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.