SIRES PREVIEW

Baker’s Dozen

Should produce plenty of dough on the track

Australian and NZ Derby winners, juvenile Gr.1 winners and international Gr.1 winners are among the sires beginning their stud careers in NZ this season. Among them are sons of big name sires like Zabeel, Encosta de Lago, High Chaparral, Street Cry, Ifraaj, Tavistock and Monsun. There are some pretty choice female lines too, including descendants of champion mares Emancipation, Denise’s Joy and Rainbird. There’s even a stallion who traces to influential mare Special and is inbred to her, all of which leaves NZ breeders spoilt for choice if they are considering using a first season sire for their mare in 2017. Here’s some “potted form” on the 13 new boys.

Belardo (IRE)

(Lope de Vega (IRE)-Danaskaya by Danehill (USA))

Belardo (IRE), the Champion European 2YO of 2014 and winner of five races (1200m-1600m) including the Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 and Lockinge Stakes- Gr.1, will stand at Haunui Farm ($12,000 + GST) in association with Darley. He is a son of French classic winner and former shuttler Lope de Vega (Shamardal), now sire of more than 200 winners (26SW) and a member of the Storm Cat male line. Belardo’s Gr.1 placed dam Danaskaya was rated Champion 2YO Filly in Ireland in 2002 and her five winners also include Gr.3 winner Berling (Montjeu). Second dam is French stakes winner and producer Majinskaya, by the Blushing Groom son Marignan and from stakes placed Markarova by Nijinsky. A debut winner at two and then a four-length winner of the Listed Singer Stakes (1400m) at Newbury, Belardo crowned the season with an explosive win in the Dewhurst-Gr.1 (1400m). At three he was runner-up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 at Royal Ascot, third in the Challenge Stakes-Gr.2 and a close fourth in the Irish 2000 Guineas-Gr.1. At four he won the Listed Doncaster Mile and then left eight Gr.1 winners in his wake in the Lockinge-Gr.1, before a fast closing second in the Queen Anne-Gr.1 at Ascot behind star US mare Tepin. His Timeform rating was 126. “We have had great success with Darley in shuttling Iffraaj (GB) and will follow a similar strategy in getting Belardo’s stud career off to the best possible start in NZ,” Haunui Farm’s managing director Mark Chitty said.

 

Preferment (NZ)

(Zabeel (NZ)-Better Alternative by Flying Spur)

Australia’s Champion Stayer of 2015-16, the fourtime Gr.1 winner Preferment (NZ) will stand at Nick and Anne-Marie King’s Brighthill Farm in the Waikato at $12,500 + GST. He has loads of appeal as a VRC Derby-winning son of the legendary Zabeel and his dam is a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur (Danehill (USA) and from Ancient Lights, a multiple city-winning daughter of another Golden Slipper winner in Canny Lad (Bletchingly). Ancient Lights is also a sister to Gr.1 winner and stakes producer Ancient Song and they are among 11 winners from Hello Lottie, a daughter of Caulfield Guineas winner Beau Sovereign, a son of NZ sire great Sovereign Edition (IRE). Preferment won five races (2000m-2500m) and more than $3.4m, with elite level success in the VRC Derby, BMW Stakes, Australian Cup and Turnbull Stakes. He also won the Hill Stakes-Gr.2 and was runner-up in the Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1. A more detailed stallion profile of Preferment is available here.

