Racing: Houtzen provides a value-for-money ride
MAGIC Millions two-year-old Classic winner Houtzen was the cheapest purchase of the three place-getters in the $3 million race last Saturday.
The winning I am Invincible filly was bought for $105,000 at the MM sale with runner-up Chaffeur (by Snitzel out of a previous MM winner, Mirror Mirror) being a $1.6 million purchase and third-placed Madeenaty having gone under the hammer for $775,000.
By Exceed and Excel, Madeenaty is out of a Reset mare as is the winner, Houtzen.
THE Chris Munce-trained pair Champ Elect and Ours to Keep both earned $10,000 for finishing in the first 10 home in the MM classic.
Champ Elect (a filly by Choisir out of an Encosta de Largo mare) was a $95,000 yearling and finished seventh, bringing her prizemoney to $114,000, with Seidnazar colt Ours to Keep (a $28,000 buy out of a Piccollo mare) finishing ninth after losing a plate in running.
Ours to Keep, by the now Kumbia-based stallion Seidnazar has amassed $242,000 in prize money.
First to jump
THE Kilcoy Racing Club is the first country club in this area to stage a race meeting in 2017 with a five-event card set down for Australia Day.
This traditional meeting will be highlighted by the $7500 Carlton Mid Benchmark 60 over 1060m with nominations closing tomorrow.
BEAUDESERT will stage a TAB meeting on Australia Day next Thursday while Bundaberg will race on February 4. The Eidsvold Cup meeting is set down for February 18.
The Eidsvold Cup is a $9000 Open event to be run over 1350m.
Closer to home
THE holiday period has been a quiet time for most Gympie trainers and horses with many enjoying a brief break before beginning preparations for the resumption of Gympie racing on March 4 with the 100 Club Cup race day.
The 100 Club Cup will be a $10,000 Benchmark 55 to be run over 1470m.
The GTC will stage a gala dinner on January 28 when the prize draw will be held with each of the 100 Club members to receive a prize.
The major prize is a Fiji holiday for two whilst naming rights for the 100 Club Cup will also be drawn.
Graham still in front
MILES apprentice Dakota Graham still maintains a handy lead in the Country Apprentices premiership.
She has piloted the winners of 23 races at a strike rate of 24/5 to lead Rockhampton apprentice Zoe White on 19 wins at 28 %, three ahead of Corey Bayliss whose strike rate is 25%. Zoe White leads the country provincial list with 33 winners at 23% ahead of Chelsea Jokic on 29 wins at 13%.
Johnson in form
MILES-based trainer Bevan Johnson has a commanding lead in the Country Trainers Premiership with 32 wins so far this racing season, 10 ahead of Mackay trainer John Manzelmann.
Darryl Gardiner of Bundaberg is the most prominent of trainers in this area in ninth place with 10 wins so far.