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Sequalo's quinella of sorts

Having his first run since May last year, Blackboard Special was an impressive winner at Doomben on Saturday - drawing clear to win by 1 14/ lengths, his victory a relief for trainer Wayne Lawson who has worked hard to resurrect the career of a talented horse who has had problems.

Blackboard Special, who has won two of just eight starts, is out of the lightly raced mare Bellequalo whose sire is the late great Sequalo - and Saturday's race provided him with a quinella of sorts with the runner up being his consistent five-year-old son Flight In Space.

Sequalo's daughters are doing a great job at stud, already producing 82 winners including the promising Clover Lane who looks a top chance in Saturday's Gr.3 The Vanity at Flemington.

He currently has around 115 daughters at stud - in foal to the likes of Pierro, Sepoy, Congrats, Denman, Sizzling, Stratum, Love Conquers All, Fighting Sun, The Factor, Top Echelon, Mahisara, Albrecht, Al Maher, Rothesay, Fast 'N' Famous, Delago Deluxe, Excites and of course our boys Hidden Dragon and Drumbeats.


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Missy Longstocking Back!

To the paddock a winner in June, tough and classy filly Missy Longstocking returned to the track a winner again - proving too strong for her rivals over 1000m at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Recording the seventh win of her ten start career, the Liam Birchley trained daughter of Sequalo took her prize money tally to beyond $543,000.

Allowed by apprentice Aidan Holt to find her feet in the early stages of the speed contest, Missy Longstocking really let go over the final stages - wearing down the leader before racing away to win by a soft 3/4 length.

"She showed that she's a class above the rest," said Holt, "and I think she will make the grade when she goes to Melbourne."

The Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day is Missy Longstocking's ultimate spring aim but she will head south soon with two options available to her on October 12.

"There's a Group Three fillies and mares race or the Blue Sapphire," Birchley noted, adding that "she will be entered for those races and try and pick the right one for her to run in."

Birchley is confident that Missy Longstocking still has plenty of scope for improvement - as is Holt.

"Towards the end of the race she was getting a bit tired and she's not a big fan of the stick so I went back to hands and heels and she did the rest."

Raced by Judy Clairs, Missy Longstocking was bred by Annecy Bloodstock out of the Thunder Gulch mare Linyanti who paid a return visit to Sequalo last spring.

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Two State Double for Sequalo

Sequalo's Saturday was a good one - metropolitan victories in Brisbane and Adelaide for Ticket To Dream and Swipeline, a Gold Coast win for Crashing and a stakes placing for the classy Spirit Of Boom.

Recording her second city win, the Matthew Dunn trained Ticket To Dream settled back in the 1000m dash - weaving through the field to find the line in determined fashion.

Bursting through at the 50m and drawing clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths, the five-year-old won the fifth race of her 19 start career - increasing her prize money tally to beyond $114,000.

Bred and part owned by Markham Hough, Ticket To Dream is out of the Made Of Gold mare Made Of Dreams, a half-sister to the multiple city winner Observation.

Hough also bred Ticket To Dream's fourth dam - the champion grey Emancipation.

Making up for a run bad luck last time in, Swipeline was a deserved first up winner at Morphettville - always travelling well in second placing for Jamie Kah.

Taking over early in the straight, the Tony McEvoy trained four-year-old gave a good kick to win by a smart 3/4 length at his first run since mid-April.

"First up, leading all the way and strong to the line - he was very impressive," McEvoy said, adding that "he is a nice horse who has been troubled by gland problems."

"And he has not had much luck - but hopefully we are on top of his issues and this could be a good preparation for him."

A two times winner from just nine starts, Swipeline was bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Victoria. Purchased at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $85,000. He is a son of the Encosta de Lago mare Encapsulate, daughter of the imported stakes placed mare Anemone Garden.

Bred by Lyndhurst Stud and sold at the 2011 QTIS 600 Sale for $33,000 to Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill, Crashing was a game winner at his home track.

Crashing meanwhile settled back in a strongly run affair, spotting his rivals ten lengths as he made his run wide to the turn.

Swinging four wide into the straight, the four-year-old swooped to the lead - digging deep when challenged over the final stages - winning his second race from 14 starts.

Crashing is one of six winners produced by the stakes placed Rolling Minstrel mare Ninnananna who is now retired from stud duties.

