Three Egmont Park stallions won eight races at seven meetings in the Sunshine State last week while the third has become a bit of a Facebook star in South Australia.
Queensland’s number one sire, Mr Feelgood, recorded five of the winners, while Gotta Go Cullect and the late Hurrikane Kingcole registered a winner each at Albion Park last Tuesday and Friday respectively.
The breeding strength at Egmont Park was further endorsed with Mr Feelgood and the Hurrikane Kingcole being the top two sires of 3-year-olds, while the latter tops the 2-year-old siring list.
But the ‘win-of-the-week’ came on Group night at Albion Park last Saturday when the Wayne Graham trained and Shane Graham driven Justalittle Torque (5yo Mr Feelgood – Torque In Motion mare) won the prestigious Queen Of Hearts Pace.
Egmont Park’s other sire, the million-dollar son of Bettor’s Delight – aka Ohoka Punter – is starting to make a name for himself on the Social Media Pages.
As of two Monday’s ago, the Ohoka Punter page was set up on Facebook by the South Australia arm of BOTRA. Committee man, Claude Contero, is overseeing the project.
“Ohoka Punter is such a great sire to have on your books. I’m so convinced by him I think I’ll put my mare to him next breeding season.
“For $2,000 plus GST he is the prefect price for new entry breeders to get in on. He was a class act on the racetrack and was a former New Zealand 3yo Pacing Colt of the Year.
“Entries for his service are coming in every day. I think this will prove to be a very popular initiative, not just here in South Australia, but Australasia-wide,” Contero said.
Ohoka Punter’s Facebook page can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/Ohoka-Punter-113254497109022/
Meanwhile Egmont Park’s eight winners last week came via:
Marburg (Sunday) July 5: The Dan Russel trained and Matt Elkins driven Butcherfeelgood (4yo Mr Feelgood – Bryleigh Miss mare).
Albion Park (Tuesday): The Ian Gurney trained and Adam Sanderson driven Sparkling Cullect (9yo Gotta Go Cullect – Assignment gelding.
Redcliffe Paceway (Wednesday): The Lola Weidemann trained and Hayden Barnes driven Too Good For You (5yo Mr Feelgood – Too Smart gelding).
Albion Park (Friday): The Donny Smith trained and Justin Elkins driven Dattitude (4yo Mr Feelgood – Datsalife) gelding.
Redcliffe Paceway (Thursday): The Dan Russell trained and Matt Elkins driven Perfect Felling (4yo Mr Feelgood – Silkenart gelding).
Redcliffe Paceway (Thursday): The Merv Hieronymus trained and Taleah McMullen driven Bustin Feelz Good (5yo Mr Feelgood – Gemma Rouge gelding).
Albion Park (¬¬Friday): The Cristina Monte trained and Shane Graham driven Left A Hurrikane (3yo Hurrikane Kingcole – Feelin Good Lefty (Mr Feelgood colt).
Albion Park (Saturday): The Wayne Graham trained and Shane Graham driven Justalittle Torque (5yo Mr Feelgood – Torque In Motion mare).
Mr Feelgood has been on fire this season, especially hitting his straps since the start of May, and his feats have impressed his part-owner, Kevin Seymour.
“It’s been a wonderful season. His progeny are regularly winning several races on a programme at Albion Park.
“Then there are several meetings where he has had three and two winners on the programme, and of course many daily doubles,” Seymour said.
“He even won the first four races at the Albion Park meeting on Saturday May 2. I don’t this the feat has ever been achieved before.”
The four Mr Feelgood pacers who won those first four races were:
His impressive recent siring record reads:
Four wins on one card:
As at today (Monday July 13, at 10am) Mr Feelgood was the leading sire in Queensland with 162 winners from 1,309 starters. He’s also recorded 161 seconds, 164 thirds, 145 fourths and amassed $1,041,108 in stakes.
The much more expensive stallions – Bettors Delight and Mach Three were second and third with 144 and 142 winners respectively.
Nationally, Mr Feelgood has had 219 of his progeny line up from 2,745 starts in 2019-2020. His 301 wins have come via 137 winners. He’s also placed 633 times nationally for $1,967,976.
Despite passing away suddenly last October, 10-year-old Hurrikane Kingcole is still the leading sire of 2-year-olds with six winners from 78 starters. He’s also had 34 placings and banked $78,325 in purses so far this season.
And Egmont Park stallions, Mr Feelgood and Hurrikane Kingcole are the leading sires of 3yo pacers.
Mr Feelgood has 39 winners and 89 placings from his 276 starters for $232,058, compared to Hurrikane Kingcole’s 31 winners from 181 starters. He also had 48 placings and has netted $165,466 in stakes.
One meeting where Egmont Park didn’t record a winner was two Saturday’s ago when the Egmont Park-bred Colt Thirty One nailed the feature event – the $14,030 Westburn Grant Pace.
That’s when the two times Queensland Horse-0f-the-Year, Colt Thirty One, paid then immortal, Westburn Grant ($2,074,916) the ultimate compliment by winning the race named after him.
The 2,138m mobile saw Colt Thirty One (1) and his trainer/driver Grant Dixon lead all the way, holding out trailer, Justalittle Torque and Shane Graham by half a neck.
The brilliant son of Mach Three and Charm Personified (by Perfect Art) only did what he had to stopping the clock in 2:34 even, which equated to a 1:55.9 mile rate. His sectionals were 30.5, 29.7, 28.9, and a blistering 26.6.
The tough 5-year-old entire, who is owned and was bred by Solid Earth Pty Ltd, has now won 38 races – the same as the late great Westburn Grant, who passed away late last month.
Then last Saturday night (July 11) Colt Thirty One finished a four-metre second behind Cruz in the $21,160 Listed Wondais Mate Open Pace last Saturday night at ‘The Creek’
They ran a track record 1:50.4 mile rate in that 1,660m mobile.
All-up Colt Thirty One has now amassed $864,794, which also includes 16 placings from his 66 lifetime starts.