PROMINENT OWNER FACES COCAINE CHARGES

PROMINENT OWNER FACES COCAINE CHARGES

Valuable fillies owned by high-flying thoroughbred investor Damion Flower remain catalogued for next week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale despite the prominent racing identity yesterday facing serious drug importation charges in a Sydney court.

The stunning development involving Flower, who owns Platinum Park at Hawkesbury where trainer Brad Widdup is based, and has shares in more than 50 racehorses, broodmares and stallions, spread rapidly at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale yesterday upon news of his shock Wednesday evening arrest at his Moorebank property.

Flower has the twice-winning Snitzel filly Wonderbabe set to be auctioned at the Gold Coast sale under the Glastonbury Farms banner, while the Widdup-trained, stakes-placed filly Witherspoon, who is part-owned by Flower’s wife Camilla, is also being offered by Glastonbury Farms in the race-fillies session on Tuesday.

Witherspoon, who was a $500,000 purchase by Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, trainer Gerald Ryan and the Top Ten Syndicate, is a half-sister to Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) winner Manuel and Group 3 winner Taking Aim.

Camilla Flower has not been accused of being involved in the alleged drug importation racket.

Magic Millions managing director Barry Bowditch confirmed the authorities had not intervened in the pending auctioning of Flower owned bloodstock next week. That was despite reports surfacing last night that the NSW Crime Commission was set to lodge an application to the NSW Supreme Court, which could see Flower’s assets frozen and prevent him from selling any horses.

A significant buyer at the Australian yearling sales, Flower bought three yearlings at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April for $A2.1million and, at January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, he bought five yearlings for a combined spend of $A2,175,000.

He is also one of 12 slot holders in the $14 million The Everest (1200m) and has paid out $1.8 million over three years to participate in the Randwick race.

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