Recognition of CYS graduate, ‘Party of Two’.

Published 13 February 2023

Recognition of CYS graduate, ‘Party of Two’.

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While Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) gained further recognition after Party For Two ran so splendidly in Melbourne on Saturday, locally it received another boost today (Monday 13/2).

Sidestep 2YO filly Party For Two failed to reach its reserve at last year’s CYS and was syndicated by its breeders Telemon and finished second in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Sandown last Saturday.

On the back of Sunshine Coast and Doomben wins, Party For Two has collected $114,425K in stakes and now is aimed at the $2M GR 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Sandown on February 25.

Naturally, the Damian Batters’ Sunshine Coaster Party For Two is eligible for the $150K Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 1. 

However, with bigger fish to fry it is unlikely that Party For Two will line-up in the CYS Classic here, a race that today’s brilliant Callaghan Park barrier trial winner Sunnycoast is earmarked to contest.

Like, Party For Two, buyer’s dismissed Sebring Sun gelding Sunnycoast at the 2022 CYS, so much so that his vendor’s CQ’s Bryan and Lorraine Hall fortuitously bought him back for a paltry $7000.

Sunnycoast was quick to return their faith in the form of a $35,300 dividend after a thrilling display of sustained speed in winning the Pallarenda Stakes (1100m) on debut at Townsville on October 22.

Astute Rockhampton trainer Jamie McConachy spelled Sunnycoast immediately after the win with the purpose of winning Rockhampton’s richest race for juveniles – the CYS 2YO Classic.

Sunnycoast left nobody in doubt that he is a super speedster in the making in the wake of his eight lengths trial win over 900 metres on the Callaghan Park grass today.

In the process, Sunnycoast gained another admirer in the form of his experienced trial companion, the heavyweight jockey Ash Butler.

“He trialled really well. He has brilliant gate (barrier) speed and pinged the gates and was straight to the front. He got there easy and comfortably and he doesn’t overdo it but just did the first two furlongs (so easy). 

Then from the 500 metres he just kept going and won easily. Two-year-olds like Sunnycoast win their races on brilliant speed right from the start and he certainly has that. He is going to be very, very hard to beat in any race Jamie (McConachy) puts him in on return”, Ash Butler said,

That race, reported trainer Jamie McConachy is likely to be the $37K QTIS 2YO Jewel Qualifier Plate (1100m) at Mackay on Saturday, February 25.

“He went good in the trial but I would have preferred it to have been 1000 metres. Provided he pulls up well from the rial that will (Mackay) probably be the way we are headed”, McConachy said.

 Butler said that under the Plate conditions of the Mackay race he would not be able to ride Sunnycoast at its 57kg allocation.

“That’s the way it is with my weight and I understand that. Whoever picks-up the ride on Sunnycoast will have a very good ride”, Ash Butler said.

Hypothetically, should Sunnycoast win the Mackay feature, he then becomes an automatic qualifier for the $500K QTIS Jewel (1200m) run as a once-only this year at Doomben on March 18.

That was the race that the Kevin Hansen trained brilliant Rockhampton filly Sweet Dolly won at the Gold Coast in March 2021, beating another Rockyite in Ahooshu.

 Sunnycoast’s owners the Hall’s as loyal CQ racing and CYS enthusiasts have long cherished to win the $150K CYS 2YO Classic.

While it is nothing more than supposition at this stage, it is feasible if it all panned out, that Sunnycoast could run in both feature 2YO races.

Jamie McConachy won last year’s CYS 2YO Classic with another of the Sebring Sun progeny in Sammiballerina raced by business and breeding associate’s of Sunnycoast’s owners. 

In racing nothing should be taken for granted as a number of highly promising 2YO CYS race winning graduates are already circling around Sunnycoast’s goal as well.  

 It is all shaping up as a vintage CYS 2YO Classic at Callaghan Park but who is to say that Party For Two won’t be a gate crasher as well.

Stranger things have happened, haven’t they?

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