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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
One of the most intriguing stories concerns Helenus (1999, Helissio (IRE)-Worldwide Elsie (USA) by Java Gold). Every year during the Melbourne Spring Carnival we hear of how the Caulfield Guineas is a 'sire-making race'. Helenus won the Guineas in 2002 and then followed up with triumphs in the Victorian Derby and 2003 Rosehill Guineas. Yet six years later, in the 2009 breeding season, he served only 15 mares. In 2010 the number fell to five, barely enough to keep him interested. In the autumn of 2011, Helenus's son Cedarberg (2006, ex Infrared by Spectrum (IRE)), a son of Rainbow Quest) won the Tancred Stakes (BMW)-Gr.1 at Rosehill. In the following breeding season, Helenus served just nine mares. In the autumn of 2012, his son Ethiopia (2008, ex Shona by Spectrum) won the ATC Australian Derby. This made Helenus one of just 46 stallions in Australia to have sired two or more Gr.1 winners. In the breeding season just past, thankfully, his book at Wattle Grove Stud in the NSW Southern Highlands increased to 31, including six Spectrum-line mares, representing the nick evident in Cedarberg and Ethiopia. This is an encouraging, albeit tentative sign that Australian breeders, especially those breeding to race, are willing to support staying sires. So far, the Helenus/Spectrum cross has produced six named foals, with three runners and two Gr.1 winners, a promising strike rate. The cross generates some of the best known linebreeding in the Stud Book: a double of Lalun through her sons Bold Reason and Never Bend (when appearing in the first five generations of a pedigree, the half-brothers produce 62.6% winners/runners and 5.2% stakes winners/runners) and the popular Nijinsky/Blushing Groom affinity (63.5% winners/runners and 4.4% stakes winners/runners). Unfashionable bloodlines need not be a barrier to racing ability. Australia's best distance horse in the spring, recently retired Alcopop (2004), the Mackinnon Stakes winner and Caulfield Cup runner-up, is the product of two relatively obscure but highly successful crosses. Alcopop is by the Melbourne Cup winner Jeune (GB) (1989, Kalaglow-Youthful by Green Dancer) out of a mare by the 1994 Victorian Derby winner Blevic (1991, Scenic (IRE)-Blooms by Biscay). When February 2013 39 S.H. S.H. Ethiopia (Helenus-Shona by Spectrum) ALCOPOP (Jeune-Iota of Luck by Blevic)
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