Warrior’s Reward (USA) took the eye during the Spendthrift Farm parades on the weekend and he already has 100 mares confirmed this year.

That’s a major mark-up from his first southern book and reflects the significant expansion of Spendthrift’s operations after its first 12 months in Victoria.

“Apart from our Victorian clients, Warrior’s Reward will also be covering mares from NSW, South Australia and Tasmania,” Spendthrift’s Australian general manager Garry Cuddy said.  “He impressed everyone at our open days.  He’s a big, good-looking horse and his strike-rate in the USA is 64% with four crops racing.”

Shares in Warrior’s Reward have traded as high as $94,500 in the USA and he stands for $11,000 (inc gst) fee in Victoria.

Warrior’s Reward was the first Group 1 winner by super-sire Medaglia d’Oro when he claimed the 2010 Carter Hcp in New York.  He was Group 2 placed in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga and Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park.

Cuddy also explained Spendthrift’s ‘Breed Secure’ program that is proving increasingly popular with broodmare owners and busy is the byword with the farm’s sales team of Josh Rix and Mark Szczepanowski.

Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice) and Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) fill out the Spendthrift roster at Romsey and its racing division is also making inroads with recent winners Spirit And Fire (Canterbury) and Into Orbit (Pakenham).

Into Orbit turned a 1100m maiden into a procession last Tuesday bolting in by more than 4 lengths on debut from front-running filly La Bandita.  “Spendthrift has another very nice horse on its hands,” jockey Dwayne Dunn said back in the enclosure.  “He steadied out of the gates but when I gave him a bang he overdid it and raced up outside the leader.

“He switched off and relaxed before I asked him for an effort in the straight.  He lowered down, stuck his head out and really found the line.  There’s better races in store for this horse!”

Into Orbit (Northern Meteor) is trained by Team Hawkes and cost $350,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  His dam Rockin Babe (Rock of Gibraltar) is a half-sister to leading Queensland stallion Hidden Dragon.

Spirit And Fire (More Than Ready) is also with Team Hawkes and both colts are part of an exciting crop of promising three year-olds for Spendthrift.  “They’re a big operation and have some good ones coming through,” Dunn added.  “I rode another one of their winners Ameristralia at Bendigo last week.”

Into Orbit holds entries for the all the spring features.  “He’s just been doing it under his own steam until now and that win will give him more confidence going forward.  He’s a sensational looking individual and is well above Saturday class!”

For more information about Spendthrift’s Breed Secure program and its stallions, please contact Garry Cuddy (0410 451 595), Josh Rix (0499 880 855), Mark Szczepanowski (0499 444 052) or visit www.spendthrift.com.au

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