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Emerging star rejected by yearling sales


He’s the $10,000 horse that has been dubbed by his owners “The Thrilla from Chinchilla” and he will attempt to win his fifth race from as many starts when he runs in Saturday’s $500,000 QTIS Jewel on the Gold Coast.

Rothfire was bred by Gleeson Thoroughbreds, which is based just outside the Queensland town of Chinchilla and run by Wally and Jill Gleeson, in partnership with their sons Simon, Jacob and Tom.

Simon Gleeson, who has been on the board of the Brisbane Racing Club for six years, noted the family had an excellent result at January’s Magic Millions Sale, with yearlings selling for $250,000, $150,000 and $110,000 but the year before, Rothfire was deemed not good enough for any sale.

“The sales companies came to inspect him,” Gleeson said.

“He was a nice horse, but didn’t have enough pedigree and both Magic Millions and Inglis said he wasn’t up to the sale.

“We originally offered him for sale to north Queensland, but that didn’t happen, so we offered him to Rob (Heathcote) for $10,000 and he agreed to take him.

“The rest is history.

“He’s just jumped out of the ground. We are absolutely loving it. You get a big kick out of it.

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Rothfire is unbeaten in four career starts. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“While you may not own them, we get a massive thrill out of seeing it.

“It just lets you know you are on the right track and it means they are getting the right upbringing.”

Rothfire’s mum Huss On Fire was retired after Rothfire couldn’t make the sales and was being used as a nanny mare, but sadly suffered a leg infection and died.

However the Gleesons have been able to buy back two of her daughters, so there is ­upside for the farm in future residual value of those mares if Rothfire can keep climbing the ladder.

Racing has been in the Gleeson family for decades, but it’s only more recently that they decided to breed commercially.

“Our family has been breeding a long time and racing in the bush, but about 10 years ago dad retired and we decided to breed a few horses together,” Gleeson said. “We started from a low base and we’ve learned what the market wants, upgraded and now have 15 to 20 good quality mares.

“We also have shares in (stallions) Spirit Of Boom and Super One.”

Wally Gleeson is a former amateur jockey, who once rode a treble at Eagle Farm at a meeting where amateurs were allowed to compete against professional counterparts.

“It’s still the highest paying treble in Australia because of the 100-1 shot in the last leg,” Simon said.

Gleeson Thoroughbreds will have four yearlings, by Spirit Of Boom, Shalaa, The Factor and Eurozone, going through the ring at next week’s Magic Millions March Yearling Sale.



Best result: Lunar Fox (Flemington, Race 2). Just about a complete strip out for punters.

Worst result: Wild Planet (Flemington, Race 5). The only horse punters wanted and plenty of big bets landed late.

Best backed: Exceedance (Flemington, Race 6). Once the rain came, punters wanted to be in his corner.


The Holy One (Randwick, Race 7): Bred to win a Derby. Looks on target after this.

Russian Camelot (Flemington, Race 4): 1400m too short, but powered up late.

Minhaaj (Flemington, Race 1): Looks a potential star off this.

Minhaaj was an impressive winner at Flemington. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Avilius (Flemington, Race 8): Punters still assessing him on past deeds. Not the horse he was 12 months ago.


Ruuca (Eagle Farm, Race 4): Injured in the run. Better than this obviously, but no joy for those who backed him into $1.55.


The Bostonian’s third Group 1 win. Michael Cahill had been offered the ride in the Canterbury Stakes, but had to knock it back owing to his longer than expected recovery. “I’m still thrilled for connections. I’ve got a soft spot for the horse and it’s nice to see him frank his winter form from last year,” Cahill said from Eagle Farm where he returned to riding for the first time since October.


Sitting three deep without cover at Eagle Farm is hardly ever a good recipe, but Adin Thompson (Plitvice) and James Orman (Ballistic Boy) managed to get away with it on Saturday. The result probably saved both a spray from the respective trainers.

Adin Thompson on Plitvice. Picture: AAPSource:AAP


“Going to the barriers I knew I was the winner,” a confident Glen Boss after winning the Newmarket on Bivouac. “You can just tell when they’re on. Colts. He went down to the barriers like he really meant business.”


The market couldn’t get Bellissimi Amici out quick enough (she was close to $6 with some agencies after being $2.50 in the morning) in the third race at Eagle Farm, as the winner Tumbler Ridge (above) crumbled from $7-$3.


All Star Mile, run Saturday

$2.80 Alligator Blood

$6 Melody Belle

$8 Superstorm

$8.50 Fierce Impact

$9 Kolding

$10 Flit, Super Seth

$14 Mr Quickie

$15 Regal Power

$21+ Others


Tuesday: Wagga, Wyong, Kilmore

Wednesday: Doomben, Warwick Farm, Sandown Hillside, Bordertown, Ascot

Thursday: Beaudesert, Moree, Goulburn, Pakenham (night), Warrnambool, Pinjarra

Friday: Sunshine Coast (night), The Valley (night), Kembla Grange, Taree, Kyneton,

Saturday: Gold Coast, Rosehill, Caulfield, Morphettville Parks, Ascot, Toowoomba (night), Rockhampton, Barcaldine, Bundaberg, Charleville, Moranbah, Mount Isa, Ballina, Gosford, Geelong, Darwin

Sunday: Cairns, Grafton, Sale, Coonamble, Benalla, Murray Bridge, Mount Barker, Alice Springs

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