Lyndhurst Stud Farm - Sequalo News

It was a running double for the Lyndhurst boys with the final event at Eagle Farm on Saturday, the 1000m dash, taken out in game fashion by the speedy and talented Alpha Star.

A slower maturing son of Sequalo only just now hitting his straps at five, the Ray Dart trained bay was always in control of the Sky Racing World Handicap – recording his first metropolitan success.

A three times winner from just ten starts, Alpha Star has been patiently handled by Dart who said “he is a heavy horse who can feel his joints – so we have given him time and he is just starting to come good.”

Described by Dart who, with his family Kerrie and Reece, also bred the bay, as “a beautiful horse,” Alpha Star is due to back up at Doomben this Saturday with another sprint at that same track pencilled in two weeks after that.

“He is a typical Sequalo,” Dart enthused – “they are all well mannered, I haven’t seen a rough one yet. He is easy to do anything with and he has pulled up a treat.”

Alpha Star is out of the three times winning Croatian Hill mare St Jubilee who hails from a strong black type family that has produced the stakes winners Bravery, Brave Prince, Valourina, Media, Timbourina, Cardinal Virtue, Spring Warrior and Star Encounter.

Alpha Star’s win was part of another good weekend for Sequalo who was also well represented by Phantomoftheopera (4.8 length Toowoomba winner), Meghani (two length winner at the famous Birdsville meeting), Modern Al (successful at his home track Dalby) and Gotcha (1.3 length winner at the Sunshine Coast, his second win in a row).

This stallion had three winners last Saturday bringing his tally to 104 winners for the season, but you won’t find his progeny breaking records in the sale ring.

A brilliant Group II winning sprinter by Rustic Amber (GB), Sequalo has carved out a very successful niche for himself in Queensland as a prolific source of winners including improving two year-old filly Golden Trinkets, who bolted in at Toowoomba on Saturday evening.

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"She had a lovely soft win at Ipswich the other day, but this seemed an easier win. He (jockey Nori Yamada) hasn’t let her go yet,” said winning trainer Richie Stephenson.

"She’s barely a pony you know, barely 15 hands, and she’s won $37,000 in the last two weeks including QTIS.”

Golden Trinkets (pictured courtesy Toowoomba Turf Club) started as a short priced favourite and took her record to two wins and a second from three starts when cruising clear to win by three and a half lengths.

Sequalo has sired over a century of winners in six of the last seven seasons, the only recent season he missed out being the EI affected 2007/2008, when Queensland racing was severely disrupted as a result of the outbreak of equine influenza.

Stallion

Rnrs

Wnrs

SW(SWins)

Earnings

Best Performer

Commands

323

146

10(13)

$7,016,663

Erewhon - 336,250

Encosta de Lago

322

138

13(16)

$6,926,013

Aloha - 693,076

Lonhro

233

127

14(20)

$8,663,491

Beaded - 1,002,100

Testa Rossa

277

122

7(9)

$5,953,563

Pane in the Glass - 550,500

Redoute's Choice

261

118

13(16)

$7,280,746

Absolutely - 447,000

Exceed and Excel

215

113

7(9)

$4,750,179

Helmet - 677,300

Bianconi (USA)

265

109

2(2)

$2,876,093

Fillydelphia - 121,100

Bel Esprit

244

108

2(9)

$6,848,534

Black Caviar - 2,990,800

Sequalo

247

104

2(2)

$3,040,857

Bold Glance - 525,100

Flying Spur

247

103

8(10)

$5,016,670

Satin Shoes - 344,650

More Than Ready (USA)

235

101

9(22)

$6,987,047

More Joyous - 1,512,500

Figures courtesy Arion

Sequalo has always been popular with local Queensland breeders covering over 1800 mares in his 14 seasons at stud, his initial stud fee a modest $2,500.

Even at age 20 last spring, Sequalo (pictured) still covered 75 mares at a fee of $17,600 and there is still plenty of life in him yet.

"He’s an amazing horse and has been very good to us,” said Lyndhurst Stud Manager, Jeff Kruger.

"His progeny are easy to sell, the breakers love them, the trainers love them, he just gets a good useful horse and if you saw some of the early mares he covered you’d wonder how he could possibly do it.”

Superbly managed throughout his career by the Kruger family, who own and run Lyndhurst Stud on the Darling Downs near Warwick in Queensland, Sequalo is the latest in a long line of prolific winner-getters that have made Lyndhurst a premier source of quality thoroughbreds for more than 100 years.

"Sequalo has had Cushing’s Disease for the last six years, which is something older horses can get, but we look after him with a special diet and he eats well and breeds well, so as long as he is healthy and happy we’ll keep going with him,” Kruger revealed.

Star stallions of the past for Lyndhurst include Smokey Eyes (IRE), Hail to Success (USA), Grand Chaudiere (Can), Head Over Heels (Fr) and Celestial Dancer (IRE), who died in 2007 at age 28.

With Sequalo now cast in the role of senior statesman, Lyndhurst have moved to secure new sire talent with young Danehill (USA) stallion Hidden Dragon already judged a success with his oldest progeny just three year-olds and newcomer Drumbeats attracting much interest.

By Tara Madgwick – Breednet

Luke Oliver

History was made at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale when a Sequalo filly from the draft of Furlong Stud was sold for $23,000.

