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TWO SHARES ONLY REMAIN: Bargain QTIS Filly by PRESS STATEMENT out of Stakes Placed mare


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Night at the Opera (AUS) 2005
1 September 2017
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West Melbourne 3003 VIC, Australia

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Trainer: Robert Heathcote & Chris Anderson
Location: Eagle Farm 4009 QLD View map »

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Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme (Registered)


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Delighted to offer this QTIS nominated filly who was a standout type from the recent Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. By an exciting young sire in PRESS STATEMENT, a 2-time Group 1 winning son of Hinchinbrook, and out of an exceptionally well-related Stakes Placed mare.

** Physically: On type, this filly ticked every box. She has an air of quality about her with an intelligent head, very athletic frame and a great, fluent walk with a big overstep.

** She’s physically correct and has lovely overall strength and balance combined with great scope, receiving FLR’s highest rating on physical type.

** Sire: She is the 2nd purchase for #TeamFIRST in 2019 by the very exciting young sire PRESS STATEMENT. We’ve been super impressed with his progeny as they’ve presented as very athletic types and this filly certainly takes after her sire.

** An undefeated Group 1 winning 2yo (JJ Atkins) and winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas as a 3yo, Press Statement was immensely talented on the racetrack and he is the only son of the late Hinchinbrook at stud.

** Dam: Out of the winning Good Journey mare NIGHT AT THE OPERA who was also Stakes Placed in the Listed Belmont Classic and 4th in the WA Oaks.

** This filly and her now 2yo half-brother who breezed up in sharp time (10.52 seconds) at the Ready 2 Runs sales in 2018, are by far the best stallion choices for the mare being by sons/grandsons of the Champion Fastnet Rock, a highly rated cross that has worked particularly well with the Grandsire line of Night of the Opera in Nureyev/Northern Dancer.

** From a lovely international family being out of the 4-time winning mare (2-time winner as a 2yo) and Stakes Placed WRITTEN BY A QUEEN, producer of 3 winners from 5 to race and descending from a solid New Zealand black type family including Stakes winners SINGING STAR, MISS SELBY, Group 1 winner VIADANA and INDECISION.

A stunning type and a steal being both Magic Millions & QTIS nominated like fellow successful bargain buys with the First Light Racing QLD team LOVE AND ROCK IT, VIENNA MOON, CAPEOS and ALPINE DANCER, and being QTIS nominated has the added bonus of being even more lucrative for fillies in QLD.

5% share price is $2,135 (inc GST) inclusive of purchase price, purchase costs, Magic Millions Race Series nomination, compliance cost & insurance coverage until 31 January 2020.

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Bay filly       Foaled 1st September 2017 

PRESS STATEMENT HinchinbrookFastnet RockDanehill (USA)
Snippets' LassSnippets
Kaaptive EmpressKaaptive Edition (NZ)Kaapstad
Nile Empress (USA)Upper Nile
Good Journey (USA)NureyevNorthern Dancer
Chimes of FreedomPrivate Account
Written by a Queen (NZ)Masterclass (USA)The Minstrel
Jelignite JenCrested Wave (USA)

PRESS STATEMENT (AUS) (Bay 2012-Stud 2016). 6 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$1,832,275, MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, BRC JJ Atkins S., Gr.1, ATC Hobartville S., Gr.2, Stan Fox S., Gr.2, TAB Place Multi 2YO P., TAB Place Multi H., 2d ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, Run to the Rose H., Gr.2, 3d ATC George Ryder S., Gr.1. Half-brother to SW Pressday (BRC TJ Smith Classic, Gr.1). Closely related to SW The Mighty Lions, etc. His oldest progeny are 2YOs.


1st dam

Night at the Opera, by Good Journey (USA). Winner at 1800m, WATC Let's Celebrate Belmont H., 2d WATC Titan Ford H., Westspeed 3YO H.-twice, Kambalda Football Club H., 3d WATC Belmont Classic, L, Group 1 Bar H., Support Your Industry Bet Local H., 4th WATC Belmont Oaks, L. This is her fifth foal. Dam of 1 foal to race.


2nd dam

Written by a Queen (NZ), by Masterclass (USA). 4 wins-2 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, NZ$18,700, A$101,050, MRC RAANC Centenary H., Money Ideas Australia H., 2d MVRC Carlton Draught H., Frank Gibson H., Manawatu RC Newmarket Lodge 2YO H., 3d Levin RC Ryder S., L, Wanganui JC Waikato Stud S., L, MRC Indulgence Marquee P., MVRC Australian Bananas H., Maybe Rough H., MRC Reveille H., WRC Porirua Club Life Members H. Half-sister to SINGING STAR (dam of MISS SELBY), Brave Flyer,  Yeah Nah (dam of VIADANA, INDECISION). Dam of 6 foals, 5 to race, 3 winners, inc:-

Night at the Opera (f Good Journey) Winner. See above.

 Amaal. Winner at 1400m, ATC Tamarama H., 2d SAJC Kathy Seiffert (Brown) H.

 Queen Carley. 2 wins at 1000m in Aust.

 Harmonies. Placed, 2d BRC David Jones P., SITA Environmental P., 3d BRC Brc.com.au H., Darley Australia H., Yellowglen P. Dam of-

 Need Finance. 5 wins at 850m, 1000m to 2018-19 in Aust.