 

Prince of Brooklyn

(Magnus-Tristabeel by Zabeel (NZ))

This son of the AJC The Galaxy-Gr.1 winner Magnus (Flying Spur) inherited plenty of his sire’s speed, winning three races to 1400m, two of them as a juvenile, the SAJC National Stakes-Gr.3 on debut and Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill. He will stand at Grasslands Farm near Dunedin on $3000 +GST. His unraced dam is by sire legend Zabeel (Sir Tristram) and her seven foals are all winners including stakes placed Duke of Brunswick, a gelded son of Magnus who has won seven races to 1600m and close to $500,000. Second dam Consult is by another AJC The Galaxy winner in Bletchingly (Biscay), three times Champion Sire in Australia, while third dam is Australian Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Research (Imperial Prince-Outing by Boucher), a rare filly AJC Derby-Gr.1 winner who also collected the AJC and VRC Oaks and Flight Stakes at Gr.1 level. This family has special resonance for New Zealanders as it traces to Raphis (Night Raid), a sister to Phar Lap. Trainer Mick Price rated Prince of Brooklyn highly and said he is “an outstanding type, standing 16.2 and with great bone” and he was in the first three in seven of his 10 starts. He marks the first foray into the stallion business for Mossgiel couple Jason Coutts and Charlotte Young.

 

Puccini (NZ)

(Encosta de Lago-Miss Opera (NZ) by Paris Opera)

Puccini (NZ), a dual Gr.1 winner and Champion NZ 3YO in 2013-14 joins the strong line up at Simms Davison’s Mapperley Stud, Matamata. The NZ Derby winner’s first season fee is $5000 + GST. The late Paul Smithies and his wife Cushla of Monovale Farm bred Puccini and the family will stand the stallion with Mapperley and support the horse strongly, as will Davison who said, “Puccini was the best three year-old in NZ by a country mile and he trained on at four for another great season. He’s good looking and correct, with a great nature and represents outstanding value.” The durable performer won eight (1600m-2400m) of his 57 starts and more than $1m and was runnerup nine times and five times third. He is a son of twice Champion Australian Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) and the outstanding broodmare Miss Opera (by the Marscay son Paris Opera), a stakes winner of six races to 1300m and dam of seven winners. Her foals include six-time Gr.1 winner Sir Slick (Volksraad), who won 22 races, along with stakes placed Mr Jinky and Shortblackmini (dam of Group winners Amarula and Little Wonder). Puccini’s major wins came in the NZ Derby-Gr.1 and the Thorndon Mile-Gr.1 and he also won the Avondale Guineas- Gr.2, Great Northern Guineas-Gr.2 and Waikato Guineas-Gr.2, as well as the Thompson Handicap- Gr.3 and Marton Metric Mile-Gr.3 and was runnerup in the Captain Cook Stakes-Gr.1, BRC Premiers’ Cup-Gr.3 and MRC Eclipse Stakes-Gr.3.

 

Rageese

(Street Cry (IRE)-Rabsha by Dehere (USA))

One of the best two and three year-olds in Australia and Gr.1 second behind Pride of Dubai in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at just his third start, Rageese, bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, and then with Windsor Park, who acquired 50% of the colt, joins the roster at that leading nursery on $8000 +GST. He represents the Machiavellian branch of the Mr. Prospector male line via Dubai World Cup-Gr.1 winner Street Cry (IRE), of course the sire of champion Winx and a stallion with six individual sons who have sired Gr.1 winners. Rageese, who carries a 4fx4m cross of Halo, has the champion and Australian Horse of the Year Emancipation (Bletchingly) as his fourth dam. She is emerging as an outstanding foundation mare with her Gr.1-winning descendants including Stratum Star (Stratum), who heads to Widden Stud this season, Virage de Fortune (Anabaa), Rumya (Red Ransom) and Railings (Zabeel). Rageese’s unraced dam Rabsha is by US Champion Juvenile and successful international sire Dehere (USA) (Deputy Minister) and from stakes producer Esubooh, a daughter of Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 winner and Japan’s super sire Sunday Silence (USA) and the Danehill (USA) mare Felicitation, a half-sister to Gr.2 winner and AJC Derby-Gr.1 runner-up and sire Royal Pardon, by the NZ champ Vice Regal. Rageese won four races to 1400m including the VRC L’Oreal Paris Stakes-Gr.3 and Listed Nitschke Stakes and was also runner-up in the Pago Pago Stakes-Gr.2 and fourth in the Golden Rose-Gr.1. He’s among three new horses standing at Windsor Park in 2017, along with Vanbrugh and Turn Me Loose, a prospect owner Rodney Schick described as “very exciting”.

