The effortless win on debut in Rockhampton last Friday (February 16) of debutante Hinchinbrook filly Brook’s Pleasure has created another wonderful chapter in the history of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale.
It is uncanny how year in and year out the sale, where yearling numbers average around just 100, can be the launching pad of an outstanding racehorse.
Of course, there can be no finer example than the GR 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) winner River Lad but never before had a graduate from the CYS attracted so much pre-race hype as Brooke’s Pleasure.
Undoubtedly “lucks a fortune” in all walks of life but in horse racing it is in so many ways the cornerstone of success.
In nothing more than the proverbial “hand canter”, Brook’s Pleasure’s tumultuous winning debut came in the form of a 7.25 lengths format over 1100 metres at Callaghan Park racecourse.
Without aggregation, her jockey Nathan Day barely moved a muscle as the filly led throughout and could have extended the winning margin had her jockey so desired.
Her astute trainer Jamie McConachy is conservative on words and in most cases lets his horses create all the talking which is exactly what Brook’s Pleasure did.
‘’She’s a lovely filly and naturally the Capricornia Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) on April 7 is her main playground. You have to chase the money for the owners and that’s where it is in that race”, McConachy said.
Rightly so, as Aquis Farm, which sold Brook’s Pleasure (b f 2 Hinchinbrook-Startling Pleasure x Shovog) for $24K as Lot 9 at last year’s CYS, offered a $100,000 bonus-carrot to any of their yearlings from the sale which won the race.
This means that a victory for Brook’s Pleasure would reap her large syndicate of owners approximately $162,000 in prize money and trophies.
Imagine the excitement those owners listed as John, Debbie and Michael Jenkins; Craig Aspinall; Lindsay Cavanagh; Ben and Angie Clarke; Patricia Clingy; Diceridge Syndicate (Judy and Vince Aspinall); Zoe Everingham; Justin Houlihan; Deborah and Greg Mc Millan; Betty and Patricia Noonan; Leon Roberts; Nicola, Matthew and Thomas Simpson are experiencing?
Brook’s Pleasure is scheduled to have her only race appearance before the rich Classic in a $32,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Callaghan Park’s St Patrick’s Day races on March 17.
Interestingly, Brook’s Pleasure, originally purchased as a weanling by Aquis Farm, is not QTIS registered, thereby missing out on lucrative bonuses.
Had she carried the QTIS logo there is now doubt that she would not have been sold for a song at just $24K but her connections are certainly not complaining.
Brook’s Pleasure’s mother Starling Pleasure won three races – twice as a two-year-old as well as being Black Type (CORRECT) placed.
At her first date with champion stallion Hinchinbrook, “mum” produced a full brother to Brook’s Pleasure in Shipwrecked a four times winner of $120,500 in stakes.
In fact, last week was a very busy one for the “family ties” of Brook’s Pleasure.
At Sydney’s Inglis yearling sales her half-sister by Sizzling fetched $55,000 but had the sale been scheduled after her Friday win, no doubt that sale price would have been further inflated
That filly was sold by Scott McAlpine’s Eureka Stud, Darling Downs after Startling Pleasure was bought in foal to Sizzling by the leading breeder.
But wait for this, Startling Pleasure now has a filly foal at foot by none other that Australia’s new glamour first season sire Sprit of Boom.
The value of that filly is anybody’s guess as the stock of Spirit of Boom are attracting in the main six figure sums.
For example, at the same Inglis Sale last week a Sprit of Boom-Laurinel Argie yearling bred by Central Queensland’s Paul Kirkwood fetched $200,000.
Scott McAlpine said his phone started ringing not long after Brooke’s Pleasure’s Rocky win.
‘’I heard all about the win which is wonderful for the connections. Naturally we are thrilled at Eureka to as we have the mare in foal to Defcon now”, Scott said.
Proving that galloping prowess runs in the family, on the weekend after Brook’s Pleasure’s Rockhampton win, some 6431km away in Hong Kong her full brother sported silks.
A three-year-old trained by John Moore and racing as Bingo, he finished second at Happy Valley for the third time in succession.
It seems that Bingo will soon come up trumps but it well could be that Brook’s Pleasure is the ace in the family pack!