published: 09 Mar 2015 in Stallion profiles

IT seems hard to believe Sebring’s oldest progeny are just four, such has been their impact on Australian racing. In fact this young Golden Slipper winner has already left more than 110 winners of $11m, led by the multiple Gr.1 winners Dissident and Criterion, both colts from his first crop. At the Gold Coast in January he had 39 yearlings sell to average $127,949, with a top price of $350,000, all off a fee of $33,000.

  Sebring retired to Widden Stud in 2009 along with the ill-fated Northern Meteor (Encosta de Lago) and the two have had great rivalry, with Northern Meteor claiming honours as Australia’s Leading First Crop Sire in 2012-13 with 18 winners (3SW) of $1.86m and Sebring third with 16 winners (3SW) of $1.43m. 
The following season Sebring reversed those placings, leading the second crop sires’ list with 66 winners (9SW) of $6.69m to runner-up Northern Meteor’s 80 winners (8SW) of $5.9m. Those stats were also good enough to put Sebring (More Than Ready (USA)-Purespeed by Flying Spur) in 12th spot on the general sires’ list, one place behind another Widden Stud stallion in Golden Slipper winner Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) who retired to stud in 2006.
  Although Sebring has always been popular at stud, his early success has had an impact on the quality of his book and his fee. One of his visitors this season was unbeaten champion Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), who is in foal to an early October cover after producing an Exceed and Excel filly on September 12. In his first season in 2009 Sebring covered 190 mares at $49,500 and he had a book of 149 the following year when his fee was unchanged. 
  Widden cut his fee to $38,500 to encourage mares in his third season and was rewarded when the young horse covered 194 mares, he dropped to $33,000 in 2012 just as his runners were hitting the track. However breeders saw the writing on the wall and rushed to book, sending 203 mares. By 2013 his fee was back to $38,500 and his book had jumped to 223 (171 live foals for 88.5% fertility) and this season, when his fee hit $60,500, he looked after 192 mares. In five seasons he has left 728 live foals.
  In addition to Black Caviar, those who visited him in 2014 included the high class race mares Grand Echezeaux, Hallowell Belle, Dane Belltar, Irish Fling, Empress Rock, Miss Marielle, Private Steer, Red Tracer, Tahni Girl, Tan Tat de Lago, Fire Up Fifi, Crimson Reign and Cathay Lady.
  Sebring’s two outstanding first crop colts, Dissident and Criterion, both showed talent at two and moved to a higher level at three, the former won a Blue Diamond Preview-LR on debut (beating Kuroshio) and the latter the Todman Stakes-Gr.2 and Black Opal Stakes-LR and was sixth in the Golden Slipper. 
This first crop produced 16 individual juvenile winners and many would go on to greater glory.
  For example, Criterion (ex Mica’s Pride by Bite the Bullet (USA)) won the Australian Derby-Gr.1 and Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 at three for trainer David Payne when he was also runner-up in the Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1, Australian Guineas-Gr.1 and Caulfield Stakes-Gr.1.
  He later ventured to Hong Kong where he was third in the Hong Kong Cup-Gr.1 behind Designs on Rome for new trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig and owner Sir Owen Glenn. He had a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 117 in 2014 and has five wins, five seconds and three thirds in 23 starts for earnings of $2.989m.
  The Peter Moody trained Dissident (ex Diana’s Secret by Anabaa (USA)) won the Randwick Guineas-Gr.1 and Hobartville Stakes-Gr.2 and was runner-up in the Golden Rose-Gr.1 (to Zoustar) at three. He opened this season with a runaway victory in the Memsie Stakes-Gr.1 (1400m) and then backed up to win the Makybe Diva Stakes-Gr.1 (1600m) from older campaigners Fawkner and Puissance de Lune and was then runner-up in the Rupert Clarke-Gr.1 behind Trust in a Gust. Now slated to stand at Newgate Farm, Aberdeen next spring and with a Newgate Farm Syndicate and China Horse Club Syndicate joining his ownership, Dissident started 2015 with a third in the MVRC Australia Stakes-Gr.2 on January 24 behind Mourinho and then brilliantly won the C.F. Orr Stakes-Gr.1 on February 14. He has six wins, five seconds and two thirds in 19 starts for earnings of $1.74m.
