Kicking off next week at the Gold Coast Magic Millions, we will see some of the new sires showcase their yearlings for the first time in 2023.
Alabama Express – Yulong Stud
The combination of two Australian stallion breedshapers in the sireline of Alabama Express makes him an exciting sire prospect.
The sire of Alabama Express, Redoute’s Choice, is an Australian phenomenon, peerless in his achievements at stud and continues to build his legacy through exceptional sons and daughters.
Trained by Mike Moroney, Alabama Express faced some of the best horses in the country under a tough run at Caulfield when he took out the WFA G1 C F Orr Stakes.
“He had the toughest run in the race and still won,” said trainer Mike Moroney. “When I saw he couldn’t get in, I thought it was game over, but it just shows you how good this horse is.”
“His father [Redoute’s Choice] won this race and he’s more like dad than any other horse I’ve seen.”
“If you can replicate even half of what his dad has done, he’s going to be a successful sire.”
Alabama Express was bred by GSA Bloodstock and purchased at the Inglis Easter Sale from Arrowfield Stud for $280,000.
Blue Point – Darley
The only horse ever to win three G1 sprints at Royal Ascot.
He raced from two to five in the highest company and improved every year, winning 11 times, including nine at Group level and four at G1 level.
At two he won the G2 Gimcrack Stakes by three lengths, and he placed in both the G1 Middle Park and G1 Dewhurst Stakes.
He won the G1 King’s Stand Stakes TWICE, the first occasion in a faster time than Nature Strip and after the second occasion, he backed up in five days to win the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, also won by Black Caviar.
The fastest son of leading sire and successful sire of sires Shamardal.
Fully booked in his first two seasons and covering 58 Stakes-winning and 38 Stakes-producing mares, including the G1 winners Kenedna, Sheidel, Anamato (dam of Anamoe), Forensics, Gold Edition and Russeting.
Brutal – Newgate Farm
- Won the time-honoured Group 1 Doncaster Handicap in fewer starts than any horse in history
- Won the Main Everest lead up, the WFA Group 2 Premiere Stakes, defeating Classique Legend, Osborne Bulls, Graff, etc.
- Good enough to push Winx in the WFA Group 1 George Ryder Stakes while also clearing out from the rest of a high-class field
- Annihilated a quality field of 2YOs, including G1 winner Mystic Journey, by 5L at Caulfield in his first career start
- The Ultimate Outcross
- By a Champion Sire from a great family
- “Brutal is just one of those extra special horses that showed rare talent from day one and to win a Doncaster at just his seventh start is something that only the really exceptional ones can do.” – trainer John Hawkes
- “I have the 2019 Doncaster as being the strongest form race this season.” – Rob Waterhouse, TDN Aus August 2, 2019
Calyx – Coolmore
Unbeaten Royal Ascot Gr.2-winning 2YO & brilliant sprinter at 3
- By young sire sensation KINGMAN – already sire of 54 Stakes winners including World Champion Miler PALACE PIER, Classic winner PERSIAN KING etc.
- His dam HELLEBORINE won the Gr.3 Prix d’Aumale & Listed Prix Six Perfections, placed in the Gr.1 Prix Marcel Boussac
- From the family of top French 3YO sprinter AFRICAN ROSE and unbeaten European Champion 2YO & Irish 2000 Guineas winner NATIVE TRAIL
- Won his maiden at Newmarket on debut by 5 lengths, earning ‘TDN Rising Star’ status
- Extremely impressive in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes defeating triple Gr.1 winner Advertise
- Showed explosive speed in the Gr.3 Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes
Rated higher at 2 by Timeform than Advertise, Magna Grecia, Persian King, Phoenix Of Spain, Hello Youmzain, Soldier’s Call etc.
Rated higher at 3 by Timeform than the winners of the Epsom Derby, French 2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish Derby etc.
First yearlings in 2022 sold for €205,000, €175,000, €170,000, €150,000, €145,000, €145,000, €125,000, €110,000, €110,000, €105,000, €100,000, €100,000 etc.
