Sprinter stal­lion stands at Waikato

Matamata Chronicle - - Retirement -

THE ar­rival of high class in­ter­na­tional gal­loper Paco Boy at Waikato Stud last week is yet an­other re­minder that the 2011 breed­ing sea­son is about to get into full swing.

Sev­eral new sea­son foals have al­ready been born at the Tower Rd nurs­ery and in just two week’s time the whole process will start again when the flag goes up on Septem­ber 1 for the first cov­er­ings to take place.

Paco Boy ar­rived at Waikato 10 days ago fresh out of quar­an­tine af­ter fly­ing from the United King­dom with fel­low shut­tle stal­lions headed for var­i­ous studs in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

The last of his 24 ca­reer starts was the Cathay Pa­cific Cham­pi­ons Mile at the Hong Kong in­ter­na­tional meet­ing in De­cem­ber.

Over the pre­ced­ing four years from the sta­ble of English trainer Richard Han­non, Paco Boy’s pass­port had been var­i­ously stamped with trips to France, the United States, the United Arab Emi­rates and fi­nally Hong Kong.

Af­ter an in­tro­duc­tory two-year-old sea­son in which he won twice and fin­ished third from three starts, Paco Boy de­vel­oped into one of the very best sprinter-mil­ers.

His 11 wins in­cluded Group One suc­cess at three, four and five years, namely the Longchamp Prix de la Foret, the Royal As­cot Queen Anne Stakes and the New­bury Lockinge Stakes. That’s se­ri­ously good form by any stan­dard – com­plete with the 2009 cham­pion Euro­pean miler ti­tle – and makes Paco Boy a valu­able ac­qui­si­tion for the New Zealand thor­ough­bred breed­ing in­dus­try.

When the cur­tain was com­ing down on his rac­ing ca­reer late last year, Waikato Stud en­tered a joint ven­ture with lead­ing United King­dom nurs­ery High­clere Stud. Paco Boy there­fore comes to New Zealand hav­ing cov­ered his first book of 130-plus mares in the north­ern hemi­sphere, com­plete with a very pleas­ing 90 per cent fer­til­ity re­sult.

‘‘He was one of the very best gal­lop­ers of his gen­er­a­tion whose trade­mark was a bril­liant turn of foot at the end of his races,’’ said Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick.

‘‘That’s just the sort of horse we like to stand here, so he cer­tainly fits the bill.

‘‘We couldn’t have been happier with his con­di­tion and over­all ap­pear­ance when he stepped off the float last week. When you see how ath­letic he is in the flesh you can un­der­stand why he was such a qual­ity race­horse.’’

Paco Boy, who will stand at a fee of $12,500, joins proven stal­lion No Ex­cuse Needed as the sec­ond Euro­pean-bred stal­lion to take up du­ties at Waikato Stud, with the re­main­der of the 2011 ros­ter com­pris­ing O’Reilly, Pins, Savabeel and Rios.

O’Reilly is on the cusp of sir­ing his land­mark 50th stakes win­ner, while Pins ended the 2010-11 sea­son as the win­ner of the same ti­tle O’Reilly won two years ago, the Cen­taine Award for in­ter­na­tional per­for­mance, hav­ing claimed the Hong Kong sires’ pre­mier­ship, sec­ond on the New Zealand ta­ble and in the top 10 in Aus­tralia.

With­out doubt the big mover of the past sea­son in New Zealand stal­lion ranks was Savabeel, the Cox Plate-win­ning son of Zabeel whose prog­eny were al­ways go­ing to be bet­ter with time and ma­tu­rity.

His sea­son ended in a flour­ish through the deeds of Queens­land Oaks win­ner Scar­lett Lady and Bris­bane Cup win­ner Tul­lam­ore.

This Sun­day, Waikato Stud will open its doors to the pub­lic from 10am to 2pm, en­abling any in­ter­ested par­ties the op­por­tu­nity to in­spect the new­comer Paco Boy as well as catch up with the re­main­der of the stal­lion line-up.

While the weather is far from set­tled through­out the coun­try, the signs are en­cour­ag­ing that the new rac­ing sea­son is also swing­ing into gear.

Taupo last Fri­day was the scene of sev­eral smart per­for­mances by lo­cal­ly­trained horses, headed by maiden grad­u­ates Bal­ly­nova, Manny Pacuiao and Golden Globe and the speedy two-race win­ner She’s In­vin­ci­ble.

Glenn Old opened pro­ceed­ings at Taupo with the promis­ing stayer Bal­ly­nova, who capped off some handy placed form when com­bin­ing with Cameron Lam­mas to take the maiden mid­dle-dis­tance event.

Ja­son Bridg­man got his sec­ond win for the new term with his well re­garded geld­ing Manny Pacuiao in the hands of new sta­ble jockey Matt Cameron, while Jim Col­lett sad­dled up first starter Golden Globe for a smart win over 1000 me­tres.

It’s been a try­ing win­ter for the for­mer top jockey, who has only just been able to dis­card his crutches af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken lower leg in a train­ing track ac­ci­dent in June. The man­ner in which Golden Globe over­came a wide draw to dis­patch his Taupo ri­vals for Jim’s daugh­ter Sa­man­tha gave the im­pres­sion that this wouldn’t be the last we’ll be see­ing of the speedy three­year-old.

Abun­dant speed also served the Andrew Scott­trained She’s In­vin­ci­ble well when she notched her sec­ond win from six starts. She’s In­vin­ci­ble races for a syn­di­cate that in­cludes her breed­ers, Casey and Michelle Dando and Michelle’s mother Mar­garet Messent.

Oth­ers in the part­ner­ship are Michelle’s fa­ther, for­mer jockey John Messent, trainer Andrew Scott’s wife Sarah, lo­cal stock agent Ja­son Roberts and real es­tate agent Jack Van Lierop.

‘‘When we put the syn­di­cate to­gether we man­aged to talk Jack into sign­ing up,’’ said Casey Dando, who op­er­ates the new Te Poi ag­ist­ment and sales prepa­ra­tion farm Brad­bury Park.

‘‘Af­ter all Jack sold us the prop­erty, so we fig­ured he could take a share in one of our horses.’’

Satur­day’s Te Rapa meet­ing also pro­duced a cou­ple of lo­cally-trained win­ners in the form of allthe-way maiden win­ner Toma Valea and promis­ing mare Daz­zling Heights. Af­ter show­ing flashes of abil­ity in his 12-start ca­reer, Toma Valea re­ally stepped up to the mark at Te Rapa for an easy win, kick­ing on well for Reese Jones to score by a mar­gin.

His trainer Mark Bros­nan came away from Te Rapa also pleased with the sec­ond plac­ing by his filly Dan­rose.

Al­though she was un­able to com­plete a hat-trick af­ter wins at her first two starts, Dan­rose still did well step­ping up against older age rat­ing 80 op­po­si­tion and looks a real chance for early sea­son three-year-old filly fea­tures.

Paul Jenk­ins has an­other gal­loper of real po­ten­tial by cham­pion stal­lion Zabeel.

Daz­zling Heights had bro­ken through for her first win at Ruakaka ear­lier in the month and man­aged the step up in grade with ease.

Star stud: New Waikato Stud stal­lion, the high class in­ter­na­tional per­former Paco Boy.

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