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First Foals by Ready for Victory


 More Than Ready—Crillion--- Zabeel

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Chestnut Filly -Rock Idol by Flying Spur –Broc ‘N’ Roll, dam of five foals to race four winners inc. Zero Rock 11 wins.

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Chestnut Filly - Fire Song by Senor Pete – Dance on Fire dam three wins inc. AJC Sapphire Stks. Gr.2

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Bay Filly -Rosa Perlato by Encosta de Lago—Fiammarosa by Danehill third foal is a yearling there are no runners as yet.

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    Bay Filly- Fiery Sunset by Thunder Gulch – Wintergarden dam winner of 3 races, 4 raced 3 winners.

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  Bay Colt– Moon Fighter by Malibu Moon –Homerette dam by Grand Slam, won 4 races a strong female family.







Stars Align … Classy For Sun Stud’s Palentino

Dual Group1winner, Palentino, is poised to open the batting with the star line up of mares at Sun Stud this spring.

Retired to Sun Stud earlier this year, after a career which included victories in the Group1 Australian Guineas and the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, the only horse, apart from the legendary Zabeel, to achieve the double – Palentino has caught the imagination of broodmare owners throughout Australia.

“We knew Palentino would be popular given his record, and the fact that he is an outstanding type, but the level of interest has been terrific,” Sun Stud’s Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall, enthused.

“Aside from the tremendous uptake of outside mares, Sun Stud will also be supporting the stallion heavily with our own broodmare band.”

Among the Sun Stud broodmares lining up for a date with Palentino, is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Pretty Perfect, from the$5 million mare Milanova, a Sadler’s Wells mare from a Group 2 two year old Langoustine, a half sister to the dam of this season’s two year old, Single Bullet, a half sister to Flemington Group 2 Vintedge, and stakes placed Hussonet mare, currently in foal to Vancouver.

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Palentino winning the Makybe Diva Stakes G.1 defeating Black Heart Bart

Meanwhile Sun Stud have been quick to embrace Palentino, and among the broodmares coming off the farm is the winning Elusive Quality mare, Shabtis, a half sister to five time Group 1 winner Mummify, and the dam of Melbourne Group winner, Take Pride.

Owned by leading Victorian breeder, Don Byrne, who has bred several stakes winners including Encosta de Lago ‘s Group 1 winner, Ultra Fantasy, while Shabtis had her Written Tycoon colt sell for $530.000 at the 2017 Australian Easter Sale Yearling Sale, and the weanling full sister made $235,000 at the Great Southern Sale.

“There’s a great deal to like about Palentino, “ Don points out, “apart from being a brilliant racehorse, he’s a magnificent looking creature and is very well bred, besides I’m looking forward to seeing the first of his progeny,” he added.

Others set to find their way to Sun Stud include the dam of multiple stakes winner and half sister to the dam of dual Group1 success, Kermadec , also sired by Teofilo, the Group 2 winner Avienus, the Fastnet Rock, filly Close To My Heart ,closely related to Machiavellian, a stakes winning mare closely related to Snippets mare, from a half sister to Danzero, multiple winning daughter of Group 1 winner Mon Mekki a stakes winner of 10 races, and a winning half sister to stakes winners, Excites Zelady and Zelady’s Night Out.

Palentino’s race record was clearly an attraction, particularly the way he backed up in the Autumn. 

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Palentino in full flight winning the Australian Guineas   


Stablesmates meet up again

It was like old times when Statue Of Liberty caught up with Bel Esprit in sunny Queensland after an absence of three years.

Both stallions will be housed in adjoining boxes, but hardly together, that would be carrying it a bit too far.

However, there could be arguments between them if the matter of the best horse each had sired was raised.

It would hardly be an argument really, Black Caviar by a wide margin, aided by Bel Esprit, he would see to that, while Statue Of Liberty would be gunning for Hay List.

It is quite ironical that both stallions stood at the same stud while the best of their progeny were competing for supremacy on the race track.

Bel Esprit joined Sun Stud as a sire in 2003 after his two Group 1 wins in the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Doomben 10,000.

He had brilliant speed, obviously inherited through his grandsire, Vain, who had an impeccable pedigree with scintillating speed, as if he was fired from a sling shot.

Bel Esprit has had his knockers for some unaccountable reason, he has been overlooked at times, he has had winners in excess of $56 million and a champion ex Victorian sire for eight consecutive seasons.

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Statue Of Liberty has had much more travel experience than Bel Esprit, he is American bred and has stood as a sire first in England, Ireland, Japan and finally Australia.

His stint in Japan didn’t work out as planned, in fact it was a disaster when an outbreak of Equine Influenza(EI) in August 2007, grounding a lot of horses from travelling, and one just happened to be Statue Of Liberty, he was bailed up for two years.

It was almost a life sentence, two years is a hug slice out of a sire’s working life; it is very difficult to recover from such a setback.

Statue Of Liberty is a lovely black with a lot of quality about him; he should prove popular with mare owners, he is at an affordable fee for a horse that has progeny earnings to his credit of $52 million, with 59 per cent winners to runners.

