Quin­tes­sen­tial win

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

for the 2012 breed­ing sea­son at a fee of $6000.

Waikato Stud can also take credit for breed­ing the Queens­land Oaks run­ner-up, O’Reilly filly El­iza Blues, and with an ounce of luck the Sav­abeel filly could have made it a WS tri­fecta in­stead of hav­ing to set­tle for fourth.

When the Chron­i­cle spoke with John Sar­gent ear­lier this week there was ev­ery in­ten­tion of back­ing her up in this Satur­day’s Queens­land Derby.

That would mean at­tempt­ing the same dou­ble that Royal Magic com­pleted 20 years ago and could also in­volve a clash with at least one other mem­ber of the Sar­gent car­ni­val team.

Last Wed­nes­day Largo Da Barra went close to clinch­ing a Derby start with an im­pres­sive win at Doomben, the first leg of sta­ble dou­ble com­pleted by Shanghai Bund. Satur­day’s big win was the fifth at the car­ni­val by the nine- strong Sar­gent team, which is be­ing man­aged by former Mata­mata- based jockey Bruce Comp­ton and his wife Ma­rina.

Bruce re­tired in 2007, bring­ing to a close a ca­reer en­com­pass­ing four decades and more than 2000 wins. His New Zealand ca­reer high­light was his 1980-81 pre­mier­ship with a then record 124 wins, the same sea­son that he was as­so­ci­ated with the classy Fred Begue­ly­trained filly Glam­our Bay, win­ner of the New Zealand Oaks.

Favourite: Satur­day’s Queens­land Oaks win­ner Quin­tes­sen­tial, pic­tured be­fore her Desert Gold Stakes win at Tren­tham in Jan­uary.

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