A preference for winning
Since his arrival at Brighthill Farm in the heart of New Zealand’s thoroughbred industry, Preferment has been winning over breeders as smartly as he beat the best of his generation on the race track.
The multiple Group One winner cuts an impressive figure and one that matches his mouth-watering pedigree.
“He has really thrived since he arrived on the farm and he is such an outstanding type with a fantastic attitude, it’s not hard to see why he was such a grand racehorse,” Waikato studmaster Nick King said. “He’s made an immediate impact here and breeders have commented on his similarity to Zabeel and the horse’s athleticism.
“If you were trying to make the perfect Zabeel to end up at stud then he’s pretty much it. He’s got all the right attributes. He’s got Group One form over the distances we are all trying to breed top horses for, he’s a very impressive-looking horse and he’s got speed on his dam’s side.”
A brother to the SA Fillies’ Classic-Gr.3 winner Rezoned, Preferment is a son of the Flying Spur mare Better Alternative, who is a half-sister to the Villiers Stakes-Gr.2 winner Dances On Waves. It is also the family of the Salinger Stakes-Gr.1 winner Ancient Song.
“When you know you have a stallion as good as him on the farm it really is a pleasure showing him off,” King said. Preferment was a four-time Group One winner who earned nearly $A3.5 million, more on both counts than any of New Zealand’s other first season sires, and the manner of his victories have also been noted by breeders.
“They have said to us that they were taken by his versatility and the patterns of his races,” King said. “For instance, in the Turnbull Stakes he came from a mile back and flew home down the outside and then when he won the BMW he was in front 350 metres out. During his career, he also beat horses the calibre of Dandino, Rising Romance, Royal Descent, Who Shot Thebarman, Hartnell,
Mongolian Khan and Volkstok’n’barrell. Initially sold through Cambridge Stud’s 2013 Premier Sale draft at Karaka, champion trainer Chris Waller went to $190,000 to secure the colt. Preferment showed an early return on that investment when he broke his maiden with victory in the VRC Derby-Gr.1 and finished runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1.
The following season he won the Hill Stakes- Gr.2 and at his next start claimed top honours in the Turnbull Stakes-Gr.1. In the autumn of 2016, Preferment returned to Flemington to reign supreme in the Australian Cup-Gr.1 and then back to Sydney to add The BMW-Gr.1 to his imposing record. Preferment’s racing credentials are world class – he beat the top stayers in Australia and also a selection of the best from Europe, who competed in the Southern Hemisphere.
“He’s a truly exciting prospect and we’re delighted to have secured a horse of his outstanding quality,” King said. In the second phase of his career, Preferment will enjoy the support at stud of three leading Australian identities. “He was raced by a reasonably big group of owners and some wanted to stay in for his breeding career and some didn’t so they were bought out,” King said.
“Debbie Kepitis of Winx fame, Graham and Linda Huddy and Frank Cook are the three major owners who have stayed in. “They have been out buying mares to send to the horse and were the driving forces behind Preferment coming back to New Zealand,” King said. “All three of them have the greatest belief in our product. To have their support is wonderful.”
Preferment will stand his first season at Brighthill alongside Dalghar and Perfectly Ready. The former, a well-related grey son of Anabaa, has an enviable strike rate at the time of writing of 20 winners in six countries from only 56 runners. His leading representatives include the dual Listed winner Astara and the black type performers Bombard and Scott Base.
A Group Three winner and Group Two placed for his breeder the Aga Khan, Dalghar is a half-brother to champion gallopers and successful sires Daylami (seven Group One wins) and Dalakhani (four Group One wins). Elder statesman Perfectly Ready was New Zealand’s champion first season sire in 2010-11 and he has been a consistent source of winners since for him to regularly feature among the leading top 10 sires in the country. A Group winner at two, three and four, the son of More Than Ready produced his first Group One winner earlier this season when Signify triumphed in the Telegraph at Trentham.