Looking set for a successful spring is Spirit Of Boom who, at his first run since a close-up Stradbroke Handicap fourth in June, was a game third in the Group 2 The Shorts at Randwick.

Drifting back in the 1100m contest, the Tony Gollan trained six-year-old fanned wide into the straight - running on gamely to only just miss out in a tight finish.

Meanwhile Golden Trinkets was again in winning form last Sunday, recording his second easy win in a row saluting by an easy 5 1/4 lengths at Dalby.

And at the Doomben trials on Tuesday a trio of Sequalos impressed with soft victories - the lightly raced filly Epsilon from the Tony Gollan stable, the classy Leealan trained by Tony Crane and the unraced Robert Heathcote trained In Taiwan.

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Another Sensational Saturday for Sequalo

Barely a Saturday goes by without a great performance by evergreen stallion Sequalo and last Saturday was another great day for him with four winners highlighted by the metropolitan success of The Storeman.

Recording his third victory this preparation, the Tony Gollan trained four-year-old was always travelling well for Maija Vance - hitting the lead at the 200m and holding off all challenges.

A tough and consistent galloper who has won five of his 14 starts, The Storeman was bred by the Koala Dreaming Syndicate and sold at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses In Training Sale for $31,000.

Already the winner of over $126,000 with more to come, The Storeman is the first live foal produced by the winning Lion Hunter mare Girlzone, a full sister to the dual stakes winner La Chasseuse.

What great form Sequalo gelding Sorisam has been in of late, the durable Ricky Maund trained seven-year-old winning four of his last six starts with his latest success coming at Bairnsdale on Saturday.

Always travelling well in the lead for Dean Holland, the bay really let down nicely over the final stages - his 1 1/4 length victory a soft one.

Bred by Bill Duncan Bloodstock and purchased by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm for $70,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions, Sorisam has won eight of his 34 starts and seems to be racing at career best form at the age of seven.

The result of a one-off visit to Sequalo, Sorisam is out of the city winning Zeditave mare Wham Bam and he is her only winner from six foals.

Also racing in fine form is Mr Thatcher whose 3 1/2 length victory at Warwick on Saturday was his third success from his last five starts.

Overall a winner of six of 21, the Tom Dougall trained five-year-old is raced by his breeders who sadly lost his dam, the 12 times winner Watagan Lass a few years ago.

Also the dam of the two times Listed winner Miss Watagan, she was in foal to Hidden Dragon when she died.

The Inverell meeting saw Sequalo's fourth winner - Rioqualo winning his second in a row having also been successful at his previous outing at Goondiwindi.

A 1 3/4 length winner on that occasion, the Luke Berger trained seven-year-old won even more easily this time - his margin a soft 2 1/2 lengths.

A metropolitan winner of seven races, Rioqualo is the first of only three foals produced by the winning Cicerao mare Lady Cicerao who sadly died young.

Another five of Sequalo's progeny were in the placings on Saturday - always consistent!

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Sequalo's Girls Ready to Shine

There are exciting times ahead for Sequalo with two of his most promising fillies back in work after showing great potential during their two-year-old campaigns.

Back at the track last week, having enjoyed a short break after winning the Listed Hampden Stakes at Eagle Farm in early June, Missy Longstocking has been aimed by trainer LIam Birchley at Group One racing in Melbourne.

Likely to resume in mid to late September, Missy Longstocking will be set for the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

Meanwhile the Tony Gollan trained Epsilon (pictured last week) is in pre-training at Washpool Lodge - looking a treat after being given time to recover from a minor hamstring injury.

Impressing with a 4 3/4 length debut victory at the Sunshine Coast in late January, Epsilon was somewhat unlucky when defeated by Grey Countess at Eagle Farm a few weeks later.

As can been seen from the above photo she has thrived during her time away from the track and connections are excited about her spring return.

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High FIVE for Sequalo

Sequalo has enjoyed a wonderful season with his juveniles and his tough son Agitate was again in winning form at Doomben on Saturday.

Leading throughout to claim the Breakfast Creek Hotel Handicap, the Kelly Schweida trained colt recoded his third success from seven starts - and he was able to succeed despite not all going to plan.

"I came out with a set plan to snag him at the start and ride him from behind," said jockey Glen Colless, "and when he jumped three-quarters of a length in front I was a bit worried."

