Lyndhurst Stud Farm - Sequalo News

We are not too long into the 2012/13 racing season and already the evergreen Sequalo has made his mark with his progeny winning 27 races in the last ten weeks.

Amongst that tally are three very nice city winners - as well as the classy Spirit Of Boom who, on the back of two Listed winners, looks set to soon break through for further stakes success having finished close up in three back type events this campaign.

Also in form is the terrific campaigner Bold Glance who, at Eagle Farm on Saturday September 29 recorded a tough on-pace victory over 1500m.

Winning the tenth raced of his outstanding career, the Norm Hilton trained seven-year-old atoned for a previous unplaced run as favourite where he was galloped on during the running.

"Although it wasn't a serious injury, it was bad enough for him to feel it when the pressure went on that day," Hilton said.

"I knew something had to be wrong because he normally shows a lot more fight than he did on that occasion."

"I gave him a few easy days out on the farm and he responded really well."

A horse who has campaigned successfully in Sydney - running third in last year's Doncaster Handicap, Bold Glance may this spring make his first trip to Melbourne.

"There's a 1400m Group Three race at Flemington on Derby Day that would suit Bold Glance," Hilton said - "the same race I won with Poor Judge a couple of years ago."

"It would've been nice to go to Sydney for the Epsom but it's good to see him back in winning form and I might take him to Melbourne instead."

Overracing early for apprentice Kirk Matheson, Bold Glance was pressured by eventual runner-up Poor Judge in the run home but his rider was always confident.

"He was a bit keen early," he said, "but then he settled into a perfect rhythm and travelled really sweetly coming to the home turn."

"He went head and head with the second horse but I knew at the furlong we would get the better of him."

Bahsa and Seeking More have also recorded recent metropolitan victories. The former, when successful at Doomben at only his ninth start, still has plenty of scope for improvement for his owner/breeder Alan Bamberry who also bred and raced the four-year-old's two times winning dam Mystic Garden.

Also a home-bred Seeking More - raced by the Devine family - was impressive saluting at Doomben at debut on October 3.

Only the second foal produced by the dual city winner Coniston Lass, Seeking More is a full brother to the stakes placed eight times metropolitan winner Seek And Find who has won over $265,000 in stakes.

Coniston Lass is a regular at Lyndhurst Stud - last spring served by Drumbeats having produced a Hidden Dragon colt the year before and a Sequalo filly in 2010.

Sequalo's dual Listed winner Spirit Of Boom went so close to his first Group success when embarking on a Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign on Saturday, the Tony Gollan trained five-year-old at only his second attempt down the Flemington straight nosed out in the shadows of the post in the Bobbie Lewis Quality.

Having his first run since a close up sixth in the Stradbroke Handicap, Spirit Of Boom did not have the best of runs, facing the breeze and racing greenly.

"If he goes straight he wins!" said a frustrated Michael Walker who was riding Spirit Of Boom for the first time, impressed by his courage in going so close after doing a bit wrong.

"I still thought we had won," he said.

"He just got lost out there today," Gollan said, "but I am very proud of him - it was a terrific run and hopefully we are going to have a good Spring with him."

A home-bred for Eureka Thoroughbreds who raced the entire with a group of stable clients, Spirit Of Boom has won six of his 28 starts - amassing over $758,000 in stakes.

A $90,000 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale graduate, Spirit Of Boom - on top of his two Listed wins (the Ken Russell Memorial Classic and the Goldmarket Handicap) has been in the placings at blacktype level on six occasions and at two he won the Magic Millions 2Y0 Prelude by seven lengths.

An especially good looker, Spirit Of Boom is a half brother to his Gr.1 Galaxy winning stable mate Temple Of Boom out of the stakes placed multiple city winning Piccolo mare Temple Spirit who sadly died young after producing just four foals.

Outstanding stallion Sequalo continues to provide his supporters with winners and at Doomben on Wednesday the 1350m event was fought out by two of his sons - Bahsa and Gotcha both trying so hard with only a short half head separating them at the finish.

A member of the Toowoomba stables of Tony Sears,  Bahsa has won three of nine so far  - plenty of winning cheers for his owner/breeder Alan Bamberry.

He is only the second foal produced by the winning Shinko Forest mare Mystic Garden whom Bamberry also raced to a couple of Toowoomba victories.

Also the dam of Sequalo's winner Commercially, she is a daughter of the stakes winner Classic Cliche.

Gotcha looks close to another win, the consistent Robert Heathcote trained five-year-old a game runner up at both of his runs this preparation. And it is worth noting that third up last time in he was in winning form at Doomben.

One of Sequalo's best, the tough and talented Bold Glance took his prize money tally to beyond $815,000 with a determined victory at Doomben last Saturday.

