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).