Hoping to have the last laugh: Owner-breeder Reg Kemister holds high hopes for Heaven Above.Hoping to have the last laugh: Owner-breeder Reg Kemister holds high hopes for Heaven Above. Photo: Hank Van Stuivenberg

When owner-breeder Reg Kemister paid $290,000 for broodmare Reggie at the Easter sales, his mates joked that he shouldn’t be spending that sort of money on a horse because of its name.

He might be about to get the last laugh as Heaven Above lines up in the Queensland Oaks at Doomben on Saturday.

“One bloke said to me that I only bought Reggie because of her name, but as I told him she won 12 races and was good middle distance mare,” Kemister said. “I was looking for a mare free of Danehill blood and she was perfect.