Having only his third run back from a spell, the nine times winning seven-year-old who had been an unlucky third in the LIsted Ascot Quality at his previous outing, booked himself a trip to Sydney for the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap in October.

Third to Sacred Choice and Loveconquersall in the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap last spring, Bold Glance had not had much luck since and it was good to see him back in the winner's stall.

"He put in a couple of poor runs during the winter," trainer Norm Hilton said, "and I knew there was something troubling him."

"There were a few bone chips floating around in his fetlocks so he was operated on to clean them out."

Troubles again during his next campaign with Bold Glance requiring a throat operation that thankfully proved successful.

"My vet John Barnwell said the throat operation was a fairly simple procedure and told me there was no reason why he couldn't keep racing once it was done."

Not only has he made it back to the track, but he is again racing well - "he's getting back to near his best form again," Hilton said, "and I'll look around for another race in Sydney before he runs in the Epsom."

In other Lyndhurst news from the weekend, it was good to see Spinnawitch break through for her first win at Listed level - the lightly raced six-year-old proving too strong for her rivals in the Winter Challenge at Warwick Farm. Her dam Zerelda produced a lovely Hidden Dragon colt last spring - bred by Balthasar Pty Ltd and Doug Newberry.

May kicked off in good style for the ever consistent Sequalo with the lightly raced and promising Seqsea breaking his maiden in strong fashion at Eagle Farm on May 2.

Showing good pace to share the early lead before taking a sit, the Kelly Doughty trained three-year-old gave chase in the straight, finding the line in determined style to salute by a long neck.

Having only his third start, the bay has shown encouraging improvement at each outing and the best looks to be still in store.

Bred by Jill Strachan and raced by her Reynella Thoroughbreds Syndicate, Seqsea (say that out loud - a clever name!) is out of the two times winning Sea Road mare Sea Mirage who also has a Sequalo yearling colt.

Her dam Intrepid Illusion was a city winning 3/4 sister to the Gr.2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Fire Thunder and other stakes winners from this family include Granite King and Intrepid Clipper.

Seek And Find was also in metropolitan winning form, on Saturday May 12 at his first outing since a close second in the Magic Millions Sprint in mid-January finding plenty to take out the Doomben Dash.

Recording his ninth win from 22 starts, the Kelso Wood trained five-year-old increased his prizemoney tally to just short of $250,000 - proving an excellent money spinner for his connections including his breeders, the Devine family.

"I told the owners he woudl come back much better this time in," a delighted Wood said, "and he is only going to keep improving -  there is a good race in him this preparation."

Outlining the Chief De Beers, the Lightning, the Eye Liner and the Ramornie as possible targets for Seek And Find, Wood added that Jason Taylor's ride was a gem - "he is a very underestimated jockey and he has handled this horse perfectly."

Seek And Find is the first foal produced by the dual city winning Late Coniston mare Coniston Lass who is a Lyndhurst regular. Served last spring by Drumbeats, she has a Hidden Dragon weanling colt and three other unraced youngsters by Sequalo.

Her dam Perfect Dancer was a very good producer, three of her six winners successful at metropolitan level - That's Perfect, Gira and Perfect Moment.

Sequalo (as usual) has been good form throughout May, his other winners for the month being Trail Boss (Ipswich - his fifth success from 15 starts), Apache Pup (Charters Towers - his eighth victory), Caliente (three length 2Y0 Handicap winner at the Sunshine Coast), Agent Al (debut 2Y0 winner at Grafton), Modern Al (Toowoomba - second win from last three starts), Don't You Worry (Rockhampton), With Friends (Burrandowan), Alo Magic (1.8 len 2Y0 maiden winner at Charters Towers), Red Wine Bwana (Home Hill - his sixth win) and Mr Thatcher (1.5 lens at the Sunshine Coast).

History repeated itself with trainer Theo Kieser and the Gryphon Stable collecting the first two-year-old event of the year on Sunday.

The Australian-bred gelding Griffin led throughout to claim the $75,000 Inglis Melbourne Juvenile Stakes, the first leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series, over 1000m on the Polytrack.

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is a seven race series with $1million up for grabs and culminates with the running of the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1200m in May.

Griffin (Joao Moreira) takes the first Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series on Sunday.

Griffin also picked up a $25,000 bonus for connections as he is Australian sired and was purchased through one of the two Australian Sales companies Inglis or Magic Millions.

It was 12 months earlier that Kaiser won the same named race for owner and trainer, also picking up a $25,000 bonus.