  Second crop star Bring Me The Maid (ex Maid for Me by Belong to Me (USA)) burst on to the scene winning the Listed VRC Sports Handicap (1000m) on March 1, 2014 for Peter Moody, and two starts later won the ATC Magic Night Stakes-Gr.2 at Rosehill before a third in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 behind Mossfun. Bring Me The Maid won the Silver Shadow-Gr.2 brilliantly first-up at three and was also fourth in the MRC 1000 Guineas-Gr.1. Another Sebring filly Believe Yourself (dam by Encosta de Lago) was fourth in that Slipper after winning the Magic Night-Gr.2 and she carries a 4mx4f cross of Rolls (USA) (Mr. Prospector).
  Other stars for Sebring include first crop filly Kiss A Rose (ex Hurl by Redoute’s Choice), whose dam is inbred 3fx2f to Canny Lad and 4fx4m to Nijinsky and who carries a 4mx3f cross of Danehill. Another to feature the Flying Spur/Encosta de Lago cross (Flying Spur is out of the mare Rolls, while Encosta de Lago’s dam Shoal Creek is a daughter of Rolls) is Clifton Red who won the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.3 on debut and is also 4mx4f to Rolls.
  It’s worth remembering that Sebring’s sire More Than Ready (USA) (Southern Halo-Woodman’s Girl by Woodman) traces to outstanding broodmare La Troienne (his sixth dam) as does his damsire Woodman (La Troienne is also his sixth dam). Also, Woodman’s dam Playmate is by Buckpasser (third dam La Troienne). Buckpasser is also the sire of Danehill’s second dam Spring Adieu and so features 5fx6f in Sebring’s pedigree. Belong to Me (USA) (Danzig-Belonging by Exclusive Native), who is the damsire of Bring Me The Maid and Gr.3 placed Rightoncue is another from the La Troienne tribe as she is his fifth dam. Belong to Me’s dam Belonging is bred on a Raise a Native/Hail to Reason/La Troienne Cross, while More Than Ready is Hail to Reason/Raise a Native/La Troienne, perhaps one reason why the cross with Belong to Me mares has worked well for Sebring. 
  Sebring’s other stakes horses include Bring Something (Naturalism), Bring a Ring (Hennessy (USA)), Pressing (Choisir, he has Danehill 4mx4m), Interspersed (Tale of the Cat (USA)), has Mr. Prospector 5m,5fx4f, Northern Dancer 5m,6m,7fx5m,6m) and this season’s juvenile stakes winner Thurlow (King’s Chapel, has Danzig 5mx4m, line bred Northern Dancer). His stakes placed runners are out of daughters of Danehill (and his sons Redoute’s Choice, Viking Ruler and Dante’s Fury), Forest Camp, Canny Lad, Prince Salieri, Red Ransom, Admiralty, Scenic and Picnicker. 
  The More Than Ready colt from Purespeed, who would race as Sebring, was bred by George Altomonte at his Corumbene Stud in NSW and caught the eye of the good judges from the Gai Waterhouse stable when he was inspected at the Magic Millions in 2007. This prompted Denise Martin, whose Star Thoroughbreds syndication company horses were all trained by Waterhouse at that time (they are now with Chris Waller), to make an offer for the colt when he was passed in at $130,000.
  Named Sebring after a US car racing circuit, the colt had his first start for his Star syndicate of owners, J. Hazzisevastos; Team Henderson Racing Syndicate; S. Mekertichian; Ms M. Butler; J. and Mrs A. McDonnell; Ms D. Dunphy; B. Leonard; J. Screnci and Mrs W. Mullens over 1100m at Rosehill on January 19, 2008, scoring a good win from 
Over The Wicket and Siderus on a slow track. Stepped up in class a month later in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1000m) at headquarters, he demolished the opposition, beating runner-up Hoi Ming Treasure by 4.5 lengths and running 58.15 on a dead track.