 

Tarzino (NZ)

(Tavistock (NZ)-Zarzino (NZ) by Zabeel)

Gerry Harvey has secured Tarzino (NZ), Australia’s Champion 3YO Colt of 2015-16, for his Westbury Stud at Karaka and the dual Gr.1 winner will command a fee of $15,000 + GST. Successful in four races from 1400m-2500m for earnings topping $1.6m, he is the first son of boom young sire Tavistock (Montjeu (IRE)) to enter stud and comes from a superb NZ family. His dam Zarzino, by champion sire Zabeel, is a sister to Perth Cup-Gr.2 winner Respect and a halfsister to the outstanding juvenile Kindacross (Cape Cross), winner of five races at that age including the Manawatu Sires’ Produce-Gr.1. They are among seven winners produced by second dam Kindness (Star Way (GB)), a sister to multiple Gr.1 winner and sire Sky Chase and from Vice Reine (Amalgam (USA), a half-sister to several stakes winners, notably Gr.1 winners Valencia and champion racehorse and sire Vice Regal (both by the Relic son Bismark II (GB)). Preferment Rageese Tarzino Puccini Prince of Brooklyn 52 Tavistock, winner of the Waikato Draught Sprint- Gr.1 and a grandson of Sadler’s Wells, has already sired more than 100 winners (13SW) including Volkstock’n’barrel, Werther, Tavago and Gr.2 winner Tavidream (from the same family as Tarzino). Tarzino’s two Gr.1 wins came in the VRC Derby and Rosehill Guineas and he was also runner-up in the Australian Guineas-Gr.1. “Group One form in Australia has become a critical aspect in today’s market place and to be competitive in the top echelon of races across Australia, it has become imperative that horses possess a serious turn of foot,” Westbury Stud general manager Russell Warwick said. “This was a significant drawcard for us when considering Tarzino as a stallion prospect. He left no doubt as to his ability to finish his races off with outstanding sectionals at the highest level.”

 

Telperion

(Street Cry (IRE)-Yavanna by Redoute’s Choice)

