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Americain’s winning progeny travel the world

Swettenham Stud's Americain parades

The wheels are in motion for Swettenham Stud’s Americain having already claimed seven winners across five different countries. With outstanding runaway victories being their common race pattern, his progeny on the track are starting to gain momentum.

The stunning Americain (USA) has now shown the ability to sire a two-year-old winner over 1200m, raising the confidence of breeders who enthusiastically supported the top class son of Dynaformer since he retired to Swettenham.

Retired to stud in 2013 in America, he produced 34 registered foals from his first crop. With 26 to race, he has already had six individual winners.

In Australia, he produced a large first crop of 113 foals. Now starting to make their racetrack debuts, he has had 13 starters, including his first southern hemisphere winner, Geegee Blackprince in the Tasmanian Sires Produce Stakes, and the promising Aspen Angel, a runner-up at Flemington.

His progeny have won in the United States of America, Australia, Canada, France and even Barbados, with runners also in Mexico, Chile and Ireland.

From his US crop, Americain has had six winners, from dams by Shamardal (Lizzie’s Way), Johannesburg (Folk Magic), Carson City (Won Grand) and Rock Hard Ten (Americain Woman) in France.  Smart Strike, by Mr Prospector is both Violet Blue’s and Bella Bella’s dam-sire. Grand Lodge was Geegee Blackprince’s dam sire in Australia.

The two-year-old Folk Magic, was Americain’s first ever winner in July of 2016 at Woodbine, Toronto, Canada. She won impressively by four lengths over 1200m for trainer Brian Lynch.

“Folk Magic turns up the heat on her opposition,” Woodbine’s course commentator said at the furlong.  “There’s a lot of education still needed but so much talent.”

In April this year, Americain Woman delighted co-owner of Americain, Gerry Ryan with a win in France. Ryan bred Americain Woman out of the Rock Hard Ten mare Sister Rocks, a half-sister to Swettenham’s Stud’s stallion, the multiple Australian Group winner Puissance De Lune.

Stephanie Nigge, who previously worked for Americain’s trainer Alan de Royer-Dupre and was instrumental in preparing Americain for his Melbourne travels, is the trainer of Amercain Woman.

The first Australian winner came on the 21st May this year when Geegee Blackprince claimed the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes as a two-year-old over 1400m in an impressive display.

Finishing powerfully, Geegee Blackprince sprinted away to record a widening two length win for trainer Stuart Gandy who describes him as “a superstar in the making” for owner/breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard.
The most exotic winner award goes to Won Grand over 1800m on the 10th June at the Caribbean style, Garrison Savannah racetrack, at the Barbados Turf Club, in the West Indies.

And his most recent winner Bella Bella claimed her maiden victory on the 15th of June over 1700m at Churchill Downs for trainer Grant Foster, which hopefully will be the venue for more success to come.
Americain has served 377 mares in his first three seasons at stud in Victoria with no less than 222 live foals on the ground from his first two crops of 155 and 133 respectively.

Americain’s progeny are proving to be extremely popular with 25 of his southern hemisphere yearlings selling for up to $175,000 in 2017. At the NZB Ready To Run Sale, Mark Pilkington purchased the colt from Fair Choice for $90,000 and the colt out of Half Eight sold to Singapore for $60,000.

Off the back of his first two seasons at stud, Americain has outstanding prospects to succeed as a sire in both hemispheres and breeders can be confident he will supply highly desired yearlings and talented gallopers in the future.

Americain will stand this season at Swettenham Stud for the a fee of $11,000 (Inc. GST)

Blue-blooded Mezyaan to stand at Euroa’s Springview Farm

New Springhurst Farm stallion Mezyaan

Peter Smith’s Springview Farm in Euroa is excited to be standing the new blue-blooded stallion Mezyaan for the upcoming breeding season.

Bred in the purple, the impressive colt will stand alongside Swift Alliance, who has just had his fourth winner from four named foals from his debut crop, including the talented galloper, Clarton Super in Singapore.

Mezyaan is from one of the most sought after families in the Australian Studbook, being a close relation to Champion stallions Encosta De Lago and Flying Spur.

By 2010/2011 champion sire, Lonhro, Mezyaan is out of the Al Maher mare Zyoon, a daughter of Shoal Creek.

Zyoon, a half-sister to Encosta De Lago, was unraced and has produced two winners from four named foals, including Wayed Zain (High Chaparral), who now stands at Victoria’s Riverbank Farm, and Eyre (More Than Ready). His third dam Rolls, produced Flying Spur.

“When I saw him up for sale, I was attracted to his pedigree and did some research. I am excited that I have been able to buy into such an amazing family, with Rolls and Shoal Creek on the female side, and the incredible horses that they have produced.”

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, he showed a lot of promise as a juvenile, before an unfortunate sesamoid injury.

“He showed he had the speed, he was a fast horse that had that sprinter look about him,” Smith said.

Although the injury wasn’t career threatening as a racehorse, it was career threatening as a potential stallion.

“He is a big solid horse, so the only way to race him on would be to geld him and undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process. I wasn’t prepared to do that as I bought him for his pedigree, his looks and his temperament,” Smith said.

“I am doing some light trotting and fitness work with him at the moment, which he enjoys and he has tightened right up and looks like a racehorse now. We are going to support him, as he’s a very nice type of horse and there is no reason why he can’t breed quality horses himself.”

Peter Smith, a well-respected local trainer, has about 20 gallopers currently in work.

“As a trainer, you understand how important temperament is, and Mezyaan is outstanding to deal with, he is just a beautiful animal. Couple that with his pedigree, and your on a winner,” Smith said.

“If the horse has the ability without a good temperament, you won’t get the best out of them; you need both to get a top-class horse.”

“We look after every stage of a horse’s development,” Smith said of Springview Park and its facilities.

“Whether it is covering a mare, handling a stallion, foaling down or weaning. We also offer education and breaking in of youngsters, as well providing pre-training and full training for horses currently racing.”

For further details on Mezyaan who stands for $2,200 (Inc. GST) or Swift Alliance who stands for $3300 (Inc. GST) please contact Peter Smith on 0418 531 255.