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Artie Schiller returns to Stockwell

Stockwell, the oldest thoroughbred stud farm in Victoria, is back in business with Artie Schiller returning to the fold.

Originally the farm was known as Chelandry Stud, owned by Ken Williams, he stood Chantry, Black Pampas, the sire of Lord Gavin, and for a time, Wateringbury, before he moved to West Australia, where Aquanita was sired.

When Ken Cox, a leading industrialist and a committeeman of Victoria Racing Club, took control of the property, it was renamed Stockwell.

Over a period of 40 years 19 stallions, at various times, have stood at Stockwell, some have been disappointing, but we don’t talk about those, when we focus on Showdown.

Showdown figured in the three top sires list 3 times, siring 151 winners, and was top sire and all round champion, in season 1975-76, with 54 wins.    

Mike Becker, and his son Brodie, are leasing Stockwell, and Artie Schiller returns to his former home with an impressive record as a racehorse, having had 22 starts, winning 10 races, including the prestigious US Breeders Cup Mile, he was only out of a place 4 times, collecting US $2.088.853 in stake earnings.

However, while his race record is impressive, it does not exceed his stud record, with 476 winners of over $44 million, 4 Group winners, 35 stakes winners, and 30 stakes placegetters.

Artie Schiller is by El Prado, a stakes winning son of Sadler’s Wells, while his dam, Hidden Light by Majestic, was a remarkable mare on and off the race track, she won the Santa Anita Oaks Group1, the Hollywood Oaks Group1, and the Del Mar Oaks Group 2.

Hidden Light, the dam of Artie Schiller, was a remarkable mare; besides winning three Oaks, she produced 14 foals, 13 raced 10 won races.

In his absence from Stockwell, he has sired potentially the outstanding stud prospect in Flying Artie, he was an exceptional three year old and lightly raced, his future looks secured.

Artie Schiller stands at a realistic fee for what is a proven sire; he won among the most prestigious races in the United States, the Breeders Cup

He stands at an attractive fee $13,000 plus GST

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Strategic Passes On

Strategic, who spent much of his stud life between Darley, Nagambie, and Darley, in the Hunter Valley, where he died earlier last week; he was rising 26 years of age.

Naturally the majority of his life was spent at stud; he retired as a 4 year old and was covering mares up until 2014.

Strategic was a pretty handy sprinter by Zeditave, he inherited much of the speed of his sire, he was an early two year old that came to hand quickly.

Shin soreness didn’t bother him, as it does with some youngsters, he won four races as a two year old, three were at Group level, including the Silver Slipper Stakes.

He had to wait a little longer for that elusive Group 1 that bobbed up in the Australia Day Stakes at Moonee Valley.

His pedigree is more than interesting; it is intriguing, as his dam, Sudden Impulse, is by Luskin Star, from Sweet Embrace, each had won the Golden Slipper Stakes.  

Hence the pedigree has a double cross of Star Kingdom

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Strategic in his paddock


Shuttle Sire hits the Spot

Windsor Park (NZ), shuttle sire, Charm Spirit, has gone off with a bang, siring his fifth individual juvenile winner at Salisbury (NZ), last week.

The two year old colt, Foresti, won the Whitsbury Manor two year old Blagrave Maiden Stakes over 1400 metres, by a short head, over Dombra, with a further two lengths back to Momkin, in third place.

Foresti joins Charm Spirit’s other two year olds for the season, The Paddocks, Charming Kid, Oberyn Martell, and Diviner, as Charm Spirit’s other juvenile winners.

“It’s pretty exciting stuff for Windsor Park Stud, as he has some exciting horses in Europe, it is really encouraging for his first crop in the Southern Hemisphere, “ said Windsor Park Stud’s principal, Rodney Schink.

“We have had a lot of feedback from the breakers, so there is some exciting times in store for us next season,” he said.

Charm Spirit’s yearlings have sold up to $400,000 in New Zealand, where he is really leaving very nice horses; they were popular and well sought after at the January yearling sales.

Charm Spirit was a very good racehorse, exceptional in fact, he only campaigned with the best, winning six races from 1400 to 1600 metres, with 1.166,105 English pounds in stakes earnings.

His six wins included the Ascot Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes Group1, Pri du Moulin Longchamp Grou1, Chantilly Prix Jean Prat Group 1, and Prix Paul de Moussac, Group 3

Charm Spirit is by Invincible Spirit, whose grey son, Zebedee, is wooing Europe, siring an average of 30 winners per season.

While another son, I Am Invincible is bordering on $14,000,000 in progeny earnings this current season.

He stands at Yarraman Park, at Scone. He is currently second on the Australian Sires List.

Charm Spirit MobileCharm Spirit - Standing at Windsor Park New Zealand


Redkirk Warrior set for July Cup

Redkirk has taken no harm from his ordinary run in the Golden Jubilee Stakes, and will press on to the July Cup, at Newmarket, run over six furlongs.

“If we can get him back in form and change a couple of things in the next two or three weeks, he can turn things around, because he’s got ability,”said David Hayes.

While Hayes was quick to deflect any blame away from jockey, Frankie Dettori, Hayes flagged the possibility of a rider change for the July Cup to be at Newmarket on the 14th of next month.

Regan Bayliss does have a successful affinity with Redkirk Warrior, having won the Newmarket twice on the gelding, and the Lighting Stakes up the straight at Flemington, however, the connections opted to utilise the services of Dettori at Royal Ascot.

Breaking up a winning combination has come asunder many times in the past, and it will happen again, owners sometime think they know best.

Redkirk Warrior would’nt have won in a fit, but that is not the point, Bayliss deserved the ride, he has firsthand knowledge of the horse, that is a huge advantage, the owners pulled the wrong rein and there are no second chances.    


Red Carpet out for Zoustar

With the five days of Royal Ascot done and dusted, the way is paved for the emergence of the exciting stallion Zoustar.

Sitting quietly in a London hotel, just before the start of the first race at Royal Ascot and the four days to follow, this excites David Redvers, but nothing compares to the prospect of welcoming one of Australia’s most exciting young stallions to Britain for 2019.

Zoustar is set to be crowned Australia’s champion first season sire, he will shuttle to stand at Tweenhills Stud next year and that represents much hard work and preparation, but could hardly be more exciting.

In a press release last week, circulated with the announcement, Redvers described the opportunity to stand the son of Northern Meteor in Britain as, “the most exciting deal I have been involved with in my career.“.

Zoustar will cover mares to Northern Hemisphere time in the beginning in March of next year atTweenhills Stud, and return to Widden Stud in plenty of time for the 2019 Southern Hemisphere season, commencing in September.

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