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Sun Stud Announce Service Fees for 2017

Sun Stud has announced the 2017service fees for its Victorian and Queensland rosters, including the introductory fee for multiple Group One winners, Palentino

Featuring 12 stallions – seven in Victoria and five in Queensland,-Palentino joins the line at a fee of $17,600, while in exciting news, proved speed source Statue of Liberty, will relocate to Queensland, standing at $7,700.

“Sun Stud is gearing up for a busy season,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall, points out.

“Naturally there’s plenty of interest already in Palentino, which is hardly surprising,-he won two Group Ones and a Group Two over the mile at Flemington defeating some of Australia’s best performers, including horses like Black Heart Bart.

The relocation of Statue of Liberty is also an interesting development and sure to be welcomed by Queensland breeders.

His brilliant sprinting son, Hay List, was a Group winner in Brisbane and finished second to Black Caviar in the BTC Cup.

Statue of Liberty will stand at $7,700 along side of Black Caviar’s sire, Bel Esprit, who is leading sire in Queensland by earnings and winners, and is exceptional value at $12,100 in 2017.

Magnus on the back of another successful year which includes gallopers, like dual Group One winner Malaguerra, heads the Victorian roster at a fee $22,000, while his stable mates Fiorente $17,600, whose first crop of yearlings sold up to $200,000 in 2017, the unbeaten two year old Fighting Sun stands at $13,750, his initial yearlings sold to $165,000, $150,000, $140,000, etc, and Black Caviar’s brother leading Victorian second season sire, Moshe $7,700, stakes winning two year old Ready For Victory $6,600, who is about to embark on his second season at stud, and Squamosa $6,600, whose first crop runners boast performers on both sides of the Tasman.

And Queenslanders don’t just have the State of Origin to crow about with Bel Esprit and Statue of Liberty, more than ably supported by Leading Second Season Sire , Love Conquers All $12,100, Leading Queensland First Season Sire, Instinction $3,850, and Group Two Queensland Guineas winner Jabali $4,950, who is preparing to cover his second book of mares in 2017.

“We’re very happy with our lineup for 2017,” Sun Stud’s Managing Director Danielle enthused.

“I believe our stallions are very competitively priced in what is an extremely buoyant market, and the roster really does offer something for all breeders”.

For further information please phone Phil Marshall 0407 853 782, Adam Henry 0428 036 472, Ash Richards 0416 334 338 or David Grant (Operations Manager) 0427 733 322 (Live Foal payment on All stallions)

Sun Stud 2017 Stallion Roster


Magnus (by Flying Spur) $22,000    
Fiorente (
by Monsun) $17,600  
(by Teofilo) $17,600
Fighting Sun
(by Northern Meteor)$13,750      
(by Bel Esprit) $7,700
Ready For Victory
(More Than Ready)$6,600
(by Not A Single Doubt) $6,600


Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) $12,100
Love Conquers All
(by Mossman) $12 100
Statue of Liberty
(Storm Cat) $7,700
(by Exceed and Excel $4,950
(by Excees and Excel $3,850

All services include GST      


Palentino to stand at Sun Stud

Palentino is a welcome addition to the Victorian breeding scene, with the news he has been retired to stand as a sire at Sun Stud.

He will go to stud with an impressive race record with a brilliant win in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes, and was far from disgraced when finishing fourth in the Doncaster at Randwick, the premier mile race on the calendar.

In all he goes to stud having won five races from his 18 starts, each of his wins were all at Group level, he begins a career with an excellent strike rate at weight for age, he has not been over raced with a genuine record to support him.

Weight for age has always been a great leveller designed by Admiral Rous; thank goodness it has never been tampered with.

Palentino won five races; he showed his superiority among the three year olds that season when he won the Group 1 Australian Guineas.

He goes to stud as a five year old, he has not been over burdened with racing, plus all of his wins have been at the highest level.

Whilst he had the ability as a racehorse and the looks to go with it, he will let down into a lovely horse, he has all the qualities you like to see in a budding sire, he does catch the eye, he wasn’t behind the door when looks were handed out

Palentino, by Galileo’s brilliant sprinting son, Teofilo, who never tasted defeat in any of only his five starts as a two year old, and he did win the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

His dam, Palatime Hill, by Palace Music, won four times, leaving six foals to race, five were winners.

The grand dam Rather Droll, by Sovereign Red, won just the one race, yet left Rather Grand, a more than handy mare, leaving eight winners.

A fee for Palentino will be announced in the coming weeks, Sun Stud’s, Danielle Cheng, is excited about the four year olds introduction to the stallion ranks.

“I’m very happy to be making this announcement, because a lot of people have already been ringing and asking when is he going to stud,” she said.

For further information, phone Phil Marshall on 0407 853 782, or Adam Henry on 0428 036 472

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Palentino to stand at Sun Stud.


Sun Stud among the stars of our Draft

For The Premier Sale

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Lot 286 Bay Colt by Fiorente from Testama a French bred mare by Testa Rossa winner of 5 races to 1600 metres already the dam of a winner in Europe.

315Westchester Mobile

Lot 315 Bay Colt by Bel Esprit from Westchester winning dam of 5 races by Reset this is her   second foal, first foal is a two year old.

