The time between when a stud first stands a new stallion until that sire has his their first crop of racehorses on the track can be long and arduous.
But for a number Victorian stallion farms, the long wait is almost over for their stallions that first entered the breeding barn back in 2014.
These 2015 born crops of youngsters are now at the breakers, in the trainer’s stables and potentially just weeks away from making a trial or even race track debut.
We spoke to a few stallion farm representatives about their first crop stallions and the two-year-old progeny that are progressing with their respective trainers.
Fighting Sun – Sun Stud – Dave Grant
“We have received lots of good reports about the Fighting Suns, which is making him a very popular choice.
“Being his fourth season, and often their toughest year, Fighting Sun will have his biggest book. This is a good sign that they are breaking in extremely well and that they are going to be running early.
“There is a really nice filly out of Magic Art, with Tony McEvoy, syndicated by James Harron and JHB Syndications.
Tony commented after her first Flemington gallop, “She is a very smart filly, and once we capture it all, she will look to run in all the top class races.”
Fiorente – Sun Stud – Dave Grant
“Reports we are getting back are that they are very good movers, and although they wouldn’t have had any real pressure put on them yet, the breakers and pre-trainers are saying that they are lovely athletic horses, with a great action and light on their feet.”
War – Blue Gum Farm – Philip Campbell
“We have a War filly we retained, in training with Mike Moroney. Reports are that she has been good to educate, and Mike seems particularly happy with her.
“There are also good reports coming from our local breaker, Bryan Maher. He has had three Wars go through his stables, and he likes the way they look and the way they feel, and has now booked in a mare to him.
“Wayne Nicholls, who trains in Benalla, is also very enthusiastic about his two War babies, and has also booked into War this season, and we sold a very nice colt out of Crevasse, who is heading to the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale in October.
“With plenty of positive chat about the War youngsters, we are getting new and return bookings to the stallion, which is a very good sign and we are excited to see them on the track.”
Zoustar – Woodside Park Stud – Matt Tillett
“After making fantastic money as yearlings at all the major sales, the Zoustars have ended up with many of the bigger, elite metropolitan trainers.
“Zoustar’s trainer Chris Waller, has about 15 in his stable, which is a fantastic start for him…other trainers have called us just to say that they are very excited about their Zoustars and how precocious they are.
“Zoustar has already had a two-year-old trial winner in New Zealand, so you know they are going to hit the ground running.
“At our own pre-training and breaking facility, headed by Matty Upton, we have broken in six Zoustars, with most becoming part of the Woodside Racing Club.
“They have been able to adapt quickly to stable life, take each day in their stride and they want to be there. They are very intelligent, good eaters, and sensible horses and these qualities will make them very trainable.”
Polanski – Ducks Crossing – Jacqui McGregor
“Although it’s only early days, reports that we have been getting back are that they are very work-man-like.
“They just love being in the stables and having a job just like Polanski did. They like being in the mix, around all the action and they have good temperaments and are working with us, to break in very well.
“We have a real mix of types, with some that look like they have a bit of speed and will run early, and others looking rangier, suited to the classic staying races.
“Two in particular, a colt from a Spinning World mare and a Success Express filly look very sharp which is exciting and will put their hand up as two-year-olds.
“Now it is starting to get to the pointy end, we are very proud of Polanski, as we believe he has been very underrated.
“His owners and ourselves have bred a lot and we will take our time and do a lot of the breaking ourselves to make sure they get to the races and have every chance.”
Kuroshio – Darley Northwood – Andy Makiv
“Kuroshio was the epitome of juvenile speed. Wonderfully fast, by a champion stallion out of a great family.
“The yearlings sold very well and given the way his bookings are going this year I suspect the breakers and trainers must be seeing something very exciting.”