Jeff Kruger

published: 12 Aug 2013 in Q&A

In the years since being established in 1956 at Warwick, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the Kruger family’s Lyndhurst Stud has been a significant player in the Australian bloodstock industry.

In the years since being established in 1956 at Warwick, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the Kruger family’s Lyndhurst Stud has been a significant player in the Australian bloodstock industry.

As well as being the home of Smokey Eyes, who became a world record holder for the number of individual winners, Lyndhurst has stood prolific winner-getters such as Grand Chaudiere, Celestial Dancer and current incumbent Sequalo.

In addition to the aging Sequalo the Krugers are presently standing the Danehill (USA) horse Hidden Dragon and a multiple Group-winning son of Redoute’s Choice in Drumbeats.

Stallions questioned the stud’s Jeff Kruger about the first crop by Drumbeats, Hidden Dragon’s prospects, Sequalo’s career and other matters.

 

 

Q.: How is everything progressing with the first crop by Drumbeats

A.: We are very pleased with his first crop of foals. They are bay/brown dominant and have all thrown very much to their sire with plenty of leg and a good rein. We are looking forward to presenting them at the 2014 yearling sales.

 

Q.: Is he likely to have many yearlings sold at auction

A.: I would say so. Assuming around half of his live foals go to the sales, there would be around 40 going into the ring.

 

Q.: How many foals is Drumbeats likely to have this year

A.: Drumbeats attracted a slightly bigger book in his second year, so I would expect him to have around 90 live foals.

 

Q.: It must be pleasing that Hidden Dragon is continuing to play his part for Lyndhurst

A.: Hidden Dragon has been having a wonderful season, although somewhat under the radar. He has had a good number of individual two-year-old winners and has ranked in the top 10 in Australia all season, which places him amongst Australia’s best stallions. He had his second group winner in Hidden Warrior, the horse that nearly brought about Pierro’s defeat in the Breeders’ Plate the previous year. Hidden Dragon is unquestionably a proven winner-getter and will follow in the shoes of previous Lyndhurst stallions such as Grand Chaudiere, Celestial Dancer and Sequalo.

 

Q.: Importantly he has an impressive winners-to-runners ratio

A.: His winners-to-runners ratio has risen quite considerably in the past 12 months. He went to stud in the same year as Bradbury’s Luck, Jet Spur and Ferocity and I am proud to say he keeps them honest!

 

Q.: How are Hidden Dragon’s next two crops shaping up

A.: He is proven as a good winner getter but it is all about getting one out of the box. One good horse will result in Hidden Dragon attracting better mares. In saying that, I expect his name to continue to be prominent in the sires’ ranks in the years ahead.

 

Q.: What is the situation with Sequalo

A.: Sequalo is a wonderful horse and well and truly part of Lyndhurst Stud’s furniture. He is rising 23 years of age and will be limited to shareholder mares only in the coming season, unless of course he is presented with a quality mare.

 

Q.: He is still adding to his remarkable record as a sire

A.: Yes, week-in, week-out he has winners everywhere. He has been chasing down Bradbury’s Luck for the Queensland sire title but we have had to concede defeat with the season closing down. Two-year-old Missy Longstocking has led the way for Sequalo with six wins, including four stakes race victories, from nine starts. Spirit of Boom was competitive at the highest level all year and the stakes winning filly Caliente was a homebred so the opens up the door for her dam Avenel by Scenic, to visit a stallion such as Sebring or Nicconi, which we are shareholders in.

 

Q.: Which sales will Lyndhurst be targeting next year

A.: We have a lot of fillies, particularly by Drumbeats, so we may take the opportunity of spreading them through the sales. This would include the Magic Millions in January and March, the Inglis Classic and the Adelaide Magic Millions.

 

Q.: What are the stud’s major promotional outlets

A.: Being unable to pack a punch against the major farms in advertising, we tend to rely on the internet outlets more so than the printed publications. Fortunately we have been operating for nearly 60 years now so we have built up a long-standing list of clients but at the end of the day the stallions advertise themselves. There have always been top, proven sires leading the way for Lyndhurst from the days of Smokey Eyes through to Hail to Success, Head Over Heels and Canadian Silver as well as Grand Chaudiere, Celestial Dancer and Sequalo previously mentioned. Because of that history you can see why our stallions continue to serve good numbers every year. Shareholders also play a big part by guaranteeing your numbers to a stallion each season.

 

Q.: How has the weather been impacting on the stud

A.: The last two Januarys have been very wet and that has set us up for good autumns. More recently the wet weather has played its part in above average winter cropping. We will never complain about the rain again after having gone through 10 years of drought.

 

Q.: Have there been any further developments on Lyndhurst’s property holdings

A.: The latest stage of the Griffith Estate is now selling. There are 40 blocks situated close to the Cunningham Highway and overlooking the stud’s seven-acre lake, complete with black swans and pelicans.

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