Arrowfield Stud champion Redoute’s Choice added another name to his line-up of winning sire sons during Queensland’s Labour Day meeting at Ipswich.
Mearas joined list when his colt Regular survived a stirring duel in the straight and a protest to win the $150,000 QTIS 600 2YO Plate (1100m). He settled just off the speed until straightening then dashed to the front before fending off the heavily-backed Discreet.
Regular (2c Mearas – Sagre by Clang) drifted to $13 despite an unlucky second on debut at the Gold Coast in March. He led them up but hung out during race and was sent back to the trials before getting the go-ahead for Ipswich.
Mearas retired to Raheen Stud in 2008 but died after just one season in Queensland. He had won the LR Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick at just his second race start and then doubled up in the G3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle.
Regular is a homebred for Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy, his wife Kerry and long-time client Jim Forsyth of Amalgamated Milk Services. Guy also prepares Raheen bred three year-old Noisy Ocean. He was a $15,000 buy at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale and has already earned $300,000.
Noisy Ocean (Shovhog) was runner-up to Raheen bred filly Punch On in the G3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on New Year’s Eve and she franked the form on the Gold Coast Guineas.
He endured a nightmare trip on a Heavy 8 last time in the G3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm. Larry Cassidy earned the fee after they appeared seven times in the stewards report. And, apart from traffic problems, Larry said he didn’t handle the prevailing track conditions.
Noisy Ocean’s NZ bred dam Hepburn Rose (Sir Tristram) has a rising 2yo colt from the first-crop of Raheen sire Publishing. The mare is now in foal to Raheen newcomer Captain Sonador.