Castelvecchio – Arrowfield Stud
A dynamic Inglis Millennium and Group 1-winning juvenile who trained on to an acclaimed Cox Plate performance as a Spring 3YO, followed by a Guineas triumph in the Autumn, Castelvecchio meets all the expectations of a top-drawer Australian stallion prospect.
But that’s not all. A medium-sized, superbly athletic individual, Castelvecchio has a pedigree entirely free of Danehill – making him an ideal match for many Australian mares.
Rated Timeform’s co-Champion 2YO, Castelvecchio progressed mightily as a Spring 3YO to chase home Japanese Horse of the Year Lys Gracieux in the 2019 Cox Plate G1, earning a rating among the world’s best 3YOs of that year.
He then returned in the Autumn of 2020 to emulate his sire with a final triumph in the Rosehill Guineas G1, where he settled close to the pace, drove wide on the turn and took control 300 metres out to defeat Prince Fawaz, Reloaded & Shadow Hero.
Castelvecchio covered 248 mares in his first two seasons and his first weanlings have already sold up to $160,000.
Cosmic Force – Newgate Farm
- Pre-Christmas 2YO by one of Australia’s hottest young sires Deep Field
- 2019 Golden Slipper favourite after demolishing the field in the Group 3 Pago Pago by over 7 lengths, the largest winning margin by a 2YO in a group race this millennium
- Broke a race record defeating Standout and Microphone in the time-honoured Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes also won by the likes of Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, Brazen Beau, Zoustar, and Russian Revolution.
- “That horse gave me an unbelievable feel. He relaxed super in the run and when I asked him to give a boom he gave a boom. He was strong on the line. He felt enormous.” – champion jockey James McDonald, Sky Racing March 16, 2019
- “When they win by that far it is ability.” – co-trainer Peter Snowden, Sydney Morning Herald March 19, 2019
- “When he was on song he was dynamic. He was very, very good” – co-trainer Peter Snowden, The Courier, October 30, 2019
- FIRST WEANLINGS have sold up to $190,000
D’Argento – Browness Stud
Resident sire D’Argento established himself as an elite level performer thanks to a series of highly-rated performances which featured victory in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) during his Classic season. When the curtain came down on his distinguished racing career, his record read four wins and four placings from 14 starts for $1,103,525 in earnings — but that only tells half the story. His most notable Pattern Race performances included 2nd to Hartnell in the Epsom Handicap (G1) over 1600m, and 3rd behind the legendary Winx in the Winx Stakes (G1) over 1400m. He also placed 4th in the Doncaster Handicap (G1) as a 3-year-old.
Produced by a stakes winning daughter of multiple champion sire Redoute’s Choice, D’Argento makes great appeal as one of the very finest sons So You Think (NZ), a hugely successful sire-son of High Chaparral (Ire) from the peerless Sadler’s Wells sireline. Throw into the mix the prodigious influence of his maternal great grandsire Kenmare (Fr), and D’Argento provides breeders with a blend of bloodlines that have met with profound success over numerous decades.
2022 Service Fee $16,500 incl.
Dubious – Aquis Farm
The fastest ever winner of the Gr.3 Breeders’ Plate (1000m), achieving a time of 56.45, quicker than previous winners Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro, Sebring, Snitzel and Choisir.
By the same sire as Aquis’ sensational Gr.1 Golden Slipper winner and Champion 2YO elect Farnan, Dubious’ mental toughness and sensational juvenile ability saw the colt finish second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic of his year, just like his 14-time Gr.1 producing sire did.
Having commenced his juvenile campaign with a debut win in September, Dubious was still up in May, winning the Gr.2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben, a race won in the past by the exciting young, stakes-producing sire Brazen Beau, before finishing his 2YO campaign with a gutsy fifth, beaten a length and a half by the older horses in the Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at weight for age.
