Significant stallion arouses interest
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.