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