  With the racing program rearranged because of the devastating outbreak of equine influenza, Sebring next contested the postponed Breeders’ Plate-LR (1100m) at Randwick on March 1 and retained his unbeaten record, beating Dubai to Sydney and Bid Spotter and running 1:04.98 on a dead track. Gai Waterhouse elected not to give Sebring another run before the Slipper on April 19, but the colt thrived on this unorthodox preparation and looked in magnificent order on Slipper day where his army of fans were easily identified wearing Star’s distinctive purple and white livery.
  There was a collective groan when the colt fluffed the start and jockey Glen Boss elected to save ground along the rail. “He walked out,” said Boss, who had been called in from Hong Kong after the suspension of Sebring’s regular rider Blake Shinn, “but it didn’t concern me much, he just lost his footing and dropped off. Sebring kept his composure really well, on the turn he was ready to explode and he just surged through the field. He’s a special horse and when he gets over more distance, he’ll get better and better.”
  Sebring won the Slipper by a half-head from Von Costa de Hero (Encosta de Lago), who charged home late out wide after striking interference at the top of the straight. Third, another 1.75 lengths away, was the filly Portillo (Red Ransom (USA)), the 1200m run in 1.12.88 on the heavy track. Waterhouse was full 
of praise for the unbeaten colt, her third Slipper winner: “He made up ground so brilliantly and just exploded up the straight. I don’t think I’ve been so excited watching a race in years. This stamps him as Australia’s leading two year-old. This is a really, really good horse.”
  There was no break for Sebring as he lined up for the AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1 (1400m) on April 26. Sebring jumped first on this occasion for regular rider Shinn and settled behind the leader before hitting the lead a long way from home and leaving Samantha Miss (Redoute’s Choice) and Love and Kisses (Encosta de Lago) to chase him for the minor placings. 
The margins were a length and a head, and the time 1:25.99 on a heavy track.
  “He was just so brave. He won the Slipper by coming from behind them and today he did it hard out on the speed and was able to fight them all off. He’s a great horse,” Waterhouse said. “The great thing about Sebring is that he is so relaxed, nothing fazes him. For a colt, it’s the best asset he could have and usually it’s only the very good ones have that attitude.” Shinn described Sebring as “a terrific horse, a champion two year-old with a great constitution.”
  Sebring’s next start would result in his first loss, but the colt showed great heart in his short-head second to star filly Samantha Miss in the AJC Champagne Stakes-Gr.1 (1600m) on May 3, again on a rain-affected (dead) track (1:38.28). He was sent for a break as the winner of five of his six starts and $2,537,060 and not long afterwards it was announced that Australia’s Champion Two Year-Old would become the fifth Golden Slipper winner to stand at Widden, following a deal with the stud that valued the colt at $30m. 
  “He is the most sought after stallion prospect to emerge in a very long time and we are thrilled that his owners have chosen Widden as the farm to give their horse the best possible home and opportunity of succeeding at stud,” Widden’s Antony Thompson said. “Sebring will be the fifth winner of Australia’s sire-making race, the Golden Slipper, to stand at Widden, following in the illustrious footsteps of Todman, Vain and Marscay, all champion sires in their own right, as well as the 2005 winner Stratum.”
  At the time of this announcement Sebring’s retirement was not contemplated before the start of the 2009 breeding season and the colt resumed work with Gai Waterhouse late in 2008. However an announcement was made on January 28 that the horse was injured and would be retired. He won five of six starts and was second in the other and earned $2.537m being rated Champion Two Year-Old Colt in Australia in 2007-08.
  Sebring’s sire More Than Ready, who shuttles to Vinery, Scone, began stud duties in the US and Australia in 2001 and has been a Champion Sire of Two Year-Olds in the US (2010) and Australia (2007-08, 08-09). He has 1285 winners worldwide (to early February) for earnings topping $138m and his 135 stakes winners is a high 7.7% (starters to SW). He has more than 530 winners of $56.44m in Australia led by champion mare More Joyous (Sunday Silence, 3mx3m Halo) with 21 wins and earnings of $4.4m including eight Gr.1 successes.
