Victorian based stallion farm, Sun Stud has announced a 11-strong stallion roster for the 2018 breeding season, which includes exciting newcomers, National Defense from Ireland and the son of Snitzel, Thronum.

“Sun Stud is very excited about introducing National Defense and Thronum this season,” Sun Stud’s Senior Sales & Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, points out.

“National Defense was a brilliant 2YO and is sure to catch the attention of local broodmare owners keen to tap into the Invincible Spirit connection.

A Champion 2YO in Europe, National Defense won his maiden by 6 lengths before capturing the Group 1 Prix Lagardere in a canter (4.5 lengths) and is currently working his way through an outstanding book of mares at the Irish National Stud.

Importantly, National Defense is by Invincible Spirit, whose sire sons in Australia include the all-conquering I Am Invincible.

“Thronum’s race record speaks for itself, but it’s a real stallion’s pedigree too: apart from being a son of Snitzel, his family is jam-packed with black type talent, and he is closely related to outstanding sires Shamardal and Street Cry.”

Thronum, a Lindsay Park trained son of Snitzel, won his first two races as a 2YO, then won again first up as a 3YO in the Listed Rosebud Stakes. In January, he led throughout to win the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley. At his most recent outing, Thronum finished a narrow second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

Also standing at Sun Stud in 2018 will be Magnus, Palentino, Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Bel Esprit, Love Conquers All, Ready For Victory, Squamosa and Moshe.

“Magnus remains in the top 15 sires in the nation by winners and earnings (over $4.7 million this season), while dual Group One winner Palentino covered an outstanding book of mares last spring and we’re very much looking forward to his first crop of foals … especially if they look anything like him!” Lindsay adds.

“Fighting Sun has gotten off to a flying start with his first runners – 5 winners in total, including the Stakes winning colt, Chess Star, and the Group placed filly, Platinum Mam’selle. And Fiorente has had his first winner, Hawkshot and a city placegetter from only three runners.

“Sun Stud’s decision to consolidate all its stallions at the Victorian base, also sees Champion Sire Bel Esprit returning south – fittingly he is the leading VOBIS sire, while we also welcome Love Conquers All, a Champion Australian First Season Sire by Winners and source of such outstanding sprinters as 4-time Group winner, Savanna Amour.

“We’re particularly taken with the first foals of Flemington 2YO Stakes winner, Ready For Victory, who actually covered a bigger book of mares in his second season after breeders got the opportunity to see what he was capable of producing.

Additionally, Champion Victorian First Season sire Squamosa, and Black Caviar’s brother, Moshe – 40 winners this season – are certainly priced attractively for mare owners.”

2018 Sun Stud Service Fees (Inc GST)

  • Thronum TBA Magnus $19,800
  • Fiorente $17,600 Palentino $17,600
  • Fighting Sun $15,400 Moshe $5,500
  • National Defense $11,000 Love Conquers All $8,800
  • Ready For Victory $6,600 Squamosa $6,600

For further information on Sun Stud’s 2018 lineup, phone Mark Lindsay on 0499 032 986 or visit www.sunstud.com.au

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