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10/04/02 Collingrove Quinella in Macau Derby
0410sarsontrail.jpg (14842 bytes)Collingrove Stud has hit the jackpot in Asia when two of their homebreds provided the quinella in the weekend's Macau Derby.

Royal Treasure, who was formerly known in Australia as Sarson Trail, took the race in dashing style, beating Gibson (Lands End) by four lengths.

The winner who is trained by Alan Tam was ridden by flamboyant French jockey Frankie Dettori.

"It's a fantastic result for everyone at Collingrove to have bred both the first and second placegetters in one of Asia's most prestigious races," Collingrove's Adam Sangster said.

Both Sarson Trail and Lands End were stakes winners in Australia for the Swettenham Stud Syndicate before being sold to Macau.

Sangster said the result was no real surprise.

"We always knew Sarson Trail had a lot of potential having won a Group Two race in Australia," he said.

In Australia Sarson Trail recorded his best win in the Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley as a three-year-old.

0410landsend.jpg (13327 bytes)"People might also remember that Sarson Trail was actually the favourite for the Group One Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington but he got loose before the race and was a late scratching," Sangster added.

Well known and respected bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington recommended Sarson Trail to Gordon Benson a Macau trainer, who in turn arranged for the horse to be sold to clients of fellow trainer Alan Tam.

"Mark felt that Sarson Trail would be well suited in Macau," Sangster reported.

The win of Royal Treasure was also a boost for Macedon Lodge trainer John Symons.

It is understood the trainer of Royal Academy's champion two-year-old of this season Bel Esprit, will be training the full brother to Royal Treasure (Sarson Trail) after he was sold for $80,000 at last week's Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.

The Derby winner is out of the Collingrove mare St Bridgets Well, a Three Legs mare who was a stakes winner in Sydney.

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