Two-Year-Old Racing Season Starts with a Quinella for Capricornia Yearling Sale Graduates

Next year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) scheduled for Sunday, April 8 received a timely boost from the result of last Friday’s opening race of the season for two-year-old’s in Rockhampton.

That came about in the $42,000 C & G QTIS Breeder’s Plate (1050m) won by Sidereus gelding Ruby Georgie who defeated Red Element youngster Hot Chocolate in a hard-fought battle.

The quinella result was just what the doctor prescribed so to speak for the CYS as both youngsters were graduates from the 2017 version on Sunday, April 2,

That afternoon late in the sale, Biloela based car dealer Alan Grimshaw was given a rousing cheer from his mates present in the Livanadream Racing Syndicate when Ruby Georgie was knocked down to him for $13,000.

A relative newcomer into the ranks of acquiring yearlings, Grimshaw was on hand at Callaghan Park races on Friday to greet his now two-year-old Ruby Georgie when he returned after winning the Breeder’s Plate.

It was a dream result for an owner to win with a youngster on debut, but better still in Grimshaw’s case because of the lucrative prize money and QTIS bonuses on offer, Ruby Georgie earned $27,700 for winning.

The runner-up, the Lyle Rowe trained Hot Chocolate sold for $8000 at the same sale as Ruby Georgie and it earned $8300.

At the risk of sounding parochial, with Mick Attard’s Hidden Dragon gelding Shenron finishing third, it meant that locally owned and trained babies had filled the placings.

By doing so, some $40,200 of the prize money remained in the area and the odds are that it will finance more purchases at the 2018 CYS.

Ruby Georgie was bred and sold by Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud on the Darling Downs where precocious sire of two-year-old’s Sidereus stands.

Naturally Jeff Leaver, the convenor of the CYS and Stewart were delighted by the race result.

“From a Rocky Sale perspective, it was fabulous to see the prize money staying in the area. I am thrilled for Alan Grimshaw as he and the boys from the Livanadream Syndicate have really given local racing a shot in the arm creating considerable interest. In recent years they have been enthusiastic supporters of the Rockhampton Sale.  Lyle Rowe the trainer of Hot Chocolate has been one of our best and longest buyers of yearlings. Year in and year out Lyle astutely purchases CYS yearlings and enjoys considerable success”, Leaver said,

At his Oaklands Stud base on the Darling Downs, Neville Stewart watched the Breeder’s Plate unfold in his office via the television.

“It was a great result really and well deserved for trainer Tom Button and Al Grimshaw and the whole group of their mates in the Livanadream Syndicate. They had terrible luck through the loss of their very good Sidereus youngster The Bank Manager and it was appropriate that Ruby Georgie could win so early for them this season. The Sidereus horses are going g really well and I have seven of his stock coming up for the 2018 Rockhampton Yearling Sale”, Stewart said.

In fact, Oaklands Stud will have its biggest draft when they despatch 19 yearlings for the April 8, 2018 auction.

‘I remember this youngster (Ruby Georgie) well as he was from the Pins mare, the New Zealand bred Little Pin Up Girl. He was lovely colt and I thought at the time Alan did very well buying him at $13,000. From my point of view there is nothing more satisfying that to breed a horse and then seeing it win especially at its first start. It is a great result for all concerned”, Stewart said.