2017 Sires Guide - Impressive First Season List For NSW

NSW studs will boast a group of new thoroughbred stallions in 2017 with at least 21 of the best racehorses seen around the world in recent seasons starting their Australian stud careers.

2017 Sires Guide - Impressive First Season List For NSW

NSW studs will boast a group of new thoroughbred stallions in 2017 with at least 21 of the best racehorses seen around the world in recent seasons starting their Australian stud careers.

The pedigree quality of the newcomers is just as impressive as their race records with 15 to date being G1 winners.

Arrowfield, Coolmore, Darley, Newgate and Widden are all adding new sires to their rosters and a newly established farm Twin Hills at Cootamundra is starting with two foundation stallions - Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Bobby’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) and Snitzel’s son Odyssey Moon, a stakes winner and runner up in the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Arrowfield Stud at Scone is launching Japanese stars Maurice (Screen Hero) and Mikki Isle (Deep Impact) as well as Shalaa (Invincible Spirit), the champion two-year-old in France in 2015 and a multiple G1 winner of the Middle Park Stakes and Prix Morny.

Mikki Isle
Mikki Isle Picture:Arrowfield Stud

Maurice was a champion miler and Japanese Horse of the Year with 11 career victories including six at G1 level.

Mikki Isle was the champion sprinter and miler in Japan in 2016, winning eight races, among them two G1 events at 1600m on the way to earning more than $6 million prizemoney. As a son of Japan’s great sire Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) Mikki Isle has much to offer Australian breeders.

Coolmore Australia is adding US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerofthe Nile) and champion European two-year-old Air Force Blue (War Front).

Air Force Blue attained the exceptionally high annual Timeform rating of 128p as a juvenile while Timeform rated American Pharoah at a very high 138.

He was made US Horse of the Year as well as champion 3YO colt after a stunning series of wins that included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic and Haskell Invitational Stakes.

He also won the G1 Del Mar Futurity as a 2YO and retired after seven successes at the highest level with earnings of $US8.65 million.

From the dynamic Danzig male line of Danehill, Air Force Blue captured three G1s as a juvenile in the Newmarket Dewhurst Stakes, the National Stakes and Phoenix Stakes in Ireland.

Darley’s three new sires at Kelvinside are home grown G1 Golden Rose winner star Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), British G1 two-year-old winner The Last Lion (Choisir) and the superbly related Territories (Invincible Spirit).

Astern had only nine race appearances but won more than $1.1 million in stakes. His dam is by Exceed and Excel and his second dam by Rory’s Jester, a pedigree made for a sire of juvenile winners.

Astern Picture:Racing and Sports

The Last Lion raced only at two years, winning the first juvenile event of the British season then winding up the season with a rousing triumph in the G1 Middle Park Stakes.

As a son of Australia’s Choisir from a female family which has produced notable Australian winners like Snowland and Fravashi, The Last Lion looks perfectly suited to Australian conditions.

Darley’s third new sire in NSW is Territories, a winner at two years and a G1-winning miler in the Prix Jean Prat in France at three.

Territories, also runner up in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, is by I Am Invincible’s father Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) out of the stakes placed Machiavellian mare Taranto from the family of champion international sire Street Cry.

Newgate Farm is adding four young Australian racing stars to its band of stallions led by Golden Slipper and Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist (Written Tycoon).

He will be joined by Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt), Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) and Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon), a brilliant winner of five of his six career starts.

Widden Stud takes on its own product Stratum Star (Stratum), who raced 37 times for eight wins and 15 placings including two at G1 level, earned more than $2.45 million. Bred by Widden, Stratum Star traces back to champion mare Emancipation.

Other new sires in NSW for 2017 include Kiss And Make Up and Divine Prophet, both standing at Emirates Park Stud under the Aquis Farm banner; Counterattack and Sooboog at Kitchwin Hills; Star Turn (Vinery Stud) and Xtravagant (Newhaven Park Stud).

Kiss And Make Up (More Than Ready x Fashions Afield, by Redoute’s Choice) raced only three times as a two-year-old but looked special when he defeated Capitalist in the G2 Todman Stakes.

Kiss And Make Up
Kiss And Make Up Picture:Racing and Sports

Divine Prophet (Choisir x Prophet Jewel, by Encosta de Lago) is a G1 Caulfield Guineas winner and a brother to the talented Proisir, now at stud in New Zealand. He descends from the wonderful Sunbride family.

Counterattack (Redoute’s Choice x Kisma, by Snippets) was runner up in the G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Kingsford Smith Stakes at his last two starts in recent weeks.

He is a multiple black type winner and half-brother to G1 winners Red Tracer and Shellscrape and is bred on the same cross as leading sire Snitzel.

Sooboog (Snitzel x Monte Rosa, by Fraar) is a stakes winning brother to Snitzerland.

Star Turn (Star Witness x Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) is an imposing individual who earned more than $877,000 as a two-year-old and at three years went on to win G3 San Domenico Stakes and G2 Schillaci Stakes at weight-for-age and was placed four times in G1 sprints.

New Zealand-bred Xtravagant (Pentire x Axiom, by Zabeel) has race performance and valuable and diverse bloodlines.

He recorded some big margin wins in the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas and the G1 Waikato Sprint and his versatile sire Pentire (Be My Guest) has left a host of winners including Prince Of Penzance, King Mufhasa, Xcellent, Zarita, Rangirangdo, Ferlax, Penny Gem and Art Success.

Another plus for Xtravagant is his second dam Arletty (Centaine) was a high class racemare.

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