Strong Season For Tasmanian Breeding
Sunday, 29 August 2010:
Tasbreeders' executive officer Brett Williams said a review of the 2009/10 racing season highlighted the success of Tasmanian bred racehorses in major feature races and the recent racing awards.
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"Tasmanian-bred horses of the calibre of Lady Lynette, Life To The Full, I'm A Hussey, Bank Robber and Conquering all performed well interstate last season as they competed against some of the best horses in Australia," he said.
"However, one of the most pleasing aspects of this past season has been the local domination of Tasmania's feature races."
Williams said that while local trainers often expressed dismay about their inability to compete with interstate runners in feature events, this past season was a standout.
"In recent years, local breeders have worked hard to improve the quality of our local product, and the results from this past season reinforce this fact," Williams said.
He said that the newly developed autumn carnival also saw the emergence of a range of exciting Tasmanian gallopers including Socks, Trysty, Tough Future, Gea Force and the St Leger winner, Stadacona.
"This year's Autumn Carnival contained 12 feature races, with 11 won by locally bred gallopers," he said.
"Of these 12 races, eight were won by Tasmanian yearling sale graduates.
"Furthermore in May 2010, of the 42 races conducted in Tasmania as part of the Autumn Carnival, half of these races were won by graduates of the annual sale," he said.
"To cap a good year it was pleasing to see Life To The Full win Horse of the Year, Gee Gees Blackflash win 3YO of the Year and Strike the Tiger win 2YO of the year," he said.
Additionally, the last winner of the Horse Of The Year award that wasn't bred in Tasmania was Bitter Spring who won the award in 1991 - 19 years ago.