Dawn Approach

Star British juveniles have a long history of success in Australia, Star Kingdom and Lunchtime are two who spring to mind, so it will be no surprise to see Dawn Approach, who was unbeaten as a juvenile, continue that tradition. Breeders obviously like his chances too, and the four-time Gr.1 winner was well supported in his first southern season in 2014.


Excelebration

Australian breeders should be eager to support this Irish bred son of champion Aussie sprinter Exceed and Excel and grandson of supersire Danehill (USA) as he showed his class with three Gr.1 wins at a mile in Europe and hails from a fine classic family.


Written Tycoon

When a pedigree combines high profile imports Last Tycoon (IRE) and Kenmare (FR) with daughters of Golden Slipper winners Marscay and Vain it’s no surprise when the resulting foal has tons of class and plenty of speed. Winner of the Silver Slipper-Gr.2 at two, Written Tycoon lived up to his pedigree and is now carving out a successful career at stud in Victoria.


Pluck

Outstanding mares populate every remove of Pluck’s pedigree and this young Breeders’ Cup winner, who stands at a modest $11,000 at Vinery, Scone, looks a great chance to continue the success story started by his sire More Than Ready (USA), who has proved such a potent force with Australia’s dominant line of Danehill (USA).


Dick Turpin

Dual classic runner-up Dick Turpin (IRE) raced at the highest level in England and France and the dual Gr.1 winner brings an intriguing pedigree to WA, being a grandson of Nureyev and from the same family as Zeddaan, grandsire of Kenmare. He shuttles from the English National Stud to Mungrup Stud and has had a very good response from breeders in the west.


Smug

Scenic, High Chaparral, Montjeu and Galileo have shown Australasian breeders the strength of the Sadler’s Wells male line and now there is a new branch exploding on to the scene in the sons of El Prado, a Champion Sire in the US and now a noted sire of sires with horses like Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller leading the way. WA’s Westbury Park is home to talented El Prado son Smug (USA), who will begin his stud career in 2014 at the Pinjara property.


Medaglia d'Oro

Medaglia d’Oro came to Australia with a big reputation as the sire of a Horse of the Year in his first US crop. Now, as sire of this season’s star juvenile, Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner Vancouver, he is living up to the hype. The Darley sire hails from a US branch of the Sadler’s Wells male line and is a big (16.2) handsome horse who transmits his looks and ability and has more than 
400 winners around the globe.


The Factor

When you are hot in the breeding industry you really are hot, and there is no more sought after sire in the world today than Danzig’s son War Front who is getting Gr.1 winners in America and in Europe. War Front’s son The Factor (USA), a dual Gr.1 winner, has made quite a splash in the Hunter Valley this season, covering his first southern book on a $22,000 fee.


Tavistock

Veteran stud master Sir Patrick Hogan has made some pretty astute stallion choices, not the least being Sir Tristram (IRE) and his son Zabeel (NZ), and he looks to have pulled the right rein again with champion sprinter Tavistock (NZ), a dual Gr.1 winner by Montjeu (IRE), who is NZ’s current leading second crop sire and is “book full” this season at Cambridge Stud.


Toorak Toff

It’s now more than 60 years since Star Kingdom (IRE) began his stud career at Baramul Stud in the beautiful Widden Valley, and his name remains at the heart of the pedigrees of many of our best performers. Rosemont Stud’s dual Gr.1 winner Toorak Toff is a perfect example with two lines of this sire giant and he is one of the few remaining Star Kingdom male line descendants available to breeders.


Dalakhani

South Australian breeders have access to a superb racehorse and proven sire following the Aga Khan’s decision to shuttle Dalakhani (IRE) to Cornerstone Stud in 2013. It’s an historic move by one of the world’s major breeders, and those looking to breed a classic winner or Cups horse will find this stallion ticks all the boxes.


