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Squamosa sires first winner

Sun Stud had good reason to celebrate when Squamosa sired his very first winner with his first runner, when Kiwi Ida saluted the judge in far off Riccarton in New Zealand.

However, it comes as no surprise really as Squamosa has a typical sprinters pedigree, with an impressive winning strike rate, exceeding sires considered in the higher bracket.

Kiwi Ida was his first winner and she could go on, she is out of Empress Ida by Blevic, he won a Derby and has since proved to be among our better sires during his period at stud.

The two year old daughter of Squamosa put the writing on the wall, winning successive trials in August, she carried that form into her first race start in the Nobby Bussell Memorial two year old, over 800 metres.

Kiwi Ida justified her trainer’s high opinion as she ran down the hot favourite, sitting three wide, the winning margin was 6 lengths, she virtually won in a canter.

Sun’s Stud Managing Director, Danielle Cheng, was excited when she heard about the win as she takes great interest in the horses and how they are progressing.

Squamosa was only lightly raced, having just the seven starts, resulting in four wins, placed once; he was successful at Group3 level in winning the Run to the Roses at Rosehill.

He has a proven winning dam line over three generations, flavoured with a touch of Star Kingdom through his grandson Bletchingly.

Squamosa is a near complete replica of his sire, Not A Single Doubt, with a strong rich bay, free of white markings, with the exception of a white star on his forehead.

Both stand 15.3 hands, with each winning four races, about the only difference being, Not A Single Doubt went to the starting gate 10 times.

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Sun Stud’s Sires on the Ball

The latest two sires located at Sun Studs, Reward For Victory in Victoria, and Jabali in Queensland, have settled in well to their new domains.

Both are off to a brilliant beginning with each showing positive results with mares covered so far this season.

At the recent parade day conducted at Sun Stud, Reward For Victory impressed, he is letting down rather quickly into really a lovely stallion, he is a quality thoroughbred, he is gaining popularity with breeders.

He could have even been a Golden Slipper winner, had he not run off the course at a vital stage of the race in the straight, otherwise there could have been a different result.

Reward For Victory has proven his fertility, already he is entitled to receive a quality of mares, particularly in his first season, that is essential.

His pedigree can be well documented, being by More Than Ready, the only horse to become champion sire of two year olds in both hemispheres, the U S and Australia.

The female line has quite some depth, his dam, Crillon by Zabeel, is a granddaughter of Ruby, the dam of Rubiton, and Euclase, a quality sprinter

Ready For victory CustomReward For Victory by More Than Ready

Jabali was a good colt, but also unlucky, he met the best of his age, and whilst he turned in some excellent performances, there was often a story of how he was beaten.

However, there was no hard luck associated with the Group 2 Brisbane Guineas; he came right away to win impressively.

Jabali, is by Danehill’s most brilliant son, Exceed And Excel, an outstanding success as a sire in both hemispheres, in the United Kingdom and here.

Sons of Danehill are well documented as proven sires; it has been a marvellous era, the breeding through sons of Danehill.

His dam, Balalaika, is a half sister to Miss Scaramanga, the dam of Love Of Mary, by Zeditive, produced no less than eight winners.

Jabali CustomJabali by Exceed And Excell

Condor Heroes, a colt by Not A Single Doubt, to be raced by Sun Bloodstock, raised a few eye brows at the Randwick two year old trials yesterday, when he scampered over the task of 850 metres in 50.52 seconds, putting a space between himself and his nearest rival of nine and a quarter lengths.

He is sure to become a serious contender for the time honoured Breeders Plate, to be run in a couple of weeks.


Sun Stud Appoints Manager

David Grant, who has a wealth of experience in the bloodstock industry, has been appointed as operations manager at Sun Stud.

He has all the skills required, having spent three years at the Irish National Stud, besides being stud manager at Devon Park and Emirates Park, in Victoria.

David is a natural for this position, Sun Stud’s Managing Director, Danielle Cheng, enthused.

“He has a wealth of experience in every facet of the industry, and importantly he is a great networker, familiar with our clients, both in Victoria and Queensland, “she said.

David is a very competent horseman, during his stint at the Irish National Stud he looked after Indian Ridge, whose opening service fee was 2,000 Euros, finally reaching 60,000 Euros.

At the same time Invincible Spirit was also at the Irish National Stud, he sired 1188 runners, of 832 were winners, including 96 Stakes winners, and sire sensation, Zebedee.

His brother, Michael, trains in Perth where he prepared Catsfun, winner of the 2006 West Australian Derby

David Grant photo CustomSun Stud's Operation Manager David Grant


Sun Stud winners

Sun Stud was among the winners over the week-end, with their sires well represented in the winner’s circle.

The Newmarket Handicap success, WANTED, got the ball rolling at Morphettville when the three year old filly, Mystified, opened her winning account in spectacular fashion, collecting the thick end of the prize by two and a quarter lengths.

One would assume she can improve on that as it was her first outing under silk; she is trained by Ryan Balfour on the course.

Little is known of Capiton City, except to say he gave WANTED a well earned winner at far off Ballina.

STATUE OF LIBERTY and MAGNUS also sired winners at Bairnsdale, when New York saluted for STATUE OF LIBERTY and Magnette for MAGNUS at the same venue, he gets a stack of winners and can play some of the imports on a break.

