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32 ith three stallion awards on offer for the first time, New Zealand's three leading studs, Cambridge, Waikato and Windsor Park, happily shared the end-of-season spoils at the 2009 Mercedes Thoroughbred Racing Awards presented in August. The closest battle was fought for the inaugural Centaine Award, established in 2008 by Waikato Stud with the support of New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing, the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and NZ Thoroughbred Racing to recognise the global success of New Zealand-based stallions. In the end O'Reilly's dominance in Hong Kong (1st), Macau (1st) and Singapore (5th), and strong showing at home and in Australia prevailed against Zabeel's 's outstanding Australian-weighted tally. The result could hardly be more fitting, given that O'Reilly has inherited Centaine's mantle at Waikato Stud. The 1997 New Zealand Horse of the Year has exceeded the promise of his regal background and racing record, as sire of 44 stakeswinners (seven Gr. 1), 6.6% of his named foals, and now, within two years, the winner of all three major New Zealand stallion premierships. O'Reilly hasn't missed a beat in the early stages of the 2009-10 season either, with gifted young stayer Vigor taking out the VRC Makybe Diva S. Gr. 2, Big Maverick winning the rich Raffles Cup LR in Singapore and Escadaire getting a stakes win in Western Australia. There was no luck, good or bad, required for Zabeel to win his 13th Dewar Stallion Trophy -- the sheer quality of his progeny's performance in Australia did it, as it has done for all but one season since 1995. (Only O'Reilly has been able to break Zabeel's stranglehold on the Dewar.) Ninety-two percent of Zabeel's $8.4 million tally came from his 155 Australian runners, headed by his fourth Cox Plate winner Maldivian, and his fourth STC BMW S. winner, Fiumicino. That was enough to secure fourth position on the Australian general sires' list -- his 13th top five finish since Australia's champion domestic sire Encosta De Lago was a two-year-old. Zabeel also finished third on the 2008-09 Australian Broodmare Sires' list, with champion filly Samantha Miss his best representative in that category. Zabeel's 121 stakeswinners (8.8% of his named foals) include 38 Group One winners, among them three undisputed champions: Might And Power, Octagonal and Vengeance of Rain. And as yet another spring came around, 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, now six, returned to Flemington to win the VRC Turnbull S. and add the 81st Group One win to Zabeel's record. In his 17th year at stud, Windsor Park Stud's Volksraad continues to prove his worth to New Zealand racing and breeding. With his seventh domestic premiership he now ranks alongside the great early 20th century stallion Martian, who also won seven titles, between 1914 and 1921. Only Foxbridge (eleven titles, 1941-51) and St Leger (eight titles, between 1893 and 1902) have enjoyed longer dominance of the New Zealand general sires' list. Appreciated initially for his reliability as a sire of sound, precocious juveniles, Volksraad has over time revealed a multitude of talents. His success with young mares is remarkable: 44% of his 51 stakeswinners are the first or second foals of their dams. A good example is 2009 MRC How Now S. Gr. 3 winner Velocitea, from the family of Gr. 1 winner Orange County, also by Volksraad and recently retired after an admirable six-season career. Orange County's consistency and durability are typical of Volksraad's progeny and his record of nine wins from 43 starts is close to the average for his sire's ten Group One winners, led by the heroic Sir Slick, who has six wins at that level from more than 100 starts. Versatility is another hallmark of Volksraad's progeny. With maturity his sons, in particular, have proven effective at middle distances and beyond, with a Wellington Cup (Willy Smith) and a New Zealand Cup (Torlesse) also appearing on an extraordinary record. W THOROUGHBRED RACING AWARDS 2. Zabeel $12,672,117 3. Stravinsky $7,863,655 4. Montjeu $7,183,674 5. Pentire $5,706,453 6. Danasinga $5,364,287 7. Pins $5,203,634 8. Volksraad $5,195,832 9. Shinko King $4,782,497 10. Keeper $4,053,269 Criteria: The sire whose NZ-conceived progeny for the season under review has accumulated the highest stakes earnings worldwide. 1. O'REILLY (NZ) To stud 1997 Last Tycoon-Courtza (Pompeii Court) Waikato Stud, Matamata 2009 Fee: $50,000 $12,883,952 International SW in 2008-09: Gr.1 SWICK, Gr.1 ALAMOSA, Gr.1 MACO'REILLY, Gr.2 GUYNO, HK-2 UNIQUE JEWELLERY, Gr.3 OLD BELVEDERE, Gr.3 WALSBURGS PRIDE Gr.3 SEVEN SCHILLINGS, Gr.3 BETWIXT, HK-3 KILDARE, LR BIG MAVERICK, LR KETTLEDRUM, LR JOEY MASSINO, LR O'REILLY ROSE 2. Montjeu $5,200,962 3. O'Reilly $5,033,274 4. Pentire $4,507,937 5. Stravinsky $3,585,011 6. Pins $3,247,705 7. Volksraad $3,163,969 8. Danasinga $2,402,290 9. Carnegie $1,988,598 10. Cape Cross $1,791,361 Criteria: The sire whose progeny has accumulated the highest combined stakes earnings in Australia and New Zealand for the season under review 1. ZABEEL (NZ) To stud 1991 Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle (Nureyev) Cambridge Stud, Cambridge 2009 Fee: $90,000 $8,431,895 International SW in 2008-09: Gr.1 MALDIVIAN, Gr.1 FIUMICINO, Gr.2 ORACY, Gr.2 SIX O'CLOCK NEWS, Gr.2 ZAVITE, Gr.3 ZAPURPLE, Gr.3 HUME, Gr.3 STAND TALL, LR BERLIOZ, LR THIMAAR, LR ZAGREB 2. Pins $1,594,529 3. Pentire $1,553,366 4. Encosta de Lago $1,424,561 5. Scenic $1,411,125 6. O'Reilly $1,300,103 7. Montjeu $1,206,964 8. Tale of the Cat $1,064,207 9. Van Nistelrooy $991,428 10. Keeper $905,969 Criteria: The sire whose progeny has accumulated the highest combined stakes earnings in New Zealand for the season under review. 1. VOLKSRAAD (GB) To Stud 1993 Green Desert-Celtic Assembly (Secretariat) Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge 2009 Fee: $20,000 $2,079,017 International SW in 2008-09: Gr.1 ORANGE COUNTY, Gr.1 SIR SLICK, Gr.1 DEZIGNA , Gr.2 VELOCE BELLA, Gr.3 IZONIT, LR BUTCH JAMES, LR GIN DARTRE, LR RICHARD BEYMER THE GROSVENOR AWARD THE DEWAR AWARD THE CENTAINE AWARD SWICK
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