"I put the anchors on straight away but he wanted to over-race in the middle stages and when he dragged me round the turn I just let him run."

A horse with great natural speed, Agitate was part of a great day for Sequalo whose progeny won five races around Queensland.

Like that horse, Pretty Pollyanna is out of a mare by former Lyndhurst star Celestial Dancer and she too won yesterday - breaking her maiden by 1 1/2 lengths at Bundaberg.

At the Charters Towners meeting Sequalo was represented by another new winner, Zozuqalo winning her maiden by a 1 1/4 lengths whilst Timmy's Turn recorded an even easier victory at Ilfracombe - racing away by 5 1/4 lengths; recording his second win from just four starts.

Hidden Dragon also enjoyed a good day with four winners - two-year-old Dragon Sign proving 1 1/2 lengths too good for his rivals at Cairns, Quizette recording her fifth career victory at the Gold Coast, Stiltskin breaking his maiden at Ilfracombe and Star Dragon his at the Sunshine Coast.

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Sequalo's 2Y0 star

What a terrific filly Missy Longstocking has been for the Liam Birchley stable and her owner Judith Clairs, the tough and talented two-year-old proving that Sequalo - who is currently being prepared for his 17th season at stud - still has what it takes to produce a high class performer.

A six times winner from nine starts, Missy Longstocking won the Gr.3 B.J McLachlan Stakes and the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes late last year and during the recent Brisbane winter carnival has continued on her winning way.

Taking out the Listed Lancaster Stakes at Eagle Farm on May 18, Missy Longstocking was keenly fancied to carry on the good work in the Gr.2 Sires' Produce Stakes only to run into plenty of trouble - losing no fans finishing ninth beaten only five lengths with nothing going her way.

Again well supported on June 8 when contesting the Listed Hampden Stakes at the same track, Missy Longstocking rewarded her supporters with a gutsy performance to win her fourth race at black type level.

Donning blinkers for the first time, the chestnut over-raced for a stride or two early but then settled well for Damian Browne and when challenged late she just kept finding.

"I was going to go back and let the speed go but she began really well with the blinkers on and it really switched her on," Browne reported - "she travelled lovely throughout after that."

"She hasn't had much luck the last couple of times she has been beaten," he continued, adding that "she has been the benchmark two-year-old all season here so it was good to see her bounce back."

Missy Longstocking's success was part of a good recent run for the evergreen Sequalo whose other recent winners include Timmy's Turn (3 1/4 length maiden winner at only his second start), Phantomoftheopera (winner of two of his last three), Banchory Lass (last start Eagle Farm winner), Mr Thatcher, Platinum Lion (successful at two of his last three), Trail Boss (his ninth victory), The Storeman (another in-form galloper who has won two of last three), Amber Ale and Iona Fast One.

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Sensational Saturday for Sequalo!

Saturday is the main day as far as racing is concerned at the latest one was a beauty for the always in-form Sequalo who was represented by five winners on five different tracks!

Headlining his great day was the in-form Seeking More who recorded a determined victory over 1110m at Doomben - his second gutsy win from as many starts this campaign.

Beaten only twice in six starts to date, the Kelso Wood trained three-year-old has not only pace but heart, digging deep when challenged over the final stages.

His win was especially meritorious when considering that he is still doing a fair bit wrong.

“He gets a bit nervous and hasn’t got the best temperament at the moment,” reported jockey Michael Cahill.

When he was behind the barriers before the race he was white with foam but it’s mostly due to inexperience.”

Over-racing during the middle stages of the race, Seeking More is winning despite himself!

“When he got behind the two leaders he raced a bit too fierce,' Cahill said, "he just needs to be a bit more relaxed."

Also in winning form for Sequalo on Saturday was Apache Gulf (1 1/2 length winner over 1212m at Bundaberg), Sequalo Revenge (soft 2 1/2 length winner over 1050m at Toowoomba), Seqsea (impressive four length Gold Coast winner over 1400m) and Turquoise Dragon who saluted over 1200m in Macau.

The success of Turquoise Dragon was part of a Macau double for Sequalo whose tough seven-year-old son Super Smile won first up at Taipa on Friday. Closer to home Sequalo had a new winner on the same day - Our Edge gamely breaking his maiden over 1400m at Ipswich.

