Publishing first for Adelaide

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Raheen Stud is coming off a very successful yearling sale on the Gold Coast and the Queensland based nursery will send three of its best colts down to Adelaide for the Magic Millions in March.

Raheen’s yearlings have been catalogued under the Murrulla Stud consignment heading for Adelaide.  Murrulla studmaster Tim Nolan is a son of Raheen owners Basil and Dianne Nolan.

Tim’s brother Basil jnr is also busy prepping Raheen’s consignment for the Gold Coast Magic Millions QTIS Sale a week after Adelaide.  Publishing’s initial crop dominate the Gold Coast draft.

“Publishing’s yearlings look nice prospects and we picked out a beauty from his first crop for Adelaide,” Basil Nolan jnr declared.  “He’s an outstanding colt and there’s black-type right through his pedigree.”

Catalogued as Lot 10, the Publishing – Mine Counter (Zeditave) colt is from the immediate family of Lindsay Park’s G2 SAJC Yallambee Classic placegetter Prosperous Bid and he’s also closely related to Champion G1 performer Racing To Win.

Publishing’s sire Testa Rossa has a second-to-none record in Adelaide siring G1 winners ranging from Rostova in the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) to Testafiable in the South Australian Derby (2500m).

Publishing was the highest priced Testa Rossa colt of his year when making $250,000 at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions and he paid it back pronto with G3 victories at Flemington and Caulfield.

Raheen’s Testa Rossa – La Goulue (Danehill Dancer) colt listed as Lot 218 in Adelaide also has local links through his dam.  La Goulue won twice at Moonee Valley and was third home in the 2009 LR W H Wylie Hcp at Morphettville behind Very Discreet and Augusta Proud.

La Goulue is a half-sister to Gimmethegreenlight who is gunning for Champion 3YO honours in South Africa this season.  The Australian bred colt won the G1 Queen’s Plate and then looked all set to double up in the G1 J&B Met before Horse of the Year Igugu arrived with an inexorable finish.

Raheen owns several mares from Gimmethegreenlight’s family and Cape Town trainer Justin Snaith has been keeping the Nolans up to date with the colt’s progress.  “No three year-old had won the J&B Met since Badger’s Coast back in 2000,” Snaith said.  “And it took a champion to beat him.

“Gimmethegreenlight gave it everything and was courageous in defeat.  He pulled up 100% sound and will be back for another Group 1 after a short break.”

Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) has been invited to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup in November but there are delays exporting horses out of South Africa due to African Horse Sickness.

The Jet Spur colt from She Can Chatter (Canny Lad) is other Raheen colt with an international pedigree through his dam’s half-brother Top Spin.  Catalogued as Lot 56, he will impress South East Asian buyers who can recall Top Spin winning the G1 Kranji Mile and G1 Singapore Derby.

Champion South African colt wins the G1 Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth