With a record that includes selling Champions like Might And Power, So You Think and Hong Kong’s Aerovelocity, the Windsor Park draft has always demanded an inspection by the discerning buyer, and 2018 will be no exception. Windsor Park will sell a total of 54 youngsters in all, of which 24 are by their exciting first season sire Charm Spirit.
Charm Spirit has all the attributes required to become the next in the line of successful shuttle stallions to have come to New Zealand. Windsor Park’s General Manager Steve Till provided the background on the farm’s decision to stand the horse. “We are firm believers with our stallions that performance comes before pedigree, for if the horse performs very successfully at an elite level he’s obviously inherited the best genetics the mating could offer. And while we were impressed by his pedigree, when the opportunity came to stand Charm Spirit we took one look at his race performances and realised he was something special.”
“He was a Group One performed two-year-old who came back at three and beat his contemporaries over a mile in the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat. But what impressed us the most was he then stepped up to weight-for-age and beat the best milers in training on both sides of the English Channel. He defeated Toronado in the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin in Paris and then signed off his career by winning the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot’s Champions meeting.”
“That we put performance first is not to say we weren’t impressed by his pedigree, indeed it holds several reasons why we think he will be a success. Firstly, he is by an outstanding sire in Invincible Spirit who has given Australasia one of the hot, young sires of the moment in I Am Invincible. Secondly, having stood the eight-time Champion Sire in New Zealand in Volksraad we know the Green Desert sireline works here. Add to that that he is out of a mare by Montjeu, another supersire Windsor Park stood, and we think that makes him an excellent fit for both Windsor Park and the Australasian racing industry. His pedigree should also appeal to Australian breeders as his dam, l’Enjoleuse, comes from the family of Encosta De Lago and Flying Spur.”
Besides being a dominant breeding bay Steve explained that Charm Spirit has very much stamped his stock in his own likeness. “They’re generally strong bodied, well balanced, athletic individuals. They’ve got his lovely temperament too and to date all those in our draft are prepping well and taking everything in their stride”
Pushed to pick a standout from the draft Steve hedged his bets offering three that warranted close inspection. “For me Lot 319, his filly out of Lady Kipling is top class. He has stamped her with an exceptional attitude and a flowing, rythmic way of going while her dam was hardy, winning eleven times in all including three at Group level at a mile. With an ounce of luck she might even have converted at least one of her four Gr.1 placings into a win.” A daughter of Savabeel, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Lady Kipling is out of a Group placed Al Akbar mare just like Winx.
Of the colts Steve selected a couple of standouts. “In lot order I do like 532, a colt out of Roxon, a five-time winner up to Listed level by Postponed. He’s an example of the “stamping his stock” rule as he’s a near replica of his sire.” The colt comes from the family of dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year in Ambitious Dragon so could well appeal to Windsor Park’s strong Asian client base.
“My other colt”, said Steve “is out of Grosvenor’s daughter The Mighty Lions who won a Gr.1 Avondale Gold Cup and has been an excellent producer.” As the catalogue was being printed The Mighty Lions was six from seven winners to runners headlined by the Australian Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Queensland Oaks placed Vaquera.
Charm Spirit has all the attributes required to become the next in the line of successful shuttle stallions.
One filly that bucks the pure bay trend is Lot 652, an unusual white daughter out of The Opera House. “We expect she will be popular as she is a beautiful bodied filly who has some pedigree behind her as well as her mother is a winning three-quarter sister to Might And Power.”
Besides the Charm Spirit’s, Windsor Park will offer yearlings by a broad cross section of stallions both young and established. There will be stock by Savabeel, Pins, Rip Van Winkle and Makfi, and hot Australian sires Written Tycoon, So You Think and I Am Invincible. And other first season sires haven’t been ignored with Lots by Atlante, Dissident and Shooting To Win to be offered.
The Cambridge farm also has a dozen quality youngsters by their resident second- season sire Shamexpress whose first yearlings sold so well at last year’s sales. “The feedback we are getting from trainers about his first crop is excellent and with that to back us up we are very confident he will make the grade as a stallion”, Steve concluded.
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