Lead­ing gal­loper for Rich Hill Stud

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

The thor­ough­bred breed­ing sea­son is still a month or so from wind­ing down but as al­ways the man­agers of our ma­jor studs are keep­ing an eye to the fu­ture.

In the case of Rich Hill Stud’s John Thomp­son, his watch­ing brief has in­volved sign­ing up for another high qual­ity re­cruit to join his res­i­dent quar­tet of Pen­tire, Shock­ing, Jimmy Choux and Proisir on the Wal­ton nurs­ery’s 2017 stal­lion ros­ter.

Rich Hill has scored a coup in se­cur­ing the Group One-win­ning Euro­pean miler Vadamos, join­ing Sir Peter Vela’s Pen­car­row Stud, Kevin Hick­man’s Valachi Downs and Greg Tom­lin­son’s Nearco Stud for a 50 per cent in­ter­est in the son of cham­pion stal­lion Mon­sun.

Af­ter win­ning the Gr. 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp over 1600 me­tres at Chan­tilly in Septem­ber, Vadamos com­peted at the Mel­bourne spring car­ni­val, fin­ish­ing fourth af­ter set­ting the pace in the Cox Plate and fill­ing the same po­si­tion in the Emi­rates Stakes on the fi­nal day of Mel­bourne Cup week.

It was an­nounced shortly af­ter­wards that Vadamos had been re­tired and would com­mence du­ties at Tally-Ho Stud in Ire­land in the New Year.

In the mean­time ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan with his breeder An­dreas Putsch and prom­i­nent Aus­tralian breeder John Camil­leri, who had taken an own­er­ship in­ter­est.

‘‘His own­ers re­alised that New Zealand with its clas­sic breed­ing en­vi­ron­ment was where the horse should stand,’’ John Thomp­son said.

‘‘They made a quick trip across to Auck­land and came down by he­li­copter to check the farm out and talk over the pro­posal. In the end it was an easy de­ci­sion for them to make.

‘‘John and An­dreas in­tend sup­port­ing Vadamos with mares of their own and the ar­range­ment, which also in­cludes of­fer­ing a lim­ited num­ber of shares to other breed­ers, will se­cure his place at Rich Hill.’’

Mon­sun is best known in this part of the world as the sire of three of the past four Mel­bourne Cup win­ners – Fiorente, Pro­tec­tion­ist and this year Al­mandin.

‘‘To get this son of Mon­sun is un­be­liev­able.

‘‘He’s from one of the Aga Khan’s great fam­i­lies and he’s one of the best bred Group One win­ners go­ing to stud any­where in the world.’’

Vadamos started 20 times for lead­ing French trainer An­dre Fabre, win­ning eight races and stakes in ex­cess of $1 mil­lion.

As well as the Prix Moulin, he also won three times at Group Two level in France and Ger­many – all at 1600 me­tres – and was also a Listed win­ner up to 2400 me­tres and fin­ished sec­ond in the Gr. 1 Prix Jac­ques Le Marois at Deauville.

Mean­while, Rich Hill’s very own Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Shock­ing claimed another big re­sult on the week­end when his son Cho­cante won the $100,000 Coun­ties Cup at Pukekohe.

Lin­ing up in the first stay­ing fea­ture on the north­ern sum­mer cir­cuit as the low­est rated run­ner, Cho­cante did it tough three-wide in the run­ning yet was still able to keep find­ing and win by more than a length.

It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance by the still un­tapped four-year-old, who was hav­ing just his 10th ca­reer start and joined New Zealand Oaks win­ner Fa­natic and Group Two win­ner The Hassler as a ma­jor first-crop win­ner for Shock­ing.

High qual­ity Euro­pean gal­loper Vadamos has been se­cured by Rich Hill Stud.

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