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Lot 326 Bay Colt by Magnus from Zaraya Rose dam by Hawk Wing ,a winner of 2 races, one foal to race a winner Sunstryke over 2000 metres.

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Lot 440 Chestnut Colt by Fighting Sun from Debutante (GB) half sister to Hesperia, Rebuff and Wavey a prolific winning family .

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Lot 453 Bay or Brown Filly by Fiorente from Dower (NZ) by Pins dam has produced 3 foals to race 2 winners inc. Dowager Queen 4 wins at Listed level.




Fighting Sun Tops First Season Averages

Among the highlights of the Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney, was the interest shown in the progeny of first season sire Fighting Sun.

The performance of first seasons sire is always a topic of interest at the sales, and when they finally race.

Four lots were sold with the top lot purchased for $165,000, he was offered by Middlebrook Valley Lodge Scone as Agent.

The colt has quite an interesting pedigree; he is from the same family as his sire, Fighting Sun, which is unusual.

Fighting Sun was unbeaten after only two starts, winning each time at Rosehill over 1100 metres, he was genuine Golden Slipper material.

Gai Waterhouse thought so, and many good judges had the same opinion after he spread eagled the field in the Listed Canonbury Stakes, a fairly reliable guide to the Golden Slipper, soon after he sustained an injury, he was immediately retired.

He is a young horse who has covered 298 mares, he is receiving the opportunity he deserves, yet no sire can make it entirely on his own.

His sire, Northern Meteor, proved an outstanding stud success, sadly through misadventure he only covered just four seasons, he was a Group 1 success winning the Ascot Vale Stakes, siring 19 Stakes winners, nine Stakes placegetters, with progeny earnings in access of $22 million.  

Fighting Sun may not be entirely a speed sire, even though he is by a precocious stallion, there is depth in the pedigree, his dam, Irish Darling, was a dual Oaks success.  

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Fiorente's first yearlings

Sun Stud first Yearlings by Fiorente (ire)

Fiorente, the German import, was no one pace stayer; he was brilliant at 1600 metres when he came from last, on the home turn at Moonee Valley, to win the Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

He had the class to win at 1600 metres, placed in the Cox Plate, and he proved superior in winning the Melbourne Cup.

Yet his greatest hour was yet to come, winning after the Melbourne Cup he excelled to another level when first up he won the Australian Cup.

Really we saw so little of him, just a hand full of starts, yet sufficient to claim him as a champion.

Had he been set for a Doncaster it would have been a brave man to bet against him, he was a Champion; horses of his calibre are so rare.

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His first crop of yearlings will appear at the MAGIC MILLIONS next week

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Lot 36 Bay colt by Fiorente --- Fulminate by Encosta de Lago, this is the first foal from a winning dam of five races up to 1500 metres, a half sister to Illuminates 10 wins, dam of Hursley, four wins from 1600 metres to 2000 metres.

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Lot 468 Chestnut Filly by by Fiorente --- Mist (Ire) by Galileo , three quarter sister to Aloft .This is her fourth foal, her third foal is a two year old, dam of one to race, Ocean Spray by Fastnet Rock, a winner at 1400 metres.


King’s Authority impressive

Whilst the majority of the field were first starters in the Christmas Season Plate at Flemington, nothing can be taken away from the winner, King’s Authority, he showed a touch of class under difficult circumstances.

Once the starting gates opened the entire field of eight runners dived over to the outside rail, and were racing as tight as a bunch of grapes.  

King’s Authority,a $280,000 colt by Snitzel, was receiving no favours, he was just trotting until the clock tower, once the run came he was there in a flash, he is going make into a handy horse, there are more wins on the agenda for him.

The colt is raced by Sun Bloodstock Pty Ltd, trained by Mick Price who is having a good season with his current crop of two year olds.

King’s Authority is by Snitzel, be was quite impressive, he could easily star in some of the better races for two year olds in the autumn.

Whilst Snitzel was merely a sprinter, he is getting progeny that can perform well at 1600 metres, and in some instances beyond that distance.


New Appointment For Sun Stud

Leading Australian thoroughbred operation, SUN STUD, is proud to announce the appointment of Phil Marshall as Nominations and Sales Manager.

Joining Sun Stud (formerly Eliza Park) in 2008, he started out in the foaling unit and assisting at the yearling sales before moving on to sales and nominations the following year.

Phil was born in Bury St.Edmunds a delightful little village just down the road a bit from the horse capitol of the world, Newmarket.

He came here with quite some experience, having worked at Cheveley Park Stud on the leafy side of Duchess Drive, where Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud is located.

A stint at Lanwades Stud, still in Newmarket, saw Phil gain further experience, in 2008 he came to Australia fully equipped, he had completed a National Stud Diploma.

“Phil brings to the position a great deal of experience and thorough knowledge of the racing and breeding industries both in Australia and overseas, “Sun’s Stud Managing Director, Danielle Cheng entrusted.

“He has been an integral member of Sun Stud for a number of years, and shares with the rest of the team a great drive to take us into 2017 and beyond, “ she added.  

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