This is a spe­cial vic­tory to quote Chap­ter And Verse for Du Plessis

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY QTIS OPEN

THE SPOILS: Part-owner Mary Col­lier, jockey Mark Du Plessis and trainer Desleigh Forster after Chap­ter And Verse won the QTIS Open at the Gold Coast. Picture: Track­side Pho­tog­ra­phy DESLEIGH Forster clinched the big­gest win of her train­ing ca­reer and jockey Mark Du Plessis his most im­por­tant in Aus­tralia when Chap­ter And Verse ar­rived to a cho­rus of roars from his own­ers in yesterday’s $1 mil­lion MM QTIS Open at the Gold Coast.

Forster felt Chap­ter And Verse was the best horse in the race and told Du Plessis to ride him as such and when he was closer in the run today, the writ­ing was on the wall.

The son of Rothe­say was pur­chased by Forster for just $28,000 and is now $750,000.

“These sort of races don’t come around very of­ten. This horse is a lit­tle gem,” Forster said.

“His racing pat­tern doesn’t help him very much, but it’s great to come here and keep some of the money in Queens­land. This is sur­real re­ally.”

Chap­ter And Verse was bred by Basil and Di Nolan at Ra­heen Stud and ev­ery time he races, mem­o­ries come flood­ing back of their son Basil Jr, who died in a farm ac­ci­dent in Novem­ber.

“It’s a tough day. Basil and Di Nolan bred this horse and they’ve done a fair bit for me,” Forster the win­ner of said. Basil J’s sons Basil and James were among the throng cheer­ing Chap­ter And Verse home.

Du Plessis tipped this won’t be the last time Chap­ter And Verse has his time in the spot­light and sug­gested a race like the Strad­broke is a pos­si­bil­ity.

“When they win like that and you know there’s so much up­side to young lightly raced horses like him, he could be (a Strad­broke horse). I’m not say­ing he is, I’m say­ing he could be,” Du Plessis said, be­fore con­firm­ing this was his big­gest win in Aus­tralia.

“It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do and I just can’t thank Desleigh and the ow enough. They could have had jock they wanted.

“Jimmy Byrne rode him time and they had ev­ery righ put him back on, but they s solid with me and I’m very g ful.”

PART-OWNER Noel Gr halgh’s daugh­ter Sarah flew from her as­sign­ment with 7 N in London yesterday mornin pe­cially to go to the races and in time to see her father’s h Tu­mul­tuous claim a sec Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy.

The Chris Waller-tra stayer, who has been base Waller’s Gold Coast sta­ble

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