Promising young stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) will join the Cambridge Stud roster next season. Edwina Morris of Berkley Stud, where Highly Recommended has hitherto stood, commented: "We were approached to stand Highly Recommended at Cambridge Stud and we believe that this decision is in the stallion's best future interests. We retain an ownership interest in him and will fully support him in the coming seasons." The son of champion sire Fastnet Rock has had a flying start to his stallion career siring some smart types including Hong Kong bound Gr2 winner Sumstreetsumwhere, dual stakes winner Waldorf, Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes and Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes placegetter Joyfilly, and Listed Wanganui Guineas runner-up Kirkland. Highly Recommended served 140 mares this season from his South Island base and last season was second on the New Zealand First Season Sire table. "This sire line of Danehill and Fastnet Rock is the most pre-potent and successful thoroughbred line in the southern hemisphere," said incoming Cambridge Stud CEO Henry Plumptre. "The future for this promising young sire is exciting." Trained by Peter Moody, Highly Recommended's biggest win came in the 2012 Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes where he defeated subsequent VRC Derby winner Sangster and AJC Derby winner Ethiopia. Bred by Turangga Stud, he is by former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock out of the good producer Suggestive, dam of 5 stakes winners including Gr1 Emirates Stakes-winning mare Sky Cuddle.
Berkley Stud stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) has boosted his stakes winners to runners strike rate to 10 per cent following the win of Sumstreetsumwhere in Monday's Gr2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa, reports NZ Racing Desk. The well-bred Highly Recommended already boasts several classy performers. They include Hong Kong-bound dual stakes winner Waldorf, Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes (1200m) and Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) placegetter Joyfilly, and Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) runner-up Kirkland. "It is good to get a new one because Waldorf has been sold to Hong Kong," Berkley Stud co-owner Edwina Morris said. "We were worried we were going to go out of the limelight, but it didn't take long for him to get another star shining." Highly Recommended has been well supported in his four seasons at stud and is well on the way to serving a full book of mares this season. "He will serve over 100 mares," Morris added. "He has averaged 112 mares per season at stud, so he's been well supported right through, which is great and he will do about the same or a little more this season." Trained by Peter Moody, Highly Recommended's biggest win came in the 2012 Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes where he defeated subsequent VRC Derby winner Sangster and AJC Derby winner Ethiopia. Bred by Turangga Stud, he is by former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock out of the good producer Suggestive, dam of 5 stakes winners including Gr1 Emirates Stakes-winning mare Sky Cuddle.
Following the recent sale of winner Lisdoonvarna to Australian interests, a further two talented New Zealand bred 3YO's have been confirmed as sold to Hong Kong, reports theinformant.co.nz. Trainer Andrew Campbell has advised that Waldorf and Getty will join the respective stables of high ranking trainers Tony Cruz and Dennis Yip. Campbell acknowledged, "The sales for both Waldorf and Getty have been completed. I pulled Waldorf out of the Hawke's Bay Guineas this morning. He added, "It's a shame to see them go as they're both smart young horses, but the money was too good to turn down. They'll do well in Hong Kong, they're the right type of horses for up there." Waldorf and Getty will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of previous Campbell stable exports such as triple Gr1 winner Werther. Waldorf (Highly Recommended–Skite, by Pins) departs with three victories. He is a half-brother to Gr3 Winter Cup winner Timy Flyer, while Getty (Excelebration–Cousin Katerina, by Stravinsky) leaves with 2 wins from only 3 starts and a pedigree that includes Champion Gr1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.