In other Sequalo news, his exciting daughter Epsilon is back in pre-training with trainer Tony Gollan excited about her winter and spring carnival prospects - the San Domenico Stakes mentioned as a possible target.

We also have some sad Hidden Dragon news with his brilliant daughter Obsidian Dragon -  a nine times winner of over $400,000 in stakes - succumbing to injury this week, subsequently retired.

Much loved by connections - "it was hard not to love a horse who always gave her all" - said part owner Jeff Collins, she will be retained as a broodmare. Meanwhile her two-year-old sister Ardere trialled quite well at Morphettville this week and is well regarded by the David & Ryan Balfour stable.

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Gotcha a home-bred success

Lyndhurst Stud celebrated a home-bred metropolitan winner on Wednesday, the consistent Gotcha finding the line in determined style at Doomben.

Having his third run back from a spell, the Robert Heathcote trained five-year-old was deserving of his win having been sound without the best of luck at his first two runs this campaign.

A four times winner and eight times placed from 31 starts, Gotcha has been a fun horse for connections - three of his victories coming at Doomben and Eagle Farm.

Raced by Lyndhurst with Vicky Heathcote, R & K Smith, Adam Gordon Trevor Burr, Michael Kelly and Jacqueline Kelly, Gotcha is by the always in-form Sequalo from a solid black-type family.

The final foal produced by his dam Guten Tag who sadly died five years ago, Gotcha is a half-brother to the seven times winner Night Escort.

His dam was a half-sister to the Group Two winner Hello Darl and the Listed winning two-year-old Befriend. Other members of this familiy include the Group One winner Happy Sailing and the stakes winners Helm, Salty and Greeting.

Gotcha's success followed on the heels of another impressive Sequalo city winner last Saturday - the up-and-coming two-year-old Agitate.

Impressing saluting at Doomben in early March, the exciting Kelly Schweida trained colt olt did it just as easily at the same track last Saturday - racing away to an easy second victory from just three starts.

A member of Sequalo's in-form 13th crop - one that has also produced promising juveniles Missy Longstocking and Epsilon - Agitate again put on display his great natural speed, jumping straight to the front - and staying there!

Drawing clear over the final furlong to salute by a soft two lengths, Agitate showed that he is a horse to reckon with over the carnival, connections deciding which races to set him for after he contests another city sprint in a couple of week's time.

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Sequalo enjoys QTIS Sale success

The Sequalo breed not surprisingly always prove popular in the sales ring and the evergreen stallion - whose current yearlings hail from his 14th crop - enjoyed good success at last week's Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale.

Eleven of his sons and daughters were sold for an average of over $30,000 with a top seller of $80,000 - an eye-catching son of the Canadian Silver mare Count The Silver secured by Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears.

Bred and sold by Lyndhurst Stud, the handsome bay (pictured) topped the second and final session of the sale. A full brother to the metropolitan winner Inventory, he is also a 3/4 brother to the speedy Listed winner Holding.

Tony Sears also purchased the fourth highest priced lot of the day - another Lyndhurst Stud bred Sequalo, a daughter of the More Than Ready mare Figure from the family of Champion 2Y0 Encounter.

Hidden Dragon - whose classy son Hidden Warrior resumes in Listed company at Rosehill on Saturday - also enjoyed a good sale with his top seller a $55,000 filly out of the stakes placed Lake Coniston mare Regal County purchased by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds.

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Sequalo's 2Y0s continue to fly!

The ever green Sequalo's current crop of two-year-olds - the result of his 13th season at stud - are in flying form with another winner, the impressive Agitate at Doomben on Saturday.

Racing away to an easy two length victory at only his second start, the Kelly Schweida trained colt became Sequalo's fifth individual juvenile winner for the season - from just eight runners!

Currently Australia's eighth leading two-year-old sire, Sequalo has also been well represented by the Group 3 winning Magic Milions placegetter Missy Longstocking, recent Doomben debutant winner Smart Operator and the highly regarded flyer Epsilon.

Expected to win at debut when sent out a hot $1.50 favourite at Ipswich on February 22, Agitate did not have much luck - getting involved in an early speed battle before being taken wide by a green rival at the turn.

Still doing a good job to finish in the placings, Agitate learned much from the outing and was never in any danger of defeat at Doomben - showing natural pace and heart easily holding off the favourite Grey Countess.