Lucas Cranach

Australian racegoers never saw the best of Lucas Cranach (GER), but his Melbourne Cup third and his St George Stakes win in just three starts here and his record of six wins in 12 starts was enough to prompt his normally reticent trainer’s statement that “on his day he was the best horse in Australia”. The talented stayer has been well supported in his first season too, so obviously breeders share that opinion.


Snitzel

Snitzel is out to create history this season by becoming the first son of Redoute’s Choice and grandson of Danehill to win the Australian Sires’ Premiership. The Arrowfield-based stallion holds a commanding lead at the half way mark and with runners like Gr.1 winners Snitzerland and Shamus Award leading the way he could easily take the prize.


Hard Spun

Hard Spun is a young sire making a name in both hemispheres after a career on the track that saw him win seven races (1100m-1800m) up to Gr.1 level and be hailed as one of the leading classic contenders in the US. From the second last crop of Danzig, he’s proved popular at Darley in Victoria and has already left seven stakes winners in Australia with his oldest runners just four.


Fiorente

Champion German sire Monsun has been a marvellous influence on the European thoroughbred and now his Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup winner Fiorente (IRE) gets his chance to do the same in Australia from his home at Eliza Park International in Victoria.


Magnus

Wouldn’t we all like to race the next Black Caviar? Well, breeders have the chance to tap into her family via smart young sire Magnus, a Gr.1 winning sprinter, who is among the leaders of his generation with his first two crops at the track. He’s by a Golden Slipper winner, hails from the Danehill line and his dam’s pedigree features champion sprinters and sires Snippets and Vain, just the speed so loved by Aussie breeders.


Zoustar

Australia’s two dominant stallions of the past decade, Encosta de Lago and Redoute’s Choice, combine in the pedigree of brilliant sprinter Zoustar who will make his stud debut at Widden in the new season. The dual Gr.1 winner, the first horse to win the Golden Rose and the Ascot Vale (Coolmore) Stakes double, will stand at $44,000.


Barbados

Wonderful grey champions Emancipation and Gunsynd captured the hearts of racegoers and belied their modest beginnings to become part of thoroughbred folklore. Barbados, a son of modern champions Redoute’s Choice and Virage de Fortune, carries the same grey colour and his pedigree features their names. Although his race career was compromised by injury, he looks a valuable addition to the breeding industry in South Australia.


Sebring

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.


Faith's Gust

JOHN MESSARA has always been one to think outside the square and perhaps that is one of the reasons the Arrowfield Stud principal has been so successful. A few years ago he took the bold step of sending superbly bred mares from Australia and Europe to Japan's super sire Sunday Silence (USA) and had them covered to southern hemisphere time between 1998-2001.


Duporth & All American

DAVID BAY takes a look at two young sons of Red Ransom (USA), Duporth and All American, who created quite an impression with their first runners in 2013-14, as well as a grandson, Shrapnel, whose first yearlings will be offered at sales in 2015.


Puissance de Lune

EVERYBODY loves a grey and Swettenham Stud new boy Puissance de Lune (IRE) is about as ‘picture book’ as you can get. However don’t be fooled by those dapples, the striking entire is no rocking horse and his turn of foot would make even the best sprinters jealous.


Olympic Glory

HE’S an Irish bred four-time European Gr.1 winner, by an Australian bred Gr.1 winner boasting big race victories in Australia and the UK. That may take a second for you to get your head around but it describes Arrowfield Stud’s exciting newcomer, the brilliant sprinter-miler Olympic Glory (IRE).


Deep Field

TALENTED sprinter Deep Field (Northern Meteor-Listen Here by Elusive Quality (USA)) will join the growing roster at Newgate Farm, Aberdeen in 2015 after retiring in early April. Winner of his first five starts by a combined total of 24 lengths, he is a brother to Gr.1 winner Shooting to Win and traces to wonderful broodmare Eight Carat (GB).


