The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

WILL Hul­bert knew he was on to a good thing not long af­ter he had pur­chased Oh Five Glory, a win­ner at Doomben yes­ter­day, from this year’s MM QTIS Sale.

“About 10 min­utes af­ter we bought her, the news came through that (her sire) Unen­cum­bered had died,” he said.“I said to the own­ers ‘we’re on a win­ner now’ be­cause you see it hap­pen so of­ten with stal­lions who die early.”

Unen­cum­bered, the 2014 Magic Mil­lions win­ner, cov­ered 489 mares in his four sea­sons at stud be­fore dy­ing in March this year. SHOOT­ING HIGH AGAIN LINDA Huddy has long had a soft spot for the prog­eny of the for­mer top shut­tler High Cha­parral.

She and hus­band Gra­ham bought Shoot Out for a rel­a­tive pit­tance from the very first Aus­tralian crop of High Cha­parral and he went on to be an ab­so­lute dream for his own­ers.

So when the last crop of High Cha­parral hit the sale ring, Huddy was keen to see if light­ning could strike twice and she gave $300,000 for A Man To Match out of the Bara­mul Stud draft at last year’s Magic Mil­lions.

“He gets his name from the TV show High Cha­parral,” Linda said. “The very last episode of High Cha­parral was called ‘A man to match the land’ so be­ing from the stal­lion’s last crop, we just short­ened the name up to A Man To Match.”

Among Shoot Out’s wins was the ATC Derby, while the Huddy colours were also car­ried to suc­cess in a Vic­to­ria Derby by Prefer­ment.

Now they are hop­ing A Man To Match can com­plete the three Eastern state Der­bys by win­ning the Queens­land ver­sion in June. NUM­BERS GAME: Oh Five Glory wins at Doomben yes­ter­day.

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