A Fantastic win
WHILE Fantastic Blue is being set for the Brisbane Cup in a fortnight, Warwick connections of the horse are still celebrating the biggest victory of his career on Saturday at Doomben.
Fantastic Blue was ridden by Tim Bell to victory in a Group 3 2200m race which won $80,000 for owners to take the five-year-old gelding's prize money to almost $400,000.
A lot of the credit for the success goes to former Massie and now Toowoomba trainer Paul Nolan Snr who disregarded a questionable x-ray report to buy the gelding at the Magic Millions Sale.
"I knew he would be a good horse being a three-quarter brother to Light Fantastic, a fact not included in the sale booklet," Nolan said.
"He has 11 wins from 45 starts, including nine wins in Saturday metropolitan races."
What is also amazing about his win on Saturday was the starting odds, 100-1.
"His chances in the Brisbane Cup are just as good as they were on Saturday, the run can only improve him," Nolan said
Nolan suggested that the odds reflected his poor previous run the previous Saturday.
Ownership of the horse is in seven shares; Graham Ryan and his son-in-law Rob Lyons along with Sunshine Coast mayor and former APN publishing division CEO Mark Jamieson and his wife Lorrell each hold 22 per cent stakes.
The Kelly family from Beaudesert, trainer Paul Nolan, Sydney owner Ron Lipovac and a Warwick syndicate each own 14 per cent.
The syndicate includes Neil Carney, John Devitt, Graham Carey and Denis Murphy.
Ryan said Fantastic Blue was the best of 10 horses of which he had been involved.
"I am confident he can do well in the Brisbane Cup but it will be a step up in class," Ryan said.
"We might even consider the Queensland Cup.
"I am absolutely amazed with the number of calls I have had from people who put $5 or $10 on the horse.
"Even at 100-1, I gave him a reasonably good chance."
Carney said the horse won three on the trot in Brisbane last year.
"He is in the peak of his form, it is exciting to have a good horse," Carney said.