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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 23 Wife Anne-Marie was born into an English Cotswold farming family and qualified in Business and Farm Administration at Usk Agricultural College. The keen horsewoman then spent a year in Canada as veterinary assistant to Colin Pearce, one of that country's leading vets. She also worked with Australian Olympic showjumping captain Jeff McVean (now a successful trainer in Cambridge) in England. Anne-Marie accompanied Nick to Japan in 1993 and spent three years as an overseas buyer for Lex Stud. On their return to the Waikato they set about transforming Brighthill with their foundation sire the former Australian Horse of the Year Beau Zam. "He was actually the first ever stallion to come from Japan to New Zealand." Nick King said. A five-time Gr. 1 winner, Beau Zam was the first horse to break the $A2 million earnings mark and produced over 100 individual winners at stud. Brighthill shuttled the Sadler's Wells horse Four Seasons from the United States for three years and he was later joined by Danehill's son Monolith. Gr. 3 winner St Petersburg stood for a period until his sale to South Africa while Gr. 1 winner Ustinov took up residence for four seasons until his departure to Australia. Perfectly Ready has taken Brighthill to another level again and his first representatives will be on track next season. "The feedback on them has been very strong and it's going to be an exciting spring for him both here and in Australia - there's plenty of them there," King said. "He's been given every opportunity and was leading first-season sire at Karaka and that was fantastic. Even at the May sale his weanlings were chased hard by pinhookers and commercially he's done really well." A prestige race winner at two, three and four, Perfectly Ready landed the Gr. 3 Blue Diamond Prelude and placed in the Gr. 1 Blue Diamond in his first season. He then beat the older horses in the Gr. 1 Goodwood the following year and finished runner-up in the Gr. 1 Manikato Stakes. In his final campaign, Perfectly Ready claimed the Gr. 3 Harrolds Stakes and ran fourth in the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes. By the hugely-successful More Than Ready, he is out of the winning Danehill mare Elle Duccio. She is in turn a half-sister to the former crack juvenile and Gr. 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Belle Du Jour. "His stud career couldn't have gone any better and it's been perfect for him. He's been given every possible chance and the future is looking very exciting," King said. Patapan came to Brighthill off the back of a racing career that netted him Gr. 3 and Listed success in Italy where he was the champion older sprinter of 2006. "His weanlings sold up to $40,000 and more importantly is the feedback - he's leaving fantastic types. He's got pedigree, type and race performance which is unusual in his price bracket ($4000) - usually there's something missing. With him there isn't and he won six races as a two-year-old and trained on to win a total of 16 races. He was very consistent and sound and breeders recognise that," King said. A son of Stravinsky, Patapan is out of the stakes- winning Indian Ridge mare Pappa Reale and a half- brother to Per Incanto, who shared Italy's champion sprinting honours in 2007. Another major signing has been Rock Of Gibraltar's son Eagle Mountain who boasts outstanding form in top European company. "He's been very well-received and the great thing is that he will slot in so well with the other stallions. He had plenty of early toe but he was a 2000 metre horse and gives us great strength to offer such a selection of horses. It's a competitive market for new stallions but Eagle Mountain stands up so very well and he's a complete package," King said. The pinnacle of his career was a 2008 success in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin off the back of a runner-up finish in the Gr. 1 Breeders' Cup Turf. Eagle Mountain won at two and posted Gr. 2 placings in the Futurity and Champagne Stakes. As a three-year-old he captured the Gr. 2 Beresford Stakes before top-flight placings when tried at 2400 metres in both the English and Irish Derbys. A Gr. 2 Royal Whip Stakes victory followed before a narrow defeat in the Gr. 1 Champion Stakes at Newmarket. He further has the distinction of holding the track record over the famed Rowley Mile course at Newmarket where he posted 1.34.07 to win the Gr. 3 Joel Stakes "He was an extremely talented galloper and diverse - he won in top company from 1200 to 2000 metres and was also placed in two Derbys," King said. Eagle Mountain's arrival at Brighthill has strengthened the farm's links with prominent owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. who holds a 60 percent stake in Eagle Mountain. "He is very confident in the direction of the New Zealand industry and this is the second stallion he is involved in. He has an interest in Perfectly Ready and is very positive and encouraged by the experience," King said. Eagle Mountain is a half-brother to four winners including Gr. 1 Marcel Boussac winner Sulk. A high-class stallion roster is backed up by the Brighthill broodmare band. "We are constantly upgrading them and we'll certainly be continuing that in the future," King said. "We always have between 20 and 30 of our own and with boarders we get up to 50 plus on the farm." PERFECTLY READY leading first season sire at Karaka PATA PA N leaving fantastic types "Perfectly Ready's been given every possible chance and the future is looking very exciting." NZTM
Tyreel Easter Yearlings
NZ Sires Preview July 2010