Up-for-sale Qeyaady’s value soars after Sandown win

Interested buyers will need to find more cash to purchase Sandown winner Qeyaady when the Lindsay Park colt is sold later this month.

Qeyaady perversely did the Lindsay Park stable a bad turn with his latest win at Sandown.

Qeyaady and all other male members of the Shadwell Stud team will be sold online in the coming weeks after the death of owner sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum last month.

Shadwell Stud will send its race fillies and broodmares to a Magic Millions sale late this month as the operation winds up its Australian arm.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said earlier this week the Lindsay Park stable was putting together a syndicate to buy the Shadwell horses it liked.

Qeyaady was one of those targets.

But Qeyaady could have added another zero to his price when he led throughout to claim the Ladbrokes Handicap (1000m).

Breeders could also look at Qeyaady. He is a son of top stallion I Am Invincible while his dam Shaaheq was a Group 3 winner that ran second to Star Witness in the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes at Group 1 level.

The two-year-old started as the $3.10 favourite after the scratching of the unbeaten See You In Spring, who won a stakes race in Adelaide on Saturday, but Qeyaady was too slick for his rivals with jockey Blaike McDougall in the saddle.

Qeyaady scored his second straight win by 1¾ lengths over the $3.90 chance Gulf Of Suez and the Hawkes Racing-trained Glamour And Glory ($4.80).

McDougall said Qeyaady still had plenty to learn but would continue to improve as a sprinter with experience.

“He’s a lovely two-year-old. It’s a shame we’re coming to the end of the season.,” McDougall said.

“He gave me a nice feel, very professional. It’s never easy when something is high-balling on speed but we were going at a high tempo.

“He’s not fully attacking the line yet but he’s had his second start here and did it on his own so full credit to him.”

Both Qeyaady’s wins have been over 1000m but McDougall said the colt would have no trouble with longer races.

“He’s so relaxed that he’ll probably get six furlongs taking a sit as well. He’s push-button, quickens up nicely,” he said.

Qeyaady gave training partners Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig their 40th Melbourne win of the season.

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