WINNER: Chris Munce on board Wills Choice. Munce will train Ours to Keep in the prestigious Magic Millions.
WINNER: Chris Munce on board Wills Choice. Munce will train Ours to Keep in the prestigious Magic Millions. Patrick Woods

Keep a keen eye on Ours to Keep

TURF TOPICS: Kumbia brothers James and Laurie Curtain will be watching tomorrow's $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast with more than average interest.

Their focus will be on one of the favourites for the rich two-year-old event in the shape of the Chris Munce- trained Ours to Keep.

The Curtains purchased Seidnazar, the sire of Ours to Keep, last September after the Rory's Jester stallion was moved on from Banchory Stud.

Seidnazar, who ran second in a Blue Diamond Stakes after winning the Listed St Albans Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley, had only 12 starts in his career, all in black type races, being placed in six Group races.

By the Golden Slipper winner and speed sire, Rory's Jester, Seidnazar is out of the two-year-old Stakes winner, Dangerous Seam by Straight Strike.

Ours to Keep, a $28,000 Magic Millions purchase, is raced by Chris Munce and wife Cathy, with the duo being left with the horse when the prospective owners failed to come up with the purchase money.

Unbeaten in three Brisbane starts, Ours to Keep has won almost $250,000 in prize money, including his last start win in the B.J. McLachlan Stakes - a race which has provided the winners of three of the past seven Magic Millions Classics.

Seidnazar originally stood at Banchory Stud on the Downs for Mary Lee and Richard Trivett, who raced the horse.

He has sired over 70 winners but apparently had ceased to be a commercial proposition for the stud and was sold on last year.

The Curtains operate the Old Boyneside property near Kumbia where they stand Doncaster winner, Over, at stud.

Well known in country racing circles, James and Laurie usually have some horses in work which they race mainly on country tracks.

One of the progeny of Seidnazar prevented a Craiglea clean sweep of the two-year-old race at Mackay on Tuesday when his Bold Endeavour beat home six Krystle Johnson trained Craiglea horses which made up the rest of the field.

Bold Endeavour

BOLD Endeavour (by Seidnazar out of a Show a Heart mare) defeated Craiglea Cetina (f, Warhead) with Craiglea Elegance (by Rapid Man) third ahead of Craiglea Warkat (c, Warhead) fourth. Longhorn four-year-old, Craiglea Deken, later won the BM 75 for the Johnson stable after being sent out the $1.70 favourite for the 1300m race.

The numerical importance of Craiglea horses to two-year-old racing in north Queensland is again illustrated by the nominations for next Tuesday's QTIS at Townsville.

Six of the nine original entries for this race are Craiglea horses trained by Krystle Johnston.

It would appear that most two-year-old races in North Qld would be abandoned if not for the Craiglea horses making the long trip north from their Kenilworth base.

Calliope meet

THE lack of country racing in this area at this time of the year has led to several SEQ country trainers journeying north for tomorrow's Calliope Cup meeting.

Nanango based Glenn Richardson has four acceptors at Calliope whilst several Bundaberg trained horses are entered there as well.

The top-weight in the $10,000 1608m Calliope Cup is the Bevan Johnson-trained Murphy's Coal Dust, whilst Mackay's John Manzelmann has four in the Cup.

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