Charm Spirit on the rise for leading New Zealand nursery
New Zealand’s Windsor Park Stud has long been home to leading stallions and it’s shuttle sire Charm Spirit is enjoying great success in both hemispheres.
Windsor Park has been a leading New Zealand nursery for 30 years and the Schick family are always great hosts on the Ontrack New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour each November.
Their shuttle stallion Charm Spirit recently sired his 8th Black Type winner when Time Scale proved a cut above her rivals in the Listed Betway Empress Fillies’ Stakes (1200m) at Newmarket in the UK last Sunday.
Time Scale races in the familiar claret and gold colours of Qatar Bloodstock and looked a very smart prospect when winning her maiden by 6 lengths mid-June and took the step up to black-type company in her stride, scoring by nearly 4 lengths in the Empress Stakes.
As well as leaving 8 stakes winners in his young career, Charm Spirit is also Australasia’s leading NZ based First & Second crop sire in all categories.
Founded by Nelson and Sue Schick, and home to champion stallions such as Star Way and Volksraad the farm is these days managed by son Rodney and in the 2020 breeding season Windsor Park will offer seven stallions.
While young guns Charm Spirit and Shamexpress are the stars of the Windsor Park roster, this season has seen the resurgence of and old boy in Rip Van Winkle, sire of Group One winners Te Akau Shark and Jennifer Eccles.
Rip Van Winkle shuttled from Coolmore in Ireland since 2011 before making Windsor Park his permanent home 2017 and the form of horses such as Te Akau Shark, Jennifer Eccles and Sydney filly Subpoenaed mean his career is back on track after some quiet seasons.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan said the team at Windsor Park always provide a memorable day on the New Zealand tour.
“The Schick family are great people and great horse people and they’ve got wonderful support from people such as General Manager Steve Till and Marketing Manager Michael Moran.
“Might And Power and So You Think are two of the many great horses to come off Windsor Park and guests on our New Zealand tour love the enthusiasm Rodney, Steve and Michael bring to their roles.
“Another feature at Windsor Park is always a basket of magnificent strawberries grown across the road which Rodney always provides for the Ontrack party.
“It comes as no surprise to see Charm Spirit leave nice horses as he’s a son of Invincible Spirit and there’s no hotter stallion line in world racing at the moment with another of his sons I Am Invincible dominating in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Grant Morgan.
Charm Spirit's female pedigree also links back to our own Brazen Beau, adding further appeal given the nick with I Am Invincible's own sire Invincible Spirit.