Capricornia Yearling Sales winners have all eyes on Rocky

THE forthcoming Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) in Rockhampton received another boost on Saturday with the Sydney win of Malaguerra in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m).

Malaguerra (b g 4 Magnus-Tennessee Morn x Bletchingly) is being hailed as one of the rising stars of the Australian turf, an endorsement that sits well with his trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman.

In Saturday's magnificent win at Rosehill, Malaguerra ran a race record time of 1min 9.43 seconds which equates to equine low-level flying.

It was his fourth consecutive win, taking his prize pool to $432,000 with nine wins from 16 outings which will enhance the CV of Lot 31 at the CYS on Sunday, April 10, at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

That's because that yearling, an attractive grey colt sired by Floral Pegasus, is a son of Tennessee Melody a close maternal relative of Maleguerra's mother Tennessee Morn.

The Floral Pegasus colt is one amid the largest draft of the Rockhampton sale, being that of Oakland's Stud, Darling Downs. which will present 17 yearlings.

"He is a well-made sprinting type colt and importantly very correct. He will certainly make his presence felt. I rate him among my top four of the draft for the sale. Furthermore, like all my yearlings he is coming up to Rocky to be sold and buyers can be assured of that," stud master Neville Stewart said yesterday.

To prove that point, Stewart said Oakland's offered 22 yearlings at last week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and 21 were sold.

Kerrod and Glenda Smyth's Laurel Glen Equine Centre's Lot 69 at the CYS (b/br c Drumbeats-Explicit Vixen x General Nediym) also will read more attractively after his half- brother Benno's Boy won at Tocumwal on Saturday.

The Laurel Glen colt is an imposing type from a proven family of winners both in Australia and overseas.

Capricornia Yearling Sale organisers could not be happier.

"Week in and week out yearlings from our Rockhampton sale are winning somewhere. I am sure this year's catalogue comprising over 90 horses will be responsible for similar results and producing some standout horses." CYS co-ordinator Jeff Leaver said.

At Doomben on Saturday one of the stars from last year's CYS draft in Bagus looked unlucky when a nose second in a $100,000 QTIS 2YO (1050m) behind Nicconi Leggera. The Rockhampton based part-owners of Bagus, Wayne and Barbara Harris, Richard and Vicki Ferguson and Doug Cook are now looking forward to their Jet Spur filly starting in the $120,000 SMW Group Capricornia 2YO Classic (1200M) at Callaghan Park on April 9.

It will be a massive week for Rockhampton racing with dual TAB race meetings at Callaghan Park on April 8 and 9 followed by the CYS on Sunday, April 10.

"I don't think people realise that Rockhampton comes under the national spotlight through its racing. Those two race meetings are beamed throughout Australia. No other Rocky sport or industry to my mind does this as regularly as our horse racing. With those two race days and the CYS, the Rockhampton economy will receive a positive injection," said Leaver, who is also Rockhampton Jockey Club treasurer.

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