Blackprince first to salute for Americain down under
He got over 100 mares booked in a difficult year last season which shows that the word around for horse was positive – Adam Sangster
MELBOURNE Cup winner Americain has sired first crop winners on three continents including his milestone debut Australian winner which arrived last weekend in Tasmania.
Named Geegee Blackprince, the Paul and Elizabeth Geard owned/bred colt streeted his nine rivals to win the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Launceston.
Geegee Blackprince is out of the Geard’s incredible broodmare, La Quita whose eight named foals are all winners.
In fact, her offspring has won a total of 48 races between them, 22 of those credited to the iron horse Geegees Blackflash.
Blackflash won from 1100m up to 2400m including two Hobart Cups, a Launceston Cup and Tasmanian Derby retired with earnings of $1.19m, all of which was earned racing in Tasmania.
La Quita’s other notable foals include Tasmanian Oaks winner Geegees Goldengirl and the stakesplaced Ge Gee’s La Quita (3rd in the Hobart Cup) and Geegees Velvet who was runner-up in a Tasmanian Oaks.
La Quita is daughter of Grand Lodge and a half sister to SAJC Derby winner, Cheviot.
Foaled in 2000, La Quita’s 5th Dam is the champion mare Chicquita whose wins include 1949 One Thousand Guineas and VRC Oaks and a swag of weight-for-age races after that.
Chicquita was mated with inaugural Golden Slipper winner Todman producing the 1964 Slipper winner, Eskimo Prince.
La Quita has two foals by the Geard’s stallion Wordsmith and one by Clangalang in the pipeline.
The win of her Americain two-year-old last weekend was met with great delight by Adam Sangster who stands the son of Dynaformer at Swettenham Stud in Victoria in partnership with the famous Calumet Farm in Kentucky.
“He has sired winners in North America, France and now here,” Sangster said.
“There are a lot of trainers out there that have told me that they nice ones (by Americain) in work and when expect them to give up and need some time, they keep giving.
“He got over 100 mares booked in a difficult year last season which shows that the word around for
horse was positive. There are some pretty good judges who do like them.
“He throws a looking horse and he’s got the stock so it’s really up to him now,” he added.
Geegee Blackprince was Americain’s first Australian winner as a sire in when he took out last week’s Tasmanian Sires’ Produce