Smart juvenile Telperion, winner of the Lonhro Plate-LR, runner-up in the ATC Sires’ Produce Gr.1 (to Yankee Rose) and fourth in the Golden Slipper- Gr.1 and Skyline Stakes-Gr.2, is another newcomer to the Westbury Stud roster. Never out of the first four in five outings at two, he will stand at $5000 + GST. “He had a serious turn of foot, a quality we look for in all our stallions,” Westbury general manager Russell Warwick said. “He beat subsequent Gr.1 winner Prized Icon in the Lonhro Plate and stormed home from the tail of the field in the Slipper, recording the fastest 600m of the race.” The cross of Street Cry with daughters of champion sire Redoute’s Choice has been a successful one with eight stakes performers, including Gr.1 winner Stay With Me, as has the cross with that horse’s sire Danehill, including the Gr.1 winners Shocking and Pride of Dubai. Telperion’s city winning dam Yavanna is a daughter of the tough multiple Gr.3 winner Wild Queen (Loup Sauvage) and from the Bletchingly-sired city winner Crowning Jewel, dam of seven winners including Gr.2 winner So Gorgeous and Gr.3 winner Cumbria. Next dam Jewel in the Crown (Mighty Kingdom-Joy and Fun by Showdown) is a granddaughter of champion mare Denise’s Joy (Seventh Hussar). Tivaci (High Chaparral (IRE)-Breccia by Fastnet Rock) The All-Aged Stakes-Gr.1 winner Tivaci retires to Waikato Stud, Matamata as the winner of six races and almost $1m, scoring from 1000m-1600m. His first season fee is $20,000 + GST. “Beyond having an incredible turn of foot, one of his finest attributes is what an impressive physical specimen he is,” Waikato principal Mark Chittick said. “I was extremely taken with his masculinity and fantastic good looks and standing stallions who possess an exceptional turn of foot is a recipe that has worked well for us. Remember, when he won the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington, he ran his final 600m in 32.1.” In addition to winning the All-Aged-Gr.1, Tivaci also won the VRC C.S. Hayes Stakes-Gr.3 and the Sunshine Coast Guineas-Gr.3 and was third in the Cantala-Gr.1, Toorak, Gr.1 and fourth in the T.J. Smith-Gr.1. He’s by English Derby-Gr.1 winner and outstanding international sire High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose 100SW include international champion and terrific young sire So You Think, Dundeel and Monaco Consul and his dam Breccia, who won twice at 2000m, is by champion sprinter and sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill). Second dam Luna Tudor won the Perth Cup-Gr.2 and is by Australian Guineas-Gr.1 winner Military Plume (Sir Tristram). Her six winners include Toorak Handicap-Gr.1 winner Allez Wonder (by another Danehill son in Redoute’s Choice). Third dam Moon Storm won twice to 1400m and is by very good sire Jungle Boy (Tesco Boy) and from Clouded by Selhurst (GB). Next dam Rainburst is by Latin Lover (GB) (Ribot) and from Wakeful Stakes and SA Oaks winner Raindear by Orgoglio and from 1945 Melbourne Cup winner Rainbird (The Buzzard (GB)). Champion NZ Sire Centaine (Century), who did such sterling service at Waikato Stud, has Rainbird as his fourth dam and the cross with Tivaci and his descendants will be an interesting one.

 

Turn Me Loose (NZ)

(Iffraaj (GB)-Indomitable (NZ) by Danehill (USA))

The Gone West grandson Iffraaj has made a huge impact on NZ breeding in the time he has been shuttling, including as the sire of triple Gr.1 winning sprinter-miler Turn Me Loose who will stand at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge on $15,000 + GST. He carries the three-quarter brothers Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells 3×3. Rated the Champion Sprinter and Middle Distance Horse in NZ in 2015-16, his seven wins included the NZ 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 and two slashing Gr.1 wins in Australia in the VRC Emirates Stakes and MRC Futurity Stakes. Prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, he also won the Hawkes Bay Guineas-Gr.2 and the MVRC Crystal Mile-Gr.2 and was runner-up in the C.F. Orr-Gr.1. “Turn Me loose is one of the few horses I’ve had that were good enough to beat Australia’s best sprinter milers,” Baker said. “He’s a big, strong horse who can run very fast sectionals.” Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale by Nureyev) has left 48SW including Gingernuts (NZ Derby, Rosehill Guineas), Jon Snow (ATC Derby), along with European stars like Rizeena, Chriselliam, Ribchester and Wootton Basset (sire of Almanzour in his first crop). Turn Me Loose is from the Danehill mare Indomitable, a daughter of Kwan, by another breed shaper in Sadler’s Wells and a sister to Gr.3 winner Puerto Rico and blood sister to Gr.1 winner Fairy Heights (Fairy King). Kwan’s dam Commanche Belle, a half-sister to Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 second Band and Gr.3 winner Zimbalon, is by Shirley Heights from Zither (Vienna).

