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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 20 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW like him - we certainly didn't pay anything like that back then," WIlliams said. He is a half-brother to successful stallion Danasinga and to Cullen, whose career ended prematurely. Towkay's sister Tracy's Element was the Gr. 1 winner of the South African Sprint Stakes and is the dam of current Australian pin-up girl Typhoon Tracy. "He's done an outstanding job for us and he hasn't had big books - his first four crops averaged only 34 foals," Williams said. Towkay has enjoyed widespread success in Australasia and Asia where his chief flagbearer has been Gr. 1 Hong Kong Stewards' Cup winner and champion miler Armada. "He was New Zealand's top-rated horse in the world federation rankings for 18 months," Williams said. Gr. 1 Levin Classic winner Ambitious Owner also furthered his career at the highest level in Hong Kong as Happee Owner. "Towkay's best trait is his temperament and his progeny's constitution and that's why they've done so well in Asia. They can adapt to being put in boxes without the access to paddocks," Williams said. Ace Aliado has been another Singapore star with a string of victories, including the Gr. 2 EW Barker Trophy to his credit. In New Zealand, Special Mission heads the honours board with her Gr. 1 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes success while Rapid Kay and Kay's Awake have performed to the highest level. Opiki (Stewards' Handicap) and High Octane (Tauranga Stakes) have been Gr. 3 winners and among Towkay's numerous other black-type credits is his dual United States stakes winner Starkay. The Last Tycoon stallion continues to make his mark on the racetrack and in the sale ring. "He averaged $68,000 across the board at Karaka this year and $133,000 in K1," Williams said. "He's a proven horse and his results reflect that." Towkay stands alongside the regally-bred Zed, a son of Zabeel and the Gr. 1 Waikato International Stakes- winning Danehill mare Emerald Dream. The homebred was a winner and one-time New Zealand Derby favourite before injury ended his career after four appearances. "We agreed to stand him for a friend and he's done the job to stimulate breeder interest in the Central Districts. He's not a commercial stallion, but having said that he's leaving grouse types," Williams said. "We have been looking for another prospect, but we won't get one for the sake of it and it has to be the right horse in the right price bracket. The stallion has to fit the business plan and be within people's means around here." Williams has been gratified to see other farms in the Central Districts add to their stallion rosters in recent years. "That's all good and brings awareness back to the region - we're very happy with our set-up and where we're placed," he said. The 280-acre property is also home to an ever- improving broodmare band which currently numbers 38. "Over the years we've achieved far better quality at the top end and, like all studs, we'll continue to do that. We've also got quite a fair racing team and some of the better-bred fillies coming through the ranks," Williams said. Little Avondale is a family first operation that continues to benefit from the hands-on experience of Williams' father. "Buzz is a great sounding board and he's always around to help out and offer his advice," he said. The family's Gr. 1 roll of honour also includes Candide (NZ Oaks, 1000 Guineas), Ilumquh (Melbourne Cup), Dress Circle (Metropolitan Handicap, 2nd Ranvet Stakes), Lowland (AJC Oaks, Sydney Cup), General Command (Sydney Cup, Metropolitan Handicap), Unspoken Word (Gadsden Stakes), Super Fit (Hong Kong Derby), Laelia (Adelaide Cup) and Laebeel (2nd Caulfield Cup). "Towkay's best trait is his temperament and his progeny's constitution and that's why they've done so well in Asia." SPECIAL MISSION Gr. 1 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes ARMADA Towkay's champion miler M.K. NZTM
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