Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed (USA) has only had three runners from eight named foals from his first Australian crop of 16 live foals, but the son of Distorted Humor made it two from three following an impressive career debut by Knock Knock at Bendigo on Sunday.

Ridden by Dean Holland for trainer Paul Preusker, Knock Knock was well back in the early stages before being gifted a ground-saving passage along the rail to confront Godolphin’s odds-on favourite Deference (Exceed And Excel) in the final 200 metres.

After a short, sharp battle, Knock Knock drew a half-length clear with Just Jake (Reward For Effort) two and a quarter length back in third.

“For me, I still don’t think he handles it (the heavy track), said Paul. “But I’m glad we held off with him for a bit because I think he is up for something a little bit better and he will improve with time.”

Purchased for $60,000 out of the Ambergate Farm draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Knock Knock is the third winner from five to race out of the winning More Than Ready (USA) mare Shameless whose granddam Rubrani (Rubiton) is a sister to Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Millrich, the dam of dual Group 1 winner, dual The Everest winner and $15.5 million earner Redzel as well as the Group 3 winner and accomplished stallion Danerich.

Jimmy Creed returns to Australia this season with an exceptional winners to runners rate of 70.42% from his first three American crops, with 100 of his 142 runners (as of July 8) visiting the winner’s circle. This strike rate gives him more than 10% more winners to runners at the same stage of his career than Medaglia d’Oro (58.19%), Street Cry (52.63%) and Spinning World (59.23%).

Among active shuttle stallions, Jimmy Creed holds his own with a higher percentage of winners to runners than More Than Ready and Street Boss (USA) at the same stages of their careers. Jimmy Creed ties fellow Victorian stallion Street Boss with the same amount of northern hemisphere stakes winners, graded stakes winners and number of 2-year-old stakes winners at the same point in their careers.

The third leading second crop sire in North America in 2018, Jimmy Creed (USA) will have more than double the number of foals to represent him in the new season and he covered 112 mares in 2017 and 75 last year. With his biggest Australian crops hitting the track in coming seasons, Jimmy Creed looks well on his way to becoming America’s next great shuttle stallion.

Jimmy Creed (USA) returns to Spendthrift Australia in 2019 at a fee of $8,800.

*Story by Mark Smith (Breednet) and Spendthrift Australia.

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