In a coup for Victoria, Riverbank Farm has secured the half-brother of Winx to stand at their Benalla stud this upcoming breeding season.

The unraced three-year-old Boulder City, a son of Snitzel and out of Winx’s dam Vegas Showgirl, will be the first son of Snitzel to stand at a commercial stud in Victoria.

Snitzel is of course the reigning Champion Australian Sire, Australia’s highest-priced stallion, sire of 83 stakes winners including 13 Group 1 winners and his progeny earnings are in excess of $105 million.

Stakes winning sprinter Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar) has not only one of the greatest racehorses of all time, the mighty Winx, but also the Group 3 winner El Divino. By Snitzel, he is a full brother to Boulder City, but sadly passed away before realising his full potential.

“The decision to retire Boulder City to stud before commencing his racing career was a very difficult one,” said Russell Osborne who runs Riverbank with wife Caroline.

“He has had a number of minor issues that were becoming harder to manage and, after the devastating loss of his full brother, the owners decided to meet the market demand and offer him at stud.

“Everyone involved would dearly loved to have seen him get to the race track and have the opportunity to emulate his big sister, however we believe offering his superior bloodlines to the breeding industry is a great thing for breeders.”

Due to stand at a fee of $5,000 (+ GST), Boulder City is expected to be in high demand with New South Wales and Queensland based sons of Snitzel such as Shamus Award, Sizzling, Sooboog, Spill The Beans and Wandjina all serving large books.

Snitzel, of course, needs little introduction. His big race winners this year alone have included genuine stars such as Redzel, Russian Revolution, Trapeze Artist and Estijaab. His progeny’s racetrack and sales ring results this season has seen his service increase to $220,000 in 2018.

With Boulder City’s half-sister Winx racing on through the spring and his dam Vegas Showgirl booked into visit Japan’s superstar stallion Deep Impact, it is onwards and upwards for this exciting young horse’s pedigree!

Boulder City as a yearling at the Inglis Easter Sale (Sharon Chapman)

A $2.3 million Easter graduate purchased by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland, Boulder City is described by Russell Osborne as “a beautifully conformed stallion who we feel privileged to offer to the Victorian breeding industry.”

For further information on Boulder City who will stand at Riverbank alongside Redente, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Von Costa de Hero, contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or

Riverbank Farm offers vet fees and a free return for all of its stallions (conditions apply).

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