Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire of last season, Squamosa, produced a memorable double on Saturday on both sides of the ditch.
The highlight of the double was the win of filly Kiwi Ida in the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes over 1200m at Riccarton in New Zealand. She is a product of Nathalia’s Ponderosa Park. It was Squamosa’s first black-type win as a sire.
Also scoring for the sire on Saturday was the Mick Price trained, Sun Stud homebred Sun Quan who gave his rivals a galloping lesson with an easy five length win at Tatura.
Ponderosa Park’s Paul Kelly and Sue Miller bred Kiwi Ida, sending their Blevic mare, Empress Ida, to Sun Stud’s then first season stallion, Squamosa, in the spring of 2013 and dispatching the resultant filly to the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.
The filly caught the eye of New Zealand trainers, John and Karen Parsons where they snapped her up for just $4,000: a pretty astute purchase given that Kiwi Ida has now won four of 10 outings with a further five placings – two of those at stakes level.
Saturday’s victory has since seen Kiwi Ida firm in the markets for the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on 18 November.
“We’ve been waiting a while for Kiwi Ida to win that black type,” Ponderosa Park’s Paul Kelly enthused.
“Even before the horse first raced, Karen Parsons told me that Kiwi Ida would win a stakes race and she’s proven to be spot on.”
“Fortunately, we have a few irons in the fire where Kiwi Ida is concerned. We’ve not only got Empress Ida, but we also have her half-sister, Imperial Ida, and their dam, Queen Ida, a half-sister to Royal Ida (18 wins, including 10 stakes victories).
“Empress Ida is back in foal to Niconoise (who they stand at Ponderosa Park) but the mare is returning to Squamosa this spring.”
Bringing up the Squamosa double was the ultra-impressive Mick Price trained Sun Quan, who at only his fourth race on Saturday, looks sure to be heading to the city very soon.
A half-brother to the Group placed Lord of the Valley, Sun Quan is out of the Bigstone mare, Lady of the Valley and close related to Kiwi Group One winner Sirstaci and his Group One winning half sister, Nimue.
It certainly augurs well for the Not a Single Doubt stallion, Squamosa, who was a brilliant performer at two and three.
“Squamosa was a very good racehorse for Star Thoroughbreds, being undefeated at two and actually breaking the race record when just beaten for second in the Golden Rose in 2010.” Sun Stud sales manager, Phil Marshall, reveals.
“Squamosa was Champion Victorian First Season Sire last year, but he’s just starting to get numbers through which is generating quite a bit of interest from broodmare owners.”
Squamosa is standing at Sun Stud for $6,600 for the 2017 season.