In modern times, Australian sires Beneteau and Northern Meteor have delivered a bittersweet gift to their studs. Their progeny have taken off either just before or just after they have tragically died early in their stud careers.
It seems the former Three Bridges based stallion Unencumbered is now doing much the same.
In March, the stallion succumbed to post-surgery complications. And since then, his progeny have been going gangbusters!
And just to emphasise the point, his daughter Courseshewill won the first 2YO race of the Australian racing season last Sunday at Toowoomba.
The Liam Birchley trained filly won dominantly at Toowoomba, charging home from off the pace to win the 1000 metre dash. Birchley indicated he would now consider targeting the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January with the filly – a race her sire won in 2014.
Bred by Three Bridges, she is the third winner from stakes-winning Anabaa (USA) mare Corsaire, a half-sister to stakes-winner Debonairly. Corsaire has already foaled a full brother to the winning filly this season.
Three Bridges’ Peter Liston fondly remembers the lovely filly, who they sold at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale to Liam Birchley.
“Courseshewill was born a beautiful foal, but due to cutting her leg she had to stay confined for a long time, so the others got a bit ahead of her, but she was just a gorgeous filly that deserved to make $170,000 through the ring. She was the most expensive yearling ever sired by Unencumbered.”
The ill-fated stallion didn’t get this first winner until April this year when Expedius won at Echuca…and he would go on to record two more winners last season.
But his progeny have stepped up to another level over the past seven weeks. He has now had 13 individual winners across Australia (from a mere 22 runners) plus a winner in Singapore.
He has had more winners this season than Zoustar and Spirit of Boom combined! And only Snitzel, Pierro and Smart Missile have had more 3YO winners this season.
“Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but Unencumbered still has a big yearling crop to sell and there is another crop just hitting the ground now,” Peter Liston said.
“He served more than 120 mares in each of his last two seasons, so he has good numbers coming through and the class of mare improved as well, so there is no doubt he will get his fair share of quality gallopers.
“We are heading up to the Magic Millions sale this January with a good draft which includes a lovely Unencumbered colt out of the Group 1 winning mare Recurring and another lovely colt out of Voltdanze, the dam of the Group 2 winner Sedanzer. They are sure to be popular.”
Liston hopes the success will continue for the deceased sire’s progeny and breeders that used him will be rewarded.
“Thank you to the breeders who supported him…there is plenty of positive to come. As he was most popular in his third season, his burgeoning success is going to be good news for breeders that had faith in him as a stallion.”