Every now and then a stallion overcomes the odds, proving himself despite not enjoying the advantages large books provide – siring smart types from limited opportunities.
One such horse is Larneuk Stud’s Ilovethiscity.
Even though he is a Group One winner of one of Sydney’s best tests of three-year-old class, the Randwick Guineas, breeders have somehow overlooked Ilovethiscity.
He ticks so many boxes; he had the racing class, he is great type and he hails from a consistent stallion line, his sire Magic Albert well represented by 22 stakes winners with an excellent 67.2% winners-to-runners strike rate whilst his grandsire Zeditave sired 36 stakes winners with an outstanding 70.5% strike.
And he hails from an outstanding local family proven it its ability to produce successful stallions – his relations including the high-class gallopers Grosvenor (triple Group One winning sire of 53 stakes winners; 70.3% winners-to-runners) and Lonhro (11 times Group One winning sire of 67 stakes winners; 71.1% winners-to-runners).
It is difficult to pinpoint why some stallions capture the attention of breeders and why some don’t but one thing is for certain – Ilovethiscity is doing the job and deserves greater recognition and opportunity!
From just 33 runners to date, with his oldest runners just three, Ilovethiscity had sired five city winners (13 overall plus eight lightly raced placegetters), talented horses who have been in really good form in recent weeks.
Such as two-year-old Bris Vegas who was so gutsy saluting over 1000m at Morphettville last Saturday. What an interesting pedigree he has, his fourth dam Market Fair also the dam of Ilovethiscity’s dam sire Kenfair.
And then there is the highly promising metropolitan winner Ilovevegas who has just been secured to race in Hong Kong.
The top two year old, trained by Ben Currie described the talented bay as “a beauty.”
A 3 1/4 length maiden winner at his previous start, he showed great heart weaving through the field before racing clear to win by a soft and impressive 1 1/2 lengths recently at Doomben.
It was a tough decision for Currie to accept the offer on the exciting young horse who would have been favourite for the G H Mumm Handicap at Doomben but instead was being prepared for his new venture.
“He is a nice horse and I’ve had a good opinion of him from early on. He was doing everything right, relaxing really well and I think once we got him up in trip further he’s only going to get better.”
“He has been cleared by the vets so it is all go for the Hong Kong trip. I am sorry to see him go but he is going to prove worthwhile there,” Currie said
Also showing plenty of talent are Ilovethiscity’s sons and daughters Chapel City (stakes placed three times Morphettville winner), Vivaldi’s Quest (Morphettville winner also close up in black type company) and Plenty To Like (Caulfield winner in mid-April).
There are others who look sure to break through in town soon; the four times winner Moonlover competitive in good company, the Moonee Valley runner up The Passage boasting good form lines and Ville Chanson winning two of his first four whilst City Of Dreams impressed bolting in by four lengths at her Tasmanian debut in late April.
All this from just 74 live foals produced in his first two crops!
“There is no doubt that Ilovethiscity is a stallion who is worthy of greater support,” said Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch.
“He is upgrading his mares and from day one there has been something about his foals. He is a lovely horse who stamps his progeny, passing on his strength and presence.”
Grahame Begg, trainer of Ilovethiscity, is also a fan.
“It seems to me that people are just looking past the obvious, he hails from a sire line proven in Australia and he only won races that very good horses win – the Randwick Guineas, the Hobartville Stakes, the Spring Stakes. And he was desperately unlucky not to have won the Golden Rose.”
For further information on Ilovethiscity contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit www.larneuk.com