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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



Leading stallion operation, SUN STUD, has announced the introduction of the ‘Sun Club’, an exciting opportunity for broodmare owners to secure lifetime breeding rights in two of the Stud’s promising sires, Ready For Victory and Jabali.

Sales & Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, released details of the initiative pointing out -

“The premise of the Sun Clun is quite simple, but the benefits have the potential to reward our club member’s long term, “Lindsay points out.

Basically ,Sun Club members send one mare in 2016 to Ready For Victory for $16,500 (2016), Service Fee $9,900 + $6,600 VOBIS SIRES scheme /Sun Club Membership), or to Jabali $9.900 (2016 Service Fee $7,700 + $2,200 Sun Club Membership).

Payment is not due until you actually have a live foal on the ground, which works along similar lines to the Live Foal Payment we have on all Sun Stud stallions.

“You are then open to send a mare Free in 2017, and a mare in 2018 for Free.

Any member that fills the three nominations receives a lifetime breeding right to that stallion or the remainder of his stud career”

The Sun Club concept has stemmed from the success of the stallions at stud, as Encosta De Lago, Street Boss and Not A Single Doubt.

Sun Stud (formerly Eliza Park International) launched the careers of Love Conquers All, currently Australia’s Leading First Season Sire, Moshe, Victoria’s Leading First Season Sire, and Written Tycoon who was the first Victorian based stallion to win a national premiership in decades, when crowned Australia’s Champion First Season Sire. His introductory fee ? $,8,250 !

Under the Sun Club breeders can access a potential champion at a set fee and not be penalised when the fees increase commensurate with performance.

And both Ready For Victory and Jabali will be given every opportunity to succeed.

Ready For Victory is an ideal fit for Victoria, he won a stakes race on debut as a 2YO at Flemington, and then ran a very unlucky fourth in the Golden Slipper at his second start ,while the Queensland bound Jabali was the second highest rated 2 Y0, finishing second in the Blue Diamond, before winning the Queensland Guineas at three.


Sun Stud shines at Sydney sales

Sun Stud, formerly known as Eliza Park International, was among the major players at the Sydney May Sales earlier last week.

After some serious bidding the Victorian stud secured the 2009 Victorian Oaks winner, Faint Perfume, for $700,000, the highest priced lot of the four day sale.

Faint Perfume was by far the best filly of her year, with five wins netting $1,456,290, besides winning the Oaks she was successful in the Wakeful Stakes, Vinery Stakes and the Kewney Stakes, and was placed in the Australian Oaks and Thousand Guineas.    

She has had just the one foal to race at present, recording a win and is in foal to Redoute’s Choice after being covered by him the previous year, to date she has produced four colts; she is due for a filly to carry on a successful dynasty.

Trained by the late Bart Cummings Faint Perfume staged a remarkable performance, seldom seen in winning the Oaks, she was 20 lengths off the pace with 1200 metres to run, yet had the race in her keeping when heads were turned for home.

Ten lots later, Sun Stud put up their hand again, this time to purchase Prairie Star for $240,000, she is by High Chaparral and in foal to Sebring, she won five races up to 2100 metres with a fair share of Black Type in her pedigree.

They also purchased quite a number of prominent mares at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast 12 months ago; they have since been mated, mainly with their own sires, Fiorante and Fighting Sun.

Both horses have recorded excellent fertility ratings, leaving quality young horses that will be seen as yearlings at the 2017 sales.

A weanling colt, by Magnus out of Flowerdrum by Mister Baileys, was snapped up by agent Shamus Mills acting on behalf of a Melbourne client for $160,000.

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