Of course, it is what always happens. You put blood, sweat and tears (and dollars of course) into a stallion…and then tragically you lose him…and then his progeny star on the track.
And so it has been for the Liston family at Three Bridges with their young sire Unencumbered who succumbed to injury in March earlier this year.
In the past seven days, no less than six sons and daughters of Unencumbered have saluted at race tracks across Australia.
Last Wednesday at Perth, Double Bubble got his second career win while the day after at Pinjarra, it was victory time for Fairy Fast.
On Friday, Darby Racing’s I Stole Your love saluted. Tony McEvoy’s promising filly Last Vein came home strongly and was beaten narrowly at Geelong for third. And, in Singapore, the colt Revolution was a runner-up on debut.
Saturday saw I Dream Of Green score on the Gold Coast while at Moe the two fillies Itchy Ears and Soaring Eagle quinellaed race four.
Finally, on Tuesday, Brave Jewel, who had already been placed on five occasions got her maiden victory at Mackay.
With that extraordinary run of results, Unencumbered now sits in the top three Second Season Sires behind only Zoustar and Epaulette and in front of last season’s star sire Spirit of Boom.
In a sort of ‘but wait, there’s more’ situation, Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander indicated on Saturday at Flemington that his Unencumbered filly has been some lofty goals this spring.
With a preparation starting on Wednesday at Sandown, Alexander hopes the Flemington placed filly can eventually take a place in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
Peter Liston has been in the breeding game long enough to know things can’t always work out as you had hoped.
“Once a stallion passes it is uncanny how the progeny can start winning,” Liston said.
With an average of more than 100 live foals in each of his final three crops, there is still much on the horizon for the late son of Testa Rossa says Liston.
“There are still some very lovely yearlings and foals in his coming crops. Three Bridges has a half-brother to Brisbane Cup winner Sedanzer as well as a colt out of Group 1 winner Recurring…both of which we will take to Magic Millions next January.”