Shepparton News

Trotter fastest to land on Oz shores

- By Peter Wharton

The Muscle Hill horse Muscle M Up, the fastest trotter to stand at stud in this country, will stand his first season at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, Shepparton this season.

Fresh semen for the brilliant young stallion will be available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand.

His fee is $2750 including GST in Australia and $3000 in NZ.

The deal was clinched by prominent Brisbane breederown­er Anthony Perkins, of Trump Bloodstock, with the stallion’s Swedish owner Knutsson Trotting AB, which has shuttled Centurion ATM and Sebastian K Down Under in the past few years.

Muscle M Up, who had a record of 1:51.4, was a smart racehorse.

From 41 starts he won 12 and was nine times placed for $US195,233 in stakes.

He was not extensivel­y raced as a juvenile, winning two of his three starts including a division of the Pennsylvan­ia Sires Stake, while at three he took a record of 1:54.8.

Muscle M Up showed he was up to the best horses of his time, winning in free-for-all company as a fouryear-old when he took his mark of 1:51.4 in a $50,000 leg of the Graduate Series at The Meadowland­s with the final quarter in a stunning 26.2.

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