The Brothers War

BROTHERS Angus and Richard Lamont are certainly on the same page when it comes to praising their new Kooringal Stud stallion for 2015, talented sprinter The Brothers War (USA), a son of Danzig supersire War Front. The attractive bay, who was in the first three in 10 of his 13 starts will stand at the Wagga Wagga property on $11,000 (including GST).


Golden Archer

In the racing world speed is of the essence and the Danehill “brand” has proved remarkably effective at producing a long line of fast hoses and dominates the sires’ list. Golden Archer, a grandson of Danehill, lived up to his pedigree with five of his eight wins coming in stakes company and he’s proving very popular at Raheen Stud in Queensland where he will soon cover his third book of mares.


Dundeel

A six-time Gr.1 winner from the Sadler’s Wells male line and tracing to legendary broodmare Eulogy, Dundeel (NZ) was an exceptional middle distance performer at three and four and the first modern 3YO Triple Crown winner. He served a stellar book at Arrowfield in 2014 and his first foals arrive this spring.


Cluster

VICTORIAN breeders should find Gr.2 winner Cluster a welcome addition to the state’s stallion ranks as his $6600 fee looks very enticing for a talented son of champion sire Fastnet Rock. In the money in six of his 12 starts and winner of the Theo Marks Stakes (1400m), Cluster joins the roster at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud, Euroa.


Spendthrift Farm

THE Gr.1-winning sprinters Jimmy’s Creed (USA) and Warrior’s Reward (USA) and Gr.1 placed juvenile Can The Man (USA) along with Redoute’s Choice’s Gr.1 winning son Hampton Court, will launch Spendthift Farm’s foray into Australian breeding, all shuttling to Victoria for the 2015 season. They will also be available on the farm’s unique Share The Upside program, a scheme new to this country.


Rock Hero

ROCK HERO, a stakeswinning son of champion sire Fastnet Rock and the Gr.2 winner Gallant Tess (Gallileo) begins his stud career at Lauriston Park in 2015. His fee is $4950.


Sheer Talent

SHEER TALENT, a Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice and a descendant of famed mare Mumtaz Mahal, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Carrington Park Stud near Robertson in NSW. He will stand at $4400.


Dissident

Five-times Gr.1 winner Dissident begins stud duty at Newgate Farm this spring, carrying the More Than Ready (USA) male line into a second generation. He’s a son of that horse’s champion juvenile and Golden Slipper winner Sebring, and his pedigree combines a double of breed shaper Danzig 5mx3m through Gr.1-winning sprinters Danehill (USA) and Anabaa (USA).


Puissance de Lune

Puissance de Lune (ex Princess Serena by Unbridled’s Song (USA)) developed a cult following in Australia as he climbed though the classes with a series of dashing wins.


Polamore

POLARMORE, a Sydney-winning son of champion sire More Than Ready (USA) and the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner Polar Success, will cover his first book of mares at Steven Fell’s Oxley Island Thoroughbreds, near Taree this spring. His fee is just $2200.


Speed counts and Whittington has it in spades

CLEVERLY named Whittington, a son of Tale of the Cat (USA), won the historic Breeders’ Plate-LR (1000m in 58.46) at two, a season where trainer Gai Waterhouse rated him so highly, he started in the Golden Slipper. In an industry where speed is of the essence, Whittington looks perfectly placed to make a success of his stud career, following a path set by previous Breeders’ Plate winners like Luskin Star, Baguette, Choisir and Snitzel.


Hallowed Crown

Eduardo Cojuangco’s long time passion for the Australian thoroughbred has been nurtured at his Gooree Stud near Mudgee for many decades and has been rewarded with stars like Northern Meteor, Snowland, Swift Alliance, Smart Missile, Your Song and Darley Stud new boy Hallowed Crown. He stands Hallowed crown in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed, and the dual Gr.1 winner and son of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will cover his first mares in the Hunter Valley from September.


Epaulette

A dual Gr.1 winner from the Danehill male line and from a mare who has produced two multiple Gr.1 winners, Epaulette has all the credentials to make a success of his stud career in both hemispheres. Lovely first foals already on the ground from his first northern and southern seasons at Darley in Ireland and Australia should have breeders beating a path to his door.


