“Scat Daddy has sired 26 individual group 1 winners and has already proven himself as a sire of sires – and Justify is unquestionably his best performer.”
Justify won almost $US3.8 million in his six starts and was awarded the American Horse Of The Year title in 2018 as well as being acclaimed American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. Bob Baffert trained the flashy chestnut colt with the standout white blaze on his forehead.
The colt won the Kentucky Derby by three lengths on a track described as “sloppy” and had to contend with an even heavier track for the Preakness. Taken on for the lead in the early part of the race Justify pulled out plenty to eventually score a half-length win.
The track was declared fast in the Belmont Stakes and Justify led throughout after jumping best from his inside barrier draw and went onto become the 13th Triple Crown winner by 1 and 3/4 lengths. Justify was discovered in early July with filling in an ankle on his left front leg and was officially retired on July 25.
Coolmore has decided to adopt a private fee for Justify with the stud confident the chestnut’s form will warrant enormous response from Australian breeders.
The stud continues to bring an outstanding bunch of shuttle stallions to Australia. Last year they gave breeders the opportunity to mate their mares with Caravaggio, a handsome grey son of Scat Daddy, and Churchill, a seven-time winner by Galileo with four group 1 wins alongside three other black type successes.
The Coolmore line-up in 2019 also includes Fastnet Rock and Pierro alongside four younger stallions in Rubick, Vancouver, Merchant Navy and Pride of Dubai. Choisir and So You Think will continue their stallion duties in the southern hemisphere.
Deep Impact stood down in Japan
Deep Impact, which commands a service fee of close to $500,000, has been stood down for the remainder of the 2019 breeding season in Japan after suffering from neck pain. The decision was taken by the Shadai Stallion Station to prevent Deep Impact’s neck problem from worsening.
Fortunately for Australian breeder John Camilleri his decision to send Winx’s dam, Vegas Showgirl, to be covered by Deep Impact turned out to be successful with the mare confirmed to be in foal to the Japanese stallion.
Deep Impact has four colts included in the Inglis Australian Yearling Sale which begins at the Riverside Stables next Tuesday and the talk around the Warwick Farm stables suggests he has two lots which should shatter the $1 million mark.
Arrowfield Stud will offer the first of the Deep Impacts to sell with Lot 38 from the Redoute’s Choice mare Grito, which boasts a great background of Australian-bred sprinters made famous by one of the Ingham brothers’ best families.
Grito is a half-sister to Yell, a nine-time winner made up by three group 1 winners He has caught the eye of many of the major buyers and later on day one Bhima Thoroughbreds will sell a colt (Lot 124) from Miss Ivanovic, a first foal of the unraced mare whose family includes the champion Hong Kong miler of 2014 Gold-Fun and Body And Soul, a sprinter of high class in Europe .
At the corresponding Riverside Sales last year Deep Impact had two fillies sell, the first from Arrowfield-based mare Alverta for $1.1m and $1m for an unraced Redoute’s Choice mare Charming Estelle, which is closely related to the sensational sprinter Lankan Rupee.
Chris Waller prepares both of the Deep Impacts, which are yet to make their way to the racetrack.
Lindsays’ plans roaring into focus
The vision of Cambridge Stud’s new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay to invigorate the New Zealand stallion line-up for 2019 took a giant leap this week when they announced Roaring Lion, one of Europe’s most exciting racetrack performers, would join their roster.
A deal was finalised by the Lindsays and Cambridge Stud chief executive Henry Plumptre with David Redvers acting on behalf of the Qatar Bloodstock conglomerate. Roaring Lion boasted a remarkable record in England, winning eight of his 13 starts and three of the most reputable group 1 events in Europe.
Roaring Lion is a son of the American-based stallion Kitten’s Joy and was a $US 160,000 yearling purchase by Redvers – an absolute bargain buy taking into account his earnings totalled £2,728,865 at his retirement.
The colt was prepared by John Gosden and finished his career with the award of being the highest rated three-year-old in the world in 2018.
He boasts a great pedigree page with his dam Vionnet being a daughter of Street Sense whose Australian stars include Dixie Blossoms, Hallowed Crown, Politeness and Sense of Occasion.
Roaring Lion served a high profile crop of broodmares at his first stud season at Tweenhills Farm,where he stood alongside Zoustar, in 2019 at a fee of £40,000. His covering fee at Cambridge will be somewhat of a bargain price of $NZ35,000 ($34,000).
He will join another of Cambridge Stud’s shuttle stallions, Almanor, in New Zealand in 2019, which served a total of 139 mares last year, second only to Savabeel as New Zealand’s best supported stallion and the Lindsays are doing their utmost to continue the great recognition made by Sir Patrick Hogan.
The Lindsays purchased Cambridge Stud from the Hogans 12 months ago and had their first crop of yearlings sell at the Karaka Yearling Sales in February.
The outstanding strike rate of Queensland based stallion Better Than Ready has resulted in the son of More Than Ready’s service fee leaping to $33,000 from his initial covering fee of $11,000.
Better Than Ready will cover a full book of 160 broodmares at Lyndhurst Stud in 2019 with breeders flocking to gain services to the stallion who leads the two-year-old winners premiership for with 14 individual winners.
Among them are two stakes performers in The Odyssey and Better Reflection, which won the Phelan Ready Stakes and Calaway Gal Stakes respectively.
Queensland’s stallion roster has gained momentum with Spirit Of Boom still in strong demand and Sidestep, the sire of the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, standing at Telemon Thoroughbreds for an increased fee of $22,000 inc GST.
Eurozone, which formerly stood at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley, is another which will be heading to a new farm in 2019 with the son of Northern Meteor standing at Bellerive Stud near Canberra.
His oldest progeny are four-year-olds and he has sired 14 individual winners with Mystery Love showing great potential under the guidance of Melbourne trainer Mick Price after winning at her only three starts.
Canberra-based Chris Burke dealt with the Newgate management team to buy Eurozone on behalf a syndicate of breeders who had grouped together to buy the twice group 1-placed type. His
service fee will be announced shortly.