It just keeps happening.... Queensland keeps producing top-line sprinters..... There are too many to list, but just a few: LA MONTAGNA, GOLD EDITION, BURDEKIN BLUES and now SWISS ACE
They're not from the multi-million-dollar breeding barns, but horses with bread-and-butter pedigrees in stables that don't depend on headlines and media promotions for their success.
A $6,000 purchase by Redcliffe builder Darryl Rogers and his wife Karen, the Secret Savings entire has now won 10 from 15 and around $650k in prizemoney.
After his last campaign, the horse had a long lay-off to have bone chips removed. But Darryl and Karen didn't waver in their belief that SA would win a Group 1 and convinced the wily Mick Mair to embark on a Melbourne campaign.
Full marks to Mick for his training, and special mention of the fact that he stuck with his long-time mate from Caloundra, Ken Pope. Connections received plenty of advice as to their choice of jockey, but it wasn't required. Ken's ride was a key factor in the end result.
With Secret Savings no longer with us, I'd expect Darryl Rogers will be fielding offers from studs.
But next agenda item is the Newmarket in 2 weeks.