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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
THE investment package for the southern hemisphere standing rights in Red Giant, who will shuttle from Three Chimneys Farm to stand his first New Zealand season at $11,000 plus GST, includes a bonus nomination for each of the first five years. Russell explains, "We want to attract shareholders who will support him with the right mares and give him a chance to become successful. Our focus is very much on giving him early numbers and access to a wide range of mares." Russell especially wants to see Danehill mares visit Red Giant, because of the outstanding success Giant's Causeway has already enjoyed with them. The Giant's Causeway/Danehill cross has produced five stakeswinners from 24 runners (20.8%), significantly better than the more often mentioned Zabeel/Danehill combination (8 SW/70 runners -- 11.4%). The rise of Giant's Causeway's son Shamardal in Australia (six stakeswinners this season and third on the 3rd Season Sires list) has done no harm either. There's plenty to like about Red Giant's race record too. He was an outstanding turf performer at three and four in the United States, setting a world record time of 1:57.16 for 10 furlongs in the Oak Tree Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship S. Gr. 1. The time was no fluke: Red Giant broke two minutes for the same distance in the Virginia Derby Gr. 2 as a three-year-old. In all, he won six and placed in four of his 12 starts, earning just over $US1 million. Russell inspected Red Giant earlier this year and was delighted by what he saw. "He's very correct, a lovely walker, and I'm confident he'll impress people." Although Westbury has secured him to help meet the renewed demand for traditional New Zealand classic and middle-distance horses with high-class speed, Russell believes there's no reason he won't leave autumn two-year-olds. The other gap that Russell and Westbury's new owner Gerry Harvey perceived in their stallion roster was for a Group One-winning Australian sprinter. Swiss Ace (AUS) (Secret Savings-Rapid Serve by Carson City) fills the gap, and then some with a 12-win career headed July 2010 16 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW GIANT ASPIRATIONS FOR WESTBURY When Susan Archer caught up with him, Westbury Stud General Manager Russell Warwick had spent the morning taking calls from breeders keen to take shares in the Stud's new sire Red Giant.
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