Rich Hill Stud shuttler shows promise for New Zealand
Rich Hill Stud is always a winner on the Ontrack New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour and the stud looks to have struck gold with freshman stallion Vadamos (by Monsun).
Owned and operated by John Thompson, Rich Hill has long been one of New Zealand’s leading nurseries and Pentire, sire of Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, is one of many top horses to stand there.
The stud is now home to shuttle sire Vadamos, who secured his first win as a sire when Sa Pala Umbrossa won on debut over 1200m at Chilivani, in Italy, on Monday.
“Rich Hill is usually the first stud farm we visit on the New Zealand tour and it’s a beautiful property with fabulous established trees and gardens and a laid back environment,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“The farm probably sums up the Kiwi way of life and explains why they produce so many good horses capable of getting over ground over there.
“John Thompson and Karl Mihaljevich are always wonderful hosts and our tour guests get a real feel for the natural environment that Kiwi breeders operate in when they visit Rich Hill.
“It’s a pretty good stallion roster at Rich Hill with established horse Shocking being supported by some promising young horses in Vadamos, Proisir, Satono Aladin and Ace High.
“All of our tour members have been highly impressed by the way Vadamos has transitioned from a racehorse following a short campaign in Melbourne in 2016 to a stallion, and it’s great that he’s off the mark with his first European crop,” said Grant Morgan.
Vadamos had an illustrious career on the track, having won the Group One Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1600m), and four other Black Type races from 1600 to 2400 metres.
The son of Monsun was finished fourth in the 2016 Gr 1 Cox Plate and the Gr 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Vadamos’ first crop led the way at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale earlier this year with 31 of his yearlings selling for a total of $3.1 million in the Book 1 and 2 sessions, at an average of $101,550, crowning him as the leading first season sire by average.
His top price at Karaka was the $330,000 paid by Paul and Michael Moroney for a colt out of the Pivotal mare Surooh from the Vilachi Downs draft.
He will return to Rich Hill Stud this coming breeding season where he will stand for a fee of $15,000