By Alex Nolan
IN such high regard does leviathan owner and breeder Kevin Seymour hold his latest star Colt Thirty One, he believes the Grant Dixon-trained three-year-old could be the best horse he has bred in 50 years.
Colt Thirty One scored his 13th win from as many starts in Queensland when he won the $50,000 QBRED 3YO Triad for Colts and Geldings at Albion Park on May 12, which followed Victoria Derby success earlier this year.
Now with more than $300,000 in the bank and Group 1 success to his name, you can forgive Seymour for dreaming big with the son of Mach Three (CA) out of star producer Charm Personified.
“It’s taken me 50 years to breed a horse of this caliber,” he said.
Seymour has bred many class horses during his time, including his star two and three-year-old of the mid 2010s, Majestic Mach, which won 24 races from his first 25 starts, including four Group 1s.
However, Colt Thirty One clearly holds a special place in Seymour’s heart for a number of reasons.
“He is probably one of the first horses in Queensland to go through the Sires and QBRED Series to show all the signs of becoming a really good Grand Circuit horse. I think that’s something pretty special for Queensland racing.”
Seymour said, after speaking with Dixon, it would be likely that Colt Thirty One will now target the QLD Derby, before heading south later this season.
Dixon and Seymour have developed one of the most lethal owner-trainer combinations in Australian racing, across any code. The former said he admired Grant and wife Trista’s tremendous work ethic.
The team combined for five feature winners at Albion Park on the first QBRED night, including Eleniark (4YO Mares Final), Ark Patrol (3YO C+G Consolation), Colt Thirty One (3YO C+G Final), Goddess Jujon (2YO Fillies Consolation) and the Trifecta in the $50,000 QBRED Triad 3YO Fillies race with Aqua Miss (1st), Red Charmer (2nd) and Fame Assured (3rd).
“Everyone says, even to me in business, ‘you must be lucky’ but it isn't for Grant and Trista,” Seymour said.
"It’s all about hard work. It’s about being well planned and well organised. (Grant and Trista) are master trainers. My advice to Grant, if he needed any, would be that he could open a satellite stable in Sydney.
“He could bring horses through their classes here in Queensland and then target some of the features down there. That’s how good of a trainer I think he is. I think he would be very competitive in Sydney.”