Collate off the mark with Callan Park

Burwood Stud sire Collate moved off the mark at Eagle Farm on Saturday when Callan Park came from the second half of the field to win the QTIS Victoria Point Sharks Handicap (1400m).

Callan Park (2f Collate – Royalties by King Of Kings) scored by a half head over the favourite Black Cash (Show A Heart) and earned $53,000 in prizemoney and QTIS bonuses.  

“She’s honest and she’s pretty tough,” trainer Steve O’Dea said.  “She wasn’t really comfortable in heavy conditions at Caloundra last time and I thought she’d improve on a better track.”

O’Dea plans to give Callan Park a short break before bringing her back into work to prepare for the $250,000 QTIS600 Plate (1400m) at Eagle Farm in July.  “I won the same race last year with Bianca Jewel and it looks a suitable race for this filly,” O’Dea said.  “I don’t think she’s up to the 2YO Group 1 races in the winter.”

Callan Park was a $7,000 buy from Burwood Stud at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale.  She is raced by Luke Foley and is from the first crop of Catbird sire Collate.  He stands at Noel and Chris Denning’s Burwood Stud which is situated just west of Toowoomba at Pittsworth.

Collate was a G3 winner of the AJC Frederick Clissold Stakes and NJC Cameron Handicap.  He is closely related to G2 MVRC Stutt Stakes winner Burrito (Marscay) and G3 STC Star Kingdom Stakes winner Posadas (Commands).

Callan Park’s dam Royalties was a Queanbeyan winner and has foaled a filly and colt by Collate in the last two years.  She was covered by Burwood Stud’s first-season sire Masked Assassin (Danzero) last year.

Second dam Count The Cash (Protos) was a Listed winner of the WATC Crystal Slipper Stakes.