The form from January’s Magic Millions 3YO Trophy came to the fore again at Doomben today when Princess Qualo swept home to win the Ambassador Travel QTIS Handicap (1200m).
Trained from Eagle Farm by Robert Heathcote, Princess Qualo came with a beautifully timed run under Larry Cassidy to get home in an all Magic Millions finish.
Heathcote said the filly was risked by a number of people on the wet track, but he was confident she could perform well and said after the race he needed to visit the bookmakers.
“Everyone thought she wouldn’t handle the track,” Heathcote said. “And if you have a look at her form they are right.”
“But in her first start on a wet track she hurt herself and then she went down to the Gold Coast the other day and it was not a good track,” he added.
“We were confident she would run well and she has – so it’s no surprise to us.”
Heathcote said the filly would race in a similar event at her next start.
“She did a good job and beat a pretty good field today. She’s done the job well.”
“We’ll go on and find another nice race for her around the 1200 (metres).”
Princess Qualo ($18) got home in a competitive finish to beat the heavily backed Purettan ($5.50) by a half neck.
Another three parts of a length back in third place was the Shovhog filly Startling Pleasure ($21).
Princess Qualo was one of the most admired fillies at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.
A member of the Lyndhurst Stud draft, she made a cool $230,000 to the bid of her trainer. She remains the highest priced yearling by Sequalo ever sold at auction.
Princess Qualo is one of the six winners produced by the Potter McQueen mare Princess Potter.
She is a full sister to Sammy Sequalo – a former quality galloper who earned over $235,000 and was a placegetter in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Trophy.
Another full relation Go Sequalo has won five races, including two as a juvenile, and has earned over $233,000.
As it stands Princess Qualo has recorded four wins and three minor placings from just 11 starts and earned over $210,000.
PICS – Dan Costello
Beyonce’s Star, a brilliant winner at the Sunshine Coast on Friday, will go under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale which commences on Sunday.
A member of the in form Kris Lees stable, Beyonce’s Star rattled home on the outside of runners to get up and win the 1200 metre race by a widening margin of a half neck.
The five-year-old daughter of Orientate, who is now the winner of over $160,000, is catalogued as lot number 983 and will go under the hammer during the early stages of Monday’s second session.
Beyonce’s Star is one of the most consistent mares in New South Wales having won of placed in 20 of her 33 lifetime starts. She is a three time Sydney winner.
A daughter of the 11 time winning Pompeii Court mare Concert Star, Beyonce’s Star is a half sister to the dam of Regal Flame – a five time winner and stakes placegetter in New Zealand.
Her dam is a daughter of the stakes winning Without Fear mare Solo Performance – a former outstanding juvenile who won three stakes races at two in Adelaide or Melbourne.
Concert Star is therefore a half sister to the Group Two winner Solo Show – the dam of former quality galloper Toast of the Coast.