Jun 30, 2015

The New Zealand bred 3yo's have had an outstanding year clean sweeping Australia's classic staying contests. PREFERMENT (pictured below) won the VRC Derby, VOLKSTOCK'N'BARELL was super impressive saluting in the Rosehill Guineas and MONGOLIAN KHAN showed his staying superiority winning the AJC Derby.

Whilst the European imports have saturated Australia staying races in recent years, they are not competiting in the classic 3yo staying races which are being contested exclusively by Australian and NZ breeds.

Apart from High Chapparal, there are very few local Australian stallions which can lay claim to being genuine staying stallions. This may change in time with stallions like Americain and Fiorente now standing in Victoria. However, Americain's oldest progeny are only weanlings and Fiorente's first foals will hit the ground this spring so their influence wont be felt for some years. So, for the time being, the No 1 source of staying power are the New Zealanders. 

In this year's AJC Derby, there were only 10 runners, four of which were kiwi bred horses. JWR have purchased two NZ staying horses this year with the sole aim to have them competiting in the classic races. Our Savabeel filly was purchased earlier in the year and we have just secured the Pentire x Blinding colt from New Zealand.

Above: Mongolian Khan winning the AJC Derby

The Pentire colt is out of a young mare (Blinding) who was Group 1 placed over a mile in NZ. It's a lovely mating. She had speed and class which mixes well with the stout staying lines of Pentire. The speed in Blinding's pedigree comes from both sides of her pedigree. Her grandsire was Storm Cat (a champion sire in the US) and himself a brilliantly fast juvenile. Her grandam was Boardwalk Angel, and fantastic sprinting mare for George Hanlon who won the G1 Goodwood Handicap in South Australia over 1200m. 

For a Pentire, this colt is very sharp and light on his feet. He has plenty of spunk and attitude which is very much a Storm Cat trait but has that lovely fluid walk and overstep which the great stayers possess. 

He is a blend of his sire and dam. A middle distance/staying type with a turn of foot! The prototype which is needed in this part of the world to compete in Derbies and Cups. 

For more information on the colt (including his pedigree), please see our Horses Available section of the website or call Julian (0427 662 977) or Jason (0419 392 421).