WA breeder Rangeview Stud has completed an arrangement to shuttle recent acquisition Henny Hughes (Hennessy – Meadow Flyer, by Meadowlake) back to the US for the northern hemisphere breeding season.
Rangeview secured Henny Hughes in a deal with Darley but the US demand for the stallion’s services allowed the Australian breeder to do a deal with Walmac Farm in Kentucky in 2013.
Henny Hughes sired the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder (Henny Hughes – Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek) to stimulate interest from North American breeders in standing the stallion before Walmac Farm succeeded in the race.
“What a brilliant year Henny Hughes has had,” Walmac Farm’s John T L Jones III said. “He’s arguably the top sire of precocious two year-old performers in North America today.
“He’s the leading sire of two year-old stakes winners and getting such a freak of a filly in Beholder who impressed us all with her two-turn victory in the Breeders’ Cup.”
In addition to beholder, Henny Hughes is represented by 2012 juvenile stakes winners Star Contender, winner of Canada’s important Cup and Saucer Stakes, and the recent Japanese Listed winner Keiai Leone.
Overall, Henny Hughes has sired 32 stakes horses and the earners of more than $10.13 million. There are also 11 winners to date among his first crop in Australia.
Walmac stood the great stallion Nureyev, sire of over twenty champions and a sire of sires; Miswaki, the sire of 97 stakes winners and an important broodmare sire; the wonderful stayer Alleged, twice winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe; the brave Preakness Stakes runner-up Sham, and Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Risen Star (by Secretariat). Former Heytesbury Stud stallion Is It True also shuttled from Walmac to Western Australia in the 1990s.