Smart qualifier Tact Major has been sold to West Australia.
"We intended to keep him under the radar and race him. But the word got out and we sold him for good money which you couldn't make racing him down here. I think he'll do a good job (in Australia) and in the next two years we'll see just how good he is," said trainer Trevor Proctor who owned the gelding with his partner Diane Dynes and her mother Bessie Dynes.
She has left quality race horses Tact Hayley Jane (10 wins), Tact Lizzie (10 wins) and Spectactular (8 wins).
"She leaves nice types and most of her foals are like her. They're the boss in the paddock. We don't bred from her every year as she's getting on and we have to look after her. She's due to foal to Auckland Reactor."
Tact Major qualifying in the hands of Brent Barclay at Ascot Park on Wednesday 5th November - Photo Bruce Stewart
"The Aussies don't like the McArdles so we'll hang onto this fella for a bit longer. He's a different sort (to Tact Major). He's a smaller horse and he just wanted to run. I tried to get him to relax but he just wanted to blaze. Also when he qualified he had a stone bruise so it was a good run too. He's had three weeks off (after qualifying) and he's back in work now."
Tact Tate is the first foal out of Tact Lizzie. Her next foal is a two year old filly by Art Major called Tact Rousey.
"She's run a mile in 14 (2-14) out in the middle of the track about a month ago. We may look at racing her as a two year old."