Raheen Stud dominated Saturday’s Doomben program with a stakes winning double courtesy of Morning Captain and Adebisi. Winning jockey Chris Munce will stay aboard both horses for the upcoming winter carnival.
Raheen started the year with Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Punch On and Queensland’s in-form stud completed a Doomben hat-trick with Kiss Me Deadly in the lucky last on Saturday.
Morning Captain (3g Danbird – Joias by Housebuster) continued his unbeaten run since last October with a gutsy victory in the LR National Jockey Day Stakes (1350m). He has built a picket fence with four wins in a row earning over $185,000.
That’s a marvellous return on the $3,000 he cost from Raheen’s draft at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions. “He got into some trouble but he managed to pick himself up and win,” jockey Chris Munce said. “Any lesser horse would have chickened out. He’s all heart.”
Trainer Kelly Doughty will set Morning Captain for the G3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) on May 5. Raheen bred and raised Shovhog filly Beethog to win the 2010 Gold Coast Guineas.
Adebisi will aim even higher after he brought up a Listed double for Raheen and Munce in the Bribie Quality (1110m) at Doomben.
Adebisi (4g Shovhog – Hell For Leather by Sanction) led from barrier to box and refused to buckle in the straight when challenged by class sprinter Spirit Of Boom. Trainer Desleigh Forster will set him for the G1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 12.
Munce reckons Adebisi can mix it with the best of them. “He’s a very good sprinter and has matured a lot since the last time I rode him,” Munce said. “We had to work a little to get to the front and then he exploded away.”
Adebisi has won 7 races in 24 starts topped by the G3 George Moore Quality at Doomben in December. He was a $15,000 graduate from Raheen’s consignment at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has now earned over $542,000.
The first two home will clash again in the G2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in a fortnight.
Raheen completed a Tatts Treble that paid $203 when Kiss Me Deadly won the Carlton Mid Hcp (1350m) on Saturday. The Rex Lipp trained gelding has come a long way since winning a lowly Dalby maiden in September 2010.
Kiss Me Deadly (4g Snippetson – Kililing by Anabaa) cost $40,000 as part of Raheen’s draft at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions and he has already passed the six-figure mark with plenty more to come. His dam is a half-sister to Banner Headline (Danehill) who won three stakes races at 2000m in Sydney.
Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan is doing good business with the stock of Widden Stud’s under-rated sire Snippetson who stands for a $7,700 fee.
Raheen received $120,000 from Steve Brem for the Snippetson – Seduction Line colt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January. And Ben Ahrens weighed in with $43,000 for Raheen’s Snippetson – Wedding Belle filly at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale in March.
Shovhog sprinter was part of a Raheen treble at Doomben on Saturday.
His dam Hell for Leather is in foal to Raheen sire Captain Sonador.