Whittington youngsters Patches and Adamdeeant Race into 2YO Classic Field

A few more key pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that is the $125,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) fell into place through the result of the first race in Toowoomba on Wednesday.

A pair of Whittington youngsters in Patches and Adamdeeant quinellaed the $37,000 QTIS Maiden Plate (1050m) and raced their way into the field for Rockhampton’s richest juvenile race on Saturday, April 13.

Patches (g Whittington-Outlandish x Redoute’s Choice) won narrowly from Adamdeeant (Whittington – Sahifa x Lion Hunter) both being graduates from last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale.

The win by the Michael Nolan trained Patches, a $15K buy from Basil Nolan’s Raheen Stud draft rocketed him into second qualifying position in the Classic behind Fred Smith’s Tycoon Flyer who is engaged in the first race at Rocky on Thursday.

Adamdeeant, a $22K buy from the Grandview draft moved into 14th position on the qualifying grid in the Classic in which 16 horses will start.

In what is a mighty feat from last year’s CYS catalogue, the first 11 top qualifiers for the CYS Classic are all winners which is unprecedented in the history of the race that goes back to 1988 when won by Dashing Ruler.

Those winners are Ben Currie’s pair of Jelviss and Good Humour: Tom Button’s Flying Crackerjack; Pound for Pound and Woohoo Girl as well as Fred Smith’s Tycoon Flyer and Rocky Poet.

Then there are Tiger Love (Chris Munce); The Sinner (Natalie McCall); Hezhome (Craig Smith) as well as Michael Nolan’s Patches.

More pieces in the Classic jigsaw could drop into place today THURSDAY at Callaghan Park as per medium of the $31K QTIS 2YO Maiden (1100m).

Six of the 10 runners are Classic hopefuls with Tycoon Flyer; Rocky Poet and Hezhome already assured of their place in the April 13 field.

However, should Raymond West’s Malvagio; Phillip Pengelly’s Dakiel Lass or Clinton Garland’s Girrah Lass get into the major part of the prize money, they may squeeze into the Classic field.

With such a hype around this year’s appropriately named 2YO Classic, little wonder the CYS’s convener Jeff Leaver is elated.

“It is unbelievable to think that already in the first half of the two-year-old season that last year’s Rocky yearling sale has produced 11 individual winners. Bear in mind there were only 103 lots sold last year so the figures regarding the winners are nothing short of amazing.

Every year our sale produces quality winners and this year on April 14 will be no different”, Leaver said.

With such a quality field lining-up for the 2019 CYS Classic, trainers are already scrambling to source the top jockeys for their hopefuls and being a being a Saturday race date clashing with Brisbane, that is proving a testing task.

It will be a case of the early bird catching the worm so to speak.

There will be considerable interest at Callaghan Park Thursday centring around the performance of prominent CYS 3 & 4YO Classic (1300m) hopeful Marway who lines up in the $31K 3YO Handicap (1200m).

Marway was game in defeat at his last start at Callaghan Park when first-up and looking the winner until the shadows of the post when grabbed by Gracie Belle.

The latter was to run in Doomben on Saturday but when she drew 14, she was immediately scratched by trainer Peter Fleming and is now likely to start today once again opposed to Marway.

Finally, another striking advocate for the Capricornia Yearling Sales in The Tax Accountant is to run at Doomben on Saturday in the $110,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1350m).

The Tax Accountant had little luck at the draw and is likely to start from barrier 10.

Plans are in store for that bonny filly, the Lyle Wright trained Cyclone Girl to race in Toowoomba on Westwood Day, Saturday April 6.

There are two suitable races for her in the $127,500 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m) or the $75K Fillies and Mares Benchmark 75 (1300m).