At Wanganui in New Zealand, NZ-based Berkley Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) added a black-type success when 3YO black gelding Waldorf (Highly Recommended-Skite, by Pins) demolished his rivals in the $60,000 Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m) for 3YOs, defeating Kirkland & Socially Excited. This was the second stakes victory for Waldorf who improved his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Ryder Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed Wellesley Stakes) from 8 starts for NZ$94,825 in earnings. A $30,000 purchase by his trainer Andrew Campbell at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Waldorf is being aimed at the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas later in the year. "He'll head to the Hawke's Bay Guineas next and then Christchurch is the plan, as long as everything continues to go so well," trainer Andrew Campbell told NZ Racing Desk. "He's still got improvement in him, he's a big, burly horse." Highly Recommended first-crop winners also includes the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes placegetter Joyfilly.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, NZ-based Berkley Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock-Suggestive, by Al Hareb) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO black gelding Waldorf (Highly Recommended-Skite, by Pins) posted a comfortable win in the $50,000 Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Nuclear Fusion (Power) & Style By Design (Iffraaj). A $30,000 purchase by his trainer Andrew Campbell at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Waldorf improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed Wellesley Stakes) from 7 starts for NZ$57,325 in earnings. Continued improvement from Waldorf could see the good looking colt make an appearance in Melbourne during the spring, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He'll get a mile later on and he will be nominated for the Caulfield Guineas, although it's early days yet," Campbell said. "He'll probably go to the Wanganui Guineas and we'll make a call from there." Highly Recommended first-crop winners also includes the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes placegetter Joyfilly.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 South Island Sale will feature the progeny of a wide range of both proven and up-and-coming stallions, with a particular focus on those based in the South Island. The 104 Lots in the Sale catalogue are the progeny of 41 different stallions. They include 53 horses by eight prominent South Island-based stallions. Leading the way is Berkley Stud’s Highly Recommended, the sire of 19 yearlings in this year’s catalogue. His oldest progeny are two-year-olds and have already made a good impression, featuring the winner and Listed-placed Waldorf (NZ) along with the Gr2-placed Joyfilly (NZ). Inglewood Stud stallion Zacinto, who has been the South Island breeding scene’s headline act this season through the feats of his 2000 Guineas-winning son Ugo Foscolo (NZ), is next with 11 yearlings set to go through the Sale ring. Zacinto topped the sires’ list by average (three or more sold) last year, his five lots selling for a total of $118,000 and an average price of $23,600. The White Robe Lodge pair of Gallant Guru and Raise The Flag are also set to play a prominent role. Gallant Guru will be represented by six lots at this year’s Sale, while Raise The Flag will have eight. White Robe Lodge ended last year’s Sale as the leading vendors, and their 16-strong draft at this year’s Sale features 12 progeny of those two resident sires. The other South Island stallions represented in the catalogue are Coats Choice (3 Lots), D’Cash (1), Minstrel Court (two) and Saperavi (three). The South Island Sale catalogue also features the progeny of proven performers such as Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Keeper, Pentire, Pins, Rip Van Winkle, Showcasing and Tavistock. The South Island Sale will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April 2017, commences from Lot 1 at 11am. Click here to view the online catalogue.
A full field of 14 plus one emergency has been confirmed for the 10th Karaka Million, to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie this Sunday (29 January). New Zealand's equal richest race, the Karaka Million (1200m) is held on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series commencing at Karaka and consists of graduates from Karaka 2016. The top qualifier is Gift of Power (Power), who impressively won all of her first three starts including the Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and Listed Wellesley Stakes. Purchased by Team Rogerson at the Premier Sale for $180,000 from Cambridge Stud, she has earned $107,400 from four starts and will be ridden by Craig Grylls. Hasahalo (Savabeel) handed Gift Of Power her first defeat in the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, coming from last with a late charge to win by a head. It boosted her earnings to $61,000 and propelling her to second on the order of entry. Trained by Stephen McKee, who won last year's Karaka Million with Xiong Feng, Hasahalo was bought by Go Racing at the Premier Sale for $110,000 from Curraghmore. Hasahalo will be ridden by Blake Shinn. For details about the remaining Karaka Million runners, click here. Sunday's six-race programme is scheduled to commence at 4.58pm with the first race of the Karaka Million Series, the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup running at 5.33pm as Race 2, followed by the Listed (R) $100,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile at 6.07pm as Race 3 and the Listed (R) $1 million Karaka Million race at 7.16pm as Race 5.
The Karaka Million field is:
1. Star Treasure (Stephen McKee) 56.5kg (7)
2. Padraig (Brendon Hawtin) 56.5kg (12)
3. Felton Road (Tony Pike) 56.5kg (1)
4. Ameridon (Liam Birchley) 56.5kg (13)
5. Oscar Eight (Nigel Tiley) 56.5kg (15)
6. Waldorf (Andrew Campbell) 56.5kg (5)
7. Gift Of Power (Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) 54.5kg (2)
8. Hasahalo (Stephen McKee) 54.5kg (10)
9. Princess Rihanna (Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott) 54.5kg (4)
10. Dijon Bleu (Lisa Latta) 54.5kg (9)
11. Melody Belle (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (3)
12. Global Thinking (Shaune Ritchie) 54.5kg (8)
13. Te Amo (Peter Robl) 54.5kg (11)
14. Sophie's Choice (Stephen Marsh) 54.5kg (14)
15. Iffragal (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (6)
At Trentham in New Zealand, Cambridge Stud's dual Gr1-winning shuttler Power (Oasis Dream-Frappe, by Inchinor) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Gift Of Power (Power-Capital Diamond, by Lucky Unicorn) scored by a long neck for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson in the NZ$50,000 Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO gelding Waldorf (Highly Recommended-Skite, by Pins) & fellow 2YO filly Dreams Of Platinum (Dream Ahead-Hussidora, by Hussonet). Gift Of Power, who was purchased by Team Rogerson for $180,000 at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for NZ$34,375 earnings.
