High Chaparral: a southern hemisphere nomination to the stallion will be auctioned in aid of the Queensland flood disaster on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Studs join forces for Queensland flood relief
DARLEY and Coolmore have joined forces to raise money for the victims of the Queensland flood disaster by donating nominations to leading stallions Lonhro and High Chaparral for auction.
Nominations to leading sire Flying Spur and successful young Danehill stallion Al Maher have also been donated by Arrowfield Stud and Emirates Park Stud.
Each of the four nominations - worth a total of A$260,000 during the 2010/11 season - will be auctioned on the evening of January 15 prior to the fourth session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
"We have all been deeply saddened by the loss of life and property in so many parts of Queensland," said Tom Magnier of Coolmore Australia, where High Chaparral stood the past southern hemisphere season for A$88,000.
"A huge number of people in rural and urban Queensland are suffering through the most appalling and frightening set of circumstances due to the floods and many people now find themselves desperately inneed of support.
"The Thoroughbred breeding and racing community has a strong tradition of rallying in times of crisis and we are in a position to be able to support those many people suffering in these times. We urge people to attend the auction and bid."
Magic Millions will also be accepting donations at the sales and races which will be donated to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal.