Former Rockhampton owner Tony Bourke was singing the praises of Neville Stewart of Oaklands Stud after his Wicked Style-Forty Winks juvenile filly Hit Snooze won at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Hit Snooze (Boris Thornton) led throughout to win the $110,000 2YO Handicap (1400M) and with fillies’ bonuses thrown in, earned $76,450 for the win.
The Wicked Style filly had also won a QTIS 2YO Maiden (1200m) at a midweek Doomben meeting on March 13, so her overall prize money stands at $110,000.
This includes a massive $51,300 in QTIS bonuses for the Steve O’Dea trained filly.
Tony Bourke explained that he and wife Deidre had no intention of purchasing Hit Snooze at last year’s Magic Millions March Sale.
“She was passed-in and later Neville Stewart called me over and said to have a look at her. He got her out of the box and I was taken but I really didn’t want a filly. Neville said look I own her and if you like you can have her for $8000. That was much less than he passed her in for in the ring. I just had to buy her then and aren’t I glad I did.
I’ve found Neville is great to do business with and I have found he is a very honest man”, Bourke said.
Stewart has extended his catalogue of yearlings at the forth coming Capricornia Yearling Sales to 22 with a subsequent supplementary Lot being a filly by Sidereus-Rosalia x Danehill Dancer being added.
“This Rosalita filly is an absolute cracker. Buyers of fillies will drool when they see her and my others on offer. She is a beauty”, Stewart said.
With decades in the thoroughbred breeding business, Stewart has the philosophy that “it is no good taking the yearlings back home as they have to get out their racing”.
Rarely is any yearling at an auction sale passed-in by Oaklands unless the offer is ridiculous.
“At Oaklands we invariably meet the market”, Stewart said late yesterday.
Another of the offspring of Forty Winks in Mywifesaidno won at the Gold Coast races on Saturday as well making it two wins for the afternoon for her dynasty.
“I have some lovely stock from Forty Winks coming up so Hit Snooze has done not only Tony Bourke a favour but Oaklands as well”, Stewart reasoned.
Bourke, a great supporter of the CYS was at the Sunshine Coast yesterday afternoon SUNDAY watching his first starter Outpatient who he purchased from the Rocky sale finish third.
“I hope in he can make it into the big CYS 3 & 4YO Classic in three weeks’ time. I will be up there for the Rocky Sale”, Tony Bourke said.
Benfica Princess, a wonderful advertisement fort the CYS won again at Eagle Farm last Saturday. Purchased from the draft of Banchory Thoroughbreds at the 2016 CYS, Benfica Princess (Benfica-Made Of Dreams) cost $16,000 and has now returned $179,550 in stakes.
What a fine example she is of the calibre of yearlings that comes out of the Rocky Sale – year in and year out!
Speaking of which, what about the Tom Button trained The Tax Accountant which went very, very close to winning the $200,000 Aquis 3YO Jewel (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Tax Accountant (Love Conquers All -Flo Jo x Danzero) was beaten less than half a length when a rattling third behind Mishani Hustler.
His large group of winning owners would have been thrilled and among those that like a little wager there were many smiling faces when The Tax Accountant went out at the extravagant odds of $41.00.
The highest priced yearling from the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale offered by Werner Quast, The Tax Accountant cost $48,000.
The figures read well for The Tax accountant as he has more than doubled that amount in earnings and his owners had another dividend of $19,000 for Saturday’s third.
Quast will offer Lot 47, a Love Conquers All filly and Lot 66, a Holy Roman Emperor filly at the CYS on April 14 in Rockhampton.