From the extended family of Champions Sires Street Cry and Shamardal, who between then have sired just shy of 50 Gr.1 winners, highlighted by Champions Winx and Pinatubo respectively, the highly-credentialled Dubious will be the only son of the retired Not A Single Doubt to stand at stud in Queensland.
He covered a quality book of 274 mares in his two seasons at stud, starting his stud career in the same blistering fashion as he did on the track.
First yearlings sell at major Australian sales in 2023.
Exceedance – Viney Stud
Electrifying sprinter, Exceedance, covered his first book of mares in 2020 and his exciting first foals will arrive in the spring of 2021.
He was a standout in a stellar crop of 3yo colts and possessed a sensational turn of foot and electric finish that made his final 600 metre sectionals hard to believe.
As a winner of the time honoured Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Flemington Spring Carnival, he joins an honour roll that features Zoustar, Merchant Navy, Sunlight, Brazen Beau, Sepoy, Star Witness, Alinghi and Northern Meteor!
Vinery purchased Exceedance at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling sale and were thrilled to have him carry the famous Vinery silks to victory on three occasions and to Group placings on another two occasions. “He’s a supreme athlete and a really exciting addition to our roster going forward” Peter Orton, Vinery’s General Manager said on the announcement of Exceedance’s retirement.
Exceedance is a son of Exceed And Excel who was raised at Vinery. “I’m a big fan of the sireline and Exceedance caught our eye with his presence and attitude as a yearling,”Orton recalled. “He looked a beautiful mover with a great eye and plenty of scope to keep developing.”
Exceedance always had natural ability, which he demonstrated by winning on debut with spectacular last to first performance as a 2yo.
That blistering turn of foot was palpable when Exceedance returned the next season in what has been described as the best crop of three-year-olds in generations. During the Spring he won the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m first up, leaving boom colt Bivouac and Anaheed behind him. “I told Tommy to ride like he was on the best horse and let him do the rest,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. “That was only his third start. He’s a very exciting colt and made it look easy.”
After placings in the Gr.2 Run To The Rose and Gr.1 Golden Rose over 1400m, where he again flashed home late in amazing sectionals, he travelled to Flemington for the straight-six championship – the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Despite being checked at the start, Exceedance powered home along the rail in a truly exciting finish to defeat Bivouac and Libertini ahead of an all-star field.
Magna Grecia – Coolmore
Won a vintage renewal of the Gr.1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at 2 and ran away with the Gr.1 2,000 Guineas at 3
“One of the easiest Guineas winners I’ve ever seen” Tom Segal
- By INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, like I AM INVINCIBLE
- Out of CABARET, a Group-winning 2YO over 1400m by GALILEO
- Half-brother to European Champion 2YO & World Champion 3YO ST MARK’S BASILICA
- From the family of Gr.1 winners FRENCHPARK & PEARLY SHELLS
“a taking sort physically, robust and well made, a bruiser of a colt” Timeform Racehorses of 2018
“a sublime pedigree, two Group 1 wins on his CV and a notably fluid action” James Thomas, Racing Post Bloodstock
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT – a sire of sires, he already has 6 sons to produce Gr.1 winners at stud including KINGMAN, I AM INVINCIBLE, SHALAA & LAWMAN.
First northern hemisphere yearlings sold for €365,000, €200,000, €160,000, €155,000, €150,000, €150,000, €145,000, €140,000, €140,000, €130,000, €120,000, €115,000, €105,000, €100,000 etc.
His first weanlings sold for $150,000, $90,000, $80,000 etc.
Microphone – Darley
Champion Two-Year-Old in an elite crop.
The best two-year-old son of the world’s best two-year-old stallion Exceed And Excel, from the family of Written Tycoon.
He defeated four G1 winners in the best edition of the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes in 20 years and was the first colt home in the 2019 edition of the G1 Golden Slipper.
He was fully booked in his first two seasons, covering 58 Stakes performers and 25 Stakes-producing mares.
