Bring on the Magic Millions!

We have always known that Sequalo is a special stallion so it is no surprise that he has sired another special horse - the outstanding Missy Longstocking who looks a top chance to claim Queensland's biggest juvenile event, the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast on January 12.

Ever since her 5.8 length winning debut at Toowoomba on October 20, the Liam Birchley trained filly has stood out as one of the state's - indeed one of the country's - best two-year-olds and three starts later she remains undefeated.

At her second outing leading throughout to record a stunning seven length victory at Eagle Farm, Missy Longstocking sat outside the leader at her next start in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes - again putting on display her stellar turn of foot.

Again rising in class - tackling interstate visitors in the Group 3 B J McLachlan Stakes at Doomben last Saturday, Missy Longstocking was ridden a little differently - Birchley keen to give his charge the experience of racing behind other horses.

"We wanted to try riding her a bit more quietly to cover a few scenarios," Birchley said.

"If the situation occurred in the Millions where for whatever reason something happened and she ended up back in the field, we wanted to know she would be able to adapt."

"I think she showed today that she can handle being ridden anywhere in the field."

Settling beautifully just off the pace for regular rider Damian Brown, Missy Longstocking was challenged in the run home but she responded well - holding off her rivals by an impressive 1 1/4 lengths.

"I think she's a better horse ridden in behind them and she was able to pick them up pretty easily when I went full bore on her," Browne said.

"The last 100 metres she was peaking on her run a little bit but I think Liam has left that little bit there for her grand final in a fortnight."

Which is exactly what Birchley did have in mind - "I had her about 90 to 95 per cent fit but she'll right at her top for the Millions," he said.

Missy Longstocking's fourth win from as many starts was her first at 1200m - and her trainer was always confident she'd run out the trip.

"There weren't any real doubts in my mind and today was a high pressure race yet she still hit the line quite strongly," he said.

Bred by Annecy Bloodstock and raced by Judith Clairs, Missy Longstocking is a great bargain success story having fetched just $7500 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale.

She is the third foal produced by the three times winning Thunder Gulch mare Linyanti who - not surprisingly - paid a return visit to Sequalo in the spring.

In great shape at 22, Sequalo is being well cared for at Lyndhurst, serving small books and still thoroughly enjoying his job!

What a great stallion he has been for us and for Queensland - 566 winners of 1950 races including 18 stakes winners, progeny earnings in excess of $33 million and winners in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Quite simply, Sequalo is a star!

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:33

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