"We thought he would win at Ipswich," said jockey Ric McMahon, "but things just didn’t go his way."

Bred by his owners led by Anthony Havig, Agitate is the second foal and first winner produced by the city winning Align mare Stirring who was raced by a similar group.

A descendant of the Kentucky Oaks heroine Alcibiades - also ancestress of legendary racehorse and stallion Sir Ivor - the well named Agitate chose an apt day to win as he hails from the same family as Australian Cup winner in Noble Peer.

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Tony Gollan eyeing an overseas jaunt with Newmarket contender

With a win in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) guaranteeing Spirit Of Boom victory in the inaugural G1 Sprint Championship and a $50,000 international travel subsidy, trainer Tony Gollan said an overseas trip with the stallion was certainly a consideration.

“I would certainly consider travelling him if he was to win the Newmarket,” Gollan said.

“He’s the right horse to travel, he’s a beautifully relaxed stallion who seems to adapt very well.

“My immediate thoughts are obviously the Newmarket and then perhaps the Goodwood, he’s a horse that I dearly want to get a Group 1 victory with.”

While he said it was all dependant on how the five-year-old son of Sequalo fared in Saturday’s G1 Sprint Championship final, Gollan nominated both Royal Ascot in June and the Group 1 Krisflyer Sprint (1200m) in Singapore in May as possible options.

“Royal Ascot would be a good option as long as it wasn’t wet, where as Singapore is normally firm and they tend to run along pretty quickly over there too which could possibly suit a horse like him,” he said.

Third at his first up run in the second leg of the series, the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, Gollan said Spirit Of Boom had come through the run perfectly.

“I’m in Melbourne at the moment, the weather’s beautiful and I’ve seen the horse this morning and he’s trained on really well since his first up run,” he said.

“He was pretty well out of the race after they went 20 metres (in the Oakleigh Plate), he was checked and they just didn’t go as quickly as everyone expected.

“We’re just looking for a nice draw, hopefully he can draw in the middle somewhere and get a bit of cover because he can pull a bit if he’s drawn on either flank and exposed a little bit too early.”

Spirit Of Boom is currently priced at $26 with TAB for Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap with acceptances for the meeting to close at 10AM Wednesday.

by Ben Asgari, Racing Victoria

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A Smart Victory

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.

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Epsilon stars at debut

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!"

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An apt victory for Ticket To Dream

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).

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Caliente cruises!

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.

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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!

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Big Saturday five for Sequalo

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.

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A Bold Victory

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.

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So close for Spirit Of Boom!

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.

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ONE - TWO for Sequalo

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.

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Bold Glance Epsom Handicap bound

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.

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Seqsea & Seek To find headline recent Sequalo successes

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).

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History repeats for Kieser and Gryphon Stable

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.

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Spirit Of Boom Wins Magic Millions Cup

What a great return on his purchase price of $90,000 (2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Sale) Spirit Of Boom has been - the classy four-year-old on Saturday with his fast finishing victory in the Magic Millions Cup taking his prize money tally to an impressive $681,900.

Recording his second win in a row - having taken out the Listed Goldmarket at the Gold Coast at his previous outing, the Tony Gollan trained bay got back on a track suiting leaders but able to let go of a powerful finishing burst before drawing clear to win by half a length.

The winner of six races from 900m to 1400m, Spirit Of Boom has been able to find his best form on firm tracks - "he just hates rain affected tracks," Gollan said.

"He has got a great turn of foot but he has been plagued with wet tracks - we are just rapt!"

Likely to head to Melbourne for a crack at next year's spring carnival, Spirit Of Boom has plenty of options in the meantime - from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to maybe even Dubai.

"The Queensland Winter does looka nice option but we'll sit around and have a think about it," Gollan said.

Bred by Eureka Thoroughbreds, Spirit Of Boom is a half brother to his classy stablemate Temple Of Boom, twice a winner at Group level at Flemington. Sadly their dam, the stakes placed multiple city winning Special Dane mare Temple Spirit died two years ago having produced just four foals.

Sequalo has been in great form of late - of course there is nothing new in that!

