Progeny of two Egmont Park mares win both Group Ones at ‘The Creek’

Progeny of two Egmont Park mares win both Group Ones at ‘The Creek’

By Duane Ranger | Thursday, 30 July 2020

Peter and Leean Bell, take a bow!

The Biddleston couple, who manage Egmont Park, were responsible for managing both the mares who produced both 2-year-old Group One colt and filly winners of Qbred finals run at Albion Park last Saturday night.

The Chantal Turpin trained and Peter McMullen-driven Big Wheels got up by a head in the Group One $100,550 Qbred Final for the 2yo colts and geldings.

Then an hour later the Grant Dixon trained and driven Jasper easily won the the Group One Qbred Triad Final for 2yo fillies by 6.9m.

The brown colt paced the 1,660m mobile in 1:58 even (1:54.4 mile rate), while the bay filly stopped the clock in two minutes flat (1:56.4 mile rate). They opened up the $2.20 and $2.60 favourites respectively.

Big Wheels is by A Rocknroll Dance and is out of the Washington VC mare, Washington Lass. He was bred and is owned by John Polson.

Big Wheels is the second of three foals out of the mare. Her first foal, the 2016 full brother to Big Wheels - Blacksadance has won six of his 29 starts and placed in 12 others for New South Wales-based Polson. He has also banked $45,760.

The third foal is a Sunshine Beach yearling colt named Awaywego.

Washington Lass won nine of her 43 starts and placed in 13 others for $53,789 in stakes. She ran her quickest time of 1:55.6 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on June 2, 2012.

The Ian Hunter (NZ) bred mare placed in four of her 10 New Zealand starts before relocating to Sydney in July 2011.

She had her first 22 starts in New South Wales before winning first up at Redcliffe for Polson and the McMullen-Turpin husband and wife training and driving duo.

Big Wheels has now had seven starts for three wins and three placings ($78,845).

As for Jasper, who is by Mach Three, that was also her third win, and she's also placed twice for $69,634 in stakes. She has now had five starts.

The Solid Earth Pty bred and GMS Racing owned Jasper is the last of eight foals out of the Fake Left 1998 bay mare, Joy To Behold.

Foal Seven, Kwasii, who is by Art Major, has won three races and last year was sold to Trent Moffatt for $200 by the Seymours so he had his own pacer to race.

Joy To Behold won 20 of her 48 starts and placed in 13 others for $94,683. She recorded her quickest mile rate of 1:56.2 in the Seymour Pace at Albion Park on May 25, 2002.

In fact Joy To Behold's fourth foal, the 2010 Art Major filly, Joys A Babe has been her most successful foal to date.

Joys A Babe won 32 of her 113 starts and placed in 29 others for $400,818 in purses. She recorded a 1:51.7 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 2, 2016.

She raced from April 2013 until July 2018. Her biggest win was the Group One $100,000 Nursery 2yo Fillies Final at Albion Park on May 18, 2013.

“We were very proud that both foals were bred on the farm. It all comes down to the loyal clients we have had over the years and the new ones that have come onboard.

“We are proud as punch. I’d hate to think how many Group One winners we have now. It must be getting right up there. It’s every owner and breeders dream to win a Group One. We are so proud of both mares. I think Egmont Park has become one of Australia’s best because of the quality of stallions and mares we have.

“Leean is so passionate about breeding. She does a lot of homework with clients re the crossing of mares and stallions. It’s a real team effort and congratulations must go to all our staff here,” Bell said.

“We are very proud of what the Farm has achieved. We still look on and watch all our horses with great pride. Colt Thirty One has always been a great breeding memory, and we especially love to watch the two times Queensland Horse-of-the-Year go around,” he added.

And while Egmont Park mares shone at Albion Park on Saturday, one of its stallions stole the limelight at the meeting the day before.

Mr Feelgood won a third of the card via the Bob Foster trained and Taleah McMullen $151 fixed odds outsider, Makin Good, in race two. He also nailed the fourth event via the Chantal Turpin trained and Peter McMullen driven $34 outsider, Its Super Easy.

Mr Feelgood completed his hat-trick in the fifth event when the Grant Dixon trained and driven favourite, Goddess Jujon, prevailed by 2.1 metres.

“This is another outstanding performance by Queensland’s leading sire! We are very proud of him,” said owner, Kevin Seymour.

As at today (10.30am Tuesday) the progeny of Mr Feelgood had won 173 races this season. He has also recorded 168 seconds, 174 thirds, and 151 fourths for $1,103,342 in purses.

The big Australasian guns - Bettors Delight, Mach Three, and Art Major have 153, 146, and 130 wins respectively. Next best is Rock N Roll Heaven with 83.

Meanwhile, the Grahams also celebrated big-time on Saturday night when the Stephanie Graham trained and Shane Graham (no relation) driven Il Pirata won the Group Three Queensland Trotters Cup.

The 9-year-old Love you - Cipollini (Sergio Hanover) gelding won by half a neck, trotting a 1:59.9 mile rate for the 2,138m mobile. It was his 13th win in 104 starts ($172,276) and his first in three starts for Graham and her new owners.

Those owners are: B T Graham, L E Graham, A W Haack, J J Turner, R L Deeb, M B Cox, L C McMahon, N T Coxon, M J Clemow, B J Green, R J Alewood, B L Spohr, M C Cowle, and J Baldwin.

"Not too many people get into harness racing and have that success straight away. I hope they don’t think it’s that easy at the time," said Graham's father, Darrel.


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