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Dubawi                                 I/S


Standing at Darley, this is what they have to say about him.  The only British stallion to ever sire 100 Group winners. Sire of 38 G1 winners so far. 16% Stakes winners and 11% Group winners makes him one of the world’s greatest stallions.  At a fee of 250000 pounds, there is no doubt that Dubawi deserves his spot as a chef-de-race.  He is a son of the ill-fated Dubai Millenium, and his grandsire, Seeking The Gold is also among our updated list as an Intermediate influence.  Dubawi has more of a record siring runners that get over a little ground in Europe and runners like Postponed are a great example of these.  Most perform over shorter journeys, and his Australian progeny show a real tendency toward this speed influence.  Few of his speedier types were early 2yo’s, and a rating of Intermediate/Solid accounts for the versatility of a lot of his progeny.


Exceed and Excel              B


Another stallion who stands at Darley, but primarily his influence has been more important in Australia.  He is one of the speedy sons of Danehill who excelled in the Southern Hemisphere.  His progeny like Outreach, Guelph, Helmet and Reward For Effort won Group 1 2yo races in Australia, while others like Outstrip won the Breeders Cup Juvenile on turf in the US.  A source of real early speed that has found its niche in ANZ and an obvious Brilliant influence.


Fastnet Rock                      B/C


Standing at Coolmore, Fastnet Rock is another Australian bred son of Danehill who finished 4th in the Golden Slipper of his year behind Dance Hero, Charge Forward and Alinghi.  He went on to win the Oakleigh Plate and Lightning Stakes as a 3yo and his progeny have inherited much of his speed.  Quite a few of them though have trained on as 3yo’s and horses like Atlantic Jewel, First Seal and Mosheen have extended beyond the sprint distances.  Comin’ Through was to win the Doomben Cup over 2000m while in the Northern Hemisphere he sired Qualify who won an Epsom Derby. A classification of Brilliant/Classic accounts is appropriate for the stallion whose progeny tend to perform best up to their classic 3yo season.


Galileo                                  C/S


Galileo remains one of the world’s leading sires and stands again at Coolmore in the UK.  He shuttled to Australia where his progeny did not perform to the same level as they did under European conditions.  Galileo was a stallion who was suggested by Steve Miller and Dr Roman.  We are happy to accept their classification of Classic/Solid.


High Chaparral                  C


High Chaparral is a quality stallion who has performed in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.  He died in 2014 but not before siring over 70 stakes-winners.  A son of the great Sadler’s Wells, many of his progeny were top class 3yo’s with the likes of So You Think, Dundeel, Shoot Out and Monaco Consul winning classics at that age.  A classic rating is appropriate.


Hussonet                             I


Hussonet came to Australia following some remarkable performances at stud in South America.  It is arguable that his performance here may have not quite been up to his overseas results, but he was nevertheless a top shelf stallion whose influence is enduring throughout the world.  His ANZ runners probably did not extend over the same distances as some of his South American progeny, and this in itself is an interesting point.  It can be quite clear that a successful 2000m horse in the US for example can be a different type than a horse that performs over that distance in Australia for example, and this is a feature of some of the lessons that dosage has in store.  The average winning distance of his stakes progeny was a little over 1400m (7 furlongs) and he sits well in an Intermediate rating.


I Am Invincible                  B


A little bit of a controversial inductee to the list but a stallion who has made a major impact on Australian breeding.  His progeny are often high quality 2yo’s and he is currently leading the ANZ 2yo sires table, having run second last year to Snitzel in both the 2yo and general sires list.  There is probably an argument that much of his influence is a result of his sire, Invincible Spirit, but he has not had this sort of impact in ANZ and a similar argument can be made for his grandsire, Green Desert.  In terms of consistent influence in ANZ, classifying I Am Invincible as a brilliant influence allows us to accurately assess his progeny, and gives us further opportunity to fully investigate the impact of these other stallions on both the local breed, and the international thoroughbred.


Lonhro                                  I


The champion racehorse has made a good impression at stud, topping the 2010/11 Sires table thanks a lot to his son, Pierro.  He is a son of Octagonal, who in turn was by the chef-de-race in Zabeel who was more of a stamina influence.  The progeny of Lonhro though have tended more to earlier maturing types, and this has continued through Pierro’s progeny.  Although not many are true 2yo’s, they are consistent and hardy performers over the shorter journeys and an Intermediate rating suits.