Recent winners for the Lyndhurst stalwart since the start of the year have been Modern Al, Mr Thatcher, Strap Theory, Ticket To Dream, Snippets Secret, Don't You Worry, Bahsa, Turqouise Dancer, Withdru, Thirty Tree Large, Platinum Lion, Dever's Express, Whispering Death and Damalo.

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Sequalo Blood Goes Like A Bat Out Of Hell

One of the fastest horses and speed influences to stand in Queensland is the Kruger family's Lyndhurst stud's now veteran winner Sequalo, contributor to the immediate breeding of each of the first three home in the $100,000 Bat Out of Hell over 900m at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The handsome near black Sequalo supplied the dam of the winner Carry To Fortune, a 5-year-old mare by another Lyndhurst sire, England bred Carry The Flag, and in addition two of his sons, Seek and Find and Reilly Blue, filled second and third places.

Each successful eight times at sprint distances, the Kelso Wood prepared runner up Seek and Find was coming off three successive wins in Brisbane and the N. Hilton trained Reilly Blue wins at Toowoomba and Doomben in December, but Carry To Fortune had not won since recording two in a row in Brisbane late last summer.

All her six wins from 23 starts, including the Bat Out of Hell, have been by clear margins. On Saturday, she turned in an inspiring performance, going to the line 1.8 lengths ahead of her nearest rival and covering the trip in 0:50.26 (track record 0:49.66) and last 600m in 0:32.45.

Her sire Carry The Flag, a son of the Nijinsky grandson Tenby, was at his best at 2000m-2400m, winning the Shergar Cup at Goodwood in England and then the Gold Cup at Singapore, but her dam Sequalo Fair, like the bulk of the Sequalo winners, was a sprinter, albeit a modest one. She won twice in 21 starts, an appearance at Doomben at two and one as a late 3-year-old in Darwin.

Like the Sandra O'Sullivan, Gold Coast trained Carry To Fortune, bred and raced by B.J. Bremner, the first two dams, Sequalo Fair and Anora Fair, both had the distinction of racing in the NorthernTerritory.

A daughter of Appleby Fair, a Marscay Listed winner at 1000m at Moonee Valley and a Blue Diamond fourth, Anora Fair had her only win at Adelaide River near Darwin.

Anora Fair also went to Carry The Flag, producing Carry To Glory, a talented performer raced by Bremner whose nine outings included a win over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast and at Eagle Farm a third in the Group1 T.J. Smith 2YO Stakes and a fifth of 15 in the Group 2 Sires' Produce Stakes.

Carry To Fortune's dam, the Bat Out Hell minor placegetters Seek and Find and Reilly Blue, and also Leealan, runner up at the Gold Coast on Saturday in the $100,000 3YO Quality (1200m) and earlier in eleven outings successful four times on this track, including three in succession, continued the big start to 2012 for the Sequalo progeny.

Among his other runners in the first eight days of the year have been two successful at the Gold Coast on January 2, Spirit of Boom (the $100,000 Listed Goldmarket) and Ticket To Dream (third win from six starts); Snippets Secret, scorer of her fourth win from 16 appearances when winner at Doomben January 4; and Sunshine Coast winners Bahsa (successful at fourth start) and Withdru (five outings, two successive wins).

These performers are among 520 winners of 1788 races and earners of just on $30million supplied by Sequalo since he retired to Lyndhurst in 1997 after being a leading Melbourne sprinter. Others that have shown him up as a brilliant sire have included stakes winners Star of Shiraz, Burdekin Blues, Sequential Charm, Show Biz Kid and Bold Glance. Seventeen have each won ten or more races.

Sequalo ran forty times, mostly in Melbourne for ten wins at sprint distances, including his first five outings, seven feature races to Group 2 level, eight seconds, five thirds and $756,000.

One of his greatest efforts was a head second to Brawny Spirit when he won the Newmarket (1200m) in new Australasian record time. They are both by the same sire, the high class Irish sprinter Rustic Amber, a representative of the Hyperion male line.

Used over 101 mares in 2009 (94.4% fertility), 75 in 2010 (90.6%) and at least 60 in 2011, Sequalo has been very worthy of the long history of the Lyndhurst stud as a source of goodness. He shares the stallion yards with the Danehill emerging prolific source of winners Hidden Dragon and 2011 newcomer Drumbeats, a high class sprinter – 1600m performer by Redoute's Choice.

