Stunning entire Hooked has found a new home in the stallion barn of Avenel’s Brackley Park’s giving local breeders an attractive option to consider for the upcoming breeding season.
Having raced in elite company over five seasons, the son of Casino Prince finished his illustrious career with 16 starts at Group 1 level, including gallant thirds in the 2014 ATC Derby, and the Epsom Handicap.
Hooked is a multiple Group 2 winner, having taken out the 2014 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and the 2015 Tramway Stakes at Randwick, and also a multiple Group 3 winner.
“He has ticked all the boxes. He was a very good two-year-old winning twice as a juvenile and then trained on to win the Group 2 Crystal Mile at three on Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley,” Brackley Park’s Grant Dwyer enthused.
“He raced his entire career at the very highest level, always in the best of company.
“Hooked has more than his fair share of ability and was fondly remembered as a brave galloper, including when he toughed it out to get the better of Charmed Harmony in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap at Caulfield in April 2017.”
Hooked will be standing at Brackley Park on behalf of the owners, which includes Ultra Thoroughbreds’ Sean Buckley who purchased Hooked for $600,000 at the Patinack Farm dispersal sale.
“I was in the market for a new stallion, and when I heard from a friend that Hooked may be available, I contacted Ultra Thoroughbreds straight away to let them know that I was interested. He impressed me in the flesh, and the deal was done,” Dwyer said.
“He will receive great support from his owners. Sean Buckley will be sending 30 mares, including a Group 1 producer and a Group 1 winner…and then with 10 of my own, he is already off and running, and we still have the outside mares to come!” Dwyer said.
Hooked will be the only son of Casino Prince at stud in Victoria and will stand for $6,600 (incl GST), providing an affordable option to the Hunter Valley based Casino Prince sire All Too Hard, who stands for $33,000.
Casino Prince (Flying Spur) is the sire of 14 stakes winners of 31 stakes races including Group 1 winners All Too Hard and Escado. Four-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard is already the sire of four stakes wines from just two racing crops.
Hooked’s dam Absolute Lure is by the three-time US Group 1 winner on turf, Lure, a son of Danzig. Known for his back-to-back Breeders Cup championships, Lure produced stakes quality crops as a stallion which included the internationally successful sire Orpen.
“Lure’s fertility cut down the numbers he sired, but not the quality. She is a rare mare with an interesting bloodline that breeders will appreciate. Additionally, I was lucky enough during my time in Kentucky to see Lure race and win. He was no doubt an outstanding racehorse,” Dwyer said.
Having now had a significant spell and rehabilitation after succumbing to injury in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap, Hooked is ready to start his exciting new career in the breeding barn.
“Hooked arrives towards the end of July at Brackley Park and we welcome all mare owners to come and see the farm and our stallions at any time,” Dwyer said.
Hooked is standing this at Brackley Park alongside St Jean a son of Teofilo ($3,300 incl GST), and the son of Rock Of Gibraltar, Murtajil ($4,400 incl GST).
For more information, contact Grant or Joanne Dwyer on 0412 028 250.