Raheen delivers knock-out Punch

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Punch On climaxed a perfect week for Raheen Stud with a determined victory in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Punch On (3f Tiger Hill – School Blue by Geiger Counter) produced a perfectly-timed finish to defeat Easy Running by a nose at the end of 1400 metres.

The winner was a $16,000 buy from Raheen’s draft at the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale. She has now earned over $806,000 for trainer Peter Balzen and part-owners Tom Ware and Jeff Grover.

“It’s been a dream run,” Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan jnr said on the Gold Coast. “It started with Gimmethegreenlight in the Group 1 in South Africa last Saturday. And our yearlings have been very popular at the sales this week.”

Raheen sold three youngsters during the first three sessions of the Magic Millions for a total of $610,000.

Rick Hore-Lacy bought a Stratum colt for $270,000, Peter Moody weighed in with $180,000 for a Sebring filly and James Bester paid $160,000 for a Commands colt.

The Commands – Stepping colt is from a three-quarter sister to the dam of Gimmethegreenlight.

Nolan is also looking forward to selling the first yearlings by Raheen’s first-season sire Publishing at the 2012 Magic Millions QTIS Sale in March.

Among them is the half-brother to Punch On catalogued as Lot 258. “Publishing is siring great types,” Nolan said. “His pedigree is Magic Millions through and through, too.”

Publishing’s sire Testa Rossa and his dam Sally Magic were the first two home in the 1999 Magic Millions 2YO Classic. And he was the highest priced Testa Rossa colt of his year when selling for $250,000 at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Publishing won his maiden as an early-season two year-old and he trained on at three for a hat trick of wins by big margins in Melbourne.

Returning as a four-year-old, Publishing captured the G3 VRC Standish Hcp down the Flemington straight six and he also claimed the G3 MRC Carlyon Cup (1400m) at Caulfield.

Raheen has catalogued 20 yearlings by Publishing for the Magic Millions QTIS Sale.

Punch On
Jubilant jockey Paul Hammersley returns to scale on the Raheen graduate
after the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Photo / Ross Stevenson