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.