A perennial source of quality racehorses, Victoria’s Larneuk Stud has unveiled its lineup for spring: a diverse quartet whose own sires have produced 534 stakes winners of $750 million.
Heading up the team is Lope de Vega’s multiple Group 2 winner ENDLESS DRAMA who is poised to cover his second book of mares at Larneuk. Embraced by breeders in 2021, the Apollo Stakes winner and Group 1 Stradbroke placed sprinter/miler covered an impressive book in his initial book and, according to Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch, took to it like a duck to water.
“Fortunately, local breeders got to see him finish third behind Winx in the Apollo and then win it the next year, along with a terrific third in the (Group 1) Stradbroke, but he was also a dual Group 2 winner across the pond in New Zealand and, earlier in his career, multiple Group 1 placed the United Kingdom behind absolute superstars like Gleneagles and Belardo,” Murdoch points out. “Breeders know all about his sire Lope de Vega too, courtesy of Santa Ana Lane, Gytrash, Vega Magic and co., but he’s been on absolute fire over the last 12 months with Vega One winning the Group 1 (Kingsford Smith) in Brisbane … 24 stakes winners since last May … and 200 winners – incredible. And we’ve got one of the few sons of his standing in Australia. Absolutely can’t wait for his first foals because if they’re anything like him we’ll be over the moon.”
Endless Drama’s fee for 2022 remains unchanged at $8,800 … excellent value for a stallion of this calibre.
Also gearing up for his second season at the picturesque Larneuk is Snitzel’s proven performer, WANDJINA, who has likewise been far from idle since shifting south.
Typical of so many stallions, Wandjina appears to be doing his best work after relocation to Victoria. A Group 1 Australian Guineas winner who already had runs on board with progeny such as Group 2 winning 2YO and Golden Slipper placed, Mamaragan, Wandjina’s ‘tally’ since his arrival at Larneuk includes Group wins to Wandabaa, a Moonee Valley stakes win for Express Pass, a stakes victory for Tiger Road, multiple stakes placings for Tramonto, stakes performances for Wolf Moon and a host of city winners.
At $6,600, there are few better value stallions in the country.
Speaking of excellent value, stakes producers CLUSTER and WOLF CRY both stand at $3,300 in 2022.
A Group 2 winning son of Champion Sire and sire of sires, Fastnet Rock, Cluster has a penchant for producing early comers – as Group 2 Silver Slipper runnerup, Rocket Tiger and stakes-placed 2YO Gee Gees Darl would testify.
Meanwhile, WOLF CRY – a multiple stakes-placed 2YO by Winx’s sire Street Cry (134 stakes winners) – has done an exceptional job despite limited runners, which include stakes-placed 2YO, General Wolffe and the Group placed 2YO Wolves.
For further information, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.
LARNEUK STUD 2022 FEES
Endless Drama $8,800
Wolf Cry $3,300