  Other notable Australian performers include Blue Diamond heroine Samaready (Secret Savings), Perfectly Ready (Danehill), Dreamaway (Danehill), More Than Sacred (Danehill), Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready (Blevic), South African Gr.1 winner Gimmethegreenlight (Canny Lad), Carry on Cutie (Conquistarose), Benicio (Danehill). His US stars include dual Gr.1 winner Verrazano (Giant’s Causeway), a colt who could likely shuttle here, Room Service (Old Trieste), Regally Ready (King of Kings), Buster’s Ready (Honor and Glory), Daredevil (Forty Niner) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Juvenile-Gr.2 winner Pluck (ex Secret Heart by Fort Wood), who also stands at Vinery Scone and has his first yearlings at the sales this year. More Than Ready’s southern fee was $66,000 in 2014 when he covered 123 mares.
  At the time of Sebring’s retirement More Than Ready had just served his biggest southern book of 175 mares in 2008 at a fee of $110,000 at Vinery, Scone (up from $44,000 of the previous season and $22,000, his initial fee in 2001). More Than Ready’s fee in 2009 was $148,500 (161 mares) and alternated between $121,100 and $99,000 for the next four seasons before settling on $66,000 this season.
  More Than Ready showed great speed on the track at two, winning five of his seven starts, including running a track record in the Tremont Stakes-Gr.3 (5.5f in 1:02.56). This was one of five wins in succession as a juvenile, he won the Sanford Stakes-Gr.2 (6f in 1:09.65) at his next start and was then third in the Futurity Stakes-Gr.1 (8f) at Belmont. Given the speed he showed as a youngster, it seems strange that connections elected to go on a Kentucky Derby campaign the following season, especially as he won the Hutcheson Stakes-Gr.2 (7f in 1:21.76) first up.
  He was runner-up in the Louisiana Derby-Gr.2 (8.5f), Blue Grass Stakes-Gr.1 (9f), before a fourth in the Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 (10f) behind Fusaichi Pegasus. Given a short break, he was second in the Dwyer Stakes-Gr.2 (8f) and fourth in the Haskell Invitation-Gr.1 (9f), before switching back to sprinting and a dominant win in the King’s Bishop Stakes-Gr.1 (7f in 1:22.49) and a second behind Trippi in the Vosburgh Stakes-Gr.1 (7f). He was fifth behind Kona Gold in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint-Gr.1 and fourth in the Cigar Mile-Gr.1 to El Corredor at the end of a long season (January 29-November 25, 2000) and retired with seven wins, four seconds and a third in 17 starts, for earnings of $1,701,711.
  More Than Ready’s sire Southern Halo (Halo-Northern Sea by Northern Dancer) won five races and was Gr.1 placed in the US and began his stud career in Argentina, where he was a multiple Champion Sire before shuttling back to the US, where More Than Ready is his best runner. He is also a champion sire of broodmares. 
Halo of course is out of Cosmah, a half-sister to Natalma who is 3mx3f in the pedigree of Danehill.
  Perhaps this is a reason why More Than Ready has proved a perfect foil for Danehill-lines mares. He has also nicked well with that horse’s sire Danzig and other strains of Northern Dancer. More Joyous (second dam by Danehill) brings in another line of Halo via her damsire, Kentucky Derby winner and multiple champion sire in Japan Sunday Silence, a cross that breeders should consider exploiting with Sebring, perhaps using daughters of Sunday Silence sons such as Fuji Kiseki or Keep The Faith. 
  More Than Ready also reacts well to additional Mr. Prospector (his dam being by Woodman, a son of Mr. Prospector and from the La Troienne family) and with Star Kingdom. More Than Ready’s sire Southern Halo features a 2x3 cross of the half-sisters Cosmah (dam of Halo) and Natalma (dam of Northern Dancer) and a male line of Native Dancer via Sea-Bird. Sebring’s pedigree is a perfect example of these successful nicks being exploited, with his dam sire Flying Spur being bred on the Danehill/Mr. Prospector cross and also featuring Sir Ivor (from the same sire line as Halo) and a female line of Northern Dancer via Fanfreluche. In addition Sebring’s second dam Lady Moulin 
is by Luskin Star, a grandson of Star Kingdom.
