QTIS SALE COLT RECEIVES PEDIGREE BOOST

Peter Howard – Courier Mail

It was obvious Ron Gilbert wasn’t expecting big dollars when he entered a colt in this month’s QTIS yearling sale at the Gold Coast, but he may yet reap a good return.

Gilbert has sold yearlings off his Highgrove Stud near Toowoomba for as much as $800,000 at Sydney Easter Sales and the Magic Millions and is consistently among the leading vendors at those sales where buyers spend so freely.

But in recent years he has kept a yearling or two for the Queensland market, despite prices not being any match for those at the Magic Millions or Sydney Easter.

He had one QTIS-eligible yearling this year, a colt by Charge Forward from the young broodmare Sequential (by Lion Hunter), and earmarked it for the QTIS sale from the time he planned his marketing for the season.  The colt could well be among the most interesting lots of the sale when he goes through the ring on Sunday week.

His pedigree was given a double boost on Saturday when his year-older half-brother Excitable Boy (by More Than Ready) won the Listed two-year-old race at Flemington and Risk Aversion, who is a half-sister to Sequential’s dam, opened her Sydney autumn campaign with an eye-catching second in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill.

Gilbert resisted suggestions to put the colt in the main Magic Millions sale in January.  “Magic Millions said I should put him in the premier sale and even my own staff on the farm kept telling me to do that, but I decided to keep following my plan to make some of our yearlings available to Queenslanders,” Gilbert said.

“I sold Discreet through the QTIS sale for $50,000 and she won the Calaway Gal Stakes.”
Excitable Boy was a product of the main Magic Millions sale in January last year. But, as Gilbert pointed out, he sold for a modest $75,000.

This Charge Forward/Sequential colt will be offered for sale at the Gold Coast Magic Millions QTIS sale this month.This Charge Forward/Sequential colt will be offered for sale at the Gold Coast Magic Millions QTIS sale this month.

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