Omaha Beach – Spendthrift
True breed-shaping potential: an athletic superstar with brilliant sprinter speed and the rare ability to carry it over a route of ground, elite sire power, #1 American dirt family, tremendous physical makeup and mental disposition.
War Front’s only multiple G1 millionaire on dirt — $1,651,800.
A Leading 3-Year-Old: Eclipse Finalist and one of only three multiple G1-winning 3yo males in 2019.
Brilliant winner of the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn to become the early favorite for the KY Derby, earning a 101 Beyer and defeating G1 winners Improbable & Country House (KY Derby winner in his next start).
Dazzling comeback winner of the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) over older horses & leading 3yo sprinter Shancelot, running 6 furlongs in 1:08 4/5.
Easy winner of the $300,000 Malibu (G1) at Santa Anita, defeating Santa Anita Derby-G1 winner Roadster by 2 3/4 lengths under wraps at the wire.
Ascended to the top of the class with a win in the $750,000 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn, defeating 2yo champion Game Winner-G1 in 1:42 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles.
Runner-up in the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita after a poor start, earning a 4 1/2 Ragozin — a faster fig than the winner Spun to Run.
Runaway 9-length MdSpWt winner at Santa Anita in 1:21 flat for 7 furlongs, starting a four-race win streak on dirt.
Pierata – Aquis Farm
As the best son of one of the most exciting young stallions in the country from a stallion lineage of Champions, Pierata’s racetrack career, highlighted by his superior ability and fighting qualities, forms an outstanding foundation for breeders to access the exceptional son of Triple Crown winner and Champion First and Second Season Sire Pierro.
Defeating 39 individual Gr.1 winners of 79 Gr.1 races highlighted by Trapeze Artist, Bivouac, Brutal, Exceedance, Nature Strip, Santa Ana Lane and Redzel, Pierata’s defining moment came in the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes during the Autumn carnival at Royal Randwick.
Outside of the top five only twice in his 26 career starts which netted in excess of $5.8m, another of Pierata’s undeniable highlights was his success in the Gr.3 Sydney Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, where he recorded a quicker time than Redzel achieved when winning the very next race on the card, $10m The Everest over the same distance.
A city winner and Gr.2 placed at two, Magic Millions Guineas success and runner up in the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas at three, while at four his wins in the Gr.2 Missile Stakes and Gr.3 Sydney Stakes were coupled with Gr.1 placed efforts in the VRC Sprint and the Galaxy Handicap culminating in his All Aged Stakes win and ultimately awarded a globally recognised Timeform Rating of 126.
At 5, the outstanding sprinter once again showed his blistering race sectionals to record success in Gr.2 Shorts Handicap and the Redzel Stakes before ending his career with a nose second in the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes, highlighting his sensational consistency throughout his career.
Pierata’s first crop of foals were nothing short of excellent with leading breeders giving them great praise;
Royal Meeting – Leneva Park
Strasbourg – Rosemont Stud
The 2021 season led to another strong book of well over 100 mares with majority support from those breeders looking to use the stallion again after being impressed with the first crop of foals.
The highest rated son of sire sensation I Am Invincible to stand in Victoria since Brazen Beau retired here in 2015, Strasbourg is a Group 2 winning, multiple stakes performer in his juvenile season and the most precocious son of ‘Vinnie’ to stand at stud anywhere in Australia.
A 2yo that Peter Snowden felt was an “elite talent” and Jockey Tommy Berry described as ‘electric’, Strasbourg was considered a Golden Slipper horse early in his career after a brilliant debut victory prior to Christmas – a reflection of his extreme precocity.
Physically, he is a special physical and has let down superbly.
Super Seth – Waikato Stud
Brilliant talent, exceptional turn of foot, good looks and a quality pedigree – these are the attributes that underpin the making of a successful stallion and Waikato Stud have just that in Super Seth.