 

Vadamos (FR)

(Monsun-Celebre Vadala by Peintre Celebre (USA))

This Prix du Moulin-Gr.1 winner won eight races from 1600m-2400m and is by German champion Monsun, the sire of three of the past four Melbourne Cup winners. He joins the roster at John Thompson’s Rich Hill Stud at $15,000 + GST. Thompson said there had been strong and positive reaction to the horse who ended his days on the track with fourths in the Cox Plate-Gr.1 and Emirates-Gr.1 after racing against the best horses in Europe. In addition to his Prix du Moulin win, he also counted the German 2000 Guineas-Gr.2, Prix du Muget-Gr.2 and Prix Messidor-Gr.3 among his successes and was also runner-up in the Prix Jacques le Marois and notched another Gr.1 fourth in the Prix d’Ispahan. His multiple Gr.1-winning sire has left more than 500 winners (112SW) including Melbourne Cup winners Fiorente, Protectionist and Almandin and represents the Tamerlane branch of the Bahram (Blandford) male line. Monsun was four times Champion Sire in Germany and won 12 of 23 starts and his established sons at stud include Shirocco (29SW) and Manduro (28SW). Vadamos is from the Listed winner Celebre Valada, by Arc winner and former shuttler Peintre Celebre (Nureyev), a Horse of the Year in Europe (Timeform 137). She is a half-sister to multiple Gr.1 winner and sire Valixir (FR) (Trempolino), while second dam, Vadlamixa (Linamix), also a stakes winner, is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Mile-Gr.1 winner Val Royal (Royal Academy), sire of the English and Irish 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Cockney Rebel. This is a family developed by famous French breeder Jean-Luc Lagadère and then on his death by the current Aga Khan and has had enormous international success.

 

Vanbrugh

(Encosta de Lago-Soho Secret by Lucky Owners)

Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1 winner Vanbrugh, who joins the Windsor Park roster on $6000 + GST is an Australian bred who hails from a family well known in NZ. In fact his second and third dams are by NZ sire greats Centaine and Sir Tristram, Winner of five races (1200m-2000m) including the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes for three yearolds at Randwick and more than $720,000, he also won the Gloaming Stakes-Gr.3 and MRC Coongy Handicap-Gr.3. He was successful over 1200m on debut at Randwick as a two year-old and then came from well back in the field to finish fifth in the Pago Pago-Gr.2 at his second start. By twice Australian Champion Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek by Star Way (GB)), sire of more than 1140 winners (113SW) and now also a champion sire of broodmares whose successful sire sons include Northern Meteor and Manhattan Rain (the latter sire of this year’s Golden Slipper winner), Vanbrugh is from juvenile city winner Soho Secret. Her sire, the dual Hong Kong Gr.1 winner and champion miler Lucky Owners (NZ) (Danehill (USA)-Miss Priority by Kaapstad) is out of a threequarter sister to dual Australasian Horse of the Year Might and Power (Zabeel), whose wins included the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups and the Cox Plate. Next dam Professionalle, a winning sister to Gr.3 winner Starcent is by Centaine (Century) and left 11 winners including stakes winners Sportsman, Prisoner of Love, Hoystar and King of Prussia (sire). Vanbrugh’s third dam Star of the Night (Sir Tristram-Celebrity (FR) by Meadow Court) won seven races from 1200m-1600m, notably the 1982 QTC Sires’ Produce-Gr.2 and Queensland Guineas-Gr.3 and her descendants include Gr.1 winners Sacred Star (Flying Spur) and Diamdeme (Savabeel) and Gr.1 seconds Strike the Stars (Savabeel) and Starcent (Centaine). “With the industry’s commitment to increasing prize money, there are bigger incentives to race horses in New Zealand,” Windsor Park principal Rodney Schick said. “There are positive things happening in New Zealand racing and we think it’s a good time to be backing the industry. It all starts with breeding, that’s where the early investment lies, and our three new horses this season, Vanbrugh, Rageese and Turn me Loose, are all quality.”

