THE recent announcement that Eliza Park would establish a division in Queensland is a huge milestone for Victoria's leading stud farm but an initiative, more importantly, which should prove a boon for broodmare owners not only in Queensland but nationally.
In just over a decade Eliza Park has established its brand with five properties in Victoria, servicing every aspect of the thoroughbred industry.
And when opportunity came knocking via the availability of a stud farm such as Kevin Dixon's former Racetree at Innisplain, the incentive to expand rendered the decision a "no-brainer".
Love Conquers All has received a warm reception since arriving in Queensland last month, with broodmare owners throwing considerable weight behind the brilliant sprinter/miler.
A multiple group- winning son of Mossman, Love Conquers All joins fellow freshman and two-year-old Triple Crown winner Pressday, champion Australian first season sire Written Tycoon and the prolific Monashee Mountain at the newly acquired Eliza Park Queensland (formerly Racetree) at Innisplain for the 2012 breeding season.
One of the first to show some Love interest was local breeder Phil Kajewski, who owns the city-winning Anabaa mare Action Annie.
To say that Phil has been riding high for the past 18 or so months is something of an understatement with Action Annie's speed machine Buffering winning three group races and finishing in the top four in no fewer than 10 group ones (including seconds to Black Caviar and Hay List).
Indeed, his only "failure" was a seventh behind Beaded and Love Conquers All in last year's Group One Doomben 10,000.
The attraction for Phil with Action Annie is obvious: Apart from Love Conquers All's reputation on the track, both he and Buffering are by Mossman.
In fact, Love Conquers All was the most expensive Mossman sold at public auction, when purchased by Team Hawkes for $400,000 at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
"You would not find a better looking horse than Love Conquers All … anywhere," John Hawkes said.
"I've been fortunate enough to train a lot of Group One winners and he was right up to that class. You only have to look through his record ... he raced against and defeated the likes of Hay List and More Joyous."
All up, Love Conquers All would compete in 20 black type races (from 24 career starts) and won or placed in 11 of them and was bestowed the second- highest Timeform rating for a sprinter/miler, behind So You Think.
"Buffering's dam (Action Annie) is a huge boost for any stallion heading into his first season at stud but she's just one of several 'headliners' who will visit Love Conquers All this spring," Eliza Park nominations manager Mark Lindsay said.
"Love Conquers All has so much going for him ... performance, pedigree (he's out of the Group One winner She's a Meanie) and athleticism. We really believe his progeny will be Magic Millions-type yearlings - especially if he throws them to type!"
Love Conquers All stands the 2012 season at Eliza Park Queensland at a fee of $13,750 (with no payment of service fee until March 31, 2013 and a transferable free return).
For information, phone Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338.
Kerrod Smyth is principal of Laurel Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs, and one of CQ's leading thoroughbred breeders.
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