The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY @xlb­nathan_c­mail

AF­TER one of Queens­land rac­ing’s dark­est weeks, it was prob­a­bly in­evitable that a horse linked to the Nolan fam­ily’s Ra­heen Stud would win a race at the Sunshine Coast yes­ter­day, and only fit­ting that Desleigh Forster would be the trainer.

Chap­ter And Verse ful­filled that prob­a­bil­ity with a blis­ter­ing re­turn to rac­ing in the Class 3 Plate, spark­ing a flood of emo­tions in the wake of Basil Nolan Jr’s death on Tues­day night.

Chap­ter And Verse was bred at Ra­heen and sold through their draft to Forster for $28,000.

Though the Nolan fam­ily does not still share in the own­er­ship, there was no doubt­ing who the win was for.

“Young ‘Baz’ was a big part of so many of th­ese horses I’ve got,” Forster said. “He’s reared them and been there the whole way through, and it’s just so sad.

“It was noth­ing for him to ring me on the way home from the races and just chat about the horses. We were like brother and sis­ter.

“It’s just hard and it’s not the same any­more. “It leaves a big hole.” Nolan’s fa­ther Basil Sr rang Forster a few min­utes af­ter Chap­ter And Verse won.

“It’s been a tough week and ob­vi­ously the Nolans are go­ing through a ter­ri­ble time,” Forster said.

“It’s just ter­rific to win a race and this was for him.

“They are an amaz­ing fam­ily. Old ‘Baz’ and (his wife) Di told me to pick up the pieces and just get on with it.”

Chap­ter And Verse stretched to a mile last prepa­ra­tion in three-yearold com­pany and the firstup 1000m yes­ter­day was re­garded as short of his best, but he proved far too classy in a sign there are bet­ter races to come.

EMO­TIONAL RE­SULT: Chap­ter And Verse wins at the Sunshine Coast yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: AAP

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