Stockwell Thoroughbreds’ new sire Artie Schiller has hit the headlines in North America with his impressive three-year-old son Hawkish winning the $500,000 Group 2 Penn Mile in Pennsylvania by a convincing three lengths.
“He’s a monster, and when you’ve got a horse with that kind of natural ability, you take those aggressive moves and move him straight up in company. When he was turned loose, it was really fun to watch,” his trainer Jimmy Toner remarked post-race.
The big win was perfectly timed for Stockwell who have recently purchased the stallion and will stand them at their historic Diggers Rest property this season.
Stockwell’s Brodie Becker was thrilled to see “their boy” deliver again.
“Hawkish won so impressively, and being still green at three, that is typical of the Artie Schillers. They are not necessarily early two-year-olds; they get better with age, race on and improve,” Brodie Becker said.
“When I saw Hawkish, he reminded me a lot of his sire being a similar shape and having the ability to gallop with that big ground-covering stride.”
Unraced at two, the race was just Hawkish’s fourth start, having broken his maiden on debut at Gulfstream Park, before running fourth in the Group 3 Palm Beach Stakes.
His dam, the Unbridled mare Bridal Memories, is a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Memories of Silver.
The 3YO has now qualified for the Group 1 Belmont Derby Invitational on July 7th.
“Artie Schiller has got 80 foals on the ground from the best mares he has ever bred to, so there is still plenty more to come. He’s half a chance to even snag another Blue Diamond winner from the quality mares he has covered,” Becker said.
“He has also demonstrated his ultra-consistency, even when he has had every hurdle and obstacle thrown at him. He wins the battle and remains in the spotlight by continuing to deliver high-class tough winners.”
“Now that trainers have learnt how to train and handle the Artie Schillers, we are getting more winners from his progeny than ever before. They are strong, reliable horses, and although they look mature at two, trainers respect that they are at their best as three-year-olds.
“We have great support from the trainers and local and interstate breeders, including Ian & Vicki Bell’s Campolina, Gooree Park, Cathy Hains and David Moodie. They keep breeding to this horse for a specific reason – as he gets the results.”
Hawkish is the 41st stakes winner for Artie Schiller who stands this season at Stockwell for fee of $13,200 (inc GST). Contact Mike Becker 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434 to arrange a visit or for more information.
“We are always open on the weekends for clients to come and see the stallions and their horses. Give us a call on a Friday, and we will be happy to arrange a time that suits,” Brodie Becker said.