Lead up to the CYS 22 – Article by Tony McMahon

Published 31 March 2022

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The name Stewart Park Stud is synonymous with the Central Queensland thoroughbred breeding industry,

Stewart Park was at the forefront of the breeding scene way back in the eighties when under the banner of the late racing entrepreneurs John Hillman and John Wedmaier.

During those halcyon years that stretched well into the nineties their notable stallions Bonfield, a VACT Futurity Stakes winner and In The Slot were “the” sires to go to in Central Queensland.

It is well documented that In The Slot produced four winners in the infancy of what is now called the Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic.

Earlier on Bonfield sired more than 117 winners from 144 of his stock to race.

Among them were the brilliant stakes winner Golf Field and the multiple top-class winner Laribon.

In the mid-nineties Stewart Park changed ownership to Paul and Fiona Power with dominate winners still coming through the stallions Western Red and Noble Lancer.

Around 2001 Stewart Park entered a new phase when Ray Coyne and family took over and not too long after they installed their first resident stallion the Marscay entire Encores

“For memory we have been selling at the local Rocky sale (CYS) for 17 years (around 2005)”, Ray said.

“Encores sired Arcup which gave Stewart Park another winner of the Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic in 2009. It was a great honour for myself and family”, he said.

After Encores (NZ) came Man Of Illusion who later died of a heart attack while now the Coyne’s have installed the young stallion Brabinger (2014 Snitzel-Sunset Express x Success Express).

Brabinger is a full brother to the illustrious multiple GR 1 winner Shamus Award a victor in the Moonee Valley Cox Plate.

Yes, the same Shamus Award who has produced the multi million dollar winning racehorses Incentivise, Duais and Mr Quickie.

“Brabinger had two wins from only three starts when trained by Kris Lees before he sustained a tendon injury. Kris told me he had no doubt he would have been a GROUP horse only for that. Look at him and then look at Shamus Award and you could barely tell then apart”, Ray said.

On pedigree, conformation, performance and overall evaluation, Brabinger looms large as the stallion to reinstate Stewart Park into the front line of CQ breeding status.

Coyne pulled off a coup in acquiring him before the stock of Shamus Award really took off.

Stewart Park will offer three of his stock on April 10 – two fillies Lots 80 and 86 as well a colt 103.

Lot 80 is a daughter of the seven times winning Monashee Mountain mare Gamble in Gold which has dropped the winners Golden Mount and Tahalia Gold.

“She is an early foal (August 26) and is a strongly put together filly”, Ray commented.

On Lot 86 (September 26) the filly from Be Esprit mare Huribel he had this to say: “She is a lovely big brown filly, a really nice filly. She is a half-sister to five times winner Hayyler’s Illusion and the winner Miss Manabel”.

Very honestly Ray said the colt from the three times winning Western Red mare Love Snack “had a lot of growing to do being a late foal (October 22) but he will certainly fill out. He is big for being a late foal but will grow much bigger. He goes back to the Lunchtime mare Hor’s D’Oeuvres who produced nine individual winners. It is a page (pedigree) full of winners”.

Yearlings by Brabinger’s brother Shamus Award have sold up to as much as $380K at Australian sales already this season.

Buyers at the CYS have a golden opportunity to purchase the very same blood through Brabinger at bargain prices.

That opportunity may never unfold again in Rockhampton.

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