by Grant Morgan
The New Zealand industry is undergoing a real resurgence in sire strength. Young horses Proisir, Almanzor, Satono Aladdin, Tarzino, Vadamos, Turn Me Loose and Contributor are all showing great promise. Savabeel, Per Incanto, Reliable Man and Ocean Park continue to lead the proven division. First season sire Super Seth looks particularly exciting. With their oldest progeny 2yo's, Ardrossan & Embellish have made very good starts this season. Is the New Zealand industry entering an exciting new period of sire power ?
It's particularly important for Australians to stay across the development of stallions in New Zealand as it continues to be our best source of stamina between 1600m and 3200m. The Australian stallion ranks continue to focus on speed and 2yo's, whilst the European imports also dominant the stamina stakes. This leaves the Australian bred well behind when you get to 1600m and beyond.
Some of my thoughts on the New Zealand based sires represented at the 2023 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale. Note, I'm only focusing on stallions with fillies in this catalogue.
PROVEN SIRES (NZ)
(Zabeel x Savannah Success)
Waikato Stud – Service Fee: Private (2022)
Champion older sire. 857 winners from 1189 starters (72.1% winners to runners). 121 stakes winners (of which 28 are Group 1 winners). They simply don’t get much better than this fellow. Colt or fillies, sprinters, milers or stayers. He gets the lot. Has a particular affinity for O’Reilly mares. Very hard to buy without having a significant budget.
(Choisir x Prophet Jewel)
Rich Hill Stud – Service Fee: $17,500 (2022)
Oldest progeny 6yo’s. 129 winners from 214 starters (60.3% winners to runners). 11 stakes winners (of which 4 are Gr 1 winners). 11 stakes place getters. Even mix of talent across colts and fillies. They appear to be particularly suited at 1600m. Phenomenal results off a low service fee and moderate support. One of the countries most promising young stallions. Expect a sharp spike in yearling prices.
RELIABLE MAN (GB)
(Dalakhani x On Fair Stage)
Westbury Stud - $16,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny in Australasia 8yo’s. 223 winners from 383 starters in Australasia (58% winners to runners). 11 stakes winners (3 of which are Gr 1 winners). 26 stakes place getters. Noting all three Group 1 winners are fillies (2 being Oaks winners). Only 2 of his 11 stakes winners are grey like his sire. Certainly no harm in buying them looking more like mum.
PER INCANTO (USA)
(Street Cry x Pappa Reale)
Little Avondale Stud - $50,000 Service Fee (2022)
Proven older sire. 326 winners from 497 starters (65.6% winners to runners). 27 stakes winners (of which 5 are Group 1 winners) and a further 21 stakes placegetters. The bulk of his winners come in the 1200m-1600m bracket, but he can get one to stay further with some stamina from the mare. They don’t tend to be 2yos, certainly more 3yo types which train on as older horses. Highly successful stallion in Hong Kong therefore his colts are sort after for that part of the world. He isn’t sex biased, can get a good colt or filly. Given his very good winners to runners strike rate, you would be unfortunate not to get a winner by this sire.
OCEAN PARK (NZ)
(Thorn Park x Sayyida)
Waikato Stud - $30,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny now 8yo’s. 245 winners from 379 starters (64.6% winners to runners). 19 stakes winners (of which 3 are Group 1 winners) and a further 15 stakes placegetters. Slow maturing types, very few race as 2yo’s. They really hit their straps as 4yo+. Typically they performer 1600m-2400m, but he has produced a top class Gr 1 sprinter in Tofane, out to a 3200m Gr 1 cup winner in Ocean Billy. Outstanding winners to runners record and if you are patient, you can get a nice horse with this fellow.
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ)
(Danehill x Grand Exchezeaux)
The Oaks – Service Fee: $15,000 (2022)
Proven older sire. 538 winners from 753 starters (71.4% winners to runners). 57 stakes winners (of which 12 are Group 1 winners). Versatile stallion who like Savabeel gets them all. But what he has lacked over the years is a strong record in Australia. Outstanding sire at home in New Zealand though, and very well regarded in Hong Kong/Singapore. In his twilight now but still throwing up the odd good horse.
EMERGING SIRES (NZ)
(Wootton Bassett x Darkova)
Cambridge Stud - $50,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest Australasian progeny 3yo’s. 19 winners from 62 starters (37.6%). 2 stakes winners and 7 stakes placegetters. Produced a Group 1 winner from his first crop in VRC Derby winner Manzoice. 5 of the 7 black type horses are colts/geldings but too early to label him either a colts or fillies sire. It appears 1600m-2400m will be the go for them, depending on the mare. Served books in NZ of 140 (first season), 160, 145, & 142 (last season- 2021). Gets a very good type and has been very popular at the sales. They are in all the good stables and you would expect them to keep improving as older horses as they get over further. Doing a good enough job in Europe too. Stunning individual from a very good sire line.
(High Chaparral x Breccia)
Waikato Stud - $20,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny 4yos. 44 winners from 108 starters (40.7% winners to runners). 3 stakeswinners and 2 stakes placegetters. Worth noting all 5 black type earners are fillies. Working well with Savabeel mares. Covered books of 139 (first season) ,125,93,89 & 124 (last season – 2021). Currently standing off a fee of $20,000. Typically his progeny should be viewed as mile horses. Based on his black type figures it would seem best to be buying a filly at this stage.
(High Chaparral x Serisia)
Mapperley Stud – S20,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny 5yos. 66 winners from 107 starters (61.7% winners to runners). 4 stakes winners and 7 stakes placegetters. Evenly spread talent between colts and fillies. Served books of 92 (first season), 73, 65, 80, 85 & 102 (last season -2021). Top performers Lions Roar, Campionessa & Llanacord. Currently standing off a fee of $20,000. They seem to hit their top generally up to 2000m and probably should be viewed more as mile plus horses. Good winners to runners strike rate is encouraging.
TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)
(Ifraaj x Indomitable)
Windsor Park Stud - $20,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny 4yo’s. 41 winners from 103 starters (39.8% winners to runners). 5 stakes winners and 4 stakesplacegetters. Evenly spread talent between colts and fillies. Served books of 145 (first season), 123, 93, 79 & 103 (last season – 2021). Typically his progeny should be viewed as mile horses. Working well with a variety of mares. 3 of his stakes winners have been in Australia. His best performer (She’s) Licketysplit a Gr 1 winner in NZ and Gr 2 winner in Australia (also Gr 1 placed down under). Started off a low quality base of mares and should be viewed as an overachiever.
(Monsun x Celebre Vadala)
Rich Hill Stud - $15,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest Australasian progeny 4yo’s. 47 winners from 113 starters (46.7% winners to runners). 4 stakes winners and 3 stakes placegetters. Evenly spread talent between colts and fillies. Served books of 159 (first season), 117,66, 118 & 100 (last season -2021). No stakes winners in Australia yet although supplied a QLD Derby placegetter from his first crop. He is a sire capable of producing very good 2400m+ horses given the stamina of Monsun. Its encouraging though that he is getting plenty of winners around the 1600m mark, so they don’t seem to be too dour.
(Tavistock x Zarzino)
Westbury Stud - $15,000 Service Fee (2022)
Oldest progeny 4yo’s. 31 winners from 74 starters (41.9% winners to runners). 2 stakes winners (both Gr 1 winners and 2 stakes placegetters. Covered 124 (first season), 133, 126, 112 & 88 (last season – 2021). Very few sires produce both an Oaks and Derby winner from their first crop. A derby winner himself, they generally need 1600m+ and are a chance to getting out to a trip beyond 2000m.
(Encosta De Lago x Soho Secret)
Windsor Park Stud – Service Fee: $6,000 (2022)
Oldest progeny 4yo’s. 12 winners from 26 starters (46.2% winners to runners). 3 stakes winners (1 of which is a Group 1 winner in Mustang Valley). Covered small books 55 (first season), then 31,24,39, 50 (2021). Has been very much an overachiever considering those numbers. You would expect the distance range to sit 1600m-2400m. You cant help but like how he is going.
TIME TEST (GB)
(Dubawi x Passage of Time)
Little Avondale Stud – Service Fee: $11,000 (2022)
Oldest Australasian progeny 3yo’s. European shuttler. 9 winners from 32 starters in Australasia (38.2% winners to runners). 2 stakes winners. Covered books of 116 (first season) 116, 135 & 120 (2021). They are solid numbers of mares to suggest reasonable support and confidence amongst NZ breeders. You would expect them to be at their best around 1600m and stretch out marginally more.
SUPER SETH (AUS)
(Dundeel x Salutations)
Waikato Stud – Service Fee: $35,000 (2022)
Oldest progeny yearlings. First season. Covered 143 mares first season, followed by 109 mares. Starts of the high mark fee of $35,000, which is among the highest first season sire fees the country has had in recent times. Progeny well received on the Gold Coast making up to $450k, with 7 lots sold averaging $231k. Very impressive individual who was a Group 1 winner himself in Australia and purchased for a high figure to stand in NZ which is a big sign of confidence from this market leading farm. Looks a big chance.
(Redoute’s Choice – Miss Argyle)
Waikato Stud – Service Fee: $6,000 (2022)
Oldest progeny 2yo’s. Covered 68 mares (first season), then 70 and 65 (last season – 2021). Second tier sire standing off a lower base fee and will need to get the runs on the board quickly. 4 starters thus far for 1 stakes winner in Codigo. So that’s a good start. Ardrossan was a sharp 2yo and you would expect him to get similar in terms of his progeny. Probably not a sire who is typically going to get you a Derby or Oaks winner. But they can shape as nice milers, particularly with a bit of stamina from the female page.
US NAVY FLAG (USA)
(War Front x Misty For Me)
The Oaks Stud – Service Fee: $15,000 (2022)
Oldest Australasian progeny 2yo’s. Coolmore shuttle stallion. Yet to get a winner early in the season with 11 runners but 1 stakes placegetter and a further 3 place getters. Covered 150 mares (first NZ season) then 79 and 81. He was a Group 1 sprint winner in the UK and you would expect him to get similar types here. Unlikely to see them get much past 1600m.
ACE HIGH (AUS)
(High Chaparral x Come Sunday)
Rich Hill Stud - Service Fee: $10,000 (2022)
Oldest progeny 2yo’s. 1 starter to date (unplaced). Covered books of 97 (first season), then 105 and 105 (2021). Solid numbers for a lower fee. Very good looking Derby winning son of High Chaparral. Standing at a farm that is really firing.
(Frankel x You’ll Be Mine)
Brighthill Farm – Service Fee: $7,500 (2022)
Oldest progeny 2yo’s. Just the 1 runner, unplaced. Covered 115 mares (first season), 82 and 80 (2021). Gr 2 winning son of Frankel who was also Gr 1 placed in Australia before retiring to stud in NZ. Its hard not to like what Frankel has done at stud, no reason he won make a sire of sires either.
(Savabeel x Bling)
Cambridge Stud – Service Fee:$4,000 (2022)
Oldest progeny 2yo’s. Covered 138 mares (first season) then 106 and 158 (2021). Has enjoyed good numbers from one of the leading farms which gives him a great chance albeit of a low fee. Has had 5 runners to date and has already unearthed 2 stakes place getters in Luberon & Talisker. That’s a particularly good start.