Calcareous shapes well for season opener
The change of a racing season is always keenly anticipated and for Ontrack there’s plenty to look forward to.
The first new horse to step on to the track may be the well named grey colt Calcareous, down to debut at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday or next Wednesday.
The colt has drawn an awkward gate for his debut so a decision on a start will be delayed until the final field can be assessed. He is also a late nomination for the Sunshine Coast meeting next Wednesday.
Purchased by Grant Morgan from last year’s Magic Millions QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast, Calcareous is one of the few greys by super stallion Not A Single Doubt.
His colour stems from Linamax, the sire of this colt’s grand-dam Only Vanda and the name Calcareous means containing lime or being chalky as in the White Cliffs of Dover.
A stylish grey horse, Linamax died in 2016 at the age of 29 after a distinguished career at stud for The Aga Khan and during his career, he was France's leading sire in 1998 and in 2004. He was the country's leading broodmare sire in 2012.
Calcareous is a full-brother to the speedy filly Rotator (stakes placed at two) and the ultra-consistent sprinter Positive Peace who has won 8 of her 18 starts.
The colt is prepared by Toby and Trent Edmonds at the Gold Coast and he heads off to the races on the back of an impressive trial win on his home track two weeks back.
“The colt has come through the system we have in place in South East Queensland,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“He spells with Trevor Bailey at Waverley Park and was broken in and pre-trained by Greg Bennett and the team at Fenwick Farm at Canungra.
“It’s great to have such talented horsemen doing the background work on our horses and this colt is a great example of what such a system can achieve.
“While this colt is going to be better with more time, he has gone to the Edmonds stable and not put a foot wrong,” said Grant Morgan.
“We have a nice crop of three-year-olds who have either raced sparingly at two or who are yet to race but they will step out during the new season and we reckon there’s plenty of talent in that group,” he said.
The majority of the Ontrack three year-old team are eligible for the $10 Magic Millions Race Series, including Calcareous.
Many of these three year-olds will begin their build up to the rich Gold Coast Raceday which will be held in January 2021.