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.

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:29

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