The only difference this time was that leading jockey Joao Moreira took the ride on the two-year-old who lead throughout in scoring by a length-and-a-quarter over the dead-heaters Jackpot (Aslam Erasmus) and Zeus Thunder (Soo Khoon Beng).

The race was won at the start when Griffin was quickly out of the barriers and Moreira was able to dictate the pace, whereas stablemate and favourite Zeus Thunder was slow to jump and had to be chased along to challenge the leader.

Moreira had a good hold on the gelding to the hometurn where he allowed Griffin some more rein and he quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Although getting tired on the line he held firm to the finish stopping the clock at 1 min 01.25 secs over the dead-heaters who both battled manfully to the line.

Kieser said the victory of Griffin in collecting the $37,500 first prize and the $25,000 bonus had almost got the owners out of their purchase price of the gelding.

"I bought him at Magic Millions as a yearling and had to go to A$46,000 to get him", said Kieser.

"I thought he was a nice individual and so did a few others as there were four of us bidding on him at the time."

"The owners have almost recovered their money from the win and its great to follow on from our victory in the first two-year-old race last year with Kaiser."

Kieser has been a prolific buyer at the Australian sales over the past couple of years and has a number of two-year-olds in his stable.

"I've got a few two-year-olds in the stable that I'll be looking at stepping out soon", said Kieser.

After a winning double on Friday night, Moreira then headed off to Sydney for four rides at Warwick Farm where his had one ride finish in the placings.

He arrived back in Singapore and was home for a nap at 6am on Sunday morning and could not have wished for a better start to the day.

"I was able to get myself nice and fresh for the start today, said Moreira. I was home around 6am and was able to have a nap."

"Nothing helps you better than riding an early winner and I'm feeling pretty good so far."

Griffin is by Sequalo from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Fupeg Magic and had been well schooled at the barrier trials by Kieser for his debut.

"It was basically like another trial for him today," said Moreira.

"He jumped so well and it was important to keep him balanced."

"I was able to get a soft lead on him and felt no pressure through the race. Theo had him very well prepared for this race and full marks must go to him."

History repeated itself with trainer Theo Kieser and the Gryphon Stable collecting the first two-year-old event of the year on Sunday.

The Australian-bred gelding Griffin led throughout to claim the $75,000 Inglis Melbourne Juvenile Stakes, the first leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series, over 1000m on the Polytrack.

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is a seven race series with $1million up for grabs and culminates with the running of the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1200m in May.

Griffin also picked up a $25,000 bonus for connections as he is Australian sired and was purchased through one of the two Australian Sales companies - Inglis or Magic Millions.

It was 12 months earlier that Kaiser won the same named race for owner and trainer, also picking up a $25,000 bonus.

The only difference this time was that leading jockey Joao Moreira took the ride on the two-year-old who lead throughout in scoring by a length-and-a-quarter over the dead-heaters Jackpot (Aslam Erasmus) and Zeus Thunder (Soo Khoon Beng).

The race was won at the start when Griffin was quickly out of the barriers and Moreira was able to dictate the pace, whereas stablemate and favourite Zeus Thunder was slow to jump and had to be chased along to challenge the leader.

Moreira had a good hold on the gelding to the hometurn where he allowed Griffin some more rein and he quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Although getting tired on the line he held firm to the finish stopping the clock at 1 min 01.25 secs over the dead-heaters who both battled manfully to the line.

Kieser said the victory of Griffin in collecting the $37,500 first prize and the $25,000 bonus had almost got the owners out of their purchase price of the gelding.

"I bought him at Magic Millions as a yearling and had to go to A$46,000 to get him," said Kieser.

"I thought he was a nice individual and so did a few others as there were four of us bidding on him at the time.

"The owners have almost recovered their money from the win and it's great to follow on from our victory in the first two-year-old race last year with Kaiser."

Kieser has been a prolific buyer at the Australian sales over the past couple of years and has a number of two-year-olds in his stable.

"I've got a few two-year-olds in the stable that I'll be looking at stepping out soon," said Kieser.

After a winning double on Friday night, Moreira then headed off to Sydney for four rides at Warwick Farm where his had one ride finish in the placings.

He arrived back in Singapore and was home for a "nap" at 6am on Sunday morning and could not have wished for a better start to the day.

"I was able to get myself nice and fresh for the start today," said Moreira. "I was home around 6am and was able to have a nap.

"Nothing helps you better than riding an early winner and I'm feeling pretty good so far."

Griffin is by Sequalo from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Fupeg Magic and had been well schooled at the barrier trials by Kieser for his debut.

"It was basically like another trial for him today," said Moreira. "He jumped so well and it was important to keep him balanced.

"I was able to get a soft lead on him and felt no pressure through the race. Theo had him very well prepared for this race and full marks must go to him.