  This gives Sebring a 4mx4f cross of Mr. Prospector, 4mx5m,6f to Northern Dancer and 5mx6m,6f to his dam Natalma, plus an extra line of Natalma’s half-sister Cosmah in the fourth generation, a 5fx6f cross of Buckpasser (third dam La Troienne), a 6mx6m of Nasrullah (four extra lines in the seventh remove) plus line breeding to Native Dancer and Turn-to.
  Sebring’s female line arrived in Victoria in 1890 when St Simon’s regally bred daughter Elsie (GB) (ex Larissa by King of the Forest) stepped ashore after the long voyage from England. A descendant of the English Oaks winner Shoveler (Scud) she would have quite an impact, producing two VRC Oaks winners in Red Streak and Redshank (Sebring’s ninth dam) and found a family whose excellence continues. Other descendants include Melbourne Cup hero Dark Felt and champion Gunsynd. Those also descending from the Redshank branch include Dark Jewel (Star Kingdom), the Tait family’s marvellous broodmare who left Slipper winner and sire Baguette (Rego) and grand winners and producers like Heirloom and Birthright in a family that is still delivering Gr.1 winners to this day.
  Dark Jewel’s half-sister Nippy Vista (Port Vista (IRE)-Red Lace by Excitement (IRE)) is Sebring’s fifth dam. Her daughter Far Vista (Rego), a three-quarter sister in blood to Baguette, was a smart juvenile, winning three races up to 1000m at two including the Mimosa Stakes-LR and placing third in the Byron Moore Stakes-LR and Debutante Stakes-LR. Her three foals include the successful producer Far Better (Better Boy (IRE)), dam of eight winners including stakes placed Atatari (Luskin Star).
  Sebring’s third dam is another Better Boy (IRE) daughter, Willowy, a winner of the Fernhill Handicap-LR at two and runner-up in the Gimcrack Stakes-Gr.3. She also placed second in the Hobartville Stakes-Gr.2 and third in the Flight Stakes-Gr.2 at three and left five winners including the Silver Slipper Stakes-Gr.2 winner Giostra (Imperial Prince (IRE)).
  Willowy’s daughter Lady Moulin, by the Golden Slipper winner Luskin Star (Kaoru Star), left 10 winners including the Gr.2 winner and sire Surtee (Memento). She also produced a daughter to a mating with Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur (Danehill). This filly was named Purespeed and although she did not win she 
was placed in Sydney at two and three and showed class to be sixth behind Viking Ruler in the Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1.
  Minor winner Flingitnow (Peintre Celebre) was Purespeed’s first foal and he was followed by Sebring and then the Tale of the Cat (USA) gelding Pureness, winner of five races including the ATC Ajax Stakes-Gr.2. She is also dam of minor winner Adria (More Than Ready), who went to Denman in her first season last spring, a two year-old sister to Sebring named Falkenberg and foaled a So You Think filly in 2013. 
Her NZ-owned Choisir daughter La Ferrand went to More Than Ready in 2014, while her 2010 colt by Encosta de Lago (Fastlap) was fourth at his first start in WA in January.
