The prestigious National Breeding Awards were handed out at the a presentation held in conjunction with Darley’s annual stallion parade in the Hunter Valley last Saturday.
Reflecting the growth in quality of Victoria’s breeding sector, two of the five awards went the way of Victorians.
The new-look event, hosted by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), was compered by popular industry personality Caroline Searcy.
Responsible for siring the outstanding juvenile galloper Capitalist, Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon won the Champion Sire of 2YOs for the first time.
Producing three individual two-year old stakes winners for the 2015-16 season and with two-year-old progeny earnings of over $4 million, this is the second championship title for Written Tycoon.
He had previously taken out the Champion Australia First Season Sire in season 2010-2011.
TBA and Aushorse Chief Executive Tom Reilly presented the award to Woodside Park’s Mark Rowsthorn.
The Aushorse Marketing Breeder of the Australian-bred Exported Racehorse, went to John and Margaret Thompson, breeders of multiple Group winner Rangipo, a son of Three Bridges sire Stryker.
Presented by TBA Vice President, Derek Field, to Peter Liston from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, award-winner Rangipo recorded wins at Group level on four separate occasions throughout the season.
These wins were highlighted by his thrilling victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby back in March. The win was his seventh success of his three-year-old campaign, which also featured wins in the Group 2 Great Northern, Waikato and Avondale Guineas.
Rangipo is by Three Bridges’ resident stallion Stryker (AUS), out of the New Zealand-bred mare Holloway Castle (NZ). Holloway Castle resides at Three Bridges and Peter Liston was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Thompsons.
Rangipo is now being aimed at Group One races in Melbourne during the Spring Racing Carnival by his trainer Tony Pike including the re-positioned Longines Mile on Derby Day.