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Reilly Blue Another City WInner For Sequalo

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.

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No Secret About Untold's Ability

It was a running double for Lyndhurst’s boys on Saturday September 17 with the race after Carry Me Bluey’s victory taken out in determined fashion by tough nine-year-old son of Sequalo Secrets Untold.

Catching the eye with a game Eagle Farm second at his previous outing, the Phillip Cox trained gelding was strongly fancied in the market and was always travelling like the winner.

Working forward from the outside gate with Larry Cassidy aboard, Secrets Untold lost his position at the 1000m, firstly getting back to fifth and then further back again. But he really got warmed up in the straight, charging home and getting to his rivals at the 100m before drawing clear.

As the winner of 13 races and just short of $500,000, Secrets Untold has proven a great bargain for the Cox stable – purchased for just $22,000 at the 2004 Magic Millions.

Bred by Sandra Pegler, he is a son of the very good broodmare Untold who paid a return visit to Sequalo last spring. A half sister by Balmerino to the stakes winner Station Mistress (in turn dam of the four times Listed winner Play Station), she is also dam of the multiple city winner Dead Cat Bounce.

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Fifteenth Victory for Sequallan

There is no doubting the toughness of the Sequalo breed, his progeny often showing up early but best known for their ability to race on – and on.

One fine example of the Sequalo durability is his excellent son Sequallan who last Saturday, at the ripe old age of nine, was in winning form at Morphettville.

Sent out at double figure odds despite only just being beaten at the same track at his previous outing, the Stuart Gower trained gelding recorded his 15th career victory – and his fourth at metropolitan level.

The winner of over $420,000 in stakes, Sequallan has proven a great return on his yearling price of $25,000 – purchased by Kevin & Tanith O’Brien’s Lauriston Thoroughbreds at the 2004 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus Yearling Sale.

The veteran of 73 starts, Sequallan can be seen in action at…

Gower was pleased to see Sequallan back in the winner’s circle – “there is still life in the ol’ fella,” he said, adding that “he has pulled up well.”A short freshen up is on the cards for Sequallan who will race again in around five week’s time.

Bred by C M Fraser Property, Sequallan is very much a Lyndhurst product, his dam Isobelle Ellen being a daughter of the late and great Celestial Dancer. She has proven an outstanding broodmare, Sequallan being a stakes winner as is his full sister Shysu.

Again served by Sequalo last spring, Isobelle Ellen has two unnamed colts by him – and we look forward to seeing them on the track in the future.

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Amber Ale Another Winner For Sequalo

Sequalo continued on with his good form at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, four-year-old Amber Ale recording a strong victory over 1000m.

It was the second win in a row for the Michael Nolan trained bay who had dug deep when saluting at his previous outing at Ipswich and his overall tally reads very well – four wins and three placings from 13 starts.

Consistent and tough (characteristics of the Sequalo breed), Amber Ale was bred by Sequalo share holder Leigh Lord who sold the talented galloper as a yearling at the QTIS 600 Sale for $28,000.

Enjoying cheering him on, Leigh has however been frustrated by her mare Academy Song’s reluctance to carry a foal in recent years – the well related daughter of Royal Academy slipping to Sequalo at her last two seasons.

She does however a two-year-old Sequalo colt in whom Leigh has retained a share and hopes are high for that fellow.

Academy Song is a daughter of the city winning Danehill mare Songlines, half sister to the 1000 Guineas heroine Whisked – dam of the multiple Gr.1 winner Tie The Knot.

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Alpha Star Scores For Sequalo

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).

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Sequalo An Unsung Hero

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.

Leading Sires by Australian Winners 2010/2011

"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.






Best Performer






Erewhon - 336,250

Encosta de Lago





Aloha - 693,076






Beaded - 1,002,100

Testa Rossa





Pane in the Glass - 550,500

Redoute's Choice





Absolutely - 447,000

Exceed and Excel





Helmet - 677,300

Bianconi (USA)





Fillydelphia - 121,100

Bel Esprit





Black Caviar - 2,990,800






Bold Glance - 525,100

Flying Spur





Satin Shoes - 344,650

More Than Ready (USA)





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

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Diazling First Buy For Oliver

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.

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Bold Glance Impressive At Ascot

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.

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Record Breaking Sequalo Filly Impresses At Doomben

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.

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