Waikato Stud

All Aged winner a coup for NZ

The launch of a new stallion is an exciting time for a farm, and when that farm is Waikato Stud, you know the horse is going to be a thrilling galloper.

Waikato Stud has put together an impressive reputation for making a stallion’s career, with 21 Gr.1 stallions to date including recent award winners such as Centaine, O’Reilly, Pins and Savabeel.

In 2017 Waikato Stud’s seven strong roster is strongly complemented by the exciting Gr.1 sprinter/miler Tivaci (AUS) (High Chaparral- Breccia, by Fastnet Rock), NZ$20,000.

With the sad loss of High Chaparral, and the exciting start to So You Think’s stallion career, Tivaci gives breeders an exciting opportunity to utilise a horse who ticks all the boxes – an impressive physique, outstanding pedigree, and of course, an all-important Australian Gr.1 ability.

The embodiment of power and grace, Tivaci proved his worth as a sprinter/miler in the world’s toughest sprinting environment when he won the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes beating a field that contained six Gr.1 winners. Tivaci also won two group races as a three-yearold and is from the family of Gr.1 winner Allez Wonder, Gr.2 winner Luna Tudor, and Gr.3 winner Pretty Pins.

The success at stud of sprinter/miler grandsons of Sadlers Wells, as well as the presence of Australian Champion Sire Fastnet Rock as Tivaci’s damsire, all add to this impressive package “For ourselves and New Zealand breeders, to have access to such a wonderful Australian Gr.1 sprinter with such an international pedigree is extremely exciting and will be so beneficial for our industry going forward,” said Waikato Stud boss Mark Chittick.

“We know for a fact now, that if we weren’t already involved with Tivaci before the G1 All Aged Stakes win, there’d have been no chance of him coming to stand in New Zealand.”

Befitting of this Gr.1 race record and the champion sire line uniting genetics of High Chaparral and Fastnet Rock, Tivaci is a sublime physical specimen – an attribute widely recognised by anyone who laid eyes on him at the track. “It goes without saying that I was extremely impressed with his physical type when I saw him.”

“He definitely possesses the outstanding points of his sire and damsire, but now that we see him every day, his physique and temperament are things that just impress me more and more.

Setting quite the Australasian benchmark is Tivaci’s champion barn mate Savabeel (NZ) (Zabeel – Savannah Success, by Success Express), NZ$100,000. Savabeel’s 19 stakes winners in 2016-17 have ensured he will collect all three of New Zealand’s major sire awards again and interestingly with 64 career stakes winners, he has equalled his legendary sire Zabeel’s tally at the same stage.

“The fact that Savabeel has sired the same amount of stakes winners at the same stage as Zabeel is incredible, particularly when you could argue it’s getting tougher and tougher to win these middle distance black-type races.

With a remarkable 10.0% stakes winners-torunners ratio, Savabeel is in fact one of just two Australasian sires who exceed the double figures mark. It is not surprising then that the ‘Book Full’ sign has gone up for this 12-time Gr.1 producing sire.

Reiterating the stud’s proven Gr.1 stallion equation in 2016-17, champion international sire Pins (Snippets – No Finer, by Kaoru Star), NZ$25,000, extended his reputation with the Gr.1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint winning deed of Hong Kong’s two-time champion sprinter Aerovelocity.

Turning attention to the season ahead and the stud looks well-armed. Not only are the impressive oldest stock of the 4x Gr.1 winner Sacred Falls hitting the yearling market for the first time, but the progeny of the stud’s sire Ocean Park and Rock n Pop also make their much awaited three-year-old debuts.

The 5x Gr.1 winning Cox Plate hero Ocean Park (Thorn Park – Sayyida, by Zabeel), NZ$30,000, won the Gr.3 Wellington Stakes and placed in two other group races before being sent to Australia where he ran second in the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas at three. Alternatively, at the same age the beautifully bred Rock ‘n’ Pop (Fastnet Rock – Popsy, by Sir Tristram), NZ$9,000, lived up to his illustrious parents by winning the Gr.1 Two Thousand Guineas in New Zealand.