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Canning Downs Buys Dalray Melb Cup For $86k

Tuesday, 17th November 2009

Principals John Barnes & Joy Mackay at Queensland’s Darling Downs-based Canning Downs have paid $86,400 at auction to buy the 1952 Melbourne Cup won by Dalray (Baloch-Broiveine) who began his stud career at Canning Downs in 1954 following an unsuccessful season at another stud. Dalray was initially leased by prominent owner C.E.Barnes, who purchased Dalray after he supervised the horse to satisfactorily cover mares. One of Dalray’s best-performed progeny was the stayer Tails (born in 1965) which was bred & raced by Barnes & also went on to stand at Canning Downs. Joy Mackay noted: “Dalray still features in the pedigrees of some of our breeding stock, including stakes-winner Royal Mask & Gr2-winner Masked Assassin.”

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