week, Neville Stewart said he honestly believed this year’s draft for the Rockhampton Sale on April 2 was of higher quality.
“We have 18 yearlings listed and they are outstanding athletic types, well grown and with pedigrees that are really strong and infused with winners galore.
What is more Oaklands have half-relations to The Bank Manager; Hurry Up Kelvin; Starante who has won four races as well as Stylish Criminal and Wicked Crime. I promise you would-be buyers won’t be disappointed with our draft”, Stewart said.
The April 2 sale culminates a three day festival of racing and social activities which firmly puts the spotlight on Rockhampton as a racing focal point.
Two spectacular days of racing are set for Callaghan Park on both the Friday and Saturday preceding the sale next week.