WIN IS NEW CHAPTER IN THE NOLAN LEGACY
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