Raheen adds Punch to QTIS Sale

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Raheen Stud returns to the Gold Coast with 36 yearlings for the Magic Millions QTIS Sale starting on March 18. First season sire Publishing accounts for 21 yearlings in a draft that has been bolstered by several significant up dates at home and abroad.

Raheen graduate Punch On (Tiger Hill) started the New Year with a fast-finishing victory in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast. She was a $16,000 buy from Raheen’s draft at the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale and has now earned over $806,000 for trainer Peter Balzen.

Before that lucrative result, Punch On led home a Raheen quinella in the G3 Vo Rogue Plate in Brisbane. She defeated Noisy Ocean (Shovhog) who was another bargain at the 2010 Magic Millions. He cost $15,000 and has returned $296,000 for trainer Bryan Guy.

Publishing has half-brothers to Punch On (Lot 258 ex School Blue) and Noisy Ocean (Lot 65 ex Gold on Gold) at the QTIS Sale. “They are both strong, athletic colts and are true to type,” Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan jnr said. “Publishing was a high-class sprinter and his pedigree is Magic Millions through and through.”

Publishing’s sire Testa Rossa and his dam Sally Magic were the first two home in the 1999 Magic Millions 2YO Classic. And he was the highest priced Testa Rossa colt of his year when selling for $250,000 at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Raced by Lloyd Williams, Publishing captured the G3 VRC Standish Hcp down the Flemington straight six and he also claimed the G3 MRC Carlyon Cup (1400m) at Caulfield.

Nolan is also delighted with the progress of Publishing’s colt from Dodgalady (Lot 11). His dam is a three-quarter sister to black-type mare Con’s Amy and Melbourne sprinter-miler Davcon. “He’s a lovely colt,” Nolan said. “He has a blaze but it’s not nearly as big as Davcon’s.”

Apart from Publishing, Raheen’s draft includes yearlings sourced from outside stallions the calibre of Show A Heart, Bel Esprit, Jet Spur, Court Command, Canny Lad and Sequalo. Among the highlights are the colts by Show A Heart (Lot 111 ex Mrs Bligh) and Jet Spur (Lot 364 ex Alyssa Jean).

The Show A Heart is a half-brother to Hard To Catch who claimed black-type wins at Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Doomben and Eagle Farm. The Jet Spur is from a winning half-sister to the international stakes winners War Of The Worlds (HK) and Conquered Dream (South Africa).

Raheen’s South African connection came up trumps when Gimmethegreenlight won the Queen’s Plate in January. A week after that Group 1 triumph in Cape Town, Raheen sold his close relation by Commands for $160,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

Back home, Adebisi (Shovhog) claimed a G3 victory in the George Moore Stakes at Doomben. He cost $15,000 from Raheen at the 2009 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale and has posted $491,000 in prizemoney.

Mackay based flyer Rocket To Glory also banked more than $400,000 after changing hands for just $20,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS Sale.

“It’s been a dream run,” Nolan said. “We had four lots in the Top 10 among Queensland studs at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and we’re looking forward to bring the first Publishing yearlings down for the QTIS Sale.”

Raheen has a close relation (Lot 11) by Publishing at the QTIS Sale