The chang­ing equine world

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own bril­liance to his foals and in that re­spect is also look­ing good value at a fee of $6000.

Af­ter a very pleas­ing re­sponse from buy­ers to his first crop at sales over the first half of this year, Mel­bourne and Aus­tralian Cup win­ner Shock­ing is about to em­bark on the next im­por­tant stage of his stud ca­reer with twoyear-olds step­ping out this spring. While he showed his best at mid­dle and longer dis­tances, given the smart types he has left to date it would not sur­prise to see some early form from Shock­ing’s first run­ners.

Shock­ing’s 2014 fee re­mains un­changed at $12,000, which is also the case for his younger as­so­ciate Jimmy Choux, who will stand again at $10,000. Last spring the re­sem­blance of first crop foals to the for­mer cham­pion three-year-old was strik­ing and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how they con­tinue to de­velop in their sum­mer sale prepa­ra­tions.

This time last year Pen­tire’s qual­ity son He’s Re­mark­able was pre­par­ing to put Map­per­ley Stud back on the map in the stal­lion busi­ness and he car­ried out his task ad­mirably with an in­tro­duc­tory book of nearly 80 mares. With the blood of cham­pion sire Zabeel on his mother’s side an additional at­trac­tion, the hand­some young stal­lion will again stand at $4500.

In a con­tin­u­a­tion of the sad pe­riod en­dured of late, the rac­ing com­mu­nity lost an­other pop­u­lar mem­ber with the death last week of Joy Robin­son in a tragic mo­tor ac­ci­dent.

Joy grew up in the Mata­mata district as the daugh­ter of suc­cess­ful Wal­ton owner-trainer Ian Sig­nal, best known for his fine stayer of the last 1960s-early 1970s, Johnny Cash. That was the gen­e­sis of a life-long in­volve­ment in rac­ing for Joy, who for the past two decades worked as ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager for for­mer Mata­mata trainer Roger James.

She con­tin­ued in that role when Roger re­lo­cated to Cam­bridge, hav­ing also been in­volved in race­horse own­er­ship with a num­ber of smart gal­lop and har­ness per­form­ers, in­clud­ing the New Zealand 1000 Guineas win­ner Elevenses.

Joy’s enthusiasm made her a fa­mil­iar sight at the coun­try’s race­tracks as she fol­lowed her own rac­ing in­ter­ests as well as those of the James sta­ble, play­ing a key in­ter­ac­tive role with clien­tele.

The tragic irony of Joy’s death is that, mak­ing her re­turn home from a day’s work, it oc­curred when her car col­lided with a loose race­horse on Hin­uera Road West. With ad­mirable com­pas­sion, how­ever, her hus­band Mac has said that he and daugh­ter Melissa bear no an­i­mos­ity with re­gard to the cir­cum­stances of the ac­ci­dent.

Photo: TR­ISH DUNELL

BREED­ING SEA­SON: Mul­ti­ple cham­pion stal­lion O’Reilly is set for an­other breed­ing sea­son at Waikato Stud.

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