by Grant Morgan: SHOWCASING (GB) isn’t a name many Australians are that familiar with. But they should take note. The son of Oasis Dream was up until recently a regular shuttle visitor to New Zealand’s Haunui Farm from his Northern Hemisphere base of Whitsbury Manor Stud in the UK.
On the racetrack Showcasing carried the Frankel and Enable colours of Khalid Abdullah. He was a talented racehorse winning the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York in record time over the 6 furlong (1200m) course for trainer John Gosden.
But its been at stud that Showcasing is really starting to excel as a topline sire both on the track and in the sales ring.
This season his son ADVERTISE has shot Showcasing into the spotlight.
Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Advertise has had a stellar three year-old year claiming Group 1 victories in at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup (6 furlongs – 1200m) and at his most recent appearance at Deauville in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (6.5 furlongs – 1300m).
In between those Group 1 victories, Advertise was runner up in the time honoured Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket (6 furlongs – 1200m).
Those achievements sit nicely against his Group 1 victory as a two year-old in the Phoenix Stakes (6 furlongs -1200m) at the Curragh.
With earnings now over 900,000 pounds, Advertise can lay claim to being one of the best sprinters in the world for his trainer Martin Meade and regular partner Frankie Dettori. Meade now also puts the polish on former Australian sprinter Houtzen.
No doubt a glittering stud career awaits Advertise for Phoenix Thoroughbreds who are now one of the bigger players on the worldwide stage, including significant investment in Australia.
Whilst Advertise was winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in July, a daughter of Showcasing was also flying the flag for her father at the picturesque French track.
TROPBEAU, a two year-old daughter of Showcasing claimed the Group 2 Prix du Calvados (7 furlongs – 1400m) for trainer Andre Fabre during the summer carnival at Deauville. Tropbeau has won 3 of her only 4 outings at two and looks a filly with Group 1 potential.
Showcasing has already produced a top flight three year-old filly in QUIET REFLECTION. Like Advertise, Quiet Reflection claimed the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup (6 furlongs – 1200m) at the second running of that event in 2016.
Also at Royal Ascot this year for Showcasing was Group 1 runner up SOLDIERS CALL. Already a Group 2 winner at Doncaster, Soldiers Call was a gallant second behind Champion Sprinter Blue Point in the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes (5 furlongs – 1000m).
In Australasia, Showcasing has flown under the radar for most and is a particularly underestimated sire. But further analysis shows he has been a strong performer in this part of the globe too.
Showcasing stood his first New Zealand season in 2011 and his final down under coverings were in 2017. His final Southern Hemispher covers went through the ring as yearlings this year. He regularly covered books of around 100 mares. This has resulted in 157 winners from 274 individual runners.
He has produced 18 stakes winners and a further 16 stakes placegetters in the Southern hemisphere over 6 crops of racing age.
Showcasing has proven to be prolific sire of two year-olds in both Hemispheres. In the Southern Hemisphere he has produced 43 two year-old winners from 108 individual two year-old runners. These included the Queensland two year-old HARDLINE who claimed the 2015 Karaka Millions for Eagle Farm trainer Liam Birchley.
Another Eagle Farm trained Showcasing also proved a high class performer for Showcasing. The Desliegh Forster prepared CYLINDER BEACH won up to Group 3 level winning 6 of his 19 starts.
In New Zealand, Showcasing has been represented at the top level by Group 2 winners XPRESSION and SHOWBOY who both claimed the Wakefield Challenge for two year-olds run over 1200m at Trentham.
Continuing the theme of precocity for Showcasing were Group 3 two year-old winners BIT LIPPY and CAORUNN who both claimed the Taranaki 2yo Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth in their juvenile years.
Last season Showcasing was again represented by a strong lineup of both two year-old and three year-old winners in New Zealand.
Two year-old filly RAINBOW DASH won the Listed Waikato 2yo which followed on from her runners up cheque in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders stakes earlier in the season.
FLAUNTING was another two year-old filly by Showcasing to score at Listed level last season in the Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui.
Yet another Showcasing 2yo filly ALL ABOUT MAGIC won the Listed Champagne Stakes at Riccarton for the Pitman yard.
On the three year-old scene, Showcasing also has some promising performers heading into their four year-old year this season.
(OUR) INTRIGUE was runner up in the Group 2 Ellerslie 3yo championship in the summer over 2100m for Tony Pike. She looks a sure fire stakes winner in the coming season. As does stablemate WEKAFORCE who was Listed placed at three.
Showcasing closed off the 2018/2019 New Zealand season as the leading sire of 2yo winners in New Zealand with 12 winners of which 3 won at stakes level. This was from just 22 individual runners.
Showcasing stands the 2019 Northern Hemisphere season at Whitsbury Manor for a fee of 55,000 GB pounds ($100,000 AUD). This year his fee rose 20,000 pounds from the previous mark of 35,000 pounds for 2018.
Showcasing’s rise to prominence had significant impact on his Northern Hemisphere yearling sales prices in 2018. His progeny commanded prices of up to 850,000 pounds.
In Australasia, Showcasing’s final group of New Zealand bred yearlings sold in 2019 fetching up to $170,000 again proving to be great value. Based on his brilliant figures in Europe, buyers of these could well be rewarded in the seasons to come.