Sequalo's current crop of two-year-olds are shaping extremely well - Missy Longstocking winning her first four before a fast finishing Magic Millions Classic third, Epsilon brilliant at debut before a gallant Eagle Farm second and Smart Operator looking the goods at his debut at Doomben on Wednesday.
Bred by CM Fraser Property, the Tony Sears trained gelding was strongly fancied on the back of impressive trial victories at Toowoomba and Doomben and he looked to have plenty in hand defeating fellow debutant Navelina.
A $57,500 purchase at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast QTIS 600 Yearling Sale, the aptly named Smart Operator is very much a Lyndhurst product - his dam, the late Isobelle Allen, a daughter of Celestial Dancer whilst her dam, the city winner Rae-Again was by Grand Chaudiere.
Sadly passing away only a couple of months after producing Smart Operator, Isobelle Allen proved an outstanding mate for Sequalo - by him producing three winners from as many to race.
And Smart Operator has big shoes to fill, his older siblings being the stakes winners Shysu (six wins, over $270,000 in stakes) and Sequallan (15 wins, over $437,000 in stakes).
This has been a tough and consistent family for generations, Rae-Again producing seven winners including the wonderful Celestial Dancer mare Dancing Again - winner of 17 races and dam of six winners including the multiple city winners Our Fabio and Desdemona - both by Sequalo.
Further prove that this is a family of prolific winners is another of Rae-Again's outstanding foals - the 22 times winner Northern Rae.
Meanwhile Rae-Again's dam Bogan Rea won ten races, two of those at Listed level - and she produced seven winners from as many foals - including the Group 3 winner Hailraybo. And she is the grandam of another smart Sequalo, the stakes placed eight times winner Alfonso.
The evergreen Sequalo looks to have another very nice filly in the shape of Epsilon - stunning debut winner at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Always well regarded by trainer Tony Gollan, the imposing two-year-old was warmly supported into favouritism in the 850m 2Y0 Maiden and she didn't give her rivals a look-in at any stage.
Easily mustering speed to take an early lead, Epsilon gave a kick at the top of the straight and under hands and heels riding was able to draw clear to an impressive 4.8 length victory in class record time.
Also going close to the track record for the trip, Epsilon pleased Gollan who had been expecting a bold performance.
"We thought she would be hard to beat as she had been showing enormous ability at home," he enthused.
Bred by Eureka Thoroughbreds who retained a share after she was sold to Tony Gollan and agent Cameron Cooke for $50,000 at last year's Magic Millions QTIS 600 sale at the Gold Coast, Epsilon is raced by a large and enthusiastic group consisting of Paulette Gollan, Brian Siemsen, Paul Kirkwood, Terrence Mcclurg, the BR Allan Syndicate, the Gold Punt Syndicate (manager Gavin Pontin), the Eureak Stud Syndicate (manager Colin Macalpine) and Adrenaline Thoroughbreds (manager Michael Vincent).
A number of talented gallopers have been raced by some of Epsilon's owners - including her classy stable mates Spirit Of Boom (also by Sequalo), Temple Of Boom and the Melbourne Group One winner Douro Valley.
Epsilon was, recalled Cameron Cooke who inspected the QTIS draft with Tony Gollan, impressive from the start.
"She was built like a colt," he said.
"She had a strong shoulder, a deep girth and great hindquarters - she was a really nice filly who looked like she'd go early."
"Tony and I both said that no matter what we would not be leaving the sale without her!"
Happy to have secured her for what now looks to be a bargain price, Cooke said the filly was immediately popular - "most of her was sold before we even left the ring!"
Epsilon hails from Sequalo's 13th crop, one that has also produced the Group 3 winning Magic Millions placegetter Missy Longstocking.
"Sequalo's progeny just keep performing," said Lyndhurst's Jeff Kruger, "and it is great to see Tony with another good one as he has been a great supporter of the stallion."
Epsilon is the second last foal produced by the very good broodmare National Star who died in late 2011.
Seven of her nine progeny to race have been winners including the Group 3 winning sprinter Cosmic Strike (dam of the stakes placed Luce del Mare) and the metropolitan winners Scrubby Creek and Barrel Of Gold. Meanwhile her unraced daughter Star Maid is the dam of the Listed winner River's Lane.
The member of a speed family, Epsilon can boast amongst her relations the fast multiple stakes winners New Atlantis and New Logic.
Providing Epsilon pulls up well, she may head straight to town with an Eagle Farm race on February 9 a possibility.
Epislon (the Greek word for fifth) is named after the fifth star on the Australian flag (National Star her dam) - a fact not missed by Sunshine Coast racecaller Paul Dolan - "her name means fifth and she wins by five!"
How apt a victory it was for Ticket To Dream at Doomben on Wednesday - the four-year-old proving too strong for her rivals in a race named for her father - the Sequalo at Lyndhurst Stud Handicap.
Having only her second run back from a freshen-up, the Steven O'Dea trained mare was a deserved winner having run into plenty of trouble at recent outings.
Badly held up fresh at Doomben in early January, Ticket To Dream had been slowly away at her previous outing and always wide at the run before that. Fortunately this time was luck on her side and she was able to record her fourth victory from just 12 starts.
Ticket To Dream was bred and is and part raced by Markham Gough and her victory is a fine achievement for him - as he has been breeding from her family for generations.