3rd dam

JELIGNITE JEN, by Crested Wave (USA). Unraced. Half-sister to ZEPHYR ART, Joure la Partie,  Canned Music (dam of WESTERN ZIP). Dam of 12 foals, all raced, 10 winners, inc:-

SINGING STAR (f Danasinga) 8 wins from 1400m to 2400m, NZ$196,150, Waikato Gold Cup, Gr.2, Manawatu Breeders' S., L, Waikato RC Hamilton Cup, WRC MF King Industries Ltd 3YO H., Avery Ford H., 2d Manawatu RC Eulogy S., Gr.3, ARC Montana Wines H., BOP RC Bay of Plenty Cup, 3d Counties Cup, Gr.2, Manawatu Classic, Gr.3, Matamata Cup, L, WRC Daily Waste Juvenile H., 4th Waikato Gold Cup, Gr.2. Dam of 3 winners-

MISS SELBY (f O'Reilly) 3 wins at 1400m, 2100m, NZ$162,610, A$10,000, Hawkes Bay Lowland S., Gr.3, Livamol Blu Sprint H., 2d New Zealand Oaks, Gr.1, Manawatu RC Eulogy S., Gr.3, WRC Desert Gold S., Gr.3, 3d Rangitikei RC John Turkington Forestry H.

Brave Flyer (g Danasinga) 3 wins at 1200m, 1400m, ARC Birkenhead TAB H., Manawatu RC Hong Kong Jockey Club 3YO H., 2d Cambridge Breeders' S., Gr.3, Hawkes Bay GR Kelt Memorial H., L, Waikato RC Sprint H., L, Hawkes Bay Nissin King Partsworld H., Waikato RC Guineas Trial, BOP RC John Warren Insurance 3YO H., 4th Counties Bowl Classic, L.

Written by a Queen (f Masterclass) 4 wins. See above.

 Sammy's Fortune. 3 wins from 1400m to 2200m, HKJC Wang Tak H., Wong Leng H., Yiu Wa H., 2d HKJC Chairmen's Day H., Developers' Best Partner H., Swan H., Murray H., 3d HKJC Yi Tung Shan H., Dedication to the Community H.

 Yeah Nah. Winner at 2100m in NZ. Dam of 2 winners-

VIADANA (f Towkay) 11 wins from 1200m to 1600m, NZ$685,325, A$24,000, ARC Easter H., Gr.1, Waikato Sprint, Gr.1, Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' S., Gr.1, BOP RC Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, Gr.2, ARC Eagle Technology S., Gr.3, Rotorua RC Lion Red P., L, ARC Carbine Club Trophy H., Auckland Co-Op Taxis Mile H., WRC Pacific Jewellers H., Matamata RC New World H., 2d WRC Captain Cook S., Gr.1, BOP RC Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, Gr.2, Tauranga S., Gr.3, Waikato RC Video-In-Print H., Matamata RC Colchester Engineering H., Counties RC Surveying Company H., 3d Hawkes Bay Elbow Sports Bar H., 4th ARC Zabeel Classic, Gr.1, Otaki Maori RC WFA S., Gr.1, WRC Cuddle S., Gr.3.

INDECISION (f Per Incanto) 6 wins-1 at 2-at 800m, 1200m, NZ$158,525, A$4,125, to 2018-19, ARC Hallmark Stud H., L, Hawkes Bay Finance Sprint H., L, Waikato RC Sprint H., L, Avondale JC NZB Insurance Pearl Series H., 2d Rotorua RC Arawa S., Gr.3, Hawkes Bay LI Redshaw Memorial H., Matamata RC NZB Insurance Pearl Series H., Rotorua RC NZB Insurance Pearl Series H., 3d BOP RC NZB Insurance Pearl Series H.


4th dam

POP ART, by Arch Sculptor (GB). 3 wins at 1000m, 1050m in Aust. Half-sister to Zooming On, Ceremonious, Zoom Out. Dam of 11 foals, 7 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

ZEPHYR ART (g Zephyr Bay) 16 wins to 1200m, US$32,150, A$173,190, Bay Meadows Portola Valley Training Center H., L, 2d SAJC Lightning S., Gr.3, RN Irwin S., Gr.3, Bay Meadows Owner-Trainer H., L.

Joure la Partie (f Gielgud) 7 wins to 1500m, VRC Scomeld H., SAJC Unconquered H., 3d VATC Jewel H., L. Producer.

 Canned Music. 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1000m to 1600m, SAJC Mellor Brook H. Dam of 5 winners-

WESTERN ZIP (f Zephyr Zip) 2 wins at 2, WATC Gimcrack S., L, 3d WATC Queen's P., L. Dam of 7 winners-

 Relativity. 5 wins to 1300m, SAJC Pope Packaging H., Marsh H. Dam of 5 winners-

SECOND EFFORT (g Mossman) 11 wins to 1400m, A$680,703, MRC PB Lawrence S., Gr.2, Bletchingly S., Gr.3, Warrnambool RC Wangoom H., L-twice, MRC Zaidee's Rainbow Shoelaces H., 3d MRC PB Lawrence S., Gr.2, Memsie S., Gr.2, VRC Chester Manifold S., L, MRC Sir John Monash S., L.

 Spraypaint. Unraced. Dam of 11 winners-

 Volkaspray. 2 wins at 1100m, 1500m, AJC Jack Gannon P., STC Golden Slipper Festival H. Dam of 3 winners-

HELLBENT (c I Am Invincible) 7 wins-1 at 2-to 1200m, A$901,450, MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, VRC Inglis Dash, MRC Mypunter.com H., ATC McGrath Estate Agents 2YO P., Ranvet H., MRC Toronado at Swettenham H., 2d MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, 3d MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1, ATC Hall Mark S., Gr.3, VRC Mumm S., L, Kensington S., L, City Tatt's RC Brian Crowley S., L.