Raheen Stud‚Äôs domination of feature QTIS races this season is poised to continue with brilliant juveniles Rocket to Glory and Noisy Ocean. The Shovhog youngsters will clash in the rich $250,000 QTIS 600 2YO Plate (1400m) at Eagle Farm on July 9.
Rocket To Glory (English Summer by Dodge) will return to Brisbane after front-running victories in QTIS features at Townsville on June 4 and Rockhampton last Saturday.¬†Rocket To Glory has been a godsend for Mackay trainer John Manzelmann and his connections. He was a $20,000 buy ¬†out of the Raheen draft at the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearlings sale and, so far, has earned $243,000.¬†‚ÄúHe was a bit wayward early on but hasn‚Äôt put a foot wrong since being gelded,‚Äù Manzelmann said. “One of his testicles was really large and kept pinching him.”
Rocket To Glory
Rocket To Glory won‚Äôt be out of his depth at Eagle Farm. When last in town, he finished fifth to Darley colt Benfica in the Listed Hampden Park Stakes at Doomben.
Meanwhile, Noisy Ocean returned to form with a close second to Mahisara in the Centenary Classic (Listed) at Eagle Farm last Saturday.¬†The Gold Coast based gelding was another bargain buy from Raheen at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale and has earned $216,000 to date.
‚ÄúHe pulled up a treat after Saturday and we‚Äôre looking forward to Eagle Farm,‚Äù stable manager Daniel Guy said on Tuesday. ‚ÄúWe think he’s got a future and he’s already done a great job for a horse that cost us only $15,000.‚Äù
Noisy Ocean (2 g Hepburn Rose by Sir Tristram) was first emergency for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January but didn’t get a start. He would have struggled to beat Karuta Queen anyway and Guy was happy to pick up a winning consolation next time out at Eagle Farm.
Raheen Stud‚Äôs Nolan family are also happy with their winning run in QTIS events this season. Noisy Ocean and Rocket To Glory are from the penultimate crop of Shovhog but the Nolans have more of the same in the pipeline.
Noisy Ocean‚Äôs dam has a weanling colt by Publishing and Rocket To Glory‚Äôs dam is in foal to the same sire. Publishing (Testa Rossa) was a winner of the Standish Hcp (Gr 3) at Flemington before joining the Raheen roster in 2009.
The Gladfield Valley nursery is gearing up for another busy stud season with the recent acquisition of Shamardal‚Äôs AJC Epsom Hcp winner Captain Sonador (Shamardal).