  An imposing chestnut, standing 16.1 hands, Sebring is yet another success story for Widden Stud, now under the guidance of Antony Thompson, a member of the seventh generation of the family which came to the wonderful Widden Valley in NSW more than 140 years ago and stayed to produce generation after generation of good thoroughbreds. Widden’s philosophy of supporting outstanding Australian performers, particularly two year-olds, has paid remarkable dividends for the stud and for breeders. Sebring, a Golden Slipper winner by a sire who has produced two Golden Slipper winners and whose first two dams are by Slipper winners, is the embodiment of this. n

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Six x Six Enhanced Pedigree Grid for

SEBRING (AUS) 2005 Chestnut colt
by More Than Ready - Purespeed, by Flying Spur


B. or Br. 1997
GW 7 wins
f:2082 r:1765 w:1305 SW:139
  Southern Halo
B. 1983
SP 5 wins
f:1796 r:1362 w:1086 SW:173
B. or Br. 1969
GW 9 wins
f:724 r:602 w:450 SW:63
  Hail To Reason   Turn-To   Royal Charger 9
5 Source Sucree 1
  Nothirdchance   Blue Swords 7
  Galla Colors 4
1 Cosmah   Cosmic Bomb   Pharamond 6
  Banish Fear 14
  Almahmoud   Mahmoud 9
  Arbitrator 2
  Northern Sea
B. 1974
GW 7 wins
f:8 r:6 w:5
3 Northern Dancer   Nearctic   Nearco 4
  Lady Angela 14
1 Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  Sea Saga   Sea Bird   Dan Cupid 4
  Sicalade 2
  Shama   Bold Ruler 8
  Lea Lark 16
  Woodman's Girl
B. 1990
Wnr 3 wins
f:5 r:5 w:4 SW:1
Ch. 1983
GW 3 wins
f:1961 r:1665 w:1102 SW:100
  Mr. Prospector   Raise A Native   Native Dancer 5
  Raise You 8
  Gold Digger   Nashua 3
  Sequence 13
  Playmate   Buckpasser   Tom Fool 3
  Busanda 1
  Intriguing   Swaps A4
  Glamour 1
  Becky Be Good
B. 1981
f:13 r:9 w:6 SW:2
  Naskra   Nasram   Nasrullah 9
  La Mirambule 11
  Iskra   Le Haar 20
  Fasciola 3
  Good Landing   First Landing   Turn-To 1
  Hildene 9
  Best Side   Better Self 20
  Belle of Troy 1
B. 1998
f:9 r:6 w:4 SW:2
  Flying Spur
B. 1992
GW 6 wins
f:1686 r:1447 w:961 SW:93
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2413 r:2075 w:1626 SW:347
  Danzig 3 Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
1 Natalma 2
  Pas de Nom   Admiral's Voyage 4
  Petitioner 7
  Razyana   His Majesty   Ribot 4
  Flower Bowl 4
3 Spring Adieu   Buckpasser 1
1 Natalma 2
Ch. 1984
f:3 r:2 w:2 SW:1
  Mr. Prospector   Raise A Native   Native Dancer 5
  Raise You 8
  Gold Digger   Nashua 3
  Sequence 13
  Grand Luxe   Sir Ivor   Sir Gaylord 2
  Attica 8
  Fanfreluche 3 Northern Dancer 2
  Ciboulette 4
  Lady Moulin
B. 1982
Wnr 1 win
f:10 r:10 w:7 SW:1
  Luskin Star
Ch. 1974
GW 13 wins
f:876 r:750 w:512 SW:31
  Kaoru Star   Star Kingdom   Stardust 16
  Impromptu 1
  Kaoru   Emperor 20
  Pantomime 31
  Promising   Idomeneo   Alycidon 1
  Arietta 2
  Modern Touch   Fair's Fair 6
  Don't Touch 2
Br. 1973
SW 2 wins
f:9 r:8 w:5 SW:1
  Better Boy   My Babu   Djebel 5
5 Perfume 1
  Better So   Mieuxce 7
  Soga 2
  Far Vista   Rego   Nasrullah 9
  Missy Suntan 5
  Nippy Vista   Port Vista 3
  Red Lace 6

Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : 4f x 5m 6f
Mr. Prospector (USA) 1970 : 4m x 4f
Natalma (USA) 1957 : 5m x 6m 6f
Buckpasser (USA) 1963 : 5f x 6f
Native Dancer (USA) 1950 : 6f 6m x 6m
Nasrullah (GB) 1940 : 6m x 6m

Turn-To (GB ) 1951 : 5m 6m x
Almahmoud (USA) 1947 : 5f 6f x