Moonlark

WINNING COLOURS Farm at Rockley near Bathurst has carved out a niche in the thoroughbred world by standing rare coloured thoroughbreds such as the overo stallion Profile in Style (USA) and cremello Glacial Gold (USA).


Paximadia

THERE was no better winner-getter than Commands when he was at stud and his son, Sandown Guineas-Gr.2 winner Paximadia, is a typical “chip off the old block”.


First winner for turf star Gio Ponti

A first winner for turf champion Gio Ponti has prompted DAVID BAY to take this look at his sire Tale of the Cat’s young sons at stud in Australia.


Squamosa

SQUAMOSA, a horse with obvious Gr.1 ability, a fine turn of foot and a pedigree combining the Australian speed influences Redoute’s Choice, Canny Lad, Rory’s Jester and Bletchingly as well as wonderful broodmare sire Success Express, looks well priced at a fee of just $6600 at Eliza Park International. He should appeal to broodmare owners looking to take advantage of Victoria’s successful SuperVOBIS scheme.


Verrazano

More Than Ready’s dual Gr.1 winner Verrazano has big footprints to fill if he is to emulate the success of his sire in the southern hemisphere but he has the race record, pedigree and physique to help him achieve that feat. He retired to stud in the US earlier this year and is now working through his first southern book at Coolmore, Jerrys Plains.


Verrazano

More Than Ready’s dual Gr.1 winner Verrazano has big footprints to fill if he is to emulate the success of his sire in the southern hemisphere but he has the race record, pedigree and physique to help him achieve that feat. He retired to stud in the US earlier this year and is now working through his first southern book at Coolmore, Jerrys Plains.


Showcasing

PRECOCIOUS JUVENILE from the Danzig male line and now a sire of similar runners, Showcasing ticks all the boxes for buyers looking for early comers who will train on. The young Haunui Farm shuttle sire is again enjoying a good year in both hemispheres and his youngsters are sure to be in demand at Karaka


Father, Son have first southern yearlings

IN A somewhat unusual twist father and son Dalakhani (IRE) and Reliable Man (GB) qualify as first crop sires with yearlings at Australasian sales this year. Both are French Derby winners and while Dalakhani was already a major international success before beginning shuttle duties to Cornerstone Stud in SA in 2013, Reliable Man began his stud career in the same year at Westbury Stud in NZ.


Husson

Unbeaten multiple Gr.1 winner Husson (ARG) is establishing a very handy stallion record for Vinery, Scone and had a huge pay day at the rich Magic Millions meeting in January to add to his growing record as a consistent sire of winners. He is inbred to breed shaper Mr. Prospector and is proving an excellent foil for Northern Dancer line mares.


Capitalist strengthens Tycoon's line of credit

THE success of unbeaten juvenile star Capitalist and his sire Written Tycoon have revived memories of one of the first, and best, shuttle sires Last Tycoon (IRE). He was our Champion Sire in 1993-94 when his brilliant son Mahogany was at the height of his powers.


Rubick


Valentia

BREEDERS are rushing to use sons of Fastnet Rock and his son, new SA-based sire Valentia, certainly has the credentials to follow in the footsteps of Freshman Sire champs Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile. He was precocious on the track, is good looking and from a family that’s had great success here including a Golden Slipper heroine in Overreach and Blue Diamond winner in Reward for Effort.


Press Statement

By an outstanding young sire from the all-conquering Danehill male line and from a mare who has produced two elite level winners, Vinery Stud’s dual Gr.1 hero Press Statement looks to have the right credentials to succeed in the breeding barn. He is covering his first book this spring on a $27,500 fee and has been well received by breeders.


