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Old ‘Smokey’ does it again - Queensland History of Racing

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The Queensland Oaks has been to Smokey Eyes (imp.) just what the Melbourne Cup has been to Bart Cummings.

While Cummings has trained the winners of the past three Cups, Smokey Eyes has sired four of the past six Oaks winners.

The 1968 classic, run at Eagle Farm on June 1, went to Bright Shadow (Smokey Eyes-Bold Spec) by three quarters of a length from So Nice (Tudor Monarch-Don't Fiddle), with a length to Fancy Fay (Dalray-Sharp Shower) third.

Smokey Eyes, the grand old sire of Lyndhurst Stud had sired previous Oaks winners, Aspalita (1963), Eye Shadow (1964) and Kulali (1965).

To crown the 1968 success, Lyndhurst Stud scored the quinella – So Nice was bred at the stud also.

It was the second time Lyndhurst achieved this; Keiron Princess (by Smokey Eyes) ran second to Eye Shadow in 1964.

Bright Shadow was bred by part-owner of Lyndhurst, Mr. Perc Kruger, who races the chestnut filly.

So Nice was bred by Lyndhurst, and is owned by Mr. Ted Kruger, Perc's brother, and the other stud part-owner.

Both fillies are trained by Jack Wilson, who prepared Eye Shadow for her Oaks win. Wilson is the trainer who brought Eye Liner to Sydney for her Champagne Stakes win in 1965.

Bold Spec, the dam of Bright Shadow, is by Bold Buccaneer from Speculate, by Valiant Chief. Bold Spec's only win was in Maiden at Oxenford, the provincial course on the Gold Coast Road.

She is a sister to Warwick Farm novice winner Bold Face and the Doomben Cup winner Conca d'Or.

Bright Shadow stands out among the immediate members of the family on performances. She was a brilliant two-year-old winner over five furlongs, and the week before the Oaks defeated Brisbane Cup candidates over 10f at Doomben.

Before that win, Bright Shadow won a 7f welter at Eagle Farm. She is one of the best staying mares produced in Queensland.

The Oaks gave midget apprentice Jimmy Andrews his best race success. Andrews, 19, and holder of a metropolitan licence for only 12 months, has ridden 24 metropolitan winners and is fourth on the premiership.

This article appeared in Turf Monthly in 1968.

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