Chapter & Verse Scores Emotional Win

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Tears flowed freely as Chapter And Verse had some help from above to provide trainer Desleigh Forster with her biggest career win in the $1million Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) on the Gold Coast.

Chapter And Verse was bred by Basil Nolan whose son Basil Jnr was killed in a tragic farm accident in November.

Although the Nolan family does not still share in the ownership, there was no doubt who the win was for.

Basil Nolan Jnr’s sons Basil Jnr and James were trackside to celebrate the emotional win as was Basil Snr who was overcome with emotion, stated: “This just means so much."

Eagle Farm trainer Forster had never won a $1million race before Saturday and she will remember this for the rest of her life – and for much more than just the money.

“These sort of races don’t come around often and this little horse is a little gem but his racing pattern doesn’t help him,” Forster said.

“It’s a tough day too, Basil bred this horse and he and Di (wife) they have done a fair bit for me.

“I just said to Mark (jockey Mark Du Plessis) to ride him like the best horse and get the job done.

“I said you could sit three wide and win, just ride him like the best horse. “

Former New Zealand-based jockey Du Plessis, now settled in Brisbane, said the win meant a lot to him.

“There would be a handful of people in my life that would know what I am feeling right now to get a big one in Australia, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.

Forster dedicated the win - with Chapter and Verse ($5.50fav) surging home to beat Tokoriki Lad ($7.50) by 3/4 length with another length back to In His Stride ($21) – to the Nolan family.

The Nolan family own Raheen Stud on Queensland’s Darling Downs and have been long-time stable supporters.

- Ben Dorries racenet.com.au