Wanted CustomWanted - A Group 1 winner


Magnus Gets His Ton

With the 2015-2016 racing season drawing to a close, Magnus has proved a great asset for Sun Stud, siring 109 winners from 207 starters, a winning average of 52.7 per cent.

He is the proven sire; we have so few in Victoria, the better mares are still going into the Hunter Valley that will never cease.

There is still a lot of border hopping that will never be arrested, the same old theory with the perception that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Magnus is bred on an exciting cross, by one of Danehill’s better sons in Flying Spur, he won the Golden Slipper and sired a Slipper winner in the Autumn to follow, he excelled winning the Australian Guineas and the All Aged Stakes, both over a mile, I thought that may have overshadowed his Slipper win.

Our subject Magnus is out of a brilliant sprinting mare in Scandinavia, she had nine foals to race for six winners, while her unraced daughter, Helinge, is the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

Scandinavia was by the ever brilliant Snippets, from Song of Norway, by the incomparable Vain, he raced as if he had a wing on every hoof.

Magnus answers all the questions, he is a consistent sire over, with 100 winners this season, he ticks all the boxers.

Magnus CustomMagnus at stud


Sun Stud among the winners

Sun Stud is credited with a two state double with Magnus, when Intrigo won at Sandown Park, while Kolonga recorded a win at Eagle Farm.

Wanted made it a treble for Sun Stud when he won at Canterbury over 1580 metres, for the training partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden of Randwick.

Magnus is doing a great job, siring 106 wins to his credit this season, second to Written Tycoon.


Queensland Winners

Queensland received a worthwhile boost; when Miss Cover Girl recorded her second Group 1 win when she held on to defeat the favourite, Azkadellia, in the Sky Racing Tatt’s Club Tiara at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Not only was it great to retain the race for the sunshine state where her sire, Monashee Mountain. stands at the recently renamed Sun Stud.

Whilst he was bred in the U S ,his entire racing career was restricted to Ireland, where he had seven starts for four wins, most at 1400 metres, with the exception of one win at 1200 metres.

Monashee Mountain, bred in the US, is a much travelled sire, with horses flying out of one hemisphere into another; the best bloodlines in the world can be sought so easily, with the advantage of world travel designed for livestock.

Monashee Mountain has plenty of previous flyer points up, however, at 19 years of age he has just about been grounded to spend his time in sunny Queensland.  

He has sired more than 500 winners and 17 Stakes horses, he had well and truly earned his keep with progeny earnings of $33 million.


Sun Stud Breeding Winners

Morphettville Parks – Alitaka --by Wanted

Belmont Park – Great Shot – by Magnus

Swan Hill – Magnus Magic –by Magnus

Edenhope –Kookiecutter -- by Sharkbite

Edenhope –Shark Shuffle – by Sharkbite


Sun Stud Bought Well

Sun Stud was among the prominent buyers at last week’s Magic Millions mare’s sales on the Gold Coast, a criteria was set for young stakes winning mares in foal to leading sires.

This will ensure that yearling prices in 18 months time will at least redeem 50 per cent of the original outlay.


Lot 816 SABIE $390,000
Stakes Winner In Foal To Medaglia d’ Oro

Lot 888 THE FILLY $320,000
Group 3 Winner In Foal to Sebring

Lot 917 VINTEDGE $400,000
Group 2 Winner In Foal to Medaglia d’ Oro

Lot 696 ALWAYS DISCREET $400,000
Group 2 Placed In Foal to Sebring

Lot 944 YOSEI $580,000
Group1 Winner In Foal to Deep Field

Lot 1107 Fine Bubbles $400,000
Group 3 Winner In Foal to I Am Invincible

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Group 3 success Fine Bubbles


City winner for Moshe

Moshe sired his first winner here when Moshway led for much of the way to win the Samson Handicap, at Sandown Park on Saturday.

That was the first Melbourne winner sired by Moshe, and it could not have come at a more appropriate time, with the breeding season just three months off.

He has now sired three winners, including a stakes winner, from 18 of his progeny to race, not a bad average and much better than some of the more expensive sires that have yet to get a winner.

He is a full brother to Black Caviar and a half brother to All Too Hard, it is a sire family evidenced by Magnus and Wilander, until he became infertile.

Moshe is bred on a double cross of Vain, a brilliant sire, a champion racehorse, a winner of 12 of his 14 starts; every win was at Group level, the only three year old ever to win three times against open age over a four day V R C carnival.

His sire, Bel Esprit, was purchased as a yearling for the paltry sum of $9,000; as all the so called good judges knocked him back due to a hock injury.

Bel Esprit has since surely squared the ledger after winning eight races, including the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Doomben 10,000, earning over $2 million in stakes and siring progeny earnings in excess of $45 million.

Whilst Moshe inherited the precociousness of his sire, Bel Esprit, his racing career was much shorter, he was limited to just five starts, winning three times.

His oldest progeny are about to turn three, that will be the season when we are likely to see a marked increase in the numbers of his progeny racing.

He covered a big book of mares in his first and second seasons, and there are a lot of young horses out there yet to be tried.

Private breeders are inclined to give his horses more time in the paddock before they race them, just the opposite to the commercial breeders that breed to sell.

Moshe 2015 sml CustomMoshe by Bel Esprit at Sun Stud

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