Made of Gold                     B


Made Of Gold was a US bred stallion who made a real impact in Australia especially early his career when he stood in South Australia.  Sired 15 stakes winners, with the majority around 1200m, although a few did stretch out to 1600m.  A pedigree full of speed influences, but mostly pushing back into the 5th generation and beyond.  His progeny reflect the Brilliant rating allocated to him.


Northern Meteor             B


The stallion had a tragically short stud career, serving only four seasons but he made a big impact.  He sired 21 stakes winners including a number a stud with Zoustar in particular making a bright start.  There is also a lot of interest in sons like Deep Field, Shooting To Win, Eurozone and Fighting Sun.  Being by Encosta De Lago, his own pedigree saw high Classic rating and it is clear that he imparted speed to his progeny, who have an average winning distance of under 1300m.  Another Brilliant influence with a host of quality 2yo’s.


Pantheon                            S


Pantheon raced in the UK as Spalpeen and was favoured to win all of the 3yo classics.  It was a wet year, though, and he struggled in the mud. His best form had been on the early dry tracks including a close second to the legendary Blue Peter.  Sold to Australia after failing in the classics, he showed his class by winning five stakes races from 10 to 16 furlongs.  His legacy to the Australian thoroughbred was through his stud success, particularly his champion son, Peter Pan who won 21 stakes races including two Melbourne Cups.  A remarkable influence who has not been acknowledged to date.


Peintre Celebre                I/C


Peintre Celebre was a champion racehorse who won the 1997 Arc de Triomphe and French Derby.   He shuttled to Australia for six seasons but his local performance did not match his international results.  It is arguable that his performance at stud never quite matched his opportunity irrespective of where he stood.  He nevertheless had an impact on the breed, and with over 20 stakes winners, he has a lasting influence.  His progeny won over a range of distances, with international Group 1 winners from 1200m to 2500m.  A classification on Intermediate/Solid accounts for these different types that he was able to produce.


Pins                                        I/S


The champion NZ sire has been a major influence in ANZ over a long period.  A son of the speed influence, Snippets, his greatest racetrack moment came when he won the Australian Guineas over 2000m.  At stud he has produced over 70 stakes winners over a range of distances similar to his own performance.  El Segundo was to win a Cox Plate, Legs a NZ Oaks, and Aerovelocity who won Group 1 races over 1200m in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.  While there is an argument that can be made that some of this influence is a result of his second dam, the remarkable mare, Humour, an Intermediate and Solid rating exemplifies his progeny who could often extend their speed over some distance, but also were often not early developers.


Pivotal                                  I/C


Pivotal is a wonderful UK influence whose own career lasted only six starts but did include a win in the King’s Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes.  At stud he has sired many stakes winners over a range of distances and he was classified as an Intermediate/Classic chef by Dr Roman and Steve Miller before Dr Roman’s retirement but did not seem to officially make it to the list.  We are happy to acknowledge their decision.


Rossendale                         C


Born in the UK in 1912, Rossendale is another of our historical additions.  He was somewhat unusual in that he had stood in the Northern Hemisphere for some seasons before coming to Australia where he was a source of numerous winners, including a number of good 2yo’s.  He had sired the Irish Oaks winner, Ixia and Irish One Thousand Guineas winner, Lady Violette before coming to Australia, and some of his progeny were imported to race locally before he had progeny on the ground.  Among his best runners were Caulfield Cup winner, Maple, AJC and Victoria Derby winner, Rampion, and Sydney Cup winner, Winalot.  A classic rating has been allocated.


 Seeking The Gold            I


A son of Mr Prospector who won two Group 1 races on the track, before going on to a successful stud career.  He is best known as the sire of Dubai Millenium, the ill-fated sire of Dubawi.  In Australia he is best known as the sire of Secret Savings, one of the first internationals in the modern era to race here winning the 1997 Doncaster before going on to a successful career at stud himself.  Overall, Seeking The Gold sired 18 stakes-winners but a number of his sons have also had good careers as mentioned.  His influence is assessed as Intermediate siring runners who performed solidly over distances especially around the mile.


