Queensland owner Laurence Eales latched on to another quality galloper when he paid just $12,000 for Sunday’s Caulfield winner A Beta Imagination. The Mark Kavanagh trained gelding came from last to register a long-neck victory over Intencion (Commands) in the Dennis Hanrahan Hcp.
A Beta Imagination (3g Bradbury’s Luck – All Imagination by Loosen Up) had won on debut at Ballarat on December 1 and the Boxing Day win sent his bank above $51,000.
Eales has an eye for a good horse at the right price. He hand-picked two youngsters from Street Cry’s first crop and, together, they have accumulated over $7.24 million in prizemoney.
His Melbourne Cup winner Shocking cost $64,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions HIT Sale and weight-for-age star Whobegotyou didn’t make a $25,000 reserve at the 2007 Inglis Classic yearling sale.
Eales took a shine to A Beta Imagination and his immediate family in 2008. He bought the Caulfield winner for $12,000 as a foal at that year’s Inglis Select Weanling Sale.
A few months later, Eales also bought All Imagination and her daughter Enchelle (End Sweep) for a total of $14,000 at a Magic Millions Sale in August.
All Imagination was sold carrying a filly by Chateau Istana and she foaled a colt by Darley’s Street Cry stallion Street Sense in October.
Enchelle was purchased as a maiden mare from Coleychelle Farm after winning a Gold Coast maiden in 15 starts for owner Wayne Milner. Her first foal is a War Pass colt born on November 1.
A Beta Imagination isn’t the only Bradbury’s Luck to that Eales owns. He also paid $70,000 for a Bradbury’s Luck – Pure of Soul colt from Glenlogan Park at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice) retired to Glenlogan Park after winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast and the Listed Canonbury Stakes at Randwick. His oldest are three year-olds and there are 20 Australian winners of 24 races at a 40% strike-rate.
The sole Bradbury’s Luck stakes winner to date is the Bev Laming trained filly Ringa Ringa Rosie. She was a Listed winner of the Hampden Stakes at Doomben and was runner-up to Pressday in the G1 T J Smith at Eagle Farm.