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.
Few could have predicted the sire line of English Derby winner Sir Ivor (Sir Gaylord- Attica by Mr Trouble) would survive via a son who won just two of his 19 starts and struggled to get mares when he retired to stud in NZ in 1976. Yet that horse, Sir Tristram (IRE) (ex Isolt by Round Table), left 45 Gr.1 winners among his 140SW including Zabeel (NZ) (ex Lady Giselle (FR) by Nureyev), who shone just as brightly as his legendary sire at Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud and took the line to even greater heights.
Novara Park has quickly made headlines in New Zealand with its globetrotting Gr.1 stallion Jakkalberry, who was the leading first season sire by combined average at the Premier-Select 2017 NZB yearling sale. His stock averaged $163,500 off only a $6000 service fee and Jakkalberry was also the leading sire overall by average at the Select NZB Yearling sale. Novara Park’s proprietor, Luigi Muollo, is a successful property investor in Wellington, and brings plenty of business acumen to the New Zealand racing and breeding industry.