Le Romain is quite possibly Australia’s most under-rated Group 1 winner….scratch that…three-time Group 1 winner.
And the son of Hard Spun, bred and raised at North East Victoria’s Greta West Stud, looks like he not at all finished yet having recently won the Group 3 Show County Handicap first-up last month.
With a race profile like that, it is no surprise that Le Romain was chosen as a subject for the latest episode of Victoria To Victory, which highlights a few Victorian bred racehorses who have won at the highest level in recent times.
Greta West stud-master John McCarthy, who runs the property with brother Laurie, can’t speak highly enough of the farm’s best graduate.
“Le Romain is definitely our finest breeding achievement, and we are so proud of what he has done on the track claiming three Group 1 victories, and what his is still hoping to achieve this spring,” McCarthy said.
Le Romain was bred by loyal clients the Carusi family at Greta West which is one of Victoria’s oldest ongoing thoroughbred nurseries. The farm is has been a consistent producer of high-class thoroughbreds, to which McCarthy believes is due to the process of growing horses out naturally.
“I think it’s the environment we have here, with good size paddocks and lush pasture and along with balanced feed and supplements, is the best way; it’s all about the balance,” he said.
Le Romain’s dam Mignard is a permanent fixture on the farm and a much-loved part of the operation, enjoying a happy life as a broodmare.
“She has done a great job. She is a very fertile mare…not many mares produce Group 1 winners, and having a horse like Le Romain, well he’s won three. Still going strong, she has earned the title of favourite on the farm,” McCarthy said.
Six-year-old Le Romain, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees, is now two runs into his spring campaign with the win in the Show County showing he has lost none of his Group 1 winning zest.
A shot at the time-honoured Epsom Handicap is a likely proposition for Le Romain before he comes to Melbourne for further Group 1 targets.
Le Romain demonstrates how Victoria is a proven source of national and International Group 1 superstars. Elite gallopers produced by Victoria’s breeding sector over the past racing season included Daysee Doom, El Dorado Dreaming, Great Shot, Hey Doc, Redzel, Santa Ana Lane, Sopressa, Leicester and Written By while Mr Stunning was a major winner in Hong Kong.
Thanks to the unwavering passion, knowledge and dedication of those caring for our thoroughbreds in the Victorian breeding industry, like the McCarthys, Victorian bred horses are given every chance to reach their full potential on the racetrack.