Rich Hill Stud

Vadamos is the complete package

Vadamos is turning plenty of heads in the lead up to the well credentialled stallion’s first season at Rich Hill Stud.

It was a fight back of sorts and studmaster John Thompson is confident that New Zealand will again prove a happy hunting ground for Australians looking for their next big horse.

The Group One winning son of the influential Monsun is attracting major interest from both sides of the Tasman.

“His book is shaping up particularly well, he’s certainly going to be very popular,” Thompson said. “He’s an outstanding type with a race record to match and a beautiful pedigree. He represents the complete package.”

Among the mares so far confirmed to visit Vadamos are Say No More and the Sir Peter Velaowned Guiseppina. The former, a daughter of Pentire, was the dual Group One winner of the Thorndon Mile and the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes while Guiseppina’s career highlight was her Telegraph Handicap-Gr.1 victory. “Sir Peter is a shareholder in Vadamos and when he gets back to New Zealand shortly he will be sitting down with his Pencarrow Stud manager Leon Casey to decide which other mares of his will be coming here,” Thompson said.

Also in the stallion’s ownership is Valachi Downs principal Kevin Hickman, whose Doomben Roses- Gr.2 winner Bohemian Lily will be among his mares bound for Rich Hill. “Vadamos will also be serving the Zabeel mare Al Bayan, a sister to the Group winners Cronus and Pravda, and the stakes winner Pennaccchio,” Thompson said. The dams of the black type winners Manolo Blahniq, Pronto and Merion have been booked in as well as Penthouse Princess, a sister to the home-bred Melbourne Cup- Gr.1 winner Price Of Penzance.

Prominent thoroughbred identity John Camilleri, of Sydney, who shared in Vadamos’s ownership when he was racing and remains a stakeholder, will also be sending at least eight mares, including Stella Vinia. “She will be bred to Vadamos as he is a stallion that belies belief in good looks and had exceptional speed to match for his pedigree,” he said. “I was fortunate to have raced him and I will be supporting him with some of my better mares.” By Redoute’s Choice, Stella Vinia has already left the South African Group winner Ektifaa and her Sebring colt realised $A1.4 million at the Sydney Easter Sale earlier this year.

The French-bred Vadamos combines a highlysuccessful sire line that has already proved its potency in this part of the world together with an outstanding female family. His father Monsun has made a significant impact in Australia by siring three of the last four Melbourne Cup-winners – Protectionist, Fiorente and last year’s hero Almandin.

“Vadamos is a magnificent individual with a race record to match. He’s arguably the fastest and best bred son of Monsun to go to stud and we’re delighted to have secured him for Australasian breeders,” Thompson said. Vadamos won the Prix du Moulin-Gr.1 at Longchamp, the Prix du Muguet- Gr.2 at Saint Cloud, the Oettingen-Rennen-Gr.2 at Baden and the Prix Messidor-Gr.3 at Maisons- Laffitte from the stable of leading international trainer Andre Fabre.

He won eight races from 1600 to 2400 metres and he ended his career with commendable Group One fourth placings in both the Cox Plate and the Emirates Stakes. “To get this son of Monsun is unbelievable,” Thompson said. “He’s Danehill free so he provides a perfect outcross for all the major sire lines.

Vadamos is out of the Peintre Celebre mare Celebre Vadala, a half-sister to the Group One winner Valixir. “He’s from one of the Aga Khan’s great families and he’s one of the best bred Group One winning stallions going to stud anywhere in the world,” Thompson said.

He will stand alongside Rich Hill’s foundation stallion Pentire, Group One winner and producer Shocking, the former New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux and the well-received Proisir. “Pentire continues to do the job and he’s had four Group One winners in the last two seasons – Xtravagant, Prince Of Penzance, Volatile Mix and Chenille,” Thompson said. “Shocking is going from strength to strength, as emphasised by his two Group winners at the Queensland carnival in Chocante and Shocking Luck,” Thompson said.

“Jimmy Choux continues to chalk up the winners with more than 20 from his first crop across New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Macau and Singapore while Proisir’s weanlings were very popular at Karaka earlier this year. The talk on them is encouraging.”