RICH HILL STUD RELEASE – Sir Andrew had no trouble justifying his private reputation with a runaway debut win at Te Awamutu on Wednesday.
The three-year-old, who had been successful at Te Teko trials earlier this month, thumped his rivals with an impressive three and a-half length debut victory.
“He’s a nice horse who had shown us a lot on the way through,” trainer Richard Otto said.
“We’ve got a very high opinion of him. He’s bred to stay, being a son of English Derby winner Sir Percy, and he’s ticking all the boxes at the moment.
“We did throw a nomination in for the Caulfield Guineas, that’s how highly we’ve rated him.
“He’s always shown that wet ground isn’t a problem, so that’s a bonus. Mark [Du Plessis] said he never came off the bit and thinks he’s really smart. He’ll tell us in the next few weeks which way we head.
“We’ll just see how he comes through the run and whether he’s ready for a bit more pressure, or perhaps we will just take our time with him.”
Bred by Rich Hill Stud director Alan Galbraith, Sir Andrew was a $56,000 weanling purchase at Karaka in 2011 and is a half-brother to four winners by Pentire with their dam the Royal Academy mare Biennale. A four-time winner herself, she is a half-sister to the Gr 1 All Aged Stakes winner Des’s Dream. Biennale has also produced a yearling sister to the Richard Otto-trained Sir Andrew and is in foal to Any Suggestion.
Rich Hill Stud shuttle stallion Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem) has made a good start to his stud career and was represented by his first stakeswinner last weekend in England when¬†his daughter Coquet landed the Listed Montrose Stakes (1 mile) at Newmarket.
The dual Gr 1 winning Sir Percy ¬†is now the sire of 11 individual two-year-old winners, including the Listed-placed Percy Jackson and the highly-regarded Salford Art, who finished fourth in the recent Group I Fillies’ Mile Stakes at Ascot,and his first juveniles will be presented at Karaka in 2012.
Coquet has now won two of her three starts for trainer Hughie Morrison following her victory at Newmarket.¬†The 1600 metre event has proved a sound guide to future prospects as last year’s winner wassubsequent 1000 Guineas and Irish Oaks winner Blue Bunting while in 2009 it was claimed by Timepiece who went on to land the Gr 1 Falmouth Stakes.
Coquet was purchased for 30,000 guineas by Morrison at Tattersalls October Sale and is a half-sister to Midnight Oil, a dual winner for Luca Cumani this season.
They are out ofthe Nashwan mare One So Marvellous who is a sister to the Gr 1 Juddmonte International winner One So Wonderful.
Dubai Prince (3 c Shamardal – Desert Frolic), made a winning return to action at Newbury in England on Friday and could head for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.
A leading ¬†fancy for this year’s colts’ Classics until suffering an injury in April, Dubai Prince was trained by Dermot Weld last season but was transferred to Mahmood Al Zarooni over the winter, but suffered a hairline fracture in the pelvic region.
However, he bounced back in fine style under Kieren Fallon on his belated first start of the season, travelling smoothly before scooting clear of Jet Away (Cape Cross) for a two-and-a-half length victory.
“He’s pretty exciting,” Fallon said. “Everything about him is so smooth and electric – he’s proper horse. The way he travels and moves excites you. He picked up and quickened away.”
Later in the day at Newbury Cavaleiro (2 c Sir Percy – Khibraat) proved too good for Harvard N Yale (Smart Strike) in the valuable Hayes, Hanson & Clark Stakes over one mile. Sir Percy, who shuttles to Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand, currently has nine winners from his first crop racing in Europe.
Dual Group 1 winner Shocking has arrived at Rich Hill Stud and is now available for inspection. The son of Street Cry (Ire) is in great condition and has immediately settled into his new environment at Rich Hill Stud according to principal John Thompson.
Rich Hill will be hosting an Open Day on Sunday, August 7 to parade Shocking and to showcase his associate stallions. “We’re waiting until that date as Sir Percy will be back from England by then to join in the parade.” ¬†Thompson said.
Anyone wishing to view Shocking at an earlier date is welcome to contact the Rich Hill office to make an appointment.
The syndication of Shocking is almost complete and he has attracted major interest from New Zealand and Australian breeders.
Shocking will stand at an introductory fee of $NZ12,000+gst. He will stand alongside leading stallion Pentire $NZ30,000+gst, English Derby winner Sir Percy $NZ15,000+gst and Any Suggestion $NZ6,500+gst.