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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
July 2010 18 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW by the 2009 MRC Oakleigh Plate Gr. 1, a race also won by Snippets, Fastnet Rock, Snitzel and this season by Starspangledbanner. Russell points out that Swiss Ace ran a faster Oakleigh time than Starspangledbanner and was beaten only a neck in the 2009 VRC Newmarket H. Gr. 1 -- by Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast, who ran the 1200 metres in 1:08.75. Those performances, and his second QTC Sir Byrne Hart S. Gr. 2 win earned Swiss Ace an Australian Timeform rating of 123 for the 2008- 09 season. From the family of Noverre, Arazi and Ajdal, Swiss Ace stands his first season at $10,000 plus GST, and like Red Giant, has attracted strong interest from breeders wishing to purchase shares in him. The unfolding stud career of dual Group One winner and champion French miler Librettist (USA) (Danzig- Mysterial by Alleged) reflects the extraordinary international opportunities modern stallions receive. He returns to Westbury for his second New Zealand season as his first European two-year-olds begin racing, and his first Australian-conceived foals become yearlings. His very first runner, Little Libretto, has already opened his account, winning at her second start in England on 7 April. Himself the winner of two of his three juvenile starts, Librettist was sidelined by injury at three, but returned to find supreme form over a mile at four in 2006. He won five of his seven starts that year, including the Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr. 1 and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Gr. 1, with world champion Manduro behind him in both races. Timeform recognised the quality of these victories with an Annual Rating of 124. Russell Warwick says simply, "He was a serious world- class racehorse, and is a beautiful individual." Librettist, a half-brother to Group One-winning miler Dubai Destination, and three-quarter brother to July Cup winner Agnes World, stands at a fee of $12,500 plus GST in 2010. At $4,500 plus GST, Cecconi (AUS) (Encosta de Lago- Tonicity by Blazing Sword) is an enticing option for owners of broodmares with pedigrees that need an injection of pure Australian precocity and speed. A son of champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago, and trained by David Hayes, Cecconi won the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR at two, then ran fifth in Sleek Chassis' Blue Diamond S. Gr. 1 before finishing second in the STC Pago Pago S. Gr. 2. At three, he ran third in the MVRC Stutt S. Gr. 2. Cecconi's pedigree is packed with early-maturing, speed horses, most notably STC Golden Slipper S. Gr. 1 winner Stratum, sire in his turn of this year's Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, and a clear leader on the current Australian First Season Sires' list. Cecconi's dam Tonicity possessed durability to match her speed: she won seven races, including two at Listed Stakes level, in a 44-start career across five seasons. Her brother Bodacious Babe also won seven races in a similarly lengthy career, among them a Group 3 race in Adelaide. Russell says, "Australian trainers are already asking me about Cecconi, and I couldn't be happier with his first foals. He's a really good opportunity for not a lot of money." In the proven category Postponed (USA) (Summer Squall-Bridal Tea by Gulch) also offers value at $11,500 plus GST. From his first five crops totalling 294 live foals, Postponed has left seven stakeswinners, including two Group One winners, Dorabella and Pasta Post, and Group 2 winner Naturo. This season he's been represented by Australian Group 3-placed stakeswinner Delayedreaction and Royal Jazz (3rd HBRI Hawke's Bay Cup Gr. 3). Gerry Harvey has pledged 50 mares for Postponed's 2010 book, and Russell is nothing less than bullish about the stallion's future. "The best is yet to come for Postponed, and we're privileged to have him at Westbury." The fine contribution Captain Rio (GB) (Pivotal- Beloved Visitor by Miswaki) is making to New Zealand racing was highlighted when his three-year-old sons Riomoral and Rio Fortune quinella-ed the Cambridge Breeders' S. Gr. 3 in May. That brought Captain Rio's number of stakes performers this season to five, and his worldwide stakeswinners to nine, headed by Group One-winning juvenile Il Quello Veloce. Currently in third position on the 2009-10 New Zealand 3rd Season Sires' list by earnings, and in equal first spot by winners, Captain Rio represents good value in 2010 at $7,500 plus GST. Russell Warwick acknowledges that he needs another Il Quello Veloce to cement his status as a proven sire, but is confident that his two largest crops to date, now rising two- and three- year-olds, will do exactly that. "Australian trainers are already asking me about Cecconi, and I couldn't be happier with his first foals. He's a really good opportunity for not a lot of money." SWISS ACE An Australian Timeform rating of 123 CECCONI Pure Australian precocity and speed M.K. M.K.
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