His imposing career on the racetrack was headlined by a dazzling victory in the G1 Caulfield Guineas, with the son of Dundeel striking a chord early when winning his first two juvenile starts, including a 6l victory on debut. He returned as 3-year-old to win the G3 McNeil Stakes before defeating boom Queenslander Alligator Blood in the Caulfield Guineas. Resuming after a spell, he then added the Gr.3 Manfred Stakes to his winning record before finishing runner-up against the older horses in the G1 Futurity Stakes.
Super Seth is from the first crop of outstanding young sire Dundeel, whose start to stud has seen
him produce four Group 1 winners to date; a record only bettered by Champions Danehill and his damsire Redoute’s Choice. He is a son of Salutations, who is a daughter of the G2 Yallambee Classic winner Toast Of The Coast, making him a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Wild Planet. The next dams Solo Show and Solo Performance are also Group winners, highlighting that his pedigree matches the credentials he displayed on the racetrack.
Super Seth was sold by co-breeder Arrowfield Stud through its 2018 draft at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale with Dean Hawthorne signing the ticket on behalf of Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock. Hawthorne commented, “He is perfectly balanced – if you take a look at his yearling conformation photo you can see he is a short-coupled colt with a great head and amazing quality.”
Top of our list when it comes to sourcing a successful stallion is a turn of foot and Super Seth’s acceleration was mind-blowing. Our past and present Champion Sires Centaine, O’Reilly, Pins, Savabeel and Ocean Park all possessed incredible acceleration, but even they couldn’t have matched Super Seth’s turn of foot. That’s the quality we look for in a successful stallion and he demonstrated that on many occasions.
Super Seth attracted a high-quality, full book of 130 mares for his 2020 debut season, with more than half being black-type performers or producers of such. This trend continued for his second season, as breeders were delighted with the quality of his foals.
A striking son of Dundeel, whose own progeny sold for up to $1.7 million at the 2022 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Super Seth’s first crop of yearlings will debut at the sales in 2023.
Super Seth’s service fee for 2022 is $35,000 plus GST, live foal guarantee.
Tassort – Newgate Farm
- “He has plenty of untapped ability. He is the real deal,” champion jockey James McDonald, Daily Telegraph, November 24, 2018
- In the season Godolphin trifecta’d the Golden Slipper, Tassort stood out from the start – “It’s pretty exciting to have a horse like him that can provide somewhat of a benchmark for the rest of our crop. He’s very promising,” trainer, James Cummings, Sky Racing November 13, 2018
- Won the Golden Gift in a record-breaking time and margin, scorching the turf to win by 5.3L on debut
- An elite 2YO earning a Group 1 class 103 WFA performance rating on debut, a rating that only 0.16% of 2YO colts over the past five seasons have achievedat any stage in the season
- Hails from one of Australia’s truly elite families
- “Tassort is out of one of Australia’s great blue hen mares Essaouira, and from the dominant I Am Invincible sire line. The combination of his genetic excellence and untapped talent is the reason we purchased Tassort. We will be supporting him heavily at stud with many of our quality mares.” Bryan Carlson, Emirates Park General Manager
Too Darn Hot – Darley
A G1 winner, by a G1 winner from a G1 winner just like Dubawi, Galileo, Deep Impact, Kingman and Street Cry.
Every one of his grandparents are G1 winners, by the UK’s best-ever stallion and leading sire of sires Dubawi.
At two, he was four from four earning him the Champion Two-Year-Oldtitle. His G1 Dewhurst Stakes was assessed as the best of the century.
At three, he was a dual G1 winner including the stallion-making G1 Sussex Stakes and crowned Champion Three-Year-Old.
He was fully booked in his first two seasons, covering 64 Stakes winners of which 16 were at G1 level.
Unite And Conquer – Newstar Farm
3 starts, 2 Stakes wins.
Doesn’t get EARLIER – Won the first 2yo Stakes race of the year. 1st Maribyrnong Trial L by 3L in early October. – defeating SUN CITY.
Doesn’t get CLASSIER – Won $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions L in December – defeating EXHILARATES, SPACE BOY
Retired due to tendon injury as favourite in the $2,000,000 Magic Millions Classic in Jan at 3rd Start.
