Captain salutes for Magic Millions

Captain Obvious led home a Magic Millions trifecta when he scored a sizzling 12 length victory in the Astro Wah Lai Toi Sprint Trophy (1400m) at Penang on Sunday.

Breeders John and Sandy Andrew of Western Australia’s Alwyn Park were on hand to witness the victory.  They sold the rising star at the Perth Magic Millions for just $24,000 to long time Perth visitor K L Chong.

Runner-up Happy Victory (King’s Best) was a $21,000 graduate from the Adelaide Magic Millions and third placed Impact (Eternity Range) made $21,000 at the Perth Magic Millions.

“Captain Obvious is another fine example of the value for money buyers find right across Australia,” Aushorse Chief Executive Peter McGauran said.

“Malaysian racing is all the more stronger for its willingness to buy Australian-bred horses and the results speak for themselves.  The Aus-bred brand is currently winning 57% of the races run in Malaysia this season and importantly, three out of every four stakes races.”

Captain Obvious (4g Verglas – Shathor by Tirol) has long been one of Malaysia’s best sprinters having won the Magic Millions Classic in August last year.  Verglas shuttled to WA for two seasons but didn’t return in 2005 after his progeny took off in France.

His dam Shathor is a half-sister to WA G1 Karrakatta Plate winner Umah.  She has also foaled the Perth winners Lady Thunderbolt (Metal Storm) and Irish Academy (Don’t Say Halo).  The mare has a 2yo filly named Shario Torio (Oratorio) and a filly foal by Balmont.

Alwyn Park will stand Trade Fair (Zafonic) in 2010.  The former Evergreen Lodge shuttler has sired two winners from his initial crop of Sunspeed juveniles so far this season.