Breeder offers impressive stallion at bargain price! – Article by Tony McMahon
September 4, 2019
The idiom “the grass is always greener on the other side” is applicable to so many versions in life but especially so in the thoroughbred breeding industry.
All too often a thoroughbred stallion in our own backyard so to speak is overlooked in favour of what is termed in the industry a “more fashionable” counterpart way down south.
The imposing Elvstroem entire Carrara, a son of the Hurricane Sky mare Crystal Sprite, herself from a champion in the Golden Slipper winning G 1 Stratum mare Crystal Lily, is a perfect example.
Carrara, a great horse in his own right with an imposing list of five wins including the GR 2 Bill Stutt Stakes in Melbourne as well as being GR 1 placed in the stallion-making Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is now well and truly a local.
Carrara stands at Bruce Watts’ Riverside Thoroughbreds at Alton Downs where for the current breeding season which commenced in earnest this week, his service fee of just $3300 (inc GST) cries out true value.
There he stands alongside another aristocrat in De Shamekh which I will feature in detail in the coming days in this newspaper.
Last year Carrara served a reasonable book of mares at Riverside but with a resurgence underway in the Central Queensland thoroughbred breeding scene, Watts has reduced the fee some $550 from last season.
Watts could be termed the “last man standing” from an imposing list of CQ thoroughbred breeders over the last three decades, understands too well the hardships the drought has imposed on all livestock holders.
“It’s pretty tough out there with the drought and the price of feed so by reducing Carrara’s fee somewhat is my way of helping breeders a little”, he reasoned before going on.
“I really believe at $3300 given his record (Carrara) is very good value for breeders. He has had some very good winners and some very fast ones at that. In all fairness he hasn’t had that many runners on the ground but they have done very well”, Bruce Watts said.
Bruce was quick to rattle off the name of Allround Glory as a perfect example of the speed that Carrara has infused into his progeny.
Speaking of which, the Lyle Wright trained Allround Glory is due to race in a $30,000 Open Handicap (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast next Sunday.
Allround Glory endowed with speed to burn, has raced just 33 times with the enviable statistics of 12 wins and 13 placings while in his unplaced efforts he was always been to the fore.
It’s more than likely given his recent brilliant trial win at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton that Allround Glory will add to his current $294,525 stakes pot on Sunday.
Gracemere trainer John Pointon’s multiple winning Oaklands Stud bred Wicked Style youngster Crime Boss looks poised to improve on his excellent form of late at Townsville’s TAB races tomorrow. THURSDAY
A purchase from Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales, Crime Boss is listed in the third race the $31K QTIS 3YO Handicap (1000m) as TAB 1 with 59kg.
He is being ridden by the north’s talented jockey-trainer Bonnie Thompson who has been cutting a winning swathe through the North Queensland riding ranks of late.
Woohoo Girl, yet another winner from the Oaklands Rockhampton CYS draft of 2018, races in the same race and will be ridden by Sonja Wisemen who has been enjoying riding success as recently at last Saturday in Darwin.
Woohoo Girl’s trainer Tom Button will also start his stable stalwart Heartbreak Harry in Townsville being engaged in the Open Handicap (1400m).
Chris Whiteley has been engaged for Heartbreak Harry in an effort to reignite the form of the veteran as the two combined to win the 2017 Cleveland Bay Handicap (1300m) at Townsville.
Two of Rockhampton’s star gallopers in the makings in Barachiel and Spring Creek are back in training at Callaghan Park.
Trainer Jim O’Shea has developed Barachiel into a top line local sprinter and the grey has lightened in colour but filled-out during his six weeks respite.
Spring Creek was a cause of some concern for O’Shea at the track yesterday WEDNESDAY when she was slightly lame in front which the trainer no doubt will remedy quickly.