I Am The General (Skye Bogenhuber) scoring at Corbould Park last month. He'll attempt to qualify for a start in the April 7 Weetwood Handicap for trainer Michael Nolan at Doomben on Saturday.
I Am The General (Skye Bogenhuber) scoring at Corbould Park last month. He'll attempt to qualify for a start in the April 7 Weetwood Handicap for trainer Michael Nolan at Doomben on Saturday. Warren Lynam

Weetwood hopes in vital Doomben clash

SATURDAY shapes as make-or-break day for several Toowoomba gallopers looking to nail down a starting spot in next month's $150,000 Weetwood Handicap at Clifford Park.

The Listed Weetwood (1200m) highlights Toowoomba Turf Club's April 7 feature meeting launching this year's Queensland Winter Carnival program.

Eight Toowoomba-trained horses are amongst 14 entries for Saturday's Open Handicap (1110m) at Doomben which shapes as an unofficial Weetwood prelude.

Each of them is either in line for a Weetwood start or are looking to force their way into the 14-horse field.

The Tony Sears-trained pair Choice Bro and Hard Stride are both Doomben entries and look safely through to the Weetwood along with With A Promise from the Ben Currie stable and Tisani Tomso for trainer Kevin Kemp.

Amanaat, I Am The General, Our Beebee and Mr Marbellouz all need wins on Saturday in an effort to boost their handicap ratings and put themselves in the frame for a home-town feature crack.

Mr Marbellouz and Our Beebee are also nominated for Class 6 (1200m) events on Saturday.

Trainer Rex Lipp is putting all his Weetwood eggs in one basket with Our Beebee who resumes from a three-month break this weekend.

"The plan for her is the Weetwood if she can make the field," Lipp said.

"We're aiming her first-up at Doomben and hopefully the Weetwood two weeks later if we can get there."

# EUREKA Stud stallion Spirit Of Boom, as anticipated, led a record opening day yesterday to this year's Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

All 21 of the first-season's sires' yearlings offered were sold and 19 of them were amongst the top 23 top sellers.

Five yearlings by Spirit Of Boom were sold for $200,000 or more, highlighted by a filly from Regal Tier which was purchased by John Morrisey for $250,000.

Day-one sales grossed more than $6 million with 139 lots selling at an average price of $43,399 and clearance rate of 77 per cent.

The average price was up 45 per cent on day one last year.

The sale concludes today.

# FORMER Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan had his debut Golden Slipper hopes boosted today after Ef Troop drew barrier two for Saturday's $3.5 million two-year-old feature at Rosehill.

MAGIC MILLIONS MARCH SALE

 

Day One Statistics

 

(2017 Day One in brackets)

 

Lots Entered: 195 (200)

Lots Sold: 139 (137)

 

Sale Gross: $6,032,500 ($4,093,500)

 

Average Price: $43,399 ($29,880)

 

Lots Passed In: 42 (48)

 

Lots Withdrawn: 14 (15)

 

Top Price: $250,000 ($150,000)

 

Median Price: $26,000 ($23,000)

 

Sold %: 77 (74)



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