The following awards are presented each year by the TBQA - Champion First Season Stallion, Stallion of the Year, Champion 2yo Stallion, Champion Broodmare
2016 Champion First Season Stallion - Love Conquers All
Top performer – Love Spy (2013 f – Umalass) 4 Starts 2-0-1. Earnings - A$172,750
Love Conquers All conquered the Queensland breeding industry in his first season, and he dominated the National First Season table for much of the year. Unfortunately he lost the National title by just $30 in the last few weeks of the season!
Love Conquers All is by Champion Sire Mossman, who produced Buffering, and he is from the Group One winning mare, She’s a Meanie. She’s a Meanie has had seven named foals, six to race for five winners, including She’s Meaner, a Listed winner by Queensland’s top stallion, Falvelon.
Love Conquers All was an outstanding racehorse from the Hawkes stable, with 21 starts for eight wins, five seconds and two thirds and prize money totalling $1,380,000. His best win was the Group 2 Rosehill Shorts, and he placed at Group One level on three occasions.
Love Conquers All finished the season with 22 starers, eight winners and eight placed including one Stakes placed – Par Oneri.
He has some very promising gallopers, none more-so than Downloading, the half-brother to the Australian Champion, Buffering.
2016 Qld Stallion of the Year - Written Tycoon
Top performer – 2013 Capitalist (c – Kitalpha) 5 starts 4(3)-1-0 $3,508,700
Written Tycoon has had an outstanding season being the sire of three individual Group One winners in the 2015-16 season. His progeny amassed $10,107,231.
Leading the way was the all-Queensland, Champion 2YO Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist. Hot on the heels of Capitalist is Bjorn Baker’s elite sprinter, Music Magnate, the winner of the Doomben 10,000 and across the ditch he is the sire of the Group One winning Luna Rossa, who won the New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes.
Of the 16 Stakes winners he has sired across his breeding career, eight of them were this season and four of those were from his Queensland crop including Capitalist, Winning Rupert, Hot Dipped and Luna Rossa.
In his entire breeding career Written Tycoon has never achieved the results or success that he has attained from standing here in Queensland.
Written Tycoon was bred by Jan Clarke at Daandine Stud, near Warwick on the Darling Downs. Jan also bred Capitalist.
2016 Champion 2YO Stallion - Written Tycoon
Top 2yo performer - Capitalist (c – Kitalpha) 5 starts 4(3)-1-0 $3,508,700
It was Written Tycoon’s outstanding two year old crop that contributed significantly to his Champion Sire title, so it goes without saying that he would also be awarded Champion 2yo Sire.
His two year crop banked a total of $4,360,731. Capitalist was his highest earner with $3,508,700. This was a world record prize money total for any two year old!
His other Group One winning 2YO was the New Zealand based, Murray Baker-trained Luna Rossa, who won the New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes, coming from ten lengths last to win. Luna Rossa collected NZ$155,900.
His other 2YO Stakes winners include the undefeated Winning Rupert, and Hot Dipped.
Written Tycoon had a total of 27 2YO starters for 13 winners (including four Stakes winners) and two placegetters.
These two year olds were old bred when Written Tycoon was standing at Eliza Park (now Sun Stud) in Queensland, producing the best crop of his entire career. This is an amazing achievement, and proves the strength of Queensland breeding.
2016 Champion Broodmare - Kitalpha
It was another difficult decision for Broodmare of the Year, with so many top performing Queensland-bred candidates performing at Group level.
This year’s standouts included former Champion Broodmare, Action Annie (Buffering) and newcomer Tolhart (Miss Cover Girl) but of course, judges couldn’t go past the dam of Capitalist – Kitalpha.
Kitalpha NZ 2005, by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) had an unimpressive racing career earning just $19,140 from fifteen starts (1-0-2).
Kitalpha has had just four foals: Lushan and Capitalist are the only two to race.
Lushan by Northern Meteor. This gelding hasn’t set the world on fire, with one win and $9,600 from seven starts.
The outstanding Capitalist (pictured) who won the Listed Breeders Plate, Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and Group 1 Golden Slipper and placed second in the Group 2 Todman and banked $3,508,700 this season. The richest 2YO in the World – ever!
She has a yearling filly by Real Saga, called Stresa, who is yet to race and will be trained by Tony Gollan.
Kitalpha’s last foal is a weanling filly by Smart Missile. This striking filly is a three-quarter sister to the Stakes placed Mediterranean. Unfortunately Kitalpha was struck down with colic and died a week after giving birth to this filly.
Kitalpha is owned by Jan Clarke at Daandine Stud near Warwick on the Darling Downs, where Capitalist, and his Champion Sire, Written Tycoon were both bred.