Kia-Ora Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

 KIA-ORA Stud’s Easter 2015 draft is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the team at the Scone farm, and stud manager Alex Kingston is justifiably proud of the results. “The team as a whole has taken a lot of effort in preparing our yearlings and we are very happy with the quality of the draft.” 

“They are yearlings who have been very carefully selected with Easter in mind and they have been specifically aimed at the sale.” 

Champion stallion Fastnet Rock is the sire of five of Kia-Ora’s draft and on the back of his stellar record of 74 stakes winners and progeny earnings in excess of $67m they are sure to be in demand. 

A lovely colt is the first Fastnet Rock in the Kia-Ora draft. Lot 37 is bred on the same Fastnet Rock/Storm Cat cross (one that provides for the duplication of the excellent mare Crimson Saint) as Gr.1 winners Foxwedge and Irish Lights and four other stakes winners. He is out of the imported Gr.1 winner Mani Bhavan (USA) (Storm Boot), a half-sister to the Gr.2 galloper Hear The Ghost. “He is one of our draft’s stand-outs,” said Kingston. “He has great size, scope and strength. He is a very precocious colt and has a good walk.” 

There have been eight runners by Fastnet Rock out of More Than Ready mares and seven are winners, including the NZ 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Atlante and the Listed winner Impetuous. 

Lot 65 is the first foal of the US Gr.2 winner More Than Real (USA), a daughter of the five times stakes winner Miss Seffens (Dehere). Her third dam Noise Enough, a half-sister to the Gr.3 winner Katahaula County, is also a Listed winner. “She is a great first foal, a filly with a beautiful head and a great body. She is everything you’d want in a first foal.” 

Bred on a 3mx5f cross of Danzig, Lot 253 is a half-sister to the South African star Igugu, winner of 10 races including four at Gr.1 level. Also a half-sister to the local Gr.3 winner Honorius, she is out of the regally bred mare Zarinia (IRE) (Intikhab), descendant of the champion filly Petite Etoile (Petition) and further back the flying Mumtaz Mahal. “She is very much like her sire, with a big, athletic walk.” 

A brother to the juvenile stakes winner Eagle Island and bred on a 2mx3f cross of Danehill, the bay Fastnet Rock colt catalogued as Lot 300 is out of the Listed winner Banc de Fortune (Galileo), daughter of the dual Gr.1 winner Danendri. That AJC Oaks and Ansett Australia Stakes winner also produced the Gr.3 winner Zingam and she is the second dam of the VRC Oaks-Gr.1 and Vinery Stud Stakes-Gr.1 winner Faint Perfume. 

“Another precocious colt, he has great strength and all the attributes of a future stallion prospect. He has big jowls, a great head and he is a well balanced athlete.” 

The final of Kia-Ora’s Easter Fastnet Rock yearlings is Lot 361. Bred on the same Fastnet Rock/Dehere cross as the dual Gr.3 winner We’re Gonna Rock, he is the first foal for the imported Gr.3 winner Decelerator (USA) (Dehere) whose second dam is the Gr.1 mare Fabulous Notion, dam of the Gr.1 filly Fabulously Fast. “He is another very nice first foal. He is short coupled, athletic and has a very good walk.” 

Danehill’s other star son Redoute’s Choice is also represented in this high class draft. Lot 246 is a grey filly and is the second foal of the Listed winner Warpath (Reset), from the family of Hong Kong Gr.2 winner Destined For Glory. Bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross as the Gr.1 winners Lankan Rupee, Samantha Miss and Shootoff, she is a descendant of the acclaimed matriarch Plucky Liege. “She is a horse who has improved dramatically over the course of her preparation. She is a good sized, well balanced filly.” 

Two More Than Ready colts are also bound to invite plenty of attention from prospective buyers. Lot 259, from the same family as Lot 300, is a half-brother, out of the Zabeel mare Zona, to the dual Gr.1 winner Faint Perfume. A grandson of another dual Gr.1 winner in Danendri (Danehill), he is bred on the More Than Ready/Danehill cross whose success is well documented. More Than Ready also boasts a good strike rate over Zabeel, with his stakes winners War and Ashokan bred on the cross. “He will need a bit of time but he is a well balanced, great walker from a strong family.” 

Again providing for the More Than Ready/Danehill cross, Lot 427 is the first foal of the city-winning Galileo mare Gunawati. More Than Ready has sired four stakes winners out of mares carrying a Sadler’s Wells strain, including his Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 winner Phelan Ready and his Canadian Gr.1 winner Regally Ready. Gunawati is a daughter of the Gr.3 winner One World (Danehill), also dam of the Gr.3-winning juvenile One Last Dance. This family has produced the outstanding stallions Storm Cat and Royal Academy. 

“He is a terrific first foal, a horse with a lot of quality and presence. He is very athletic, well balanced and good sized. We think he will be a stand-out More Than Ready at the sale.” 

Another highlight for Kia-Ora is Lot 325, a bay filly by Lonhro, a sire who has crossed extremely well with mares carrying a Danehill strain, siring 15 stakes winners on that cross, including the Gr.1 gallopers Bounding and Benfica. This filly is the second foal of the Danehill Dancer mare Caribbean Sunset (IRE), an imported triple Gr.3 winner who was also Gr.1 placed on five occasions. Third dam is the Gr.1 mare Queen to Conquer who established a high class dynasty in France and Germany.

“She is our stand-out filly, a very good second foal.  She is very athletic and she has a lot of quality. She has a lovely head, a good eye and plenty of scope. We are confident that she will do very well at the sale.” 

Another in-form stallion in Golden Slipper hero Sebring is also represented. Lot 400 is a bay filly and the first foal of the unraced Fast ‘N’ Witty, a daughter of Fastnet Rock, a stallion already making a name for himself as a broodmare sire. This yearling’s second dam is the Listed winner Crystal Wit (Distorted Humor), dam of the stakes placed Fast Talker and daughter of the terrific broodmare Crystal Snip. All 11 of her named foals were winners including the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 heroine Crystal Lily and the Listed winners Amaethon and Crystal Web. This yearling is bred on a 4mx3m cross of Danehill. “This is another lovely first foal, she is a very athletic filly by a proven stallion from a real running family.”

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 37  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Fastnet Rock  $ Mani Bhavan  Storm Boot (USA) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 65  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Fastnet Rock  $ More Than Real  More Than Ready (USA) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 246  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Warpath  Reset (AUS) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 253  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Fastnet Rock  $ Zarinia  Intikhab (USA) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 259  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ Zona  Zabeel (NZ) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 300  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Fastnet Rock  $ Banc de Fortune  Galileo (IRE) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 325  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Lonhro  $ Carribean Sunset  Danehill Dancer (IRE) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 361  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Fastnet Rock  $ Decelerator  Dehere (USA) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 400  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Fast 'n' Witty  Fastnet Rock (AUS) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud
2015 ISE 427  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ Gunawati  Galileo (IRE) NS NULL Kia-Ora Stud

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