Coolmore Classic connection at Raheen

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ofcoursiecan capped off an extraordinary afternoon of racing at Rosehill on Saturday with a G1 triumph in the Coolmore Classic.

Ofcoursiecan (5m Mossman – Yes She Can Cancan by Canny Lad) has gone from strength-to-strength for trainer Ron Quinton and owner-breeder David Bentata.  She won the LR Wenona Girl Hcp as a four year-old and has kept progressing with consecutive wins in the G3 Liverpool City Cup and G1 Coolmore Classic this prep.

The Coolmore was a Group 1 first for Vinery sire Mossman.  And the bottom half of the Ofcoursiecan’s pedigree has also generated numerous updates this season thanks to her younger half-brother Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready).

Gimmethegreenlight is the top three year-old colt in South Africa this season winning the G1 Queen’s Plate before a last-start placing behind champion mare Igugu in the G1 J&B Met.  He will start favourite against his own age in the G1 South African Classic at Turffontein this Saturday, March 31.

Quinton and Bentata both know the value of a Group 1 on a catalogue page.  ”The Coolmore is a very important win for her- she’s a valuable broodmare now,” Quinton declared as Kathy O’Hara brought the mare back to scale at Rosehill.  “She is very honest and just stuck her head down when it counted.”

Ofcoursiecan’s dam Yes She Can Cancan was bred by Raheen Stud’s Basil Nolan and the Queensland nursery has retained several of her close relations.  Her first foal La Goulue (Danehill Dancer) earned black-type at Morphettville and Raheen sold her Testa Rossa colt to Gary Portellli for $85,000 at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions.

Raheen also owns Yes She Can Cancan’s half-sister Stepping (Dodge) who won four sprints in Brisbane.  Her ultra-impressive colt Club Command is being set for an autumn return to racing before heading to the Brisbane winter carnival.

Trainer Peter Moody will ramp up Club Command’s latest campaign with a jump out Caulfield on Tuesday morning.  Raheen sold his yearling brother by Commands at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Rookie Adelaide trainer Sam Kavanagh outlasted Moody with a winning bid of $160,000.

Smiles all round as Kathy O’Hara wins her first Group 1