Raheen graduates gang up for Magic Millions Guineas

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Raheen Stud will be double-handed in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas after Punch On defeated Noisy Ocean in a thrilling finish to the G3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

The first two home are both Raheen graduates of the 2010 Magic Millions yearling sales.  “They’re coming good at just the right time for the Guineas,” Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan jnr claimed.  “And we’ve catalogued their half-brothers by Publishing for the QTIS Yearling Sale in March.”

Punch On (3f Tiger Hill – School Blue by Geiger Counter) was a $16,000 buy for trainer Peter Balzen and she has now earned over $236,000 for part-owners Tom Ware and Jeff Grover.

Noisy Ocean (3g Shovhog – Hepburn Rose by Sir Tristram) was another Raheen bargain at the Gold Coast sale ring.  He cost Brian Guy $15,000 and has returned connections $296,000.

Balzen is confident Punch On can provide him with a career-high victory in the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) on January 14.  “She’s never run a bad race and I rate her one of the best fillies in Queensland,” he said.  “She sat wide the whole way and still managed to win.”

Punch On is based at the Gold Coast but her only start at home was back in March when she finished third in the $250,000 QTIS Plate.  “It was a Heavy 10 that day and she should have won,” Balzen recalled.  “I’m really looking forward to Magic Millions day now.”

Bookmakers crunched Punch On into $9 for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas behind Safusa ($4.80) and Niagara ($7).  Noisy Ocean firmed into $26 after as much as $121 was offered before his Vo Rogue run.

Raheen Stud has catalogued 14 yearlings for the upcoming 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions with colts by Hunter Valley heavyweights Encosta de Lago, Commands and Stratum.  The Raheen fillies are by Sebring, Haradasun, Show A Heart, Canny Lad, Excites and Not A Single Doubt.

Punch On
Raheen graduate pictured winning at Doomben on 30 July 2011
Photo / Noel Pascoe