Shamardal                           I/C


Shamardal won six of his seven career starts with four of these wins at Group 1 level.  At stud he has been a remarkable stallion, siring horses like Lope De Vaga, HK champion, Able Friend, Epsom winner, Captain Sonador, King’s Stand Stakes winner, Blue Point, Oaks winner, Faint Perfume, and Puissance De Lune.  He shuttled to Australia for five seasons, and although he produced plenty of winners, he probably is held in higher regard for his NH results.  He sires a range of types, with plenty of good 2yo, and classic winners.  He is closely related to Street Cry, but his winners by and large are earlier types that that more famous relative and an Intermediate/Classic rating appears appropriate.


Storm Cat                            I


Storm Cat was a dominant influence in the United States, and it was rather surprising that Dr Roman never chose to classify the legend.  Having had discussion with Dr Roman about this, I know his position was that he thought the stallion was well served by the influence of the chefs-de-race close up in his pedigree.  While there is merit in the argument, the continued influence of Storm Cat especially in the US bred horses means that his influence is barely accounted for as he heads further back into pedigrees.  I would suspect that Dr Roman would have classified the stallion by now given the enduring influence, and an Intermediate rating suits this grand stallion.


Sunday Silence                  C


Sunday Silence is another of the International superstars that deserves recognition as a true leader of the breed.  A lot of his influence over the years has been isolated to Japan, but as the horses from that country continue to excel in all corners of the world, it is time to recognise this remarkable stallion.  He is the epitome of the Classic sire, with his progeny dominating 3yo racing in Japan.


Testa Rossa                         B/I


Testa Rossa is best known for his on-track rivalry with Redoute’s Choice.  He hasn’t quite matched that stallion in the breeding barn, but he has been a top line stallion over many years.  His progeny largely reflect his own aptitude, with many early maturing sprinters among them.  A Brilliant/Intermediate rating suits, as a number of his progeny took a little longer to mature, but few got over much ground.


Thorn Park                          I/C


The NZ bred champion saved his best for last on the track, winning the Group 1 Stradbroke at his final start.  At stud he has been a regular source of winners and has produced 25 stakes-winners to date and hails from the wonderful family of Denise’s Joy.  His progeny win over a range of distances, but have a relatively high AWD of over 1500m for his stakes-winners, making an Intermediate/Classic rating suitable.


The Welkin                         B/C


The Welkin is the last of our historical stallions in this update.  He was a top line racehorse in the UK, winning six stakes races from 5 furlongs to 10 furlongs including the time-honoured July Cup.  He was imported to stand at stud by Mr EED Clarke who paid 600 guineas for the stallion.  The Welkin was to become one of our most successful stallions, siring one of Australia’s finest in Gloaming.  He also sired a mare called Thrice who was to become a remarkable broodmare whose descendants continue to excel.  A Brilliant/Classic rating has been allocated.


Thunder Gulch                  C


Thunder Gulch was a Champion US 3yo, winning the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, and running third in the Preakness.  He is by Gulch, another top class stallion who perhaps warrants classification by himself, but the classification of Thunder Gulch goes some way to filling that gap.  He shuttled to Australia for seven seasons, so we have a good basis on which to examine his progeny.  He sired some 20 stakes winners, but many would argue was an underperforming sire given his opportunity at stud.  His best son was Point Given who won both the Preakness and Belmont while in Australia he sired two SA Oaks winners in Tempest Morn and Tully Thunder as well as the ill-fated Shot Of Thunder who won the Group 1 Toorak over 1600m.  With his progeny largely excelling in their 3yo season, a classic rating is ideal for Thunder Gulch.


Woodman                           I/S


Woodman shuttled to Australia with a huge reputation having sired horses like Hansel who won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Belmont winner, Timber Country and multiple French Group 1 winner, Hector Protector long before coming to Australia.  He later added horse like Bosra Sham and Hawk Wing to the list of overseas stakes winners.  Locally though he was another shuttle stallion that was not to live up to expectations but nevertheless had an enduring influence.  The son of Mr Prospector has something of a reputation locally of his progeny getting over some ground, but he sired his share of sprinting types as well.  Internationally, he produced a number of quality 2yo’s but his stakes winners had an average winning distance of close to 2000m so there is no doubt that he produced a number of different types.  An Intermediate/Solid rating demonstrates this influence of the stallion.