Tubman's insurance: colt set to break records

HORSE RACING

A colt from a rags-to-riches filly is on the verge of landing what larrikin horseman Mick Tubman describes as his "long service leave" - and there's another one on the way.

The impeccably-bred three-month-old is the first foal from Tubman and part-owner Jack Knight's fairytale filly Chance Bye.

Covered by this season's leading two-year-old sire and 2008 Golden Slipper winner Sebring, Chance Bye's colt is set to provide Tubman and Knight with more than a little injection for their retirement fund.

"I'm rapt with him and we won't be giving him away," Tubman said.

"He'll be going for good money otherwise we'll be keeping him.

"In the foal I could see her, I could see Snitzel, I could see Red Ransom, I could see Snippets. I could see bits of all of them there - it's just uncanny.

"I've gone from worrying what it's going to be like to what reserve I'm going to put on it. He's a cracker."

Tubman and Knight knocked back $340,000 for Chance Bye at the 2011 Australian Easter Broodmare Sale, opting to send her to Sebring at Widden Stud in the Upper Hunter Valley.

The pair initially paid just $15,000 for Chance Bye before she went on to win more than $500,000 in prizemoney during her two-year-old season.

A full brother or sister to the colt is expected next October, with the 2010 Silver Slipper in foal to Sebring for a second time.

"Sebring's done great - he's had five winners already - and is the leading sire of two-year-old winners so that's exciting," Widden Stud owner Antony Thompson said.

"Dad's firing and mum's obviously very good so it's looking good for him."

Tubman hinted a preference to race Chance Bye's second foal if she were a filly.

Sebring has won five individual winners from his first crop after She's A Danica won at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

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