February 2013


We applauded the success of Queensland bred horses at the Spring Carnival in the January edition of this magazine. Queensland breeders can lay claim to an incredible eight Group One winners in the first three months of the racing season alone – Luckygray, Zoustar, Buffering, Boban, Spirit of Boom, Fire Up Fifi, Missy Longstocking and Black Cash.
Well we have another amazing statistic for you to consider…
The 2013 Magic Millions March QTIS Sale was the best juvenile performing sale in the country. It produced more individual winners pre-Christmas than any other sale. That is an amazing statistic.
The winners include Stroak, Setfire to Therain, Grapevine, Celestial Dragon, Vienna Royale, Element of Chance, Waffle, Freezethemillions, Vo Treasure and Penthouse Poppy, along with Black-type performers Ruby Soho and Ambitious Blonde.
So if you want tremendous value for money, a great chance of success and the opportunity to cash in on the fantastic QTIS bonus prizemoney make sure you head to the Gold Coast Sales complex at Bundall on March 17 and 18.

The Queensland Fillies Sales Bonus Incentive (QFSBI) has proved a huge success and has been very well received.
The $125,000 QFSBI is a partnership between the TBQA, Racing Queensland and Magic Millions and is designed to encourage buyers to purchase a filly at the Magic Millions March QTIS Sale.
It involved a series of 25 races held between December and February, where the winning owners received a $5000 credit bonus to go towards purchasing a filly at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.
To be eligible to win a $5000 credit, the winning horse needed to be QTIS registered and a graduate of Magic Millions Yearling Sale. A maximum of two credits ($10,000) could be used for the purchase of any one yearling.
The first winners were Miss Husson and Celestial Dragon.
Miss Husson took out the $85,000 A Bensley QTIS 3yo Hcp (2020m) at Doomben on Saturday December 21st. Owner trainer Bruce Hill was thrilled with the $5,000 credit that the filly collected.
"Most of my horses come from the March QTIS sale so this is just fantastic for me," stated an elated Hill.
"QTIS is a great scheme, we definitely need it and this Fillies Bonus Incentive will just be another big help for the industry here."
Hill is looking forward to selecting a nice Queensland filly to add to his stable.
"I've had a quite a bit of luck with Queensland bred fillies, I find them competitive and they win races so this is a nice little Christmas bonus," he laughed.
Scott Darby, the majority owner of Celestial Dragon, was equally thrilled with the $5,000 credit.
Celestial Dragon made it back to back wins when he took out the $85,000 QTIS Racing Retro 2yo Hcp (1110m) at Doomben on the same day as Miss Husson.
"I will definitely take up that prize," said Scott.
"It's a sensational bonus for me as I have more success with fillies than colts and I think the QTIS sale is fantastic.
"QTIS is a great scheme, I'm always very active at the March sale and I think this Fillies Bonus is just another great initiative that will add to its appeal."
These two owners provide just a small example of the excitement QFSBI has generated within the racing fraternity and I would like to congratulate all the QFSBI winners. I think breeders will appreciate the initiative when it comes to next month’s Magic Millions QTIS Sale.
I would also like to thank Magic Millions and Racing Queensland for providing such lucrative financial support for this scheme. Both organisations are working hard to ensure the success of the Queensland breeding and racing industry.

Artificial Insemination Appeal
In December 2012, we won the controversial Artificial Insemination trial that was brought to the Federal Court by former Chairman of the Sydney Turf Club, Bruce McHugh.
It seemed that with the win common sense had prevailed. However all common sense was thrown out the window, along with plenty of money, when McHugh decided to appeal the verdict. That appeal will be heard this month.
Under international racing law, only horses conceived by the stallion directly inseminating the mare are allowed to race and breed.
McHugh is challenging that rule, arguing the ban on artificially bred horses is both a restraint of trade and a breach of the Trade Practices Act.
When he handed down his judgment in December 2012, Justice Alan Robertson dismissed both arguments. He said the ban on AI is not a breach of the Trade Practices Act and that McHugh had failed to show the court the AI rule was a restraint of trade, because it was a reasonable provision when it was established "many decades ago to prevent the attribution of incorrect paternity to a thoroughbred horse".
Justice Robertson made the right decision. Australia would have been the only country to accept AI if we had lost this case and we would have been ostracised from the rest of the thoroughbred world as a result which would have had a disastrous effect on the breeding industry and export market. AI would send many Queensland breeders who are already struggling to the wall.
Unfortunately, we now have to wait again while the TBA and AJC work to defend this case. The appeal is set to be held in Sydney over three days commencing on Wednesday, 19th February.
I truly hope that common sense once again prevails and that our Australian breeding and racing industry isn’t threatened by self-serving interests.

The TBQA recently conducted a market research survey into the thoroughbred industry, with two QTIS pay-ups offered as a prize for those who participated.
The lucky winners have been drawn. They were Adam Wales and Peter Cranitch. Both were thrilled with the prize.
The TBQA committee would like to congratulate both gentlemen and wish them the best of luck with their QTIS runners.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey, we appreciate your time and your feedback will play a vital role in reshaping Australia's leading incentive scheme.

TBQA Vice President, Stan Johnston has once again come to the need of struggling horse owners. (pictured) 
Stan drove the successful TBQA Flood Relief Appeal in 2011. He drove thousands of kilometres across Queensland delivering hay and feed to stranded horse owners and relocating stock to flood-free areas.
Now, he’s helping drought stricken children who own horses. Stan’s recruited the TBQA, Droughtmaster Society and Grantham hay merchant Peter Doyle from Kynoona Pastoral.
With the help of generous donations to help pay for hay and fuel, Stan was able to purchase 750 bales of hay to deliver to children at Blackall, Longreach, Barcaldine, Winton and plenty of properties in between, just prior to Christmas
The ‘feed’ convoy included Stan, his daughter Crystal, brother Jock, wife Marilyn and Jo Heather from River Junction Racing and Droughtmaster Stud travelling thousands of kilometres over three days to drop off the hay. It cost about $10,000 and was partially off-set by generous donations from the public.
The second run was held between January 11 and 14 after Stan received a donation of two and a half tonnes of grain and purchased another 700 bales of hay.
Since the concept was first publicised in November, Stan has been inundated with pleas for help from children in the Central West who are struggling to feed their ponies. He is hoping for more financial donations to help purchase the hay and pay for fuel for the trips.
If you are interested in donating funds, hay or grain or can assist with transportation please email craigleastud@bigpond.com.au