Winter prospects winning in tandem

Raheen Stud stepped up its preparations for the Gold Coast QTIS Yearling Sale with another winning double at Doomben on Saturday courtesy of Carmora and Secret Garden.

The Stromberg Carlson duo are scoring in tandem after completing a city double at Doomben on February 16.

Carmora remains unbeaten after three starts following an impressive victory in the QTIS Brisbane Fire Protection Hcp (1600m).  “He’s a typical Stromberg Carlson and wants to get over ground,” trainer Desleigh Forster said.  “I’m hoping to take him through the grades and give him a chance come winter.

Carmora (3g Stromberg Carlson – Sovereign Road by St Jude) is owned by former bookmaker Doug Forbes and cost just $16,000 at the 2011 QTIS Sale.  “He will go for a break at Doug’s property at Harrisville and, when he comes back, I will aim him for the Grand Prix to see if he will stay for the Queensland Derby.”

His dam Sovereign Road has a colt on the ground by Raheen sire Captain Sonador and she is back in foal to the G1 Epsom Hcp winner.

Forster is excited about her winter prospects with Poste Restante, Easy Running, Trilione and Dream ‘n Ignite all recently returning to work.  Stable star Adebisi, another Raheen graduate from the Magic Millions, will venture south again for his next start in the G1 The Galaxy next month.

Toowoomba trainer Paul Nolan Jnr is also looking towards the winter carnival with promising mare Secret Garden.

Secret Garden (4m Stromberg Carlson – Chiquitita by El Moxie) improved her record to 6 wins from 18 starts in the Rice Naughton Buckley Hcp (2100m) less than an hour after Carmora saluted.  “She’s only just getting fit and we couldn’t be happier,” Nolan said.  “But she will obviously need to find a bit more to measure up to winter class.”

Secret Garden was bred by Warwick dairy farmers John and Shane Bourke.  “Her dam Chiquitita was a good mare and won four races for us but never really realised her true potential,” Nolan continued.  “Secret Garden is a dead ringer for her mother.  They’re both big and strong and real competitors.  There’s a cranky streak in them, too.”

Raheen Stud has 37 lots catalogued for the 2013 QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast this Sunday and Monday, March 17 & 18.  Its original draft was reduced by two after the colts by Falvelon (Lot 158) and Show A Heart (Lot 206) were withdrawn.

Among the Raheen consignment is a Stromberg Carlson half-brother to NZ stakes winner Don’t Say Clang (Lot 341).