Saturday, February 25, 2012


Timing is everything in this game and the brilliant win of Upbeat (above) in today’s Group Two BMW Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield is a huge boon for owner/breeder Rob Crabtree.
The victory comes just 72 hours shy of Crabtree selling a Magnus half brother to Upbeat (Lot 230) at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Coming from a wide barrier and hunted up early to run just off the leader, Upbeat surged turning for home and held on gamely to score.
It was a super win by the 3YO who is out of a half to another of Crabtree’s Group winners in Any Rhythm.
Accordingly, Upbeat carried Crabtree’s increasingly familiar colours of red and white checks, as did Magnus – the Group One winning sprinter and close relation to Black Caviar – who is the sire of the colt (below) who will be among the first 25 lots sold at Oaklands Junction on Tuesday.

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