TBNSW Breeders Update Autumn 2018 - Page 18



New Stallions for New South Wales
New Stallions for New South Wales
CARAVAGGIO (USA)
Grey horse, 2014
Standing at Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
Fee: $33,000
Caravaggio (Timeform rating 123p at 2 yrs, 126 at 3 yrs) comes to
Australia with the reputation of being the fastest horse ever in the
stable of Ireland’s great trainer Aidan O’Brien.
He was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old after taking a 1000m
Maiden in Ireland then going on to victories in the Marble Hill Stakes
(Listed, 1000m at Curragh), the stallion making Coventry Stakes (Gr. 2,
1200m) at Royal Ascot and the Curragh Phoenix Stakes (Gr.1,1200m)
by four lengths.
Caravaggio added three more stakes events to his record at three
years in 2017, the highlight win coming in the Commonwealth Cup (Gr.
1, 1200m) at Royal Ascot defeating Harry Angel on whom Timeform
bestowed the very high rating of 132.
Apart from his speed and impressive record as a sprinter, Caravaggio
is perhaps the best son of the sensational sire Scat Daddy, now dead.
In his short stud career Scat Daddy has to date left 94 stakes winners
including 24 Group One winners and while he raced on dirt his progeny
have proved equally good on turf in Europe, one being No Nay Never
who made his Australian debut at Coolmore last season.
Mekko Hokte, the dam of Caravaggio, was a black type winner over
1300m as a two-year-old and is a daughter of top American galloper
Holy Bull, a very useful sire.
HENNESSY
JOHANNESBERG
MYTH
SCAT DADDY (USA)
MR PROSPECTOR
LOVE STYLE
LIKEABLE STYLE
She is also dam of stakes winner My Jen while Caravaggio’s second
dam Aerosilver is by Relaunch, another very good sire and a valuable
outcross for many Australian mares.
GREAT ABOVE
HOLY BULL
Caravaggio promises to be an ideal stallion to suit our conditions and
is one to consider if you are trying to breed a Golden Slipper winner.
SHARON BROWN
MEKKO HOKTE
RELAUNCH
AEROSILVER
SILVER IN FLIGHT
CHURCHILL (IRE)
Bay horse, 2014
Standing at Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
Fee: $27,500
Churchill (Timeform 120p at 2 yrs, 126 at 3 yrs) seems to tick all the
boxes identifying a future successful stallion as the champion twoyear-old of his year, a dual Guineas winner at three years, a striking
individual and a horse of superb breeding top and bottom.
With more speed than many of the progeny of his great sire Galileo,
Churchill looks perfectly suited to Australian conditions and with the
right mares could get outstanding two-year-olds and others able to
win at 1600m and beyond in the classics.
Churchill is one of the most precocious sons of Galileo, recording five
feature wins as a two-year-old at 1400m, most important of them the
Curragh National Stakes (Gr. 1) by more than four lengths and the
Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
He then trained on at three years to take the Group One Guineas
double in convincing style, the Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) at
Newmarket from Group One winners Barney Roy and Al Wukair
followed by the Irish Two Thousand Guineas in which he defeated the
2018 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow.
Some 11 sons of Galileo have so far sired Group One winners so
Churchill has plenty to live up to but the excellence of his female
pedigree equips him better than most to meet the challenge.
NORTHERN DANCER
SADLER’S WELLS
FAIRY BRIDGE
GALILEO (IRE)
MISWAKI
Churchill is a brother to Clemmie, rated the champion two-year-old
filly in Europe in 2017, and is out of the speedy, stakes winning twoyear-old Meow, by the great American sire Storm Cat.
URBAN SEA
ALLEGRETTA
More speed and early maturity is injected into Churchill’s pedigree by
his second dam Airwave, champion British two-year-old of 2002 and
later a top class older sprinter.
Airwave bred five winners, three of them black type winners, Meow
and the Galileo pair Aloof and Orator, three-parts relatives to Churchill.
STORM BIRD
STORM CAT
TERINGUA
MEOW (IRE)
AIR EXPRESS
AIRWAVE
KANGRA VALLEY
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NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Autumn 2018

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