Sunday, 22 April 2012
: Piccolo; High Chaparral; Easy Rocking; Hidden Dragon; Royal Academy.TEMPLE Of Boom
provided Queensland connections with a memorable success at racing's elite level when he landed the G1 Galaxy at Randwick on Saturday.
The win was the first at Group One level for Queensland trainer Tony Gollan and the first in Sydney for gun Kiwi jockey James McDonald.
A $40,000 purchase for Gollan from the Eureka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Temple of Boom sent his earnings soaring over $1 million with his biggest win to date.
Gollan's father Des had trained the Queensland champion Dalrello to win the Doncaster at Randwick in 1975.
A winner of 10 of his 29 starts, Temple Of Boom (Piccolo) is one of two stakes winners from three to race for his dam Temple Spirit.
An eight time winner and stakes performer by Special Dane, Temple Spirit is also the dam of the $700,000 earner and recent Magic Millions Cup winner Spirit Of Boom.
Combined the pair cost Gollan and their connections $130,000 and have earned $1,788,145 in prizemoney
* GAI Waterhouse has big plans for the progressive High Chaparral
stayer Western Symbol
after his tough victory in the Listed JRA Plate at Randwick on Saturday.
Waterhouse announced Brisbane and Caulfield Cup plans for the gelding by High Chaparral
from Blue Symbol (Bluebird).
Waterhouse won the Brisbane Cup last year with Tullamore, raced by the same connections as Western Symbol.
Bought privately, Western Symbol has won six races and placed six times from 14 starts earning $238,740 in prizemoney.
He is the first stakes-winner for Bluebird mare Blue Symbol, whose dam is a half-sister to GI West Australian Derby winner Starjo.
Western Symbol is one of 35 stakes-winners for English Derby winner High Chaparral
, whose AJC Derby winning son Shoot Out (High Chaparral
x Pentamerous, by Pentire) went close to winning the G Doncaster Mile on Saturday when finishing second to champion mare More Joyous.
* MAGIC Millions Guineas runner-up Easy Running
became stakes winner number eight for the Barathea sire Easy Rocking when he won the Listed Mick Dittman Plate at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Easy Running (ex Melrose Gardens by Marju) produced a dazzling sprint over the final 100 metres to beat Sydney visitor Didn'tcostalot by a short half head.
The win is the first for Easy Running although he was first past the post in the Listed Gold Edition Stakes in December but lost the race on protest.
After running a close up fifth in the Vo Rogue Plate he went into the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas where he was beaten by Punch On in a thrilling photo finish.
Trainer Desleigh Forster said Easy Running would have his next run in the Gold Coast Guineas on May 5 prior to the Fred Best Classic and Queensland Guineas.
It was the second straight Saturday that Forster had saddled up a stakes winner with a horse she purchased from the Magic Millions' Gold Coast sale ring.
Last Saturday she cheered home the classy sprinter Adebisi in the Bribie Handicap and that horse will run in next Saturday's G2 Victory Stakes.
Easy Running is the sole runner to date for his dam Melrose Gardens.
A twice Melbourne winning and stakes performed daughter of Marju, Melrose Gardens is a half sister to the French stakes winner Sangreal.
Easy Rocking went close to having multiple stakes winners on Saturday with both Funtantes and Bagman narrowly defeated at Eagle Farm and Morphettville.
* DANEHILL's son Hidden Dragon produced his third stakes winner when the 3YO filly Hidden Jewel
( ex Maximum Chance by Jan Murray) won the Listed
Princess Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday .
* SATURDAY's G3 SA Sires' Produce Stakes at Morphettville was won by the Royal Academy
filly Molto Bene
(ex Benevolent by Generous). She is the 166th stakes winner by the recently deceased son of Nijinsky.