In fact he bred not only Ticket To Dream's dam, but also her grandam, her third dam and even her fourth dam!
And what a mare her fourth dam was - the legendary Emancipation, winner of 19 races - six of those at Group One level.
A successful broodmare best represented by the Group 2 winner Royal Pardon, Emancipation spawned a dynasty - her descendants including the big race winners Railings (Caulfield Cup, Metropolitan Handicap), Virage de Fortune (William Reid Stakes, QTC Sires' Produce Stakes) and Rumya - a dual Group 1 winner in South Africa.
Ticket To Dream is the first foal for the lightly raced Made Of Gold mare Made Of Dreams, half sister to the multiple city winner Observation. Her dam Brighter View by Scenic was one of three winners from just four to race for the Vice Regal mare Animation - dam of the Group 2 winning stayer Magneto.
Ticket To Dream is one of several nice winners for the ever reliable Sequalo since the start of the year - others including Exotic Sequel (impressive winner of his last two at Doomben and the Gold Coast), Luskin Sky (Gold Coast two length maiden winner at only her second outing on January 5), Power Sequalo (winner over 1100m in Macau on January 5), Daiquiri Belle (Coff's Harbour maiden winner on January 6), Trail Boss (1 1/2 length Sunshine Coast winner on January 6) and Black Monty (3 1/2 length maiden winner at the Sunshine Coast on January 13).
A filly who showed plenty of potential during her first couple of campaigns, Caliente matured nicely over the winter months and was impressive kicking off her latest campaign with a barnstorming victory in the Listed Mode Plate at Eagle Farm on December 8.
Beginning well but drifting back in the field, the daughter of Sequalo spotted her rivals ten lengths at the top of the straight.
Swinging wide, she put on display an outstanding turn of foot over the final 200m - finishing right over the top of them before drawing clear to salute by a soft 1-1/4 lengths.
Ridden patiently by Paul Hammersley, Caliente recorded her second win at just her seventh start - in doing so becoming Sequalo's 18th individual stakes winner.
Trainer Bruce Hill believes that Caliente is more of a racehorse this time in.
"To be fair to her she got decked a few times in her races last time in and she didn't have the smarts to cope with it," hel said.
"But this time in she's developed mentally the way I was hoping she would."
And he believes the best is still to come, confident that Caliente will be even better suited as she rises in distance.
"I think she'll get a mile easily enough and I think she can keep taking the necessary steps," he said.
Praise for Caliente's victory came from jockey Tim Bell who was aboard runner up Sookie - "I thought she had them covered at the furlong," he said, "but the winner went past us like we were standing still!"
Proudly bred by Lyndhurst Stud, Caliente was secured by Hill for $30,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.
Already the winner of over $137,000 for her happy owners Campbell Black, Rob Willis, Michael Buys, Brian Hill and Doug Burn, Caliente is only the second foal produced by the Scenic mare Avenel who, after producing a Drumbeats filly in September, paid a return visit to Sequalo.
A descendant of the famed matriarch Teppo, Avenel hails from the family of feature race winners Staging, Duporth, Excites, Tickets, Delago Deluxe, Dashing Image and River Don.
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!
The evergreen Sequalo was in outstanding form on the weekend - represented by five winners and an eye-catching and somewhat unlucky Flemington Gr.2 second on Saturday.
Striking interference at the start of the Gr.2 Linlithgow Stakes, the Tony Gollan trained five-year-old Spirit Of Boom charged home out wide late - only just failing to pick up Fontelina to whom he was conceding 3.5kg.
Having more luck in running was the exciting Missy Longstocking who created a fine impression racing away to an exciting seven length victory at Eagle Farm,
Well fancied in the back of her 5.8 length debut victory at Toowoomba, the Liam Birchley trained two-year-old looks to have a bright future.
Clocking 57.18 seconds for the 1000m - breaking the two-year-old filly class record previously held by subsequent Magic Millions winner Military Rose - Missy Longstocking will be aimed for that very same race after a short break.
"Because it was at Toowoomba I thought she might get away with going into the race a bit underdone," Birchley said of his charge's debut, "but she won it quite easily."
"She took a good step forward from Toowoomba and again today."
Jockey Damian Browne was taken not only with the style of Missy Longstocking's but also of her relaxed nature.
"She's a lovely filly who gets into her gears pretty quickly," he said, "and there is still plenty of scope for improvement."
A natural leader, Missy Longstocking travelled nicely in front - really racing away in the run home.
Bred by Annecy Bloodstock out of a mare (three times winner Linyanti) who sadly died young last spring, Missy Longstocking was purchased for just $7500 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale.
Also in winning form for Sequalo on Saturday was Ruling Party (1 1/2 lengths too strong under 59kg at Balranald - his ninth victory), Seagal (successful at Barcaldine - his second in in a row), Whispering Death (Mt Isa - third win from last four) and Skytana (Toowoomba).
That's eight Sequalo winners already this month. Spirit Of Sarah recorded her fourth success from seven outings when proving 1 1/2 lengths too good for her rivals over 970m at Rockhampton on November 1. On the following day Sequalo was represented by a double with Ruby Qualo successful at Ipswich - her second win at that track from her last three starts. Also in great form is Sequillian who at Moree won her third race from her last four starts - taking out a 950m event by 1.3 lengths.