Ballarat’s Dr Kim McKellar and his wife Liz are delighted to announce Crackerjack King will be standing at Wyndholm Park Stud in 2016 for public use after standing by private arrangement in 2015.
A strapping grey horse, Crackerjack King will be the only Group One winning son of Champion Stallion Shamardal available to Australasian breeders this season.
Crackerjack King had a brilliant career; he was a listed winner as a two-year-old he trained on to be a classic winner at three, a Group One winner at four and mix it with some of the best around in England, the USA and Australia as an open age horse.
Trained by Stefano Botti in Italy, Crackerjack King established his Derby claims as a late two-year-old when claiming the listed Premio Campbello by three and a quarter lengths.
Lining up in the Group Two Derby Crackerjack King faced a ‘crack field’ including the eventual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner of the same season, Danedream. He won the race by two lengths, leaving the star filly four and a half lengths behind despite her weight advantage.
It was as a four-year-old the horse was purchased with legitimate claims on achieving a Cox Plate victory. He duly gave his new owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock a Group One victory in the Premio Presidente Della Repubblica defeating Group One horses Asfare, Waldpark and Quiza Quiza Quiza.
In 2014 under the tutelage of David Hayes and with the Cox Plate still in mind Crackerjack King was Group 1 placed in the Underwood Stakes. Unfortunately injury in the Caulfield Stakes curtailed a Cox Plate attempt.
His sire Shamardal is arguably the greatest dual hemisphere stallions of his generation of sires. He has been responsible for seventeen individual Group One winners in seven countries including the formerly highest rated horse in the world Able Friend.
Shamardal is also proving himself a sire of sire through the deeds of his son Lope de Vega who is a Champion First Season Sire and has continued to impress as his horses have aged.
Crackerjack King’s dam, Claba di San Jore was voted towards the pointy end of the top fifty great modern day broodmares by the Racing Post in 2014. Her produce record is outstanding, she has produced five individual stakes winners including Group One winners Jakkalberry, Awelmarduk and of course Crackerjack King.
Importantly for the Australian market Crackerjack King is free of Danehill blood and with Mr Prospector, Sadlers Wells and Storm Cat no closer than his third generation the vast majority of the Australian broodmare population are suitable for this horse.
Chris Blomeley of CB Bloodstock who brokered the deal said of the horse…
“He truly was an elite international ten furlong horse. He is a big strapping grey with plenty of quality and has a near unmatchable pedigree.”
Kim McKellar noted
“We are hugely excited to be standing the horse, entire sons of Shamardal are rare and we know the blood works! We believe he is will suit Victorian breeders tapping into the ever expanding Super VOBIS scheme.”
Crackerjack King will be available to view by appointment as of next week. Contact Kim on 0418 508 212 or Chris on 0449 091 529 for further enquiries or to make arrangements to see the horse.
Crackerjack King will be standing at $6000 + GST on 45 day positive, free return terms.