Craiglea Falcon shows his form

CRAIGLEA Falcon provided a trio of successes when the Falvelon galloper surged home to win over 1200m at Eagle Farm last Saturday for Gympie trainer, Peter Fleming.

The victory provided Caloundra apprentice Jason Kropp with his first Brisbane Saturday winner and gave the Craiglea team their first major city winner in the new racing season.

Craiglea Falcon was perfectly ridden by 3kg claimer, Jason Kropp who gained a split at the right time in the straight to run to the lead for a comfortable win over The Joker and Another Takeover, earning $28,800 for the victory.

Jason, who is in his fifth season of race riding, had his most successful season in 2009-10 booting home 18 winners and has shown marked improvement with the increased success and opportunities.

A real “I’ve ridden just about everywhere” he has gone round on 28 different race tracks from as far afield as Alice Springs to Cairns to Clermont with most rides at Caloundra (153, 11 wins) and Gympie (57,3). He is apprenticed to accomplished Caloundra trainer Trevor Miller.

He had a book of six rides at yesterday’s Rockhampton meeting including three on Craiglea horses and one for his master.

The Brisbane win took Craiglea Falcon’s career earnings to just over $100,000 from his eight wins and seven placings in 33 starts.

His previous win was over 1300m in Toowoomba ridden by Jason Kropp.

Last preparation he had been second in an Eagle Farm Class 6 and won a couple at Rockhampton.

Craiglea Falcon was offered as a yearling at the ’07 Magic Millions sales and was passed in at $55,000 with a reserve of $100,000.

He is out of the Craiglea bred Secret Savings mare, Craiglea Lady who has proved an excellent stud matron.

On the track she won three races and $22,600 in prizemoney in her 21 starts. The three wins came in succession during a May ’03 commencing with a win in a 1300m Rocky Class 2 followed by successes at Tambo and Barcaldine in Class 3 and 4 races.

Retired to stud, Falvalea (a recent Rocky and Gympie winner) was her first foal followed by Craiglea Falcon, Craiglea Capri and Craiglea Gee Tee all having won.

She then produced a Waterford Road colt whil her next foal, by Falvelon died. She is currently in foal to new Craiglea stallion, Warhead (by Viscount).

Craiglea Stud is standing six stallions this breeding season with four of them being by the all-conquering sire Danehill. These comprise newcomer to Craiglea in Savabeel’s half brother to Cox Plate winner Savabeel in garrison Savannah (Danehill – Savannah Success by Success Express).

The other Danehills are prolific winners Waterford Road, half brother to Golden Slipper winner Catbird in the shape of Longhorn and Royal Harlequin who is out of the top sprinting mare Isca by Rory’s Jester. Associate sires are Rapid Man by St. Covet and the grey Top Echelon by Umatilla.

Both of these horses were placed in Group One company during their racing careers and are proven winner producers.

The Gympie Times sponsored Champagne and Roses race day is set down for September 25 as the next celebration of local racing. This will be followed a month later by the 2010 Gympie Cup.

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