Rory's Jester Dies At Swettenham Stud
On the eve of the race he won 22 years ago, the 1985 Golden Slipper Stakes winner and champion sire Rory's Jester has died at Swettenham Stud in Victoria.
Rory's Jester was the foundation sire at Collingrove Victoria - now Swettenham Stud - and stood at the property for 11 active seasons before he was retired from duty in 2005.
A legendary sire of two-year-olds, he was trained by Colin Hayes to win the 1985 Golden Slipper and was named Australasian Champion 2YO of his season.
In all he won seven of his 17 starts with six seconds over two seasons of racing before he began his stud career in 1986 at the NSW arm of Collingrove Stud in the Hunter Valley in 1986 before he was transferred to Victoria in the early 1990s.
He was an immediate stud success, becoming Australian Champion First Season Sire with his first crop of precocious and speedy two-year-olds.
"He was the catalyst that led to the development of Collingrove (now Swettenham) in Victoria and also our Swettenham Stud property in New South Wales."
Swettenham director Adam Sangster said Rory's Jester would be remembered as one of the finest stallions to have ever stood in Australia.
"His impact on our local breeding scene was tremendous - there would hardly be a day go by without him either being the sire of the winner, or one his daughters producing a winner," Sangster said.
"Rory's Jester was instrumental in the growth of the former Collingrove and now both Swettenham Studs.
"His success each and every season has been a major factor in my life and no doubt is the reason I ended up living here in Australia."
A son of Crown Jester, from 16 racing crops Rory's Jester has sired 76 stakes winners, 70 stakes placegetters, over 640 winners of 1985 races from 847 runners with progeny earnings of over $45 million.
His best performers included G1 winners Isca, Racer’s Edge, Chortle and Aragen and other notable Group winners Moss Rocket, Light Up The World, Happy Giggle, North Boy, Alizes and Toast Of The Coast.
His progeny have won in Australia, New Zealand, England, America, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Norway, Sweden and Dubai.
In recent years he made his mark as one of Australia’s leading broodmare sires, being the sire of the dams of 29 stakeswinners including Wahid, Jokers Wild, In Top Swing, Permaiscuous, Not A Single Doubt, Jiang, Rockabubble, Tarleton, Hinting, World Peace and new two-year-old star Downhill Racer.
Daughters of Rory's Jester have produced 502 individual winners of 1378 races.