Ross Hatton

IRISHMAN Ross Hatton has found his nirvana at Cornerstone Stud, seduced by the horses, people and lifestyle of the Barossa Valley. It’s a far cry from Kilkenny, but the thoroughbred heritage runs deep in his veins and he’s delighted to be part of the resurgence of the famous South Australian property.


Shalaa


Xtravagant


Sir Prancealot


Alpine Eagle


Winning Rupert


Love Conquers All

Queensland-based Love Conquers All outperformed many high profile contemporaries last season to be just pipped for freshman sire honours. The Sun Stud sire now looks set to make a valuable contribution for his sire line, tracing to St Simon, after a stellar career on the track which saw him win eight races and more than $1.3m.


Shamus Award

A dual Gr.1 winner who broke his maiden in the Cox Plate, Shamus Award was rated Australia’s Champion Three Year-Old Colt in 2013-14 and is a grandson of Redoute’s Choice. Now standing at Widden, a stud noted for making leading sires, he has his first yearlings to the sales in 2017.


Gr1 Double highlights Choisir's value

CHAMPION sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Great Selection by Lunchtime (GB)) has always been one of the quiet achievers on the Coolmore roster and his stud fee has never climbed beyond $35,750 (2009, 2010). Which is remarkable, given his exceptional stud record as the sire of more than 900 winners of $88m, 77 of them, or 5.4% of his starters, stakes winners.


Territories

THE Prix Jean Prat-Gr.1 (1600m) winner and English 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 runner-up Territories (Invincible Spirit (IRE)-Taranto by Machiavellian) has a pedigree with lots in common to Danehill (USA). He’s by a Danzig-line sire and his dam sire Machiavellian is inbred to Almahmoud via daughters Cosmah and Natalma who appear 2×2 in the pedigree of his dam Coup de Folie. Danehill is by Danzig and carries Natalma 3mx3f.


Frosted

DARLEY’S two new shuttlers for 2017, Frosted (USA) and Territories (IRE), combine outstanding race records with some of the most commercial bloodlines in the world today. Triple Gr.1 winner Frosted is a son of US sire sensation Tapit, leading sire there for the past three years, while Gr.1 winner Territories is a son of Invincible Spirit (IRE), sire of boom Australian stallion I Am Invincible.


Furnaces

AQUIS Farm has added brilliant sprinter Furnaces to its roster in 2017 and the son of Exceed and Excel will command a fee of $9900. He’s a really attractive prospect for Queensland breeders too mixing the Danehill male line with a female family whose members include brilliant sprinters and sires Zeditave and Alannon.


Air Force Blue

COOLMORE is certainly bringing some more northern hemisphere big guns to its Jerrys Plains roster in 2017 in the shape of new shuttlers American Pharoah (USA) and Air Force Blue (USA). The former, a US Triple Crown winner, is the subject of an article elsewhere in this edition and the latter, the Champion Two Year-Old of Europe in 2015 and a triple Gr.1 winner from the Danzig male line, will feature here.


Reliable Man

A SUPERB win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 at only his second Australian start had racegoers convinced Reliable Man (GB) would be a new star here. Sadly, injury forced his retirement and NZ’s Westbury Stud secured a wonderful addition to its roster. The stallion’s first crop juveniles this season are highlighting the wisdom of this move.


Maurice

THE Roberto sire line has had great success in Australia through sire sons like At Talaq (USA) and Red Ransom (USA) and most recently when the latter’s grandson Hey Doc scored a brilliant win in the Australian Guineas-Gr.1 in early March, so it’s good news indeed to find Arrowfield shuttling Japanese champion Maurice (JPN), a member of this male line, in 2017. The six-time Gr.1 winner will stand at $33,000.


Bobby's Kitten

The El Prado branch of the Sadler’s Wells tribe has already had great success in Australia through sons Medaglia d’Oro (USA) and Artie Schiller (USA) and now Gr.1 sprinter Bobby’s Kitten (USA) brings a new line to NSW as he’s the first son of champion US sire Kitten’s Joy, a son of El Prado, to shuttle south.


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