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Queensland sprinters impress

LOFTY GOAL: Missy Longstockings, the three-year-old daughter of Sequalo, takes home a win in Queensland, before she left.
LOFTY GOAL: Missy Longstockings, the three-year-old daughter of Sequalo, takes home a win in Queensland, before she left. Contributed

LENLOGAN Park has started the new two-year-old racing season in outstanding fashion by combining to produce the first three Brisbane metropolitan winners of the new racing calendar.

Two weeks ago it was Grapevine and Vienna Royale, by Falvelon, proving too strong for their opponents, while last weekend it was last year's Queensland first season sire, Real Saga, letting loose with an ultra-impressive debutant in Stroak.

Popular Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy can lay claim to preparing two of those victors - with both Grapevine and Stroak now firmly headed towards a Magic Millions campaign, after he purchased the pair from the Glenlogan Park draft on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

"I have no doubt that Queensland is producing some of the best sprinters in the country," Bryan beamed not long after the race.

"There are plenty of quality horses in Qld if you are prepared to do the work at the sales and I am thrilled with the two I have produced already. They are rippers.

"We have had a huge opinion of Stroak, who is a Real Saga filly, right from the moment we first threw a saddle on her and I am sure she has an outstanding future."

"The older she gets the better she will get and I wouldn't be surprised if we aren't down in Melbourne competing with the best in the country at this time next year, that's how highly I rate her, but we have some serious goals mapped out for her here first."

Bryan purchased Stroak for $27,000 at the sales this year, while he went to $42,5000 to secure Grapevine.

Last week's runaway colt's victor, Vienna Royale, was drawing comparisons to his own sire's debut, Falvelon, after waltzing away for a 5.5 length victory for trainer Tony Gollan - an evaluation connections were thrilled with after having the promising youngster knocked down to them for $25,000 in March.

All three youngsters are now headed towards two-year-old Stakes Races, with the wonderful QTIS prizemoney on offer in Queensland, the three of them, who have a combined purchase price tag of only $94,500, have now amassed $169,500 between them - with the promise of much more to come.

Lyndhurst, the second Queensland stud to have a big Saturday out, started with Bodega Negra winning in Brisbane. He is a 2010 gelding by Hidden Dragon out of Fantastic Flo Jo, trained by the Bruce W Hill stable, a $46,000 purchase from Kalinga Past.Co .

His current race record is two wins from five starts for prize money of $124,000, coming off a sixth in the Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill two weeks ago, to be winning a three year old 1630m Hcp at Doomben in a easy fashion.

Next was the most dominant win of the day, if you disregard the four horse walk in the park of Atlantic Jewel's win in the Caulfield Stakes, Queensland's Missy Long Stockings sat three horses wide in the breeze the entire trip, to stride away from the corner and go down to the wire under a hold by Damien Brown - it was a dominant win.

Flashy chestnut Missy Long Stocking showed Melbourne racegoers what a top-class filly she is when taking the tourist's route to land Saturday's Group III Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

It was the fifth stakes win for the three-year-old daughter of Sequalo taking her record to eight wins and one third, from 11 starts for earnings of $634,150.

Missy was passed in at the sales for $9000 off a reserve of $30,000 and raced by her owner Judy Clairs who is certainly having a whale of a time with her.

Trainer Liam Birchley has set lofty goals for the filly this spring.

"I'm hoping to go for the (Group 1) Coolmore (Stud Stakes), that's the target at this point," he said.

"I'd love to have another 10 of her ... she just keeps doing the job."

Kerrod Smyth is principal of Laurel Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs and one of CQ's leading thoroughbred breeders.

Topics:  from the running rail kerrod smyth thoroughbreds


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