The filly, catalogued as lot number 1072, was the first yearling ever purchased by talented young Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver.

Oliver, who made his name by patching up "cast off" gallopers from other stables, went to the Gold Coast that year with enough money to buy one horse.

The Sequalo filly, who is now known by her racename of Diazling, provided Oliver with a great thrill when she won the Leslie Short Memorial Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley today.

"It means a lot to me for this filly to win," Oliver said. "She's the first yearling I ever bought and I've always had a soft spot for her."

"I went to the Magic Millions a couple of years back and had enough money to buy one horse and I was able to get her for $23,000."

"She wasn't a real big yearling, but I knew the dam - who was raced by some friends of mine."

Right from the time the filly was first tested at her Caulfield stables she showed she had aboave average ability.

Oliver took the Sequalo filly to Horsham for her debut late last year and she did the job in great style - racing away to win by almost two lengths over 1200 metres.

Immediately spelled she returned in May and ran an eye catching third at Seymour prio to an unplaced effort at the same track.

Given a let up, Diazling returned brilliantly with a close up third at Sandown earlier in the month.

Now a winner of two of her five runs (she's placed in another two) Diazling has already won her connections $53,367.

"She's pretty effective on the wet tracks, her dam handled those tracks as well," Oliver said. "We'll probably give her a break now."

Oliver said Diazling would more than likely have a lightly summer preparation prior to a winter campaign next year.

Diazling is a daughter of Lyndhurst Stud favourite Sequalo and is from Miss Diaz, a five time winning daughter of Success Express.

Miss Diaz's dam, the once raced Water Mill mare Mystic Mill is from a stakes performed full sister to Tontonan - a former chmpion two-year-old.

Former champion rodeo rider Norm Hilton continued his remarkable season with stable sprinter Bold Glance today cruising home to win the listed $75,000 Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Hilton, one of Toowoomba's best known and most astute horsemen, was all smiles in the winner's stall following the win of his $21,000 bargain buy from the 2007 Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

The Sequalo gelding, who was his trainers first ever stakes winner when successful in another listed event a year ago, cruised home to beat fellow Magic Millions graduate Joint Chiefs by two and a quarter lengths.

In all Hilton has won four stakes races - and Chris Munce, who partnered Bold Glance today, won three of them.

"He's been a good money-spinner for us," Hilton told AAP.

"We only paid $20,000 for him at the Magic Millions sales during EI."

"The horse gave me my first Listed win last year when Kristy Banks won on him in the Queensland Day Plate," he added.

"But I have to say Chris is my favourite jockey. I've won three more Listed races since then and Chris has been on them all."

Hilton said he wasn't sure what Bold Glance's future held in relation to upcoming races.

"I'm not sure what's next for him but he races best with a gap between his runs."

A graduate of the Kruger family's Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Bold Glance is a son of their star resident sire Sequalo.

He's one of 11 good winners to have represented the grand producing Al Ameen mare Flirting Glance - a Sydney two-year-old winner.

As well as Bold Glance she is the dam of the stakes performed (Sahara) Hot Nights, 11 time winner Jenks, Sahara Flirt (7 wins) and Samtheflirt (6 wins).

Meanwhile, the Ascot Handicap wasn't the only feature race in Queensland today won by a Magic Millions graduate by Sequalo.

Quality Eagle Farm galloper Steel Lips travelled north for Steele Ryan and won the $50,000 Mackay Cup.

A $45,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase, Steel Lips was sent out the favourite and cruised home in a two and a half length win in the 1800 metre feature.

Tony Pattillo was aboard the six-year-old who's now racked up over $250,000 in earnings.

The form from January's Magic Millions 3YO Trophy came to the fore again at Doomben today when Princess Qualo swept home to win the Ambassador Travel QTIS Handicap (1200m).

Trained from Eagle Farm by Robert Heathcote, Princess Qualo came with a beautifully timed run under Larry Cassidy to get home in an all Magic Millions finish.

Heathcote said the filly was risked by a number of people on the wet track, but he was confident she could perform well and said after the race he needed to visit the bookmakers.

"Everyone thought she wouldn't handle the track," Heathcote said. "And if you have a look at her form they are right."

"But in her first start on a wet track she hurt herself and then she went down to the Gold Coast the other day and it was not a good track," he added.

"We were confident she would run well and she has - so it's no surprise to us."

Heathcote said the filly would race in a similar event at her next start.

"She did a good job and beat a pretty good field today. She's done the job well."

"We'll go on and find another nice race for her around the 1200 (metres)."

Princess Qualo ($18) got home in a competitive finish to beat the heavily backed Purettan ($5.50) by a half neck.

Another three parts of a length back in third place was the Shovhog filly Startling Pleasure ($21).

Princess Qualo was one of the most admired fillies at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

A member of the Lyndhurst Stud draft, she made a cool $230,000 to the bid of her trainer. She remains the highest priced yearling by Sequalo ever sold at auction.

Princess Qualo is one of the six winners produced by the Potter McQueen mare Princess Potter.

She is a full sister to Sammy Sequalo - a former quality galloper who earned over $235,000 and was a placegetter in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Trophy.

Another full relation Go Sequalo has won five races, including two as a juvenile, and has earned over $233,000.

As it stands Princess Qualo has recorded four wins and three minor placings from just 11 starts and earned over $210,000.