Riverbank’s Farm Russell Osborne and Dr Caroline Duddy are pleased to announce the addition of two young stallions to their roster for the spring of 2017.

The up-and-coming Group 1 winner Skilled and the regally bred first season stallion Wayed Zain join the popular Redente (who served a terrific book of 103 mares last year) and Encosta de Lago’s VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning son Von Costa de Hero at the Benalla stud.

“We were not really on the hunt for two new stallions…but the opportunity came to stand Skilled and Wayed Zain and we are delighted to get them,” Duddy said.

Riverbank Farm's new sire Wayed Zain

Riverbank Farm’s new sire Wayed Zain

One of the best two-year-olds of his year, Godolphin Racing’s Skilled performed consistently throughout a demanding juvenile campaign – racing six times, recording three victories.

As a 2YO, Skilled progressed through the classes to win the Listed Baillieu Stakes and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. He was also just been beaten in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes – splitting Yosei and Hinchinbrook – for second place.

At three, Skilled was placed in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and a number of other black type races in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Retiring to stud as the winner of over $580,000 in stakes, Skilled has called Darley Victoria’s base his home for the last few years. From there he has sired 12 smart winners from his first crop who are just three.

Just some of his talented runners thus far have been the Morphettville dual winner So Skilled, fellow South Australian Cayman Dayze, the Tasmanian Little Elsa, the Matt Laurie trained Lady Skills and Godolphin’s Pecans.

Meanwhile Leishman and Undetected are showing good promise for the Mitchell Freedman stable whilst Skilled Hunter and Tradies Tea break are impressive last start winners with plenty more to offer. And then there is the Hong Kong based Empire Star who created a big impression flying home from a long way back to run second at his Happy Valley debut in mid-March.

Skilled is a son of the late Commands who, with his 72 stakes winners (including 11 Group One winners) and 70.3% winners-to-runners strike rate, has been one of the country’s most reliable stallions.

Skilled is a son of the wonderful mare Dextrous, Sandown Guineas winning dam of the Group Two winners Sidestep and Ambidexter from a prolific black type family that produced one Australia’s best ever mares, the champion Emancipation.

“Ever since we decided to stand Skilled we have been getting all these phone calls from breeders telling us how much they like him,” Duddy said.

“So many people have a Skilled youngster who they really like and with that in mind we are confident that the best is ahead for him.”

Due to serve his first book this spring, Wayed Zain boasts a pedigree to impress.

Not only is he by Sadler’s Wells’ seven times Group One winning son High Chaparral whose son So You Think is making such a great start to his stud career – but he is from a family that has produced two of the best stallions to have stood in Victoria.

For Wayed Zain is out of the Al Maher mare Zyoon, the only filly produced by the city winning Star Way mare Shoal Creek.

She, of course, made her contribution to racing and breeding by producing the Group 1 winner Encosta de Lago – champion sire of 112 stakes winners including 27 Group 1 winners.

Shoal Creek’s dam Rolls – who is proving herself an excellent line-breeding subject – also made her mark at stud with her wonderful son Flying Spur.

The winner of two (both at metropolitan level in Sydney) of his five starts, Wayed Zain is bred on the highly successful High Chaparral/Danehill cross – one that has produced big race winners Inference, Tivaci, Free Eagle, Charmont, Fenway and Pondarosa Miss.

“He is such a beautiful big horse,” Duddy enthused, adding that Wayed Zain possesses a great temperament with plenty of presence.

Wayed Zain makes his stud debut at a fee of $2,200 whilst Skilled stands for $3,300.

Von Costa de Hero – whose first crop are running at a 60% winning strike rate – remains at $2,200 whilst the popular Redente (who last Wednesday was represented by impressive maiden winner Reddour) will stand at $3850.

All service fees are inclusive of GST and include the reproductive vet costs – a real bonus!

For further information contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or visit: www.riverbankfarm.com.au

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