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QUEENSLAND OAKS DAY AND MAGIC MILLIONS PHOTOS PLUS A FEW RING INS.... Part 2

By Phil Purser
10/06/2010
All Eagle Farm photos Dan Costello - rest Phil Purser

One of the part owners of Pressday was done up in all her finery when she took part in the presentation ceremony. She could have won a "Best Dressed" competition as well.


Jockey Luke Nolen was obviously thrilled to be in front of the Justracing camera during the presentation to Set For Fame, who he should have been riding to victory in the Stradbroke. In the background Peter Moody could have trained the 2010 Stradbroke winner, but now he won't have a runner.


Coolmore's Duncan Grimley was photographed at the Magic Millions sale last week.


Magic Millions Lot 1201 was the broodmare prospect Hussyanna, a daughter of Hussonet. She sold for $37,000 and is a half sister to handy Brisbane 2YO Buffering. Interestingly the family of Buffering and Hussyanna, in its first three dams has won races in Korea, Italy, Germany, America, Ireland, England, Canada and Hong Kong - which is all pretty amazing.


If you are taking the children, grandchildren, or just yourself on the Swanbank train - you will pass right by the water plants which help send electricity around the State.


As the steam train approaches the Ipswich racetrack, a couple of racehorses prick their ears at the noise of the whistle.


A couple of the part owners of Girl Hussler caught up with jockey Larry Cassidy after the win.


This was jockey Larry Cassidy returning on Triple Honour after that chaffbandit had won the Eagle Farm Cup. His owner can be seen leading him in - but he wouldn't have got fit from leading his horse in, in recent years, as Triple Honour hadn't won since August 2008.


Unraced broodmare prospect Invitation Only sold for $40,000. She is a 2004 foaled daughter of General Nediym and was in foal to American born stallion Tale of the Cat. A daughter of her second dam produced Group 1 winners - Nicconi (by Bianconi) and Niconero (by Danzero).


The Jim Griffith Way - near the Magic Millions complex and Gold Coast Turf Club - is named after one of the nicest racing personalities I had the pleasure of meeting - the late Jim Griffiths. "Gentleman Jim" as he was affectionately called, is remembered at this time each year as he trained Spedito to win the 1975 big sprint double of the Stradbroke Handicap and the Doomben 10,000 at big odds. Graham Cook rode Spedito in both races.


Chris Munce returns - looking pretty smug, after winning the Queensland Oaks on 30/1 outsider Miss Keepsake.


Then he weighed in and went to the presentation ceremony with the winning trainer Andrew Scott.


As the steam train approached it's destination I took this photo of the tents that are already up for Ipswich Cup day - next Saturday week.


These two big smoke stacks at Swanbank power station are lit up at night so that any planes can see them. Any motorist driving in the area can see them also. The power lines radiate out from the building - although they are not that clear in the photo.


Trainer Mark Kavanagh popped into Brisbane last Saturday and watched his galloper Catapulted win the last race. He was pictured following the win. My thoughts are extended to anyone who has to try to interview him for radio or television.


Mark Kavanagh's son Sam was also in Brisbane last Saturday - and he was photographed after Catapulted won. Sam comes across well in interviews, so 50% is better than no per cent.


Talking of Catapulted, here he is returning to scale with winning jockey Damien Oliver. Via his win last Saturday, Catapulted will now take his place in the Stradbroke field on this Saturday.


This mare Killcare Beach created plenty of spirited bidding when she entered the Magic Millions sales ring. She's a daughter of Testa Rossa - and is an unraced half sister to Group 2 placed Miss Mooney Mooney and she's a full sister to Group 3 winner, come stallion prospect Publishing. Killcare Beach sold for $60,000 to bloodstock agent Vin Cox.


Lyndhurst Stud's Jeff Kruger was photographed at the Magic Millions sale last week.


This is a file photo of top pacer Freckles, photographed in full flight one day at Rocklea on his way to another victory with his trainer Tim Gillespie driving him. Did you know they named a pre-school after him? Well hang on - and I'll prove it.


Well there's the proof. It's situated at Tweed Heads, not far from Seagulls.


Shootout paraded yesterday at the Gold Coast for on course patrons - and Dan Costello sent this photo through of the event. That's Dan Wheeler, the astute trackwork rider of the horse leading him, whilst at the background trainer Johnny Wallace looks as happy as a kid in a lolly shop, as does part owner Linda Huddy. Johnny Wallace - when what the late Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen referred to as "feeding the chooks" - told the said chook recently that Shootout "is going to be a star".

Now they are big words, so the passage of time will tell us if he is a good judge or not. Meanwhile the chooks have to be fed - and they love getting told positive stuff like that by trainers and jockeys, in fact they think they have an exclusive when someone tips them their horse. Bet you the said "chook" referred to above, is already on Shootout in the Cups. Now every day he wakes up he'll break up in a cold sweat wondering whether the horse is still sound, as it's "All-In" betting.

Here's what I reckon would have happened if the "chook" referred to above, had interviewed Sir Joh over Shootout:

Chook: "Mr Premier do you think Shootout could do Queensland proud and win the Caulfield Cup"?

Premier: Don't you worry about that - I know you, you, young people are forever trying to make mountains out of molehills and I'm not in favour of the mining tax, although the revenue would come in handy, for us to give some grants for important projects like say investigating the mating habits of some rare red and green tree frog up in the Daintree. Why don't you just leave me alone now and go and ask that Webwanker bloke about Shootout, or maybe even John Wayne. He was into shootouts"? I'm trying to keep the streets safe and then they name a racehorse in such away as to incite violence. I'll talk to Johnny Walters and Linda Nuddy to see if they'll change the name, but if Shootout hits the headlines, that will make a mockery of the guns laws stuff".



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