Quest claims home-town Cup

Omega Quest gave trainer George Blacker a fourth home-town victory in the Longford Cup (1800m) on New Year’s Day.

The veteran galloper cruised to the front in the straight and then defied a strong challenge from Naadji to score by a neck.  “He’s a lovely old horse and is always thereabouts,” Blacker said.  “This year’s Cup was stronger than usual and Rasit (Yetimova) rode him very well.”

Omega Quest (8g West Quest – Nevertrice by Never Quit) has won 11 races in 51 starts after being purchased for $9,000 by part-owner Byron Bonney at the 2006 Tasmanian Magic Millions.

His sire West Quest is based at Grenville Stud and he captured six Tasmanian titles in a row before deceased Armidale Stud sire Savoire Vivre broke the winning run in 2011-12.

Brooklyn Park will offer a California Dane half-sister to Omega Quest as agent at this year’s Tasmanian Magic Millions.  She has been catalogued as Lot 100 by the Evandale based nursery which is operated by Tasbreeders treasurer Allan Howard.

Brooklyn Park’s draft of 10 lots going under the hammer at the Tasmanian Magic Millions also includes yearlings conceived at Eliza Park by Written Tycoon (3), Bushranger (2) and Shinzig.

Hoofnote:  Blacker announced Beven Heights would be retired after an unplaced run on Tuesday.  The Grand Royale gelding had won the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Longford Cup but bowed out after finishing in the second-half of the field behind his stablemate.

West Quest gelding wins the Longford Cup