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Victoria acquires significant Australian-bred first season sires

Paulele will stand in Victoria (IMG: Racing Photos)

Victorian Breeders and stud farms continue to back the state as the premier place to breed in Australia with three Australian-bred first season sires to call Victoria home for the foreseeable future.

On April 13, it was announced that Group 1-winning entire Paulele would stand at Darley, Northwood Park this coming season for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST), an exciting time for all involved at Darley.

Paulele adds an exciting juvenile flavour to the state having won at stakes level at both two and three, but impressively backed that up, and improved at the age of four when winning the 2022 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes with a phenomenal last to first effort.

“The decision to stand Paulele in Victoria was straightforward; there’s significant investment in the Victorian industry from investment in broodmare bands through to infrastructure, training facilities and operations to race programming, welfare initiatives and even the all-important VOBIS scheme that rewards both owners and breeders,” said Godolphin Australia’s Managing Director Vin Cox.

“He’s good-looking, he’s a G1 weight-for-age sprint winner - and he had to do it from barrier 15 carrying the top weight (58.5kg) and come from last to do so – not easy. We gene tested him and confirmed he has the sought-after CC speed gene, and Australia has the perfect environment to rear the best sprinters in the world.”

Along with the announcement of Paulele, Darley are also set to move superstar Street Boss back to Victoria from Kelvinside, now coming back home to where Australia’s champion racehorse Anamoe was conceived. Street Boss will stand for $66,000 (inc GST).

Having not stood stallions for the 2022 breeding season, Blue Gum Farm, now owned by Trilogy Racing are set to dip their hand back into the stallion ranks having acquired ex-Newgate stallion and the sire of two-time Group 1 winner Artorius, Flying Artie along with first season sire Sejardan.

Trained by renowned two-year-old trainer Gary Portelli, Sejardan was a multiple stakes-winner who was able to match and beat the best at both two and three, but packed what was clearly an explosive turn of foot that few rivals could match.

"He was the dominant pre-Christmas two-year-old in Sydney winning both the Group 3 Breeders Plate and $1 million Golden Gift before returning in the autumn to win the Group 2 Todman and was luckless in the Golden Slipper won by his stablemate Fireburn," said Blue Gum Farm's Sean Dingwall.

"Sejardan has a pedigree packed with Australian speed influences and we see that as a proven path to sire success."

Sejardan will stand for an affordable fee of $13,750 (inc GST) while Flying Artie is set to stand for $16,500 (inc GST).

Set for their third season in Victoria, Widden teased Victorian’s in a recent release of their 2023 stallion roster, indicating that a first season sire was to be offered to the state’s breeders.

Many names were thrown around, but in the end it was Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up and Blue Sapphire winner Bruckner that would be announced as Widden’s new and exciting, young stallion.

Already with rich Victorian history behind him having been sold as a yearling by Phil Campbell at Inglis Melbourne Premier 2020 for $725,000, it is thrilling to have this stunning entire standing in his home state.

“It’s great to see him coming back to Victoria, he’s a cracking looking colt from a family I love and he will be a look and book type stallion for sure,” Campbell said.

Bruckner will stand at Widden Victoria for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) this season.

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