In the US, unbeaten Gr1-winning 8YO freshman stallion Bustin Stones (City Zip-Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble) recorded his 1st winner with his 1st starter when front-running 2YO filly Bustinattheseams (Bustin Stones-Land On Your Feet, by Silver Deputy) scored on debut over 5 furlongs at Belmont Park in New York for trainer Todd Pletcher. Bustinattheseams was a US$87,000 yearling at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton August Sale & subsequently a US$150,000 2YO at this year's Ocala Breeders March Sale. Her sire Bustin Stones (who stands at Waldorf Farm in New York for US$2,500) retired undefeated with 6 wins from 6 starts (including the Gr1 Carter Handicap, Gr2 General George Handicap, Listed Promonroe Stakes, Listed Screenland Stakes & Listed New York Stallion Times Square Stakes) for US$480,150 earnings.
The 1st foal by unbeaten US Gr1-winning 6YO stallion Bustin Stones (City Zip-Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble) is a colt (out of winning Glitterman mare Glifter) born at Waldorf Farm in New York, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Bustin Stones (who stands at Waldorf for US$2,500) retired undefeated with 6 wins from 6 starts (including the Gr1 Carter Handicap, Gr2 General George Handicap, Listed Promonroe Stakes, Listed Screenland Stakes & Listed New York Stallion Times Square Stakes) for US$480,150 earnings.
In the US auction ring, agent Buzz Chace (acting for West Point Thoroughbreds) paid top price of US$55,000 for a weanling filly by City Zip (out of Capote mare Capote's Tune) during the annual 1-day New York Breeders' Sales Company Fall Mixed Sale at Saratoga Race Course in New York. The filly was consigned by Waldorf Farm as agent & her dam Capote's Tune is a half-sister to Gr2-winner Parisian Flight & multiple stakes-winner Concorde's Tune.
In the US, 41 1st-season stallions are standing their initial breeding season at US$5,000 or more:
Owner-breeder Roddy Valente's undefeated Gr1-winning 4YO entire Bustin Stones (City Zip-Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble) "has been retired due to a recurrence of the foot trouble that prevented him from racing this summer," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Bustin Stones was already scheduled to stand the 2009 season at Waldorf Farm in New York; he is being syndicated for US$20,000 a share & will stand for US$6,500. Bustin Stones (never headed in 6 career starts) won on debut by 7-lengths & thereafter competed only in stakes races: winning April's Gr1 Carter Handicap (7 furlongs) at Aqueduct (while posting a 109 Beyer Speed Figure) in his final start, as well as February's Gr2 General George Handicap (7 furlongs) at Laurel Park & January's Listed Promonroe Stakes (6 furlongs) at Aqueduct, plus both 2007's Listed Screenland Stakes (6.5 furlongs) at Belmont Park & Listed New York Stallion Times Square Stakes (7 furlongs at Aqueduct) for US$480,150 earnings.
US Gr1-winning stallion & unbeaten leading sprinter Bustin Stones (City Zip-Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble) "will enter stud at Waldorf Farm in New York for US$6,500 following his retirement from racing," reported bloodhorse.com. His latest & 6th successive victory came in April's Gr1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct "while posting a 109 Beyer Speed Figure." After winning on debut by 7-lengths, Bustin Stones has competed only in stakes races (with wins in the Gr2 General George Handicap, Listed Screenland Stakes, Listed Promonroe Stakes & Listed New York Stallion Times Square Stakes) for US$480,150 earnings. Bustin Stones is currently scheduled to run in the Gr1 Vosburgh Stakes (September 27) at Belmont Park & Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint (October 25) at Santa Anita.
US stallion Cormorant (sire of 1994 Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin has died "of old age" at 33, reported bloodhorse.com. Cormorant (His Majesty-Song Sparrow, by Tudor Minstrel) "resided as a pensioner at Dr Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm in New York". On the track, Kentucky-bred Cormorant recorded 8 wins (including the Gr1 Jersey Derby as a 3YO plus 4 other stakes) from 12 starts before entering stud in 1978 at Virginia Stallion Station. He moved for the 1980 breeding season to New York & has sired 47 stakes-winners. Bilinski summed up: "If he's not the top stallion historically to stand in New York, he's certainly among the top." As well as Go For Gin (who also finished 2nd in both the Gr1 Preakness Stakes & Gr1 Belmont Stakes & retired a millionaire) Cormorant sired US Eclipse Award winner Saratoga Dew & millionaires Grecian Flight & Gander. And as a broodmare sire, Cormorant is represented by 38 stakes-winners (including 2005 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train).
Also in the US, the 1st reported foal by Gr2-winning 5YO Darley sire Oratory (Pulpit-Arrested Dreams, by Dehere) was born at Waldorf Farm in New York: a filly from winning Precise End mare Taylor D, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. On the track, Oratory (who stands at Country Life Farm in Maryland) recorded 3 wins (including the 2005 Gr2 Peter Pan Stakes) & 2 runner-ups from 5 starts.