It was a well deserved metropolitan victory for Reilly Blue at Doomben on Christmas Eve, the five-year-old a prolific winner on the provincial circuit and a horse who has always promised to measure up in town.
A smart winner as an odds-on favourite at his previous outing at his home track Toowoomba, the Norm Hilton trained Sequalo gelding was always travelling nicely for Scott Seamer who was riding the gelding for the first time.
Increasing his impressive prize money tally to over $11,000, Reilly Blue has now won eight of his 20 starts with a further six placings to his credit.
Bred and part raced by Warwick breeder Bruce Reilly after whom he is named, Reilly Blue is out of the terrific race and broodmare Jillina Blue who Bruce also bred and raced.
This is a family he has enjoyed good success with, also racing Jillina Blue's dam Star Of Jillina who showed ability during a brief career.
Sadly she died after producing just two foals but Jillina Blue proved a great representative for her – winning 11 races, five of those in town.
And what a great job she is doing at stud, her first foal Lightning Blue by Celestial Dancer a winner and Reilly Blue her second.
The year after producing him she foaled an even more exciting type in the shape of Carry Me Bluey (by the late Carry The Flag), a horse who contests the Bernborough Handicap enroute to a Sydney campaign and a crack at the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap.
Also the dam of a yearling filly by Sequalo, Jillina Blue is currently in foal to Lyndhurst's exciting young stallion Drumbeats.