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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
July 2010 20 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW Furthermore, although Captain Rio won three of his six starts at two, including the Criterium de Maisons Lafitte Gr. 2, his progeny are not wholly natural two- year-olds, and have rewarded patient owners with consistent, quality form at three and four. Westbury's 2010 roster is completed by the wonderful sire Faltaat (USA) (Mr. Prospector-Epitome by Summing) whose fee is available on application. Rarely supported by large books of mares, Faltaat has steadily compiled a list of 17 stakeswinners (5.2% of his runners), and 15 stakes-placed horses, including Group One winners Sight Winner, Tit For Taat, Sedecrem, Taatletail and Jurys Out. The durability of Faltaat's progeny is exemplified by six-year-old Sight Winner who has collected 20 cheques from 33 starts in a highly competitive Hong Kong career, most recently finishing fourth in The Champions Mile Gr. 1. Other black type performers for Faltaat this season have been six-year-old gelding Faalcon (2nd CJC Stewards' H. Gr. 3) and five-year-old mare One Step Ahead (2nd Perak Sultan Gold Vase Mal-Gr.1). Russell says, "Faltaat consistently leaves good horses, Asian owners and trainers love them, and he's just left his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire too." That's the progressive three-year-old Star of Octagonal (Octagonal-Joyce by Faltaat), winner of April's AJC South Pacific Classic Gr. 3. The positive local response to Gerry Harvey's acquisition of Westbury Stud is summed up by an online comment after its announcement: "Gerry Harvey moving to New Zealand is the best thing to happen to NZ breeding since [Trelawney Stud founder] Seton Otway." With a clearly stated desire to stand ten proven stallions and become New Zealand's leading breeder and vendor, Westbury's new owner is not leaving anyone guessing about his ambitions, or his determination and ability to fulfil them. The next few years are set to be the most exciting in the stud's history. The next few years are set to be the most exciting in the stud's history.
NZ Sires Preview June 2010
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