Pedigree is packed with champion speed influences such as DANEHILL and SNIPPETS as well as other Golden Slipper winning sires FLYING SPUR, DANZERO, MARAUDING and VAIN.
From daughter of tough mare DANGLISSA (ATC Flight S. Gr.1 1600m) with female pedigree tracing directly to blue hen DARK JEWEL, the dam of Golden Slipper winning sire BAGUETTE.
Vino Rosso – Spendthrift
First-crop yearlings in 2022: $177,666 avg. from 15 sold to date; No. 2 freshman sire at the prestigious F-T Saratoga Select Sale – $293,750 avg. (only Omaha Beach was higher) – incl. $550,000 (highest price by a freshman sire) & $300,000, $175,000 & $150,000; F-T July Sale incl. $250,000 (top 2 by a freshman sire), $200,000, $200,000, $180,000, $165,000, etc.
Top 3 Freshman Sire by Sale Avg. – $90,595 from 47 first-crop weanlings & short yearlings sold including 19 six-figure sales, featuring colts up to $340,000 and fillies up to $300,000.
Multiple G1 winner & Eclipse Champion in the mold of elite sire CURLIN – arguably his closest-resembling son by looks, quality, style & type.
At 4: Earned the Eclipse Award for 2019 CHAMPION OLDER DIRT MALE after a dominant win in the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) by 4 1/4 lengths over 9 G1 winners incl. McKinzie, Higher Power, Elate, Code of Honor, Yoshida, Seeking the Soul, Math Wizard, War of Will, etc. (111 Beyer & a historic -6 1/4 Thoro-Graph).
Won $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), defeating 2019 G1 winners Gift Box, Mongolian Groom & Higher Power and earning a 105 Beyer.
At 3: Won $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G2) going away by 3 lengths at Aqueduct, defeating G1 winner Firenze Fire in 1:49.79 – second fastest in the last decade.
At 2: Undefeated in two starts by open lengths, including a 7f MdSpWt win on debut at Aqueduct and Allowance win over a mile at Tampa.
Fastest Breeders’ Cup Classic on record by THORO-GRAPH: -6 ¼ (Arrogate -5, Saint Liam -4 3/4, Ghostzapper -4 1/2, California Chrome – 4 1/2, Curlin -4, American Pharoah -3 1/2, Mucho Macho Man -3 1/2, Invasor (Arg) -3 1/2, etc.)
Yes Yes Yes – Coolmore
One of the fastest horses from the Encosta De Lago sire line
- The fastest ever winner over 1200m. at Randwick
- Earnings of over $7.2 million
- His grandsire is multiple Champion sire ENCOSTA DE LAGO
- From the family of Leading Older Female Sprinter IN HER TIME
Won the Gr.2 Todman Stakes at 2 in record-breaking time!
“a dynamic performance from an exceptional horse” jockey Blake Shinn, after the Gr.2 Todman Stakes
Won the richest race on turf, the $14 million Everest, defeating 10 Gr.1 winners & older horses as the only 3YO in the race!
“Perhaps the best sprinter on the planet” Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald, 19th October 2019
“A record-breaking performance in Saturday’s $14 million The Everest has put a 3-year-old on top of the sprinting world, sending his potential stud value into the stratosphere.” TDN AusNZ, 20th October 2019
“He could be an international, dual-hemisphere stallion now. His stud value is through the roof.” trainer Chris Waller, after The Everest
First foals sold for $260,000, $150,000, $130,000, $125,000, $110,000, $100,000, $100,000 etc.
Zousain – Widden Stud
Precocious juvenile – 2YO G2 winner & G1 runner-up.
- Second in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 0.2L to Sunlight.
- G1 Golden Rose 0.2L runner-up to The Autumn Sun.
- Outstanding physical – a replica of his sire.
- The best and fastest son of Zoustar.
Covered over 400 mares in his first two seasons with incredibly high fertility.