Craiglea shows the way
THE Craiglea Stud team of two year olds continued their dominance of two-year-old racing in north Queensland with a clean sweep of the prize money at Townsville on Tuesday.
The first four home in the aptly named Craiglea Stud QTIS Two Year Old were Craiglea horses trained on the Gympie Racecourse by Peter Fleming.
Craiglea horses made up eight of the nine starters with Craiglea Tequila defeating Craiglea Model, Craiglea Mandy and Crystal Mates in the 1000m race which carried $30,000 in prize money.
More remarkably, the first four were all by former Craiglea-based stallion, Frisco View (USA) with Craiglea Tattoo (by Clang), the only starter in the race not sired by a Craiglea-based stallion.
The outstanding run of success by Frisco View two year olds lifted him to equal third on the Australian stallion list of the number of two-year-old winners so far this season.
The put Frisco View (four winners from eight starters) in exalted company behind equal leaders, Exceed and Excel (five winners from 19 starters) and Commands (5/11) , followed by More Than Ready (18/4), Lonhro (11/4), Show a Heart (13/4), Hidden Dragon (11/4) and Husson (12/4).
Boom sire, Fastnet Rock has so far produced three winners from his 15 starters to date including the Magic Millions winner, Driefontein.
While the progeny of Frisco View race in much different company to these stallions, his progeny have still won $148,500 in prize money with a strike rate of 50%.
Progeny of Commands, Show a Heart and Hidden Dragon have won comparable amounts.
Frisco View, an imported stallion by Mt Livermore, spent several seasons at Craiglea Stud. The big QTIS 600 bonuses won by the Craiglea horses have been a major boost to prize money with their recent wins being worth $20,500 with the bonuses.
Not surprisingly, Craiglea principal Stan Johnston has been wondering "where are all the two year olds"?
The Craiglea team has certainly shown the way by getting a string of youngsters up and racing early in the season and reaping the benefits.
Although there could be a high attrition rate with young horses, Craiglea has shown that the rewards were there without having to tackle city company.
Craiglea trainer Peter Fleming is again in the top 10 of Queensland country trainers with a tally of 19 wins so far this season.
Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan headed the list with 35 wins ahead of Western mentor Todd Austin (33) and Mackay-based John Manzelmann (32) and Stuart Kendrick on 28.