This is such a busy and exciting time of year for everyone involved in the breeding and racing industry.
Foaling is well and truly underway and we all watch with awe as they grow bigger and stronger every day, our hopes for the future.
The breeding barns are busy, stables are full as we start preparing yearlings for the January Magic Millions Sale and of course, it’s the highlight of the new racing season, with the Spring Carnival underway.
Good luck to everyone, especially if you are heading south to represent our great State, Queenslanders will certainly be cheering you on.
Congratulations to Racing Queensland for yet another fantastic RQ awards night. This event seems to improve every year and it was certainly a great night.
I was honoured to present a number of awards on behalf of the TBQA and I would like to make special mention to our category winners – Jon Hasler and Steve Morley from Glenlogan Park for Champion Sire with Show A Heart and Real Saga who won both the Champion 2yo Sire and Champion First Season Sire, to Linda and Graham Huddy for Broodmare of the Year in Pentamerous, the dam of Shoot Out and Jeff Kruger and family from Lyndhurst Stud who were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their former sire, and Queensland’s most successful stallion, Smokey Eyes.
FESTIVAL OF HORSE
On a smaller scale, the Festival of the Horse was held in Toowoomba in September. Unfortunately the annual Fitton Raceday was unable to run for the first time in twenty five years due to the upgrade of the track at Clifford Park, however the biennial Equine Hall of Fame still went ahead.
This year’s inductees included Peter Moody, who was born in South West Queensland and of course the great mare that projected him to world-wide fame, Black Caviar. Along with former racing great, Darby McCarthy and the lovely lady who organises the Festival every year and works so hard to promote the racing industry and raise money for various charities – Del Fitton OAM. Del had no idea she was going to be inducted, so it was a wonderful surprise for everyone at the awards. (pictured)
The Festival was capped off with the annual Stud Tours, this time through the Scenic Rim, with stops at Yarramalong, Glenlogan Park and Eliza Park.
There was mixed results at the Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale in September. Many vendors were thrilled with results, others disappointed. That seems to be the norm with any sale.
I think this sale is certainly gaining momentum and starting to get a good reputation as another avenue for both vendors and purchasers. That can be shown when you have trainers the calibre of John Hawkes attending, who paid $310,000 for the top lot – a Dreamscape colt.
The sale average was $42,870, up almost $2,000 on last year, but unfortunately the clearance rate was down 7% to 62.2%. However, I think overall it was a good sale and its popularity will continue to grow as owners and trainers see the advantages of purchasing a 2yo that’s ‘ready to run’.
BLACK TYPE STATUS
I’m thrilled to see that Queensland has finally gained some recognition from the Pattern Committee and had three Black Type Races upgraded.
For years we have been overlooked and it’s great to see that this year the BRC Roses will be a Group 2, and both the Ken Russell Memorial on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Guineas have been upgraded to Group 3s.
It shows the positive direction the Queensland racing industry is heading in. Obviously having RQ Chairman, Kevin Dixon on the Pattern Committee board has had a positive impact. It’s great to see we now have a voice that will fight for our state and be heard.
I still think there are other races that deserve consideration as Listed or Group status, but this is a start and hopefully we’ll make some inroads in the next few years.
ANABOLIC STEROID BAN
I am a little concerned about the Australian Racing Board’s decision to place a total ban on the use of anabolic steroids both in and out of competition.
Currently in Australia anabolic steroids are only prohibited in horses on race day, but the new ban will apply to all thoroughbreds from the age of six months and the ban goes far beyond any other racing jurisdiction outside of Europe.
Obviously, we don’t want to see our industry marred by the use of any steroids or performance enhancement drugs as part of racing and this must be closely monitored and enforced to maintain integrity and confidence in the industry.
I don’t want to be seen as promoting the use of steroids, however I think this ban has been taken a little too far as the drugs can play a role in therapeutic treatment for injured horses. They can promote protein synthesis, muscle growth, red blood cell production, tissue repair after stress and injury and appetite to meet demands for additional nutrition. It is unfortunate that they can no longer be used in this capacity.
The new rule was introduced on November 1st, with a six month ‘grace period’ to allow horses to be free of drugs, so it won’t be enforced until May next year.
MARKET RESEARCH SURVEY
As you would be aware, the TBQA is conducting a market research study into the Queensland breeding and racing industry.
Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. If you haven’t already done so, we are hoping you will take just ten minutes of your valuable time to answer the survey questions.
The information gathered will be used to help improve the breeding and racing industry in this state, and will be vital as we lobby industry bodies and the state government to help us move forward and secure a stronger future.
The survey does not need to be completed in one sitting, you can save your data and answer remaining questions later.
As a token of our appreciation for your time, you can go into the draw to win one of two QTIS pay-ups once you have completed the questions.
You can access the survey via the TBQA website www.queenslandbreeders.com.au
NEW PEDIGREE PAGE
The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association is thrilled to offer a new service for our members.
Thanks to our partnership with Arion Pedigrees, you can now check the performance of Queensland's top stallions and their progeny via the Queensland Stallion Pedigrees link on our website www.queenslandbreeders.com.au
All the sires who have advertised in the Queensland Stallions Directory will be listed on the page.
It's as simple as clicking on the photo or name of the sire.
We hope you find this service beneficial and we would like to thank Arion Pedigrees for providing us with the information for this service.