 

Verdi (NZ)

(Zabeel-Miss Opera by Paris Opera)

With three wins, a second and two thirds in just eight starts Verdi was on track to become a black type performer, a feat achieved by his Gr.1-winning halfbrothers Sir Slick and Puccini. However a tendon injury curtailed his career on the track and has seen him installed at Long Acres Stud, the Canterbury operation of Myles Gordon and Deborah Clark, in association with Joe Smithies of Monovale Farm, who bred the horse. His fee is $3000 + GST. “He is royally bred and Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman had extremely high hopes for him, including thoughts of the Auckland Cup, before his career was cut short,” Smithies said. “I’m sure he will let down into a magnificent stallion and we are keen to meet the market and get as many foals on the ground as we can. I am sure he will produce some lovely stock.” Verdi’s three wins came from 1400m-2100m and he is by Gr.1 winner and sire legend Zabeel (Sir Tristram), the Champion NZ Sire (Aust and NZ combined) 15 times and sire of more than 1100 winners (163SW) including Octagonal, Might and Power, Efficient, Preferment, Cox Plate winner and champion sire Savabeel, Don Eduardo and Greys Inn. Verdi’s dam Miss Opera won six races to 1300m including the Castletown Stakes-LR and seven of her eight foals raced and won including six-time Gr.1 winner Sir Slick (Volksraad), 22 wins and dual Gr.1 winner Puccini (Encosta de Lago), who retires to Mapperley Stud in 2017. Second dam, the multiple winner Brierley, is by the Riverman son Sir Godfrey (FR) (a brother to Arc winner Gold River) and from the winner Justaz Wealthy (Resurgent-So Wealthy by Ascot Lad), dam of six winners including stakes placed Mighty Louis. The Gr.1 winners in this extended family (tracing to Victoire by Inflation) also include Romantic Son, Timon, Vite Cheval, Heat of the Moment and Solvit.

 

Wrote (IRE)

(High Chaparral (IRE)-Desert Classic by Green Desert)

It’s something of a coup for Brent Gillovic to be able to stand High Chapparal’s only son to win a Gr.1 at two at his Highview Stud. The 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-Gr.1 hero will command a fee of $5000 + GST, a price Gillovic believes presents a “marvellous opportunity” for breeders. “Wrote is very much the image of his sire, a powerful correct horse and his stock I saw in the US were very nice individuals and held in high regard. A large proportion of the 50 resident mares we have here at Highview will visit Wrote in his first season.” Wrote, who stands in Florida, had his first winner on July 8 when two year-old colt High Providence won a $US21,000 Maiden (7.5f, turf) at Lone Star Park in Texas by 1.5 lengths. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Wrote won three of 11 starts and was also third in the Newmarket Royal Lodge Stakes-Gr.2, UAE Derby-Gr.2 and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial- Gr.2 He was third on debut at two in Ireland before winning over 8f at Cork and 7f at Galway and was then narrowly beaten in the Royal Lodge before heading to the US to win the $US900,000 2011 BC Juvenile Turf-Gr.1 (8f) at Churchill Downs by 2.25 lengths from Escaper and Farraaj. “These races are hard to win and we are delighted by the way he did it,” O’Brien said while jockey Ryan Moore noted, “the winner had a very nice kick”. By Derby winner and champion sire High Chaparral, whose 100SW include So You Think and Dundeel, Wrote is from the same family as High Chaparral’s champion sire Sadler’s Wells. His fourth dam Special (Forli) is the second dam of Sadler’s Wells (and Fairy King) and also dam of another breed-shaper in Nureyev, like Sadler’s Wells a son of Northern Dancer. Wrote’s dam Desert Classic is by Danzig’s champion sire son Green Desert, well known in NZ as the sire of Desert Sun, Cape Cross and Volksraad, while next dam High Standard is by champion UK sire Kris (Sharpen Up), also sire of High Chaparral’s second dam Kozana. Wrote has Special 4fx4f, Kris 4fx3f and Northern Dancer 3mx4m,5m. Third dam Durrah (Nijinsky) is a threequarter sister to Nureyev and a sister to Number (dam of Jade Robbery), Numerous, Bound (dam of Archipenko) and a half-sister to Fairy Bridge (dam of Sadler’s Wells, Tate Gallery, Fairy King, Perugino, Fairy Gold and Puppet Dance) and Kilavea (dam of Kiliniski).