Saturday’s explosive Group 3 Irwin Stakes winner Nostradamus will get every chance at stud with a big group of Victorian breeders behind Rosemont Stud’s son of Medaglia D’Oro.
Now a live chance in next month’s Group 1 Goodwood (1200m), the one-time Golden Slipper favourite boasts excellent credentials to make it at stud.
Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen identified the horse late last year as just the right talent to add to the progressive farm’s stallion roster. “He picked himself really,” Mithen said.
“Behind Vancouver, he’s the second best performed colt son of Medaglia D’Oro in the southern-hemisphere and he’s not done yet.
“He holds entries for the Goodwood and the Stradbroke and it wouldn’t surprise me if he picks one of them off. He’s a smashing sort and a super precocious two year-old who trained on to win Group races at three and four.
Nostradamus won a Flemington juvenile on debut and his first stakes win came as a spring three year-old when taking out the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) in Sydney when the beaten division included Wandjina and Hampton Court.
He trained on to win the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas later in the season and is finishing his career in similar style as a four year-old.
“He’s assured great support and we’ve sold 20 breeding rights to some of the best breeders in Victoria including Musk Creek, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Glentree, Princeton Stud, Robert Crabtree, Michael Christian, Rushton Park and Hollylodge Stud among others.
Nostradamus is a half-brother to emerging stallion Star Witness and cost $500,000 at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale. His dam Leone Chiara (Lion Hunter) won the Irwin Stakes in 2006 and she is a sister to Ferocity (Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes) and Chinchilla Rose (Group 2 QTC Cup).
“He already has a book of more than 60 mares, so we would encourage those interested in Nostradamus to contact us quick smart,” Mithen said.
“While Vancouver is unachievable for most breeders at $60k, this bloke will be realistically priced at a fraction of that when we announce a fee next month.”