Sig­nif­i­cant stal­lion arouses in­ter­est

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

THE first pub­lic air­ing on Sun­day at Rich Hill Stud of new re­cruit Shock­ing un­der­lined the im­pres­sion that the New Zealand thor­ough­bred breed­ing in­dus­try is on to a win­ner with the 2009 Mel­bourne Cup hero.

Shock­ing is the first win­ner of the fa­mous race to go to stud in this coun­try in al­most half a cen­tury.

The last was 1962 Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Even Stevens, which sired sev­eral qual­ity gal­lop­ers in­clud­ing the cham­pion staying colt of 1971-72 in Mas­ter John but to his detri­ment lived in a time when ‘‘colo­nial’’ stal­lions were seen as poor cousins to their north­ern hemi­sphere­bred con­tem­po­raries.

Trends have thank­fully changed in that re­spect, to the point that stal­lions bred in this part of the world have es­tab­lished a wor­thy place in thor­ough­bred breed­ing.

Con­versely, two Mel­bourne Cup win­ners

Wel­come: Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Shock­ing pa­rades at his new home, Rich Hill Stud.

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