Party For Two gives everything in the Blue Diamond Stakes

Published 27 February 2023

Dan Fletcher pictured with Telemon's foundation stallion Sidestep.

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While the party had to be put on hold for the connections of $2M GR I Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) contestant Party For Two, the bonny filly gave it her best in the Melbourne glamour race last Saturday.

Overlooked as a yearling at the 2022 Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton when not fetching her $30K asking price, Party For Two bred by former Central Queenslander Dan Fletcher certainly wasn’t out of her depth in the Sandown feature.

In a cluttered-up field, Party For Two ran her heart out and finished just 3.4 lengths behind the winner Little Brose whereby only 4.25 lengths covered the first 13 runners at the finish.

Former Emerald businessman and racing and breeding buff Dan Fletcher, now of Telemon Stud, Innisplain said he and the filly’s ownership group were very proud of Party For Two.

“The run was full of credit and really in all honesty I suppose a touch better than expected. To finish so close at top lever was a credit to her and all concerned.

A bit of galloping room closed for her and I’m not saying for a minute she would have been placed but had she been able to get in another lane may have finished even closer. However, she still picked – up and tried her heart out. You can’t ask for more”, Dan Fletcher said.

A holiday at her birthplace Telemon Thoroughbreds now awaits Party For Two as she and all closely associated get over the hectic weekend in Melbourne.

“We (some owners) were redirected on flights this morning (Monday) back from Melbourne away from Coolangatta Airport. They put us on bus from Brisbane airport to get home”, Dan said.

Party For Two, the original favourite for the $150K Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on April 1, will now be resting when that race is run much to the relief of other aspirants.

With a GR 2 placing (Blue Diamond Prelude) to her credit, Party For Two’s full sister (Lot 121 -Sidestep-Ponte Roma (NZ)) at the March MM Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast on Monday, March 20 will be a star attraction.

Sidestep a GR winning performer and son of super stud Exceed and Excel came to the fore quickly as a prized progenitor siring GR 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Kiamichi.

Versatile, Sidestep lives up to his father’s name Exceed and Excel when it comes to juveniles as he is the “old man” of Beau Rain, the recent multiple winning Townsville trained juvenile.

Obviously, Sidestep infuses his stock with toughness as the Bill Kenning trained Beau Rain won at Townsville last Tuesday (Feb 21) before backing up four days later at Mackay when a close second to In Evidence.

Buyers at both the Gold Coast MM March Sale and the CYS in Rockhampton on April 2, will have the Sidestep yearlings on their shopping list.

Just last week Sidestep sired four winners at Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Quirindi and at Cambridge (NZ) taking him up to almost 150 winners.

In the first race at Thangool today (Monday) a daughter of Sidestep in Show and Go finished second

There were emotional scenes after the Bob Murray trained Boombrasstic won the second race at Thangool the Jack Murray Benchmark 60 (1200m).

The result was if as scripted, as Bob is the son of the late great Eidsvold racing legend, gentlemanly Jack Murray who passed away earlier this month.

Jack Murray, 94, was not only a legend through his lifetime in racing at many levels in the North  Burnett region, but he was generally respected as one of Queensland racing’s finest gentleman.

His funeral service will be held at his beloved Eidsvold racecourse this Friday where a massive crowd is expected to pay their last respects and relive a racing life lived to the fullest in country Queensland.





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